Insights Into How Acupuncture Heals

Acupuncture needles promote the flow of Qi and amplify the signal within the body that carries the blueprint for healing.

Inside of you and throughout the universe is an intelligent energetic system that enlivens your body and activates your life. Oriental Medicine (Chinese Medicine) engages this energetic system to bring balance and vitality, allowing you to fully embrace life. This energetic system is called “Qi” by the Chinese and “E” by Einstein — everything is made up of and interconnects through the flow of energy.

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Spring – Rebirth, Growth & Abundance of New Life

Spring brings in the vibrancy of new growth, activity and warmth. The seeds are sprouting, flowers bloom and the sun warms the earth. The body is freed from the work of keeping warm against the cold of winter and can now express new beginnings and bring them forth into the world. Spring is the ideal time for cleansing, rejuvenation and increased activity. The body and it’s Qi need to move to be in alignment with the energy of spring. At higher elevations there is a slower movement into spring so cleansing is best in the late spring, early summer and caution is still necessary against the waves of chilly weather.

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Coping with Stress – How Acupuncture Can Help

Stressors come in many forms in our modern society, how we are impacted by them can greatly affect our health. Stress is a natural nonspecific response of the body to the various demands placed upon it. Healthy stressors such as physical exercise, learning new things both physically and mentally, when done in a balanced way, keep us alert and motivated, and support our body’s strength and vitality, thus stimulating healthy stress responses. Unhealthy stressors such as overexertion, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, negative thinking, pollutants and toxins, all challenge the balances in the body and overtime cause decline in the body’s health and wellbeing.

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Steps of Care

Steps towards health and vitality with acupuncture care.

Feeling healthy goes beyond the absence of acute or chronic illness. Often, we don’t acknowledge our health until it is compromised. Most patients begin acupuncture treatment to receive quick relief from pain, discomfort or other symptoms. This is Relief Care. Each visit builds on the previous, paving the way to addressing the initial compliant. Frequent visits over a few weeks or months maybe needed to further reduce your symptoms. Your condition, age, lifestyle and the quality and quantity of your energy (Qi) are all factors in your frequency of treatment.

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Acupuncture & Colds & Flu

Clinical studies have suggested that using acupuncture to treat colds and flu can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infections and shorten the length of the illness. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work by rebalancing the body’s systems, regulating the body’s healing energies and enhancing the immune system.

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Allergies and Oriental Medicine

According to Chinese (Oriental) Medical theory, the symptoms and signs that indicate a Western diagnosis of allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and organ systems of the body. These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes including; stress, poor diet, constitutional weakness, pollutants and environmental toxins.

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Winter – the season to retreat & reflect

Retreat & Reflect – With the winter solstice we will officially enter the winter season, and put the shortest day behind us. We need to bundle up, eat nice warm food, and cuddle up next to a fire. The tradition of Oriental medicine regards winter as a time to retreat, reflect, and restore. This is the season we direct our energies inward and consolidate it in preparation for anew start in spring.

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Navigating Through the Myriad of Dietary Recommendations

Daily we are exposed to various messages telling us what we should eat; often one message conflicts with the other. Oriental Medicine offers the guidance of looking for balance; overeating in any one direction often causes imbalances. Overeating fatty fried foods causes a reaction in the body, as does overeating raw foods. For each person what defines overeating varies; our bodies have different sensitivities to different foods.

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Tips for Staying Healthy in the Fall

Foods – Eat more cooked and fewer raw foods. Sour, astringent foods like lemon, lime, pickle, vitamin C, seaweed, and sourdough bread can all benefit your health. Enjoy spicy/pungent foods like onion, garlic, radish, horseradish, and cabbage. Hearty concentrated foods like root vegetables, soy products and barley are also foods for the Fall. Pumpkin, winter squash , and sweet potato are all great choices. Almonds, apples, and pears (especially Asian apple pears) are beneficial to the respiratory system.

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Acupuncture: What’s All The Buzz About?

It is only one component of this health care system; this medicine also incorporates herbal supplementation, bodywork, nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle. Because of its prevalence in countries such as Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia, it is now called Oriental Medicine in the west to cover the wide variety of influences within the medicine.

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