Acupuncture and Emotional Wellbeing

By |2013-10-03T21:16:22+00:00October 3rd, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Traditional Chinese Medicine|

As an Acupuncturist, I often run into clients suffering from physical pain. They schedule an appointment with one goal in mind, "I hurt, fix me.". It's phenomenal that one would reach out for assistance with physical issues that affect their lives. I am happy to help. Whether they come to see me for right-sided, lateral Knee pain, a splitting migraine, weight loss or even digestive complaints, clients are often shocked when I ask them about their emotions. "What does my stress, or my anxiety have to do with my back pain?", a client has asked me. This is where education comes in to play. I explain to them the holistic approach to Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. That by looking at every angle of a person's life — whether it's physical activities, emotional habits, dietary choices or even thought patterns — an Acupuncturist can uncover [...]


By |2013-06-04T12:00:33+00:00June 4th, 2013|Modern Imbalances|

I am excited to accept most Health Insurance plans that provide acupuncture benefits in my practice.  I find that doing so allows more people to experience Acupuncture.  Many people are confused by their Insurance policies.  I wanted to define some terms that my clients often ask me. Premium: This is a monthly, quarterly or annual fee you pay for a health insurance policy.  This is merely a fee for the policy and does not pay towards any medical expense you may have. Preauthorization: Your insurance company may require you to contact them before partaking in some medical services.  They will determine if the service is medically appropriate or necessary before they agree to cover the visit or service. There are a few different types of Health Insurance out there.  You may have one or a combination of a Fee-for-Service, Managed Care, Health Savings Account [...]


By |2013-05-21T12:00:09+00:00May 21st, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Qigong, Meditation, Tai Chi|

Who in this world does not have stress?  Honestly … show me that person, and I'll show you an enlightened being (or a person who is numb to the world). When talking about stress, we need to distinguish between two important aspects of the experience.  First there is the stimulus, the trigger, the "thing" that is causing us to feel the stress.  Experts call this, "the Stressor".  There are two types of stressors.  Work stress, family happenings, financial hardship, injury, punishment — these are examples of Distress.  Often times distress has a negative connotation in life and can lead to disease.  Love, promotion, winning the lotto, having babies, seeing a beautiful sunset — these are examples of Eustress.  Eustress most often has positive connotations in life and leads to a feeling of euphoria. Second, after the stressor, there is the response — the Stress.  [...]


By |2013-04-30T12:00:13+00:00April 30th, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Traditional Chinese Medicine|

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Heart is considered the Emperor of emotions.  A fair and balanced ruler will preside over a fair and balanced country.  If you are experiencing anxiety, chances are your emperor is unbalanced. Day-to-day, healthy individuals experience anxiety and stress.  In those times, recovery is smooth and easy.  Our normal lives resume with not much effort.  If the Heart is unbalanced, though, anxiety can stay in the system and uncomfortable symptoms will manifest — persistent worry, insomnia, shortness of breath, restlessness, poor concentration, irritability, muscle tension, overreacting or being easily startled and even the feeling of a repetitive, intense perceptible heartbeat (also called "heart palpitations").  These symptoms can often creep up on us — feeling as if they come out of nowhere.  Other's report that they can associate their symptoms with certain triggers. What causes the Heart to become unbalanced?  To [...]


By |2013-04-24T12:00:06+00:00April 24th, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Traditional Chinese Medicine|

If you are like 10-25% of the world, Spring-time brings on sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes and congestion.  Whether you are dealing with acute or chronic allergies, these symptoms are no doubt uncomfortable.  Conventional medicine used nasal decongestants, pain relievers, antihistamines, drugs that thin mucus and even antibiotics.  Sometimes these drugs are ineffective and some can even cause dependency. Traditional Chinese Medicine sees an underlying constitutional deficiency in people who suffer from allergies.  There is a defense system (called Wei Qi) that circulates around our body, protecting us from exterior invasion.  Allergic symptoms point to this defensive Qi being weakened.  Though it is best to address this weakened state before allergy season begins, there are still somethings that can be done today that can ease suffering. 1. Stinging Nettle is a natural alternative to antihistamines and doesn't have the uncomfortable side effects of drowsiness [...]

Basics of Nutrition

By |2013-04-16T12:00:08+00:00April 16th, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Traditional Chinese Medicine|

More and more, I am finding myself discussing nutrition with my patients.  I find it foundational to health and unavoidable.  We are, indeed, what we eat.  Luckily, nutrition is all about choices.  Below, I've written a list of ten choices I recommend to those who ask: 1. Chew.  If we chew our food more, it keeps us from shoveling too much into our mouths.  It also stimulates digestive enzymes released in our mouth, starting the digestive process immediately.  If we don't chew, our body has to work harder to digest our food.  Wouldn't you rather that energy be used elsewhere? 2. Read labels.  It shouldn't be difficult to read the list of ingredients on the label of your groceries.  If you can't pronounce it, or don't know what it is (preservatives, sweeteners, food colorings, etc.), chances are, it is not healthy for you to [...]


By |2013-03-26T12:00:09+00:00March 26th, 2013|Modern Imbalances, Traditional Chinese Medicine|

One of the most powerful natural healing remedies available to us is simple sleep.  I am always surprised how often a good nights sleep will relieve a pain, calm nerves, reduce a rash, alleviate nausea or even stop a headache.  If you struggle with sleep - difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up - maybe a few of the suggestions below will bring you some rest. 1. There is a Chinese phrase, "One hour of sleep before midnight is better than two hours of sleep after midnight."  In Chinese medicine, our Liver rejuvenates and stores our blood, preparing it for the next day.  It does this around the hours of 11pm - 3am.  Getting to sleep before 11pm allows your Liver to restore your blood for the next day instead of maintaining your blood while you are awake. 2. I find that one [...]