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Exerpt from: Winter Newsletter 2016

3 Indicators You Need an Acupuncture Tune-Up

Here is a list of three signs indicating you should immediately come in for an acupuncture tune-up. Both your body and mind will thank you for getting tuned up as soon as possible.

 

1. Chronic Back and Neck PainNeck and Back Pain

If you experience chronic back and neck pain, it is highly recommended to come in and receive acupuncture. Back pain is one of the leading reasons people seek out acupuncture. So if your neck or back are bothering you, it is time you sought out acupuncture.

 

trouble-sleeping2. Trouble Sleeping

Acupuncture is a great cure for those who have trouble sleeping. If you experience restlessness, tiredness or overall fatigue you should try acupuncture. Acupuncture improves the body’s functions and promotes overall health due to the needling of specific acupuncture points on the body. Try acupuncture to improve the sleep problems you are currently experiencing.

 

3. Digestive Problems

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A healthy digestive system is important to living an active, healthy and worry-free lifestyle. In order to maintain a high-functioning digestive system it is important that the whole body has a smooth and consistent flow of energy.

Acupuncture will help regulate this and promote a smooth flow throughout the entire body, in turn alleviating the symptoms of poor digestive function.

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Exerpt from: Autumn Newsletter 2016

3 Simple Ways to Alleviate the Common Cold

1. Chicken Soupchicken-soup

Ever heard the saying “feed a cold, starve a fever”? Well this actually has some validity to it. When the body is fighting off an infection, there may be a fever involved. However, typically with most colds, this is not the case. When a cold occurs, the body needs nourishment to fight off the attack. This is why chicken soup is a great remedy for the common cold.

Ingwertee2. Ginger

Ginger is an amazing plant with lots of healing properties. Ginger can be helpful when fighting off the common cold due to its antiviral, anti-inflammatory and expectorant properties. Eating raw ginger or adding it to tea several times a day, can greatly improve cold symptoms quickly. And to enhance the power of ginger, add some lemon and honey, both powerful herbs in their own right. The anti-inflammatory property in ginger makes it great to help relieve a sore throat. Ginger also helps the body sweat out the toxins associated with the common cold. It is recommended to keep ginger handy at all times of the year and use it as a preventive medicine, even when not feeling sick.

3. Get Plenty of Rest

restThis one seems like a no-brainer. But in today’s society, we really don’t take this as seriously as we should. When fighting off an illness, proper rest is pertinent. A number of studies have found sleep deprivation leads to poor immune function. Having good sleeping habits will not only help somebody recover from a cold, but it also helps prevent getting sick to begin with. The rest itself should be quality though, not restless. And this can sometimes be difficult with a cold. This is where a lot of people turn to over-the-counter cold medications that contain alcohol. Alcohol will induce sleep but it won’t allow for quality sleep. So try to steer clear of these if possible. And take time off from the everyday grind when needed.

Don’t forget, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine work very well at supporting your immune system to fight off colds and flu very quickly, eliminating the need for OTC or prescription medicines altogether in most cases!

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Exerpt from: Summer Newsletter 2016 

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Natural Sunscreen Although sun protection is extremely important to protect against harmful UV-rays and to prevent skin cancer, next time you pick out your sunscreen, consider what you’re buying. Many common sunscreens actually contain chemicals that can be harmful to your body.

 

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Meditation can help relieve symptoms of stress in as few as five minutes. Anybody can practice meditation and it can virtually be done anywhere. It’s simple, inexpensive and you won’t need anything special to practice. Meditation produces a state of relaxation while calming the mind. It allows you to focus your attention on peacefulness instead of the hectic everyday life most of us live.

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Excerpt from newsletter:Spring Newsletter 2016

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Put Springtime Allergies to Rest
Allergies, seasonal or year round, are an ongoing problem for many individuals. Seasonal allergies typically affect people during a particular season or time of year, most commonly in the spring.

 

 

What is Wei Qi?  

The Chinese concept of Wei Qi is similar to the Western concept of the immune system. Wei Qi functions to protect and defend the body against foreign substances, that if not caught can lead to allergies. When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we remain healthy. When the supply of Wei Qi becomes deficient, health is compromised and we become vulnerable to foreign invaders such as dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses and pollen. People who have a Wei Qi deficiency are prone to allergies and frequent colds.

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Acupuncture and Chinese medicine support and strengthen the systems of the body that are involved in the production of Wei Qi. By building up the supply of Wei Qi, and facilitating the smooth and free flow of it through the body, symptoms and signs related to allergies could be
greatly reduced or eliminated.

Acupuncture treatments may be combined with herbs, dietary changes, massage (tuina), or exercise. These therapies accelerate the healing process in order to balance, build, and support the health and functioning of your body’s systems.

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Right-brained activities are creative, intuitive and subjective. Left-brained activities are right-left brain
linear,analytical and logical. It has been a popular myth that people prefer right-brained or left-brained activities because they have a dominant side of the brain.

It turns out that while certain activities are wired on one side of the brain (for example language tends to be on the left), people use each side of the brain equally.
So if the brain is wired for both activities, why is creative thinking so hard?
monkey-scratching-headMany people live in a very yang environment—logical, fast-paced, decision-oriented. You must produce quickly and keep moving to meet your responsibilities.

With all the hustle-bustle, it’s hard to switch to intuition. Your mind races. You problem solve. Left brain, linear thinking is your default mode all day and it’s impossible to be intuitive from an analytical viewpoint. You need to switch your brain into creative thinking mode.

But how do you it?  You trick it.
Ask yourself questions that defy logic. Get your analytical self so confused that your creative self has to step in and get to work. The beginning of the year is an excellent time to practice switching to creative thinking. Winter is yin and it’s good to slow down. Plus, the New Year is a great excuse to be reflective.

Use these writing prompts to get your creative brain back in charge… (see full PDF article)

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3 Ways to Prepare For Seasonal Changes

As the transition from summer to autumn begins, changes start to happen externally as well as internally. The days become shorter and the air gets cooler; our bodies change to adapt as well. Here are three ways to prepare for the fall season ahead along with the beginning of the yin cycle.

 

1 Let go of negativityAutumn positive

The autumn season represents the time when the lungs and large intestine are of the utmost importance. This season is especially an important time to let of negative energy in your life. Negativity doesn’t just affect your psychological health but your physical health as well. You can help get rid toxicity in your life by being aware of the causes and surrounding yourself with positive energy and people who make you happy.

2 Spend time outsideAutumn playing outside

Because fall is focused on the lungs, spending more time outside can help strengthen this organ and increase your immune system as cold and flu season starts to emerge. Spend time in nature away from city pollution where you can breathe clean, cool air. Autumn time is the perfect opportunity to do this and refresh and strengthen the lungs.

3 Try acupunctureAutumn Acu

Acupuncture treatment can help you physically as well as mentally prepare for the change in seasons. Some find it difficult to let go of the summer season and transition to shorter, cooler days. Acupuncture can ease this transition and make sure your body and energy are flowing properly.