September Clinic Announcements

  • The clinic will be closed on Friday, August 31 and Monday, September 3 for the Labor Day Weekend.  I hope you’ll be taking some downtime away from work as well.    We will be open on Thursday, August 30 and Thursday, September 6, so there will still be plenty of options for you to get your appointment scheduled.
  • Please share your story.  Have you gotten benefit from acupuncture? What can you do now that you couldn’t before getting treatments?  Please take just a few minutes to let others know about your experience on Google, Yelp or Facebook, or send me an email with your feedback.  Most people look for these kind of reviews when searching for services like Acupuncture and I would really appreciate your help.  If you take take the time to write an online review, you’ll get a free gift bag next time you are in the clinic!  Thank you for helping others know about the healing power of Acupuncture.

Chinese Medicine for Digestive Disorders

Many people get the occasional heartburn or diarrhea from time to time, but when digestive problems become more frequent or continue for a longer period, it’s time to do something to address them. Do you have digestive issues? Some of the more common problems include:

  • gas,digestive issues
  • bloating,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • heartburn,
  • constipation
  • diarrhea,
  • IBS,
  • colitis,
  • or some combination of the above

Causes can vary widely and may include emotional stress, poor dietary habits, antibiotic or drug use, or toxin exposure.

Chinese Medicine views the digestive process a little differently than the way we think about it in Western medicine.    Continue reading

5 Tips to Improve Your Digestion

By following these five tips, you will improve not only your digestive health, but your overall health and well being.

  1. Eat warm foods. Did you know that the stomach functions the best when we put warm food into it? Iced beverages and cold foods, like frozen desserts, actually stress the stomach. Cold foods and liquids put out the “digestive fire” needed to efficiently break down your food and make nutrients available to your body.
  1. Eat less. Eating only until we are 70% full is best for optimal digestion. Your stomach needs some room to digest the food you consume. This maximizes the nutrition you get from your food, and can even help you reduce weight. Recent studies have shown that in addition to cognitive benefits, eating less can increase longevity, improve the function of the nervous and immune systems, and reduce incidence of several diseases that are prevalent in our country, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory disease, diabetes, kidney disease, neuro-degenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and autoimmune disease.
  2. Eat in a calming environment. Like most Chinese medical practitioners, I recommend eating a meal in a relaxing environment (without reading/ watching the news etc) because this provides the optimum environment to process your food. When we eat while stressed or tense/anxious/angry/depressed etc, there is an impact to the Stomach causing the Stomach to ‘rebel’. This usually leads to nausea, vomiting, heartburn, or that sick feeling of having a knot in your stomach.
  3. Eat light at night. Eating bigger, heavier meals late at night contributes to food stagnation, causing stomach discomfort and bloating. Long-term food stagnation can contribute to a feeling of heaviness and fatigue, and a tendency toward obesity and poor health. Morning is the time of day digestive organs have the most strength and ability to digest food. In the evening (after 8:00 pm) the strength of these organs is at their weakest and our ability to process and metabolize food is greatly diminished.
  4. Light exercise helps promote digestion.  An old Chinese saying is “Walk a hundred paces after a meal and Walk after a mealone can live ninety-nine years.”  By taking a short stroll after a meal, you help your body move the food through your digestive system and can even lower your blood sugar. This is especially important after the evening meal when our metabolism is somewhat slower.

August Clinic Announcements

  • I’m seeing several patients who are suffering from Lyme disease and it’s varied manifestations like digestive problems, headaches, brain fog and more.  More than 300,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with Lyme disease this year alone according to the CDC (and they think this is low due to under reporting)!!  Did you know that it can be passed on to your child at childbirth, and can also be sexually transmitted?!  Because of this I have been the studying treatment options developed by Heiner Fruehauf, considered the authority on treating Lyme/Parasites (known as Gu Syndrome in Chinese Medicine) using Chinese Medicine.  I’ll also be taking an intensive training course in September on treating Lyme and other parasitic illnesses.    If you know someone struggling with this insidious illness, please let them know I can help.
  • I love to get your feedback and reviews.  Have you gotten benefit from acupuncture? What can you do now that you couldn’t before getting treatments?  Please take just a few minutes to let others know about your experience on Google, Yelp or Facebook, or send me an email with your feedback.  Write an online review and get a free gift bag next time you are in the clinic!  Thank you for helping others know about the healing power of Acupuncture.

Acupuncture for Back to School Stress

Getting the kids back to school can be stressful!  Summer break is over and now there’s shopping to do to get the endless list of school supplies and clothing.  Homework is back on the table as are stricter bedtimes for the kids. Back to school stressKids are excited and anxious about what the new year will bring.  And if you have more than one child, are sending one off to college, or are a teacher, the stress can be multiplied. It’s easy to get overwhelmed.  

Are you wishing for more energy, more focus, less stress and better sleep?  You may be saying “I’d be happy to just have one of these.”   But really it’s not too much to expect from regular acupuncture treatments.

Research shows that chronic stress can have a cumulative effect on our physical well-being.  Our response to stress affects the autonomic nervous system (fight-or-flight/rest-and-restore), as well as our cardiovascular, metabolic and immune systems.  Even everyday stressors can have long term consequences especially when combined with a poor diet and reduced exercise. This goes for kids as well as the adults who care for them.  Sleep disturbances, headaches, stomach aches and behavior changes like anxiety and depression are common symptoms of stress.

Acupuncture’s role:

Stress and anxiety are helped by acupuncture as it triggers the production of our natural feel-good hormones and brings the autonomic nervous system back into balance. It acts on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress promoting relaxation and deactivating the “analytical” brain which is responsible for anxiety and worry. This brings you out of “fight or flight” mode so that you can get rest and restore your energy.   Also important in the new school year is boosting your immune system to protect you from both the effects of stress and the latest illness that’s going around at school. In addition to the immunity boost, many people have more energy in the hours, days and even weeks after acupuncture treatment. Patients notice improved mental clarity, which is important when exam week comes around, and you are juggling 15 things at once. It helps to strengthen your constitution. Continue reading

3 Tips for Managing Back to School Stress

If you are finding it hard to arrange your schedule for a Wellness Visit, here are a few tips for helping you to cope until you can come in.

  1. Leverage coping skills – Whether it’s meditation, breathing exercises, acupuncture, yoga, hiking, biking or Stress Free Teaanother way you relieve stress, begin to manage difficult emotions and associated stress before and during this transition back to school.  The idea is to balance mind and body so that you are better able to handle whatever is thrown your way.   We also offer Stress Free Tea, based on a Chinese Herbal Formula used to calm stress, anxiety and depression for over 900 years.
  1. Get into a routine ASAP – Begin to introduce the changes before school starts back.  Keeping a regular bedtime and healthy diet, while making time for relaxing playful activities are all helpful to establish a regular routine that can reduce chaos, stress and anxiety.
  1. Encourage healthy eating – We all know that our diet can affect both our physical and mental health.  Highly processed foods that consist of high sugar, soft drinks, and nutrient poor foods can increase anxiety and depression.  Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and high quality proteins are important for a healthy immune system (which BTW begins in the gut).

Most importantly don’t wait until things are out of control to take action.  I hope you find these tips helpful and that you will think of me when you need help.