Category Archives: Acupuncture

Spring Cleaning for Your Body and Mind

Our goal in Spring, as with other seasons, is to align ourselves with the movement of the prevailing season. Spring is a time of upward, expansive movement, and a time of creativity and new beginnings. According to Chinese Medicine, Spring is aligned with the Liver and Gallbladder which are responsible for the smooth flow of energy throughout the body and the storage and detoxifying of the blood. In the same way that many of us engage in spring cleaning during this time of the year, our bodies do the same thing physically and emotionally. Now is the time we see the buds on plants and trees begin to swell, ready to burst forth with strong determination of new growth and beauty. Our activities should also focus on moving forward with strong determination and creativity. If you skipped the January New Year’s resolutions, now is a great time to take those steps toward making this the best year ever.  Spring is the perfect time to stop procrastinating and face the challenges that can impede our forward movement and creative nature.

Now is a good time to let go of stimulants like coffee and alcohol, tobacco and recreational drugs. The movement of Spring gives us that boost naturally. Take advantage of this natural boost of energy to begin or renew your exercise program, to shake off the cobwebs and feel alive and refreshed. Movement helps to get the blood and lymph flowing and allows us to sweat out toxins that have accumulated during the dormant winter. This is spring cleaning for our body.

How do you know if you need acupuncture at this time of year? Continue reading

How Acupuncture Works

For many, Acupuncture is mysterious.  Perhaps you’ve heard from someone that it works great for them, or maybe you’ve heard that it works for this or that, but you may not really understand how it works.  We know from extensive clinical experience and scientific research that Acupuncture works to restore health in several ways:

  1. It improves circulation by vasodilating tissues so blood can flow better and reducing blood pressure.
  2. It modulates the neuro-endocrine system causing our natural pain killer hormones to be released that lower inflammation, reduce pain and get us out of “fight or flight” mode.
  3. It causes an immune system response to create new tissue to replace diseased tissue.
  4. It reduces inflammation that impairs nerve conduction to the brain. Pain can be a result of nerve signals not getting through.

You can see how Acupuncture can therefore help with a number of conditions including things like neuropathy, high blood pressure, pain, anxiety, acute and chronic injuries, infertility, and much more.