Comments Off on Acupuncture and BNI

IMG_5718
When I was in acupuncture graduate school, my Practice Management professor taught us the power of word-of-mouth networking. Print advertising really doesn’t work for acupuncturists. I mean, let’s think about it. Would you go to an acupuncturist you saw an ad for in the paper or an acupuncturist who was recommended to you by a friend or colleague? Exactly. My professor introduced us to the Chamber of Commerce and BNI, Business Network International. When I graduated, I looked into becoming members of both organizations.
The Marlborough Regional Chamber of Comm...

Read more

Comments Off on Acupuncture and Change

Change.
The only thing constant is change.
Yet it is the one thing we fight tooth and nail against, causing us more strife than is necessary. I have seen more clients come in for treatments lately to address exactly this.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, emotionally we begin to overworry, taxing our Spleen and it’s capability to transform food and transport the pure Qi to the Lungs and the Kidneys. When this occurs, it all gets backed up and is one of the reasons why human beings start to gain weight around their midsection...

Read more

Comments Off on Acupuncture and Chronic Neck Pain

As I awoke this morning to go to my weekly business meeting, I was slammed with excruciating pain in my neck and head as if a Mack truck had driven through my bedroom. You see, it was years of neck pain and migraines that brought me first to acupuncture myself and what has successfully taken it away. I was on a ton of ibuprofen just to get through my workday and I was only 24 years old. This I knew was not going to work over the long haul...

Read more

Comments Off on Acupuncture and Plantar Fasciitis

Ah yes, one of the biggest complaints I see in the clinic is Plantar Fasciitis and the pain associated with it can sideline a linebacker and bring a real estate agent to her knees. The fascia on the bottom of the foot can begin to get inflamed due to injury, overuse, or predisposed factors (i.e.: after ankle surgery, etc.). Once it starts to flare up, one might feel it along the heel, pulling into the middle of their foot, or even radiating into the ball of the foot...

Read more

Comments Off on Acupuncture and What to Refrigerate!

In Chinese Medicine, we also address dietary therapy: what to eat for what organ system or to change a deficiency/excess condition with the use of food. We also discuss with our clients the temperature of the food. How to store them, how to eat them at what temperature and if you can’t change the temp of the food (i.e.: dairy products), how can you balance it out with a different temperature (i.e.: warm tea). I came upon this article from the Chopra Center that discusses what foods to refrigerate and which ones don’t need to be...

Read more

Comments Off on Acupuncture and Spring Cleaning

Although New England has seen an extraordinarily warm winter, Spring is upon us and it is a season of awakening and new beginnings. Making healthy choices that will carry you through the seasons is important this time of year. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Embrace yourself honestly.
Assess the various aspects of your life, taking note where the stressors and weaknesses exist. Are they in your diet, exercise program, work or relationships? Focus on the ones that need improvement, and begin moving away from the ones that detract from your life.

2...

Read more

Comments Off on Acupuncture and “Living Your Dash”

Recently, I have had some of my clients come in, lay down on my tables, and tell me how much work stress they have or how they can’t seem to find the time to do the things they want to do. This morning, a long time client of mine started realizing that she had been working so hard for a good portion of her life but had found a passion in music and wanted to spend more time doing it. She was planning on retiring and has an end date in sight now, but as we talked I told her about the poem “Living Your Dash”...

Read more

Comments Off on Acupuncture and Herbs for the Treatment of Shingles

Shingles-thumbnail
Great news again for acupuncture….research has shown that acupuncture combined with herbal medicine outperforms Acyclovir for the treatment of shingles (varicella zoster virus)! According to researchers from Hubei Medicine College in China, acupuncture combined with a basic herbal formula (with modifications as needed) has a 100% total effective rate for the treatment of shingles whereas a combination of oral and topical Acyclovir plus Methylcobalamin has an 82.86% total effective rate...

Read more

Comments Off on Acupuncture and Quieting Those Voices

I have recently been bombarded with articles/quotes on how to train your mind during endurance races/tough times, mindfulness in the middle of chaos, and I especially love the ones that tell me that “the voice in my head is lying” when it shouts at me to partake in activities that may not be the healthiest of choices. Now I believe that the Universe is sending us a message when we find ourselves faced with the same information but in different forms...

Read more

Comments Off on Acupuncture and the Cold/Flu Season

You never have to wonder when the “cold and flu season” is around the corner. Pharmaceutical companies will be sure that you are reminded of its impending arrival no matter where you turn.
When the dreaded season of doom drapes its black curtain over us, whatever you do, don’t come within sneezing distance of anybody, don’t even think about shaking anyone’s hand or otherwise engaging in bodily contact, and NEVER, EVER touch a doorknob, shopping cart, or any other object that might have possibly come into contact with any human at any point during its exist...

Read more