Autumn Health Tips
“Fall is the season of harvest, a time to pull inward and gather together on all levels, a time to store up fuel, food, and warm clothing, a time to study and plan for the approaching stillness of winter. Everything in nature contract and moves its essence inward and downward. Leaves and fruit fall, seeds dry, the sap of trees goes into the roots. The earth’s grasses start to lose their deep green color, turning lighter and drier.” From Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford
In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are 5 elements and a season and organs associated with each: Winter-Water-Kidneys, Spring-Wood-Liver, Summer-Fire-Heart, and Fall-Metal-Lungs. The above passage reflects the quality of the Autumn time. In Traditional Chinese Medicine our Lung Qi (healthy energy) is associated with our immune system. This is an important season to support the health of your Lung Qi so that they are better able to fend off colds and flu's and associated problems this Winter. Firstly, getting 3-4 acupuncture treatments to build the immune system (the Lung Qi system) is a great benefit. Other things you can do to support your health this season:
Wear a scarf. One theory as to how people catch colds or the flu, is by “invasion of wind.” According to Chinese medical philosophy, wind penetrates the back of the neck, bringing with it external pathogens which can lead to illness. Cover up with a scarf and jacket especially after sweating or if it is windy, even if you think you don’t need one.
Eat right for the season. Autumn is the harvest season for rich dense foods that support and fuel the body, providing additional heat to protect us from the coming cool, damp climate. These foods help “thicken” the blood in order to keep us warm in cooler weather. Also add foods that are sour into your diet – sauerkraut, olives, pickles, leeks, aduki beans, lemons, and sour varieties of apples.
Boost Your Child's Health
Full Moon Shonishin Wellness Treatments.
Wednesday October 8, 2:30-4:30
$10 per kid
for newborns through seven years old
Shonishin is the Japanese system of pediatric acupuncture. When Shonishin is given on or near the Full Moon, a child's wellness is optimized. A typical treatment starts with observing the child, hearing from the parent or caregiver, then brushing the channels (the meridians of energy that we are treating with acupuncture) with a seashell or other smooth object. This regulates, clears, and balances the channels so that the child can best recover, or simply maintain wellness. I usually stimulate a few other areas that will help the babe, possibly including in and out insertion with special pediatric acupuncture needles. Most kids, especially babies, are fine with needles! Full Moon Shonishin Wellness Treatments are for infants through about 7 years of age. The clinic will be closed to everyone but you and your kids! So they will have full run of the big treatment room. Snacks, noise, and toys are welcome.
I treat kids regularly at the clinic, and you are welcome to schedule a regular treatment for your kids anytime they need it. If they are very young, or you come in as a family, you will be treated in the back room, so you can make noise. When they get a little older, say 7 years or so, most kids get treated in the "grown-up room" in a chair of their choice, and sit with their needles for about 15 minutes. Kids can get treated for the aches and pains of growing, colds, ear-aches, teething, night terrors, poor digestion and much more, just ask.
Lets talk about SPRING!
Springtime brings with it the vibrant energy of flower buds pushing through the branches of trees, and seeds bursting out of the crust of the ground to show their bright green leaves. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the color associated with Spring is Green. Its associated weather is Wind, and its TCM organ system is the Liver. To read more about the Liver and things you can do to be in tune with the season click here. When the TCM Liver system is in balance a person has a healthy drive and vision and direction in their life, they are comfortable making decisions, have good boundaries, yet are flexible. Think of a health tree growing towards the sun, swaying gently in the wind. Life can through us out of balance though: stress, emotional upset, the wrong food, or a physiological medical condition can affect the Liver system. When the Liver gets out of balance we can be irritated, angry, depressed, have allergies, issues with our eye vision and health, and feel overwhelmed by life's decisions. Good news is, is there are lots of simple things that help bring you back into balance including:
1. Regular exercise that gets your body moving and lungs pumping breaks up "Liver Qi Stagnation."
2. Fresh lemon juice in your water first thing in the morning soothes the Liver.
3. Be Creative! draw, paint, garden, sing, and dance, get the imagination flowing, big vision, possible vision, give yourself time to dream of your life.
4. Get Acupuncture and Herbs! We have great points like "Tai Chong" that regulate the flow of Liver energy. You may benefit from an herbal formula, we can discuss this at your appointment.
And no discussion of Spring would be complete without talking about ALLERGIES. This being our fourth year treating patients during allergy season, we are seeing lots of long time patients reporting that although they still have some allergy symptoms, overall, their allergies are much more manageable, and not nearly as bad compared to when they were not getting acupuncture regularly. Acupuncture can deal with the immediate symptoms of allergies: sneezing, coughing, sinus congestion, itchy eyes, fuzzy head, dizziness, irritability, malaise, as well as generally boost your immunity and regulate your inflammatory response to generally deal with the environmental irritants better.
MAY DAY: We had a fantastic day treating lots of people with acupuncture and giving massage, for FREE to celebrate the vibrancy of Spring and International Workers Day. Thank you to everyone who came out!
Our New Stained Glass Sign, a gorgouse gift from the very talented John Rubino.
Frequent Napper Cards
When you pay for 9 treatments, your 10th is Free! Pick up your card at the clinic, and get it marked each time you come in. The card is just for you! (not transferable) We want to encourage people to come in regularly, acupuncture works best when done regularly and with enough frequency for the severity of your concern. The free 10th treatment is just our way of saying thanks, and keep up with your health! The card cannot be combined with other offers (like friend cards, free days, 2-for-1s, you know....). See you resting in a recliner soon!