Very early on I learned that our bodies can heal themselves in amazing ways given the right nutrition and herbs.
For myself this is one of my earliest memories, but what really made me interested in Chinese medicine was the fact that both of my grandmothers were very ill. I took them to both their acupuncture and doctors appointments, and saw how both the practitioners worked with them. Seeing how the acupuncturist communicated and shared their progress with them, I understood that it was a different relationship than a western physician.
Mind you, I am very passionate about all medicine and have always used western medicine when needed. But the shift in my family who saw acupuncturists was fascinating because they were being encouraged to take ownership of their progress and improvements, whereas with doctors it was, “here is...
Many of my clients come to me because they are working with assisted reproductive endocrinologists and they have been told with studies and research time and time again that acupuncture can benefit them greatly.
The treatment received during an artificial insemination, intrauterine insemination, or IVF can create a lot of stress on the body. These procedures are needed in order to conceive a child, but the actual instrumentation that is placed inside your body, the test, as well as the added medication, and added hormones make it very challenging for your body to reach a calm balanced state. These are some of the reasons I find acupuncture so effective during this time period.
We can use acupuncture during all parts of your cycle, regardless of whether you have...
It is recommended you do 30 to 45 minutes per day of physical activity or at least 5 days a week. It supports cardiovascular health, releases happy chemicals, and keeps our mental health in check too.
Another added benefit of movement whether aerobic, yoga, or meditation movement practices like qi gong teach our bodies how to move our own energy.
Much like we do with Acupuncture our bodies can create that same movement internally with mindful movement.
If we keep our bodies strong and keep our blood moving, the energy that keeps us healthy will follow our blood flow. The more we exercise in aerobic and meditation type activities like yoga, qi gong, or tai qi the easier our energy flow will be…thus we will not experience pain, blockage of digestive function, or breathing issues.
Both practices are essential because of the shift in breath with mindful movement we learn to create a space for our...
Many people think that elimination is simply bowel movements and urination, but in Chinese medicine it is important to look at a person's sweat and respiration too when looking at elimination.
Your ability to regulate your temperature and your body's efficiency in passing stool, urine, and sweat are all important in telling us how your body is functioning internally, what areas may be stuck or stagnation. Another common pattern is that an organ is working extra hard and needs support.
It helps improve our immunity, strengthens digestion, and supports mental function - brain clarity. It also allows us to be...
When we look at the natural order of our world and the old ways of our forbearers, keep in mind the changes of season.
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), we look at the cycle of the organ systems which have specific times of day and determine our nature. It is also helpful to look at the time of acupuncture treatment to further balance specific parts of the body. Allowing more effective point prescriptions to be used makes a difference in some types of acupuncture e.g. 5 Elements.
For instance, we’ll look at an example at the Chinese clock of organs. We can see that someone who always wakes between 1 am and 3 am has an imbalance of the Liver/Gall Bladder system and may need to express their feelings verbally vs. holding them in and ignoring them. Whereas someone who gets a “second wind” at midnight is the Gall Bladder and you may...
We often say that if you have any complications in your body, first begin with digestion. If things are not moving through the gut with ease, then everything will be affected.
If there are big emotions, then the liver will often disrupt the bowels first by shifting the frequency, consistency, and comfort of the individual. Some people are blessed with good digestive function, but most of us suffer with stress, travel, or changes in schedule.
Hydration plays a huge role in our digestive system.
We are always told to stay hydrated, and if we are thirsty then we are already dehydrated. This is true. Try and stay ahead of water consumption by setting reminders to get your water in.
We recommend room temperature water to support the best digestive function. It is always important to keep hydrated. You’ll know you are getting enough water if your urination lightens in color throughout the day.
If you have...
2020 was a year full of so much uncertainty. In 2021, there are now so many things we can control. Creating healing within our bodies is a perfect place to start.
The pandemic is now shifting with so many of us vaccinated and starting to venture out into the world again. With that, I wanted to share some great tips to keep you and yours healthy as we begin to go into summer mode this year.
Creating healthy, impactful routines can really support us on so many levels and help us tremendously during this time.
Creating healthier nightly routines help to support melatonin production. Try changing the time filters on your phone, having a wind down plan that completely excludes your phone, and connecting with your breath before sleep. Make your room a comfortable temperature, set a plan, and try to go to sleep and wake up approximately at the same time every time.
When was the last time you focused on just your breath? Do you...
Spring is here. This time of year it is so important to keep ourselves strong and healthy while we are dealing with allergies. Since we are still in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is critical that we keep germs down in our environments.
So today we will be talking about ways to do that with natural essential oils and other pet and child friendly cleaners.
One of my favorite things to do is to add essential oils to my mopping water in addition to an organic floor cleaner to add an extra layer of germ fighting power. Right now, I often use a drop or two of Thieves oil to support immunity and kill germs in the air. And on the plus side, it smells like Christmas time so that's always a win in my book.
If you enjoy cloves, cinnamon, and orange, you should get a bottle of either doTERRA On Guard or Thieves oil from Young Living. This is also a fantastic product to add to a spray bottle and sanitize the air in your home, car, or workspace.
We have also started using...
We go through our mornings and about our day and frequently forget to slow down and take advantage of going with the natural flow of the season we are in. For example, right now it is April and spring is just starting to send sprouts.
It's starting to warm up.
There's a bit of wind, a bit of rain.
Flowers are beginning to bloom.
These things are mirrored within our body because we are a tiny version of the universe around us. So in remembering that we need to think about moving regularly with our activities, for example, walking, yoga, biking or swimming, whatever other activity you enjoy. These should be incorporated into your day because as we move out of Winter and into Spring, we need to remember the season of Spring is about growth, unfolding, and movement.
In order to balance ourselves within for the Springtime, we need to do activities that allow movement in our...
I have recommended each of these exercises or tips to patients to begin the rebalancing of their system. They are gentle but effective ways for us to create more support in our busy lives. Many of these practices will take little time to add to your routine and I guarantee that you will be so happy you did.
We begin to grow accustomed to how we feel and see it as normal. Many people have tension and stress that is held within the body and adapt to it. We can support ourselves with self-care techniques that unwind the tension and relax the body so it can be calmer, more grounded, and get better rest.
In doing so, you create the balance and support your reproductive system needs to jump-start the holistic approach to healing...