Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
1) Reduce stress - This is a winter that could stress anyone and we all know that stress has a negative impact on our minds and bodies. Acupuncture reduces stress quickly and safely.
2) Prevent illness - Winter is rough, the extreme cold and damp provide an environment that makes it easier for you to get sick. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs boost your immunity in order to remain healthy and, if you're already sick, treatments can lessen your symptoms and reduce the duration of the illness.
3) Recharge your body - This winter has been tough on many of us and it won't be over for awhile. The cold and sludge drain our energy, make it harder to accomplish our goals and frankly, the tenacity of this weather is depressing. A few well placed needles can nurture your depleted body, increase your energy, help you sleep better, and relieve built up tension.
Monday, February 24, 2014
We are having a brutal winter in Chicago. I hear from my family in the East that they are also experiencing rough weather. It is only my relatives and friends in California (they are NOT farmers worrying about drought) who are bragging about superb temperatures. So, this next article is for those of us living east of the Rockies.
As some of you may already know, in Chinese Medicine there are five elements; wood, fire, earth, metal and water. These five elements are metaphors for describing how different aspects of our world interact and relate to each other.
As we in Chicago know very well, winter arrived with dramatic force! It is not always a dramatic season. Often, winter is a time of stillness and rest (think hibernation), during which energy is conserved and stored. Water is the element of winter. Therefore, this is a great month in which to discuss it. Water is one of the most powerful elements (and my favorite). In Chicago, we are seeing water frozen and still, only one form of water's dangerous wrath. It can also move with speed and deadly force. Remember the tsunami in Southeast Asia? Yet water is also patient and slow. We know that water can slowly smooth the surface of a rock by years of continual gentle persistence. From these examples, we understand that Water represents fluidity or the ability to "go with the flow." I really appreciate this aspect - water is adaptable, still, and patient, yet unyielding, determined, and unstoppable.
What does this mean for us who are experiencing the polar vortex? Living in harmony with the seasons is an ancient Chinese belief. Winter urges us to slow down. This is a natural time of year to replenish energy and conserve our strength. In Chinese Medicine, each season is also associated with a specific organ in the body and winter's organ is the kidneys. We need to consider our kidney Qi because, in winter, our body's energy stores are depleted. We get down to our reserves. Think of kidney qi like gas in our car's tank. We all know that when our gas tank gets close to empty, it is more likely to freeze.
Chinese Medicine believes that cold invades our body, exposing us to chills, colds, and headaches. To drive out the cold, phlegm, and keep you at your best this season, remember the effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Seasonal acupuncture treatments in winter serve to nourish our kidney Qi which greatly enhances the body's ability to thrive during these frigid days. Acupuncture and herbs ease stress, aid in healing, prevent illness and increase vitality.
4 Easy Winter Health Strategies
2. Stay warm. We all know this, but in Chinese Medicine it is considered especially important to keep your back, neck, and upper chest covered when you go outside. Keep your feet warm at home. Wear slippers, cold comes up through the floor and into your body. This last tip is especially important for women who suffer from PMS or who are trying to conceive.
3. Adapt your diet. Stay away from too many raw foods because they can cool the body. Eat warm, hearty soups, whole grains, steam your veggies instead of salads, roasted nuts (walnuts and chestnuts are both especially effective for nourishing Kidney Qi), squashes, root vegetables, dark green leafy vegetables, kidney beans, and black beans.
4. Drink water. Winter's body organ, kidneys, are associated with the water element so drink plenty of water but keep it warm or at room temperature instead of cold and drink throughout the day. A hot cup of tea, with honey and lemon is also a wonderful idea.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Monday, February 17, 2014
The Sochi Olympics are underway and with every Olympic Games, I enjoy the opportunity to brag about Chinese Medicine
because many of the world's top athletes are turning to acupuncture and
other treatments to keep them in gold medal winning form.
1) This year Canada's Bronze Medal Winner used Acupuncture to help him come back after a recent injury. Mark McMorris just won the bronze medal in slopestyle at the Sochi games. He was originally one of those favored to win, but a few weeks ago he broke a rib at the X games and was having severe pain during practices. "A steady regime of acupuncture, pool training, gym work and massages got him to a point where only the hard landings hurt."
2) Wang Qun a Chinese swimmer used cupping to prepare for her race at the 2008 Bejing Olympics. You can check out a photo of her cupping marks here.
3) My favorite twitter pal, Olympic bronze medal winner Dee Dee Trotter is a huge advocate for acupuncture. Her hometown acupuncturist accompanied her to London when she competed in the 2012 games where she won the bronze medal for the 400 meter run.
4) Windsurfer Yin Jian won China's first Olympic sailing gold medal in 2008. She said it was the ultimate reward for years of battling constant injuries and spending long periods training away from home, reported Reuters. Yin reeled off a list of the parts of her body that had been affected by injury. "My waist, shoulder, legs and feet," said Yin, adding she had spent every night after racing at the Games on the treatment table undergoing acupuncture and massage for muscle strains.
5) Amy Acuff is an Olympic high jumper and the London Olympics was her fifth time on the USA Olympic team. What is even more exciting (to me at least) is that she is also a licensed acupuncturist in Austin, Texas. Go Amy! Being an acupuncturist has some personal benefits for Amy. High jumpers can be injury prone and she credits some of her success in the sport to acupuncture because it is helpful for injury prevention and recovery.
6) Daniel Kowalski, Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medalist in swimming, made this video discussing how acupuncture was integral to maintaining his health while training for the Olympics and after. He states that acupuncture helped him recover from shoulder injuries, improved his sleep, fended off colds and flu, while enhancing his general well being.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Valentine's Day is tomorrow! Flower vendors, candy manufacturers and jewelry stores are all bombarding us with ideas about ways to show our love. In Chinese
Medicine, one way to insure a good love life is to have plentiful
kidney qi. For thousands of years, the Chinese medical practitioners
have known that an abundance of kidney qi is essential to having a
strong libido. Kidney qi is also key to vibrant health, illness
prevention, more energy, better sleep and a longer life. Pretty terrific
|Dried Goji Berries/Gou Qi Zi|
1. Eat foods that nourish your kidneys - Goji berries (Gou Qi Zi), Raspberries, Cherries. Green onions, Black beans, Kidney beans, Shrimp, Lamb, Sweet potatoes, Herbs such as basil, fennel, garlic, and ginger; and Walnuts.
2. Take Cordyceps - In the high mountains of China, Cordyceps is a fungus that lives on certain caterpillars and is considered highly prized for its medicinal properties. Fortunately, this unique material has become more readily available as a result of modern cultivation. Cordyceps builds your kidney qi (both kidney yang and yin) over time and can increase energy and stamina. It is also used for improving liver function, strengthening your immune system, and enhancing athletic performance. It is used to treat coughs, bronchitis, weakness and fatigue. Do not use Cordyceps if you have a fever or an autoimmune disorder. As with any herbal medicine, it is always best to see a professional with questions and concerns.
3. Show yourself or your loved one some appreciation with an acupuncture treatment - Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are wonderful for strengthening your Kidney Qi.
Through February 14, I am offering gift certificates for acupuncture sessions at a discounted rate (to be used at your convenience). Sessions are normally $90 but if you purchase a gift certificate by 2/14, treatment is only $80. Get them now for yourself and your loved ones and use them anytime.
Call (312-399-5098) or email (email@example.com) me to purchase your acupuncture Valentine now!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Daniel Kowalski won Olympic Gold, Silver and Bronze medals in swimming. Very impressive! In this video he discusses how acupuncture was integral to maintaining his health while training for the Olympics and after. He states that acupuncture helped him recover from shoulder injuries, improved his sleep, fended off colds and flu, while enhancing his general well being. Acupuncture also led to him have a better understanding of his body.
WOW! I love seeing these amazing athletes reaping the benefits of Chinese Medicine and spreading the word.