- Acupuncture & Herbal Answers1 Bartlett Court
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“At a time when people are so conscious of maintaining their physical health by controlling their diets, exercising, and so forth, it makes sense to try to cultivate the corresponding mental attitudes too.”
– HH the Dalai Lama, 1963
It can be easy to forget how much our mental state can affect our physical well-being. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, that connection is evident in the treatment strategies, but it is also true that when we are feeling bad, we don’t always think to look at our minds. It works both ways. continue reading
As we learn to navigate this new world where an ever looming virus is present, it’s important to learn which ways we can help ourselves and loved ones,get through a time of illness.. Below are herbal remedies and acupressure points for self-care to help aid with symptoms of COVID-19 such as coughing, shortness of breath and fevers. continue reading
2020 has proven to be a year of trials and growth for all of us. With a new school year just around the corner, it’s important to have an open dialogue with our children about what to expect, how to stay safe and how they can express themselves even with certain restrictions. continue reading
We’re confident that you’ve heard of acupuncture, but do you know where it comes from?
The study and practice of acupuncture and acupressure have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for thousands of years and is an ancient healing technique. Acupressure and acupuncture apply the same principles, but acupressure uses pressure points instead of needles to achieve the desired results. continue reading
In order to assure your safety, we will temporarily suspend all acupuncture and Energy Light Rejuvenation treatments at Acupuncture & Herbal Answers at the end of today, April 17, 2020. Of course, we are carefully monitoring the Corona conditions and our local limitations. At this time, I am eyeing a potential date to reopen in one month, which would bring us to Tuesday, May 18th. An email here and listings online will indicate the actual date whenever it becomes clear.
Our shelves are full of Chinese herbs and supplements, and I am happy to offer in-depth telephone or Zoom health consultations during the business week. These can include custom herbal formulations, supplement and dietary suggestions, meditation and acupressure lessons, as well as connecting you with resources which might be of help. Blue Cross/Blue Shield covers tele-medicine time with me, so consider this if you are in need. Phone if you would like my help. As always, there is no charge for brief telephone consultations.
Call with any questions.
I am always happy to help. I will be standing by the phone, and responding to all voice and email messages within 24 hours. Pick up times can be set, items left out for you, prepaid by phone, or checks can be dropped in our mail slot. The front door will remain locked.
For those of you who have had recent success here with acupuncture, please consider continuing herbal treatment, so that your benefits will not be lost. I will be phoning some of you in the next couple of weeks to check on your progress and state of mind.
Most of us are now living in a heightened state of stress and may be suffering anxiety or insomnia. Chinese herbs can do a world of good. Future emails will cover specific ways to calm us, and to boost our immunity.
I will miss seeing you, but believe this will be the safest way for me to help you at this time. This time can be a blessing, and I hope we can all find some benefit amidst our modern chaos. Thank you for bearing with me.
Remember to get outdoors (though our walking areas have been limited) and witness spring pushing through the gloom. The bright green grass and wagging daffodils can help fill our hearts. Breathe deeply: open the lungs to fresh, healthy air, free those tight spaces.
Until next time,
Statistics show that almost eight out of 10 people experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. This can also be attributed to the fact that many people suffer from low-grade dehydration because they don’t drink enough water and they don’t ingest enough healthy fats that keep the muscles and tendons loose. It is also very well known that in the United States, people are too sedentary, and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading
Most people have heard of the field of acupuncture by now, but did you realize the scope of the practice encompasses Chinese medicine, which includes so much more than needles? Let’s explore this ancient therapy.
First of all, the practice of Chinese medicine starts with a diagnosis. The practitioner asks many questions to build a history; this includes the answers to digestion, appetite, diet, sleep patterns, bowel movement urination, pain, lifestyle, and stress level, for example. The acupuncturist will also be noting the voice pitch, hair luster, skin color and tone, as well as posture and mood of the patient and any significant odor. After that, there is a pulse and tongue analysis to determine where the pattern and root are, primarily. Finally, blood pressure is measured and other applicable tests done, including palpation of the body. After this history, a diagnosis and treatment plan is determined. What might be included in this plan? continue reading