Acupuncture

Foods to Eat to Help Depression

Many have heard the question posed what came first, the chicken or the egg? But how does that concept apply to depression? It’s well-known that when we’re depressed, our motivation and interest in maintaining a healthy and balanced diet subsides in the same way our energy does. Harvard Medical Students positioned that same question in relation to depression; what came first, depression or a poor diet? continue reading »

Traveling the Energetic Highway: What Are Meridians?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a system that seems quite foreign to many in the Western world. However, this medical system has been around for over 3,500 years, in comparison to the Western medical system, which has been around since the 19th century. One of the concepts of TCM is that of the meridian or energetic pathways. This article will explore this concept a little more deeply. continue reading »

Opioid Addiction: What Is It and Why Is It Prevalent Today

Opioids. A word all too common to today’s society. Since the late 1990s, the number of opioid-related deaths has increased dramatically, having taken the lives of nearly 64,000 Americans each year.

The opioid epidemic is considered to be the deadliest crisis in United States history and overdoses have also become the leading cause-of-death in people under the age of 50 in the United States. continue reading »

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Eastern vs. Western: How the Medical Practices Differ

Almost everybody knows there are two very unique ways of treating disease and maintaining health. But not everybody knows how these two methodologies differ from one another. And depending on where you live in the world, there may be one that is more prominent than the other. Both systems have their pros and cons. So let’s differentiate between the two. This is the battle between Eastern and Western medicine.  Let’s get ready to rumble! continue reading »

The Flu & You – How Can TCM Help?

Chinese medicinal clinical studies have suggested that using acupuncture as a preventative approach to colds and flu can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the duration of the illness. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work by rebalancing the body’s systems, regulating the body’s healing energies, and enhancing the immune system.

Even though germs, bacteria, and viruses are everywhere—in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink—according to Chinese medical theory, they do not cause disease. Illness occurs when our Wei Qi and our meridian organ systems are weak and out of balance. When this occurs it creates a hospitable for germs, bacteria, and viruses to thrive, leading to a cold, the flu, or worse. continue reading »

Meridian Point: Large Intestine 4

Large Intestine 4 is one of the most important and influential acupoints in the entire body. The Chinese name for Large Intestine 4 is “He Gu” meaning union valley or converging valley. The point is located on the hand in the web between the thumb and index finger, also described as the depression where the index finger and thumb bones part. This area of the hand is often described as “valley like” hence the name converging valley. continue reading »

Germ Theory: 101

Why do some people always catch a cold, and others don’t?
Viruses, germs, and bacteria are everywhere. They are in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink, but not all of them are bad or harmful.

Think of the immune system as your body’s security detail. The cells, tissues, and organs that comprise it help repel foreign invaders like harmful bacteria, parasites and other microbes that can cause infections. Disorders of the immune system range from everyday annoyances like mild seasonal allergies to serious illnesses like leukemia. Stress, lack of sleep and other common conditions can contribute to a weakened immune system, which can make you vulnerable to infections. continue reading »

Herbal and Health Consultations Only

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.

 

Stay well.

 

Until next time,

 

Lynn

Acupuncture: The Original Biohack for Migraines

Having recurring migraines is similar to parenting a temperamental toddler. When they go from being annoying to actively disruptive and mildly infuriating, there is often little one can do but grit your teeth and persevere. The helpful suggestions for managing this occurrence involved a mixture of expert opinion, anecdotal hearsay, individual tinkering and a big dose of patience. So where does acupuncture fit into this picture? continue reading »