Now is the time to support your immune system

COVID-19, 3/24 Newsletter

 

Acupuncture and Herbal Support:

Now is the time to support your immune system

Here’s how

 

We are still here.  Our doors are open, our phone is on.  We are clean, and calm, and we welcome you.

 

We are very happy to leave prepaid herbs outside for pickup, or mail them directly to you.

 

We are here for acupuncture treatments, and are separating appointments and opening our porch to maximize social distance.  You will be able to enter directly into your treatment room without delay. We are sanitizing after each individual’s visit.

 

Stay home if you believe you have respiratory symptoms, or if you suspect you may have been exposed to any virus.

 

Please phone us with any questions you may have about what we can do for you today.

 

Each of us is in serious stress.  Most of you have had the pleasure to feel the deep relaxation that comes with an acupuncture treatment.  Traditional Chinese Medicine can return you to balance, so you can better take the daily challenges that life throws your way.  I have a full shelf of herbal pills to help just with that, a wide variety to calm your specific complaints, help you sleep. As we are re-balancing, these herbs will help both in the short term, and reduce these tendencies over the long term.

 

We are concerned about our immunity, and want it as strong as it can be right now.  Acupuncture and herbs can help.  I have been adding immune boosting acupoints into most of my treatments, and ordering immune focused herbs from across the country these past weeks.

 

We want to know we are safe, and that, should this virus descend upon us, or our family, we will be able to fight, endure, and prevail.  You can keep herbs on your shelf to help strengthen your body, and ease symptoms.

 

If you want to be healthy, reduce your inflammatory and allergic loads.  For many of us, this means avoiding those comfort foods.  Any food that makes you feel stuffy, runny, bloated, heavy, foggy, or tired, is slowing down your immune system.  I included more in the last email, and will write more about this in the future.

 

Keep your colon clean: this is the opposite end of your Chinese Medicine Lung system, and an important part of your immune system!  If you tend toward constipation, take laxatives. We stock various alternatives.

Stay hydrated!  Keep drinking lots of water and unsweetened beverages.  Hot is better, as COVID-19 is destroyed in temperatures over about 78 degrees Fahrenheit, so stay warm!

 

 

Stay home, stay warm, well, and hydrated.

Meditate.  Take a walk in the springtime.

Reach out to those you love.  

All of us are together in this.

 

I’m here when you need me.

 

 

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COVID-19, March 17 Newsetter

The world has gone a little upside down.  Remember, we are all in this together.

 

Firstly, If any of you are suffering from, or have possibly been exposed to, COVID-19, each one of us needs to take a deep breath on your behalf, and send healing your way. 

 

For the rest of us, we need to stay healthy.

 

We all need our stress and anxiety levels reduced.  Despite our new isolation, we need to know we are not alone.  We want to know that our immune systems are strong, that those we love are safe, that all of us can weather this viral storm.

 

What can you do?

 

Boost your immune system!

Some of the strongest immune suppressors are stress, fear, and sugar.

Drink plenty of water.  Get more in soups, stews, and unsweetened, non-alcoholic beverages, like flavored seltzer water.  Keep your throat wet.

Gargle with salt water.

Rinse with a neti-pot.

Eat well.  Avoid phlegm-causing foods like sugar, dairy, refined flours, and processed foods.

Relieve your stress, in whatever way works best for you.

In a clean, safe space, breathe deeply, meditate.

Walk in the fresh air, albeit with less social interaction.  We can smile from 6 feet away.

Don’t give up your exercise routine, just minimize exposure.

When in doubt, STAY HOME.

When you return home, immediately wash your hands.

Explore online exercise classes, yoga, tai chi, or qi gong.

Sleep fully to restore.

Support those you love through telephone and Internet contact.

 

What can we do for you?

 

We are here to help you heal, keep you calm, balanced, healthy, and strong.  Don’t hesitate to phone us with your healthcare questions or concerns. We will do our best for you.

 

Chinese medicine has been doing this for thousands of years.  Traditional Chinese Medicine is all about treating the whole person where they are, rebalancing our systems, strengthening us, so that we can heal ourselves. 

 

Acupuncture alone is a great stress reliever, and immune boosting is an easy adjunct to any treatment.  Other concerns can be addressed during treatment.

 

We carry a wide variety of Chinese herbs and supplements that can help boost your immunity, ward off nearby viruses, fight off infections, and speed the resolution of influenza.  I can customize a formula for your specific needs and symptoms. If you are unsure, call us at 401-619-1912 for a consultation. We can ship appropriate herbs to you, or have them ready for pick up.

 

 

How do we do that now?

 

Obviously, priorities are shifting.  Safety first:

 

Please stay home if you believe you have respiratory symptoms, or if you suspect you may have been exposed to any virus.

 

Acupuncture & Herbal Answers is a clean healthcare facility.  We are cleaner now. We are taking this very seriously, are wearing protective gear, and disinfecting after each patient.

 

We are closely monitoring the CDC and RIDOH recommendations.

 

Those of you who have weakened immune systems, cardio-vasular disease, or who tend to suffer respiratory symptoms, may benefit from a phone call for herbal or healthcare advice.

 

If you choose to cancel an appointment, for whatever reason, please let us know.  No one will be penalized for late cancellations. 

 

Feel free to wait outside the office.  If we know you are there, we can let you know when your room is all ready for you, or take prepaid prescriptions out to your car.

 

Phone us!  Ask questions!  Get herbs!

 

Use our online supplement supply portal for vetted, quality supplements at a discount.

Wellevate Link

 

We are looking into various new ways to engage with you online.

 

Here is a link to an article on how effective herbs are to fight corona viruses in China: 

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3051009/coronavirus-do-herbal-remedies-work-and-could-they-help-stricken?fbclid=IwAR1g0e4Gf0TYPLDrJQ2osA5mQqONw7qSgARZfbnkdEYVseMzyya5wE7pGQE

 

Free Online QiGong exercises:

https://shengzhen.online/

Numerous free online learning sources:

https://www.edwardkinghouse.org/free-online-learning-opportunities/

 

 

Take care of yourselves!

 

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How to Stay Healthy As Winter Changes to Spring

For most people, the change of seasons from winter to spring is something to look forward to. But it also means a time when people tend to get sick or seasonal allergies start to flare up. This can make things miserable for a lot of people. As the weather fluctuates between freezing cold and warmer, sunnier days, it also wreaks havoc on our immune system and our sleep. Frequently, our bodies can’t keep up with the constant changes and we get physically run down. But there are some things everybody can do to help during the time of transition from one season to the next. continue reading »

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Food Color and Nutrition

In Chinese medical theory, food is considered medicine. Food has qualities and functions biochemically and energetically that target specific organs. Not only that, but the action a particular food takes to benefit that organ in terms of taste, color and temperature is what is included in Five Element theory. Food has a relationship to both the natural elements as well as the organs in the body and balances the elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood to healthy, generating cycles. continue reading »

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Moxibustion and Dysmenorrhea

A study conducted by Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has determined that the use of moxibustion at specific days during a woman’s menstrual cycle can decrease pain associated with menstruation. Dysmenorrhea or painful menstruation is a big problem for many women. This study used moxibustion, an accessory modality of TCM, to treat the pain associated with menstruation. The study and its systematic review showed moxibustion treatments were more effective at relieving pain only when the moxibustion began prior to the onset of actual menstruation. This is also the theory behind Traditional Chinese Medicine, that it should be used as preventive care. The efficacy of using moxibustion during the premenstrual time period holds great promise for those who are debilitated by dysmenorrhea. continue reading »

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Acupuncture for Boosting Your Circulation

Healthy blood circulation is a vital component of life for human beings. Without proper blood flow, life would cease to exist. Blood isn’t the only thing that’s important, it’s what the blood is carrying that makes circulation so important. Blood carries fresh oxygen, hormones and nutrients that we absorb from our food. Without these components, the organs and tissues of the body become depleted, weakened and eventually stop functioning. Any blockages in the veins and arteries can deprive the brain and the rest of the body from the needed oxygen, which can then lead to a plethora of other medical issues. continue reading »

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5 Acupoints to Help You Navigate Your Stress This Winter

There are several acupressure points that are known to treat stress and stress related symptoms. It’s important to understand that acupressure is not the only form of treatment and having a balanced diet, exercise regime and lifestyle will also decrease the chances of stress being a factor in your life. continue reading »

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Changes on Insurance Coverage for 2020

Yes, we DO accept insurance!

People ask every day, but of course the answer isn’t so simple.  Every insurance company has different plans, providers can be in or out of network, there are deductibles to be met, and limits applied.  Acupuncture, one facet of Traditional Asian Medicine, is relatively new in the United States, having only officially arrived in 1971, though Asian practitioners entered this country more than a century earlier.  Some specific insurance plans have covered acupuncture for over a decade, but with the recent outcries around the opiate crisis, a growing dissatisfaction with the current medical model, and the steadily amassing scientific proof of efficacy, our healthcare system as a whole is coming to embrace, if not yet the whole of Traditional Asian Medicine, at least acupuncture.  2020 is shaping up as a definitive year of change.

 

We have been an insurance provider for 4 different companies over the years, but have been accepting only Blue Cross/Blue Shield Rhode Island for the last decade or so.

Through them, we can also submit to any other Blue Cross, though they are separate companies, with their own restrictions.  Information on coverage for each of these companies must be obtained directly by the insured, as we do not have access. The FEP (federal Employee Program) is fairly liberal in their acupuncture coverage. 

 

We have received word that some BC/BS RI Medicare Plans, including at least BlueCHIP for Medicare Value (HMO-POS), BlueCHIP for Medicare Extra (HMO-POS), and HealthMate for Medicare (PPO) now cover acupuncture.  We will be able to submit these claims for you directly.

 

BC/BS Massachusetts has begun covering acupuncture this year.  Up to 12 visits per year, no referral required, normal specialist copay.  Check online or phone their office if you have a plan through them. 

 

For the past few years, acupuncture has been offered at various VA hospitals, Department of Defense Facilities, and in some battle zones.  It is clear that the military understand the value of this medicine.

 

We have been informed that TRICARE will likely be adding acupuncture coverage sometime early in 2020.  9.4 million uniformed servicemen, retirees, and their families may imminently be eligible for acupuncture and chiropractic care.  There will likely be limitations, such as those conditions listed below for Vets.

 

We are in the process of applying for providership to the US Veteran’s Non-VA Care Office via the Veteran Affairs (VA) Patient Centered Community Care (PC3) / Veteran’s Choice Program (VCP), and will definitely expand into TRICARE through this avenue.  So, US Vets, service people, and retirees should soon be able to utilize acupuncture as a resource for pain relief due to illness or injury, of the low back, of osteo-arthritic knees; nausea and vomiting after an operation or chemotherapy; mental health concerns including depression, and substance dependency.

Currently, a referral is required to take advantage of this service.  

 

One day they may expand this to also cover illness, fertility, and wellness treatments, paving the way for a happier, healthier service population.  I have had the pleasure of treating (and helping) a large number of our service people and their families, and I cannot imagine a more effective and economical health alternative for our hard working military.

 

Also starting This month, Tufts Health Plan’s (available in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New Hampshire) fully insured commercial plans, including employee-sponsored plans, now allow for unlimited acupuncture treatments with one of Tufts network of acupuncturists: unlimited access, no authorization or referral required, for their standard specialist copay.  Plans previously offered 20 visits per year. Reimbursement for Out of Network providers can be gained through Tufts Health Forward.

 

Times are changing for insurance coverage of acupuncture, and this seems to be the year for a big surge!  The Opiate Crisis and active military use of the medicine have no doubt contributed. 

Medicare has only recently begun to consider acupuncture coverage, but reformation is on its way.  SO, call your insurance company, ask if they have made any changes to your plan, or whether there may be a more progressive plan for you.  While you are at it, check:

 

If acupuncture is covered

How many visits are paid per year

What your copay is

What your deductible is, and when it has been met: in network, and out of network limits may well be different.

Whether your provider needs to be in network, or whether further restrictions apply

(We are a BC/BS in-network provider)

 

Then schedule your appointments for a healthy 2020!  

 

You might consider regular visits to take advantage of this healthy option, keeping on top of illness and injury.  Schedule once a month, or quarterly, to stay balanced.

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Stay Healthy This Winter with a Balanced Qi

Winter’s element is water and is associated with the kidneys, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is considered the source of all qi and energy within the body. Winter is also associated with the bladder and adrenal glands.

Focusing on inner reflection, rest, energy conservation and storage during the winter months is when it’s most important as it helps us to properly nourish our Kidney Qi.

Below are a few methods you can learn about and apply during this season in order to maintain a balanced qi. continue reading »

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Winter Acupuncture: Governing Vessel 14

Governing Vessel 14 is called The Great Hammer. This point is located below C 7 on the spine. C 7, the seventh cervical vertebrae is the one which is the most prominent. Traditionally the vertebrae were referred to as hammers because of their resemblance to the tool. This point is great because it is the intersecting point for all of the Yang meridians in the body. In winter time, this point is often used to treat colds and other illnesses that are common this time of year. continue reading »

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