Five Acupuncture Points for Summer

Summer is a season of abundant energy and light, long days, pool parties, ice cream and lemonade. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) recognizes summer as the time of year that has the utmost yang and therefore the element associated with summer is fire. In TCM, there are specific energetic pathways related to each season and element. For the season of summer, the heart and small intestine are the connected pathways. continue reading »

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A wonderful article on how disease often begins: in the Gut

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Seven Ways Acupuncture Can Help Men’s Health

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a complete medical system that has been around for nearly 3,000 years. It combines nutrition, herbs, acupuncture and other modalities to help keep the body functioning properly, while also treating any ailments that might occur. TCM has been used to treat both men and women, regardless of their age, and TCM is frequently becoming the medical choice for those who prefer to use holistic forms of medicine to heal themselves. continue reading »

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TCM and Libido in Men

If your love life is lackluster, have you considered Traditional Chinese medicine to help a sagging libido? Acupuncture and herbal formulas may just be the ticket to improve your sex life and reignite your fire. continue reading »

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Ocean Summit at Newport’s Volvo Ocean Race Stopover: RI Makes Commitments Toward a Cleaner Ocean

Vestas 11th Hour Skipper Charlie Enright and R.I. Dept. of Environmental Mgmt. Dir. Janet Coit at today’s Ocean Summit at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover. Image: Jesus Renedo/Volvo Ocean Race

From Sail Newport’s May 18, 2017 Press Release:

RHODE ISLAND CONTINUES TO LEADS FIGHT AGAINST MARINE POLLUTION AT VOLVO OCEAN RACE NEWPORT OCEAN SUMMIT
NEWPORT, RI (May 18, 2018) – When the Volvo Ocean Race first visited Newport in 2015 a highlight of the stopover was the Ocean Summit. It brought together race competitors, organizers, environmentalists, philanthropists and corporate executives to raise awareness of plastics littering the world’s oceans.
The first summit was such a success that the Volvo Ocean Race adopted the model for the current edition of the race and today the Ocean Summit returned to its roots at the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover at Fort Adams State Park. It was the fourth Ocean Summit hosted in the current edition.
As the Ocean State, Rhode Island has a consciousness for its many rivers, ponds, lakes, bays and coastlines. They provide sustenance, employment and enjoyment to its residents and many visitors.
To keep them vibrant Rhode Island was the first state to enact no-discharge zones, prohibiting marine vessels from pumping sewage or waste overboard. The non-profit group Save the Bay has committed hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up Narragansett Bay to the point where it is clearer and cleaner than at any point since the industrial revolution.
Today, Rhode Island reasserted its leading position as a champion of marine health. Acting on behalf of Governor Gina Raimondo, the Director of the RI Department of Environmental Management (RI DEM), Janet Coit, announced that “Little Rhody” is the first state in the union to sign the
Clean Seas Pledge, a campaign of the United Nations to eliminate water pollution from plastics.
Coit also announced two new programs designed to support that pledge—the Zero Plastic Marina Initiative, a voluntary effort between RI DEM, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association and marina operators to keep plastics out of Narragansett Bay and the ocean coastlines. Also, a pilot program will see fiberglass boats ground up and recycled for use in a new durable, flexible cement.
“Solutions to big problems start somewhere,” said Coit. “We’re aware that the issues surrounding climate change are dire and significant and more needs to be done. Not everyone is aware that 80 percent of the plastics in the ocean come from land. By taking on this problem here and demonstrating what can be done to solve it can have a ripple effect around the world.”
The RI DEM and Sail Newport co-host the Volvo Ocean Race Newport Stopover along with other RI agencies. The RI DEM manages Fort Adams State Park where Sail Newport, the state’s public sailing center, is headquartered.
“Sail Newport is very proud to be associated with the RI DEM and follows its lead to protect the ‘blue space’ that we cherish as our most important resource,” said Brad Read, the executive director of
Sail Newport. “The Sailing Center at Fort Adams State Park applauds the Zero Plastic Marine Initiative announced by Director Coit. Rhode Island might be the smallest state, but we have a big message and strong partnerships to preserve the marine environment for future generations.”
The problem of micro-plastics in the water is a key theme of the Volvo Ocean Race. Race officials say they are alarmed by the amounts of micro-plastic particles in remote areas such as the Southern Ocean and that action must be taken immediately to reverse course.
The highest concentration of micro-plastic pollution was found in the South China Sea where levels of 357 particles per cubic meter were recorded. But researchers were dismayed that levels of nine to 26 particles per cubic meter were found in the middle of the Southern Ocean, the most remote point from land on planet Earth, on the leg from New Zealand to Brazil.
Sustainable initiatives are being enacted in the three towns on Aquidneck Island. Middletown and Portsmouth have agreed to adopt the Clean Seas Pledge. Both towns have pledged to eliminate single-use beverage containers and town council members have pledged to use reusable containers for beverages during council meetings in council chambers. In both cases a signed official resolution exists now with each town and will be filed with Secretary of State after meeting minutes are approved.
In Newport the mayor has agreed to adopt the Clean Seas Pledge. As an initial symbolic step, the mayor has pledged to use reusable containers for beverages during council meetings in council chambers. The Newport City Council members individually signed the Clean Seas Pledge on April 25.
Coit was a featured participant in the 2015 Ocean Summit and again this year. She said that the Ocean Summit is inspiring and that much work lies ahead.
“We’re proud that we kicked off the Ocean Summit in 2015 and that it was such a success,” said Coit. “The Volvo Ocean Race said that we to do this and have sailors bring attention to climate change and how it effects the oceans. It’s an honor to be the first state in America to take the Clean Seas Pledge. We’re the Ocean State and we care deeply about the ocean.”
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Why You Should Get Regular Acupuncture Treatments

Everybody knows you should see your family physician at least once a year and your dentist at least twice a year. But not everybody knows about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and the many benefits it can provide for you. If you start incorporating acupuncture into your health and wellness regime, you may not have to rely on the family physician so much for those minor little issues. Let’s look at how getting regular acupuncture treatments can help you stay happy and healthy. continue reading »

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Acupuncture and TCM for Sprains and Strains

We’ve all heard of and maybe even experienced a sprain or a strain. But do you really know the difference? A sprain is defined as a stretch or tear of a ligament. A strain, on the other hand, is defined as an injury to a muscle or tendon. Sprains can result from a fall, a sudden twist or a blow to the body that forces a joint out of place, while a strain can happen from twisting or pulling a muscle or tendon. continue reading »

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Herbal Tonics for Allergies

An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen.  This could be anything from something you inhale to something you touch to something you eat.  An allergic reaction may cause sneezing, coughing, watery eyes, a running nose, a sore throat and rashes. In severe cases, allergic reactions can induce something known as anaphylactic shock, which can actually be deadly. continue reading »

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Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Allergies

Allergies, seasonal or otherwise, is one of the biggest health issues people deal with in the United States. And the numbers are rising every year. Part of this is because our agricultural practices have changed drastically in the past 40 years and our bodies are not accustomed to dealing with genetically modified foods or the excessive amounts of pesticides now being put in and on our food. We are also being over-medicated with antibiotics used in livestock we eat and that we are prescribed by our own doctors. This has created superbugs like MRSA that no longer responding to antibiotics. Our immune systems just can’t keep up. So every year, the number of people experiencing allergies is increasing. continue reading »

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Eating According to TCM: Five Foods for Spring

Spring is a time of renewal, regeneration, growth and energy. The plants and animals awaken from the slumber of the cold winter months. The vital nutrients that have been stored in the roots of the plants and the bodies of the animals, comes to the surface and life becomes more vibrant and fluid. Human beings are no different. Humans tend to stay indoors more during the winter months and sometimes pack on a little extra weight in the process. As the weather warms, humans become more gregarious and spend more time outside enjoying nature. This is just a natural process. continue reading »

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