May isMental Health Awareness Month
, an important time to
acknowledge health issues that too often go undiagnosed or untreated. According to theNational Alliance on Mental Illness
illness affects 1 in 4 Americans. “Mental illness” is an incredibly broad term,
but essentially means a condition that “disrupts a person's
thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.”(NAMI)
Mental illness, according to NAMI, includes anxiety disorders, autism spectrum
disorders, bipolar disorder, ADD/ADHD, depression, dissociative disorders,
eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorders,
schizophrenia, and PTSD.
I'm reposting an email that went out this morning fromBoston Acupuncture Trauma Relief
to local acupuncturists. I think it contains lots of important information for all of us, not just those of us providing these acupuncture trauma-relief treatments. My heart-felt thanks to all of those involved in setting up Boston Acupuncture Trauma Relief for their incredibly important work this week.
can not express the depth of healing that needs to stat taking place
after this weeks events, thousands have been affected [.
The city of Boston, those of us who call the Boston area home, Americans, and people all over the world suffered a huge tragedy this week with the Boston Marathon bombings. The horror of this event has been well-documented in the media this week, as have the reasons that the Boston Marathon issuch a special event
and the numerous counts ofhuman goodness
, compassion, bravery, and devotion to one another.
Acupuncturists all throughout the Boston area and beyond are offering FREE ACUPUNCTURE TREATMENTS to those suffering in the aftermath of Monday's events.
Fudge Ball Recipe
2 Cups Dates
2 Cups Almond Butter
½ Cup Carob or Cacao Powder
Optional: Coconut Flakes
In a food processor, blend the dates to a smooth paste
Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth
Remove from processor and form into round balls
Optional: Dip balls in coconut flakes
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A healthy sex life can be a vital component of feeling
happy, healthy, and fulfilled for many adults, but problems with sex can be
hard to talk about or find solutions for.
Luckily, in many cases, acupuncture and herbal medicine can help.
In my clinic, I treat both men and women for symptoms of low
libido, or loss of desire to have sexual relations. From a Chinese Medicine
perspective, low libido can be caused by numerous reasons: it can be caused from
a weakness in theyang energy
The thyroid gland is the largest endocrine gland in the
body. When functioning optimally, this butterfly-shaped gland in the neck
secretes just the right amount of thyroid hormone to regulate most metabolic
processes in the body. Thyroid hormones control how quickly the body uses
energy, the production of proteins, blood calcium levels, and how sensitive the
body is to other hormones. Even slight changes in thyroid hormone levels can
cause drastic changes to energy, weight, and mental functioning.
I frequently see patients in my clinic for symptoms ofstress
or anxiety, and patients coming in for other health ailments often
report that the acupuncture seems to help them feel less stressed or manage
their stress better. But until now, science hasn’t been able to explain the
stress relief effect of acupuncture.
But a new study out of Georgetown University offers a
promising explanation. The study,
published in theJourney of Endocrinology
this month, found that acupuncture
can alter stress hormones in rats.
I know I’ve posted about these concepts before, but I get so
many questions from interested patients about what I am doing, how I am
choosing what points to do, how I understand their symptoms. So I thought I’d
try to break down 3,000 years of complicated medical theory into a neat and
tidy blog post here. (Impossible, I know. But here is a very, very simple
introduction) of some of the most important points.
The take home message is this: acupuncture is about
relationships. As an acupuncturist, I seek to understand the relationship
between different energy systems in your body, the relationships between a
number of physiological forces at work in each of us, and the relationship
between your energy and the energy of the outside world.
Ok, folks, it is that time again. Time to make some New
Years Resolutions and try to stick to them. Guess what? Acupuncture just might
be able to help. Here are some of the most common resolutions that people make,
and how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you keep them all year long!
Get in Shape.
One of the most common resolutions Americans make each year
more. Because acupuncture looks at the whole body, it can help
you in this endeavor in multiple ways. On a physical level, acupuncture is a
great treatment for sore muscles or joint pain following a hard work-out – the
kind of pain that may prevent you from sticking to your work-out regimen.
I treat a lot of patients for fertility issues – it is
probably one of the most common reasons that women come to my clinic for
acupuncture. But while many women think of acupuncture as a means toget
pregnant, most don’t know that it
can also help themduring
Acupuncture can be a very effective – and safe – treatment
or the more severe symptoms of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
From an acupuncture perspective, the new person developing in the womb causing
a disruption in the usual energy flow in some of the deeper meridians in the
body, particularly the Chong Mai, or “Sea of Blood.