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Small Steps – a song about the wood element

Here is a song I wrote in 2005, illustrating the Wood element. I was struggling with Lyme Disease while going through student clinic for my acupuncture license at the time. It’s all about getting things done one step at a time. I hope you enjoy it!

 

 

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Video Interview…Life in the Time of a Pandemic: a Five Element Approach.

My First Interview… there’s a minor technical hiccup at first but then it really takes off.

The Pandemic: A Five Element Approach of past, present, and future.

In this first of hopefully many more interviews, my friend and business ally Andrea Hutter interviews me about life during the pandemic, in the eyes of Classical Chinese Medicine. In this interview, I discuss how the pandemic affected us in our body, mind, and spirit through the year.

Last Year’s Pandemic: A Five Element Approach

During each season, the emotions we felt were way off of what is normal. Instead of hope in the spring of 2020, we had fear and grief. And instead of the joy of summer, we had more fear. Then in the fall, instead of the awe of autumn, we had a huge dose of more fear and loss. And the winter, instead of being a time to rest, was, yes… more fear and loss.

The End of the Pandemic

I also describe how we are affected even as the pandemic appears to be waning and restrictions are being lifted. The spring of 2021 wasn’t anything like what we expected. Instead of feeling inspired to start fresh, lots of us are tired. The can-do attitude is not quite as can-do-ish. Many of us are off to a slower start than usual. And now that we’re heading toward summer, we’re still just not feeling the bounce in our step that we’d like.

What’s Next?

Finally, I address what to expect in the coming year as we recover. Don’t expect that everything will go back to the way it was. It will take time to recover from the most difficult year in living memory. I also discuss things we can do to help. The main take-away is this: don’t expect too much from yourself. And self-care is always the best answer. Healthy eating, generous amounts of sleep, and gentle exercise are all critical.

The Pandemic: A Five Element Approach is a must-see! Also viewable on Facebook.

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Acupuncture and Distance Healing

As our world turns to a global network, many people are finding more health resources at a distance. A lot of therapists have been developing methods of distance healing for their patients. Since acupuncture is energy medicine, it is ideal for just this sort of thing. Acupuncture uses the needle to focus qi/energy in the qi network of the body. As the ancients knew, and as physics has verified, all of the universe is nothing more than particles and waves of energy, appearing to be solid objects. And none of us can dispute the force of gravity, which is invisible in all ways but the scale and planetary movement.

The sun is 93 million miles away. And it can literally cook an egg on the pavement with nothing but photons. This is similar to how distance healing works. Distance doesn’t lessen the power of energy! Acupuncture is all about movement of qi. Therefore, it is very easy for an acupuncturist to do their craft over any distance, as long as the patient is ready and in a receptive state.

The beauty of virtual acupuncture is you can lie down at home on a couch or a bed and relax. Meanwhile, your acupuncturist performs the session in their office or anywhere that is conducive to privacy. After the session, there is no need to get up and drive home. In fact, I frequently sign off quietly and let people soak in the results in their own time. And the results are excellent. Sometimes the distance session goes even deeper than an in-person visit.

So whether you are living in a remote region or staying home due to covid, acupuncture is still available to you.

To learn more about the benefits of acupuncture and holistic care, click here for additional topics. Ready to give it a try for yourself? Book your next visit now! Services available both virtually and in person.

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Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Acupuncture for Weight Loss

Most of us have those pesky few pounds that just won’t release their grip on us. We might try the latest diet or exercise trend but that weight just won’t come off. Or maybe you have more than just a little weight to lose. Rather than jump on the latest fad diet that sounds too good to be true, have you thought about trying acupuncture to lose weight? It just might be the ticket to not only losing those extra pounds but also to getting your overall health back on track. continue reading »

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Treating Sciatica Pain with Acupuncture

Treating Sciatica Pain with Acupuncture

Anyone who has suffered from sciatic nerve pain can tell you it can be a very debilitating condition. It is typically caused by an impingement of the sciatic nerve in the lower back but the pain is actually felt radiating down the leg and in the buttock. There are several potential causes of sciatic pain including:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Pregnancy
  • Herniated lumbar disc (also known as a slipped disc)

Acupuncture is one of the most gentle and effective treatment options. Traditional medicine may prescribe medication to deal with the pain caused by sciatica but acupuncture is a drug-free option that treats the issue and not just the symptom. continue reading »

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Acupuncture for Better Circulation

Acupuncture for Better Circulation

Perhaps the greatest benefit of acupuncture is that this form of medicine has been practiced for thousands of years and has been specifically used to increase circulation for centuries. At the bedrock of this medicine are the techniques used to stimulate sympathetic responses resulting in blood vessel dilation and increased blood flow. Maybe a simpler way of explaining it is to say acupuncture stimulates energy pathways in the body, thus enhancing blood flow. continue reading »

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