Most people in the United States seek out acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain. Clinically, we also see an abundance of chronic health conditions, and syndromes unexplained by allopathic medicine. But did you know that you can use acupuncture and herbal medicine to effectively treat the common cold and seasonal flus, as well?
For most of my life up until that point, the relationship with my body was one of seeing how far I could push it. I was an avid long distance runner, used to speed workouts on the track at 6:00 am and long runs at a pace that I couldn’t really keep up. I was used to staying up really late to write papers and hang out with friends. The physical limits of my body were something to be pushed through – not something to learn from and listen to, from which to hear a story of my being. Acupuncture changed that for me.
Here at Stepping Stone, we treat a lot of women during pregnancy to help alleviate uncomfortable symptoms and make the 9 months as pleasant – and healthy – as possible. Probably the most common reason that pregnant women seek out acupuncture treatment is for nausea and vomiting – the famous “morning sickness.”
We actually gain lots of information from the pulse that helps us to choose the most appropriate acupuncture points for your unique condition. Acupuncture, as a medicine, is based on energy flow in the body. All of the energetic systems in the body are reflected in different positions of the pulse.
The tongue reflects what is going on within your body. After all, it is the only muscle in the body that we can see.
Like all aspects of this medicine, TCM teaches us to strive for balance in our emotional lives. While some of our emotional tendencies may be constitutional and woven into the fabric of our being, it is helpful to know that by taking care of our bodies, we are also taking care of our emotional selves, and vice versa.
In all dimensions, the Spleen allows our body to welcome and process the nourishment we deserve. When the Spleen is weak, we are undernourished, in body, mind, and spirit, no matter how much food we eat or how much we surround ourselves by nourishing places and activities. So how do we avoid damaging our Spleen?