Alternate ways of moving stagnant qi

Therefore, as effective and, in fact, necessary physical exercise is for moving our qi, so too can we exercise our emotions/mind.  Qi stagnation closes things down, tightens things up, and slows things down.  In the mind, qi stagnation manifests as stress/anxiety, irritability or anger, overthinking, excessive worry, depression, an inability to let things go, to name a few.  We can see in these examples that the ‘stuckness’ of the flow of qi through ourselves impacts the way we perceive and interact with the world. 

Wei Qi: Your Body’s Natural Strength and Immunity

Though many of us don’t want to admit it, fall is just around the corner. You can feel it in the air early in the morning, before the last days of summer sun break through. While fall brings many wonderful things – crisp cool air, changing leaves, yummy root vegetables, and the routine that many miss during the summer, it also brings colds and flus and runny noses as the weather gets cooler.

A Holistic Approach to Mental Health

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, an important time to acknowledge health issues that too often go undiagnosed or untreated. Mental 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.” Acupuncture can work in conjunction with therapy and medication to manage symptoms of mental illness.

Acupuncture and Herbs for a Healthy Sex Life

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.

The Thyroid Gland

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.

New Stress Study

I frequently see patients in my clinic for symptoms of stress 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.

Dry Skin

Hopefully we are in the tail end of winter…and warmer, less dry days lie ahead! I know I’m looking forward to spring, and my skin is too! Many, many of us experience dry skin during the winter months (or sometimes all year!) When skin gets really dry, it can be uncomfortable, scaly, itchy, burning, or tender to the touch. Read on for 9 tips/products for naturally healthy skin.