People always ask me why I became an acupuncturist. And I don’t have just one answer.
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.
From a Chinese Medicine standpoint, when we are too fixated on being healthy, that balance we strive for gets thrown for a loop. When we are too fixated on balance, we become unbalanced.
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.
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.
If you are into health and nutrition at all, you’ve probably heard about the many nutritional benefits of Kale. But I bet even you don’t know all the reasons why you should be sure you are including this nutritional powerhouse in your diet!
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 stick to them!