COVID, The Lungs, Grief, and Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine, each organ system in the body is associated with a particular emotion, and also a particular “element” (or force at play in the natural world.) The organ system associated with grief, loss, and sadness, is the Lung. I don’t need to tell you what organ system is most often associated with COVID-19 infection.

Flower Essences for Stressful Times

A lovely description of the action of flower essences is the comparison to the physical effects we can feel when we hear a moving piece of music, or seeing an inspirational work of art. While neither the music or art is physically “touching” us, our body is still experiencing some kind of reaction. We can call this a soul/spirit/energetic/qi response based on our personal belief system. Flower essences fit nicely into the healing modalities of acupuncture and massage as it also seeks to adjust and tone the energetic levels of the human body.

Adaptogens: Herbs that help you process stress

Adaptogens are a category of herbs that exert a normalizing effect on body processes and help the body to better tolerate stress. They have been shown to increase the body’s resistance to myriad types of stress, including physical, emotional, chemical, and biological. Furthermore, they are able to counteract, reduce, or negate the negative body processes that can normally result from these stressors. This means while we can’t always change the source of your stress, these herbs have been shown to change how your body reacts to it.

Top 10 Reasons to Try Craniosacral Therapy

CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and rebalancing a physiological system called the craniosacral system. It can be a very effective, natural, and non-invasive treatment for many ailments. Here are our top 10 reasons to give it a try.

Xiao Yao San–“Free and Easy Wanderer”

This post is copied from our older, original blog. Original post date 06/17/2013.  By Marcie Bower, Lic.Ac. Xiao Yao San – or, “Free and Easy Wanderer” is probably the most commonly prescribed Chinese Herbal Remedy in the United States. Depending on the patient’s presentation, it can be a useful therapy for a wide variety of … Continue reading Xiao Yao San–“Free and Easy Wanderer”

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.