Acupuncture & Wellness Blog

Affirmations for Health & Well-being

One of the tenets of Chinese medicine is that our thoughts and our body are one–each affects the other, and thinking negatively about our physical or emotional state can actually worsen the conditions we are suffering from. Relatedly, thinking positively can lead to improvements. Affirmations, used regularly, can help our emotional and physical body heal and stay healthy. There are many ways to use affirmations: Repeat your affirmation aloud 10-15 times throughout the day while holding in one’s mind the…

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Tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) for Health

Tapping seems slightly odd the first time you encounter it, but I can tell you it has helped me and my patients with anxiety, pain, insomnia, worry, and a myriad of other issues. The Tapping Solution (thetappingsolution.com) defines tapping as: “A combination of Ancient Chinese Acupressure and Modern Psychology that works to physically alter your brain, energy system and body all at once. The practice consists of tapping with your fingertips on specific meridian points while talking through traumatic memories and a…

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Boundaries, “zhi” and acupuncture

Creating personal boundaries is essential to living a vibrant and truthful existence. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each of the body’s yin organs (Heart, Kidney, Spleen, Liver and Lung) has a spiritual component called its shen. When these “shens” are in balance, the emotional body is said to be healthy. The Kidney shen is called “zhi” and roughly translates as “the determination of the mind” or will. The zhi is strongly linked to the fulfillment of one’s original destiny or potential.…

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What is moxibustion?

In my private sessions, I often use moxibustion (colloquially known as ḿoxa). Moxa is an herb known in Chinese as Ai Ye and in English as mugwort or artemesia. It is an ancient form of heat therapy where the herb is burned near or on the needle (but not too close–moxa is painless and quite pleasant). Moxa is used to warm the channel and stimulate the movement of Qi and Xue (blood) in the body. So if somebody comes to…

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