My face aches. Something is definitely amiss. I open up my mouth and stare at my back molars. I probe my gums with my finger. Red, inflamed, tender. Yup, infected.
Today I get my tooth extracted. After confirming my suspicions of infection, my dentist refers me to an endodontist and asks me if I have any questions.
“Yes. How long before I can eat?”
I get home and my husband looks concerned. He inquires,” How long will the procedure take? What type of anesthesia do they use? What is the risk of infection?” When I looked at him dully, with no light in my eyes, I realize, “ Oh, THOSE were the questions I was supposed to ask.” Not just, “When will my next meal be!” I fish through my messy purse and give my husband the number to the endodontist’s office. Happy Dialing. Now back to food planning.
I speak to my mom who is preparing our weekly Wednesday Night Family Dinner. I can see her in my min...
If I had a dollar for each time a patient asked me at the end of their acupuncture treatment if they could just stay on the table for a few more minutes, days, years…
There IS a way to take your treatment home with you. Ear tacks are tiny weeny needles that are left in your ear between acupuncture sessions to keep the effect of your treatment going. They are commonly used with weight loss and addiction protocols and are also effective for calming, stress relief and pain issues as well.
The ear is seen as a homunculus of the body. What’s that you ask? A rare crustacean that lives off ear wax. No really – a homunculus means that every part of the human anatomy is represented somewhere on the ear. Therefore, every ailment can be treated somewhere on the outer ear.
How does Auricular Acupuncture work? Nerves that are located on the external ear connect to centers of the brain effecting neurons in the spine and other parts of the body. It also causes a systemic release of endorphins, which...
1. EAT SOMETHING. Don’t come on an empty stomach. No need to guzzle down a huge T-Bone, but a light meal is perfect. Once those endorphins start pumping, it will be helpful to have some sustenance in your belly. Otherwise, you may feel like you’ve had one too many glasses of champagne. I know that may sound appealing to some, but remember- you have to drive home afterwards. As much as we love to hear our patients say they wish they could hang around and have a nap or a good meditation sesh when their acupuncture treatment is finished, this is not the Hilton.
2. DO NOT COME UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS. You don’t need to! Do your best to come au naturel. Let the acupuncture do it’s thing and you’ll be feelin’ just fine! Licensed Acupuncturist Warning: Having acupuncture under the influence of recreational drugs confuses your qi and may not have the desired effect on your body, mind and spirit. Don’t waste your time or your money