Your treatment is over and you’re not sure what to expect. Here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of your acupuncture experience.
1. DRINK WATER –After any type of energy work or body work, it’s a good idea to drink water. This will help flush out any unwanted toxins and replenish your body with fluids.
2. BE A GOOD ACUPUNCTURE PATIENT AND LISTEN TO YOUR ACUPUNCTURIST. Do your best to follow instructions given to you by your acupuncturist. This includes lifestyle, food and herb/vitamin recommendations. This way you’ll get the most benefit out of your treatment. You decided to pursue the path of Traditional Chinese Medicine, so jump in with both feet and enjoy.
3. NOTE HOW YOU FEEL. Take note of how you feel each day between treatments. This will help your acupuncturist come up with a more accurate treatment plan at your next appointment. I love it when my patient reaches into their pocket and pulls out a crumpled up note about what they no...
If there is one piece of advice I could give you to achieve optimum health, it would be to listen to your body. When I was in my early 20’s, I was deaf to the call. I was rocking and rolling in the financial world of New York City, trying to climb the corporate ladder and bust through that glass ceiling. When I felt sick, I took something to cover up the symptoms so I wouldn’t have to skip a beat. After a few years of this behavior, the colds, flus, allergies, were coming more frequently. What did I do? I took more silencers so I didn’t have to slow down my maddening pace. “I’m 24,” I thought. “I’m invincible.” Eventually, the symptoms were so jammed up, there was no band-aid big enough to cover up what ailed me.
Now, having walked this earth for half a century, I have learned to hear what my body is telling me. For we geezers, it may be wisdom that opens our ears. Or maybe its our body screaming lo...
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
So my daughter’s cold has taken residence in my nostrils. It’s not pretty –thankful for the Puffs with lotion or I think my nose would be rubbed clear off my face by now.
Time to steep some Kick a Germ Juice!
Kick a Germ Juice:
This brew will make you sweat and bolster your immune system to help fight off a cold. I know, I know, the garlic and cayenne may sound gross in tea. But give it a try, it actually tastes fine and you can just feel the goodness happening. It’s like somehow your taste buds know this is just what you need at the moment.
Here’s the recipe:
Fresh Squeezed Juice of One Lemon
1 tsp of chopped fresh garlic
1 tsp of chopped fresh ginger
dash of cayenne pepper
honey (preferably local, raw)
Place ingredients in a large coffee mug. Pour boiling water over ingredients. Steep for 10 minutes. You can strain if desired. I prefer to leave all the stuff in the bottom of my mug, refill and get a few rounds out of it. Add raw honey to taste.