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Here’s a beautiful short clip on Michael Phelps’ health maintenance routines which shows him getting cupped! The whole thing is worth watching, but if you want to cut to the chase, the cups come in at :45. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/Xh9jAD1ofm4
Read Kris McClanahan’s article in the Jan/Feb edition of “Living Well 60 Plus”:
Continue to look for Artemesia’s articles every month in Lexington’s “Health and Wellness” magazine online at: http://healthandwellnessmagazine.net/
Kathleen writes about Chinese medicine therapies for high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Kathleen writes about weight loss vs weight maintenance.
Kris writes about Chinese medicine for families.
Kathleen writes about what to eat to stay healthy or improve health.
Kris writes about the uses of acupuncture and Chinese medicine in the care of diabetes
Acupuncture and Smoking Cessation
We all know smoking is “bad for us.” Tobacco use is the single greatest cause of disease and premature death in America today, responsible for over 400,000 deaths each year. Smoking leads to many illnesses.
Smoking cessation can reduce the risks of developing many smoking related illnesses. Within 10-15 years of cessation, an ex-smoker’s risk of developing lung cancer is only slightly greater than someone who has never smoked.
Acupuncture helps people to stop smoking. It eliminates cravings, reduces withdrawal symptoms, and relieves tension. Acupuncture involves very small needles being inserted into the key acupuncture points on the ear. The process is not painful, and patients feel relaxed after the treatment. Acupuncture treatments build energy and give a sense of well-being. The treatments trigger the release of natural chemicals, including endorphins, which reduce a smoker’s cravings, ease withdrawal symptoms, and increase relaxation. Acupuncture is successfully used as a detoxification method at over 100 different clinics in the United States and is successfully used for smoking cessation in at least 25 other countries.
Artemesia Acupuncture uses a gentle approach to smoking cessation using a combination of acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs. A brief series of 3-4 acupuncture treatments over a 5-day period is used for breaking the physical addiction to nicotine. Two herbal formulas help directly curb tobacco craving and reduce withdrawal symptoms. Behavior modification techniques are discussed and followed up with the practitioner.
Summer is the season of yang, a time when the body undergoes vigorous metabolic processes. Summer belongs to the Chinese element of fire. Fire is symbolic of maximum activity or greatest yang, which means that it is a time of heat, outgoingness, and moving outward in nature and in our lives. In human anatomy, the heart, mind and spirit are ruled by the fire element. Thus, top priority should be given to the heart, mind, and spirit for staying healthy in summer.
In summer, indigestion can easily occur, so a light and less-greasy diet is strongly recommended. It is the perfect season to introduce some cool, yin foods into your diet. Chinese nutrition classifies food according to its energetic qualities of temperature, taste, and ability to moisten and strengthen the body. Food with cool and cold properties can clear heat, reduce toxins, and generate body fluids.
Summer is associated with the colour red, the heart and small intestine and the emotion of joy. Summer is about becoming inspired, expressing yourself, engaging with others, and taking an active part in the world. It brings joy and activity into your life.
21-Day Standard Process Purification Program for a Healthier You
Your life can be clearer, brighter, and lighter as you embark on the Standard Process Purification Program. The program teaches you how to live a healthier life by purifying, nourishing, and maintaining a healthy body and weight.
There are approximately 80,000 chemicals registered for use in the United States. When overloaded, the body becomes inefficient, and toxins can build up. This creates a toxic burden that can have wide-reaching effects. Toxins present in the body can lead to:
-fatigue or difficulty sleeping
-indigestion and other temporary gastrointestinal upset
-food cravings and weight gain
-reduced mental clarity
-skin that’s not looking its best
-a stuffy feeling in the head
This purification program stimulates specific detoxification organs in the body-the liver, kidneys, and intestines. With help from these organs, your toxic load can decrease, and your body can concentrate its energy on purification and weight reduction. This can help you achieve optimal health by cleansing the body from the inside out.
The program includes eating whole, organic, and unprocessed foods; taking whole food supplements; and drinking plenty of water. You eat a variety of vegetables and fruit for the first 10 days, with select proteins added on day 11.
Program materials contain a wealth of information on how the body purifies itself, program basics, supplement regimen, nourishment, foods to stock in your pantry during the program, a daily intake journal, post-purification advice, frequently asked questions, and recipes.
Call Artemesia today to find out more about this 21-day body cleanse.
Using Chinese Medicine to Treat Children
When most people think about acupuncture they think it is for brave adults, but children and youth can benefit from Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture, also. Pediatric TCM treatment is one of the oldest specialties of Chinese medicine. Conditions that are very common in children can be resolved with pediatric TCM techniques. Such conditions include, but are not limited to, digestive problems, earaches, colds, allergies, asthma, eczema, bedwetting, hyperactivity, and sore throat.
Acupuncture is good for calming and clearing in children. If acupuncture is used with a child, the practitioner may retain the needles for less time, or insert and remove the needles immediately. Children can respond to acupuncture and related techniques very quickly, so it is not necessary to retain the needles in the skin as long as in an adult. The practitioner may use Shoni-shin, a non-needle device that does not penetrate the skin. This is done by sliding the device along the meridian on top of the skin.
For more information on TCM techniques for children, please refer to the following article: http://acutakehealth.com/acupuncture-works-for-kids-really#more-20550
(Information obtained from Robert Helmer, Lalura Ecklund, Bob Flaw, and Melissa Light)
Winter, the cold and dark season, is a time of inward reflection, rest and restoration. It is associated with water, the element of pooling, tranquility and flow. In the body the water element is connected with circulation of the blood, perspiration, tears, the bladder and, most significantly, the kidney.
In winter your body will appreciate warming foods like hearty soups, whole grains and roasted nuts, or steaming cups of ginger or cinnamon tea. Winter may be a time to conserve energy, but that doesn’t mean you need to stay completely still. Like the element of water that moves downhill, we can learn to find the path of least resistance and to practice fluid movement.
Associated with introspection, receptivity and nighttime, winter is a particularly good season to pay attention to your dreams.
We found a great article about cupping in the newspaper recently. It was written by Angela Hill of the Oakland Tribune. Her article was very interesting and informative.
People think “cupping” is a new trend, but it has actually been around for many, many years. Stars such as Jennifer Aniston, Victoria Beckham, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Chris Martin have experienced cupping.
The “cups” are traditionally made of glass, but can be made of silicone or rubber. Ms. Hill quotes Sonia Morton of the International Cupping Therapy Association as saying, “The suction lifts the connective tissue, breaks up and drains stagnation while increasing blood and lymph flow to skin and muscles. It is great for pain, repetitive strains, inflammation, toxicity, digestive problems, and many other issues.”
Ms. Hill stated that the Mayo Clinic reports some studies show a possible beneficial role for cupping in treating fibromyalgia, but also recommends more research.
You can read the full text of the article in our office.
Late Summer is all about harvest, including what we have harvested in our personal lives. We should be able to savor the sweetness of life, and we are thankful for what we have received and accomplished. In Autumn we can reflect on our accomplishments. It is a time to look back over the year and see what has worked and what has not worked. What do we want to continue and what do we need to change? It is a time of inspiration and respect. The key phrase for Autumn could be “discover what matters most and live it.”
Suggestions for honoring the Autumn season:
-Like the deciduous trees, practice letting go. Ask yourself what possessions you have that you no longer need and gently let them go. Find them another home where they can be useful to someone else.
-Prune back your activities as we head toward the quiet of winter. Stop doing what no longer nourishes the soul. Create some empty space in which, in time, something new can grow.
-Breathe deeply, taking in the pure chi from Heaven. Try this exercise: take a deep breath; then try to pull in a little more air and hold it. Hold it until the lungs involuntarily release the breath and let all the air out. Then push even more air out. Repeat this exercise three times. Notice how it feels to be full and then how it feels to be empty. This joy is always available. It is a gift of Autumn, the element, that rules the lungs.
-Each evening reflect on at least one wonderful thing in your life today. It may be watching a falling leaf, a kindness, or the sound of a bird. Write a few words about one of these experiences to deepen your awareness and gratitude.
-We all have habitual perceptions, fears, moods, and memories that do not serve us. When one visits, smile at it and let it go on its way. You can let it be exactly as it is but not letting it take you over. It can “sit on the sidelines.”
–Kathleen Fluhart, Masters Five Element Acupuncture, L.Ac.Dipl. Ac., R,N.
(suggestions adapted from Jane Grissmer, The Gift of Autumn: Discovering What Matters Most, in “Meridians.”)
In Asian medicine, there are actually five seasons; the fifth being Late Summer. While Summer is the time of growth, Late Summer is the time of ripening and harvest. It occurs roughly between mid-August and the first frost. This time of year relates to the Earth element and the spleen/pancreas and stomach organ systems. Thus, the focus of Earth and Late Summer is about taking in and assimilating nourishment on all levels of life. It is about knowing how to nurture ourselves and others.
Here are some ways to honor late summer and the element of Earth:
-Notice how you feel about home. Where do you feel at home? Are you good at making yourself at home? Think of what you can do to bring a greater quality of peace, joy and contentment to the place where you live.
-Find a new way to take care of yourself. Allow yourself to know what would be healing for you; then make it happen. Knowing how to nurture yourself is essential to your health.
-Notice when you are hungry and what you are hungry for. Sometimes hunger is not for food, but speaks of an emotional or spiritual emptiness. If you feel such emptiness, identify that and seek the appropriate “food.”
-Eat without hurry in a calm atmosphere and while sitting at a table. Chew your food well. Remember the saying “eat your liquids and drink your food.” Listen to light, enjoyable music if you like, but avoid reading while you eat.
-Be physically active. Exercise relieves stagnation, regulates weight, and gives good tone to muscles and flesh. It also helps free you from excessive thought and worry, easing nervous tension.
-Be grateful for all you have. Remind yourself of this each night before you go to sleep. Find ways to share yourself and your gifts with others. Like nature, be bountiful!
Adapted from Ann Bailey, “Meridians,” vol. 5 no. 4, Late Summer, 1998, Traditional Acupuncture Institute
Kathleen Fluhart. Master’s Five Element, Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., R.N.
Auriculotherapy is the stimulation of specific points on the ear to elicit a therapeutic response elsewhere in the body. Used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine, ear seeds have been shown to aid in the treatment of all types of problems.
Artemesia Acupuncture now offers auriculotherapy in the form of ear seeds. We are excited about offering this product to our clients.
An ear seed kit contains 120 self-adhesive ear seeds (a 4-6 week supply), stainless steel tweezers, and a diagram of the ear showing exactly where to place the seeds over specific acupressure points. About every three hours you press each ear seed for a few seconds. This stimulation sends a signal to the brain that then sends a signal to the area of the body being treated.
We have ear seed kits for weight loss, back pain/sciatica, insomnia, headaches & migraines, anxiety, stop smoking, stress, menopause and depression. The kits are very affordable at $15.90 each.
Stop by Artemesia and check out this great form of auriculotherapy.
Greetings from all of us at Artemesia Acupuncture. I am happy to be writing our first blog post as a segue from winter to spring.
A few weeks ago I stepped out into my front yard to enjoy a bit of morning sunshine after what felt like an eternity of cloudy, snowy days. I was amazed and delighted to see the green spears of crocuses and tulips pushing their way through the earth despite the lingering below seasonal average temperatures. For these seeds to germinate and push through the earth upward through the ground takes incredible strength and perseverance. To continue to grow requires a balance of light, temperature, water, and environment. The same applies to our overall state of health, body, and mind.
According to Chinese medicine philosophy, it is by observing the seasons that we learn how to change and flow with the circumstances of life. The cycle of the year teaches us both the inevitability of change and the equality of all things. As an acupuncture practitioner I like to tune into this shift in energy as we transition from winter to spring and use this shift in energy accordingly in acupuncture treatments that will benefit and support each person in their healing path. Chinese medicine associates the energy of spring with growth, movement, and change. Within the body this energy is related to the organ system identified with the liver. The element associated with the spring season and the liver is wood.
How do we make the most of this spring energy, and in what ways can it benefit our health? Think of the image of spring cleaning. We open windows and doors to let in fresh air after having been “closed up” during the winter months. We clear clutter and do thorough cleaning. Within ourselves it is a time of outward expansion, creativity, growth, taking on new projects, stretching, walking outdoors, and increasing exercise. Take time to observe this spring energy in your body. Think of your digestion, mood, energy level, vision, balance of strength and flexibility in your tendons and muscles. Imbalances in this energy often manifest as an excess of upward and outward movement, headaches, irritability, depression, lack of movement, and digestive disturbances. What changes can we need to make in our exercise and eating habits? Is there a build up of anger and frustration? Do we need to make or adjust a plan when we feel stymied?
I invite you to connect with this energy of the spring season in the coming weeks and all it has to offer in nature: its birth, vibrant green growth, the lush, beautiful, tender blossoms, and increasing warmth. May it support your journey in health and wellness. Happy Spring!
Kris McClanahan, C.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
References: K. Fluhart, RN,C.Ac Seasonal Cycles and the Gifts of Spring