Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine for Musculo-Skeletal Issues

This is from the Acufinder.com website which is a great way to look up practitioners in your area. Simply type in your ZIP code. Acupuncture is always my first choice for musculo-skeletal pain and for more stubborn pain, I pair it with massage or chiropractic which work well in concert for pain management.

The musculoskeletal system consists of connective tissues including joints, ligaments, and tendons. Problems with the musculoskeletal system can result in inflammation and pain and, ultimately, reduce the body’s overall health. Increasingly, people are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve painful musculoskeletal conditions instead of relying on medications.  Acupuncture is a good therapy choice because it has no side effects and can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of what is causing the pain or where the pain is located. Some studies have shown the pain relief provided by acupuncture can last for months.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain before and after acupuncture treatment for pain shows dramatic decreases in brain activity, up to 70 percent. This decrease in brain activity in certain areas of the brain is thought to be the reason for the reduction of pain caused by the acupuncture treatments.

Some musculoskeletal issues that have been successfully treated with acupuncture and Oriental medicine include low back pain, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, repetitive stress injuries and tempromandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

Welcoming the Chinese New Year

A wonderful ritual to acknowledge the new energy of the Horse year is to clean and make some change to your porch or entry way of your home. This doesn’t  have to be big or costly. Simply while cleaning and clearing out the old put forth your intention to welcome  new direction and movement into your life. Placing a lovely object or a plant, maybe some lucky bamboo,  so the first things you see when entering your space are pleasing to the eyes and allow the  flow of energy.

Clearing piles of stuff that need to be dealt with or let go of. The same idea holds true on the psycho-spiritual level, use the strength and courage of this energy to clear old feelings and thought patterns. Renew or let go of relationships that have become stagnant and no longer serve to support the change that is upon us. Invite in the generating energy of this new cycle with the potential to expand human consciousness and create new ways of living on earth. This year has got a kick! With energies of Wood, Yang and Horse it is a year of passionate movement!

From 2009 through 2013 we traveled through  the disintegrating  and sinking cycles of Metal and Water, with directional energies of  inward and downward.  In 2014- 2018, Wood and Fire years we have strong upward and outward energies. In 2014 we have an opportunity to give birth to our heart’s true desire with the cyclical energy of nature as our ally.

The Wood and its corresponding season-Spring  is an opportunity to break through, to begin again,  to commit to our goals and to create. When this energy  stagnates in our lives we can manifest as anger, frustration, depression and pain. The dynamic power of the season (and the year) offers creativity and motivation, with an openness for great change and hope in our personal microcosm and in the collective macrocosm. If we flow with the Qi of the Yang Wood Horse we will  all have good luck!

From Anastacia White, East West Medicine Wisdom

The Importance of Lung Health

Here is a short piece from Andrew Gaeddert, an herbalist who runs a local line of Chinese herbs called Health Concerns. It is, of course, vitally important that we protect both qi and lung yin, especially in these times where we are experiencing a higher level of pollution. In January, I was having an uptick of patients coming in with allergies and lung-related issues due to the poor air quality resulting from the lack of rain. Thank goodness for our recent rains! Read on….

Message from Andrew Gaeddert:
February, for instance, is National Heart Month. Sometimes the importance of lung and respiratory health is overlooked despite playing a key role in our overall health. Breathing is, after all, vital to keeping the body going. External threats to lung health are more prominent now than ever before. Cities throughout the world are experiencing such high levels of pollution. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors, reduce the amount of time they drive, and to wear masks whenever possible. Children are not being allowed to play outside during recess for fear of developing health problems. The American Lung Association reports that although the air in U.S. cities has improved over the last few years, more than half of U.S. residents are living in areas where they breathe air dirty enough to cause health issues. Other factors that put your lungs at risk include infections, allergens (including pet dander and dust mites) and smoking (both directly or being exposed to secondhand smoke).