Food--The Best Medicine
Diet and nutrition are fundamental to acheiving and maintaining optimum health. Chinese medical and philosophical literature repeatedly stress the importance of eating appropriate foods based on ones constitution, time of year and activity levels.
In this spirit, dietary recommendations are often given to patients as important adjuncts to acupuncture treatments. Herbal formulas can facilitate the transition to a healthier diet, boost digestion, and help with unhealthy cravings.
Happy Healthy Eating: In every instance we are able to identify good food choices you are already making in your diet. We look to highlight and increase these foods while streamlining foods that aren’t so great. Eating should be enjoyable.
Additionally, nutritional supplements are often incorporated to address deficiencies that occur from less than ideal diets.
From Chapter 22 of the Su Wen, “When one takes the tastes of cereal, fruit, meat, and vegetable in combination, it can invigorate the essence and nourish the vital energy.”
Acupuncture & Exercise
While acupuncture cannot replace exercise, or remove stressful events from our lives, it can act as an agent of change; facilitating healthful physiological processes that can jump start healthful regimes and alow us to deal with the inevitable stressful episodes that occur.
Fun Fitness: Many of you have exercise regimes in place, for those who find “working out” difficult, or boring we can help develop fun programs. Simple pleasures like playing frisbee with the dog, or hide and seek with your child. Purposely parking your car a few blocks from that business meeting can become your way of increasing fitness.
Exercise improves strength, endurance, cardiovascular health and also helps control blood pressure.
Walking has to be the most fundamental human fitness activity and offers distinct fitness benefits no matter what shape you’re in. The benefits of walking and exercise cannot be overstated.
Functional Stretching: We make your exercise prescriptions fun, easy to integrate and maintain. Utilizing doorways, steps, banisters and walls as stretching props makes our recommendations a seamless part of your day, as opposed to burdensome homework amidst an already busy schedule.
“When one is in a joyous mood, the energy will be harmonious, and both the Ying and wei energies will be unobstructed. So it is called relaxation of energy.”
Acupuncture For Stress Relief
In Chinese medicine, stress, anxiety, depression or any strong emotion interrupts the smooth flow of energy throughout the body. According to Chinese medical theory, energy flows through our body through a network of “roads”, almost like a highway system.
Stress, anger, or any intense emotion acts like a traffic jam, blocking the free flow of energy in the body. For example, many people who are very stressed out complain of upper back, shoulder and neck pain. This is because stress is causing tension in those areas, blocking the free flow of energy, causing pain, tightness, and often leading to headaches.
Through acupuncture, theses energy blockages can be cleared. Acupuncture points serve as the on and off ramps to the energy highway, and can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.
“Those who knew the way of keeping good health in ancient times always kept their behavior in accordance with nature.”