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Click for full article: “What is Acupuncture? 6 Ways It Can Improve Your Health!”

Here are a couple of our favorite relaxing albums in the acupuncture clinic:

Chad Lawson: Chopin Variations

Moby: Long Ambients 1 calm. sleep. (free to download!)

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You have heard of Tai Qi as a way to help with physical balance, energetic balance, arthritis and overall wellness. Tai Qi is a form of Qi Gong (“energy work”). This particular form of Qi Gong is elegant and creates a lot of Qi movement. Because this form is mainly arm movements, it’s much easier to learn than Tai Ji Quan! Click on the link and try this at home!

Try acupressure on these 4 points on your left and right side. Then when you’re ready, add the three points on the left and right foot as well for a total of 7.

Pictures below show these 4 points: 3 on the face and near the ankle. It’s a great approach for self care with sinus congestion! For the full article, click on the pictures below.

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Healing With Whole Foods

by: Paul Pitchford

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Click here or on photo for full article.

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What we’re actually doing as acupuncturists is giving your system a tune up. There are different levels of energetic balance within your system:

  1. Constitutional Balance: genetically, where does your system need enhancement.
  2. Meridian Balance: Which of the 14 main meridians or 8 divergent meridians are out of tune?
  3. Symptom Relief: symptoms are either caused by at least one of these items:
    1. constitutional imbalance
    2. meridian imbalance
    3. injury/trauma
    4. exterior pathogens

Understanding these levels of intricacy, your acupuncturist brings together a network of points that will charge up your system in all the right places and move the qi (energy) where it is stuck. This doesn’t take a great number of needles to achieve. Actually, less is more with perfectly selected points. I like to test my patients energetically to make sure the selected points will benefit their unique systems in the optimal way.

With each session, the patient’s system will become optimized, humming nicely in energetic balance. Symptoms are diminished in intensity and frequency.

It is also important what your condition is like when you arrive for acupuncture and how you treat yourself afterward.

To borrow an analogy from my master…

I’m a tune up mechanic. Screen Shot 2016-10-04 at 12.20.23 PM.png

The condition of the car you bring in to me has significance! Is it beat up? Screen Shot 2016-10-04 at 12.17.39 PM.pngHave you run it through the gauntlet? Or was it just under daily wear and tear?

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Also, after your “tune up session” are you going to put sand in the gas tank? Screen Shot 2016-10-04 at 12.18.43 PM.pngScreen Shot 2016-10-04 at 12.19.27 PM.png

Are you going to go 4 wheeling in it? Or are you going to stay in the lane and ease on an off the gas?

A tune up can do a great deal of good and regular maintenance is essential! It’s also incredibly important that you make healthy and balanced choices as you are away from the clinic.

Treat yourself well, make great choices!

“You cannot allow yourself to be keyed up all day and then expect your system to have a restful sleep. It’s too much, balance is key.” -Kristin


There are a couple of things that definitely become an obstruction to getting the deep sleep that you desire:

  • hormonal imbalance
  • taxing the adrenals

For some people it can be a combination of both issues.

To improve hormonal balance, I recommend:

  • Acupuncture
  • Eating healthy fats: omega 3’s
  • Intake of Vitamin D3
  • Melatonin
  • Exercise
  • Reduce stress
  • Self awareness: don’t allow yourself to cascade into overreaction. Recognize that you’re probably seeing things through a different, elevated perspective through this time and be gentle with yourself, your thoughts, and your reactions.
  • Meditation and breath awareness. These both enhance your self awareness as well.
    • If you’re having trouble meditating, try counting your breaths with each exhale. Similar to counting sheep!

To improve your adrenal health, I recommend:

  • Lower stress: breaking your life experience down to the present moment. The present moment is the moment of power and definitely a moment that you can handle. Experience the present moment with ACCEPTANCE. Accept it as it is rather than resisting the conditions. Stress = needing the conditions to be other than what they are. Breathe. Become aware.
  • Meditation
  • Routine: have a consistant routine in your day. Same time to bed each night, same time to rise. Give yourself at least 7 hours for sleep.
    • I like to use a programmable timer on a lamp in the room. Having this lamp turn on at a specific time simulates the sun rise and wakes me gently before the alarm goes off.
    • Make sure you give yourself enough time in the morning to get yourself together for the day… your shower, sprucing up, breakfast, your home, your lunch, and your commute. (Being present all along the way! What a great exercise!!)
  • Adrenal diet: (click for the blog entry on the adrenals…) basically a paleo diet, no caffeine, lots of variety, probiotics, and lots of omega 3’s.


When you’re doing it all and still having difficulty:

  • Try a forehead and temple massage while you focus on your slow breathing.
  • Make sure you are parking all worries. Nothing will come of trying to solve problems with a deprived mind. AND if you’re not in the present moment, you don’t stand a chance of being able to impact anything positively.
  • Press on those acupressure seeds perfectly placed to enhance sleep… and breathe.
  • Connect with gentle acupressure at point Ren 17.
  • Read a book until you feel sleepy (Keep a boring book on hand! War And Peace??)
  • Have a glass of milk before brushing your teeth.
  • Reflexology: massage your hands or your feet gently to give your whole body a treatment in relaxation.
  • Keep from looking at the clock. Stressing about how many potential hours you have left will only make things worse. Pretend that you always have 8 hours instead!



  • Do you have a few moments?
  • Are you having difficulty sleeping?
  • Is your stress elevated?
  • Are you having sinus congestion?

Try massaging these areas on your head while breathing and relaxing:

  1.  Yintang: located above the nose between the ends of the eyebrows. Very gentle circular rotation. Breathe.
  2. Forehead Sweep: begin at the center of the forehead with both hands, sweep outward toward the temples. Repeat by beginning again at the center of the forehead and sweeping outward.                                                                              screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-49-57-amscreen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-49-46-amscreen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-49-39-am
  3. Temple: give your temples a gentle massage. Located to the sides of the eyes and just above the cheekbones. Gentle circular rotation.                                        screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-49-08-am
  4. Above the ears: just beyond the temples and above the ears. Both sides at the same time…Gentle circular rotation.
  5. Into the scalp massage… So good to be alive!                                                          screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-12-28-19-pmscreen-shot-2016-09-30-at-12-28-01-pmscreen-shot-2016-09-30-at-12-09-41-pm

Continue as needed. You should be feeling much better!




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I often have women who are trying to conceive a child press this point after intercourse as well. A great point to use time and time again throughout pregnancy for a healthy pregnancy to term.