Blog posts in: Acupuncture and depression

As you watch this video, if you suspect you’re a Wood type because you see these qualities in yourself…remember!…it doesn’t mean that you’re like this all the time, or even that you ever display the extremely imbalanced traits that I discuss here. Those who are very unbalanced in their element display the most exaggerated traits of that element, which are helpful to use as teaching points to illustrate the underlying drive of the element. But...

We’ve arrived!  The sun is bright!  The days last seemingly into the night and a playful feeling fills the air. We’re energized, invigorated, and connections and fun with loved ones is the norm. What is it about this season of Fire that makes everything feel a bit easier, a bit more filled with hope?  Let’s explore the Fire element to discover its wisdom, so we can stay balanced during this season of scattered energies. Qualities...

Acupuncture helps Stress…but HOW? I’ve known since I started practicing acupuncture that it is amazing at helping people with their stress levels.  Not only do many patients report feeling “euphoria” during and right after acupuncture, but many also report that these feelings last for days after their treatments.  We have many explanations for how acupuncture helps stress from a Chinese perspective, but as more and more scientific studies are done, the research is revealing what...

If you’ve been following my last couple posts, then you know that we’re headed into Wood Season, and it can be a time of being challenged with increased impatience, agitation, irritability, and anger.This is because the Wood element, associated with the Liver, corresponds with these emotions.While this can mean more struggles for many people, particularly those that fall into the “wood type” category (classic Type A, perfectionists/OCD, very driven and/or competitive in nature), if we...

Every year, it’s either my acupuncture patients, or the plants in my yard (sometimes both) which alert me to the fact that the wood element energy, associated with the liver, is starting to rise up around us.Because it seems to be raring its nasty little head earlier than usual this year, I'm posting about this energy, how it affects us, and what you can do to avoid the common symptoms that seem to flare up...

In the wake of Robin William’s death, and the utter sadness I know so many of us share over the loss of this beautiful spirit, I felt moved to write a post from the perspective of the 5 Elements—explaining how depression fits in, what it means that we’re in the middle of the Fire element, how it all connects, and a few things we can all do to help keep a little more joy alive...

It’s finally proven: Acupuncture helps stress I just got back from my regular acupuncture treatment with a colleague in town with whom I do trades.As usual, about 10 minutes into the treatment I found myself riding on those notorious waves of euphoria that acupuncture is so well known for while the stress just dissolved.As my body sunk deeper and deeper into the treatment table and I felt the relaxation that I can somehow only ever...