Your Ears Are For Hearing But They Are Telling You Something Too

Had auricular acupuncture yet? Your ears are what we call  micro systems, or  maps, corresponding to all portions of the rest of your body. Auricular acupuncture uses acupuncture points of the outside portions of the ears to bring about good changes in health. Some acupuncturists use only auricular acupuncture while some use it with other techniques and some don’t do it at all. It can be very helpful if the part of the body that needs treatment is inaccessible to needles, for example if a limb is in a cast or if the limb is absent but there is still pain. Also, it can be a very relaxing technique for patients. It’s another useful tool in your acupuncturist’s toolbox. Ever notice how babies (and sometimes adults too!) will rub their ears to self soothe? It’s a nice, self-medicating tool. Try gently rubbing all around the outside of your ears as a general health boost- it’s great! And, if you haven’t experienced ear acupuncture and want to give it a try ask your acupuncturist. If they don’t do it they can direct you to someone who does.

Happy exploring!

Quote Of The Day

Seascape by Sverrir Thorolfsson
Seascape, a photo by Sverrir Thorolfsson on Flickr.

“Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”

(Hermann Hesse)

A nice little quote I borrowed from this blog-

Under The Apricot Tree

that has a nice little message.

Check it out!

You And Your Beautiful Thymus!

Glands by EvilChick
Glands, a photo by EvilChick on Flickr.

Rather than repeat this season’s usual blog entry extolling the magical, anti-cold benefits of hand washing and proper coughing techniques, let’s talk about the often-forgotten thymus gland and introduce the exciting, fun-filled, do-anywhere thymus thump.

Did you even know you had a thymus? You do! And it is a critical player in your adaptive immunity system that helps you avoid colds. Unfortunately, as we get older (starting after adolescence), our thymus becomes less active.

But, lucky us, a daily dose of the thymus thump can help keep the thymus active and you more healthy.

Where is it you ask? It sits in front of your heart but behind your sternum- a handy location for gentle thumping.

The idea here is not to thump so hard that you bruise yourself. You want just enough “thump” (really tapping) to increase blood flow to the area for it to feel warm. Remember how to do the Tarzan chest thump? Well, this is similar but instead of using fists to thump you use the tips of your fingers, excluding your thumbs, to tap. Gently eight-finger tap up and down your sternum until you get that warm feeling.

That’s all there is to it. A minute each day and it’s better than an apple a day to keep the doc away.

Got Belly?

Belly by vicstarz
Belly, a photo by vicstarz on Flickr.

Today, I received an email from someone inquiring about acupuncture and fertility support. Most people who come to the practice have already done their (usually extensive) research and end up telling me the statistics showing how effective acupuncture, and the other tools of traditional Chinese medicine such as herbs and dietary advice, are to assist in the fertility process.

There are many ways to incorporate TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) into your fertility support plans. My patients choose to use TCM alone or as a first step or in conjunction with western medicine. Many have used acupuncture and herbs for prior pregnancies and are returning to a “tried and true” tool. All these uses of TCM are excellent ideas. Whatever works best for the patient is what we do.

Here’s what I say to everyone I work with: conception is not the finish line nor is it necessarily the starting line. Usually the starting line is balanced health for mom and dad so that their bodies can do what “comes naturally” anyway. If both mom’s and dad’s health are doing well, then the challenges of conception, pregnancy, labor and delivery, and that first challenging year after delivery (filled with less sleep, new schedules, changing hormones, breast-feeding and etc.) all happen well. The finish line is: one year after delivery, mom, dad and baby are all healthy and thriving.

Want belly? Call the office!

Did You Know?

Question Marks by Don Moyer
Question Marks, a photo by Don Moyer on Flickr.

Did you know that acupuncture originated in China well over 2,000 years ago making it one of the oldest and most commonly used medical procedures in the world?

Did you know that acupuncture became more widely known in America starting in 1971 after New York Times reporter James Reston received acupuncture in China for an attack of acute appendicitis and wrote about it after returning home to the US?

Did you know that acupuncture practiced here in the US is a combination of all other forms of traditional Asian medicine including concepts and techniques from China, Korea, Japan, France and Germany?

-Or that in 1997 the Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture reported from the National Institutes of Health that thousands of medical practitioners, i.e. acupuncturists, dentists, doctors and others were already  using acupuncture?

Lastly, did you know that in 2002 the largest, most comprehensive survey of CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) used by Americans showed that approximately 8 million US adults had used acupuncture up from 2 million who had used acupuncture in 2001?