Going-Someplace Shoes

Remember: just owning a pair of walking, running, yoga or water shoes doesn’t make you active any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.

How To Make Ideas Stick

ideas by Sean MacEntee
ideas, a photo by Sean MacEntee on Flickr.

Right around here, right about now, many students are finishing up with school. For many that means cramming for finals and desperately trying to shovel just a few more tidbits of knowledge into their heads. Well, traditional Chinese medicine to the rescue!

Did you know that there are acupuncture points that help you retain knowledge? It’s true and they are very handy when you are quickly approaching all-full-in-the-noggin status. The Chinese name of these points is Sishencong or Four Alert Spirit. What follows is their super top secret locations and what to do to activate them yourself.

As you might guess from the name, there are four points/locations for the point group. Start by finding your posterior fontanel, aka the soft place of your head found just in front of your flat spot. If you can’t feel a soft place (roughly the size of a dime), fold your ears in half the long way, draw an imaginary line from pointy ear tip to pointy ear tip over the top of your head. Where the line passes over the top of your head is where you find the soft spot. Once you’ve located the soft spot, measure the width of your thumb’s knuckle north, south, east and west of the soft spot and you’ve located the 4 points of Sishencong.

To activate these points gently tap or massage them with your fingertips until the area feels warm and/or tingly. You can also experiment with essential oils exercising caution around any sensitivities you might have.

For those of us who only have to remember taking finals, this technique is good for retaining any kind of knowledge. Try it out!

Makes You Think…

Blatantly stolen from a bumper sticker this morning at the light-


Fruits by Katsura
Fruits, a photo by Katsura on Flickr.

Please don’t slobber all over your screen and short circuit your monitor! Isn’t this week’s picture delectable looking? Yum!

It’s the beginning of summer-fruit time here in the northern hemisphere. No time like the present to showcase (ala TCM) just what all of those wonderful fruits can do for you! Besides all of the excellent nutritional benefits, you can also consider the energetic “temperatures” of fruits. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) classifies foods into 5 temperature categories: cold, cool, neutral, warm and hot. When thinking of food as medicine the acupuncturist will consider a person’s constitution (is a person hot or cold for example) and then make recommendations about what foods to eat to bring about a balanced state.

Below is a table of various fruits and their energetic temperatures. The next time you are feeling really hot try some of the fruits from the cool category. Do you live in a cooler/milder climate? Try some of the warmer fruits.

Just remember, always consider the best choices for you. Fruit can be high in sugar, fiber or other substances that may or may not be right for you. If you have any questions call the office and other than the usual cautions-


Warm Fruits Neutral Fruits Cool Fruits
Guava Figs Lemon
Peach Grapes Mango
Raspberry Pineapple Apple
Litchi Apricot Mandarin orange
Cherry Plum Strawberry
Kumquat Olive Pear
Hawthorn fruit Crabapple Watermelon
Coconut Papaya Pear