Happy New Year!

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A sincere, heartfelt

Thank You

to all who came for acupuncture,

read the blog or the facebook page

and/or supported

the practice in some way.

It was an honor to share time with you in 2014.

See you in 2015!

Winter Solstice Is The Yin-est Yin

 

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Awww, could there be a cuter way of illustrating the taijitu (aka the yin/yang circle)? Yesterday was the winter solstice, meaning the biggest part of the dark part of the yin/yang circle. Happy Yin time of the seasons! Enjoy all the benefits of the dark kitty time of the year!

Stimulating Acupuncture Points

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Everyone equates acuPUNCTURE with needles right? But did you know that other “tools” can be used to stimulate acupuncture points including essential oils?

For example, choose an essential oil known for being calming and apply it to the deepest part of your palms when your hands are cupped, the undersides of your wrists and the spot between your eyebrows (making sure the oil doesn’t get in your eyes!) to help you fall asleep. There are great aid-sleep acupuncture points in all of those places that you can access with the oil. Try it and see if it works for you!

If you are interested in learning a bit about essential oils check out this website:

aromaweb.com

Acupuncture Silliness

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Well, definitely an improvement over the traditional process and the bull does look relaxed.

Wabi Sabi And Your Health

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by Duff Axom

Every once in a while it’s good to take a look at the philosophy behind something. For TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) we’ve written about Taoism and other philosophies that help to shape it. The Japanese concept of wabi sabi also fits somewhere into the overall weave of TCM.

Leonard Koren in Wabi Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers defines “wabi sabi [as] the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty. [I]t occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the west.”

To understand wabi sabi you understand that nothing lasts, nothing finishes and nothing is perfect.

It’s easy to see how we extend the Greek concepts of beauty and perfection to our health and western medicine’s intention for health.

If we understand our health in terms of wabi sabi: that our current state of health (well or not)  is not lasting, that wellness is an on-going story and that no one is ever in a 100% balanced state of wellness, it can be quite a concept changer.

What are your philosophies behind your health?

Check out a more detailed explanation of wabi sabi here