April 2013 Newsletter
Spring is in the air
It has been a few months since I have sent out a newsletter. I have decided to scale back on how often I send out the newsletter from monthly to once a season. In addition, I will be including information from other resources that I believe you may find interesting.
The dark, dreary days of winter have passed, and Spring has made its way to Seattle. The plants and trees are starting to bloom and push through the soil. There is a healthy tension of growth and renewal. Some of us feel this with the urge to complete projects and rid of excess clutter by purging our homes. In Chinese Medicine, springtime is Yang time of year focused on energy and renewal, and the primary organ is the liver.
From a Chinese Medicine perspective, the liver is in charge of moving qi through the body. When the liver is imbalanced, it tends to act as a bully towards the other organs resulting in feelings of depression, irritation, and frustration. Physical symptoms can be digestive issues such as sighing, heaviness in the chest, IBS, tendonitis, menopause, and PMS. The liver manifests in the fingernails, so take a look at your nails to see if they are pink and strong.
Acupuncture is a great way to support the body's natural desire to to cleanse and detox. The treatments help settle and soothe the liver so it is able to function as effectively as possible. Other benefits of acupuncture and nutrition during this time are clearer thoughts, better digestion, more energy and weight loss.
Monthly Tip:Nutrition is an important way to support the liver:
- Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables particularly asparagus, broccoli, celery, mushrooms, and brussels sprouts.
- Lemon is your friend. Lemon is a great way to support the liver's detoxification function and it supports removing liver stagnation in the body.
- Dandelion root supports proper functioning.
- Avoid spicy foods.
- December 2015 - Acupuncture Reduces Stress
- April 2015 - Why Athletes Should Use Acupuncture
- November 2014 - Enhance your Fertility with Acupuncture
- August 2014 - Acupuncture Can Support A Healthy Pregnancy
- June 2014 - Acupuncture Improves Sleep
- February 2014 - Acupuncture Treats Headaches
- November 2013 - Tuning Forks
- July 2013 - Fire Element and Cupping
- April 2013 - Chinese Medicine and the Liver
- November 2012 - Treating Pain through Acupuncture
- October 2012 - Chinese Medicine, Lung, and Large Intestine
- September 2012 - Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture
- February 2010 - Cupping
- March 2010 - Moxabustion (Moxa)