Preventing Colds and Flu with Acupuncture!

•September 12, 2012 • 1 Comment

The fall season has arrived here in the mountains.  The leaves are turning a golden yellow, and a chill has entered the air.  While this season is a wonderful time to enjoy delicious fall food, apples, cider, pumpkin pie and crisp fall air, it is also a time of year to strengthen your immune system and stay healthy!

A variety of illnesses can arrive with the fall season including colds, flu, sore throats, and coughs and these can be very different for each person.  Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine looks at such illnesses on an individual basis.  Immune systems vary in strength from person to person depending on energy, stress, and general constitution.  In Chinese medicine this is known as Wei (pronounced ‘way’) Qi.  Wei Qi acts as the body’s first defense in preventing illness and helping to maintain health.

The seasonal changes, like we are experiencing right now, can weaken the Wei Qi of the body creating an opportunity to catch the common illnesses seen in the fall.  These ailments occur when Wei Qi is weak and it cannot correctly shield the body from outside pathogens.  Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine works with the body’s Wei Qi and the other factors of the constitution to rebalance, strengthen and reduce the chances of illness.  

Common cold symptoms that Chinese medicine can treat include fever, sweating, shivering, sore throats, cough, and fatigue.   If you have ever noticed sometimes the illness can be cold in temperature, and other times it can be very feverish and hot.  This is where the individual treatments with acupuncture and Chinese medicine are very important and effective.  There are specific Acupuncture points and herbal medicines that are selected for each patient.  Clinical studies on Acupuncture have shown it to be effective at reducing symptoms and even better before any illness occurs!

Four Points Acupuncture would love to work with you to boost your Wei Qi and help you maintain a healthy and active fall.  Call today for an appointment or with any questions at 303-502-7071, and take a peek at the website at www.fourpointsacu.com 

In the meantime, keep your immune system strong!  Drink plenty of water, eat immune boosting fruits and vegetables, get plenty of rest, and don’t forget to enjoy this beautiful season in Colorado!

 

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A Brand New Space

•July 3, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I am pleased to announce the opening of my new office space in Nederland, CO!  The new home of Four Points Acupuncture will be located at 4 East First Street, Nederland Colorado.  It is directly located beneath the shop Off Her Rocker, and is adjacent to Boulder Creek.  I will be sharing the office with a talented Rolfer from Boulder, CO, Dave Sheldon.  Check out his website at www.davesheldon.com.  Treatments are available by appointment. Please call 303-502-7071 to make an appointment or with any questions.  More information and pictures coming soon! Take care and have a happy 4th of July!

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Introduction to Acupuncture

•April 30, 2012 • 1 Comment

Introduction to Acupuncture

Building the business

•April 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

Hello everyone!

It has been some time since my last post, but there have been many new developments happening in my world.  I am happy to announce the opening of my business, Four Points Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine!  Over the past months I have been working on building my practice and preparing to present it to the world.  I invite you to check out my website at www.fourpointsacu.com and my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/FourPointsAcupuncture!  Please take some time to look through these pages and let me know what you think.  These pages will be regularly updated so please check back for information about my practice, acupuncture, and health and wellness.  I want to thank everyone for all their support, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!  

 

Find a Friend in Food

•July 28, 2011 • Leave a Comment

We are what we eat.  The age old adage is slightly overused, but the truth in it is undeniable.  Our diet shapes who we are, it defines where we come from and who we are striving to be.  Food is a touchy subject for many people;  asking people to change their diet often results in a great deal of resistance and difficulty.  Often times food is a source of comfort for people, and taking certain items away creates a feeling of instability and sadness.  However, it is possible to change.  One of the major elements that is lacking in our society is dietary education.  Many people simply do not know how to eat in a healthy manner, and as a result develop behaviors that are detrimental to their health.  Sometimes all it takes is a change in diet for as little as 2 weeks for people to feel the positive difference in their energy and the resulting improvement in their lives.

For many years, we as a society were taught that the picture below was the definition of a healthy diet:

 

Notice the base of the pyramid is made up of breads, starches, grains (6-11 servings), and the very top is made up of fats and oils that we are told to use sparingly.   The common thread was that fats are bad for you, carbohydrates are not.  How do you think this is being reflected in our society today?  Heart disease, obesity, and many other lifestyle and diet associated diseases are on the rise and are becoming a major health concern.  The associated conditions with these diseases pain, joint problems, inability to work, fatigue, and many more, continue to pile up in our health care system and are just being treated symptomatically.

We need to change the way we eat.  It doesn’t have to happen all at once, it is a process in which not only does our health improve, but we learn what it feels like to be healthy.  Take a look at this revised pyramid below:

Notice the differences?  Exercise and weight control are the foundation of a healthy diet, not carbohydrates.  Keep looking upward on the pyramid and you can see how the areas are more specifically defined.  Whole grains, healthy fats and oils, fruts and vegetables are all a vital part of the diet.  All the way up at the peak, to use sparingly, sugar, processed foods, salt, dairy.  Does this give a better picture of a healthy diet to you?

Again, this is all about education.  It can be a frightening process for some people, to alter their diet when they are unsure what exactly is healthy.  The resources are out there for help.  Research food online, visit your local acupuncturist and nutritionist, listen lectures, learn how to cook a new dish.  Try something new, but change one thing at a time.  Just like life, health is a journey and an evolutionary process.  Find what inspires you to change.

So next time you reach for a glass of milk for calcium, try some kale instead.  Who knows, you just might like it…

New Discoveries, New Ideas

•July 5, 2011 • 1 Comment

Such a curious world!  Researchers in Korea have been looking more closely at the actual physical structures that some are calling meridians.  These Bong Han Ducts, act similar to lymph systems to form nets throughout the body, around organs, and between body systems.  Their actual functions have not yet been clarified, but the potential is huge.  The video below is brief, but gives a general update as to what the researchers think is occurring in the body.   This is a very new discovery and area of research, with more to be unfolded and discovered in the near future.

While these structures are intriguing from a biomedical and a curiosity stand point, there is another camp that may be opposed to potentially defining a physical structure for the meridian.  This may put limits on what people define acupuncture as actually capable of, and may take an element of mystery away from the medicine.  Some may also say that there is no need for an actual body structure to be identified as a ‘meridian’, the medicine works and that is all that needs to be known.  Others need this scientific explanation to actually believe in the medicine.  Personally,  I find the research to be interesting and the potential for further integration with all forms of medicine inspiring.

What is your opinion?

In the Beginning…

•May 20, 2011 • Leave a Comment

There was only this post.  But, then came the rest.  In establishing this blog I want to create  a space for education, reflection, and growth of the body, mind, and spirit.   My intention is to provide a source of health and well-being not only for the physical body, but for mental and spiritual balance.  Through topics such as acupuncture, oriental medicine, nutrition, philosophy, music, literature, herbal medicine, photography, the meaning of life, and more, I will weave a web to help support this intention.  I will draw from an eclectic collection of knowledge, photos, quotes, recipes, advice, and beyond.   From this I hope to encourage the evolution toward increased balance within the self and within the world around us. Sometimes the source of this is found in the most interesting of places.

I want to engage your eyes, ears, mouth, heart, mind, and soul.  Discovering health is an organic process, and must be approached at all angles with many unique methods.  It is truly a path of insight and discovery.

We are all on our own journeys to find health and balance.  I hope my words, ideas, and images can help you on yours.

 
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