5 ways to proactively stay healthy (and have fun) in Winter

1. Wear a scarf!  We all know that hand washing is one of the best lines of defense against external pathogens. But did you know that wearing a scarf owl scarfprotects you from what Chinese medicine calls “Feng.” Feng, which translates to English as “Wind," is not just the literal movement of air. It carries with it other nasty things that can cause illness like "Han” which translates as “Cold” and “Shi” which translates as “Dampness.”  By keeping your neck warm and covered, you give your immune system the edge. Plus, a plethora of styles and colors makes scarf wearing fun!

2. Exercise outside in the sunlight (or indoors, if you prefer). The key is to not overdo it and be sure to not get caught out in the cold when you are sweaty. When you sweat, your pores are open and less able to fend off Wind and other external pathogens.

3. Drink hot miso and scallion soup at the first telltale signs of a cold coming on and bundle up to break a

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Acupuncture and the mind-body connection

As a holistic system of medicine, acupuncture is well-rooted in the belief that the mind and the body are inseparably linked. The mind not only includes functions like memory and cognition but also the ability to sleep and feel emotions. When one considers that Chinese medicine sees long-lasting or intense emotions as a cause of disease, it’s worth finding ways to move through emotions in a healthy way.

 Beyond the needles

As a former student and naturally curious person, I know it’s easy to ponder questions like “Why is my acupuncturist placing a needle in that spot?” or “I wonder what that point is for?” In my role as acupuncturist and educator, I am happy to explain my rationale in treatment AND I encourage my clients to approach each acupuncture session as an opportunity for mindfulness and relaxation.

calm water Ways to get more out of your acupuncture treatment session

Often, clients put their intentions on what they hope to manifest in their lives. Some employ visualization techniques to concentrate qi in specific energy centers

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Three good reasons to include acupuncture in post partum care

Last week I saw Melissa Bang’s performance of “Playing Monopoly with God” and attended her meet & greet with Bozeman area professionals to expand and diversify the medical model for post partum women.

In addition to services such as naturopathy, mental health counseling, and lactation consulting, acupuncture is a great option for post partum care. breastfeeding2

Reason #1: Replenish
Pregnancy and birthing can be fulfilling and depleting at the same time. Sleep patterns can change dramatically after baby is born and fatigue often results. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs serve to replenish a new mother’s qi (the vital energy behind every bodily function) and blood. It also promotes better sleep and can improve energy levels so that mom is in the best position to nourish the little one(s).

Reason #2: Manage milk flow
Breastfeeding is not always as intuitive as you’d think and, even with lactation support, issues can arise. Acupuncture can be used to boost milk supply1 and there are accounts that it can hasten recovery from mastitis. It may also help to stop lactation,

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