Coronavirus and TCM: Staying Healthy at Home

 

Navigating stay at home orders, working from home, schooling from home and the myriad other new things that are now a daily part of life is stressful. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with each new development and all the unknowns that surround our lives because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Traditional Chinese medicine offers something old and grounding to turn back to during this time.

The idea that supporting mental health is a significant factor in supporting physical health is a central tenet of traditional Chinese medicine. Beyond acupuncture and herbal remedies, TCM takes a holistic approach to health that includes simple things you can do each day to foster physical health through supporting that mind body connection. Here are six things you can incorporate into your daily routine to mitigate stress and stay healthy right now.

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It’s possible to get acupuncture again, here’s what to consider

 

As the country moves toward reopening, reintegrating acupuncture treatments into your life will become an option again.

Just as businesses and community members are weighing their own personal choices amidst changing state guidelines, it is a personal choice whether or not you feel safe to visit an acupuncturist. As you weigh this choice, here are a few things to keep in mind.

First and foremost, it depends on our state regulations as to when I will be allowed to reopen my doors. Stay up-to-date on the current guidelines in our state, and if you have questions, you can always reach out to me.

From there, it is up to each practitioner to decide in what manner we would like to reopen. If you’re interested in receiving treatment again, please reach out to me to see what policies I’m adopting as I integrate the ongoing nature of the coronavirus pandemic into my business.
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Talking With Kids About the Coronavirus

As the effects of the coronavirus outbreak continue to seep into everyday life, it can be hard to stay present rather than focusing on the myriad of concerns and questions everyone has. Unfortunately, this can be true for kids too. 

Younger kids can perceive their caretakers’ stress and older kids are better aware of what’s going on for their families and in the world around them. As we navigate our own stress each day, it can be hard to know how to protect children from theirs. Traditional Chinese Medicine can support you in doing so, maybe lightening your personal load in the process. continue reading »

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COVID-19: IMMUNITY AND OUR COMMUNITY

Dear patients and our community,

As you already know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is very real and it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our community safe from the rapid spread of Coronavirus.  To help slow the spread of this virus, it is now more important than ever to take an abundance of caution to help protect you, your family, our community and our healthcare system. 

Because there are many unknowns about Coronavirus and things can change rapidly, we believe using common sense is the best measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19. continue reading »

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What to Eat in Fall and Winter

According to Chinese-medical theory, people should live in harmony with nature. The colder months are perfect for slowing down, resting, and becoming introspective. The food we eat also plays a key role in the conservation and rebuilding of energy this time of year.

When you think of fall and winter, think warm food. Soups, roasted veggies, and slow-cooker meals are some of the mainstays necessary for building energy and a healthy immune system. In addition to warming your food through preparation, all foods contain certain energetic properties, so eating foods that are warm in quality is just as important as how they are prepared.

The Important of Spleen

In acupuncture, the Spleen is responsible for receiving and extracting nutrients from the food we eat. When foods are warm in their energetic property, as well as prepared in a warm slow-cooked fashion, the Spleen can effectively take the nutrients it receives from the food and produce blood and qi (energy) for the body.

One way to conceptualize this concept is to imagine a bucket of ice water being dumped onto a roaring fire. The fire fizzles out, leaving nothing but warm embers. If the fire represents the Spleen and the ice water signifies cold food, it’s easy to see how eating cold foods can weaken the function of the organ. Cold foods essentially snuff out the Spleen.

The Spleen in Chinese medicine is the control hub for the digestive system. We know from modern medicine that nearly 80 percent of the immune system exists in the gut, so digestive health is critical to strong immunity.

So dust off your Crock-pot and fire up your oven! By eating Spleen-supportive foods, you’ll make it through the cold months with a strong immune system, a warm belly, and a growing reserve of energy for spring.

Is your digestive system functioning as well as it could? Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are extremely effective at treating a wide array of digestive disorders. Call today 973-595-8899 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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