Mindfulness Meditation Resources

Mindfulness meditation has gained attention to reduce stress, calm the mind and emotions, and in many cases can help relieve pain.  Mindfulness meditation is simple in theory, we take the time and energy to pay attention to our sensations and emotions. Jon Kabat Zinn, the founder of Mind Body Stress Reduction has called this giving ourselves loving kindness.

In the current moment, we certainly need some loving kindness.  The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we spend our days.  Due to the restrictions in our lives, and worrying about the state of the world, there has been an explosion in stress … Read More

Better Habits for Better Sleep

In my last post, I wrote about how acupuncture can treat insomnia.  But there are also a lot of things you should do on your own.

Better Habits for Better Sleep

1. Turn off the T.V. at least 30 minutes before bed.  The television stimulates you and wakes you up.  The computer too.  So if you are reading this blog late at night,  stop now, turn the computer off, and get some sleep.

2.  Only use your bed for sleep and making whoopie.  Don’t use it as a spare desk.

3. Try doing self acupressure for better sleeping everyday … Read More

Acupressure for Insomnia, Jet Lag, and Relaxation

Acupressure is a technique of rubbing specific acupuncture points. Specific ones can be super relaxing and help you sleep.  Because you can do it anywhere, it can be helpful for you also on the road to help  reduce jet lag while traveling.

Often, I will give my patients these particular acupressure points to augment the acupuncture treatments for insomnia.

Yin Tang- The Spirit Gate

Location– on the forehead, in line with the nose above the eyebrows
Stimulation– gently rub downward towards your nose
Function– helps calm the mind and relieve stress

Heart 7- Shen Men (The Read More

Five Essential Stretches for Neck Pain

After sitting down at my computer for a few hours I often notice a nagging pain in my neck. More than the automatic updates, the random pop-ups, or the crashing of my computer, I attribute it to sitting for long periods of time without getting up to move and stretch.

An ancient Chinese medicine saying states, “When qi moves freely, there is no pain. When qi stops, pain occurs.” Qi, the body’s energy, must circulate for good health. When its flow is impeded, pain and disease occurs. (Here is a more detailed explanation of acupuncture and pain). The details … Read More

Help for your insomnia

Insomnia is very difficult to deal with.  It can impact the work, social life and overall quality of life. Who wants to be tired all the time?

Acupuncture has a long history of treating this insomnia. Actually one of acupuncture’s good side effects is helping you sleep better. Research has shown that acupuncture helps with insomnia.

Acupuncture for Insomnia

As with all acupuncture treatments, treating insomnia should address both the
root cause and the branch symptom of the illness. The root of an issue is the underlying imbalance that is leading to the insomnia. The branch treatment means to … Read More