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.

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 before bed.

4.  Practice breathing Read More

Acupressure for Insomnia, Jet Lag, and Relaxation

This acupressure routine helps promote sleep and relaxation. In addition, it can be used for improving concentration and reducing jet lag.  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 Spirit Gate)

Gently Massage the Heart Channel for Relaxation

Location- at the wrist on the pinky side of the hand
Stimulation– If trying to go to sleep, gently … Read More

Five Essential Stretches for Neck Pain

After sitting down at my computer for a few hours I often notice a nagging neck_mpain 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, and can impact the work, social life and overall quality of life. But this is an alternative to sleep aids. Acupuncture has a long history of treating this condition, and I have seen many people in my clinic overcome sleeping probelsm. Recently, I was published in Medical Acupuncture about how to treat difficulty sleeping.

As with all acupuncture treatments, treating insomnia should address both the
root cause and the branch symptom of the illness. The branch treatment means to help the person relax and go to sleep in the near future. It is … Read More