Debunking Detoxing

I just Googled “detox” and in 0.59 seconds, it spewed back 378,000,000 results and showed detoxification to be ‘alternative medicine’.  Is something that our bodies are made to do really an ‘alternative’ path?  With all of the recent hype around detoxing – whether it’s through pre-made powdered shakes, juices, skin therapy, infrared spas, foot baths, colonics, or…

A Look into the Supplement Aisle: Glucosamine & Chondroitin

There are over 600,000 total knee replacements performed each year in the United States.  That’s about 1,644 surgeries EVERY DAY.  Over the years of listening to clients and friends talk about their aches and ailments, knee pain is usually right at the top of the list.  Whether it hurts to squat, lunge, run, or simply…

A Chance to Lean into the Unknown

Stand up for yourself. The reason we seek out help in others is because we don’t have enough present awareness shining on our weak points.  We don’t have enough light to brighten it up ourselves. Or so we think. What are comments we hear from others?  What is it that sparks something in us to…

Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture

As I get closer to rounding out my 4-year stint of Acupuncture school, I have become more and more confident about this form of medicine.  It often consumes my thoughts as it has totally shifted how I perceive the world and our role in it; needless to say, my passion to share Chinese Medicine with…

The Effects of Hormonal Birth Control

If drinking a glass of water everyday had these risks and symptoms, would you still drink it? Headaches, vaginitis (inflammation of the vagina); weight gain; acne; breast pain; viral infection such as sore throat or flu-like symptoms; stomach pain; painful periods; mood swings; nervousness or depressed mood; back pain; nausea; dizziness; pain. Pain in your…

E(nergy in) Motion

What happens with our emotions? Upon starting school for Chinese Medicine, I suddenly became surrounded by people who influenced my way of thinking.  The wonder of ‘why’ became a focus for the majority of moments.  It forced me to step back and peel off a layer which was obstructing the view just so I see…

Just Listen

I have been a firm believer that what we think affects our world.  There have been a few times that this belief has met me with resistance, mostly from people arguing how the brain and body are separate and the outside world is going to do what it does, no matter how positively I may…

Underneath the Fat

The F-word we love to hate; I’m not talking about the 9 calorie-per-gram macronutrient of fat, rather the layer of tissue that many of us wish would melt off our midsection, thighs, arms, face, and hips.  Fat is loose connective tissue that stores energy, protects, and produces hormones.  Everyone has different primary and secondary primary…

Chronic Disease Management

Chronic Fatigue.  Have you broken the word down? Chronic- an issue that continues to arise and never fully resolve. Fatigue- extreme tiredness not better with rest. It is a real thing.  The symptoms exist, they can be painful, very limiting, and extremely emotional.  Why won’t it go away?  The world is spinning around a mind that’s…

Digestive Issues

“Nausea, Heartburn, Upset Stomach, Diarrhea” as the ad for the pink, milky, liquid oozes across the screen.  Can’t stomach your food?  Swallow this for relief.  But that’s it… just relief.  Nothing being fixed, just covered up.  Can you understand the importance of why having a healthy digestive pattern is so crucial?  What we feed our…