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…

Unmotivated, Undetermined, Just…blah.

The hype of the New Year is settling down, routines are getting back to normal, and old urges and habits might be peaking their nasty heads around the corner.  What happens when our motivation deflates?  It can be hard to pull ourselves out of this slump, especially if we haven’t been seeing or feeling results…

What Does Your Posture Say About You?

Pause. Check your shoulders; are they bound up tight to your ears, rolled forward over a keyboard or phone, or pulled back enough so your chin is forward? Our posture can say so much about us, physically and emotionally.  Many things contribute to an altered posture: technology, cars, bad shoes, beds, and so on.  One…

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

One of my all-time favorite routines is making a smooth cup of aroma-filled coffee.  Ever since I was working the opening hours at the gym when I would come home from college, I enjoyed the way the caffeine made me feel; I had energy, more focus, and had an easier time in the freezing Illinois…