By Sara Calabro A walk through nature. An afternoon nap. A hot cup of tea. No matter what we have going on in our lives, 2020 can be a year full of beauty if we choose to notice it. However, when we’re feeling unwell, either physically or emotionally, it’s easy to lose sight of the little things that add up to a lot. Acupuncture is one of the best tools out there for helping you notice special moments so that you can get the most out of life. If you’ve been meaning to try acupuncture, or if you’re an experienced acupuncture goer who has fallen out of practice, make 2020 the year it becomes a priority.
By Sara Calabro Asthma is scary, especially in kids. Understandably, watching their child struggle to breathe sends many parents into panic mode and reflexively reaching for the inhaler. Asthma is nothing to mess around with—if your child is on asthma medication, don’t stop using it without speaking first to their pediatrician. However, for mild asthma attacks and as a preventive tool for more serious cases, acupressure can be very helpful. If your child is dealing with asthma, acupressure provides an effective, drug-free way for you to help them breathe better and reduce the anxiety that’s associated with asthma attacks. Even better: You can teach your kids to perform acupressure for asthma on themselves. Kids who learn how to self-soothe when they’re young will be at an advantage as they age.
By Sara Calabro Kids today are shouldering a lot. From events as devastating as school shootings to more routine stressors like test-taking and bullying, there are many contributors to rising anxiety in kids. If your child is dealing with anxiety, acupressure provides an effective, drug-free solution for reducing symptoms. Even better: Some acupressure points for anxiety can be taught to kids as self-care tools. Anxiety is a growing problem in adults as well, so kids who learn how to manage it young will be at an advantage as they age.
By Sara Calabro Acupuncture often slips by the people who need it most. When our schedules are already jam-packed, it’s hard to carve out time for another appointment. But the busier you are, the more important self-care becomes. Stress, even the good kind that motivates us to meet goals, takes a toll on our physical and emotional health. Acupuncture can help keep you healthy when the going gets busy. Here are five reasons acupuncture always deserves a slot on your calendar.
By Sara Calabro When Matt Hale learned about the results people were getting from acupuncture, his business instinct kicked in. As a founding member of the management team at The Joint Chiropractic, a network of more than 370 chiropractic franchise locations, Hale knows a thing or two about bringing wellness to the masses. In acupuncture, he saw an opportunity to enter what he considers to be an underserved market. Hale, along with co-founder Stephen Gubernick, a chiropractor who’s certified in acupuncture, recently launched Modern Acupuncture, the first acupuncture franchise. Modern Acupuncture clinics will offer 30-minute community-style treatments by licensed acupuncturists. Walk-ins are welcome for $59, but the better deal is the $69 monthly membership, which gets you two sessions a month and a discount on any additional sessions. The first Modern Acupuncture clinic is now open in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the company is projecting 150 locations by 2020. I caught up with Hale about the creation of Modern Acupuncture, how it differs from the current acupuncture model, and his vision for improving access to acupuncture.
By Sara Calabro Leslie Smith, MD, is a Western-trained physician who prefers acupuncture needles to scalpels and herbs to pharmaceuticals. At her busy practice in Chicago, she rarely prescribes medications, relying instead on gentler modalities from Asian medicine as well as osteopathic release techniques and nutritional counseling. She also teaches courses on acupuncture, and on complementary and alternative medicine, to medical students at the University of Illinois Chicago College of Medicine. She serves on the board of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. After watching Smith’s talk at the Integrate Chicago conference, I became interested in what led this highly trained physician—in addition to her medical degree, she holds masters degrees in physiology and biophysics, and medical education and leadership—to immerse herself in the world of acupuncture. Here, we talk about her journey, from an aspiring surgeon since the age of four to an acupuncturist at the forefront of modern holistic medicine.
By Sara Calabro Summer is in full swing! From an acupuncture perspective, seasonal changes are a big deal, since humans are viewed as microcosms of the natural world that surrounds them. Weather and time of year can factor significantly into how we feel, both physically and emotionally. To help you navigate the shift, we asked acupuncturists to share some self-care tips for staying happy and healthy in summertime. Here’s what they had to say.
By Sara Calabro Go ahead and read that headline again. 50 Ironman triathlons in 50 days in 50 states. There are no typos there. James Lawrence, who goes by the nickname Iron Cowboy, actually did that last summer. And he used acupuncture to help fuel his journey. The Iron Cowboy’s 50.50.50 has been documented by numerous media outlets. It’s worth a Google search to understand the magnitude of what he endured to break his own world record of consecutive Ironman races and raise money for the child-obesity epidemic. A lesser covered aspect of the Iron Cowboy’s great adventure is his use of acupuncture. Specifically, he received laser-acupuncture treatments several times a week leading up to and during the 50.50.50. I recently caught up with the Iron Cowboy about how his consistent acupuncture regimen helped him achieve an unfathomably impressive feat.
By Julia Sanfilippo Have you seen this cool new ad from Under Armour featuring 22-time Olympic-medal winner Michael Phelps? It is an inspiring video that shows the strength, determination, and recovery required to be a record-setting world champion. If you pay close attention starting 44 seconds into the video, you’ll see Phelps getting cupping! Cupping is a Chinese medicine technique that has been used for centuries for many different conditions. Acupuncturists commonly use cupping as an adjunct therapy to acupuncture. For people with needle fears, cupping on its own can offer a great alternative treatment. Phelps isn’t the only famous person to discover the benefits of cupping. Celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow have been photographed with distinctive cupping marks on their backs and shoulders. What was once a mysterious, almost scary-looking treatment in the West is now hitting the mainstream due to its numerous health benefits.
By Sarah O’Leary Winter has a reputation for being the season of sadness. Seasonal affective disorder afflicts many people in winter, with frequent reports of depression. But anxiety may be even more popular. You may not necessarily associate anxiety with the winter season, but in fact, many people experience a spike in their anxiety level this time of year. From an acupuncture perspective, this makes sense. In acupuncture, humans are viewed as microcosms of the natural world that surrounds them, so seasons play a significant role in how we feel. And each season has an associated emotion. Winter’s emotion is fear. For many people, fear is experienced as an increased sense of anxiety.
By Sara Calabro Most people, when they hear about the benefits of acupuncture, find themselves thinking, “That would be so good for me!” Less stress, more energy, better sleep and digestion… Who doesn’t want that? But for many people, there’s one thing holding them back from enjoying the benefits of acupuncture: They’re scared of needles. There’s a spectrum of needle fears, ranging from downright needle phobic to being moderately concerned about the whole voluntarily-being-stuck-with-needles thing. Regardless, fear of needles is the number-one reason people pass on acupuncture.
By Jacqueline Gabardy It’s the season for getting sick. And it seems to be hitting everyone but me. Friends, family, and most of my patients are complaining of symptoms, from colds and stomach flus to fevers and sinus infections. Although I interact with many sick people this time of year, I don’t get sick myself. I can’t thank the flu shot—I’ve never had one. Multivitamins nor antibacterial gels are keeping me healthy—I don’t use either of these things. My trick to surviving cold and flu season unscathed is actually much simpler. I use tried-and-true methods that have worked for generations. Here are eight of my go-to routines for staying healthy throughout cold and flu season.