By Sara Calabro Here we are, about a month into fall. We’re a few days away from Halloween, about to officially enter the holiday season. This weekend we’ll turn back the clocks. Change is afoot. As the days get darker and the holiday engine kicks into high gear, you may discover your body and mood shifting. Lower energy, higher stress levels, changes in sleep patterns, and digestive disturbances are all common this time of year. If you notice yourself and the people around you changing in these or other ways in the coming months, remember: Change is good. It doesn’t always feel that way. Change actually can be quite difficult, and many of us struggle with it. Whether it’s a big lifestyle change or slight alteration in routine, having to adapt sets us off our games. I’m a champion change resister myself. I love my routines and tend toward situations I can predict and control. But acupuncture has been a big help to me in letting go of the reins a little bit. In acupuncture theory, change is the primary ingredient for becoming a healthier person. Recognizing this allows us to approach all situations, regardless of how challenging, with greater hope and flexibility.
By Sara Calabro Airstreams are going mainstream. Foodies are flocking to them for award-winning meals. Minimalists are ditching their houses to live in them. Hip retirees are packing them up and heading cross-country. And in Durham, North Carolina, acupuncturist Christina Fish has made an Airstream the home of her acupuncture practice, Silver Current Acupuncture. Earlier this summer, Fish’s clinic was featured in an AcuTake article about acupuncture spaces. Readers, overwhelmingly, responded with comments—all favorable—about Fish’s acupuncture Airstream. We recently caught up with Fish to learn a little more about her stylish practice space.
By Sara Calabro The experience of getting an acupuncture treatment can vary widely, depending on where you go. Not all acupuncturists are created equal—and nor are their work spaces. Acupuncture is offered everywhere from luxury spas and physical-therapy offices to minimalist community clinics and 1970s Airstreams. Some acupuncturists outfit their spaces with Buddha statues and artwork of Chinese characters while others hang anatomy posters and foster a Western-medical vibe. Regardless of your preferences, there’s an acupuncture space out there for you. Take a tour of the wide world of acupuncture clinics. Which one feels like you?
By Denise Cicuto Do you, or does someone you know, suffer from period cramps? Thought so. Most women assume that menstrual cramps are normal, an inevitable monthly occurrence during their menstruating years. But here’s a secret: Period cramps are actually signs of an imbalance somewhere in the body. Once that imbalance goes away, so does the pain. Acupuncture can help shift the imbalances that cause menstrual cramps, opening up a whole new world in which having your period does not equal pain. Interested in learning more? Thought so.
By Sara Calabro The worst of the spring allergy season is behind us. However, many people are still suffering. Especially in regions with significant temperature and precipitation fluctuation, allergies can flare up just when you think you’re out of the woods. Even into the early days of summer, acupuncturists remain busy with treating sniffling, sneezing, itchy eyes, and sinus headaches. Since seasonal allergies tend to ebb and flow, it’s helpful to know some self-care techniques for when your symptoms act up. Here are eight tips that acupuncturists recommend to their allergy-laden patients.
By Sara Calabro As someone who’s an acupuncturist, who runs a website about acupuncture and talks to other acupuncturists on a daily basis, it’s easy to become convinced that everyone is an educated acupuncture junkie. But lately, I’ve been reminded that this is not the case. In recent months, I’ve found myself having more frequent conversations with people who have never had acupuncture. It’s been a great reminder of how foreign acupuncture—the experience of getting a treatment as well as the underlying theory—still is to the majority of Westerners. Myths and misconceptions about acupuncture are rampant in a society whose medical culture is dominated by pharmaceuticals, surgeries, and other quick-fix interventions. In my recent encounters with the uninitiated, three themes come up again and again. Here are the top three things that surprise people about acupuncture.
By Eric Baumgartner You have probably heard of adrenal fatigue. It’s a buzz phrase in the health community right now, and no wonder—if we could slap one diagnosis on our culture at large, adrenal fatigue would be it. In my last several years of practicing acupuncture—across many different settings, from the most casual and community-oriented environments to luxurious spas and sterile medical offices—adrenal fatigue shows up in the large majority. But when we say someone is suffering from adrenal fatigue, what are we actually talking about? Adrenal fatigue is a root imbalance that causes various systems throughout the body to break down. It is the source of many, if not most, of the symptoms patients commonly report: fatigue, depression, anxiety, weight gain, hormone imbalances, and poor digestion.
By Sara Calabro If chefs can do it, why not acupuncturists? Boulder, Colorado-based acupuncturist Noah Goldstein, who is about to launch a food-cart-inspired acupuncture bus, believes they can. Goldstein’s Bus, currently being renovated and scheduled to open in early April, will be a self-contained, mobile acupuncture practice. The Bus will be parked at various locations around the Boulder area, helping to spread awareness and improve accessibility of acupuncture. Treatments will be offered on a sliding scale. AcuTake recently spoke with Goldstein about his idea for The Acupuncture Bus and what he hopes it can accomplish.
By Sara Calabro You’re going to want to pay attention to this edition of Why Are You Doing That Point?, an ongoing series that explains popular acupuncture points. It’s late January, and many people around you—and maybe you as well—are getting sick. It is prime time for catching and spreading colds and flus. Now more than ever, your immune system can use a little extra love. And I’ve got just the acupuncture point for you. Lung 7—also known as Lieque (Chinese name), Broken Sequence (English translation) and LU7 (acupuncturist lingo)—is located on the thumb-side edge of your wrist. To find Lung 7, make a thumbs-up sign. When you do that, you’ll see a depression at the base of your thumb (referred to as the anatomical snuffbox). From that depression, Lung 7 is located approximately two finger widths up your arm. Slowly glide your finger up until you feel a slight depression between two tendons (see picture below). That’s Lung 7.
By Sara Calabro Happy 2014! The new year is officially underway, so it’s time to get serious about any changes or improvements that you’ve committed to making in 2014. How are you going to be healthier? In what ways will you be different at this time next year? Acupuncture can help you get to that desired place. It can make you healthier and happier—in ways you probably never imagined. Through receiving acupuncture, becoming aware of its principles, and incorporating acupuncture-inspired self-care techniques into your life, you can enjoy physical and emotional benefits that may have eluded you in the past. This is your year! Here are 14 things that acupuncture can help you achieve in 2014.
By Marisa Fanelli Acupuncturists treat the mind, body, and spirit. It’s a critical distinction between acupuncturists and Western doctors, who generally focus exclusively on specific parts of the body. The mainstream approach to healthcare, separating body from mind, can result in patients failing to mention problems that affect them on multiple levels. Issues around sex—not having it, having it but not wanting to have it, being unable to have it—are often swept under the rug in discussions with MDs. Acupuncturists, on the other hand, ask and hear a lot about people’s sex lives. The multifaceted nature of sexuality means that many systems throughout the body play a role, and seemingly unrelated symptoms or habits can influence whether someone has a fulfilling sex life. Acupuncturists are experts at making these connections and restoring balance so that you’re able to fully experience and enjoy sex.
By Sara Calabro Thanksgiving is Thursday. Get ready to bloat! Sorry to be a downer, but seriously. Often, the meals we share on Thanksgiving are memorable for more than just good times with family and friends. Bloating and indigestion can be epic on Thanksgiving, and they can put a major damper on otherwise joyous celebrations. We asked acupuncturists from around the world for do-it-yourself recommendations for reducing bloating. Here are 11 tips for staying comfortable this Thursday, in the days that follow, and whenever else you experience bloating.