Acupuncture

Stomach 25 - Celestial Pivot

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The first time I learned about this acupuncture point, it was referred to me as the pivot between the earth and heavens. It is the center of our body from where we transition from the connection to the soil below us and the skies above us. That is why it is called Celestial Pivot.

Stomach 25 is about two finger breadths from the belly button. This point supports the earth and transforms damp. Dampness is a sign that the Spleen channel is not properly functioning.

This point is used for abdominal pain & distention, constipation, borborygmus, diarrhea, dysentery, and edema. Energetically this point can be used for those who feel as if their lower and upper bodies feel disconnected.

To apply acupressure, gently press on this point for 1 - 3 minutes to help alleviate the above issues.

For any questions, please reach out to Ana at 802-496-6346 or email ana@mountainrosevt.com

Late Summer - Earth Element

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Late Summer


We have shifted from the long days and the heat of summer to cooler days and shortening days. 

Late Summer in Chinese Medicine's (TCM) Five Elements theory is associated with the Earth which pairs with the Spleen and Stomach Meridians. Meridians are energetic channels within the body. 

In TCM, the Spleen is regarded as we regard the Stomach. The Spleen is responsible for the "Transportation and transformation of food." Not only does it break down the foods we eat, but the thoughts and the information we process. The Stomach is where "rotting and ripening" of the food occurs for further digestion. 

We are beginning to turn our attention inward from the extreme Fiery energy of Summer. Earth energy is about being centered and grounded. It is about transitions. To move through these shifts with ease, the more grounded one is the better. In addition, the Earth element is about connection.

When the Spleen and Stomach channels are in harmony the digestion is easy; one is amiable to others; gets along well with people and is patient. 

However, when this paired energetic system is out of balance, one can ruminate or over worry about things. There physically can be digestive issues, IBS, bloating, gas, heaviness in the limbs or even an over production of phlegm. 

To keep your Spleen and Stomach channels balanced make time to connect with people. Get acupuncture. Spend more time with the Earth - gardening, hiking or just sitting under a tree reading a book. Eat more squashes, carrots, yellow or orange foods. Try to avoid to much sugar, because this will throw the Spleen off balance!

And sing! The sound associated to the Earth Channel is singing!

Spring is Time for New Beginnings

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Many feel that Spring is the time of awakening; a time to set resolutions; and a time to move forward. The trees are budding. Many animals are giving birth to their young. The energy is fresh and light after many months of shortened and cold days. We are ready to shed the heaviness of the winter months. 

Naturally, we have the desire to clean our homes, eat lighter foods and spend more time outside. In Chinese Medicine, Spring is associated with the Wood Energy of the Liver & Gall Bladder Channels. This is the budding energy of new things. The excitement of longer days and warmer weather. 

The Liver is also seen as the General of the Body that oversees the smooth movement of Qi. However, this energy can get stuck and manifest physically as irritability, frustration, anger, PMS, moodiness, or anger. To soothe and ease the flow of the Liver meridian, adding sour foods (lemon water or pickled foods) to one diet is essential. As well, foods such as beets, asparagus, pea shoots, sprouts or milk thistle tea can aid in the smooth movement of qi. Avoid heavy and greasy foods which can stagnate the Liver.

Get outside. Take time to spring clean your home. Eat a lighter diet. Move your body to prevent stagnation. Get plenty of rest. Start your day off with hot water and lemon. Listen to your body's needs and your soul's desires to guide you forward. Your body innately knows what it needs. Trust it!

 

 

Stress Relief with Acupuncture

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Our lives are moving at a faster pace. We are more than ever constantly connected to computers and smartphones. We juggle many things at once. Then add in the worry of comparing your friends' lives on social media to one's own. No wonder why more people are stressing out and not finding ways to unwind from that stress. 

Thankfully, we do live in a state where Nature is abundant and it is easy to get outside for a walk; sit by a lake or river; go for a hike through the woods; or feel the crisp wind on your face as your ski/ride downhill. However, at times it's essential to reset the clock in other ways. Acupuncture is one of those tools.

In Chinese Medicine, the Liver meridian is considered to be the General of the Body, ensuring that everything is running smoothly and in order. However, when things begin to slow down or get stuck due to improper diet, lack of sleep, not enough or too much exercise, injury or lifestyle, this may through off the regular cadence of how the body operates. The Liver becomes stagnant.

When the energy or qi coursing its way through the Liver meridian (not the organ) becomes stagnant, one may have these symptoms:

  • Irritable
  • Angry
  • Emotionally feels stuck
  • Depressed
  • Sighs often
  • PMS
  • Pain on the sides 

Overtime, the Liver Qi Stagnation could lead to a deficiency within one's body. And one may experience, dry eyes, dry skin, or blurred vision. 

Acupuncture helps to restore the natural movement of energy within the body by ensuring the smooth flow of energy. When acupuncture points are stimulated the help the smooth flow of energy within the channels needled, as well as the rest of the body. The body has the natural ability to heal itself and sometimes it forgets or needs a little reminder. The stimulation of points aids the healing process to occur. 

Treatments tend to be about 40 minutes with the needles. This time allows for the energy to begin to rebalance. As well, the time resting on the massage table is a good way to turn off the sympathetic nervous system, which is turned on in times of stress. The trick is learning how to turn it off on a regular basis so that your body can unwind and destress and this is what acupuncture helps your body do naturally. At a time when more and more people are constantly stressed, and diseases that are associated (heart disease, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis, diabetes type 2)with stress are on the rise, it is important to find ways to relax. 

If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture, please call 802-496-9204 or email ana@mountainrosevt.com

 

Motor Point Acupuncture

This summer has been a busy one so far. In the past two months, I have attended 3 conferences and completed 3 trainings. One of these trainings is on Motor Point Therapy.  

Motor Point Therapy strengthens weak muscles and relaxes tight ones. How does it do so? A needle is inserted into the muscle belly where the nerve enters the muscle. The needle is gently stimulated until a twitch response occurs. This causes the nerve and muscle to reset. So that a muscle that is not firing could contract thereby increasing its strength and a muscle that is constricted from overuse to relax. It is important that muscles know how to turn on and off their ability to contract. An overly used muscle will cause the fibers to be in constant contraction leading to the muscle to shorten eventually putting strain on the tendons and joints. This will cause pain and dysfunction in the muscles and joints. A weak muscle will cause other muscles to work harder just to maintain balance in body, also resulting in pain and dysfunction.

Motor point therapy thus resets the muscle to restore joint mobility to normal function and eliminate pain.

While at this training, I was looking forward to the moment we would work on our hips.  For a couple of years, I have had some issues with my right hip. There is decreased range of motion. I know that the gluteus medius doesn't fire. Sometimes, I would get a dull achey pain along my lateral thigh. Sometimes, sciatica. Of course, I have tried several different things throughout the years to release this pain, but nothing seemed to fully get at the source. So, when it came time to work on the hips, I was the first to jump on the table. Initially, my colleague worked on my quadratas lumburam (low back) and gluteus medius. Those two helped, but what I knew I really needed was to come next. I lay on my side to have my tensor fasciae latae needled. This was the spot! The needle was in briefl; stimulated by electricity to further elicit the muscle twitch; and finally, withdrawn. I stood up and began to swing my right leg around and around. Wow! My hip felt so good. There was mobility, freedom and no pain! (Disclaimer, depending upon chronicity of the issue everyone may respond differently.

I am so excited to be offering this treatment to the community because it is quick and effective. Sometimes depending upon the person, a muscle may go back to its old habits and stay in a contracted state or it may stop firing, so it is important to have several treatments to ensure muscle pliability. 

If you are interested in this treatment or to learn, please call at 802-496-9204 or email ana@mountainrosevt.com