Chinese Medicine

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!

 

 

Du20 - Hundred Meetings

Du 20 at the Top of the Head.

Du 20 at the Top of the Head.

This amazing self-regulating point is either used to calm a person down or to increase one's energy. Whatever your energy need, Du20 will help. The Du Channel (also known as Governing Vessel) is one of the two extraordinary channels formed at conception and runs from the tip of the tail bone up along the spine to the crown of the head and down the middle of the face to end between the nose & top lip.

Du 20 is the highest point in the body and is the meeting point for all the yang channels of the body. The easiest way to feel this point is to place your hand on top of your head about 1cm away and you will feel a source of heat emanating from this spot. 

This is one of the two points used during the Yoga Nidra because it is so calming. It's functions are to calm the mind, lift spirits, and tonifies yang qi. It is used for headaches, vertigo, tinnitus, and prolapsed uterus or rectum. 

Massage this point when feeling drowsy for a little pick me up!

Large Intestine 4 - Union Valley

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The points LI4 and Lu7 tend to be used together when treating a cold. The Lung and Large Intestine channels are paired together and related the Metal Element in Chinese Medicine. For this reason, these two points are being posted simultaneously.

LI4 is commonly used be many to help with headaches because this point regulates the face, nose, eyes and ears. To find the acupuncture point, close all of your fingers and the point is on the mound between your thumb and forefinger. Apply pressure for 1 - 2 minutes. 

This commonly used acupuncture point helps to relieve pain - headaches, neck aches, chronic pain, toothaches - in the body. There have been many studies on LI4 that show it has an analgesic affect. 

This point is used to induce labor, so should not be needled during pregnancy. 

If you are interested in an acupuncture treatment, 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

LuoZhen - Acupressure for Neck Pain

LuoZhen, meaning Fell Off Pillow, is an acupuncture point to relieve neck strain or sprain, whiplash, sore neck and pain in the shoulder and arm. The point is located in the hollow just below the knuckles of the 2nd & 3rd fingers.  Before applying pressure, check to see your range of movement on both sides of the neck by looking to one side than the other. As well, just tilt your head to one shoulder than the other. Just get a sense of where there is pain or stiffness. Begin by applying pressure to the side that has more pain or less range of movement. I tend to press rather deeply to where I feel a some tenderness, then I gently massage the area by doing small circles in one direction for about 1 - 2 minutes.  If both sides of the neck are tight, repeat for the other hand. Then check in with your range of motion in your neck to see how this point can relieve neck pain.  If there is any numbness, tingling or referring pain, please see your primary care physician about your symptoms.