Mountain Rose Yoga & Acupuncture

Stomach 25 - Celestial Pivot

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This acupuncture point is Stomach 25 also known as Celestial Pivot because it is the center of the body where the heavens and earth meet. This point is locates about 2 inches laterally from the belly button and is good for all intestinal issues - constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain and distention. This time of year, we tend to enjoy more richer foods and indulge more because of the holidays. If your bowels, are not moving as normal, apply pressure to Stomach 25 for 2 minutes. 

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

 

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

Lung 7 Broken Sequence

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Fall in Chinese Medicine is related to the Lung and Large Intestine channels in the body, so there is a tendency to see a rise in issues related to these two channels at this time of year. More colds, allergies, bronchitis are just a few examples of what one can see arise. 

This point Lung 7 which is located on the thumb side of the wrist and is found by sliding your finger from the bottom of the thumb joint up to a natural indentation in the wrist. Lu7 is the command point for the head and neck; therefore is used for colds, nasal congestion, coughs, asthma, and stiffness of neck. This point also has the ability to open the chest, so is helpful in conditions when the chest feels heavy from phlegm.

If you are curious about acupuncture, please call 802-496-9204 or email ana@mountainrosevt.com to set up an appointment. 

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.