Qi Gong for Health

By Toby Helmstetter, LAc

If you've been coming to see me for acupuncture, you may have heard me tout the benefits of Qi Gong. Qi gong is a form of excercise performed by a person to enhance, vitalize, and strengthen their energy. "Qi" means energy, and is described as the motivating force behind all our body's actions. Qi is what allows us to open our eyes in the morning, makes our heart beat, our lungs breathe and our muscles move. "Gong" means work, and qi gong is the act of working our energy, directing it, exercising it, and balancing it. The benfits of qi gong can be found all over the web--Deepak Chopra, Dr. Oz, and Dr. Andrew Weil have all promoted Qi Gong as an important piece in the overall puzzle to create life-long health. 

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Just Relax!

By Katherine Rowe, LAc

Do the words, “just relax,” have the opposite effect on you?  That’s because when your body is in the full-on hormone frenzy that is our stress-mode, it is virtually impossible to “just relax.”  If you’re reading this, you have probably already experienced how wonderfully relaxing an acupuncture session is.  I mean, seriously, not much comes close to the deep, full body relaxation you get after a good acupuncture treatment. 

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Hologram: Where Microcosm Meets Macrocosm

By Jennifer Kapraun, LAc

Last week my favorite coffee shop was serving a blend called "Hologram".  As I sipped from my cup, distinct flavors: blueberry, toast, sour, chocolate, bitter, would emerge and then recede and then merge again into the flavor we call "coffee".  That cup of coffee was, in a word, heavenly.  Drinking "Hologram" made me think of one of the central principles of Chinese Medicine:  each part is contained within the whole and the image of the whole is reflected within the confines of each part.

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Is Cosmetic Acupuncture Right for You?

By Toby Helmstetter, LAc

Cosmetic acupuncture is a virtually painless, non-surgical method of reducing the signs of the aging process. The technique uses acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to erase years off of the face. Based on the principles of Oriental Medicine, it helps the whole body look and feel younger by addressing the physical, mental and emotional patterns that cause disease and contribute to the aging process.

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Get Organized, for Real: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

By Jennifer Kapraun, LAc

New Year's is upon us again.  Time to reflect on our goals, plans, and intentions for the coming year.  If your New Year's resolutions include getting more organized or creating a more peaceful, beautiful and healthful home, consider reading The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

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Disease Theory and Progression in Chinese Medicine

By Toby Helmstetter, LAc

Every year, most people get at least one, and sometimes several, colds. Sometimes, especially in the winter, it may feel like there's a never ending string of colds, and it's easy to spend more time feeling sick or fighting off sickness, than feeling well. Our western paradigm gives us good information to help us understand what is happening when we continue to get sick--weak immunity coupled with strong pathogens and repeated exposure creates continual sickness. I thought I'd share with you, in honor of cold and flu season, what the disease paradigm looks like in Chinese medicine, and how to use that model to help you overcome colds and prevent recurrence.

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Deepak Chopra’s FREE Guided Meditation

By Tory Wegner, LAc, diplomat OM

Do you ever run around throughout your day without even a minute to breathe or gather your thoughts?  Have you tried going to sleep at night and you can’t seem to shut your mind off?  Mediation is a tool that can be used to help you quiet your mind and feel more connected to your body.  It has been used across many cultures for centuries.

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Acupuncture for PCOS

by Katherine Rowe, LAc Most women between the fertile ages of 15-45 have heard of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS.  This diagnosis has risen significantly in the past several years and the…

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The Tao of Eating

By Kim Boomhower, LMBT Most of us know what we should eat. And we definitely know what we shouldn’t eat--we get bombarded with diet and nutritional information on an almost-daily basis.…

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