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Michael Phelps continued his swim into glory at the Rio 2016 Olympics with some odd round marks all over his upper body, and the world was introduced to the concept of ‘cupping.’
Michael’s therapist was using cupping on the USA swim team athletes to allow the chest and shoulder muscles to have a healthier supply of blood and energy.
I discovered the wonder of 100% pure/organic essential oils about 10 years ago when I attended a seminar by Peter Holmes (Licensed acupuncturist and medical herbalist) Recently I’ve begun incorporating them in earnest in my treatment room…..because they are powerful.
I am amazed at how many of us (me included) have issues with neck and shoulder pain. The reason I titled this article “the Pain in the Neck,” is because it points to the body/mind/spirit conversation that eastern medicine always addresses.
… But, Your Acupuncturist Can Warm You Up
Yes… its true. Chinese medicine has A LOT of ‘tricks up its sleeve’ when it comes to warming you up.
Let’s talk about the winter season first.
I am often asked this question when a conversation comes up about stomach disorders and acupuncture. ‘‘CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP ME TO STOP NEEDING ANTACIDS ALL THE TIME?” or “WHAT ABOUT MY HEARTBURN?”
In it blows. The March winds are calling us to awaken from winter’s slumber. Winter’s slumber… well, that would be the ideal. If we could only hibernate like nature calls upon us to do. But our industrialized culture does not really know what if means to rest.
There I was, lying on my acupuncturist’s treatment table. I’d already explained to him that since my divorce papers had been signed two weeks prior, I found that while I was managing the anger (rage) that kept arising; I was concerned because the rage was bubbling up more and more frequently. I was worried about being eventually flooded by the anger and my preoccupation with the ‘wrongs done’ to me. And, by the way, I added…
Why Chinese Medicine in the autumn? According to ancient Eastern philosophy and medicine, the 4 seasons (actually 5 according to Chinese medicine), are flowing within us as well as swirling around us. For example, the winds of Spring bring bursts of unkempt energy into our reality and gusts through our yards and homes.
An 87 year old woman came to see me the other day. Her daughter drove her to my office. As the daughter exited her SUV, I waited to see what her mother looked like as she was assisted out of the vehicle. But that’s not what happened. The daughter simply walked up the sidewalk, leaving her mother to her own devices. (… now this was going to be interesting).