Combining the magic of flower essences with the traditions of Chinese medicine to help you heal and grow

What is floral acupuncture?

Imagine if you could combine the rich history of Chinese Medicine with the subtle science of flower essences. What would it be like to take these two robust and beautiful medicines and combine them? It would be magical. And guess what? You can.

Floral acupuncture was introduced by Deborah Craydon and Warren Bellows. Together they developed a robust system of 5 element acupuncture and Bach Flower essences, combining them to supplement treatments for anxiety, fear, anger – any of the traditional flower essence maladies.

Floral acupuncture has grown since Craydon and Bellows published Floral Acupuncture, expanding beyond the original Bach formulas. And it might be what’s missing from your treatment plan.

Combining the magic of flower essences with the traditions of Chinese medicine to help you heal and grow

(more…)

Flower essences are ideal for emotional support, and are a great supplement to care during the postpartum period

Flower essences for the Baby Blues

Did you know that up to 75% of mothers will experience the baby blues postpartum?

The baby blues are an emotional and mental shift that happen when the cocktail of pregnancy hormones rapidly decreases while at the same time, a mother learns how to interact and care for her new baby. It’s a stressful time but it tends to be relatively short.

But 10-20% of mothers (and some new research shows that it may be higher) will develop postpartum depression, which has more severe symptoms than the baby blues and can but the mother’s life in danger. Postpartum depression or PPD often develops six months postpartum and sometimes as late as one year.

I go into more detail about the differences in this blog post but for this blog post I’d like to say right now: if you are showing signs of depression including withdrawing from friends and family, loss of interest in things you used to enjoy and having no interest in the baby talk to your midwife or primary care provider.

Flower essences can be very supportive in helping with emotional and spiritual shifts and are a powerful energetic medicine, but PPD can be life-threatening. Make sure that you have a support system in place before supplementing your care with flower essences.  

Flower essences are ideal for emotional support, and are a great supplement to care during the postpartum period
(more…)
Flower essences are a complementary therapy that can help with the emotional and spiritual aspect of labor induction and birth preparation

Flower essences for birth preparation

Flower essences for labor induction? Can it be?

Flower essences on their own? No, probably not. But while flower essences and Traditional Chinese Medicine are two separate systems, TCM theory opens the door to using flower essences as part of a natural birth plan.

Many births are delayed and labors prolonged because of the emotional and hormonal state of the mother. Birth can be stressful and scary, and sometimes we’re carried away by the hormones tearing their way through our systems. Flower essences can help bring us back into harmony, and anchor us in a place where we can trust the process, relax into the flow and enjoy the beauty of our graduation from mom-to-be to mama (or even, multi-mama).

Flower essences are a complementary therapy that can help with the emotional and spiritual aspect of labor induction and birth preparation
(more…)
Flower essences are the memory of a flower - it's energetic imprint in water. This memory can help shift emotional and spiritual imbalances in ways more physical medicines can't. Click to read more or pin to save for later!

What are flower essences?

Today I’m going to step outside of Traditional Chinese Medicine and talk about something thoroughly Western: flower essences.

Believe it or not, flower essences used to be cutting edge technology. Riding the wave of vaccine development and homeopathy, Dr. Edward Bach devoted his life to finding a simple, affordable way for people to treat common emotional and spiritual ailments.

Flower essences are what got me through my last year of acupuncture school and they are magical. I have no other word for it. Like I said in the last blog post, we don’t know why many things in Western modern medicine work. The reality is, we don’t have to know why they work to know they do. 

By the end of this blog post I want you to know a bit more about what flower essences are, their history and how they are used.

Flower essences are the memory of a flower - it's energetic imprint in water. This memory can help shift emotional and spiritual imbalances in ways more physical medicines can't. Click to read more or pin to save for later!
(more…)
How does acupuncture work? The nervous system? Natural painkillers? Magic? Well, definitely not magic but it works on many levels. Click to read more!

How does acupuncture work?

One of the most common questions I get from new patients is “How does acupuncture work?”

It’s a simple question, but simple isn’t always easy. Acupuncture is a complicated medicine, with layers of historical and poetic metaphor to explain complex physiological responses. For so small of a question, the answer is huge.

But I live for questions like this. I used to be a linguistics major and linguistics isn’t the study of a wide variety of languages, it’s the study of how languages work. Linguists study how this group of words or vocabulary evolved differently than this group, even though they are talking about the same thing. I may not be a linguistics major anymore, but this philosophy has carried itself forward into my practice.

My hope for this blog post is to give you an understanding of this big idea – how acupuncture works – in the vocabulary you use every day. While I may have been trained to think in terms of qi, blood, yin and yang, acupuncture works through blood flow, hormone cascades, muscle release and more.

So, if you’re ready, let’s dive in.

How does acupuncture work? The nervous system? Natural painkillers? Magic? Well, definitely not magic but it works on many levels. Click to read more!

(more…)

Fresh Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Last weekend I was sitting in my mother in law’s house and I found myself craving a cup of red raspberry leaf tea. Sometimes your body just tells you that you need something. One problem: I was in the middle of the woods, half an hour away from a store that might have red raspberry leaf tea.

But I was a five minute walk from a raspberry patch.

I love red raspberry leaf tea in general, but there is something about a fresh tea that is so much more bright and whole. So for today’s blog post I wanted to show you how I made my North Woods fresh Red Raspberry Leaf tea and how you can make some of your own.

Out of tea but have a raspberry bush? Forget the tea bags and make it fresh instead!

(more…)

Reverie Acupuncture is one year old! What ten posts did readers find the most useful over the past year? Click to find out!

First Birthday Post Round-Up

Happy Birthday, Reverie!

Reverie Acupuncture is officially one year old on August 24th, 2018. It’s been an awesome year of community acupuncture, mamas, babies and blog posts!

I’d like to save my big announcements for my Winter Party that I’m planning so today let’s celebrate by looking at the top 10 posts that readers of Reverie have found most useful.

Reverie Acupuncture is one year old! What ten posts did readers find the most useful over the past year? Click to find out!

(more…)

Pets are one of the most vulnerable members of our household, and the growing popularity of essential oils has had a dramatic impact on them.

Essential Oil Safety for Cats

One of the most interesting questions I’ve gotten lately is “Are essential oils safe for cats?”

I am neither a veterinarian nor an aromatherapist. I’m up front about that right off the bat because I want you to know what you’re getting into. I use essential oils and through my acupuncture schooling and my own trial and error, I’ve learned a lot.

The popularity of essential oils has grown enormously over the past couple decades. Even if you haven’t used them yourself a family member, a friend or a co-worker has probably talked about them with you. You can find essential oils everywhere from metaphysical and herbal shops to dollar stores these days.

Along with the increased popularity of other CAM (complementary and alternative medicines) modalities, people have taken essential oils out of the domain of perfumes and back into medicine. But along with this, we have seen an uptick in “adverse events” or injuries as well.

This is common; statistically speaking the more people are utilizing a modality, the more injuries are going to happen. But for such a gentle medicine there seems to be a disproportionate amount of injuries and this usually happens when people see a gentle medicine as safe. It is safe, but you need to still be treating it as a medicine.

One of my biggest rules for natural health care is: if you are going to treat something as a medicine you have to recognize that it will have side effects. There is no remedy on this planet that will be both effective and not have a side-effects or the possibility of an adverse reaction. No matter how gentle a medicine is, respect the possibility that when used wrong, it can make a patient sick.

Cats are some of the most vulnerable members of our household. Are you using essential oils in a way that could make them sick?

(more…)

For every element there is a season, and there are five elements in Chinese Medicine. So where does the fifth season fit in?

The Fifth Season

“The fifth season?”

Yes, there’s a fifth season. In Chinese Medicine there are 5 “phases” or elements and each element creates a category of things that correlate with it – tastes, diseases, smells, emotions and seasons.

But there is some misunderstanding about what the fifth season actually is and to clear up that understanding we have to look back to the classics.

For every element there is a season, and there are five elements in Chinese Medicine. So where does the fifth season fit in?

(more…)

Breastfeeding is a delicate subject surrounded by strong opinions. But really, the only one that matters is yours.

When to stop breastfeeding

Ladies, we are born with boobs. And those boobs have a purpose – breastfeeding.

That purpose is not (as was once told to me by my favorite five-year old) “to look like we have boobs.” No. It’s to feed babies, for as long as we are willing and able.

Breastfeeding is great for both moms and kids. For moms, 2 years of breastfeeding throughout her life is linked to significant decreases in rates of breast cancer. The CDC also reports that breastfeeding reduces the rates of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and ovarian cancer in women.

More often we talk about the benefits to our babies. Breastfeeding children significantly reduces the rates of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (S

IDS), lowers the rates of colds, flus and ear infections, lowers the risk of asthma, obesity and Type 2 diabetes.

Breast milk is an amazing substance.

So when is it safe to stop breastfeeding? What is the best cut off for mom and baby? The answer is more complicated than you may think.

Breastfeeding is a delicate subject surrounded by strong opinions. But really, the only one that matters is yours.

(more…)