Spring is the season to plant your seeds and to ride the rise of yang, building a year of health and wellness for yourself

Spring Living: Utilizing the Season of Generation

Happy spring!

Tomorrow is the Chinese new year, and we’re ringing in the year of the Earth Pig!

Think this will be a lucky year for you?

Those of you who have been hanging around for a while, you’ve heard the spiel about the seasons. If you want to skip the details, feel free to scroll down to the bottom.

But for the rest of you, read on.

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The Outer Shu are a way to treat psychological, emotional and even spiritual conditions from the outside in

The Outer Shu: A Natural Approach to Mental Health

Emotions are complicated. Psychology is complicated. Humans, well, we’re complicated.

This season we’ve been diving deeply into emotional and psychological disorders on the blog. We started on Halloween with Sun Si Miao’s ghost points, the ancient treatment for conditions like addiction, bipolar, depression and anxiety.

Last week we talked about the shen, or how we understand spirit and consciousness in Chinese medicine.

But this week I thought we would get back to acupuncture and discuss an interesting group of points – the outer shu points – and tie them back to their impact on the shen.

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Understanding shen is critical to understanding how it helps treat pain, anxiety, depression, addiction and more. It's more than spirit - it's psychology.

Shen: Discovering Spirit in the Season of Stillness

Now that the quiet of winter has descended, many of us are finding ourselves contemplating life’s mysteries over a mug of tea. It’s only natural; winter is a time of rest and meditation. It’s the season to stare off into the middle distance and let the snowflakes fall out of focus as our mind takes us to far off fantasies or deep into our core.  In honor of this deeply spiritual time of the year, let’s dive into the concept of shen.

A patient’s spirituality is, frankly, none of my business. But I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the spiritual roots of Chinese medicine or address it more deeply than I have in the pastShen is a huge concept, and treating the shen is important for pain management, anxiety and depression, labor induction, fertility and more.

Understanding the concept of shen will help you understand why.

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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.

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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.

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Is your acupuncture provider using the appropriate acupuncture safety techniques? Check out this new blog post for the inside scoop on acupuncture safety.

Acupuncture safety: Knowing your practitioner

“I have a question for you. Do you sanitize your needles?”

Of the questions I get about acupuncture, this is not one of the most common.

“No, the process of repeatedly sterilizing needles is really expensive and makes needles more prone to breaking. Reusing needles is dangerous anyway. I use single-use, disposable needles in sterile blister packs because I follow Clean Needle Technique.”

This continued into a lively discussion about CDC recommendations, licensing regulations and all sorts of other safety bits about acupuncture that made me think I should write up a blog post.

The fact is that his question was a very important question that triggers other questions:

  • What is Clean Needle Technique (CNT)?
  • What is the difference between dry needling and acupuncture?
  • Who is allowed to do acupuncture?
  • What kind of training do people get before they are allowed to needle?
  • What are some signs that your practitioner may be unsafe?

These are all very important questions that should be answered for every patient who wants to be in the know.

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Six follow up care tips to make the most of your acupuncture treatment

After Acupuncture: Making the Most of your Treatment

You have read about how to book your appointment with me.

You have read about what to expect during your appointment.

But what about after your appointment? What happens after an acupuncture appointment? Is there anything that you should know before you leave the office?

​Absolutely. In my experience as an acupuncturist, what happens outside of the treatment space is more important than what happens inside of it. The same is true for any practitioner. Your doctor’s appointment won’t help you get over your ear infection if you don’t take your antibiotics. Your massage therapy appointment won’t be effective for more than a week if you don’t follow your practitioner’s advice.

​After-care and homework are a vital part of any treatment plan. So here are six pieces of advice to help you get the most from your acupuncture treatment.

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