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

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.

What happens 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. Featured photo and cover image by Artem Beliaikin from Pexels

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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This month Reverie rolled out online scheduling. Here's your one stop shop for answers about the new system

How to schedule online with Acusimple

Gone are the days of walk-in only appointments at Reverie Acupuncture! Hooray!

Don’t get me wrong – I love that I’m able to offer that flexibility going forward for patients who just need to drop in. But being able to guarantee patients an appointment time is something I’ve been wanting for months.

For those of you on the newsletter list, you know that online scheduling just went live recently. I have chosen a practice management software called Acusimple. Acusimple will allow you to view documents relating to your treatment online, message me on a HIPAA compliant and encrypted system, and book online. It’s specifically designed for acupuncturists and their patients and in the past couple weeks of learning the system I’ve been very pleased.

But with any new change comes confusion and we have already hit a couple of snags with the process. With so many online booking programs available, it can be hard to keep track of what to do where. I will lay out a step by step process to clear up any confusion about booking.

This month Reverie rolled out online scheduling. Here's your one stop shop for answers about the new system
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Natural postpartum recovery is not only about healing after labor but also giving your body the opportunity to bloom into something stronger

Seven tips for a natural postpartum recovery

Congratulations! You did it.

Some say that it was the hardest thing they have ever done in their life. Others say it was the best. Most agree it’s a little of both.

Whatever you think about labor and delivery and however you went about it, there is no argument: its recovery time.

I know some of you are reading this thinking that recovery will be no bigdeal. Some of you may even go to Target tomorrow. I hope that this post will change your mind.

Even if you feel great, you just ran your body through the ringer. It will take five weeks for your body to start to feel normal. Some traditional texts say that it will take 100 days for you to be back to where you were before you got pregnant. I’ve heard some professionals say that it can take up to three years to fully recover from childbirth.

But I’m here to give you good news. If you manage your recovery right, not only can you bounce back sooner, but you can bounce back better. The postpartum period is one of three opportunities a woman has to heal herself and build on the foundation she had before pregnancy so she can be harder, better, faster and stronger.

The first tip? Bed rest.

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Dysmenorrhea is something most women have experienced at least once in their life and many women experience monthly. Dys– means ‘painful’. Meno– means ‘pertaining to menses or menstruation’. –rrhea means “to flow through”. Dysmenorrhea – painful menstrual flow. The most common presentation of dysmenorrhea is menstrual cramps. Many women think that painful periods and menstrual cramps are just a normal part of life. It doesn’t need to be this way. Menstruation can be a positive and painless part of your existence and this is how acupuncture can help.​ Featured image and cover photo by Pedro Figueras from Pexels

How to get rid of painful menstrual cramps

Dysmenorrhea is something most women have experienced at least once in their life and many women experience monthly.

Dys– means ‘painful’. Meno– means ‘pertaining to menses or menstruation’. –rrhea means “to flow through”.

Dysmenorrhea – painful menstrual flow.

The most common presentation of dysmenorrhea is menstrual cramps. Many women think that painful periods and menstrual cramps are just a normal part of life. It doesn’t need to be this way.

Menstruation can be a positive and painless part of your existence and this is how acupuncture can help.​

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What is qi? What are yin and yang? Check out this primer on Traditional Chinese Medicine and find out how to talk to your acupuncturist!

Acupuncture 101: How to talk to your acupuncturist

“What’s wrong with my liver?

My patient was confused and a little concerned.

“You have liver qi stagnation.” I said, “But don’t worry, there’s nothing physically wrong with your liver…” I went on to explain that in Traditional Chinese Medicine, or TCM, the liver governs a category of symptoms that relates to emotional regulation and flow. I was describing a constricted emotional flow, what we commonly refer to in the West as “stress”.

Acupuncturists and other East Asian practitioners can often sound like they are speaking another language, because in a way they are. I started college as a linguist and I have maintained that interest to this day, so I think of a lot of things in terms of “language”.

As Americans, we speak the “language” of Western medicine. During my internships at Regions hospital, Masonic Children’s Hospital and the University of Minnesota Medical Center I had to learn how to “translate” what I was saying because when I speak to my patients I often speak to them from the metaphor of Chinese medicine.

I’ve realized over time that it would be incredibly helpful to have a glossary for my patients to read, something I could reference over and over in future blog posts and newsletters.

So here it is: Acupuncture 101. I will cover some basic concepts (and misconceptions!) of commonly used words and phrases so that at your next appointment you can be prepared to talk to your acupuncturist.

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Traditional East Asian Medicine, or TEAM, isn’t just for adults. My most rewarding internship was at the Masonic Children’s Hospital in the Twin Cities, where I treated children (and their parents) for nausea and pain related to cancer treatments, anxiety, depression and many other conditions. TEAM is a great way to support your child’s health. It can help them sleep better at night, even out their energy, support their digestion and bolster their lifelong vitality.

Shonishin: Holistic infant and pediatric care

When we picture acupuncture, most of us see comfortable warm rooms with soft lighting and relaxing needle naps. Or for those of us who are familiar with community acupuncture, we see a group setting with people kicking back and healing together. What do all of these have in common?

Almost all of us are picturing adults.

But Traditional East Asian Medicine, or TEAM, isn’t just for adults. My most rewarding internship was at the Masonic Children’s Hospital in the Twin Cities, where I treated children (and their parents) for nausea and pain related to cancer treatments, anxiety, depression and many other conditions.

TEAM is a great way to support your child’s health. It can help them sleep better at night, even out their energy, support their digestion and bolster their lifelong vitality.

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The last few weeks of pregnancy are unique. You’re excited because you’re going to meet your new baby so soon! There’s anxiety because oh wow, there is so much still left to do. Maybe you’re a little scared. And you might be frustrated because you’re big enough now that if you drop something on the floor that it lives there now. You could be any of this and more. Every pregnancy is different, every woman is different but there is one thing that is pretty much constant across pregnancies: You want it to be over and that 40 week mark is juuuuuuuust within your reach. Photo by by Josh Willink from Pexels.

Acupuncture for birth preparation and labor induction

The last few weeks of pregnancy are unique. You’re excited because you’re going to meet your new baby so soon! There’s anxiety because oh wow, there is so much still left to do. Maybe you’re a little scared. And you might be frustrated because you’re big enough now that if you drop something on the floor that it lives there now. You could be any of this and more. Every pregnancy is different, every woman is different but there is one thing that is pretty much constant across pregnancies: You want it to be over and that 40 week mark is juuuuuuuust within your reach. Photo by by Josh Willink from Pexels.

Acupuncture for fertility is a huge topic. It's actually much bigger than just acupuncture. The fact is acupuncture is an important cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but it's still a smaller part of a much bigger picture. I thought it was time we started to scratch the surface of TCM approaches to fertility and how acupuncture and other lifestyle changes can help bolster your fertility success. Featured image and cover photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels

The Fundamentals of Acupuncture for Fertility

Acupuncture for fertility is a huge topic. It’s actually much bigger than just acupuncture. The fact is acupuncture is an important cornerstone of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) but it’s still a smaller part of a much bigger picture. I thought it was time we started to scratch the surface of TCM approaches to fertility and how acupuncture and other lifestyle changes can help bolster your fertility success.

Featured image and cover photo by Lisa Fotios from Pexels

Acupuncture needles are very small! In fact, 10 to 40 of them can fit in the tip of the average hypodermic needle.

What to expect for your first acupuncture appointment

Acupuncture – your mom has told you for years that it’s helped her headaches. Your best friend got it to help with her morning sickness. Your boss gets it for his chronic low back pain. So you’ve gone and done it – you made your first acupuncture appointment.

Now what?

Acupuncture’s popularity has skyrocketed in the past few years, but it’s very common for my new patients to be acupuncture first-timers. As newbies, it’s natural to have questions. My goal is to address many of the common questions I get before and at first appointments and to give you a general idea of what your session will like from beginning to end.

Acupuncture’s popularity has skyrocketed in the past few years, but it’s very common for my new patients to be acupuncture first-timers. As newbies, it’s natural to have questions. My goal is to address many of the common questions I get before and at first appointments and give you a general idea what your session will like from beginning to end.
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