Four more days until Halloween! This Sunday round-up has a spooky theme from witches to the moon.
One reader asked me for a post on common misconceptions about acupuncture.
Every single one of these misconceptions is a conversation I have had at least once, either with a potential patient or another practitioner. Some have to do with safety, and some have to do with the woo aspect of acupuncture.
My last theory-heavy post for the month is going to be on the disharmonies of the Lung system. Like with the post on Liver disharmonies, I am going to discuss common patterns with the Lung system and what they might look like from a Western perspective as well as some general advice for preventing or coping with lung disharmonies.
Today’s blogtober post is an experiment! I am going to be posting parts of the newsletter to the blog going forward.
Because a lot of my patients aren’t signed up for the newsletter and they’re missing out on a lot of exciting updates like this one. What am I so excited about? Scroll to find out!
October is a season of change and transformation. The days get shorter, the nights get longer and colder. Trees shed their leaves and their skeletal branches are a stark contrast to the pale, cloudy sky. Fall is the season of all things witchy.
There has been a recent uptick in the number of people calling themselves witch and I think it’s because there is a call for us to change. People don’t seem to mean that they’re making a theological change to Wiccanism. Rather, they are embracing this power of transformation.
“Witchiness” has become synonymous with feminine-power (though not all witches identify as female!). It’s raising up our voices, taking care of ourselves, and yeah, sometimes sage sticks, tarot cards, and crystals.
So to celebrate this witchy season I want to share with you some of my favorite books about female empowerment, healing, and transformation.(more…)
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.(more…)