I hope you are doing well and that you have found a new routine that suits you.
In last week’s newsletter, I outlined plans and guidelines to reopen the office for treatment starting next Monday, May 11th. Our office is prepped and equipped to treat you, while practicing safety precautions outlined by the CDC.
I invite you to continue your practice of self-care with acupuncture, whether it’s an office visit or a telemedicine visit in the coming weeks. You can schedule yourself by clicking the button below and selecting your preferred mode of treatment.
In the meantime, I wish all the moms, grandmoms, and stepmoms a very Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you are celebrated, cherished, and pampered!
Most of us have been in quarantine for long enough to have a warped sense of time passing. Work/Home life seems to meld, days go by and we are under the impression that we should have accomplished more than we have. It’s important to have moments throughout the day to check in with yourself: Acknowledge your needs, give them a voice. Frustrated by the lack of alone time? Or mourning the loss of contact with friends and relatives? Panicking about an uncertain future? Allow yourself to feel those feelings, they are a normal reaction to our unique circumstance. Then, check out: Give yourself permission and make time regularly to physically, emotionally, and mentally recharge. Your body and mind are processing a lot in the background, give yourself a breather during the day, just for you. By making a conscious choice to prioritize yourself, your loved ones benefit too.
RITUAL AND ROUTINE are vital and essential parts of wellness, development, comfort, and coping.
Chinese medicine outlines specific prescriptions for lifestyle habits to keep us healthy. All of them involve living in harmony with the natural rhythms of your body and matching the energy of the seasons. Wake up when the sun rises, prepare yourself for sleep when it gets dark. Eat, drink, exercise, sit, stand, rest, think, in moderation, so as not to injure your organs. These prescriptions for health advocate for the middle road: no too much, not too little.
Take a hike in the woods virtually, if you can’t get there in person.
Springtime is associated with the wood element in Chinese Medicine and governs the function of the liver and gallbladder. The liver’s primary job is to regulate the smooth flow of emotions as well as Qi and blood. When the liver is taxed and not functioning properly, we can experience irritability, anger, headaches, painful menstruation, vision or eye problems, tight tendons, abdominal distension, or digestive pain.
Spring, then, is an excellent time to support and cleanse the liver. Eating more leafy greens, especially when the plants are young, is a simple way to cleanse and refresh the body. Nettles and dandelion leaf are excellent spring tonics, and can be added into your diet through fresh leaves or teas.
Along with regular acupuncture treatments, getting more physical activity – walking, biking, yoga, qi gong – will get liver qi moving and help relieve the feelings of depression, irritability, anger, and frustration that can arise from Liver Qi stagnation.
FIVE STONES CLINIC
Vanina Wolf, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
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