Acupuncture

TCM and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those who suffer from this ailment start to anticipate the coming months of less sunshine and increased symptomatology.  continue reading »

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Self Care Fall is Here!

Hi there! Dr. Katja Magus here from Alpine Acupuncture… You may have seen some ideas for self care online or in a magazine this year, but we recently heard about the concept for self care fall. The idea is that we each take a moment to assess how we are REALLY feeling right now during this autumn season. Do you have aches and pains you’ve been ignoring? Is the stress at work and home piling up? Are you already feeling like you’re fighting off colds and sniffles? Still feeling run down from all the smoke exposure this summer? Are you dreading the upcoming holiday season?

Well- if so, not to worry- Self Care Fall has arrived!

Now is a great time to put some energy into taking care of you. There are countless ideas out there for self care, and it really is a personal thing, which things help you feel great! For me, it means taking an extra breath and really checking in with myself before I commit to participating in an activity or event. Also- making sure there is time for the things that I know “feed” me- my exercise routine, eating salads, getting to bed on time, connecting with friends and family. Beyond that, it may mean scheduling time for a massage, getting in for those physical therapy appointments you’ve been meaning to do, visiting the chiropractor, or our personal favorite- ACUPUNCTURE! (You knew I was going to say that)

If you need some help getting your self care routine (exercise, diet, sleep) planned out, Dr. Katja Magus has time slots available to help you figure out what you need to feel amazing all the way through the holiday season and the rainy season!

Come on in and start today! It is a great time to use those acupuncture insurance visits before the end of the year (if you have 12 visits, that’s 2 per week up until Christmas!) What a great way to take care of YOU!

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Mental and Emotional Aspects of the Lungs

mental aspects of lungs - chinese medicine acupuncture

As an acupuncturist, I am constantly assessing. Before my patients answer a single question, I am taking in cues as to what types of imbalances might be going on. In five-element acupuncture, the five major organ systems are the kidney, liver, lung, heart and spleen. When any of these systems are out of balance, certain physical, mental and emotional issues can manifest. Even if you aren’t experiencing a specific health issue, however, you will likely display particular personality traits that fall within these five organ systems. In the five-element world, the lungs are connected to the element of metal. continue reading »

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Five Reasons Acupuncture Helps Reduce Stress

Stress is a word many people are familiar with. The dictionary defines stress in multiple ways, but there is only one that matters when we discuss how stress affects our physical bodies. The definition is this, “stress is a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension.” And while most people think of stress as being detrimental, it truly does have a function in our bodies. Stress is the body’s way of signaling for help or a break in the routine. If we don’t listen to these signals, we can develop imbalances in our bodies, which can then lead to illnesses. continue reading »

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Five Acupuncture Points for Indian Summer

Acupuncture is part of a medical system that dates back nearly 3,500 years. This medical system is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. TCM acknowledges not four but five seasons. The fifth season, Indian Summer, occurs in late August through mid-September. Each season in TCM has a pair of organs or energetic pathways it corresponds to. For Indian Summer, these pathways are those of the spleen and stomach. continue reading »

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