Acupuncture

Self-Care on the Weekdays

While I’m sitting here in the office at 5pm on a Monday, the sun is down and city lights are glowing through the window. It makes me realize that I haven’t taken the time today to give myself any attention. Of course I took care of the little things like food and heigen but other then that, I haven’t done anything else. So what I can do now that it’s the end of my day and all I want to do is put on my pajamas and curl up on the couch.

These are my go to options when I need some self-care but don’t have extra energy.

  1. Tea - something easy, I like something herbal and fruity at night.

  2. MagCalm - Not only will this help me sleep but it will help my muscles to not cramp after my long day on my feet.

  3. Foam Rolling - Many of you know how I really feel about this

  4. Stretching - while watching something on Netflix it’s a great time to roll around on the floor stretching and playing with the dog.

  5. Heat Pack - pajamas and heat pack before bed is always great.

  6. Essential Oils - a defuser is an easy way to calm yourself down as well as make your whole house smell amazing! I love using our Lavender or Tonify Earth at home when my days are stressful. If I feel a cold coming on, I like Lime Peel or Eucalyptus to keep my sinuses clear.

  7. Epsom Salts - Wether I’m sitting or standing all day, my days are long lately so a hot bath with some epsom salts is a great way to relax my body and mind before a restful sleep.

  8. Meditation - deep breathing or a simple guided meditation track is an easy way to give myself some attention.

  9. Sombra - almost always part of nightly routine … I slather it on my arms, chest and low back the most, then curl up in bed and wait for the chilly tingle to kick in before I fall asleep.

  10. Dance Party for 1- Only good on nights when I have the energy but even on some nights when I don’t think I do, there is nothing better then listening to some great dance music and dancing around out house alone to blow off some of the stress of the day.

MANAGING YOUR ALLERGIES

STEP ONE

In the morning:

Facial Cleanse & Sinus Rinse

See instructions at the bottom of this document.

Think before opening Windows: Trees and grass pollen that cause spring allergies can blow into your house even if you open your windows even a crack,

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a time-tested natural approach for combating the signs of aging and promoting a healthy and radiant appearance. While no therapies, surgical, chemical, or natural can reduce every sign of aging,  facial rejuvenation acupuncture is an ideal and effective option for those who would like to avoid risky and expensive surgeries or chemical procedures, as well as those who place a high value on preserving a natural appearance.

Functions Of The 5 Flavors

Food should taste good, right? So why are so many medicines bitter? There are bitter flavor receptors throughout the whole body, and just like the other flavors, the bitter flavor has specific biochemical actions that we can benefit from. The 5 flavors are one of the most important concepts of Chinese Herbalism and food therapy. Here is a rundown of how each of the 5 flavors - spicy, sweet, bitter, sour, and salty - functions in your body.

Happy to meet you, happy to be here!

As a recent addition to the Vitalize team, I wanted to take a moment to say a warm hello and introduce myself to the community that I am so happy to be a part of. 

I come to Vitalize from my own practice, Eng Acupuncture Center, in Silverton, OR, where I have practiced since 2014. While I continue

Acupuncture For a Healthy Pregnancy

You may already know that we at Vitalize treat a lot of fertility and women’s health.  This includes pregnant women with their myriad complaints.  Let’s face it, as much as we may look like glowing goddesses, a pregnant body can be very uncomfortable.  So here are some of the things acupuncture can treat in pregnancy, a time when other treatment options are limited.

Acupuncture Explained: DU 20, Crown Of The Head

Do you ever wonder why your acupuncturist chooses a certain point?  There is always a reason, and a unique set of points selected for you.  But DU 20, Bai Hui, is a point that almost every patient will have at one time or another.  So, here’s the scoop on DU 20. 

Acupuncture for Migraines

Acupuncture can help redirect blood flow to reduce these patterns of vascular instability.  Acupuncture can also help balance hormones, reduce stress and the inflammation that is an underlying cause.  Then, perhaps with the help of other interventions such as herbs, identification of triggers, and some lifestyle adjustments, migraines can be a thing of the past, or at least greatly reduced. 

Natural Remedies for Colds & Flus

Natural Remedies for Colds & Flus

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about cold & flu prevention, but lets face it, sometimes we get sick.  If you are like me and have a child in preschool, maybe it happens more often then you want to admit.  Here are some tips for bouncing back fast and fortified.  

·      Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant found in many foods, especially brightly colored fruits and vegetables.  It can greatly speed recovery from colds or flus.  In terms of supplementation, avoid synthetic ascorbic acid if possible in favor of mixed flavonoids or acerola powder.  (Vitamins are consistently better in their complex packages, rather than as an isolate.)