acupuncture

Some things you might not know about boosting your immunity.

Ba na ba na ba na ba na ba nananana…I ain’t afraid of no flu. Well, actually most people are a bit afraid of the flu! Here we are in cold/flu/sniffle/bronchial gunk/sinus infection season. Everyone’s favorite! There are advertisements for flu shots everywhere, reminders for hand-washing and plenty of masks for all at your favorite ER or drop-in clinic. For some people this is a terrifying time of year; the fear of getting sick in … Read More

Does the end of Daylight Savings depress you?

Sunlight. Is. Medicine. As we come to a close of Daylight Savings Time on our corner of the hemisphere this November 2nd, 2014, we say goodbye to longer days and hello to winter nights. This brings a sense of impending doom for some folks. If this is you, you’re not crazy. The body and mind are both involved in this case of the blues – you may experience both a biological and psychological reaction (sometimes … Read More

You are amazing: a letter from your practitioner

  Ever walk into an acupuncture [or other] appointment feeling old, broken, or like a hot mess? Ever wondered what’s going through your practitioner’s head? It’s worth knowing you are not being sized up or judged. Here’s a glimpse of what goes through my head with each patient: You. Are. Amazing. Your unique lens on the world is fascinating. Your spark is undeniable. Your deep desire to live a life that is interesting, delicious, gorgeous, … Read More

Fall into fall; 5 tips for an awesome autumn

It’s official – we are in autumn! I even broke out my for real autumn-winter wear boots this week. In Chinese medicine we take it seriously that us humans are a true reflection of nature, and this includes the seasonal changes too. Thus, one of our measures of “health” is how well we weather the weather. In the treatment room we tend to take note of how people do from season to season, looking for patterns that illuminate … Read More

Pillow talk: how sleep affects everything

How do you get good sleep in an era of Leaning In and Netflix binging? Sleep is not so easy to come by these days. And being tired all the time affects your work, your home life, your social life, and everyone around you. Not sleeping enough is like driving your car on fumes all the time: it eventually wears out your engine. Losing a couple of hours of sleep every night is linked to … Read More

Menstrual Health Day – Taking Back our Periods

It’s time to talk about our periods, period. This is an entry for everyone, not just menstruating women…so listen up!  First, I’d like to debunk the notion that PMS, feeling crazy, tons of pain and heavy periods that have people in adult diapers is a normal thing, or that a barely-there bleed is normal. It’s not…unfortunately it’s just common. And there is a huge distinction, because what this means is that there is actually an … Read More

Do you have to believe in acupuncture?

A common question about acupuncture is “Do I have to believe in acupuncture for it to work?”  The answer is, thankfully, no. Some people worry that, since acupuncture originated in Asia, or is touted as an ancient art, it’s rooted in mystical beliefs or somehow mysteriously manipulates your body. I respect those who question; curiosity and caution are valuable qualities to have! You can rest assured that acupuncture is not a belief system. What it … Read More

How long does it take for acupuncture to work?

How long does it take for acupuncture to work? That’s a trick question. The answer is it depends. It depends on  a) what your personal set of symptoms are and  b) how long you’ve been carrying your symptoms around. Your symptoms are unique to you. Even if 10 different people report having a migraine, one may experience it after running, one after not enough water, one may describe it as pounding and hot, and someone … Read More

A 7-step plan for coping with allergies

Oh, Springtime! Lush but lethal for those whose sinuses close up at the mere thought of stepping outside. Here are a few tips to live with allergies this season: 1. Treat your sinuses like your garden: irrigate them Wash away the debris and irritants getting stuck in your nasal passages by using a neti pot. Using a neti pot takes a few tries to get past the “I’m drowning” sensation; don’t worry, you’ll conquer your … Read More

12 tips for choosing your acupuncturist

Choosing an acupuncturist, or any healthcare provider, is an important part of your healing and wellness process. It’s all too often that we are quick to trust “the expert” more than we trust ourselves, especially when it comes to our health. A good acupuncturist is looking to empower you to own your wellness and that’s what we are all about at Third Space Wellness. In fact, from the rich conversations we have on a regular … Read More