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Why Acupuncture?

As an acupuncturist, by far the most common question I am asked is "What can you use it for?" The answer is, truly, just about everything. Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine which uses a completely different medical model to diagnose and treat disease than Western medicine. A basic concept of TCM is that physical disease, pain, and emotional/mental disharmony can be attributed to an imbalance of the body's natural healing energy that flows through pathways within the...

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Feed Your Soul! (with Vegan Queso)

I found myself thinking today as I was doing some meal prepping for the week, "If the people who think vegans only eat leaves and twigs could see this food, they'd be shocked!" Among the meals on my counter were zucchini chickpea scramble, mini veggie frittatas, creamy potato kale soup, and vegan queso.

Every single meal is whole food based, gluten free, vegan, and organic!!! I am feeling very blessed to be surrounded by such nourishing and healing food, and wanted to share these delicious...

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Easing into Autumn...Advice from an Acupuncturist

The change of seasons can be a tough time health-wise for lots of people, if they are not prepared and proactive about their self care. In Chinese medicine, the season of Fall is related to the lungs energetically. This means that physical issues relating to the lungs, such as colds, cough, weak immune function, or even bronchitis can arise. This also means that emotional releases of grief or "letting go" may come up for us as we shift into Fall energy.

From a Chinese medicine perspective,...

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Pregnancy, Sciatica, and Acupuncture

Severe sciatica can be devastatingly painful. In the middle of my 31st week of pregnancy, baby decided to snuggle herself right up onto my sciatic nerve! After spending Thanksgiving limping, and even crawling at times due to intense pain, I decided I should practice what I preach, and initiate some self care. I asked for help from my friend and fellow acupuncturist, and was just amazed at the results!!

We began treatment with the intention of encouraging the baby to reposition herself so she...

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Put an End to Your Sweet Cravings FOR GOOD!!!

Coming into the season of Christmas cookies and baked goods EVERYWHERE.....I am SO excited to have discovered a fabulous blend of herbs called Sweet Change. I heard several rave reviews about it before I was finally moved to try it out myself, and boy was I glad I did!!! Sweet Change was created to help eliminate cravings, support blood sugar levels, detoxify the liver, combat stress eating, and calm the mind!!! Doesn't that just sound like a holiday life-saver!!!! Not only will this be a...

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Why Choose Organic?

When it comes to food, I always advocate for organic whenever possible for several reasons. First, of course, is for your health and protection from chemicals. Pesticides are neurotoxic (toxic to the brain), carcinogenic (cancer-causing), hormone disrupting, and they destroy the microbiome of the gut. They were initially developed as nerve gas during WWII, which speaks volumes to their toxicity and danger. Exposure to high pesticide levels during pregnancy has been associated with lower IQ,...

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The Truth About Commercial Baby Formula…..and How to Make it Yourself!

Before I share any info here, I want to start with a disclaimer: This is NOT meant to shame or place guilt on mothers who cannot nurse. This is simply meant to clear up confusion and provide answers for moms everywhere. I truly believe that every mother does the absolute best that she can for her child(ren) with the resources and knowledge she has, and I honor that to the highest level. I know how emotionally, physically, and mentally upsetting it can feel to not be able to breastfeed a...

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Teething Survival Tip: Chamomile Ice Pops!

Teething....that scary T-word is spoken of among parents with dread and fear. It can be a time of frustration, pain, and sleepless nights. I am super stoked to tell you, it doesn't have to be that way!!! I have an arsenal of tips and tools for teething survival. One of my favorites that can easily be done at home is Chamomile Teething Ice Pops. These little treats are healing and fun for kids, and they provide a cooling sensory experience!!!


Chamomile Teething Ice Pops

*Makes 2 trays of...

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My Secret Weapon for Teething...

As a first time mom, I remember hearing lots of horror stories about teething. No sleep, endless crying, and not much can be done to help. Being an advocate for natural medicine, I certainly wasn't going to reach for Orajel or another over the counter product, but I also wasn't willing to accept misery as my only other option. I began researching, and came across Tender Teeth, a Chinese herbal formula for teething. OH MY GOD AM I GLAD I DID SOME RESEARCH!!! This stuff is a literal lifesaver....

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What You Need to Know About Qi

One of the basic foundational theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is that vital energy, called qi (pronounced chee), flows through the body. This qi is what fuels the body functions that are necessary to maintain life and health. It also helps carry blood and nourishment to the various organs in the body. In a perfect world, our qi flows uninhibited within us. Unfortunately, there are lots of things that can cause qi flow to become hindered or blocked. In TCM, we call this...

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