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Coronavirus Stress and Immune Support

Are you stressed out by “social distancing” from friends and family, being isolated or ‘cooped up’, employment difficulties such as not getting enough hours or maybe too many hours, or just worrying about the well-being of your loved ones?

We at Healing Roots Acupuncture know that this stress has a huge effect on us.  Stress directly affects both our physical and mental health.  All kinds of ailments, aches, illness, and disease have their roots in unhealthy stress.

That’s why we are here to help.  We are announcing our “Stress Reduction for Healthy Living” program.  continue reading »

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Stay Healthy This Winter with a Balanced Qi

Winter’s element is water and is associated with the kidneys, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is considered the source of all qi and energy within the body. Winter is also associated with the bladder and adrenal glands.

Focusing on inner reflection, rest, energy conservation and storage during the winter months is when it’s most important as it helps us to properly nourish our Kidney Qi.

Below are a few methods you can learn about and apply during this season in order to maintain a balanced qi. continue reading »

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Winter Acupuncture: Governing Vessel 14

Governing Vessel 14 is called The Great Hammer. This point is located below C 7 on the spine. C 7, the seventh cervical vertebrae is the one which is the most prominent. Traditionally the vertebrae were referred to as hammers because of their resemblance to the tool. This point is great because it is the intersecting point for all of the Yang meridians in the body. In winter time, this point is often used to treat colds and other illnesses that are common this time of year. continue reading »

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Five Self Care Tips for Winter

Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that humans should live in harmony with the seasons. According to traditional Chinese medicine there are five seasons: winter, spring, summer, late summer and fall. Each season has many associations that help us change our habits, allowing for a more balanced mind and body. When these systems were being developed, people were living in harmony with nature. People rose with the sun, ate what was available during the different seasons and they were much more aware of their natural environment. What to wear, when to wake up, when to go to sleep and what activities to engage in were all dependent on the weather and the environment. Because of this, people were capable of staying healthy throughout the year and their immune and organ systems were strong enough to ward off disease. continue reading »

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Acupuncture for Kids

Most kids, as well as a lot of adults, are afraid of needles. So the pairing of acupuncture and kids might not be an obvious one. However, more and more parents are seeking alternative methods of treatment for their children, because our conventional medical system is faltering a bit. Pharmaceuticals are proving to be more harmful than beneficial for many people, especially kids, whose brains and bodies aren’t yet fully developed. continue reading »

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3 Reasons Acupuncture Supports Couples Facing Infertility

When you consider all the changes in our agricultural practices, the increased number of medications we take, as well as our dependence on plastic and technology that is constantly emitting low-grade radiation, it’s no surprise more couples are having trouble conceiving. Current statistics show one in six couples who are trying to conceive are facing fertility issues. And while many times infertility is thought of as a female issue, it is really a factor for both the man and woman and should therefore be addressed as such. continue reading »

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Headache Clinic – November 13, 2019

One of the more common problems from which my patients seek relief is headaches. A bad headache can ruin your day! Chronic headache sufferers face a difficult choice: live with the headache or take pain relievers, which create their own problems in the body. Fortunately, acupuncture can often provide quick relief by adjusting the body back to its normal, healthy state.
Today a patient came in with a headache in her forehead and temples that she rated 7 out of 10, where 10 is the most pain she’s ever felt. Here at Healing Roots Acupuncture, we often find that using “press tacks” are very effective – no needles! A press tack looks like a little bandaid with a small bump enclosed in it. The bump presses against the point on the body that needs the help to allow energy to flow again. In this case, after applying a few presstacks to her hands, her headache migrated to the top of her head and the pain reduced from a 7 to a 4. After a few more press tacks, her headache was reduced to a 2. All of this relief was gained in a few minutes. We then did some NET on the remaining feeling in the headache, which reduced the pain to a zero. The patient left the office feeling pain free and ready to enjoy the day.

Zero pain is our goal at Healing Roots Acupuncture! Who do you know that could benefit from this treatment? If you or a loved one suffer from headaches, come see us. Relief can often be found quickly with lasting results.

Come to our Headache Clinic! Pass the Word!

Healing Roots Acupuncture is sponsoring a headache clinic, Wednesday, November 13 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm.

Please call to reserve your appointment. 617-549-5648

Treatment fee: $40.00. Pass this along to anyone who can benefit from this treatment.

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Five Self Care Tips for Fall

Fall is a favorite season for many people. The weather starts getting a little cooler, things are beginning to slow down and preparations for the holidays are in full swing. For many others, fall is not so festive. Many people get sick during the fall months, allergies can flare up for some, and many don’t like the steady decrease in hours of sunlight, sometimes leading to seasonal depression. Here are some tips on how to get through the season without incident. continue reading »

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Healthy Foods for Fall

traditional chinese medicine foods for fall

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.

As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

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TCM and Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that disrupts normal function of the epithelial cells in the body.  Epithelial cells line the passageways of many of our vital organs, including the lungs, liver, kidneys, reproductive system and the skin. Those who have cystic fibrosis have a defective gene that impairs epithelial cell function. This can lead to a buildup of sticky mucus throughout the body that may eventually lead to lung damage and chronic coughing, affecting how patients with cystic fibrosis breathe and filter air, digest their food and absorb the nutrients from that food. In the United States alone, there are nearly 12 million people who suffer from this disease. Unfortunately, there is no known cure and most of those affected with the disease only live into their 20s and 30s. Current modern medicine treatments focus on increasing the quality of life by managing symptoms. continue reading »

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