Tips for staying in balance with the summer season:

 

Remember that what is happening outside is also happening inside of you.  Yang energy is at its' height on the summer solstice, which is June 21st.  We too should be experiencing this movement.  You might notice that you are more active and have more energy to expend.  Here are some helpful tips for harmonizing yourself with this season:

1. Eat cool foods -  Adding foods like cucumber, watermelon, cantaloupe, and mint, will help to keep you hydrated and are energetically cool so they can keep you from overheating.

2. Mind your social calender -  The summer season is about connecting with people so if you tend to be a loner, make sure you add some social activities to your schedule each week.  If you are a social butterfly, be careful not to overdue it; schedule some alone time so that you can connect deeply with yourself.

3. Laugh it off - Laughter and joy are some of the gifts of the summer so make sure you take time to bring them into your life. Go visit a comedy club or see a funny movie with a friend.  Spend time giggling with children and "play". This is the season for it.

4. Light your fire - Intimacy and passion are important aspects of the fire element. Plan a romantic evening with your loved one. If you aren't in a relationship, make a date with someone close to you and with whom you can have a real heart-to-heart conversation. 

5.Take a vacation - You work hard all year and you deserve a break. Get away if you can, even if it's just a day trip. Now is the time to relax and have fun!

 

 

 

How’s your fire?

The summer season is upon us and we have moved into the element of fire. For those of you not familiar with the Five Element model, this season represents the height of yang energy. The potential of life has burst forth and is moving into its' maturity. The warm sun shines longer, the trees are fuller, and creatures big and small are out and about in the world. We are wearing fewer clothes and fun things are happening!

The Fire is about passion, friendship, joy, and laughter. This is a time to focus on our connections with each other and to cultivate meaningful encounters with our loved ones. How do you experience this season?

The Fire element in balance, allows a person to be open to others and for ability to experience the deep love of an intimate relationship. It’s what lets us enjoy the humor in life, to be spontaneous and calls us to express ourselves passionately in the world.

Fire out of balance can take many forms; it can be either in excess or lacking. If this element is excessive in us, we will literally overheat and be flushed easily. There may be restlessness and agitation, almost manic in nature. If it is lacking, there may be a tendency to wear your heart on your sleeve and to hold an intense fear of rejection. People with issues in this element often have difficulty in sustaining relationships and can feel extremely vulnerable in both social and intimate settings.

Stay tuned next week, for some tips on how to keep your fire healthy and balanced …

In the meantime if you feel your fire is need of help, schedule an acupuncture appointment this month. The Summer Solstice is almost here and now is the best time to get this element on track!

5 Tips For Making Your Acupuncture Treatments Last Longer

 

We are often asked, "How can I get the most out of my acupuncture treatments?"  We reply, "We see you for one hour a week, what are doing for the other 167 hours?" Your choices make a difference and if you want to make your treatments to last longer, here are some tips.

 

 1. Drink More Water - hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Your body is made up of approximately 72% water; every cell requires it to do its job. We recommend half your body weight in ounces per day (i.e., if you weigh 150 lbs., drink about 75 ounces per day).

 

2. Get More Sleep -Studies show that long term sleep deprivation effects your long term health. Part of what we are doing in your treatments is to create balance. Your body needs rest just as much as it needs activity, which leads us to #3.

 

3. Move the Qi - We are not talking about doing a Tough Mudder, a half hour of moderate exercise, 5 days a week is enough. Get a dog, walk with a friend, just do it!

 

4. Turn "off" the noise - We admit we are NPR junkies, but turn it off for even just a little bit everyday. It's amazing how peaceful a car ride can be when its silent. We are also talking about facebook, TV, messaging, music...all of it needs to be off. Choose a time to disconnect from everything for a few minutes a day and turn "on" your connection to yourself.

 

5. Eat Mindfully - This doesn't mean hardcore changes; eat at least one meal a day prepared by you at home without distractions. Choose nourishing foods.  Sit down to eat at a table, take your time, chew your food, enjoy the flavors, smells, textures, and stop when you are full.  If we could eat every meal this way, Prilosec would be out of business!

 

To sum this up, it's easy to make simple shifts that can make a world of difference. Try it!

 

My Mistletoe Evening

A cause close to Kathy's heart...

I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a cause that moved me deeply and may inspire you or someone you know. We have all been affected by cancer either directly or indirectly.

Last December, I participated in a community outreach event at Athleta Dulaney Plaza in Towson. I was there to share a bit of what I know about acupuncture and to let customers, family and friends experience it for themselves. It was perfect timing to ease some stress for holiday shoppers! That's when I met Ivelisse, a beautiful, vibrant woman who happened to be out shopping with her daughter. As she handed me her card, she spoke a bit about her own experience with acupuncture and alternative medicine. Ivelisse was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer at the age of 37. She chose an unconventional route of treatment utilizing alternative medicine (including Mistletoe therapy) as part of a treatment regimen to support her through the healing process. Ivelisse later co-founded Believe Big with her husband to help families navigate the journey of cancer treatment by providing resources, direction and hope.


Four years ago, Ivelisse was given an 8% chance of survival from stage IV colon cancer and is now completely cancer-free. Recently, I had the privilege of attending a Believe Big dinner event where Ivelisse shared her amazing story of strength, courage and determination along with several other inspiring speakers. I also heard from the physicians who treated Ivelisse, Dr. Luis Diaz, a Johns Hopkins oncologist and Dr. Peter Hinderberger, a homeopathic physician. They spoke on the importance of an integrated approach to cancer treatment. One of the alternative therapies in Ivelisses' treatment regimen included Mistletoe injections from Dr. Hinderberger. Believe Big, Dr. Diaz and Dr. Hinderberger are collaborating with Johns Hopkins to develop a Mistletoe Clinical Trial for the treatment of certain cancers.

If you want to learn more about Believe Big and Mistletoe therapy, click here or watch the five minute Fox 45 video "Mistletoe as Medicine" at the link below:
http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/12/24/medicinal-attributes-mistletoe/

Please feel free to forward this information to anyone you think might benefit from it.

A deep bow to you Ivelisse for your passion, faith and commitment to this work!

With much love and gratitude for each and every moment,
Kathy