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Self Care September

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Happy Self-Care September! Here are 5 Reasons to Add Acupuncture to Your Self-Care Routine This September:

Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine used to balance the body’s flow of energy—known as Qi (chi)—through the placement of tiny needles into the skin at specific points. Stimulation of these points activates your natural healing response, which results in a wealth of positive health benefits. Here are just a few…

1. You stress less.
We all strive to maintain a healthy balance with stress. So how exactly could painless needles cause you to relax and eliminate worry from life? Acupuncture not only decreases anxiety and worry but changes the body’s response to stress with resiliency. Acupuncture addresses the physical and emotional body as well as the mind. It’s a tool you can use in self-care and provides another option to thrive.

2. You sleep more.
We all feel restored by getting enough rest. But what if your mind doesn’t stop even after you hit the pillow? With high levels of stress, over 60 million Americans struggle with insomnia. Acupuncture uses an interconnected approach. When one part of the body is strained it affects the overall essence of the body and can result in emotions such as anxiety, sleeplessness, worry, and depression. “One’s essence can be compared to what Western medicine would think of as DNA,” says Christian I. Jovanovic, Acupuncture and TCM Program Director & Assistant Professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington. We may be unable to change our genetic disposition, but we are able to address those areas where there’s a systematic weakness or challenge.

3. You radiate beauty.
Acupuncture not only offers internal health but results in outward beauty benefits. Cosmetically, acupuncture facial treatments target acne, puffiness, dullness, and wrinkles by improving skin elasticity, texture, and complexion. Acupuncture balances all body systems, which includes our lymphatic and circulatory systems. “The face reflects one’s internal well-being,” explains acupuncturist Colleen Moore, M.A., L.Ac. and clinical supervisor at Northwestern Health Sciences Bloomington Clinic. “True beauty is when your chi (known as energy) is flowing freely.”

4. You address the cause.
Issues such as pain, decreased immune response, thyroid imbalance, and low energy levels can be treated by acupuncture. The whole-body approach moves beyond the ailment to address the root cause and offer systematic healing. “Acupuncture is part of a larger holistic care model for the individual, it is a complementary collaborative medicine option,” says Jovanovic.

5. You create lasting change.
During a personalized acupuncture treatment, your practitioner not only addresses the root cause of imbalances in your body but offers lifestyle guidance (nutrition, sleep, activity, stress) for consistent and realistic behavior changes and a future of well being.

Valentine’s Day Special

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6 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

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Are you feeling down lately?  You are not alone!  With getting over the holiday season and the gloomy weather it’s easy to fall into a slump.  Many people struggle with the winter blues this time of year, including us!  The good news is that Good Point is here to help!  Here are 6 ways to beat the blues.

  1. Lighten up – Shorter days leave your body and brain craving sunlight which naturally increases the serotonin levels in your body.  Light therapy has been shown to help but it can be pricey.  Luckily, in Texas our winters are mild and we have many sunny days throughout the winter so get out and enjoy it when you can!
  2. Boost Vitamin D –  Again, shorter days and less sunlight can lead to lower vitamin D levels which can leave you feeling fatigued and lower immunity.  A vitamin D supplement can help stave off these and other symptoms.
  3. Move it – More and more studies show that exercising has a significant impact on mood.  Even just a 20 minute walk can make a difference.  And the bonus is that it can help you avoid the winter weight gain.
  4. Tune in – A 2013 research study from the University of Missouri showed that listening to cheerful music can greatly improve mood.  So cue up your dance cardio playlist and this one is a twofer since dancing counts as exercise.
  5. Get Acupuncture – Acupuncture regulates your body’s energy (Qi) and helps prevent stagnation.  Acupuncture also naturally stimulates the release of serotonin.
  6. Oil Up – Aromas have a powerful impact on the limbic system – the part of the brain that controls emotions and memories.  Citrus scents in particular are especially uplifting and invigorating so diffusing blends like doterra’s Cheer, Citrus Bliss, or Motivate can actually help you feel cheerful, blissed out, and motivated.  You can try all of these and more in our office.

Hang in there!  It’s Texas so Spring is right around the corner.

Cheerfully,

Good Point Team

Essential Oils 101

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Free Essential Oils 101 Class

Wednesday, November 14th

6:30pm-8:00pm

at Good Point Acupuncture

• Learn what essential oils are and how to use them
(Hint – they’re not just for diffusers)
• Learn how to make over your medicine cabinet
• Learn how to choose natural solutions for your family
• Make your own blend to take with you

5 Acupuncture Points For Indian Summer

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Acupuncture is part of a medical system that dates back nearly 3,500 years. This medical system is known as Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. TCM acknowledges not four but five seasons. The fifth season, Indian Summer, occurs in late August through mid-September. Each season in TCM has a pair of organs or energetic pathways it corresponds to. For Indian Summer, these pathways are those of the spleen and stomach.

The spleen and stomach are directly responsible for digestion. The spleen also has the added function of transporting and absorbing water in the body. When the spleen is not functioning properly, the body may suffer from a buildup of dampness. This can manifest as edema, digestive issues and even brain fog. Many people who have impaired spleen function also suffer from diabetes.

To keep the spleen and stomach functioning properly within the TCM system, things like acupuncture, herbal formulas, nutritional counseling and practices like qi gong or tai chi may need to be incorporated. There are over 350 acupuncture points on the body, but there are some that work exceptionally well during Indian Summer to help with digestion and fluid transport.

 

  1. Spleen 9 – This point is located bilaterally on the inside of the lower leg. It can be found by locating the tibia, following it up the leg to the knee and then feeling for the depression behind and below the lower edge of the tibia. This acupuncture point is a wonderful point to use to help drain edema and decrease abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea.

 

  1. Stomach 25 – This point is located bilaterally on the lower abdomen. It can be found about 2 finger-breadths laterally away from the middle of the belly button and completely level with it. This point is part of a group known as the four doors. Stomach 25 is used to treat abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhea and edema.

 

  1. Ren 6 – This point is located on the midline of the abdomen, about one and a half thumb-breadths directly below the belly button. This is another point that is part of the four doors grouping. Ren 6 can be used to help with abdominal pain, edema, diarrhea, constipation and menstrual problems.

 

  1. Ren 12 – This point is located on the midline of the abdomen, about four thumb-breadths directly above the belly button. This is the final point that completes the four doors grouping. Just like its counterparts, Ren 12 can help with bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea. It is also used to treat stomachaches, acid reflux, vomiting and diarrhea.

 

  1. Spleen 6 – This point is located bilaterally on the inside of the lower leg. It is found three thumb-breadths above the medial ankle bone and just behind the tibia. Spleen 6 is frequently used by acupuncturists. It helps with abdominal pain and bloating, diarrhea, menstrual problems, urinary leakage, edema, dizziness, vertigo and insomnia.

Any of these points can be used alone or in conjunction with others. They can be manually stimulated using pressure from a finger or dull, rounded tool. But for best effects, it is recommended acupuncture be applied.