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Happy Thanksgiving 2020 acupressure to relieve sadness promote gratitude

 

“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the food and for the joy of living.

If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies only in yourself.” — Tecumseh

When it comes to Thanksgiving, a lot of emphasis gets put on the food.  For me it is the nostalgia of the smell of turkey cooking in the oven.  I love all of the traditional fixings that go along with it.  Every family may have their own traditions that bring them together.  That is the most important part after all.  Giving thanks for each other, being together, even when far apart.  Many people will be apart from their loved ones this Thanksgiving.  I suggest cooking up a small Thanksgiving.  When you’re ready to dine, give a ring, Facetime, or Zoom your friends and family, and give a cheers!  Pray for a better year, and then dig in!  

 

Don’t let yourself feel sad or lonely.  Rejoice in your memories, be thankful you have them.  Gratitude will replace the bad feelings so you can focus on the future.  

If you need a little boost in this department give acupressure a try.  Acupressure helps you see a different perspective, and to look beyond ourselves.

  1. Spleen #4 is called, “The Prince’s Grand Son”.  It is located on the instep just below the first metatarsal bone of the big toe on the border of the red and white skin.  Press for one minute each side.  You can do this a few times a day.  This point helps you realize the certainty of continuity.  It is like entrusting your legacy to your favorite grandson.  
  2. Lung #7 called, “Narrow Defile”.  It is located on the radial styloid process of the wrist.  You can find it by sliding your index finger of one hand between the web of your thumb and index finger of the other wrist.  Where your index finger lands is the point.  Massage gently for one minute each side.  You can do this a few times per day.  This point helps relieve sadness and worry.  It gives you the capacity to receive the wonderful gifts of life that are abundant all around you.  Sometimes we get lost, and we forget to take stock of what we have.  Breath in, breath out, give thanks.

 

I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

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What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition believed to be linked to a lack of sunlight where the individual experiences mood changes and emotions similar to depression. SAD occurs mostly in the Fall and Winter months when there is less sunlight exposure.

It’s found that around 5 percent of people may experience SAD lasting 40% of the year (especially in areas with less sunlight such as the Pacific Northwest and other Northern regions), and it is more common in women than in men. continue reading »

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Acupuncture and Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are a collective group of disorders that plague nearly 50 million people in the United States today. When a person suffers from an autoimmune disease it means their own immune system is attacking the body and altering or destroying the tissues. Autoimmune diseases include things like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, pernicious anemia, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel disease and Parkinson’s disease. continue reading »

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Patience is a Virtue Acupuncture can Help

anger and impatience

 

On Sunday mornings sometimes I like to watch “The Sunday Morning Show” on CBS.

This morning the opening piece was about patience and its affect on our health.

Dr. Amit Sood was interviewed by Berry Peterson about his research on impatience at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

“Impatience is not simply the opposite of patience, Sood explained. Rather, the absence of patience brings anxiety, illness, injury, loneliness — and even death.”

It’s negative affects can cause…

  • Elevated Blood pressure
  • Anger and stress levels
  • Aging and Chromosomal DNA abnormalities
  • Heart Attack
  • Feeling of no control

“If you choose to be patient, you are helping yourself. You’re living longer and happier. And you’re helping your loved ones. Being patient is a choice,” Dr. Sood said.

And, I love this one.  Another word Sood said would help us through the pandemic: Resilience. 

Acupuncture can help you choose to be more patient.  It is about establishing a new healthier outlook.

Many acupuncture points help people gain insight, and a new perspective.

To develop a more patient and resilient disposition you can try acupressure.  Press, tap or rub each of these points one minute each twice daily. Here are a few example points to use.

Du-Governor 20: One Hundred Meetings

Gives perspective of what life is about as an individual and humankind, what is the right way.  Moves a person forward to a different level of understanding.  Clears mind and lifts spirit.

Location: at the crown top of head.  Found by drawing an imaginary line from the tips of your ears to the center of your head, and center line from the tip of your nose.

One Hundred Meetings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yintang:  Hall of impression It is often called the “third eye” as it is also the sixth Chakra or Brow Chakra.

This point can help bring about a sense of clarity.  It promotes wisdom, intuition, mental facilities and intellect. As it governs the brain, neurological system, eyes, ears, nose and pituitary glands,

yinang

 

Location: Midway between the medial end of the eyebrows on your forehead.  

 

 

 

 

Gallbladder 21: Shoulder Well.   

This is a great point to relax the tension held in the shoulders.  It can often stimulate the relaxation of the diaphragm, and relaxed slower breathing.  It helps bring stuck Qi-energy from the head, shoulders, and neck down relieving headache, shoulder and neck pain.

Location: at the highest point of shoulder midway between the lower border of spineous process of 7th Cervical vertebra 1 and the acromion.  Just pinch the upper trapezius muscle with your thumb and middle finger. 

*This point is contraindicated during pregnancy.  It is often used to help stimulate labor.

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Liver 13: Chapter Gate.  This is an awesome point also known as the gate of hope.  It is useful in helping someone move forward in different chapters of their life.  It is regulating in that the gate is open allowing movement forward, but with appropriate patience.  This means not speeding ahead before it’s time.  Plans are not always clear, and we don’t have control.  We can learn that this is alright, and we can let go of the need to always be right, and to always have control.  All will be well.  This point gives us hope that the flow of life is moving as nature intended.  

Location: lies at the tip of the 11th rib, or just inferior and anterior to it.  Just feel for the bottom of your rib cage on the anterior lateral aspect.

liver meridian points 13 and 14
acupuncture meridian of the liver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To experience Emotional-Spiritual Acupuncture for feelings of impatience schedule your appointment today.

Call Dr. Michele at (858) 613-0792 or schedule online.

 View the segment on the Sunday Morning Show

 

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Balance Your Body – Stave off COVID-19

If you feel like you’re battling frequent colds, a cough that won’t quit, or just seem to be tired all the time, it may benefit you to find time for a daily walk or simple exercise routine. Doing this a few times per week can have many health benefits and help build your immune system.

Viruses such as COVID-19 take hold in our bodies when our immune systems are at their weakest points. Below are a few ways to help increase your immune function so your body can function as it’s meant to and stay balanced! continue reading »

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