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What are Chakra Energy Centers, and Why Are They Important to Your Health?

What are Chakras

Chakras are swirling vortexes of psycho-neuro-endocrine (PNE) bio-electric energy located along our anterior and posterior midline.  It’s easier to just call these energy centers chakras!  The chakras are part of Ayurveda Medicine, from India.  Traditional Chinese Medical and Ayurvedic Medical systems have much overlap, and work together in harmony.  The chakras correlate to major acupuncture points along the midline of the body.  Both systems help stimulate, move or clear blockages of negative energy. 

The chakra energy centers are responsible for carrying or releasing stored memories, emotional or physical trauma.

There are 7 main chakras and 21 minor chakras (if we include the eyes and scapula there are 25).  The chakras are the root, sacral, solar, heart, throat, brow, and crown.  The minor chakras are bilateral consisting of the feet, hands, elbows, knees, groin-gonads, clavicles, intercostals, ears-jaw, shoulders, navel, and one spleen chakra found only on the left side below the rib cage.  Some sources consider the eyes and scapula to be minor chakras as well.

Chakras Regulate Hormones, Glands, Thoughts and Feelings

Each of the main 7 chakras are associated with one of the nine endocrine glands, a group of nerves called a plexus, and a band of connective tissue called fascia. From these, Neuropeptides are released in response to our thoughts and feelings.  Thoughts and emotions of anger, joy, worry, grief, or fear have their own identifiable frequencies.  That’s how your body knows which neuropeptide to release.

Whether pain or disease stems from an emotional or spiritual disharmony or not, both physical or emotional trauma as well as behavioral or mental habits are stored in our musculature, and connective tissue called fascia, creating tension, blocking circulation, which can lead to pain or disease.  Sometimes it’s a direct connection from acute assault to the body or it develops over time. 

Some people define this as stress, which is a physical, chemical or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension.  Stress can come from external physical trauma, overloading, repetitive strain, poor posture, contracted and inflexible muscles, lack of physical exertion, inflammation from poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, infections from bacteria, viruses, yeast, or fungi.  There is also the mental aspect of overthinking, worry, anger, sadness, fear, negative outlook, and emotional imbalances.

Restore Balance and Harmony to Your Chakras

Our chakras can become congested, over-stimulated or uncoordinated.  Restoring balance to your chakras helps with stress, emotional-wellbeing, pain and disease. 

We use forms of vibrational medicine to harmonize and decongest the chakra-meridian systems.  Chakra-Meridian balancing has beneficial effects on the autonomic nervous system and internal Organs (as understood by Chinese Medicine).  

There are two types of vibrational energy medicine we use.  There is Energy-Light Acupuncture and AromaTune Acupuncture

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Wishing you a joyful holiday season

Happy Holidays and may the season be Bright

from Dr. Michele Arnold, tracey Whitney, and Dr. Sherry Shoemaker at Acupuncture Center, Inc.

Give thanks and gratitude for the spirit of the season.

Here are a few ideas you can try.


Holiday Smile blend:

1 drop each of eucalyptus, bergamot, grapefruit, wild orange, and frankincense.  You can dilute with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil or sesame oil. 

Rub on your wrist creases, or place a few drops onto an oil bracelet.  

Find your holiday spirit.  

Light a fire, put some Christmas music on, and sip a warm tea or cocoa.

Add delicious flavors of the season to a cup of tea or cocoa.

Use 1-2 toothpick dip of essential oils, and stir.

Try ginger, cinnamon, cassia, wild orange, clove, lemon, or peppermint.

Use acupressure to alleviate feelings of stress and irritability, and to help manage pain.

Large Intestine 4 Union Valley/He Gu.  Location: In the middle of the 2nd metacarpal bone on the radial side.   Tip-In the web, between the thumb and first finger, at the highest point when the fingers are together. In the picture below, we are using a tuning fork.  Pressure with your finger is effective as well.

  • This point influences the free flow of Qi and blood circulation in the channels, alleviates pain,
  • boosts immunity
  • goes to the head and teeth for headaches and tooth pain, allergies, nasal congestion
  • promotes labor. *Contraindicated during pregnancy.

*We make 10-ml roller bottles of an essential oil blend for $20.  If you would like one of these blends let us know.  You can stop by to pick it up, or at your next appointment.


We suggest:


Vibrational Acupuncture

Energy light Acupuncture

Traditional Acupuncture








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Acupuncture for Harnessing Willpower

Harness your willpower with acupuncture

Ever had one of those days or weeks where you just can’t pull yourself out of bed in the morning? Or perhaps you just can’t say “No!” to the dessert tray. Regardless of the activity, willpower is what keeps some people disciplined. But it doesn’t make you a bad person if you have dessert with every meal, buy more shoes than you really need or take longer to get going in the morning. It just means your willpower isn’t strong. And just like any other habit, that can be changed. continue reading »

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What are Chinese Herbs?

Take a look at a popular herbal formula to understand how herbal formulas are made


Cinnamon Twig Tea also known as Gui Zhi Tang is a very elegant yet simple formula.  The ingredients include cinnamon twig, white peony, baked licorice root, fresh ginger, and red dates.

The raw herbs are boiled in water and concentrated into an herbal granule powder.  The powder is mixed with warm water to create a tea.  

  • There are no added fillers, preservatives, colors, or pharmaceuticals.
  • It has been around for centuries, thus there is a lot of experience from clinical trial and error. 
  • The effects on the human body for enhancing health or treating illness have been observed testing a myriad of different herbs over time for many people.
  • They are more powerfully effective, and easily absorbed.  There is no capsule, coating, or hard tablet to break down.


    These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

    Symptom, Disease, and Traditional Chinese pattern information is drawn from a variety of sources

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TCM and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those who suffer from this ailment start to anticipate the coming months of less sunshine and increased symptomatology.  continue reading »

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