Life Essentials Winter Notes
Winter is a Time of Rest & Renewal
The number one complaint we get during the winter is “lack of energy,” but winter is when we should be focused on conserving our energy and “recharging our batteries” so-to-speak. It’s when we should reflect on our health and conserve our strength and the cold darkness of the winter months tends to naturally urge us to slow down; however, with today’s fast-paced, busy lifestyle more and more people struggle to care for themselves the way they desire. With that being said, it is more important than ever before that we take care of ourselves in a way that will promote good, strong energy for longevity and good health for spring and summer.
The number one complaint we get during the winter is “lack of energy.”
Many people find seasonal acupuncture and especially herbal treatments during winter to greatly enhance the body’s ability to thrive in times of stress, aid in healing and prevent illness and increase vitality.
How Herbs Help
Herbs in winter help maintain optimal health without side effects. Most Chinese herbals are used to treat acute diseases and conditions, such as killing bacteria or a virus, healing chronic illness and disorders, strengthening the body and maintaining balance in the body. Specially designed herbs ade by your herbalist are more effective than premixed, patented herbal formulas, because they are tailored ot your symptoms and conditions exclusively by your herbalist to treat you, your body, and your energy.
Q: How do acupuncture and herbs help?
A: They aim to correct imbalances in the body, address external factors and environment, help you manage stress and emotions healthfully, and achieve an d maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Q: What are most Chinese herbal formulas composed of?
A: roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves and branches
How to Boost Your Energy This Winter
Winter is all about nourishing your energy for spring, especially your kidneys. Kidney energy is crucial to good health and longevity. Our kidney energy is considered the source of all energy within the body as they store and reserve our energy so it can be used in times of stress and change or to heal and prevent illness and to age gracefully; however, during the winter, this energy can be so easily depleted.
With this in mind, we want to provide you with a few helpful suggestions on how to boost your energy this winter.
Our Healthful Suggestions
Relax…and…go to sleep early and rise late. This can be challenging for many and we are happy to discuss ways for you to achieve a healthful sleep routine, from acupuncture services and herbal supplements to meditation and Reiki to help you relax and release all of that stress. Stay warm and expend minimum energy! So, in other words, bears have the right idea! Cuddle up under your blanket by a warm fire and hibernate… read a good book and meditate. If you’re looking for great winter exercise, look to yoga or tai chi as great sources of movement and relaxation. Also, be sure to wash your hands regularly and drink ample water, but drink your water at either room temperature or warmer, as the idea is to warm the body so it doesn’t need to expend more energy trying to regulate your body temperature as it would, for instance, if you drank cold water during the winter.
Winter Dietary Suggestions
Avoid raw foods as these require more energy to digest than cooked foods and the idea is to warm your core and keep properly nourished. Some foods that are excellent during the winter are: black beans, kidney beans, blueberries, blackberries, mulberries; soups and stews; flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and black sesame seeds; Walnuts and chestnuts; dark and leafy greens, like asparagus, cucumbers, celery and root vegetables; and also beneficial are, miso, seaweed, garlic and ginger.
With the Holidays quickly approaching, comes much joy, but also much stress, so all of us at Life Essentials would like to invite you and your loved ones to relax, enjoy some hot tea, and balance your chi this Holiday season. This Holiday season give the gift of health and wellness. From now until the end of the year, we are offering half price specials on our cosmetic acupuncture procedures and discounted specials on guided meditation sessions. These services are the perfect gift for you and your loved ones.
Cosmetic Acupuncture (or facial rejuvenation) is an inexpensive and minimally invasive solution to looking younger and feeling younger. It was first discovered, with its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as a means to treat deep and superficial facial conditions in the treatment of stroke and bell’s palsy patients by stimulating specific acupuncture points, wherein, getting to the root cause of the symptoms and working from the inside out. Cosmetic acupuncture is a safe, natural and highly effective way to preserve youthful skin, beautify the face, reverse the aging process, and treat more profound skin diseases while improving your overall health. It’s a holistic alternative that offers lasting solutions to these issues and other more severe skin conditions. Please visit with Dr. Jing, who specializes in cosmetic acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture in the ER
Yes, you read that right! A new study being conducted by Adam Reinstein, L.Ac., in the Emergency Department at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota is proving that acupuncture is a viable and highly effective alternative form of treatment for many of the ailments that borage the ER daily. From migraines to kidney stones and even car accident injuries, acupuncture is proving to be beneficial in managing pain and in many cases it is just as effective as and oftentimes, more effective than opioid-based painkillers. Adam Reinstein has been treating ER patients for a while now and has found that, “no matter what,” he is treating a patient for, that, “many patients report feeling calmer, more relaxed, and less anxious.”
“Acupuncture can oftentimes replace opioids and other painkillers whereby helping to curb overuse, addictions, and overdose.”
Acupuncture is the perfect complement to traditional Western Medicines used in emergency rooms across the United States. The application and administration of acupuncture to the majority of patients in the ER has not only helped to lessen their pain, but eliminate it entirely and in many cases superseding the need for painkillers altogether.
For more information on this topic please feel free to speak to one of our Licensed Acupuncturists. We are happy to help.
What Sets Us Apart
We are excited to announce that we are rated top 4 out of 100 Saint Louis acupuncture clinics on Expertise.com and have received several glowing reviews that are actually making us blush. Aside from that, our Licensed Acupuncturists not only received countless hours of education and certificates as such, but also continue to strive for excellence in ongoing education in the field of acupuncture, but they stay current on learning about new views and methods as well.
Our Techniques & Education
Needle-Free Therapy is acupuncture without needles. It’s perfect for children and adults who are uncomfortable with needles. Needle-Free Therapy is a simple and effective, non-invasive procedure without any pain or side effects to the patient. It’s a natural and drug-free way to help strengthen the immune system and prevent diseases of the whole body and maintain optimal health.
Korean Hand Therapy
No surgery, no injections, no side effects, no risks
Pan’s Pulse Method
Based on well over 10,000 years of Chinese Medicine, this treatment methodology realizes and combines both western and eastern medicines and the importance of the body’s systems; wherein, it also recognizes and combines physiology and pathology to give the best possible diagnosis and treatment in response to the patient’s pulse.
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