Thank You for Choosing Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine as Your Holistic Medicine Provider
Traditional Chinese Medicine recognizes the cycles of nature and the importance of living in harmony with them. TCM identifies winter as Yin because yin is cold and during the winter months, living things become more inactive. An introspective, restful approach with meditation is needed to store energy in preparation for the coming spring’s burst of new life.
Winter and the Water Element
Winter is guided by the water element, which is associated with our Kidneys, adrenal glands, and Bladder. The kidneys are especially important as they are the root source of energy /Qi within the human body. During the winter months, eating warm foods is ideal. Nourishing options include:
Pair this diet with room-temperature water to stay hydrated while keeping warm. Slow moving yin exercises are also recommended including Yoga, Tai Chi, and stretching.
Acupuncture for Well-being During Winter
Acupuncture helps the body cope with the changes brought by winter. It can help ward off viruses and germs and shorten the length of common colds and similar winter illnesses. Acupuncture strengthens our root energy/foundation in which good health and a strong immune system is built upon.
LI 4 is an important acupuncture point to pay attention to this winter. It regulates the defensive Qi (the Qi that protects the body from getting sick) which protects our body from getting sick. It also helps with headaches, nasal congestion, and ear aches. Applying pressure
LI4 is located on the hand between the thumb and index finger. Squeeze the thumb and the index finger together and press at the highest point of the bulge in the muscle, level with the crease.
It is good to apply pressure on this acupuncture point to activate the healing energy that it provides!
Stay healthy this winter by planning for the changes nature brings. Contact Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine to schedule an appointment.
Immune Broth: makes about 4 quarts | prep time: 15 minutes | cook time: 90 minutes
Whether you’re under the weather or just looking for an immunity boost, this is a great go-to broth. Here I introduce you to burdock root. It’s loaded with potassium, iron, magnesium, and ever-important zinc. In the olden days, physicians used burdock root as a blood purifier, and clearly science has shown they were onto something. Here I combine burdock with shiitake mushrooms, ginger, and garlic to create a delicious earthy broth that’s full of antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory goodness.
Rinse all of the vegetables well, including the Kombu.
In a 6-quart or larger stockpot, combine the fennel, onion, carrots, celery, sweet potato, parsley, shiitakes, burdock root, thyme, garlic, ginger, kombu, peppercorns, and bay leaf. Add the water, cover, and bring to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to low and simmer, partially covered, for at least 90 minutes, or until the full richness of the vegetables can be tasted. As the broth simmers, some of the water will evaporate; add more if the vegetables begin to peek out.
Strain the broth through a large, coarse-mesh sieve (use a heat-resistant container underneath). Stir in the salt, adding more to taste if desired. Let cool to room temperature before refrigerating or freezing. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Variation: For an extra immunity and anti-inflammatory boost, add 3 (1-inch) slices of fresh turmeric root or 1½ teaspoons ground turmeric during the last 30 minutes of cooking.
Recipe by Rebecca Katz – one of our favorite professional chef’s who share their healing talents through recipes and food.
Web site: www.rebeccakatz.com
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The end of the year is fast approaching. Do you still have funds in your health savings account? You can use your HSA to pay for acupuncture sessions! We see many patients who use their HSA Debit Card toward their acupuncture treatments.
Around 22 million people in the United States have an HSA (which is a tax-deductible program) and a smart way to cover medical expenses for the whole family. Health Savings Accounts can also create opportunities to take advantage of other health-related services that you thought you had to pay for out of pocket.
Why Should I Try Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is very effective to treat a wide range of conditions including musculoskeletal pain and recovery from injuries, women’s health and fertility, Immunity and Respiratory issues as well as sleep, anxiety and low energy.
If you or a friend has never tried it for yourself this is a great opportunity. The truth is that acupuncture is an effective, holistic way to manage symptoms and medical problems. Why should you consider paying for acupuncture with your HSA this year?
Start Acupuncture Now With Your Health Savings Account!
There is still time to make an appointment that can be covered by this year’s health savings account funds. Contact Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine located in West Bloomfield today to schedule your next session.
Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine provides whole-body choices that are safe, beneficial, and professional. We offer acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and CranioSacral therapy to help patients heal. The key to our success lies in our team of caring professionals.
America has officially celebrated the efforts of its labor force for over 120 years. We would like to join others across the country in acknowledging their contributions. Thank you to all workers for helping to build and strengthen every town, city, and suburb across our nation.
Karen Siegel-Propis , MSOM, MPH, R.Ac. Dipl CH, RD
A Different Take on Classic Acupuncture
Dr. Richard Tan was a practitioner and teacher of acupuncture. He brought old and new schools of thought together to create a powerful healing method. His family celebrates a long tradition of Chinese medicine, which gave Dr. Tan an understanding of ancient practices. He combined that knowledge with his education in engineering to create a new method that provides immediate relief for many patients.
How Does the Balance Method Work?
Chinese medicine utilizes an energetic model to provide healing and relief. Each organ in the human body and corresponding energy channels are connected to form a complex network. That means that one area can affect another.
The Balance Method requires deep knowledge of these channels to achieve a stronger effect whether the practitioner is using acupuncture, herbal medicine, or a combination of the two. For example, this method uses points associated with the channels causing discomfort. Pain on one side of the body may be treated by inserting needles into a point on the opposite side.
What is the Best Acupuncture Method for Me?
Knowing how to apply acupuncture requires significant knowledge and experience. There is a lot of potential for pain and symptom relief when working with a professional acupuncturist. The first step is scheduling an appointment with someone who understands traditional medicine and its applications. Contact Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine in West Bloomfield, Michigan today to talk to and make an appointment with an expert. We can provide advice and make suggestions for holistic treatment options that could help you find a solution that best works for you.
Julie Silver, MSW, R.Ac.
Holistic Medicine Can Help Reduce Symptoms
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese Medicine that has been used for thousands of years. It is based on the theory that our body has its own ability to promote healing through balancing an energy in our body called “qi”.
The acupuncture process involves the placement of very thin needles into acupuncture points along energy pathways (called meridians) that run throughout the body. This process restores the flow of qi to allow healing and to improve health.
How Does Acupuncture Provide Arthritis Relief?
The root of arthritis is inflammation. Arthro = joint and itis = inflammation. Joint pain and swelling are among the most common symptoms of arthritis. Inflammation can occur in many parts of our body. It is well known that Acupuncture helps to reduce inflammation. According to the Health Medicine Institute, Acupuncture successfully down regulates a pro inflammatory biochemical which results in anti-inflammatory responses and acupuncture signaling stimulates anti-inflammatory effects.
Should I Try Acupuncture for Arthritis?
One of our skilled acupuncturists can help. Most professionals recommend starting with bi weekly treatments for the first couple weeks, until patients begin to experience benefits. Once there is an improvement, you can decrease visit frequency.
Acupuncture is often chosen by patients who have tried other conventional methods without success. You do not need to wait until you exhaust other avenues. If you are experiencing new pain or symptoms, or have had chronic pain, consider visiting an acupuncturist to help relieve your symptoms. Many patients have reported arthritis relief. Contact Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine in West Bloomfield, Michigan for an appointment today.
Summer colds make you feel miserable and can linger for days or weeks. They can ruin your plans to enjoy the season. Chinese medicine takes a holistic approach to cold prevention and treatment. Rather than worry about viruses and bacteria, it is best to focus on fortifying ourselves so that these invaders are not able to take hold.
Letting the Body Fight Summer Colds Naturally
There are several things you can do to help your body fight off a summer cold naturally. They include:
Qi, or healing energy, should be maintained in abundance. That means avoiding overdoing it, eating properly, and making sure you are getting sufficient rest.
Food has a powerful influence over your body’s ability to heal and remain balanced. Stick to regular small meals and avoid over-consuming chilled, frozen, or raw foods.
Lungs are an essential component within your immune system. They are also the first area to experience illness. Perform deep breathing exercises and make sure you rest your voice as needed.
Holistic Treatment for a Summer Cold
What should you do if you already have a summer cold?
Chinese medicine provides us many ways to prevent and treat summer colds. Contact Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine today to make an appointment and learn more about holistic treatment options.
Michigan Associates of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine
7001 Orchard Lake Rd, Suite 120,
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Phone: (248) 737-7126
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