the   Acupuncture Works
Autumn 2017

Needle Notes
Autumn - The Metal Element - Lung and Large Intestine Merdians

The autumn is the season of the harvest. It's the time when we gather from our garden and store up for the long winter ahead. Now is the time when we're canning, and gathering our wood for the cold, darker months ahead. The metal element asks the question, "What do we value?" "What is most precious in our lives?" For centuries, gold has been regarded as the most precious metal. It is hidden well beneath the earth. Similarly, buried within each of us there is something precious and valuable. The lung takes in the precious air we breath in order to sustain life. The large intestine extracts the last nutrients of the digestive system and lets go of what we no longer need.
Acupuncture Point of the Season

Large Intestine 4 - Joining of the Valleys

This is the Source Point on the large intestine meridian. It is found at the fleshy juncture on the top of the hand where the thumb and forefinger meet. Sometimes called, "the great eliminator", this point is used to treat many pain syndromes, from headaches to tooth pain.

open communication
healthy skin
easy breathing
regular bowel habits
inspiration and worthiness

Out of Balance
confused speech
rashes / acne
respiratory illness
consitpation or diarrhea
depression and judgement
Seasonal Recipe - Mung Bean Curry with Toasted Coconut

Serves 4

1/2 C flaked coconut 8 oz. coconut milk
1 1/2 C dried mung beans 1/2 tsp white pepper
1 TBSP coconut oil 1/2 tsp. turmeric
1 onion, chopped 1 tsp. cumin
2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp. coriander
1 jalapeno pepper, minced 1/4 tsp. clove powder

Toast coconut in the oven: Pre-heat oven to 300. Place coconut on a cookie sheet and cook for 15 minutes, or until coconut becomes slightly browned. Careful not to overcook!

Cook mung beans by placing them in a pot with about 5 cups of water and a bay leaf. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 40 - 50 minutes.

In a small bowl, mix together all the spices.

In a separate pan, heat the oil.  Add the onion, garlic and jalapeno. Stir often and cook until onions turn translucent. Add the spice mixture along with the coconut milk.  A paste-like consistency should form.  Heat for a minute or so, then stir into the cooked mung beans, along with desired salt.

Sprinkle with toasted coconut on top.

Movie Night Recommendation

Rivers and Tides - Andy Goldsworthy's art is supposed to fall apart. He creates magnificent, breath taking large scale sculptures and artwork out of natural materials like mud, wood, ice and stone in an attempt to imbue the physical world with a spiritual quality.

This is a seriously awe inspiring movie!
Be Inspired this Season!
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