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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter   Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2015-03c

Your Body as a Garden

The concept of gardening gives us an excellent illustration for the theories behind Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. Imagine you are a gardener whose job it is to help a garden thrive. To help nature along, you must provide necessities such as water and fertilizer. You must make sure plants receive the right amount of sun, and you must weed out any undesirable elements. Gardening takes time and effort, but the reward is a beautiful, healthy garden, abundant with flowers and vegetables.

Your body is just like a garden, and you and your acupuncturist are the gardeners. He or she will work closely with you to strengthen and balance your internal garden. By taking your entire self into account, your practitioner can help identify-and weed out-any imbalances that could cause problems.
Your goal is to learn how to cultivate and support your inner garden. Your acupuncturist's goal is to nurture your inner ecosystem so that it can flourish-and you can enjoy health and harmony.

Nurturing your garden
Acupuncture isn't a "quick fix." It does, though, provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to nourish the garden within.

Your participation in the process is essential. After all, you wouldn't simply plant seeds in the ground and expect them to bloom unattended. It's the same with your health. Working with your acupuncturist and committing to long-term care can create positive changes for your overall health.




Essential Healthy Habits



To live a healthy life at the most basic level, we all know that there are certain habits that must be maintained on a consistent basis. 

Want healthy teeth? Brush a few times daily, floss at least once a day, and visit your dentist for regular check-ups.

Healthy bodily hygiene requires that you shower or bathe daily.

Living at a healthy bodyweight results from consistently eating the right types of foods, and regularly engaging in some form of exercise. 

Most importantly, living your life at your absolute healthiest, with 100% energy flow and maximum expression of life requires clearing the body of meridian imbalances and then maintaining those changes through consistent wellness treatments.

These are truths that cannot be denied. When you quit performing any of these proactive habits, its corresponding aspect of health begins to decline.

So let's say you did give up these habits. What would happen to your state of health as it relates to that activity?

Quit brushing and flossing and you risk losing your teeth. As undesirable as this would be, you can still live without a mouthful of teeth. Sure it's more difficult, but you would survive.  

Give up bathing and, while your circle of friends would quickly diminish, you would be in no imminent threat of losing your life.

Stop exercising or eating well and soon your neglect will be written all over your expanding body.  


Start powering down or inhibiting the meridian system, however, and your quality of life plummets right along with it. Shut the meridian system down completely, and you will be very unhealthy.

This is not to imply that if you give up your acupuncture treatments that disease is imminent, but it does speak volumes toward the importance of keeping the power of the meridian system flowing freely at all times. 

Life revolves around the meridian system and when there become imbalances, or blockages, the energy that runs the body is diminished.

As important as it is to correct meridian imbalances and restore normal function to the meridian system, it is just as critical to maintain those changes. A lifetime of preventative, wellness acupuncture care is one of the healthiest habits that you can engage in.  


Recipe Corner


Not Awful Falafel




  • 1 c dried fava beans, soaked overnight & drained (or substitute an equal amount of garbanzo beans)
  • half c dried garbanzo beans, soaked overnight & drained *
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 / 4 c parsley, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic confit
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • 2 t whole cumin, toasted & ground
  • 1 t coriander, toasted & ground
  • 1 t hot paprika
  • 1 / 2 t kosher salt
  • 1 / 2 c quinoa, cooked
  • 2-3 T all-purpose flour, optional



  1. Grapeseed oil, (or other neutrally-flavored high smoke point oil of your choice) for frying
  2. Place the soaked fava beans, soaked garbanzo beans, chopped onion, parsley, garlic confit, lemon juice, spices, and kosher salt in a food processor and pulse until a coarse meal the size of Israeli couscous forms.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a sealable container, stir in the cooked quinoa, and refrigerate for at least two hours.
    Heat the grapeseed oil in a cast-iron skillet or other heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat.
  4. While the oil is heating, remove the falafel mixture from the refrigerator and form into small fritters using approximately 2 T at a time (roughly golf ball-sized and lightly pressed to form patties).
  5. If the falafel mixture breaks apart, stir in the flour a little at a time until the mixture holds together well.
  6. Fry the falafel in small batches, 2 - 3 minutes per side, until golden brown, reducing heat if necessary to ensure the fritters are completely cooked through.
  7. Remove from the hot oil with a kitchen spider (or other similar strainer) and drain on paper towels. Repeat this process with the remaining falafel.
  8. Serve warm with hummus, tzatziki, fresh veggies, or anything else your little heart desires.



**Also, and just a heads up, there's a honking amount of fava beans here, so if you're one of the unlucky few with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency running through your family, feel free to substitute out the favas for garbanzos.


**Fava beans are great and all, but knowingly taking chances of inducing hemolytic anemia for the sake of gastronomic pleasure isn't cool. 

The information contained within the  newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is  not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health  care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult  a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before  starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
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Acupuncture Physician, 
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Acupressure points


Rubbing acupuncture

points with your finger for 

30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body,  restoring health and well-being. 




Spleen 6 (SP 6):

Sanyinjiao (???) 



On the inside of the leg, roughly 3 inches above
the tip of your ankle bone. Just off the edge of the tibia.  







Supports digestion, calms the mind, alleviates water retention, helps with abdominal pain and distention. 



Acupuncture Research


Research Isolates Acupuncture Point to Ease Menstrual Pain


Researchers have

recently pinpointed a specific acupuncture point (SP6) which they have linked to dysmenorrhea.


Symptoms of dysmenorrhea include abdominal, lower back and hip pain and menstrual cramps.



Researchers have linked point SP6 to these symptoms and found that acupuncture at this point can help alleviate them.

Researchers noted that "tenderness at Sanyinjiao (SP6) exists in women undergoing primary dysmenorrhea."


This research compiles

on top of previous

research which found acupuncture to be effective in treating menstrual pain
along with the use of other traditional Chinese herbal remedies such as moxibustion.


This research also

confirms that acupuncture in conjunction with moxibustion is more effective than ibuprofen alone, for treating menstrual pain.


This research may

provide hope and significant relief for any woman suffering from regular dysmenorrhea and menstrual pain. 



Click the link to read the article


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