Holiday Hours, Fire Cider & More November News!

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Roots to Resistance
Portraits Go on the Road!
The 12 portraits of the Roots to Resistance arts and activism project, created by our brilliant local artist and friend of the clinic, Denise Beaudet, are going on the road. We know many of you, like us, enjoy and are inspired by these portraits, which we have been hosting at the clinic for the last several years while the project has worked to completion.

The portraits, as well as some of Denise’s other art work, will be on display for the months of November and December, in Brattleboro, VT, at the Gallery in the Woods

The project has, in fact, been completed, and its next steps and final destination are still being determined, so we do not know how much longer we will get to enjoy them at the clinic.

However, we are happy to say that we will have 2018 calendars available for sale at the clinic, starting in November thru December. The calendars will feature all of the portraits, cost $20 and ALL proceeds go to Roots to Resistance. 
Schedule and Pre-Pay
for your
Appointments Online!
We wanted to remind our patients here at NCA that you are welcome to schedule and pre-pay for your appointments online!

Please note that we do require 24 hour notice for cancellation, or your will be charged for the visit. If you are unable to come in and cancel online, please give us a call. Thanks for understanding.
Upcoming Holiday
Hour Changes:
Please note the following changes to our schedule for the Month of November

We will be CLOSED the following times:

  • Wednesday 11/1
  • Thursday 11/2 AM ONLY (Closed 9-2PM, re-open 2-7PM)
  • Saturday 11/4
  • Thurs & Fri, 11/23 & 11/24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday and we will re-open with Anne Louise Sat 11/25

Have a Safe & Happy Holiday!
Treating Pain with Acupuncture
Anne-Louise Smallen, Lic.Ac.

The first acupuncture treatments were given more than 3,000 years ago. At that time the idea of clinical studies was unknown and practitioners simply noticed what worked and passed that knowledge to their apprentices. However in our current era, extensive controlled clinical studies are done to see what are the best applications of acupuncture for different conditions. One of the top successes of acupuncture is its analgesic effects on pain and its possibility as an alternative to long term dependency on western medicine pain drugs.

In the last edition of our newsletter, Katie already addressed the effectiveness of acupuncture on headache and migraine pain. Cranio-mandibular muscular disorders (such as TMJ) also respond well to acupuncture. You might have heard of acupuncture used for dental analgesia. In fact acupuncture is used for all kinds of surgery in Asian countries as an alternative to anesthesia.

Acupuncture also helps with joint pain, reduces muscle spasm and helps increase mobility. It helps with neck and shoulder pain, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, sciatica, and osteoarthritis of the knee. In clinical studies, the use of acupuncture instead of Allopurinol showed better results in treating gout. Acupuncture also helps acute and sudden pain such as the one caused by biliary and renal colic.

Sprains are well treated by acupuncture, as it relieves pain and increases local blood flow. Acupuncture is also useful for childbirth pain and can reduce the duration of labor.

You might want to consider acupuncture if you are suffering of chronic or acute pain. 

If you want to cut dependency on western medicine pain drugs, you might also consider the use of homeopathic pain relief medicine such as Arnica tablets or cream, or Topricin . Inflammation causes pain and turmeric is very useful in controlling inflammation.
I recommend Zyflamend from New Chapter for treating inflammation.
Make your own
Fire Cider!
Katie Oleksak Lic.Ac.

Are you interested in making your own herbal concoctions and looking for something super easy to have on hand for fall & winter immunity?

I found this recipe from the folks at Revival Homestead Supply
and started making fire cider last year. It is easy, fun, extremely potent, yet delicious, not to mention useful for preventing and combating colds and boosting immunity!

All you need:

Large Mason Jar
Wax Paper

The following organic ingredients:

¼ cup grated or chopped ginger root
¼ cup grated or chopped turmeric root
½ cup chopped onions
¼ cup chopped garlic
1 - 2 Tbsp chopped hot peppers
Half lemon, chopped
Half orange, chopped
Apple Cider Vinegar
Honey, to taste

Stuff grated and chopped in a mason jar and fill to the top with Apple Cider Vinegar. Cover with wax paper and seal. Store in a warm/dark place for 4 weeks, shaking periodically, if not daily.

Strain ingredients and stir in warmed honey, to taste.

I keep in in the fridge so that I see it and remember to take a shot daily, to ward off colds during the winter months.

Stay healthy this winter!
Acupuncture Point of the Month
Lung 5
As seen in the above photo, Lung 5 is located on the inner elbow crease, in line with the thumb, traveling along the Lung Meridian. Known to treat 'heat' in the lungs, this acupuncture point clears cough and congestion, is great for ashtma and chronic, deep breathing difficulties that often arise in the colder weather.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, try a little acupressure on yourself for some deep immunity and lung support.
Herbal Remedy of the Month
Mullein Leaf
Another highly effective treatment for lung support this winter: Mullein leaf. Most often used as an herbal tea or infused in oil form for ear infections, Mullein is known for soothing the upper respiratory tract. Mountain Rose Herbs offers it in bulk form to enjoy in a nice, hot cup of tea this winter.

You may also find it in herbal and/or supplemental form at one of our local herbal stores: Cornucopia , Acadia Herbals or River Valley Co-Op .
Northampton Community Acupuncture 413-586-8251