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"Compassionate toward yourself, you reconcile all beings in the world." - Lao Tzu (Stephen Mitchell translation)

Calming the mind and spirit in the face of illness and life challenges is one of the biggest gifts of Oriental Medicine. It is often the last stop or suggestion for people facing major life events or challenges to their health. They have tried everything else, there is no pill, or there is no answer at this time that can resolve the issue. Sometimes a reduction in anxiety, or a lessening in the waves of depression can offer comfort that makes a difference in daily life and function.

We are an anxiety riddled culture. There is non-stop influx of imagery and information. You can literally become lost in it, from journal articles to studies and blogs. Acupuncture holds the space to reacquaint yourself with the workings of your body, mind, and spirit. Each treatment is designed with your constitution or pattern in mind. Points are used like gates and doors to allow better energy flow within the body. They access the mind and spirit to help remind you of who you are.

It may not take pain away completely, sometimes it just improves the mood around the pain. It can present the body a message to offer the mind and spirit a taste of calm. Some of us have not felt that in so long it can feel like flying. Weight is lifted from the shoulders and the breathe eases. While acupuncture may not be able to change your circumstances, it may help you find the space within yourself to cope, adjust, get peaceful, and change what you are able to.

During this very odd time in our world with a pandemic on hand, with social distancing, you can be taught acupressure. This can be a helpful modality to add to your home care. It’s an excellent way to work on your family members as well. Herbal therapy can also be incorporated into your home care plan. Lifestyle modifications, great food/fuel, adequate rest, plenty of movement, herbal therapy, and physical body care practices are the best plan for prevention right now.

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