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Feeling Anxious?  Try Acupuncture

Feeling Anxious? Try Acupuncture

Anxiety is becoming a health concern for more and more people, from mild feelings of uneasiness to full blown panic attacks. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can offer some relief in the form of acupuncture and herbal medicine, however adding in other practices from  exercise to mindfulness to essential oils can enhance TCM’s effects. In TCM anxiety is often related to the Heart system, which isn’t just the physical organ, although that can explain why palpitations are a common symptom.  The Heart is related to the Shen or Spirit, therefore many acupuncture point names used for anxiety contain the word shen.  Below are several points I like to use in my practice to “calm the Shen” Gb13 Ben Shen – to locate look straight ahead and follow the middle of your eye up to the hairline, just behind the hairline off to the side you should feel a depression – massage this point. Ht7 Shen Men – to locate hold your palm face up, draw a line from the pinky...

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Spring is here…

Spring is here…

And so are seasonal allergies!  The arrival of cherry blossoms marks the beginning of spring, which can mean the start of seasonal allergies for many.  Symptoms may include itchy, watery eyes, scratchy throat, sneezing, headache, skin rashes or nasal congestion.  Traditional Chinese medicine can be very effective in preventing and alleviating symptoms of seasonal allergies.  Acupuncture and herbal prescriptions can work well in combination. Do it yourself treatments include acupressure, food recommendations and herbal teas.  For this week let’s start with a few easy acupressure points Lu7 – located in line with the thumb above the wrist just past the bone protrusion (styloid process) Press this point for runny or blocked nose, sneezing, headache or sadness   LI20 – located in the groove beside the nostrils Press this point for sneezing, runny or blocked nose, nosebleed   Liv3 – located between the big toe and second toe where the bones (metatarsals) come together Press this point to regulate emotions and relieve stress, ease headaches,  relieve muscle spasms or twitches  ...

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Direct billing to select insurance companies

Direct billing to select insurance companies

I am all set up to do direct billing to select insurance companies.  If you have extended health coverage I may be able to bill on your behalf.  The insurance companies listed below are currently participating. What steps do you need to take? 1. Find out if acupuncture is covered under your extended health plan 2. If  yes, find out who can perform the acupuncture and if a referral is needed.  In most cases a registered acupuncturist/DrTCM with the CTCMA (governing board). 3. The plan should have the yearly amount or visit amount.  Some plans pay 80% per visit with a yearly cap. 4.  Book your appointment and bring in relevant documentation – Plan name, number 5. At your visit you will be required to fill in a consent form allowing direct billing.  If a plan only pays a percentage per visit the remainder will be due at the time of treatment.  For example the plan pays 80% of $80 which is $64 and the you would pay the...

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What is Cupping?

What is Cupping?

Cupping in a nutshell is the application of glass or silicone cups to specific points or muscles on the body.  Cups are used to increase blood circulation to the area.  This increased blood flow promotes healing, reduces swelling and inflammation as well as releases tension from the body.  In this short video I explain cupping and do a little demo....

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