Acupuncture Touches the Heart

When we think of acupuncture, we usually assume that it is helpful for pain. It is true, acupuncture has been proven helpful for health conditions such as: pain (headaches, arthritis, neuralgia, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, Fibromyalgia, lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and neck/shoulder pain); but it has also been recognized to be helpful in resolving conditions such as circulatory disorders (such as hypertension, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis and anemia); addictions to alcohol, nicotine and other drugs; respiratory disorders (such as emphysema, sinusitis, allergies, asthma and bronchitis); and gastrointestinal conditions (such as food allergies, ulcers, chronic diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, intestinal weakness, anorexia and gastritis)….just to name a few!

What we don’t usually associate with acupuncture is its ability to heal our emotions. For me, the most significant aspect of our health concerns are the emotions that lie at the core of our physical condition.

Our bodies are energy. Pure energy. We all have had the experience of feeling “full of energy” or having “no energy” or even feeling “out of sorts”. Our emotions are simply a flow of energy called “qi”. Ideally, this energy should not become blocked or stagnant. If it does, an imbalance in the expression of our emotions occurs and, if we continue to stuff those emotions, ignore them, deny them, medicate them and mask them, eventually dis-ease results. Acupuncture restores a harmonious balance of energy to bring about a healthy expression of emotion – to keep our emotions “in motion” – in order to maintain our health and reconnect us to our true nature.

According to Chinese medical philosophy, all emotions originate in the heart. Acupuncture opens up our heart to giving and receiving love ~ the love of self as well as love of others. In fact, all dis-ease and illness may be considered indicative of having lost touch with the truth in our “heart of hearts”. When our hearts are open, we are freely able to radiate our spirit into the world, and all is well.

"When the heart is at ease, the body is healthy." ~ Chinese Proverb

I encourage you to listen to your heart always. How? Find the beauty in stillness, in simply being with yourself. Breathe, be and listen to your inner voice – that is your true heart speaking. And, if you in pain or dealing with depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, unresolved emotions, PMS…and you need support in putting your heart at ease, I’m here to help.

Keep it Simple, Sister

When did staying healthy and well get so complicated? I get so many questions from patients and my radio audience: “What do you think about acai berry? Protein powder? Resveratrol? Fish oil? Vitamin D capsules? Water Ionizers? Detox foot patches?”

Magic cleansing pills. Super antioxidant supplements. Amazing anti-aging elixirs.

The list never ends.


I’m starting to get gray hair just trying to keep up-to-date with the latest de-stressing, anti-aging, super longevity remedies!

It always comes back to this:

Keep it Simple, Sister.

It’s the most basic, simple things in our every day lives that are the most important.

The simple stuff may not sound sexy – but keeping it simple works.

Every time.

As cool as this stuff seems, expensive anti-aging creams, a cupboard full of vitamins and longevity potions, cosmetic surgery, the newest health technology and thousands of dollars worth of special equipment can sometimes work, but cannot buy us the radiant health, happiness or every day wellness that we crave.

What it comes down to is this:

Basic lifestyle choices ALWAYS work.

And, will give us 80-90% of the results we are looking to achieve.

What is Really Important

-- Eat a variety of fresh, whole, colorful, unadulterated foods as Nature intended.

-- Include fresh, sexy, leafy greens into meals, smoothies and juices.

-- Exercise and be active.

-- Take the time each day to get still and breathe.

-- Sleep well.

-- Truly care for yourself.

-- Take time out -- unplug from computers, phones, television and electronics often.

-- Laugh.

-- Enjoy new experiences.

-- Connect.

-- And above all -- Love.

Follow these basic guidelines and true wellness can be yours. Can it be that simple? I think so.

Sometimes, you've just got to keep it simple, Sista. After all, less is more.