8 Concepts of Mental Health from Acupuncture Theory

Acupuncture for Wellness

  1. Three treasures of humans are our Chi (energy), Jing (structure/essence) and Shen (spirit/vitality/consciousness). Mental state and emotions directly impact the Shen and the Chi.

2. Shen (spirit/vitality/consciousness) is expressed in the eyes. A good Shen is full of light and awareness, without chaotic movements. A depleted Shen is lacking energy and enthusiasm, and seems heavy or sad.

3. The facial complexion expresses three things: the Shen, the Heart Blood (important for circulation, nutrition, and energy) and the Stomach Yin (digestion and nutrition). Two main cause of lifestyle disease or un-balanced living are emotions and alimentation, in other words, our mental state and the things we eat and drink. Research has named this and includes the microbiome in the “gut-brain axis”. Eating improperly for our body type or “eating our feelings” is sub-optimal alimentation that causes weaknesses of the chi over time.

4. Strong emotions have varying effects on the health…

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Introduction to Acupuncture in Mobile, AL

Acupuncture for Wellness

Family Care Acupuncture is located in Mobile, Alabama on Cottage Hill Road. Here is what you need to know, in a list:

Traditional, classical acupuncture treatments are provided.

  • Helps a variety of conditions including pain, anxiety, chronic conditions, digestive problems, smoking, stress, sleep troubles, trauma or injury aftermath, low energy, and more.

  • This clinic treats most health concerns that acupuncture is known to help with. Calling to speak with a practitioner is the most sure way to find out if you are a good candidate for acupuncture.
  • This clinic also services a variety of non-urgent concerns like wellness, relaxation, whole body health (preventative / proactive sessions) and acupuncture for a centered mind similar to meditation.
  • The acupuncture tradition here is old: coming from the heritage of the translated classical medical texts by French-Vietnamese acupuncture physicians Dr. Nguyen Van Nghi and Dr. Tran Viet Dzung.
  • The practitioners here are friendly and…

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Help for Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue refers to a group of symptoms arising from the adrenal glands not secreting enough hormones, or secreting them at the wrong time. Being in a chronic nervous state of fight-or-flight may eventually burn out the adrenals, leading to jitters or anxiety, energy levels that yo-yo from extremely tired to extremely active, or just constant tiredness. People with adrenal fatigue need more sleep than someone with healthy adrenals. They should absolutely avoid caffeine except for on occasions or in very small doses. People with adrenal fatigue need a “clean” but energizing diet with nutrient-dense foods. 

Acupuncture diagnoses of Adrenal Fatigue may include: Kidney Yang Deficiency, Kidney Yin Deficiency, Spleen Qi Deficiency, Spleen Yang Deficiency, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Blood Deficiency.

Adrenal Fatigue is treated with targeted acupuncture points for supporting the active energy (Yang) and moving stagnant Qi. They usually involve the Kidney meridian, Spleen and Stomach meridians, Liver meridian, and the midline meridians of Ren and Du. Acupuncture points are selected according to the diagnosis you match up with, or according to your specific symptoms. Adrenal fatigue is also commonly treated with Moxibustion (Moxa) which warms up acupuncture points with a roll of gently burning herbs. Acupuncture treatments for adrenal fatigue are enjoyable because you will probably feel sleepy and relaxed during the treatment, then balanced and energized within a few hours after. Next stages of treatment include improvements to the sleep-wake cycle, recommendations of healing foods and herbal tea, and possibly herbal medicine. An important focus for becoming completely free from adrenal fatigue is to improve your energy and sleep quality, and eliminate stress. While it may not be possible to completely remove causes of stress, you can become healthier, stronger, and happier so that the pressure of stress affects you less. 

All for Wellness! 2022 Update

We are welcoming this new year with gratitude. In the last two years we have gotten to know the people of Mobile and neighboring cities even across state lines. It has been our pleasure to assist you with your health goals, work against chronic conditions and help families live healthier and happier lives. When you work with us you are participating in the ancient tradition of acupuncture and also the more modern tradition which is not experienced often enough these days…that of one-on-one personalized wellness care. We have experienced and learned much thanks to YOU our patients and friends, and hope to continue ahead into this new year in the same manner, with progress and learning on both sides, and PLENTY of WELLNESS BREAKTHROUGHS along the way. Wellness is not about having the perfect regimen, but about living your life in the most enjoyable and vibrant way possible, while making any necessary change with ease. All of our wellness routines have evolved over the past few years. Acupuncture continues to fluidly adapt and change while ever remaining the same system of the individual as a whole, an integrated network of mind, body, and spirit. The changes that have been made for 2022 are small. For a little reminder: You can schedule an acupuncture session by calling 251-644-4127. Our full body acupuncture is $85 and takes 1-1.5 hours. Ear acupuncture (auriculotherapy) is $55 and takes 1 hour. All sessions are INDIVIDUAL and PERSONALIZED to your specific wellness needs and health condition. We do not do credit cards or insurance (and are not in network with any insurance company). Our simple fees and payments keep acupuncture accessible for all and allow us to focus on YOU and your OPTIMAL health with no obstacles in between. Veterans and US service members qualify for veteran discount, just be sure to mention your veteran status and branch when you set your appointment or before payment. We are so happy to bring Acupuncture and all of its benefits to you, and to beautiful Alabama. Thank you and welcome to a new year for wellness.

November Update

Information for Acupuncture Sessions:

Phone number: 251-644-4127

Full Body Acupuncture $85

Ear Acupuncture $55

Cupping $45

Recommended Follow-Up: 7-10 days from first session.

Hours: By appointment, closed Sunday & Monday.

No Show Fee: $45 No Exceptions. See Appointment Policy to understand it is impossible for us to accept same-day cancel / no show.

*All the info you may need is on familycareacupuncture.com or call us and we are happy to hear from you.

August Update

Are you looking for acupuncture in the gulf coast area or near Mobile, Alabama for help with GERD, IBS, or chronic digestive issues? Look no further. We are a classical acupuncture clinic for all your acupuncture needs. Classical acupuncture does more than just treat pain. We use holistic evaluation to get to the “root” of the problem and help you adjust your lifestyle accordingly. Specialized acupuncture treatments combined with Tao Nutrition (East-Asian healing food strategy) address a variety of problems including acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation, digestive upset, nausea, and chronic digestive problems. Why?

A variety of acupuncture points and almost ALL of the meridians address metabolism and digestion to some degree. This is because it is our body’s basic process of making chi (life energy), and for absorbing nutrients and eliminating waste, which has to be done every single day for an optimally healthy life. If you look in the mirror and your tongue is pale, swollen, toothmarked, or has many cracks in it, these are all signs that some part of the digestive system is not as healthy as it could be. If you have frequent gas, bloating, loose stools, acid reflux, “indigestion” or an always bitter taste in your mouth, it is time for an acupuncture check-up!

The health of the Spleen and Stomach are centrally important to the health of the entire digestive system in classical acupuncture theory. One of the most widely used acupuncture treatments ever created is called “Harmonize the Earth”, applied for a healthy digestion. Handed down for generations from the Earth School of medicine in ancient China, it treats many digestive complains through four specific actions: harmonizing Spleen and Stomach, supporting Shen (one’s spirit or mental health and joy), nourishing Yin , and clearing Dampness. Modern medical science is recently beginning to understand the impact of digestive health on one’s mental health through the study of microbiome and the gut-brain axis. Harmonize the Earth for centuries has considered the mental along with the physical. This was often the first treatment that every patient would receive when being treated by an Earth School practitioner. With this and other classical treatments, we help you regain your good digestive health so that you can feel better, have more energy, absorb your nutrients and enjoy food again!

May 2021 Update

Hi all,

May is the beginning of Summer (Li Xia) on the traditional medicine calendar, on May 5. We are now in the season of Fire, the Heart and Small Intestine.

At the beginning of each season is a good time for acupuncture “tune up” or what we call a seasonal treatment which protects your health for the particular climate and time of year.

People doing seasonal treatments see the acupuncturist 1-5 times per year.

Specific health concerns require acupuncture a little more often. If you want to come in please schedule your appointment 1-2 weeks ahead, especially if it is your first session.

We have a lot more information for you on the FAQ page of the website.

We will look forward to seeking you, soon. Be safe this Summer 🌱🪂

Ear Acupuncture in Mobile, Alabama

Have you ever heard of ear acupuncture? Also called auriculotherapy (after the auricle of the ear) it is a complete system for treating many different health imbalances and nurturing wellbeing. The ear system is a microsystem containing over 100 acupuncture points. The points correspond to various body areas and conditions. In an auriculotherapy session, your acupuncturist will evaluate and select the most efficient points to benefit you. Single-use sterile needles are applied to the points to effect the healing action.

Ear acupuncture is popular and widely used because it is quick, efficient, and low-cost. The more consistent you are with auriculotherapy, the better the results will be. The time after needling when the needles are retained usually feels relaxing and rejuvenating, like pushing a “reset” button for the mind and body. After the needles are inserted they are retained in the ear for 35-45 minutes to allow treatment to take effect.

When getting ear acupuncture it is a good idea to simply meditate or read, rather than scrolling on a phone (the light and noise from a phone, as well as the temptation to text or take calls often disrupts the good energy built up in the treatment). If you are with a friend it is a good idea to agree not to speak but simply relax while the needles are in.

You might feel calmer, or notice sensations in the auricle of the ear or other parts of the body. These are usually pleasant and is a sign that the qi (chi / energy) is moving in response to the acupuncture points.

For more information on Ear Acupuncture, see this article from Very Well Health.

To book an appointment at Family Care Acupuncture, call the clinic.

What Your Headache Means in Oriental Medicine

The Headache Problem

Oriental Medicine contains a long tradition for helping headaches with acupuncture. Headache is considered an imbalance which should be treated, whether acute or chronic. All the yang acupuncture channels meet in the head. In a healthy state, they circulate qi (energy) that allows sight, hearing, taste, and smell. When there is a problem in the body, the improper circulation of qi (energy) creates the headache. The head and face give the acupuncturist indications about what is going on elsewhere in the body. 

A headache is an imbalance. It does not matter whether the headache comes from stress, from improper nutrition, a hormone imbalance, from another health condition, from alcohol, or from the menstrual cycle, we call it what it is: an imbalance. It is possible to visit an acupuncturist with a headache or migraine as your only complaint, because it can be treated and the practitioner can help you discover the root cause. Headaches and migraines may be common, but they are not “normal” and no one should have to live with them. Our modern culture does not usually take headaches seriously. But headaches should be taken seriously because they could be signaling a problem elsewhere in the body. 

The Difference Between Headaches and Migraines

Headache is the general term that describes pain in the head, which has a number of causes and may include the face and neck. A migraine is a headache that is severe, long-lasting, a chronic problem, or includes other symptoms with it (such as blurry vision or aura). The headache in Oriental Medicine includes what we call “migraine”. Therefore, the word “headache” is used throughout this article for the sake of clarity.

Causes of Headaches

Common headaches come from imbalances in daily life. More severe headaches often have a disease as their origin, but can be exacerbated by these little daily imbalances. Here are some common headache contributors:

  • Stress
  • Dehydration
  • Overworking 
  • Improper nutrition
  • Irregular meal times
  • Lack of sleep
  • Excess “screen time”, which strains the eyes and fine muscles of the neck and head
  • Qi stagnation caused by the emotions of anger, worry, sadness, grief, or fear
  • Qi stagnation caused by lack of exercise
  • Deficiency caused by lack of rest, lack of nutrients, or another illness (example: Yin Deficiency)
  • Medication interactions
  • Toxins (from dietary, allergen, or chemical exposure) 
  • Withdrawal from drugs or alcohol

Oriental Medicine Diagnosis 

In Classical Oriental Medicine diagnosis the acupuncturist takes into account four main factors when looking for the source of a headache. These are: Symptoms, Pulses in six locations, appearance of the Tongue, and facial complexion. In your consultation your acupuncturist will ask many questions about the headache such as: What time of day does it start? How often do you have them? Is the pain sharp or dull? They will be connected with questions about other symptoms you may be having. All these questions are guiding the practitioner toward a suitable treatment and diagnosis for the Root (cause) and Branches (resulting illness). Do not be alarmed if you are asked about things that may seem like they have nothing to do with the headache. You might be asked if you experience vivid dreams or if you crave a specific food. It is part of the diagnosis process.  

The Headache Code

Two basic concepts encompass most types of headaches: The head map and the Zang Fu (organs). The head map describes a possible origin of the headache based on its location on the head:

  • Forehead: Spleen, stomach, or digestive system 
  • Sides of the head / temples: Gallbladder, Liver, or channel bi (blockage) or stagnation
  • Top of the head: Liver or interior heat
  • Back of the head: Bladder channel problem, Wind or Cold invasion
  • Behind the eyes: Gallbladder, Liver, Stomach or San Jiao (Triple Burner) channel
  • In the eyes: Problem in a channel, usually: Stomach, Bladder, Gallbladder 

If the Zang Fu (organs) are affected, the following usually describes their symptoms which accompany the headache: 

  • Liver: anger or stress, feeling “stuck”, muscle tightness, feeling hot, dizziness
  • Heart: mania or anxiety, red cheeks, sleep disturbance, cold hands and feet, heat in the face
  • Spleen: worry, brain fog, digestive upset or indigestion, nausea, desire to lie down, tiredness, heavy head, arms or legs
  • Lung: sadness, depression or grief, lack of organization, low energy, shortness of breath, feeling “lost”, sensitive skin or outbreaks
  • Kidney: feeling fearful or a deep anxiety, low back pain, lack of motivation, possible knee pain / bursitis, ringing in the ears

Types of Headaches

These are some examples of Oriental Medicine diagnoses that often associate with headaches and present the cause (root) or accessory condition (branch) found with the headache. If any of these sound like you, please seek help quickly. 

  • Liver Yang Rising: Headache on top of the head, dizziness, ringing in the ears, red face, a bitter taste in the mouth. Headache symptoms are exacerbated by stress or frustration (see the next section for an explanation of Liver Heat). 
  • Yang Ming headache: The headache is located around the forehead and eyes, may occur after a meal with discomfort in the chest, and comes with constipation, upset stomach, or “bad” bowel movement, such as urgent or painful
  • Liver / Gallbladder impacted: Vertex of the head is painful, or just behind the eyeball. One sided head pain, perhaps accompanied by nausea or epigastric pain. In the case of an impacted gallbladder, the headache may come with shoulder pain, just after eating fried or fatty food, and involve nausea or vomiting.
  • Blood deficiency: dull headache, usually all over the head, feeling cold, pale complexion, pale tongue or lips, very low energy or motivation
  • Wind: The headache moves around, “travels” or begins suddenly at the back of the head near the neck (at the Wind Gate). 
  • Phlegm: confusion, disorientation, extreme brain fog or feeling heavy or “icky” always accompany the headache
  • Blood stagnation: a sharp pain in one spot
  • Qi stagnation: a dull pain in one spot

A Word About a Hot Liver 🔥

Liver Heat is a condition that comes from an imbalance in the 5 Elements (usually the Liver, wood and the Spleen, earth). It can also come from Liver Qi stagnation and creates symptoms of: red or bloodshot eyes, feeling hot, extreme stress, muscle tension, pain just below the chest (diaphragm area), dizziness, ringing in the ears, dry mouth or a bitter taste in the mouth. In extreme cases: high blood pressure, constipation, dream-disturbed sleep and nosebleeds. I have heard many healing professionals other than acupuncturists speak about Liver Heat. It is one of the easiest conditions to recognize and it is also a sign of our times. The modern world is increasingly complex, fragmented, and fast, creating stress which generates a harmful liver heat. The liver does not respond well to stress or to toxic foods (processed, overly fatty or fried, etc). When researching the Liver for the article, I came across this quote: “The Liver is the most common cause of chronic headaches.” – Giovanni Maciocia, Foundations of Chinese Medicine p. 524

What to Do About It 💆

If you are experiencing headaches, it is important to seek help sooner rather than later so that your acupuncturist can pinpoint the root cause of your headaches and feel better faster. If your headaches come from a digestive problem, seeking information about food energetics (traditional food therapy) or whole foods will help you make strategies to clear it up. If the headache comes from stress or anxiety or is made worse by stress emotions, you may look at meditation or various methods for emotional clearing in addition to the help of a wise counselor. 

Conclusion

The head contains the “sea of marrow” of Oriental Medicine, the brain. It contains our life experience and memories and is said to be one of the places where the soul resides. Think of the sayings, “eyes are the windows to the soul” and “you’ve been all up in your head”. The head is our perception and feeling about our life. No matter the cause of your headaches, it is wise to take a close look at your lifestyle and consider what may need to be changed or improved for your health and happiness. 

Oriental Medicine on the Side Effects of Quarantine

Staying Home to Protect Our Health

In March and April of 2020, the US Government began to issue stay at home orders and nonessential business closures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in a strong, concentrated effort to halt the spread of the disease, highly contagious and transmissible through the air, particles, and surfaces. We did well to stay home for the first month and well into the second month. For preventing the spread of the coronavirus, it was a good thing. Staying home in this prolonged manner did, however, come with side effects of its own, many of which are stress related, discussed here. 

What to Expect with Prolonged Quarantine

A prolonged quarantine has emotional and physical side effects. Family tension, social tension, financial stress, disruption of the routine and adjusting to more time either at home or isolated creates new stress. Compound this with the fact that all of our pre-quarantine projects and commitments are still in place, and you have stress due to derailment and disruption of timing. These are not even yet taking into account grief for those affected by the pandemic. 

Emotional symptoms of quarantine may involve: mood swings, depression, stress, stress-related syndromes, anxiety, sadness, or apathy. Mental symptoms: Feeling lost, bored, or disorganized, vivid or disturbing dreams, and worry. Grief and anger are common. 

Physical symptoms might include: Cravings, perhaps for drugs, sugar, or alcohol, desire to eat unhealthy foods, excessive snacking, insufficient exercise, disruption in the sleep-wake cycle, alternating high and low energy states, and weight gain. 

Positive Effects of Quarantine

We have slowed the spread of a deadly virus around the country, saving many lives. That alone is something to be proud of. Though our health may suffer in some aspects due to the quarantine, there are many silver linings, positive aspects to consider. Here are a few: 

  • More time for the family
  • Quality time with your partner and reconnecting
  • Opportunity to reflect and meditate 
  • A “pause” space to review your life and think on your dreams and aspirations
  • More time to catch up on sleep if you were lacking it before 🙂
  • Open time to pursue a hobby, refine your skills, or read books
  • Renewed focus on your home base
  • Taking care of some of the home’s needs like repairs or gardening
  • Time to focus on your health through nutrition, exercise, and sleep. 

For many of us, the quarantine is no vacation. This is something that has been put on us out of absolute necessity. But in a negative situation, looking for the positive aspects is essential for the balance of yin and yang. Obstacles can become opportunities, or as Marcus Aurelius said, “what stands in the way becomes the way.” 

The View of Classical Oriental Medicine

Oriental Medicine recognizes that emotions affect the five organs. Anger affects the liver, Joy affects the heart, Worry affects the spleen, Sadness affects the lung, and Fear affects the kidneys. The emotional climate of our surroundings has a direct effect on the body through the energy of the organs. Our organs in their mental / emotional aspects have a specific way of being that they prefer. When this natural order is disrupted, a pathological state could occur. The body will try to balance the Qi to neutralize pathological states. This is the body’s defense mechanism for keeping us balanced, but it also uses up Qi (energy) which can cause us to feel tired and depleted. Many of us are in this state right now. Stress drains energy.

The following list gives an illustration of the mental/emotional aspects of being related to Oriental Medicine’s understanding of the body, according to the 5 Elements. 

Classical Five Element Emotional / Mental Aspects

  1. Wood Element: The Liver, creativity and expression, and the smooth flow of qi. The Liver is related to creating a smooth life path, and the Liver likes free, easy movement. In a pathological state: Anger, outbursts, shouting, frustration, and feeling “stuck”.
  2. Fire Element: The Heart, mind and consciousness, joy and laughter, and the circulation. The Heart likes happiness and clear-thinking, and wants warmth and entertainment. In a pathological state: Mania, easily distracted, insomnia, or talking too much. 
  3. Earth Element: The Spleen (and pancreas), intellect and reason, transformation and experiencing the sweetness of life. The Spleen categorizes, reasons, thinks, and transforms. The Spleen likes positive change, the sapors of food and drink, and brainy exercise. In a pathological state: Worry, rumination, overthinking, or loss of reason.
  4. Metal Element: The Lungs, awareness and sensitivity, organization and energy. The Lung is awareness of surroundings, the executive organizer, and the Master of Qi (determining factor in a high or low energy level). The Lung likes activity, organization, open space, acceptance, and freedom. In a pathological state: Grief, sadness, depression, loss of energy, lack of organization. 
  5. Water Element: The Kidneys, will power, personal identity, strength of the body, and ancestral heritage. The Kidney is your will to live, “source” of being which is the link with ancestors, your personal signature or identity, and the power you need to face life’s setbacks. The Kidney likes strong, firm foundations, gentle work, personal confidence and a healthy (non qi depleting) lifestyle. In a pathological state: Fear, anxiety, feeling “blah”, loss of willpower, drained or low energy, discontentment with the self or low confidence.

Effects of Qi Stagnation

Emotional effects on the 5 element aspects of our being have specific internal results on the body’s qi, which are visible in the pulses and physically along the acupuncture channels. 

  • Anger: Raises the Qi
  • Joy: Slows down the Qi
  • Worry: Ties the Qi in knots
  • Sadness: Depletes the Qi
  • Fear/Anxiety: Scatters the Qi

In classical Oriental Medicine diagnosis, the state of Qi of the body says a lot about the emotions and vice versa. The goal of acupuncture is to balance the Qi so that it returns to its natural, normal movement, which will alleviate mental and physical symptoms. 

Imbalances Arising from Qi Stagnation

There are a few common patterns which Acupuncturists and Oriental Medicine people will see more of due to the negative aspects of quarantine. If any of these sound like you, please make an appointment with your local acupuncturists sooner rather than later so they they can locate the root cause of the imbalance and help you feel better faster. 

  • Liver Qi Stagnation: tight, stiff muscles, feeling very stiff after waking up in the morning, unrestful sleep, feeling depressed, tired, or “stuck, lack of creativity in a normally creative person, moodiness, irritability, chest stuffiness, menstruation difficulties, tightness of the diaphragm or upper abdominal region. Your acupuncturist may notice a Wiry pulse, red or toothy tongue sides, and tight muscles along the acupuncture channels. 
  • San Jiao (Metabolism) dysregulation: Weight gain, irregular digestion, urinary symptoms, feeling too hot or too cold in temperature, confusion, and sweating. Your acupuncturist may notice a weak pulse at the San Jiao location and tender acupuncture points along the San Jiao channel. 
  • Spleen Qi Deficiency: A sallow complexion, tiredness, a desire to lie down, weakness of the limbs, a reduced appetite, abdominal weight gain or a distended abdomen, loose stools, and an aversion to or intense craving for sweet foods. The acupuncturist will notice a swollen, tooth marked tongue, and a slow or sinking pulse at the Spleen location. 
  • Kidney Yang Deficiency: Sore back, low back pain, knee pain or joint pain, possible dizziness, tinnitus (noise in the ear), decreased libido or sexual performance, a general lack of motivation to “get stuff done”. The acupuncturist might find cold in the low back channels, deficient Kidney pulse, a pale tongue with extra coating at the very back. 
  • Heart Fire: Palpitations (any feeling of uncomfortable heartbeat or fluttering in the chest), insomnia, flushed face, thirst, bitter taste in the mouth, ulcers, urinary burning, a spell of mania, obsession, or extreme distraction. Insomnia, or inability to fall asleep. The acupuncturist will likely note a red tongue with a very red tip and heat dots, a rapid full pulse in the Heart location, and a red bright complexion. 
  • Stomach Yin Deficiency: Inability to digest regular foods, hunger with no desire to eat, “food fatigue” (you’re hungry but nothing sounds good), hiccups, dry mouth, constipation or dry stools, and thirst. The acupuncturist will probably notice a tongue with a peeled or absent coating that is red with little moisture, and thready, rapid pulses. 

Solutions

There are no one-size-fits-all answers, neither in Oriental Medicine nor in life itself. We must all take responsibility for our health and determine what works for us. It it more important now than ever to incorporate healthy practices into our lifestyle to avoid low morale and bodily illness. Examples include: Having natural whole foods and fresh vegetables at the table whenever possible, and decreasing the use of “junk” or processed foods. 

Consuming alcohol with moderation (Alcohol is a catch-22. It may relax you in the moment or help you sleep, but wake you up later with a racing mind, joint pain, and disrupted digestion). [Please see our next article in Ask the Acupuncturists for more information]. 

Practicing gentle movement like walking meditation, qi gong, or tai chi. Going outside whenever possible to breathe fresh air. If you are having a problem with your health that you believe is related to quarantine, there is likely some Qi stagnation involved related to the imbalances described here. Acupuncture helps by re-establishing the normal balance of Qi in the body. It is essential to schedule your visit by calling your acupuncturist so that you are “all set” when they reopen. Visiting sooner rather than later will help the practitioner pinpoint the root cause of the condition, helping you to feel better, faster. 

Conclusion

We urge patients and practitioners everywhere not to take the coronavirus / quarantine situation lightly. At the same time, we must guard against despair which defeats the morale and blocks us from our full potential (in health and in life). Oriental Medicine stands ready to help with time-tested traditional methods, an emphasis on balance, and noninvasive healing techniques. Looking at the positives, focusing on health and on our top priorities, and cherishing the love of family and friends, even from afar, will pull us all through this unprecedented event.

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