5 anti-aging tips you can start trying right now to boost your visage!

Skin Therapy  Have you ever thought “My skin needs a therapist?”  That was the title of a recent article I read as I was having a much-coveted beauty day of my own! I think they hit the nail on the head though. It sounds crazy but the catchy punch line has a lot of truth to it. Feelings DO show up on your skin! So while this new idea in Western dermatology of combining skin care with psychiatry (psycho-dermatology…for real) is a revelation that is taking off, those of us on the Eastern side have always known that the mind, body, spirit connection can’t be separated into easy piles. The face is inseparable with the body & our emotions. Think of the Liver line between the eyebrows, the surprise lines on the forehead, the circles under the eyes that relate to the kidneys, or the frown lines that sometimes develop with grief.  Ever get embarrassed & turn bright red? Get frustrated & see the wrinkle increase between the eyes? Been under too much stress & notice your skin looking dull? Or maybe you went through a trying event & later look in the mirror to wonder did that experience suck me dry? Some of this can be explained by the cortisol released during a fight or flight moment. While we need the hormones released in these moments for survival, when cortisol & other stress hormones get pumped out daily & are chronically elevated for months, you start to see that on your face. Both in the brightness of the skin or the increased wrinkles. Cortisol breaks down collagen, triggers inflammation,...
Allergies & Acupuncture, Nature Doesn’t Hate You!

Allergies & Acupuncture, Nature Doesn’t Hate You!

I wish I had the magic acupuncture needle or herbal formula, that made allergies just BE GONE! For sufferers, allergy season brings on fatigue of the body & spirit that can be overwhelming. Is nature striking back? No, allergies happen everywhere. In Japan, the cedar & cypress tree pollen is said to be the cause, in Sedona we blame the Juniper trees. But these trees have been around for ages & it is only in more recent history that we see the issues with allergies we do today.  Nature doesn’t hate you Allergies are a complex interplay of issues with multiple factors given for the rise in allergies over the years.  Adverse changes in the quality of our air, water, & food have certainly affected us. Our digestive systems have been put under more strain than ever before, with GMO engineered foods, antibiotics, too many cold foods, & problems with eating disorders. We are now seeing these problems in children much earlier than we have in the past.  Another factor is how we live. We often lead lives sealed in heated or air-conditioned dwelling, subjecting the body to wind, an external pathogen, even when we are inside. Allergies are also worse in the spring time. In Chinese medicine, Spring is considered the season of wind & can drive external pathogens into the body (wind-heat, wind-cold, wind-damp). Eventually, anything trapped stagnates & turns to heat. The blocked nasal passages, nasal discharge, loss of taste, nasal polyps, red eyes that we see around this time are often caused by heat that has been trapped in the area & ultimately in the...
Do It Yourself Cold Remedy

Do It Yourself Cold Remedy

Starting to feel sick? Try this easy to make Herbal Tea! When the first signs of cold or flu come on try this simple remedy at home. Then schedule your acupuncture appointment right away! • 2 1/2 cups Hot Water • 1/4 cup Fresh Mint • 1/2 of Orange Peel • 1 -2 Slices of Ginger • 1/8 cup Scallions (green part) • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar PREPARATION INSTRUCTIONS Bring water to a boil, add in orange peel, ginger, scallions. Boil for about 5 minutes. Add Mint to boil for about 1 minute. Add sugar last. Drink! Wrap up & keep warm. This should help bring a gentle sweat to help expel the pathogen....

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