Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Health and Wellness Fair

If you live in the Chicago area, please stop by the Community Health and Wellness Fair on Sunday, April 29th 11am-3pm and say hello! I will have HeadEase rings available to demo and will happily answer any questions. There are over 70 health and wellness vendors attending, and many giveaways. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Harvard Health and Acupuncture

While acupuncturists and their patients have long known that acupuncture works, it has taken time for the medical community and general public to trust in its efficacy. Thanks to an analysis of 23 studies, the jury is no longer out. It has concluded, with certainty,  that acupuncture provides signigicant relief for headaches and other conditions.


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Save the Bees!

What some people are calling "bee acupuncture," or apitherapy, has been in the news recently after a woman died following an allergic reaction as a result of the procedure. While both modalities are considered alternative therapies and puncture the skin, apitherapy uses honey bees to sting patients, with the hope of reducing pain and inflammation. Please do not confuse acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with apitherapy. Acupuncturists do not use apitherapy. While acupuncture is very safe and uses sterile stainless steel needles, apitherapy is dangerous to the patient and kills the bee. You can read more about apitherapy and this recent case here.

Friday, April 6, 2018

You've got a cold. Now what?

This is one formula that I have stocked in the medicine cabinet at all times. Chinese medicine views the common cold (and the flu) as a struggle between the body's "defensive qi" and exogenous "pathogenic qi." If your defensive qi (similar to the immune system) is deficient, you are more susceptible to an attack by pathogenic qi. Virugo Max is used to reduce the virility of what acupuncturists call "pathogenic wind-heat." It has been used in Asia for over 30 years, and is distributed in the U.S. exclusively by Dragon Herbs. It works wonders!

Symptoms of wind-heat include fever and chills, with fever predominating, headache, a sore scratchy throat and yellow nasal discharge. Talk to your acupuncturist, or speak with a TCM practitioner at Dragon Herbs, about its proper use. Virugo Max is most effective when taken early after onset, but helps shorten the duration at any point. Ron Teeguarden, of Dragon Herbs, is a renowned herbalist based in Los Angeles and is dedicated to researching and sourcing the very best in Chinese herbs.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Get Ready For Spring Cleaning

Traditional Chinese Medicine draws much of its wisdom from Taoism, and the understanding that our bodies respond to the natural flow of the seasons.  In Five Element theory, each Element (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) corresponds with a season, an organ system, emotion, sense organ, etc.   A simple Five Element chart looks like this:

Spring is the season of rebirth and mobilizing energy, and it corresponds with the Liver.  If we haven't conserved our energy adequately during the winter months, our bodies will have a tendency to get stuck during the transition from the still, energetically subdued state of winter, to the dynamic, energetically active state of spring.  Our Liver channel might need some additional support.  Think of Liver energy as a seed that, after laying dormant through winter, is ready with its bud to burst forth through the hard, cold earth.  When there is a struggle with the natural seasonal progression, we see symptoms physically and emotionally, such as frustration, anger, headaches, PMS, shouting, eye irritation and tendonitis.  

It's important to help your Liver channel ease its way into spring so that your body, mind and spirit can harness the season's rejuvenating energy.  Recommendations for putting a little spring in your step:
-Be creative.  Take your cue from nature.  Paint, play music, cook, rearrange your furniture...whatever energizes you.  

-Walk.  Especially in the early morning.  Notice the life that is emerging around you.

-Embrace change.  Let go of old, limiting habitual patterns. 

-Drink lemon water.  Sour tastes invigorate Liver energy.

-Eat your greens.  Green is the color of the Liver.  Think young spring greens and sprouts.

-Stretch.  The liver controls the tendons.  It's important to take time throughout the day to maintain fluidity.  Try a yoga or Tai Chi class.

-Strategize.  It's a good time to set goals and determine how you will achieve them.

-Get a seasonal acupuncture tune-up.  Acupuncture can help ease your body's transition into spring.

-Spring Clean.  Consider a spring liver detox.  Talk to your acupuncturist or another trusted health care practitioner who can help you choose a safe method.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Auricular Acupuncture for Drug and Alcohol Withdrawl

The Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing conducted a study to track patients' response to auricular (ear) acupuncture during abstinence from alcohol and illicit drugs.   Following the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol, patients reported feeling a sense of peacefulness and well-being that contributed to their ability to refrain from using.  

With more than 75 acupoints,  the ear represents a microcosm of the entire body.  All meridians and organ systems can be accessed via auricular acupuncture alone.  When patients seek acupuncture support for smoking or drinking cessation, addiction relief is addressed as well as underlying imbalances that may perpetuate the condition.  Body points are included along with the points found in the ear.  The needles are typically retained for 20 minutes and small seeds are subsequently taped onto the acupoints after the needles have been removed.  Ear seeds allow patients to self stimulate via acupressure in the days between treatments.  With clear intention and the restorative help of acupuncture, patients can be very successful in their goal to quit using and regain health.

Friday, November 30, 2012

For the Host with the Most!

If you're looking for a hostess gift for the holidays, don't forget about HeadEase!  HeadEase provides easy to use, pill free pain and stress relief.  What better way to give thanks to your party host this season?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ginkgo Acupuncture Has Moved!

Ginkgo Acupuncture is now located in northwest Oak Park, in the boyhood home of Ernest Hemingway.  Ernest's father, Clarence Hemingway, maintained his medical practice in the same space over 100 years ago.  I feel honored to practice in a space that is rich in history and healing.  Please check out this Sun Times article.  Appointments can be made by emailing maryjane@ginkgoacupuncture.com, or by calling the new office number:  708-434-5206

Friday, November 16, 2012

Don't Forget the Gift of Health for the Holidays!

The holidays are upon us!  It's time to celebrate the joy of the season with family and friends.  Along with holiday fun can sometimes come the stress and headache of party planning, gift giving and maybe a little too much indulging.  Remember: HeadEase can help relieve stress as well as headaches!  What better gift to give the ones you love?  Keep an eye out for ideas and offers from HeadEase.  Best wishes for a pain and stress-free season!