An Acupuncturist: How to Choose the Right One

by Joi Thomas, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M., MSOM

acupuncturist, minneapolis acupuncture, minneapolis community acupunctureIf you live in the Minneapolis area and you are looking for acupuncturist this article will give you a wealth of information in making the right choice.

Acupuncture is becoming more mainstream everyday as more and more individuals either hear about how effective it is from others or take the leap and try it for themselves. It has existed as a distinct healing modality and has treated all of the health concerns that we currently faced for more than 5 centuries! So, if you are considering acupuncture and other healing modalities based upon Chinese medicine, I hope that this article with give you some information to help you make your decision.
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Epsom Salt Bath: Healing & Rejuvenation

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by Lisa Nelson, MA/OTR, L.Ac., MSOM

3 Reasons to Immerse in an Epsom Salt Bath

Epsom salt is a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and
sulfate. Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed
through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the
wonderful health benefits.  Magnesium regulates the activity of over 325 enzymes in the body, reduces inflammation, and decreases muscle pain and fatigue.  Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients and flush toxins.

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Community Acupuncture: Radical & Affordable

by Carrie Nightshade, L.Ac., MSOM

community acupuncture minneapolis, minneapolis acupunctureWhy community acupuncture?  What about it makes me so loyal to it’s business model and techniques? 

Recently I came across an article (linked below) about the radical roots of community acupuncture (CA).  It reminded me about the reasons that I followed the healing arts and also why CA is so important to me.  At heart I’m an activist and social justice is one of the many things that drive my passions.  As a healer it was and is important to me that preventative health care is available for all people.  During my education I realized that acupuncture is not very accessible to my peers.  I spent many hours trying to figure out a way to fix this, bartering and work trades only work when people have mutually beneficial skills/ items to work with. Sometime during the second half of school Working Class Acupuncture out of Portland came to hold a workshop on CA.  Eureka!  It was like taking the fundamentals class in acupuncture after struggling in chemistry.  It just made so much sense to me, and it was such a relief to discover a way to be an acupuncturist that worked with my heart.

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Outlive Fear: 3 Steps to Free Ourselves

outlive fear, minneapolis acupunctureFree Yourself From Fear in 3 Steps

Recently we’ve all been subjected to a fair amount of Fear, and the stress that comes with it, following the events in Paris, the shooting in California, the coverage of these and other attacks in the media. This year was especially stressful. Regardless of political affiliation and personal outlook on these issues, the over-riding feeling of it all for many people is Fear. It could be Fear for one’s life, fear of the uncertainty of the situation, fear of hurting someone you know, fear of becoming hyper-alert and so on….

In all these cases Fear affects us on a deep level, and while it may not always stop us in our tracks, it’s going with us wherever we go, and creates a kind of veil that colors our thinking and feeling.

To address this Fear, we can identify it in 2 ways:

  • What is the biological/Functional need and effect of Fear and what does it feel like?
  • How can I release it?

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Birth of the New Year: More Self Care

birth a new you, minneapolis acupuncture, minneapolis community acupunctureby Carrie Nightshade, L.Ac., MSOM

With More Self Care, You Can Birth a Happier YOU! 

It’s the dark of the morning before my young children awake and start my day of chaos. Today is New Years Eve and as always I wonder why we celebrate the birth of the new year in the deepest cold of winter. Maybe it is because it is the time to turn inward and contemplate. 2015 has been a challenging year for many people. From the drought in California to the Black Lives Matter protest in North Minneapolis I have found it difficult to keep in mind the beauty of humanity.

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Increase Your Vitamin D in 5 Natural Ways

by:  Joi Thomas, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.

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5 Natural Ways to Get Your Vitamin D

Vitamin D is something that we hear more and more good things about every day. It has been linked to everything from forming strong bones, to maintaining a positive mood to preventing breast cancer. Every day there seems to be another discovery about how vital this nutrient is to a healthy, vibrant life.

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Winter Newsletter 2015: Release Stress

Winter Newsletter, Minneapolis Acupuncture, Minneapolis Healing CenterRelease Your Holiday Stress, Our Winter Newsletter is Here!

Are the holidays a time of year you dread?  Is the frantic pace a challenge for you?  Or maybe you are dealing with a loss, or coping with difficult memories.  For so many of us, this can be a painful time which is made all the more difficult by the feeling that we should be happy, festive and filled with cheer.

Know that we are you to help you during this transition.  If you need a quiet space to get collected…we got it.  If you need relief from pain – be it physical or emotional – we are here for you, and we are ready to help!

 

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Featured in this winter newsletter:

  • Upcoming classes at Red Cricket
  • New yoga instructor and class
  • Meet Rachel Orman, our TuiNa massage expert
  • Tips for better neck health (you mean sitting at a computer all day isn’t healthy?)
  • Warming and healing pumpkin chili recipe

Grieving: Being Present To Love Not Strength

by: Carrie Nightshade, L.Ac., MSOM

grievingLove Not Strength While Grieving 

As fall barrels toward winter and the leaves race past Halloween, death and grieving have been on my mind. I feel like our white US culture is thin on healthy attitudes and healing around death. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer my senior year in high school. Being with my invincible mother as she was rocked by her terror of Death opened my eyes. Now, over twenty years later, my mother has been living with stage 4 cancer that has just come back for the fifth time. And she is no more comfortable with Death even though she has had him as a constant companion for a third of her life.

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Neck Pain: 3 Tips From An Acupuncturist

By:  Lisa Nelson, MA OTR/L, L.Ac., CIMT

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3 Mindful Tips to Ease Neck Pain

Acupuncture gets high marks in relieving neck stiffness and pain!

In addition, doing a self-assessment on how you sit at a computer desk can be a helpful way to see if how your environment and body position may be contributing to your neck pain symptoms. Read more “Neck Pain: 3 Tips From An Acupuncturist”

Fibroids: A Serious Issue for Black Women

by Joi Thomas, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M.

fibroidsFibroids Especially Troubling Amongst Black Women

Fibroids are a health issue that is very near and dear to my heart, partially because they are so common, but also because they can be treated so effectively by Chinese medicine.  Do you know what fibroids are?  You should!  They are non cancerous tumors which grow in and attached to the uterus.  Some of the issues that they can cause are heavier, prolonged and crampy periods, discomfort during sex, uncomfortable pressure on the bladder and challenges with fertility.  Due to the heavier bleeding, they can also result in anemia.
 
According to research, fibroids affect 40% of the general population of women and up to 80% of all Black women.  That means 8 out of 10 African American women deal with this issue.  Most of the symptoms of fibroids are more severe and they seem to affect black women when they are younger which can negatively impact their ability to have a baby. 

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