The seasons and their elemental associations are integral to Chinese medicine theory and practice. Summer is hot and yang, energy is expansive, outward and full of growth. As we slowly make our way toward the Autumn equinox there is a turning towards a more yin time of the year, more quiet and introspection, reaping what was sown in the previous months.
In Chinese medicine the seasons are not events that are separate or external from us, instead we integrate them into our lives and see the internal changes of our mind and body. Our ability to change with the seasons is reflected in our health and happiness and maintaining balance through these seasonal transitions deeply benefits our wellbeing.
Many people find that around the change of seasons physical symptoms like colds and flu, coughs, seasonal allergies, or aches and pains may arise or worsen. Emotional imbalances and stressors may intensify.
Consider the three weeks before and after the Autumn equinox as especially important times for creating this seasonal transition balance. Acupuncture, herbs, diet and self care can all help strengthen immunity and regulate the nervous system. This time of self-care can greatly set the stage for the kind of fall and winter you will have.
Medford Holistic Health
We have had our Medford, Oregon branch for less than a year. Most of our clients know we are there two days a week now, but we could use help getting the word out to anyone you may know who lives in Medford, Central Point, Jacksonville, Phoenix, or Eagle Point. We are contracted on major insurance panels and also take Jackson Care Connect and Allcare.
Until our Medford location grows to capacity we will be sharing a clinic with acupuncturist David Tara. We are located within Three Treasures Chinese Medicine on East Barnett in the Lazy River Business Center. Jenn Collins sees clients there currently on Tuesdays, and Jenny Riegg sees clients there on Fridays.
We are excited to expand our services to the greater Rogue Valley . Stay tuned for future updates and please send your co-workers, neighbors, and friends in for treatments. We are always happy to give a free consultation at either the Ashland or Medford location.
La Clinica Wellness Center Acupuncture Services
We are proud to have been chosen to partner with La Clinica Wellness Center on Biddle Road in Medford. Patients of any of the La Clinica centers can come to the Wellness center to receive acupuncture treatments with us. La Clinica Wellness Center is an amazing resource for our valley. They have excellent MDs, NPs and Medical Assistants, and they also offer yoga, zumba, meditation, mindfulness, and cooking classes at their state of the art wellness facility. If you haven’t checked it out go to the website, or just stop by and learn about all the wonderful opportunities available.
It has been a busy past few months for us at Holistic Health Acupuncture.
This February Jenn Collins and Jenny Riegg began offering acupuncture treatments to patients at La Clinica Wellness Center in Medford, Oregon and are excited to keep building our partnership with such a great clinic, staff and clientele. Jenn & Jenny are there 2 days a week treating everything from headaches, back & neck pain, and allergies to insomnia, stress and support with smoking cessation. Patients have been very thankful for our services and we are happy to be part of the growing trend of acupuncture being integrated into primary care medical settings.
We also had the privilege to attend the annual Integrative Fertility Symposium (IFS) in Vancouver, B.C. earlier this Spring. IFS brings together leading professionals in the fields of fertility, maternity care and pediatrics. Acupuncturists, MDs, NDs, NPs, Reproductive Endocrinologists, and Nutritionists gathered for 4 days of courses specializing in reproductive health. It was incredibly inspiring to be surrounded by so many brilliant speakers and clinicians from all over the globe and we are enjoying bringing back what we have learned to our clients here in the Rogue Valley.
Here are a few links to some of this information that we’d like to share with anyone interested in women’s health, pregnancy, and fertility.
- The Center for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research has a lot of articles and resources for women of all ages on their page.
- Debra Betts, a leading expert on acupuncture and pregnancy from New Zealand, has an incredible site filled with information for anyone wanting to know more about how acupuncture can help with pregnancy.
- Dr. Lorne Brown of Acubalance Wellness Center in BC has a plethora of talks, interview, and articles on his site for understanding how acupuncture works and adds to the success of Fertility treatments.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine are becoming famous in the world of helping couples who face fertility challenges. Jenn Collins and Jenny Riegg are experts in this aspect of Chinese Medicine and truly love working with couples who are trying to create a family.
We have spent hundreds of hours in advanced training on the treatment of disorders such as: PCOS, Unexplained Infertility, Recurrent Pregnancy Loss, Hormonal Imbalance, poor sperm count and quality, Endometriosis, and poor quality egg and endometrial lining . These disorders are often so complex and there can be many levels to their treatment. Chinese medicine truly shines in this area, and often offers a unique perspective of care that can work on its own, or in concordance with western reproductive medicine.
At Holistic Health Acupuncture, couples can expect a long history and intake with us on the initial visit to uncover all the underlying aspects of the fertility picture. We may recommend blood tests, or we might want to look at basal Body temperatures and discuss length and description of the menstrual cycle. Couples should expect to come regularly for 4 months of treatment and possibly more depending upon the complexity of the diagnosis. Chinese Herbs are often prescribed unless the couple is undergoing IVF. Once a woman becomes pregnant it is up to her if she chooses to continue treatment, but many women love to keep coming for the deep relaxation and comfort that they get from the treatments.
It is one of our biggest joys when we get those emails or calls that a patient has gotten a positive pregnancy test. It just warms up our hearts and there are often tears of joy exchanged here at the clinic on these occasions.
We offer free consultations for those who are interested in learning more about our fertility acupuncture program. For a short video presentation, view How Acupuncture Helps Fertility.
Feb 3th marks the beginning of the Yang wood month which is the start of our year of the Yin Fire Rooster. The rooster bodes well for new businesses and new endeavors in 2017. New businesses that are earned with hard work and consistent effort will do well. This is a year to spread the word about your projects, your offerings, your business, your accomplishments etc. The rooster isn’t afraid to boast and cock to all those around him. Be mindful that too much arrogance is not a blessing and that we should all try to remember to take pride in our offerings without boasting too loudly about our achievements.
It should be a much more predictable year than last year’s Monkey year…. the Rooster wakes us up each day and is timely and consistent. Roosters care about family and home life, protecting what they love.
2017 in Chinese astrology brings us yin fire over yin metal. Yin fire is like the candle or spark, and yin metal under it is like a precious jewel. So these two elements together bring an image of sparkling stones or gems. This is a very lovely and auspicious image and can bring much beauty for those who need more metal and fire in their BaZi. Of course how this affects your personal year will depend upon what elements are present in your birth chart and whether or not fire and metal influence you in a positive or negative way. Fire above metal also has the relationship of control because it is fire that yields the metal and bends it into form. This can bring organization, better systems, and more order to us all as we enter the new year.
Whatever the Rooster brings to you, we wish you an auspicious year filled with beauty, success, and good fortune.
Chinese Medicine truly shines in the area of preventing, and curing colds and flus. When seen at the earliest sign of a cold, patients can get acupuncture at just the right moment to stave off the cold, or can be prescribed herbs that just literally can turn symptoms around overnight. Remember to come in at the very first signs of illness. That slight tickle in the throat, achey muscles, and slight chill or fever is what we are talking about here. And if you don’t have time for a treatment, please stop in for herbs. In just a few minutes we can prescribe a formula that can be very beneficial for early stage invasion.