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Mountain West Wellness Health Tips, Issue #047
May 01, 2017

Happy May

Well we are heading into May and full Spring weather. School is about out and people are planning vacations, summer camps, and the like. In the midst of it all we want to make sure that we take care of ourselves and the ones we love. Because of this I wanted to pass on a few ways that acupuncture can help your mom. Additionally there is some info about the latest research about Chinese medicine and liver health, the release of Jack's qigong video, and a little contest you can enter to win a gift card to have dinner at The Kitchen on Pearl in Boulder. Hope you enjoy it.

7 Ways Acupuncture Can Help Mothers

One of the best gifts you can give your mother this Mother’s Day is the gift of acupuncture. Acupuncture can help with an abundance of health problems and get you feeling one hundred percent again. Mom’s make the world work, it’s a known fact. So this holiday season you should give your mother the gift of acupuncture, here are seven reasons why.

1. Acupuncture is great for pregnancy. In the first trimester of pregnancy, many women turn to acupuncture when they are looking for a non-medicated way to treat what ails them. The number one reason women seek acupuncture in their first trimester of pregnancy is morning sickness.

2. Acupuncture can help cure and alleviate stress. Mom’s have to deal with a lot of stress, so what is better than getting a cure for that this mother’s day? Send your mom to an acupuncturist so she can reap the benefits of calming stress relief.

3. Acupuncture is a great cure and preventative measure for anxiety. There are many acupuncture points on the body to calm the mind and bring us down from our stresses and anxieties. Such as Pericardium 6, Liver 3 and Stomach 6.

4. Acupuncture is very beneficial for those experiencing arthritis. There are different types of arthritis and different treatment plans which include acupuncture, herbs, changes in diet and exercise. Traditional Chinese Medicine just might be able to help you move better and find relief.

5. Kiss migraines goodbye. Acupuncture is a great cure for migraines, it also can help prevent them from happening too. It is possible to stop a migraine in its tracks if one is able to see an acupuncturist during the acute stage of migraine.

6. Acupuncture can alleviate insomnia. We all know that mom’s have to put up with so much throughout the day, by being overworked and overstressed it may cause them to get insomnia. Acupuncture needles are strategically placed on points that will calm the mind, balance hormones and settle the nervous system. Most people will notice some change after just one treatment, but to get the full effect and truly eliminate insomnia, you should commit to several treatments.

7. It improves digestive function. Acupuncture is effective in improving the digestive function within individuals. There are numerous acupuncture points on the body that can

New Qigong Practice Video

If you have ever taken qigong from Jack or wanted to, his qigong video has finally been released. In order to keep costs down it is available for rent or download. Go to the qigong page to see the trailer and get it at Essence Vimeo Page

Research Update – Acupuncture Related to Liver Health

The College of Oriental Medicine at Daejeon University conducted and published a study that shows acupuncture can reduce liver toxicity, while protecting the liver and its functions. While this study was conducted on laboratory rats, the information collected shows great promise as to how it can be used in humans. The rats were injected with an olive oil solution into the abdomen to create an injury to the liver. They were then treated using a specific acupuncture point (Gallbladder 34). The gallbladder and liver meridians are linked through an interior-exterior relationship. Blood work was monitored throughout the study and specific liver values were shown to improve as the acupuncture treatments continued, thus helping to balance the liver and keep it functioning properly. Traditional Chinese Medicine looks at the human body quite differently from Western medicine. In TCM there are energetic pathways associated with specific organs in the body. When these pathways and the energy flowing through them are out of balance the body may become diseased.

In TCM, the liver and its corresponding meridian are responsible for the smooth flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”) or energy, blood and emotions. The liver is easily affected by excess stress and uncontrolled emotions. The liver is paired with the gallbladder and the two work very closely as a unit. When one is imbalanced, the other may display the symptoms. For instance, if a person is consistently stressed, this may cause the liver Qi to become blocked. When this happens, the gallbladder may become affected. It is not uncommon for people in high stress jobs to end up with gall stones. This happens because the liver becomes blocked and the emotions remain bottled up inside, which then manifests in pain and possibly stones.

Anger is the emotion commonly associated with the liver and gallbladder. If a person is frequently irritable, gets angered easily, has difficulty relaxing or letting things go, and is unreasonable, it is safe to guess that the liver Qi isn’t functioning properly. There are many methods of balancing liver Qi and returning proper energy flow throughout the body. Learning to stay calm and channel one’s anger appropriately is a good place to start. Practice some deep breathing, meditation, yoga or even take a walk. All of these things are great for balancing stagnant liver Qi.

Acupuncture is another great way to balance the liver energies. Regular acupuncture treatments help balance the body holistically and without any real side effects. During the spring, the liver is especially taxed due to the intense new energies that occur. This makes spring time a wonderful time to begin acupuncture treatments. Be sure to find a fully licensed and properly trained acupuncturist who can help guide you through balancing the energy of the liver meridian.


Win Dinner at the Kitchen in Boulder

Lastly, for the next 3 weeks we are holding a contest. Leave a review for us on google and let us know that you did it then we will put you in a drawing for a $50 gift card to the Kitchen on Pearl st. in Boulder. That place is yummy. if you have never left a gold review just go to Then type mountain west wellness into the search bar. When you see our clinic pop up go to the write a review link. Last just let us know you did it and boom, you are in the drawing. Your reviews would be much appreciated.

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Jack, Kim, Erin, Jonathan, and Lynn

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