Healthy Habits for Aging Well

Hello, friends!

It's probably not surprising that I spend a lot of my time thinking about how we grow, develop, and heal, and also about the reverse -- how we can slip into decline, disease, and poor health habits. As you know, I speak with you frequently about some of the pillars of health: rich nights of sleep, bright varieties of vegetables and proteins in your diet, a robust social support system, sufficient exercise, and coping mechanisms for stress and anxiety.

The Guardian recently published a delightful article titled "25 ways to live well into old age." Take a look and see whether there are some things you can easily incorporate into your life. One of my favorites is the recommendation to walk a dog, because "a study of more than 3 million Swedes aged 40 to 80 found that dog owners had a lower risk of death due to all causes." Are you intrigued?

And for those of you who are parents, it is never too early to begin raising your children with healthy habits in mind. How do you encourage your children to enjoy a variety of foods? To wind down appropriately before bed to encourage deep and plentiful sleep? To find ways to decrease stress and increase a sense of security and emotional well-being?

For additional support, remember that acupuncture is known for relaxing the nervous system by causing a release of endorphins; lowering blood pressure; and offering a period of reflection to encourage a commitment to healthy habits. 

If you have questions about how acupuncture can support you and your loved ones in continued health, please give me a call.

With love and in community,

Spring Renewal Teas Now Available

Hello, friends!

The Bay Area saw a glorious transition to spring last week -- we're now shedding our heavy coats, hiding our umbrellas, and stepping out after work to greet the sun while it's still up. Spring is a wonderful time to focus anew on projects, goals, and relationships; eat lighter food; start moving more; and increase self-massage to bring our slumbering bodies back to life.

The seasonal transition can also bring imbalances, and children can be especially sensitive. The change in weather can tip our bodies into anger, frustration, and irritability. We may get allergies, headaches, eye disorders, premenstrual symptoms, and increased stress. If any of these seasonal complaints are bothering you or your children, give me a ring and we can get everything back to balance.

To support you during the spring season, I've created a new herbal tea blend that I'm super-excited about! These herbs focus on calming the nervous system, enabling clear focus, and providing the vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to support your springtime activities. The blend has a base of the most divine tulsi leaves I've found, along with mint, sage, nettle, lemon rind, and buddha's hand. Mint is calming and soothing, sage supports digestion, nettle is full of vitamins and minerals, and citrus helps to support the nervous system and liver function. I'll be serving this smooth and balanced tea in the clinic throughout the season. Large tins are available for sale for $12.

If I haven't seen you in a while, drop me a note to let me know how spring is treating you. Enjoy the sun and the fresh energy!

Pediatric Health Care

Hello, friends!

I'm thrilled to let you know that my practice is open to family members of all ages. Pediatric acupressure and herbal medicine are a natural, effective way to address babies' and children's diseases and pains, and maintain proper health.

Why would you bring a child in for pediatric care? You may be interested in:

  • Seeking preventive care to maintain wellness;

  • Increasing immunity against colds, flus, and infections;

  • Relieving aches and pains;

  • Improving digestion to address constipation, colic, chronic indigestion, and more; and

  • Balancing difficult emotions including stress, anxiety, ADHD, night terrors, and difficult transitions.

This treatment is pain-free, and many children love the massage-like sensation. Acupuncture needles are optional.

Treatments are only 30 minutes long. Do you have more questions? Find out more below, and stay tuned for my next several updates with additional information.

With love, 

Embracing New Beginnings

Hello, friends!

Welcome to 2019! I hope you're feeling invigorated and full of energy to implement the life changes that will serve and support you in the new year.

I'll be sharing some news about new offerings in the clinic in the coming weeks. In the meantime, I wanted to celebrate another kind of new beginning -- the upcoming arrivals from the soon-to-be-mamas currently receiving care in the clinic! 

There are a number of ways in which acupuncture can support this most profound of new beginnings:

  • Studies show that acupuncture can help alleviate nausea during pregnancy.

  • Acupuncture is a non-invasive method of pain relief, suitable during pregnancy for help with back pain, hip pain, neck and shoulder pain, and other pains due to stretched ligaments.

  • Acupuncture and moxibustion are commonly used to help turn babies that are lodged in the breech position, as well as to induce labor when it's time for the little one to arrive.

  • Acupuncture can also support overall pregnancy health by reducing symptoms of heartburn, insomnia, anxiety, hypertension, and other related ailments.

You can let your pregnant friends, wives, and family members know that safe, non-invasive relief is available for them during pregnancy -- allowing them to celebrate their new arrivals feeling strong and healthy.

With love,


Organic, Adaptogenic Herbal Lattes Now Available

Hi, friends!

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the opportunity to provide gifts to myself -- time to read, relax, and do jigsaw puzzles; visualization of dreams for the next year; nesting with loved ones; and pampering myself with warm, nourishing food. This is the time of year when I'm best able to slow down and nurture myself.

This is why I'm EXTRA excited to let you know that I'm now stocking Radiance Adaptogen's delicious herbal lattes in the clinic. I make myself prescription herbal teas all the time, but these are just divine -- rich, indulgent, well balanced, and full of organic healing herbs. You can learn more about this local, woman-owned company and their herbal lattes here. I deeply believe in their products and their mission, and I'm excited to bring them to you.

Energy Blend

This is one of my favorites, since I tend towards fatigue. It's packed with ginseng, probiotics, and some cacao and chicory -- delicious and invigorating!

Immunity Blend

Currently much in demand, this blend uses astragalus (one of Chinese medicine's main immune-boosting herbs), ginger, and reishi, among other herbs, to strengthen the lungs and the immune system.

These scrumptious lattes are $4 per packet or $15 for a four-pack (you can try one each of their immunity, energy, beauty, and rest blends, or get four of one of your favorites). 

I'll have them available for purchase in the clinic throughout the holiday season, for you to enjoy or as gifts for your friends and family.

Wishing you all good health, and with love,

Controlling anxiety with acupuncture

Hi friends,

Some of you know that one of the most gratifying aspects of my work is helping people to reduce anxiety, stress, and depression. I love this article from Psychology Today that describes how acupuncture can sedate stressed-out nervous systems and lessen anxiety. Furthermore, the doctor highlights that "some studies included in the review reported that acupuncture enhances response to prescription anti-anxiety medications and may also reduce medication side effects."

Several of my patients are seeking help because they're feeling crushed by the stress of their jobs, housing prices, caring for family, and politics. Life in the Bay Area is not simple, and it's easy to spin into a pattern of anxiety, overwhelm, stress, and insomnia.

The good news is that acupuncture (along with Chinese herbs) can help you regain the strength, confidence, and optimism you need to regain control of your life. My patients report back to me that they are less irritable while driving, less frequently responding negatively to coworkers and family members, more in control of their daily moods and activities, and more able to seek play and pleasure after acupuncture.

Would you like that too? Call me for a consultation or come in for an appointment. I look forward helping you.

With love, and in community,


Come Give a Little, and Get Some in Return

Hi, friends!

It's giving season, and the wonderful staff at Golden State Fitness & Performance in Montclair are hosting their annual turkey drive on Saturday, November 3rd. While I'm there delivering a turkey, I'll be offering 15-minute cupping sessions from 9am-12pm. See below for details! Find us at the GSFP gym: 2011 Mountain Blvd, Oakland CA 94611.

From 8am to 12pm on Saturday November 3rd, you can bring a turkey to this fabulous, community-focused gym in Montclair. Dave Bolduc and his team will be collecting and donating the turkeys to the Alameda County Community Food Bank. ACCFB will distribute the turkeys to 240 agencies to make sure our community gets a warm meal on Thanksgiving. 

Dave and his team truly appreciate your generous donation and are offering benefits in return! New clients who bring a frozen turkey will receive a one-week gym pass including 2 semi-private training sessions and access to group classes and the gym. Their trainers are excellent -- this opportunity is too good to pass up!

Are you struggling with tight and aching muscles, or seeking a faster post-workout recovery? Cupping can help by loosening muscles and encouraging blood flow through the tissues.

Come join me for a cupping session on Saturday, November 3rd, between 9am-12pm. Sign up for a 15-minute, donation-based session at the GSFP front desk.

I look forward to helping release the tension from your neck and shoulders, upper arms, and/or lower legs. 

*Bruising is a common side effect of cupping -- but your resulting relief will be well worth it!

I look forward to seeing you there! With love and in community,