acupuncture

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,
Janet

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,

Janet