WINTER SOLSTICE marks the turn from Fall into Winter, and in traditions around the world, it is a time for inward reflection and a celebration of the coming of "light." It is both the shortest day of the year, and conversely . . . the longest night. One of the most important Chinese and East Asian festivals is the Winter Solstice Dōngzhì Festival (Chinese: 冬至; pinyin: Dōngzhì; lit. 'winter's extreme') celebrated during the Dongzhi (winter solstice) between December 21 to Dece
Cupping is the term applied to a powerful Traditional Chinese Medicine technique using small glass cups (or bamboo jars) as suction devices applied to the surface of the body. It is a deeply relaxing therapy that can address a multitude of conditions when properly applied. You can read more about the research and science of cupping in our blog article: "What is Cupping & How Does it Work." Increases Circulation & Relieve Muscle Pain The suction from the cups increases circu
There is so much you can do to prepare for labor and delivery that will significantly increase your likelihood of having an optimal birth! Those last few weeks of pregnancy are often full of emotional ups and downs, excitement and anticipation, sometimes anxiety, and more times than not - a bit of physical discomfort as well. Most spend this time preparing for the new baby - gathering diapers, baby cloths, a crib, and thinking through ways to be ready for their soon-to-be new
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Oats are known for their ability to tonify qi (energy) and blood. They also help to circulate qi and calm the spirit. Ancient Chinese medical texts describe oats as "restorative" to the Lung, Spleen, Stomach, Heart, Large Intestine, and Kidney Organs and Acupuncture Meridians. The flavor of Oats is sweet, and oats are considered to be warm in temperature (i.e. they bring / circulate warmth in the body). Oats are rich in silicon and phosph
WHAT IS VERTIGO Vertigo is a type of dizziness where the person feels a spinning or swaying movement, typically accompanied by nausea, sweating and difficulty walking or standing. It is intimately involved in our sense of equilibrium (our sense of balance) and can come on suddenly and without warning. Triggered by head position, Vertigo will most often kick in when a person moves their head suddenly in a certain direction. WHY DOES IT HAPPEN & WHAT CAUSES VERTIGO At Seven Poi
Your immune system is your first line of defense against the COVID-19 virus (or any illness) trying to invade your system . . . and nutrition can play a vital role preventatively!
Let's take a look at Nutrition. We all get bored when we’re stuck at home. Some of us stress eat. However, this is not the time to indulge in processed foods, sugary treats and junk food. Take this opportunity to retool your eating habits and choose whole foods.
When deciding what to eat, try t
We are 27 days into self-quarantine, and I gotta say, this is tough! Doable, but quite challenging. Flatten the curve . . . social distancing? Hey, I'm totally on-board because I want us all to get back to our lives sooner than later. The thing is, I'm a social guy by nature, which I guess is why I chose a profession that insists that I see people all day long. But, you know what? I really miss you guys!! Cristina does too... We hope you're weathering this "Time out" as best
MY FATHER WAS A NAVY SEAL I never knew my Father was a Navy Seal . . . not until after his passing, on the day of his memorial almost thirty years later. We all knew he'd served in the Navy, but that was it. He never talked about his service in the Korean War, nor his multiple tours in Vietnam, and he served right up until the very end. In later years, as a civilian, he never made comment on the modern-day wars, such as the Persian Gulf or any of the other international confl
Practiced throughout China, Japan and Korea for thousands of years, and now prevalent throughout communities, clinics and hospitals world-wide, acupuncture is a key component of Traditional Chinese Medicine. LIFESTYLE & EXERCISE Simple lifestyle and exercise adjustments can go a long way towards resolving a nagging illness, sleep issues or reducing ongoing stress. As part of a full Health Assessment, we examine your daily routines, the "rhythms of your life" - offering su
There are so many ways that Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine Therapies can factor into everyday healthcare and keeping us well and thriving. Here are some great examples . . . and a few that may surprise you! 1. PAIN MANAGEMENT This is what acupuncture is famous for, right? Remember the very first time you ever heard about acupuncture or Chinese Medicine? I’ll bet it was about relief from some physical pain, but let’s move beyond the undisputed #1 and talk about how
BALANCE THE YIN & YANG For EXCELLENT SLEEP Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM) Yin / Yang theory follows that sleep occurs when the yang energies of the day gently fold into the Yin energies of nighttime. The “Yin” energy of the body is cooling, calming and restorative. It correlates to sunset and nighttime, when our bodies turn inward, slow down and take time to regenerate. Conversely, daytime correlates with the concept of “Yang”, which is expansive, stimulating and warmin
Seasonal changes affect all of us – both physically and emotionally. Fall brings with it cooler air, more wind and rain, and even a bit of snow at times. Fall also brings along more colds and flus, and the aches and pains that accompany them. Here are a few tips to stay well in the season: 1. Wash Your Hands This may seem basic, but studies confirm that the vast majority of common colds and flus can be prevented by regular handwashing. Fall’s cooler weather brings us indoors