Now Accepting Health Insurance!

Health-Insur-approved-stampHere at AcuPUNKture we strive to provide the best care possible to all of our patients and we are excited to announce that we now offer insurance coverage at our new JP office.

We accept the following insurances: Neighborhood Health Plan, Commonwealth Care Alliance, United Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Cigna and Aetna.

Even if you do not see your insurance carrier above, we may still be able to accept your insurance. Please call ahead to verify if you have Acupuncture Coverage with your specific plan: 617-971-8623.

 

What does YOUR tongue say about you?

Whether or not you pay attention to the signs, or choose to listen to it, your body is constantly telling you about the state of your health! These subtle signs are right there in front of you- from aches and pains, to slight variations in the color of your skin in certain areas of your face, to the ever-changing qualities of your pulse and even the details of your tongue!

That’s right your tongue!

Believe it or not, your tongue changes over time. The thickness of your tongue and tongue coating, the color, the shape, how swollen or thin it is, canker sores in certain spots- they all tell a tale of what is going on deep within your body- in the places you can’t see. Each part of the tongue corresponds to a different organ in your body:

tongue organs

Diagnosing:

As Acupuncturists practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine we observe many different characteristics in each of our patients in order to form a complete diagnosis. This includes: Asking questions about signs and symptoms and looking at health history forms, Observing the patient’s demeanor- how they talk, how they sit, if they are fidgeting or lethargic, how their spirit conveys through their eyes, the different colors in their face, their personality, etc., Feeling their pulse rates in three positions on each wrist, Feeling certain areas of the abdomen during Hara diagnosis (Japanese Style Acupuncture) and Observing the qualities of the tongue.

When you come in for an Acupuncture appointment, you might find it weird that I ask you to stick out your tongue- but this is a key diagnostic tool I use to confirm my diagnosis! So take a look in the mirror and look at your friend/spouse/neighbor/child’s tongue and compare it to your own. You will notice they are all different!

Below is a chart with 9 common TCM syndromes and their respective tongues:

which tongue are you

Healthy Tongue: A healthy tongue is naturally pink with a thin white coating.

Sometimes, temporary changes in color can occur due to certain foods staining the tongue such as blackberries, or coffee and cigarettes turning your tongue coat a yellow tinge.

Here are some characteristics I look for in my patients’ tongues. For detailed information on what each characteristic means, please visit: Yin Yang House

Color: Pink (normal), Pale, Red, Dark Red, Purple, Blue

Tongue Coating (Good indicator of Stomach and Spleen Qi): 

Overall: Thin, thick, dry, moist, wet, sticky (greasy/creamy)

Color: White, Yellow, Gray, Black

Rooting: Rooted (moss appears firmly implanted in tongue), Rootless (Moss appears to float on the surface), Peeled or Patchy

Sub-linguals (the veins underneath your tongue): Swollen, Purple, Blue

Body Shape: Cracked,  Deviated (crooked), Flaccid, Long, Short (contracted), Rigid, Stiff, Swollen, Thin, Thorny, Trembling (quivering)

Pretty cool right?

So next time you are in for your treatment, ask me what I see when I look at your tongue and we can look at it together!

The Crystal Series: Citrine

Today’s featured Crystal is Citrine!

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Energetic Influence of Citrine:
– Opens the higher mind to accept joy in one’s life
– Releases anger & negative feelings, deep-seated fears and destructive tendencies
– Helps with overcoming depression
– Reduces sensitivity to criticism and inspires creativity and self-expression
– Raises self-esteem, aids in letting go of the past allowing one to move forward
optimistically, enjoying new experiences and explorations
– Powerful purifier of one’s will center
– Provides courage and fortitude

Yellow Citrine:
– Brings the power to solidify new interests and new relationships
– Helps you see things in a different light
– Adds clarity, optimism and new meaning to your life and relationships
– Aids in establishing good communications

Light Yellow: Helps you focus on the needs of the person or group you are getting to know
Dark Yellow: Helps aid decisiveness, precision, or persuasiveness

Gold Citrine:
– Brings success, enthusiasm, happiness, and power

Light Gold: Brings cheerfulness and contentment
Dark Gold: A deeper, more pronounced sense of devotion and commitment, providing us with a mature enthusiasm and ability to share a lifelong commitment of care and love.

For more detailed information on Citrine, please visit The Crystal Vault

The Crystal Series: Pink Kunzite

Today’s featured Crystal is Pink Kunzite!

kunzite

Energetic Influence of Kunzite:
– Treats hormone-linked migraines
– Influences the Reproductive System in Women: puberty, PMS, and menstrual issues
– Treats skin rashes caused by allergies to chemicals
– Strengthens the circulatory system and the heart muscle
– Treats neuralgia
– Calms epilepsy
– Soothes joint pain
Spiritual Influence of Kunzite:
-Enhances the treatment of depression and psychiatric disorders
-Helps the body recover from emotional stress
-Encourages letting go of fears
-Allows free expression of feelings
-Heals the mind and heart
-Allows receptiveness for great opportunities in life
-Assists those who have trouble connecting with others
-Restores lost trust and innocence
Properties of Kunzite:
-Protective stone
-Dispels negativity
-Provides a centering influence in all situations

Pink Kunzite:
-Brings the energy rays of determination, commitment, and caring
-Calms feelings of anger or resentment
-Increases developing sensuality
-Helps overcome heartache

“Kunzite is a powerful healer of the emotional body, particularly for those who have closed themselves off from life, or from others, to protect themselves emotionally. Kunzite opens the heart to the energies of love – love of self, of others, for humanity, plants, animals, the earth and all it contains.”

“Pink Kunzite crystals reflect the Light of the heart and love, and help stimulate the Heart Chakra. The Heart Chakra is located near the center of the breastbone and regulates our interaction with the external world and controls what we embrace and what we resist. It gives us the balancing ability to be ourselves within the environment, and helps in our relationships. Pink crystal energy is used to resolve blockages and to re-balance the heart chakra, helping us understand our own needs and emotions clearly.”

For more detailed information on Pink Kunzite, please visit The Crystal Vault.

The Crystal Series: Blue Kyanite

We are happy to announce that we have added many new Crystals and Minerals to our Treatment Space. Our hope is that they will foster spiritual growth and enhance your healing experience at AcuPUNKture. We will be doing a daily blog post featuring each of the Crystals/Minerals, so that you may learn of its energetic and spiritual influences.

Meet Blue Kyanite! 

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Energetic Influence of Kyanite:
-Instantly aligns all chakras and subtle bodies
-Restores Qi
-Promotes Calming
-Stimulates throat and 3rd eye chakras: encouraging communication on all levels

Spiritual Influence of Kyanite:
-Grounding
-Brings integrity and maturity
-Dispels illusions, anger, frustration
-Increases logical thought

Light blue crystals:
-Great for recovery from bad habits or addictions
-Aid with letting go and grief

Blue crystals: “Bring trust, faith, patience, and respect, lending the focus we need to become more sincere, act more responsibly, and become more trustworthy”

For more detailed information on Blue Kyanite, please visit The Crystal Vault

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