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.

 

Food for thought: Home remedies for combating The Common Cold

In Chinese medicine there are two types of common cold:

Wind-Heat: Symptoms include a blocked nose that does not run, sore throat, thick yellow or green nasal discharge, thirst, sweating, aversion to heat and are often accompanied by a headache. Wind-heat conditions are treated by using diaphoretics with cooling or cold characteristics.

Wind-Cold: Common in the winter and spring. Symptoms include: runny nose, sneezing, no sweating, inability to get warm under covers, aversion to cold, excessive build up and/or discharge of sinus congestion, typically white in color. Wind-cold conditions are treated by using warm diaphoretics- or sweat inducing foods. What you eat during a cold has a huge impact on how the cold will progress.

Remember the following when combating a cold: -Drink plenty of warm/hot water, such as teas, throughout the day -Eat only light and easily digestible foods -Liquids including congee, soups and broths should form the bulk of your diet -Refrain from fish, meat and fats- specifically lamb, beed, pork and chicken after taking a diaphoretic (ginger, scallion, etc.) to induce sweating -Eat plenty of fruit, especially oranges, kiwi, tomatoes, apples and pears -Consume green veggies and salads -Avoid spicy ingredients until after your cold symptoms have disappeared

During the initial stages of a cold, when you just start sneezing and your nose begins to run- try these nose drops!

Garlic OR Daikon Nose Drops: (If garlic is too powerful use daikon juice instead)

2 fresh garlic cloves, peeled or 1 TBSP (15 grams) fresh daikon, grated 1/4 cup (60 mL) water at room temperature Press the garlic cloves to extract the juice. Mix the garlic juice with water- the proportion should be 1 part garlic or daikon juice to 10 parts water. Apply the juice as nose drops.

When your nose is blocked- try this natural alternative to over-the-counter meds!

Scallion inhalers 1 white head of scallion, slice lengthwise Place the scallion slices directly under your nostrils. Inhale deeply. Continue breathing deeply until your nasal passages are freed.

When you feel a cold coming on- try this sweat-inducing soup!

Ginger and Scallion Soup 2 cups (500 mL) water 2 TBSP (30 grams) fresh ginger, sliced 2 TBSP (30 grams) white head of scallion, sliced In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the ginger and scallion and simmer over a low flame for 15 minutes, or until the ginger is soft and its smell has spread through your kitchen. Drink hot before bedtime. Stay away from the cold and especially cold drafts.

When a cold is in its early stages and accompanied by a headache- try this warming remedy!

Garlic and Scallion Congee 3 cups (750 mL) water 1/2 cup (100 grams) white rice 3 garlic cloves, finely minced 2 tsp. (10 grams) minced scallion, white heads only In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the rice, return to a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for 20 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally. When the rice has cooked down to a gruel, add the garlic and scallion. Cook for 5 more minutes over a low flame. Consume hot once a day, as part of a meal. Wear heavy clothing or get under the covers to maintain the heat of the congee within your body.

For Wind-cold symptoms, try these sweat-inducing remedies right before bed:

Ginger and Pear Soup 2 cups (500 mL) water 1 pear 1 TBSP (15 grams) sliced fresh ginger 1 TBSP (15 grams) sliced scallion, white heads only 2 eggs, beaten Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cut the pear in half, do not peel it. Add the pear, ginger, and scallion to the water. Return to a boil, cover the pan, and reduce the flame to low. Simmer for 20 minutes. In the meantime, thoroughly beat the eggs in a glass or ceramic bowl. When the broth is ready (when the aroma of ginger spreads through the kitchen) pour the decoction into the bowl containing the two beaten eggs. Mix and drink the decoction while it is still hot, then get under a heavy quilt or thick blanket to start sweating. Take this remedy once per day for 3-4 days, or until the cold goes away.

Ginger and Onion Rice: 1 tsp. (5 grams) sliced fresh ginger 1 scallion, including roots and green tops 1 cup (200 grams) rice 6 cups (1.5 Liters) water 2 tsp. (10 mL) rice vinegar Put the ginger, scallion, rice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the flame. Simmer on a low flame with the lid half-covering the saucepan, stirring occasionally. Cook for 25 minutes, or until the rice has become a gruel. Stir in the vinegar. Cook for another minute or two. Divide into four portions. Take one portion, hot, then get into bed or cover up with a warm blanket. Take this remedy 2x/day while the cold persists.

For Wind-heat symptoms, try these cooling  remedies right before bed:

Peppermint and Scallion Broth 20-30 fresh peppermint leaves, or 2 heaped teaspoons (10+ grams) dried peppermint 2 or 3 crushed white heads of scallion 2 cups (500 mL) water Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the flame. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until half the water has evaporated. Drink hot or warm.

Ginger Tea 1 cup (250 mL) water 1/4 cup (50 grams) fresh ginger, thinly sliced 1/4 cup (50 grams) brown sugar 1 tsp (5 grams) green tea leaves Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the ginger and sugar. Turn the burner off and wait for 1 minute, then add the tea leaves.  (The green tea leaves contain Vitamin C so waiting 1 minute post-boiling ensures the vitamin is not destroyed by the heat). Steep for 5 minutes before drinking. *You can add 1/2 tsp vinegar to enhance the tea’s warming and detoxifying effect *Recommendation: eat some rice congee immediately after taking this tea

Watermelon and Tomato Juice: *best in the summer for hot and dry colds* 2 pounds fresh watermelon 2 pounds fresk tomatoes Thin cotton towels or cheese clothes Chop the watermelon and tomatoes into small pieces, keeping them separate. Put them separately into thin cotton towels. Twist each to extract the juice. Mix the juices in equal proportions, Drink at room temperature, slightly cooled but not cold, as often as you like *also combats dehydration, quenches thirst, relieves indigestion and lack of appetite* Source: The healing Cuisine of China: 300 recipes for vibrant Health and Longevity by ZHUO ZHAO & George Ellis

The Crystal Series: Spirit Amethyst

Today’s featured Crystal is Amethyst Spirit Quartz!

-Varies in color from pale lilac to deep purple
-The traditional birthstone of those born in February
-Associated with the sign of Pisces

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Spiritual Influences of Spirit Amethyst:
-Activates the Higher Crown Chakra, bringing in spiritual information and providing multi-dimensional healing
-Very cleansing to the aura and can dispel negative attachments and entities
-Repair holes to the etheric body
-Assists a soul facing death and provides immense support throughout a terminal illness
-Brings passion and imagination, emotion and logic
-Stimulates creativity: particularly helpful with artistic endeavors
-Utilizes Fire Energy

Energetic Influences of Spirit Amethyst:
-Detoxification and clearing the physical body, aligning it with the energetic bodies so treatments are more effective and longer lasting
-Treats skin problems, especially those related to allergic reactions, melanomas, scars, cysts and growths
-May also be useful for swellings and tumors on internal organs
-Powerful fertility charm, and is also supportive of the problems associated with infertility and difficult pregnancy, especially those issues related to the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and testes

For more detailed information on Spirit Amethyst, please visit The Crystal Vault!

The Crystal Series: Pink Kunzite

Today’s featured Crystal is Pink Kunzite!

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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.

Suffering from Migraines? Get Your Life Back…

With Acupuncture!

Did you know that Acupuncture helps relieve even the worst Migraine Symptoms? Stop injecting yourself with botox and swallowing toxic medications that offer minimal relief- come in for treatments and manage your pain naturally with acupuncture!

Check out this Awesome Skit by the Mystery Man on Acupuncture and Migraines!

More than 14 million Americans have tried acupuncture, why haven’t YOU?

Ever stop to think why more and more people are turning to acupuncture for symptom relief? Even most Health insurances are starting to reimburse for Acupuncture! There has to be some logical reason, right?!

A recent IOM survery showed that 90% of participants suffered from some form of pain on a daily basis….”Research studies consistently show that acupuncture can be an effective form of pain management, with some studies finding it even more effective than pain-relieving drugs or surgery.”

Read more about acupucnture and how it can help YOU in this article A Close Look at Acupuncture for Pain