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!

Fire Cupping Demonstration

Check out this demo on fire cupping. This specific video is showing cupping for shoulder pain relief.

You may remember seeing swimmers in the Olympics sporting big red/purple circular marks on their backs- This is from cupping! Don’t be nervous! This actually feels really good- similar to a massage!

But How Does It Work? Cupping brings Blood and Qi that is stagnated and causing pain in an area up to the surface, allowing for the free flow of qi and blood.

Here is an detailed article by Acupuncture Today on Cupping.

Grand Opening! AND Some Tips and Trick for Staying Healthy This Fall/Winter!

Hello Everyone!

We are opening our doors this week just in time for the fall! As seasonal allergies start to kick in and the changes in weather begin testing your immune defenses, remember a few key things to staying healthy this Fall/Winter!

Drink room temperature or warm beverages. This helps your Spleen and Stomach energy aid in digestion and ultimately the production of Qi. Think about it…your body temperature runs at about 98.6 degrees F and the enzymes in your body function best around this temperature. Adding cold water to your body shocks your system! Tis’ the season for warm teas and stews! Try a hot coffee or tea next time you crave a cold drink- You might just be pleasantly surprised with how you feel!

Avoid raw foods! Raw foods are considered cold energy foods and hurt the Spleen and Stomach energy. During the cold months, it is best to indulge in root vegetables and hearty stews and soups. Stay tuned to our blog for delicious and easy crock pot recipes to try out this Fall/Winter!

Cover the back of your neck! ALWAYS! In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the nape of your neck is considered the Wind Gate. This is where pathogens and external invasions get into your body, aka how you get sick. This is the perfect time to break out your favorite shawls, hoodies, hats and infinity scarfs! Keep the back of your neck covered whenever it is windy or rainy, even if it is not cold out! Protecting yourself from the wind will help you fight off illness this Flu season.

Wash your hands! Washing your hands is the BEST way to stop germs from spreading! Good hand washing is the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses, from the common cold and flu to more serious diseases such as Hepatitis A and respiratory infections.

Get regular acupuncture! Acupuncture is great for building up your immune system and your Wei Qi- aka your first line of defense in the body! The lungs helps regulate your wei qi (defensive qi) and if your lung qi is weak, then your wei-qi is also weak and can’t circulate properly. By strengthening your lung qi and keeping your energy balanced, you are strengthening your body’s natural resistance to disease!

Just Breathe! Your breath is such a powerful tool, not only for living but for releasing tension in your body. Focus on your breathing at least 5 minutes a day. Place your hands on your abdomen and take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. As you inhale you should see and feel your belly rise into your hands (not your chest). Imagine your breathe entering your nose, flowing through your lungs and down through your belly, down your legs and into the soles of your feet, grounding you firmly in the earth.This simple exercise can have an extraordinary effect on the mind and body and leave you feeling calmer and grounded.

Let go! In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Autumn is associated with the Metal element. The organs energetically associated with Metal are the Lung and Large Intestine. Grief is the emotion associated with these organs. Your job is to embrace this change in season and learn to let go! Greif is a natural process we all go through at some point in our lives but when the metal element is blocked, it can lead to depression. Fall/Winter is the time to reallign yourself and find balance. Conserve your energy and gear up for the dark, cold months ahead so you can come out stronger and more vibrant when Spring time rolls around. Reflect on your life and let go of the past experiences that are holding you back, so that your can rise up from the ashes like a beautiful, resilient flower, full of life and energy- physically, emotionally and spiritually- ready to stand firm in this world.

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