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Happy Chinese New Year

Happy Chinese New Year | Inner Balance Health GroupWelcome to the Year of the Ox, thought to bring good fortune through persevering effort and work. This annual Spring festival lasts at least two weeks in China and is full of feasting, family reunions, ceremonies and rituals to ensure health and prosperity in the new year. So to celebrate, we’re offering a new year’s acupuncture session to support your Spring wellbeing at a 15 % discount!

Call Charles at 858-755-5215 to book an appointment.

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A Better Winter Rest with Acupuncture

Better Winter Rest with acupunctureIt is the time of winter where the days are shorter and people tend to sleep more. Our days as humans are divided into two periods. One for sleep and one for wakefulness. Which is referred to as a monophasic sleep pattern. During a 24 hour period our bodies are programmed for two periods of intense sleepiness per day between 2-4 AM and 1-3 PM.

In our rushed society we are programmed to sleep in one long period, vs. napping during the day. Siestas are practiced in many countries such as Spain, China and the Philippines. Scientific evidence has proven that napping during the day lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing stress in the body. Napping also helps with Diabetes. Short 20 minute naps also help with mood, mental alertness, and productivity. Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison were known to be afternoon nappers.

Before you nap be sure to avoid foods that contain caffeine, sugar and fat, for these can interfere with your ability to fall asleep. Foods high in Calcium and protein actually will help promote sleep. Find a quiet place and preferably be in a lying down position. For people who have difficulty sleeping acupuncture along with Chinese Herbs and nutrition can be helpful. A good nights sleep can be very restorative to the body. Enjoy a nice winter’s sleep.

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Fall & Winter Immune System Health

ginger teaAs we transition into the fall and winter seasons it is important to take care of our bodies to protect and build our immune systems. Here are some tips to help in the new seasons.
*Acupuncture is always effective in assisting the body in transitioning from one season to another. It is helpful especially if you are prone to fall allergies, colds, flu’s, pneumonia etc. There are many excellent herbal formulas to help strengthen the lung qi such as astragalus, Jade Screen Formula, and Echinacea to name a few.

Some dietary suggestions would be the following.

  1. Enjoy more cooked veggies and room temperature or hot beverages to help support spleen energy.
  2. Consume more root veggies such as carrots, onions, winter squash, turnips etc. These vegetables will tonify spleen energy in the body.
  3. Drink ginger tea which strengthens both lung and spleen energy. It is delicious when prepared with a bit of honey, which is helpful for allergies with a bit of lemon.

Exercise also strengthens the immune system and reduces stress stored in the body. Here is a YouTube website for a shoulder exercise to loosen up the neck and upper body.

Enjoy the fall season and be healthy!!

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Anxiety Increasing During COVID

woman concernedAnxiety, Worry, and Depression are increasing conditions especially during this pandemic time. These conditions make us feel trapped and powerless causing us to miss out on valuable present moments and in turn rob us from living joyfully. This blog will explore different ways that acupuncture can help manage these conditions naturally and effectively. In Chinese Medicine the heart not only refers to the physical heart but also refers to the energetic role of the heart in the body. According to Chinese Medicine the heart is considered to reflect the mind and plays a major role in the function of the body.

Anxiety, worry, and depression overtax the mind and thus weakens the heart energetic system creating negative behavioral patterns to surface. These unhealthy behavioral patterns greatly interfere in normal day to day activities. Other aspects of modern life such as overwork, insufficient sleep, and overwhelming stimuli such as social media and cell phone usage add more fuel to these disorders. Acupuncture can be used to calm the mind and body and to replenish the heart center.

In addition to acupuncture I use Chinese Herbal prescriptions that target these specific disorders. I also use nutritional supplements which I believe are equally as important to complement the Chinese prescriptions.

Other recommendations used for anxiety, depression and worry are, moderate exercise (i.e. yoga, walking/running, swimming), getting good quality sleep, getting relaxation and meditation time, getting out and enjoy the beauty of nature, and eating a well balanced diet.

If you are interested in acupuncture I would love to book you in for a free 15 minute consultation to discuss any questions that you may have or you can call to set up and appointment with me.

Thank you and I wish you good health!!

Charles Mayberry, L.Ac.

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