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TCM and Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Traditional Chinese Medicine and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD, is a form of depression that affects people all throughout the world. Most commonly experienced during fall and winter months, the symptoms of SAD include depression, hypersomnia, lethargy, difficulty concentrating, negative thoughts and decreased social interaction. Higher levels of anxiety are experienced at the end of the summer season as those who suffer from this ailment start to anticipate the coming months of less sunshine and increased symptomatology.  continue reading »

May the healing begin

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candlelight-vigilCandlelight Vigil

Join us this evening, Friday Nov.11th, 7-9pm
near the Greenlake Bathhouse Theater

Informal gathering of neighbors for healing and
fellowship. We’ll provide white candles. No need to bring your own candle unless you wish.

Self-healing you can do at home…

1. I enjoy softly listening to this soothing musical mantra for healing. “Om tare tutarre ture svaha” can protect our minds from negative thoughts and vibrations, and it awakens our inner compassion.

2. A very easy way to calm your mind and emotions is the acupressure technique of massaging your ears to stimulate hundreds of acupoints on the ear that represent the entire body. Place your thumb on backside of ear and your index finger on frontside, as though you’re pinching your ear but massage in circular motion. Move around the entire front and back surfaces of both ears for 1-2 minutes. They will soon feel warm, and your mind will relax. You may do this during the day when you’re stressed or at night to help you sleep.

3. Try one Random Act of Kindness each day. It could be as simple as complimenting a stranger on something you admire about them, such as their jacket or necklace. Or pay double for your coffee and ask the barista to use the extra to buy a coffee for the next person in line. Something I love to do is carry Andes chocolate mints or Hershey chocolate kisses in my purse and give them to people I encounter during the day — for no reason at all — cashiers, someone next to me in a checkout line or crosswalk, a friend, etc. It brightens their day and their sudden smile brightens mine. Click here for other suggestions.

4. Listen to a purring cat

 

I wish you peace. — Linda

How to Prepare For Seasonal Affective Disorder

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When the seasons change you have to be ready for a change in mood, especially as we move from fall into winter. Although it may not seem as drastic of a shift as you think, it matters more to our mental and physical states than you may know. Seasonal affective disorder is estimated to affect around 10 million Americans a year, and this isn’t even the full number of reported cases. continue reading »

7 Reasons to Seek Out Acupuncture

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Do you ever feel your life’s a ride that won’t ever stop? How many nights do you wait for Mr. Sandman to magically appear? How often do you truly take time for yourself? Do you have aches and pains almost daily? Are over-the-counter or prescription medications controlling your life? When was the last time you actually felt at peace? If any of these questions resonate with you, then it might be time to look at Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture for an answer. People in Asian countries have known the magnificence of acupuncture for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine is growing in popularity in the United States and here are some reasons why you might want to consider utilizing it also. continue reading »