Acupuncture as Preventative Medicine

Acupuncture is at its best when used to prevent problems, and a monthly visit can go a long way toward keeping you healthy the majority of the time. The body is like a car. Would you expect your car to run well if you never changed its oil, replaced its filters or performed other preventative maintenance? 

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Julie Grogan
Fall Diet: Autumn’s Yin Within Yang

In many climates, autumn is characterized by the start of drying and cooling. This time of year is said to be the Yin within Yang. We’ve talked about how Taoist Yin and Yang concepts balance the light and dark found in nature, but in Traditional Chinese Medicine, they also define the two types of energy.

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Julie Grogan
Avoiding the Common Cold

How would you like to spend less time feeling sick this winter?  Did you know your secret weapon could be … a scarf? According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, you can greatly reduce your chance of catching the common cold simply by covering your neck.

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Julie Grogan
What is Yin and Yang?

You’re probably familiar with the shapes of Yin and Yang: intertwined, representing the dark and light sides of nature. But these symbols carry a much deeper and more significant meaning, and they’re a significant part of finding balance through acupuncture.

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Dreaded Dampness

Do you suffer from dull, achy pain whenever it rains? Have you gained weight recently? Many people suffer from something called “dampness.” In Chinese Medicine, dampness is considered an “evil” or a pathogen that invades the body, much like the invasion of a cold germ. 

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Julie Grogan
A Little Patience and Time ...

One of my daughter’s favorite theatrical shows is “Dear Evan Hansen.”  One of the songs, “To Break in a Glove,” makes an analogy between breaking in a baseball glove and the necessity for one to be persistent (but patient) in overcoming life’s difficulties. There are no substitutes for patience and hard work, and this is equally applicable to acupuncture treatments.

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Julie Grogan
Women's Health Collaborative Meet and Greet

The Women's Health Collaborative held a meet and greet today. It was so great to come together and talk about what we all do to help women. Thanks to everyone who braved the cold and rainy weather to meet us! Our group consists of myself, a physical therapist specializing in pelvic floor problems, a nutritionist, a lactation consultant, a chiropractor specializing in pregnant and post-partum women, two yoga instructors (one of whom is a doula and the other specializes in pregnant women) and a massage therapist specializing in pregnant and post-partum women. All of us specialize in women’s health. I invite you to watch the video and meet the group!

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Julie Grogan
Pelvic and Perineal Pain

Did you know that many women suffer from pelvic and perineal pain? There are many causes for such pain, including traumatic injuries, giving birth, loose ligaments, aging, sexual abuse and even emotions. Women often suffer in silence because they are embarrassed about it.

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Julie Grogan
Heal Thyself...

One of the perks of being an acupuncturist is that I can treat myself when something goes wrong.  Today, I experienced the classic signs of the start of a migraine, particularly the visual aura.  As soon as the aura started, I popped in a needle at a point called Du 20, located in the center of the top of the head.  Du 20 is known as the Point of Hundred Meetings because numerous channels meet at this point. 

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Julie Grogan
Are you ready to quit smoking?

Did you know that acupuncture is a highly effective method for quitting smoking?  The average smoker, when going through the withdrawal period, can suffer through up to 20 cravings a day.  Acupuncture can reduce these cravings to five to six per day.  

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Julie Grogan
Tired of Catching Colds?

Are you tired of catching colds?  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”), you can greatly reduce your chance of catching the common cold simply by covering your neck in windy and cold conditions. 

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Julie Grogan