If you are like me, you love Spring because it marks a bursting of fresh beginnings with a bright sense of renewal and creativity. I even love all the SXSW and March Madness Basketball craziness! We are right down the road from it all and can hear, see and quite frankly smell it. It’s perfect timing -AND we get an extra hour of sunlight! This season, in particular is associated with the wood element, the color green and the organs of the gall bladder and liver.
How you make me shake and shiver
Why do we care about the liver and gall bladder?
When the liver is healthiest it governs the will, vision, social justice, focused direction and self-responsibility. It gives us a grounded sense of clarity and hope, and the power to dream. The acupuncture point Liver 14 is called “The Gate of Hope”.
When it’s not healthy and balanced it can intensify depression, hormonal distress, insomnia, nocturnal anxiety and uncontrolled bursts of anger or irritability. Physical issues may include sinus and eye problems, brittle nails, migraines, rashes and painful menses. Ewww.
How Do You Fix it?
Some patients come in each season for a ‘tune up’.
Some say liver energy is freed by chanting, pranayama or qi gong breathing- in layman’s terms that means ‘yelling, expressing, breathing’; creative outlets like journaling or painting; and telling our emotional truth. Good liver exercise includes dancing, swimming and walking as well as more aggressive exercise like martial arts or boxing.
Why not nourish and help the liver to heal with foods and herbs that enhance the wood element? Keep in mind that fried foods and excess meat and dairy place a very heavy burden on the liver.
Grain: wheat, oats, rye, buckwheat
Vegetables: broccoli, parsley, lettuce, kale, collard greens, carrots, alfalfa, beets, leeks, zucchini, shiitake mushrooms, artichokes, cucumbers, celery, endive, radicchio, escarole, watercress
Beans and Pulses: mung, Lima, green lentils
Fruits: limes, lemons, grapefruit, green apple, sour cherry, avocado, plums, quince
Herbs: Milk thistle, dandelion, chelidonium, gynostemma leaf, spirulina, turmeric
Chinese Tonic Foods: Reishi mushrooms, Lycium berries (Goji), Schizandra berries
THINGS TO AVOID OR MODERATE: Fried foods, meat, dairy
Smoothing out the lines
Patients ask me all the time about facial acupuncture. It goes something like this:
Patient: “Brooke, my < insert body part > hurts, I am not sleeping well, I have 15 other things also, but can you do that facial acupuncture on me?”
It’s usually a ‘behind closed doors’ question. No one really wants to admit that we’d like to look better. We just don’t want to have to have surgery, side effects, and down time in order to get it. What I love though, is how when you look good you FEEL good. Many books and studies have shown this to be true.
First let me start by saying that you are beautiful, just as God made you. However, if you want to improve what God did- you do what I did: Facial Acupuncture.
“my jawline is getting a bit saggy”
“I’m really not mad, my furrowed brow makes me look that way”
“I have ‘not so funny’ laugh lines”
“my hair is thinning”
Top 8 Reasons To Have Facial Acupuncture
After a series of 10-12 treatments (twice a week for five / six weeks), skin becomes more delicate and fair, and there are fewer wrinkles. Some choose to do a few treatments to lighten and brighten a week or so before an event (or run-in with and EX… no judging here)
The treatments result in an erasing of fine lines and a reduction of deeper lines, less sagginess, a lifting of droopy eyelids, and a clearing or reduction of age spots. And, as an added bonus, there is an overall rejuvenation that is not confined to your face- what what?
8. Avoid Botox and Fillers- who wants poison in the face anyway!
7. Look younger from the inside out
6. Eliminate side effects associated with surgical face lifts: yikes!
5. Destroy droopy eyelids- done!
4. Erase shallow lines
3. Soften furrows or irritating “1, 11’s or 111’s”
2. Nourish dry skin by moving lymph and blood to the surface
1. Increase collagen, helping the face to look more lifted
I like to compliment our facial acupuncture treatments with these cool little contraptions called: The Aculift Roller. It is an ‘at home’ FDA approved medical device that extends your treatments. We have them available in 2 sizes: for face and for body. I’ve used it myself and I saw results in skin texture immediately, but the studies say you’ll need 6 weeks to see the best results. Also- you don’t have to have facial acupuncture to use the roller.
Book your first Facial Acupuncture Appointment
Call (512) 459-4405 or Email
Just swing in the office and I can show you how to properly use the roller.
Guess what ? Another added bonus… if you are experiencing hair loss- you can use the roller to stimulate hair growth on the scalp. Watch out- your man might steal it from you!
Feng Shui What?
It’s a new season and there is rejuvenated energy in the office. A friend of mine ‘Feng Shui-ed’ my office space last weekend and the reviews have been awesome. Everyone loves the open, healing ‘feeling’ of the space.
Come check it out and I’ll give you a tour.
I’m so excited / nervous / proud that our first yoga class will be held on April 5th 11 am at the office. Many patients have been asking for this type of class as a compliment to our services. I’m going to try like the dickens to get Dr. Edgerton to at least try it once. Hehehe. This class will be a ‘restorative’ beginner level yoga class to help reduce stress, relax muscles and help improve sleep.
We have limited space and at this time all spots are reserved. Please let me know if you’d like to be added to our next class list.
P.S. During the month of April, I will be heading to Japan to further my studies and bring back Japanese-style Acupuncture techniques to offer to our patients. If you’d like to follow along on my adventures / misadventures you can follow my blog.