Happy Earth Day and Tips for a Healthy Spring

This months newsletter includes Adiel's Foot Revival Treatment, an article on Jade Rollers, an introduction to Facial Acupuncture and it's benefits and the top 5 items to keep in your Chinese Medicine Cabinet


Happy Earth Day from all of us at YZ Acupuncture & Wellness.  
We hope this newsletter finds you well and enjoying the arrival of Spring. 
If the winter months have been a bit slow and sluggish for you we have included many ways to get you back to golden.

Earth Day is a wonderful reminder for everyone to create and maintain a clean and healthy environment. According to the principles of Chinese Medicine, our internal feng shui is affected by our external surroundings. We obtain Qi (our life-force energy) from the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink. If we wish to improve our health, improving these external factors will make a big difference. 

Reducing the clutter around us and staying organized can help reduce stress, anxiety and depression. As we strive for an unpolluted habitat to keep our body in the best shape, we also need a clean and organized live/work habitat to keep our minds at the most optimal. 

This Earth Day take the time to nurture your environment; it will help nourish your mind, body, and spiritual well being.
Nature is not a place to visit. It is home. 
-Gary Snyder


Foot Revival Treatment

Step in to Spring!

Spring is a time to release, recover and renew.  
Our Manual Therapist at the clinic, Adiel, has created a treatment that is all about foot care.

The Foot Revival Treatment combines essential oils, minerals and a far-inferred heated (a deeper penetration than infra-red) foot soak to soothe muscles, boost circulation and induce a deep state of relaxation for those aching and tired feet. The soak is followed by reflexology of the feet; which helps to connect and restore the body and allows for healing of pain, stress, and tension throughout the whole system. Reflexology is a great way to not only connect and balance the mind+body, it also helps to activate the bodies natural ability to heal itself. 

Our feet are very hard workers as they contribute in helping to keep our bodies in motion and allow us to move freely throughout life. Give your feet some love this spring and book your next Foot Revival Treatment.

In the Limelight: Jade Rollers
"Gold has a value; jade is invaluable"  

-Chinese proverb

Jade Rollers are having a moment right now. A simple Google search will bring up numerous articles and blog posts on them and their popularity does not seem to be waning any time soon. With the myriad of expensive beauty products on the market these days it is no wonder the jade roller has become one of the trendiest devices around. It is simple to use and has the ability to create immediate results, making this tool a staple in one’s self-care regimen.

Jade has been revered in the Chinese culture for thousands of years and is commonly referred to as the “Stone of Heaven”. It was more valued than gold and gems and was considered a medium to connect Heaven and Earth. Jade is thought to possess both yin and yang qualities; it is light and pure (Heaven) but also grounded and strong (Earth). It is formed from interlocking micro-crystals, which creates an extremely hard and durable stone. Its composition made it ideal for ancient tools and associated it with a sense of longevity. During the Han dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) some members of the royal family and wealthy aristocrats were buried in highly intricate jade suits that were thought to preserve the dead and protect them from evil spirits. The fascination of jade also lies in the fact that each stone is different in its color, translucency and texture giving it a sense of spiritual significance and importance (the finest quality jade is almost translucent with an emerald green color and is known as “imperial jade”). These days jade is commonly worn as an amulet to protect oneself from negativity and is a symbol of long-life, purity and wisdom.
When applied to the skin, jade is very cooling and soothing and its durability makes it ideal for repetitive use. Gently rolling it on the skin increases circulation in the face and helps to release any tension stored in the facial muscles. This light stimulation has the ability to even out skin tone, reduce puffiness and diminish fine lines and wrinkles. It only takes a few minutes to see these results and continued use of the jade roller can create long lasting effects. Applying a serum or oil prior to using the roller makes rolling smooth and helps to increase absorption of the topical products.
Jade rollers have officially made it to the mainstream and have come a long way since the aristocrats of ancient China. But don’t be mistaken. Not all jade rollers are created equally. If the pricing seems too good to be true…it most likely is. Many jade rollers on the market now are made from glass and dyed to look like jade. Your skin is precious so make sure when purchasing a roller it is made from authentic jade. 

Jade Rollers can be purchased at YZ Acupuncture & Wellness 

What is Facial Acupuncture?

For centuries, Chinese medicine has been used as a therapy for longevity and vitality. Facial acupuncture focuses on promoting one’s natural glow and is a safe and effective treatment to rejuvenate one’s face from signs of aging. The treatments help to promote circulation and slow the aging process from within for a smooth and healthy complexion. Receiving regular facial acupuncture can boost the production of collagen and elastin in the face and is a great alternative to more invasive procedures.
The treatments begin with a full assessment of the constitution and look at the root cause of the signs of aging. Specific points on the face will be chosen to diminish fine lines, lift sagginess, decrease puffiness and brighten the complexion. Facial acupuncture can also reduce the appearance of scars and spotting as well as minimize the size of pores.
The treatments include a full-body acupuncture session, facial acupuncture, facial cupping and a jade-roller massage of the face. Results can be seen immediately but a 6-8 weekly session is recommended for lasting results.

What can Facial Acupuncture help with?

Increase circulation and blood flow to the face

Help to eliminate fine lines and reduce deep wrinkles

Improve muscle tone and tightens the neck and cheeks

Lift sagging eye lids and reduces dark circles under the eyes

Increase collagen and elastin production in the face

Decrease puffiness and excess fluids

Brighten complexion and evens out skin tone

Reduce the appearance of scars and age spots

Reduce pore size

Call us for your free consultation to see if Facial Acupuncture is right for you!

The Chinese Medicine Cabinet

Whether you get acupuncture on a regular basis or have never tried it before, there are many ways one can benefit from Chinese medicine. Recently, a few of us at the clinic injured our backs and have been in need of some quick relief. Amongst the many products we have at the clinic we grabbed the one remedy that would immediately make us feel better, a Yunnan Baiyao patch (an herbal formula in the form of an adhesive patch). These patches are sold in most Chinese pharmacies and herbal stores throughout the country and can be purchased without a prescription. Patches like these are common in China and throughout Asia and are a great addition to one’s medicine cabinet. We have created a list of the Top 6 most commonly used Chinese medicine remedies (most of which are sold at the clinic). Don’t let the Chinese characters or lack of translation deter you from using these highly effective treatments.
Chinese medicine is for everyone!

Ching Wan Hung Burn Cream: A topical herbal ointment that is effective for all types of skin burns (sun, chemical, radiation). The cream relieves pain, decreases inflammation and infection, and helps to regenerate damaged tissues. A good one to keep in the kitchen!
Mopiko-S: A topical ointment to relieve itchiness. It is most commonly used for insect bites (mosquito, bee, bed bugs) but can also be used for skin rashes. Also great for when you first feel a pimple coming on; it helps to minimize it and relieve any itchiness.
Yin Qiao San: An herbal formula for the early stages of a common cold. This formula is effective for common colds showing signs of “heat” (ex. fever, sore throat, thirst) and is not intended for long-term use.
Adding this formula to our list comes with some apprehension as all herbal formulas should be considered complex and self-diagnosis is not recommended. But since Yin Qiao San can be bought at Whole Foods and Walmart these days knowing the specific symptoms it is for is very important.
Hsiao Keh Chuan Syrup: A herbal syrup used to treat coughing, sore throats, chest heaviness and phlegm. Black ginseng is the only herb in this simple and highly effective cough syrup.
Yunnan Baiyao Patches & Spray:  The Yunnan Baiyao herbal formula has been used for over 100 years and comes in various forms (pills, patches, spray). It promotes circulation and helps to relieve minor aches and pains.
Great for lower back pain, neck strain and sprained ankles.

Sarah Adcock