The months of Spring (Feb 3 – May 4) correspond to the Wood phase and the Liver and Gall Bladder organs in the Asian Medicine system of correspondences. Spring is the period of commencement.
“heaven and earth are born, and all living things are flourishing. Get up early in the morning, walk around in the courtyard, loosen your hair and relax your body. By doing so you will generate mental strength and act in harmony with the qi of spring, thus following the way of nourishing life.” Huang Di Nei Jing
Take stress off of your liver by dealing with any repressed anger, avoiding unnecessary chemicals and additives. Eat liver friendly foods like dandelion, red beets, parsnips, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, and mustard greens. Meditate. Practice yoga, qigong, or tai chi. Get balanced for the season with acupuncture.
An optimist is the human personification of spring. – Susan J. Bissonette.
Healthy regards…Mark Melchiorre
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Qi (pronounced chee) is the body’s life enabling vital energy. We experience blockage or depletion of this vital energy as pain, disease or disharmony. These effects may be felt in our body, mind, and/or spirit. In Asian Medicine, methods like acupuncture, cupping, guasha, herbs, moxibustion, tuina massage, and qigong are used to balance and free the flow of Qi. Mark Melchiorre uses these Asian Energy Medicine methods, including specialized forms of acupuncture known as Richard Tan’s Balance Method, Chronotherapy or Time Based Acupuncture, and I Ching styles, to promote health and to effectively treat and prevent a variety of physical and emotional disorders. Mark teaches Qigong (Chi Kung) and Tai Chi, Asian Medicine’s self-care component, to those interested in health maintenance, self-healing, increasing vitality and accessing the anti aging benefits of this traditional system of health care.
Tai chi is often described as “meditation in motion,” but it might as well be called “medication in motion.” This mind-body practice can help treat or prevent many age-related health problems,
…it may be the perfect activity for the rest of your life.
Harvard Women’s Health Watch (May, 2009)
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We are on the brink of a potentially dangerous decision by the Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy to allow acupuncture to be performed by medical practitioners without an acupuncture license. Dr. Y.M. Chen, Ph.D., (OM), L.Ac. notes that physical therapists may be allowed to insert acupuncture needles into patients with as little as 16 hours of training. This presents a high risk to the general public in the physical therapy setting. By contrast, Arizona law requires a minimum of 3,000 hours of training and a master’s degree for a licensed acupuncturist to be allowed to apply needles to a patient.
This represents a potentially serious breech of public trust by the Arizona State Board of Physical Therapy should they decide to empower physical therapists with the right to perform needling with acupuncture needles. Acupuncturists use solid, very thin needles called filiform needles. An acupuncturist stimulates…
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