Restore & renew your mind and body as we enter a new year. This 90 minute event will encompass a restorative yoga class followed by a relaxing and supportive acupuncture treatment. Rebecca Holmes will be leading the yoga class, with assistance by Camille Maybin. I will be providing the acupuncture treatments at the end of class. All levels are welcome.
Gift certificates for the course are available at The Yoga Bin. Register before January 1st to receive $10 off.
Space is limited, so please register ahead of time! To purchase tickets, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/restore-renew-an-afternoon-of-gentle-yoga-acupuncture-tickets-30103186441
I am excited to announce that Nourishing Roots Acupuncture & Wellness will be attending the Holistic Healing Day on Saturday, March 5th! We will be offering complimentary 15-minute acupuncture treatments to boost your immune system for spring. The event will be located at the Center for Spiritual Living in West Asheville from 11:00am-3:00pm.
This will be a wonderful opportunity to try a variety of healing art therapies. Various practitioners will be offering complimentary 15-minute services ranging from acupuncture (that's us!), nutritional counseling, massage, reflexology, naturopathic medicine, reiki and much more! There will also be classes that you can attend for free with topics including the Healing Power of Food, Toltec Secret to Happiness, Foot Fitness, and the Alba Method of Emotion Regulation. Refreshments will be available from Cecilia’s Kitchen food truck. The event is free to the public, so spread the word!
For more information, check out the Facebook page. We hope to see you there!
1: Weight Loss
Along with diet and lifestyle changes, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help boost metabolism and help you towards your weight loss goals. Acupuncture can help decrease food cravings while Chinese herbs can help your body digest and metabolize your food more efficiently. Acupuncture can also increase energy levels, which can help give you that extra motivation to start moving and exercising more.
2: Improve your diet
Today, there is an over load of information of the “shoulds” and “should nots” of what to include in a “healthy diet”. Finding a diet that allows your body to flourish and thrive can be challenging and overwhelming. However, it is my belief that every body is different and there is not one diet that is perfect for every one. This is why at Nourishing Roots Acupuncture & Wellness we give dietary recommendations that are personalized for each individual’s needs. But not to worry, we keep it simple. Setting reasonable goals and taking small steps will help you make lasting lifestyle habits, rather than trying to make drastic changes that are short lived and end with disappointment.
Are you battling an addiction that you are ready to put an end to but you need some extra help? Addiction can have a strong grip that can be difficult to break free from, mentally and physically. Chinese medicine takes a whole body approach to treatment, treating the mind, body and spirit. Acupuncture can help to decrease cravings associated with addiction, while also treating the emotional ties to the addiction. Acupuncture is effective at calming the nervous system and can alleviate feelings of frustration, irritability and restlessness. At Nourishing Roots Acupuncture & Wellness we provide a safe space free of judgment where you can work towards putting an end to your addiction.
4: Reduce & manage stress
We all know that chronic stress is detrimental to our health. When we are stressed, our sympathetic nervous system kicks into overdrive and we enter the “fight or flight” response. When we are in this “fight or flight” response state our heart rate increases, muscles get tense, digestion slows, and respiration becomes shallow and rapid. When we are chronically stressed, it not only affects our emotions but our whole body; and it can have a detrimental effect on our immune system, hormonal functions and our body's ability to heal. Acupuncture can help to reduce stress by triggering the parasympathetic response, allowing the body to “rest and digest”. During this process our heart rate slows, blood pressure decreases, muscles relax, digestion increases, and we can finally take a deep breath and relax. Acupuncture helps guide the body away from a state of survival to a state of recovery.
5: Be Present
During your acupuncture treatment, you have the time to rest quietly and be present in your body. This can be a seldom occurrence in today’s fast pace society that we are so plugged into. When we have the time to slow down, we can begin to notice subtle changes within the body, allowing us to understand what our bodies need in order to heal. I also believe that when we become more present within ourselves, we can be more present with those around us.
As the Chinese philosopher, Lao Tzu once said, “if you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading”. So, are you heading in the direction that you want? If your answer is no, feel free to contact us and we can talk about how Chinese medicine can get you where you want to be.
Nourishing Roots Acupuncture & Wellness wishes you a happy and healthy New Year and we look forward to helping you achieve your health related goals!
The leaves are vibrant colors, the air is feeling crisp, and you're probably starting to pull out your sweaters and scarves. Fall is in full swing. With the change of season, you may find yourself sneezing, sniffling or coughing. The more your body is able to adapt to the change of seasons, the less likely you are to fall victim to the common cold and flu that are so frequent this time of year. Here are five simple and easy ways you can keep yourself healthy this fall season:
1. Eat foods in season
The yellow and orange pumpkins and squash at your local market are more than seasonal decorations. They are great foods to eat this time of year to bring more variety to your diet and strengthen your digestive system. Eating a well balanced diet is an essential part of maintaining vibrant health. Along with pumpkins and squash, sweet potatoes, beets, cabbage, apples, pears and figs are other great seasonal foods to eat this autumn.
2. Say good bye to ice
As the weather gets colder, your food & drinks should get warmer. Continue to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, however this time of year it is best to reach for room temperature or warm water instead of iced drinks. I enjoy sipping on warm lemon water or hot herbal teas this time of year to keep my internal thermostat warm and cozy.
3. Dust off your crock pot
Eating warm cooked meals is important for proper digestive functions this time of year. Soups & stews are a great way to incorporate a variety of vegetables in your diet and nourish the body. As we say goodbye to summer, it is best to also cut back on summertime foods such as salads and sorbets in order to strengthen our bodies as the outside temperature drops. Incorporating pungent foods such as garlic, onions, parsnips, peppers, radishes and scallions will help to break up phlegm and mucus if you're suffering from nasal congestion or a wet cough. Also try experimenting with warming spices such as cinnamon, clove, cumin, fennel, ginger, mustard, nutmeg and turmeric to give your belly some extra warmth.
4. Bundle up!
You know that feeling you get when you catch a cold? Chills and a stiff achy neck... In Chinese medicine, the neck is viewed as the "wind gate", the area that allows cold air to penetrate and weaken the immune system. By keeping your neck covered and your body warm, your body will be less susceptible to pathogenic invasions, such as the common cold or flu. So this tidbit of wisdom from Chinese medicine likely corresponds to what your mother always told you, don't go out with wet hair and put a scarf on!
5. Get adequate rest
As the days are getting shorter, you may find yourself becoming naturally inclined to do more indoor activities and less vigorous exercise. The transition from summer to autumn is a transition from yang (vibrant, active) energy into yin (restorative, supportive) energy. You can help your body make a smooth transition by slowing down and getting adequate rest. Restful sleep allows our body to replenish and repair what has been depleted during our day-to-day routine and contributes to a strong immune system.
6. Try acupuncture & Chinese herbs
Chinese medicine offers safe and effective drug-free treatments that can help prevent you from getting sick. If you want to escape the cold and flu season unscathed, I recommend regular acupuncture and herbal treatments to give your immune system an extra boost. As a licensed herbalist, I often prescribe herbs for preventative care or to kick that little bug that you caught. So, if you do find yourself catching a seasonal cold, or you're just starting to feel crummy, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can get you feeling better sooner, without the use of overly prescribed antibiotics. Just remember, timing is everything so give us a call as soon as you feel something coming on. At Nourishing Roots Acupuncture & Wellness, we want you spending your time feeling healthy and happy! If you have any questions, or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us at SaraMillsAcu@gmail.com or call 828-222-0803!
Photo taken in Beijing, China
Acupuncturist & Herbalist