Good Morning Acu-Punks!!
We are happy to let you know that we are once again seeing clients for in-office appointments starting June 22nd and the Mind Body online schedule will be available for booking starting June 15th! The past couple months have been a tremendous upheaval for everyone and we look forward to being able to see you in person again.
Even as businesses begin reopening, COVID-19 remains a threat. To keep our patients and staff at minimum risk we will be changing our operations based on CDC and Massachusetts state guidelines and MA Department of Public Health reopening regulations. Below are some of the important changes we are making:
- Telehealth appointments will be available on an as-needed basis for high-risk/elderly patients. If you are at high risk for complications from COVID-19 or require transportation that requires you to be at the office more than five minutes prior to/after your appointment time, in-office appointments are not recommended at this time. Please speak with staff prior to booking if you fall into any of these categories.
- Appointment availability will be limited and our hours/days open will be drastically changed. This is to prevent having too many people in the office at any one time. Re-opening guidelines state that we must operate at an extremely reduced capacity and prioritize high need patients. For this reason, we ask that you only book one appointment per week to allow for all patient’s to be able to get an appointment, unless you speak with Crystal and get approval in advance of booking.
- Patients will be required to sign a waiver acknowledging COVID-19 risk before entering the clinic and receiving treatment.
- We have removed our indoor waiting area and retail space. The tea station is closed, and crystal sales will remain on our Etsy shop indefinitely (we can bring crystals in for you if you would like to order any after browsing the online shop). We will continue to use crystals during treatment and sell CBD and essential oils in-office, during your appointment time only.
- Please do not bring friends or family members to appointments. Only one client is allowed in the treatment room at all times. The only exception is if a child (18 years or younger) is receiving treatment; in this case one parent or legal guardian can be present in the room with them.
- Upon arrival, patients will be required to wait outside and call the front desk. We now have a bench outside the office for seating. We ask that patients do not arrive more than 10 minutes before their appointment time.
- Patients will be screened outside before appointments. This will include a questionnaire about potential COVID-19 symptoms and a temperature/smell test. The clinic reserves the right to and will turn away any client who has a temp, does not pass all screening questions or is unable to identify essential oils by smell.
- Cancellation fees are temporarily waived; if you think you or anyone you have interacted with might have been exposed to COVID-19, please call and let us know so we can reschedule your appointment.
- Patients are required to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands upon entering the building.
- Patients and staff are required to wear masks at all times. The one exception will be while using a face cradle, but masks must be put back on immediately afterwards. If you do not have a mask, let us know when booking your appointment and we will provide one for you before entering the building.
- During treatment interaction between the practitioner and patient must be limited and the practitioner’s face mask and shield can not be removed, so we will not be giving moxa treatments or fire/sliding cupping. Stationary cupping will still be available but the practitioner will apply the cups and set a timer while standing outside the treatment room door. Patients will have a buzzer during the session so they can call the practitioner between check-ins if necessary. .
- Treatment tables are no longer heated (this is due to the use of vinyl table coverings). Mylar blankets and heat lamps will be available for those that want them.
In addition to the above changes, we are complying with CDC Sanitization Guidelines by:
- Disinfecting all high-touch areas after use, such as doorknobs, light switches, treatment tables, chairs, water dispenser handles and the bathroom.
- Having practitioners change protective equipment between patients. Licensed Acupuncturists will wear face masks and a face shield as well as protective outerwear at all times.
- Installing HEPA air filters in each treatment room and the front desk area.
- Replacing fabric sheets with vinyl covers and table paper in treatment rooms.
- Enforcing social distancing of at least 6 feet. Please be mindful of others while walking through the clinic.
- Continuously screening staff for COVID-19 symptoms and implementing our exposure control plan and protocols as needed.
- Installing no-touch trash bins, no-touch paper towel dispensers and hand sanitizer stations in the bathroom and throughout the clinic. There will also be locking plastic bins in each room for soiled reusable face masks to be stored for sanitizing at the end of the day.
*Keeping our patients safe and healthy is our top priority. We will be continuously reviewing and updating our policies and procedures based on guidance from the CDC and Massachusetts state guidelines. To stay up to date with this information please visit our website regularly and pay attention to signs throughout the office.
If you would like to schedule an appointment please click here. If you are unable to book online you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or text the clinic line at 617-971-8623 with your desired availability and we will get back to you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience as we work on safely reopening!
Looking forward to seeing you,
Owner of AcuPUNKture
We wanted to take a moment to address the current coronavirus outbreak. We are currently taking all necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, including but not limited to frequent hand washing and disinfecting of surfaces in the office.
We are also asking that any patients who may have been exposed to the virus to STAY HOME until you have been tested. You may have been exposed if you:
– have traveled to China, South Korea, Japan, Iran, or Italy, or any of the 120 countries affected by the coronavirus in the last 30 days OR
– have recently had a fever greater than 100 degrees and/or
– cough, upset-stomach or respiratory (breathing) symptoms or
– have had had known contact with someone exposed to the coronavirus
If you may have been exposed and have an appointment scheduled for this week, give us a call at 617-971-8623 so we can reschedule your appointment.
Thank you for your cooperation in stopping the spread of the virus!
Stay safe and healthy,
The AcuPUNKture Team
Cat Craig enjoys spending her spare time drawing and painting mystical beings from the cosmos, girls who look like they are from the streets of Tokyo and all of the mermaids. Inspired by manga, haute couture, art nouveau, dolls and obscure music as well as her experiences growing up overseas on USAF bases in Germany and Okinawa. She works in a wide variety of materials; watercolors, markers, sparkly inks, to customizing and sewing for dolls and boats. She has been a native to the Greater Boston region since 1999 and received her BFA in Art and Design from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2008. She is currently employed as a canvas stitcher in a small south coast Massachusetts shipyard.
Cat is available for commission pieces and some of her prints/stickers/coloring books and original artwork are now on display and available for purchase at AcuPUNKture in JP!
Katie Nadeau, Shamanic Energy Healer
What is Shamanic Energy Healing? Explained by Katie:
A shamanic energy healing works to clear blocks in your chakras (energy centers) and fills them with healing, positive energy. Throughout life we hold on to emotions/traumas/limiting beliefs and push them aside without acknowledging or releasing them. These traumas/emotions/limiting beliefs stay within our energy bodies and continue to present themselves until healed. They can resurface as a physical aliment, fatigue, despondency, or many other forms. A shamanic energy healing can aid in clearing blocks from childhood, the present, past lives, and blocks passed down through the lineage all while you lay down and relax. While healing I am in connection with mine and your spirit guides. I use my intuition and their guidance to feel and move through your energy. At times I may also receive messages or information from the Divine, Archangels, and/or ancestors. Each person is unique and ever changing, therefore, each healing will be unique to the person and their energy. If your energy is calling for it I may incorporate different tools (crystals, oils, reiki, etc) into a healing. This can be done in person or from a distance. Contact me and we can set up an appointment.
Katie now has weekly in-house office hours at AcuPUNKture. Visit her website for more information and to book your healing session via her website below!
Mary is a graduate of the New England School of Acupuncture where she completed a Masters Degree in Chinese and Japanese acupuncture styles. She is licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Medicine and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Mary has been involved in energy healing since the early 1990’s. She is certified in Healing Touch and has been a Reiki practitioner since 2009. Mary continues to pursue advanced training in the Dr. Tan Balance Method of acupuncture, Medical Qi Gong and the therapeutic use of Essential Oils. She also works in the Behavioral Health Department at Fenway Health as a Detox Acupuncturist.
While acupuncture addresses a wide array of conditions, Mary has special interest in pain management, musculoskeletal issues, migraine, mental health, and cancer treatment-related symptoms. Using acupuncture, cupping, kineseo-taping and oils, Mary brings thoughtful and compassionate care to help patients access their own innate healing ability.
In her own quest for a well-balanced life, Mary makes time for gardening,
watercolor painting, reading and meeting new people.
Mary’s appointment availability:
2 Saturdays per month 8-3:30pm & Thursday nights (starting in July): 4-8pm.
She is able to see all insurance patients currently seeking treatment at AcuPUNKture and is now booking appointments!
Here at AcuPUNKture we strive to provide the best care possible to all of our patients and we are excited to announce that we now offer insurance coverage at our new JP office.
We accept the following insurances: Neighborhood Health Plan, Commonwealth Care Alliance, United Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Harvard Pilgrim, Cigna and Aetna.
Even if you do not see your insurance carrier above, we may still be able to accept your insurance. Please call ahead to verify if you have Acupuncture Coverage with your specific plan: 617-971-8623.
Let’s Celebrate Love!
In honor of the Supreme Court’s Ruling on Legalizing Same Sex Marriage Nationwide, AcuPUNKture will be offering 2 for 1 Couple’s Treatments all of July!
Bring in your Loved one for a relaxing Couple’s Acupuncture Treatment today!*
Call 774-259-6751 of Book Your Couple’s Treatment online at www.BostonAcuPUNKture.com
AcuPUNKture: Your Alternative Place for Healing
118 Union Ave Framingham, MA 01701
*Offer can not be combined with any other promotions, coupons or discounts. One couple’s treatment per person.
*Remember if the pain persists, please see your primary care physician*
Simplest causes of abdominal pain:
- Pathogenic cold: This can occur in two ways: Catching a cold (cold by nature) or Overeating raw or cold food
Common symptoms include: Strong cramp-like pains, scanty and runny stools, cold feet and hands, aversion to cold
*These symptoms may be relieved by covering the abdomen and applying warmth and ingesting hot or warming foods.
- Blocked digestion of food:
Common symptoms: abdominal pains accompanied by heartburn, indigestion, lack of appetite, possibly diarrhea.
*These symptoms may be relieved by having a bowel movement. If the poor digestion is due to a weak Stomach/Spleen then the cramps may grow worse when you are overtired or hungry.
- Psychological distress:k.a. Anger, Worry, Frustration all block the free flow of qi in the body. In turn, these emotions weaken the Liver, Spleen and Stomach causing bloating and abdominal pains.
Below are a couple of simple recipes you can do at home to help combat abdominal pains:
Garlic and Ginger Broth:
2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
2 tsp. (10 grams) minced fresh or dry ginger
4 tsp. (20 grams) brown sugar
2 cups (500 mL) water
Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan. Boil for 15 minutes over a low flame.
Drink the broth hot to warm, as often as you would like. Eat the garlic and ginger pieces.
*Kept in many Chinese homes for emergency treatment of abdominal pains*
½ cup (100 grams) fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1 cup (250 mL) rice wine vinegar
Place the ginger and vinegar together in a bottle. Cap the bottle and store. (The longer the vinegar is stored the better. Ideally you should leave it for a month, but a few hours will do in an emergency.)
Take 2 tsp. every morning on an empty stomach.
*Sometimes garlic is added for a richer brew. In this case use ½ cup of ginger, ½ cup of Whole garlic cloves and 2 cups of vinegar. Add the garlic whole.
1 tsp. (5 grams) ground cinnamon
1 glass warm water
Dissolve the cinnamon in the water. Drink slowly. For maximum effectiveness this remedy should be taken three times a day.
Sesame, Walnut and Ginger paste:
¾ cup (150 grams) sesame seeds
¾ cup (150 grams) walnut meats
¾ cup (150 grams) dried ginger, chopped
¾ cup (185 mL) honey
Grind the sesame seeds, walnuts and ginger into a medium-grained powder, using
preferably a stone grinder or a pestle. Roast the powder in a dry frying pan or wok
for 2 minutes, or until it begins to brown. Transfer the powder to a small bowl. Mix
with honey while still hot.
Take ½ cup (100 grams) of paste on an empty stomach whenever you suffer from
abdominal cramps and pains.
Hot salt compress:
1 cup (250 grams) rock salt
Dry cloth towel or muslin bag
Heat the salt in a dry frying pan or wok. When the salt starts to crack, transfer it to a dry towel or cloth bag. (If you are using a towel, fold it to create a pouch for containing the salt)
Apply to your abdomen for five-ten minutes while lying down. Repeat 3 times a day (reusing the salt)
Source: The Healing Cuisine of China: 300 recipes for vibrant health and longevity by ZHUO ZHAO & George Ellis
Suffering from a nagging cough that just won’t quit? Try these natural remedies to knock out that cough for good!
Daikon, Ginger and Scallion Soup: *Popular for treating coughs as well as clearing nasal congestion, and counteracting body aches, weakness and lethargy due to colds*
3 cups (750 mL) water
1 medium daikon, cut it into 1/2 inch slices
1 tablespoons (15 grams) sliced fresh ginger
6 white heads of scallion, sliced
Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the daikon to the water. Continue to boil over a medium flame for 20 minutes, or until the daikon is soft (you should be able to push a chopstick or toothpick through the daikon slice with ease)
Add the sliced scallion scallion and ginger to the pot. Reduce the flame to low. Simmer for another 10 minutes, or until two-thirds of the water has evaporated. Remove from heat. Consume hot.
Daikon and Tangerine Peel Soup: *For treating a thick-mucous cough*
1 cup (250 mL) water
1 small daikon, cut it into 1/2 inch slices
1 organic tangerine peel, cut it into 1/2 inch slices
3 slices ginger
1 tsp (5 grams) white pepper
In a small saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the daikon, tangerine peel, ginger and pepper to boiling water. Continue to boil over a medium flame for 10 minutes.
Pour into a bowl and allow to cool. Take the soup twice a day, after lunch and dinner.
Daikon Juice: *Drank warm or hot to relieve coughing*
4 cups (800 grams) fresh daikon, grated
1 TBSP (15 grams) brown sugar
Thin cotton towel or cheese cloth
Place the daikon in a thin cotton towel and squeeze in order to obtain the juice. Mix the juice and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from the flame and allow to cool. Drink the juice 2x/day, warm or hot, to relive coughing.
Daikon, Ginger and Pear Juice:
1/2 cup (100 grams) fresh daikon, grated
1/2 cup (100 grams) fresh ginger, grated
2 TBSP (30 mL) fresh pear juice
1 egg white
Place the daikon in a thin cotton towel and squeeze to extract 2 TBSP of juice. Repeat with the ginger.
Mix the ginger and daikon juice with the pear juice and egg white. Drink it cool once a day.
5 Jujube (Chinese Dates)
1 TBSP (15 grams) minced fresh ginger
1 TBSP (15 grams) brown sugar
2 cups (500 mL) water
In a small saucepan, add all the dry ingredients to the water. Boil over a low flame for 15 minutes. Consume warm.
Garlic Juice: *Keep in the fridge until a cough remedy is needed*
1-2 cups (200-400 grams) fresh garlic cloves
1 cup (250 mL) water
1 tsp. (5 grams) white sugar
Peel and squeeze the garlic in order to extract the juice. Transfer to a clean bottle or jar and refrigerate.
When you need to use a cough remedy, boil 1 cup of water. Mix 1 TBSP of garlic juice and the sugar into the hot water.
Take 2x/day, morning and evening, until the cough has cleared. Drink the mixture hot.
Source: The Healing Cuisine of China: 300 recipes for vibrant health and longevity by ZHUO ZHAO & George Ellis
This is SO cool! So many of us who have tried acupuncture and FELT the ‘De Qi’ Sensations at different acupuncture points along the body know that the acupuncture points exist, but now we can SEE it with this New CT scan technology.
Check it out!
Article: Acupuncture Points Getting’ Real
In Chinese medicine there are two types of common cold:
Wind-Heat: Symptoms include a blocked nose that does not run, sore throat, thick yellow or green nasal discharge, thirst, sweating, aversion to heat and are often accompanied by a headache. Wind-heat conditions are treated by using diaphoretics with cooling or cold characteristics.
Wind-Cold: Common in the winter and spring. Symptoms include: runny nose, sneezing, no sweating, inability to get warm under covers, aversion to cold, excessive build up and/or discharge of sinus congestion, typically white in color. Wind-cold conditions are treated by using warm diaphoretics- or sweat inducing foods. What you eat during a cold has a huge impact on how the cold will progress.
Remember the following when combating a cold: -Drink plenty of warm/hot water, such as teas, throughout the day -Eat only light and easily digestible foods -Liquids including congee, soups and broths should form the bulk of your diet -Refrain from fish, meat and fats- specifically lamb, beed, pork and chicken after taking a diaphoretic (ginger, scallion, etc.) to induce sweating -Eat plenty of fruit, especially oranges, kiwi, tomatoes, apples and pears -Consume green veggies and salads -Avoid spicy ingredients until after your cold symptoms have disappeared
During the initial stages of a cold, when you just start sneezing and your nose begins to run- try these nose drops!
Garlic OR Daikon Nose Drops: (If garlic is too powerful use daikon juice instead)
2 fresh garlic cloves, peeled or 1 TBSP (15 grams) fresh daikon, grated 1/4 cup (60 mL) water at room temperature Press the garlic cloves to extract the juice. Mix the garlic juice with water- the proportion should be 1 part garlic or daikon juice to 10 parts water. Apply the juice as nose drops.
When your nose is blocked- try this natural alternative to over-the-counter meds!
Scallion inhalers 1 white head of scallion, slice lengthwise Place the scallion slices directly under your nostrils. Inhale deeply. Continue breathing deeply until your nasal passages are freed.
When you feel a cold coming on- try this sweat-inducing soup!
Ginger and Scallion Soup 2 cups (500 mL) water 2 TBSP (30 grams) fresh ginger, sliced 2 TBSP (30 grams) white head of scallion, sliced In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the ginger and scallion and simmer over a low flame for 15 minutes, or until the ginger is soft and its smell has spread through your kitchen. Drink hot before bedtime. Stay away from the cold and especially cold drafts.
When a cold is in its early stages and accompanied by a headache- try this warming remedy!
Garlic and Scallion Congee 3 cups (750 mL) water 1/2 cup (100 grams) white rice 3 garlic cloves, finely minced 2 tsp. (10 grams) minced scallion, white heads only In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Add the rice, return to a boil, then lower the flame and simmer for 20 minutes, covered, stirring occasionally. When the rice has cooked down to a gruel, add the garlic and scallion. Cook for 5 more minutes over a low flame. Consume hot once a day, as part of a meal. Wear heavy clothing or get under the covers to maintain the heat of the congee within your body.
For Wind-cold symptoms, try these sweat-inducing remedies right before bed:
Ginger and Pear Soup 2 cups (500 mL) water 1 pear 1 TBSP (15 grams) sliced fresh ginger 1 TBSP (15 grams) sliced scallion, white heads only 2 eggs, beaten Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Cut the pear in half, do not peel it. Add the pear, ginger, and scallion to the water. Return to a boil, cover the pan, and reduce the flame to low. Simmer for 20 minutes. In the meantime, thoroughly beat the eggs in a glass or ceramic bowl. When the broth is ready (when the aroma of ginger spreads through the kitchen) pour the decoction into the bowl containing the two beaten eggs. Mix and drink the decoction while it is still hot, then get under a heavy quilt or thick blanket to start sweating. Take this remedy once per day for 3-4 days, or until the cold goes away.
Ginger and Onion Rice: 1 tsp. (5 grams) sliced fresh ginger 1 scallion, including roots and green tops 1 cup (200 grams) rice 6 cups (1.5 Liters) water 2 tsp. (10 mL) rice vinegar Put the ginger, scallion, rice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the flame. Simmer on a low flame with the lid half-covering the saucepan, stirring occasionally. Cook for 25 minutes, or until the rice has become a gruel. Stir in the vinegar. Cook for another minute or two. Divide into four portions. Take one portion, hot, then get into bed or cover up with a warm blanket. Take this remedy 2x/day while the cold persists.
For Wind-heat symptoms, try these cooling remedies right before bed:
Peppermint and Scallion Broth 20-30 fresh peppermint leaves, or 2 heaped teaspoons (10+ grams) dried peppermint 2 or 3 crushed white heads of scallion 2 cups (500 mL) water Place all ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the flame. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until half the water has evaporated. Drink hot or warm.
Ginger Tea 1 cup (250 mL) water 1/4 cup (50 grams) fresh ginger, thinly sliced 1/4 cup (50 grams) brown sugar 1 tsp (5 grams) green tea leaves Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the ginger and sugar. Turn the burner off and wait for 1 minute, then add the tea leaves. (The green tea leaves contain Vitamin C so waiting 1 minute post-boiling ensures the vitamin is not destroyed by the heat). Steep for 5 minutes before drinking. *You can add 1/2 tsp vinegar to enhance the tea’s warming and detoxifying effect *Recommendation: eat some rice congee immediately after taking this tea
Watermelon and Tomato Juice: *best in the summer for hot and dry colds* 2 pounds fresh watermelon 2 pounds fresk tomatoes Thin cotton towels or cheese clothes Chop the watermelon and tomatoes into small pieces, keeping them separate. Put them separately into thin cotton towels. Twist each to extract the juice. Mix the juices in equal proportions, Drink at room temperature, slightly cooled but not cold, as often as you like *also combats dehydration, quenches thirst, relieves indigestion and lack of appetite* Source: The healing Cuisine of China: 300 recipes for vibrant Health and Longevity by ZHUO ZHAO & George Ellis
What could be better than a Relaxing and Rejuvenating Acupuncture Treatment to get your Valentine’s Day Weekend off to a great start? Treat yourself and your Some-One-Special to a One-hour Acupuncture treatment!
Don’t have a significant other? Sure you do! Call up your Bestie, your mom, your friend from work- whoever you want! and ask them to join you for a *Couple’s Treatment* They are Significant, right?! No judgements here!
Two Acupuncture Treatments for the Price of One. That’s $20 a treatment!
Book your *Valentine’s Day Couple’s Special* Treatment Online now before it’s too late at:
http://www.bostonacupunkture.com or call/text 774-259-6751
*Offer valid February 12-21, 2015: Two acupuncture treatments for $40*
Football fan or not, you will most likely be enjoying some tasty treats and an ice cold beer tonight while New England cheers on the Patriots at the 2015 Superbowl game! (Or you know… watch the puppy bowl and kitty half time show- hey I’m not judging!!)
What better way to celebrate, eat, drink and be merry than by getting an acupuncture treatment this week to combat that food coma we will all be in come Monday morning!
Appointments available at http://www.bostonacupunkture.com
Did you know that Acupuncture is EXCELLENT for building up your immune system and knocking out the common cold and associated symptoms before they get a foothold in your body and wreak havoc on your body and mind?
It’s true! Getting acupuncture regularly will help boost your Defensive Qi (Wei Qi) in your body, helping you stave off illness and recover faster when you do get sick. Check out this newsletter by Licensed Acupuncturist, Jessica Chen, that goes into depth about wind-cold and wind-heat invasions AKA the common cold and ways to prevent them this flu season!
Remember these tips to staying healthy while all your coworkers and friends are calling out sick!
-Drink warm beverages: If you drink Iced coffees- switch to hot coffees or better yet, switch to teas! Teas have many herbal properties that can help combat illness. Take MINT for example- mint tea can soothe a sore throat!
–Eat warm foods: Stews and warm meals are great for the cold, winter months. Avoid eating cold foods such as salads and stick to warm root vegetables and heartier foods. Try to avoid spicy foods or greasy foods and excess sugar intake- which will all produce phlegm and exacerbate any cold symptoms.
–Keep your neck covered: Now that it is officially scarf season I’m sure you are noticing many people sporting cute and stylish scarves with their winter outfits- but fashion benefits aside, scarves do hold a higher value to your health! Wearing a scarf will protect the back of your neck- which in Chinese Medicine is considered your wind-gate- the entrance way that pathogenic factors such as wind-cold and wind-heat use to enter into your body. It is important to keep this area covered when you are out facing the elements this winter to avoid getting sick.
–Get regular Acupuncture treatments: To build your immune system, make sure to get regular acupuncture treatments prior to, and during the fall and winter months or changing seasons. Make sure that as soon as you feel the slightest tinge of a cold or sore throat coming on- you call your acupuncturist and book an appointment PRONTO! It can mean the difference between being sick for another couple days or catching a full on cold and being out of commission for weeks!!
*Remember there are many stages to the common cold and your acupuncturist can help aid a faster recovery, regardless of what stage you are in*