Your Immune System, Your Lung Qi…

What is Lung Qi?

Qi is our life force energy. Lung Qi is the lifeforce energy of our Lungs.

 

Signs/Symptoms of Weak Lung Qi-

Allergies

Asthma

Coughing

Skin rashes

Prone to sickness

Sensitive to cold weather

Weak voice, worse with exertion

 

 

In TCM, the Lungs open to the Skin. The Skin is like an extension of the Lungs. 

The skin is the last layer of protection for us from the outside pathogens. It protects us from “evils” such as wind and cold.

 

There is something called Wei Qi

Wei Qi-

Wei Qi is our immunity-it is seen as the most outer layer of a fortress, think orcs (wei qi) defending the castle (your body).

As your body is weakened by poor lifestyle habits,

or even heavy grieving our Wei Qi immunity weakens. *Grief or Sorrow is the emotion tied to the Lungs.

 

So, poor sleep, infrequent eating habits, and the emotion sorrow, can all compromise this energy.

*In TCM, each organ is assigned an emotion.

 

…And so can being exposed to extreme elements of nature too long.

Extensive periods of time spent in damp weather can eventually seep into our Wei Qi and lower the immunity.

Some may need to be exposed for the purpose of their work, i.e., fishing, construction, etcetera. 

 

So What Can You Do?

If you are prone to being in extreme temperatures or conditions for extensive periods of time, there is still help:

 

1. Cover your body where you can to protect it from wind, damp and cold exposure. Wear a scarf or have it with you to drape over your head or shoulders to avoid too much sun.

Wrap a shawl or heavy scarf over your shoulders, nape of neck and upper back. The upper back “Shu” points are easily attacked with harsh weather. Acupuncturists know it is important to cover these points in order to protect our Wei Qi! 

          –This is why you notice so many acupuncturists almost always wear a scarf.–

 

2.Take vitamins, minerals and supplements or herbs that help with immunity.

Read why You NEED Vitamin D Here

 

3.You can counter this somewhat by getting extra sleep and rest.

 

Read Acupuncture helps Build Your Immune System Here

 

4.Eat when your body needs it-and eat more nutritiously dense foods for more energy (and eat with the seasons).

 

5.Listen to your body when it tells you it’s “break time” or go to bed early, instead of just bullying it into unreasonable demands.

 

6.Avoid adding extra stressors to your life that are not required of you!

Example, If you are exhausted, stop volunteering.

        …You know, less spinning plates to keep up in the air.

 

     –If constant multi-tasking really is a contest… the prize is exhaustion and eventual illness.–

 

“Follow the Chicken.”

This is really about an everyday healthy, balanced lifestyle.

In TCM we say, “Follow the Chicken.”  This means, live like the chicken lives. Chicken gets up when the sun rises, goes to bed when the sun goes down or if weather tells it that it’s time to seek shelter.

The chicken eats when it is hungry. It doesn’t try to do “just one more thing.”

The chicken takes a rest when it needs to. It does not have electric lights to turn on to extend the day or electronic devices to look at when it should be sleeping.  If you want to avoid burn-out and the sickness that comes with it, go to bed early when you feel like it.

 

Why did the Chicken cross the Road?

To go home and get tucked into bed early!

For us Minnesotans,  going to bed at 9:00 may be appropriate. It gets dark early at night during the winter months here.

Friday nights when our friends want us to stay out late, it is okay to duck out or “chicken out” early…

-c’mon , admit that I made you smile with that last one-

Our older selves will thank us for caring for this body, maybe tomorrow, maybe next week, maybe even our 80-year-old selves! 

 

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

 

Thanks for Reading!

 

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain-many years after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute, chronic pain, digestion and Women’s Health by treating the root cause and by treating the whole individual. Women come to her everyday with Infertility, hot flashes, mood imbalance, low libido and low energy. 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your appointment!

 

Feel Better, Move Forward

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson St.

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, Dellwood, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Little Canada, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Mounds View, North Oaks, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55109, 55110, 55112, 55127, 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55126, 55127, 55128, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025,

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture Now

Why it is SO important to Quit Smoking NOW!…

Because we find ourselves in the middle of a PANDEMIC Now.

 

Pandemics can be difficult times to break bad habits because,

well we want to make ourselves feel better

by Self-Soothing.

 

Yes, I agree.

By the way, it is my opinion that we need to find a replacement addiction (that is healthy)

And…

It is still important to stop smoking now rather than putting it off until later because

 

Smoking Lowers Your Immunity.

Your Body Has a First Line of Defense against inhaled pathogens and particulates.

They are tiny Hairs called Cilia.

These Beauties are in Your Lungs.

 

Cilia filter the air We Breathe.

Think of them as an Extra Face Mask of Defense

that Your Lungs are Constantly Wearing!

They Dance in a Rhythmic Waving Motion, back and forth to Protect Us…

 

Unless You Smoke.

Then these Poor little Cilia are Matted Down with the Tar from Tobacco Inhaled in Your Lungs.

Cilia try to break free from the tar that is sticking to them (but eventually cannot).

 

This failed filtering system opens you up to being invaded by pathogens.

We are in the middle of a Pandemic.

Now is a GREAT time to Quit Smoking.

 

The good news is, Acupuncture Can Help You to Quit Smoking

and to Continue to Quit Smoking.

 

Acupuncture helps with:

  • Craving
  • Detox
  • Mood
  • Relaxation

 

How Many Treatments are Typical for Smoking Cessation?

 

Typically my patients are smoke-free within (3) acupuncture sessions.

Some need more.

Most need about (3) treatments with acupuncture.

 

How Long Does an Acupuncture Session Take?

Acupuncture is about 20-30 minutes of you lying there with needles in.

First appointments take about 60 minutes with some questions and answers

to be sure we are both on the same page about expectations from you and me.

Return appointments last about 30-45 minutes, again 20-30 minutes of actual acupuncture needles in.

 

Are You Ready to Quit Smoking?

Schedule with Aleesha Here

 

 More Ways to Improve Your Air Quality Here 

 

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

She became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck.

Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as stress, hot flashes, mood imbalance, low energy and for Cosmetic Acupuncture for wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines and improvement in overall skin tone . Read more about Aleesha and what she specializes in Here.

 

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture say they feel listened to and taken care of.

They are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

 

Aleesha D Acupuncture is located in historic downtown Anoka at 229 Jackson Street just off Highway 10 with free parking.

Get in and Feel Better, Move Forward!

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

Why Do You Care Who Needles You?

Why You Want a LICENSED Acupuncturist…

What is the difference between total hours of “actual needling training” required for acupuncture?

Between Chiropractors? PT’s? Acupuncturists?

Why Should You Care?

Is there a HUGE difference of Training?…

Chart provided by Minnesota Acupuncture Association

What is “Dry Needling?” (Acupuncture done with acupuncture needles by non-licensed)- perhaps a future post will expand on this.

Thanks for reading!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

Aleesha Ackerman is a certified and state licensed acupuncturist with a Master’s degree in acupuncture. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from Hamline University. Aleesha owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture clinic for Pain and Women’s Health in Anoka, MN.

Aleesha became interested in acupuncture and holistic medicine when acupuncture cured her of her debilitating migraine pain after an auto collision with a semi-truck. Aleesha specializes in treating acute and chronic pain and Women’s Health. Women come to her everyday with issues such as hot flashes, mood imbalance and low energy.

Patients at Aleesha D Acupuncture report feeling cared for, listened to and are happy to get the much-needed pain and stress relief from their treatments!

Read the patient Testimonials for yourself.

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

 

10 Surprising Things Acupuncture Treats (Pain and Women’s Health)

 

1. Hot flashes- Patient Testimonial 

Acupuncture helps Hot flashes, sweating, low libido, low energy and mood imbalance during Perimenopause, Menopause and with Thyroid Disease.

 

2. Anxiety & Depression

Anxiety and mild to moderate Depression, Seasonal Affective Disorder or Seasonal Depression (SAD), Fibromyalgia and low mood are often treated with Acupuncture

3. Fatigue

Acupuncture helps fatigue and improves low energy

 

Allergies & Skin Issues Here

4. Allergies, Skin rash, Excema, Psoriasis, Hives, Shingles and Acne are all treated using Acupuncture

5. Back Pain- Patient Testimonial Back pain, Low back pain, Lumbar strain or sprain, Degenerative disc pain and Sciatic pain is treated routinely using Acupuncture

6. Shingles

Acupuncture can help relieve skin rash and nerve pain of Shingles and help avoid future nerve damage caused by non-treatment of Shingles

7. Breech baby

Moxa or Moxibustion is an herb used by Acupuncturists and is lit and burnt over the point (not in contact with skin) to flip a breech baby about 79% of the time according to Western research! Much better than an invasive procedure…

Yes, I have done it.

–Yes, it Works!–

8. Insomnia- Patient Testimonial

Acupuncture improves sleep and people report sleeping more soundly even if sleep is not what they came in to see their acupuncturist for

9. Period Cramps

Period cramps, Endometriosis, pelvic pain, abdominal pain and abdominal digestive pain are treated using Acupuncture

10. Trigger Finger-Patient Testimonial

 

Acupuncture treatment for Trigger Finger may allow you to avoid surgery if treatment is done early enough and often enough, usually using electric stimulation with needles

Acupuncture treats many issues. This is not an extensive list of surprising things acupuncture treats. Stop by weekly to read more about acupuncture and what you can do for your own health and wellness. Feel better, Move forward.

 

10 More Things Acupuncture Treats!

 

Why wait? Start Your Relief Today- contact Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka today to schedule your acupuncture appointment!

Written by Aleesha Ackerman, LAc

 

Aleesha is a licensed acupuncturist. She owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka, MN. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches following an auto accident with a semi-truck during high school.

Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc specializes in treating Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, Low energy, Low mood, Digestion issues and Women’s health, including helping the body with balancing hormones during Menopause and Perimenopause to relieve hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and PMS.

Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online with Aleesha at AleeshaDacupuncture.com

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro, Minneapolis, St Paul, and the Twin Cities area.

What is Cupping (in Anoka, MN)?

What is Cupping?

Like acupuncture, cupping is a centuries-old therapy used under Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment in Anoka and works well for treating muscle pain tension and many other issues.

How is Cupping Done?

Cupping therapy should be a painless procedure and can involve plastic cups with a hand pump being used to achieve suction or glass cups using fire to achieve suction with the skin. Don’t worry- the fire never comes in contact with the skin and the glass does not become hot enough to burn the skin!

Be sure to have someone do cupping who is specially trained,

such as a licensed acupuncturist!

Cupping with glass cups:

  • An alcohol-soaked cotton ball is lit on fire
  • This creates a vacuum inside glass cups
  • Cups are then quickly placed on the skin

(Fire is removed before cups contact skin)

  • Cups stay suctioned to skin due to negative pressure
  • Cups are usually left on for around 10-15 minutes

Cupping with plastic cups: Plastic cups are secured using hand-pump.

Why choose cupping for pain relief?

  • Cupping has no side effects (besides temporary discoloration to treated area) and is a non-habit forming treatment, un-like some medications.
  • Cupping is a useful treatment for muscular pain like back pain, neck pain and shoulder pain. 
  • Cupping relieves muscle tension pain caused by stagnation in the tissues

Remember seeing red circles on the back of Olympic Gold Medalist swimmer Michael Phelps? He used cupping in between Olympic races in order to improve circulation in the muscles!

How does it work?

  • Cupping therapy works by releasing stagnation and pain from the meridians or channels (energy pathways) of the body to relieve pain.
  • Cupping drains toxins and pathogens to promote circulation.
  • Cupping moves lymph to detoxify the blood to strengthen the immune system.

What does Cupping treat?

Cupping treats muscular pain and muscle spasms, relieve pain, back pain, muscle tightness, joint pain, musculoskeletal pain from stress and old injuries such as auto accident, cough, allergies, asthma, wheezing and sinus issues due to allergies, asthma and bronchitis.

  • Poor breathing, wheezing and cough with asthma or bronchitis
  • Blood circulation of the muscles in the back, neck and shoulders
  • Promotes circulation of the lymph
  • muscle pain due to old injuries
  • Muscle tension
  • Stress

Cupping helps with muscle and lymph circulation, and is helpful for the prevention of cold and flu by draining toxins and pathogens, which promotes circulation of the lymphatic system, cleaning the blood and lymph, and thereby strengthening the immune system.

Cupping is used for muscle tension and pain, most commonly for tight shoulders and back pain. Many patients find cupping as an add-on treatment to acupuncture helps loosen tight muscles for longer-lasting relief when muscle spasms or knots in the muscles are present.

Cupping can help relieve muscle tension headaches when added to acupuncture treatment.

Ask about our discount cupping price when cupping therapy is added onto acupuncture appointment.

 

Written by Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc

Be sure to read next week’s blog; Acupuncture for Allergies

Aleesha is a licensed acupuncturist. She owns and operates Aleesha D Acupuncture in Anoka, MN. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture. Aleesha was first turned on to acupuncture due to her chronic, debilitating migraine headaches following an auto accident with a semi-truck during high school. Read more about Aleesha’s story here.

Aleesha D Ackerman, LAc specializes in treating Pain, Headaches, Anxiety, Low energy, Low mood, Digestion issues and Women’s health, including helping the body with balancing hormones during Menopause and Perimenopause to relieve hot flashes, insomnia, mood swings, and PMS.

Call 763-762-7142 or Schedule online with Aleesha at AnokaAcupuncture.com

 

DISCLAIMER

This article is not intended to replace any health care. No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

Licensed Acupuncturist in Anoka Serving Andover, Anoka, Big Lake, Champlin, Circle Pines, Columbus, Coon Rapids, Dayton, East Bethel, Elk River, Forest Lake, Fridley, Ham Lake, Isanti, Lino Lakes, Maple Grove, Minneapolis, Now Then, Oak Grove, Osseo, Ostego, Ramsey, Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Shoreview, Spring Lake Park, Vadnais Heights and White Bear Lake.

Zip codes we treat: 55304, 55303, 55309, 55014, 55316, 55433, 55448, 55327, 55330, 55432, 55040, 55401, 55402, 55403, 55404, 55406, 55407, 55408, 55409, 55410, 55411, 55412, 55413, 55416, 55418, 55419, 55421, 55422, 55011, 55311, 55369, 55102, 55103, 55104, 55105, 55106, 55107, 55108, 55101, 55109, 55110, 55111, 55113, 55114, 55116, 55117, 55120, 55124, 55125, 55115, 55118, 55119, 55121, 55122, 55123, 55126, 55129, 55130, 55146, 55127, 55128, 55133, 55144, 55145, 55155, 55164, 55165, 55166, 55166, 55168, 55170, 55175, 55187, 55188, 55171, 55172, 55014, 55025, 55371, 55398, 55308, 55960

Serving Anoka County, the north metro, Minneapolis, St Paul, and the Twin Cities area.