Summer care for Kids!

Summer care for Kids!

by Light Family Acupuncture

July 14, 2014

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It is starting to get hot out there, and your kids probably want to play in the pool all day long! If your child starts feeling irritable, restless, very thirsty, flushed in the face, and just more hot than normal, they might have what we call “Internal Heat” in Chinese Medicine. It is very easy for this to happen in Texas in the summer.

Not to worry! We have a few ideas that you can start with at home to help your child feel better!

Acupressure to clear heat:

Water of Galaxy– With two fingers, push along the child’s forearm from the middle of the wrist to the middle of the inner elbow for 2 minutes, going from wrist to elbow only. This move clears internal heat, including irritability, restlessness, thirst, and even mild fever.

Heart back point– This point is located on the back, right next to the spine, level with the middle of the shoulder blades. Knead this point with your fingertips for one minute. This can help relieve excess heat, including agitation.

LI 11– This point is located on the arm, at the edge of the elbow crease when the arm is bent. Knead this point with your fingertips for 1-2 minutes. This point can relieve pain and clear heat throughout the body.

Other ideas:

Peppermint bath– brew 4-5 peppermint tea bags in 4-8 cups water, and let steep for 15 minutes. Add this tea to a lukewarm bath, and let the child sit in the bath for 10-15 minutes.

Peppermint oil– find a good peppermint oil and use it for the acupressure techniques that we mentioned above. Make sure to add it to lotion rather than using it on its own, as peppermint oil can be very strong.

 

And as always, we are here for you! One of Melissa’s specialties is pediatric care- so call or book online today if you need us!

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Summer Survival Kit!

Summer Survival Kit

by Light Family Acupuncture

June 6, 2014

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Happy Summer! Keep yourself and your family safe and healthy this summer with our Summer Survival Kit herb pack!

Included in this pack:

B4Vax to help boost immunity throughout the summer months especially before flying. Using this formula now can also help prevent you from getting sick this coming fall and winter!

Bao He Wan is a must-have in your herbal pharmacy. This formula can be used after a heavy meal or eating anything that has upset your stomach- keep this one handy in case of a little indulgence this summer. **note: this formula contains gluten**

Huo Xiang Zheng Qi Wan works to help resolve issues related to digestion. This also works well for upset stomach and diarrhea when you are traveling and is a great hangover remedy.

Yunnan Paiyao is a powder that stops bleeding. Keep this around in case of cuts, falls, and scrapes as a first-aid measure.

Ching Wan Hung is a classic Chinese burn cream. This sesame-oil based formula can help soothe minor burns, sunburns and can even help with heat rash.

Ban Lan Gen packets are good to have around all the time- take these at the first sign of a cold/flu or if you come into contact with someone who is sick- great as a preventative measure or early treatment.

Curing Pills come in handy single-serve packets and can help with diarrhea or food poisoning. Keep a couple of these in your purse when you are out and about this summer for almost instant relief!

Seven wonderful products- a $48 value for only $45 !

Stop in and get yours today!

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TCM Bodywork for Winter Immunity!

TCM Bodywork for Winter Immunity

Hang in there! Spring is just around the corner!

count down to spring, winter immunity boosters! first up, the tradition chinese medicine bodywork technic known as tuina!

Tuina

 

Chinese pediatric massage, or tuina, is an easy and fun way for parents and kids to keep germs away. Just a few simple techniques will bolster your immune system and make for a more healthy winter season.

 

Wind Pond

 

Wind Pond is at the back of the head, just below the base of the skull, in the two depressions formed between the trapezius and sternocleidomastoid muscles. At the first sign of any sickness, or to relieve headache, dizziness, or fever, press these points with the pads of two fingers and rotate in a small circle, 30-50 times.

 

Chest Center

 

This acupuncture point is located at the midline of the chest, level with the nipples. To relieve coughs, wheezes, or chest congestion, press and rotate the point for a couple of minutes, and then use the thumb side of your hands to push outward from the midline to the side of the chest.

 

Lung Meridian

Tuina on the lung meridian can boost immunity and help with symptoms of the common cold, including cough, dry throat, and stuffy chests. Start at the last joint of the 4th (ring) finger, on the palm side of the hand. Using your first two fingers, stroke up to the tip of the ring finger. Pick up your fingers, go back to the joint, and repeat 100 to 500 times. That sounds like a lot, but takes just a few minutes!

 

Yintang

 

Yintang is located on the forehead, on the midpoint right between the eyebrows. This point is very calming and refreshing, and it can also clear up stuffy noses and dry nasal discharge! Using a finger or two, gently push from the point up to the hairline. Return to the point and continue to push upwards for a few minutes.

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Mother’s Day Recipe

What I did for myself this Mother’s Day

by Light Family Acupuncture
May 6, 2014

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I love spending time with my family and I love my job, and I also love my girlfriends. Having a good community of supportive friends is so important for our health and wellbeing, yet sometimes we let these relationships fall to the side, giving priority to other aspects of our lives.

This past weekend, I had the amazing privilege to spend some much needed quality time with great friends. We all gathered together at one of our friend’s houses and had a grown-up “slumber

party,” while many of our kids and partners gathered at our house, complete with food, games, and tents in the backyard!

We, on the other hand, spent lots of time doing private yoga classes and meditation, staying up late, and getting some much needed uninterrupted friend time. Read my recipe below, tweak it, and make your own in-town retreat!

Melissa’s recipe for celebrating mother’s day (in-town retreat style):

  • 1 bunch of your favorite ladies
  • 4 amazing yoga teachers
  • refrigerator full of beautiful food
  • 1 Vitamix with lots of fresh veggies and fruit on hand
  • many chocolate bars
  • a few bottles of your favorite beverages
  • 1 guided meditation
  • 100s of old National Geographics and glue sticks to make dreamboards
  • a few hours of sleep
  • 1-2 naps

mix with 1-2 walks, lots of laughing, crying and honest discussions

simmer for 72 hours (or more)

enjoy as often as you can!

 

What’s your favorite mother’s day recipe?

Friendship

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Stay Balanced this Spring!

Stay Balanced this Spring!

by Light Family Acupuncture
March 26, 2014

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Spring is upon us, and the new season brings us warmer, longer days along with windy weather! In Chinese Medicine, getting too much external wind can lead to runny nose, chills, fever, and in general just feeling under the weather. This is the time to protect yourself so you don’t get sick this Spring season. When you go outside, make sure to cover your upper back and neck: wear a scarf and a shirt that covers your whole back. This is the wind’s favorite place to attack your body!

To keep your energy flowing well, you can practice some stretches at home. 
For a traditional Shiatsu stretch to open up the Liver channel, sit on the ground, knees bent and falling towards the ground with the soles of your feet together. You can stay here or begin to lean forward over your feet. For the more yoga inclined, this pose is called Baddha Konasana.

Another good stretch is to sit on the ground with legs out at a 90 degree angle and begin to lean forward, opening up your inner thighs. Additionally, any twists lying on the ground are very beneficial to open up the “Qi” in your chest that might be stagnating there.

09-Global-Home-Remedies-Tea-ginger-rootIf you do start to feel a little too windy, there are a few things you can do at home to help get rid of it! An age old remedy in Chinese Medicine is ginger and green onion decoction. Take about a half inch of fresh ginger root, cut it into 3 or 4 pieces, and throw it in a pot. Add in 1-2 green onions, or scallions, sliced (make sure to use the white part at the bottom!) Cover all this with about a cup and a half of water. Boil for 3-5 minutes, strain, and drink.
Stay tuned- in the next few weeks we will be talking about acupressure and diet for the Spring!

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Relieving Cedar Fever with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Relieving Cedar Fever with Traditional Chinese Medicine

by Light Family Acupuncture
January 20th, 2014

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Ah- Ah- Ah- Achoo! Gone outside recently? Then you know that Austin’s cedar trees are working overtime this winter. Has that yellow film of pollen that’s all over your car also gotten into your body, causing itchy eyes, sneezing, nasal congestion, and cough? Us too! TCM can help! Read on to learn some amazingly effective cedar fever remedies using traditional Chinese bodywork and herbs.

Tuina/Chinese Bodywork

Three Passes: To help the body dispel irritating pollens from the system, try this easy technique! Using two or three fingers, start at the wrist crease at the base of the thumb, and then sweep along the forearm up to the elbow joint. Return to the wrist crease and sweep again – repeat 100-500 times.

Gallbladder 31: This point is terrific at relieving all the itching that often comes with cedar

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allergies. To locate it, stand up and let the arm hang naturally at the side. Gallbladder 31 is found where the tip of the middle finger rests on the outside of the thigh. Using the pads of two fingers, press and rotate on this point 50-100 times.

Chest Center: Got chest congestion and a cough? Chest Center to the rescue! This movement helps open the chest and dispel phlegm. From the chest midline at the sternum, use the palms of both hands to push apart to the sides of the chest. Repeat 50-100 times.

 

Herbs

Chrysanthemum: Chrysanthemum flowers are wonderful for red, itchy, burning eyes. They can be taken as an instant beverage that’s already sweetened, or you can steep dried flowers in water to make a tasty, soothing tea.

Pe Min Kan Wan: This very effective herbal formula treats acute or chronic sinus congestion. It’s great for those clogged up noses with thick, yellow discharge, as well as sinus pain or headache.

B4 Vax: A star immune booster! Taking B4 Vax regularly during allergy season – or even better, before allergies strike – is a great way to lessen symptoms.

Sang Ju Yin Jia Jian: If cedar pollen leaves you with an annoying, dry cough, this formula will help moisten your throat and lungs and relieve the cough.

Jing Jie Bai Du San: Got that wet cough instead? The herbs in this formula are great at drying phlegm and opening the chest.

For kids with congestion and a cough, humidity is a great tool to loosen things up. Try putting a humidifier in the bedroom at night, or turn on a nice warm shower and let kids play on the bathtub floor for a while.

Cedar season has a reputation as something to be endured, but there’s no need to suffer through it! Try out these terrific solutions, and then get outside and enjoy the sunshine!

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New Year Herb Pack!

new years herb pack

Happy New Year! Start the year off right with immune boosting, allergy busting, full body cleansing herbs!

Included in this power pack:

  • Pe Min Kan Wan to help fight allergies and cedar fever
  • B4 Vax for boosting your immunity and

    support

  • After Vax for getting back on your feet and boosting your immunity while you are fighting a cold
  • Xiao Yao Wan to help cleanse out the extra holiday indulgences
  • Bojenmi Tea to boost digestion
  • Chrysanthemum drink to help sooth itchy eyes/ allergy symptoms

6 amazing products only $50!
stop in and get yours today!

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Thieves oil to fight colds and flu!

Thieves oil to fight cold and flu!

by Light Family Acupuncture

December, 11 2013

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One of my very favorite scents is thieves oil. For years I was paying (gladly) a high price tag for my favorite thieves blend. But this year I discovered how easy it is to make yourself! The single oils are so much cheaper than blends, I shopped at my local whole foods and got enough essential oil to make 5 batches of thieves for what I was paying for one bottle before! Most of the oils needed can be found in your local co-op, natural grocery, or herb shop. Thieves not only smells just like the holidays, but it has amazing anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. I use thieves whenever I start to feel a little bit under the weather. Get crafty and make your own, to diffuse in your home, as a spray, or massage oil.

Basic Thieves blend (do NOT put straight oil on your skin, this stuff is strong!)

80 drops Clove Bud pure essential oil
70 drops Lemon pure essential oil
40 drops Cinnamon Bark pure essential oil
30 drops Eucalyptus pure essential oil
20 drops Rosemary pure essential oil
OPTIONAL 10 drops of Tea Tree or Lavender or other anti-microbial, aromatic pure essential oil. (while traditional thieves is just the first 5, I used a tea tree/lavender blend in mine)

using a dark glass bottle, mix all oils together. you may adjust the ratios slightly to your taste. shake well to mix.
Shake well before each usage.

uses: ah so many!

  • diffuse with an essential oil diffuser for a fresh holiday smelling home
  • make a spray with 1 drop oil to 1 ounce water in a spray bottle and use on counter tops, door knobs, in the air, anywhere that needs disinfecting
  • make a massage oil by combining 1 drop thieves with 4 drops of a your favorite carrier oil (I use almond or jojoba)
  • laundry – 4-5 drops of oil per load
  • hand soap – 4-5 in per 8 oz unscented liquid soap

One note of caution, be careful

using this around babies and pets, this stuff is strong! If you are more sensitive, dilute your more to your liking. Enjoy your yummy homemade thieves! get creative!

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Boost Your Immunity with Acupressure!

Boost Your Immunity with Acupressure!

Simple techniques for the modern mama and her family

by Light Family Acupuncture
October,22 2013

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Does cold and flu season always take you and your family down? Does it seem like something you just have to get through? It doesn’t have to be! You
the bottom of the kneecap and one finger width to the outside of the tibia, or the bone running down the middle of the calf.
Technique: Press on the point using the tips of one or two fingers and massage in a circular direction. Repeat 50-100 times on each leg.

Once these simple acupressure techniques have been learned, it won’t take more than five minutes a day to run through all of them. Even if you miss a day or two, practicing this routine three to five times a week still helps keep your immunity strong, your digestion smooth, and your family happy and healthy!

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Birth Success Stories!

Birth Success Stories!

by Light Family Acupuncture

October 10th, 2013

pregnant_mom_happy_siblingc50e06We here at Light Family Acupuncture are passionate about prenatal and postpartum care. Healthy happy mommas make healthy happy babies! We have been treating the entire family with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Austin for 10 years, and we are over the moon excited to be nominated for Best Acupuncture Clinic with the Austin Birth Awards this year! To celebrate we wanted to share some of our favorite acupuncture related birth success stories. We’d love to hear your story too! You can share your story with us HERE And don’t forget to go vote in the Austin Birth Awards!

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Acupuncture helped me so much to relax during both my pregnancies. In both pregnancies my water broke without any contractions. Acupuncture help me to get my labor started and I went into labor without going to the hospital or having to take any drugs. I am so grateful for acupuncture for letting me have the birth I wanted, a home birth!

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My first experience with acupuncture was with Melissa Light /Light Family Acupuncture. I went to a community session during my pregnancy. I continued to make appointments. I was miserable for most of my pregnancy and Melissa Light was my only source of relief. Because of her warmth, wisdom and support I hold a special place for her in my heart. She got me through the nausea, swelling, anxiety and allergy season. She eventually assisted with inducing labor when I was over due. I owe a debt of gratitude to Melissa for all that she has done for me.

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My first acupuncture session ever was in 2008. I was 41 weeks pregnant and decidedly grumpy about that. A friend recommended I go see Melissa for acupuncture induction. I was a little freaked out about the whole needles thing, but I was willing to do anything at that point. I am so glad I did, not only did the session completely relax me, but Melissa gave me lots of information on things I could do at home to help speed things along. Less than 24 hours after that appointment I went into labor and had my beautiful daughter naturally about 12 hours after that. I began seeing Melissa regularly to help with postpartum issues, and my daughter also went in for pediatric care. I have been getting regular acupuncture with Melissa ever since, and I don’t know how I ever lived without it! Melissa is such an amazing person, and she always makes you feel welcome and like you are really being listened to. Every session I have with her is tailored to my specific needs at that time. She has helped me with everything from crazy hormonal fluctuations, to insomnia, stress reduction, fighting off cold and flu and even helped me heal a hamstring injury. In short I think she might be magic. Every single time I leave her office I feel better than when I walked in. If you need acupuncture in Austin, look no further!

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