This is the first in a series of blog posts from an Indigo Dragon client on a journey to wellness.
I have a new addiction, and it’s called acupuncture.
As someone who enjoys life’s pleasantries (a two hour massage, good glass of red wine, lengthy soak in the hot tub – get the picture?), I didn’t expect to be crossing the comfort divide and craving a regular needle poking session, but it turns out it’s exactly what I needed.
Now, I know as well as anyone that acupuncture has been around for a thousand years and is practiced all across the world. Anything that old has most definitely stood the test of time and helped millions of people in different ways, from stress relief to injury rehabilitation. But I had never invited it into my life as a form of treatment until this past year. Why? Mmm, the needles.
My concerns were quashed in my very first session. Most of the time I didn’t even feel the miniscule acupuncture needles as they got applied, and those that gave me a second’s sensation were not painful. If anything, the warm treatment “bed”, soft music and tranquil setting put me to sleep in minutes. Now that I’m an old hand at this, I find that if I don’t actually fall asleep during the sessions, I tend to move into a deep trance like state of consciousness that I’ve been actively embracing during the time Jen (my acupuncturist) vacates the room to let the acupuncture do its magic.
After my first two sessions I decided to commit to going weekly. I suffer from an autoimmune disease and started to see relief almost immediately… Along with some other holistic approaches, I am currently able to maintain my condition without the addition of dangerous drugs, and acupuncture has become a critical part of that journey. Depending on what my body needs each week, Jen introduces moxi (a traditional Chinese medicine therapy using moxa made from dried mugwort), cupping, or other modalities. Her intuition about which treatment my body needs has led me to believe that there might be some magic involved, but let’s keep that between us…
Although I first walked through the welcoming doors of Indigo Dragon in search of relief from the symptoms of my disease, I have now found that my weekly session brings so much more to my life. Importantly, I take the time out to actually relax (something that is a challenge for this goal-oriented girl), and relax I most certainly do. I feel the week’s stresses melt away as the balance of flow is corrected within my body. The pain in my joints ease with each session, and by this point is holding that pattern. And I feel like I hit the reset button on my body for the week ahead.
Acupuncture has now simply become something that I do, kind of like getting my hair trimmed or my teeth cleaned. Except unlike in those appointments, every part of my being benefits from these sessions.
I’m an acupuncture aficionado. I’ve had sessions once a week for over two years now and swear by its effects on my mind, body and soul. I’m also slightly obsessed with keeping my two sons healthy (did I just say that out loud?!), and recently started to wonder why I wasn’t treating them to the benefits of acupuncture. Then I remembered. Needles. Now I’ll be the first to tell you that acupuncture needles DO NOT HURT, but try telling that to a nine and 10 year old who won’t even let me use tweezers on a finger splinter.
So acupuncture fell to the back of my consciousness until I heard that Indigo Dragon Center had a new pediatric acupuncturist starting up. I was all ears. Would an acupuncturist specializing in children have a unique way of presenting the needles? Would he or she distract the kids with candy so they wouldn’t know what was happening? Actually, none of the above. Because in David Allen’s pediatric acupuncture they have ways to stimulate the acupuncture points without needles! A micro current modality — or “tickle machine” — takes the place of the needles, while David let’s the child move around freely, totally putting them at ease. My son smiled and chatted away for 20 minutes and actually enjoyed the sensation of the micro-current machine. David asked some leading questions to understand my son’s constitution and any issues he may be suffering from and targeted his treatment accordingly.
Not only was it a walk in the park, but I saw a rapid improvement in some symptoms my son was suffering from shortly afterwards. Needless to say, we will be heading back in for more sessions.
WHY DO KIDS NEED ACUPUNCTURE?
The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine answer this question so perfectly, I’m just going to go right ahead and copy and paste it here: “A child’s bio-energetic systems are in the “yang” phase and not fully developed, which means their energy (qi) moves very quickly. Due to their rapidly growing bodies, infants consume large amounts of qi. This often depletes the organs most responsible for producing qi, which can result in hyper-stimulation and offers a fertile ground for health problems.”
WHAT IF MY CHILD CAN’T SIT STILL?
Let’s face it — none of them can! The good news is, because they don’t have needles poking out of them, pediatric patients can move freely. David usually has a box of toys to keep them entertained, or, as in the case of my son, will just chat with them throughout the treatment. Also, with shorter treatment times, the session is over before they’ve had a chance to get bored.
WHAT DOES PEDIATRIC ACUPUNCTURE TREAT?
A better question would be, “What doesn’t it treat?” Just like within the adult population, acupuncture can help with anything from the common cold, to asthma, to food allergies to autism.
HOW CAN A MACHINE TAKE THE PLACE OF THE NEEDLES?
Since the nervous system runs on electricity to conduct it’s signals, and acupuncture needles works because metal needles interact with this electricity, we can use mild topical electrical stimulation to do the job. All they feel is a mild “tapping” sensation on the skin. Kids love the “tickle machine”!
We have all heard that our children are “a gift on loan from heaven”. Indeed, children are delivered to us with gifts from the heavens!
We all know babies are born with unique personalities and can be very different from their siblings, but until they are older their personality can remain a mystery. However, it doesn’t have to remain a mystery. There is a “blueprint” of their talents, character traits, and basic personality in the astrological birth chart of your child.
How much easier and rewarding would parenting your child be, if you knew specific strategies that will bring forth the talents your child was gifted with at birth?
• What if you knew how to foster and encourage the TALENTS within your child?
• What if you discovered how to EXPRESS LOVE to your child in the unique way they are best able to RECEIVE LOVE?
• What if you learned how to COMMUNICATE with your child in the best way for them to easily understand and COMPREHEND your message?
• What if you could help them to feel EMOTIONALLY SAFE and NURTURED in a way that will remain within them (as though they have You inside like a GPS) after they leave home?
• For example, what if you knew that it was an EMPOWERING CHOICE for your child to select an individual or partner activity vs. a team or group activity? Then when your child gets anxious about joining a team, you can happily support them to select the best way to participate.
Client Example: “Well, you were right. My 3 year-old daughter really did have a problem with me doing everything for her. We used your idea of her setting the table for my husband and me each night, and that we wouldn’t be able to eat unless she did her part. She is so proud of her job! I had a hard time believing that we could find a way for her to feel powerful at only 3, but this has made a big difference in our house.” – Kelly H.
Individualize your Parenting Strategies according to the Heavens, so that your child becomes a STAR! Get better results when Communicating, Nurturing, and Motivating your child, so that they can thrive. Encourage and support your child in the way they can receive in order to become their best!
Schedule a Star Kids Consultation or a Star Kids & Parent Profile with Jannine@IndigoDragonCenter.com
In order to make the most of this year simply be the Rooster! The rooster is the ” Dawn Awakener”. This is your year to be loud – let your voice be heard, be proud, be bright and be bold. Wake up early, dress in your brightest clothes, fun hair, fun jewelry, and start your day with a “Cockadoodledooooooooo”! Overall 2017 is going to be colorful and action oriented…A year to insight creativity, humor, honesty, and punctuality. But beware the complementary extremes of disorder, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, turbulence, and dominance.
As Chinese medicine practitioners who practice acupuncture, we are always looking for complementary ways for our clients to bring peace, calm and happiness to their lives, so we reached out to our favorite Feng Shui Master, Lisa Mckay (www.lisamckayfengshui.com) to discover some actions we can do immediately to allow the wind and water in our lives to flow most easily as we bring in the New Year.
Remove clutter from your spaces! The stagnant & heavy energy of clutter will interfere with the successful energies of 2017 impacting your opportunities including financial wealth.
Remove or repair everything that is not working in your home, office, business & car as these broken items are symbolic of how life is working (or not working).
Clean your home’s front entrance including landscaping, doors, windows, lights & welcome mat. A poorly kept or sterile entrance doesn’t attract the vibrant chi & provides the message we are indifferent to or struggling with life.
Complete all 2016 actions you identified as important. Having unfinished actions from 2016 that are still applicable to your life will influence what does or does not unfold for you in 2017.
To me the Fire Rooster inspires some real action!! We are going to be active in business this year but only truly successful if we can stay clear and bright!! I interpret this to mean going to bed with the sun and rising with the sun so that our energy will be stable, our minds sharp, and our bodies healthy. Also allowing time for organization and structure throughout every aspect. However don’t forget to let your hair down, hold your head high and wear your favorite brightest clothes and bling 😉 Cockadoodledoooooooo!!!
If you haven’t had a chance to sample our new favorite supplement then make sure to stop by for a tasty treat!
Pur Black is a live resin that has been used in healing practices for thousands of years. Talk about a superfood! It actually acts to boost other supplements that you are taking, as well as offering the following incredible benefits:
Boosts brain function
Repairs bone & tissue incredibly fast
Contains just the right type of Calcium to help build strong bones
Sound too good to be true? Well, if all the scientific studies backing the claims are not enough to convince you, just ask any one of us at Indigo Dragon — we’ve all found our moods elevated and our sleep improved since we started taking it!
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With all the media attention to leaky gut and micro biomes the last couple of years, we are pretty sure we are not the first to break it to you…Your gut health IS your health. If you’re wondering how that one part of your body governs it all, check out this fact: Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract begins at the mouth and ends at the anus and is approximately 30 feet long! Makes more sense now, doesn’t it?
Here’s a secret. Chinese medicine and Ayurveda have understood the importance of digestive health all along. Chinese medicine stresses the importance of preserving stomach-Qi as the most important treatment method, and Ayurveda, the ancient Indian healing system, believes that undigested and partially digested food lingers in the body, leading to the formation of “ama”, or toxins which cause disease in the body and mind.
Your Gut Is Your Second Brain
Scientists often refer to the lining of our gut as “the second brain” as it’s home to a complex and influential network of hundreds of millions of neurons. The GI tract is not only responsible for the digestive process but it’s also the core of our bodies immune system. The cells in the gut lining also produce 95% of the serotonin in our bodies, stimulating nerve-cell growth and alerting the immune system to germs. The rest of the serotonin occurs in the brain, where it regulates happiness and mood.
The gut and the brain are in constant contact with each other thanks to serotonin with chemical messages going back and forth between the brain and the gut. The result? When our body is in stress the brain sends warning messages to the stomach which results in stomach churning. When our gut is upset, it sends messages to our brain, which can negatively affect our moods before we even begin to feel symptoms.
So, what’s going on in our head can affect our gut! Our modern, stressed-out lifestyle may be our stomach’s biggest enemy. The over-scheduled hectic pace of our lives, which leads to our reliance on caffeine, sugar, and processed foods, can really upset our microbiome.
Our bodies are mostly microbes — over 100 trillion of them outnumbering our human cells ten to one! The majority live in our gut, some of them do helpful things like breaking down carbohydrates in the intestine and producing infection-fighting antibodies and vitamins, while others acting as destructive bacteria secreting toxins and promoting disease.
In a healthy gut, the good bacteria far outnumber the bad but when the balance of the microbiome is disrupted signals are sent to the immune system to overreact causing inflammation, food sensitivities, and a myriad of symptoms both in the GI system and throughout the whole body.
With the understanding that digestive health can be the root cause for many health issues including mental health, a holistic approach is called for. Be in no doubt: with the right approach you can restore the GI tract to full health, and therefore build a stronger immune system and more balanced mental health.
INDIGO DRAGON’S DIGESTIVE SYSTEM RESET PACKAGE
Introducing Indigo Dragon’s 6-week Digestive System Reset Package. Combining Acupuncture and Ayurveda, this package will Reset, Repair, Rejuvenate and Re-educate you and your digestive health system.
Reset the digestive system with a nurturing Ayurvedic cleanse tailored to you
Repair with six weeks of acupuncture treatments with our Chinese medicine practitioners
Rejuvenate with foods, meditation, yoga and breath work videos
Re-education with two consultations with our Ayurvedic counselor on how to eat, exercise and live for your unique constitution in order to keep your digestive system healthy and balanced
“The experience I had at Indigo Dragon was amazing. I am 41 years old and just recently diagnosed with Crohns Disease. Prior to my diagnosis I was experiencing severe abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, diarrhea, and fatigue. I was so sick I had moved back into my parent’s house so they could take care of me. I met with Colette, the Ayurvedic counselor, and she recommended a six week program between herself and Jennifer, the Acupunturist. I asked her if she thought I would notice a difference in six weeks….she said, emphatically, yes. Finally someone was listening to my experiences with my personal symptoms. She pointed out my imbalances and what I could do to improve my health. There were new foods to try, allowing time for breathing exercises, and making sure I continue my artwork. Within five days I had less abdominal pain, less fatigue, and no vomiting! My parents noticed a difference immediately. It’s been three weeks now and I would say I’m back to my normal self. I have gained weight, am back at work, no longer sleeping all day, not vomiting….just feeling amazing! I have been shown the way to heal myself without any medications. And they are always there for me, promptly responding to my texts and emails. I am so grateful to Indigo Dragon. “
With the advent of the internet, our lives have become increasingly connected and accessible. One area that has experienced significant growth in recent years is online dating. In Australia, this trend has gained immense popularity, with more and more people turning to the internet to find love and companionship. According to a recent survey, approximately 30% of Australians have tried online dating at some point in their lives. This growing trend has transformed the way people meet and interact, providing a convenient and efficient platform for individuals to connect with potential partners.
One of the key reasons behind the rise of online dating in Australia is the busy and fast-paced lifestyle that many people lead. With work commitments, social engagements, and other daily responsibilities, finding the time to meet new people can be challenging. Online dating platforms such as Australian Lovezoid provide a solution to this problem by offering a convenient way to meet like-minded individuals from the comfort of your own home. These platforms allow users to browse through profiles, chat with potential matches, and even arrange dates, all at their own pace and convenience.
Another factor contributing to the popularity of online dating is the wide range of options available. Traditional dating methods often limit individuals to meeting people within their immediate social circle or geographic location. However, online dating breaks down these barriers, allowing individuals to connect with people from different cities, states, or even countries. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities, increasing the chances of finding a compatible partner.
Furthermore, online dating offers a level of anonymity and privacy that traditional dating may lack. Many people feel more comfortable expressing themselves and sharing personal information online, which can lead to more open and honest conversations. This increased transparency can help individuals form deeper connections and make more informed decisions when it comes to choosing a potential partner.
Additionally, online dating platforms often utilize advanced algorithms and matching systems to help users find compatible matches. These systems take into account various factors, such as interests, values, and compatibility, to suggest potential matches. By leveraging these technologies, online dating platforms can enhance the chances of finding a meaningful connection, reducing the time and effort spent on incompatible matches.
It is important to note that while online dating offers numerous benefits, it also comes with its own set of challenges. One common concern is the authenticity of profiles and the risk of encountering fake accounts or individuals with malicious intentions. However, reputable online dating platforms employ strict verification processes and safety measures to ensure the security of their users. It is crucial for individuals to exercise caution, be mindful of their personal information, and report any suspicious activity to the platform.
In conclusion, online dating has become a growing trend in Australia, providing a convenient and efficient way for individuals to meet potential partners. With the hectic nature of modern life, online dating offers a solution to the time constraints faced by many people. The wide range of options, increased privacy, and advanced matching systems further contribute to the appeal of online dating. However, it is important to approach online dating with caution and prioritize personal safety. By doing so, individuals can embrace the opportunities offered by online dating and increase their chances of finding love and companionship.
What other part of our bodies do we strap into a tight garment? One that constricts movement, breathing, blood and lymph flow for hours a day? Imagine if you did that to your arm! What would happen to it? Boobs (yep, we’re going clinical here) need movement; they need to feel soft and supple. Heck, they even tingle when they are really happy! How are your breasts feeling? Do you get breast pain and swelling each month? Do you have fibrocystic breasts? Do you worry about breast cancer? Well…Your breasts are telling you something. They’re telling you you need Breast Health Boot Camp!
LET’S GET GOING:
The Do’s and Don’ts
DO let your buddies breath, bounce and giggle everyday.
DO restrict coffee, alcohol and chocolate (except for an occasional bit of dark chocolate with very low sugar.)
DO Pack you buddies in bras with no underwire. There are several studies that have linkED breast cancer to underwire use.
DON’T ever sleep with a bra.
DON’T ever store your cell phone anywhere near your breasts. (Or any other part of your body for that matter)
DO Castor Oil Breast Packs once a month. Here’s how: (What you need: 30 min, Castor Wool Flannel, Organic Castor Oil, Ace bandage wrap, heating pad, old t-shirt, zip lock bag.) Apply a liberal amount of castor oil to breast. Do breast massage. Apply wool flannel to breast. You can add more castor oil to the flannel as well. Cover breast completely. Apply heating pad. Take the Ace bandage and create a “bikini” figure 8 wrap to secure the flannel in place. Throw on the old t-shirt. Grab a book, meditate, breath deep into your breast and relax…Give yourself at least 20 minutes but you can do more. When you’re ready, unwrap breast, do breast massage again and then wipe off castor oil. Throw on a tank top, or shirt for the rest of the day. Let the breasts giggle and feel free!
DO take supplements for breast health: Iodine, Selenium, and Chinese Herb Formulas.
DO get a thermogram and ultrasound every year. Thermograms can detect breast cancer long before an actual tumor is in formation. A mammogram detects breast cancer once the cells have multiplied to over 10,000! They also expose you to a ton of radiation. They do have their place in diagnostic breast cancer but there is mounting evidence that they don’t really help prevent breast cancer. And what happens when something suspicious is found on a mammogram? You are sent for a diagnostic ultrasound. Painless and completely safe. Why not start with a thermogram and a diagnostic ultrasound? Don’t let health insurance dictate what’s best for you. Then, if needed get the mammogram.
DO a cleanse. It’s better to do a 3 week cleanse but if you only can manage a few days, we’ll take it! Give your body time to rid itself of the toxins it accumulates. Breasts have lots of fat tissue that like to hold onto toxins. Indigo Dragon has several cleanse options and we help you pick the one that is right for you.
DO examine the ingredients in your household items. The skin is our largest organ and picks up chemicals from the environment. Get rid of any toxic products and find new healthy products to use on your body, in your house, on your pets and in your yard.
If you do this you”ll find…….
Your breasts will start to tingle, feel soft and supple, they will be perky and happy. They won’t hurt with your menstrual cycle. Breast feeling will be easier. Chinese medicine considers the breasts an extension of the heart. Our breasts are the first to feel what our hearts send out and bring in. Clearing emotional patterns and painful memories will help breast health. Go for it ladies! And, as always, if you have any questions, we’re always here to help.