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The fire child is enthusiastic and spontaneous in his/her play.  They also can be described as a leader or performer. For example, the Fire child likes new things, are attracted to "bright, shiny objects," and would be happy to sing you a song.  Characteristics seen in the Fire child are they enjoy excitement and sensuality, and seek contact and intimacy.  Also, they are passionate, sensitive and empathetic.  For instance, as a playmate, they make sure that everyone is included.  Personality traits include lively, charismatic, optimistic and enthusiastic.    They are intuitive learners. Great ways to help your Fire child thrive at home is with regular meals including a protein snack after school and drinking plenty of water.  An Epsom salt bath before bed will help them to wind down and sleep.  Set clear goals to get beyond instant gratification.  These kids respond best with a mapped schedule for physical activity and quiet time, as well as, emotional regulation tools.  Helping them to balance humor and being silly, acting/performing, and teaching them to trust their intuition to manage their emotions. Great tips for the teacher to help the child excel at school include being aware that they may have difficulty focusing for long periods and tend to get disruptive so...

The five elements is a foundation of traditional Chinese medicine.  They are related to the seasons, different organs of the body and their functions, and the constitution of a person.  The five elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.  The five elements create a cycle and help to nourish and balance each other.  An imbalance in one element can flow into the next element and cause an imbalance in that one as well.  A person's constitution usually has a dominant element and then has some tendencies from 1 or 2 of the other elements.  By understanding what element type your child is you can understand the unique way your child experiences and reacts to their environment and situations, learning and attention styles, and strategies to help you help your child take on the world and live a more harmonious life.   Below you will find a brief description about each element today and in...

'Tis the season for flu shots, runny noses, coughs, and sniffles. Being exposed to different viruses and having your immune systems fight them off is what makes your immune system stronger.  If your child catches a virus and it becomes really severe or seems to linger on for more than a couple weeks, this is evidence that your child's immune system is not as strong as it could be. What may be surprising to you is that what your child eats can either strengthen or weaken your child's immune system. 7 Things you can do to help your child Limit sugar intake No or very limited dairy products Limited cold foods Eat warm, healing foods Probiotics and prebiotics Hydration Acupressure   Limit sugar Sugar causes inflammation in the body.  When your child is sick their body already has some inflammation.  Some inflammation is necessary to fight off a virus or bacteria, but too much...

When people think about kids with autism they don't usually think about acupuncture (Chinese medicine) as a modality that can help.  Acupuncture actually can help tremendously with autism.  How acupuncture addresses autism, as well as any other concern or problem, is to look at the root cause of the imbalance in the child.  These are the small signs and symptoms that were seen before the diagnosis as well as the behavior, sleep patterns, appetite and other manifestations. With children, we start with looking at their character type.  In acupuncture there are five different character types: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.  These character types help us to understand why people behave, react, and interact in certain ways.  If you want to know more about the character types and determine what character type your child is, click here and you can sign up to receive my free e-book "Breaking Your Child's Code". We then...

For those of you who have been reading my blogs or have read through my website have probably seen me use the phrase “create health” a few times.  Let me explain what I mean by this. Have you ever noticed that “normal” has changed? Working in the clinic during acupuncture school and with talking to parents of patients as a nurse, I have heard the word normal thrown out so many times.  Do you have any reflux?  Yes, but it’s normal.  Do you have any pain?  Yes, but that’s normal as I get older.  Do your baby have reflux? Yes, but its normal and she will grow out of it. Did you know that none of these are actually normal and you don’t have to live with it. Another thing that most people believe is that if you have a family history of a disease or health problem, you will inevitably have that disease...

Throughout school and now a graduate awaiting to open my own practice, I get asked this question a lot.  Not only what is acupuncture, but also what is the difference between acupuncture and dry needling.  If you were wondering these same questions, today is your lucky day!  😊 Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). According to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) states that “TCM originated in ancient China and has evolved over thousands of years.  TCM practitioners use herbal medicines and various mind and body practices, such as acupuncture and tai chi, to treat or prevent health problems. Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body – most often by inserting thin needles through the skin.”   That is the formal and simple explanation of acupuncture and TCM.  I like to take it one step further. Acupuncture is...

As I start building my practice and spreading the word, I have many people ask me how I came up with the name Blue Butterfly.  Let me tell you it was a process.  A bit of a stressful process to think of something that would resonate with me and be attractive to clients, especially kids. We will start with Butterfly. As soon as I started to think about a name the word "transformation" kept coming up for me - in my head, in classes, in readings.  But using the actual word sounded too serious, too weighty, too burdensome.  So I started thinking about what in this world goes through transformations.  Butterfly, caterpillar, moth, phoenix, etc.  I ruminated on these for close to a month while I thought about if I wanted another word to go with it. Coming up with Blue came about a little more organically. I had already had it in the...