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Acupuncture and nutritional therapy. One is based on a traditional medicine from 4,000 years ago and the other based on most up to date scientific research. How do these two practices work so well together? Why would I need either of these if I have a primary care doctor? After working 15 years in the western medical world as a Pediatric ICU nurse, I realized that western medicine doesn't have all the answers. That taking a prescription doesn't always work, may not completely resolve the issue and/or may even cause different issues. Now I'm not saying that acupuncture or nutritional therapy on their own can solve all the health problems. What we need to realize is that our health issues did not come from a single source. Our state of health today is determined by our genetics, environment, diet, social relationships, and...

Most kids, as well as a lot of adults, are afraid of needles. So the pairing of acupuncture and kids might not be an obvious one. However, more and more parents are seeking alternative methods of treatment for their children, because our conventional medical system is faltering a bit. Pharmaceuticals are proving to be more harmful than beneficial for many people, especially kids, who brains and bodies aren't yet fully developed. Pediatric Acupuncture Specialty Acupuncture is gaining popularity among pediatrics. There are licensed acupuncturists who specialize in treating children and they are in high demand. These pediatric acupuncturists are helping children where others can't and for many, it is lifesaving. Shonishin Pediatric acupuncture is commonly known as shonishin and it rarely uses needles. Instead, this form of acupuncture utilizes the practitioners' hands and rounded tools to stimulate the acupoints of the child. The practitioner will gently and...

My health journey actually didn't start with my diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). I didn't start to actually address it until 2013. For 10 years, I let it simmer. I knew someday I would probably have to deal with it. I honestly didn't know the damage I was doing to my health and my body by masking my symptoms with prescription medications. Me today diagnosis I was lying back on the table, my feet up in the stirrups, trying to think about anything else other than the doctor who was examining my pelvic area. I became distracted in that effort when I noticed him double and triple checking his palpation of my ovaries. He asked me "have you ever been told that you have cysts?" My reply was "Never." He recommended I come back in a few days to get...

There is a very delicate balance to hormones in the body. If any hormone becomes in excess or deficient, it will affect the other hormones in the body. Today, I am going to discuss excess of estrogen, also known as estrogen dominance. Excess of estrogen can happen in two ways. A person can either have more estrogen than normal. Or a person can have decreased levels of progesterone. Either way, the gap between these two hormones has increased, changing their ratio.   Functions of Estrogen Estrogen has many healthy effects on the body when at the optimal level. Estrogen is best known for preparing the uterus for pregnancy or menstrual cycle. Other functions of estrogen include body temperature regulation, memory function, protects heart from cholesterol, helps liver regulate cholesterol production, and increases bone density and strength. symptoms of estrogen dominance Estrogen Dominance Symptoms Estrogen dominance symptoms in women include weight gain especially around hips, waist and...

There are many factors involved with feeling tired. If you are overtired, Traditional Chinese Medicine is able to pinpoint the culprit, give some extra pep and help you kick those afternoon blues. In TCM, the idea of treatment is to find the root of the problem instead of simply treating the symptoms. In the case of fatigue, there are many possible root causes to feeling tired including: stress, depression, over exercising, lack of sleep, poor diet, poor absorption of nutrients and vitamin deficiency. Of course, these can overlap and one can exacerbate the other. Possible TCM Syndromes Spleen qi deficiency and dampness This mainly comes from poor digestion and malabsorption of nutrients from an insufficient diet. Associated symptoms are a pale complexion, gas and bloating, to name a few. Dampness is excessive mucus and a feeling of heaviness in the head and body usually seen in overweight individuals. Since food is not digested well,...

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...