Five Self Care Tips for Winter

Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that humans should live in harmony with the seasons. According to traditional Chinese medicine there are five seasons: winter, spring, summer, late summer and fall. Each season has many associations that help us change our habits, allowing for a more balanced mind and body. When these systems were being developed, people were living in harmony with nature. People rose with the sun, ate what was available during the different seasons and they were much more aware of their natural environment. What to wear, when to wake up, when to go to sleep and what activities to engage in were all dependent on the weather and the environment. Because of this, people were capable of staying healthy throughout the year and their immune and organ systems were strong enough to ward off disease. continue reading »

Acupuncture for Kids

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, whose brains and bodies aren’t yet fully developed. continue reading »

3 Ways Acupuncture Supports Couples Facing Infertility

image of woman holding a scan over her stomact.

Becoming a parent is one of the most exciting and life changing experiences a person can have. Unfortunately, getting pregnant is not always an easy or straightforward experience for many couples. 

Infertility is defined by the medical community as being unable to conceive after one year of trying. This is a deceivingly simple definition for a wide-reaching and complex problem. Nearly one in eight couples report having some issues with infertility and the number is rising. Even more worrisome is that very little is understood about the causes of infertility. In fact cases of infertility related to “unknown causes” may be as high as 15 percent. 

The good news is that there is a range of treatments available that are often effective. Acupuncture is a great compliment to fertility treatments and a great way to balance your body as it prepares to conceive. 

Here are three ways that acupuncture can help you as you begin your journey to parenthood: 


Preparing to Conceive

Our bodies are incredible systems. Each function in the body works to support another. Becoming pregnant is one of the most intense experiences your body can go through. In order to have a healthy and happy pregnancy, your body needs to be in top shape. Acupuncture helps you balance your Qi, balance your energy and blood circulation and remove blockages. When your energy is blocked it can limit your chances of getting pregnant and maintaining a healthy pregnancy. 

Acupuncture as a Primary Treatment 

When people cannot become pregnant they often go to their doctor. Many doctors cannot always provide the answers about what is causing infertility and may quickly prescribe medicines, like clomid, to increase the chances of conception. While prescribing medicines to treat infertility is not inherently bad, instantly jumping to a fertility drug can mask underlying issues. Acupuncture is a better first step when you are considering pregnancy because it helps keep your body in balance. It does not mask underlying issues, but instead focuses on overall health and well-being, which better supports reproduction.   

Acupuncture as a Complementary Treatment 

There are some causes of fertility that acupuncture on its own cannot treat including endometriosis. However, acupuncture and herbal medicine, can help increase the chances of success with IVF, inseminations and embryo transfers. It is best to start a series of acupuncture treatments before attempting IVF, insemination or a transfer. These treatments can help prepare your body for pregnancy and increase the chances of implantation. 

No matter what path you are taking on your pregnancy journey, acupuncture plays an important role. The risks are few and the primary side effect is perhaps the best of all — a healthy, happy baby!

Your Gut and Brain Connection

Have you heard of your “second brain”? While you are probably familiar with your central
nervous system, made up of our brain and your spinal cord, you might not have heard of the
“brain” in your stomach. Your brain-gut connection has a bigger impact on your health and wellness then you might think!

New research shows that our brain health, overall wellness and gut are more connected than
we ever thought possible. Chemicals in your gut can impact the chemicals in your brain and vise
versa. For example, a large portion of your body’s serotonin, a chemical that contributes to
feelings of happiness and well-being, is produced in the gut.

While Western medicine is just catching on to the importance of the brain-gut connection, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have known this for centuries. Those who have studied TCM know that the body is connected and that you cannot treat one symptom without
addressing the body as a whole system.

Western medicine often focuses on rooting out the bad or destroying whatever is ailing you.
Unfortunately, this can do more harm than good because when you attack a virus or bacteria,
you often kill the good bacteria and cells in your body as well. Instead of going into attack mode,
TCM helps your body heal itself by cultivating a healthy, robust microbiome “garden”.

Are you curious about your own microbiome and how it might be impacting your health? Watch
this video to learn more about the world of microbes inside your body and contact us to see how
you can improve your health by cultivating your own “garden”.


Call today to schedule your examination to see if acupuncture can help at 385-498-3914.




Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness Inc. team

Can Acupuncture help with Chronic Fatigue?

You’re tired. You just can’t seem to stay awake. You rest and rest, but find no relief. You could be suffering from chronic fatigue.

Chronic fatigue is more than just feeling tired or worn down after a long week. Chronic fatigue is extreme tiredness that doesn’t go away when you rest and isn’t caused by an underlying medical condition.

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This condition can be debilitating and impact every aspect of your life. Unfortunately, there is no clear understanding of what causes chronic fatigue or what may make it worse. Some researchers speculate that it could be caused by a virus, stress or hormonal imbalances, but no clear reason is agreed upon. In fact, it wasn’t until recently that chronic fatigue was a recognized and widely-accepted medical diagnosis.

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A key sign of chronic fatigue is exhaustion lasting for more than six months that doesn’t go away after a night’s rest and cannot be treated with bedrest. This complete fatigue can even contribute to memory loss, loss of concentration and extreme malaise that lasts long after an exertion.

How Does Acupuncture Help with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

While there is no clear cure or one-size-fits-all treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome, acupuncture can help with both the mental and physical symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Since the early 2000s researchers have been looking into the benefits of acupuncture for treating chronic fatigue syndrome with promising results. Recipients of treatment showed marked improvements in their mental and physical states, as well as overall pain.

Others Ways to Treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Acupuncture is an effective way to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, but it is just one piece of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) puzzle for overall health and wellness. One of the most significant ways to make a difference in your well being is through dietary changes. In Traditional Chinese Medicine the stomach is the center of your body’s qi. By ingesting nourishing foods that promote balance, we can help our body heal itself and encourage the flow of qi throughout the body.

Another way to reduce the symptoms and struggles of chronic fatigue syndrome is through the use of traditional herbs, ginseng root has been proven to be especially effective when treating the symptoms of exhaustion and chronic fatigue syndrome.

While there is no cure for chronic fatigue syndrome, you don’t have to live in darkness or suffer alone. Acupuncture, combined with other Traditional Chinese Medicine treatments, can help you live your best life and find your health again.


To schedule your examination please call 385-498-3914.




Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness Inc team