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Bonnie West, L.Ac.
Nationally Board Cerified
(NCCAOM)


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Acupunture Provides Effective Pain Relief
Cosmetic Acupunture — A Natural Approach to Looking Younger
Celebrate the Changing Season with a Root Vegetable Soup



Acupuncture Provides Effective Pain Relief

Acupuncture is probably most well known in the West for its ability to treat a wide variety of pain. Most of us will experience some form of pain at some time in our lives: headache, TMJ, arthritis, or shoulder, neck or back pain. Whether the pain is due to an injury, illness or emotional trauma, pain is a signal that there is a problem in your body that needs attention.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there is a network of pathways called “meridians” running throughout the body. The function of these meridians is to distribute energy (or “qi”) and blood to every area of the body, nourishing and protecting it. Pain is usually an indication that this process has been disrupted and that a blockage has developed. The insertion of acupuncture needles at specific points along the meridians will break up the blockage, restore the flow of qi and blood to the affected area, thereby relaxing the muscles, decreasing inflammation and promoting healing, thus relieving the pain.

Recently there have been numerous studies conducted by Western researchers including the Mayo Clinic, that confirm what the Chinese have known for several thousand years: Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for pain!

Please do not hesitate to contact bwestacupuncture@visi.com if you have further questions.

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Cosmetic Acupuncture – A Natural Approach to Looking Young

Facial rejuvenation, cosmetic acupuncture or acupuncture face-lift are all phrases that are used to refer to the use of acupuncture to promote and maintain healthy looking skin. More then just a surface treatment, cosmetic acupuncture corrects the body’s imbalances that contribute to the signs of aging.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) there is a network of pathways called “meridians” running throughout the body. The function of these meridians is to distribute energy (or “qi”) and blood to every area of the body, nourishing and protecting it. Cosmetic Acupuncture works to increase the circulation of qi and blood to the face to reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging. This increase in circulation causes an increase in the amount of moisture and collagen, which improves the overall color, tone and vitality of the complexion. 

Patients frequently report a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles, a lifting and tightening along the jaw line, vibrant and more even skin tone and reduced puffiness, especially around the eyes. Other benefits can include: improved sleep, digestion and reduced anxiety.

Cosmetic Acupuncture is an excellent choice for maintaining a healthy, youthful complexion.

Interested in learning more? Please contact bwestacupuncture@visi.com.

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Celebrate the Changing Season with a Root Vegetable Soup

As summer turns to autumn our food choices reflect the bounty of this time of year. The farmer’s markets are overflowing with winter squash, turnips, parsnips and other root vegetables. Local orchards supply a wide variety of fresh apples, and pumpkins are available to carve in preparation for Halloween. The end of the growing season is in sight.

The changes in our environment are often reflected in our health. Autumn is considered a time of transition, when summer turns to winter. As we adjust to the cooler days and longer nights, we should also adjust our diet.

As the temperatures fall, include more soups and stews in your diet. Foods that you wouldn’t think of eating during the hot summer months become more appealing. Baked foods and hearty stews are much more satisfying when the weather is cooler.

The following is one of my favorite October soups:

Root Vegetable Potage

3 tablespoons butter
6 small turnips, peeled and diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 bay leaves
2 medium potatoes, diced
6 cups vegetable stock
generous pinch each: ground cloves and hot pepper
sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
½ cup toasted walnuts

In a big pot, sauté together the butter, turnips, onion, carrots and celery until onions begin to turn golden brown. Add remaining ingredients (except walnuts) and simmer for 25 minutes. Remove 2 cups of soup, (avoiding the bay leaves) and puree in blender or food processor, return to pot. Serve garnished with nuts.

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