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When to see your Acupuncturist

When to see your Acupuncturist

So, a patient walked in and I asked how he was doing – “Well, if I was doing well I wouldn’t be here.” I hear that sometimes, but did you know you don’t have to be sick or in pain to come in for a visit? So here is a little snippet about when to see your Acupuncturist, when I go, and what I experience from a practitioner’s point of view.

Quick answer – go often, go for anything, go for nothing, go for everything. Everyone should come in at least once per season at minimal (think of it like watering a plant). If you really want to get specific, come at the corresponding time related to your chinese animal...

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Avoid the Flu that’s here

Oh Portland! It’s flu season over here! Want to avoid all that cough, sinus, and headache stuff? Come in for a treatment at the very first sign! Make an appt here: KimBoldrini.net/contact

What are the symptoms of this flu? It begins with a sore throat, then sinus congestion, onto deep cough, then dry asthmatic cough. It is seeming to last 2 weeks, and honestly, ain’t nobody got time for that! It is called a wind damp invasion.

I have been able to help every patient that has come in with first signs including one client who was getting on an airplane and was dreading being sick for a long flight and ruining her vacation.

If you do get signs and it happens to be 11pm on Saturday drink some mint tea and add the white part of the green onion bulb. Sounds gross, but it’s quite good...

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Ginger Foot Soak Instruction

Ginger foot soak, a simple, great home care remedy for aches, pains, and colds (the kind with runny nose and aches). This lifesaver was taught to us by Dr Lillian Chang LAc, our teacher and founder of WMI.

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What you need:

A pot of boiling water (about 6 quarts)

Knife

Two handfuls of fresh ginger

Half a handful of turmeric if you have pain

A plastic container you can fit your feet in

Two hand towels you don’t mind getting discolored

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Instructions:

Chop ginger into small slices. I even grate some as well. Add to boiling water and simmer 5-10 minutes. If you have pain add the turmeric. Ginger moves the blood and turmeric gets rid of pain. Turmeric will color your skin and towels orange.

Pour the ginger water into plastic tub and add some water to even out tempe...

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Are you new to Chinese Medicine/acupuncture?

What is a treatment like?

Normally a treatment consists of a one and a half hour session. There is an intake with tongue and pulse reading, general questions, and palpation. I will work on a treatment plan for the issue at hand as well as any underlying ailments.

I use treatment tables for your comfort. The needles should feel comfortable. Sometimes there is a dull ache which means the qi is flowing to an area that needs it. If anything is uncomfortable please let me know. Feedback is key.

First time, what should I do?

Wear loose fitting clothing.

Have a light meal or snack before the treatment to prevent any lightheadedness.

Drink an adequate amount of water prior to treatment as well as drink more afterwards. Hydration is key to flush your body of toxins.

Bring a list of any medications ...

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