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by Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

I love cupping. It is useful for both  diagnosis and treatment of various conditions. Western conditions that can benefit from cupping include respiratory issues (chest congestion, asthma, and cough), pain conditions (acute and chronic neck and back pain, headaches), menstrual irregularities (PMS, cramping),stress (including sleep issues and tension,) and some gastrointestinal issues.

As an acupuncturist at Glow, I’ve been trained in the Eastern art of diagnosis according to the patients symptoms. For instance, the Oriental medical condition cupping treats is stasis or stasis with heat. This means that it is effective is treating any conditions with fixed stabbing type pain (vs. diffuse, achy pain which is better with pressure.)

Cupping is a suction technique which creates pumping action inside the muscle by drawing blood to the surface and allowing new blood to flow into the muscle to allow repair and healing. It’s kind of like a reverse massage.This can either be done using a lit cotton ball to create a vacuum (called fire cupping) or with specialized cups  that allow air to be pumped out (called air cupping.)It leaves round “hickies “ on the back which can be purple, red or dark-colored. The color and duration of the marks  indicates the amount of stasis or heat in the body. The more stagnation (or stasis) that is present, the more purple the marks. The more heat that is present the redder the marks.

Cupping is usually done on the back but can be done anywhere that suction can be created. For contradictions as well as a history of cupping see this article in Acupuncture Today.

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This drink is served on the rocks but is also very nice lightly shaken and served in a stem glass. Try a sugared rim for something fun!

Ki is a Japanese term for your body’s “vital energy”. With Glucoronic acid, acetic acid, benefical probiotics and B vitamins it’s so much more than a yummy cocktail!

1 part vodka (more if you like a stronger drink)
1 part Magic or Communi Tea kombucha (or other fizzy Kombucha Original flavor)
1 part cranberry juice
Garnish with lime
Ice

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Curious about the mind body connection and Shamanic healing? This is the second installment in my series about modern Shamanic healing. The last entry focused on my first introduction to a Shamanic treatment. It was not my true “calling” to the medicine which happened years earlier in childhood. This entry focuses on what happens during a session.

I don’t want to undermine the magic, mystery, profound power and tangibility that this medicine contains. I do want to portray the information in a way that is accessible to our Western “ modern” minds. For better or worse until I’m closer to enlightenment those are terms I have to work with. Truly this medicine can only be experienced and can’t be understood through reading alone. Your monkey mind can’t go there. However I will try to write about it on such a way to give you a taste or flavor of the potential.

The Shaman performs a journey on behalf of the patient to determine if and how healing can occur. Sometimes this process begins before the patient has even come for a visit. During this journey various spiritual guides, animals, spirits of nature and protectors are consulted with on behalf of the patient. Shamanism and Chinese medicine believe that part of our soul is free to leave the body at any time. Shamans enter in to an altered state of consciousness, (in my case through the aid of rhythmic rattling) which allows the soul to travel to receive information, retrieve lost power and allow healing.  I like this description of what’s happening.

“It has been found that the monotonous rhythm of a rattle or drum at [a certain] beat induces the altered state of consciousness in which the ability of the human brain to image is remarkably facilitated. This is a process called brainwave entrainment, with the drumbeat or rattle stimulating the production of brain waves in the low alpha and theta range, a state which is associated with heightened creativity and vivid imagery.” Read full article here

“A person who has taken time off from a task and begins to daydream is often in a theta brainwave state. Individuals who run outdoors [or]do a lot of freeway driving often get good ideas during those periods. It is a state where tasks become so automatic that you can mentally disengage from them. The ideation that can take place during the theta state is often free flow and occurs without censorship or guilt. It is typically a very positive mental state.” Read full article here.

While incomplete, these descriptions give a partial portrayal of what it often feels like during and after shamanic session. Most people feel refreshed, awakened, reconnected and the imagery from the journey can be very powerful.

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By Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist

Auto accidents can be painful both physically and emotionally. Having been in several myself, I know! It can be overwhelming. At Glow, we have years of expertise treating car accident cases. Through a custom blend of Massage, Acupuncture, and Chiropractic, we can ease the effects of stress and trauma on your nervous system, as well as treat your whiplash, headaches, neck or back pain or other physical symptoms. We guide you through the process from the first exam and referral to the last assessment.

Common injuries –Car accidents frequently result in the following conditions:

  • Whiplash
  • Neck pain (cervical sprain strain)
  • Low back pain ( lumbar sprain strain)
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Wrist or ankle pain
  • Other complaints include anxiety, sleeplessness, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Phases of Recovery

Our treatments are always tailored for you and may vary at different phases of your recovery. Initially, you will be dealing with much of the shock and trauma of the motor vehicle accident (MVA). With 10 years of experience doing acupuncture, I’ve seen it a thousand times.You may not even feel any pain. I find acupuncture to work wonderfully RIGHT away after your accident. While other treatments might cause a flare up at this stage, acupuncture will stop pain and begin the healing process immediately.

At Glow we can ease the tension and get your body out of the “fight or flight” response of the sympathetic nervous system. During this first stage you may also experience swelling, headaches or sleeplessness. The treatments will begin to ease the inflammation causing these problems and prevent the formation of scar tissue which can be difficult to address later. We will also assess and take steps to improve your range of motion and alignment. As your treatment progresses we will work to further address your specific musculoskeletal injuries and adhesions like whiplash, neck or back pain.

We’ve found that the combination of services we offer provides immediate relief and longstanding results.  Every case is different and every treatment protocol is individualized. Through acupuncture, massage and chiropractic, your body will be realigned, scar tissue formation will be less and inflammation reduced.

Goals of treatment

  • Assess the nature and extent of the injuries
  • Reduce the effects of trauma on the nervous system
  • Reduce swelling and pain
  • Increase range of motion
  • Decrease scar tissue formation and resolve adhesions

Navigating the system

Besides the physical and emotional stress post auto accident, there’s the stress of dealing with the insurance companies, car repairs, etc. We take care of the medical side of things and have extensive experience with insurance and billing.  To book an appointment, please call our office at 206 568 7545. We offer treatments 7 days a week as well as mornings and evenings. Not sure what you need? We can help get the right treatment for you. Ask to speak with Lindsey for a free phone consult.

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11/26/10

It’s amazing how a few events can shift the energy of the moment. One minute we had trees changing colors and unseasonably warm weather and the next a wind storm where all the leaves dropped. This was then quickly followed up with an early season snowstorm that had us holed up and drinking hot cocoa.

Our bodies feel the shift and ideally are in harmony with it. Winter is the season of water in Chinese medicine. It’s about introspection and stillness. It’s about deep contemplation as opposed to the activity of summer. The kidneys and bladder rule this element. It’s important to rest and build this energy because maintains  our deep reserves.

Constantly relying on these reserves can lead to adrenal fatigue. When we refuse to slow down and rest our body feels a state of constant flight of fight. The adrenal glands secrete adrenaline at inappropriate times. Often this manifests as insomnia with frequent waking in the night with an inability to fall back to sleep.

To be in harmony with the season:

-Take some time to hibernate amongst the chaos of the holidays. Mediate on finding stillness within.

-Catch up on your sleep. The trees do it so should you.

– Celebrate. The winter solstice is the time of yang within the yin. The spark of fire is a reminder of the summer to come as the days begin to get longer again.

– Eat rich stews to stoke the inner fire. Steamed walnuts are especially strengthening for the water element.

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Iron chef pear continues…

Matsutake’s the much loved and famed “pine mushroom” are highly prized in Asian cuisine. Here in the Northwest we are lucky to have them growing in our own backyard. Hunting grounds are well kept, jealously guarded secrets, and issues have been known to happen between amateur and commercial pickers.

This year I had the fortune of being gifted a large bag by a friend. Double happiness!! I love mushrooms and have cooked extensively with Shitake’s which are similar in texture and firmness, and also delicious.

This recipe would be considered a travesty by real aficionados, as these mushrooms’ delicate, cinnamony scent is what all the fuss is about. Traditional recipes are brothy or ricey to fully showcase the aroma of the main act. Google “Matsutake Gohan” and you’ll find loads of recipes with this guy in a fine fish and Kombu broth, served in a teapot to preserve the steam until the moment your nose is ready to receive it.

In addition to their tastiness, these meaty mushrooms are purported to have numerous health benefits including improved cardiac and anti- tumor functions.

This soup was even more than double happiness because I had this leftover turkey, pear and onion gravy that I used for the base. Nice!

**Feel free to substitute other mushrooms and even apples for the pears.

From scratch version

1 organic pear diced

Half an organic onion diced

Vegetable or chicken stock

Rice vinegar to taste (about 4 tablespoons)

2 large matsutake muchrooms diced (about 2 cups)

Salt and pepper to taste (I use plenty of both of these)

1 tsp Chili flakes or garlic chili sauce

OR

Pear gravy version

1 quart (roughly) left over pear gravy from “Pear onion turkey wings in the slow cooker” (Smooth or lumpy, no matter).

Chicken stock to desired thickness (about 3 cups)

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This post is in response to the requests of clients to learn more about Shamanism and what happens during the Shamanic treatment. To schedule your own appointment with me call Glow’s office. 206 568 7545

It began after a “dark night of the soul” which occurred during the time of my two ACL (1992, 1995) reconstructions and one major meniscus repair. It wasn’t until my first Shamanic session that I started to get a framework for my own personal “spiritual” experiences, some of which had been fairly disconcerting and life changing.

 At first I thought, it was PRETTY kooky. But hey, I was already an acupuncturist and many people think that’s pretty crazy too. I received my first session as a gift and didn’t know what to expect. She asked me what I wanted to focus on and I was unclear. I didn’t really have any problems. Finally, I conceded that having been born and raised in the country, I sometimes found the city noise, lights, and traffic to be a little much. Was that something she could help with? She said we’d find out. I don’t remember much else from that first encounter. I lay on the ground and she shook a rattle near my head. I relaxed. Afterword, I no longer felt that way about the city. I found that interesting.

 Betsy  and I began to work together in the same office.  I noticed that with certain issues, she helped people address in a couple sessions what I felt would take many more,  if not years to treat with acupuncture. This included physical, emotional and spiritual issues. I’ve included a small study through Kaiser that shows promise in the treatment of jaw pain with Shamanic medicine. Kaiser study on jaw pain

I asked Betsy to be my mentor and began training in 2002.

Shamanism is not a religion (unless you want it to be) although it can add depth to any religion. It is an ancient healing modality which uses near universal principles and archetypes to access spiritual information and facilitate healing.  It provides direct access to personal spiritual information. It is worlds of archetypes and storytelling. It is realms that we all know and have access to like nature, and myth. Anyone who has ever felt healed after a good book or a poignant movie understands that image and messages at the right time can feel like they are “just for us” and have profound effects. It’s also about connection or reconnection with our natural state, and our natural world.

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