Happy and Healthy the Chinese medicine way! Part 2! (Berkeley acupuncture)

Happy and Healthy the Chinese medicine way!  Part 2!

(Berkeley acupuncture)

Catch up and read Part 1!  

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Meditate!

Patients say, “I know I should meditate, but it’s too hard, I can’t stop thinking and I  don’t have time”… sound familiar?  Christina says, “Too often we think our minds are supposed to be clear during our meditation, but almost always we’re watching thoughts arise and then practicing gently sending them away, while focusing on our breath.”  Meditation can be thought of as a fancy word for ‘sitting quietly’, or just ‘being mindful’, which means you can do it anywhere.  Make it easy and not another thing To Do.  Turn off your music, get off the phone and just be, whether in commuter traffic, on BART or in line at Trader Joe’s.  Just breathe and focus on the now.

Sleep!

Shoot for eight hours of sleep every night.  This is the time it takes our bodies to regenerate our righteous Qi (energy).  Without at least eight (Ok, at least seven!) our bodies suffer a deficit and it builds up over time leaving our bodies unarmed, weak and an open vessel for symptoms to appear.  Megan’s tip for making that transition to bed, “Try not to eat a large meal or watch TV before bed, it only adds more stimulation to an already stimulated brain.  In bed by 10pm, asleep by 11pm, is a good rule of thumb.”

Christina “Mei Wen” Martin, L.Ac., Dipl.AC, MTOM, FABORM.

christina@berkeley-acupuncture.com

Christina Martin is the founder of Tao to Wellness. She is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Teacher and has been in practice for fifteen years.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine.  Christina entered Acupuncture school without ever having an Acupuncture treatment. She simply felt it was her calling.

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