Moxa (Moxibustion) is a form of fire heat treatment that stimulates specific acupuncture points of the body. The term is derived from the Japanese “mogusa” meaning herb (mugwort) and the Latin “bustion” meaning burning.

Patient receiving acupuncture treatment to his back

Up until this century, before the advancement of ‘modern medicine’, acupuncturists played the role of physician in China and Japan. The patient population at acupuncture clinics was quite different in those days, consisting of many people with acute life threatening illnesses such as serious infection, systemic inflammation, and communicable diseases. These illnesses are typically ‘heat syndrome’ in traditional Chinese medicine terms manifested by noticeably high fever.

Today, patient populations are quite different compared to in the past. Rarely, acupuncturists encounter serious acute conditions but rather most patients visit with chronic pain conditions, functional disorders, or a variety of stress related illnesses. In the majority of those chronic conditions, the patients have a cold constitution. Even some patients who appear to be manifesting heat, really have underlying chronic cold in their system which creates the heat-syndrome-like symptoms as their body tries to balance.

A cold constitution is triggered or aggravated by over cooling of our body systems. Due to technological advancement, we are exposing our systems to cold of a much higher magnitude than in the past. Two such examples, both of which did not exist in the past, are wide spread use of refrigerators and air conditioners in almost every office and household. Many people are regularly drinking a large amount of icy cold beverages and their favorite ice cream. Air conditioners certainly make our lives more comfortable in hot summer days and nights, however we are then exposed to cold winds not only in winter but year-round. Unlike in the past, cold constitutions are not commonly seen in the cold climate regions only, but anywhere in the modern world including the southern tropics. Furthermore, it should also be noted that many pharmaceutical drugs including common over the counter pain medications are known to decrease body temperature. Other common causes of cold constitution are large consumption of fruits and raw vegetables and ongoing mental/emotional stress.

More so than in the past, people today are in fact having a cold constitution based on eastern medical diagnosis. The burning of moxa is believed to expel cold and to warm the meridians, leading to the smoother flow of blood and qi.

Moxibustion has been used in tandem with acupuncture to treat a variety of diseases throughout Asia for thousands of years. In fact, the actual Chinese character for what we routinely call acupuncture is Zhen Jiu (or Shin Kyu in Japanese), translated literally, it means “needle-moxibustion.” Moxibustion, which is so integral to the original concepts of acupuncture has not been taught in depth in the Western acupuncture education and training system. Thus, a number of practitioners today practice acupuncture using the needling method only. Using one without the other is like playing the piano with just one hand.

Could a vitamin IV drip really make me look more beautiful? That was the question on my mind before I tried one a week ago. Intravenous vitamin therapy is the latest celebrity health fad, and proponents say it can do everything from boost your glow to increase your energy levels. Sounds pretty cool, right?

I visited an IV Therapy bar in New York City that offers several $200 IV drips; there’s one to detox your body, one to cure your hangover, and one to boost your immunity. There’s even a libido-increasing drip if you’re looking to have an extra fun weekend. They gave me an opportunity to undergo one of their treatments, and I decided on the Regenerate, which claims to give skin a healthy, youthful-looking glow, thanks to its mix of essential amino acids, EDTA (a molecule with detoxification properties), and B vitamins.According to the company, the effects of one drip session last for about a week, and scheduling regular sessions can further optimize results. The company notes, however, that there are small risks involved, such as bruising at the injection site (ouch!) and possible rupture of the vein wall that can result in a burning sensation that should subside after the IV is moved to a different vein.

I’m a freelance beauty writer, and I already take daily vitamins, drink a Vega One green protein shake for breakfast every morning, ingest eight glasses of water a day, and wear sunscreen—so my complexion is in pretty good shape. My biggest concern is my under-eye area, which has dark circles and fine lines that become more pronounced when I’m tired or stressed. I still had to know: Could this drip do an even better job at keeping my skin youthful than all the stuff I already do?

Here I am before the treatment:

 

What It’s Like to Get a Vitamin IV Drip

After swiping and signing all liability away on an iPad, the smiling nurse first checked my blood pressure to make sure everything was normal. Then she inserted the IV drip, which felt like a bee sting-like pinch. IV therapy delivers nutrients to the body directly, bypassing the digestive process, which is why it’s supposed to have instant results. “You only absorb about 50 percent of the nutrients you ingest, but with an IV, that’s increased to about 90 percent,” Marissa Fisher, R.N., the registered nurse who administered my IV, explained while we chatted during the treatment.

I sat for about 45 minutes as the drip slowly worked its way into my veins. My arm definitely felt a bit funny—like the sensation you get after giving blood. While I waited for the IV to work its magic, Fisher told me she’d just given the same treatment to a model who was about to fly to Miami for a swimsuit shoot on the beach. “She wanted her skin to have that extra glow,” said Fisher.

After the infusion was over and the needle was removed, Fisher once again took my blood pressure before releasing me. I looked in the mirror and didn’t detect a change, but Fisher explained that it would take a bit of time for all of the vitamins and minerals to circulate through my system. I headed out for a brisk 15-minute walk and ended up feeling slightly light-headed halfway through. (Crap.) I stopped to take a few sips from the water bottle in my handbag, and luckily the sensation passed in a couple of minutes.

Here I am immediately following the treatment (does my complexion look any different to you?):

 

How I Looked—and Felt—After the Treatment

Honestly, I totally forgot about the treatment until a few hours later, when I realized that my energy hadn’t dipped in the late afternoon. Usually, I need a pick-me-up like a cup of tea or a sweet snack. At this point I still wasn’t sure the concoction was doing anything for my skin, but I definitely felt more energetic and alert than I normally would have at that time of day.

The next morning, I met a publicist for breakfast. “Your skin is glowing!” she said as I gave her a hug. Interesting…given that I had only gotten about four hours of sleep the night before. “I think it’s this beauty IV thing I just tried,” I said. She raised an eyebrow. “How much is it?” she asked, intrigued.

The bottom line: 24 hours after I tried the vitamin infusion, I noticed that the fine lines under my eyes seemed smoother, and my cheeks looked rosier and plumper—like I had slept in on a Saturday and had been drinking cucumber water all day. I was even able to use less concealer under my eyes. Score.

Here I am 24 hours post-drip:

 
What’s more, my skin did seem to retain its healthy, rested glow for a solid several days after the treatment—and definitely for longer than the fleeting results I see from a typical spa facial (which can run upward of $100). Although the treatment was pricey, I’d consider getting an IV drip again if I needed an extra boost for a special event—but it definitely won’t replace my regular skin-care routine.

Herbs for Digestion: The Power of Bitter

By Kerry Bone, BSc (hons), Dipl. Phyto.

Many cultures (and indeed herbal clinicians) around the world have long respected the role of bitter herbs and foods for promoting digestion. For example, aperitifs – drinks consumed before a meal to stimulate appetite and digestion – were originally derived from bitter herbs.

And a traditional Dutch early evening food, bitterballen, was often consumed by the elderly with failing digestion.

herbs_bitterBitterballen isn’t usually bitter tasting anymore, and certainly the modern way is to avoid bitter-tasting foods. We even now associate the word bitter with negative emotions and experiences. However, modern research has confirmed that optimizing the bitter taste function is essential for good health, and this is not just confined to the digestive tract. As busy clinicians, you might be wondering how this research can help you achieve better outcomes with your patients. Here’s how.

At one time, it was thought bitters primarily acted to stimulate the digestive processes of the upper gastrointestinal tract by a reflex initiated from the bitter taste buds on the tongue. In other words, the interaction of the bitter-tasting phytochemicals in the herb with receptors on the tongue stimulated nervous impulses to the brain, which in turn initiated facilitatory signals via the vagus nerve to the upper digestive organs, especially the stomach.

Hence, tasting a bitter herb before eating was felt to be essential for its activity. Bitters were seen to prime the digestion by this reflex process through stimulating the release of gastric acid, digestive enzymes and bile.

outside_treessunset(mustnotifiy)Since then, there have been several important new discoveries. First, we know much more about the bitter taste receptors themselves. A family of around 30 receptors (denoted as TAS2R, previously T2R) has been identified.1 Most TAS2Rs are broadly tuned to each detect a range of bitter substances, explaining how we can recognize hundreds of bitter compounds with only this limited set of receptors.

In addition, some extremely bitter molecules simultaneously stimulate more than one receptor. For example, amarogentin from gentian stimulates seven receptors: TAS2R1, 4, 39, 43, 46, 47 and 50; Absinthin from wormwood stimulates four: TAS2R10, 14, 46 and 47.2 This could explain why herbs such as gentian and wormwood are particularly good at boosting digestion.

The most intriguing new discovery is that bitter taste receptors are not restricted to the mouth.3 There are numerous reports of TAS2Rs being present farther down in the gut in certain cells lining the gastrointestinal wall, including in the stomach. Cells with these receptors appear to be wired to elicit an aversive behavior, probably as a defensive mechanism, because many toxic chemicals are bitter in taste.1 As a result of this defensive response of the digestive system, bitter taste receptors in the gastrointestinal tract appear to upregulate several metabolic and digestive functions.

In particular, bitter receptors have been found on enteroendocrine cells, the specialized hormone-releasing cells of the upper digestive tract.4 When stimulated, these cells release a variety of gut hormones, but in particular, cholecystokinin (CCK) and glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1). CCK has numerous important functions in the digestive tract: It promotes secretion of pancreatic enzymes and bile, slows down stomach emptying, increases gastric digestive mixing and secretions, and creates a sense of fullness so you stop eating.

GLP-1 also slows gastric emptying and creates a sense of fullness, but most importantly, it stimulates the release of insulin. In fact, there is a new class of diabetes drugs (the gliptins) based on enhancing the action of GLP-1. We now know bitters can stimulate the release of these important hormones from enteroendocrine cells.

This new research suggests bitters can create a sense of fullness (satiety) and hence might actually help with weight loss. How does this sit with the traditional notion that bitters improve appetite? The answer is there is no contradiction, because bitters only seem to promote appetite when it is below par.5

The discovery that bitter receptors occur throughout the gastrointestinal tract and appear to regulate a number of physiological functions has the potential to change our understanding of bitter herbs. First, it means bitter herbs do not need to be tasted to boost upper digestive function. While tasting may be desirable for optimum effects, it is not essential. In fact, clinical research on gentian dating from 19986 supports this concept, but now we understand why. This means tablets or capsules containing bitter herbs will be clinically active, although higher doses are probably necessary.

As noted above, support for this concept of direct activity in the stomach also comes from a multicenter, uncontrolled study of gentian capsules involving 205 patients.6 Patients took on average about five capsules per day, each containing 120 mg of a 5:1 dry extract of gentian root, and achieved rapid and dramatic relief of symptoms including constipation, flatulence, appetite loss, vomiting, heartburn, abdominal pain and nausea.

As early as 1956, Wolf and Mack carried out an excellent case study on the direct action of various bitters on the stomach of their patient Tom (who had an occluded esophagus and a gastric fistula), with goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) proving to be the most potent direct-acting bitter.7

Research has shown that the capacity to sense bitterness varies from person to person. Some people are highly sensitive, known as “supertasters.” Since the stimulation of bitter receptors could exert a range of important health benefits, could people who have a low sensitivity to bitters be at a health disadvantage? Epidemiological research suggests this could be the case. In fact, functional variants in bitter taste receptor sensitivity have been linked to alcohol dependency,8 adiposity,9 eating behavior disinhibition10 and high body-mass index (BMI).11 People with a lower bitter tasting sensitivity exhibited the poorer health measure.

The new research also suggests a role for bitter herbs in blood sugar control and managing insulin resistance. In support of this, 94 patients with prediabetes exhibited improvements in BMI, blood glucose control and body fat when given just 16-48 mg/day of isohumulones (hop bitter acids) as capsules in a double blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial.12

Blending bitters together will have more clinical impact, as a wider range of bitter receptors will be stimulated. This will help to overcome the genetic variations in a person’s capacity to taste and respond to bitters. For example, a combination of gentian, wormwood and feverfew will stimulate 12 out of the known 29 human bitter taste receptors.

In a sense, with our modern dietary focus on sweet, sour, savory and salty foods, bitter has become the neglected taste. The latest research provides a compelling argument that we can all benefit from adding bitter herbs and foods back into our diet. Perhaps by including bitterness in our diet, we might avoid bitterness in our life (in terms of physical health)?

Health Challenges of Aging and How Acupuncture Can Help
By: Vanessa Vogel Batt, L.Ac., MSTOM

“Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.” — Confucius, ancient Chinese teacher and philosopher.

acupuncture-articleCould this be the fate of the aging as Confucius decreed? To be able to enjoy the golden years of life implies a life well lived, and that a good, if not excellent, standard of health was maintained.  How to live a life with vitality and exuberance, one that can last until the time of death is not a foolish quest, but one that is recognized by practitioners of acupuncture and Oriental medicine as realistic and completely within reach.

For those of us who have grown up in the west, our attitudes towards the elderly and aging, in general, are not always so encouraging. As the American actress/comedian Lucille Ball humorously put it: “The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.”

One of the basic tenets of the theory of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is the belief that all disease results from the imbalance of yin and yang forces. Yin qualities include darkness, quiet, moisture, and formlessness. Yang qualities are represented by light, noise, dryness, and form. Running is a yang activity, whereas the rest that comes afterwards is a function of yin. Resting allows for the renewal of depleted energy reserves, which, in turn, makes activity possible. This is one way to describe how the dynamic relationship between yin and yang powers our life force.

The challenges of aging also result from this lack of balance between yin and yang energies. This means that some conditions and symptoms of disease associated with advanced aging may be mitigated by bringing these two energies into harmony again. For example, dry eyes and poor vision can be addressed by acupuncture treatments that focus on nurturing yin and increasing yang. Yin fluids will provide lubrication to the eyes, while an increase in yang helps ensure more energy can reach the top of the head to help improve vision.

The earlier an individual can start using a practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, the better. This is because there is a huge emphasis on disease prevention. Historically speaking, practitioners of ancient China did not profit from their patient’s sickness, but from their wellness. Payment was rendered only when the patient exhibited good health. Of course, not even the great physicians of ancient China were able to find the proverbial Fountain of Youth. Growing old gracefully requires wisdom in order to properly manage expectations.

There is an adage describing the philosophy of acupuncture and Oriental medicine: “The superior doctor prevents sickness, the mediocre doctor attends to impending sickness, and the inferior doctor treats actual sickness.” A superior practitioner can catch the subtleties within the body that, if left untreated, can manifest as illness. These warning signs can be detected in several ways, such as pulse diagnosis.

Pulse diagnosis allows a practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine to ‘listen’ or ‘feel’ the state of a patient’s internal organs. This is done by asking the patient to relax and rest their arms comfortably with the palm-side up. The practitioner generally uses three fingers to press on the delicate area of the radial artery pulse. Each finger lies over an area representing different internal organs.

Each time the heart beats, blood is pushed out through the arteries. The resulting pressure from the surge of blood flowing can be easily palpated at the radial artery. A practitioner feels for more than just the heart rate, or what is termed beats per minute (bpm). Qualities such as the strength, width, rhythm, and depth of the pulse provide valuable information. In addition to being able to assess individual organs, a patient’s blood quality and state of Qi may be ascertained. Qi is the most fundamental energy necessary for all life to exist.

If you experience a waning in your Qi as you approach your golden years, or have concerns about conditions associated with aging, consider an appointment with a practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. As long as someone has a pulse to be palpated, it is never too late to start treatment!

acupuncture-articleThere are many things that can provoke mood swings, such as chemical imbalances in the brain, side effects from medications, everyday stressful events and, in the case of women in menopause or men going through andropause, fluctuations within the hormonal system. Rapidly changing moods can present quality of life issues and may be a symptom of a larger problem. Even the emotion of joy, when taken to the extreme, can lead to an unhealthy and exhausting expression of mania.

Andropause affects men as they grow older due to a waning in the production of testosterone. It is a gradual process, with symptoms being less evident when compared to the condition of menopause, which happens at a faster pace and often produces more dramatic symptoms in women. Women enter menopause when the ovaries slow down and eventually cease production of the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone. In both cases, for aging men and women, there may be a decline in energy levels, decreased libido and mood swings.

From the perspective of a practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, symptoms of menopause/andropause reflect the changes in an individual’s level of yin and yang. Yin is the manifestation of the feminine principle and embodies qualities such as cold, contraction, night, intuition, and the moon. Yang, on the other hand, represents the masculine principle and is associated with the qualities of warmth, action, daytime, outward movement, and the sun. Together they reflect the belief that the universe consists of two opposing, yet complementary energies. The interplay of yin and yang is the process that maintains balance in the world.

This philosophy of yin and yang can help explain the condition of a menopausal woman who is suffering from severe mood swings and hot flashes. In this example, the fluids and cooling factors, which represent yin forces, are said to be drying up as a woman undergoes the process of menopause. This means the yang forces, manifesting as excess heat in the body, become stronger, which ultimately may be experienced as hot flashes and mood swings.

While menopause and andropause are perfectly natural conditions for aging men and women, for some, the severity of symptoms may need to be mitigated. A study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, owned by the British Medical Journal, brings good news about the use of acupuncture and Oriental medicine in treating these issues.

The study included 53 postmenopausal women who were administered acupuncture treatments twice a week for a total of 10 weeks. The term “postmenopausal” refers to women who have ceased menstruating for at least one year. The study participants were divided into two groups: one group received acupuncture treatments appropriate to their condition, while the other group received what is known as sham acupuncture. Sham acupuncture means the needles were inserted into points on the body that do not directly treat the condition.

Before the treatments began, and then again after the completion of the 10-week trial, patients were asked to evaluate the severity of their symptoms. The patients receiving proper acupuncture treatments received a statistically significant reduction in mood swings and hot flashes, as compared to the sham acupuncture group. The authors of the study were able to conclude that acupuncture could be a viable therapy to treat symptoms of menopause.

If you experience mood swings due to menopause or andropause, and they interfere with your well-being, consider making an appointment with a practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. In the meantime, avoid hot and spicy food, which can exacerbate angry moods.  If feelings of sadness or anxiety prevail, try sitting with your eyes closed, both hands over your heart and focus on your breathing for a couple of minutes.

Find an Acupuncturist near you to learn how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help you!

About the Author: Vanessa Vogel Batt, L.Ac., MSTOM, studied at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and practiced acupuncture and Oriental medicine in New York for several years. Vanessa enjoys traveling the world, and has published articles on acupuncture and Oriental medicine and related health topics for websites and publications in both the U.S. and abroad.

cuppingarticlememeRelatively unknown to most people living in the West until recently, cupping therapy is an alternative therapeutic method that has been popular in China since around 1000 B.C. Some records show that variations of cupping practices might actually be much older — possibly dating as far back as 3000 B.C.

And for good reason. Cupping therapy has a host of health benefits that can often outweigh modern medicine techniques.

One of the biggest advantages to trying alternative practices like cupping therapy, acupuncture or massage therapy is that these methods don’t pose the risk for unwanted side effects like pharmacological drugs or surgery do.

In fact, there’s really no downside to trying alternative practices like cupping, since studies show they can help boost immune function and speed up healing time without the use of any medications or even herbs. And these are just some of the benefits of cupping therapy.

5 Benefits of Cupping Therapy

Most of the validity of cupping as an alternative medical practice comes from its long history of use over the past 3,000 years. Cupping techniques have been used extensively to treat a range of disorders and symptoms, sometimes on their own, or other times in conjunction with other alternative practices. It’s common for cupping therapy to be used along with massage therapy, essential oils, acupuncture or even as an adjunct to “Western medicine” treatments.

What we do know from the limited scientific studies that have been done is that cupping works by expanding the capillaries and increasing the amount of fluid entering and leaving tissues. Besides this, cupping therapy seems to provoke a relaxation response in some people, which means it’s useful for lowering stress and its negative effects.

While there’s a ton of anecdotal evidence that cupping can be effective and safe, to date very few clinical studies using humans have been conducted, making it hard to “prove” many of the time-honored benefits of cupping therapy. That being said, it’s worked for millions of people over many years, so here are five ways that cupping might be able to help you:

1. Helps Reduce Pain

One of the most common reasons people turn to alternative treatment methods is because they’re looking for a safe way to naturally reduce joint pain and muscle pain. After reviewing dozens of randomized clinical trials testing cupping therapy in patients with pain of any origin, a report published in Evidence-Based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine found that cupping significantly reduced pain in people with low back issues compared to usual care treatments, showed positive effects in treating cancer pain compared with anticancer drugs and analgesics, and helped soothe pain associated with respiratory issues.

Cupping is thought to release tissues deep inside the body, relax tense muscles and ease stiffness associated with chronic back and neck pains, migraines, rheumatism, and fatigue. Some athletes have been known to use cupping therapy to naturally improve performance and reduce stiffness, muscle cramps, joint pains and scar tissue caused by injuries.

Cupping targets soft tissue by applying local pressure to pain points and areas of swelling. As blood flow increases within vessels and capillaries, tissues receive much-needed nutrients and oxygen. Cupping practitioners use pressure, heat, suctioning and needles above or below the site of injury, allowing for energy to travel along the “channels” (meridians) that pass through the injury.

For help lowering pain, cups are commonly placed over the following areas: over the fleshy part of the shoulder blades, over the groin/loins, by the neck (for soothing tension headachestoothaches or migraines) or around the lower back.

2. Promotes Relaxation

It might seem counteractive, but cupping often helps alleviate physical complaints and allows people to enter a more relaxed state since it sedates the central nervous system. This is similar to acupuncture, which you might assume hurts and is uncomfortable but actually seems to help lower most patients’ stress responses and therefore offers protection against anxiety and depression.

How can cupping be relaxing? Just the act of laying still and being “taken care of” during cupping therapy sessions might have a positive effect on someone’s psychological well-being, which could be one reason why it’s used to lower mental illnesses. Once the cups are placed down and suctioned, they might need to remain still for up to 20 minutes, which forces stillness and silence on patients who might otherwise lead very hectic lives. According to the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, another reason cupping is soothing is because the cups help lift pressure in tense muscles, which offers a relieving sensation just like receiving a deep tissue massage.

3. Boosts Skin Health

Cupping is used to reduce herpes, cellulite, acne and skin inflammation. While studies haven’t shown it can necessarily help with weight loss, the fact that it tones and firms skin by improving blood flow and expanding capillaries makes it popular among celebrities and people in the spotlight who want to appear to have toned skin. As part of a skin-clearing or cellulite treatment, oil is commonly first applied to the skin before the cups are suctioned and moved around, bringing heat to the area along with various skin-healing ingredients depending on the type of oil used.

Because cupping improves blood flow and might help lower inflammation, some studies have found it to be equally or even more effective at treating acne compared to antibiotics. A meta-analysis of six studies showed that for improving acne, the cure rate of wet cupping was better than the cure rate following use of tanshinone, tetracyclineand ketoconazole prescriptions.

4. Helps Treat Respiratory Issues and Colds

Commonly used to help nourish the lungs and clear away phlegm or congestion, cupping therapy can be useful for speeding up healing time from respiratory illnesses like the flu or common colds. Cupping helps improve immune function by moving blood and lymphatic fluid throughout the body, which is why it’s been associated with reductions in lung diseases (especially chronic coughs), allergies, infections and asthma.

Treating respiratory conditions like pulmonary tuberculosis is one of the oldest uses for cupping and was utilized long before prescriptions were available.

5. Improves Digestion

Acupuncture and cupping are both popular ways to improve digestion and reduce symptoms from disorders like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This might primarily be because they can lower a patient’s stress response, which is highly tied to healthy digestive functioning.

Throughout history, cupping therapy has been found to be beneficial for people with frequent stomach pains, diarrhea, acute gastritis, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal diseases and water retention. For digestive disturbances, cupping is commonly performed in the following areas: around the navel, over the bladder, around the kidneys or over the stomach.

community acupunctureOur spa is now offering community acupuncture treatments.  Bring a friend or come on your own… Tuesday evenings from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.  This is an excellent opportunity for those new to acupuncture to come at a reduced cost and to even bring a friend if you feel nervous about the treatment itself.

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chakras2The 7 Chakras are the energy centers in our body in which energy flows through.
Blocked energy in our 7 Chakras can often lead to illness so it’s important to understand what each Chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. Here’s our quick summary:

1. Root Chakra – Represents our foundation and feeling of being grounded.

  • Location: Base of spine in tailbone area.
  • Emotional issues: Survival issues such as financial independence, money, and food.

2. Sacral Chakra – Our connection and ability to accept others and new experiences.

  • Location: Lower abdomen, about 2 inches below the navel and 2 inches in.
  • Emotional issues: Sense of abundance, well-being, pleasure, sexuality.

3. Solar Plexus Chakra – Our ability to be confident and in-control of our lives.

  • Location: Upper abdomen in the stomach area.
  • Emotional issues: Self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem.

4. Heart Chakra – Our ability to love.

  • Location: Center of chest just above heart.
  • Emotional issues: Love, joy, inner peace.

5. Throat Chakra – Our ability to communicate.

  • Location: Throat.
  • Emotional issues: Communication, self-expression of feelings, the truth.

6. Third Eye Chakra – Our ability to focus on and see the big picture.

  • Location: Forehead between the eyes. (Also called the Brow Chakra)
  • Emotional issues: Intuition, imagination, wisdom, ability to think and make decisions.

7. Crown Chakra – The highest Chakra represents our ability to be fully connected spiritually.

  • Location: The very top of the head.
  • Emotional issues: Inner and outer beauty, our connection to spirituality, pure bliss.

Haas-AvocadoAvocados are known to be a nutrient-dense food, high in beneficial monounsaturated fatty acids, but new research from Penn State indicates that eating one every day may lower bad cholesterol, which reduces risk for heart disease.

Previous studies have suggested that avocados are a cholesterol-lowering food, but this may be the first study that looked at specific health implications of adding the fruit to your diet.