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Autumn & Acupuncture

In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we look at seasons and consider them as elements. With each season, there are elements and meridians (channels) that correspond. During each season, we look at the meridians and elements and how they affect or correlate to both the physical and emotional aspects of our lives. One of the basic theories of Eastern Medicine is to look for a balance of the meridians and a balance between Yin and Yang. This is very similar to Western Medicine, where we look for homeostasis in the physiology of the body, like blood pressure and the PH in the blood. We are now going from the high energy and carefree attitudes of summer (Yang in nature) to the more serious and introspective energies (Yin) that are...

Motivation: Autumn and the Fall Season with Dr. Greenapple

It‚Äôs officially fall ūüćĀ, and Dr. Greenallple discusses how you can have a healthier season in this week's Motivation Autumn ūüćā is the season of harvest as we prepare for the winter season. We look to collecting and storing nutrition and mental clarity for the purpose of cultivation and culmination to allow us to grow, let go of, and move on to the next cycle of the seasons and life itself. We can move forward with the proper care that allows us to balance the body/mind experience and balance the nervous system to enhance our overall well-being. Fall is the time of year to go deeper into self-care, retrospection, and meditation. ...


This 4-part series with Dr. Scott Greenapple will delve into the nine phases of cultivating and mastering Qi, or what is known as The 9 Phases of Personal Cultivation. The classes will include Qi Gong (movement meditation), breathwork, eastern philosophy, and mindfulness meditations. The nine phases are broken up into 3 categories: Jing: The first class will be on the first phase, "Jing," or the Earth Phase. This will focus on 3 specific Qi Gong movements focused on the physical body.   Qi: The second class will focus on the heart/mind, emotions, breath, and life force. These movements target the nervous system, thoughts, and emotions and help to create calm in the midst of life's stressors.   Shen: The third class will focus on the "Shen" (spirit,...

COVID 19 & Long Hauler: Alterations in Taste, Smell and Brain Fog

As we are now in our third year of COVID or post-COVID conditions, we are seeing a range of new, returning, or continuing problems that people experience after first being infected with the virus. Most will get better within a few weeks after being infected, but some will have symptoms or new symptoms appearing after four weeks, and these are considered long haulers. People who experience post-COVID conditions can have a multitude of ailments, the most common are the following: Fatigue Shortnessofbreath Cough Heart palpitations Stomach pain Muscle or joint pain Rash The most common neurological symptoms and what I treat the most in the office and will focus on in the article are: Brain fog (difficulty concentrating or thinking) Loss or change of smell (anosmia-loss of smell,...

SUMMER: Acupuncture and the Fire Element

[caption id="attachment_4834" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Scott Greenapple[/caption] Summer in North America is almost officially here.  In Eastern Medicine and China, the summer is split into two seasons, and the first part of summer began on May 7th.  Days are longer and typically filled with sunshine.  The season brings with it abundant energy, growth, and fun-filled activities. In traditional Chinese medicine, the five-element theory, acupuncture, and eastern philosophy, this season is considered in the fire element.  It is the time of year for acupuncture treatments to focus on balancing this element. All elements in acupuncture have corresponding meridians or organs, and the fire element consists of the heart and the small intestine.  The fire element is primarily governed by the heart.  In fact, in Chinese medicine, the heart...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

[caption id="attachment_4834" align="alignleft" width="300"] Dr. Scott Greenapple[/caption] ¬†May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and April is Stress Awareness Month.¬† So, we will combine a few theories, thoughts, and ‚Äútools‚ÄĚ with helping people become aware and educated and offer some guidance for you or any you may know who suffers from these diseases.¬†¬† Globally, mental health issues are on the rise. From COVID, political unrest, the war in Ukraine, climate change, inflation, and government involvement in woman‚Äôs rights, there is a sense of angst with so much uncertainty and division among us.¬† With that being said, I am not sure if I have ever witnessed in my lifetime more depression, anxiety, and general anxiety disorder (GAD) being reported in the media or seen in health care professional practices.¬† Some...

Qi Gong, Mindfulness Meditation & Acupressure Workshop

Qi Gong is a combination of movement, breath techniques, postures + mindfulness meditation. Or, as Dr. Greenapple likes to refer to it as "Acupuncture without needles", and "Movement Meditation or Movement Medication". Qi means life force, vital energy, breath". Gong means "work and cultivation". So, Qi Gong can be translated as "vital energy cultivation" or mastering your "vital energy". It is the integration of all the above. These simple exercises can have profound effects and literally can make medicine for no cost based on the fact we can alter, enhance or sedate some of the neurotransmitters and hormones responsible for both healing and causing disease states. With these deliberate and intentful movement patterns, breath work, and present mindful awareness, we can enhance the immune system to help become...