Quote of the Month:

Beauty is quietly woven
Through our ordinary days….
Everywhere there is
Tenderness, care,
And kindness,
There is beauty.
John O’Donohoe
From the Acupuncture & Wellness Team
The entire staff of AWC would like to express our gratitude. We appreciate your support, especially over the last several months. As always, we are here to help you in any way we can. Acupuncture & Wellness Center is committed to being a sacred space of healing where all are welcome. We share this newsletter to support you in your journey of fostering balance and peace of mind.
For current patients, click here to book an appointment online. If you are a new patient seeking services please call the office at (443)219-1220. Telehealth video services are also available. Contact us for more information.

We continue to follow COVID-19 guidelines set by the MD Health Department and CDC to keep our patients and staff safe. Our full office COVID-19 protocol can be viewed here. Maryland COVID info can be found here: covidLINK | Maryland Department of Health

The Gift of Health Resources
Can't stop the feeling! A worldwide dance video for love. This video is a reminder that we are better together!!
Beautiful song by Jordan Smith to remind us of how much we need LOVE!
Overview of the 5 Element Theory
for the Spring Season
Organs Systems involved:
Liver and Gallbladder

Wood (like bamboo, strong yet flexible)

Tissue or area of the Body:
tendons and ligaments (be sure to warm up those muscles
and stretch prior to and after exercise)

Anger and Emotional Upheaval overall

Taste or Flavor:
Sour or Pickled foods

Green (wearing green clothes, eating green leafy vegetables,
placing a green plant on your workstation, taking a walk in
nature as the trees and plants begin to grow)

How Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Help Restore You
This Spring Season

Spring is an ideal time for renewal, resurgence of life, coming out of the darkness and the cold of winter into warmth and light. It is the enduring promise that life goes on. Spring asks us to be strong and flexible as we begin to venture out of our winter hibernation and isolation. This is particularly true given how we’ve had to isolate from each other during the pandemic. Through Acupuncture, gentle movements like going for walks, and shifting our diets to reflect the season, TCM teaches us that our bodies can begin to wake up and come back to life just as nature begins its rebirth. 

TCM utilizes time honored tools to help support our body as the seasons shift and change. Some of us may feel “off”, drained, stiff, or exhausted as we approach the early days of Spring. Your liver (the organ most associated with the Spring in TCM) is beginning to awaken to its associated season. It becomes especially active, yet vulnerable, if not supported properly. The liver in TCM, is responsible for smooth flow of qi and blood throughout the body. See below for common symptoms of liver imbalance and stagnation. 

When common symptoms of Liver system imbalance show up, Acupuncture will work to restore balance to your liver during this transitional period. For example, due to the Liver’s association with the emotion of anger this is an ideal time for an Acupuncture treatment to help release anger and emotional upheavals you may have built up over the last several months. While improving overall Liver function, a treatment can also help to alleviate symptoms associated with allergies while strengthening your immune system… something we can all benefit from this year!! Since the Liver channel is responsible for the tendons and ligaments of the body, Acupuncture can also help alleviate pain associated with tense or stiff muscles, especially from sitting for long periods of time or working on the computer. How many of us are suffering from a stiff neck, or joint pain with movement? 
If you can say yes to any of the following, it may be time to
schedule your next Acupuncture treatment:

Are you feeling extra tense? In TCM, the Liver system is responsible for smooth flow of qi and blood throughout the body. When the Liver is not at its best, things like emotional stress, rigid posture, shallow breathing, and jaw clenching may become increasingly worse.
Are your headaches back? Tension headaches and migraines may be more common and menstrual cramps can also worsen during this time of the year.
Are your muscles stiff?  If things aren’t flowing smoothly, you may begin to experience stagnation-type symptoms that include pain, pressure, tightness or restriction. You may notice increased stiffness, tension or tightness in your muscles and joints. This is because the Liver and its associated system, Gallbladder, nourish your connective tissue, tendons and ligaments.
Are you feeling irritable?  While your life may be going well, you might feel more easily annoyed and frustrated lately. Liver imbalances can also carry emotional symptoms. Your fuse may even be shorter than usual. Anger and general emotional upheaval is associated with the Liver/Gallbladder system.
Is your digestion off? When proper flow of qi and blood is disrupted, digestive disturbances can occur. Are you experiencing an increase in heartburn, gas/bloating, ulcers?
Are your eyes troubling you?  Poor vision, dry eyes, fatigue, and eye pain can be linked to Liver system imbalances.
Is your sleep off? Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep - especially if you’re waking between 1 and 3 am - can be directly linked to imbalances of Liver function.  
In addition to Acupuncture, your practitioner can recommend herbs, teas, gentle exercises, food and essential oils for use between treatments to further support and rebalance your body. 

If you’re finding yourself feeling out of balance this season, make an appointment for a treatment today, our staff is ready to help you spring into the Spring season!
Spring Lifestyle and Diet

The energy of Spring is expansive and outward moving. It is time to start exercising and sweating more. Begin cooking and eating lighter meals. In the Spring, steaming and stir-frying is more appropriate. It is beneficial to eat more leafy greens (kale, dandelion, collards, mint). Try to eat whole foods that are pesticide and preservative-free so that the Liver doesn’t have to work so hard. The sour flavor is associated most with the Liver organ system and should be incorporated into your diet to help to balance the liver energy (pickles, kimchi, citrus fruits, vinegar, yogurt). Try to be conscious to include good oils into your meals (flax oil, sesame oil, olive oil) and drink lots of fluids (lemon can be added to water). Eating seasonally and pasture-raised foods can also be very helpful. 
 If and when possible try supporting your local CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture). Check out the following link to learn more about CSAs: https://www.localharvest.org/baltimore-md
Continuing Care At Home...
Acupuncture is just one part of a broad system of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes Chinese Herbal Medicine, Tui Na (Chinese Massage), Therapeutic Movement (including Tai Chi and Qi Gong), Meditation, Chinese Dietary Therapy, and Feng Shui (geomancy). These are all taken into consideration when the acupuncturist develops a unique treatment plan that is right for you. 

Do you suffer from infertility, seasonal allergies, headaches, back or joint pain? Ask your acupuncturist if one of our TCM formulas is right for you. Herbal consults are also available for booking.

Acupressure at Home for Sinus Relief
Spring Product Highlights

Xanthium Relieve Surface - Treats allergic reactions, allergic rhinitis, sinus congestion, sinus headaches, chronic aching muscles. Also treats various itching skin rashes and stuffy or runny nose.

Collagenex 2 - Reduces joint pain and stiffness in 7-10 days (supported by clinical trials). Treats osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia, tendonitis/tendon weakness, back pain, and other connective tissue disorders. Clinically proven to improve joint health and flexibility faster than any other joint healing ingredients with one tablet per day dosing.
Stress Plus - Vitamin B-Complex with Vitamin E and Vitamin C Plus Biotin Supports energy metabolism to help provide proper energy levels in times of stress. 

Emotional Rescue - The essential oils of Orange, Lavandin, Cedarwood, Geranium, Coriander, Cardamom, Vetiver, and Immortelle combine to create an emotionally strengthening synergy. They are believed to encourage positive thoughts and an overall feeling of well-being.

Reishi Liver Health - For centuries, this special, effective blend has been used in Traditional Eastern Herbalism to nourish the liver, support liver detox, and promote healthy liver functions.

cbdMD Pain-Relieving Formula - CBD topical cream infused with hemp extracts, moisturizing agents, and more to relieve minor aches and pains.
Jacki's Corner

Charm City Fidgets offers stylish jewelry made for folks who fidget. At Charm City Fidgets, we appreciate fidgeting and recognize its constructive, effective, and useful benefits in everyday life. Fidgeting may be helpful if you:

● need help focusing due to ADHD, ADD, or daydreaming
● feel stressed or anxious
● need to concentrate during meetings or phone calls
● have nervous energy

Charm City Fidgets offers necklaces and earrings that roll, spin, slide, and rumble to satisfy your fidgeting needs. We also have DigitFidgeters which are handheld fidget tools that are relaxing and discreet. All items are crafted in Baltimore, Maryland.
Charm City Fidgets are not just attractive, they are interactive.
Recipe of the Month

Kale is a chefs' favorite for simple leafy green sautés. The dark bluish-green, finely curled leaves are a visual treat while the mild, slightly peppery flavor blends with garlic, water chestnuts and mushrooms for this delightful dish. Also try chard, beet greens, mustard greens, spinach or a mixture of several varieties.