Benefits of Going Organic, Summer and the Fire Element, and Special Fire Treatment June 21st!
June 2018

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The Benefits of Healthy, Organic Eating

Summer has arrived. A long-awaited season for many, June is a great time for locals to start to take advantage of the abundance of produce that has been tended and cared for right here in our community. There are numerous benefits to having organic produce as a staple our lives. Food is medicine. Just like acupuncture, exercise and other activities that build a solid ground for our daily lives, what we put in our body serves as a foundation for both preventing and treating disease, pain and imbalance in our systems.
The term 'organic' refers to the the way food is processed and cultivated. In the US, this means without pesticides or GMO's (genetically modified organisms) and with natural fertilizers.

There are so many benefits to eating organic; fresher, better tasting food, support of sustainable farming practices and building a toxin-free foundation for your body and overall health.

I would recommend always buying organic, but the following products are typically shown to have high levels of pesticides and are best to definitely buy organic:
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Cucumbers
  • Celery
  • Potatoes
  • Grapes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Kale/Collard Greens
  • Summer Squash
  • Nectarines (imported)
  • Peaches
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Hot Peppers
Be sure to support your local farms this summer by getting your organic produce at farmers markets, farm stands and CSA's! Most of all, remember that what you are putting into your body is helping to sustain your health, vitality and well-being.

Below are some links that may be helpful:

We hope you have a wonderful start to your summer!
The Season of Fire!

Anne-Louise Smallen, Lic. Ac.

The summer season actually includes two elements: the Fire element in the beginning and the Earth element at the time of harvest.

Fire is the emperor in the five-element theory and rules the shen . In English, the shen translates as radiance of being and presence . It is that quality in a person that makes you notice and think: “Wow that person seems healthy and together!”. It is also the element that rules the heart and the arteries. It helps circulation, cardiovascular health and the distribution of fluids (blood, lymph) and all the hormones they transport throughout the body.

When the fire element is imbalanced, in some people it may cause manic type behavior, decreased emotional control and/or inappropriate behavior. Our passions and desires can consume us. Imbalance can lead to an increase in negative emotions like fear and hate and one can become incapable of intimacy.

Four different meridians are part of the Fire element:

The Heart meridian has powerful points working on emotions – Heart 7 on the inside of the wrist is often used for clients with chronic or acute trauma.

The Small Intestine meridian is very useful in clearing heat, toxins and mental disturbances.; it also governs judgment.

The Pericardium meridian is helpful in the treatment of heart disease (Cardiovascular conditions such as angina, arythmia, etc…) or for the health of our arteries.

The San Jiao (Triple Heater) meridian helps maintain body temperature and fluid circulation (lymph, blood) in all parts of the body. It is essential to our endocrine system and to homeostasis.

As you can see, the fire element treatment can be very helpful to our hearts, promotes emotional well-being and creates more balance.
Summer Fire Treatment
on the Summer Solstice, June 21st!
The fire element will be at its peak on June 21st at 9 pm. Anne-Louise will be opening the clinic at that time and offering a fire element treatment to those who wish to come and feel they can benefit from it.

If you are interested in receiving this treatment, please use our Book Now link above in this email, and find the special fire treatment on June 21st between 9-10pm. Or you may call the clinic or email us to book your session.

There are a limited number of spots so if you are interested, book yours as soon as possible!

You can pay $35 for this treatment or you can use a treatment from your package if you wish.

If you need more information, please email Anne-Louise directly. You do not need to be a regular client at the clinic and all are welcome to apply. I will send more information about the treatment itself to those who register.

Summer Fire Element Treatment
with Anne-Louise

Thursday, June 21st, 9-10pm
Balance your Fire Element at this
Expansive Time of Year!
Cost: $35*

*(same as a regular treatment, you may use
a valid treatment package, if you wish)
Thursday Detox Clinics Continue!
Due to the popularity of the Thursday morning detox clinics, Anne-Louise will be continuing them this summer. You can sign up for just one, or do a series!

What is a detox treatment? These are specific treatments to support your Liver and your body's detoxification functions, whether your goal is to reduce medications, quit or reduce addictive substances, or you are just feeling like you could use a tune-up and some cleansing support this summer. More details below....

Thursday Morning Detox Clinic

Thursdays, 8-11am
July 5, 12, 26 and August 2, 9, 16, and 23

Treatments are $35
(same as a regular treatment)

Special Detox Packages:
5 Detox Treatments for $100
or all 7 Detox Treatments for $140

Northampton Community Acupuncture 413-586-8251