Author Archives: Amanda Johnson

HOW TO CULTIVATE YIN AND HYDRATION IN THE HEAT OF SUMMER

Originally posted on Stick Out Your Tongue:
We’re now a couple weeks past the summer solstice, and many of us are enjoying the extra daylight hours and the hustle and bustle of summer play. The solstice marks an important time for our health. It  marks the longest day of the year -a time that is…

What you didn’t know was causing your foot (and back) pain

  If you’ve ever had foot pain – whether it has been diagnosed as a heel spur, plantar fasciitis, a neuroma, or arthritis, you know it can be a real bear. Foot pain can seem to linger, with nagging sensation that prevents you from comfortably going through your normal day, as well as sidelining you […]

Core Competency for Back Health

Low back pain is one of the most frequent ailments that comes through the door at Thompson Family Acupuncture clinic. We treat low back pain from various etiologies: old sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, to over-use from labor jobs and under-use from desk jobs. Regardless of what brings on the back pain, core strength and […]

Mindfulness: a key to unlocking your health

The resources available for what it means to be healthy and how to achieve wellness can be overwhelming. There are many hands in the pot that filter information received by the general public. This can lead to confusing and often contradictory information. One week red meat is the cause of heart disease, the next it’s […]

Re-Freshing Your Movement Routine

  Now that New Year’s resolutions are 4 months behind us, whether you’ve kept on track with your wellness goals, or you have run into some boredom, it’s time to refresh things! Working out does not have to be work, tedious, or have a specific structure (i.e. 20 minutes of jogging, or 10 reps of […]

Calling Men! What You Didn’t Know Chinese Medicine Could Treat

  It is a well known statistic that women seek healthcare more often than men. This certainly doesn’t mean women have more health concerns than men. There’s been more of a push in the healthcare field to reach out to males, in hope we can treat ailments early for better quality of life. Many men […]

Spring Cleaning

Ah, spring time. Beautiful buds appear on trees, flowers pop up with enthusiasm from the ground, and the temperatures begin to show hints of summer to come. In nature, spring is a time of fresh starts, renewal, and growth. The same should be true in ourselves. Winter was a time of rest, going inward, and […]

Chinese Medicine and Depression

In a previous post, we covered the bigger picture of depression, including a number of factors that may contribute to depression. In this post, we’ll look at how Chinese Medicine views depression; including common symptoms and suggestions for each primary pattern. Of course, every individual’s presentation is different and acupuncture and herbal therapies are customized […]

Cheesecake for breakfast, you say?

While at the grocery store the other day, the clerk looked at my sweet potato pile and remarked “Wow, I haven’t had a sweet potato in years. I really should start cooking again.” While my household burns through a sack of sweet potatoes every week, I wasn’t surprised by the lack of that beautiful root […]

5 sneaky things that may be sabotaging your health

There’s nothing quite as frustrating as when you think you are doing all the right things for your health and still don’t feel the way you would like. You are exercising, eating well,  and even getting massage, acupuncture, or other self-care. Still, you have nagging health issues. Maybe your digestion is not quite right, your […]