Author Archives: Julie Baron

7 Tips for Building Immunity Now

The air has turned just a little cooler, the leaves are beginning to turn golden, and although it is just the very start of Autumn, it is the perfect time to strengthen the immune system. 1. Increase Vitamin D Vitamin D has been in the spotlight recently for its immediate effect on the immune system. […]

Do You Love Acupuncture? Please Take A Moment To Tell The FDA.

Has acupuncture ever helped you with pain? Has acupuncture ever helped someone you love with pain? Right now the FDA is accepting comments from the public who have had experience with acupuncture in pain management and the implications could be wide-spread policy change. Let’s flood their comment pole with true testaments about how acupuncture has […]

Health Tips for Cooling the Heart

Summer Health Tips for A Hot & Dry Climate In Chinese medicine, summer is the season related to the heart. The heart is considered to be of the element fire (each organ correlates to an element), and the heart can easily blaze out of control when certain conditions arise. Those of us living in the […]

Celebrating Vegetables

Summer’s finally here! The season of bounty and abundance, especially in regards to vegetables. Each week, the tables at the farmer’s market are expanding with bounty. It’s naturally a time to celebrate fresh, local produce. Here are some recipes if you need inspiration. Zucchini & Cherry Tomato Tango 3 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 1 […]

The Mystery of Blood Deficiency

Blood deficiency is a common pattern that underlies many ailments in Chinese Medicine. It can be a key factor in resolving chronic pain issues, insomnia, anxiety or depression. It can also be an important factor in many other ailments such as constipation, menstrual irregularities, headaches, migraines or forgetfulness. Nourishing the blood to treat these ailments […]

The Names of Acupuncture Points

As an acupuncturist, I often hear a variant of the question: “Whoa! What does that point do?” This usually occurs when a point being needled elicits a unique or strong sensation or feeling. I often respond with a smile and tell the patient a little story. Story-telling has been used throughout human history as a […]

Eat Local

It’s that time of year! Fresh produce is abounding in our little valley town. While indulging in delicious asparagus may already be happening, the season promises much more to come. There are a few reasons why eating local is a great idea. First off, supporting local farmers is an efficient way to boost the local […]

Pediatrics & Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture is becoming a familiar word in medicine and healthcare, but it is not yet as common in Pediatrics. Chinese Medicine has been a family medicine from the start, treating pediatric and geriatric patients, as well as adults. Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic embraced this history in its name so as to encourage all members of […]

The Emotions & Virtues of the Organs

There seems to be a natural curiosity about the organ network system in Chinese Medicine. Perhaps it’s because it’s a little bit different than the paradigm most of us grew up with, where the Heart pumps and circulates blood and that’s about it. It could be because the larger functionality of the organ network system […]

Teenagers & Pain-Free Periods

I must admit, I am usually quite elated when a teenage patient walks through our doors seeking help for menstrual problems. Mostly because I know how much her life will change when she begins to have a regular, easy period without pain. Chinese Medicine is so very effective at treating menstrual irregularities, especially if one […]