Author Archives: Julie Baron

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 […]

Insomnia & Chinese Medicine

Pain is the primary impetus for most patients coming into our clinic. Although acupuncture is usually very effective at treating pain, it becomes limited when sleep is hindered. Often there is a correlation between insomnia and pain patterns. Our bodies perform some of their best repair mechanisms while we sleep, and if we cannot find […]

Magnesium Deficiencies Are On The Rise

When you work in a busy health care clinic with multiple practitioners, there are times when you can see public health trends clear as day. Aside from the waves of viruses that roll through during the winter months, one of the more common trends observed is magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is responsible for over 300 biochemical […]

Taking Time Out To Restore

There are many ways to replenish ourselves during the busy holiday season. For all the extroverts out there, the many parties and gatherings this time of year can feel replenishing. For the rest of us that are partially extroverted and partially introverted or completely introverted, the holidays (while wonderful) can feel draining. Setting up a […]

Breaking News!

(Well, not yet..but hopefully really, really soon.) On Wednesday, November 8th, the acupuncture community held its first-ever Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill. The event was attended by over 50 members of the Senate or House of Representatives. Both Republicans and Democrats were in attendance, making it a rare bi-partisan event. The purpose was to bring […]

Zucchini Anyone?

It’s the end of the vegetable harvest and if you’re like most Walla Wallans, you have an abundance of squash and zucchini spilling out of drawers and stacked precariously on counter tops. After all the tomatoes have been canned or made into sauce and frozen, what to do with all the gorgeous courgettes?? A dear […]