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It’s coming! The leaves are beginning to reveal shades of gold, the sky is unmistakably a deeper blue, the nights are a little cooler and vibrant pumpkins and mums are smiling in front of every market. Hi Fall, we love you! But it’s not just easier to get a pumpkin latte—it will get easier to catch a cold too! Fortunately, in its ancient wisdom, Traditional Chinese Medicine has you covered. At this exact moment, during this change of seasons, acupuncturists everywhere are treating the acupuncture point Zu San Li, or ST36 on the stomach meridian to activate the immune system and prevent colds, flu and infections. We warm this point using burning/glowing moxa (the herb mugwort), which deeply penetrates and activates the immune system.

Immune System Acupoints

If you are in Bethesda, MD or the Washington DC area, Nandy Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs can help you have your healthiest flu season yet. After acupuncture, I will give you your own moxa stick and show you how to use it so that you can treat yourself too! If you can’t get in, no worries—acupressure is very effective as well. Just locate the point Zu San Li four finger-breadths from the outside corner of your kneecap, in the slight indentation along your shin bone. Apply firm and steady pressure for a few minutes several times daily, to each side. Not only can you be cold- and flu-free this fall and winter, but a healthy immune system can protect you from more serious conditions like cancers and degenerative illnesses. Please call Nandy for acupuncture in Bethesda or with any questions at 240-273-8068.

Nandy’s Jade Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture for beauty in Bethesda, MD and the Washington DC area!

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is of course exactly what it sounds like—tiny needles inserted on the face, near signs of aging and imperfections, to trigger the body’s own healing energy. Many acupuncturists now offer this treatment, and faces are recapturing their youthful glow everywhere!

I was immediately drawn to facial rejuvenation acupuncture when I completed my acupuncture studies in Shanghai in 2004. Back home as I established my acupuncture practice in Bethesda, MD, I searched for someone to study this technique with, and finally found my first course several states away. I became one of the first acupuncturists in the Washington DC area to specialize in using Traditional Chinese Medicine to reveal each person’s optimum, innate beauty and health. With profound respect for all of the traditions in Chinese medicine, my treatments evolved beyond just using acupuncture needles on the face. At Nandy Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs, your facial rejuvenation sessions also include a full head-to-toe acupuncture treatment, jade tool massage treatments and Chinese herbal botanicals.

Nandy’s facial rejuvenation acupuncture with jade

Although each treatment is tailored to the individual needs of the client, Nandy’s jade facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatment generally looks like this:

  1. A complete Chinese medical diagnosis and acupuncture treatment. It is very important to identify and address the root cause of aging and subsequent issues reflected in the face. Different organ systems will be targeted and treated based on traditional acupuncture points. Many of these points are along channels that bring healing qi and blood upwards to the face.
  2. Gentle and organic cleansing of the skin. Our products are always organic, all-natural, paraben-free, and cruelty-free.
  3. A comprehensive and targeted facial acupuncture treatment. We use dozens of tiny, sterile, single-use and painless needles to treat powerful acupuncture points on the face to brighten, smooth and refine the complexion, reduce wrinkles, lift and firm sagging and loose skin, clear age spots and lighten and firm under-eye circles and bags.
  4. Jade roller massage. And here’s the jade! After removing the needles and applying a potent Chinese herbal skincare serum, we roll the smooth, cooling and healing gemstone across the skin, to detoxify, increase circulation, promote lymphatic drainage, smooth and lift skin, erase imperfections and pigments, increase absorption of nourishing skin products and relieve stress and anxiety. Jade is a timeless eastern symbol of flawless beauty and immortality, and gifts the skin with these energetic qualities.
  5. Gua Sha. This flat, smooth jade massage tool may be used alone or in addition to the jade roller. Its specialty is to stimulate microcirculation and activate the qi of the face, by being lightly scraped across the skin. It is also especially good at purging impurities.
  6. Chinese herbal mist. We finish our facial rejuvenation acupuncture session with a nutrient-rich mist to tone, seal and hydrate.
  7. Smile and be happy–you’re beautiful! After all the acupuncture, jade massages, and Chinese herbs, your entire body has been activated to renew, restore and radiate beauty!

Today snowflakes fall upon spring blossoms, pink and white swirling everywhere. It’s a startling beauty, as the best gifts of winter and spring intermingle. Sometimes though, during such transitions between seasons, the unpredictable mix of hot and cold, dry and wet, windy and still, confuses and weakens the body, making it easier to catch a cold. At the first sign of cold, or even after being exposed to the type of weather that might trigger a cold, making a warm and nourishing congee that activates your qi and blood (and immunse system), can restore and fortify you.

Here is my favorite recipe for preventing or healing a cold:

Ginger Congee (adapted from Vegetarian Times)

Congee, a comforting rice porridge, is the chicken soup of the Asian world. It’s usually served as a breakfast dish, but also can be made with healing ingredients, including ginger and scallions, to treat colds, flu, and digestive ailments. Here, the homemade broth is infused with fresh ginger and dried mushrooms for a creamy, soothing dish that’s full of healing flavor.

Ingredient List

Serves 6

Broth

  • 6 oz. fresh ginger, cut into small coins
  • 4 green onions, coarsely chopped
  • 6 dried shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
  • 3 Tbs. mirin
  • 10 to 12 cups vegetable broth (optional, as can use water too or a combination)

Congee

  • 1 cup short-grain rice
  • 4 green onions, finely chopped, for garnish
  • Low-sodium soy sauce, optional
  • Diced baked Asian-style tofu, optional Toasted sesame oil, for garnish
  • Pickled ginger slices, for garnish

Directions

  1. To make broth: Combine ginger, green onions, shiitake mushrooms, garlic, mirin, and 10 to 12 cups water (or vegetable broth or combination) in large pot, and bring to a boil. Season with pepper, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 30 minutes. Strain Broth, and discard all solids except shiitake mushrooms. (You should have 81/2 cups broth.) Thinly slice shiitake mushrooms, and set aside.
  2. To make congee: Place rice and broth in large pot, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, 1.5 to 2 hours, or until rice is very soft and porridge-like. Remove from heat, and let stand 10 minutes to thicken.
  3. To serve: Spoon congee into serving bowls. Season congee with green onions, soy sauce, diced baked tofu, sesame oil, and pickled ginger slices as desired.

Nutritional Information

Per: Calories: 118, Protein: 2g, Total fat: g, Saturated fat: g, Carbs: 25g, Cholesterol: mg, Sodium: 390mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugars: 3g

Congee is very nourishing to your qi and blood and is profoundly healing and easy to digest and assimilate!

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