(8th Issue | March, 2018)


Guiding Needle Acupuncture has the following mission: “To elevate the consciousness, robust health and vitality of humanity.”

Beneficial Effects Of Walking After Eating

"Ancient Chinese folk wisdom is put to the test by modern science"

An often spoken Chinese folk saying is, “if you take 100 steps after each meal, you’ll live to 99.”  This saying rhymes better when translated in Chinese, “Fan hou bai bu zou, huo dao jiu shi jiu” (飯後百步走,活到九十九).

Researchers have been looking into this folk wisdom to see if it is sound advice. It turns out that numerous studies show a measurably beneficial effect to the practice of walking after eating. One article published in 2009 looked at patients who walked after meals diagnosed with type 2 diabetes (type 2 diabetes is a disease in which the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or the body does not properly use the insulin it makes.) They found that twenty minutes of self-paced walking done shortly after meal consumption resulted in lower blood sugar levels at the end of exercise compared to values at the same time point when subjects had walked pre-dinner. 

Researchers discovered that three short 15 minute walks, one after each meal, was better than one long 45 minute walk during the day in a study published in 2013.  

An article published in 2011 shows that walking just after a meal seems to be more effective for weight loss than waiting for one hour to walk after a meal. 

It appears that the folk wisdom of walking after meals may actually help us all live to 99 or beyond, enjoy!

Time For Balance, Robust Health & Vitality

Dr. Thomas Nerbas employs the Oriental medicine clock in determining whether the expression of a particular organ and corresponding endocrine gland function is either excess or deficient in nature. A deficient condition typically improves during the organ/ endocrine gland's functional high point, whereas an excess condition may worsen at that time due to the relative increase in qi circulation in the associated function. When the circulation to or from the organ/ endocrine gland is obstructed, conditions worsen due to circulatory interference. 

* Note digram above with corresponding organ abbreviations: HT = Heart, SI = Small Intestine, UB = Urinary Bladder, KI = Kidney, PC = Pericardium, TE = Triple Energizer, GB = Gallbladder, LIV = Liver, LU = Lung, LI = Large Intestine, ST = Stomach, SP = Spleen also includes the pancreas

Conveniently schedule a complimentary consultation online to meet with Thomas to discuss any health concerns and Oriental medicine wellness solutions.

"To keep yourself healthy in body and mind is to be kind to all beings"

In modern life, people think that their body belongs to them and they can do anything they want to it. When they make such a determination, the law supports them. This is one of the manifestations of individualism. But, according to the teachings of emptiness, non-self, and interbeing, your body is not yours alone. It also belongs to your ancestors, your parents, future generations, and all other living beings. Everything, even the trees and the clouds, has come together to bring about the presence of your body. Keeping your body healthy is the best way to express your gratitude to the whole cosmos, to all ancestors, and also not to betray future generations. You practice this precept for everyone. If you are healthy, everyone can benefit from it. When you are able to get out of the shell of your small self, you will see that you are interrelated to everyone and everything, that your every act is linked with the whole of humankind and the whole cosmos. To keep yourself healthy in body and mind is to be kind to all beings.
~ Thich Nhat Hanh

Enjoy the convenience of scheduling appointments online in real-time, 24/7

The Guiding Needle Acupuncture wellness process is designed to help you achieve your personal health and wellness goals. First time patients, begin by conveniently scheduling a comprehensive initial acupuncture assessment/treatment online. 

At your FREE initial 60 minute comprehensive acupuncture assessment, you meet one-on-one with Thomas to discuss your case in a no-pressure environment. This gives you the opportunity to see if Thomas' services are an ideal fit for you, and Thomas will have the opportunity to determine his ability to help your unique case.

An acupuncture treatment fee of $80 applies for treatment following this free initial 60 minute acupuncture assessment.

Thank you for choosing Guiding Needle Acupuncture as your provider of quality traditional Chinese medicine, may the blessings be.

Thomas Nerbas R.Ac, PFT

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