(15th Issue | October, 2018)


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

Are You Ready For Autumn?

Autumn Equinox has arrived!  The twenty third day of September is midway between the solstices, and being the midway point, the equinoxes are the times of even balance between Yin and Yang. This is the transitional time of year when the weather becomes cold, dry, days grow shorter as we move to the dark time. Nature's movement of Yin contracts in preparation for Winter’s slumber.


During this time of year the Yin is to be protected and nourished.  More sleep is required, as the days grow shorter there is less activity.  Going to bed earlier is helpful in planning for more restorative rest and recovery. 


Autumn is associated with the Lung organ system and environmental dryness.  Protecting the Yin fluids of the Lung from dryness is important at this time. Some foods that protect the Lung Yin are apples, peaches, pears, sesame seeds and raw honey. 


Proactive acupuncture and fire cupping therapy assists regulating Lung function, helps eliminate mucus, supports ideal Lung capacity and treats conditions such as cough, wheezing, asthma, the common cold and seasonal allergies. 


With temperatures dropping in Autumn we should also be cautious about cold exposure.  In order to promote balance, those who are cold and fatigued in general should focus on warming and supplementing the body this time of year.  Warm and supplement the body by wearing adequate clothing and consuming warming foods, drinks and herbs.

Proactive indirect moxibustion treatment in a well ventilated warm environment is especially important for patients who are cold and weak. Starting moxa once a day or 3-4 times per week for about 20 minutes each day at Zu San Li ST-36 (足三里穴) will go a long way to keeping vitality strong this Autumn and in the months to come on a regular basis.  


Cautions and contraindications: after moxibustion, do not wash fingers with cold water or take a bath within 30 minutes.  Women do not use moxibustion during menstruation or during pregnancy on contraindicated point locations.  


Please consult with your doctor of acupuncture to receive more information about your particular situation before attempting any moxibustion treatments on your own. Your health care provider will have a better understanding of your history and can give you a more personal recommendation.

Learn more about the location of Zu San Li ST-36 (足三里穴) in this video.

Thomas discusses indirect moxibustion

Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua) With Honey Tea

A great tea for general use appropriate to this Autumn time of year is Chrysanthemum (Ju Hua) with Honey. Take about 1 tablespoon of dried chrysanthemum flowers (the kind sold as a Chinese herb). Steep in boiled water for 3-5 min and then stir in some raw honey to taste. This tea can treat seasonal allergies such as dry, itchy eyes or headache. This recipe nourishes the Liver, brightens the eyes, moistens the Lung and awakens the brain.


Cautions and contraindications: avoid in qi deficiency with poor appetite/diarrhea.

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Save During The Month Of October 2018: Purchase Pre-Paid Acupuncture Packages

Enjoy Great Acupuncture Savings This October

Pre-paid packages offer discounts and flexibility for patients who expect to visit on average 2 or more times per week.

• Save time: avoid the hassle of waiting in line and making 6 or 12 individual payments; when you have the option of making a one time payment plan per package.

• Offer valid from October 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018.

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. Best success of robust health and vitality throughout the Autumn season and beyond, may the blessings be.

Thomas Nerbas R.Ac, PFT

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