Acupuncture Corner: October
by Natalie Franciose, LAc
Join us at the end of each month for seasonal acupuncture tips and tricks to assist in a more vital and healthy life! This effective and accessible modality is a perfect complement to your yoga practice. Each month you can expect a Wellness Tip and a featured acupuncture point on the body.
October Wellness Tip: Always cover your neck with a scarf or high collar on windy days. Wind – one of the eight pathogens in Eastern medicine – can cause illness by entering the body at the nape of the neck, affecting those with lower immune systems. You might feel symptoms of the wind pathogen as chills, fever, runny nose, body aches, or a sore throat. If you feel these symptoms, call your acupuncturist to help boost you back to health.
October Point: Stomach 36 – Zu San Li – is translated as “Leg Three Miles”. They say that when you have walked until you cannot take another step, press this point and you’ll be able to walk three more miles. This point is known in China for longevity, and lies along the stomach meridian. This point increases gut health, including your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. When pressed or needled, it can alleviate nausea, indigestion, gastrointestinal discomfort, dizziness, morning sickness, allergies, anxiety, headache, and boost immune function.
To find Stomach 36 place one hand (4 fingers width) below your knee cap (patella). Take the pointer finger on your other hand, move to your bottom finger on your first hand, and slide off the shin bone away from your mid-line. This point should be tender. You’ve found it! Push on this point a couple of times a week and experience the benefit throughout the season to come.