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September 5, 2018

Real talk: no one is a big fan of their period. It’s messy and inconvenient, and (if you’re anything like me), you’re uncomfortable, bloated, groggy, and grumpy. While many women just accept these symptoms as a part of their menstrual cycle, they can be indicators that something is off in your body. 

The good news is that there are many easy home remedies and foods that you can eat in order to bene...

May 7, 2018

A few years ago I was lucky enough to travel to Spain with my family. It was a wonderful trip, and one of the highlights was attending a cooking class in Barcelona. When I told our instructor some of my dietary restrictions (particularly nightshades), she looked at me and said, "Honey, you came to the wrong country."

She had a point. Who goes to Spain and expects to avoid tomatoes?

We prepared a num...

April 24, 2018

Sugar is the new Undesirable No. 1. You can't open a browser window without seeing that sweets are making us fat, sapping our energy, disrupting our sleep, and messing with our hormones.

Well, that is all true. Processed sugars are detrimental to our health, no question. The overabundance of our modern diet in general, and sugars in particular, overburdens our body and our digestive system, leading...

November 16, 2017

As they say on Game of Thrones, winter is coming. In fact, these rainy, cold days make me feel as though winter is even here, despite Thanksgiving being next week.

In Chinese organ theory, winter is the season associated with the Kidney. One of the Kidney's many important functions is to store our qi in order to nourish the body. Winter becomes the time when the food and fruits of our labors that w...

December 28, 2016

People frequently ask me how I find time to prepare and cook meals throughout the week. I know very few people who suffer from an overabundance of free time, myself included, and it's so challenging for people to come home from work or school, wanting nothing more than to sit down and relax, to cook a full meal for themselves and their family. 

This where meal planning comes in. Whether your f...

December 21, 2016

 Wishing you a joyous Solstice and happy holidays from Sage & Incense Acupuncture! Now is the perfect time to take a moment for yourself, spend time with loved ones, and give yourself all the nourishment that you need. Looking forward to seeing you in the new year!

September 29, 2016

Anyone who has had a night where they didn’t sleep well can attest to the importance of a good night’s rest. Healthy sleep is a vital component to a healthy lifestyle, and yet it is estimated that 35% of adult Americans have intermittent insomnia, with 15-20% reporting short-term insomnia, and 10% of adults suffering from chronic insomnia (sleep disruptions lasting longer than 3 months). The conse...

September 24, 2016

The days are shortening, the leaves changing, the wind blowing a little chillier than it was even a week ago. Fall is here. Whether you love or hate this time of year, there's no denying that the season has profound effects on our minds, our bodies, and our health. 

If the end of summer snuck up on you as fast as it did on me, don't stress! There are a few great acupuncture-inspired ways to gear up...

March 10, 2016

'Spleen Qi deficiency' is a term that acupuncturists throw around a lot. It's a common diagnosis in East Asian medicine, but one that most don't understand.

Part of this confusion, I think, stems from the opaque nature of the biomedical spleen. While we learn fairly early on that our lungs are important for breathing, or heart circulate blood, our stomach helps digest food, etc., many people would...

February 17, 2016

Kale is one of those foods that I've always felt a bit guilty about. Rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, iron, calcium, an anti-inflammatory and a high-fiber, low calorie food? That should be something that I'm happy to get behind! 

But, truthfully, I have just never really loved kale. Even when it's well-prepared, I find it fibrous and bitter. While I love a good kale chip as much as the next...

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"Andrea's treatments helped decrease, and in some cases, completely eliminate my PCOS symptoms. In addition to helping my symptoms, Andrea's treatments also addressed the root problem by working on my hormonal imbalance. Andrea is personable, knowledgeable, kind, and truly passionate about what she does."

 

Jessica S, patient

"Andrea's knowledge and confidence made me brave enough to explore herbal remedies. I loved getting to know her on a personal level and appreciated her commitment to my care. My diet has completely changed for the better and since she became my healer, I know much more about my body and what it needs to heal and feel good."

 

Cheri C, patient