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October 2013
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Wellness Brief: In a Nut Shell … What is Acupuncture?

by Jacqui Strike

 

Editor’s note: Wellness Brief is a monthly column that will look at all aspects of health and living well, and will offer tips on how to bring well-being into your daily life. 

What is Qi and why would
we want to manipulate it?

Common Food Myths — Busted!

Myth: Ice cold drinks cool your body down
Why it’s busted: According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, drinking hot drinks on a hot day causes the body to open sweat pores to induce sweating, which cools down the body. Cold drinks cause the body to close the pores tightly and retain warmth in the body. Ollie Jay, a researcher at the University of Ottawa’s School of Human Kinetics and an expert in all things sweat-related, published a study on this topic supporting this claim a year ago.

Friday Yoga @ the Bar

Join us every week for an hour of yoga, whether you are an experienced or a first-time yogi. Recreate balance at the end of a long week as you move through relaxed yin yoga movements and positions. Times and location may vary, so please check our calendar at bit.ly/DBAcalendar each week. Also, check our calendar for our Lunch and Learn Nutrition Seminars. Our first one will be on Oct. 25.
Questions? Contact Heather Clark at hclark@cobar.org.

 

 

The term Qi comes from traditional Chinese culture. It is difficult for many people to relate to Qi because it cannot be seen and is often translated into "life force." Our life force, or Qi, circulates around our body via pathways called meridians. Meridians nourish the whole body from head to toe and are the map of acupuncture points that can affect Qi flow locally or distally.

A person’s health is influenced by the quantity and free flow of Qi. That is why it behooves us to pay attention to the balance and condition of our Qi. When our Qi is flowing in a balanced and unencumbered fashion, we are in good health and symptom free. Our Qi flow can be improved or hindered by the foods we do or do not eat, the exercise we do or do not do and the emotions that we experience or do not experience. Furthermore, our Qi flow can be improved or hindered by adequate sleep or lack of sleep, as well as stress or lack of stress.

 

What does an Acupuncturist do?

On your first visit, your acupuncturist will gather information regarding your past medical history, your current signs and symptoms, and your tongue and pulse to differentiate the very best needle placement to eliminate pain and restore balance.

To find an acupuncturist near you, visit the Acupuncture Association of Colorado at acucol.com/find-an-acupuncturist.

May the force be with you!

See Jacqui’s video at bit.ly/DBAaccu as she practices on DBA President Dan McCune.

Jacqui Strike LAc, MSCTM, CMT, PRO is a board member of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado and owner of Set the Chi Free at La Fontaine, 2774 E. 2nd Ave., Cherry Creek, CO. If you have questions contact Jacqui at jacqui@setthechifree.com or (720) 514-0693. 

 
Whole Food, Plant-Strong Recipe of the Month: Quinoa Zucchini Boats (Serves two as a main dish)
Offered by Klaralee Charlton, J.D., LL.M. of Katz, Look & Onorato, P.C, September’s Whole Food, Plant-Strong Recipe winning recipe
Ingredients:
• 3 small zucchinis (peeled and sliced in half lengthwise)
• 3 tablespoons of roughly chopped cilantro
• 1 to 2 tablespoons of chopped jalapeno (depending on heat preference)
• 3 chopped green onions

• 3 large minced garlic cloves
• 2 tablespoons of sun dried tomato (marinated in oil)
• 1 ½ tablespoons of olive oil
• ¼ teaspoon of salt
• 1 ½ to 2 cups of cooked quinoa
Directions:
Prep zucchinis by gently scraping out the center to make hollow “boats.” Retain the scrapings in a medium bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well to create the filling. Place zucchini boats in oiled pan and fill generously with the quinoa filling. Cover with tinfoil and either refrigerate overnight for the next day’s meal or place in a preheated oven. Cook covered for 10 minutes at 390º. Remove tinfoil and cook 10 to 15 minutes more. Enjoy!

The winner of this month’s $25 gift certificate to Whole Foods Market for her delicious, plant-strong and nutritious recipe is Kate W. Beckman, Esq. of Bryan E. Kuhn, Counselor at Law, P.C. Look for Kate’s recipe in next month’s Docket.
Please send your favorite Whole Food, Plant-Strong Recipe to Lorraine DAversa at lorraine@attainyourvision.com. Each month, we will select one recipe to appear in The Docket. The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate to Whole Foods Market.



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