November 2019 Newsletter

Happy November! I hope you enjoy this FIRST EDITION of our Monthly Newsletter! Each month, we will be providing an update on everything happening at R&R Acupuncture, including clinic updates, recommendations for staying healthy in the upcoming month, fun facts or recent articles about Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, important dates to remember, upcoming holidays (and how these holidays impact your health!), recipes or teas that we are enjoying, monthly challenges to improve your health and keep us all connected, and one special offer per month! Please also follow us on Facebook and Instagram @reliefandrenewal for more updates, specials, and information.

As most of you know, October was R&R Acupuncture’s first full month in business, and what a month it was! Each and every one of you have been so supportive of this process, and have provided me with the information and tools I need to give you the best care possible. I have received some amazing feedback about our office décor, treatment rooms, tea recommendations, and music recommendations, and I am honored to have letters, reviews, crystals, essential oils, and other tokens of appreciation from you. It truly takes a village, and R&R Acupuncture is a reflection of that. I am able to practice this incredible medicine because of clients like you, and I thank you all for joining me on this journey.

“Movember” is Men’s Health Awareness Month!

The “Movember” movement originated in 2003 by two young men changing the “face” of fashion by challenging 30 participants to grow out mustaches for the month of November. Their challenge expanded the following year, raising funds to donate to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia. The organization grew drastically over the next 15 years, and now funds more than 1,250 men’s health projects around the world. Their focus is on raising awareness of prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. Visit for more information.

Although the Movember website does not specifically discuss acupuncture, there are many things acupuncture can do to benefit men’s health issues. Prostatitis, which is inflammation of the prostate, can cause burning, difficult, hesitant, or urgent urination, abdominal pain, and/or testicular pain. Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture can reduce swelling and inflammation, reduce abdominal pain, and improve urinary flow. Acupuncture is also an effective treatment option for male infertility, ED, and pelvic pain. In reference to the other focus of “Movember:” for cases of depression, severe anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and PTSD, you should first talk to your primary health care provider. Mental health is every bit as important as physical health, and requires immediate treatment. Along with your regular mental health treatment plan, acupuncture can reduce anxiety, calm the mind, lower blood pressure, and improve the quality and length of sleep. When we experience emotional trauma, PTSD can occur. A treatment plan called “NADA” uses a specific set of acupuncture points to balance the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for our “fight or flight” response. The NADA protocol helps the body to relax and reset, reducing anxiety and improving the symptoms of PTSD.

Please remember to get your yearly physicals, and talk to a doctor if you experience any pain or swelling in the groin, painful or discolored urine, or unintentional weight loss as these can be symptoms of a serious underlying problem. If you are experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, alert your doctor so they can point you in the direction of a mental health professional and get you the help you need.

Monthly Challenge: What are You Thankful For?

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it is important to remember all of the little things to be thankful for. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our day-to-day troubles that we forget to take a step back, look around, and acknowledge the good things in life. Daily gratitude is one way to quickly and drastically improve your health.

According to Psychology Today, there are several benefits to being grateful:

  • Relationships: Stronger and more meaningful relationships form when we acknowledge what makes us grateful, and there are more opportunities for friendships.
  • Physical health: Those with gratitude have fewer aches and pains and less illness.
  • Mental health: Daily gratitude increases happiness and decreases negative emotions such as envy and regret, and those practicing daily gratitude even a show a reduction in depression
  • Sleep: With less anger, frustration, and other negative emotions, we are able to fall asleep more easily and sleep more soundly.

For November, I’d like to propose the following challenge: Find one new thing to be thankful for each day. For my first day, I am overwhelmingly thankful for R&R Acupuncture and the ability to help so many people heal. Keep this paper next to your bed so you can reflect on the day and write your answer before you fall asleep. What are you thankful for today?

Stay Healthy with a Cup of Tea!

It’s getting colder out there! Help your body stay warm and in balance during the cooler days with warming foods and drinks. One of my favorite ways to keep my body warm is by drinking ginger and honey tea. Ginger warms the internal organs and meridians, and even has antibacterial and antifungal effects to help prevent colds and illness. Honey adds a hint of sweetness and boosts your immune system to keep you healthy. If you feel a cold coming on, add an extra antibacterial boost by adding a bit of fresh squeezed lemon!
To make fresh ginger and honey tea:
• Peel and slice 2 tbsp fresh ginger root
• Bring to a boil in 1.5-2 cups of water
• For stronger flavor, add more ginger to taste
• Before drinking, add 1-2 tbsp of honey. Enjoy!

“Gratitude is one of the sweet shortcuts to finding peace of mind and happiness inside. No matter what is going on outside of us, there’s always something we could be grateful for.”
-Barry Neil Kaufman

Important Dates to Remember:

  • November is Men’s Health Awareness Month!
  • 11/21 – 11/25: CLOSED
  • 11/28 – 11/30: Closed for Thanksgiving
  • 11/28/19: Happy Thanksgiving!

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