Published in Acupuncture Today February 2020 Vol 21, Issue 2
What do we think of when we hear the word ‘healing’? For many, the first conclusion is that healing means to get better, or to heal from a disease. But what if this belief and concept about healing isn’t the whole picture? If healing doesn’t just mean to get better, then what does it mean? And how can this help us help our patients?
Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines healing as:
heal - transitive verb
1a: to make free from injury or disease : to make sound or whole // heal a wound
B: to make well again : to restore to health // heal the sick
2a: to cause (an undesirable condition) to be overcome // MEND the troubles … had not been forgotten, but they had been healed — William Power
b: to patch up or correct (a breach or division) // heal a breach between friends
3: to restore to original purity or integrity // healed of sin
Our approach in healthcare focuses on the first 3-4 aspects of this definition - to heal a wound, the sick or overcome an undesirable situation. While it is important to help our patients find recovery from the ailments that bring them into our office, in some cases, this isn’t always possible. Chronic disease, terminal illness or life situations that are permanent are not so simply overcome in the sense that we can erase them from reality entirely. It’s in this case where we have to focus on the last definition of the world healing - to restore to original purity or integrity. And while the sample of being ‘healed of sin’ takes on a different tone, what I believe this definition to point to is simply: to return to our original intention.
Bath bombs have become all the rage, from glittery explosions of sweet scents to ones with goodies stashed inside, we love a good and fun bath time! The obsession with these bath time treats has always perplexed me, while I love to take some time out to chill and treat myself, it seemed to me like we had a real missed opportunity on our hands. A fun colored bath is one thing, but as a trained herbalist I am also aware of the power of the herbal bath, that by using herbs we can treat hundreds of conditions and have been for thousands of years. I wanted to take this self care ritual of a decadent bath to the next level, with quality ingredients in an amount that could actually produce a therapeutic effect. In Chinese Medicine we have been using the herbal bath for thousands of years, but in our modern day sourcing these herbs - in the right amounts, is time consuming and can cause some gunking up of the tub, in short it’s not very convenient at all. This is where my Chinese Medicinal Herbal Fizzing Bath Salts come into play!
Women today do everything, from CEO to Mom of the Year, best friend, engineer and astronaut, there’s a lot on our plates, and for many once a month (give or take) menstrual cramps are the less than desirable icing on the cake. Dull achy pain that can go from mild annoyance to crippling and debilitating has been felt by most women at some point in their lifetime and for about 10 in every 100, this pain can be so debilitating that all daily activities have to be put on hold. Painful periods aka dysmenorrhea can be caused by the feeling of the uterus tightening during menstruation or from a secondary cause like endometriosis, growths or cysts and some types of IUDs, but no matter the cause, the pain is still very real. For those wanting a more natural remedy that you can do literally anywhere, acupressure might be the answer!
Acupuncture is an incredibly useful tool to treat conditions involving pain; from sports injury to arthritis to headaches and everywhere in between, but beyond pain, can acupuncture actually help to improve sports performance? Whether you’re a novice to a new sport, an avid gym goer, an amateur or professional athlete, acupuncture can be a great addition to your workout routine to help improve peak performance and elevate you to the next level of your fitness. Sports Acupuncture has been used all over the World, from treating injury to helping athletes increase performance levels. Acupuncturists are commonly employed by major sports teams all across the globe, in the bay area from the San Francisco Giants, 49ers to the San Francisco Ballet. Athletes are turning to acupuncture to not only help with pain and injury, but to help improve performance and compete at optimal levels.
So how does acupuncture help improve athletic performance? Aside from helping to treat injuries, there are many other mechanisms of action that acupuncture helps address which result in an enhanced and improved performance for athletes. Here are five key ways acupuncture helps improve athletic performance.
For the first 2 weeks of June I will be going on a spiritual retreat to visit the medium healer John of God in Brazil. As part of my personal spiritual journey this trip has come up as a next step on my path. Last year I embarked on my first pilgrimage to Brazil and found the experience provocative, eye opening, mind bending and life changing, my decision to relocate Lion's Heart to Marin was a direct result of that trip. Part of my journey to Brazil is the opportunity to bring your healing requests as well, read on for more details on how to 'come along' on my trip!
John of God is a great spiritual healer of our time, although he does not call himself a healer. John of God works with God (however you see or view this concept), many saints, benevolent light beings and angels, often referred to as the 'entities of the Casa' to help people heal from various ailments.
You can watch Oprah's experience with John of God if you're curious. (And no, I will not be volunteering for any physical procedures).
I would like to offer you the awesome opportunity to participate in my journey to Brazil and to have this healing energy sent to you personally over the next year. At the Casa at John of God, they receive photographs of people who cannot come to Brazil and they will send healing energy to you remotely for one year.
No matter what your religious background is, the light beings and angels that work with John of God will accept your request. There is no turning away those in need of healing. There are images of Buddha, Yogananda, Krisna, Jesus, and Catholic Saints and Angels on the walls of the Case of John of God, the idea is that the healing energy is universal and the love from Creator is non-conditional--not based on piety, worthiness, the past, religion, ethnicity, food preference, sexual orientation, or beliefs or non-beliefs.
Your picture will be in a healing room with thousands of other pictures, at the Casa of John of God for one year. The healing energy will be sent during this year's time. Some people experience emotional healing, some ask to find their life purpose, others are healed from cancer, AIDs and various other illnesses or physical problems.
If you would like your photo presented directly to the entity and receive herbs from the casa there is a $50 fee. Photos shown to the entity will be prescribed herbs (usually a 45 day regimen), while taking herbs you are not allowed to drink alcohol or eat spicy food / pepper. This is a deeper way to experience the healing of the casa, occasionally the entity may also mark your photo - indicating you have been requested to make the trip to Brazil.
Not all people who provide healing requests are healed in physical and obvious ways, but somehow each person who chooses to write down a healing request, receives exactly what he or she needs.
If you would like me to take your picture there, here is what you need to do:
Have a recent photo of yourself, taken within the last 3 months. Printed on regular paper no photo paper. (1 person only in each photo)
You are welcome to send pictures of your family and friends who want to have healing energy sent to them too. With their permission.
Only one person in each photo.
Write on the back of each picture the name, address (including country), date of birth (DD/MM/YYY) and up to 3 things you or the person in the photo would like help healing.
Healing requests can be emotional, physical, mental and spiritual.
Holding a strong intention for what you would like to receive can help the healing be stronger.
I must receive all photos before May 25th.
Mail your pictures to (or bring them to your next appointment):
503 D St. Suite 1
San Rafael, CA 94901
Athletes are under constant pressure and stress, from performing at peak levels to staying well in the off season; maintaining health, balance and preventing injury are all priorities in the life of an athlete, whether a novice fitness enthusiast or an elite olympian, staying healthy and recovering quickly are of utmost importance. As I’ve started to venture into the world of open water rowing at the South End Rowing Club, I’m quickly learning many of the possible points of injury for rowers, myself included. While rowing is a low impact sport, posture and positioning are extremely important, as is training frequency and duration when it comes to preventing injury. Overtraining can quickly lead to injury, just as poor posture and stroke technique can set up a rower for injury down the line. As an Acupuncturist, I commonly treats patients for pain related to athletic endeavors and sports injuries, and I can say that taking care of an injury when it first appears is by far, one of the most crucial points to helping an athlete heal faster and without further injury. When issues are in the acute phase, they are generally easier and faster to respond to treatment, whether with acupuncture, physical therapy, chiropractic, massage or other modalities, treating a condition sooner than later can help an athlete get out on the water more safely, and sooner than attempting to ignore a minor injury which sets up re-injury later on.
Growth, Transformation, Overwhelm and Confusion
The teenage years can be a whirlwind of growth, transformation, overwhelm and confusion. We’ve all been there and I’m sure you have some memories from your teen years that you wish could have gone differently, or were offered more support to help you with this time. I feel like alternative therapies are often seen as only used or appropriate for adults and small children, and the teenage years, where extra support is crucial, are often left out.
Teenagers are in a time in their life of learning who they are and how they want to be as adults in the world. There is an immense amount of learning, growth and experiences that take place during these very important years, and having support to help smooth the process is paramount. The top 10 things teens deal with as problems are: depression, bullying, sexual activity, drug use, alcohol use, obesity, academic problems, peer pressure and social media.(1) I find that almost all of these problems are rooted in the person going through the process of discovering who they are and how they interact with others in a social environment, in other words - developing a strong sense of self. When we have a strong sense of self and the self esteem and confidence to stick to that sense of self, it makes navigating these potential issues a bit easier.
The New Year has just passed and now it's time to start thinking about how you're going to not just MAKE a resolution or goal for the year but actually bring it to life! Check out my video on using acupuncture as a tool to make that happen, and a little reminder that your health insurance plan may help you pay for it!
Dr. Kim Peirano, DACM, LAc is the Owner and Acupuncturist at Lion's Heart Wellness, the San Francisco Bay Area and Marin's #1 Cosmetic Acupuncturist and #1 Holistic Healer.