Treating Allergies & Insomnia, Studying With Nakamura Sensei And A New Qigong Program! — April 1, 2019
Don't let allergies ruin your spring!
Robert has been successfully treating hay fever and allergies for over 15 years. With a combination of acupuncture and herbal remedies like Pekana's Pro-Aller formula, and Ricura sinus formula, it is often possible to greatly reduce or completely resolve symptoms like sinus congestion, headaches, itchy watering eyes and sneezing. A series of 3-5 session usually does the trick and you can more easily enjoy spring time in Seattle without the misery of allergies.
Spring Toyohari Acupuncture Seminar with Senior instructor Nakamura Sensei
I had the pleasure of participating in and assisting as a teacher's assistant this year in the spring Toyohari acupuncture training seminar. Nakamura sensei, vice president of the Toyohari association of Japan, who came all the way from Tokyo to give instruction in advanced Japanese acupuncture techniques, gave lectures on the treatment of insomnia, frozen shoulder and needling techniques and diagnosis. He discussed the different types of insomnia patterns related to the five main organ patterns.
- Liver deficiency pattern insomnia usually presents with restless sleep, tossing and turning and waking throughout the night. Liver excess pattern is unable to sleep at all. The Heart Fire pattern is also manic and disturbed and unable to sleep
- Spleen pattern is less restless, but is characterized more by difficulty falling asleep and and difficulty waking in the morning.
- The Kidney deficiency pattern is associated with not really being able to fall into a deep sleep and and just resting on the surface through the night. Also fearful dreams and early morning wakening.
- The Lung deficiency pattern is sleepy during the day but not so much at night.
Do you recognize any of these insomnia patterns ? Deep restful sleep is so important to good health and well being, and Acupuncture can greatly help with sleep issues ! By treating the underlying pattern with acupuncture and using herbal medicine like Herb Pharm's Relaxing Sleep Formula and Source Naturals Melatonin Complex, I can often get an excellent and lasting improvement in sleep issues for most patients with insomnia.
Further Thoughts On The Chinese Year Of The Earth Pig 2019
The double Yin year of the earth Pig which started in early February was forecasted to emphasize family, home life, and good food. So it was very interesting to see that series of snow storms right at the Chinese new year forcing everyone to be homebound, eating good food with their families, as pictures of sold out grocery stores circulated on social media. With a double yin energy, this year was also forecasted to have an excess of the water element and possible flooding issues, so it's been uncanny to see that playing out not only with the heavy, unexpected snowfall in Seattle, but also the flooding across much of the Mid West as well as Africa. We send our prayers to the farmers in the mid west and the people of Mozambique that have been effected by the flooding ! We also hope the double Yin energy will help avert the disastrous wild fires of the previous two years in this region.
For further reading on the profound symbolism of the Earth Pig year 2019 we highly recommend this informative analysis from Tiger's Play Astrology:
"This is a year to kick up your heals, enjoy what you have created over the last 12 Years, and share it with others. What do you have to offer and share? If you have struggled and feel you have nothing to show then you may feel depressed. However, no one cares, so relax. You don't have to do anything with your life. You were not born to be productive. We abide nowhere and possess nothing.
This is a year to remember, to reflect, to revalue, and to reconnect with core human values. This is a year to savor and appreciate everything that we’re normally too busy to notice. Next Year, the Metal Rat, will feel much busier and more anxious, so better to take stock now before we all start scrabbling for resources."
— Tiger's Play Astrology
Announcing New 8 Week Fall Qigong Training Series With Robert Weinstein L.Ac. At East West Books starting Monday September 9th from 7-8:30pm
With free demo and talk on Sunday Sept 8th. Registration is Live, clink the link for all the details:
Soaring Crane Qigong is an exercise system to replenish our life force energy and vitality based on Chinese medicine. The benefits of Soaring Crane Qigong Include:
- Improved Health And Well-Being
- Increased Energy And Stamina
- Decreased Anxiety
- Reduced Pain and Stiffness
- Increased Sexual Energy
More Info On Soaring Crane Qigong
Registration link: $250 early bird before August 25, 2019; $275 full price after.
Best wishes and happy spring!
Robert Weinstein L.Ac. EAMP
Happy Chinese & Tibetan New Year ! Wishing You Good Health And Success In the Yin Earth Pig Year Of 2019
As we do every year, we want to take a moment to acknowledge and meditate on the shift in energy represented by the Chinese/Tibetan New Year. Chinese Astrology is related to Chinese medicine and Acupuncture, and each animal in the Chinese zodiac represents a different quality of Qi or energy for each year. The Pig or Boar is the last of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, and thus represents a stage of completion of a cycle. It will be a good year to finish any unfinished business, complete long term projects and begin preparing the ground for the new beginning in the upcoming Rat year 2020.
Additionally the Yin Earth Pig Year is a double Yin energy year, which could create an excess of water, with flooding and storms. Water will be a major issues in the Earth Pig Year. Personally this could manifest as dampness and Yang deficiency problems in 2019. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help to correct and offset the overly Yin energy of the year. A monthly acupuncture session can be a great part of a health and wellness routine in 2019!
"The Pig is the final animal of the Chinese 12 animal system. This means that many long-term projects, ongoing investigations or delayed lawsuits will be finalized. There is a lot of energy around completion and concluding things that can’t make the jump into the next cycle."
Noted Chinese Astrology & Feng Shui Expert
The Yin Earth Pig also has a love of home, family and good food and these should be emphasized this year. However we have to careful of excess indulgence in fine food during the overly Yin Year Of The Pig.
"People will be very interested in food this year and the theme is that food must taste good. They will be less concerned about the calories or the nutrients and more focused on flavor. People will be cooking more; gathering and eating together more. They will cook family recipes and from their heritage. Comfort foods will bring pleasure.... People will want to stay at home more because the Pig is considered a home loving and family-oriented creature and they value comfort. There will be a strong pull to gather together with family"
Follow the link below to read the full 2019 Yin Earth Pig Report from Lillian Pearl Bridges:
Robert has over 18 years experience as a professional western astrologer. He will be giving a lecture on the dramatic astrological aspects of 2019-2020 at the Seattle Theosophical Society on Sunday Feb 24th at 4pm. Please join us for this timely presentation.
You can also read Robert's comprehensive 2019 Western Astrology Report here:
Best Wishes And Happy Chinese New Year!
Robert Weinstein L.Ac. EAMP
206 954 0609
New Year's Reset With A Pekana New Year Detox Program! — January 1, 2019
After a few weeks of holiday excess, it's often helpful to reset our systems with a post holiday herbal detox program. Those few extra glasses of holiday wine, cookies, pie, stuffing and mashed potatoes can all add up cause liver congestion and post holiday malaise. Including a post holiday detox into our wellness program can make a huge difference in how we feel going into the new year. I have been using the Pekana herbal medicine line in my clinic for 4-5 years and they offer several excellent, effective, easy to use detoxification options as well as some great formulas for seasonal fatigue and SAD.
Pekana's Mundipur ($35) is a mild, gentle, full system detox that comes in an easy to take herbal liqueur. It targets several systems, most importantly the Liver/ Gallbladder system, the Large Intestine and the joints. It is especially indicated for Liver/ Gallbladder detox with sluggish elimination and stiff or achey joints. This is great choice for sensitive clients and can be a great precursor to the full Detox kit.
The Detox Kit
Pekana's Full 3 Remedy Detox Kit ($75) includes the Apo-Hepat for the Liver, Renelix for the Kidney and Itires for the lymphatic system. This three remedy kit helps to detox, regulate and improve the function of all three vital systems, increasing energy, reducing pain and inflammation and restoring our natural vitality. The program takes about 4-6 weeks to complete and is easy to use. We generally encourage avoiding sugar, heavy greasy or fried foods, junk foods and alcohol during the detox program, other wise you may eat normally. Unfortunately we live in a world full of pollution and toxic chemicals, and it's absolutely essential to do a detoxification program from time to time to keep our systems running at their highest levels of well being and vitality!
Neu-Regen For Seasonal Affective Disorder And / Or Seasonal Fatigue And Low Energy.
In addition to the detox options, Pekana also makes a great remedy for mental and physical fatigue and low energy called Neu-Regen ($35). This herbal liqueur is a regenerative tonic that helps to reset and replenish the nervous system and the adrenals. It can help and raise up energy levels and treat depression, making it a great remedy for treating Seasonal Affective Disorder.
If you are interested in trying a New Year Detox Program or Neu-Regen for SAD or low energy please email or call to schedule an acupuncture appointment and herbal medicine evaluation today!
Holiday Stress Solutions! — December 1, 2018
The holidays can be a fun time of social and family gatherings, great food and exchanging gifts ! They can also be a stressful time of travel, too many commitments, and too many dietary temptations The key seems to be not overcommitting ourselves and not overindulging in sweets, junk food and alcohol.
If we can maintain a good work / life balance and practice practice moderation, we can get through the holidays without stress and avoid that post holiday hangover.
- Try not to make too many commitments to family and friends. Listen to your body and get enough rest, the beginning of winter is a Yin time to replenish ourselves.
- If possible Keep your regular exercise routine through the holidays. Schedule massage and acupuncture for wellness care and stress management!
- Practice moderation. Even though the holidays can be filled with special treats and few extra glasses of wine, be conscious of your diet and try to make healthy choices.
Here is one of my favorite healthy holiday recipes, I hope you enjoy it!
Butternut Squash, Carrot and Corn Soup, this is a delicious, warming and healthy soup that makes a perfect first course for holiday meals, or it can be served as a stand alone meal as well. This soup is highly nutritious and loaded with anti-oxidant Carrotenoids. It is warming in nature and healing for the digestion. Yellow and Orange are the color of the Spleen in Chinese Medicine, and this soup is a hearty Spleen tonic that will strengthen digestive Qi. Serves 4-6 people.
Start with one Butternut Squash
A bag of frozen corn(or fresh corn when available)
A small white onion or shallot and several green onions
Optional; Fresh Goat Cheese
Chop up the butternut squash and carrots into small- medium cubes/pieces Cover in water and bring to a boil, when water is boiling, cut to a simmer and let simmer for 20min, mashing up the squash and veggies as they get soft. While squash and carrots are simmering, add minced shallot/onion to a skillet and saute till golden brown. Slice the Zucchini. After 20-30 minutes mash up the squash and carrots into a fine broth, almost like a puree, and add the onions in. Then add the corn and the Zucchini and simmer for another 15 min. Add finely mined green onion and salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for one hour for flavors to "marry". Optional: Serve with fresh, crumbled Goat cheese on top and enjoy!
We'd love to hear from you ! Let us know how you like the soup and please get in touch to schedule a wellness care/ stress management acupuncture treatment this holiday season.
Wishing you a healthy and happy holiday season!
Fall Immune Support — October 1, 2018
In Chinese medicine traditions fall is the metal season, the season that is most often challenging to the lungs. As we had an especially smokey summer season, we may face greater risk of respiratory problems this fall like colds, flus and bronchitis. Fortunately acupuncture and herbal medicine can help strengthen the lungs and boost the immune system. Adding in daily doses of herbal formulas such as Herb Pharm's Daily Immune Builder, which has Echinacea, Astralagus, Reishi mushroom and Schisandra Berry, can help prevent colds and flus before they start. If a bad cough sets in, the Pekana remedies Apo-Tuss (dry cough) or Apo-Pulm (wet cough), can usually resolve it within days. People often ask if acupuncture can treat cold's and flus. My general rule of thumb is that in the first few days the best approach is just to rest, once the immune system has gotten the upper hand and the infection is trending better, acupuncture can be VERY effective at speeding up the healing process, quickly resolving the condition and preventing it from lingering for weeks. Using these approaches should help prevent colds and flus from taking hold, and if they do take hold, at the least resolve them quickly without having to use Anti-Biotics.