Ikigai Wellness

Journaling for Mental Health

As someone who has struggled with depression during and following difficult times in the past, I always consider mental health awareness month to be close to my heart. Whether you  struggle with anxiety, depression or just overwhelm from life, circumstance and lack of self-care, I see you.   Our modern day lives, unfortunately, do not build […]

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Tips for Allergy Relief

Hello, Spring! Where has the year gone? Is it me, or did April come really really fast this year? This one is for those of us who are affected by seasonal allergies and the beautiful budding pollinating plants of Spring! You might be wondering…what can I do to prevent, reduce or manage the the severity

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Chinese Medicine Book Recommendations

Are you someone who’s curious to learn more about Chinese Medicine?   Occasionally, I have patients who are incredibly curious about the medicine and ask for book recommendations about Chinese Medicine. Obviously, nobody wants a textbook (unless you’re a student!) but something easily digestible and written for the average lay person. For general curiosities about

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Feeling Pain Is…Good?

Before we get into this post, I want you to take this moment to do a quick body scan. Close your eyes, take 3 deep breaths and slowly scan yourself from head to toe. Notice any pain, tension and discomfort you feel in your body. Are you feeling anxious and stressed? Calm and grounded? Somewhere

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Nip Your Pain In The Bud

“More than 50% of chronic opioid use begins in the acute pain care setting.” Here’s something you probably already know: acupuncture is highly effective for pain management, acute and chronic. Most of my patients in the clinic who see me have pain somewhere in their body, whether it is from an accident or injury, degenerative

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