Acupuncture Wrapped: An overview of some of the most exciting discoveries in 2020

Acupuncture Wrapped: An overview of some of the most exciting discoveries in 2020

As we enter a new year, it is natural to want to look back on the last one. As humans, we have the gift and the hurdle of marking time, so it can feel helpful to recall memories we want to hold on to or look for lessons we can take with us.  

To that end, here are three categories in which research into the type, application and efficacy of acupuncture saw significant advancements in 2020, findings that will certainly help guide us as we move forward. In a year that saw so much focus on our health, these findings offer some good news in the fields of pain management without opioids, migraine headaches, and insight into why it is that acupuncture is effective as an anti-inflammatory.  continue reading »

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Intention setting in the new year

Intention setting in the new year

It’s that time of year again: the time when many of us engage in the practice of setting a new year’s resolution.

It seems, though, that hand-in-hand with new year’s resolutions is the prediction of inevitable failure. That as soon as you pick a resolution, you won’t actually make it through the whole year sticking with the new behavior, or that by the third week of January the resolution will be out of sight, out of mind. So, I wanted to offer some tips on how to join in the tradition in a way that might foster more success, by incorporating some wisdom from traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

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Black Friday/Small Business Saturday Promotions 2020

Black Friday/Small Business Saturday Promotions

SS_Logo_Clean_BlueNorthshore Acupuncture Center is offering two Black Friday/Small Business Saturday promotions in addition to the holiday special offers.

1) Just $25 for a Rock St⭐️r Cupping session purchased on Black Friday or Small Business Saturday (11/27-28 2020). If you don’t want stars, hearts ♥️ or the more traditional circles are available. Cupping enhances circulation, relieves pain and pulls out toxins from the body’s tissues. Cupping session must be completed by 12/31/2020. To purchase, call 815.814.1319 or email amy@northshoreacupuncturecenter.com.
2) Purchase gift certificates for your friends to try acupuncture and/or cupping. On Black Friday or Small Business Saturday only (11/27-28 2020), you can purchase a gift certificate for a stress relief acupuncture treatment for $50 ($100 value) or purchase a gift certificate for cupping for $50 ($75 value) and we will include a complimentary auricular balancing treatment ($25 value).
You can also purchase gift certificates for any $$ amount, for an initial consultation and treatment, or for a follow up treatment. Call 815.814.1319 or email amy@northshoreacupuncturecenter.com to purchase.
Offers cannot be combined for an individual treatment. Shop small!!
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Evanston families – ways to show up for our community/Familias Evanston – Apoyando a nuestra comunidad

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Please read for simple ways (cash and no cost) to support members of our Evanston community who are struggling and the owners of Gyros Planet & Taqueria.

Background
Pablo Sanchez and Erika Castro are the owners of Gyros Planet & Taqueria in Evanston.  Over the last seven months, they have been providing 110 free meals to individuals in need daily. The restaurant just opened in March 2019 and the pandemic has really impacted them. Their business income has been reduced by 75% due to the high school, Y.O.U and districts 65 closing. They could really use the support of the community to help them survive this challenge and allow them to continue helping others. Here is a Tribune article from earlier this year about how they are serving.

Ways to Support

The following are some ideas of ways you can support Gyros Planet & Taqueria. Many of us are not in a position to provide financial support right now; if that is the case, please consider supporting via #2, 4 and/or 5. All types of support are needed and appreciated.

  1. If you have money to spend on gifts this year, do some of your holiday shopping at the online auction from Friday, 11/27 – Sunday, 12/6. Auction items include donations from some young Evanston activists as well as local businesses. Proceeds will help Erika and Pablo continue to feed the community.
  2. Share this post and the Facebook and Instagram posts about the auction with your Evanston neighbors, friends and family.
  3. Order lunch from Gyros Planet & Taqueria!  We recommend the jerk tacos. Call 847-868-8112 to order, and have it delivered or pick it up at 1903 Church St  Hours: Monday-Friday, 11am-4pm and Saturday 12-4pm. Post a picture of your lunch on social media and tag them. Write a review on Facebook, Google, and/or Yelp.
  4. Sign up for one of the Taco Tuesday Text Banks in December and January.
  5. Follow Gyros Planet & Taqueria on  Facebook and Instagram. Comment on, like/heart and share their posts.
  6. If you are fortunate enough to be financially secure, please consider contributing to their GoFundMe.

Thanks for supporting one of our favorite local businesses and those they serve!

Friends of Gyros Planet & Taqueria

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Los propietarios de Gyros Planet & Taqueria han ayudado mucho a nuestra comunidad en este tiempo de COVID-19.  Pero ahora necesitan nuestro apoyo.  Por favor, lea lo siguiente….

Fondo

Pablo Sánchez y Erika Castro son los propietarios de Gyros Planet & Taqueria en Evanston.  Durante los últimos siete meses, han estado proporcionando 110 comidas gratuitas a las personas necesitadas diariamente. El restaurante abrió sus puertas en marzo de 2019, pero la pandemia realmente les ha afectado mucho. Sus ingresos comerciales se han reducido en un 75% debido al cierre de las escuelas y Y.O.U. Podrían usar el apoyo de la comunidad para ayudarles a sobrevivir a este desafío y permitirles seguir ayudando a otros. Aquí hay un artículo de ChicagoTribune sobre cómo están sirviendo a la comunidad.

Formas de Apoyar

Las siguientes son algunas ideas de formas en las que puedes apoyar Gyros Planet & Taqueria. Muchos de nosotros no estamos en condiciones de proporcionar apoyo financiero en este momento; si ese es el caso, considere el apoyo a través de #2, 4 y/o 5. Se necesitan y aprecian todo tipo de apoyo.

  1. Si usted tiene dinero para gastar en regalos este año, por favor considerge comprar regalos en la subasta del viernes, 11/27 – domingo, 12/6. Los artículos de subasta incluyen donaciones de algunos jóvenes activistas de Evanston, así como de empresas locales. Los ingresos ayudarán a Erika y Pablo a seguir alimentando a la comunidad.
  2. Comparte este a traves de Facebook e Instagram con tus vecinos, amigos y familiares de Evanston.
  3. ¡Pide el almuerzo de Gyros Planet & Taqueria!  Recomendamos sus tacos de Jerk porque son una receta unica de Pablo. Llame al 847-868-8112 para pedir, y haga que lo entreguen o recójalos en 1903 Church St Hours: de lunes a viernes, de 11 a. m. a 4 p. m. y sábados de 12 a 4 p. m. Publica una foto de tu almuerzo en las redes sociales. Escribe una reseña en  Facebook, Google y/o Yelp.
  4. Regístrese en uno de los Bancos de Texto de Taco Martes en diciembre y enero.
  5. Sigue Gyros Planet & Taqueria en Facebook e Instagram. Comenta que te gusta.
  6. Si tiene la suerte de estar financieramente seguro, considere contribuir a su GoFundMe.

Gracias por apoyar a uno de nuestros negocios locales favoritos y aquellos a los que sirven!

Amigos de Gyros Planet & Taqueria

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You’re Getting Sleepy…

Enjoying Naps in the Winter Season

Most mammals are polyphasic sleepers, meaning that they sleep for short periods throughout the day. For humans, days are divided into two distinct periods, one for sleep and one for wakefulness, which is a monophasic sleep pattern. However, this may be a product of living in an industrialized world and not the natural sleep pattern of humans. In many cultures, young children and elderly take naps midday. Our bodies are programmed for two periods of intense sleepiness a day: between 2 and 4 am and 1 and 3 pm. Unfortunately, despite our biological vestige, we are having to consolidate our sleep into one long period. continue reading »

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Winter and your Kidneys

Winter and your Kidneys

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, health is achieved by living in balance with nature and the seasons. Winter, the season of the Water Element, is the season for slowing down, reflecting, and conserving our resources. We all feel this tendency, but we don’t always listen to our bodies.  In Western culture, being active is rewarded and expected. We feel compelled to keep up the hectic pace that is typical in our daily lives.

This season is associated with the kidneys, bladder, and adrenal glands and the time of year when these organs are most active, accessible, and even vulnerable. They are more receptive to being restored, nurtured, and energized. At the same time, it is also when they can become easily depleted. continue reading »

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Holiday 2020 Specials

This holiday season give an EXPERIENCE instead of more things and SUPPORT A LOCAL SMALL BUSINESS. Research shows that people who spent money on experiences instead of things were happier and felt their money was better spent. Give someone you love who has been putting up with stress, pain, anxiety and/or sleep issues the gift of their health SUPPORTING their ability to live full out. 

 

STRESS RELIEF TREATMENT – SPECIAL OFFER $50

My clients call these mini-getaways. Experience 30-40 minutes of bliss cocooned in warmth, relaxing sounds and soothing scents – with no one demanding your attention. This treatment is a standard acupuncture treatment focused on relaxation and stress relief.  As many are working from home and moving less overall, this treatment will reset and relax. If you (or your loved one) would like other issues addressed besides stress relief, the value of the gift card can be used towards the price of a personalized treatment.

Bonus side effects of acupuncture may include:

  1. Improved sleep;
  2. More energy;
  3. Mental clarity;
  4. Reduction in pain;
  5. Sense of calm and well-being;
  6. Confidence in your body’s ability to function “normally”; and,
  7. Acceptance of your body and the “real you”…imperfections and all.

LOVE CUPPING SESSION – SPECIAL OFFER $50

We all could use more love in our life in 2020. Come in for a love cupping session! (If you don’t want heart shaped cupping marks, traditional circles are available.) Cupping involves placing glass or plastic “cups” on the skin and creating a vacuum by suctioning out the air. Cupping enhances circulation, relieves pain and pulls out toxins from the body’s tissues – plus it looks cool!

doTERRA ESSENTIAL OIL BLOW OUT SALE

We have a temporary FB group where we are selling essential oils for up to 70% off the retail price. We also have the most popular items like Breathe, OnGuard, Serenity, DeepBlue in stock at competitive prices.

 

SLEEP COACH PACKAGE – SPECIAL OFFER $250 ($50 OFF)

The Yin/Yawn Sleep Coach package is a series of 4 weekly 30-45 minute phone calls.  I leverage my expertise as a Chinese medicine sleep specialist and a certified life coach along with the knowledge I’ve gained through working with hundreds of clients with sleep issues to create a personalized plan to help you fall asleep quickly and wake feeling rested. Note: This will not address sleep issues related to medication, physical pain, or other health conditions.
Note: COVID precautions are taken very seriously – I wear a mask in the practice even when alone and I enforce proper wearing of masks. See this link for full details.  You can rest assured you are giving a gift of wellness and calm during this most unusual holiday season.

To purchase any of these special offers or gift cards, send an email to amy@northshoreacupuncturecenter.com with a phone number for us to call to get your credit card information or call 815.814.1319. Limited to 5 special offer gift certificates per client. You may also buy gift certificates to count towards a personalized acupuncture treatment. 

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What Is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a condition believed to be linked to a lack of sunlight where the individual experiences mood changes and emotions similar to depression. SAD occurs mostly in the Fall and Winter months when there is less sunlight exposure.

It’s found that around 5 percent of people may experience SAD lasting 40% of the year (especially in areas with less sunlight such as the Pacific Northwest and other Northern regions), and it is more common in women than in men. continue reading »

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Acupuncture and Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are a collective group of disorders that plague nearly 50 million people in the United States today. When a person suffers from an autoimmune disease it means their own immune system is attacking the body and altering or destroying the tissues. Autoimmune diseases include things like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, pernicious anemia, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel disease and Parkinson’s disease. continue reading »

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Northshore Acupuncture Center Land Acknowledgement

Northshore Acupuncture Center acknowledges Indigenous Peoples as the original stewards of the land, and acknowledges the enduring relationship that exists between them and their traditional territories. The land on which we reside is within the territories of the Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Peoria, Myaamia (Miami), Bodéwadmiakiwen (Potawatomi) and Očhéthi Šakówiŋ (Sioux) Nations. continue reading »

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