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									       Vol. 3 Issue 2                        Awaken Wellness                                           April 2009
                 Traditional Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Yoga, and Wellness for Women
                                 Helping Women Live A Life of Joy and Ease!

                                             Spring & The Wood Element in                    Practices For The Spring
                                             Chinese Medicine
                                             What are the correspondences associated
                                                                                             Spring is the time for new
                                             with the spring in Chinese medicine?
                                                                                             beginnings. We can see it all around
                                                                                             us as the fresh green comes back to
                                             Spring is the surge of vitality, the            nature, the tulips and daffodils burst
                                             irrepressible rising. It is birth and           from their bulbs, and the buds on the
The Daffodils                                rapid growth. Crocuses and daffodils            trees unfold their new leafs.
by William Wordsworth                        push through the still firm ground,
                                             drawn toward the heat and light of              In humans we often hunger to be out
                                             the sun. We are reminded that we                side longing for the warm sunny
I wandered lonely as a cloud                 can always start fresh; find a new              days. Most are ready to shed our
 That floats on high o'er vales and hills,   way, re-establish hope. This is a time          coats and our toe cramped shoes.
When all at once I saw a crowd,              of rapid change, reminding us to be
                                             bold and decisive.
 A host, of golden daffodils;                                                                During the beginning days of spring
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,                                                          why not try something new? What
                                             Color: Green                                    have you been longing to do all
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
                                             Sense: To See                                   winter or all your life?
                                             Emotion: Anger
Continuous as the stars that shine                                                           Are your ready to paint that picture
 And twinkle on the Milky Way,               Officials: Liver and Gallbladder                or climb that mountain? What
                                                                                             possibilities do you see for yourself?
They stretched in never-ending line          The gifts of spring are: flexibility,
                                                                                             What is holding you back?
 Along the margin of a bay:                  adaptability, vision, decision-making,
                                             planning, decisiveness, forgiveness,
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,                                                              During the spring season you have
                                             creativity, new possibilities, purpose,
                                                                                             the seasonal energy on your side to
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.      strategizing, hope, and benevolence.
                                                                                             move forward with your vision. Be
                                                                                             creative. Research what it will take to
The waves beside them danced, but            The three months of spring are called           achieve your goal. Plan how you can
they                                         springing up and unfolding. Heaven and          make your dreams come true.
                                             earth together produce life and the 10,000
 Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:        beings are invigorated.                         Make a list of all the things that you
A Poet could not but be gay,                 At night, one goes to bed, at dawn, one         want to accomplish or do in your life
 In such a jocund company:                   gets up.                                        time. Then start with one of those
                                             One paces in the courtyard with great           dreams and make it come true.
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
                                             strides, hair loose, body at ease, exerting
What wealth the show to me had               the will for life. Letting live, not killing;
brought:                                     giving, not taking away; rewarding, not

For oft, when on my couch I lie              ~ Neijing Suwen Ch.2, The Way Of
                                             Heaven by Claude Larre SJ
 In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
 Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Yoga For the Season                       Chinese Herbal Medicine In Your               Steam 1 head of broccoli and one
Art work from the Iyangar Institute of    Spice Cabinet                                 potato, puree with ½ cup of butter
San Francisco                                                                           and ¼ tsp of ground nutmeg.
                                          Most of us have our own healing
                                          remedies right in our kitchen spice
                                          rack. By spicing up your food you
Chair Pose                                are healing your body and
Utkatasana                                preventing disease. Below are some
(OOT-kah-TAHS-anna)                       common spice and how they can aid
utkata = powerful, fierce                 in healing or prevent disease while
Begin in Mountain Pose, conscious         make your food taste yummy!
standing, focus on the grounding          Turmeric, or Yu Jin, promotes the
through your feet. Allow yourself to      movement of Qi and Blood to treat
be guided inward to your breath and       pain. Western research is showing it
let the breath deepen.                    to be affective in reducing
Stretch the arms straight over the        inflammation that causes pain. Add
head so that the upper arms are in        ½ to 1 tsp to your soups.
line with the ears and the palms face     Cinnamon or Gui Zhi, warms and
each other.                               frees the channels to help with joint,
Exhale, bend your knees and lower         limb pain and painful periods.
down until the thighs are parallel to     Western studies show that cinnamon
the floor.                                helps the cells respond to insulin thus
                                          regulating blood sugar levels. Take a         Tao Te Ching
Keep the trunk up right, lift the chest   stick of cinnamon in hot water to
and stretch up through the arms.          make a warming tea, or mix it with            Translated by Stephen Mitchell
Breathe normally.                         peanut butter and put it on apple
The more you stretch the arms up the      slices.                                       In the pursuit of knowledge,
more you can bend the knees and let       Dried Ginger or Gan Jiang, found in           every day something is added.
the hips sink down.                       Chinese medical texts dating back to          In the practice of the Tao,
Feel the powerful muscular energy of      the 4th century BC it was recognize           Every day something is
the quads and shoulders. Thee             for its anti-nausea properties. Now           dropped.
opposite action of the arms lifting up    modern research has proved that it            Less and less do you need to
and the hips sinking down will            works. Researchers found that ginger          force things,
elongate the spine and tone the           shuts down a nerve receptor that              until finally you arrive at non-
muscle of the spine.                      triggers the vomiting reflex. Add ½ a
                                          teaspoon to sesame oils for frying fish
This pose helps with stiffness in the     to create an Asian inspired flavor.
                                                                                        When nothing is done,
shoulders, strengthens the ankles and                                                   nothing is left undone.
legs. The diaphragm becomes lifted        Nutmeg or Rou Dou Kou, uses its
and gives the heart a gentle massage.     warming and astringing properties to          True mastery can be gained
The back is toned, the abdominal          treat diarrhea and pain from
                                                                                        by letting things go their own
organs tone, and the chest expands.       distention in the epigastrium and
                                          abdomen. Western herbalists note the          way.
With the strong muscular energy,          warming properties help to bring the          It can’t be gain by interfering.
uprightness and powerful feeling that     blood from the center of the body to
this pose creates, it is a perfect        the skin dispersing blood more
example of the energies of the Spring.    evenly thus reducing blood pressure.

Jennifer Stukey M.Ac., L.Ac.,Dipl.Ac                Contact me to find out more                  Columbia, Md 21044
WWW.JenAcupuncture.COM                    about Acupuncture, Yoga and Chinese Herbs.         Referrals are the greatest
    443-562-1820                             Call to schedule your appointment today.               compliment.
Save money with these websites                   From Tragedy to Possibility               practice up an running out of my house
                                                                Part II                    was the rush to keep things cooking, and
With the economic down turn saving
                                             In the Winter newsletter I share with you     the tending and care of the wound has
money is more a necessity now then
ever. Check out these web sites to see       about the tragedy of my Columbia office       been the sometimes painful process of
how you can keep some cash in your                                                         working on getting Awaken Wellness up
                                             fire and the vision of opening my own
pocket.                                                                                    and running.
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If that dress you just bough drops in        running my practice out of my home where      in many painful frustrating dead ends. I
price this web site will send you an e-                                                    have had times were I have wanted to give
                                             I was blessed to already have a treatment
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                                             room.                                         up. But the vision, the possibility, the
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Enter in items that you are looking to                                                     through the use of acupuncture, Chinese
                                             cooking I burned my hand. The initial
purchase at the highest price that you                                                     herbal medicine, therapeutic bodywork,
will pay. The site will then search the      burn was painful but in the rush of cooking
web and e-mail you when they have            I ran my hand under cool water and carried    and yoga.
found the merchant that has your items       on. As the day went on I noticed how the      To help people realize their fullest
at your price.                                                                             potential with compassion and respect for
                                             burn began to transform. The skin rose
                                             up and the area around the burn got red.      all who interact with Awaken Wellness.
Search many travel sights for the            I applied some burn creams and salves on      Awaken       Wellness    will   provided   an
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                                             painfulness of the skin as it was repairing
                                             it self, it became tight, and sometimes       an ideal practice, working with their ideal

                                             itchy. It was more painful now during the     client     population,   in     a   supportive
It is possible that the next Buddha
                                             healing process then during the actual        community of others practicing the art of
     will not take the form of an
 individual. The next Buddha may             burn.
  take the form of a community- a            I continued to tend to the wound using        There may be a minor scar of the office
        community practicing                 different salves and creams and was           fire but the pain is gone and the vision is in
      understanding and loving                                                             full force and the fruition is coming.
                                             cautious not to damage the delicate area
kindness, a community practicing                                                           Happy Spring. Until next season, Be
                                             where the healing was taking place. In the
   mindful living. This may be the                                                         Well.
most important thing we can do for           end it healed up leaving a minor scar and
                                                                                                      Jennifer Stukey
      the survival of the earth.”            the pain was gone.
          -Thich Nhat Hanh                   The initial fire was the wound, getting my

Jennifer Stukey M.Ac., L.Ac.,Dipl.Ac                   Contact me to find out more                      Columbia, Md 21044
WWW.JenAcupuncture.COM                       about Acupuncture, Yoga and Chinese Herbs.             Referrals are the greatest
   443-562-1820                                 Call to schedule your appointment today.                   compliment.

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