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5 Tips for Improving Sleep and Resolving Insomnia

Have you ever experienced the frustration of laying in bed trying to sleep but you can't calm your mind? Well, you are not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 30-40% of American adults report that they have had symptoms of insomnia within the last 12 months, and 10-15 percent of adults claim to have chronic insomnia. I wanted to take a minute to talk about this issue and how making a few lifestyle [...]

5 Tips for Improving Sleep and Resolving Insomnia2020-01-31T08:44:14-05:00

The Root Of It All

Circulation and the Gut: The two most important systems to get in order One of my teachers says something that is very obviously true, but also quite helpful to think about: “The basic requirement of health is to have highly oxygenated, highly nutritious blood flowing to all of the tissues in the body.” This means you need plenty of blood flowing to any given area of the body, and that the blood has to [...]

The Root Of It All2020-01-31T08:50:26-05:00

Got Wacky Hormones, Ladies?

Acupuncture + Chinese Medicine for Hormonal Balance In today’s highly endocrine-disruptive society, we’ve seen a steady rise in female patients struggling with hormonal imbalance and dysfunction. In fact, it’s one of the most common complaints that we see here at Centered: Richmond.  Here, we treat with acupuncture, herbs, and help patients make lifestyle changes to support healthy hormones. Environmental toxins, BPA (found in plastics), common household cleaners and chemicals used in pesticides and herbicides [...]

Got Wacky Hormones, Ladies?2020-01-31T08:52:37-05:00

Why Acupuncture Is Fun & Not So Scary!

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. After living in Portland, Oregon for five years where an acupuncture or naturopathic clinic is practically on every corner, and people seem almost bored if you tell them you’re an acupuncturist (only because they have one already, and 2.5 of their friends are acupuncturists), coming back home to Virginia provides some stark contrast. First, acupuncture is relatively new here and lots of people are excited about it, and that’s [...]

Why Acupuncture Is Fun & Not So Scary!2020-01-31T08:54:06-05:00

Chinese Medicine Spring Wisdom

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. Now that the weather has warmed, and all of our native flora has decided resolutely that it is spring, we will continue our series on health and living in accordance with the seasons, as per the Chinese medicine viewpoint. Since spring begins the new year in the Chinese calendar, let us begin with a brief discussion of this calendar and how it differs from ours. The traditional Chinese calendar [...]

Chinese Medicine Spring Wisdom2020-01-31T08:54:39-05:00

Acupuncture for Flu (And Colds, Too!)

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. It’s that time of year again in Richmond – the time where everyone around you is dropping like flies with the flu or some such – so it seems like a perfect time to write about what Chinese medicine can offer us in terms of avoiding getting sick. Have you ever tried acupuncture If you do find yourself getting sick, consider coming in to the clinic.  Acupuncture can be [...]

Acupuncture for Flu (And Colds, Too!)2020-01-31T08:54:56-05:00

Chinese Medicine Winter Wisdom

By Maegan N. Hodge, L.Ac. Our modern lives tend to seduce us with the false notion that we, our bodies, are largely divorced from nature. While this may seem to be true at first blush (especially if you’ve ever been to a place like Las Vegas!) the deeper truth is that our bodies have evolved to their current state over what has been billions of years (or slightly less, depending on your beliefs!). Whatever [...]

Chinese Medicine Winter Wisdom2020-01-31T08:55:06-05:00