Anxiety

Best Teas for Mind and Body

What’s in your mug? There are coffee enthusiasts, and there are tea aficionados. If you’re a bigger fan of tea, then you already know how it can directly impact your mind and body. Whether it’s your first beverage in the morning or your last before bed, drinking tea is part of a routine that helps many people get through the day and establish a sense of well-being. If you want to be more intentional about drinking tea, here is an overview of the best teas you should be drinking. 

Best Teas for Mind and Body  

For Physical Health

Tea is defined as an aromatic beverage. It just requires hot (or cold) water to infuse the flavors and other compounds into your brewed cup. For physical health, various types of tea feature elements that have a positive impact on your body. 

Digestive Health

 

  • Peppermint tea has a minty and cool flavor. It can help calm an upset stomach if you’re feeling nauseous or generally queasy. It’s also great for bloating and indigestion.
  • Chamomile also works against bloating and nausea. It’s also helpful for irritable bowel syndrome and colic.
  • Fennel tea can help settle stomach pain, including heartburn and bloating.

Sickness

  • Green tea is rich in antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties. It can also help boost your immune system.
  • Hibiscus tea features useful vitamin C and antibacterial properties.
  • Ginger tea helps relieve muscle aches, motion sickness, and headaches. It can also help loosen congestion and relieve a sore throat.

Cramps and PMS

  • Ginger tea helps relieve muscle aches and can be beneficial for increasing comfort during menstrual cramps. It can also help reduce heavy blood flow.
  • Tumeric tea features curcumin, a biologically active compound that helps relieve pain.

Inflammation

  • Green tea contains health-promoting compounds called polyphenols that inhibit inflammatory responses.
  • Holy Basil tea helps the body overcome physical stress. It’s rich in vitamins A and C, calcium, zinc, iron, and chlorophyll.
  • Rose Hip tea contains antioxidants, beta carotene, and vitamins C and E.

For Mental Health

  • Herbal teas can help stimulate mental health by bringing about specific effects that include relaxation and tranquility. A cup of tea can also help reduce stress and anxiety while increasing mental focus.

Calm and Relaxation

  • Lavender tea is caffeine-free. It’s known for its aromatic head that can help induce relaxation and calm agitation.
  • Lemon Balm tea helps calm restlessness and reduce feelings of alertness. It’s also beneficial for reducing nervousness.
  • Hawthorn berries are tiny fruits that grow on trees and shrubs. Making hawthorn tea has been known to calm emotional distress and lower blood pressure.

Insomnia

  • Valerian Root tea can help ease the inability to sleep by reducing the amount of time it takes to fall asleep.
  • Catnip tea contains nepetalactone, which induces drowsiness, reduces anxiety, and calm restlessness.
  • Banana tea helps blood vessels and muscles relax, allowing you to stay asleep longer.

Now Offering ATP Resonance BioTherapy™

ATP Resonance BioTherapy™

ATP Resonance BioTherapy

ATP Resonance BioTherapy™ is a cutting edge technique for treating pain that uses low-level electrical current. The current is delivered to specified parts of the body in an attempt to relieve the pain or condition we are treating. Frequencies have a direct effect on our physical bodies and can almost instantaneously change the chemistry and then improve symptoms. For example, there are frequencies clinically proven to reduce pain and inflammation and others that improve circulation. It’s similar to writing a computer program for our bodies to heal. There are 100’s of frequencies that we use to reduce inflammation and pain.

Initial Consultation Required

The initial consultation with our acupuncturist Mrs. Parks is required to find out if you are a candidate for ATP Resonance BioTherapy™.

If you are determined to be a candidate, we can perform your first procedure the same day.

 

What To Expect With

ATP Resonance BioTherapy™

Quick & Painless

The procedure is quick and painless, you will be in and out of the office in about 30 minutes.

Typical Treatment Course

The number of sessions you will need will vary based on your specific condition, the amount of time you’ve had it, and your medical history.

The Process

The process is repeated 2-4 times a week until maximum improvement is seen. A maintenance regimen is often prescribed to prevent recurrence. Maintenance may be as little as 1-2 times per month.

Absence Of Symptoms

ATP Resonance BioTherapy™ treatment can and often does result in a complete absence of, or control of symptoms, even in severe conditions that have been present for years.

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Conditions That We Treat

With ATP Resonance BioTherapy™

Shingles
Burns
Kidney Stones
Asthma
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Disc Injuries
Fibromyalgia
Diabetic Neuropathy
Neuromas (overgrowth and scarring to a nerve after an injury)
Tendinopathy (inflammation and/or swelling of the tendon)
Acute (sudden) And Chronic (long-term) Musculoskeletal Injuries
Acute And Chronic Neuropathic (nerve) Pain
Chronic Fracture And Bone Pain
Arthritis
Torticollis (head is tilted to one side)
Disc Injuries / Discogenic- And Facet-Based Pain
Viscerally-referred Pain
Concussions
Headaches
Plantar fasciitis
Wounds

Common Questions Regarding ATP Resonance BioTherapy

 

How Does ATP Resonance BioTherapy™ Work?

ATP Resonance BioTherapy™ is applied to the body with a device that delivers a mild current. Microcurrent is an extremely mild electrical current (one millionth of an ampere). In ATP Resonance BioTherapy™, depending on the tissues involved, specific frequencies are selected to encourage natural healing of the body and to reduce pain.

 

Is ATP Resonance BioTherapy™ Painful?

Treatment with ATP Resonance BioTherapy™ is non-invasive and painless. The currents used in ATP Resonance BioTherapy™are so low that the patient often does not feel them. During the procedure, patients may notice certain effects, including warmth and a softening of affected tissues. Patients often find ATP Resonance BioTherapy™ to be very relaxing as symptoms dissipate and muscular tension is diminished.

 

Is ATP Resonance Bio Therapy™ Covered By Insurance?

While ATP Resonance BioTherapy™ is one of our offerings, in our clinic our acupuncturist will meet with you and evaluate your specific needs to determine if you are a candidate for our services. Then, if you are a good candidate for our clinic, our acupuncturist will formulate a treatment plan tailored specifically to you. The majority of the time, your treatment plans draw from all of our services to give you the best comprehensive care and get you the best results as quickly as possible.

How to Create a Self-Care Plan

What is a Self-Care Plan and Why You Should Create One

With a growing focus on mental health in the public sphere, you’ve likely encountered references to individuals creating a “self-care plan.” A self-care plan is a coping mechanism that keeps you from being overwhelmed by life’s sometimes chaotic nature. It’s also a proactive measure that you design. It’s filled with activities that bring you joy, reminders of your self-worth, as well as ways to tap into your support network. Below are three reasons why investing in a self-care plan ahead of time is essential:

1) A customized self-care plan is empowering. Take some time to look within first; you’ll know what things in life bring on stress and what things make it melt away. Through this self-reflection, you’ll have the foundations for developing your self-care plan and having it written down offers a safety net for the moments when you need it most.

2) Self-care plans help you respond, not react in moments of crisis. In terms of mindfulness, a self-care plan allows you to respond to situations versus simply reacting. Creating a plan ahead of time, therefore, empowers you to feel more in control of your life and avoid becoming overwhelmed by it. Likewise, you’ll be in a better position to know what type of outside help you might need and where to go for it.

3) Developing a plan helps keep you on track. A tangible, clearly laid-out strategy keeps you accountable and motivated to build new, positive routines. Knowing what you need to do when things get tough should also prevent you from making excuses and defaulting to old habits.

 

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How to Create Your Self-Plan

Now that you better understand the importance of creating a self-care plan, it’s time to bring your own to life. Remember: this is a course of action that you take everywhere and seeks to balance your physical and emotional needs. The plan can also include resources that you can rely on and reminders about your personal goals.

Build your self-care plan by following these steps:

Step 1: Write down an activity list that shows the different components of your life. To get you started, here are a few example areas to focus on:

  • Your day job
  • Your relationships: romantic, platonic, family, community
  • Your physical activity
  • Your internal thoughts

When this list is complete, you’ll want to add activities that you enjoy, bring happiness, and wellbeing to each space in your life. Sample activities include downloading a meditation app for your phone, meal prepping, keeping a gratitude journal, working with a therapist, or scheduling recurring acupuncture sessions.

Step 2: Write down the things that might get in your way. Afterward, devote some time to figuring out potential ways to address these barriers positively. An example would be if you’re in the habit of negative self-talk, take 5 minutes each morning to write down 3 good things about yourself. Over time these “shifts” in thinking and action will build to even larger life changes and you being well-suited to handle future stressful situations.

Step 3: Share your plan with your support network. Once your self-care plan is complete, send a copy to the people you trust most and are willing to help keep you accountable. You may also want to encourage these individuals to develop their own and share them with you.

Sticking to Your Self-Care Plan

For your self-care plan to be successful, you’ll need to commit to regularly acting on it. We know this is easier said than done, but we encourage you to be empathetic towards yourself and give yourself time to build new habits. Yes, there’ll likely be times where you slip back into past responses; this is okay and natural. When these moments do arise, be kind to yourself and use it as a chance to refocus.

Here are a few ways you can set yourself up for success when implementing a self-care plan:

  • Set daily reminders on your phone to do something that brings you joy
  • Meet up regularly with your accountability partner
  • Bring your plan to life through drawings, photo collages, or another visual medium
  • Schedule recurring appointments that contribute to your well-being, such as acupuncture or gym workouts
  • When you do falter, take a moment to reset with 5 deep breaths and visualizing your best self
  • Reward yourself when you’ve stuck to a part of your plan for a certain number of days, weeks, months, etc.

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The One Hour Vacation

It’s time for a tune up!

 

In Chinese Medicine, we acknowledge that Summer brings the gifts of laughter, partnership, and joy. This is seen by our desire to vacation with loved ones, have fun and break loose, and have more get togethers with old and new friends.  In Summer, our Heart, Pericardium, Small Intestine and San Jiao are at their peak of functioning and at their most vulnerable.  If challenged, you may notice some issues with regulating your body temperature or fluids- hello edema! Swollen ankles, anyone?  If this is an issue for you, you can add 2 handfuls of watermelon to your diet daily or try Job’s Tears… and don’t forget your regular acupuncture treatment.

Late Summer brings the gift of harvest time, all of our hard work is paying off and especially for farmers and gardeners we can see the ripe fruit and vegetables in abundance to eat. We get a feeling of “life is good and easy” because there is plenty of food and a general sense of putting our feet up to relax. The gifts of Late Summer are empathy, sympathy, mothering oneself/tending to oneself versus how we take care of others. There is a lot of digesting life, making life a part of us- the way we go on vacation to a new land, consume the culture, the food, the energy of a beautiful and interesting place as we try to take it back home with us as part of our new life experience. In Late Summer, our Stomach and Spleen are at their peak of functioning and at their most vulnerable. If this is a difficult time for your body, you may notice more loose stools or irregular digestion, stomach bloating or cramps, or gas. Try fresh mint in your diet, add to smoothies or salads, or as a cup of tea.

If you’re finding Summer or Late Summer a difficult time, emotional or physically, don’t suffer alone. It’s time for a tune up. Schedule your appointment with one of our wonderful acupuncturists, available in White Marsh or Timonium, Monday thru Saturday as early as 7am, as late as 7pm.

 

Acupuncture is the perfect one hour vacation, with benefit to your mind and body.