New Parents, Expecting Parents, Midwives, and Doulas
We are excited to announce that we have expanded our Wednesday hours! We will now be open all day on Wednesdays with no break in between shifts. We are happy to now be open from 10 am to 8pm. Ninah will be working in the clinic from 10am-2:30pm and Jenn will be working from 2:30pm-8pm. This means Wednesday is a great day for drop-in appointments! Please help us make this a bustling shift by coming in and also telling your friends and family! We’ll help you get through the mid week slump with a relaxing, renewing Wednesday acu-nap.
We are excited to announce that we have community acupuncturist extraordinaire Jenn Holley L.Ac., joining our team at the clinic. She will be taking over our Wednesday evening shift. Jenn was a founding member of Circle Community Acupuncture here in SF and has worked in numerous community acupuncture clinics throughout Northern California. Jenn is a wonderful practitioner and human being. You will be in very good hands with her and we are so happy and grateful to have here with us! Welcome Jenn!
Jenn Holley, L.Ac.
Jenn graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. She is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and has practiced acupuncture in San Francisco and the Santa Cruz area since 2007. When Jenn first heard of the then-young Community Acupuncture movement while still in school, she knew she had to become a part of it and has been a full-time community acupuncturist ever since. When she’s not working she can be found riding her bike, hugging trees, reading in the sun, and hanging out with her dog Emmy and cat Connor.
Spring and Chinese Medicine
Spring is the lovely season of new growth, re-birth and change. As the seasons change, trees, plants and the human body change with them. When we learn to live in harmony with the laws of nature we can more readily access health and wellbeing, while resistance to change can cause stress and difficulty in our everyday lives. According to Chinese Medical theory, Spring is the time to support the element of Wood which correlates to the Liver and Gallbladder organs as well as the tendons and ligaments. To help keep the Liver and Gallbladder in balance, bring your attention to exercise, nutrition, self-awareness and self-expression.
Spring is the season of new beginnings and creativity. Creativity reminds us of who we are and is a good way to bring harmony and joy into our lives, particularly during this seasonal transition. Stay open to new ideas, environments, and perspectives while letting go of things from the past that are burdensome. Now is a good time for spring-cleaning of your home. Get rid of clutter and old stuff that is no longer needed to make way for the new.
There must also be room for growth within the mind and body or energy will get clogged and the system will stagnate. Liver stagnation is a common condition that can arise during the spring, and common symptoms of this include irritability, tension, inappropriate anger, PMS, depression, and anxiety. Mental relaxation will promote an open and peaceful mind while supporting focus and clear decision-making. Regular exercise is particularly important in the Spring as physical activity will assist the body in moving internal stagnation from the reduced activity of winter.
Good springtime nutrition includes the naturally cleansing foods that are becoming available now. These foods help the body clear internal stagnation by gently cleansing the system without depleting the body. Vegetables: artichokes, arugula, asparagus, baby greens, English peas, fava beans, fennel, leeks, spring onion, pea shoots, radish, snap peas, sorrel, sprouts, turnips, and watercress. Fruits: lemons, grapefruit, kumquats, mandarins, strawberries. Herbs, spices, & condiments: cilantro, mint, parsley, apple cider vinegar, umeboshi plums and umeboshi plum vinegar, raw sauerkrauts. Grains: rice.
Wishing you all a happy and healthy Spring!
Our goal at Community Acupuncture Works is simple — to provide quality acupuncture at affordable prices. Acupuncture in America has come a long way towards social and scientific acceptance in the past few decades. Those that could afford it have enjoyed the many health and relaxation benefits that acupuncture provides. But for most of us, the cost of the usual acupuncture treatment has become prohibitively expensive.
Looking for a way to make acupuncture more affordable, the pioneers at Portland, Oregon’s Working Class Acupuncture created the community-acupuncture business model. In community acupuncture clinics, patients receive care in a group setting while resting in a comfortable reclining chair. This treatment model allows us to give effective, individual treatments while seeing multiple patients per hour, which brings our costs down.
Given the rising cost of health care and the general state of the economy today, we believe that providing affordable acupuncture to all is more important than ever. We are at the beginning of a health care revolution in which acupuncture, made affordable, will play a crucial role.