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the first cicadas have shown up, the jasmine is in bloom, the three does sneak through the neighbor's hedge and nibble on my hollyhocks, the days are longer and warmer….all signs of summer.

the allergies aren't quite as problematic (for me) but for some, they're still lingering, the air quality is….well, not so great.

and then, i know based on past years, that many of my patients will have the stress of hosting out of town guests (seems that rogue valley residents become the b&b for their relatives and friends in the summer), some will overdo it in the heat.

 which reminds me: one of the best heat exhaustion remedies is chrysanthemum tea, a company named Gold Kili sells an instant brand (which mixes as well with cool water as with hot)….does anyone know if there's a store in the valley that sells this? if so….respond, and i'll be going there to buy my own stash of it!

summertime has its own health problems, and its own distractions, yet it's a wonderful time to begin acupuncture treatments if you're well, and the vagaries of heat and dryness respond really well to acupuncture and the appropriate herbal formula. if you haven't yet added acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine to your health care regimen, consider doing so this summer…i'll be around and more than happy to see you!

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As a licensed acupuncturist practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine from a Daoist perspective, I endeavor to help others connect with a middle way of doing things, and to recognize that the cycles they see in nature are happening within them, body mind and soul as well. Wellness care as well as healing from chronic conditions respond well to this 4,000 year old modality, and I'm lucky to be a patient of it as well as a practitioner. The healing journey is a sacred one...and it becomes multifaceted. I can be reached at 541-482-3493 for appointments for acupuncture treatment, Chinese herbal prescriptions, reiki energy healing, feng shui consultations, and lessons in Kuang Ping style taijiquan. For more information on my practice and background, see my website: I am also open to introducing those interested to the practice of shuilong qi gong, which has its own website: As the Chinese say, "don't wait until you're thirsty to dig a well" -- bodymind medicine at its best is undertaken while a person is feeling well, at the change of the seasons the best time for treatment.

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