Emerald Gate Acupuncture - Renee Benedict, EAMP, L.Ac. / Five Element Acupuncture

        I had a prolonged case of writer's block in the fall of 2011, and I must admit I have not gotten back to my newsletters since then. I'm looking forward to the time when inspiration will strike once again, and I will get back to the joy of writing. In the mean-time, please look over the information contained in these past newsletters. Except for the events, there really isn't much change in the seasonal/elemental information available. 
        Please email me your information, and I will add you to my list for when I begin to send out my newsletters once again.
       I apologize for any disappointment you may experience having come to this page and expecting something a bit more recent. 


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September 2011

Hello Everyone,

It's taken me a while to get this newsletter out to you. Since the last newsletter, we have moved from the Fire to the Earth Element; from Summer into Late Summer.

The Earth Element is the time of year we used to call 'Indian Summer', or the 'Dog Days of Summer". It's a time when we can sit back and enjoy the fruits of our labors. Not that all our work is done for the year, goodness no! It's a short span of time in which we are to reflect on our ACCOMPLISHMENTS thus far.

Hmmm. Let's see. What were my New Years goals? How am I doing with them? Some of those seeds that were sown during the dark, contemplative hours of winter, have come to fruition, and others are still in process. I'm going to take some mental breaks throughout this Elemental time and pat myself on the back for what's been and continues to be.

This is Earth time. Allow yourself to indulge a bit. Take some relaxing breaks, eat all the wonderful fruits and vegetables that are all in season. Enjoy a good summer read while lying on a blanket in the park.

It's time to relax after burning through so much energy during the Fire Element. It can leave us feeling as though we just want to sip some lemonade and hang out without having to go anywhere or do anything.

Relax. Enjoy. Revel in your accomplishments.

I'll be back in touch as soon as I'm finished with this glass of iced tea.



A Little Trick I Learned
        I have many people in my life who have a difficult time swallowing capsules and pills. I conveyed this to a friend the other day who offered me this little trick.
        Take an 8-oz glass of water and drink about 1/3 to 1/2 of it. Then take a tablet or capsule and put it in your mouth. Take a mouthful of water and swish it around a bit, then swallow. The tablet or capsule will go right down. Then take another swallow of water.  
        If you have difficulties with swallowing pills, give this trick a try. It really works!  

Seasonal Vitality

As we move from the very Yang season of summer, the sun is setting much earlier than even just a month ago. It is time to start slowing down our pace a bit. Maybe going to bed a little earlier or rising a bit later.
We burn through a lot of energy during the Fire Element of Summer, and we don't want to burn all the way out before the restorative/ Yin time of Winter, the Water Element. If a person is too depleted by the time the winter months are here, they will experience symptoms of sadness, depression, lethargy, have an increased risk of catching the flu and colds, or experience respiratory problems such as bronchitis or pneumonia.
It is very important to get your seasonal Earth Acupuncture treatment as soon as possible. Autumn, the Metal Element is just around the corner, and it is vital to maintain good energy during this time.
In order to maintain proper balance at this time of year, it is wise to follow the seasons and what they have to offer us.
There is an abundance of fruit and vegetables available in the Farmers Markets around town. Take advantage of these and if you are of an omnivore persuasion, you may begin adding a bit of meat such as pork or chicken to your diet.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact me, or schedule online via the Contact / Directions tab above.

Why Are We So Unhealthy?

A Few Well-Documented Reasons:

Poor Food Choices

Not Drinking Enough Water

Lack of Exercise

Stressful Lifestyles

Environmental Factors

Sleep Deprivation

'Treatment' instead of 'Prevention' Approach to Medicine

What can we do about it?

We need to eat
7-13 servings of Fresh Fruits & Vegetables
Every Day!

Have questions about how to
get these in your
Daily Diet?


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I consider it an honor to work with each patient who comes to me.
What a privilege to be doing the work
I so passionately enjoy,
and be able to share it with those
who are able to benefit from this amazing form of medicine.
~Renee Benedict~

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