Essential Oils Provide Strong Anti-Viral and Immune Strengthening Support

One of the most beneficial at-home strategies to reduce the spread of airborne droplets is the use of potent anti-viral essential oils.

Genuine essential oils are specialized plant extracts. The alchemical process of extracting the plant constituents through distillation strengthens and changes the therapeutic function of the plant, rendering essential oils more “drug-like” in terms of their effects relative to whole-herb extracts found in tinctures and herbal supplements. In other words, an essential oil is a concentrated extract that has been scientifically proven to disrupt viruses and bacteria.

Not all essential oils share these anti-viral properties. Some oils are better suited to stimulate or soothe the limbic system, thus working to regulate internal hormonal balance, optimizing health and reducing thoughts and feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression.

Scientists have identified that oils with high amounts of monoterpenes and 1,8 cineoleest have the most potent anti-viral properties. These are “fresh-pungent” scents that have a tropism or particular affinity for the Lungs and respiratory system such as Ravintsara, Saro, Cajeput, Niaouli and Narrow-leaf eucalyptus.

Other fresh pungents such as Rosemary have a much lower anti-viral property yet have been shown to stimulate healthy immune function, so that your “Wei Qi” is ready to protect you against illness.

We have written previous articles about the use of individual essential oils for respiratory health. We differentiated between the three types of Eucalyptus commonly available, as well as explored the use of Siberian Fir, Black Spruce, and Hyssop in supporting the Lungs. These articles can be found by following the links to our KMA health blog.

We have stocked up on these individual oils as well as certain EO blends specifically designed to combat viral illness. While these oil blends can be used by application in small amounts directly to the body, and even used in home-made cleaning sprays, we recommend that these be diffused or sprayed into the air using an ultrasonic diffuser or nebulizer. This method combats viral particles in the air and allows you to inhale the oils to support the mucus lining of your respiratory tract.

At Kunlun Mountain Acupuncture, we use essential oils from highly reputable Snow Lotus, a small producer owned by a fellow acupuncturist with more than 35 years experience and formal training as a medical herbalist! Snow Lotus’ products are USDA organic and responsibly sourced to produce unadulterated, artisanal, small-batch oils verified through independent third-party testing.

Our favorite Snow Lotus recommendations at this time include:

Vir-Away: a fresh, uplifting, invigorating blend that contains the strongest anti-virals mentioned above. It may also be used to sanitize and disinfect, like Microbe-X. Use Vir-Away in an ultrasonic or air-pump nebulizer to reduce the germ load in the immediate environment and to promote healthy, easy inhalation. This blend can also be used on a tissue or wet wipe to make a disinfectant wipe. Use freely for the hands and on all surfaces in the home and at work. Use liberally while traveling on buses, planes, trains, etc., to help keep surfaces clean, sanitary and germ free.

Immune Stim: A gently invigorating, pungent, fresh, green blend designed to support healthy immune functioning. Immune Stim contains a blend of oils targeted to kill viruses, oils targeted to strengthen immune function (Wei Qi), and lavender to help circulate that immune function throughout the exterior. Thinking of the castle analogy, Immune Stim helps to build a strong castle wall, assigns archers to that wall to defend against incoming invaders, and through the attention of the “lieutenant” assures that those archers are properly placed at intervals around the wall to assure there are no weak “links”.

Respiratory: is an invigorating fresh-conifer formula with expectorant, bronchorelaxant, mucus-resolvent and cough relieving actions. Respiratory is a versatile formula that can be extremely useful in a wide range of respiratory conditions. It can help open and decongest the sinuses, loosen phlegm in the bronchi, promote expectoration, promote free and easy deep breathing, and relieve cough and wheezing. Used by deep inhalation and topically, Respiratory can also provide long-term support to the lungs in most bronchial disorders and can promote detoxification to counteract smog and all forms of smoke pollution. It is a unique blend of both restorative and stimulating oils, and thus may be helpful with conditions of low energy, shallow breathing, chronic weak cough as well as acute cough with phlegm.

Eucalyptus Breeze: is blend of fresh and earthy fragrances; the smells of a eucalyptus patch after the rain. The anti-viral and anti-bacterial fresh pungent oils can be overly stimulating for some people. This formula balances the uplifting action of eucalyptus with cooling, grounding oils such as vetiver to stabilize and support.

Wellness Sampler Kits: Not sure which essential oil is right for you? Having trouble deciding between a few? Need a holiday gift that gives your loved ones the gift of good health at home? We have several different Wellness Sampler Kits available. Each kit comes in a decorative gift bag and contains four different essential oils with a instruction card that gives a detailed description of what conditions the oil is indicated for so that you know when and why to use each one.

  • Winter Wellness: This kit includes Immune Stim, Vir-Away, Sinus Clear, and Spirit Lift.

  • Woman’s Wellness: This kit includes several lovely oil blends that help to regulate and balance the endocrine system and HPA axis. In addition to brightening and smoothing mood, blends such as Adrenal Support and Moon Cycle contain immune strengthening oils that ease winter time sadness.

  • Lavender Sample: Containing four different types of lavender, this kit is good is good for relaxing the muscles and easing physical pain, relaxing the mind and brightening the spirit, and improving circulation throughout the body. This is a great kit if your hands and feet get very cold in wintertime.

  • Citrus Oil Sampler: Citrus oils help to brighten our spirits and focus our mind. They are the perfect support for your student trying to study at home this winter, and they help to alleviate that foggy headedness that comes with the winter blahs.

  • Sacred Flower Oils: Rose, Jasmine, Neroli, and Ylang Ylang warm our hearts and invoke the feelings of love and comfort even when we are feeling isolated from our loved ones.

  • Herb Garden: Don’t let the name fool you. These aren’t oils for eating! Oils such as Marjoram and Peppermint help to alleviate muscle spasms and pain throughout the body, while oils such as Rosemary and Thyme provide immune strengthening, anti-viral support.

Updated Policies and Procedures for Re-opening June 2020

The following procedures are a requirement of the Maryland Department of Health in order for our clinic to resume operations at this time. Additionally, these procedural requirements help us to provide care that keeps you and our practitioners safe.

We know these new procedures may seem cumbersome at first, but we promise that you will still enjoy the same high level of care and support during your treatment as you have come to know us for at KMA.

Feeling overwhelmed? We’ve created a quick and easy “treatment preparedness checklist” that you can use prior to arriving for your treatment.

Appointment Pre-Screening

▪ A staff member will contact you via email or phone the day prior to your appointment to confirm and review the pre-screening requirements. You will receive your practitioner’s contact information for day-of service communication.

All patients must pre-screen themselves for respiratory illness immediately prior to leaving their home or office for their appointmentThis includes taking your temperatureYou will need to report your temperature to your practitioner and sign a pre-screening procedure form upon arriving at our clinic.

▪ Patients whose temperature is 100.4 or higher; have a dry cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell not related to known respiratory condition; or whom have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive or suspected positive person must cancel their appointments for the next 14 days or until your physician has ruled out COVID-19 as a cause of illness. Please notify your practitioner via text message immediately if you have any of the above symptoms. You will not be charged a cancellation fee if you must cancel due to respiratory symptoms.

Face Coverings Required at All Times, Comfortable Clothing Recommended

Patients and practitioners are required to wear a mask or appropriate face covering that covers both their nose and mouth at all times while inside our clinic. Your face covering may be temporarily removed if your practitioner needs to access a facial acupuncture point, and will be immediately replaced. At this time, patients must arrive for their appointment with their own face covering. Patients who arrive without a face covering will have their appointment cancelled and will be charged a $50 late cancel fee.

▪ At this time, we are discouraging our acupuncture patients from fully disrobing during treatment. Please come to your appointment with loose, comfortable clothing that can be rolled up or lifted to access acupuncture points.

Reduced Contact in the Office

▪ Human to human contact over prolonged periods of time is the primary source of COVID-19 transmission. The CDC considers human to surface contact and shortened human to human contact time to be low risk for transmission at this time, however a small possibility exists. KMA is committed to reducing transmission risks through rigorous cleaning methods and reduced contact protocols. We ask you to help us in this effort:

Only patients with a scheduled treatment are permitted inside our facility. Additional family and friends should stay home or remain in the car during your treatment. Members of the same household who receive treatment may be seen in the office at the same time – please contact your practitioner directly to scheduleUpon arrival at our clinic, you will notify your patient of your arrival via text message, and wait in your vehicle until your practitioner confirms she is ready for your entrance.

To decrease surface contact, your practitioner will open the clinic door for you. You will be asked to wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds before immediately proceeding to the treatment room. Your practitioner will turn the sink on and off for you and will close and open your treatment room door for you at the beginning and end of your treatment. What service!!!

▪ Though our bathroom facilities are available for emergency use, because these areas are in a high contact, public location within our building, we strongly recommend that you use your own toilet facilities before coming to your appointment.

We ask that you securely lock all personal items in your vehicle and bring only the absolute essentials, such as your keys, into the clinic. You will be provided a small tray for personal items that has been sanitized between each patient. Please leave your water bottle, food items, extra layers of clothing such as a jacket, and large bags or purses in your car.

▪ At this time, we will utilize a contactless payment system built into our online Schedulicity scheduling software. You will be asked to securely store a credit card on file the next time you book your appointment. This card holds your appointment and will not be charged until after your appointment. Once a week, our office manager Sally will send invoices and receipts for your deductible, copay, coinsurance, package price and any herbal supplement or essential oil products you purchased during your appointment.

▪ Questions about your invoice? Want to pay by check instead? Difficulty scheduling your next appointment? At this time, our office staff will not be in the office while patients are present in order to decrease human to human contact. Our voicemails will be checked on a less frequent basis, so please don’t hesitate to contact Sally via email with all questions: manager@kunlunmtn.com

Updated Cancellation Policy

▪ Due to the limited availability of appointments during the Phase One reopening schedule, there is a wait list for appointments. Therefore, out of courtesy to your practitioner and other patients, all cancellation policies will be strictly enforced.

▪ We ask that you cancel your appointments by the close of business the day prior to your scheduled appointment time. You may cancel your appointment via our online Schedulicity portal (24 hours in advance of your treatment), an email to appts@kunlunmtn.com, or a text message to your practitioner. Due to staffing limitations, please do not call to cancel.

Late-cancel and no show appointments will be charged a $50 fee to the credit card on file.

At this time, patients who arrive for their appointment without a required face covering will be sent home and charged a $50 late cancel fee.

▪ It is important that you do not come to our clinic if you have any symptoms of infectious disease or you have been in contact with a COVID-19 positive or suspected positive patient. If you are feeling ill, please immediately contact your practitioner to cancel. NO cancellation fee is charged for cancellation due to illness.

By scheduling a treatment, you acknowledge that you understand and will abide by these policies and procedures.

Your At-Home Chinese Herbal Medicine Cabinet for Immune Health

While targeted treatment of specific health conditions requires a differential diagnostic approach to recommending herbal remedies for individual, there are several gentle, general-use Chinese herbal formulas that can be “on-hand” in your herbal medicine cabinet and safely used by you and your family.

Below are some of our favorite formulas that we recommend to keep “on-hand” in your herbal medicine cabinet and a description of how / when to use them. As a disclaimer, while each of these formulas is recommended by evidenced-based research into the therapeutic use of herbs, no guarantees of curative properties can be made. Given the variety of unique factors that make you, you … health care is not, never has been, and can never be a one-size-fits-all, guaranteed treatment approach.

Immune Strength and Preventative Health Support

Yu Ping Feng San (Jade Windscreen Formula) – This blend of adaptogenic herbs including astragalus, atractylodes, and siler root strengthens our defensive “wei” qi to prevent initial illness by harmonizing our immune and autoimmune systems. It is appropriate for those with chronic weak immunity and history of recurrent infection. In addition to warding off respiratory infections, Jade Windscreen is also effective during spring and fall for those who suffer from allergies because its ingredients strengthen the body’s ability to mount a successful immune response to any “foreign invaders” – be that a virus or allergen.

Onset of Initial Respiratory Symptoms

Yin Qiao San, or Honeysuckle and Forsythia Formula, is your the go-to formula for the onset of viral colds. You will recognize many of its ingredients as the same as those in over the counter supplements such as “Airborne”, but Yin Qiao’s ingredients are at clinically tested therapeutic dosage. This formula combats what we call “Wind Heat” invasions that include symptoms of a common cold such as sore, hot, or painful throat, fever, dry cough, aching neck and shoulders, headache, swollen glands, sweating, and itchy skin. This formula is good to have on hand in your winter herbal medicine cabinet because it is most effective when taken at the onset of any “hot” viral infection such as the common cold and flu, tonsillitis, and ear infections. Clinical trials have also shown Yin Qiao San to be effective in reducing the length and severity of symptoms in chicken pox, rubella, measles, and hives. The herbs in Yin Qiao have the ability to prevent a virus protein structure from attaching to your own cell wall, and therefore Yin Qiao may also be used as a prophylactic treatment when you may be exposed to others with illness (like on a long airplane ride or a trip to a crowded grocery store). Take Yin Qiao up to 30 minutes before heading out, and then a second dosage upon returning from the place of possible exposure.

Gan Mao Ling, or Common Cold Effective Remedy Pills, is another great herbal remedy to have on hand in your herbal medicine cabinet. With 75% of the five herbs in this formula having strong anti-viral effect, it’s no wonder this is the number one best selling patent herb formula in China. Gan Mao Ling is used for “Wind Cold” invasions, which are more commonly encountered in the colder times of year. Take this formula at the first sign of illness when your symptoms include chills, throbbing-achy joints and dull headache, and a tickling-itchy throat. Wind Cold invasions have all the same common cold symptoms of Wind Heat, but there may be additional fluid build in the lungs and sinuses. Wind Cold may have more pronounced body aches and an itchy sensation in the throat. Gan Mao Ling can be taken on its own or in conjunction with Yin Qiao San at the onset of symptoms.

Full Force Respiratory Conditions

Ban Xia Hou Po Tang (Augmented Plum Pit Qi Formula): This wonderful formula of Magnolia and Pinella Bark is used in lower dosages for mood disorders that include feelings of depression and frustration by opening the oppressive feeling in the chest and uplifting the Heart’s spirit. At it’s full dosage, this formula breaks up mucus congestion in the lungs and decreases spasmodic coughing. It is frequently used when cold symptoms have progressed to bronchitis or pneumonia. Ban Xia Hou Po Tang is indicated when there is damp, sticky, and accumulating phlegm.

Xiao Chai Hu Tang (Minor Bupleurum Formula): Similar to BXHP, this formula is used as pathogens begin to drive themselves further into the lungs and respiratory system. This formula is indicated when fever is prolonged or milder symptoms begin to alternate between fever and chills. Xiao Chai Hu Tang is the go-to formula when these heat syptoms are most prevalent, and there is only minor accumulation of phlegm in the lungs or the cough remains dry.

Recovering After Illness

Many patients find that even once the contagious stage of an illness has cleared, their respiratory system feels weak for many weeks or months following. You may still experience a chronic cough, especially at night or while lying down. You are fatigued, and it seems you keep “catching” a new illness because you are also more susceptible to illness during this time that your immune system has not fully recovered. Using the analogy of a medieval castle – you have successfully fought off the Viking invaders, but now your defensive wall is weak and therefore you are vulnerable to even a small group of wandering barbarians. It’s time to strengthen your defenses and rebuild your castle “wall”. We call this wall the “Wei Qi“.

Our favorite formulas for rebuilding the Wei Qi all involve the use of medicinal mushrooms. We really love the effectiveness of Mycoherb’s line of medicinal mushrooms through Kan. This brand harvests their herbs to capture the strongest therapeutic constituents of each plant. Our favorite formula for recovery is Mycoherb’s Tri-forte, a blend of three adaptogenic medical mushrooms that are supportive and appropriate for all individuals. Tri-forte includes Reishi – a powerful adaptogenic mushroom used in China for recovery after long illness and draining treatments such as chemotherapy. Tri-forte also includes Cordycep – another great adaptogen that specifically targets and supports the healing of lung tissue that is damaged due to asthma, allergies, and respiratory illness.

Which Eucalyptus is Right for You?

We’ve all heard of and seen the evidence that high quality eucalyptus essential oil is effective in warding off winter colds and flu. That’s because of the plant’s amazingly strong antiviral and antibacterial qualities. Not to mention that the uplifting scent of this pungent oil raising the Qi and brightens our mood during the seemingly endless winter months.

But do you know which to eucalyptus to reach for when you need an added boost to protect against or clear out illness?

Narrow-Leaf Eucalyptus (E. radiata): Narrow-leaf has a stronger antiviral constituent, and therefore is best used at the initial onset of a cold when the pathogen is still in the upper respiratory tract, or as a preventative in your diffuser to kill air borne viruses. Narrow-leaf is included in the “Vir-Away” essential oil blend we diffuse into the waiting room to keep all our patients and staff safer from exposure to someone else who is ill. Narrow-leaf is also the most gentle of the eucalyptuses, and therefore is the best choice for use with those who are sensitive to scents and around children. It should be noted that all of the eucalyptus oils are inappropriate for use in infants under one year of age, and narrow-leaf should be considered when children are under the age of five.

Blue-Gum Eucalyptus (E. globulus): Compared to narrow-leaf, blue-gum eucalyptus has a stronger antibacterial component, making it the preferred choice for lower respiratory infections such as acute bronchitis and pneumonia, which may develop later in the stage of illness. Blue-gum is excellent at breaking up and eliminating phlegm in the chest.

Lemon-Scented Eucalyptus (E. citriodora): Predominantly cultivates from Brazil and specific areas in Australia, this eucalyptus has a naturally sweet-lemony aroma which adds a cooling component to its use. Lemon-scented eucalyptus is effective in treating respiratory illness with a hot, inflammatory feel such as respiratory illness with fever, bronchitis, laryngitis, RSV, and upper respiratory infections with accompanying ear infection. Lemon-scented eucalyptus also has an anti-fungal effect to it, and can be used when there is candida overgrowth such as sinusitis.

Due to their high cineole content, all three of the eucalyptuses can create distress and inflammation if taken internally when a simultaneous inflammatory condition exists. We recommend safely using these oils in your diffuser, and only taking them internally when directed by a health care provider specifically trained in the internal use of the oils who is familiar with your body’s needs and restrictions.

We carry all three of these similar yet distinct types of eucalyptus at KMA. Additionally, several of the essential oil blends such as Vir-Away, Immune Stimulation, the Winter Wellness EO sampler set, and others contain one or more of these eucalyptuses. We are happy to talk to you in more depth when choosing what is the right product for you.

Essential Oils for Respiratory Health

With cold and flu viruses rampant, now is the time to strengthen and repair your respiratory system – your body’s first line of defense against invading pathogens. Utilizing essential oils through inhalation by a diffuser can build our immunity towards winter’s pathogenic invasions of respiratory viruses and bacteria with oils that strengthen the Lungs. The inhaled oil coats the mucus membrane of the respiratory tract from the nostrils all the way down the trachea, into the bronchi, and finally the sac like alveoli where gaseous exchange occurs with the blood.

The following oils are safe for standard use in your diffuser around all members of your family (children and animals too). These substances, when inhaled, have been shown to reduce inflammation of the respiratory tract, soothing damaged mucosal tissue and helping it to repair. While these oils also have a slight anti-viral and anti-bacterial property, we’ll recommend stronger anti-microbial oils in our next article.

Consider adding 5 – 10 drops of any combination of the following oils at nighttime so that you are breathing in the therapeutic oils as you sleep. This also provides moisture to your respiratory tract and reduces the influenza virus’ ability to spread. A recent meta-analysis shows that the influenza virus’ ability to survive and be transmitted is impacted by the moisture level in the air, specifically it needs dry air to survive. This finding has led health officials from the National Academy of Science to recommend the use of humidifiers in hospital settings to decrease the spread of the flu. When using essential oils, you will want to invest in a good quality ultrasonic diffuser and not just add the oils to a standard humidifier. The diffuser will add humidity to the air while breaking the oil up into bioavailable particle sizes.

At KMA, we carry the highest quality, artisinally crafted essential oils from Snow Lotus. These oils are USDA organic and directly sourced by our mentor acupuncturist and medical herbalist Peter Holmes. Therapeutically, this matters! You can read about why we feel Snow Lotus products are the very best here.

Siberian and Silver Fir: The pungent, sweet, and warming oils of the Fir tree tonify and regulate the qi of the Lungs. This oil is uplifting to the spirit, and brings yang energy to the brain thus improving mental clarity, memory, and fatigue with brain fogginess. Siberian Fir is soft and helps to circulate the Lung qi. It is indicated for patients who have a history of chronic respiratory conditions due to weakness, such as asthma, wheezing, and a weak, tense chronic cough. Silver Fir is the mildest of the fir tree oils. It is gentle enough to be used with children who are prone to coughing at night. Silver Fir is a great oil to use in your diffuser every night to strengthen the Lungs as we move through the Fall season.

Laurel and Green Myrtle: Laurel and Green Myrtle are both pungent, green, cooling oils that have an affinity for the Metal element. They serve both the Lungs and the Large Intestine in their rhythmic functions by draining damp accumulation so that these organs are clean and clear. Laurel was a sacred plant used in Ancient Greece to clear the mind so that once can acheive inner and outer balance in the world. Earning your “laurels” meant unleashing your inner warrior to achieve something spectacular. Laurel improves creative insight, critical thinking, and helps us to break old habits that no longer serve. Laurel helps us to persevere through life’s challenges and is perfect for someone who experiences chronic respiratory illness in the fall and winter.

Green Myrtle also transforms damp conditions in the lungs and the digestive system. Green myrtle helps to regulate blood sugar. It was used in the temple of the goddess Aphrodite / Venus . Green myrtle is useful for those trying to break an addictive behavior that damages the lungs or large intestines such as overeating or smoking.

Hyssop: This is another pungent-green oil that breaks up damp accumulation in the lungs. It also relaxes and circulates the qi, thus providing some calming to the spirit and the mind. Breathing in a deep breath of hyssop can break up phlegm lodged in the lower bronchi, thus providing you with the emptiness you need to receive healthy, cleansing oxygen. You can almost feel your lungs giving a deep sign of, “Ahhhh, hyssop!”

Experience the Therapeutic Benefit of Smell

Though many might just think of essential oils as carriers of “pretty scents”, empirical evidence shows their therapeutic and medicinal effect. Essential oils have a direct, measurable effect on the body. As the oils are absorbed by the olfactory pathways of the cranial nerves, nuero-endocrine functions in the brain and body are activated. Localized absorption through the skin and into the blood circulation effects change in the muscular and neuromuscular systems.

Genuine essential oils are specialized plant extracts. The alchemical process of extracting the plant constituents strengthens and changes the therapeutic function of the plant, rendering essential oils more “drug-like” in terms of their effects relative to whole-herb extracts found in tinctures and herbal supplements. This chemical change often allows one to enjoy the therapeutic effects of an essential oil without the same adverse reaction that one might have to the whole-plant. For example, people who are sensitive to fake or manufactured “fragrances” find that they can enjoy the true “scent” of a high-quality, unadulterated essential oil. Patients who have allergies or sensitivities to certain plants do not typically experience the same adverse allergic reaction to the plant’s essential oil.

At Kunlun Mountain Acupuncture, we use essential oils from highly reputable companies that source organic or wild-crafted plants to produce unadulterated, artisanal, small-batch oils verified through independent third-party testing. Our primary oil supply company (Snow Lotus) is owned by a fellow acupuncturist with 35 years experience and formal training as a medical herbalist!

Your acupuncturist may chose one or two specific oils to apply directly to an acupuncture point as part of your complete acupuncture treatment based upon your constitutional condition and your individual needs for treatment on that day.

We are excited to offer the following 6 custom designed essential oil blends, each one selected for its specific therapeutic qualities, to enhance your massage therapy. Aromatherapy can be added to any 60 or 90 minute massage for an additional $15. You’ll receive the same great, custom crafted massage incorporating a variety of bodywork techniques designed to meet your body’s unique needs.  Our organic and wildcrafted essential oils are added to the massage lotion for a sensory experience that you are sure to love.

Peace: (Bergamot, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum) This citrusy, floral blend relaxes tense, chronic conditions of the nervous system and mind including anxiety, irritability, frustration, mood swings, insomnia, and pain arising from emotional distress such as chronic headaches and fibromyalgia. Helichrysum allows us to reconcile and let go of past emotional traumas. Bergamot is a hybrid fruit of Italian lime and orange said to be grafted by Mediterranean cultures in Southern Spain during the 1600s. This unique and hearty fruit was able to flourish in this region, despite its unusual creation, and its therapeutic qualities include harmonization of the left and right brain hemisphere for smooth, balanced emotions. *Safe for use in pregnancy after the 1st trimester.

Freedom: (Hyssop, Grapefruit, Patchouli) This herby and floral blend gently decongests the body, mind, and spirit by engaging the lymphatic system to clear damp and stagnant fluids that cause pain, heaviness, and a lack luster, unmotivated feeling. English hyssop is tonifying and uplifting. Pink grapefruit enhances mental acuity while improves muscle tone and energy. A hint of patchouli resolves weakness and damp condition in the digestive organs, achieving a light and airy feeling in the body. This blend brings a spring back to your step.

Relax: (Bulgarian Lavender, Roman Camomile, Blue Tansy, Mandarin) This sweet, herbaceous blend relaxes tension in the body, cools heat, and calms the musculoskeletal system. This blend works on both the body and mind levels, and is perfect for the patient who experiences chronic pain and inflammation due to physical or mental overexertion.

Restore: This spicy, warming blend rejuvenates the body, mind, and spirit after prolonged or significant illness. By gently stimulating and supporting the essential functions of the immune system, this is the perfect blend to help you gain energy and stamina in Winter or early Spring following cold and flu season, or anytime you have overextended yourself and just feel sluggish.

Release: (Lemon, Juniper Berry) This detoxifying blend cleanses the body of toxins that gather in our muscles and tissues from environmental exposures. Physically, this blend helps to stimulate and release accumulation from the muscles and joints, relieving rheumatic aches and pains. On the mental and emotional levels, this blend clarifies and brightens offering relief from lethargy, confusion, spaceyness, poor concentration, and poor memory.

Balance: (Geranium, Clary Sage, Palmarosa) This sweet, rosy scented formula is a master at hormonal regulation and restoration of metabolic functions. These oils work synergistically together to balance the endocrine system, alleviating mood swings, improving stamina, and regulating blood sugar.  If you suffer from menstrual irregularities, menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, adrenal fatigue or burnout, salt cravings, foggy headed and mental confusion, chronic stress induced pain or headache, or chronic digestive problems – this balancing blend is for you. The oils in this blend work adaptogenically and are appropriate for patients who experience both hypo or hyperthyroid, diabetes, and other endocrine related disorders. *Sorry, this blend is not appropriate for our pregnant patients due to its strong effect on hormonal regulation, though it makes an excellent post-partum treatment!

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Autumn: The Season of Metal

In Chinese Five Element Medical Theory, September marks the transition into the Metal element. Gone are the muggy days of Late Summer, replaced by the crisp, clean air of Fall. Our lungs draw a deep, cleansing breath in as the heavy dampness in our muscles from Late Summer begins to drain.

We can especially feel this shift in energy in the early morning between 3 – 5 AM and 5 – 7 AM, the two hour times on the clock associated with the Chinese Organ systems that rule over Metal – the Lungs and the Large Intestines. Whereas last month, you might have felt like you were really dragging each morning, this month try setting your alarm for those early morning hours. You may find yourself rising more alert and with a certain crispness to your energy. This is a great month to try some early morning meditation around 5am. You will likely find that you feel more energy throughout the day when you are able to commit to at least 30 minutes of meditation in the early morning.

The Metal element relates to the respiratory system and the sense of smell. The smells of Fall can be a delightful treat, but the moldy Maryland weather may contribute to increased allergy symptoms and allergic rhinitis. This is the time to strengthen your immune system through routine acupuncture appointments and body work because untreated irritation and compromise of the respiratory system during the Fall months may leave you prone to colds and flu viruses in the Winter.

Our sense of smell is heightened during the Fall months, and stimulation of the olfactory cranial nerves has been proven to stimulate proper balance of our autonomic and hormonal regulatory systems. To celebrate Fall and prepare your body, mind and spirit for the coming of Winter, we have chosen specific essential oils for their therapeutic qualities to incorporate into both acupuncture and massage treatments this month.