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Pain and the Heart as Compass – the Emotional Component of Health

Image by Leela Longson 2016 Pain and the Heart as Compass Addressing the Emotional Component of Health   Are you aware that there is an emotional component to your pain or illness, but you don’t quite know what to do about it?  For me it’s frustration. I know frustration is linked to my tight shoulders …

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Listening Deeply, Working With Trauma, and Being a Working Mom: An Interview with Sarah Clark, LAc

Interview by Kellyn Adams Kellyn: How did you make your way to practicing acupuncture? Sarah: My first introduction to acupuncture was through being a patient and experiencing a profound opening through receiving it. Kellyn: And you taught writing before you became an acupuncturist, right? Sarah: Yes, I was a writing teacher at the time, working …

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Five Simple Ways Acupuncture can Boost your Mental Health

Five Simple Ways Acupuncture can Boost your Mental Health   What does it take to go from walking to bicycling or dancing, from tapping your fingers to  painting or playing the piano?  There is a whole symphony of coordination among muscles and  joints, senses and reflexes, tendons and ligaments.  There’s also endurance, tenacity, curiosity,  and …

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An Interview with Leela Longson LAc: the power and magic of Five Element Acupuncture

Sarah: Tell me about your Five Element acupuncture practice.   Leela: What’s always struck me about Five Element acupuncture is the way it’s got many levels to it. People tend to get better from the most obvious thing they’re coming in for–like menstrual pain, or headaches, or say chemotherapy support. And then they notice other …

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Stephen Higgins, L.Ac., on The Shen Hammer Pulse Diagnosis System and on the Healing Power of Inclusive Awareness

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Stephen Higgins, L.Ac. He spoke about the importance of maintaining inclusive awareness with patients, how herbs can be our teachers, and of his study and practice of the richly precise and complex Shen Hammer pulse diagnosis system. Here is what he had to say.    Sarah: …

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Dr. Amalia Treadwell on the Doctor-Patient Relationship and the Importance of Healthy Lifestyle

I recently had an opportunity to sit down with with Dr. Amalia Treadwell, ND, LAc, to discuss her holistic medical practice. She talked about the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, seeing the patient as an individual, and helping patients make lifestyle changes that deeply affect their health. Here is what she had to say.    …

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SIBO and the Gut-Brain Connection: A Conversation with Dr. Whitney Hayes

Interview by Sarah Clark, LAc Recently I had an opportunity to sit down with Dr. Whitney Hayes, who specializes in treating gastrointestinal disorders. She talked about the causes and the mechanism of small intestine bacterial overgrowth, healing the gut through antimicrobials and dietary changes, and the reality of how gut dysbiosis affects our mood. Here …

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Muir Ferdun, LAc, on Liberation from the Compulsion of Linearity in Healing, and Working with Children

Recently I sat down with Muir Ferdun, LAc, to talk about nonlinearity in the healing process–how the body is not bound by the linear narrative of the mind. We talked about this in the context of her deep healing work with children and families. Here is what she has to say.   Sarah: Talk to …

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Acupuncture as a Conversation With the Body: An Interview With Joanna Present Wolfe, LAc  

Interview by Sarah Clark, LAc  Recently, I had an opportunity to sit down with Joanna Present Wolfe, LAc, at Kwan-Yin Healing Arts Center. She told me about the joy she takes in the creative process of being a healer, about the way she perceives and moves blocks in the meridians, and about the fulfillment she …

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D.A. Wiley on the Ancient Practice of Sound Healing

Interview by Sarah Clark, LAc. Last week, I sat down with D.A. Wiley, LAc at Kwan Yin Healing Arts. She told me about how the ancient practice of sound healing can reach deeply into the heart in a way that no other form of healing can, how obsidian stones can help us to ground, and …

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