Newsletter for Autumn, 2011
From the Editor’s Desk:
A lot has taken place since my last newsletter! Please be sure to look over the entire newsletter so you don’t miss anything.
Finding Green AcuClinic on the Web:
In addition to the web page, www.GreenAcuClinic.com, I also have a Facebook page (PLEASE like me!), “Green AcuClinic”; a twitter account, “@taygreen,” and several “sometimes active” blogs on Blogger: TayGreenButterfly, What’s Teresa Cookin’?, and Teresa’s Tea Time. Links to these are coming soon to the website. You can also rate my practice at wellness.com:
Credit Cards: I am now using Square for my credit card processing. I have discontinued all other credit card processing. Square takes Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and even American Express, so I think it will serve you well. The program allows me to email you receipts; if you want a printed receipt I can handwrite one for you.
Cancellation Policy: Effective with appointments scheduled for September 1, 2011: any appointments changed or cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be assessed a $35 cancellation fee. Two ways to avoid the fee:
1. Call to change or cancel the appointment prior to the 24-hour window OR
2. When you call to let me know you need to change your appointment, reschedule the appointment to a time within 2 business days of the canceled appointment (I am open Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday). So if you realize at the last minute that you will not be able to make your Sunday appointment, for example, you can avoid the cancellation fee by making and keeping an appointment for Monday or Wednesday of the same week. Thursday appointments would need to be rescheduled for Sunday or Monday, and so on.
No-show appointments will automatically be charged the fee. Emergencies (where rescheduling the appointment immediately is not an option) will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
New Classes: Fall is the start of school around here, and I’m starting classes, too! Here’s a quick list of upcoming classes in the works this Fall and Winter. Visit www.greenacuclinic.com to check on the dates and to get more information:
Natural Beauty: Using Natural Products for Skin and Beauty Products. (November 8) This class will feature a presentation from Stephanie Valente from Whole Foods Market with samples!
The Wonders of Tea: Health Benefits and Surprising Uses for the World’s Most Common Beverage
Going Natural: Making the Switch From Processed Food
Chinese Diet Therapy: Using Food to Treat Illness
Williamsburg: After years of serving the Williamsburg community, I will be closing down my Williamsburg practice to focus my energy in Richmond. I will still be coming to Williamsburg every other Tuesday through the end of September. I have enjoyed my time in Williamsburg, and will miss my patients who cannot follow me to my Richmond office. Thank you for the chance to serve!
Green Bath and Beauty
Pain balms with arnica, helichrysum, calendula, eucalyptus, and frankincense. AND a skin balm with calendula, lavender, rose, and helichrysum. Stay tuned, because it will a VERY limited batch. Email or call me if you'd like to pre-order.
Bath Salts: Lovely bath salts featuring essential oils of lavender, frankincense, rose, geranium, mint, and others. If you call or email now, I can even to a custom blend if you have something you’re dying to try.
Facial Teas: The teas I use to soothe skin after a facial acupuncture session. A mix of green tea, lavender blossoms, rose petals, and rose essential oil. Each tea bag can be used to make approximately 4 cups of tea, which you can store in the refrigerator to use on your face over several days.
“Bathe twice a day to be really clean, once a day to be passably clean, once a week to avoid being a public menace. “
The season is changing now, and we’re heading into Autumn. Autumn is the season of Metal, which involves the Lung and Large Intestine. Those with issues of grief, breathing, skin, or elimination disorders may find those symptoms to be more severe at this time of year. Lung energy also involves our immune system and our sense of boundaries, so do not be surprised if you see some issues in these area. Finally, Large Intestine deals with sorting and “eliminating” the things you don’t need, so this is a good time to look over your stuff (and life) and decide on anything you want to change or remove.
Foods beneficial to Metal energy include pears, horseradish, radishes, onion, apples, and fish. Herbs used more in autumn include astragalus, mint, chrysanthemum, isatis root, and mulberry leaves and bark. Which foods or herbs you choose to emphasize depends on what is out of balance in your life. I am available for Chinese diet therapy and herbal consultations.
Benefits of Optimism
Optimists don’t just think things are better—they really are! Multiple studies have shown optimists have better health, higher achievement, better immune systems, less illness, live longer and enjoy their life more than pessimists. One gauge of optimism is your “explanatory style”—the way you explain events in your life. Do you see one bad thing in your life as being an isolated incidence, or is “everything wrong?” Do you see events in your life as something you have some control over, or do things “just happen” to you? Do you see life as full of possibilities or problems?
Optimism can be learned, no matter how pessimistic you are today! Here is a link to one article on developing optimism:
http://stress.about.com/od/optimismspirituality/ht/optimisthowto.htm. I hope you are taking steps to make you life more optimistic and full of joy!
“It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.”
That's it for this issue. I hope to see you at Green AcuClinic soon!