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Sun Acupuncture’s
Holiday Gift Certificate Special!
Receive a FREE
30-minute Shiatsu Massage gift card
when you purchase a
60 or 90 minute Shiatsu Massage
or an Acupuncture Gift Card!
(free gift card value -$42.00)
Give two gifts for the price of one!
Stop in or give us a call and we’ll have your certificates ready for you to pick up!

The Three Treasures of Chinese Medicine
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine focuses on treating all three aspects as a holistic approach.
Shen – Qi – Jing disharmony can affect every system in the body including the nervous system.
One cannot treat one without treating the other.
It offers the unique ability to diagnose and treat symptoms at the early stage of disease.

Shen
(Spirit)
• Soul
• Awareness 
• Non-substantial
• Affected by thoughts and actions, as well as, lifestyle habits.

Qi
(Physical Aspects)
• Bones
• Tissue
• Structure
• Physiological functions
• Affected by physical use, and by our spirit and jing.
Jing
(Genetic Level)
• Essence & Blood
• Genetics
• Deepest levels of our physical existence.
• Anchors our spirit.
• Affected by severe & chronic disease and epigenetics.

Classical Chinese Medicine Doctors

How Healthy is Your Digestion?

How Healthy is Your Digestion?
I see too many people using over-the-counter products to help aid their digestion:

“Nausea, Heart burn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea!” 
Maybe you know this jingle?

These digestive products should be thought of though as a temporary fix and not a solution. These products should not be relied upon indefinitely to balance your digestion.
  Find out which heartburn medications are causing kidney failure
Healthy digestion can be a funny thing. It is a unique and lifelong journey for everyone.
Many things can disrupt our individual digestive system including eating certain diet/foods, stress and emotions, overeating or irregular eating habits, dehydration, lack of exercise, medications, etc.
Do not overreact!
There is hope! The following tips are easy to improve your digestion… with a little diligence. You can move to a life with a healthier digestion, which will lead to a healthier body, stronger immune system, more energy, endurance, better sleep, clear thinking, and a happier life state.
 Here is a link to a master food and nutrition healer.
Todd Caldecott’s classes and book “Food As Medicine” are amazing resources for those who want to learn more about the importance of a healthy diet.

The number one thing to do is hydrate!

Make a sound goal to drink water throughout the day. It need not be tons of water but try to drink a glass every 1-2 hours.
Track the foods you eat!
Some people can’t eat and digest certain foods well, end of story. Believe me, I know all of the foods that taste good, but our individual digestion may not be able eat certain foods.
Learn more about the benefits of drinking water and staying hydrated.

This is really important!

Start by paying closer attention or keeping a diary of the foods you eat on a daily basis and […]

5 Reasons forAcupuncture

1.) Heal Injuries Quickly
Acupuncture stimulates the body to heal quickly and to speed up recovery. People who receive acupuncture during injury recovery tend to heal faster, more optimally, and without longstanding issues.
Acupuncture addresses injuries by reducing swelling and inflammation, by promotingoptimal blood-flow to the injured tissue so it can repair, and by lessening pain.
Read more about how acupuncture can help sports injuries!
2.) Health Maintenance
Much like an oil change for your car, you need to routinely take care of your body above and beyond eating well, exercising, mindfulness and good sleep habits.
Your body will appreciate having maintenance acupuncture treatments. You may want to think about having an acupuncture treatment every 4-8 weeks for balance and energy.
Here is a great research article on the patient-provider relationship and how important this is for health promotion!
3.) Pain Relief
The pain medication epidemic is all over the news lately. New research is showingacupuncture to be better at relieving pain than opiods. The American Medical Association is also recommending acupuncture as a viable treatment for chronic pain.
Pain doesn’t always go away on its own. Acupunctureis a great therapy to help you with alleviating pain for good.
This article shows that acupuncture is now one of your best options for pain relief!
4.) Defense Against Colds & Flu Bugs
We all live in a sea of viruses, bacteria, molds, and other nasty things. Our immune system is always working and always fighting.
We don’t have to be afraid. We just need to have a healthy immune system. And when we do fall ill, we just need to get healthy again.
Acupuncture stimulates our immune system to protect us and to defeat colds & flu bugs. People who receive […]

A Map to your Qi

Here is an exciting map to the flow of qi in the body, the types of qi in the body, and how all types of qi interact in the body.

 
Pre-Heaven Qi: (Congenital Qi or Pre-Natal Qi) 先天气

Yuan Qi

Post-Heaven Qi: (Acquired Qi or Post-Natal Qi) 后天气

The formation of both the Gu Qi (Spleen and Stomach) and Qing Qi (Lung)

Gu Qi: (Water and Grain Qi) 谷气

The Food and Drink taken in by the Spleen and Stomach

Refined into Qing Qi and sent to the chest (Sea of Qi) to form the Zong Qi

Qing Qi or Da Qi: (Air Qi) 大气

The Air taken in by the Lung

Refined and sent to the chest (Sea of Qi) to form the Zong Qi

Yuan Qi: (Source Qi or Original Qi) 原气

Stored in the Kidneys

Material and functional basis of the life activities in the body

Both Yin and Yang Functions

Spread throughout the body via the San Jiao

Qing Qi: (Clear Qi) 清气

Light and clear refined Qi from the Gu Qi of the Spleen and Stomach

Sent to the chest (Sea of Qi) to form the Zong Qi

Zong Qi: (Ancestral Qi or Gathering Qi) 宗气

Converges in the Chest (Sea of Qi)

Formed by the union of the Gu Qi from the Spleen and Qing Qi from the Lungs

Governs the breath of the Lungs and the pulsation of the heart

Circulates the movement of Ying Qi and Wei Qi

Ying Qi: (Nutritive Qi or Construction Qi) 营气

Formed by the Qing Qi from the Spleen and Stomach

Contributes to the formation of Blood

Retained within the walls of the channels

Flows through the complete Channel System nourishing the tissues of the body

Wei Qi: (Defensive or […]

We Help Couples Have Babies

Fertility Treatments at Sun Acupuncture 
We’ve helped dozens of couples with their fertility needs over the past 6 years here at Sun Acupuncture. Whether it’s starting a family or adding to the family, acupuncture is a great choice to get you there!
We can treat many common issues causing infertility such as: Irregular periods, miscarriages, male factor issues, pcos, low ovarian reserve, amenorrhea, etc.
Many of these common issues can be remedied quite easily with acupuncture and Chinese medicine to allow for natural pregnancy. Enjoy this amazing tutorial video on how fertility acupuncture works!
We also work in conjunction with ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) specialists . If your fertility goals involve ART, we can work alongside your reproductive endocrinologist to help increase your fertility percentage chances. Here is a link to many of the local ART clinics.
We treat both female and male fertility issues, after all, it takes two to make a baby! And as much as 40% of all fertility issues are problems due to the male side of it.  Treating both parties can bring the couple closer together and make for an enjoyable journey to pregnancy.
Dr. Brian Grosam is extensively trained in gynecology and is a fellow of ABORM (American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine), a group comprising of the top acupuncture and Chinese medicine specialists from around the globe working in the field of fertility.
We will work with you during every step of your fertility journey, including providing you and your partner helpful steps in areas of understanding your hormone levels & blood panels, diet & nutrition, prenatal vitamins, stress reduction, lifestyle & habit modifications, and work & rest management.
If you know close friends, family members, or work colleagues that are trying to have a baby, please pass on our contact information and have them set up a free fertility consultation […]

Assisted Reproductive Therapy Fertility Centers in Minnesota

Finding the right fertility specialist can be difficult. It may be just a matter of finding the person with the right chemistry for you. Here is a list of the ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) clinics in the Twin Cities in no particular order:
• Center for Reproductive Medicine & Advanced Reproductive technologies
• Reproductive Medicine & Infertility Associates
• Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine
• The Midwest Center for Reproductive Health
• OGI (OB•Gyn & Infertility)
• International Assisted Reproductive Center
• OBGYN West
And if you are looking for an alternative to the high cost of ART, you may want to contact Dr. Paul Magarelli in Colorado who offers the same treatments but at an more affordable cost: High Quality Affordable Fertility Centers

New Shiatsu Therapist at Sun Acupuncture

We are very excited to welcome Sarah Kaplan into our clinic!
Sarah is a certified Shiatsu therapist. She is a graduate of Centerpoint School of Massage and Shiatsu. Sarah has a strong passion and commitment for health and wellness. Mindfully sharing her knowledge and experience with clients.
Through this mindfulness each client receives specific and focused treatments designed toward their health goals. With background and experience in both Shiatsu and Ayurvedic therapies, along with her knowledge of aromatherapy, cupping, guasha, reflexology and traditional Swedish massage, Sarah can help clients choose and benefit from a variety of therapies.

“I am very excited to be part of Sun Acupuncture, and look forward to working with clients to achieve balance and wellbeing in their lives.”

Sarah is available for Shiatsu appointments on Thursdays and every other Tuesday!
Book an appointment with Sarah

The Use of Chinese Herbal Medicine

Many may not realize it, but herbal formulas enhance the benefits of acupuncture. Herbs are also commonly used as an effective stand alone treatment. I believe there is a formula for everyone, whether it is for a new symptom or for a chronic condition.
Here is a link to one of my blogs with a list of 25 of the top Chinese herbal formulas & their uses.
If you are interested in trying herbs as a stand alone treatment, all you have to do is schedule an herbal consult here.
It is also easy to add herbal formulas to your acupuncture and Shiatsu/Tuina treatments. Just let us know and I will choose the best formula for you at no extra cost!