Fall Greetings and Lung Love

Autumn in Chinese medicine is associated with the lungs, and not-coincidentally, a time of year in which out immune systems can be more vulnerable to colds, flus and other disruptions to the respiratory system.  It is also naturally a time to turn inward, as the days get shorter and the year comes to a close.  Please read on for tools to navigate this season with greater ease and balance.

Larson Acupuncture Updates
The fall has been a cornucopia of new opportunities for my practice.  I am now treating the fine folks at Twitter on Thursday afternoons at their SF headquarters.  If any of your friends or loved ones work there, please extend my invitation to stop by, say hello, and get some acupuncture.

Lung Love
You know that dry, linger cough you’ve been hearing in the office, on MUNI, at the grocery store, perhaps even coming from your own body?  Here’s an easy home remedy to soothe dry, irritated lungs this season:

Quick Pear Sauce: Pears are renowned for their lung-moistening function in Chinese medicine.   Make some simple kitchen medicine in less than 20 minutes for a dry cough.  You will need:

1 large ripe pear
½ cup of water (or apple cider)
1 teaspoon of honey

Chop pear. Simmer pear and honey in water in for 10-15 minutes until soft.  Eat warm or room temperature to nourish and moisten the throat and lungs.  Serves one.

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Spring Update from Larson Acupuncture

Longer days, warmer afternoons, an abundance of green and even a few cherry blossoms…Spring has arrived!  In this season of beginnings and new growth, I have some updates to share as well as a few tips for staying healthy over the coming months.

Larson Acupuncture Now Accepting Insurance

Bria Larson, LAc, is now a network provider of acupuncture and massage services for American Specialty Health and Blue Shield of California.   Additionally, I can bill other insurance plans as an out-of-network provider.  Please call or email to see if your insurance benefits cover my services.

New Yelp Page!

Larson Acupuncture has recently launched its yelp page.  I welcome your reviews of acupuncture and yoga services here.

Spring Time is Liver Time

According to Chinese medicine theory and practice, Spring is associated with the liver, an organ that functions as the great regulator and detoxifier of the body.   The liver’s myriad functions include storing blood, regulating menstruation and smoothing the emotions, just to name a few.  As we learn from Western medicine, the liver also plays an important role in processing environmental toxins.  Therefore, a healthy, happy liver is crucial for maintaining a balanced body and mind.

Some of the common features of most modern Americans’ daily lives, such as stress and a diet high in alcohol and processed foods, can overtax the liver.  When the liver is overrun by such conditions, individuals are more prone to illness and mood disorders.

Spring is a great time to give your liver extra care and attention.  Here are some simple ways you can encourage liver health:

  • Take Steps to Reduce the Stress in Your Life. Whether it’s a soothing yoga class or a vigorous workout, a few minutes of quiet contemplation or spending time with friends and family, find the activities and environments that help you unwind.  Reducing stress in your life will support liver function, especially its ability to regulate mood.

  • Eat Your Greens. Popeye was on to something with his endless intake of spinach.  Vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli are packed with nutrients and help support function of liver.  Dandelion greens are a delicious treat in the spring, and are renowned for their detoxifying properties.  Check out some recipes here.

  • Twist and Shout. Well, maybe you don’t need to shout, but physical activities that involve twisting the spine and lengthening the sides of the hips and torso will help relieve the feeling of tightness and congestion in those areas that is often associated with an overtaxed liver.  Yoga theory and practice also maintains that twisting aids in the body’s detoxification processes and improves digestive health.  For a thorough description of an easy, twist check out the Yoga Journal’s description of Bharadvajasana.
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New Year…New Location & Expanded Services

Happy New Year!

I hope the New Year brings you much health and happiness. I am excited to update you on some changes and expanded services at Larson Acupuncture.

Beginning on January 5th, I will be seeing patients on Wednesdays and Saturdays at my new location, at Stillpoint Wellness Center: www.stillpointsf.com

Nestled in a gorgeous, renovated Victorian in the heart of Cow Hollow, Stillpoint is a dynamic wellness center and home to an experienced, collaborative group of acupuncturists, massage therapists and aestheticians.  The vibe is friendly, the ambiance warm and inviting…a perfect place to come and relax, heal and cultivate wellness in the New Year.

In addition to my regular acupuncture and Chinese herbalism services, I will be offering the following expanded menu of options at my new space:

  • Acupuncture and massage combination (60 and 75 min): This specialized treatment combines acupuncture and massage in one session in order to fully relax body and mind. Treatment includes a Chinese medicine intake and diagnosis followed by an acupuncture treatment. After the acupuncture treatment, which aims to calm your nervous system and sooth muscular tension and pain, you’ll receive a targeted massage using Shiatsu and Swedish techniques. The acupuncture treatment facilitates the opening of the body, and works synergistically with the massage for maximum relief and relaxation.
  • Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture (75 min): Much more than an “acupuncture facelift”, constitutional facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a technique using acupuncture and the topical application of Chinese herbs that improves the tone, texture and vibrancy of the complexion, making you look and feel younger.  By addressing internal imbalances in the body as well as surface features on the skin, constitutional facial acupuncture cultivates a inner glow and health that shines through, while simultaneously reducing fine lines and sagging.  The face then becomes a clearer reflection of the beauty, health and life within.
  • Private Yoga Sessions (60 min): Yoga is a system of physical and spiritual practices that aims to reduce suffering of body and mind, while increasing awareness and balance.  The physical practices of asana, yoga poses, and pranayama, conscious breathing, can both strengthen and relax the body, as well as increase flexibility.  Meditation techniques can help reduce stress and cultivate equanimity in the face of life’s inevitable challenges.  In this 60 minute session, we will assess your health and wellness needs to create an individualized program of asana, pranayama and/or meditation.

For more information about these services, please give me a call or, visit the Stillpoint website.  Also, you may now book appointments on-line through the Stillpoint website’s On-line Scheduling.

Be well and I hope to see you soon!

Best,

Bria

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Welcome to Larson Acupuncture

Welcome to Larson Acupuncture, providing acupuncture, yoga and Chinese herbal medicine for balanced bodies and minds.

Bria Larson, MS, LAc, serves as an ally in wellness and healing. Taking her cue from nature, Bria’s practice respects the ever-changing landscapes of our bodies and minds, and uses Chinese medicine and yoga to help patients navigate these shifts with greater ease and awareness.   Her approach considers patients’ individual needs and health priorities in order to increase vitality, reduce suffering and prevent illness.

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