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Acupuncture Helps to Identify the Level of QI
Acupuncture is a regulatory therapy – the type of therapy that helps balance all the systems in the body so when all of our organ systems work properly, then we have more of a chance to regulate other things like our weight. If someone is looking to lose weight, acupuncturists will use a triple prong approach – this includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and/or supplements, as well as food journaling where food intake/diet is de-scribed each day.
     


Here’s How Acupuncture can help identify the level of QI in your body to lead a healthier lifestyle


Acupuncture is a regulatory therapy – the type of therapy that helps balance all the systems in the body so when all of our organ systems work properly, then we have more of a chance to regulate other things like our weight.   

If someone is looking to lose weight, acupuncturists will use a triple prong approach – this includes acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and/or supplements, as well as food journaling where food intake/diet is described each day.


Focus on Rest
Taking time to rest and relax may prevent a qi deficiency.
People with qi deficiency may work too hard, are always on the go, and never have downtime. To help balance the qi in the body, many Acupuncture practitioners recommend a heavy focus on rest.
This can include:
- taking breaks throughout the day
- making time to take a nap
- doing relaxing activities, such as yoga, tai chi, or qigong

Improve Sleep Patterns

People with a qi deficiency may have a tendency towards stress and may benefit from improving their sleep patterns. Many studies report  that excessive stress is bad for both the body and the brain. Stress may activate the brain at night, making sound sleep difficult.

Reducing stress levels may help a person sleep better and have more energy or qi throughout the day. Try to find a set time to go to sleep and wake up each day, and aim to get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.

Best Foods to Eat for a Qi Deficiency
This is why a Qi deficiency might occur in any area of the body. To balance Qi, practitioners recommend eating foods that are good for the spleen.   

A healthful diet for a balanced Qi includes:
-fermented foods for digestive health, including sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir
-healthful, energizing fats, such as olive oil, salmon, coconut oil, and avocados
-a wide variety of lightly cooked fruits, vegetables, and nuts -adaptogenic herbs, such as ginseng, should be taken under the guidance

Call Tiffany, The Bridges Acupuncturist at 858- 759-6075 with any questions.

Foods to eat for a spleen Qi include: 

  • lentils
  • Quinoa
  • oats
  • malted grain beverages
  • root vegetables including sweet potato and taro
  • pumpkin and other squash
  • miso soup
  • orange peels
  • mustard leaf

Foods to AVOID for a spleen Qi include: 

  • refined sugar
  • refined grains
  • fried or salty foods
  • iced or refrigerated foods or drinks
  • dairy products
  • citrus fruits
  • pork
  • yeasty foods (i.e. beer or dough)
  • bananas
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