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Journey of Personal Growth and Renewal?

Are You Ready to Embark on a Journey of Personal Growth and Renewal?                 Look no further than Jean Donati Acupuncture!

Here, we don’t just offer acupuncture treatments; we provide opportunities for transformation and rejuvenation of the Body, Mind, and Spirit.

Jean Donati, our experienced practitioner, understands that true healing goes beyond merely addressing physical symptoms. It’s about nurturing your entire being—mind, body, and spirit—to promote holistic wellness and empower you to take charge of your life’s direction.

True Healing is about nurturing your mind, body, and spirit to promote holistic wellness, and empowering you to take charge of your life!

So, where are you headed, and how do you plan to get there?

Here’s what sets us apart and what you can expect when you choose Jean Donati Acupuncture:

  1. Personalized Care: We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. Each acupuncture session is tailored to meet your unique needs and goals. Whether you’re seeking relief from pain, stress reduction, or support for a specific health condition, we’ll design a treatment plan just for you, addressing not only your physical ailments but also your emotional and spiritual well-being.
  2. Holistic Approach: We treat the whole person, not just the symptoms. Alongside acupuncture, we offer complementary therapies such as facial rejuvenation, cupping, and lifestyle counseling to support your journey to optimal health and vitality. Our aim is to help your body tap into its innate ability to heal itself and promote overall wellness.
  3. Empowering Experience: At Jean Donati Acupuncture, you’ll find a supportive and nurturing environment where you’ll feel heard, valued, and encouraged every step of the way. We believe in compassionate care and genuine connection. Our clinic is a safe space where you can explore your healing journey, empowered to rediscover your natural capacity for wellness.
  4. Results-Driven Practice: Our ultimate goal is to help you achieve tangible results and lasting improvements in your health and well-being. Whether you’re seeking relief from chronic pain, improved sleep, or enhanced emotional balance, we’re committed to supporting you on your path to wellness.

Don’t wait any longer to invest in your health and well-being. Join us at Jean Donati Acupuncture and experience the transformative power of acupuncture and holistic healing. Take the first step towards a healthier, more vibrant life—schedule your appointment today!

 

Author: Jean Donati PA-C, M.Ac, L.Ac. 

Jean Donati is a Nationally Certified Physician Assistant, Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Jean Donati Acupuncture.  She specializes in Traditional Five Element Acupuncture, and Facial Rejuvenation for physical, mental and emotional concerns.

2024 Year of the Dragon

Happy Chinese New Year– The year of the Dragon.

The Year of the Dragon primarily symbolizes power, strength, and good fortune in Chinese culture.   Its significance can be interpreted within the realms of health, beauty, and wellness as well.

  1. Strength and Vitality: In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the dragon’s attributes of strength and vitality can be associated with robust health and well-being. This can inspire individuals to focus on strengthening their physical health through activities like exercise, proper nutrition, and mindfulness practices.
  2. Renewal and Rejuvenation: The Year of the Dragon, with its themes of renewal and transformation, can serve as a reminder to prioritize self-care and rejuvenation. This may involve practices such as meditation, spa treatments, and skincare routines that promote relaxation and inner balance.
  3. Balance and Harmony: The dragon’s symbolic significance underscores the importance of balance and harmony in life. Practicing holistic wellness approaches, such as acupuncture, yoga, and tai chi, can help align the body, mind, and spirit, fostering overall well-being.
  4. Beauty Rituals: Traditional Chinese beauty rituals often emphasize natural ingredients and holistic approaches to skincare. Inspired by the dragon’s auspicious qualities, individuals may incorporate practices like facial gua sha, microneedling, nano-needling, facial rejuvenation, herbal baths, and acupressure massage to enhance their natural beauty and promote radiant skin.
  5. Mind-Body Connection: The Year of the Dragon encourages individuals to cultivate a strong mind-body connection. Engaging in mindfulness practices, such as qigong or mindful breathing exercises, can help reduce stress, improve mental clarity, and enhance overall resilience.
  6. Nourishing Foods: Traditional Chinese cuisine places a strong emphasis on nourishing foods that support health and vitality. During the Year of the Dragon, incorporating nutrient-rich foods like leafy greens, whole grains, and herbal teas can help promote inner balance and vitality.

In summary, while the Year of the Dragon is deeply rooted in cultural symbolism and tradition, its themes of strength, renewal, and harmony can offer valuable insights into fostering health, beauty, and wellness. By embracing these principles and incorporating mindful practices into daily life, individuals can cultivate a holistic approach to well-being that nurtures the body, mind, and spirit.

Let Jean Donati Acupuncture in Towson help you navigate your beauty, health and wellness journey.  Call for an acupuncture or Facial rejuvenation session today!

Are you Comfortable in Your Skin?

illustrationWhat is Facial Rejuvenation?

Facial Rejuvenation with microneedling and nano needling, as part of an acupuncture treatment, is an innovative approach to enhance the appearance and overall well-being. These techniques aim to improve skin texture, reduce signs of aging, and promote a radiant complexion while incorporating the principles of traditional acupuncture.

Microneedling: This cosmetic procedure involves using a device with fine needles to create thousands of tiny, controlled micro-injuries in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate the body’s natural healing process, which includes the production of collagen and elastin, key components of youthful-looking skin. Microneedling can help with issues like fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, and overall skin texture. When integrated into acupuncture treatments, it enhances the holistic approach to well-being.

Nano Needling:  Is a newer technique that uses even finer needles to create micro-channels in the uppermost layer of the skin, the epidermis. Nano needling is less invasive and typically does not cause visible micro-injuries. It focuses on delivering specific skincare serums, vitamins, or other rejuvenating substances directly into the skin’s surface. Nano needling can help improve skin tone, reduce the appearance of fine lines, and boost overall skin health.

Facial rejuvenation can offer several benefits:

Holistic Approach: Combining these cosmetic techniques with acupuncture aligns with the traditional Chinese medicine philosophy, which emphasizes balance and overall well-being. By addressing both the body’s internal energy flow (Chi) through acupuncture and external skin health, it creates a comprehensive approach to health and beauty.

Natural Collagen Production: Both microneedling and nano needling stimulate collagen production, helping to firm the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Enhanced Skin Health: These treatments can improve skin tone, reduce the appearance of acne scars, and promote a more youthful, radiant complexion.

Customized Skincare: Nano needling allows for the delivery of specialized skincare serums and nutrients to target specific skin concerns, offering a personalized approach to skincare.

Minimal Downtime: Compared to more invasive cosmetic procedures, microneedling and nano needling typically involve minimal downtime and discomfort, making them accessible for those with busy schedules.

It’s essential to consult with a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in facial rejuvenation using these techniques. They can create a personalized treatment plan that combines traditional acupuncture principles with microneedling and nano needling to help you achieve your health and beauty goals.

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The Joy Of Healing: How Summer Fun Heals the Heart

What comes to mind when you think of summer? For me, it stirs up nostalgia of childhood feelings of freedom, knowing that those endless days were all mine to fill with family and friends as we shared the sunshine. While “adulting” doesn’t always leave room for that kind of freedom, the promise of summer still gives us so much to celebrate.

In TCM, summer belongs to the Fire element. It is about expansion, outward expression, activity and joy. The heart is the ruler of this time. It houses the shen, or spirit, and this is the time to let the spirit dance and frolic and feel as free as possible. With the fire element in balance, the heart is happy, the mind is clear and the body maintains health with a blend of movement and stillness, excitement and peace. Summer is nature’s way of healing the heart by providing the ideal setting for all things heart-related!

So get pumped up for summer and all the healing it brings via:

Sunshine

What better way to bask in the healing power of summer than by soaking up the healing rays of sunshine. Obviously stop before you get burned, but don’t be afraid to feel that shine and let it in. When UVB rays hit human skin, they help to produce Vitamin D3, which reduces risk of heart disease, stroke, and hypertension . Those same UVB rays cause the skin to release beta-endorphins which promote natural pain-relief and a sense of well-being. Sunlight also helps the body to release nitrogen oxides, which opens up arterial flow and have anti-inflammatory effects. The exposure to sunlight is also required to set our natural circadian rhythms which regulate our sleep and wake cycles. For those of us who experience cold winters, the warmth of sunshine is one of the most welcome feelings and one of the best ways to support our fire element.

Activity

The energy of summer in Chinese medicine is considered very yang in nature. Fire is the element of extreme yang, and has a radiating, dispersing power. Think of the lively dance of fire burning. This is the time to move, get our heart pumping, and blood circulating. This is time for focusing on cardiovascular health! Summer makes this a much more inviting task with outdoor sports, swimming, hiking, or simply a walk on a warm summer night. And don’t forget to dance…never forget to dance.

Beauty of the Season

Taking care of the heart in Chinese Medicine includes making the spirit feel at home in the heart and the spirit craves beauty. Look at how the earth changes in summer. Flowers bloom, colors come alive, birds sing; there is art and music everywhere. This is a time for aesthetics and we all have our own taste. Get out and enjoy whatever stimulates your mind and heals your heart. Admire nature’s sunset paintings, smell the sweet perfume of the flowers, and let your spirit sing with the sounds of the season. Celebrate your own creative expression along with the energy of the season.

Community

The sound that belongs to the heart according to TCM is laughter and the emotion is joy. It’s no wonder that joy feels best when shared. It’s also no wonder that researchers have found that the quality of family relationships and social connection is a strong factor in heart disease prevention.  So, as summer provides the warm inviting opportunities to get together, treasure your family and friends (and pets!) and find ways to connect, laugh and share your joy!

So, what are you doing this Summer? We’d like to know.

One thing that I may suggest, would be to get yourself back in here for an acupuncture summer-time tune-up! That’s one of the easiest ways that we can help manage your health and well-being. Give us a call today to schedule up your tune-up.

 

January 2023 Acupuncture Newsletter

Reflect on Your Health!

 

Reflection is when an image or idea returns to us, such as looking in a mirror, rethinking an event, or reviewing an idea. We can take a closer view and reconsider our original thinking.Reflection has other connotations in acupuncture. Outer appearances reflect inner health, so a well-trained practitioner of acupuncture will observe very different aspects of your appearance than you typically study when you look in the mirror. In acupuncture, bodily observation includes looking at the face, eyes, body type, demeanor, and tongue. Two thousand years ago, when acupuncture and Chinese medicine were in their infancy, there were no X-ray machines or the very sophisticated magnetic imaging of today. These healers and diagnosticians depended on their finely tuned observational skills to assess their patients. Some of those early ideas seem simplistic today, but many elements of diagnosis persist because outer appearances provide clues to a person’s health.The new year is a perfect opportunity to reflect and use that knowledge as a catalyst for change. Acupuncture can help achieve the change you seek as it assists in illness prevention, minimizes aches and pains, relieves stress, improves energy, and helps you find yourself in better balance. This calm and clarity strengthen your resolve as you start the new year with new goals.Additionally, seasonal acupuncture treatments nurture and nourish your kidney Qi, which can greatly enhance the body’s ability to thrive in times of stress and aid in healing, preventing illness, and increasing vitality.Call for your appointment today, and let us help you prepare for the year ahead!

Releasing Stress for a Healthy New Year

The start of the new year is a time of looking forward to the future, setting goals, and putting in motion the steps necessary to achieve them. Moving directly from a busy season immediately to actively working towards achieving goals can create additional stress and pressure to do well. Unchecked stress is often the cause of illness and deterioration of health. Finding a release valve for your stress can help you stay healthy. Numerous studies have demonstrated the benefits of acupuncture in treating stress, and anxiety, and lowering blood pressure. Acupuncture can help achieve the changes you seek by assisting in illness prevention, stress relief, minimizing aches and pains, improving energy, and finding balance.As a normal part of life, stress enables us to get things done. Left unmanaged, however, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems. Stress causes a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or Qi, through the body. This can throw off the immune system and cause new symptoms or aggravate already troublesome health conditions and, over time, more serious illnesses can develop.Stressful situations that last long can create ongoing low-level stress that puts continual pressure on the nervous system and can cause the overproduction of stress hormones such as cortisol. The extra stress hormones sustained over an extended period may wear out the body’s reserves, leading to fatigue, depression, a weakened immune system, and serious physical and psychological ailments.According to Chinese medicine, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can play an important part in throwing the immune system off and allowing pathogens to affect the body. Through acupuncture, these energy blockages can be addressed. Acupuncture points can help energy flow smoothly and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety but the stress and anxiety itself. Acupuncture improves blood circulation throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out stress hormones like cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and relaxes the muscles.While it isn’t always possible to remove the external forces causing stress, the ability to effectively deal with stress is a choice. Take time to cultivate the energy you need to handle your stress more skillfully and effectively.If you or someone you know is experiencing stress or a related condition, contact us for more information about how acupuncture can help you regain peace of mind and stay healthy!

Create Lasting Resolve to Reach Your Goals with Acupuncture

Acupuncture can help achieve some common changes people seek as it assists in illness prevention and stress relief, minimizes aches and pains, improves energy, and nurtures balance. This calm and clarity strengthen your resolve as you take the next step in achieving your goals.Here are a few ways that Acupuncture can help you achieve your goals:Improved Quality of LifeIf pain is keeping you from living life to the fullest, acupuncture can help as it has no side effects and can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of the cause or where it is located. Increasingly, people are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve painful conditions instead of relying on medication. In addition to reducing pain, acupuncture also hastens the healing process by increasing circulation and attracting white blood cells to an injured area.Eliminate StressStress reduction is always on the top ten list for New Year’s resolutions, and for good reason; it is often the cause of illness and deterioration of health. Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in treating stress and anxiety and lowering blood pressure. In addition to acupuncture, Chinese medicine offers a whole range of tools that can be integrated into your life to keep stress in check.Get in ShapeRenewed enthusiasm to exercise to enhance fitness levels, train for a competition, or lose weight can come at a painful price for those who try to do too much too quickly. Recent studies show that acupuncture effectively treats sports injuries such as strains, sprains, musculoskeletal pain, swollen muscles, and shin splints.Lose WeightLosing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you reach your goal weight and maintain it by promoting better digestion, smoothing emotions, reducing appetite, improving metabolism, and eliminating food cravings–all of which can help energize the body, maximize absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, suppress the appetite and reduce anxiety.Call today to see how Acupuncture can help you keep your resolutions and prepare for the year ahead!

In This Issue

  • Reflect on Your Health!
  • Releasing Stress for a Healthy New Year
  • Create Lasting Resolve to Reach Your Goals with Acupuncture
  • The Willpower Connection
  • Stick Out Your Tongue
  • Energy Renewing Ear Massage
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The Willpower Connection

Is there a body/mind connection to willpower?According to the principles of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, there is. Willpower, or “Zhi,” is said to reside in the kidneys, and the state of the Kidney Qi directly correlates to the fortitude of our willpower.In Chinese medicine, disease prevention begins with a protective layer around the body’s exterior called Wei Qi, or defensive energy. If you catch colds easily, have low energy, and require a long time to recuperate from an illness, your Wei Qi may be deficient.Nourishing Qi can help greatly enhance the body’s ability to thrive in times of stress, aid in healing, prevent illness and increase vitality. According to Chinese medicine, recharging your battery and regenerating vital energy, Qi, will help you live, look and feel your best!

Stick Out Your Tongue

Chinese medicine has used tongue diagnosis for thousands of years. An experienced practitioner can look at your tongue and begin to understand your internal problems, but you can also be aware of the information that your tongue provides.Look for changes in the color of your tongue, teeth marks, shape, and coating. These changes may indicate that something is amiss. A healthy tongue is naturally the same pink-red color as your lips. Note any changes in the shape of your tongue. If it’s too pale, puffy, or red, it may indicate an imbalance.Healthy tongues have a thin white coating. If you see a thicker coating developing, you may be catching a cold or the flu. So if you see changes take precautions, rest, sleep more, keep warm, and call us!

Energy Renewing Ear Massage

Ear massage is an extremely relaxing and effective therapy aimed at reducing stress, promoting well-being, and addressing various health issues.Here is a great ear massage that you can do for yourself or your loved ones:1. Rub, in small circular motions with your thumbs, inside the widest upper part of the ears, holding them from outside with the index and middle fingers.2. Use your index finger to massage inside the smaller crevices if your thumbs don’t fit and along the front of your ear where it attaches to the head.3. Lastly, massage the earlobes by gently pulling them down and making circles with your thumb and index fing

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