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Traditional Chinese Medicine

Gratitude’s Link with Love & Happiness

Morning sunriseA glass half full – grateful people have a particular view of the world and themselves. They choose to notice the positive things in the world and their own lives and have an appreciation for things that other people may take for granted. In a growing body of research, the importance of gratitude suggests that it is a cornerstone of positive psychology.

Love:  Research from Psychologists Dr. Robert Emmons from UC Davis and Dr. Michael McCullough from the University of Miami go so far as to say that not only does gratitude promote feelings of happiness and love but that it is also a form of love itself. Open communication is necessary for healthy relationships. People who focus on the positive qualities of their partners experience more feelings of closeness and are often more aware of their partner’s needs and wishes, resulting in healthier, happier, more intimate relationships.

In 2010, Dr. Sara Algoe of UC Berkley sampled 67 heterosexual couples who had been together for at least 3 months. The partners wrote in a diary every night for 2 weeks and recorded both their own and their partner’s thoughtful actions, their feelings toward the actions and how they felt about the relationship that day. This research found that gratitude reminds romantic partners of the quality of the relationship, the quality of the individual’s partner and enhanced feelings of closeness.

Other studies, like one by Kubacka, Finkenauer, Rusbult and Keijsers in 2011 showed that gratitude begets gratitude. Kind gestures toward a spouse led to feelings of gratitude (of course!) and that gratitude motivated the other spouse to reciprocate with kind gestures. None of that should be too surprising but the ultimate result was a positive cycle of gratitude and caring behavior that continued to increase.

5 Proven Health Benefits of Gratitude:

  • Improved sleep
  • Can strengthen your physiological well-being
  • Longevity
  • Increased Energy Levels
  • Increased likelihood of physical activity

Life Satisfaction:

Ever wonder how some people continue to stay genuinely happy, even though they get hit with hardship after hardship and other people seem miserable even though they have everything anyone could ever want. Studies show it may come down to gratitude. “A key determining factor of well-being is the ability to notice, appreciate and savor the elements of one’s life”, say Dr. Emmons and Dr. McCullough. Three studies conducted by the pair looked into whether focusing on negative or neutral life events versus focusing on positive ones can lead to improved psychological and physical function. All three studies concluded that “an effective way to produce reliably higher

Is practicing gratitude a cure-all? Of course not! But research demonstrates its many benefits with no drawbacks. It is a powerful tool that can be utilized to live a good, meaningful life.
One thing to consider is being gracious with yourself. Show some gratitude to YOU, and treat yourself to an acupuncture treatment. Give us a call today!

Acupuncture to Ease Pain and Improve Health

Acupuncture and Pulse Diagnosis

In Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, energy is known as Qi, (chee) and it flows through the body in pathways called meridians.  Now imagine a river that is flowing along on a crisp spring day.  There is nothing that is in its way, the river can move freely.  All is well in the river world.

What happens if a storm (in weather or life) causes a few trees to block the river?  What happens to the flow of the river?  It can become weak or nonexistent.  There is little or no free movement.  The river must go somewhere or it will stagnate.  So, it either backs up at another spot along its path or creates a new path to  create flow.  Our bodies do the same thing with energy. There are twelve main pathways (rivers) of energy in the body.

Traditional Chinese Acupuncture seeks to keep the pathways of energy in the body clear and free flowing.  Often times we hear the phrase: “When the energy is free flowing there is no pain.  When there is pain the energy is not free flowing”.

But what are we actually doing?  How does acupuncture work?  How do we make a decision on which acupuncture points are needed to decrease pain or stress, depression or chronic illnesses and increase health?

First, what are the tools?  We observe color of the face, sound of the voice, odor, emotion, the appearance of the tongue and the feel of the pulses.  These are the observable traits we use to determine the condition of the patient and what pathway or element may be out of balance. These tools, when examined together with their interconnectedness help an acupuncturist to develop a treatment plan for your care.

I want to focus today on reading or feeling of the pulses. The sense of touch is one way that allows the acupuncturist to determine how the energy is flowing through the pathways, known as meridians in the body.  When I feel the pulses at your wrist, I am looking into the health each of the 12 pathways or meridians of energy.  I feel six pulses on each wrist.  3 of them are superficial pulses and 3 are deep pulses.  I am determining the nature of the energy flow in the meridians or pathways, and determining if there are any blockages to that flow that need to be addressed. I am also looking into the connection of that pulse with the other energy pathways or pulses.

This gives me information about how each pulse, which relates to a specific organ system, is responding to the internal and external demands of life.  I am determining the root cause of your imbalance or pain.  All this data helps me to know where to put the needles to help you feel better. Restoring the flow of energy in the pathways or meridians can decrease pain, and improve health.   From there, I can develop a plan to safely and effectively correct the imbalances in the pulses or flow of energies that are resulting in pain, discomfort, or mental and physical distress.

According to Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, the Liver pathway feeds the Lung pathway.  If the Liver pathway is blocked, a person may experience frustration or be easily irritated. There could be visual problems, muscle pain or anger.   Since energy is not moving properly from the Liver pathway to the Lung pathway, symptoms such as difficulty breathing, hopelessness or depression could also be present.  By unclogging the log jam in the Liver pathway, acupuncture can relieve the symptoms of frustration, irritability, pain, visual disturbance, headaches, and muscle pain.  When the energy is moving smoothly from the Liver to the Lung pathway, depression, hopelessness and breathing can improve as well.  Clearing the blockage, restores the correct flow of energy helping the patient return to a more relaxed pain- free state of body, mind, and spirit.

An acupuncturist uses all of their senses to evaluate and develop a plan to heal and improve the health and well-being of patients.  If you want to learn more about acupuncture and pain, pulses and energy and specifically what your pulses have been up to lately, why not schedule an acupuncture appointment at my Towson office today.

Jean Donati Acupuncture, in Towson, MD offers unique and individualized evaluations, and treats injuries and illnesses with acupuncture and other modalities, so you can feel less pain, be more energetic, and live a healthier, happier more balanced life.  Call today to schedule an appointment 410-984-3700. Or conveniently schedule online at

Health Benefits of Acupuncture and Yoga

The Health Benefits of Acupuncture and Yoga

Acupuncture is an ancient healing technique originating in China over 5000 years ago.  It is the process of moving qi (chee) or energy, in the body to decrease pain, facilitate health, wellness, and allow the body to heal itself.  Disruption of qi energy is responsible for pain and illness in the body.  By using certain acupuncture points, this energy is allowed to move freely and decrease pain and improve health.

The practice of yoga can be traced back to Northern India 5000 years ago.  It incorporates body postures, meditation, breathing and relaxation techniques all dedicated to moving prana or energy.

Acupuncture and yoga share the philosophy of connecting the body, mind, and spirit.  Through the practice of acupuncture and yoga, you can experience many health benefits.

According to Johns Hopkins Medicine the benefits of acupuncture and yoga include….

*Pain relief, in particular, improving back pain.

*Easing arthritis symptoms.

*Benefiting heart health

*Relaxation for improved sleep

*Increased energy, brighter moods and mental clarity.

*Stress relief

Both and acupuncture and yoga benefit the whole person by enhancing health of multiple body systems and increasing the sense of well-being.

The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes acupuncture to be helpful for many conditions affecting the body, mind, and spirit.  These include pain, stress, nausea and vomiting, headache and sciatica, plus many more medical conditions.

Come enjoy Acupuncture with Jean Donati Acupuncture in Towson, MD., and Yoga with Janet.  Your body will thank you for it.

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The Benefits of Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue

The Benefits of Acupuncture for Chronic Fatigue towson maryland jean donati

The Mayo Clinic describes Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) as a “complicated disorder characterized by extreme fatigue that lasts for at least six months and that can’t be fully explained by an underlying medical condition. The fatigue worsens with physical or mental activity, but doesn’t improve with rest.” It’s estimated that there are more than 200,000 cases of CFS in the U.S. and research has proven that acupuncture, combined with other treatments can help to alleviate the symptoms that come with CFS. continue reading »

Benefits of Acupuncture in a Palliative Care Setting

Benefits of Acupuncture in a Palliative Care Setting Jean Donati Acupuncture_Towson Maryland

People entering a hospice or palliative care setting bring with them a host of symptoms and emotions and often a multidisciplinary team of doctors and care providers. Research has shown that the addition of an acupuncturist to the hospice team can be effective and impactful at providing maximum comfort and improve quality of life. continue reading »

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