“Chinese medicine offers another way of understanding our bodies and our lives. In this medicine, we look at everything in context and every part is interdependent within the whole. This perspective is helpful in understanding the interplay of diet, exercise, stress, the environment, and our relationships on our well-being. Well-being is achieved, then, not by fighting against a disease but by cultivating harmony in our lives.”
~Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine
Welcome to The Collective: Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine!
Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine is located on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, MN and comprised of five fabulous providers- Susan Gillette, Denise Lewis, Jessica French, Lawrence Waechter, and Jennifer Labelstra. Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine offers a full array of Chinese medicine therapies including: acupuncture, herbal therapy, cupping, dietary therapy, and tui na (Chinese medical massage). Their practitioners have diverse experience and specialties, treating a full range of conditions as well as promoting overall health and wellness, including a Reiki master to provide healing through energy work. You can follow them on Facebook @crocushillclinic.
If you have never tried acupuncture, read on to find out more about this ancient practice and what to expect at an appointment with Crocus Hill. To make an appointment or ask further questions, you can contact them at email@example.com or call 651-227-6865.
How does acupuncture work?
Special needles are inserted at certain points on the body to stimulate energy, or Qi, along pathways called meridians. The meridians are linked to specific internal organs and organ systems. The needles, which are pre-sterilized and disposable, are extremely thin and cause little or no pain when inserted.
What is Qi?
Qi (pronounced “chee”) is energy in the very broadest sense. It is part of everything you are doing right at this moment: reading, thinking, moving your hand, drinking your tea, listening to your heart beating. It is also the material aspects of all that you have in front of you: your computer, your tea, your feet.
Chinese medicine seeks to restore and maintain health by balancing Qi, the vital energy of life, in order to promote the body’s natural ability to heal itself. When Qi is balanced and flowing, that is, in harmony with the internal and external environment, the body is in good health. Symptoms of illness occur when the energy is either obstructed, deficient, or in any way out of balance.
What is Food Therapy?
One of the most important aspects of Chinese medicine is food. It is what we do for (and to ourselves) any number of times each day and which has an enormous impact on our well-being. This is why an ancient master said ‘Treat with food first. What you can’t heal with food, use acupuncture and herbs.”
This medicine has a way of understanding food that is related to its energy, its Qi. We will give you advice based on the pattern of your body and on the food that is most appropriate to support you, tailoring our suggestions to what you can and want to achieve in your health. We’ll ease you into changes that you can make. We’ll also help you think or rethink how to eat—with mindfulness. As Seneca said, “We kill ourselves daily with knives and forks.”
What is a Medicinal Herbal Foot Soak?
“When a tree dies, it is the roots that die first. When a person ages, it is the feet that age first.” ~ Ancient Chinese proverb
We eagerly look to our devices to see how many steps we’ve taken, but do we take care of the feet that take those steps? Our feet carry the weight of our bodies some 1,500 times for every mile we walk. Each foot contains over 7,000 nerve endings, 107 ligaments, nineteen muscles and twenty-six bones (one fourth of all the bones in the body). For many people, feet are a low priority when it comes to the care and attention we give our bodies. And yet, they are our connection to the Earth. They are our foundation. All it takes is an irritation on the tiniest toe to give discomfort to our total being.
The herbs are heated in water that you then soak your feet in for 20-30minutes daily. The warmth activates the herbs to increase blood circulation in your feet and up your legs. The herbs in the formula also help to eliminate dampness and phlegm.
So if you have been suffering from cold feet, neuropathy, arthritic pain or any of many foot conditions, regular foot soak therapy will reduce these problems. Because the feet have so many nerves and connections to the rest of the body, regular foot soaks have also reduced knee, hip, and low back pain, and, perhaps surprisingly, upper body pain as well. Because they help increase circulation, they have also been useful in eliminating many gynecological problems.
This is not the same as soaking your feet in Epsom salts (which can be great) or detoxing with ionic foot baths. Our soaks are formulated by a longtime practitioner of Chinese medicine and do much more than other brands you might find on the internet.
The foot soak therapy in conjunction with herbs taken internally, dietary changes, meditation, rest, and other lifestyle considerations can be the best thing that you do for yourself and your hard working feet.
Do I have to be sick to get acupuncture? Can I use this medicine for wellness?
This medicine is based on strengthening the body to prevent illness, and historically has been used to prevent illness. Many people use Chinese medicine as part of their health maintenance plan. Some come in once a month, while others come in with each change of season.
How many times will I need to come in for treatments??
That depends on your ailment and your general health. Some people will respond to treatment more quickly than others. Our goal is to affect your body’s energy so that your body will begin to take over the healing process. At your initial visit, we will let you know how many times we recommend for you treatment plan. Near the end of a treatment plan, we will assess your progress and make changes in our plans if necessary.
What are your certifications?
Our acupuncturists have Master’s degrees in Oriental Medicine, are licensed by the State of Minnesota Medical Board, and are certified through the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
Thank you to Crocus Hill Oriental Medicine for joining The Collective, we are grateful for your vision, passion, knowledge and partnership. Please reach out to them for more information or to schedule an appointment!
Cheers & Be Well,