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Greetings and welcome to 2021! Holy smokes! The craziness that was 2020 is now in our rearview, and it is time to take on 2021. We start the year with promising treatments for the current coronavirus pandemic, but don’t forget we are not out of the woods yet. This will be a crucial time to keep our loved ones who we know to be of greater risk safe (and remember: we truly do not know who that is, so we need to think universally that everyone just might be at risk). It's tiring, but keep going with the masks to prevent the passing on of respiratory droplets, and the keeping a safe physical distance to prevent escaped droplets from landing on your friends’ or family members’ faces. My heart is reeling for all those that will be getting sick over the next few months while the vaccine rollout is on going, loved ones who will be lost when there is hope so close. So let’s be thoughtful and keep helping each other in the new year!

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be of help get the body back in balance when the physical or emotional stresses get to the point of pain and discomfort, but it is important to remember the true focus TCM is on keeping the body in balance with itself and the outside world. Being proactive can make for a healthier, better quality of life than being reactive. So you don’t have to put off your treatments “until you need them”, try getting them before you do!

At this point, however, it's easy to think that everyone has experienced some amount of stress in, oh, let’s say the last 9-10 months. Though no needle can remove the stress from life, it can help your life deal with the stress. It moves that Qi that stagnates in your gut when you are frustrated with wearing a mask. It can help calm the mind and quiet the spirit if the time away from family has been hard, or if the worst has happened and you’ve lost someone dear to you. If you are feeling any discomforts in the body, it’s time for a treatment and I would love to be of help!

We are 43 days away from another New Year, the Chinese New Year. We will be entering the year of the metal Ox, and I want to do something special: a raffle! If you have enjoyed treatments with me, whether it has been in the last few months, or anytime over the last 6 years I have been treating here in Bend, it would be great to let people know with a review on either Google, Yelp, Facebook, or through the web portal. If you are feeling spicy, you could do a review on more than one! Each review that you do will enter you in the raffle to win a tile mahjong set. Most people think of the computer matching game, but mahjong is actually a rummy style game; my wife and I will play against each other, but it is more fun when you have four players.

My goal is to always provide an excellent treatment. If you feel like my treatments have been anything less, please reach out and let me know how I might create a better experience for you and your fellow patients. The Chinese New Year and the raffle are February 12, so go on, do your reviews, or come in and let me remind you how amazing acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you feel!

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