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COVID Fatigue & Long Term Recovery

The title of this piece has potential to elicit one of a variety of internal responses based on your own experience/perceptions of what we’ve all gone through this past year. For some, it may be a horrible memory of family tragedy; our deepest condolences to you. For others it may serve as a reminder of … Read more

Bone Broth & Chinese Herbs

BASIC BONE BROTH RECIPE Basic Ingredients (required to draw nutrients from bones) •1 teaspoon celtic grey salt or Himalayan pink salt •1 tbsp apple cider vinegar •3-4 quarts of water (or enough to cover the bones in the pot) •2-3 pounds of organically-raised bones (chicken, duck, beef, oxtail, lamb, pork, chicken feet, pork knuckles) For … Read more

Breathe. Shine. Live: Life & Wellness Coaching

When was the last time you felt “whole”? When was the last time you remember feeling like your best self? Physically? Emotionally? Spiritually? Are you connected to your purpose? Do you have a strategy? Would you like a plan? What if you had someone to help guide you on this journey…your journey? What if this … Read more

the needle is the person

At Five Shen, we pride ourselves in staying true to the ORIGINAL essence of and the CLASSICAL roots of this medicine. What does that mean? It means we tend to stay away from the fads, gadgets, and gizmos that show in up in various forms as the next great “cure” or the “newest, latest, and … Read more

Fire Cupping – Pt1

Fire Cupping is a technique we do a lot of in our clinic, but usually in combination with acupuncture. In Chinese medicine, as a stand alone therapy, it can be great for relieving muscle tension, other acute symptoms and is excellent as a PREVENTION & MAINTENANCE. HOWEVER, if you are dealing with an injury (new … Read more

Dry Needling – Pt 1

Recent testimony – “This is SO much different than dry needling…!” YES! YES! Soooo much YES! We will save the ‘official’ soap box talk around dry needling for another day, BUT we do feel there are some important things to note when it comes to acupuncture and dry needling: Dry Needling IS an acupuncture technique! … Read more

Community Herbs Clinic 2020

2020 is bringing MANY exciting and new things to Five Shen Wellness!!! Beginning in February, we will be hosting TWO new events; these will both take place consecutively on the FIRST FRIDAY of each month: (1) “Let’s Talk Herbs,” a FREE educational/informational talk and (2) a Community Herb Clinic. “Let’s Talk Herbs” is a FREE … Read more

Choosing a Practitioner

In our very first blog post, “Why Five Element Acupuncture?” We talked ever so briefly about the differences between Five Element Acupuncture and TCM; the biggest difference aside from the approach to treatment, is within the practitioners themselves. There are some pretty significant differences between the systems and they begin with the practitioner; Five Element … Read more

Education (Part 1): Education to Graduation

Aside from “What is Chinese Medicine?” and “How does acupuncture work?,” the next most common questions are: “Is this something you had to go to school for?”  “Are you certified?”  “How long did you have to study?”  We LOVE these questions! Some individuals are quick to inquire, others are more shy and delicate in approaching … Read more

What is Chinese Medicine?

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be difficult to explain and each practitioner of this medicine is likely to explain it differently. Without going into great detail, one important fundamental principle that we hope to convey in this article is that Chinese medicine is so much more than Acupuncture.  Questions that often arise as we introduce … Read more