November Topics & Talking Points
Use the information below to streamline patient education. Ask them questions or share the information below. The more educated your patients are about TCM and what you can offer, the more likely they will refer others to you and the longer they may stay in care.
- PATIENT RETENTION
- Call patients that you have not seen in in the 6-weeks.
- Offer seasonal tune-up, Winter Health Evaluation, stress-reduction treatment.
- Send seasonal newsletter via email or snail mail.
- Host a class or share with patients about seasonal changes and the best acupressure points to support health this time of year.
- Send them a the Patient Helpsheet for Colds and Viruses
Cold & Flu Talking Points:
- The cold and flu season is upon us, you can talk about signs and symptoms of Wind Cold, Wind Heat, etc…
- Talk about how treating someone with a Wind Cold disorder is different than treating someone who has Wind Heat, etc…
- Opportunity to let people know about the fine art of making a differential diagnosis in order to determine what’s wrong (interior, exterior, hot, cold, dry, damp, etc…)
- Explain why the tongue changes when people are sick – ask them if they have ever noticed changes on their tongue when ill.
- We acupuncturists see the common cold as stemming from 13 distinct patterns.
- When we treat the common cold, we ask a series of questions to determine which pattern has lead to the problem.
Wei Qi & Immunity
- We refer to your immunity as Wei Qi. It’s the protective barrier that surrounds your body and helps to keep you healthy.
- When we work on boosting a persons immunity, we work on supporting their Wei Qi.
- When people get sick, it can be related to a Wei Qi deficiency.
- We focus on boosting your Wei Qi to provide aa more robust well-being.
- Acupuncture truly shines in this area. With our tiny little needles, we are able to affect the bodies natural state, bringing it back into a more balanced equilibrium.
Quit Smoking Materials
- Did you know that acupuncture can help people quit smoking?
- It’s helps by reducing cravings, alleviating stress and anxiety, building willpower, etc…
- If you or someone you know is looking to quit smoking, acupuncture may be able to help.
Diet and eating with the seasons
- Many health conditions arise from people not eating appropriate food – it may be too warm, cool, or damp
- You wouldn’t eat watermelon on a cold wintery day? But you would eat a hearty bowl of chili.
- It’s important to eat according to what’s in season. In summer, abundance of fruits – watermelon, oranges, berries. Most have “cooling” affects. Best to eat them in warm seasons to “cool” down the body.
- November is in Winter.
- Represents the Yin aspect.
- Yin is the dark, cold, slow, inward energy.
- Winter is associated with the Kidneys which hold our body’s most basic and fundamental energies.
- Rest is important for revitalizing the body and supporting your Kidney energies.
- It is also a good time to look inward, reflecting on ourselves with meditation, writing, Yin yoga, Tai Chi or Qi Gong.
- Our bodies need warming foods like soups made with hearty vegetables, and rich stocks cooked with animal bones are best.
- Foods that nourish the Kidneys are; black beans, kidney beans, broths cooked with bones, lamb, chicken, walnuts, chestnuts, black sesame seeds and dark leafy greens
- November is the GAS month! Ask me more! (note: GAS = Great American Smokeout)
- If you have a cold, it could be Wind Heat or Wind Cold. Ask me more!
- If you’re curious, ask me about your Wei Qi!
- ST 36 – press this point to stimulate your Wei Qi. Do you know where it is?
- LI 20 – rub here for stuffy nose. Do you know where it is?
- He Gu – use this for just about everything that ails you. Relieves colds, flu, head congestion, constipation, and headaches. Do you want to know about it?
- LU 7 – a key point for alleviating the cold and flu. Relieves a common symptoms such as cough, sore throat, chills and fever, congestion, runny nose, and even related muscle stiffness and headaches.
- Watermelon in Winter…nope…do you know why?
- Ice = Not Nice (especially in Winter) Want to know why?