Friends, this winter has been a tough one, and quite frankly it’s been brutal on our clinic’s finances. As you know, we need to see a fairly high number of people every week in order to keep our fees low, and we haven’t been seeing anywhere near to that number. Even if we were willing to raise our fees (which we’re not–we’d sooner lower them, if we could), we wouldn’t be able to raise them enough to make up the difference.
If things were slow because you all were free from pain and stress, we’d be celebrating (and cheerfully looking for other jobs)! Unfortunately, it seems to be due more to this having been a long, hard, depressing, expensive-gas-bill, extra-long-commute kind of winter. Here’s hoping that things “spring back” to something approaching normal soon! In the meantime, we have to tighten our belts, and consolidate our hours. Nora will be working those hours until we’re busy enough to expand them again; you may see Donald subbing occasionally, but we will miss having him around full-time and hope to have him back soon.
The new schedule will start March 3rd, with appointments available the following times:
Mondays and Thursdays 9:00 – 1:00
Tuesdays and Fridays 1:30 – 5:30
Saturdays 10:00 – 2:00
Wednesdays and Sundays closed (for now!)
These times are roughly opposite when CHAC in Ferndale is open, in order to maximize the availability of community acupuncture in the area.
We are so appreciative of folks making valiant efforts to keep their appointments (and contacting us when they can’t); and as always we are thankful for you spreading the word about our service. We look forward to helping everyone recover from all the shoveling (and the shivering!) when we see you next. In the meantime, hang in there, everyone!
P.S. Please note we will be closed on the morning of Friday Febuary 28, and the morning of Monday March 17th, due to previously scheduled events.
The clinic will pretty much always be open if we can. If we have to have a “snow day” or close for some other emergency, we’ll try to post it here and on our Facebook page (the exception being an internet-interrupting emergency).
That said, we know a snowstorm can make it hard for patients to get here. Please give us a call to reschedule as soon as you know you can’t make it. (You can also reschedule online, if you’re already in the system – which you’ll know because you’ll have received confirmation emails.) If you can make your appointment, no need to call; we’ll just look forward to seeing you…and it’s nice and cozy in here!
The clinic will be closed this Friday & Saturday, December 25th & 26th, and the following Friday & Saturday, January 1st and 2nd. That means we will ONLY be open Monday through Wednesday the next two weeks (as we’ll be closed Thursdays and Sundays as usual). So make sure to schedule your treatments in, and if we don’t see you till January, have safe, happy, healthy holidays!
Some of these are common-sense; some of them might not be scientifically proven. I use all of them, though; try them and see what works for you!
Cover your neck when outside
Traditionally, instead of “catching cold,” Chinese Medicine theory uses the metaphor of “wind invasion.” In this metaphor, “wind” commonly “invades” the channels at the back of the neck/upper back, which is why you hardly ever see an acupuncturist without a scarf in the chilly months. Plus, who needs an excuse to rock a stylish scarf?
Don’t hang around in sweaty clothes
When you sweat, you are more “open” to wind invasion. So, after you work out, it’s best to dry the sweat off with a towel (if you can’t actually shower off), and change into dry clothes as soon as you can.
Raise your temperature & REST
This is the most important one. I rarely catch cold because I take herbs and go to bed early whenever I feel one coming on. Boring? Yes. But if you too have the kind of job where you don’t get paid if you don’t show up (especially if you love your job, like I do), staying in one night is worth not losing a week or two of work.
If you’re strong, you can sometimes fight the early onset of a cold by working up an (active) sweat – a short jog or brisk walk, for example; but if you’re already feeling run down and exhausted, it’s often better to gently raise your temperature a little bit, passively. This can be taking a warm bath, and/or taking a traditional herbal formula, chasing it with hot tea or soup, getting under some covers and resting for at least a half hour.
Eat lightly/lower on the food chain
If you can, go lightly on the cold, rich, dense foods (meat, nut butters, dairy products, sweets) and eat more soups and steamed veggies. Let your body save its energy for fighting that virus, instead of digesting heavy foods. As always, your mileage may vary; pay attention to your body’s needs.
Especially for those of you that live alone, I strongly suggest that you make up a pot of some nice congee or veggie soup and freeze some of it (we have a good congee recipe hand-out at the clinic, but you can google it too). That way, if you DO get hit with the flu, you’ll have some good nourishing food on hand. (And if you get really sick, call someone to look in on you, okay?)
When do you catch cold or flu? Some people always get sick after a big project is finished; or when they fly in an airplane; or when they haven’t been sleeping well; or when they’re having their menstrual cycle. Try to notice when your immune system tends to be most vulnerable, so you can take preventative measures. And, if you DO get sick, don’t beat yourself up about it, and try not to take it personally; remember those viruses have evolved to use us as hosts!
Last but not least, acupuncture can help keep your immune system functioning well – partly by giving your body some “concentrated rest” and a break from the stresses that can make you more vulnerable.
This isn’t Chinese Medicine, but I’ve heard many patients and friends swear by using a neti pot at the first sign of a cold. A similar piece of advice (from an MD) is: when stuck in a dry, closed place, such as an airplane or office, flush your nasal passages regularly by spraying with saline spray and blowing your nose. And, as always, avoid touching your face before washing your hands – and to avoid spreading viruses, please cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands!
Feel free to add your favorite tips (or soup recipes) below!
During the week of November 16th – 21st, all three Community Acupuncture clinics in the area (see sidebar for links to the other two) will be offering two-for-one treatments! This is for two reasons: to honor vets for Veterans’ Day, and to coincide with the Great American Smokeout.
Acupuncture has been used by lots of people to take the edge off of the cravings and stress associated with quitting smoking; we’re happy to be part of your plan to quit. So grab a quitting buddy – you can support each other, for better success – and come on down! (Walk-ins are welcome, as always, but we can only guarantee appointments if you call and schedule in advance.)
I’ll post more about this, closer to the actual event. Stay tuned!
Dear DCA patients and fans:
Nora will be out of town on Community Acupuncture business this weekend, so the clinic will be closed this Friday (Oct. 23rd) and Monday (Oct. 26th). The good news is, special guest acupuncturist Jalyn Spencer will be filling in for the regular Saturday shift in-between (October 24th – click on her name to find out more about her). Please welcome her back to Detroit by letting her give you a treatment! Call the clinic (313-831-3222) to schedule.
The following Saturday is Halloween, and the clinic will not only be open, we’re having a 2-for-1 special! We’re really overdue for getting some photos up on the website with *people* in them, so if you’re willing to let us use your smiling face (or needled feet), we’re offering 2-for-1 treatments that day in exchange (or, if you prefer, we’ll give you a gift certificate to give someone else). Please call to make an appointment, or schedule online.
September 28th & 29th, for personal reasons. We’ll be open again Wednesday, September 30th, at 2:00. Please feel free to leave a message on the clinic phone 313-831-3222. Thanks for your understanding.