8 Point Wellness Patient Feature: Julie VerHage

 
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We’re lucky to treat a lot of wonderful people. Our patients are doing some great things outside of the treatment room and in our latest column, we’ll be featuring their stories, and giving a little insight into the myriad reasons patients come to see us.

Julie is a Reporter at Bloomberg, and teaches cycling at Equinox. She’s been coming to our practice for about two years and focusing on a specific treatment plan.

Can you tell us about yourself?

I’ve always been athletic. Growing up I played three sports, worked on my family farm, and never had a serious injury or much pain since I was still so young and my body naturally recovered on its own very quickly. Today, my 'day job' doesn’t require too much movement, with me going from my desk to a few out of office meetings. But on the side, I teach cycling classes at Equinox and love working out once if not more a day, with a rest day thrown in there. On top of that, I've had issues with anxiety since high school, and let's just say living and working in NYC doesn't help with that, so stress levels are often high. 

What brought you to acupuncture?

Unfortunately, my body isn’t as capable of healing on its own anymore, and I suddenly had some aches and pains that were at the point of needing professional care.

I first found Molly via Instagram (I'm 28, sue me). I’d never tried acupuncture or cupping before, but one of my favorite trainers at Fhitting Room had posted about her a couple of times and I wanted to give it a shot following some pretty intense upper back pain. It was also around the same time that Michael Phelps had made cupping famous, so that helped too haha.

When did you start working with Molly?

About 2 years ago now and I’ve been going on and off since then. Usually once a week has been good for me during times where I’m having some issues. 

What are you focusing on during your sessions?

One thing you might not know about acupuncture is that it’s really good for things other than pain (aka: it also helps with that stress I was talking about). I’ve also used it for digestion on top of the muscle relaxation and anxiety relief, but it’s also something I’ll definitely consider in years ahead when I’m starting a family since it can help with fertility. 

What advice might you have for friends if they ask you why you go, what its like, etc?

Basically, as long as you are open with Molly or whoever else is your physician, just be as open as possible so they can know exactly what to treat you for. There could very well be things you didn’t even come in for that they can help you out with.

Where can we find you?

Instagram: @jewlz_in_nyc
On the bike teaching at Equinox:
Sunday: 9:15a at Bond Street, and 10:45 at Brookfield Place
Monday: 6:45a at Greenwich Ave
Tuesday: 7a Brookfield Place
Friday: 6a at Gramercy

3 Chinese Herbal Remedies To Have In Your Medicine Cabinet

 
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Generally speaking Chinese medicine is not a one-size-fits-all medicine. However, there are some remedies that nearly everyone can benefit from having on-hand. Here are 3 broad spectrum products for common ailments such as burns, muscle aches and pains and feeling like you’re coming down with a cold.

 
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1. Burn Cream

This cream is great for any and all burns, blisters and cuts.  The cream helps to decrease inflammation, relieve pain, and regenerate tissue in the area.  Use this in place of Neosporin!  Apply once a day and cover with gauze and a band-aid so it stays on and doesn’t get on your clothes.

 
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2. Zheng Gui Shui

This is Molly’s favorite product for muscle aches and pains and great for bruises, sprain and strains. It’s a powerful formula! In grad school Molly had a teacher who told her he was pouring this remedy down his cast after a knee surgery. When the cast was removed, the surgeon told him he’d never seen something heal so quickly.

3. Gan Mao Ling

 
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This herbal formula is best for when you feel like you are catching a cold because it can help shorten it!


If you’re interested in any of these remedies, contact us at info@8pointwellness.com or you can pick them up at your next office visit.



8 Point Wellness Summer Event Highlights

 
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The Assemblage Park Ave

 

This summer I had the opportunity to participate in a few great events around the city to help various communities understand the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.

I did cupping at WeWork for their members to help relieve the stress of work and life. At The Assemblage, I spoke about anxiety reducing techniques like focusing on pressure points and the importance of removing blocks through acupuncture to help facilitate productivity. At Laughing Lotus yoga studio, I offered ear seed treatments to open up the heart during their Pride Event benefiting the Hetrick Martin Institute. This treatment is good for whatever ailments life throws your your way including stress, aches and pains and life in NYC!

Laughing Lotus

Laughing Lotus

Laughing Lotus

Laughing Lotus

Interested in collaborating with me or know a company that may be? You can always send us a note if your business wants in-house sessions or interested in an experiential event.

How Acupuncture Can Help Treat Shin Splints

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Summertime. It's when runners of all calibers are clocking in more miles and fall marathon training is underway. A common ailment that can take runners off the path is shin splints.

Shin splints cause pain below the knee (along the tibia), on either the front, inner or outer leg, and are often caused by overuse. Acupuncture (and sometimes cupping) can be very effective at treating this condition, relieving pain, and therefore allowing runners to get out and run with ease.

How does acupuncture help?

Acupuncture can help to calm inflammation, relax tightness and heal tired and overused muscles.

In Chinese Medicine, diagnosis and treatment are based on a channel and organ system.  This system runs through the body much like the subway system in NYC. The channel that runs down the outer leg and over the area most affected by shin splints corresponds to the stomach.  It's not uncommon for me to discover that a patient with shin splints also has some imbalance with their digestion (possibly:  bloating, constipation, loose stool). By treating the channel and the organ, we often have success at healing the shin splint, as well as the digestive disorders. This is why some call me a magician!

Tight hip flexors can also be a contributing cause. We see this as congestion in the meridians, and help to relieve this tightness by using points that open up the channel that runs around the waist like a belt allowing the hips to relax.

How long will it take?

I’ve seen chronic pain turn around in as little as a few weeks.

Want Proof?

In 2002, a random controlled trial, acupuncture was found to be more effective than any other combined therapy*.

Source: Acupuncture & Tibial Stress Syndrome [Shin Splints]. Journal of Chinese Medicine 2002 vol 70

8 Point Wellness Breast Milk Guide

Early days of mom life can be quite a blur, and the rules of breastmilk storage can be confusing and overwhelming. The two together-- not ideal! I found that there wasn't one place that I could go for a quick reference of the nuances of storage, warming, combining, etc, so I created it! 

Want more tips? Check out my 8 tips for pregnancy and postpartum and must-have guide to pregnancy and acupuncture. 

8 Point Wellness Breast Milk Guide.