Chances are your Valentine’s Day was filled with flowers and chocolate, and maybe a little love.
But for some of you out there, your heart may be broken or just closed off a little.
Eastern medicine may have the answer to mending your ticker.
One needle at a time, your broken heart can heal.
“If there is a blockage you want to release it and get the blood and chi flowing,” says Sherrie Matthews, a licensed acupuncturist.
Chi is energy, according to Matthews, of Ona Spa.
By using fine needles Matthews is able to pinpoint areas of concern.
“This point a lot of my clients call the happy point. It’s relaxing, it’s your 3rd eye… helps you be more intuitive,” Matthews says.
The overall point is to relax. When you do, you’re able to let more love in especially when you’ve been hurt, or if you’re stressed.
The philosophy dates back thousands of years in Chinese medicine — points in our bodies that directly relate to our levels of stress, physical pain, love, even the power to heal.
“When you breath in, you focus on what you do want.=, and when you release you let go of everything you don’t want through your feet,” Matthews says.
The needles encourage our bodies to release natural chemicals. They stay in for about 20 minutes.
“Be aware of what’s going on inside your body, you’ll feel things moving shifting,” Matthews says.
Matthews also placed needles in points on my hands and shoulders for stress release, my heart for love and inside of my ankles — this one actually hurting me a bit.
“This one is for your spleen, this is when you are over-thinking or worried about things,” according to Matthews.
It’s not a guarantee, but it can be a great start.
According to Matthews, “It helps you know what you need to do and where you need to heal. It will move you forward.”
— Lu Parker, KTLA News
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