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A Healthy Curiosity

Exploring self-care strategies, personal evolution, Chinese Medicine, and what it takes to be well in a busy world. You know that health and happiness aren’t things you can outsource. You’ve also got a full plate, and making the time to take care of yourself can be challenging. A Healthy Curiosity is here to support you. Host Brodie Welch, L.Ac., is an expert in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, as well as a teacher and practitioner of qi gong, meditation, yoga, lifestyle and diet counseling who tries to walk her talk about health and mindfulness as a recovering Type-A, parent, and business owner. You'll find interviews with fellow experts in Chinese Medicine and natural health care about the conditions we treat and strategies we use clinically; simple self-care tips to help you feel calm, centered, and energized; and personal chats where we explore what gets in the way of our best intentions: perfectionism, big goals, habits and routines, chronic pain, overwork and overwhelm, boundaries, limiting beliefs — and what it takes to overcome such obstacles mindfully.
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Now displaying: September, 2016
Sep 28, 2016

In today's episode, Brodie talks with Alexa Gilmore, L.Ac. and Chinese herbalist specializing in dermatology, about treating skin conditions using Chinese Medicine. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, many skin conditions result from excess heat in the body, which can cause a varying array of symptoms including redness, rash, itching, fluid buildup, and more.

Listen in for some great information to help keep your skin looking and feeling great, and if you or someone you love is struggling with a skin condition, find out what Chinese Medicine can do to help find relief.

 

In this episode, we explore:

  • What skin conditions can be treated using acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
  • What does treatment for a skin condition look like in Chinese Medicine?
  • What kinds of variables would an acupuncturist be interested in knowing to treat a skin condition?
  • Are there specific prescriptions for different skin conditions?
  • Bio-individuality (it’s back!)
  • What kinds of things can cause a skin condition? What does “ heat” mean in terms of Chinese Medicine?
  • What can people do to keep their skin healthy?

 

Alexa has been working in a clinical setting for 12 years. She is nationally board certified, a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and licensed to practice acupuncture as well as to formulate and prescribe custom-made Chinese herbal medicine. A love of learning and commitment to excellence drive Alexa, and she's pursued extensive post-graduate training in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and soft tissue manipulation, alike.

She graduated in the top of her class from Mazin Al-Khafaji's prestigious Chinese Medicine Dermatology Diploma Course in London, England, and now holds the highest certification in the field--the only practitioner in New England with this distinction.

Alexa takes a no-nonsense approach to the healing arts and expects positive outcomes. She works in partnership with her patients, providing high quality care as well as empowering them to make lasting changes in their life and health by incorporating simple, effective principles of Chinese medicine into their daily lives.

 

Resources:

Alexa’s Website: www.atxacu.com

If you’re wanting a deep-dive into the fundamentals of Chinese Medicine, my Basics of Chinese Medicine course starting this October was designed just for you. When we can act with greater self-awareness, we open ourselves up to new possibilities. Recognizing that we don’t have to be bound by our go-to tendencies and habits, we are free to stretch into the fullness of our potential on all levels. You may even discover new latent superpowers —inner strengths we have yet to tap. If that’s strikes you as interesting, please head over to brodiewelch.com and you can read more about it under the Learn from Home tab. We start Oct. 10th.

Sep 21, 2016

Episode 13: Emotional Healing & Acupuncture, Part III

  In Part 3 of the Emotional Healing & Acupuncture Series, Brodie shares a series of journal entries written by a patient (who we’re calling Shawna to preserve her anonymity) as she underwent a series of acupuncture treatments to help her let go of guilt and to break a parenting pattern that had been in her family for generations.  Unprocessed trauma, guilt, and insecurity can hang out in the body, affecting our psychology as well as our physiology.   In this episode, we explore:

  • The importance of setting a particular intention for a treatment
  • What happened on the table and how it felt
  • The Extraordinary Vessels and how they affect our deep “programming”
  • How working on these deeper levels catalyzed healing for not only herself but her relationship with her daughter

    Resources: If you’re wanting a deep-dive into the body-mind according to Chinese Medicine, my Basics of Chinese Medicine course starting October 10 was designed just for you.

For more information on Chinese Medicine and to stay in touch with Brodie, visit brodiewelch.com.
 
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Sep 14, 2016

Episode 12: Emotional Healing & Acupuncture

Part II with Cori Hall

Cori’s story is a powerful one of habit change, self-healing, and accepting one’s boundaries in pursuit of a healthier, happier life. When injury and illness literally knocked her off her feet, Cori found the strength to seek solutions, acknowledge unhealthy patterns, and listen to what her body was telling her.

Special thanks go out to Cori for the great idea to create this 3-part series on emotional healing.

In this episode, we explore:

  • How overworking our minds and bodies can negatively affect our health
  • How sucking it up is probably not the best coping mechanism
  • How ignoring the messages our bodies are sending can lead to worse outcomes
  • Giving up or scaling back certain treats can be well worth the positive health outcomes
  • You don’t know what a drastic change something can make until you try it
  • How emotional and mental strife can produce adverse physical effects
  • Slowing down and staying present, and how these things provide relief for chronic pain

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The Basics of Chinese Medicine: Your Inner Ecosystem

Sep 7, 2016

In Part 1 of a 3-Part series on Emotional Healing & Chinese Medicine Brodie talks with a long-time patient, “Marcia” -  not her real name, per her request. Brodie and Marcia talk about how acupuncture helped her let go of emotions related to post-traumatic stress that she developed after a camping trip with her husband that led to an ER visit and emergency quadruple-bypass surgery.  Marcia’s story is a powerful example of how acupuncture can help us let go of stuck energy in the form of emotions.

Marcia also describes how understanding herself from a Chinese Medicine perspective helped her to develop self-compassion, self-love, and appreciation. In particular, we get into the notion of Constitutional Type.  Kind of like the Myers-Briggs Personality test, your astrological sign, your Enneagram number, or your Ayurvedic Dosha, Chinese Medicine likens different aspects of our physiology, psychology, and mental tendencies to the elements of nature: wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Knowing your constitutional type can help you maintain balance in your life by illuminating natural strengths and identifying challenges.

 

In this episode, we explore:

  • Issues that Marcia has used Acupuncture to help treat
  • What part of the acupuncture process is most helpful in treating these issues?
  • How the pre-treatment interview process helps patients tune in to deeper issues
  • Emotional release during treatment and emotions as qi
  • How slowing down our lives can help us feel more in control
  • Having compassion for yourself
  • How identifying your constitutional type can help you keep yourself and your life in balance
  • Similarities and differences between emotional healing in acupuncture and talk therapy

 

Resources:

 

  • If you are interested in discovering your particular constitutional type, you can take a little quiz at http://brodiewelch.com/chinese-element-quiz/
  • If you’re wanting a deep-dive into this stuff, my Basics of Chinese Medicine course starting this October was designed just for you. When we can act with greater self-awareness, we open ourselves up to new possibilities. Recognizing that we don’t have to be bound by our go-to tendencies and habits, we are free to stretch into the fullness of our potential on all levels.  We may even discover new latent superpowers — inner strengths we have yet to tap. If that’s strikes you as interesting, please head over to brodiewelch.com and you can read more about it under the “Learn from Home” tab.  We start Oct. 3rd.
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