Light Family Acupuncture

Light Family Acupuncture

Light Family Acupuncture in Austin, Texas, focuses on treating the entire family, from children to adults, from allergies and ailments, to preconception through pregnancy and parenthood, and everything in between, using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Melissa is the chief practitioner and founder of Light Family Acupuncture, a thriving private practice in central Austin. Light Family Acupuncture focuses on treating the entire family from preconception through pregnancy and parenthood. Melissa specializes in pregnancy, labor, and pediatric care and is currently working on a book. Melissa B. Light has spent over a decade empowering women and chil

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01/07/2022

Feeling stressed?😖Here are great acupressure points to try and an herbal formula that will help you to relax!

🌿Xiao Yao Wan helps to regulate Qi, nourish the blood, and generally harmonizes the body

Tranquilizer, located half way between the middle and bottom of the tragus, is traditionally used to promote relaxation

Shen Men, which is located in the valley of the ear, is used to calm the mind and spirit

Heart, located in the center and deepest point on the ear, can be used to balance stress, anxiety, and insomnia

If you would like more simulation on these acupressure points we have ear seeds available for pick up! Give us a call at (512)775-4057 or email us at [email protected] to purchase ear seeds or herbs.

12/17/2021

Jing Jie Bai Du San Jia Jian

This formula is great at eliminating wet cough! It is a modified version of Jing Jie Bai Du San which induces sweat, releases the Exterior, dispels Wind, alleviates pain, and treats skin and External diseases.

Let us know if you would like to try out this formula by giving us a call at (512)775-4057 or email us at [email protected]

12/15/2021

Lung 7-9 Acupressure for Wet Cough

These points can help relieve symptoms of wet cough by descending Lung Qi and eliminating phlegm.

Follow Melissa lead and find these points by placing your thumb on the inside of your wrist crease on the side near your opposite thumb. Massage this area for about 10 seconds on each side!

Try this out and let us know what you think!
Keep an eye out for a tincture later this week that can help relieve wet cough as well.

Photos from Light Family Acupuncture's post 12/13/2021

Happy National Ice Cream Day!🍦Cold foods are typically something we avoid with TCM nutrition, as cold foods and drinks tax the digestive system and the body overall. But we know how tasty ice cream is and wanted to offer a delicious alternative that had some warming additions to keep you body functioning at its best! 

Dates are considered to be warming and help to tonify blood and qi. Cinnamon, known as Rou Gui in TCM herbology, is hot, tonifies yang, warms the Spleen and Kidneys, and disperses cold. Adding these ingredients to will help to balance out the coldness of the ice cream!

Photos from Light Family Acupuncture's post 11/29/2021

Congee is a staple in Chinese culture! It is nourishing, warming to the body, and absolutely delicious! Congee is a simple rice porridge that is easily digested, and it overall harmonizes digestion and tonifies Qi and blood. It can be eaten at any time of year but it is especially helpful on a cold, winter morning to warm and fuel you for the day ahead. It is also a great meal to have when you start to feel under the weather to stop a cold before it starts or help you to feel better faster.

Congee can relieve inflammation and nourish the immune system. Its therapeutic properties can be enhanced by cooking the rice with grains, vegetables, or herbs, or by adding them as a garnish. You can make this meal on your stovetop or Instant Pot for a quicker result.

The three most important organs in TCM which support your immune system/Wei Qi are the Lungs, Kidneys, Spleen. The rice water strengthens the Spleen (digestive center), which helps the nutrients in the other ingredients to be more easily absorbed; therefore, enhances their healing properties. The ginger, scallions, and garlic, which are acrid and warming herbs, are used in the recipe help to support your Lungs. The root vegetables and broth nourish the Kidneys. 

There are so many ways to make Congee and this recipe is a great starting place or end result! Let us know your favorite way to make this meal or how it makes you feel!

Photos from Light Family Acupuncture's post 11/24/2021

Need a last minute easy to make dish for Thanksgiving? This is a great option to make sure the vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free eaters you love have something tasty at the table and that everyone, regardless of dietary restrictions will enjoy!

TCM Ingredient Properties

Sweet Potato: tonifies Qi, blood, and yin, and eliminates toxins

Maple Syrup: tonfies and strengthens Spleen and Stomach

Eggs: tonifies blood, yin, and jing (life-force energy), and overall Eggs help regulate blood flow

Cinnamon and Nutmeg: These are both warm and acrid spices that are perfect to add to everything during the fall! They will warm you up and help support your Lung and Large Intestine.

11/22/2021

Thanksgiving is almost here! That means millions of us around the country are preparing indulgent meals to share with our friends and family. Bao He Wan is here to help you get through this year’s Thanksgiving induced bloat and indigestion!🦃😖

Bao He Wan can help you digest food and have you feeling more comfortable after overeating.

This formula is known for promoting digestion, removing food stagnation, and harmonizing the stomach. Bao He Wan is suitable to be used as needed for indigestion.

Help yourself and others feel better this holiday season by giving us a call at (512)775-4057 or email us at [email protected] to add this tincture to your medicine cabinet!

11/22/2021

Feeling bloated after eating lots of turkey and pie? Use this technique for relief!🦃🥧

The FU rub, or tummy rub, is a great technique to use for yourself or your kiddos everyday for general health, improved digestion, and a strong metabolism.

You can also use the FU rub to help ease constipation or diarrhea. Which can be very helpful this holiday season and beyond!

Follow Melissa and place your hands just under your ribs about hip width apart. Push from your lowest rib to your hip bones for 20 times, moving downward only.

This rub follows along the Spleen and Stomach channels to keep them flowing! Use daily for a metabolic boost, or anytime you are feeling bloated, or your digestion is feeling sluggish.

Be on the lookout for an herbal formula that can help your digestion as well!

11/19/2021

Suan Zao Ren Tang — Peaceful Sleep😴

This formula is known for its ability to calm the mind and promote sleep! Suan Zao Ren, the star ingredient(seen in the bowl), helps to calm the spirit, nourishes Heart Yin, and tonifies Liver Blood. Both of these organs have important influences over our emotions and sleep.

This herb and formula have been used for over 2200 years! More recently, there have been pharmacological studies done on this herb that have shown that Suan Zao Ren promotes sleep by using pathways in the central nervous system and cardiovascular system to calm the body.

Suan Zao Ren has also been found to have anti-inflammatory properties, antioxidants, and anti-aging compounds.

Help combat the holiday stress and sleeplessness by giving us a call at (512)775-4057 or email us at [email protected] to add this tincture to your medicine cabinet!

11/17/2021

❤️Do you want to feel peaceful bliss and fall asleep like a baby? Using acupressure on Heart 7 may work for you!❤️

Heart 7 is the best point to wash away anxiety and to help you have a good night’s rest. It does so by calming Shen (emotions), and by tonifying and regulating Qi and Heart blood.

Follow Mellissa’s lead and use your finger to place pressure on this point in cycles of 5!

Look out for our herbal formula that can help to ease your stress later this week!

Photos from Light Family Acupuncture's post 11/15/2021

CLEAN OUT THE FRIDGE SOUP!🍲

Finding ways to use up last bits of food is a great way to combat food waste and help our environment! This recipe is purposefully flexible so you can incorporate just about any veggie into it.

TCM nutrition emphasizes that soups are one of the best foods to nourish your body. Soups warm your body, are easy to digest, and can pack a ton of nutrients into one bowl!

This soup is perfect for the Metal season and supporting your Lungs as it contains acrid spices, such as garlic, onion, and paprika!

This recipe will also be helpful as we transition into the Water season/Winter as the root vegetables will nourish your kidneys, the water organ.

If you’re feeling fancy, top the soup with a dollop of pesto and/or a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. Let us know what you think of the recipe!

11/10/2021

Are you experiencing Ear Ache? Congested Ears?
Try Ear Tugs and Pushing and rotating on SJ-17.
Use these acupressure techniques on both ears to reduce congestion and minimize pain in your ears!
SJ-17 is also a premier point to boost immune system.
Feel good, y’all!
#lightfamilyacupuncture #eartugs #tcm #acupuncture #acupressure

Photos from Light Family Acupuncture's post 11/08/2021

We are in the heart of the Metal/Fall season which is associated with the Lungs. Each TCM season and organ have a flavor which also corresponds. For the Lungs and Metal season, this flavor is Pungent! Foods with pungent flavors are usually thought to have strong smelling spices.
 
For this week we chose to showcase a Curry recipe as these recipes tend to have a medley of strong, pungent spices! Just curry powder itself is typically a blend of 10+ different spices. One of my favorite curry powder blends consists of turmeric, coriander, mustard seed, cumin, paprika, nutmeg, fenugreek, cayenne, cardamom, cinnamon, and cloves; that’s 11 different spices to create that amazing flavor! Take a look at the curry powder in your spice cabinet to see what your blend consists of😊
 
Some of the other pungent flavors in the recipe are Onion, Garlic, fresh Ginger(or Sheng Jiang in TCM), and Cayenne.
 
~Pungent TCM Ingredients~
Onion: considered to be warm, and helps to circulate Qi and blood, disperse cold, clear damp, and to resolve phlegm
 
Garlic: considered to be hot, and has the ability to circulate Qi, clear damp, eliminate toxins, disperse wind/external pathogens, and to resolve phlegm
 
Fresh Ginger(or Sheng Jiang in TCM): considered to be warm, and has the ability to disperse cold, eliminate toxins, disperse wind, warm the middle jiao(relieve nausea and vomiting), and to help relieve coughs

11/05/2021

B4 Vax Tincture: take before your COVID booster or your next vaccine!

B4 Vax is a formula that is traditionally used to strengthen the body's overall defenses against pathogens, it also has an additional modern day use of preparing the body for vaccination.

Including B4 Vax into your routine before your vaccination can help to lessen vaccine side effects and overall create a more effective immune response, which will benefit you with increased protection post-vaccination!

Overall this formula focuses on continuously strengthening the overall health of an individual to help defend against future attacks; it is a formula that can be taken for weeks or as needed. The herbs used in the formula help to replenish Qi and help to consolidate the body's defense system.

The two herbs of this formula that are highlighted in the video are Fang Feng and Bai Zhu

Fang Feng — this is a great herb to help release exterior pathogens that have invaded the body

Bai Zhu — tonifies the Spleen and helps to move Qi

Give us a call at (512)775-4057 or email us at [email protected] to add this tincture to your medicine cabinet!

11/03/2021

Tai Yang Acupressure to boost the immune system!
Push and rotate the depression at the end of your eyebrows 10 times on both sides 3-5 times a day!
This technique is perfect for cold 🥶 and flu 🤧 season, for those getting their booster shots, and anyone with frontal sinus congestion!
#lightfamilyacupuncture #coldandfluseason #acupuncture #tcm #taiyang

Photos from Light Family Acupuncture's post 11/01/2021

Warm Spelt Berry Salad with Cinnamon Balsamic Vinaigrette 🌾🍎

Today is National Cinnamon Day and World Vegan Day and we found a recipe to help celebrate both! This warm salad is perfect for the cooler fall days ahead. 

The main ingredient in this recipe is Spelt. In TCM, Spelt is known for its ability to tonify yin and to enter the Spleen. This grain is considered to be warm in nature, is known to moisten dryness, and can benefit the constitution of frail and deficient people. It is often used for treating diarrhea, constipation (when the whole berry is used, like in this recipe), poor digestion, colitis, and various other intestinal disorders.

Although Spelt contains gluten it is usually well tolerated even by those with celiac disease*. Spelt grows an exceptionally thick husk which helps to preserve its freshness, and it is not sprayed with pesticides like some other grains.

Spelt is very nutrient rich grain! It has higher contents of protein, fat, and fiber than wheat. Spelt contains highly water soluble fiber, which dissolves easily and allows for efficient nutrient assimilation by the body.

Recently some hospitals are using Spelt to treat chronic infections, like herpes and AIDS; nerve and bone disorders; Parkinson's disease; Alzheimer's disease; arthritis; cancer; and antibiotic side effects.

*If you have celiac disease, please consult with your doctor before consumption.

10/29/2021

🌿Herbs for Menstrual Cramp relief!🌿

Xiao Yao Wan(Free and Easy) and Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan(Free and Easy Plus) are amazing formulas for alleviating PMS and menstrual cramps. If your symptoms tend to lean towards irritability and heat signs, the modified formula Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan, is for you!

Give us a call at (512)775-4057 or email us at [email protected] get some for your medicine cabinet! #lightfamilyacupuncture #tcm #chineseherbs #freeandeasywanderer #acupuncture

Photos from Light Family Acupuncture's post 10/25/2021

🍝Today is World Pasta Day!🍝

Let's celebrate with a tasty meal that is full of veggies and plant-based protein. This recipe is perfect for the nights you just want to eat a big bowl of pasta, but you know you should eat something nutritious. Pro-tip: freeze this sauce in an ice cube tray and then put the cubes in a ziplock in the freezer to keep on hand for when you want to have an easy, quick meal!

🌱In TCM, almonds are known for their ability to tonify Qi and jing(life-force energy), regulate Qi flow, and resolve phlegm. Almonds also enter the Lung, Large Intestine, and Spleen channels, which makes this a great Metal/Fall season recipe as the Lungs and Large Intestine are Metal organs.

💚Hemp hearts also enter the Large Intestine, as well as the Spleen and Stomach, and tonify yin.

🧄Garlic is known for its ability to tonify yang and to treat Wind-Cold conditions; it also helps to promote qi circulation, resolve dampness, eliminate toxins, expel wind, and resolve phlegm.

🫑Bell peppers are considered warm, and are known for their ability to regulate blood circulation and eliminate cold. 

🍅Tomatoes help to tonify yin, to clear heat, and eliminate toxins.

Recipe from @lizmoody!

10/20/2021

Liu Jun Zi Tang

Are you experiencing signs of Dampness? Liu Jun Zi Tang can help!

Dampness in TCM is defined as an imbalance arising from having too much moisture trapped in the body. This can greatly affect your joints, digestion, energy levels, and more!

Dampness can make you sluggish and feel heavy; the extra moisture can slow and weigh you down.

In TCM, the Spleen, which is responsible for the transformation and transportation of food, dislikes moisture so one of the most common presentations of Dampness is digestion complications.  

Give us a call at (512)775-4057 or email us at [email protected] to give this tincture a try!

Photos from Light Family Acupuncture's post 10/18/2021

Today is World Menopause Day and National Chocolate Cupcake Day! 🍫🧁

To help celebrate both occasions our recipe today is Flourless Black Bean Brownie Muffins. These are so tasty, I promise you would never know that there are beans inside!

The black beans and cacao are both nurturing ingredients to help support bodies during perimenopause and menopause.

Black beans are known in TCM to enter the Kidney channel and for their ability to tonify blood and yin. The Kidney channel and organ are involved with hormones and the cycles of life, like menopause.

Cacao strengthens Kidney Yang and boost Qi. Its bitter taste is said to nourish the heart and to bring happiness. When it is sweetened and becomes chocolate, it also nourishes the Spleen which helps to ease worry, and promotes overall calmness and wellbeing.

10/18/2021

Today is World Menopause Day and National Chocolate Cupcake Day

To help celebrate both occasions our recipe today is Flourless Black Bean Brownie Muffins. These are so tasty, I promise you would never know that there are beans inside!

The black beans and cacao are both nurturing ingredients to help support bodies during perimenopause and menopause.

Black beans are known in TCM to enter the Kidney channel and for their ability to tonify blood and yin. The Kidney channel and organ are involved with hormones and the cycles of life, like menopause.

Cacao strengthens Kidney Yang and boost Qi. Its bitter taste is said to nourish the heart and to bring happiness. When it is sweetened and becomes chocolate, it also nourishes the Spleen which helps to ease worry, and promotes overall calmness and wellbeing.

Today is World Menopause Day and National Chocolate Cupcake Day

To help celebrate both occasions our recipe today is Flourless Black Bean Brownie Muffins. These are so tasty, I promise you would never know that there are beans inside!

The black beans and cacao are both nurturing ingredients to help support bodies during perimenopause and menopause.

Black beans are known in TCM to enter the Kidney channel and for their ability to tonify blood and yin. The Kidney channel and organ are involved with hormones and the cycles of life, like menopause.

Cacao strengthens Kidney Yang and boost Qi. Its bitter taste is said to nourish the heart and to bring happiness. When it is sweetened and becomes chocolate, it also nourishes the Spleen which helps to ease worry, and promotes overall calmness and wellbeing.

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