National Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day was October 24th. Here at Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, we’ve decided to stretch out the celebration for the entire week. We kick things off tonight at 5:30pm. Please come and join us!

In honor of AOM Day, we’re hosting information sessions on the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese herbs. All this week students will be on hand in our downstairs classroom to talk with anyone- clinic patients and future patients alike- who is interested in learning more about acupuncture and Chinese herbs. There will also be viewings throughout the day of Numen: The Nature of Plants, a documentary detailing the healing powers of plants and plant-based medicines.

We will also be serving up nourishing snacks that are meant to meet the body’s specific seasonal needs. Fall is the time of the harvest, when the body needs to build up nutrient stores for the coming winter. So soups and stews are good foods to try, like our curried pumpkin soup. To help improve mental clarity and focus, try some of the sour foods we’ll be offering. Recipe cards will be provided so that you can take home the flavors of fall.

Here in Gainesville, we’ve finally started to experience the colder, autumnal temperatures. Those cool crisp mornings are invigorating to wake up to and there’s so much going on in town each weekend. As we get busier it’s important to remember to take care of our bodies in ways that will prepare us for all of fall’s adventures and winter’s return. These seasonal changes are what Five Element acupuncture is based on.  And this week we’re taking time out to spread the word and help support the well-being of our community.

(And for current students, it’s another great opportunity to see what Andi has cooked up for us!)