And what now?

Elizabeth Girard, MS, L.Ac.

After reading my last post, I realized I did not talk about what I am doing now. Well six months ago I re-opened Whole Body Healing in Northampton, Massachusetts. I joined an already existing wellness office with a naturopath and psychologist. Working with other health practitioners is important as it allows for a much more comprehensive treatment if necessary. In my practice I mainly use acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas and massage. I do not use massage alone but in combination with acupuncture and or “cupping”. Acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat many different kinds of ailments but in my office I mainly see patients for women’s health issues, pain and or stress management.

In my last practice I worked with hundreds of women with fertility issues. I helped couples to conceive both naturally or assisted with IUI or IVF. Acupuncture can help increase IVF success by 70%. That is a huge considering how expensive an IVF procedure and the medications can be. Acupuncture during this time is important as it can be both emotionally and physically demanding. You want your body to be as healthy as possible. In treating women’s health I also work with menstrual irregularities and perimenopausal symptoms.

Pain management is what most people think of when they think of using acupuncture. There are thousands of studies that show acupuncture to be effective in treating low back pain, knee and shoulder injuries. It can also help with chronic headaches or migraines. It is great that you can get a reduction in pain without the use of pain medication. It has also been found to make the pain medications work more effectively so you can decrease the dose and frequency of its use. I don’t need to tell you how addictive pain killers can be and how big of a problem this has become. I feel good knowing I can help patients reduce their pain in a safe and natural way. Feeling relaxed and maybe taking a nap on the table are the main “side effects”. I personally have given thousands of acupuncture treatments for pain. I have seen people be able to put off surgeries, reduce pain meds and even completely heal after years of suffering in pain.

Lastly and the most important thing I treat is stress, anxiety and depression. There is nothing better than seeing people be able to find joy in their life again. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can’t make the stress in your life go away but it can calm you enough to move you in the right direction. There are always going to be “stressful” things in your life, it’s just how you perceive and manage them. Research has shown how acupuncture can be just as effective as some medications at regulating serotonin levels, without the negative side effects. For me seeing the shift in people from before the treatment to after the treatment is why I love what I do. People come in grumpy or anxious and leave relaxed with a smile.

So what am I doing now? Hopefully making people healthy and happy!
To Health, Healing and Happiness.

Who am I?

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Elizabeth Girard, MS, L.Ac., Acupuncture for infertility and stress management in Northampton, Massachusetts., Northampton, Massachusetts, Western Massachusetts, Hampshire county, New EnglandHello! In case you do not already know me, my name is Elizabeth Girard. I am a licensed acupuncturist, wife and mom to my beautiful daughter Adie. I love my profession and am very passionate about health in general. I always knew that I was going to be in the health field but never really expected to be an acupuncturist. I grew up in a small town and never even heard of acupuncture and Chinese medicine until I went away to college. Like many others in my field, I came to this medicine because of my own health issues. I saw how western medicine was very limited in treating my condition and had become frustrated. After ending up in the hospital for a short stay, I sought out alternatives and stumbled onto Chinese medicine. You can read more details of this on my website under “My Story”.

I have my masters in Acupuncture and Chinese medicine and was lucky enough to attend one of the best school in the country. The school allowed for many fantastic and life changing opportunities. I volunteered in a hospice for over a year providing end of life care to terminally ill patients and their families. I have worked in free clinics for the homeless as well as private practices. Most recently I owned and operated, for 5 years, Whole Body Healing, in South Burlington Vermont. I provided in and out patient acupuncture treatments. I was even asked into large corporations to provide acupuncture in house to help decrease stress and work with smoking cessation. I have given lectures several times to UVM medical students and Fletcher Allen’s free community outreach programs.

When I am not at my office or being a mom and wife, I am always reading new research and continue to learn new things. I hope that my blog will provide some good information about health and inspire others to make necessary changes to their life. To health, healing and happiness!

To Health, Healing and Happiness!

Welcome to my most recent blog! I took a short hiatus from writing while  transitioning into my new practice and focused my free time on being a new mom. Now that I am reaching my 6 month anniversary of opening my new space in Northampton, Massachusetts, I figure it is time to get creative again. 

The reason for this blog besides allowing myself the occasional rant session, is to hopefully educate and inspire you, the readers. I love my profession as an acupuncturist and healer. It is part of my "job" to pass along everything I know so that you too can live a happier and healthier life. So to health, healing and happiness, enjoy!

My Favorite Homemade Granola

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My Favorite Homemade Granola

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

2 Cups whole grain quick rolled oats
¼ cup of crushed pistachios
¼ cup of maple syrup
2 Tbsp of vegetable oil
1 tsp on vanilla
"zest" of one orange
¼ cup of golden raisins
¼ cup of craisins ( I like the flavored ones, cherry or orange)

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
• In a large bowl mix the dry ingredients and orange zest together. Leave the dried fruit out to the side.
• In another bowl mix the sweetener, oil and vanilla extract
• Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
• Spread the granola in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 25 minutes.
• Add dried fruit and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
• Remove from oven and let it cool on the baking sheet.  Once the granola has cooled, store in a closed container.

*Tip: Place some fresh raspberries and chopped banana in a bowl, top with Greek yogurt and then add the granola. YUMMY!