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Celebrating Spring with Zen Healing Center!

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Internal Organ Clock

Each organ has two hours in a day where is runs at its fullest.  During those two hours you might experience some symptoms if the oragn has any imbalances. You might experience insomnia during specific hours of the night. You might expereince headaches during the same time each day.

Take a look at the 3:00 – 5:00 am time. It is the time of the Lung. The Lungs are always looking for nourishment, so during these two hours it is important to be sleeping and allowing the proper amount of time for your Lungs to nourish.

  • 1:00 – 3:00 am = Liver
  • 3:00 – 5:00 am = Lung
  • 5:00 – 7:00 am = Large Intestine
  • 7:00 – 9:00 am = Stomach
  • 9:00 -11:00 am = Spleen
  • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm = Heart
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm = Small Intestine
  • 3:00 – 5:00 pm = Urinary Bladder
  • 5:00 – 7:00 pm = Kidney
  • 7:00 – 9:00 pm = Pericardium
  • 9:00 – 11:00 pm = Triple Burner
  • 11:00 pm – 1:00 am = Gall Bladder

Have fun and don’t forget to balance your body with acupuncture!

Recipe for Nourishing Your Immunity

Chinese Chicken Congee is an easy and delicious way to boost your immune system this fall. Congee is rice porridge that promotes the strengthening of your stomach, spleen, and Qi (energy).  Having a strong stomach and spleen is important when nourishing your immune system. It’s a great spin-off the classic chicken noodle soup when you are feeling a bit under the weather. Here’s the recipe!

Chinese Chicken Congee

1/2 lbs chicken thighs

1 cup long grain rice

9 cups chicken broth

1/4 cup sliced garlic

3 chopped scallions

2 inch piece of ginger thinly chopped

Salt and pepper

-Add all ingredients to a large pot and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover. Stir every 15 minutes. Cook for 1 – 1.5 hours depending on how thick you like your congee. You can add water if need be. Serve with a splash of soy sauce and nourish that Qi!

Have a beautiful week!

Are you positive and healthy?

Happy Monday! As the Acupuncturist at Zen Healing Center, I focus a lot on stress and how it impacts lives. Stress is a large cause of many of the emotional and physical symptoms that we experience daily and is something that can be worked on! Not sure if stress is affecting your health or well being? Ask yourself this…

Ever feel like you are slightly critical of yourself, or others? How many times a day do you find yourself being easily irritated? How many times a day do you praise yourself, or praise others? Praise is not something that must be spoken out loud, it can be something you say internally or write down in your journal. We grow up being taught that others are affected by our words and actions, but it is good to be reminded that you are just as affected by your own words. With this said, it is good (and easy!) to practice praising.  Just say 3 nice things to yourself (and others!) every day.


1. Good job at work today, you were very productive and made a difference.

2. Good job today for taking deep breaths and  letting your body relax, you really do deserve it!

3. Good job today for being a wonderful person and noticing the wonders in others around you!

The first few times you do this, it may feel silly, but if you keep it up you will find yourself feeling more positive about yourself and the world around you. Praising can help you to relax, slow down, and not be bothered by the little things. This practice is not about enhancing your ego, it is about becoming a positive being. With that said, remember to stay humble as you walk though this wonderful path!

Auto Accident and Whiplash Degeneration

Many people who have had a minor auto accident often think the resulting injuries are not that bad. When I experienced an auto injury, I thought everything was fine since the car was still running. Since we don’t want our auto insurance costs to go up, or to have a history of accidents, we often don’t report them, even if the accident is not our fault. In Minnesota, there is a “no fault” law, which basically states that auto insurance companies are required to cover any physical injury or damages from any auto accident which is reported. Dr. Cailliet stated:

“Simulated impacts have been studied extensively and essentially confirmed that a low-speed impact with minimal or no damage to the impacted vehicle can and does cause significant musculoskeletal injury to the drivers or occupant’s head and neck.”ZHC_HOME_MOCK1

Even if we know damage to our bodies has been done, we often times neglect our bodies and wait to seek care until after we experience pain. I was rear-ended at an intersection, then quickly went to the chiropractic office for an examination, and found out my spine was in very bad shape. Previously I was under chiropractic care; the re-examination showed promising results, and my condition was getting better. After the auto injury, my spine was back in a terrible spasm –and it was caused by only a 10mph to 15 mph accident! Dr. Macnab reported in his article, “Acceleration Extension Injuries of the Cervical Spine,” said:

“Acceleration depends on the force applied and the inertia of the vehicle that has been struck. The force is dependent upon the weight and speed of the striking vehicle, so that a streetcar traveling at 3 mph can apply as much force and initiate the same degree of acceleration as a compact car traveling at 40 mph.”

Great force occurred as a result of a much bigger car hitting my smaller car, even though it was a low-speed accident. Most of my injuries were in the neck area because I was trying to merge in to traffic and I was struck from behind, so my neck was turned and the car hit me at an angle. When I went to the chiropractic office for a post-accident examination, I discovered a more objective fact about what was going on with my spine; Dr. Macnab also stated:

“The amount of damage sustained by the car bears little relationship to the force applied. To take an extreme example: If the car was struck in concrete, the damage sustained might be very great but the occupants would not be injured because the car could not move forward, whereas, on ice, the damage to the car could be slight but the injuries sustained might be severe because of the rapid accelerations permitted.”

Since I was merging into another lane, I was not at a complete stop, and the other car rear-ended me at a speed of 10-15 mph, the force which was applied to my spine was stronger than the force which struck my car. Initially, my body did not hurt or experience any pain. After having the chiropractic examination following the accident, I was surprised to see the spasms were present. From the force which was applied on my neck, a whiplash injury was created and damaged the ligaments in my neck. My neck was very unstable with torn ligaments, so the muscles in my neck started to cause spasms. I was told that I had whiplash injury.

ZHC_HOME_MOCK1I was completely unaware of my neck problems because adrenalin was rushing through my body, which kept me from detecting any problems at the time. After two or three days, my neck, middle back, and low back revealed they were sore and had dull, aching pain. Through research from the Cervical Spine Research Society conducted by Dr. Hohl, it has been shown that after an average of 7 years post-auto accident, an acceleration of degenerative disc disease following whiplash injuries occurred. I was fortunate my spine was examined for damage after the accident. I was also fortunate to have full insurance coverage, but many people find out several months or years after their auto accident that their current spinal degeneration problems are possibly the result of past auto accidents, and their auto insurance will no longer cover the damages. After a great amount of time passes by, auto insurance companies will try to deny coverage for auto injuries because they state the possibilities of other injuries are greater than the auto injury, so it is best to be examined by a chiropractor very soon after an auto accident.

At Zen Healing Center, Gonstead chiropractic is used to correct the biomechanical problem ZHC_HOME_MOCK1causing the symptoms related to whiplash. A symptom-only approach (i.e. pain medication) will not correct the problem. One report examined 10,382 articles on neck injury and found traditional techniques for whiplash (collars, injections, ultrasound, medication) were largely ineffective. Several studies point to the success of chiropractic for whiplash sufferers. One found 26% were completely pain free after chiropractic intervention and the other 74% were significantly improved. Another found 93% improvement. Patients who undergo chiropractic care are found to have the natural curve of their necks restored, whereas patients who do not undergo chiropractic care tend be left with a straightened or even reverse curve in their neck.

Zen Healing Center has a specific program for whiplash injury cases with supplemental services such as massage therapy, acupuncture treatment, yoga class instructions all specific in auto injury/whiplash injuries. If you have any questions about Auto Injury, Insurance coverage, or a consultation about your current condition, feel free to contact us at 952-500-8733.

New Location, Concept, and Services

Zen Chiropractic Inc has a New Location, Concept, and Staff

Zen Chiropractic Inc has been located in Southdale Mall for a couple of years now and our practice has reached its capacity at the location. So we moved our location near by business complex. Our new address is now 4570 West 77th Street, Suite 140, Edina, MN, 55435. Our phone number is 952-500-8733 and fax number is 763-592-8142. We have added a “DBA,” which is another name for the business. The office will be called Zen Healing Center our new concept.

What is Zen Healing Center?

Zen Healing Center is a place where people will find healing through a fusion of diverse services such as massage therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and nutrition. Our philosophy is to integrate natural healing arts into a harmonious whole new form of life. In ancient times, bonsai trees were taken with great care of giving the right light, nutrients, and moisture and created longevity and wellness that would out last normal growing trees. Our focus is to do the same with our clients helping them to fully receive the longevity and wellness by caring, teaching, and guiding with the harmony and integration of our services.

The Wellness Approach
The wellness approach allows an individual to make positive choices in creating and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence. We never arrive at a point where there is no room for improvement.

Integrating various systems of healing modalities including nutritional counseling, therapeutic massage, chiropractic care, and education maximizes each individual’s potential to achieve full potential and capacity of yourself. These methods integrate the mind, body, and spirit, which are all vital roles in the healing process to get your full capacity of performance in your body.

The Longevity Approach

Longevity is an ancient topic for many people from all over the world. You only get one body that will last your life time so you better take care of it! You are expected to make improvements and maintenance on a regular basis. You may like it or hate it, but it is your choice.

How do we manage our age well, how we can we live longer, and what can we do to keep my body from falling apart? There are many ancient practices in the eastern medicine philosophies that have given us many ideas from diet, exercises, therapies, and meditation for long lasting body. Each of our services will maintain a healthy, well-balanced lifestyle and mental state to achieve youthful, long lasting, and energized state.

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