Chinese healthy TeaBy Dr. Mary Riggin, LAC,  FitFM – Family Wellness –

Last month I talked about how Stress can be a silent killer, especially during the Holiday Season and how the key to maintaining health, even during stressful times, is balance. This month, as promised, I’m going to talk about an ancient method that treats holiday stress, and returns the body back to balance.

Thousands of years ago, ancient physicians used acupuncture and herbs to balance the body’s systems.  This ancient practice is still used today. Acupuncture and herbal therapy are key components of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a modern development based on 2500 years of research in what is commonly known as “Oriental Medicine.” TCM’s effectiveness is due to its ability to directly restore balance to the body’s systems. Both eastern and western medicine agree that optimal health is based on optimal balance, or homeostasis. In the same way western medicine balances chemical levels in the body, TCM directly balances the energy levels that supply and control the body’s various systems.

The energy TCM manipulates is called Qi (pronounced “chee”), and is generated by electrical energy in the nervous system and organs. Many also consider this energy “the life force” of the body. With Acupuncture, these energy fields are directly manipulated by very fine needles that act like antennae. Properly inserted into the skin along key energy paths, they act like switches that reprogram the body to a healthier state, thereby reducing the effects of stress on the body.  Many stress related conditions require life-style changes as well. By complying with these recommendations, many patients find that the amount of treatment needed for their problem can be greatly reduced.

Here’s a list of things you can do at home to help yourself.

1. Eat properly. Too much rich holiday food can really affect your balance; eat plenty of vegetables and

take it easy on the sugar. If you do over indulge at a party, take a few days and avoid sugar, fast food andprocessed foods.  For more information on how to use your food as medicine, go to and listen to Food is the First Medicine Radio Show.

2. Exercise. Walking at least 3-5 times a week for at least 25 minutes should be a routine. Yoga, Tai Chi and other physical activities are also recommended. The idea is to get your blood and energy circulating through your body.  Activity will help keep things moving in your body which will reduce the symptoms of stress.

3. Maintain a balanced view towards your expectations.

Depression is common during the Holidays.  High expectations can easily turn into disappointment and

depression when not fulfilled. The emotional stress this creates affects your body’s balance and well being. To avoid this, try to focus on giving rather than receiving, this way you’ll experience joy rather than disappointment.

4. Get enough rest. A lack of rest will weaken your immune system and cause a susceptibility to illness.  Between 7 hours and 8 hours of sleep per night, uninterrupted, is ideal.

5. Drink enough water. It needs to be fresh purified water or spring water. The water you make your

coffee or tea with doesn’t count.

6. Every day is a gift find joy. Nobody, at the end of their life ever complained about not doing enough work.  They always wish they had spent more time with family and having fun.  We can learn from this and enjoy each day; regardless of our situation.  Find your peace in the moment.

Dr. Mary Riggin

Dr. Mary Riggin

Dr. Mary Riggin,LAc,  FitFM - Family Wellness

Executive Director, Acupuncture Physician

Dr. Riggin is  FitFM - Family Wellness , is the Founder and Director of Healing Touch Oriental Medicine. As an inspiring health educator, in-demand speaker and doctor of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Dr. Mary has helped thousands of people completely turn their health around.

Dr. Mary co-hosts and produces the wildly popular radio show "Food is the First Medicine" and her presentations and viewpoints on natural healthcare have made her an in-demand and innovative expert in the natural health world.

Dr. Mary Riggin, produces and hosts Food is the First Medicine Talk Radio Show, and is a popular speaker.She has practices natural medicine in the Tampa Bay area; her passion and purpose is to help as many people as possible. Listen to her weekly on TanTalk 1340AM in Tampa Bay, or online anytime, anywhere at

She is former Vice Chair of the Florida State Board of Acupuncture. She has been featured on various TV and radio shows and frequently teaches free classes at community and recreation centers throughout Pinellas County.

She is a published author and was featured in the book A Woman's Guide to Vitamins, Minerals and Alternative Healing, writes and publishes educational newsletters and brochures, and was elected to serve two consecutive terms as President of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association.
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