Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Herbalism

The acupuncture and herbal medicine practice of Sage Staggs, L.Ac.

How (and Why!) to Track Your Cycle

Where are you in your cycle right now?  How was your last period- was your bleeding heavy or light, dark or pale, clotty or smooth?  Any cramping?  

If you are a patient of mine and you menstruate, then you are familiar with this conversation.  By asking about details from your cycle, I learn about your constitution and how to apply effective acupuncture and herbal strategies that support your overall vitality, help ease discomfort, support healthy periods, and optimize fertility. 

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Iyengar Yoga for Physical and Mental Wellbeing

I often recommend that my patients practice yoga as a means of pain relief and stress reduction.  A yoga student myself, I’ve been practicing with Anneke Faas and other teachers at Adeline Yoga in South Berkeley for the past several months.  I’ve found all the teachers at Adeline to be incredibly skilled, attentive, and willing to meet each student where they are at, while the atmosphere of the studio feels safe, non-competitive, and inclusive.  Curious to understand more about the Iyengar style of yoga taught there, I asked Anneke to expand upon the teachings offered at Adeline.

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Adaptogens for Balance

If you are like most people, you probably spend a fair amount of time in the fight/flight/freeze cycle of adrenal excitement and exhaustion.  Eventually your nerves and glands get exhausted from all the stimulation and you end up feeling wired and tired.  This can lead to anxiety, depression, fatigue, trouble sleeping, digestive problems, pain, and hormone imbalances.  Adaptogens are a wonderful class of herbs that can help you recover!  

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Acupuncture to Support an Optimal Birth Experience

In the final weeks of pregnancy, many people experience common complaints such as back pain, pelvic pain, edema, insomnia, heartburn, and constipation.  Acupuncture at this time can help to address these concerns, as well as promote a smooth and complication-free labor.  Treatments focus on fortifying energy reserves, calming the mind, relaxing the muscles and tendons, and ripening the cervix- as well as addressing the particular concerns specific to each client.

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Home Remedies for Colds

Lately I’ve gotten a lot of questions about what folks can do to care for themselves during a cold.  It’s hard to be clear-headed and summon the energy needed for simple self care while in the throes of a cold.  May this information serve as a gentle reminder of the simple things you can do to alleviate your suffering in those moments of fatigue and discomfort.

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