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If you suffer from chronic pain or health issues, you’ve probably considered (or been told to consider) acupuncture or even something more basic as in Chinese Medicine. Eastern alternative medicine is  a healing medicine, merged together with the wisdom of the east and the knowledge of the west, offered for those seeking out wellness, healing and longevity. *Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. In a session, the “needle” is used to stimulate specific, powerful sites (acupoints) along meridian lines, which is though to promote healing throughout the body’s various systems and realign “balance” within the body. Acupuncture has been successfully used to treat pain, PTSD, arthritis, chronic stress, addiction, insomnia, digestive disorders and much more.

VIE HEALING was created by Mona Dan: Acupuncturist, herbalist, tea lover, traveler, mama, holistic lifestyle leader, and passionate health educator. VIE HEALING represents a holistic lifestyle that goes far beyond health fads, juicing and quick fixes.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Mona to talk about balance and how she achieves it daily.

Name: 

Mona Andoot Dan

What is your definition of Balance? 

Balance for me is feeling at peace with whats expected of me and what i’m doing. Living in the moment, feeling present but excited about the future!

First thing you do when you wake up, is? 

Snuggling and bonding for 15 minutes with my son Zac, without thinking about what the say ahead has in store or will require of me.

Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is?

Shower or bath. Every. Single. Night.

How do you balance life + keep wellness top-of-mind?

Through incorporating my rituals: my supplements keep my nervous system chill, and i always slow down for tea in the morning and evening and evening and baths. These self-care habits keep me in check throughout the day.

What are your tips/advice for people to create balance in their life?

Finding a few activities that can take 1-20 min a day that reminds them of the little things in life they enjoy!

What do you do when the pain is not going away? You’re stretching and icing and popping Advil like it’s candy but the pain still comes back….. It may be time to get acupuncture. Western and eastern medicine have long debated over the validity of this traditional chinese medicine practice. Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles into the skin’s surface that stimulates and allows the energy flow, as well as, the rebalance of the Qi(energy flow or life force).

Acupuncture is used to prevent or cure existing pain. After a bad fall while skiing, I developed a neck pain that would not go away. I went to chiropractors and doctors, but no one could heal me. After being introduced to an LA based doctor who happened to also practice acupuncture, I was cured.  The cure didn’t happen overnight, in fact it was long and uncomfortable at times. But so worth it. When one decides to get acupuncture, you must surrender to the belief that it is going to work. 50 tiny needles in your skin can be jarring at first. It does not hurt, in fact it feels soothing. The needles are strategically placed in pressure points to relieve pain and tension. After insertion you are left to relax, close your eyes and even meditate if you like. If you have ever had acupuncture then you know what a hotspot it.  A hot spot is an area that a needle awakes or aggravates, causing a ‘hot feeling’ or surge of energy.  This spot may be tender after a treatment  session but will also alert you to here you hold tension.

Acupuncture can be used to treat an enormous amount of health issues from depression to PMS to chronic back pain. If you have never had it and have always wondered about it, try it! It does not hurt and you will feel so much better! Get your energy flow back on track!