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Cooperatives: The Importance of Community

In order to continue providing our patients with quality healthcare at an affordable price, Minnesota Community Acupuncture is currently exploring the process of becoming an acupuncture cooperative.

Minnesota has a long history of cooperative development, owed regionally to our Scandinavian roots.  Scandinavia and Germany both have long histories of forming cooperatives.  Some of the oldest cooperatives in Minnesota date back as far as the mid-nineteenth century, and took the form of farmers banding together to create agricultural coops.  To this day, we remain the country’s most cooperatively organized state with over 1,016 Minnesota based coops in existence.

Cooperatives remain important today as they offer real advantages to both consumers and workers.  A coop’s structure allows it to leverage its collective influence to maintain low prices for products and services, while keeping the quality of those products and services high.  In addition, a cooperative empowers its members and encourages community.  The coop model moves away from sole ownership and encourages people to work together to build the type of business or organization they’d like to work at and have in their neighborhood.

We believe this is an exciting prospect not only for our workers, but also for our patients and all the members of our community who’ve supported us these last seven years.  If you’d like to be on the mailing list to receive further updates about our conversion to a cooperative in the future, please e-mail rob@minnca.com

As the nature of a cooperative is community, we can’t do this without you!  Please show that you support the affordable services we offer the community, and take the first step with us by signing up for our cooperative mailing list today.

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Season Change Soup

The transition from summer to fall is a beautiful time in Minnesota.  From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, it is a time to embrace your Yang and be more active; but, it’s also important to stay cool and avoid dryness.  One of the best foods for helping with this is Watermelon.

Watermelon is sweet and cold in nature.  It’s traditionally used to clear heat, stop thirst, preserve fluids, and resolve a condition in Chinese Medicine which is similar to heat stroke, called summer-heat.  It’s also downward-moving in nature, and can disinhibit urination.  All of these properties make it a fantastic late-summer or early-fall food.  This dish is quite refreshing on 80 degree humid Minnesota days, which we’re still in store for before fall fully settles in.  I present to you for consumption, Watermelon Gazpacho!

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Acupuncture for Runners

r650c650_acupuncture-kneeRunners at all levels will benefit from adding acupuncture to their running program.  Acupuncture stimulates the immune function for maintaining general health, it is very effective in relaxing the muscles and tendons in the body reducing pain and stiffness, and aids in reducing inflammation in the nervous system and joints.  This is useful in keeping you running, but it is also necessary when you experience an injury.

Many runners look to acupuncture after they’ve sustained an injury, however, acupuncture should be part of your regular training routine to avoid injuries. Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system. Most of us are more familiar with the sympathetic nervous system often referred to as the “flight or fight” response stimulating the adrenals and other stress hormones. The parasympathetic nervous system is the “rest and digest” response of the body. This system is the “off” switch to the other’s “on” switch. Therefore acupuncture helps to reset the body to a more balanced state to maintain good health.

If an injury does occur it is best to receive acupuncture as quickly as possible so we can interrupt the body’s injury response and stop the over production of lactic acid, and inflammation and swelling, thereby getting you back running with fewer residual issues.

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