Bella Fooksman, M.Ac., L.Ac. - Traditional Acupuncture for the Support, Healing


Welcome to Healing Connections,  a newsletter to support and promote your continued wellbeing and health.


Thank you for being a valued patient. You have choices when it comes to your health-care, and I thank you for choosing me to partner with you as your Acupuncture Practitioner.


In Healing Connections, you will find useful and inspirational information, recommendations for staying healthy with the current season, interesting articles and books, and valuable wellness incentives. 


We all lead hectic, busy lives.  The need to take care of ourselves on every level is more important than ever.  Who benefits when you have ease, clarity, focus, and resilience?  How does life show up differently when you are healthy and have a sense of vibrant wellbeing?


It is my hope that Healing Connections will be of service to you, and anyone you pass it on to.


My Best Regards,


Bella Fooksman, M.Ac, L.Ac.








With the busy holiday season behind us, we may feel “tapped” both energetically and financially. In many ways, our cultural demands are counterintuitive to the messages and requests of the season.


Winter, which in Classical Chinese Medicine is associated with the element of Water, asks us to turn inward, become more still and reflective, preserve energy and spend resources wisely. In the depths of winter, and during the tribulations of these economically challenging times, it is important to turn our attention within and consider what is essentially important to our way of being.




While our Western culture keeps us very busy during this season, keep in mind that it is important for continued health and renewal during the season of the WATER element to:


  • Take time to be still. Find 15-20 minutes of quiet time each day. Take a walk and enjoy the beauty and poetic starkness of Winter knowing that just beneath the surface, life is preparing for renewal.


  • Keep warm, especially your hands, feet, head and the back of your neck.   Allowing yourself to get bone cold can cause the body to expend more energy warming you up, leaving you susceptible to cold invasion, external pathogens and subsequent illness.


  •  Eat nutritious, warming foods and liquids - soups, root vegetables, stews. Leave raw foods and salads for warmer months during late Spring and Summer.


  • Get plenty of rest - follow the winter sun, go to bed earlier and get up later. Allow yourself to feel like doing nothing. Historically and biologically this is a time for non-activity. Mild and moderate exercise is okay, but do not exert yourself. Leave plenty of time to snuggle up with a warm throw and a good book.


  • Allow your dreams to take root. Winter is a great time to let ideas and plans germinate so that you can enact plans for new projects with the dynamic new energy of the coming Spring. 


  • Drink enough warm water – room temperature or warmer, but not scalding hot. Warm liquids are more easily integrated by the body since the digestive system doesn’t have to expend extra energy warming ice cold beverages or water in order to use them in the body.


  •  Spend time in Nature near natural bodies of water. Notice the different qualities of water, its flow, force and stillness. 


  • Consider and practice taking risks while remembering that fear and courage are just opposite sides of the hand.


If you haven’t had an acupuncture treatment in a while, consider summer a great “tune-up” opportunity!









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The Web that Has No Weaver - Understanding Chinese Medicine by Ted Kaptchuk


Completely and thoroughly revised, The Web That Has No Weaver is the classic, comprehensive guide on the theory and practice of Chinese medicine. This accessible and invaluable resource has earned its place as the foremost authority in the synthesizing of Western and Eastern healing practices.













Get over a Cold or Flu Faster with Acupuncture  - Stay Healthy After


 While the misery of cold and flu season might be inevitable, one thing is changing: where we look for relief.


Acupuncture to Get Better Faster - If you have already come down with a cold or the flu, acupuncture treatments can help relieve symptoms you are currently experiencing including chills, fever, body aches, runny nose, congestion, sore throat and cough. While bringing some immediate relief, treatments will reduce the incidence of an upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the length of the illness.


Acupuncture for Prevention - Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can prevent colds and flu by strengthening the immune system with just a few needles inserted into key points along the body's energy pathways. In Oriental Medicine, disease prevention begins with a protective layer around the exterior of the body called wei qi or defensive energy. There are acupuncture points known for strengthening the circulation of blood and energy and for consolidating the outer defense layers of the skin and muscle (Wei Qi) so that germs and viruses cannot enter through them. If you catch colds easily, have low energy and require a long time recuperating from an illness your wei qi may be deficient.


Acupuncture Point: Du 14

One particularly important point to attend to is Du 14. Located below the spinous process of the seventh cervical vertebrae, approximately where the collar of a T-shirt sits on the neck. Du 14 activates the circulation of blood and Qi to strengthen the outer defense layers of the skin and muscle (wei qi) so that germs and viruses cannot enter through them. This point is often used to ward off as well as shorten the duration colds and flu.


Seasonal acupuncture treatments just four times a year also serve to tonify the inner organ systems and can correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems.







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Bella Fooksman Acupuncture

Greenspring Valley Healing Arts Center

8 Greenspring Valley Road, Suite 100

Owings Mills, MD  21117








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