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E29: A deep dive into Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with healer Monica Helland

The Art of Living Well Podcast®

05/27/20 • 41 min

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Today's episode with Monica Helland was so much fun! We took a field trip to Fusion Life Spa in Deephaven, MN. It is such a beautiful and relaxing space with the cutest gift shop. You just want to hang out there all day. And the massages and facials are pretty awesome as well - in addition to Monica's services of course!

This episode was recorded shortly before the Coronavirus Pandemic exploded and stay at home orders were put in place. Please keep this in mind as you listen to the epsiode.

Monica is a second generation acupuncturist and herbalist with a warm and innovative approach to whole body health. Monica is Minneapolis’ active expert in digestive health, fertility, and cosmetic acupuncture. Her approach to healing stems from revered and ancient remedies. Along with her clinical experience, she brings to her practice a deeply intuitive and gentle approach to acupuncture and Eastern medicine.

Licensed in acupuncture by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice, and nationally board-certified from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), Monica graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Masters Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Minnesota College of Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2011. As of January 2019 Monica has begun working toward her Doctoral degree with the Pacific College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Her journey into Traditional Chinese Medicine began at a young age when Monica’s aunt, Diana Gross, L.Ac., a well-respected acupuncturist in Minneapolis, introduced her to the medicine. Over the years, Monica personally received great benefit from Diana’s treatments and a wealth of knowledge from her teachings. Monica says, “Today I continue the legacy my aunt Diana Gross, L.Ac. began many years ago, and now I, too, am an ambassador of this great medicine.”

Monica lives with her husband Charles, son Otis, and Siberian forest cats Sofia and Viggo in Plymouth, MN.

In today's conversation, we dive into Traditional Chinese Medicine and specifically acupuncture. We learn how Monica's services can treat and heal many conditions including: pain, digestive health, women's fertility/women's health, insomnia, allergies, Menopause, ADHD and much more. She even works in cosmetic acupuncture which we really want to learn more about and we are planning to have Monica back for an entire episode on this topic!

Monica also explains how she helps patients determine what the underlying root problem is of the patients "dis-ease" in the body. She does this through a variety of methods. Monica shares a few stories of her patient's experiences with acupuncture and how it has helped them.

We also discuss illness prevention and building immunity whether it pertains to the common flu or a Coronavirus and she leaves us with some tips and tricks on how to be on top of seasonal allergies. We also discuss "Liver Season" and a few tips on how to get your liver up and going for the day.

We wrap-up talking about ear seeds. Ear seeds are small seeds used to stimulate pressure points in your ear. They're a type of auriculotherapy, which refers to acupressure or acupuncture focused on the ear. They're based on the same general principles as acupuncture.

You can find Monica at:



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