Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fall Feng Shui Challenge: Clear Clutter

Let's celebrate fall with Feng Shui! Feng Shui is a Chinese practice of creating harmonious surroundings to bring good energy flow to your home, and health, love, and prosperity to your life. This is an over-simplified definition; there is quite a lot to Feng Shui. People study for years under masters and still only scratch the surface. However one thing is certain: even if your door faces the right direction, your walls are the correct color, you have mirrors and fountains just where they are meant to be, if you have clutter clogging up your home, energy cannot move through and none of it matters (well, it matters less anyway.)

This year, autumn officially starts September 22, but I wanted a nice round number (10) so I'm going to start a day early -  September 21.

So for the next 10 days: September 21 through 30, I'm going to challenge myself to CLEAR THE CLUTTER FROM MY HOME, one space at a time. I hope you will join me! I'll post an update a day, and if you feel moved, please comment and let me know what you have been doing too.

Can't get motivated? Feeling stuck? Acupuncture is a great way to balance your energy and get it flowing!

Give Dave a call at the Birch Center today for an appointment: (412) 381-0116.

Hope to see you soon, and happy decluttering!

~ Melissa and David Sokulski, L.Acs.

Birch Center for Health

(412) 381-0116

Monday, August 27, 2018

End Of Summer Health Tips

It's the end of the summer! In Chinese Medicine, this important season is known as "late summer" and it corresponds to the Earth element. In our bodies, the earth element manifests as digestion, and our stomach, spleen and pancreas.

Yellow-orange is the color of the Earth element, as as we look around at the ripening pumpkins and winter squash, corn and grains we get some idea why. Eating yellow/orange food like squash, sweet potatoes and millet is a great way to support the digestion. When digestion is weak all other organ systems are effected, so now is a wonderful time to focus on digestive health.

 If experiencing problems in this area, such as
  • weight gain or loss
  • bloating or gas
  • difficulty digestion
  • no appetite or too much appetite
  • constipation or loose stools
  • stomach ache
  • heart burn
  • slow digestion
This is a great time of year to get back on track. Acupuncture can help immensely.

Anything you can do to support your digestion will help during this time of year, including:

  • Do not overeat at one sitting.
  • Limit snacks. Give yourself time to digest your food before eating again.
  • Whole foods such as whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits are easy on our body and are perfect foods to support digestive health.
  • Avoid foods to which you react negatively. For some of us that may be wheat, dairy, sugar, oil.

Acupuncture can do wonders for all kinds of digestive problems; this is one of the things we've had great success with
at the Birch Center. Points on the stomach and spleen meridians (on the legs, feet and abdomen) help regulate, relax and nourish the digestion. Moxa can be applied to warm and strengthen the meridians if necessary, and the relaxing effect of a balancing acupuncture treatment is without compare.

Now is an excellent time for an acupuncture tune up or to begin treatments

Give us a call today to schedule your appointment: (412) 381-0116.

In health,
David and Melissa Sokulski
licensed acupuncturists

The Birch Center for Acupuncture
(412) 381-0116

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Friday, August 24, 2018

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Our end of summer newsletter is about to go out! It contains fantastic information about health, nutrition, acupuncture, wild plants, and general wellness.

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Thanks, and enjoy the beautiful days ~

~ David and Melissa Sokulski, L.Acs.

Birch Center for Health

(412) 381-0116

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Post Partum Doula Services Available!

Acupuncturist Melissa Sokulski, L.Ac., is now offering post partum doula services! She will come to your home after your baby is born, and support the new parents as they transition into their life with a new baby.

A post partum doula provides non-judgmental caring and support to the new family. Each situation is different depending on need. Some things Melissa can provide are:

  • Breastfeeding or bottle feeding support
  • Help with emotional and physical recovery after birth
  • Light housekeeping
  • Food preparation (vegetarian) 
  • Run errands
  • Help with holding, changing, and caring for baby so mom can get some rest
  • A sympathetic ear and support to the new family.
  • Referrals to local health care and resources as needed
Additionally, as a licensed acupuncturist, Melissa can offer ear acupuncture to the mother and other adults in the household during the visit for a discounted rate of $35 per treatment, which can help balance hormones, relieve stress, and tonify organs, and help the body heal.

Melissa is a mother of two, and is trained in:
  • Acupuncture, L.Ac., M.Ac., PA Board of Medicine Licensed, and Nationally Certified since 1996
  • Therapeutic Massage: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Tui Na, Sports Massage, Foot Reflexology
  • Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT 200 hours)
  • Herbal Medicine: Chinese and Western herbs (Nationally Certified in Chinese Herbology since 1996)
  • Homeopathy and Flower Essences
  • Energy Healing: Polarity Therapy, Reiki, Hands On Healing, Quantum Touch, Yin Tui Na
  • First Aid/CPR (to be renewed August, 2018)
  • PA Act 33/34 Clearances
  • Experience working with infants and children with brain injury and special needs
Daytime post partum doula care can be scheduled from 8 am - 8 pm. Each visit must be at least four hours, and is offered at $30*/hour (*current acupuncture clients of either Melissa or David Sokulski receive 10% discount off doula services). Payment is due at time of visit.

An initial acquaintance visit can be scheduled for $30, to assess needs and get to know each other before committing to longer visits.

Questions, for more information, or to schedule an initial visit, please call the Birch Center at (412) 381-0116, or leave Melissa a message on her cell: (412) 886-4026. You can also email:

Melissa is also available for acupuncture treatments at The Birch Center, and can help at all stages of pregnancy, from regulating the menstrual cycle and easing PMS, to boosting fertility and helping with conception, easing pain, discomfort, and nausea during pregnancy, turning a breech baby with moxabustion, helping bring on labor in overdue pregnancies, and post partum recovery. Acupuncture can also help later in life ease the symptoms of menopause. Please call the Birch Center at (412) 381-0116 to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to working with you!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy New Year: Year of the Dog!

The Chinese New Year starts today, February 16, 2018.

Gung Hay Fat Choy: Happy New Year!

It's the year of the Dog!

2018, 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, 1934, 1922

Dog people are honest, loyal, and friendly. Dogs are also sensitive and can take on the issues of people around them, especially people they love most. Make sure this year is full of good self care.

Dog's energy is social and bountiful, making it a great year of opportunities, especially in business. Everyone will notice this energy and be able to take advantage of it, not just people born in dog years.

Celebrities who are born in these years include Benjamin Franklin, Prince William, Madonna, Queen Latifah, and Ellen Degeneres. You can find a more complete list here.

Welcome Year of the Dog!