You are the Ocean

The ocean casts a spell on all of us to some degree or another – as evidenced by the thousands who make pilgrimage year after year to our little corner of the world surrounded by sea.  


And it need not be surprising!  The human body is comprised of about 70% water and a half percent salt.

We are the ocean.   

Through the lens of Chinese medicine and Five Element Theory the Water Element reflects this very truth –often referred to as our essence or “source qi”, the life force with which we are brought into the world.  And in which depending on how it’s nurtured, informs the ability to sustain us throughout our years.

Although the Water Element as ruled by the season of winter, as our foundation, it is indeed at the forefront of our wellbeing year round– and is represented by the Kidney and Urinary Bladder organs and their corresponding energetic meridians.

The Water Element flows freely when in balance and relative harmony with Earth, Metal, Wood and Fire.  And in this optimal state may manifest physically as strong bones, teeth and hair, optimal brain function and hearing, healthy growth, development, reproduction and overall vitality.   Emotionally it can allow us to access will power, motivation and courage.

Conversely, when the Water Element is depleted or out of harmony, we may feel excessive fear, a sense of hopelessness, or lack ambition and drive.  And may experience physical manifestations such as infertility, low libido, fatigue, vertigo, salt cravings, low back pain and hearing loss – to name a few.

Regardless of season then – your Water Element may indeed be in need of some TLC to restore vitality, promote a sense of consolidation and relieve physical and emotional pain.

Acupuncture, Chinese herbal formulas, food therapy and lifestyle counseling can all play a part in nurturing and restoring harmony to the microcosmic sea of our own being~ in the same way we aspire to treat our great mother ocean – with tenderness, respect, and deep care.

It is my honor to ride the wave with you.  


Karen Hayes holds a Masters Degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA, is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist in the Commonwealth of MA and a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine nationally. She brings with her 12 years of clinical experience. Meditation and Mindfulness practice, as well as Buddhist study are foundational to her life and inform her approach to patient care. She has a warm, heart-centered and gentle approach to her practice. Her treatments are comprehensive and holistic.  In addition to acupuncture, Karen may use cupping, moxa, gua sha and Chinese herbal medicine as part of her treatment protocol. She works with a full scope of health conditions including but not limited to: Mental Health, Addiction Recovery Support, Sleep Disorders and Insomnia, Asthma/Allergies, Digestive Disorders, Pain Management, Women’s Health, Fertility and Preventative Medicine. .

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