Acupuncture for Mental Health

Acupuncture for Mental Health

Georgia Carr, MAOM, LAc

Are you tired of feeling tired and blue? Are you fed up with having to talk about emotionally painful stories again and again? Don’t get me wrong. Your story is very important. It is part of what makes you the strong and talented person that you are today. If you don’t feel like traditional counseling is right for you, or if you want some extra support for the psychotherapy that you are undergoing, acupuncture can help.

There are times when looking beyond the storyline can offer potent solutions. When anxiety and depression are affecting both your body and your mind, acupuncture can help.

7 reasons why you need acupuncture:

1.  Anxiety rules your day

2. You feel sluggish and don’t do the activities that used to bring you joy

3. Panic attacks keep you from socializing

4. You have trouble falling and staying asleep

5. You have trouble focusing at work

6. Stress is causing you physical pain

7. You feel angry or frustrated by minor inconveniences


Want to know more? Research provides insight.

A number of studies show that Acupuncture is as good as Psychotherapy for Depression.

Regular acupuncture treatments over the course of three months can significantly improve symptoms of depression.

While some people are able to get off of anti-depressant and anti-anxiety medications, others are not. Ask me about my story. I’d be happy to share!


For best results, stick with the program.

Acupuncture, like therapy, works best when used repeatedly. Best results are found with twice weekly treatments for one month, and weekly treatments for two to six months after. Maintenance care should is seen to optimize long-term results. Maintenance care typically requires one to two visits per month.

According to one study, neither counseling nor acupuncture outperformed antidepressants when discontinued. At 12 months after the study, there was no difference in effectiveness between the three groups (standard care, acupuncture, counseling). Acupuncture should be seen as a long term plan for care.

For more information on how acupuncture can help you, call for a free 15 minute consultation! 303.717.3221

Or schedule an appointment today!

Castor Oil Packs for Health

Castor Oil Packs- How to Make & Use Them

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Castor Oil Packs

Castor oil packs harness the anti-inflammatory and lymph stimulating benefits of castor oil when used externally.

Castor oil packs have been used to help improve liver detoxification naturally, support uterine and ovarian health, improve lymphatic circulation and reduce inflammation.

The process involves resting a castor oil soaked cloth on the skin for at least an hour under a heat source to stimulate lymph and liver function. Unlike some “detox” methods, this is not believed to have any negative side effects and the there are many accounts of people who noticed immediate better sleep, more energy and clearing of skin symptoms.

There aren’t any conclusive studies on the use of castor oil packs externally but a long history of traditional use in many cultures. Castor oil packs also provide time of quiet relaxation, which also has health benefits.

Castor oil packs have traditionally been used on various body parts:

  • On the right side of the abdomen or the whole abdomen, which is thought to help support the liver and digestive system
  • On strained joints or muscles (not as a substitute for medical care but to speed healing of minor injuries that don’t need medical attention)
  • On the lower abdomen to help with menstrual pain and difficulties

Even for external use, it is advised to consult with your health care practitioner prior to use.  It should not be used if pregnant or struggling with a medical condition. I also test any new oil (or any substance) on a small part of my arm before using on a larger area of the body. Internal use of castor oil can be highly toxic.

How to Use a Castor Oil Pack

Castor oil packs are simple to use at home and I like them because they require me to be still and relax and read a book for at least an hour. They can be messy, but with proper preparation are not.

Needed Supplies:

  • High-quality castor oil (hexane free) – I’ve gotten fromHeritage Products and Mountain Rose Herbs
  • Unbleached and dye free wool or cotton flannel can be reused up to 30 times
  • A wrap around pack(plastic free, made by Radiant Life) or plastic wrap (not optimal)
  • Hot water bottleor heating pad
  • Glass container with lid – I use a quart size mason jar (for storing the oil soaked flannel between uses)
  • Old clothes, towels and sheets – castor oil does stain
  • Patience (most difficult to find!)

The easiest and least messy option I’ve found is the Complete Castor Oil Kit from Radiant Life. It has the castor oil, cotton flannel and a non-messy wrap around pack that removes the need for plastic wrap and has kept mine from leaking at all.

How to Do A Castor Oil Pack

I highly recommend carefully prepping the area where you’ll be doing the castor oil pack to prevent mess. I suggest using an old shower curtain as a tarp, covered with a sheet under me, just to make sure nothing stains. I don’t wash the sheet often, and I fold and store in the bathroom cabinet for the next use.

Before Beginning:

  • Cut a large piece of cotton flannel (or T-shirt) and fold into thirds to make three layers. My original piece was 20 inches by 10 inches and when folded it was roughly 7×10 but yours could be larger or smaller, depending on where you are planning to place it.
  • Thoroughly soak (but not completely saturate) the flannel in castor oil. The easies way I found to do this was to carefully fold the flannel and place in a quart size Mason jar. I then added castor oil about a tablespoon at a time (every 20 minutes or so) to give it time to saturate. I also gently shook the jar between adding more oil so that the oil could reach all parts of the cloth. Ideally, this should be done the day before to give it time to evenly soak. I save the jar since this is where I keep the flannel between uses (it can be used about 30 times).

Using a Castor Oil Pack:

  1. Carefully remove and unfold the castor oil soaked cloth.
  2. While lying on an old towel or sheet, place the cloth on the desired body part.
  3. Cover with plastic (like a plastic trash bag), or ideally withthe wrap around pack, and place the heating pack on top of this. A hot water bottle (will need to be reheated several times) or electric heating pad can be used.
  4. Lie on back with feet elevated (I typically lie on the floor and rest my feet on the couch), and relax for 30-60 minutes.
  5. Use this time to practice deep breathing, read a book, meditate or pray (or whatever you find relaxing).
  6. After the desired time, remove the pack and return the flannel to the glass container. Store in fridge.
  7. Use anatural soap or a mix of baking soda and water, or soap nut powder and water to remove any castor oil left on the skin.
  8. Relax and rest. Make sure to plenty of water and stay hydrated after applying the pack in order to promote detoxification.


Yin & Pin was fabulous!


Thanks to everyone who came out for Yin & Pin last night!

We had a fabulous group & great energy all around! Many thanks to Karma Yoga Center for hosting!

Best wishes for the year of the Fire Monkey!

Hope to see you all again next time!

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A New Year’s Cleanse For Your Subtle Body

Saturday, January 30. 4-6PM 

Are you curious about acupuncture? Consider this a New Years cleanse for your subtle body. You will be guided through gentle, relaxed postures with the application of acupuncture. This process will clear away old energy, allowing Qi (chi) to flow more freely. Qi, prana and energetic feilds of consciousness will be discussed as well. This workshop is designed to create a supportive space to release and let go. The results will bring invigorating, new, powerful intentions for 2016.

About Georgia & Amber:
Georgia is a TCM and acupuncture practitioner in the Highlands of Denver. Georgia has taught yoga all over the U.S. and abroad. Her gentle approach with acupuncture helps others reach their greatest potential.
Amber teaches with intention, guiding students to experience boundless possibilities. With a background in women’s wellness, teaching pre and post natal yoga, she is dedicated to bring others an inward practice of self-acceptance.
Both Amber and Georgia teach Yin yoga and feel a deep connection to the healing benefits of the practice. Together they will bring the Karma community this unique opportunity to experience the benefits of Yin yoga in combination with acupuncture. $40 Per person.

The event will be held at:

Karma Yoga Center 
1705 S Pearl St
Denver, CO 80210

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Relax & Enjoy!

Register Online! 

For more information, contact Georgia at

3 Ways to Turn an Icy Commute into a Healthy Experience


commuteDoes driving to work in bad traffic can make you stressed out? Does driving to work wondering what your boss is going to dump on your plate make you even more stressed out?

Well, imagine what it feels like during the first really bad snowstorm of the year.

Protect your health and your peace of mind by getting prepared now.

As strange as it sounds, you can move through the Winter season feeling more calm at work and more healthy by changing how you think about your commute.

Here are some simple techniques that you can use to ease your body and mind.

1) Practice mindfulness in the car. One of the first ways you develop shoulder pain is by allowing yourself to get tense while stuck in traffic. Instead of focusing on how late you might be, try focusing on your breath. Vase breathing is a quick and easy technique that can help you return to your Zen place. The goal of the technique is to focus on your lower dantien (a.k.a. your lower abdomen). This alone can help you start to feel more grounded and relaxed.

Instead of freezing up with frustration when you find yourself at a standstill on the road, transform your commute into something more positive. To start, pay attention to your face, neck, jaw and shoulders. If they are tense, take a moment to soften your upper body. Close your mouth, place the tip of your tongue in gentle contact with the roof of your mouth, right behind the upper front teeth, and start breathing through your nose. Do your best to stay gently focused on the practice, but without creating tension. There’s no rush. Sit upright in your seat, making sure to keep your spine straight; don’t slump into your lower back (There should be a gap between your lower back and the seat).

Gently place your left hand on your abdomen, with your thumb and index finger forming a “C” around your navel. Your palm is now over your lower abdomen, the area called your “lower dantien” or “energetic center” is about 2” deep to your palm. Whenever you practice vase breathing, bring your attention to your lower dantien. To practice “abdominal breathing,” let your belly gently expand to its capacity with each inhalation; and let it relax back to its starting position with each exhalation. That’s all – simple. Inhale, expand. Exhale, relax. Repeat for 5 rounds of breath. You may now release your hand from you abdomen.

Vase breathing is a variation of abdominal breathing with a few extra steps. Like abdominal breathing, gently allow the lower abdomen to expand outward into with each inhalation. As you inhale, imagine that your abdomen (and in fact your entire torso) is like a vase. Visualize that each breath is light, fresh water that is filling the vase with each inhalation. Like water being poured into a vase, feel that the inhalation fills the bottom of the vase; the bottom of your abdomen, then continues to fill up all the way to your nose. Hold the breath in for 1-2 seconds.

As you exhale, allow your abdomen to relax back toward it’s starting-point but instead of letting your belly soften completely to its starting-point, exhale to just 85% or 90%– maintaining, toward the bottom of the exhalation, a gently rounded vase-like shape of the lower abdomen. Before taking the next inhalation, pause and hold the breath for 1-2 seconds. Then return to the inhalation and allow the abdomen to expand and fill with breath. By holding the vase like shape of the lower belly at the end of the inhalation and exhalation with short breath retention, you increase the energy in the lower dantien, and relax the nervous system. Because vase breathing is a bit more advanced than simple abdominal breathing, it’s best to start with just two or three rounds, then return to your natural breathing cycle for minute or so, before starting again. If at any time your breathing feels labored or tense, relax and return to your natural breathing cycle before continuing on. With practice, the vase breathing technique will begin to feel quite comfortable and bring ease to your commute. At that point it is safe to practice for 1-3 minutes at a time.

2) Park your car, but don’t go into work right away – take two minutes to stretch first. Some simple stretches can help prevent chronic pain and leave you feeling energized.

When you get to work, and have parked the car, take a few moments to breathe deeply and stretch your neck and shoulders before you get out of the car. To start, sit up straight and tall, lengthen up through your spine. Then extend your right hand down by your side, in line with your hips to grab either the side of your seat or the bottom edge of the seat. On an inhalation, lengthen up through the crown of your head. On the following exhalation draw the left ear towards the left shoulder, to stretch the right trapezius muscle. While keeping the back straight, hold this pose for 5 breaths, then gently release and repeat on the opposite side.

When you get out of the car, you might find that your lower back and hips are tight. Pyramid pose is a great stretch for bringing some relief. Stand about three feet in front of your car, facing the hood (If it’s freezing outside, go inside and face your desk instead). With an exhalation, step your right foot about 3½ to 4 feet behind your left. Rest your hands on your hips. Turn your right foot out about 45 to 60 degrees to the right and your left toes should be facing the car. Align the feet so that the right heel is in line with the left heel. Gently engage your quadriceps muscles. Exhale and rotate your torso to the left, squaring the front of your pelvis with the front of the car’s hood. On an inhalation, lengthen your tailbone toward the floor, and arch your upper torso back slightly. On an exhale, Press the base of the big toe and the inner heel of the front foot firmly into the floor, bend forward from the hips, and reach forward to support yourself on the hood of the car (or desk). Inhale again to gently lengthen the spine, and exhale to bend deeper forward, stretching the hips away from your shoulders. Once you have found a position that allows you to feel a stretch in the hamstrings (back of legs) and left hip muscles, hold the pose and breathe deeply for 5 breaths. On the 6th inhalation, gently raise the torso up and release the pose. Return to a normal standing position, and repeat on the opposite side.

3) Eat right for a better commute- and a better workday. A well-fueled and serviced car performs better than one that is running on empty. Your body works in the same way! What you put into your body has a significant effect on how you handle stress. Proper nutrition, sleep, and self-care can help you handle the winter much more smoothly. Stress weakens the immune system and will make you feel run down over time. If you feel like life is taking a toll on your body, try increasing your dietary intake of B vitamins, vitamin C and zinc to keep you going at top speed during the darker months.

B vitamins are highly available in foods such as beef liver, beef, lamb, brewer’s yeast, and blue green algae. For vegetarians, and those suffering from extreme stress, a B vitamin complex such as Thorne Methyl Guard may be considered to keep your stress levels down and nervous system in check. Nervousness, restlessness, and insomnia are signs that things are getting out of hand.

Vitamin C enhances the immune system and works a powerful anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants block damage caused by stress and free radicals, thus slowing the aging process. Long-term stress will tax your adrenal glands, which will result in the production of cortisol. Prolonged adrenal stress leads to anxiety, increased blood pressure, and belly fat. None of which you need this year! Foods high in vitamin C are oranges and orange juice, brussel sprouts, broccoli, spinach, and acerola berries.

Zinc assists the body in strengthening immune responses and fighting infection. This mineral also plays a role in maintaining memory, attention span, and mood. Something we all could use some help with! Food sources of zinc are oysters, beef, dark meat of turkey, Swiss chard, and baked potatoes.

These simple additions to your routine can make you feel better about your work and your life. But remember you deserve to feel great, not just a tiny bit better. If you have prolonged symptoms such as numbness in the arms or legs, persistent back pain, sciatica, or headaches, or if you simply want to enhance your overall energy, focus and wellbeing you may need additional support. Don’t hesitate to contact a well-trained natural healing professional to get the support you need and deserve.



© Georgia Carr 2015


Georgia Carr is passionate about helping busy professionals achieve and maintain an optimum level of health so that they can continue to give their best to their jobs, their families and their communities. She also loves to help she loves to help active professionals who have experienced serious injury to return to their favorite activities with less pain and more energy. Georgia is trained in Traditional Chinese Medical Acupuncture, Tuna Massage, Qigong, Chinese Herb ology, and many other healing modalities. Georgia Carr is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine and is licensed to practice in the state of Colorado. For more information about Georgia, or to learn about how you can achieve a new level of natural health please visit:




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The Needle Way to Fewer Wrinkles

Want to look your best and feel your best? Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine offer safe and effective ways to revive your complexion, decrease fine lines and wrinkles, all while getting your health back to it’s best! From the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) perspective, your face is a reflection of the state of your body, mind, and spirit. Imperfections such as red patches, bags under the eyes, and dark circles are signs that the inner workings of the body is out of balance. Acupuncture can remedy these issues, while correcting the disharmony.

For a review of one patient’s experience, click the article below.


10 No Good Habits That Could Be Secretly Making You Gain Weight

Below is a link to an article that may provide some insight as to why you have been having trouble losing weight. The trouble is not likely how much you eat, but what you eat, and how you are managing your energy. Have a look!

Free Acupuncture at the Highlands Street Fair, June 20!

Wellspring Natural Health will be offering free 10 minute acupuncture treatments to de-stress, and re-set at the Highlands Street Fair!

Join us from 10am-Dusk, June 20th, 2015 on W 32nd Ave between Lowell and Meade St!

There will be acupuncture, live music, artisan crafts, food and drink, and a great kid zone!

Free admission all day!