“When I keep my meditation practice going, I can be more patient with my kids,” laughs Sharon Yeung, the founder of Five Seasons Healing. “If they have a bad day or bad attitude, I can navigate that in a more graceful way.” The acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, and rock climber lives in New Paltz, New York and works in Manhattan. Here, she talks about Asian comedy, the joy of a signature scent, and how to not to panic on a cliff face… read more

Teach your face muscles to unclench.
Less invasive than fillers like Botox and Restylane, acupuncture facials offer the double benefit of being relaxing and gently effective. A series of treatments, which adherents swear help lessen wrinkles and eye puffiness, can be pricey. But Sharon Yeung, a licensed acupuncturist, offers a six-session special for the nice round sum of $600 (Five Seasons Healing, 917-538-5755). read more

Acupuncture. Many moms-to-be say that acupuncture helps with aches, pains, headaches, morning sickness, fertility, inducing labor, whatever you may need…Toward the end of my pregnancy, Toby was facing forward in my belly–sunny-side up!–but he should have been facing back. My doctor was concerned that I’d have a more difficult labor if he didn’t turn himself around. On a friend’s recommendation, I went to the wonderful Sharon Yeung at Five Seasons Healing for an acupuncture session, which was incredibly relaxing and soothing. And by next doctor’s appointment, Toby had turned! Read more

In simple terms, what causes acid reflux in pregnancy?

During pregnancy, there is a rise of the hormone progesterone. Progesterone is necessary for a healthy and safe pregnancy but has the effect of slowing down digestion and relaxing muscles–including the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is the flap between the stomach and esophagus. When digestion slows down, food tends to stick around longer in the stomach and stomach acid can creep upwards.

A growing womb also increases pressure on the stomach, especially later in pregnancy. Interestingly, scientists (and pregnant mamas!) have noticed a correlation between pregnancy reflux and a baby with lots of hair! So perhaps just imagining those silky newborn locks may make the heartburn more tolerable. Read more

Shoutout to Five Seasons Acupuncture NYC, a West Side Small Business Grant recipient, an acupuncture clinic providing its residents with traditional Chinese medicine services. The business focuses on women’s health and prides itself in being within walking distance from most of its customers. Practitioners noticed new pandemic-related symptoms, such as anxiety and depression as well as muscle and skeletal issues due to remote working. Read more

Sharon Yeung was my acupuncturist who was a ray of sunshine when the financial crisis of 2008 hit. During this time, I was surrounded by people struggling to survive in this hardship. Her sunshine was contagious. It made me want to be just like her, helping others during times of struggle. Although I was successful on Wall Street, I no longer felt fulfilled. Read more

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