Dr. Angelica Kokkalis, O.M.D L.Ac.

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Category: Conferences

Getting Ready for Winter: 3 Important Tips for Staying Healthy

With winter on the way, it’s essential to prepare your body for the colder season. You want your body strong and balanced. Traditional Chinese medicine can be a big help with that.

Below are 3 cool tips to help you stay healthy this winter.

1. Stay Healthy Before You Get Sick

Think of your body like a shield. To prevent getting sick in winter, you need to make your shield strong. In Chinese medicine, they say you should boost your protective energy called “wei qi” to keep away the cold and flu. How do you do that?

Well, you can focus on strengthening your spleen and stomach. You should also keep your energy moving smoothly, so it doesn’t get stuck. Acupuncture can help with this. It will help make your body strong and your energy flow well.

2. Fight the Bad Stuff While Boosting the Immune system.

Sometimes, you might be both weak and getting sick at the same time. It’s like a double challenge.

For example, if you have too much heat and not enough energy, we can use specific points to help. This way, you can get better and feel stronger.

3. A Plan Just for You

Your treatment should match the season, where you live, and how you feel. It’s like having a personalized plan. If it’s winter and you’re in a cold place, the treatment will be different from someone in a hot place. Your age and overall health also matter.

Dr Kokkalis can pick acupuncture points based on your specific problems and create a special plan just for you. Contact her today to get yours!

Coming Together During the Covid-19 Crisis

It has certainly been a unique couple of months all over the globe, and the Greater Lafayette Area has been no different. We have watched our fearless healthcare heroes do what they do best in this time of crisis – and we are so proud of them! 

Here at the Han Institute, we want to give as much as we can back to the healthcare community. Dr. Angelica Kokkalis recently donated 200, KN95 face masks to local hospitals and nursing homes to show our gratitude for all the front line service workers that help our community during this crisis.

A total of 200 masks were delivered throughout Lafayette and West Lafayette. They went to IU Health Hospital, Saint Elizabeth Hospital, Cumberland Point Nursing Home, a bank, and A1 Packaging amongst others in our community that have served the public during this crisis.

Here are a few pictures of Angelica with the masks pre-delivery as well as a sweet photo of Dr. Victor Bentinganan with his wife Jill who received masks to deliver to IU Health Hospital.

We are SO proud of our healthcare force, and thankful that we can all come together to protect and provide for our community.

Summer Sale! HANS Facials – Half Off

Rejuvenate your skin with a HANS Facial! Invigorate the areas around your eyes, nose, and cheeks using a proven method of micro-current stimulation. Relax as your face is treated by a professional in a calm, relaxing, environment. Save half off our normal price ($200) when you schedule this summer.

Introducing Lin Xia

Lin Xia is a medical assistant for the Han Institute. She offers facial rejuvenation treatments via the HANS unit. Being educated in both Chinese and Japanese methods, Lin has developed her own technique of treatment style through many years of experience. She has worked with the elderly, athletes, and children. 

Connective Therapy Healing Retreat 2018

In September of 2018, there will be a Connective Therapy Healing Retreat on how beneficial connective tissue therapy is along with acupuncture. Dr. Kokkalis will be attending this seminar along with Chad Wright, COTA, CMT, CBCT. This retreat will be a hands-on connective tissue bodywork (giving and receiving) and physical and cognitive practices for peace and interconnectedness. Participants will receive the benefits of physical freedom from pain and dysfunction, improved posture, emotional freedom and balance, clarity, and gained insight.

“We’re in a time where we can all benefit from more healing and peace. That starts with an individual inner commitment and understanding of how to live that way – going from a separate view and experience to a connected one.” -Chad Wright

Chad Wright will be sharing insights on treating the connective tissue called fascia that holds every part of our bodies together in a three-dimensional web-like manner through his amalgamated approach called Connective Therapy. Chad promotes a simple way of living in peace, joy, and passion through the perspective of everything being connected, which is called Connective Living. My clients are encouraged to take this workshop and learn ways to take care of themselves.

Chad is now available for appointments out of my Lafayette office.

How the Military is Using Acupuncture to Fight Pain

The United States military has found that Traditional Chinese acupuncture provides immediate relief for acute and chronic pain without the risk of addiction that can come from opioids. The process involves a small needle inserted into the ear, which has a “central effect” on the nervous system and the cingulate gyrus, an area of the brain that processes pain.

The US Military is now using acupuncture to treat pain instead of addictive pills.

“They don’t have to wait hours for medications to take maximal effect or endure side effects, like drowsiness or allergic reactions, of common pain medications,” said Air Force Col. Lynda Vu, who recently administered Battlefield Acupuncture. “This allows personnel to go back to the fight with minimal impact to continuing mission operations.”

Acupuncture may not work on every patient, but it can also be used in combination with oral medications, which Niemtzow said are helpful treatment options when used appropriately. Patients are encouraged to explore other holistic treatment options, and to look beyond medicine and surgery. Vu recommended full spectrum acupuncture as a complementary therapy.