Traditional Roots Healthcare

January Newsletter

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2016 - Year of the Fire Monkey - A year of renewed spirit, cheerfulness and successful endeavors.

Thank you to all who donated last year, we had an impressive December donation run with in-kind donations coming in from local practioners, national acupuncture and herbal suppliers, along with companies donating items to be used for future fundraising events!

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Beyond The Yellow Ribbon - Health & Wellness Event

Saturday, Jan. 16th, 1-4pm

20110 Holyoke Avenue

Lakeville, MN

Join us and stop by, Saturday January 16th at the Heritage Center in Lakeville for the Beyond The Yellow Ribbon - Health & Wellness Event from 1:00 - 4:00pm.

We will provide acupuncture treatments and offer the public more information about who we are and what we do at Traditional Roots! We will also be there with our colleagues from the MN State Acupuncture Association (AOMAM)
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Call For Volunteers

Traditional Roots is actively seeking volunteers for the following projects and initiatives:

Disaster Relief & Community Suffering Response Team
Interested in being part of a mobilization team during times of community suffering or natural disasters? We are looking for general volunteers, licensed acupuncturists and other healthcare providers who would be willing to help mobilize during times of need. All ages and abilities are needed!

Our goal is to recruit over 20 individuals and offer training in disaster responsiveness in June, 2016 through our official sponsors at Acupuncturists Without Borders who's mission and entire foundation is based upon relief mobilization.

Contact us today for more information and to take part in the June training with AWB!

Healing Space for Survivors of Domestic Trauma/Abuse
We are looking for healthcare professionals available on a rotating basis to provide care/treatments/services for survivors of domestic abuse and trauma. Another options to help this project is to host an educational workshop on holistic care and other approaches. Together we can create a safe space for those seeking care!

Contact us today for more information.

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Understanding PTSD

You may be familiar with PTSD. You might even think you know what PTSD looks like. But do you know how to tell the difference between run-of-the-mill stress or something more serious?


It's common to have stress after experiencing or witnessing a trauma, like a car accident, natural disaster, military service, or abuse. When anxiety and distress last longer than three months after a traumatic incident and don't seem to be getting better, that may be a sign of PTSD.


There are four major symptoms associated with PTSD. Recognizing them is the first step on the road toward seeking care.


  • Re-experiencing: unwanted memories, nightmares, or flashbacks
  • Avoidance: pouring oneself into work, alcohol or other substances to forget
  • Feeling worse about yourself or the world: experiencing extreme guilt or unhappiness, even around those you love
  • Hyperarousal: sudden bursts of anger or panic


There are lots of treatment options to manage PTSD, from traditional methods like counseling and medication to alternative solutions like yoga, mindfulness, acupuncture, and meditation. There are also specific resources and networks for veterans and survivors of sexual assault

Just remember, no one has to go through this alone.

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Bring in the New Year with More Greens!

1. Start with the greens — they're super-foods! This forms the base of your salad, so make it a nutritious one. Five cups of leafy greens, including cruciferous veggies, adds a powerful nutritional punch to your meal.


2. Add lots of color. Green, red, and yellow peppers, as well as tomatoes, berries, and other colorful foods owe their brilliant hues to flavonoids and carotenoids, which are phytochemicals that help defend the body’s tissues against oxidative damage.


3. Don’t forget the onions. Onions, and other members of the allium family, make everything taste better with their unique flavor profiles. But their most important benefit lies in the anticancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties of their sulfide compounds – yes, the same ones that make your eyes water.


4. Toss in some beans. There’s something magical about beans. Not only do they add a satisfying note of starchy creaminess to a salad — beans contain soluble and insoluble fiber and lots of resistant starch. They have anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties.


5. Dress it for success. Before you dig in to that heaping bowl of fresh vegetables, remember to add in some healthy fats, which will help you absorb the micronutrients in the salad. Eating a healthful dressing that contains nuts and seeds helps dieters feel satiated and reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer.


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Favorite Soup - Carrot and Cardamom

Perfect for a cold winter day, try it and you'll love!
  • 1 tbs. coconut oil
  • 2 large leeks, white and green ends only, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt - to taste
  • 1 1/2 lbs. large carrots, peeled and cut into half inch sections
  • 1/4 cup diced McIntosh or Cortland apples
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp minced fresh ginger root
  • 4 cups chicken stock or bone broth
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste
Melt coconut oil over medium heat and add leeks, salt and sauté until translucent - about 5 minutes.

Toss in carrots, apples, ginger and cardamom, and stir until fragrant.

Pour in broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Then simmer on low until carrots are tender - about 30 minutes. Mix in coconut milk.

Transfer into blender and process until smooth. Or puree soup directly in pot with blender.....enjoy!

Current Research - Mindfulness Is More Effective Than Drugs For Both Anxiety and Depression

Mindfulness is “the intentional, accepting and non-judgemental focus of one’s attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment”, which can be trained by a large extent in meditational practices.

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published the results of a ground-breaking study that found that meditation appears to provide as much relief from some anxiety and depression symptoms as antidepressants.


Mindfulness-based trainings have shown beneficial effects on inflammatory disorders in prior clinical studies and are endorsed by the American Heart Association as a preventative intervention. The training provides a biological mechanism for therapeutic effects.


A study in Psychoneuroendocrinology by researchers in Wisconsin, Spain, and France reported the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of intensive mindfulness practice.


Dr. Madhav Goyal of the John Hopkins School of Medicine, who led the research published in JAMA, singled out mindfulness meditation as the most effective form.

“In the group work that I’ve done with sufferers of anxiety or depression, I’ve found it very beneficial because it calms the mind. It’s not a new thing,” she adds.


That’s an understatement: Mindfulness is a meditation technique that has been advocated by Buddhism for 2,500 years. Paul Christelis, the Light Centre’s course leader and a clinical psychologist, defines it as “paying attention to your experience, on purpose, in the present moment, without judgment or criticism.”


Its crossover into Western culture has been gradual. But in 2004, its use in preventing the relapse of depression was approved by the U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice). It has rapidly gained traction since.

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Schedule Today

Schedule online, by phone or email
~ walk-in's welcome ~

165 Dunlap Street N
St. Paul, MN 55104

651-447-2196


info@traditionalrootshc.org


Annie Lund - Mon, Wed, Fri
Sophia Bouwens - Habla Espanol - Tue, Fri
Valerie Overby- Wed - Sat


Online Scheduling

Acupuncture Services Offered



  • Ear Acupuncture uses specific ear protocols, typically 5 needles per ear. Suitable for adults and children/young adults. A great non-verbal and introductory approach to care!
  • Community Style Acupuncture Treatments are treatments is a community setting and typically use points on the head/ears, hands and lower limbs.
  • Individual Acupuncture Treatments are private 60 minute treatment and can include cupping, tuina, gua sha, essential oil, tuning fork, and electro-stimulation therapies as part of the treatment. Individual Acupuncture treatments also include an in-depth treatment plan including lifestyle, herbal consult, and dietary recommendations.

Additional Holistic Options


  • Cupping Treatment (lymph, circulation, and soft tissue techniques)
  • Dietary Guidance
  • Essential Oil Treatments
  • Guided Meditation
  • Gua Sha (increases lymph, shown to reduce fever)
  • Herbal Remedies
  • Lifestyle Guidance
  • Magnet Therapies
  • Acupressure Treatments
  • Tuning Fork Treatments
  • Tuina Treatments (soft-tissue work/traction techniques)
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Our Mission

Traditional Roots Healthcare is a Minnesota based, 501c3, non-profit dedicated to heal, strengthen and empower through traditional medicine.

Our vision is to organize sustainable, safe, and culturally diverse healing spaces that incorporate elements of traditional medicine such as, acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary and lifestyle guidance. Especially for underserved communities affected by acute, chronic, secondary and generational trauma.

Our goals include:

  • Offer services to groups such as: Veterans, American Indians, refugee, and victims of assault and natural disaster
  • Stay true to patients’ cultural traditions
  • Provide support and relief during natural disasters and community suffering
  • Educate communities with traditional medical techniques to empower them through life’s journey
  • Serve underserved communities​

Your Treatment Counts!

Price breakdown and how it helps us serve those in need:

  • Any payment above and beyond the sliding scale fee for treatment is considered a donation and tax-deductible.
  • For example, by purchasing a treatment for yourself at $55, allows us to provide 3 community style treatments or 1 individual acupuncture treatment.

Our organization relies on the generosity of individuals like you. Without these donations serving these populations would not be possible. No donation is too small and ALL recommendations for patient engagement are appreciated. We are amazed by what acupuncture has done for us, and what we have witnessed it do for others. We hope to spread our excitement for oriental medicine and its 4,000 years of history. Our bodies are truly amazing when they are given the support they need.


Thank you in advance for your assistance and generosity!