Saturday, December 13, 2014

Marjie's Holiday Gift Guide, Just Indulge Me

 I'm indulging myself by sharing what's on my Christmas list this year. The Holiday season is the one time of year when you can consider what gifts you'd really love to receive, which is a true pleasure. Stop thinking about everyone else in your family for a brief half hour and consider what objects would delight YOU. Making a list of your desires is as much fun as getting the actual gifts!

1. A yoga mat - I've been taking yoga for six months and loving it. I think it's time I owned my own mat.

2. Jonathan Adler pottery, candles, decorative objects. I don't care which, just surprise me! Here are some shots from his store in Newport Beach where we visited over Spring Break, but you can shop via his colorful website. So whimsical/sexy/ fun.


3. Plaid flannel shirts. I'm feeling the men's lumberjack trend this season and am enamored with plaid shirts. Worn over a fitted tank they are comfy and look and feel cooler than sweaters. I have a couple cute shirts I picked up at Old Navy, but I want more. Here's one from J. Crew I like.

4. Upside down hoop earrings. These pictured below are the ultimate by Lana for $445, but I've seen less expensive versions all over. A surprising twist for your lobes.

5. Netflix. Will someone in my family please set this up and explain it to me? I know I'm woefully out of it and missing some of the best TV programming out there.

6. Ray Ban Aviators. They are classic and cool. I want to get matching pairs with my husband so I can pretend we're movie stars.

7. Jo Malone's new Wood Sage and Sea Salt Cologne. Smells divine!

8. Vans leather slip ons. I think these are the winter equivalent of flip flops. Cute, practical, easy to step into when running out, and they cover your whole foot!

Other items on my wish list are lip gloss, gloves, scented candles, champagne, family harmony, a good night's sleep, and some cuddle time in front of the tree with my husband - hopefully while we wear our matching Ran Bans!

What are you longing for in the gift department? I'd love to hear.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

7 Ways Yoga Makes You Sexy!

I discovered yoga this summer at Heaven Meets Earth in Evanston, and I'm a mid-life convert. It simply makes me feel delicious from head to toe. Here's a version of a column I wrote a few months ago for Namaste!

1. Yoga is a sensual experience.
For women to experience pleasure in bed, they need a steady diet of pleasure in other areas of their lives. Yoga is great exercise, but it also engages all the senses. In class we enjoy beautiful music, low lighting, and comfy props like cushions, blankets, and lavender eye pillows. Sometimes our teacher will sound a gong, or anoint us with fragrant essential oils – a valuable reminder that there are many ways for a body to feel good.

2. Yoga gets you out of your head.
Image from - Yoga Poses for Better Sex
One of the biggest barriers for women to feel desire is the incessant chatter filling our minds. Yoga shuts off that multi-tasking noise. “When I get into my yoga practice,” my girlfriend Ivy* tells me, “ I only focus on my breathing - the inhale and the exhale. My mind is very quiet after a practice.” Ivy uses that technique when it comes to intimacy with her husband; it allows her to relax and fully appreciate the experience.

3. It connects you to your femininity.
Sports and workouts are healthy and fun but, according to Lisa Faremouth Weber, the founder of Heaven Meets Earth, competition and comparison come from a masculine, ego-based mindset. Yoga is individual, inward exploration. The practice can be challenging, but is infused with gratitude, artful movement, and intention – a more feminine approach that balances all the goal oriented achieving we do. “Feminine exercise gives you joy,” says Lisa. “Women need to experience ravishing abandonment daily.”

4. You’ll feel great about your body.  Women are often incredibly critical about their bodies. I’ve only been taking yoga for a few weeks, but I’m already surprised by the new things I can do. Ivy puts it this way, “When I’m doing yoga, I like myself more - I feel the most happy, proud and content.” It’s not about how you look, it’s about what you can do and how you feel. Making that positive connection with your body feels awesome.

5. It gets you in shape for the sack.
With the deep lunges, down dogs and bridge poses it’s no stretch to see how yoga makes women more physically fit for lovemaking. Yoga improves strength and flexibility in all areas of the body, but is especially helpful in opening up the oft-neglected muscles surrounding the hips and pelvis –which one of my teachers calls the “bowl of the soul.” More flexibility means less pain, more options and more fun when it comes to sex.

6.  Yoga makes you look hot.
Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow rave about the benefits of yoga. Not only does it tone your body and give you great posture, it improves your circulation and makes your skin look more radiant too. Ivy started doing yoga for the peace of mind, but she was delighted by the changes in her body. “Once I started seeing the results, I liked the way I looked, and I felt more interested in being sexual.”

7. Yoga blisses you out.
Ivy regularly experiences joy while practicing yoga. “There are moments in class when I feel like I can look at my inner mirror and my heart is singing. I wonder - can everybody see what’s happening to me here? It’s like my heart is just bursting forth from my body!”

“In yoga we have flashes of bliss,” explains Lisa. “The Sanskrit name for them is Samadhi. This is when we stop, pause, breathe, plug in and open to the sea of love within ourselves. We can’t experience that when we’re constricted.” The good news, Lisa tells me, is that once you’ve been awakened to these flashes, you can experience them in everyday life.

*Not her real name.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Butt Really Kim?

Is Kim Kardashian simply a beautiful woman celebrating her sensuality, or a shameless fame monger using the assets (pun intended) that gained her attention in the first place to perpetuate her celebrity?

Or is this just a big, bawdy joke?

I have to say, this cover of Paper Magazine made me laugh and laugh. I've never read Paper before (probably not cool enough) but I think we all got mooned.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Sex & the Suburbs on WGN Radio

Yesterday I had the opportunity to bring my Sex & the Suburbs column to WGN Radio on Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano's afternoon radio show. Bob (Marianne's husband) had jury duty, so Steve Bertrand filled in for him. The three of us had a most stimulating discussion about what men and women want for the holidays. I think Steve felt a bit outnumbered, but he was a great sport and very funny. Thanks for having me on your show Marianne, it was a blast!

You can listen to our segment on WGN Radio's website. Let's be generous to our mates this holiday season!

Photo courtesy of

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Who's Your Celebrity Look Alike? Mine is....

Do people tell you that you resemble someone famous? Of course they do. You look just like Elizabeth Taylor, Jennifer Garner, or Audrey Hepburn don't you? People tell you that all the time.

No one ever tells me I look like anyone.

At various points in my life, usually over a few margaritas, my girlfriends and I have played the celebrity doppelganger game.  I'd sit eagerly while my pals gushingly dubbed each other Cameron Diaz or Courtney Cox or Mary-Louise Parker. But when it was my turn, everyone would fall silent. "Hmm, I don't know....," they'd trail off. "Who wants another drink?" And the game would be over.

But surely there was someone famous who looked like me! In search, I visited a website where you upload a picture of yourself and - based on similarity of features - it gives you your celebrity match. My closet match? Martin Short. I admit, I can see the resemblance.

In an acting class, my instructor Doug said we all have archetypes - relatable celebrity personas - we can use in our own work. While my classmate Stephanie's archetypes included diverse beauties like Stevie Nicks, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Meryl Streep, mine were harder to come by.

After great thought and consideration, Doug came up with just one - Katey Sagal.

But today, completely unsolicited, my Aunt Mary (who is never wrong) reached out to tell me me I look like a famous person - Zoe Kazan! Apparently, the  star of the current movie "What If" looks just like me. Well okay, she has blue eyes and is 20 years younger, but I'm celebrating anyway - at last, a famous actor who kind of, sort of looks like me. She's even a girl!

And the movie looks cute too. Here's the trailer:

So tell me, who's your celebrity look-alike? Would love to hear.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Our Empty Nest Test - Home Alone!

Liam and spent I this past holiday long weekend home alone and it was strange. For the first time since we became parents - almost 21 years ago - we had extended time together in our house without kids. Sure, we've taken romantic vacations and getaways. But never have we had this much time and privacy while hanging out in our own abode.

For long-time couples,
being home alone can be scary!
You'd think it would have been our long-awaited chance to go wild. At last, we could unleash all the decadent desires and hedonistic habits we've been bottling up in the name of good parenting for the last two decades. Tequila shots from each other's navel! Naked disco dancing with glow sticks and lollipops! Firecrackers lit under our neighbors' windows! A double dose of Ambien and 12 hours uninterrupted sleep!

Alas, none of those options occurred to us. Our first weekend of uninterrupted coupledom didn't feel like a cause for celebration; it felt like an adjustment. 

Here's the thing I've realized about being empty nesters: you've got to make plans. Because without all the busy-ness your kids create - games, carpools,  meals,  friends, exams, noise and mess - things can get kind of quiet at the old homestead.

If this is sounding depressingly over the hill, take heart. Liam and I aren't ready to pull out the rocking chairs and slurp cream o' chicken soup yet. As the weekend progressed, we got the hang of things. We went to the beach and caught some rays. We watched World Cup soccer at World of Beer in Evanston. We walked into town for dinner. We played our traditional annual round of best ball golf in Winnetka. We saw friends. We cooked breakfast. We took time apart to do our own stuff too, cause who really needs to hang out with anyone - even your beloved - for three days straight? And yes, indeedy (Nick and Emma you might want to stop reading now) we found time for some intimate connection.  

Our daughter still has another year of high school, but it's a good thing we're figuring this empty nest stuff out now. According to the New York Times, "gray divorce" (divorce among people over 50) is on the rise, the majority of which are initiated by women.
"While divorce rates over all have stabilized and even inched downward, the divorce rate among people 50 and older has doubled since 1990, according to an analysis of census data by professors at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. That’s especially significant because half the married population is older than 50. "  Full article at
My takeaway from this "Empty Nest Test" is this:

1. Be proactive, make plans to do fun things together, try something new!
2. Don't freak out if things get a little quiet.
3. Have your own interests and encourage your mate to pursue his.
4. View the changes positively, for both you and your kids. You might as well embrace this stage of life, 'cause there's no going back!

Do you have any tips to negotiate your relationship after the kids leave home? If so, I'd love to hear them.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

My Invisalign Results and 5 Things I Wish I'd Known

Have you considered Invisalign? I've been doing it for 24 weeks, and I thought I'd share my results with you. Please note, this is a completely independent, non-sponsored post and reflects only my own experience and results. Yours might be different.

This is the before picture, wearing my first set of Invisalign plastic trays at the end of November. My bottom teeth were really crooked and I have a weird bite anyway, because I was born with only one eye tooth (fang), so everything on top is off center.

This is how my bare teeth look today:

Much better, right? My upper teeth are almost finished, although I still have another 18 weeks to go on the bottom, which is the real problem anyway.

As a teenager, I wore braces (the super-ugly kind) all through high school - rubber bands, headgear and all. I had no desire to go through that again. I'd considered Invisalign for years as my bottom teeth became more and more gnarly. So finally, after multiple conversations with my trusted dentist, I went for it. Obviously, the results are encouraging, but here are a few things I wish I had known up front.

1. The Invisalign trays are uncomfortable, especially at first. You wear each set of trays continuously for two weeks, but most of the actual movement of teeth happens in the first couple days - and for those first few days, your mouth is sore. It's not intolerable, but not fun either. Stock up on Motrin.

2. You'll have bumps on your teeth. The trays grip onto little clear buttons that your dentist glues to your teeth. So, even when you take the trays out, you still have those little nubs. (I didn't expect this, but it hasn't been a big deal.)

3. You have to floss and brush like crazy. Any time you take the trays out to eat or have a cup of coffee, you have to brush and floss your teeth before you put the trays back on again. You don't want to trap a bunch of bacteria in there. This oral care regimen is super time consuming. I am flossing like six times a day. It's my new hobby. On the bright side, my gums have never been healthier.

4. There's a surprisingly nasty little procedure involved called "stripping." If your teeth are overcrowded like mine, your dentist will need to make some room before he or she can straighten things out. Instead of pulling teeth or using an expander, your dentist can create space by shaving a little bit off the sides of your teeth - with a tiny set of saws. Think of this as the worst floss of your life! It doesn't actually hurt, but the sawing sounds god-awful and is just plain creepy. I had it done at my very first visit and again at my most recent one. The best thing I can say about stripping is that it's over!!

5. Good news! You can take a few hours off now and then. I don't think my dentist would recommend this, but if you're going to a party or are making a presentation or are just sick of wearing the trays, you can take a break from wearing them and, in my experience, the process will stay on track. This, of course, is the most appealing part of Invisalign. Not only are the braces inconspicuous, they're removable!

I'll check back in when my treatment is completed. In the meantime, have you tried Invisalign or had other orthodontia as an adult? I'd love to hear your experiences.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Finally, I Know How to Be a Woman!

Thanks to ten minutes browsing in a LAX bookstore and a four hour flight home, I've discovered the funniest, most brilliant British writer - Caitlin Moran. Her hilarious, sexy, smutty subject matter? Feminism. Don't roll your eyes, now. In her bestselling book, How to Be A Woman, Moran demonstrates how being a strident feminist is a super good time. (Not to mention, the right thing for any modern, self-respecting chick to do.)

While acknowledging the broader issues facing women in the world, Moran brings her feminist perspective to subjects that most of us struggle with everyday - like why is the only pretty underwear available so frigging uncomfortable? 

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from the book.

"While some use the euphemism "Brazilian' to describe this state of affairs, I prefer to call it what is is - a ruinously high-maintenace, itchy, cold-looking child's vagina."

On high heels:
"There are only ten people in the world, tops, who should actually wear heels. And six of those are drag queens. The rest of us just need to give up. WE CANNOT WALK IN THE DAMN THINGS."

The book is certainly not frivolous - Moran addresses a woman's right to abortion (including an account of her own) with the same unflinching frankness as she does the folly of plastic surgery. But what she contributes to the feminist discourse is something it has often lacked - a sense of humor. Just check out this quick video where Moran finds lots of feminist battles to fight in her own home.

As you can tell, I'm a fan. AND a feminist, damn it!

PS - If you want my original take of waxing, thongs and tattoos, read my post from a few years back, "Confessions of a Prude.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Being a Sex Object isn't Sexy

Watch this compelling TEDxYouth video where Caroline Heldman explains how women and girls being treated and seeing themselves as sexual objects is damaging in many ways, including diminished sexual pleasure. Sexual objectification - which she defines as "A key process whereby girls (and women) learn to think and treat their bodies as objects of others' desires" can lead to depression, eating disorders, body shame, lower GPA, and competitiveness with other females. 

Girls and women are especially susceptible to the influence of objectification today because images in the media are rampant, and we all consume a lot more media and advertising than we used to. Objectifying ads aren't subtle - take this ad for example, which seems to say the reward for being a stylishly dressed woman means you get gang raped by handsome men, instead of plain old ugly ones. This is just sickening.

I think it's important that women take care of their health and appearance - but to please and take pride in themselves, not to become objects for male pleasure. Anyway, watch the TEDx video, above. It will make you take a new look at advertising and television. It made me realize why I've been disturbed by the opening sequence of HBO's True Detective - it's filled with objectifying images of naked women.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Beyonce urges women to own their sexuality. I agree.

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Image via Wikipedia
In a recent interview, megastar Beyonce Knowles discusses the power of women owning their sexuality.
“There is unbelievable power in ownership, and women should own their sexuality,” she wrote. “There is a double standard when it comes to sexuality that still persists. Men are free and women are not. That is crazy. The old lessons of submissiveness and fragility made us victims.”
She said women can be everything they aspire to be “and still be a sexual being. It’s not mutually exclusive.”  Read the full story at ABC News.
I totally agree with Beyonce. For ages, we women have been taught to feel ashamed of our bodies, deny our sexual urges, and discount our desires. Living in conflict with our feminine nature makes us feel wrong and guilty and keeps us small. Luckily, we live in a country and an era where these attitudes are changing. I think the most empowered women honor and celebrate their sexuality. Women who accept themselves, love their bodies, and pursue pleasure are fired up! They have so much to offer to the rest of the world because they are comfortable with themselves and feel worthy and engaged.
That's why I write my Sex & the Suburbs column. Not only to help women enjoy sex; but to encourage women enjoy their whole lives! Knowing you deserve love and pleasure and taking the responsibility to give it to yourself is a high form of self respect and empowerment. 
So rock on Queen Bee. With a net worth of over $350 million, owning your sexuality is certainly working for you.

Friday, February 28, 2014

4 F-ing things I won't miss about February

My friends know this about me: I hate winter, and this one has been BRUTAL.  But things have got to get better in March, right? So I'm celebrating the last day of this despicable month by saying good riddance to four F-ing things I won't miss about February. (They all begin with F, get it?)

1. Frigid Temps
After record breaking cold and snow in December and January, the continuation of the Polar Vortex in February has been particularly hard to endure. The unrelenting wind chill and painfully cold temps have been ridiculous. I'm normally wimpy about the cold, but this month I'm justified. It has been the third coldest February on record

2. Frozen Sidewalks
Walking my dog Kelly has been either treacherous or impossible. The sidewalks have been covered in snow, slick with ice, or too painfully cold for her little feet to bear. After carrying her home a few times, I've reverted to throwing her toys around in the basement for exercise. The lack of fresh air is driving us both nuts.

3. Frumpy Footwear
I am so sick of wearing snow boots all the time. First of all, I love cute shoes. Secondly, I'm short! I need to wear a bit of a heel to feel like a grown-up. Clumping around in furry mukluks makes me feel like I'm one of the seven dwarfs (Grumpy, of course.)  In March, I'm breaking out the leopard pumps, no matter what.

4. February Face
This is how I've looked all month. Pained and miserable. I know, not a pretty sight. 

But tomorrow is March 1st and even though the forecast doesn't show it, I know there's a thaw in sight. So farewell February Face! Ciao cold! See ya later frozen sidewalks and frumpy Ugg boots. I'm not gonna miss you one f-ing bit.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

3 Romantic Ways to Make Your Man Happy

I almost delivered this "Sex & the Suburbs" story on a local TV station, but rats, the segment fell through. Since I'm all prepped, I'm publishing it on a media outlet that never lets me down - Ripe Peach. So read on 'cause here are three things your man would love from you on Valentine's day or any day. If you read my column, some of these may sound familiar!

1. Appreciate Him
Men are programmed to act all strong and self sufficient but they really long for approval,  so acknowledge your guy when he does something sweet or helpful.  A simple thank you is a great start, but to really make him feel appreciated, stock up on all those romantic cards (on sale now!) and use them throughout the year. Tuck an affectionate note into his coat pocket or briefcase for him to find later or shoot him a romantic text or personalized e-cards. Be specific - "I adore when you are so patient helping Timmy with math," or "thanks for filling my windshield wiper fluid this morning, stud" or "You look so yummy in those jeans!" Guys love to feel effective and know when they're getting things right, and you'll have fun reinforcing his good behavior.

A box full of I love you's or sweet notes.

2. Look Hot for Him
Men are visual creatures, so give your guy something hot to look at:  you! A really beautiful gift is to have a sexy portrait taken - like these photos from my friends Sylvi and Gina at Enamour Photography - and surprise your guy with a special photo album. 

But also, make the effort to dress up in person. Even if you're staying in, ditch the yoga pants, do your hair and make-up, wear the dress he loves, or put on something pretty at bedtime. When you look good, you feel good, and that will put both of you in the mood.
A chemise is both comfy and pretty.
3. Make a Move on Him
Most men would really dig it if you took the initiative. Here are three ideas for romantic encounters that are "Sex & the Suburbs" man-approved.

Hotel Sleep-Under
For privacy-starved couples, a few hours in a hotel can do wonders. Book a last-minute hotel on or Priceline (as of today, 4-star hotels in Chicago cost as little as $99) and you can spend an evening in a clean, private room doing whatever the hell you want. Pack your purse with with wine, almonds and dark chocolate (they're aphrodisiacs) and bring something slinky to wear and a sexy toy or two. My recommendation - a massage candle that when lit, turns into a puddle of massage oil. After a couple luxurious hours, drop your key off at the hotel's front desk and you can still be home in time to pay the sitter.

Pack your purse for a decadent sleep-under

Host a Quickie
This is an adult version of the pre-teen game "Seven Minutes in Heaven." Invite your man to a small room in your home (the basement bathroom perhaps?) for a few minutes of romance. Pop a split of champagne, light a candle, play a sexy song or two and see what happens. The kids won't even know you're gone.

 Party in the Potty 8:07-8:14p.m.!

The Man Date
Sometimes a man just needs to be a man, so plan an evening that honors his masculinity. Challenge your dude to an evening of competition at pool, darts, poker - even video games. Serve craft beer in cool IPA glasses and make playful bets. No matter what the score, everybody wins!

I'll match your back rub and raise you breakfast in bed.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Dealing with S.A.D. - Seasonal Affective Disorder - Guest Post by Dana Hoffman, Acupuncturist

Marjie: What a brutal winter. I don't know how you're coping, but I've been in a mid-winter funk. My energy is low, I'm grumpy, and I complain all the time. My family and friends aren't exactly charmed by this behavior and I'm sick of it too. I want my sunny ripe peach self back! Luckily, Dana Hoffman - a wise and wonderful Chicago acupuncturist and  healer - is here to give us the lowdown on how to deal with S.A.D. She is one of my first guest bloggers and it's already cheering me up to have her here. Now I'm turning things over to Dana while I go pop some vitamin D.

Dana Hoffman
Long before I was an acupuncturist, in Woody Allen's 1990 film, 'Alice,' Mia Farrow's character goes to the Chinese acupuncturist with a nagging backache. Dr. Yang points at Alice's aching back and says, "Problem not here, problem is (now pointing at her head) HERE." and then proceeds to give her Chinese herbs that when consumed make Alice invisible so she can get in some "me" time. 

But back to that head. And what's connected to it. This time of year, I see several patients a day coming in and NOTHING is going right for them. They are unable to concentrate, unable to sleep, feel upside-down, angry, and confused. It's because they have Seasonal Affective Disorder, or, as we like to say in my business, their liver qi is backed up like the Kennedy at rush hour. 

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or S.A.D., is a condition caused by minimal winter daylight and overcast days. It can manifest as:
  • depression, moodiness, irritability
  • reduced immunity: getting colds or worse, and having them linger
  • no energy: crawling onto the couch and never getting off
  • desiring social isolation and not wanting to engage with others as it's too "difficult"
  • lack of concentration or brain fog
  • fatigue, insomnia, or excessive sleepiness
  • carbohydrate cravings or appetite changes
So what should you do? 
  1. Make getting outside part of your daily routine. On the snowy days, a free ice facial awaits you! You'll have ruddy cheeks and fresh air in your lungs. Walk the dog if you have one. Grab a sled. This is still natural light which will help your melatonin production and later when it gets dark, you'll sleep better when that contrast sends your body into the proper sleep mode. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), this is the equivalent to being outside moving unencumbered (good) versus being stuck in a traffic jam (frustrating, bad). Exercising at the gym is good for your body, but this natural air and light is a whole different animal with exponentially beneficial effects. 
  2. For anyone with insomnia at any time of year: ditch the blue screens! That's your iPad, phone, and anything else that will disrupt melatonin production.  Insomnia is a multi-tiered issue in TCM that is broken down into categories: trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, or not sleeping soundly even though you're supposedly asleep. There are multiple approaches to take (see #6 and 7).
  3. Eat foods that won't send you into a endless carbohydrate-crash loop. Simple carbohydrates, also known as processed carbohydrates convert into sugar (or are sugar) too quickly in the liver and can impact hormone production, make you moody or jittery, send out too much insulin from the pancreas to deal with what your body perceives as a giant meal on the way, and then plummet your energy even lower than before - and craving even more sugar and processed carbohydrates. Serotonin production begins in the gut and the healthier you are eating, the more you are building good brain chemistry. 
  4. DO schedule social interactions and stay on a modified schedule. 
  5. Have your doctor test your Vitamin D and B12 levels. If you have been in this cycle for a while and feel achy, have osteopenia or osteoporosis, or are developing kidney stones (known as "moans, groans, and bones"), also have your parathyroid checked as this could be a sign of bigger issues that are harder to find than to treat. I never hesitate to refer people back to their doctor for testing. It's good information to have.
  6. Traditional Chinese Medicine: Like rebooting your phone or computer, acupuncture performs a manual reboot of many body systems. It calms the mind, increases mental sharpness, distributes blood more evenly, and regulates cycles (in sleep, menstruation, digestion), and also reduces hot flashes and night sweats . Acupuncture does not hurt, and most people report dozing off while on the table, feeling as if they are floating, and having creative thoughts. Acupuncture releases the body's natural painkillers, endorphins while regulating neurotransmitters. 
  7. If you are a candidate for Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, various formulas can improve mood, sleep, and digestion with fewer side effects than most antidepressants and is a shorter-term proposition. Chinese pharmacology is not viewed as "a pill for life" but as a way to correct an imbalance. Treatment shifts as the patient changes and improves.
Most importantly, it's going to be Groundhog Day soon which means we're only 6 weeks until spring. Until then, enjoy the longer days and bundle up.

Dana Hoffman is a Nationally Board Certified Diplomate in Acupuncture and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Illinois. In addition to hundreds of hours of clinical training she also studied under several esteemed doctors in Beijing, China. Her practice is in Northfield and in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood.