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What are Zang-Fu organs?

Zang-Fu organs and their importance serves as the foundation to Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis, physiology, and explains how our body is a connected as a whole.    Each Zang-Fu organ pair is a representation of a Yin organ, associated with a corresponding Yang organ. This is a good reminder that Yin-Yang is everywhere and also […]

TCM healing for LGBTQIA+ community

    Whether it’s reproductive health or emotional well being, ORA is here to support the LGBTQIA+ community with all of our Traditional Chinese Medicine healing and expertise.   Emotional Health Stress, anxiety, or overthinking can continuously take a toll on the body. Specifically the Jing-Luo, or otherwise known as the meridian pathways that our […]

Why men need to think about their kidneys, when it comes to health

While chronic pain and stress are some of the more common reasons for men to seek acupuncture — sexual health, erectile dysfunction (ED), infertility, and premature hair loss are additional concerns that can see incredible results. This is through a combination of various TCM treatments. To understand how this works, let’s first talk about kidney […]

How TCM supports Insomnia, Burnout, and Stress

At this time our modern society is suffering from more anxiety, stress, and insomnia than ever before. Part of this can be due to how deeply integrated we are as human beings attached to technology.  This is something our ancestors knew nothing about, especially within the realms of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Thankfully at ORA, we […]

Find Your Zen: The Mental & Physical Benefits of our Bath Salts

While a shower might be a part of your regular day-to-day routine, a bath is a complete mind, body, and soul wellness practice that is often overlooked. Showers might clean the body, but bathing comes with many benefits, like combating all sorts of symptoms and offering a plethora of vital healing properties.    As a […]

E-Stim: The Electric Extra Here to Help You Heal

Here at ORA, we combine ancient Chinese medicine with a more modern experience. And, with that, we keep a pulse on emerging and innovative modalities that can help us harness our vital energy (or “Qi”). That’s why we’re excited to introduce our all-new acupuncture add-on called E-Stim.  E-Stim uses electrical current to stimulate blood and […]

Those who nuture: Danielle Duboise – Sakara Life

What does being a nurturer mean to you?  Holding space for others.  What are your self-care rituals to stay grounded throughout the day?  Kundalini breathing exercises, even a quick breath of fire, and taking time to sit and enjoy my Sakara Life meals that nourish me through busy days.    What is the best piece […]

Those who nuture: Nicole Gonzalez – Lillies and Leon

What does being a nurturer mean to you?  Someone who makes you feel truly safe, loved, and accepted.    What are your self-care rituals to stay grounded throughout the day? I love diffusing oils and lighting incense. I try and exercise regularly as it helps me so much emotionally. I always feel my mood shift […]

Those who nuture: Nicole Berrie – Bonberi

What does being a nurturer mean to you?  A nurturer means being present & acting from your heart but also retaining and protecting your own energy. What are your self-care rituals to stay grounded throughout the day?  Morning meditation, kundalini breath work, moving meditation ie. working out/sweating! What is the best piece of advice on […]

Those who nuture: Veladya Chapman – Earth Mama Medicine

What does being a nurturer mean to you?  A nurturer is someone who stewards. Someone who does not seek to change, alter or destroy that with which they nurture. They care for it with unconditional love.    What are your self-care rituals to stay grounded throughout the day?  Meditation and daily walks. If I do […]

Traditional Medicine in Modern Chinese Communities

The history of Traditional Chinese Medicine represents a culmination of thousands of years of Chinese philosophy, spirituality, and seasonal well-being. Originating in Daoism, the ancient Chinese sages rooted TCM beliefs and practices to nature, always believing in following the “Dao” or living with the flow of things as they are in nature. They developed the […]

Celebrating the history of TCM in the US

While TCM has been studied, practiced, and formally taught in China for over 4000 years, the integration of TCM has ebbed and flowed over the last 200 years in the United States. Acupuncture remained relatively foreign to the US until James Reston, New York Times Columnist, fell ill on his trip in 1971 with appendicitis. […]

Sip, Soak, Breathe

There’s so many women to celebrate when it comes to Mother’s Day, so ORA’s making it easy to celebrate them all. For your mom, your grandma, your pregnant friends, new moms, and more, we’ve curated a collection of luxury gift sets to give them all a moment of mellow.  Sip, $33:  For the mom who […]

Stop Asian Hate

We stand in solidarity with the AAPI and Asian diaspora community after the recent rise in acts of racism. We remain committed to amplifying their voices and offering our support—now and always.    Here is how ORA is taking action to #STOPASIANHATE. We’ll continue to update this page as new announcements are added.   Our contribution:  We’re […]

Real Wellness for Real Women 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is believed that a woman* cycles through life every 7 years. The Kidney Jing, responsible for our puberty and eventual menopause, peaks at age 7 and continues to give us cycles of life until our moon days are over. In practice, this means various rituals including medicinal herbal and acupuncture […]

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year is the first new moon of the new lunar year. The holiday starts on Lunar New Year’s Eve on February 11th, and ends on the sixth day of the New Lunar Year on February 17th. Sometimes also called the Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year is a festival with profound cultural practices rich in historical and cultural importance. The focus of this annual event is to wish for prosperity, good health, luck in life, and good fortune for the year to come.

Tongue Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tongue Diagnosis is considered to be one of the most important tools used by acupuncturists to understand your constitution, AKA your body’s yin-yang balance. Based on the ancient classic approach to understanding the body and it’s interconnected meridian channels, all the major organs pass through the tongue. As such, it is said that the […]

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Reset your Qi

ORA’s kicking off our Qi Reset, a five day journey to improve your physical and mental health, and optimize the movement of your Qi.

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Pregnancy and Acupuncture: A Note from Kim

In a year full of milestones, it’s safe to say that for a lot of us, none of our plans for 2020 went according to plan. For me, a year that’s been arguably tainted by the pandemic was also the year I got married, the year I opened my acupuncture space, ORA, and the year […]

Immunity: TCM approved lifestyle and food recommendations and get your through winter

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body’s Wei Qi (natural defense system) is the first protective layer that defends the body against external pathogens as well every-day stressors.  In order to maintain a positive healthy amount of Wei Qi, we need to ensure quality sleep, proper digestion, restore our immunity, and boost our lungs and livers. […]

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Winter Transition

According to the 5 elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Winter represents the Water element and is associated with the Kidney-Bladder organ system. This is also a time to hardness the Yin energy of these darker days and colder nights. In ancient times, this would mean sleeping longer because there is less sunlight outside. In our […]

ORA’s Holiday Guide

The perfect gift for everyone on your list. ORA is here for the healing this holiday season. Our experts have curated a few gift sets for you to add to your secret stash. Designed to boost immunity, relieve stress, promote balance, and easily prioritize wellness on the go, our Holiday Sets are the perfect treat […]

TCM Perspective on Autumn

Autumn has officially arrived. And as the colder weather starts to kick in, it’s time to talk about tips for a healthy fall.  This season is ruled by the element of metal, meaning that the fall season is marked by  organization, order, communication, the mind, setting limits, and protecting boundaries. Metal also represents the time […]

ORA @ Home

Hey Hamptons. Feel better without leaving the pool chair. You can now have our premium, personalized acupuncture treatments in the comfort and privacy of your own home. With everything going on, we want to make sure people who left the city to quarantine safely can keep their acupuncture practice going. At ORA, we want to […]

What is Libido?

How is libido connected to Eastern medicine? Meridians/channels of the body? Energy or chi? Libido refers to our natural feel-good state, the one that catapults us into remembering who we are and inspires us to live passionately. To feel your libido is to feel the wave that passes through you that reconnects you with your […]

#WFH Tips

Working from home is a different experience for most of us—and our bodies, just like us, are adjusting to our new environments.  Whether you’re emailing from your home office or taking Zoom calls from your child’s bedroom, it’s important to keep balance at the top of your daily priority list. We know what you’re thinking: […]

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Acupuncture vs. Acupressure FAQs

What’s the difference between acupuncture and acupressure? Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific points in the body by a licensed acupuncturist. Acupressure uses firm pressure to massage those points, with similar effects.     Can you do acupressure at home? Yes.  While acupuncture generates stronger stimulation of strategic points in the body, acupressure is […]

COVID-19 Safety Protocol

Say hello to more mellow. Plus new protocols for sanitary safety.    Dear ORA Community, Balance is a benefit many of us need now more than ever, and we are thrilled to announce that ORA will reopen our doors on June 23rd. ORA has always prioritized your health, safety, and experience, but now, as you […]

ORA With Friends

For your weekend plans: ORA With Friends Spend time disconnecting—by connecting with friends, family, or co-workers.   Choose from fun (and healing) session options: ORA in the Kitchen: Get TCM dietary recommendations curated to the specific season—and what your body needs now. Beauty Fix: All things acupressure and facial massage (Guasha) for relieving tension in the […]

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Virtual Session FAQs

What’s the difference between a Virtual Consultation and a Virtual Session? A virtual consultation is a free 15 minute conversation with one of our acupuncturists to answer any questions you might have about our virtual sessions or eastern medicine. Our virtual session is a 30 minute deep dive into the heart of the matter — […]

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Let’s Get Virtual

Everything you need to know about a Virtual Session At ORA, we believe everyone deserves to feel their best. Which is why we’re extending our offerings to wherever you may be. Whether you need an immunity boost, suffer from migraines, or find yourself struggling to cope with the world at large, we’re here to help.  […]

Using Acupressure to Calm the Mind, Relieve Stress and Improve Sleep

Looking to feel calm, soothe the mind, treat a headache and improve sleep? Acupressure can be an effective way to get some of the benefits of acupuncture when you aren’t able to come in to ORA for a treatment.
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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Immunity

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are all about bringing balance between our physical body and emotions (yin and yang). When we are in balance our immune system can fend off illness. We can bring balance to ourselves by eating well, exercising, and feeling good. When we are out of balance, we are more susceptible to disease.

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Staying Grounded and Centered During Quarantine

Feeling stressed during quarantine? We’ve all heard about the negative effects of stress on our health. In times of crisis, it’s even more important to stay grounded and centered. It’s easier said than done. Luckily, there are simple things you can do to help your body cope. Be empowered by choosing to take action to […]

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Tonics to Boost Your Respiratory Health

Now that you know how important it is to improve your respiratory health to fight off viruses— we’re sharing a few recipes to help. See below for three easy (and delicious!) at-home concoctions that will help keep your lung function strong. Have your own happy hour and share your healthy tonic with us! We’d love to see […]

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Keeping Our Respiratory System Strong

How to Clear Phlegm and Mucus for a Healthy Respiratory System During concerns about COVID-19, we turn our attention to making our respiratory system strong and resistant to any external pathogens. There are many easy, at-home things we can do to build our immunity, clear away mucus/phlegm, and improve our respiratory system. Read on- at […]