Late Summer 2018

Thoughts on the Season….



Calm mind.

This season of Late Summer is associated with the Spleen and Stomach, the Earth element, the directionality of center, the color yellow, and compassion.  Presently, we find ourselves between Summer and Fall.  The Spleen Qi/Energy is what sustains us through transitions.  We are always looking to support the Spleen as we move from one season to another.  This whole season is a transition; so the Spleen is ready to shine! To keep that Qi shining, we want to nourish our Spleen Qi.  Spleen Qi is reflected in both our digestion and our mind.  In Chinese medicine, they are very closely inter-related.  When we are digesting and assimilating both our food and our emotional experiences well, then the mind is calm and clear.

Finding time to sit in stillness, meditation, on the Earth is a powerful way to nourish Spleen Qi.  We can feel into the pause of transition.  This process keeps us centered in ourselves and allows time and space for digesting the circumstances of our lives.

There is also a proclivity for Dampness to set in at this time of year.  There is a lot of humidity which can be challenging for the Spleen….it hampers the flow of Qi.  Burning moxa on acupuncture points is potently effective at transforming Dampness.  We can review which points would be most indicated for you.  I am equipped to send you home with moxa you can burn yourself.  This process helps improve sluggish digestion, foggy headedness, and joint pain, AND the smell of the burning mugwort (moxa) calms the mind!

On the topic of compassion, it is our Spleen Qi that allows us to hold space for another, to truly care about someone else’s experience.  Robust Spleen Qi keeps our boundaries intact, not losing touch with our sense of self as we empathize with others.

The author Brene Brown eloquently states on this subject,

”Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.  It’s a relationship between equals.  Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others.  Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

Enjoy Late Summer!


Sally Robinson, L.Ac.




Summer ♥️

Summer is here! Summer is the season of the Heart, joy, Fire and laughter.  Our energy is more expansive under the Sun’s extended rays.

9B1CF951-69CD-40D0-90EE-6B34F12FD97A.jpegThe fiery energy of Summer encourages us to open our hearts.  When our hearts are open, our Shen(spirit) is calm and content. Perhaps like the stargazer pictured above, we may emulate that beautiful unfurling of petals as we let our hearts shine forth!  Offering up our own, unique light….

In sync with this offering of light is a passage by Carlos Castaneda:

”To seek freedom is the only driving force I know.  Freedom to fly off into that infinity out there.  Freedom to dissolve; to lift off; to be like the flame of a candle, which, in spite of being up against the light of a billion stars, remains intact, because it never pretended to be more than what it is: a mere candle.”

Enjoy the bright warmth of Summer!

Sally Robinson, L.Ac.


Spring has sprung, and with it comes voting time!


Thank you for all the support through the years.  It has been such an honor to have wins in the Best of WNC.  We’d love to continue winning! We need your votes to make it happen.


The polls have just opened, and they’ll be open through April 28th.  You only need to vote in 30 categories. We are found in the Health and Wellness category, as Acupuncturist: Sally Robinson, Acupuncture clinic: White Pine Acupuncture, and Massage Therapist: Jenny Bourdette Lusk. So, please consider heading over to:

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Many thanks!

Winter and Water 💦 2017

Wintry greetings!

Happy Solstice!

In Chinese Medicine, Winter is the season of the Water element, associated with the Kidneys, the colors blue and black, the emotions of fear and conversely  willpower.  With the shortened days of light, we are called to pull in and restore.  In this time of year, we experience more time in the dark of night.  This darkness is imbued with mystery and inspiration.  Can we embrace the calming, restorative nature of the extended darkness? We know that there is always a spark of light contained in the dark, and even in the depths of the dark night, we can trust the certainty of the coming dawn.  This inward restorative process is very nourishing to the Kidneys.



In keeping with the tradition of sharing a haiku to honor the season, I have selected one from the renowned Japanese haiku master, Matsuo Basho. It seems to aptly capture the essence of Winter:


weather beaten

wind pierces my body

to my heart


My sense is that to be pierced by the elements, or by the  circumstances of one’s life, requires an agreement of sorts from our Kidney aspect.  Could we be willing to push though any fear or trepidation and even invite the intense weather/circumstances into our lives? I think yes. Once there, to be in one’s Heart is to be in alignment with the unfolding of one’s life.  The Heart is the balancing counterpoint to the Kidneys.  By embracing the Will of our Kidneys, pushing through fear, we can find our way into the residence of our Heart.

With this Winter’s arrival, let us welcome the inherent balance of the Fire of the Heart with the Water of the Kidneys, seeking and trusting the interplay of activity and rest, determination and fear, and radiance and darkness.

In closing, I hope this time of Winter and Water finds you feeling inspired to rest and restore, and to step more fully into your Heart which is well equipped, thanks to the support from the Kidneys below, to go forth with the sensitivity, boldness, and loving nature that is its natural way!

With love,

Sally Robinson, L.Ac.


Falling into Fall 2017

We are (finally!) falling into Fall.  The cool, crisp mornings and bright blue autumnal skies and brilliant hues of yellow, orange, and red leaves make us just want to, “aaahhh.”

Breathing in the new freshness and exhaling the old is what our Lungs do all the time.  And this season of Autumn is when the Lung Qi really shines! This is the season of Metal, Lungs and Large Intestine, the color white, the emotion grief, and the spicy flavor.  The Metal energy is about letting go of what’s no longer serving us.  Equally paramount to the letting go process is receiving inspiration  and fostering a spiritual connection, bringing richness to our existence.


Have you ever smelled a moonflower?

The heavenly white moonflower blossom offers tremendous inspiration with its enchanting fragrance and night blooming delicate petals!  Its name alone invokes the heavens, the abode of the moon.  The celestial realm is the domain of Metal.  The skies of stars, planets, and the Milky Way reflect brilliance and invite wonder as we contemplate infinite space, and therefore infinite possibilities.

In keeping with tradition, I’ve composed a haiku intending to portray the sentiment of the season and possibly bring a bit of inspiration….


clouds of nostalgia

part to release stars shining

on a chest of hope


It is with love that I wish for you a lovely, rich Autumn.  I hope it is a time of letting go and deeply nourishing yourself, most specifically your Spirit as the elemental energies are aligned to naturally encourage the release of grief and loss.  The more we can surrender to this movement of emotion, the more open we can be to inspiration and devotion.


Sunflower Seed Spiral! and these nutritious seeds nourish Lung Qi!

With love and inspiration,

Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

White Pine Acupuncture


Late Summer SOIRÉE



Late Summer brings…… a perfect time for a little party! It is a THANK YOU party! Thank you for all of your votes recently….. I am honored to have won 2nd place this year for Best Acupuncturist in the Mountain Xpress Best Of.

Thank you also for being supportive of my path, my practice, and our community!

We hope to see you on the lawn of White Pine Acupuncture for a sweet soirée. It is:

Wednesday, August 16



Please come by for refreshments, flowers, and fun! Come as you are. Your friends, spouses, partners, children, and grandchildren are all welcome! We will also be offering fantastic henna designs on the skin for those who are interested.

And, keeping with tradition, I’d love to share a bit about Late Summer.  For starters, I LOVE that in Chinese Medicine, it is a season unto itself. Some of the cherry trees have been dropping yellowing leaves, the setting sun has become more orangey in its hues, and we have had days of low humidity and cool evenings and mornings! This is the in-between season.  In between is akin to transition.  And transition is under the domain of the Spleen.  Late Summer is associated with the Spleen and Stomach, the Earth element, the color yellow, the sweet taste, compassion, and the direction of Center.  We maintain our sense of center thanks to our Spleen Qi/Energy whose mission is to keep the fluids moving and to assimilate our food and drink into available energy. When the Spleen (and Stomach) are doing this well, we feel strong and calm, centered, ready for what’s next.  An excellent way to support the Spleen Qi is with moxa. The moxa helps to build and move Qi, and keep the fluids from stagnating. This is something you can do at home, as well as on the treatment table.  Please ask if you are interested in getting some moxa and a little tutorial on how to do it yourself.


Haiku for Late Summer:

the sunflower’s seed

found its first home in the Earth

then skyward it grew


searching for center,

its bright  yellow flower head

makes its circle home


Happy Late Summer! Hope to see you at the soirée!



Sally Robinson, L.Ac.

White Pine Acupuncture