Ask the Expert: Cupping Rings & Acupuncture Safety

Ask Katherine: Do you sterilize your acupuncture needles?

One of the most common concerns patients have before receiving acupuncture is about the safety of acupuncture needles. This is especially true given our awareness of the increase in drug abuse and diseases spread through contaminated needles.

When people ask me about this, I think there may be an assumption that we acupuncturists are re-using needles. This is not the case at all.

For the last 15-20 years, the industry standard is that all acupuncture needles are sterile, single-use, and disposable.

Acupuncture needles are never re-used, re-sterilized, re-packaged, or re-anything else: even from one part of the body to another. For each insertion, I open a sterile package, place the needle in, take it out, and then put the needle into a biohazard box to dispose of responsibly. No worries!


Katherine Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNC
Katherine is a Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist, a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, an Integrative Energy Therapies Provider, and an Advanced BioClear Practitioner.


Ask Lisa: I have seen pictures of the rings cupping leaves on the skin. Are they painful? How long do those rings last?

The ‘hickeys’ that sometimes appear from cupping are not painful, and are often an indication the area being worked on really needed some help to get things flowing.

Fair-skinned clients do sometimes mark more easily; but, I find that the general health of the tissue, and vascular system, is a far better indicator (of why some clients’ skin has darker rings than others).

In massage-cupping, the cups are mostly kept moving, not left stationary as with Chinese medicine treatments, and the marks are usually minimal.


Lisa Manning, CST, CHt
Lisa is a Craniosacral and Myofascial Release Therapist. She’s also a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa is trained in Ionic Foot Detox.

Ask the Expert: Antibiotics

Carol HeckmanAsk Carol: I’m on an antibiotic for a serious infection. Should I stop taking my supplements or take different ones? Do I need to change my diet?

Good questions! Sometimes we really DO need medications and acute infections are one of those instances in which antibiotics can be a short-term necessity.

What Jennifer and I would recommend (for those who do find themselves in this situation) is an integrative protocol that supports the acute scenario, but also follows through for the longer term healing.

We know that healing is still happening after antibiotics are completed. So, our protocols address long-term healing and sustained health to help ensure you don’t get sick again.

A Food First Approach

Current research shows it takes six months, after antibiotic exposure, to restore a person’s microbiome and gut to healthy function. As your second immune system, your microbiome needs to be supported and healed: that is a big part of our strategy.

It goes without saying that we recommend a healthy-food-first approach, and especially during acute illness. Focus on real foods and home-cooked foods, and make sure you add a rainbow of vegetables to every meal or snack.

If your appetite is altered on antibiotics, try juicing your greens into a green drink or adding a green powder to morning smoothie. Cooked vegetables in soups or stews are also an easy way to ingest vegetables when you’re not feeling your best.

When you’re feeling better, fermented foods such as sauerkraut, pickles and kimchee are a great way to feed a healthy microbiome.

Finally, we would recommend eliminating sugar, dairy, and gluten for a very speedy recovery. These are inflammatory foods that interfere with the body’s own healing response.

Lifestyle Changes

For lifestyle supports, SLEEP is our number one choice. Your body needs 7-8 hours of good sleep, each night, to repair and heal.

Often, once we feel a little bit of relief from the antibiotics, we are back to our normal busy life schedule. You must make it a priority to get good rest while you are on antibiotics, and for a good two weeks after you finish the medication.

Essential oils are another self-care and lifestyle practice you can use for immune support, and overall rest, while you are recovering. Lavender is a wonderful essential oil for your immune system and its calming affects help promote rest and sleep.

Supplements, Herbs and Antioxidants

In addition, we would include key supplements in your recovery plan for acute and long-term healing. Number one on the list is probiotics. These days, most medical practitioners will encourage clients to add probiotics with the antibiotics they prescribe.

Normally, our clients are on a daily dose of probiotics for wellness; but, during an acute event and antibiotic use, we recommend taking probiotics twice a day (morning and evening).

It’s especially important to know that antibiotics kill off probiotics, so the two must be separated by four hours to be effective. We suggest staying on this double dose for two weeks after antibiotic use, to get additional help healing the microbiome.

Second and third on the supplements list would be Vitamin D and Omega 3; both are important in the immune and healing response.

Finally, we do recommend additional herbs and antioxidants once the initial antibiotic therapy is completed. This supports the final healing process. The specific herbs/antioxidants we’d advise depends on your body’s unique needs and the specific areas affected.

If you’ve had an acute infection, and are in a healing phase, it’s a great time to come in. We’ll give you support, so you heal well and stay healthy!


Carol Heckman, RN, CNHP, MH, CNC
Carol is a Registered Nurse, as well as a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, a Master Herbalist, and a Certified Nutritional Consultant.


Rejuvenating Green Juice Recipe

Here is a basic green drink recipe that you can tweak to your liking. This recipe is from our A Taste of Chesapeake Holistic cookbook.

Total time: 10 minutes

Single Serving

  • 1-1/2 cup organic washed and dried spinach, packed
  • 1 organic apple
  • 2 organic carrots
  • 1 organic cucumber
  • 1/2 an organic lemon

Run all ingredients through juicer’s chute.

Adjust to taste – if this still tastes a little too “green,” try adding more lemon, cucumber, or apple if necessary.

Special Client Letter

Cathy LoganCathy shares a client’s special letter

We often receive testimonials from our loyal clients, but every once in a while a client expresses her/his experiences in a way that makes us say, “Wow.” … I hope you enjoy reading Pati’s success story as much as we did!


Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP
Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified ONDAMED® Technician, and a Certified Emotion Code® and Body Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.


Client Story

“I’ve been a longtime client at Chesapeake Holistic. What drew me was necessity. What keeps me [coming back] is the healing and the genuine affection I feel there.

My husband and I had been seeing Cathy for Emotion Code last year. For myself, the results were instantly apparent. For my husband, it took a while longer for him to notice anything… (although I noticed his results very quickly!).

While Emotion Code can be subtle, there is a wonderful lightness that begins when years of negative experiences are energetically cleared.

When Cathy started doing The Body Code, I was really intrigued. To be able to go deeper and find energetic blocks that affect you on so many levels… well, that was something I felt I had to explore.

Today, after several Body Code sessions, I can honestly say that I am a better, lighter and happier person because of it. I am constantly amazed that Cathy can trace an area that is blocked to something that happened years ago, and can then clear it for me. Some things clear quickly, others have layers to them and have to be taken in stages.

Regardless, I always feel so much better after every session I’ve had. This is a lasting feeling, not something that disappears the next day. It is a genuine healing of something being released that allows you to be the person you are meant to be.

I think The Body Code is something everyone should try. I can only say that, for me, I decided to do it out of curiosity — and hope. I’ve never regretted that decision. Both the healing and my friendship with Cathy have been a special blessing in my life.

With love and thanks,

Pati Hall”

Ask the Expert: Questions About Reflexology & Hot Stone Massage Answered

Ask Lisa: Why do I need reflexology on my hands? I thought doing it on the feet took care of my whole body.

The bottoms of the feet, the palms of the hands and the ears all offer great access to end points of the body’s many nerve pathways.

I personally prefer working with the hands and ears, when addressing upper body concerns, and the feet for organ systems and for detoxing.


Lisa Manning, CST, CHt
Lisa is a Craniosacral and Myofascial Release Therapist. She’s also a Master Certified Hypnotherapist, specializing in Somato-Emotional Hypnosis to address chronic pain and anxiety. Lisa is trained in Ionic Foot Detox.


Ask Glynda: What is a hot stone massage? What can I expect?

During a hot stone massage, the surface of the stone is warm but, its core is hot. Massage therapists, like me, use hot stones to increase your circulation and to melt muscle tension, stress and anxiety.

The stones we at use Chesapeake Holistic are basalt. These stones are formed when lava reaches the earth’s surface or a mid-ocean ridge from a volcano. My stones were formed in Hawaii.

Hot stones are ideal for massaging tight and restricted muscles. The heat persuades the muscle tissue to surrender into the deep relaxation of the parasympathetic nervous system. In turn, this relaxation response allows your nervous system to rest and digest.

The stones are generally used in long flowing strokes to stretch commonly-bound muscle tissue, such as neck shoulders and back. I also place stones on energetic centers of the body (e.g., the abdomen).

Stones come from the earth and their use in massage is naturally grounding and heavy; keeping you anchored in the moment and connected to your body.

The warm edge of the stone is used on trigger points of the upper body and reflex points on the feet. These specific points, when given steady pressure, can create a widespread release throughout the body.

* When booking a massage with me, you do not need to book “hot stone” massage… just schedule a regular massage and I’ll work the hot stones in during your session.


Glynda Cullen, LMT, LE
Glynda is a licensed Massage Therapist and a licensed Esthetician. She offers therapeutic massage and facial treatments (and after-hours appointments). Glynda is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox protocols.

Ask the Expert: Virtual Visits

Ask Katherine: I had a BioClear appointment with you, and I really want to continue, but it’s hard for me to get to Annapolis. Can you clear my allergies remotely? In the past, I’ve worked with Carol and Cathy from my home.

Yes, we can do that! After our initial in-person consultation, I can teach you how to clear sensitivities at home using a hand scanner.

The scanner we use for BioClear Sensitivity Treatments (and for some of Carol’s protocols) may be purchased through Chesapeake Holistic or from recommended providers.

At-home clearings are still considered appointments. I need to be able to see you, using Skype or FaceTime, to guide your breathing and other facets of the clearing process, while I send the frequencies through the hand cradle to you.


Katherine Sale, MSW, MAc, LAc, CNC
Katherine is a Licensed, Board-Certified Acupuncturist, a Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, an Integrative Energy Therapies Provider, and an Advanced BioClear Practitioner.


Carol HeckmanAsk Carol: At our last session, you mentioned we could do virtual visits… How does that work?

I offer virtual visits for both Health Coaching and Functional Nutrition. These remote sessions make it easy for those with busy schedules and/or those living far away from the Chesapeake Holistic office.

The process is simple. Once you’ve scheduled your visit with our office, I will send you an email with the appropriate health forms to complete. You’ll also get a chance to select either a video or phone visit. Email your completed forms back before the appointment.

For remote/virtual Health Coaching sessions, this is all you need to do. I will connect with you at the designated time.

Remote/virtual Functional Nutrition appointments, however, include additional individualized assessment using our Zyto biocommunication technology. For this visit, you will need access to a Windows platform. In my email to you, I will send directions for a software download to be completed prior to the appointment.

Our office will mail a hand cradle to you, which you will use to connect virtually with me and enable the assessment scans. At the time of this appointment, I’ll give you a special code to use the software.


Carol Heckman, RN, CNHP, MH, CNC
Carol is a Registered Nurse, as well as a Certified Natural Health Practitioner, a Master Herbalist, and a Certified Nutritional Consultant.


Cathy LoganAsk Cathy: Can you do Body Code sessions remotely?

Unlike Emotion Code, I cannot do The Body Code remotely. There’s a good reason: being a Body Code practitioner is like being a detective. We’re always looking for the underlying causes of things.

Many times it’s a trapped emotion, but it can also be a physical or emotional trauma, blocked chakra, nutritional deficiency, structural imbalance, the list is endless.

There are even limiting beliefs that need to be identified and cleared. What is a limiting belief? It’s any negative self-talk/belief you internalize and which becomes part of the energy you put out into the world. This negativity can influence your ability to form and keep relationships, attract negativity, the wrong people, etc.

So, we have to: identify the exact wording, release it, and install a positive message as a replacement. For example, if you’re telling yourself, “I’m so fat!” We would clear that negative statement and replace it with: “I’m on my way to a healthy weight!”

To find the positive statement/belief that your body/mind will accept and adopt, you need to be at the session. We often muscle-test for the wording that resonates with a client.

For this reason, as well as the complexity of finding and releasing trapped emotions (from the many body systems The Body Code covers), your in-person participation is truly necessary.


Cathy Logan, CHC, COT, CECP, CBCP
Cathy is a Certified Health Coach, a Certified ONDAMED® Technician, and a Certified Emotion Code® and Body Code® Practitioner. She is also trained in Ionic Foot Detox.