Posts made in January, 2012

Acupuncture & Pain

Posted on Jan 22, 2012 in Health and Wellness

Most of us experience pain in our lives which can range from mildly annoying to severely debilitating.  It may originate from injury, illness, trauma or an unknown cause.  Pain is our body’s call to us to pay attention and make an adjustment.  Ignoring the message can have far reaching consequences.  Medicating our pain without inquiring into it’s cause is a dangerous practice and yet that is exactly what most people do.  If your pain persists more than a short period of time without a clear cause ie muscle pain following a vigorous workout seek the advice of your health care provider or doctor. What can you do?  Living with chronic pain is often unnecessary when there are effective treatments such as Acupuncture, Massage, heat and cold therapies which can give relief and aid the body in it’s recovery process. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years successfully to eliminate the cause of pain and restore health and well being.  Acupuncture theory states that if there is a blockage in the body’s vital energy known as Chi (chee) that pain will result.  When the normal flow of this energy is restored the Chi and the blood can circulate properly healing and nourishing the muscles, bones, tissues and promoting cellular regeneration. The World Health Organization and National Institute of Health recommend Acupuncture for over 50 conditions.  If you have pain try Acupuncture...

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Auto-Immune Disorders and Asian Medicine

Posted on Jan 17, 2012 in Health and Wellness

With over 22 million Americans affected by autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis,multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, celiac disease and type 1 Diabetes we need to begin to look outside the box of conventional approaches to managing inflammatory disease.  While infections and environmental toxins may trigger these diseases medications such as immuno-suppressive drugs and steroids often lead to further complications and weakening the immune response to other health issues such as cancer and chronic fatigue. Asian Medicine which includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutritional therapy, Chi Exercises, Meditation, Health Coaching and Seasonal Cleansing may not only alleviate symptoms but provide a path to recovering one’s health.  Some of the benefits include: decreased fatigue, increased energy, better sleep and digestion, reduced stress and improved mood. Weekly or bi-weekly Acupuncture can reduce inflammation, decreasing symptoms such as joint pain, fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, depression and anxiety.  Oriental Nutrition principles incorporate many now known anti-inflammatory foods such as ginger, green foods, wild fish, ginger, garlic, turmeric, green onions and health oils such as sesame and flax. Tai Chi and Chi Gong exercises increase energy, immunity, improve mood, decrease stress hormones and strengthen bones, balance and coordination to mention a few of the many benefits. Seasonal cleansing with diet adjusted to fit individual needs by a qualified health professional, Chinese herbs, light exercises, sauna, dry brushing and herbal or coffee enemas are safe, inexpensive and effective ways to eliminate toxins which cause illness. Over my 25 years of private practice I have seen patients with everything from Rheumatoid Arthritis to Hashimoto’s, Graves Disease, Iritis, Lymphedema and the gamut of Auto-Immune diseases make nearly miraculous recoveries.  “I feel so much better” is the comment I hear daily from my patients. As the Yellow Emperor said it so well “It is better to dig a well before one is thirsty, forge weapons before going into battle, avoid conflict before it has begun and prevent disease before it starts.”  We can prevent many diseases by creating our best health through a natural unprocessed diet, exercise, cleansing and eliminating toxins and keeping our stress level low.  Having a regular maintenance program which includes Acupuncture, herbal tonics and medicines can prevent costly and painful serious illness and disease....

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2012 Water Dragon Year Health Forecast

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Life Coaching

Since January 23 is the beginning of the Water Dragon Year it is a good time to pay particular attention to your kidneys, adrenals and bones.  Water element influences our Kidney Jing energy which generates the bones and bone marrow, brain, adrenals, kidney and bladder function and therefore it is important to strengthen it during the coming year.  Problems like low back pain, knee pain, osteoporosis, memory loss, and decreased vitality may present in a Water year. How do you strengthen Kidney Jing you may ask? Seek the support of a qualified Acupuncturist or Chinese Herbalist to help you support and build up your Kidney Jing Energy as this system has uniquely powerful techniques to strengthen our life force.  Learn Chi Gong or Tai Chi this year which will enhance you vitality, longevity and has been shown to strengthen bones and improve balance and coordination. Get back to your roots, what is important to you at this time in your life.  Cultivate your true dreams and values and let go of unneccessary emotional baggage that may be preventing you from achieving your true purpose.  Water is all about cleansing, transformation and movement.  It’s a great time to do a regular physical and emotional cleansing and it will all the more effective.  Think of the all the great waterways from the Mississippi to the Yangzte rivers and how powerfully their current can transport things from one place to another.  Connect to this energy and you may experience powerful transformation in your life this year....

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Oh My Chai!

Posted on Jan 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

During the winter months it’s easy to feel chilled, increasing warming spices like those found in Traditional Indian Chai Masala tea can be the perfect prescription.  With spices like Cinnamon to increase circulation, open the brain and enhance vitality, Cardamon which elevates mood, Clove for blood circulation and pain relief, Ginger for digestion, immunity and circulation and Fennel seed a carminative herb that promotes digestion this tea can’t be beat!  While recipes vary you can give this one a try. Chai Tea 1 TBSP Fennel, 6 Cardamon Seeds (discard pod), 6 Cloves, 1 Cinnamon Stick,  1/4 tsp. ginger root, 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Bring to a boil all ingredients in 7 c water for 15-20 minutes, then add 2 Tbsp darjeeling black tea and steep for 5-10 minutes, add 1 c milk or soy milk and 6 Tbsps honey or other sweetner to taste. Chailicious!  ...

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