Hopefully we are in the tail end of winter…and warmer, wetter days lie ahead! I know I’m looking forward to spring, and my skin is too!
Many, many of us experience dry skin during the winter months (or sometimes all
year!) When skin gets really dry, it can be uncomfortable, scaly, itchy,
burning, or tender to the touch. Unfortunately, most commercial skin creams are
loaded withtoxic chemicals
that slowly work their way into your blood stream.
But there are natural alternatives you can try! Read on for 9 tips/products for
naturally healthy skin:
Acupuncture for seasonal allergies has been in the news
lately due to anew study
published in theAnnals of Internal Medicine
month. The study of 422 people ages 16-25 found that acupuncture and anti-allergy
medication together statistically significantly improved disease-specific quality
of life and lowered rescue medication use after an 8 week treatment period,
compared to anti-allergy medication alone, or anti-allergy medication andsham
While definitive conclusions can not yet be drawn from this
study, it does offer promising evidence that acupuncture can be an effective
therapy for dealing with the symptoms of seasonal allergies.
I know I’ve posted about these concepts before, but I get so
many questions from interested patients about what I am doing, how I am
choosing what points to do, how I understand their symptoms. So I thought I’d
try to break down 3,000 years of complicated medical theory into a neat and
tidy blog post here. (Impossible, I know. But here is a very, very simple
introduction) of some of the most important points.
The take home message is this: acupuncture is about
relationships. As an acupuncturist, I seek to understand the relationship
between different energy systems in your body, the relationships between a
number of physiological forces at work in each of us, and the relationship
between your energy and the energy of the outside world.
The snow has stopped, the winds are quieting, the sun was
even shining for a bit…and at least on my street, people have begun the long
and arduous process of shoveling out their cars, their sidewalks, their front
steps. Having just finished 5 hours of shoveling our rather long driveway, I am
definitely feeling the aches and pains from the exertion! Good news is,
acupuncture can help!
Acupuncture treats low back pain.
It is that time of year – flu season. And it seems to be
particularly common these past few weeks – sick kids home from school, missed
work days, long lines outside of public health clinics. So how tostay healthy
? There are a multitude of things you can do to boost your immune
system and ready your body to fight off pathogens – these includegetting
,drinking enough water
, getting regularacupuncture
, and supplementing withChinese Herbal Medicine
. You can also give
yourself acupressure at these immune-boosting points – I’d suggest making it a
regular part of your daily routine.
If you have gone outside at all today, or really any day this week, you know that it is
HOT (all capital letters). It seems most of the country has been experiencing particularly hot
weather this summer. And while the heat can be good, it is also important that
you take the necessary precautions to help your body naturally stay cool,
particularly by paying attention to what kinds of food and drink you put into
your body. Here are a couple tips from Traditional Chinese Medicine:
- Eat fruits with a high water content, to help moisten your
body and prevent dehydration: watermelons, kiwis, plums, cantaloupes, passion
fruits, and melons.
Spring has…at least for the time being…sprung. And while springtime brings warmer weather,
more sunshine, and a chance to be outside, it also brings its own energetic
challenges, which we should all be aware of!
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is represented
by a particular element – Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, or Water. Springtime is the
season of the Wood Element. Wood likes to
grow, to expand, to move (think of plants bursting forth through the dirt…that
is the energy of Wood.
Most patients that come in for acupuncture or herbal
medicine do so because they are seeking treatment for a specific health issue –
they are seeking relief from chronic headaches, treatment for a rotator cuff
injury, a targeted approach to managing symptoms of menopause, treatment for
unexplained infertility, etc. We focus
the initial treatment phase on alleviating these symptoms and diseases for
which the patient is seeking care. As symptoms start to improve, we gradually
space out acupuncture visits until the symptoms are completely resolved or at a
A few days ago we were asked what health tips we recommend across the board to everyone. This prompted us to count down our Top 10 Health Tips for Everyone here on our blog. Today,Health Tip #6: Drink
a lot of herbal tea.
Herbal tea is a wonderful alternative to water or –ahem- coffee
as a beverage of choice to sip throughout the day. Herbal tea does not actually contain tea leaves, so it is a noncaffeinated beverage. First of all, because tea is warm, it is
gentle and soothing to the digestive tract.
Well, it’s happened again… winter is just about here – the
days are short, the air is cold, and we have to resist the urge to just curl up
and hibernate for a few months. Energy
levels are low – we become more reliant on naps (if we can fit them in!), caffeine,
and sugar to help us get through the day.
If you are finding fatigue setting in, read on and see how Traditional
Chinese Medicine (TCM) explains fatigue and how acupuncture and Chinese herbal
medicine can help!
Fatigue is a complicated symptom with varied causes and