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Autoimmune diseases are a collective group of disorders that plague nearly 50 million people in the United States today. When a person suffers from an autoimmune disease it means their own immune system is attacking the body and altering or destroying the tissues. Autoimmune diseases include things like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, pernicious anemia, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel disease and Parkinson’s disease. Conventional medicine can diagnose 100 different autoimmune conditions. Unfortunately, the treatments available to people with these disorders is not as plentiful through conventional medicine. It typically involves the use of pharmaceuticals that can have side effects that are as bad, if not worse, than the symptoms of the disease itself. And even worse, many people are told they have no options. This is where Traditional Chinese Medicine can be beneficial. Woman receiving acupuncture How acupuncture Can Help Acupuncture treatments are completely customizable. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners don’t treat based on the Western medical diagnosis. They attack the disease based on...

My health journey actually didn't start with my diagnosis of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). I didn't start to actually address it until 2013. For 10 years, I let it simmer. I knew someday I would probably have to deal with it. I honestly didn't know the damage I was doing to my health and my body by masking my symptoms with prescription medications. Me today diagnosis I was lying back on the table, my feet up in the stirrups, trying to think about anything else other than the doctor who was examining my pelvic area. I became distracted in that effort when I noticed him double and triple checking his palpation of my ovaries. He asked me "have you ever been told that you have cysts?" My reply was "Never." He recommended I come back in a few days to get...

There is a very delicate balance to hormones in the body. If any hormone becomes in excess or deficient, it will affect the other hormones in the body. Today, I am going to discuss excess of estrogen, also known as estrogen dominance. Excess of estrogen can happen in two ways. A person can either have more estrogen than normal. Or a person can have decreased levels of progesterone. Either way, the gap between these two hormones has increased, changing their ratio.   Functions of Estrogen Estrogen has many healthy effects on the body when at the optimal level. Estrogen is best known for preparing the uterus for pregnancy or menstrual cycle. Other functions of estrogen include body temperature regulation, memory function, protects heart from cholesterol, helps liver regulate cholesterol production, and increases bone density and strength. symptoms of estrogen dominance Estrogen Dominance Symptoms Estrogen dominance symptoms in women include weight gain especially around hips, waist and...

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything. As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese Medicine Foods There are many facets to traditional Chinese medicine and nutrition is one of the most important. The ancient Chinese observed what took place in nature and followed those cues accordingly. So when the season changed to fall and the amount of daylight decreased and the temperatures cooled, the Chinese began to eat what...

There are many factors involved with feeling tired. If you are overtired, Traditional Chinese Medicine is able to pinpoint the culprit, give some extra pep and help you kick those afternoon blues. In TCM, the idea of treatment is to find the root of the problem instead of simply treating the symptoms. In the case of fatigue, there are many possible root causes to feeling tired including: stress, depression, over exercising, lack of sleep, poor diet, poor absorption of nutrients and vitamin deficiency. Of course, these can overlap and one can exacerbate the other. Possible TCM Syndromes Spleen qi deficiency and dampness This mainly comes from poor digestion and malabsorption of nutrients from an insufficient diet. Associated symptoms are a pale complexion, gas and bloating, to name a few. Dampness is excessive mucus and a feeling of heaviness in the head and body usually seen in overweight individuals. Since food is not digested well,...

The fire child is enthusiastic and spontaneous in his/her play.  They also can be described as a leader or performer. For example, the Fire child likes new things, are attracted to "bright, shiny objects," and would be happy to sing you a song.  Characteristics seen in the Fire child are they enjoy excitement and sensuality, and seek contact and intimacy.  Also, they are passionate, sensitive and empathetic.  For instance, as a playmate, they make sure that everyone is included.  Personality traits include lively, charismatic, optimistic and enthusiastic.    They are intuitive learners. Great ways to help your Fire child thrive at home is with regular meals including a protein snack after school and drinking plenty of water.  An Epsom salt bath before bed will help them to wind down and sleep.  Set clear goals to get beyond instant gratification.  These kids respond best with a mapped schedule for physical activity and quiet time, as well as, emotional regulation tools.  Helping them to balance humor and being silly, acting/performing, and teaching them to trust their intuition to manage their emotions. Great tips for the teacher to help the child excel at school include being aware that they may have difficulty focusing for long periods and tend to get disruptive so...

The five elements is a foundation of traditional Chinese medicine.  They are related to the seasons, different organs of the body and their functions, and the constitution of a person.  The five elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.  The five elements create a cycle and help to nourish and balance each other.  An imbalance in one element can flow into the next element and cause an imbalance in that one as well.  A person's constitution usually has a dominant element and then has some tendencies from 1 or 2 of the other elements.  By understanding what element type your child is you can understand the unique way your child experiences and reacts to their environment and situations, learning and attention styles, and strategies to help you help your child take on the world and live a more harmonious life.   Below you will find a brief description about each element today and in...

'Tis the season for flu shots, runny noses, coughs, and sniffles. Being exposed to different viruses and having your immune systems fight them off is what makes your immune system stronger.  If your child catches a virus and it becomes really severe or seems to linger on for more than a couple weeks, this is evidence that your child's immune system is not as strong as it could be. What may be surprising to you is that what your child eats can either strengthen or weaken your child's immune system. 7 Things you can do to help your child Limit sugar intake No or very limited dairy products Limited cold foods Eat warm, healing foods Probiotics and prebiotics Hydration Acupressure   Limit sugar Sugar causes inflammation in the body.  When your child is sick their body already has some inflammation.  Some inflammation is necessary to fight off a virus or bacteria, but too much...

When people think about kids with autism they don't usually think about acupuncture (Chinese medicine) as a modality that can help.  Acupuncture actually can help tremendously with autism.  How acupuncture addresses autism, as well as any other concern or problem, is to look at the root cause of the imbalance in the child.  These are the small signs and symptoms that were seen before the diagnosis as well as the behavior, sleep patterns, appetite and other manifestations. With children, we start with looking at their character type.  In acupuncture there are five different character types: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.  These character types help us to understand why people behave, react, and interact in certain ways.  If you want to know more about the character types and determine what character type your child is, click here and you can sign up to receive my free e-book "Breaking Your Child's Code". We then...

For those of you who have been reading my blogs or have read through my website have probably seen me use the phrase “create health” a few times.  Let me explain what I mean by this. Have you ever noticed that “normal” has changed? Working in the clinic during acupuncture school and with talking to parents of patients as a nurse, I have heard the word normal thrown out so many times.  Do you have any reflux?  Yes, but it’s normal.  Do you have any pain?  Yes, but that’s normal as I get older.  Do your baby have reflux? Yes, but its normal and she will grow out of it. Did you know that none of these are actually normal and you don’t have to live with it. Another thing that most people believe is that if you have a family history of a disease or health problem, you will inevitably have that disease...