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Acupuncture and nutritional therapy. One is based on a traditional medicine from 4,000 years ago and the other based on most up to date scientific research. How do these two practices work so well together? Why would I need either of these if I have a primary care doctor? After working 15 years in the western medical world as a Pediatric ICU nurse, I realized that western medicine doesn't have all the answers. That taking a prescription doesn't always work, may not completely resolve the issue and/or may even cause different issues. Now I'm not saying that acupuncture or nutritional therapy on their own can solve all the health problems. What we need to realize is that our health issues did not come from a single source. Our state of health today is determined by our genetics, environment, diet, social relationships, and...

Most kids, as well as a lot of adults, are afraid of needles. So the pairing of acupuncture and kids might not be an obvious one. However, more and more parents are seeking alternative methods of treatment for their children, because our conventional medical system is faltering a bit. Pharmaceuticals are proving to be more harmful than beneficial for many people, especially kids, who brains and bodies aren't yet fully developed. Pediatric Acupuncture Specialty Acupuncture is gaining popularity among pediatrics. There are licensed acupuncturists who specialize in treating children and they are in high demand. These pediatric acupuncturists are helping children where others can't and for many, it is lifesaving. Shonishin Pediatric acupuncture is commonly known as shonishin and it rarely uses needles. Instead, this form of acupuncture utilizes the practitioners' hands and rounded tools to stimulate the acupoints of the child. The practitioner will gently and...

Fall is a favorite season for many people. The weather starts getting a little cooler, things are beginning to slow down and preparations for the holidays are in full swing. For many others, fall is not so festive. Many people get sick during the fall months, allergies can flare up for some, and many don't like the steady decrease in hours of sunlight, sometimes leading to seasonal depression. Here are five self care tips on how to get through the season without incident. 1. Wear a scarf The large intestine channel runs up the arms, across the shoulders, up the neck, over the face and ends next to the nose. As many people now know, the health of our gastrointestinal tract plays a big part in our immunity, so keeping the large intestine channel warm and preventing exposure from the elements will help keep you healthy. ...

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...