Elderberry! A local hike yields some wonderful Elderberries. We are making syrup in anticipation of the fall cold and flu season. Elderberry has been widely studied for its powerful immune-boosting properties. The berries contain chemical compounds called Anthocyanins. Found in many purple foods, Anthocyanins are known to have immunostimulant effects. Research actually shows that elderberry syrups and tinctures are a safe and cost-effective treatment for cold and flu symptoms, also very easy to make at home!
From our friend Dr. Low Dog
You probably have heard that melatonin can help you sleep, but did you know it may also alleviate symptoms of heartburn? Most people think of melatonin as a hormone that, when produced by the brain's pineal gland, affects circadian rhythms and the sleep-wake cycle. But your gastrointestinal tract (GI) also makes melatonin, secreting up to 500 times as much your pineal gland. Melatonin serves numerous functions in the GI system and now science suggests it might be help ease the pain of acid reflux, too. A number of studies have shown that melatonin (3-6 mg 2 hours before bed) significantly reduces reflux symptoms by 6-8 weeks, working as well as a common proton pump inhibitor. Melatonin helps to close the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus, reducing the back flow of stomach acid. Maybe it is not a coincidence that so many people struggle with sleep and heartburn in modern times. Considering the side effects associated with proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), melatonin might be a useful alternative. Definitely something to talk to your health care provider about!
Are you one of the estimated 85-percent of menstruating women who suffer from at least one symptom of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in the week or two prior to your period? PMS can be mild or manifest itself in the form of severe Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD). Whether your symptoms are a minor bother or have a large impact on your life, receiving treatments from a licensed acupuncturist can provide relief. Read more
This article mentions the use of Moxabustion - a safe and effective therapy. We use in the clinic .
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful syndrome, especially when it affects the knees as these help hold and move the load of the body, affecting movement and mobility. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offer up two harrowing statistics:
In addition to the suffering itself, chronic pain can cause traumatic effects on a child's quality of life, and it can have significant physical, psychological and social consequences. Making matters worse, chronic pain greatly can affect the child's parents or caregivers by causing feelings of helplessness and inadequacy. Read more
Whether it’s a painful shoulder, knee or elbow, tendonitis and bursitis are troublesome conditions that can affect just about anyone. The pain can come gradually, building up over time. Or it can feel sudden and severe.
If you feel concerned or unsure about the cause of pain, see your doctor. But in many cases, it’s sensible to give rest and home remedies time to work.
Tendonitis and bursitis are usually caused by repetitive activities. These include gardening, shoveling, painting, or playing tennis or golf.
What’s happening when these conditions strike is a strain to the tendons that connect bone to muscle (tendonitis) or inflammation to the bursa, fluid-filled sacs that reduce friction in the joints (bursitis). Since every joint has a bursa, these two conditions often go hand-in-hand.
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In the West, acupuncture is still sometimes dismissed — even as more western doctors are incorporating the practice into their treatment plans. Nonetheless, acupuncture is becoming increasingly recognized as an effective treatment for relieving pain, easing stress and even combating insomnia. And in the right hands, acupuncture can also be used to treat a wide array of other symptoms and disorders — as it has been in China and many other countries for centuries.
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Herbs are not only great in meals for spice and added flavor but are key to the nutritional density in the foods you eat. Herbs can protect you against diseases, clear toxins from your body, and provide you with vitamins and minerals.
Here are some examples of such, from a list of nine assembled by Planet Green:
Basil provides Vitamins A, C, and K, along with iron, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. Loaded with flavonoids, basil helps prevent cell damage from radiation and oxygen.
Madrid (AFP) - The patient opens his yellow eyes wide but makes no sound as acupuncturist Edurne Cornejo pricks four fine needles into his legs.
It is hard to tell whether he is surprised, as his eyes are wide at the best of times. He is an owl -- and no newcomer to acupuncture therapy. Read more and see pictures
Health and wellness through acupuncture