Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Chinese Herbal Medicine

 

In the field of Chinese herbal medicine, there is a worldly-known and supreme system of health care that actually proposed the overall application and advantages of herbals for every single individual. This system bears the name Chinese organic medicine. Now, exactly what is Chinese organic medicine?

Chinese herbal medicine is really a system of healthcare that survived since the ancient times till now. Over the centuries, they have undergone continual improvement given that the reasons for disorders that terribly affect humanity is continually developing. The Chinese natural medication from its native land, China, is not an alternative type of therapy; rather it is applied in the state medical facilities along with the modern type of medication.

Chinese herbal medicine is such an outright system of health care that has a fantastic ability to treat disorders in all of its forms. In Chinese organic medicines, they hold the traditional perspective that prevention is much better than cure, although many of the practitioners will treat you whatever complaint you have actually come for.

 

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Generally, Chinese organic medicine positions a great significance in the field of organic therapy, acupuncture, dietary therapy, exercise, and way of life management. These are the significant fields that the Chinese natural medicine consists of and some or several of these may be utilized in the course of a specific treatment or action.

In regards to the Chinese herbs, it is then fascinating to know that most of their herbs have some negative responses and are incredibly unusual. Aside from that, the Chinese herbs are simply small when compared with those drugs that are typically provided by pharmaceutical drugs shops.

 

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With its great devotion to organic treatment, the Chinese organic medicine has been used as a popular medicine by practically all individuals in the whole world because the ancient times and even today. In addition, Chinese organic medicine is now well-known in the west for its effects on gynecology, ski a disease, digestive issues, respiratory conditions, allergies, immune system conditions, pain, mental problems, children’s disease, and addiction.

Lastly, the Chinese herbal medicine can be engaged by those of any age or organization. Both the kids and pregnant females can be dealt with and they are typically cared for by the Chinese herbal medicine in Longmont.

In the field of organic medication, there is an ultimate and worldly-known system of health care that really proposed the total application and benefits of herbals for every individual. The Chinese organic medication from its country of origin, China, is not an alternative kind of therapy; rather it is applied in the state health centers along with the modern form of medication.

With its terrific devotion to natural therapy, the Chinese natural medicine has been applied as a popular medication by practically all individuals in the entire world since the ancient times and even today.

Treating Multiple Sclerosis with Chinese Medicine

Treating Multiple Sclerosis with Chinese Medicine

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Acupuncture Today
April, 2013, Vol. 14, Issue 04

Treating Multiple Sclerosis with Chinese Medicine

By Catherine Hollingsworth

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease for which there is no known cure. A person suffering from multiple sclerosis may show demyelination in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves due to overactive antibodies.

Physical symptoms range from person to person, as does the severity of the disease. According to a paper published by the Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, “this variability has led some to conclude that MS might be a syndrome or spectrum of different disorders rather than a single disease.” (MSIF, 2009) Naturally, a successful treatment for MS must be highly individualized, with a focus on relief from symptoms and preventing progression of the disease. Unfortunately, biomedical treatments for MS can come with significant side effects, and may not always be effective. Chinese medicine, including both acupuncture and herbs, offers a valuable alternative approach to treating MS. This form of medicine considers patients and diseases as individual cases with potentially varied causes. As anecdotal evidence attests, Chinese medicine is well equipped to address the complex and varied presentations of the disease—without accompanying side effects. [read the full article here]

How To Love Your Gallbladder

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In acupuncture, the meridian is a system of twelve lines that connect acupoints, or points used in acupuncture practice. They are regarded as the channels through which all qi (energy) flows. As an acupuncturist, it is my job to ‘tap into’ these meridians using needles. I help your body move energy to its proper place.

Meridians are all over the place, and each is governed by a specific organ. This month, we will focus on one of the most overlooked meridians in the body: the gallbladder.

Consider: our culture is quick to dedicate entire months to heart, lung, and brain health. But when do we ever hear about ‘National Gall Bladder Awareness Month’ (FYI: it’s in February)? In fact it seems like the only time we ever hear about the gallbladder is when there is something wrong with it. But there is much more to it than western culture cares to acknowledge.

This organ works closely with the lymphatic system to clear out toxic by-products of the metabolism from the muscular system. Without it, we would be filled up with all kinds of toxins! Its energy provides us with muscular strength and vitality. In other words, the gallbladder essentially eliminates muscular fatigue and aches. It also directly affects both the quality and length of sleep.

Eastern medicine believes that all organs of the body are responsible for not only their anatomic functions but emotions and emotional issues as well. Thus, the gallbladder plays a large role in courage and initiative. Remember the old English phrase, ‘a lot of gall’? People didn’t just say it because it had a ring to it. People with a weak gallbladder are indecisive, timid, and easily discouraged.

The gallbladder is located near the liver, but that doesn’t mean it is only limited to affecting that region of the body… not from a Chinese perspective, anyway. In Chinese medicine, the gall bladder meridian runs up over the shoulders and back of the neck, around to the top of the head and forehead. It is for this reason that the common tension headache is attributed to blockages within the gall bladder meridian. By using needles to access the gallbladder meridian at the proper acupoint, these blockages can be totally alleviated. With this comes longer and more restful sleep, no tension headaches, or dizziness.

So, with all this in mind, here are some ways to be kind to your gallbladder:

  1. Drink a cup of warm lemon water every morning Lemon helps to ease the many duties of the gallbladder. The juice from a lemon will increase urination, which releases toxins faster. It also encourages the gallbladder to produce bile, one of the key acids used in digestion. Additionally, lemons are chock full of vitamin C, which decreases stress and boosts immunity. Why warm, you ask? Warm liquids are absorbed by the body much faster, because less energy is spent trying to convert it to an absorbable temperature.
  2. Use coconut oil This oil is phenomenal if you are experiencing blockages in the gallbladder or liver qui because it does not need to be digested or emulsified by either organ. Your gallbladder cannot process large amounts of fat on regular basis, otherwise you risk health complications including gallstones. Unrefined coconut oil is very easy on the gallbladder because it contains mostly short and medium chained fatty acids, which do not require pancreatic enzymes or bile salts to digest. You can use it as a substitute for cooking oil, or even add a spoonful into a hot drink like tea or coffee.
  3. Eat more sulfur-rich foods Like garlic, onions, and any of the cruciferous veggies (think kale, broccoli, and cauliflower). They will provide you with nutrient necessary in the digestive process.
  4. Do more yoga The use of meditation, breathing techniques, and certain poses in daily yoga have been found to enhance gallbladder function. The most effective poses to help the gallbladder are sarvangasana (shoulder stand pose), shalabhasana (locust pose), dhanarasana (bow pose), bhujangasana (cobra pose), and paschimotasana (back stretching posture). Of course, I would advise you to work with a professional yoga instructor if you choose to use any of these.
  5. Take a Gallbladder flush Combine ½ cup of olive oil with 1 cup of either lemon or grapefruit juice and consume right before bed. Make sure that you take this only during the springtime, because flushes and cleanses are better in the spring when energy is starting to come up.
  6. Avoid greasy foods These foods will clog the gallbladder, subjecting it to additional strain because they are high in fat. It will also likely alleviate stomach problems that you may be having if you are experiencing gallbladder obstruction.
  7. Give yourself time to heal emotionally Chinese medicine reminds us that often those with gallbladder distress are likely to be feeling anger, frustration, and resentment. Do something that will make you feel well: go for a long hike, relax in the sun, rebuild your positive energy supply.
Best Skin Care Tips For…New Moms

Best Skin Care Tips For…New Moms

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Life is crazy when you are adjusting to having a new little one in your life. This month, I want to talk about one part of your body that gets overlooked when you are up all night: your skin. Dull, tired skin is the root for many common skin ailments, including dark circles, fine lines, and more. Being a mother of three myself, my skin just isn’t always a priority! But one thing I have learned is that healthy skin cannot just be a desire. It has to be an investment in YOUR health and wellness. And trust me, after you have your baby your skin is prone to a whole new set of issues, just based on hormones alone! Let me explain: when pregnant, your level of the hormone estrogen is extremely high. This is why you have perfect hair and perfect skin. After you give birth, this level drops to the lowest of lows. This makes the skin prone to dryness, loss of elasticity, and overall ‘tiredness’. In addition, these high levels of estrogen and another hormone called progesterone cause your liver and kidneys to retain high levels of water and salt. This, of course, is the infamous water weight we love to blame when our midwife or OBGYN asks us to hop on the scale at 38 weeks (can’t they just estimate??). Postpartum, the water weight and salt make their grand exit. I know, it’s a relief! Unfortunately, it can make your skin appear less ‘full’ looking. The good news? In a couple months your hormones will return to normal and so will your skin. But in the meantime, here are some easy ways to help bring some energy back into your skin:

 

  1. DRINK WATER!! Read that one more time. Staying hydrated is probably the single most important thing that your skin needs from you right now. I know, your doctor is probably already telling you to do this to increase your energy and milk supply if you are breastfeeding your little one. But, the water will help increase cell reproduction, which will improve the overall appearance of the skin. New skin cells=Beautiful Skin.
  2. Ice/cold water Splash this on your face in the morning after a long night up with baby. It will stimulate blood circulation, which temporarily will invigorate your face. So, when your mom/mother in law/great aunt Betsey calls and tells you she’s five minutes away with your favorite green bean casserole, you don’t need to rush around in a frazzled attempt to put face on (though combing your hair wouldn’t hurt).
  3. Exfoliate Between those lovely (absent) hormones and 24/7 new baby care, your skin would be dry even if we didn’t live in Colorado (aka the land of flaky skin). A good exfoliator will stimulate blood circulation in your skin as well as remove dead skin cells that are doing you no favors. Being a local products kind of gal, I love the BioElements Measured Micro grains. When the body is trying to even itself out, the last thing it needs is an overly-active exfoliator with enzymes that cause irritation. This one uses a moisturizing clay base with extremely fine micro granules that gently remove excess dirt and dead cells.
  4. Moisturize your skin immediately after you bathe/shower I know, I know. Showers are few and far between these days, aren’t they? I’m not going to tell you to make extra time for the impossible. However, moisturizing your skin after a warm shower when the pores are open leads to better absorption. Try coconut oil at least once: it’s one of the best skin moisturizers out there, and it’s all natural.
  5. Keep the humidifier on What’s good for baby is good for you too, as it turns out. Make sure you keep your house nice and humid so your skin does not become any more stripped of moisture than it has to be.
  6. Use a hydrating mask My oldest daughter recently gave birth to my first grandchild last fall. She came to me about three and a half weeks postpartum and begged me to do something about her dry skin. It was flaky and just slightly irritated by the lack of moisture. I used the Sanitas Vita-Rich Mask. It contains vitamins A through K to help nourish and strengthen the skin. The aloe and sodium hyalaurenate soften the skin. It is gentle enough to even be used twice weekly (most masks you will find only recommend weekly use), which is great for new mommies with a similar problem to my daughter that could use it regularly.
  7. Use a night cream Night creams are great because they replenish what the skin is lacking while you sleep. Think of it as cementing your status as Supermom (now if only you could figure out how to make all this laundry do itself!). My favorite is BioElements Sleepwear. It has several key ingredients including time released retinol, topical calcium, protein pep-tides, cranberry seed oil, safflower oil, and bergamot oil. Together, the ingredients promote connective tissue, increase elasticity, and ease irritation. Aka the perfect postpartum cocktail (for the skin, that is!)
  8. And finally….sleep when your baby sleeps I know, you’ve heard this one before too. But did you know that the amount of sleep you get has a profound effect on your skin as well? Lack of sleep makes it harder for the skin to stay hydrated and increases stress hormones (can you say breakout central?). So, please, do yourself a favor and get some zzz’s. Its better for your skin, your body, your sanity, the list goes on…

 

Being a new mother was always the best time (make that plural, I went back for seconds and thirds) of my life. I encourage you to enjoy as much time with baby as you can. One minute they are learning to say ‘mama’ and then you blink…and you have a high school graduate! Trust me, I’ve been there. Congratulations, good luck, and here is to a harmonious partnership to achieve the Good Life (and gorgeous skin!)

Prenatal Acupuncture: Should I Encapsulate My Placenta?

Prenatal Acupuncture: Should I Encapsulate My Placenta?

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Humans are one of the very few mammals on the planet who do not regularly consume their own placentas after giving birth. Here in the surrounding areas of Boulder, it is not uncommon to hear of women encapsulating and ingesting their own placentas postpartum. In fact, my client list appears to be expanding. But….why?

 

For one thing, the benefits are significant. Women who have encapsulated and ingested their placenta postpartum discovered that it:

Curbs the infamous ‘baby blues’ Although these feelings are perfectly normal in new mothers, especially first time mothers, they can lead to a more serious condition called Postpartum Depression. With a staggering eighty percent of women experiencing varying degrees of postnatal mood disorders, encapsulating the placenta offers one easy additional step to wellness.

Increases milk supply and enriches breast milk Calling all breastfeeding moms! Your placenta contains nutrients that help to not only increase the amount of milk you make, but make it even healthier for baby.

-Decreases postpartum fatigue: Who knew it was even possible for one person to be so tired! But giving birth is a truly exhausting, natural process of being a woman. Ease the tiredness by consuming your placenta.

Decreases lochia (postpartum bleeding) While nothing will stop the bleeding entirely (it’s necessary and normal!) the encapsulated placenta will help to make the bleeding less intense and shorter in duration.

Decreases anemia (iron deficiencies) Ever crave a non-food item during your pregnancy like soap, dirt, or ice? Most likely, your health care provider reminded you to take your prenatal vitamins and perhaps even an additional iron supplement, depending how low your levels were. Iron deficiency does not stop after you have your baby, especially if you choose to breastfeed. This is where your placenta comes in. It will help you avoid taking any additional supplements postpartum.

Increases energy New moms need every ounce of energy they can get. By adding your placenta to a healthy postpartum diet, you can increase your overall energy level by a considerable level!

Decreases insomnia and other sleep problems Its common for a new mom to watch her baby sleep, who isn’t enchanted by that adorable sleeping face?! But let’s be honest, how on earth is your new family going to find a sleep pattern when you can’t seem to fall into proper rest?

Decreases postpartum night sweats Night sweats happen during postpartum as your body disposes of the extra water you carried during your pregnancy. While the process cannot be stopped completely, it can be lessened to make you more comfortable.

 

In my practice I have a passion for spreading the word about the benefits of placenta encapsulation to my patients. It is a service I offer for all of my expectant mothers. Before they can be convinced, most of them like to know a little bit about the process. The placenta must be cut into strips dehydrated for about 24 hours. Then, they are ground up in a processor. At the request of the mother I also add a few additional herbs before encapsulation. The types of herbs depend on her individual needs as a patient, as does the amount added. With the majority of my patients, I find that even the smallest amount of herbs added will go a long way in helping them achieve their postpartum health goals.

And here is your result.

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Bottom Line: There are no herbs, prescriptions, or vitamins that can do for you what your placenta can. It is customized to YOU, and that’s what is so great. It contains the necessary hormones your body needs to keep you feeling balanced after giving birth, as well as essential nutrients like iron and vitamin B-12. Researchers at the University of Las Vegas in Nevada conducted a study of 200 postpartum moms who had encapsulated their placenta. Any guesses what percentage reported feeling at least one of the listed benefits? Go ahead, guess…if you estimated somewhere in the 95% ballpark, congratulations. With such astonishing feedback, what do you new mommies have to lose?

And finally, welcome to the journey of motherhood, one of the most amazing and dynamic roles you will ever have. Until next time, my friends, let us work in harmony to achieve the Good Life.

Why You Should Have Been Using Natural Skincare Products Yesterday

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Did you know? The average woman puts between 250-500 chemicals on her face a DAY. You might think you are doing yourself a fair bit of good by delaying the aging process or clearing up your breakout but….the truth is that you are compromising your liver and lymphatic system! Need I remind you that your liver is the one who kindly processes that occasional (and sometimes much needed) glass of wine? It’s best to treat it kindly. Meanwhile, the lymphatic system plays a huge role in keeping us healthy. It manufactures and transports antibodies (good guys) to fight pathogens (bad guys). In short: not a good thing to wear out.

Benefits of Natural Skincare:

  1. The molecules derived from natural plant oils are more compatible with the skin, and more readily absorbed.
  2. Vitamins and minerals are carried deeper into the layers of the skin, making it more effective.
  3. Less likely to cause skin irritations.
  4. Natural and organic skincare products are kinder the environment than the synthetic products.
  5. They contain no additives or preservatives.
  6. They are hypoallergenic.

So, if they are so great…then why doesn’t everybody use them? For one thing, they don’t last as long. But hey, at least they actually have an expiration date. They also don’t smell as good, trust me. Then again, the perfume in synthetic products isn’t exactly doing your face any real favors. Bottom line: it’s up to you.

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Until next time, remember to love your skin….au natural or otherwise.  Here is to the Good Life.