Acupuncture isn’t just for pain management. Its also used to anxiety and even post-holiday blues. Acupuncture works through neuro-hormonal pathways which are stimulated by placing a needle through specific points in the body.
Seriously — don’t forget! Mindful breathing makes a difference! It keeps your Lung qi strong. Breathing mindfully can change our brain chemistry and remind our bodies that it doesn’t need to be in fight or flight mode. With regular mindful breathing you'll have more energy for things like healthy digestion and protecting your immune system.
3. Avoid holiday overload - in all forms
This can mean anything from decorations to holiday parties to huge meals. Take a few minutes to remember what this season is truly about for you, it can help you prioritize how you should be spending your time, energy, and money.
4. Rescue Remedy - Rescue Remedy by Bach’s Flower Essences.
I'm not sure how flower essences work but they do. This is an alcohol extracted essence of five flowers that treats trauma, stress, anxiety and grief. Its used on animals and people. I like to take a little rescue remedy before speaking publicly and visiting my in-laws. You can buy this in many different forms, from tinctures to lozenges, at any health food store
5. Keep your immune system strong! It’s that time of year. Everywhere you turn someone is out sick! Don’t forget the basics!
Any questions or if we can help, give the office a call (415) 362-4600
Well, the digestion is the key to a healthy immune system and a healthy body. Studies say that the health of your gut determines up to 75% of your immunity, so it is essential to treat your digestion right! All of the herbs used in this drink support the digestive process in a soothing, warming way to keep you strong so you can easily defeat any virus that come your way this holiday season. Plus its just darn good!
Turmeric “Golden” Milk
Prep 10 min Cook 5 min 1.
*photo credit Heavenlynn Health
The ability of your immune system to function smoothly is a huge factor in your body’s overall health. Your immune system is made up of a collection of organs‚ cells‚ and proteins that fight off harmful bacteria. Your body fights off these intruders by producing an immune response‚ which occurs whenever your body sends white blood cells to find and destroy potentially harmful bacteria or viruses. Unfortunately‚ your immune system doesn’t always limit its attacks to foreign objects. If your immune system is unhealthy‚ it may start attacking your own body‚ potentially causing health problems and inflammation.
Why is it so great?
Power Mushrooms by Health Concerns contains four mushrooms that are well known for their immunity-regulating properties. This supplement provides ingredients that were first used in traditional Chinese medicine‚ such as:
The ganoderma and tremella mushroom varieties contained in this supplement help strengthen your immune system‚ whereas polyporus and poria mushrooms help your body experience the full benefits of the other two mushrooms. Power Mushrooms can also help lessen fatigue‚ as well as the duration of the common cold.
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Use your diaphragm to help descend the lungs. Breathe slowly and deep into the belly. Bring your awareness to the area below the lungs rather than at the lungs. This will deepen your breathing and kindly nudge the diaphragm to take on some of the work.
Here’s how to make more of the over 20,00 breaths you take every day more relaxed and harmonic while reducing breaths that are stressed or tense:
1. Breathe through the nose
2. Breathe with the diaphragm
3. Breathe relaxed
4. Breathe rhythmically
5. Breathe silently
A Side Note About The Benefits Of Qi Gong
QiGong is a way of cultivating internal energy. There are many forms of qigong that can focus on a wide range of health concerns. Here are a couple of short qigong exercises meant to strengthen the energy of the lungs.
Tapping at Lung 1 acupoint: Find the little triangle beneath the collarbone where it meets the shoulder. From that point, jump your fingers down about an inch or two into the muscle belly of the pectoralis muscle. This is Lung 1. Use your fingers to tap this point for about a minute to stimulate lung energy. Notice how your breathing feels after.
Massaging the sides of the nose: Using the base of both thumbs, massage up and down along the sides of the nose. The lungs open up to the nose, so by massaging this area, you are accessing and stimulating lung energy. Do this for about a minute. Notice how your breathing feels after.
Getting started on supporting lung health now will actually help you in the Fall. Fall is the time of year that can be most taxing on the lungs, according to Chinese Medicine. Getting your lungs in good shape for the Fall so that not only will you be able to breathe well; you will also be in a better position to fight off the colds that come with the change of the season.
Cupping and acupuncture can be very helpful. We've gotten busy at the office since the fires, we are doing our best to accommodate everyone. If you've been affected by the fires either physically or emotionally, please don't hesitate to reach out so we can find a time that works for you!
Its been 1 week since the start of the fires in Napa and Sonoma and while there has been some containment, a majority of the fires are still burning.
Those with asthma and other lung conditions that are especially sensitive to particulates in the air, and may be affected by the fires even long after we stop smelling the smoke. Here are three herbs to help protect your lungs.
We've stocked upon several formulas that we can customize to get you through this fire and fall season.
Don't hesitate to contact us with your specific questions on formulas that would benefit you during this time.
Who doesn't love a good roast with mashed potatoes? Well we've just one upped this recipe by substituting cauliflower for the potatoes. The cauliflower makes it seriously delicious, a bit more nutritious, and lower in carbohydrates for our diabetic friends and anyone else on a low carbohydrate diet.
For the Roast
2 pounds of chuck roast
1 onion chopped
1 bulb garlic chopped
2 stalks of celery chopped
1/4th cup of carrot chopped
2 cups water
1 cup Merlot
1 tablespoon salt
Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons agar agar (gravy thickener)
For the Mashed Cauliflower
1 large cauliflower
1 clove of garlic minced
1 tsp fresh rosemary minced
3 tablespoons melted butter
1/4th cup heavy whipping cream
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste
For the roast, add all ingredients and slow cook for 8 hours. When it's done take the meat out and set aside. To make gravy add agar agar to the liquid and puree until smooth. Add the roast back in and shread.
For the mashed cauliflower, chop it up and boil until tender. Drain the water and add the cauliflower to your food processor. Pulse in salt, pepper, rosemary, garlic, butter and heavy cream. Process until smooth and creamy.
We were sitting together after putting our daughter to sleep and everything just felt like a mess - we had to improve how things were working in our household to help things be more sustainable in all the other aspects of our life. That's when we remembered a story a friend told us of her Daily 5. If we could just remember the big stuff, the little stuff wouldn't feel so overwhelming. Thats when we started the doing The Daily Five and haven't looked back.
It sounds simple, and it is.
The Daily Five is our personal list of 5 household/family tasks that we make sure to get done every night before we go to sleep.
We wrote our 5 things and posted it to our whiteboard. As soon as we put our daughter to sleep, we jump into action. It takes us 15-30 minutes if we do it together.
Here's our daily top 5 list:
Keep It Short
Keep your list to about 5 items or less - even if Your Best Self vacuums every day, prioritize what truly needs to get done on a daily basis.
Your daily list will change over time. When we first started we were in the midst of tax season and that took priority.
Once you have your list, post it somewhere you can see it. Even months later, I sometimes have to look at the list to remember what to do. Why? Because after a long day my brain isn't running on all eight cylinders. Paper is way better at keeping track of things than your overloaded brain is.
Make a Habit
Help yourself get off to a great start by keeping track of every day that you get your list done in the first few weeks. Create a place you can check a box each time you do the daily list. Visual trackers are great for accountability and habit-building.
The benefits of doing this consistently have been surprising. Our mornings, while still a little crazy (we still have a 2 -year-old after all) are way less intense than they used to be. Dishes and trash aren't piling up. Because we know how hard it is when we don't get this list done at night, we very rarely miss doing it.
Using large amounts of the following herbs and other natural remedies should be avoided while nursing because they have been known to decrease milk supply. The amounts of these herbs normally used in cooking are unlikely to be of concern; it’s mainly the larger amounts that might be used therapeutically that could pose a problem. However, some moms have noticed a decrease in supply after eating things like dressing with lots of sage, sage tea (often recommended when moms are weaning), lots of strong peppermint candies or menthol cough drops, or other foods/teas with large amounts of the particular herb. These herbs are sometimes used by mothers to treat oversupply, or when weaning.
Herbs that may be harmful to mom and/or baby
Other herbs should be avoided while nursing due to their potential for harming mom and/or baby. Here are a few herbs that are generally considered to be contraindicated for nursing mothers. This is by no means a complete list.
If any of these symptoms sound familiar to you, here are some anti-anxiety self-care recommendations that we regularly share with patients:
Chinese herbal formulas can help to correct the physical and energetic patterns underlying the anxiety symptoms, and I support people in finding safe and effective herbal alternatives to anti-anxiety medications. However, we always instruct patients to work with their psychiatrists to safely transition off these very strong medications if they are currently taking them. In particular, it is not a good idea to go off or reduce psychotropic medications during times of increased stress and transition.
What defines anxiety as a disorder is that it gets triggered by non-life threatening events, or minor stressors.
I have seen the power of Chinese Medicine change my patients’ long-standing patterns of anxiety again and again.
By calming the sympathetic nervous system, we enable the body to better heal.