Dogs are the eleventh sign in the zodiac and are seen as independent, sincere, loyal and decisive, who aren't afraid of difficulties in life. Due to these characteristics they also enjoy harmonious relationships with those around them will sniff out corruption to expose truth.
The element of Earth adds a year of healing, stability, and a focus on nutrition. Pay special attention to what you "feed" yourself this year, i.e. food, news, ideas, thought. Fairness will be a key theme this Dog year and the Earth element is here to remind us that.
February 16th marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year 4716, the year of the dog. This is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese culture. The festivities start on the first day of the month of February and continue until the fifteenth day– the day of the Lantern Festival. On this evening, when the moon is shining the brightest, you can find beautiful displays of lanterns and children carrying them while marching in parades.
It’s important in the Chinese culture to have a clean home before the beginning of the New Year, some people refer to the pre-celebration tradition as a way to “sweep away bad luck.” It’s believed that cleaning not only rids the home of bad luck that was accumulated over the past year but also creates a new environment for good luck to occur again.
There are many different ways to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Each tradition offers a small glimpse into the deep history of the Chinese people and their customs. So this month: celebrate, experience, and most importantly, “Gong Xi Fa Cai!”
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Eat the roasted veggies as a side dish to protein or top it on salads. If you make a big batch, you can even dump a bunch of roasted veggies into bone broth and puree it into a delicious roasted vegetable soup. The possibilities are endless! Go forth and roast.
1-2 pounds of vegetables (carrots, turnips, rutabaga, etc)
1 TBS ghee or coconut oil
1 TBS cumin 2 TSP turmeric 1 TSP chili powder (optional)
1 TSP salt 1/4 TSP pepper Finely chopped fresh cilantro & mint (optional)
1. Heat oven to 420 degrees.
2. Prepare all root vegetables by peeling and dicing into same size cubes no bigger than 1 inch by 1/2 inch.
3. Using your hands, coat the vegetables with oil and all spices except for the cilantro & mint.
4. Spread vegetables on a baking sheet, lined with parchment paper for easier clean up, and place in oven for 20-25 minutes. Keep an eye on the "doneness" in the last 5 minutes. Some folks like a little char, some don't.
5. When done, keep in oven for an extra 5 minutes - this seems to steam the veggies a bit more for added tenderness. Top with fresh cilantro and mint and enjoy!
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I am so excited to work with many of you again and support you on your evolution to a healthier New Year and self. As you know, Elanita and I continue to work closely with each other and now offer our combined unique services together to help finetune your health even more.
I am offering a special offer for the first 10 people to claim via email (you can even claim this for a friend or family member): a free Comprehensive Wellness Panel of lab work (over $300 value) with the purchase of a Mini Wellness Reboot program.
This is a panel of extensive lab work which looks at thyroid, red blood cells, white blood cells, liver & kidney function, vitamin D, blood sugar, electrolytes, and more. This blood test is a great way to assess if you might need to tweak anything in your diet, supplements, herbs, or lifestyle before things get out of balance. Or, this is a great way to assess why you are feeling off balance. Check out the details on what the Mini Wellness Reboot package entails here
Questions? Send me an email at DrLaurie@DrLaurieTerzo.com.
What is Functional Medicine? Functional medicine is a form of natural medicine which seeks to find the root cause of dysfunction or imbalance in the body. It incorporates diagnostic testing to assess a body’s function and dysfunction and uses natural, evidence based methods - such as nutrition, supplements, herbs, lifestyle recommendations - to help the body heal at a rood level.
How is this different then Chinese Medicine?
Chinese medicine is also a system of treating root level imbalances through assessment and uses acupuncture and herbs to help the body heal. The two systems work synergistically with each other. Functional medicine uses lab testing to get a different view of what’s going on inside your body and look for where the cause of an imbalance may lay. Additionally, functional medicine focuses on personalized nutrition, use of a wide array of herbs and supplements based on current studies, and lifestyle changes for optimal health.
Does insurance cover the cost?
Unfortunately, insurance does not cover the cost of functional medicine sessions. However, I do contract with lab companies to get the lowest prices on tests, many at a quarter of the price insurance pays for them. Also, most HSA and FSA accounts can be used to cover the cost (check with your HR department to be sure).
Do I need to see you in person for the consultations?
Not at all! I do all my consultations virtually over the phone or through video conference.
Do I need to fill out new paperwork with you if I’ve already done it through San Francisco Integrative Medicine previously?
Yes. Many of the questions you have filled out previously with SFIM will be similar, but for me to thoroughly assess your health I will need complete functional medicine intake forms filled out.
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.
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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.
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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.