In addition to playing an important part in keeping plants and vegetables healthy, chlorophyll has reported health benefits in humans, too. It is considered a natural source of antioxidants.
There are many benefits to adding liquid Chlorophyll to your water (I do it inthe morning) and I’ll list them out for you:
Foods high in chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is not considered an essential nutrient, so there is no current recommendation on dosing from the FDA. However, most practitioners recommend 100-200 mg a day. The darker the green the higher the chlorophyll content. You'll find it in:
You know that feeling when you buy a red car, you start seeing red cars everywhere. After meeting this patient and diving deep into her case, I learned even more about the complexities of IC and other pelvic inflammatory disorders. As that happened, more patients just like her began to contact the office and I began to see how common her story actually was. I'm to report after 6 months of receiving acupuncture and dry needling alongside natural supplements, the difference in pain levels and her frequency of flare ups has decreased immensely.
Signs, Symptoms, and Conventional Medicine Approach
The bladder is the organ in the human body that stores urine. When the bladder is full, it signals your brain that it’s time to urinate by communicating through the pelvic nerves. This is what creates the urge to urinate. With interstitial cystitis, there is something confusing the urinary bladder system. The person feels the need to urinate more often and with smaller volumes of urine than most people.
The signs and symptoms of interstitial cystitis vary from person to person. If you have interstitial cystitis, your symptoms may also vary over time, periodically flaring in response to common triggers, such as menstruation, sitting for a long time, stress, exercise and sexual activity.
Interstitial cystitis signs and symptoms may include:
The exact cause of interstitial cystitis isn’t known, but it’s likely that many factors contribute. For instance, people with interstitial cystitis may also have a defect in the protective lining (epithelium) of the bladder. A leak in the epithelium may allow toxic substances in urine to irritate your bladder wall. Other possible but unproven contributing factors include an autoimmune reaction, heredity, infection or allergy.
These factors are associated with a higher risk of interstitial cystitis:
According to Chinese Medicine...
According to Chinese medicine, not all people who develop IC get the condition from the same root causes. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine work by correcting imbalances in the body and reset the body to bring it back to health. I like to think of this as hitting the reset button. For the treatment of Interstitial Cystitis, acupuncture can reduce the pain, frequency and discomfort of urination, along with the stress that can come with it.
Common imbalances for Interstitial Cystitis include qi weakness, qi stagnation (lack of circulation of qi), and heat. It is not uncommon for people to suffer from more than one of these imbalances and it is important to locate which imbalance is particular to your situation so as to better guide the course of treatment. This is why it is important during the initial visit, to take an in-depth history of your symptoms to get a clear picture of what you are experiencing.
Imbalances will correlate with specific symptoms. For example, people with qi weakness, or lack of energy, are often tired and have digestive problems. Those with qi weakness may experience frequent urination, urination at night, and a feeling of fullness in the abdomen. Qi stagnation is a lack of circulation of the energy and can cause pain, bloating, and muscle spasms. Heat in the body can cause dryness, burning urination, abnormal sweating, stiff joints, and headaches.
Other relevant symptoms when designing a specific and effective course of treatment for IC are muscle tightness in the pelvis, back, abdomen, and legs. This is where Dry Needling can be so effective. Trigger points in the gluteus maximus and medius, adductor magnus, and illopsoas, are taken into account because they can produce pain in the pelvic floor. Another common symptom of IC is sacro-iliac joint dysfunction, which can also be an important factor in treatment.
If you've been suffering from IC or other pelvic inflammatory disorders, contact us and we can see if a holistic approach is right for you.
In Chinese Medicine, the element associated with the spring is wood. Wood is known for its strength and flexibility, and is linked with the color green. The wood element represents growth and vibrancy. Think of new plants pushing up through the earth and baby sprouts in the garden. The opposing energy to the wood element is strident and forceful. If this energy is unbalanced in humans, frustration and anger may arise. However, if the energy is channeled properly, it is associated with benevolence and helping others. The wood element is linked to the wind (notice how windy its been in SF lately!) - reflecting the movement and change of the spring and the ability to burst through and overcome obstacles.
Remember that in every season food is medicine.
Eating fresh and in season produce at your local farmers market is ideal, with an emphasis on leafy greens, lettuces, sprouts, and live vital foods. These foods are associated with freshening, cleansing, and building the body. Eating more green foods increases the intake of chlorophyll into our systems and our blood. This is extremely beneficial in oxygenating and purifying our blood which reduces systemic inflammation. This can be accomplished by taking a supplement or simply by eating more green foods.
So let's celebrate this beautiful spring by embracing the wood element and its values! Here are some ideas for the transition:
It also means that partially broken down food isn't making it to your large intestine where they are feeding up dysbiotic (bad) bacteria. If you are having gut issues, a good quality enzyme is really important, and you probably need it. The enzyme I like the best also has a few probiotics, which help acidify your large intestine. Take with every meal.
The second product that I really like, and in a perfect world I would start all my patients on for a month before treatment is curcumin. It is a potent anti inflammatory- in the gut or otherwise. In Chinese Medicine we use curcumin for pain, abdominal pain, menstrual pain, and shoulder pain. Our product from Designs for Health is bioavailable and really effective.
I think we can all agree we are ready to say goodbye to the shit show that was 2020. Goodbye sneaky rat, hello the hard working, dependable ox energy. The ox is a strong-willed animal and it is believed it values family and teamwork. This is exactly the energy we need to rebuild and repair after a chaotic 2020. The Ox gets things done but is also stubborn, slow and might be the best at communicating. This means we'll all have to reach deep inside and find the patience and focus we need to persevere and get through the year.
But you, dear reader, may not be playing with the same deck of cards they have.
We practice the Kalish Method of functional medicine. We test your Adrenal, GI, and Detox systems, and make a plan based on your personal circumstances. We correct the problems in the order that they occurred. We check to be sure that your endocrine system is balanced before we jump into a GI program, so that your body can maintain a balanced state on its own. We take the seemingly random chaos of symptoms and organize them into logical physiologic systems and address the problems systematically.
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We know it is important that we be transparent about our choices. We realize that many people have concerns about the vaccine, so we want you to know how we made our decisions.
We, too, had concerns but we did our research and talked with each other and other health care providers. We weighed our concerns, our research, the enormous toll the pandemic is taking, and our commitment as healthcare practitioners to do no harm. We concluded that getting vaccinated as soon as we’re eligible is the right decision for us. Here we are a few weeks later, feeling lucky to have gotten it.
Jennifer and Elanita both received the Moderna vaccine and agree that the first dose was much easier to handle than the second dose. While we experienced nausea, chills, mild fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, and fatigue about 12 hours after the second dose, symptoms had mostly resolved after 36-48 hours and we don't have one ounce of regret. We understood that our symptoms we're really side effects per say but an immune response which is what we wanted.
Here are some suggestions for minimizing the side effects of the vaccine.
Contact your primary care provider, insurance provider or County or City Health Department where you live or work for further information about vaccine clinics and availabilityIf this doesn't work - let us know we are here to help make sure you get the resources you need.
This recipe is taken from a wonderful Chinese medicinal cookbook written by two of my favorite professors and practitioners.
(Makes 10 to 14 cups)
(Taken from "Ancient Wisdom Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life" by Yuan Wang, Warren Shier, and Mika Ono)
Once you have made the stock, simply add ingredients you prefer: veggies such as mushrooms, carrots, Chinese cabbage, or kale; and/or meat such as shrimp, chicken, beef, or pork. Season with salt or soy sauce to taste. You can also make one large batch and freeze the broth to use later.
1.) Place the bones, wine, water, and vegetables (if using) in a large pot. If the bones aren't covered with liquid, add water until they are.
2.) Bring to boil, lower the heat, and simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes. Skim off and discard any froth that rises to the top of the stock.
3.) For beef bones, simmer, covered, for 8 to 10 hours; add more water if needed. For pork or lamb bones, simmer, covered, for at least 2 1/2 hours.
4.) Remove the bones, vegetables, and ginger from the stock, using a slotted spoon, a strainer, or piece of cheesecloth.
5.) Skim off any excess fat. Season the stock with salt if desired (or wait to add until you cook with the stock).
6.) If you aren't using the stock immediately, you can store it in the fridge for a few days or freeze it in small portions for later use.
After 10 plus years of being immersed in the world of natural health care, I can definitely say that the path to good health and happiness are simple. Not always "easy", but simple.
In the realm of health, getting back to the basics are always the most important:
The basics will never fail you. They may not provide you with all the answers during various challenges, but they will always support you and help you find more ease along the path.
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