How to thrive this Allergy Season (Yes, Even You!)

Grab your tissue box. We’re in for a terrible spring allergy season. Experts say that the long winter may cause early-blooming trees to pollinate late this year, which means more trees pollinate at the same time. About one in five Americans suffer from some kind of allergy, with seasonal allergies the most common, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. While not as severe as food and insect allergies, hay fever can put a real damper on your life—seasonal allergies are responsible for some 4 million missed or lost workdays every year, the National Academy on an Aging Society estimates. The upside is that if you take your allergies seriously this year, you might feel better and save money. According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, we spend over $18 billion per year on over-the-counter allergy medications, most of which only give temporary relief and have […]

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Invitation to Free Clinic: Spring Cleansing for Body & Mind to Feel Your Best.

Finally, Spring is making it’s mark! If you feel like me, this winter has definitely been too long!  I am so ready for renewal! I have started cleaning out my closets, took 5 boxes of books to the library that I probably won’t miss, and have started a super-clean diet. Have you felt the urge to lighten your load? Whether you are letting go of material ballast, or shedding some pounds, it just feels great. It means you are aligned with the energy of Spring! On the other hand, feeling a bit cranky, irritable, indecisive, and have a hard time moving forward with ideas or projects are signs that some winter sludge is stuck, and it’s time to do some spring cleaning for your body, mind and soul. If we don’t purposely purify our systems as spring arrives, the body may naturally begin cleansing itself from toxic build-up by releasing […]

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Say goodbye to the cold & flu

What would it be like for you and your children if you didn’t catch every cold that is making the rounds? Have you thought about possible ways to nip it in the bud? In the last two weeks I have seen at least one person daily coming to my office fighting off a virus – and it’s not even winter yet! I invite you to this lively “know how” event. Share your secret recepies, and learn about new, highly effective ways of staying healthier through the cold season and holidays. Here’s what I plan to address in this 1 ½ -hour event:   10 Immune boosters and Immune suppressors How to stop a cold / flu in its tracks Essential remedies to keep in your personal “Herb Chest” Great Acupressure points and Qi Gong exercises When to seek medical help Should you get a flu shot?   Thursday, November 9 […]

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Boost Immune System

I’m always being asked if Acupuncture can boost the Immune System. The answer is yes…  it is amazing at doing this. We call the first line of defense wei qi.  This is energy that circulates just beneath our skin and regulates sweating and immunity. Wei qi keeps pores closed preventing viruses and bacteria from entering our body.  In Chinese Medicine we call them pathogenic factors.  Environmental factors such as wind, cold, heat and damp form the basis for an imbalance, that allows a pathogenic factor to enter our body. For example, if we sweat in a cold wind our pores are open and it is easy to catch a chill or cold.  A cold wind on our back or neck can cause a stiff neck or shoulder and excess heat or sun can cause heat stroke. A healthy balanced body has a strong and effective immune system. Things that leave us […]

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