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Mellow Yellow

 

 

Turmeric. It’s the spice that makes your curry yellow. This little yellow root is a powerhouse of healing properties. So many, in fact, that it would be hard to list them all.

 

Benefits

 

 

* Anti-inflammatory
* Antibiotic
* Skin conditions- eczema, psoriasis, and hives
* Pain reduction
* Metabolism
* Blood detoxifier
* Helps cough and asthma
* Gas & bloating
* Speeds up wound healing
* Heals stomach ulcers
* Prevents cancer
* Gallstones
* Slows progression of Alzheimer’s and MS
* Reduces side effects of chemotherapy
* Lowers cholesterol

 

Fresh is always best. But powdered and capsules will still help. Turmeric can be added to soups, stews, grilled veggies, tofu scramble, and, of course, curry. Juice a small amount with some cucumber, carrots, lemon and lettuce for a delicious, immune boosting treat every morning. You can also make into a paste with aloe vera to reduce itching from bug bites and chicken pox.

 

Isn’t it amazing how the things we have in our kitchen cabinet can keep us healthy? Every time we cook, we have the opportunity to improve our quality of life. Food can really be thy medicine.

 

Live natural. Live well.

 

Heather

Got Pain? Acupuncture. It Does the Body Good.

Do you get headaches or migraines? Is there anything worse? Headaches can ruin your quality of life. Not only do they suck, but the medications that ‘fix’ them don’t always work and can have drastic side effects.

 

Has your doctor still not figured out why you have them? “Take a pill” is probably their response.

 

Have they ruled out all these potential causes?

 

* Dehydration- most people are dehydrated
* Hormonal imbalances
* Food allergies
* Stress
* Neck tension & misalignment
* Mercury/heavy metal poisoning
* Adverse reaction to medications
* Tumors
* Head colds and sinus infections
* High blood pressure

 

How Chinese medicine can help

 

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and proper diet can all relieve or fix any of the above causes. How? Chinese medicine is able to regulate hormonal imbalances, detoxify the body, relieve stress, lower blood pressure, improve the immune system, reduce pain & inflammation, and minimize tumor size & growth. Pretty amazing, right?

 

Have you been living with headaches or migraines for years? It’s time to give Chinese medicine a try.

 

Live natural. Live well.

Heather

Treating Vulvodynia

Vulvo what? Vulvodynia (vul-vo-DIN-ee-uh) is chronic vulvar pain. The pain, burning or irritation associated with vulvodynia can be so uncomfortable that having sex or sitting for extended periods becomes unthinkable. Yes, you read correctly. Ouch! The poor women who suffer from this condition are often misdiagnosed or told nothing is wrong.

Less than 200,000 women in the US have been diagnosed with vulvodynia. So you might be asking, “Why is Heather writing about such a rare condition?” Because I’ve seen an increase in cases in the last 6 months and most ‘specialists’ don’t really know what to do. The increase might be a coincidence or that doctors are getting better at diagnosing. I’m not sure. Western medicine doesn’t have much success in doing more than temporarily reducing symptoms. One of the recommendations for this incredibly painful condition is to wear cotton underwear. Really?!?

Topical creams, gels, hormones, steroids, and/or antidepressants are the typical courses of action. Some of them may help temporarily.

Some of suggestions for treating the illness, not just the symptoms

- Test for Candida and treat it. Candida is overgrowth of yeast that can lead to many health issues.
- If you have a history of sexual trauma, seek professional help. Acupuncture is great for dealing with any physical or emotional trauma.
- Eat an alkaline diet, to reduce inflammation and acidity throughout your body.
- Support your immune system through proper nutrition and supplementation.
- Reduce your exposure to chemicals, pollutants, and other toxins.
- Do a cleanse with a qualified physician to reduce your levels of toxins. This will help reduce inflammation and balance your immune system.

For those of you who are suffering from this rare condition or think you might be, there is hope. Many of my patients have experienced relief within a few months. Some are symptom-free in less than a year.

Live natural. Live well.

Heather

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The medical definition of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is as follows: ‘The compression of the median nerve as it passes through the wrist to enter the palm of the hand, causing pain and numbness in the index and middle fingers and weakness of the thumb.’ This definition is generic as pain and weakness in the hand and fingers can certainly be attributed to other conditions.

Because of the medical definition many people are improperly diagnosed, even though their symptoms might fit the criteria above. No matter what the cause, if you are experiencing tingling, muscle tightness, numbness, stiffness, sharp pain, and loss of muscle strength either in the arms and hands or legs and feet. A pinched nerve may occur anywhere along the spine or body.

Many musicians are especially prone to carpal tunnel syndrome or similar symptoms, due to the constant overuse of certain muscles and joints, causing inflammation and irritation. Performers and athletes as well as the general aging population, also have repetitive motion injury, old sprains that flare up, herniated or bulging discs, or misaligned vertebrae. In certain cases it may be necessary to consult an M.D. to find the root of nerve compression.

Acupuncture reduces pain, stimulates nerve conduction, increases blood circulation, moves vertebrae and discs back into place, and relaxes muscle tightness and spasm. Electrical acupuncture, moxibustion, massage are also a part of treatment protocol for treating the symptoms listed above. All of these reduce or eliminate compression on specific nerves. Daily intake of herbs can also reduce pain, relax muscles, and increase blood circulation to the area of discomfort.

Whatever the cause of this pain or discomfort, I can help. My therapeutic efforts work to prevent injury or if after the fact, speed recovery time. Let us help you put an end to daily doses of Advil, or in more severe cases, avoid surgery. For those in the performing arts, working with me will help increase your performance capabilities as well as help prevent the cancellation of shows.

Patient testimonial:

“My sciatica flared up right in the middle of recording and I could barely move. I was desperate. Thanks to Doc Heather, recording went on uninterrupted, actually saving us money.”

- Jeff R., Keyboardist

Chinese Medicine and Cancer

Chinese medicine offers relief from the symptoms and side effects related to cancer and cancer treatments. Acupuncture causes physical responses in nerves cells, the pituitary gland, and various parts of the brain, which in turn affects blood pressure and body temperature. In addition, Acupuncture boosts the immune system, relieves stress and anxiety, and causes the body’s natural painkillers to be released.

It is the side effects related to chemotherapy and radiation that often cause extreme distress for the cancer patient. Some of the side effects that Chinese medicine helps alleviate, include, but are not limited to: nausea/vomiting, fatigue, weakened immunity, stress, anxiety, pain, bruising, post operative swelling, hair loss, anemia, skin issues, hot flashes, digestive disorders, loss of appetite, and detoxification/elevated liver enzymes.

Chinese medicine also reduces many cancer-related symptoms. Acupuncture treatments add to a patient’s sense of wellbeing and decrease the malaise associated with any chronic disease, especially cancer.

Human studies at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the effect of acupuncture on the immune system of cancer patients showed that it improved immune system response. It was proven that acupuncture reduced the amount of pain in some cancer patients. In one study, most of the patients treated with acupuncture were able to stop taking drugs for pain relief or to take smaller doses. Several types of clinical trials using different acupuncture methods showed acupuncture reduced nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy and surgery.

Nutritional and herbal support aids in boosting immune response in cancer patients, along with minimizing the immune and white blood cell suppression that occurs with most chemotherapeutic agents. Kenneth Conklin, M.D., Ph.D., an anesthesiologist at UCLA working with the Oncology Department, reports gratifying results utilizing nutrition and supplements combined with acupuncture.

Fighting cancer might be one of the most challenging things a person has to deal with. Why not let Chinese medicine support you on the road to a full recovery?

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