Jade Windscreen tincture for your immunity boost!

20 Nov 2014 Complementary

Catch colds, allergic rhinitis or flu easily?, there is a famous Chinese formula called Jade Windscreen (Yu Ping Feng San) which can enhance the natural line of defense to ward off sickness. In this formula which consists of: Astragalus, White Atractylodes, Ledebouriella, we often ask patients to take the tincture who have recurrent colds. Although it is effective in treating this problem, it does take one month before any effect is demonstrated. When taking Jade Screen regularly, less frequent and less severe colds occur.

In Chinese classical formula texts, Jade Windscreen can protect against invasion by exterior pathogens by strengthening one’s defense qi. It is commonly used to treat spontaneous sweating and increased susceptibility to invasion of exterior pathogens due to a deficiency. This formula uses a large dose of Radix Astragali (Huang Qi) to strengthen the body’s defense mechanism. There is also research which shows modified Jade Windscreen that can be used for end-stage cancer patients who frequently suffer from idiopathic sweating and loss of appetite and the results are effective.

Overall, Jade Windscreen is a remarkable formula that can boost the immune system in various ways and it is recognized for its applications beyond prevention of colds and treatments on asthma and side effects of cancer treatments.

 

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Benefits of Probiotics

When taking care of our gut, (which is our bodies gatekeeper) we have to look at the bacteria that live there and their specific job and functions.

The gut has about 100 trillion bacteria in the body.
10 bacteria to every 1 human body cell (kind of important huh)
So how do we make sure that you take care of your gut flora even if you are already taking probiotics?

Take probiotics: Fermented foods like Kombocha, kimchi and raw sauerkraut as well as pill form are best. Yogurt is not always the best as many people have trouble-processing dairy.

Avoid Fatty foods: Research done on mice showed that fatty foods can damage the lining of the gut as well as increase the population of some un-friendly bacteria

Eat probiotics: These are non digestible carbohydrates that are found in onions, garlic, leeks, artichokes, asparagus and chicory root as well as some whole grains.

Control your Stress: Stress has been shown to change your gut flora make up leading to inflammation and a higher population of negative bacteria.

Control Candida/Bacteria: If your gut is out of balance you can take herbs prescribed by a natural practitioner that will kill yeast and negative bacteria without damaging your healthy flora.

7 Ways to Make your Workday Happier

1. Find Meaning in what you do.

Most jobs have a meaningful and helpful side to them. A story of three stone workers was told and one stated he was making a living, one said he was doing the best job he could and the third said he was building a Cathedral. There is a high purpose in all jobs so find yours.

2. Personalize your workspace or environment.
Most jobs have a desk where pictures and plants are allowed but if you don’t have a desk maybe a locker you can personalize. Remember to not only have the picture of the family but a fun item that reminds you to do a good job, example a wizard hat to remind you to work wonders.

3. If you are seated most of the day take a walk.
If you are at a desk, getting up at least one time an hour can have huge health benefits and if you get too absorbed in what you do, you should drink water constantly. This makes you have to go to the bathroom more. The bathroom is a great way to force you to take a break.

4. Get to know your coworkers.
By investing in other people, your work environment will not only be for work, but you will find a work family and home and not feel like a cog in the machine. Seeing real people at the job you do makes your job significantly more fulfilling.

5. Make the most of your commute.
75 percent of commuters travel alone for an average of 50 minutes a day. This can be a great time to call family or old friends you haven’t caught up with in a while. By hearing about others and visiting you will forget the work and commute stress. Audiobooks can be a great use of time making you smarter and more educated or just giving you a comedic laugh.

6. Challenge yourself.
You may not have the most important job, but if you feel bored or underappreciated try setting goals for yourself and this will boost performance. Measuring your own success can be the most fulfilling thing.

7. See the Light.
If you work in a dark office or warehouse, bring a full spectrum bulb in and put it in a cheap desk lamp. Turning it on for just 1 hour a day can significantly boost mood and production. Taking a walk at lunch or eating outside even if it is cold can also get much needed mood boosting rays.

Cold, Flu and Chinese Medicine

Respiratory illness started early this season. Once school was back in session, many adults and kids alike had fever, chills, body aches, extreme tiredness or coughing. For some, symptoms worsened and turned into pneumonia and bronchitis. Acupuncture and herbal medicine are very effective tools for faster recovery. They can accelerate the bodies healing process and boost its immune system.

The ideal time for treatment is as early as possible, when symptoms have just started. Some common signs include feeling off, nasal congestion, slight headache, or itchy throat.

We use acupuncture and herbal medicine to reduce fever and ease upper respiratory symptoms. When treating our younger patients who are scared of needles, herbal teas and massage are great alternatives to ease the symptoms. Cupping is also another great technique we use for coughing and chest congestion. If you have never had cupping before, it’s usually done on the person’s back along the spine. Depending on the condition of the body, you might get circle bruises that last for a few days.

Prevention is the key in Chinese Medicine. Many of our patients come in regularly for a tune up treatment to balance the body. The best time is to follow nature, with the changing of seasons, about 4 times a year. As a result, the body can adjust to daily stresses better and reduce the likeliness of getting sick. Even if your cold or flu has persisted for awhile, acupuncture and herbs can help and prevent the pathogen from going deeper into your lung and consuming your vital energy. Talk to us about our prevention protocol for cold and flu to keep you healthier and happier.

Chiropractic Adjustments are an Immune Booster

Based on a recent compilation of research done by Christopher Oswald, DC, CNS he  has shown that not only does a properly aligned spine reduce pain and prevent injury, but it also boosts and modulates many of the major players in the immune system.   This means that when a friend or family member starts to feel ill, a good adjustment can actually knock out the illness or speed the recovery time for an individual.

Let’s talk more in depth about how the immune process actually works and who are the major players.  The adjustment has a more modulation effect on the immune system which means that when you need the immune system stimulated it helps rev up a portion but at the same time calm the other portion that can lead to chronic inflammation and allergies.

A study done in 2006 shows that a Chiropractic adjustment will actually influence the release of cytokines and thus effect the immune system.  The immune markers that the study looked at were the following inflammatory cytokines; tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and interleukin (IL) .  The study’s basic summary stated that a Chiropractic adjustment would reduce inflammatory cytokines, which helped whether someone was sick or fighting a cold or allergies.  They also saw in the study from 2010 that when an adjustment was done that it would activate B cells and some interleukin cells thus priming the immune effector cells and regulating a proper immune response.  (A proper response is important because you don’t want  the immune system to become hyper-active like an auto-immune condition, but neither do you want immune suppression like a patient on chemotherapy.)

This research is still building but it does lend credence to the fact that an adjustment should be part of a healthy bodies routine and when you feel the first signs of a cold or flu, it is an important time to get in and see the doctor.  In our clinic, the ideal time to see us is before you are very sick, but if you miss that window and get sick, we still want to help you recover faster by doing an adjustment on you.

Stretching Success with a Towel, Rolling Pin and Tennis Ball

16 Apr 2014 Complementary

 

Travelling to your summer vacation destination typically requires sitting in a car or plane for at least a few hours leaving you tin-man stiff and achy. Your body prefers to move, bend and flex which isn’t always easy in the sky or on the road.  And travel isn’t the only culprit. Sitting at a desk all day can lead to that same achiness, usually between the shoulder blades, the low back and the sides of the thighs.  We all know that it’s important to get up and walk around while on a plane, stop at rest stops for a walk while driving and get away from your desk at regular intervals, but a few simple tools can make stretching breaks far more effective. For added relief at home, work, or on the road, grab a towel, a tennis ball and a rolling pin and make these simple stretches part of your everyday routine.

 

The Towel Stretch

Keep your shoulder blades down when performing this stretch and make sure to work both sides of your body.  Walk your fingers toward each other to deepen the stretch and give relief to hunched shoulders and neck. This stretch can be done with a towel or sweater, or simply clasp both hands behind your back and lean forward lifting your hands away from your back. This is also a great stretch for kid-carrying moms.

 

 

 

The L Stretch

Using the car or a chair, flex forward at the hips without rounding your back to elongate the space between each vertebrae.  Don’t be afraid to stick your butt out and walk your legs further and further away from the car or chair.  This will open up the spine and spaces between the discs.  For a more advanced version of the stretch bend forward toward your toes with your arms reaching in front of you. This will create a more intense stretch on hamstrings and calves

 

 

 

 

Ball Pain Release

Stuck in the car or plane? Many people develop sciatic, leg or low back pain when they can’t stand or stretch.  An easy-to-pack tennis ball and these simple stretches can provide immediate relief.

 

 

a. Place the tennis ball between the seat and the small of your low back pressing back toward the seat of the car or plane. Roll it around the low back muscles in a circular pattern stopping at the sorest spots and adding a bit of extra pressure. This releases the tight parts of the muscle called triggers that cause pain and aching.

 

 

b. Sit on the tennis ball using varying amounts of pressure to release the tight muscles of the gluts. Focus on the lateral portion of the gluts and roll in an up and down motion while balancing on your other cheek.  If you feel a tingling sensation down your leg you may be applying too much pressure directly over the sciatic nerve. This won’t cause any damage or injury but you will want to reduce the amount of pressure you are placing on the ball.

 

c. Place the tennis ball between your palm and your thigh muscle and roll the ball in a circular motion around the muscle. Vary your pressure and when you find a sore spot hold the ball there and make smaller circles over this area. If it’s comfortable, you can lean forward placing more of your weight on the ball, which will increase the pressure. Too much pressure can cause bruising so be careful!

 

IT Band Roll

Grab a rolling pin from your kitchen and take it with you on a road trip. Unfortunately a rolling pin won’t make it through airport security!  While sitting in a car or chair shift your weight to one butt cheek so the IT band is easily accessible. Roll the rolling pin back and forth from just below the hip to just above the knee. Because of the large surface area, bruising is unlikely.

 

These simple tricks can make for a much happier travel experience! If you have trouble spots other than the ones above, we would be happy to have you come in and we can go over a detailed list of stretches specially designed for your body.

Avoiding the Dangers of Summer BBQ!

 

Summer is in full swing and there is nothing more all-American than a good outdoor barbeque! But before you fire up those coals you should be aware that recent research by the National Institute of Health has discovered two cancer-causing byproducts associated with barbecuing red meat, poultry, lamb, pork, and fish. The first is a carcinogen called heterocyclic amines (HCAs). HCAs are formed when meat is overcooked or char-grilled. The second carcinogen associated with barbecuing is polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PAHs are formed when fat drips onto the coals or a hot surface and are transferred to the food via the smoke. They can also form directly on the food when it is charred.

But don’t throw out that BBQ grill! Instead, follow these simple safety tips so you and your family can enjoy a healthy barbequed dinner.

  • On a charcoal grill, push the coals to the sides and place a drip pan in the empty area under your food to prevent flame-ups. Make sure to cook at a lower temperature and with the lid closed. The coals shouldn’t be flaming. Cook when they are glowing and have a layer of gray ash on the top.
  • On a gas grill, use only the outer burners. Cook food in the center above a drip pan with the lid closed using the lowest temperature possible.
  • Cut down on the amount of meat you cook and instead choose more fruits and vegetables like peaches, nectarines, portabella mushrooms, zucchini, tomatoes, corn, and bell peppers. When you do cook meat, make sure to trim the fat to reduce the chance of flame-ups.
  • Use the lowest temperature to cook your food thoroughly. Keep your grill rack as high as possible to keep the food further from the heat source. Use a meat thermometer you won’t have food on the grill any longer than necessary.
  • Flip food frequently to avoid charring. Use a spatula instead of stabbing it with a fork which will allow fat to drip onto the coal.
  • Use a drip pan and keep water in a spray bottle to quickly put out flame-ups.
  • Marinating food has been shown to reduce the formation of cancer-causing substances. The ingredients (especially vinegar) in marinades can actually protect the meat and reduce the chances of carcinogenic compounds forming.
  • When you are done cooking, clean any oil or grease off your grill by turning up the heat to high and closing the lid for about 10 minutes. Then use a grill brush to clean the grates.

 

Still concerned? The best way to deal with these warnings is moderation. Use safe grilling techniques and limit your barbequed dinners to two or three times a week.

Oil: How to Cook with and use it Properly

Oil

 

The word “oil” often brings negative connotations associated with fats that are in foods.  However, we need to recognize that there are both good and bad oils and good and bad fats.  A good oil or fat may start out healthy but may become unhealthy when we use it or cook it the wrong way.  Our general instincts may be to avoid fats. But when armed with a little knowledge you can choose healthy oils and fats and use them to maximize health benefits.  Remember: If the oil goes beyond its smoke point it will loose the health benefits so pay close attention to temperatures! 

Oil Smoke point and Suggested Use Flavor Health Benefits
Avocado Oil 520° High Heat sautéing, dressing and dip Green color and delicate avocado taste Lower blood pressure and boosts absorption of antioxidants
Rice-Bran Oil 490° High Heat pan frying and sautéing Mild flavor lets food flavor stand-out Lowers Cholesterol and potential anticancer agent
Grape seed Oil 425° good for baking and high-heat sautéing Very neutral High in Vitamin E and omega 6 fatty acids
Macadamia-Nut Oil 450° Medium heat

Stir frying and vinaigrettes

Subtle macadamia nut taste best with Asian dishes More oleic acid than olive oil ( fatty acid)
Sesame Oil 350° Medium heat good for baking and marinades Sweet nutty taste Keeps cholesterol and blood sugar low
Coconut Oil 325° Medium heat baking and sautéing Distinct coconut flavor Lauric acid good for cholesterol levels also antiviral and antibacterial
Walnut Oil 320° Medium heat good for drizzling over cooked vegetables Savory with slight walnut flavor. Rich in Melatonin a sleep regulating hormone
Roasted Pumpkin-Seed Oil 250° Low heat works for salad dressing Smoky and earthy Heart healthy fatty acid, and eases symptoms of prostate enlargement
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 300° but varies with company Distinct Olive oil flavor Immune boosting, antibacterial and anti-fungal

Pregnancy Health and Preparation Check List

First Trimester:

 

Week 1-7:  Baby’s heart and face as well as the placenta are taking shape and forming.

 

Symptoms: Fatigue, breast tenderness and perhaps morning sickness.

 

To do:

  1. Eat well
  2. Take Prenatal Vitamins
  3. Schedule first pregnancy check-up with an OB/GYN or Midwife
  4. Schedule first Chiropractic visit to prevent major back pain during pregnancy
  5. Be excited at the new change

 

Week 8-13:  Baby doubles in size and begins building bones and cartilage.

 

Symptoms: Morning sickness, constipation and perhaps some insomnia.

 

To do:

 

  1. Eat fiber to combat constipation
  2. Take B6 vitamin liquid and/or Sepia to combat morning sickness (you will want a doctor’s recommendation on what kind)
  3. Blood work with your Doctor
  4. Second Chiropractic visit to prevent major back pain during your pregnancy.

 

 

Second Trimester:

 

Week 14-19:  Baby starts sucking and you may begin to feel some movement or kicks.

 

Symptoms:  Weight gain, dental issues, baby movement, low back pain and leg cramping.

 

To do:

 

  1. Start taking a Calcium and Magnesium blend nightly to give baby enough to build strong bones and prevent leg cramps for mom (you will want a doctor’s recommendation on dosage)
  2. Yoga or Stretching for low back and butt muscles
  3. Chiropractic visit for low back and butt as they may be getting painful from the hormones in your body
  4. Start using belly cream to prevent stretch marks
  5. To prevent gestational diabetes take a blood sugar support if you are having more sugar cravings

 

Week 20-27:  Baby starts to breath and facial features form.

 

Symptoms:  Linea Nigra may appear (dark line down center of the belly), belly button pops out, and swelling of feet and ankles may occur. You can’t deny you are pregnant!

 

To do:

 

  1. Anatomy Check Ultrasound – this is when you can find out the gender
  2. Chiropractic visit for low back adjustment but as the baby continues to grow, it gets painful from the hormones in your body
  3. Begin Acupuncture to help prepare body for labor
  4. Start a Labor Prep class:  (we like “Birthing from Within”)
  5. Register at a store or online for your baby shower- while you still feel mobile enough to wander the baby store
  6. Decide if you are using a doula
  7. Decide if you want to do placenta encapsulation and then hire a doula to do this

 

Third Trimester:

 

Week 28-35:  Baby’s brain is growing fast, starts sucking and breathing and testicles will drop if present.

 

Symptoms:  Aching back due to enlarging belly, frequent urination, and possible Braxton Hick’s contractions.

 

To do:

  1. Pack the hospital bag  (see list of recommended items)
  2. Finalize Birth Plan and discuss with midwife or OB/GYN
  3. Take hospital tour either in person or virtually
  4. Chiropractic visit to make sure baby is in the head down position
  5. Acupuncture to prepare for labor
  6. Start or finish the baby’s nursery

 

Week 36-41:  Some doctors say you are full term and baby can come anytime now.

 

Symptoms:  Aching back due to enlarging belly, frequent urination, possible Braxton Hick’s contractions and excitement to meet baby.

 

To do:

 

  1. Put car seat in the car
  2. Keep old towels or pads in the car in case your water breaks (doesn’t happen to all women)
  3. Acupuncture two times a week during weeks 39 and 40 to prepare for labor
  4. Chiropractic one time during weeks 38 and 39.  If you go to 40-41 you may want to come in again
  5. Start labor tincture and homeopathic regimen to support a smooth labor (you will want a doctor to help you with this)

 

Post Partum

 

Symptoms:  Back pain, perineal tearing, hemorrhoids, breast tenderness and nipple pain, fatigue and crying spells.

 

To do:

 

  1. Adrenal Support (talk to your doctor) for fatigue and crying spells
  2. Sitz bath herbs to heal perineal area
  3. Suppositories for hemorrhoids
  4. Pad-siciles ( soak several large pads in witch hazel or water and place in a bag in the freezer to help with tearing pain)
  5. Raspberry tea for uterine tonic
  6. Homeopathic remedies to help healing (talk to your doctor)
  7. Epsom Salt bath: 1 cup Epsom Salts in hot bath. Soak 15-20 minutes.  Helps speed healing and sooth tissues.
  8. Tea or Herbs if you need to increase milk production

 

Hospital Bag:

 

Baby:

 

*Make sure the car seat is in the car about three weeks before your due date and make sure it is secure.

 

1.  2 receiving blankets – for me muslin is best since we’re having a July baby

2.  Cap – but probably won’t use due to heat

3.  2 pairs scratch prevention mittens

4.  2 pairs of little newborn socks

5.  Hand sanitizer for use after touching hospital items

6.  Baby wipes – cloth or wet depending on your preference

7.  Nail clippers, comb, and coconut oil for baby’s bottom (to prevent meconium from sticking) and a nasal aspirator

8.  Newborn diapers

9.  3 undershirts

10.  2-3 “Going home” outfits as you may change your mind on which one you like best!

11.  Pediatrician information

 

Mom/Dad:

 

1.  Flip-flops

2.  At least 4 large size pads or Depends underwear

4.  Socks that are comfy

5.  Sports bra and nursing bra

6.  3 pairs underwear

7.  PJs that make nursing easy

8.  Going home outfit – maxi dress or large stretch pants to fit over pad, and loose at waist

9.  Snacks for you and dad – bars, honey sticks, fruit smashes, popsicles, juice

10.  Kleenex and sanitary wipes for hospital items

11.  Gum – helps some people focus during labor

12.  Phone numbers of your “must call” list:

a.  Parents

b.  Siblings

c.  Doula – who is doing placenta encapsulation

13.  Pen for paper work

14.  Hair tie / head band

15.  Travel size deodorant, body wash, shampoo, Chap Stick, toothbrush, hair comb, and make-up for pictures if you want

16.  Camera

17.  Cell phone and charger

18.  Laptop and charger for movies or while resting

19.  Nipple cream

20.  Change for the vending machine

10 Stress Busters

 

When the weather gets crisp and our thoughts turn to the holidays our stress levels often rise while our good moods fall! At in-Health Clinic your health and wellbeing are of the utmost importance to us. Stress can cause fatigue, a foul mood, a racing heart, and weakened immune system to name just a few.

 

To help you stay stress-free check out our top ten holiday stress-reducing strategies to help you truly enjoy the season.

 

I.         Wake up 15 minutes earlier.  Waking up just a little earlier can give you enough time for a good breakfast and will prevent the need for rushing. Over time rushing can cause increased stress.

II.         Say no to extra social invitations and parties you truly don’t have time for and aren’t high on your priority list.

III.         Turn needs into preferences.  You don’t always need to make every holiday perfect. Get done what you can and have fun.

IV.         Organize. Doing things in advance will keep you from that last minute panic. Get guest rooms ready, plan meals, have plenty of wrapping paper and maybe an extra generic gift or two. Be sure to make lists so you don’t forget anything.

V.         Embrace forgiveness.  We live in an imperfect world and while forgiving and letting go may not make us forget, it will allow us to enjoy life more.

VI.         Book a massage.  You may think you don’t have time, but taking a mid week evening off when someone can watch your kids will allow you to have an hour just to relax.

VII.         Do one thing at a time.  Try not to think about everything as you are completing one task. This slows efficiency, causes you to make more errors and keeps you from embracing and fully enjoying the moment.

  1. Do things you enjoy.  After all, ‘tis the season. Don’t fill it with things that neither you nor your family enjoy.

IX.         Take the boredom out of waiting in line.  Have a fun book or movie downloaded on your phone or listen to your favorite tunes.

X.         Procrastination is stressful.  Don’t wait until the night before Christmas or any other event to do all the shopping and preparing, plan ahead.

 

 

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