When partnering with you on your path to better health, one of the most important things we discuss is not just what you put IN your body, but what you’re putting ON your body. Anything you put on your skin gets absorbed and processed by your body.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is on the rise. It has a worldwide prevalence of 10-20% and has become one of the most common disorders seen by gastroenterologists and primary care physicians alike. I myself have noticed an increase in the number of patients with digestive health disorders in our clinic. I thought it would be helpful to write this blog post because many patients ask, “What is IBS, and how do I know if I have it?”
I’m falling in love with essential oils all over again and finding what a dynamic and delightful addition they are in my acupuncture treatments and my day to day life. Here is some basic information as well as do’s and don’ts to know if you are interested in experimenting with essential oils at home or in your own healing practice.
This delicious (and oh-so-easy!) summer soup comes from the wonderful Mickey Trescott of the Autoimmune Wellness Blog. It’s one of the many mouth-watering recipes in her book, The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, An Allergen-Free Approach to Managing Chronic Illness. If you are struggling with an autoimmune condition or are simply seeking to nourish yourself well, this cookbook is a fantastic resource.
I did some communing with nature deep in the Sinkyone Wilderness State Park this weekend. As my boyfriend and I slowly walked into the park, winding our way along a rustic elk path that paralleled the majestic pacific coast, I could feel myself dropping into a level of presence and relaxation that allowed me to let go of future concerns or worries of the past and to just be.The Japanese coined the term shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing” in the early 80’s. Since that time, forest bathing has become a popular ritual of preventative health care in Japan. In the decades that have followed, several robust studies have proven the health benefits of simply spending time in under the canopy of a living forest or in a natural area. Once again, science backs up this practice we intuitively know is great for us.
It’s no secret that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine safely and effectively enhance fertility, support all stages of pregnancy and provide vital nourishment once the baby has arrived. As an acupuncturist specializing in reproductive health, it’s an immense joy to support patients on their path to parenthood.