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Three Tips for Staying Healthy This Winter

acupuncture can help you embrace winter
Don’t let the winter get you down, embrace Traditional Chinese Medicine.

 

The dark days of winter can be hard on both your body and your mind. The practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine recommends that you should live according to the seasons for optimal health and well being. In Utah, that can be especially challenging since the days are short and cold, and the winter seems to stretch on.  Winter doesn’t have to be time to endure. Acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Medicine can help you balance your energy and find wellness. With these practices, you can learn to embrace winter and see it as a time of rest and recharging. 

 

To best live in the winter season, you should focus on nourishing your body, restoring your mind and spirit and protecting yourself against the cold. Here are our three TCM tips for maintaining health and living in harmony with the season. 

 

1. Get the Right Nutrition

Focusing on the right nutrition for winter, can help you stay healthy in the coldest months of the year. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, winter is the time to eating warming, seasonal foods, such as stews made with rich broths, whole grains and root vegetables. It is also good to increase your intake of protein rich foods like beans and lentils. When cooking meals, focus on slow cooking methods like roasting and baking to preserve the warming qualities of these foods.

In addition to choosing nurturing foods, you must drink enough water. Though we don’t sweat much in winter, the cold, winter air is incredibly drying. The dry air sucks the moisture out of your body leaving your skin, lips, hair and organs dehydrated. To stay hydrated, listen to your body and drink between meals. Focus on room temperature water and/or herbal teas, such as ginger root, which is a warming herb. By eating in harmony with the seasons and following Traditional Chinese Medicine, you can boost your immune system and prepare your body for the winter.

2. Alter Your Winter Activities

The slow days of winter are the perfect time to slow down and look inward. Take advantage of the time indoors to focus on meditation, prayer, journaling and reading. These practice are good restorative activities. Or, gently combine the physical and spiritual with Yin yoga, which will help you maintain balance and recharge your Yin. You can also visit a certified acupuncturist, for an acupuncture to make sure your qi is in balance.

Finally, make sure to get enough sleep. Traditional Chinese Medicine advises setting and rising with the sun. While this isn’t always practical or possible in our modern world, just an hour extra a night can be incredibly helpful in getting your body the extra rest in needs in the winter and becoming more in sync with our natural world. 

3. Stay Warm

The need to stay warm might seem like a no brainer in the winter, but many of us do not properly bundle up. In the winter, it is essential to protect our heads and neck from the cool wind. We cannot balance our bodies if we are constantly losing heat. It also takes more energy to maintain body warmth when you are not properly bundled, and this precious energy could be used to boost your immune system and protect you from illness. When you waste energy, you leave yourself vulnerable to illness or infection. 

 

Don’t let the cold beat you this winter. Instead, embrace winter in Utah as time to embrace Traditional Chinese Medicine and maintain balance in your life. Acupuncture and living with the seasons through rest and nutrition can help you maintain health and wellness in Utah. If you are interested in learning more, get in touch with us or make an appointment.

Healthy Foods for Fall

traditional chinese medicine foods for fall

The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.

As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading »

Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

Effective treatments for fibromyalgia and auto-immune diseases

According to WebMd:  Fibromyalgia is a lifelong condition that affects about 5 million Americans. People with it have sore, stiff muscles, but nothing odd shows up on X-rays or most lab tests. Doctors diagnose it based on your symptoms and an exam. While fibromyalgia doesn’t damage joints or organs, the constant aches and fatigue can really impact daily life.

The hallmark of fibromyalgia is muscle pain throughout your body. Typically, you’ll also have:

  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Joint pain and numbness or tingling

Approximately 3.4 % of women in the United States suffer from fibromyalgia.  Women are much more likely to develop fibromyalgia then are men.  Many people who have fibromyalgia also have tension headache, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, irritable bowel syndrome as well as food sensitivities associated with gut dysbiois.

 

According to “The Fibro Bible” The causes of fibromyalgia is caused by long term stress, poor diet, and irregular sleep cycles.  This creates a combination of gut dysbiosis (poor gut flora balance) improper distribution of gasotransmitters such as nitric oxide, and hormonal imbalances leading to chronic inflammation.  It is a very similar etiology as chronic fatigue syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivity, and PTSD.

 

THE EIGHT MAIN FACTORS OF FIBROMYALGIA
Fibromyalgia is chronic pain caused by eight separate, yet overlapping causes. The predominant factor that causes pain can and does change based on weather patterns, diet, psychological triggering, sleep, and mitochondrial levels. This variability is why fibromyalgia seems so random. For anyone who has been on a fibro forum or talked to a fibro support group, you have heard stories that are terrifying and make the situation seem bleak.

 

A woman is diligently practicing yoga. She is feeling better by the day and then suddenly, for no apparent reason the pain is back with a vengeance. She was doing everything “right”. She summoned every bit of will power. Why was the yoga suddenly not helping anymore? This lack of understanding is terrifying and leads many to believe that they are cursed or that the situation is hopeless.

A doctor cured several patients with a special diet. It worked exceptionally for some, but not at all for others. Why?

A body worker made one person feel normal again, but caused the next patient to have an extreme spike in pain. Why?

The simple answer is because there are eight different overlapping causes. Seeing them with clarity will allow you to flexibly adapt. It will help you know what to use to help alleviate pain, when to use it, and when to stop. In most cases all of these mechanisms are at work to a varying degree, but one will play a predominant role and alleviating it will allow the others to follow. Finding that first domino creates a metabolic cascade that increases energy, decreases pain, and improves quality of life.

The Light of Context
To really understand fibromyalgia, imagine trying to renovate a dilapidated house. After years of neglect, it has fallen into disrepair. The windows are broken; the basement is flooded and plants are growing up through the moldy floorboards in the living room. Now imagine that someone has told you that uncomfortable homes are caused by moldy carpets. It’s a perfectly reasonable explanation. You tear up the carpet in the living room and replace it. There is less mold, but no one has repaired the windows or the leaky roof. After a while it starts to rain and the carpet is moldy once more. As a result, you forget the mold and hear from a specialist that in order to maintain a comfortable home the thermostat must be working properly. As a result you crank up the heat, but the house is still flooded and the windows are still broken. Repairing this house seems like an impossible task. This is because no one is looking at the big picture. Without context and an order of operations, most of the effort is wasted. As a result, people honestly believe that there is no cure. This is like deciding that a home can’t be functional because you installed a furnace while the windows were still broken. To make improvements that will last, you would first seal the windows and patch up the roof. After this you could drain off the flooded water, repair the electrical system, tear out damaged wood, hire workers, get materials, install new pipes, and finally a heating system. These stages overlap, yet must be addressed in the correct order or else it can lead to relapse. The stages address the following conditions in sequential order.
1. Lymphatic dysregulation and biofilms
2. Gut Dysbiosis
3. Nitric Oxide Dysregulation Associated with Elevated Cortisol
4. Prostaglandin Dysregulation and Platelet Adhesion
5. Mitochondrial Myopathy
6. Venous insufficiency
7. Due to Low DHEA’s /HPA-Thyroid Dysregulation
8. Dysregulation of ACTH and Cortisol Associated with Lumbar Pain and Low Body Temperature

 

Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness Inc. offers 1 hour comprehensive examination to determine what stages you may be at and addressed accordingly by treatment strategy and therapy to relieve pain, improve sleep and digestion, increase energy level and improve your overall quality of life.

 

Here is a recent testimonial from a patient:

 

Lotus Springs Acupuncture and Wellness Inc. specializes in fibromyalgia treatment. The acupuncturist and owner, Dan Clark has a fibromyalgia program that includes herbs, acupuncture treatments and knowledge. This fibromyalgia treatment program has changed my life! I began treatment three months ago with a 10 point daily pain level and poor energy. Today I am pain free most of the time. After 25 years of painful suffering with fibromyalgia I recommend you give Dan and his fibromyalgia treatment program a try. Catherine Kelsey

Call to schedule your one hour examination to see if Lotus Spring Acupuncture can help at 385-498-3914

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