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COVID-19, March 17 Newsetter

The world has gone a little upside down.  Remember, we are all in this together.

 

Firstly, If any of you are suffering from, or have possibly been exposed to, COVID-19, each one of us needs to take a deep breath on your behalf, and send healing your way. 

 

For the rest of us, we need to stay healthy.

 

We all need our stress and anxiety levels reduced.  Despite our new isolation, we need to know we are not alone.  We want to know that our immune systems are strong, that those we love are safe, that all of us can weather this viral storm.

 

What can you do?

 

Boost your immune system!

Some of the strongest immune suppressors are stress, fear, and sugar.

Drink plenty of water.  Get more in soups, stews, and unsweetened, non-alcoholic beverages, like flavored seltzer water.  Keep your throat wet.

Gargle with salt water.

Rinse with a neti-pot.

Eat well.  Avoid phlegm-causing foods like sugar, dairy, refined flours, and processed foods.

Relieve your stress, in whatever way works best for you.

In a clean, safe space, breathe deeply, meditate.

Walk in the fresh air, albeit with less social interaction.  We can smile from 6 feet away.

Don’t give up your exercise routine, just minimize exposure.

When in doubt, STAY HOME.

When you return home, immediately wash your hands.

Explore online exercise classes, yoga, tai chi, or qi gong.

Sleep fully to restore.

Support those you love through telephone and Internet contact.

 

What can we do for you?

 

We are here to help you heal, keep you calm, balanced, healthy, and strong.  Don’t hesitate to phone us with your healthcare questions or concerns. We will do our best for you.

 

Chinese medicine has been doing this for thousands of years.  Traditional Chinese Medicine is all about treating the whole person where they are, rebalancing our systems, strengthening us, so that we can heal ourselves. 

 

Acupuncture alone is a great stress reliever, and immune boosting is an easy adjunct to any treatment.  Other concerns can be addressed during treatment.

 

We carry a wide variety of Chinese herbs and supplements that can help boost your immunity, ward off nearby viruses, fight off infections, and speed the resolution of influenza.  I can customize a formula for your specific needs and symptoms. If you are unsure, call us at 401-619-1912 for a consultation. We can ship appropriate herbs to you, or have them ready for pick up.

 

 

How do we do that now?

 

Obviously, priorities are shifting.  Safety first:

 

Please stay home if you believe you have respiratory symptoms, or if you suspect you may have been exposed to any virus.

 

Acupuncture & Herbal Answers is a clean healthcare facility.  We are cleaner now. We are taking this very seriously, are wearing protective gear, and disinfecting after each patient.

 

We are closely monitoring the CDC and RIDOH recommendations.

 

Those of you who have weakened immune systems, cardio-vasular disease, or who tend to suffer respiratory symptoms, may benefit from a phone call for herbal or healthcare advice.

 

If you choose to cancel an appointment, for whatever reason, please let us know.  No one will be penalized for late cancellations. 

 

Feel free to wait outside the office.  If we know you are there, we can let you know when your room is all ready for you, or take prepaid prescriptions out to your car.

 

Phone us!  Ask questions!  Get herbs!

 

Use our online supplement supply portal for vetted, quality supplements at a discount.

Wellevate Link

 

We are looking into various new ways to engage with you online.

 

Here is a link to an article on how effective herbs are to fight corona viruses in China: 

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3051009/coronavirus-do-herbal-remedies-work-and-could-they-help-stricken?fbclid=IwAR1g0e4Gf0TYPLDrJQ2osA5mQqONw7qSgARZfbnkdEYVseMzyya5wE7pGQE

 

Free Online QiGong exercises:

https://shengzhen.online/

Numerous free online learning sources:

https://www.edwardkinghouse.org/free-online-learning-opportunities/

 

 

Take care of yourselves!

 

Awakening from Alzheimer’s video series

I have just watched a couple of episodes for the online video series, Awakening from Alzheimer’s.

I highly recommend viewing it to anyone who knows anyone who has suffered Dementia, or for all of us who wish to maintain or brain health into our later years.  Trust that I will also be implementing what I learn from this series in my practice.

The series began on 21 September, and currently offers one free episode per day.  It appears you may view episode 1 throughout the series.  This episode a good taste of some of the interviews with respected clinicians who have seen measurable improvements in their patients’ conditions.  You may review all episodes October 6-9, and purchase the series at any time.  Episodes appear to be 30-40 minutes in duration, and are posted from 9 AM EST to 9 AM the following day.

http://event.awakeningfromalzheimers.com/trailer-2c/

 

Summer Solstice

During the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.

According to five element theory, during the summer the organ that receives extra energy is the heart. When the seasons change so do the organs we should focus on in the body. You should focus on the heart during summer. Feed the heart heart-nourishing foods and make sure to remain active so the heart receives positive energy. continue reading »

Heart Afire: The Fire Element

The organs in Chinese medicine are more than just a physical representation. The organs include not only their physiological function, but also their mental, emotional, spiritual and elemental qualities that align with nature and the seasons. Let’s explore the heart.

The heart season is summer, and heart is considered the most yang: hot, bountiful and abundant. Yang is what is bright, moving, outward, hot and loud. Yin is what is more inward, still, dark and cooler. The color of the heart is associated with red, the climate is heat, the flavor is bitter and it’s paired organ is the small intestine (many urinary issues are due to “heart fire” heat descending). The sense aligned with heart is the tongue, and the vessels associated with heart are the tissues. The heart sound is laughing, and the emotion is joy. The heart houses what is known as the shen, which is the mind and spirit. continue reading »

Fighting Flu Season with Acupuncture

While the flu is actually not a season, we have become programmed to think of it as the months of November through March. On average, the flu hospitalizes thousands every year, especially the young and elderly. There are also a number of deaths related to the flu, mostly due to people already having compromised immune systems.

The flu, also known as influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by a number of viruses. To date, there are approximately 26 to 30 different known strains of the flu virus. This is one of the reasons the flu vaccine has only mild efficacy. The flu vaccine itself, typically only covers five to seven strains of the flu.  Symptoms of the flu include fever, coughing, a sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, pains, runny nose and watery eyes. continue reading »

7 Ways to Communicate Healthy Habits to Your Kids

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As the school year kicks back into gear so should the healthy habits that you and your children have before practiced. Notice how I said “practiced,” because we all know during the summer-vacation months we tend to indulge a little. Maybe you have had one too many backyard barbecues, or three too many trips to the favorite ice cream shop down the street. Whatever your summer vice may be don’t worry about it, you can regain those healthy habits from before and introduce them into your children’s lives! continue reading »

How to make a natural sunscreen at home

Blog-img - How to make a natural sunscreen at home_640Although sun protection is extremely important to protect against harmful UV-rays and to prevent skin cancer, next time you pick out your sunscreen, consider what you’re buying. Many common sunscreens actually contain chemicals that can be harmful to your body.

Chemicals to avoid in common sunscreens:

  • Oxybenzone
  • Retinol palmitate
  • Methoxycinnamate
  • Octinoxate
  • Padimate O/PABA
  • Nano or Micronized mineral particles

There are several and easy ways to make effective and natural homemade sunscreen. continue reading »

6 daily habits to lower your risk of cancer

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It should be common sense now that smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to multiple types of cancer. If you are trying to quit, you are not alone. Try joining a support group or making a plan for yourself to set goals for quitting. Facing addiction is hard, but not using tobacco can save years of your life.

Healthy diet

A healthy, well-rounded diet can do wonders for lowering your risk of cancer and overall wellbeing.  Cut out processed sugar and instead focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help fight cancer. Other fish that can help reduce the risk of endometrial cancer in women include halibut, sardines and tuna. continue reading »

Acupuncture and PTSD

Blog-img---Acupuncture-and-PTSDPTSD is a physiological disorder that can result from being exposed to a traumatic event.  The disorder results in several different symptoms including anxiety, irritability, insomnia and flashbacks. The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder in someone’s life can be far reaching.  Feelings of hopelessness, shame and despair, problems at work or with relationships, serious health problems, depression, anxiety and drug or alcohol abuse are not uncommon. Getting help can be hard at first, but can have a great impact for helping PTSD. continue reading »

6 Alternative Treatments to Help with Arthritis

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For those with arthritis, exercise, no matter how little you do, is one of the best natural treatments. For those with severe arthritis, even the smallest amount of walking can make a difference. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for those with arthritis because it puts the least amount of impact on the joints. Strengthening exercises are also recommended to keep muscles and joints strong. continue reading »

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