Talking With Kids About the Coronavirus

As the effects of the coronavirus outbreak continue to seep into everyday life, it can be hard to stay present rather than focusing on the myriad of concerns and questions everyone has. Unfortunately, this can be true for kids too. 

Younger kids can perceive their caretakers’ stress and older kids are better aware of what’s going on for their families and in the world around them. As we navigate our own stress each day, it can be hard to know how to protect children from theirs. Traditional Chinese Medicine can support you in doing so, maybe lightening your personal load in the process. continue reading »

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COVID-19: IMMUNITY AND OUR COMMUNITY

Dear valued clients and our community,

As you already know, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is very real and very much apart of our current reality. It is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our community safe from the rapid spread of Coronavirus.  To help slow the spread of this virus, it is now more important than ever to take an abundance of caution to help protect you, your family, our community and our healthcare system; it is with this in mind that we have made the difficult  but necessary decision to suspend all in-person client visits for the time being.  While the clinic is physically closed at this time we are still available to support you by phone, email, text, FaceTime, Skype,etc. so please do feel free to reach out if we can be of assistance.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates on the website and by direct communication where possible and as soon as it is safe and in your best interest to do so we will reopen the clinic to in-person services.

If you are feeling ill, or experiencing any of the following symptoms, please stay home and limit your exposure to other people in your community and of course if you feel your symptoms warrant seek medical attention. By taking action, you will significantly delay the spread of COVID-19:

  • Fever (oral temperature 100.4° or higher) or symptoms of fever (such as chills or body aches) within the past 24 hours. Please do not consider yourself fever-free until your temperature has been normal for at least 24 hours without the use of Tylenol (acetaminophen). The World Health Organization (WHO) currently recommends avoiding Advil (ibuprofen) and other NSAIDs for COVID-19 symptoms until more information is available.
  • Shortness of breath and/or cough that is not known to be caused by another condition (for example allergies).  
  • Travel within the past 14 days to areas that have people known to be infected with COVID-19
  • Close contact with a person known/suspected to be infected with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • Healthcare workers who have been in contact with patients known/suspected to be infected with COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
  • COVID19 symptoms continue to be identified as more information about the virus becomes known so please visit the public health and government websites for the most up to date information on the pandemic.

 

Prevention is the best medicine.  Here are some additional resources for our patients and community during this critical time.

 

What You Can Do To Take Care Of Yourself

The most important things you can do to support your immune system are really basic:

  1. Don’t panic.  Stress is bad for your immune system.  It’s normal to have worried thoughts. Just don’t entertain them for too long.  Make some time to do something enjoyable each day and connect with loved ones.
  2. Wash your hands frequently and don’t touch your face unless you just washed your hands.
  3. Get enough sleepTurn off the screens and start winding down a little earlier.
  4. Drink lots of water/ healthy fluids such as supposed, bone broth and herbal teas  to support healthy mucous membranes as a first line of defense.  
  5. Eat more nutrient dense whole foods.
  6. Eat less inflammatory foods: sugar, industrial seed oils, processed foods, alcohol, and foods you are sensitive to (wheat, dairy, eggs, nightshades etc.)
  7. Support lung health by doing some even breathing, preferably outdoors in fresh air, to move circulation and clear out toxins.  Breath in through your nose for a count of 5, hold for 1 count, then out through your mouth for a count of 5, hold for 1 count. Repeat.  Make the counts even and not too long that you struggle.  

 

What You Can Do To Help Boost Your Immune System

  • Immune boosting and antiviral herbs!  Herbs boost and support your immune system.  Let us know you are interested in herbs and we’ll figure out the best way they can help you.
  • Probiotics are an important part of your immune system.  They are available in fermented foods such as yogurt (Homemade is best, tastes great, is easy to make and is inexpensive), kefir, raw sauerkraut, specifically labeled “live” pickles, miso, kombucha (careful because it can contain lots of sugar and some caffeine).  Consider supplementing with a concentrated pill or powder.
  • Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc are also good supplements to boost your immune system.

 

To the Point: Immunity System Support PDF

As part of our ongoing support to you and our community, we’ve included a FREE PDF download to help give you the tools to strengthen your immune system at home.  Click here to download this FREE PDF resource.

While these times may feel unusually challenging, please know we will continue to monitor the current situation and evaluate additional measures to help support our clients and community.

Remember we are still here for you so do not hesitate to reach out if we can help in any way.

Thank you, be well and stay safe.

 


 

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4 Meridian Yoga Poses to go with Acupuncture

Meridian Yoga is a form of yoga that actively works with the same meridian system as acupuncture. This form of yoga uses poses to activate and balance energy in the 14 meridian paths. These meridian paths are known as the energy pathways in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), they allow your body and energy to flow and function properly. Meridian Yoga will improve the function of your organs and allow your body to be in its healthiest state physically and mentally. Below are a few of many yoga poses that can increase your energy flow. continue reading »

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Transitioning to Autumn

Blog - img - Transitioning to AutumnWith autumn approaching and the beginning of the yin cycle, the energy of plants is moving down into their roots, helping the body become aware of the energy of the season. This season is a time for the body to begin gathering energy for the colder months to come.

The lungs and large intestine are the organs associated with fall. The lungs are responsible for the circulation of Qi (the body’s natural flow and circulation), and are also very susceptible to cold and illness. For this reason, it is important to stay healthy and warm during the season. If the Qi circulation is weakened, muscles will not be able to warm the body properly. continue reading »

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5 Alternative Treatments and Home Remedies for Psoriasis

Blog-img-5-Alternative-Treatments_640_-ALTERNATEFor people with psoriasis, suffering from painful symptoms like inflamed, flaking and red skin is not pleasant. The chronic skin condition is due to an overactive immune system that can be triggered by a number of internal and external factors. Many Western treatments include steroid creams and oral medications that come with a slew of unwanted side effects.

Below are alternative treatments that are safe and natural and can help reduce symptoms of psoriasis, leading you back to better health. continue reading »

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