Tips to avoid the flu this year!
(And Fall 2011 news...)
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Eat your medicine!
Speaking of food...
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"Wait, wait, don't cancel!"

"...Sorry, I'm sick. I'm calling to cancel my appointment for tomorrow. I don't want to get you sick."

"Thanks, but, wait, wait. Don't cancel!"

Unlike with massage therapy, being sick is not a reason to cancel an acupuncture appointment. It's a reason to keep or schedule one.

Acupuncture can boost immune function, provide symptomatic relief, improve the quality of your sleep, and help you shake off a cold or flu faster. All without the side effects of many over-the-counter medications.

What else can you do to keep healthy or kick a cold this season? See below for other tips.
Eat your medicine, hold off on the heavy coat, early to bed and other flu-fighting tips...
daikon radish There is a whole stream of practices in Chinese medicine called yang shen or "nourishing life." This tradition is comprised of dietary and behavioral modifications that can keep you healthy.

So what does yang shen teach us about avoiding colds and flu?

1. Allow your body to acclimate to the change in seasons: Don't be too quick to put on your heavy coat. Feel the dip in temperature first.

2. As they should, diets shift with the change in seasons to heavier, warmer, more cooked foods. To balance out a warmer winter diet eat radishes. Radishes regulate the sweat pores, strengthen the lungs, clear out phlegm, and prevent fevers.

3. And just as animals follow the rhythm of the seasons and hibernate during the darker months of the year, we too should be devoting more time to sleep, rest, and meditation. Save the vigorous physical activities for the spring!
Speaking of food, Easy Eats magazine launches!
psach signI've been asked to be on the advisory board of an exciting new health and wellness publication, focusing on gluten-free eating. Founded by food industry vetran, magazine editor, and bestselling cookbook author, Silvana Nardone, Easy Eats launched in September.
And, finally, I've been using Twitter a lot recently to spread the word about news and research on such topics as acupuncture for infertility and back pain, environmental health, and general wellness. Follow me @SlopeAcu if you'd like to get these updates.
Wishing you a healthy and happy fall.

All the best,

Sarah E. Rivkin, MS, LAc, Dipl. OM
Park Slope Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs