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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter   Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2015-04b

Spring Body Cleaning Tips


Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey

You can make a powerful, all-natural detoxifying beverage by mixing together one tablespoon of unfiltered apple cider vinegar (with the 'Mother'), one tablespoon of honey, and 12 ounces of water. The vinegar works to stabilize your body's internal pH level, while the honey works to regulate your blood sugar levels. When combined together, it offers a superb cleansing and detoxifying beverage that's perfect for the spring season. Even the Greek philosopher Socrates prescribed apple cider vinegar to his patients.

Take Care of Your Eyes

Did you know that your eyes are connected to every organ in your body in some manner? With that said, the liver has the strongest connection to the eyes. When your eye health begins to decline, so does your liver. Take care of your eyes by limiting your time in front of electronic displays (e.g. computer monitors, television and tablets) and have an eye exam performed by a licensed optometrist at least once every two years.

Chlorophyll

Consuming chlorophyll - the pigment responsible for giving all green plants their color - will strengthen your liver. Chlorophyll is known to exhibit antioxidant properties, fighting harmful chemicals within the body known as free radicals. And according to a study conducted by the Linus Pauling Institute, both chlorophyll and chlorophyllin may bind with certain carcinogens like cigarette smoke. This doesn't necessarily man that a chlorophyll-rich diet will protect you from cancer, but it's just one more reason why you should include it in your diet.

Some excellent sources of chlorophyll include spinach, parsley, garden cress, green beans, green peppers, Brussels sprouts, green peas, asparagus, broccoli, zucchini, cucumbers, green apples, melon, honeydew and kiwi.

Get Outdoors

The blooming plant life and warming temperatures offers the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and exercise. Exercise and fresh outdoor air stimulate the body's energy (Qi), keeping it moving and flowing throughout the body. When Qi becomes stagnant, it increases the risk of disease and illness. Something as simple as a 30-minute jog around the neighborhood can make a world of difference in your health.

Seek Acupuncture

We can't talk about ways to cleanse the body this spring without mentioning acupuncture. From relieving seasonal allergies to reducing pain and inflammation, the benefits of this Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are endless.

Give me a call today to learn how you can get back on track to better health!

 

   

  
Pain Killer

 

Devil in Disguise


Painkillers are being abused like never before. The media likes to sensationalize the use of prescription pain meds being sold in dark alleys by neighborhood thugs and resident riff-raff.


But what about the gentleman who just purchased the drugs legally from his local pharmacy, as prescribed by his doctor. Is he in any less danger than the guy who obtains his through the black market?


You can argue that in the short-term he is, since he is taking the drugs as prescribed and in the proper dosage. But how about over the long haul?


When you are injured, signals are sent from the injury site to the brain to register pain. Pain is useful in that it alerts us to some form of tissue damage or bodily crisis. The logical course of action would be to address the situation and correct the underlying root cause. If you set a heavy box down on your foot, you create pain. Remove the box, and the pain goes away. Some things just make too much sense.


Instead, we are in effect encouraged by doctors to strap the box on, walk around with it for a lifetime, and guzzle painkillers to make up for the difference. It sounds silly when described this way, but it is no less crazy than swallowing pain meds every day while living with chronic pain.


So what's the big problem with taking painkillers?


First, as with any medication, painkillers come with a whole slew of side effects. Any drug, especially when used chronically, takes a toll on the body, particularly the liver and kidneys.


Beyond that, pain medications override your body's internal warning system. What would normally be a signal to back off or slow down in order to avoid risking farther injury, is no longer present. So the chances of exacerbating an injury are elevated when taking painkillers.


In addition, pain meds are not corrective. When pain and symptoms arise due to meridian system imbalances, the only correction is an acupuncture treatment. When artificially masking the symptoms with painkillers, the underlying cause is left to fester and become worse. Not only do these types of medicines not fix anything, they can actually contribute to making the problem worse. In essence, they do nothing more than help your body deteriorate more comfortably.


Acupuncture can help relieve the pain and assist with withdrawal and detoxification while weaning off these medications. So to be at your best, ditch the painkillers and get acupuncture, which brings health with no side effects!

 

Call now to schedule, 239-260-4566 or schedule online at

www.AcupunctureSolutionsOnline.com. 

 

 

Recipe Corner

 

LYCIUM SCALLOPS

枸杞干貝

 

 

* Tonifies the Liver and Kidney Yin and Yang.

* Nourishes Kidney Jing (essence).

* Stops leucorrhea.

 

 

 


 

INGREDIENTS

30 g (1.1 oz) lyceum (Gou Qi Zi)

250 g (8.8 oz) large scallops, fresh or frozen, in shell

10 g (0.35 oz) ginger, minced

2 stalks scallions, minced

15 cc (15 ml) rice wine

2 tsp chicken bouillon

¼ tsp salt

sesame oil, to taste



 

Makes 3 servings
 

枸杞子
 


 

PREPARATION

Cover lycium with rice wine and marinate overnight.

Wash the scallops and drain excess water.

Place scallop with half shell in a ceramic bowl. Distribute

and pour rice wine evenly over the scallops. Place the lycium on top of the scallops

Place minced scallions and ginger on top of the scallops.

Combine salt and chicken bouillon. Sprinkle evenly over

    the scallops.


 

COOKING
 

1.  Place water in a steamer and bring to a boil.

2.  Place the scallop dish in the center of the steamer and cover.

3.  Steam over high heat for 15 minutes.

4.  Before serving, season each scallop with 1 or 2 drops of  sesame oil.


 

Note: Be sure the water does not boil over into the scallop dish during steaming.


 


Note:  If you are interested in making this dish, but can't find the  lyceum (Gou Qi Zi) , you can call ahead to place your order and then swing by the office to pick them up.  The herbs are very inexpensive and very effective in healing the body.


The information contained within the  newsletter is only used to educate and inform. This newsletter is  not a substitute for the advice of a licensed and registered health  care provider. Seek prompt attention for emergencies. Consult  a health care provider for specific health concerns, and before  starting a diet, cleanse or exercise routine.
Monthly Acupuncture Column Featured in SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine 

Toni Eatros, AP,

Acupuncture Physician, 
is the  featured acupuncture columnist in the popular SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine.
  
Be sure to check out April's issue, on stands now, about Treating Osteoporosis With Chinese Herbal Medicine
  
  
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to view March's Article, how to
  
Acupressure points

 

Rubbing acupuncture

points with your finger for  30 - 60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body,  restoring health and well-being. 

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Liver 14 (LV14):

English: Cycle Gate

Chinese: Qi Men (期門)

  

 
 

 Location

 

On the mamillary line, directly below the nipple, 4 cun lateral to the 

AML in the 6th intercostal space. 

 

 

 Actions & Affects:

 

* Strong effect on the middle and upper warmers - subcostal tension, chest/rib pain,

 LV overacting on the

LU (cough, SOB).

 

* Effects LV organ, Qi/Blood stagnation - hepatitis, gallstones.

 

* Emotional Imbalances - anger, irritability.


   

 

Acupuncture Research

 

A Possible Mechanism Underlying the Effectiveness of Acupuncture in the Treatment of Drug Addiction



Clinical trials are currently underway to determine the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of drug addiction.

 

While there are still many unanswered questions about the

basic mechanisms of acupuncture, some evidence exists to

suggest that acupuncture can play an important role in reducing reinforcing effects of abused drugs.

 

The purpose of this article is to critically review these data. The neurochemical and behavioral evidence showed that acupuncture's role in suppressing the reinforcing effects of abused drugs takes place by modulating mesolimbic dopamine neurons.

 

Also, several brain neurotransmitter systems such as serotonin, opioid and amino acids including GABA have been implicated in the modulation of dopamine release by acupuncture.

 

These results provided clear evidence for the biological effects of acupuncture that ultimately may help

us to understand how acupuncture can be used to treat abused drugs.

 

Additional research

using animal models

is of primary importance to understanding the basic mechanism underlying acupuncture's effectiveness in the treatment of drug addiction.

See full article 

please click here.
 

 

Acupuncture Books

 

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WHOLETONES: Healing Music 

 


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Healing Your Eyes with Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture, Acupressure, & Chinese Herbs


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