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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter  Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2015-02b
Acupuncture and Weight loss

If you struggle with your weight, you're not alone. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), it is estimated that there are more than 1 billion overweight adults, and there are at least 300 million clinically obese individuals.  

Overweight people spend billions of dollars annually on weight loss products, but obesity is still on the rise. People are turning to diet pills, extreme fasting, fad diets or even drastic measures such as surgery in an attempt to manage their weight.

Unfortunately, excess weight is not just a cosmetic issue. Being overweight is a risk factor for many conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease. The good news is that maintaining a healthy weight can reduce your risk and it's never too late to get started. People seeking to address their weight concerns are turning to acupuncture as a natural and effective way to approach weight loss.  

A traditional approach to healing. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) take a holistic, or whole-body approach, to health. This ancient form of healthcare works to restore the balance and flow of the body's Qi (pronounced "chee"), or vital energy. According to TCM, the reasons why people gain weight, or find it difficult to lose weight, are numerous. Your acupuncturist can perform diagnostic exams to uncover the root cause(s) or imbalances that have affected your weight. 

Your acupuncturist will also take into consideration other factors that may have led to weight gain, including your lifestyle, as well as your emotional and mental well-being. By taking your whole self into account, you and your acupuncturist can get to the root of your health concerns, rather than just treating the symptoms. 

What will my acupuncturist do?


During your first visit, your acupuncturist will take an extensive health history and perform various diagnostic exams. At the completion of your first visit, your acupuncturist will provide you with a comprehensive diagnosis and an explanation of your treatment plan.


Your treatments will focus on correcting any underlying imbalances in your body and will help to support you in reaching your weight loss goals. 

Based on your unique symptoms, your acupuncturist will choose to concentrate on acupuncture points related to specific organs. For example, restoring balance to the flow of Qi in the Stomach can help promote good digestion and suppress an overactive appetite. Emotional issues, such as anxiety and stress, both of which can lead to overeating, can be addressed by balancing the Liver. 

A partnership for better health. It is important to remember that acupuncture is not a quick fix. By working with your acupuncturist, and committing to long-term goals, you will experience positive changes in your overall health, including maintaining a healthy body weight. In addition to acupuncture treatments, your practitioner may also recommend other lifestyle changes. 

Whether you want to lose a few pounds or a significant amount of weight, consider acupuncture as a natural and effective way to approach weight loss. By working together with your practitioner, you can help your body regain its natural balance-and start taking steps toward true health and vitality. 


Getting Exercise in the Winter
Interesting Ways to Help Your Kids Exercise in Winter

It's cold and dark outside. You come home with the kids and all you want to do is snuggle on the couch.

Snuggling in winter may be fun (and I'm not going to say you shouldn't snuggle) but your kids need something more. In fact, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), kids need at least 1 hour of physical activity-every day. And depending on your children's school program and sports activities, they may not even get close.

There are many benefits. Exercise helps kids feel less stressed, have higher self-esteem, focus at school, sleep better and maintain a healthy weight. You've probably noticed that parenting children who get enough exercise is also easier than parenting those who don't.

Winter is a time for yin activities. It's healthy to be introspective and quiet. However, children need physical activity-even in the winter.

But on a cold, dark day, how do you get your kids to exercise?



Indoor Exercise


The first strategy is to get physical activity at home.

  • Walk the dog or shovel the snow. 
  • Race around the house. 
  • Go outside and play snowball basketball.

Young children may enjoy creative home exercise. 

  • Try playing "rock, paper, scissors" with your legs. 
  • Do sun salutations together. See who can walk upstairs  backward the fastest.

 When you spend time at home, keep moving. 

  • Take breaks every hour and do jumping jacks. 
  • Play exercise workout games, like Dance Dance Revolution. 
  • Do push-ups, sit-ups and squats. 
  • Use commercial breaks to challenge each other to a dance   contest. 
  • Even jump-roping in the basement is a good exercise option.

Outdoor Exercise

The winter is full of outdoor exercise for kids. 

  • Sledding, skiing, skating are just a few options.
  • Try making the same activities interesting by changing them slightly. Sled down a hill on an inner tube or cafeteria tray instead of a sled. 
  • Go skating on a lake instead of at a rink.

When you enjoy an activity that doesn't require a lot of physical exertion, think of ways to make it vigorous.

For example, walk across a field to watch the Northern Lights. Walk to the video store instead of driving. Look for ways to build exercise into your normal activities.


Kids' Exercise Programs

There are many exercise classes for kids. Most cities have traditional options-sports leagues, gymnastics, dance studios or even a local YMCA. But now many cities have even more opportunities for children.

  • There are yoga classes, Zumba, wall climbing, in-line skating, skate boarding and boot camps. 
  • Your child can train for marathons, triathlons and other endurance events. 
  • Some cities even have park our gyms-a gym where kids half run and half fly, propelling themselves off the obstacles in their way.

If just reading this list of activities makes you feel exhausted, you may need an acupuncture "tune-up." Sometimes inactivity is more than just a reaction to the dark winter season. If you feel lethargic, you'll have an even harder time getting your children to move.

Give me a call and I'll help you and your children feel ready to keep moving in the winter.   

Recipe Corner


Garlic Sautéed Greens


Serves 4. - Preparation: 15 minutes


 8 Cups chopped raw greens
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
Half teaspoon sea salt


  1. For greens with tough stems, cut the leaves away from the stem before washing.
  2. Wash greens carefully. An easy way to do this is to fill your sink with cold water and submerge the greens. If the water has a lot of sediment, drain the sink and repeat
  3. Heat the oil in a 10 inch skillet.
  4. Add the greens and keep them moving in the skillet. Turn frequently so that all the greens reach the heat. After two minutes, add the garlic.
  5. When the greens have turned bright green and begun to wilt, add the salt, and continue to saut� a few minutes longer.
  6. Serve immediately.  

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 February's issue, on stands now, which included Answers of your Questions About Auricular Medicine (Ear Acupuncture).
 about the benefits of the fertility - how acupuncture can help.
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.


Ear points:




 These points are located on each ear



Ear points an be rubbed throughout the day to support you in your weight-loss.
* Stomach 
* Spleen
* Hunger
* Lung 


Health Tips


Healthy Weight-loss Tips


Here are a few ways to free yourself from over-eating: 


(1).  If you crave something sweet, don't react right away. Take a few deep breaths and inhale one of the essential oils below.

(2).  Make gradual changes to your diet. Abrupt diet changes can affect you emotionally and affect mood-altering chemicals.

(3).  Eat regularly - don't skip any meals, just make them smarter meals and eat smaller amounts, more often.

(4). Take a daily multi-vitamin - vitamins can help rebuild the nutrition that you may overlook when dieting. It's important to ingest the daily vitamin values.

(5).  Drink at least 8, 8 oz. glasses of water a day, everyday.

(6).  Replace white sugar with natural alternatives like Agave nectar, Stevia or brown rice syrup.

(7).  Drink 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with 1 teaspoon of maple syrup mixed with 12 oz. of warm water. If you do this daily, it can help improve digestion and increase your metabolism.

(8).  Substitute your coffee for green or black tea. These are loaded with beneficial antioxidants and slightly less caffeine. 

Aromatherapy Tips


Aromatherapy For Weight-Loss 


Smells have a profound effect on both body and mind. Essential oils can be used to help overcome cravings, relax the body and mind and provide emotional support.




Here is a list of essential oils that can be used along with a weight-loss program:


Is a digestive aid that soothes an upset stomach and helps with digestive problems.


*  Grapefruit:

A natural weight loss appetite suppressant through a process called lipolysis dissolves fat. (Combines very well with lavender in a Whiffer aromatherapy pendant).


*  Bergamot:

Stimulates your endocrine system and produces a sense of calm and well being and alleviates stress. Lavender can be combined with bergamot to enhance this calming effect. 


*  Tangerine:

A diuretic and is also used to calm the nervous system.



* Orange

Helps overcome depression and gives emotional support. 


* Ylang ylang:

Used to clarify thoughts and assist in a feeling of wellness and calm.



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