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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter  Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2015-01b

You're Getting Sleepy...


During the winter, it is natural to feel a little sleepier, slower and possibly less motivated. 

It's the season of stillness and conservation. It's a period of hibernation and our time to rest, slow down and revitalize our reserves. Winter is a great time of year to reflect on our health, replenish our energy, conserve our strength and heal on a deeper level.  

According to the traditional theories of the Five Elements, Water is the element that is associated with Winter and with the Kidneys, Bladder and Adrenal Glands. Our Kidneys are extremely important organs that have various functions-the main one is that they store our inherited constitution, also known as our Source Energy or Jing Qi. Consider it your body's internal battery. 

According to Chinese Medicine, our internal Kidney batteries are powered up with a supply of energy that will carry and sustain each of us throughout our lives. This power supply 
is imparted to us from our parents, and provides us with the energy for all of our bodily functions.

It is believed that every action we take deplete's energy from this power supply. Some people quickly deplete their Jing Qi; others preserve it. Jing Qi is finite, so if not protected, it will be easily wasted and eventually, when it becomes depleted, various symptoms and signs may appear.

During the winter, it is important to conserve our battery reserves. Our bodies are instinctively expressing the fundamental principles of winter-rest, reflection, conservation and storage. The "downtime" that winter provides, gives us an opportunity to slow down, check in, take account as to how our life-style supports or detracts from our health, and to recharge our battery.

As for getting some exercise, it is always healthy to get some form of it daily, but during the winter months, it is best to participate in gentler, less exerting exercise, such as, yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates, swimming, walking, and other low impact sports. Save the extreme exertion activities for the spring and summer months.

"During the winter months all things in nature wither, hide, return home, and enter a resting period, just as lakes and rivers freeze and snow falls...Retire early and get up with the sunrise, which is later in winter. Desires and mental activity should be kept quiet and subdued. Sexual desires especially should be contained, as if keeping a happy secret. Stay warm, avoid the cold, and keep the pores closed. Avoid sweating. The philosophy of the winter is one of conservation and storage. Without such a practice the result would injure the Kidney energy." 

                - The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine 





 Recipe Corner:
Sea Zest Cooking Spice


The recipe for Sea Zest combines three sources of nutritional powerhouses for a tasty herbal seasoning that adds zest to vegetables, meats, sandwiches, salads, and possibly even ice cream. It's one of the very best of seaweed recipes. The basic recipe includes sesame seeds, kelp fronds, and stinging nettle leaf. 

Sesame seeds are an excellent source of the minerals copper and manganese. They also contain a good amount of magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc.  

Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) contains a vast amount of nutrients. It's used in many seaweed recipes. According to the authors of Vegetables from the Sea: "All the minerals required for human beings, including calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, iron and zinc are present in sufficient amounts. In addition there are many trace elements in seaweeds." Kelp also has significant amounts of vitamins A and C, as well as B1, B2, B6, Niacin, and B12. By adding this nutritious seaweed to our diets we can find that our hair grows faster and thicker and our bones, teeth, and nails are stronger. Seaweed also supports metabolic function.  

Stinging nettle leaf (Urtica dioica) is one of our most nutritious plants. According to Mark Pederson who wrote the book Nutritional Herbology, nettle contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium, chromium, and zinc.  

Sesame seeds are high in oils, so you'll want to consume this seasoning quickly so that it doesn't have a chance to go rancid. If it has gone rancid you'll notice the strong unpleasant smell. You can store excess seasoning in the fridge for better storage.  

This simple seaweed recipe can be a base for many other kinds of seasonings. You could add savory herbs like rosemary, thyme, or oregano. You could also add spicy seasonings like cayenne, ginger, or turmeric. Sprinkle this seasoning on practically everything. 

Making this herbal seasoning is easy.
The recipe is...



  • 1. 5 cups toasted and ground up sesame seeds 
  • 1/2 cup granulated kelp (See the "P.S." below on where to get kelp)  
  • 1/2 cup nettle leaf  


Step 1: Preparing the sesame seeds


You can buy sesame seeds in packages or in bulk at your natural foods store. Sesame seeds are high in oils and can go rancid easily, so be sure to buy from a fresh source. 


(1). Start with 1-1/2 cups of sesame seeds. If this seems like too much for your family, you can reduce the amount of ingredients in ratio.

(2). Toast the whole sesame seeds on low heat. We like to use a clean and dry cast iron pan for this, but whatever you have will work fine. Be sure to stir them often so they toast evenly and do not burn. Once they become darker in color and have a nice aromatic smell, remove them from heat.


(3). Using a food processor or blender, grind the seeds into powder and then place in a large mixing bowl.   


Step 2:  Mixing it together

(1). Add one cup each of granulated kelp and cut and sifted nettle leaf to the sesame seeds. 

* If you are beginning with whole kelp fronds or whole nettle leaf then you can use the food processor to mince them up well. 


* One word of caution is that it's better to have granulated kelp rather than powdered kelp. If it's too powdery it doesn't mix well. 


* Also, buying whole kelp fronds will ensure better quality than buying it granulated. 


Check (Mountain Rose Herbs) to see if they have kelp fronds in. 

If they do not, one reliable company is Pacific Botanicals. They have kelp fronds. Frontier Herbs has kelp granules. Both those links take you directly to the kelp page. 

Just make sure it's from a quality source. Pay attention to the packaging. Unless the packaging or source touts it's clean source, do not buy it. 

For example, do not by a cheap bag of kelp at a conventional grocery that does not tell you the source. The kelp fronds I saw the other day at Whole Foods was from a very reliable source. You pay more, but at least you know it's healthy.  


Also, once again, make sure you do not buy powdered kelp, as it does not work as well as fronds or granules. 

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 Feature 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 January's issue, on stands now, which discusses the benefits of the fertile - now acupuncture can help.
 about A Needle Free Method of Diagnosing and Treating the Entire Body
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.

Kidney 6 (KD6):


 Chinese Name: Zhaohai

  (English translation: Shining Sea)


Here is a common acupuncture point used to support your health in winter. This point is located on both feet.



This point is directly below the inside ankle bone. 



 It is useful for sore throat, calming the mind, insomnia, frequent urination, irregular menstruation, cramps of feet and hands.

Acupuncture Research Update

 More Doctors Recommending Acupuncture to Patients 



A lot of people unfamiliar with acupuncture are hesitant to try it for a number of reasons. Some are afraid of needles or have been turned off of the idea by their doctors, who insist that acupuncture is a sham, have turned others off of the idea.


A wealth of scientific research into the efficacy and biological outcomes of acupuncture over the past few years has shocked western medicine by revealing that acupuncture can vastly improve quality of life in a number of cases.


 Cases ranging from depression to stress, to nausea and chronic pain (to name a few) have
been proven to be treatable with acupuncture.


Several studies have also concluded that acupuncture, as an adjunctive to pharmaceuticals for ailments such as migraines and other chronic headaches, is very effective in treating these ailments.


In the face of such overwhelming evidence, Doctors are changing their tune and are starting to come around on acupuncture.


For more reading and information, Click the Reference Link


Vitamin D


Article contributed by Amy Moll, LAc., Dipl.Ac


Vitamin D has been receiving a lot of attention lately due to the mounting research on the negative effects of not having enough of it.


Vitamin D is produced by the body when adequate sunlight hits the skin.


Widespread Vitamin D deficiency in the US population is thought to be caused by the use of sunscreen, excess fear, lack of sun exposure, and living in Northern regions.


I have been shocked, however, to find many year round residents of Florida have shockingly low vitamin D levels, usually in the 30 - 40 ng/ml range.


According to recent research, the Vitamin D Council recommends healthy blood levels to be between 50 - 100 ng/ml.  The naturopathic community suggests optimal ranges should be 80-85 ng/ml.  This can be checked with a simple 25(OH) Vitamin D

 blood test.   It is recommended that this blood test be run at least annually. 

Vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, is the best supplement form to take for those who have deficiencies.

Vitamin D requires other fat-soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A and K and certain trace minerals in order to be properly utilized by the body, therefore, a holistic view of nutrition is essential when considering Vitamin D supplementation. 


Vitamin D deficiency can play a role in:
* Autoimmune Disease


* Birth Defects  

* Cancer

* Chronic Pain

* Depression

* Heart Disease

* Hypertension

* Muscle Weakness

* Muscle Wasting


* Osteoporosis

* Osteoarthritis

* Stroke



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