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Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions Newsletter   Providing Natural Health Care for the Entire Family
Issue #2016-1a

Kidney and Bladder Health & TCM
The kidney is an especially important organ in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Not only does it flush out the unwanted toxins from our body, but is believed to support the body's reproductive system as well as regulate the circulation of fluids in the body. 

In TCM, the kidney is the source of yin and yang, the cooling and warming energies that keep your body in balance. 

When the kidney/bladder system is weak and not functioning properly, this can result in different problems and imbalances throughout the body. 

Complications include:
  • problems with fertility, conception, pregnancy
  • multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy
  • weakness of hearing and vision
  • weakness in teeth and hair loss

A common issue that many people experience related to the kidney is an overactive bladder. TCM has been treating this problem for more than 2,000 years. Acupuncture and TCM work by addressing the problem as a whole. When the body is experiencing urinary problems, it means there is an imbalance throughout the body. 

When there are problems with the kidneys, there is a deficiency of the body's natural energy flow, called qi. Acupuncture treats the specific issue, such as an overactive bladder, by correcting the overall imbalance in the body. Once your qi is returned back to its natural state of balance, the kidney/bladder system will begin to function as it should. 

Acupuncture also helps the kidneys by stimulating more 
blood circulation, which then improves overall function as 
well as lowers blood pressure. 

Kidney disease is often related to immune problems. Through stimulation of blood flow and focusing on specific acupuncture points on the body, acupuncture can boost the immune system. 

Herbs for kidney health:

Green tea: Green tea has been used for thousands of years 
for its many health benefits. The tea contains antioxidants 
that can prevent prostate, liver and colon cancer. Green tea 
also contains diuretic properties as well as reduces 
cholesterol and fatty deposits.

Hydrangea Root: Hydrangea is a common root that can have great benefits for the kidneys. The plant increases the body's use of calcium, which helps lower the risk of kidney stones. 

Ginger: Ginger contains anti-inflammatory properties as well as antioxidants that help break down toxins in the body and keep the kidneys running smoothly. Try drinking at least one 
cup of ginger tea or ginger lemon tea to see improvements 
in kidney function. 

Kidney and bladder health are very important for overall wellness. Winter is a very important time to care for and replenish your kidney energy. Contact Acupuncture & Natural Health Solutions to learn more how acupuncture and TCM can get your body back on track and improve your quality of life.  

Recipe Corner

Fennel Seed Lamb
  • Tonifies Kidney Yang.
  • Disperses coldness
  • Tonifies Qi.

  • 5 g (0.2 oz) fennel seeds
  • 20 g (0.7 oz) cumin, ground
  • 500 g (17.6 oz) lamb shank
  • 15 g (0.5 oz) baby ginger, minced
  • 10 g (0.4 oz) scallions, minced
  • 5-10 g (0.2-0.4 oz) cornstarch
  • 1 tsp rice wine
  • salt, to taste
  • chili (optional), to taste
Makes 3 - 5 serving
  1. Cut lamb into ¾ inch cubes.
  2. Place lamb, minced ginger & scallions, cornstarch, cumin and rice wine in a bowl. Blend ingredients for five minutes.
  1. Heat 2-3 tablespoons of oil in a wok.
  2. Place lamb mixture in the wok and stir-fry until medium-well (or to desired doneness).
  3. One minute before removing from fire, add fennel seeds and chili.

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.
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Toni Eatros, AP,
Acupuncture Physician, 
is the  featured acupuncture columnist in the popular SW Florida's Health & Wellness Magazine.
Be sure to check out the January issue, on stands now, entitled What You Need To Know About Pain Anti-Inflammatory Medications

Click the link below 
to view December's Article, entitled 
Research Update:
Traditional Chinese Medicine and Detox
January is one of the most popular times of the year for people to choose a detox plan. Many people enjoy the holiday season by indulging in rich foods and drinks and may leave their healthy habits out the window.

January brings the start of the new year and along with that a chance to recharge the body. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been known for thousands of years to work as a detox to return the body to a healthy state of balance.

Acupuncture acts as a natural diuretic, pushing out toxins from the body by the specific placement 
of needles on acupuncture points. 

When the b
ody is not in optimal health, TCM believes it is due to a stagnation or blockage in the natural energy flow called qi. 

Acupuncture and TCM work to release these blockages and improve blood circulation and functionality of the organs. When the kidneys and bladder are working correctly, the body is able to eliminate unwanted toxins more efficiently.  

A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found that patients with type 2 diabetes lowered their risk of kidney failure by 31 percent after taking a TCM herb treatment that consisted of 
six herbs that were 
combined in pills.

The research looked at 40,163 patients over a nine year period to conclude that the TCM treatment was effective in lowering 

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