sinus and allergies

How Does Your Immune System Work?

The immune system is composed of specific cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body from outside influences (invading organisms like viruses, bacteria or molds, toxins, chemicals, radiation or allergens). It operates on many levels: Intact skin that creates a barrier from outside invaders Complex workings of the different types of white blood cells in destroying invasive organisms or substances. The word immune is defined (in the modern medical sense) as “exempt” Read more…

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Should you buy organic? (Dirty Dozen and Clean 15)

Organic vs. Non-organic: why it makes a difference (and when) Organic foods have become a popular concept in the modern quest for better health and wellness. They have become much easier to find, with more variety available than in previous times. Lots of people swear by the “organic only” rule when it comes to what they eat and it’s an admirable goal, but others are put off by the higher cost of these products and Read more…

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Sun Safety (and a Natural Sunscreen Recipe)

Ah summer! It’s a much anticipated and longed for time of the year for so many of us in the Midwestern U.S. After the winter holidays, it’s pretty much on the minds of most of us as we endure the cold, sun-starved months of the late winter and early spring. Once it gets here though, it can hit with force. It can be only a matter of days between the last overnight frost occurrence and Read more…

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Tick Season and Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread through tick bites; specifically the tiny deer tick. It is becoming more common as tick population is increased in some areas and more people are outdoors in the long grass and brushy wooded areas where ticks live. It can also be brought in on pets with ticks that drop off and then get on the owners. Lyme Disease Symptoms Early symptoms are flu like things such as chills, Read more…

Quick and Easy Spring Noodle Soup

Spring in Chinese Medicine is the time when the world and our bodies are waking up out of the very cold, dark, Yin winter and become activated by new growth. It is a time of the reactivation of the Yang or warm and energetic nature of our being. The organ system of spring is the Liver, although Spleen also must be considered as the basis of digestion and energy production. In Chinese medicine the Liver Read more…

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What is a Colonic?

As practitioners, we are often asked about the use of colonic cleansing. Our recent blog on dietary cleansing has renewed that line of questioning for a lot of patients as well. This brief article will help to clarify where our medicine stands on the subject. What is a colon cleanse? Traditionally known as a “high colonic” this refers to the process of flushing out the colon (or large intestine) with large amounts of water or Read more…

How Acupuncture Treats Allergies

What exactly is an allergy? An allergy is defined as an immune response to an outside substance that causes the body to create inflammation or change organ function. Allergic reactions can range from the mildly annoying (sniffles, stuffiness, itchy skin, eyes or throat) to the life threatening (anaphylaxis – inability to breathe, or severe throat swelling). There a number of immune chemicals (like histamines) that are released in the body and cause the allergic response. Read more…

Cleansing in The Spring

It’s finally here! We’ve been waiting months and months for it, dealing with the frigid cold temperatures, ridiculous amounts of snow and a lack of sun. But the wait is over. Spring is here! It’s such a wonderful time of year. It’s the time of year where we have warmer temperatures and we start to see the leaves on trees and flowers start to bloom. It’s a time for renewal, movement, detoxing, creativity and cleansing. Read more…

sinus and allergies

Think you have a virus? Get a treatment ASAP

Every year millions of Americans suffer from the family of viruses we call “the Common Cold”; more still, will contract some sort of Influenza. Both of these common viral illnesses cost us greatly in time lost at work or school, the monetary cost of symptom relief remedies and, for an unfortunate number of us, more serious complications that lead to hospital stays. It is true that the need for serious medical intervention is USUALLY restricted Read more…

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How Acupuncture treats Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, affects many Americans each year; particularly affected are those living in the Northernmost states, where seasonal changes are the most pronounced. It is defined as a type of depression (or anxiety in rarer cases) directly related to the change of seasons, where symptoms begin and end at the same time of year each year. The most common type affects persons during the fall and winter months, but there is also Read more…