How to Prevent Colds Naturally!

Did you know that Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a great way to prevent and treat colds and illnesses?

Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and has been used very effectively to treat  all kinds of illnesses. I find in my practice that if a patient can come in for treatment in the first 24 to 48 hours of a cold or flu onset, that the illness can be stopped. This is great news, since most people don’t have time to be sick. 

In Chinese Medicine the action of the acupuncture brings the illness to the surface of the body where it can be “expelled” and not go deeper, such as in to the lungs causing respiratory illness. Usually one acupuncture treatment works great if given in the initial onset stage. One of the reasons it works so well is that not only does it “expel” the illness, the treatment also uses points that strengthen the immune system.

 Another treatment involves Chinese Herbs, and specifically I use Gan Mao Ling. Many of you may have this at home now, since the best time to use it is again at the onset of an illness, like when that first signs of a sore throat show up. Acupuncture also works great for sinus infections and sinus congestion, or the residual effects of a lingering illness.

Tips to prevent illness during flu and cold season:

  • Always wear a hat or head covering when it is windy and/or cold. In Chinese Medicine it is the “Wind” that will drive the illness into the energy meridians of the body. Keeping the wind from entering through your head is a great preventative measure to take.
  • Decreasing your sugar intake can help your immune system, since within hours of eating sugar your immunity lowers.
  • I love the Traditional Medicinal line of herbal teas. You can find them at your local grocery stores and health food stores. I recommend Gypsy Cold Care for cold symptoms, Echinacea for boosting your immunity, and Ginger Aid for sore throat and stomach upset. 

 

 

Natural Stress Relief, Now!

Ways to Relieve Stress Naturally

 Do you have stress in your life? Who doesn’t to some degree? Did you know that chronic low grade stress can cause health problems and even hormone imbalances? And the crazy thing is that chronic stress can lead to insomnia, and then you have the added stress of not being able to sleep. This is just one example of how stress can affect us.

The adrenal glands are small glands on top of the kidney that regulate hormones for a “fight or flight” response to a big stress or event in life. But in our busy world these days most people are under low grade continuous stress, which causes health problems because that is not the way our adrenal glands were designed to work. They were designed to respond to the “big” event or stress and then not have to work so hard. Since we are all under some kind of chronic stress today I would like to give you some tips on how to reduce stress in your life on a daily basis.

 Stress reduction tips:

  • Meditation is a wonderful way to quiet the mind, and to just be present in the moment for a little while. Meditation is not hard, but takes practice. Just sit and breathe and be present, even for a few minutes a day. Of course the longer you sit the better it gets!
  • Can’t meditate sitting? Yes, I have heard that one a lot, so another way of practicing is walking meditation. You get the benefit of exercise, as well as quieting your mind and being present in the moment and space you are in. No thinking about grocery lists or things to do on this walk, just be present and breathe!
  • As a woman I feel I must be excellent at multi-tasking, since I do it all the time. But am I really good at it or is it just a big distraction? A new idea is to do one thing at a time! See if it works for you in reducing stress or anxiety in your day.
  • Self care can mean different things to different people. Incorporate things into your day that you enjoy and make you feel good. I love taking a hot bath at the end of a day of being on my feet. But sometimes I think I’m too busy. But am always glad when I slow down to do this!
  • Herbs and supplements can really help with physical relaxation. Magnesium and calcium are time tested methods relaxing muscles (without drugs). Passionflower, valerian and chamomile are great for relaxation and better sleep. In my practice my patients really like Myocalm and Myocalm P.M. for natural muscle relaxation and sleep. I also really like RelaxMax, which is a powder supplement containing amino acids to support healthy brain chemistry and magnesium for the muscles.
  • Acupuncture and chiropractic treatments are also great for stress relief. By balancing your energy and realigning your spine this helps to relax muscles and improve well being.

Know your hormone levels! I offer blood testing and saliva testing that can test for hormones, thyroid and adrenal levels for women and men. Why do you need to know this? Chronic stress can mean that your hormones are out of balance, and I can offer natural solutions to help you.

 

Strategies for Natural Pain Relief

Chiropractic and acupuncture can offer a great way to manage pain naturally. They are alternatives to using drugs to manage pain, and are much healthier for the body.

Millions of Americans depend on over the counter and prescription drugs to manage pain. Here are some reasons why this may not be such a good idea:

  • Painkillers are NSAIDS (non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen and Motrin) and COX-2 Inhibitors (prescription drugs such as Vioxx and Celebrex). These drugs are linked to heart attacks and strokes.
  • The FDA has asked manufacturers of drugs containing acetaminophen (such as Tylenol) to change the labeling to limit the dosage and add a liver toxicity warning.
  • Vioxx is a painkiller that was pulled off the market in 2004 after 60,000 people died from its increased heart risks.
  • The painkiller NSAIDS can also cause gastrointestinal problems such as bleeding in the stomach. Many people find they can’t take these drugs for this reason.

Chiropractic care, by working on aligning the spine, will help reduce pain by restoring the body to better function, and muscles are less tight and work with less strain. Acupuncture helps with pain as well, as it releases endorphins, which are painkilling hormones, and are like opiates that go into the brain. Have you ever had runner’s high? That’s the endorphins kicking in.

Tips for Natural Pain Relief:

  • Chiropractic and acupuncture are an effective drug free alternative to use for back pain, neck pain, headaches, joint pain, sports injuries, and pain from arthritis and fibromyalgia.
  • Hidden or known allergies to food, the environment or even pets can cause an immune reaction and this in turn can be a cause of acute or chronic pain. Dr. Foley specializes in using NAET Allergy Elimination techniques to detect and eliminate these allergies, and any symptoms, such as pain, that they may cause.

There are some very effective supplements that can be used:

  • For pain relief White Willow bark, is a natural form of salicylic acid (which is used in synthetic form in aspirin).
  • For inflammation try Omega -3 fish oils. I always recommend using enteric coated fish oils (which open in the small intestine) so there is no fishy aftertaste.
  • For joint pain and arthritis you can combine the above with Glucosamine Sulfate (no Chondroitin needed). Glucosamine needs to be in a sulfate form to be best absorbed.
  • Always make sure you buy good quality supplements with superior ingredients. This assures you that they nutrients will be absorbed and utilized by your body.
  • A diet low in grains and sugars will help to reduce inflammation in the body. Grains, including wheat, barley, oats, rice, and any processed sugars can also cause joint pain.

If you have any questions or would like a Free Consulation please call Dr. Erin Foley at 303-271-1701.