FEBRUARY HEALTH TIP

  Health Tip of the Month  Flu season is bad this year! Here are 5 tips to keep you feeling well If you are tired or feel something coming on, don’t go out, rest! And keep your body warm & protected from the cold. Avoid foods that are difficult to digest so you don’t overload your immune system. Drink plenty of water & tea each day; & if you are prone to colds protect your immune system with things like reishi mushrooms, vitamins, herbal blends for this purpose, & plenty of sleep! Use a Neti pot to keep your sinuses cleansed. Get regular treatments from your acupuncturist to keep your immune system in good...

YEAR OF THE EARTH DOG

Happy Year of the Dog! That’s right it is the Chinese New Year & we have just transitioned from the year of the Red Rooster to the year of the Yellow or Earth Dog. How does this Chinese New Year work? The Chinese calendar rotates in 60-year cycles based on 12 animal years and five element years — wood, fire, earth, metal and water. 2018 is the Year of the Yellow Earth Dog. We will officially celebrate the arrival of the Yellow Dog on February 16th!  (Find your Chinese Zodiac sign here https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-zodiac/)  If you are a Dog person like me, you will agree with the Chinese who consider the Dog to be good luck. And anyone who cares for & loves dogs will get a little extra luck this year! (WOOF!) It seems only fitting that in celebration of this cycle change, Shindai Acupuncture is moving to West Sedona right next to the Golden Bone & Sunshine Animal Clinic.  An auspicious move to be sure… or in Sedona speak we call this “woo-woo”, right? The past 2 years have been fiery & sometimes the tension & unpredictability of these years has been overwhelming. So the Earth Dog is a welcome change bringing some calm relief. Earth is a grounding & supporting energy, & if you are one of my clients you know how I feel about supporting the Earth element! In Chinese Medicine, the Earth Element involves the Earth Organs of the Body – the Spleen, Stomach & Pancreas. This is generally considered to be a good year for health & wellness. Be on the watch out for digestive disorders this year- overeating, esophageal...
Conscious Beauty is more than skin deep.

Conscious Beauty is more than skin deep.

Conscious BeautyTM, as we discussed last month, is made up of all the daily health choices we make from diet, to lifestyle, to what products we buy. All these choices end up affecting our health & get reflected on our skin & face. I am a huge proponent of natural, organic skincare. I want to take a few minutes to tell you why! When I talk about organic skincare, I am referring to products that are made of plant-derived & naturally occurring ingredients. That means these are grown without the use of pesticides, herbicides, synthetic fertilizers, GMO, etc. They are also not manufactured with harmful preservatives. Organic products are not only much better for our ecosystem, by protecting our water & soil & reducing pollution, but they are also better for us. High-quality ingredients mean superior products, that don’t aggravate our skin or pollute our bodies. We spend a lot of time choosing healthy foods to put into our bodies to produce optimal health. Your skin needs good “food” just like our bodies. Just like cooking, the better ingredients the better the soup!  We need to have the same focus or even more on the products we put on our skin. In Japanese Meridian Therapy the Lung organ is active in the Fall & is responsible for the collecting, purifying, & descending functions of the body. Our skin is considered the largest organ in our body, responsible for helping us breathe, protecting us from toxins, & managing our water pathways. Keeping our skin healthy means a better defense to our environment & pathogens we encounter. Here in Arizona, where...
Liquid Wisdom

Liquid Wisdom

The Green Dragon GREEN TEA  There are many claims about the benefits of green tea, some claiming it is a cure all! You are probably thinking, please green tea isn’t’ that special? And you are right! No single drink, supplement, or action will be the ultimate cure all. But if you are on the path to living well and being healthy, you know that every drop into the wellness bucket helps propel us on a disease free path. So as much as we should eat healthy, we should drink healthy too! ANCIENT DRINK Green tea was popular in Asia centuries ago. There are many complex ceremonies surrounding preparing & drinking different types of green tea. It was used medicinally for centuries to treat ailments from headaches to depression. In Eastern medicine, it is useful in various conditions because it is a wonderful balance of the sweet & bitter flavors, and has cooling properties. Green tea makes up about 10% of the world’s tea. The leaves are picked, rolled & dried before they go brown. Green in Asian medicine represents Spring & the liver. It symbolizes health, peace & eternity. DETOXIFIES THE BODY Green tea has high amounts of antioxidants, amino acids, & phytochemical like polyphenols. It contains B vitamins, folate, manganese, potassium, & magnesium. It helps to refresh the mind, enhance alertness and boost concentration. It is found as an addition in many ancient herbal formulas to help clear heat from the body!  BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM Green tea is touted to help improve brain function, fat loss, help lower the risk of cancer, & contribute to better cardiac health. Green tea...

Let’s talk Black Sesame Seeds!

I encourage many of my clients to add Black Sesame Seeds to their diet. Here are some of the reasons why… Black Sesame Seeds, Hei Zhi Ma, are a great source of nourishment for the body. They are great for your eye sight, slow the greying of hair, moisten the large intestine helping with constipation, are good for your Yin. There is a very high Vitamin E content in black sesame seeds. Vitamin E is a powerful anti-oxidant that protects against free radical damage & protects against aging. It promotes cell division, which is necessary for healing & protects against toxins. Ok so now that you have them in your kitchen, what do you do with them? Generally a teaspoon or so a day is a good start. They can be put on any food you enjoy! Salads, oatmeal, toast, eggs, etc. I keep them in a jar by where I cook & put a pinch on whatever I am eating. Happy sprinkling...

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