Health Conditions Posts
As I approach my one year recovery journey I have a story to share with you.
Last October (2016) I finally surrendered to the reality that I needed to ‘do something’ about my chronic foot problem. About 20 years ago I injured my right foot in 2 places which resulted in a fairly severe arthritic joint in my big toe.
I’ve often encouraged people to consider coming in for an acupuncture/Chinese medical consultation as an alternate opinion to their western diagnoses(s). Let me explain why this can be valuable.
I always wondered if what I was paying money for at the supplement aisle in my favorite health food store was really giving my body what I hoped it was. Even worse, was my concern for my children. So many choices. Too many choices and so little guarantee.
In my last blog post I talked about the detox lifestyle and what it is. Let’s review.
A detox lifestyle (or clean lifestyle) is one that has a predominance of non-inflammatory foods in the diet, optimum hydration (with water), adequate rest and relaxation for de-stressing and rejuvenation, and adequate exercise and activity.
Have you ever noticed how a wilted plant perks up after you water it? It looks vibrant and alive after that…right? We look the same when we go from a slump posture to erect. Not only do we look better, we also feel better. Why? Because we are breathing more fully and the blood is flowing more freely through our torso and limbs.
And they walk in, eyes puffy, face slightly swollen, speaking in tones that sound like they’re holding their breath as they ask, “Can you help me with my allergies?”
Michael Phelps continued his swim into glory at the Rio 2016 Olympics with some odd round marks all over his upper body, and the world was introduced to the concept of ‘cupping.’
Michael’s therapist was using cupping on the USA swim team athletes to allow the chest and shoulder muscles to have a healthier supply of blood and energy.
I discovered the wonder of 100% pure/organic essential oils about 10 years ago when I attended a seminar by Peter Holmes (Licensed acupuncturist and medical herbalist) Recently I’ve begun incorporating them in earnest in my treatment room…..because they are powerful.
It’s finally Spring… the realm of the Wood element according to Chinese Medicine. As you recall, the Chinese 5-elements incorporate the seasons (the extra being Late Summer/ Earth; I’ll address the Earth element more thoroughly later this summer).