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Nourishing Fish Soup

Nourishing Fish Soup

Herbs and foods may be taken to nourish the Qi and Blood, support uterine health and help women regain health and vitality. Below is a simple soup that is commonly given to women in China after childbirth but can be eaten anytime as a nourishing tonic. Eat 1 cup daily for 1 month.

2 large white fish fillet, (cod, sole, flounder, snapper etc)

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Fish soup veggies

6 cups fish stock, see recipe below (use less if you add coconut milk)

2 cans full fat coconut milk

4T white miso paste (optional)

4 green onions chopped

4 carrots sliced

3 baby bok choy chopped into 1/2 pieces

Fresh Ginger root- (good quality should be firm) 5 slices (remove before eating,) browned on both sides

Chinese rice wine 1 cup (can substitute any white wine you like)

4 T toasted sesame oil

Salt to taste

Optional Soup Herbs Available at our Clinic: Shan Yao (Chinese Yam root) 30 g, Huang Qi (Astragalus) 30 g, Gou Qi Zi (Lycii Berries) 10 g, Dang Gui (Chinese Angelica) 10 g (boil in broth for 20 min, remove before eating.) These can also just be taken as a tea and not added to soup. They will have a strong herby taste.

Ginger getting ready to be browned. Use medium heat until both sides of ginger are light brown.

Ginger getting ready to be browned. Use medium heat until both sides of ginger are light brown.

Saute ginger and carrots until ginger is brown. Heat broth (pick one from below) until boiling and then reduce to a simmer. Add coconut milk, rice wine (if you are using) and fish. Cook for 5 min. Add bok choy and miso (if you are using). Stir until miso is dissolved. Shut heat off and cover for 2 min. Add salt and sesame oil and serve.

Fish Stock

6 quarts of filtered water
1 lb of fish heads and bones (fish heads alone will suffice)*
1/8 cup raw, organic apple cider vinegar
Himalayan or Celtic sea salt to taste

*Do not use oily fish such as salmon for fish stock or you will stink up the whole house!   Only use non-oily fish such as sole, turbot, rockfish or snapper.

 

Quick and Easy Fish Stock with Bonito Flakes- though low in protein this broth is high in selenium and B vitamins.

Bring 6 cups of filtered water to a boil.

bonito flakes in water

Bonito flakes in water

Remove pan from heat and add 1 cup bonito flakes

Cover and allow the bonito flakes to sink to the bottom of the pot.  This will take a few minutes.

Strain out the bonito flakes and discard.

Add 4 TBL of miso paste (omit if adding to Replenishing Fish Soup)

The broth has a smoky, hearty flavor similar to that of beef stock.

Drink bonito broth by itself, mix with miso or use as a base for seafood gumbo, clam chowder or other similar soups.

You can find the dried flakes at health food stores, Asian groceries, and online.

Simmer on low for 20 min.

(Both broth recipes are from the www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com. More information about fish broth and sourcing products available here.)

lindsey-2017Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living and a regular blogger. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

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Hello, dear ones!  I hope spring is treating you well thus far.

Today, I want to talk about Yoga Nidra and explore some of the ways this powerful practice can help you cultivate joy, body awareness, well being, pain reduction, and relieve (and ultimately cure!) PTSD, anxiety, and depression.

If you’re like me, you’re probably thinking “Woah, Katie, those are some strong claims.  Back that up with data!”.  Not a problem.  Yoga Nidra, specifically the iRest modality, is an approved treatment (adjunctive or on its own) for military veterans across the US, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom and more research results can be found here, here, and here.  In short, this mindfulness meditation practice is powerful stuff and all it takes is a willingness to try and a helpful guide…like me!

A SINGLE HOUR OF YOGA NIDRA IS EQUAL TO 4 HOURS OF CONVENTIONAL SLEEP!!

Yoga Nidra translates to ‘Yoga Sleep’ but the ultimate goal is to increase self-awareness so we can have more control over our thoughts and feelings rather than be controlled by them.  It’s rooted in tantric philosophy and is many thousands of years old.  But practically speaking, you’ll feel a deep sense of rest and rejuvenation after just 1 session.

What does a Yoga Nidra session look like?  

First, we’ll start by making you as comfortable as possible.  You will lay on the floor and I’ll place bolsters under your legs and arms, a pillow under your head, an eye mask on your face, and tuck you in with a nice warm blanket.  Prepare for bliss!  From there, I will lead you through a series of guided meditations and body sensing exercises that will help you relax deeper and deeper.  You may fall asleep.  This is normal!  When the session concludes, I’ll gently bring you back to the present moment by making a tone with a singing bowl.  A full session take about an hour.

You'll probably look alot like this guy

You’ll probably look alot like this guy

You’ll find the 10 components of Yoga Nidra below.  Feel free to read them over and ask me any questions you may have.  Then, schedule a session with me!  No matter your dosha, you’ll benefit from Yoga Nidra and I look forward to joining you on your journey to bliss.

Much love,

Katie

Katie Meyer

Welcome

10 Steps of Yoga Nidra  (Retrieved from Yoga Journal)

  1. Connect to Your Heartfelt Desire. Bring to mind your heart’s deepest desire—something that you want more than anything else in life. Perhaps it is a desire for health, well-being, or awakening. Feel this heartfelt desire with your entire body while imagining and experiencing it in this moment as if it were true.
  1. Set an Intention. Reflect on your intention for your practice today. It might be to relax and rest, or to inquire into a particular sensation, emotion, or belief. Whatever your intention, welcome and affirm it with your entire body and mind.
  1. Find Your Inner Resource. Bring attention to your Inner Resource, a safe haven within your body where you experience feelings of security, well-being, and calm. You may imagine a place, person, or experience that helps you feel secure and at ease and that helps you feel within your body the sense of well-being. Re-experience your Inner Resource at any time during your practice or in daily life when you feel overwhelmed by an emotion, thought, or life circumstance and wish to feel secure and at ease.
  1. Scan Your Body. Gradually move your awareness through your body. Sense your jaw, mouth, ears, nose, and eyes. Sense your forehead, scalp, neck, and the inside of your throat. Scan your attention through your left arm and left palm, your right arm and right palm, and then both arms and hands simultaneously. Sense your torso, pelvis, and sacrum. Experience sensation in your left hip, leg, and foot, and then in your right hip, leg, and foot. Sense your entire body as a field of radiant sensation.
  1. Become Aware of Your Breath. Sense the body breathing by itself. Observe the natural flow of air in the nostrils, throat, and rib cage as well as the rise and fall of the abdomen with each breath. Feel each breath as flowing energy coursing throughout your entire body.
  1. Welcome Your Feelings. Without judging or trying to change anything, welcome the sensations (such as heaviness, tension, or warmth) and emotions (such as sadness, anger, or worry) that are present in your body and mind. Also notice opposite sensations and emotions: If you feel worry, call up feelings of serenity; if you feel tense, experience ease. Sense each feeling and its opposite within your body.
  1. Witness Your Thoughts. Notice and welcome the thoughts, memories, and images that are present in your mind. Observe your thoughts without judging them or trying to change them. As you come upon beliefs that you hold about yourself, also bring to mind and experience their opposites, welcoming your experience just as it is.
  1. Experience Joy. Welcome sensations of joy, well-being, or bliss emanating from your heart or belly and spreading throughout your body and into the space around you. With every exhalation, experience sensations of warmth, joy, and well-being radiating throughout your body.
  1. Observe Your Self. Be aware of your sense of “I-ness,” or personality. Notice this sense of identity when you say “I’m hungry,” “I’m angry,” or “I’m happy.” Then, experience yourself as an observing witness or Awareness that is cognizant of these feelings. Set aside thinking and dissolve into Awareness, awake and conscious of the self.
  1. Reflect on Your Practice. As you complete your practice, reflect on the journey you’ve just taken. Affirm how the feeling of pure Being, or pure Awareness, is always present as a deep, unchanging peace that underlies every changing circumstance. Imagine integrating that feeling into your everyday life, in both pleasant and difficult moments, and always reconnecting to that sense of equanimity.

To Finish: At your own pace, transition back to your waking life, reorienting to your surroundings. Come back slowly, and pause for a moment to feel grateful for taking this time for yourself.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) calls the modern day viruses and bacterial infections “external Pathogens.”This medicine treats not by treating the flu itself, but by maintaining a healthy and strong Immune system, or strong “Wei Qi.”When we have strong Wei Qi the external pathogen cannot invade the body. TCM will therefore see and treat an infection as a result of a compromised immune system or weak “Wei Qi”.

Try these steps is you are getting a cold or the flu:

1.)When stress, poor sleep or chronic conditions wear us down and all best efforts to maintaining strong Wei Qi fail, we want to combat the invasion quickly. First and foremost a healthy diet and good sleep are best line of defense. Try eating chicken soup or a light onion soup for an immune boost.

2.)Herbs and essential oils with diaphoretic  properties are also great choices. Herbal remedies can promote sweating, open the pores and allow the pathogen to be released back out to the exterior. Other herbs have Antibiotic, Antiviral, Temperature lowering, Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory properties.

A Chinese herbal formula that is commonly used in this case is called Yin Qiao San.  This formula is perfect as a preventative remedy. Much stronger than Echinacea it can be taken after you were exposed to “the bug” or once you start having symptoms such as sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and/or fever.

2.) If the bug wasn’t caught in time and you start feeling worse with more symptom it is now a good time to see your Acupuncturist who can help you with headaches, clogged sinuses, sore throat and many more symptoms that make this infection so miserable to deal with.

Acupuncture and herbs are given at each stage of your cold or flu from the earliest slight fever to a lingering cough. Each treatment and herbal  formula is customized to your specific symptoms.

Be aware that there is a difference between the common cold and the flu. In either case neither is treated with Antibiotics. Only bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics and those can be a result of the virus in your body if things progress. Trust your health care provider to figure out the difference and do not ASK for Antibiotics.

Here is some good info from the CDC website.

Here is another source that is comprehensive:

If you are sick right now, call me at Glow Natural Health Center for an appointment 206 568 7545carsten Glow Natural Health Seattle WA

Carsten enjoys to find the root cause of an ailments. The biggest reward for him is a patient who smiles a little more after each treatment. 

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At Seattle Fertility Acupuncture located in Glow Natural Health we are passionate about helping couples have babies. We recommend yoga for fertility in conjunction with acupuncture and lifestyle changes to improve fertility. Yoga for Fertility classes and workshops are designed for women or couples who are trying to conceive, either naturally or through assisted reproductive technology. In a Harvard-based study, women participating in a yoga and relaxation program increased their chances of pregnancy by almost 3 times. The class environment is small and supportive, and all levels of yoga experience are welcomed.

Yoga for Fertility Weekly Classes: May-June, 2015

Thursday evening in Seattle: 5:30- 6:45 p.m., April 30-June 25

Saturday morning in Seattle: 9:45 -11:00 a.m., May 2- June 27

Saturday classes in Redmond: 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. May 2 – June 27

Pre-registration is required for weekly class series. Class fee is $185 for 8 week sessions. No drop-ins.

Register at: www.yogaforfertility.net

Individual Yoga for Fertility Instruction and Holistic Fertility. Coaching always available by appointment. For more information and pricing, go to. www.yogaforfertility.net or email: lynn@yogaforfertility.net or call Lynn: 206-729-0606

Couple’s Yoga for Fertility Workshop: Sat, June 6, 1:30-4:30

The Hatha Yoga Center, University District, Seattle

This fun workshop is designed specifically for couples who are facing fertility challenges together.  With a focus on simple poses, breathing practices and relaxation, we will learn techniques to offset stress, and release physical and mental tension. Learn new fertility- supporting yoga practices together!   No prior yoga experience required.  $95/couple. Register and more info at http://www.yogaforfertility.net.

Women’s Fertility Retreat: Finding Joy on the Journey

October 9-11, 2015 Mosswood Hollow Retreat Center, Duvall, WA

This very special retreat is co-led by Lynn Jensen,E-RYT, MBA, Yoga for Fertility instructor, and Carol Knoph, M.Ed., fertility counselor and director of Mind/Body programs at Seattle area fertility clinics. The retreat is open to all women currently trying to conceive. Retreat cost of $425 includes instruction and all meals. For more information or to register: www.yogaforfertility.net or email Lynn at: lynn@yogaforfertility.net

About the Instructor: Lynn Jensen, E-RYT, RPYT, MBA is a registered yoga instructor with the national Yoga Alliance, and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She has been teaching yoga since 1997, and developed the Yoga for Fertility program in 2002. She is co-author of “Yoga and Fertility, a Journey to Health and Healing”, which is available on her website, on Amazon.com, and in bookstores. In addition to weekly Yoga for Fertility classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings, she also teaches Yoga for Women classes at Microsoft and other locations.

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Mother's Day Massage in Seattle WAMassage for Mother’s Day is always a win! Treat Mom to a relaxing and therapeutic massage this Mother’s Day. Choose from our many massage services from our spa menu to deep tissue. Did you know we offer massage 7 days a week? Call today to book your appointment using coupon code: MOM! (206) 910 2709

Hurry! Offer valid through May 16th. Not for use with Insurance plans. Most insurances accepted.

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This type of anterior knee pain is very common in runners and can be experienced at any time in ones running career. Common symptoms include pain, instability and/or popping sounds. The primary cause of this problem is overuse but other factors might be to blame.

Other possible factors:

  1. Foot or ankle injuries
  2. Trauma or injury to surrounding muscles or bones
  3. Direct injury to the knee

The key to this condition like all others is to determine the primary cause of the injury and treat the source. From an Asian medical perspective, when overuse is the cause, rest with treatment is usually the best course of action. Treatment will generally consist of acupuncture and cold laser. The acupuncture and cold laser reduce pain, decrease inflammation and improve circulation. The combination of the two modalities produce a powerful synergy. In acute cases the recommended treatment plan is 1-2 times a week with reassessment after three weeks. Chronic conditions can usually be treated with once a week visits, but an initial assessment will be needed to decide the best action plan.

Acupuncture is a powerful tool in the treatment of pain and can be used in many different types of situations, please give the office a call if you have any questions.

Author:

Dr. Derek Kirkham, DAOM, MS, EAMP, LAc is an Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural health Center.

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