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Shonishin Seattle WAPediatric Acupuncture is not new. It has been used to treat children for thousands of years.  It can successfully treat a wide range of conditions in babies to adolescents.  Our acupuncture for kids is safe, nearly painless and has many needless options, including cold laser. We also use pediatric tui na (Chinese massage), diet changes and supplements.

For children, acupuncture focuses on relief of symptoms, treating the root cause and prevention of future illness. Parents have an opportunity to influence their children’s future health now.  You will be introduced to the Chinese Medical way of viewing health. Acupuncture supports each stage of a child’s development and addresses inherited imbalances. Treatments often involve a dietary assessment of the child (and the breast feeding mother if applicable). It’s not just what you eat but how fresh it is, the way the food interacts with the child’s constitution, and how and when you are eating.

Lifestyle factors are very important in acupuncture for children. Our modern busy lifestyle can have a profound impact on the health and development of a child. Chinese Medicine can offset these effects. Supporting the child through acupuncture is especially important if the parents have gone through ART or if the parents were older at the time of conception.

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

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I remember years ago when I did yoga in the basement of a Methodist Church in Wallingford with Bill Mitchel. Maybe some of you Lavender Seattle WAuse to go there too. It was magical. Bill was one of the founders of Bastyr. I never met John Bastyr but I met the other founder and author Joe Pizzorno many times. He was the school president when I was there. Bill was much cooler. Picture a healthy, balding, pretty fit grandpa. He believed in nature as healer and was truly gifted as a teacher.

I’d come to class and he’d be in his work clothes then strip down to his undershirt and boxers.  He’d cue some awesome, inspiring hippy music while we all settled in. We waited in relaxed anticipation when it was finally quiet and he’d close his eyes and start to grunt, sigh and talk. “Grandmothers, grandfathers……..”grunt, pause. “Moon and Sun…” Sitting cross-legged and gently but erratically swaying. This is how it always started and he went “somewhere else.” Opening to another world and taking us with him. After the yoga was done he’s always pass around an herbal tincture, tell us about its function, and invite us to taste then meditate on the spirit of the plant.

I’ve used Lavender Essential Oil clinically for many years. Heck, I even used it during the birth of my son! I’ve been amazed at the effects I’ve seen it have to relieve stress, reduce pain, soothe skin and just bring us into the moment. Powerful but gentle. When I journeyed to the plant myself she came as a Grandmother. I really like that image because we are often disconnected from our extended family but Lavender can deliver a big grandmotherly hug whenever you need one. I bought a bottle on a whim to pack for my birth. My doula mentioned that many laboring women find Lavender or Orange essential oils helpful. I thought “oh what the heck.” I swear every contraction I had I was huffing that stuff. It really made a difference for me.

I combined Lavender with Eucalyptus in our bath salts to soften the energizing quality of the Eucolyptus and add more stress relieving effects. Simple but effective and smells oh so good. Eucalyptus on its own is pain relieving, immune boosting and energizing. Adding the Lavender it calms down a bit, but leaves you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

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We take the idea of cleansing and reinterpret it through the lens of East Asian medicine. Elemental DetoxIt’s called Elemental because it’s basic yet essenstial. Change your diet and your eating habits and enjoy better health. This 3 week, food based cleanse, is an opportunity to transform your body, habits and health. It supports your needs for individualized, optimal wellness.

Why Detox?

Traditional Medicine has a history of cleansing as a path toward greater health. Our environment and diets have become more and more polluted and un-natural. Processed foods, environmental toxins, and hormones in our meats are just a few things that place a heavy burden on our body. Our pathways of elimination including our digestion, liver, skin, and urination can become sluggish and less efficient in ridding our bodies of toxins. This can in turn affect a variety of things including hormones, reproductive health, mental health, allergies, digestion, skin and musculoskeletal (pain) complaints. A cleanse gives the body a break from additional stressors coming in and allows it to process and eliminate stored up toxins. The results can be incredible.

The beauty of East Asian medicine is that it is always evolving. It’s a system that can adapt to new information, adjust, and add value. When this medicine was first created there was not the level of toxicity and stress that we face every day in modern society. But now there is. Looking at the modern client it is easy to see that their systems are overwhelmed. They also often have combination patterns from an East Asian Medical view. Meaning, for example, they may be deficient (frequently cold, pale, and low energy) but also excessive (sluggish digestion, irritable, with headaches.) This situation lends itself well to treatment though the Elemental Detox.

Habitual Choices vs. Conscious Choices

This program allows you to get down to basics and align your body, mind, and spirit. It takes 3 weeks to begin a new habit. The goal is to give the body and mind a reset button. It can provide a fresh start and a clean slate that can make other aspects of treatment with acupuncture and herbs more effective. It takes commitment, but countless patients have done it and succeeded with great results.

The plan includes coaching  with Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP (billable to insurance for those with acupuncture coverage), supplements, recipe packet, and daily health recommendations.

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

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Why is it that so many of us are so stressed?  It is the minority of patients who come to me and say, “My stress level is very low.”  Most feel overwhelmed juggling the responsibilities of work, family, finances, relationships and home.  Especially the most caring and giving folks tend to overextend themselves and put themselves last.

Our adrenal glands do lots of things, and one is to react to stress.  Our bodies are supposed to react to stress- that’s a good thing.  But when it is daily or almost daily for years, we just wear out.  This process, termed the General Adaptation Syndrome, happens in three phases over time.

  • In the first, we are “wired” or “high-strung”.  We have adrenaline (you know- fight or flight) pumping into our blood stream, which leaves less stored up.   During this phase, you might be underweight/undernourished, develop ulcers, experience insomnia, anxiety, or have frequent colds due to decreased immune function.  You might start to see problems with female hormones, thyroid and blood sugar because stress hormones directly interfere with these.
  • In the second, you seem to adapt to the stress.  You make more reserves of adrenaline and the other adrenal hormones and seem to coast through.  You may gain weight during this time.
  • In the third, you become exhausted.  Your adrenal glands don’t react like they used to, and fatigue is extreme.  You may find yourself to be more irritable and jumpy, depressed, anxious, less able to handle conflict, unpredictable things, or even daily responsibilities.  You may have insomnia even though you are exhausted.  You may find that you have gained weight over the years that the body was in survival mode.  “This is an emergency.  Better store all the fat possible,” says the lizard brain.

What do I do? (more…)

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By Dr. Rachel Erickson ND

So. You can’t lose weight. Maybe you think you can’t lose weight because you just need to control your eating habits better, cut back on the heavy calories in the beer or wine, eat less sugar, or just stop that midnight snacking and weekend binge eating/drinking. Maybe you think if you just got some exercise, or more exercise, everything would be better. Or maybe you’re one of those really frustrated types who exercises like crazy (P90x crazy people), eats pretty well and can’t shed a pound and can’t figure it out.

Good news folks! You are probably dealing with some really high levels of stress! Yes there’s other reasons why you might not be shedding a pound, and we could certainly talk about that whenever you want, but for now I’m focusing on stress related causes for not losing weight, since I see it a lot, and it manifests in a lot of different ways, and no quick fix diet plan is going to solve your dilemma.

To all you postpartum women, men and women on decade 2 or 3 of high-stress jobs, or those of you suffering from the chronic stress of a tough partnership, parenthood or caretaking position of a loved one. This one is for you. You all have one thing in common. You are Stressed out, and probably not managing it very well.

How do people look when they are stressed and not managing it? They are eating too much, not exercising regularly enough, gaining weight around the middle, not sleeping well, emotionally volatile or turned off, drinking coffee in the morning and alcohol in the night, depressed, angry, unmotivated to make changed in their life for the better, just trying to hang on for dear life. Sound familiar? Maybe you are 5 of the 10 listed above. No matter, this affects you too.

So here’s your take home message: You can’t do it alone! You didn’t learn how to read by yourself, or ride a bike, or communicate, you had coaches all along the way. And if you’re really smart, you still have coaches, fitness trainers, business coach if you’re a lucky entrepreneur, counselors, mentors at work, pastors and priests at church, maybe even a dietitian or an acupuncturist, maybe even me. Point being. You’re getting older, things are shifting, you’re aging, stress has been sleeping in your bed for 7, 15, 23 years now and you think you can figure out how to manage it. You might even think that you can manage it, you know what to do, you’re just not doing it. Tricky tricky. Well I’m here to tell you another perspective.

You’ve never been here before, so how would you know how to get back? I mean, your stress levels have creeped up, you’ve managed them the best way you know how, and look where it’s gotten you? Read 2 paragraphs above! So clearly you don’t know how to manage your stress and weight by yourself. You need a stress manager, or 2.

Here are some easy things to remember:

  1. weight loss is very difficult when stressed
  2. relaxation techniques, meditation, prayer, breathing exercises reduce the levels of stress hormones in your body
  3. adrenal support is essential to modulate stress hormone production, talk to your naturopath or come see me
  4. acupuncture, massage, hot tubs, scrubs at the spa, saunas, craniosacral therapy or any other hands on therapies reduce stress levels
  5. stopping the addictive cycles of temporary stress reduction like alcohol, tobacco, watching tv instead of sleeping or exercising, eating when you’re not hungry.
  6. stopping the addictive cycles of uppers that keep you going and increase your stress hormones, coffee, red bull, sugar, monsters, etc.

But here’s the catch, you can’t just STOP doing the bad things, that doesn’t work, or you would have done it by now. So ADD in the good things, TAPER out the bad things, be GENTLE with yourself, and get a coach to lead you through this process. It’s not easy, but by reducing your stress, stress triggers and stress inducers you can start the gradual process of p

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