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by Holly C. Berman, EAMP, MSOM
Everyone knows and loves amethyst, a purple variety of quartz.  The word “amethyst” comesAmethyst necklace from the Greek word “amethystus,” which means not drunk or intoxicated. Amethyst’s many uses include sobriety, calming the mind and enhancing psychic ability. It is associated with the third eye and crown chakras and can be used as a meditation and sleep aid, to calm anxiety and for emotional stability and strength, addiction and protection on both the physical and psychic planes.  Amethyst promotes peacefulness, patience, happiness and contentment. Amethyst deposits are found all over the world, including many of the United States, Ontario, Canada, Brazil, Uruguay, Russia, South Korea, Austria, and Zambia, in southern Africa.

holly_berman_fertility acupuncturist in Seattle WA

Holly is an acupuncturist at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture. She has traveled and worked with people from all over the world and has explored natural healing techniques from several different cultures.  In her free time, Holly enjoys practicing yoga, cooking, hiking, biking, sea kayaking, board games and travelling.

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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.

Have you noticed the new Therapeutic Gemstone Jewelry at the reception desk at Glow?  Many of the pieces address female health concerns, including fertility, pregnancy, birth and post partum recovery.  One stone you will find in many of these pieces is Unakite, a little known stone used especially for fertility, pregnancy and birth.  Unakite is a type of jasper, olive green and peach color and is found in the Unaka’s mountains in North Carolina, Switzerland and Zimbabwe.  It nourishes both mother and child throughout pregnancy and birth and many doulas like to have some in the roomfertility jewelry seattle for labor and delivery.  If you have any questions about Unakite, or any of the other gems in the jewelry at Glow, feel free to talk with Holly about them.

lemon detoxEast Asian medicine says one should eat according to their constitution and nature of foods. Our top 10 foods for detoxification are balanced between those that warm and cool. When eaten together they will benefit most body types. I love adding these to a cleansing diet simply based on their wonderful flavors. Not surprisingly, scientific evidence is mounting to support their benefit as well.

In East Asian medicine there is a strong tradition of eating a wide variety of colorful foods that are right for one’s own constitution. Everyone’s body is different and this should be taken into account when choosing the types of foods that are right for you. For instance if you are a cool type  you might prefer warm drinks, need lots of sleep, and put on weight easily. Your body will respond well to warming and damp transforming foods to stimulate your body to function better. Note- In the winter season foods are best taken lightly cooked to avoid injury to the digestion for all constitutions.  Confused about which foods are right for your constitution? Ask your acupuncturist!

Foods for detox-What’s cool

1.) Beets Long known to support the liver in purifying blood, beets are a powerhouse for detoxification. A great source of folate and betaine, beets lower overall inflammation in the body. They are also great for regulating menstruation and menopause. Beets are cool and sweet in nature and nourish the blood.

2.) Artichokes These yummy guys are high in fiber and contain cynarin and silymarin which promote liver and gall bladder function. They are also high in the antioxidant vitamin c and folic acid. Folic acid is especially important in women who are trying to conceive as it reduces neural tube defects in babies. They nourish the yin and cool to offset warming herbs and hot constitutions.

3.) Carrots A simple shredded carrot salad with olive oil and a touch of salt is a mini liver detox when eaten daily. Carrots are high in fiber which binds toxins to help them be eliminated. Their nature is cooling. They clear heat, detoxify, strengthen all

organs, nourish the eyes, and moisten the intestines.

4.) Blueberries  A power packed fruit with a low glycemic index that won’t spike your blood sugar. These little guys give you a dose of anthocyanins which are antioxidants to help your body eliminate toxins. They are a great source of vitamins C and E as well as manganese and fiber.  Blueberries are cool in nature and nourish the yin energy. As always be careful in eating too many raw fruits and veggies as they can be damaging to the digestion.

5.) Broccoli Cools and clears heat, aids resolving water retention. From a Western perspective it is high in Calcium and also vitamin C which aids in Calcium absorption. It is high in vitamins A, K, E and folate. It is a good source of trace minerals like manganese, phosphorus, B 6. Broccolli can aid the liver in Phase I and II liver detoxification. It is high in di-indolylmethane (DIM) which stimulates your body to metabolize estradiol more efficiently.

6.) Seaweed This cold in nature sea vegetable is a powerhouse. Seaweed is useful in promoting thyroid function and is loaded with nutrients. It’s high mineral content and plenty of chlorophyll make it a super detoxifier which supports the liver. Because of its cold nature it is great paired with something warming like ginger or garlic. This will balance its effects.

7.)Lemon Cooling and nourishing to the digestion. Adding lemon juice with a little salt and olive oil can brighten up many simple dished like cooked greens or steamed beets. Beneficial bioflavonoids, citric acid and a bright delicious flavor explain why lemons top our list. Lemon has also antibacterial effects and aids in production of bile for fat digestion. High in antioxidants like vitamin C, it is effective in treating inflammatory conditions.

The hot list-warm and hot foods for detox

You’ll notice this list is a little shorter. In our Western culture most of us have an excess of heat. Most cleaning diets aid in clearing heat. These warming foods are used as a balance to the cooling foods. These foods will heat up any cleansing diet!

7.)Garlic (hot) and Onion (Warm) Garlic and onions have similar health and anti-inflammatory properties. They act on the heart and liver assisting phase two liver detoxification. Their active ingredients are gluthathione, quercetin and allicin. They are also high in vitamin C. They are anti-viral and anti-fungal. The heating nature of garlic and can offset some of the cooling properties of other foods used in detoxification like dark greens and seaweed. Don’t overdo it especially is you are a person with a hot constitution (red face, likes cold weather and cold drinks, possible night sweats.)

9.) Fresh Ginger Fresh ginger is hot in nature.  In Chinese medicine it is thought to aid the immune system, warm and regulate the digestion and reduce the toxicity of other herbs. Fresh ginger aids in your detox by stimulating digestion, circulation and sweating. A natural anti-inflammatory, studies have shown ginger to be more effective than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

10.) Parsley This bright herb is slightly warming. It promotes digestion, regulates and moves the body’s Qi or vital energy. It’s high in vitamin C, vitamin K, beta-carotene and folate.  It balances blood sugar and boosts glutathione which is a powerful antioxidant. a great addition to salads and soups.

“Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” –Hippocrates

2eli3.13.15Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncturist and Seattle Pediatric Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living, food and is a regular blogger.  For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

Any of you who’ve been in to see me recently know I been pretty excited about a “new to me” product. I was shopping for groceries and was about to grab a container of chicken broth when I did a double take. There, nestled above the chicken and turkey broth in neat, friendly rows was chicken and turkey bone broth. It stood like a fairytale knight in shining armor proudly saving my family and patients from the dreaded scourge nutritional depletion.

Seriously though I love the stuff and make it myself often. I use either beef or chicken bones and then make soup. It keeps me and my family happy and healthy, especially through the winter season. It’s a great immune system strengthener, high in protein, collagen and minerals and builds the qi and blood. I often prescribe it to my patients but most don’t make and drink it as often as they need to for it to be effective. I especially love it for those struggling with fertility, those with overall weaknbone broth in Seattle WAess, tendon or ligament injuries or postpartum women. Kids love it too and it’s great for those following a GAPS diet.

Here’s the thing. It’s a no brainer. I compared the nutritional content of the regular broth to the bone broth. Regular broth has 1 gram of protein in 1 cup and bone broth has 14!!Are you worried about the taste? Don’t be. The taste is very similar to regular broth and it’s delicious. Now there are no excuses people! If you don’t have time to make it yourself, you can buy it premade. Just heat, add salt (it’s low in sodium), any other yummy veggies or meat (optional) and you have a delicious fortified drink.

bone stock in Seattle WA

The ages old East Asian medical season is fast becoming the next big trend. It’s already hit LA , Portland and even Kobe Bryant is drinking it.

So pick some up at your local market or make some yourself.

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 and Seattle Pediatric Acupuncture. 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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