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By Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Clinic Director

Being an avid cook I am always looking for easy, delicious and healthy ideas to pass on. Right now I am loving turmeric!! It’s got a mild taste, warming nature and anti- inflammatory properties that make it an excellent choice for healthy living. This bright orange herb is one of my favorites with garlic for a quick chicken dish or on a side of veggies. I love to make soup with the left-overs too ( of course I add more tumeric!). It feels so hearty and nourishing. I try to add it near the end of the cooking process to preserve the health promoting qualities.

Turmeric is a member of the ginger family and has been used in East Asian Medicine and Ayurveda for centuries to treat digestive and liver disorders, skin diseases and as an anti-inflammatory. The west is beginning to discover it as well, touting it’s antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant, anti-cancer abilities. Combine it with black pepper to make it even more bioavailable. (1) The active ingredient Curcumin is a component of many natural anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. This compound also shows promise in treating Rheumatoid Arthritis. (2)

The raw herb is available in bulk at Glow and  we also carry Phyto-Curcumin which contains the anti-inflammatory CurcuminTumeric for pain releif derived from Turmeric.

1 Shoba G, Joy D, Joseph T, Majeed M, Rajendran R, Srinivas PS.

Influence of piperine on the pharmacokinetics of curcumin in

animals and human volunteers. Planta Med. 1998;64(4):353-356.

2 Funk JL, Frye JB, Oyarzo JN, et al. Efficacy and mechanism of action

of turmeric supplements in the treatment of experimental arthritis.

Arthritis Rheum. 2006;54(11):3452-3464.

Other resources on Turmeric:

Turmeric extracts containing Curcuminoids prevent experimental rheumatoid arthritis.

Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of Curcumin.

This is a comprehensive article on Turmeric from the University of Maryland

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by Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalisttree polle

Cedar, alder, birch trees can play havoc on those suffering with tree pollen allergies in the Pacific Northwest. Here are a few tips on how to cope.

  • Keep floors clean. Vacuum weekly. Take your shoes off to avoid tracking allergens indoors
  • Shower before bed. Pollen can linger on skin and hair.
  • Neti pot daily 1-2 times to wash pollen out of the sinuses
  • Get a HEPA filter for your bedroom to remove 99.97% of pollen. Make sure to clean and replace filters
  • Consider a detox diet to reduce overall inflammation in the body
  • Wash pillows and mattresses weekly in hot water (130 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • A cup of caffeinated tea in the morning can help open nasal passages
  • Monitor pollen levels and know when they are the highest. (When levels are at the highest, I like to plan a weekend away to a warmer or colder place where the tree pollen count is lower.)
  • Use freeze-dried stinging  nettles as an antihistamine. Try 300 mg 2-3 times daily.
  • Get acupuncture to relieve symptoms and promote immune function.

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