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East Asian Medicine is a system of medicine that treats the whole body  and offers a unique perspective on healthy skin. Here’s few basic tips to improve your skin health.

Strengthen your immune system

The skin is ruled by the lung in East Asian medicine. Adding in qi tonics such as huang qi or astragalus and  Vitamins A, D, E will give you glowing skin and help you avoid the office cold.

Eat a healthy diet

An excess of dairy, meats, fried foods, sugar and spicy can impair your digestive function. Imbalances in the good and bad bacteria of your gut can also cause skin issues. Adding probotics to your diet in the form of fermented foods can remedy this. Kimchi, yogurt (if you don’t have a dairy sensitivity), kombucha, kefir and sauerkraut are all good sources of natural probiotics. Also focus on fresh, organic fruits and veggies, whole grains, vegetable proteins and lean meats.

Increase your exercise

It’s great for stress relief which will improve your skin. Exercise moves the qi and blood which in turn reduces stress and promotes circulation and detoxification

Drink more water

You’ve heard it before but it bears repeating. Well hydrated skin is less acne prone and looks fuller and younger. (more…)

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If you live, work, or shop in Madison Valley, you’ve probably seen him. He is unassuming, polite and hardworking. He’s our building manager, and he has Stage 4 lymphoma.

Alfred Edwards has been taking care of our building on the corner or East Madison Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way East for four years.

I remember what it was like before he came: it was unkempt at best. From the minute he arrived, he has been working diligently; cleaning toilets, washing the stairwells, leaf blowing — anything that needed to be done, he did it.

He continues to walk female employees from the building to their cars at night, get spit on by homeless people sleeping in the garage and takes care of everything — all without a complaint. In fact, he always has a kind word and expresses his gratitude for the job that he has been given.

Alfred is the primary provider for his girlfriend and their family of four children. He takes care of three buildings a day for our landlord. His life hasn’t been easy. When asked about his cancer diagnosis, he responded, “I’ve been shot, I’ve been hung, I’ve been stabbed — I’ll get through it.” (more…)

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Ideally a woman begins working on her reproductive health with East Asian Medicine 3 months prior to the time she wants to conceive. This gives time to normalize the cycle and increases the chances of a healthy pregnancy and baby. In Chinese medical terms, it’s a time to balance yin, yang, qi and blood. It’s a perfect time to move qi and blood to improve blood flow to the uterus and ovaries as well as reduce stress.

Women who feel more comfortable with a less invasive treatment and who are young, with good ovarian reserve and without known correctable causes of infertility, could try acupuncture before attempting hormone therapies or in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with treatments done by your doctor or fertility specialist.

Treatments are typically given 1 time per week. Factors such as the complexity of the complaint, toxins from medications, hereditary influences, recurrent low level infections, lifestyle habits, and other illnesses can influence the length of treatment. Certain conditions like the following are more difficult to treat and may require a longer treatment protocol:

  • Cysts, fibroids, PCOS, PMS, anovulation, endometriosis, luteal phase defect
  • Chinese herbs and dietary changes are often part of the treatment.

Preconception In the first phase of treatment will regulate the menstrual cycle by increasing circulation to the pelvic cavity and nourishing energy and vitality. During this phase periods should become more regular, the flow should be bright red and without clots, minimal or cramping and less breast tenderness. Other benefits include decreased stress, better sleep, improved energy and warmer hands and feet. Most women become open and fertile for conception.

Factors such as the complexity of the complaint, toxins from medications, hereditary influences, lifestyle habits, and other illnesses can influence the length of treatment. (more…)

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The transition into the harvest time and the Earth Element reminds us to take some time, step back, and Earth Element pumpkinsenjoy the season. Not that it’s too difficult for me. I’ve always loved this time of year. I call it the dog days of summer. For someone who is often busy and can easily over schedule, I have no problem soaking in the last warm days and relaxing. I like to sit around and watch the tomatoes ripen. (Well, they’re ripening for me but they’re in my greenhouse so don’t feel bad if yours aren’t.)

My family and I headed out to Remlinger farms today for some U pick pumpkins, corn maze ,and the whole meal deal. It spit rain, but we were  more soaked in sun and it was even too warm for coats! When I really should have done something else, it was the perfect thing to do to regain balance. The crisp air and typically funny extended family time left a lot to be thankful for.

Questions to ask yourself: Are you content this season? Are you able to harvest what has been sown? Are your relationships reciprocal? These are all important measures of the health of your earth element.

How’s your digestion? The Chinese Spleen and Stomach are in charge of the storage and movement of nourishment and relate to the Earth element.  Imbalances here can result in diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, low energy and more.

Keep your Earth Element in balance by eating your food lightly cooked. Raw food is difficult for your body to process because it must expend energy to first “heat” the food up. It’s also important to chew your food so that your body can break it down more easily. Enzymes in your saliva are an important first phase in your digestion.

Earth Associations: Color: Yellow/ brown  Smell: Fragrant  Sound: Singing  Emotion: Worry/ Over thinking

Do your Earth element a favor, call to schedule a seasonal acupuncture tune up, be grateful and sing!!!

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acupuncture for pregnancy and labour preparation in Seattle WAAcupuncture is very effective for issues experienced in pregnancy and for labor preparation. Often I spend so much time treating women, I don’t sit down and put my thoughts on paper. First things first, Chinese medicine has a ton to offer for preconception and fertility, pregnancy and post partum. From natural menstrual cycle balancing, to “day of” IVF transfer protocols, acupuncture and Chinese medicine are great for helping make babies. Once conception has taken place, it is important to support mom and baby through each phase of development.

The first trimester is a tricky time, where mom may not be sharing the good news, and might be pretty nervous. Stress reduction and supporting normal fetal development at this phase is crucial. The treatment also supports implantation and prevents miscarriage. Nausea and food aversions may be an issue, and acupuncture proves to be very useful for this as well. Treatments at this time can also ease fatigue and mood swings. This is also the time that certain superpowers develop, specifically superhero sense of smell. These ladies can walk into a room and tell you “there’s a banana in the trash in the corner, and it smells terrible. “ It’s weird, but a good sign.

The second trimester: As mom’s body begins to noticeably change to the outside world, she feels the changes on the inside too and not always in a good way! Back pain, round ligament pain and heart burn can begin to rear their heads. Pregnancy produces an environment of heat and dampness in the body according to Chinese medicine. These symptoms can be relieved with acupuncture and diet therapy to cool the heat and dry the damp. This is the time when mom goes from feeling like she “just looks fat,” to looking like she is definitely pregnant. This is a nice treat for waning self-esteem. Energy is usually good and women enjoy light exercise comfortably.

As the third trimester unfolds, mom may just feel big. Bellies get heavy, and the mounds of pillows used to support them at night approach mountainous levels. Swollen ankles, high blood pressure, back pain, and pelvic pain are all possibilities.If the baby is breech treatment can be done to turn the baby. This should ideally be done at 34-36 weeks. Starting 3 weeks or so prior to her due date, the focus of the acupuncture treatments can switch from symptom relief to preparing the body for labor. Points are done to soften and open the cervix. Sometimes there is fear that the treatments may bring on labor too early, but I have never experienced this to be true. If it was, trust me, I could make a lot of money getting babies out on demand. What I have experienced is easier labors, more vaginal deliveries, and happier moms.

Lindsey 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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Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), is the most common endocrine disorder in women of reproductive age, is characterized by hyperandrogenism, oligo/amenorrhea, and polycystic ovaries.

Women with PCOS are at greater risk for:

  • Infertility
  • miscarriage
  • endometrial cancers
  • heart disease and heart attacks
  • type II diabetes
  • strokes

Here’s a randomized study done showing the positive effects of Acupuncture, and especially acupuncture and exercise on PCOS. At Glow, we recommend acupuncture 1-2 times per week for 16 weeks, plus dietary and supplement support for our PCOS patients. We find this protocol to be very effective and a great adjunct for those women taking Clomid or undergoing IVF.

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(Excerpted from Urban Farm magazine. I discovered this mag at Radar hair and records. (Sharon is the Best!!) I swear something creative always happens when I get my hair done.) I love eating seasonally but I couldn’t resist this recipe for do it your self Kale chips!! Fun and yum.

Kale chips are much tastier than they sound.They’re a surprisingly delicious and healthy alternative to potato chips. I love the kale chip and making it your self will save you a buck or two for sure.

Ingredients:

1 bunch kale (stems removed, cut into chip sized pieces)

2 T. lemon juice

2 T. soy sauce

1 T nutritional yeast

1 tsp. onion powder

cayenne to taste

Preparation:

Combine dry ingredients and toss with the kale. Lay on drying racks and dehydrate until crispy about 4-6 hours. Don’t have a dehydrator?? Put your oven on the lowest setting or build one yourself with the instructions in April’s Urban Farm Magazine.

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by Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

I love cupping. It is useful for both  diagnosis and treatment of various conditions. Western conditions that can benefit from cupping include respiratory issues (chest congestion, asthma, and cough), pain conditions (acute and chronic neck and back pain, headaches), menstrual irregularities (PMS, cramping),stress (including sleep issues and tension,) and some gastrointestinal issues.

As an acupuncturist at Glow, I’ve been trained in the Eastern art of diagnosis according to the patients symptoms. For instance, the Oriental medical condition cupping treats is stasis or stasis with heat. This means that it is effective is treating any conditions with fixed stabbing type pain (vs. diffuse, achy pain which is better with pressure.)

Cupping is a suction technique which creates pumping action inside the muscle by drawing blood to the surface and allowing new blood to flow into the muscle to allow repair and healing. It’s kind of like a reverse massage.This can either be done using a lit cotton ball to create a vacuum (called fire cupping) or with specialized cups  that allow air to be pumped out (called air cupping.)It leaves round “hickies “ on the back which can be purple, red or dark-colored. The color and duration of the marks  indicates the amount of stasis or heat in the body. The more stagnation (or stasis) that is present, the more purple the marks. The more heat that is present the redder the marks.

Cupping is usually done on the back but can be done anywhere that suction can be created. For contradictions as well as a history of cupping see this article in Acupuncture Today.

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This drink is served on the rocks but is also very nice lightly shaken and served in a stem glass. Try a sugared rim for something fun!

Ki is a Japanese term for your body’s “vital energy”. With Glucoronic acid, acetic acid, benefical probiotics and B vitamins it’s so much more than a yummy cocktail!

1 part vodka (more if you like a stronger drink)
1 part Magic or Communi Tea kombucha (or other fizzy Kombucha Original flavor)
1 part cranberry juice
Garnish with lime
Ice

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Curious about the mind body connection and Shamanic healing? This is the second installment in my series about modern Shamanic healing. The last entry focused on my first introduction to a Shamanic treatment. It was not my true “calling” to the medicine which happened years earlier in childhood. This entry focuses on what happens during a session.

I don’t want to undermine the magic, mystery, profound power and tangibility that this medicine contains. I do want to portray the information in a way that is accessible to our Western “ modern” minds. For better or worse until I’m closer to enlightenment those are terms I have to work with. Truly this medicine can only be experienced and can’t be understood through reading alone. Your monkey mind can’t go there. However I will try to write about it on such a way to give you a taste or flavor of the potential.

The Shaman performs a journey on behalf of the patient to determine if and how healing can occur. Sometimes this process begins before the patient has even come for a visit. During this journey various spiritual guides, animals, spirits of nature and protectors are consulted with on behalf of the patient. Shamanism and Chinese medicine believe that part of our soul is free to leave the body at any time. Shamans enter in to an altered state of consciousness, (in my case through the aid of rhythmic rattling) which allows the soul to travel to receive information, retrieve lost power and allow healing.  I like this description of what’s happening.

“It has been found that the monotonous rhythm of a rattle or drum at [a certain] beat induces the altered state of consciousness in which the ability of the human brain to image is remarkably facilitated. This is a process called brainwave entrainment, with the drumbeat or rattle stimulating the production of brain waves in the low alpha and theta range, a state which is associated with heightened creativity and vivid imagery.” Read full article here

“A person who has taken time off from a task and begins to daydream is often in a theta brainwave state. Individuals who run outdoors [or]do a lot of freeway driving often get good ideas during those periods. It is a state where tasks become so automatic that you can mentally disengage from them. The ideation that can take place during the theta state is often free flow and occurs without censorship or guilt. It is typically a very positive mental state.” Read full article here.

While incomplete, these descriptions give a partial portrayal of what it often feels like during and after shamanic session. Most people feel refreshed, awakened, reconnected and the imagery from the journey can be very powerful.

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