It’s Allergy Season!

by Sarah Carter on March 20, 2015

WSpringith this warm winter, spring has come early and the pollen has already started wreaking havoc. We have been seeing many patients who have started having allergy symptoms in the last couple of weeks. While many people have experienced seasonal allergies their whole lives, often times allergies can be a symptom of a weakened immune system, causing your body to react more adversely to these springtime environmental allergens. When the concentration of allergens is higher with increased pollen count, and the overall strength of the immune system is compromised, people can experience intense symptoms. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, rest and stress management are important in the treatment of allergies. Read on for additional tips you can use around the house to keep your allergies in check.

Reduce overall exposure to allergens

– Wash your hair more frequently to get rid of sticky pollen, especially before bed.
– Change your pillow case more frequently.
– Limit your contact with your pets, they often carry pollens around from their adventures outside.
– Change the filter in your furnace.
– Clean your door mat often, and encourage family and guests to remove their shoes before coming inside.
– Give your house a spring cleaning to remove dust, mites and other irritants from your home.
– While the pollen count is high, avoid wearing clothes you wore outside into your home, and run them through the wash before wearing them again.
– Turn the heat up on the washer and dryer so you can get a deeper clean.

Improve your immune response

– Start adding local bee pollen and local honey to your hot cereal, breakfast food, etc. Bee pollen reduces the presence of histamines, which can alleviate the symptoms of allergies.
– Be sure to get enough sleep.
– Increase your antioxidant intake.
– Drink lots of water.
– Reduce inflammation through diet by avoiding processed foods, refined sugar, and dairy products (which can contribute to phlegm production).

If you are someone you know is struggling with allergy symptoms, make an appointment to get acupuncture, or call us with questions. It is a quick and non-invasive way to get relief from this year’s early allergy season.


Labor Induction

by Sarah Carter on February 17, 2015

acupuncture-to-induce-labor-in-Seattle-WADid you know that acupuncture can help induce labor for women who are full term in their pregnancy? Acupuncture can help gently begin the labor process, something that is desirable for women who are overdue, or want to avoid medical induction. The use of acupuncture can help stimulate uterine blood circulation, and stimulate uterine contractions. It also promotes cervical ripening and softening, a process that allows for cervical dilation.

Patients can expect the use of needles at each ankle, as well as the wrist and hand. Typically, patients are treated while lying on their side, which also allows for the use of acupuncture in the low back and sacrum. The uterine nerve runs through the sacral foramen, so needling that area assists in stimulating the uterus to contract. Points are also used in the ears and scalp to trigger your own body’s natural opiate chemicals in the brain, reducing any pain, and reducing stress and anxiety. Generally, acupuncture treatment is administered every day leading up to labor and delivery. Labor induction treatments can be used once a patient is ready to begin labor, when they reach their due date, after labor has started, and in situations where delays have occurred. Contact the clinic for more information on how we can help you as you approach your delivery date.


Motor Vehicle Accidents & Acupuncture Coverage

January 16, 2015

A motor vehicle accident can happen to even the safest of drivers. In the event of an accident, it’s important to know your coverage. Acupuncture is covered under your car insurance and you don’t need a referral to begin treatment for injuries that are the result of a car accident. Many patients begin coming in […]

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December 17, 2014

My favorite place to pick up new healthy recipes is a website called My New Roots. Sarah Britton has a bachelor of fine arts and is a certified nurse practitioner. She has beautiful pictures of the food she makes and lots of commentary about her ingredients as well as healthy substitutions. For the holidays she […]

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Almond Butter Bombs – Sarah’s Favorite Snack

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These healthy treats are Sarah’s favorite snack. After you eat one, you will say”these are so good” about 4 times, just like Sarah did the first time she bit into one. They are healthy and so simple! No cooking…There is 1-2 minutes of mixing ingredients, 2 hours in the freezer and bam you are popping […]

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October 13, 2014

As you may have heard, probiotics are an important part of the arsenal of tools used to treat the gut after a round of antibiotics. The real truth is that probiotics do so much more than follow strep throat. They effectively treat constipation, digestive inflammation, behavioral issues in children, mental health issues in adults, allergies, […]

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Tips for avoiding the common cold

September 17, 2014

Fall is the season of the Lung organ.  You may notice a tendency toward grief, the emotion of the lung.  You may have heightened skin sensitivity and dryness, you are more likely to loose your voice, have issues with your sinuses, and overall you are more susceptible to common colds and the flu.  This is […]

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Life Changing Acupuncture

August 18, 2014

Acupuncture is life changing! If you are going through a difficult period in your life, get a series of treatments. Maybe you are looking for a new job, going through a separation, grieving a loss, relocating or just feeling stuck… Acupuncture can help you process these events more comfortably and quickly. Treatment allows the nervous system to […]

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Food As Medicine

July 15, 2014

Patients are always asking how to eat for their health, whether it be to prevent illness, or deal with a current ailment. For many reasons we may find ourselves unable or unwilling to take a prescription medication or herbal formula in order to assist our body in overcoming an illness or condition.  It is important […]

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A Space for Stillness

June 25, 2014

The majority of patients who walk through our door will list stress as one of their main health complaints. Stress is a part of everyday life, but how do we handle it?  It is unavoidable, and our perception and management of stress is essential to our health. It is becoming more understood that one of the best […]

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