Auto Accidents and Relief With Acupuncture

Unfortunately as winter sets in and we begin to see in-climate weather and dangerous road conditions, the possibility of getting into an accident greatly increases. So first and foremost please use caution and be extremely careful when road conditions do become dangerous or better yet; avoid driving all together.

If you are in an accident involving injuries, seeking immediate Emergency Medical Attention by calling 911 is obviously your first  priority. However after undergoing initial emergency room treatment, you may find that you need further treatment options to handle ongoing pain or stress. In this case there are a variety of post ER treatment options available to you including Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Care. All of these have proven to be a very successful in treating pain, muscle strain, stress and other MVA related ailments.

How does Acupuncture Treat Pain?

Acupuncture can effectively eliminate pain, reduce inflammation, increase blood flow and circulation as well as relax the mind and body of trauma stress. Acupuncture Northwest has a good success rate with treating MVA (Motor Vehicle Accidents) victims and shortening the recovery window for the injured. If you have been in an accident and as a result are experiencing pain or discomfort, give us a call to see if we can formulate a treatment plan to get you on the road to recovery. We can do more than just treat physical ailments, we can also help to clear your mind of accident related stress or cloudiness.

Accident Scene Precautions and Awareness

There are many other important hazards to be aware of in auto accident so if you or someone is able – survey the accident scene for the following hazards before making moves: downed power lines, leaking fuel, oncoming cars, water hazards. Unfortunately accidents put us in a panic and fight or flight mindset which making it difficult to think clearly in the moment.

 

GMO Products and Gluten Sensitivity

Gluten is a big topic these days, and there is no shortage of information on gluten sensitivity, gluten-free products and diets. We see many patients at our clinic who have serious health issues due to a sensitivity to gluten. When they eliminate gluten from their diets, they get exponentially better. But why is this happening? Why are we seeing so many patients who have trouble with gluten?

An interesting article regarding this issue was posted on the Whole Food Nutrition website. They talk about GMOs** and how they might be increasing the incidence of gluten sensitivities. There is always room for skepticism when it comes to the sources of information we encounter on the web, but this is worth a read.

**GMOs stand for genetically modified organisms. Basically, it means taking a gene from one species and inserting it into the DNA of another species. This type of genetic engineering is used in research, to create pharmaceutical drugs, experimental medicine, and agriculture. GMO foods are created to resist pests, herbicides, or harsh conditions in the environment.

You can read more about GMOs and find information on how to find GMO-free products on the Whole Life Nutrition website. You can read more about the process of genetic modification here.

Getting Rid of Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Guest Blog:

Thank you Sarah! Wow what a transformation I have seen in my health and overall comfort level… I came to Sarah for help after the onset of chronic heartburn which was making my life miserable. Before  coming to see Sarah I saw my Primary Care doctor and he prescribed me a common heartburn medication without much of any other treatment suggestions. I picked up the prescription and began taking it… However quickly thereafter I abandoned the prescription due to side effects and my concern that I was only applying band aide and not addressing the root of the problem.

So off I went to see Sarah at Acupuncture Northwest. Sarah’s very straight forward advise was to stop drinking coffee and begin taking an herbal formula. Keep in mind I have a very healthy diet that is low in saturated fat, high in fiber and is whole food oriented, which made it even more perplexing as to why I acquired Acid Reflux.

My coffee intake was modest and typically it consisted of only a single shot soy latte each morning. However even that modest amount was enough to give me persistent Heartburn. Why? Because as Sarah explained – coffee is highly acidic. Unfortunately for those of us who are sensitive, coffee is a problem and should be avoided and consumed only occasionally if at all. While it seemed impossible to almost entirely eliminate the morning latte, I feel so much better now that I did.

Thank you.

J.J.

Cold and Flu Tips and Tricks

It’s that time of year again. The weather is changing, kids are back in school, and the sore throats and snotty noses soon follow.  What can we do about it?  As many of you know, we have a few key supplements that can really make a difference:

Congaplex is an immune boosting vitamin that you can take on a regular basis if you are prone to getting sick or are exposed to a lot of germs, like teachers, kids and health care practitioners. It is super effective when taken right when you start to feel a little run down.

Yin Chiao is a Chinese herbal formula that is amazing at staving off what is called wind-heat in Chinese medicine. The first symptom is scratchy or sore throat. We recommend that people keep this in their car, purse, office or pantry. If you get a couple of doses in right away, it can save you from getting sick!

Garlic, fresh & raw has long been used as an antiviral. If a cold begins to take hold in your body, garlic can effectively vent the pathogen out of your body. A few good doses of garlic can decrease your sore throat and shorten the length of your cold.  Mince a large clove of garlic,  spread your favorite nut butter on a cracker or two, top with minced garlic and a drizzle of honey. Seriously delicious!

Oscillococcinum is a homeopathic remedy that can cut flu symptoms in half. If you have a headache, body aches, chills or fever, this is the ticket. It is not a cure, but flu symptoms can make life miserable and any relief is welcomed.

Qing Qi Hua Tan Wan, also known as “Clean Air” pills are amazing at clearing phlegm-heat. Just like it sounds, it quickly dries up the phlegm in the sinuses, chest and throat.

Xiao Chai Hu Tang is a formula that unblocks the Shao Yang (Gallbladder and Triple Warmer) channels. When you have a sinus infection and feel totally plugged up in the head, especially with clogged ears, this formula clears it right out.

Acupuncture!!! So many of you know that when you don’t feel good, you should come get a treatment. Acupuncture can cut the duration and intensity of your sickness in half. Regular acupuncture treatments are immune boosting and will keep your body’s defenses up.

For proper dosing, products and prescription-specific information, contact our office for practitioner recommendations.