Cold & Flu Season

Are you feeling sick?

Is everyone around you getting sick?

We are in the midst of the cold and flu season. It can be so hard to prevent yourself from getting sick, but also hard to heal yourself if you do catch something. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are great tools to utilize during times of high sickness prevalence. Our founder Sarah sits down and talks about the benefits of using alternative medicine as a prevention tool as well as for treatment.

Fight the cold and flu season, by giving your body the best care possible. Give us a call at (503) 493-9389 to schedule an appointment today!

21-Day Purification Cleanse

A couple weeks ago we introduced some of our supplement partners and talked about products that we feel passionate about. This week we are introducing the Standard Process 21-day purification program that we partner with to create a custom cleanse for our patients. Have you ever felt like your gut health could use a reset? Do you feel the desire to start eating healthy or lose weight but you don’t quite know where to start? Maybe you’ve looked into extreme forms of dieting but have found that the results are not long lasting?

Our 21-day purification cleanse is modeled off of the Standard Process program. We use their whole food supplements, partnered with a simple plant based diet aimed to cleanse and purify the body. The cleanse experience will look entirely different for each person. That is why we have you consult with one of our practitioners prior to starting, as well as throughout the process to monitor your progress and make modifications where they are needed.

Participating in a purification program can help you start to develop healthy habits. People so often participate in trendy, fad diets and feel dissatisfied or deprived with the food they are eating. Our goal in offering a 21-day cleanse is to help people understand what foods their bodies best thrive on. We are aiming to help people create lasting, indefinite, healthy lifestyle changes.This past week our front office staff asked a few of our patients that had participated in the cleanse for their thoughts, here was some of the feedback that we received:

“I first did the cleanse because all of my coworkers were doing it. I had tried doing keto, paleo and even intermittent fasting. I felt so hungry! I am so glad that I asked Rebecca about the cleanse because it changed the way I ate and thought about food.”

“I’ve done the cleanse three times now and every time I do it I feel amazing. Sarah compared it to getting the oil changed in your car, but a wellness reset for your body. I love that, because that’s exactly how I feel every time I do it.”

“Mid way through doing the cleanse I felt like I was slightly deprived. I scheduled an appointment with Sarah and we talked about how I needed to modify the program for my needs. I thought that was so great. We made a plan when I first consulted with her, then we course corrected midway through! It was a great a program and I am so glad I did it.”

“After I finished the cleanse I made an appointment for my husband and bought him a cleanse kit. Then we did it together! It was life changing! We recommend it to everyone we know.”

The path to developing good habits and living a healthy lifestyle can start today! Call our front office at (503) 493-9389, or schedule online to learn more about our 21-day purification program and see if it’s right for you!

The Power of Mint

Most everyone has heard of mint, and have likely grown it in their garden at some point. Mint is also a Chinese herb called Bo He. In Chinese medicine, it is used to expel wind-heat from the head region, and treats symptoms like fever, headaches, red eyes, cough and sore throat. It is also used to help vent rashes of the skin by bringing pathogens to the surface to speed up healing.

Because of it’s aromatic properties, mint is commonly added during the last 5 minutes of an herbal decoction. Drinking mint tea before bed can stop nightmares in their tracks. In Chinese medicine, nightmares come from heart heat. Mint helps clear heat in the body and in turn can eliminate nightmares. Breathing in vapors from mint tea can also help clear cold symptoms in the head. It is cheap, easy and is very effective. It is also safe for kids.

Peppermint essential oil and a muscle gel with menthol (we like Dynamint) are two great remedies to combat cold and flu symptoms. Body aches are a terrible symptom of a bad virus, but applying a thin layer of Dynamint over the muscles of the back and neck can reduce body aches by up to 95%! Sinus pressure is another debilitating symptom. It makes it difficult to think, eat and even sleep. Spreading a thin layer of peppermint oil over your sinuses (above the eyebrows and below the eyes) will really relieve the pain. Just be sure to avoid the eyes!

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.