Nourishing Your Qi During the Winter Months

December 12, 2018 | Acupuncture

“When one stays in the darkness long enough, one begins to see.”  -C.G. JungWinter is a time of stillness and quietude, when nature’s energy has turned in during this most inward-looking of all the seasons. We call it the most Yin of the seasons.  Trees have dropped their leaves, the sap of the tree has retreated to its roots, outward signs of life have disappeared and the landscape can be covered in snow.  There is still work going on, but is in-doors.  In this state of rest, energy is collected and held in reserve.  It’s cold and dark, which are the qualities that preserve and store.  It is this concentrated, internal force of winter that enable a seed to burst forth in Spring.  A time for internal work, we use this season for rest and the filling of our reserves, gathering strength for the year ahead.  Abundant reserves within us … Continued

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TLC for a Healthy, Happy Gut

November 27, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

The digestive system is the power center of the body. There are more organs in this system than any other system. It keeps things moving in the right direction. Regular bowel movements are the cornerstone of good health as can ensure proper detoxification and absorption of nutrients. Anything interfering with these processes interferes with energy, sleep, mood, immune function and more. Therefore chronic constipation may lead to anxiety, depression, insomnia, yeast overgrowth (candida), migraines and allergies. As a naturopathic doctor, chronic constipation is a common issue that I help address. After each meal, you should produce a bowel movement. Although it is very common, finding the underlying cause can be complex and differ from person to person.  Blanket treatments such as laxatives often do not address the true issue and long term use can come with side effects. The body is very complex and the root issue must be found for overall health.   Constipation is usually a symptom of other issues caused … Continued

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Are Allergies Causing You Anxiety?

June 1, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Is your sleep disturbed?  Are you tossing and turning, or maybe having a hard time falling and staying asleep?  Are you feeling more stressed out than normal? Do you feel depressed but don’t know why? There are many factors that cause insomnia, depression and anxiety, but one of the most overlooked causes is allergies.  While taking an antihistamine can treat runny nose and itchy eyes, long term use can exaggerate sleep disturbances and mood issues. What are histamines? Histamines are stimulatory neurotransmitters (brain chemicals). Our bodies naturally have histamine circulating, which helps control energy levels, motivation, and the sleep-wake cycle. Histamine is an important neurotransmitter but when it increases due to a toxin or insect bite, other neurotransmitters such as epinephrine (adrenaline) may be affected.  Epinephrine helps lower large increases of histamine.  While allergies often present as itchy eyes or sinus congestion, anxiety and insomnia are also common symptoms due to the increase … Continued

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Relaxation 101: A Blog for Busy People

March 23, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

How busy are you?  Are you too busy to realize how busy you really are?  Take this quick quiz: Do you eat in the car or at your desk? Do you forget to eat or skip meals altogether?Do you take your supplements/medicine with you because you are too busy to take them in the morning?Do you think of your hair and your make-up as a waste of time? Do you bring a change of clothes with you for the variety of different activities you do?Do you online shop because going to the store is too time consuming? Do you start work before going in to work? Do you continue working after going home? Many adults will answer yes to the majority of these questions.  We are often busy with good things: busy at work, busy at home, busy with kids, busy with social lives and family obligations.  Being busy isn’t wrong in itself, but it can … Continued

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The ‘D’ Missing from Depression

March 14, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Depression is very common, but you may still feel alone, helpless, and lost.  Long term depression can be debilitating.  Getting out of bed is a Spartan feat, and yet falling asleep is almost impossible.  While some depression is caused by circumstances such a loss of a loved one, it can become a physical problem.  Doctors may prescribe medications that work at first, and then stop.  If the underlying issue is not addressed, depression can become a chronic condition.Vitamin D & DepressionWhen I work with depressed clients, I often find that their Vitamin D levels are deficient.  Deficient Vitamin D levels impact the production of important ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters like serotonin.   Vitamin D receptors are found in the amygdala (the part of the brain that controls emotion), which influences production of serotonin.  When Vitamin D is low, production of serotonin can be reduced.Vitamin D & MagnesiumUnfortunately, treating depression isn’t as simple as … Continued

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Fields of Flowers – a natural remedy for depression, anxiety, and stress relief

May 17, 2017 | Stress Relief

Fields of Flowers is a homeopathic remedy made from 38 different kinds of flowers, including Star of Bethlehem (above), honeysuckle, white chestnut and willow and is used to treat stress, depression, anxiety, and a host of other negative emotions.   Homeopathic philosophy is based upon “like cures like.”  If the energy or essence matches the essence of an herb or flower, then they are able to work together to create harmony in mind, body, and spirit. With this in mind, Fields of Flowers was developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930s.  It is believed that Dr. Bach suffered from anxiety and Asperger’s and had become discontented with mainstream medical practices.  As someone who understood these emotional suffering, he was able to address it in a different and unique way than other doctors. After observing similarities between people and flowers, which led him to believe that he could treat emotional pain with a … Continued

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