springSpring Newsletter 2016

“In this month the vapors of heaven descend and those of earth ascend. Heaven and earth are in harmonious co-operation.” – Liji, Yueling: 6 (The Book of Rites)

Now, the old and the stale can dissipate.

Spring is the season of renewal. Just like at the start how the humble slithers of color bloom, you too can begin to unzip and allow your own:

  • Reconnection
  • Reinvigoration
  • Revitalization

Step outside your comfort zone this spring and look within. Look into your mind and how it can become more enlightened through, not only outside stimuli, but the physical oven it so desperately needs to continually stoke.

Assess your body and treat it to a solstice tune-up before the spring transition accelerates.

Consider an acupuncture visit, change up your physical conditioning, supplement with an allergy package, or sit still and meditate everyday so you can plug your mind into your body like lightning hitting a tree.

“There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.” – Friedrich Nietzche

Spring’s New Year’s Eve

The problem with New Year’s Eve is that it is considered the jumping off point of change. However, it comes at a time that you should be hibernating and recharging, not taking on the stress of throwing your mind and body into a challenging tailspin.

Spring should be your New Year’s Eve. When this season arises it is as if you have a hand to hold. This is a time that the earth is changing right alongside you. It is a chance that very few take advantage of, let alone realize. Therefore, during spring, get outside as much as you can.

Walk amongst nature and simply soak in the energy emitting from the surrounding flora. Sit, breathe and feel your body become recharged by these simple reconnections.

Try to do this everyday, whether it’s a walk through a park before work or a stroll on the beach in the evening. Either way this season will embrace you like a mother coddling a baby and before you know it you just may be walking a new path all on your own.

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Buddha

Spring Points

Acupuncture during the spring season can assist in all sorts of systemic healing, particularly allergies, menopause, back pain and even kicking an addiction. Some studies that showed significant success when acupuncture was applied include:

A study published in The American Journal of Chinese Medicine stated that,

“The acupuncture treatment situation was beneficial to the majority of people with low back pain. This was shown by the use of short-term controls and long-term controls,”

Concluded in the Annals of Internal Medicine,

“The findings suggest that those participants who received acupuncture reported an improvement in allergy symptoms and a decrease in their use of medication in comparison to volunteers who did not receive acupuncture treatments. The study suggests that acupuncture treatment can help improve symptoms for people suffering from seasonal allergic rhinitis.”

BioMed Central reported that,

“A study into auricular acupuncture for chemically dependent pregnant women found that through the use of NADA protocol (a select group of auricular acupuncture points for addiction), the compliant female participants were found to be receiving higher doses of methadone on admission to hospital and reduced their dosage of methadone to a greater degree than either the non-compliant women in the acupuncture group or the control group. Furthermore, their babies required almost two fewer days of morphine treatment.”

“I am convinced that acupuncture is going to be one of the greatest contributions that any group of people has made to the future of all medicine, if it is handled correctly by the people of the Western World.” – Dr. W. Kenneth Riland, Personal Physician to President Nixon – 1972

Spring Awakening

Your life may be full of so many responsibilities that cater to others it is easy to forget about yourself. This spring set aside some time to do something that feeds your interest.

Make it your own personal spring awakening.

Some considerations might include:

  • Read a book per week
  • Learn a new language
  • Redecorate
  • Wake up early and go outside; don’t sleep in
  • Write a letter to your future self
  • Visit a naturopathic doctor and revamp your health
  • Avoid negative people
  • Watch less television
  • Give up a vice for 30 days (sugar, tobacco, liquor, etc)
  • Take a yoga class
  • Start a journal
  • Visit museums
  • Fall in love with a person, a pet or both

There are so many aspirations passing you by. Spring is the time to begin anew by stepping aside from your everyday journey and turning it up a notch.

“Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.”  – Leo Tolstoy

Spring Medicine Chest

Stock up on herbal supplements to address spring’s most vital organs, the liver and the gall-bladder.

These herbs can be used as powerful preventatives of potential illness that could put the brakes on your spring enjoyment before it starts. However, if you do have a lingering winter sniffle or catch a spring cold, these can also help you get back on track:

Dandelion root – Chock full of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon, dandelion root is an excellent liver-gall bladder tonic. Add it to salads, smoothies or drink it as a tea.

Milk thistle – This herb has been used for centuries to cleanse the liver and blood. Take it as a capsule, tincture or liquid extract.

Burdock root – This root has been linked to enhancing a restful sleep and reducing skin toxin buildup by purifying the blood, restoring liver strength and assisting in gall bladder function. Can be used as a tincture, tea or capsule supplement.

Stinging nettle – Nettle has been linked to helping those with low iron aka Anemia. It’s unique vitamin C content allows for proper iron absorption as well as enhances skin glow.

Echinacea – This remedy derived from the purple cone flower is a great preventative for the spring cold or other seasonally related illnesses. “It enhances the phagocytic activity of white blood cells-identifying and retiring bacterial, viral and fungal infections, in addition to the clearance of these from the lymphatic system. Higher doses are often used for affecting acute immune responses.” (Peaceful Mind)

Astragalus – The root from this perennial plant is dried and made into capsules, powder or a tincture which positively affects the immune system, metabolism and respiratory system. Astragalus has been known to rapidly restore energy to the body shortly after use.

Garlic – You must use garlic! It is the easiest, safest most inexpensive powerful natural remedy available. It has been recorded that just vapor from this root can kill bacteria from as far away as 20 cm. Be sure to let garlic sit after you cut it as this enables it to even become stronger with its formation of allicin, a major healing component. If you have a hard time processing garlic or it permeates from your pores and makes you smell, eat it before bed or take non-odor garlic capsules.

Keep these herbs in your spring medicine chest to supplement or cook with. In addition, there are immune boosting packages as well as  many other remedies to lift, recharge and strengthen your constitution.

“Much Virtue in Herbs, little in Men.” – Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Poor Richard’s Almanac

Spring Eats

Eating seasonally is essential to optimal health and even the environment. It is always best to support local farms that offer the best of spring produce especially if it’s organic. Add in eating in line with Classical Chinese Medicine and you just may escalate your mind and body to a powerful realm.

Foods that support the liver, gall bladder, blood, immune system and overall systemic constitution are non-processed, ultra “live” choices like dark green leafy vegetables, garlic, asparagus, quinoa, broccoli, Romaine lettuce and various mints for teas and ingredient add-ins.

Try these recipes or come up with your own for the ultimate spring menu.

Vegan Sea and Land Vegetable Soup for Spring

Ingredients

1/2 large brown onion, in quarters
5 dried shitake mushrooms, previously soaked in water to soften. use the water, too.
1 bunch parsley, including the stalks, or 1/2 parsley root.
3 small burdock roots, chopped, about 1.5 cups worth
1 parsnip
2 small to medium carrots
2-3 stalks celery, chopped
4-5 slices fresh ginger root
1 piece of kombu sea veggie, broken into 4-5 pieces
1 piece of wakame sea veggie, same size as kombu
*If unable to obtain kombu or wakame add dandelion, nettle, chicory and/or seaweed
white pepper to taste

Add everything but the parsley leaves (put the stalks in) in 1.5 qts of water and bring to a boil. Cook on a low medium heat until the onions are clear and the kombu is totally softened. Kombu will enlarge considerable, but will retain its shape, whereas the wakame will nearly dissolve. Cook for about an hour. Add the parsley, carrots and celery about 40 minutes in. (source: body mind wellness center)

asparagusAsparagus and Vinegar

Fresh greens are the epitome of spring and sour is this season’s taste so creating an asparagus and  vinegar dish is the perfect combination for liver and gall bladder cleansing.

Wash a bunch of asparagus and a carrot in clean water without detergent. Then chop up the vegetables and lightly steam them until the asparagus is slightly tender and bright green. Note that the vegetables cook quickly so don’t steam them long.

Prepare a dressing by simply adding about two parts of virgin olive oil to one part of plum vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Plum vinegar is preferred, because it is a springtime fruit. Then pour the dressing on the vegetables and enjoy the dish with some lemonade.

Lemonade should simply be 2 fresh, organic lemons squeezed into clean, filtered water. Do not add sugar. Note: A cheesecloth over the lemon will keep out the pits. (source: China highlights)

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.”  – Thomas Edison

Spring Smells Essential

essential oilAromatherapy can bring your brain to new heights or calm it into meditative bliss. Experiment with some essential oils that go hand-in-hand with this season’s renewal theme.

Place a small drop of any of these oils into your palm, vigorously rub your hands together, cup your them about 6 inches from your nose and slowly inhale.

Peppermint – This oil, known as a volatile oil for its strong spicy scent, has been linked to alleviating headaches, gastrointestinal disorder and fatigue.

Eucalyptus – This is another strong oil that is capable of alleviating sore muscles, acts as an excellent insect repellant, also helps headaches and can alleviate cold or sinus symptoms.

Orange oil – Citrus has often been a go-to remedy for a enhancing well being. Peaceful Mind reports that, “Orange oil is an antidepressant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, carminative, digestive, febrifuge, phototoxic (skin disorder) sedative, tonic.”

“Smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.” – Helen Keller

News and Noteworthy

Naturopathic Precision Medicine

Last year President Obama spoke of the future of precision medicine where conventional medical doctors would study your DNA genomic sequencing to determine possible future risks and preventative conventional treatment.

Now, naturopathic doctors are using this sequencing to apply traditional medicine in the same way, however, they are using natural treatments such as probiotics and dietary protocols.

Infant Antibiotics Linked to Adult Disease

Science Daily reports that,

“A new study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota has found a three-way link among antibiotic use in infants, changes in the gut bacteria, and disease later in life. The imbalances in gut microbes, called dysbiosis, have been tied to infectious diseases, allergies and other autoimmune disorders, and even obesity, later in life.”

Acupuncture Reduces Pain Killer Use

The U.S. military has been slowly embracing alternative remedies for its many beneficial, cost saving results. The assistant surgeon general of the U.S. Army Medical Command stated that,

“Acupuncture and other forms of alternative and complementary medicine are helping reduce the use of opioids to block pain in Army patients,”
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May this spring 2016 be your jumping off point to a stronger, healthier, more knowledgable you. All it takes is one simple step to create a snowball of possibilities.

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