The season of fall brings cooler weather and shorter days. As with any season, the world adjusts accordingly. Plants begin to go dormant, animals begin scrounging for food to store to get them through the upcoming winter months and humans start winterizing everything.
As fall descends on the land, it reminds us we need to start cutting back on the numerous cooling foods that are consumed during the summer months. Things like raw foods, salads, juices and fruits should be decreased because they can create too much cold in the body, according to traditional Chinese medicine. continue reading
Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading
At AcuWell LLC, our acupuncture treatments include Eastern nutrition counseling, Chinese herbal and supplement recommendations, and lifestyle counseling. When treating patients for infertility, one area we focus on is evaluating environmental exposures that could be leading to poor egg quality. Some environmental factors and exposures that decrease fertility are BPA, phthalates, dioxin, heavy metals, and organophosphate pesticides. Most people know that in order to reduce pesticide exposure they should buy organic produce when possible. Many people are not aware that chemicals in their skin products and makeup can be absorbed. To reduce these topical exposures, we recommend patients research the products they apply to their skin. One easy way to do this is to check out EWG’s SkinDeep database here: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/