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803-806-8889 or email@example.com to schedule an appointment or visit us at 1825 Sumter Street, Columbia SC 29201.
Summer has arrived!
The heart is an energetic system we often treat in Traditional Chinese Medicine. According to Chinese Medicine theory, there are many systems of energy within the body. Each of these systems corresponds to
certain physiological and psychological functions. So when we talk about the heart, the lungs, the liver. However, when we are speaking about Chinese Medicine organs, we are not talking about the physical
organ sitting in your body, but rather the energetic manifestations of a particular system in the physical,
mental, emotional and spiritual realms. The heart is an incredibly important energy system in Chinese medicine, often said to be the emperor of all the other energy systems.
It is related to the fire element, which is the universal energy of summer. The emotion associated with the heart is joy. This means that joy nourishes the heart, but excessive joy (ie, mania) is a symptom of an
imbalance in this system. The heart is all about the very act of being alive – from the physical heart beating in our chest, to theflow of blood through our veins, to our mental ability to stay present and focused, and our emotional selves being whole and complete. It is the energy of summertime – abundant, hot and lively. Nourish your heart by blood-tonifying foods such as organ meats, lean red meat and dark leafy greens. The heart is closely tied to appreciation of beauty and aesthetics, so the heart system is also nourished by food for which care has been given to present artfully, with beauty and grace, and a wide array of colors on one plate. Again, the heart is associated with summertime, so think of the abundance of fruits and vegetables available that time of year, and try to reflect that energy in your food choices.
Nourish the Heart through your habits The heart is nourished through activities that bring you cheer and joy. Nourishing the heart is about celebrating that which you love in the world – people, places and ideals.
As the heart governs our relationships with other human beings, it is nurtured by
feeling connected to those that we love. Reach out to friends and family, forge new bridges
and strengthen lasting bonds. The heart is also nourished through beauty – take time to appreciate
the beauty of your natural surroundings, as well as music, poetry, art and dance. Lastly, the heart is nurtured by ritual. This can be a long-standing religious or cultural ritual, or one that you create for yourself. Some examples of heart-healthy rituals include writing down five things you are grateful for each night, incorporating some sort of gentle exercise during each morning, practicing 10
minutes of sitting meditation each day, or grab a coloring book and start coloring.
Foods to Improve Heart Health
Wonder how you can help your heart stay in balance? Well, what you put into your body goes a long way in determining how balanced you are. Check out some of these foods you should consume in order to promote good heart health. Red foods have been shown to help the heart biochemically; foods such as hawthorn
berries, strawberries, cherries, raspberries, tomatoes, watermelon, peppers and goji berries keep your heart happy with lycopene and anthocyanin, antioxidants and beneficial vitamins. Other helpful foods include garlic, cayenne, cilantro, basil, magnesium (found in leafy greens, nuts and soy) and green tea. Also try ginseng, jujube dates, reishi mushrooms, dong quai, seaweed and schizandra berries. Orange vegetables like carrots have carotenoids and lutein, powerful phytonutrients. And oranges, the fruit, can help decrease your risk of heart disease. Enjoy these foods regularly to help improve your heart health.
An article published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, substantiates the usage of acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal formulations can help in the treatment of obesity and weight loss. The article reviewed four clinical studies and 16 animal studies on the effects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for treating obesity. There were different methods, but the results were ultimately the same. Obesity can be a result of total body inflammation or hormonal imbalances, and because of this, all the studies that were reviewed, had different approaches for treating the disease. All of the studies confirmed obesity can be managed utilizing Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques.
Our mailing address is: Palmetto Acupuncture and Holistic Health Clinic
1825 Sumter Street
Columbia, SC 29201
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• 1/3 cup of plain organic Greek Yogurt
• Half gallon of organic milk (your choice of
Heat the milk in a pot on the stove until the temperature reaches 205-210 F (just before it begins to boil). Remove pot from the element and let milk rest and cool until it is warm to the touch. Add the Greek Yogurt and mix it thoroughly into the warm milk. Cover the mixture and place in oven with just the oven light on. Do not turn on the oven, the oven light will provide a consistent temperature. Let the mixture rest for 8 to 12 hours. The longer the mixture rests, the more tart your yogurt will taste.
After 8 to 12 hours remove from oven and stir for consistency; the yogurt should be have a thick consistency. If you prefer a thicker Greek-style yogurt you can strain the yogurt through a colander lined with cheesecloth. Reserve some liquid whey and stir in if yogurt becomes to thick. Discard remaining unused liquid whey. For a thinner yogurt, serve immediately after it is chilled in the fridge.
Consider adding organic strawberries, blueberries, peaches or other fruit you enjoy to increase the flavor of your fresh, homemade yogurt. Enjoy!
Avoid sunburns this summer!
Melanoma is a serious type of skin cancer, with about 87,000 new cases being diagnosed each year in the United States. The vast majority of melanomas are caused from sun exposure. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can offer a number of complementary treatments for Melanoma, in conjunction with biomedical interventions such as surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. TCM also offers a number of techniques one can do at home to aid in recovery from Melanoma.
Sunscreen is integral to preventing skin cancer. When you are going outside in the sun for extended periods of time you should make sure to apply a good sunscreen. Avoid spray types of sunscreen
and use lotion types, also, make sure to use a sunscreen at least 40 SPF or above.
Chemicals to avoid in common sunscreens
• Oxybenzone • Retinol palmitate • Methoxycinnamate • Octinoxate • Padimate O/PABA • Nano or Micronized mineral particles
Dermatology check-ups. Schedule annual dermatology check-ups
just to ensure you do not have skin cancer or another problem with your skin.
Say bye-bye to the tanning salon. Radiation is
terrible for our skin, and radiation is found aplenty
at tanning salons, it has even been shown that some
tanning beds produce radiation stronger than the
sun! So think about that the next time you decide to
go into a tanning bed, just don’t do it!
Use essential oils. Use lemon, sappan wood
and mate leaf essential oils in order to encourage
healing and repair of damaged skin in order to
prevent potential patterns of skin cancer.
Detoxify your liver and kidneys. Your liver and
kidneys are major players in converting vitamin D
from the sunlight and the food you eat. One way
to guarantee you are consuming enough vitamin D
is to drink milk thistle tea or taking a milk thistle tea