Options Adds New Therapists! and other news…
The non-quarterly e-news of Options Naturopathic Clinic, the office of Dr. Erin Holston Singh
The unseasonably warm weather is throwing me off….yes it’s lovely, but something feels unnatural about it; it just seems it is time to get cold. Yet, when the cold does kick in, those who need help with their liver’s “decongestive’ processes will be knocking on our door as their seasonal allergies kick in or when they become sick. What people generally view as allergies, naturopathy recognizes as the body’s natural capacity to unload its toxins. Such unloading occurs through the mucosa when the liver and kidney cannot manage the job. So think of us when you have seasonal allergies or get sick! More on that below. This fall I have been completely focused: the clinic has me as busy as ever, the babes take every moment of free time I have and the minute they are in bed I’m doing continuing education. What can I say? I love my work. I’m taking an excellent online course in Women’s and Pediatric medicine, given by some of the best in my profession! Covering critically important topics I see everyday like thyroid disease, environmental toxins and heart disease-all with a specific emphasis on women and children. So much new, relevant information that I can apply to you, my patients. I’ve also completed this incredible FREE online course through the University of Warwick (London) that I highly recommend for any
healthcare practitioner, parent or those patients who have been prescribed the Brain Protocol. It is about how children literally develop within and because of their relationship with others, most significantly their parents or caregivers. Check it out here if you are interested. As Dr. Barlow warns, those with early emotional trauma may get stirred from watching aspects of the course. As always, we can help with these difficulties.
New Practitioners at Options!
Options Naturopathic Clinic would like to welcome Molly Enders, L.Ac. and Julia Smith, CST to our team of healers. Molly has been using the ancient art of Chinese Medicine to treat her patients since 2007. Julia is a cranialsacral therapist, native to NE Ohio, beginning to use the powers of this incredible therapy to help clients seeking relief from a myriad of complaints. Read more about their work below.
Acupuncture for Colds and Flu Molly Enders, L.Ac.
Acupuncture can be used to both prevent colds and flu as well as shorten the duration of the illness, if you have already come down with one. In Chinese Medicine, disease prevention begins with a protective layer of energy called wei qi. There are specific points known to be capable of strengthening this defensive energy and the outer layers of muscle and skin so that germs and
viruses cannot penetrate. If you catch colds easily or take a long time recuperating from an illness, your wei qi may be deficient. Studies have shown that acupuncture can improve immune function.
If you have already come down with something, acupuncture can help to relieve the symptoms as well as to shorten the duration. Common symptoms it can treat include fever, chills, body aches, congestion, runny nose, sore throat and cough. It is best to begin acupuncture treatments as soon as possible to achieve the best results.
There are several acupuncture points located at the base of the skull and neck, as well as on the arms and hands that are useful to help ‘release the exterior,’ as the treatment principle is known in Chinese Medicine. The action of releasing the exterior is what helps to resolve the symptoms associated with a cold or flu In addition to needling certain points, there is also a technique called gua sha that helps to resolve colds and flus. Gua sha is typically performed by rubbing a smooth-edged instrument across the skin surface where an imbalance is located.
In the case of a cold or flu, gua sha is performed on the upper back and neck. During treatment, a distinctive reddening of the skin, known as sha, is observed. This is a positive response and brings the immediate and lasting benefit of releasing the exterior, reducing heat and inflammation, eliminating coldness, and releasing pain from the body. It is also commonly performed to relax tight and aching muscles and to relieve tiredness and fatigue.
Craniosacral Therapy Julia Smith, CST
Craniosacral Therapy is a hands-on healing modality. Practitioners generally begin with a gentle hold at the client’s feet to ground the system and tune into the mid-line of the body and energy field. Therapists “listen” for the rhythms of the Cranial-Sacral Fluids (CSF) and invite the clients system to settle and release holding patterns so that health can re-assert in the system. When a person’s system is supported to settle into deep stillness, both practitioner and client can experience the slow, subtle tide known as the Breath of Life, a profound
expression of a person’s vitality. From this place of stillness and rest, the system can begin to return with ease to the ever-present template of health and wholeness–“inherent health.” This gentle, noninvasive approach to healing can have profound effects on the body at the cellular levels, changing physiology, releasing held trauma, and stimulating self-correction.
Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe!
With all of the carving going on, don’t waste that precious pumpkin! Of course canned is easier, but it doesn’t take much to bake a pumpkin, then puree the squash-y meat and then even freeze it into ice cube trays for use later on in smoothies.
1 1/2 c. Hemp milk
1 T. Hemp protein powder
1 c. Fresh, canned or frozen pumpkin
1 T. Almond butter
1/4 c. Yogurt
2 T. + Molasses – or to taste
1/2 tsp. Ginger – or to taste
1/2 tsp. cardamom – or to taste
1/2 tsp. Cinnamon – or to taste
Topping this with Snowville Creamery’s Coffee Cardamom Yogurt is really almost like dessert.
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