Can Eating Local Honey Reduce Seasonal Allergies?

Posted on March 7, 2013. Filed under: Allergies, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Health Experts have long touted the wonders of using honey for ailments.  It’s been slathered on wounds to prevent infection and hasten healing and even been used as a natural cure for diarrhea and upset stomachs.  It’s even recommended today as a way to help the body overcome seasonal allergies and hay fever.

Allopathic Medicine utilizes a process called “Immunotherapy”  wherein an allergen is injected into the body to help an individual become desensitized to it by building up an immunity toward it. This is the premise for the “Allergy Shot”. The same process can be done in a natural, painless, and healthy way by eating local honey.

Local honey is produced by bees usually within several miles of where the person eating the honey lives. There’s no rule of thumb on what the exact proximity needs to be, but proponents suggest the closer, the better. The reason you want “local honey” is that this increases the chances that the varieties of plants and flowering grasses that give the allergy sufferer trouble are the same kinds the bees are including in the honey they produce. By consuming this honey, you are creating a natural form of “immunotherapy”. Because the honey includes the pollen spores which so many allergy sufferers are affected by, introducing them into the body in small amounts by eating honey can help make the body accustomed to their presence and decrease the chance of an immune system response like the release of histamine. Since the concentration of pollen spores is low, ideally, the production of anti-bodies shouldn’t trigger symptoms similar to an allergic reaction.

In addition to finding “local honey”, be sure to purchase “raw” honey. This means that it has not been pasteurized, or heated to more than 120 degrees. While pasteurization can help keep the honey from fermenting, it kills the active pollen spores that your body needs to help build up its immunity.

Recommended amounts are about 1-2 teaspoons per day. Try to start taking it at least a month before allergy season, or take it throughout the year. Adding the honey to a cup of green tea is a great way to incorporate it into the diet.

Scientific research has not determined honey to be the cure for seasonal allergies, namely hay fever, but many people claim that their intake of local honey has had a direct correlation to the reduction in their allergy symptoms.

Note: Be sure not to serve honey to infants under 2 years of age.

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Electro Meridian Imaging – Contemporary Acupuncture Diagnosis

Posted on January 8, 2013. Filed under: Acupuncture Information, Healing | Tags: , , , , , |

Electro Meridian Imaging

Electro Meridian Imaging

Acupuncture is an oriental medical treatment which has been practiced for hundreds of years that is based upon the flow of energy through pathways in the body called Meridians.  Acupuncture treatment was provided with the use of tiny needles to stimulate the nerve centers in the body.  Today’s acupuncture needles are sterile, disposable and almost as thin as a human hair.  Modern healthcare has also introduced needle-less acupuncture, acupuncture magnets, and electro stimulation which additionally has been proven to be extremely effective.

One of the unique properties of acupuncture points discovered by scientists is that acupuncture points are more electrically conductive than the surrounding tissue.  This led Yoshio Nakatani, MD, PhD to develop the “Ryodoraku” method of examining the meridian system of the body through electronic measurements.  The collection of this data and assimilation is represented in the graphic charting called Electro-Meridian Imaging or EMI.  This process has made acupuncture diagnosis much more accurate and comprehensible.

Through the use of a specialized electronic device, the electrical sensitivity of specific acupuncture points can be measured.  This information is uploaded to computerized software that produces a graphic representation of the energy flow throughout 24 primary acupuncture meridian points.  From this graph, information about the functioning of the major organ systems of the body and the individual’s overall health can be derived.  These imbalances in the meridians are strong indicators of existing conditions and/or developing health problems.

The EMI has been able to revolutionize the way acupuncture is being practiced by providing another option besides ancient pulse diagnosis.  This contemporary, digitally electronic system allows the patient to receive a copy of their graphic interpretation, as well as diagnostic criteria.  The patient will be able to better understand their particular needs and Dr. Steiner will help create an individualized treatment plan for enhanced healing & health.

The major benefit of EMI and acupuncture treatment is in identifying underlying factors affecting chronic conditions such as depression, fatigue, headaches, digestive problems, fibromyalgia, and hormone imbalances.  By balancing the electro-magnetic energy in the meridians, the underlying cause of many conditions can be treated.  The EMI is a valuable tool in achieving and maintaining the balance of acupuncture point meridians thereby helping enhance overall health and wellness.

These findings are described as tendencies” since they are not meant to diagnose disease or replace diagnostic testings such as EKG’s, MRI’s, or blood tests.
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5 Gifts to Give Yourself

Posted on November 30, 2012. Filed under: Acupuncture Information, Aging, Exercise, Healing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

5 Gifts to Give Yourself

Aging may be inevitable, but your later years can be vibrant and healthy if attention is given to supporting your physical, mental and emotional well-being.  These gifts to yourself are just a few of the ways that you can bring balance into your life.  You don’t need to try doing all of them at once.  Focus on one or two of them at a time.

Give Yourself the Gift of Practicing Gratitude
Grateful people report higher levels of positive emotions, life satisfaction, vitality, optimism and lower levels of depression and stress according to Dr. Robert A. Emmons, an author of several books on the subject of the psychology of gratitude.  Dr. Emmons says that the disposition toward gratitude appears to enhance pleasant feeling states more than it diminishes unpleasant emotions.  Grateful people do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life, but they have a healthy attitude
towards them. Choose friends who are joyous people.  See these people frequently and you will find your spirits rise.  The older you get, the more important it is to make it a priority to spend time with people who give you joy.  If you have people in your life who are constantly unhappy, limit the amount of time you spend with them.  Try it, and you may find that your outlook changes as well.
Give Yourself the Gift of Exercise
People who exercise more are less likely to be stressed and more likely to be satisfied with life, according to Danish researchers.  Compared with sedentary people, joggers are 70 percent less likely to have high stress levels and life dissatisfaction.  Remember the saying, ” if you don’t use it you’ll lose it”?   Exercise keeps our bodies and minds in good shape . Couch potatoes who start moderate exercise (the equivalent of 15 to 30 minutes a day) experience the greatest happiness lift.  If jogging is not the best exercise for you, go for a long walk or try a traditional exercise like Tai Chi or Qi Gong. Qi Gong and Tai Chi are non-impact exercises that focus on repetitive movements with attention to breathing. Tai Chi and Qi Gong use gentle movements and low physical impact, which are ideal for aging bodies. The benefits of these exercises include a slower heart rate, lowered blood pressure, and drops in adrenaline and cortisol levels . Making these exercises a regular practice can lead to better health and vitality.  The Mayo Clinic reported results from two studies on these ancient practices that concluded they can also alleviate chronic pain.
Give Yourself the Gift of Good Sleep Regularly
Your body repairs itself best at night so allow plenty of time for it to do so.  Good sleep patterns follow nature. Morning is bright and the most Yang time of day, indicating activity.  Night is the dark period, a time to slow down and enter the Yin phase of the day.  Poor sleep has been linked to high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, heart failure, heart attacks, stroke, diabetes and obesity.  Research has shown that getting at least eight hours of sleep is needed for good heart health.  Acupuncture has been proven successful in treating a wide array of sleep problems by focusing on the root of any disharmony in the body.  It gives those who take advantage of it a better night’s sleep and an overall improvement in physical and mental health.
Give Yourself the Gift of Reduced Stress
Stress is a normal part of life, but if left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems, including heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pains or an irregular heartbeat. Humans were designed to handle short periods of intensely high stress followed by periods of relaxation.  We were not designed to live with a constant low level stress that keeps us feeling overwhelmed. If you feel you have been under too many pressures for too long, stress reduction acupuncture can help you enjoy a more peaceful life. Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of stress, anxiety and mental health.   In addition to acupuncture, Oriental medicine offers a whole gamut of tools and techniques that can be integrated into your life to keep stress in check. These tools include Tui Na, Qi Gong exercises, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, meditations and acupressure that you can administer at home.
Give Yourself the Gift of Action
Address Health Concerns Quickly: Don’t Wait!  Many diseases can be cured easily if they are caught early, but people often put off seeking treatment.  Don’t ignore important signals that something is wrong with your body. We all get warnings about our health and well-being, but these warnings are like traffic lights.  They tell us what we ought to do, but they cannot make us do it.

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Enzymes – A Catalyst for Good Health

Posted on August 31, 2012. Filed under: Aging, Healing, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Enzymes are energy-rich protein molecules that are essential for life.  They catalyze and regulate chemical reactions and are an essential part of every activity in the body.  Their process speeds up rates of reaction for a specific chemical reaction in a cell.  With an enzyme, reactions work faster in the body than they would without.  For example, a digestive enzyme helps break down the food we eat, releasing nutrients for energy production, cell growth and repair.  Due to existing factors such as genetics, stressful lifestyle, environment and diet, we are all at risk for compromised digestion.  This is why many people may benefit from the support of a digestive supplement.

Enzymes are used for numerous therapies including promoting detoxification, improving overall digestion, increasing immune system health, and helping repair tissues and ligaments.

Why do we need Enzymes?

Except in cases of genetic deficiencies, most organisms (including humans) have the ability to synthesize and secrete the enzymes that are needed for metabolism.  However, under certain conditions, that synthesis or activity may be impaired.  These conditions are often the result of poor diet, poor lifestyle (smoking, alcohol, etc…), exposure to environmental pollutants and/or aging.

When we eat a meal, the requirement for digestive enzymes becomes a high priority.  Our body’s enzyme-making machinery must work over-time and still can’t usually meet the body’s demands and enzyme requirements.  Since digestion takes precedence over nearly everything else, many bodily functions that require metabolic enzymes are often short-changed during these times.  The result is a lower disease fighting capability and a general weakening of the body’s ability to mend itself.

Enzymes contribute to the delivery of vitamins and minerals throughout our system.  If this process is not functioning at maximum capacity, then foods are poorly digested.  Protein putrifies, fats turn rancid, and carbohydrates ferment in the body.  These undigested food particles may serve as nutrients to the various intestinal microorganisms resulting in the generation of microbial metabolites which are toxic and can leak back into the bloodstream, undermining health and creating further toxicity.  Without the support of an effective enzyme reserve, we begin to lose energy, lose our ability to fight disease, and lose our body’s ability to remedy its own naturally occurring malfunctions.  This loss may lead to disease and may eventually lead to death.

This concept supports the case for safe, supplemental enzymes.  If the body can get the necessary extra digestive enzymes it needs to complete the digestive process, then a metabolic enzyme shortage will not occur.  Without overstressing the body’s enzyme-making potential, our body will be in  a much more favorable position to fight biologic and genetic malfunctions and diseases as they occur.

Excerpts taken from Transformation Enzymes, which produces a superior product line with documented successes & results

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Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture – A Natural Alternative

Posted on April 17, 2012. Filed under: Acupuncture Information, Aging, Healing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

facial rejuvenation acupuncture
facial rejuvenation acupuncture

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture-A Natural Alternative

Have you ever noticed how beautiful the skin is of women in China? In addition to genetics, perhaps this is because facial rejuvenation originated in China many, many years ago. Facial rejuvenation has enabled many women to keep their skin beautiful by reducing fine lines, increasing elasticity and collagen in the their skin, firming up their facial muscles, and improving the quality of their skin through acupuncture and herbal therapies. It has become a safe and effective alternative to the use of therapies such as BOTOX and RESTYLANE.

This delicate use of acupuncture and essential oils is arranged in a sequence that develops collagen and stimulates rejuvenation processes. While your skin is reacting to the subtle stimulation, the treatment is also adjusting energy throughout your entire body.  Changes may be seen as soon as the first treatment is completed, but each succeeding treatment builds on the last. The process is safe, effective and brings with it none of the great expense, adverse effects or toxicity of more invasive approaches that involve drugs or surgery.
How Does Facial Rejuvenation Work? facial acupuncture diagram
According to the latest research in dermatology and Dr. Howard Murad, a professor of dermatology at UCLA and Vogue magazines proclaimed “One of America’s top dermatologists”, the problem is free radicals. Aging skin …wrinkles, sagging, enlarged pores, puffiness, thin and dry skin…is due to the damaged caused by free radicals.
Free radicals are destructive molecules. They destroy the integrity of other molecules. They first attack and destroy the walls of your skin cells. So if you imagine your cells as being like a water balloon. Free radicals are like a knife that pokes holes into it. The balloon will then leak like a sieve…and your cells become dehydrated. They become deflated and dehydrated, because all the vital fluid and nutrients have leaked out.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture helps restore the integrity of your skin cells by stimulating the nervous, circulatory and hormonal systems to boost collagen and elastin production.
Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture can actually take five to fifteen years off the face. Some of the most common effects of facial rejuvenation include:
· Reduction of fine lines
· Diminished deep wrinkles
· Droopy eyelids are lifted
· Jowls are firmed
· Under eye bags are reduced
· Puffiness around the eyes is reduced or eliminated
· Increase of blood and lymph circulation to the face increases skin moisture
· Increased collagen production
· Improved muscle tone
· Dermal contraction
· Tightening of pores
· Brightening of the eye area
· Improving hormonal balance to help with acne
· Reducing evidence of stress from the face
Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation is a safe and effective alternative to the use of more invasive therapies such as BOTOX, RESTYLANE, RESURFACING, CHEMICAL PEELS or even COSMETIC SURGERY.
This excerpt taken from www.wellsphere.com
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Chronic Fatigue – Causes and Corrections

Posted on October 11, 2011. Filed under: Fatigue, Pain | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

By Dr. Gregory Steiner~

Tired woman yawningEvery single week a new patient enters my clinic, and we’re not talking about ordinary “pain the neck” patients. These patients are suffering in a particularly difficult way, with a combination of extreme loss of energy and pain in multiple areas of their bodies.

The foremost symptom is never-ending, unrelenting fatigue. The second symptom is unending pain and stiffness, day-after-miserable-day. The fatigue and pain often appear together, but a person may suffer from one or the other. However, in my professional life I’ve never met a chronically tired person who didn’t hurt all the time, and I’ve never met a person who hurt all the time who wasn’t tired.

On the subject of energy, have you noticed that when you are energetic, there is no task that can’t be done, no problem that can’t be solved, and that pain – whatever the level – is tolerable. Have you also noticed that when you are not energetic that everything is difficult – – that slipping on your shoes becomes a major ordeal? These two syndromes are often confused, often ignored, and most unfortunately denied.

I’ll always, always remember the mountain of a man who became my patient in N. Ireland while living there a few years ago. He was a traditional man – strong, a good provider, a devoted husband and father, and he knew what is to gain and achieve through hard work. I’ll always remember the day he came to my clinic – dead tired and barely able to stay awake more than a few hours a day. He was unable to work, and had lost much of his self-esteem.

Up to that point in my career I was uncertain whether chronic fatigue (formerly called “Yuppie Flu” even existed. Some doctors thought it was a very bad reaction to viral infection; others thought it was depression under another name, and many didn’t believe it existed at all; after working with him I finally understood that chronic fatigue certainly does exist, and that in its harsher forms it can be debilitating.

The symptoms of chronic fatigue are physical, mental and emotional. A “typical” patient will tell me that usually everything feels heavy and sluggish to move. They often feel very stiff all over. Mental symptoms are quite interesting – patients tell me that that they their thinking is equally sluggish, and that they feel themselves in a state in-between sleep and wakefulness – not really awake, but not really asleep. Sleep quality is typically poor and these patients can hardly remember the last night of restful sleep they had. I’ve also had many say that they are unusually vivid dreamers, and that the dreaming seems to tire them out in an unusual way.

The condition can have dramatic effects on a person’s lifestyle. Some people are unable to work, and others underperform. People with mild but significant cases have enough energy to work, but usually come home, flop on the couch and have little energy for family or recreation.

In my experience there is no one cause for chronic fatigue, but there are several that appear with frequency. Post-viral syndromes do exist, but blood sugar handling issues involving poor carbohydrate metabolism are perhaps the most common cause or complicating factor. Some people have thyroid issues, and others are suffering form multiple allergies. Occasionally someone – usually a heavy person – suffers from sleep apnea. In Oriental medicine we look to the energetic function of the liver, spleen and kidney, as these organs and pathways are seen to be particularly influential in overall body energetics.

The real complicating factor is that several of these can occur together, and over time can lead to depression which makes correction harder yet again. Still, chronic fatigue is treatable and it is possible to regain lost energy. The corrections involve accurately figuring out where the pieces of the puzzle fit, and incorporating such nutritional intervention, acupuncture points, herbs, or medications as needed.

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