7 Ways to Improve Energy Using Massage

Massage therapy has been around for centuries. The ancient texts of many languages, including Chinese, Indian, Greek and Egyptian mention it. While the exact roots of massage therapy are unknown, it is known that getting regular massages is beneficial for the recipients. Massage can treat everything from aches and pains, digestive issues, insomnia and more.  continue reading »

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The Flu & You – How Can TCM Help?

Chinese medicinal clinical studies have suggested that using acupuncture as a preventative approach to colds and flu can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the duration of the illness. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine work by rebalancing the body’s systems, regulating the body’s healing energies, and enhancing the immune system.

Even though germs, bacteria, and viruses are everywhere—in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink—according to Chinese medical theory, they do not cause disease. Illness occurs when our Wei Qi and our meridian organ systems are weak and out of balance. When this occurs it creates a hospitable for germs, bacteria, and viruses to thrive, leading to a cold, the flu, or worse. continue reading »

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Meridian Point: Large Intestine 4

Large Intestine 4 is one of the most important and influential acupoints in the entire body. The Chinese name for Large Intestine 4 is “He Gu” meaning union valley or converging valley. The point is located on the hand in the web between the thumb and index finger, also described as the depression where the index finger and thumb bones part. This area of the hand is often described as “valley like” hence the name converging valley. continue reading »

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Benefits of Using Sesame Seed Oil for Massage

When most people think of sesame seed oil, their mind drifts to things like Asian cuisine or cooking. But sesame seed oil has been used for thousands of years for more than just cooking. Sesame seed oil was first mentioned in the Vedas, which is a large body of texts originating in India. Sesame seed oil is a vegetable oil that is derived from sesame seeds and it is commonly used as a massage lubricant, like coconut oil. And just like coconut oil, sesame seed oil has many health benefits. Sesame seed oil is sometimes referred to as the Queen of Oils because of its many uses and health benefits. Here’s a small sampling of why sesame seed oil is so amazing. continue reading »

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Useful Sites to Stay Informed on COVID-19

(links updated 5/4/20)

 

Hello OM Holistic Family,

There is so much information out there that I know it is overwhelming.  I’ve compiled a list below of useful sites that you can use to stay informed. It is important to use reliable, trusted sources since it is so easy for misinformation to be spread on the internet.

As more testing centers become available, check with your local healthcare system or news station to determine when and where these will be available.  Some may have strict requirements that limit who will be tested.

 

This list may be updated periodically.

Using Cloth Face Coverings and How to Make Your Own: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Stores with special shopping hours for senior citizens: https://wsvn.com/news/us-world/stores-with-dedicated-shopping-hours-for-elderly/

Florida COVID-19 Tracker: https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/96dd742462124fa0b38ddedb9b25e429

Coronavirus self checker: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html

https://floridahealthcovid19.gov

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

https://www.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/bda7594740fd40299423467b48e9ecf6

www.promedmail.org/coronavirus/

www.healthmap.org/en/

 

I’m a bit of a science nerd and Dr. Seheult makes great videos that are easy to understand.  You can find him on YouTube under MedCram. 

 

 

I hope you find this information useful.  Please take the proper precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones from all respiratory viruses and bacteria.  If you are sick, please take precaution to prevent the spread of illness to others.  

Be well!

 

 

OM Holistic Wellness provides Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Cupping and Massage Therapy. We are conveniently located to the surrounding communities of Hallandale Beach, Golden Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, Aventura, North Miami, Miami, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, Pembroke Pines, Davie and Plantation.

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Germ Theory: 101

Why do some people always catch a cold, and others don’t?
Viruses, germs, and bacteria are everywhere. They are in the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink, but not all of them are bad or harmful.

Think of the immune system as your body’s security detail. The cells, tissues, and organs that comprise it help repel foreign invaders like harmful bacteria, parasites and other microbes that can cause infections. Disorders of the immune system range from everyday annoyances like mild seasonal allergies to serious illnesses like leukemia. Stress, lack of sleep and other common conditions can contribute to a weakened immune system, which can make you vulnerable to infections. continue reading »

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The Benefits of Massage for Arthritis

Arthritis is a word that is thrown around a lot these days. Arthritis is defined as a painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. While arthritis is frequently thought of as an old age ailment, it can actually affect anybody, even children. This debilitating disease affects nearly 48 million Americans. It reduces a person’s ability to remain mobile, it reduces their quality of life and the health care costs are staggering. But there is hope for those who suffer from arthritis. continue reading »

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Acupuncture: The Original Biohack for Migraines

Having recurring migraines is similar to parenting a temperamental toddler. When they go from being annoying to actively disruptive and mildly infuriating, there is often little one can do but grit your teeth and persevere. The helpful suggestions for managing this occurrence involved a mixture of expert opinion, anecdotal hearsay, individual tinkering and a big dose of patience. So where does acupuncture fit into this picture? continue reading »

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Food Therapy – Sources of Vitamin C

 

Yes, I know Vitamin C in capsule form is hard to get right now.  But we have so many readily available food sources for this essential vitamin.  Our bodies don’t make this vitamin so we must obtain it from food.

In addition to supporting the immune system, Vitamin C is also used in collagen synthesis (yep, it’s great for your skin!), protein metabolism, connective tissue rebuilding, iron absorption and regeneration of other antioxidants.

Pick the foods you like from the list below and increase them in your diet. Of course, if you have an allergy or sensitivity to one of the items, don’t consume it.

 

red pepper, raw

orange

grapefruit

kiwi

green pepper, raw

broccoli

strawberries

brussels sprouts

tomato juice

cantaloupe

cabbage, cooked

spinach

 

 

 

Source:  Vitamin C Fact Sheet for Health Professionals; National Institute of Health; https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/

 

 

OM Holistic Wellness provides Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Cupping and Massage Therapy. We are conveniently located to the surrounding communities of Hallandale Beach, Golden Beach, Sunny Isles Beach, Surfside, Aventura, North Miami, Miami, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Dania Beach, Pembroke Pines, Davie and Plantation.

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Talking With Kids About the Coronavirus

As the effects of the coronavirus outbreak continue to seep into everyday life, it can be hard to stay present rather than focusing on the myriad of concerns and questions everyone has. Unfortunately, this can be true for kids too. 

Younger kids can perceive their caretakers’ stress and older kids are better aware of what’s going on for their families and in the world around them. As we navigate our own stress each day, it can be hard to know how to protect children from theirs. Traditional Chinese Medicine can support you in doing so, maybe lightening your personal load in the process. continue reading »

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