Self-Massage Techniques to do at Home

Massage therapy has been around for centuries and has been discussed in the ancient texts of many languages, including Chinese, Indian, Greek and Egyptian. While the exact roots of massage therapy are not known, it is known that getting regular massages can be very beneficial for those who receive them. Massage can treat everything from aches, pains and digestive issues to insomnia and more, which everyone experiences at some point in their lives.

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Traveling the Energetic Highway: What Are Meridians?

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is a system that seems quite foreign to many in the Western world. However, this medical system has been around for over 3,500 years, in comparison to the Western medical system, which has been around since the 19th century. One of the concepts of TCM is that of the meridian or energetic pathways. This article will explore this concept a little more deeply. continue reading »

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Opioid Addiction: What Is It and Why Is It Prevalent Today

Opioids. A word all too common to today’s society. Since the late 1990s, the number of opioid-related deaths has increased dramatically, having taken the lives of nearly 64,000 Americans each year.

The opioid epidemic is considered to be the deadliest crisis in United States history and overdoses have also become the leading cause-of-death in people under the age of 50 in the United States. continue reading »

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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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