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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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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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Acupressure for Stress

We are all experiencing some strange times.  Our daily lives have changed and change is uncomfortable.  Stress related symptoms like chest pressure, insomnia, palpitations, nervousness and anxiety can be overwhelming.  There are some acupressure points that can be helpful in reducing symptoms.  When you find the point, it is likely to be tender.  It’s important that you apply a strong massaging pressure to the point for at least 30 seconds.  It may take a few minutes to notice a change.  You can repeat this as often as you need throughout the day.

Remember, be calm, be strong, be kind.

 

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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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Update on Office Hours and Helpful Info

Most of you are aware that after much deliberation and meditation on what to do, I have decided to follow CDC guidelines and close the office until March 30, possibly longer depending on any new developments.  Oriental Medicine and Massage therapy can support the immune system, however it is too risky for all of us to be in close contact for an extended period of time. I am still available via phone, text or email.

Based on the elusive nature of the virus, we must be diligent in protecting ourselves and those we care about.  You have probably been made aware that there has been transmission of the virus in some individuals that haven’t even started showing symptoms. This is why social distancing and staying home when possible is so important.

Although you may have a strong immune system, you could become infected and become a carrier of the virus.  It is possible that you could pass it on to someone who is high risk and they could become extremely ill and need hospitalization.  Those that are high risk include those with lung conditions (COPD, emphysema, etc.), heart disease, diabetes and any other condition that might compromise the immune system.

We all have a responsibility to our communities.  By practicing social distancing, the goal is to reduce the rate of infection to others and to prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed.  For those that do become severely ill, we want to ensure they receive the best care in a timely manner.

So, let’s protect ourselves and those we care about so that life can get back to normal as soon as possible.

IF YOU FEEL ILL, it is important you protect others.  Based on the CDC webinars for healthcare providers that I have attended, most people will have mild symptoms.  There is no treatment for mild illness.  As with any virus, it will have to run its course in this case. Rest, hydration, vitamins, healthy foods and over the counter medication might help.  Follow the CDC guidelines found here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

If you are not sure what to do, contact me and I will provide guidance.

I’ve included some tips below to keep you healthy and calm.  I will be available via phone, text or email so don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  I’m here to support you during this challenging time.

VITAMINS, HERBS AND SLEEP FOR IMMUNE SUPPORT

Note: Many of you have registered for an account at www.954herbs.com.  If you haven’t signed up yet, use the code “chiwellness” when setting up an account so you will have access to the discounts.  All the items mentioned below are usually available on this site. DUE TO INCREASED DEMAND, MANY ITEMS ARE OUT OF STOCK.  KEEP CHECKING BACK AS THEY ARE RESTOCKING AS SOON AS THEY CAN.  The online dispensary falls under “critical infrastructure” so they will remain open through the work-from-home orders in their area.  I am trying to restock daily as well so check with me if you are having trouble finding something.

  • 500mg Vitamin C, repeat 3 times daily.  If you feel ill, you can take it 4 times daily if you can tolerate it.  Too much vitamin C can cause gassiness or loose stool.
  • 5000 iu Vitamin D3 daily.  If you feel ill, you can take 10,000 iu daily divided into 2 doses.
  • 25mg Zinc.  If you feel ill, you can take 25mg twice daily.
  • Manuka honey helps if you have a sore throat.  It is most therapeutic when used topically.  The online dispensary has honey and lozenges.
  • Oregano oil
  • Elderberry
  • Echinacea – If you have allergies to ragweeds, you’ll want to avoid this one because it’s part of the ragweed family.
  • Astragalus

This is not an all inclusive list of vitamins and herbs that can be helpful.  Many other options, including homeopathic remedies can be found on the online dispensary.  It is not necessary to take all of the above at the same time.  Use what you can based on availability and compatibility with your individual needs.  

Restful sleep is essential.  It plays an important role in many of our biological processes.  Obtaining deep, restful sleep on a regular basis is crucial for a healthy immune system. (7) Evaluate your environment to ensure you’re creating a space that is conducive to restful sleep.  View a tip sheet here: https://www.omholisticwellness.com/sleep-hygiene/

FOOD THERAPY FOR IMMUNE SUPPORT

Many of you have heard me say that I prefer everyone to obtain their vitamins and nutrients via food first.  Don’t panic if you can’t find certain vitamins.  It is important to eat healthy.  If you’re stocking up on food, limit junk food.  If you are at home, It will be too easy to reach out and eat too much of those chips and cookies.  Remember, a large portion of your immune system resides in the gut so it’s of utmost importance to feed the friendly bacteria and create a healthy environment so they can flourish.  This will also keep you healthy so your immune system can fend off invaders.

You can increase consumption of raw crushed garlic, fresh ginger and the white part of the scallions for natural immune support.

You can make a tea as a preventive or if you start to feel ill.  See https://www.omholisticwellness.com/acupuncture-cold-flu-recipe-vegan-cold-buster-tea/

You can substitute chicken broth for the vegetable broth if you’d like.  This can also be used as a base for other soups.  Feel free to add more vegetables or chicken.

Dietary sources of Vitamin C – raw sweet red pepper, oranges, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, raw sweet green pepper, broccoli, strawberries, brussel sprouts, tomato juice, cantaloupe, cabbage, cauliflower, spinach and more (4)

Dietary sources of Zinc – oysters, beef chuck roast, Alaska King crab, beef, lobster, pork loin, beans, dark meat chicken, pumpkin seeds, oatmeal, almonds and more (5)

Dietary sources sources of Vitamin D – cod liver oil, sockeye salmon, tuna, some dairy products because they have vitamin D added, sardines, liver, egg yolk (6)

There are many herbs that have antiviral and antibacterial properties.  You can use these in your cooking either by incorporating them into your recipes or using chopped, fresh herbs to top your dishes.  Some herbs that are readily available are rosemary, oregano, thyme and sage.

MANAGING STRESS

It’s easy for the panic and anxiety to be contagious.  Elevated stress can weaken the immune system so it’s important to stay calm.  Easier said than done right?  Here are some tips that can be useful.

Meditation is a great way to calm those busy thoughts.  There are several apps out there that provide guided meditation and relaxing music for meditation. 

Mantras are a form of meditation because you are so focused on repeating the phrase, it results in centering and calming the mind.   If you are feeling anxious or worried, redirect those thoughts into something positive.  Some examples:

“I am calm and I am strong”

“I am peaceful.  I am healthy”

Breathing exercises are also a form of meditation because you are focused on the breath.

Practice slowly inhaling and exhaling.  Be sure to fill your lungs as much as you can and empty them as much as you can.  One method is to slowly inhale as deeply as you can over 3 seconds, hold it for 3 seconds and then exhale slowly over 3 seconds.  Repeat at least 3 times.

Yoga is a great way to keep the body and mind balanced.  Check with your local studio to see if they offer online or private classes.  There are online resources where you can follow a pre-recorded class.

You can also take a walk through your neighborhood.  Spend time on your patio or in your yard.  Being in nature or watching nature – birds, butterflies, etc., can be very calming.

Curl up with a cup of tea. There are several herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm and passionflower extract that can promote natural relaxation. 

Need ideas for stress relief? I will be available for phone consults should you have any needs.

PREVENTION IS KEY

I’ve received many inquiries about how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones from COVID-19, commonly referred to as Coronavirus.  Coronaviruses have been around for a long time and are one of the causes of the common cold. (1)  COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that is causing concern because of the way in which it is spreading and the severity of symptoms that might arise.

Everyone should be diligent in taking the same precautions that we would normally take to avoid contracting the common cold or influenza.

There is currently no vaccine for COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a face mask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a face mask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Face masks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of face masks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings, like at home or in a health care facility.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with 60-70% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty. (2). Do not use 90% alcohol because it evaporates too quickly to kill any pathogens.

If you are more of a visual learner, this video, https://youtu.be/LWmok9avzr4, educates you on what to use to wash your hands, when to wash your hands, etc.  At approximately 2 minutes, you will see the proper technique to wash your hands effectively. At approximately 6 minutes 30 seconds, there is a demonstration as to which method likely removes germs the most effectively. (3)  

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

If you would like to stay updated on any developments, be sure you are utilizing a reliable, trusted resource.  Some examples can be found here:

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!

References:

  1. Tyrrell, D and Myint, S; Medical Microbiology, 4th Edition; Chapter 60; (1996); Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7782/
  2. Florida Department of Health (2020); Retrieved from http://www.floridahealth.gov/diseases-and-conditions/COVID-19/need-to-know/Prevention.html
  3. Centers for Disease Control (2016); Retrieved from https://youtu.be/LWmok9avzr4
  4. National Institutes of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements; Vitamin C Fact Sheet; https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/
  5. National Institutes of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements; Zinc Fact Sheet; https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Zinc-HealthProfessional/
  6. National Institutes of Health – Office of Dietary Supplements; Vitamin D Fact Sheet; https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthProfessional/
  7. Besedovsky et al; “Sleep and Immune Function,” Pflugers Arch (2012) Jan; 463 (1) 121-137

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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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