Easy Does It Meditation

There is a large variety of meditation to choose from. It isn’t all just sitting cross-legged with your eyes shut. Let’s explore types of meditation.

Types of meditation include Buddhist practices, transcendental, zen, mantra, chakra, sound, guided and active. How can someone choose where to start? Think about the type of person you are overall, the amount of time and dedication you have, and where your interests lie. What do you intend to get out of meditation? continue reading »

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Fermented Foods and Intestinal Health

fermented food for digestive healthThe modern world is changing every single day. Because of this constant state of change, our bodies are frequently having to adjust. We have a food supply being degraded and depleted of nutritional content, which in turn, causes our bodies to become depleted. Our soil and water is contaminated with antibiotics and deadly fertilizers. All of which become part of the food chain we rely upon. Because of this, antibiotics are failing and superbugs like MRSA are on the rise. Lack of nutrition and the overuse of antibiotics are just a couple of the things wreaking havoc on our intestinal health. But there are ways to combat this and keep the gut healthy. continue reading »

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Are Your Eyes Red or Inflamed?

Traditional Chinese Medicine for vision and eye healthIn the world of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the liver energy flows upward into the eyes. When this energy is flowing smoothly and working as it should, your vision is clear and sharp, you have efficient night vision and the eyes are bright and well-lubricated.

When out of balance, the liver can generate heat that rises upward. This heat can manifest in dry eyes, itchy eyes or eyes that are red and irritated. Think about how red one’s eyes can get after a night of drinking. Alcohol adds heat to the liver, which in turn rises upward and creates hot, red eyes. The facial flushing you see after a night of imbibing is also indicative of this heat. continue reading »

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Summer Solstice

During the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.

According to five element theory, during the summer the organ that receives extra energy is the heart. When the seasons change so do the organs we should focus on in the body. You should focus on the heart during summer. Feed the heart heart-nourishing foods and make sure to remain active so the heart receives positive energy. continue reading »

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3 Reasons You Owe Your Dad Some Acupuncture

Not sure what to get dad for Father’s Day? Give him a gift certificate for some acupuncture. Here are 3 reasons why you should treat him to acupuncture this Father’ Day.

1) Stress Relief – you have probably been a major cause of his stress over the years. You owe him a little relief. Acupuncture has been shown to reduce cortisol levels not only after the treatment, but also to reduce how much is made when your dad is exposed to stress for days after the treatment..

Stress is responsible for about 70 % of all illnesses and doctor’s visits, so forget the apple, and try some Acupuncture!

2) Pain Relief – you have also been the cause of much of dad’s pain – back pain from driving you to/from and being a spectator or coach at all of your activities, headaches from missed curfews and college tuition, knee pain from taking the stairs when moving you into that new apartment. Acupuncture provides relief from many pain conditions.The American College of Physicians recently updated their guidelines to recommend non-drug therapy such as acupuncture as initial treatment for low back pain.

3) Prevention –   June is Men’s Health Month. According to Dr David Gremillion of the Men’s Health Network, “…on average, American men live sicker and die younger than American women.” Chinese Medicine has thorough, non-invasive diagnostic methods to determine the root cause of many common men’s health concerns, such as digestive, urinary, and cardiovascular symptoms to improve your dad’s quality of life. Encourage dad to keep up with his doctor appointments and also use Chinese medicine to catch minor issues/irritants before they develop into something serious.

The side effects of acupuncture may include a better night’s sleep, mental clarity, more energy, better digestion, and a sense of calm and well-being.

To purchase a gift card or to schedule an appointment for a dad in the Chicago North Shore area, call us at 815.814.1319.

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