Although Tampa was not listed on the Top 10 Worst Cities for Allergies list, there are many that suffer in our area, especially in the spring. Symptoms may include a runny nose, sneezing, skin irritations, watery itchy eyes, coughing, or difficulty breathing. The cause can be anything from pollen, to dust and some feel it the worst when around animal dander.
You may have turned to over-the-counter medications, or even allergy shots, to find relief. When you find that those treatments are not enough, you might want to consider acupuncture instead.
Acupuncture is defined by the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture as, “a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.”
As a licensed acupuncture physician, I have helped many people find relief from their allergy symptoms. Some see results in the first visit, while others may need to come in for multiple sessions. The severity of the symptoms will dictate what number of treatments are necessary.
While many allergy medicines will leave you feeling groggy, acupuncture has no negative side effects, and may even leave you feeling more energized. Contact Palm Wellness today to give it a try!
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The Heart is an amazing organ. Its function is both intricate and fascinating. The heart will beat roughly 100,000 times a day, and will pump approximately 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body daily. Clearly, our hearts are essential to the physiology of life, but what about the emotional aspect of our hearts?
According to Eastern Medicine, the Heart (Xin) stores the spirit (shen). Through this idea, the heart is consciousness and is responsible for being respectful, helpful, thoughtful, as well as emotional.
Chinese Tradition says that the “heart opens into the tongue and manifests in the face.” For this reason, the ability to choose and articulate words and to communicate belongs to the Heart Spirit’s relation to the tongue. Expressing kindness and warmth in the face is another heart function. The Chinese have a great respect for the Heart both from a functional as well as emotional perspective.
Essentially it is so important to keep the Qi (energy) in the Heart Meridian balanced and flowing optimally. Being aware of an imbalance in this meridian is key. Because the heart maintains the health of the whole body, problems with the Heart Meridian manifest themselves both physically and emotionally.
The Heart Meridian is located bilaterally on the inside of the arms, along a somewhat straight line, beginning on the inside of the little finger and extending up the hand and inside (medial) part of the arm, ending at the armpit (axilla).
The most common physical symptoms are:
The most common emotional symptoms are:
Respect and take care of your heart for it is a powerful organ and “houses the mind.” It is the Emperor – treat it as such.
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Let’s be honest, we all want to look and feel more beautiful. But before purchasing the next-best eye cream (to add to the plethora of beauty products I’m sure you have), I urge you to look at how adjusting your diet and lifestyle can be the best and most useful tool of all!
Internal Inflammation is the culprit of many aesthetic woes, not to mention that it is also linked to most of today’s illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Without getting too technical, it is important that you understand the science: Inflammation is your immune system’s reaction against a foreign particle or poison introduced into your body. As your immune system attacks these poisons, they create free radicals/oxidants that destroy good, healthy cells and tissues and cause them to age (wrinkle), form scar tissue and die.
OK, so what are these foreign particles/poisons?
The fruits and vegetables that have the highest amount of antioxidants (which neutralize those free radicals circulating throughout your blood stream) are:
Chinese herbs offer a natural way to help different conditions of the face and body. Herbs can be taken alone or combined with others into a formula. Here are a list of a few common herbs for the skin and their uses:
In addition to lifestyle and dietary changes, acupuncture, as well as acupressure facial massage, is useful to address the energy flow through the meridians that traverse the face. Including one or two acupuncture treatments a month, balancing these specific meridians, also lends itself to a more youthful and beautiful self.
Please take a moment and reflect on your diet and lifestyle. I’m sure that there was some advice mentioned that you could take to heart and implement in your life. Keep your eyes peeled during your next trip to the grocery store – I know that you can include several foods listed above. Embrace your beautiful self. Nurture it. Protect it.
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Blog postings by Natalie Maddox Rougie, DOM, AP owner of Palm Wellness in Tampa, FL.