April 26th, 2017

Seasonal Allergies

Today I am happy to be featured in Cleanplates about how to treat seasonal allergies naturally. It is important for readers to decrease whole body inflammation by eliminating pro inflammatory foods like dairy, junk foods, refined foods and incorporate a whole foods diet. Some of the best advice I can give patients is to begin a regimen of 1,000 mg of quercetin 3 times a day preferably with citrus bioflavinoids. For acute allergies I like to also include stinging nettles for itchy eyes and runny noses. For year round sufferers of allergies my weapon of choice is a high quality HEPA air purifier. My favorite is IQAir. #allergies #seasonalallergies

 

http://www.cleanplates.com/eat/tips-eat/natural-remedies-seasonal-allergies/







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April 22nd, 2017

Essential Oils and Earth Day Special

Happy Earth Day!

This week I am happy to be interviewed in Rodale's Organic Life about essential oils!

Essential oils give plants their smell and are used in perfumes, medicinal agents. Essential oil extracts can be up to 100 times more potent than the plant itself,, Now that essential oils are gaining in popularity  so are both benefit and risk. (Battaglia, 1997). Essential oils should be used diluted with a carrier oil, used with a diffuser, with the exception of flavorings like peppermint or fennel. 

 

 The most common preparation for essential oils are inhaled or used topically. Peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus and rosemary are all used for upper respiratory infections. These can also be used topically, diluted with a carrier base for pain as well. The use of essential oils for skin complaints is well-founded as many have been shown to possess antibacterial (Hmamouch et al., 1990) and antifungal (Onawunmi, 1989) properties. Though the use of essential oils shares a common origin with herbal medicine, the use of isolated essential oils is more properly referred to as aromatherapy. Aromatherapy has been used worldwide for ages. Rosemary was used hundreds of years ago to disinfect hospitals.  

Right now my favorite company, www.littlemoonessentials.com is running a promotion for all my readers. Use the code Elizabeth10 and receive 10% off your order. My favorite essential oil product is Clear Skies Ahead. I spray it everywhere! I love this company beacuse all the products are organic and made here in the USA. Have a wonderful Earth Day and make sure you make Earth Day every day!











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January 23rd, 2017

Paleo Raw Raspberry Lemon Cheezecake


Happy Integrative Medicine day!

In honor of today I am posting the recipe for my beautiful Lemon Raspberry Cheezecake.

This is a very time consuming, but well worth project. Everything in this cake is good for you and is loaded with anti-oxidants and healthy fats.

I have used a silicone heart shaped pan. Whatever you choose as your mold, make sure it is silicone as your dessert will slide right out. I have quadrupled the recipe because the mold was so huge, but it served about 25 people.

 

Coconut Layer:

 4 cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed 

1 cup cold pressed coconut oil

1 cup desiccated coconut

2 and 2/3 cup coconut cream

1 cup organic rice malt syrup

juice of 1 whole  lemon

1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries

Raspberry Cream Layer

4 cup frozen or fresh raspberries

1 cup extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil

4 cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed

4 cup coconut cream

2 cups organic rice malt syrup

2 packets of thawed pitaya for color

Coconut Layer

1. Using your food processor, blend the cashews until completely smooth. As smooth as possible.

 2. Add the coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut cream, rice malt syrup, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy.  If it isn’t sweet enough add more rice syrup or a touch of stevia.

3. Fold in the raspberries and pour mixture into your silicone mold. Freeze for a few hours or, until set. Raspberry Cream Layer

1. Using your food processor, blend the cashews until completely smooth.

2. Add the coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut cream, rice malt syrup, thawed pitaya and raspberries.

3.Blend until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour mixture over the top of the coconut cream layer, and freeze until set. When ready to serve, flip it over, and top with extra raspberries.

Chocolate Syrup

1 and 1/3 cup coconut oil

1 cup cocoa powder

1 cup brown rice syrup

Mix all ingredients with a whisk and carefully pour over chilled cake. It should set up immediately from the cold. Put in freezer to solidify the chocolate sauce.

Note: Please remember that this recipe was quadrupled for size. The mold I used was huge and needed a lot of volume. You can safely cut this in half and make two separate 8x8 silicone mold cakes . Extra silicone cupcake holders are excellent for surplus ingredients. Don’t forget to freeze on a level surface for a straight line otherwise the cake will freeze lopsided. Also, make sure you leave the cake out at surface temperature for about an hour from the freezer. Use a knife in hot water to cut.

 

 

 

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January 5th, 2017

Detox Nation


 Detox Nation


It’s that time of year again when everyone seems to be making New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, work out more, be nicer to mankind and DETOX!!! I have seen so much on social media, especially the past few days, on the detox bandwagon. I find it all rather alarming. Since when did our bodies become so toxic and dirty?

 

As the millennial generation began aging into adulthood over the past fifteen years, combined with the prevalence of social media and the need for instant gratification, I have witnessed a spike in the Detox phenomena. Although I think that healthy living is imperative at all times, the recent hype around detoxification today is just plain overkill.

 

Millennials, people born between the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, make up approximately 25% of the population. This demographic is generally associated with trends, the internet and modernism and they are 2.5 times more likely to be early adapters of technology. In fact, this description is no longer unique to millennials; these traits are common among a range of generations too engaged with technology and less connected with their natural environment.

 

Technological attachments have their pros and cons, the greatest downside being the inability to ground down and connect on a deep interpersonal level. Many of my patients, not only millennials, have a hard time unplugging from the technological world around them, especially with their phones, Instagram, and Facebook The dependence on social media results in unrealistic expectations of one’s own social life when viewed against the over-glamorization of others’ lives. The race to keep up and post every social moment, rather than just being present and experiencing the moment is doing as much damage to our bodies as poor food choices.

 

This generation has become fascinated with episodic cures for all ills. Instead of seeking a brief detox regimen involving a juice fast, try incorporating a few prolonged life changes. I think a smarter way to begin a detox is to plan a trip somewhere outdoors with bad cell phone reception or taking all apps off your phone and restoring them after your trip. The practice of taking a break from technology has begun picking up speed in 2010 after Dr. Todd Braver, a neuroscientist and neuropsychologist at Washington University, went into nature with four other colleagues to understand how the brain is over taxed my heavy use of technology.  Not so shocking, these scientists found that spending time outside in nature, without cell phones and laptop computers, can refresh the brain and also increase attention and focus.

 

Another side effect of our connection with technology is that we become completely detached from our food sources. I grew up in farm country in Ohio and I experienced the ability to connect with where my food came from. Most millennials haven’t been to a farm, or seen a cow milked and haven’t experienced the incredible amount of energy and love that goes into growing our food. Having this awareness is vital to our health. It raises our consciousness about the food we eat and how it is grown. This leads to lest wastefulness, a greater concern for the sanctity of our environment, and ultimately improved diet. We buy healthier varieties of food and even begin to experiment and cook more at home instead of relying on fast food.

 

If you can’t make it to a farm for fresh produce and organic meats, then try and go to a farmers market and talk with the farmer. Find out about what they do and make that connection to where your food comes from. Try and make a meal from what you bought from that market and really consider all the energy it took to get that food into and nourish your body. The upsurge of urban gardens and backyard chicken coops are further evidence of food consciousness springing up all of our cities.

 

Another way to reset your body is with soaking in salt. I have travelled extensively to some of the saltiest places in this part of the world in both southern Bolivia and Northern Chile into the Salt Flats. These incredible places have salt and other minerals in the ground and your body literally feels energized after being in nature and in the salt; it produces a mentally grounding effect.  One of my favorite product lines is Little Moon Essentials. They make organic bath soaks for almost anything that is bothering you. It is a way to bring nature into your bathtub.

 

Another simple way to detox is to get rid of your televisions. I only have one TV in my home and only use it for weekend movies for the most part. It is rarely on and never in any of the bedrooms of my home. Unfortunately, almost everything is toxic on television, especially the news and reality television. Limiting your TV time to a few hours per week will free your mind and your time to engage in more productive activities like gardening or exercising.

 

My last point is the word detox, a word that seems to glamourize the fact that we are dirty vessels. Take a moment to think about how we view our bodies, our lives and the world around us compared to our great-grandparents. Their daily lives involved mindful eating and physical activity. They would never have to consider undergoing a detox. Adopting lifestyle choices a little more consistent with our ancestors will continue to improve your health long after your new year’s resolutions crash.

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May 17th, 2012

Lose 5 Pounds in 2 Weeks


Many Women will ask me how can I lose weight quickly? There is no such thing as a quick fix with weight loss. By staying away from junk, and eating at least 1,200 calories a day of clean, healthy and organic food it is possible to drop anywhere from 1/2 pound to 5 pounds in two weeks. Here is an outline I give to patients. Make sure to eat protein at every meal and pick either a starchy vegetable or starch at each meal to keep blood sugar stable.

Women’s Weight Management Dietary Guidelines

Daily intake:

Proteins: 4-6 oz of fish,  or seafood(if permitted), 4-5 oz of poultry, 3-4 oz of red meat: beef, lamb and bison(if permitted), ½-3/4 cup beans;2 oz of hard cheese, ½-1 cup of ricotta(skim) or cottage cheese(skim), 1 cup plain unsweetened yogurt; 2 eggs(if permitted);1 cup egg white , 1 cup tofu or soy yogurt;3-4 oz of seitan or tempeh;1 oz of nuts(10-20) or 2 tbsp of nut butter. 3  servings of protein a day

 

Vegetables: artichokes beets bok choy broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, cucumber eggplant, greens (collard, kale, mustard, turnip),leeks, mushrooms(shitake, Portobello no white button), okra, onions peppers pumpkin, radishes, rutabagas snow peas, green beans, snap peas, zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, watercress,  herb mix salad, Brussels sprouts, carrots, spinach, water chestnuts, yellow wax beans, endive, escarole, fennel, parsley, sprouts(alfalfa, mung bean and radish) . Unlimited

Fruit: Apple, apricots,1/2 of a banana, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, Clementine, cranberries, fresh figs, grapefruit, grapes(1 cup) guava, honeydew, kiwi, lemon, lime  lychee (fresh) mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, peach, pear, persimmon(fresh)pineapple, plums, pomegranate, raspberries, rhubarb, star fruit, strawberries, tangerine, watermelon. Unlimited

*7-11 servings a day of vegetable and fruit/day, emphasize vegetables.

 

Starchy vegetables: 1/3-1/2 cup beans or peas(cooked), ½ cup corn, ½ cup green peas, ½ cup edamame, ½ cup plantains or yuca,1 small yukon or purple potato, 1 small sweet potato,

Starches: 1/3-1/2 cup of cooked barley, whole grain cous-cous, bran, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, brown or basmati rice, oatmeal;1 organic corn tortilla, 1 slice whole grain high fiber bread,3/4 cup high fiber cereal, 3-5 whole rye crackers,1-2 cups air popped popcorn(limit); 5 Mary’s Gone Crackers, 5 San J,  Holgrain, or Edward and Sons brown rice crackers.

*3 servings a day of starchy vegetables or starch servings/day

 

Fats:  ½ avocado,10 green or black olives,  1 tbsp capers,1tsp of organic olive, canola or sesame oil, 1tsp of smart balance, spectrum spread, or earth balance, 1tsp vegan or organic mayonnaise, 2 tbsp salad dressing(Annie’s shitake sesame or goddess, Newman’s original). Nuts, see protein. 3-4 servings/day.

 

Water. Minimum of 64 oz a day. This can include oolong, green, white and herbal tea, seltzer water. Studies have shown green tea has facilitated weight loss. You may have low sodium organic vegetable, chicken or beef stock.

 

Additional foods: spices, herbs, all dietary supplements and herbs, stevia, fresh lemon and lime juice, apple cider or balsamic vinegar, coffee(limit 2 cups)1 tbsp honey or maple syrup.

Please eat every 2-3 hours. Stop eating 3 hours before bedtime or by 8pm. Herbal tea permitted

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May 5th, 2012

FLOWER POWER


"April showers bring May Flowers,” but did you know flowers bring health and beauty? Flowers are commonly used in cosmetic preparations for skin and hair. There are hundreds of medical studies that have taken place to prove the efficacy of botanicals used for the treatment of skin and hair. Science is looking to Mother Nature for a more beautiful and youthful appearance. Botanicals have been used for thousands of years in folk remedies for beauty and now these are being proven in studies all over the world. Here are just a bouquet of a few of them and how they can improve your skin and hair from the inside out:

Roses are excellent for the treatment of skin. Rosa Mosqueta and Rosa Rubiginosa has many scientific studies backing the efficacy of this wonderful flower. A two year study was conducted at the University of Conception in Chile. Patients with surgical and post burns scars along with patients with premature aging applied Rosehip oil and it was found that both groups of patients had effective regeneration of the skin, and prevented further scars, wrinkles, loss of color and tone to the skin.


In 1988, another study entitled "Contributions to Identification and Application of Active Components Contained in Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa". (Dr B Pareja, Lima, Dr Horst Kehl, Missouri) studied photo aging in skin. Twenty women between the ages of 25-35 years of age who had significant damage from the sun in the form of wrinkles, brown spots and tanned skin applied rosehip oil for four months. By the third week of application surface wrinkles disappeared, and spots started to fade. By the end of the last month almost all the brown spots were gone and on some participants disappeared.


Rosa mosqueta oil applied to surgical scars has also demonstrated healing properties.
Ten women aged between 45 and 68, who had suffered unilateral or bilateral mastectomy applied rosa mosqueta oil after the surgical stitches were removed. After three months of applying the oil twice daily (the scars were less apparent, without lumps, and skin elasticity had improved, as had the color of the area. By four months the doctors conducting the studies indicated that the skin conditions were improving so much that implantation of breast implants had far better conditions than patients that did not apply the rosehip oil.

Rose hip oil has been found to improve the conditions of scarring from laser and surgery. With 6 months of use there was an improvement in 90 percent of the cases. Rosehip oil was effective in acne scarring as well.( Do not use if acne is currently active)

Rose hip oil has also been studied for skin burns and for patients who have had burns from radiation as well. The oil has demonstrated improvement in color and texture of scars. It improves elasticity of scars and seems to flatten them as well.

Borage is a five pointed blue flower native to the Mediterranean. It’s oil is high in gamma linoleic acid. It is used both topically and orally. When taken orally it is used to balance hormones. Topically it has show to help with the effects of seborrhoeic dermatitis and transepidemial water loss in skin. It has also demonstrated improvement in eczema and atopic dermatitis.

Leonor Greyl Regenerescence Oil. This special treatment oil is used on scalps for dandruff, dry scalp and hair. I often use this oil as well topically on skin for excema, psoriasis and even dermatitis. It contains rosa rubiginosa as well as mimosa tenuflora, and borage oil, in it. Mimosa tenuflora has been studied for its healing properties for venous ulcers on skin, its anti microbial properties and its ability to increase fibroblastic activity in the dermis. (Journal of Ethnobotnpharmacology, 2009)




Calendula or Pot Marigold has been widely studied for its healing and anti oxidant properties. It has demonstrated healing properties for dermatitis and radiation burns. (Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition, 2008) It is so safe that it can be even used on babies. Calendula is used for the treatment of dry and sensitive skin. Many natural baby products chief ingredient is Calendula.

Orchids are moisturizing, fight free radicals, increase skin immunity and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Part of the species Vanda coerulea are as an agent for maintaining or restoring the hydration state of the skin. I found some research on the web that stated that orchids” hydrating effect on skin is obtained in particular by stimulating the expression of aquaporin 3 and of the LEKTI protein.” Orchid extract helps to protect the skin from moisture loss by replenishing yin in Chinese herbal medicine. Right now many high end cosmetic companies have been using orchid extract in skin care lines, especially Guerlain. Here is a link to their website and a product that was recently released:
http://www.guerlain.com/int/en/base.html#/en/home-soins/soin-catalogue/skincare-orchidee-imperiale-presentoir/orchid-e-imp-riale-cream.html

Iris is used to help the skin regulate its moisture content. Iris extract on the skin surface, the outmost epidermal layer, holds moisture there, giving an immediate feeling of hydration. This layer of dead skin cells, the stratum corneum, is the only one reached by many skin creams. Iris, however, has fatty acids which can penetrate and nourish the lower epidermal cells which produce keratin, giving the skin resilience and melanin, the pigment which protects us from sunlight.

Over the past 30 years, extensive scientific investigations have confirmed the traditional uses of German chamomile (Matricaria recutita). Chamomile is used in general skin care, and especially where inflammation may be present, such as in various skin problems, including acne, irritation and other forms of rashes and skin complaints. Chamomile contains phenolic derivatives, which have an antiseptic and healing quality, which is most helpful in relieving skin congestion. Camomile contains azulene which helps to reduce puffiness and cleanse pores of impurities. It also contains Alpha-bisabolol that oil promotes granulation and tissue regeneration. Camomile helps to reduce capillary fragility due to the flavinoids and lipophilic compounds in the oil. Chamomile softens the skin, making it an effective ingredient in any anti-aging cosmetic product
Chamomile oil has also demonstrated efficacy in wound healing properties and is extensively used with skin problems such as rashes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, hypersensitive skin and allergic conditions.

Sea Buckthorn oil. There are very well documented studies on the benefit of both oral or topic use of this oil that has been used for centuries in Europe and asia. Sea buckthorn oil is an excellent agent for the process of cellular rejuvenation. It has been studied and demonstrated its effects from protecting skin against radiation and aid in diabetic would healing and atopic dermatitis. .(Journal of Nutrition Biochemistry , 2000). Sea Buckthorn can be taken both orally and topically. A new product called Charmi Vi will be released later this month (March 2010) . There is a clinical trial that has been taken place in Italy for the past 2 years on anti aging for both topical and oral consumption of Sea buckthorn (Adriana Bonfigli Ph.D Reasearch Director). Weleda has a good range of sea buckthorn products

Here is an article I contributed to for Orlando Magazine:

http://www.orlandomagazine.com/Orlando-Magazine/May-2010/Petal-Power/

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Prevention Magazine:  How to Prevent a Hangover, April 2012

Blisstree Online:  Yuzu as a superfood, March 2012

National  Certification Comission for Acupucnture and Oriental Medicine Diplomate Spotlight: Elizabeth Trattner, March 2012

Kiwi Magazine, Drug Free Fertility, February-March 2012

Natural Health Magazine: A Day in the Life of a Natural Beauty, March 2012

Acufinder Magazine:  Difficulties Sleeping? Put Insomnia to Rest!, October 2011

Ehow: Winter Hand Care, November 2011

Mother Nature Network: How to Get More Energy, October 2011

Main Street: 8 Foods That Make you Eat More: September 2011

Health Magazine: The Sweet Benefits of Basil, July 2011

Tyra Banks, Type F: The benefits of Using Avacado Oil on the Face, July 2011

Natural Health Magazine: Night and Day, July 2011

Aventura Magazine, Inside Out. The Good the Bad, and the Ugly about Detoxing, May 2011

Sprouts Magazine, Beat The Clock. Seabuckthorn. May - June 2011

Tyra Banks, Type F, What Vitamin is Best for dark Circles? April 2011

Delicious Living, What is the Healthiest Way to Lose Weight? March 2011

Ladies Home Journal. 9 Sneaky Health Stealers. February 2011

She Knows, Lose 5 Pounds in 2 Weeks. February 2011

She Knows Health and Wellness, The Fiber Diet, January 2011

Delicious Living, What is the Secret to Ageless Skin, December 2010

Natural Health Magazine, Essence of Asia, Brighten your Complexion and Soothe Your Skin with Products Containing Ingredients from Asia, December 2010

Natural Health Magazine, Do I Need to Change my Beauty Routine When the Weather Turns Cooler? November 2010

Martha Stewart's Whole Living, Common Causes and Natural Remedies, Novemeber 2010

Main Street, Does Acupuncture Work? November 2010

Matador Life, How to Avoid Getting Sick this Winter, November 2010

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Loren's World, Journaling to Prevent Anxiety, September 2010

AOL Health, Stop Snoring Naturally, September 2010

Aventura Magazine, Acupuncture with Elizabeth Trattner, August 2010

Natural Health Magazine, Power Plants, July 2010

Orlando Magazine, Petal Power May 2010

Miami New Times, You Want To Stick it Where? February 2009



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March 7th, 2012

CLEANSING

Every few months, especially this time of year after two big holidays, I am inundated with calls from patients interested in doing some sort of cleanse or detox. Whether you ate too much matzo or chocolate Easter bunnies or both, the request is still the same. “I ate too much and overindulged and now I have to clean myself out and detox.”

Having been in this field for twenty years I have seen so many fad diets and health trends come and go. Lately, cleansing has been glorified in the media depicting celebrities who do special fasts, weight loss detoxifications, and spa vacations, all in the hopes of losing a few pounds to look better at award shows or premieres.

The same mentality permeates every-day people who want to counter overeating with extreme measures. Patients are expressing their discontent with their figure and that they feel toxic and in need of a major clean-out. I am shocked and saddened by mothers who are willing to let their bodies literally eat themselves up just to get 5 pounds leaner.

Pursuing a regime of strictly limiting food intake or solely drinking juice, combined with strenuous work-outs, managing a career, running errands around town and juggling the demands of parenting is not only insane, but it is dangerous as well. Detoxing or fasting boast speedy weight loss in just a few days, however losing weight too quickly may be a sign that your body is actually burning muscle rather than fat. Furthermore, losing muscle mass will actually slow down your metabolism in the long run. Once you return to eating regular solid food, the weight you lost through a fast will quickly return and then some!

For thousands of years people have fasted during religious holidays or other rites of passage. These days were usually holy or special and the only activity for the day was to create a higher consciousness, pray and nothing more than that. There was no carpool, soccer or grocery shopping.

Today’s lifestyle isn’t always ideal for an extreme fast over the course of days or weeks. I am not against fasting or detox diets. But too often I witness people recklessly and incorrectly doing a fast.

A detox regime should not be taken lightly and must always be done under the guidance of a licensed healthcare practitioner. In fact, if you are considering a fast or detox the best time of year to do so is between April and summer, when the expansive nature of spring and summertime bring us seasonal foods that are naturally lighter in calories and have a cleansing effect.

I recommend to my patients to take a few days off from work and running around in general in order to take the additional load off their bodies. I suggest if possible to either take a “staycation” or to travel to a facility where someone else is preparing food and cleaning and the patient can actually sleep, meditate and limit their physical activity to s ome light yoga and walking.

It’s also important to take the patient’s constitution into consideration as well. Everyone is different, and for this reason no fast fits all! A mother of four children certainly requires a vastly different detox program than a woman without children, or from that of a man. Juice for one person may be just the answer, while for the next person it may completely diminish their digestive fire.

Our bodies are constantly being exposed to chemicals and the effects of modernization. From an evolutionary perspective, our bodies have not been able to adapt to modern living and the food that we consume. I often say how the flour we eat today does not remotely resemble the flour from 100 years ago. Because we recognize that our bodies are being assaulted by poor quality food, we mistakenly believe we need to constantly cleanse to rid our bodies of toxic chemicals.

The truth of the matter is that we have to work twi ce as hard as our grandparents to keep healthy food in our diet. Instead of turning to a cleanse or detox to combat our poor food choices, we should be more mindful of not loading up with junk and toxic chemicals on a daily basis.

I recommend eating organic food whenever possible. Avoid all junk food and foods made with sugar. Stay away from anything “man made” if you can make it yourself with a little more effort. And drink at least 64 ounces of filtered water every day.

If on the rare occasion you need to embark on a cleanse or detox program make sure you prepare and follow the healthy guidelines from an experienced licensed practitioner.



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July 8th, 2011

WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE

acupuncture for women

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a system of healthcare aimed at naturally promoting health and alleviating sickness through the stimulation of very specific anatomical points, known as acupuncture points, throughout the body. These points generally lie along meridians, or energy channels, that run through and along the surface of the body. It is believed that pain and sickness occur when these channels become blocked, and that these blockages can be removed through the stimulation of acupuncture points. In modern day acupuncture, this stimulation is achieved by superficially inserting sterile, super thin, disposable needles into these points. This may be done with or without the addition of gentle manipulation, heat, or electricity to further stimulate the points and break up the obstructions. 

 

Although acupuncture may seem mysterious to some, it is a time tested therapy that was first developed in China thousands of years ago and is still very much a main method of healthcare there and in many other parts of the world today. It is one of the most proven and well-known forms of alternative therapies, and many studies have been conducted demonstrating the safety and efficacy of acupuncture.

 

How does acupuncture work?

According to classical theory, acupuncture works by removing the obstructions in the energy channels, or meridians, in the body. Like rivers of energy, these meridians flow along regular pathways to irrigate and nourish the body's organs and tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these rivers is like a dam that backs up the natural flow of energy, causing an imbalance that manifests as sickness and pain. By inserting needles and stimulating acupuncture points, an acupuncturist removes these dams and restores the natural balance and smooth flow of energy throughout the body. 

 

In contrast to the classical theory, modern science proposes that needling acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release biochemicals, such as endorphins, immune system cells, and neurotransmitters, in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. In addition to killing pain, these chemicals can influence the internal regulating system of the body and affect involuntary bodily functions such as blood flow, immune reactions, body temperature, and digestion. 

 

Is it safe?

When administered by a licensed practitioner, acupuncture is a very safe form of therapy. Licensed acupuncturists in Florida are trained and certified in Clean Needle Technique, which requires the adherence to strict safety guidelines, such as the use of sterile, disposable needles, to minimize the risk of infection. 

 

What can acupuncture treat?

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been proven effective in the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions, ranging from pain problems, to addictions, to emotional disorders. To view a list of conditions I commonly treat, please see my Conditions Treated page. 

 

Does acupuncture hurt?

For most people, acupuncture causes minimal to no pain. The needles used during acupuncture are very fine and are nothing like the hypodermic needles used to give injections at a doctor's office. A patient may feel a slight prick similar to a mosquito bite when the needle is first inserted. At times, a tingling, dull ache, or warm sensation may be experienced at the point where the needle is inserted. This is a desired affect and should not be uncomfortable. Often, during an acupuncture treatment, a patient feels so relaxed that he or she will fall asleep. 

What is the difference between getting acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) or from a medical doctor or chiropractor with an acupuncture certification?

In the state of Florida,, licensed acupuncturists are required to complete a minimum of 4year  academic years of study, with the equivalent of 2700 hours of study including treating patients. In addition, in order to become licensed, candidates must pass a rigorous national board examination given by the National Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). In contrast, in most states, medical doctors can practice acupuncture with little or no training, and chiropractors can practice it with as little as 300 hours of training. Licensed acupuncturists use acupuncture and its underlying theories as their main method of healthcare, enabling them to fully focus and expand their expertise in that area. This allows them to take advantage of the broad range of its applications as well as go more in depth in treating individual cases. Meanwhile, others are practicing acupuncture without the L.Ac. title may only use it for very limited applications or as an adjunctive technique. 

 

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INTEGRATIVE WEIGHT MANAGEMENT


Before there were fad diets, nutritionist or television shows that featured people going through grueling challenges to lose weight there was Chinese Dietary Therapy. Chinese Dietary Therapy is seen as a sub-group of Chinese Herbal Medicine, where the TCM practitioner gives dietary guidance on a wide range of foods to support the health recovery process. This therapy has a history of over 3000 years and a very rich content, which has been recorded in classical Chinese medical literature, as well as being handed down from generation to generation .According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), foods have individual therapeutic properties which can not only be used to maintain health, but also to contribute to the treatment of illnesses. In more modern times Western science has been able to shed some light on the ancient secrets of Chinese dietary therapy and we can now explain why this treatment approach has been so powerfully effective throughout the millennia. The latest scientific research the US now suggests that over 70% of cancers are preventable by diet alone.

An important aspect of Chinese Dietary therapy is that the “one diet fits all” approach doesn’t apply to the principles of Chinese Medicine. Literally one man’s meat can be another man’s poison and the dietary advice should always take into consideration the physical condition of the individual, environmental adaptations as well as the seasonal context within which that person is living. In South Florida, we face the challenge of living in a hot damp environment with cold air conditioning. Typical diet foods that one may consider to work in shedding pounds may actually be counterproductive in Chinese Dietary Therapy. So many of my patients who  make simple changes to  their diet  are surprised how quickly they feel better and lose pounds that they were not able to do by traditional dieting alone. Dietary therapy in conjunction with acupuncture, and herbs have a profound effect on patients well being and the ability to lose and keep weight off.

Acupuncture is aimed at getting to the root of the issue by correcting internal imbalances and working with the body to lose weight and restore health. With regular acupuncture treatments, balanced functioning of the organ systems can be restored, resulting in faster metabolism, increased energy, improvement of pain problems, detoxification of the body, and loss of excess water and fat. In addition, the insertion of needles in acupuncture points causes the body to release certain biochemicals, such as endorphins, which can have a profound effect on stress levels. By reducing stress levels, acupuncture can help put a stop to emotional eating and give a boost to one's willpower. 

Like any healthy weight management system, acupuncture is not a magic bullet for weight loss and results cannot be expected overnight. Losing weight in the most healthful and effective way takes dedication and cooperation on the patient's part to commit to getting regular treatments, adopt healthy eating habits, and stick to an exercise program. By following a comprehensive weight loss program that includes acupuncture, patients can not only expect to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, but they can also expect an improvement in overall health and vitality. 

Twenty years ago I began working with Andrew Weil M.D. and he sent his patients to me for assistance with learning now to shop in stores for high quality food and how to correctly stock their pantries. Several years later under his advisement, I attended and received my chef’s certificate from the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health & Culinary Arts in NYC. It was important for me to be able to practice Nutrition and other modalities of medicine in a legal and organized fashion. Or perhaps Oriental Medicine is a fully inclusive type of medicine that I could legally practice nutrition and other forms of treatment.  Most of my continuing education is in Nutrition and my practice encompasses many forms of nutritional medicine. I also have a certification in Chinese Dietetics. I also have a women’s weight loss support group where patients come weekly to meet with other patients, myself and my business partner, Dr. Nancy Scheinman, PhD.

In Florida it is legally within the scope of our practice to practice Chinese dietary therapy and nutrition. 

 

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