Staying warm in the aftermath of hurricane Sandy

Tropical Storm Katia (NASA, International Space Station, 08/31/11) NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center via Flickr

As the weather becomes colder, many of us who are still without heat are experiencing symptoms of overexposure to the cold. Early symptoms of a cold can include: Neck and upper back stiffness, body aches, sneezing, sensitivity to drafts, foggy head/slower thinking, lethargy, headaches… and of course runny nose.  I have listed below precautions that you may take to prevent getting sick:

General:

  • Stay physically active.
  • Wear layers. Choose wool over cotton when you can. Keep your head covered (even indoors if necessary), wear gloves outside.
  • Drink hot water and eat warm and cooked foods. You can go to a deli, coffee shop, etc… to fill a thermos with hot water.
  • Try to avoid cold foods/drinks or salads.

Here is a list of warming teas:
Ginger tea: At the first sign of a sneeze, a chill or runny nose (or as a preventative), drink a cup of ginger tea and go to bed to sweat out the cold
Ginger and cinnamon tea: Perfect for those who feel chilled from being too long in the cold, and who are sensitive to drafts.

Recipe for ginger tea:
– Add a cup of hot water to 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger (or 2-3 slices) and sip it as hot as you can. If you do not feel better after one dose, repeat three times per day..( Some recipes add a dash of red pepper to this)
Recipe for Ginger and Cinnamon Tea:
– Add one cup of hot water to 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of grated fresh ginger and 1/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Let it infuse (covered) for 5 to 10 minutes. Sip it as hot as you can, then go to bed. this can also be taken three times daily.

If you’re able to cook, here are some warming spices you might use:

Ginger, garlic, black or red pepper.
Basil, cardamon, cinnamon, bay leaves, chives, cloves, coriander leaves, cumin, dill leaves or seeds, fennel leaves or seeds, fenugreek, lemongrass, musturd seeds, nutmeg, oregano, savory, Sichuan pepper, star anise.

Warming seeds/nuts:
Chestnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts, watermelon seeds.

Warming vegetables:
Carrot, chinese chives, leek, onion, shallot, spring onion.

If you have gas in the car, you may also visit your acupuncturist. Acupuncture (especially with moxibustion) can stop the progression of a cold and clear headaches, neck tension and body aches. It may take more than one session to clear a cold that has taken hold; but for those who get sick easily it can be a God-Send.

Take the best care!
Marie

Acupuncture and fertility

I have found in my practice that acupuncture can help resolve fertility issues, in a gentle, non-invasive way. Acupuncture can help by:

  • Regulating the menstrual cycle
  • Supporting the hormonal system and ovulation
  • Improving circulation
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving the success of implantation with IVF

The following article was copied from Acufinders.com:

 

Acupuncture increases chances of success in IVF by 65%
By: Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM

Women undergoing IVF were 65 percent more likely to become pregnant when they combined the procedure with acupuncture, a recent study has shown.

The remarkable success rate occurred across seven acupuncture trials involving 1,366 women in a systematic review and meta-analysis published in a February, 2008 issue of the British Medical Journal.

Acupuncture was delivered either just before or just after embryo transfer – the moment when the embryo fertilized in the laboratory must attach itself to the wall of the womb to establish a pregnancy.

The research was carried out by scientists from the University of Maryland in America and the VU University Amsterdam in Holland. Researchers claim that because acupuncture costs only about $75 per session compared to $6000 to $10,000 per cycle for IVF, it would be a cost effective, safe and efficient way of boosting success rates in fertility treatment.

It is thought that acupuncture stimulates the neurotransmitters that trigger the production of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone, which controls the menstrual cycle and a woman’s ovulation.

Acupuncture is also thought to stimulate blood flow to the uterus and boost the production of endogenous opioids, inducing the body to relax.

Acupuncture has been used in China for centuries to regulate fertility. It has also been shown to be an effective treatment for chronic pain as well as many common and uncommon disorders.  You can find an acupuncturist on www.Acufinder.com.

Conditions that are commonly treated with acupuncture

Source: British Medical Journal, doi:10.1136/bmj.39471.430451.BE (February 2008)

Wellness day 2012

PEACE is the evening star of the soul, and Virtue is its sun; and the two are never far apart

-Colton

Dear Friends,

What better way to wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year than to create a soulful and peace- giving event, a day to let go so we may create anew… I very much hope to see you there.

PEACE

Marie

WELLNESS DAY 2012

Health, Inspiration, Peace  ( H.I.P.)

DATE/TIME:    Sunday January 15th , 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM

LOCATION:   All Saints Episcopal Church, 855 Middle Neck Rd, Great Neck NY 11024

PURPOSE:    To alleviate stress and promote harmony within individuals, families and the community. To help people discover natural, drug free ways to slow down and find physical and emotional balance.

DESCRIPTION:       The following services will be available at no charge (donations gratefully accepted).

1. COMMUNITY STYLE EAR ACUPUNCTURE FOR STRESS: A simple treatment based on the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol of five tiny needles in each ear. People will be seated in chairs and fully dressed. 

  • Five tiny pre-packaged and sterile needles on each ear, nearly painless when the needles go in.
  • A 30 – 45 minute treatment in a community-style group setting
  • A relaxing experience that helps reduce stress and anxiety, aids with sleep, and provides an overall sense of well-being.

          2. YOGA:

  • Introduction to Yoga styles,use of props, body alignment, Pranayama
  • Beinners/Intermediate Yoga with props
  • chair Yoga

          3 . MEDITATION: Immediately following yoga class.

          4. REIKI:  Reiki is a simple and  natural method of spiritual and physical healing, which was developed and taught by Dr. Mikao Usui. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and always creates a beneficial effect. It can dramatically relieve stress and promote peace of mind.

           5. MASSAGE THERAPY: Relieves tension and stress. Given fully clothed.

RSVP: While we would LOVE to hear that you are coming and perhaps bringing friends, reservations are not required.

Community Style Acupuncture in Great Neck

The First treatment is FREE through December 15th!        BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!  516-455-2206

When :  Friday evenings 7 PM to 8:30 PM

  Sunday mornings 11 AM to 1:30 PM

Where:  29 Barstow Rd, Suite 304, Great Neck NY 11021

About Community Style Acupuncture:   The treatment follows the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol, which is highly effective in reducing anxiety and hyperactivity and improving the quality of sleep. It is also very effective for people going through nicotine withdrawal or detox. from drugs/alcohol.

 About the Acupuncture Treatment:

  •  A 30 to 45 minute treatment in a community-style group setting with no disrobing
  • Five tiny pre-packaged and sterile needles on each ear, nearly painless when the needles go in.
  • A relaxing experience that reduces stress and anxiety, aids with sleep and provides an overall sense of well-being.

For more information on the power of ear acupuncture as a treatment for PTSD, please follow the link below, illustrating how it was used by Acupuncturists without Borders  after the earthquake in Haiti:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bonttXGcJw&feature=email

SUGAR AND BEHAVIOR: True ADHD or too much sugar in the diet?

Do you constantly crave sugar and don’t understand how to control it? Do you have mood swings or difficulty concentrating? Is medication the answer? In this enlightening lecture, Jennifer explores sugar cravings, the reasons we have them and the effects of sugar on the body; How healthy changes in diet can powerfully impact our minds and behavior, and avoid the dangerous side effects of medication.

Jennifer Mooallem, R. PH. is a Certified Health Coach and a graduate of the School of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. She has worked as a pharmacist for 15 years. For more information: jenshealthstyles.us

Dates/Time: Sunday October 23rd, 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Location: The Acupuncture & Wellness Center

29 Barstow Rd., Suite 304

Great Neck NY 11021

Call Marie Regis at 516.455.2206 to confirm you’re coming as seating is limited.

9/11 Healing Event a Success!

“Peace is the evening star of the soul, as virtue is its sun; and the two are never far apart.” -Colton.

This quote describes the peaceful radiance  I felt in the room as people were getting treated with acupuncture, massage and Reiki. It was a success in that everyone benefited in some way. One woman said to me on her way out: ” I don’t know whether it was the acupuncture or the soothing music, but I feel more relaxed; this experience has shown me how good it feels to just stop.”  As a clinician, most of my time is devoted to treating individuals one at a time, and the work is wonderfully rewarding. This community event is reminding me just how powerful it is to bring many people into a state of relaxation and healing at the same time. Some other testimonials:

“The treatment was soothing and without pain. I have had a lot of stress and anxiety. The treatment seemed to take the edge off. I was more relaxed afterward. Today is 9/11 and the treatment made me feel a little less depressed.”

“So relaxing and peaceful. Very professional and courteous. Information was interesting and timely.”

“I have never tried acupuncture before and was not sure what to expect, but it was really relaxing. I would like to try it again! Thanks!!”

Many thanks to the Great Neck Arts Center for agreeing to host this event, and to our sponsors and volunteers. Sponsors included:

  • The New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Mineola NY
  • Waldbaums, Great Neck NY
  • Sunrose Aromatics, Bronx NY
  • Shop Delight, Great Neck NY
  • Bee-ORGANIC, Great Neck NY

Well, at the risk of sounding repetitive, I would do it again too!

Marie Regis, L.Ac., LMT

 

Community Healing event for people who still carry trauma from 9/11

I am planning a Community Healing event for people who still carry trauma from 9/11 and others who suffer from high levels of stress. I am offering it as a Free Public Service to encourage people to explore ways to reduce stress so they and their families can live a better quality of life.

Date :  Sunday September 11th, 12 Noon to 3 PM.

Where:  At the Great Neck Arts Center, 113 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck NY 11021    (Parking  available behind the building)

For Directions: www.greatneckarts.org or call 516-829-2570

About this event:  This event offers free acupuncture to reduce stress. The treatment follows the NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) protocol, which is highly effective in resetting a person’s nervous system and giving them a new starting place from which they can heal. This event will raise funds to support Acupuncturists Without Borders’ (AWB) national and international effort to help people who have suffered from Post Traumatic Stress  (PTSD) following natural or man-made disasters. AWB’s vision is to foster the creation of stable, peaceful global communities through its community-based acupuncture services and training, which interrupt the cycles of unresolved trauma (visit www.acuwithoutborders.org for more info).

 About the Acupuncture Treatment:

  •  A 30 to 45 minute treatment in a community-style group setting with no disrobing
  • Five tiny pre-packaged and sterile needles on each ear, nearly painless when the needles go in.
  • A relaxing experience that reduces stress and anxiety, aids with sleep and provides an overall sense of well-being.

In addition:

  • Chair massage and Reiki treatments will also be offered FREE of charge.
  • Free refreshments will be provided.
  • No appointment is necessary – Suggested donation: $15.

Please note: Marie will be opening a low cost Stress Clinic in her office using Community Style Acupuncture on Friday evenings from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, starting September 17th 2011.

For more information on the power of ear acupuncture as a treatment for PTSD, please follow the link below, illustrating how it was used by Acupuncturists without Borders  after the earthquake in Haiti:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bonttXGcJw&feature=email

 

 

 

THE ANATOMY OF HEALING: AN ACUPUNCTURIST’S PERSPECTIVE

“The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new lands but in seeing with new eyes”
Marcel Proust

THE ANATOMY OF HEALING: AN ACUPUNCTURIST’S PERSPECTIVE

A Lecture by Marie Regis, L.Ac.

Date/Time: Sunday May 29th from 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Location: The Acupuncture & Wellness Center, 29 Barstow Rd, Suite 304, Great Neck NY 11021

What is illness and what does it take to come back to a state of wholeness? Why is it that some health conscious people become ill while others seem to get away with poor diets and remain relatively healthy? Why do we sometimes feel worse when we give up the junk food and adopt a healthier lifestyle?
Being diagnosed with a chronic illness can throw us into a state of fear, shock or disbelief and our expectations often become an obstacle to healing. A new way of perceiving the changes in our body may be an important step in our healing journey. Marie Regis will share from her clinical experience and from the Chinese medicine perspective on the physiology of healing. There will be ample time for questions and answers.Marie Regis is a Licensed Acupuncturist with a practice in Great Neck. She has 20 years’ experience as a Massage Therapist, CranioSacral therapist and Reiki practitioner. She has studied extensively with Jeffrey Yuen, a Taoist priest and internationally recognized teacher and scholar in Classical Chinese Medicine.

Please call Marie at 516.455.2206 to confirm you’re coming as seating is limited.

Full Body Presence: Explorations, Connections and More to Experience Present Moment Awareness: a workshop

This workshop is based on the book  by Suzanne Scurlock-Durana. Marie will present some of the principles outlined in her book and guide you through a grounding and energizing exercise which is done sitting. Marie has personally been using this process and has found it to be life changing.

 

DATE:  Tuesday, April 12th at 7:45 PM

LOCATION: Bee-ORGANIC

4C Bond Street, Great Neck NY 11021

Please call Be-ORGANIC at 516-570-0915 to reserve your seat.

The Ancient Practice of Face Reading: A Chinese Perspective

Esoteric ~ Socotra Island, Yemen Martin Sojka via Flickr

Dear Friends,
This workshop is going to be a real treat. It is usually well attended so please call early if you’d like to come. I look forward to sharing this fun evening with you.

THE ANCIENT PRACTICE OF FACE READING: A CHINESE PERSPECTIVE

Facial diagnosis has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. We can gain insight into the physical, psychological and emotional health of our patients, friends and family by learning to observe the shape, markings, features and expressions on their face and head.  Learn to identify at what age someone  has had major life challenges, what emotions they are more prone to, and where they’re likely headed. Constitutional predispositions, as well as learned emotional and mental patterns will be discussed. This lecture is open to professionals and lay-people.

LOCATION: bee-ORGANIC
4c Bond Street
Great Neck NY 11021

DATE: Tuesday, February 15th at 7:30 PM