Chinese medicine has centuries-old protocols for treating epidemics including viruses; this includes sophisticated herbal formulations and acupuncture. In Chinese hospitals, patients are being offered Chinese herbs as a primary treatment for Covid-19, at all stages of the illness, often supplemented with Western treatment, with great success. This news should be printed on the front page of our major newspapers. Please read more here:
The current state of panic is being fueled by an irresponsible and sensationalist media. Panic directly and quickly weakens immune response. In the words of Epidemiologist Dr. Abdu Sharkawy, MD (facebook post dated 3/5/20) , let’s return to talking reasonable precautions, lowering our stress levels and being there for each other and our communities. This will go a long way in maximizing our health and immunity. The following are important preventative measures we can take to increase our likelihood of staying healthy:
CREATINGSTRONG VITAL ENERGY / QI: In Chinese medicine, the ability to fight and expel pathogens is based on strong Qi (Vital energy) . This is dependent on a few things:
Having sufficient quantity and quality of Blood (including red and white blood cells, adequate nutrients including minerals)
A strong digestive system is the basis of a strong immune system; it insures we can actually be nourished by the foods we eat (assimilation).
Having strong lungs to directly support Qi.
Adequate quality and quantity of sleep
Low toxicity levels in the body. Toxicity includes an overabundance of parasitic microbes such as yeasts, harmful bacteria and protozoans.
2. WHAT TO AVOID:
Poor diet weakens digestion: irregular eating schedule, eating too much raw or canned foods, cold or raw foods, too much or too little protein, late night eating etc…
Regular or excessive intake of alcohol and other drugs, smoking. Alcohol is used in Chinese herbology to warm and speed the flow of blood circulation. It also will bring harmful bacteria and viruses deeper into the body, thereby making the disease / infection worse. The “heat” from the alcohol adds to the “heat” of bacterial infections. Normally, the body will try to clear infections outwards via urination and sweating. But in this case the alcohol directs the harmful pathogens to deeper organs: ie: Liver and Spleen. Also the SUGAR from alcohol would make any infection spread quickly
Chronic stress will dramatically weaken immunity. When we are in the fight or flight response (angry or scared), the immune system automatically shuts down
Fatigue from chronic lack of sleep or poor quality sleep
4. WHAT TO DO:
Have a daily meditation program. There are several excellent meditation Apps out there including the popular “Headspace” with many choices of guided meditations.
Exercise daily: walking outdoors especially in this beautiful spring weather will help lower stress. Yoga, T’ai chi or Qi gong practices can quickly change your state of mind
Don’t engage with people who always see the glass as half-empty. Surround yourself with people who inspire and uplift you.
Eat fresh foods, and avoid raw and cold foods as much as possible
Get to bed early and allow yourself to have at least 8 hours of quality sleep
If needed, get a few acupuncture treatments to maximize your immune system
Trust your body; it was designed to protect you and it will if you allow it.
Spring is a time for New Beginnings. Quality sleep is a pre-requisite to feeling our best. I hope you’ll join me as we explore approaches to reducing anxiety and tension during the day so you can rest peacefully. Understand what’s causing you to wake up at night and how you can change that pattern. Learn EASY meditation, acupressure and mindfulness tools so you can finally LET GO and fully enjoy life!
WHEN: Wednesday March 18th at 7:00 pm
WHERE: Great Neck House, 14 Arrandale Ave, Great Neck NY 11024
A Natural Approach to Resolving Acid Reflux & Heartburn
Acid reflux can have serious health consequences over time and medications can be problematic. Learn natural ways to reduce discomfort and restore digestive health: these include acupressure, stress reduction, herbal and dietary recommendations based on Chinese medicine. You may choose from either of the two dates below. Discover how you can feel at your best again!
WHERE: Port Washington High School (Weber), Port Washington NY 11050
WHEN: Tuesday, October 22nd from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
And Tuesday November 19th from 7:30 to 9:00 pm
Online catalog and registration instructions can be found at:
Hayfever or allergic rhinitis refers to a complex of symptoms characterized by sneezing nasal congestion or discharge, itching, and often conjunctivitis and pharyngitis in response to air-born allergens…Symptoms can include itching of the nose, roof of the mouth, throat and eyes. Commonly these are accompanied by tearing, sneezing, and clear nasal discharge. There may also be frontal headache and irritability. More severe conditions may include coughing or wheezing. Western treatment usually involves taking antihistamines. Glucocorticoids and corticosteroids may be prescribed if the antihistamines are ineffective. These treatments aim to suppress the symptoms. Desensitization treatment is the next step if patients don’t respond well to the the above drugs.
Chinese medicine’s approach
Factors that predispose people to allergies
All patients with this condition are considered to have deep-lying, hidden phlegm in their lungs; this causes the body to react strongly to allergens. They also have chronic immune system deficiencies, which are often caused by poor diet. People who regularly eat sugar or an excess of high glycemic foods, daily large salads or other raw foods, cold drinks, and dairy are likely to develop seasonal allergies. A history of frequent antibiotic use also tends to depress the immune system and lead to hidden phlegm, leading to allergies.
Treatment with acupuncture and Chinese medicine
Before deciding on a course of treatment the clinician takes a detailed history, and examines the patient, according to Asian traditional methods. This often includes palpation of key areas of the body, pulse diagnosis and tongue diagnosis. Pulse diagnosis provides much more than pulse rate: it gives an indication of the function and relative strength or weakness of 12 major organs of the body, and the state of the humors (fluids, blood and Qi). It can also show how well the organs are working together.
Acute phase: This is when the patient has full blown allergy symptoms as described above. Treatment approach is similar to treatment of a common cold; we use acupuncture points that support the immune system, open the sinuses to encourage full release of the phlegm, and prevent the cold from going deeper or developing into sinusitis. If there is a head-ache we treat that as well.
Chronic phase: Here the patient has mild (ie: chronic post nasal drip) or no sinus symptoms, but feels quite tired, may have poor appetite and digestion. They may be highly susceptible to catching colds, have pale facial complexion, possibly cold hands and feet or sweat too easily during the day. These are signs of a weakened immune system. The treatment focus is to strengthen the Qi or vital energy to support the immune system; we mainly focus on strengthening the lung and digestive energy to strengthen the body. Moxibustion, the application of heat on some needles, can help warm the body if necessary. After several treatments, the patient will usually develop an acute phase of allergy symptoms; this is a sign that the immune system is working better. We then treat the acute symptoms. It is possible to heal allergic rhinitis, although it is usually not a “quick fix”, especially if one has had allergies for a number of years. I often prescribe specific herbal remedies to be taken as a tea or in pill form to support this process.
Essential oils as a treatment for allergies
Essential oils are a product of the distillation of plants; they are highly concentrated and are an effective alternative to herbal teas for people who are hesitant to use herbs. I frequently make custom essential oil blends for patients suffering from allergies or upper respiratory infections. I prescribe acupuncture point protocols that match the properties of the formulations. Essential oil blends typically include 3 to 4 oils which work synergistically to support healing. The oils are applied to these points typically three times daily for best results. This is a powerful adjunct to acupuncture.
Please call Marie for a free phone consultation or to schedule an appointment: 516-455-2206
These are challenging times. In Meditation, we find a place of stillness so we can reduce stress and stay calm within the storm. Join us as we explore this inner sanctuary and meet our lives with a renewed sense of calm and confidence.
WHEN: Three consecutive Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9 pm, starting August 28th 2019
WHERE: Marie’s office: 14 Vanderventer Ave, Suite L3C, Port Washington NY 11050
FEE: $25 per evening session or $60 for 3 classes, payable on first evening. Pease call or text Marie to register: 516-455-2206
Summer is a time of plenty and variety in fruits and vegetables. Our eating should reflect that. Foods can be cooked a shorter time than in colder seasons. Many people avoid soup in warm weather, but soups are actually healthier than salads even in the summer. They are hydrating and offer plenty of electrolytes to compensate for sweating. The below recipe is light and easy to make. Enjoy!
Jade Green Soup
1/2 cup Tofu, diced
2 cups of leafy greens, chopped
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon olive oil
3 cups of broth
1/2 tablespoon kudzu dissolved in 2 tablespoons water
Saute or steam tofu 5 min. Add salt
Add greens. Saute 2 min.
Add broth and simmer until greens are bright-colored
Add kudzu mixture and simmer until thickened
This recipe is borrowed from Paul Pritchard’s classic book: Healing with Whole Foods: Oriental Traditions and Modern Nutrition
As with any addiction, the process of binging is an attempt to numb against painful recurring feelings. Its relief is very temporary, and is often followed by frustration, guilt or shame. What is needed is an awakening: a clear realization of the destructiveness of that behavior, a sense that we deserve better, and faith and vision that a far greater quality of life is there for us.
Acupuncture’s effect on the mind
Anyone who has experienced acupuncture will tell you that it has a relaxing effect, regardless of the condition being treated. Classical Acupuncture developed, over centuries of research and practice, many protocols for treating mental and emotional problems.. Here are a few issues I have treated successfully in my clinic:
Anxiety and PTSD, panic attacks
Alcohol and drug addiction
Difficulty concentrating, ADHD
Prolonged difficulty with loss
How it works
Acupuncture is based on Chinese medical theory. It sees the spirit, mind and body as inseparable. The harmonious flow of the Qi (life force) is key to the function of the muscles, internal organs, immune, hormonal and nervous systems. Chronic emotional problems can create illness over time, and vice versa. Acupuncturists stimulate points along the energy pathways to create specific effects on these internal systems, thereby altering the biochemistry and fostering an experience of greater mental and physical well-being.
Healing includes a process of deepening awareness. Acupuncture helps facilitate this in different ways, depending on your unique needs at the time. It can:
Help us be more aware of our emotional experience
Improve our ability to focus so we can think clearly and stay on track
Bring awareness to unproductive attitudes we have towards ourself, or towards the outer world
Support our feeling grounded and centered
Calm the nervous system
Improve memory and cognition.
Healing comes from within. Your readiness, openness to change, and participation is always key. A number of bad habits probably caused us to develop our problems. I will gently guide you identify these one by one, so you can make the changes needed, at your own pace.
Classic Esophageal Reflux Disease or GERD, also called Acid Reflux, has become alarmingly high in recent years. Conventional treatment with acid-blocking medication (Proton Pump Inhibitors) is often ineffective and can lead to serious side-effects over the long term. Studies have found that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal therapy are more effective than medication for the treatment of this common ailment.A
Increased incidence of GERD
In the past, GERD used to be mainly seen in overweight middle aged people. Not any more. A 2010 study found that of a randomly picked sample of 686 US citizens, “40% had reflux disease, 22% having GERD, and another 18% had LPR (airway reflux). The most striking and unanticipated finding was that 37% of the 21 to 30 year old age group had reflux.” Conventional treatment with acid blocking medication was intended for short term use only due to unhealthful side effects. Many are ignoring the directions for these drugs and taking them for months or years. “Blocking stomach acid fosters the growth of bacteria that cause gastritis and are associated with GI cancer, pneumonia and with antibiotic resistant bacteria”.T
Types of Reflux
Acid Reflux, or GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) happens when digestive juices from the stomach rise up causing irritation and inflammation in the esophagus
LPR (Laryngo Pharyngo Reflux) Airway Reflux is where the stomach juices enter the Larynx (voice box), which is part of the Trachea.
With GERD, there will be discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest
With LPR, also called Silent reflux, there are no such symptoms. Instead, people may experience sinus congestion or irritation, sore throat, a feeling of a lump in the throat, coughing or asthma, hoarseness especially upon waking, difficulty swallowing.
GERD is caused by the malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter, a valve at the top of the stomach that is supposed to keep digestive juices in. These juices, consisting primarily of the digestive enzyme Pepsin and stomach acid, cause inflammation and erosion along the esophagus.
LPR (Laryngopharyngo Reflux) is caused by dysfunction of the Upper Esophageal Sphincter, allowing fluids to rise into the Trachea, or airway, and from there into the Larynx or voice box. The lining of the airway is thinner and much more vulnerable to attack. It is the Pepsin, a digestive enzyme that digests protein, that attacks the lining of the Trachea in the presence of acid. Pepsin can settle into the cells of the lining and be activated by acidic foods even if the person temporarily is not experiencing Reflux. The Pepsin then attacks protein in the lining. Long term reflux can lead to Oesophageal cancer.
Eastern pathophysiology and treatment
Chinese medicine considers that reflux is often due to dysfunction of the stomach, liver, and spleen/pancreas. Stress affecting the liver and stomach is a major factor in this disease, contributing to increased acidity, inflammation and causing stomach juices to go up instead of down. Emotions such as chronic worry, anger, frustration or rebellious attitudes are common culprits. Stress also impairs the spleen’s ability to transport and transform digestive fluids. Food in the stomach fail to be digested and assimilated. As a result, the stomach contents backflow into the esophagus. Reflux esophagitis in TCM focuses on transforming turbid fluids, supporting stomach function and restoring the downward movement of stomach Qi (energy) to prevent counterflow. This focus restores normal functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), enhances gastric motility, and improves gastric emptying.
Food and drinks to avoid
Additives in prepared foods (canned or bottled food and drink) designed to acidify the food to help preserve it. This has been required by the FDA since 1973 to prevent spoilage. Ie: Citric Acid.
Acidic foods such as tomatoes, peppers, citrus fruit.
Coffee and chocolate
High Fructose Corn Syrup and other sugars in foods
Organic pollutants such as DDT, PCB’s and Dioxins
Gluten and flour products
Carbonated beverages including soda and seltzer
Lying down immediatly after eating
Over-eating or late night eating (within 3 hours of bed time)
Dry mouth, especially after head and neck irradiation for cancer
Treatment of Reflux and LPR
AVOID harmful foods and bad eating habits listed above
Lower your stress with meditation, Tai chi, Qi gong or Yoga
Consult with an Acupuncturist, and schedule a series of treatments to gradually restore normal digestive function. Often at least 4-6 bi-weekly treatments are necessary to provide lasting change.
Always consult with your medical doctor to rule out other medical conditions
According to a study by Hebei Privincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, Acupuncture plus Chinese Herbal Medicine outperformed omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid) for the treatment of acid reflux. Important features of Chinese Medicine protocols is that they produce a high total effective rate, low relapse rate, and no significant adverse effects.
A 2007 study by the University of Arizona studying patients who did not show improvement with a standard PPI dose, showed that Acupuncture plus standard PPI dose was more effective than the accepted protocol of doubling the standard PPI dose
“If we cultivate the seeds of compassion, we nourish peace within us and around us… Peace is there for us in every moment. It is our choice.” Thich Nhat Hanh
Join us as we learn practices to calm our busy minds and ease our emotions; we explore simple breathing techniques and affirmations taken from Taoist and Buddhist traditions; bringing harmony to our mind-body helps us BE the Peace we want to create in our family and community. The Buddhist practices are drawn for Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World”. I look forward to creating sacred space and PEACE with you! Blessings, MarieB
WHERE: 14 Vanderventer Ave, Suite L3C, Port Washington NY 11050
WHEN: 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays June 19th, July 3rd, July 10th 2019 (we skip June26th)
FEE: $60 total for all 3 classes, payable on the first day of class or $25 per individual class
PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE AS SEATING IS LIMITED. THANK YOU!
You may email or call Marie at 516-455-2206 to register