All and One
April, 6th 2014
If you are suffering from a sore, itchy, swollen, or irritated throat, check out these simple tips for sore throat relief.
- Drink plenty of warm beverages, and avoid cold and carbonated drinks. My favorite packaged throat tea is Throat Coat by Traditional Medicinals. Or you can make your own simple tea concoction, such as the following recipe:
Steep the following in 12 oz boiling water:
- Green tea
- 1 tablespoon of freshly grated ginger, loose or in a tea ball
- 1-2 teaspoons of honey, to taste
- Allow to cool to drinking temperature and enjoy
- Gargle with sea salt dissolved in warm water or apple cider vinegar for 30 seconds 2-3 times daily.
- Throat Lozenges: I prefer the Lung and Throat Drops by Golden Lotus because the herbs help soothe the throat and resolve phlegm. And they taste good too! I always keep these in stock at our clinic and at home.
- Propolis Throat Spray Propolis is a resin produced by bees. Some research suggests that propolis is an immunomodulator with anti-inflammatory, antibiotic and antiviral properties. It calms a sore throat, and may prevent bacterial and viral infection. I sell this as an oral liquid spray, so it is easy to take (and I love the taste). This product is not appropriate for individuals with bee allergies.
- Acupressure at the acupuncture point Lung 10, Yuji. This acupuncture point is used to treat throat pain, swelling, dryness, and loss of voice. It is located around the midpoint of the bone between the wrist and the base of the thumb (first metacarpal bone). To find this point, find the midpoint of the bone, and then fall off the bone toward the palm side of the hand. Feel for a tender spot where the flesh color of the hand begins to turn to the white color of the palm. Hold for 30-60 seconds on each hand every few hours to address throat issues.
March, 25th 2014
Here are three easy natural ways to ease your aching head:
Peppermint Oil - It has a calming and soothing effect on the body, and is often used to treat headaches. Rub peppermint essential oil across your forehead and temples to relieve a tension headache or inhale a peppermint steam treatment to treat a sinus headache. Adding 10-15 drops of peppermint oil to a warm bath is another great way to relax, reduce muscle tension and relieve a headache.
Acupressure at the Headache Point – Large Intestine 4 is such a powerful acupuncture point for headaches that it is often referred to as “the headache point.” It is located on the padded area of your hand between the thumb and index finger, between the first and second metacarpal bones. Massage this point with your thumb on both hands for approximately 30 seconds.
Ginger – Numerous clinical studies have shown that ginger can be used to relieve headaches. Researchers believe it does so by relaxing the blood vessels in the head and diminishing swelling in the brain. Ginger also activates natural opiates in the brain that relieve pain, and reduce prostaglandins, which are responsible for causing inflammation.
If you are seeking relief from headaches, contact All and One Acupuncture in Northeast Portland for help! Acupuncturist Boynn McIntire is experienced in treating migraines and headaches with acupuncture, herbs, dietary counseling, and more.
March, 19th 2014
Here are some steps you can take to help optimize brain health and sharpen your memory:
Eat More Produce
Studies that focus on food and memory show that the more produce you eat, the better. One 25-year Harvard Medical School study of more than 13,000 women showed that the participants who ate relatively high amounts of vegetables over the years had less age-related decline in memory. Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage) and leafy green vegetables had the biggest effect on helping women retain their memory during the course of the study. In another study, the phytochemicals, anthocyanin (found in berries of all colors and cherries) and quercetin (found in onions, kale and apples), actually reversed some of the age-related memory deficits in laboratory animals.
A healthy heart makes for a healthy brain. Because oxygen and nutrients are carried in the blood stream, anything that impedes blood flow will starve those all-important brain cells. Review your blood pressure and cholesterol level. Know your numbers and if they are elevated, take immediate measures to bring them down.
When we sleep, the brain has time to recharge. Studies show that 7-8 hours of sleep a night helps to strengthen memory. Acupuncture is effective at treating sleep problems, so please let us know if you are having trouble sleeping.
Regular physical activity has been shown to decrease the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by about half. Exercise increases blood flow to the brain and helps regulate blood sugar levels; both of which improve brain function and memory. Aim for 30 minutes a day.
Challenge Your Brain
Keep your mind active and challenged. Brain function decreases with age. Studies show that cognitive exercise can improve blood flow to the brain. Spend at least 15 minutes each day on a mental exercise such as a crossword puzzle, journaling or learning a new language to slow memory loss.
Portland acupuncturist Boynn McIntire is experienced in treating memory and cognitive loss. Contact All and One Acupuncture to learn how we can your brain health.Read more
March, 15th 2014
Increase your overall ability to effectively manage stress by including these five tools in your wellness plan!
Eat Healthily - More than 1,400 chemical changes occur as stress hormones, such as cortisol, deplete important nutrients including vitamins B and C, and magnesium from the body. A balanced, varied diet provides your body with the nutrients it needs to handle stress and keep stress hormones in check.
Exercise - Exercise stimulates the body to release endorphins, which are brain chemicals that improve mood and relieve stress.
Relax - Relaxing is a release valve for stress. Relaxation methods vary by individual and can include meditation, yoga, creative projects, reading, or exercise.
Restorative Sleep - Practicing good sleep hygiene will give your body an opportunity to recover from everyday stress.
Regular Acupuncture - Research shows that acupuncture at specific points on the body will block the production of stress hormones for up to seven days.
Contact All and One Acupuncture in Portland to schedule your stress relieving appointment today!Read more
March, 8th 2014
Springtime is a period of growth and renewal. It’s also a time for drastic weather fluctuations, from snow, heavy rain, wind, and sunshine. During the springtime, you may experience traveling body pain that comes and goes, insomnia between 1 and 4 am, headaches, PMS, irritability, shortness of breath, or visual disturbances. Also, the variations in temperature outdoors can weaken your immune response, so colds and the flu are still a risk.
If you feel unbalanced proper self-care behaviors such as good sleep hygiene, stress management, and routine acupuncture can help you through this transitional time of year. Diet can also play a beneficial role in regulating your body until summer arrives. The following dietary recommendations can help keep you healthy through spring:
- Chard and kale
- Garlic Chives
- Brown Seaweed
- Black sesame seeds
- Prawns and shrimp
- Coriander (in small doses)
Avoid or limit:
- Food coloring
- Large quantities of hot spicy foods
To learn how Chinese medicine dietary therapy can support your health, contact Boynn McIntire, licensed acupuncturist in NE Portland, for a free consultation.Read more
March, 6th 2014
Spring has arrived in Portland. Our northwest springs are glorious, with a bloom season stretching from February through August. The NW region is also notorious for seasonal allergies. If your hay fever is flaring up, check out the following self care tips for reducing your allergy symptoms:
Dietary choices that can help alleviate allergy symptoms:
- Drink plenty of water to flush your system
- Consume foods high in bioflavonoids such as green tea, citrus zest, red onions, red grapes, red berries (raspberries, cranberries, strawberries), spinach, broccoli, red bell peppers, tomatoes, and Brussels sprouts.
- Anti-inflammatory diet Consider cutting out foods that create inflammation during the allergy season. These would include dairy, wheat, sugar, and red meat.
- Nutritional supplements: Vitamin C, fish oil, Quercertin, and Aller-Essentials. Talk to Boynn first to learn about which supplements may be right for you.
- Propolis is a resin produced by bees, and evidence suggests that it reduces allergic reactions. I sell this as an oral liquid spray, so it is easy to take, and it is tasty too. This product is not appropriate for individuals with bee allergies.
Keep your Home Allergen Free:
- Maintain exceptionally clean bedding. You spend a lot of time in bed, so it’s important to make sure your bedding isn’t harboring allergens. Wash your sheets, blankets, mattress pad, and pillows at least every week, if not more.
- Change clothes and shower every time you come in from spending time outside, and shower every night before getting into bed. The pollen outdoors sticks to your clothing, skin, and hair, and then you spread it around your (super clean) house.
- Invest in a high quality air filter
- Keep your doors and windows closed to minimize allergens getting into your living space
- Clean your home often. Even if you shower and change clothes diligently after coming inside and never crack a window, you still track allergens into your home. Additionally, normal indoor allergens such as dust can exacerbate your seasonal symptoms. Make sure you clean your home thoroughly once or twice a week.
If you suffer from hay fever, contact licensed acupuncturist Boynn McIntire in NE Portland to learn how acupuncture can help alleviate your allergy symptoms.Read more
March, 4th 2014
One of the many ways that walking promotes health is that every time you take a step, you are activating the acupuncture point just below the ball of the foot called Yongquan (Bubbling Spring).
Yongquan may be activated while walking by allowing your heel to tap the ground gently, and then allowing your weight to transfer fully to the ball and toes of your foot. Focus on breathing into your lower abdomen. Keep your shoulders relaxed and allow your arms to swing freely. You may also perform acupressure on the point by rolling a tennis ball or tapping a loose fist on the ball of your foot.Read more
February, 26th 2014
Are you plagued by chronic headaches? More than 45 million Americans (one in six) suffer from chronic headaches, and 20 million of them are women. Scientific research shows that acupuncture can be more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches.
The pain that headache and migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives. Acupuncture is a widely accepted form of treatment for headaches, and can offer powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter drugs can cause. Headaches and migraines, as well as their underlying causes, have been treated successfully with acupuncture and Oriental medicine for thousands of years. They can be used alone in the management and treatment of headaches, or as part of a comprehensive treatment program.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine do not recognize migraines and chronic headaches as one particular syndrome. Instead, these approaches aim to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of of techniques including acupuncture, tui-na massage, and energetic exercises to restore balance in the body. Therefore, your diagnosis and treatment will depend on a number of variables. In diagnosing your individual issues, you may be asked a series of questions, including:
- Is the headache behind your eyes and temples, or is it located more on the top of your head?
- When do your headaches occur (i.e. night, morning, after eating)?
- Do you find that a cold compress or a darkened room can alleviate some of the pain?
- Is the pain dull and throbbing, or sharp and piercing?
Your answers to these questions will help your practitioner create a treatment plan specifically for you. The basic foundation of Oriental medicine is that there is a life energy flowing through the body which is termed Qi (pronounced chee). This energy flows through the body on channels known as meridians that connect all of our major organs. According to Oriental medical theory, illness or pain arises when the cyclical flow of Qi in the meridians becomes unbalanced.
Acupuncture stimulates specific points located on or near the surface of the skin to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions that cause aches and pains or illness. The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary. Some headaches, migraines and related symptoms are relieved after the first treatment, while more severe or chronic ailments often require multiple treatments.
Do you suffer from headaches or migraines? Call today to find out how northeast Portland acupuncturist Boynn McIntire can help you!Read more
February, 18th 2014
Acupuncture has been getting more attention as a treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), particularly from post-combat military veterans. There are good precedents for the use of acupuncture to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. Walter Reed Medical Center, a military hospital, is investigating acupuncture as a viable treatment for returning veterans. The results from acupuncture have shown that it is an effective modality for treating the symptoms of PTSD. Correctly placed needles help the body re-regulate itself from the effects of stress, PTSD, depression and anxiety. In turn, this allows individuals to focus on their activities and enables them to better cope with daily events.
If you or someone you know suffers from PTSD, contact All and One Acupuncture in Portland to learn how Chinese medicine can help.Read more
February, 9th 2014
As a normal part of life, stress enables us to get things done. Left unmanaged, however, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems. Stress causes a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or Qi, through the body. This can throw off the immune system and cause new symptoms or aggravate already troublesome health conditions and, over time, more serious illnesses can develop.
Stressful situations that last over a long period of time can create an ongoing low-level stress that puts continual pressure on the nervous system and can cause the overproduction of stress hormones (such as cortisol). The extra stress hormones sustained over an extended period of time may wear out the body’s reserves, leading to fatigue, depression, a weakened immune system, and a host of serious physical and psychological ailments.
Stress is often the cause of illness and the deterioration of health. Finding a release valve for your stress can help you stay healthy. According to Oriental medicine, stress, frustration, and unresolved anger can play an important part in throwing the immune system off and allowing pathogens to affect the body. Through acupuncture, these energy blockages can be addressed. Acupuncture points can help energy flow smoothly, and alleviate not only the symptoms of stress and anxiety, but the stress and anxiety itself.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of stress. Acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out stress hormones like cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.
In addition to acupuncture, Asian medicine offers a wide range of tools and techniques that can be integrated into your wellness plan to keep stress in check. These tools include Tui Na, Qi Gong exercises, dietary therapy, meditations and acupressure that you can administer at home.
While it isn’t always possible to remove the external forces causing stress, the ability to effectively deal with stress is a choice. Take time for yourself to cultivate the energy you need to handle your stress more skillfully and effectively.
If you are experiencing high levels of stress, All and One Acupuncture in Portland can help. Call to learn how acupuncture can be a part of your stress management strategy.Read more