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  • All and One’s Top Skin Care Picks

    May, 26th 2015

    We are obsessed with skin care at All and One. From providing facial rejuvenation acupuncture by the oh-so-talented Boynn McIntire, LAc, and Xander Kahn, LAc specializing in Acupuncture in Dermatological cases to giving you our personal recommendations for fellow skin care and health practitioners and tips and tools! We’ve compiled a short list of our favorite tools and products we use at the clinic and in our home.

    Boynn’s Picks  

    A20150116-211The Jade RollerJadeRoller

    These jade rollers are easy to incorporate as part of your daily skin care regime. The jade will soothe, firm and protect your skin, and the roller will help circulate lymphatic fluids and drain puffiness. Jade Roller’s are available for purchase at All and One.

     

    Alpina Facial Cup Set AlpinaFacialCupSet

    Specialized glass facial cups will enhance circulation to your skin, and help enhance tone and firmness.  Your skin will also have a good rosy glow after cupping. We have just started carrying this Facial Cup set at All and One when I started using them in Facial Rejuvenation appointments. These are the cups I use at home and I love all the different sizes that come in this set. We will also provide a demonstration upon request at your next appointment so you know how to use the cups properly!

    Mayumi Squalene Oil MayumiSqualeneOil

    This Squalene Oil is another product I use in Facial Rejuvenation appointments. It is a great base oil to apply under moisturizer and is compatible with nearly all skin types. Squalene Oil is also known to smooth and diminish fine lines and absorbs quickly into the skin so it doesn’t leave your face feeling oily. This specific Squalane is derived from Shark Liver and can be purchased here, if you prefer a plant based squalane oil you can find that here!

     

    Gabrielle’s Picks

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    Thayer’s Witch Hazel with Rose & Aloe

    Witch Hazel is the single most used product in my skin care regime and in my experience the one that has made the most difference in the appearance of my skin. It is useful in minimizing pores, the aloe is soothing and great for ultra-sensitive skin and I have found that Rose helps counteract redness. I use this Witch Hazel in the morning before moisturizing and in the evening after cleansing and before using an oil. I also love this Witch Hazel because it doesn’t dry my skin out and it smells glorious, kind of like having your face in a rose bush! You can find this product here.

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    Mountain Rose Herbs Rose Hip Seed Oil

    Rose Hip Seed Oil is another treasure I have found as I have gotten older and started paying closer attention to my skin. Rose Hip Seed Oil is a dry and rich oil, like Squalene Oil it absorbs quickly into your skin so it does not leave your skin feeling oily but highly moisturized. Rose Hip Seed is also known for its regenerative properties that work on a molecular level with your skin and is great to reduce scaring from cuts and acne. I use this oil in the evening right before going to bed and can notice a distinct difference in my skin in the morning. You can find this product here.

     

    Mountain Rose Herbs is also a local company based in Eugene, OR they provide great organic (and mostly local) high quality products and singular ingredients for Skin & Body Care. I highly recommend you check their website out.

     

    The information provided here is anecdotal and based on our personal preferences. If you are having a problem with your skin we recommend contacting your dermatologist as well as seeing how Acupuncture can help your skin care needs cosmetically and medically!

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  • Eczema, Psoriasis & the Gut

    May, 20th 2015

    Skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can be traumatic. They affect how we feel physically, commonly causing itching or pain, they can impact how others perceive us and how we decide to dress, and they can make us feel downright ashamed of ourselves. While western biomedicine doesn’t have many treatment options for these diseases, Chinese medicine and acupuncture can offer significant relief in many cases.

    As you may know, Chinese medicine views the body as a vast, interconnected web of organ networks, each affecting the others. Treatment seeks to balance these relationships so that robust health can come about. One very common organ system involved in many skin conditions is the digestive tract (or the spleen-stomach organ pair, in Chinese terms). Our gut is the organ system responsible for receiving our food and transforming it into usable nutrition. These nutrients are then transported to every nook and cranny of our bodies to suffuse our cells in a nourishing bath. This entire process is able to function optimally when we eat warm, nutritious meals at regular intervals.

    When we operate day in and day out under stress, grabbing whatever we can and eating on the run, we slowly degrade the optimal functioning of this system. In patients suffering from skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis, treatment almost always necessitates that the digestive system be regulated in some way.
    Adjusting the way we eat and what we’re eating can go a very long way to correcting imbalances in our internal landscape that are causing these sorts of skin problems. Chinese herbs and acupuncture can also be incredibly useful in treating these conditions.

    If you have a skin problem that has not responded to other types of treatment, call All & One Acupuncture & Wellness in NE Portland and schedule an free 15-minute phone consultation with Xander. He has advanced training in treating dermatological conditions of all types and would be happy to talk with you about how Chinese medicine can help you.

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  • Acne Basics

    May, 19th 2015

    “Acne; a chronic inflammatory skin disorder of the sebaceous glands characterized by comedones and blemishes and is a hereditary trait which is also triggered by hormonal changes.”

    What does that mean? You may have inherited acne, and adult hormones kick-start the onset. A rough start to being a grown-up! What now? All acne is composed of three factors including dead skin, bacteria and sebum (oil). Managing these factors is key to minimizing break-outs.

    There are three types of acne; inflammatory (papules and pustules), non-inflammatory (comedones, commonly known as blackheads and whiteheads), and cystic or nodular acne. Severity ranges from Grade I minor acne, to Grade IV, the most severe cystic acne including papules, pustules, comedones and inflammation.

    Causes of acne begin with clogged pores, oily or dirty skin, an overabundance of bacteria, “comedogenic” cosmetics and products, and triggers such as hormones, stress and certain foods. Clogged pores can be due to a hereditary condition called “retention hyperkeratosis” in which dead skin is not shed as it is on normal skin and continues to build up. Excessive oil production triggered by hormones combines with dead skin to cause comedones or sebaceous filaments (oil plugs in the pores). Make-up, hair and skin products can also cause cells to build up (comedogenic ingredients), or cause inflammation and irritation due to using ingredients that are inappropriate for your type of skin. The real bad guys in the formation of acne are bacteria. They thrive in an anaerobic (oxygen deprived environment) and can create a real “party in your pores” causing inflammation and pressure on the follicle wall. If the wall ruptures it causes infection (pustules and papules). Cysts are deep pockets of infection where the skin forms hardened tissue to stop the spread of bacteria. This type of acne results in permanent scarring to the skin.

    Other variables that contribute to acne are hormonal fluctuations (usually testosterone). Stress, triggers more oil production and adrenalin as well as hormonal fluctuations. Foods affect bodily function and excessive iodides in salt, MSG, kelp, cheese, fast food, processed foods and shrimp and crab aggravate acne. Other common foods that contribute to acne are dairy, peanuts, caffeine, and “white foods” such as pasta, potatoes, sugar and rice. Considerations for dirty phones, pillows, make-up brushes, leaning on dirty hands, friction or exposure to dirt, sweat, oil, or other environmental factors should be noted.

    Managing acne takes discipline and good habits. At a minimum, stay hydrated and practice stress reduction and good nutrition. Cleanse and protect your skin with products that are appropriate for your skin EVERY DAY. Exfoliate 3 times a week. Eliminate products that make acne worse or irritate your skin. Avoid environmental aggravators including dirt, grease, sun, humidity, and pollution. Schedule a facial with an esthetician that specializes in acne. An esthetician can help you create a home care routine with the right products. Balancing stress, hormonal fluctuations and inflammation can be helped by acupuncturists, nutritionists and exercise. Because smoking robs cells of oxygen, it contributes to acne directly. STOP smoking. For more severe types of acne, a doctor should be consulted to prevent permanent scarring to the skin.

     

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    1 P. 96, Milady’s Standard Fundamentals for Estheticians, 9th Edition, 2004

     

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  • Video: Gentle Stretches for Neck and Shoulder Pain

    April, 9th 2015

    Neck pain and tension headaches are ubiquitous in our high-stress, computer-oriented culture. One of the main culprits causing these symptoms is an overly tense trapezius muscle. Trapezius originates in the base of the neck an spreads out across the top of the shoulders and down the middle of the back. When it is overly tight or has trigger points (knots) in it, it can cause symptoms such as tension headaches, pain in the neck, temples, jaw or behind the eye, as well as dizziness and limited range of motion when turning your head. If you have severe neck problems or headaches, consider scheduling an appointment with Xander at All & One Acupuncture in NE Portland. You can also practice the gentle stretch outlined in the video to get some immediate relief from more mild symptoms.

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  • Personal Injury Protection benefits for Auto Accidents

    March, 19th 2015

    What you need to know if you get in an accident

    The state of Oregon requires all car insurance to carry a personal injury protection benefit (or PIP benefit) with your auto insurance coverage.

    So what does this mean if you are in a motor vehicle accident (MVA)? The benefit guarantees up to $15,000 in medically necessary healthcare for the year following your accident. This means if you have to go to urgent care or the hospital your care is covered. If you have injuries, such as whiplash, back pain, headaches, or other body pain, you may visit an acupuncturist, chiropractor, massage therapist, physical therapist, or other provider for medically appropriate treatment.

    The use of your PIP benefits legally cannot impact your insurance rates, and these benefits are available to you regardless of who is ultimately deemed to be responsible for the accident.

    What to do if you are in an auto accident

    If you are in a motor vehicle accident, first file a claim with your insurance company. When you file a claim the insurance company will give you a claim number and appropriate contact phone and fax number, which you should record and keep. If you seek medical care for the auto accident, you will provide the medical office with your insurance company name, phone and fax numbers, the incident claim number, and the date of the accident. I’m not sure how every medical office handles MVAs, but at All and One Acupuncture we directly bill your insurance company so you don’t have to pay for your visits.

    Now here is the detail that confuses many people: we bill your insurance company regardless of who is at fault for the accident. Even if the other driver is responsible for the accident, we still bill your insurance claim, and then your insurance company will collect directly from the other driver’s insurance. This has an advantage, namely that you and your medical providers don’t have to hassle with an insurance company that doesn’t have a vested interest in keeping your business. Your own insurance company tends to be more responsive and have better customer service than the other driver’s insurance company.

    I’ve worked with many patients who have been in car accidents. Oftentimes, the extent of the injuries aren’t fully apparent until several weeks after the accident. Even with small accidents that happen at lower speeds, headaches, back pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, arm pain, and leg pain can creep up a month or more later. I recommend getting an exam by your primary healthcare provider, acupuncturist, or chiropractor right away after your accident to have your injuries objectively evaluated. This sets a precedent if medical attention is needed later. Early treatment usually results in fewer or less severe chronic issues down the road. By being proactive after your accident, and preparing for potential repercussions from your accident early on, you have a better chance at a speedy recovery.

    If you or someone you know has been in an MVA, or if have questions about your specific auto accident injury, All and One Acupuncture in NE Portland is here to help. Contact us today to learn how we can support your accident recovery.

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  • Getting Help for Seasonal Allergies

    March, 10th 2015

    Allergies in the Pacific Northwest

    Spring arrived in Portland several weeks earlier than usual this year, right on the heels of a very mild winter. I love to see Portland in bloom, and I’m not alone; so many people are out enjoying this unseasonably sunny weather. But the downside to this temperate weather is a protracted, severe allergy season.

    Springtime in Portland means the start of allergy season

    Springtime in Portland means the start of allergy season

    The western region of Oregon, especially along the Willamette valley, experiences a long hay fever season. The Pacific Northwest has some of the highest levels of grass and tree pollen nationwide. Tree pollen is an issue from early spring (this year starting in January) through April or May, and grass pollen is highest from May through July or August. Weed pollen then pops up in late summer and can last until September or October. That is a solid 9-10 months of pollen allergy season! Not to mention that many people suffer from mold allergies in the fall and winter. Allergy management can be a year round endeavor for some people.

    What can you do about allergies?

    There are two main hay fever management options if you seek seasonal allergy care from your doctor. First, your doctor will typically recommend an over the counter allergy medicine like Claritin or Zyrtec. If your allergies are especially debilitating you may be referred to an allergy clinic for series of allergy shots, which can be a 10-24 month process.

    In addition to allergy medications and injections, Chinese medicine can help reduce the severity of your allergies as well as reduce allergic symptoms. To reduce the severity of allergies, acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy should be started six months prior to your peak allergy season. If you usually suffer from allergies most in May-June, then treatment should ideally begin in November. This phase of the treatment will focus on regulating immune response so that your immune system is less likely react to pollen.

    If you’ve missed the window to start treatment six months prior, acupuncture and herbal therapy can still be used to regulate immune response and reduce allergic symptoms like runny nose, eye irritation, and sore throat. Acupuncture can be safely combined with OTC allergy medications and allergy shots at any time to aid in the efficacy of these treatments. Chinese herbal therapy is sometimes combined with allergy medications as long as the herbs are carefully selected; some herbs can interfere with allergy medications, so always consult a board certified herbalist. Supplements such as quercetin and vitamin C may also help reduce allergy symptoms.

    Aside from allergy medications, acupuncture, herbs, and supplements, the best option for managing allergies is minimizing exposure. Keep your windows and doors closed during your allergy season, and use an air filter. Wash your clothing and take a shower after being outside, and keep your outdoor time to a minimum. Nasal irrigation, such as that with a neti pot, can help keep your sinuses cleansed of pollen.

    Nature is called “the great outdoors” for a reason. Personally, I think there needs to be a balance between staying inside all season long and suffering from allergies. Why not safely combine the allergy tools available so you can get some recreational time outside? In my family, we get acupuncture, take allergy medication and herbs as appropriate, and enjoy the great outdoors.

    If you would like support with your allergies, the acupuncturists at All and One Acupuncture in Northeast Portland can help! Call or visit us online to schedule a consultation today. 

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  • Get Allergy Relief by Healing Digestion

    March, 7th 2015

    What does your gut have to do with seasonal allergies?

    It’s that time of year again! When the sneezing, sniffling, and burning eyes of seasonal allergies have you reaching for the allergy pills and eye drops. But did you know you can greatly relieve if not banish your allergy symptoms by fixing your gut?

    It may sound crazy that your gut health would affect your allergies, but in fact the two systems are very intertwined. Both the respiratory tract and the digestive tract are immune barriers, meaning it’s their job to protect the body from outside invaders. The gut in particular influences the entire immune system. When gut health suffers so does the rest of your body, and the result for many people are allergy symptoms that flare up each spring.

    A common culprit in allergy symptoms is increased intestinal permeability, also known as leaky gut. Leaky gut is a condition in which the lining of the digestive tract becomes inflamed and porous, allowing undigested foods, bacteria, yeasts, and other toxins into the sterile bloodstream. The immune system launches an attack on these toxins, which creates inflammation throughout the body. For many people, this happens every time they eat.

    This inflammation manifests in different ways for different people. It can cause joint pain, skin problems, digestive problems, brain fog, fatigue, chronic pain, and…seasonal allergies.

    What causes leaky gut and seasonal allergies?

    Leaky gut is very common today and can cause bloating, heartburn, gas, constipation, diarrhea, or pain. However, many people with leaky gut have no digestive symptoms at all. One of the most common causes of leaky gut is eating gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, barley, spelt, and other wheat-like grains Wheat is not like the wheat from past generations. It has been genetically altered, processed, and stored in ways that make it very damaging to the gut.

    Sometimes simply removing gluten from the diet can profoundly relieve allergy symptoms by allowing the gut to recover and repair. Because leaky gut often leads to food intolerances, you may need to temporarily remove other foods, such as dairy, eggs, or other grains. You may find significant allergy relief simply by following an anti-inflammatory diet.

    Another factor that contributes to leaky gut and allergy symptoms is an imbalance of gut bacteria. The digestive tract holds several pounds of bacteria that play a large role in immune function. When the bad bacteria overwhelm the good, inflammation and allergies result. Leaky gut repair includes nurturing your beneficial bacteria with probiotics and fermented foods to improve allergy symptoms.

    Chronic stress also weakens and inflames the digestive tract, causing leaky gut and seasonal allergies. Stress doesn’t just have to come from a stressful lifestyle or lack of sleep, although those certainly play a role. Eating a diet high in sugar and processed foods is stressful to the body, as is an unmanaged autoimmune disease, or hormones that are out of whack.

    Find seasonal allergy relief by fixing your leaky gut

    You don’t have to needlessly suffer every spring and depend on allergy medicines to function. In fact, you should see your allergies as a red flag that your body needs attention. Leaky gut can lead to much more serious conditions than allergies, such as autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes, etc.), depression and anxiety, neurological diseases, and more. By repairing your leaky gut and improving your allergy symptoms, you can prevent or even resolve more serious problems.

    For more information on healing leaky gut or following an antiinflammatory diet, make an appointment with Eva Whitburn for a nutrition consultation at All and One Acupuncture and Wellness in NE Portland today. Call (503) 281-6909 or schedule online at allandone.com. 

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  • Video: Topical Chinese Herbs for Resolving Trauma

    February, 28th 2015

     

    Many people have had some experience with the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating acute & chronic sports injuries, but most people don’t know about the powerful role topical Chinese herbs play in resolving trauma. A variety of incredibly effective topical herbal formulas have been developed over the centuries that target specific stages of acute and chronic injuries. These formulas were created in martial arts training centers, places where injuries like sprains, strains & contusions are commonplace. Check out this video in which I discuss a few of these formulas that I make for All & One Acupuncture and Wellness in NE Portland:

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  • Podcast: Staying On Track With Healthy Eating

    February, 9th 2015

    This month, as we find ourselves walking along the path from our New Years Day to the celebration of the Chinese New Year in just a few weeks, I thought it would be a good time to discuss what many of us have set out to practice in our annual resolutions: healthy eating. I have a great deal of personal experience struggling with overeating, binge eating and being overweight for most of my life. I have walked a long way down the path of healing these wounds and I wanted to share my insights, both personally and professionally, here with you.

    And instead of reading about it in detail, you can listen to a recent interview with me on a new podcast, the Everyday Acupuncture Podcast, hosted by my colleague, Michael Max, in St. Louis, MO.

    In the interview I tell the story of my out-of-control relationship with food and the steps I took to bring my body & mind back towards balance. It was a lengthy process, but one that you might find interesting if you’ve had experiences with food addiction or have struggled with the very temporary results of fad dieting.

    Please take some time to listen to my interview. In it, we discuss in detail the importance of eating meals at regular intervals, of not eating an abundance of cold foods or ice water, and above all how important mindfulness is in one’s approach to their food. Check it out:

     

    To learn more, check out my post about Chinese medicine guidelines for healthy eating, or read about my personal struggle with food and being overweight. My hope in sharing this is that it might give people who really struggle hope that there is a sustainable way to move toward a healthier, happier life.

    If you have a real desire to do the work needed to lose weight and practice a healthy relationship with food, I would be more than happy to be part of your support network by providing acupuncture, herbal therapy and most importantly an empathetic ear. Call or visit our website to book an acupuncture appointment or free consultation at our clinic in NE Portland.

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  • How to Eat: 7 Essential Behaviors for a Healthy Relationship with Food

    February, 8th 2015

    While what we eat is certainly important, good nutrition is much more than putting the right things in our mouths. Food needs time to be digested and absorbed well so we can benefit from all the energy and nutrients it contains. Good eating habits are the bedrock of a healthy diet. How we eat is as important as what we eat. Below are some fundamental guidelines based on Chinese medicine principles that will help you achieve better digestion, sleep and overall well being.

    1. Don’t worry so much  Stress created by trying to adhere to a rigid or overly restrictive diet is detrimental to good digestion. It is far better to be imperfect and enjoy your food. Remember, food is not your enemy, it is what supplies us with the nourishment to go out and live our lives. When it comes to trying to eat in a healthy way, make sure to be gentle with yourself.
    2. Create Space for Meals It takes a lot of energy to digest a meal. Eating and digesting is best done in a state of calm and relaxation. Do your best to create a healthy environment in which to eat and digest. Try to avoid watching television, reading or doing work. Share meals with good friends and family members who relax you. After eating, spend a bit of time relaxing before jumping back into your long to do list.
    3. Eating as Meditation Pay attention to your food. Strive to make eating a multisensory experience by noticing how your food looks, feels, smells, and tastes. Listen to yourself chew. Eating is a pleasurable activity that is best savored.
    4. Eat Slowly Chew each bite thoroughly. Breathe. Take one bite at a time.
    5. Regularity The Spleen and Stomach, the primary digestive organs in Chinese medicine, like routine. Eating regular meals at consistent times each day helps them function optimally.
    6. Balance and Moderation Chinese medicine is fundamentally based on the concepts of balance and moderation. Strive for a balance between the amount you eat and your activity level. Be moderate in the amount you eat at any one sitting, stopping before you are stuffed. Experiment with leaving the table while still slightly hungry.
    7. Evolution not Revolution Make changes to your diet gradually, giving yourself time to adjust. Move slowly towards healthier eating habits that you can maintain for the rest of your life. And be gentle with yourself when you make a mistake, there is always tomorrow.

     

    Xander Kahn is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified herbalist at All and One Acupuncture in NE Portland. If you are ready to make changes to your diet or digestive health, Xander can help guide you through the process. Call All and One Acupuncture today to schedule a free consultation or appointment. 

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