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  • All and One’s Favorite Vacation Spots in Oregon

    June, 23rd 2015

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    Boynn McIntire, LAc

    My favorite spot in Oregon is the small residential community of Cape Meares to the north of the lighthouse (link: http://www.capemeareslighthouse.org/). Cape Meares is a short drive west of Tillamook, below the vertiginous cliffs of the southern aspect of the cape. The community is off the beaten track—one does not casually pass through it–and has no commerce presence, so you need to bring your own supplies or go into Tillamook for sundries. Cell service is spotty at best. And while the crescent shaped narrow beach can be impassable at high tide, at lower tides I can skirt the driftwood and seaweed for hours with my dog and maybe encounter a lone surfer or a few other beachcombers in the distance.  In fact, there isn’t much to do here except walk, watch the surf, play games, cook food, sleep and spend time with loved ones; that is precisely why Cape Meares is a regular retreat for my family.

     

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    Beth Griffing, LAc

    My favorite place to travel in Oregon is pretty close to home, yet still wild. I love visiting Oxbow Park at any time of year, especially the equestrian trail entrance on the ridge overlooking Sandy River. The park itself is an old growth forest and I have seen fun wildlife on evening walks and daytime riverside hangouts: osprey diving to catch salmon, an American marten running by along the riverbank, fawns foraging with their mothers, and even a snowy owl (seriously). For the herbalists out there, wild nettles also abound on the ridge in spring, and the little springs along the hiking trails host Angelica outcrops.

    A nice open river for fly fishing doesn’t hurt either (I love flyfishing for trout and salmon), and plenty of picnic spots and a playground round out the prime family barbecue gathering potential as well. I love going into the wilderness for long hikes, but as a wild and scenic area which is fun to see change through the seasons, and as a close yet wild oasis, Oxbow Park is a winner.

     

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    Xander Kahn, LAc

    If you were to ask me to name my favorite Oregon vacation spot, I’d say that I probably haven’t found it yet. I’ve lived in this beautiful state off and on for about ten

    years now, and every time I venture out to a new part of the state I remember just how stunning and varied the Oregon landscapes are. As a former Duck, I have spent many a long weekend in the central Cascades exploring the trails and waterfalls along the McKenzie River Trail. Like many places in the Columbia River Gorge, the central Cascades feature lush, emerald, moss-covered trees and breathtakingly thunderous waterfalls. Standing in these places, especially after a long hike to get there, gives me pause. I love feeling the mist of a waterfall on my face and taking a moment to imagine just how long that water has been shaping the surrounding landscape.

    If you do decide to head south this summer to explore some new places, I highly recommend a drive through Yachats, OR. Heading south on 101 on your way through town you’ll see the Green Salmon Cafe on your left. I love this place. They make the most amazing spicy mocha you’ll ever have and you’re bound to make a new friend while you wait in line. Happy summer y’all, enjoy! 

     

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    While my mom is off galavanting across the US as she does in the summers she often leaves me with friends who whisk me away to all these amazing places and parks in Oregon (unlike my mom)! My personal fave is Mary S. Young Park in West Linn, OR. The dog park there is, To. Die. For. There’s a dog pool! A spicket! A Green Field! Tennis Balls!!! Sometimes I get tired of other dogs wanting to play with me so I’ll go off on the many trails in this 128-acre park and sometimes down to the Willamette River to bark at the tide. Tennis Balls!

     

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  • Acupressure for relieving Travel Pain and Sinus Pressure

    June, 18th 2015

     

    When traveling, do you find yourself with a pounding headache or a super stiff neck? Perhaps some annoying sinus pressure during flights and excessive ear popping? Most of us have heard of pressure point bracelets for stimulating the anti-nausea point on the wrist, but acupressure can also help with aches and pains associated with travel. This routine was developed when I was en route to Thailand on a particularly cramped flight, but it can apply equally well on long car rides or at conferences.

    See the video for a short demonstration of the ear, face, and hand massage routine which I will outline below.

    Use a dulled toothpick, a cocktail swizzle stick if you are fancy, or your own finger if you prefer to be minimalist, to press gently into the points. Do not press to a point of pain but to the point of a slight ache or feeling of mild tenderness. Hold point pressure for three seconds as you rhythmically press the series of points.

    Routine in a nutshell:

    • Ear: Pressure points along spine line, brain, point zero, shen men. Massage ear by pulling gently in all directions and pressing into all the surfaces, against skull
    • Face: Pinch eyebrows from inner to outer, press temples, pinch bridge of nose and follow border of cheekbones out to ear (above jaw) and massage the jaw muscle. Press into center of face at hairline and follow hairline to edge of forehead. Brush hands through hair from front to back.
    • Hand: Press into metacarpals from knuckle down toward wrist, at index finger and pinky. Focus on tender points toward knuckles for neck/face/ear pain and toward wrist for back pain.

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    Now the expanded version:

    1) EAR ACUPRESSURE

    Starting at the highest point on Figure 1, follow the red dots down along the curve of the antihelix, noting any tender points. This pathway is a microcosm of the spine, starting from the low back at the top of the antihelix all the way to the head at the bottom. As you are pressing, if you find a particularly tender point, hold it with light pressure while gently stretching the back and neck. The amount of movement is up to you- even just the initial few millimeters of movement is enough to activate the muscles that you are targeting to relax along the spine.

    EarChart2As you reach the lower end of the antihelix it turns into the soft bump of the antitragus. This area images the neck, base of skull, and brain, and as you press closer to the earlobe it images the face and jaws. Press gently into the cartilage of the antitragus until you find a tender spot and hold it for 3 seconds. Close your eyes and try to imagine the eye muscles relaxing, let the muscles of your forehead and face loosen, think about allowing the scalp itself to relax, and let the base of the skull feel more open. You can also gently roll your neck while pressing this point to loosen those muscles that attach the skull to the neck.

    Now there are two more key points for relaxing the central nervous system and stimulating parasympathetic nervous system activity (the ‘rest and digest’ part of the nervous system as opposed to the ‘fight or flight’ part). The first point is named Point Zero, located right in the center of the ear (one of the stars on the image), on a bit of the tougher cartilage of the ear. The second point is Shen Men, or Spirit Gate, and it’s located higher on the ear, in the little depression at the upper portion of the ear (another star on the image above). Press and hold each for 5 seconds, taking a deep breath through your nose, letting your abdomen expand while relaxing your ribcage. Breathe out through your mouth slowly. Both of the points are used in an ear acupuncture protocol for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, so they can be helpful if you have severe anxiety around flying as well.

    2) EAR MASSAGE

    Now after poking and prodding your ear thoroughly, give it some love by doing a brief ear massage, continuing to breathe in deeply through the nose, expanding the lower abdomen, and breathing out through the mouth gently, relaxing the back and neck. Gently pull the ear, maintaining a trajectory parallel to your scalp, in all directions. Pull the earlobe gently downward, pull the top of the ear gently upward and toward the back of your head, and then follow the curve of the ear downward, pulling toward the back of the head. Then press gently against all the surfaces of the ear, pressing toward the skull and following the contours of the ear. This helps relax the whole body. At the end, use the tragus to cover the auditory meatus, blocking out sound for 10 seconds and making small circles with the tips of your fingers pressing toward the skull the entire time. Hold for one more second and then release, imagining that you just wiped the internal whiteboard clean.

    3) FACE MASSAGE

    One can get fancy with face massages,FaceChart1 but for the purpose of this routine we are keeping it very simple. Start at the inner end of the eyebrows and press with your thumbs into the eyebrow, pinching gently with the index finger toward the thumb so you are lightly grabbing the eyebrow between index finger and thumb while maintaining pressure against the face. Continue this pinching and pressure along to the outer end of the eyebrows, ending by pressing your index fingers just above the outer edge of the eyebrows, finding the most tender point going back toward your ears, in the depression of the temple. Make 3 circles here and hold pressure for 5 seconds.

    Now return to the inner eyebrow and press toward the bridge of your nose with your index fingers; follow the bridge of the nose down until you can feel the border of the bone and the cartilage of the nose. At this point angle your pressure off the nose and onto the cheek, pressing the face just under the inner border of the eye but underneath the cheekbone. Follow the lower border of the cheekbone outward toward the outer corner of the eye, pressing directly into the face and slightly upward onto the bone. As you pass the lateral border of the eyes you will continue feeling a ridge at the upper part of the jaw, and you may feel some tension in the muscle at this point which is directly below the temple, in front of the ear, but above the jawline. Press into the most tense part of this muscle, circle with your index fingers 3 times, and hold for 5 seconds. Now press the point in your hairline directly in the center of the forehead, with both index fingers, and follow your hairline out to the edge of the forehead. Hold this point and circle 3 times. Then lightly brush your fingers through your hair from the forehead to the back of the skull, 3 – 9 times.

    4) HAND ACUPRESSURE

    Moving on to the hand. A simple exercise here can produce great effects onHandChart1 headaches and ear and sinus pressure. Make a light fist and look at your knuckles (where your fingers meet your hand). Each knuckle is attached to bones of the back of your hand called metacarpals- which are generally a little shorter than the fingers. Starting at the knuckle of your index finger, press toward the knuckle on the side closer to the thumb. Now follow the bone (metacarpal) towards the wrist, pressing into the area between the muscle and the bone and holding tender points for 3 seconds. This area is a classic spot for treating headaches, migraines, sinus pain, and any pain of the face. As you press closer toward the wrist, you reach a little “V” between the thumb and the bone you’ve been following. At this junction, pressure toward the index finger metacarpal will help relieve lower back pain.

    Repeat this pressure process but start from the knuckle of the pinky finger. Immediately next to the knuckle, pressing towards the pinky finger, but following the metacarpal towards the wrist, you can help treat ear and neck pain. As you get closer to the wrist, the tender spots help with low back pain. For good measure, you can repeat this process along each metacarpal (each finger has their own metacarpal going from the knuckle toward the wrist). Then pinch the webbing between each finger gently and pull toward the fingertips slightly.

    You’re done! Happy travels! Feel free to email me with any questions related to this routine at beth@allandone.com.

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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  

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    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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  • 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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