All and One
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
February, 5th 2014
Winter can be a time filled with sadness, self-reflection, loneliness and anxiety. And everyone deals with major upheavals or emotional distress at some point during the course of life, which may cause depression, panic attacks, or disruptions in sleep and eating. Acupuncture can help alleviate symptoms associated with depression and anxiety by treating the root cause of the problem to help restore balance to the body’s internal environment.
Mental health disorders are medical conditions that can disrupt a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to cope with the daily demands of life or relate well to others. Affecting people of any age, race, religion, or income, mental health issues are more common than you might think. In fact, experts estimate that a significant number of people report symptoms that indicate sufficient qualifying criteria of a mental disorder. Some mental disorders are less severe and can be easily managed with proper treatment. Other mental illnesses are more serious and require more extensive treatment, including major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and borderline personality disorder.
From a Chinese medicine perspective, mental health disorders can cause a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or Qi, through the body. These energetic imbalances can throw off the immune system or cause pain, sleep disturbances, abnormal digestion, headaches, and menstrual irregularities and, over time, more serious illnesses. Acupuncture treatments can correct these imbalances and directly affect the way your body manages your mental health.
Chinese medicine does not recognize any mental disorder as one particular syndrome. Instead, it aims to treat the specific symptoms that are unique to each individual using a variety of techniques including acupuncture, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and exercises to restore imbalances found in the body. Therefore, if 100 patients are treated with acupuncture and Oriental medicine for anxiety, each of those 100 people will receive a unique, customized treatment with different acupuncture points, and different lifestyle and diet recommendations.
Mental health issues are best managed when health professionals work together to meet the unique needs of each individual. Acupuncture is an excellent addition to any treatment plan as it is used to help the body restore balance, treating the root of the disorder, while also diminishing symptoms.
Acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners have the ability to detect energetic changes that occur in the body and relieve symptoms by restoring equilibrium. The physical and emotional symptoms that you are experiencing will help create a clear picture for your practitioner, from which a treatment plan can be created specifically for you.
If you or someone you know struggles with a mental health disorder or if you would like to know how to optimize your mental health, please contact All and One Acupuncture in Portland to learn more.Read more
January, 31st 2014
During these dark Portland winter days, I have many patients complaining about brain fog. With the cold damp weather and short days, it’s no wonder that so many people are feeling that their mental acuity has declined. Here is a short, easy acupressure protocol to help improve your concentration throughout the day.
Massage the acupuncture point Du 20 to stimulate mental clarity. Du 20 is located on the very top of the head, midway between the ears. When you are feeling for the point, there is typically a small divot or tender place. This acupuncture point is commonly needled to increase mental energy and improve focus. Stimulate the point with your index finger for 30-45 seconds for a quick “brain boost”.
If you have trouble with concentration or fatigue, All and One Acupuncture in Portland can help! Contact us for a free consultation to learn how Chinese medicine can support your health.Read more
January, 28th 2014
The start of a new year is a great time to reflect on achievements and look forward to the future. This period of reflection and renewed resolve may be challenging but it can also be productive and rewarding. All and One Acupuncture can help you achieve your health goals. Acupuncture helps prevent illness, relieve stress, minimize aches and pains, and improve energy. Maintaining a calm and clear mind helps to strengthen your resolve as you take the next step in achieving your goals.
Stress reduction is always on the top ten list for New Year’s resolutions and for a good reason; it is often the cause of illness and deterioration of health. Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in treating stress, anxiety and high blood pressure. In addition to acupuncture, herbal medicine and dietary therapy offer a whole range of tools that can be integrated into your life to keep stress in check.
Improved Quality of Life
If pain is keeping you from living life to the fullest, acupuncture can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of the cause or where it is located. Increasingly, people are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve painful conditions instead of relying on pain medication. In addition to reducing pain, acupuncture also hastens the healing process by increasing circulation and attracting white blood cells to an injured area.
Get in Shape
Renewed enthusiasm to exercise in order to enhance fitness levels, train for a competition, or lose weight can come at a painful price for those who try to do too much too quickly. Recent studies show that acupuncture effectively treats sports injuries such as strains, sprains, musculoskeletal pain, swollen muscles and shin splints.
Losing weight is the most common New Year’s resolution. Acupuncture can help you reach your goal weight and maintain it by promoting better digestion, smoothing emotions, reducing appetite, improving metabolism, and eliminating food cravings–all of which can help energize the body, maximize absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, and reduce anxiety.
Seeking support for your New Year Resolutions? Call All and One Acupuncture today for a free consultation to learn how Portland licensed acupuncturist Boynn McIntire can help.Read more
December, 18th 2013
The musculoskeletal system consists of connective tissues including joints, ligaments, and tendons. Problems with the musculoskeletal system can result in inflammation and pain and, ultimately, reduce the body’s overall health. Increasingly, people are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve painful musculoskeletal conditions instead of relying on medications.
Acupuncture is a good therapy choice because it has no side effects and can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of what is causing the pain or where the pain is located. Some studies have shown the pain relief provided by acupuncture can last for months.Read more