Boosting Your Immune System
I’m always being asked if Acupuncture can boost the Immune System. The answer is yes… it is amazing at doing this. We call the first line of defense wei qi. This is energy that circulates just beneath our skin and regulates sweating and immunity. Wei qi keeps pores closed preventing viruses and bacteria from entering our body. In Chinese Medicine we call them pathogenic factors. Environmental factors such as wind, cold, heat and damp form the basis for an imbalance, that allows a pathogenic factor to enter our body. For example, if we sweat in a cold wind our pores are open and it is easy to catch a chill or cold. A cold wind on our back or neck can cause a stiff neck or shoulder and excess heat or sun can cause heat stroke. A healthy balanced body has a strong and effective immune system. Things that leave us feeling run down, tired, lethargic, or depressed will lower immunity and compromise how our bodies respond to pathogens. Here are a few tips that help boost the immune system, and improve wei qi – especially with cooler weather approaching: Eat appropriate to the seasons: cool foods like salads in summer, lightly […]
Does Your Child Have a Bad Back?
Natural health care, including chiropractic care, isn’t just for adults! In fact, using natural healing techniques for children is every bit as beneficial for them as it is for their parents. Nevertheless, the idea that children, even newborns, would see a chiropractor to get adjusted is a stretch for some. Why would a parent bring them in? How would a child benefit? What would prompt the need for chiropractic care? Here are a few reasons: Birth trauma. Even so-called natural childbirth methods can take a toll on a baby’s spine. Cesarean Section can be even more so. Colic. Lacking the ability to explain their discomfort, babies cry. And cry! Many experience extraordinary relief with chiropractic care. Ear infections. Mechanical tension in the upper spine can compromise the inner ear and eustachian tubes, becoming fertile ground for infection. Gentle, Effective Care Children seem to enjoy their adjustments. Besides requiring a lighter touch than the ones you receive, most infants respond quickly. They rarely have the build up of scar tissue that we often see in adults with long-standing problems. Do you know a child that could benefit from today’s safe and natural chiropractic care? Resolving these problems early can avoid problems […]
August Birthstone: Peridot
So your birthstone is peridot. “Pear-a-doe”? “Pear-a-dot?” Actually, both are correct—but I digress. More importantly, what exactly is this gorgeous apple-green stone? Often associated with light, this stone was referred to as the “gem of the sun” by the ancient Egyptians. What better stone to represent the sunny summer days of August? The word peridot comes from the Arabic “faridat,” which means “gem”. In fact, some historians believe that Cleopatra’s famous emerald collection might actually have been peridot. Most peridot is formed deep inside the earth and delivered to the surface by volcanoes. It is naturally mined all over the world, from Alaska to Australia. A much rarer form of this stone—unlikely to be seen in a retail jewelry store—actually came c rashing to the earth via meteorites. Often confused with other similarly-colored stones such as Emerald or Topaz, Peridot is rather fragile with only a 6.5 rating on the Mohs hardness scale. As such, it is not a great choice for rings or bracelets (Green Apple Diamonds are a suitable replacement.) However, it does make for an exquisite pendant or set of earrings, with the larger stones having more color saturation. Peridot’s elegant and unique color has little compromise, […]
A Bit of Thailand in Northborough
Here’s a Northborough gem you might not have known about. Caroline Harris of Conscious Touch Massage Therapy has a gift for practicing massage in a way that leverages the interaction of body, mind and spirit, delivering a true healing experience. One of her specialties is in the practice of traditional Thai Massage. So what exactly is Thai Massage? A mix of deep pressure and assisted yoga, Thai massage is a powerful modality. If you’ve been jonesing for a change from your traditional Swedish massage, or you are particularly stiff or sore due to exercise or arthritis, Thai massage may be just what you’re looking for. Unlike most massage modalities that utilize massage oils and require you to disrobe and climb under a sheet on a massage table, Thai massage is performed while you are fully clothed, usually on a padded mat on the floor. Instead of the relaxing gliding and kneading motions characteristic of more popular forms of massage, Thai massage employs stretching, pulling, and rocking techniques to relieve tension and enhance flexibility and range of motion. It is sometimes called the “lazy person’s yoga.” The therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches and also applies deep muscle compression, joint mobilization, […]
Getting More Steps in Your Day
Walking—it’s so easy a toddler can do it. Yet so many adults are sitting for the majority of their day instead of allowing their body to do what it was designed to do: Move! As your chiropractor, we help keep your spinal bones in alignment so your nervous system can function at its best. But outside of the practice, we need a little help from you to ensure your body stays healthy each day with movement and exercise. The Walking Effect Walking isn’t just good for your legs; it’s great for your entire body. Even something as short as a brisk 20-minute walk is enough to get your blood flowing and elevate your heart rate. But the benefit of adding more steps into your day doesn’t just stop there. Walking can help you lose weight, lower the risk for certain diseases, improve your mood, strengthen your heart and give you more energy. Walking OUTSIDE has the HUGE added benefit of a magical effect on the human psyche as well as physiology. Our thinking becomes clearer, our emotions more balanced and our energy gets a boost. Walking is a winner on every level! How to Get More Steps in Your Day […]
Getting Rid of Fall Allergies
Have you ever thought about what your life would be like without suffering from allergies? Are you on allergy medicines and wonder how they might affect your overall health? Winter and fall allergies can cause a great deal of discomfort for many people, young or old. Symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose and red, itchy eyes. Western medicine typically prescribes antihistamines, decongestants, or drugs that act on the nervous system. While these may be effective in treating the allergic response, they often have undesirable side effects, such as drowsiness, immune system suppression or over-reliance on medications. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can offer an alternative to these Western approaches, treating the whole person and recognizing that people with chronic allergies often show signs of imbalance in different organs. TCM considers allergies a manifestation of Wind invading the upper body. This occurs because one’s protective Qi has been weakened, which explains why a Chinese herbalist may address these allergies by building up the body’s defensive Qi. The goal is not to cover up the symptoms, but to treat any underlying immune system imbalances, which may be the real cause of one’s allergy problems. Acupuncture, herbal formulas or dietary adjustments are beneficial therapies. […]
Char-Grilled Vegetables Recipe from Sir Loin Catering
Ingredients Summer Zucchini Summer Squah Carrots (blanched and cooled) Garlic (to taste) Olive Oil Button Mushroooms Fresh Basil Fresh Oregano Salt Directions Slice zucchini, summer squash and carrots lengthwise in 1/2 inch strips Toss vegetables and mushrooms in garlic and olive oil Lightly salt Pre-heat grill to medium-high Lightly brush grates with vegetable oil Chop Fresh Basil & Oregano Grill vegetables on both sides until “al Dente” Place vegetables on cutting board and cut to bite-size on the bias Toss with fresh herbs and serve Can be served cold with a balsamic reduction. Don’t want to cook for yourself? Talk to Sir Loin Catering to plan you party of any size!
Pig on China
A little Northborough Guide fun with the guys of Sir Loin Catering—including an introduction to their new friend “Bacon”!
Local Expert Talks Posture
Our friend Kevin from Flaherty Physical Therapy gives some great advice on improving your posture to minimize aches and pain. See the video blog here:
Caring for Your Pearls
Years ago, divers would venture as deep as 65 feet—just holding their breath—to gather mollusks and oysters in search of organic pearls. Because they were so rare and costly to find, most organic pearls were enjoyed only by royalty or the very wealthy, until they became virtually extinct (not to mention some of the divers!) That’s why today, almost all pearls sold around the world are cultured. And while they may seem durable, the truth is that they do require maintenance and care to ensure a lifetime of wear. Here are a few tips to help keep yours beautiful: Use only jewelry cleaners that are labeled “safe for pearls”. Store your pearls wrapped in a soft cloth or pouch, protected from all abrasive objects. Plastic bags can be harmful as they can emit a chemical that will cause the surface of the pearl to deteriorate. Wipe your pearls with a soft cloth, moistened with water. Don’t ever use toothbrushes, scouring pads, Magic Erasers, or even pads labeled “gentle” or “safe for non-stick”—these could permanently damage your pearls. If any unwanted substance is found on your pearls, give them a good soak in lukewarm water with gentle natural soap (not detergent). […]
On the Blog
- Boosting Your Immune System
I’m always being asked if Acupuncture can boost the Immune System. The […]
- Does Your Child Have a Bad Back?
Natural health care, including chiropractic care, isn’t just for adults! In fact, […]
- August Birthstone: Peridot
So your birthstone is peridot. “Pear-a-doe”? “Pear-a-dot?” Actually, both are correct—but I […]