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Suffering from seasonal allergies? Acupuncture can help!

It’s been a crazy year for allergy sufferers here in Sonoma County.  We had so much rain that things seem to be in constant bloom.  I know this because my car has been covered in a thick layer of pollen for the last three weeks.  What are people to do though if they don’t want to take over the counter medications? Or are trying to conceive and really want to avoid anything that could potentially affect fertility which includes allergy medications.  Acupuncture is often described as a method of preventing and treating disease, illness, injury or pain by allowing the body to heal naturally and improve the way it functions.  

With seasonal allergies affecting one-third of Americans, acupuncture can provide a new kind of relief. While over-the-counter medications often come with unwanted side-effects, acupuncture does not.

Acupuncture seeks to treat both the root (underlying weakness) and the presenting symptoms. This two pronged approach not only offers a longer lasting solution to seasonal allergies but also strengthens the immune system.

Acupuncture, unlike over-the-counter-remedies offers tailor-made treatments. Specifically designed in response to detailed note taking focusing on, history, life style, sleep patterns, diet etc, which all build to create a detailed profile. This, profile along with both pulse and tongue diagnosis enable an individualized treatment plan.

The specific treatment plan, may include herbs, moxa and or cupping as an adjunct to needles.

Come in for a discussion on how I can help you!  I offer a free 30 minute consultation which you can book directly through my website. Or call us at 707-303-7200

How Does Acupuncture Work?

For years now I have been talking to people about acupuncture and how it can relieve pain and a host of other conditions. It is ancient Chinese medicine that usually involves sticking very fine needles into your skin.  It is usually painless and can be a very relaxing experience.

A lot of studies have been done in the United States and in Europe that have found scientifically that acupuncture is effective to some degree in treating pain and nausea. The October 2012 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine drew together 29 other studies and concluded that acupuncture is effective in treating chronic pain.Read More >

Acupuncture and Pain

Acupuncture works by helping to re-align a body’s “chi”, or “Qi”. This is a Chinese term that generally refers to an energy force which permeates the human body. It is also thought that Qi could be interpreted as oxygen and therefore relating to circulation within the blood vessels of your body. It sounds incredibly non-scientific, until you learn that today scientists are finding human bodies do have an electromagnetic force.Read More >

Why You Need an Acupuncturist in Santa Rosa, CA

Acupuncture is known to be one of the most ancient medical treatments in the world for a large variety of illnesses. Otzi, the iceman, whose 5000-year-old mummy was found in the Alps several years ago, appeared to have the acupuncture meridians tattooed on his back that may have been treatment for arthritis. Egyptian mummies have been noted to have the acupuncture meridian points also indicated with tattoos.Read More >

Happy, Healthy New Year: Nutritional Counseling and Acupuncture in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s hoping that 2016 will bring you much joy. A large part of how 2016 turns out depends on you. We all recognize that, which is why everyone knows what “New Year’s Resolutions” means. Resolutions are tricky. Sometimes people resolve to lose 10 pounds without even knowing if that’s a healthy decision for them, or if it is, how to achieve it the healthiest way. Sometimes people resolve to eat better, but there are so many opinions out there about what’s healthy to eat and what’s not that they give up. Sometimes people give up because they’ve made their goals too drastic. How about finding someone to guide you through a personalized, whole-self, easy-to-follow plan for a healthy new year?Read More >

Top 10 Ways to Boost Immunity During Cold and Flu Season

Top 10 Ways To Boost Your Immunity

  1. Eat in tune with the season- Learn about the nature of each season and eat in harmony with it. Winter is a time of contraction and slowing down. It’s a time of moving inward, sleeping and resting more, eating more warming and nourishing foods to support your immune system.
  2. Manage your stress levels- prolonged periods of stress take a toll on your body and your immune system. Do what you can to keep your stress down-go for a walk, meditate or get some acupuncture.
  3. Get some regular acupuncture- it helps to keep your lungs strong and give your immune system a boost. It’s also great for managing stress levels.
  4. Sleep more- just do it!
  5. Take a probiotic- recent research is pointing to the gut and microbiome as an important component of our immune system.
  6. Take Vitamins C & D- both are great antioxidants and will help to give you that extra bump you need during cold and flu season.
  7. Eliminate all white and processed foods (flour, sugar)- these things create inflammation and suppress immune function.
  8. Use an essential oil blend daily- I love Touch of Earth Immunity Blend. You can find it on line here.
  9. Exercise regularly- need I say more?
  10. Eat immune boosting foods-Garlic, Mushrooms (Reishi, Maitake, Shiitake), Foods high in Selenium and Zinc (Oysters)

What should you do when you feel like you are on the verge of getting sick?  I start drinking 1-2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar per day while also taking Gaia brand Elderberry Syrup (I love this stuff as it has helped me ward off many colds and other yucky things).  I try to step it up on all of the above things as well and make sure to rest, drink lots of broth and get extra sleep.

If you are interested in learning more please contact me at 707-303-7200 or by email at annette@acupuncturemama.com

 

Chinese Herbal Medicine in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County: Books on the Subject

Chinese Herbal Medicine in Santa Rosa and Sonoma CountyChinese Herbal Medicine research goes back more than 2,000 years, as evidenced by one of the oldest texts on the subject, The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon also known as the Huangdi Neijing. Since that book, thousands of other books have been written about that text and the discoveries that have been made since “Huangdi Neijing” was written. Only a licensed herbalist should prescribe Chinese herbs, since the combinations are very specific to each person’s condition. We definitely do not recommend reading and self-prescribing, but we thought that our clients receiving Chinese herbal medicine in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County might be interested in knowing a little more about the topic.Read More >

Find the Best Acupuncture in Santa Rosa/Sonoma County

Find the Best Acupuncture in Santa Rosa/Sonoma CountyWhere your health is concerned, you want to do a little extra research before you choose a practitioner. And some people are even more uncomfortable scheduling a first visit with an acupuncturist than with other health professionals because acupuncture is unfamiliar to them. That’s perfectly understandable, but if you find a caring and qualified acupuncturist, you needn’t worry. Most people leave their acupuncture appointments feeling wonderfully relaxed. But how can you make sure you find the best acupuncturist? Here are a few things you should remember when you’re researching, and why we think Acupuncture Mama is the place to go for acupuncture in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County.Read More >

Studies Show Value of Visiting a Santa Rosa Acupuncturist for Fertility Treatment

Santa Rosa Acupuncturist Millions of couples are now struggling with infertility. It’s a process that can be both emotionally and financially draining. But fortunately, there are now numerous options to help improve fertility and enhance the chances of becoming pregnant over time. Acupuncture is one of these leading fertility treatment options. In this post, we’ll highlight the benefits that Santa Rosa couples can gain from working with a qualified acupuncturist.Read More >