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Herbal Medicine

Get to Know Goldenseal

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Goldenseal is an herb in the buttercup family, known for its thick yellow root stalk. Its most popular use is to prevent colds. It can also help you fight colds off faster. Recently, I was in my local health food store and was browsing for goldenseal, of which I only found one type – whereas I found nearly twenty different types of echinacea, an herb with some similar uses. I understand that supply and demand can cause a fluctuation of available products, but it’s a shame that goldenseal isn’t more popular. BERBERINE The active ingredient in goldenseal is Berberine, which…

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Meditate or Medicate?

By | Acupuncture, Blog, Functional Medicine, Health, Wellness, Herbal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, meditation, Stress Management | No Comments

Meditate or Medicate? Which would you rather do if you could have the choice?  For many years I thought I could help my patients with the best medicine available. I chose to ignore the power of meditation in that time. I thought it wouldn’t make as much of difference as medication or a supplement would. Then I reached a point in my own life where I realized I would have to do something to keep me centered and calm so I could do a better job. I started to meditate. I’ve been meditating most days for several years now. I…

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Herbs to Handle it All: Adaptogens

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  I’ve spoken in the past about my love for adaptogens. They are truly our herbal allies: they help us combat the physical and mental stresses of our daily lives. There are many herbs in the adaptogen family. I’ll explain how they benefit us and introduce you to Rhodiola, our supplement of the month. If you struggle with stress, worry about your immune system, feel overwhelmed, or battle exhaustion, read on to discover how these herbs can help! What Are Adaptogens? Adaptogens are herbs celebrated for their ability to adapt to our needs. In times of physical and mental stress,…

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Nutritional Supplements – Are They Good for You?

By | Acupuncture, Blog, Functional Medicine, Health, Wellness, Herbal Medicine, Integrative Medicine, Nutritional Supplements, Vitamins | No Comments

Are Nutritional Supplements Good for You? Did you know that in 2015 – Americans spent over 35 billion dollars on nutritional supplements? That is almost as much as our health care expenditure! So, it seems like a good idea to figure out if they work, or if they’re good for you. It’s good idea to do your research and make sure that you are buying quality supplements. There are problems with many companies, they don’t use quality ingredients, they make claims that aren’t true, and they sometimes have drugs in their products. But this is why it’s SO important to research what…

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