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Wellness Tips on How to Boost Your Immune System

Let's Stay Healthy!


This autumn let's focus on our overall health and immune system protection. 

The Health of your Lungs and Large Intestine - Traditional Chinese Medicine.  This time of year, our lungs and large intestine are most active and susceptible to positive and negative influences. When the lungs and large intestine organs and meridian systems are out of balance a variety of these symptoms may occur.
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Chest pain/tightness
  • Dry Skin
  • Eczema
  • Frequent Colds
  • Mucus
  • Reduced Immunity
  • Throat Problems
  • Coughing
  • Sinusitis

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)  it is believed that, the lungs extract “Qi” which means “life energy” from the air we breathe. Qi is what nourishes our bodies in our everyday life by providing energy and vitality. TCM also teaches us about another important function our lungs do, that is to produce Wei Qi (pronounced “way chee”). Wei Qi is like the western concept of the immune system and protects our body against external factors like, wind, cold, germs and bacteria.

It is important that we take the time this autumn season to look inward, focus, balance and strengthen our bodies for or the chilly months ahead.

Did you know - Garlic is a natural antibiotic that can help fight infections. Ingesting raw fresh garlic is the best way our bodies can benefit from it this season. It is a great addition to our dog's diet as well. Be sure to read about this natural antibiotic before taking action


Acupuncture and Asthma

Over 20 million Americans have experienced asthma, and although it can be frustrating and unpleasant it is important that we remind ourselves that it can be controlled. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be great allies for fighting asthma and they work great in conjunction with other types of treatments. 

TCM teaches that an in balance of the Wei Qi can cause asthma. The first step is to try and prevent the attacks. This is usually treated with the regular use of anti-inflammatory medicine, steroids that are inhaled, and leukotriene inhibitors - but these medications can cause unpleasant side effects. Many people have found that Acupuncture treatment can help prevent the attacks and may help reduce the amount of medication needed.

Acupuncturists take a holistic approach to determine what areas of your body are out of balance that may be contributing to the attacks. Once they are discovered they may use specific acupoints and herbs to rebalance and support your body and your overall health.

Consult with one of our Acupuncturists here at the Healing Arts Center,

Ramsey Higgins, Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine 

Eric Karchmer, Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine 


Autumn Butternut Squash Immune Boost Soup

Ingredients:

2 Tbs butter
1 Butternut Squash
1 Onion, Chopped
3 cans (14.4 oz) Chicken or Vegetable Broth
1 Tbs Ginger, minced
3 Pieces Astragalus
4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
½ Cup Honey
3 Carrots, diced
½ Tsp Dried Thyme leaves, crushed
2 Celery sticks, diced
1 Potato, peeled and diced
Salt and Pepper to taste


In a large pot, melt butter over med heat, stir in onions, garlic, and ginger. Cook and stir until lightly browned.
Stir in potatoes, carrots, celery, squash, broth, honey, and thyme. Bring mixture to a boil; add astragalus; reduce heat and simmer 30-45 minutes.
Remove from heat and cool slightly. Transfer mixture to blender or food processor, process until smooth ( try pureeing half portions at a time if your blender is small) Return pureed soup to pot. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Heat until hot and serve.


Seasonal Foods and Diet Tips

Autumn is the time to prepare and improve our bodies for the cold season ahead. This month we should try to shift our diets toward richer, denser foods, that provide extra energy and warmth.  Staying active will help control weight gain during this seasonal shift.

Take advantage of dark greens and golden orange vegetables that are rich in beta carotene to strengthen our bodies immune system. Herbs that will help us accomplish this goal in the autumn: ginseng, nettles, be sure to check with a qualified heb specialist to use herbs as medicine.

In TCM it is a good idea to maintain your body's balance this autumn by adding foods such as sauerkraut, leeks, yogurt, sour apples, garlic, turnips, and horseradish. 


Fall Seasonal Foods:

FRUITS:

Apple, Banana, Grape, Grapefruit, Kiwi, Kumquat, Mandarin Orange, Pear, Plum, Pomegranate, Clementine, Cranberry, Date, Fig, Rosehip, Quince


VEGETABLES:

Avocado, Beet, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Brussel Sprout, Burdock Root, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Corn, Garlic, Gingerroot, Horseradish, Leeks, Onion, Parsnip, Pumpkin, Red Cabbage, Shallot, Spinach, Squash, Sweet Potato, Turnip, Yam


GRAINS:

Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Quinoa, Rye, Wheat



NUTS

Almond, Brazil Nuts, Cashew, Filbert, Pecan, Pignolia, Pistachio, Walnut


BEANS

Adzuki, Black Beans, Carob, Garbanzo, Kidney, Lentil, Lima, Navy, Soy, White


SEEDS

Flax, Pumpkin, Sesame, Sunflower



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