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    Traditional Chinese Medicine is a fully integrated system of theory, diagnostics and treatment that can address virtually any health condition.

  • Health

    A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being beyond merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

  • One of the side benefits of my treatment at Oregon City Acupuncture is the holistic view they have of care. I am not just treated for pain or inflammation. I am treated as a whole person and when I leave, I feel more centered and in tune with who I really am. — CC

  • For the first time in many, many years, I am able to really be comfortable in my body throughout my day and find joy in life.  I have an extensive history with western medicine, having had many surgeries and been treated by many doctors.  However, nothing has given me the benefits I receive from acupuncture and Chinese herbs. — CC

  • From the first visit, we noticed improvement. Each session for each of us was fashioned for our individual needs at that time, in a relaxing atmosphere. The results were encouraging, often giving us flexibility and release from pain. — J & G

NAET is Neat

Gathering for Session NAET2013-07-28The last weekend in July is the date for the annual NAET symposium. NAET is Nambudripad Allergy Elimination Techniques and it does just that. There are many who  have taken this technique and coopted their own system but I have found this to be the most consistent and tested system around. We encourage our patients to get extensive allergy blood tests before we start treatment and again after we have  been working for a few months. We are developing a solid data bank that supports our work and validates all the efforts on the part of all our practitioners and patients who work with us.

Sr Naina NAET 2013-07-28Teachers and students come from around the world. One of our favorite instructors is Sister Naina from Bangalore. She has been running an orphanage there for children with HIV. Since 2005 she has treated more and more children. Current number is around 95. Over the years 18 infants/children and turned negative and have been able to be adopted. The last year’s study group of 10 older children have all done very well. These children do not receive anti-retroviral therapy and only NAET. Half of them now have no detectable viral load. The other children have had significant improvement in their viral loads. All the children who come to this orphanage do very well and do not get other diseases because of the NAET treatments and the improved care they receive.

Lunch networking

Lunch networking

New Canadian friends

New Canadian friends

More practitioners from Canada, Florida, Texas and the Middle East.

 

 

 

The main focus this year was Inflammation. Most of us know that stress causes inflammation and gingivitis (gum disease) causes inflammation. Did you know that lack of sleep also causes inflammation? Yuck. Inflammation can kill. We all have lots of work to do to rid ourselves of as much inflammation as possible. For insomnia a NAET specialist has a lot to explore in hormones, neurotransmitters, brain receptors. All these substances can be interpreted as allergens and our bodies develop an aversion to them. Inflammation ensues. Restless leg syndrome may be due to a dysfunction of the Iron receptor leading to low iron levels. When your body says it doesn’t want a substance in its world the reaction is an allergic response. We may not interpret it as an allergy – sneezing, cough, diarrhea. A lot can be flying under the radar because there is so much that we tune. The squeaky wheel often is the only issue that gets addressed but the root goes very deep.

The NAET testing and treatment process begins with the Basic 15 to build a solid immune system allowing the body to really be able to absorb all your nutrients. Of course, a new issue that is becoming more dominant is the impact of GMO’s. They are tricky devils. These guys can infect your normal gut bugs and permanently alter them, go off and create stealth colonies and coat themselves with film so they can’t be found or easily flushed from the guts. New testing vials have been developed to address these issues and as we learn more, we will have more vials to work with.

NAET offers options to people who were convinced there were no more options. This may be you. Please contact a NAET specialist near you by checking out the website: www.naet.com. If you would like to donate to the ongoing research that Sister Naina is conducting or to the NARF Foundation for all our research please visit: www.narf.org.

Chrysanthemum Iced Tea

Cold Chrysanthemum Tea

An ideal summer drink

 Chrysanthemum flower, or Ju Jua in Mandarin, is used in Chinese herbal medicine to address early stages of colds with fever, headaches, a dry mouth and throat.  This gentle herb is also served in Chinese restaurants with dim sum to aid digestion.  As it is cooling in nature, it makes a flavorful addition to iced tea on those hot summer days and evenings.  Chrysanthemum flower can be found at Asian markets and herb shops.

 Ingredients:

  • Chrysanthemum Flowers, 15—20.chrysanthemum Tea.jpg
  • 4 teaspoons of Jasmine or Green Tea
  • Rock sugar or honey
  • 4 cups of water

Instructions:

  • Rinse the chrysanthemum flowers.
  • Add water to large pot and bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat, add chrysanthemum, steep for 20 min.
  • Add Jasmine or Green Tea in last 5 minutes of steeping.
  • Add rock sugar or honey to taste.
  • Strain and refrigerate. Serve chilled.

                 Enjoy!

The Cholesterol & Heart Disease Myth

Heart Attack

We all have heard it for decades.  Heart disease is caused by elevated blood cholesterol and the only accepted therapy is prescribing medications to lower cholesterol and a diet that restricts fat intake. The latter, the experts have insisted, will lower cholesterol and heart disease.

The truth is, the long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes.

The fact is your liver manufactures 75% of the cholesterol in your body.  Cholesterol is essential for many physical functions:

  • It builds and maintains cell membranes
  • It is essential for determining which molecules can pass into the cell and which cannot.
  • It is involved in the production of estrogen and testosterone.
  • It is essential for the production of hormones released by the adrenal glands (cortisol, corticosterone, aldosterone, and others)
  • It aids in the production of bile
  • It converts sunshine to vitamin D.
  • It is important for the metabolism of fat soluble vitamins, including vitamins A, D, E, and K
  • It insulates nerve fibers

Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the cholesterol and fat in our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.
Statistics from the American Heart Association show that 75 million Americans currently suffer from heart disease, 20 million have diabetes and 57 million have pre-diabetes. These disorders are affecting younger and younger people in greater numbers every year.

The realization several years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the root cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments should be treated.

Without inflammation being present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in the wall of the blood vessel and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped, because your body uses cholesterol to repair the damage from inflammation.

Inflammation is your body’s natural defense to a foreign invader such as a bacteria, toxin or virus. However, if we chronically expose the body to injury by toxins or foods the human body was never designed to process, a condition occurs called chronic inflammation. Most of us have followed the recommended mainstream diet that is low in fat and high in polyunsaturated fats and carbohydrates, not knowing we were causing repeated injury to our blood vessels. This repeated injury creates chronic inflammation leading to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and obesity.

The cholesterol theory led to the no-fat, low-fat recommendations that in turn created the diets now causing an epidemic of inflammation.  We now know that for 75% of people, dietary cholesterol does not change blood cholesterol at all, and for 25%, only slightly.  Mainstream medicine made a terrible mistake when it advised people to avoid saturated fat in favor of foods high in omega-6 fats. We now have an epidemic of arterial inflammation leading to heart disease and other silent killers.

What you can do is choose whole foods your grandmother served and avoid those your mom may have turned to as grocery store aisles filled with processed foods. By eliminating inflammatory foods such as those made with processed flour and refined sugars, and adding essential nutrients from fresh unprocessed food, you will reverse years of damage in your arteries and throughout your body from consuming the typical American diet.

Any Questions?  Email Scotts@OCACU.net

 

Deviled Eggs

Deviled Eggs

Eggs have been unfairly demonized because they contain large amounts of cholesterol.Deviled eggs  However, dietary cholesterol doesn’t necessarily raise blood cholesterol and eggs have never been proven to cause harm.  If anything, eggs are among the most nutritious and healthiest foods you can eat.  They’re loaded with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.  Studies show no association between egg consumption and risk of heart disease

So, there is no need to fear the egg.

Deviled eggs are a surefire hit at any potluck, picnic or barbecue.  How many times have you made your favorite tabouli recipe for a potluck, only to take home ¾ of it?  Deviled eggs are easy to prepare and you’ll never bring home leftovers. 

 Directions for Hard Boiled Eggs

Place the eggs in a saucepan in a single layer and fill with water to cover the eggs by one inch. Cover the saucepan and bring the water to a boil; remove from the heat and let the eggs stand in the hot water for 15 minutes. Drain the hot water and cool the eggs under cold running water in the sink then peel the cooled eggs.

Ingredients for Deviled Eggs

  • 6 eggs, boiled
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  •  Pepper, paprika

 Let’ Devil Those Eggs

  • Shell eggs and slice lengthwise.
  • Put cooked yolks in a bowl and mash with a fork.
  • Add mayo, vinegar & pepper to yolks and mix.
  • Re-stuff eggs, and sprinkle with paprika.

 This is the most basic recipe.  Variations are endless.  For “Southern Style”, add some sweet pickle relish.  For a more zesty deviled egg, stir in a little horse radish or chili sauce (I like Sriracha hot chili sauce).  Add a dash of Worcestershire sauce.  Garnish with smoked salmon, roasted sweet peppers, freshly minced parsley, dill, or any herb you like.  No matter how plain or fancy, your deviled eggs will be a big hit.

Making A Dandelion Tincture by Scott Stuart, L.Ac.

dandelion field II

In the late spring I decided to make a tincture from dandelion root, leaf and flower.  My friend and acupuncture colleague Carol offered to let me come out to her farm and dig all the dandelions my heart desired.   All I needed were a bag and a small hand trowel.  Dandelions roots can go deep, and the only frustrating thing was getting a hold on a large long root and having it break off.  It did not take long to get plenty of dandelions, however.  I also noticed quite a bit of lance-leaf plantain, so I gathered plenty of it, too.

dandelion harvestHere is the harvest about one hour after being dug up.  It is just starting to get a little wilted.   This is just outside my front door.  I take them inside, wash everything, spin it in a salad spinner, and select the best looking leaves and flowers.

 

The result of the cleaning and culling:  90+ grams of root, 20 grams of leaves, and 20 grams of flowers.dandelion root flower leaf

 

 

 

Here are the ingredients.  In the blender is 130 grams of plant material.  Normally I would make a 1:2 tincture of fresh herb.  That would mean for every gram of herb I would use 2 ml of menstrum—in this case brandy.  I use brandy as it is a little sweet and should help offset the bitter of the dandelion.  I still want bitter flavor, but the brandy makes a nice balance.  However, in this case I choose to make a 1:3 tincture.  I have 130 dandy tincture kitchengrams of herb, so I need 390 ml of brandy.  I round up to 400ml and end up adding just a little more to top it off.

Here’s the 3:1 tincture fresh out of the blender.   I often use 190 proof grain alcohol for tincturing fresh herbs.  But I have found that the typical 80 to 90 proof vodka or brandy works well too.   You can use apple cider vinegar, too.  Be sure to use a plastic lid, or use plastic film between the jar and the lid, as the vinegar will corrode the metal.   I plan on letting it sit for three weeks before decanting, agitating it once per day (maybe twice).  I get busy on the third weekend and end up leaving it in the jar for 4 weeks.  I decant it through several layers of unbleached organic cotton cheesecloth.  I then let it sit for a week and let the sediment settle.  I funnel it off the lees into an amber bottle with a label stating what it is, when it was made and what the ratio of plant to solvent is. dandy tincture jar

 

                                        It doesn’t taste nearly as bitter as I thought it would.  Perhaps this is due to the flowers.

It may surprise you to learn this so-called weed is a rich source of vitamins A, and C, two antioxidants.  Dandelion also contains high amounts of B complex and vitamin D, as well as the minerals iron and zinc and potassium.

Because dandelion leaves are high in potassium they can be a useful mild natural diuretic. Potassium is often lost from the body with the use of other diuretics.  These young tender leaves can be a welcome addition to a salad of spring greens, added to sandwiches or sautéed in a vegetable stir fry.

Dandelion flowers are surprisingly sweet.  They can be used to make wine, or battered and fried as fritters.  A tea made from the flowers can be used as the base of dandelion jelly.  The flowers also have medicinal properties.  They are a source of lecithin, which can increase your brain’s acetylcholine, a substance which helps maintain healthy brain function and may play a role in slowing or even stopping Alzheimer’s disease.

Dandelion root is used as a mild appetite stimulant.  It can improve upset stomach with a feeling of fullness, gas and/or constipation.  In traditional herbal medicines, dandelion root has been used to improve liver and gallbladder function.

Do not take dandelion if you are pregnant or have any acute gastric inflammation.

The dose for dandelion tincture is 2-5 ml, or between 40 and 100 drops.

 

 

Less Stress, More Balance at work

I have lots of patients who come in with neck and shoulder tightness, forearm and wrist pain and or back pain. Particularly if they have an office job where they spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen or if they are on the road behind the wheel of the car there tends to be a lot of overuse abuse of our bodies going on. Now I know we don’t want to think we are abusing ourselves but we are. We are designed to be moving much more than we do.

A tip I share with people is to set up a timer across the cubicle from them or in some area of the office where they have to GET UP and go turn it off. I suggest every 55 minutes. After turning off the timer get some WATER – not a sweet sugary fruit drink. Remember we are probably all dehydrated. Then how about hitting the john. Let’s not be growing water filled basket balls in our bodies. Add some stretches, gentle twists, squats, deep breathing.

When you are on a long road trip, use the rest stops. They are there for a reason and your tax dollars have paid for them.

All this is about keeping the qi and blood moving. Get fresh energy to the brain and you can think more clearly and keep alot of the kinks and creaks out of the joints. Remember your eyes need a break from the video monitor and staring at the road, too. 

Remember to take a break. While you’re at it – don’t work through lunch. Take care of yourself. YOU are the one in charge of you. And while your insurance doesn’t often pay for all the self- help that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take care of yourself and, yes, pay for it yourself. Call Oregon City Acupuncture with questions on how we can help you more to stay in balance and have less stress.

Check out this link for more ideas.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/13/work-stress-how-to-find-calm_n_2821203.html#slide=more284900

Carol K Griesmeyer

Horse hooves

Less Stress – More Balance. Nourishing Kidney Energy

Using the energy of the each season to nourish you.

This is winter. Even though it feels like spring is coming many know it is still clearly winter. Here in the Willamette Valley we’ve had our usual variation of weather with rain, cold – some severe cold, fog, and a glimpse of the sun. Winter is the season of Kidney energy and is the perfect time to nourish this aspect of you. Kidneys are the source energy organ where we get our life energy, our genetic map – essence, and Yin and Yang energies. It is the Water element, a Yin element, from which you can consider all life evolved. This definitely brings to mind the ocean. Visiting the ocean can be a very good way to nourish the Kidneys. Listening to the hypnotizing, relaxing sound of the surf and smelling the salty air (the flavor of the Kidneys is salt) makes this a very energizing outing (along with leaving work behind).

While it can be cold in the Willamette Valley it can be very warm out on the coast. It’s a well-kept secret. So during our very cold period a few weeks ago my husband and I went out to the coast. Cannon Beach looked like the hot spot – 50’s – so we headed west.

What a glorious day. It’s nowhere near as crowded now, especially if you get there early, parking is easy to find. The shops aren’t crowded and there is no wait at the restaurants. We decided to walk the beach first, even though I was hungry.

We lucked out again in that the tide was out so there was even more room to roam. We first visited the seagull flock who were taking a bath in the stream where it meets the ocean. Quite a lot of activity. Having a wide stream of water that was a foot deep was enough of a safety margin for them that you could get close and they wouldn’t fuss too much.

Seagulls at Cannon Beach

Seagulls at Cannon Beach

The rest of the beach had a lot of logs and other flotsam up at the high water line. In the recently uncovered sand there were scattered rocks, pieces of sand dollars and sea weeds and grasses. Foam created some interesting patterns around collections of “stuff”. The sun was low and bright and the sky was crystal clear. The fog was back in the mountains.We strolled the sand. No need to do a power walk. You’re at the beach to nourish Yin, the slower, calmer energy. We don’t do enough of this in our crazy, hectic lives. Besides you get a variety of workouts here depending on the hardness of the sand. The foot prints in the sand included running shoes, hiking boots, “Wellies” (high top work boots) and bare feet (it was that warm). Of course there were lots of dogs and a couple of horses.

Barefoot at the beach

Barefoot in the sand

We like to do a lot of photography though we didn’t bring our fancy cameras I was happy with my little Cool Pix and my husband was playing with his phone. The low light created some interesting shadows and I was getting down into a deep crouch to get close to the subjects. Most of the time my husband and I took turns on “water watch” but sometimes we got caught up in our subjects. One of those times when my husband looked up and I was still nose-to-the-sand he informed me that the water was coming. Unfortunately it was only about 3-4 feet away.  Being that I was in such a deep crouch it was difficult for me to get up quickly as the sand was already softening with the water coming into it. I lost my footing and went to my knees. I couldn’t get up and my husband grabbed my coat collar and I fell over onto my left side. Now I was rolling around in the water. Definitely soaked from the waist down. My rain jacket kept the upper part of me dry. But I had flannel lined pants on and they are heavy. Golly! I was still starving, soaking wet, still had a lot of beach to walk and my camera and purse were wetter than I wanted.

We stopped at a log, wrung out our sox and kept walking. It took a while for me to discover I had lost my favorite scarf in the surf. I hope no creature got caught up in it. I did have my rain pants, another coat and my hiking boots and sox in the car so I had something to change into. That was good as I still had to eat. People were getting paid with “sand dollars” out of my wallet that day.

The camera got put into ICU for the next day and it wanted to respond. We had high hopes but we lost it two days later. Salt water baths do nothing good for electronic gear although it makes good taffy.

So lessons learned: Nourish your Kidneys and Yin energy in the winter. Visiting the beach is a good way to do this. Take time to slow down, ponder, stroll, sniff the air, explore the horizon, be introspective, relax. Nourishing your Yin and Kidneys is important all year but doing it in the season it dominates provides more support. Give it a try. Just watch for the water. I was able to walk away with little harm done but sneaker waves are no joke. Stay safe.

Feather in the sand

Feather in the sand

Seaweed

Seaweed

Sand dollar

Sand dollar

 

 

 

Return to the Trail

Mushroom of unknown variety

I hope you took advantage of the gorgeous weather we had last week between Christmas and New Year’s. Yes it was cold but we didn’t get the east winds that can freeze you to the bone in about 5 minutes. It is really special to see blue sky in the winter in the Northwest. It’s usually gray and raining. If you go out later in the afternoon you will see some absolutely perfect alpen-glow sunset light on Mt Hood. It’s worth the cold for that. If you weren’t on Mt Hood skiing there were plenty of great hiking spots close to town. My husband and I went back to the spots I spoke about earlier this year. The photos, this time, are from the Summit trail on Mt Talbert. We were quite surprised to see these out in the open with the cold weather. We expected them to look like they have been frozen and on the way out. Not quite sure what they are but they deserved to immortalized. The leafy one looks like a lichen, not quite peltigara family, perhap nephroma family. There were a lot of people out on the trail when we were there but it seemed less crowded and more quieted than in the summer. I thought that was unusual. There were all ages and the young ones were keeping up quite well with the adults.

There has been more clearing of the fir trees up at the summit to make room for the white oaks. They need more light and firs can have a bit of a smothering nature once they get into an area. The Parks and Recreation folks are trying to retore the area to its natural setting. Sad to see the firs go but the oaks are not commonly seen around anymore and they were here first. It will be exciting to see how the area develops over the years. Deciduous trees offer a different canopy for the hikers which changes with the seasons also.

On another day we took a trek up the Springwater Corridor trail from the end out in Boring at the new park. We have not hiked in that direction before. Discovered there are parking spaces and restrooms at the north end of the park. The entire corridor is a great bike trail and is protected from traffic as it is back off from any roads. It is interesting to see some hidden homes and nurseries and who lives back off the main streets and byways. There are many beautiful hidden niches.

The last hike we took on New Year’s day was over the newly renovated Oregon City Bridge. We went across it on the opening weekend back in October but wanted to do more exploring on the “other side”. There is a park that goes under the I-205 brigde and along the river. You can get access by going left off the West Linn side of the Oregon City bridge and continue back around to the left or you can go right along the road, go past the gas station and come down the streets to the McLean House and then go back under that way. There is a tiny little beach that would be a nice place for lunch sometime. Definitely worth another exploration.

Now, unfortunately we are back to the wet and rain. But we are, of course, in the Pacific Northwest. This makes for good snow and skiing. So get out, one way or another. Dress appropriately and enjoy all the seasons this region has to offer. Make this a year of more exercise and adventures. Get some trail books and information on the plants, animals and birds of the area you will be exploring. It makes it more enjoyable and adds more purpose and learning opportunities for the hike.

Treatment Options

Oregon City Acupuncture offers you a variety of options from which you may choose:

Half-hour de-stress session: A great introduction, a little acupuncture and a little massage. Stress can be a potent source of inflammation, an important factor in many health concerns. Even 3 minutes of meditation can calm a person and help to break the vicious grip that stress can have on us. We’d love to see people come in once a week for this.

Private Session: A personal one-on-one treatment is for more significant health concerns. This focused, private treatment is the best option for many conditions. We want you to get the care you need.  We’ll take time to listen to your concerns and together we will create a treatment plan that is right for you.

Gift Certificates are always available in any amount for acupuncture. Give the gift of health for birthdays, anniversaries, appreciation, graduation, and holidays – whatever you wish to celebrate.

Canemah Bluff

On Thursday June 21 Oregon City and Metro dedicated the new Community Area in the Canemah district. It was the perfect evening for a barbeque and walk. Mayor Neely spoke and there was live music. Kids were enjoying the beautiful new playground equipment.

Metro had an information table about what they’re doing in the area with maps of the Canemah Bluff and native plant information. There were other booths with Native Americans sharing their arts and traditions. Their work is beautiful.

Canemah overlooks the Willamette River just past the Falls.There are trails through woods and fields. Wild flowers are all over right now. It’s a great time to connect with what’s blooming and what may have been native in the pioneer days.

At the south end of the trail there is the old pioneer cemetary, which they had open for us. It was fascinating to see who was around 100 years ago and when people died. There were trends that followed the Great Influenza Epidemic in the early 19-teens and then with the World Wars. The cemetary is not always open. If you want to view it you need to call ahead. There is information on the gate or you can go to this website for more info. http://www.orcity.org/parksandrecreation/canemah-neighborhood-park-grant-awarded

My husband and I first visited the area last fall when construction was still underway. They have done a beautiful job. It is a great place for an evening picnic and hike in a beautiful setting with forest, fields and views to Mt St Helen’s. You need to go and check this gem out.

 

 

 

 

Mallow – Medicinally, the plant’s mucilaginous quality  could be used just like the unrelated Aloe vera or cactus: topically as an emollient for soothing sunburns and other inflamed skin conditions, or internally to moisten and soothe a sore throats.

Check our future blogs to learn about the uses of some of our native plants. If you have questions about herbs and herbal medicine feel free to email or call the trained practitioners at Oregon City Acupuncture.