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    Mood formulas from Dr. Peter Bongiorno: Mood Systems Balance and Neurotransmitter Balance

    As a sought-after speaker and consultant in the field of natural, functional and integrative health, Dr. Bongiorno has created unique formulations to help balance mood and neurotransmitters. His latest formulations for mood, created with Douglas Laboratories are used by physicians around the country, and around the world:

    Mood Systems Balance†™: combines a truly unique blend of ingredients to support the underlying physiologic processes in the body that are key for healthy mood. These compounds work on blood sugar balance, support the stress system, and help the digestive tract, along with a balancing effect on inflammation. It uses saffron extract, rhodiola, curcumin, chromium and berberine. It is often used with Dr. Peter's Neurotransmitter balance when indicated for more total mood lifting support. This formulation was among the first to use saffron as part of a mood support complex.

    Neurotransmitter Balance †™ utilizes several well-researched ingredients known to support mood and emotion by helping support the neurotransmitter system. Its unique blend includes SAMe, macuna, Venetron (a Chinese herb with thousands of years of historical use), 5-HTP, and tyrosine. Individually, these have been researched for their mood benefit. This is the first formula to bring these together into one complex to help the neurotransmitter system create optimal mood balance

    †™ Please note the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The above info is for informational purposes only. This does not replace the relationship between a patient and a doctor. Always communicate with your health care practitioner before taking these or any other products. It is best to work directly with your physician for any health problems.

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    Mood formulas from Dr. Peter Bongiorno: Mood Systems Balance and Neurotransmitter Balance

    As a sought-after speaker and consultant in the field of natural, functional and integrative health, Dr. Bongiorno has created unique formulations to help balance mood and neurotransmitters. His latest formulations for mood, created with Douglas Laboratories are used by physicians around the country, and around the world:

    Mood Systems Balance†™: combines a truly unique blend of ingredients to support the underlying physiologic processes in the body that are key for healthy mood. These compounds work on blood sugar balance, support the stress system, and help the digestive tract, along with a balancing effect on inflammation. It uses saffron extract, rhodiola, curcumin, chromium and berberine. It is often used with Dr. Peter's Neurotransmitter balance when indicated for more total mood lifting support. This formulation was among the first to use saffron as part of a mood support complex.

    Neurotransmitter Balance †™ utilizes several well-researched ingredients known to support mood and emotion by helping support the neurotransmitter system. Its unique blend includes SAMe, macuna, Venetron (a Chinese herb with thousands of years of historical use), 5-HTP, and tyrosine. Individually, these have been researched for their mood benefit. This is the first formula to bring these together into one complex to help the neurotransmitter system create optimal mood balance

    †™ Please note the above statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The above info is for informational purposes only. This does not replace the relationship between a patient and a doctor. Always communicate with your health care practitioner before taking these or any other products. It is best to work directly with your physician for any health problems.

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    Victoria Liotta, LAc, LMT joins Inner Source in Huntington

    3-26-2017

    Victoria A. Liotta, MS, LAc, LMT holds a Masters of Science Acupuncture and is a NY State Licensed Acupuncturist as well as NY State Licensed Massage Therapist.

    “Vicky,” as her patients and friends refer to her, is a licensed acupuncturist whose philosophy on healing is “take care of yourself now.”

    She believes that acupuncture treatments, along with proper nutrition and a balanced life, contribute to better health. As a student of both Western and Eastern sciences, Victoria holds a BA from Villanova University, where she studied Electrical Engineering and Communications prior to earning her MS in Acupuncture.

    Originally, complimentary medicine was a hobby for Victoria. While living in Atlanta in the 1990’s, she stumbled upon an herbal shop and began reading books and pamphlets on nutrition, supplements and herbs. In 2002, Victoria began receiving acupuncture treatments and decided to turn her interest into a career - first with massage and then with acupuncture.

    As an acupuncturist and massage therapist, Vicky has over 15 years of combined experience. For the last 5 years, Victoria has treated patients in clinics in Stonybrook, as well as at a community acupuncture clinic in East Northport. She also has 10 years of experience as a massage therapist, specializing in medical massage, deep tissue and sports stretches. These skills, along with cupping and aromatherapy, are often incorporated into her acupuncture treatments.

    In her spare time, Victoria enjoys playing drums in a local rock band.

    Victoria is available in the Huntington practice for both acupuncture and/or massage therapy. To set up an appointment with Victoria, please call 631.421.1848 or email us at info@innersourcehealth.com

     


    The Benefits and Risks of Dandelion Tea

    Dr. Kachko was interviewed on the benefits of this wonderful herb

    "The compounds in the root "stimulate digestion, increase bile flow and can act as mild laxatives," says naturopath Dr. Robert Kachko, ND, LAc. This part of the dandelion works on regulating the liver and stimulating digestion. "Most conditions of the liver/gallbladder can have a use for dandelion root, but it should be prescribed by someone with training," cautions Kachko. The leaf is used to treat ailments of the kidneys its chief function is as a diuretic. However, unlike prescription medication, it is high in potassium -- so it replenishes lost electrolytes immediately. In high enough doses, its effect is similar to that of common prescription diuretics like Lasix. "It also may reduce the occurrence of urinary tract infections in women," says Dr. Kachko. "

    More about Dr. Robert Kachko: here



    Photo credit: www.Livestrong.com

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    Rhodiola versus Sertraine (Zoloft) for Major Depression?

    09.02.2015

    First study to pit herb against antidepressant provokes debate about treatment:

    - learn what Dr. Peter Bongiorno thinks by clicking below to access the Natural Medicine Journal

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    Cilantro for Detoxification

    8.26.2015

    Learn why the herb cilantro is great for detoxification and how it may help you achieve the results you are looking for.

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    Valerian for Insomnia, and Weaning Off Anti-Anxiety Medications

    Dr. Peter Bongiorno's latest blog talks about how this ancient herb can help fix the modern problems of insomnia, anxiety and anxiety drug withdrawal.

    More about Dr. Peter Bongiorno: here

    CLICK HERE TO READ AT PSYCHOLOGY TODAY

     


    Stupid Cancer - Interview about Acupuncture with Cynthia Hewett

    03.01.2015

    InnerSource's Cynthia Hewett, L.Ac. talks about Acupuncture and Cancer Treatment on the Stupid Cancer Show (an advocacy and information organization for adults 15-39 diagnosed with cancer).
    Here's a link to the podcast: https://soundcloud.com/stupidcan…/337-acupuncture-and-cancer.

    The roundtable begins at minute 33.

    More about Cynthia Hewett LAc, Certified Herbalist: here

    CLICK HERE FOR INTERVIEW

     


    The Road To A Healthy Heart: What the latest research shows

    Some of you may be aware that I’ve teamed up with a great company, Remedy Partners, to formulate cost effective and clinically useful recommendations for patients they manage. Our goal is to provide cutting edge research on natural approaches to health for patients who have been recently discharged from the hospital to help them get well and stay well in a sustainable way. Every once in a while I’ll share with the InnerSource Health community some of what the latest studies are showing.

    The following are some general guidelines on cardiovascular health, specifically as it relates to those with Heart Failure.

    ***Note: It is important that you do not undertake any of the below recommendations without the consent of your physician. In addition, please note that these recommendations are not individualized for you, and your physician will work with you to optimize your individual care plan.

    Diet

    The Mediterranean diet has shown a reduction in the risk of cardiovascular related factors including lipid levels, insulin resistance, hypertension, and obesity. This is a mostly plant-based diet which is high in fiber, whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. There is particular emphasis on monounsaturated fats including olive oil and foods high in EPA/DHA Omega 3s, mostly from fish. Some specific suggestions include:

    Whole Grains: Carbohydrates should be eaten only in the complex form (as opposed to “simple” carbs). Examples are whole oats, Brown rice, millet, buckwheat, barley, quinoa, amaranth, whole wheat, spelt, kamut, teff.

    Vegetables can be consumed in an unlimited amount, with special attention paid to dark leafy green vegetables. Strive to consume abundant amounts of dark leafy green vegetables, and at least one type of orange, yellow, and red vegetable/fruit per day.

    Protein: Fish is consumed regularly (daily), and poultry/eggs are consumed in moderate amounts. Fish: Salmon, cod, trout, tuna, mackerel, ahi, etc. Limit consumption of tuna to 1-2 times per week due to mercury content. Fresh salmon is an especially good source of healthy oil called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Limit consumption of red meat to several times per month. In addition, limit intake of saturated fat to 5% of daily calories.

    Oils: Olive oil is the principal source of fat, and can be added to salads. Aim to consume expeller pressed or cold pressed organic Extra Virgin Olive in its raw form. For cooking purposes, regular olive oil should be used because it has a higher smoke point than extra virgin olive oil.

    Additional dietary recommendations:
    • Aim to limit salt intake to 1800mg/day
    • Discuss how much water you should be consuming with your physician
    • Avoid alcohol and non-prescription drugs

    Supplements/Herbs

    CoQ10: this is an essential nutrient for the health of your heart muscle, as it plays a vital role in energy production in your mitochondria. It is also a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger.

    Taurine: This amino acid helps to protect the heart and to improve the symptoms related to heart failure.

    Propionyl-L-carnitine: This nutrient is cardioprotective, vasodilatory, lipid lowering, and improves energy production of the heart.

    Hawthorn (Crataegus oxyacantha): This herb relaxes blood vessels, increases the strength of the heart muscle, and controls heart rate.

    Exercise

    Make sure that you have undergone an evaluation by your cardiologist regarding your exercise program. Once you have been cleared for exercise, you should aim to exercise 3-5 times per week for at least 30 minutes. Make sure that you warm up for 5-10 minutes before exercising, followed by 20 minutes of exercise, and ending with 5-10 minutes of a cool down. Walking for 40 minutes per day also has benefits for your heart and overall health.

    Stress Reduction:

    Consider adding meditation or other forms of relaxation to your daily routine to minimize stress. Meditation is the practice of contemplation or reflection in a relaxing environment with focus on deep breathing. Research has shown that meditation programs may reduce cholesterol, blood pressure, and reduce heart attack risk.

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    Want to increase your chances of living longer? Follow this dietary advice

    Few can argue that increasing longevity has been the ultimate goal for every life form since the dawn of time. The reasons for this have also been the subject of debate for nearly as long as human’s have had control of language. Some evolutionary theories suggest that the main incentive for increasing lifespan is to procreate, while others argue that as humans have evolved we’ve developed higher level needs grounded in an understanding of key socioeconomic tenets. The fact remains though, that historically anyone who was believed to hold the key to a longer life was highly regarded in his or her culture. In our society, where patients only consider seeing their Doctor once “disease” has already set in, we naturally forget about the role that prevention must play in optimal health. For this reason, any time research comes out showing that the foundations of health that we teach at InnerSource Health (a health promoting diet, appropriate exercise, optimal sleep, a positive mental attitude etc.) can objectively promote longer life in a highly reproducible way, I want to shout it from the metaphorical rooftops. See here goes from a study released last month:

    The famous Nurses’ Health Study, which has been tracking the health of 121,000 nurses since 1976, has assessed the role that the Mediterranean diet plays in Telomere length. [I’ll digress for context: the telomere is the part of your DNA which protects it from damage. Each time our cells divide, telomeres shorten. While this is something we need to protect us from uncontrolled cell growth – think cancer – longer telomeres have also been associated with a longer life. Anything we can do to lengthen them while maintaining normal cell cycle control will increase your chances for a long and healthy life]. The researchers found that when they measured the telomere length of white blood cells in these nurses, those who ate a Mediterranean diet were more likely to have longer telomeres. This is in addition to all of the other related benefits of the diet for things like cardiovascular and mental health, and for reducing cancer risk.

    As a Naturopath and Acupuncturist, I have a seemingly endless array of tools to help you get well and stay well. But all of the supplements in the world won’t do you any good in a sustainable way without incorporating health promoting lifestyle choices such as proper diet.

    So then, what is the Mediterranean diet? Primarily seasonal plant based foods from local sources, whole grains, legumes and nuts form the bulk of the diet. Healthy fats are encouraged, along with various herbs and spices for flavoring (instead of added salt, for example). Red meat is limited, but fish and poultry are eaten in moderation. Red (1 glass for women, 1-2 for men) with dinner is encouraged, as well as high quality dark chocolate in moderation. Dairy is eaten but in low volumes, and fresh fruit is the main source of dessert.

    Is the Mediterranean diet right for me? That depends, and is certainly something we can discuss on your next visit. There are lots of dietary options, and no one-size-fits all approach. Schedule a visit by calling 631-421-1848 to go over your options and create an individualized plan just for you.

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    Tips for Avoiding the Common Cold


    Scared of catching a cold? Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself healthy this winter.

    Supplement with vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to decreased immune function and increased risk of upper respiratory infections. Taken daily with a meal, vitamin D will keep you healthy and can prevent those winter blues.

    Boost your immune system with healthy bugs. Probiotics are the healthy bacteria that live in our gut and help to keep the immune system balanced, fight infection and decrease the time needed to recover from a cold. Probiotics work in several ways to protect us. They help us to digest food, produce substances to protect our gut lining from invading bacteria, and help to outnumber the bad bacteria so they cannot proliferate and make us sick. Taking a probiotic supplement and eating fermented foods ensures that we get many different kinds of beneficial bacteria.

    Avoid foods that deplete the immune system like sugar, alcohol and processed foods. These foods have been shown to increase inflammation in the body. As inflammation increases immune function decreases. Certain spices like turmeric, rosemary, garlic, oregano, ginger, among others have been shown to decrease inflammation and increase immune function. Adding these spices to our everyday cooking can give our immune system a little extra help. Mushrooms have medicinal properties that have been shown to increase the body’s natural immune system. Adding mushrooms like, shiitake or maitake, to soups and stews is an easy way to boost immunity. Increasing colorful veggies and fruit provides nutrients the body needs to fight off colds.

    Taking a multivitamin daily will make sure your body is getting the essential nutrients it needs to function properly.

    For your body to run efficiently you must stay hydrated. Dehydration leads to dry and cracked mucus membranes, which are our first line of defense against bacteria entering our body. Be sure to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. Adding fresh squeezed lemon, cucumber or some crushed berries will make this task easier to accomplish. Bone broths are packed with nutrients, taste great and also help to keep us hydrated. Herbal teas are another tasty, nutritious way to add to hydration status.

    Always wash your hands. This is pretty much common sense and I'm sure you’ve heard it before but it can really help decrease your risk of catching a cold. When we touch surfaces that other people have touched we can pick up their germs. These germs can enter our body through our mucus membranes. Simply using soap and water before touching your face and especially before eating can help to prevent the spread of germs.

    Other helpful tips include exercising regularly, going to bed before midnight and decreasing stress.

    To learn more about Dr. Hanlon please call 631-421-1848 to schedule a free 10 minute consult.



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    Chinese Herbs, Facial Rejuvenation and Anti-Aging, Cold Splash for Anxiety and Depression, ADHD, Heart Disease

    Issue 56 - July 2014

    What do Inner Source Health and Cleveland Clinic have in common? - by Cynthia Hewett LAc

    Facial Rejuvenation and the Anti-aging Process - by Donna Nesteruk LAc

    A Cold Splash in the Shower - How Can It Help Anxiety and Depression? - by Dr. Peter Bongiorno

    ADHD as An Immune and Digestive Disease? - by Dr. Anne Williams

    Naturopathic Care, Heart Disease and Health Care Costs - by Dr. Anne Williams

    Dr. Pina Interviewed by Bastyr University About Representing Natural Medicine in the Media

     


    Keep Cool in Summer with Cooling Foods and Spicy and Pungent Herbs

    Summer is definitely here and with it, the heat and humidity. Many people find the heat very uncomfortable and even fatiguing. Chinese Medicine offers wonderful solutions on how to stay comfortable, no matter in the environment we may find ourselves.

    In the tradition of Chinese Medicine, each season is associated with an element. Appropriately, summer is associated with the element of fire. This makes sense, for the chief environmental factor in summer is quite obviously heat. When in balance, some heat can be good for us, but for many, too much heat can accumulate in the body and contribute to many common maladies. For example, heat in the body can contribute to sleep difficulties, irritability, skin irritations, restlessness and a host of other discomforts.

    Staying hydrated is the best way to stay cool during the summer. The bounty of fruits and vegetables available in summer is a great resource. Watermelons and cucumbers, in particular are very helpful. These stars of the summer fruit world are cooling in nature and have the added benefit of helping replenish body fluids.

    Another climatic factor in summer is humidity. Humidity can make you feel heavy-headed, sluggish and promote water retention (swelling). Pungent herbs help move energy upward and outward to the periphery of the body. The pungent flavor opens the pores so the body can cool down. Cooling or neutral pungent foods like mint, turnips, radish and kohlrabi can help keep internal humidity at bay. Other great summer pungent selection are basil and dill.

    Many people think spicy foods will make you hotter. In fact, the spicy stuff can actually cool you down. Spicier options like hot peppers, chilies and fresh ginger will help open the pores and allow us to perspire and release heat. This is a classic strategy for keeping a feeling of coolness. Remember, with these hotter choices a little can go a long way. Moderation is key.

    Summer is a season of expansion, growth and outward activity. Engage with others. laugh, enjoy the bounty of nature, and play just for the heck of it. And to keep in balance with the heat and humidity remember your:

    * cooling foods to keep heat at bay: watermelon, cucumber, celery,
    tomato, leafy greens, kiwi, mung bean, mung bean sprout and zucchini

    * spices to help release heat: hot peppers, chilies and fresh ginger

    * pungent herbs for humidity and swelling: basil, dill, peppermint, turnips, radish and turnip and radish leaves, lemon and tangerine zest, kohlrabi and green tea


    about the author: Cynthia Hewett LAc, Cert Herb brings her gentle blend of healing using Chinese Medicine, acupuncture, individualized Chinese Medicine formulas and Cranial sacral therapy. She practices at Inner Source Health in New York City. Click to learn more about Cynthia here

     


    What do Inner Source Health and Cleveland Clinic have in common?

    5/20/14

    We both care about the safety and efficacy of our Chinese herbal formulas.

    Cleveland Clinic, a multi-specialty medical center, is the third largest hospital in the country. The hospital is a leading medical innovator integrating clinical and hospital care with research and education. Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, has added herbal medicine to their clinical practice alongside of conventional medicine.

    Both Cleveland Clinic and InnerSource Health source our herbs from Crane Herbal Pharmacy. Crane is an independent distributor known for their leadership in the Chinese herbal industry. Only Crane Herb pharmacy compounds custom herbal prescriptions which comply with the FDA cGMP standards, FDA labeling requirements, allergen warnings and HIPPA. Crane uses KPC concentrated herb granules and they are the only Chinese herb manufacturer to meet the rigorous standards of all industrialized nations.



    Click here to learn more about master herbalist and acupuncturist Cynthia Hewett LAc, Cert Herb: here

     


    Medicinal Mushrooms, Medical Marijuana, Menopause, Chinese Herbs, Pelvic Floor Diastasis,

    Issue 55 - May 1, 2014

    Dr. Pina on the Dr. Oz Show - Medicinal Mushrooms

    Dr. Anne on FOX's Hannity - Medical Marijuana

    Menopause? - Naturopathic medicine and acupuncture

    Dr. Pina on Dr. Oz - Chinese Herbal Medicines

    Pelvic Floor Diastasis - Rachelle Bojer LMT on News12 Long Island Naturally

    Dr. Peter Radio Interview - Depression, with Ronald Hoffman

    Dr. Pina on Dr. Couric - Where medicine is going?

    Research:
    - Flavonoids Reduce Thyroid
    - Ways to Help the Metal Taste from Chemothearpy

    Blog:
    - Fertility and Embryo Quality Using Acupuncture - by Dr. Anne Williams
    - Facil Rejuvenation and the Anti-Aging Process - by Donna Nesteruk, LAc


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    Dr. Pina LoGiudice on Katie Couric - TOP CHINESE HERBS for HEALTH

    4.29.2014

    Dr. Pina interviewed discussing the best Chinese Herbs for Health:


    Schizandra (Wu wei): great for calming and liver health

    Astragalas: supports the immune system and blocks getting too many colds

    Glycyrrhiza (Gan Cao): a licorice wonderful for adrenal support and for the digestive tract lining

    Panax Ginseng: for blood sugar and overall support

    Angelica (Dong Quai): for women's health and menopausal relief

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

     


    Ashwaganda for Anxiety

    Can the 'smell of a horse' stop you from getting anxious? Ashwaganda for anxiety.

    PT blog by Dr. Peter Bongiorno - 1-8-2014

    Ashwaganda (latin name: Withania somnifera) is an herbal medicine with a rich tradition. Its use dates back three millennia to the time the Ayurvedic practitioners in India began using it for people with anxiety, low energy, and the ravages of aging.

    The word “ashwaganda” translates to “smell of horse” and has a dual meaning: one is that the herb itself does have that particular aromatic quality, and second, because traditional belief is that consumption can help it’s user gain a horse-like strength and vitality….

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    Emotions and the Season of Autumn

    Donna L. Nesteruk, L. Ac.

    As autumn has "fallen" upon us, I would like to continue discussing how emotions relate to our organ systems, this time with the fall season (If you missed the first article, please visit http://www.innersourcehealth.com/news_blog.aspx?EntryID=551 to read the first in this series, entitled "Emotional Balancing with Chinese Medicine").

    In TCM (Tradition Chinese Medicine), it is beneficial to understand that the meridians (energy pathways in our body) connect with our body's organ systems. Each system has specific functions, which when out of balance, physically or emotionally, can create physical challenges (like pain or disease) or emotional imbalances (such as anxiety or depression).

    Autumn and Your Digestion

    The season of autumn is known as a time of harvesting - a time to collect and use that which we have cultivated on the earth. In Chinese medicine, the meridian system of the Spleen and Stomach is related to the Earth element, for it is the center and balancing point for our body. The seasons of late summer/early autumn corresponds to the Spleen (Yin) and Stomach (Yang) meridians.

    When speaking about the Spleen/Stomach, we automatically think of digestion. And that is correct! One of the main functions of the Spleen/Stomach meridian is that of food digestion and nutrient absorption which is supplied to our blood and Qi (our vital energy). In a way, this is the system that gives each one of us the ability to 'harvest' our food.

    When the Stomach/Spleen is Out of Balance

    However, worry, pensiveness, obsessive thoughts or over-thinking...yes, even over-studying, negatively affect our emotional makeup, and ultimately affect the proper functioning of this meridian system. Very often when one suffers with these emotions, they are dissatisfied about their past and worry about the future, which consumes their present moment.

    An imbalance of the Spleen/Stomach meridian may indeed be physically manifested by poor digestion, abdominal distention, loose stools, fatigue, lack of concentration, indecisiveness, bruising, or possibly bleeding disorders.

    How You Can Help Your Stomach/Spleen?

    Allow yourself five minutes in the morning to take three deep breaths. Deep breathing relaxes the nervous system, and brings circulation back to your digestive tract. The best way to deep breath is to breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, feeling free to make any vocal sound to release any pent up emotions or energy. Doing this anytime during the day when feeling stressed or consumed by thoughts, will help you regroup and center yourself.

    Sometimes a simple 'AHHHH' is all you need.

    Also, acupuncture and the right Chinese herbal formulas can also help bring you back to the present moment and restore digestion, and help emotional balance

    Try it...You'll like it! Living in the moment is revitalizing!

    "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."
    ~ Mother Teresa


    Donna Nesteruk, LAc practices acupuncture in Huntington, New York at Inner Source Health in Long Island. She is a NCCAOM diplomat and is certified Acutonics instructor and practitioner. More about her can be found by visiting: http://www.innersourcehealth.com/Donna.aspx

     


    Healing Hugs, Fish oil and Prostate Cancer, Sun Tea and Much More

    Issue #46

    August 2013 Newletter

    All this in issue# 46:

    Healing Benefits of A Hug

    Sun Tea Recipe for Summer

    Does Fish Intake and Taking Fish Oil Supplements Cause Prostate Cancer?

    Belly Breathing, Hot Flashes and Individuality

    Herbal contamination and supplement quality?

    How can Chinese Medicine balance emotions?

    plus... lots of upcoming events....

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    Black cohosh contamination causing liver problems – what can we learn?


    Patients often ask me “is there really a difference between the herbs and vitamins you use in your practice, and the supplements I can get at Whole Foods or at the Vitamin Shoppe?”

    My answer is: “yes, often there is.”

    Federal laws regulating vitamins and supplements do not require that companies check their sources for quality, quantity or toxic contaminants. And generally, companies that sell vitamins and herbs do not test these for quality themselves they rely on the manufacturer of the supplement to do it, which is akin to allowing the fox protect the hen house.

    Does Black Cohosh Really Cause Liver Damage?

    Black cohosh is an herb well known for its help with hormonal balance in peri-menopausal and menopausal women. It is also helpful for mood disorders, especially depression.

    A recent article from the American Botanical Council highlights some of the on-going problems within the natural products industry (1). In this article in particular, several reports claimed an association between black cohosh and liver damage.

    When examined more thoroughly, it appears that the products implicated were made of other herbs in order to keep costs low. Poor quality control and false labeling is not new. It has happened before with other herbs like bilberry (used for diabetes and eye care), echinacea (used for immune support) and gingko (used for circulation support).

    What Can You Do to Protect Yourself?

    The best way to protect yourself is to be an active consumer and research the companies that you are using. Call their quality control departments and partner with us by letting companies know that you care.

    At Inner Source Health, we would not give a patient a supplement we would not take ourselves. We screen companies based on their testing methods, their raw batch tests and their finished batch analyses. The vitamins we use are all independently tested and verified, both for content (making sure the right herbs and vitamins are in there) and quality (making sure that common toxins like heavy metals and pesticides are not).


    Dr. Anne Williams is a naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist at Inner Source health in New York City. She graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, and is well-known for her work with skin health, children and chronic disease care. More about her can be found by visiting: http://www.innersourcehealth.com/anne-williams.aspx

    References:

    1 - American Botanical Council Press release: Herbal Quality Consortium Publishes Major Article on Black Cohosh Adulteration. May 28, 2013
    http://cms.herbalgram.org/press/2013/ADU_Black_Cohosh_PR.html

     


    Gua Sha - for pain, musclar tension, colds and more

    Ancient chinese remedy for modern day issues

    05-30-2103 by Cynthia Hewett LAc, Certified Herbalist

    When we think about Chinese medicine, we usually think about acupuncture needles and herbs. Another wonderful tool and healing technique used in Chinese medicine is Gua Sha.

    Gua Sha is performed by swiftly rubbing (called ‘Gua’ in Chinese medicine) the surface of lubricated skin with a round-edged, comb-like instrument in downward strokes. This action intentionally raises a small temporary rash (known in Chinese as ‘Sha,’ also known as petechiae/rash in Western terms) in the treated area. You will feel a rubbing and slight burning sensation, but it is not painful.

    In Chinese medicine, pain and disease are said to be caused by stagnation or congestion of qi and blood. Gua Sha increases the movement of qi and blood and allows the body to restore its natural functioning.

    What Conditions Can Gua Sha Help?

    Gua Sha can help release unwanted neck and shoulder tension that comes with computer work and the busy-ness of our day (like running around and commuting). It is also prescribed for chronic muscle tightness from overuse or injury. It can be effectively used in the treatment of colds and coughs to relieve congestion and help increase the body’s immune response.

    How Does Gua Sha Do This?

    The secret of gua sha lies in how this treatment encourages the vigorous movement of blood to the surface of the body. When blood moves and circulation is enhanced, the body can help heal the area that needs to be healed. This is how gua sha helps the body’s own healing process.

    Is there Scientific Research About Gua Sha?

    In the last decade, Western studies have started to investigate how Gua Sha works. A study from 2007 confirms that Gua Sha increases the surface circulation of blood by 400% and that increased surface circulation continued at a significant level for 25 minutes following treatment. Each individual experienced a subjective decrease or complete resolution of pain [1]. A 2009 study showed that as enzymes are released to breakdown the petechiae (small broken blood vessels under the skin created by the Gua Sha treatment), an anti-inflammatory effect is created [2]. This helps explain why Gua Sha is useful in the treatment of colds and even allergy symptoms.

    Other studies have looked at Gua Sha in the treatment of migraine [3], neck and lower back pain [4], chronic neck pain [5], and hepatitis [6]. Current studies have been small but warrant further investigation especially in understanding Gua Sha’s effects on the body’s immune process.

    Gua Sha Conclusion

    Gua Sha is a safe, non-invasive treatment that is usually applied to the back of the body or the limbs. The rash usually fades in 2-4 days and patients are advised to relax the day of treatment, avoiding working out, fasting or large meals and alcohol, to allow the body to repair.

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    2. Kwong KK, Kloetzer L, Wong KK, Ren JQ, Kuo B, Jiang Y, Chen YI, Chan ST, Young GS, Wong ST. (2009), Bioluminescence imaging of heme oxygenase-1 upregulation in the Gua Sha procedure. J Vis Exp. 2009 (30): 1385. doi: 10.3791/1385.

    3. Schwickert ME, Saha FJ, Braun M, Dobos GJ. Gua Sha for migraine in inpatient withdrawal therapy of headache due to medication overuse. Forsch Komplementmed. 2007 Oct14(5):297-300. doi:10.1159

    4. Lauche R, Wübbeling K, Lüdtke R, Cramer H, Choi KE, Rampp T, Michalsen A, Langhorst J, Dobos GJ. Randomized controlled pilot study: pain intensity and pressure pain thresholds in patients with neck and low back pain before and after traditional East Asian "gua sha" therapy. Am. J. Chin. Med. 40, 905 (2012). DOI: 10.1142/S0192415X1250067X/000107731.

    5. Braun, M., Schwickert, M., Nielsen, A., Brunnhuber, S., Dobos, G., Musial, F., Lüdtke, R. and Michalsen, A. (2011), Effectiveness of Traditional Chinese “Gua Sha” Therapy in Patients with Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Medicine, 12: 362–369. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4637.2011.01053.x

    6. Chan ST, Yuen JW, Gohel MD, Chung CP, Wong HC, Kwong KK, (2011) Guasha-induced hepatoprotection in chronic active hepatitis B: A case study. Clinica Chimica Acta, Volume 412, Issues 17–18, 17 August 2011, Pages 1686-1688. doi:10.1016/j.cca.2011.05.009

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    Can Rosemary Make Me Smarter?

    memory and brain enhancement through herbolgy

    03-01-2012

    We love when modern research catches up with age-old wisdom. In medical school, many of us naturopathic students used to bring essential oil of rosemary to both study groups and to tests, and we did find benefit to helping memory.

    In a study from the United Kingdom of 20 healthy volunteers, participants were given mathematical and visual tasks. The study showed that after volunteers were exposed to the aroma of rosemary, levels of 1,8-cineole increased in their blood. The compound 1,8-cineole is a chemical classified as a terpenoid, and is a known anti-inflammatory and nociceptive (pain relieving) compound.

    The authors of this study showed for the first time improved performance, greater speed and accuracy outcomes.

    Doctor's prescription? - take a whiff as needed to stay smarter.

    References:

    Moss et al. Plasma 1,8-cineole correlates with cognitive performance following exposure to rosemary essential oil aroma. Ther Adv Psychopharmacol. Published online before print February 24, 2012.
    http://tpp.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/02/24/2045125312436573.abstract

    Santos FA, Rao VS. Antiinflammatory and antinociceptive effects of 1,8-cineole a terpenoid oxide present in many plant essential oils. Phytother Res. 2000 Jun14(4):240-4.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10861965

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    wrestling with wrist pain? some natural answers for carpal tunnel syndrome

    02-02-2012

    Carpal tunnel can be caused by a number of different factors.

    Most people who suffer from carpal have issues with repetitive motion: typically, we see patients who type at a computer: graphic designers, movie editors, etc. may be prone. In these cases, it is a key to keep the proper ergonomic form, meaning the way a person sits and holds their body can help stave off carpal tunnel.

    What can help carpal tunnel heal? Water, B vitamins, fish oil and anti-inflammatory herbs can be quite helpful, and will have little or no side effects (unlike conventional over the counter anti-inflammatories, which kill about 36,000 people a year). Anti-inflammatory diet choices such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fish is very helpful to lower the body's immune reactiveness, which will contribute to pain. Sleep is important for repair. Sometimes, using a soft brace during physical stressors can help limit progression of the problem, but should not be used 24 hours a day, but instead only when support is most needed.

    In the patients we have worked with, we have found in about 30% of cases, the issue is actually not in the wrist area, but in the shoulder. So checking into tight shoulders and nerve impingement closer to the spine can be important.

    And finally, no matter what the factors that may cause it, we will use acupuncture and wrist adjustment/alignment techniques to help it feel better and heal faster. In many cases, even long term chronic pain, natural medicines have a lot to offer to heal carpal tunnel syndrome.

     


    Natural Remedies for Depression: St. John's wort, SAMe, 5-HTP and Saffron

    dr. peter and pina's article for the Dr. Oz Website

    12-04-2011

    Please read Dr. Peter and Dr. PIna's article to supplement Dr. Pina's latest appearance on the Dr. Oz show: Monday, December 4, 2011 at 4PM (EST).

    Dr. Pina explained the basics of naturopathic care for depression, and highlighted a few wonderful herbal or nutrient choices to help:

    - St. John's wort

    - Saffron

    - 5-HTP

    - SAMe

    Please click below to read the article.

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    Wheat Germ, Dr. Pina on Dr. Oz (again), Herbs for Menopause, Whole Foods Parkin' Lot, your Brain on TV, Bottle Feeding and Obesity

    Newsletter October 2011, Volume 28

    In this issue:

    - Dr. Pina's Hattrick of OZ: June 2011, August 2011 and October 2011 appearances
    - Dr. Pina's appearance on FOX news talking herbs for menopause
    - Funny video: "it's gettin' real in the whole foods parkin' lot"
    - 3rd hand smoke -- just as bad?
    - Dr. PIna's Chimi-churri sauce is delicious
    - Bottling Feeding's Link to Obesity

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