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How to get rid of a cold, stop the flu, and boost your immune system

how to stop a cold or flu

Peak cold and flu season has arrived and is here to stay until spring. The best way to prevent colds and flu from striking and lingering is to have a bullet-proof immune system. Though colds may still happen, the stronger your immune system, the quicker you’ll recover. While there are some things you can do…

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D-Mannose: The best treatment for UTIs

There is an incredibly effective and safe home remedy for UTIs that you probably don’t know about. It is a far better treatment than antibiotics. The problem with taking antibiotics for urinary tract infections is that the good bacteria are killed along with the bad, which is why it is common to develop repeated UTIs…

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Autoimmune disease: what is it, how does it start, and how to treat it naturally

What is autoimmune disease? An autoimmune disease is a condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its own tissue and organs. Autoimmune disorders include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disease, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and multiple sclerosis. Autoimmune diseases are very common, they affect more than 50 million Americans. What causes an autoimmune disease…

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What is Cupping?

  Cupping is a modality used by acupuncturists to help treat pain. Think of “cupping” as “suction cupping”. In the traditional method, called “fire cupping”, a ball of burning cotton is briefly placed inside a glass cup to heat the air inside, which then creates a vacuum (suction) as it cools. Newer-style plastic cups have valves…

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How can I beat tiredness? Natural Solutions for Fatigue in Chinese Medicine

I regularly see patients who struggle with persistent tiredness and fatigue. As a consequence of our busy and stressful modern lifestyles, most of us will at some time experience tiredness. On most occasions, fatigue can be relieved after a good night’s sleep. However, this is not the case for everybody. Some people find that tiredness becomes…

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Natural Remedies for Allergy Season

I love springtime!  Winter hibernation is over and we can frolic outside enjoying the sunshiny warmth. But for many, spring time means seasonal allergies and hay fever.  And that means sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, headaches, skin irritation, and tickling in your throat. While many over-the-counter remedies promise symptomatic relief, practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine…

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10 Ways Stress Makes You Fat and Diabetic

We all live with some amount of stress. In fact, a little stress keeps life interesting, keeps you on your toes, helps you get things done, and can be an agent for change. But when stress becomes chronic and prolonged it can impact your health. With stress, the hypothalamus is activated and triggers the adrenal glands…

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Hangover Helpers

Happy (almost) New Year! Do you have any fun plans for tomorrow night? I’m going to be cozied up in the mountains with my family. Mellow New Year’s Eves are my favorite. If you are planning on going to a celebration bash, here is some advice to help you prepare for the day after and…

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Natural Remedies to fight colds and flus

Sometimes despite our best efforts, a virus slips through our defenses and our immune system is called into action. In my last post I wrote about how to prevent colds and flus naturally. Here are a few things in addition to the above that you can to do fight off the cold or flu and shorten…

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Personality and the 5 Elements. Which one are you?

Ancient Taoists reduced the universe to 5 basic elements which could be used to describe the character of everything from the organs in the body to landscapes to times of year. Each person has all 5 elements in their personality. However, most of us have a dominant element. Here they are, in a nutshell. Which one speaks to you?…

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