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Health & Wellness News
MARCH 2014


As Spring rolls in, the flowers bloom, the grass grows and the wind picks up.  Most of us enjoy the freshness in the air and the renewing of the season, but those who suffer from seasonal allergies dread this time of year, as their sinus congestion, running nose, headaches and asthma make them miserable. Often patients report that  their drugstore remedies only offer temporary relief so they resort to steroid inhalers or strong antihistamines.  These medications may bring temporary relief but they don't provide a solution.  That is why I am dedicating this issue to educating the public on ways to bring the body into harmony naturally and with no side effects while improving your allergies AND your overall health.  
In a study published in the respected journal Annals of Internal Medicine, participants who received the Acupuncture treatments in conjunction with their antihistamines showed a greater improvement in their allergy symptoms and required less use of antihistamines compared to the other groups.  And beyond this double-blind placebo based study there are years of anecdotal evidence in Eastern countries, as well as in the West, on the effectiveness of Acupuncture in treating seasonal allergies.  
We invite you to read the information below to get an understanding of the theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  It is a unique approach, but because of this, Acupuncture can achieve results that other therapies cannot.  There is a list below outlining the many other conditions Acupuncture can help with.  And contrary to what one might think, the needles are thin and painless and the energy created in an Acupuncture session is very pleasant and relaxing.  
I highly recommend Acupuncture and want ALL of my patients to heal naturally, which is why I have brought this ancient healing technique to InnerMovement.  Acupuncture offers healing in areas that Chiropractic and Massage do not, however it can serve as integral component of a comprehensive wellness plan.  Acupuncture is a wellness therapy that I entrust my own health, that of my husband and daughter, my staff & many of my patients  with.  I hope you'll consider adding this amazing therapy to your healing regimen.
Until our next adjustment...
Yours in Health,
Dr. Heidi & The InnerMovement Wellness Team
What can it treat?

According to the World Health Organization and the National Institutes for Health, Acupuncture is useful in the treatment of:

  • Chronic & Acute Pain:  Injuries, neck and back pain, tendonitis, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia and headaches.
  • Neurological Disorders:  post-stroke recovery, Bell's Palsy, Trigerminal Neuralgia, movement disorders.
  • Upper Respiratory Disorders:  Asthma, allergies, bronchitis, sinusitis, sore throat, laryngitis, colds and flu.  
  • Digestive Disorders: Irritable bowel, colitis, constipation, diarrhea, gastritis, heartburn, food allergies, ulcers. 

  • Depression, Anxiety and Insomnia.

  • Eye and Ear Disorders: Tinnitus, Meniere's disease.

  • Addictions Addictions to nicotine, alcohol and drugs.

  • Immune FunctionRecurrent infections, supportive treatment for cancer and AIDS patients.

  • Urinary and Reproductive Disorders: Cystitis, menstrual cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility, menopausal symptoms, labor pain. 

The Mayo Clinic uses Acupuncture to address Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting.  Acupuncturists Without Borders was formed in 2005 to provide treatment for communities in crisis dealing with stress, anxiety and PTSD.  And while we don't offer it, there are even Veterinary applications for Acupuncture for the treatment of animals.


We encourage you to learn more about how Acupuncture can become part of your Wellness Regime.  Make your appointment to meet with our Acupuncturist Dr. Kim today!
Allergies & Your Diet:  
Foods To Avoid

Up to 70 percent of people with pollen allergies experience unpleasant reactions after eating certain foods.   Symptoms include:  itchy or swollen lips, tingling at the back of the throat, scratchiness on the roof of the mouth, and/or watery or itchy eyes. In a food-pollen allergy, the primary problem is the pollen, not the food itself.  The foods to be avoided are based on the type of pollen allergy you have.

For those allergic to grass pollens, you'll want to avoid the following (in raw form):
  • oranges
  • tomatoes
  • melons
  • figs
If you're allergic to weed pollens, specifically ragweed, avoid:
  • bananas
  • cantaloupe
  • cucumber
  • melons
  • zucchini
  • artichoke
  • teas of Echinacea, chamomile and hibiscus
And these foods are non-specific to any one type of pollen allergy so should be consumed with monitoring to gauge your body's reaction:
  • apples
  • almonds
  • celery
  • strawberry
  • cherries
There are also foods that create an inflammation-response in the body and these should also be avoided:
  • gluten-containing foods (refined flours, wheat, rye, barley & oats)
  • alcohol
  • caffeine (coffee, black tea, soda)
  • artificial sweeteners & refined sugars
  • pork, cold cuts, bacon, hot dogs, canned meat & sausages
  • all dairy (milk, cheese, butter, yogurt)
  • soy milk
  • foods high in fats & oils (peanuts, refined oils, margarine & shortening - beware of processed, packaged foods)
As your allergy symptoms subside, you can attempt to reintroduce only the healthy foods listed above to monitor your reaction but we encourage you to continue avoiding packaged or processed foods high in sugars, oils and fats, for the benefit of your overall health!  And whenever possible, choose organic.
Recipe Of The Month
Allergy Busting Beverages!  
Fresh Juice
(serves 1)

1 bunch parsley - washed and shaken dry

2 celery stalks  - washed
1-2 carrots, scrubbed well and tops removed 
1 lemon, peeled if not organic 
1/2 cucumber, peeled if not organic


Directions:  Either process through a juicer or in a high-speed blender (Vitamix-type).  Drink immediately.


Don't have a juicer?  Try this:


1 tablespoon local honey
1 tablespoon raw organic apple cider vinegar
8 oz. warm water  (use filtered water) 

optional:  squeeze of fresh lemon juice

Place honey and raw organic apple cider vinegar in a tall glass and fill with warm water. Stir to dissolve honey and drink. (Note:  Never give raw honey to a child under 12 months old and only use local honey as this will help greatly with your allergies. )

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