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Understanding Bio-Identical Hormone Treatment

Bio-Identical hormone therapy (BHRT) is used by skilled naturopathic physicians to treat peri-menopausal or menopausal symptoms or other hormone imbalances. Bio-identical hormones are typically derived from plant extracts, such as soybeans or Mexican wild yam, extracted and formulated to resemble the hormones naturally produced in the female body. This differs from conventional hormone therapies, which are derived from the estrogen of pregnant horses and progesterone that is synthetically made. 

Bio-Identical hormones treat:

  • Insomnia

  • Hot flashes 

  • Anxiety

  • Low energy

  • Low libido

  • Cognitive difficulties

 

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Dr. Heather Krebsbach ND has successfully used BHRT for over 10 years here in Portland. She combines a careful understanding of your lab work with other components of your lifestyle that may be affecting your health. Understanding factors such as stress, adrenal fatigue, thyroid status and digestive health helps her create a full diagnosis and treatment plan. 

There are many options for administration of the hormones once the best path forward is determined. Patches, creams, gels, suppositories or sublingual troches are all options based on what fits with your lifestyle. Dr. Krebsbach monitors hormone levels throughout the treatment to insure you’re getting the safest and most effective hormone treatment possible. 

Benefits of HRT

  • Improves brain/cognitive function

  • Relieves hot flashes

  • Decreases vaginal pain and irritation 

  • Slows aging skin

  • Increases libido and “sex life” 

  • Improves bone strength

  • Decreases incontinence and frequent urinary tract infections

  • Decreases Coronary Artery Disease (in women under 60)

 Menopause and peri-menopause can be difficult transitions. There are many questions to answer and treatment options to consider. If you’re considering bio-identical therapy make an appointment with Dr. Heather Krebsbach at our NE Portland location today!

How to start a meditation practice

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Meditation can be a great addition to just about everyone’s life. Many of us like the idea of meditation but don’t know how to get started.  This is a simple guide to help you start a meditation practice. There are many benefits of meditation and just 5-10 minutes daily can help us achieve these benefits.  

Meditation’s benefits:

  • Mental clarity

  • Increased productivity

  • Possibly slows the aging of the brain

  • Decreased stress

  • Improved sleep

What you will need:

Somewhere to sit quietly and something to sit on. 

·      Chair:
A chair is a great way to start if you’re new to meditation, have knee or back pain. Remember to sit upright. It is often best to move forward on the seat and not rest the back on the chair. Maintain a healthy upright posture. 

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·     Cushion:
For the more committed or experience meditator having a dedicated cushion is a great idea. Remember to maintain and upright posture for the health of your back and ease of breathing. 

·     Bench:
For many benches are the most comfortable option. If the cushion bothers your back or knees or for the taller meditator a bench I a great option It will force you to sit upright preventing the slumping that occurs with cushions and chairs.

A Simple timer

Most of us can use our smart phones for this purpose.  In fact, there are several free apps which will track your meditation time and provide information to inspire us and keep us interested.  Insight timer is a great free app that has guided and un guided meditations of varied lengths.  

How to get started:

Try to begin by sitting for 5-10 minutes. 

Remember to sit with your back straight so you can breathe deeply. 

You’ll probably find is easier to concentrate with your eyes closed but you can keep eyes open if falling asleep is an issue.  

What to do

Get comfortable.

Start your timer.

With eyes closed bring your attention to your breath.This is what meditation is all about! Try to focus your mind completely on the breath as is enters and leaves your nose. 

You can focus on how the air feels as it enters and exists your nose, to how the air feels as you inflate and deflate your lungs or how the sensation of air feels passing over your nose.  Don’t force your breathing. Simply observe your breath without thinking too much about it.

Every time your mind wanders off, which will happen often, as soon as you notice bring it back to the sensation of breath. 

Don’t be frustrated if the mind wanders constantly just return to the awareness of breath every time you notice. 

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Can Acupuncture help? 

Acupuncture can be a great tool for you to reduce stress and anxiety. Combining a meditation practice with acupuncture can improve results and help you learn to relax more deeply. 

If you’re working on building a meditation routine let us know at your next treatment. We can set up your treatment room to maximize your relaxation. 

 

Great Job!!! 

 

5 Ways Acupuncture Promotes Wellness

By Guest Blogger
Laurie Larson

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The practice of acupuncture has been around for 3,000 years as a natural method of healing. Acupuncture uses fine, sterile needles applied to acupuncture points in the body, where pressure, heat, or electrical stimulation can be applied for an enhanced effect. 

According to traditional Chinese medicine, yin and yang are two opposing universal forces present in our bodies, which must be in balance for each of us to be healthy. Acupuncture has been shown in clinical studies to alleviate a number of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal problems to mental health issues. There is a long  list of diseases, symptoms, and conditions that are shown through case-controlled clinical studies to be effectively managed by acupuncture. 

Clearly there is compelling evidence that acupuncture promotes wellness. The following five benefits of acupuncture demonstrate acupuncture’s efficacy and success at promoting good health and balance in our lives.

1. Reduces Stress

Essentially, acupuncture functions as physical therapy for the nervous system, as it retrains the nervous system and brain to react and behave as desired. Stress can be so detrimental to our health, and a vast number of people suffer from chronic stress that impacts multiple areas of their lives. The philosophy behind acupuncture is that mind and body are inextricably connected, where thoughts and emotions drive physiological responses. Accordingly, stress impacts thoughts and feelings, which in turn impact our emotional health and our physical health.

Acupuncture focuses on heart rate variability, or HRV, in order to help our bodies manage and reduce stress. Decreased HRV leads to tension, anger, anxiety, and depression, whereas healthy HRV is associated with emotional balance, reduced stress, better management of stressful situations, and overall better functioning. HRV in turn positively influences our Central Autonomic Network (CAN), which is related to executive functioning. CAN relates to our working memory ability and gathering and organizing information from the mind and body in order to respond and engage with the present. In short, stress interferes with the body’s flow of energy, causing blockages that acupuncture releases.

2.  Relieves Pain

The practice of relieving pain through acupuncture is an ancient one and now is used in the United States as well. It can be used for low back pain, menstrual cramps, nerve pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, and more. It is thought that the use of needles on acupoints relieves pain by releasing endorphins, as well as impacting mood by the release of serotonin. People are in fact starting to choose acupuncture over opioids in the United States, particularly given the opioid crisis. Currently acupuncture is being used particularly for back and neck pain, osteoarthritis pain, and headaches. It is said that acupuncture stimulates the vagus nerve, which may reduce inflammation throughout the body.

3.  Improves Sleep Quality 

Pain can also impact sleep in several ways, where acupuncture addresses both. Acupuncture can even help cure insomnia. Acupuncture is different than medicine or other remedies, as it targets the roots of the problem, helping regulate your body’s physiology, including certain neurotransmitters that may be keeping you awake.  Acupuncture works to restore systematic balance where sleeping health is restored through reduced stress and a sense of calm and wellbeing.

4.  Boosts Your Immune System

Acupuncture helps boost the immune system through influencing and manipulating the energies in your body, where movement of energy and the reduction of blockages is key. If your energy channels are blocked are broken, you are more susceptible to illness like viruses. Acupuncture even is thought to promote the production of T cells in the brain, where the needles are perceived as a threat when they enter the body, which increases your white blood cell count. Essentially, acupuncture stimulates and balances the immune system.

5. Helps Prevent Future Injuries

Acupuncture is an effective method for both treating physical injuries and preventing them. Having started as quick healing for the martial arts, acupuncture is now used by professional sports teams in the United States. Acupuncture treats the deeper muscle tissues through the needles inserted into the skin, where these muscle tissues are the source of injury-related pain. Preventative therapy is used on the back, hips, and legs through making them more flexible and causing less joint stress.

Overall, this non-invasive procedure is truly taking off as a viable alternative medicine in the United States. Its benefits are many and far outweigh any risks involved. Whether you are a young adult or senior, you can successfully integrate acupuncture into your long-term wellness plan.

 

 

Eight Easy Ways Seniors Can Develop and Maintain Healthy Habits

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When it comes to developing healthy habits, it can often feel overwhelming. However, living a healthy lifestyle can make your life much easier and enjoyable, especially during your golden years. Seniors who exercise spend 25 percent less time being injured than those who don’t, so it’s incredibly useful and important to exercise regularly. Here are a few methods to help you improve your physical and mental health in a long-lasting way. 

Start Small with Healthy Habits

After New Year’s, many people set resolutions that they eventually give up on after a month. This can be in part to trying to do too much all at once. Instead, focus on starting small. Try to change one habit instead. For example, if you’re hoping to change your diet, start doing one thing like drinking more water. This can help with skin health and overall energy.

Get to Know Your Medicare Plan

Your Medicare plan is your gateway to helpful resources and tools. Take some time to learn about its benefits, so that you can take full advantage of all that it has to offer. If you need additional coverage, Medicare Advantage has options for you. For example, Medicare Advantage plans through Humana provide supplemental benefits such as the SilverSneakers fitness program, as well as dental and vision coverage.

Create a Healthy Eating Environment

Eating well is about more than just controlling weight. The National Institute on Aging mentions that many older adults suffer from micronutrient or vitamin deficiencies that can be remedied by eating more fruits and vegetables.  

However, you need to eat more fruit and vegetables. It’s all too tempting to give in to the unhealthy snacks when they’re so readily available. Instead, fill your pantry and fridge with healthier snacks and find suitable substitutes, like replacing potato chips with carrot chips.  

Do Exercises You Love Indoors

Making walking part of a healthy daily routine can be extremely beneficial, but finding a way to walk when the weather is too cold or too hot can be difficult. You can still exercise indoors and experience the benefits. Try going for a swim or do some yoga. You can also do some strength training and improve your joint health. There’s always something to do inside. Bad weather doesn’t have to stop you from taking care of yourself.

Take Group Classes

Social isolation affects not only mental health, but it can also have a major impact on physical health. If you’re trying to exercise more regularly, take some group workout classes instead. There are strength training classes, yoga classes, water aerobics, and other classes where you can get active and meet new people. 

Get a Pet

Older adults and pets are a natural pairing, as they can provide tremendous benefits and meaning to each other. After making sure you don’t have allergies, adopt a pet that can keep you company. You’re not just limited to cats or dogs; birds, reptiles, and fish can also make for entertaining and interesting companionship.

Play Fun Brain Games

Keeping your mind sharp is always a healthy thing to do. Games like Sudoku can help to train the brain to focus and strengthen working memory. You can also do crossword puzzles or even read some new books. If you’re really want to try new skills, take a class on something that interests you. Learn to draw realistic faces, start speaking a new language, or try your hand at woodworking. There is always something new to try.

Try Positive Reframing

Having a mindset that focuses on positive aspects of life can be difficult, but doing so can help with aging and overall health. Positive reframing can help you take typically negative situations and help you see the bright side. Instead of focusing on failure, focus on what you can learn. This is vital in helping you create healthy habits, as it can help you start over when you struggle.

Healthy habits are important for all stages of life. Exercising regularly, learning new things, and maintaining social ties are all vital parts of aging well. Start with building these habits one at a time and be patient with yourself. You’ll experience the benefits soon enough and enjoy the confidence that comes with making healthy decisions.

Optimize Your Thyroid Function

Heather Krebsbach ND

Heather Krebsbach ND

Dr. Heather Krebsbach is a naturopathic physician seeing patients at Inner Gate Acupuncture’s Halsey street location. She has been practicing naturopathic medicine in Portland Since 2006. She specializes in bio identical hormones and endocrine health. In this post she offers her insights on understanding and optimizing thyroid health.

The thyroid is a little butterfly-shaped gland at the base of the neck responsible for metabolism and other essential bodily functions.

The Thyroid Controls:

  • Digestive function

  • Heart rate

  • Mood

  • Muscle control

  • Menstruation

  • Body temperature

  • And much more!

The body relies on the thyroid to be balanced and secrete appropriate amounts of its hormones. When the thyroid is not in balance, there can either be too much or too little thyroid hormone being secreted, therefore causing hyper or hypothyroidism.

Symptoms of too much thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, is less common then the latter and diagnosis is typically much easier to determine due to the severity of the symptoms. Compared to hypothyroidism, which can create low-grade symptoms or mimic other illnesses.

Common Symptoms of Hyperthyroidism:

  • Heart racing or palpitations

  • Weight loss

  • Insomnia

  • Diarrhea


Common Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

  • Fatigue

  • Hair loss

  • Weight gain

  • Constipation

  • Cold body temperature

  • Menstrual irregularity

  • Foggy thinking


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Treatment Options:

Treatment considerations for hyperthyroidism are very different from treatments for hypothyroid, it is important to be properly diagnosed for the right treatment focus. When we think about optimizing the thyroid function, we are usually talking about improving a sluggish or hypo-thyroid.

Certain nutrients, such as Selenium, Zinc, Iodine, Vitamins C, A, E and D are needed to help the thyroid function properly and to convert thyroid hormones to active forms that the body can use.


The Thyroid Loves these Foods:

  • Brazil nuts: high in Selenium

  • Pumpkin seeds: rich in Zinc

  • Green leafy veggies (spinach, collard greens and kale): have a bounty of Vitamin C, A and E

  • Fish and Seaweed: contains iodine


Consuming a diet with a bounty of veggies, nuts and seeds along with protein and a small amount of whole grains can be helpful to keep the thyroid functioning optimally.

Dr Krebsbach assesses thyroid function through blood tests as well as symptoms to determine the appropriate thyroid treatment. If lab results are out of normal ranges, medication in addition to diet and supplements may be needed to help support the thyroid and all the body’s essential functions.

Karen Lotts LMT has joined Inner Gate Acupuncture 

For the entire month of April, treat yourself or a loved one to a 1 hour massage with Karen for just $55! 

 

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Massage therapy is a hands-on therapy that promotes health and well-being through the use of pressure and movement on the body and muscles. 

Born and raised in the Midwest, Karen graduated from the University of Iowa in 2005 with a B.A. in journalism and German.  In 2011 she moved to Ashland, Oregon where she attended the Ashland Institute of Massage, graduating in 2013. 

Karen specializes in neck and shoulder, low back, and gluteal work. She has experience with myofascial release, PNF (proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation), and deep tissue. She works slowly with intention and incorporates light stretching and emotional ease into her sessions. She has experience assisting clients in healing from auto and work accidents, strains from repetitive use, and postural imbalances. 

Karen will be providing medical massage. Medical massage is somewhat different than spa massage. Medical massage focuses on resolving specific muscular and structural problems, while spa massage focuses only on relaxation. Range of motion limitations, muscle spasms, neck, shoulder and back pain are all problems addressed with medical massage.  
 
At Inner Gate Acupuncture we work with you so that you can experience improved health and wellness. We are excited to add Karen to our growing team.
 

Call today for your April massage with Karen Lotts LMT

She is available at our NE Halsey Clinic 971-279-2294

Year of the Pig

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The year of the Earth Dog has past and we’ve begun the year of the Earth Pig.  The Pig is the last animal of the 12 year Chinese zodiac cycle.  Legend holds that the Yellow emperor held a race for all animals to determine their position in the yearly line up.  The Pig was the last to cross the finish line.

On February 5th we officially began the “Year of the Pig.” Being the last animal in the zodiac is like being the party at the end of the December. The pig year should be an opportunity to switch from the territorial nature of the dog to the generous perspective of the pig.  

The Pig brings new opportunities and perspectives. 


In ancient China the pig was thought of as a symbol of nourishment, generosity and abundance. If you had many pigs you could feed your children and provide for your neighbors and protect your future. They are a lazy animal that does no farm work like the ox or horse. The pig's focus is on enjoyment of life. 

Focusing on joy, art, music, food and pleasure will be a pleasant shift for many of us who have been consumed by current events, news and politics.

Click here to read much more about the pig year!

Acupuncture treatment is a great way to honor yourself and initiate the change to a move balanced and forward looking you. Embrace the ideas of joy and pleasure. All of us at Inner Gate Acupuncture would love to help!

SUGAR, IT’S NOT GOOD FOR YOU!

Many of us have been searching for the best diet to help us achieve optimal health. Some of us have tried plant-based diets, while others have explored eliminating certain foods. Traditional diets from all around the world, some completely plant-based and others heavily animal-based, have all produced healthy populations. All of these diets have one thing in common:  no or little sugar or processed foods. 

What is Sugar?

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Many foods we don’t think of as containing sugar actually convert to sugar. For example, all carbohydrate foods such as breads and pasta are converted to sugar by the body. 

The glycemic index is a great tool for understanding the effects of sugar on the body.  The index is a measure of how quickly a particular food turns to sugar in the body.  High levels of sugar in the blood are associated with kidney failure and increased cardiovascular risk. 

White sugar or glucose, which enters our blood stream very quickly, is given the index of 100.  All other foods are rated relative to glucose.  

The highest glycemic foods are the worst for your blood sugar, these include:

·     White Bread 

·     White Rice

·     Potatoes

·     Processed Corn Foods

·     High-Glucose Corn Syrup

How Does Sugar Cause Diabetes?

When we eat sugar, our bodies break it down and send it into our blood stream. From the blood stream, the sugar can be picked up by our cells for use.  The cells use insulin as a mechanism to move sugar from the blood stream into cells.  If the body has been overloaded with sugar for long periods of time, the cells will develop insulin resistance.  The excess sugar in the blood cannot be used by cells and begins to cause all the problems we associate with diabetes:  kidney failure, excessive urination, fatigue and headaches. 

How does Sugar Cause Cardiovascular Disease?

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Sugar in the blood stream is damaging to the cell walls of our arteries. When this damage occurs, our bodies try to repair the damage by laying down cholesterol to protect the arteries.  If the damage continues, it eventually impedes blood flow. 

Dr. Heather Krebsbach is a knowledgeable and caring resource at Inner Gate Acupuncture here in Portland. She can help you design a healthy diet and lifestyle. 

Call to make an appointment today at our
Inner Gate Acupuncture Halsey Clinic
971-279-2294

Introducing Dr. Heather Krebsbach Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist

Dr. Krebsbach is a family practice Naturopathic doctor and acupuncturist practicing in Portland, Oregon at Inner Gate Acupuncture.

She specializes in bio-identical hormones, thyroid care, digestive health, and autoimmune conditions.

A love for medicine and cultivation of Eastern healing systems

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Dr. Krebsbach's love for medicine and Eastern healing systems developed during a six-month undergraduate sabbatical in India. These studies sparked a desire to search for the root causes of illness and implement treatments focusing on the whole person. She began learning how our health relates to the environment around us. She returned inspired to deepen her understanding of natural medicine.

Nationally board-certified specializing in women’s health

After college,Dr. Krebsbach moved to the Pacific Northwest to attend the National University of Natural Medicine. Throughout the six-year Naturopathic and Chinese medicine program, she mentored with doctors specializing in cancer care, women’s health, HIV, and endocrinology. Once Dr. Krebsbach graduated and became nationally board certified, she completed a two-year Residency program specializing in adjunct cancer care. 

As a Naturopathic doctor, she has over ten years of clinical experience treating people of all ages and has developed a family-based practice. She cherishes treating whole families, their friends and communities.

An educator, investigator, and perpetual student

Dr. Heather Krebsbach prides herself in being an educator, investigator, and perpetual student.  She inspires her patients to heal themselves with the foundations of nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. She encourages her patients to feel empowered by their health choices and strives to help her patients eliminate the obstacles to wellness. 

Dr. Krebsbach commonly treats:

  • Digestive Disorders

  • Menstrual Irregularities and PMS

  • Infertility and Pregnancy Support

  • PCOS, Uterine Fibroids

  • Hot Flashes and other Menopause Symptoms

  • Hypothyroidism and Autoimmune Disorders

  • Allergies, Asthma and Skin Issues

  • High Cholesterol and Diabetes

  • Weight-Loss or Weight-Gain

  • Anxiety, Depression, ADD/ADHD

  • Migraines

  • Fatigue and Insomnia

  • Adjunct Cancer Care

  • Acute and Chronic Pain 

Call our Halsey Clinic 
To schedule your appointment today
971-279-2294

10 Weeks Left! Take Advantage of Your 2018 Benefits

Inner Gate is Here to Help You Feel Better in 2018

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Besides helping recover injuries and resolve pain this is the time of the year when acupuncture can improve your immune system, and help you remain strong through the holiday season.

Right now is the perfect time to use your remaining benefits and get the most out of your 2018 insurance.

Give us a call and we'll get you on the path to feeling your best this fall.  

Clinics available in both NE and SE Portland!

6 Creative Ways to Get Fit

Getting fit is a commitment, but sometimes you just don’t have enough time to get to the gym. Fortunately, participating at the gym isn’t the only way to get fit! If you are pressed for time, or bored with your current routine, it’s time to shake it up! Exciting new ways to exercise are all around you. Here are some fun and creative ways to keep you in shape.

Ditch the Elevator

CREATIVE WAYS TO GET FIT

As convenient as the elevator is, taking the stairs is a great way to add exercise to your day. Walking up a flight of stairs burns calories and improves cardiovascular fitness. Stair climbing is considered a vigorous form of exercise because it engages your abs, legs and arms. Effort is required as you are pulling your body against gravity. If you have a staircase at home, make a cardio workout by repeatedly climbing in 10-minute increments. While you are out in public, opt for taking the stairs to sneak in a quick bout of exercise.

Walk the Dog

Every dog should be walked once a day, and you can benefit from this too! Walking with your dog is a great low-intensity cardio exercise that requires no equipment. A daily routine of 30 minutes can decrease your risk for high blood pressure, high blood sugar and eliminate excess fat around your waist. As for your dog, walking is a great way to burn off energy, which maintains good behavior. Creating a habit of walking at the same time each day will quickly become an activity you both will enjoy. As you build your stamina through walking, you can try running with your furry friend!

Play with Your Children

The high energy that children have seems to never cease! There’s no better way to get your heart-pumping than to join them for some fun. A playground is a great place to workout! Pushing your kids on the swing is an awesome arm-strengthening exercise. You can also do a few reps of pull-ups on the monkey bars. If you want to work on your core, hang upside down from the monkey bars, and curl your body up toward your legs.

Don’t have a playground nearby? No worries! Hide-and-seek and hopscotch are fun ways to get fit as well! Along with the opportunity to exercise, playing with your kids will create lasting memories!

Dive In

Maybe you’ve tried swimming before but found doing laps to be too monotonous. Well, don’t give up your time in the pool just yet. There are tons of fun ways to get fit in the water. From water basketball to pool yoga, exercising in the pool can be preferable to land workouts because it’s easier on the joints. So, see what options your local indoor pool offers and dive in when you have a chance.

Try Indoor Bouldering

Bouldering is similar to rock climbing, but it doesn’t require that you climb quite so high. Instead, “boulderers” work their brains and their bodies, as they solve problems to progress along their climbing route. If you’re up for trying something new and challenging, bouldering is a great choice.

Ride a Bike

Ride a Bike

Driving is convenient as it saves time, but there are no health benefits because you are idle. The next time you are on the way out, opt for your bike rather than the car keys (Don’t forget your helmet!). With biking, you will be able to take in scenery while giving your lower body a full workout. Your legs will become stronger, and your body fat levels will go down. Biking also improves your posture and coordination. As you ride your bike the risks of cancer, diabetes and other diseases decrease. As a beginner, start out with short routes, and as your endurance increases go for longer rides. Soon you will be a pro and biking will become your preferred method of transportation!

Getting fit goes beyond the walls of the gym and the latest fitness craze. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need much to lead an active lifestyle. Playing with your children, walking your dog, and biking are all effective methods of exercise that easily blend into your day. Incorporating creative ways to exercise presents an exciting feeling as you challenge yourself to come up with even more clever ways to stay fit. 

Article Written by Paige Johnson

Paige is a fitness nerd and shares her insights on LearnFit.Org

Herbal Remedies for Abdominal Pain

Herbal Remedies for Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain, bloating gas and heartburn are conditions that affect many of us.  In fact, according to a Merck corporation survey, 7% of us suffer from abdominal pain on a daily basis!  Abdominal pain is caused by many complicated issues that require careful diagnosis and treatment for lasting relief. 

Many of us aren't satisfied with the therapeutic options provided by western medicine.  More and more unwanted side effects are being discovered by patients taking these medications long term.  For example, proton pump inhibitors like Priolsec and Prevacid have been linked to pernicious anemia, kidney disease and kidney failure. 

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine offer non-pharmaceutical options for people with chronic digestive disorders. At Inner Gate Acupuncture the clinicians take a careful health history, including a detailed description of your symptoms and their progression over time.  They combine this with an analysis of current diet to determine the best herbal remedies and diet changes for specific abdominal complaints.  

Below are effective herbal formulas used for abdominal pain.  Although the names may seem strange they simply reflect the Chinese names for the herbs in the formula.  These are five of the many commonly used formulas of Chinese herbal medicine for abdominal pain. 

Liu jun zi tang:  This formula is warming and aids with distention and pain in the abdomen.
Shu gan wan: This formula is moving and aids with bloating and pain. 
Shen ling bai zhu wan:  When there is heaviness and a sluggish digestion with loose stools this formula is helpful. 
Gui pi wan:  This formula nourishes and helps when patients are fatigued and feel weakness. 
Xiao yao wan: Stress can play a major role in digestion causing abdominal pain. This formula helps when stress is causative. 
Bao he wan:  This simple formula is designed to be taken when over eating leads to stomach pain.  Everyone should have this on hand for after Thanksgiving!

Remember these are medicines and although they are not prescriptions they should only be taken after being prescribed by a Chinese medicine practitioner.  We supply only high quality herbs and have the training to choose the correct formula for you.