Greetings to all my cherished patients, friends and colleagues!
One of the main classics of Chinese medicine, the Huang Di Nei Jing, describes Fall as the time when the yang forces start declining and the yin forces start rising. Many of you have been coming in sick with colds or sore throats. Please remember to keep your wind gates covered when you are outside by wearing a scarf and longer shorts or pants. The wind gates are located on the back of your neck, behind your ear lobes, and on the outside of your mid-thigh. If you are outside exercising vigorously and sweating a lot, please be sure to carry a long shirt and scarf with you so that when you stop, you can cover up and avoid what is called a “wind-cold invasion”. The symptoms of a wind cold invasion are those of a common cold: typically starting with an occipital headache, then a runny nose, sore throat, or possibly fever and chills. If this does occur, there is a great Chinese herbal remedy called Yin Chiao San that can help. Acupuncture can also be very helpful.
Moving into Fall, it is best to start moving away from raw foods and into more steamed and cooked foods. Start eating more root vegetables and squashes, either roasted or in warm and nourishing soups. Some good warming spices for the Fall are cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, ginger, all-spice and pepper. If you look at your tongue in the mirror and it seems flabby, is scalloped on the sides, or has a thick white coat on top, this is an indication that you may be eating too much raw/ cold, fried/ greasy foods or taking in too much sugar or alcohol. Increase your water intake this Fall, and drink your water at room temperature. If your skin seems especially dry lately, be sure that you are eating enough “good fats”: olive oil, avocado, coconut milk, fish, Udo’s oil or Barleans vegan 3.6.9.
I recently read an incredible book called “Your Brain on Nature” by Eva Selhub MD and Alan Logan ND, which documents the scientific evidence of why and how being outside in Nature is so vital to our health. Please, please, please, turn off the TV and get outside in these beautiful mountains as often as you can. Infuse yourself with the vital energy of the land and allow these Fall colors to inspire you into a grateful and appreciative place.
I just returned from an amazing two week trip in Peru, working and studying with Dr. Theo Parades, my teacher and mentor of 13 years. We spent a lot of time learning new healing techniques and talking about ways to stay balanced for the upcoming shift that is occurring. Theo will be in Park City at the end of October, and is offering a weekend workshop on October 20 and 21st. The workshop will focus on shamanic energy techniques, ways to increase vitality and live a more meaningful, coherant and connected life. It is open to anyone interested; please call Laura at 435- 655-SAGE (7243) if you would like to attend.
We are very grateful to have Laura Ritter managing our front office. Laura is handling all scheduling, emails, medicinary and supplement orders. Please call Laura at 435-655-SAGE (7243) if you would like to schedule an appointment, pick up additional supplements or if you would like us to drop-ship supplements to your house. Please know that I am booked about 1 month out, so please schedule your appointments well in advance, and know that I am very grateful to each of you for your continued support and referrals.
The main services that we are currently offering are: Acupuncture, Naturopathic consults, Chiren treatments, IV Therapy, B6 and B12 injections, Physical exams (including heart, thyroid, lung, abdominal, neurological, pap smears, prostate exams), gentle Fall Cleanse packages and Dao Qi massage. Please call Laura if you have any questions about any of these.
As always, it is an incredible pleasure for Brad and I to be serving you. I appreciate any open and honest feedback you have about how we can better serve you.
Have an incredible Fall Season!
Wishing you all the very best,