Immunity + Lung Care Class + Clinic

LungCare

Hello and Happy Autumn!

I am excited to announce that I will be offering acupuncture sessions in downtown San Leandro on Mondays very soon.  And to kick it off, my dear colleague, Kirsten Cowan, and I will be hosting a workshop at the clinic.  Here are the details:

Join us for a healing afternoon of must-know DIY skills, remedies and recipes to help you recover from our smokey fall and prevent colds + flus all winter. Includes a community style acupuncture treatment session to leave you relaxed, restored and breathing easy.

Sunday, November 19th from 3­-5pm

Vibrant Health and Wellness

500 Estudillo Ave, San Leandro

$30 per person, includes samples, handouts and treatment.

Reserve your spot now and spread the word 🙂
Needle-free treatments also available! The class will be held up one flight of stairs, with a restroom attached to the classroom on the same level. There is free street parking in front and a small parking lot behind the clinic with handicapped parking. Feel free to message us about any accessibility questions. Also, note that we will be using essential oils, so it is not a scent-free event.

Immunity + Lung Care Clinic

November 19th 3-5pm

Vibrant Health + Wellness

500 Estudillo Avenue, in the Heart of San Leandro

LungCare

Join us for a healing afternoon of must-know DIY skills, remedies and recipes to help you recover from our smokey fall and prevent colds + flus all winter. Includes samples, tea, and a community style acupuncture treatment session to leave you relaxed, restored and breathing easy.

Hosted by Erin Wood, L.Ac and Kirsten Cowan, L.Ac
www.erinwoodacupuncture.com and www.angelicaandpeony.com

Needle-free treatments also available! The class will be held up one flight of stairs, with a restroom attached to the classroom on the same level. There is free street parking in front and a small parking lot behind the clinic with handicapped parking. Feel free to message us about any accessibility questions. Also, note that we will be using essential oils, so it is not a scent-free event.

Reserve your spot and get tickets here!!!

Summer Shrub

SHRUB: FRUIT AND HERBS IN VINEGAR

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From my favorite teacher, Nishanga Bliss and her food blog:

Flavored vinegar can be added to sparkling water, cocktails, or blended into salad dressings.  Drinking a little vinegar before meals is a great way to stimulate appetite and improve digestion.  Nishanga recommends using local honey instead of sugar, an organic raw apple cider vinegar, and avoiding cooking the fruit to maximize the enzyme content of your drink.  In this way, you will consume the most medicinal version.

Makes about 1 ½ quarts

4 cups coarsely chopped fruit, such as berries, grapes, stone fruit, etc.

2-4 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs, such as rosemary, thyme, rose geranium, basil, etc.

4-6 cups raw apple cider, rice, white wine or other mild vinegar

1-3 cups raw honey or sugar, to taste

Combine the first three ingredients in a 2 quart Mason jar and allow to infuse for 2-6 weeks.  Strain, add sweetener to your taste.  Enjoy.  If you are using the shrub as a drink, dilute with 4-5 parts water or mineral water per part shrub, garnishing with sliced fresh fruit or herbs.

Combos to try:  strawberries and thyme is a favorite, basil and rose geranium work well together, so do fig, black pepper and lemon,  as well as peach, rosehip and rosemary.  Get creative!  Cheers!

Making Bitters to Improve Digestion and Clear Heart Heat

MAKE BITTERS, FEEL BETTER, ENJOY!

preserves

Lemon and Artichoke Bitters

Peels of 1-2 lemons, including pith, coarsely chopped

Artichoke trimmings, 1/3 cup, coarsely chopped, these are the raw tops and outer leaves

Fennel seeds, 1/2 tsp or 2 TBS fresh chopped fronds

Fresh rosemary, 1-2 TBS, chopped

Juniper berries, 1/4 tsp, smashed

3 oz. 90 or 100 proof vodka or 151 rum

Superfine sugar or honey to taste, heaping TBS

Other bittering agents: dandelion root tincture, yellow dock tincture

Place the chopped produce and culinary herbs in a 1/2 pint jar, let steep 3 weeks. Strain and sweeten, can add other bittering agents to taste for more medicinal value. Store in a dark glass bottle with a dropper top.

You can also do this with handfuls of fresh herbs and flowers, like rose geranium leaves, lemon balm, lavender, jasmine flowers, nasturtium flowers, rosemary, pineapple mint, sage, any combo you’d like. Just stuff into a 1 pint jar and cover with vodka or 151 rum.  Steep 3 weeks, strain, sweeten with honey to taste.

Add the bitters to bubbly water and garnish with fresh herbs, like rose geranium, pineapple sage, mint, or rosemary.  Enjoy!

Opal Street Holiday Faire, Saturday November 12th 4-7pm

HENNA PAINTING, ELIXIR TASTINGS, MINI REIKI

TREATMENTS, SELF-CARE DEMOS, SNACKS, and best of all:

potions, gifts and goodies from local herbalists, makers & healers

Saturday, November 12, 4-7 pm

3947 Opal Street, Oakland

We are:

ERIN WOOD, L.AC.

www.erinwoodacupuncture.com

SAGE STAGGS, L.AC., HANDMADE HERBAL REMEDIES

www.sagestaggs.com

ANGELICA & PEONY

RADIANT NATURAL HEALTH AND BEAUTY

www.angelicaandpeony.com

LINDA KIM, L.AC.

HANDMADE HERBAL REMEDIES FOR COMMON AILMENTS

lindakimacupuncture.com

SUMMER SEQUOIA TALLOW

HANDCRAFTED ORGANIC TALLOW BALMS

www.summersequoia.com

TAPROOT MEDICINE

MEDICINAL HERBAL SYRUPS, INFUSED HONEYS, AND CREAM

www.taprootmedicine.org

SADIE RAY~ JEWELRY FOR BAD ASS WITCHES!

instagram.com/cooper.sadie

JESS WHATCOTT- HANDMADE HANKIES

RAIA KOGAN, MARISSA SPEER

CORDIALS BY MANY FLOWERS MEDICINE

www.etsy.com/shop/ManyFlowersMedicine

EYE OF CROW HERBS BY LIZANNE DELIZ

TASTY OXYMELS, LUSTY ELIXIRS, SALVES FOR PAIN, AND MORE

www.eyeofcrowherbs.com

MITCH THE GARDENER, HOLIDAY WREATHS WITH

DRIED HERBS AND SUCCULENTS

BE REALBODY

www.berealbody.com

THE CANDY

PATE DEFRUITS, MARSHMALLOWS, CARAMEL CORN,

TORRONE,BUTTERMINTS

www.itsthecandy.com

ELENI GEKAS, HENNA PAINTING

www.elaayurveda.com

GOLDEN GODDESS BOTANICALS & FABRIC ARTS

www.wildchildoakland.com

https://www.facebook.com/events/198346337265056/

COME ON BY!!!!

Water is Life!!!

GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF PURE WATER!!!

Finally Get a Water Filtration System from Multipure.

Drink more delicious water, feel better, protect yourself and your family from harmful contaminants such as MTBE, chlorination byproducts, PCBs, chloramine, VOCs, and heavy metals.  Did you know that lead in the soil often seeps into your drinking water through cracks in the pipes?…..scary.

Lifetime guarantee!!!

My favorite filter is the Aquaversa, which is $430.  You install it below your sink and just change the filter each year, which is $70.  There’s also the Aquamini, which costs $170, is easy to install at the countertop and has the same type of solid carbon block filter to give you the cleanest water.

They also have shower filters for those with skin issues. Imagine how your pores open up in a hot shower, making it easier for chlorine and other contaminants to sink into your skin…..Protect yourself, you’ll be glad you did.  

http://www.multipureusa.com/ewood/index2.html

Spring Vacation

I’ll be out of the office until June 7th, contact Amy Lee for Kaiser patients at 510.486.1988 or Linda Kim at the Opal Street Center at 510.290.1014. You’ll be in good hands! Salud!

Resolve Dampness

Dampness represents a condition existing within the body that is a reflection of dampness as it occurs in nature. Dampness can be due to a problem arising from the inability of the digestive system to transport and transport fluids, or from the body being overwhelmed by external damp from the environment, (damp weather, damp living conditions, damp-producing foods).  It can also arise from as a response to an illness, or from the overuse of medication that promotes dampness, such as certain antibiotics.  Phlegm is seen as a thicker, stickier, condensed form of dampness.  Dampness can show up in your body as edema, swelling, loose stools, a sticky tongue coating, nausea, and a foggy feeling in the head.  Phlegm is seen as a thicker, stickier, condensed form of dampness.  We can see phlegm when we have a bad cold with a productive cough.

Foods to resolve dampness include:

Grains Corn, barley, basmati rice
Vegetables Alfalfa sprout, button mushroom, capers, corn, pumpkin, radish, turnip
Fruit Papaya, lemon
Beans Aduki, lentils
Fish Eel, tuna
Herbs&Spices Aniseed, garlic, horseradish, marjoram, nettle, parsley, white pepper
Beverages Green tea, raspberry leaf tea, jasmine tea

Foods that are useful to resolve damp combining with heat:

Vegetables Asparagus, celery, Chinese cabbage
Fruit Blueberry, cranberry, tamarind
Beans Kidney

Foods that are useful to resolve phlegm in general:

Vegetables Button mushroom, watercress
Nuts Almonds, walnuts
Fish Lobster
Herbs&Spices Caraway, cardamon, garlic, horseradish, marjoram, mustard seed, thyme, white pepper

Foods that are useful to resolve phlegm with heat:

Vegetables Seaweed, radish, water chestnut
Fruit Apple peel, grapefruit, lemon peel, pear, persimmon, tangerine peel
Herbs Licorice
Beverages Elderflower tea, peppermint tea

Foods that are useful to resolve phlegm with cold:

Vegetables Mustard leaf, onion, scallion
Herbs&Spices Basil, black pepper, cinnamon bark, fennel, fresh ginger, onion, rosemary
Beverages Jasmine tea, freshly grated ginger tea

 

Foods especially useful to resolve damp heat in the Bladder

  • Cranberry: this is best taken in tablet form as the juices often contain sugar.
  • Barley: barley water can be made by pouring 1 quart (4 cups) of water over 30 grams of barley grains. Simmer until the liquid has reduced to half. Add lemon juice, strain, and drink at least four cups per day.

Foods especially useful for phlegm congesting the Lungs

Phlegm in General

  • Thyme: this makes a useful herbal bath to help resolve phlegm and reduce coughing (especially at night). Simply take a handful of fresh garden thyme, crush slightly between your hands and steep in a liter of water that has just boiled while you run a warm bath. Close all the windows and doors, add the thyme water into the bath and take a bath for at least 20 minutes.  You can also make thyme tea with lemon and honey for a cough.

Phlegm cold

  • Ginger tea: grate some fresh ginger (about the size of your thumb nail) into a cup, steep in boiling water for five minutes, add a little brown sugar or honey to taste, drink warm.
  • Onion: a simple cough mixture, safe to use in pregnancy, can be made by chopping up one onion and covering this with 1 tablespoon honey. Leave overnight or for several hours before taking the juice 2 –3 teaspoons at a time, as needed.

Phlegm heat

  • Grapefruit juice: two to three glasses per day
  • Pear juice: two to three glasses per day.

Foods to avoid in cases of dampness

For those prone to dampness, limit or avoid the following:

  • Dairy products: this includes milk, cheese, ice cream and all foods that contain high amounts of dairy.  Yogurt is perhaps the exception to the dairy food rule, as it has good bacteria that aid digestion.  Sheep and goat products, such as goat milk, goat yogurt, sheep or goat cheeses are regarded as less prone to causing dampness.
  • Pork and rich, fatty meats
  • Roasted peanuts, including peanut butter
  • Concentrated fruit juices, especially orange and tomato juice
  • Excess refined wheat products
  • Bananas
  • Sugar and sweeteners
  • Deep, fried foods

In dampness and phlegm, it is important to nourish the Spleen, which means that the consumption of raw, cold and processed sugary or fatty foods need to be limited to aid the spleen’s essential digestive function.  The Spleen is similar to our digestive enzymes released in the digestive tract.

Original source:

Debra Betts, L.Ac. in New Zealand

http://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz