Isopropyl (“rubbing”) Alcohol vs. Ethyl (“grain”) Alcohol

Did you know:

We use only food grade ethyl alcohol to swab the acupuncture points before inserting the needles. This is done to disinfect (destroy harmful microorganisms) the area of insertion for your safety.

Most acupuncture clinics use isopropyl alcohol because it is much less expensive, however, it has can irritate the eyes, skin and lungs. It can also be linked to organ toxicity (kidneys and lungs) and neurotoxicity (nervous system) and is classified as an “irritant.” Source

Ironically, it is likely that isopropyl alcohol kills nothing on the skin, rather only moves dirt and bacteria around.

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

Oriental Nutrition: What should I eat in the spring?

Oriental Nutrition—the second branch of Oriental Medicine—is based on the same theory as Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine, therefore can increase organ function, blood circulation, or energy circulation. Using it properly will also increase response to care. The basic premise is two-fold: first, eat the correct food for your constitution. Second, eat the proper food for the season. This all comes from a wonderful school of thought in Oriental Medicine called the “Five Element Theory.”

A full Oriental Medical Examination (classical pulse and tongue diagnosis) is necessary to determine your constitution (basic overall state of health) and using that information, you could effectively choose foods which will harmonize the function of your body. The following are some basic guidelines for food to eat in winter:

Liverand gall bladder function correspond to spring. To stimulate the function of these organs, eat sour or green foods, such as lemon squeezed into water, dill pickles, chicken, kale, chard or green apples.

Sour cravings (pregnancy!) can show liver or gall bladder deficiency.

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.

What you need to know about the flu shot:

Photo of flu shot 

Annually, we field questions from many concerned patients regarding flu shots for themselves and their children. 

This may be a difficult decision to make; what follows are viewpoints to help you in the decision making process: 

“There are three main types of flu virus, and each type can mutate, or change, from year to year. Thus, there are literally thousands of possible strains. (Each strain is thoroughly analyzed and given a proper name, often a title associated with the place where it was initially discovered.) Every year health officials produce a new flu vaccine containing three mutated strains of flu virus. To determine which strains to use, officials travel to China at the beginning of the year to assess circulating flu viruses in that region of the world. They try to guess which strains will reach the United States by the end of the year. Production begins, and the new vaccine is usually available by October.”* 

We, unfortunately, treat quite a few people each year for the side effects of the flu shot.

*Source: http://thinktwice.com/flu_lie.htm 

 

Nothing in this document is intended as a substitute for your doctor’s diagnosis and/or treatment. This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA.