Tis the season for chicken noodle soup! Many of us grew up with the idea that if one has the flu, chicken noodle soup will aid in recovery, and yet few of us know why that is! The Weston A Price Foundation provides many articles on the benefits of homemade stocks, the base of every good soup.
You can read one of my favorite articles on the subject here:
1 Whole free-range chicken or 2-3 lbs of bony chicken parts, such as necks, backs, breastbones and wings
4 quarts cold filtered water
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
3 celery stalks, coarsely
1 bunch parsley, chopped
If using a whole chicken, separate into several pieces. Place in a large stainless steel pot with water, vinegar and all vegetables except parsley. Let stand 30-60 minutes. Bring to a boil, and remove scum/bubbles that rises to the top. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 6-8 hours. The longer you cook the stock, the richer and more flavorful it will be. About 10 minutes before finishing the stock, add parsley. This will impart additional mineral ions to the broth.
Strain the stock into a large bowl and reserve in your refrigerator until the fat rises to the top and congeals. Skim off this fat and store the stock in covered containers in your refrigerator or freezer.
Most people I see here in Cincinnati, I see for pain…back, neck, abdominal, knee, shoulder…we experience pain all over the body and for all sorts of reasons. Some people are recovering from surgery, some are trying out acupuncture preventively – so they don’t have to get surgery, some are athletes and their bodies need more support in recovering from the demands of their sport….What all of these people have in common is that acupuncture works for them. Read this article to find out more on research being done to explain how it is that acupuncture is so effective at relieving pain. Acupuncture relieves pain article
Edit: After moving away from Cincinnati and moving back, I am reopening as Wellman Acupuncture LLC.
The past few years have brought varied experiences for me; Acupuncturist onboard a cruise ship, substituting for a local Acupuncturist on maternity leave in Cincinnati, providing Acupuncture at a drug and alcohol recovery facility in Hamilton, bringing Acupuncture to a Massage Studio in Downtown Cincinnati, and at last I open my own Acupuncture Clinic in Pleasant Ridge! In October of 2012 I joined forces with Naturalpathic Dr Maria Hoeffer (cincinnatinaturalpathic) at her new Homeopathic setting in Pleasant Ridge where one can work with the therapies of Naturalpathic Medicine, Acupuncture, Massage, Life Coaching, and Cranial Sacral Manipulation.
I choose the name Acupuncture for Every Season because Acupuncture IS for every season! It is in the transitions of our lives, as well as the transitions of the year that we need Acupuncture. When our bodies and minds are strong, we can handle these transitions. It is when we are weakened that we experience disease and discomfort, often from things as basic as overwork, too much stress, poor nutrition, and not enough sleep and exercise. Seasonally we may experience this as allergies, headaches, and depression. Females experience this monthly with menstrual complaints. Are we able to adjust when we move into a new home? a new city? a new relationship? Are we able to let go of the previous home, city, or relationship and be happy with our lives in the present moment? How well are we transitioning from the dependency of babies to the independence of adulthood? Our bodies change through our teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, and so on. As we age, in some ways we become more resilient to the physical and emotional stresses we face, and in some ways we become less resilient. When we are not transitioning smoothly, when we are getting sick or experiencing discomfort, from Allergies to Irritable Bowel Syndrome to Infertility, Acupuncture helps us reach our full potential.
I look forward to working with you at my new Acupuncture Clinic in Cincinnati!
A fellow Acupuncturist once asked, “What do you think the 2 most common questions are that I get?” The answer was, “Does it work?” and “Does it hurt?”. The most straightforward answer I can give you is that the only way you will know, is if you try it out for yourself. Understandably, people still hesitate. The next best that I can do is direct you to research and tell you about my observations.
The needles used are microfine; some people feel them and some don’t. Some individuals feel an initial prick, and then the sensation recedes. Of prime importance for your practitioner is your level of comfort so it is very important that you communicate what your are feeling with your Acupuncturist. Different parts of your body are more or less sensitive, and if there is any discomfort, the practitioner can always place the needle in a different location.
This week I direct you to research on Acupuncture in treating infertility, for males and females. Medicine’s ability to treat infertility continues to improve, to offer more options, giving couples renewed hope that they will have a child. Some of those options, such as In vitro fertilization are very demanding, financially as well as physically and emotionally. As a result, many couples going through this process want to do everything they can to make the first attempt successful. Studies consistently demonstrate that Acupuncture in conjunction with IVF increases the rate of a successful pregnancy and birth. Experiences in our clinic further support this.
People frequently ask me what conditions I see the most. The answer is low back pain and neck pain. Everyone seems to have it, and studies are starting to show acupuncture to be the most effective modality in relieving it, leaving conventional methods running behind. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative method discusses one study which demonstrated acupuncture and acupuncture-like methods to be more effective than conventional methods after 8 weeks of treatment. Perhaps the next study will indicate which type of acupuncture gets results with fewer treatments; individualized or standardized!
Acupuncture-Like Treatments Improve Outcomes Compared to
Usual Care for Low Back Pain
At Wellman Acupuncture in Cincinnati, Ohio we frequently use a modality known as the Balance Method. By mapping out sections of the body onto other parts of the body we can help conditions without actually needling the injured area. An example is using the elbow to treat the knee. People often notice an improvement within minutes. Another example is mapping the face out on the abdomen. On another level, this makes sense since one symptom of poor digestion is hazy-thinking. With this in mind, I wanted to find more correlations. Below are two articles by Christopher Fisher, PhD on the relationship between Gut bacteria and our brain, impacting our behavior.
This week the topic of Cherries has come up a couple times at Wellman Acupuncture in Cincinnati, Ohio. They are one way you can relieve symptoms of gout and other pain due to inflammation by using food therapy. Here is one way you can treat yourself (pun intended) with minimal extra cost if any; just change your diet!
Enough people are turning to Acupuncture that researchers in the United States are starting to conduct studies recording the effectiveness of Acupuncture in helping various conditions. One such study was on depression, anxiety, and impairment associated with PTSD. In this particular study, Acupuncture was found to be as effective as cognitive-behavioral therapy in alleviating these conditions, with benefits still holding 3 months after discontinuation of both forms of therapy.