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Chew On This: Digestion and the Spleen

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acupuncture okcby Toni Twitty, M.Ac., Ph.D.c 

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture OKC Expert

August 2, 2018

 

The Spleen and Stomach rule the late summer season. That means these organs most active, accessible, and unfortunately prone to problems RIGHT NOW. They are also associated with the “Earth” element. Earth provides support and nourishment for all life. Likewise, these active organs provide the body with nourishment through what we eat. Food is ingested, digested, transformed, transported, and assimilated into the physical body, creating bone, muscle, energy, and blood. Literally we are what we eat!

The health of these organs is critical to our feeling well. Digestive troubles plague modern society. Check out your local drugstore and you’ll find an entire isle dedicated to items designed to suppress various symptoms of poor digestive health- probiotics, antacids, antiemetics, Pepto… The only problem is that they DON’T get at the root cause of the problem. They are a bandaid. 

Over time, a poor diet coupled with irregular eating habits, over-concentration, worry, excessive studying, or sitting too long can injure our Spleen and Stomach. Adopting a few new eating habits may allow your digestion to function better. In turn, the health of your entire being may improve. Caring for your health, naturally, with acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help get to the root cause of digestive troubles as well as other problems that you are experiencing.

 

So. How is Your Spleen Doing?

 

Below are a few symptoms that appear when a Spleen/Stomach disharmony is present:

 

•Abdominal distention, bloating, aches or pain
• Flatulence after meals or with stress
• Watery, loose stools, or diarrhea
• Blood or excessive mucus in stools
• Bruising easily
• Nausea, vomiting, or lack of appetite
• Sallow complexion or pale lips
• Pale and swollen tongue
• Weakness and heaviness in the arms, legs, or muscles
• Fatigue, lethargy, or low energy
• Dizziness or history of anemia
• Susceptibility to colds and flu
• Cold hands and feet

• Difficulty Concentrating

• Infertility 

 

If you said yes to a few of these, Give us a call at 405-693-5121 or schedule online to get started towards better digestive health today!

 

 

Bon Appetite and enjoy the rest of your summer!

 

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Dr. Toni Twitty, owner of Be Well Acupuncture OKC in Oklahoma City, OK is an expert Acupuncturist. She specializes in resolving pain, treating chronic conditions, general wellness, and fertility. Learn more about Toni and get started on your road to better health at: www.bewellokc.com

Fabulous Fall Foods

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by Toni Twitty, M.Ac., Ph.D.c 

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Expert

 

Throughout the year, nature provides us with the appropriate foods to protect us from the climate, support our health, and keep us in balance. Becoming aware of seasonal foods and seasonal eating habits can attune us to the natural cycles of nature, and our bodies.

Fall is the harvest season for rich, dense foods that support and fuel the body, providing additional heat to protect us from the cooler, damper climate. The concentrated foods and roots available at this time also “thicken” the blood in order to keep us warm in cooler weather. Our diet should shift toward foods rich in protein-fat and whole grains. These complex carbohydrates may lead to a few added pounds put on during the season, so it’s important to keep active. Preparing foods in harmony with this season means cooking with more astringent, sour foods. Some foods that are sour to include in your diet are – sourdough bread, sauerkraut, olives, pickles, leeks, aduki beans, salt plums, rose hip tea, vinegar, cheese, yogurt, lemons, limes, grapefruit, and sour varieties of apples, plums, and grapes. Be careful with extremely sour food, because small amounts have strong affects upon the body and blood pressure. (Avoid large amounts of sour foods if you have a history of high blood pressure.)

Our appetites are also stimulated by the fragrance of aromatic flavors and spices. Other foods that are useful during the Fall are pungent foods. These foods both cleanse and protect the lungs and large intestine. Some pungent foods are – garlic, turnip, ginger, horseradish, cabbage*, radish*, daikon, and white peppercorn.

To help boost your Wei Qi, consume dark green and golden-orange vegetables. They are high in beta carotene and appear to protect the lungs and large intestine against illness. Carrots, winter squash, pumpkin, broccoli, parsley, kale, turnip, mustard greens, and blue green algae are foods to consume this time of year. You may also want to use herbs such as ginseng, yerba santa, nettles, mullein, and astragalus.

Adding the above foods to your daily diet may help bolster your immunity and support the health of your lungs. In general, cook with less water, and at lower heat, for longer periods of time.

I also recommend a healthy dose of s’mores and at least two pumpkin spice lattes each fall. Yanno, just for good measure.

 

 

acupuncture okcToni Twitty, Acupuncture Physician at Be Well Acupuncture Edmond, OK is an highly respected expert Acupuncturist. She specializes in resolving pain, treating chronic conditions, and fertility. Learn more about Toni and get started on your road to better health at: www.bewellokc.com

 

 

IBS Relief with Traditional Chinese Medicine

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IBS reliefIrritable Bowel Syndrome, otherwise known as “spastic colon,” is a common disorder that affects the colon and causes many disruptive symptoms. Many of these symptoms can be managed with simple changes in diet and lifestyle. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture may be able to help provide IBS relief. Many of our patients at Be Well Acupuncture suffer from this disorder but report that consistent acupuncture has eliminated or reduced IBS symptoms. Click here to read Shayla’s testimonial.  continue reading »

Seven Ways Acupuncture Can Help Mothers

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One of the best gifts you can give your mother this Mother’s Day is the gift of acupuncture.

Acupuncture can help with an abundance of health problems and get you feeling 100% again. Mom’s make the world work; it’s a known fact. So here are seven reasons why you should give your mom the gift of acupuncture this Mother’s Day.

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Stay Hydrated For Better Health This Summer

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by Toni Twitty

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Expert in Oklahoma City

 

Stay Hydrated this Summer!

Remember to stay hydrated! It is recommended that you drink half of your body weight in fluid ounces every day. For example, a 150lb. person should be drinking 75 oz. of water daily. It sounds like a lot, but your body will thank you! In addition, taking homeopathic cell salts and electrolytes daily will help your body stay hydrated. Drinking an adequate amount of water will also help prevent things such as heat exhaustion, kidney stones, and wrinkles. Check out some of the creative ways in which you can stay well-hydrated on our Pinterest Page! continue reading »