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Top 3 Ways Acupuncture Works To Relieve The Common Cold

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Why do some people always catch a cold, and others don’t?
Viruses, germs and bacteria are everywhere. They are in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink. According to Chinese medicine, they do not cause disease. When a certain organ system is already weak and unable to resist outside invasion, it is therefore prone to attack by germs, such as viruses and bacteria. Illness and disease can only result when our body provides a hospitable environment.
For example, let’s say you inhaled influenza virus. Just because these germs are present, does not mean you will get the flu. There are several factors involved such as the health of your lungs, the vitality of your immune system, and your overall health.
Germs gather and thrive only in weakened parts of the body. When there is an imbalance of Qi, the normal functions of your body will ultimately be affected. This can change the normal immune system response and lead to illness.
A disease requires both a pathogen and a host. These nasty critters can only survive and flourish if circumstances are ripe. When the germs are strong, but the environment of the host (you) is stronger, the disease will be resisted. If the host is weak, however, then your environment can become a hospitable refuge for viruses, germs, bacteria and other microbes to set up shop.

 

In Chinese Medicine, we have a variety of ways to help keep you from getting sick! Here are the top 3 ways that your Acupuncturist can help you kick that cold, flu, or other bug:

1. Acupuncturists Can Help You Feel Better With Eastern Nutritional Guidance
Your Acupuncturist has dozens of recipes for what ails you. They might recommend ginger for upset stomach, or ginger tea with lemon and honey for that sore throat. They also know what your greater imbalance is, and are able to recommend foods that you should incorporate into your diet in order to stay as healthy as possible.

2. Acupuncturists Have a Whole Arsenal of Natural Medications
Chances are, your Acupuncturist has a cabinet full of oddly named herbs or formulas in their office. This means that your practitioner is not only familiar with modern day cold and flu medications, but that they also have natural products that you can take in addition to or instead of those over-the-counter concoctions that you’re used to. In addition, your Acupuncturist has herbs that help to boost the immune system which can help prevent colds and flus all together. At the first sign of a cold, call your Acupuncturist for a personalized immune boosting formula and you just might not come down with it after all!

3. Acupuncture Boosts the Body’s Immune System
Acupuncturist work to build and properly align your Qi to keep you healthy or to aid you in getting better faster. Acupuncturists use ancient principles based on yin and yang to help relieve your runny nose, cough, scratchy throat, upset tummy, and pretty much any other symptom that you can think of. Your Meridian channels control the flow of healing energy throughout your entire body, including your organs. The function (health) of your lungs, and the strength of your immune system all depend upon the quality, quantity and balance of Qi which flows within your meridian channels. The “true cure” of disease is simply NOT to kill germs, but to reestablish and build up the body’s amount of healing Qi. This will ultimately provide the adequate amount of Qi in order to restore the integrity of your meridian and organ system. Germs simply cannot attack a strong and healthy body. Studies have shown that Acupuncture increases the number of T-cells in the body. T-cells use antigens to identify and destroy invading bacteria and viruses that cause illness.

If you suffer from frequent colds or you are interested in boosting your immune system in anticipation of cold and flu season, give us a call 405-905-5248! Also, please check out our website at https://www.bewellokc.com and like our Facebook page for fun articles and useful health tips.

 

Toni Twitty, Acupuncture Physicianacupuncture okc 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

 

 

Summer Solstice

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During the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.

According to five element theory, during the summer the organ that receives extra energy is the heart. When the seasons change so do the organs we should focus on in the body. You should focus on the heart during summer. Feed the heart heart-nourishing foods and make sure to remain active so the heart receives positive energy. 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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The Ultimate OKC Summer Camp Guide

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by Toni Twitty
OKC Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Expert

 

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Its time to sign up for summer camps in OKC!  Like many families, my husband and I have decide to use summer camps as childcare during the summer. We know that the new experiences and opportunities summer camps provide are well worth the money- and who wants to pay for a week of the same ol’ same ol’ at daycare? We always go back and forth on which camps sound like the most fun, are affordable or provide value for the money, and offer a fun activity or solid learning opportunity. This is why I’ve complied for you a list of the summer camps in the OKC metro area that we’ve found to be best-loved by parents and kids, that are affordable, and provide a little something extra when compared to other camps.

 

Camp DaKaNi

Camp DaKaNi is a favorite in our household. In fact, our little likes it so much that after singing camp songs [all. year. long]. she has asked to go to DaKaNi all summer this year! This is the kind of camp we went to as kids- yanno the kind that you’d expect to see in a movie about summer camps (Camp Nowhere, anyone?). A camp counselor and a counselor in training supervise each small group of campers. The groups select and modify their “home in the woods,” which is where they gather, eat, chill, play, cook campfire lunches, and bond. The grounds are extensive and include a few swinging bridges, mud pie kitchen, rock climbing wall, hammock forest, real-life-with-humans foosball, zipline, canoe/kayaking, slinghots, archery, fishing, outdoor cooking, and the camp favorite- Ga-ga Pit. As much as we adore that she comes home from camp blissfully exhausted from a great day in the out-of-doors, my husband and also I love, love, love the personal development portion of Camp DaKaNi as it focuses on teambuilding and leadership skills. We are also huge fans of the no electronics at camp rule- where else can kids commune with nature and interact with other kids without electronics being a staple?!

Camp DaKaNi is $210 per week with before/after care being additional. They provide snacks and lunch; you provide sunscreen and bug spray. Pro-tip: Don’t skimp on the bug spray.

 

Cost: $210/week

Hours: 9am-3:30pm

*Extended care from 7am-6pm for an additional $75/week

 

 

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre offers pre-school and school-aged children the opportunity to participate in all kinds of cool courses. Each week is a different theme. I know that the Mad Scientist course that’s offered July 24-28 would be a hit for my family. The recitals are on Fridays, and extended care is offered at an additional cost.

 

Cost: $120-160 depending on the class

Hours: 9am-4pm School-aged

9am-noon Preschool

 

 

Edmond Racquet Club Tennis Camp

Ages 5-15 are eligible to participate in the Edmond Racquet Club’s Junior Tennis Camps. There are several sessions that vary based on age, skill, and time of day. All new campers get a custom fitted Wilson tennis racquet for FREE. They also get either a visor or a t-shirt depending on which camp they sign up for. Campers are offered the opportunity to swim after camp, and there are no rain-outs for this camp as they have indoor facilities to use in case of rainy or overly hot weather!

Cost: $99-109

Hours: Vary

 

 

Arctic Edge Summer Camp

Its not all ice skating at Arctic Edges Summer Camp! The kids participate in lacrosse, gymnastics, martial arts, volleyball, soccer, arts and crafts, AND ice skating! Each week of camp is sports themed and parents are invited to watch their child participate in a “bowl game,” at the end of the week. I really like that kids get exposed to a variety of sports and have the chance to show off their talents while learning new things.

 

Hours: 9am-4pm; includes extended care from 7:30-5:30

Cost: $145/week with a $20/week discount for siblings

 

 

Cottonwood Creek Horse Camp

Horse camp is open to all children ages 6-12. The hours of camp vary from session one to session two, but the programming remains English and Western horseback riding lessons for all levels (beginner to World Champion), horse grooming, crafts, and swimming. I have to say that Cottonwood is a great place for learning horsemanship; the instructors are patient, kind, and fun and the horses used for lessons and camps are calm and well-trained. If your child is into horses, you cannot go wrong with this camp!

 

Cost: $295/week

Hours: Vary

 

 

OKC Zoo Summer Camp

Campers 4-15 can attend camp at the Oklahoma City Zoo this summer! This camp is a bit pricey in my humble opinion, but I also think the cost is likely well worth it as kids get to do crafts, go on exhibit tours, and get up close and personal with animal guests! I also really like that the Zoo offers a half-day option, for the 4 and 5 year-old campers who may not be ready for a full day at camp just yet.

 

Cost: $145-$300

Hours: Vary, but generally 9am-4pm with extended care at $50.week extra

 

 

YMCA

I have good things to say about the YMCA summer camp. Our little has attended YMCA camp several weeks for two summers and has thoroughly enjoyed it. The YMCA offers camp at several locations throughout the metro area, which makes it convenient for most families. It’s very affordable yet offers swimming twice a week and a weekly field trip! Zoe has been to the Zoo, skating, bowling, and she really honed her swimming skills at YMCA camp. Each week has a theme to which crafts, games, and projects are coordinated. Last summer Zoe played flashlight tag, made a really nice 2×2 foot painting, knitted, learned about America, and made a bunch of new friends!

 

Cost: Non-member $145/week

Member $110/week

Hours: 7am-6pm with extended care included

 

 

Oklahoma Gold Summer Camp

Oklahoma Gold offers a week of summer camp every year- this year’s has yet to be announced. Gold Gymnastic Camp includes all the fun! They offer gymnastics free-play, a zip-line, rock wall, slip ‘n slide, and games galore! Camp is for ages 5-13 and they provide a snack!

 

Cost: $130

Hours: 9:30am-noon

 

 

Edmond Soccer Camp

 

The ESC Recreational Camp is recommended for all recreational players U5-U18.

The focus of the camp will be on attacking skills, beating the defender 1v1, and attacking the goal to score. The first 2/3 of the session will focus on skills, with the last 30 minutes set aside for scrimmaging. Players should bring a ball, water, and wear soccer appropriate clothing, including shin guards.

 

Cost: $80-95

Hours: 8am-9:30am

 

 

Cage Camp in Edmond

 

Cage camp is synonymous with basketball here in Oklahoma. They offer programming for kids 5-12 and 5th grade-12th grade. Cage camp is probably the best basketball camp in Oklahoma, and its right in our backyard! The focus is on various skills including shooting, post and inside, and offensive player skills.

 

Cost: TBA

Hours: Vary by session

Email cage.camp@oc.edu

 

 

Guthrie Youth Cheer Camp

 

As the President of Guthrie Youth Cheer, I may be a little biased but I believe that this camp is super fun! Guthrie Youth Cheer offers a 2 day cheer camp every summer. This summer they will be holding camp June 2-3rd with a performance of skills learned at noon on the 3rd. This camp is fun for kids aged Pre-K through 6th grade because its short, but they learn a ton. Each group is divided by age; the coach of each group teaches the kids a short routine and a fun cheer to show off to their parents on Saturday at noon. If your child is interested in cheerleading, this is a great camp to give them a taste of what cheer is all about. All participants get a t-shirt and all girls get a bow.

 

Cost: $40

Hours: 9am-noon

 

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Toni Twitty, M.Ac. is an highly respected expert Acupuncturist located in Edmond, OK. She specializes in resolving pain, treating chronic conditions, performs facial rejuvenation, helps athletes with sports medicine, and has a focus on fertility. www.bewellokc.com