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Chew On This: Digestion and the Spleen

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!


  acupuncture okc 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:

Healthy Recipes By Be Well Acupuncture OKC – Fattoush

healthy okcYou may not know this about me, but I spent some years living abroad and traveling the world when I was in my twenties. I fell in love with many foods- because I love food- including Middle Eastern Cuisine. Today I’ve decided to share with you a simple but delicious salad. Fattoush is a traditional dish originally from Lebanon, which is where many of the best recipes come from in my opinion. This salad is made with simple ingredients that come together for a fresh, zesty, and healthy addition to any meal.    I searched and searched for a great recipe until I found this well-balanced recipe for fattoush here   If you just have to get your fattoush fix right now, hit up the Jerusalem Mediterranean Cuisine which is here in Edmond. They have delicious food and their fattoush is on point. Buon appetito!   

acupuncture okc Dr. Toni Twitty, owner of 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:  

Toni’s Top 3 Tips 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. 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. 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!
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 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:



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