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Natural Herbal Tea Series 2
Spring's best friend.... Nettle!!!
Natural Antihistamine
Good for women with bladder irritation, weak bone
Good for men with Benign prostate enlargement
Good for Kids with allergies...please add Elderflower for kids with allergies and/or common cold prevention
Extra source of Silica...hair growth and joint pain!!
Stinging nettle contains natural antihistamines and anti-inflammatories (including quercetin), that open up constricted bronchial and nasal passages, helping to ease hay fever, and nose & sinus type allergy symptoms.
Extracts of nettle roots are reliable diuretics that encourage excretion of uric acid, but simultaneously discourage nighttime bathroom urges, making this remarkable plant useful for such disparate problems as gout, and the overnight incontinence of benign prostate enlargement and weak and irritated bladder.
Frequent use of nettle leaf tea, a cup or more daily, rapidly relieves and helps prevent water retention. Nettle is a superb nourisher of the kidneys and adrenals.(Nettle seed is the best adrenal supporter)
Stinging nettle is an almost ideal herb for those with all types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout. The anti-inflammatory substances combined with the rich concentration of the minerals boron, calcium and silicon ease the pain while helping to build strong bones.
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Bone broth…it’s time to get on board. If you haven’t you should because it’s the new Diet Coke – only it’s healthy, won’t make you fat, and won’t rot out all your teeth and eat a hole through your gut. You can pick up a cup on your way to work, order a broth bowl at your favorite bistro, or head to the butcher to pick up some bones and make your own. I’ll forewarn you though, making it stinks…but the benefits don’t.
In the 1930’s a paper was published on bone broth. It basically stated that bone broth was a drink of low nutritional value because it contained very little starch and sugar and a ton of this stuff called gelatin. Bad science, poor nutritional advice, and well-meaning scientists of the day recommended sugar cubes and potatoes over bone broth. Imagine that?
What researchers didn’t realize is that gelatin is one of the most nutritious substances on the planet – a protein that literally anyone can digest. When animal bones and marrow, feet, tendons, and ligaments are simmered for 24-48 hours, collagen (which gets broken down into gelatin) is released along with amino acids, and highly absorbable minerals like calcium, magnesium, sulphur, silicon, phosphorus, and trace minerals.
Because of this, bone broth is touted for its ability to remineralize the body, heal the joints and bones, fill in wrinkles, and help with leaky gut and other digestive issues, auto-immune conditions, arthritis, and cellulite. Throughout history, the gelatin in bone broth has been used to heal peptic ulcers, infectious diseases, and cancer. Sugar and starch can’t do that.
What you will find are studies on many of the nutrients found in bone broth:
Glycine plays a pivotal role in preventing neurobehavioral disorders, regulates blood sugar, promotes muscle growth, heals wounds, inhibits inflammation, helps regulate hormones, prevents arthritis and inflammatory diseases, and has proven promising at preventing and treating cancer.
Proline prevents and reverses atherosclerosis, helps lower blood pressure, and helps produce collagen for joints, ligaments, tendons, and skin.
Glutamine strengthens the immune system, heals the gut lining and improves metabolism.
Arginine builds muscle, enhances fat metabolism, and prevents a whole bunch of other things I’m not at risk of because I’m in my 20’s. All you need to know is that arginine enhances sexual performance. Enough said.
Collagen forms the foundation of bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. It gives the skin its strength and elasticity and declines with age subjecting the body to numerous health conditions. Good thing bone broth has you covered. Several studies have found that collagen improves severe rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, regenerates tissue, plays a role in many autoimmune diseases, and helps the body look good.
Chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine in bone broth may help reduce inflammation and Dr. Canale, MD., from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons certainly seems to be a fan. Even Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD., recommends bone broth as part of her gut healing protocol.
Bone broth contains a whole bunch of awesomeness that can help you live a better life. If you look at other cultures like the Japanese, Koreans, and even the French, you can see the benefits of a good bone broth. If you speak to your 1oo-year-old Grandma, she would tell you about the importance of utilizing every part of an animal and how bone broth was a staple in times of sickness.
Cracked heals? There’s a bone broth for that.
Dull skin? There’s a bone broth for that.
Can’t poop? Hard poop? Poop too much? There’s a bone broth for that too.
Seriously, is there anything bone broth can’t do?
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Lower Blood Pressure with Blueberries 

Postmenopausal women have a high prevalence of hypertension (high blood pressure), and often develop arterial stiffness – a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Sarah A. Johnson, from, Florida State University (Florida, USA), and colleagues enrolled 48 postmenopausal women, with pre- and stage 1-hypertension, to receive either 22 g rams of freeze-dried blueberry powder or 22 grams of a control powder, to consume for eight weeks.  Blueberries are one of the richest sources of phenolic compounds, including flavonoids, phenolic acids, and stilbenes, which are known to have biological activity and high antioxidant capacity.  At the end of the study period, mean systolic blood pressure was lower by 5.1% and mean diastolic blood pressure was lower by 6.3% in the subjects in the blueberry group, with no corresponding lowering in the placebo group. In addition, nitric oxide – involved in endothelial vasodilation – was significantly increased in the blueberry group, rising from 9.11 to 15.35 microMoles, with no change in the control group.  The study authors report that: “Daily blueberry consumption may reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness, which may be due, in part, to increased nitric oxide production.”

Johnson SA, Figueroa A, Navaei N, Wong A, Kalfon R, Ormsbee LT, Feresin RG, Elam ML, Hooshmand S, Payton ME, Arjmandi BH. “Daily Blueberry Consumption Improves Blood Pressure and Arterial Stiffness in Postmenopausal Women with Pre- and Stage 1-Hypertension: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial.”  J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Jan 2. pii: S2212-2672(14)01633-5.
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Herb Tea Series 1
Holy Basil
Baby holy basil plants was planted yesterday at Long Beach garden where my friends and teacher are working on. White pellets are Sluggo (Iron phosphate) to stop the fracking slugs from eating them.

Holy basil is a plant. It is originally from India and is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an “adaptogen” to counter life’s stresses. It is considered a sacred plant by the Hindus and is often planted around Hindu shrines. The Hindu name for holy basil, Tulsi, means "the incomparable one." Medicine is made from the leaves, stems, and seeds.

Holy basil is used for the common cold, influenza ("the flu"), H1N1 (swine) flu, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, earache, headache, stomach upset, heart disease, fever, viral hepatitis, malaria, stress, and tuberculosis. It is also used for mercury poisoning, to promote longevity, as a mosquito repellent, and to counteract snake and scorpion bites.

If you want to know more about this wonderful herb...please call our clinic at (949) 723-0054 to reserve your consultation time with Dr.Lee free of charge on February.
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Pediatric Tuina Techniques

The following techniques are used to perform pediatric tuina massage.   Unlike swedish type massage where muscles are mostly kneaded, you’ll be stroking, pushing, pulling and pressing various points on the body. To be effective these movements should be gentle yet firm with even rhythmic movements.  Most manipulations will be performed anywhere from 50 to 300 times in rapid succession.  I have found it easier to time the massage on certain points than to count how many strokes I’ve used.  For mild illness massages should be performed once a day and for more severe or acute illness such as flu, fever or cough massages should be performed 2 – 3 times per day.

pinching and pushing
This technique is commonly used on the paraspinal muscle, the muscle next to the spine.
Always start at the base of the spine and move upward in a straight line progressing up to the neck.
Grab a small amounts of the muscle tissue and pinch it up between your index finger and thumb with a firm but gentle pressure.
Be sure to use plenty of talcum power so you don't cause any chafing.
This technique is used for general wellness, common cold and respiratory conditions.

If you want to attend our upcoming Free seminar to learn how to massage your little ones, please call our office at (949) 723-0054.
Or you can email at leeacupunctureinc.fb@gmail.com.
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Top 6 Tips to Clean Up Your Sleep

There’s nothing worse than lying down at night for a restful nights sleep only to find yourself wide-awake at 2AM watching the paint peel. Well okay, maybe there are a few things that are worse, but you get the idea. With an estimated 50-70 million American’s suffering from sleep disorders(1) it’s no surprise that the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently announced that insufficient sleep has become a public health epidemic(2).
Looking For A Natural Cure to Heal Your Sleep Woes?
Put these insomnia-busting tips to the test:

1. Make A Bedtime Ritual. Create some time in your schedule for a pre-sleep relaxation ritual. Taking a hot bath just before bed has been shown to promote a deep, restful sleep. And choosing to read a paperback book over staring at your computer screen will help reduce brain pre-bed brain strain. Put on some comfy bedtime garb and maybe even try a little meditation or quiet time before tucking yourself in.

2. Set The Mood. Where you sleep matters. Make sure to close the curtains and turn off lights so your bedroom is nice & dark.  Reduce distracting or pitchy noises, like the television or radio, and use a white noise machine if there are a lot of external sounds. Most people sleep better in a cooler room, so lower the thermostat to try to keep it in the mid- to upper-60’s.

3. Move Your Body Daily. Exercise is key to good sleep hygiene. Go for a walk, take a hike, visit the gym, or try a yoga class. Simple, daily exercise, even if it’s just for 30 minutes, can go a long way to give you peace of mind.

4. Watch What You Eat. If you choose to eat before bed, a light snack should consist of mostly carbohydrates with a small amount of protein. This combination increases the availability of tryptophan to the brain, which will help you fall asleep easier. And avoid stimulants like alcohol, chocolate, and nicotine too close to bedtime.

5. Give Aromatherapy a Try. Put a few drops of chamomile or lavender essential oil on your pillow just before bed. You can also use an aromatherapy diffuser or add a few drops to water in a spray bottle to disperse the scent around your bedroom.

6. Acupuncture Works Wonders. Regular acupuncture treatments have been shown to regulate sleep and promote relaxation. Calming the mind & promoting parasympathetic nervous system (i.e. rest & digest) activation, acupuncture can assure you a fast track to dreamland. Give it a go today!
 
References:
1 Institute of Medicine. Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 2006.
2 CDC, January 13, 2014. “Insufficient Sleep is A Public Health Epidemic.” http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/

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