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Your body is your first home: “Breathing in, I arrive in my body. Breathing out, I am home.”

Tich Nhat Hanh

How can we:

  • improve our immune systems and sleep
  • lower blood pressure
  • improve relationships
  • support our recovery from stress and trauma?

By practicing gratitude, reports Antonia Blumberg, Associate Religion Editor of the Huffington Post, in her article, Gratitude Can Transform Your Life. Here’s How. She offers great ways to notice, cultivate, and celebrate gratitude.

In our practice, we sometimes see people who may have struggled with health issues for a while and may feel like their bodies are letting them down. Media standards of beauty can also cause us to judge our bodies harshly.

In this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, let’s boost our health by expressing gratitude for our bodies. We can improve our immune systems and restore love and respect for our “first home”.

Gratitude Exercise

Take a moment to answer these questions in your mind or by writing in your journal.

  • List three things you love about your body.
  • Describe one time your body healed or grew stronger.
  • What was your favorite body moment of the past? Was it finishing a cross country race in high school, choreographing a dance, swimming in the ocean, giving birth, or…?
  • Imagine a favorite body moment in the future. What does it look and feel like? Describe it.

We wish you good health and happiness!

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Traditional Chinese Medicine views the environment as an extension of the body. Therefore, living in harmony with the season helps to keep your body healthy, strong, and in balance. Autumn governs the Lung System which includes the skin, respiration, body fluids metabolism, and blood circulation. Eating foods that support the body system that relates to the season is an easy and delicious way to give your body good medicine. Take a look at our recipe for Fall eating below and click on the links for more comprehensive Fall food lists and information.

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Living With The Seasons Autumn/ Fall

Why different foods are consumed each season and what are their health benefits?

The Nest Shares Our Top 5 Immune Boosting Tips for Fall and Winter

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GREAT NEWS! Researchers have discovered that a special acupuncture procedure produces a 93.3% effective rate for helping women with Stress Urinary Incontinence.

The study group consisted of 60 women who had been symptomatic between 9.7 and 10 years. They were split into a control group who just did pelvic floor exercises every day for 30 days and a group that did the exercises every day but also received specialized acupuncture treatment that included moxibustion during the 30 days. The control group had a total effective rate 70% and the acupuncture group had a total effective rate of 93.3%!

WIDESPREAD AND COMMON

If you are reading this, you may be one of the 200 million people worldwide who experience urinary incontinence. According to the National Association for Incontinence, one in four women over the age of 18 experience episodes of leaking urine involuntarily. SWAN (Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation) found that 68% of women over 40 experience some form of incontinence once a month. On average, women wait 6.5 years from the onset of symptoms before they seek help from a doctor. Sadly, they often make negative lifestyle changes like limiting travel due to frequency and urgency of urination or limiting exercise due to leakage, not realizing help is available.

ACUPUNCTURE WITH PELVIC FLOOR EXERCISE IS NON-INVASIVE

With such a high efficacy rate, it would be beneficial to try acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) before more costly and invasive surgical interventions. Many urinary imbalances are due to kidney or qi deficiency. Specific acupuncture points have been used traditionally to nourish kidney qi and to regulate the bladder, urination, and to strengthen affected muscles. Let TCM’s long history work in your favor so that you don’t spend any more time in discomfort or limited activity.

Sources:

http://www.healthcmi.com/Acupuncture-Continuing-Education-News/1516-acupuncture-halts-urine-incontinence

http://phoenixpt.com/statistics/

http://www.swanstudy.org/urinary-incontinence-problematic-for-many-women-over-40-study-finds/

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