Coronavirus and TCM: Staying Healthy at Home

 

Navigating stay at home orders, working from home, schooling from home and the myriad other new things that are now a daily part of life is stressful. It can be easy to get overwhelmed with each new development and all the unknowns that surround our lives because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Traditional Chinese medicine offers something old and grounding to turn back to during this time.

The idea that supporting mental health is a significant factor in supporting physical health is a central tenet of traditional Chinese medicine. Beyond acupuncture and herbal remedies, TCM takes a holistic approach to health that includes simple things you can do each day to foster physical health through supporting that mind body connection. Here are six things you can incorporate into your daily routine to mitigate stress and stay healthy right now.

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Coronavirus Update

Hello from Acupuncture Healthcare Specialists,

Our office is presently open to serve the needs of those who need medical care.   If you have an upcoming appointment or need to come into the practice for any reason, we want to ensure you that we are taking appropriate steps to maintain your health.   We are actively monitoring the situation, adopting all recommendations by the CDC, and doing everything possible to mitigate the risk of developing any kind of illness while visiting our office.

We completely understand if you need to cancel due to illness or COVID-19 concerns. We are happy to reschedule you in the future when the virus has been better contained and everyone feels more secure. If you have any further questions and concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

We wish that you and your family stay safe and healthy!

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Poway Tai Chi Class To Start 5/1/19

A 12-week Tai Chi beginner class will be held starting 5/1/19 at the Community Church of Poway (13501 Community Road).  The class, offered by the Taoist Tai Chi Society of U.S.A.,  will be held 10-11:45am.  Call 619-485-0939 for details.

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Tai Chi – Studies Show It Is A Great Way To Prevent Falls Among Seniors

New studies show that Tai Chi beats strength training and aerobics for preventing falls among seniors.  These studies showed a reduction of 30% in falls, when compared to other modalities.  The article, by Dennis Thompson, was published in the San Diego Union Tribune 4/9/19 edition.  The article indicated that the practice of moving in different directions promoted positive postural responses.  This resulted in the improved ability to retain balance.  The original study was published last fall in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

 

Tai Chi is a centuries-old Chinese tradition that involves a series of graceful movements to boost health and energy.  The practice of Tai Chi can be performed by anyone.  You can learn this from martial arts studios.  In Poway, there are classes offered through Poway Adult Education.

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Best for Weight Loss – Dieting or Exercise?

New studies by evolutionary anthropologists show that our metabolism is largely fixed.  Over the long-term, the amount of energy our bodies burn per day is pretty consistent regardless of activity level.  When you exercise more, the body simply lowers the calories required for other activities.  This shows why severe exercise may not be the best way to lose weight.  While exercise has a place in maintaining skeletal integrity and heart health, diet may be the way to go for weight loss.    Here diet does not mean starvation or fasting, but making simple changes.  These changes include: portion control, eating more “live” food and less “fake” food,  and even simply eating slower and with purpose.

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