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Purification: Diet For a Toxic World

Purification, also known as detoxification, is the use of natural methods to remove toxins from the body and to improve health. While our bodies do have natural pathways and systems for removing toxins, sometimes those systems get overwhelmed and need help. This is especially true if our diet is not the best and we are deficient in vitamins, minerals, and

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Acupuncture — Natural Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a widespread and serious heart condition that causes the heart to beat in an irregular, sometimes rapid rhythm. While some people with AF do not experience any symptoms and may be unaware that they have it, other people experience uncomfortable and even scary symptoms–episodes of arrhythmia that feel like your heart is pounding or fluttering in

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Acupuncture, Herbs & Wellness for High Blood Pressure

If you suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension) and related health complications, know that you’re not alone. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that 75 million American adults (or 29% of the adult population) have chronically high blood pressure. Though there are prescription medications that help, many have unpleasant side effects. Furthermore, many chronic health risks go hand in

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Acupuncture for Quitting Smoking in 2018

There are plenty of reasons for quitting smoking, and many smokers would like to quit. Because nicotine is so addictive, however, doing so often proves very difficult. Many smokers are able to stop for a while but go back to the habit later on. Lasting success comes from a deeper change in your whole health picture. Pharmaceutical methods for quitting

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Easy & Safe Pain Relief at Home with a Castor Oil Pack

What is a Castor Oil Pack? A castor oil pack is a safe, comfortable and inexpensive home treatment for relieving many kinds of pain. It is often recommended for premenstrual pain, digestive problems, and joint inflammation. To make a castor oil pack, soak a piece of wool or cotton flannel in castor oil, and place over the affected body region.

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Heartburn: Acupuncture and Wellness Methods to Heal the Gut

If you experience frequent or chronic gut or intestinal issues, you’re not alone. Approximately 50% of Americans suffer from acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Most people believe these conditions are caused by the overproduction of stomach acid, but they are actually the result of the back-up of stomach contents and acid into the esophagus. Unfortunately, most prescription and over-the-counter

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Avoiding Colds & Flu, Part II: Prevention and Treatment

In Part I of our series on avoiding colds and flu, we outlined the shortcomings of the flu vaccine in preventing illness. In this installment, we’ll discuss practical ways to stay healthy as the weather turns cold. Whether you get a flu shot or not, these immune-boosting strategies will undoubtedly serve you well and help you recover faster if you do come

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Image of a sick Portland man in bed with tissues and cold medications who should have used acupuncture and herbs and avoided the flu vaccine.
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Avoiding Colds & Flu, Part I: Is the Flu Vaccine Right for You?

As we move into the cold, wet months of autumn and winter in Portland Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, no doubt people around us will be coughing, sneezing and coming down with “the bug.” Are you thinking about getting the flu vaccine in an effort to ward off illness? These vaccines may not be as effective as you think. Here

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Get Ahead of Autumn Allergies with Acupuncture & Natural Medicine Solutions

Though the adage “Spring forward, Fall back” will soon come into play, there is still time to “spring ahead” on preventing the unpleasant effects of autumn allergies. As the seasons shift, getting the jump on autumn allergies with prevention is much more effective than trying to treat them once they’ve already entrenched themselves in your sinuses. In this blog post, we’ll outline several effective

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