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Healthier Eating

Here is a wonderful article about smart swapping out our standard american diet for a more nutritious diet.

Healthy fats, like avocado can be a good swap

Food plays such a important role in Health. Click here:

Many thanks to Experience Life Magazine & Robin Asbell

Stop Smoking & Boost your Immunity (Hint Acupuncture can Help)

Do you smoke? If so do you know it makes you more liable to get COVID-19 & also for it to turn serious?

Chinese Medicine (TCM) sees Smoking as Dryness & Heat. TCM sees the Lungs needing to have the right amount

of moisture & not be Hot. Western Medicine knows that smoking lowers your immune system.

Here at East-West Acupuncture Clinic in Portland, Oregon, we are proud of our Stop Smoking Program which has

helped hundreds of people to kick the habit (since 1980). It’s perfect for the person who really wants to quit for themselves.

Acupuncture releases Endorphins which helps to cut cravings which helps patients to refrain from smoking. For more

information please see our website.


Boosting Immunity in trying times

Well, here we are about a month into the Covid-19 outbreak in the US. I think by now everyone knows that hand washing,

social distancing, staying home (esp if sick) & not touching our face are important. What I don’t hear much of is trying to

build our immune function. A strong immune function will fight this virus strongly. Yes, once again, pay attention to getting

enough sleep, eating a nutritious diet (lots of veggies best organic), getting exercise & going outside in Nature, I do want to

add a couple of things to that list, first meditation or Qi Gong/Tai Qi are known to benefit the immune system. Did you know

that deep, slow belly breathing actually calms you down, which makes your immune system work much better. Finally, a positive

attitude can go a long way in these stressful times.

Three Free Therapies Diet

It goes without saying our Diet is so important to our Health. Many people
say well a good Diet is so expensive, well let me tell you losing your Health
is much more expensive. Remember to read labels, the term Natural is meaningless.
Look at the amount of sodium & sugar in products. Try to buy Organic if possible.
If you can’t here are the lists of the Clean 15 & the Dirty Dozen from the
Environmental Working Group

If you can eat Organic besides no pesticides in general Organic Produce has more vitmanis, minerals, phytochemicals that are beneficial for us

The Clean 15 list includes produce that is least likely to be contaminated by pesticides.

EWG’s Dirty Dozen:

High pesticide residue score Apples, apple sauces, blueberries, grapes, greenbeans, leafy greens, pears, peaches, potatoes, plums, spinach, strawberries, raisins, sweet peppers, tomatoes, winter squashes


EWG’s Clean 15:

Low to moderate pesticide residue score Apple juice, avocados, bananas, beans, broccoli, cabbages, cantaloupes, carrots, cauliflower, celery, corn, eggplants, grapefruits, lentils, lettuce, onions, oranges, orange juices, peas, prunes, summer squashes, sweet potatoes, tofu, tomato sauces, zucchini


Three Free Theraphies Relaxation

There are Three Free Therapies. They are Good, Clean Diet, Exercise & Relaxation.

Relaxation is the therapy that is rarely done. Are we all too busy with work, family

& friends to spare 5-10 minutes a day? Here are some ideas for relaxation.


Deep Breathing

Going to a Happy Place

Body Scan

Smell the Flowers


ways we can do this:


Tai Chi


Qi Gong


PS: The price is right! The results can be wonderful

Three Free Therapies Exercise

There are Three Free Therapies we can all do to enhance our physical, mental & emotional health.

We will start with Exercise, here is a picture of my favorite which is Zumba. Did you know that

Exercise releases serotonin (like Prozac) maybe that’s why we feel better after working out.

A combination of aerobic & anerobic exercise is best, but the best thing to do is find something

that is fun to do. Then stick with it. Remember, stress ages us & can make us sick, Exercise like

Acupuncture relaxes us & helps relieve stress.

Consumer Reports Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

I’m sure you have heard about the Opioid Epidemic in the media. Well, here’s an

interesting development in this is the recognition that Acupuncture can be a viable

natural alternative to pain meds. Did you know Consumer Reports June 2017

recomends Acupuncture for Low Back Pain? Well it did along with other natural

treatments. A far better alternative than powerful pain relievers that only treat

symptoms & not the root of the pain (so it keeps coming back)

Cool, Nutritious Summer Eats

Here’s a nutritious cooling summer salad that’s good for you & for all you recyclers out there we’re

using what would be food waste.

Watermelon Peel Salad

In Chinese Medicine we think of Watermelon as clearing summer heat & stomach heat. It generates

body fluids & relieves thirst.


500g (17 oz) watermelon peel (organic), 1 tsp salt, 20g (.71oz)

Dressing: 20g (.71oz) garlic minced, 1/2 tsp sugar, 1/4 salt, 2 Tbsp sesame oil, 3 tsp vinegar

Preparation: Take the white portion of the peel & cut into 2 inch by 1/2 inch strips,

combine the strips of watermelon peel & salt in a bowl, mix with hands for 5 minutes. Then rinse

under cold water to remove salt. Place peels on paper towels to dry. Finally combine garlic, salt, sugar

sesame oil & vinegar in a bowl. Mix with a whisk. Add the watermelon peel & toss until coated. Marinate

for an hour in the refrigerator before serving.

Thanks to our trusted herbal partner Evergreen Herbs


End of summer special: Get $10 off all Acupuncture Treatments till 8/31 (good only on Acupuncture Treatments)


A Good Book

I recently read a wonderful book. This hit me right to the Heart. It’s called the

Book of Joy. It involves talks with the Dali Lama & Archbishop Desmond Tutu,

two humble & yet inspiring spiritual, moral leaders. We all want true happiness

or Joy but how do we get it? Read this book it will change your perspective.

I think this goes with the saying Healthy Body, Healthy Mind & Spirit


As the Archbishop would say ” You are a Masterpiece in the Making”


Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is one of nature’s most versatile products you can find. It’s well-known not only for its health benefits but also for its beauty uses.

To give you a clearer idea, here are some of coconut oil’s impressive properties.

* The oil contains fatty acids that are more than 15 times more potent than benzoyl peroxide. This makes it a great solution for treating stubborn acne.

* It also contains antioxidants and ferulic acid to help combat signs of skin aging. It can address fine lines and age spots.

* You can find vitamin E in the coconut, too. It can help protect the skin while nourishing it.

* Coconut oil can improve the skin’s barrier, making it a great help for those struggling with really dry skin. It works to prevent water loss and seal in moisture.

* The oil comes with a good amount of lauric acid. It’s a great odor-fighting ingredient to keep you feeling fresh and smelling great all day.

* For minor wounds and scrapes, coconut oil can serve as a protective layer to keep off dust and bacteria. It promotes faster wound healing, too.

The benefits of coconut oil are almost endless.


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