Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been in practice for thousands of years, but is ever-evolving, encompassing new modalities to continue to grow our methods of treatment. One of the decades old methods I use is called biopuncture or acupuncture injection therapy. Injections of small amounts of natural remedies can be done superficially under the skin or into muscles to stimulate the body to heal itself.
In the case of allergies, I use an ultra-low dose natural solution that is both safe and powerful, called Pascallerg, as the main remedy. A small amount of this remedy is injected into specifically chosen acupuncture points.
For a personal perspective, I’ve asked a recent patient to write about her experience:
“I’ve had asthma and allergies since I was a child and had been on corticosteroid inhalers for 20 years. I’m allergic to pretty much everything: dust, mold, trees, grass, feathers, animals- and I couldn’t function normally without taking a preventative inhaler daily. Recently, I decided I couldn’t be satisfied with the conventional medicine attitude that my health would never improve and that I would have to depend on pharmaceuticals the rest of my life. Starting to see Dr. Carr this past year was a turning point. My treatment focuses on acupuncture with biopuncture using Pascallerg, and is complemented by a good diet and other holistic methods. I have seen great results! In the course of a few months, I have been able to progressively reduce the use of my preventative inhaler down to zero! This was the first time in my life since childhood that I had a medication free week and been wheeze-free! I have also become much more resilient to colds, which used to have me wheezing for weeks afterwards. My friends and family are thrilled that I have seen so much progress as they know how frustrating my struggle with my allergies and asthma has been.”—S.F.
Spring has sprung and with it comes thoughts of spring cleaning, both of household and body. According to traditional Chinese medicine principles, this is the season most connected to working on liver and gallbladder issues, so now is a great time to do a cleanse. Click here to view the actual link or here for the PDF.
I had never before bought an artichoke. I had no idea what to do with it, but I wanted to give it a try because I know its health benefits, including the timely one of helping to support a spring cleanse.
Why do a detox cleanse?
You may have read that the last 60 or so years have brought another approximately 70,000 new chemicals, with only a fraction having been tested. Some of these chemicals have been tied to asthma, allergies, headaches, nausea, pain, mental confusion, sleep problems, and even cancer. It’s hard to avoid all chemicals, as they are found in plastics, electronics, carpets, furniture, food, water, and even your some clothing materials. Your body is designed to remove harmful chemicals, but with the overload that our current environment and lifestyles bring, a regular detox cleanse is an important part of your health routine, and spring is an ideal time to do it.
The awesome artichoke
Of course there are many aspects to a cleanse, but including foods supportive to the detox function, is a great foundation. Artichokes are high in fibre, helping to scrub the intestinal walls and absorb toxins. They also carry the antioxidant flavonoid silymarin–the same component found in milk thistle–a key ingredient for supporting liver health by stimulating cell regeneration.
If you eat the artichoke leaves (remember that the it’s the inner ones you want as the outer ones are too tough), your liver will be better able to break down fatty foods as the cynarin found mostly in the leaves stimulate the liver to produce more bile. It may even help to lower your cholesterol too.
Do you have a sweet tooth?
A bonus benefit of eating artichokes is that it may help you get more satisfaction out of your food without having to add more sweetener. An old study that was later confirmed by research at Yale University found that two thirds of their subjects found even a glass of water to taste sweet after eating an artichoke.
Is there a delicious recipe for artichokes?
Of course there are delicious recipes! I tried a healthy homemade (no cheese) pizza. Make your own, and in addition to artichoke, consider adding these other detoxification support foods:
- Brussels sprouts
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to a disease that affects approximately 176 million women worldwide, including more than 8.5 million in North America. If you or anyone you know has endometriosis, then check out my article in 24 Hours. Click here to view the actual link or here for the PDF.