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Natural Wellness Tips to Keep You Healthy this Season

Offered by Jessica Ahmed, Licensed Acupuncturist

Happy spring to the greater Brighton community! Although in Colorado we can often look forward to snow well into April, March 20th marks the official first day of spring. Many of us look forward to the warmth, sunshine and new growth of the season, but some of us also dread the allergies, injuries from increased physical activity, and arthritis or fibromyalgia flareups aggravated by the fluctuating weather.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine benefit the immune system and help alleviate the sneezing, runny nose and foggy head of allergies, as well as prevent and treat various types of pain. It is best to start receiving acupuncture before allergy season begins since it reduces the number of treatments you will need, but you can start anytime.

Similarly, if you injure yourself during exercise or hurt your back while gardening, it is ideal to come in as soon as possible since you will typically need only a couple of treatments to take care of an acute sprain or strain. In general, the longer you have had a condition, the longer you can expect to receive treatment before it is cured.

Here are a few recommendations to help keep you healthy this season:

Diet: In Chinese medicine the liver is associated with the spring season, so now is a good time to focus on gently cleansing through your diet. I recommend eating plenty of fresh vegetables, especially greens, as well as sour foods, such as lemon squeezed in your water. If you have allergies, try limiting dairy and wheat and notice if your symptoms improve.

Movement: Warmer weather creates a great opportunity for increased physical activity. Make it fun by going outside for a walk, hike or bike ride. Stretching is especially encouraged and will help you avoid injuries.

Boost your Immune System: Limit your sugar intake and focus on stress-reduction. Take a daily multivitamin, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and fish oil. Chinese herbs, such as Huang Qi (Astragulus) and Dong Chong Xia Cao (Cordyceps) are also helpful.

Homeopathy: These gentle and effective medicines are available in most health food stores. Some common homeopathics for spring hay fever are Allium cepa, Euphrasia officianalis and Histaminum.

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