Julia Fountain ND
Some home remedies for when the head is heavy and the sinuses are clogged:
Nasal drainage using xylitol. You may know of xylitol as the natural birch sweetener in gum and keto desserts. But research now shows it’s more effective than saline at clearing nasal congestion. It appears to breaks through the biofilm produced by bacteria in the sinuses. It can be used in a neti pot or a nasal mist for adults and children. Look for the Xlear line of products in health food stores, pharmacies and we’ve just started carrying the line at the HealthSpan dispensary.
Oil of oregano inhalation. Oil of oregano is a potent antibacterial. Add a few drops to a sink of hot, steaming water, tent over the head with a towel and inhale the vapours deep into the sinuses. Alternatively, make a warm compress – a few drops of oil of oregano on a wet, warm washcloth and let it rest over the sinuses.
Wet sock treatment. This ancient hydrotherapy treatment is simple, inexpensive and effective! Warm feet in hot foot bath or bathtub. Wet a pair of cotton socks and put them on very warm feet. Put a pair of heavy (wool) socks on over the wet socks and go directly to bed. Within minutes of lying down you’ll feel the sinuses start to drain as the wet socks derive the circulation from the head, down to the feet. In the morning the socks will be dry and your feet will be warm!
Humidifier. A humidifier can keep moisture in the air, which prevents mucous from thickening overnight.
I also provide a naturopathic decongesting treatment in the clinic using nebulized (inhaled) glutathione followed by aromatherapy decongesting lymphatic massage over the sinuses, scalp, neck and shoulders. Glutathione is an antioxidant for the upper respiratory system and helps thin mucous. Enjoy relaxation and relief!
Carolyn Dew, Registered Acupuncturist
Tis the season of dark days, less sunlight, being forced indoors, and being alone with your thoughts. Winter is peak yin time – a time of reflection, of slowing down, a time to recharge. It is the opposite energy to summer. It is a time of contemplation and renewal however if you find yourself sitting with negative thoughts for too long or too often, or if you are feeling really stuck and not able to go with the flow of winter mentally or physically, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help.
Doctors in China has been using the TCM herbal formula Xiao Yao San for centuries. “Free and Easy Wanderer” contains eight commonly used herbs: bupleurum root, chinese angelica root, white peony root, poria, bighead atractylodes rhizome, roasted ginger, prepared licorice root, and peppermint. In Chinese Medicine theory terms, Xiao Yao San soothes the liver, invigorates the spleen, nourishes the blood and clears heat away from the liver due to blood deficiency.
Western medical research has found similar results. Researchers set out to evaluate the beneficial and harmful effects of Xiao Yao San in a research article : A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials (Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2012, Article ID 931636).
What they found was that using the prescription of Xiao Yao San in all of its forms (pills, powder and tea) can be beneficial to patients with depression.
In comparing Xiao Yao San prescriptions alone, antidepressants alone, and the combination of Xiao Yao San prescriptions and antidepressants, the researchers found that Xiao Yao San prescriptions may have the same effectiveness as antidepressants, and with fewer side effects. Combining Xiao Yao San with antidepressants showed significant beneficial effects—shorter onset time, symptom improvement with less adverse events—as compared to the results of those taking just antidepressants or just Xiao Yao San prescriptions.
So if you are struggling with depressive thoughts and low mood consider accessing TCM therapy. Besides Chinese herbal medicine, Acupuncture is also a super effective tool at stabilizing and treating the mood disorders. These can be used on their own or as an adjunct to your current medical therapy.
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Cynthia Simmons, Certified Thermography Technician
One of the best tools for spotting inflammation is thermography (infra-red imaging). It is well documented that inflammation is a precursor to many diseases. As well as detecting inflammation, thermography is extremely useful for pinpointing neurological, vascular and circulatory dysfunction, and revealing injury to muscles and bones. Breast Thermography can also give a better view of anatomical changes within dense breast tissue – changes nearly impossible to view on a mammogram.
Normal thermographic images show symmetry: the same temperature on both sides of the body (or breasts). Differences in temperatures can indicate something is wrong. That ability to compare in such detail is key to (breast) cancer prevention.
Thermography is non-invasive, no pain (no squeezing) and because it has no radiation it can be safely used at any age. And is safe to use with eg.breast implants.
Breast thermography has been researched for over 30 years, and over 800 peer-reviewed breast thermography studies exist in the index-medicus. In this data base well over 250,000 women have been included as study participants. Breast thermography has an average sensitivity and specificity of 90%. Breast thermography is not a stand-alone tool in the screening and diagnosis of breast cancer. It is adjunctive. When used as part of a multimodal approach (clinical examination + mammography + thermography), 95% of early-stage cancers can be detected.
A thermal scan of other parts of the body can indicate other health problems in their very early stages – before many conventional approaches can. Thermal imaging of the joints for example, may demonstrate early signs of arthritis that can be addressed sooner rather than later, preventing further degeneration. The Cranial scan can indicate dental inflammation and hyper or hypo thyroid.
Do you have pains and your doctors can’t see it? Thermography will give you pictures of your pain / inflammation. A thermographic picture is truly worth a 1000 words. (cost of a breast scan is $265, Cranial $225, Upper or Lower $265)
Cindy Simmons is a Certified Thermography Technician, Breast Health Educator and Author of “A Guide to Healthy Hormones, SECRETS to Breast Health” (available on Amazon). Cindy can be reached at 905.873.5773 for information or to book an appointment in Georgetown or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org