Congee is a simple, very well cooked rice porridge that can restore strength and bring warmth to the stomach. Our modern diets are very cold in nature. Raw vegetables, iced drinks, excess fruit, and diets high in carbohydrates cause a great deal of damage to our stomachs. This recipe is great to use during acute illness/infection or during times of seasonal allergies.
Brown Rice and Walnut Congee
Recipe adapted from Healing with Whole Foods, Paul Pitchford
Our long awaited spring is finally here Wisconsinites! It is a time for renewal, rebirth, new starts, and new plans. In Ancient Chinese philosophy, spring breaks winter’s time of quiet introspection and rest and begins a time of preparation. We begin plans for summer: a time of growth and socialization. As an agrarian society, the ancient Chinese, followed the flow of the seasons to dictate all aspects of their life: from planting and harvesting, to health, wellness, politics, and lifestyle philosophy. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:3.
Here at Bartelt Acupuncture we aspire to help others live a healthier, more natural lifestyle. As we ready ourselves for this season of anew, the lesson we have learned most in our practice is that healing modalities and lifestyle choices that were born thousands of years ago work and work well. Research has shown in the last two decades particularly that using acupuncture, massage therapy, meditation, aromatherapy, and herbalism is comparable to modern medicine. These healing therapies have fewer side effects, less investment in time and money, and can be more effective. Traditional Chinese Medicine, what is practiced by our Healing Team, is based in the philosophies of Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucism which teach a slow-paced lifestyle rooted in simplicity.
“There exist no miraculous methods in the world, only plain ones, and the perfection of the plain is miraculous.” ~ Fei Boxiong, 1863
Take springtime as a time to revive yourself out of your quiet, contemplation and get to work managing a plan to simplify and spring clean your exterior and; therefore, interior life.
Principles of Feng Shui, one of the 8 Branches of Traditional Chinese Medicine, states that we can use placement of objects (such as furniture and plants) and the removal of unnecessary clutter to better and more efficiently improve our own vital energy, our Qi.
In Marie Kondo’s Book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, she writes, “There is a saying that “a messy room equals a messy mind.” I look at it this way; When a room becomes cluttered, the cause is more than just physical. Visible mess helps distract us from the true source of disorder. The act of cluttering is really an instinctive reflex that draws our attention away from the heart of an issue.” When a home or space is organized and simplified, new life, new efficiency, and new energy is born into it again.
Yangshen is the 2,500 year old Chinese practice of nourishing life and aims to cultivate health and longevity through simple lifestyle behaviors - behaviors that don’t cause harm. Eating right, exercising, having a contemplative practice, managing emotions, sleeping well, and breath work are all involved in the writings of Yangshen.
Also dictated in Yangshen is the avoidance of exterior pathogens such avoiding environmental chemicals. When starting your spring cleaning this year, also consider what products you are using to do so. Simplicity also lies in the compounds you introduce in your home and around your family. Many household cleaners contain toxic chemicals that may cause short or long-term health concerns. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the air inside a typical home is 200-500 percent more polluted than the air outside mainly due to toxic household cleaning products.
Join Bartelt Acupuncture for our "Spring Cleaning with Essential Oils Make and Take Class" on Saturday, March 11th, 2017. During this class you will learn how to make your own cleaning supplies that are safe, non-toxic, and cost far less than commercial products. The cost of the class is $15 and includes the supplies needed to make your own cleaning products, that will be discussed, so that you can take them home with you and carry out your spring cleaning naturally.
“Caresses, expressions of one sort or another, are necessary to the life of affections as leaves are to the life of a tree.” – Nathanial Hawthorne
As a medium of communication between humans, there is no other as primitive and, thus as important, as touch. Touch is our first language. Upon conception we are influenced and formed through our connection with our mother, her energy, and her environment, sharing cells, being protected, and making this very first human bond. As infants, touch is just as important to the development of our nervous systems as the food we are fed. Noted Neuroscientist Saul Schanberg said, “Touch is not only basic to our species, but the key to it”.
The ancients through out cultures around the world knew the importance and gift touch was as a healing modality unto others. Evidence of touch therapy can be found in the history of the cultures of Rome, Greece, Egypt, China, Polynesia, and Native America since the beginning of civilization in early shaman practices, traditional healing practices, and religious ceremonies.
Touch is a silent language of connection. It’s a bridge between two separate bodies, two separate lives, universes, or energy fields. It can be a vehicle of transmission. A giving and receiving of emotions, intentions, desires, forgiveness, and love. Skillful, therapeutic touch offers a quality of compassion and gives a message to the person receiving to relax, feel safe, and to be open to healing.
The Touch Research Institute was established in 1992 by Director Dr. Tiffany Field, Ph.D. at The University of Miami. It’s mission is “to better define touch as it promotes health and contributes to the treatment of disease”. Research has shown that touch as therapy has numerous beneficial effects on health and well-being. For example, research done at The Institute has shown that Massage Therapy:
Happy New Year from Bartelt Acupuncture! As another year begins, resolutions are made, and to-do lists, and goals are created. Not sure where to begin? Here are 5 healthy goals to get you started:
1.) Get Healthier: Getting healthier is the #1 New Year’s resolution either by losing weight, exercising more, eating healthier, or quitting an addiction. Acupuncture, Asian herbs, and supplements can be helpful supportive aids in these goals.
2.) Manage Disease Naturally: A goal of many of our patients is to begin to take control over their health by decreasing the number of pharmaceuticals they take and, therefore; the side effects that they have from taking them. Evidence shows success in decreasing the number of pharmaceuticals taken with patients who suffer from chronic pain, headaches, nausea, knee pain, and more when using acupuncture.
3.) Contemplate: Winter is a yin season in Traditional Chinese Philosophy – a time of quietude and deep introspection. Start a meditation practice or deepen your existing one.
4.) De-Stress: Lose the stress in 2017! Diseases such as diabetes, depression, obesity, headaches, and Alzheimer’s disease can be linked to a stressful lifestyle.
5.) Take Time for Yourself and Your Health: Making your health your number one priority is the most important thing you can do for yourself. Take care of yourself as you would a close friend. When you are sick, get yourself well. Before you are unwell, prevent illness.
Our team at Bartelt Acupuncture is dedicated to assisting our patients in making 2017 a year of committed health and wellness. Take a look at these 5 supportive practices to make your resolutions or goals successes.