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Miracles of Adaptogens

herbs21Adaptogens have a long-standing history of use throughout the world. Traditionally they have a reputation to extend life span, increase resistance to disease and build overall vitality in the recipient. In practice, I’ve found that it makes great clinical sense to incorporate adaptogens into your daily routine to maximize your health. Research done over the past several decades has been confirming a variety of benefits from several adaptogens. There exist dozens of great vitality building herbs, but in this article I will discuss five that I find most useful.

Astragalus Membranaceous

Considered a spleen, lung and Qi tonic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is known to increase resistance to infectious disease, build endurance and improve overall digestion. Research has also confirmed the ability of Astragalus to improve heart function as well.   Astragalus is quite easy to obtain, inexpensive and often okay with long term use. Another interesting property is the ability to build “wei qi” which is the Traditional Chinese medicine equivalent of building the overall immune system. Often it is used in conjunction with chemotherapy to reduce immune suppression of chemotherapy. In practice I use it to increase resistance to all sorts of viral infections while also building overall energy.

Panax Ginseng

Similar properties to Astragalus   except that it tends to be more stimulating or more of a “yang” tonic. Panax is great to build energy and vitality but for some can be too stimulating for regular use. Long term ginseng exposure has been found to be inversely proportional to cancer risk and also have been found to retard cancer growth. Ginseng used alone has been found to improve blood sugar metabolism of diabetics as well. Ginseng has also been found to increase resistance to radiation and also to improve liver function via several mechanisms. It is important to not get confused with other Ginsengs as Panax has distinct properties of its own. American Ginseng and Siberian Ginseng are two unrelated botanicals but valuable tonics in their own right.

Licorice

Used in many traditional chinese formulas and has a distinct flavor.  It improves utilization of other herbs in the formula. It is used as an antiviral, energy tonic, supportive anti-inflammatory and powerful healer of the gastrointestinal lining.  Anyone with stomach ulcers, acid reflux would do well to consider using Licorice as a supportive treatment. Licorice can help to normalize low blood pressure in people who tend to get dizzy when they stand up as well.

Rehmannia

A  traditional kidney and liver tonic. It often is in formulas used to combat long-standing burnout and adrenal fatigue. Inflammation and hot flashes are signs of a need for Rehmannia as it is known to help build “kidney yin” to bring down “empty heat” in Traditional Chinese Medicine.   Subjects given Rehmannia also exhibit increased resistance to liver damage.

Eleutherococcus senticosus or “Siberian Ginseng”

Not truly a species of ginseng but has garnered a reputation as a gentle yet powerful energy tonic. It is best used as a long term preventative to enable the recipient to better cope with physical and mental stress. It is very beneficial for those suffering from exhaustion while also benefiting overall immune function.

Rhodiola Rosea

One of my favorite tonics as research has shown it to provide increased endurance and ability to tolerate more exercise without inducing burnout. Rhodiola has also been shown to improve communication between the Hypothalamus, Pituitary and adrenal glands to improve overall adaptation to stress also known as the “HPA axis”.  Rhodiola has also been found to improve mitochondrial capacity to burn fatty acids for fuel which may aid weight loss. 

Who Needs Adaptogens? 

In my opinion, everyone can benefit from regular intake of adaptogenic herbs. The important consideration is to find out which ones are right for you by consulting with your local Naturopathic Physician.   Be prepared to experience improved energy, sense of well being and resistance to stress.

Although most adaptogens have an excellent safety record, it is still important to consider current medications and medical needs of a patient before deciding treatment.

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Flu Season is Here!

 

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The fall brings an increased incidence of flus and colds for kids and parents as well.  Below is a list of guidelines to increase resistance to infection.

 

  • Exercise Regularly – People who exercise have stronger immune systems than sedentary individuals.
  •  Minimize Sugar Consumption –  Sugar intake is a well-known immune suppressant.
  • Avoid Food Sensitivities –  Consumption of food sensitivities cause a tendency to weakened immunity, low energy and congestion.  If possible get tested and learn to  avoid/treat your food triggers.
  • Manage Stress – Regular meditation can be very helpful. I highly recommend “Dr Wrights Cleaning Our Technique” and/or “Conscious Mind Cleansing” to help clear emotional stress and improve sleep.
  •  Sleep – Go to bed and wake at the same time every day to encourage a proper biorhythym. This will decrease stress on the body and improve sleep quality.  If needed a sleep aid can be taken such as Neurexan, Z12, Chamomile etc.   Women suffering from menopause symptoms may benefit from oral progesterone.
  • Diet Eat a diet rich in a variety of fruits and vegetables, preferably in season. I like to juice apples, carrots and celery in the fall daily.
  •  Nutrient Deficiencies Correct any nutrient deficiencies that you may have. Vitamins A, C, D, and Zinc all play a pivotal role in proper immune function.
  • Immune Tonics – Herbs such as Garlic, Echinacea, Reishi mushroom, Astragalus and Elderberry have wide spread effects on immune function. Some studies suggest that they may also extend life expectancy.
  • Immune Boosting Homeopathics – Homeopathic remedies such and Engystol, Gripp, Lymphdiaral and Pascoeleucyn can help to prevent and treat colds and flus. For an extra powerful boost these also come in an injectable form.
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Peeling the Layers to Health

 
 
 
 
 
stethoscopeWhen a patient comes into my office with a health challenge, there are many  treatment approaches that can be helpful. The reality is that many symptoms are actually caused by several systems of the body not quite working optimally.

Considering that several systems need corrective care to resolve the health challenge, Naturopathic Physicians are faced with the dilemma of where to start treatment and how many imbalances should be treated at any one time. My approach is a little of both. I treat generally by making sure the diet is ideal for balanced blood sugar, the body is well hydrated and all the basic TBM reflexes are firing correctly. TBM information can be found here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIeF94riKtc)

Once the general template is set, I then prioritize where to treat in a systematic fashion using electrodermal screening. Electrodermal screening involves testing the acupuncture meridians on the hands and feet to look for stress responses in the various systems of the body. While not diagnostic of disease, it provides valuable clues as to what systems are stressed, how much and what are likely causes behind the imbalance.   Treatment generally involves treating the MOST stressed system first with remedies that both nourish and detoxify that particular system. Remedies that neutralize the stress in that particular reading are chosen for treatment. This way treatment is customized to the patient. Testing is typically performed once a month to clear layers of stress in an order that can guide the body back to wellness. With this method, success is more likely to lead to long lasting results versus just treating symptoms that rarely lead to long-term success due to the fact that key underlying causes are not being addressed.

Generally, the approach is to consistently support mind-body communication while using supplements and drainage remedies to provide nutrition and detoxification. While taking system balancing supplements, other techniques such as TBM Acupuncture, Spinal manipulation and/or Pain Neutralization are performed to optimize mind body communication and to reduce stress and improve mind body regulation.

While the doctor plays a role in treatment, there are many things that a person can do to support their own healing:

  • Work with your Naturopathic Physician regarding supplementation of a variety of antioxidants and super foods.
  • Drink Water – 1 litre per 50 lbs of bodyweight a day if possible. 
  • Avoid junk food, reduce sugar and fried fats.
  • Eat a variety of whole foods and try to consume good quality protein several times per day.
  • Exercise-yoga, resistance training and pilates are highly recommended.
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Surviving Over Indulgence During the Holiday Season

 

imagesOnce again the holiday season is almost upon us. As we are all too familiar, this season brings with it many cherished family celebrations office parties and often much holiday stress. During these celebrations, we give ourselves permission to indulge in an over abundance of calorie rich food and alcoholic beverages and experience all the gastronomic delights the season has to offer. For most of us, the worst that happens is that we gain a little weight and then make our New Year’s resolution to lose that weight. Unfortunately, many of us are we do not realize that our digestive systems becoming overloaded and stressed. We start to experience symptoms that often include indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux and gas/bloating. Our sleep becomes disrupted due to the discomfort of symptoms we experience. Of course, no sleep and constant digestive discomfort affects our mood and our day-to-day activities making us unbearable to be around.

If this describes one or more of your symptoms, Dr. Gallant has prepared the following customized trio digestive package for existing patients.

  • Flora Syntropy – provides GI tract with good bacteria needed for optimal digestion.
  • Catazyme 7 – an enzyme blend to help better digest proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
  • GB 40 – a mix of botanicals and nutrients to support better gallbladder and liver function.

If you are interested in purchasing a digestive package, please call Rejuv-Innate Naturopathic Clinic at 604-465-7745 and Dr. Gallant will be happy to determine whether this package is right for you.

Dr. Jamie Gallant, ND

 

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What is Auriculotherapy ?

 
 
 
 
 
image Auriculotherapy is a technique of using points on the skin of the auricle (external ear) to diagnose and treat pain and medical conditions of the body. Also referred to as Auricular Medicine, practitioners all over the world use this therapy to treat pain, addictions and internal disorders with excellent results. Whether used in conjunction with another treatment or by itself, auriculotherapy is often effective when other treatments have failed. Best of all, it is safe, non-invasive and virtually free of side effects.

Treatments available include:

  • Allergies                                        Headache                          Sinusitis
  • Anxiety                                          Hemorrhoids                   Smoking Withdrawal
  • Asthma                                          Hyperactivity                   Sore Throat
  • Bladder Control                           Insomnia                          Toothache
  • Constipation                                Knee Pain                          Vision Problems
  • Depression                                   PMS                                   Weight Control
  • Gall Bladder                                 Shingles

How does Auriculotherapy work ?

Specific points on the ear have been mapped for the treatment of specific problems. These points, when stimulated, often have positive effects on the target are of the body.

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What should I expect ?

Dr Gallant will usually begin by inspecting certain points that may be related to your problem on one or both of your ears. The ears may be checked by visual inspection, palpation, or electrical testing. When therapeutically active points are located, they will be treated with one of several possible treatment methods, including electrical or laser stimulation, pressure, taping of a tack or seed to the skin, or insertion of very small acupuncture needles

Is it painful ?

Auriculotherapy is generally very comfortable. If Dr Gallant uses electrical stimulation, you may feel a mild electrical sensation. If a needle is used you may feel a small needle prick.

How quickly can I expect relief ?

Auriculotherapy often produces very rapid effects. Some treatments take effect immediately, while others are cumulative in nature, become increasingly effective with more treatments.

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How to Detoxify Yourself

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1.  Feed your Liver!

Contrary to popular belief a diet low in nutrients and protein makes it near impossible for your liver to deal with toxins in day to day life.

2.  Consider testing toxin load in  your body!

There are tests to measure environmental pollutant burden in the body.  These can give you a general idea of a how toxic you are.  For more info see here http://rmalab.com/sites/default/files/tests/spec_sheets/20140202_Pt-Handout-EPP.pdf

3.  Eat Less Toxins! 

Whenever possible try to eat organic, and minimize chemical intake from food preservatives and flavorings.  It is also a good idea to minimize sugar consumption as well.

4.  Avoid food sensitivies! 

Most of the toxins your liver is exposed to everyday come from gut bacteria and yeast that produce byproducts from poor digestion.  When you eat food that you cannot digest or are allergic to you overburden your digestive capacity.  Undigested food is then metabolized by your gut microbes into toxic waste.  

5.  Optimize digestive function!

Regular use of Bitters, Betaine HCl and/or Enzyme supplements improve overall nutrient absorption and inhibit harmful bacterial and yeast populations in the gut.  This reduces the stress on your detoxification systems.

6.  Use Detoxifying Super Foods!

Foods such as Cracked cell Chlorella improve elimination of heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum from the body.  Regular intake of Chlorella has been found to improve immune function and reduce toxic burden on the body. image

 

 

 

7.  Infrared Sauna!

Regular infrared sauna improves the elimination of toxic metals and other toxins through the skin.  Done regularly, infrared sauna is a healthy way to reduce toxic burden dramatically.

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8.  Try Drainage Remedies! 

Drainage remedies are state of the art detoxification and rebalancing remedies.  The right remedies for you are chosen via testing your body for the right detoxification combination for you.   They gently allow for toxins to be eliminated from the body while at the same time improving the health of the weakened organ systems in your body. image Detoxification involves removing sources of toxicity from your body, giving your body what it needs to detoxify safely and from there stimulating a gentle process to better eliminate the toxic stress in your body. This should be done for at least 6 months of the year to combat the constant onslaught of toxin exposure from the environment today.  For an individually tailored detoxification process come in for testing.

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Allergy Season is Here!

 
 
 
 
 
Naturopath in Maple Ridge BC

Allergy Season is Here!

If you suffer from itchy eyes, runny nose, sneezing and even strange swellings during the springtime it is likely that this is all allergy mediated.

Allergies are a stress response to a food or inhalant that is often otherwise harmless. Here are some general suggestions to eliminate allergies for good.

1) Drink 1 litre of water per 50lbs of bodyweight per day. Hydration is key to help clear a clogged up lymphatic system.
2) Try Natural Antihistamines-Quercetin, Vitamin C, Grapeseed Extract all have antihistaminic effects in the body.
3) Improve your digestion-The large intestine meridian plays a vital role in how healthy your respiratory passages are. Better digestion means better immune function and less allergies. Digestive enzymes, healthy eating, probiotics and food sensitivity elimination ease off the stress on the immune system.
4) TBM/NMT-I’ve found that regular NMT/TBM treatment is amazingly effective at breaking the allergy pattern. I’ve had resolution of even Anaphylactic allergies in my practice after a few months or regular treatment. For info about TBM and NMTsee http://www.mercola.com/article/mind_body/tbm.htm
www.nmt.md
5) Reduce Stress! Stress can induce allergies and in most people it is a big aggravator. Start doing daily EFT practice and meditate to get this under control. EFT instructions can be found here. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWu3rSEddZI
I highly recommend “The Living Soul Meditation” by Dr Mitchell Gibson MD.
http://www.tybro.com/TYBRO/Living_Soul_Meditation.html
6) Try Acupuncture! Balancing your meridians is a powerful way to alleviate stress and improve well-being. There are many protocols that alleviate allergy tendency. Here is a video about acupuncture and Acugraph testing that I perform on your 1st visit here. http://doctorgallant.com/treatments/acugraph/
7) Detoxify regularly! Most health problems today are related to poor clearance of toxins from the body. When working with patients I try to find out where the blocks to efficient detoxification are and correct them.

This is the groundwork to obtaining an allergy free life. Remember, allergies are a way of your body saying that you are out of balance. Balance your body and improve your life!

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Swing into Spring

 
 
 
 
 
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Spring time is just around the corner!! It is a time of new beginnings, and to restore your health. You may want to add some of the following foods to your next grocery list…

Collard Greens, Fennel, Fiddle Heads, Green onions, Kale,
Wild Mushrooms, Rhubarb, Swiss Chard, Salad Greens

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The Body is Information

The Body is Information

You may not be aware of this but the body is somewhat similar to a computer. The information present in your nervous system determines physiological choices that create health or illness. Your emotions and the way you view your life are all related to the information you carry within you. Past experiences both positive and negative can influence your present state of mind and also your physiology as well.
If you wish to change your present state of health consider working on changing the informational state of your nervous system.

How do you change the informational state of you body? Here are some strategies to consider…

1. Start a meditation practice and do it DAILY, here are three practices that I most highly recommend

Dr Wright’s Cleaing Out technique
The Living Soul Meditation
Consicous Mind Cleansing

2. See me or another practitioner who does NMT/TBM and have treatment performed weekly.

3. Constitutional Homeopathy. Finding the right remedy for you can be transformative, it takes time and patience. Working together we can find your remedy.

4. Perform EFT daily on anything and everything that is stressful in your life. For instructions see www.products.mercola.com/meridian-tapping

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