I hope you’re enjoying our Spring Break / SXSW week; the energy of the year is definitely picking up! Spring time in traditional Chinese medicine has to do with the concepts of rapid growth, free movement, and the Liver. It’s literally a good time of the year to do exactly what you really want to do! Don’t make yourself do anything as it will probably backfire in some way. Listen to your body and it should steer you correct.
Again, I must emphasize that I never would tell a patient (or especially a casual onlooker!) to get off of any prescription med: that’s between you and your prescribing doctor!
Actually, antacids are something that should be avoided at all costs! They have been connected with osteoporosis in older patients and rickets in children…and they actually make the underlying cause of the problem worse. For mild heartburn, the best natural solutions are fairly easy: cut back on grains and sugars; drink more water; eat an apple; or drink a spoonful of apple cider vinegar! For more severe stomach ulcerations, Chinese medicines have herbal solutions are typically mineral-based substances that naturally absorb excess acid, and improve the functioning of the digestive organs.
Hypothyroidism is a common health problem that more and more people are suffering with. Symptoms include fatigue, cold limbs, dry skin, brain fog, depression, and weight gain. The first thing I recommend to people is to get off of wheat / gluten. Then, we can use a trace mineral supplement (usually one with kelp), dessicated thyroid gland tablets, and Chinese herbs to invigorate the blood circulation to the thyroid.
Herbal Statins (Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs)
The “fact” that high cholesterol causes heart disease is really a myth. For more info on that, check out: www.mercola.com. In Chinese medicine, we recommend dietary changes (it’s almost impossible to lower cholesterol without a good diet!) and herbs such as Hawthorne berry (Shan Zha) that actually pull excess cholesterol out of your blood. It is then removed in the normal elimination processes.
J. Nicole Lentfer, L.Ac.