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Chiropractic vs. Acupuncture: The Ultimate Guide

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You might think that chiropractic and acupuncture treatments are the same, but there are subtle differences between them. Both are known as a solution for pain management as part of a physical rehabilitation program. If you are curious about chiropractic vs. acupuncture treatments, here is our ultimate guide. 13w Are you looking for an experienced

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Paving the way for a healthy cold and flu season in the midst of a pandemic

Paving the way for a healthy cold and flu season in the midst of a pandemic

This cold and flu season may seem even more unpredictable as we enter the fall and winter on the coattails of a global pandemic, thankfully many of the things we are already doing will help to prevent the viruses responsible for the common cold and flu.  I doubt anyone will disagree that fastidious hand washing,

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5 Ways to Bring Mindfulness into Your Daily Life.

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What is mindfulness and how do we bring it into our day practice?  Mindfulness is the act of being present, of consciously being involved in the current moment.   To practice mindfulness some people have developed meditation routines where focus on the breath or the body is maintained throughout the practice. However, mindfulness can be practiced

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Acupuncture for Athletes

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Acupuncture has become a part of post-workout recovery and skills and strength optimization of both amateur and professional athletes. We have know for many years that acupuncture provides pain relief, reduces inflammation and relaxes muscles. Now research is showing that acupuncture can improve performance and strength too. By improving proprioception, rebalancing muscle groups and providing

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5 Tips for an At-Home Ergonomic Workstation for Your Neck and Back

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Due to COVID-19, more of us are increasingly finding ourselves working from home. Although waking up, having breakfast in bed, and then opening the laptop for work sounds enticing, it isn’t the greatest positioning for your spine. Here are a few tips that should help make working from home less of a pain in the

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Strengthen your Vagus Nerve for Relaxation and Stress Reduction

Strengthen your vagus nerve for relaxation and stress reduction

The vagus nerve is a long wandering nerve that exits from the brain and travels down through the digestive organs. The nerve is especially important to nervous system regulation. The vagus nerve regulates the internal organ functions like heart rate, respiration, and digestion. It also controls the reflex actions of gagging, swallowing, coughing, and vomiting.

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Acupuncture Can Provide Relief for Chronic Illness

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Chronic illness isn’t easy to deal with, and many patients often end up scrambling for ways to relieve the pain. In our previous article on ‘Who Should I See When I’m in Pain?’, we discussed how discomfort could be caused by many reasons, and not just from the illness itself. Factors like hormones, poor diet, and vitamin

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Who should I see when I’m in pain?

Who should i see when i’m in pain?

Throughout the world, musculoskeletal pain is one of the most common reasons to seek help from a medical professional and one of the leading causes of disability. Common reasons to seek medical care include: neck pain low back pain arthritis sports injuries whiplash from car accidents. Traditionally it has been normal for patients seeking care

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Affordable Ways for Seniors to Start Self-Care Habits That Last All Year Long

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Lots of people start the new year with resolutions for better health and wellness, but a good number of them fail to stick with their goals. Seniors often face an even tougher challenge making these changes, especially if you’re on a fixed income. There isn’t a magic solution that makes wellness goals a breeze, but

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Favorite Naturopathic Foods to Prevent Winter Illness

Dr. heather Krebsbach As a Naturopathic Doctor, I believe strongly in the healing power of nature. So as the cold and flu season approaches, there are many natural approaches to optimizing one’s immune system in order to get yourself ready for battles ahead. While sleep and stress management are fundamental to health, the foods we

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What happens to your body during a car accident?

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The impact of a car accident leads to extreme force, also known as kinetic energy, being absorbed by your body. Although cars are equipped with safety features to help address this, our bodies are not made to handle the impact of these forces. Auto Accidents cause whiplash injuries:Whiplash occurs when the back and front of

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Healthy Living for Seniors: Tips for Feeling and Looking Great

Healthy living for seniors: tips for feeling and looking great

Healthy living can mean all sorts of things, but for seniors, it can be tricky to find the right combination of diet, exercise routine, and lifestyle factors to keep up energy and remain healthy and safe. There may be mobility issues at play, or you may have a busy schedule that prevents you from doing

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Eight Easy Ways Seniors Can Develop and Maintain Healthy Habits

Healthy living for seniors: tips for feeling and looking great

When it comes to developing healthy habits, it can often feel overwhelming. However, living a healthy lifestyle can make your life much easier and enjoyable, especially during your golden years. Seniors who exercise spend 25 percent less time being injured than those who don’t, so it’s incredibly useful and important to exercise regularly. Here are

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Optimize Your Thyroid Function

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Dr. Heather Krebsbach is a naturopathic physician seeing patients at Inner Gate Acupuncture’s Halsey street location. She has been practicing naturopathic medicine in Portland Since 2006. She specializes in bio identical hormones and endocrine health. In this post she offers her insights on understanding and optimizing thyroid health. The thyroid is a little butterfly-shaped gland

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Five Ways to Reduce Your Allergies

Acupuncture reduces allergies by calming and regulating the immune system and opening the respiratory tract.  Precisely placed needles dilate and expand the lungs allowing you to breath more fully and open up sinuses to resolve congestion and itching.  Acupuncture also calms the immune system making you less reactive to allergens in the air. Chinese Herbal

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5 Ways to Relieve Holiday Stress

For many of us the holidays are a difficult time. Family expectations, uncomfortable political conversations, endless meal preparation, and mandated shopping all contribute to the overwhelming chaos. In the midst of the holiday fury, it’s important that we all find windows of time devoted to relaxation and “me time.”  Finding just 15 minutes a day

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Herbal Remedies for Abdominal Pain

Abdominal pain, bloating gas and heartburn are conditions that affect many of us.  In fact, according to a Merck corporation survey, 7% of us suffer from abdominal pain on a daily basis!  Abdominal pain is caused by many complicated issues that require careful diagnosis and treatment for lasting relief.  Many of us aren’t satisfied with

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Late Summer & The Earth Element in Chinese Medicine

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In traditional Chinese medicine each season is represented by a different element.  The Chinese divide summer into two distinct phases.  Early summer is associated with the fire element and late summer with the earth element.The earth element is associated with the digestive system, the flavor sweet and the color yellow.  By late summer many of

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Cilantro Pesto For Detoxification

Cilantro Pesto Recipe Heavy Metal Detox It is important to use organic ingredients and to wash them well. This will avoid contamination with pesticides and herbicides. Ingredients: 3 cloves garlic1/3 cup Brazil nuts or macadamia nuts1/3 cup sunflower seeds1/3 cup pumpkin seeds1 cup fresh cilantro leaves1 cup parsley2/3 cup cold pressed olive oil4 tablespoons lemon

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Organic Foods VS. Conventional Foods

For many years consumers have demanded and paid a premium for organic foods. Many believed that the food was somehow healthier than food produced with fertilizers, pesticides and chemicals.  Others paid for the premium because it meant fewer pesticides and herbicides on their food and in the environment. The European Commission, the executive body of

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Proton Pump Inhibitors and Kidney Disease

Heartburn medications, known as proton pump inhibitors or PPIs, may increase the risk of chronic kidney disease. These medications, which are common over-the-counter medications, include Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid. These medications have already been linked to increases in bone fractures, and pneumonia. Researchers, who followed a group of 10,000 people for almost 14 years, have

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Ear Acupuncture and Weight Loss

A Korean study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine shows that ear acupuncture can help people lose weight.  In the study, researchers compared the efficacy of different acupuncture treatments in helping obese patients lose weight.  The researchers compared the standard Korean five point treatment with a single acupuncture point.  A control group was given a “sham” treatment.

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Manage Seasonal Allergies with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

In light of the complications and unknown risks associated with pharmaceutical medication, illuminated in the above article, it is fortunate that acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer options for natural relief from allergies. At Inner Gate Acupuncture we use acupuncture and Chinese medicine to improve immune function and reduce the inflammatory responses associated with allergies. Acupuncture works by treating

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Mindfulness Therapy as Effective as Medications for Depression

In a recent study, researchers hypothesized that cognitive mindfulness training and practice would be better than antidepressant medications for people suffering from recurrent depression. Mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT) was developed from basic mindfulness techniques.  Mindfulness techniques are designed to help people stay focused on the present moment and not dwell in the past or the

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What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient technique that promotes your body’s natural healing process through the placement of thin, sterile needles into precise acupuncture points. A patient’s signs and symptoms determine which points to use. Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment. Clinical research continues to prove it’s validity and fuel it’s growth and acceptance. Acupuncture has

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Moxibustion: What It Is & How It Works

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Considering whether to get a moxibustion treatment? Inner Gate Health & Wellness explains why it is an effective treatment option. Why Acupuncturists Use Mugwort (Artemisia) for Moxibustion Mugwort, or Artemesia Vulgaris, has been used throughout history for medicinal purposes. Heated mugwort produces an acrid spicy odor that also helps stimulate blood flow. The herb burns

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Emotional Health

Image Courtesy of Pexels The body responds to stress by releasing chemicals into the blood, which increase your heart rate, your blood pressure, and your muscle tension. These chemical changes are beneficial when aiding an accident victim, preparing to speak in public, or fleeing from an attacker. However, chronically high stress levels can become pathological,

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Allergies

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are effective ways to control and eliminate seasonal allergies. Using the techniques of Chinese medicine to improve immune function and reduce inflammation our acupuncturists can help you manage your allergies naturally.   Acupuncture works by treating and strengthening the lung organ system. When the lung is functioning more optimally the immune system’s

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4 Recipes To Replenish Your Electrolytes Naturally!

All of these juices can be easily made at home. The ingredients are designed to restore the electrolytes we lose during vigorous exercise. These juices are all natural. They contain none of the chemical additives, refined sugars or artificial colors and flavors found in commercial sport drinks. Celery, Apple & Lemon Juice – Celery provides several of the

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Electrolytes For Health and Fitness

Physiologically speaking, electrolytes are ions of sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, hydrogen phosphate and hydrogen carbonate.  They are all essential to the proper functioning of our bodies.  Sodium is especially important and is involved in fluid balance and blood pressure regulation.  Muscles and nerves are electric tissues.  These tissues are regulated by the activity created

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Magic Mushrooms May Help Complex Mental Disorders

From time immemorial, a great variety of mind-altering plants and fungi have been used ritualistically and medicinally by cultures the world over.  In our modern age however, the use of many of these plants and fungi, including cannabis, peyote, iboga and so-called ‘magic-mushrooms’ is illegal.  In the United States, many have been classified as Schedule

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