Dietary Recommendations for Insomnia

Insomnia is the inability to get the amount of sleep you need to wake up feeling rested and refreshed. Because different people need different amounts of sleep, insomnia is defined by the quality of your sleep and how you feel after sleeping—not the number of hours you sleep or how quickly you doze off. Even if you’re spending eight hours a night in bed, if you feel drowsy and fatigued during the day, you may be experiencing insomnia. 

There are many different causes of insomnia but emotional issues such as anxiety and depression are two of the most common causes of chronic insomnia. Other common emotional and psychological causes include chronic or significant life stress, anger, worry, grief, bipolar disorder, and trauma.

At Raah Natural Care, since your body and mind is one, we may balance your Spleen, Gall Baldder and Pericardium Energy depending on the emotional issues you are having trouble with using acupuncture.

 

Recommendations

  • Calcium and Magnesium - they have calming effect. try to take those in food which are much better than supplement form. 

These are some of the calcium rich foods we recommend
Collard Greens,
lack sessime
broccoli
kale, 
edamame
figs
bok choy
sardines
orange
white beans
salmon
okra
tofu
almonds

These are magnesium rich foods.
halibut, 
almonds, 
spinach, 
mackeral, 
cocoa, 
cashews, 
pumpkin seeds

  • Supplements:
    vitamin B complex - helps to promote a restful state. and also good for relieving stress.
    inositol - enhances REM sleep
    vitamin C with bioflavonoids - very important for reducing stress
    zinc - aids recovery of body tissues while sleeping
  • california poppy, hops, kava kava, lemon balm, passionflower, skullcap, valerian root are all good for helping to overcome insomnia.
  • Valerian root has become the favorite among many experts. It is best not to rely on one herb on a regular basis but to rotate among several.
  • In the evening, eat Bananas, dates, figs, nut butters, tuna, turkey, whole grain crackers, yogurt. These foods are high in tryptophan which promotes sleep. eating grapefruit half at bedtime also helps.

 

AVOID

bacon, cheese, chocolate, eggplant, ham, potatoes, sauerkraut, sugar, sausage, spinach, tomatoes and wine close to bedtime.

If you’ve tried the insomnia self-help strategies above and are still having trouble getting the sleep you need, Raah Natural Care may be able to help. 

  • Your insomnia doesn’t respond to self-help
  • Your insomnia is causing major problems at home, work, or school
  • You’re experiencing scary symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath
  • Your insomnia occurs almost every night and is getting worse

For more detailed consultation please give us a call to book an appointment.

Thank you

 

Is it a Miracle?

Is it a Miracle?

It is not uncommon to hear patients talk to others about their “acupuncture miracles.” 

To someone suffering with severe migraines for years on end, and who has tried every drug and medical remedy under the sun, it might seem like a miracle to get relief after just a few simple acupuncture treatments.

To the woman pronounced infertile, it certainly seems miraculous when she is able to finally conceive.

To the man with chronic lower back pain and sciatica, the relief from pain is expected, but the miracle comes in the form of better digestion and improved bowel and bladder function.

We tend to consider these events miracles because as a whole we have grown so accustomed to living life with chronic, sometimes debilitating ailments, that after a while they just become part of us and are accepted as normal. 

On top of that, medicinal treatments, while offering at best symptomatic relief, do nothing to actually correct the underlying problem and bring the body back into its natural balance.  Therefore, whenperpetually treating a condition with medicine it is easy to become resigned to living with the vicious cycle of relief while on the drug (outside of the medicine’s inherent side effects), and the return of the symptoms when the drug wears off.  To those raised on the medical model this is as good as it gets.

So when they finally find acupuncture and discover what it means to be truly healthy and allow the body to fully express itself mentally, physically, and emotionally from the inside out, it is only natural to consider it miraculous.  Especially given the torturous path that finally led them to acupuncture in the first place.

But what does it say about our general state of health that when the body is functioning as it was designed to and simply expressing life as it was meant to be, we tag it a “miracle”?

It is sobering that the majority of us have settled for way too long to live a life so far below our natural potential that we have forgotten what it feels like to be wholly healthy and well.  The true miracle is that we allow ourselves to be abused by such an inefficient, often dangerous, system of medical care.

The acupuncturist works no miracles and heals nothing, but rather removes blockages and restores balance in the body, allowing the body’s wisdom to go to work and express health and life the only way it knows how.  A life that more and more people are discovering is easily within their grasp.

Maintenance

  PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT

Buying an automobile is probably one of the biggest financial investments you’ll make.  When you consider all the hard work that went into your purchase I’m sure you would agree that it only makes sense to protect your investment so that you get as much return on it as possible.  You understand that even though your car runs great, performs magnificently, and looks wonderful on the outside it is imperative that you keep up with regularly scheduled maintenance to keep it running smoothly.  Routine oil changes are essential to the life of your car’s engine.  It would be foolish to sink tens of thousands of dollars into a new vehicle only to neglect the maintenance and drive it to an early grave.

Restoring your health through acupuncture requires an investment of both your time and money, and is truly one of the best investments you can make for yourself.  If you have completed, or are in the process of following through with a schedule of comprehensive acupuncture treatments, then congratulations on your commitment to excellent health!  However, to remain at the pinnacle you worked so hard to achieve it is essential to incorporate acupuncture wellness care into your lifestyle.

Once you have completed an initial or comprehensive care plan it is important to follow up with routine visits to maintain your newfound level of health.  After all, if it was worth the investment to regain your health, then you owe it to yourself to maintain it.

The key is to remain proactive and to stay one step ahead of potential problems before they have a chance to develop.  It is far less costly to take your car to the mechanic for routine maintenance work than it is to wait for a breakdown.

Keep in mind, however, that even with routine automotive maintenance there is still the potential to develop trouble between service appointments.  When the warning lights on your dash alert you to a problem, it is best to get it checked right away rather than wait until your next scheduled service.

The same goes for your body. When pain, injuries, or illness occur between wellness visits, resist the temptation to hold out until your next scheduled visit.  If your body is talking to you, listen to it.  The sooner a problem is addressed, the easier and more cost effective it is to get you over it.

Your body is meant to last you a lifetime.  It is not leased and there is no trading it in.  Isn’t it time you started caring for your body as well as you treat your car?  Just like oil changes, fuel line flushes, and tire rotations, wellness visits will keep you running strong for a lifetime!

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It’s almost a newborn’s rite of passage.  A baby can’t escape having its looks scrutinized to determine what he/she got from whom.  Grandma’s nose, Dad’s eyes, Mom’s mouth, Grandpa’s ears, and on and on.
What we never consider is that maybe the baby inherited someone’s constitutional imbalance as well.  Out of sight out of mind, right?
Well, when consulting with patients, it is not uncommon to hear things like, “I get migraine headaches just like my mom used to.”  Or, “I remember my dad having the same exact lower back pain I’ve been dealing with.”  Or, “My kids have horrible allergy problems just like I do.”
How is it possible that conditions like this are passed on from generation to generation?  After all, we’re talking about symptoms here, not looks and physical traits.
When you begin to understand where symptoms come from, one explanation becomes abundantly clear.
First of all, remember that symptoms themselves are not a problem.  They are a product of the underlying cause and they also serve as your body’s warning system.  So for a certain symptom pattern to be passed on from parents to their children there must be a common underlying cause that triggers the outward symptom, and most often that cause is rooted in the meridian system.
When we look at the distribution of the meridian system, it is quickly apparent that each of the meridians supply energy to a specific organ and part of the body.
By tracing the symptom back to its origin in the meridian system, examination often reveals that parent and child have the same pattern of imbalance and tend to develop a similar pattern of symptoms and signs. 
So the symptoms aren’t inherited, but rather the pattern that produces those symptoms.  To continually treat the symptom is useless in the long run.  The most effective strategy is to correct the underlying cause (meridian imbalance) and let the symptoms take care of themselves.   

A child who inherits “clumsiness” from a parent will eventually develop the bumps and bruises that come with it.  The point is that he doesn’t inherit the bruises, but rather the propensity to develop them.  Work on correcting the clumsiness, and the bruises go away.