Gan Mao Ling for simple virus prevention

Number 1 Cold BusterThis time of year everyone asks me what they can do to boost their immune system.  It’s normally not a quick answer, because I think it’s important to tailor treatments to each person, and improving your immune system long term often involves several facets.
But today I’m going to share with you the number one thing I do after I interact with a sick person.  It’s also the number one thing my loved ones do when everyone around them is sick.
Body Experiment:  Pick up some Gan Mao Ling the next time you are in the office so you can have it on hand when colds and flus start going around.  It's my favorite quick immune boost in a Chinese herbal pill. Then take some the next time you notice a cold or flu going around.
Here’s how I take Gan Mao Ling:

  • Prevention (everyone in general seems to be sick): 2 pills 2X/day
  • Exposed (people I’m interacting with are sick): 3 pills 3X/day
  • Sick (I start to feel the symptoms of getting sick): 6 pills 3X/day

So many pills you ask?  Don’t worry, they are pretty small.  Chinese medicine likes to make small herbal pills so digestion and customized dosing is easy.  Smart thinking eh?
I struggled with a poor immune system from age 11-25 so I’ve tried all the things and some worked better than others for me.  Even after I turned my health around, I still keep experimenting with how to best support my immune system.  And the immune system has been a major focus of my studies and practice as an acupuncturist.  So I’m confident this body experiment is worth trying for everyone looking for a quick boost to their immune system.
Try out my favorite quick immune system hack and let me know how the experiment goes.
If you want to talk more in depth about your immune system ask me at your next appointment and I’ll be happy to discuss custom formulas, probiotics, elderberry syrup, nasal rinsing, steaming, diet, rest, and more.  No one’s body is identical to another and I don’t think people’s treatments should be either.  That’s what make Chinese Medicine so effective—the diagnostic methods that help me create truly customized treatment plans.

This Tuesday in Santa Rosa

In this uplifting workshop you’ll learn how your mind works, so you can enjoy more peace of mind and:

  • Supercharge your performance
  • Improve your relationships
  • Enter the healing zone

Because less mental stress (worry, rumination, over-analysis, frustration, guilt) isn’t just more enjoyable, it’s correlated with better physical health.  And the bonus is that when you understand your state of mind better, it’s easier to make better decisions to support your health.
The next workshop is this Tuesday and seats are limited, so click this link to register or find a future date that works for you:

Resiliency 101–The Art and Science of Thriving
Tuesday, September 24, 6-7 PM
Santa Rosa, CA


This Saturday in the East BayI've teamed up for a special Saturday workshops with my mentor, friend, and colleague Julie Gleeson.  We'll be exploring how to have more resilient relationships because my patients tell me relationships are one of their biggest stressors.  We both have a lot of experience personally and in helping others uncover peace, connection, understanding, and joy in relationships.  I am sure the conversations will be helpful and humorous. 

When I got a fresh perspective on romantic relationships, all my relationships improved.  So much so that friends and colleagues started asking me for all kinds of relationship advice.  Come explore the understanding that will help you find peace with family, career, and romantic relationships. 

  • Are there people in your life who are unreasonable?
  • Do you walk on eggshells around someone?
  • Have you given up on a relationship completely and wish you had another option?

More information and registration to save your seat:

Dealing with Difficult People
Saturday September 28, 10 am- 3 pm
Moraga, CA

These workshops will be held in Julie’s beautiful office in Moraga, which is just over an hour drive from Santa Rosa on a Saturday.  It’s a perfect time to bring a friend or loved one and make a day out of it.  During the drive home you can chat about what insights you had or just relish in the good feeling together.

What We’re Treating in the ClinicAs soon as kids went back to school patients starting asking me how to boost their immune system.  It’s one of my favorite things to do.  I know the freedom that comes with having confidence in your body’s immune system.  Yup acupuncture isn’t just great at treating the symptoms of colds and flus, it’s even better at preventing them. 
Existing patients can book online here.  Make sure you get a confirmation email and click "CONFIRM" in that email. 

You can access our online booking anytime by clicking anywhere on our website that says "make an appointment" or "book now" and follow the breadcrumbs to "Existing Patients" and "Book Online".  Existing patients are always welcome to call or email us if you prefer to schedule that way or you’re not finding any appointments that work for you online. 

New patients need to call or email us to set up their first appointment because there is just too much information we need to share with you.

Hiring an Office ManagerChange is in the air and I'd love your help.  I'm looking for a warm go-getter office manager to grow with us.  Who do you know that would enjoy making a difference in people's lives with our kind of enthusiasm, care, and humor?  Please share our craigslist add with them so they can read all the details of the job description and how to apply:
Thanks for spreading the word!

Happy Immune System Body Explorations!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc


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