Herbal Relief for Digestive Issues

When Abundant Eating Goes AwryThe holidays are a time of abundance.  Abundant gratitude, abundant friend and family time, abundant gift giving, abundant celebrations, and abundant eating.  I’m all about everything in moderation, including moderation, sometimes.  That’s why I keep my Curing Pills close during the end of year holiday celebrations.  My friends and family have learned to do the same.  So I’m going to share this tip with you.
What are Curing Pills?  They’re a Chinese medicine herbal pill that’s good for all kinds of digestive imbalances that are common during the holidays including: upset stomach, indigestion, overeating, weird food combining, slow or fast digestion, and hangover.  How can they be good for so many things?  Unlike western medications that are specific for certain kinds of digestive imbalances, Curing Pills don’t move your digestion in a specific direction, they regulate your digestion back to harmony.  That is why their other name is Healthy Peaceful Pills. 

Body Experiment:  Pick up some Curing Pills the next time you are in the office so you can have them on hand.  (They also sell them any place you would find herbal pills like Oliver's or Whole Foods.It's my favorite digestive aid in a Chinese herbal pill.  And then take some the next time something you eat or drink doesn’t agree with you, even if it’s just because you ate too big of a meal.
Here’s how I take Curing Pills:

  • Prevention (My eyes were bigger than my stomach): 1 Packet after a meal.
  • Upset Stomach (As soon as I can tell something I ate or drank did not agree with me):  1 Packet now, 1 More Packet every hour for the next 3 hours if things aren’t feeling good yet.
  • General Digestive Imbalance (My digestion is moving slower or faster than normal and I just realized it’s been happening for a few days): 1 Packet 3 Times/Day for a day or two.

Warning: Curing Pills are not for you if you have true Celiac disease because they contain an herb that is a relative of wheat and you should aim to avoid all contact with anything wheat related.
Reassurance: Curing Pills are well tolerated by people who are normally sensitive to wheat because the herb is grown in China and it’s fermented.  Many wheat sensitive people in the US have no problem when they eat wheat grown from other places around the world.  And fermentation changes the building blocks of wheat proteins and carbohydrates which makes wheat tolerable for most people, even some people who have celiac disease.  I still recommend people with celiac disease avoid it because, in that instance, it’s better safe than sorry.  But I’ve never met someone who is simply sensitive to wheat that found that Curing Pills don’t agree with them.
Some might say that in a perfect world, during the December holiday times we’d all eat and drink in moderation and avoid weird food combinations and sweets.  But I believe the point of being healthy is so that you can relax about it all at times.  There have been times where I was struggling with a health challenge and I kept to a very regimented diet 100% of the time to support healing, but I’m not there now.  So in my current perfect world, since I’m pretty healthy, I eat darn well most of the time and sometimes when I’m celebrating I consciously indulge.  Most of the time that works out pretty well for me.  When it doesn't, I have my Curing Pills to get me back in harmony.

Insurance & Flex Spending AccountsIf you are going to have Blue Shield in 2020:  Click this link and check out this information.  There are some big changes coming that might affect your ability to use your insurance in our office and we're trying to help all our patients get informed ahead of time.

Now is the time to use up your 2019 insurance benefits.  Get in touch if you have any questions about how many treatments you have left. 

Now is also the time for many to use up their Flex Spending allowance for 2019.

We're booking appointments through December 23rd.  The end of the year tends to be a busy time in the office so hop online now and use our online scheduler or get in touch and we'll help you find appointments that work for you.

Upcoming Events:Come join us at the last state of mind workshop in 2019.  It’s the best way I know how to help you spend more time in the holiday spirit of love and gratitude, any time of the year!  Because with a deeper understanding of how thinking, moods, and behavior work, it becomes easier to listen to wisdom, love, and understanding.  Click the link below to get more information and save your seat now.

Resiliency 101–The Art and Science of Thriving
Tuesday, December 10th, 6-7 PM


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! 

What We’re Treating in the ClinicSonoma County’s nervous system is on edge and I've been treating a lot of patients for stress, anxiety, PTSD, and all the imbalances that come from that including insomnia, digestive upset, pain, impaired immune systems, you name it. 

I’ve always been particularly interested in helping people reduce their stress and reset their nervous systems because it makes life more enjoyable and I’m sure it is the cornerstone of our physical wellbeing.  Just a few weeks ago I attended a 4 day acupuncture seminar on the Balance Method, the style of acupuncture I do.  I’ve taken these classes before, but each time I re-take them, I deepen my understanding and pick up some new gems.  This time I really honed my skills for diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional imbalances and patients can feel it.  Patients have been getting off the table saying things like “I feel great.  I didn’t know how out of whack I was!”
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.

Happy Healthy Celebration and Digestion Explorations!
Christina Ness-Hawks, LAc

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