Winter takes extra care of the Kidney and Bladder Meridians. These Meridians do much more than just Kidney and Bladder “stuff”; they take care of the spine, ears, head, hair, brain, reproduction/sex, joints, knees and feet.

Well, here we are again in one of the sweetest and busiest months of the year: December. It can be stressful. Is it a coincidence that the emotion for the Kidney/Bladder Meridian is fear and anxiety? Definitely not!

Throughout the past year, you have read in my articles that each season governs a couple of meridians. Winter takes extra care of the Kidney and Bladder Meridians. These Meridians do much more than just Kidney and Bladder “stuff”; they take care of the spine, ears, head, hair, brain, reproduction/sex, joints, knees and feet.

Kidney and Bladder Meridians’ acupuncture points go up the leg from the bottom of the foot, up the tummy and chest to underneath the collar bone. The Bladder Meridian starts at the eye and goes up over the head, down along the spine, back of the leg to the outside of the foot by the little toe. (That last Acupoint is famous for turning a “breech baby.”)

You can help the above functions…
You can help your health and problems with the above functions by rubbing your feet. Start at the bottom up around the ankle bones, move to the inside ankle bone. And, rubbing along your spine and on your head to the eyebrows will help the Bladder Meridian. Rub your foot for about one minute and move to the other. You can’t do it wrong or miss the points – there are so many Acupoints on the feet. For low back pain or kidney bladder problems, sit on a chair and rub your low back up and down for a minute.

Food that helps, too…
Foods to help your Bladder Meridian are grapes, pears, strawberries, watermelon, celery, eggplants, chives, raspberries, water chestnuts, green beans, walnuts, carrots, lettuce and onions. Foods to help your Kidney Meridian are black sesame seeds, celery, chives, clams, caraway seeds, dill, plums, pork, string beans, tangerines, walnuts. For kidney stones, eat star fruits and walnuts. For kidney weakness, eat kidney beans and sweet potatoes.

Foods and emotions of the season…
Foods for the winter season are artichokes, barley, clams, crabs, millet, oysters and seaweed. If you are on a restricted diet and cannot eat one of the above foods – don’t!

The emotions for the season are fear and anxiety. Remember to breathe in deeply, hold for the count of four, exhale deeply, and repeat four times – as often as possible. Try to work up to a count of 7, 14, and then 32. Be sure to ask for my help when you come in for your Kidney and Bladder Meridian tune up.

Wishing you all the best to get healthy, be healthy and stay healthy!

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Right now, we are halfway through autumn – the season for the Lung/Large Intestine Meridian. The good news is we have been treating fewer sore throats, sinus symptoms and bowel problems this season than last year around this time, and what we have been treating is not as severe. That’s wonderful!

I believe it’s because more of you are getting your tune-ups and taking your supplements. Remember: It is really important to get your Acupuncture treatment every three months, too. The whole immune system is easily strengthened by Acupuncture and nutrition, working harmoniously together.

For those of you that have problems with colds, sinus congestion or running noses with sneezing, we can help. We have a complete homeopathic pharmacy for all of these! And, I’m happy to say we are able to shorten the duration of symptoms and alleviate the pain quicker with Acupuncture and homeopathy. In some cases, patients we eliminated the symptoms within four hours! Call for your appointment as soon as possible at 386-734-4126. You don’t have to have a treatment at the same time, its just a great idea to do so if you can. (PS – If you feel you may be getting a sore throat, gargle with warm salt water with the first inkling of it. If there is phlegm, slice a lemon, put salt on it suck on the the slice quickly.)

November is here, and I know it’s the beginning of a stressful time for most people. My advice is that you try not to listen to the news. Truly, if you really need to know something, someone will tell you. Remember, too, that Acupuncture can help you cope with the craziness of the holidays. Make a choice to not go crazy!

Control your stress with deep breathing. First, take a deep breath count to four – hold it for the count of four and release it for a count of four. Do this again. Breathing like this will relieve your symptoms of stress.  Nothing is more important than good health.  With good health you CAN cope with anything!

And of course, we tend to overeat starting now to January 1st. Did you know the average American gains more than seven pounds each year, and usually doesn’t lose it? This doesn’t have to be you! Change your behaviors and make better choices.

Don’t forget about the “No Grain” diet I recommend. I favor the No Grain diet for three weeks at a time. You can start now and in three weeks when Thanksgiving comes, eat a moderate amount of your favorite things. Then, resume the “No Grains” diet December 1, and by Christmas you can add grains.  (By now you will find your carb cravings are a lot less.)  Start again on January 2nd, and after three weeks, pay attention to how you feel without the grains – many people have less pain and lose weight with more energy. Start enjoying the No Grain diet!

Dr. Rusty

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