Category Archives: holistic health

Dry Skin? Try These Natural Health Treatments

Natural Health Treatments for Dry Skin

Natural health treatments for dry skin

Is Your Skin Trying To Tell You Something?

When your skin is dry, chapped or cracking, your body is talking to you. Are you listening? Dry skin can range from mild to severe, slightly uncomfortable to very painful. So, what should you do? Watch today’s video for simple things you can do to fix that dry skin from the inside out.

If you are interested in natural health treatments, contact us for a Portland area appointment.

Try This Natural Health Approach to Sinus Infections

Sinusitis Natural Health Treatments!

Natural health options for sinus infections.
Multiple studies have shown that sinus infections can be more serious than we think. This all-natural remedy easily cleared this case of sinusitis. Here’s some relief for those of you who suffer with chronic sinus issues.

To learn more on how natural medicine can help your health, make an appointment at our Portland area office.

Holistic Health Steps to Eliminate Gas & Bloating

Simple Holistic Health Steps for Gas & Bloating Treatment

Holistic health treatment options for gas and bloating.

Gas and bloating is a common occurrence that has probably happened to you or someone you know. In fact, up to 30% of people will experience it at one level or another. So, how do we get rid of this uncomfortable phenomenon? We attack it at its source! Gas and bloating can be eliminated with these simple, but powerful lifestyle changes. 

If you or someone you know is having gas and bloating problems, contact our Tigard office to make an appointment for holistic health options.

Follow These Holistic Health Guidelines To Help Erase Gas & Bloating

Holistic Health Counseling to Help Eliminate Gas & Bloating

Offering holistic health counseling to help eliminate gas & bloating.

Eliminate Gas & Bloating With These Simple Holistic Health Steps

Gas and bloating is a common occurrence that has probably happened to you or someone you know. In fact, up to 30% of people will experience it at one level or another. So, how do we get rid of this uncomfortable phenomenon? We attack it at its source! Gas and bloating can be eliminated with these simple, but powerful lifestyle changes.

Contact our Tigard office for more information on how holistic health lifestyle changes can help you.

Try This [EASY] Wellness Approach To Diabetes

Holistic Health Approach To Diabetes

A holistic health approach to diabetes.

Out Of The Danger Zone And Into A Healthy Place.

People with diabetes can be easily overwhelmed when their blood sugar levels spiral out of control. Dietary changes may seem daunting, but eating a healthy, well-rounded diet has so many benefits and it’s easier than you think! Listen as Dr. Berglund shares some if his practical advice on a wellness approach to diabetes.

Click to watch the video and learn more by making an appointment at our Tigard office.

Holistic Medicine Considers Everything That Affects Your Health

Don’t Reduce Your Health Issues To Just One Cause

There is a large host of factors that influence the body’s ability to maintain the delicate balance of health and disease. There are so many variables that contribute to our overall health. Be sure to consider all of the stressors and outside factors that may also be affecting your health.

Holistic medicine considers everything that affects your health.

Click on the image to watch a video to learn more about the factors you may have never considered. If you still have questions about holistic medicine and are worried about your health, contact our Tigard office to make an appointment.

Holistic Acupuncture Treatment for Lack of Motivation

Addressing Lack of Motivation Through Holistic Health Practices

A study published by the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine looked at the holistic effects of acupuncture treatments. The study looked at how acupuncture treatments were conducted and evaluated. One of the areas this study looked at is how acupuncture influences the function of the brain. By using functional MRI imaging, the researchers were able to see certain areas of the brain were stimulated during the acupuncture treatments. The study confirmed acupuncture on specific points can activate motivation centers in the brain, thus leading to increased physical motivation in the participants.

Lack of motivation holistic treatment with acupuncture.Everybody experiences times where they have no motivation. Lack of motivation can be caused by many things: weather, depression, nutritional deficiencies, rejection, and even not exercising.

Lacking motivation can be detrimental to your health. Even though everybody knows they should be exercising and eating right and getting proper sleep, many of us choose not to. This becomes a bad habit that can actually develop into depression, fatigue, insomnia, and even nutritional deficiencies that can cause even worse physical problems. We tell ourselves we don’t have time or we have no motivation or willpower. These are just stories we tell ourselves. EVERYBODY has time to care for themselves. It’s just a choice we have to make.

Acupuncture can help put the “pep” back in your step when it comes to motivation. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), lack of motivation is considered some sort of blockage along the energetic pathways that run throughout the body. Over time, this lack of motivation frequently develops into depression. When the body is depressed, nothing seems possible. But the fact of the matter is that there are underlying causes of depression that begin with the lack of motivation.

The reason TCM works so well at addressing and correcting motivation problems is that it addresses the body holistically. When people go to their doctor and tell them that they have no motivation, they are frequently prescribed antidepressants. But the problem with antidepressants is they don’t address the underlying causes of the issue. TCM looks at everything: the body, the mind, the environment, and the emotions. This allows for treatments to be customized to the needs of the patient instead of a one size fits all approach.

One of the first things to happen when then emotions become involved, our body begins to send signals to the digestive tract. This is why those who lack motivation or become depressed often have no appetite. Energy comes from eating healthy foods. When we have no appetite, we tend to reach for those things like sweets and carbohydrates. These foods give us the quick “emotional high” that temporarily sedates the depressive feelings. But the excitement quickly goes away, leaving us right back where we started.

If you or someone you love is lacking in motivation, make an appointment at our Tigard office, acupuncture and holistic health techniques may be able to put the “pep” back in your step!

Eastern vs. Western: How the Health Practices Differ

Which is More Holistic – Eastern or Western Health Practices?

Almost everybody knows there are two very unique ways of treating disease and maintaining health. But not everybody knows how these two methodologies differ from one another. And depending on where you live in the world, there may be one that is more prominent than the other. Both systems have their pros and cons. So let’s differentiate between the two. This is the battle between Eastern and Western medicine.  Let’s get ready to rumble!

Holistic Eastern Health Practices.To begin, we have to look at the history of both systems. Eastern medicine has been around for nearly 5,000 years and began when ancient herbalists experimented with plant substances and their effects on humans. There are substances that have been found to enhance health, beauty, energetics of the body, and the mind. Western medicine has only been around, in its current form, since the 19th century, although the roots began in ancient Greece and Egypt. It wasn’t until World War II that the development of synthetic drugs really began. This is also when the current Western health system discovered it can manipulate certain actions in the human body through the use of synthetic pharmaceuticals. This difference is huge, as Eastern philosophy uses whole food formulas to nourish the body’s ability to heal itself, while Western philosophy isolates and forces therapeutic actions throughout the body by utilizing laboratory modified medicines.

Next, we compare the examination methods. Eastern medicine is much more holistic in this regard, as it takes every aspect of the body into account. Because the body cannot be compartmentalized based upon the disease, it makes sense to consider how each bodily system is affecting the others. Eastern medicine does not evaluate an illness purely based on the symptoms a person is showing, but rather, on complex patterns of disharmony in the body.

The process of determining a person’s diagnosis begins with an evaluation according to the Eight Principles, which describe the basic qualities of a disease – Yin/Yang, Interior/Exterior, Hot/Cold, Deficient/Excess.

Western medicine compartmentalizes a person’s diagnosis, looking at each system individually rather than how they work together. This could be why there are more specialists in Western medicine, such as a psychiatrist, an endocrinologist or an orthopedic surgeon. Also, Eastern medicine practitioners are trained to listen with the whole body and pay attention to every ounce of sensory input.  This is quite different from Western medicine, where the focus is generally only on the system affected. Because of this way of thinking, pharmaceuticals and surgical procedures are based on how they affect each individual organ or organ system, instead of considering how the systems are intertwined with one another.

Another difference is the ultimate goals of each health system. As Western medicine is all about fixing the physical body, the mind is also considered an organ, the brain. If the body is missing a substance, the Western health approach is to supply that substance.  And while things like nutrients may be necessary to be supplemented sometimes, most man-made pharmaceuticals have far too many adverse side-effects.

The Eastern health approach is to engage and support the body’s own self-healing mechanisms. This is done by balancing the energetics of the body and ridding the body of energetic blockages. If the body is missing a substance, the Eastern approach is to stimulate the body to create it, thus allowing the body to heal itself. However, when the body is severely compromised, as with trauma and severe illness, the body is undermined and the capacity to heal itself may be impossible.

Obviously, there are several differences between the two health systems. But if the two can work together, then humans will be ultimately better off. However, since Western medicine focuses so heavily on physical proof and Eastern medicine is more subtle focusing on the energetics of the body, the two systems have a long way to go until meeting eye-to-eye and working alongside one another. In the meantime, it is the decision of the patient to decide which route he or she will take. But it should be noted that the two systems can and do work very well together.

Learn more about our holistic health services at our Tigard office.