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Women’s health / Mama’s health

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Women in our culture need support to slow down, relax, and care for themselves so they have the energy to find and fulfill their personal life’s purpose.  My wish is for women in all their many roles to find time to know and nurture their inner world, before they extend themselves into all they do, so they come to those roles shining brightly.  My goal is to support women in building a community where nurturing themselves is paramount, and to assist them in making this part of their daily existence.

Charlotte provides support in

    • diet and nutrition and lifestyle counseling
    • building strong fertility for women and their partners
    • menstrual cycle balancing
    • pre-natal and post partum care
    • labor and delivery support
    • pre and post menopausal transitions
    • mood balancing

Children’s health

Between birth and the teen years children are growing rapidly in mind, body and spirit. The rapid pace of growth can be stressful.  My goal is to support both parent and child in these transitions with the many wonderful tools available in Traditional Chinese and Functional Nutritional Medicine.

Pediatric Tui Na is an ancient massage technique for children which aids their bodies in expelling pathogens, and helps to build strong immune systems.  read more about Charlotte’s services in this specialty.

As children’s immune systems are growing and developing, the proper diet and nutritional support is of major importance. Children’s growing intestinal systems (a large part of immune function) are adapting to new foods and the tendency to eat a lot of those foods to keep up with their rapid growth rate — so they need support in processing this food well  in order to experience the optimal nutritional benefit and stay in healthy balance.

Acupuncture is not used as often as acupressure and herbal medicine from 5 to 7 years, however at times needles are used in a very gentle fashion – inserted and removed immediately to provide extra support.  Teens on the other hand love Acupuncture!  See testimonials.

Herbal Medicine is gentle and yet very effective for children of all ages.

Some of the common issues addressed with children include:

    • allergies, asthma
    • immune building
    • ADD and ADHD
    • digestive issues
    • colic in infants
    • ear aches and infections
    • bed wetting
    • sleep issues

Preventative health care and treatment of colds, cough and flu

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used for centuries to prevent and heal common colds, flu and other viruses.  Chinese herbs can be used on a preventative basis before flu season.  And for those who contract the flu, there are many herbs that can be used to resolve flu symptoms and quickly improve immunity and energy while you rest at home, call Charlotte for a remote healthcare consult when you are in the recovery phase of an illness.

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Allergies and asthma

We can grow and thrive in the same place pollen grows and thrives with the help of TCM. The combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine offers strong support in building immunity to help our bodies cope with the abundant airborne allergens we are exposed to in Austin, Texas.  In addition, diet and nutrition are strong components of building a resilient immune system. Charlotte’s knowledge in uncovering food sensitivities that contribute to allergy and asthma is an integral part of her approach to treating these illnesses.

Diet with local and seasonal foods

Hippocrates said “Let Food Be Thy Medicine,” this statement embodies the importance of our daily diet. Foods all have an energetic property, for instance some are cooling, some warming, some tonifying others help release toxins.

The proper dietary nutritional support helps our bodies through transitions it makes as the seasons shift and change.  Local and seasonal foods are good for the body, the economy and the planet. When we eat well, we feed not only our body but our soul and we increase our ability to accomplish our life’s purpose.

What we need grows in the season our bodies need it, in the very place we live! Watermelon which grows in the summer is cooling. Many of the deep root veggies that grow in the winter provide tonics and warmth to build immunity against the winter’s cold.  In the spring, light leafy greens are dispersing and cleansing.

Excellent sources of education regarding eating local are found at:

Johnson’s Backyard Garden

Barbara Kingsolver’s book: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

For inspiration here is an article from Daily OM:

Fuel That Nurtures, Eating Right to Feel Better

Nutritional supplementation and immunity building

The health of the intestinal system is integral to the optimum function of our immune system.

Everything our body has ever been or ever will be is dependent upon nutrition. Every building block, every bone cell, even the sheen of our hair, is the result of the food we eat. But what good does it do to select high quality food if its nutrients are not fully absorbed?

Inadequate digestion is thought to be a significant cause of food allergies and the rapidly growing problem of autoimmune disease in our country. When not digested completely, food can initiate allergic reactions in the body, causing inflammation and immune sensitivity. This can lead to chronic inflammatory conditions and certain types of arthritis and other autoimmune disease.

Enzymes assure greater levels of digestion and absorption of your food, and have an anti-inflammatory property, the best way to get them is in the diet yet supplementation can also be helpful.

Probiotics provide beneficial non-toxic bacteria that are necessary for health. The probiotic bacteria most commonly studied include members of the lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. Both of these probiotic bacteria are available in foods and dietary supplements.

Try a broad spectrum, plant-based quality enzyme product coupled with a high quality probiotic for one week. You will feel an immediate difference. As good as the short term results are, the long term results are even better.

Testing to determine other nutritional needs is available in order to add nutritional supplementation the body is lacking and if necessary remove supplementation that is not working or causing harm to the body.  Be careful experimenting on your body with  supplements when you do not know how they work together synergistically.  Charlotte can help.

Seasonal cleansing and immunity building

Charlotte is a certified detox specialist. Her philosophy is the least supplementation using the best quality supplements. Using whole food and whole food supplementation is the way to begin a seasonal detox.  Each season provides foods that cleanse our bodies and prepare them for the challenges of that season. If we eat things that steal energy from our bodies rather than give us strength we are compromised in our daily function.

Functional medicine

What is Functional Medicine? Functional medicine is an evolution in the practice of medicine that better addresses the healthcare needs of the 21st century. By shifting the traditional disease-centered focus of healthcare practice to a more patient-centered approach, functional medicine addresses the whole person, not just an isolated set of symptoms. Functional medicine practitioners of various specialties spend time with their patients, listening to their histories and looking at the interactions among genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that can influence long-term health and complex, chronic disease. In this way, functional medicine supports the unique expression of health and vitality for each individual.  We are each all uniquely individual!

Read more about functional medicine at the Institute of Functional Medicine.

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