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 experience or 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 preventative care combination of acupuncture and herbal medicine offers strong support in building immunity to help our bodies avoid and 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 Functional Medicine knowledge in uncovering food sensitivities and other intestinal and immune system issues that contribute to allergies 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 strengthening, and yet others help release toxins.

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.

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.  No one person needs exactly the same foods as another, and our needs change with the season, our age and health.  The benefits of a healthier more personal diet are often felt immediately. Charlotte can help you discover the best foods for you throughout the seasons.

Excellent sources of education regarding eating local and seasonally are found on Charlotte’s Resource Page. 

Here is an article from Daily OM for inspiration:

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 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, certain types of arthritis and other autoimmune disease.

Enzymes can help to 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 if guided by a professional.

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.

If needed Charlotte can assist you in choosing the proper broad spectrum, plant-based quality enzyme coupled with a high quality probiotic.  As good as the short term results are, the long term results of supporting your intestinal health are even better.

Testing to determine nutritional needs is available  through Charlotte’s practice 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 if they are needed, or 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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