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When my twins turned one years’ old, I was wondering whether to transition them to goat’s milk or cow’s milk.  When my daughter was an infant, she had a pretty bad case of eczema and as an acupuncturist, I knew that cow’s milk was harder to digest, so when it was time for both my daughter and son to transition to whole milk, I was hesitant on starting them off with cow’s milk. In Chinese Medicine, cow’s milk is heavy on the digestive system,that is why many people get stomach pain while consuming milk. TCM also identifies milk as a”damp” food meaning that it can cause mucous productionwhich can lead to eczema, allergies, hives as well as other health disorders.

I decided to have both my son and daughter try cow’s milk. The odd thing is my daughter had no reaction but son had  flare-ups of eczema.  I decided to switch my son from cow’s milk to goat’s milk, which to my surprise, is now sold in certain grocery stores like Whole Foods.

Goat’s milk has many benefits. In fact, goat’s milk is consumed in many parts of the world. Goat’s milk is given to many infants because it is most similar to breast milk. It is also easy to digest which is good for a baby’s immature stomach. Goats milk also contain many nutrients and is soothing to the stomach, which is why it is a great alternative to those who cannot consume cow’s milk. It contains less vitamin b 6 and b12 so it is important to fortify one’s diet in those nutrients if goat’s milk is consumed. The great news is that since my son has switched over to goat’s milk his eczema immediately went away. Goat’s milk is a great alternative for babies are individuals who are lactose intolerant or have food allergies due to milk.

 

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SPRING ALLERGIES AND CHINESE MEDICINE  

    With nature and trees in bloom, allergies are predominant this time of year.  I believe the best treatment for allergies is to get to the root of the issue.  Decongestants provide relief moment, but unfortunately allergy symptoms come back full force. Try acupuncture to help relieve your allergy symptoms.  The theory behind treatment for allergies is to build the body’s immune function in order to resist the allergy response.  Acupuncture also helps to reduce inflammation in the nasal passageways and boost the immune system to ward off pathogens such as pollen, trees and other pathogens that are predominant this time of year. I normally treat with a two-pronged approach. Initially I treat the acute symptoms such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, nasal congestion and sinus headaches. After the symptoms go away, I treat the root condition of what is causing the allergies to manifest. That way you’re not only alleviating symptoms, but preventing them from coming back.

An easy tip at-home treatment that you can do to reduce nasal congestion from allergies is a mint vapor steam. Boil water and throw some mint leaves in.  Then put a towel over your head and breathe in the steam. Make sure that the steam is not too hot so you don’t burn yourself. Sinus washes are good too, but be careful because water can get stuck in the nasal passageways and exacerbate your symptoms.

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