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Natural remedies and medications to take while pregnant

shutterstock_70250746One of the most frequent questions I get asked by patients is: What kinds of natural remedies and medications can they use while pregnant. While it is a very frequent concern, it’s also a very complex topic to discuss. Overall, less is more. The best advice I can give is to avoid medication or supplements if you don’t need them.

Because there are very few studies done on pregnant women, we don’t know the effects of medications on your unborn baby. Health care providers decide which medications you can take by using ‘pregnancy risk’ categories and by experience to determine if a drug is safe for you to take while you are pregnant. There are always side effects to anything you put in your body, including food. Continue Reading »

Identifying migraines

Do you get headaches frequently or wonder if you get migraines? Watch this video to learn about headaches, migraines and treatment options.

Don’t fall short on diagnosing a concussion

Many times the word “concussion” gets tossed around when someone has fallen or been hit in the head at a sporting event. But how many of us actually know what happens in the brain for a concussion to occur or how to gauge the seriousness of one?

A concussion is defined as a type of traumatic brain injury usually caused by a blow to the head or body, a fall or another injury that jars or shakes the brain. This blow or jolt to the head triggers a complex flood of physiologic events that lead to a disruption in the proper functioning of the brain reflected by a group of signs and symptoms.

Many times when I see patients who have concussions, they occur while playing sports with physical contact, such as basketball, football, soccer, snowboarding, hockey, boxing and wrestling. Although there may be bruises or scrapes, there are no other outward signs of a concussion. People don’t even have to loss consciousness to have one. Continue Reading »

The Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture originated in China thousands of years ago and is now used throughout the world. According to Chinese medical theory, acupuncture works by promoting the flow of chi, or energy, throughout the body and by balancing yin and yang.

From a Western medical perspective, acupuncture has known effects at many levels – from the local effects of increasing blood flow and relaxing muscles, to complicated changes in neurotransmitters and neural pathways in the spinal cord and brain.

Numerous clinical studies have shown benefits with the most evidence for migraine prevention, and chronic neck and back pain. It works well for many types of pain including myofascial and neuropathic pain, as well as headaches, fatigue, nausea, anxiety, menstrual cramps and many other problems. Continue Reading »

Treatment options using integrative medicine

Last week I gave an introduction to integrative medicine and how treatments can improve a variety of conditions such as headaches, cancer, anxiety and depression.

Each person’s treatment plan will be unique, tailored to what makes the most sense for them.

Possible treatment options may include: Continue Reading »

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