Holistic Medicine

If you have been coming to our practice for any length of time, you know that we are integrated and also very open to alternative medicine disciplines.

We are now taking a more active role in using holistic medicines and alternative treatments. Part of this focus is the use of phytomedicinals – that is medicines derived from plants. The use of medicinal herbs has a long history.

What we are attempting here at Annandale Women & Family Center is to use only those herbs with proven efficacy. There are many herbs which claim to provide certain relief or cure; but often this is simply anecdotal and even folklore braggadocio.

There are several herbs which have stood to test of time.

As we continue to explore the use of medicinal herbs in the practice, we will also maintain our use of traditional medicines. It is the combination of these two disciplines and the understanding of how they interact that sets us apart from a more traditional practice.

We are currently looking at the benefits of ‘holy basil’ in our weight management program. Come in and discuss this with us. Holy basil has been used in India for thousands of years. It was primarily used to achieve a state of relaxation to aid in meditation practices.

One of the biggest problems with using herbs in the US is that the quality is not regulated. This means that you will achieve a different reaction to the herb depending upon company which prepared and packaged it. We are finding that the products prepared in Germany have the most consistent dose per unit. But we continue to explore this and will keep you informed.

Also remember that while the medicinal herbs are less potent than the chemical drugs they still have side effects and interact with other herbs and drugs you are using. Please check with us before starting any medicinal herb therapy. And when you come in bring all your current drugs and herbs being taken on a regular basis.

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Fight for Democracy

Some of you may remember Dr. Darwish who worked with us for over ten years. Dr. Darwish is currently in Egypt participating in the demonstrations and protests before their Parliament. Even though the Mubarek regime was ended; the military has taken control and very little in terms of rights has changed.

I just saw a FB comment from her that said she was in a crowd that was tear-gased. Please light a candle for Dr. Darwish, the Egyptian people, and people everywhere who continue to fight for human rights and living dignities.

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Stress and Its Effects

Much of the work I do in our practice centers around getting people to recognize the physical and emotional effects caused by stress. More and more, science is showing us how stress manifests itself in negative ways.

The difference between those who are strongly affected and those who are not is simply a matter of how the stress is managed. Everyone has some degree of stress in their lives. How we react to this stress is our design.

Stress – anxiety about the future and discomfort about the past. The simple answer is to live in the present moment – thus avoiding the distress of the past/future. The key is how to accomplish that.

Studies have shown that daily practitioners of meditation, yoga or tai chi have brain changes evidenced in MRIs.
Meditation and the two ‘moving meditations’ yoga and tai chi cause the practitioner to be in the present moment.
There are many beginner and advanced level groups of these disciplines. Check out ‘meetup.com‘ for a group near your work or home.

Be pro-active in your quest to manage stress. Talk to me about it at our next visit.

Regarding my resolution – I have not managed to walk everyday. I am averaging about 4X a week. I have had several good hikes. My last hike was in the Bull Run Marina. It is about a 6.5 mile hike with some good hills.
This ‘winter’ has been delightfully mild and excellent for hikes.

Annandale Women and Family Center
2839 Duke Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314
(703) 751-4702
https://plus.google.com/+AnnandaleWomenFamilyCenterAlexandria

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