Welcome to the Second Edition of Our E-Newsletter and "Happy Spring"

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Spring is the time for growth, renewal and regeneration. Spring is the time that you put into action the seeds of the changes that you want to make your life, your body, your relationships. If we nurture this now, they we will be strong through the summer. And, just like annual flowers, they will grow again next spring, year after year.

What is New

March has been a great month here at our clinic. We are celebrating one full month in our new location and the response has been great. So many people have come in and told us just how much that they like the new clinic space. In fact, lots of patients are just stopping by to see it. The comments have been everywhere from that it is - more convenient, more comfortable, quieter, etc. As a practitioner it has actually helped Julie and I do a better job in treating people.

In addition, we are also celebrating the anniversary of Mountain West Wellness in March. Eight years ago I returned from Europe and started this little clinic and now here we are today. This would never have been possible with out the support and belief in what we do by so many people. In these eight years we have managed to help hundreds of people reach optimum health and we are still going strong trying to help hundreds more.

In order to celebrate our anniversary Julie and I are making available, through April 15, $80 discount to all new patients to our office if they are referred by someone who is, or has been, a patient here. To take advantage of this for someone that you know you can get a gift certificate from our office next time you are in, call us and will mail it to them, or you can have them go to our website and fill out the form on the coupons button. Yes, it is that easy. Thanks so much for helping us to share acupuncture and Chinese medicine with as many people as we can.

News

In the next few weeks we will be sending out invitations to our Spring open house. It will be on Saturday May 2. We will be celebrating our new space, an office-warming if you will. We will also be celebrating you, our patients. There will be food, door prizes, and the Hung Mei Shaolin Kung Fu School will be doing a Lion Dancing performance. If you have never seen one of these you don't want to miss it. They are a lot of fun and kids love it too. So keep your eyes peeled for the invitations.

The Health Benefits of Drinking Tea!

As many of you may or may not know, one of my passions is drinking good Chinese tea. Not only is tea really delicious but there are many health benefits being reported all of the time about tea. Here are a couple that I thought that many of you might appreciate.

Drinking Tea May Help Prevent Osteoperosis
The first is from a study found in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It cites a new study by Devine et al at the University of Western Australia. The study suggests that tea dinking may potentially aid in the prevention of osteoporosis, a debilitating disease.

The study followed 1500 elderly women (70-85yrs of age) over 5 years, investigating the effects of calcium supplementation on fracture incidence. Tea consumption was one of the dietary factors examined by this group of researchers, and they found that the tea drinkers had 2.8% higher bone mineral density (BMD) than non-tea drinkers.

Now this doesn’t sound like much but, with bone density, it is clinically very meaningful. On average, women lose approximately 1-2% of bone mineral density each year after menopause,unless they take active steps to prevent this loss. Devine and colleagues hypothesize that it is the polyphenols (EGCG being one of them) that may be part of the mechanism by which tea helps preserve bone health.

Green Tea Holds Promise in Treatment of Inflammatory Skin Diseases
I found this article in Science Daily and found it to be very interesting. Years ago when I first began studying Chinese Medicine my teacher would uses green tea topically for everything from spider bites to skin rashes. Here is what the article reports. "Researchers studied an animal model for inflammatory skin diseases, which are often characterized by patches of dry, red, flaky skin caused by the inflammation and overproduction of skin cells. Those treated with green tea showed slower growth of skin cells and the presence of a gene that regulates the cells' life cycles.

"Psoriasis, an autoimmune disease, causes the skin to become thicker because the growth of skin cells is out of control," says Dr. Stephen Hsu, an oral biologist in the MCG School of Dentistry and lead investigator on the study published in the Aug. 18 edition of Experimental Dermatology.

"In psoriasis, immune cells, which usually protect against infection, instead trigger the release of cytokines, which causes inflammation and the overproduction of skin cells." Other autoimmune diseases with similar side effects include lupus, which can lead to skin lesions, and dandruff."

Basically researchers found that green tea calms inflammation and helps regulate the life of skin cells.

So, go out and enjoy a cup of tea! I can't hurt.

Just For Fun

Here is something that I thought you might find fun. People are always asking what acupuncture and Chinese medicine is like in China, well here is a three part video from a 1970s era documentary on acupuncture. I remember this TV show and you might too. I have actually studied a little in the remodeled version of the hospital they are at in Beijing. Enjoy.
Part 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6NEoWyPwrE

Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okbp1hZaBoM

Part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdNVdbRnL2s

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