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Tips for Meditation

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Do you meditate? Have you tried and find it hard to stop your mind from wandering? If so, don’t feel alone in that meditation difficulty. One of the main reasons people give up trying to learn to meditate is because they have a hard time relaxing their mind. They find as soon as they attempt to quiet their mind, thoughts flood into their head. Many times, this can lead to giving up on meditating.

If you have attempted to meditate but found it difficult, these suggestions may be helpful for you.

  • Make sure you are in a comfortable position
  • Take deep breathes: Breathing deeply helps your brain tell your mind and body to relax. A helpful way to start meditating is by deep breathes. Inhale slowly and in your mind count to 7 while inhaling, then exhale while counting to 5 in your mind. Continue doing this several times, and…

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Cool Nights are Upon Us

Holistic Health Care Center’s practitioner, Kimberly Leupold-Nemeth BPS, MSOM, L.Ac., HTPA, also treats patients at Elite Rehabilitation Institute in Plainfield, IL. Below is one of Kimberly’s recent blogs.

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Does the smell of a bonfire cause you to smile? Many people love the fall season. The feeling of crisp cool air with a gentle breeze blowing against your face can be very inviting. Since there are often random drops in temperature this time of year, it’s important to dress for the changing climate.

From an Oriental Medicine (OM) standpoint, weather changes can quickly affect your state of health.  A sudden gust of cold air on the back of your neck can allow in “cold evil”. OM theory understands the pores on your skin to be the door way that either allows illness to enter, or shuts illness out. This is called wei qi or defense qi. Qi means energy or life force. When the wei qi is combated with cold, if the qi is weak, the cold can force the doors of the pores open. When the cold enters…

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You Are What You Eat

Holistic Health Care Center’s practitioner, Kimberly Leupold-Nemeth BPS, MSOM, L.Ac., HTPA, also treats patients at Elite Rehabilitation Institute in Plainfield, IL. Below is one of Kimberly’s recent blogs.

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Food is one of the most important cornerstones of your health. What you ingest affects every cell in your body. Food can help boost your energy, detoxify your body, help build lean muscle, and so much more. On the other hand, unhealthy foods can inhibit your immune system, decrease your energy, and build fat instead of muscles.

Typically, in regards to food, what matters most are the food choices you make and the quantity you consume. For example, eating a salad from a fast food restaurant is often not as nutritious as eating a salad made from your local produce. Over time, vegetables loose nutrients. Often, vegetables from fast food restaurants have preservatives on them to help their shelf life. Many fast food choices that seem “healthy” are filled with many things other than what you think you’re eating. For example, healthy choices such as eggs contain many by-products other…

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Auricular Acupuncture and Acupressure

Holistic Health Care Center’s practitioner, Kimberly Leupold-Nemeth BPS, MSOM, L.Ac., HTPA, also treats patients at Elite Rehabilitation Institute in Plainfield, IL. Below is one of Kimberly’s recent blogs.

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What is auricular acupuncture and acupressure?

One reason Oriental Medicine works at such a deep level is due to the treatment versatility. While a primary mode of treatment is through acupuncture needles on the body, there are also many other ways to offer productive treatments for patients. One example is auricular treatments. Some ways auricular treatments can be performed include: acupuncture, acupressure, laser, and colored lights. Auricular treatments utilize acupuncture points specifically on the patient’s ear. Auricular acupuncture treatment is considered a treatment method using a microsystem on the body. By using this auricular microsystem, a patient can receive the benefits of full body acupuncture by receiving correlating points on the ear.

Auricular acupuncture can treat many conditions. Below is a list of conditions auricular acupuncture is extremely beneficial in treating:

  • Weight loss
  • Smoking cessation (quit smoking)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Pain management for acute and chronic pain
  • Emotional disorders

Auricular…

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Resolution 101

Holistic Health Care Center’s practitioner, Kimberly Leupold BPS, MSOM, L.Ac., HTPA, also treats patients at Elite Rehabilitation Institute in Plainfield, IL. Below is one of Kimberly’s recent blogs.

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Are you ready for healthy changes in 2015? Do you feel inspired to take a new step forward in your goals for a healthy lifestyle? A new year often brings a desire to change the areas of life that are not promoting you to the live the life you truly desire.

These are usually the causes for creating a New Year’s Resolution. Many people set New Year’s resolutions, but for multiple reasons do not succeed in accomplishing them.  While it may be easy for you to think of reasons your previous resolutions have failed, it may be hard to think of ways to follow through and fully succeed in your resolutions.

From the perspective of our patients’, there are several main reasons it can be difficult to follow through with a New Year’s resolution. A few examples of what creates difficulty in fulfilling a personal resolution include:

“There is…

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Holiday Cheer?

Holistic Health Care Center’s practitioner, Kimberly Leupold BPS, MSOM, L.Ac., HTPA, also treats patients at Elite Rehabilitation Institute in Plainfield, IL. Below is one of Kimberly’s recent blogs.

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“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” as the song goes. For many people, this is a joyous time of year. The joy may also come with a feeling of stress from the long list of things to be done for the holidays. For others, the holidays can be very difficult.  Wherever you fall in the spectrum of holiday cheer or stress, it is an important to time to care for you and your health. Many people have busier schedules, less sleep, and changes in their diet during the holidays. Plus, the many climate changes as you face the cold outdoors.

Here are some ways to handle the added stress during the holidays:

  • Deep breathing: place your hands on your abdomen, take a deep breath by inhaling for 7 seconds with your belly pushing outward,. Then, inhale for 5 seconds while your abdomen pulls inward.
  • Yoga
  • Acupuncture
  • Exercise
  • Massage
  • Chiropractic…

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Send Jack Frost Running!

Holistic Health Care Center’s practitioner, Kimberly Leupold BPS, MSOM, L.Ac., HTPA, also treats patients at Elite Rehabilitation Institute in Plainfield, IL. Below is one of Kimberly’s recent blogs.

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Boost your immune system before the winter cold is upon us. Do you notice winter tends to be a time you are more susceptible to the common cold or flu? Here are a couple holistic suggestions to help prevent the common cold or flu as well as to help decrease their symptoms.

  1. Bundle Up Cause Baby it’s Cold Outside!

According to Oriental Medicine (OM) theory, the combination of wind and cold can allow pathogens, such as the common cold, enter your body. Within this theory, the easiest gateway for colds to enter is the back of your neck. As a result, according to OM, leaving your neck bare during cold and windy weather can lower your immune system and allow a pathogen to enter. So think PREVENTION! If it is cold outside, wear a scarf. Even on the autumn days when there is a chill in the air, keep the back of your…

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