Ayurveda Instructor Beaverton OR

All too often, the return of autumn means another round of nagging colds and flus. Don't want to spend the next six months wrapped in a cocoon of blankets, downing hold-your-nose cough syrup and mystery capsules? Forget about starving the cold and feeding the fever, and follow the lead from three healing methods--ayurveda, naturopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine.

Foundation Natural Medicine Center
(503) 608-9160
3800 Southwest Cedar Hills Boulevard, Suite 200-D
Beaverton, OR
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Wellness Training, Weight Management, Supplements, Stress Management, Preventive Medicine, Nutrition, Herbal Medicine, Functional Medicine, Family Practice, Diabetes, Chiropractic, Cardiovascular Disease, Arthritis, Allergy
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Providence Medical Group
(503) 216-0700
18040 SW Lower Boones Ferry Road, Suite 100
Tigard, OR
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Reiki, Osteopathic/Manipulation, Nutrition, Mind/Body Medicine, Family Practice
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American Holistic Medical Association

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William Brewster Smith, MD
(503) 229-7246
1040 NW 22nd Ave Ste 400
Portland, OR
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Internal Medicine, Nutrition
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Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1972

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Robert George Martindale, MD
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Internal Medicine, Nutrition
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Male
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Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1984

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Kay Fields
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1962 NW Kearney
Portland, OR
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Acupuncture and Herbal Clinic
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Acupuncturist, Nutritionist, Reiki Master

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Bruce Mc Laren Wolfe, MD
(800) 282-3284
2338 NW Jessamine Way
Portland, OR
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Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1967
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Hospital: Mercy San Juan Hosp, Carmichael, Ca; University Of California -Dav, Sacramento, Ca
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Claudia Sage
(503) 699-2955
16463 Boones Ferry
Lake Oswego, OR
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Claudia Sage
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Glenn Thomas Gerhard, MD
(503) 494-9000
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd
Portland, OR
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Internal Medicine, Nutrition
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Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
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2050 Northwest Lovejoy Street, #1
Portland, OR
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Yeast Syndrome, Stress Management, Preventive Medicine, Nutrition, Mind/Body Medicine, Herbal Medicine, General Practice, Functional Medicine, Family Practice
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American Holistic Medical Association

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Jeff Clark
(503) 691-0901
8555 SW Tualatin Rd
Tualatin, OR
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True Health Medicine, PC
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Herbalist, Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Nutritionist
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Specialties : Chronic Fatigue, Diabetes, Gastrointestinal Concerns, Men's Health, Weight Loss

Therapies : Botanical Medicine, Chelation Therapy, Enzyme Therapy, Hair Analysis, Herbal Medicine, Holistic Medicine, IV Therapy, Natural Hormone Replacement, Nutritional Counseling, Physical Medicine
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Alternative Health Insurance Services, Complementary Health Plans, Health Savings Accounts, Out of Network Coverage, Receipt provided for reimbursement
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Sidestep the Sniffles

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By Matthew Solan

All too often, the return of autumn means another round of nagging colds and flus. Don’t want to spend the next six months wrapped in a cocoon of blankets, downing hold-your-nose cough syrup and mystery capsules? Forget about starving the cold and feeding the fever, and follow the lead from three healing methods—ayurveda, naturopathy, and traditional Chinese medicine. Their safe and effective remedies can stop a sickness at first sniffle or throat tickle and have you back in action before the Kleenex boxes pile up.

Ayurveda
The centuries-old Indian healing practice of ayurveda views colds and flus as signs of dosha imbalance—in Western terms, when your biological energy or constitution goes haywire. These maladies strike more often in autumn and winter because both seasons increase vata, the dosha associated with wind and cooler weather. Ayurvedic practitioners believe the change from hot to cold weather weakens our digestive fire or agni and, with it, our immune system, leaving our body with an excess of toxins called ama (that filmy, white gunk coating your tongue). This “sticky” environment makes the body more susceptible to illness-causing viruses.

As if that weren’t enough, too much ama can bring on an excess of kapha, the dosha associated with cold and wetness (known in cold-speak as phlegm and mucus). A kapha imbalance will leave you feeling heavy and sluggish with lots of congestion and thick, heavy nasal discharge. A cold caused by a vata dosha imbalance, on the other hand, shows up as fatigue and sleeplessness and is usually accompanied by a dry cough, a sore throat, and a watery, runny nose.

Rx For Prevention: You can counteract the effects of the cold and windy vata season by keeping your body temperature up. At the first sign of a sniffle or cough, begin a morning ritual of abhyanga, a head-to-toe heated sesame oil massage. (Fill a glass jar with oil, and run it under comfortably warm water.) Follow with a warm bath or shower. This added warmth helps stimulate your digestive fire so your body has an easier time “burning off ” phlegm and mucus.

Keep your immunity at its strongest by taking any (or all) of the following herbs: ashwaganda (600 to 1,000 mg daily, divided into two or three capsules); amalaki (250 to 500 mg twice a day); and gotu kola (500 to 1,000 mg daily). “All these build up resistance to stress and other external invaders that can weaken your immune system,” says Mark Toomey, PhD, director of health science at The Raj, a Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Fairfield, Iowa.

Rx For Treatment: Generally, you can treat both cold types with the following remedies, says Toomey. First, cut back on all dairy, like yogurt, cheese, and milk, and foods made with sugar and oils, all of which tend to increase kapha and mucus. Up your intake of warming herbs and spices, such as cinnamon, ginger, pippali (known in the US as long pepper), basil, cloves, and mint to soothe kapha and vata. Toss them...

Author: Matthew Solan

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