- Marianne Benforado L.Ac. Dipl.OM
Acupuncture Services630 Frederick Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Oriental medicine (OM) nutrition combines ancient wisdom with modern science. OM nutrition is a holistic approach, which aims to balance all five flavors within most meals with one or two flavors being emphasized for therapeutic purposes. OM nutrition for a hypertension emphasizes bitter flavors, sour flavors and energetically-cooling foods.
OM theory states the bitter flavor benefits the heart in moderation but an excess is harmful as it has a drying effect; for example, coffee is bitter. In moderation coffee acts as vasodilator increasing circulation but in excess it can raise blood pressure and has a diuretic effect. Modern scientific research has discovered while the human genome has 25 bitter taste receptors 12 of these are expressed in the human heart. continue reading
A study published by the JAMA Internal Medicine found that more than 70 percent of Americans consume more than the recommended daily amount of sugar. Sadly, most of us are addicted to sugar, which happens to be hidden in most of the foods and drinks we consume. Added sugar can cause a whole array of problems that can be short term as well as long term. If you are experiencing health problems, lowering your sugar intake may be one of your best options. Below are 10 truths about the ugly side of sweets. continue reading
Quit the tobacco, and don’t start if you haven’t already
It should be common sense now that smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to multiple types of cancer. If you are trying to quit, you are not alone. Try joining a support group or making a plan for yourself to set goals for quitting. Facing addiction is hard, but not using tobacco can save years of your life.
A healthy, well-rounded diet can do wonders for lowering your risk of cancer and overall wellbeing. Cut out processed sugar and instead focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help fight cancer. Other fish that can help reduce the risk of endometrial cancer in women include halibut, sardines and tuna. continue reading
For those with arthritis, exercise, no matter how little you do, is one of the best natural treatments. For those with severe arthritis, even the smallest amount of walking can make a difference. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for those with arthritis because it puts the least amount of impact on the joints. Strengthening exercises are also recommended to keep muscles and joints strong. continue reading
Spring into Life
Jumpstart your Body, Mind, and Energy
* Still feeling a bit sluggish after the holidays?
* Want to revitalize your energy?
* Want to feel less anger, worry, impatience, & frustration?
Come and learn how Chinese medicine and Reiki can help alleviate many of these symptoms and come away Springing into your Life!
Workshop includes a guided meditation, mini-acupuncture treatments, Reiki healings, and practical suggestions for balancing your energy and living fully this Spring. Come get your Qi fluffed! 🙂
Date: Sunday, March 13th
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm
Location: In the “Studio” at the Pacific Cultural Center
1307 Seabright Av, Santa Cruz
Cost: Sliding Scale $15-$30
For more information or to register, contact Marianne at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 831-212-3090.
This educational, experiential and fun workshop will be facilitated by Marianne Benforado, Licensed Acupuncturist, and Joyce Leonard, Reiki Master Teacher/Practitioner, both with passions for helping people feel better in their bodies, minds, and spirits. Come and join us!