The internet is a gold mine. And like every mine, you have to dig through mountains of dirt to find something of value. Most information out there is half-baked, copied, misdirected or simply outright lies. An Australian woman was recently charged for profiting for years with online advice and sales with a fake story of cancer. She was caught, millions more are not.
With over 20 years formal education and clinical experience walking the talk with herbs and nutritional support, I’ve seen fads come and go, seen the greed, have stocked or tried most products. There is very little “new and improved” out there regardless of what the marketing says.
The best medicines are custom made to you and your specific needs. But sometimes… a product does come together like salt and pepper: Tried and true, years of safety, and a handful of these formulas below fit that description. All capsule formulas can be made vegetarian.
“MIND BODY SPIRIT…”
We hear these terms often – and we should. Because our lives are affected and interlaced constantly with what goes on within us, around us, and between us
7 STEPS FOR A BETTER MIND
- TENSE-EASE 120 capsules $38
- DREAM-EASE 120 capsules $38
- SMILE (original) 120 capsules $30
- SMILE TOO 120 capsules $35
- SMILE 3 120 capsules $40
- CHILLAX 50ml liquid $19
- BETTER BRAIN 120 capsules $35
Part of my “Easy” product line, Tense-Ease™ is a balanced blend of East and Western knowledge. The amino acid Taurine, a variety of magnesiums, mixed with herbs long used for anxiety, nervousness and irritability. Designed to not just quell symptoms, but strengthen a fatigued system. Can be used for short-term episodic times (starting a new job, school exams, mild insomnia…) or for deeper conditions by adjusting dosage and combining therapies.
3 formulas created to help soften the blows of an active and stressful life. Bad things happen, but they don’t have to stick. True happiness cannot be found in any bottle of course, but these combinations can help put a smile on the face of both young & old. Crafted using traditional wisdom with current supporting research – plus crucial patient feedback. Includes mimosa, a plant who’s Chinese name translates as “everybody happy”!
For 7 years between 2003-2010 I managed a busy clinic near one of the largest army bases in the United States. This was a time when soldiers by the thousands were poured into Iraq or Afghanistan. Countless loved ones and family members remained behind, and in the early months to years of fighting communication could be extremely sporadic: no internet, Skype, FB or instant messaging. A senior base counsellor & patient of mine asked if I could help de-stress & uplift some of those left behind – including herself. In those years… I saw wives who’s husbands were maimed or killed. I saw soldiers with PTSD and other torment. I saw their children failing in schools due to the stresses of war on family. The overwhelmed docs handed out prescription antidepressants and sleep aids like sweets to children. Even if effective, most did not want to take them – it was depressing to be on antidepressants for them. This is where I came in, where I helped, and with countless little tweaks based on research, patient input and observations, made these formulas…
- SMILE (original) ~ for mild depression and depressive episodes. Safe for long or short-term occasional use
- SMILE TOO ~ geared more for anxiety, heart palpitations or restless sleep than the original formula. Designed to help correct the problem, correct the need for medication according to traditional Chinese medical philosophy methods. Differs from TENSE-EASE by being less potent in the short term for some, but more effective in the longer term.
- SMILE 3 ~ for combination conditions such as anxiety with depression, mood swings or menopausal symptoms
Please note, these herbal medications are not intended to replace life changes and/or professional guided counselling where necessary. I work in-house with both whanau and Western pschologists, and happy to assist with referral… 🙂 I also assist with lifestyle & philosophical counselling.
- Memory and Brain Fog
- Stroke Recovery
- Dulled thinking from chronic illness or lack of sleep
Acupuncture has strengths and weaknesses like every form of therapy. Improving the brain is a definite strength – from stroke to alertness. But needles alone might not be all that is needed.
I have been blessed to have success treating head issues, sometimes needing just a few treatments. I co-wrote my 1st book on head pain in 2008 – treating migraines with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Experience working in and around hospitals, my trips to Myanmar, and the chronic cases seen which haven’t been helped my allopathic doctors have both challenged and propelled me to do more. This formula can be used for a number of problems, and combined with other products or tweaked slightly to match your needs personally.
LIVER-EASE (summer blend)
What an amazing industrious organ! And with my liking for beer & wine that is a good thing. A filter, energy store, & digestive organ rolled into one, it is crucial we keep it in good working order. Every company has a Liver product or “detoxifier” of sorts, but to be fair there is little difference between them. Also, there is little focus or balance in them. So why be like them?
My Liver product is different. It does NOT contain milk thistle or silymarin (one of the active compounds in milk thistle herb). Instead this product is more of a support blend to cool and clear liver heat or inflammation. In this regard, the product may be used for
- excess drinking
- indigestion from greasy or fried foods
- eye strain
- certain headaches
- long-term gall stone complaints
- irritable moods
- …and more.
Why a “Summer Blend”? Because our behaviours diet and needs are different in different seasons. We behave differently in the outdoorsy warmth of summer than we do in winter. We eat different foods – tomatoes, eggplant capsicums, for example; we go to music festivals, celebrate over the holidays… To take the same product regardless of seasonal changes makes no sense.
NECK EASE – 2 Formulas for either chronic or acute
May be used in conjunction with OTC and most prescription pain medications if needed. Please contact me for questions or concerns.
BACK EASE (also for knees)
A traditional blend to support muscle integrity and relaxation of low back and core muscles. Next to proper stretching, I find herbal medicine the single best answer to chronic niggling back pain, after an acute injury has settled (through acupuncture and osteopathy if possible!) Our ancestors worked much harder than us, often labouring hours in the dirt, building things by hand, traveling by foot or on the back of an animal. Their knees and backs would ache, they would be of utmost concern to take care of. This formula is modified slightly from its original 1800 year old recipe. It still works today…
Comes in juice (liquid extract) and capsules – which you can drink with the juice of your choice.
In TCM arthritis can be classified into a few different pathologies, including hot, cold, damp, moving… or a combination of these. With herbal medicine we aim to counteract the adverse temperature, ease pain and increase circulation to improve mobility. Acupuncture has also been shown in studies to ease both acute and chronic joint pains, including Osteoarthritis.
SLEEP EASE (capsules) & SCHIZANDRA ZZZ (liquid)
When I started practise years ago in Hawaii I was shocked at the number of people who suffered insomnia – either trouble falling asleep or getting to sleep. And Hawaii is not exactly known for its high stress lifestyle. There are many facets to sleeplessness, including lifestyle, work and environment, but one thing that remains constant is our need for deep sleep.
If you’ve had ongoing issues or anticipate a rough patch ahead, call in. Sleep apnea also addressed in combination with acupuncture, digestive herbs and lifestyle advice.
For restless sleep, troubled or overly active dreams, including night terrors in children. Also for that groggy waking after a night’s sleep but still feeling unrested.