Six Weeks To Glow

I'm so excited to announce a *NEW* dream offering of mine in partnership with Lyssandra Guerra of Native Palms Nutrition.

Together we are offering --- Spring Reset,  a 6 week women's wellness program combining Eastern Medicine, Acupuncture and Nutrition/Wellness. At the end of the program you will walk away with the tools and knowledge to take charge of your health. You'll learn what feeds you (literally!) and be more empowered around your overall wellness.

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The tools you walk away with will serve you for your entire life, and you can even share what you've learned with your friends and family! We believe in an empowered model for health, and the more tools and knowledge we have to make decisions the better. 

This is the spring detox and reset you’ve always wanted, minus crazy dieting and deprivation. You’ll sleep better, balance your cycles and hormones or eliminate peri-menopause or menopausal symptoms, get radiant skin, reduce stress and feel your best.

--- Watch Dr. Jessica Parker + Lyssandra Guerra on the program --

{the details} of HOW it will work
6 weeks to glow, a new kind of women's wellness program

You will get 6 weekly sessions with Dr. Parker and Lyssandra Guerra (3 total sessions with each practitioner) customized to your needs and schedule.

The Issues addressed  in these sessions include: digestion, hormones, balancing your cycles or minimizing and eliminating perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms (e.g. night sweats, mood swings, etc.), get better sleep, improve the health and glow of your skin, stress management and more! 

Note: You will receive an intake from both Dr.Jessica Parker and Lyssandra Guerra at the start of the program to asses areas of need and focus.

Payment plans and schedule of visits to be arranged at the first meeting.  We are happy to answer any further questions you might have.

Your Investment --- 6 Weeks to Glow Program: 
$675 by 4/31, $750 after
(payment plans available upon request)
 

Get Started - 6 Weeks to Glow

(email sixweekstowellness@gmail.com to schedule)

root + stem book recommendation!

book recommendation by Dr. Jessica Parker:

Intuitive Eating by by Evelyn Tribole, MS, RDN and
Elyse Resch, MS, RDN, CEDRD, Fiaedp, FADA, FAND

A revolutionary program that works!

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This year I changed my #newyearsresolution of “New Year New Me” to “Everything in Moderation Including Moderation”! Let’s stop demonizing food and stop the never ending cycle of dieting, that includes #paleodiet #whole30 #glutenfree #weightwatchers What if we just learned to live in harmony with eating? Easier said than done?

Learn more + get a copy at http://www.intuitiveeating.org/. 

5 tips to boost your immunity NOW!

written by Jessica Parker, LAC, DAOM

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Here are some very simple but effective tips to feel your best in winter. 

  1. Get Cozy and Wear Socks! 

    One of my favorite cold season health tips is to wear warm socks! Keeping your feet warm helps increase circulation and stimulates important acupuncture immune points on the feet.
     
  2. Drink Bone Broth or a mineral rich vegetable broth.

    I've included my bone broth recipe below - enjoy!!!
     
  3. Make sure to have a bountiful amount of Vitamin C + Herbs/Spices.

    Kale, spinach and other dark leafy greens, plus bell peppers (we recommend to cook your veggies this time of the year for optimal health!), citrus fruit + so many more are rich in Vitamin C. Plus don't forget to add herbs/spices (like ginger, garlic, onions, black peppercorns, cayenne, etc.) in your diet to give you that immune kick.
     
  4. Drink plenty of water. 

    This one is a no-brainer but we need to be well hydrated even when the temperatures drop.
     
  5. Get Acupuncture! Book your appointment now.

    Jessica is now accepting appointments Tuesday - Friday! And book with Melinda Phoenix from East West Collaborative Health while she is filling in for Erin over the holidays. 
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Taking Care of Your Lungs + Skin This Fall/Winter

written by Erin Langely, LAC, MSOM, Dipl OM

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It’s autumn, and in Chinese Medicine it’s the season to take good care of your lungs.
 

Given the recent fires in the North Bay, this organ needs extra attention as we head into cold and flu season. 

Autumn is a time of withering, of decelerating momentum and growth. We may experience a natural “come-down” from the buzz of Spring and Summer. This transition can register as melancholy. In Chinese Medicine, the lung is associated with grief. Treating the lung can help process grief and give the lungs the strength they need to do their many jobs.

The lungs have several functions, including filtering clean energy from dirty energy, governing our voice, skin, and body hair, regulating water passages like sweat and urine, and working closely with the heart to circulate the body’s energy. The lungs blur the boundary between us and our environment. The air connects us all. At the same time, the lungs provide a healthy buffer, called wei qi, between us and disease. 

Autumn is not a good time to cleanse or sweat heavily. Purgative treatments further deplete our bodies, which are already winding down toward the stillness and storage of winter. The Chinese classic Neijing states, “Do not disperse your energies, and the lung qi will be clear. This is the way of nourishing life in accordance with the nourishing and constricting qi of the autumnal harvest season. Going against these principles will harm the lung network, eventually causing diarrhea in winter, when things should really be in a state of storage rather than leakage.”

So, taking care of our lungs now will serve us in winter, too!

One way to check the status of your lungs is to examine the tip of your (or your child’s) tongue. If it appears to be pinker than the rest of the tongue body, the lungs may be storing excess heat, which we can address in a session. 

Here are some tips for ways to help promote lung and skin health this time of year:

  • Get Acupuncture! Book your appointment for fall now.
  • Do dry brushing at home to improve circulation, and lymphatic drainage throughout the entire body.
  • Eat radishes, white mushrooms and any white colored foods.
  • Try cupping. Kids also love this form of bodywork - it is a good way to address cough and colds (easily remove the phlegm/mucus). 
  • Schizandra tea or lemon water (sour flavors) work well in autumn because they astringe the energy of the lung to help you retain your vitality throughout fall and winter. 
  • Facial acupuncture works wonders to restore and beautify dry skin.
     

Wishing you health this season, and see you soon!
 

Things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered

“ Things are not getting worse, they are getting uncovered. We must hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil.”
–Adrienne Maree Brown, Author & Activist

 

Dear Community,

A few weeks ago I visited Chicago to attend my favorite annual conference, Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (www.im4us.org). Each year I leave feeling inspired and motivated for a better future, but this experience, my third, was even more profound.

My week was entirely spent focusing on the amazing things people are doing to help the underserved in our communities. We are changing the narrative of a negative society into a helpful and kind one. We learned terms that promote progress and dis-empower hate speech. We are restructuring our medical society to promote health and happiness for all rather than just treat disease. We learned about the importance of local legislation and how much change we can affect at the grassroots level. 

It was so refreshing to be offline for the weekend NOT looking at Facebook or the news. I came home from the conference feeling the happiest I’ve been since November. I’m still keeping tabs on all the crazy things that are going on in the world but with renewed optimism and resilience.

I think for a lot of us the major focus of this year is how bad things are. 

It is extremely important to #staywoke and the activist in me is not about to turn a blind eye to inequities and atrocities our communities face today. I realize how easy it is to fall into that hopeless hole and lose the inspiration and motivation to keep progressing. I felt like I was torturing myself every morning when I would look on my news feed or Facebook. It wasn’t particularly motivating me to do anything but wallow.

This presidency is going to continue to throw curve ball after curve ball. Maybe that’s the strategy to try to break us down and become complacent again. I’m trying with all my might to not let this become the new norm, and continue to progress to a life of justice and equality.

In light of all of the nonstop  chaos, I want to share all of the really good and powerful things that I’ve learned in the past few weeks, things that are actually helping to motivate me to continue to make change, rather than feel hopeless.
        
Change Makers to Note: 

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Christopher speak twice now, and she is always an inspiration. She brought up so many truths about how we speak about racism in our country. Word association is a powerful tool. Imagine if we stopped using the term “Anti-Racism” and changed that to “Racial Healing”? Please check her and her amazing programs out. She is an incredible speaker and powerhouse of action. Here are some of her programs: 

Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT)
Place Matters

+ A great video about how to start the “racial healing” conversation. The woman featured in this video happens to be Gail’s daughter! 

My take home point from seeing Dr. Rae speak was “Start organizing where you are!” Here’s a list of organizations that are making waves in healthcare. 

Public Health Awakened; Organizing for health, equity, and justice
National Collaborative for Health Equity: Working with People, Partners, and Purpose
Physicians for a National Health Program 

  • Dr. Angela Rose Black

Radically re-imagining who gets to be well. Mindfulness for the People is aimed at shifting the consciousness of systemic whiteness and promoting awareness of the racial bias in the mindfulness movement. 

Dr. Temple is a stellar example of how to advocate with lawmakers! She became inspired by the many studies showing that an increase in access to medical and recreational cannabis significantly reduces the use of opioids as well as a reduction in morbidity and mortality associated with the opioid and heroin crisis. 

Dr. Temple along with Illinois House Representative’s Deputy Majority Leader, Lou Lang, worked with patients and policy makers to design the Medical Cannabis Compassionate Pilot Act and the Heroin Crisis Act. This is groundbreaking legislation in the field of chronic pain and addiction! 

Many states are incorporating these programs, and as we know in California recreational cannabis is around the corner. For states that do not have legislation in process, this collaboration is an inspiration to what can be done with hard work and teamwork.  

Michelle is an Oakland-based nutritionist/herbalist and filmmaker working on a fantastic documentary featuring the communities of the Metta Health Center in Lowell, MA and Street Level Health Project in Oakland, CA. 

“Through the perspectives of several patients and health care providers, this character-driven feature documentary touches the heart of current debates on health care at this pivotal moment when medical and immigration reform dominate the country’s consciousness.” 

I’m so very excited to see the rest of this incredibly poignant film, and recommend you check out her website.

+++ I spent my last day in Chicago with my dear friend and colleague Aya Nikole Cook at her Haji Healing Salon, Sunday Sanctuary Community Yoga and Acupuncture. Aya is a creative innovator of bringing healing and wellness to her community in Hyde Park and I’m just so excited that she is getting the press that she deserves! Here is an article about her awesomeness! 

This Year of the Rooster is a year of truth, focus, and drive.

If you have felt this year as an intense one - you are on point. While it may seem that the world is burning down, it is actually just the truth coming to light. For anyone that has experienced the shock of major deception, you will know that once the truth has been unveiled there is a time of reckoning and a plan for action. We are in the beginning phases of moving from shock and grief, into the phase of progress. Let’s turn off the news, join together, and make a plan for action. The only way we can get out of the muck is for all of us to get together and work for a better future. 

I look forward to seeing you all soon. 

In community and solidarity, Jessica
 

Herbs for Protecting Your Energy

written by Bridget Afsonna S., community herbalist

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These are challenging times for many of us.

As we struggle against factions that repeatedly attempt to remove our sense of safety and belonging, it can be easy to feel worn out and emotionally exhausted. Here are a few ways that I protect my energy using the magic and medicine of plants:

  1. Engage with plants that are traditionally used for creating strong and healthy boundaries, such as rosemary and yarrow.

    Both grow abundantly in the Bay Area, and can be taken a number of ways. You can steep these plants in tea, make a tincture, use in your food, or even just carry them around with you in your pocket or hang them up on your front door. 

  2. Make heart-lifting tea. My favorite way to relax at home with plants is to make a pot of tea and share with friends and family. Right now my go-to blend is two parts lemon balm, one part nettle, and ½ part rose. Lemon balm is a gentle heart-opener and spirit-lifter, while nettle is full of vitamins and nutrients to help replenish frazzled bodies. Rose is a classic heart herb that can soothe all kinds of heartbreak and sadness. 

  3. Find an essential oil that works for you. Essential oils have a quick and heavy-hitting effect on your nervous system, and are useful to carry around with you for those moments when you hear some freshly disturbing news. Everyone’s scent preferences are very personal, so I recommend going to a health food store and smelling individual essential oil samples to find the one that is most appealing. Try smelling your own armpit in between samples to “reset” your sense of smell. Some popular ones for mood lifting are lavender, clary sage, chamomile, and rose geranium. 

  4. Get in nature. It can be easy to feel permanently attached to technology, but our bodies and minds are meant to feel the ground beneath our feet and smell fresh air. Even if its just a half hour a week, leaving your phone at home and sitting under a tree can really help the body shed energy that is bogging you down.  

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Heart Lifting Tea Recipe

Instructions:  Bring a kettle or small pot of water to a boil. Turn the flame off and once the bubbling stops, add a couple small handfuls of lemon balm, one handful nettle leaf, and a sprinkling of rose petals. Cover and allow to steep for at least 15 minutes. Strain and enjoy plain or with honey and lemon. 
 
Enjoy by yourself or with friends!