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- Pure Health Acupuncture LLC201 W National Ave
Brazil, IN 47834
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- • Three Steps to Keep Winter Allergies at Bay •
- • Healthy and Hearty Winter Recipes •
- • Three Tips for Maintaining Your Mental Health in Winter •
I’ve had lower back pain for over 2 years. I’ve tried everything from Chiropractor to massage therapy, exercises, hot and cold treatments and I might get relief for a day or so but then right back with the pain. Then I discovered Pure Health Acupuncture with Chris Leininger, DACM.
My first appointment I knew I was in the right place for the care I needed to relieve my back pain. The entire office is wonderful. They listen to you and in no way make you feel rushed. I felt completely comfortable at my first visit and was very encouraged for my treatment plan.
I’ve had 2 acupuncture appointments with Dr. Chris and I was relieved of my back pain after only one treatment!
I highly recommend Pure Health Acupuncture, Dr. Chris Leininger and his staff. Like me you’ll be asking yourself why didn’t I go sooner!!
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I developed frozen shoulder and within weeks I had near zero range of motion and complete loss of strength in that arm. I tried icing to no avail.
Dr. Leininger employed a combination of acupuncture techniques and created an herbal formula for home use. Within four treatments my shoulder was in great form. I noticed a difference after the first treatment and I was completely healed within a month.
Frozen Shoulder was last modified: February 27th, 2020 by chris
I was experiencing tinnitus for several months when I heard about Pure Health Acupuncture and made an appointment. I had received no answers from my doctors about what to do. A medication they prescribed I believe is what caused my suffering to begin with. From the very first time I came to Pure Health everyone treated me with full attention. They offer many suggestions and seek knowledge to better help me. They listen, speak directly with kindness and most importantly, they offer hope and healing. –Bo
Tinnitus was last modified: February 4th, 2020 by chris
I had a face and neck lift six years ago which left me with chronic pain and required me to be on medication with bad side effects. When I met Dr. Leininger he was very attentive and really listened to my concerns. He is very professional, knowledgeable in his expertise of acupuncture. After the first treatment I had immediate pain relief in my neck which was beyond belief. The second treatment was on my face which also gave me pain relief. Dr. Leininger has made me a customized care plan to continue to be pain free. I cannot tell you what this had done for me in my life and the joy of the possibility of living a pain free life again. Dr. Leininger has an incredible talent that only God can give you. As a doctor, you’ve gone above and beyond everything I ever would have expected.
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I am very thankful for Pure Health. I am in my first trimester of pregnancy and have had extreme morning sickness. After my first treatment, I walked out to the car where my mom was waiting, my mom immediately started crying. She told me how much better I looked and my complexion was so much better. My morning sickness is so much better, the vomiting has stopped! Extremely thankful!
Morning Sickness was last modified: March 11th, 2017 by chris
An overall wonderful experience! When I first came to Pure Health Acupuncture with a preliminary diagnosis of fibromyalgia, I was in such pain that I could not lift my arms high enough over my head to comb my own hair! After several treatments, not only had my pain disappeared, but, as a side benefit, digestive issues that I had dealt with literally all of my life were nearly completely under control. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you– Phillippians 1:3
Fibromyalgia was last modified: March 11th, 2017 by chris
I look forward to this appointment, it’s an instant reduction in stress anxiety, and relief from a great deal of back pain muscle tightness and spasms in my neck lower back and hip. My sleep has improved along with my appetite, and my headaches have diminished noticeably. The list continues, but without giving my entire medical record pure health is amazing. Disabled army veteran. Try the MLT Balm!!!
Stress, Anxiety, Back Pain and Sleep Challenges was last modified: March 11th, 2017 by chris
I can not say enough good things about Pure Health Acupuncture! I wish I had discovered them a long time ago! I am a 24 year breast cancer survivor. I live with metastatic breast cancer and have been fighting side effects of the past chemo treatments and chemo pills I take now. The pill I am presently taking caused my liver enzymes to go very high and the doctors were considering taking me off the drug. I learned about Pure Health then and Chris started working on me last February. Within two months, my liver enzymes were back to normal!! That in itself is a wonderful testimonial, but I can not stop there! Rarely have I met a health professional that cares about his patients as much as Chris Leininger does! He researches everything and finds ways around obstacles! Since I have cancerous lesions in my bones and lymphadema in... Read more »
I have been having issues with seizures, migraines, memory, focus/cloudy mind, & fatigue. Thanks to the wonderful treatments and fantastic staff at Pure Health Acupuncture I am gaining energy, getting my memory, focus and clarity of thought back, no more migraines, and seizure free! I don’t know what I would do without Chris, Dillon, and Bobbi!
Seizures, Migraines, Memory and Fatigue was last modified: March 11th, 2017 by chris
When all the doctors I went to wanted to put me on medicines that would take me down a path of more doctors and more medicines Pure Health Acupuncture helped my body start down a natural healing path. Thanks to all the staff for their support.
A Natural Healing Path was last modified: March 11th, 2017 by chris
Three Steps to Keep Winter Allergies at Bay
You might think that the cold winter season would bring relief for seasonal allergy sufferers, however, it just brings about a different set of indoor allergens. As those colder temperatures become the norm, people tend to spend more time indoors which brings them into contact with indoor allergens.
Inside Allergy Triggers
These indoor allergy triggers have likely been in your house all year, but when you hibernate inside during the colder months with the windows closed and the heat on, they tend to become more pronounced. Some of the major triggers include dust particles, mold and mildew, and pet dander.
Perhaps the most unique winter allergy that really is a part of the season is Christmas tree allergies. This can be a complex problem as it could be an allergy to pine (or the tree itself) or the tree could be covered in allergens like pollen or mold spores. If you are sensitive to smells, the strong odor might be an issue throughout the Christmas season.
Outside Allergy Triggers
If you live in a wet and rainy area, outdoor mold can begin to form in late winter and early Spring. Much like an allergy to pine, cedar pollen can create havoc for people sensitive to this allergen. Cedar is largely contained in the areas of Southern Missouri, Oklahoma, central and western Texas and Northern Mexico. This allergy is often referred to as “cedar fever.” The cedar pollinates from December through March and can sometimes release so much pollen it looks like the trees are emitting smoke.
Allergy Symptoms vs. Cold Symptoms
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if you are suffering from allergies or a cold as some of the symptoms might be the same or similar. Common allergy symptoms include sneezing, a stuffy or runny nose, itchy eyes, ears, or throat, dry coughing, or a low-grade fever. In severe cases, symptoms can be related to asthma and include chest tightness, wheezing, rapid breathing, and feelings of exhaustion.
The way to tell the difference between allergies and a cold is to examine the source. Colds come from a virus that is passed by someone infected with it. Once your body fights off the infection, the cold symptoms end. Allergies come from your body’s release of histamine as a response to the allergens. Symptoms will persist if you are breathing in the allergens.
There are many different treatment options depending on the severity of the symptoms. Over-the-counter antihistamines are a common course of action for many allergy sufferers. Nasal irrigation or using distilled water to flush out nasal passages, is another option. Nasal sprays are also common and for those who have severe symptoms, allergy shots are an option.
If you are looking for a drug-free alternative, acupuncture has also been proven a successful treatment option. As a general assessment, typical allergy acupuncture treatments will involve weekly or twice-weekly appointments spanning several weeks or even months depending on the symptoms. Your acupuncturist can then determine if annual or semi-annual treatments are needed to maintain results.
The root cause of allergies is different for everyone. Another option your acupuncturist might explore with you is to add herbal formulas to your treatment plan as this can greatly increase the efficacy of the treatments. Adding herbal formulas along with the traditional needle treatment can be an effective one-two punch for treating winter allergies.
Some easy steps to take as you head into the cold winter months is to regularly wash clothes, bedding, and any removeable upholstery covers. This helps to reduce the pet dander and dust build up. Regularly vacuum your home and in severe cases, you might want to think about removing carpet and replacing it with tile or wood flooring. Seal any cracks or openings near windows and doors and fix any leaks so mold doesn’t have the chance to form. Do what you can to limit exposure and keep your environment allergen free so you can feel better overall.
Healthy and Hearty Winter Recipes
When the weather gets colder there is nothing better than a warm and comforting bowl of goodness to keep the chill away. But sometimes the challenge is to keep things healthy as the temperatures drop. We often tend to drift away from our fresh vegetable dishes of summer into carb heavy dishes of pasta and other carbs. That is all fine in moderation, but if you are looking to keep things healthy through the winter, this recipe is a great way to eat the rainbow.
During the long, dark nights of winter, it can be a treat to find something colorful, warm and filling to eat. Bowls are a great way to incorporate different food groups, keep an eye on portions, and still find the comfort that comes from a warm dish on a cold night.
Some nutritionists call these types of bowls “nourish bowls” and they are completely customizable depending on what you like and what’s in your pantry at the moment. They are perhaps the easiest way to incorporate grains, protein and lots of veggies. They are also a great way to mix textures and different flavors and if you have picky eaters in your family, remember they are customizable so you can incorporate different toppings to suit the needs of your household. And another pro tip, these are excellent options for meal prep so you can enjoy a warm, comforting, and nourishing dish whether you are working from home or heading to the office.
This recipe is just a sample of one bowl option. Remember, you can customize to what you like. This bowl will definitely help you to eat the rainbow during winter.
Start off with some sweet potatoes for a satisfying orange base. You can roast them in the oven alongside some chickpeas and spice them up for extra flavor. Quinoa can add some protein and bulk to your bowl. Kale and spinach add that nice leafy green touch of freshness. Red cabbage adds another touch of crunch and freshness, and Tahini makes a great base for sauce or dressing to toss with your bowl.
Assembling Your Bowl
After you have seasoned and roasted your sweet potatoes and chickpeas on a baking sheet for 25 minutes at 350 degrees, you can toss your kale with apple cider vinegar and salt and spread it onto a baking sheet. Roast for 10 minutes, flip the kale chips and roast for another five minutes. While the ingredients are roasting, cook your quinoa according to the package instructions. In a small bowl, whisk together tahini, water, lime juice, maple syrup, garlic powder and salt for an amazing dressing for your bowl. Wash and chop your fresh spinach, red cabbage and half of an orange for some added zing and freshness.
Assemble your bowl with your sweet potatoes, chickpeas, quinoa, kale chips, spinach and red cabbage and then top with orange slices and some toasted walnuts or almost and drizzle with that amazing tahini dressing.
The only thing left to do is enjoy!
Three Tips for Maintaining Your Mental Health in Winter
Many people struggle during the winter months with their mental health. It could be the shorter days and darker nights, or it could be related to family issues and the holiday season. People deal with this in different ways, but it can lead to avoidance of social interactions, overeating or emotional eating, as well as a mental fogginess that can lead to negative thoughts and overwhelming feelings.
The survival instinct for many of us, especially those living in extremely cold regions of the world, is to wrap up in a blanket, eat lots of comfort food, and hibernate indoors. But it’s important to take inventory of your mental well being as much as your physical. Here are three tips to follow when evaluating your mental health this winter.
Listen to the Needs of Your Body
The winter days are shorter and the nights colder and darker and this definitely has an impact on our internal clocks. This low light can have our bodies ready for sleep earlier than usual in the lighter summer months. You might find yourself going to bed 20-30 minutes earlier than usual. Your body will tell you what it needs so make sure you listen and possibly incorporate a power nap mid-day if necessary.
Nutrition is Key
As previously mentioned, our tendency can often be to eat more and move less in the cold weather. Warm bowls of soup or pasta are often our favorite things when the temperature drops. But feed your hunger wisely and make sure you don’t go completely overboard with the comfort foods. Stock your pantry with nutritious food like nuts, crackers and hummus, yogurt and sweet potatoes. This will keep your physical health and your mental health strong through this cold season.
Keep on Moving
When it’s cold and snowy or rainy outside, the tendency is to grab a warm blanket and curl up with a book or binge watch the latest show you have been saving for just such weather. And this is a great plan in moderation. It’s important that you keep moving even when it’s cold outside. Our bodies need movement to stay healthy. If you don’t have a time set aside for regular exercise, you should consider adding this to your daily schedule. If you work inside and sit at a desk all day, set an alarm that reminds you to get up every hour and move; take a walk, stretch, or simply take the stairs instead of the elevator. Anything to keep your body in motion. This is a great way to keep your mind active as well.
Our physical and mental health are tied together so make sure they aren’t neglecting one or the other. Taking care of them both will set you up for a productive winter and help you welcome Spring with a healthy mind and heart.