February 2012 Newsletter

February 2012

Volume 3, Number 2

Office News and Updates:

Best in Stouffville!

Our hearts are filled with gratitude at being voted Stouffville’s Best Chiropractor for the third year in a row!  We are also pleased to announce that Dayle Tengnagel, RMT was voted Stouffville’s Best Registered Massage Therapist.

It is our patients that make our office what it is, so we would like to thank each and every one of you.

Home Remedies: Cinnamon Ginger Syrup

Written by: Correne Omland, Traditional Herbalist Student

Herbal Syrups

Syrups are one of the easiest home remedies that you can make to help prepare you and your family for the upcoming winter season.  Herbal syrups are so versatile and be used in a variety of ways. Add them to your tea or coffee as a sweetener, drizzle it on your pancakes or take it by the spoonful when you are feeling under the weather.

A herbal syrup is made with equal portions of sugar to herbal decoction (strong tea). Below you will find the instructions and a recipe for making Cinnamon Ginger Syrup.  Once you get the hang of making herbal syrups you can start experimenting with other herbs.

Cinnamon Ginger Syrup

Makes 6 x 250ml jars of syrup

This tasty syrup is fantastic in tea, coffee, yogurt, oatmeal and of course on pancakes.  The first step to making any herbal syrup is to make your decoction (a strong herbal tea).  If you want to make fewer jars just half or quarter the amounts in the recipe!

What You’ll Need – Decoction

  • 6 cups of filtered water
  • 1.5 ounces (43 grams) of grated ginger root
  • 7 cinnamon sticks
  • Saucepan
  • Large Strainer
  • Large measuring cup

Instructions – Decoction

  • Place your water, ginger and cinnamon in a large saucepan.
  • Bring your mixture to a boil.
  • Put the lid of your saucepan and reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Simmer for 20 minutes; 30 minutes for a stronger decoction.
  • Once your decoction is finished pour it through your strainer into a large measuring cup or bowl. It will measure out to be approximately 5 cups.
      • Because the liquid is hot it is a good idea to place a knife into your bowl or measure cup. This will help absorb the heat so your glass does not crack.
  • Now that your herbal decoction is finished you are ready to start making your syrup.  As I mentioned above a basic syrup is equal portions of sugar to decoction.

What You’ll Need – Syrup

  • Herbal decoction – approximately 5 cups
  • 5 cups of sugar (any type can be used – I prefer using raw organic cane sugar)
      • If using honey – 3-3/4 cups
  • Sterile jars with lids

Instructions – Syrup

  • Pour your decoction into a large saucepan. Add in 5 cups of your sugar of choice. Bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, reduce heat to a simmer. Stir your syrup occasionally and watch to ensure it doesn’t burn.
  • As the water boils off your syrup will become thicker.
      • To get the consistency I wanted it took about 3 hours of simmering.
  • Once your syrup is thick enough pour it into sterile jars that have lids.
  • Place your syrup in the fridge (it will keep for a few months this way).

Focus on Health: Hydrotherapy Applications – Cold vs. Hot

Written by: Dayle Tengnagel, RMT

After an injury, many are unsure whether to use heat or ice to relieve pain and swelling. This article is dedicated to help educate and inform the reader as to which application is better for their injury. It will also inform the reader on the difference between acute and chronic injuries and how the different hydrotherapy applications affect the body.

Definitions:

Acute Pain/Injury: Acute pain and injury refers to a physical injury that occurred recently as a result of a traumatic event. Acute injuries consist of muscle pulls, ligament strains, contusions (bruising), fractures and dislocations.

Chronic Pain/Injury: Chronic pain and injury refers to a physical injury, illness, or disease that develops slowly and is persistent, long-lasting, or constantly recurring over time.  Chronic injuries often are referred to overuse injuries.

Cold/Hot Applications and the Body:

Temperature alterations have four main effects on the body tissues that are superficial to the skin including, pain relief (analgesia), muscle relaxation, blood vessel alterations, and connective tissue effects.

Cold applications affect the body by reducing the speed of nerve impulses in the area and decreasing the pain sensation.  With regards to ice and the circulatory system, the cold causes the small arteries and veins in the area of the injury to constrict and decrease the flow of blood and inflammation into the area of the injury.  Ice also has a relaxing effect on the body by providing very low temperatures or prolonged cooling.

Heat applications reduce pain by altering pain nerve fibre conduction speeds, or generally raising nerve pain thresholds.  Heat also causes relaxation of smooth muscle, thereby opening the blood vessels and increasing blood flow to the injured region.  Benefits of increased blood flow to the injured tissues are the facilitation of drainage and “wash-out” effect. These effects clear the tissues of debris and by-products of tissue injury.

Treatment:

For the treatment of injuries, the general rule of thumb is to use cold therapy for the first 48-72 hours (acute period), or after swelling and pain levels have peaked.  After this period the use of heat therapy is more advisable.  As an injury enters the subacute phase of healing (3-7 day), one can use heat therapy more often.  It is also advisable to use heat for prolonged symptoms lasting beyond a week.

Recipe: Hot Artichoke Dip – Vegan and Gluten-Free

This fantastic recipe addresses most food sensitivity issues while providing you with a tasty party dip.  If you are not vegan or have a dairy intolerance feel free to substitute ingredients. This recipe and other excellent gluten-free recipes can be found at http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/.

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces thawed frozen artichoke hearts
  • 1 peeled garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp finely diced red onion
  • ½ cup Vegenaise® or your favourite egg-free mayonnaise
  • ½ cup plain vegan soy yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 tbsp of vegan “Parmesan”
  • 1 tbsp of white wine or fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of ground pepper
  • 1tsbp vegan butter spread (Earth Balance is an excellent choice)
  • 3 tbsp of sliced almonds (or gluten-free breadcrumbs)

 Directions:

  1. Put artichoke hearts and garlic into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse on and off to chop rather fine.
  2. Scoop the chopped artichoke and garlic into a mixing bowl. Add in the finely diced onion.
  3. Add in Vegenaise, soy yogurt, parmesan, white wine/lemon juice, salt and pepper. Mix together to blend well.
  4. Spoon into a baking dish or crock. Set aside.
  5. Melt vegan butter spread in a small skillet and add in the sliced almonds. Stir to coat.
  6. Add the buttered almonds to the top of the artichoke dip.
  7. Bake in the centre of a preheated oven (375 F) for about 20 minutes until it is bubbly around the edges and heated through.

Did You Know?

Each person will shed approximately 40lbs of skin in their lifetime?

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