Blog by Melissa and David Sokulski, L.Acs.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wild Ally Workbook Available Now



For all of you interested in learning more about Wild Edible Plants, I am excited to share this amazing new workbook with you.

It's called Wild Plant Ally Workbook, and it will take you through the process of learning all about wild edibles.

For more information on this book, please visit us here.

It has been wonderful having so many of you join us for Wild Edibles Walks over the years (the next one is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, 2011 - Earth Day at Frick Park, stay tuned!) One question I hear a lot is what is the best way to learn about wild edible plants?

That is why I put this book together. And I've made it accessible to all who are interested (you get to choose your own price!) Please go check it out now. I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks so much!

In health,

~ David and Melissa Sokulski, L.Acs.

Licensed Acupuncturists
The Birch Center for Health
(412) 381-0116

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Traditional Chinese Medicine Eases People Into Spring Without Allergies

by Birch Center Acupuncturist Melissa Sokulski

Spring is full of warmer weather, beautiful flowers and more time outdoors. Many of us enjoy these signs of spring but some find them intolerable due to seasonal allergies. Prescription and over-the-counter medications are widely available but do nothing to help overall health and come with a host of side effects. Natural remedies such as acupuncture and herbal medicine can clear symptoms of allergies and bring the body to balance thus allowing for a higher state of health and well-being.

People with seasonal allergies react to the pollen of flowers in trees, grasses and weeds with symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, runny nose, headaches, and fatigue. Medications are widely available, even over the counter, yet come with their own host of side effects including being temporary loss of smell and taste. Other side effects include headache, fatigue, wheezing and abdominal pain. Medications do nothing to improve health and prevent further allergies.

Allergies are a sign of an imbalance in the immune system. Balancing and strengthening the body can decrease or even rid oneself of seasonal allergies altogether. Traditional Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and herbal remedies, does just this. Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine is two-fold: clearing the symptoms and balancing the meridians, thus improving overall health.

Acupuncture is excellent in treating the symptoms of allergies. Many allergy symptoms are located in the head (stuffiness, headache, itchy eyes) which reveals to the acupuncturist that the energy is not flowing smoothly from the head into the rest of the body, and vice versa. All the yang meridians flow from the hands up to the head and from the head down to the feet. Using needles on the head and neck opens the yang channels and allows the energy to flow. The use of traditional herbal formulas such as Bi Yan Pian (which we carry at the Birch Center) opens the sinuses and clears the head and eyes allowing for symptom relief.

Acupuncture also helps balance the body which improves overall health. This is done by taking a complete intake and assessment of every client who comes for treatment. At the Birch Center we treat very specifically and individually, making sure the underlying cause of allergies (or any other symptom) is cleared. When the body is in balance, symptoms disappear and health is restored. Along with needles herbal formulas may be given which are specific to each person to restore balance and health.

While allergies can put a damper on enjoying the best the season holds, there is natural relief for allergy sufferers. The relief need not be temporary: when the body is brought to a higher level of health renewed energy, flexibility and joy of living is restored.

For more information or to schedule and appointment, you can call us at (412) 381-0116 or email to BirchCenter@gmail.com.

Thanks!

In health,

~ David and Melissa Sokulski, L.Acs.

Licensed Acupuncturists
The Birch Center for Health
(412) 381-0116

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Wild Tree Water: Making Maple Syrup

As many of you know, one of our passions is using wild plants as food and medicine. So much so that we have set up a separate website, Food Under Foot, on which we record our adventures.

For the past week we were fortunate to be able to tap maple trees in Western Pa and make the best maple syrup and maple sugar that I have ever tasted!



Above Dave and Ella are tapping a maple tree. Below we are boiling the water-like sap down into syrup.



Maple Sugar Candies:



You can read more step by step information on our adventures with maple tree tapping on Food Under Foot:

Fresh Maple Sap right from the tree is a wonderful elixir! If you have a maple tree on your property I urge you to go out and tap it, if only to taste the sweet wild water.

Thanks so much!

In health,

~ David and Melissa Sokulski, L.Acs.

Licensed Acupuncturists
The Birch Center for Health
(412) 381-0116

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