Try not to hold on to negative thoughts
Health Advisor of the Month: Fujie Shimakage of 41st Street HealthCare
There are various holistic treatments offered at 41st Street HealthCare but what are your specialties?
I specialize in acupuncture and kampo (Chinese herbal medicine) as well as craniosacral therapy, which adjusts the flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the spinal cord by lightly touching the patient’s head and lower back.
What kinds of benefits does craniosacral therapy offer?
It’s effective for headaches, lower back pain, and stress-related problems such as irritation, frustration, and anger. If the movement of cerebrospinal fluid is stagnant, people feel uneasy, irritated, and anxious. Craniosacral therapy works in the deepest level of the body, creating a euphoric floating sensation.
Would you give us some health advice during this seasonal change?
It’s better not to switch to bulky and warm clothes immediately when you start feeling chilly. Instead, keep wearing light clothing. This encourages your immune system to protect your body, giving it power to fight against colds and other illness. The point here is to let your body get accustomed to the temperature change gradually. I also recommend the use of ginger in your diet. Ginger makes you warm from inside. You can make healthy oriental ginger dressing with freshly grated ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar and flax seed oil. Ginger not only warms your body but it’s one of the best Chinese herbs to promote digestion. I used to have extremely cold hands and feet, but since I started to use ginger, I feel warm from inside even in the severe cold.
Health Tips from Ms.Shimakage
Of all the things I do to keep myself heatlhy, nothing is more important than releasing stress. While you are taking a shower in the morning or at night, you can make humming sounds such as “Muhh..” or “Ah…” or Sheeh..” etc. not so loud or not so soft. It should sound like a background noise. As you make these noises, you throw up mental garbage through your mouth. Did you know that we are so attached to our daily or chronic problems? It may be hard to throw them up at first. You have to go over the mental block. Once you are able to spit out the mental garbage, it may be perceived as a thick black tar or edgy junk metal. At some point you will feel there is nothing more to be thrown up. Viola! There you have a blank slate to start a new day!!
41st Street HealthCare
18 E. 41st St., (bet. Madison & 5th Aves.), New York, NY 10017