Five Seasons Healing April Newsletter

April, 2011

Five Seasons Healing Newsletter

Spring Harmony

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In This Issue
Creating Balance in Spring
Foods to Promote Fertility
Tips to Alleviate Season Allergies
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We Take Insurance at Five Seasons Healing. Let Us Check For You!


Many of our patients use insurance to cover their acupuncture treatment and 

our super duper biller, 

Jaime, is happy to check 

your coverage for you.


We want to take this opportunity to review how 

our office works with insurance. We are an out-of-network acupuncture 

provider for most insurance plans. If your insurance covers for treatment, once you have met your deductible, and your insurance company begins to pay Five Seasons Healing, you will only have to pay a $30 insurance copay at the time of treatment and we will reimburse you for any treatments you paid out of pocket that your insurance also covered.


If you’d like us to check your specific insurance benefits, please email Jaime the following information: Your name, name of primary subscriber, date of birth, insurance ID #, group #, 

and provider phone number  (usually on back of insurance card). 


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Kale Pesto

This recipe makes a scant 1/2 cup of pesto or less – you only need a tablespoon or so per serving. It would be lovely with grilled chicken or fish.



1 cup lacinato kale, roughly chopped (about 1 small bunch of kale)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
2 tablespoons walnuts, lightly crushed
Kosher salt
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (or less)
2 tablespoons Pecorino-Romano cheese
2 tablespoons Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Extra cheese for serving (if serving with pasta)



1.   Add the kale, garlic, walnuts, and a generous pinch of salt to the bowl of the food processor. Pulse a several times to combine.

2.   Slowly drizzle in the olive oil through the feed tube of the food processor. Depending on the consistency you like, you may not use all of the oil, so pour slowly. Run the machine continuously for a minute or two to obtain a very smooth consistency. Add more oil if the consistency of the mixture isn’t smooth.

3.   Add the cheeses and pulse to combine.

4. Taste and correct for salt.

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Dear All,

Finally, after a VERY long winter here in NYC, we are starting to see the signs of spring! In this month’s newsletter, I share with you the Chinese Medicine approach to living in harmony with Spring. And in celebration of new life, this newsletter will explore foods to promote fertility, and will discuss Polcystic Ovarian Syndrom (PCOS) which, for many women, doesn’t have to be a hindrance to pregnancy.

Here at Five Seasons, we bid farewell to Savannah, who has been an enormous help and gracious presence this last year. She is moving onto working with cancer survivors and we wish her good luck in her new endeavors. And we’d like to give a warm welcome to the lovely, Kelly, who is very excited to jump in and take on the reception and office duties. For any questions at all, do not hesitate to contact her at

The profound wisdom of Chinese Medicine offers therapeutic support for creating a healthy, balanced life. This is a perfect time to schedule your appointment for anacupuncture treatment to balance and support your body. Hope to see you soon.



To schedule an appointment, please email or call 917.538.5755

 Creating Balance and Harmony in the Spring 

Spring is here! Flowers and trees are starting to bloom and the days are getting longer. Nutritionally, Spring is the time of rejuvenation. Foods to include in your diet are chlorophyll-rich spring greens, which naturally detoxify the body. As opposed to Winter-style cooking, in Spring, we may cook our foods a shorter time, gently steaming, simmering, and stir-frying. We can start to eat “lighter” foods as we move away from heavier, slow-cooked foods.


Spring is when things sprout and bloom, although many things have not yet ripened. To be in harmony with the Spring, sprinkle fresh culinary herbs on your food. Add bitter leafy greens and baby vegetables into your diet, such as arugula, asparagus, chard, chicory, collard greens, dandelion, green garlic, kale, lettuces, peas, pea sprouts, and radicchio.


Many of us are more energetic as the days get longer! However, it’s important to ground this energy and not over-exert ourselves. Spring can bring the winds, which can create scattered energy, allergies and colds. Support yourself with meditation and deep breathing, exercise and movement, hikes on the beach, gardening, and other activities that connect you to nature. 


Foods to Promote Fertility


Pregnancy is one of the most important times of a woman’s life. With all the changes her body will go through, it’s important for her to be strong and healthy before conceiving. While there’s no one magic food that can guarantee a couple will conceive easily, adequate nutrition can improve fertility and support a healthy pregnancy.


From a Chinese medicine standpoint, it’s important to strengthen the blood qi and to address any deficiencies. If there are any dietary changes you need to make, it’s best to do it at least a year before you want to become pregnant so your body has time to adjust.


Some of the nutrients most often used to cure blood deficiency are iron, folic acid, and B12. Adequate protein is also essential. Sweet foods can be especially helpful in building yin in the body. Foods with a sweet flavor, such as fruits, legumes, and grains, strengthen weakness and deficiencies as well as slow an overactive heart and mind.

Ten great foods that promote fertility: 


1. Dark, leafy greens are a rich source of folate, which helps prevent neural tube defects and supports brain development. 


2. Try kale, spinach or chard. They’re also full of iron, which helps transport oxygen through the blood. 


3. Oranges, another great source of folate, are packed with antioxidants and immune-boosting vitamin C. A diet rich in antioxidants (from fruits and vegetables) has been shown to reduce stress on the reproductive system, making it easier to conceive.


4. Eggs are an excellent source of high-quality protein and vitamin B12. Nutritional yeast and algae are rich vegetarian food sources of vitamin B12.


5. Black beans, traditionally viewed in TCM as fertility-supporting foods that build yin fluids and blood are also packed with protein and iron. 


6. Yogurt and kefir (fermented yogurt) are high in calcium, which is needed to build and maintain healthy bones as well as ensure adequate calcium stores, which are important for protecting the mother in the third trimester. The probiotics in yogurt can help improve digestive health. 


7. Wild salmon is a potent source of Vitamin D, which plays a crucial role in calcium absorption. Salmon is also packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which aid in brain function. 


8. Broccoli is an excellent non-dairy source of calcium. Throw some into your next stir-fry or pasta dish!


9. Almonds, also rich in calcium, are packed with protein, fiber, and magnesium, another key nutrient. It can be protective against high blood pressure as well as eclampsia and pre-eclampsia during pregnancy. An ounce a day is all you need!


10. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc, which helps support and maintain pregnancy.

TCM for Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome


In polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), the ovary doesn’t make all of the hormones it needs for any of the eggs to 

fully mature. Rather than growing to full size, some

follicles may remain as sacs/cysts. Since none of them become large enough and no egg matures or is released, 

in some cases, ovulation may not occur. This can cause a variety of issues.


PCOS can affect the skin, hair, weight, endocrine system 

and reproductive system. It is thought to affect up to 10 percent of women of reproductive age and may be

present in 90 percent of women with irregular menstrual cycles. Though there are many symptoms of PCOS, the two consistent ones are chronic lack of or delayed ovulation and elevated levels of androgenic hormones.


Some early symptoms of PCOS include:

  • Few to no menstrual cycles per year
  • Heavy, irregular vagina bleeding
  • Hair loss from scalp
  • Hair growth on face, chest, back, stomach, thumbs, and/or toes
  • Acne and oily skin
  • Depression or mood swings 

Gradual symptoms include:

  • Weight gain, especially a tendency to gain wait in the abdomen
  • Hair thinning or male-pattern baldness
  • Infertility
  • Recurrent miscarriages
  • Breathing problems such as sleep apnea
  • Signs of insulin resistance or hyperinsulemia (high insulin levels), such as upper body weight gain and  skin changes like dark patches under the arm, on the neck or in the groin and genital region
  • High blood pressure may be more common in women with PCOS 

In TCM, PCOS is seen as a condition of excess, deficiency, or a combination or both. Acupuncture and herbs can be 

used to help strengthen the body and balance hormone 

levels to alleviate symptoms and establish a normal menstrual cycle. We can also give you advice on dietary changes that may alleviate symptoms, such as avoiding processed foods and other products that may have negative impact on hormones and metabolism.


To read more about Chinese medicine and PCOS, visit the Five Seasons blog.

Tips to Alleviate Seasonal Allergies

It’s the beginning of allergy season. Patients are starting to suffer runny nose, congestion, headaches, watery eyes, itchy eyes, increased phlegm, sore throat, cough, and asthma. Chinese Medicine offers a natural approach to help alleviate these allergy symptoms. Even better, with continued care, TCM can help decrease the severity and occurrence of allergies, using a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and nutrition.

Here are some tips for allergy season:

Eat organic whole foods and take the chemicals out of your diet. Packaged and processed foods are difficult for the body to process and deplete the immune system. Eat fresh, whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, pastured meat and wild fish, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, and healthy fats like ghee, olive oil and coconut oil.


A Neti pot is an ayurvedic healing method to wash out the sinuses with a saline solution. This method clears the nasal passages of allergens as well as decreases inflammation in the mucous membranes. It can be challenging to use but is really worth the effort. My patients report feeling much better very quickly using this daily.


I also recommend showering and changing your clothes after being outdoors. Your clothes, skin and hair will collect pollens and bring them indoors. Washing these off of your body will help alleviate constant exposure to allergens. This is especially important before bed, as the pollen on your hair gets on your pillow, causing nighttime exposure to allergens.


Add Quercetin C and unfiltered apple cider vinegar to your supplement list.  Quercetin C is a bioflavonoid that helps prevent mast cells from bursting and thus helps prevent a histamine reaction. Achoo!  Unfiltered apple cider vinegar benefits the immune system.


Finally, stay hydrated by drinking fresh water.

Five Seasons Healing
Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
80 E.11th St., Suite 211
    New York, NY 10003