Walking is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. It activates deep biological processes for health, balance, and wellbeing, supporting both physical and mental health. Our bodies are designed to walk as our main mode of getting from one place to another, and many of our biological systems work best when we […]

Dr. Gurjeet Birdee, a physician scientist, has researched the evidence of integrative therapies for over a decade. Dr. Birdee is a board certified physician in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. He completed a clinical research fellow in Integrative Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and was faculty at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he directed research in Integrative Medicine. He was funded by the National Institute of Health to perform research in the clinical efficacy and mechanisms of integrative modalities.

Dr. Birdee provides consultations to patients on integrative health that align with their conventional health care providers. During visits, Dr. Birdee will review the patient’s medical history, current treatments, and health goals. He will provide an integrative treatment plan that will incorporate integrative modalities alongside the conventional care being received. Treatment plans and patient updates are provided to the patients’ physicians.

Our immune systems are crucial to staying healthy and feeling good, and they can be especially challenged when the weather changes. Bouncing temperatures and frequent rain can make us more vulnerable to viruses. Here are ways to support our immune systems to keep us healthy.

Treat Stress

When we feel high stress or chronic stress, it makes it hard to fend off viruses. Stress diverts resources away from immune function as the body decides that it needs to survive the immediate crisis that is causing stress first, and then it will worry about germs. Lowering cortisol and other stress hormone levels helps the immune system come back up to speed. Bodywork, acupuncture, and restorative classes are all great ways to reduce stress in the body.

Move Lymph

Our lymph system moves pathogens and other waste out of our bodies, and helps spread white blood cells throughout the system. Bodywork is especially helpful for moving lymph through the body, bringing new nutrients into tissues and supporting immune function. Movement classes and going for walks also help lymph circulate for healthy immune function.

Nourish Yourself

A lot of immune function is rooted in the gut and the digestive system. Using nutrients like vitamin C to boost the body in the moment can be helpful. It is also important to work on your digestive health overall, before you feel like your body is trying to fight something off. Acupuncture can help regulate digestive function, and nutrition counseling can help you address gut inflammation, dietary imbalances, and food issues.

When we support our immune systems so that they can function well, we are less likely to get sick from viruses. By managing our stress levels, keeping our lymph system flowing, and nourishing our digestive and other health, we can keep our immune system strong and balanced.  

Our bodies use pain to tell us there is a problem that needs to be addressed. Pain can come from things like repetitive motion, poor posture, highly active lifestyles, and accidental injuries. It can be a short term issue, or last for a while. The good news is that there are direct ways to treat and reduce pain levels through integrative care.

Injury: Recovering from an injury is sometimes a frustrating process that takes longer than we would like. Supporting the body through this process involves both gently working with the injury, and releasing tension from the other parts of the body that are compensating while the injury heals. Bodywork therapies can directly reduce inflammation, relieve tension, and nourish the injury with blood and nutrients. Classes help build awareness of new movement patterns and relieve tension, and Acupuncture can reduce pain signals and promote overall balance for affected systems of the body.

Athletic Performance: Highly active lifestyles like running, rock climbing, and kayaking push your body to higher levels of performance and fun. This means your body needs extra recovery in order to prevent injuries. Classes to support full relaxation, rebalancing, and core strength help the body recover and nourish itself. Bodywork and Cupping Therapy help improve recovery time and can increase athletic performance.

Aging: Small imbalances accumulate into aches and pains over time, which means that getting older often means increased pain from years of repetitive motions, posture habits, and old injuries. Bodywork can help treat and rebalance the causes of these various aches and pains. Acupuncture is effective for reducing pain levels overall, and addressing underlying dysfunctions. Classes reinvigorate and reactivate the body, improve muscle tone and balance, and help develop awareness of movement patterns.

Integrative care offers effective ways to treat pain from injuries, athletic performance, and aging. It supports the body’s own healing processes and increases your internal sense of wellbeing, partnering with you in your care in order to create health.

Acupuncture focuses on rebalancing the body. It can both address specific health issues, and help promote overall health. It uses hair-thin needles to cue the body toward balance, and is very safe and effective.

Acupuncture is proven effective for treating pain. It helps with all kinds of pain, including arthritis, dental pain, pain syndromes like fibromyalgia, menstrual pain, back and knee pain, and headaches. It helps by regulating the pain signals of the nervous system in order to turn down the volume. It also is able to address the underlying imbalances that cause the pain in the first place.

In addition to treating pain, acupuncture is able to treat and rebalance the various systems of the body. It is effective for various kinds of allergies, regulating hormonal systems, balancing the heart and circulatory system, and easing digestive difficulties. It works alongside other medical treatments, and at Ha.Lé, we are happy to partner with your doctor in your care.

Because acupuncture rebalances the system of the body, it helps improve overall health and wellbeing. It is able to rebalance small problems before they become big problems, and can help keep the many complex systems of the body running more smoothly.

The body is a complex of biological systems interacting with each other. Acupuncture is a safe, effective way to help maintain their balance, creating health deep in the interconnected systems of the body.