Traditional Chinese Medicine and Nutrition

Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness is dedicated to working with the network of holistic and medical health practitioners throughout Rapid City.

Communities are only as healthy as its sickest member. It’s imperative that we work together to provide healing and that includes affordable and nutritious food for everyone. In today’s blog we’ll look at how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Nutrition work together.

There are many digestive issues that are connected to a poor diet. They include:

  • Constipation
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Gallstones

All cells require adequate nutrients. Without those nutrients, cells can die or function improperly. Your body needs antioxidants (found in fruits and vegetables) to neutralize free radical damage. Free radicals are highly reactive molecules which harm your cells and cause them to lose the ability to produce functioning enzymes. These enzymes are specialized proteins that every biological function of the body requires (including for digestion).nutrition_thriveacupuncture_rapidcitysd

One herb used in many TCM blends is “Shan Zha” or Hawthorn Berry. Shan Zha has cardiovascular benefits which may help you digest meat and fat. While many people looking for good nutrition will omit meats, not all do.

After all, we have many local producers here in the Black Hills which affords consumers the option of finding organic, grass-fed and open-pasture meat products (and which don’t have to be trucked in from many states away).

We celebrate those local producers who maintain ethical and healthy livestock practices in order to produce food for our community.

Bear Butte Gardens in Sturgis, owned by Michelle and Rick Grosek, are one example of a great place to source your food. Bear Butte is a CSA (Community Sourced Agriculture) garden, open year-round. They offer a wide variety of naturally-grown, certified organic vegetables along with a seasonal assortment of poultry, turkey, beef, eggs, honey, seeds and garden transplants.

Find out what’s in season at Bear Butte Gardens by calling (605) 490-2919!

If you are looking to improve your nutrition but aren’t prepared to give up meat altogether, we encourage you to obtain your meat products from local, organic sources like Bear Butte Gardens. If you are experiencing digestive issues we advise you to come in for a consultation with a TCM specialist at Thrive Acupuncture and Wellness. Learn how to truly balance your diet and your body!

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