Curious about these phototherapy patches I keep talking about? Here's the scoop.
The patches are made by a company called Lifewave. Lifewave patches are wearable technology that use LIGHT to induce biochemical and physiological changes in the body without relying on molecular inputs like pills, drugs, creams, oils, injections, food, diets or lifestyle changes!
Lifewave marries Western phototherapy technology with Ancient Chinese medicine. You can biohack almost any symptom using different combinations of patches on acupuncture points.
Patches work on the bioelectric and meridian systems in the body by sending nutritive healing signals to elevate certain healing peptides & antioxidants that support the body’s natural ability to heal itself
Translation: The patches work like a laser or red light therapy device, except they use the body's own infrared light frequencies and provide CONSTANT stimulation for up to 24 hours (which is MAJOR for healing, FYI). With Lifewave patches on acupuncture points, therapeutic results can be achieved faster AND after receiving guidance from Caitria, you can apply the patches yourself for effective home treatment!!! SO AMAZING!
What can the patches be used for?
What CAN'T they be used for?! Seriously, there is a patching protocol for ALL THE THINGS. Headaches, insomnia, digestive issues, anxiety, depression, stress, fatigue, pain, low energy, hormone imbalance, fever, etc.
How long do patches last?
Each patch lasts for 24 hours, at which point you would remove it and replace it with a new one.
How do the patches stick to the body?
The patches are attached to the body via hypoallergenic adhesive. They can also be placed on clothing that is worn during the night (this is particularly helpful with young children).
What’s in the patches?
The patches contain a blend of amino acids, water, stabilized oxygen, and natural organic compounds. None of the materials enter the body (this has been confirmed by more than 70 clinical studies).
Are the patches safe?
Lifewave patches have been registered with the FDA and approved by the World Anti-Doping Agency. None of the materials in the patches enter the body. This has been confirmed by more than 70 clinical studies which can be found on the company’s website. Patches are safe for ALL AGES (they're great for kids!)
How do I know which patches to use?
You can schedule a Lifewave consultation with Caitria via the Connected Healing website (click here to go directly to the online scheduler). In this complimentary consultation, Caitria will help you create a patching protocol specific to the health issue in question.
How do I order patches?
Click here to create a wholesale account with Lifewave and order patches. If you are unsure which to purachase, see the above question.
Do you have questions that this post didn't answer? Email Caitria at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask away!
You won't often hear me recommend cold or frozen items, but fever is an exception. When a child is fevering, you want to be replenishing electrolytes and supplying them with liquids that contain healing elements. Sometimes, a popsicle is just more appealing than a drink. Here's a recipe created by Aviva Romm, an MD, midwife, and herbalist for herbal popsicles.
Lemon Balm Pineapple Herbal Popsicle
2 cups strong lemon balm tea (one handful herbs to 2 1/2 cups water, steeped for 10 minutes)
1 cup organic pineapple juice
Optional: Add 2 T Echinacea tincture and stir well
Have your child eat 1-4 popsicles daily to get their "dose" of medicine.
Here's a silicone popsicle mold that's easy to use.
When kids are sick, one of the biggest concerns is hydration. Often they don't feel like drinking or maybe are struggling to keep things down. This is when dehydration can become an issue. Here are some electrolyte-balancing drinks to try:
1) Coconut water.
Not much of a recipe, is it?! Coconut water is full of minerals and natural sugars to maintain electrolyte balance and proper hydration. In addition to use when sick, this can also be a great day-to day drink for the summer months.
2) Aviva Romm's Electrolyte Drink Recipe
This one is awesome because the ingredients are things you likely already have in the house. Because we all know that the day our kids get sick is the day we have no groceries and no one to run to the store for us, and no way are we dragging our puking kid to the grocery store. This recipe was created by Aviva Romm, an MD, midwife, and herbalist.
6 oz water
2 tbsp PURE maple syrup or raw honey
1 pinch sea salt
2 tbsp lemon/lime juice
1/2 tsp baking soda (aluminum free)
For young children, give 1 tsp hourly, for bigger kids, 1/4-1/2 cup every half hour
3) Super Simple Natural "Pedialyte"
PSA: All you need in order to create an electrolyte beverage is water, sugar, and salt. That's it. It's simple, and can absolutely be accomplished without using chemical additives, artificial flavorings, and
6 teaspoons sugar (organic is best)
1/2 teaspoon salt (sea salt is best)
Depending on age/weight, amount needed to maintain hydration will vary. Dose similarly to Aviva's recipe above.
Acupuncture is a completely individualized method of treatment, so what you experience post-treatment can vary. There are several common responses that I see in the clinic regularly.
This is the most common response to treatment. The effects of acupuncture are cumulative, so each treatment builds on the ones before it. Subtle improvement typically begins after the first treatment, but in some situations (typically with more chronic health issues) it can take a few treatments for relief to begin to be felt.
Some people find that after one acupuncture treatment, their symptoms completely resolve. Sometimes the body is so ready to shift, all it needs is a little nudge. While this is less common, it is truly incredible when it happens. I have seen this happen for clients in my clinic with acute and chronic pain, allergies, neuropathy, sleep issues, anxiety and digestive issues.
In certain situations (I most commonly see this with chronic pain and mental health issues) symptoms can become worse after treatment for a short period of time (sometimes just a few hours, but not more than 2-3 days) and then suddenly improve drastically. This occurs as the body works hard to recalibrate and detox after treatment. This is a less common response to treatment, but it does occasionally occur. This response is not “bad” or “wrong”, it is just a reflection of the patient’s current internal environment.
How to maximize the benefits of acupuncture
Follow all of your practitioner’s recommendations regarding diet, herbs/supplements, treatment frequency, and lifestyle shifts.
Hydrate well before and after treatment (and always)
Listen to your body post-treatment and honor what you feel you need
Allow yourself to rest as needed in the days following treatment
We are right in the middle of summer with some HOT days ahead, so it’s more important than ever to prioritize proper nourishment and hydration. Drinking lots of water is a great place to start, but there is more you can do!
Did you know that the water found in fruits and vegetables is more bioavailable and more easily digested than the water you drink from your faucet/bottle/filter? This means that the foods you eat can make a BIG impact on your level of hydration.
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) categorizes foods by their thermic nature. Some foods have a (yin) cooling effect on the body, while others have a (yang) warming effect. So in the heat of the summer when our external environment is very YANG, we need to consume lots of YIN foods to maintain internal balance and health. Ideally, each meal would contain at least one YIN food item to achieve therapeutic effect.
Yin foods tend to have a high water content and contain lots of potassium, like bananas, zucchini, and watermelon. Here’s a list of YIN foods (BOLD ones are extra great):
In addition to consuming YIN foods, it is important to avoid or minimize YANG foods and substances like stimulants (alcohol, caffeine, sugar). If you are a coffee lover or enjoy an adult beverage on occasion, know that you can use the YIN foods to BALANCE out consumption of the YANG items.
Here are some easy meal ideas using YIN foods
There are lots of ways to answer this question...
1) It's magic.
2) Everything is energy. Yes? Yes. Acupuncturists are like conductors of the energy flowing in your body. They use tools (needles, cups, essential oils, microcurrent, bodywork, etc) to balance said energy (which relieves symptoms caused by a state of imbalance). Symptoms of imbalance = literally any physical, emotional, and/or mental health issue that exists.
3) Acupuncture helps the body return to homeostasis, which is where our body would naturally be in an ideal world.
4) Acupuncture can shift the body from sympathetic nervous system mode (stress response) to parasympathetic nervous system mode (rest & digest). It can stimulate production of red blood cells and white blood cells. It can instigate a shift in hormones & neurotransmitters. It can boost the function of the immune system. It can reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines and increase anti-inflammatory cytokines. It stimulates the release of endorphins for pain relief and mood improvement.
Ready to try it yet?
Did you know acupuncture and Chinese herbs can be used to clear up mastitis?! It's true! If you or someone you know is struggling with mastitis, reach out to your local acupuncturist for help! Here are some things to try at home:
ACUPRESSURE can be a very effective tool to get things moving energetically. Some patients even report immediate relief when applying acupressure at home. For instructions on how to apply acupressure, click here
RED FLAGS (Seek immediate medical attention)
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We have moved through the deep, nurturing, restful energy that Winter brings and now are shifting to the expansive, driving push that comes with Spring. We see this upward and outward energetic movement reflected in the flowers that bloom straight through the snow. This same energy is at play within our bodies too, affecting our Liver and Gallbladder organ systems most strongly. Symptoms like irritability, PMS, depression, anger, headache, high blood pressure, tendon injury, bloating, reflux, and eye issues all are indicative of Liver/Gallbladder disharmony and may pop up in Springtime.
Here are some strategies and lifestyle shifts to help you harmonize with the expansive energy of Spring:
This week, Raven got sick for the first time (at almost 14 months old). She had what we call in Chinese Medicine a "wind cold"....runny nose with clear discharge, congestion, fatigue, and a low fever. Here's what I did to help her kick it as quickly as possible.
1) Reframe: the first thing I did was take a moment to frame this sickness as an opportunity for her immune system to learn and be strengthened. Often parents get down on themselves thinking they did something "wrong", or spend their time worrying about the sickness getting worse. This makes the whole experience more traumatic for all involved...and is something that can totally be changed! Keep this in mind for the next time a sickness hits your home and notice the difference your mentality can make.
2) Take It Easy: I cancelled all of my obligations for the day that involved leaving the house. We snuggled, she took an extra nap, she nursed more than usual, and we read lots of books. You'd be amazed at how much of a difference it makes to truly slow down....I've seen this decrease the length and severity of illnesses time and time again.
3) Keep Food Simple: when a child (or anyone) is sick, it's best to shift to a diet of hydrating and simple foods to allow as much of the body's energy as possible to be devoted to the immune response, as opposed to digestion. Remove dairy products and processed sugars as well, as these will feed the pathogen and increase mucus production.
4) Chinese Herbs: I started Raven on CQ Jr at the first sign of symptoms, and switched to Sino Relief two days later, when all symptoms had passed except some lingering congestion. (Click the button below to learn more about each herb!)
5) Acupressure: I massaged and pressed on the acupuncture points shown below to support the immune response and increase lung function.
If you have questions about helping your child move through illness with ease, click the button below to connect with me!
I had a thought today. (Fair warning, this gets a little woo woo toward the end....so get ready 💫)
I often hear parents say things like:
🥦My child will NOT eat vegetables.
☕️I could never get my daughter to drink tea.
🧘🏻♀️Sitting still for any length of time just isn’t possible for my son.
All of these are beliefs that we as parents have, on some level, accepted as truth.
My thought today was this: What if we could DECIDE to make something else true?
In asking this question, I already know the answer because I’ve seen it unfold countless times. I’ve seen parents DECIDE to shift what is true for their families over and over again.
I’ve seen a child go from complete unwillingness to be touched for a treatment; to walking in, taking their shoes and socks off, and offering me their feet for acupressure. I’ve seen a child go from daily hyper-energy; to mom telling me “I can’t remember the last time he was hyper.” I’ve had moms come in and tell me their picky eater gets excited when it’s time to take their herbs.
So how does it happen? It starts by asking some questions. First of all, what have you decided is true about your children? (P.s. this same technique can be applied to relationships, business, personal growth, and essentially anything else).
So... what have you decided is true, whether consciously or unconsciously, for your family??
Once you have your answer, you begin to DECIDE to make something else be true. Ask yourself...what feels better? What feels more aligned with the goals I have for my family? What feels like an expression of our fullest potential?? What feels like a stepping stone on our path to health and wellness?
Then, play around with the limiting beliefs and resistance that are holding you in alignment with the OLD thought pattern.
And finally...ENVISION the NEW belief as if it were already true. What would it look and feel like? What would it mean for your child/family/you? Get clear and comfortable there, in that new reality you have just created