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Pumpkin for Pets

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Pumpkin for Pets

For Digestive Upset Pumpkin is safe for dogs and cats in moderation and can help with intestinal upset.  It has enough fiber to bulk up loose stool, and enough water to move a constipated bowel.  These properties make it a go-to for most bathroom break issues.  Pumpkin also has some vitamins like carotenoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium.  What Kind is Best? Plain canned pumpkin is a great choice and consistent in water and fiber content.  Fresh cooked pumpkin is also good.  It's best to avoid pumpkin pie filling because of the added sugar and spices that can actually irritate your pets digestive...

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Eating With the Seasons: Autumn

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Eating With the Seasons: Autumn

Autumn in Chinese Medicine Chinese Medical Theory associates each time of the year with a different element.  The element of autumn is Metal, which we correlate with reflection, awe, wonder, and grief.   Now is the time of year to sit quietly by the side of a still lake and reflect.  This energy is also a great reminder that we all have grief, and that our society does not always allow for the adequate processing of it.  Often we press on with our busy lives instead of acknowledging the feeling of loss, an unpleasant one.   Acknowledging emotions is about recognizing your feelings,...

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Health Benefits of Pumpkin Spice

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Health Benefits of Pumpkin Spice

Flavors of Fall It's that time of year again - time for Pumpkin Spice!  Spices we commonly use are often also Chinese Herbs, so today let's dive in to the possible health benefits of these celebrated spices. What's Inside Cinnamon, aka gui zhi, is often used to treat minor illness of the upper respiratory tract.  It can also aid in pain relief, phlegm or chest discomfort, and menstrual pain. Ginger, aka sheng jiang, is used to benefit cases of nausea, some illnesses, and some coughs. Cloves. aka ding xiang, is primarily added to formulas to warm the body and aid...

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Shipping Delays due to Wildfires

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Shipping Delays due to Wildfires

We're Affected by the Wildfires To our dear customers and their beloved pets, unfortunately Epsilon Acupuncture has been affected by the wildfires here on the west coast.  We deeply and sincerely apologize for any delays in shipping you may experience.  At this time our regular supply chain is disrupted, and our shelves are running low.   Timeline It is impossible for us to know exactly when our normal service will resume, however, as of this blog post, we are expecting to be able to resume normal shipping by tomorrow, September 16th.  We are not able to make any guarantees because so much of...

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Pets and Air Quality

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Pets and Air Quality

Hazardous Air Quality Here on the west coast, this environmental condition is usually caused by severe short term air pollution from wildfires.  It is not to be taken lightly - for humans or pets.  As always, if you have specific concerns, please consult your doctor or veterinarian.   Outside Time The best way to deal with hazardous air quality is to avoid breathing it by staying indoors.  Most home furnace systems (HVAC) have adequate filters, but additional filtration is also recommended such as a portable HEPA filter air purifier.   Some animals do need outside time however, and there's no way...

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