Happy Healthy Hearts!!!

The heart. Our hardest working organ. It beats 100,000 times per day pumping nutrients, oxygen and hormones through every inch of our body.  You’ve heard of ways to keep your heart healthy, like exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy diet, but did you know that incorporating acupuncture into your lifestyle can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease??  Acupuncture is becoming an increasingly common therapy to treat or prevent heart disease, the number one cause of death in America.
Research shows that acupuncture helps to lower high blood pressure, promote the healing of heart-related conditions like myocardial ischemia.  Acupuncture can also assist with lowering cholesterol by optimizing the body’s digestive capabilities so that the healthy cholesterol (HDL) functions more efficiently and effectively to rid the body of the unhealthy cholesterol (LDL).
Because it has no known side effects and does not lead to dependence, acupuncture can be your natural first line option in the battle against heart disease.  So in the spirit of American Heart Month and Valentine’s Day, show your heart some love and get some acupuncture!
From the bottom of our hearts!
**Remedy NYC now accepts United Healthcare and Aetna**
Contact us today to find out if you’re policy covers acupuncture!!  info@remedy-nyc.com

Eat your heart out…
Say “I love you” by giving your loved ones some heart healthy food. Here is a simple and guilt free dessert that is both heart strong and delicious.

Honey and Spiced Pears
1 cup cranberry juice
1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
4 small, firm pears (about 6 ounces each), peeled, halved, and cored
2 tablespoons sweetened dried cherries or sweetened dried cranberries
1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
In a large nonstick skillet, stir together the cranberry juice, cinnamon, and allspice. Add the pears and cherries. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook, covered, for 5 minutes, or until the pears are just tender-crisp. Transfer the pears with the cut side down to a serving plate. Leave the liquid in the skillet.
Cook the liquid for 2 1/2 to 3 minutes, or until reduced to a scant 1/4 cup, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat. Stir in the honey.  Spoon over the pears. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Turn the pears several times to coat with the sauce, or transfer the pears to plates and top with the sauce.
*image and recipe courtesy of GoRedforWomen

Sip on this…

Hawthorne berry, also known as Shan Zha, is a Chinese herb that improves heart health and digestion. Many chinese herbal remedies have been proven effective in treating the physical ailments that afflict people around the world.  Traditioal Chinese Medicine offers some herbal remedies for elevated cholesterol that are worthy of consideration when analyzing various treatment options.
Here is a simple tea to make with Hawthorne Berry / Shan Zha:
Place 6 g of hawthorn berries in a cup, fill the cup to the brim with boiling water ,and then place a saucer over the top of the cup allowing the mixture to steep for 15 to 20 minutes. Drink the tea when it is tepid or slightly warm, either eating or discarding the berries as you prefer. To get the full benefit of this herbal remedy, drink two cups daily for six months to a year.
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