Dawna Ara, L.Ac.

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Mashed Cauliflower & Chuck Roast

Hey Everyone! I'm trying something new here. I recorded a video of myself cooking and wanted to share it with you. The recipe is a modification of the classic roast with mashed potatoes. For a low carbohydrate version I substituted cauliflower for the potatoes. It was so good that my husband who is a pretty elitist when it comes to mashed potatoes, didn't even notice. Trust me, he would have called me out if he did!

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The Power of Belief

Photo by Dede Flemming

When people find out I’m an acupuncturist one of the first things they say to me is whether or not they believe in acupuncture. I often hear people say things like, “Oh fantastic! I’m a real believer in acupuncture!” Or they politely say they think acupuncture is a bunch of hocus pocus hogwash.

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Six Foods That Improve Brain Function

Having trouble remembering where you put your keys? Or maybe you just want a little boost of brainpower to take a test. Either way, regular consumption of these 6 foods can not only help your brain perform better on a daily basis, but they can protect your brain from age related decline so you can think more clearly as you approach your senior years and beyond.

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Rediscover Your Love For Biking

Every kid loves to ride their bike. Seriously, have you ever seen a grumpy kid riding their bike? No, they all have humongous smiles on their faces. They can ride for hours and hours laughing and smiling and breathing fresh air until the sun goes down and their mom calls them home for dinner.

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Why I Don't Expect MDs To Understand Alternative Medicine

I hear it all the time from my patients. It’s a very predictable story. A patient goes in to see their MD because they have this annoying ailment that won’t go away. Their MD prescribes medication and tells them to come back in a month. For whatever reason, the patient doesn’t want to take the medication, they prefer to try a more natural approach to heal their ailment.

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Turmeric: Nature's Anti-Inflammatory

I know what you are thinking. Turmeric may not be the most visually appealing food but I promise it won’t let you down in the health department. Loaded with over over 2 dozen anti-inflammatory compounds and high in antioxidants, turmeric lowers inflammation, decreases swelling, lessens pain, and is my number one go to herb for people suffering from arthritis and joint pain.

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Tart Cherries: A Natural Sleep Aid for Insomnia

Having trouble sleeping? If so, eating tart cherries an hour before bedtime might help. High in antioxidants, nature’s original gum drops are brimming with nutrition. Cherries are a natural food source of melatonin, the body’s sleep rhythm hormone. They have also been found to decrease oxidative stress and have anti inflammatory properties.

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Magic Pill For Weight Loss Just Discovered

Now that I got your attention I am going to tell you that there is no magic pill for weight loss. Believe me, I would have found it by now if there was one. There is no magic diet, no magic exercise routine, nor a magic surgery. I wish I could tell you that acupuncture is the magical missing link but alas, it is not the answer either.

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Natural Ways to Keep Your Skin Hydrated

Suffering from dry skin? How about an itchy dry throat? The recent weather changes in Southern California have been a great conversation starter but have left me (and I’m sure some of you) with dry and irritated skin. In Chinese Medicine Fall is the time of the metal element which rules the Lung and Large Intestine meridians.

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Got Back Pain?

Then why not try acupuncture? Recent studies have shown that acupuncture can significantly help to decrease back pain and improve mobility in some people. Not only can acupuncture decrease your back pain but it could also help you to sleep better, be happier, and even give you more energy!

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Headache & Migraine Sufferers Get Relief with Acupuncture

Most people at some point in their life will suffer from a headache. The pain could be as mild as slight tension or an annoying throb, to as severe as feeling like your brain is being stabbed over and over again with a knife. For some people the headache may last just a few minutes, and for others, it could lasts weeks or even months.

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Acupuncture & Herbs Can Help Improve Thyroid Function

Ever wonder why you are so tired all of the time? Do you have trouble concentrating? Are you cold and achy? Are you finding that you do not enjoy the things that used to make you happy? Why they heck have you been gaining weight even though you eat right and exercise daily? Are you depressed? If you are having these feelings it is important to know that you are not alone. There are literally thousands of people with symptoms of hypothyroidism with blood tests that do not reveal anything out of the ordinary. Why is this happening to so many people and what can be done for those who have no explanation for their symptoms?

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