Bad Allergy Season—What Should We Do Now?

Bad Allergy Season—What Should We Do Now?

SFNM’s doctors have effective tools for helping manage these symptoms, and we individualize them to meet your needs. Herbal medicines, specific diet recommendations, targeted nutritional support, acupuncture and other therapies can improve your allergy symptoms and enhance your vitality whether or not you are taking common allergy medications. These natural therapies bring relief to many people. Acupuncture can be an especially helpful therapy in allergy management.

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The Truth About Heartburn and GERD

The Truth About Heartburn and GERD

Heartburn is a very common symptom. The NIH estimates that 60 million Americans experience a burning sensation in the chest or an acid taste in their mouths at least once a month. Heartburn can be an occasional symptom associated with heavy meals or alcohol consumption, or it could be associated with GERD.

 

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Pain in the Butt? Acupuncture for Sciatica

Pain in the Butt? Acupuncture for Sciatica

Acupuncture has been well documented for its effectiveness in helping relieve and manage both acute and chronic pain. Over the 28-year history of SFNM, I have treated many people experiencing pain and have been impressed with the results I have seen. In particular, I have been impressed by the relief it has brought to many people suffering from Sciatica.
 

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Acupuncture Recommended as First-Line Treatment of Back Pain

Acupuncture Recommended as First-Line Treatment of Back Pain

On February 13, 2017 the American College of Physicians released new evidence-based clinical practice guidelines recommending that people with back pain be first treated with non-drug therapies, including acupuncture, heat, massage or spinal manipulation. Further the ACP advised patients should use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs if drug therapy is desired, with the exception of acetaminophen (Tylenol) due to its ineffectiveness and potential for harm. Finally, opiod and narcotic-type pain medications should not be used for treating back pain except as a last option.

Whether acupuncture works by promoting the flow of Qi or by its action on powerful hormones and body chemistry, or both, the fact is it works.

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Can Acupuncture Really Help People Control Diabetes?

Can Acupuncture Really Help People Control Diabetes?

The short answer is YES, and a recent study shows it has an even greater impact on health markers that affect blood sugar regulation, cholesterol and other blood fats, inflammation, weight, body mass and insulin sensitivity.

Researchers have been interested in assessing ways besides medications to address diabetes management and recently turned to acupuncture to evaluate its effectiveness. The results were surprising and showed it to be an extremely effective tool for improving insulin sensitivity and effective management of diabetes.

 

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Allergies & Air Pollution—Is Your Home Polluted?

Allergies & Air Pollution—Is Your Home Polluted?

We’ve all heard about air pollution in our cities, but indoor air pollution is increasingly being seen as a cause or contributor to human illness. A recent landmark report from the Royal College of Physicians estimates that in the U.K. about 40,000 deaths per year are linked to air pollution. Effects are found from infancy to old age, with demonstrated adverse effects on fetal development, miscarriage risk, increase in heart attacks and strokes, diabetes, dementia, obesity and cancer risk. It seems there is no chronic disease that air pollution doesn’t touch.

 

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More Focus, Less Brain Fog

More Focus, Less Brain Fog

Having difficulties focusing, remembering tasks or organizing your thoughts? Whatever health issues bring people to our clinic, it is very common to hear complaints of poor memory, lack of concentration, lack of focus and “brain fog.” While the vast majority of the time this does not represent early onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it is nonetheless a troubling and limiting complaint. Fortunately, there is much that can be done to improve our cognitive function and enhance our memory.

 

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The Truth About Heart Health For Women

The Truth About Heart Health For Women

Are you aware that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the US? Many women think it's a man's problem, but it's also very much a woman's problem. Most research on the subject has been done on men, yet older men and women (over 60) have similar rates of heart attack. Therefore, it is crucial for women to know the facts about heart disease symptoms.

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Natural Treatments for Tendinitis

Natural Treatments for Tendinitis

At San Francisco Natural Medicine, we take an integrative approach in treating acute and chronic tendinitis, often using acupuncture to address the local pain and inflammation while using both TCM and western herbal and nutritional formulas to promote healing, reduce inflammation and pain, and give the tendons nutritional support to speed recovery.

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Acupuncture Shown to Help Arthritis Pain & Disability

Acupuncture Shown to Help Arthritis Pain & Disability

The authors concluded that acupuncture is an effective and cost-effective modality for people with osteoarthritic pain and disability. Based on this review, they note that acupuncture should be considered a central therapy in treatment plans centered on clinical management of osteoarthritic pain and disability.

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Cancer Diagnosis—How Your ND Can Help Maximize Your Success

Cancer Diagnosis—How Your ND Can Help Maximize Your Success

Being diagnosed with cancer can be very scary, confusing and overwhelming. The name itself conjures up fear, even though cancer is not one disease but many, with different types, stages, treatment options and outcomes. Depending on the type of cancer and the stage at diagnosis, mainstream treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and a host of other treatments specific to certain types of cancer or after genetic testing.

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Cancer Prevention—Tips You Should Know

Cancer Prevention—Tips You Should Know

In both naturopathic and Chinese medicine, prevention is the best medicine. Nutrition and lifestyle habits are some of the most important factors in cancer prevention and treatment. Here are some tips to help reduce your risk of cancer.

Cancer Prevention Tips from American Institute for Cancer Research

  • Be as lean as possible within your normal range of body mass.
  • Be physically active as a part of everyday life.
  • Limit consumption of calorie-dense foods and sugary drinks.
  • Eat mostly foods of plant origin.
  • Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat.
  • Limit alcoholic drinks.
  • Limit salt consumption.
  • Avoid moldy grains, nuts and beans (these may contain aflatoxins).
  • Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet.
  • Do not smoke and avoid exposure to tobacco smoke.
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Got Allergies? Tips To Manage Springtime Allergies

Got Allergies? Tips To Manage Springtime Allergies

As they say, "March blows in like a Lion…" This year it seems like spring arrived early with a warm and dry January followed by some wet weather in February. The hills are green and the pollen counts are rising. With this unusual weather, we have seen our patients who suffer from allergies come in sooner and more symptomatic than usual. We expect it will be a tough season for allergic people.

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7 Steps To Heaven—How To Increase Your Libido Naturally

7 Steps To Heaven—How To Increase Your Libido Naturally

Libido is a term used to describe a person’s desire for sexual activity. Some people just do not have the urge or desire for sex. A decrease or no sex drive can turn sex into a chore instead of a pleasurable activity. There are many causes to a low libido including hormone imbalances, arousal disorders, medications, emotional trauma, stress, depression, a person’s belief system, physical pain and more. While some of these reasons are an easy fix, i.e. discontinuing the medications, others are more complex and may need a qualified doctor to help figure out what the cause is. It also might be a combination of different factors.

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Welcome to San Francisco Natural Medicine's new website.

Welcome to San Francisco Natural Medicine's new website.

San Francisco Natural Medicine is San Francisco's premier naturopathic medical clinic. Founded in 1989 by Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc, one of California's first licensed naturopathic doctors, SFNM has become one of the largest and most respected naturopathic medical clinics in the state. In 2014, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary serving San Francisco and Bay Area residents.

We revamped our site to provide you with ongoing and up-to-date information about our clinic, our doctors, and how natural medicine can be an effective part of your health plan and goals. 

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How acupuncture can identify—and relieve—persistent allergy symptoms

How acupuncture can identify—and relieve—persistent allergy symptoms

When we think of allergies, what comes to mind is the body’s response to an environmental exposure or “allergen.”

But what is cycle of symptoms we call an allergy?

Congestion, itchy eyes, sneezing—is it an allergy—or an immune system imbalance?

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