Awakenings Health

Microbiota and Circadian-Metabolic Axis

There is an emerging amount of evidence in gastrointestinal research that associates gut microbiota with factors that impact host circadian-metabolic axis, such as light/dark cycles, sleep/wake cycles, diet, and eating patterns. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Researched published in the journal Microorganisms (January 31, 2019) outlines how “gut bacteria possess their own daily rhythmicity in terms of composition, their localization to intestinal niches, and functions.”⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀“Current evidence

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Are Energy Drinks Safe?

Energy drinks are a growing industry with a market value predicted to reach $61 billion by 2021. Although commonly promoted as supplements that can boost performance and cognition, it is well known that excessive consumption of energy drinks can result in numerous and detrimental side effects.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀It is estimated that about 30% of teenagers between the ages of 12 through 17

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Vitamin D and Hypertension

Is there a link between low vitamin D levels and resistant hypertension? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀A study published in the journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypertension (April 2, 2019) believes that there is, and found a statistically significant association between Vitamin D deficiency (levels lower than 20 ng/ml) and resistant hypertension (a blood pressure >140/90 mmHg despite the concurrent use of 3 antihypertensive agents

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What Does Moxibustion Feel Like?

Because I work at a holistic health center, people ask me regularly what the different treatment modalities feel like. So, like last week’s post about acupuncture, I’m going to give you an idea of what moxibustion feels like. If you’ve ever walked into an acupuncture office or holistic wellness center and smelled smoke and wondered what it is, chances are

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Meet Michael Dunbar N.D., L.AC., LMT

We’re so pleased to introduce you to our newest team member: Michael Dunbar is a Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist at Awakenings Health. In addition to private treatment sessions, Michael also does community acupuncture. He was born and raised in Raleigh, NC before going to UNC-CH and graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health – Nutrition.  Michael then

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What To Expect from Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

Last week we introduced you to facial rejuvenation acupuncture, and we received several inquiries about what to expect throughout the course of treatment. Here’s a little more information on how it works: Patients will experience optimal results when treatments are completed as part of a series of weekly treatments for a period of 10-12 treatments. The information provided below is

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Is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture Right For You?

What is Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture? Often referred to as Cosmetic Acupuncture, Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is focused on improving the skin naturally. It promotes a healthy glow, from the inside out, and is a gentle, effective and safe way to combat the signs of aging. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture is an alternative to conventional cosmetic treatments such as Botox and collagen injections,

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Is Spinal Fusion the Solution?

Is spinal fusion the solution? Despite an increase in the number of fusion surgeries in both Australia and the US there is: ~”Inadequate high-quality evidence to support the use of spinal fusion for most back-related conditions, including spinal stenosis. ~ Surgeons continue to disagree on when spinal fusion surgery should be performed. ~ There are no studies comparing spinal fusion

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