Q. What should I know for my first appointment?


A. For your first appointment, be sure to wear loose comfortable clothing and eat something at least one hour beforehand.  Your first appointment will last an hour and a half, with all other appointments lasting one hour.  The benefits of acupuncture start immediately.  After your first treatment you could experience an excellent night of sleep, higher energy, more focus, less stress and a reduction in pain.

Q. How do I make "bone broth" and why should I have it? 

A. The first time of making your own bone broth can seem intimidating, but it's actually relatively easy!  Bone broth has many benefits. It is an excellent source of collagen which is amazing for our skin, hair, nails and joints!  It also has anti-inflammatory properties, boosts the immune system, and heals the digestive system.

 

Here's my favorite go to recipe for making bone broth at home:

What you will need:

 

  • crockpot/instapot

  • 2 lbs organic bone marrow (go to any whole foods/health food market near you, if not some regular supermarkets carry them now too)  - if you cannot find bone marrow, then do the same recipe with beef ribs or a whole chicken (or use chicken bones)

  • carrots

  • celery

  • scallions/onion

  • apple cider vinegar

  • coconut oil

  • Seasonings: salt, pepper, bay leaves, ginger, turmeric, garlic - anything of your choice! 

Instructions:

 

First take the bones and boil them in pot of water for about 20 min. This is to clean them. After this is done, dump the water out and rinse the bones a few more times with more water. 

 

In crock pot: fill with clean water, add chopped onion, celery, ginger and garlic, salt, pepper, turmeric, oregano  (can do all of these to your liking). I use the already chopped up onion/celery/carrot mixes from TJ's to make it easier, and either fresh garlic, turmeric and ginger or powdered seasonings. Add bones, 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar and1 tbsp coconut oil. You can add any other seasonings you like as well. 

 

You will cook on high for several hours, so try to start it in the morning and let it be on high all day, then before you go to bed turn it to low setting and continue to let it cook until the following night (dinner time). 

 

You can then strain the soup and the bones can get throw out.

You can either go right ahead and have some, or you can put the broth in the refrigerator overnight. You will notice the next day, the broth will have a layer of hard fat on the top. You can remove all of this with a spoon/ladel, and then you are good to go! 

 

If you'd like to make more of a meal out of it, I usually add some other veggies, chicken or ground turkey or beef, and rice or sweet potatoes in  a few hours before eating time on the day it will be ready. You could really add anything to it that you like, or just drink plain. You can sip it all day long!  Bon Appetit!