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by Anonymous on Food Therapy

Dr. Hill is very knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate. I highly recommend her

by Anonymous on Food Therapy

Dr. Hill is exactly what you are looking for in a health care professional. She is knowledgeable, professional, and above all else compassionate. I feel lucky to have found her.

by Christina C. on Food Therapy

Professional, personable and caring. You can tell that Erin in passionate about TCM and her patients. Erin takes the time to listen, answer questions and walk you through everything regarding your personalized health care plan. Having seen Erin over a couple of years I would highly recommend her.

by Mona on Food Therapy

Unlike other doctors I have seen, Dr. Hill's approach is to come at the problem with a holistic treatment plan, ensuring that all aspects of my life are being considered. She is tenacious at determining the root cause and works out a comprehensive plan to ensure healing and prevention. Dr. Hill is very informative in her communication and allows me to ask lots of questions and learn healthier nutrition and lifestyle choices. Her technique is also gentle and relaxing.

by Sherry on Food Therapy

Erin has a big heart in helping each of her patients achieve their optimal health by guiding them and providing a very safe and effective space. Thank you Erin!

by Mur on Food Therapy

Erin is such a gentle practitioner. She is very knowledgeable and very good at what she does.

by Anonymous on Food Therapy

If you are looking for someone who will go out of their way for you, she's it. Staff would've gotten 5 stars too because everyone at Verve is great, but they are so busy (because they're so good) that it's hard to get through sometimes.

by Karen on Food Therapy

I have known Dr. Hill for many years and she is always a wealth of knowledge. She would rather her patients find ways to complement their treatments and therapies outside of the clinic, so that we can continue to heal and recover for long term benefits. Dr. Hill really cares for her patients and really listens to me and my issues, which is rare in today's standards.

by Anonymous on Food Therapy

Erin is a good listener and not only helped me but took the time to listen and not recommend procedures I didn't need. Thanks, D. Erin.

by Katrina on Food Therapy

Thank you Dr. Erin for being so amazing. I am beyond thankful to have found you to help me on my journey or health. I would recommend Dr. Erin to anyone who is looking for a genuine caring healthcare professional. Look forward to every treatment.

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Food Therapy

What is food therapy?

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s true that “food is your medicine and medicine is your food.”  But what may be considered beneficial in one person’s diet, might not be suitable for another person’s diet.  The energetic natures of foods are used based on the pattern that is being treated.  For example, salads or raw foods are considered cold in nature and therefore should be avoided in patients that are cold (i.e. feeling cold, loose stools, edema, etc.).  An interesting concept regarding food and correcting imbalance is to “Eat what ails us.”  For example, collagen is a great protein to take for joint health.

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“Let thy Food be thy Medicine and the Medicine be thy Food.”   – Hippocrates

 

Exercise Therapy

Why is Meditation so important?

Meditation will continue to make the top of the list of daily exercises necessary to promote physical and mental health and wellness.  It doesn’t have to be as daunting or boring as it seems.  We need to encourage our bodies to let go of the stress that accumulates and hinders us on a daily basis.  The best thing to do to halt our worrying minds is simple – Stop and meditate.

Vintage retro hipster effect image of woman in yoga asana Adho mukha svanasana - downward facing dog - Surya Namaskar Sun Salutation in Himalayas in the morning

 

A study published in the Management Science journal carried out by Stanford and Harvard graduates, estimated the increased mortality and healthcare costs due to 10 workplace stressors, such as job insecurity, lack of health insurance, long hours, etc.  “We find that more than 120,000 deaths per year and approximately 5%–8% of annual healthcare costs are associated with and may be attributable to how U.S. companies manage their workforces”

The American Journal of Psychiatry published research showing a meditation program effectively reduces the symptoms of anxiety and panic, even in those with a generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or panic disorder with agoraphobia. The Mayo Clinic promotes that meditation may improve certain medical conditions.

Begin with just 10 minutes a day.  You can download Headspace for a daily 10-minute guided meditation or you can try this 1-minute meditation technique and perform that each day for 10 minutes.

1-minute meditation

qigong

 

Qi Gong and Tai Chi are two types of exercise that involve body movements that increase energy. They are very low impact and people of all ages and abilities can participate. Consider picking up a DVD and giving it a try. You will notice a difference in your energy, mental clarity, and a more restful sleep with regular practice.

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” – Chinese Proverb

What are some quick and easy exercises I can do to improve my body’s function?

The Standing Forward Bend (Padahastasana) is a great mid-morning stretch of the legs and back that can help reduce the chronic tightness that most of us have.  While in this position you want to really let your head and neck to hang as you bend at the hips.  If you cannot bend that far forward, you may place a chair in front of you, which will also help you keep your balance.  You can also modify this position by opening up your feet to hips width apart.  If you experience back pain during this pose, bend your knees slightly.  With every breath, go deeper and deeper into the stretch.  Continue this pose for 30 seconds to 1 minute at a time.  You may even notice more mental alertness right away.

 

The Sun Salutation Sequence (Surya Namaskar) is a powerful yoga practice to enhance overall body strength and endurance.  A study was conducted using 79 subjects performing the sun salutation sequence twice a day, 6 days a week, for 24 weeks.  The results not only showed an increase in arm and leg strength but also a significant decrease in Body Fat Index (BMI).  This 10-minute practice is best done at sunrise and sunset.  This Sun Salutation Video is a great beginner video to learn how to perform the sequence.

 

Mayan abdominal massage daily. This is a lower abdominal massage that is easy to learn and can be accomplished while you are in the shower, before getting into the shower, or just before bed.  This practice is good for increasing blood circulation to the uterus, particularly for those with fibroids, PCOS, or endometriosis, while at the same you are giving your womb some love.  This can actually help strengthen prolapses.  You can find YouTube videos demonstrating this simple and quick technique – I have found the one by Melissa M. Turner to be the easiest to follow.

 

References:

1 Goh, J., Pfeffer, J., Zenios, S. “The relationship between workplace stressors and mortality and health costs in the United States.” Management Science, vol. 62, issue 2, 2015, pp. 608-628.
2 “Effectiveness of a meditation-based stress reduction program in the treatment of anxiety disorders.” The American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 149, issue 7, 1992, pp. 936-943.
3 “How effective is sun salutation in improving muscle strength, general body endurance and body composition.” Asian Journal of Sports Medicine, vol. 2, issue 4, 2011, pp. 259-266.

 

 

 

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by Anonymous on Food Therapy

Dr. Hill is very knowledgeable, professional, and compassionate. I highly recommend her

by Anonymous on Food Therapy

Dr. Hill is exactly what you are looking for in a health care professional. She is knowledgeable, professional, and above all else compassionate. I feel lucky to have found her.

by Christina C. on Food Therapy

Professional, personable and caring. You can tell that Erin in passionate about TCM and her patients. Erin takes the time to listen, answer questions and walk you through everything regarding your personalized health care plan. Having seen Erin over a couple of years I would highly recommend her.

by Mona on Food Therapy

Unlike other doctors I have seen, Dr. Hill's approach is to come at the problem with a holistic treatment plan, ensuring that all aspects of my life are being considered. She is tenacious at determining the root cause and works out a comprehensive plan to ensure healing and prevention. Dr. Hill is very informative in her communication and allows me to ask lots of questions and learn healthier nutrition and lifestyle choices. Her technique is also gentle and relaxing.

by Sherry on Food Therapy

Erin has a big heart in helping each of her patients achieve their optimal health by guiding them and providing a very safe and effective space. Thank you Erin!

by Mur on Food Therapy

Erin is such a gentle practitioner. She is very knowledgeable and very good at what she does.

by Anonymous on Food Therapy

If you are looking for someone who will go out of their way for you, she's it. Staff would've gotten 5 stars too because everyone at Verve is great, but they are so busy (because they're so good) that it's hard to get through sometimes.

by Karen on Food Therapy

I have known Dr. Hill for many years and she is always a wealth of knowledge. She would rather her patients find ways to complement their treatments and therapies outside of the clinic, so that we can continue to heal and recover for long term benefits. Dr. Hill really cares for her patients and really listens to me and my issues, which is rare in today's standards.

by Anonymous on Food Therapy

Erin is a good listener and not only helped me but took the time to listen and not recommend procedures I didn't need. Thanks, D. Erin.

by Katrina on Food Therapy

Thank you Dr. Erin for being so amazing. I am beyond thankful to have found you to help me on my journey or health. I would recommend Dr. Erin to anyone who is looking for a genuine caring healthcare professional. Look forward to every treatment.

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