Poison Ivy Prevention–Are you ready to ditch the itch?

Leaves of three, let them be!! Hairy vine, no friend of mine!! Raggy rope, don’t be a dope!! Berries white, run in fright!! Growing up in the midwest, most of us are well informed of this itchy summer issue. We know to avoid the plant, wear protective clothing, and wash the oil off as soon as exposed.

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As a young child I was never allergic and spent most of my summers exploring the woods, marveling at the wonders of nature. When I developed a rhus (poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac) allergy as a young adult, it seriously impacted my enjoyment of the summer!!

Five years ago I heard of a pharmacy in Warsaw, Missouri offering a poison ivy prevention treatment. My husband and I had recently purchased a farm with extensive poison ivy actively growing. I had spent the last 3 summers requiring multiple steroid injections for poison ivy so both of us decided to give this a try.

And it WORKED!! Each year it works even better. Some people get complete immunity. I have never been that lucky but have significant less skin eruption with direct contact of the plant and no spread. I have not required steroid treatment for 4 years now and might get one small blister in the area of direct skin contact with the plant.

This is a homeopathic treatment and does not impact medications or supplements. Poison Ivy Oral Solution is designed to work as a preventative to help protect against getting poison ivy. The cost for members is $40 and the cost for non-members is $60 at Direct Medical Care.  This solution is held in the mouth for 30 seconds and then swallowed. Poison Ivy Solution is best taken between meals. Mint flavored foods or mouthwashes must be avoided 30 minutes to one hour before and after administration. The first dose of the medication should be administered in a physician’s office, the other’s may be taken at home. Patients taking the Poison Ivy Solution during the plant’s active growth phase (late spring and summer) should keep away from the plant until all three vials have been taken.

First dose monitoring in the doctor’s office is related to the active ingredient in the solution. It contains a dilution of the resin of the plant Rhus Toxicdendron. I have not seen a case of allergy to the solution, but it is theoretically possible.

The treatment success I have experienced is part of the reason I pursued integrative medicine. It opened my eyes to the possibilities of alternative treatments. I typically order my own solution in March and will be putting an order in soon.

Are you ready to ditch the itch?

Beckie Moore, Integrative Family Nurse Practitioner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Frazzled Than Dazzled?


stress1Whether you are traveling or hosting the holidays, this time of year brings with it an abundance of stress. Finding the perfect gifts and dealing with difficult family members can, for some, overshadow the reason for the season. Oh, and everyday life keeps on ticking as well.

What can we do to slow down, relax, remain healthy and enjoy??

Try this simple breathing exercise. It’s called the 4-7-8 breath and can actually alter our nervous system. It is calming and relaxing, it is free and it is easy!

Digital Download: Relaxing Breath, Calming PosterFirst, exhale completely, blow all that stress and frustration OUT.

Second, inhale through your nose to the mental count of 4.

Third, hold your breath for a mental count of 7.

Next, exhale through your mouth to a mental count of 8.

Lastly, repeat this sequence for a total of 4 breath cycles.

I recommend starting and ending your day with this breathing exercise and adding it in any time you feel stressed throughout your day.

This is quick, anyone can do it and it has research proven health/relaxation benefits.

This simple breathing technique can help us erase some of the stress in our busy lives.

The power of the breath! Is it really that easy? Try it and find out. Prepare to be Dazzled!!

—Beckie Moore, Integrative Family Nurse Practitioner

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Cold Laser Therapy

ColdLaser1Cold laser therapy is a novel, non-invasive approach to treating inflammation and promoting healing.

It is FDA approved and has been utilized in America for over 16 years.

Contrary to its name it is not cold at all–it is a pulsatile, low-level laser that will not burn.

 

Cold laser therapy has also been referred to as:

  • low-power laser
  • low-light therapy
  • soft laser
  • biostimulation laser
  • therapeutic laser
  • laser acupuncture

We introduced cold laser therapy in our office over 6 months ago.  We have been impressed with its results for back pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, heel pain AKA plantar fasciitis, and much more.

The cold laser is thought to work by decreasing inflammation and thus pain by decreasing the following:

  • ColdLaser3prostaglandin E2
  • prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2
  • interleukin 1-beta
  • tumor necrosis factor-alpha
  • neutrophil granulocytes
  • oxidative stress
  • edema
  • bleeding

The greatest advantage is that there are NO serious side effects.  It is a great option to try to avoid medications and surgery.

While insurance is variable on recognizing cold laser therapy as a reimbursable treatment, we are pleased to announce we have had patients receive reimbursement for this service at Direct Medical Care.

 

In as little as 2-4 treatments per week, we have seen 80-90% improvement in symptoms.

 

If no improvement by the 4th treatment alternate treatments can be utilized. Combining therapies can maximize healing and return to health.

Ann Riggs, DO

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