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April 1, 2024Spring is here! As the world around bursts into flowers and first green leaves, Chinese Medicine invites us to align our food and life routines with nature’s renewal. Nature awakens from its winter dormancy, and Chinese Medicine also focuses on invigorating the body and promoting healthy circulation during taking advantage of natural vibrant forces. Learn from traditional medicine how to use Qi and bold attitude of Spring in our Seasonal blog series! Spring time: Liver orders, Wood grows. In Chinese medicine, spring is associated with the element wood. This element embodies qualities like growth, new beginnings, and fresh energy. The wood element is closely linked to the liver, a vital organ according to Chinese Medicine. The liver is believed to play a key role in managing healthy metabolism: detoxification, circulation, and overall well-being, mirroring the themes of renewal and growth that characterize spring.  Liver has strong affinity to bitter and sour tastes in food. Upward Energy: Greens! Chinese Medicine views spring as a time of upward-moving energy, mirroring the growth of plants reaching for the sun. To tap into this energy, fill your plate with fresh, leafy greens and sprouts. Asparagus, kale, spinach, swiss chard, collard and dandelion greens are all fantastic choices. These vibrant veggies are not only delicious but also rich in chlorophyll, which Chinese Medicine believes helps cleanse and rejuvenate the liver, a key organ in spring.  For most of these greens slight cooking is still preferred way of including them into diet.  We will discuss cooking methods at the end of this article. Delicate greens and sprouts are great raw along with your cooked meal.  If your digestion is generally weak, continue relying on cooked vegetables and include only small amounts of raw greens. Sour Power: Spring Cleaning from the Inside Out Spring is also a time to help the body get rid of any stagnation after the richer foods and somewhat slower lifestyle of winter. Chinese Medicine recommends incorporating sour-flavored foods into your diet. Think tart fruits like grapefruit and kiwi, spices like ginger and lemon juice, fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut and natural apple and wine vinegars in the fresh salad dressings. These stimulate the digestive system and help eliminate any lingering winter sluggishness. Sweet on Spring: A Touch of Nourishment While sour flavors cleanse, a touch of sweetness can provide a gentle energy boost to support the dynamism spring.  Moderation is key! Go for naturally sweet fruits like dates and berries, touch of honey and maple syrup. These offer a gentle sweetness without overloading your system.  Sprouts can also contain healthy sugars along with vitamins and minerals. Sprouts and Shoots: New Beginnings Sprouts and shoots are the very expression of spring’s new growth and they are full of Qi. Chinese Medicine views a seed as “yin” (potential energy, associated with dormancy and winter) and a sprout as “yang” (active energy, associated with growth and spring). By consuming sprouts, you’re essentially ingesting the essence of yang energy at its peak. This aligns with the body’s natural shift towards outward movement and growth during spring. Sprouted mung beans, pea shoots, and sunflower sprouts add a delightful crunch and freshness to salads and stir-fries.  But any sprouted seed is a game in the spring!  It is easy to grow your own fresh sprouts. Cooking with the Seasons: Light and Lively Spring is not the time for heavy meals. Chinese Medicine suggests lighter cooking methods like steaming, stir-frying, sauteing and simmering. This allows the natural flavors of seasonal produce to shine, while nutrients to be preserved and, most importantly, easily assimilated by your body. Incorporate spring spices to highlight your meal: ginger, chives, green onions, cilantro, mint… Additionally, limit fried foods and processed ingredients that can dampen your body’s energy flow. What about lifestyle changes in the spring? Chinese medicine suggests following a natural change.  Get up earlier, spend more time outdoors, move more, enjoy sunlight, do gardening and spring cleaning, and take dogs for longer walks. While jumping in green pastures might be more suited to our sheep, cow, and goat friends (no worries, you can watch videos of them frolicking!), the idea is to embrace the season’s renewal. Recipe 1: Asparagus says hi to ginger, garlic and scallions Spring into deliciousness with this simple asparagus recipe!  Preheat your broiler to low. In a bowl, toss 1 pound trimmed asparagus with 1 tablespoon avocado oil, minced garlic, grated fresh ginger, soy sauce, and pepper. Arrange the asparagus on a parchment-lined baking sheet and broil for 5-7 minutes per side, or until slightly cooked but not charred. Enjoy hot, garnished with fresh chives. Recipe 2: Dandelions roar and eggs listen! Heat olive oil in a pan, sauté any type of onions and garlic until fragrant. Add roughly chopped dandelion greens (rinsed and with thick stems removed) and cook until well wilted. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with milk (or water) and season. Push greens to one side of the pan, pour in the egg mixture, and scramble until set. Crumble feta cheese over the top, cook another minute for melting cheese, and enjoy your Scrambled Eggs with Dandelion Greens and Feta, garnished with sun dried tomatoes, olives and herbs! In conclusion: By embracing Chinese Medicine principles, you can create a spring diet that’s not just delicious but also supports your overall health and well-being.  Visit your farmers market, join CSA, stock up on fresh produce, grow your own sprouts and enjoy the invigorating energy of spring! Image credits: Vecteesy, Pixelbay. Angela Gabriel, MSOM, L.Ac, CH, SEP. Angela practices Chinese Medicine since 2005.  She is one of senior acupuncturists at the GW Center for Chinese Medicine.  She offers acupuncture and Somatic Experiencing sessions. [...] Read more...
January 30, 2024Our recent virtual Open House was dedicated to Mental Health and Trauma. We brought together all GCWIM doctors and practitioners involved in treating mental health and trauma conditions. The event featured several short presentations and Q&A session.  This YouTube video is 1 hour long. [...] Read more...
August 2, 2023Dr. Kogan of GW Center for Integrated Medicine recently discussed Ayurvedic Approaches to Tinnitus with Dr. Rious of The Institute for the Study of Integrative Health Care. They explored the limitations of standard treatments and highlighted the potential benefits of an Ayurvedic approach in managing this condition. Tinnitus affects 10% of the population in the United States. Luckily, it is possible to treat tinnitus by finding the root cause and offering Ayurvedic treatment, as one option for patients to consider. Watch the video or read the full article for a summary of the main highlights. Understanding tinnitus and Ayurvedic approaches Tinnitus is a condition characterized by a ringing or buzzing sensation in the ears. It can vary from mild to severe and often accompanies other symptoms. In Western medicine, treatments for tinnitus may focus on symptom management rather than addressing the root cause. In Ayurveda, tinnitus is typically associated with a Vata dosha aggravation. Vata dosha is composed of cold, dry, light, and mobile qualities. When these qualities become imbalanced in the body and mind, conditions like tinnitus can arise. Ayurveda takes a root cause-oriented approach to healing, aiming to balance the aggravated dosha and restore overall harmony in the body. The goal is to reduce Vata aggravation, allowing the inner ear tissue to recover and regain stability. 5 holistic approaches to relieve tinnitus Dr. Kogan and Dr. Rioux discussed five options as holistic approaches that can help people experiencing tinnitus. For more details, learn about integrative medicine, including Ayurvedic medicine, and how people find relief and comfort with a holistic approach to healing. We also recommend scheduling an appointment with a doctor if you have questions or concerns. 5 ways to address the root causes of tinnitus 1. Lubrication: Ayurveda emphasizes the use of oils to lubricate the ear. Place warm, sesame oil gently in the ear before sleeping to nourish and strengthen inner ear tissue. 2. Sensory Detox: Sensory organs may become overwhelmed and toxic due to constant stimuli. Create moments in your day for rest and silence which may help your auditory system recover. 3. Carminative Spices: Incorporate carminative spices like cumin and fennel into your diet. This helps detoxify the digestive tract and supports overall metabolic fire (Agni). 4. Dietary Modifications: For individuals with Vata imbalances, dietary changes involve reducing dry, cold, and light foods in favor of warm, nourishing, and grounding foods. Aim for meals like kale and cauliflower soup, spinach salad with sweet potatoes, rice, and lentils. 5. Emotional Well-being: Ayurveda acknowledges the connection between emotional states and physical health. For helping with tinnitus, this means that understanding the root issues of anxiety and fear can help improve Vata imbalances and related symptoms. Treat your tinnitus by finding an Ayurvedic doctor While tinnitus can be challenging to treat effectively in conventional medicine, Ayurveda offers a holistic approach that addresses the root cause of the condition. By balancing Vata dosha and promoting overall well-being, Ayurvedic treatments can lead to long-lasting improvements and better quality of life for individuals with tinnitus. If you want a more holistic approach to managing tinnitus, schedule an appointment with us and ask about Ayurvedic consultations Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy in Washington, D.C. Schedule an appointment at the GWCIM Have more questions you want to discuss with a doctor? Receive the care you need and schedule an appointment with us. [...] Read more...

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April 1, 2024Spring is here! As the world around bursts into flowers and first green leaves, Chinese Medicine invites us to align our food and life routines with nature’s renewal. Nature awakens from its winter dormancy, and Chinese Medicine also focuses on invigorating the body and promoting healthy circulation during taking advantage of natural vibrant forces. Learn from traditional medicine how to use Qi and bold attitude of Spring in our Seasonal blog series! Spring time: Liver orders, Wood grows. In Chinese medicine, spring is associated with the element wood. This element embodies qualities like growth, new beginnings, and fresh energy. The wood element is closely linked to the liver, a vital organ according to Chinese Medicine. The liver is believed to play a key role in managing healthy metabolism: detoxification, circulation, and overall well-being, mirroring the themes of renewal and growth that characterize spring.  Liver has strong affinity to bitter and sour tastes in food. Upward Energy: Greens! Chinese Medicine views spring as a time of upward-moving energy, mirroring the growth of plants reaching for the sun. To tap into this energy, fill your plate with fresh, leafy greens and sprouts. Asparagus, kale, spinach, swiss chard, collard and dandelion greens are all fantastic choices. These vibrant veggies are not only delicious but also rich in chlorophyll, which Chinese Medicine believes helps cleanse and rejuvenate the liver, a key organ in spring.  For most of these greens slight cooking is still preferred way of including them into diet.  We will discuss cooking methods at the end of this article. Delicate greens and sprouts are great raw along with your cooked meal.  If your digestion is generally weak, continue relying on cooked vegetables and include only small amounts of raw greens. Sour Power: Spring Cleaning from the Inside Out Spring is also a time to help the body get rid of any stagnation after the richer foods and somewhat slower lifestyle of winter. Chinese Medicine recommends incorporating sour-flavored foods into your diet. Think tart fruits like grapefruit and kiwi, spices like ginger and lemon juice, fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut and natural apple and wine vinegars in the fresh salad dressings. These stimulate the digestive system and help eliminate any lingering winter sluggishness. Sweet on Spring: A Touch of Nourishment While sour flavors cleanse, a touch of sweetness can provide a gentle energy boost to support the dynamism spring.  Moderation is key! Go for naturally sweet fruits like dates and berries, touch of honey and maple syrup. These offer a gentle sweetness without overloading your system.  Sprouts can also contain healthy sugars along with vitamins and minerals. Sprouts and Shoots: New Beginnings Sprouts and shoots are the very expression of spring’s new growth and they are full of Qi. Chinese Medicine views a seed as “yin” (potential energy, associated with dormancy and winter) and a sprout as “yang” (active energy, associated with growth and spring). By consuming sprouts, you’re essentially ingesting the essence of yang energy at its peak. This aligns with the body’s natural shift towards outward movement and growth during spring. Sprouted mung beans, pea shoots, and sunflower sprouts add a delightful crunch and freshness to salads and stir-fries.  But any sprouted seed is a game in the spring!  It is easy to grow your own fresh sprouts. Cooking with the Seasons: Light and Lively Spring is not the time for heavy meals. Chinese Medicine suggests lighter cooking methods like steaming, stir-frying, sauteing and simmering. This allows the natural flavors of seasonal produce to shine, while nutrients to be preserved and, most importantly, easily assimilated by your body. Incorporate spring spices to highlight your meal: ginger, chives, green onions, cilantro, mint… Additionally, limit fried foods and processed ingredients that can dampen your body’s energy flow. What about lifestyle changes in the spring? Chinese medicine suggests following a natural change.  Get up earlier, spend more time outdoors, move more, enjoy sunlight, do gardening and spring cleaning, and take dogs for longer walks. While jumping in green pastures might be more suited to our sheep, cow, and goat friends (no worries, you can watch videos of them frolicking!), the idea is to embrace the season’s renewal. Recipe 1: Asparagus says hi to ginger, garlic and scallions Spring into deliciousness with this simple asparagus recipe!  Preheat your broiler to low. In a bowl, toss 1 pound trimmed asparagus with 1 tablespoon avocado oil, minced garlic, grated fresh ginger, soy sauce, and pepper. Arrange the asparagus on a parchment-lined baking sheet and broil for 5-7 minutes per side, or until slightly cooked but not charred. Enjoy hot, garnished with fresh chives. Recipe 2: Dandelions roar and eggs listen! Heat olive oil in a pan, sauté any type of onions and garlic until fragrant. Add roughly chopped dandelion greens (rinsed and with thick stems removed) and cook until well wilted. In a separate bowl, whisk eggs with milk (or water) and season. Push greens to one side of the pan, pour in the egg mixture, and scramble until set. Crumble feta cheese over the top, cook another minute for melting cheese, and enjoy your Scrambled Eggs with Dandelion Greens and Feta, garnished with sun dried tomatoes, olives and herbs! In conclusion: By embracing Chinese Medicine principles, you can create a spring diet that’s not just delicious but also supports your overall health and well-being.  Visit your farmers market, join CSA, stock up on fresh produce, grow your own sprouts and enjoy the invigorating energy of spring! Image credits: Vecteesy, Pixelbay. Angela Gabriel, MSOM, L.Ac, CH, SEP. Angela practices Chinese Medicine since 2005.  She is one of senior acupuncturists at the GW Center for Chinese Medicine.  She offers acupuncture and Somatic Experiencing sessions. [...] Read more...
February 2, 2024Spend a half day tapping into the profound wisdom of cannabis as medicine to restore, reset, and walk away with new insights about your healing journey. You’ll have a chance to explore gentle movements with Yael Flusberg, integrative yoga therapist and resilience coach. And we’ll enjoy a Conscious Cannabis Circle facilitated by Shervon Laurice of Restore Tranquility which integrates guided meditation, music, and the potency of cannabis to help us grow, awaken and heal. A guest presenter Dr. MIkhail Kogan, Medical Director of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine and author of Medical Marijuana, will talk about the benefits of cannabis for trauma healing. March 2nd 1:30-7:30 pm in Silver Spring, MD $150/person registration which includes a free copy of Medical Marijuana book. Register online HERE [...] Read more...
January 30, 2024Our recent virtual Open House was dedicated to Mental Health and Trauma. We brought together all GCWIM doctors and practitioners involved in treating mental health and trauma conditions. The event featured several short presentations and Q&A session.  This YouTube video is 1 hour long. [...] Read more...
January 17, 2024Join us to our next Free Virtual Open House on Trauma and Mental Health.  It is a free education event offered to community by GWCIM medical team. Our leading specialists Dr. Mikhail Kogan, MD (GWCIM medical director), Dr. Misty Embrey, MD (psychiatry), Dr. Sally Novak (psychotherapy, Chinese Medicine), Angela Gabriel (Somatic Experiencing), Jennifer Rioux (Ayurveda), Nina Paul (MBSR) and Cynthia Powell (MBSR) will present Integrative Medicine approaches to Trauma and Mental Health.  There will be time for live Q&A.  Help us spread the word! Topic: GWCIM Mental Health and Trauma Virtual Open House Time: Feb 2, 2024 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://gwu-edu.zoom.us/j/8812960654?omn=91400532210 Meeting ID: 881 296 0654 [...] Read more...
January 3, 2024Dr. Mikhail Kogan was named as one of Washington D.C.’s top doctors by The Washingtonian magazine. Dr. Kogan, author of a highly acclaimed book “Medical Marijuana: Dr. Kogan’s Evidence-Based Guide to the Health Benefits of Cannabis and CBD” also serves as as medical director of the GW Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Kogan provides innovative and effective treatments with minimal use of invasive procedures or heavy reliance on medications. He is especially dedicated to helping patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Kogan practices Geriatric and Integrative Medicine in a variety of settings: at the George Washington Hospital, at the GW Center for Integrative medicine, and serving patients via home visits. GW Center for Integrative Medicine is one of only 29 integrative medicine centers in the United States. GW Center effectively combines conventional and evidence-based complementary and alternative modalities and for 25 years has fostered close collaboration with the George Washington University Medical Center’s physicians in most subspecialties. About the Washingtonian Founded in 1965, Washingtonian is the areas top source on information for dining, shopping, entertainment, and personalities. It has been Washington, D.C.’s trusted guide for living, working, and playing for more than five decades. Annually they award top recognition to specialists in the Washington, D.C. area. More Information For more information about Dr. Kogan and his services, contact GW Center for Integrative Medicine. [...] Read more...
November 5, 2023Join us Sunday January 21st 2pm – 5pm (EST)! The Mindfulness Retreat provides a valuable opportunity to be in community and experience some of the practices that are offered in the world-renowned 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. The guided mindful meditations will be provided by Nina Paul and Cynthia Powell, Qualified MBSR Teachers, and a couple of the practices will include gentle yoga movements. In addition, this event has been designed for all experience levels. This retreat will be held online via Zoom through GWCIM, and the fee is $30 per person. Online Registration Or call us at 202-833-5055 [...] Read more...
October 30, 2023In a recent YouTube video, Dr. Misha Kogan from the GW Center for Integrative Medicine discussed an intriguing correlation between Alzheimer’s disease and disturbances in the gut microbiome. This article delves into the key points raised in the video, highlighting a study on the gut microbiome’s potential indicators for Alzheimer’s disease and a case study illustrating the impact of addressing gut health on cognitive decline. The research suggests a strong connection between the gut microbiome and the risk of Alzheimer’s, prompting further investigation and potential treatment avenues. The Study: Gut Microbiome Composition and Clinical Alzheimer’s Disease The video highlights a study published in the journal of Science Translational Medicine, which examined the gut microbiome composition as a potential indicator for clinical Alzheimer’s disease. The study involved a significant number of participants, with 164 cognitively normal patients and 49 patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers analyzed stool samples and assessed microbiome composition, along with other factors such as cognitive scores, hippocampal volume, and levels of abnormal proteins in cerebrospinal fluid. The study aimed to provide valuable insights into the correlation between gut microbiome composition and Alzheimer’s risk. Findings and Implications: The study revealed significant differences in the gut microbiome between patients with Alzheimer’s disease and cognitively normal individuals. Certain types of bacteria were more prevalent in patients with Alzheimer’s, while others, like bifidobacteria, were less prevalent. Additionally, specific biochemical changes in the stool, such as degradation of amino acids and low levels of short-chain fatty acids, were strongly linked to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s. Though the study’s plots and data interpretation can be complex, it underscores the importance of understanding the gut microbiome’s role in Alzheimer’s disease. These findings provide a foundation for future research and potential interventions. Case Study: Addressing Gut Health and Cognitive Decline Dr. Kogan shares a case study of a 77-year-old man with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and chronic irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). After undergoing a gut microbiome test, the patient’s stool results revealed significant mal-processing and low levels of beneficial bacteria, such as bifidobacteria. By addressing the patient’s gastrointestinal symptoms and implementing personalized interventions, the patient experienced improvements in both IBS symptoms and cognitive well-being. This case study demonstrates the potential benefits of targeting gut health as part of a comprehensive approach to treating early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Implications for Treatment and Future Research While further research is needed to understand the full extent of the gut-brain connection and its implications for Alzheimer’s disease, the study and case study discussed in the video highlight the importance of considering gut health in Alzheimer’s prevention and management. Certain steps can be taken to improve gut health: Addressing overgrowth of certain bacteria: Cutting out foods that promote bacterial overgrowth, such as high fructose oligosaccharides or FODMAPs, and using antimicrobials if necessary. Promoting beneficial bacteria growth: Consuming foods rich in specific types of fiber and antioxidants that support the growth of beneficial bacteria. Avoiding detrimental foods: Eliminating simple carbohydrates, sugars, and refined flour, which can disrupt the balance of the gut microbiome. While the use of probiotics has been explored, there is currently limited evidence to support their effectiveness in treating Alzheimer’s disease. However, the emerging field of fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) shows promise. FMT involves transferring stool from a healthy individual to the one with an imbalanced gut microbiome. Ongoing research, including the clinical trial mentioned by Dr. Kogan’s team, aims to further investigate the potential of personalized interventions based on gut microbiome analysis. These studies may pave the way for future treatments and approaches to managing Alzheimer’s disease. Conclusion: The link between the gut microbiome and Alzheimer’s disease is an area of growing interest in scientific research. The discussed study and case study shed light on the potential significance of the gut-brain axis in understanding and managing Alzheimer’s disease. By acknowledging the connection between gut health and cognitive decline, researchers and medical professionals strive to develop innovative strategies for prevention, early detection, and treatment of this debilitating disease. For more information on the gut health study: Gut microbiome composition may be an indicator of preclinical Alzheimer’s disease Alzheimer’s Treatment in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Kogan, a leader in Integrative Geriatrics, and his team at GWCIM offer the ReCODE program (The Dr. Bredesen protocol™ and the ReCODE Protocol™) for Alzheimer treatment.  As to date, The GW Center has treated over 60 patients with Alzheimer’s Disease in the reversal of cognitive decline. [...] Read more...

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  • Avatar Shannon Boyle ★★★★★ 3 months ago
    My experience with the practitioners at GW Integrative Medicine has been fantastic. They are so knowledgable. With my natuorpathic doc I'd say Dr. Sadrolsadot knows his stuff and is really easy to work with. He really got to the … More point of the supplements I needed to maximize my health without adding unnecessary stuff. He is definitely practices with an evidence based approach. Dr. Orceyre is my acupuncurist and also has so much knowledge behind what she does. These docs are experienced and really know their stuff. I would highly recommend the center for anybody looking to optimize their health while going through a health challenge or right after.
  • Avatar Tiffany C. Hoyt ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Working with Dr. Rioux has brought me to whole new levels of clarity about my health and health practices. She explains difficult concepts in a few brief sentences and when something doesn't work has so many tools at her disposal that … More she can easily pivot and offer an alternative. She's totally unique in our small corner of integrated health: merging traditional wisdom with a completely fresh way of implementing it.
  • Avatar Vickie Taylor ★★★★★ 4 months ago
    Working with Dr. Kogan and Dr. Ledenac has been nothing short of life changing. I am so appreciative of the time and attention they pay to assisting me on my health journey. It is definitely paying off.