- Meadow Hill Wellness53 Old Solomons Island Road, Suite C
Annapolis, MD 21401
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Some of you may have heard me say from time to time that Sara saved my life. I struggled with a number of health related issues for a while. She diagnosed my gluten intolerance and helped me adjust my diet, which made a huge difference in my energy level and... Read more »
I always feel better when I leave Meadow Hill than when I arrive, and it all has to do with the staff and the quality care I receive. I have suffered from migraines for nearly 20 years and almost no medications have helped. I went to Meadow Hill as a... Read more »
I have been going to Meadow Hill for years. I work out a lot and referee football. Meadow Hill is key to my recovery week in and week out. I have referred several friends and family members who all love them.
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I want to thank Sara and all her staff for always making me and my daughter feel welcome at Meadow Hills. But most of all, thank you Sarah for the relief of my migraines that I suffered about 6 years ago. I have only had two migraines since then as... Read more »
I have been coming to Meadow Hill Wellness for 6 months and know that it has been one of the most important things that supports the capacity for my body healing. I have a connective tissue disorder and acupuncture with Sara and massage therapy with Cat have been phenomenally beneficial... Read more »
“Meadow Hill Wellness, with the emphasis on ‘wellness’ has highly skilled and professional practitioners who can help resolve and relieve physical as well as emotional issues. I came to Meadow Hill about 8 months ago after meeting Sara Poldmae at the West Street Art Fair.
I have been suffering from... Read more »
“I have had the pleasure of knowing Sara Poldmae and her wonderful staff since January 2007. When I first started treatment with Sara, she provided acupuncture and Chinese herbs for adrenal fatigue and related issues. I also received acupuncture for self-diagnosed tennis elbow and after just a few treatments, the pain lessened. While... Read more »
“Hi, my name is Sandy Smith. I was introduced to Sara Poldmae and acupuncture in September of 2006, and I have been so excited about taking care of my health since my first appointment! I have been treated for numerous things: acid reflux, fibroids, colds, menopause. Each time I have... Read more »
“I first came to this office in the beginning of 2008. I had sinus issues since 2002–allergies, a deviated septum, and was unable to breathe through my nose. Before coming to this office, I had tried surgery, a neti pot and sinus/allergy pills, but nothing worked. After the first treatment... Read more »
“Health and wellness have always been a way of life for me, and I believe it does start in the home and with family. That is why when my husband and I decided to start our own family, and discovered we would have to make a decision as to how... Read more »
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- Acupuncture and the Small Intestine
- TCM for Summer Heat
- In Summer, Nourish Your Heart
During the summer solstice your yang energy reaches its peak. It is important to harness the peak of this yang energy, because as summer shifts into fall yang energy will decline. This great abundance of yang energy will translate throughout your body because during this season you are active and growing.
According to five element theory, during the summer the organ that receives extra energy is the heart. When the seasons change so do the organs we should focus on in the body. You should focus on the heart during summer. Feed the heart heart-nourishing foods and make sure to remain active so the heart receives positive energy. continue reading
While the flu is actually not a season, we have become programmed to think of it as the months of November through March. On average, the flu hospitalizes thousands every year, especially the young and elderly. There are also a number of deaths related to the flu, mostly due to people already having compromised immune systems.
The flu, also known as influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by a number of viruses. To date, there are approximately 26 to 30 different known strains of the flu virus. This is one of the reasons the flu vaccine has only mild efficacy. The flu vaccine itself, typically only covers five to seven strains of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever, coughing, a sore throat, fatigue, muscle aches, pains, runny nose and watery eyes. continue reading
Oriental medicine (OM) nutrition combines ancient wisdom with modern science. OM nutrition is a holistic approach, which aims to balance all five flavors within most meals with one or two flavors being emphasized for therapeutic purposes. OM nutrition for a hypertension emphasizes bitter flavors, sour flavors and energetically-cooling foods.
OM theory states the bitter flavor benefits the heart in moderation but an excess is harmful as it has a drying effect; for example, coffee is bitter. In moderation coffee acts as vasodilator increasing circulation but in excess it can raise blood pressure and has a diuretic effect. Modern scientific research has discovered while the human genome has 25 bitter taste receptors 12 of these are expressed in the human heart. continue reading
As the school year kicks back into gear so should the healthy habits that you and your children have before practiced. Notice how I said “practiced,” because we all know during the summer-vacation months we tend to indulge a little. Maybe you have had one too many backyard barbecues, or three too many trips to the favorite ice cream shop down the street. Whatever your summer vice may be don’t worry about it, you can regain those healthy habits from before and introduce them into your children’s lives! continue reading
A study published by the JAMA Internal Medicine found that more than 70 percent of Americans consume more than the recommended daily amount of sugar. Sadly, most of us are addicted to sugar, which happens to be hidden in most of the foods and drinks we consume. Added sugar can cause a whole array of problems that can be short term as well as long term. If you are experiencing health problems, lowering your sugar intake may be one of your best options. Below are 10 truths about the ugly side of sweets. continue reading
Although sun protection is extremely important to protect against harmful UV-rays and to prevent skin cancer, next time you pick out your sunscreen, consider what you’re buying. Many common sunscreens actually contain chemicals that can be harmful to your body.
Chemicals to avoid in common sunscreens:
- Retinol palmitate
- Padimate O/PABA
- Nano or Micronized mineral particles
There are several and easy ways to make effective and natural homemade sunscreen. continue reading
Quit the tobacco, and don’t start if you haven’t already
It should be common sense now that smoking or chewing tobacco can lead to multiple types of cancer. If you are trying to quit, you are not alone. Try joining a support group or making a plan for yourself to set goals for quitting. Facing addiction is hard, but not using tobacco can save years of your life.
A healthy, well-rounded diet can do wonders for lowering your risk of cancer and overall wellbeing. Cut out processed sugar and instead focus on whole foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Salmon is full of omega-3 fatty acids that have been shown to help fight cancer. Other fish that can help reduce the risk of endometrial cancer in women include halibut, sardines and tuna. continue reading
For those with arthritis, exercise, no matter how little you do, is one of the best natural treatments. For those with severe arthritis, even the smallest amount of walking can make a difference. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for those with arthritis because it puts the least amount of impact on the joints. Strengthening exercises are also recommended to keep muscles and joints strong. continue reading
Getting pregnant can be frustrating when it isn’t happening as easily as planned. There are many reasons you could be dealing with a difficult pregnancy including egg health. There are many factors that play into egg health including blood circulation, stress and hormonal balance. For improving blood and oxygen flow, try to get some sort of exercise whether it is yoga, running or simply going on a brisk walk at least three times a week. Ask a massage therapist about abdominal massage, which can increase blood flow to the reproductive system. Stress can also play a very important factor in egg health. Find ways to de-stress with meditation practices, acupuncture and deep breathing. continue reading
The kidney is an especially important organ in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Not only does it flush out the unwanted toxins from our body, but is believed to support the body’s reproductive system as well as regulate the circulation of fluids in the body.
In TCM, the kidney is the source of yin and yang, the cooling and warming energies that keep your body in balance.
When the kidney/bladder system is weak and not functioning properly, this can result in different problems and imbalances throughout the body. continue reading