Dear Manhattan Sports Acupuncture Community,
After careful consideration, research and examination of the status of COVID-19 pandemic, I feel it is in the best interest of you and for public health to close operations until March 24.
I do not do this lightly as meeting your needs and providing you with care is of the upmost importance to me. I built my business and life around this goal. And it is because of this goal that I feel compelled to make this decision.
Based on what I have read, I believe this is a critical time to stay home. The number of new cases are likely to jump over the coming days and weeks. Given my background in public health, I feel the only responsible thing to do is close. This article in particular was the tipping point for me...
I hope you can understand it is with your health, the health of your family and friends, and the health of our city, state and country that I do this. If you have an appointment between now and March 24th, you should have received a cancellation notice for your appointment. My calendar is currently open beginning March 24th - you can feel free to reschedule at your convince here https://www.manhattansportsacupuncture.com/book-appointment.html or you can email and I’m happy to reschedule you myself.
IN THE MEANTIME...
I highly recommend you consider the following as we move through the coming weeks...
1. Quarantine and Social Distancing: The only 100% effective way for you to prevent catching and passing on COVID-19 is to stay home. The greatest risk we are facing is over running our emergency rooms and hospitals with severe lung conditions. The NYC does not have the capacity to save everyone should this happen. That is what is happening in Italy today. The best goal to aim for now is delaying getting sick for as long as possible.
Do those projects you have been putting off. Read that book that has been sitting on your coffee table. Cook those dishes you have been eyeing for weeks. After two weeks you will know for sure if you are infected or not, and then you can at least operate your life knowing that much.
2. Hand washing and cleaning your home: Yes I know everyone has been talking about this. I have only a few additional words.
Effective. If you do it right, it works. If you don't, it doesn't. If you are going to do it, why not do it right? 20 seconds and rub every part of your hands!
Skin. It must be intact to protect you. Don't let it get too dry, crack or get irritated. That will put you at greater risk. You just need to wash the germs off, and down the drain. You don't have to kill them especially while they are on your hands.
Surfaces: Disinfect surfaces you touch. Door knobs, handles, light switches, power switches. Lysol fabrics you touch. Couches, chairs, pillows, rugs. Change your sheets. Basically, do your spring cleaning!
3. Don't get too stressed out about it! Stress can wear an immune system down and make you more susceptible. Review the issues you are concerned about, make a plan that addresses those concerns, and then stick to your plan. Know that sticking to your plan is reassurance that you are doing what you are supposed to.
I AM STILL HERE FOR YOU...
During this period, I will be available for online consultations and herbal prescriptions. Based on my research of COVID-19, I believe it is critical to stay on top any illness at this time - even people outside groups at high risk for complications and death. Don't just let it run it's course. Reports have come out with cases of reinfection, on-going lung damage among recovered patients, and detailed descriptions of the course of disease.
Chinese herbal medicine can mitigate and lessen the severity of any illness including COVID-19. Many of the healthcare workers in China were using both Western and traditional Chinese medicine to maintain their heath while working. It is critical to treat any illness at this time immediately and aggressively. I feel so strongly about this, during this COVID-19 emergency I will order prescriptions at cost and reduce my consultation fee to $100. However, if you are experiencing any severe symptoms, especially breathing issues - please call your doctor immediately.
I can also provide prescriptions of preventative, immune-boosting formulas as well. Please contact me to schedule a consultation via email at edd@ManhattanSportsAcupuncture.com or via text message at 347-948-3533
If you have an questions or issues you want to discuss, please feel free to contact me. My closure is no reason to panic. It is my way of protecting you and trying to mitigate the number of new critical cases of COVID-19.
I thank you for your understanding. I will keep you posted as things develop.
Edd Lee LAc LMT MSOM
Your health and wellness is the business of Manhattan Sports Acupuncture and I take that responsibility seriously. In light of the current public concern about COVID-19, the sub-strain of coronavirus that is spreading through the country at this time, I want to take the time to reassure you of my commitment to your health and safety.
Given the current situation, I have instituted policies and procedures to minimize the impact of COVID-19, at least within the walls of Manhattan Sports Acupuncture. Please read the following.
1. At this time, I ask all patients who are sick to refrain from coming in for treatment.
Because COVID-19 has such a long incubation period, the best way to reduce the spread of it or any illness is to self-quarantine. Please remember, even if you have a fairly mild illness, you could pass your illness on to someone who could become seriously ill or even die, especially if they are elderly or have a pre-existing lung or immune condition.
If you believe you may have COVID-19, DO NOT just go to the doctor. Call your doctor so they can make arrangements for medical personnel to be prepared to receive you.
2. Please inform me ASAP if you have fallen sick, especially if you have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
I want to make sure I know who is sick and how everyone is doing. This will also help me to assess the status of COVID-19 within the Manhattan Sports Acupuncture community. Of course your privacy will be respected and any information you provide me is strictly confidential. Also, if you have a confirmed case of COVID-19, please follow any and all quarantine instructions.
3. When you arrive, please take a moment to wash your hands in the bathrooms before you come into the suite. Use a paper towel to close the bathroom door and to open my office door.
Washing hands and surfaces is your best strategy to protect yourself. However, you don't need to try to kill the germs on your hands. You just need to wash them off, so a gentle soap will work great. Anything harsher that causes dry, cracked skin will actually increase your risk by damaging your body's first layer of defense - your skin. Use lotion and care for the skin on your hands too. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds to ensure you remove all germs - that is the amount of time it takes to sing the Happy Birthday song twice.
4. Please do not be alarmed when you see me wearing a N95 mask and a face shield. This does not mean I am sick, it means I am working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (and the flu, common colds, etc) from passing to me, and eventually onto you.
Again, because COVID-19 has such a long incubation period, it is possible to be exposed to it by people who look and feel completely healthy.
Please do not take this as a sign that you should get a N95 mask too. There is a current shortage of masks available and these need to be prioritized for medical professionals who see a high volume of patients in close quarters. The CDC does not recommend N95 masks for the general public at this time. I have been affected by this personally, it has been very difficult for me to acquire a mask as a medical professional.
3. As you all know and can hear during your appointments, I wash my hands before and after each treatment. In addition to my regular office and treatment room cleaning; doors handles, chairs, coat trees, face cradles and counter/table tops are all now disinfected between every treatment.
Again, hand washing and surface disinfection is the best strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19. At this time there is not much data that shows the virus floats around in the air for very long, so surfaces, hands and exposure to respiratory droplets from an infected person are the modes of transmission. I am committed to ensuring Manhattan Sports Acupuncture is a safe space and have thus implemented greater disinfection processes.
4. I will be suspending tea and snacks at this time. You can always let me if you really want your tea or snack and I am happy to provide.
The fewer the things you put inside your body in public means the fewer the opportunities for pathogens to get inside of you too.
At this time, the CDC and NY Department of Public Health both encourage people in the US not to take any drastic actions or make massive changes to their daily routines. However, experts have suggested that social distancing at this time may help reduce your chances of being exposed to COVID-19.
I will continue to update my blog page as things develop and send out emails when warranted.
I don't want anyone to panic, just stay safe and informed. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.
Edd Lee, LAc LMT MSOM
Happy New Year!
January 25, 2020 marks the transition from the year of the Earth Pig and the start of the Metal Rat. The Rat is the first animal in the Chinese Zodiac cycle of 12 animals, so this is the start of a new cycle of twelve. However, the Chinese Zodiac also assigns taoist elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water to each of the 12 animals. This makes for a total of 60 Zodiac sign combinations of animals and elements. This new year, the Metal Rat is actually the start of a new 60 year cycle! Very auspicious for any new beginnings!
To learn more about what this year has in store for you, find your birth year in the chart below. Please keep in mind that because the Chinese calendar is a lunar calendar, the date of the New Year on the Gregorian calendar moves every year between January and February.
Once you know your Chinese Zodiac animal, click on it below to read your horoscope for the coming year.
Throughout Asia there are many Chinese Herbal Medicine products that can be found for purchase over the counter practically everywhere for a variety of issues. While these products and their proper use are often common household knowledge among locals, for foreigners it can be overwhelming trying figure out what products are good for what conditions. I am no exception.
During my trip to the Philippines, I was introduced to a product called Kwan Loong Oil. I found this oil to be so incredibly useful that I wanted to share my experience with you.
Kwan Loong Oil is labeled as a topical analgesic - a topical pain relieving oil that provides relief from muscle and joint aches and pains including simple backaches, arthritis, bruises and strains. Manufacturers claim it is especially helpful in the treatment of minor sports-related injuries and pains and can be used for minor skin irritations, dizziness, nausea and insect bites. It is easy to apply over large areas of the body and is fast acting.
However in the Philippines, Kwan Loong Oil was highly recommended to me as an insect repellent. I was going to be spending time traveling through remote islands with malaria and dengue infected misquotes - so an effective bug repellent was a high priority. Locals swear that the Kwan Loong was very effective for mosquitoes and the only thing effective against sand flies. So I figured, when in Rome...
And to my pleasure, I found the Kwan Loong really did work. As long as I kept reapplying the oil, I was not bothered by the mosquitoes and other biting insects. And it was easy to determine when I needed to reapply the oil - the Kwan Loong has a very strong aromatic scent that would dissipate in about 30 minutes.
The best thing about Kwan Loong was the it's ability to cool. The manufacturers state "by increasing superficial circulation, [Kwan Loong] can speed healing and its spicy ingredients (lavender and eucalyptus) combine to feel cooling and invigorating." Cool and invigorating it was indeed!
The first couple of nights on my trip, there was no night breeze which meant was about 85 degrees in still air. No electricity meant no fans or climate control, which in turn meant long sleepless nights in this weather - agony! But as I was using the Kwan Loong to protect myself from mosquitoes, I found that when I applied the oil, the cooling herbs were actually strong enough to cool my body down! Enough for me to actually fall asleep. By the end of the trip I was referring to my bottle of Kwan Loong as AC in a bottle.
Trust me when I say that the next time I travel to a tropical area with mosquitoes and limited climate control, I am bringing a big bottle of Kwan Loong Oil with me.
A Taste From the Philippine Islands
Some experiences are truly once in a life time. Recently I had a chance to spend five days on a boat, sailing from one remote island to another, making my way from El Nido to Coron across the northern Palawan Islands of the Philippines. Completely off the grid, the only bit of technology I held onto was my smartphone - reduced to a camera with a battery I fervently conserved so I could take pictures for all five days. Surrounded by big open sky and never ending sea, I had a chance to see nature untouched by humans. Raw, beautiful and humbling.
As concepts like time of day or day of week began to fade away - life was ruled by nature. The sun rose and the day starts. In the ocean warm water you swim and snorkel. On the white sandy beaches you run and play. In the shade of the palm trees, you rest and nap. The sun sets and the day ends.
It was paradise - only made that much better by the incredible food available everyday. Fresh seafood, organic produce and simple preparation made for meals that were clean, fresh, nutritious and satisfying.
One of the recipes I was able to pick up while creeping around in the boat kitchen was a crab and pumpkin curry - inspired by the live crabs our guides were able to acquire in a remote fishing village along our path. In the simplest of kitchens, our crabs were combined the sweetness of fresh coconut milk, aromatic herbs, curry powder and fresh organic produce to create a delicious curried dish. I am happy to share this recipe with you!
2 lbs of Fresh Crab, cut into halves
2 lbs of Kombucha squash, peeled and cut into 2 inch cubes
1 head of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 tablespoon of Julianne cut ginger
1 medium sized Onion, diced
3 tablespoons of tumeric oil (or any high temp cooking oil of your choice)
2 stalks of fresh lemon grass
3 cups of fresh moringa leaf
6 cups of fresh coconut milk
Fish sauce to taste
2 table spoons of brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste
1. Heat oil in a large wok
2. Once oil is hot, add garlic, ginger and onion and cook until the garlic begins to brown
3. Once garlic begins to brown, add kombucha squash and toss until covered in oil. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
4. Add about 2 cups of coconut milk, fish sauce to taste and brown sugar and stir well. You are basically braising the squash in the coconut milk mixture.
5. Once the squash begins to soften, add the lemon grass and crab, two more cups of coconut milk and stir will. Lower the heat to medium and cover. Stir the crab and squash frequently to ensure nothing burns. Cook for about 15 minutes or until the crab is cooked through.
6. Once everything is cooked, add the moringa leaf and toss. Moringa is a very delicate herb and cooks quickly so it only needs to be tossed in at the very end.
7. Serve over brown rice.
A deliciously messy dish, this is best served with people you are comfortable enough with to get super messy. Of course we had the ocean to jump into after dinner so the mess was not an issue for us!
Give the recipe and try and let me know what you think!
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