Treat Fibromyalgia with Acupuncture

fibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is a condition caused by unknown factors affecting about three percent of the world’s population with women at a higher risk for developing it. It is determined that a person is diagnosed with this condition when there is unexplainable pain within all four quadrants of the patient’s body for more than three consecutive months. Pressure will be applied to specific points on the body to test for signs of pain as well. In some cases, fibromyalgia develops after the patient experience psychological or physical trauma, though it is also common that there is no explainable cause.

Below are most of the symptoms people with fibromyalgia report. Most patients report a combination of at least four to five of them.

Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

– Widespread, Chronic Pain
– Short-Term Memory Loss
– Mood Changes
– Insomnia
– Depression
– Exhaustion
– Irritable Bowel Syndrome
– Digestive Problems
– Migraines
– Anxiety
– Stiff Joints
– Numbness in Hands and Feet
– Incontinence
– Dry Eyes, Nose, and Mouth
– Lack of Focus
– Hyper-Sensitivity

Oriental Medicine Treatment for Fibromyalgia

Oriental Medicine Treatment for FibromyalgiaStandard medical procedures are not typically sought out by those diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Instead, most patients seek out alternative medicines to treat and manage this disease. Oriental medicine and acupuncture are effective methods for treatment the symptoms of the syndrome.

Oriental medicine does not target the condition itself, but instead focuses on the symptoms caused by it, all which are listed above. An oriental medicine treatment plan has to be customized to suit the exact need of the patient. This means that every person will have a unique, specialized plan created especially for them. A plan will take the exact symptoms, body type, severity, and psychological state into consideration to come up with the perfect treatment for you. Each plan will include a combination of several methods and techniques including herbs, acupuncture, lifestyle changes, exercise, and dietary changes.

Traditional Chinese medicine states that the pain caused by fibromyalgia is believed to be caused by a blockage of Qi, commonly known as life energy, within the digestive system, heart, and spleen. To treat pain, an acupuncturist will determine which organ or system is disrupting the flow of Qi, target specific acupuncture points, and perform the necessary techniques in order to allow the energy to flow once more. Acupuncture sessions are usually scheduled twice a week for several months, though this depends entirely on the severity of your condition.
Oriental medicine also includes improving the quality of your life. This will not only help manage the symptoms of fibromyalgia syndrome, but will strengthen the immune system and decrease your susceptibility to stress. Below are several recommended changes you should make today.

fall-runningChange #1: Physical Activity

Exercise is a great way to improve bodily functions and mood altogether. Start with simplistic movements and stretches, and then move on to Qi Gong, Tai Chi, or Yoga for maximum benefit.

Change #2: Relaxation and Meditation

Stress can be a major cause of most physical problems. People don’t realize that stress can actually make you age and weaken at a much faster rate, which is why it is so important to properly relax your mind. Ten to fifteen minutes a day of deep meditation can significantly improve the mind’s ability to relax and handle problems more efficiently.

Change #3: Sleep Longer

Eight hours is the recommended amount of sleep for most adults, though it is more common for people to sleep five to seven hours. If you don’t get the optimal amount of sleep for your body, then it will result in a fatigued mind and body all day long. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every single day to get used to your new sleep schedule.

Change #4: Switch to a Healthy Diet

healthy dietAlthough junk foods may taste sugary and delicious, they will only worsen the symptoms of fibromyalgia. A proper diet that consists of fruits, nuts, lean meats, and vegetables will improve the immune system which lessens the chances of developing serious consequences from the symptoms. It is also important to drink plenty of water as well.
For those diagnosed with this syndrome, it is best to have a balanced diet that includes these specific vitamins: Vitamin C, Omega 3, B-Complex, and Magnesium. Vitamin C is used for fighting off diseases and stress reduction. Omega 3 improves the nerves and mental cognition. B-Complex vitamins promote the health of the nervous system. Magnesium helps the body create new cells, absorb calcium, and relax the muscles.

Study – The Effects of Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Mayo Clinic conducted a study on the effects of acupuncture for patients with fibromyalgia symptoms, mainly exhaustion and anxiety. The study consisted of two groups, one received acupuncture while the other group was to take standard medications. The group who received acupuncture reported an improvement in their anxiety and exhaustion levels than the group that was given standard medications.  Further studies are being conducted on this particular topic, but it is a fact that acupuncture does indeed relieve some of them symptoms.

Oriental medicine and acupuncture are exactly what you need if you have fibromyalgia syndrome or know someone who does. This is the all-natural alternative you have been looking for, no side effects whatsoever.  Give Dr. Laurie a call or send an email today to set up an appointment.

Los Angeles Personal Trainer Gives You 5 Tips to Burn That Stubborn Fat

Guest Post by Jason Kozma, Los Angeles Personal Trainer

5 Tips to Beat That Stubborn Fat

fall-runningYou’ve been working out, eating healthy, and results have been showing. That is, they were showing when you started your exercise routine, but now you are hardly making any progress at all it seems. This is an obstacle that every one reaches at some point in their fitness endeavors to lose weight or gain muscle. Below are five tips to keep in mind for when you run into this problem or if you already have hit this plateau.

 

1)       Start the Day with Breakfast
A healthy breakfast is vital for starting up the metabolism for the day. Many people skip this important meal which is why they find it difficult to achieve results. There should be no excuses for skipping this meal, so wake up earlier if you have to if time is your main issue. A good breakfast should contain a fairly large amount of protein and almost no carbohydrates. Eggs and English muffins are great for starting the day off right. This should also be your largest meal out of the recommended five meals a day.
EggWhite and Oatmeal Protein Pancake

2)       Drink Plenty of Water
If you are drinking beverages such as soda, coffee, alcohol, sweet tea, or artificial juice then that can be your problem right there. Water is the only substance a person should consume, especially if their goal is to build muscle or cut fat. Have a large glass of water with a meal as well to keep the stomach full which prevents over-eating. Water will also increase the metabolism and keep the body healthy overall.
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3)       Improve the Quality and Length of Sleep
Sleep is vital for the recovery and rebuilding of our muscles. If you do not get enough sleep or sleep poorly then it is likely that your body will be too fatigued for any sort of physical activity at all. The body’s metabolic rate will also decline, making it much harder to burn fat. Get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night to function properly and lose weight.
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4)       Cut Back on Sugary Foods
Sugar is a huge perpetrator of weight gain. There are many foods that advertise as sugar free, but include large amounts of artificial sugars which are just as bad for the body. Reduce the amount of sweet fruits you have as well. If you consume healthy, organic fruits, vegetables, and lean meats daily then you should have no problem cutting that fat.

5)       Intensify Your Workout Routine
Performing the exact same routine at the same level of intensity every single day will do you no good. If you want results, then you’ll need to change up your routine often as well as increase the intensity of the workout. You should not be at the gym for more than an hour each day. If you still have the energy to move around after a workout session, then you are simply not working out as hard as you should be. Increase your intensity to a point where you fail during your last set which is the level you want to be at. Once you are able to finish the entire set then increase the intensity once again.

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 You’ll see results again by following the five helpful tips above. Try not to worry about immediate results and focus all of your thoughts into the present. Keep your mind on achieving your goals for the present day. If you want to overcome this period of no results as fast as possible, you should work with a great personal trainer. Jason Kozma and his team will help you lose weight / build muscle with their customized plans created specifically for you. Check out his site to get started.

The 8 Best Foods to Improve Memory and Cognitive Function

Many people want to fight fatigue, boost performance at work, enhance their memory, and sharpen their minds. After all, intelligence, charisma, and ability to focus are key traits of top-performers in many desirable fields, not to mention the benefits of such characteristics in your personal life.

If you’re feeling sluggish in the middle of the afternoon, not performing as well as you’d like in school or work, or just want to get an edge in your cognitive function, combine healthy habits such as regular exercise, ample quality sleep, and regularly challenging your mind with cognitive activities with these brain-healthy foods.

Foods That Improve Memory

  • Broccoli for Vitamin K – Broccoli boasts 2,000 mcg of Vitamin K in every serving, plus sulforaphane, which can help to protect the brain against damage from injury.
  • Oily fish – Fish rich in omega-3 and other fatty acids are known for both their positive effects on blood cholesterol and brain health. Omega-3 fatty acids occur in fish as EHA and DHA, a common ingredient in baby formula. Maintaining healthy DHA levels is essential for cognitive health; low levels of DHA have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.
  • foods to imrove memoryAvocados for Vitamin K and folate – Avocados get a bad rap for their fat content, but they hold many benefits for the brain. Containing both Vitamin K and folate, avocados help to boost memory and concentration and can protect against stroke by helping to prevent blood clots in the brain.
  • Berries for anthocyanins and antioxidants – Berries are among the top superfoods thanks to their antioxidant content, which helps to prevent damage from free radicals throughout the body, but help with stress levels and memory function.
  • Whole grains with low glycemic index – You can’t focus without a consistent, adequate source of energy. After all, your brain requires energy to manage the many complex functions of your body throughout the day (and even while you sleep). The best way to fuel your body is through low-glycemic index foods, as they release glucose slowly and steadily into your bloodstream for more consistent, lasting energy and mental alertness.
  • Dark, leafy greens for B vitaminsB vitamins include Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, folate, and others, all known for their contributions to the body’s energy levels – both physically and cognitively. While there are a variety of foods containing the valuable B vitamins, dark, leafy greens are one of the best sources of Vitamin B6, which can also help the body ward off heart disease and cancer. Other foods rich in B vitamins include cantaloupe, beans, eggs and dairy, and fortified cereals, among others.
  • Pumpkin seeds for zinc – Getting your recommended daily intake of zinc can help you fight off colds and viruses, plus it’s also known for memory-enhancing benefits. Just a handful of pumpkin seeds daily will help you reach your daily intake goal for zinc.
  • Nuts for Vitamin E – Vitamin E is one of several nutrients found to have positive effects on memory in the elderly, who are at greater risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia or suffering from general cognitive decline associated with aging. Otherwise-healthy adults should aim for 15mg of Vitamin E intake each day, which you can get from foods like nuts, olive oil, sunflower seeds, and avocados.

Of course, food alone isn’t fully responsible for how well your brain functions. Intentional nutritional changes can certainly help, but these dietary habits should be combined with other brain-enhancing activities such as problem-solving activities, taking courses, and anything that stimulates your mind, as well as regular physical activity to maximize the benefits of brain health throughout your life.

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Jennifer McGregor has wanted to be a doctor since she was little. Now, as a pre-med student, she’s well on her way to achieving that dream. She helped create PublicHealthLibrary.org with a friend as part of a class project. With it, she hopes to provide access to trustworthy health and medical resources. When Jennifer isn’t working on the site, you can usually find her hitting the books in the campus library or spending some downtime with her dog at the local park.

 

 

 

Treating Diabetes with Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

sugarIn the United States, over twenty-five million people of all ages are diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes refers to the condition that stops the body from producing enough insulin, which is the hormone used to convert food into fuel for the body. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that people with diabetes have a much higher risk of fatality than their healthier peers; specifically more than double the risk.

Unfortunately, the exact cause of this disease is currently unknown, but it is assume that obesity and inactivity play a huge role as a trigger. Prolonged diabetes can lead to worsened conditions such as hypertension, kidney disease, amputation of an infected body part, depression, extreme fatigue, hypertension, eye disorders, nervous system problems, and heart disease. Diabetes can lead to severe cardiovascular disease as well, which can affect both genders just as much as the other.

The best way to manage diabetes is to make adjustments to your lifestyle by eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking, and exercising more. There are a number of different types of doctors one can visit to aid them in healing diabetes include a dietician, eye doctor, physician, primary doctor, and acupuncturist.

Oriental medicine and acupuncture are best for treating diabetes. It is said that an imbalance of Qi in the body can cause diabetes to occur. The imbalance that affects Qi can also cause a number of symptoms that include lethargy, weight loss, poor healing of injuries, infections, moodiness, irritability, fatigue, blurry vision, plydipsia, polyphagia, and polyuria.

Oriental medicine and acupuncture doesn’t target diabetes itself, but does treat the conditions caused by it. These methods can also reduce the amount of insulin the body needs. Many Oriental techniques are used such as acupuncture, dietary changes, energizing exercises, lifestyle changes, and herbal medicines to treat diabetes and its symptoms.

Treatment involves rebalancing the life energy in the body which promotes the circulation of blood. Proper balance means that the organs are performing at their maximum efficiency which will prevent diabetic symptoms from recurring. Besides regaining normal functioning of the body, oriental medicine and acupuncture can be used to improve the general health of a person as well.

To perform the treatments above to heal diabetes you will need a trained professional. That is why you should give me a call or send me an email today so we can get started on setting up a consultation to change your life for the better.

Acupuncture for Sports Injuries

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Don’t be derailed by a sports injury.

A New Year is dawning and everybody wants to start healthy with a new body and good health. No doubt, fitness clubs and gyms are packed at this time of the year with individuals rearing to get their healthy and fit New Year started. Because of the excitement, some people, especially new athletes, end up hurting themselves because they do too much in too little time.

Acupuncture Treatment for a sports injury with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine has two objectives:

Acupuncture for sports injuries1. Decrease pain and inflammation on the affected area– Studies have proven that acupuncture is beneficial for sports related injuries. Acupuncture is known to improve localized microcirculation on the affected area, which attracts white blood cells. This in turn improves healing time and reduces the swelling, bruising and the pain.

2. Prevention of further injury and improves the athletic performance – According to the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture fortify body function and restores the natural balance of the body, internally. Acupuncture is so effective that professional athletes and sports teams ensure that they have an acupuncturist on staff, to aid in treating injuries and ensure their performance is at optimal level.

To achieve your resolutions for better health and fitness this New Year, take it down a notch. Allow your body to pace itself to do the new different exercises and routines you’ve added as they get harder and more intensive.

Is your fitness routine stalling? Call us. We will be able to give you more information about treatment options to get you healthy and injury free!

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture

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Had enough?

Acupuncture has been proven to be a safe drug-free way to help smokers kick the habit, according to studies that looked at long-term effects of smoking cessation or reduction. Several studies confirmed that proper acupuncture treatment could assist motivated smokers to reduce smoking or quit altogether.

Acupuncture is a proven effective tool for addictive habits

A study from the McGill University in Montreal, Canada showed that acupuncture reduces the taste for tobacco and eliminates the desire to smoke. Researchers found that smokers who had acupuncture treatments were more than three times as likely to stop smoking six months to a year later.

Another study, “Alternative Smoking Cessation Aids: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials,” gathered data from 14 different studies on alternative techniques that help smokers kick quit. The researchers examined 823 patients and concluded that both acupuncture and hypnotherapy may help patients quit smoking.

Acupuncture has also been found effective in stopping many other addictive substances. A Yale University study team showed success using auricular (ear) points in the treatment of addiction to cocaine. The results show that fully 54.8% of test subjects were tested free of cocaine after the last seven days of treatment, this is much higher than just 23.5% and 9.1% in the 2 control test groups. Subjects who finished all acupuncture treatments stayed drug free longer than test subjects in the control test groups.

Acupuncture treatment for recovery from addiction alleviates irritability, cravings, restlessness and jitters. These are common problems reported by people quitting addictions. Acupuncture also detoxifies the system and provides a relaxing effect.

A Stop Smoking Acupuncture Point Just For You

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Tim Mee

There is an acupuncture point called Tim Mee, located on the wrist that is used exclusively for smoking cessation. It’s located one finger’s width above your wrist crease and is used to alter the way cigarettes taste. Tim Mee is a powerful acupuncture point but it cannot be used alone. Other points need stimulation to combat cravings, rebalance and help your body heal.

How does will power affect your efforts to stop smoking

Is will power in the body or the mind? Oriental medicine and Acupuncture believe that we are one whole and that will power is both. “Zhi” or Will power is purported to come from the kidney organ system, hence the state of your Kidney Qi is related to the strength of your willpower.

Oriental medicine states that each person has a protective layer on the outside of their body referred to as Wei Qi, also known as defensive energy. Enhancing Qi will significantly improve your body’s ability to withstand stress and can even enhance vitality, speed healing, immune function and recovery, and increase vitality. Replenishing your body’s natural energy production of Qi, can help you feel, look and live your very best!

If you are working to overcome an addiction, please contact us and see just how Laurie Binder can help you. We will put together a treatment plan so you can quit with as little discomfort as possible.

Quitza: online support group to quit smoking

SEVEN TIPS TO QUIT SMOKING

1. Exercise more.
2. Get plenty of fresh fruit and vegetable juices
3. Avoid junk food
4. Drink plenty of Lobelia Tea or Green Tea
5. Drink water.
6. Practice deep breathing exercises
7. Come in for your acupuncture treatment.

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How Acupuncture Can Help Treat Men’s Health Issues

young manFor thousands of years, oriental medicine and acupuncture have been used to address health complications that can develop in men of any age. Today, this alternative medical treatment is being sought out by many and is becoming more popular every single day because of the positive effects acupuncture has on problems in men such as prostate complications, depression, cardiovascular disease, reproductive health, and lung cancer.

Below are some of the main health issues that affect men and how acupuncture can help in the treatment.

Depression
Many people don’t realize that the suicide rates for men are much higher than the rates for women. The reason is linked to depression. In men, this is often left untreated since most men state that they’d rather keep their feelings bottled up inside rather than express them. Signs of depression include a sudden change in behavior, risky actions, alcohol abuse, substance use, sadness, aggression, anger, or a combination of these.Depression is a problem that directly affects the balance of hormones in the brain. When this occurs, our behavior, energy, sleep, and appetite change for the worst. Acupuncture can be used to relieve us from the symptoms caused by depression as well as depression itself. Even the military uses acupuncture techniques to aid those with post-traumatic stress disorder since the effects are so powerful.

Cardiovascular Disease
This disease is the number one health problem for men, along with strokes these two conditions are the leading causes of death in men. Acupuncture and oriental medicine techniques can be used to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease all together.Oriental medicine involves lifestyle changes, the little adjustments you make to your life can add on many years of life. You need to take the right steps to prevent this disease by stopping activities like smoking, reducing stress, lowering fat content, reducing high blood pressure, and sleeping better. Acupuncture can help your ability to make these changes and is particularly great for lowering blood pressure.

quit smokingQuit Smoking
Tobacco is one of the top causes of death for men. All men who smoke tobacco have a ninety percent chance of developing fatal lung cancer in the future which is why it is important to quit as soon as you can.If quitting smoking has been on your mind, then acupuncture can help. It has been concluded that acupuncture can completely negate the symptoms caused by withdrawal to help you forget about the substance for good. Oriental treatments also focus on the detoxification of the body to diminish all cravings.

The types of food you eat can play a huge part in your overall health as well. Oriental medicine involves creating a diet plan specifically to improve your well-being. Below is a list of several foods and how they can help you live a longer, better life.

Yogurt
Yogurt is a food that has many benefits. It can improve our digestion, boost our defenses for cancer, strengthens the immune system, and increases the chance that we’ll live a longer life.
Blackberries
These little berries are filled with magnesium, vitamin C, and calcium. Those three minerals are responsible for lowering blood pressure, regulating nerves, improving muscle tone, reducing stress, and returning cortisol levels to normal.
Spinach
This super food is packed with nutrients of all kinds. The benefits of spinach include reducing the risk of heart attack, lowering the chances of strokes, protecting against prostate cancer, and improving the strength of our muscles.
Walnuts
Walnuts are the best type of nut available since they have benefits such as improving cardiovascular health, boosting the immune system, and having more protein than most meats.

Give Laurie a call today to schedule an acupuncture appointment to improve your health. If you want to live a long and healthy life then we’ll tell you exactly what needs to be done.

What is Acupuncture Used For?

acupuncture treatmentAlthough acupuncture is usually used alone to treat certain illnesses and diseases, it is a popular method in Western Europe and North America as a combination treatment. Acupuncture is usually used along with pain medication to help relieve pain after surgeries. Using acupuncture before surgery can greatly reduce the amount of pain one feels after the surgery is completed. Another popular use is to reduce post-traumatic stress disorder is soldiers from war.
The many benefits of acupuncture include managing pain, treating certain conditions, is completely safe, has no bad side effects, useful for those who cannot use standard medication, and useful for those who would rather avoid standard medications.

By Laurie Binder

Los Angeles Acupuncturist

Ear Massage

Traditional Oriental medicine states that the ear is the connecting points of all of the life energy (Qi) pathways of the body. Most of our Qi energy is said to travel to and through our ears. Ancient Chinese physicians used acupressure ear massages as a method for boosting general health and for disease prevention.

An ear massage is an effective acupressure relaxation technique as it reduces stress while also improving health conditions of other parts of the body. It can also increase the production of endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals produced by the brain to reduce pain, improve mood and promote relaxation. Ear massages are also used for calming anxiety, relieving stress, reducing cravings for foods and drugs and helps the body clear toxins.

A great ear massage technique anyone can do involves the three simple steps below.

Step 1: Start by rubbing the ears in a small circular motions. Your thumbs should be touching the upper part of the ears while holding down the outside with the index fingers.

Step 2: Next, massage the thinner areas of your ear right below the widest part up top.

Step 3: Finish off the massage by gently massaging the earlobes by tugging on them while making small circular motions with the index finger and thumb.

Posted by Laurel Binder, Doctor of Acupuncture

Acupuncture for Facial Enhancement and Beauty

Oriental medicine can be used for enhancing beauty. Certain foods are said to improve the yin, as well as significantly enhance the organs and blood flow. Foods like seaweed, bananas, sweet potatoes, and rice help benefit yin, which results in hydrated and healthy organs. Consuming foods that benefit the yin provides the body with special nourishment which cannot be gained from anything else.

sweet rice congeeSweet rice congee is a special dish that is said to intensify one’s beauty and increase the lifespan of a person. This dish involves mixing Chinese dates, sweet black rice, and longan berries. Enclosed is a recipe by Dr. Xiolan Zhao which is said to be the best for facial Qi. You can find most of the ingredients at an Asian grocery store.

SWEET RICE CONGEE

Ingredients:
1 Cup of [Washed] Sweet Black Rice
10 Chinese Dates
2 Tablespoons of Raw Sugar
6 Cups of Water
½ Cup of Dried Longan Fruit
½ Inch of Thinly Sliced and Peeled Ginger

Instructions:
Add the sweet black rice, dates, raw sugar, longan fruit, and water to a large saucepan. Bring the water to a boil using medium heat. When the water begins to boil, reduce heat and bring it to a simmer. After two hours, with occasional stirring, garnish the dish with ginger. This will make four servings.

Women’s Health and Wellness with Acupuncture

acupuncture for womenThe top health problems associated with women today can all be treated or prevented through the use of acupuncture and oriental medicines. Throughout the history of the world, these techniques have been used to keep people of either gender naturally healthy and to prevent any illness or disease. Below are the top five women’s health problems faced today and how acupuncture can help.

Common Health Problem #1: Gynecological-Related Problems

These problems can include endometriosis, menopause, premenstrual syndrome, infertility, or fibroids. Fortunately, gynecological problems are a bit easier to manage with acupuncture and oriental medicines than other problems. By restoring the flow of life energy in the body, these techniques can prevent any gynecological problems of occurring or to treat them.

The most common gynecological problem women face is menopause. Menopause is the period when the ovulation of a woman ceases permanently. During this time all sorts of symptoms can occur due to the dramatic decrease of estrogen in the body. These symptoms include weight gain, joint pain, hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, insomnia, exhaustion, migraines, memory loss, and dry skin.

Oriental medicine and acupuncture techniques does not treat the menopause itself, but the symptoms that arise from it using techniques specific to a person like herbal therapy, lifestyle change, dietary change, and exercise. Each person receives their own special treatment plan in order to maximize the recovery process.

Common Health Problem #2: Cardiovascular Disease

This disease is considered the most life-threatening of them all in women. Statistics show that twenty-nine percent of all deaths in women are due to cardiovascular problems. It is true that more men are diagnosed with a cardiovascular problem of some sort, but with women cardiovascular system is not as checked as thoroughly as it should so it is often that the condition is discovered far too late. It’s extremely important that women take the necessary precautions and get their cardiovascular system checked as well as look into implementing oriental medicine and acupuncture to prevent any problems from occurring.

The preventative steps a woman will be advised to take will include eating healthier, exercising more, managing blood pressure, improving sleep, and reducing stress. These steps can all be easier to take with the help of oriental medicine techniques. High blood pressure is the most common cause of cardiovascular problems, and luckily acupuncture is considered especially helpful for lowering the blood pressure and increasing the release of opioids.

Common Health Problem #3: Depression

Up to a quarter of all women face some type of depression during their lifetime. Depressive disorders do not only cause mental problems, but can weaken the immune system as well as ruin social relationships. Symptoms affiliated with depression can include fatigue, insomnia, apathy, or lack of interest in previous hobbies. Eventually, worse symptoms such as sickness and suicidal thoughts can occur if the problem is not taken care of.

To prevent or treat such a disorder, it is important to make sure the entire life energy is flowing well throughout the body. By brining the body, mind, and spirit together as one, the body will feel at its best and treat problems that may be affecting the body. This is exactly what acupuncture and oriental medicine will do and by using these methods you will feel better than ever before.

Common Health Problem #4: Osteoporosis

Over forty million people in the United States alone are affected by osteoporosis in which seventy percent of the people affected are women.  Osteoporosis occurs when there is a decrease in bone mass which induces the chances of fracture occuring. It usually is found in those of an older age, but can be developed early on as well especially to those who put repetitive strain on a specific part of their body. Acupuncture and oriental medicine are both used to prevent join pain and bone problems from happening as well as to upkeep a healthy lifestyle. This is important to start looking into around the age of thirty when the bones in our body stop growing.

Common Health Problem #5: Autoimmune Diseases

Diseases like multiple sclerosis, diabetes, thyroid disease and lupus are all considered autoimmune diseases, which is a condition where the body’s own immune system attacks itself as well as other tissues in your body. The American Autoimmune Release Diseases Association has found that about eight percent of the population is affected by a type of autoimmune disease; women make up eighty percent of that population. Standard medical procedures have trouble treating autoimmune disease, so it is best to look for alternative routes such as oriental medicine and acupuncture. Both of these methods have been proven to manage the symptoms of an autoimmune disease as well as regulate the immune system.

As you can see, oriental medicine and acupuncture are important to both prevent and manage all sorts of conditions. If you have such a condition or just want to improve your life in general, contact me in order to set up an appointment.

What Your Endocrine Glands Do For You

What is the Endocrine System?

Endocrine glands create different types of hormones that have a specific job to do in the human body. These hormones manage every aspect of your health by regulating a person’s mood, reproduction system, physical growth, hormonal output, immune system, and mental conditions. If a person’s endocrine system isn’t working as it should, this could cause a weakened immune system which means you will be at risk for diseases you wouldn’t normally catch.

Acupuncture and oriental medicines have been used to restore function of the endocrine system if a problem ever occurs. This is done by clearing and blockades or disruptions of the body’s meridians, or energy pathways. If there are any imbalances of these pathways, then a person might suffer symptoms like arthritis, cold feeling, digestive problems, fatigue, depression, infertility, or weight gain.

The Responsibility of the Endocrine Glands

Each endocrine gland produces specific hormones to accomplish a certain job. These glands are the pineal, thyroid, pancreas, reproductive, pituitary, and adrenals glands. Below is a little insight to what each gland does.

Gland: Pineal (also known as Epiphysis or “Third Eye”)
Responsibility: Produces melatonin in the body, which is a hormone that manages the waking and sleeping patterns of a person based on seasons, phase of the moon, ect.

Gland: Thyroid
Responsibility: Hormones produced by the thyroid gland controls the temperature, physical growth, and main function of each cell in a person’s body. The thyroid is also responsible for your metabolic rate.

Gland: Pancreas
Responsibility: Produces glucagons and insulin hormones. These hormones work to supply your cells with glucose, the body’s form of energy.

Gland: Reproductive
Responsibility: The hormones produced by this gland manage the reproduction areas of the body. Each gender produces different types of reproductive hormones. Male glands produce androgen and testosterone while females produce estrogen and progesterone.

Gland: Pituitary (also known as Hypothalamus)
Responsibility: These hormones work together with the endocrine system to provide a link to the central nervous system. When nerve cells need a certain hormone for a specific part of the body, it is the pituitary gland’s job to make sure the right hormone gets there. This gland is also responsible for the physical growth of a person.

Gland: Adrenals
Responsibility: The adrenals gland is responsible for managing how the body handles stress. This gland is divided into two different parts that each product their own unique hormone. The inner adrenals gland produces hormones that increase the heart rate and blood pressure depending on how stress affects a person’s body. The outer adrenals glands hormones make sure the immune system is working right, is responsible for sexual development, manage the metabolic rate of the body, and regulates stress levels. Stress is the major concern here, so if there is a problem with your adrenals gland then it could cause symptoms such as fatigue, low blood sugar, weight gain, and muscle aches.

Acupuncture for Endocrine Health

To be able to treat an endocrine disorder, an acupuncturist must discover the main problem that is causing an imbalance in the system. The entire endocrine system is what links the two types of qi together, Yin-qi and Yang-qi. Yin-qi and Yang-qi refers to two opposite energies that flow in every single creation. Without one type of energy the other cannot exist and when one is disrupted the entire system will be disrupted. Acupuncture techniques are used to help balance these two energies by targeting the kidney meridian which helps strengthen a person’s endocrine system.

Acupuncture is also used for balancing out energy levels, managing sleep, restoring hormonal balance, managing menstrual problems, and helps calm emotions. An acupuncturist must know all of the symptoms wrong with your body so that they can target the right points in order to restore the energy flow of your body which will relieve you of any symptoms, boost the immune functions, and optimize health in general.

Many people like to use a good mix of Western and Eastern healing techniques for managing their endocrines health. Western medicine techniques are best for treating illnesses that are fatal while Eastern methods, like acupuncture and oriental medicine, is best for improving the quality of one’s life. It’s a good idea to mix both Western and Eastern techniques in order to attain a healthy endocrine system. Keeping the system healthy will make sure hormones are being produced at a normal rate which means you will not age as fast as those who are sick and will look young for a long time.

Oriental Medicine and Lifestyle Changes for Endocrine Health

Besides acupuncture, it is important to manage your endocrine system by taking care of your body. Oriental medicine involves making changes to your lifestyle and diet in order to boost endocrine health, improve blood circulation, relieve stress, gain natural energy, relieve muscle aches, as well as help rid the body of any endocrine disorders. Below are a few changes you can make to improve your life overall.

Change: Exercise More
Improves: Exercises such as weight lifting or yoga will improve overall health, boost the functions of the immune system, builds muscle mass, burns any extra fat, strengthen the bones, increase flexibility, and provides you with natural energy that is better than what any caffeinated drink could provide.

Change: Sleep Better
Improves: Rest and proper sleep are extremely important for the body, especially if you exercise as you’re supposed to. Sleep increases our general health, reduces stress, and increases productivity throughout the day.

Change: Eat Slower
Improves: Take your time eating so the body can manage the digestion process easier. Doing so will enable the endocrine system to regulate nutritional information a lot easier.

Change: Relax to Reduce Stress
Improves: Stress is the major cause of malfunctions in the endocrine system. A stressful body will overproduce hormones which can lead to failure of many major organs. Stress relief will also improve your concentration and let you enjoy life at your own pace.