Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness: 5 Steps to a Healthy Heart

heart healthEven though there has been much medical advancement over the past hundreds of years, heart problems still remain the top cause of death for people in the United States and across the globe. Heart problems can include heart attacks, congenital heart disease, coronary heart disease, and congestive heart failure. What most people don’t realize is that heart disease can be managed with ancient techniques like acupuncture and oriental medicine. Oriental medicine calls for making changes to your lifestyle such as reaching a health weight, quitting smoking, improving sleep, reducing stress, and managing your blood pressure. Acupuncture is used to help a person make these changes.

5 Steps to a Healthy Heart with Acupuncture

Step #1: Weight Management
People who are considered obese have a higher chance of developing illnesses like coronary artery disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure which all can lead to a sever heart condition or even heart failure. Even if you seem healthy, the human body is not meant to have too much extra weight if any at all. An overweight body will surely increase your chances of developing heart diseases.

Acupuncture and oriental medicines are great to use for losing weight. Oriental medicine is all about making changes to the lifestyle and diet of a person, which can alone help you reach your desired weight. Acupuncture points can also be targeted to help boost the process of absorbing important nutrients, control appetite, reduce anxiety, and energize the body.

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Anne lost over 100lbs with acupuncture, diet and exercise

Step #2: Quit Smoking/Tobacco
Although smoking and tobacco are known for causing lung cancer, they are also a major cause of coronary artery disease as well. Over fifteen percent of people who die from heart disease have cigarettes to blame. Acupuncture is a widely accepted way of treating smoking habits. While in the withdrawal stage, this treatment will prevent withdrawal symptoms like cravings, restlessness, jitters, and irritability as well as detoxifies the body of the chemicals contained within cigarettes and tobacco.  More info on quitting smoking

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Step #3: Improve Sleep
The quality of sleep you get per night is directly linked to your health. Poor sleep conditions can lead to atherosclerosis, heart attacks, stroke, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure. People who get less than the recommended amount of sleep are more prone to developing a heart disease. Sleep medicines can have nasty side effects over time, which is why acupuncture is a great method for curing sleep problems like insomnia the natural way. The reason acupuncture works so well for sleep is because it fixes any imbalances in your body that are the cause for sleep disruptions. When these balances are fixed, not only will a person get better sleep, but will achieve a better physical and mental condition overall.

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Step #4: Reduce Stress
Every person faces some sort of stress in life, but continuous unmanaged stress can cause psychological, emotional, and physical problems. These physical problems include high blood pressure, irregular heart beats, chest pains, and heart diseases. There are two theories to how stress increases the risk of heart conditions. The first is that stress could be a direct risk to heart disease and the second states that stress may cause other risks that can lead to heart conditions. There have been many studies on how acupuncture treats mental health conditions like stress and anxiety while oriental medicine provides special tools and techniques to relax one’s mind. These techniques involve Qi gong, herbal medicine, meditation, dietary therapy, and Tui Na.

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Step #5: Lower High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is responsible for causing heart diseases by making the heart work harder than it should be. It can increase how much oxygen is needed for the heart which can lead to angina. High blood pressure can cause also cause damage to the blood vessels that travel through the kidneys and brain as well as enlarge the heart.

In order to prevent all of this from happening, it’s important to get your blood pressure back down to a normal level. Acupuncture is used for the relaxation of the body meaning is can help lower the blood pressure. An acupuncturist will target certain points around the forearms, legs, and wrists to stimulate the production of opioids. Opioids are responsible for decreasing heart activity which will lower the blood pressure.

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Call me at (310) 564-4325 or email me to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can assist you with your heart health and help you to live a long, healthy life.

Study Shows Acupuncture Significantly Lowers Blood Pressure

Researchers have found that acupuncture lowers both kinds of blood pressure, diastolic and systolic. Treatments done with acupuncture have been proven to show better results than any type of medication or lifestyle change. In a study, over one hundred patients with mild heart conditions were treated with six weeks of acupuncture performed by experts compared to another group who underwent normal treatments like medication. After the testing was complete, patients who received acupuncture had a noticeable different in both types of blood pressure while those who received normal procedures had no obvious changes.

Acupuncture For Anxiety And Stress: Better Than Xanax

acupuncture for anxietyFeeling overwhelmed?  These days, we are constantly barraged with expectations, responsibilities, emails, text messages, phone calls, worries about the future, and much more on a daily basis.  As a consequence, quite a few people have great difficulty managing anxiety, stress and pressure. Doctors often prescribe medication, such as Xanax, to help these people cope with these unwanted stresses and anxiety.

While we have no doubt that medication is the right remedy in some instances, many people have made great progress in dealing with their depression, stress and anxiety through alternative means.

One of those means is Acupuncture.

Kelly Ripa acupunctureAcupuncture entails using very thin, sterile, single-use needles to lightly penetrate the skin and stimulate various meridians of the body. (It feels nothing like getting a shot, by the way. In fact, most of the time the patients do not feel the needles.) The actual needles are scarcely thicker than a hair. Acupuncture was developed in China thousands of years ago as a way of balancing out the patient’s Qi, or “life force.” Acupuncture is still in use today because it works.  It works by stimulating the relevant acupuncture points (referred to as acu-points) to balance out the body’s Qi.

How Acupuncture works on anxiety and stress

When the body’s Qi is out of balance, this can lead to disorders and disease. This imbalance can manifest as physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach distress, or mental symptoms such as anxiety and stress. External stress can force the patient’s Qi into imbalance as well, so the cause of the anxiety or stress can be internal or external, or both. Acupuncture can help balance the patient’s Qi, moderate energy levels and improve mood to provide a lasting calming effect. Acupuncture has few to no side effects. For those reasons, some people think acupuncture is better than Xanax. Herbal formulas can also be given to support and reinforce the effect of the acupuncture treatments.

If you are interested in finding out more about acupuncture for anxiety, read more of this blog and check out http://www.lbinder.com. as an experienced Los Angeles acupuncturist, with her extensive western medical background as a certified health consultant and certified nurse practitioner combined with her acupuncture practice, Laurie Binder is your best choice for natural treatments for stress and anxiety. Acupuncture for stress and anxiety works.
celebrity acupunctureYou should do some research into choosing the right acupuncturist for you and Dr. Binder has the experience and track record to help you optimize your health. Traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture treatments can help you accomplish many things including managing stress as addressed above, improve natural fertility, improve energy and digestion, lose weight, quit smoking and more. Review her website at http://www.lbinder.com and read her CV and patient testimonials so you can see her experience and track record.

For information on Acupuncture and Wellness, you can contact Laurie at any time. Just click contact at the top of this blog. She would be happy to explain her approach to you and offer you any other background that will help you make your decision.

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Fibromyalgia and Los Angeles Acupuncture – What You Need to Know

What is Fibromyalgia?

Quite simply, fibromyalgia syndrome is a disease that is currently unexplainable by modern medicine though it affects over two percent of the United State’s population. Treatment for this syndrome is a complex process because so little is known about it. Doctors will prescribe a variation of medications depending on the symptoms you have (listed below) to attempt to figure out what works. The best bet would be to look into using alternative medicines rather than test medications with harmful side effects on your body. Acupuncture is the number one alternative method people use, which is because it has been found to be much more effective than any other type of treatment.

This syndrome causes chronic pain throughout the body, as well as exhaustion, depression, insomnia, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, numbness of fingers, poor blood circulation which can lead to Raynaud’s phenomenon, lack of focus, restless leg syndrome, painful menstrual cycles, migraines, pain in the jaw, stiffness of joints, dry mouth, dry eyes, dry nasal passages, incontinence, and hypersensitivity to sounds or bright lights.

In order for a doctor to diagnose a person with fibromyalgia, they must have a history of chronic pain in all four area of the body for at least three to four months. As of now there are not any tests that can verify that one actually has this syndrome, so a diagnosis is simply a highly educated guess. The symptoms of fibromyalgia typically show after some sort of physical or mental trauma, but no one can be certain that is the main cause. It has been discovered that women have a higher chance of developing this syndrome compared to men.

From the perspective of oriental medicine, any type of pain or disease results when there is an imbalance of Qi, or life energy, somewhere in the body. They have found that disruptions in the spleen, cardiovascular system, liver, and kidney can cause fibromyalgia syndrome to occur.

How Acupuncture Helps

Since fibromyalgia has such a wide range of symptoms, there are many variations of alternate treatments one could get. Each ways is customized for a person, so it will always be effective, especially compared to doctor prescribed medications. Alternative treatments may include methods such as different types of herbs, dietary recommendations, specific exercises, psychological therapies, and acupuncture.

An acupuncture session will not treat fibromyalgia as a whole. Instead it treats it by dividing up the symptoms that a person has. Each person is different, as is their emotional state, type of pain, sleeping patterns, general health, age, and the specific symptoms they have. Each person treated with acupuncture will have their own treatment designed specifically for them.

There are a few lifestyle changes one can make to help treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia. These changes can be seen below.

Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Help Treat Fibromyalgia

Change #1: Stop drinking beverages filled with sugar, such as soda. Soda contains a mass amount of chemicals and ingredients that are bad for your body.

Change #2: Reduce the amount of stress you have in your life. Stress can completely ruin a person, especially if it is prolonged. Find a way to manage it before anything serious arises. Relaxation tapes may be a good idea.

Change #3: Stop eating processed and refined foods like white bread and pasta. Products like those contain no nutrition in the slightest and can cause obesity if eaten often.

Change #4: Start exercising! Exercise can prevent all sorts of illnesses and diseases, so it is important to get at least three hours of it per week. Exercises that can get the blood pumping can be activities like tennis, swimming, running, weight lifting, or yoga. At the very least be sure to walk a little bit every day.

Change #5: Consume foods that contain protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and complex carbohydrates.

Change #6: Change any bad patterns or habits you may partake in. Replace that habit with a hobby you can really focus on.

Change #7: Look into performing a Chinese self-massage every morning. This will stimulate your acupuncture points, which improves the flow of one’s Qi. Doing so will help your body defend against any oddities, as well as fibromyalgia.

A Study on How Acupuncture Affects Fibromyalgia

Mayo Clinic recently performed a study on if acupuncture actually does help treat fibromyalgia, which they did find that acupuncture is indeed a reliable treatment for the syndrome and the symptoms that develop because of it. The patients who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia reported that acupuncture treatments helped them overcome their fatigue, depression, anxiety, as well as any other symptoms they had.

The study required two groups of people with the first group consisted of twenty-five people who were to receive acupuncture, while the second group contained twenty-five people who received mock acupuncture treatments. The group that received the treatment reported a significant improvement in their health after one month.

Dr. David Martin, the lead doctor of this study, reported that this study had proven acupuncture to be a helpful treatment as well as proved that studies on acupuncture can be efficiently performed. There has been an increase in the amount of studies there is on acupuncture which can help doctors figure out which conditions are best treated with an acupuncture session. It was also reported that the study only used those who had severe conditions, which made the entire process more controlled. Dr. Martin suggests that more doctors should perform more studies on how acupuncture affects those with fibromyalgia.

 

Exercise – While even basic movements may be painful exercise helps restore strength and endurance. Tai Chi, Qi Gong or Yoga are great for easy stretches, careful strengthening, deep breathing, along with relaxation techniques. The gentle stretching will clear tension that builds when muscles tighten and tense and improve overall circulation. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

 

Meditate – The practice of meditation is a proven stress reducer that helps the body create a sense of calm and a continuing sense of well being. While 15 minutes is recommended, even 5 or 10 minutes can have a powerful effect on your day.

 

Restorative Sleep – Get at least 8 hours of restorative sleep. Maintain a routine sleep schedule and make your bedroom a sanctuary from every day stress. Practicing good sleep hygiene will give your body an opportunity to get stronger and heal.

Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia from Los Angeles Acupuncturist

August 2009
Laurel Binder L.Ac., RNCNP
1322 2nd Street, Suite 36
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-564-4325

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia Syndrome

6 million people in the United States are affected with a condition known as fibromyalgia syndrome. Most people who have this usually turn to alternative methods of treatment rather than visit the doctor’s office. Alternative medicine is the best way to treat any negative condition affecting the body. The most popular alternative treatment people use for fibromyalgia is acupuncture.

So what exactly is this syndrome? Well, fibromyalgia is actually medically unexplainable. This syndrome is known for causing chronic pain throughout the body, insomnia, depression, and fatigue with most of these symptoms occurring all together at once. In order to diagnose such a disease, the symptoms of pain must be within all four quadrants of the body for at least three months. Fibromyalgia does not cause physical damage to the body and there is no way to confirm that one actually has this syndrome. It is quite often that the symptoms of fibromyalgia occur after an emotional or physical traumatic event, but this might simply be a pattern that is noticed more than others since there are no known absolute triggers.

Oriental medicine states that when the body feels pain, there is a disruption of Qi at a certain point of your body. When the life energy of the kidney, heart, spleen, and liver become unbalanced, conditions such as fibromyalgia could occur. Acupuncture cannot be done specific to fibromyalgia, but the symptoms can be treated and in most cases this treats the root of the problem as well.

In order to relieve any symptoms of this condition, or just to increase the quality of life in general, it is best to follow the five pieces of advice below.

Tip #1: Clean up your Diet
A proper diet is extremely important for staying healthy, especially for those who have fibromyalgia as those with it have found that eating right reduces the symptoms from occurring.  Eliminate refined carbohydrates and sugar.

Tip #2: Get Quality Sleep
It is important to get at least eight hours of sleep per night in order to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system of the body which will help prevent any illnesses.

Tip #3: Start Meditating
Meditation is proven to be the best way to relieve stress and prevent it from building up. Meditation will help a person stay level-headed while increasing their focus overall.

Tip #4: Exercise Exercise Exercise!
Yoga, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi are three exercises that can help one replenish their strength against fibromyalgia. Although it can be painful, these exercises will relieve the muscles and enhance circulation of the blood and life energy. Be sure to focus on stretching and deep breathing the most.

Tip #5: Reduce Stress
Stress can develop into all sorts of problems such as depression, exhaustion, fatigue, a weak defense system, and even physical pain. When the body is stressed every muscle in tensed which will severely affects the flow of blood and Qi in the system. Although it may not always be possible to rid yourself of the cause of your stress, you can manage it. It would be wise to look into stress reduction classes, meditation courses, eating the right diet, and exercising in order to efficiently manage your stress.

If you have fibromyalgia or any of the symptoms associated with it, then it would be best to consult with someone who knows all about oriental medicine and acupuncture. Contact me today to set up and appointment to get your body feeling like new or better than it has ever felt.

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