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.



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.

Acupuncture for Chronic Pain Relief

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.

Santa Monica Acupuncture – Create Lasting Resolutions

January 2013
Laurie Binder Acupuncturist Laurel Binder L.Ac., RNCNP
3029 Wilshire, Suite 201
Santa Monica, CA 90403


5 Ways Acupuncture Creates Lasting New Year’s Resolutions

Dr. Binder

The New Years is upon us once again, which means it is the time when people decide to make significant changes to their lives. Unfortunately, most people do not follow through with their resolutions and go back to living with their unhealthy lifestyle. If this scenario describes your New Year, then it is time that you stop giving up and accomplish your goals! If you need helps staying dedicated and motivated, then oriental medicine and acupuncture will be able to help.

Below are the top five resolutions of the New Year (in no particular order) and how acupuncture can assist you at achieving each one.

New Years Resolution #1: Reduce Stress
Eliminating the stress in our lives is a resolution people make every year, in fact it always makes the top ten for New Years Resolutions. Besides refraining you from relaxing, prolonged stress can lead to more serious issues such as illnesses or diseases. It can weaken the immune which will make you much more susceptible to all sorts of bad conditions. There have been many success stories of how acupuncture helped people reduce their stress, lowered blood pressure, and eliminated anxiety from the mind.

Acupuncture is a technique of oriental medicine, which should be done along with a few other methods which include Qi Gong, Tui Na, dietary changes, lifestyle adjustments, acupressure, meditations, and herbal therapy. If stress is a problem in your life, then be sure to schedule an appointment with us to get your life back on track.

New Years Resolution #2: Manage Pain Using Natural Methods
Whether you wish to manage pain caused by arthritis or just in general, acupuncture can help you do it. Pain can keep us from living the life we want to live and hold us back from doing tasks we wish to do.

There are two options for those with pain, they can either take strong medications with horrible side effects to relieve it or seek out an alternative, safer method. Acupuncture is not only a natural pain reliever, but also comes with tons of added benefits as well. A magnetic resonance imaging test revealed that after an acupuncture treatment, the brain negates pain by over seventy percent.

New Years Resolution #3: Lose Weight
This resolution makes the number one New Years every single year. Everyone wants to lose weight, yet most of these people lose motivation instead and revert back to their normal unhealthy lives soon after the beginning of each year. By using acupuncture and oriental medicine techniques, you will be helping yourself shed those pounds by improving the body’s metabolic rate, aiding in the digestion process, eliminating unnecessary hunger, calming the mind, reducing food cravings, and by strengthening the body overall.

It is said that oriental medicine techniques, such as acupuncture, are able to manipulate the Qi, or life energy, in the liver and spleen which are linked to gaining if there are any imbalances in them. Western medicine explains that acupuncture directly regulates the nervous system which is responsible for appetite and the digestion process.

New Years Resolution #4: Stop Smoking
Smoking is a bad habit that can cause all sorts of problems for a person which includes irritability, jitters, restlessness, and cravings. Prolonged use can even lead to serious conditions such as lung cancer. A study from Yale University reported that acupuncture has been a successful treatment for those who smoke or do cocaine. The tests found that fifty-five percent of patients who were treated with acupuncture were cocaine-free by the end of the trial with only twenty-three and nine percent of people being cocaine-free using standard addiction therapy. Those who received acupuncture also had a much better record for staying cocaine-free, and some reported that cocaine no longer provides the effects it used to.

New Years Resolution #5: Enhance the Brain
Whether you want to learn a new subject or just increase the brain’s memory capacity, improving our mental functions also makes the top ten resolutions each year. Acupuncture has been reported to improve our focus, memory, basic functions, and mental clarity. A study (which is posted in the section below) reported that acupuncture can even be used for those who have damaged memory as a result of cerebral ischemia or diabetes. Studies are being performed on how acupuncture affects other memory-reducing diseases such as vascular dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, with results being positive so far.

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  • 5 Ways Acupuncture Creates Lasting New Year’s Resolutions


Recharge Yourself with Acupuncture in Los Angeles

Acupuncture for Vital Energy

Fatigue and a lack of energy are two of the top problems people often tell their doctors about. The best way to gain more energy is through two natural treatments known as oriental medicine and acupuncture, especially during the winter months when it is the optimal time for recharging your life energy. Life energy, or Qi, is responsible for managing every aspect of your body and when keeps you looking and feeling good.

According to the ancient Chinese, humans should live in correlation with the seasons and environment around them. When the weather is cold and dark during the winter months, it is believed that this is the best time to restore energy and build-up strength for the coming seasons.

During this time the bladder, adrenal glands, and kidneys are best replenished. The kidney is especially important because it is the main source of all of your life energy and can be easily depleted during the winter months. It is important to keep the body warm and nourished by eating whole grain foods, roasted nuts, and nutritious soups. It is also advised that a person goes to sleep earlier and awake a bit later after the temperature has warmed a bit in order to preserve your Qi. It is advisable that one gets seasonal acupuncture treatments in order to greatly increase the body’s functions, ability to heal itself, and increase overall wellness.

Proper nutrients are important for Qi as well as one’s energy, so it’s important to consume foods and beverages like the ones below.

The most important substance the body needs for energy, flow of Qi, and overall vitality is water. What most don’t know is, water should be drunk at room temperate throughout the entire day.

Pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, black sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds are consumed to enhance the Qi in the reproductive and endocrine systems.

Vegetables that are dark and leafy are your best bet for boosting energy and improving the kidney. These vegetables can include cabbage, asparagus, and spinach.

Kidney beans and black beans are both great foods that nourish the kidney better than any other.

Berries such as blackberries, mulberries, and blueberries are extremely good foods for improving the flow of kidney Qi as well as providing your body with much needed antioxidants.


Los Angeles Acupuncture for Menopause

Oriental medicine and acupuncture have been used for thousands of years in order to meet the needs of the human body, women in particular. The most common problem women face is menopause, which can be completely managed using these two methods. By fixing imbalances in the system, oriental medicine and acupuncture can efficiently relieve the symptoms of menopause to make the entire experience easier.

So what exactly is menopause? It is the time during a woman’s life where the process of ovulating ceases permanently. This transition phase usually occurs in women around the age of fifty, but can even start to happen at around thirty-five years of age. The symptoms associated with menopause include headaches, vaginal dryness, insomnia, night sweats, moodiness, memory loss, exhaustion, weight gain, joint pain, and hot flashes (more information about hot flashes below).

Those who specialize in oriental medicine and acupuncture state that menopause only occurs when the body absolutely needs the blood and energy in order to sustain itself. Menopause is said to be a signal that the flow of energy that is responsible for fertility is no longer available. This flow comes from the kidney which is considered the main source of all life energy, or Qi, in the body. Once this fertility energy runs out, all of the resources used in that process go towards nourishing a woman’s body and spirit.

Of course, it is not an easy time for women during this period. Most women start a treatment called Hormone Replacement therapy as soon as the symptoms of menopause begin to appear. Unfortunately, this treatment can cause nasty side effects such as ovarian, uterine, or breast cancer as well as other life-damaging conditions. This is why it is best to look into a natural alternative with good side effects. Oriental medicine and acupuncture can do just that.

Besides acupuncture sessions, lifestyle changes will need to be made as well. The body will need to be at a healthy weight limit while following a diet rich in nutrients. In order to best aid in the relief of menopause symptoms, it is best to avoid smoking, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, stress, anxiety, and spicy foods.

Acupuncture for Hot Flashes

Hot flashes are typically caused by menopause, which acupuncture has been proven to reduce through several studies. It has been discovered that two months of acupuncture sessions had extremely reduced the chances of severe hot flashes occurring in patients by around thirty percent. This was compared to a control group who had a placebo acupuncture treatment, meaning the needles used were non-penetrable. Both groups had undergone about ten treatments in the two months by professional acupuncturists. The results at the end of the test showed that a significant number of those who had acupuncture had a decreased severity of hot flashes compared to those who had the placebo treatment. Both groups did not have a major drop in the frequency though, but acupuncture made it much easier to handle.

If you are going through menopause or are starting to see the symptoms of it, be sure to give me a call so we can set up an appointment discussing your acupuncture and oriental medicine options today.


Treating Autoimmune Disease with Acupuncture

What is an Autoimmune Disorder?

If a person’s immune system attacks its own body, this is considered an autoimmune disease.  Based on research by the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, over twenty percent of Americans have this disorder. There are quite a number of illnesses and diseases that can be classified as an autoimmune disorder such as lupus, thyroid disease, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, Addison’s disease, Gullain-Barré syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, myasthenia gravis, and rheumatoid arthritis (which we will go into more detail about below).

Any type of autoimmune disorder causes the immune system to attack its own cells. When the body is healthy, this occurrence is completely impossible. If this process occurs in the body then it is more than likely that you have this disorder, but it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly which disease you may have until more symptoms occur.

Viruses and bacteria can cause the immune system to malfunction resulting in a person acquiring an autoimmune disease, but this usually only occurs if the person has the potential of an autoimmune disorder due to genetics. These toxins cause an autoimmune reaction in the person which activates the disease in the body. Slowly signs of the disorder will show starting with symptoms like muscle pain without exercise, rashes, dry eyes, sudden weight loss, fever, hair loss, chronic fatigue, numbness of body parts, or heart palpitations.

Autoimmune treatment can be quite expensive due to the frequent trips to the doctor and for the high costs of medication. This is why more and more people are researching alternative such as oriental medicine or acupuncture. Not only do these alternatives treat autoimmune diseases, but they are also meant to increase a person’s overall health and wellness.

Manage Autoimmune Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis with Acupuncture

It is said that when the body’s energy flow is disrupted or blocked, it can become quite sick. This energy, known as qi by those who follow ancient oriental medicine techniques, can be managed with a method known as acupuncture. This technique clears blockades in the body in order to get the qi flowing correctly once again. When that happens, balance is restored in the body thus ridding from it sicknesses like autoimmune disorder. This is just the general explanation of course, there is a lot that goes into acupuncture and should only be done by those who have been in the field for awhile.

Health specialists have found that acupuncture techniques cause the nerve cells in the pituitary gland and different parts of the brain to release hormones into the body. These hormones help regulate functions in the body and will aid in managing an autoimmune disorder. Along with acupuncture, to treat such a disorder one would have to take various other natural treatments such as herbal medicines and stress relieving exercises.

One of the most popular types of autoimmune diseases is rheumatoid arthritis. This disease can cause inflammation, pain, swelling, redness, stiffness, warmth, or worst of all loss of feeling in the joints. This disease can last throughout a person’s life if not treated as soon as possible using the correct methods. Acupuncture is the best choice for managing this disease, as well as any illness causing inflammation or pain within the body.

Acupuncturists know exactly how to control the energy flow within your body using very thin needles so that the body no longer feels pain in a specific area. Certain herbs will be used as well depending on the current condition of the body. Whether is be for an autoimmune disease, chronic pain, rheumatoid arthritis, or stress, acupuncture and the right oriental medicines will help you manage it.

Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness- Acupuncture and Headaches

Studies Show that Acupuncture Stops Headaches

Cochrane Researchers conducted two different studies to show that acupuncture is indeed an effective treatment for the prevention and treatment of migraines and headaches.

The goal of both studies was to discover if acupuncture is able to reduce how often headaches occur in a person. The first study was more focused on mild, yet frequent headaches while the second studied more chronic, yet less frequent headaches, or migraines. Both trials together involved over six thousand patients in total.

The studies lasted around eight weeks. The first showed that those who received acupuncture had fewer headaches than those who took standard pain medications. The second reported the same results.

In one case that involved about three hundred patients, acupuncture was shown to reduce headaches by as much as two hundred percent. These results initiated a similar test to be conducted for those who suffered chronic tension headaches. In this test the people involved were split up into three different groups over an eight week period. One group received no treatment, the second received minimal acupuncture (which is when needles don’t fully activate the point targeted), and the third received normal acupuncture. The group that received no treatment suffered one and a half fewer days of headaches, the minimal acupuncture group had around six and a half days of no headaches, and the full acupuncture group had a whole week of no headaches.

With each test done, more and more improvements were made. Each treatment reduced the chances of headaches from reoccurring more and more. Besides acupuncture, there are a variety of changes on can make to their lifestyle in help reduce and treat headaches, which can be seen below.

Change #1: Stress
Stress is the number one cause of tension headaches, so in order to rid this trigger is would be wise to look into relaxation techniques to help soothe the mind.

Change #2: Sleep
Sleep is more important than you think. We need at least eight hours of sleep per night in order to maintain proper functioning.

Change #3: Eat Healthy
Small, regular, healthy meals are what you need. If you aren’t eating properly, then your blood sugar can fall too quick which will result in a headache. Foods that induce headaches include red meats, salty refined foods, and alcohol.

Change #4: Healthcare Consultation
Make sure to consult with a healthcare specialist, such as an acupuncturist, in order to prevent headaches from reoccurring.

Change #5: Keep a Headache Journal
Keeping a headache journal will help your healthcare provider figure out the triggers of your headache as well as how to prevent them from happening.

Change #6: Exercise
Exercise is an important activity that benefits our body in many ways. It also releases endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that help relieve stress.


Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia from Los Angeles Acupuncturist

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

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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  • Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia Syndrome

Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Santa Monica Acupuncture

April 2009
Laurel Binder L.Ac., RNCNP
1322 2nd Street, Suite 36
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Acupuncture

Every single person in the world suffers from a mood swing every now and then, but if you are facing the issue of constant moodiness and irritability then it may be a wise idea to look into receiving an acupuncture treatment. In most cases, a short temper can be the result of a high and constant stress level. If the stress level continues to remain constant, then this can lead to more severe mental conditions such as depression or anxiety and can even cause physical symptoms like insomnia, weakened immune system, and digestive problems.


As far as oriental medicine is concerned, stress and the conditions that result from it are all caused by an imbalance of Qi, defined as life energy, in the liver. The liver plays a huge role in managing one’s life energy by making sure it flows smoothly throughout the body. When this liver becomes stagnant, this Qi can cause a blockage of every in the body, leading to conditions like irritability and stress.


Liver Qi Stagnation refers to when the above occurs. It is the most common type of imbalance in the body today. Prolonged stagnation of the Liver Qi can also lead to pain around the ribs, constant signing, nausea, belching, sour regurgitation, diarrhea, painful menstrual cycles, abdominal distention, and congestion in the chest. This condition can often occur in women experiencing PMS.


Oriental medicine and acupuncture are two of the best methods in countering Liver Qi Stagnation. The techniques used include specific exercise and herbal medicines and focus on removing the blockage in the body and restoring the flow of Qi. When the liver in functioning like normal again, you will notice that your mental and physical health will greatly improve. Besides acupuncture there are lifestyle changes that can be done as well to help boost the flow of Qi in the liver.


Eating green can be a good first step is revitalizing the body. Vegetables and fruits can improve the basic functions of the liver as well as the flow of Qi throughout the body. Sour fruits like lemon are also helpful in the stimulation of Liver Qi. Besides water, milk thistle tea will also benefit the body by protecting the liver from toxins such as alcohol. Stretching exercises like Tai Qi or yoga can improve the flexibility of the tendons. Eye exercises are also advised since the liver is directly responsible for eye health. Make sure to take a break from the computer if you are staring at it for a long period of time, but do look up various eye exercises you could do while taking a break. Lastly, seasonal acupuncture will not only help the flow of Liver Qi, but will improve the body in its entirety.


With the above changes and acupuncture, you will not longer feel constantly stressed or moody. To set up an appointment to start you on acupuncture, call or send me an email today!

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  • Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Acupuncture
  • Move Your Qi!
  • The Four Gates Treatment for Moving Qi
  • Signs and Symptoms of Liver Qi Stagnation

The Four Gates Treatment for Moving Qi


Oriental Medicine for the Treatment of Seasonal Allergies

Every season people are affected by allergic rhinitis, which a seasonal allergy that is triggered only during certain times of the year, mainly spring or fall. Over twenty-five million Americans are diagnosed with chronic hay fever, and about forty million more people are known to have mild allergic reactions. Pollen, mold, animal dander, and dust mites carried by the wind are usually the main triggers of seasonal allergies. In the springtime, pollen fills the air because of all of the blooming agriculture. In autumn, leaf mold is the main issue and that mold can stay in the air all year long.

The reason the body contracts allergic rhinitis is due to how sensitive it is to certain byproducts of the environment. If one has such allergies, then they will feel congested, constantly sneeze, and have watery or dry eyes. There are many medications to treat allergies, though they do have side effects that can lead to other problems such as weakened immune function. Side effects, along with the weakness of medication over time, are two reasons why people are looking into receiving more natural treatments like oriental medicine and acupuncture. These methods have been used for centuries in treating season allergies, strengthening the immune system, and clearing out nasal passages. It will not only help relieve a person of the symptoms, but will also prevent the allergies from recurring as well.

Those who specialize in Eastern medicines believe that seasonal allergies are a condition related to the wind element and is caused by a lack of Wei Qi. Wei Qi is a type of life energy that protects the body from outside elements, such as colds or allergies. Those who have an imbalance of Wei Qi typically catch colds easier than most. Acupuncture treats the imbalances in the body to relieve the symptoms of allergic rhinitis as well as the root problem itself. Oriental treatments often call for a change in one’s diet and habits as well as herbal medications.

Study on Allergic Rhinitis and Acupuncture

Many studies have been conducted on how effective acupuncture is for season allergies. There is a specific study reported by the American Journal of Epidemiology that proved acupuncture and oriental medicine can relieve allergic symptoms significantly.

Five thousand people were separated into two groups in the study. One group received acupuncture with standard care while the other only received standard care. This occurred for three months until an evaluation took place, then the test continued for three more months. Results showed that the patients who received acupuncture not only have relieved symptoms, but also had better health in general.

A similar study reported by the European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reported that those with hay fever who received acupuncture treatment weekly and three cups of herbal tea per day had a significant decrease in the severity of their symptoms. After a month and a half, over eighty percent of their patients showed improvement while the control group only had a forty percent increase.

Stress Less & Stay Well this Winter

December 2008

Laurel Binder L.Ac., RNCNP
1322 2nd Street, Suite #36
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Acupuncture for Stress Reduction

Winter is the time of year for getting our rest to restore our energy and to revitalize our body and soul. Unfortunately, it also a very busy time of year where doing that is near impossible. Winter is the season where families visit one another, visitors come over, and shopping can be quite gruesome. This combined with the every stresses we face leaves us with no time to rest and with more stress than usual.

Stress is a major disruptor of the flow of Qi, or life energy, in our body. When this energy is imbalanced, is can cause all sorts of problems such as moodiness, headaches, menstrual pain, insomnia, depression, and can even lead to more severe conditions. The best method for reducing stress involves oriental medicine and acupuncture.

Many studies on how acupuncture relieves stress have been published, demonstrating how effective it actually is. Results show that this method is indeed a much better option than standard medications used for stress and depression.

A study reported by Anesthesia & Analgesia discovered that needling a specific acupuncture point and reduce preoperative anxiety in children. A similar study by Yale University found that acupuncture around the ears and lower preoperative stress in the mothers of those children. A study in Germany showed how acupuncture lowered systolic and diastolic blood pressure by a huge amount, which reduces stress as well. A study on the effects of acupuncture for those who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder was conducted by the University of New Mexico and showed that acupuncture was extremely helpful in relaxing those affected.

Foods for Stress Reduction

There are certain foods one can consume to reduce the amount of stress they have. There are over one thousand changes that can occur in the body as a result of stress, such as Vitamin C deficiency or Vitamin B deficiency, which can all be reduced with the right kind of diet. The three main foods that can help a person manage their stress are blackberries, cauliflower, and salmon.

Blackberries contain a high level of magnesium, calcium, and Vitamin C. In fact, blackberries have more than double the amount of these substances than blueberries. Magnesium and calcium work as one to aid in the regulation of nerves and muscles. If there is a deficiency of magnesium in the body symptoms will occur such as sore muscles, cramped muscles, and fatigued muscles. Vitamin C is a natural stress reliever that lowers the blood pressure and manages cortisol levels.

Cauliflower, as well as vegetables similar to it such as cabbage and kale, contains a large amount of Vitamin B and pantothenic acid. This acid is responsible for turning carbohydrates into fuel for the body. It also improves how the body manages stress. If you lack Vitamin B, symptoms like numbness, burning, and tingling will occur in the feet as well as general fatigue.

Salmon is a great source of omega-3 and Vitamin B12. Omega-3 can increase one’s metabolic rate as well as keeps stress hormones in check. Vitamin B12 increases the amount of red blood cells in the body, which results in the proper development of serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical that induces happiness and relieves us of any worries we may have.

If you live a stressful life, then acupuncture and the right diet can help you manage it. Not only will these techniques reduce the amount of stress you have, but will also improve your life overall and in the long run.