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Acupuncture & Pain

Posted by on Jan 22, 2012 in Health and Wellness | Comments Off on Acupuncture & Pain

Most of us experience pain in our lives which can range from mildly annoying to severely debilitating.  It may originate from injury, illness, trauma or an unknown cause.  Pain is our body’s call to us to pay attention and make an adjustment.  Ignoring the message can have far reaching consequences.  Medicating our pain without inquiring into it’s cause is a dangerous practice and yet that is exactly what most people do.  If your pain persists more than a short period of time without a clear cause ie muscle pain following a vigorous workout seek the advice of your health care provider or doctor.

What can you do?  Living with chronic pain is often unnecessary when there are effective treatments such as Acupuncture, Massage, heat and cold therapies which can give relief and aid the body in it’s recovery process.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years successfully to eliminate the cause of pain and restore health and well being.  Acupuncture theory states that if there is a blockage in the body’s vital energy known as Chi (chee) that pain will result.  When the normal flow of this energy is restored the Chi and the blood can circulate properly healing and nourishing the muscles, bones, tissues and promoting cellular regeneration.

The World Health Organization and National Institute of Health recommend Acupuncture for over 50 conditions.  If you have pain try Acupuncture today!

Auto-Immune Disorders and Asian Medicine

Posted by on Jan 17, 2012 in Health and Wellness | Comments Off on Auto-Immune Disorders and Asian Medicine

With over 22 million Americans affected by autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis,multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus, celiac disease and type 1 Diabetes we need to begin to look outside the box of conventional approaches to managing inflammatory disease.  While infections and environmental toxins may trigger these diseases medications such as immuno-suppressive drugs and steroids often lead to further complications and weakening the immune response to other health issues such as cancer and chronic fatigue.

Asian Medicine which includes Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Nutritional therapy, Chi Exercises, Meditation, Health Coaching and Seasonal Cleansing may not only alleviate symptoms but provide a path to recovering one’s health.  Some of the benefits include: decreased fatigue, increased energy, better sleep and digestion, reduced stress and improved mood.

Weekly or bi-weekly Acupuncture can reduce inflammation, decreasing symptoms such as joint pain, fatigue, weight gain, insomnia, depression and anxiety.  Oriental Nutrition principles incorporate many now known anti-inflammatory foods such as ginger, green foods, wild fish, ginger, garlic, turmeric, green onions and health oils such as sesame and flax.

Tai Chi and Chi Gong exercises increase energy, immunity, improve mood, decrease stress hormones and strengthen bones, balance and coordination to mention a few of the many benefits.

Seasonal cleansing with diet adjusted to fit individual needs by a qualified health professional, Chinese herbs, light exercises, sauna, dry brushing and herbal or coffee enemas are safe, inexpensive and effective ways to eliminate toxins which cause illness.

Over my 25 years of private practice I have seen patients with everything from Rheumatoid Arthritis to Hashimoto’s, Graves Disease, Iritis, Lymphedema and the gamut of Auto-Immune diseases make nearly miraculous recoveries.  “I feel so much better” is the comment I hear daily from my patients.

As the Yellow Emperor said it so well “It is better to dig a well before one is thirsty, forge weapons before going into battle, avoid conflict before it has begun and prevent disease before it starts.”  We can prevent many diseases by creating our best health through a natural unprocessed diet, exercise, cleansing and eliminating toxins and keeping our stress level low.  Having a regular maintenance program which includes Acupuncture, herbal tonics and medicines can prevent costly and painful serious illness and disease.

 

2012 Water Dragon Year Health Forecast

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Life Coaching | Comments Off on 2012 Water Dragon Year Health Forecast

Since January 23 is the beginning of the Water Dragon Year it is a good time to pay particular attention to your kidneys, adrenals and bones.  Water element influences our Kidney Jing energy which generates the bones and bone marrow, brain, adrenals, kidney and bladder function and therefore it is important to strengthen it during the coming year.  Problems like low back pain, knee pain, osteoporosis, memory loss, and decreased vitality may present in a Water year.

How do you strengthen Kidney Jing you may ask?

Seek the support of a qualified Acupuncturist or Chinese Herbalist to help you support and build up your Kidney Jing Energy as this system has uniquely powerful techniques to strengthen our life force.  Learn Chi Gong or Tai Chi this year which will enhance you vitality, longevity and has been shown to strengthen bones and improve balance and coordination.

Get back to your roots, what is important to you at this time in your life.  Cultivate your true dreams and values and let go of unneccessary emotional baggage that may be preventing you from achieving your true purpose.  Water is all about cleansing, transformation and movement.  It’s a great time to do a regular physical and emotional cleansing and it will all the more effective.  Think of the all the great waterways from the Mississippi to the Yangzte rivers and how powerfully their current can transport things from one place to another.  Connect to this energy and you may experience powerful transformation in your life this year.

 

Oh My Chai!

Posted by on Jan 15, 2012 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Oh My Chai!

During the winter months it’s easy to feel chilled, increasing warming spices like those found in Traditional Indian Chai Masala tea can be the perfect prescription.  With spices like Cinnamon to increase circulation, open the brain and enhance vitality, Cardamon which elevates mood, Clove for blood circulation and pain relief, Ginger for digestion, immunity and circulation and Fennel seed a carminative herb that promotes digestion this tea can’t be beat!  While recipes vary you can give this one a try.

Chai Tea

1 TBSP Fennel, 6 Cardamon Seeds (discard pod), 6 Cloves, 1 Cinnamon Stick,  1/4 tsp. ginger root, 1/4 tsp. black pepper. Bring to a boil all ingredients in 7 c water for 15-20 minutes, then add 2 Tbsp darjeeling black tea and steep for 5-10 minutes, add 1 c milk or soy milk and 6 Tbsps honey or other sweetner to taste.

Chailicious!

 

 

Rejuvenation from Within

Posted by on Dec 5, 2011 in Health and Wellness | 4 comments

 

Facial Rejuvenation

Facial Acupuncture

Aging is a normal part of the life cycle but do we need to look aged and devitalized?  Chinese medicine offers the key to looking and feeling younger.  You can look and feel years younger than your biological age.  At Goldlake Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine we offer a program to enhance your life essence and regain that healthy glow again.

Signs of aging include: Decreased energy, weight gain, bone loss, muscular weakness, decreased libidio, premature skin aging and cellulite, hair loss, dimished memory and concentration.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms they can all be improved with our regime for rejuvenating the Face and Body.

  • Support collagen production
  • Improve elasticity of the skin and cellular regeneration
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve skin tone and texture
  • Reduce puffiness
  • Clear blemishes and acnes

Our Facial Rejuvenation package includes Acupuncture, Facial Massage, herbal rejuvenating cream and facial masque, rejuvenating herbal formula and sound therapy.  Feel better and look your best today.  Contact us at 480-710-8458 today for appointments.

 

 

Goldlake Acupuncture Scottsdale

 

Improving Immunity Naturally

Posted by on Nov 29, 2011 in Health and Wellness | 1 comment

reishi mushroom

Reishi

My patients often ask me about whether or not to take a flue shot.  Have you considered what you can do to improve your immunity naturally?  As we frequently read about the many side effects of drugs, why not take advantage of the natural herbal medicines?  Empirical studies on herbs such as Radix Astragalus, Reishi mushroom and Cordyceps have been shown to increase T and B Cells, RBC and WBC counts.  One famous formula I often recommend is the “Jade Windscreen” formula has Astragalus as the primary herb and is my personal favorite to strengthen immunity and prevent colds and flues.

“Thinking is More Powerful than Thunder”

Posted by on May 30, 2011 in Life Coaching | 6 comments

The views of Chinese Medicine and Buddhist Psychology agree that Mind is the ultimate medicine. Over time you become what you think. “Energy follows thought.” The mind is the most powerful tool we have. How are you using it? Is it a positive and constructive tool for achieving your goals and life purpose or is it negative and destructive? The power is within you to create a good and enriching life to benefit yourself, your family, your community and the world.

What steps can you take to train your mind to help you attain a balanced and harmonious life?

1) Learn and practice Meditation or Quiet Sitting.
2) Spend time walking or hiking in the natural world and observing phenomena
3) Learn and practice Tai Chi, Chi Gong, Eight Treasures, Dao-In or a Yoga form.
4) Release negative thoughts. Write them down and tear the paper up, burn or bury it with the affirmation, “I now release this _____________thought, emotion etc for the benefit of myself and others.”
5) Cultivate positive thoughts. Write down your positive thought or intention and repeat daily (especially when facing obstacles) for 30 days.

Alaina

Acupuncture Benefits Cancer Patients

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Health and Wellness | 3 comments

Treating the Side Effects of Chemotherapy in Cancer Patients
Alaina Speraw, L. Ac., Dipl. Ac., B. A.
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ; so I thought it might be timely to share some of my clinical experience and passion for treating Cancer patients at the Virginia G Piper Cancer Center. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery present enormous challenges and suffering for most people hoping for those magic words “cancer free”. However, the journey is full of potential pitfalls such as nausea, vomiting, hot flashes, joint pain, fatigue, insomnia, neuropathy, infections, lymphedema, cellulitis, nerve damage, xerostomia (dry mouth) and local pain.
There is a growing body of research on the potential benefits of using Acupuncture to help alleviate some of the side effects associated with chemotherapy and radiation. A recent 12 week study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit of 47 breast cancer patients showed that Acupuncture relieved hot flashes, night sweats and increased energy and sex drive when compared with a group given Effexor (an anti-depressant). NIC recently gave MD Anderson a $2.8 million grant to study TCM and Cancer with Fudan University Cancer Hospital in Shanghai.
Early in my Acupuncture career I had several positive outcomes in treating the side effects and wondered why Acupuncture was not part of the treatment model and protocol for cancer patients. Recognizing that many cancer patients are unaware of the benefits of Acupuncture I wanted to make it available in a conventional care setting. In recent years respectable institutions such as MD Anderson, John Hopkins, Sloan Kettering and Cancer Centers of America have made Acupuncture available to their patients.
Many of the side effects can be seen through the lens of TCM as toxic heat in the liver depleting the liver and kidney yin with liver energy stagnation and heat invading the spleen-stomach. I have found that a combination points such as of Liver 2, 3, Large Intestine 3, 4, Per 6, Sp 4, K3, 7 and Yintang or Du 23 to be effective in addressing nausea, vomiting, night sweats, hot flashes, insomnia and joint pain in breast cancer patients. I recommend treatment the day of or within 24 hours of chemotherapy infusion or other drug therapy such as herceptin.
When a patient reports back that their nausea, joint pain or headache is gone after the Acupuncture treatment, it is the ultimate Qi exchange and one knows in the deepest place why we do what we do.

Research: Zizyphus Combination Induces Sleep

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Health and Wellness | 4 comments

 Research: Sun Ten Zizyphus Combination Induces Sleep.

Suan Zao Ren (sm. zizyphus) has binding affinity for receptors for serotonin, 5-HTP and GABA.

Research: Sun Ten Lotus Seed Decreases Depression-like Symptoms

Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Health and Wellness | Comments Off on Research: Sun Ten Lotus Seed Decreases Depression-like Symptoms

– Research: Sun Ten Lotus Seed Decreases Depression-like Symptoms.