Posts by Alaina Speraw

Keeping Your Cool In Heat of Summer

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Life Coaching

Summer is the time of the Fire Element in Chinese Medicine, so naturally we need to be aware of dangers of becoming overheated.  These presents a particular challenge to our Cardio-Vascular system as the Heart is a Fire organ and sensitive to excess heat.  Think prevention of  high blood pressure, heart attacks and heat stroke.  Summer can also be very challenging for women going through menopause.  Consider seeing an Acupuncturist to help balance the excess heat and suggest appropriate Chinese herbal remedies. A few common sense guidelines can help your body adjust first and foremost Stay Hydrated with plenty of water and moisture containing vegetables and fruits.  Bitter greens (kale, chard, spinach, wild greens, sprouts, basil, mint etc) in particular help to clear heat and detoxify the liver. Avoid exercising at noon or when the temperature is high, choose to exercise in the early morning and focus on a lighter routine when the temperatures are on ie gentle stretching, swimming, tai chi, restorative yoga, dao-in, walking instead of running. This is a great time for cleansing with fresh vegetable and fruit juices, salads, steamed vegetables etc. Here is a tasty, refreshing summer salad recipe, enjoy! California Summer Salad Serves Four ½ lb of Asparagus 1 bunch baby carrots 1 bunch baby beets 1 bulb of fennel thinly sliced (save some of the green tops to add to salad) ¼ lb sugar snap peas or snow peas 1 red and 1 yellow mini bell pepper Pea sprouts Fresh basil Assorted wild salad greens Small amount of paper thin sliced red onion or shallot Sunflower or pumpkin seeds raw or roasted for garnish Clean the asparagus, baby carrots, beets and fennel with scrub brush, lightly peel if needed leave a little of the top on for appearance. Steam each individually for 2-5 minutes until tender and still al dente. Cool in ice water and pat dry. Slice some of the carrots and beets in half for interest. Slice the peppers very thin, wash the basil and assorted greens. Make a Citrus Vinegarette such as: Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette 3-4 tsp of fresh lime or other citrus juices 1-2 tsp of champagne or apple cider vinegar 6 TBSP Extra virgin olive oil ½ tsp coriander ½ tsp cumin ½ tsp lavender flowers (dried) 1-2 cloves pressed garlic Salt to taste Fresh pepper to taste 1 tsp honey (Optional a little grated jalapeno pepper) Wisk all together. Drizzle over salad. Make a bed of the greens and arrange the other vegetables on top attractively. Sprinkle with seeds and serve. You can also serve homemade garbanzo or canelli beans marinated in an olive oil vinaigrette to added to the salad at the...

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Beat the Summer Heat

Posted on Jun 18, 2012 in Acupuncture, Health and Wellness

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help keep you cool and collected during the long hot summer months. Acupuncture points like Hegu (LI 11 and 4) can reduce fever and body temperature.  Points such as Lu 7 and Ki6 nourish the body fluids, adjust and cool the lungs. Chinese Herbs such as Ju Hua (Chrysanthemum flowers), Jin Yin Hua (Honeysuckle flowers) and Lotus seeds all clear heat and nourish body fluids.  For more extreme cases of dryness, thirst, irritability, dry, red eyes or pink eye, insomnia there are many classical formulas to nourish yin and blood while reducing heat and fire such as Rehmannia Six or Eight and Glehnia Combination. Foods that help hydrate and reduce the heat in addition to increasing water intake are: mung bean sprouts, celery, carrot, water chesnut, bamboo shoots, lotus seed, goji berries, tofu and most fruits and vegetables.  Although beware of excessive fruit consumption which can imbalance your blood sugar and cause loose stools in persons with weak digestion. Visit us at Goldlake Acupuncture in Scottsdale for a session to chill out or an herbal formula to help your body cope with the heat better. 480-710-8458 New Patient June Special initial visit $25 off when you mention this post.  ...

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Shoulder and Hand Syndrome Relief with Acupuncture

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 in Health and Wellness, Research Articles

Acupuncture treatment good for shoulder-hand syndrome Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22574575 Abstract OBJECTIVE: To assess the effectiveness of acupuncture therapy for shoulder-hand syndrome. METHODS: According to the requirements of evidence-based medicine, papers of randomized controlled clinical trials for shoulder-hand syndrome published in China from 2005 to 2010 collected by databases VIP, Wanfang, CNKI, collections of papers of academic conferences, etc. were retrieved by using key words of shoulder-hand syndrome, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, acupuncture, moxibustion. Then the collected documents were given with Jadad score, and analyed by using software Manager 5. 0 Review Cochrane. RESULTS: A total of 100 papers were retrieved. Among them, 29 papers that met our inclusion criteria were given with Jadad scores (2 points for 2 papers, 1 point for the rest 27 papers, being low in quality). Twenty-one papers were brought into Meta analysis. These papers contain 1 768 cases of patients who were divided into three sets of groups according to the used intervention measures. Meta-analysis showed that simple acupuncture therapy is significantly superior to acupoint block therapy for relieving shoulder-hand syndrome [odds ratio (OR, 95% CI) 4.80 (2.02 to 11.41), P < 0.05]; electroacupuncture therapy is markedly more effective than simple acupuncture therapy [OR (95% CI) 4.60 (2.08 to 10. 17), P < 0.05]; and acu-moxibustion combined with other therapies is significantly more effective than simple acupuncture therapy [OR (95% CI) 3.31 (2. 30 to 4.77), P < 0.05]. The other 8 papers were not brought into Meta-analysis due to being different to the 21 papers in the intervention measures. CONCLUSION: Acupuncture can effectively relieve shoulder-hand syndrome in pain, wrist- and shoulder-joint motor, etc. But, larger size of samples and high quality randomized clinical trials are needed for providing more reliable conclusive evidence.     Goldlake Acupuncture...

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Acupuncture improves Osteoarthritis of the Knee

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 in Acupuncture, Research Articles

Acupuncture good for osteoarthritis of the knee Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22588814 A new study showed that Acupuncture is effective at both reducing inflammation and restoring mobility of arthritic knees. We can help get you moving better at Goldlake Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Scottsdale: 480-710-8458.  

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Study on Acupuncture aiding Weight Loss

Posted on Jun 12, 2012 in Acupuncture, Health and Wellness, Uncategorized

The effects of body acupuncture on obesity: anthropometric parameters, lipid profile, and inflammatory and immunologic markers Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22649299 Abstract A randomized controlled clinical trial in 196 obese subjects was performed to examine the effectiveness of body acupuncture on body weight loss, lipid profile and immunogenic and inflammatory markers. Subjects received authentic (cases) or sham (controls) acupuncture for 6 weeks in combination with a low-calorie diet. In the following 6 weeks, they received the low-calorie diet alone. Subjects were assessed at the beginning, 6 and 12 weeks later. Heat shock protein (Hsps)-27, 60, 65, 70 antibody titers and high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels were also assessed. A significant reduction in measures of adiposity and improvement in lipid profile were observed in both groups, but the levels of anti-Hsp-antibodies decreased in cases only. A reduction in anthropometric and lipid profile in cases were sustained in the second period, however, only changes in lipid profile were observed in the control group. Anti-Hsp-antibodies and hs-CRP levels continued to be reduced in cases but in controls only the reduction in hs-CRP remained. Changes in anthropometric parameters, lipid profile, and anti-Hsp-antibodies were more evident in cases. Body acupuncture in combination with diet restriction was effective in enhancing weight loss and improving dyslipidemia.           Goldlake Acupuncture...

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