Strengthen Your Digestive Health

by Hon Lee on September 8, 2017

More than 95 million Americans suffer from digestive disorders ranging from constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome to more serious conditions such as acid reflux (GERD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In fact, more than 35 million physician office visits a year are due to gastrointestinal complaints. Reports confirm that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can offer relief from even the most complex digestive problems.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Digestive Disorders

Evidence that Oriental medicine has been used for digestive disorders can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD, where specific acupuncture points and herbal formulas for borborygmus (rumbling or gurgling in the intestines), abdominal pain and diarrhea with pain are discussed.

According to Oriental medical theory, most digestive disorders are due to disharmony in the spleen and stomach. The spleen plays a central part in the health and vitality of the body, taking a lead role in the assimilation of nutrients and maintenance of physical strength. It turns digested food from the stomach into usable nutrients and Qi (energy). Many schools of thought have been formed around this organ; the premise being that the proper functioning of the “middle” is the key to all aspects of vitality.

By taking into account a person’s constitution and varied symptoms, a treatment plan is designed specifically for the individual to bring their “middle” back into harmony and optimize the proper functioning of the digestive system. A variety of techniques can be used during treatment including acupuncture, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises to restore digestive health.

Is your digestive system functioning as well as it could? Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are extremely effective at treating a wide array of digestive disorders. Call today for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Relief from Psoriatic Arthritis

by Hon Lee on August 29, 2017

Psoriatic arthritis is a joint disease that affects people who suffer from psoriasis. A chronic and recurrent condition, psoriatic arthritis can have periods of remission with little to no symptoms present. No matter what state the disease is in, acupuncture can provide relief. During times of remission, acupuncture can help strengthen the immune system and reduce the duration and severity of the next episode.

The most common symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include joint pain, stiffness, swelling and redness. Any of the joints in the body can be affected. This includes the toes, fingers, neck and spine. When the spinal column is affected, a condition called spondylitis may ensue, making movement difficult and painful. When the hands or feet are affected, they may become moderately to severely physically deformed.

There’s no reason to be tentative or fearful of utilizing acupuncture during a symptom outbreak. There are many acupuncture point combinations available, so avoiding areas of inflammation is not a problem.

A psoriatic arthritis patient may be diagnosed as having Bi-syndrome. This is a class of disorders that form when meridians become blocked and interfere with the quality and flow of blood and Qi. Patients suffering from Bi-syndrome easily succumb to outside forces such as heat, cold, dryness, dampness and wind. For someone suffering from hot, painful knuckle joints, the predominant pathogenic agent is heat. Therefore, treatment may consist of reducing heat in the area by nourishing the blood and encouraging the free flow of Qi. When the area is free of stagnation, heat is less prone to build up.

Pain and other symptoms of psoriatic arthritis may fade away with regular acupuncture treatments and healthy changes in eating habits. Dietary suggestions include avoiding sugary, spicy and fried foods.

Managing Arthritis Symptoms

August 2, 2017

Most people are familiar with the term arthritis, which may conjure up images of twisted, knobby fingers or achy knees, but did you know there are over 100 different types of arthritis?For many people, arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages. In fact, most people over the age of 50 show some signs […]

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Relieve Pain Naturally

July 7, 2017

Increasingly, people are looking for more natural approaches to help relieve painful conditions instead of relying on medications. Acupuncture has no side effects and can be helpful for all types of pain, regardless of what is causing the pain or where the pain is located. Some studies have shown the pain relief it provides can […]

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Top Male Health problems – don’t wait until it’s too late!

June 13, 2017

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine have been used to treat men’s health concerns for thousands of years and are growing in popularity. The reason for this growth in popularity is that many health issues that men face, such as high blood pressure, prostate problems and depression, respond extremely well to acupuncture treatments.   Primary health issues that […]

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7 Nutrients to Support the Immune System

May 2, 2017

A class of plant chemicals known as bioflavonoids has been found to dramatically reduce inflammation and improve symptoms associated with autoimmune disorders. Tea Both green and black tea contain the flavonoids catechin and theaflavin, which are beneficial in treating autoimmune disease. Apples Apples (with the skin on) contain the flavonoid quercetin, which can reduce allergic […]

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Acupuncture for Autoimmune Disorder Relief

May 2, 2017

Treating Autoimmune Diseases with Acupuncture Over 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disease, Addison’s disease, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and Guillain-Barré syndrome. An autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue. Due to the complexity of treating autoimmune disorders, integrative medicine solutions […]

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8 Self-Care Tips for Seasonal Allergies

April 30, 2017

Click this link to learn 8 Self-Care Tips for Seasonal Allergies

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Can Acupuncture Improve Fertility?

February 2, 2017

The following is from a Pacific College of Oriental Medicine posting, sourced to http://www.aftau.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&;id=15808 When used in conjunction with Western fertility treatments, acupuncture increases conception rates by 26%. A recent study from Tel Aviv University reports, ““When combining IUI with TCM treatments, 65.5 percent of the test group were able to conceive, compared with 39.4 percent […]

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Mindfullness and Meditation

January 23, 2017

Being mindful is to focus awareness on the present moment, acknowledging and accepting what you are feeling and thinking. Mindfulness enables us to let go of tension, increases our ability to form connections with others and deal with unexpected events. Increasing mindfulness has many benefits, including improved mental well-being, including improved control of emotions and […]

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Boost Memory & Learn New Skills

August 2, 2016

Having difficulties focusing, remembering tasks or organizing your thoughts? It may sound strange to learn that cognitive function is not solely the job of the brain alone; other parts and organs of the body are involved—the heart and kidneys both partner with the brain to nurture a healthy and attentive mind. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine […]

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Take care of your Thyroid

July 12, 2016

The thyroid gland is shaped like a butterfly and is found at the front of the neck, below the Adam’s apple. Although small in size, this gland has a big influence on the body’s ability to transform food into the energy needed to sustain life. Thyroid hormones control the growth, temperature, and function of every […]

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Got Seasonal Allergies?

April 30, 2016

What Are Seasonal Allergies? Commonly called hay fever or allergic rhinitis, a seasonal allergy is an allergic reaction to a trigger that is typically only present for part of the year, such as spring or fall. Pollens that are spread by the wind are usually the main cause. People who are allergic to pollens are […]

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Pressure point for Allergies

March 28, 2016

The below information is from an Acutake.com newsletter about a useful pressure point you can massage on your foot if you suffer from allergies. “The most popular acupressure points for allergies are located on the face, but if you don’t feel like poking around up there, here’s one on your ankle. Spleen 5 is often […]

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Ten Tips for Happy Meals!

January 14, 2016

Eat like a prince or princess for breakfast, an emperor or empress for lunch, and a pauper for dinner. Avoid eating when angry or stressed, otherwise your energy will be diverted away from processing your meal. Prepare your food with love and eat consciously. Eat slowly and chew your food well! Don’t chill your Spleen […]

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Feed your brain, exercise your mind

December 1, 2015

According to Yian Gu, a Columbia University assistant professor of neuro-psychology, eating the right foods can postpone brain aging. A recent study showed that adults age 65 and older who ate at least five foods from a Mediterranean type diet (such as fish, vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes and olive oil) and consumed moderate amounts […]

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Brain Power

September 21, 2015

Want to boost your brain power? Then eat more leafy green vegetables.  Martha Clare Morris, director of nutrition at Rush University, reports that a 10-year study of more than 950 oder adults found that those who consumed just one or two serevings of leafy greens daily had the cognitive abilties of people a decade younger. […]

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Got Neck Pain? Eat Cherries!

July 15, 2015

Chinese medicine pays attention to the color, flavor, and thermal properties of foods, as well as how the foods are cooked or prepared. These factors determine how foods can be used as medicine to influence the physiological functions of the body’s organ systems, including the cardiovascular, digestive, respiratory, skeletal, and endocrine systems. Cherries, for example, are red, […]

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Spring Forest Qigong Summer 2015 Events

June 8, 2015

I teach Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) and recommend it to all my friends and patients as a simple yet profoundly powerful way to attain physical, emotional, and spiritual health. So whether you want to learn more or deepen your practice, I hope find the following three SFQ events of interest to you. 1. “Heart Sutra […]

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Anti-Inflammatory Foods

May 5, 2015

A balanced, varied diet can help ease the pain of arthritis by providing vitamins and minerals that keep your joints healthy. Avoiding “damp” foods, such as dairy products and greasy or spicy fare, also helps joints. Here are some healthy and delicious choices to include in your diet: Ginger – Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory. […]

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