Did you know acupuncture has been shown to significantly reduce back pain in clinical trials? Due to the accumulating evidence for its effectiveness, acupuncture is included in many clinical guidelines for the treatment of low back pain. Not surprisingly, as an acupuncturist, not a day goes by that I don’t treat low back pain, whether it is due to an injury, pregnancy, or a sedentary lifestyle. Here are 5 recommendations that I make to all my patients regardless of the etiology of their back pain.
In today's maddeningly chaotic world, it can be a challenge to even provide your kids with the basic necessities while maintaining your sanity. When it comes to the influences of various industries, including the pharmaceutical and food industries, it can be difficult to decipher the truth from the deceit. Here are a few practices to help you make more informed choices to nurture the health, growth and development of your kids:
Stressed? You’re not alone. Many of us are spending our days high on cortisol, the primary stress hormone. High levels of cortisol in the bloodstream interfere with the proper functioning of our other hormones which help regulate appetite, sleep, sex drive, energy, and mental clarity, among other functions. Cortisol is not the enemy, it is a vital hormone in our physiology. A surge of cortisol, triggered by the sympathetic nervous system, enables us to flee or fight an impending threat. It stimulates the body to make energy readily available to use for this function. Ideally, in the absence of a threat, we should revert to our “rest and digest” functions of the parasympathetic nervous system. However, many of us are stuck in sympathetic dominance, stimulating the continuous and unremitting deluge of cortisol.
You just had a baby! Congratulations and bravo on accomplishing one of the most incredible feats of the human body. So now you are home with a new baby and new responsibilities, navigating new challenges on almost no sleep or sustenance. Stressed yet? Feeling exhausted, irritable, down? Experiencing new symptoms you’d never had before getting pregnant?
From the first trimester through the 4th, the female body undergoes many physiological changes, which can throw hormones out of balance. The symptoms listed above are more than just sleep deprivation despite what your well-meaning friends and family may say. They are signs of hormone imbalance and they are messages from your body requesting assistance to reset and restore balance.
Castor Oil Packs are a great tool to help naturally promote reproductive health. I recommend them for a variety of gynecological conditions including fertility, endometriosis, menstrual cramps, fibroids, hormone balance. Find out how and when to use them to get pregnant faster, ease menstrual cramps, and detox stress.
It’s common for women to come to me as a last resort. I often hear, “I’ve tried everything and I’m not losing weight,” or “I’m still feeling exhausted and miserable.” Sometimes all it takes is a new perspective to jumpstart the transformation process. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine sees health and physiology through a different lens and through that lens new treatment strategies can offer hope to women whose progress has stalled or plateaued with conventional advice.
Cramps, mood swings, bloating, fatigue, forgetfulness… Your monthly cycle is a natural and beneficial process, PMS is not! Premenstrual symptoms are signs of imbalances and when the body is functioning optimally your period should come and go without a single cramp or rage-filled outburst. Each symptom can indicate a number of imbalances. Learn why you’re experiencing your symptoms and what you can do to eliminate them.
I know that title sounds dramatic, but simple daily habits like drinking a cup of hot water with lemon each morning can really change the way we think and feel. Usually I’m a firm believer in the mantra “there are no shortcuts to health,” but this little trick may be one of the simplest and easiest life hacks with significant health benefits. With this daily habit there’s really no excuse for “no time.” It’s as simple as filling your cup with hot water and tossing in a slice of lemon. And for that little effort each day you can expect a variety of improvements in your health.