Simple Health Acupuncture's Blog

In our blog we will discuss many wellness topics such as acupuncture, massage, yoga, herbal medicine, natural cosmetic treatments, pain management, mental health, lifestyle and healthy living. We hope you enjoy reading. 

Face it, problems with poop is never an easy subject to bring up, even to your healthcare provider. But good bowel movements are such an integral part of a healthy life, it should be the most natural thing in the world. If you are a silent sufferer of chronic constipation, diarrhea, or other bowel related issues, this article is for you!

Buying a pair of sneakers that will get you through your day and help minimize pain involves more than just picking a pair you like. You'll soon realize that the ideal sneaker has more to do with the shape of your foot than it does with the logo stitched on the side or how much you paid for them.

The craze for probiotics started a few years back. All of a sudden, they were everywhere--in our yogurt, in special fermented drinks and foods, and in neat little bottles of pills found in most grocery and drug stores. Recently, probiotics have even found their way into skincare and beauty products. But what do we really know about these neat little microbes?

Aches and pains, low energy, and chronic health conditions are a reality for many seniors today. However, growing old doesn’t have to mean growing ill or frail. By taking steps to improve their mental and physical health, aging adults can enjoy a dramatically higher quality of life during the senior years.

Swelling in the lower legs, also known as edema, is a very common condition that can affect many people. In the languid humidity and heat of summer, people who already suffer from edema may find their symptoms more aggravated. People who do not normally have edema may find that their legs, or even other limbs, start to experience some swelling.

In the last few years, CBD, or Cannabidiol, has been growing in popularity as an alternative treatment for pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. CBD is an active compound that is found in both the hemp plant as well as marijuana. Unlike its marijuana-derived cousin THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does not have any psychoactive effects, and does not make you high. Suddenly, it's not just marijuana users who are attracted to CBD, but a whole host of people seeking relief for many of their chronic issues. Even before the recent legalization of Marijuana in many states, CBD had become a movement in and of itself.

Dry needling is a technique where small solid needles which do not contain any medication (hence the term "dry") are inserted into the body at various points. The idea behind dry needling is that the small needles stimulate certain trigger points in the muscles, and help the muscles to relax.  For most Acupuncture practitioners and patients who get Acupuncture on a regular basis, the practice of dry needling sounds disturbingly familiar.

Chronic pain and inflammation can be a reality for those of us that suffer from an injury, autoimmune disorder, chronic illness/disease, or even an unhealthy lifestyle.  Suffering from a fractured neck injury, chronic pain has been something I’ve struggled with for over 15 years. Over time I realized that managing my pain starts with managing my diet. I had to learn what foods/supplements to add and which foods triggered inflammation.

 

Many plants that are commonly grown in American gardens are also “herbs” in the Chinese herbal medicine Materia Medica. I put herbs in parentheses because not all of the “herbs” are truly herbs, some of them are roots, seeds, nuts, animal products and minerals.

Omega class fatty acids are also known as "essential fatty acids." Why? Because while the body can produce most of the types of fats it needs for cellular function, there are a few that cannot be synthesized and must be obtained from the diet. Not getting enough of the Omegas can result in some pretty serious diseases, including decreased Liver and Kidney function, mood disorders, and disruption of your endocrine (hormonal) system.

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