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. 

Want to get in those 10,000 steps a day, but your knees don't want to oblige? Do you often exercise, but find that with age and time, your knees don't seem to want to keep up with you? Well, you may have a syndrome called "Runner's Knee." Characterized by pain, soreness, loss of range of motion, swelling in and around the joint, and overall discomfort, Runner's Knee is actually a slight misnomer, because it can happen to just about anyone.

 

Texting has become a way of life for majority of the population and with it seem to come headaches, neck and shoulder pain. Text neck syndrome is the term coined to describe the symptoms associated with being in a hunched over, head flexed position frequently and for too long. If you're like most Americans, you're probably guilty of spending too much time on your phone, tablet or laptop. The over use of these devices influences our posture since we are typically hunched over which causes an increase of stress on the neck and surrounding musculature.

 

Lifestyle and diet are major players in cold and flu prevention. It is all too easy to get into poor habits and stay up too late or choose a less nutritious meal, but these choices can take a hefty hit on your immune system. A healthy lifestyle begets a healthy body. If you are getting adequate sleep, exercise, daily sunlight and eating a healthy diet, you are off to a great start for cold and flu prevention. Hand washing is another no-brainer. Refraining from touching your face and not smoking are other ways to help improve your resistance. A less obvious preventative tip comes from Chinese wisdom, wearing a scarf!

What exactly does it mean to detox? Simply put, when you detox, you go through a series of changes in your life in order to cleanse your body of toxins. A detox regimen can be a simple as adding some lemon juice to your daily water, to as complex as a detailed meal plan with many dietary restrictions and lifestyle changes. Detoxing has become increasingly popular in our culture, but don't discount it as being just a fad. Detoxing can be vital to living a healthy lifestyle. We all accumulate toxins, and here's why. 

Why We Accumulate Toxins

Toxicity doesn't always come from taking drugs, though that is one sure way of doing so. Here are a few examples of why, even when we think we are living relatively healthy lives, toxins still accumulate. 

Vitamin D deficiency has become big news in recent years as it was found that many people are deficient, and that the vitamin is for far more than just bone health and preventing rickets and osteoporosis. Vitamin D, a fat soluble vitamin, is essential for bone health. The body needs vitamin D to absorb calcium, therefore one must have sufficient vitamin D for strong bones, preventing rickets, osteopenia and osteoporosis, and periodontal disease. Low blood levels of vitamin D have been associated with other diseases, such as cancer, respiratory illnesses, severe asthma, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, autism, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, type II diabetes, anemia and even preeclampsia. 

Fibromyalgia is a widely misunderstood condition that causes widespread pain and fatigue.  In people with fibromyalgia, the brain and spinal cord processes pain signals differently.  As a result, they react more strongly to touch and pressure and with heightened sensitivity to pain. 

One of the biggest misconceptions about fibromyalgia is that it isn’t  a real medical problem or that it is “all in your head.”  Unfortunately we live in a society where people think there is a cure or fix for every medical problem.  We go to the doctor and expect he/she to fix the problem with medication or surgery.  But fibromyalgia is one of those conditions that doctors are  still perplexed by. There are questions such as how does one get fibromyalgia and why is it more common in women? These are just a few questions that are still unanswered today. 

We live in a health conscious world. And indeed, it is people who are most aware and concerned about their health that often end up seeking medical interventions. But is medical intervention always the best thing? Modern medicine has come up with many different solutions, even cures, for maladies that may once have been detrimental. But is medicine really the answer to health and longevity?  Ask yourself a philosophical question: should mankind really develop cures to everything

Lets take your annual check-up for example. While benchmarks in blood test values come from a general portion of  the population, there are many individual differences in people for which benchmarks do not account. Take Cholesterol for example, a well-known substance  that is feared and abhorred by most consumers. Many people after 50 are already on some kind of cholesterol lowering drug, like Lipitor (Atorvastatin). While drugs may be able to lower cholesterol. it does not mean that it it beneficial for everyone to take them. 

An irregular menstrual cycle indicates that something is amiss. Whether the cycle is too short, too long, very heavy, very light, absent, with spotting mid-cycle, painful, or any other deviation from a “normal” menstrual cycle, there is a dysfunction of the channels that control the menstrual cycle. When there are problems with the menstrual cycle, fertility may also be compromised, as the channels that control menstruation also play important roles in conception and pregnancy.

What is a “normal” menstrual cycle? A normal menstrual cycle is 26 to 30 days, with 3-7 days of bleeding, without PMS, with little to no pain, with total blood loss of between 30 and 90 mL of fresh, red, unclotted blood.

Does Your Diet Affect Your Mood?

Sometimes happiness feels like an elusive emotion. You may think that you’re doing everything you can to improve your mood, but that’s not always the case. Pursuing hobbies, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep are important behaviors, but there’s another major factor that affects your mood: Dietary habits. Read on to get the scoop on how your nutritional choices affect your mood so you can make smart choices during mealtimes.

Summer and Late Summer are two distinct seasons in Chinese medicine theory. Summer corresponds to the Fire element, the emotion of joy, and the organs of the Heart, Pericardium, Small Intestine and Triple Burner; while Late Summer corresponds to the Earth element, the emotion of worry or pensiveness, and the organs of the Spleen and Stomach. Summer is the time at which Yang is at it’s peak. The days are the longest, it is bright and hot, with lots of activity. The fiery nature of the summer creates susceptibility to heat conditions. Late summer, or Harvest season, which occurs in August and through most of September (until the autumn equinox), are often especially hot and damp, and the earthy nature of late summer creates susceptibility to hot and damp conditions.

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