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. 

 

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.

By 2030 the number of people who are 65 and older will constitute 19% of the US population. This population experiences common geriatric conditions which can be treated and managed with chiropractic care. Unfortunately there are many seniors who are unaware of the many benefits. Chiropractic utilizes a hands on approach working primarily on the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems to help encourage the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The goal is to help preserve and restore optimal health.

You have heard your friends and acquaintances tell you how much acupuncture has improved their quality of life, and they urge you to try it, but you just can’t get past the needles. Have no fear, there is a way to get around the needles.

If you are needle shy, or needle sensitive, you can still receive the benefits of acupuncture with other handy tools that your acupuncturist may have for people just like you. In my practice I have cold lasers, tuning forks, and a handheld TENS point locator, all which can be used to stimulate acupuncture points and provide needleless treatment. For children I used Shonishin tools which are small metal tools that are used to scratch or tap a child’s skin over acupuncture pathways, without inserting needles into the skin.

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