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 Liver and the Gallbladder are the organs of spring. These wood-natured organs are vital for many functions, including metabolism and detox. Stress, an unhealthful diet, and a sedentary, or excessive lifestyle all contribute to stagnation of Liver Qi and other imbalances that challenge our health and impede our quality of life. Read on to see what the heck I am talking about!

Chinese medicine theory looks at the human body as a microcosm of nature. All of our organs are ascribed to one of the five qualities of nature: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. Each element has two organs paired with it, a Yin organ and a Yang organ. The Liver (Yin) and the Gallbladder (Yang) are represented by the wood element, which has the characteristics of growth, vitality, support and planning. The Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of Qi, blood, and emotions, through the body. The Qi of the wood element, and that of the Liver and the Gallbladder, flourishes in the spring. During the spring, it is important to work with the nature of the Liver and the Gallbladder and to eat and live to support these organs.

Spring is a time of birth, of new life, and of beginnings. After this past rainy season, there has been such an explosive growth of plant life all around us that many people, myself included, are now suffering the beginnings of hay fever. If you have never had allergies, count yourself lucky! Because the symptoms of seasonal (or sometimes not-so-seasonal) allergies can play a huge part in decreasing one's quality of life. 

Hay fever may have symptoms that start like the beginnings of a cold--runny nose, sneezing, congestion, and sinus pressure, but unlike a cold, there seems to be no end in sight. Most people who have seasonal allergies end up turning to antihistamines and steroidal nasal sprays for relief. But sometimes, what's supposed to be a temporary remedy ends up being needed on a daily basis because symptoms keep coming back. A simple google search will tell you that chronic use of antihistamines can lead to side effects from dryness of the nose, mouth, and throat to audio-visual disturbances, and sometimes even chronic gastrointestinal problems. And chronic steroid use is even scarier, with side effects ranging from weight gain to increased chance for infection to high blood pressure and even excessive bleeding from the mucus membranes. 

If you are to believe what many magazine and online articles say, isn't sex supposed to get better with age? From a clinical point of view, I must say that I hear a lot of complaints from women during and post menopause which given evidence to the contrary.

Menopause is one of those elusive and frustrating disorders that can send even the most prepared and educated of women into bouts of self doubt and anxiety. There are the obvious symptoms that everyone knows--hot flashes, night sweating, discontinuation of your monthly flow--but what about all the symptoms they don't tell you? What about the inexplicable sudden weight gain around the middle, or the sometimes

Since we are in the month of February, with Valentine’s Day coming up and with lots of love shared and spread, I’m here to talk to you guys today about the relationship between exercise and sex drive and the many effects on both men and women. As much as men and women like to be different you won’t believe the same things that men and women might share in these two areas.

As Valentine’s Day approaches, many are upping the ante for romance on this celebrated day of love. For many, romance extends beyond flowers and chocolates, to aphrodisiac culinary experiences and new lingerie. To celebrate this “day of love” we will talk about how yoga can play a role in improving and maintaining sexual health.

Yoga can contribute to sexual health in many ways, including sexual function, performance and satisfaction.

Yoga lowers stress. Reduced stress increases relaxation and therefore sex drive, as the parasympathetic nervous system (which is what is working when you are in a relaxed state) is responsible for sexual arousal. Less stress also improves sexual performance. When relaxed, a person is better able to live in the moment and better connect with a lover for a more bonding and pleasurable experience.

Microneedling, or Dermarolling

More and more, people are starting to find out about how acupuncture can be used for cosmetic, anti-aging, and facial rejuvenation purposes. But here's a procedure that may complement and even enhance facial acupuncture results--Microneedling! 

Microneedling, or Dermarolling involves the use of a small tool that has a cylindrical head containing hundreds of tiny Titanium needles. The roller tool can be used on the face or the body to help with the reduction of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and can even help to improve the texture of stretch-marked skin.  Sounds too good to be true? Well lets examine the ins and outs of this procedure. 

How does Microneedling work?

Happy New Year everyone, a new year and a new beginning is upon us. For many of us this is the chance for a clean slate and fresh start to many things. I know for me, I like New Year’s Resolutions, it gives me a sense of relief just knowing that I can have a fresh start with a lot of past or new goals. Some of us might think this is silly and pointless because when we start to press on throughout the year, we tend to loose those goals and the motivation for achieving it. Have any of you ever heard the saying, “Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to the person you were yesterday”, this quote is very meaningfully to me and encourage everyone this year to think about this quote when you feel like you’re losing your motivation. 

Acupuncture is a brilliant and beautiful system that addresses the entire system and can bring about remarkable change. Many know that acupuncture is helpful for treating pain, but I want to share with you some uses of acupuncture that you might find interesting. 

1. Menstruation and PMS

Many women do not realize that PMS is not “normal” because it is so common. Pre-menstrual syndrome is pathological. When our bodies are in harmony there are no PMS symptoms.Most PMS symptoms are due to Liver imbalance, which is common due to modern lifestyle, including excessive consumption of stimulants, imbalanced diet, prolonged use of oral contraceptives and poor stress management. Acupuncture can help ease PMS symptoms and bring your body back into harmony. Acupuncture is also helpful for regulating menstruation otherwise, such as treating lack of menstruation, too frequent, heavy, irregular, painful, or prolonged menstruation. I have personal experience with this, as treatment of amenorrhea with acupuncture is what first wowed me into the study of Chinese medicine. Acupuncture and herbal medicine resolved first my amenorrhea, and secondly my PMS.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I found out that one of our oldest family friends developed cancer. It's never something you expect to hear, especially around the holidays. Our family friend is also an acupuncturist, a great one. In fact, she supported me as a role model in my personal journey to become a Chinese Medicine practitioner. She's also always been one of the most health-conscious people I knew. So to hear that she's developed cancer--something that even the magic of Chinese Medicine and a lifetime of healthy habits could not prevent, was shocking to me. This just goes to show that anything can happen in life. And now more than ever, I feel so grateful that she is able to access the life-saving treatments that she needs. 

As an acupuncturist and herbalist, with a sister who is a naturopathic doctor, I tend to take a holistic approach to life, and that includes mothering. While I am still quite a new mother, and will have many more experiences to learn from, some natural approaches to mothering that I use include herbs, homeopathy, essential oils, supplements, acupuncture/acupressure, chiropractic, nutrition, and nature. 

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