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. 

Our feet are our foundation of our body.  Whether you are a runner or stand on your feet all day, you know how important healthy feet are.  Many massage clients of mine suffer from a condition called Plantar fasciitis. It’s incredibly painful and they often ask me if Massage can help.  There are many benefits to a foot massage along with other treatments and it’s important to know why and where the pain is coming from.

 

Acupuncture is a wonderful way to naturally promote fertility without side effects. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are beneficial for women’s health issues such as reducing pain and premenstrual syndromes associated with menstruation, regulating the cycle and balancing hormones, and reducing or resolving reproductive health issues.

The older I get, the faster the passage of time seems to happen. Wasn't it just last week that it was January of 2017? I remember being a child, and thinking of the two long months of summer vacation, and whatever was I to do with the time. Nowadays, two months seem to go by in the blink of an eye!

 

A new year is upon us which means it's a great time to try something new. If you've never given running a try perhaps this article will convince you to at least give it a try. Don't be intimidated or think you can't do it because you're just not a runner. Most “runners” at some point felt the same way you did and despite what you may think, they weren't born runners. I started running while in college because the class fulfilled a graduation requirement and I figured it would be a good way to lose a few pounds. When I first started I couldn't run a mile. I've since completed a marathon, four half marathons and countless 5K and 10K's. Little did I know at the time that there were so many great reasons to run besides losing a few pounds. Here are 10 reasons why this new year you should give running a try.

Yoga is at the top of my list for ways to get out of pain, and more importantly, stay out of pain. It is the end of a long and busy day and I have been sacrificing my posture and trying not to hunch over while I treat patients with acupuncture, give massage, work at the computer, wash dishes, and carry my thirty pound child on my left hip. My mid and upper back are killing me. Going to bed in pain is the last thing that I want to do. My quick fix is ten minutes of yoga. I would love to practice for an hour or more, but if time and my child does not permit it, ten minutes is all I need to feel an incredible difference in the way my body feels.

 

Tis the season of pecan pie, Christmas pudding, and cookies galore! But if you're on a low carb diet, or simply just trying to cut back, holiday parties can be difficult to navigate. Worse still, if you struggle with blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar balance issues, regular desserts can literally kill! 

Having a injury is bad enough, but what if it creeps back into your body years later?  Whether it’s a old C-section scar that’s itchy and sensitive, a sprained ankle, or even chronic neck pain from a car accident years back, your body could be telling you it needs attention.

When we have a injury, surgery, or repetitive motion, our body develops scar tissue to repair the damage.  Scar tissue (adhesions) is dead fibrotic tissue that forms mostly in muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and joints.  Scar tissue can adhere to muscle fibers, preventing them from sliding back and forth properly.  

Moxibustion - what is it and why is it done?

When I was still studying Chinese medicine, and practiced using moxa on my mother, she said, “Don’t do this the first time you see someone, it is too weird.” I generally follow this rule. When people try acupuncture, they are expecting to receive acupuncture, but usually not expecting other Chinese medicine practices. Having plant matter burned over your skin may seem a bit strange. While many Acupuncturists and East Asian medicine practitioners use it in their practices, many do not. I use it in my practice, almost every day. Because it is little understood, let’s discuss what exactly it is, and its purpose.

We've all had that feeling--it's Friday morning, the turkey's been demolished, the mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and pies, oh the glorious pies, are now sitting heavy in your tummy, weighing you down. But buck up! Don't let the tryptophan get you down! Here are some tips on how to recover from all that holiday overindulgence.

Thanksgiving is a time when family and friends gather to enjoy a nice dinner and reflect on all that they have to be thankful for. Although we shouldn't wait until then to be reminded of all that we have, it is a great time to enjoy a day surrounded by those closest and dearest to you. For me personally, this is one of my favorite times of the year. My family lives in Northern California which means I don't get to see them as often as I'd like and even when I do it's usually just my immediate family. However, for Thanksgiving I typically get to see all of my family which includes about 40 relatives, all gathered at my mother's or my grandmother's home. You would think after living away from my family for over 18 years I would be use to not seeing them as often but the truth of the matter is, I don't think I'll ever get use to it. My family has been my biggest supporters and I would not be in the position I am today if it wasn't for their unconditional support and love. I am blessed and happy to have amazing friends here who are like family in addition to my patients who after 9 years in practice have also become family.

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