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. 

I have now been pregnant for 38 weeks. In these 38 weeks, I have fallen sick with the common cold on three separate occasions, and nearly twice more. With a weakened immune system from growing a new human in my body, I had the opportunity to experiment with different remedies. My usual go to remedies for colds and flus include vitamin C and D, elderberry syrup, eating raw garlic and washing it down with apple juice, and miso soup made with chicken broth and garnished with green onions. When taking these at the first sign of feeling a cold coming on, for me, a tickle in the throat and feeling run down, I can usually prevent or greatly reduce the severity and shorten the duration of being sick.

During my pregnancy (this is my first) I became

Flu season—it’s a funny term that comes around whenever people start getting sick. But in actuality, “flu season” never ends. From my observations of my clients, myself, and my friends and family, people tend to suffer from various colds, congestion, and sore throats at least one time at some point in the year. 

As a massage therapist, I learn new and different things every day of how massage therapy and other natural medicines can be beneficial for our health. So how can we use natural medicine to take care of our bodies against the invasion of cold and flu pathogens, versus consuming different medications? 

I've been on a raw food kick recently. Not just because I needed to lose weight, not just because, vanity aside, my blood tests had come back a few months ago with some less than stellar numbers, and not just because I felt toxic, swollen, and weak from putting foods inside my body that I knew better than to eat; I started the raw food journey because I needed to start living by my own rules

I always fear flu season, because as a health care professional, I am exposed to many people everyday. And invariably, no matter how many preventative measures I took, (Chinese herbs, megadoses of Vitamin C, Ginger, Garlic, etc.) I would always be affected in one way or another. 

In the last couple of months, since I've started to eat better (a mostly fresh/raw food diet), I noticed that I haven't come down with anything, even a sore throat or a runny nose, and there have been plenty of opportunities (a particularly nasty bout of stomach flu that made its way around, plane travel, weather changes, even very close contact with very sick friends) I can only attribute this to the higher amounts of vitamins,

Moxibustion is a heat therapy under Traditional Chinese Medicine by burning dried moxa which is Chinese mugwort (Artemisia argyi).

Moxibustion evolved thousands of years ago in early northern China. It is part of traditional Chinese medical practices, and came about near the same time as acupuncture. In northern China, where there are cold, mountainous regions, heating the body through moxibustion on the acupuncture points was thought to help prevent illness and promote healing. 

Moxa can be rolled into balls, shaped into cones, or purchased commercially in tiny or long rolled sticks. The balls and cones can be burned directly on the skin, or indirectly on a medium in between the Moxa and the skin. Small balls can also be used on the end of acupuncture needles, which is also known as the Warm Needle Technique. 

The leaves of the moxa plant are considered to have bitter, pungent and warm properties and to be associated with the liver, spleen and kidney meridians.The leaves are used as

East Asian Medicine is most commonly associated with acupuncture in the US, although it is only one of the many modalities used to treat conditions; others include herbal medicine, tui na, moxibustion, qi gong/tai qi, nutritional counseling, and cupping (baguan). In the West, gua sha may be one of the lesser known and more misunderstood modalities of East Asian Medicine, however can be a very beneficial therapy.

Gua Sha is a healing technique sometimes called scraping, coining or spooning. An instrument (often a spoon, cap, or instrument specifically designed for gua sha) is stroked unidirectionally on the skin, with the use of a lubricant (often oil). Similarly to cupping, gua sha leaves subcutaneous blemishing, which is often mistaken for bruising. However, these marks are not bruises, as the capillaries are not ruptured, and the marks fade much more quickly, often without the tenderness associated with a bruise. The marks can last for several days, but usually fade away more quickly. Gua sha is indicated for internal blood stasis and pain, often a diagnosis associated with trauma,

Cupping -- it's something that's been brought to the limelight by Hollywood celebrities. It's not uncommon to see photos of bare-backed Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Anniston, or Kim Kardashian strutting large round bruises on and off the red carpet. So what exactly is cupping? And why has it become the latest health trend? 

Cupping is a very old method of healing that's been practiced by many cultures. The Asian, Middle Eastern, Eastern European, and even some South American cultures all have varying forms of cupping. Basically, cupping is a technique that involves the placement of suction cups (hence the term cupping) on different areas of the body. Traditionally, the suction is achieved by placing a flame briefly inside of a glass or bamboo cup, then quickly placing that cup onto the body. The vacuum

If you ask most women who have children whether or not they had low back pain during their pregnancy, most likely it would be a resounding yes.  It’s so common that it may seem like low back pain, along with nausea, hand numbness, and swollen feet are a natural part of pregnancy.  It’s been estimated that about 50 – 80% of pregnant women will suffer from low back pain during their pregnancy. The low back pain may be significant enough to affect the women’s daily activities.  A research study was published on April 1, 2014, in the Chiropractic & Manual Therapies scientific periodical, and compiled at the Department of Chiropractic Medicine, Orthopedic University Hospital Balgrist, University of Zurich, in Zurich, Switzerland showed that chiropractic was able to help pregnant woman with low back pain...

Electro Magnetic Radiation - EMR - is all around us. It comes from our sun. It comes from the bulbs that light up our world, the screens from the monitors, tablets, and phones we use, and even floats around us, invisible, transmitting into televisions and radios. For years, people have been worried about the effects of EMR on human health, especially the doses we voluntarily receive from the multitude of electronic devices that nowadays, we simply cannot seem to live without. 

As far back as 1980, before cell phones and personal computers became so prevalent, there were already links being drawn between EMR from various sources to a reduction in male fertility. Over...

Many American women suffer from menstrual issues. Often the major complaints are premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and pain. These complaints are so common that we often mistake these issues as being normal. Menstruation should not be preceded by PMS.  It should be painless, and should not be followed by any post-menstrual symptoms.

In Chinese medicine, menstrual  complaints are considered abnormal.  Normal menstruation should be painless, a fresh color (neither pale nor dark), unclotted, with few, if any, signs or symptoms before and after. Women with menstrual issues are not in balance. Often blockages, congestion, or vacuity patterns need to be addressed. While these...

March is National Sleep Awareness month. In recognition of sleep awareness month, let’s discuss how sleep is understood in Chinese medicine. In Chinese medicine, normal and quality sleep is the result of the harmony between yin and yang in the body and spirit activity (shen). Yang energy governs awakening and yin energy governs sleeping. Yin and yang are dualities that form a whole. For example, yang is movement, day, “the sunny side,” while yin is stillness, night, “the shady side.” When yin and yang are in balance in our internal environment, we have healthy, normal sleep. When one suffers from insomnia, yang is not interacting with yin, the internal balance is disturbed and