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. 

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.

Shoulder pain is perhaps the most pervasive pain condition that I treat. In fact, it is so common that many people brush it off, or don't seek out real treatment thinking it's just a fact of life. I often hear patients saying, "that's just where I carry my stress." And true enough, what with driving, sitting in traffic, typing on the computer, using the mouse, or playing with our many electronic entertainment devices, this 21st century lifestyle can take its toll on our bodies. 

Many individuals experiencing symptoms of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) aren't aware that chiropractors can help manage these disorders. The TMJ is a synovial joint that connects your jawbone to your skull. Disorders of this joint can be caused by a number of factors such as whiplash injury, arthritis, genetics and clenching your teeth just to name a few. Some of the symptoms include pain in your jaw and the muscles that surround it, difficulty opening or closing the jaw. 

Most adults have suffered from a headache at least once in their lifetime.  They can make you irritable, tired, and sensitive to sound and light.  Migraine headaches on the other hand, can be very painful and last for days therefore medication is usually prescribed for treatment.  I had a friend who is a long time sufferer of migraines.  She was having a migraine episode at home with her kids. They were running around screaming and just being “kids.”  Her migraine had gotten so bad she ran into the dark bathroom, locked the door, and laid her head down on the cold floor. She knew she had a couple of minutes of peace before they found her.  If you have ever What are the differences between tension headaches and vascular (migraine) headaches?

Headaches are a relatively common complaint in the United States, with the majority of sufferers women. Both Western and Chinese medicine look at headaches as being the result of an imbalance in the body’s systems. Generally, allopathic medicine identifies the major culprits as: dehydration, high blood pressure, thyroid dysfunction, kidney problems, allergies, and even sleep disorders. Chinese medicine understands headaches as the result of external (weather, allergies, pathogens) or internal (organs and their respective meridian) factors impeding the flow of the channels. When there is a disruption of flow, diminished nutrients, or a blockage in a channel, headaches may result.

Eat Your Way to Better Health

It’s no secret that the typical American diet is not always healthy. Processed foods, unhealthy fats and meats, and refined sugar are everywhere, so they can be hard to avoid. Our waistlines are expanding, and incidences of chronic, preventable disease are rising. In fact, two-thirds of adults are overweight or obese. Most people know that a healthy diet and exercise can improve the number you see on the scale, but what you may not know is that a healthy diet can also heal your mind and body.

Introducing a good diet and exercise regimen can have an immediate impact on health. For example, controlling blood sugar levels by monitoring your sugar intake with the glycemic index can have major wellness benefits. The glycemic index measures how a food will affect blood sugar. Foods with a higher score on the index

As one of my teachers used to say "The body signs will never lie. People may lie, but you must trust in the tongue and pulse." The longer I am in practice, the more I realize the truth behind that statement. For example, I often have patients who come in complaining of all the signs and symptoms of anemia, or what we like to call in Chinese Medicine, Blood Deficiency. The patient may have fatigue, sensation of cold, hair loss, insomnia, and dizziness when standing up too quickly. Moreover, upon examination their tongue color would be pale, their pulse very thin, which are all defining characteristics of Blood Deficiency. But because their doctor has told them that their blood levels are within the clinical range of "normal," these patients have a hard time believing they are still blood deficient. 

Or on the other end of the spectrum, some patients keep going back to their doctors time and again because they feel indisputable symptoms. But the blood tests keep coming back negative for any anomalies, so their doctors dismiss the patient's concerns, leading many of these patients to seek alternative treatments. Case in point, a patient came to me because she was having uncontrollable weight gain (over 20 lb within 3-4 months). At the doctor's advice, she had tried dieting, exercising, taking supplements, and after months of severe 1200 calorie, no carb, very low-fat dieting, and months of exercising regularly, she was still only able to maintain but not lose the weight she had gained. Since blood tests for her thyroid levels showed normal, doctors passed it off as a side effect of being in peri-menopause. After examining this patient, I found her to have a very sluggish, low-energy pulse, a purple colored tongue with teethmarked edges, and along with reported symptoms of constipation, brain fog, poor memory, fatigue, and dryness of the skin and hair, she clearly had issues with insufficient thyroid function, no matter what the blood test said.