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. 

In the beginning of May, I started weight loss acupuncture with Julia, our resident acupuncturist. For 2 years now I have been on a journey with weight loss and eating healthier. While on my weight loss journey, I learned that diets are really more guidelines, and we should adjust our diet and exercise habits according to our daily activities and occupation. For example, when you have a labor driven lifestyle, you should not just be eating salad and drinking water, neither should you just be eating sweets and sugars with no exercise. Having a busy schedule or a labor driven occupation, your diet should have enough protein and nutrition to get you through the day, so that you are not tired and have enough energy. Too much of anything in your body can be damaging, so why wouldn’t lack of protein and nutrition be just as lethal to our bodies.  

When Julia asked me to try the weight loss acupuncture, I asked myself, “Why not give it a try?”. I did a little research of my own just to educate myself on what I was getting myself into. During my weight loss acupuncture sessions, needles were inserted in proper acupuncture points on both of my ears. There are more than 130 acupuncture points on the ear, so what Julia would do is place several needles on each ear that are part of her weight loss protocol, and leave it in for 15 minutes. Afterwards...

Type II diabetes is common. Likely you know at least one person who has diabetes. Type II diabetes continues to increase at the same rate as obesity since the 1960s. While type II diabetes (diabetes mellitus), also known as insulin resistance diabetes, is caused from a combination of genetics and lifestyle, the marked increase in this disease in the past 50 years is no doubt due to the prevalence of diets that are high in sugars, simple carbohydrates, processed foods and lifestyles that are sedentary and stress-filled. The main objectives in treating diabetes is getting weight and blood sugar under control.

Diabetes Mellitus is often a silent medical condition, initially without obvious symptoms, that causes glucose levels to build up in the bloodstream because the blood sugar is so high that there is not enough insulin (a hormone produced in the pancreas) to move all the sugar into the cells, where it is then used for energy. Prolonged and continuous high blood glucose eventually causes the pancreatic insulin producing cells to “burn out.” Because glucose is not moved into the cells to be used for energy, the body uses energy from other sources, such as muscles, tissues and organs, which causes many...

Infant Massage Long Beach

Infant massage is not only a great way to bond with your baby but also has many benefits. Many people do not know that you can be the one that gives your baby a massage, but like many things, there are precautions to be taken.

There have been many different research studies on infant massage and some still in progress. Even with infant massage still under study, we do know the benefits of massage therapy itself. For example:

  • Increase in blood circulation
  • Aides headaches, insomnia, strains and joint pain
  • Relieves stress and anxiety, digestive disorders, and sore muscles
  • Injuries
What's on your dinner table?

I ask patients about their diets everyday, because what we put into our bodies is what we can expect from our bodies. I recently said something to a patient which she thought really resonated, I said, "if you don't love your body, how can you expect it to love you back?" And really, we have a relationship with our bodies just as we have relationships with the people in our lives. You can't mistreat someone repeatedly over time and expect them to still unconditionally give back and love you. The most common response when I ask about a patient's diet is, "I eat pretty healthy." But what does that really mean? Could your "pretty healthy" diet really be contributing to many of your health conditions? 

The efficacy of mind-body medicine continues to be validated by science (4). The Center for Mind-Body Medicine states that “mind-body medicine focuses on the interactions between mind and body and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social and spiritual factors can directly affect health.” Mind-body medicine techniques include: meditation, biofeedback,  conscious breathwork, movement (yoga, ecstatic dance), drawing, coloring and journaling to express feelings, mindful eating, and guided imagery. 

Mind-body medicine works by reducing and helping to prevent stress. Most of the illnesses that we develop are related to chronic stress. It is of utmost importance for our physical health and mental-emotional well being that we develop stress-management practices that we enjoy and look forward to daily. Examples of home mind-body practices include: meditation, mindful eating, yoga, dance, drawing, coloring, journaling. Other mind-body medicine that we can seek further assistance with stress-relief and healing from trained professionals include: biofeedback, acupuncture, and massage. 

Who doesn’t love sugar? But something that you may not know is that sugar is one of the most natural things you can put on your body as a beautifying agent. When I attended college for massage therapy, I remember them telling me, “You don’t want to put anything on your body that you could not eat if you had to.” Till this day this has stuck with me. Sugar is one of many natural body treatments. 

Sugar is extremely versatile, and may be used as a beauty product in many different ways, including excess hair removal, exfoliation, and moisturization. One of the most common sugar beauty products is a sugar scrub. A sugar scrub is a body treatment that is designed to exfoliate the skin, removing the outermost layer of dead skin cells. Exfoliating the dead skin cells leaves your skin soft and smooth. The sugar scrub is in fact the gentlest type of body scrub, but not the only one capable of great skin benefits. Other common body treatment scrubs that people love to use include; sea salt, coffee grounds, rice bran, and oatmeal. 

In my practice I see many patients for female disorders such as menstrual irregularity, endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS, and fertility issues. The most important thing we need to regulate for female health is the menstrual cycle. And part of the menstrual cycle that sometimes seems so elusive or confusing is when and how ovulation occurs. Understanding ovulation is important, especially during your reproductive years. Today I’m pleased to have a guest post from Philip Druce, founder of OvulationCalculator.com, where he explains in more detail about the basics of ovulation. 

-Julia Wu, LAc.


 

Most women have a basic knowledge of this important reproductive process, but they are missing facts about ovulation that could possibly help them conceive. Ovulation signals a woman's fertile window, and it is a short window, so these are important facts for anyone who wants to conceive.

One of my favorite chefs, Chef Jamie Oliver, has a great food philosophy. He says food is one of the greatest joys in life, and to celebrate that, we should always enjoy what we eat, but in a balanced and healthy way. We are in a culture surrounded by the latest trends in diets, cleanses, and the quickest paths to lose the most weight. This often means depriving ourselves, or slurping down pints of green sludge with some protein powder. So how can we achieve balance and health, and at the same time be able to enjoy the food that we eat? 

Balancing vs. Dieting

I don't know about you, but I personally have tried too many different diets to count. I hear this from patients all the time, that after all the dieting, at some point, not only is it not helping weight loss, they stopped enjoying cooking or eating, Don't let the intent behind the diet--to lose weight-- weigh you down! Don't let emotions like guilt, shame, and boredom take over the joy of food. We should all stop dieting, and start balancing. 

This is the good part, the part where I'm going to share with you the secret to healthy eating---are you ready? 

Heat Therapy, or thermotherapy, is used in both Eastern and Western medicine to relieve pain and stiffness, decrease muscle spasms and increase blood flow for repair of tissues. While heat is an important therapy in both systems, it is of utmost importance in Chinese medicine. Cold/ice therapy, or cryotherapy, is generally not used in Chinese medicine. My teachers used to say, “ice is for dead people.” Heat, on the other hand, is used frequently in treatment, and stressed on a daily basis.

In an acupuncture treatment, depending upon the patient’s constitution and the problem being addressed, a number of heat therapies may be used, including moxabustion, tdp lamp (far infrared), infrared, heating packs, and fire cupping. Moxabustion is the combustion of dried mugwort that is used to warm points on the body. Moxa can be found in a number of forms and is used to treat a variety of complaints that can be eased with this heat therapy. TDP lamps are often used in addition to, or to replace moxa. TDP lamps treat a patient using far infrared emissions, which increases microcirculation and loosens fascia. A TDP lamp’s mineral plate is a unique component of this far-infrared heat therapy, as it deeply penetrates into the fascia and heats up to about 870 degrees Fahrenheit. Infrared lamps are...

Why should we keep moving? That is a question that I am often asked by my clients. We are all aware of the aches and pains that we feel throughout the day from everyday activities. Thanks to the positive effects of simple movement, it allows us to getting through each week and day with pliability.

In today’s age, a common duty we share is working at a desk or in a similar position for many hours. On an estimated average we sit for about 15 out of 24 hours of the day! This leads to problems such as low back stiffness, pain and neck issues. Because many of us are hard working people, we tend to push through it, put it off for attention later, and even become numb to it. But we have to appreciate ourselves a little more than that and take notice. It’s important that we stretch every couple of hours during the day to provide less stress on our neck and back. A great deal of inactivity can lead to serious long term problems such as physiological changes in the body. For example; elevated shoulders, hunched backs, carpal tunnel, and chronic back issues may all be a result of prolonged sitting with little activity. Sitting in front of a computer for hours a day can not only damage your body, but it is also damaging to our eyes, sitting often alters how your body deals with fats which lead to weight gain.

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