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. 

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. 

As you may or may not know,  April is Autism Awareness month. What you may also not know is that chiropractic care can help children and adults with autism in a variety of ways. The use of complimentary and alternative treatments is common among individuals with autism. In 2014 the CDC estimated that one in every 68 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This disorder, is a lifelong developmental disability. Individuals with ASD are affected in different ways, but all have trouble with social interaction, communication and imagination. These symptoms hurt the individuals ability to function socially. Also commonly affected are the immune and gastrointestinal system which are closely connected to the central nervous system.

Since every cell and organ in the body is controlled by nervous system, chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated by restoring proper balance and alignment to the spinal system by removing interference in the body. When misalignment’s are present, they can interfere with this system and cause loss of integrity.  Chiropractic treatment can benefit individuals with ASD by helping improve joint mobility, range of motion Although there is no known cure, many parents report improvement In their child's movement, sensory stimulus, gastrointestinal and immune system with a consistent chiropractic treatment plan which usually includes adjustments and nutritional advice and supplementation.

Every year an increasing number of children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In 2010 it was estimated that 1-2 people per 1,000 had an autism spectrum disorder worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention most recent analysis estimates that in the United States, 1 in 68 children have an ASD. As more children, parents, caregivers and teachers are faced with the potential hurdles of living life along the spectrum, many are asking, how can acupuncture and Chinese medicine help?

Autism spectrum disorders are a group of complex neurodevelopmental disorders, characterized by difficulties with social interaction, challenges with language and non-verbal communication, repetitive behaviors, and often unique strengths in other areas. Autism and other spectrum disorders are believed to be caused both by genetic and environmental factors. The more obvious signs of the disorder are usually noticed between the ages of two and three, at which time normal development in the areas of difficulty has typically occurred. 

Spring is around the corner and you might discover that you're not feeling as healthy as you should. You may be battling day to day stress, fighting the cold and flu season, or maybe your diet and exercise routines aren’t as productive as you would like. You may realize that you need to detox your body. Unfortunately when we hear the word detox it is accompanied by a long frustrating sigh. We tend to have images in our mind such as fasting, endless supplements, detox water, or smoothies, and quite frankly it's overwhelming. I completely understand the frustration, and as a massage therapist, the question of detoxing comes up quite frequently with my clients. Although I do recommend some of the options listed above, most of my clients are surprised when I tell them they are already one step ahead of the detox game. That’s right, getting regular massages can be one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to rid the body of unwanted toxins.

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.