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. 

Drinking water is essential to our health. We must replenish the fluids that we lose through sweat, urination, tears, etcetera, or we become dehydrated. Extreme dehydration leads to death. As I am sure everyone has heard before, our bodies are about 60-70% water. To maintain the proper balance of body fluids, which are responsible for absorption, digestion, metabolism, circulation, transporting nutrients and waste products, and maintaining body temperature, we must stay hydrated. You already probably know that when your urine is light and free of odor, you are staying properly hydrated, but when your urine is dark and there is odor, you are dehydrated and need to drink more water. 

Years ago when I began my journey as an Acupuncturist, it was my dream to someday open up an integrative, holistic wellness center. Integrative care has always been my goal, because when it comes to medicine I believe there is nothing better than preventative care. If we can show patients how to maintain healthy habits, if we can use modalities like Acupuncture, massage, herbal medicine, and chiropractic to prevent pain, and nip diseases in the bud, we are not just helping our patients, we are allowing patients to achieve health, happiness, and quality of life. And that is what integrative medicine is all about. 

In a recent blog post I wrote about Mind Body Medicine, and meditation as a practice of Mind Body Medicine. Meditation is a powerful way to reduce stress and heal physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Meditation is free and can be practiced anywhere and at almost any time. 

My journey with meditation began as a runner in my childhood. I did not realize until I was in my twenties that one of the greatest loves of my runs was a clearer mind, the patter of my feet hitting the ground lulled me into a space of quiet. I next began practicing yoga, and although I had learned that yoga helped to prepare the body for meditation, focus was always on the asana practice. So while I left class feeling like my mind was clearer, I didn’t put emphasis of my yoga practice on meditation. 

During the earlier months of the year, we touched a little bit on stretching and why it is good for us. Limber, our assisted stretching sessions, do a little more than assisting a stretch and I am here to tell you just how that happens.  Let me tell you guys a little bit of stretches that are out there and why a Limber session can be helpful for you. There are many types of stretches; stretches focused to help you get active, stretches to get you more flexible, and stretches to get you back in shape. So why are there so many different stretches? Well, Just like fitness, everyone has their own body type so we all need stretches that are going to work best for us. 

Inflammation has a bad rep. People are always trying to get rid of inflammation, complaining about the effects of inflammation. But what exactly is inflammation? Why does the body keep creating it? And what does it have to do with weight gain? 

Inflammation is actually a natural response of your immune system to bodily damage. Whether the damage is from external injury, like a sprained ankle, or pathogens/allergens, like someone who has a peanut allergy, your body uses the inflammatory pathway to help stop cellular damage, clean up any damaged tissue, and begin the healing process. 

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. 

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