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 been in my field for about 5 years now and I can honestly say I did not know what I was getting myself into. In school you never really know all the careers that are out there and maybe now you still might not know. I fell into massage therapy by accident, I was living with a friend and needed to go to school for something. One day during her orientation they were giving free massages to my surprise. So I agreed to getting a massage while I waited for my friend, I mean after all, I didn’t have anything better to do. I never got a real massage before and never knew that people get massages on a regular basis. That’s when I received my first real therapeutic massage. After I enjoyed a nice stress relief massage I had to know more. My low back pain wasn’t as intense and I simple just felt lighter on my feet.

During my younger adolescent years, I was always into sports. Consequently, during a co-ed basketball game, a much larger boy than I, landed on my low back and causing low back pains for what I thought would be the rest of my life. I was always in pain with my low back and it would radiate throughout my body. I was in such agony at such a young age. I went to many doctors and physical therapist, but no one seemed like they were able to fix the problem, which caused me to believe the worst. That is until I got to massage school. When I was in massage school I would always volunteer to be “the body” during my teachers teachings. I really fell in love with massage when I started to notice the positive changes throughout my body.

Ever since the Rio Olympics began, many athletes have been spotted (pun intended) with large, perfectly round, purple colored marks on their bodies. Especially Michael Phelps, one of the most decorated Olympians, whose purple spotted body created quite a curious stir. Soon, all these articles started popping up exposing this ancient method of treatment--cupping!

Naturally, I was very excited to see this. Because cupping is a Chinese Medicine technique that I use every day in practice, and it is about time it was shed some well-deserved lime-light. But when I started to read some of the articles explaining what cupping is, how it works, and whether or not it is just the next fad in athletics that will turn out to be hocus-pocus, I found a ton of misinformation out there that I simply needed to help clear up. 

So what exactly is cupping and what does it treat?

You will never find better tomatoes than this time of year. I don't care what agricultural advances, genetic engineering, or selective breeding claim they can do. The best time of year for the perfectly ripe, succulent, sweet, deliciously juicy tomato is summer. I think we've broached the subject of seasonal eating before, and I think there's no better way to eat. Because in the end, nature always knows best. And what's more is that food in season generally tends to be better for your body, better for the environment, and better for your wallet as well. 

Staying healthy in the summer actually is something people worry about. Many of us take all year just to get ready for our “Summer Body”. When summer comes and our bodies are not looking just quite how we want them to, we tend to lose the motivation of keeping up with our healthy habits such as eating healthy, exercising, and staying hydrated. With the loss of motivation and the heat starting to set in, some of us find our lazy bad habits surfacing. I have some tips I would love to share with you guys to help stay healthy this summer. 

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...