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.
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?
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.
Practicing yoga may support fertility. Yoga reduces stress, facilitates breath, releases muscle tension, improves blood flow, promotes proper alignment, and stimulates hormone-producing glands.
One of the best ways to boost fertility is to decrease stress. Stress negatively impacts our health in many body systems, and reproduction is no exception. When our bodies are in a stressed state, we become stuck in a sympathetic mode of our nervous system (fight or flight response). When the body is being signaled to fight or run from danger, it is more challenging to become pregnant. Simply taking intentional breaths and focusing on breath with movement as you do in yoga practice reduces stress levels.
There's no greater joy than the creation of new life. But for many people, fertility can be a difficult struggle. There are many different causes of fertility. Men and women alike, it may be a difficult and emotional journey. Although Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) have improved dramatically from years past, it often is a financial and emotional obstacle for couples who are trying to conceive.
I have been using Acupuncture to treat infertility for many years. And for many patients, it has been a highly successful alternative, or even adjunct therapy for their fertility treatments, both in men and women. Admittedly, the majority of my patients who are seeking fertility treatments are female. But in actuality, fertility is always a 50/50 responsibility between a man and woman. Men can just as often be the contributor to fertility issues.
As we are coming into the month of February, we have gotten many concerns about infertility. While there are many things out there to help with infertility, it really depends on the woman and her body. Every woman is different and might not share the same issues, but to become fertile after infertility is definitely possible.
Fertility massage is but one of many solutions in a comprehensive fertility treatment, which may also include acupuncture, diet and lifestyle changes, and herbal therapy to enhance fertility. Fertility massage is performed by well trained therapists. When getting a fertility massage, you want to do your own research and make certain that your therapist has the proper knowledge on this specific technique. These techniques are carefully applied mainly to the abdominal region. The benefits of these techniques are what make this particular massage miraculous.