30. May 2019 · Comments Off on Healthy Living Through Moxibustion, Acupuncture And Herbs · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , ,

When you hear the word acupuncture, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you say needles, then you are among the majority. The needles are the reason most people are reluctant to try acupuncture in Fremont. This is totally understandable. For me, one of my obstacles in studying acupuncture was my personal dislike of needles. From kid to adulthood, I had a fear of getting my blood drawn. My palms get sweaty whenever this epic moment comes. My insides get queasy and I start to take really deep breaths while telling myself “everything will be ok”. Fortunately, I have learned that the needles used in acupuncture are nowhere near the size of syringe needles. An acupuncture needle is almost the size of a stand of hair. To make up the shaft size of a syringe needle it would actually require a minimum of four acupuncture needles together. An acupuncture needle is a tool used not to pull blood out of the body but to help move your energy.

People who come for treatment on a regular basis, have come to understand this and have found they sometimes feel the discomfort as the needle is being inserted into their skin. They say the sensation feels like a quick pinch when they do feel it. They also say that the benefits they are gaining from acupuncture, greatly counterbalance the quick pinch and make another appointment.

Now that we have cleared that up, we could talk about more about how acupuncture can help you. As a human being, you are a ball of energy. Within your body, there are smaller circuits of energy that comprise the body moving and interacting. These meridians or energy circuits, make up a complex system that travels from the organs down to your arms and legs, across your face and skull up your torso and down your buttocks and back. They are basically everywhere. Along the meridians, we call specific points ‘acupuncture points’ or just acupoints. Your body may be prompted to eliminate stagnation by placing into a certain point a small pin allowing the energy of your body to decide what it needs, build energy of the meridian, and eliminate stagnation along the meridians. If your energy accumulates in one area or gets stuck in one area Your spirit, mind, or body may call out with anger, sadness, weight gain pain, tightness, inability to focus, weight gain, sadness, anger, etc.

Practitioners not only treat symptoms they also treat the underlying cause of the symptoms as well. They can do this due to an understanding of energy and because of the medicine’s nature. When the skin is pricked with a pin, it not just touches his body but also his spirit and mind.

The practitioner inserts the pin and you do the work. He does not make your body do what it does not want to. Based on the symptoms you are experiencing, he is offering your body a suggestion. Acupuncture touches you in a deep yet gentle and lasting way.

We will use a certain point – the Zusanli or St 36 point to elucidate more. This acupoint located along the Stomach energy channel, known in English as “Leg Three Miles”, is not just used for constipation, indigestion, nausea, and vomiting, but also for someone who is having a hard time nourishing himself. They may help and take care of others consistently while not doing the same for themselves. A blockage along the meridian may be present if the meridian is too weak to move the energy or if there is stagnation. They may be stuck in life in other ways both physically & mentally which can manifest as cloudy thinking or extra weight. The Zusanli acupoint is “an amazing enriching and strengthening point for the Spirit, Body, and Mind.” When you are strong and grounded, you are able to properly derive nourishment and come back smoothly to yourself. You can eat and process foods in a healthy way when your stomach is strong. You may also be able take in information and process it with clarity. You may have one or more of these issues and let your body decide what it needs. The zusanli is an extremely potent acupoint that can be stimulated with either moxibustion or a pin.

An herbal heat therapy that is combined with acupuncture therapies, moxibustion is used to warm a meridian or an acupuncture point. It is greatly nourishing and helps build energy. Moxa refers to the actual herb used – mugwort, and the therapy. When dried, Mugwort, a common weed, is rolled into a cigar or small cones. This “cigar,” when lit, is placed above the skin along certain meridians to add and build warmth. Practitioners also use it to warm areas of the body, like the soles of the feet to warm the entire body after coming in from playing in the snow or the lower back for back pain associated with cold. Moxibustion is an ideal form of treatment for cold seasons. These days, moxa can come in pre-made cones and other shapes such as those that can sit on the needle or your skin. To help lessen the amount of smoke in the treatment room, there is even a “smokeless” type of moxa.

To help improve people’s health, practitioners may use moxa, acupuncture, and sometimes herbs. Lifestyle choices play an important role in health and therefore may be discussed between the practitioner and client after treatment sessions.

30. May 2019 · Comments Off on Delectable Recipes To Re-Build Yin And Blood And Calm Heart/Mind · Categories: Acupuncture

To calm your Heart/Mind and re-build Yin and Blood, here are some delectable, easy-to-make recipes.

Create your favorite graham cracker crust or pastry covered with pie weights and baking paper and pre-bake at 350° for 20 minutes. Put all ingredients in a blender and mix and pour into the pre-baked shell. For another 20 minutes bake at the same temperature. Cool for an hour and top with:

1 tsp. kudzu root or arrowroot
1 cup cherries
One half cup organic apple juice
A quarter tsp. of salt
A quarter cup of honey

Use a small saucepan to cook these ingredients together. Top cheesecake when thickened. Bring to room temperature.

Cherry Topping on Amasake Cheesecake

For Spleen Deficiency, the filling of sweet fermented rice can be an ideal tonic, while the cherries tonify Blood and Qi. It can also help cure rheumatic pain. It can also treat Blood Stagnation and Deficiency. Serves six to eight.

3 tsp. vanilla extract
2 cups prepared Amasake (available in different flavors in natural food stores)
2.5 tsp. agar flakes (in natural food stores)
1 tsp. umeboshi paste (in Asian and natural food stores)
1 T. lemon juice
1 T. barley malt or honey
1 ½ cup filtered water

Walnuts and Shrimp in Sweet Rice Congee

While not considered a diuretic as regular rice, sweet rice can be safely eaten by people susceptible to increased urination; the shrimp benefits and tones Blood and Qi while walnuts tonify the nerves.

Seven to ten crushed walnuts
4 cups filtered water
15 dried shrimp, drained and soaked
1 cup sweet rice (in Asian stores)

Use a large pot to cook together all the ingredients, put heat on simmer and leave overnight or eight hours. Stir the pot in the morning and serve warm or hot with a no or little salt.

Walnut and Chicken Sauté

5 small pieces dried Chinese black fungus, slivered and soaked
4 Chinese dried mushrooms, slivered, stemmed, soaked
10 walnuts, quartered or halved
1 tsp. tamari
1 tsp. minced scallion
1 T. cooking sherry
1 small green minced Chile pepper,
1 egg white
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. fresh ginger, minced
½ tsp. unprocessed sugar or honey
½ to ¾ lb. chopped chicken meat (hormone-free)
½ cup toasted sesame seeds

Use hot water to soak walnuts until skins loosen. Peel the walnuts and with the chicken, fry the walnuts, one scrambled egg white, and the other ingredients in oil. Sauté for five to seven minutes and serve hot. Preparation time is thirty to forty minutes and serves two with rice.

Eastern Healing Solutions, LLC
10875 Grandview St #2200
Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 549-4322

23. May 2019 · Comments Off on What Is Craniosacral Therapy? · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Are you suffering from lower back pain, neck pain, chronic tension, or headaches? Is your mind often exceedingly busy? Do you experience anxiety or depression? Are you finding it difficult to sleep at night, enter into a state of calmness, or relax? Is your nervous system overworked? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you may probably need Craniosacral Therapy (or Craniosacral Balancing) for your self-care. This therapy is a gentle yet powerful type of bodywork that involves subtle adjustments to eliminate restrictions to the vital albeit small movement of the bones of the sacrum, spinal column, and cranium that rhythmically float in flowing fluid of the cranio-sacral system. Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle but effective readjustment of the central nervous system and since the central nervous system is located in the cranio-sacral region, this therapy produces an enhanced sensation of well-being and peace along with improved body systems and brain functioning. The pituitary and pineal glands and the other glands benefit from Craniosacral Balancing. Lymph and blood are also increased through these techniques.

This field of treatment was developed through the work of Dr. John E. Upledger and Dr. William G. Sutherland and a host of other osteopaths. More and more massage therapists are learning and integrating Craniosacral Therapy into their practices mainly because of the efficacy and versatility of its technique. Some practitioners may find a variety of ways to integrate Craniosacral Therapy into their
Reiki, hypnotherapy, and massage sessions. Clients suffering from emotional/mental stress or severe muscle tension often visit these practitioners to request for these deep tissue techniques. Because these deep treatment methods benefit the soft tissues, they provide the client with an intense sensation that promotes the circulation of lymph and blood in their bodies. Some practitioners discover that Craniosacral Therapy techniques most of the time can be woven into the sessions that can actually help the client relax in a more efficient and profound way since these processes work from the inside out. This therapy is very helpful for clients who are in a frail or especially sensitive state since only a light touch is used, whereas pressure-applied massage therapy would be too much. The techniques used in Craniosacral Therapy can be used alongside other massage therapies within a session based on the needs of the client’s at that moment, adding another aspect, both physiological and energetic, to the massage therapy. As the treatment frees obstacles through the craniosacral movement, and the flow of fluids (lymph, blood, cranio-sacral) is increased, the circulation of Chi (also known as the body’s vital energy, in Traditional Chinese Medicine) is set flowing and is also freed of constriction, promoting balance and health.

Craniosacral therapy is often used to relieve hypertension, migraines, and headaches. It actually only took a few sessions of this healing method to reduce and relieve dramatically my chronic headaches. This is why I was totally blown away by the value of this therapy which is a very good way to relieve headaches, and as an extension, brain and mood functioning. While it’s often believed the cranium or skull is a single unit, the skull is actually composed of several bones that very slightly move while floating in cerebral-spinal fluid. Just as our breath and heart beat rhythmically contract and expand, so too does the cerebral-spinal fluid. The central nervous system, sacrum, spine, and brain all flow and move with the craniosacral tides. The cranio-sacral fluid’s density, interestingly, can be equated to that of the ocean, further pointing to the potential for this type of bodywork to restore balance and the natural rhythms, both energetic, chemical, and physical, as well as from without and within to the body and its various systems.

There are various causes of stuck stagnant tissues or “adhesions” in the cerebral-spinal column and cranium, and these adhesions are quite common. Decompressions can occur when adhesions are gently freed from the cranial bones literally resulting in the cerebro-spinal fluid’s ability to flow freely with the general craniosacral tide; enhanced flow of oxygen, lymph, and blood; and more space for the brain. All sorts of headaches can be ameliorated in this manner and different regions of the brain can better function after therapy. For instance, since the pituitary gland, which is the most important gland in the endocrine system, actually rests on the sphenoid, sphenoid bone adjustments can significantly boost the function of the pituitary gland. Since the sphenoid bone communicates with the optic nerve, adjustments to the craniosacral sphenoid can also improve vision. Eye strain-caused headaches may be reduced in this manner. Another example is the temporal bone. A host of symptoms can be resolved including epilepsy, TMJ inflammation, hearing and eye problems, dizziness, headaches, and even dyslexia when proper fluidity is restored to the temporal bones.

The techniques used in Craniosacral Balancing work extremely well for neck pain, more so when the first vertebrae (atlas) and the base of the skull (occiput) are misaligned or compressed. This typical pattern of restriction increases pressure on some cranial nerves, which impairs the function of the nervous system restricting the ability to relax, vitality, and focus.

Decompression by means of these methods can generate space between the vertebrae and occiput and espouse proper alignment. Restrictions and adhesions up and down the spinal column, can in fact be gently liberated via the process of unwinding and can promote realignment of the spine, resulting in the relief of back pain. The location of the base of the spine (the sacrum) can be also readjusted in craniosacral therapy, which contributes to the relief of lower back pain that resulted in misalignment which also impacts the hip or sacro-iliac joints. With craniosacral balancing, a direct relationship between the lower back, spine, and brain becomes clear. We are all aware that fluids and water conduct electricity (energy) and that electricity quickly moves through liquids. That energy can move up and down from the base of the spine with the same speed to the crown of the head, which in Vedic tradition, is known as the flow of Kundalini energy. With craniosacral treatments, blockages can be freed which is also serves to liberate Kundalini energy (as well as the energy centers or chakras of the body) whilst bolstering the physiological systems.

Craniosacral therapy has many approaches that can help relieve hypertension, anxiety, and depression. When adhesions are mobilized, oxygen and blood circulation are enhanced consequently changing the chemistry of the brain which has a beneficial and direct impact on emotion and mood. It widely known that the chemical composition of the brain is related directly to behavior and emotion. The brain’s chemistry rebalances and mood and emotion automatically shift as the central nervous system and brain use up nutrients from enhanced cerebrospinal fluid and blood flow. Craniosacral Therapy methods work with the cranial bones, sacrum, and the spine, and especially the deep bones in the cranium’s core, effectively resetting the nervous system by sending the craniosacral rhythm to a still point. Inducing this “stillpoint” temporarily to the craniosacral cycle of emptying and filling cerebrospinal fluid provides the nervous system a chance to rectify itself. Moreover, and perhaps most importantly, the nervous system reset results in a profound shift into a peaceful and calm state which is sometimes called a parasympathetic shift. Through this parasympathetic shift, anger, anxiety, depression, and tension can be transformed into more balanced and positive states of being whereby the unconscious mind shifts to a balanced state of well-being from a fight or flight mode. This process can lead to calm and peace from an otherwise overly-busy mind. As calm is established and the nerves are soothed, a positive climate well-suited to balance and healing is generated. Craniosacral work therapy can be very relaxing and work gently because, mostly, small micro-movements are being utilized and since the bone movements due to craniosacral emptying and filling are extremely small movements. While it may initially appear that from the receiving end, not much is happening, as the reset takes effect, the client often moves in an almost sleep-like, profound state.

Blue Mountain Acupuncture
2200 Melrose St Suite 9
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Phone: (509) 876-4597

23. May 2019 · Comments Off on The TCM Season Of Spring Is The Time For Revitalization And Detoxification · Categories: Acupuncture

Noticing the shifting of the season, as the reflective and cold nature of winter starts to wane, spring all of a sudden breaks forth in explosive new growth. For centuries, TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine has observed how the body is associated to the peculiar qualities for each time of year. The emotion of anger as well as the season of the gall bladder and liver is often related to Spring. Seasonal balance and harmony are promoted through connection with nature, bodywork, and the use of diet.

According to TCM, the element of wood stands out during the vitality of spring. This element is intimately connected to the energy of growth in living things such as physical bodies, plants, and trees. Also falling under the realm of the wood element are the gallbladder and liver. Our capacity to make sound judgments as well as having focus and clarity are also governed by this element. One can suffer aggression, frustration, and irritation, along with explosive rage and depression when the liver is not in balance. The body may be vulnerable to headaches, vertigo, dry eyes, and numbness. On the other hand, when the gallbladder and liver are functioning well, the person may be able to handle stress and anger in a healthy, positive way.

TCM strongly recommends the use of nutrition to maintain smooth circulation of Chi or vital energy within the body. Bitter foods such as quinoa, amaranth, rye, romaine lettuce, dark leafy greens, and asparagus all help bolster a healthy gall bladder/liver Chi. Also useful are herbs cardamom, chive, dill, cayenne, garlic, and basil. In addition, herbal teas that soothe excited energy may include orange peel, chrysanthemum, jasmine, and peppermint. During the yang expression of spring, plenty of raw foods and sunlight can be vigorously imbibed by the body.

In eliminating the stagnancy of the winter months, detoxification is probably the most effective way to achieve this during the season of spring. Light eating by ingesting easily digestible foods such as freshly made vegetable juices and sprouts all promote the rejuvenation of the gall bladder and liver. For springtime cleansing, leafy green juices/beet and apple/carrot are especially beneficial. Chlorella, spirulina, sea vegetables, green drinks, and cereal grass help the body get rid of accumulated waste. During the slow winter months, harmful elements such as the byproducts of over-indulgence, environmental pollutants, and toxic heavy metals are all removed from the body through the process of detoxification. This is the time to limit high-sodium, processed and fatty along with dairy and meat.

Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with a small amount of honey can be an ideal liver tonic for those without heat signs (thirst, red face, and constipation). Combine both in a glass of water and take them in first thing in the morning. Liver stagnation can be unblocked through this simple drink. Replace grapefruit juice, lime, or lemon for the vinegar if you manifest signs of heat.

During spring, bodywork can be very important for keeping the energy channels flowing while aiding in the cleansing of the body. To invigorate a stagnant liver or soothe an overactive one, swimming in nature, hiking, or walking can be quite beneficial. The color green, from the viewpoint of TCM, brings harmony to the gall bladder/liver energy channels. The vividness of spring connects with the natural spaces whilst supporting balanced vitality. By nature, chi kung or qigong can be very effective for boosting emotional calmness. Acupuncture in Cleveland can be extremely beneficial as it specifically works with the energy of the season to preserve the equilibrium of Chi. Additionally, EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique is a very powerful tool for healing anger and other emotional imbalances.

We all have an opportunity to revitalize our well being and health during springtime, the season that erupts with renewed vibrancy and growth. The gall bladder and liver are rejuvenated, aggression, frustration, and anger are healed through the gentle promotion of a balanced wood element inside the body.

02. May 2019 · Comments Off on Chinese Medicine – Getting To Know Your Lungs · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

In this article, I’m going be sharing with you that Chinese medical theory, physiology and philosophy behind your lungs and your breath. Once you have an understanding for the Chinese medical side of your organs (in this case, your lung organ as well as the lung channel), you’re going to develop a whole new relationship with your lungs, and the health of your breath. It’s really going to help you every single day and change your relationship with some of the signs and symptoms that you might be suffering from on a day-to-day basis.

In Chinese medicine, there are channel systems that we refer to as meridians. There are 12 of them and they run from superficial to deep within the body. The lungs are the first channel within that system. The lung channel starts in the abdominals, goes down to connect with the large intestine, and then ascends up to connect with the lungs and moves out towards the axilla or the armpit area.

This is where the first lung point or Lung 1 begins. The channel continues on the inside of the arm, or the more Yin side of the arm, where it ascends down to the shoulder, the elbow and the wrist, into the pad of the thumb, which is known as the thenar eminence, and ends at Lung 10, which is going to be at the tip of the thumb.

The lungs, being that they are the first channel system within the meridian series, they’re all about how we interact with the world – we interact with the word through sense; we smell different things, breathe in oxygen every day throughout our existence. As a matter of fact, the lungs are the first channel system to be activated when we are born.

When we come into the world, we take that first breath and then we cry and scream, and activate our lungs through that scream, taking in and out the oxygen that’s just been made available to us in this new world. The lungs are also how we interact with people. Often times, when you meet somebody new, you reach out and take their hand, your thumb wrapped over their hand, and through this process, your entire lung channel is activated.

So, not only are you taking in their physical being with your eyesight, you are also connecting with them energetically and your lungs are taking in their presence. So the next time you meet somebody new and you shake their hand, notice, do you hold your breath, do you constrict, do they make you feel nervous, or do you actually find yourself breathing with ease, and taking in more air?

Since the lung channel is the first channel within the meridian system, it’s going to be extremely important to the health of the other organs and channels within the meridian system within our body. According to Chinese medicine physiology, the air that we take in, the oxygen, acts as a little rain storm or raindrops, did the rest of our organs.

Our breath in is what nourishes all the other organs within our system. If you suffer from constipation, shortness of breath or tightening within the chest, I want to encourage you to focus on your inhale, and visualize the raindrops dropping to all of your organs, especially your large intestine. If you remember, I mentioned earlier that the lung channel starts in the center of the abdomen and descends down to connect to the large intestine.

We need moisture in order for our bowels to move and release property. That moisture, one of the ways that we receive it, is through the oxygen that we breathe. Similarly, in shortness of breath and tightness in the chest, anxiety or even palpitations, it is set in Chinese medicine classics that the beat of the heart follows the pace of the breath. So it’s our breath that sets the pace of the heart.

If we’re tight, constricted or short of breath, our heart is going to need to work harder, it has to pump more efficiently because it’s just simply not getting enough oxygen. Same thing, if we are exercising, and our heart rate is picking up, so is our breath. So our heart and our breath want to be in sync with one another, and it is the breath that sets the pace of the heart.

So again, if you suffer from palpitations, shortness of breath or tightness in the chest, use your breath to open the chest and slow down the heart.

Our breath and our lungs are part of the autonomic nervous system within our body. It’s going to happen no matter what we do, but when we’re in situations where we just don’t feel like we’re taking in enough air, or we need the help of our lungs to calm our system or to simply bring in more oxygen in, we can control the autonomic nervous system.

We can use it and guide it and instruct it to act in a certain way that is to our benefit; to the benefits of our whole body, mind and even our spiritual self.

Now I’m going to take you through just a short breath exercise that you can do at any point in your day. This breath exercise is one that you can use to prime and condition the body. So the more often that you do it, the more comfortable that you become with it, and make it your own, the more effective and stronger your breath is going to be, and the more your body’s going to benefit from these breathing exercises.

What I recommend is that you set a timer, whether it’s on your phone or your computer, for just a couple of minutes as you do these exercises. I do want to suggest that you take a seat, so whether that’s on the floor or on the edge of a chair, so that your feet are planted firmly on the ground.

To begin, roll your shoulders back and tuck your chin so that your spine is nice and long. We really want to open the chest and allow for the air to come in through the diaphragm, and down through the rest of our organs and channel systems.

Close your eyes and place your hands in your lap, or if you want, you can place them out in kind of an open position. Either hand position you’re in, you’re going to be activating that lung channel, which is extremely important so you don’t want your hands to be down, you want the lung channel open and receptive to that breath.

But will be doing is taking in air by inhaling through your nose and exhaling out your mouth. We going to do that three times, and feel free to make that exhale out your mouth a strong as you want it to be, or a subtle and relaxed as you want it to be. After those three exhales, we going to take, at least three inhales through our nose and exhales out our mouth as well.

So let’s begin, close your eyes, take a big inhale, and exhale out your mouth. Big inhale, feel your belly expand out. Exhale, pull your belly in as the air comes up and out of the abdominals. Inhale, belly expands, exhale, pull the abdominals in as the air comes up and out. Inhale in, belly expands, exhale out your nose. As the abdomen is pulled in, the breath is pushed up and out your nose. Inhale, exhale out the nose. Do this exercise four or five more times.

Great job, that was excellent! You followed along so well. I want to encourage you that if you find situations where the breath is getting stuck, just imagine those raindrops going right past that stuckness and tightness.

Balance Within – Integrative Acupuncture
16200 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 478-9401

02. May 2019 · Comments Off on Breast Health In Chinese Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

In addition to certain nutritional and lifestyle modifications, there are numerous Chinese herbs which can improve the health of the breast, and which may help to prevent the development of breast cancer. These days, a lot of women face challenges with a wide variety breast problems with breast cancer being the most serious.

Estimate show that as many as 1 in 7 American women will have breast cancer at some point in their lives. Firstly, we’ll discuss about certain basic lifestyle suggestions that can maintain breast health. Ingredients in anti-perspirants and deodorants and that are used in the armpit area need to be aluminum-based free.

There are a large number of lymph nodes in the area of the armpit that branch out towards the breast. Many potential toxins, including aluminum, may be absorbed into this region through the skin. It is also important to wear bras that are not too tight, because this can inhibit the flow of lymph as well as blood circulation in this area.

Underwire bras may be particularly bad for this reason. Sports bras and other bras that are made of more flexible material can be much better for allowing proper circulation in the area of the breasts. The functioning of the liver in Chinese medicine, has a huge impact on the health of the breasts.

Stress and abuse as well as environmental and nutritional toxins are major factors that can adversely influence the health of the liver. Hence, maintaining proper breast health is essential in order to manage or reduce stress in a healthy way. avoiding emotionally abusive and toxic situations is also vitally important as well as reducing contact with harmful substances within our environment.

Drinking spring water or purified water or consuming vegetables and fruits that are free of pesticides, eating meat that are hormone free and avoiding harsh perfumes, dyes and chemicals can all help as it prevents carcinogenic substances from getting inside our body in the first place.Predominantly, the breasts are made up of fatty tissue that store easily all kinds of toxins that,over time, eventually can become carcinogenic.

One herb that has proven useful for breast health maintaining is pugongying or dandelion. Also, taking the herb manjingzi or vitexagnuscastus, over time, is extremely helpful for fibrocystic breasts. When regularly taken more than 4 to 6 months, it can help cure fibrocystic breast conditions. XiaoyoawanFree and Easy Wanderer is a Chinese herbal formula touted to be effective in curing fibrocystic breast problems.

Certain Chinese herbs proven to have anticancer effects in the breast areas include dahuangor Chinese rhubarb and she shecao, baihua or oldenlandia.

Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic
8855 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32217-4244
(904) 260-2598

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02. May 2019 · Comments Off on A Guaranteed Way To Overcome Feeling Unfulfilled · Categories: Acupuncture

One of the most popular questions that I get is this, “How did you decide to study Chinese medicine?” Well, we had to go back to 2010 in order to answer that question. I was working full-time at a corporate job for about two years. I had a steady income, great friends, really reliable community, a fun environment and just a really good overall life.

However, at a certain point, within those few years, I started to really feel these weird feelings of uncertainty and unfulfillment, and within all that, I started to feel a little sad. These feelings weren’t feelings that just kind of came up and went away, they snuck up on me and they stuck around, whether it was during work hours or when I was having a really good time with friends.

I just couldn’t seem to shake these feelings of unfulfillment. So I started to get this craving for a different life and I started to think that well, maybe I needed to live somewhere else, maybe I just needed to serve a different community or maybe I just needed a whole new career. So I began to get a little curious about these feelings of unfulfillment.

I had tried to think of ways and other things that I really enjoy doing, one of which was health, wellness and exercise. So I started to take a ton of yoga classes, experimented with different styles of massage and received Reiki. I was under chiropractic care as well, and I also decided to look into what it would be like to be nutritionist and even a fitness coach.

But none of that stuff really seemed to click, and then, within that whole mix, I decided to try acupuncture, which is something that I had been really curious about but never really gave a lot of attention to. So I had my first treatment and it went great. I saw several different acupuncturists and just full disclosure here, I was going to get acupuncture because I was curious about it and may be also, for a little bit of stress relief.

I had tried several different acupuncturists and ended up to be settling on an MD. He was my family practitioner and he had just done a few hundred hours of acupuncture and was treating me for stress relief at that time. Because he was also my family physician, he had known about my struggles for something else and just that deep sadness that I was feeling within myself.

One day when I was getting acupuncture from him, he said, “You know, I think you would really like this medicine. I think you would really enjoy the whole process and everything that it brings. Why don’t you go and look at classes in schools and their curriculum online? See if there is something that interests you and if it does, go visit some schools. Just a few, don’t overwhelm yourself. If you like the area and what the school offers, go to school for this.”

So there you go, that’s how I came to Chinese medicine and how I made the decision to study this medicine. What’s that one surefire way that I overcame this feeling of unfulfillment and deep sadness? Well, I got curious. I mentioned this a few times while I was telling my story, but I settled in to that feeling and those feelings, and really allowed myself to be just with these feelings and then I realized I needed to get curious.

These feelings, the unfulfillment and sadness, they are there because they’re like a nagging itch. We need to scratch it, we need to get curious, we need to ask ourselves, “why am I feeling this way?” What’s going to make me feel better? What do I need to feel what they want to feel? For me, that curiosity was really taking my hobbies and saying, “how could I turn this into a job?” How can I make this something that I love and naturally not gravitating towards any of the other hobbies that I had mentioned, like the yoga, the nutritionist and the fitness coach?”

I gravitated towards acupuncture in vancouver bc and the curricula that goes with it and really just fell in love with all these – what the schools had to offer as well as what I was receiving from my doctor, who was giving me acupuncture. So I invite you to take those uncomfortable feelings, sit with them, maybe write them down or draw them out, get them out of your head and into some paper and then, get curious about them.

What can you do to fulfill that emptiness, to really embody those feelings and help yourself to fill that hole? It really all starts with getting curious. If you’re comfortable with this, I would also encourage you to tell your friends, family, your doctor. Don’t keep your feelings deep inside. Get it out and let it out because you’ll never know who’s going to give you just a little glimmer of how you can fulfill that unfulfillment.

25. April 2019 · Comments Off on Chinese Medicine And The Five Elements And Phases · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Chinese medicine is based on the natural and rhythms of nature. The seasons are recognized and observed and each season possesses its own qualities and energy that in turn affects all facets of health and life. These qualities are portrayed in the Five Elements of Chinese medicine, Fire, Water, Metal, Earth and Water, each of which symbolizes the essence of each season.

We experience each Phase to varying degrees just as we go through every season to finish the year. In addition, the way a specific Phase functions within a person affects the manner the other Phase functions that affects him are done.

Within the external and internal factors that influence each season and Phase, Chinese medicine is constantly attempting to attain balance in a person. There’s no way disease can develop when a person is in tune with nature.

Below are the different Phases and their holistic effects within nature and the body.


Fire represents Summer and the South. It mirrors nature’s lushness and exuberance in full bloom. High noon and Summer solstice are the embodiment of this element.

The organs systems, pericardium and Heart are directly related to Fire, as well as the Triple Burner and Small Intestine.

Yellow, orange and red are the colors affiliated with Fire. The body part affected by Fire will turn red due to too much heat in his body. From a Western-medical viewpoint, Fire is associated with the word “inflammation” which mirrors Fire blazing inside the body.

Gratitude, joy and love are the emotions related to unimpeded Fire. When a person manifests hatred, it means there is a problem with the Fire element of that person.

If you have a Fire constitution, it may sound as if you’re always laughing. Your constitution may be similar to the Sanguine constitution of the Greeks, who say people with this type of constitution excel at forming friendships, connecting with others, and are often the life of the party. One good example is Santa Claus.


Water represents the Winter Season and the North. This is the Phase of retreat, hibernation, stillness and darkness. Water symbolizes storage in which where energy is collected and saved in preparation for the energy required in the Spring. Water symbolizes Winter, which represents death, a concept that’s echoed in Western culture when people say that the aged are in the “winter of their lives.”

The Bladder and the Kidneys are the organs affiliated with Water. This can be gleaned in the function of the urinary system.

In Chinese medicine, Water is associated with the black or deep purple color. A person’s face may look as though he’s always in a shadow if he suffers from an imbalanced Water Phase.

People with a Water constitution are loyal and unwavering. They have an innate wisdom and aren’t likely to speak more than is required. If you have a solid Water constitution, you are impassive and delight in “going with the flow”.

If you have a weak Water constitution, you tend to do things half-heartedly and be easily dismayed. On the hand, if you have an overabundant Water constitution, you’re likely to assume superiority over others, be extremely ambitious, and overwork yourself that usually end up in severe stress. Unbalanced Water can also lead to fearfulness, causing the person to cope with anxiety, phobias, adrenal exhaustion and panic attacks.

The Water model may best be exemplified by a crone, grandparent, or sage who has acquired great skill and wisdom and can easily adapt to the challenges of life.


The West is where the Metal Phase preponderates and it’s the Phase associated with the Autumn season. Metal mirrors the dryness and crispness of the air and the leaves, the setting of the sun, the glow that can be observed in the mountain rock as the trees grow bare. It’s at this Phase when things start to turn still and activity and reproduction gradually slows down. Autumn is the time to let go of what is no longer needed and the time to re-evaluate yourself.

The Large Intestine and the Lungs are the organs associated with Metal, and the color it represents is white. Metal is also associated with grief and loss due to its affiliation with Autumn, which is also a metaphor for the process of dying. More often than not, a person with a Metal weakness may find himself holding on to grief longer than required and may develop lung problems like emphysema or chronic cough.

If your Metal constitution is strong and when you’re in balance, you tend to appreciate justice, structure, refinement, integrity, and clearness. An imbalanced Metal constitution will lead to hypocrisy, jealousy, unwillingness to change, rigidity, grief and materialism.

Extroverted people who have a Metal constitution tend to become good lawyers, judges, police officers, and professors while the introverted will tend to be artistic and melancholic and make excellent painters, poets and musicians.


In a number of Chinese medicine traditions, this Phase is unique in terms of classification in that it’s uniquely placed. Certain people put Earth in the South-West of the compass while others at the center. Some believe that the Earth is in a transitory Phase that will turn into the next Phase. These days, the three theories are considered true and applicable.

Earth mirrors a mother’s love and the sustenance of harvest time. The Abdomen and Spleen are the organs related to Earth. They represent the storage and welcoming of food inside the body, and the transferring and conversion of food so it may be used to nourish the rest of the body. That concept can be applied beyond food and can include all forms of physical, emotional, and spiritual sustenance.

Earth is represented by a lot of colors including, brown, yellow, light orange, beige and the like, which, from a psychological viewpoint, is the reason yellow boosts appetite.

The Earth constitution, in Chinese medicine, is similar to the Ayurvedic Kapha system. A person with this constitution is likely to have a sing-song voice, a thicker body, and an agreeable and nourishing disposition.

A person with an unbalanced Earth constitution may likely manifest clinginess, bloating, worry, and indigestion.


This phase is affiliated with the season of Spring and the East direction. It represents the expansive pushing upward power required to generate new life, like the dawn in the morning when the sun starts to ascend the sky.

Wood is affiliated with the Gallbladder and Liver organ systems, which may be gleaned in the creative and inherent regenerative abilities of the Liver.

Bluish green is the color of Wood, and, if a person has a Wood problem, some areas of his complexion might sometimes look greenish.

The emotions related to an optimal Wood constitution are enthusiasm and benevolence. An inhibited wood can result in frustration and anger. As they are in the Wood Phase of their lives, young children are the ones who most clearly express these emotions.

If you’re constitution is woody, you’re likely to have a booming loud voice and a distinct gait. This constitution is the same as the Greek Choleric constitution type who’s gifted with directing and planning talents and projects his vision into the world.

In summary, there are a variety of seasons to each person just as each year is made up of all the seasons. Some people will clearly manifest what phase governs their constitution, while others aren’t so easy to pin down.

In Chinese medicine, attempting to fit a person into a certain category isn’t as good as observing the current presenting symptom, which may be a bit complex. However, understanding the Phases of a person is a good starting point in order to learn the interactions and composition that generate the living matrix.

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25. April 2019 · Comments Off on Cancer From The Eyes Of Chinese Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Cancer is a very old human problem. There is mention of cancers and tumors in ancient Chinese literature. Chinese medicine doctors have been trying to invent ways of treating cancer and helping people with cancer for very long time. In Chinese medicine terms, cancer is defined as a kind of poisonous accumulation or entanglement of what may have been originally normal, healthy things in the body, normal healthy qi, blood and tissue.

But for some reason and under some conditions, these healthy normal things become scrambled, and in a sense, they lose their identity. If you think about what cancer really is, cancer is us, but it’s a part of us that has lost touch with the rest of us – it’s no longer subject to the interests of the whole. It’s self-seeking, self-serving as if the rest of us didn’t exist.

This points to a very important idea, the idea of coherence or integrity, that is, all parts of the organism are in a relation to, and interacting with all the other parts of the organism. For some reason, one of these parts gets out of contact with the rest of the body. It’s not communicating nor is it integrating with the rest of the body and begins to have a life of its own.

But it is part of us, and it is utilizing all of our resources for its own growth and development, although it’s no longer in the interest of us as a whole. The way Chinese medicine can help people with cancer is that it can help people with any problem – essentially all problems are resolved from the same causes, which is a lack of coherence, integrity or harmonious movement of qi and blood.

There are many medicines in the pharmacopeia of Chinese medicine that are known to have antitumor effects. In Chinese medicine terms, they are things that break up, dissolve or carry masses out of the body. In fact, what investigations show that many of these substances, for example, medicinal mushrooms, have been used to treat tumors for hundreds of years.

We now know that medicinal mushrooms have the property of modulating our immune response. The immune system is a way, that we as human beings, to know ourselves, to be in touch with ourselves. It’s a method of surveillance, a mechanism for keeping touch and track every cell in our body. So when we lose the ability to keep track of those cells, and keep them within the community of the body as a whole, then we have the possibility of developing cancer.

We have the possibility of something growing and being alive without any of the constraints of the community of which it’s a part. What Chinese medicine does is it uses acupuncture in Orlando, herbs, nutrition, physical exercise like qigong, tai chi or calisthenics; whatever it can, it uses to help reorganize the body in such a way that these organs or tissues that have come out of touch are brought back into touch with the rest of the body.

We know this is possible because of what are called spontaneous remissions. Some people don’t have any treatment at all and their cancers go away. So we know that we have this capacity and we believe very strongly that Chinese medicine can activate this mechanism that we have innately to bring ourselves back into communication with ourselves and make the cancer go away or keep it at bay.

The other thing that Chinese medicine does is it can help to keep a person healthy while they are undergoing conventional therapy. One of the challenges of radiation therapy, chemotherapy and surgery is that it can be very injurious to the healthy parts of the body. Chinese medicine can help cancer patients maintain their health during the process of conventional care, so that when it’s over, they regain their health and their quality of life.

Many studies have shown that when Chinese medicine is combined with conventional therapy, cancer patients have a better quality of life. Their results, in terms of tumor regression are as good or better than people undergoing either chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and that they live longer.

18. April 2019 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Can Cleanse The Body Of Toxins In A Safe And Healthy Way · Categories: Acupuncture

Acupuncture in Marlton is a natural form of therapy that can detoxify your body in a major way. This modality is component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a form of Eastern medicine that has been practiced for over 3,000 years. The body’s functions are nourished and balance by the harmonizing Chi, a vital life that exists all throughout nature and the universe. This Chi balance is the underlying basis behind acupuncture.

Ancient Chinese physicians firmly believed that “a better healer is a person who cures a disease before it manifests symptoms, while an inferior physician treats a disease only after it has caused pain and discomfort.” These ancient doctors suggested that prevention ought to be a doctor’s first priority for health rather than the treatment of a disease. Acupuncture was first used as a form of preventive medicine.

Acupuncture has a natural diuretic effect on the body. It helps in the detoxification of the body by removing toxins through the urinary tract. This is why the use of this treatment for detoxifying the body is increasing by the day.

Appetites and cravings can be mitigated with acupuncture even as this treatment eliminates Chi blockages in the body. Once the person’s appetite is restored, they may not have as much desire for foods that are heavily processed and filled with toxins. Consuming foods that are toxic can give you an instant feeling of heaviness in the body, since the flow of Chi is once more interrupted and slowed down. When a person consumes proper food, their body will continue to feel energized. Their bodies will quickly learn what foods can provide it with the most nutrients. This is the reason acupuncture is used to cleanse the body in an effective and powerful way.

It’s also believe that acupuncture can be a helpful way to relieve pain and all kinds of painful conditions. However, the mention of needles in some people may be enough to send a tingle down their spines. Unfortunately, the staking of needles into the body is the only effective way to really stimulate the acupuncture points. The needle can be stuck in between muscle spaces, joint or tendon. But under the skilled hands of an experienced and reputable acupuncturist, the treatment can be a very satisfying and less painful experience.

Acupuncture can generate sensations that can range from a sensation of heaviness, numbness tingling or aching as a needle comes into contact with an acupoint. This is sensation in Chinese medicine is known as de qi, which is a good sign that the treatment is working. Some people may think that the needle causes pain. When a person experiences pain, this means that the body has full of toxins within it. These toxins may have entered the body by breathing put you that the air, consuming foods that contain harmful additives or by drinking polluted water. Even simple bad habits can lead to the buildup of toxins in the body.

Acupuncture is very much recommended as a way to detoxify the body. Acupuncture is the that the more toxins you have in the body, the stronger the effect of the treatment will be. Most patients don’t really feel pain and if there is pain, it is merely perceived than actually felt. In fact, discomfort is what’s actually felt, a discomfort that instantly dissipates after the needle is inserted in the body.