Posts Tagged ‘acupuncture’


Happy Autumn, everyone!  We have different seasons in Florida than the rest of the country.  In Florida, our seasons go like this:  Cool, Hot, Hotter, and Muggy Hot.  Autumn would be a mix of Muggy Hot with a few cool days mixed in now and then.  I do love living in Florida and would not trade in our seasons for Warm, Hot, Cold and Freezing.  Florida has been in my blood for too long and I have learned to embrace it.  Where else can it be a cool 32-degrees outside with clear, blue, sunny skies?

As many of you already know, cold/flu season is here or coming, depending on which news channel you listen.  I encourage all of my clients to schedule a “Fall Tune-Up” to help prepare and strengthen their immune system for the flu season.  It is also a great time to stock up on herbal remedies and essential oils to use upon the first signs of a cold/flu or help ward off viruses.  Wherever you live and the seasons you enjoy, it is a good thing to schedule “Seasonal Tune-Ups” with your local acupuncturist.

As Acupuncturists, we focus on the changes in the air, environment and how they affect our bodies.  This allows us to strengthen the channels that will be affected during the season, as well as supplying you with herbal medications and essential oils that address the common ailments of the season and continue to build your immune system, helping you fight off infections.

If you live around the Jacksonville area, for a limited time, I am offering New and Existing clients a discount on the “Fall Tune-Up.”  Visit my website, www.AWayOfLifeAcupuncture.com, for details.  Forward this information to your friends and family so they too, can start experiencing the benefits of acupuncture.  Schedule your appointment now, to begin strengthening and preparing your body for the cold/flu season.

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The following was taken directly from http://www.rodale.com.  Enjoy!

RODALE NEWS, EMMAUS, PA—In all this talk about health-care reform, most of the conversation has focused on who’s paying and what myths are being spread about legislation that hasn’t been written yet. Unfortunately, people aren’t talking about measures that would vastly improve the population’s health, such as ending obesity, or about alternative therapies that could wean people off expensive medication. Part of the reason that alternative treatments get short shrift is that doctors are generally unaware of the science showing that they really are effective alternatives to drugs and medication.

Here are six scientifically studied ways that acupuncture therapy, one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine, can alleviate chronic health problems:

#1: Eases your aching back. Using acupuncture therapy to successfully relieve chronic back pain is well documented in scientific literature, and acupuncturists say that it’s the leading reason that people visit their clinics. A study published in May’s issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine even found that people who were given “simulated acupuncture,” where pressure was place on certain acupuncture points but no needles were actually used, saw as much as a 15 percent greater improvement in their symptoms (equal to the improvements seen in people who were receiving true acupuncture) than people who were taking medications and undergoing standard chiropractic care.

#2: Boosts the effectiveness of pharmaceuticals. A study from China, published in the August issue of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that a low-dose of fluoxetine (Prozac) combined with acupuncture therapy was just as effective at reducing anxiety in patients being treated for depression as full-dose medication. Cutting the dose and adding acupuncture also reduced the drug’s side effects, which can include nausea, weight gain, and a decreased sex drive.

#3: Soothes the burning in your stomach. This June, Brazilian researchers published research finding that acupuncture therapy alleviated heartburn and indigestion in pregnant women. One group of pregnant women was given a combination of acupuncture and medications, and another group was counseled on dietary changes and given medications if needed. Over the course of the study, 75 percent of the women in the acupuncture group saw heartburn intensity, and antacid use, decline, while only 44 percent of women in the standard-treatment group saw those same effects.

#4: Counteracts the effects of radiation. Cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment are likely to suffer a variety of side effects, depending on the part of the body being treated. However, acupuncture therapy has been found to have some effect on the perception of how bad those effects can be, particularly for nausea and dry mouth, common in patients receiving radiation to the head and neck. A review of studies published in CA, a journal of the American Cancer Society, found that people undergoing radiation treatment perceived fewer negative side effects of radiation even though the side effects may still be there. For instance, in one study, patients who wore acupressure bands during treatment said they felt less nausea, although they still had the same occurrence of vomiting as they did before wearing the band, and in another study, people said they had less of a problem with dry mouth, even though measures of their saliva showed that levels remained the same. The acupuncture didn’t actually alleviate the symptoms, but it did help improve patients’ quality of life after treatment.

#5: Dulls persistent headaches. A review of 22 studies involving acupuncture therapy, migraines, and tension headaches found that regular acupuncture therapy was effective at preventing tension headaches and migraines from becoming a problem, and that it was an effective treatment for existing headaches.

#6: Ends obesity? The influence of acupuncture therapy on obesity isn’t as well-documented as the other examples we’ve listed, but there’s enough evidence to suggest that it could be an effective weight-loss treatment. Researchers from Korea analyzed 31 studies on a total of 3,013 people, and found that acupuncture therapy led to greater decreases in body weight than lifestyle changes or medications. However, they note in their findings, published February in the journal Obesity, that flaws in many of the studies made it difficult to see how effective acupuncture therapy would be on obesity in the long run. But for people willing to try it, adding a weekly acupuncture session to daily exercise and a smart diet could lead to healthy gains.

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spagiricAs I mentioned in my last blog, I am bringing in a new supplement line into my office.  I started using the products because I think as a practitioner, I need to try it before I give it to my client.  Aside from using the Liquid Vitamin D3, I am also using the Spagyric Greens.  This is a concentrated greens formula that is great on supporting the nervous system, immune system, and endocrine.  It is great for people with lots of stress or anxiety.  I have been taking the product for over 2 weeks and I have to say my energy level is really good.

So what is Spagyric Greens?

First, here is an explanation of the Spagyric process: According to the Spagyric process, a plant is separated into its three fundamental aspects, including (in an abbreviated summary) its essential oils, its alcohol essence and its mineral or micronutrient residues.  The three main components then go through a process of low-heat distillation and/or natural fermentation to release the healing properties of the plant. Finally, all components are reunited to create the remedy.  This process is specially designed to preserve all the medicinal essences of the whole plant, while allowing for maximum extraction of the raw material. The end result is a highly concentrated and bioavailable product.  All of these processes’ techniques are extremely specific, and many of them require long periods of time, some up to forty days, if they are to be done correctly. Many raw materials require different processing times and may require additional steps. Due to the concentrating nature of this form of processing, selecting only the purest and cleanest organic and/or wildcrafted raw materials is of utmost importance. Spagyric processing is a chemical-free process.

With an understanding of spagyric, Spagyric Greens is a power-packed formula of nutrient rich living foods and herbal components.  Together, they help support balanced energy, healthy immune systems and maintain a youthful vitality.  I hope you can see why I am excited to offer these products to my clients.

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As I mentioned in my last blog, I am really, really excited about the new line of supplements that I will be carrying in the office.  Since  my last post, I am trying to fit in training on all their products between clients.  This is not going as I planned, and I am rethinking my plan.

I had a short training today on the few items I currently offer in the office.  Can I get across how excited I am about what these can do for my clients?  I will start with the latest in their line, Liquid Vitamin D3.  Now, if you are reading the news, there are numerous studies being released on the benefits of Vitamin D.  Did you know when you wear sunblock it also blocks out Vitamin D?  Most people have some sort of Vitamin D deficiency and when you look at all the things Vitamin D does for the body, you will be like me and be thrilled to have something you can take daily to help you meet your daily dose.  One dropper full is 2000 IU of Vitamin D.

You might be asking what Vitamin D does for the body.  Aside from needing Vitamin D to help you absorb calcium, which contributes to strong bones, it also helps the immune system, wound healing, nervous system, insulin secretion, and regulate blood pressure.  Research is promising that Vitamin D deficiency may also play a factor in some cancers, Alzheimer’s disease,  Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Rhematoid arthritis and autoimmune diseases.  More research is needed, but so far, things are looking promising.

Note:  In the picture, it mentions Vitamin D is made via sunlight.  Yes, sunscreen filters out some of the Vitamin D, but do not skip using sunscreen to get Vitamin D.

Vitamin D Interactions:

The following medications increase the metabolism of Vitamin D and may decrease serum D levels:  Phenytoin (Dilantin), fosphenytoin (Cerebyx), phenobarbital (Luminal), carbamazepine (Tegretol), and rifampin (Rimactane).

The following medications should not be taken at the same time as vitamin D because they can decrease the intestinal absorption of vitamin D:  Cholestyramine (Questran), colestipol (Colestid), orlistat (Xenical), mineral oil, and the fat substitute Olestra.

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