As many women know, menstrual cramps can be quite painful and disruptive to daily life. The constant aching and pain that may last up 7 days can really take a toll on a woman’s quality of life. Of course, there are plenty of medications on the market that can ease the pain but do not treat the root of the problem. From a traditional Chinese medical standpoint, menstrual cramps are the result of energy (qi) and blood not able to flow freely. (We call this qi and blood stagnation) There are many different ways to help promote movement during this time of the menstrual cycle that really help with painful periods. [Read more…]
Mainstream medical treatment is beginning to shift towards a more holistic approach. Major hospitals around the country are starting to offer “alternative health” services to their patients in addition to conventional care, including acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy, massage and nutritional therapies, to name a few. For many people, it may be confusing to determine which services to use and how one modality affects another. (For example, many of our patients ask if they can get massage the same day as acupuncture.) [Read more…]
Beans are an excellent source of vegetarian protein. The proteins from beans (legumes) can help regulate water and sugar metabolism and should be eaten as part of a healthy diet. Some people are afraid of eating beans due to flatulence or digestive upset, however these symptoms are usually due to improper preparation and cooking techniques. Make sure to soak your beans overnight in cold water before cooking. [Read more…]
Yoga has been well documented to assist with many health challenges. From heart disease, arthritis and osteoporosis, the benefits of a
regular yoga practice have been linked to improved health and well being. According to Susan Winter Ward, author of the
book Yoga for the Young at Heart (Nataraj Publishing, 2002), insists there is nobody for whom yoga is completely off limits. “If you’re
breathing, you can do yoga,” Ward says. “All it takes is some creativity to adapt poses to any level of ability.”
Simple postures (called asanas) can increase flexibility, blood flow, reduces muscular tension, improves
digestion, nerves and respiratory system efficiency, eliminate asthma, diabetes, migraine, lower back pain, high blood pressure and arthritis. Movement
decreases stiffness, rigidity and strengthens our muscles, ligaments and joints. Yoga reduces the need for prescription drugs. People over the age
of 70 take an average of 8 prescription medications daily. Yoga is shown to reduce the needs for prescription drugs. [Read more…]
The practice of traditional Chinese medicine (CM) is very complex. People often ask “how does acupuncture work?” or “what types of conditions can acupuncture treat?” The answers to such questions are much more involved than a simple list of ailments. Simply put, and CM is an ancient, energetic, holistic medicine that takes into account all aspects of a person’s lifestyle and symptoms in order to make a diagnosis and treatment strategy. Let’s break this down more clearly. [Read more…]
When I received this thank you card in the mail I just had to add it to the blog! This woman gave birth in the hospital after having a C-Section 2 years ago, She came to me with a very common thought – “Well I’d LIKE to give birth without an epidural but since I’ve never done this before, I’m not really sure if I can and I’ll play it by ear”. I told her that I shared that exact thought leading up to my birth and that what I’ve seen through attending labors, is that if you do not have a strong conviction to have an unmedicated labor, you most likely will call for the epidural. To be clear, I have no judgements either way regarding womens choices. I simply want to help them to create a vision of their ideal birth and then do my best to support that vision. The nurses and doctors were all amazed at her grace during birth. She told me during labor that the acupuncture was reducing her contraction pain so much that she thought she was “stalling out” (when in reality she was almost 7 cm dilated)! She was truly a joy to work with and proof that women can have smooth, unmedicated births. Here is what she wrote to me:
“All I can possibly say is thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me along the most amazing journey of my life. I feel blessed to have had your support and am thrilled with the outcome of my birth. I am so grateful for your extensive knowledge and all the work you did leading up to and during the labor. I think of my daughter’s birthday each day and truly feel a sense of empowerment having had the birth that I wanted. I think you are an incredible woman who has so much to give!
-K.G. from Birmingham, MI
I love yoga. Every time I leave a yoga class, I feel lighter, more flexible and I become a happier person. (It’s not that I’m a unhappy person but yoga definitely enhances my mood!) I have been practicing for about 7 years and I have watched myself grow physically, emotionally and spiritually through my practice. The more I practice, the more I believe that yoga is an important practice for everyone. (And yes, I mean everyone). I often recommend patients try yoga as a gentle alternative to exercise but it is much more than that. Many people find much more satisfaction and spiritual fulfillment in a yoga class as compared to regular exercise. [Read more…]
Holistic Fertility Support Group
The struggle to conceive can be a very emotional and taxing journey. In conjunction with conventional medical treatments, there are several aspects of health and well-being that can be addressed through complementary techniques. These techniques include diet, exercise, acupuncture, herbs, supplements and coping skills that are imperative in surviving the emotional rollercoaster.
This group provides the opportunity for women to come together and learn about the Chinese medical approach to fertility, as well as other holistic approaches to prepare the body for pregnancy. Most importantly, this group provides the opportunity for women to share their experience with other women who are going through the same struggle and know that no one is alone.
Sunday July 10th
Emotional Coping Skills
Attempting to conceive can be emotionally taxing on many different levels. This meeting will go over some important tools for helping people move forward in their journey.
There is no cost to attend.
All meetings will be from 10:30am – Noon.
Location: Acupuncture Healthcare Associates of Michigan
7001 Orchard Lake Road | Suite 132 | West Bloomfield, MI 480322
7001 Orchard Lake Road, Ste 132
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Diet is just as important as acupuncture and herbs when it comes to treating the body from a traditional Chinese medical perspective. Making appropriate food choices is key in maintaing good balance. Individual foods, like Chinese herbs, have specific healing properties and this is the basis of Eastern nutritional theory. For example, certain foods have warming properties and should therefore be eaten more frequently during the winter months. These foods include cinnamon, clove, ginger and lamb. Likewise, there are foods that have more cooling properties such as cucumber, watermelon, lettuce and cabbage. [Read more…]
As we begin the new year, many people are hoping to make dietary changes. I have found a lot of confusion among people as to which dietary path to choose: Vegetarian? Organic? More grains? Less grains?
Whenever I find myself confused about dietary choices, I always think of the basic TCM dietary principals:
Especially at this time of year, its always best to have warm, cooked foods. Instead of choosing salad, have soup instead. When food is already warm, your body does not have to expend as much qi to digest the food properly. This concept also applies to fruit. In general, fruits should be limited (relative to vegetables) at this time of the year but when eaten, fruits should be at least at room temperature.
When it comes to grains, whole grains is the only way to go. During the winter months, more warming and nourishing grains are preferable. These grains include basmati rice, wheat, oats, quinoa and well-cooked barley.
Finally, Chinese medicine supports the consumption of animal protein. (In moderation, of course). This category emphasizes the consumption of eggs, chicken, pork and fish. Consumption of beef and lamb are also acceptable. (Dairy should be limited or completely avoided, as it creates dampness within the body)
Remember, it’s all about balance! Make sure to eat a variety of different grains, vegetables, fruits and protein. Finally, listen to your body! If you find that eating a certain food causes digestive upset or discomfort, please avoid that food.