Movember is a Men’s Health Awareness Movement in the US highlighting Prostate Health, Testicular Cancer, and Mental Health.
One platform, Prostate Health is an issue that does not get a lot of press, though millions of American men suffer from some type of urinary or sexual concern related to the prostate. The prostate is a little organ next to the bladder. Symptoms of prostatitis (inflammation of the prostate) are as varied as the causes of prostatitis. Prostatitis can be due to acute or chronic bacterial infections, and it can be idiopathic (cause is unknown). This last diagnosis is especially frustrating for men, as they can suffer from an array of symptoms such as: pain or Read more
Ribbon Cutting a Wonderful Success!
It was a flurry of activity! Patients, friends and colleagues came to celebrate our official Grand Opening on Friday, November 4, 2016.
People received signed copies of Dr. Rozenn’s book, Your Fertility Program, enjoyed tasty treats by Talya’s Kitchen and Dr. Rozenn’s sugar-free home-baked cookies!
At 5:30 we had our Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with the head of the Downtown Association, Chip!
At 6:30pm “The Elements of Life” talk was given by Dr. Rozenn, with an extensive tour of the clinic.
Engage the Elements of Life. Thousands of years ago the ancient Chinese derived the concept of the interdependent elements of life. You are a microcosm of the universe. The mixing of wood, metal, water, earth and fire give life to our world-and the web of this interconnected relationship is responsible for the balance in your life. Come learn, understand, and use these concepts in your life.
Come see us at our new location, where Integrative Medicine unfolds.
One of the advantages of our new office at Plaza de la Cruz is the space to have a complete cupping station. In order to provide cupping to patients, a practitioner needs space for to properly sanitize and store cups. Many people have seen pictures of cup marks, but the process and applications of cupping therapy are mysterious. Read more
“What is food to one person may be bitter poison to others.” This expression originated in the first century C.E. Even the ancient Romans knew that the same meal may be nourishing to one person and detrimental to another. But, how do you know what is your food, and what is your poison? Further, what if the meal that nourishes you today is toxic to you tomorrow? Food sensitivity testing was developed to help you discover what diet is best for you!
I remember the time before this testing was available. The only way to ascertain food sensitivities was to go through a food-elimination diet that could last for months. I can attest, from personal experience, that this was a miserable process. Then, almost 20 years ago, the first food sensitivity panel came on the market. It only measured IgG immune reaction to four foods, but even this small test helped people avoid their acne, eczema, migraines, fatigue, weight gain, indigestion, constipation, sinus & respiratory issues,etc! Read more
I was asked three times this week by my patients if I work with women going through menopause. Almost everyone knows someone between the ages of 42-55 who is going through “the change”. Since I have extensive post graduate training in Women’s Health, and I do a lot of fertility work, it makes sense that I would also help women through menopause….right?
For most women, menopause is a shift that happens over a period of years. It is a naturally occurring transition that every woman goes through. During this time her hormone levels undergo severe fluctuations. Progesterone and estrogen decline as ovarian function decreases, but luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicular stimulating hormone (FSH) increase as the pituitary attempts to stimulate the ovaries and induce ovulation.
Sound complicated? It is!
Basically, during this transition women have too much of some hormones and not enough of others. As their bodies try to adapt to these dramatic hormonal shifts, women can experience symptoms such as: night sweats, hot flashes, irritability, insomnia, irregular menses with profuse bleeding and more!
So how can a natural process be so uncomfortable? Some women, about 25% have no menopausal symptoms. One day their menses simply ceases. Other women enter menopause with yin and yang imbalances due to prolonged overexertion (such as working full time, raising children, attaining higher education and being the emotional support system for the whole family, whew!). This makes them more likely to experience symptoms during menopause.
What can a woman do? First of all, she can accept this shift as a gift, even though it may not always feel like a gift. Women part with precious energy every month through bleeding as a consequence of being fertile. It is part of our physical makeup to give of ourselves to nurture others. As a woman moves into a new phase in life, she no longer has to part with this energy. She can keep this resource for herself. Post menopause can be a time for women to focus fully on themselves, their needs and wants.
Oriental medical theory asserts that during menopause women are prone to yin and yang imbalances. I truly enjoy supporting women through this transition with acupuncture, herbal therapy and diet and lifestyle counseling. Through supporting the body to attain a new balance between yin and yang, these modalities can reduce unpleasant menopausal symptoms such as: hot flashes, night sweats, irritability, profuse menstrual bleeding, etc.
The result is a stronger, healthier woman who can enter gracefully into the next phase of her life.
“Prior to being under Dr. Rozenn’s care, I had only been to community acupuncture. I now liken that to getting a chair massage in the mall, and then realizing how life-changing a full-on spa massage is! The way she gets to the root of the problem and then continues to delve on each visit until symptoms clear up is so amazing to me.” Lisa Marie, G. ~ Felton
Treating patients along side my adviser in China in what is called a “community acupuncture” setting was an invaluable experience. The room was about 200 sq. ft. There were tables lined up along all sides, chairs in the middle and semi-private partitions were available to 4 people at a time. Patients were in various stages of undress. There was no privacy, no HIPPA, no informed consent. The whole room would listen to patients discuss their miscarriages, back pain and bowel movements. Most patients received electro-stimulation. I remember one patient with trigeminal neuralgia enduring deep facial needles with electricity. My adviser would laugh at the thin Japanese needles and gentle techniques I use in the United States! No dietary advice was given. Very rarely were herbal formulas prescribed or laboratory testing requisitioned. No lifestyle counseling was considered. It was eye opening to me–seeing patients treated in this manner and I realized it could never, ever be duplicated in the United States. Even in Santa Cruz, most people are not willing to be half naked and discuss their bladder pain in front of strangers (or friends for that matter!). But China has a different culture, and there this model works. Read more
I received an email from someone in our community last week that really impressed me. She was accurate in her assessment and precise in her question: “What makes your practice so different than most licensed acupuncturists?” I’m sure many people have the same basic questions about education, licensing etc., so I posted her email and my response. Her email is in Read more
Do you have abdominal pain, indigestion, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, gas, nausea and fatigue? You are not alone! Digestive problems are incredibly common. Unfortunately, many people suffering from these symptoms:
1. Don’t realize how many of their friends, family and co-workers struggle with the same problems
2. Feel alone, helpless and embarrassed
3. Don’t know that Oriental medicine can be incredibly effective!
Digestive disorders range from hemorrhoids to “heart burn” to loss of appetite, and everything in between. One common Western diagnosis given to people with chronic diarrhea, constipation or abdominal pain is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). This complex disorder that afflicts up to 20% of the world’s population! You may have heard IBS be referred to as an “incurable disease” by your physician. Read more
It is important to educate the public on this condition because it is so prevalent world wide. It is generally acknowledged that an estimated 10% of all women during their reproductive years are affected by endometriosis. This is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found elsewhere in the body, which can lead to extreme pain and reproductive complications.
The most common Signs and symptoms of Endometriosis include:
- Painful periods
- Intense cramping may start 1-2 days prior to menstruation and can be so severe that it causes vomiting, diarrhea and fainting.
- Pain at the end of or just AFTER menses
- Irregular cycles
- Annovulatory cycles
- Premenstrual spotting
- Painful intercourse