While October was Breast Cancer awareness month, in November (MOvember) we turn our attention to Men’s Health. A “mo” is a term for a mustache.
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
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!
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
Depression is a healthy response to traumatic or overwhelming events. After a short period of “feeling down in the dumps” people typically recover and get on with their lives. For some however, feelings of loneliness, sadness, anxiety, irritability and hopelessness are unrelenting and can greatly impact their quality of life.
New Years Resolutions can be tricky. For some of us, it involves setting idealistic goals which only sometimes, if we’re lucky, pan out. So what makes for a successful New Years Resolution, and how can we make beneficial changes last. Read more
I’m sorry to say it, guys, but its true: you are part of the fertility equation. In fact, you have just as much influence over conception, miscarriage and baby’s health as your partner. The good news is that you have enormous potential to change your fertility! Did you know that every three months you get a totally new crop of sperm? That’s right! Unlike women, who are born with all of the eggs the will ever have, you make new sperm constantly! Read to learn some simple things you can do to change your fertility, an excerpt from my book, Your Fertility Program.