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The Health Benefits of Laughter Therapy

It is more than six years now since the first “Laughter Club” was set up. There is a growing demand for such clubs in India and abroad. Almost everyday more and more people are joining Laughter Clubs and are reaping its benefits. One of the benefits is that laughter puts the members in a positive frame of mind and gradually makes them positive thinkers. People suffering from a variety of stress-related diseases have benefited in some way or another. But we don’t claim that long-standing ailments have been cured by laughter therapy. Laughter is more of a supplementary and preventive therapy.

Anti Stress: Laughter is one of the finest, most economical and easy ways to reduce stress. Laughter is one of the best muscle relaxants. Laughter expands blood vessels and sends more blood to the extremities and other muscles all over the body. A good bout of laughter also reduces the levels of stress hormones epinephrine and cortisol. It is used as a form of dynamic meditation or relaxation. For meditation one has to put in a concerted effort to completely detach oneself, on mental and emotional levels, from one’s own feelings and thought processes, as well as from the physical world to prevent distractions. While laughing we do not have any conscious thought process and all our senses naturally and effortlessly combine in a moment of harmony to give joy, peace and relaxation. In other types of meditation you need to concentrate a lot to take your mind away from distracting thoughts, which is easier said than done. Therefore, laughter is, if I may say so, the easiest form of meditation and one which brings you instant relaxation.

Strengthens the Immune System: The immune system plays an important role in maintaining good health by keeping away infections, allergies and cancers. It has been proven by psychoneuroimmunologists that negative emotions like anxiety, depression or anger weaken the immune system of the body, thereby reducing its fighting capacity against infections. According to Dr. Lee S. Berk from Loma Linda University, California, laughter helps to increase the count of natural killer cells (NK cells – a type of white cell) and also raises the antibody levels. Researchers have found that after laughter therapy there is an increase in antibodies (Immunoglobulin A) in the mucous of the nose and respiratory passages, which is believed to have a protective capacity against some viruses, bacteria and other micro organisms. Many members of Laughter Clubs have noticed that their frequency of common colds, sore throats and chest infections has decreased. The effect of laughter on the immune system is considered to be very significant with regard to deadly disease like AIDS and cancer by improving quality of life.

Aerobic Exercise: The one benefit almost everybody experiences is a sense of well-being. After 15 minutes of laughter in the morning, they feel fresh throughout the day. There is no medicine like laughter which gives you such an instant result. The reason for the sense of well-being is that you inhale more oxygen while laughing. Laughter can be compared to any aerobic exercises except you don’t have to wear fancy shoes or clothes. You don’t need to sweat hard on the jogging tracks. According to Dr. William Fry from Stanford University, one minute of laughter is equal to 10 minutes on the rowing machine. Laughter stimulates heart and blood circulation like aerobic exercise. Laughter exercise is suited for sedentary people and those who are confined to a bed or wheelchair.

Depression, anxiety and psychosomatic disorders: The stress and strain of modern life are taking a heavy toll of the human mind and body. Mind-related diseases like anxiety, depression, nervous breakdowns and sleeplessness are on the rise. Laughter has benefited many people who were on heavy anti-depressant pills and tranquilizers. Now they are getting better sleep and their depression has reduced. People with suicidal tendencies have started living with more hope.

High Blood Pressure and Heart disease: There are a number of causes for high blood pressure and heart disease like heredity, obesity, smoking and excessive intake of saturated fats. But stress is one of the major factors. Laughter definitely helps to control blood pressure by reducing the release of stress-related hormones and bringing relaxation.

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Dr. Mandan Kataria
http://www.laughteryoga.org
Mumbai, INDIA. 2003.
Phone : +91-22-26316426
E-Mail : laugh@laughteryoga.org

 

Acupuncture & Herbal Treatment of Uterine Fibroids

Herbs for buddhaChinese herbal medicine can help shrink uterine fibroids and acupuncture can help with any pain associated with them. Juliette Aiyana will customize your herbal treatment for you.

Q: Are there any alternative or natural treatment options to having a hysterectomy for fibroids?

A: Yes. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy have been used for centuries to treat uterine fibroids effectively. In very severe cases, there may be no alternative treatment from heavy medications or surgery. However, in many cases fibroids will effectively shrink or disappear as a result of Chinese herbal medicine.

Aside from being gentle and promoting whole-person health, treatment addresses the root cause of fibroid growth instead of just the symptom itself. When the underlying cause of fibroids is treated, they are less likely to keep growing back, which tends to be a problem following hormone or surgical treatments. For many women, the fibroids disappear naturally after menopause.

Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are a viable, natural and conservative therapy for small uterine fibroids under 8 cm.

Or if you have larger fibroids acupuncture and herbs might be able to manage the symptoms of pain and heavy bleeding.

Q: How do acupuncture and Chinese herbs help fibroids?

A: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treats fibroids as a symptom of energetic imbalance, just as it treats other medical complaints. Your acupuncturist will determine the underlying cause of the disease through careful evaluation of your present symptoms as well as a head-to-toe assessment of all the body’s functions. Juliette Aiyana will treat you using acupuncture, dietary, lifestyle and herbal suggestions tailored to your body’s individual needs.

Q: How many treatments does it take to treat fibroids?

A: I recommend acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy consults for fibroids 1-2 times per month, for 3-12 months depending on the case. Each patient’s case is different, and the total number of treatments required depends on several factors including the size of the fibroids and how long they have been growing in the uterus, as well as the underlying energetic condition of the patient.

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A friend of mind recommended Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist to me on a day that I was suffering with severe neck and back pain. After visiting her website, the neck and back pain became a non-issue because I saw literature on female problems that were very familiar to me: endometriosis, fibroids, etc. Needless to say, I scheduled an appointment right away and have not regretted it for a moment. I had an ovarian cyst and fibroid for approximately six months, which became progressively worse; it grew and caused sharp pain in my side. My gynecologist suggested another surgery, but I didn’t entertain the thought of being cut again for the same problem which grew back after the previous surgeries.

Juliette initially administered acupuncture once a week for about three months, and then reduced frequency to every other week; the week of my ovulation and a few days before my menses were due. She put me on a very strict diet that consisted of abstention from dairy products, cold foods and beverages, raw foods, and sugar; I’m already a vegetarian. As a matter of fact, I did the impossible; I totally eliminated chocolate from my diet.

Juliette’s treatment also included periodic massages, aromatherapy and the usage of a heat lamp, which were extremely relaxing. She taught me how to administer self-massage to break up the tightly adhered scars left by my previous surgeries. Last but not least, I was given a cocktail of Chinese herbs to take twice a day. The first symptom that relieved was the painful menstrual cramps I dealt with every month.

After a course of treatment for about six months, just imagine the excitement that came over me when my gynecologist told me that there was no more evidence of the cyst and fibroid that had been growing inside of me. He searched high and low for it and to our surprise it was gone. I shared this news with Juliette at my next visit and she, too, was excited. We both screamed and she danced around in a circle. That was awesome and some amazing healing”! -Tawana, Age 42. Read more of Juliette’s patient’s success stories! 

Q: Which underlying energetic imbalance causes uterine fibroids?

A: Most patients have several imbalances occurring simultaneously, but very commonly there is impeded blood flow to and from the uterus, known as blood stagnation, leading to accumulation of excess tissue. Other frequently related issues include imbalance of the liver and spleen energetic systems, the yin energy and/or phlegm accumulation.

Q: What are fibroids?

A: Uterine fibroids are benign tumors that are made up of the muscle and connective tissue from the wall of the uterus. Fibroids may grow as a single nodule or in clusters and may range in size from 1 mm to more than 20 cm (8 inches) in diameter. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), uterine fibroids affect at least 25% of women.

Q: What are the symptoms of fibroids?

A: Though many women with fibroids do not experience obvious symptoms, others suffer from excessive menstrual bleeding, painful periods, bleeding between periods, pelvic pain or fullness, pain during intercourse, and frequent urination.

Aside from the above symptoms of inconvenience and discomfort, fibroids can also interfere with fertility and are the leading cause of hysterectomy (removal of the uterus) in the United States. Milder cases are usually treated with hormone medications and less invasive surgery to control fibroid growth.

Many women prefer to avoid surgery. Dr. Herbert Goldfarb who published the The No-Hysterectomy Option, Your Body Your Choice, in 1990 because most physicians advocated the final solution to most women’s gynecological abnormalities to be hysterectomy. On his website he states, “The sad truth of the matter is that the uterus and pelvic organs are often considered by physicians to be expendable once a woman’s childbearing years are over. The pelvic organs are rarely studied outside the realm of reproduction. Most doctors believe that once a woman has had her children, the uterus and ovaries are then useless and can be removed”.

According to the FDA article entitled Alternatives to Hysterectomy;

      The United States has one of the highest rates of hysterectomy in the world, with about 5 out of every 1,000 women each year having the operation, according to the CDC. Other industrialized countries show lower rates; in England, for example, the rate is less than 3 per 1,000 women annually. In Norway, it’s less than 2 in 1,000. Some are concerned that many hysterectomies are done unnecessarily in this country. “There are some cases where hysterectomy is the only option, for instance, for some types of cancer,” says Anthony Scialli, M.D., director of the obstetrics and gynecology residency program at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. “But I think we perform too many hysterectomies. It’s a matter of American gynecologists being accustomed to performing a hysterectomy and American women being accustomed to getting one–based on their mother or other female relative having one. The one thing in favor of a hysterectomy is that it works for abnormal uterine bleeding–but it should be the last step, not the first step.”


Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. Herbalist

 32 Union Square East, Suite 615N New York, NY 10003

 

 

Stress, Anxiety, & Panic Attack Relief with Acupuncture & Herbs

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Anxiety and Panic Attack Treatments with acupuncture and Chinese herbs are fast acting, safe, effective. Chinese medicine recognizes that a variety of causes and conditions continually arise in life which shift our energy. Because of these shifts we may not feel happy all the time, nor are we expected to according to the Chinese medical perspective.

In fact, the person in optimal health will experience the full range of emotions, but without getting stuck in any one emotional state. When stress, anxiety and panic attacks get in the way of life, patients need fast acting treatments. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs offer a natural, safe and effective method of treatment.

In clinical practice, the patients I treat recover quickly from stress, anxiety and panic attack treatments. When I treat people with stress and emotional disorders using acupuncture and Chinese herbs I tailor an individualized and focused treatment strategy to the specific imbalances of each person.

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I gently place acupuncture needles in the body to open up blockages in energy flow, and to support systems that are weak or out of balance with the rest of the body. My approach allows the body to heal itself naturally, and the tailored treatment provides effective. Treatment also aims to resolve the problems from the root cause, for lasting relief. I also teach home care stress reduction techniques.

“After my second appointment with Juliette I never suffered from another anxiety attack again, and it has now been almost a year since I first visited her. I am so grateful to Juliette. I admit I went into this a little skeptical but Juliette Aiyana is so knowledgeable and easy to talk to, as soon as I met her I was immediately glad I made the appointment. Each week I would look forward to my appointment, it was such a relaxing experience. I have such faith in Juliette that I have referred her to friends with various ailments who have also had great results with her. I highly recommend Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. without reservations.” – Christine READ MORE PATIENT ENDORSEMENTS HERE

 

 Many people are not aware that when stress builds up in their system they experience physical or emotional symptoms. Some symptoms of stress are heart palpitations, muscle tension, headaches, fatigue, or problems with digestion, sleep, memory, or motivation. Sometimes stress or a traumatic event leads to general anxiety or panic attacks.

 

Stress, Anxiety & Emotions

 Emotions only cause imbalance if they are extreme, or if the patient holds on to them for long periods of time. If a person’s body experiences symptoms of imbalance, it means the energy flow is either blocked, deficient, or out of balance. Both physical and emotional wellness depends on a smooth flow of energy throughout the body. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs balance energy by harmonizing the flow the energy, the result of which is smooth flow and thereby reduces and/or eliminates stress, anxiety and panic attacks.

One way to achieve emotional balance is through treatment based on the Chinese Five Element system. Each of the five systems is interrelated, and the health of each one depends on balance between all of them. The five elements are fire, water, wood, metal and earth. Within the elemental relationships, each emotion relates to a specific organ. The five emotions are joy which affects the heart energy, fear/fright which affects the kidney energy, sadness/grief which affect the lung energy, anger/frustration which affects the liver energy, and worry/over-thinking which affects the spleen energy.

Stress, Anxiety & Pain

Physically, stress has several effects on the body. The main problem it causes is stuck or blocked energy, also known as stagnation. When symptoms appear, it signals that energy in one or more pathway is blocked. Some symptoms of qi stagnation are neck and back pain, fatigue, PMS, menstrual cramps or infertility. Over time symptoms become more severe and spread to other systems in the body. Treatment with acupuncture and Chinese herbs will resolve the cause of energetic disharmony to heal the physical symptoms and prevent future disease.

At-Home Stress Relief

 To “wash” your body and mind clean of stress and less than desirable experiences, emotions and events, try the following tips to help bring harmony back to your physical and emotional self, by smoothing out energy flow:

  1. Sitting in a comfortable position, close your eyes and visualize sitting by stream of water flowing gently by. When thoughts come into your head, they are part of the stream, just flowing by you. Allow yourself to consider the thought and then let it go on its way down the stream, not getting caught or lingering too long in your mind.
  2. Breath slowly and deeply. On the inhale, fill your lungs, chest, and belly completely with fresh clean air. On the exhale, release out all the air, along with the tension and built up thoughts and stresses from the day. Oxygen will circulate throughout the lungs and entire body, opening clogged areas and releasing tension from your mind and muscles. Many times during the day we don’t realize how shallowly we have been breathing.
  3. Firmly brush your limbs off, from the trunk of your body outwards. Start at the shoulders and brush out to fingertips, and past them, as if brushing a thick dust off each sleeve. Then, sitting with your legs straight out in front of you, start at the hips and brush all the way down to feet. Energetically, this releases negative or stagnated energy, and refreshes the natural balance of the body, enhancing circulation and washing impurities out of body and mind.

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Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs as an Effective Treatment for Depression

Chinese herbal medicine can be very effective for mild to moderate depression

I recently asked a highly respected and experienced acupuncturist from China which diseases she treated the most using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) when she was practicing in China. “Depression and pain,” she replied.

 

Acupuncture is becoming well known in the United States as an effective treatment of body pain, but exploring TCM deeper reveals wider applications, including for the treatment of depression.

 

 

 

“After feeling discouraged from the western medicine I was using to treat a chronic health problem, I sought out Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. I thought that an alternative approach to my care may be more beneficial. Fortunately, I was right. I have been seeing Juliette for a little over a year now and she has been more effective than any other health practitioner I have come across. She is extremely attentive, careful, thorough and works very hard to ensure that her patients get the best treatments possible. Aside from the acupuncture and herbs, Juliette’s encouragement and insights have been key components to my personal healing process. Seeking out Juliette has been one of the best things I have ever done for myself”. -Anonymous.

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The many types of depression are defined as mood disorders by the American Psychiatric Association. The Mayo Clinic lists the following mental and physical signs and symptoms indicative of depression1:

  • Irritability
  • Feelings of anxiety
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in life
  • Neglect of personal responsibility or personal care
  • Changes in eating habits
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Fatigue and loss of energy
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Feeling helpless, hopeless, or worthless
  • Physical symptoms (e.g., headaches, chronic pain)
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

Do you feel any of the symptoms listed above?
If so, Chinese medicine may be right for you.
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In the United States, the rate of people seeking medical treatment for depression markedly increased between the late 1980s and early 1990s and continued to increase through the 1990s.2 There are many side effects of antidepressant medication and many mimic the signs and symptoms of depression itself. Some of the various side effects of antidepressants are as follows3:

  • Dry mouth
  • Urinary retention
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Sleep disruption
  • Weight gain
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Gastrointestinal disturbance/diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Inability to achieve an erection
  • Loss of libido
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety

Depression is a very complicated disease that affects mental health and the various physical systems of the body resulting in decreased quality of life. Health is the balance among all of the emotional and physical occurrences in the body. If these fall out of balance, disease will occur. For example, one may become depressed because of a battle with insomnia or one may become an insomniac resulting from a struggle with depression.

Acupuncture increases the “happy” hormones; serotonin, endorphins & enkephalins while reducing the stress hormone,cortisol

TCM approaches health and disease with the understanding that the mind and body function as one operable unit not to be treated as two separate, unrelated parts. The National Institute of Health states that in TCM, qi (pronounced “chee”) is believed to regulate a person’s spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical balance, and to be influenced by the opposing forces of yin and yang. This description highlights TCM’s view of the mind-body connection of health.4

According to TCM theory, depression is a disease that occurs from stagnant or depressed qi in the body creating emotional and physical imbalance. Acupuncture and herbs can regulate stagnant qi resolving the depressive state in the body and help achieve health. Clinical trials analyzing acupuncture as treatment for depression, patients who experienced acupuncture improved slightly more than patients treated with an antidepressant drug alone.5

 

 

Acupuncture and herbs are effective, safe treatments for depression and can be used alone or in conjunction with antidepressants. Call today, and Juliette Aiyana will work with you to help you attain overall health and a better quality of life!

Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist, Author, Creator of HealthyStuffU.com
Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
32 Union Square East, Suite 615N
New York, NY 10003
(646)504-2251

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1 http://www.mayoclinic.org/depression/diagnosis.html
2 Mojtabai, R. M.D., Ph.D., and Mark Olfson, M. M.D., M.P.H. (2006). Treatment Seeking for Depression in Canada and the United States. Psychiatric Services. 57:631-639.
3 http://www.clinical-depression.co.uk/Treating_Depression/side_effects.htm
4 http://nccam.nih.gov/health/acupuncture
5 Röschke J, Wolf C, Miller MJ, Wagner P, Mann K, Grözinger M, and Bech S. (2000). The benefit from whole body acupuncture in major depression. Journal of affective disorders. 57(1-3):73-81

Endometriosis Treatment with Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs

Endometriosis Treatment with Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Therapy

It is safe and effective, learn more below…

Endometriosis is a condition suffered by women of reproductive age and affects an estimated 89 million women around the world, regardless of background or race–Learn more about Endometriosis Treatment with Acupuncture. The word endometriosis is derived from the word “endometrium,” which is the lining inside of a woman’s uterus. The uterine endometrium (sometimes called endometrial tissue or lining) is normally shed during each menstrual period. Every month when a woman has her menstrual period, if the ovulated egg is not fertilized, the endometrial tissue along with blood and the unfertilized egg are shed from the uterus resulting in menstruation. Endometriosis Treatment with Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are a safe and effective natural treatment for endometriosis.

With woman suffering from endometriosis, the endometrial tissue normally found in the uterus is also present on the outside of the uterus, in the pelvic cavity. The endometrial tissue outside the uterus responds to the hormonal changes that occur each menstrual month in women but unlike the uterine endometrial lining, this tissue is not expelled from the body during menstruation. Instead, the endometrial tissue lingers and is slowly absorbed into the body which then inflames the surrounding tissues.

Women with endometriosis usually experiences lower abdominal pain 5-7 days before menstruation, during menstruation or with ovulation. Many women who are suffering from endometriosis experience irregular menstruation with excessive bleeding and clotting during their menses, low back pain, nausea, vomiting,intestinal upsets, fatigue, pain with sexual intercourse, discomfort with urination or bowel movements, and infertility. It is estimated that 30 to 40 percent of women who report infertility problems have endometriosis.

After undergoing two pelvic surgeries that led to adhesions which caused more pain than the fibroid or endometriosis I had the surgeries for, I was despondent. Pain medication left me unable to function during the day and the alternatives the medical community offered me: a hysterectomy, nerve blocks or hormones, held no guarantees, had risks and were just unacceptable to me. My personality changed as I was in constant, unrelenting pain.

The only relief I had was the sleep I feel in to every night after taking prescription pain killers. I stopped making plans with friends, did not want to socialize and just counted the hours until I could medicate and go to sleep. One day, I was on an endometriosis website and one of the bloggers was singing the praises of acupuncture. I decided I had nothing to lose and found Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist in her NYC office. At my first appointment I told her that I was just looking for relief, not a cure, and while she made no promises Juliette made it clear that her goal was to cure me of all pain. I knew then how serious, professional, caring and dedicated she is.

With acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, supplements such as fish oils and B-complex, and heat lamp therapy, Juliette Aiyana, has literally given me my life back and she achieved her goal; I am pain free. I continue to see Juliette pro-actively, although I can honestly state that I was “cured” after about two months of treatment. I don’t like to think about what would have happened to me if I had not found Juliette”. – Caroline, Age 47.

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Western Diagnosis and Treatment

Although the causes of endometriosis remain unknown, several different theories have been put forward as to what the cause(s) may be. The most commonly accepted theory is retrograde menstruation, also known as “backward menstruation.” Normally during the menses the menstrual blood is shed and comes out. In some women, a small amount of blood flows backwards down the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic cavity. This blood contains cells from the uterine lining (endometrium). It is not known why in some women this might implant and lead to endometriosis, it may have something to do with a particular woman’s immune response and ability to fight off and remove these cells. Another theory suggests that endometrial tissue is distributed from the uterus to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system or through the blood system. A genetic theory suggests that it may be carried in the genes in certain families or that some families may have predisposing factors. If your mother or sister has endometriosis, you are six times more likely to get the disease than other women.

The Western diagnosis and treatment for this condition are invasive and include surgery and drug therapy. A laparoscopy or laparotomy is usually performed to diagnose the condition. For laparoscopy surgery, a lighted optical tube is inserted through a small incision in the navel, and is often referred to as “bellybutton surgery.” Laparotomy is a more extensive procedure where there is a full incision and a longer recovery period. Radical surgery, which may be necessary in severe cases, involves hysterectomy, removal of all growths, and removal of ovaries.

 

Eastern Endometriosis Treatment with Acupuncture and Diagnosis
In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), groups of symptoms, or syndromes, are typically classified into patterns that involve the internal organs and/or energy pathways of the body. In TCM, the primary pattern or mechanism which causes endometriosis is Blood stagnation.

If there is a free flow of qi and blood, there will be no pain, but if there is no free flow of qi and blood, there will be pain.

This means that if the blood and qi are stagnant and not flowing freely (specifically in lower abdominal region), there will be pain.

Spleen qi deficiency and blood stasis: The cause of this pattern is chronic illness or constitutional weakness. Some of the signs and symptoms of this pattern include lower abdominal pain, fatigue, abdominal tenderness that may feel better with pressure, pain during or after periods, preference for warmth, prolapsed bearing down feeling in the uterus, a feeling of anxiousness and worry, loose or soft bowel movements, bruising easily, pale complexion, menstrual periods that are either heavy or scanty and contain blood clots, thick-pale tongue body with tooth-marks on the sides and visible red dots, and a thin-wiry or weak pulse.Blood stagnation can be caused by emotional disturbance, chronic illness, exposure to cold temperatures, surgery, and genital infections. Although blood stasis is the primary pattern in endometriosis, it is often combined with other patterns such as spleen qi deficiency, kidney deficiency, liver qi stagnation, cold stagnation or heat obstruction. The TCM diagnosis is differentiated based on the clinical manifestations associated with each case of endometriosis. The timing, location, nature, and severity of pain are taken into account, along with associated symptoms. The following syndromes are the most commonly seen patterns in women who are suffering from endometriosis:

Liver qi stagnation and blood stasis: The cause of this pattern lies in emotional stress and anxiety. Some of the signs and symptoms include severe lower abdominal pain, abdominal tenderness with an aversion to pressure, breast distention and tenderness before periods, feeling of frustration, distending pain under the rib cage, aversion to pressure on the abdomen, bitter taste in the mouth, menstrual periods that contain a lot of blood clots, menstrual pain relieved after the periods, a dark purple tongue with red spots, and a wiry-choppy pulse.Kidney deficiency and blood stasis: The cause of this pattern is either a constitutional weakness, or a history of surgical procedures. Some of the signs and symptoms of this pattern include lower abdominal pain, lower back weakness and aches, sore knees, fearfulness, ringing in the ears, a feeling of pressure and pain during or after menstrual periods, dizziness, irregular periods, scanty periods or spotting that include blood clots, a history of infertility or habitual miscarriage, a pale tongue color that has red spots, and a deep-thin-choppy pulse.

Cold stagnation and blood stasis: The cause of this pattern is a history of exposure to cold – either cold temperatures (externally), or the chronic consumption of cold foods (internally), especially during menstruation. Some of the signs and symptoms of this pattern include lower abdominal pain and tenderness, pressure and pain before or during periods with a preference for warmth, an aversion to cold, watery menstrual period with blood clots, menstrual pain relieved after the periods, nausea, loose stools, pale complexion, a pale, bluish/purplish tongue with red spots, and a wiry-tight pulse

Heat obstruction and blood stasis: The cause of this pattern is a history of genital infections (in TCM this is considered to be an accumulation of heat toxins in the body). Some of the signs and symptoms of this pattern are, lower abdominal pain and tenderness that are worse with pressure, a fever before, during, or after periods, preference for cold temperatures and foods, bitter taste in the mouth, dry throat, feeling of frustration, constipation, pain during intercourse, a red tongue with red or purple spots, and wiry-rapid pulse.

We advise you to come into the clinic 1 – 2 times per week for acupuncture and will usually combine a Chinese herbal formula for you to take as well. Effectively treating the root cause of endometriosis takes approximately three menstrual cycles. Some women will see a reduction in their symptoms right away while others may take a longer period of time. Stress levels, lifestyle, and general health are important factors involved in response time.It is important to note that most women suffering from endometriosis have more than one pattern diagnosis, therefore you may have symptoms from one or all patterns described above.

 

 

 

Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. Herbalist

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I Know Why Dave Chappelle Quit His Job

Dave quit his job to escape the stress. No amount of money is worth selling your soul for work nor is it worth not being allowed to manifest your soul’s work.

No. It was not because he was smoking crack as the media rumor mill tried to convince us. Did they think the only reason someone would walk away from a multi-million dollar job is because they were on crack? Or did they think that the only reason a black man would do that was because he was on crack? The media does a great job of manufacturing public thought especially when it is racist or sexist thought. And that is one of the reasons Dave quit- as you will read below.

Dave Chappelle joined the few who realize that putting up with certain pressures from work are not worth it. Stress is not worth the money, physical illness or emotional distress it can induce. It is not worth doing things which you consider unethical or uncreative.

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I watched Dave on Oprah and Inside the Actor’s Studio. He talked about the pressure his company placed on him to do certain things with the show that he completely disagreed with. He specifically mentioned a skit shown on the “Lost Episodes” which he believed only confirmed racial stereotypes rather than, in his usual style, mirroring them to us so we can stop using them. I saw the skit and I completely agree with him in spite of the audiences vote. Dave took the bold stance against popularity and financial gain. Dave stands for creative awareness and freedom, cultural awareness and freedom, and self-awareness and freedom.

Many of my patients are ill because of work related stress. They suffer fatigue, anxiety, headaches, frequent colds, insomnia, skin conditions , infertility, weight gain or loss and digestive problems such as IBS, and the list goes on. We

Stress from work or at home can compromise mental and physical health

all live in a society in which we must work to survive. So the very thought of quitting our jobs to find something more spiritually fulfilling can be scary. We worry about our bills, family responsibilities and financial freedom. But the truth is that we cannot have any of those things without our health in body and mind .

As I work with patients who are suffering from physical and emotional pain and illness we discuss lifestyle choices. Many of them decide to make the bold decision to change their lifestyle so that they can free themselves of this suffering. They make personal revelations about how daily choices effect their relationships with friends, family, co-workers, partners- or how choices block them from developing deep relationships because they are working 60 (or more) hours per week .

Lifestyle change is a branch treatment within Chinese medicine. For some people, lifestyle change does not need to be as  drastic as leaving a job. Maybe you can cut work to part-time or take breaks during the work day, stop eating lunch at the desk and go outside to eat, exercise, or use earned vacation time no matter how many pressing client jobs are on the plate. Your employers give you vacation time for a reason. If they get upset because you use the time you are entitled to, that is their problem, don’t make it yours. The government made labor laws for a reason. These laws protect our rights to breaks during the work day .

Are there ways you can reduce your stress, cultivate a sense that you are working toward the greater good for your self, your family or society? Take some time to think about this for yourself. Maybe even journal your thoughts and reflect on them. How much do you lose because of your job? And how much of that is worth the money? Do you know now why Dave Chappelle quit his job?

Stressed? Try Acupuncture, It Works!

Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist, Author, Creator of HealthyStuffU.com
Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
32 Union Square East, Suite 615N
New York, NY 10003
(646) 504.2251

Acupuncture alleviates headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, and menstrual headaches

Acupuncture is an excellent natural treatment for headaches, migraines, cluster headaches and menstrual headaches.

The British Medical Journal , and the National Institutes of Health  have published positive reports about the effectiveness of acupuncture for people suffering both chronic headaches or tension headaches.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective for treatment and prevention of headaches

“People using acupuncture had fewer headaches, less severe headaches and they used less health resources over the course of the following year,” Dr. Andrew Vickers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In a randomized study of 401 patients who got headaches several days per week, patients who received 12 acupuncture treatments in three months reduced the frequency and severity of headaches, took 15% less medication, made 25% less visits to their doctor and took less sick days when compared to the other group who didn’t receive acupuncture. The reduction of medication and medical office visits made acupuncture a much more cost effective alternative.

 

 

At Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs, we are very successful at treating people for headaches, because we use the techniques of Chinese medicine; acupuncture, Chinese herbs, diet change, stress reduction, massage, cupping, gua sha, etc., which treat the symptoms and root cause of the headaches with no negative side-effects. Try our natural approach  instead of prescription or over-the-counter medications that only treat symptoms of headaches, which lead to rebound headaches and cause other undesirable side-effects. Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. successfully treats acute sharp painful headaches, chronic dull achy headaches, migraines, cluster headaches, and menstrual headaches. Most patients feel immediate relief after treatment.

 

 

Cupping treatments feel great and effectively treat pain, and cold & flu.

How does it work?

There is a saying in Chinese medicine, “Where there is pain, there is no free flow and where there is free flow there is no pain.” The free flow is of Blood and Qi (pronounced “chee”). Health is when Qi and Blood flow smoothly throughout the body to nourish, heal and balance. Your practitioner will spend a considerable amount of time with you during your first visit to discover where your Qi and Blood are stagnated or out of balance and why. The where and why are called a pattern of energetic disharmony. The acupuncture points and herbs chosen are appropriate to balancing your unique pattern of disharmony. Every person is different so you will be treated based upon your individual pattern.

♦ In cases of sharp headache pain, the pattern may be excess Qi and Blood in the head so your practitioner will insert needles to move out the excess, thus relieving pain.

♦ Another pattern common to headache patients is that there is not enough Qi or Blood to circulating into the head. Therefore the treatment strategy would be to build, nourish and circulate Qi and Blood.

These are just a couple of examples of common clinical patterns which may cause headache pain.

How many visits will I need?
Patients who walk in with an acute headache usually leave without one. Generally a course of treatment for chronic headaches is one visit per week for three months. Treatment plans vary according to the pattern of energetic disharmony. Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. will give you a tailored treatment plan during your first visit.

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Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist, Author, Creator of HealthyStuffU.com
Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
32 Union Square East, Suite 615 N
New York, NY 10003
(646) 504.2251

 

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Acupuncture alleviates pain, arthritis pain, headache, migraine, and fibromyalgia

Acupuncture is an effective natural treatment for many types of pain such as headaches, migraines, fibromyalgia and arthritis pain. Try Acupuncture! It Works!

Acupuncture used alone or with Chinese herbs helps many types of pain such as muscular, skeletal, arthritic, sports injury, headaches/migraines, fibromyalgia, trigeminal neuralgia, menstrual cramps, pregnancy-related pain and a variety of “unexplained” pain syndromes. Acupuncture can stop, reduce or manage pain, increase joint mobility, reduce or eliminate swelling, numbness and tingling. The best part about using acupuncture for pain is its safety. There are no side effects unlike many pharmaceutical pain management drugs. And unlike drugs which tend to cover up the symptom instead of treating the root cause of your ailment, Chinese medicine treats the root of the problem, giving you long lasting, effective results. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) recognize acupuncture as a beneficial treatment for a variety of pain syndromes. A recent NIH study led by Dr. Berman shows that acupuncture is as effective or more effective than drugs in the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee.

 

Acupuncture is a proven and safe therapy to help knee pain.

“Juliette Aiyana is a fantastic acupuncturist/therapist and all around lifestyle counselor. She’s very warm and caring, and she really listens to what you have to say. She did acupuncture, massage, and hot stone massage for me, as well as nutritional and lifestyle counseling, and really helped with the pain and the healing”.

 

How does it work?

There is a saying in Chinese medicine, “Where there is pain, there is no free flow and where there is free flow there is no pain.” The free flow is of Blood and Qi (pronounced “chee”). Health is when Qi and Blood flow smoothly throughout the body to nourish, heal and balance. Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. will spend a considerable amount of time with you during your first visit to discover where your Qi and Blood are stagnated or out of balance and why. The where and why are called a pattern of energetic disharmony. The acupuncture points and herbs chosen are appropriate to balancing your unique pattern of disharmony. Each person is different so you will be treated based upon your individual pattern. One pattern may manifest as stagnation of Qi and Blood thus inhibiting flow into or out of the painful area.

A pattern common to chronic pain patients is that there is not enough Qi or Blood to circulate into the affected area which slows or inhibits healing. Therefore the treatment strategy would be to build, nourish and circulate Qi and Blood to that area. In cases of acute pain, the pattern may be excess Qi and Blood stagnation in the painful area, so your practitioner will insert needles to move out the excess, thus relieving pain. These are just a few common clinical patterns which may cause pain.

“A few years ago I pulled a leg muscle while running and the injury didn’t heal on its own despite more than six months of rest. After just a few acupuncture treatments from Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac, the leg was as good as new and I was up and running again. Juliette was extremely knowledgeable in explaining to me what caused the injury and what I could do to minimize the chance of a recurrence. I would definitely use her services again.” – Keith

How many visits will I need?
Each patient’s needs vary according to their pattern of disharmony. Many acute injuries only require about five to eight visits, whereas chronic pain patients will need more treatment. Most patients start to feel relief after the first or second treatment. Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. will give you a tailored treatment plan during your first visit.

 

 

Live Pain-Free Now, Call To Schedule An Appointment Today.
Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist, Author, Creator of HealthyStuffU.com
Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
 32 Union Square EAST, Suite 615N
New York, NY 10003
(646) 504.2251

Acupuncture: The Natural Pain Reliever

The Awful Truth about Chemical Pain Relievers

50 million people in the United States are living with pain.1 Many of these people, especially those suffering from chronic pain, use over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers. These drugs, such as Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Tylenol, and others, present minimal risks when used once in a while. But many people rely on OTCs for daily treatment of chronic pain conditions, despite the fact that overuse of those medicines damage the body by inducing stomach bleeding, liver conditions, inhibited bone healing2, and other very serious side effects. In fact, the FDA has recently reported that non-prescription pain relievers such as aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen need stronger health warnings regarding risks of liver and stomach problems. Some manufacturers already note the health risks on packages, but the FDA wants the warnings to be more prominent and more specific.3 In addition, Advil and Aleve, which thin the blood, may raise blood pressure.4

The Good News

A natural solution to pain is widely available and that solution is acupuncture. For the past several thousand years, acupuncture has been used to treat pain safely and effectively. Most pain conditions, whether chronic or acute, mild or severe, can be treated successfully with acupuncture .

Benefits of Acupuncture for Pain
One of the main benefits of acupuncture for pain is that treatment focuses on eliminating more than just the acute symptom of pain. Acupuncture prevents or significantly reduces recurrence of pain by correcting the underlying cause of imbalance in the body. OTC painkillers only offer a temporary solution by reducing the level of pain sensation for a short amount of time, but do not treat the underlying condition that causes the pain in the first place.

 

 “A few years ago I pulled a leg muscle while running and the injury didn’t heal on its own despite more than six months of rest. After just a few acupuncture treatments from Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. the leg was as good as new and I was up and running again. Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac. was extremely knowledgeable in explaining to me what caused the injury and what I could do to minimize the chance of a recurrence. I would definitely use her again‘. – Keith, Age 35. Read More Patient Endorsements HERE. Call 646-504-2251 For An Appointment in our NYC Office.

According to Chinese medicine, when qi and blood flow is blocked or deficient, there is pain. The area of the body which experiences the discomfort is deprived of adequate qi and blood circulation. The acupuncture treatment opens up blocked areas, thus reinstating free-flow of qi and blood throughout the entire body. The longer a blockage condition exists, the more severe it becomes, and the longer it takes to resolve. Pain is a signal between the body and brain that something is out of balance which when left untreated or masked with OTC drugs, will become a bigger problem leading to imbalance of other systems in the body. Therefore, it is best to treat pain as soon as it arises. Acupuncture patients often experience instant results, and/or patients notice a gradual improvement with each successive treatment, until they are mostly or completely pain-free.

Bonus Effects of Acupuncture

Not only does the natural solution of acupuncture carry no risk of side-effects, it actually enhances overall health! Desirable “bonus effects” that acupuncture has on the body include boosting energy, regulating digestion, enhancing the immune system, and reducing stress and mood swings. In addition to improving the quality of life, it may also improve the quantity of life; acupuncture is very useful in the prevention of illness and promotes longevity!

Acupuncture Soothes All Types of Pain
Types of pain that acupuncture can effectively reduce or eliminate include the following:

  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Back pain
  • Digestive pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain/swelling
  • Muscle pain/stiffness/tension
  • Sciatica
  • Sprains and strains
  • TMJ Disorder
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Menstrual cramps

Learn more about how Chinese medicine helps physical pain and headaches.

Written by:
Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac.
Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
32 Union Square East, Suite 615N
New York, NY 10003
(646)504.2251

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1 http://www.theacpa.org
2 Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. May-June 2004;12(3):139-43
3 USA Today; December 20, 2006 | Yahoo News December 19, 2006
4Archives of Internal Medicine. October 28, 2002;162:2204-2208

Runner’s Knee: How Acupuncture Can Help

One of the most common aliments for any athlete is knee pain, as I know all too well from personal experience. I played soccer as a child and teen as much as I could in all types of weather. I loved it. Indoors, outdoors, in snow, in hot humid weather – I was there. In soccer, the knees are utilized for running and for maneuvering the ball. There is a lot riding on healthy knees for soccer players to be successful. I began to get knee pain my junior year of high school from all the years of playing. All the MRIs and x-rays told the doctors nothing. They couldn’t find any tears or breaks in the bones, cartilage, tendons, or ligaments. “Runner’s knee” was the diagnosis. They prescribed physical therapy and rest, but I wanted to play. So, I played through the pain using my own adrenaline and desire. I used ibuprofen and ice after games as temporary stopgaps that only slightly touched the pain until I found acupuncture later in life. Now I can play pain free.

Acupuncture is a proven and safe therapy to help knee pain.

Why is it called Runner’s Knee?

The name is a bit of a misnomer because this type of knee pain can occur in anyone, but frequently occurs in runners and athletes (whose activities usually involve some running). Many types of athletic movement can particularly stress the knee due to the repetitive, high-impact action of the leg with the ground and the twists and turns that are taken at high speeds. Knee pain can also result from jobs that require a lot of walking, or from a person being overweight.

What is Runner’s Knee?
A very common form of knee pain is patellofemoral pain syndrome or “runner’s knee,” as it is more commonly known. The pain is usually in the front of the knee and it usually results from the patella (kneecap) rubbing against the femur (thighbone) causing pain, hence the name: patellofemoral pain syndrome. Commonly, there may also be some breakdown of the cartilage that is behind the kneecap causing more friction between the kneecap and the thighbone, or there could be some improper tracking of the kneecap over the femur causing increased friction and pain. These last two problems are common, but not always necessary to have patellofemoral pain syndrome.

What are the symptoms?

The main symptom of patellofemoral pain syndrome is knee pain, especially when sitting with bent knees, squatting, jumping, or climbing stairs. You may also experience occasional knee buckling, where the knee suddenly and unexpectedly gives way and does not support your body weight. A catching, popping, or grinding sensation when walking or with knee movement is also common1.

What are the treatments?

1. Biomedical treatment
Biomedical treatment of runner’s knee is usually as follows:

  • Avoid activities that aggravate the condition.
  • Ibuprofen might be advised by your doctor to kill the pain.
  • Rest and ice the area.
  • Physical therapy to balance the tendons, ligaments, and muscles surrounding the knee.
  • If all else fails… surgery.
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This is a bit discouraging as it involves avoiding something in your life that could be giving you some sense of pleasure, such as sports, or just day to day walking, which is practically impossible to avoid. It involves taking pain medication that has an impact on your body. The physical therapy is the most promising of the treatments because it typically involves stretching the tight muscles and strengthening the weak muscles that may be pulling the patella out of alignment causing the pain. Surgery should always be and usually is a last option unless there is something seriously wrong. Patients should always get a second opinion whenever surgery is advised.

2. TCM Treatment
There is a saying in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that “when there is stoppage, there is pain and when there is free flow, there is no pain” (bu tong ze tong tong ze bu tong). In this context, “stoppage” means the inhabitation of the free flow of qi/blood through the acupuncture channels resulting in pain2. The goal of acupuncture is to increase circulation of qi and blood in the channels in order to promote free flow and reduce pain.

Qi and blood stagnation and stoppage can come from many different factors in TCM. Some of these factors are due to the elements of the environment. Have you ever known someone whose knees become painful in the cold and rain and another person whose knees become painful in the heat and dryness? These mean something diagnostically in TCM, and a skilled practitioner can adjust treatments accordingly. Pain can be exacerbated by certain lifestyle circumstances or choices such as too much movement or not enough movement. For example: Does your pain feel better with rest or with movement? Either answer means something in TCM. There are many different diagnoses of pain in TCM, and a skilled practitioner will be able to diagnose your pain correctly and treat accordingly.

Acupuncture treatment for runner’s knee is a great option because it is drug free, kills pain, improves circulation, and releases tight muscles. The acupuncture needles are one of the only tools that can access the area between the patella and the femur, improving circulation to this area that does not have much blood flow. Chinese medicine also utilizes herbs internally and externally. Herbs can relieve pain and improve circulation to the area. The inclusion of herbs in treating knee pain can exponentially increase the recovery.

Research proves acupuncture is as effective as prescription pain killers for knee pain.
In a blinded study analyzing the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating patellofemoral pain syndrome, 75 patients were randomly selected to receive acupuncture treatment or to not receive acupuncture treatment3. Individualized acupuncture treatment was administered twice weekly for 4 weeks, and patients were followed for 1 year to evaluate how their pain progressed. After 1 year, the acupuncture group reported less pain overall than the group that did not receive acupuncture. This is also promising because it shows that acupuncture treatments have long-term effects.

In my practice, I treat a lot of athletes from the weekend warrior to the professional. There are many aches and pains that come up all over the body, but knee pain comes up more frequently. I have seen great results treating runner’s knee when acupuncture is used in conjunction with some strengthening exercises, stretching, and certain Chinese medical massage techniques.

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Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac.
Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
32 Union Square East, Suite 615N
New York, NY 10003
(646) 504.2251

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1 http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/patellofemoral-pain-syndrome-topic-overview
2 Riley, D. (2001). Treating Pain with Traditional Chinese Medicine. Brookline, MA: Paradigm Publications.
3 Jensen R, Gothesen O, Liseth K, Baerheim A. Acupuncture treatment of patellofemoral pain syndrome. J Altern Complement Med Dec 1999;5(6):521-7.