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Natural Labor Induction Techniques

African American mother kissing her baby boyAside from coming into my office for daily acupuncture treatments for labor induction, I also suggest the following techniques to stimulate labor. Be sure to use them several times daily, for several days in a row. Good luck!

1.Drink at least 3 cups of red raspberry tea daily.

2.Take 1,000mg of Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) daily by mouth.

3. At night before bed poke a small hole on one EPO capsule and insert it vaginally. The EPO suppository helps soften and ripen the cervix.

4. Walk, walk, walk.

5. Several times daily, sit on birthing ball and relax pelvic floor muscles as if doing an opposite Kegal- like water flowing down out of the vagina. Or do this in squatting position for about one minute several times per day.

6. Have sex. The semen and orgasm help you to go into labor. If you’re not feeling into penetrative sex, the next best thing is orgasm because it stimulates contractions of the uterus.  Oral sex or your favorite vibe toy for clitoral stimulation can help that along.  Have fun!

7. Daily Creative Visualization. See yourself in labor, your partner assisting, you birthing vaginally, you holding and breastfeeding your baby, and your partner holding the baby.

8. Use the acupressure points on this website several times daily. These acupressure points are very important to stimulate several times per day. The author of the site is a midwife and acupuncturist, Debra Betts who has provided illustrations and videos of the points to use. PDF booklets and You-Tube videos to teach you how to locate the points. I suggest that you use the points she suggests for labor induction as well as the sacral points she lists under Pain Relief on Labor- because pressure on the sacrum releases oxytocin, which is a hormone that stimulates labor.

9. Watch videos of women breastfeeding their babies. Watching will stimulate release of your oxytocin (which also flows after you have the baby- it assists in momma baby bonding/love), and you will learn a trick or two. I absolutely love the videos on You-Tube by BreastFeedingBabies Channel but you find tons of others, too.

 

 

 

Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist

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

 

How To Prepare for a Doctor’s Visit

Have you ever been a player in the following scenario?

You have a 9:30 a.m. appointment at the doctor’s office. You arrive at 9:25 a.m., sign in, sit down, read back issues of People Magazine, check your watch, note that it is now 9:45 a.m., pick up a copy of Reader’s Digest, read, check watch, now it’s 10:10 a.m. Just as you reach for Mechanics Illustrated, the nurse opens the door to the inner sanctum of examining rooms, and calls your name. A quick glance at your watch shows that it is now 10:30 a.m. The nurse takes your blood pressure, but does not tell you what it is, takes your pulse, but does not tell you what it is, and announces that the doctor will be in shortly. You discover that shortly means anytime between 15 and 45 minutes. Finally, the doctor arrives in the room, asks what ails you as he listens to your heart, asks you to take deep breaths, maybe looks in your throat and ears if your complaint is cold or flu related. Out comes the prescription pad, and the doctor exits.

Hey wait a minute!! What’s up with this? Do I have the flu? A cold? Pneumonia? How is my blood pressure? What does this medicine do for me? Does it have side effects?

 

I have been struggling with several symptoms for +10 years. After many depressing visits to conventional doctors I decided to take my health in my hands and scheduled and appointment with Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist in her private practice, Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs, NYC. I was sensitive and unsure of what to expect. Juliette was extremely positive and helpful. She assisted me in finding several new doctors and specialists, which have turned out to be amazing thus far. She also did a bit of massage, acupuncture therapy and suggested a few supplements. -V.V. Age 26     Read More From Juliette Aiyana’s Patients HERE.

 

Or the doctor tells you he needs more tests so he orders an EKG or and echocardiogram, or a stress test or an MRI and writes up a prescription for blood work, and then he exits. Hey, wait a minute! What’s up with this? Am I a candidate for a stroke? How long do I have to live? What is my blood pressure? And so on…

 

Problem is too often we have questions that pop up in our minds after the doctor has left the room.

So, how can you prepare yourself for that visit to the doctor and keep the white coat from flying out the door before you’ve had a chance to get answers to your questions?

Here’s how:

  1. Write down all the symptoms that brought you to the doctor. If you have a computer, check out www.webmd.com, www.mayoclinic.com ,  www.discoveryhealth.com, and www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/encyclopedia.html and look up these symptoms for yourself so that when you see the doctor you already have an idea of what is happening to you.
  2. Write down a list of all medications, vitamins, and herbs and the dosages of each, that you are taking.
  3. Read the lists to your doctor. If he is inattentive, stop reading and ask him to listen. Be bold; it’s your health and, besides, you are paying for his time and his attention.
  4. Let him know that you have done research on these symptoms and after the doctor examines you, ask him to explain the reason for each of your symptoms. Take notes of what the doctor tells you. Ask him to slow down if necessary so that you get everything down. That alone will keep him in the room longer than he might usually stay. But he will also realize that you are concerned enough about your own health to take this extra measure.
  5. Ask if any of the symptoms are related to drugs or drug interactions. Take notes.
  6. If he prescribes tests, ask what the tests will or will not reveal. Take notes.
  7. If he prescribes medication, ask if the medication has any side effects or interactions with the drugs you are presently taking. Take notes.
  8. If the doctor gives you a diagnosis and or a treatment plan, write it down!
  9. Ask what reactions you need to be aware of and how long it will take for you to feel better.
  10. If the doctor schedules a follow-up visit, ask what he will do and/or what information he will provide to you in that visit.
  11. After all is said and done, if you are not feeling better, if the tests, meds, and treatment plan do not seem to work, or if you have any doubts or concerns about the efficacy of any of the doctor’s diagnosis and prognosis, then GET A SECOND OPINION!

Tell your doctor that you are getting a second opinion and request a copy of everything that is in your folder to give to the other doctor.

 

Need Natural Treatment?

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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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

Got Low Back Pain? Try Acupuncture. It Works!

A study published on January 23, 2008 by the well respected Cochrane Review showed that anti-depressants do not relieve low back pain despite the fact that about one in four primary care doctors prescribe them for such pain. The anti-depressants did however cause side-effects.

Clinical trials show that acupuncture relieves low back pain without causing side-effects.

According to medicinenet.com, “In an analysis of 33 studies, published in 2005, acupuncture was found to be an effective short-term treatment for low back pain, even when compared with sham treatments using fake acupuncture”, says Eric Manheimer, MS, of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland. “Our analysis suggested that the benefits of acupuncture for low back pain are not due to a placebo effect,” Manheimer tells WebMD”. Check out this video on WebMD that interviews a patient whose back pain was relieved with acupuncture.

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 at Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs 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’s pain pattern 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.

How many visits will I need?

Each patient’s needs vary according to their pattern of disharmony. However, we often recommend that the patient come in for about 8 visits within a 2-3 week period. 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. Your acupuncturist will give you a tailored treatment plan during your first visit.

To learn more about how acupuncture can help your pain read our article Acupuncture: The Natural Pain Reliever.

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