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Food Remedies for Colds and Flus

Remember how your parents always bugged you about wearing a hat and sweater in cooler weather? They knew that the possibility of a Wind-Cold invasion could lead to the flu, runny or stuffy noses, body aches and fevers.

We often combat Wind invasions by wearing our hat and sweaters but what happens if that doesn’t work? What if you catch a cold and it progressively worsens?

Chinese Dietary Therapy
Food can help prevent and treat most wind invasions. Wind is considered a pathogenic source which enters at the level of the head and face and if not expelled quickly may move deeper into the throat and chest. There are two types of wind pathogens, Wind-Cold and Wind-Heat. Most colds start off as a Wind-Cold invasion and may progress into wind-heat. We want to protect and nourish the Wei Qi or Defensive qi of the body through diet, herbs and exercise. Our bodies are made of Yin and Yang energies. When these energies are balanced we are healthy. Exterior pathogens can create an imbalance of our qi. The nature of food is also yin or yang. Therefore we can use food medicinally to balance our qi. First let’s examine the signs & symptoms of two common exterior conditions and then we will explore dietary prevention and treatment options.

Grate fresh ginger into soup or boil 3 slices with water & lemon

Compare the following two lists of symptoms. You should have most of the symptoms in one category before applying a dietary change. If you have conflicting symptoms, ask your acupuncturist for clarification. Don’t forget that acupuncture is effective to kick a cold or flu!

Wind-Cold Symptoms: Headache, runny nose with clear discharge, neck and shoulder aches, aversion to cold, a white tongue coating.

Special Dietary Consideration: If you are suffering from a Wind-Cold Invasion it is best to stick with foods whose qi qualities are warming, neutral and hot foods.

Wind-Heat Symptoms:
Sore throat, headache, cough, fever or elevated body temperature, body aches, little or no sweat, runny or stuffy nose with yellow discharge, a red tongue body w/ yellow coating. If the heat is very deep it may cause nausea or vomiting, depressed appetite, abdominal distention, chills and fever, heavy sweating, irritability, strong thirst.

Special Dietary Consideration: If you are suffering from a Wind-Heat Invasion it is best to stick with foods whose qi quality is neutral and cooling (try to avoid too many cold foods because they can damage your qi).

Basic Dietary Considerations for Wind-Cold and Wind-Heat Invasions:
While ill, it is best to eat light, easy to digest foods like soups, veggies, rice and rice noodles. Avoid eating lots of cold foods like salads, cold sandwiches, chilled drinks, ice pops, and soy ice cream. Also avoid foods that may cause Dampness in the body. Dampness is heavy in nature, obstructs Defensive qi and contributes to phlegm production. Therefore, stay away from foods that are damp in nature such as dairy products, fried foods, greasy foods, foods high in fat and alcohol. (Stir fry is usually OK as long you cook with a small amount of oil). Raw foods also contribute to cold and dampness. Salads, fruits and fruit juices should be taken in moderation or are to be completely avoided. Be aware that most chickens and meat contain antibiotics. It is best to eat organic chickens and meats because they are not fed antibiotics. The more antibiotics we consume the faster our body becomes immune to them. Antibiotics are also seen as a cause of dampness and cold in the body and when overused can cause qi imbalances which may manifest as fatigue, a susceptibility to more bacterial infections, yeast infections and more.


Prevention and Treatment of Wind-Cold Invasion:
Generally, I recommended foods to promote perspiration which forces out the wind toxin such as: ginger, scallion, chilies, coriander, cabbage. Avoid vinegar because it contracts the pores.

Teas – In prevention and treatment of a simple Wind-Cold headache try Green tea mixed with Peppermint tea. Fresh Ginger tea with a bit of brown sugar is good when you have the other symptoms as well.

Breakfast Food Example – Hot oats with local, raw honey (or pure maple syrup) and powdered cinnamon. Oats are warm and easy to digest, honey is sweet, nourishes body fluids and cinnamon is warm, pungent and unblocks channels for the upper body aches.

Soups – Miso Soup with Scallions – The fermented miso (soy paste) is sweet, salty and neutral. It strengthens the Stomach qi and detoxifies which will help dispel wind-cold and the scallions are warming and pungent which promotes sweating to relieve the exterior wind-cold invasion.Simply bring 2-3 cups of filtered or spring water to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons of miso paste, let dissolve. Cook for 10 minutes on low flame. Taste. If the flavor is too strong, add some water, vegetable or chicken broth. Chop the scallions and sprinkle about a teaspoon on top of your miso soup in the bowl. Avoid adding seaweed to this recipe, it is cold in nature.

Chicken Soup
Ingredients:

  • 3 Leeks thinly slice
  • 2-3 Tablespoons Olive oil
  • 6-8 cups filtered or spring water
  • 1 whole organic, antibiotic free chicken or chicken parts
  • 2 cups rice or rice noodles
  • Veggies for Wind-Cold or Heat as listed below
  • ½-1 teaspoon per serving of freshly grated ginger
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic, minced

Take 3 thin leeks, wash. Thinly slice the whites. Add 2-3 tablespoons of Olive oil to the bottom of a stock pot and turn flame on medium. When oil is warm, stir in leeks until they are lightly covered with oil. Lower flame and cover the pot to let leeks “sweat” for 10 minutes, occasionally stirring. Add in the garlic and saute for 2 minutes. Add 6-8 cups of water to the leeks. Add one washed organic chicken or 1 pound of organic chicken parts with bones. Place in stock pot. Cover with water. Boil for one hour. Cook 2 cups of unpolished white rice (20 minutes) or jasmine rice (10 minutes). Prepare freshly grated ginger, about 1 tablespoon. Turn down heat to let the water and fat settle. Scoop out or strain fat. Remove chicken from stock. You may prepare and add any of these warming veggies: squash, green bean, sweet potato, kale. Add veggies to a simmering stock for 10-15 minutes (or longer if using sweet potatoes). While the veggies are cooking, chop the chicken into spoon size pieces and add to the stock. After all the chicken is back in the stockpot, turn off the flame. Place rice and a ½ -1 teaspoon of grated ginger and desired amount of rice into a bowl and ladle soup over it. You can add a cinnamon stick or a touch of grated cinnamon to each bowl as well. To induce more sweating or clear the sinuses you can add some hot chili sauce to your soup. This soup does take time to make. You may want to make those soup and freeze a few containers of it so that when you are ill and fatigued you can simply warm it up and eat it.

Garlic, cinnamon, ginger and raw, local honey all have antibiotic and anti-viral effects.


Prevention and Treatment of Wind-Heat: Generally avoid pungent tasting foods and foods that have a very warm or hot nature such as scallions, chilies, wine and keep your intake light. Ginger can also be used in this case but avoid dried ginger because it is too hot and may aggravate this condition. It is great to help stop cough and nausea but do not overuse because it is warming. If you have a Wind-Heat Invasion you should also see your practitioner of Oriental Medicine for herbs and other treatments.

Teas – Peppermint and/or Chrysanthemum tea with local, raw honey. These herbs dispel heat and the honey nourishes Yin body fluids that may become damaged by heat. Peppermint is also used for sinus congestion.

Breakfast Food Example – Warm tea and Amaranth flakes cereal with unsweetened almond milk. You may add almonds, walnuts and or honey to help stop coughing.

Soup – We are going to use the same basic chicken soup recipe as above except you will not use cinnamon or chiles, or those vegetables. Instead you can use cooling veggies: bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, corn, mushroom, spinach, swiss chard, turnip, zucchini, bamboo shoots, button mushroom, carrot, dandelion greens, potato.

Natural Remedies for Insomnia

Natural remedies for insomnia are a holistic approach for getting a great night’s rest.

Insomnia is a growing problem among people who struggle to fall asleep or who toss and turn throughout the night.

4 Types of Insomnia

Insomnia describes both the common symptoms of poor sleep quality or quantity. But has more recently been expanded to refer to a syndrome which has four basic types:

•Sleep onset insomnia (difficulty falling asleep)
•Seep maintenance insomnia (frequent or long awakenings)
•Sleep offset insomnia (waking too early in the morning)
•Nonrestorative sleep (persistent drowsiness despite adequate sleep duration)

Types of insomnia or sleep disturbance are referred to as transient if symptoms last for no longer than one month and chronic if they persist longer than one month.

Balance in the Body

Regulating the balance between Qi and Xue as well as the equilibrium of Yin and Yang is a frequent way to approach sleep disorders. Unhealthy diet or stress, anxiety and otheremotions are believed to stagnate qi and damage the heart while affecting the spleen,gall bladder, liver and kidney energy to result in sleep disturbance and insomnia. A weak spleen and gall bladder are thought to prevent a patient from feeling refreshed upon waking. According to Chinese medicine, the liver is responsible the smooth flow of qi/energy and blood.

It’s energy is at it’s peak during the night, so weak or stagnated or excessive liver energy might result in a struggle to fall asleep.

Acupuncture is a Natural Remedy for Insomnia

Studies from the University of Pittsburgh seem to conclude that acupuncture may help with insomnia. Several weeks of acupuncture treatment can help to increase melatonin secretion in the evening which helps improve the total amount of time asleep.

Acupuncture can also help to relieve low back aches associated with sleep disturbance. Acupuncture can also aid nausea, dizziness and headaches which may result in better sleep and the feeling refreshment.

Learn more about Acupuncture for Sleep Disorders HERE.

Beebalm and other flowers float in a cup of herbal tea made with catnip, motherwort, beebalm, lavender, and lemon balm.

Herbal Medicine is A Natural Remedy for Insomnia

Multiple herbal formulas are reported to assist sleeping pattern. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners will select an appropriate herb blend based on a patient’s symptoms, constitution and medical history.

Chinese herbalists have a Master’s Degree in TCM herbalism.

Be sure to work with a competently trained herbalist and avoid medicating yourself without guidance of a qualified herbalist.

Some common herbs your herbalist might use include:
•Zao Ren (sour date seed)
•Bai Zi Ren (Arborvitae seed)
•Fu Shen (Poria Paradicis)
•Wu Wei Zi (Schizandra fruit)
•Wulinshen (herbal compound)

These herbs can be ingested as capsules, pills, tinctures, water extracts or teas. In The Classic Art of Tea, LuYu writes, “Tea tempers the spirit, harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens the thought and prevents drowsiness.”

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An old Chinese proverb advises, “he that takes medicine and neglects diet, wastes the skills of the physician.” The Eastern viewpoint is that a balanced diet includes spicy, sour, bitter, sweet and salty foods and herbs that are chosen for their antibiotic properties. Different foods can contain any mixture of the five tastes plus the taste of bland.

The great principles which can be applied from this diet are primarily the ideas of holistic healing with whole foods. Whole foods can be used for repairing and revitalizing the organs and systems. Rather than a “miracle diet,” a holistic approach attempts to listen to the body.

 

Contributor bio:  Jessica Socheski is a freelance writer who loves finding ways to improve health naturally and is passionate about private medical care. You can connect with her through Google+.

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?

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Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist, Author, Creator of HealthyStuffU.com
Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
41 Union Square West, Suite 519
New York, NY 10003
(212) 894.0767

DIY Herbal Eye Pillows

Dried Lavender

It is easy to make herbal eye pillows and they make great gifts. They help you to relax, soothe stress or relieve headache. Some people like to wear them to aid sleep.

 

My favorite online shop for high quality, organic herbal ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs.

 

  1. Stitch two 8-inch by 5-inch rectangles of a soft fabric such as satin, flannel or unbleached organic cotton fabric together, leaving one end open. Chose your favorite color or fabric design. Create an eco-friendly pillow by recycling an old tee-shirt, or pillow case for the fabric.
  2. In a small bowl, blend 1 cup of flaxseeds with 1 cup each of dried English lavender, chamomile and peppermint.
  3. Add the herbal mix to the fabric bag and sew closed.
  4. Lie down; place the pillow gently over eyes for 15-20 minutes. Breathe and relax.
  5. Discontinue use of the pillow if it becomes wet or damp, but don’t throw it away. Tear open the pillow and compost the herbs inside. Hang dry the fabric then re-use it for dusting or cleaning.
Camomile

 

 

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.

Live Headache 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 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

Manage & Prevent Headaches, Naturally

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs Headache Therapy & PreventionThe onset of a headache or migraine is a sign that your body is out of balance, and needs your attention.

The faster the headache is relieved, the faster you can get back to your normal quality of life.

 

Useful Tips on How to Manage and Prevent Headaches                                               

  1. Catch it early. As soon as the headache starts, start taking control before it gets worse.Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs Headache Therapy & Prevention
  2. Take a 10 minute break from what you’re doing and rest in a quiet, comfortable, dark room.
  3. Drink a glass of room temperature water.
  4. Breathe deeply, relax your jaw and relax. Gently rub out the tension in your shoulders, neck and temples.
  5. Get Acupuncture, massage and take Chinese herbs help get rid of an acute headache.
  6. Talk to your health practitioner for help in identifying food triggers. Common triggers are MSG/DSG, wheat, alcohol, salty foods, processed foods, dairy especially aged cheese. Fasting or skipping meals can also trigger attacks.
“I came in to see Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., herbalist for acupuncture in order to control my migraines, but she surpassed all of my expectations. Since our first meeting, I have now been migraine free for 7 months and completely off all medication. I had suffered from migraines since I was 8 years old, with occurrences ranging from once a month to four times per week. The preventive medication prescribed by my doctor was ineffective and I was unwilling to increase the dosage any further. This is when I decided to seek Juliette’s help.

On our first meeting, Juliette was extremely welcoming. She explained how many sessions of acupuncture were needed and also suggested some minor dietary adjustments. After the first session and after following Juliette’s dietary advice, I quickly noticed a vast improvement in my migraines.

Over the course of my acupuncture sessions, we began reducing the amount of migraine medication that I was taking, until I was finally completely off of it. And still I have not had a migraine. Juliette was both kind and professional at every session.

Even though I have finished my acupuncture sessions, Juliette still takes the time to check in every now and then to ensure that my migraines have not returned. It has truly been a blessing and a relief to be migraine free for these past 7 months. I highly recommend anyone who suffers from migraines to make an appointment with Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist.” -Female Patient Age 20

                                                                                                             Headache Prevention:

Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs Headache Therapy & Prevention
Choose Natural Treatments to Ease Pain
  1. Keep stress levels as low as possible, and avoid situations that trigger extra tension.
  2. Do not skip meals, stay hydrated with water, and do your best to get good sleep each night.
  3. Consider the amount of caffeine in your body; sometimes headaches are withdrawal from caffeine when the body is addicted.
  4. Maintain good posture throughout the day to allow for adequate circulation between your head and body.
  5. Acupuncture, massage, and Chinese herbs help prevent headaches.

If chronic headaches are a problem for you, consider getting drug-free treatment under the care of Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac.

Many headache sufferers have found permanent relief with Chinese Medicine.

Chinese Herbs Headache Therapy Acupuncture

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Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist, Author, Creator of HealthyStuffU.com

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

Chinese Medicine From Pre-Conception Through Post-Partum

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Chinese Medicine For Infertility

It can be extremely useful in all stages of gynecological and obstetric care.

For thousands of years, women have been treated for help conceiving, through all stages of pregnancy, and during and after childbirth. At Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs, Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist has been helping women become pregnant for over a decade. Below are more details on specific aspects of care with Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Preconception

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has been shown to increase blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus and hence increase the capacity for fertility and conception. Chinese medicine can be used to increase the chances of conceiving naturally or alongside medical interventions.

Women who experience irregular cycles, painful periods, PMS, or complications such as cysts or fibroids may be less fertile due to energetic imbalances causing those symptoms. Acupuncture along with Chinese herbs and Chinese Medicine can help balance and regulate the menstrual cycle, thus improving fertility levels.

Some patients that have been diagnosed with infertility are advised to undergo fertility treatment such as IUI (intra uterine insemination) or IVF (in vitro fertilization). It is quite useful to have the support of acupuncture and herbs through the ups and downs of assisted reproductive technology as well.

Studies have shown that IVF combined with acupuncture is 40%-60% more successful than IVF alonei. Results from another study showed a pregnancy was twice as likely to occur if acupuncture was used on the day of the embryo transferii.
Additionally, many couples have difficulty achieving pregnancy due in large part to the stress in their lifestyle. Stress can be a major factor involved in health problems and acupuncture treatment can significantly reduce the stress response in the body. Relaxing the body and mind allows the body to carry out a natural process like conception more smoothly, and often pregnancy is achieved in a healthy couple more quickly once tension and imbalances are removed.

 

Years ago, I saw Juliette when I wanted to be come pregnant. A fertility specialist told me I needed IVF, but after 3 months of acupuncture, I was pregnant. Since then, she has helped me though morning sickness, colds, and allergies. Each time, I’ve found her comprehensive and effective. She takes time with her patients and you always feel as if you are being well cared for”. -N.C. READ MORE HERE

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Pregnancy – 1st Trimester

Acupuncture can provide relief for some of the most common complaints in early pregnancy, such as nausea, vomiting, exhaustion and headaches. Treatment can also help support appetite and energy, and avoid medications for ailments like allergies, colds, and pain syndromes. In addition, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Chinese Medicine can reduce the chances of miscarriage, which is at highest risk during the first trimester.

Pregnancy – 2nd Trimester

Though most women are feeling relatively healthy during the 2nd trimester, continued treatment will support fetal growth and healthy development through balancing and strengthening the mother’s energy systems.

Pregnancy – 3rd Trimester
Acupuncture helps ease many of the discomforts of the 3rd trimester, such as back pain, sciatica, swelling, and insomnia. Treatment can also gently prepare the body for labor by ensuring smooth circulation of blood and energy to all tissues and organs involved. Patients who get acupuncture treatments throughout the pregnancy, especially the third trimester, report faster and less complicated deliveriesiii.

 

“I have been coming to Juliette on an off for 4 years. Each and every experience amazes me. Not only is her treatment incredibly effective but I’m also calmed the moment I walk through her door. Juliette has helped me flip a breach baby late in pregnancy, cope with kidney stones when no other treatment was possible, and helped me achieve a successful VBAC. I can’t recommend her work enough! She is truly an amazing healer”. -Jacqueline 

 

Pregnancy – End Stage

Breech Presentation
Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and an adjunctive technique, moxabustion are quite effective in turning breech babies, especially between weeks 32-37. In a 1998 Italian study, 130 women with breech presentation had daily moxabustion treatments during the 35th week of gestation. The study showed a 75% success rate in turning the breech babies head down. In a Japanese study conducted in 2000, 357 women had daily moxabustion, with a very impressive 92.5% correction rate. For specific research check these studies.

Induction and/or Labor

Treatment with acupuncture has been shown to be helpful in preparing the body for labor as well as shortening the duration and minimizing the intensity of pain levels. It can also assist with relaxation of mind and body in this potentially stressful time.

Acupuncture is also a safe method used to induce labors that are overdue and start contractions without the use of drugs. Some patients receive acupuncture for pain relief during labor if the doctor, midwife, hospital or birthing center allow it. Acupressure at certain acupoints on the body during labor has also been shown to provide relief.

“HOORAY + thank you !!! My water broke…we took our time getting to the hospital, and she was born [11 hour labor total]. 3 pushes and she was out! It was an amazing birth.. better than I could have hoped for…. I owe it all to you (and the gods above to be sure). It was literally night and day from [our older child’s birth] which was so stressful, in the dead of a cold, snowy, February night. This was filled with light and warmth and the beauty of spring… I was and am in a state of total bliss! I really cannot thank you enough, from the [acupuncture support through] IVF treatments, through the sciatica and helping me gently coax her into this world [we avoided a medical labor induction with acupuncture], I am forever in your debt. My family is complete and I am filled with gratitude. My little lady is such a piece of heaven.. i’m so in love!” -S.M. Age 38

Post-Partum

Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Chinese Medicine have been used for centuries to help mothers recover from delivery. Childbirth is an experience that drains energy, and Chinese herbs especially can provide a much-needed boost to combat the blood loss and fatigue most people experience. A quick recovery by the parent means the best care for the new baby!

Further, treatment can help if there are imbalances causing lactation problems or other nursing disorders. It is also    possible to speed recovery from cesarean section and reduce the appearance of scars with acupuncture.

Acupuncture can also be used to treat emotional imbalances such as anxiety, post-partum depression or other mood disorders.

Bonus
Many mothers who had acupuncture at times during or throughout their pregnancy report especially beautiful babies! This speaks not only to appearance (aren’t all babies beautiful?) but also to temperament- the baby’s disposition is often peaceful and happy!

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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iLiang, Lifang, OMD, PhD, Lac. Acupuncture & IVF – Increase IVF Success By 40-60%. September 2003, Boulder CO.
iiAcupuncture on the day of embryo transfer significantly improves the reproductive outcome in infertile women: a prospective, randomized trial, April 2006; Westergaard LG, Mao Q, Krogslund M, Sandrini S, Lenz S, Grinsted J; Fertility and Sterility; May 2006 (Vol. 85, Issue 5, Pages 1341-1346)
iiiAcupuncture: Review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials, World Health Organization, Geneva, 2002. www.who.int/medicines

Manage IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) with Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs & Diet

What is IBS?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the proper function of the large intestine. It is one of the most common disorders in America with no biomedical explanation or cure. But Chinese medicine is effective in eliminating or reducing the problem. The chief signs and symptoms of IBS are as follows1:

  • Abdominal cramping
  • Bloating and gas
  • Diarrhea or constipation or both

Other signs and symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome that may or may not occur are as follows2:

  • Mucous in the stool
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Anal or rectal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Feeling of incomplete emptying of the colon after a bowel movement.

These signs and symptoms can range from mild to severe and can really put a damper on a person’s day as the symptoms can sometimes last for an extended period of time resulting in a canceling of activities for a day spent near the toilet. This disorder really reduces the quality of one’s life.

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IBS affects 1 in 5 (20%) Americans, it occurs more often in women than in men, and it begins before the age of 35 in about 50 percent of people.3 As was stated above, there is no known biological cause for irritable bowel syndrome which is why it is characterized as a disorder and not a disease. It is a diagnosis of exclusion, meaning that an IBS diagnosis is made after ruling out all other possible diseases that could be causing the signs and symptoms of IBS. It is necessary to perform tests in order to make sure a serious disease is not presents, and diagnosing can be a long and aggravating process.

What causes Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Two of the most common triggers of IBS are food and stress. This is frustrating because the foods and stress that trigger IBS can be different for each person. For one person, coffee causes IBS; for another, grapes are the culprit. Finding the right IBS diet for you is very important for your healing. One person can manage stress at work

Stress reduction can reduce or eliminate symptoms but not at home and vice versa. IBS could possibly stem from these two triggers when considered in conjunction with the decline in food quality and rise in stress in America. TCM teaches that worry, stress, and poor diet are all related factors that can contribute to bowel disorders, and this is just one of many examples of the mind-body connection. IBS can be a real struggle to deal with, but it doesn’t seem to cause inflammation or changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer. In many cases, one can control irritable bowel syndrome by managing one’s diet, lifestyle and stress.

but not at home and vice versa. IBS could possibly stem from these two triggers when considered in conjunction with the decline in food quality and rise in stress in America. TCM teaches that worry, stress, and poor diet are all related factors that can contribute to bowel disorders, and this is just one of many examples of the mind-body connection. IBS can be a real struggle to deal with, but it doesn’t seem to cause inflammation or changes in bowel tissue or increase your risk of colorectal cancer. In many cases, one can control irritable bowel syndrome by managing one’s diet, lifestyle and stress4.

Are you experiencing IBS symptoms?
We can help.
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Traditional Chinese Medicine’s (TCM) Explanation of the Cause of IBS
The cause of IBS can be explained using TCM theory, and the pattern of IBS primarily involves disharmony between the liver and the spleen. TCM offers many natural remedies for IBS sufferers.

SPLEEN

In TCM, the spleen is responsible for the transformation and transportation of new qi and blood in the body that is derived from food taken in during each day. A healthy spleen means that one has no digestive issues at all:no heartburn, no gas, no bloating, no diarrhea, etc. If the spleen becomes depleted and weak from overwork, too much worry, stress, poor diet, etc., disease of the gastrointestinal type could result causing any of the signs and symptoms listed above.

Diet Changes for IBS patients with spleen qi vacuity

This is called spleen qi vacuity.

          Diet Changes for IBS patients with spleen qi vacuity
        Avoid in these foods:
Raw food can worsen symptoms
      • raw foods
      • fruit
      • tomato
      • tofu
      • milk
      • cheese
      • beer
      • ice cream
      • simple sugars
      • wheat and gluten

LIVER

      The liver is in charge of the free coursing or flow of qi in the body. The liver can become stagnant from stress, frustration, or emotional issues creating an inactivity of the body’s physical and mental functions, which go hand-in-hand in TCM. This disease could present with emotional problems such as depression or with physical ailments such as pain. This is called liver qi stagnation. Many patients notice an increase of IBS symptoms when they are under stress.
        Some foods to avoid in liver qi stagnation:

      • fatty foods
      • excess coffee (1 cup is okay)
      • excess alcohol (1 drink is okay)
      • excess protein
      • junk food/processed foods
      • dairy
      • excess salads

LIVER QI STAGNATION + SPLEEN QI VACUITY = IBS

      The following is a statement of fact in TCM:

“Wood (liver) normally restrains earth (spleen), but if earth is weak, then wood overwhelms it rendering earth even weaker.”5

What does this statement exactly mean?

    The liver and spleen have a relationship that is interdependent; meaning when one is diseased, the other is usually affected. In health, the liver restrains the spleen meaning that it gives proper order to the spleen. It can be thought of as a foreman in charge of a bunch of contractors. If the contractors are healthy, the foreman will keep them ordered and on task, and the team will construct a beautiful building. In IBS, the liver that is normally in control becomes excessively so and overwhelms the spleen that is already weak and vacuous. This could be seen as a foreman who is angry and controlling. He would bully a bunch of already tired contractors into overworking and they would make mistakes. The resulting building will not be well put together and will have many problems along the way.

This dual-disease of liver qi stagnation and spleen qi vacuity draws a pretty distinct parallel between the triggers of food and stress in the biomedical diagnosis. Stress stagnates the liver, and poor diet can weaken the spleen. This is just one of many possible patterns of energetic disharmony associated with patients with IBS. Please consult with a practitioner of TCM who will diagnose your specific pattern and design a tailored treatment plan for you.

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Research Studies

Results of a pilot study on acupuncture’s effectiveness treating IBS showed a significant improvement both in general well-being and in symptoms of bloating.6 A study on Chinese herbal medicine shows that Chinese herbal formula offer improvement in symptoms for some patients with IBS. Compared with patients in the placebo group, patients in the active treatment groups (using Chinese herbal medicine) had significant improvement in bowel symptom scores and significant global improvement in overall symptoms as rated by patients and by gastroenterologists. Patients reported that treatment significantly reduced the degree of interference with life caused by IBS symptoms.7

What can acupuncture do for you?

Acupuncture is very effective in treating IBS. We will take a look at your diet to see if there are changes that can be made. Overall, the goal would be to reduce the daily, physical stress on the gut caused by bothersome foods such as beans, coffee, raw fruits and vegetables. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are natural remedies for IBS that can also help to move the stagnant liver qi and help you deal with stress, anxiety, and depression. We will also provide you with some meditative breathing exercises to perform daily to help with continual, daily stress reduction. Daily herbal medicine will aid in keeping the liver from overwhelming the spleen while simultaneously tonifying & strengthening the spleen to relieve the symptoms of IBS and help get your digestive system working properly.

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

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1 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/irritablebowelsyndrome.html
2 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000246.htm#Symptoms
3http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/ibs/#what
4http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/irritable-bowel-syndrome/DS00106
5Wiesman, N. & Ellis, A. (1996). Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine, revised edition. Brookline, MA: Paradigm Publications.
6Hepatogastroenterology. 1997 Sep-Oct;44(17):1328-30.
7The Journal of the American Medical Association. 1998;280(18):1551