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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

DIY Heating & Cooling Packs

First decide how big you’re going to make your bag. Estimate the quantity of needed materials based on the size and of bags you want to make.

Materials:

  • rice or buckwheat
  • thread
  • microwave-safe cloth material. Create an eco-friendly pack by recycling old clothes or sheets for the outer material.
  • needle and/or sewing machine
  • (optional) 2-3 tbs. loose aromatic herbs such as lavender, rose or chamomile. H.S.U. recommends purchasing high quality, organic herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs online.

Cut two equally sized pieces of material. Align inside-out and sew or stitch all sides, leaving a two to three inch hole in one side only. Fold the material right-side-out. Find the hole and pour in rice (or buckwheat) until two thirds full. If you’re adding herbs, do it now. Make sure the receiver of the bag is not allergic to the herbs you selected. Sew the hole shut.

Dried Roses

 

Safety Info: Attach a tag with these heating instructions.

  1. To heat bags, microwave them for one to two minutes only, shake the bag, repeat if it is a large bag (needs another 2 minutes).
  2. To chill store in freezer.
  3. Use for 20-minutes at a time. 20-minutes on, 20-minutes off.
  4. People with sensitive skin should place a towel between skin and bag.

 

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

Don’t Skip Sleep! Acupuncture works for insomnia.

Acupuncture for insomnia is very effective. Numerous studies support what Chinese medical practitioners have known for thousands of years.

Read more about scientific studies on acupuncture for insonia herehttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19922248

Acupuncture can usually relieve insomnia within just 4-6 visits!

Many people do not get adequate sleep, and whether it’s due to insomnia or other factors, attention must be paid to getting enough rest.

Sleep is completely essential to overall health and quality of life, and those deprived of adequate amounts are very likely to experience a range of symptoms, including weight gain, depression or anxiety, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Ready for a great night’s rest?

 

The following articles support different highlights on the importance of adequate sleep. Recent studies suggest that doctors should include inquiries about patients’ quality and quantity of sleep in a general check-up as a new vital sign.

Chinese Medicine agrees that sleep is vitally important, and has recognized through the ages that the body’s systems are interconnected. Difficulty sleeping or lack of substantial sleep is almost always linked to other symptoms that indicate the body is out of balance. Faster intervention is always best, since symptoms of illness can become more numerous and severe if the problem is ignored.

Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac., Herbalist was so warm and friendly from our initial meeting. She took the time to explain what acupuncture was, asked very detailed questions in order to treat me appropriately. She creates a soothing and comfortable environment when working with you. She receives nothing but high recommendations from me!” – Simone

One study concluded the following: “Insomnia and trouble sleeping are most often associated with high blood pressure, heart failure, anxiety and depression,according to a national survey of 31,044 adults. It had been thought that insomnia was quite prevalent on its own, but only 4 percent of the people [with] insomnia had it without any of those conditions”.

Lack of sleep, in multiple studies, has been linked to weight gain. There are several explanations for weight gain within Chinese Medicine for this phenomenon such as qi deficiency or qi stagnation.

Acupuncture for weight loss and acupuncture for insomnia can very successful. Western research suggests that sleep deprivation alters hormones involved with appetite and metabolism. More research shows that acupuncture can balance those very hormones.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported  that 1.6 million Americans get treated for insomnia using Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the majority find the treatments effective.

Many people who experience symptoms of insomnia are eager a find natural solution because prescription drugs may offer temporary solutions, but can be addictive and often cause unwanted side effects. The bigger problem with treatment via chemical pharmaceuticals is that they do not treat the underlying cause of the insomnia and associated symptoms.

 

Treatment with Acupuncture and Chinese herbs is natural, safe and effective because it addresses both the underlying imbalance causing insomnia as well as other symptoms of disharmony in the body.

 

Rest Easy! Try Acupuncture, It Works!

Call Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs in NYC for an appointment with Juliette Aiyana, L.Ac.: 646-504-2251

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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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Benefits of Steam Inhalation For Sinus Congestion & Headaches

Steam inhalation therapy with essential oils is a simple and effective home remedy for headaches, sinus congestion, sinus pain and infections, respiratory ailments due to allergies, asthma, the common cold, influenza and bronchitis. Depending on the essential oils you use, steam inhalation can also calm the mind, nervous system and spirit.

What You Need:

  • Filtered water

    Steam inhalations are helpful for headaches, sinus congestion, cold & flu symptoms
  • Tea kettle or pot
  • Glass or Ceramic bowl- medium to large
  • Essential oils (see chart below to help you chose)
  • A bath towel

Optional:

  • Tissues
  • Washcloth

Directions:

  1. Boil filtered or spring water in a tea kettle until it steams.
  2. Turn off the heat and remove the kettle using a potholder.
  3. Take care to slowly pour the steaming water into a large glass or ceramic bowl. Add a few drops of essential oil to the water.
  4. Place the towel over the top of your head so that it drapes over the sides of your head.
  5. Close your eyes, lean over the bowl allowing the sides of the towel to create a tent over the sides of the bowl.
  6. Inhale and exhale through your nose.

You will notice the scent fades in about 3-5 minutes. You can perform this treatment over again if you like.

Add essential oils to your steam for added benefits

Optional:
As mucus loosens from steaming, clear your sinuses by gently blowing your nose into the tissues and discard them. As the water begins to cool down from hot to warm, place your washcloth in the water, ring it out and place it on your chest or the back of your neck. The warm compress will help release chest tightness and congestion, relaxes and loosens your neck muscles. Ahhhhhh.

How To Choose The Oils
For upper respiratory and sinus congestion try one of each or combine the following:

  • Peppermint 3-5 drops
  • Eucalyptus 3-5 drops
  • Camphor 3 drops

For Headaches unrelated to sinus problems:
Headache which are sharp or throbbing and may be combined with neck and shoulder tension try:

  • Cinnamon 5 drops & Myrrh 3 drops & Frankincense 3 drops

For stress headaches try:

  • Chamomile & Lavender, 5 drops of each

Relax the mind & calm the spirit with:

  • Lavender & Chamomile 5 drops of each – or –
  • Chamomile & Lemongrass 5 drops of each

Recommended Reading:

  • Curing Hay Fever Naturally – Bob Flaws
  • The Tao of Health Eating – Bob Flaws
  • Chinese Self Massage – Fan Ya Li
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