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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

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

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.

 

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Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
32 Union Square East, Suite 615N
New York, NY 10003
(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.

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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: 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

The Fertility Awareness Method: Myths and Facts

Samantha was dismayed at the options for birth control because of the side effects of the pill, the chemicals used with the diaphragm, the unreliability of the rhythm method and the yeast infections from using latex condoms. Jean and Greg were longing for a baby, yet having difficulty conceiving. The Fertility Awareness Method was just what they all were looking for.

The Fertility Awareness Method for Natural Birth Control or Pregnancy Achievement is a way for a woman to track her fertility day to day. She checks and charts her cervical fluid and basal body temperature to determine each day whether she is potentially fertile. Information about the fluctuations in cervical fluids and basal body temperatures at various phases of the menstrual cycle can be used to plan or prevent a pregnancy.

Myth: The Fertility Awareness Method for Natural Birth Control is the same as the rhythm method.

Fact: The Fertility Awareness Method is much more reliable for birth control than the rhythm method. The rhythm method uses a mathematical formula based on past cycles to predict future fertility. The Fertility Awareness Method determines days which are potentially fertile by the fertility signals in a current cycle. The success rate of the rhythm method is estimated around 50%. The Fertility Awareness Method, on the other hand, is 98% effective when followed precisely, according to Contraceptive Technology. In practice, various studies place the effectiveness rate of Fertility Awareness around 85%.¹ The effectiveness of Fertility Awareness depends on how diligently the couple follows the birth control rules and whether they choose to abstain or to use a barrier method of birth control during the woman’s fertile phase.

Myth: A woman ovulates on day 14 of a 28 day cycle, so to prevent pregnancy, you simply need to avoid intercourse around that time.

Fact: There is a wide range of days that a woman may ovulate, even in a cycle that lasts 28 days. For example, ovulation could occur on the day 8 or day 20. And she does not know whether she will have a 28 day cycle until menstruation signals the end of the cycle. It is quite common for a woman to have unexpectedly short or long cycles, even if she is usually “like clockwork.” During those short or long cycles, ovulation day can vary widely. In addition, when a woman is fertile, she produces cervical fluid which is designed to keep sperm alive until ovulation. Sperm can live in this fertile fluid for up to five days. That means that intercourse on Monday can lead to conception on Friday. For this reason, the Fertility Awareness Method includes careful observations of cervical fluid before ovulation.

Myth: A woman cannot get pregnant during her period.

Fact: While it is true that a woman does not ovulate during menstruation, she can begin producing fertile cervical fluid (masked by blood) during her period. This can keep sperm alive for up to five days, when ovulation may occur. Certain days of menstruation may be considered infertile with Fertility Awareness, which involves charting your cycles to acquire additional information, including, but not limited to, basal body temperature and length of cycles.

Myth: Couples who are infertile should use ovulation predictor kits to optimize the chances of conception.

Fact: Ovulation predictor kits let you know ovulation is occurring only if used on the very day of ovulation, and even then, the results are often misleading. Most kits (which cost around $30) contain only 5 to 9 days of tests, which is often not enough to cover the range of days ovulation could occur, especially for women with irregular cycles. Many couples who are having difficulty conceiving find Fertility Awareness an invaluable tool, with less hassle and less expense. By observing the cervical fluid, a couple can pinpoint the best days to make love to optimize their chances of conceiving. Charting body temperature can also help an infertile couple determine whether the woman is still fertile in a given cycle, whether her luteal phase is long enough for implantation, or whether she is ovulating at all.

Fertility Awareness is not for everyone. It requires a high level of commitment, discipline, and communication. Those women and couples who practice it find that the high level of personal responsibility enhances their lives by deepening relationships and increasing self-awareness.

By Corinna Wood, who has opened the hearts of thousands to the wisdom of the plants and their own bodies. She is director of Red Moon Herbs, an herbal medicine company focusing women’s health and fresh, local plants. Corinna’s background includes a B.S. in biology and an extensive apprenticeship with Susun Weed. Corinna is certified as an Herbalist, a Fertility Awareness Teacher, and also in Permaculture Design. Corinna lives with her family at Earthaven Ecovillage in Black Mountain, NC. She can be reached at (828) 669-1310 or at corinna@redmoonherbs.com.

To learn more about Corinna’s Fertility Awareness workshops, visit www.redmoonherbs.com.

¹ Weschler, Toni. Taking Charge of Your Fertility, pg 313. Harper Collins, 1995.