Mulberry Leaf Stops Blood Sugar Spikes

(Posted by: Dena Schmidt, staff writer in Diabetes News June 12, 2015)

Mulberry leaf an alarming 80 percent of American adults have blood glucose levels that are out of the safe and healthy range. The longer one waits to address blood sugar issues, the higher the odds of becoming diabetic. Diabetes can in turn lead to an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, cancer, kidney failure and blindness.

The effects of consuming even moderate amounts of sugars and starches are sobering; for example, drinking just one can of soda per day causes an 18 to 22 percent higher risk of being diagnosed with type-2 diabetes. While sugary sodas are an obvious culprit to avoid, there are many other less obvious foods that can spike glucose levels due to unhealthy components.
What you need to know to avoid diabetes

Carbohydrates and high-fructose corn syrup are two of the biggest hazards to our blood sugar. Unfortunately, both of these are all too prevalent in the typical American diet.

High fructose corn syrup makes up more than 40 percent of the sugar-based sweeteners in U.S. beverages and foods. Since fructose doesn’t induce satiety signals in a normal manner, it can also contribute to overeating and weight gain.
Regulate blood sugar spikes with mulberry leaf extract.

Fortunately, there is a natural way to prevent diabetes and promote a normal blood glucose level throughout the day. One of the most effective and potent natural blood sugar regulators is the mulberry leaf.

Mulberry leaf extract has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for various issues, including blood sugar regulation. Its veracity in this area has now been substantiated with scientific research.

A 2012 study by Am J Chin Med. found mulberry leaf helped to improve diabetic control in type-2 diabetics and effectively lower blood glucose concentrations. Taking mulberry extract also reduces ‘bad’ (LDL) cholesterol while raising the ‘good’ (HDL) cholesterol. These successes indicate that mulberry leaf can benefit those with metabolic syndrome and glucose intolerance. Great news for those looking to lose excess body weight

Italian researchers also found that mulberry leaves helped with weight loss. Study participants received 2,400 mg of mulberry extract daily and checked at regular intervals for weight, blood chemistry and waist circumference. Each lost an average of 20 pounds in 3 months vs. 6.5 pounds in the control (placebo) group. They also had better plasma insulin and glucose curves.

The key benefits of mulberry leaf extract include:

Reduction of post-meal blood glucose spikes
Higher insulin sensitivity
Reduced overall appetite
Better daily blood sugar control
Improved cholesterol levels

Mulberry extract can help to facilitate weight loss as well as dramatic improvement of blood sugar levels. It tempers blood sugar spikes and also helps to prevent diabetes and regulate normal blood glucose levels throughout the day.

While foods with high fructose corn syrup should still be avoided, taking mulberry leaf can help to regulate your post-meal glucose levels. The recommended dosage of mulberry leaf extract for most users is 100 mg two to three times daily.

References:
http://www.lifeextension.com/magazine/2014/2/suppress-blood-sugar-without-drugs/page-01

http://www.researchgate.net/publication/261769017_White_mulberry_supplementation_as_adjuvant_treatment_of_obesity
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21333726

Dealing With Infertility

Trying to get pregnant can be an emotional roller coaster — especially when you’re struggling with infertility. Not getting pregnant when you really want to can cause depression, anxiety and grief. While the ride can be an emotionally difficult one, there are some ways to make it a little easier.

Acknowledge Your Emotions

The feelings of grief, despair, envy and failure are real, even if you’re grieving for a baby you’ve never conceived. The desire to have a child can become overwhelming for any couple, including those who have had children previously. Don’t ignore your emotions or avoid dealing with them because you feel like you’re somehow responsible for being infertile. A healthy life — and a healthy pregnancy — start with a healthy outlook. Be realistic about what you’re feeling. That’s the first step to coping.

Seek a Support Network

No matter how alone you feel, you really aren’t. Ten percent of reproductive age couples struggle with infertility. Through online and local support groups, you can meet others who have had the same emotional struggles you’re experiencing and benefit from their wisdom gained from living through the ordeal. As an added bonus, most infertility support organizations offer resources to help you decide whether infertility treatments are right for you and, if so, what kind would suit your budget and fit your emotional and ethical boundaries.

Deal With Your Depression

Nearly all infertile couples eventually become depressed. Studies show that untreated depression and stress can cause lower fertility rates, even in women undergoing fertility treatment. So rejuvenate with a relaxing soak in the tub, listen to your favorite music or spend some time enjoying nature — whatever helps you to get the most out of life. Reducing your stress and feelings of despair can give you some hope. If you still struggle with depressive feelings, consult a professional therapist.

Make Wise Choices

The pressure to conceive can make it difficult to determine the right path in pregnancy planning. Carefully consider the decisions you can live with. While the advances of science have made it possible for more than 80 percent of infertile couples to become pregnant, many of those options lead down roads filled with ethical dilemmas. Weigh in with your religious and moral considerations before you make a decision. If possible, seek the counsel of someone whose opinion you respect as you contemplate the ethical issues. Conceiving a child — no matter how it takes place — is just the beginning of a lifetime commitment to making the best possible decisions for the welfare of your family.

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Eat to Defeat: 7 Immune Boosting Foods

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There is an abundance of research demonstrating the importance of a strong immune system in the fight against mesothelioma and other types of cancer. Including a variety of immune-boosting foods can help you fight off the disease or prevent it from taking root in the first place. In general, a diet based mostly around plants, which includes many different colors of fruits and vegetables, will provide you with a good balance of nutrients and antioxidants. But if you’re looking for an extra boost, here are seven immune-boosting foods you can make sure to have in your diet.

Broccoli

Broccoli contains a potent mix of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxifying compounds that make it a powerful immune booster and cancer-fighting agent. It helps prevent chronic inflammation and rid the body of dangerous toxins before they can reach potentially carcinogenic levels. This cruciferous vegetable has been shown to be especially effective at reducing the risk of prostate cancer, colon cancer, breast cancer, bladder cancer, and ovarian cancer. Its unique blend of nutrients provides many other benefits (such as eye and cardiovascular health), making it an essential part of any healthy diet.

Tea

Tea contains an amino acid, L-theanine, that helps boost the immune system (as well as having a helpful effect on cognition and relaxation). Research has shown that drinking tea can boost production of T cells, an important antigen, leaving you more capable of fighting off infection. Green tea and black tea are equally effective.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms have been valued for thousands of years for their healing properties. They’re packed with nutrients and many varieties are thought to help macrophages more effectively target bacteria, viruses and cancer cells. Shiitake mushrooms, in particular, have well-documented anti-cancer qualities. In addition to helping the immune system function more effectively, they are thought to spur apoptosis (cell death) in tumors in some instances. There is also some evidence that certain types of mushrooms may make cancer medications more effective, though more research is needed. Even crimini mushrooms, the most commonly eaten mushroom in the world, have a wealth of immune-boosting, cancer-fighting properties, perhaps even more than other mushrooms, like shiitakes, that are more commonly thought of as “medicinal.”

Oats

Oats contain a type of soluble fiber called beta glucan, which has numerous documented health benefits. It helps lower cholesterol levels and improves cardiovascular health. It also has been shown to help the immune system respond to bacterial infections, and may lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes and breast cancer.

Carrots

Carrots come in a wide variety of colors in addition to the typical orange, and each type has a different balance of antioxidants. The blend of nutrients in carrots can help improve cardiovascular health, and a limited body of research suggests that, yes, carrots may be good for your ocular health, too. They also lower the risk of colon cancer and seem to inhibit its spread.

Kale

A cruciferous vegetable related to broccoli, we’ve written about kale before, and its well-deserved reputation as a “superfood” has rocketed it to popularity in recent years. Kale is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds and helps the body rid itself of toxins. Its cancer-preventive properties have been the subject of extensive research, but there’s some evidence that kale may help the body actively fight cancer as well, rather than merely lowering the risk.

Ginger

Like mushrooms, this pungent, spicy root is a part of medical traditions around the world. It has a well-documented anti-nausea and anti-vomiting effect that may be useful in mitigating the side effects of chemotherapy, and it effectively boosts the immune system by causing sweating. Research strongly indicates that ginger is a powerful tumor suppressant and anticancer agent. One study used gingerols, the active phytonutrients in ginger and the main contributor to its flavor, to kill ovarian cancer cells.

Perhaps just as important as a cancer-fighting boost to your immune system, eating healthy can help keep you feeling better. In the struggle with cancer, diet is something that you have complete control over, and you can make it work to your benefit.

Ear acupuncture ‘boosts weight loss’

Written by Belinda Weber

Ear acupuncture can help people lose weight, with better results if practitioners stimulated five points instead of just one, researchers from Korea claim in a study published in the BMJ journal Acupuncture in Medicine.

Auricular acupuncture was first used in France in 1956 by Dr. Paul Nogier. He noticed that patients’ backache was cured when they received a burn on the ear. Intrigued, he started mapping the ear, pinpointing the spots that correlate to various organs or systems in the body.

Dr. Nogier pictured the ear as a curled up fetus with its head pointing downwards, and began treating his patients by applying pressure to the spot associated with each organ.
For the study, the researchers compared the efficacy of acupuncture treatments in helping obese patients lose weight, comparing the standard Korean five point treatment with acupuncture using a single point of stimulation. They also included a control group who were given a “sham” treatment.

In a randomized controlled clinical trial, 91 Koreans were recruited – 16 men and 75 women – all of whom had a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 23. None of the participants had received any other weight control treatments in the last 6 months.

The participants were randomly divided into three groups, one group to receive the five point acupuncture treatment, another the one point acupuncture treatment and the third group, the control “sham” treatment.
Needles and trickery

For the trial, the first group had small indwelling needles positioned at the five ear acupuncture sites – Shen-men, stomach, spleen, hunger, endocrine. These were covered with surgical tape and would remain in place for a week.
The following week, new needles would be inserted into the corresponding points on the other ear, with the process being repeated over the course of the 8 week trial.
The second group of participants followed the same treatment process but only had one needle inserted – at the hunger point.
The remaining group believed they were receiving the five point treatment, but the needles were removed removed immediately after insertion, although the surgical tape remained. The same doctor performed the procedure on all three groups.
All three groups were then asked to follow a restricted diet and asked not to take additional exercise during the trial.
BMIs, waist circumference, body fat mass, percentage body fat and blood pressure were all measured at the start and end of the trial, and at the midway point.
During the trial, 24 people dropped out – 15 of whom were in the control group, perhaps suggesting that they found it difficult to regulate their hunger and cope with the restricted diet.
But of the participants who completed the trial, there were significant differences in results. At the midway point, there were already noticeable differences in BMI with the five point treatment group showing a 6.1% reduction, the one point group a 5.7% reduction while the sham group showed no reduction at all. Both active treatment groups also showed weight loss.
These findings were supported by the final results, which also showed that the five point treatment group had reduced measures of body fat. The researchers did note that there were no significant differences in blood pressure between the three groups.
The researchers conclude:
“Both five-needle acupuncture treatment generally used in Korean clinics and one-needle treatment at the hunger point appear to be effective in reducing body weight in the short term.”
They suggest that the five-needle treatment may be more effective at reducing waist circumference and abdominal fat.

Written by Belinda Weber
Copyright: Medical News Today

Why Food Allergy/ Food sensitivity test?

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Why Food Allergy test?

Multi-Symptom/General

Gluten Intolerance In Adults

IBS/Gastrointestinal

Weight Management

Skin Disorders

Migraine/Headache

Arthritis

Fatigue

Autism

Reproducibility/Viability

Original Content

ALCAT or IgG for Food Sensitivity

1. Weight Management

The Effect of The ALCAT Test Diet Therapy for Food Sensitivity in Patient’s With Obesity

Investigators Mohammed Akmal, Saeed Ahmed Khan, and Abdul Qayyum Khan studied 27 obese patients who were not successful losing weight following a low calorie diet and then placed the patients on an ALCAT based elimination diet. Twelve weeks following the diet, the patients lost a statistically significant amount of weight and fat. In addition, they experienced an overall improvement in well-being. Published in Middle East Journal of Family Medicine, April 2009, Volume 7, Issue 3

The Short Term Efficacy of the ALCAT Test of Food Sensitivities to Facilitate Changes in Body Composition and Self-Reported Disease Symptoms: A Randomized Controlled Study.

Gilbert R. Kaats, Director; Health and Medical Research Foundation. San Antonio, Dennis Pullin, Executive Director; Baylor Sports Medicine Institute, Houston, TX, Larry K. Parker; MD, Women’s Total Health Care, Angleton, TX. The group following the ALCAT Test Plan LOST SIGNIFICANTLY (p<.001) MORE SCALE WEIGHT, % BODY FAT and FAT WEIGHT; had GREATER IMPROVEMENTS in BODY COMPOSITION (p<.001) and had GREATER INCREASES IN FAT-FREE MASS (p<.001). When compared to the control group, the ALCAT group reported improvements in ALL 20 items on a Disease Symptom Inventory Self Report. It was concluded that, as compared to participants following a weight control plan of their own choosing, following the ALCAT test and diet plan resulted in HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN BODY COMPOSITION AND SELF-REPORTED DISEASE SYMPTOMS. 80% of the ALCAT group lowered their body fat and 78% achieved an improvement in body composition. Published American Journal of Bariatric Medicine. Spring, 1996. Rational management of food intolerance in elite soccer club. A team of investigators led by Fabrizio Angelini studied eight elite (European football) athletes who were selected based on symptoms suspected of being food related. These athletes were placed on an ALCAT based-elimination diet, followed for eight months then retested again. There was significant improvement in the athletes’ condition and reduction in inflammatory response as seem through improvement in body composition.Published in Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition 2011, Volume 8 (Supplement 1). Angelini, F., Marzatico, F., Stesina, G., Stefanini, L., Bonuccelli, A., Buonocore, D.

Acupuncture for Cold

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, body could potentially go through six stages of sickness when the patients catch a cold. Conventional medicine has begun paying closer attention to acupuncture as there have been numerous research studies explaining the complex mechanism of action it has on the body.

Most recently, scientists have been able to determine the role acupuncture plays in boosting the body’s immune system by enhancing the production of natural killer cells, which is the primary defense mechanism against organisms that make us sick. It also acts on a complex immune building system that regulates white blood cells directly linked to the fight against infections, allergic reactions, and even autoimmune disorders.

For patients who are seeking to boost their immune system to protect them from getting sick, oftentimes a multidisciplinary approach is best.  Acupuncture can easily be incorporated into your conventional treatment plan, working with physician.

Below you will find some of the more common Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) diagnoses and acupuncture treatment protocols for the common cold. There are many ways to treat this condition with Eastern Medicine and our presentation is only one of many possible options.

Etiology & Pathology:

Wind-Cold with either Cold or Wind predominating

Wind-Heat

Wind-Dry

Differentiation:

Wind-Cold

Signs & Symptoms:

An invasion of wind-cold is made possible when the Defensive Qi (Wei Qi) of the person is temporarily weaker than the force of the Pathogen. Weakened Defensive Qi (Wei Qi) may come about as a result of emotional stress, overwork, poor diet and a host of other factors.

Strong and/or frequent changes in environment also play a role (i.e. the effects of going outside on a cold winter day from a heated home).

Patient may have: An aversion to cold, shivering, low or no fever, chills predominated over feelings of heat, no sweat, occipital headache, stiff neck, body aches, slight cough, sneezing, running nose w/white discharge.

Tongue:  Thin white coating (indicates cold) or normal (indicates wind)

Pulse:  Floating, tight (indicates cold predominates) – Floating, slow (indicates wind predominates)

Treatment Protocol:

Release the Exterior

Expel the Wind

Scatter the Cold

Restore the Descending and Dispersing Function of the LU Qi

Treatment Points:

Main Points:

LI 4 & LU 7 – Disperse to Move Qi in the head & face, Release the Exterior, Circulate and Descend the LU Qi.

UB 12 – Main point for Wind Disorders; may cup to move the LU Qi and Release the Exterior.

Secondary Points:

GB 20 & GV 16 – Main Points for Wind; use if Head/Neck Tension is pronounced.

UB 13 – LU Back Shu; use if Cough is pronounced to restore the descend and dispersion functions of the LU.

ST 36 a/or GV 14 – generally strenghten the Wei Qi.

Tonify KD 7 & Disperse LI 4 to induce a sweat.

 

Wind-Heat

Signs & Symptoms:

Similar Wind invasion via weakened Wei Qi as described above in Wind-Cold but patient presents with heat signs.

Patient may have: Fever and Chills w/Fever predominating, slight sweating, runny nose w/yellow discharge, headaches, body aches, cough, sore throat (more severe than wind-cold), slight thirst.

Tongue:  Red Sides

Pulse:  Floating and Fast

Treatment Protocol:

Expel the Wind-Heat

Release the Exterior

Restore the Descending and Dispersing Function of the LU Qi

Treatment Points:

Main Points:

LI 4 & LI 11 – reduce fever.

GV 14 – Main point for reducing fevers, works well with LI 11 listed above.

TH 5 – Disperse for Wind-Heat, useful in exterior conditions.

Secondary Points:

GB 20 – Head/Neck tension, especially posterior.

LU 11 – Bleed point for severe sore throat w/high fever (May disperse LU 10 in cases with fever and no sore throat.

Possibly local points for sore throat – LI 18 a/or CV 22.

Wind-Dry

Signs & Symptoms:

Similar Wind invasion as above but patent presents with signs of dryness – occurs in the desert southwest a/or climate controlled environments.

Patient may have: Aversion to cold, fever, slightly sweating, dryness of nose, mouth & throat, dry cough.

Tongue:  Dry, slighly red in the LU/HT area

Pulse:  Floating

Treatment Protocol:

Release the Exterior

Expel Wind

Restore the Descending & Dispersing Function of the LU Qi

Tonify Body Fluids

Treatment Points:

LU 7, LI 4 & LU 11 – Release the Exterior.

CV 12, SP 6 & KD 6 – Tonify Body Fluids.

tative regime to ward off colds and the flu.  Optimally, several acupuncture treatments are needed for the body to respond, and “tune up” visits would be beneficial until cold and flu season is over.

 

Acupuncture for Infertility

Acupuncture is the insertion of ultra-thin, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on the body which reside on channels or meridians; these are pathways in both the exterior and interior of the body. These points, when needled, can regulate the way in which the body functions. Acupuncture helps by addressing problems that affect fertility such as an under-functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism) or over-functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism).

Can acupuncture be used to treat infertility?

Acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat some but not all causes of infertility. For example, acupuncture and herbs will not work to address tubal adhesions which can occur as a result of pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis. However, in this situation, an individual could still benefit from acupuncture and herbs because of the potential effect of improved ovarian and follicular function. Additionally, acupuncture can increase blood flow to the endometrium, helping to facilitate a thick, rich lining.

When should acupuncture treatment begin?

Acupuncture is similar to physical therapy in that it is a process-oriented method of medical intervention. It is better to do more than less. Patients are commonly treated for three to four months before progressing to insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. This pacing of treatment seems to have a therapeutic effect.

In a study by Stener-Victorin et al from the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology Fertility Centre, Scandinavia and University of Gothenburg, women are encouraged to receive acupuncture treatments pre and post embryo transfer. Clinical observations from the Berkley Center for Reproductive Wellness suggest that the most effective fertility treatments involve a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, and traditional medicine. However, conception occasionally occurs when acupuncture and herbal medicines are used without traditional medical interventions.

Infertility and Acupuncture: When should I stop?

Typically most miscarriages occur within the first three months of pregnancy. Consequently, treatment of patients may often last through week twelve to help prevent miscarriage.

Are the acupuncture points different after an insemination, IVF,< or donor-egg transfer than before?

Acupuncturists should not place needles in the abdomino-pelvic area after insemination or transfer. There are 6 contraindicated acupuncture points which should be avoided when the patient is pregnant or pregnancy is suspected. These include Gallbladder 21, Stomach 12, Large Intestine 4, Spleen 6, Bladder 60, Bladder 67 and any points on the lower abdomen.

What are the risks of using acupuncture with infertility?

There are minimal risks in using acupuncture for fertility treatment. The risk of miscarriage may increase if incorrect acupuncture points are used during pregnancy. This is one reason why those choosing to include acupuncture in their treatment regimen should only be treated by an acupuncturist who specializes in treating fertility disorders. Acupuncture is generally safe regardless of a person’s medical history.

-Article written by Dr. Mike Berkley on behalf of the APA. Dr. Berkley is an expert on acupuncture, herbal medicines and traditional medicine as means for treating infertility.

 

Not Just Skin Deep – Acupuncture for Facial Rejuvenation

Cosmetic Acupuncture is for the person who wants to turn the clock back, look his or her best, feel revitalized, and enjoy it all with good health and a healthy sense of well-being.  Some of the effects reported by people undergoing cosmetic acupuncture are firmer skin and jaw line, reduced and softened wrinkles, vibrant and more even skin tone, reduced or eliminated acne and rosacea, increased energy and sense of well being, reduced or eliminated hot flashes, improved digestion, reduction or elimination of insomnia.

Consider the following statistics collected by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons from 1997 through 2005:

  • In 2005, 11.5 million surgical and non-surgical procedures were performed.
  • This is a 444% increase since 1997-119% in surgical procedures and 796% in non-surgical procedures.
  • Botox injections were the most common non-surgical procedure done in 2005,at nearly 3.3 million procedures – 2 million of those for women.
  • The most common surgical procedure performed in 2005 was liposuction (455,489)
  • Total expenditures came to US$8.2 billion for surgical and US$4.2 billion for non-surgical procedures.

Prior to practicing traditional Chinese medicine, I worked for 20 years for several fine plastic surgeons. I am intimately familiar with the world of cosmetic enhancement.

A Plastic Surgery Nation?

Over the past decade, I have seen a marked increase in the number of people choosing to have cosmetic surgery, and choosing to do so more often than ever before.  As baby boomers age and credit cards proliferate, there has been a huge surge in the demand for these services.

At the same time, there is a need for less recovery time, less risk, and less expense. We are a society that does not believe in delayed gratification.

At its extreme, this reliance upon cosmetic surgery can become a problem.  In my experience,  I have seen firsthand the loss of what I call a person’s facial “blueprint”.  This is referred to in the medical community as body dysmorphic disorder (or syndrome), a condition that affects 7 percent to 15 percent of Americans.

A Different Approach

My experience in plastic surgery practices along with my interest in aesthetics made me receptive to the concept of cosmetic acupuncture when I was in school.  What I expected and what I experienced made for an amazing journey.  It has given me a deeper understanding of what truly creates beauty, in part by helping patients come to an understanding of their innate beauty.  I have come to understand that cosmetic acupuncture can be a very important therapeutic tool for “giving you the gift of you”.

When consulting with a new patient about cosmetic acupuncture, I first tell them the “Bad” news: Cosmetic acupuncture is not a facelift.  Then I share the good news: Cosmetic acupuncture is not a Face Lift.

One of the many pluses of cosmetic acupuncture (besides the healthy side effects) is that it leaves you with no scars, rearranged tissue, or other potentially undesired side effects.  However, cosmetic acupuncture may not be as dramatic as you would like.  It is unable to hold your skin in place if you don’t take care of yourself.   A significant illness or stressful period in your life will most likely shorten the effects of cosmetic acupuncture because your health is always reflected in your skin.  However, the cosmetic acupuncture protocol can repeated following an illness or stressful event.  It can also be performed periodically to help maintain the results.

Inner Health, Inner Beauty

Cosmetic Acupuncture is much more than skin deep.  It is a commitment to one’s lifestyle and health, ideal for the person who wants more than just an effort at looking like his or her 20- or 30-year-old daughter.  It is for the person who understands that showing up for oneself and creating a healthy lifestyle will result in a better quality of life over a longer period of time, a quality of life over a longer period of time, a quality of life that will reflect in one’s inner and outer beauty.

Cosmetic Acupuncture is for the person who wants to turn the clock back, look his or her best, feel revitalized, and enjoy it all with good health and a healthy sense of well-being.  Some of the effects reported by people undergoing cosmetic acupuncture are:

  •      Firmer skin and jaw line
  •      Reduced and softened wrinkles
  •      Vibrant and more even skin tone
  •      Reduced or eliminated acne and rosacea
  •      Increased energy and sense of well being
  •      Reduced or eliminated hot flashes
  •      Improved digestion
  •      Reduction or elimination of insomnia

That’s not to say that there are no risks, however.  The most significant risk is bruising and, depending on the cosmetic acupuncture system used, there is a very slight risk of numbness or nerve damage.

The Mechanics of Cosmetic Acupuncture

Cosmetic acupuncture is a type of therapy used along with a TCM practitioners’ diagnosis and differentiation to emphasize the anti-aging properties of Chinese medicine.  The system I co-created and teach instructs the practitioner in facial diagnosis, both from psychological and physiological standpoints.

The analysis of skin structure, both from an Eastern and Western perspective, is included in this system, along with food choices containing the nutrients that support skin health.  The energetic properties of food are figured into the patient’s treatment plan based on what is found during the facial diagnosis, along with other diagnostic tools the practitioner normally uses.  A specific protocol and needling technique, geared towards cosmetic effect, is taught to the practitioner to compliment the body treatment that balances the patient’s energy.  Besides creating balanced energy within the patient, these protocols are believed to be effective because the needling causes micro-traumas that stimulate fibroblasts (the cells that form collagen and elastin fibers).  The expected longevity of the procedure is enhanced by the patient’s lifestyle and diet.  The Journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported in 1996 that the effects could be expected to last 3-5 years.

Making the Right Decision for You

When considering the options for cosmetic enhancement, I ask the patient to think about the following when they consider cosmetic acupuncture versus plastic surgery or cosmetic procedures:

  • What are your long-term goals?
  • Are you prepared for the upkeep and the change in your tissue structure?
  • How might this surgery or introduction of a foreign substance affect your health?

By: Denise Ellinger, L.Ac.
In the event you do not heal well or have the unfortunate luck to connect with a sub-par surgeon, you cannot put a blouse over your face.  Though occurrences of negative side effects from surgery or other more-invasive cosmetic procedures are rare, they are life-changing if they happen to you.

Cosmetic acupuncture is NOT surgery.  Cosmetic acupuncture cannot correct a deviated septum or reshape a nose.  It cannot lift eyelid skin that droops and blocks vision.  It cannot perform breast reduction – a wonderful procedure that can eliminate neck pain, back problems and low self-esteem.  Cosmetic acupuncture cannot eliminate a panniculus (abdominal apron) left from losing a significant amount of weight, another cause of back problems (due to the weight of the apron) as well as skin problems.

Beneficial Foods for PMS

Find out how to make healthy food choices that can help manage and reduce the symtpms of PMS.

Many women with PMS define their monthly nutrition needs in terms of their cravings for anything salty, sweet, spicy, or chocolate. Although indulging in chocolate-dipped pretzels might seem like a fantasy–come–true, they won’t provide lasting mood enhancement or reduce the bloat. There are many better Food Cures to help you get your symptoms under better control:

CALCIUM

Compared with women who don’t have premenstrual symptoms, women with PMS have lower blood levels of calcium around their time of ovulation. And when PMS sufferers take 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams of calcium supplements daily, their mood and bloating improve after just a few months. calcium–rich foods an absolute must for women with PMS.

BEST FOODS FOR CALCIUM: Green Leafy Vegetable, Yogurt (fat–free, low–fat), almond milk (fat–free, 1% low–fat), soy milk, cheese (reduced–fat), tofu with calcium, wild salmon (with bones), soybeans (edamame), bok choy, kale, collard greens, white beans, broccoli, almonds and almond butter

VITAMIN D

Our bodies can’t absorb or use calcium without vitamin D. That’s why the two are so often mentioned together, and why some high–calcium foods (such as milk) are often fortified with vitamin D. In addition, research suggests that vitamin D may act on its own to prevent PMS. In a study that followed more than 3,000 women for more than 10 years, women who ate a diet high in vitamin D reduced their risk of PMS by about 40 percent.

BEST FOODS FOR VITAMIN D: Wild salmon (fresh, canned), mackerel (not king), sardines, herring, soy milk, fortified non–fat or low–fat yogurt, egg yolks

MAGNESIUM

Just as was found with calcium, women with PMS seem to have lower blood levels of magnesium compared with women who did not have PMS symptoms. Women with PMS who took magnesium supplements had better mood and less water retention than women who did not get enough magnesium. (And really, doesn’t less water retention sound good for everybody?) It’s possible that magnesium might help regulate the activity of serotonin, the so–called feel–good neurotransmitter. Magnesium–rich foods are second only to calcium foods for improving your chances for symptom reduction.

BEST FOODS FOR MAGNESIUM: Pumpkin seeds, spinach, Swiss chard, amaranth, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, quinoa, tempeh, sweet potatoes, soybeans (edamame), millet, starchy beans (such as black, navy, pinto, garbanzo, kidney), artichoke hearts, peanuts, peanut butter, brown rice, whole–grain bread, sesame seeds, wheat germ, ground flaxseed

VITAMIN B6

Your body can’t make dopamine — one of the mood neurotransmitters — without vitamin B6. Research studies into the effects of vitamin B6 on PMS have been mixed — some show that taking supplements reduces irritability, depression, and breast tenderness, while others don’t find any effect at all. There’s no need to take a supplement (beyond what you’re getting in your multivitamin, if you take one), but I highly recommend eating vitamin B6–rich foods because they seem to have helped many of my clients with PMS.

BEST FOODS FOR VITAMIN B6: Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), wild salmon (fresh, canned), lean beef, pork tenderloin, skinless chicken breast, white and sweet potatoes (with skin), oats, bananas, pistachio nuts, lentils, tomato paste, barley, rice (brown, wild), bell peppers, winter squash (acorn, butternut), broccoli, carrots, Brussels sprouts, peanut butter, eggs, shrimp, tofu, apricots, watermelon, avocado, strawberries, whole–grain bread

MANGANESE

Manganese is found in very small quantities in foods, but that’s okay because we don’t need a lot to stay healthy. If you eat a relatively balanced diet, you’re probably getting enough manganese. But blood levels of manganese vary throughout the menstrual cycle, so it is not surprising that this mineral might be involved in PMS. A handful of studies have suggested that manganese, in combination with calcium, may reduce the irritability, depression, and tension associated with PMS. One study found that women who did not get enough manganese in their diets had more pain and worse moods premenstrually. Therefore, I encourage you to go out of your way to incorporate manganese–rich foods, specifically around the time of PMS.

BEST FOODS FOR MANGANESE: Pineapple, wheat germ, spinach, collard greens, pecans, amaranth, lima beans, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, oats, tempeh, quinoa, brown rice, flaxseed, raspberries, chickpeas (garbanzo beans), sunflower seeds, peanuts, tofu, soybeans (edamame), soy nuts, lentils

Here are some of my other food fixes for PMS:

  • Avoid salt and salty foods. PMS causes bloating and water retention. Salt can cause bloating and water retention. Ergo, salt can make those problems of PMS worse.
  • Avoid caffeine. Some research suggests that the effects of caffeine are magnified premenstrually, leading to greater breast tenderness, more nervousness, and potentially more irritability. Instead of coffee, tea, or caffeinated soft drinks, try herbal teas and other decaffeinated or naturally caffeine–free beverages.
  • Drink chamomile tea. Premenstrually, chamomile tea may be particularly helpful because it contains properties that relieve muscle spasms, and may therefore help reduce the severity of menstrual cramps. In addition, chamomile seems to reduce tension that may lead to anxiety and irritability. Chamomile tea is naturally caffeine–free, so it’s an ideal choice to replace some of your favorite caffeinated beverages when your period is approaching.
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Dr. Inyoung Yang, DC, FIAMA, MS

Dr. Yang went on to perform her medical clerkships at the Veteran Affairs (VA) Hospitals in New Haven and Newington, Connecticut after her medical education. There she trained under the expert tutelage of Dr. Anthony Lisi, Chief of VA hospital chiropractic services and a chair of the Veterans Health Administration National Chiropractic Field Advisory Committee. At present, the VA hospital network is the largest integrated health care system in which chiropractic trainees can acquire clinical skills along-side other medical professionals. During her time there, Dr. Yang developed a passion for treating those veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

She has a full-time successful practice as a chiropractor and acupuncturist in Fairfield, Southport CT, as both a chiropractor and acupuncturist, Dr. Yang understands the intimate relationship between acupuncture and chiropractic; this combination promotes the best healing. She specializes in the diagnosis of different types of pain especially from PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder), soft-tissue management, stress management and its treatments with an innovative, established and well-researched approach to non-surgical care, while incorporating proper nutrition protocols.

Dr. Yang also cares for a diverse range of patients, offering a combination of acupuncture, chiropractic, cupping, moxibustion, ART, Graston Technique, detoxification, and traditional Chinese medicine for optimum results. She also attended continuing education for nutrition, rehabilitation and management for PTSD to help patients the most.

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