Four Main Causes of Acne:
1. Follicular hyperkeratinization
Follicular hyperkeratinization, which is cause by dry skin, appears as the small little skin colored bumps on the skin that can occur by themselves, evolve into, or along with more cystic type acne. Many factors can contribute to this including: dehydration, climate change (including switching to and from using A/C), and even the soap you use or a change in soap. Most soaps and cleansers tend to be too drying and lead to Follicular hyperkeratinization.
2. Increase in Sebum Production and/or sweat
Increase in Sebum Production and/or sweat can be caused by a number of factors, and can “clog” the pores leading to blemishes like blackheads (when dirt is also clogged), and can also trap in bacteria which can lead to cystic type acne. Increases in sebum can occur from over drying of the skin, often from cleansers, so the body attempts to balance the dryness with more secretion. Hormonal changes can also change how much sebum and sweat we produce.
When bacteria overgrows on the skin, or gets clogged in the skin porse, it causes irritation which can cause red blotches or blemishes on the skin, and if enough bacteria is present to get the attention of the immune system to create pus, we get white heads and cystic type acne. Keeping a careful balance of a clean face, but not over drying as described above, is very important. Other factors, such as food allergies, or systemic infections like fungus and yeast can also contribute to bacterial imbalance and overgrowth.
Inflammation is irritation in the skin which can lead to the problems described above or aggravate them further. Changes in hormones, environment, and many other factors can increase the inflammation in our skin to cause or aggravate acne.
We can use Chinese Medicine to balance and eliminate these problems:
1. Follicular hyperkeratinization: According to Chinese medicine, dryness in the skin occurs when there either isn’t enough blood to nourish the skin, or it is not flowing well enough to make it to the skin. With acupuncture and herbal medicine, we can build the blood up and increase your blood circulation to ensure that your skin is being nourished properly to prevent follicular hyperkeratinization, balance out the skin and treat acne.
2. Increase in Sebum Production and/or sweat: In Chinese Medicine, there are two main factors that cause this, one is hormonal imbalance, and the other is a little bit more difficult to explain. In Chinese Medicine, the lungs and the skin are closely related. It is said that the lungs control the skins ability to open and close the pores. While this concept is more difficult to explain in Western terms, one example that you can clearly see the correlation is when you see someone who smokes a lot of cigarettes, they tend to have very poor skin – it’s as if the skin can act as a reflection of the lungs’ condition. There was also a recent study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics showing “Skin age as an indicator of Lung age” in fetal development. With acupuncture, and Chinese herbs, we are able to help restore hormonal balance, and help restore proper function of the lungs to prevent and treat acne caused by increases in sebum and sweat.
3. Bacteria: Acupuncture is excellent at regulating the body’s immune function to help combat bad bacteria and restore bacterial balance in, and on, the body. Furthermore, Chinese herbs can be taken to kill off the bad bacteria to hasten the results and help to clear the skin quickly.
4. Inflammation: Modern research and diagnostic tools have allowed us to see acupunctures’ instant ability to reduce inflammation in the body. With a properly trained, licensed acupuncturist, one can target the skin and area specifically and help to reduce inflammation. Acupuncture can also reduce systemic inflammation, both by the process itself, but also by restoring proper function of the organs so that less inflammation is created.
Here are some Things you can do at home to treat acne:
-Use a hypoallergenic, gentle, non-drying soap
-Keep well hydrated
-Ensure you are ingesting both enough fat and enough salt
-Use coconut oil both topically as well as internally – it helps stabilize keritonization of the skin
Remember – Acne will, more often than not, get worse before it gets better. As your body fights bacteria, it will “push it out” of the skin causing the appearance to temporarily worsen.
At Integrated Oriental Medicine, PS, we treat cases of acne with great results! If you, or someone you know is suffering from acne, call us today and come in for a consultation to see how acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can help you with your acne.
New recommendations from the American College of Physicians have come out for the treatment of back pain. Doctors are now recommending acupuncture, and other alternative modalities, for treatment of back pain before the use of medications!
Are YOU suffering with back pain? You don't have to be, call us today to see how acupuncture can help you!
The modern, western lifestyle has brought a lot of convenience to our lives, programmable and even talking appliances, robots that vacuum our floors, and virtually anything can be delivered to you with a click of a button, many things even on the same day! But those conveniences have come at a price. The expectations of how much we have to get done in a day, the pressure to be the “perfect parent” because of all the research and opinions blasted on the internet, social media, and even the type of work most of us are doing, IE always sitting at a computer… it all adds up to the common aches, pains, and feelings of stress and anxiety that most of us have experienced one time or another in our lives, and what many people experience chronically.
Acupuncture is something that is excellent at helping to ease the symptoms of stress and help us to feel better and even help our bodies to repel against stress and be stronger. Most of us can’t get into acupuncture appointments on a daily basis, so having some tools to use throughout the day, in between visits, can be a great help for someone to get some relief, and have a better day. Below are a few acupuncture points that you can use “acupressure” on, to reduce tension, pain, and other symptoms associated with stress.
Symptoms of Stress:
Stress is a normal physiological response to emergency situations, and at low levels it can even help to increase productivity because it stimulates the adrenals to produce hormones that help us to stay alert and focused, like when you drink a cup of coffee. The problem comes when that stress level is too high, or if it is sustained for too long. Then your body starts to develop symptoms of too much stress which can cause mild to even severe interruptions to your life. Common symptoms of too much stress to your body include:
· Anxiety or Depression
· Difficulty with Concentration
· Nausea or heartburn
· Gas, bloating, or changes in bowel movements
· Chest Pains and Heart Palpitations
· Insomnia or troubled sleep
· Eating Disorders
· Cravings or addictions with Sugar, Alcohol, Smoking and other Drugs
4 Acupressure Points to Relieve Anxiety and Stress:
These are points that you can stimulate yourself with pressure and massage to help relieve some of the symptoms of stress. They are convenient and can be utilized at any time so you can help yourself to feel better.
Stomach 36 – Leg Three Miles– This point is located a hands width (four fingers, not including the thumb) below the knee cap and one finger width away from the bone on the leg. Applying pressure at this point increases the circulation to the GI tract which is a sysem that gets deeply impacted by stress. Have you ever had gas or bloating, or changes in your appetite from stress? This is why! By pressing on Stomach 36, you help your GI tract to fight back from the stress and help to resume normal function. This point also helps to give a boost of energy which can be very helpful during times of stress. To activate this point, apply pressure and even do a little firm massage on the point for about 1 minute, multiple times throughout the day, especially after a meal.
Large Intestine 4 - Union Valley– This point is located in the webbing between the thumb and the index finger, pressing to get “underneath” the second metacarpal bone, so you would press at an angle like you were trying to get to the center of your palm. Stimulating this point helps to relieve muscle tension and pain, especially those resulting from stress. This is one of the most used acupuncture points because of how effective it is at alleviating a plethora of symptoms. Often used for headache, neck, back, and shoulder pain, and overall stress in the body. To activate press firmly in the manner described above, this point will elicit a deep ache, which is an indication that you are accessing it properly. Massage for about a minute several times throughout the day, especially when muscle tension or pain is present. Avoid using this point while pregnant as it is a point we use acupuncture on when attempting to induce labor.
Liver 3 - Great Rushing– This point is located in the webbing between the big and the second toe, follow that hollow towards your ankle until you fall into the meeting place of the two bones. Applying pressure on this point helps in unblocking the meridians and maintaining smooth flow of qi and blood throughout the body. This point is coupled with Large Intestine 4 to create the “four gates” which is a point combination used in acupuncture to move qi and blood throughout the body. When we are stressed, we block blood flow which can cause a number of different symptoms including pain (like the pain and tension you get in your neck and shoulders when you’re stressed). This point, especially when coupled with Large Intestine 4 is great at helping to move the blood and alleviate the pain.
Pericardium 6 – Inner Pass – This point is located three finger widths proximal from the palm on the forearm in the center, which is between the two large tendons on the forearm. This point has been researched showing its effect on the vagus nerve, which is part of the parasympathetic nervous system. Some people, when under stress, will exhibit anxiety symptoms like an increase in heart rate or even heart palpitations, when you feel your heart racing or pumping very hard. The vagus nerve is responsible for this sensation as well as other symptoms associated with stress like dizziness or light headedness, changes in gastric function etc. That is why this point is so good for stress because it can inhibit cardial vagal activity, which basically means it reduces the activity of the vagus nerve to reduce that feeling of “fight or flight” and encourages deep breathing to help you to feel better quickly. Press on this point firmly between those two tendons, you may feel a slight “electrical” sensation to your palm, this is the activation of the median nerve, if this sensation is uncomfortable, lighten your pressure. Use this point for anxiety, heart palpitations, and even nausea from stress, motion sickness, and pregnancy.
Use these points at any time to help to relieve your symptoms of stress. These can be used by anyone, but work best in conjunction with a treatment plan to heal your body and reverse the organ and tissue malfunction that is causing the symptoms. For more thorough relief and to reverse the malfunction, we recommend an evaluation from a natural healthcare provider who can help you make a treatment plan. If you, or someone you love is suffering from these symptoms, don’t wait, call us at Integrated Oriental Medicine, PS right away, and we can help you to feel better quickly and completely with our natural methods. Don’t suffer any longer, acupuncture can help! Call us today!
10 Natural Foods to Reduce Hypertension
Celery contains a substance called apigenin, which can not only lower blood pressure and dilate blood vessels, but also can prevent atherosclerosis of blood vessels. In addition, there are celery butylphthalide substances which can relax the smooth muscles in blood vessel walls.
An Australian study found that cooked tomatoes can help reduce high cholesterol and high blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease.
3. Water chestnut
Water chestnut is a good food which has both food and drug effects. Water chestnuts contain crude protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin C and other nutrients. Medicinal fresh water chestnuts have a good function to lower blood pressure and resolve phlegm. Eating some water chestnuts in Spring can cool blood, detox, eliminate dampness and phlegm, and prevent against flu.
Dietary fiber alginic acid contained in kelp can improve digestion and promote the excretion of cholesterol. Kelp is also rich in calcium, may reduce the body's absorption of cholesterol, and lower blood pressure. Studies have shown that people with high blood lipids, that eat kelp long-term, can effectively prevent and treat cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.
Eggplant is high in the flavonoid phytomelin, also known as rutin, and thereby has the effect to lower blood pressure. It can not only enhance the flexibility of capillaries, preventing capillary bleeding, but also has strong antioxidant property.
Mushrooms contain lentinan, asparagine and other active substances, including tyrosine, an oxidase enzyme material, which can not only lower blood pressure, cholesterol and lipid, but also prevent arteriosclerosis, cirrhosis and other diseases.
Eat 2 to 3 cloves of garlic a day, is the easiest food therapy for hypertension. Garlic can help maintain the appropriate amount of enzyme in the body to prevent high blood pressure. In addition, garlic is anti-viral, can help to prevent cancer, and many other beneficial effects.
Apple is rich in potassium which is beneficial in lowering blood pressure. In addition, Apple is rich in pectin which helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels. Reports show that people who eat one or two apples a day, can have their blood cholesterol levels reduced by more than 10%.
Oranges are rich in vitamin C and potassium. British researchers, after testing 641 adults, found that the higher the person’s vitamin C level, the lower the arterial blood pressure.
A US study found that a group of mice with diet high in nutrients contained in grapes, despite a large amount of salt, blood pressure was lower than another group of mice, cardiac function was also stronger, and inflammation in the body had improved. The report concluded that grape flavonoids may have lower blood pressure effect.
o Intake of salt should be restricted to 1-2 grams per day, as excessive of salt will increase the severity of edema.
o Diet with restricted protein is recommended to reduce proteinuria and lower the stress on the kidneys. A high protein diet is discouraged since it accelerates the deterioration of kidney disease by increasing the intraglomerular pressure and urinary protein excretion.
o Vitamin D supplementation is encouraged in patients with clinical or biochemical evidence of vitamin D deficiency.
o Lotus nodes are recommended to be included in the diet.
o Avoid smoking and drinking. Do not eat sour and spicy foods. Avoid caffeine or overwork.
2 Recommendations of Food
o Acute nephritis: black beans, mung beans, azuki beans, pearl barley, garlic, carp, winter melon, watermelon, watermelon rind, corn-silk, sweet rice, lotus root, and water chest nuts.
o Chronic nephritis: ginger, Chinese black dates, sweet rice, soybeans, winter melon, carp, yams, mung beans, and black beans.
o Adequate rest is essential to recovery. Strenuous exercise increases the stress of the kidneys and accelerates their deterioration.
o To minimize stress on the kidneys, encourage elimination of toxins through lung, skin and bowel. Practice breathing exercises, ensure regular bowel movements, and take hot baths regularly
4 Herbal Remedies
o Zuo Gui Wan, Dou Zhong, Bai Mao Gen, Jin Ying Zi, Jin Yin Hua, Lian Qiao.
o SP6,9,10, Ren 3, 4, LI4, ST36
o Ht7,4, LU5,10, Kid6, 9, 10
4 Kinds of Pain from 8 Hours in front of the Computer
In our daily life, our computer is inseparable from us, whether at work or home. The computer has brought us revolutionary changes and has made our daily life much easier. However, computers also create new diseases such as “Mouse Hand”, neck pain and discomfort in the eyes. If you are working in an office that relies heavily on computer use, here are a few important issues to know. Computer Hand due to Excessive Use of Computer
Hand and wrist pain due to excessive use of computer known as Computer Hand, a form of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). CTS is caused by pressure on the median nerve in the wrist. The symptoms include tingling, numbness, weakness, or pain of the fingers, hand and wrist.
As a high risk group of the disease, computer workers and those who use computers, intensively need to do the following exercises to reduce the risk: extend the wrists, stretch the thumb, clench the fists, push palm against each other. These movements can improve the circulation of the muscles and tendons, therefore reduce the risk of CTS. Back Pain due to Long Sitting
Back pain is among the most common physical complaints of American adults and a leading cause of lost job time. For office workers with computers, long sitting is not only the cause of back pain but also the wrong body mechanics such as bending forward too much which greatly increases the pressure on the spine and intervertebral discs, and also increase the tension of back extension muscles and tendons. These are more likely to cause serious back pain. Mild back pain without treatment can easily develop into chronic back pain. We suggest computer related workers to extend their back and neck every half an hours and walk around 5 minutes every hour to allow the proper blood flow into the tension areas of the back. In addition, be sure to use the right body mechanics during the work. Computer Vision Syndrome
Staring at a computer monitor for hours has become a part of the modern workday, and it also puts a real strain on our eyes causing a disease called Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS). Research shows somewhere between 50% and 90% of people who work at a computer screen have at least some symptoms of eye trouble. CVS symptoms are blurred vision, double vision, dry and red eyes, eye irritation, headaches, neck and back pain. Over time if not treated, CVS can easily lead to more serious eye diseases like farsightedness and astigmatism. We suggest the following: cut the glare by change the lighting around you; rearrange your desk to make your monitor slightly below your eye level and about 20-28 inches away from your face; give your eye a break by look away from the screen every 20 minutes also; Adjust the brightness, contrast and font size until you find the best settings for your vision. Computer Neck Pain
Working a long time in front of a computer makes our neck immobilized, long time constant tension in the muscles and tendons causes poor circulation of the area, which may lead to osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis causes cartilage between the vertebrae to deteriorate forming bone spurs that affect joint motion and cause pain. If the nerves are compressed, pain in neck and shoulders, numbness, tingling and weakness in arms may appear. The worst could be the cervical degeneration compressing the carotid artery causing abnormal blood supply to the brain, therefore headache, dizziness, and memory loss will show up. Symptoms like the Indicator Lights in your Car
If you have any of above mention symptoms, please visit us www.drmenacupuncture.com
and get an evaluation. Early acupuncture and Tuina massage treatments can prevent your condition from getting worse.
A 35 year old female patient had been struggling with constant, debilitating migraine headaches for many months. They caused extreme fatigue, and were ruling her life. She was unable to keep up with household chores, or enjoy her family or her life. After seeing many a neurologist, and many other doctors, she had lost hope of regaining her life. She experienced relief from the pain within seconds of her first treatment, and after two weeks of twice weekly acupuncture with our distal image style acupuncture, her pain had decreased by half, and within another two weeks was maintaining, pain free, between appointments. While she still has the occasional trigger headache, the intensity and duration are small and short, and her energy has improved so much that they don’t keep her from her duties or enjoying her life and her family.
Basic point prescription included: LI 11, 10, 4, Ht 3 ashi, Liv 2, 3, 6, St 38, and GB 39, 42. Other points were added based on signs and symptoms each visit.
Blood building foods were encouraged including dark leafy vegetables, kidney beans, and nettle leaf tea.
Long term treatment and prevention to include Chinese Herbs for building blood, regulating blood circulation, and balancing hormones: Dang Gui Shao Yao Tang, Chuan Xiong Cha Tiao San, Shen Ling Bai Zhu San, Wu Wei Zi, Ye Jiao Teng.
If you suffer from Migraine Headaches, don’t settle for pain anymore, come in and see how we can help you today!
Blood is the resource of our whole body’s nutrition. It nourishes the bodys' tissues and organs. As we grow older, "garbage" collects in our circulatory system. If we don’t clean up this trash promptly, the blood will become dirty, thick, and sluggish, which will be extremely harmful to our health. Today we have good news to share with you, there are many foods which can help us to clean our blood, and we call these kind of food, “Blood Trash Scavengers”
Blood Sugar Stabilizer: Pu-Erh Tea
Pu-Erh tea is very mild, it has very minimal digestive stimulation and contains polyphenols and other ingredients which are beneficial to our health. Studies have found that Pu-Erh tea has significant inhibitory effects on diabetes-related enzyme which helps to stabilize blood sugar.
Recommended way to drink: Pu-Erh tea is recommended to drink between meals, and to brew it with boiling water. The tea needs prewashed to drink.
Blood Lipid Regulating Agent: Oats
Oats are rich in beta-glucan and dietary fibers which can inhibit the absorption of cholesterols, and therefore lower the cholesterol level. Moreover, oats can make your stomach feel full and lack of sense of hunger, which is beneficial for weight loss.
Recommended way to eat: it is recommended to choose the most pure oats, which are large, whole-grain, not processed and without any sugar, cream etc. Oat congee with nuts are nutritious and delicious.
Blood Pressure Lowering Agent: Celery
Celery is rich in potassium and apigenin, which help control high blood pressure. United States Heart Association Journal published a study that, drinking appropriate amount of celery juice helps lowering the blood pressure.
Recommended Way to Eat: Cook celery with less oil and salt, otherwise it will undermine the hypotensive effects of celery. Celery can also be blanched for salad or juiced to drink.
Blood Circulation Catalyst: Black Beans
Black beans are rich in anthocyanin, which can clean free radicals, lower cholesterol and promote blood circulation. Additionally anthocyanin has eye protection function.
Recommended Way to Eat: anthocyanin is more stable in acidic conditions, therefore soaking in vinegar is helpful to the absorption of the nutrients in black beans. Stir fry the black beans first, let them cool, then soak the black beans in the vinegar, be sure to let the vinegar covers the black bean and left about 1/3 of the space for black beans to expand. Cover the pan and wait for the black beans to expand. After the black beans are fully expanded, the black beans are ready to eat. Black beans can also be used to make bean milk or bean congee.
Vascular Purification Agent: Kelp
Kelp is not only with high iodine, and also rich in dietary fiber and pectin. Kelp pectin can combine blood toxins such as heavy metal to detox and clean the blood.
Recommended Way to Eat: After soaking in the water, kelp can be made seaweed salad. Since the kelp has the cooling property, it is recommended that seaweed combines with braised bean curd in high temperature for the cold and weak people to eat.
Thrombolytic Agent: Natto
Natto is made from soy beans by bacillus natto fermented soy products. Researchers confirmed that the nattokinase in natto can dissolve blood clots and prevent diseases such as myocardial infarction, cerebral infarction. In addition, natto contains high soy isoflavone, zinc and vitamin K, which can not only improve estrogen but also can help menopausal symptoms and prevent osteoporosis.
Recommended Way to Eat: In order to maintain the activities of nattokinase, natto must be consumed fresh and cold. Natto cannot be heated. In order to keep natto good for cardiovascular health, natto is not advised to be consumed with large amount of oil or meat.
Now you have some tips for your daily health. Should you have conditions which are not able to be helped by dietary modification alone. Our practitioners here in Integrated Oriental Medicine, PS are ready to help you the natural way to get healthier through acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Give us a call (206) 440-1634 or email us: email@example.com
1. Garlic Garlic is an amazing healing herb. Numerous double blind studies have shown that garlic is also amazing at preventing cancer. It has been a staple used by Chinese medicine practitioners for centuries in raw, juice or soup form to treat various types of cancer.
There have also been studies done to prove that garlic can kill brain cancer cells, without harming the healthy cells.
2. Green Tea Green tea has long been acknowledged for its antioxidants and healing benefits. In fact there have been multiple studies that show that an active biological agent in green tea called epigallocatechin gallate or “EGCG,” can effectively treat pancreatic cancer.
Also, green tea may lower the risk of digestive system cancers in women , and another study found that when EGCG was administered directly to tumors, two thirds of them shrunk or disappeared within one month.
3. Ginger Ginger is another staple in the practice of Chinese medicine. It is used in many Chinese dishes. Inflammation markers that are precursors to colon cancer can actually be reduced significantly by the consumption of the ginger root, or in its powdered spice form. Ginger is a powerful anti-inflammatory that soothes and heals the digestive tract, which is why it is suggested as one of the best home remedies for the treatment of colon cancer.
Numerous studies have shown that ginger has been effective in destroying ovarian and prostate cancer cells. Not only does ginger kill these cancer cells, but it also prevents them from building a resistance to cancer treatments. Researchers agree that more research would be needed to further understand if this treatment can be effective in humans given various situations.
4. Ashwagandha This herb also known as “Indian Ginseng” is an adaptogen, which means it is able to supplement the body’s ability to deal with stressors such as anxiety, fatigue, or trauma. Because of this ashwagandha is used for literally hundreds of ailments in Ayurvedic medicine. It can increase our resistance to stress while increasing our energy levels.
Research shows that this herb helps to slow down the growth of cancer cells and inhibit the growth of tumor cells, while protecting the “good” cells.
5. Turmeric The compounds in the popular Indian spice turmeric have been found to cure many different ailments. The curcumin in the turmeric root literally cause colon cancer cells to self-destruct.
Early Death and How to Reduce Your Risk
Experts believe that life circle has five stages:
1. Age 0-35 is human life’s most active stage. In this period of life, human organs and tissues slowly develop and mature. All the organ’s functions are improving year after year. Because of the growth and development, this stage is called the Health Stage.
2. Age 35-45 is when a human’s organ functions reach their highest level. In the meantime, the organs begin aging and functions start to decrease. Most of chronic illnesses, such as atherosclerosis, start forming, and diabetes starts showing up. This stage is also called the Disease Forming Stage.
3. Age 46-55 is human life’s High Risk Stage. Most of diseases happen within this age group. Some of them threaten the life, such as coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Most early death tragedies happen within this age group. Experts also call this age group the “Everglades”
4. Age 59-65 is human life’s Safe Transition Stage.
5. After age 65, if a human doesn’t have any organ dysfunction, life is relatively safe at this stage. Therefore this stage is called Safe Stage.
Since age 46-55 is the High Risk Stage, here is some advice:
1. Give up smoking and alcohol.
2. Work, exercise and rest should be proportionate. Have a regular life style and a joyful heart.
3. Do not neglect the symptoms. Symptoms are just like the indicator light on your dash board – there’s something wrong in the engine, namely, your organs. Please have the symptoms checked by medical practitioners. Find the causes of the symptoms and have them treated.
Here is what we do to help you go through this High Risk Stage:
1. We use acupuncture and herbs to promote your Blood circulation to reduce the cardiovascular risk.
2. We use cold laser, acupuncture and herbs to repair the old injuries.
3. We use herbs to eliminate the toxins in your system to slow down organ and tissue aging and prevent loss of function.
4. We employ body, mind and spirit care to keep you with a joyful heart.