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With a growing amount of research and patient success stories, more and more women are seeking holistic and alternative medicines to treat a multitude of medical ailments and conditions. With our knowledge base of eastern medicine rapidly expanding, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture have become a top choice for numerous women seeking a solution to and relief from otherwise “untreatable” or difficult and even chronic situations. Among these, the most common conditions we treat and specialize in are Infertility, PCOS, Endometriosis, Menopause, and PMS.
According to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, acupuncture is an extremely effective pain management solution with the placement of the needles releasing the body’s natural painkillers and endorphins. It actually changes your body’s messages to your brain, however, pain management is just one of the many benefits of TCM and Acupuncture. This is why so many women are now turning to the healing effects of acupuncture for relief. In particular, those who benefit most are women suffering from long-term conditions with seemingly unknown causes and purportedly untreatable conditions by western standards.
Based on a medical study at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, acupuncture and Chinese Herbs drastically reduces the frequency of symptoms during menopause, especially hot flashes. This study documented long-term relief for nearly half of the women treated. This means that those women experienced fewer hot flashes and other symptoms for up to one year after their first six months of regular treatment. Other benefits of acupuncture treatment for menopause are pain relief, improved circulation and less mood swings.
Women suffering from PMS will be happy to learn that acupuncture can provide relief from symptoms as soon as 24 hours after a session. According to Women’s Day Magazine, acupuncture relieves some 78% of premenstrual symptoms! It does this by increasing circulation, alleviating pain, stabilizing your mood and releasing endorphins. Some symptoms it relieves most are: cramps, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, nausea, bloating, fatigue, mood swings, and sore or swollen breasts. It also helps to relax your muscles. For best results, we recommend that you seek treatment once a month in the week prior to your period and take herbs as instructed by your TCM practitioner.
Recently, many infertility doctors are referring more and more women to seek acupuncture treatments in conjunction with infertility treatments. This is because they not only complement each other well, but medical research confirms that acupuncture increases your chances for fertilization and success with your IVF treatments. Acupuncture actually prepares the body and maximizes the potential effects and success of IVF treatments. It also alleviates the stress, anxiety and depression that can be a potential cause of or an unfortunate side effect of those struggling with infertility.
Numerous medical research studies from places such as the NYU Fertility Center and Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the NYU Langone Medical Center and The Domar Center for Mind/Body Health at Boston IVF confirm that there appears to be a direct connection between stress, anxiety, and depression all playing a major role in infertility. Studies reflect that chronic stress can cause irregular ovulation, making both natural attempts and IVF attempts at fertilization and implantation extremely difficult. This in turn creates more stress, anxiety and depression.
This is where acupuncture shines as a huge success with fertility treatments. Acupuncture relieves stress by relaxing the mind and body. It does this by activating the brain to releasing endorphins and improving circulations. It helps prepare the body for fertility treatments by improving blood blow to the ovaries and uterus. This in turn, thickens the lining of the uterus, increasing chances of conception. TCM, Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture used in combination yield optimal results and success rates. This combination of treatment corrects the body’s neuroendocrine system, activates the brain to release hormones that stimulate reproductive organs and adrenal glands and other organs involved with the reproductive system.
Chief among infertility conditions is polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. This is the most common cause of infertility among women. This disorder affects 10% of women and can occur at any age after their first ovulation. It’s a condition in which the ovaries created too many follicles each month and fail to produce an egg. This creates not only a disruption in ovulation, causing irregular and even missed periods (followed by sudden heavy bleeding).
Symptoms of PCOS not already mentioned above, include (but are not limited to): acne, high blood pressure, elevated hormone levels, facial and body hair, ovarian cysts, weight gain, constricted blood vessels (increasing the risk for diabetes and heart attack or stroke). Medications for this condition can have notably unpleasant side effects, such as malaise, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and headaches.
Acupuncture helps to regulate these symptoms and side effects with high success rates. This is why so many women are turning acupuncture for treatment and relief. Acupuncture and TCM can regulate and manage periods, reduce headaches, and improve mood. It also improves circulation, stimulates the organs, balances hormones, and promotes healthy functioning of the entire reproductive system. It can also help manage healthy weight levels.
And finally, another major and often very painful cause of infertility is Endometriosis. Endometriosis is a disorder that occurs when the cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas of the body. When left untreated, endometriosis can cause infertility.
Typical symptoms are back pain, painful defecation, rectal bleeding, premenstrual spotting, sciatica, painful and frequent urination, vomiting, abdominal pain and swelling. Just one of these symptoms alone can be problem, but oftentimes; these symptoms present themselves in combination with one another, making the pain excruciating and often unbearable for many women.
The good news is that Acupuncture and TCM can help most women with this condition achieve substantial relief and improvement. Acupuncture and especially the herbal formulas effectively treat and relieve: painful menstruation, irregular frequency and flow of menstruation, PMS, abdominal pain, infertility and the many other symptoms presented with this disorder. It typically takes patients one month of treatment per each year the problem has existed.
Herbs, Allergies, & Chi
TCM Herbs & Allergies
It’s that time of year again...Allergy Season is rapidly approaching, but did you know that you do not have to suffer from your allergies anymore? With Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) you can finally say “goodbye” to those troublesome allergies. TCM has been around for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until China “opened” itself in 1972 that TCM rapidly gained acceptance throughout the world as a highly effective system of medicine; however, because China remained in such a prolonged state of isolation from the world until then, the western world has much research to conduct to better grasp and understand this broad system of medicine and healing. (Shen-Nong.com)
Regardless, great strides have been made in the subsequent decades since the 70’s in recognizing the many conditions and ailments TCM treats and how it works. TCM utilizes a variety of treatment methods in combination with one another to obtain balance for each patient. Typical treatments include acupuncture, cupping/scraping, herbs, and lifestyle changes such as diet, exercise, and sleep patterns, and even meditation and relaxation techniques.
As for allergies, TCM has many ways to manage and reduce not only the symptoms, but the actual cause for the problem in the first place and even boosting your immune system too! For centuries, herbs alone have been the primary and most effective treatment for springtime allergies. This is because an allergic reaction is the body’s reaction, typically inflammation in affected areas, to foreign substances or influences. However, Chinese herbs and acupuncture can work together with even higher success rates in treating allergies and can reduce inflammation and many other typical allergy symptoms. Overall, TCM strengthens and improves your immune system, whereby over an extended period of time, lessening the body’s reactions to the allergens in the first place. (NIH)
Why choose herbs? Herbs are natural and non-toxic, safe and gentle, and holistic and effective. Herbs have stood the test of time. Essentially, they have been used for medicinal purposes since the beginning of time. TCM recognizes the strengths and weaknesses of each individual herb and compensates for this by blending them to create a balanced and holistic, powdered, herbal formula to treat each person to meet their constantly changing needs. The powdered formulas make a tea-like decoction that can be easily drank, allowing for quick absorption in the bloodstream and body for rapid and effective results. (NaturalPharmacie)
To fully understand the power of herbs as medicine, it is important to recognize that most pharmaceuticals either use plants and herbs as their foundation or were derived from plants and herbs but are now synthesized to mimic the components and molecular structure of those original herbs and plants. Herbs are nothing new, yet with new research and understanding about their uses and effectiveness, it’s time we look at them in a new light as highly effective treatment methods for your ever changing needs and lifestyle.
Western Medicine Recognizes Chi
We are excited to learn that Western medicine is beginning to recognize the effects our psychological and emotional condition(s) has on our body. New scientific evidence proves that an astounding 98% of illnesses are either directly or indirectly caused by the overall condition of the human mind. One of the most important founding fundamental concepts of Chi is that it is our life force (the breath of Life) and it is constantly responding to and interacting with our thoughts and feelings. This means it can be strengthened or weakened depending on whether our thoughts are positive or negative. Positive thoughts and feelings create a positive flow of Chi or energy channels, allowing Chi to flow freely without interference; however, negative thoughts and feelings create a disruption in the flow of Chi, creating energy blocks throughout your body, whereby creating illness and disease.
The good news is that Acupuncture’s main purpose is to remove these blockages and allowing for the healthy flow of Chi throughout your body to promote optimal health. (Reiki.org)
Life Essentials Winter Notes
Winter is a Time of Rest & Renewal
The number one complaint we get during the winter is “lack of energy,” but winter is when we should be focused on conserving our energy and “recharging our batteries” so-to-speak. It’s when we should reflect on our health and conserve our strength and the cold darkness of the winter months tends to naturally urge us to slow down; however, with today’s fast-paced, busy lifestyle more and more people struggle to care for themselves the way they desire. With that being said, it is more important than ever before that we take care of ourselves in a way that will promote good, strong energy for longevity and good health for spring and summer.
The number one complaint we get during the winter is “lack of energy.”
Many people find seasonal acupuncture and especially herbal treatments during winter to greatly enhance the body’s ability to thrive in times of stress, aid in healing and prevent illness and increase vitality.
How Herbs Help
Herbs in winter help maintain optimal health without side effects. Most Chinese herbals are used to treat acute diseases and conditions, such as killing bacteria or a virus, healing chronic illness and disorders, strengthening the body and maintaining balance in the body. Specially designed herbs ade by your herbalist are more effective than premixed, patented herbal formulas, because they are tailored ot your symptoms and conditions exclusively by your herbalist to treat you, your body, and your energy.
Q: How do acupuncture and herbs help?
A: They aim to correct imbalances in the body, address external factors and environment, help you manage stress and emotions healthfully, and achieve an d maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Q: What are most Chinese herbal formulas composed of?
A: roots, bark, flowers, seeds, fruits, leaves and branches
How to Boost Your Energy This Winter
Winter is all about nourishing your energy for spring, especially your kidneys. Kidney energy is crucial to good health and longevity. Our kidney energy is considered the source of all energy within the body as they store and reserve our energy so it can be used in times of stress and change or to heal and prevent illness and to age gracefully; however, during the winter, this energy can be so easily depleted.
With this in mind, we want to provide you with a few helpful suggestions on how to boost your energy this winter.
Our Healthful Suggestions
Relax…and…go to sleep early and rise late. This can be challenging for many and we are happy to discuss ways for you to achieve a healthful sleep routine, from acupuncture services and herbal supplements to meditation and Reiki to help you relax and release all of that stress. Stay warm and expend minimum energy! So, in other words, bears have the right idea! Cuddle up under your blanket by a warm fire and hibernate… read a good book and meditate. If you’re looking for great winter exercise, look to yoga or tai chi as great sources of movement and relaxation. Also, be sure to wash your hands regularly and drink ample water, but drink your water at either room temperature or warmer, as the idea is to warm the body so it doesn’t need to expend more energy trying to regulate your body temperature as it would, for instance, if you drank cold water during the winter.
Winter Dietary Suggestions
Avoid raw foods as these require more energy to digest than cooked foods and the idea is to warm your core and keep properly nourished. Some foods that are excellent during the winter are: black beans, kidney beans, blueberries, blackberries, mulberries; soups and stews; flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and black sesame seeds; Walnuts and chestnuts; dark and leafy greens, like asparagus, cucumbers, celery and root vegetables; and also beneficial are, miso, seaweed, garlic and ginger.
With the Holidays quickly approaching, comes much joy, but also much stress, so all of us at Life Essentials would like to invite you and your loved ones to relax, enjoy some hot tea, and balance your chi this Holiday season. This Holiday season give the gift of health and wellness. From now until the end of the year, we are offering half price specials on our cosmetic acupuncture procedures and discounted specials on guided meditation sessions. These services are the perfect gift for you and your loved ones.
Cosmetic Acupuncture (or facial rejuvenation) is an inexpensive and minimally invasive solution to looking younger and feeling younger. It was first discovered, with its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine, as a means to treat deep and superficial facial conditions in the treatment of stroke and bell’s palsy patients by stimulating specific acupuncture points, wherein, getting to the root cause of the symptoms and working from the inside out. Cosmetic acupuncture is a safe, natural and highly effective way to preserve youthful skin, beautify the face, reverse the aging process, and treat more profound skin diseases while improving your overall health. It’s a holistic alternative that offers lasting solutions to these issues and other more severe skin conditions. Please visit with Dr. Jing, who specializes in cosmetic acupuncture treatments.
Acupuncture in the ER
Yes, you read that right! A new study being conducted by Adam Reinstein, L.Ac., in the Emergency Department at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minnesota is proving that acupuncture is a viable and highly effective alternative form of treatment for many of the ailments that borage the ER daily. From migraines to kidney stones and even car accident injuries, acupuncture is proving to be beneficial in managing pain and in many cases it is just as effective as and oftentimes, more effective than opioid-based painkillers. Adam Reinstein has been treating ER patients for a while now and has found that, “no matter what,” he is treating a patient for, that, “many patients report feeling calmer, more relaxed, and less anxious.”
“Acupuncture can oftentimes replace opioids and other painkillers whereby helping to curb overuse, addictions, and overdose.”
Acupuncture is the perfect complement to traditional Western Medicines used in emergency rooms across the United States. The application and administration of acupuncture to the majority of patients in the ER has not only helped to lessen their pain, but eliminate it entirely and in many cases superseding the need for painkillers altogether.
For more information on this topic please feel free to speak to one of our Licensed Acupuncturists. We are happy to help.
What Sets Us Apart
We are excited to announce that we are rated top 4 out of 100 Saint Louis acupuncture clinics on Expertise.com and have received several glowing reviews that are actually making us blush. Aside from that, our Licensed Acupuncturists not only received countless hours of education and certificates as such, but also continue to strive for excellence in ongoing education in the field of acupuncture, but they stay current on learning about new views and methods as well.
Our Techniques & Education
Needle-Free Therapy is acupuncture without needles. It’s perfect for children and adults who are uncomfortable with needles. Needle-Free Therapy is a simple and effective, non-invasive procedure without any pain or side effects to the patient. It’s a natural and drug-free way to help strengthen the immune system and prevent diseases of the whole body and maintain optimal health.
Korean Hand Therapy
No surgery, no injections, no side effects, no risks
Pan’s Pulse Method
Based on well over 10,000 years of Chinese Medicine, this treatment methodology realizes and combines both western and eastern medicines and the importance of the body’s systems; wherein, it also recognizes and combines physiology and pathology to give the best possible diagnosis and treatment in response to the patient’s pulse.
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