New Years limit-timed special. $79 acupuncture treatments, from January 1st to January 31st.

Millions of adults start the New Year with resolutions, and a healthier lifestyle is usually the number one goal people set for themselves. Many of us start the year with good intentions, whether it be quitting smoking, exercising more, stress management, weight management, eating healthy or improving overall health. In spite of good intentions, many give up by the end of January. The media glamorizing healthy lifestyle makes it appear so easy to achieve. In reality, we all know and understand that making major lifestyle changes can be challenging and difficult, but don’t give up. If you are committed to a healthier lifestyle for 2017, you don’t have to do it alone. Acupuncture can help you reach and maintain your goals. From today through January 31st 2017, Acupuncture treatments are only $79 per treatment for new or existing patients.
If you are ready to commit to improving your health and to reach your New Years goals, call today (253) 661-8685 or send us email to schedule your appointments for January.

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Acupuncture for Pain Relief – plus Nutrition

Leo came to me for acupuncture after falling off a ladder onto his back. He was in pretty bad shape. Acupuncture helped but he had sustained quite an injury, and he was on medications which did not support the healing of musculoskeletal injuries. Long term arthritis would be in his future.

With drug advertising, doctors may prescribe more drugs than necessary, assuming patients will make no adjustments to their diets, no matter how high their blood pressure or how unstable their blood sugar levels. Pain, blood pressure and blood sugar medications don’t always help.

Drugs very often override the nervous system’s own ability to heal the body the system is meant to control. Drugs’ ill effects (aka side effects) rarely enable the body to heal itself as it would naturally do on its own with – genuine replacement parts – food.

Acupuncture streamlines a confused nervous system. It works similarly to replacing/fixing circuit breakers, instantly handling pain and other issues. What nutrition can accomplish is similar to acupuncture in reducing pain via encouraging better food choices and choosing more effective supplements/whole food nutrition therapy.
View Nutrition Response Testing video now.

Patients can reduce their dependence on medications controlling blood sugar levels, high blood pressure, and pain. They eliminate dependence on pain medications, because pain is a cry by the body for something that it needs. We just don’t have a pain medication deficiency. We do often have a deficiency in certain vitamins, minerals, etc, fibre and water.
In this video we show how I use Nutrition Response Testing (palpation of acupuncture points with nutrition). I help Leo identify which whole food supplements – and food – are helpful and which ones are harmful in his trauma repair, arthritis prevention and quest for better health.

Please bring your questions to my class on arthritis and pain at Jade River Acupuncture at 33710 9th Ave. S. in Federal Way, WA on December 13 at 6-7 PM. I look forward to seeing you! Or call to schedule your appointment at 206-932-4371 or email us at info@jaderiveracupuncture.com

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Acupuncture for the Relief of Arthritis Pain

ArthritisArthritis is one of the most pervasive diseases in the United States and is the leading cause of disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one out of every three Americans (an estimated 70 million people) is affected.

Arthritis is a disease that causes pain and inflammation in joints and can be widely spread throughout the body. Arthritis isn’t just one disease, it is a complex disorder that comprises more than 100 distinct conditions and can affect people at any stage of life. The common thread among arthritis symptom is persistent joint pain and inflammation. While arthritis pain and inflammation cannot be avoided as the body ages, with Acupuncture the pain can be manageable.

Two of the most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. While these two forms of arthritis have very different causes, risk factors, and effects on the body, they often share a common symptom—persistent joint pain.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritis in the United States, affecting an estimated 21 million adults. OA begins with the breakdown of cartilage in joints along with the deposition of calcium, which limits mobility of the joint and causes pain and stiffness.  OA commonly affects the joints of the fingers, knees, hips, and spine. Other joints affected less frequently include the wrists, elbows, shoulders, and ankles.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can affect many different joints.   Inflammation of the joint lining, the synovium, can cause pain, stiffness, swelling, warmth, and redness. The degree of inflammation fluctuates, possibly following changes in the stress levels of the body.  The affected joint may also lose normal movement.  RA can have periods of exacerbation and remission, but pain often persists once the inflammation has subsided.

In a Scandinavian study, researchers compared acupuncture and exercise for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the hip. Thirty-two patients awaiting a total hip replacement were separated into two groups. One group received acupuncture treatments and the other group received hip exercises over a 6-week period. Patients in the acupuncture group showed significant improvements, while no significant changes were reported in the group that received hip exercises.

Another study at the University of Maryland showed that elderly arthritis patients with osteoarthritis of the knee improved significantly when acupuncture was added to their treatment.  Seventy-three patients were randomly divided into two groups. One group received acupuncture treatments and conventional therapy for 8 weeks.  The other group received conventional therapy only.  Patients who received acupuncture had significant pain relief and showed improvement in function. Those who did not receive acupuncture showed no significant change.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective tool to fight Arthritis pain with minimal side effects. Are you ready for pain relief?  Call today (253-252-7195) to schedule your appointment or send us email and start living a pain free life.

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Stop Counting Sheep

Insomina01According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 40 percent of U.S. women and 30 percent of U.S. men suffer from insomnia, a condition characterized by difficulty falling or staying asleep.

Lack of sleep can have a wide variety of negative consequences – daytime drowsiness, irritability, depression and an increased risk of various health problems. The most common treatment for insomnia in the United States consists of prescription sleep aids such as sedatives, hypnotics and antidepressants. Prescription sleeping aids are one of the most highly overused medications and can lead to side effects and addiction.

A preliminary report in 2004 found patients who have anxiety, acupuncture increased their nighttime melatonin production and total sleep time. The patients who received acupuncture also fell asleep faster, were less restless during the night and felt less stressed. The researchers concluded that, “Acupuncture treatment may be of value for some categories of anxious patients with insomnia.”

Another study has shown that acupuncture works for people without health problems, too. A study in 1999 found that acupuncture improved sleep quality in normal people with insomnia.

In order to best treat your insomnia, we first need to determine why you are suffering with insomnia – pain, menopause, stress, depression, anxiety, etc.  Then with Acupuncture treat the root of the problem causing your  insomnia

“Although insomnia is the most common sleep complaint, it is not a single sleep disorder. It’s more accurate to think of insomnia as a symptom of another problem. The problem causing the insomnia differs from person to person,” says HelpGuide.org.

Acupuncture may not be your first thought on the best method to improve your sleep, but research have shown that Acupuncture can help with sleeping disorders without the risk of addiction or putting chemicals your body.  Acupuncture can actually be an effective way to improve your sleep quality and leaves out the dependency of sleep-aid medications.

Are you tired of being tired?  Call  today 253-252-7195 or send us email to get a good night sleep and to stop counting sheep.

Sources:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14990755
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10077713

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Homemade Mosquito Repellent

The Sun is out and weather is getting is warmer. Folks are getting excited about camping and RVing.  Concerned about Ziki virus carried by mosquitoes, several of my patient asked what natural bug spray they can use.

In addition not to camping near standing water where mosquitoes breed, you can use this homemade mosquito repellent that is very effective.  It’s also less toxic and more economical then the store bought mosquito repellent.

Combine in a 16 oz spray bottle:
– 15 drops of lavender oil
– 3-4 Tbsp of vanilla extract
– 1/4 cup lemon juice

Then fill the bottle with water, shake & you’re ready to use.

Repellent

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Stress Awareness Month

Stress01Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month?  Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992.

Getting married, new home, new job,  new baby – all of these are happy moments, but they also cause stress, a good kind of stress.  Regardless of the cause, relationships, work, family, or money, good and bad stress can have a significant impact on your body and mind.  Too much of stress can cause a variety of health problems over time if not managed effectively.  It reduces our immune systems, making us more vulnerable for infections. The “flight or fight” response elicited by stressful situations can also be taxing.

Stress is primarily a mental reaction to your perception of life. Often, the mind will amplify this condition as it constantly deliberates the many complicated aspects of life. You actually end up creating more stress than you truly experience by these mental reactions.

To help alleviate stress, you need to have some form of stress management strategy  to de-stress your mind and body. There are various alternative methods that you can use to relieve stress, such as yoga, exercising, meditation, acupuncture, massage, etc.

Acupuncture is a natural and healthier way to manage your stress than pharmaceutical medications. If you have been taking sleeping medications, anti-depressants, or tranquilizers to help manage stress, acupuncture treatments can help you decrease or eliminate the need for these medications, under your doctor’s supervision.

Acupuncture can also relieve the physical symptoms of stress that tends to accumulate in your body – in the neck, shoulders, back, etc. causing pain and tension.  Some people experience digestive issues when stressed.  People who are under high levels of stress often have high blood pressure and headaches.

Regular acupuncture treatments can help strengthen your body so you’re better able to deal with the day-to-day stresses of life.  And regular acupuncture treatments can help heal stress related health conditions and improve the body’s immunity to defend against potential illnesses.

Call  253-252-7195 or send us email and take control of your stress and feel more relaxed today!

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Acupuncture for Immune Deficiency

ImmuneAn autoimmune disease occurs when your immune system gets confused and attacks your own body instead of protecting it.  According to the NIH over 23 million Americans suffer from some type of auto-immune disease; the American Autoimmune and Related Diseases Association puts the number closer to 50 million. Both organizations agree that the numbers are rising.

Getting a diagnosis can be frustrating and stressful.  If you think you may have an autoimmune disease and are not getting a diagnosis, don’t give up.  Immune deficiencies are hard to diagnose because of the wide range of symptoms.  It may take seeing multiple doctors to get a correct diagnosis.  There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, and some have similar symptoms.  Which makes it difficult for your doctor  to know if you really have one of the Autoimmune diseases, and if so, which one.  Often, the first symptoms are chronic fatigue, muscle aches or weakness and a low grade fever.  The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation, which can cause redness, pain and swelling.

Autoimmune diseases are a chronic illness with no known cure.  The conventional approach to treating autoimmune disease has been to suppress your immune system to decrease the symptoms as well as the damage being caused by your confused immune system.  There are a variety of medications including steroids, they can be very effective but come with the cost of significant potential side effects

A natural way to ease and reduce symptoms is Acupuncture.  Acupuncture works by addressing the body as a whole.  Acupuncture can affect the release of hormones, proteins and chemicals in your body, which can affect your immune system.

Although there is no cure, immune deficiencies can be managed properly to have the best quality of life possible. Acupuncture has also been shown to help boost mood and lower stress and anxiety, which can be triggers for increased symptoms. Acupuncture is a safe, non-invasive treatment option that can decrease symptoms and improve overall well being.

Call today 253-252-7195 or send us email and start decreasing your pain and fatigue.

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Jade River Acupuncture Limited-Time New Year’s Special

2016New Years limit-timed special. $50 acupuncture treatments, from January 1st to January 31st.  

Millions of adults starts the New Year with resolutions and a healthier lifestyle is usually the number one goal that people set for themselves. Many of us start the year with good intentions, whether it be quitting smoking, exercising more, stress management, weight management, eating healthy or improving overall health. In spite of good intentions, many give up by the end of January.

The media glamorizing healthy lifestyle makes it appear so easy to achieve. In reality, we all know and understand that making major lifestyle changes can be challenging and difficult, but don’t give up. If you are committed to a healthier lifestyle for 2016, you don’t have to do it alone. Acupuncture can help you reach and maintain your goals. From January 1st to January 31st 2016, Acupuncture treatments are only $50 per treatment for new or existing patients.

If you are ready to commit to improving your health and to reach your New Years goals, call today (253-252-7195)  or send us email to schedule your appointments for January.

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The Eating Season

EatingThanksgiving meal is over, and now it’s time for holiday sweets and treats.  I jokingly refer to the Holiday Season as the Eating Season. The holidays are a time for  eating something delicious and indulgent in a party setting. With all the wonderful rich and delicious foods, it’s hard to not to over eat.

 

Five Tips For Eating Without Overeating.

Moderation:  We all heard the saying to enjoy everything in moderation, and that is definitely true when it comes to holiday foods. Don’t try to deprive yourself during the holidays, doing so may cause binging.  Having an extra holiday treat here and there won’t harm you too much. You’re allowed to indulge a bit, just keep portions small when it comes to holiday desserts and limit how often you eat them.  Downsize your plate to trick your brain into thinking you are eating more.  Use an appetizer or salad plate instead of a dinner plate.

Choose Wisely:  Choose your first buffet picks wisely.  Picking protein-packed foods are a great way to fill up without adding a lot of sugar and empty carbohydrates. Pack your plate with low-fat meats like turkey and chicken. Pick veggies and hummus over chips and creamy dips.

Pour Wisely:  The holidays are a time for celebration, which most likely means more alcohol. Not only does alcohol add on empty calories, but can also lead you to eating more while drinking. If you are at a gathering, limit yourself to one or two drinks to cut down on the unhealthy cravings you might be feeling afterward.  When pouring yourself a glass of wine, count 1-2-3 to get an estimated 5 ounces serving.  A half-filled glass of wine can be as much as 10 ounces!

Water, water, water:  Don’t forget about water! The holidays are an easy time to drink more sugary beverages than normal. Substitute drinks for water, and drink a lot of water. Not only is water essential for your health, but drinking a glass before a meal can fill you up more as well, preventing you from overeating.

Small Bites, Small Sips:  Eating too fast is one of the easiest ways to overeat. When you don’t give your body the chance to digest food and feel full before you stop eating, chances are you’re going to end up eating more than you want.  Take small bites and small sips to trick your brain into eating less.

If you overindulge and feel overly full, here’s a few stretches to aid and relieve indigestion.

  • Raise your arms above your head while breathing in and stretch backwards as much as you can without hurting yourself.
  • Count till 3 and come back to the original position while exhaling slowly.
  • Inhale and bend forward in the rag doll position while exhaling.
  • Count till 3 and come back to the starting position while inhaling.
  • Bring your arms above your head and lean your body to the right side while exhaling
  • Come back to the starting position while inhaling
  • Now lean your body to the left side while exhaling
  • Come back to the starting position while inhaling
  • Repeat this whole stretching workout 3 times to open all the digestive channels.

Enjoy the holidays and the delicious food that comes with it, don’t be afraid to indulge a little. If you find yourself with acute case of indigestion, Acupuncture can resolve the indigestion quickly with one or two treatments.

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Acupuncture Treatment for Psoriasis

PsoriasisPsoriasis is a very common skin condition and is a chronic skin disease of scaling and inflammation. It affects 2 to 2.6 percent of the United States population, or between 5.8 and 7.5 million people. Anyone can develop psoriasis, but the onset is mostly seen in 15 to 35 year old and is not contagious. Psoriasis is commonly passed down through families, so if your parents or grandparents had psoriasis, you might develop it too. Psoriasis mostly occurs on the outside of the elbows and knees, the trunk, and also the scalp, but psoriasis can affect any part of the body

This chronic skin condition can be triggered by a number of internal and external factors.

  • Bacteria or viral infections, like strep throat
  • Dry skin
  • Skin damage, including cuts, burns, and insect bites
  • Some medications, like antimalarial drugs, beta-blockers, and lithium
  • Stress
  • Too much or too little sunlight
  • Over-consumption of alcohol

Scientists don’t know the exact cause of psoriasis. They believe it’s the body’s immune system attacking the skin cells. The type of immune cell that is active is called a T-lymphocyte. The presence of these cells causes other immune responses, which leads to a more rapid than normal turnover of healthy skin cells. Rather than skin cells changing over in weeks, they change over in days.

Psoriasis is tricky to treat and affects every individual differently.  Traditional treatments include topical creams and/or oral medications – but these treatments don’t always relieve Psoriasis.  So many people are seeking out alternative therapies to get their symptoms under control. Some patients have been able to find relief using supplements, herbs, special diets, or acupuncture.

In 1992, National Institutes of Health (NIH) did a study with 61 cases of psoriasis with acupuncture. All of the patients had failed to respond to  western medical treatments. They received an average of about nine sessions of acupuncture treatments, ranging from one to 15 treatments. Almost one third of them had eleven to thirteen acupuncture treatments. With the acupuncture treatment, about one-half of the 61 patients had complete or almost completely cleared of their skin lesions. About a quarter of them had about two thirds of their skin lesions cleared. Eight of them had one third of their skin lesions cleared. Nine patients had minimal or no improvement. The NIH study indicates that acupuncture is effective for treating psoriasis.

Alternative treatments that are safe and natural and can help temporarily reduce symptoms of psoriasis are:

Herbal Remedies

  • Aloe Vera: The gel from this cactus plant can be used generously on your skin to reduce redness and scaling caused by psoriasis. Aloe Vera can be found in almost any grocery or health store.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is thought to have antiseptic properties. It can sooth irritated skin or scalp and can be applied daily.
  • Turmeric: Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Because of this, turmeric has been found to reduce psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis flares. Turmeric can be found in pill form as well as powder form to be added to food.
  • Dead Sea Salts: Soaking in a bath with Dead Sea salts or Epsom salts can remove scaly skin and reduce itching. It is recommended that you use warm water and stay in the tub for 15 minutes.

Home Remedies:

  • Soak a towel in cold milk and apply to affected area to relieve itching.
  • Add ½ cup ground oatmeal into a warm bath.
  • Rub the affected area with the inner side of a banana peel.
  • Apply Aloe Vera gel to affected area.
  • Slice 15 water chestnuts and soak in 3 oz. of rice vinegar crush and store in a sealed jar. Apply the paste to affected area and cover with gauze. Change daily.

Acupuncture can calm down the overacting immune system and stop it from attacking your skin cells. Depending on severity of the Psoriasis, regular treatments from 2 to 9 months will reduce the number of flare-ups. But you must commit to the treatments, if you stop the treatments before we resolve the symptoms, the condition will reoccur.

For people with psoriasis, suffering from painful symptoms like itching, burning, flaking and red skin is not pleasant.  Acupuncture can treats psoriasis.  No one should have to suffer with skin problems like psoriasis. Call  today 253-252-7195 or send us email and get relief from the itching and burning of psoriasis.

Sources:
https://www.psoriasis.org/about-psoriasis
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1357925

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