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Acupuncture and Holistic Medicine

A collection of articles and blog posts written by Lakewood Community Acupuncture founders Jamie Holland and Crystal Jancovic and invited guest writers from the acupuncture community.

This is Part 3 of a 3 part series. To read Part 1, click here. To read Part 2, click here.  To be able to see the best results with acupuncture points it is important to know the state of a person's mind, body and spirit. Most people in the modern world are imbalanced at the level of the spirit,
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The Microsystem of Auriculotherapy Ear acupuncture, also known as auricular acupuncture, is a well-known application of the principle that a single, small part of the body reflects the whole body, also known as a microsystem. According to this theory, the ear resembles an upside down fetus and there is a point in the ear that reflects a part or an
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Synopsis  Calcium is vital in the functioning of our immune system. Depletion of tissue calcium not only leads to increased virus and bacterial infections, but can be a general indicator of susceptibility to severe illness with higher mortality rate. When we become feverish, this warming of our body releases calcium making this mineral available to assist our body to protect
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This is Part 2 of a 3 part series. To read Part 1, click here. To read Part 3 click here.  To be able to see the best results with acupuncture points it is important to know the state of a person's mind, body and spirit. Most people in the modern world are imbalanced at the level of the spirit,
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Suggestions for a successful meditation: Have a clean, quite space, free from distractions. Set up a comfortable chair or cushion, which will allow you to to sit up straight and remain still during the entire meditation session, without your posture, chair, or cushion becoming a distraction. Meditate when your have the most energy and the least distractions, such as in
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What is Gua Sha? Gua sha is one of many healing modalities found in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). ‘Gua’ translates as scraping, and ‘sha’ refers to the red spots on the skin during the procedure. It is sometimes just called ‘scraping’ technique. Gua sha is performed with the assistance of a tool, usually a flat or slightly rounded specialized tool
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In Chinese Medicine, there is never just a simple fix for correcting a person’s imbalances. Treatment and dietary prescriptions are given with the patient’s individual constitution and diagnosis in mind. This allows for the food and treatment to be fully aligned with what each person's body is specifically needing at the time. In this article we will need to expand
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This is Part 1 of a 3 part series. To read Part 2, click here. To read Part 3 click here.  To be able to see the best results with acupuncture points it is important to know the state of a person's mind, body and spirit. Most people in the modern world are imbalanced at the level of the spirit,
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In this article: Balancing the autonomic nervous system (ANS) with Potassium and Phosphorus Regulating heart rhythm with Calcium and B4 Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)  The autonomic nervous system (ANS) consists of the sympathetic (fight or flight), parasympathetic (rest and digest) and enteric nervous system. The ANS is about balance, or homeostasis, and includes control of cardiovascular function, temperature, metabolism, digestion,
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If our immune system is weak it is susceptible to food-borne illness, and if it is over-reactive, allergies, asthma and eczema present themselves. Asthma, allergies and skin rashes are the body resisting the environment. Diet can either create or prevent the immune system from weakness and overreacting.  Vitamins A, D3 and K2 are critical in supporting the immune system and
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Spring is the season of growth, rebirth and new beginnings. Spring Season is associated with the Liver and Gallbladder representing the Wood Element. Anger resides in the Liver/Wood element and it is important to keep liver health optimal to process through and detox physically and emotionally from what we have been holding onto. Spring is the best time for detoxification,
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How does tapping into the acupuncture channels help with our reproductive health? The body is comprised of different meridians which run through our body and are responsible for specific functions contributing to the proper function of our reproductive organs.  THE UTERUS (BAO: Structure for Women-grows the fetus and discharges the baby) Here is a list of the channels most greatly
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To review from a previous article and to get the full picture on how Chinese Medicine looks at the male and female reproductive system, we will show the lists of which channels and organs play a role in the proper function of male and female reproduction. THE UTERUS (BAO: Structure for Women-grows the fetus and discharges the baby) Here is
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Short History: Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years to treat a plethora of conditions ranging from all types of pain to fertility to digestive disorders to neurological dysfunction. Recently, acupuncturists have made great strides in combining acupuncture with new technologies, such as electrical stimulation, to increase the effect of acupuncture. One of the most compelling examples of this
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The basics Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is the inability to hold an erection that is strong enough to engage in sexual activity, and is generally considered a disorder when it occurs for longer than 6 months (1, 2). It is a condition that effects nearly 40% of men in their 40's and upwards of 70% of those in their 70's.
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  How does acupuncture work to relieve pain?  Acupuncture is pretty remarkable in that it positively affects so many different systems. We are likely only scratching the surface with our understanding of how acupuncture works from a western scientific explanation. In Chinese Medicine, most pain is characterized by a blockage of qi and blood in the meridian system, and the
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Asthma is a complex condition involving immune system dysfunction and characterized by airway inflammation and hyper-reactivity.  TREATMENT GOALS:  -Regulate immune function -Strengthen airways and reduce hypersensitivity -Reduce excessive mucus production and bronchospasm -Treat any underlying causative or sustaining factors such as airway inflammation, allergy, respiratory infections, gastric reflux and sinusitis.  CHINESE ETIOLOGY: Asthma can be defined as an “excess” condition
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In this article, we will address some of the more common skin disorders and explain how Chinese Traditional Medicine theory looks at these disorders. We will also go over treatment goals and some lifestyle tips and herbal medicine formulas that can help treat these issues.  Acne Vulgaris An inflammatory condition of the sebaceous glands characterized by comedones (small cysts) which
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ALL ABOUT PAIN: “BU TONG ZE TONG, TONG ZE BU TONG” “OBSTRUCTION CAUSES PAIN, IF THERE IS NO OBSTRUCTION THERE IS NO PAIN” 4 Aspects of Pain: Location- what specific channel, where pain radiates, etc -Localized: Phlegm, Blood stasis, obstruction of Cold/Dampness -Moving pain: Qi stagnation, Wind in the joints Nature- heavy, tingling, sharp, dull, etc -Mild: Deficiency (due to
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Herbs & Supplements at Lakewood Community Acupuncture for Treating Digestive Disorders  The United States has an alarming amount of people affected by digestive issues every year. Besides addressing food habits and eating a healthy, well balanced diet full of vegetables and the correct fats and proteins, herbs and nutritional supplements can help heal the gut and rebalance our digestive system. 
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An introduction to headaches in general The W.H.O. calculates that 50% of the world population experience headaches in any given year (1). There are many different types of headaches including migraine, tension-type, cluster and medication-overuse headaches. Migraine Headaches: A typical migraine headache is of moderate or severe intensity, unilateral, and can last from hours to days at a time. Often with
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Whether it is because of allergies or a lingering cold, sinus congestion can feel debilitating. Between sinus headaches and discomfort in the nasal passages, acupuncture and herbs can help. There are local points on the face that can either be massaged with Tuina bodywork or needled with acupuncture needles. These points help open the sinuses and help clear phlegm and
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How the US opioid crisis developed Opioid addiction in the US began with the unfortunate over prescription of highly addictive pain medications, starting in the 1990’s (1).  In the US alone, opioid addiction is the cause of hundreds of deaths per day. Opiates are so addictive, that almost 75% of patients prescribed opiates for chronic pain misuse them. Around 10%
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What is your “breakfast of champions”? It is startling how many Americans start their days off with no nourishment or sustenance to keep them going throughout the day. Breakfast truly is our most important meal of the day. It gets our body’s metabolism going and helps kick the digestive system and GI tract into action so that we can use
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Raise your hand if you get headaches Imagine you are in a room filled with one hundred people who were all asked to raise their hands if they have had a headache this year. Are you one of the approximately fifty people who would raise their hand? There is a 50/50 chance that you are, because around 50% of the
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Acupuncture & Addiction Recovery Addiction is increasingly a major problem in the US. In this article we will explain how acupuncture can help with addiction and a specific protocol created to treat addiction, while also addressing some of the more addictive substances. Most importantly, what we want you to get from this article is that, if you or a loved
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There are many paths to choose when it comes to losing weight and making healthy food choices. What choices are best for your individual body, is the most important aspect to focus on. Constitutionally, our bodies are different and therefore need different things. What works well for one person, might not work as well for the next. In Chinese medicine,
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Sciatica can be an excruciating pain making it difficult to function and do necessary daily activities. Here at Lakewood Community Acupuncture we have many modalities to stop the shooting nerve pain and get you back to your normal routine. From electro acupuncture (eStim) to cupping to Tuina bodywork, our licensed acupuncturists can decrease pain, inflammation and tension in the muscles
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With skiing and snowboarding season approaching, sports injuries start popping up everywhere. This article will cover the most common snow sport injuries and how acupuncture can help the body recover from injury faster to get you back on the slopes as soon as possible! Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tear: Knee injuries and skiing or snowboarding unfortunately go hand-in-hand. The MCL
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With Guest Writer, Matthew Mattox, A.P., Dipl. O.M. Is it just their taste or do lemons contribute something more?  I mean, we have gone through the extra labor of spreading their seed and transporting them around the globe for centuries. A zesty fruit of the Rutaceae family, Lemons originated in Asia and over the years have made their way around the
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With Guest Writer, Christopher Miller, L.Ac. By now, mindfulness is a mainstream word.  It is being practiced in businesses to increase productivity and in schools to improve learning, attendance, and attention.  In the healthcare field, conventional physicians cannot deny the benefit to their patients overall wellbeing. Last month a patient of mine told me that her Primary Care Physician recommended meditation
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With Guest Writer, Paul Robinson, LAc Nearly all people have the desire to reduce stress and increase happiness in their life. In fact, this global desire has fostered a meditation and mindfulness industry that, “in 2015… raked in nearly $1 billion, according to research by IBISWorld…” (www.fortune.com ). Employer’s are hiring meditation instructors to teach their employees, mindfulness retreats are
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With Guest Writer Graham Kenny Wellness planning is a new concept for many of my patients. In a time when people are more reactive to health symptoms than proactive towards wellness, how can we apply our understanding of business and strategic planning to managing our own health? Every business faces greater and greater challenges as it continues to grow. A successful
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With Guest Writer, Brianna Brownfield, LAc The shift from darkness to light, yang bursting from yin is officially upon us.  Spring brings a dramatic shift in seasons with longer days, warmer weather, budding blossoms, fresh earthly scents, and a rebirth of plants breaking through the soil.  Spring’s time of renewal, expansion, and growth offers many lessons to be learned from observing
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With Guest Writer, Gray Estrada, MTCM In olden times survival was fought for.  An intimate understanding of terrain, environment, seasonal cycles, observation of prey routes and dialogue with Nature kept us alive.  In modern times, that dialogue is almost non-existent given the ease, efficiency and accessibility to technological innovations. As such, our primal instincts are collectively numbed and our connection to
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With guest writer, Brianna Brownfield, LAc An ancient medical system has found its place in modern healthcare.  Although acupuncture in the United States is still viewed as a relatively new, “alternative” form of medicine, it has repeatedly proven successful in treating a myriad of both acute and chronic conditions, earning its place in today’s medical community.  Acupuncturists now work side by
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With Guest Writer, Dr.Catherine Freeman,, DAOM What is Candida?  Candida albicans is a very pervasive yeast.  Most of us have it in our systems. And, for most of us, it poses no problem at all. However, in someone whose immune system becomes disrupted from exposure to antibiotics, poor diet or lack of sleep, for example, candida can begin to grow out
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By Guest Writer, Ryan M. Killarney L.Ac. “Diet and exercise”, those are three words that you may have heard before from your friends, your doctors and the countless articles, just like this one, offering new advice for your health.  Incorporating either of these things is for most people no small feat. Sure, a 30 day challenge with low carbs or
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By Guest Writer, Ryan Killarney L.Ac. B.S. Serotonin or 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) is a neurotransmitter, primarily found in the GI tract, blood platelets, and the central nervous system.  Among many other body functions, 5-HT is commonly understood to be a contributor of wellbeing and happiness.(1) Serotonin is one of many neurotransmitters which are in charge of sending signals through the synapses
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By Guest Blogger, Rebecca from selfdevelopmentsecrets.com Take Good Care Of Yourself When you think of self-care, you can’t help but envision a calm environment, surrounded by candles and immersed in a good book. Maybe you imagine getting a relaxing massage. For others, self-care is taking an hour to have an at-home spa session. There are so many great ways we can care
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How can acupuncture and herbal medicine help you with allergies?  1) Build the Immune System and defense system of the body When a person has allergies. Their body’s defense system in weakened and has a hard time fighting off allergens. Both acupuncture and herbs can strengthen the body’s natural defense mechanisms so when external pathogens are present, the allergens do
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Blood sugar imbalance is a major contributing factor to many modern diseases including diabetes, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimers. Thats right, even Alzheimers, which is now being referred to as type 3 diabetes.
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Stomach acid is your friend... and acid suppressing drugs are part of the problem! Our stomach naturally produces strong acid to break down our food. Without it, our food basically rots, instead of digesting, and this causes all sorts of problems including acid reflux, constipation, gas and bloating and so much more!
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Whether you are already a healthy eater who is striving to be more environmentally friendly and sustainable in their eating habits, or you are learning to eat more wholesome, local foods, it is great to know where your food comes from and to have a personal connection with the farming communities who serve us.
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Individual travel needs and concerns can vary greatly throughout our community but I have found one thing in common for many of my patients, most of them had no idea acupuncture and Chinese herbs could help so much before, during and after travel.
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After spending three quarters of a year growing a baby inside and preparing for labor; rehabilitation and exercise after birth are rarely planned out ahead of time. It is never too late to take care of your body postpartum but the sooner the better for a faster recovery.
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There are some amazing benefits to training the mind to drop into a place of gratitude throughout your life. So what exactly is gratitude and how can you manifest it in your life?
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