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Quit Smoking Tips

Quit Smoking Tips   Below, I have listed a few quit smoking tips or techniques that have been proven effective in helping to combat your cravings. As long as you employ one or more of these concepts, you take another step toward a healthier and happier smoke-free you! First step: when and where are your cravings? The first step toward becoming “smoke free” is to identify when and where your smoking cravings occur, i.e. after eating, after a cup of coffee, during stressful situations, etc. When you become aware of the triggers that precede your cravings, it will become easier for you to begin to break the habit. As long as you refrain from grabbing a cigarette for at least 20-30 minutes after the craving trigger, you will have a much better chance of quitting. As time ticks by, it will become easier to remove yourself from the cravings and you may even forget you wanted a cigarette in the first place. Manage you habit Cravings may feel like they last forever, but will most likely dissipate within 3-5 minutes. Invent your own ideas to bust the cravings or use the suggestions below to help you manage them when they occur. Plan ahead by writing down these suggestions in your day planner, on post it notes in your house, car, or at your desk, or even on your screen saver. Remember to make these healing activities fun and enjoyable, as well as easily accessible! Affirmation An affirmation is positive statement, which when spoken repeatedly, helps to bolster the positive and desired changes you are embarking upon. Repeating the affirmation...

Women’s health

Women’s health acupuncture Chinese medicine As a woman it’s especially important to actively care for your health through all the phases of life. Not only is nurturing your well-being a part of living in harmony with nature’s cycles, but it can also improve your quality of life. Most women face a wide variety of health concerns as they age, from PMS, fertility and childbirth issues, to menopause and beyond. Whatever your concern, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer a safe natural and effective way to support your health, physically and emotionally. A whole-body approach to healing Acupuncture and TCM take a holistic or whole-body approach to health. According to these theories, Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that animates the body and flows through pathways called meridians to nourish all of the body’s organs. When there is an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi, the cells, tissues, muscles and organs will receive an inadequate amount of your bodies vital energies. When this occurs physical symptoms relating to various medical concerns may result.\ Gynaecological health TCM tells us that specific meridian and organ systems. In this case the kidney, spleen and liver, are related to gynaecological health. When one or more of these systems are affected, you may experience uncomfortable symptoms before or during your period. Fertility issues can also related to these organs. Your practitioner will work to find the underlying imbalances and devise a treatment plan that will help your body regain its natural balance. PMS Your period can provide a great deal of information about your overall health. Unfortunately, many women suffer from...

Stress

Getting cross, irritable and snap at people when you don’t really mean to? Frustrated and depressed? Feel your life is out of control? Push yourself too hard and beyond your tolerance level? You are suffering stress! Main causes of stress include: Occupational stress: Shouldering a heavy workload; reaching the expectations others set for you; constantly having to perform the job.Conflict with colleague or costumers. Emotional stress: The breakdown of a relationship; the loss of loved one (such as death of a spouse or truly loved one), divorce or marital separation. Physical stress: Taking on extra work; heavy training sessions The consequence of stress can be: Hormonal imbalance:pre-menstrual syndromes; Low blood sugar: result from poor diet or inadequate exercise. possible stress-related digestive disorders; Poor immune function: Caused by poor diet and lifestyle. Recurring allergies such as hayfever and food sensitivities; Possibly result in chronic infection; Anxiety or panic attack; Insomnia; Hypertension or High Cholesterol; Aging. How does acupuncture help relieve stress? Acupuncture help stimulate the body to “heal itself”. For all stress related symptoms acupuncture is a safe and very effective management method. Acupuncture treatment can help reduce the Stress Hormone, restore and natural balance of the physical, emotional and mental functions. Generally during and after acupuncture treatment you would feel much calmer, more relaxed and aware the improvement of your well-being. Many researches found that acupuncture can help release Endorphin which is a “Happy Hormones” making people feel relaxed and calm. How many sessions do I need acupuncture for stress? Most likely you will experience a great feeling from the very first treatment. However acupuncture gives increasing benefits with each treatment....

针灸可以显著提高经过体外受精(IVF)的怀孕几率

  一篇回顾了七篇体外受精 – 胚胎移植的临床试验(试管婴儿)的文章表明,针灸可以提高体外受精(IVF)的怀孕率。   估计有10%至15%的夫妇经历生育困难,并寻求不孕不育治疗,如体外受精。试管婴儿(IVF)是一个昂贵,冗长以及让人紧张焦虑的过程,其中包括取卵子,在实验室里受精,然后转移胚胎到子宫中。患者和医生都希望找到一个可以提高成功率的补充治疗。   据马里兰大学中西医结合医学院的埃里克·曼海默和他的同事进行系统的审查中表明,在中国,使用针灸用来调节女性生殖系统已经有几百年的历史了。考虑到这一点,作者分析了七项妇女接受试管婴儿的同时接受针灸治疗的临床试验的结果,看看针灸是否会提高怀孕率。研究涉及超过1366的妇女,数据比较在胚胎移植的一天内,接受针灸与假针灸治疗,或没有额外的治疗。   研究人员发现,针灸可以作为体外受精IVF的辅助治疗,以增加怀孕的几率。   研究结果表明,10名接受试管受精的妇女中,将需要用针灸治疗带来一个额外的妊娠。初步的结果认为,潜在的辅助治疗,可提高试管婴儿的成功。但是需要进行更多的临床试验,以确认这些发现。...

How to Boost Energy with Acupuncture in Winter

Boost Energy with Acupuncture in winter By: Diane Joswick, L.Ac., MSOM Recharge Your Battery this Winter with Acupuncture If you feel tired and drained, you are not alone. “Lack of energy” is one of the top five complaints that doctors hear in their offices. According to Oriental medicine, the cold months of winter are the perfect time to recharge your battery and generate vital energy – Qi – in order to live, look, and feel your best. The ancient Chinese believed that human beings should live in harmony with the natural cycles of their environment. The cold and darkness of winter urges us to slow down. This is the time of year to reflect on health, replenish energy and conserve strength. Winter is ruled by the Water element, which is associated with the Kidneys, Bladder and Adrenal Glands. The Kidneys are considered the source of all energy or “Qi” within the body. They store all of the reserve Qi in the body so that it can be used in times of stress and change, or to heal, prevent illness, and age gracefully. During the winter months, it is important to nurture and nourish our Kidney Qi; it is the time where this energy can be most easily depleted. Our bodies are instinctively expressing the fundamental principles of winter – rest, reflection, conservation and storage. The Nei Ching, an ancient Chinese classic, advises people to go to sleep early and rise late, after the sun’s rays have warmed the atmosphere a bit. This preserves your own Yang Qi for the task of warming in the face of cold. Eating warm...

How to avoid cold and flu season

  How to avoid cold and flu season In some respects, Chinese medicine’s fundamental understanding is no different than Western medicine. For example, both systems agree that colds and flus occur from an external pathogen entering the body. However within a Chinese medicine paradigm, this etiology must be understood within the context of the individual’s constitution. Fundamentally, there must be some weakness (e.g. immune deficiency) for a pathogen to invade. Anything that weakens one’s resistance (overwork, not sleeping, eating poorly, etc.) can weaken one’s immune system and allow a pathogen to attack and enter, causing disease. Self-treatment for the Common Cold:   Of course for optimal treatment it is best to consult your Chinese medical practitioner at the first signs of a cold. If this is not possible, and you are a generally healthy individual, getting the initial stages of a common cold, there are a couple things you can do. Signs and Symptoms include: Mild headache, aversion to wind, mild chills, scratchy throat, and slight runny nose. Self-treatment Miso soup with lots of spring onions Ginger tea – bring 2 cups of water to a boil, add three slices of fresh ginger, and simmer for 15 minutes. After drinking either one of these, one should bundle up, creating a mild sweat, and rest. Take Chinese herbal tables such as “Gan Mao Ling” from the clinic:  3 tablets on exposure, for example your partner has a nasty cold you do not want to catch. Keep in handbag or work to avoid colds. Rest Rest Rest; avoid taking too many showers and baths. Do not go into work and give...

Hay fever

  Each year many people suffer sneezing, running nose, congestion, sinus pressure, red itching eyes and headache. People have to take some sort of medication as antihistamine, nasal decongestant spray or even cortisone based inhalers. These drugs help relieve the symptoms, however they cannot solve the root of the disease. Drugs may have some side effects as drowsiness, dryness, dizziness, and digestive discomfort. Therefore many people look for some alternative way to help treat the alloy disease. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine appear to have every good effect.   Chinese medicine view of Hay Fever In Chinese medicine theory, hay fever is due to Wei Qi deficiency (defensive energy deficiency) and external Wind-pathogen invasion. Hay fever is a seasonal disease. It often affects people in spring and early summer. Spring is a Wind rich season. This Wind in Chinese medicine can be interpreted as pollen, bacteria and viruses, etc. When wind attacks human, it often causes sneeze, itchy eyes nose and throat, running nose, tearing, and other Hay fever symptoms and signs. However only wind attacks body does not necessary cause hay fever. Wei Qi deficiency (low defensive energy, low immune function) is another key factor why people may have recurrent hay fever each year.   How do we treat Hay fever with Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicines   In our clinic, we often use a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs to: Firstly, balance, unblock the energy to relieve the symptoms; Secondly, treat the root of the disease: strengthen the Wei Qi (strengthen the immune function) with acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese herbal medicine. At the same time, patients have...

Cold and Flu

Sick of getting cold and flu in this winter? Can’t get rid of that tough cough? Found out how Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help you – Naturally   Each year, more than 100,000 people are hospitalised due to complications from the flu virus. Unfortunately, most of us get the “flu” or “influenza” virus at least once in our lifetime. The associated symptoms and sings are all-too-common fever, sore throats, congestion, fatigue, muscle and body aches, runny nose, dry cough, sweating and watery eyes.   Colds are much less severe than the flu, but like the flu, virus and germs cause colds. Colds cause less severe symptoms such as nasal congestion, sweating, coughing, sore throat, and light headaches. Though it may make you feel lousy, getting cold is not always a bad thing. Instead, it’s a sign that the body’s resistance are strong and vital, working to rescue you to a state of good health. However, if your immune system is already compromised, a cold could further weaken your body, leaving you open to more serious illness.   Can Acupuncture Chinese medicine help Cold and Flu?   Clinical studies have suggested that using acupuncture as a preventive approach to colds and flu can reduce the incidence of upper respiratory tract infection and shorten the length of the illness. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine work by rebalancing the body’s system, regulating the body’s healing ability, and enhancing the immune system. Even though germs, bacteria, and viruses are everywhere- in the food we eat, the air we breathe, and the water we drink – according to Chinese medial theory, they...

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