In managing diabetes, are there any other issues we need to be concerned about in addition to “too-well-known” factors such as diet changes and healthy life-style?
Instead of just controlling one’s sugar metabolic rates, what if the most deep-rooted cause of diabetes is parasites lodged in one’s liver or intestines?
What if someone has too much metal toxicity(from their tooth fillings) which affected his or her pancreas, as a result, this person ended up being a diabetic?
What if too much estrogen due to a hormonal therapy has caused disruption in one’s pituitary glands so that production and distribution of insulin in one’s body has been compromised?
Although diet changes and exercises will bring immeasurable benefits in managing one’s diabetic conditions, there are ways to determine precisely the real causes of diabetes(or any disease for that matter). Our bodies are intricate and complex beyond measure.
Nutrition Response Testing is designed to address the most fundamental health issues at cellular level. Based on an assumption that “anything can cause anything,” Nutrition Response Testing can decipher whether one’s diabetes is caused by:
Food allergies(most common issues are sugar and wheat)
Pathogen embedded in organs and tissues(such as bacteria, virus, fungus/yeast, or parasites)
Scar tissues (that disrupt the flow of energies in one’s body).
Typically, a complex condition like diabetes is caused by multiple causes, all of which affect each other at many different levels.
In Nutrition Response Testing, the most fundamental causes of diabetes are determined through a series of applied kinesiology techniques.
After the No. 1 causes are determined, most appropriate nutrition support system (based on Real Food Based Supplements) such as virus removal protocols, metal toxicity removal system are introduced.
Patients are expected to be tested on a weekly basis to gauge improvement as well as to find out whether there is a need for further analysis.
In the majority of cases, diabetic conditions can improve dramatically only after 5 or 6 sessions.
Do you or someone you know suffer from diabetes and/or peripheral neuropathy?
Call Allendale Acupuncture today at 201.760.8811 to find out how acupuncture and nutritional response testing can help!
It is estimated that 25.8 million people in the United States have diabetes, a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin.
Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life.
Untreated diabetes affects the whole body and can lead to other medical problems, including heart disease, kidney failure, blindness, peripheral neuropathy, digestive disorders and periodontal disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 4 people remain unaware that they live with diabetes. Sometimes the body will give warning signs that a person’s sugar metabolism is out of whack. Common signs of Type II(adult-onset) diabetes include:
Increased hunger (especially after eating)
Frequent urination or urinary infections
Unexplained weight loss (even though you are eating and feel hungry)
Fatigue (weak, tired feeling)
Diabetes is Called “A Wasting Disease” in Oriental Medicine
Acupuncture and Oriental medicines have been used to treat diabetes for over 2000 years.
According to Oriental medicine, diabetes is called “a wasting disease” caused by an imbalance of the cyclical flow of Qi within the meridians and organ systems.
This particular imbalance produces heat that depletes the body’s fluids and Qi, causing symptoms such as extreme fatigue, lethargy, unexplained weight loss, excessive thirst, excessive urination, excessive eating, slow healing of cuts and wounds, infections, irritability, tingling or numbness in the extremities, and blurry vision—all of which are signs of a person being “wasted.”
The treatment for diabetes will focus on regulating the circulation of blood and Qi and balancing the organ systems to improve pancreatic function and address internal heat and the depletion of fluids.
In addition, acupuncture can treat peripheral neuropathy, one of the most devastating symptoms of diabetes.
Common signs of peripheral neuropathy include tingling, numbness, loss of sensation, muscle weakness and pain. For some people, it is experienced as the uncomfortable sensation of “pins and needles”, or burning pain (especially at night) of their hands or feet. Others may suffer even more extreme symptoms such as muscle atrophy, paralysis, or organ or gland dysfunction.
Oriental medicine teaches that peripheral neuropathy is due to dampness moving to the limbs, where it obstructs the flow of Qi (energy) and blood within them.
The treatment is twofold: to treat the underlying factor that is causing this dampness to accumulate, and to directly facilitate the circulation of Qi and blood in the affected area.
By improving circulation, the nerve tissues of the affected area can be nourished to repair function and reduce pain.
Well-Known Procedures in Managing Diabetes
There are a number of well-publicized recommendations in managing diabetes.
1. Diet Changes
Anything too sweet must go. While a sweet taste delights our taste buds, overindulgence can cause or worsen digestive problems and upset our metabolic and emotional balance. In Oriental medicine, meats such as pork and chicken are considered sweet.
Vegetables such as yams, sweet potatoes, corn, snow peas, squash and even turnips are also considered sweet.
Anything heavily processed or too greasy must be abstained. Too much dairy, deep-fried foods or canned foods must be avoided. Even fruits are recommended only in moderate amounts due to their relatively high sugar content.
2. Adopt Healthy Life Habits
Healthy habits such as maintaining optimal weight, avoiding exposure to toxins, following a well-supervised exercise program, and limiting or avoiding alcohol consumption can reduce the physical and emotional effects of diabetes.
3. Boost Circulation with Massage (for neuropathy patients)
Massage can help boost circulation, which is generally poor and leaves these areas vulnerable to trauma. You can stimulate your feet, lower legs, hands and arms with gentle massage using light pressure.
4. Relax to Reduce External Triggers
Consider relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, self-hypnosis or biofeedback.
5. Soak for Pain Relief
A warm foot bath with Epsom salt may also help relieve pain. If there is loss of sensation in the hands or feet, you should avoid extreme temperatures, as you may not feel the damaging effects.
Like a plant going through many changes with the cycle of the seasons, it is natural for a woman in her middle years to cease menstruating and to experience various symptoms associated with menopause.
The winter season of life, or menopause, is a time to take shelter and preserve energy. This is a quieter, calmer phase of life in which a healthy woman may need extra support to feel comfortable in her body. As women move from autumn to the winter phase of their natural feminine cycle, it is reassuring to know that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can be integrated into your health plan to support this transition.
Some of the most common symptoms of menopause include hot flashes, night sweats, dizziness, insomnia, irritability, mood swings, osteoporosis, and dryness. The organ system most involved in producing these symptoms of menopause is the kidney, specifically the decline of kidney yin (different from Kidney yang in Chinese medicine). Kidney yin is like a cool, refreshing reservoir of water and when it dries up, heat and dryness more readily ensue.
In general, yin represents the nourishing, cooling energies. When it reduces, metaphorically speaking, there exists in the body less water to put out the fire. Yang energy represents the moving, active principle which is like the rays of sunshine providing the sustenance needed for plants to thrive. However, when in excess, heat destroys plants and leaves them brown, dried and withered. Based on this premise, it makes sense that menopausal women can present with excess heat signs such as hot flashes and irritability.
In July of 2014, the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) conducted a large-scale analysis of previous scientific studies examining the role of acupuncture in reducing various symptoms of menopause. Out of the 12 studies analyzed, researchers concluded that acupuncture positively impacted both the frequency and severity of hot flashes. NAMS executive director Margery Gass, M.D. stated, “The review suggested acupuncture may be an alternative therapy for reducing hot flashes, particularly for those women seeking non-pharmacologic therapies.” While hot flashes may not pose a health risk in and of themselves, the severity of them may affect quality of life and cause great physical and emotional stress.
Call today to see how acupuncture and Oriental medicine can ease your transition through changes in your life!
Male Menopause? Alleviating the Symptoms of Andropause
In an effort to better describe the diagnosis and treatment of male-specific health issues that arise during mid-life, a new term has been coined in the medical community–andropause, the male equivalent of menopause.
Andropause refers to the process a man undergoes when the body produces fewer androgens (male hormones). The hormone most strongly affected is testosterone, as it is the most dominant of all the male hormones we know of. Testosterone not only plays a vital role in male development, it greatly affects the overall health of a man’s body and mind.
Testosterone directly influences many bodily functions and organs, including the heart, prostate, muscles, blood sugar, fat metabolism, bone density, libido, and mental cognition. The decline of testosterone production gradually starts in the early thirties and continues through the mid-fifties.
In contrast to menopause, which happens over a much shorter period of time, the signs of andropause creep up gradually, making an accurate diagnosis tricky. Signs and symptoms of andropause can include loss of libido, enlarged prostate, weight gain, osteoporosis, sterility, urinary problems and infections, and digestive problems.
According to classical texts, the physical and emotional effects of aging in general occur largely due to, but not limited to, the decline of the Mingmen Fire. Also known as the Ministerial Fire, it resides near the spine, between the two kidneys and at the level of the umbilicus. This life-giving force is the fuel from which all the organs of the body draw from. For instance, the Mingmen Fire provides the warmth and energy needed to stimulate the large intestine. Once in motion, it can perform its job of excreting waste from the body.
One reason why a man may experience the loss of libido or infertility in his middle or later years is due to the waning of the Mingmen Fire. If this is the case and the fire is out, other signs such as frequent urination, sore lower back or knees and/or lethargy may also be present.
Facial Rejuvenation is often called “cosmetic acupuncture”. It is a safe, effective and non-surgical method of reducing the appearances associated with aging that is more than a cosmetic procedure—it rejuvenates and revitalizes the whole body, making you feel and look younger.
The service restores a youthful appearance to the face through cosmetic acupuncture. This non-invasive, centuries-old practice is known to help reduce wrinkles and lift sagging skin by creating collagen below the skin layer. Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture was originally developed for patients with paralyzed muscles from Bell’s Palsy or stroke. The result of treatment was so cosmetically pronounced overtime that it was transformed into a program for anti-aging and beauty. Collagen fills the space, thereby removing lines and wrinkles. Treatments are constitutional, meaning they approach underlying issues that contribute to an older appearance including stress, anxiety, sleep disturbances and more.
Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture and Facial Rejuvenation:
Reduce lines and wrinkles
Brighten skin color
Lift skin tissue
Restore skin health and tone
Affect anxiety and stress issues
Impact sleep patterns
While it does not produce the dramatic results of some of invasive procedures, it does help the face look younger, healthier and more radiant without dangerous side effects. Facial acupuncture is much more effective than facial massage alone.
Since the body/mind/spirit are all connected, negative emotions reflect in the face and change the appearance of skin texture, color and tension. Acupuncture can eliminate stress and bring out innate strength, vitality and health. You will not only look younger but also most certainly feel younger.
Anmian literally translates into “peaceful sleep.” This point is located point on either side of the neck, a little bit under the lobe of the ear. Not only can it be used for sleep, but is also used for anxiety, headaches, vertigo, as well as palpitations.
Clasp your hands behind the base of the head so that the neck and head is supported.
Place your thumbs over Anmian on both sides and lift the base of the skull gently via these points. It is a great pressure release point.
Practicing good sleep hygiene and keeping your body in sync with the rhythm of day and night can help your body cope with sleep deprivation. By following few of these suggestions, you should notice a great improvement in your sleep.
Make your bedroom a sanctuary. Keep it dark, cool and quiet. Angle the clock face away from the bed. If you get up to use the bathroom during the night, don’t turn on the light; use a nightlight to safely guide you. The optimal temperature for sleep is 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid heavy meals and sugary or high grain snacks before bed. They will raise your blood sugar and make it difficult to fall asleep. Reduce nicotine, caffeine and alcohol use. If you are hungry, try yogurt, a banana or half of a turkey sandwich.
Reduce Late Night Activity
Stop working at least an hour before you plan to go to bed. Let your mind relax. Limit television and computer use in the evening. If you want to read in bed, avoid backlit devices as the light stimulates the brain. Read a book or use a device that requires you to use a separate soft light source.
Establish a relaxing routine as you prepare for bed. Try to go to bed and get up at the same time everyday, even on weekends. Relax by taking a hot shower, practicing mediation, or try progressive muscle relaxation, starting at your toes and working up to the top of the head.
It is important to leave the day’s worries behind. Do not over think while you lie in bed. Take a deep breath, clear your mind and drift into a state of restful sleep.
Latest statistics show that more than half of the US population suffers from seasonal allergies. With the rapidly declining immune functions of the majority, this number is likely to increase. Please refer to an earlier article (Nutrition for maximum health) for the major reasons why our immune functions have deteriorated. Over-the-counter and prescription medications provide temporary relief for typical symptoms of seasonal allergies, but they cannot address the deeper causes for incessant sneezing, inflammation of sinus cavities, itchy and red eyes, headaches and brain fog. What can we do to combat seasonal allergies?
Before we jump into this topic, here are some interesting perspectives in Chinese medical theories on seasonal allergies: Spring is associated with the liver, meaning the liver is most vulnerable during spring. The liver is also responsible for emotions such as frustration, anxiety, and anger. The relative health of the liver shows up in the eyes—can you see a connection between conjunctivitis (itchy, red, crusty eyes) and the liver? The taste associated with the liver is “sour” and the color is “green“ which means we need to take a lot of green/sour foodsduring springtime. The liver is also connected to the gallbladder as a yin-yang pair, which means one cannot have a perfectly healthy liver and a weak gallbladder because they are mirror images of each other.
Arguably, the most effective measure to combat seasonal allergies is Liver/Gallbladder Cleansing.
This cleansing method surpasses any other widely-known allergy elimination protocol because it addresses the root cause of all allergies, including environmental, seasonal, food-related (gluten included), and chemical- or metal-related allergies. Commonly known as the Liver/Gallbladder Flush, this protocol is designed to remove calcified (gallstones) and non-calcified fat deposits from the liver and gallbladder.
Suggested to be repeated as many as 20 times every 2-3 weeks, this protocol will restore healthy functions of the liver and gallbladder. For those who removed their gallbladders, it is even more critical to adopt this approach in order to reduce the extra burdens placed on their liver and pancreas.
When one’s liver is completely clean, not only allergies but other diseases are likely to disappear because a healthy liver produces clean blood, which is the single most important factor in maintaining optimum health.
(Personal note: During the 3rd liver/gallbladder flush, I removed more than an inch-long, bright green, non-calcified gallstone along with thousands of smaller fat deposits stuck in my liver and gallbladder.)
In my practice, I see a lot of patients with long-term, chronic conditions that cannot be resolved through conventional medical protocols. In fact, in many cases, I am their last resort. I do my best, but there are some cases I cannot address despite my best efforts. Acupuncture works like a magic in reducing pain and inflammation in human bodies, and some internal/emotional disorders. Nonetheless, I have found that the principles in traditional Chinese medicine are somewhat at odds in resolving deeply-ingrained, internal conditions.
Deeply frustrated, I sought to understand why my training in Chinese medicine seemed to be falling short. Then, one day, I had an epiphany at an alternative healing seminar in New York, where an immunologist from Harvard Medical School explained the disturbing increase of autism, ADHD, male/female infertility, fibromyalsia, and early onset of Alzeimer’s disease with a simple statement: “We live in a highly toxic environment.”
I regrettably agree with this assessment. The air we breathe, foods we consume, water we drink, relentless usage of antibiotics and steroids, and most importantly, the level of stress we deal with on a daily basis together form a dangerous and toxic environment. It’s not easy to be healthy these days. That being said, there are a few things we can do to boost our immune functions, normalize hormonal imbalances, and to mitigate age-related health concerns.
1. Minimize the amount of wheat and sugar in your diet.Wheat produced in the US is largely derived from genetically modified and chemically treated seeds. Our bodies simply are not compatible with chemical chain reactions that wheat-based foods cause internally. Sugar, even sugar straight from organic sugar cane, is a major culprit in an unprecedented growth of candida albicans (yeast and fungus that thrive in highly-sweetened environments) which may be the biggest health threat in modern times.
2. Eat locally grown foods, preferably all organic, that match the season. In other words, eating watermelon during cold winter directly contradicts the Nature’s law.
3. Use antibiotics and steroid-based medications minimally.
4. Remove mercury from your teeth, regardless how much it costs to remove them. We are already living in a highly toxic environment. Nobody needs toxic gases from mercury fillings.
5. Eat a well-balanced breakfast and a small dinner.
If you religiously follow the above points for few months, you will be astounded to find a surge of energy, better sleep, and far less chances of getting sick from cold, flu, or sinus infections.
Lastly, I cannot stress enough how important it is to meditate. Contrary to many believe, one doesn’t need to set aside a big block of time for meditation. It can be done anywhere, anytime, such as when you are riding in a bus or train, waiting for a cashier at grocery stores, or even brushing your teeth. Health benefits of meditations are too numerous to mention.
What does it mean to listen to your body, as the expression goes? What if your body is telling you to eat chocolate bars for breakfast, or that fast food makes for an acceptable and tasty dinner?
When your mind and body enjoy relative good health, the body’s cravings should prove more reliable in discerning which foods to take in for maximum nutrition.
Unfortunately, in most cases, our bodies are not nearly healthy or balanced we would like to see. In a state of chaos when multiple organs do not function in a cohesive manner, our bodies produce “distorted” messages regarding what food we would love to have.
Often times, this results in addictive eating patterns (for sugar, salt, fat, carbo, etc.) which tend to induce weight gains, low metabolism, blood pressure issues, and/or blood contamination.
Nutrition Response Testing offered at our office is designed to discover the most “diseased” organs or meridians to address food addiction issues. This program also identifies food items that cause the greatest harm in one’s body.
Diet changes based on testing results often produce fantastic results in resolving not only food cravings but other symptoms such as skin irritations, asthma, and a myriad of digestive issues.
The issues of overeating and low metabolism are addressed with powerful nutrition support. Just eliminating a few food items and ingesting nutritional support (for instance, supplying more enzymes in one’s body) often produce dramatic results in reducing food cravings and a surge of energy.