It will be a wonderful gathering of learning self help acupressure techniques to help you with the changing season.
In an effort to bring acupuncture to the public, Healing Circle will be having a workshop at a wonderful women owned boutique in Claremont, CA.
It will be a wonderful gathering of learning self help acupressure techniques to help you with the changing season.
According to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the no. 5 cause of health and a leading cause of disability in the United States.
Stroke affects the arteries leading to and within the brain by cutting off blood flow. There are three types of stroke :
1) Ischemic (Clots)
Ischemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain.
2) Hemorrhagic (Bleeding)
Hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures.
3) TIA (Transient Ischemic Attack)
TIA is caused by a temporary clot.
Who is at risk of stroke?
1) High blood pressure. High blood pressure is the main risk factor for stroke.
3) Heart diseases
5) Age and gender
6) Personal or family history of stroke or TIA
7)Brain aneurysms or arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
How do you know you are having a stroke?
1) Sudden numbness/ weakness of the body especially when it is one sided.
2) Sudden changes in vision and difficulty swallowing.
3) Slurry speech, difficulty understanding and speaking.
4) Sudden confusion.
What Can You do to Help?
1) Call 911 immediately if you or someone you know are having the above symptoms.
2) Ask them to smile. Can they do it? Did one side of their face appears droopy?
3) Ask them simple questions like name, date, day and where they are at and make a note of their responses. Can they answer those basic questions? Did they take a long time to answer?
Acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional therapy can help reduce your risks of stroke and other chronic diseases. Please call us at 909.590.4183 to know more!
Hypothyroid vs Hashimoto's Disease. What is the difference and how will it affect your treatment protocols?
I always emphasize the need for patients to bring in their labs while they are under my care. Numbers don't lie and a lab report is a good snapshot as to what is going on with your health and what it will become if left untreated. Needless to say, prevention is better than cure and its easier to nip the problem in the bud before lab results and health symptoms worsen.
Thyroid disorder is quite under diagnosed and generally overlooked. Chief complains like fatigue is often brushed off. However, when patients complain of more severe symptoms like hair loss in their head or eyebrows falling off with unexplained weight gain, doctors may start to pay attention.
According to the American Thyroid Association, "more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime. In addition, an estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease and up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition".
Causes of thyroid imbalance:
2) Lowered immune function
3) Sugar regulation
4) Gastro intestinal stress
5) Hormone dysregulation
6) Poor metabolism
I have patients who were diagnosed with thyroid disorder as young as in their teens to women in their 40s. Some developed thyroid disorders post-partum when they noticed that their fatigue were unresolved despite adequate rests.
What is a good Thyroid Panel Test?
Ideally, all the test listed below should be ordered before we can make a definitive diagnosis of hypothyroid or Hashimoto's Disease.
1) Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
2) Free T3
3) Free T4
4) Thyroid peroxidase antibody (TPO)
5) Total Thyroxine (tT4)
6) Reverse T3
Having a positive TPO is a confirm diagnosis for Hashimoto's Disease, an auto-immune disease. What it means is that you body has antibodies that is attacking your thyroid. Typically, auto-immune conditions are harder to treat as it is a chronic condition
Can Thyroid Panel indicate other nutritional deficiency?
Yes, often times the results may point to Iodine or Selenium deficiencies.
What are Low Thyroid Signs & Symptoms?
2) Weight Gain & difficulty losing weight
4) Morning headache that wears off
5) Poor circulation
6) Muscle cramps while resting
7) Lowered immune system
8) Dry, brittle hair & hair loss
9) Poor memory
10) Facial edema
11) Increased need for sleep
Patients with thyroid disorder need to be realistic that one acupuncture session with not solve ALL of their health issues. Patients are often treated long term. Initial few months treatment is to stabilize symptoms, then we proceed to detoxification and weight loss protocol. There after, we proceed to maintenance protocols. Some patients may have exacerbation of symptoms while going through treatments.
If you are ready to take back your life and hate being clueless on what to do with your thyroid health, call us at 909.590.4183.
Independence Day holiday is around the corner. Most families will take the opportunity of this long holiday to BBQ, enjoy some beers and watch the fireworks.
In the midst of it all, don't forget to look at your plate and practice this ratio of 80% of what is on your plate should be clean, healthy foods and the other 20% can be not so healthy.
For those who are watching their carbs and sugar intake, please keep in mind the following ratios:
Hemoglobin A1C : < 5.5%
Fasting Glucose : < 90
Fasting Insulin : < 6
Glucose : Insulin Ratio : 14 :1 (Good)
Trigylcerides : < 100
If you have not done any lab work in the last 6 -12 months, I highly encourage that you do. A lot of chronic diseases can be prevented by tweaking your eating habits and increasing physical activity levels.
Patients love it when we review their lab work with them and create a road map for better health and disease prevention. Please call us at 909.590.4183 for your appointment needs.
According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, endocrinology is a branch of medicine concerned with the structure, function, and disorders of the endocrine glands. Each of these glands secrete a hormone which in turn affect different organs in the body.
The balance of these glands are very important as they affect our overall health. Patients are often more familiar with the thyroid gland BUT our adrenals, parathyroid, pituitary, gonads and hypothalamus all make up the endocrine system.
If one gland is off be rest assured others will take a beating sooner or later. For example it is not uncommon for patients who suffer from adrenal fatigue to have poor sugar handling which is controlled by the hormone insulin. Over time, that can lead to a decrease in metabolism and in turn affect your thyroid function.
How to Maintain Optimal Health for Your Endocrine Glands?
Hormonal dysfunction in your body is rarely the primary cause of your ailments. Most often we need to check your digestion.
In particular we need to make sure that your body is able to digest and absorb nutrients well. Inability to digest foods due to lack of stomach acidity will affect your absorption of minerals. The inability to absorb minerals will in turn affect your body's enzymatic abilities. Hence your body cannot function at its optimal level. Bottom line, you do not have healthy hormonal functions when you are deficient in trace minerals.
Next, hormones love fat! The good ones that is. Are you eating enough of them? Start by replacing your oils with butter, coconut oil and lard. Consume fatty fish like tuna and salmon as these fish contain high amounts of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA) that our bodies cannot produce, hence we need to consume them. Eat avocado daily as they are high in saturated fats and can also help to stabilize your blood sugar level. Eliminate all processed foods especially those that contain trans fats.
Trace Mineral for Endocrine Glands
Each trace mineral is related to an endocrine gland.
Manganese - Pituitary
Iodine - Thyroid
Copper - Adrenal
Chromium - Pancreas
Zinc - Prostate/ Uterus
Selenium - Testes/ Ovaries
How to Test for Deficiency
1) Iodine Patch Test - By placing a square patch of iodine on your inner arm, we want to monitor how quickly the iodine stain disappears from your skin. The quicker it disappears, the more deficient you are in iodine.
2) Hair Mineral Analysis Test - By analyzing your hair sample at a lab, we not only be able to test which trace minerals you are deficient in but also which heavy metals you are exposed to.
Our patients love doing these two tests as they establish a baseline for patients. With their results, we streamline their treatments and nutritional needs.
Call us at 909.590.4183 to schedule your test and appointment today!
El Central Real Plaza will be closed from Sat, May 5 till Mon, May 7 as the building will be fumigated.
We encourage that you call us at 909.590.4183 to make your appointment and pick up your herbs.
Regular clinic hours will resume on Weds, May 8.
Often times during a patient intake and follow-up session, I would ask, "How is your stress level?" Most of us often think that stress is just psychological and emotional. However, we often forget as stress affects the mind, it can also affect our physical body via pain and general lack of well-being.
Below are list of sources of stress. The more you identify with each category, you will understand that just by treating the mental aspect of stress, we are missing on other aspects of health and wellness that will keep you in balance.
* Nutritional Deficiency
Keep in mind that the longer you are exposed to stress, the more time is needed to re-balance your body. Gentle meditative exercises like yoga, meditation and mindful walking has demonstrated the ability to calm once mind and help you focus and be centered. Eating a well-balanced diet filled with nutrient dense foods is excellent for your overall health.
Acupuncture is also another excellent way to recharge and reboot your system. You will be surprised at the end of your sessions, how much you feel relaxed. Call us at 909.590.4183 to schedule your appointment today!
I used to suffer from headaches - almost monthly especially near my menses. It was pounding, painful and very annoying. I would beg for anything to make it stop.
I was lucky enough to have my forward thinking parents brought me to see an acupuncturist to solve my health crisis.
I had two interesting cases last month that showcased the benefit of combining Acupuncture and Western Medicine with regards to treating headaches and its associated symptoms.
Case One :
Male, mid 70s came to us for treatment of headaches that has gotten worse in the last 7 mths. With a history of brain tumor and epilepsy, we have to rule out aneurysm, brain cancer and stroke with his Western Doc. Once confirmed he had none of those, I get to work on him with my acupuncture needles. His pain was constant with an intensity of 8/10. After 5 treatments, its now 2/10. Suffice it so say he is one happy camper.
Female, late 40s heard her head 'popped' while doing squats at boot camp. Intense pain ensued and she started experiencing symptoms of neck pain and headaches. She went to the ER to rule out aneurysm or potential fracture. After 6 weeks of consistent pain, she decided to get a treatment. After one session, her headache is 100% resolved. She is now back to her regular routine.
Be it an acute injury or long standing chronic pain, acupuncture has shown to provide relief and improving patients' quality of life.
If you do not want to suffer any longer, call us at 909.590.4183 to set up your appointment.
Are you ready to shed off the holiday pounds and get back on track with your health and wellness?
Come join our informative nutritional seminar and learn how the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Program have helped lots of patients lose weight, get pregnant, balance their hormones, sleep better and be less angry.
RSVP by calling 909.590.4183,
Classes will be held on Thurs, Feb 1 at 6pm and Sat, Feb 3 at 2pm.
We had a wonderful year taking care of you and your loved ones. We are in deep gratitude for all the trusts and referrals.
We look forward to working with you and expanding our services in 2018.
Meanwhile, please take note of our Holiday Hours:
Mon, Dec 25 : Closed
Wed, Dec 27 : 10am-12noon
Fri, Dec 29 : Closed
Sat, Dec 30 : 9am-11.30am
Mon, Jan 1, 2018 : Closed
Please call us at 909.590.4183 for your herbal pick-ups and appointment needs.
Ida I Mat Aris, L.Ac. founder of Healing Circle Community Acupuncture and Healing Circle Veterans Acupuncture Project loves to educate and empower her patients and followers with simple healing acupressure techniques, latest articles on health and well-being and recipes for healthy eating. She is dedicated in helping her patients heal from within and have been successful in pulling off medications from their regimen. An avid learner, she keeps herself abreast by learning continuously from experts in the fields of nutrition, herbology and functional medicine.