B12 Injections for Energy Boost

Do you suffer from fatigue, depression, anxiety and poor memory or concentration? Did you know that even a mild deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to these symptoms? In more severe cases, B12 deficiencies can lead to neuropathy, permanent nerve damage, mania and psychosis. That's right: there are cases in psychiatric papers of patients on months of antipsychotic and antidepressant medications before anyone bothered to check their B12 levels! In fact, Vitamin B12 is required for a myriad of functions in the body. It is a prerequisite for the formation of red blood cells which deliver nutrients to all parts of the body. It is vital in digestion and absorption by transforming the food we eat,

Battling the Post partum Slump

For so many in the initial post partum period, we jump into the realm of caregiver to such a degree that self-care is set to the back burner. In truth, to some degree, in the first 6 weeks to a year after your baby's birth it is almost impossible to achieve balance. Many do experience a normal sense of loss given these changes, and amidst the joy of watching your child grow, these feelings can turn cyclic into post partum depression. Often in pregnancy we are so good at taking care of ourselves and making positive lifestyle changes because it’s such an obvious correlation to safeguard this developing life. Far too often, postpartum comes in with the sleeplessness and shifting hormones, and

Fight Colds, Flus & Infection with Chinese Herbs

I have been using Chinese herbal medicine for so long, that I am always surprised when patients come in having just come back from the doctor with another antibiotic for a sinus or respiratory infection. I think to myself: why did they wait so long to come in? And I realize yet again that most patients do not comprehend the power of Chinese herbs, nor understand how to use them. Another common scenario is patients canceling because they have cold or flu symptoms. While I understand not wanting to leave the house when sick, I would love to see more people come in for some assistance with herbs! The effectiveness of Chinese herbal formulas for viral or bacterial infections, if applied correctl

Research Proves Acupuncture Reduces Stress

As health practitioners it is impossible to ignore the profound effects of stress on every symptom a patient may have. Sometimes if I don't know what to do with a complex case, I'll simply try and calm them down. It always helps. I recently commented to an acupuncturist colleague of mine: "I'd rather see a patient eating crap and happy, then a patient with an impeccable diet and loads of stress. I really think stress is the most critical factor to human health." She emphatically agreed. While it's not really that simple--a poor diet can dramatically affect our mood--we need to search for ways that we can cultivate calm and peace in our frenetic lifestyles. If health and wellbeing is what we

Physical Therapy for Pelvic Pain, Weakness, and Bladder Health in Women

A woman’s pelvis goes through much change over the course of her life span. A women’s health physical therapist is trained to assist the body through these transitions. From incontinence, to pelvic pain, to prolapse, to low back pain and pregnancy/postpartum; a physical therapist is able to manage structural alignment, balance muscle tension, improve mobility of scar tissue and reeducate musculature for optimal function of the woman’s pelvis. Either after childbirth or following menopause, women often struggle with bladder control, and are often told that they simply need to “do their Kegels.” What they are not told is that there is a correct and incorrect way to strengthen the pelvic floor

Treating Dysmenorrhea with Chinese Medicine

Can Chinese medicine be an answer for menstrual pain, referred to in medical circles as "dysmenorrhea"? The answer is a resounding "YES!" What is dysmenorrhea? Dysmenorrhea occurs when a women experiences irregularly intense and sometimes debilitating pelvic pain, low back pain, abdominal cramping, fever, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting during or close to the beginning of her period. The menstrual pain can last anywhere from hours to several days and can affect a woman's work, sleep, and overall quality of life, making it extremely difficult to function. Primary dysmenorrhea is the most common form of menstrual pain and can be attributed to factors such as lifestyle, nutrition, and stress. Sec

Maya Abdominal Massage: Ancient Female Healing

The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT) are founded on the ancient Mayan technique of abdominal massage. This external, non-invasive manipulation repositions internal organs that have shifted, thereby allowing the proper flow of blood, lymph, nerve and qi energy. The ATMAT is quite different from standard therapeutic massage, although incorporating some techniques of therapeutic massage; the focus is on abdominal health. Maya Abdominal Massage is beneficial for both men and women, including increasing digestion function, promoting proper organ function, and also promoting fertility, reproductive health, and female prep for pregnancy. The massage has been incredibly successful

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