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Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine works well for postpartum depression

After having a baby, many women have mood swings. They may feel a little depressed, have a hard time concentrating, fatigue, anxiety, lose their appetite, or find they can’t sleep well. If you have any of these symptoms a few days after delivery this is considered a normal part of early motherhood and usually goes away within 10 days after delivery.  In about 20% of women, these systems start about six weeks after delivery are more likely to have postpartum depression.

Western medicine thinks that hormone levels change may produce chemical changes in the brain. Counseling and prescription medicines are the common solution.

Chinese Medicine believes that the exertion and loss of blood occurring at childbirth induce a state of Qi and Blood deficiency. From a Chinese Medicine point of view, the heart houses the mind and governs blood, deficient blood fails to house the mind which becomes depressed and anxious.  In women with a pre-existing deficiency of Qi and blood this situation may arise even if the blood loss during childbirth is not particularly heavy.  For some women who have a pre-existing state of blood stagnation also show mind unsettled and obstructed.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine works very well for postpartum depression.  Treatment principle is to nourish blood, lift Qi, strengthen the heart and calm the mind.  Majority of cases can be helped in a relatively short period of time, perhaps a few months. Psychotic cases, treatment may have to be combined with Western medication.

For more information please call our office at 972-671-6688. We offer a free initial phone consultation! 

Fertility, Health, Hormonal Imbalance, Infertility

Healthy Diet for balancing your hormones

We hope that everyone had a happy holiday and are looking forward to the new year! If your new year resolution is to be healthier, diet is one of the most important ways to change your lifestyle. Below we have listed some general guidelines for a healthy diet that will help balance your hormones. In future posts, we will break down exactly what kind of foods should be eaten.

The three main macronutrients that make up a diet are Carbohydrates, Protein and Fat. All three are important elements of a healthy, well-balanced diet.By basing your meals off one clean protein, healthy fats and vegetables along with the help of Chinese herbs will help your body regulate hormones naturally.

Carbohydrates have long been viewed as the enemy for hormonal imbalances such as those who suffer from PCOS. While it is true that carbohydrates with a high glycemic index(GI) can cause insulin resistance, it is important to have a balanced diet which includes carbohydrates! There are many foods that are low in glycemic index(which means they have low insulin resistance). By focusing on these low GI foods you can still enjoy carbohydrates and balance your hormones. Later, we will break down a list of low glycemic foods.

Protein provides essential amino acids to the body that the body cannot make on its own and must be consumed daily to balance hormones. Protein also decreases the hunger hormone and stimulates the production of hormones that will make you feel fuller faster. For optimal hormone health, experts recommend consuming a minimum of 20-30g. of protein per meal (1).

Fat especially is important in regulating hormones. Since hormones are produced by specific fatty acids and cholesterol, without them the body simply cannot form the correct hormones. Medium chain triglycerides, for example, have been shown to reduce insulin resistance in overweight and diabetic patients. Additionally, consuming healthy fats at every meal will trigger the same hunger hormones as above and will fill you up faster.

For more information on the importance of fertility and diet please read our article on AcupunctureofDallas. If you need help by Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for your fertility please call 972-671-6688. We offer free initial phone consultations.

Health, Insomnia

How Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine help Insomnia

Previously, we discussed how to help yourself get a better night of sleep here and here. Today we will discuss how Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine help Insomnia.

It is estimated that 50 to 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity(NH1B1 2003). Researchers have found that restful sleep has incredible benefits: it makes you mentally sharper; increases your ability to concentrate; makes you a more focused worker; maintains healthy blood pressure; reduces inflammation, decreases susceptibility to heart disease and cancer, decreases likelihood of weight gain, helps your mood, energy, and ability to handle stress.

Commonly, Western Medicine usually prescribes sleeping pills and anti-depressants for insomnia and other sleep disorders. These medications can become addictive and patients can find it difficult to sleep naturally without pills in the future.

Fortunately, Acupuncture & Chinese medicine can be very effective for nearly all causes of sleep disorders and insomnia. Before treating insomnia, we strongly recommend that everyone make lifestyle changes which we listed tips previously. Many times a change in the environment or a change in habit is all that it takes to help you achieve a better sleep.

Other times insomnia is caused by medical issues such as allergies, musculoskeletal pain, anxiety, digestive disorders, hormonal imbalance, hot flashes and more. We usually first treat those medical issues before treating insomnia using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.

Chinese medicine recognizes that insomnia can stem mostly from a functional imbalance of Heart. The Heart houses the mind and governs the strong influence of emotional stress. In order for the mind to settle and sleep to occur, the heart must be calm, balanced and functioning normally. Anything that disrupts the heart or fails to be supplied by Qi and blood will affect the quality of sleep. Of course, other organs must function normally for healthier sleep to occur since each organ has a different aspect of our spirit. The heart, for example, relies on the other spirits to support its mastery.

The most effective treatment for insomnia is Acupuncture combined with Chinese Herbal Medicine. Insomnia has many patterns of disharmony. The common Chinese Medicine patterns of insomnia are Deficiency(inability to provide adequate residence or confidence for the spirit) and Excess(impending or agitating the spirit).

Treatment will not cause a desire to sleep during the day. In addition to insomnia, you may also experience improvement of anxiety, palpitation, frustration, memory loss or mental confusion, dry or itchy skin and pain in the chest or ribcage.

If you suffer from insomnia, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine is a great alternative way to help you achieve restful sleep. Give us a call at 972-671-6688 or email us in the contact form.

Health, Insomnia

How to help yourself get a better more restful night of sleep Part II

  • Make sure that your pillows and mattress support your body well: It’s nearly impossible to sleep without good support from your pillows and matress. If you suffer from neck and shoulder issues, look into purchasing a Tempurpedic mattress and pillows to sleep better.
  • Develop a pre-bedtime routine that fits your life: They say it takes about 3-6 months to create a habit, so help your body by developing a consistent pre-bedtime routine. Your biological clock will then be trained to sleep at a certain time after doing certain things.
  • Don’t focus on the clock and allow your body to judge when you should sleep: If you develop a pre-bedtime routine then you will naturally sleep at the same time every day. Focusing on the clock also can create anxiety which will make it harder to fall asleep.
  • Keep a consistent sleep and rise schedule: The above two points explained the importance of having a bed-time schedule. Your biological clock creates a habit and will naturally know when to sleep and when to wake. To help track your sleep and rise schedule, research using your Fitbit or the bedtime setting on your phone(please note that electronics must be placed in another room).
  • Either nap early in the day or not at all: Avoid sleeping in the afternoon and if you must nap, try napping between 11:30-1 pm which is the best time according to Chinese Medicine because of the Yin and Yang energy switch. As an added bonus, it’s during most people’s lunch break so try allocating time during those two hours.
  • To help regulate your internal clock make sure to get plenty of sunlight in the day: Make sure to get enough hours in the sun during the day (try taking walks or runs in the daytime). Most of us spend our daytime hours under Fluorescent lights which does not help regulate your inner clock.

If you suffer from Insomnia and want to have a better more restful sleep, then Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a great alternative choice! Give us a call at 972-671-6688 or email us using the form in the sidebar.

Health, Insomnia

How to help yourself get a better more restful night of sleep Part I

Many patients suffer from not being able to fall asleep, waking up too early, or waking multiple times in the night etc. There are multiple solutions to help yourself get a more restful night of sleep and wake up the next morning feeling refreshed.

  • Limit Caffeine 4-6 hours before bedtime: If you truly suffer from insomnia, it is best to avoid caffeine(coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks etc.) after lunchtime. Oftentimes, insomnia can create a negative cycle of needing caffeine to stay awake but that same caffeine makes you unable to sleep at night. Avoid the vicious cycle by cutting out caffeine as much as possible.
  • Avoid Alcohol use 3-4 hours before going to sleep: Alcohol generates heat which disturbs sleep. Even though it relaxes you, it also creates heat which is not conducive for sleeping.
  • Avoid eating too much at dinner and eating late at night: When you are sleeping, the blood should be nourishing the brain making it calm and relaxed. If you eat too much or too close to bedtime, your blood will still be supporting your digestive system which makes it harder to fall asleep. It is also easier to gain weight by eating too much or too late in the day since your metabolism slows after 4 pm.
  • If you do need to eat at night, make sure it’s easy to digest: To elaborate on the above, stick with foods that are easier to digest i.e those low in oil or fat and small in portion.
  • Keep a quiet, dark and cool environment in your bedroom: Have you ever wondered why it’s easier to fall asleep in the winter? Well, that’s because of the combination of the dark and cool environment that winter naturally brings. To achieve this same effect in warmer weather, set your thermostat to a colder temperature and pull blinds over the windows until you can barely see your fingers!
  • Exercise earlier in the day, if you must exercise at night try yoga or stretching instead: Try doing your cardiovascular and strength training exercises earlier in the day. In fact, doing cardio and strength training in the morning right after you wake up will naturally stimulate you without the use of caffeine. If you lead a busy life and must exercise later in the day, try Yoga or stretching before bed since both will calm you down.
  • Leave electronics in another room before sleeping: In this day and age, it feels like we go to sleep with our phone and wake up with it in our hands. Well, the blue light that electronics emit at bedtime is not conducive for sleeping so turn off devices and place it in a different room to get a restful night of sleep. All emails, text messages and social media can wait until the next day! Note, this also includes TVs.

Next time we will continue with six other ways to help yourself get a better night of sleep in Part II of this article. For more information on how Acupuncture can help Insomnia click here. To schedule your free consultation please email us at info@acupunctureofdallas.com or give us a call at 972-671-6688.

Health, Stress, Uncategorized

Top 5 Acupressure Points for Stress

As discussed previously, stress is a major issue for fertility patients. Today, we will discuss the top 5 Acupressure points for Stress.

Acupoints are points on the body that runs closest to the surface. Acupressure uses those acupoints to stimulate energy with massage.

1.LV3: This point is located about one and a half inches between the first and second toes where the point feels tender. This point is often used to treat premenstrual breast tenderness, headache, and mood swings.

2. PC6: PC6 is located on the inner wrist two inches below the wrist in the center between two tendons. This point helps to regulate menstruation, relax the mind and treats anxiety, insomnia and depression. It is also often used before the IVF transfer.

3.HT7: This point is located on the inner wrist wrinkle on the pinky side. This point relaxes the mind and helps with insomnia, anxiety, and nightmares.

4. Yintang: Yintang is located between the eyebrows, and is the closest point to the pituitary gland(which regulates our hormones!). This point also helps to relax the mind and as a bonus resolves front head headaches.

5. UB2: This point is located at the inner edge of the eyebrow. Like it’s neighbor the Yintang, it also regulates the pituitary gland and resolves hormonal headaches.

There are many other acupressure points that will help with stress, however, these are the five we feel are the most important and easy to use. If you have any questions please email us using the contact form in the sidebar or give us a call at 972-671-6688.

Health, Stress

Why Acupuncture Relieves Stress-Acupuncture Dallas

Acupuncture has long been associated with relieving stress, but now there is a new study that explains’s acupuncture’s benefit at the molecular level. Dr. Eshkevari, a professor at Georgetown University, and colleagues tested acupuncture on rats using needles. They had a control group with no added stress and no acupuncture, a group that received additional stress but no acupuncture and a group that received both stress and acupuncture.

As discussed in the previous article, how stress affects reproductive hormones, the body secrets additional hormones like cortisol and adrenaline into the blood which the researchers could measure in the rats. The researchers discovered that the “electronic acupuncture blocks the chronic stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones”(Journal of Endocrinology). Unlike other more conventional methods such as drugs, acupuncture does not have any major side effects.

If you are struggling with stress especially during fertility please visit our website at acupunctureofdallas.com for more information. If you have any questions please feel free to fill out the contact form in the sidebar or give us a call at 9726716688.

 

Health, Hormonal Imbalance, Infertility, Stress

How does stress affect reproductive hormones

Everyone knows that stress negatively impacts your health, but how many people realize exactly how much stress may be affecting your reproductive hormones? When your body feels stressed it naturally releases hormones such as cortisol, which is derived primarily from progesterone, a reproductive hormone. Cortisol is similar to another hormone is known as adrenaline(i.e that fight or flight feeling), that might help us escape from danger but can actually prohibit fertility. Prolactin is a hormone that is released by the pituitary gland to inhibit a woman from becoming pregnant while nursing. However, prolactin can also be released in higher levels by the pituitary gland in times of stress.

Unfortunately, much of the stress we experience in modern times have nothing to do with that fight or flight response that triggered the above hormones. Most of our stressors arise from how we view problems instead of any real danger. For instance, we may be triggered by overworking, environmental pollution, worry, anxiety and other emotions. Under constant stress, our body does not deliver the necessary blood to the reproductive organs.

Next one we will discuss how Acupuncture reduces stress and balances the reproductive hormones. If you have any questions please visit our website to read more about Stress and Fertility.

 

Fertility, Health, Hormonal Imbalance, Infertility

Top 5 Ways to Balance Your Hormones Naturally

There are many ways to balance your hormones naturally but here are the top five ways. As we mentioned previously in how to know you have hormonal imbalance and how acupuncture regulates reproductive hormones, hormones play a major role in Fertility. Go ahead and read these blog posts as they will tell you the symptoms of hormonal imbalance why they are important to fertility. In this blog post, we will discuss how to balance these hormones by a healthy diet and lifestyle.

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Fertility, Health, Infertility, Superfoods

Superfoods for Fertility Part One

Diet has long been associated with fertility, so it’s no surprise that there are certain foods that particularly help with both male and female infertility. Enjoying more of these “superfoods” not only will raise your chances of getting pregnant but will also improve your general health. Below we have some of the most popular superfoods that help with fertility, in a later series we will cover how seed cycling can help infertility.

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