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Auricular Acupuncture for the Treatment of Pain

     Pain, whether chronic or acute, can be debilitating.  When faced with pain, most people will reach for the over-the-counter painkillers or call their doctor for a prescription for something stronger.  If it’s bad enough people will stay home from work and rest until the pain goes away.  That formula works for the general population but not for the men and women in the military and more specifically the Air Force.  When you are flying a jet fighter that costs billions, you can’t be groggy from Percocet.  You also can’t always take a sick day or week when actively deployed.  So about 15 years ago the U.S. military looked to methods to manage pain without medication and time off.  Until Dr. Richard Niemtzow, a...

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Essential Oils for Labor and Birth Support

     The use of aromatherapy and essential oils during childbirth is associated with a better labor outcome. According to an 8-year study done with over 8,000 mothers at a hospital, women who used aromatherapy to reduce anxiety and/or fear used less epidural pain relief and had a higher rate of spontaneous vaginal delivery. Spontaneous vaginal delivery is a delivery that happens on its own without the use of forceps, vacuum extraction, or a cesarean section.      One explanation behind this is the idea that anxiety and pain are often interrelated. When people are anxious or fearful, they experience pain more acutely. Some essential oils have been found to help alleviate mothers’ feelings of anxiety and fear, and therefore reduce their perception of pain. Such...

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Chinese herbs for holiday season

     With the holiday season comes the office parties, friendsgiving and family gatherings that often lead to indigestion, abdominal discomfort and disrupted bowel movements.  Especially if all the rich holiday foods and drink is a departure from your normal clean eating regime.  In Chinese medicine short term bloating, distension, acid reflux, and sometimes abdominal cramps due to excessive food intake is called food stagnation and the marquee formula prescribed is called Bao He Wan.  The formula contains seven herbs that work together to promote the digestion of meat, fatty foods and grains, reduce nausea and vomiting, and regulate bowel movements.  It can be taken before or after a large meal and is generally used for a short term.  While the formula is generally safe...

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Aroma Acupoint Therapy

If you’ve ever received a treatment from me, you’ll know that I am very passionate about the use of essential oils. Many of my patients ask, “What is it that you’re doing with oils?” So, I’m going to share that now! Aroma Acupoint Therapy is a system developed by two Chinese medical doctors, Peter Holmes and Tiffany Carole Pollard, that taps into the potency of essential oils to complement and accentuate an acupuncture treatment. It is a beautiful marriage of aromatherapy with Chinese medicine. And it’s a technique that I have extensive training in. As an aromatic plant medicine, essential oils have an affect on the mind and body. The Aroma Acupoint Therapy technique involves applying certain oils on acupuncture points to trigger positive change on...

The Importance of Vitamin D During the Winter Months

As the weather changes and winter approaches, the Winter Blues seems to become quite common among many adults. These months can be stressful and emotionally draining with all of the holidays. However, the main culprit is believed to be deficiency in vitamin D levels and intake. Because of the cold weather, there is little time spent in the sun, and any sunlight you may be exposed to, is not enough for vitamin D production. A majority of the US population (90 percent of adults) are thought to be vitamin D deficient. This is especially true for those who live in northern regions of the world where less sun exposure is experienced. Besides its effect on mood, vitamin D deficiency has more serious consequences. Vitamin D deficiency...

Last Trimester: Tips and Tricks!

Here at Naturna, we heavily focus on all things pregnancy related. So, for those of you in the last stages of your pregnancy, I’d like to share some advice on things that can occur and tips on how to get through them using acupuncture and Eastern medicine. The first trimester can be exhausting as you’ll encounter fatigue, breast tenderness, and nausea. Once that passes and you’re in the “smooth-sailing” second trimester, where it can be easy to not to think about what lies ahead in the last trimester. In the third trimester, your baby is growing rapidly while your body uses all its energy to better prepare for labor. The combination of these two things can lead to a myriad of symptoms such as: heartburn...

Natural Solutions to Boost Your Immune System

As winter approaches, the cold winds and snow invite in a variety of colds and the flu. Here are a few ways to boost your immune system naturally to avoid getting sick and/or speed up your recovery process if you do get sick. The Immune System The immune system is a network of organs, cells, and proteins that protect the body from any foreign substances. A primary function of the immune system is to kill and remove pathogens like bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi that may have entered the body (1). We are constantly exposed to different organisms from the environment. Whether or not these organisms will cause us to get sick is determined by how well our body’s immune system is functioning. When our immune system is...

Holistic Medicine with Dr. Carly Snyder

We recently sat down with Carly Snyder, M.D., a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist who works with women throughout their reproductive years.  We asked Dr. Snyder to share with us a little about her work and why a holistic, team-based approach is so beneficial for anyone looking to improve their health and wellbeing.  Watch our interview with Dr. Snyder to hear her take on supplements, and how her personal experience with acupuncture has shaped the way she helps her patients!   Here is what Dr. Snyder has to say about her work and the importance of collaboration:   “I am a reproductive and perinatal psychiatrist, meaning I work with women struggling with emotional symptoms throughout their reproductive years. I believe in a holistic approach to care, and incorporate a wide...

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Essential Oils For Stress

Stress is something that affects us on a daily basis. The body responds to stress in various ways -- for example, by releasing cortisol, elevating blood pressure, and increasing heart rate. Long term elevated cortisol levels can wreak havoc on the body, resulting in sleep disturbance, weight gain, anxiety, high blood pressure, compromised immunity, inexplicable aches and pains, hormonal imbalance, menstrual irregularity, infertility, and changes in libido to name a few. That’s why it’s important to incorporate appropriate stress management tools into our lives. The foundation for a healthy lifestyle includes eating right, exercising, and resting appropriately. Aromatherapy is a simple stress management tool that everyone can easily add to their daily routine. Plus, it’s fun and enjoyable!   So what is aromatherapy? It’s the science or...

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Inflammation Causes and Cures

At Naturna, we see many patients with chronic conditions involving pain, discomfort and general malaise. Many times, patients turn to acupuncture because primary care doctors determine whatever they are experiencing is idiopathic (meaning there is no cause that the doctor can discern) and it will go away on its own. In some cases, patients are given a medication to help alleviate the symptoms. The underlying condition causing the symptoms is not always addressed. Often in cases like this, the root is some sort of long term inflammation that is disturbing the delicate balance of the body and the pain response is the body’s way of indicating that something is off.   What is meant by “inflammation”? Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury or distress...

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Sore throat? Try these remedies!

As we move into the fall, I see more complaints of sore throat in my clinical practice as an acupuncturist. There’s a perfect explanation for this in Eastern medicine. Eastern medical philosophy is rooted in a deep study of nature, and applies the concepts yin and yang as well as the five elements to everything -- including the outer environment and the inner body. According to five phase theory, autumn is associated with the lung organ and with dryness. That’s why sore throat, dry throat, and even dry skin are common occurrences during the transition from late summer to winter.   Before we dive into some home remedies for sore throat, let’s quickly examine some of the theory behind this. According to Bob Flaws, author and...

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What is ear acupuncture and how does it work?

In the 1950s, Dr. Paul Nogier, coined as the “father of Auriculotherapy,” discovered that certain points in the ears correspond directly with specific parts of the body. The process of inserting hair thin needles into these specific points within the ear is called Auricular, or “ear,” acupuncture. Auricular is different from "regular," or body, acupuncture because it does not utilize the meridian system. Auricular utilizes points or areas within the ear to stimulate specific organs or to obtain certain results. It is similar to reflexology in that certain groups of cells gather in certain areas, like these specific points, and represent or dedicate themselves to specific parts, functions, and/or organs of the body. Therefore, “stimulation of a reflex point in the ear can relieve symptoms...

All About Breech Presentation and How Acupuncture Can Help

Having a baby can be one of the most joyous experiences for any mother. While many women hope for a vaginal delivery, pregnancies can sometimes come with complications that may require other forms of delivery. One of these complications, breech presentation, occurs in almost 4% of full-term pregnancies (Cruikshank, 1986). A breech pregnancy can occur for a number of reasons, some of which we will discuss below. What is Breech Presentation? Breech presentation is when the baby’s buttocks and/or feet, instead of its head, are closest to the mother’s cervix. The baby can be in either of the following three breech positions: Complete: The baby is in a fetal position with the knees bent Frank: The baby has both legs extended Incomplete: The baby has one knee...

Top 10 Sleep Hygiene Tips

We spend over 30% of our lives sleeping. Sleep is when our mind and body repairs itself. We understand the importance of sleep for babies and kids, yet as adults we often neglect to value our own sleep. If you’ve ever pulled an all-nighter or suffered from any degree of insomnia or sleep disturbance, you know first hand that poor sleep has a detrimental impact on mood, performance, and general wellbeing. On the flip side, getting a good night’s rest can be rejuvenating for soul.   There is a Chinese adage that says replenishing health with medicine is not as good as replenishing health with diet, but that replenishing health with sleep is the best treatment of all.   So how can you judge if you have healthy sleep?...

Get the Skinny on Fats

The Skinny on Fats   Many believe they need to avoid dietary fats in order to maintain a healthy diet. Nutritional guideline plans have even been created to accommodate this trend by recommending higher amounts of carbohydrates and very low fats. Now, low-fat and nonfat foods have been normalized to become part of the common diet. However, in order to enhance the flavor of these products, companies replace the fat with high amounts of sugar. Many healthcare communities and social media make claims about dietary fat that are often misleading and false. The idea that high fat diets with saturated fat and cholesterol would lead to heart disease has been has been exposed to be false by studies such as in Siri-Tarino, Sun, Hu, & Krauss’s (2010)...