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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...

Acupuncture and Sperm Quality

If you and your partner are having difficulty getting pregnant, you’re not alone! Many couples and individuals that seek help at Naturna often come in with fertility issues. Infertility is clinically defined as not being able to conceive after having unprotected sex for six months to one year. Since fertility in women declines steadily with age, some healthcare providers use six months as a benchmark to evaluate women of 35 years and older.However, infertility is not only a woman's problem. Both men and women can contribute to infertility. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 35% of infertility cases involve both male and female factors. Of these cases, 8% involve the male factor only (Infertility FAQs, 2017).Since there are plenty...

Heavy Periods? This Post is for You

Today, I’d like to open up a conversation about a female affliction that can drain the life out of you - literally. For all those women suffering silently from menorrhagia, abnormal bleeding - we at Naturna, feel your pain and have solutions.What is Menorrhagia?It is defined as bleeding heavily - soaking through a tampon or pad in less than 2 hours - and/or bleeding for abnormally long periods, such as more than 7 days per menstrual cycle. Clinically, I have seen a lot of women with various manifestations of this issue. For some, it’s related to their hormones; they may have hypothyroidism, PCOS, or menopause, which sometimes prematurely onsets. For others, they may have abnormal growths such as fibroids, polyps, or complex immune...

The Connection Between your Gut and Brain

Chinese Medicine has long held that there is a connection between what you feel and how you feel. Western medicine research is beginning to understand the relationship between our guts and our minds called the “Gut-Brain Axis.” Our gut and brain have a steady ability to communicate via the nervous system, hormones, and the immune system.  Such communication greatly affects how we feel physically as well as emotionally.The gastrointestinal (GI) tract, has it’s very own nervous system called the enteric nervous system (ENS) which governs the movement and regulation of the digestive system. “Scientists call the enteric nervous system the “little brain”. But it’s not so little. The ENS is two thin layers of more than 100 million nerve cells lining your gastrointestinal tract from...

Natural Medicine for Children

When my three year old daughter had an ear infection recently, I was reminded of the power of Chinese Medicine when it comes to pediatric care.Otitis media, which is an inflammatory condition of the middle ear, is extremely common in children. The conventional medical approach is a course of antibiotics. However, given that my daughter had a mild case of otitis media, I opted to pursue natural remedies first and use antibiotics only if necessary. Our pediatrician fully supported this approach.Research has suggested that the microbiome affects our digestion, metabolism, immunity, skin health, mood, and even brain performance. Overuse and misuse of antibiotics leads to declining variety within the microbiome, which has been linked to autoimmune disease and increased susceptibility to chronic conditions...

Acupuncture for Allergies – IT’S AMAZING!

Asthma and allergic diseases, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), food allergy, and eczema, are common for all age groups in the United States. They are the 6th leading cause of chronic illness in the U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion. More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year. Surprisingly, it is among the country’s most common, but overlooked, diseases.An allergy attack occurs when your immune system reacts to a foreign substance, called an allergen, which could be something you eat, inhale into your lungs, or touch. An allergen is any chemical substance of non-microbial origin that triggers an immune response in your body. An immune response is when your immune system, thinking the allergen is a foreign invader,...

Postpartum: What to Expect and Helpful Insights, Naturna, blog

Postpartum: What to Expect and Helpful Insights

The postpartum or postnatal period refers to the six weeks or so immediately following delivery. During this time, the mother's body reverses the physiological changes that occurred during pregnancy. Chinese medicine recognizes the postnatal period as a critical phase in the lives of both baby and mother. It takes several months for the mother’s endocrine system to return to its pre-pregnant state. This hormonal adjustment period may be lengthier in nursing mothers, as compared with non-nursing mothers.In Chinese culture, new mothers follow a tradition called zuo yue zi, which is roughly translated as “sitting the month.” According to this custom, a postpartum mother stays home for one month to recuperate while family members help take care of the baby, cook nutritious meals, and brew...

Complementary vs. Integrative Medicine, Naturna blog

Complementary vs. Integrative Medicine

Naturna will soon launch a mini-video series on the topic of Integrative Medicine. This blog is written to give clarity to the subject before launching into further discussion. Particular focus is on the differences between and benefits of Complementary and Integrative Medicine.The basic definitions are as follows:Complementary Medicine refers to a variety of modalities, including but not limited to, acupuncture, herbal medicine and homeopathy. Integrative Medicine is the combination of one or more fields of Complementary Medicine with modern Conventional or Western/Allopathic Medical approaches.Complementary Medicine is often referred to as alternative medicine. Although both definitions make sense, both are defining these various fields of medicine in relation to their “western” counterpart. The question is “complementary” or “alternative” to WHAT? Western/conventional medicine of course....

Why Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine for Fertility?, Christina Burns, Naturna Institute

Why Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine for Fertility?

Acupuncture is an effective and safe treatment option for women throughout the various stages of their hormonal life cycle. It’s very good at  restoring balance to the hormonal madness that may at times characterize the female reproductive system. As such, it has wide applications in the treatment of women’s health and fertility. Of course, this is not isolated to women. Men also benefit greatly from the use of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine.Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture has derived much wisdom from a long tradition of clinical trials lasting over 3000 years. Many dedicated practitioners recorded their findings so that the generations of doctors to come could benefit from and share their knowledge and build on it. Most of us still use formulas in our practice that...