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Allergies? Sinus Problems?

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Do you struggle during this time of year because you have allergies and sinus problems? Many of us who live here suffer during this time of year and that is unfortunate because we can’t enjoy the view with itchy watery eyes, asthma, stuffy nose, and an itchy throat.  Allergies and sinus problems make our quality of life poor when we should be enjoying the green and sunshine.

Well the good news is, Acupuncture can help with Allergies and Sinus Problems also!sinuses

Sinuses are the pockets in the skull connected to the nasal passages, and when an allergen is breathed in, a histamine reaction occurs and there is swelling of the mucous membranes inside the passages. This causes havoc on the nose, behind the eyes, and down into the ears and throat. The sinuses becomes clogged with mucus that may even drip down the throat and into the lungs and stomach causing phlegm, congestion, and cough. This is what occurs when you have allergies. It is very uncomfortable and can not only cause a lot of fatigue but the medication to relieve the symptoms also can cause fatigue.  So instead of lounging out doors in the sunlight with a green view, people end up sleeping more and having less fun.  Here is where the persons quality of life decreases. Allergies can even make sleeping an issue because it can cause  headache, congestion and cough when lying down even worse than when standing.

This is no way to live! If you want relief and the methods you have tried haven’t worked, and you are tired of buying medications that make you drowsy or don’t work well, maybe it’t time to try Acupuncture.

Acupuncture works in many ways to get rid of allergies. To start, Acupuncture will  improve your immune system to prevent the allergens from being able to enter the body easily. It will help your body become stronger to have less illness caused by allergies. It  can also reduce inflammation within the nasal passages, sinuses and respiratory tract to relieve the symptoms of your allergies.

Many people wonder how Acupuncture could do that within the body. The process of Acupuncture is effective because it effects the Qi flow in the body and helps the body become in balance so that its functioning is smooth and strong. The body is programmed with the ability to heal itself, but sometimes things that happen to our bodies block that ability, or we rely too much on medications to heal us or stop the symptoms of a problem, and by doing so, the body loses its ability to heal itself naturally. Acupuncture works by triggering nerves and energy flow in the body,as directed by the practitioner,to assist the body to repair itself more efficiently.

Acupuncture attacks allergies from all angles to make them occur less often, have a shorter duration of effect, and hopefully get rid of them altogether.  Acupuncture can also relieve the symptoms of allergies so that, while your body gets stronger, you will feel better.

“A healthy and Stress Free Life is our Ultimate Goal.” 

Jun’s Acupuncture

For More information about how Acupuncture can treat allergies, visit our page
www.drjunsacu.com/services/respiratory-problems

Weight Loss, Summer Confidence

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Hello Summer Fun fans!

Our post today is about how Acupuncture can help you lose weight and achieve greater self confidence. From a Chinese Medicine perspective, weight gain can come from many different types of issues. It is the goal of Jun’s New Life Acupuncture to create an individualized program for each person to treat the specific root of their problem.

For example, if someone is gaining weight because of a decline in energy and therefore a decline in desire for physical activity, the root of the problem for them may center on Qi sinking or organ imbalance creating the reduced energy. For an Acupuncturist to design a program for weight loss, the root of the problem must be addressed. In this case, the doctor would work towards balancing the organ system and correcting the flow of Qi with acupuncture and herbal therapy.

As another example, long term poor eating habits can cause damp accumulation in the body, which is heavy, sticky, thick and causes weight gain. For this the treatment principle would likely be to drain damp and strengthen the transforming and transporting function of the organs. By doing this, you can get the body drained of excess dampness, and create smooth flow of Qi that helps you lose weight.

The reasons for one’s unhappiness with their physical appearance or physique are many, and the treatment principles equally diverse. The way that Acupuncture can help with your weight loss and self confidence is by creating a program using our herbal, acupuncture, diet, and advice system that the doctors 25 years of experience in treatment has designed. For this purpose, Jun’s New Life Acupuncture is equipped with the Venus 21C machine as an aid to weight loss. This system is used in conjunction with acupuncture, herbs, and dietary suggestions. The Venus System is a machine that uses cups and ultrasound technology to promote greater fat loss that is effective but side effect free.

Does it work one may ask? Yes, it is an effective system and you will not be discouraged by your results!

The healing art of Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine has been refined over thousands of years. Dr. Jeon has been refining the art with 25 years of experience healing the Santa Clarita Community.   Her warm demeanor and beautiful clinic can put you at ease and prepare you for your transformation.

Acupuncture for Fertility

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Have you and your significant other been trying to have a baby with discouraging results? Have you tried IVF, or Invitro Fertilization and are becoming overwhelmed with the cost of the procedures and still having no success? Do you wonder what factors you can control that can affect your ability to have a baby? Is there a cheaper and more effective solution?

Did you know that Acupuncture and Asian Herbal Therapy is famous for its ability to treat fertility for women and men?

Here is the scoop on Fertility Treatments through Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy:

1. Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy Is a Medical System of its own and treats Fertility from a different perspective than Western Fertility Specialists.

What does fertility mean for the Acupuncturist? Fertility for an Acupuncturist means that the Uterus of a woman is a healthy, fertile environment for a baby to grow. It is without excess dampness, excess cold, excess heat, and sufficiently supplied with Yin and Yang from the mother and father. In this way one can understand that excess dampness, heat, or cold are considered pathogenic for a uterus. Dampness would be described as a cloying substance that clogs the uterus and blocks the channels making the success of the fetus unlikely. What causes dampness in the uterus are things like excess damp foods (dairy, sugar), excess alcohol consumption, greasy rich foods, eating too quickly with inadequate digestion, and other factors that would be determined based on the individual being assessed. Excess heat can be caused by the above factors listed for dampness, as well as eating spicy foods or foods that are hot in nature such as cheeses, fatty foods, peppers, onions, and certain meats. Excess heat can also result from poor digestion or eating too fast without chewing the food properly or binge eating large amounts frequently. Though many of these factors cause dampness in the spleen and stomach, they still affect the uterus because they impair the transformation and transportation of food into energy within the body.

Also, factors such as excessive sexual indulgence can create these pathogens within a uterus. If a woman is Yin deficient, (what would look like estrogen and progesterone deficiency), this can create excess heat as well. In the case of cold in the uterus, it can be caused by a deficiency in Yang Energy that creates coldness, or coldness in the body can impact the uterus because a person over consumes cold, damp, and nutritionally deficient foods that can create cold. These factors and more is what an Acupuncturist looks at when determining the fertility of a woman. But the Acupuncturist will also look at the fertility of the male. Though the male can have all of the factors listed above as pathological conditions, even Yin deficiency (though it does not show like estrogen and progesterone deficiency), they manifest in different ways and relate more to the male organ. For example, a male may have excess dampness creating pathogenic factors in his sperm count and motility, and it may show in yellow excess sweat on the genitals or abdomen. If a male’s genitals are kept too warm, cold, or constricted, this can affect his fertility also. Acupuncture can help balance the male reproductive system to help improve his fertility.

2. How does the Acupuncturist view the age of the person trying to conceive?

From the perspective of an Acupuncturist, our goal is to help the uterus of the woman, or the sperm of a man, be young enough to carry/fertilize a baby. How can we make a uterus or sperm younger you may ask? Well, that is an analogy of the Acupuncturists’ goal and not a literal clinical description. The Acupuncturist wants to make the uterus/sperm function as if it is a younger persons uterus/sperm. We can describe this process like we would describe the nurturing of a garden that has barren soil. The soil itself cannot support life because it is nutrient deficient and the nutrients it has are not in balance in the way required to sustain life. The soil may be too damp, too cold, too warm or too deficient. So a gardener would condition the soil, nurture the soil, drain out the dampness and make sure the temperature is amiable within the soil. The original soil is modified and made healthier. So using this analogy, we can say that Acupuncture and Asian Herbal Therapy can help the uterus/sperm itself be a healthier, younger, more fertile environment to increase potential for carrying a child. Acupuncture can, to use the analogy, make the uterus and sperm more vital and without pathology creating fertility. If the uterus and sperm are more fertile and healthy, they are more like a younger uterus and sperm; healthy and vital.

This is a short explanation of a very complex system of medicine that Acupuncturists use to determine how they can best treat a patient with fertility issues. This is an example of the diagnostic mind of an Acupuncturist. If you want help with your fertility issues,  give us the opportunity to diagnose you and find out the root of your infertility so that we can help you. Since the diagnostic portion of fertility treatments with Acupuncture is so important, the consultation is imperative to its success.

3. How does the Acupuncturist treat a fertility patient that has an irregular menstrual cycle?

A very important factor to the success of fertility treatments is the state of the woman’s reproductive system. What happens if a woman’s menstruation is irregular making it hard to determine cycles of ovulation? If a woman has a history of irregular periods, it is likely that fertility will be decreased. From the Acupuncturists perspective, this is a main concern when trying to conceive a child. If the cycle is off, success in pregnancy is unlikely. So, before the treatments on the conception of the child can actually begin, the Acupuncturist must treat the menstrual cycle first. The good news is that Acupuncture is famous for treating gynecological issues. Sometimes, a corrected menstrual cycle is a positive side effect of regular acupuncture treatments. Once the menstrual cycle is regulated, then the Acupuncturist can start working on helping the uterus be more vital for carrying a baby. This is an essential thing to remember when talking to your Acupuncturist about fertility treatments, because it can lengthen the typical treatment duration for fertility patients. However, success can still be achieved, and your Acupuncturist can still help you.

Though this is informative, you may still be wondering why not just use IVF and skip all of that? Well here is a very good comparison of the cost and effectiveness of Western Treatments for fertility and Eastern treatments for fertility to help you understand from our perspective the difference.

Though IVF and other Western style fertility treatments are effective, relatively safe, and usually work after the 6th attempt for women younger than 42, is it cost effective? One “Cycle” of IVF usually costs $12000 or more and the medications that help produce excess eggs for them to harvest cost $4000-5000. One Cycle can be described as one harvest of eggs from the female, and sperm from the male, and at least one injection of a fertilized egg into the uterus. Possibly, if enough have been harvested from the first cycle, they can be injected into the uterus 1-2 at a time until it attaches and grows. However, most people have a 20-40% (42 years of age or younger) chance of success before the 6th fertilization attempt. So, to sum it up, the cost of IVF for impregnation is, at the bare minimum, $16000, and it is only 20-40% successful before the 6th attempt. It could cost as much as $96000 to conceive a child with IVF. Though the success rates of IVF are higher than the chances a couple has to conceive naturally, if a couple is getting fertility treatments in the first place, it is likely that the usual percentage doesn’t apply and that they have tried to conceive naturally.

For fertility, treatments with Acupuncture and Herbal therapy are effective, free of side effects, and at a much lower cost than IVF. It is the experience of Jun’s Acupuncture that we can confidently gauge our success rate at 80% for woman 42 and under. During a typical course of fertility treatment, a patient is treated from 1-3 months 2-3 times a week with that percentage of success. One month of the herbal formulas is usually sufficient in combination with Acupuncture treatments to produce pregnancy. This means that on average, a patient would spend less than 10% of the cost of IVF. The difference is staggering, and the results from Acupuncture would appear higher than that of IVF naturally.

In closing, we should look at a very important factor in how Acupuncture treatments for fertility can be very successful; Acupuncture reduces stress significantly, and this can be very beneficial to the conception of a child. When stress levels are lower, a person’s body is in better condition to conceive a child. Acupuncture is well known for its stress relieving functions, and is reputed for its ability to treat stress related illness such as headaches, lowered immune function, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and premenstrual conditions.

If your are interested in how Jun’s Acupuncture can help you and your significant other have a baby, don’t hesitate to call us at any time or schedule a consultation. We are confident that we can improve your fertility and that your experience at Jun’s Acupuncture will be comfortable as well as peaceful.

“A Healthy and Stress Free Life is Our Ultimate Goal!’

Jun’s Acupuncture

For more information on Fertility Treatments, please visit our website:
http://drjunsacu.com/services/gynecology

Acupuncture for Arthritis

 

 

Are you or anyone you love suffering from Osteoarthritis? Do you or someone you love gulp down NSAIDs and other pain reducers trying to ease the discomfort of aching knees, fingers, hips, back, elbows, feet and neck?

It can be tiresome when there is chronic pain without relief and the medications just don’t seem to do the trick. There has been considerable research done by specialists looking for treatments for OA or RA that are side effect free and effective.  Many researchers have turned the light on Acupuncture and Herbal formulas based in Traditional Chinese Medicine as an effective treatment for RA and OA 50% of the time or greater. We happen to agree with them and wanted you to hear from us on the subject.

In one article, a Pain Specialist Doctor, James N. Dillard, MD, comments on the effectiveness of Acupuncture by stating that “Acupuncture doesn’t work for everyone, but slightly more than half of patients with moderate OA will experience some benefit,”  *[James N. Dillard, MD]. In the Same article you can find that Dr. Dillard is the former medical director of Columbia University’s Rosenthal Center for Complimentary Medicine and Alternative Medicine in NYC. He based his professional opinion of Acupuncture and its treatment of Osteoarthritis on years of practice and some supporting studies. Dr. Dillard further comments “It’s incredibly safe,” [and] “The adverse side effects a patient may have with those drugs are way, way worse.”[James N. Dillard, MD] Since Acupuncture does not have side effects like NSAIDs and other anti-inflammatory drugs, and there are no other known serious side effects, it is a very safe alternative to typical therapeutic methods.

So how does Acupuncture work to treat arthritis? Well, do you want the Traditional Chinese Medicine answer or the Western Medicine Answer?  A little bit of both may solve the mystery perhaps. In Western Medical terms the insertion of Acupuncture needles into specific points in the body cause a series of chemical events in the body wherein neurotransmitters release endorphines and enkephalins that have pain reducing properties. The insertion of the Acupuncture needle also causes the body to release cortisol which is an anti-inflammatory. The result is a reduction in pain and inflammation.

Boy, is that a mouthful for the non-medical populations? Well, in TCM Acupuncture circulates the the Qi in areas that are inflamed. Also, in cases of arthritis, Acupuncturists look at OA in several different ways,  wet arthritis and dry arthritis are two types of the many. In the case that arthritis causes swelling, edema and painful irritation, there is dampness and the Acupuncture Doctor needs to dry out the area by releasing the dampness, and allow for free flow of Qi. This would be a case of wet arthritis. In Dry Osteoarthritis, there is pain without swelling and the cause is a more degenerative type of arthritis without swelling and edema, and the treatment would include nourishing the joints with the Acupuncture treatment.  There are other forms of arthritis that Acupuncture can treat also. The Doctor needs to diagnose the root cause of your arthritis (which is different for each individual) to determine how we can help you.

In closing, it cannot be denied that Acupuncture helps with arthritis, and it is our opinion that for arthritis, our services are over 80% effective in reducing pain in our patients.Though we discussed mostly Osteoarthritis, Acupuncture and Herbal Therapy can also treat Rheumatoid Arthritis, or other forms.  Also, we would like to comment that Acupuncture is limited like any medical system, and there are exceptions to its effectiveness. One such exception to the effectiveness of Acupuncture for arthritis, is if there is no cartilage left in the effected joint.  In this case, Acupuncture may help manage your pain, but it is best that you consult a primary care physician for knee replacement. However, if the arthritis is not so far gone, acupuncture is the best treatment without medication available.

Though Acupuncture is the best treatment for arthritis, we would like to add some tips that can help with your arthritis pain naturally. There are several foods that studies show help with pain reduction for arthritis. Some of these foods are Turmeric, Fish Oil, Ginger, and Chile Peppers or things containing capsaicin (as long as you do not have any digestive issues like acid reflux). There are many other herbs such as Ru Xiang and Gou Teng that we can prescribe for you with a diagnosis and treatment if they are good for your constitution to help you with your pain as well. These herbs are all natural and do not have negative side effects like some medications may. We would be glad to answer any and all questions  and schedule an appointment for you!  If you want to feel better, give us a call, so we can begin your treatments.

 

” A healthy and stress free life is our ultimate goal!” 

Jun’s Acupuncture

 

For more information about Acupuncture and Pain Management, check out our webpage.

http://www.drjunsacu.com/services/pain-control

*[http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/treatments/natural/other-therapies/mind-body-pain-relief/oa-acupuncture.php (Acupuncture and Osteoarthritis,Timothy Gower)]