Oh ganky blood… Get the Stagnation moving

Did y’all enjoyed the Halloween the past weekend?
Today’s article fits just right for this theme — gross blood…

In Oriental Medicine, we aim to achieve the smooth flow of patients’ energy and blood. Where there is such stagnation it starts obstructing your system and causing the pain, feeling sluggishness, sickness or “something just not right” feeling.
Spider veins are visible sign of such blood stagnation we can easily observe.

Spieler/varicose veins are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg. When I treat my patients one of the important body parts I examine is the conditions of their calf muscles. Is it in a good shape or is it too tight, too soft, too firm or too loose, is there pain with palpation, and if there are varicose/spider veins.

The blood that carry oxygen and nutrients are distributed from our heart to the whole body. When the blood returns to the heart through the veins, healthy muscle activity of calf and leg do the important job as they have to send the blood back to our heart from our lower body against the flow of gravity.

This explains the importance of our daily walking instead of driving everywhere, and taking stairs instead of elevators. Massaging and giving regular finger pressures to calf muscles also helps the blood circulation to entire body!

Varicose veins can be formed from number of reasons, but they are certainly harder to be seen in healthy individuals. Blood flows are totally obstructed around the veins and the stuck blood is no longer healthy, and may cause problems mentioned earlier.

In Oriental Medicine, puncturing skin with lancet and drawing blood (Blood Letting) is one of our method to promote the movement of the blood flow. I had a patient with extremely tight and bad neck pain that he couldn’t turn his neck. He had spider veins all over his lower legs. I incorporated Blood Letting into the treatment and his neck softened and he was able to turn his neck.

These pictures were taken recently. A female patient with hip pain that also had very tight and painful calf muscles with spider veins. Upon puncturing the veins blackish colored blood started to flow then followed by bright red blood. Cupping was placed on the puncture site for 5 minutes.

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Like the previous patient experience, the condition of calf muscles and taking care of the veins can have surprising effect to the aching and problem area of our body both internally and externally by promoting the blood flow. Although it might not solve a condition completely it is certainly a worthy practice we all can do.

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If you notice that your calf is tight and painful, and also noticing the spider veins please consult and get proper treatment at Japanese Acupuncture.

Happy Belated Halloween!!

Don’t catch cold – Change of season alert!

Hi Austin! It’s now the month of October and Austin weather is at its best. I will miss the summer, but it’s also nice that it’s finally cooling down. It is very typical at this time – the changing of season, a lot of people start having some sneezing and coughs. Having Acupuncture treatment is great way to sustain your health especially at this “change of season time” of the year.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Gua-sha (刮痧). It is a technique to release the exterior Ja-ki (邪気), the unhealthy energy that causes your body become weakened and catch cold. Gua-sha also is very helpful in stimulating the blood flow and healing where the muscle is so tight or any painful area on your body.

The method of Gua-sha is to scrape the lubricated skin with repeated pressure with ceramic spoon, jade, or anything with a smooth edge. Scraping causes the skin to be red and bruising. This bruising is great, because it indicates the sign of stagnation or Ja-ki are releasing. The bruising goes away after 3-5 days.

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Unlike Cupping which several cups are placed on the skin to produce the suction to cause the bruising, Gua-sha can scrape wider or narrower parts on the body and also give the pressure stroke that it is hard to give with cupping.

Either Gua-sha or Cupping can help you stop catching cold so often by strengthening your exterior body energy. So, watch out your symptom like back of neck getting tight and heavy, little scratchy throat, sluggish whole-body, and lower energy and tiredness. That is exactly when you should get Gua-sha or Cupping. Catch it early and you feel so much better!

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Have a Happy Fall!

We have moved to a new location! – North Loop

Japanese Acupuncture Clinic has moved to a new cozy and private location just a few blocks away from North Loop!

Our new address is now 500 E 53rd Street Austin TX 78751
That is a corner of 53rd St and Duval St.

Please enter from a door facing the Duval St. There is plenty of parking!

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Entrance faces the Duval Street

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We have an onsite Herbal Pharmacy. Between 20-25 herbs are mixed for customized individual needs.

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Have a Wonderful Day!

No.1 Japanese Eats for the Hot Summer Time

For the season of hot summer like this we crave to eat something cooling. Somen is Japanese noodle made of wheat flour and salts, which is very thin and white. Slurping this cold Somen noodles dipped in tsuyu makes your body feel a lot cooler in this hot and humid weather in Austin!

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Somen noodles
Men-tsuyu (dipping sauce base)
Shiso leaves (optional)
Wasabi paste (optional)
Chopped green onions
Grated ginger

Preparation (for two):
Boil a large pot of water and cook 4 bundles of Somen noodles until soft.
Drain and wash them in cool running water with colander.

Prepare about 1.5oz of Men-tsuyu in a cup and add 2oz of cold water to dilute for dipping sauce.
Add small portions of grated ginger, finely cut green onions and Shiso leaves in the dipping sauce and enjoy the Somen noodles! Adding wasabi gives you an extra punch.

 

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Enjoy!

Overcoming Summer Heat Fatigue

Summer heat fatigue can come from being inside and outside of a building which has a big temeperature difference. Austin keeps temperatre of about 90-100 degrees in a summer, but once we go inside of a house, restaurants, office buildings, super markets, cars, and stores our body are suddenly exposed to 70 degrees. We go back and forth such places multiple times a day and often also drink ice cold drinks, ice coffees, flappes, or other cold food and beverages.

Once our body surfaces are exposed to cold it makes our body difficult to sweat. It is better to always bring a light sweater or stole to protect your body from exposure to cold air. Eating and drinking cold often affects the internal organ. Our internal organs best function with warmer temperature. Cold food and drinks slows down the digestive function, obstruct absorption of nutrients, and with this viscious cycle we start feeling fatigued.

The Summer vegetables such as tomatoes, cucumbers, eggpants, lettuces have roles in cooling the body. Banana, Kiwi, grapefruits, papaya, watermelon, potatoes also have cooling property.
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Barley tea is also a great drink during summer time. Best to have it either room temperature (or warmer if you can).

Once you feel hot it is important to cool your body. In this case please watch out what you intake, but body parts like underarms, around necks, and upper thigh area are effective in cooling the whole body.

If you are already feeling the summer fatigue please consult with Japanese Acupucture and Herbal Medicine. Balancing your body and strengthening your immune system with Acupuncture and strengthens internal organs with herbal medicine.

Enjoy the summer!

Japanese Tradition of Detoxing with “Plain Hot Water” – 白湯 (Sayu)

Drinking “Sayu”- Lukewarm water which is cooled down after boiling hot water (about120F) has been an old health tradition in Japan. These purified water are especially given to babies, elderlies and sick people.

Lately drinking Sayu is getting a more popular practice among younger generation for such effects of detoxing, losing weight, alleviate constipation and skin problems and other health benefits.

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Drinking Sayu is so simple but is also a profound ancient practice of Traditional Ayurvedic Medicine which commonly prescribes water as purification and flushing toxin. It is amazing that just by changing the temperature of water can have a great effect on our body.

Detox and Lose Weight

Drinking Sayu helps increase metabolism, digestion and lose weight. While drinking icy cold water during meal can significantly slows down and coagulates the fat in food. In contrary, warm water aid the stomach and intestines to do their work, eliminating all the unwanted water-soluable wastes and toxins. Encouraging the digestion with intake of Sayu, it detoxifies the body and sheds some weight!

Benefits of Sayu – Plain Hot Water

– Warms Internal Organs (aid digestion and boost metabolism)
– detoxing
– loose weight
– increase blood flow
– rejuvenate skin
– regulate bowel (prevents constipation)
– more energy

Having Sayu first thing in the morning is a great and healthy way to wake up your body, internal organs, and brain. It will flush out the toxins and improve blood flow throughout your body. Imagine if your body feels healthy and rejuvenated, your mind surely follows it :)

0139cb9aeb1e9e1d8cb555e7dea3ad04_sThen Sayu can be sipped throughout the day. Be careful of taking too much or too little. Please always ask your body how much it needs. Bring your insulated Sayu thermo with you wherever you go. (Yes, it is hard to drink something warm in the middle of Texas summer, but for many of us drinking icy water is something better to avoid.

For those of you, no matter how much you drink and still unable to quench your thirst there might be a water imbalance in your body which can be treated and balanced with Japanese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine.

Come visit us at
Japanese Acupuncture
5210 Avenue F
Austin TX 78751

Have a wonderful day!

Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Postpartum Care

 

One of my favorite treatments have been Fertility Acupuncture. Acupuncture is known to increase success for fertility treatment, but today I would like to talk about beneficial effects of Acupuncture during pregnancy and after birth.
I myself a mother of two children, a 8 year old son and 3 year old daughter. I was pregnant with my son right after finishing my degree and I know from my own experience I had a tremendous help to relieve my horrible morning sickness and vomiting.

While you want to avoid everything possible to be on any kind of medication especially during pregnancy Acupuncture is totally chemical free and support and back up your healthy pregnancy life.

Being pregnant means your body naturally prioritize the healthy growth of your fetus which in turn you may experience weakness in your body, catch cold easily and other immune imbalances, thinning and losing hair, constant fatigue, anemic, dizziness, headache, and such. Your body experiences such hormonal changes that you might feel so emotional and sensitive in small details in everyday life.

As I was a working mom and pregnant mom during such times I cannot express how much those simple bi-weekly sessions helped me get through the days. Yes, I am talking from my own experience and know what it means to be pregnant for long 10 months…

Acupuncture can also prevent miscarriage. Some women have no problem conceiving, but having hard time retaining the fetus and experiencing multiple miscarriage within a year. In this case, please please please seek help of Acupuncture. Acupuncture can definitely help you!! It involves such an emotional pain to miscarry, but all you need is a balance and care in your system especially for the first trimester.

From feeling morning sickness, having digestive discomfort, emotional imbalance, back soreness, and other complication of pregnancy, Acupuncture is a natural and safe way to maintain your health. After 5 month of pregnancy we also start the “Smooth Birth Moxisbustion Treatment” (安産灸)which has been used over 1000 years in Japan to promote easier natural birth.

This moxibustion treatment can help balance your body, alleviate fatigue and edema in lower legs, ease labor, shorten the laboring time, recover your body quicker after labor, promote breast milk, and strengthen the baby’s GI system.
It has been said that those pregnant women who had these treatments are less likely to go through the difficult birth, and experience healthier and quicker recovery after birth. The treatment itself is just soothing and relaxing during pregnancy.

Acupuncture has also been known and proven to correct the breech baby. If your fetus is in breech position after 37 weeks you can also get treatment for turning your breech baby.
This is one of a testimonial from Meghan who I induced her labor.

I found great pain relief and improved health with your acupuncture services. Thank you! You were able to help me with pre-natal pain, helped induce my labor without drugs, decreased my post-natal pain, helped me recover more quickly from a traumatizing birth experience, healed damaged muscle and ligaments in my shoulder, dramatically improved the arthritic pain in my hands, and increased the quantity of breast milk I was producing while nursing as well as decreasing my back and neck pain brought on by nursing a very active baby.
I would and have recommended you to others and will continue to do so. You are efficient, friendly, knowledgeable, and you bring relief.
Thank you!

Meghan C from Woburn MA

 

Lastly, I really encourage new moms to get Acupuncture in the first 2 weeks after the labor. Delivering baby is the biggest and most painful job that women can experience in our life time. Either natural or C-section, it is a great deal.
This is also the time the body goes through another hormonal change, postpartum change which your body start producing breast milk. This is when you have to rest as much as possible and get all the help and care you can ask for. During the first month after the labor is the critical time because it can influence your postpartum state even later on, so please rest and get cared for if you can with Acupuncture treatment.

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Have a great pregnancy life to all of us!!