FALL is the season of the LUNG! Let's discuss how it relates to wellness and Skin Health!

Jenny Crissman MS L. Ac

At the physical level, defense, breath and renewal are expressed as the lungs, the skin and the colon. The Lung refers to the whole respiratory system and includes the nose and sinuses. Here oxygen is taken in and carbon dioxide waste is excreted. It is also where we inhale pathogens or toxins from the environment and in turn expel them through excretion of mucus and phlegm.

The skin is like an outer lung. The skin also breathes and exchanges substances with the outer environment. Its healthy functioning is seen as an aspect of Lung function. Beneath the skin the protective energy known as Wei Qi is said to circulate, defending the body against invasion from pathogenic forces.

The Lung’s paired Organ, the Colon, is concerned with release and elimination. The Lung and Colon together are related to immunity, the strength of the protective boundary. Pathogens most easily enter through the respiratory and digestive systems and the Lung and Colon are responsible for maintaining the integrity of these systems so that they are not penetrated by invaders. In TCM medicine, the body’s defensive energy is dependent on the strength of the Lung and Colon.

This is the season to tune into what is going on beneath the surface.

Diagnosing Skin Conditions:
In diagnosing skin conditions, TCM considers physical, emotional, and environmental factors. By taking the pulse, asking in-depth questions, and observing the tongue and skin, we diagnose the condition according to TCM patterns.

Skin diseases are generally caused by internal disharmonies, such as lack of Qi, blood, yin or excess heat and dampness. These conditions coupled with environmental influences, such as wind, dryness, dampness, and heat. Along with stress, diet, and the individual's constitution also contribute to these patterns. The result can be a myriad of skin conditions.  

Treatment
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs treat skin diseases in a unique manner. TCM addresses both the root (cause) and the branch (symptoms) of a condition. The treatment and diagnosis are tailored to each person's symptoms. Depending on the condition, treatment may involve acupuncture, Chinese herbs, or both. Often, one treatment cycle is once or twice a week for 12 weeks. Some conditions will clear rapidly, but others may take longer.  The Skin is introduced to new environmental changes every season. The Fall is a time to prevent and fortify.

Acne: Acne is a common adolescent skin condition that sometimes continues into adulthood. According to Western medicine, it is generally associated with reactions to hormones, bacteria, and oils in the skin. In TCM, it is most often associated with dampness, heat, and in severe cases blood stagnation. Once the dampness and heat are cleared from the system, the skin will also clear.

https://www.healthconcerns.com/practitioner-item/8/135/Skin_Balance.html

Eczema: Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is a chronic allergic reaction which causes the skin to become red, inflamed, intensely itchy, and in some cases to blister. People who have eczema often also have asthma and allergies. All of these conditions are caused by heat, wind, and dampness, and can be treated effectively with acupuncture and Chinese herbs. The goal of the treatment is to clear heat, dispel the wind and dampness, and move the blood.

https://www.evherbs.com/evshop/

http://www.pureencapsulations.com/liver-gi-detox.html

Other conditions: Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can also be used to treat psoriasis, shingles, vitiligo, uticaria (hives), warts, rosacea, and dermatitis.

https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/MediHerb/Albizia-Complex#.We0g6IZJlE4

https://www.healthconcerns.com/practitioner-item/8/49/Coptis_Purge_Fire_Formula.html


If you or someone you know suffer from a skin condition, acupuncture and herbs can offer long term relief and prevention.

I have many products, ideas and interventions to clear and create relief.

CALL TODAY !


 


 

SPRING CLEAN YOUR LIVER!

Jenny Crissman MS L. Ac.

Milk Thistle is the perfect supplement for SPRING Cleaning your Body!

We are well into Spring and I am hoping the essence of the season has been moving and motivating!

This is the time of transition from the the dark of Winter and the lull of inactivity to the season of Spring with longer days, more light and more movement!

Many patients ask about doing a cleanse this time of year. It is the most appropriate time to cleanse and can be extensive or as simple as adding some Milk Thistle to your daily regimen to help your liver with detoxification. Most of us are exposed to damaging substances on a daily basis, such as alcohol, medications, pesticides, and environmental toxins.

The milk thistle is a flowering plant and it contains a milky white sap hence the name.

The cleansing effect comes from a part of the seed. It is a flavanoid called silymarin. This flavanoid encourages the liver to detoxify itself.

Ideally you want to choose a supplement standardized to contain 70% to 80% silymarin, the active ingredient.

Milk thistle has been used for over 2,000 years as a treatment to promote liver health.

Milk thistle is a safe option for people who suffer from liver-related ailments and for those who use alcohol or medications. However, it is important to understand the it can speed the clearance of certain pharmaceuticals. So it is important to take it at least 2 hours apart from any prescription medication.

The following list are few of the staple products I use for liver cleansing in my practice.

https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/MediHerb/LivCo#.WTQgw8lJlE4

https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/MediHerb/Livton-Complex#.WTQg8clJlE4

http://www.pureencapsulations.com/liver-gi-detox.html

I am suggesting this as a Spring clean, but certainly useful any time of the year. Good for skin, hormone balance, detox and digestive functioning!
 

INSOMNIA or SWEET SLEEP!???!

Jenny Crissman MS, L. Ac.

I do not know a single person that would disagree with the fact that a good nights sleep makes life much more enjoyable!  Most people know they need to eat right and exercise to be healthy.  But sleep is the sometimes the forgotten pillar of wellness and longevity.

Why is Sleep Good?

It improves immune function- fewer colds!

It may improve your sex life- especially if your a woman.

It will help with weight management and carbohydrate craving.

How do We Get Better Sleep?

"Sleep Hygiene" is the key factor:

Try to go to be at about the same time every night, including weekends.

Keep your wake-up time consistent, including weekends.

Avoid taking naps.  If you must nap make sure you do not sleep longer than an hour and do not nap after 3 p.m..

Avoid Screens before bed: tablet, phone, television...try to get rid of these devices in the bedroom.

Don't use your bed for anything other than sleep and romance.  No TV, no eating, no reading please!

Avoid strenuous exercise before bed.  Yoga can be o.k. as long as it is the relaxing variety.

Don't eat meals and avoid late night snacking before bed. 

Get some sunshine.  Sunshine our only source of vitamin D, helps regulate your internal clock.

Keep the bedroom cool.  Cool bodies sleep better.

Once you do adopt better sleep habits and if you still find yourself chronically "tired"  consider that there maybe other underlying medical conditions are contributing to your loss of sleep:

Sleep Apnea- Typically a person doesn't know he or she has sleep apnea.  Usually they become alerted to the problem by a bed partner or family member.  Snoring is one of the primary warning signs of apnea.

Restless Let Syndrome- Characterized by the urge to move your legs especially when at rest.  Symptoms are often more pronounced at night in bed.

Chronic Insomnia- Sometimes related to nutritional or neurotransmitter deficiencies.

Hot Flashes- Menopausal woman often have hot flashes and they are not limited to the daytime.  In fact heat at night can disrupt sleep and result in night sweats.

What Helps:

Exercise

Meditation-https://theconsciouslife.com/how-to-meditate-a-guide-for-beginners.htm

Melatonin-https://www.verywell.com/melatonin-benefits-uses-tips-and-more-89808

Acupuncture- http://www.naturalnews.com/040001_acupuncture_insomnia_improved_sleep.html

Herbs- http://www.pacificcollege.edu/news/blog/2015/02/03/traditional-chinese-medicine-encourages-restful-sleep-alternative-treatment

If you or someone you know needs Happy ZZZ's try some acupuncture and herbs today!

 

 

 

 

 

WELCOME to the YEAR OF THE ROOSTER!

Jenny Crissman MS L. Ac.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! GUNG HEI FAT CHOY!

Wake up to:

THE YEAR OF THE YIN FIRE ROOSTER!

The Yin Rooster is a confident and resourceful one. Ultimately this should remind all of us that it is ourselves and our individual abilities that will progress us along the way this year.

This s a year to operate with respect and clear intentions. The dynamic Rooster demands we look inward and seek the answers to difficult questions. It is good to remember that it will take patience and faith to stay encouraged and steady, along with the feisty spirit of the Rooster Year.

I want to encourage all of us to find our inner Rooster and use that spirit to accomplish what is closest to our hearts. Be well in body, mind and spirit!

And remember that we are a microcosm of the macrocosm.so be conscious of the well being of what lies inside and outside of your immediate “world”!

Much Love and Gratitude ~

More about the Year of The Rooster

http://foreverconscious.com/chinese-astrology-year-yin-fire-rooster-2017

 

GET HELP WITH PCOS-HERBS and ACUPUNCTURE

Jenny Crissman MS,  L.Ac

Managing and Reversing PCOS:

PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age. It can effect hormones, fertility, the skin, cardiovascular health and metabolism. It is considered a syndrome, not a disease, and there are wide range of ways that PCOS can present and a variety of factors that characterize it. It is important to acknowledge that there are in fact different types or phenotypes of the syndrome, which explains why two women with PCOS might look different.

For example PCOS can be expressed in women with excessive androgenic hormones like testosterone, producing acne and hair growth or it can present with abdominal weight gain, infertility and loss of ovulation and menstrual cycles.

In 1990, The National Institute of Health ( NIH), defined PCOS as requiring three criteria:

  1. Delayed ovulation or periods

  2. Excess androgens, such as testosterone or DHEA, causing acne, hirsutism, male-pattern hair loss, or high androgens on a woman's blood work.

  3. Other conditions that would create a similar syndrome would have to be excluded.

  4. Interestingly, the NIH did not require a women to have ovarian cysts to be diagnosed with PCOS

In 2003 a meeting in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, sponsored by two top reproductive medicine groups: one European ( ESHRF) and one American ( ASRM). They gathered to to refine the definition of PCOS. They produced The Rotterdam criteria:

  1. Delayed ovulation or menstrual cycles

  2. Hyperandrogenism/high androgenic hormone like testosterone

  3. Polycystic ovaries on ultrasound.

What set the Rotterdam criteria apart in diagnosing PCOS was that the women didn’t' need to have all three of the characteristics . Only two of the three were required for diagnosis.

This reinforces the idea that PCOS is a very complex disorder, and that these types are mainly holding a place for what we understand as of now.

DEFINING THE SYMPTOMS:

Anovulation: Fewer than ten menstrual cycles per year. Cycles 35 days or longer

Hyperandrogenism: Basically means there are high levels of hormones, such as testosterone, DHEA or androstenedione. These hormones are responsible for causing male sexual characteristics like the growth of facial and body hair and hair loss in specific patterns. Hair growth on the chin, upper lip, on the chest or stomach or around the nipples Acne along the jawline or on the back is also a symptom of hormone imbalance.

PCOS Cysts: Twelve or more follicles in a single ovary ranging from 2-9 millimeters an enlarged ovary. These cyst differ from those of women without PCOS These “cysts” are not even true cysts. They are underdeveloped follicles that accumulate in the ovaries rather than going to ovulation.

TREATMENT:

Address Inflammation- Inflammatory chemicals are made to damage cells of invaders, but they can also damage our own cells if left unchecked. Having chronic inflammation in our bodies can disrupt your hormones and cause premature aging. This involves managing food reactions and addressing insulin resistance and healing the gut.

PCOS Supplements to Minimize Inflammation:

Resveratrol

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Bioflavanoids- Grape Seed Extract, Pine Bark Extract, Green Tea

https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/MediHerb/Vitanox#.

Glutathione and N-Acetyl Cysteine

Curcumin

Vitamin D

Heal the Gut:

Probiotics

L- Glutamine

http://www.pureencapsulations.com/l-glutamine-powder.html

Zinc

Heal Insulin Resistance- manage blood sugar levels and glycogen storage and promote weight loss

Natural Ways to Treat Insulin Resistance:

Exercise

Inositol

Vitamin D

Berberine

http://www.integrativepro.com/products/herbal-combinations/berberine-complex

Chromium

Selenium

Cinnamon

Balance Adrenals and Improve Your Mood- Put a halt to the wired tired feeling, insomnia, abdominal weight gain. Or Fatigue, depression, salt cravings, low blood pressure, low libido.

http://www.diagnostechs.com/Pages/AdrenalStressIndex.aspx

Treatments for Adrenal Conditions:

L-Theanine

Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Licorice

Red Sage

Vitex

Magnesium

B- complex vitamins

YOGA, Self – Care, Meditation, Counseling

Treat Androgen Excess-

Natural Treatments for Androgen Excess:

Licorice

White Peony

Green Tea

Reishi Mushrooms

https://mushroomscience.com/reishi/

Melatonin

Black Cohosh

Address Hormonal Imbalances-

*First do some testing. Blood work to look at FSH, LH, Estradiol, Progesterone, Prolactin and AMH.

Natural Therapies for Female Hormone Regulation:

Vitex

 Chinese Medicine Herbal combinations; Don Quai, Peony and Cinnamon, Peony and Licorice …

Balance Your Thyroid-

*First do some testing. Lab Testing for TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3 and Anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody.

Natural Treatments :

Iodine

Selenium

Ashwaganda

Zinc

Create a Healthful Environment-

Things to Consider- check your exposure and your ingredients!

Chemicals and Plastics

Skin Care Products

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Pesticide Exposure

Household Chemicals

Last, But not Least-

Eat a Balanced Diet!!

As an acupuncturist I am trained in diagnosing from an alternative perspective, but nonetheless , because I have an abundance of additional tools at my disposal it is critical to use them when trying to treat a complex disorder such as PCOS.

 if you suspect you or someone you know, suffer from PCOS or are having conception/fertility difficulties please know that you can find help at my office!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Managing and Reversing PCOS:

 

PCOS is the most common hormonal disorder in women of reproductive age. It can effect hormones, fertility, the skin, cardiovascular health and metabolism. It is considered a syndrome, not a disease, and there are wide range of ways that PCOS can present and a variety of factors that characterize it. It is important to acknowledge that there are in fact different types or phenotypes of the syndrome, which explains why two women with PCOS might look different.

 

For example PCOS can be expressed in women with excessive androgenic hormones like testosterone, producing acne and hair growth or it can present with abdominal weight gain, infertility and loss of ovulation and menstrual cycles.

 

In 1990, The National Institute of Health ( NIH), defined PCOS as requiring three criteria:

 

  1. Delayed ovulation or periods

  2. Excess androgens, such as testosterone or DHEA, causing acne, hirsutism, male-pattern hair loss, or high androgens on a woman's blood work.

  3. Other conditions that would create a similar syndrome would have to be excluded

 

*Interestingly, the NIH did not require a women to have ovarian cysts to be diagnosed with PCOS

 

In 2003 a meeting in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, sponsored by two top reproductive medicine groups: one European ( ESHRF) and one American ( ASRM). They gathered to to refine the definition of PCOS. They produced The Rotterdam criteria:

 

  1. Delayed ovulation or menstrual cycles

  2. Hyperandrogenism/high androgenic hormone like testosterone

  3. Polycystic ovaries on ultrasound.

What set the Rotterdam criteria apart in diagnosing PCOS was that the women didn’t' need to have all three of the characteristics . Only two of the three were required for diagnosis.

 

This reinforces the idea that PCOS is a very complex disorder, and that these types are mainly holding a place for what we understand as of now.

 

DEFINING THE SYMPTOMS:
 

Anovulation: Fewer than ten menstrual cycles per year. Cycles 35 days or longer

 

Hyperandrogenism: Basically means there are high levels of hormones, such as testosterone, DHEA or androstenedione. These hormones are responsible for causing male sexual characteristics like the growth of facial and body hair and hair loss in specific patterns. Hair growth on the chin, upper lip, on the chest or stomach or around the nipples Acne along the jawline or on the back is also a symptom of hormone imbalance.

 

PCOS Cysts: Twelve or more follicles in a single ovary ranging from 2-9 millimeters an enlarged ovary. These cyst differ from those of women without PCOS These “cysts” are not even true cysts. They are underdeveloped follicles that accumulate in the ovaries rather than going to ovulation.

 

 

TREATMENT:

 

Address Inflammation- Inflammatory chemicals are made to damage cells of invaders, but they can also damage our own cells if left unchecked. Having chronic inflammation in our bodies can disrupt your hormones and cause premature aging. This involves managing food reactions and addressing insulin resistance and healing the gut.

 

PCOS Supplements to Minimize Inflammation:

Resveratrol

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Bioflavanoids- Grape Seed Extract, Pine Bark Extract, Green Tea

https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/MediHerb/Vitanox#.

Glutathione and N-Acetyl Cysteine

Curcumin

Vitamin D

 

Heal the Gut:

Probiotics

L- Glutamine

http://www.pureencapsulations.com/l-glutamine-powder.html

Zinc

 

Heal Insulin Resistance- manage blood sugar levels and glycogen storage and promote weight loss

 

Natural Ways to Treat Insulin Resistance:

Exercise

Inositol

Vitamin D

Berberine

http://www.integrativepro.com/products/herbal-combinations/berberine-complex

Chromium

Selenium

Cinnamon

 

 

Balance Adrenals and Improve Your Mood- Put a halt to the wired tired feeling, insomnia, abdominal weight gain. Or Fatigue, depression, salt cravings, low blood pressure, low libido.

http://www.diagnostechs.com/Pages/AdrenalStressIndex.aspx

 

Treatments for Adrenal Conditions:

L-Theanine

Fish Oil and Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Licorice

Red Sage

Vitex

Magnesium

B- complex vitamins

YOGA, Self – Care, Meditation, Counseling

 

 

Treat Androgen Excess-

 

Natural Treatments for Androgen Excess:

Licorice

White Peony

Green Tea

Reishi Mushrooms

https://mushroomscience.com/reishi/

Melatonin

Black Cohosh

 

Address Hormonal Imbalances-

*First do some testing. Blood work to look at FSH, LH, Estradiol, Progesterone, Prolactin and AMH.

 

Natural Therapies for Female Hormone Regulation:

Vitex

Herbal combinations; Don Quai, Peony and Cinnamon, Peony and Licorice …

 

Balance Your Thyroid-

*First do some testing. Lab Testing for TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Reverse T3 and Anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody.

 

Natural Treatments :

Iodine

Selenium

Ashwaganda

Zinc

 

Create a Healthful Environment-

Things to Consider-

Chemicals and Plastics

Skin Care Products

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Pesticide Exposure

Household Chemicals

 

Last, But not Least-

Eat a Balanced Diet!!

 

As an acupuncturist I am trained in diagnosing from an alternative perspective, but nonetheless , because I have an abundance of additional tools at my disposal it is critical to use them when trying to treat a complex disorder such as PCOS.

 

I hope you will look for help if you suspect you suffer from PCOS or are having conception/fertility difficulties.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACHOO! Allergies!

Jenny Crissman MS L. Ac

Winter and fall allergies can cause a great deal of discomfort in many people, young or old. An allergy results then your body's immune system identifies a normally harmless substance as a threat to the body. The inflammatory response takes place to try and “eject” this substance from your system resulting in a variety of unwanted symptoms:  sneezing, congestion, runny nose and red, itchy eyes, hives and possibly digestive discomfort.

Whether you suffer from seasonal, occasional or chronic allergies- help is on the way!

Western medicine typically prescribes antihistamines, decongestants, or drugs that act on the nervous system. While these may be effective in treating the allergic response, they often have undesirable side effects, such as drowsiness, immune system suppression or over-reliance on medications with no long term resolution.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can offer an alternative to these Western approaches, treating the whole person and recognizing that people with chronic allergies often show signs of disharmony and deficiency, in Defensive Lung Qi, Digestive Spleen Qi and even possibly the Kidney Qi. TCM considers allergies or hay fever a manifestation of Wind invading the upper body. The Wind in combination with heat, cold or damp create the unpleasant symptoms that cause allergy sufferers to seek relief.

The goal is not only to treat one's acute symptoms and provide immediate relief, but to treat any underlying immune system imbalances, which may be the real cause of one's allergy problems. Such treatments may take the form of acupuncture and revising one's diet, specific herbal formulas or supplements to stimulate immunity and diminish histamine response.

There a many herbal remedies that address the allergies each specific to an individuals constitutional diagnosis and symptom. Some examples:

Bi Yan Tang, https://www.goldenlotusherbs.com/index.php?pageid=2&itemid=650 to clear nasal congestion and stop sneezing. Xiao Qing Long Wan or Minor Blue Dragon, literally "Minor Blue Dragon Pills" in Chinese, relieves superficies with diaphoresis to resolve water retention and arrests cough and asthma. https://www.evherbs.com/evshop/

Fang Feng Tong, it removes heat from the body surface and the internal heat manifested by chills, high fevers, headaches, dizziness, dry mouth, sore throat, coughing, and vomiting. It is also a very good herbal remedy for eczema, dermatitis, and asthma.

Dietary recommendations are surely included – even the simple radish has medicinal value to treat dry itchy eyes and they can help clear the sinuses, drain mucus and ease sore throats!

I also like to include additional supplements to lower histamine response, ease inflammation in the nasal and digestive tissue and to boost underlying immune issues. They might include any offollowing or other supplemental combinations.

-Quercetin, a bioflavonoid, which has been shown to stabilize mast cells (this slows down the body's release of histamine and other chemicals related to allergic symptoms). http://www.pureencapsulations.com/quercetin-3562.html

-NAC, N- Acytle Cysteine to help stimulate immune function, clear phlegm and heal lung tissue.

-Boswellia Complex to help inflamed tissues of lungs and the colon.

https://www.google.com/search?q=medi+herb+boswellia+complex&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

-X Clear Nasal Spray
http://www.xlear.com/xlear-sinus-care/xylitol-products/adults/natural-nasal-spray/

I encourage anyone suffering from allergies of any variety, even if they are currently asymptomatic to visit for some preventative and acute care to break the cycle of current or future allergic reactions!


 

CHRONIC PAIN SYNDROME

Jenny Crissman MS L. Ac

Chronic pain syndrome (CPS) is a common problem that presents a major challenge to health-care providers because of its complex natural history, unclear etiology, and poor response to therapy. CPS is a poorly defined condition. Defining it generally involves specific time parameters, but many do not agree on the duration.  It can be any pain that has not resolved itself or lasting longer than 3-6 months.  I would define it as any pain that persist longer than reasonably expected based on the healing time for the tissues involved.

CPS is a constellation of syndromes that usually does not respond to the Western medical model of care. It takes a multidisciplinary approach, requiring good integration and knowledge of multiple organ systems. Diagnosing the source of the pain isfound through thoroughly investigating all of the symptoms and the history trying to find the origin.  It can be a result of a previous unresolved trauma, a viral infection by product, such as shingles, a degenerative issue at the joint causing osteoarthritis, a pain caused by metabolic syndromes such as diabetic neuropathy or even pain caused by autoimmune disorders such as MS. 

In TCM pain is sometimes described as improper functioning of a pathway.  This pathway obstruction can cause pain, numbness, digestive disruption and mood dysfunction.

Spondylosis or nerve impingement at the level of the spine is most common cause.  It may not be obvious to the patient or clinician especially if there has never been trauma to that specific area.  Spondylosis is a deterioration of the intervertebral disc creating stress , pressure, twisting, friction on the nerve root.  This disrupts the pathway to muscle tissue and organ function.  If the disruptions is chronic a whole "syndrome"of symptoms can develop and leave the patient with a myriad of neuropathic pain. 

Deep Aching Pain

Sudden short stabbing Pain

Desensitization or Hypersensitivity

Allodynia:   disproportionate pain response

ROM:  restriction due to muscle contractual

Trophic Changes:  derematomeal hair loss ( the metobolic pathway are effected)

The eventual end result of CPS is that the Sympathetic and the Parasympatheticsystems become imbalanced. 

Acupuncture uses diagnostic questioning, evaluationsand examinations to determine the particular segment of para spinal muscles and spinous processesthat relate to the symptom pattern.  Your practitioner will evaluate with a thorough visual examine, palpation to assess the area of pain for changes in moisture, temperature, texture and touch sensitivity to determine the specific area of the spine effected then- treatment begins!

It will involve needle insertion at the are of origin along the spinous processes effected by impingement as well as needling along the pathway to the muscles organs that createthe pain "syndrome".  The treatment may also include electrical stimulation of the of the pathway to help minimize atrophy of the muscles and to block the pain pathway to create immediate relief while simultaneously treating the origin of the problem.  This is a a way to create healing and prevent further damage caused by a structural problem that may have not traumatic origin.  An Infrared Lamp is also often used to further enhance the treatment. http://naturalhealthway.com/tdplamps/how-tdp-lamps-work.html

It does not involve prescription steroids or opiods.  Drugs with a whole litany of complaints and side effects

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/11/health/sanjay-gupta-prescription-addiction-doctors-must-lead/

Treatment may include some anti-inflammatory herbs or other supplements to treat symptoms created by the chronic pathway block. 

http://www.pureencapsulations.com/alpha-lipoic-acid-100-mg.html

https://www.standardprocess.com/Products/MediHerb/Boswellia-Complex#.V5OXto605E4

If you or anyone you know suffers from Chronic Pain - ACUPUNCTUREis a viable alternative treatment that can be included to help manage their pain and improve the quality of their life!

 

FOOD and DIGESTION- pleasure or pain?

Jenny Crissman MS L. Ac.

 

If you have experienced what is commonly labelled IBS :Irritable Bowel Syndrome you have probably also experienced the vexing problem of how to treat it.  Consistent and often debilitating abdominal pain, distention,  diarrhea and/or constipation lead many Gastroenterologists to prescribe antispasmodics and fiber.  However, this prescription often does little to solve the symptoms.  Often the syndrome is frequently attributed to anxiety and stress and sometimes antidepressants are prescribed.   Current research is indicating that another measurable cause is the culprit:  SIBO:  Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

The most Common SIBO/IBS symptoms:

Gas

Bloating

Diarrhea

Abdominal Pain/Cramping

Constipation

Diagnosed with IBS

Food Intolerance

Fatigue

History of long term antibiotic use or high incidence of food poisoning

Recent studies have shown that this change in small intestine bacterial overgrowth can be treated with herbs and diet.  There are also special antibiotics that are shown to be temporarily effective sometimes with lasting effects if combined with diet.

The initial trigger for the onset of SIBO is unclear.  Some believe it may be a bout of food poisoning or simply some stimuli that lead to changes in the composition of gut flora.  With severe alteration in gut flora dysbiosis is established and immune function can be effected secondary to the by products of bacterial digestion.  These by products cause irritation of the intestinal mucosa triggering the immune system to overreact.  Some of the immune cells can start attacking the intestinal walls and the nervous system in the intestinal wall that control contractions.   Once the contractions become altered they may allow the food to sit too long and allow more bacterial overgrowth. 

Eventually the bacteria migrate from the large intestine to the small intestine and interfere with normal digestion and absorption.  These bacteria also produce large amounts of gas causing bloating, distention of the intestinal wall and further impairment of the intestinal nervous system.  All of these lead to the typical symptoms of IBS.  Eliminating the bacteria can end this vicious cycle!

How to Diagnose SIBO?:

Lactulose breath Test:

https://www.gdx.net/product/bacterial-overgrowth-of-the-small-intestine-sibo-test

How to Treat SIBO:

SIBO Dietary recommendations:

http://www.siboinfo.com/diet.html

I provide nutritional supervision to help maintain adequate intake and maximize digestion with the aid of acupuncture.

Herbs:

A variety of herbs may be rotated through to kill various types of bacteria and address any issues that may also be a result of candida over growth.  These will be prescribed as needed.  I use various types of antibacterial herbs,  some examples:

http://www.integrativepro.com/

http://www.klaire.com/

http://www.bioticsresearch.com/landing/index.php?show=1

Acupuncture

If you suffer from any of the above mentioned discomforts, get in touch with me! - help is an email orphone call away!

 

 

THE CHINESE NEW YEAR- THE SPRING FESTIVAL 2016~

Jenny Crissman MS L.Ac.

The Chinese New Year festivities are held for several reasons:

To celebrate hard work, have a good rest, and relax with family!

To wish for luck and prosperity in the coming year!

How to Celebrate:

Eat and share a reunion with family and friends- Eating “lucky” foods for increased luck in the year ahead. FISH is a must because the Chinese word for fish sounds like the word for surplus! Again it is the symbolic meaning believed to bring a surplus of money and good luck for the coming year. Other traditional foods include dumplings, spring rolls, glutinous rice cakes and sweet rice balls!

RED is the main color for the festival, is believed to be an auspicious color.  Giving of Red envelopes or Hongbao is a custom of the Chinese New Year. It is a time to share gifts and the most common gift is the Red Envelope. It is simply a Red Envelope with some money in it most often given to children and retired seniors. They are distributed with the hope of imparting good luck ( as well as money) to the receivers.

Firecrackers- Set off firecrackers to say “ goodbye old year; WELCOME New Year”.  It is tradition to set off one string of small firecrackers, followed by three big firecrackers, which symbolize “sounding out” the old year and “sounding in” the new year. The louder the three firecrackers the better the new year!

Decorations- Red Monkeys!

New Clothes

DID YOU KNOW: San Francisco , claims its Chinese New Year parade is the biggest celebration of its kind outside of Asia? The City has had a hosted Chinese New Year celebration since the Gold Rush era of the 1860's!

I know the official date was 2/8/2016- But the festivities in San Francisco are officially just beginning!  http://www.sanfranciscochinatown.com/events/chinesenewyearparade.html

Take time for some additional rituals and see the parade, share some food and light up some fire crackers! The Year of the FIRE MONKEY has begun!
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HEAL YOUR HEADACHE! STOP the MIGRAINE MADNESS!

 

Jenny Crissman MS L. Ac.

Trying to manage a migraine or a cluster of them can be a full time job and lead to inconclusive research and results. Intense pain, light sensitivity, auras, nausea...all while you look for the magic bullet to stop the headache!

Research has shown that many habits can trigger a migraine. It is no easy feat to manage migraine triggers. Because everyone is different and sometimes it is the cumulative effect of many triggers that will cause a full blown migraine to develop.

Trigger Hit list:

Too much or too little sleep

Stress

Alcohol

Certain foods ( Tyramine content)

http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/foods-cannot-low-tyramine-diet-9574.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/301453-list-of-foods-high-in-tyramine/

Smoking

Caffeine

Extreme Exercise

Excessive Heat

Barometric Changes

Light

Neck Pain

Odors

Menstruation

Dehydration

Fluctuating Blood Sugar

We know that the relationship between migraines and triggers are multi factorial. So it is imperative to keep a headache diary. http://www.headaches.org/headache-diary-keeping-a-diary-can-help-your-doctor-help-you/

Most often is not just one factor but a combination of triggers that cause you to get a migraine. i.e.: Premenstrual, bright light, skipped breakfast … , big change in temperature, little sleep and extra coffee, ...Overheated from a big run, dehydrated, two glasses of wine the night before...ALL of these scenarios can be the perfect combination to create a migraine!

Try to think of your triggers as individual risk factors for developing a headache. Then figure out what your migraine threshold is.   What combo of those circumstances does it takes to produce a migraine attack for you.

A migraine is complex, but basically it means your brain is “hyper-excitable”, reacting to a lower threshold than in someone without migraines. It leads to an inflammatory response that causes headaches. This hyper-excitability is often hereditary, but it is likely that there are many genes that produce migraines.

Healthy Lifestyle Habits for Prevention:

Keep your Blood sugar level balanced; eat meals and snacks on a regular schedule

Sleep on a regular schedule, avoid taking naps and sleeping in

Stay Hydrated- 40-60oz of water per day

Exercise regularly

Alternative Care for Migraines:

Herbs

Acupuncture

Massage

Meditation

I have found that treatment is multifaceted and can definitely lessen the intensity, duration and frequency of a migraine. Sometimes even stop them altogether!  If you or someone you know suffers from debilitating migraines call - Help is on the way!