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Improve Your Posture

Do you suffer from poor posture? Whether you’re sitting down at a desk, standing, walking or running, you should focus on maintaining your body’s natural position. This means keeping your head and neck up while avoiding slouching or slumping. The good news is that you can reverse the effects of poor posture by following some simple steps. Some of the physiological problems linked to poor posture include: Headaches Scoliosis Kyphosis (hunched back) Herniated disc Abdominal pain Gastroesophageal reflux disease Joint degeneration / arthritis Muscle tension Acid reflux Heartburn Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) — problems related to the chewing muscles and joints. #1) Sit Correctly One of the most common causes of poor posture is sitting incorrectly. Allowing your lower back to slump down and curve places additional stress on the vertebrae, which in turn can lead to poor posture. The right way to sit at a desk or table is…

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7 Superfoods That Can Change Your Life

You are what you eat is an adage that holds more truth than you may realize. Unfortunately, many people today focus their diet around processed foods that are high in sugar, sodium and fat. Diets such as this can increase a person’s risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and more. You can protect your body and health against such illnesses, however, by eating lean meats, fresh vegetables, and by adding the following “superfoods” to your diet. #1) Broccoli This edible stalky plant of the cabbage family is loaded in potassium, vitamin B-6, vitamin C magnesium, and calcium. Scientists believes broccoli’s phytochemicals – organic chemical compounds which occur naturally – are able to aid in skin health, regulate blood sugar levels, strengthen the immune system, and ward off joint inflammation. #2) Blueberries Don’t let its small size fool you into thinking its a food with little-to-no nutritional value. The blueberry’s…

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Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Acupuncture involves the placement of thin sterilized needles to stimulate various acupoints throughout the body. The stimulation of these areas is believed to correct imbalances and blockages in the body by promoting the healthy flow of energy (known as qi – pronounced CHEE). The thought of having half a dozen or more tiny needles sticking into your skin when you’re pregnant might sound frightening. However, it’s actually a safe, painless, straightforward procedure that can treat a number of adverse symptoms associated with pregnancy. #1) Reduces Pelvic Pain Pelvic pain is one of the most common symptoms reported by pregnant women. As the womb grows to accommodate the mother’s unborn baby, ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range of motion. This stretching, combined with the increased weight and hormone changes, can result in mild-to-severe pelvic pain. Acupuncture offers a safe and effective way to treat pelvic pain without relying on drugs…

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Four Reasons to Give Acupuncture a Try

Ever wondered about acupuncture but were too uncertain to try it out? Acupuncture has in the past been discounted by western medicine as a sham or as having a placebo effect on patients but there’s a lot of research consistently proving acupuncture to be an effective, safe and natural way to treat many problems that lots of people face today. Acupuncture can help you sleep better Insomnia can affect everything you do; without a good night’s sleep you just aren’t yourself. You’re less productive and more irritable. For most Americans the immediate response is to go to a drug store and buy sleep aid pills night after night. Recent research however has found that acupuncture and moxibustion (an ancient Chinese herbal remedy commonly used to in conjunction with acupuncture) have a significant effect on patient’s insomnia. According to the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) patients treated with acupuncture and moxibustion…

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Acupuncture for Food Allergies

Food allergies are common these days. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that food allergies among children increased approximately 50% between 1997 and 2011.[1] No one knows why food allergies are increasing, although several theories exist. This leaves doctors and scientists unsure about what to recommend in order to prevent them. In contrast, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a strong grasp of allergies. From a TCM perspective, many allergies are caused by a Wei Qi imbalance. Wei Qi is similar to the Western medicine view of the immune system; Wei Qi defends the body against foreign substances. And unlike Western medicine, TCM recommendations for food allergies are always individualized. Your specific diagnosis impacts your treatment plan and how you will balance your immune system. Until you get a personal diagnosis, use these tips to control your food allergies. See an allergist and get tested to learn…

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Can You Use Acupuncture for Weight Loss?

Everyone is looking for the secret to weight loss, without falling victim to the latest gimmicks. With so many different opinions about how to lose weight, it can be difficult to tell what will really work. Fortunately there is a technique for weight loss that has been tested for centuries:  acupuncture. This technique is safe, sound and reliable. And, even more exciting, using acupuncture for weight loss helps you lose weight in several different ways.  Is there proof that acupuncture helps with weight loss? Yes. In one study by Professor Sabina Lim, at the East-West Medical Research Institute at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, South Korea, researchers found that auricular acupuncture (acupuncture which uses the ear points) resulted in about a 6% reduction in body mass index (BMI) over 8 weeks. This is especially interesting because they found this same result with two different protocols, one with four needles and…

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Healthy Snacks for Kids

A fine meal at a good restaurant has many details. It uses fresh ingredients and interesting recipes. There is a variety of foods and the presentation is pleasing. When food is prepared thoughtfully and beautifully, even the most basic meal becomes an experience. You can’t wait to try it. Once you start eating, you want to savor it. But getting your kids to eat healthy snacks can feel like the opposite. Your child may balk at anything he thinks is healthy. She may be picky or prefer sweet or fatty foods. You probably wouldn’t say that your child loves the snacks so much they can’t wait to eat them. And savoring them? Not likely. But sometimes, the solution is easier than it seems. Think about your snacks like a fine chef. Find ways to prepare your food beautifully. Make common foods seem unusual. Add interesting flavors or combinations. Sometimes just…

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The Key To A Balanced, PMS-Free Life

To better understand PMS, it is important to look at the whole picture. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) in most women occurs monthly every 28-35  days, accompanied with specific signs and symptoms that can appear seven to fourteen days before menstruation begins,  and then disappear after the onset of the menstrual flow. Often times PMS is due to hormonal fluctuations, other factors such as stress, an improper diet, lack of exercise and sleep, and a sedentary lifestyle can increase the symptoms. Some women who complain of PMS exhibit as many as four to ten symptoms one to two weeks prior to menstruation, their lives—from relationships with family and friends, to work productivity and the ability to appreciate their own bodies—may become diminished. You may be at increased risk for PMS if you; Have high Stress levelsNutrition habits are poorIf you take birth control pillsDo not get enough exerciseHad a difficult pregnancyHave a family history…

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Acupuncture Facial Lift

Acupuncture Facial Rejuvenation can help your whole body look and feel better Naturally! Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be a natural, effective alternative to skincare. Acupuncture facial rejuvenation is a virtually painless technique that can improve muscle tone of the face and neck while addressing underlying imbalances that may be affecting the health of your skin. You Can Improve The Appearance Of Your Skin According to TCM, when appearance of your skin begins to change, the cause is believed to come internally from a constitutional imbalance and fundamental imbalance of Qi (pronounced “chee”). Qi circulates throughout the body through a series of pathways called meridians. Flowing through these meridian pathways, Qi provides nourishment, support, and energy to every cell, tissue, muscle, and organ in your body. Including the Skin! Give Your Skin A Makeover! A facial rejuvenation using acupuncture, tightens pores, improves muscle tone and texture. Acupuncture can strengthen and…

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Infertility and Acupuncture Treatments

The overwhelming anguish and sense of loss experienced by women struggling with infertility issues is an unwelcome motivator, driving them to seek other treatment options to overcoming infertility. From home remedies, fertility drugs, and even surgery, to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and donor eggs and embryos, modern healthcare has vastly expanded the array of options available for couples struggling to conceive. Traditional Chinese medicine, for example, has been practised for thousands of years and includes techniques and practices such as tai chi, moxibustion, tui na, Chinese cupping, and acupuncture. Acupuncture, in particular, has rapidly grown in acceptance by the general public and practice among therapists today. Not only is acupuncture valued for stress-relieving and relaxing benefits, but also as a component of fertility treatments. When used in conjunction with Western fertility treatments, acupuncture increases conception rates by 26%. A recent study from Tel Aviv University reports, “When combining IUI with…

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