Acupuncture

What does it mean to have dampness in my body?

What is dampness in the body? Have you had a licensed acupuncturist tell you that you have dampness in your body? Or, did they tell you that you have a damp Spleen? What does that mean? Essentially this means that you are experiencing a decline of Spleen function.   We look at Spleen function when discussing dampness. Spleen functions: Regulation of water retention and excretion. When your Spleen is not doing this,  it leads you to have to an accumulation of fluids in the body. Digests and absorbs nutrients. Without this function, you may experience weak muscles, fatigue, etc. Supplies blood to skeletal muscles. Filters blood working for the immune system. Works as a vascular organ and lymphatic system.   External factors: Damp weather, rain, and humidity all can cause dampness in the body. Many areas and cultures experience this type of weather and we tend to see more health conditions in these areas.   Internal factors: You can have a decline in Spleen function due to: Diet: Excessive amounts of certain foods: dairy, raw foods, cold foods, alcohol. Lack of physical activity slows down digestion which means dampness and fluid accumulate in your body.   Symptoms of Spleen Dampness: phlegmy, clammy, sluggish, swollen, groggy, or cold Fatigue, low energy Loose stools Body heaviness Lack of muscle strength Lack of appetite weight gain Bloating phlegmy lungs yeast infections joint inflammation cystic acne sinus infections   Healing dampness: Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment of acupuncture and herbs will get you back to a healthy homeostasis. Eat lightly steamed vegetables, sweet potatoes, dates, pork, rice congee, soups, stews, kimchi, and, drink goat’s milk instead of cow’s milk. Take more time to exercise. Live with the goal of [...]

By |2019-05-23T19:49:45-06:00May 23rd, 2019|Categories: Acupuncture|Comments Off on What does it mean to have dampness in my body?

How is screen time affecting you and your health?

Screen time affects our health Screen time is impacting our health We all know that screen time is a buzz word and really a huge concern across all age groups. As I work with parents and teachers, I hear that kids are having issues focusing in school, getting things finished, and they can't stay on task. Sometimes, they are appearing to be more aggressive. This is no coincidence that screen time has gone up drastically in our lives as well as our children's lives. There is a ton of preliminary research out there that is supporting the theories that screen time is bad for us. I barely typed in screen time and got dozens of research articles supporting these theories. We are not heading in the right direction regarding our health both physically and emotionally, because of all of our distractions. The common side effects noted for too much screen time - which adults average checking their phones 80 times each day, 80 TIMES...kids are on screens an average of seven hours each day. SEVEN HOURS. Aggression, lack of focus...can you imagine being a teacher these days? Some of you are, and, I thank you for that. There is also a lot of data that is linking depression, anxiety, and obesity to our sedentary lifestyles. Here's the deal. We have the time to do more fun things - once we get off our phones. What can we do? There are a number of apps that track your time on your phone and will cut you off after a certain amount of time. That's a start. (Here's an article that discusses a few of the apps.) But, I took the plunge and order a new Light [...]

By |2019-05-07T10:01:26-06:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Acupuncture|Comments Off on How is screen time affecting you and your health?

Deep tissue massage may not be for everyone

Usually, we are talking about getting a deep tissue massage, but, when is it NOT a good idea to get this type of bodywork? First, let's look at what it is. What is deep tissue massage? Deep tissue massage is used to get to the connective tissues and deeper layers of muscles. This is not always an easy task. Many people hold a lot of inflammation in their bodies, as well as tension and pain. Therapists will use their hands, knuckles, elbows, body weight to get deeper into tight muscles. But, you have to be patient with going deep into the muscles as there are layers that need to be worked out, like peeling back an onion. Benefits of deep tissue massage deep tissue massage Louisville, Co at Dova Center It can be beneficial for: people who are post-op and need to break down scar tissue increases blood and oxygen circulation lessens stiff joints as part of a vigorous training routine for tension and stress back pain sciatica pain neck pain tennis elbow golfer's hip repetitive injuries such as carpal tunnel Are you a good candidate for this type of bodywork? Yes, if you are in relatively good shape, have a regular exercise routine, eat well, and get good rest. Then, you are a great candidate for this type of massage. You are not a good candidate for deep tissue massage if you have any of these signs or symptoms: have a lot of inflammation in your body overall (This will make you sorer after a deep tissue massage.) do not drink regular water on a daily basis (It's important to flush out toxins after bodywork so it doesn't settle back into the [...]

By |2019-04-17T11:48:21-06:00April 17th, 2019|Categories: Acupuncture|Comments Off on Deep tissue massage may not be for everyone

Meditation benefits our brains and has many health benefits

Meditation Benefits Meditation benefits our brains and has many health benefits. We're all hearing this. Something really struck me as our society and, apparently, other societies, seem to be having FOMO. Most of us know what that is because we are way in touch on social media channels. It's the "fear of missing out." And, it's almost an addictive feeling and that's why we can't unplug. But, a friend said to me, "how about trying JOMO instead?" What?! Ahh! JOMO is a total game changer. It stands for "Joy Of Missing Out." Ahh. I know, right?! Does any of this resonate with you? Are you having the daily struggle to unplug, get quiet, and allow yourself to "just be"? I get it. I truly do. So, let's get back to meditation because that's a huge strength and meditation benefit. Meditation allows us to just be and to not care if we are supposedly missing out. It helps us to quiet our minds and let go of daily stressors and simply helps us to reconnect with or inner selves. Meditation Research There are many more meditation benefits and a number are backed by current research. Meditation helps people to decrease their pain, sleep better, reduce anxiety. The list goes on and on. "Some research suggests that meditation may physically change the brain and body and could potentially help to improve many health problems and promote healthy behaviors," according to NIH research. "A small 2016 study funded in part by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) found that mindfulness meditation does help to control pain and doesn’t use the brain’s naturally occurring opiates to do so. This suggests that combining mindfulness with pain medications [...]

By |2019-04-02T12:41:29-06:00April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Acupuncture|Comments Off on Meditation benefits our brains and has many health benefits

Diarrhea and Constipation Can Be Helped with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

It is a fact that Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture Successfully Treat Pediatric Diarrhea and Constipation. We see many children in our acupuncture practice and they respond very well to acupuncture and Chinese Herb treatments. At first, our licensed acupuncturists will take a medical history as part of the new patient acupuncture intake visit. Then, we look at the child's face, tongue, take pulses, and diagnose the traditional Chinese medical pattern that is causing diarrhea or constipation. We may offer acupuncture, or, there are other techniques such as cupping or moxa, depending upon the child, diagnosis, and comfort level. What causes Pediatric Diarrhea and Constipation? Dehydration - not drinking enough water. Irregular eating and sleeping patterns. Low protein intake. Structural issues. Not enough exercise or movement. Eating too much raw food - especially fruits. Eating too many carbs. According to Chinese medicine, we look at how much heat or cold is in a child's body, we consider their fluid intake, look at their movement, how much dampness they have in their bodies which causes sluggish digestion. Do you ever notice if your child lays around eating carb snacks and then has a hard time going to the bathroom that day, or, maybe even gets a bellyache? We suggest keeping a food and activity diary to help track which food may be triggering your child's discomfort. Home Care for Diarrhea and Constipation drink regular water throughout the day. Avoid too many fruits and juices. Get regular movement and exercise throughout the day. Limit long spans of sitting and being inactive. Eat steam vegetables and get a small amount of protein at each meal or snack time. Massage your child's abdominal area with light pressure - clockwise for constipation, counterclockwise [...]

By |2019-01-15T14:28:01-06:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Acupuncture|Comments Off on Diarrhea and Constipation Can Be Helped with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Sinus Infection Treatment

Sinus infection pain Sinus Infection Treatment Sinus infection treatment is very important for you to follow through on. The tricky thing with a sinus infection is that the bacteria or virus can hide in your sinus passages and start a whole new round of infection if it is not eliminated completely. At the Dova Center in Louisville, Colorado, we have a number of effective ways that we treat sinus infections. We primarily use herbal medicine, Chinese herbs and medicine, acupuncture, and supplements. Our treatments focus on eliminating inflammation, opening your sinus passages, get rid of excess phlegm, eliminate pain, Home Self Care for Sinus Infection sinus wash and rinses - do them at least one time each day during a sinus infection gentle massage of the sides of your nose to increase circulation and to help the mucus move out rest warm compress along sinuses and cheeks yoga breathing where you alternate breathing in and out of each nostril Sinus Infection Symptoms sticky nasal discharge that is yellow or green stuffy nose or congested pain in for forehead, a pressure in your eyes, cheeks, sinuses that worsens when bending over skin pain neck pain throbbing face pain a headache sinus pressure burning sinuses nasal obstruction that prevents smooth breathing and inhalations Sinus Infection Causes post common cold that hasn't been completely cleared up deviated septum nasal polyps growth in your nasal passage inflammation and mucus buildup Sinus Infection Vs Cold Colds do not last as long as a sinus infection. Also, with a cold you don't have a fever. A low grade fever is a common symptom of a sinus infection. Is Your Sinus Infection Contagious? If your sinus infection is caused by [...]

By |2018-11-15T20:32:47-06:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Acupuncture|Comments Off on Sinus Infection Treatment

Acupuncture for Cancer Support

Acupuncture for Cancer Support Acupuncture is a great tool for treating pain conditions of all kinds. Did you know acupuncture also alleviates cancer pains caused by actual cancer and western medications? What many people don’t know is that acupuncture can treat a lot more than pain. One of the things acupuncture is great at treating are the side-effects from cancer treatments.  Side Effects of Western Cancer Treatment Dry mouth, fatigue, pain, night sweating, nausea, hot flashes, skin sensitivity, nerve pain, joint pain - all of these are common symptoms of radiation and chemotherapy. And, all of them can be successfully treated with acupuncture. Many major hospitals, such as Memorial Sloan Kettering and Cleveland Clinic, offer inpatient acupuncture for cancer support to help with these side effects. The acupuncture treatments also help patients tolerate treatment, thus resulting in better outcomes. Acupuncture and nutritional support can also help with restless sleeping, anxiety, depression, and stimulating appetite, all further helping cancer treatment to be tolerated. This makes acupuncture for cancer support a great tool in your or your loved ones health treatment plans. Acupuncture treats the whole person, mind, and body. It is a safe therapy that many people centers use to support patients with cancer. Acupuncture for cancer support is a complementary treatment alongside your western protocol. However, acupuncture cannot treat cancer, and it is important to continue treatment with your medical doctor. Acupuncture can also help during remission, to help you get your energy and vitality back after treatment. In addition, at the Dova Center, we help caretakers care for themselves by treating stress and anxiety that may come with helping a loved one who is going through cancer treatment. Daily support for cancer patients is [...]

By |2018-11-01T19:47:22-06:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Acupuncture|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Acupuncture for Cancer Support

Acupuncture and IVF

  When couples pursue IVF, they want the best chances for achieving a viable pregnancy. These are the same couples that experience major life changes and will do anything humanly possible to have a baby. In Vitro Fertilization is known as an assisted reproductive technology or ART. The process consists of extracting eggs and retrieving sperm and combining them in a laboratory dish. The embryos are then transferred to the uterus. Conditions to Warrant IVF use: There are several conditions that warrant the use of IVF. Below are just a few of the more common reasons.          Damaged fallopian tubes.        Blocked fallopian tubes.        Ovulation disorders.        Uterine fibroids.        Absence of fallopian tubes.        Decreased sperm count.        Sperm mobility issues.        Couples with a history of genetic disorders.        Infertility issues that are unexplained. Acupuncture and Infertility Although acupuncture and herbal medicine may not “cure” a specific infertility issue it may help with certain procedures. Acupuncture has been proven time and again to aid in successful IVF procedures. How does acupuncture and IVF work? Dova Center for Health and Healing understands how important IVF is to couples. It is important to have your body functioning at peak performance so that your IVF procedure has the best possible chance of working. When undergoing the daily stressors of life our team will help you understand the best ways to promote a healthy body and mind.   Acupuncture and IVF Acupuncture has been proven time and again to help promote successful IVF. Our team will work with each client to help promote healthy living and eating for the best possible outcome of IVF. Acupuncture has been used for centuries for women’s health including:        Morning Sickness        PMS        Endometriosis        Menopause        IVF        Infertility Issues        Cosmetic Enhancements [...]

By |2018-10-27T10:40:09-06:00October 27th, 2018|Categories: Acupuncture|Tags: , |Comments Off on Acupuncture and IVF

Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu Season The Cold and Flu Season is just around the corner - are you ready? The cold and flu season shows up quickly in Colorado. The kids are back to school, sharing germs, coworkers are still traveling and picking up germs, and the weather is cooling off which can be tricky to plan for, especially in Colorado. There is no need to fear the cold and flu season. As long as you are prepared to go into the cold and flu season feeling strong, you have a better chance of not getting sick. And, if you do get sick, it won't last that long as long as you prepared for it. What are some things you can do to boost your immune system during cold and flu season? Sleep - our bodies need more sleep in the winter. Give yourself adequate rest time as well. If you normally sleep 7-8 hours each night, try to add another 1-2 hours during the winter. Yes, seriously:) Exercise - even though it's colder outside, it's important to keep your circulation moving and to keep your stress level in check. Fresh air is key as well as getting cardio. If you absolutely cannot stand exercising outside, then, go to a gym. But, beware of gym equipment and germs. Wash your hands a lot. Drink ginger tea. In fact, add in fresh ginger and turmeric to boost your immune system to stave off the cold and flu season altogether. Make sure you keep your neck covered when you are outside. You do not want to catch a chill. Also, make sure your head and feet are warm. In your home, make sure to wear warm [...]

By |2018-10-16T15:08:57-06:00October 16th, 2018|Categories: Acupuncture|Comments Off on Cold and Flu Season

Migraines- What are they?

Migraines cause severe head pain that may be accompanied by a myriad of other symptoms that can be disabling. Migraine symptoms may include the following:        Vomiting        Nausea        Tingling and tingling        Sensitivity to sound        Sensitivity to light        Difficulty speaking Migraines often are found to run in families and recent medical studies have identified certain genetic mechanisms. Migraines are suffered by individuals of all ages and are often not identified in young children. The length of a migraine attack can vary widely from person to person. Most migraines will last for at least four to five hours. If you are having a migraine attack that lasts for more than three days, you should visit your local emergency room. Migraines and the Phases Migraine attacks will typically follow four stages. A person can have a migraine that will skip one or more of the phases and each person is different. Suffering from a migraine that does not begin with a headache is possible and these types are known as acephalgic migraines. It is important to remember that migraine headaches can vary widely from person to person. Migraine and Headache There is a big difference between a headache and a migraine. A migraine attack can cause debilitating neurological symptoms. The head pain with a migraine is a throbbing feeling and is usually felt on one side of the head. The symptoms most commonly experienced are nausea and vomiting. Other symptoms that accompany migraines can vary from attack to attack. Different Types of Migraines Migraines are not a one-size-fits-all and can be triggered by different factors. Here are the different types of migraines.        Migraine without aura        Migraine with aura        Menstrual migraine (hormonal)        Hemiplegic migraine        Basilar migraine        Retinal migraine What [...]

By |2018-10-16T14:25:58-06:00October 3rd, 2018|Categories: Acupuncture|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Migraines- What are they?