Our emotions

In Chinese Medicine, our emotions and five organs are correlated closely with each other. We understand “you are what you eat”, but most important is “you are what you think.” What goes on in our mind has a profound effect on our bodies. Thoughts, emotions affect all organs – immune, nervous, hormonal, circulatory and reproductive system. Emotional well being is vital part of our health. Having these emotions are part of the normal human experiences but when our emotions become excessive or repressed for long time, they negatively affect and upset the energy flow through our meridians. Let’s talk about our heart – the important organ of our body is to pump the blood to nourish our body cells. Anxiety can affect the body’s functions. It can raise your blood pressure, it can elevate the white blood cell count, it can increase the blood sugar by the action of adrenalin. Stress affects the circulation, the heart and the whole nervous system. In early western medicine, doctors already believed that emotions were linked to diseases. There is a powerful mind-body connection through which emotional, mental, social, spiritual and behavioral factors can directly affect our health. Living with fear is highly stressful, it often leads to depression and ruin a person’s health. Each day, learn to unwind before going to bed, nourish a grateful heart with optimistic thinking is the best for our health.

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Our emotions, Wai Acupuncture & Integrative Chinese Medicine in Longwood, Florida

Taking Charge of Health Choices

2018 is ending. What is your new year resolution? Eat better, rest more or thinking about weight loss? Do you have some stubborn chronic health issues that you want to resolve instead of taking pills to mask the symptoms? How you rank your priorities to achieve your wellness? You have a goal, then you check your insurance, then you find out that your insurance does not cover acupuncture. Unfortunately, many insurance carriers do not endorse preventative health wellness concept. It comes to a basic question. Do we want the insurance carriers to dictate our healthcare? If not, what is the best way to better manage our own health-care dollars? A Health Saving Account (HSA) is a wonderful answer. The HSA account is a legit way to put aside your money and you take charge of how to spend your own health-care dollars. In order words, you fund your own “health insurance”. Instead of going to the designated medical offices as approved by insurance carrier, you have freedom to choose your favorite alternative medicine provider. HSA is almost like an IRA. The expense spent on the alternative medicine visits are tax-deductible. People who have HSA account are taking fully taking charge how they spend, choose their own health team – acupuncturist, nutritionist, massage therapists – because most of the time, their insurance companies will either not pay for or give them a hard time about reimbursing. You can use the money in your HSA account to pay for these services and it is all tax-deductible. The advantages of this is you have control of your health-care dollars. It is the reality of health-care freedom. On the top of HSA, it is recommended to have a high-deductible catastrophic insurance policy in case of major health emergency.

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#HSAiswonderful
#acupuncturerocks

Taking Charge of Health Choices, Wai Acupuncture & Integrative Chinese Medicine in Longwood, Florida

Innate Healing Power within us

Our bodies have abilities to heal. Every single cell has inherent, self-recuperative power. This healing intelligence never leaves our bodies. This amazing healing power is formed when a sperm and an egg come together, right at conception moment. Throughout nine months as “womb period”, this healing intelligence develops until a child is born. The healing power will manifest itself, as long as we integrate healthy lifestyles – drug-free, provision of essential building blocks by consuming nutrients-rich diets, and adequate sleep. The most important system inside our bodies is the nervous system. It works like a telecommunications network connecting every cells of our bodies to coordinate metabolism, walking, eating and thinking. Healthy nervous system is the backbone of true health, healing and well-being. Acupuncture is a holistic healing mechanism to modulate the nervous system. It is intended to create a “micro-trauma” using hair like needles to initiate cascades of neuro-stimulation to tell our brains “Hey, something is not right, go find out.” Locations of needling depend on the clinical manifestation, acute or chronic, which organs are out of harmony, etc. It is not a dart board game. Local effects of needling include the release of anti-inflammatory substances such as NGF (nerve growth factors), white blood cells, anti-histamine etc. The needling stimulation also stimulates our brains to release natural opioid substances to stop the pain. Acupuncture is an effective and safe modality to restore our health back to optimal functioning without complications.

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#holistichealing
#drugfreelives
#acupucturerocks

Innate Healing Power within us, Wai Acupuncture & Integrative Chinese Medicine in Longwood, Florida

Three sources of Energy

There are three sources of energy. Eating the right foods is our body’s first priority. The highest quality of foods are chemical free, plant-based and organic. That means lots of vegetables (9 cups average each day), some fruits and unprocessed grains; nuts and seeds. The grain-fed meats have been found rich in Omega-6. Omega-6 have an inflammatory and energy-draining effect on the human bodies. Therefore, we need to choose grass-fed meat.

Avoid consuming high-sugar meals because sugar is highly inflammatory. It is the culprit of raising bad cholesterol and triglycerides. Avoid trans-fats, instead polyunsaturated fats found in olive oil, almonds and walnut; these are healthy fats that helps create energy and give our cells the essential building blocks to generate energy. The second source of energy comes from bodily movement (exercises). Movement creates energy. It gets our spines moving and it gets the lymphatic system flowing through the bodies, which eliminates wastes and toxins. Lymphatic system is like the gutter of our bodies. It collects all the toxins; if we allow sedentary lifestyles, the toxins keep stuffed in our systems. We will feel bloated, muggy head and energy deprived. The pump for the lymphatic system is not our hearts, it is our muscles.

The last, but not least, the third source of energy is coming from the right thoughts. Being positive, enthusiastic makes us feel better. If we are surrounded by positive people with positive encouraging words, we have more energy and better mental clarity. If we are surrounded by people with negative thoughts, it drains our energy. Toxic mindsets are able to cripple us emotionally and spiritually. Energy makes us possible to accomplish our dreams and goals, such as to contribute more, grow more, serve more and love more. This enables us to be better parent and spouse, or better teacher or whatever we think we want to be. It all requires energy.

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#naturalhealing
#positivethoughts
#foodismedicine

Three sources of Energy, Wai Acupuncture & Integrative Chinese Medicine in Longwood, Florida

Art of Chewing

Eating begins with the simple art of chewing.  Chewing well is to help digestion by mechanically breaking down food particles so that the surface area of food is exponentially increased to let the digestive enzymes are working efficiently. 

Carbohydrates digestion begins in the mouth.  Thorough chewing turns grains and other complex carbohydrates into satisfying sugars for maximum absorption.  Grains must be mixed with saliva until liquid to release their full nutritional value.  Without adequate chewing, we will feel heavy and dull, develop gas and be undernourished.  Sweets and processed foods satisfy the immediate desire for tastes, but soon dull the taste buds.  The more the organic whole greens foods are chewed, the sweeter they become.  Because digestion becomes so efficient, the body begins to feel wonderfully delight.  To get started in the correct habit of chewing, try counting the chewing of each bite 30 – 40 times.  Try to avoid “lunch-meeting”; put away electronic device. Set aside your designed time slot to enjoy the meal.  Place the meal in a clean environment, surrounded with pleasant sounds, aromas and colors. Avoid eating while over tired, worried, angry, or watching TV.  Relax and get comfortable.  Eating is a time to receive offerings in the form of food to nurture and revitalize your body.  Let the chewing relax you, enjoy the whole spectrum of tastes and aromas that make up the meal. Give attention to the unique qualities of each food.  Never overeat.  A helpful rule is, stop eating when two-thirds full.

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#Chewingwell
#Wholegreen
#Digestion
 

Art of Chewing, Wai Acupuncture & Integrative Chinese Medicine in Longwood, Florida

The truth of Testosterone

How much of Testosterone is needed to stay “healthy”?

According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology 4, the optimal testosterone according to this study is above 550ng/dL. Higher levels of testosterone decrease the prevalence of diabetes, hypertension and body fat mass. Men with total testosterone above 550ng/dL have 30% lower risk of cardiovascular events.

Testosterone level can be boosted up naturally by nutrients loaded diet and exercises. By increasing testosterone, men can drop weight, feel good, and act differently.
There are certain nutritional supplements that would help the body naturally produce testosterone too.

Phosphatidylserine

Phosphatidylserine has been established as a safe oral supplement capable of attenuating the serum cortisol and creatine kinase responses to acute exercises stress. It has been reported to improve measures of overtraining such as perceived muscle soreness and wellbeing. Phosphatidylserine supplements have the potential to attenuate the serum cortisol response to psychologically induced stress.

Phosphatidylserine supplementation benefits subjects suffering from mental stress. It is to improve mood when faced with a stressful mental task. Men took phosphatidylserine woke up in the morning with lower blood levels of cortisol.

Pomegranate Juice

Pomegranate juice extract can dramatically shut down or decrease the Aromatase enzyme, that in turn, dramatically slow down the conversion of Testosterone to Estrogen. By inhibiting aromatase, pomegranate extracts can contribute to the maintenance of a healthy ratio of circulating estradiol concentrations to circulating testosterone concentrations.

Once pomegranate juice gets into the gut microflora, the Pomegranate extract transformed into the active constituents called “urolithin derivatives.” Urolithin derivatives are to inhibit aromatase. Also, pomegranate has a spectrum of botanical nutrients that nourish brain and body. They decrease prostate and breast cancer incidents. It is also a potent antioxidant and reduces the level of oxidative stress throughout the entire body.

Low Glycemic Antioxidant-Rich Diet

Many men today are likely experiencing low testosterone because they are not eating the right foods. Most Americans miserably fail to eat enough amounts of antioxidants they need on a daily basis to reduce oxidative stress. Failure to consume antioxidants on a daily basis will lead to mitochondrial dysfunction caused by oxidative stress. Low Glycemic Antioxidant-Rich Diet is able to control insulin since insulin and testosterone are inversely proportional. If insulin is high, testosterone is low, so we want to eat low glycemic diet.


We can do our best by encouraging our patients to eat an antioxidant-rich diet. Another antioxidant that penetrates the Leydig cells of testicles and decreases oxidative stress. The patient can take Astaxanthin since it can decrease musculoskeletal pain and joint complaints. Astaxanthin has a half-life of 12 hours that is radically different from the other antioxidants. If you take astaxanthin early in the morning, when you get up and late at night, you have pretty much covered the entire oxidative stress clock.

The researchers state that because of astaxanthin’s unique molecular affinity for lipid-rich tissues, it penetrates the Leydig cells of the testicles and allows the testicles to do their job with regards to producing testosterone and sperm more efficiently.

Exercises

There is the right way and wrong way to exercise. High intensity short duration is what we are looking for. High intensity interval training is now called “burst exercise” that produces an optimal endocrine response. Low intensity long duration exercise does not produce an optimal endocrine response.

Exercises are the most potent thing a man can do to improve his testosterone and to reset his circadian sleep pattern, so he sleeps better and more restful every night.
If our goal is to create an endocrine response to boost testosterone, all we have to do is 10 minutes of intense exercises every day. 10 minutes of intense interval training daily will pronouncedly, improve testosterone in healthy men.

Sleep

Sleep is very important for improving testosterone. If you can get your patient to exercise with intensity 10 minutes a day, you can significantly reset and improve the circadian rhythm, and immediately, they will sleep better at night. So, exercising with intensity works magic because it really resets our circadian rhythms and hormonal clock.

If your patients have persistently low testosterone, you need to find out how much they are sleeping at night because most men cannot sleep less than 7.5 hours to maintain optimal testosterone levels.

This is an area you have to take a look at because some men are, because of their work schedules, getting around 5 hours of sleep every night, and that is just not enough sleep for them to maintain healthy levels of testosterone.

Men with lower testosterone levels have lower sleep efficiency with increased nocturnal awakenings. Low testosterone was significantly associated with more periods awake after sleep onset and lower sleep efficiency. Also, low total testosterone levels are associated with less healthy sleep in older men.

 

The truth of Testosterone, Wai Acupuncture & Integrative Chinese Medicine in Longwood, Florida

Most Overlooked Hormone in Male - Testosterone

In clinical practice, it is not unusual to see male patients coming and asking for help. They look very tired with black eyebags, low energy, low libido, and their chi pulse shows deep and weak. These are the classical manifestations of Kidney deficiency in terms of Chinese Diagnosis. However, before initiating treatment, the best treatment modality is to check their testosterone level as a baseline. This is very beneficial because testosterone level can provide a baseline for a patient to monitor his progress along healing journey.

Testosterone

There is a misconception that testosterone is only a sexual hormone, meaning that it only has to do with libido and capacity, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. There are other real issues with low testosterone. A man starts to lose skeletal muscle mass integrity, starts to increase body fat, feels tired and lethargic, and experiences fatigue that just won't go away.

Testosterone deficiency is epidemic. Typical signs and symptoms of testosterone deficiency are associated with reductions in energy, decreased motivation, initiative, self-confidence, concentration and memory, sleep quality, muscle bulk and strength, feeling sad or blues, depressed mood, increased body fat and body mass index.

What are the consequences of men with low serum testosterone concentration? Men with low serum total testosterone concentrations were at significantly greater risk for death from any cancer, cardiovascular or respiratory disease.

Testosterone level is dropping, a big time

Four underlying reasons exhaust Testosterone level. The top major reason is the stress hormone – Cortisol. Even little stressful of an event can cause cortisol to go into a range that literally shuts testosterone production in the Leydig cells of the testicles. Leydig cells of the testicles are where 95% of all a man’s testosterone comes from. Cortisol directly inhibits testosterone production in these Leydig cells. Hypercortisolemia inhibits testosterone synthesis, reduce total testosterone concentration and accelerates cell death of Leydig cells.

The second underlying reason for the drop in Testosterone is Insulin. The insulin secretion rate and fasting plasma insulin concentration are inversely proportional to serum testosterone concentration. In other words, high insulin levels are associated with low testosterone, and low insulin is associated with high testosterone.

The third underlying reason for the Testosterone drop is Estrogen. For example, if a male 50 years has a pear shape of central adiposity, the chronically stressed condition causes the increased production of Aromatase Enzyme. Aromatase causes estrogen going up at the expense of exhaustion of testosterone. If this person eats high glycemic foods that cause an insulin spike, this is the classic train wreck that causes low testosterone and high estrogen in male patients. Every male presenting with central adiposity is going to have high estrogen and low testosterone levels.

Make an appointment today for you or your loved one to give a Testosterone check.

Most Overlooked Hormone in Male - Testosterone, Wai Acupuncture & Integrative Chinese Medicine in Longwood, Florida