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PMS Lifestyles and Home Remedies

December 29, 2013   

Some of the best ways to remedy your mild or moderate PMS symptoms should include changes to your diet and lifestyle that do not require any medication intake. One big reason why medicines should be avoided is that they have side effects that can even be worse than your PMS symptoms.

Some of the advices in helping you consistently eat a daily balanced and healthy diet are listed below.

  • Consume a lot of vegetables and fruits especially those that are filled with minerals and vitamins as they may greatly help in relieving your PMS symptoms. You can eat least consume five portions a day.
  • Do not drink alcohol and caffeine – These two substances can impact (lower) your energy and mood levels.
  • Consume foods rich in calcium – These can include milk and cheese. They can help improve the psychological and physical symptoms of PMS. If you have a condition that prevents you from consuming dairy, then opt for calcium-fortified soya alternatives instead.
  • Consume large amounts of complex carbohydrates – These foods are often found in whole grains, vegetables and fruits.
  • Drink copious amounts of water – This is to avoid dehydration which can make your fatigue and headaches even worse.
  • Stop eating salty foods – Too much salt intake can lead to edema (fluid retention) and bloating.
  • Consume smaller meals a lot more to limit bloating in the body.


If you can, strive to perform moderately intense aerobics for a minimum of 2.5 hours per one whole week. These exercises can involve cycling, swimming and walking. Exercise does lead to a healthy and strong body and helps lessen fatigue and depression.

Breathing and stretching exercises like pilates and yoga can make you get better sleep and lessen stress in your mind and body. Massage and acupuncture can also provide relaxing ways that will help calm your mind and also let you get a full and refreshing sleep.

You can also monitor your symptoms for a few months to help you get an idea of the timing and the triggers of your symptoms. This can enable you to formulate steps and ways that may aid in lessening your symptoms.

Complementary medicines

Supplements and alternative treatments abound that have been proven effective in the easing of PMS symptoms in some women. Some of these complementary therapies include minerals and vitamins like vitamin E, vitamin B6 and magnesium.

You need to consult with your doctor first before taking any of these supplements and complementary medicines. If you have decided to try them, limit your intake to one product at a time to see how effective it works for you. If don’t see any improvements to your symptoms after three months, then talk again with your doctor who may give you replacement treatment.


There are women who seek recourse to herbal remedies for their PMS symptoms. Many of these herbs have been quite effective for the majority of users for the alleviation of their PMS symptoms. These herbs can include:

  • Evening primrose oil
  • Chasteberry
  • Dandelion
  • Raspberry leaf
  • Ginger
  • Black cohosh


 Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.




Irritable Bowel Syndrome Definition

December 22, 2013   

Irritable Bowel Syndrome often referred to as merely IBS is classified as a bowel issue that suggests dysfunction in the digestive system. This dysfunction or dysfunctions can be related to the susceptibility of irritation of nerves residing in the intestines; the manner the brain controls the function of the digestive system; and how intestines move or function.

No specific tests have been created to diagnose IBS.  Doctors diagnose IBS by performing other tests to exclude other disorders or diseases that have similar symptoms as IBS. After it has been verified that no other conditions can possibly cause the symptoms, the doctor will then apply Rome II protocols to look for symptoms that will definitely show the presence of irritable bowel syndrome.

Studies done regarding IBS have indicated that a person suffering from irritable bowel syndrome always shows an abnormal gastrocolic reflex response. From what has been observed the symptoms of IBS appears to be caused by a communication problem between brain signals that controls certain digestive functions and the gut or the intestines and the manner in which the bowel system functions.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome makes people feel that their stomach is “tied in knots” which is accompanied by bouts of stomach cramps, diarrhea and constipation. Things that can trigger these symptoms can include hormone fluctuations, stress, dietary supplements, medications, exercise and certain foods.

In the United States about 15% of adults may experience IBS at some point in their lives. There are still no known cures for IBS and treatments always involve the alleviation of symptoms. The modes of treatment can consist of anti-diarrhea drugs to address diarrhea, antispasmodics and high fiber foods and supplements.

Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.


Insomnia Symptoms

December 22, 2013   

People with insomnia should be thoroughly examined by the doctor to know the deeper factors of this disorder. Insomnia can manifest itself in the following symptoms and signs that can last for a week or more.

Sleeping Difficulty

This is the most obvious and primary symptom. A person who has a hard time feeling sleepy or finds it very hard to fall asleep even if he does feel sleepy for days or weeks can be considered as suffering from insomnia. He may also find it hard staying asleep because he frequently wakes up and then finds it very hard to resume his sleep. He may also wake up very early in the morning feeling tired and exhausted due to lack of real sleep.

Symptoms of insomnia seen in the daytime (from poor quality of sleep or inadequate sleep)

  • Poor responses to external irritations and lowered ability for alertness
  • Emotional instability and confusion
  • Lack of energy and mood changes
  • Poor memory function
  • Muscle aches and headaches
  • High risk for errors and accidents – High risk of machinery and motor vehicle accidents
  • Poor focusing, paying attention and concentration
  • Offensive and irritable social behavior
  • Depression and anxiety – They can be insomnia symptoms and the causes of insomnia as well.
  • Fatigues and daytime sleepiness

Duration of Symptoms

How long the symptoms last depends on the kind of insomnia of the person. A transient type of insomnia lasts for a few nights; short-term insomnia can endure for less than a month; chronic or long-term insomnia can show symptoms that can last for several months. A detailed illustration of the symptoms and discussion with the physician can help the physician formulate a correct diagnosis leading to a treatment plan that relieves the patient of his insomnia.


Causes of Psoriasis

December 16, 2013   

Psoriasis has a tendency to accelerate about five times faster the age of your skin. Moreover, the skin affected by psoriasis accumulates on the skin’s surface unlike healthy skin that sloughs off when it dies.

Scientists still have no answer as to what really causes psoriasis. They suspect, however, that genetic factors and triggers for psoriasis play a major role in its development. Scientists think that psoriasis happens when something inadvertently triggers the immune system. Environmental factors and genetics are the major reasons for psoriatic arthritis, a condition that affects the joints of the body.

Immune System Dysfunction – The Underlying Reason for Psoriasis

Doctors now know that a malfunction or an abnormality of the immune system can cause the occurrence of psoriasis. T cells, which are one form of white blood cells become abundant and attack the skin part where psoriasis has developed. The immune system rather than protecting the body from the effects of psoriasis worsens it by inflaming the affected skin area and causes accelerated skin cell growth.

When the immune system dysfunctions, the cytokines the body produces signal skin cells to reproduce and mature skin at a faster than average rate . This causes other negative reactions like inflammation and the production of more cytokines. This leads to a cycle where skin cells develop very fast, traveling to skin surface and accumulating as dead skin cells (white scales). The epidermis thickens up and blood vessels multiply and expand leading to the redness of the affected skin.

About one in 10 individuals carry genes that increase their likelihood for developing psoriasis. Interestingly in spite of psoriasis being suspected a genetically passed-on disease a lot of people with psoriasis say they don’t have a relative living with the disease. Scientists say psoriasis is not a genetically acquired disease per se but some people have problems in DNA chemicals that may result in misplaced, misshapen or missing proteins that can lead to immunological reactions that eventually lead to psoriasis symptoms.

A large number of the US population has the genes that can cause psoriasis; however, only about 3% of the population at the most will end up with psoriasis. Doctors think the predisposition toward psoriasis need involve specific triggers to fully develop this condition.

Psoriasis Triggers

A broad scope of triggers is associated with the flare up or development of psoriasis. These triggers can differ from person to person and can involve:

  • Injuries
  • Infections
  • Medicines
  • Stress

Injuries can generate psoriasis at the injury site. Even surgery can lead to psoriasis along the scar line. This development is termed the Koebner phenomenon and it can arise following cuts, sunburns, bug bites or vaccinations. About 50% of psoriasis sufferers experience this occurrence and it serves as a stern reminder to properly care for the skin particularly during the months of summer.

Certain drugs can contribute to a flare up of psoriasis. They can include:

  • Indomethacin – An anti inflammatory nonsteroidal medication
  • Quinidine or Inderal – These and other heart and high blood pressure medicines can trigger psoriasis flares.
  • Antimalarial drugs
  • Lithium – Utilized for different kind of psychiatric issues

Diseases like strepcoccal infection in the throat can also trigger psoriasis flare ups.

Other psoriasis triggers can include:

  • Heavy alcohol intake
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Cold and dry weather
  • Diet
  • Allergies


Galina Semyonova is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in New York City. She has studied extensively in the fields of biofeedback therapy, SCENAR therapy, Chinese herbal treatments and Chinese and Western nutrition.

PMS Complications

December 16, 2013   

A lot of complications can arise due to premenstrual syndrome (PMS). A woman’s social life can be greatly affected as well as her mood and when she suffers from PMS symptoms she may avoid the company she usually interacts with. This company can include relatives, neighbors, friends and even her children. This article will talk about the complications that may arise from premenstrual syndrome.

Suicide Ideations

Medical experts have stated that about 10% of women who suffer from complications connected to PMS have thoughts of suicide. Suicide for them seems to be the only way of being released from the feelings of anxiety, frustration and depression they have to endure. A lot of these women, in fact, have actually attempted to kill themselves.

Some women have successfully overcome this problem and they as well have been able to avail of much needed help that made them come out of this problem alive, well and happy. Women who either try to commit suicide or have pondered killing themselves are more likely to attempt it when they are in the first week of their period or right before their period.

Substance Abuse

A lot of women who experience severe symptoms or severe depression that is the result of their PMS can take to substance abuse to help relieve their symptoms. Many of them may experiment with painkilling medications and pain pills while some may try using mood enhancing medicines and alcohol.

Unhealthy eating habits are also a complication arising from PMS symptoms. Many women who experience substance abuse and smoking as ways to relieve their PMS symptoms have also suffered from poor eating and sleeping habits. A woman with PMS symptoms may eat too little, eat too much or not eat at all. A woman’s regular sleeping cycle may also get disrupted due to PMS. As a result some of them may have extreme levels of fatigue that usually affect their regular daily lives.

The Rise of Health Complications

Females who suffer from severe complications resulting from their PMS may likewise suffer from other health issues. Those who are already suffering from health issues may experience even more severe PMS symptoms during their menstrual cycle. This situation is referred to by health experts as “menstrual magnification”.

PMS can also cause increased severity and flare ups of chronic health conditions during your menstrual cycle. These conditions can include irritable bowel syndrome, lupus, fibromyalgia, asthma, arthritis, migraines and diabetes.


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Rash Symptoms

December 15, 2013   

Rashes can develop on any part of the body. There are rashes that are localized which means only one area of the body is affected and there are rashes that spread out to all parts of the body. Rashes that are widespread are caused by an allergic reaction or by a virus. There are rashes that develop all of a sudden (like allergic rashes) and there are rashes that gradually develop over a period of time because of constant exposure to harmful chemicals such as detergents.

The most common symptoms of rashes are:

  • Itching – Itching often is a result of an insect sting or bite or it may be to contact dermatitis, other environmental allergens, hay fever or eczema.  Infants and children are more prone to the itching symptoms of rashes and will scratch their skin to attempt to relieve the itchiness.  Too much scratching can result in skin damage and thus can lead to infection, bleeding, oozing of fluid, discomfort, swelling, redness and inflammation of the skin.
  • Hives – Hives are skin spots that are itchy, reddish in color and are raised on the skin. These rash symptoms often occur on the arms, hands, chest and face. Hives can be caused by chemical allergens as well as by animal dander and fur, hay fever and food allergies.
  • Inflammation – Contact dermatitis, eczema and skin allergy often come with skin inflammation. Inflammation makes the skin swollen, tender, reddish and hot to the touch. Chemical allergens and pollen are the most common culprits that cause skin inflammation.
  • Swelling – Raised or swollen skin often is a reaction to an allergen. It can also come from contact skin dermatitis and severe eczema. Skin swelling can worsen by persistent scratching irritated and itchy rashes. Skin swelling often is accompanied by discomfort, redness and inflammation.
  • Dryness – This rash symptom can again be due to skin allergy and other skin diseases like contact dermatitis and eczema. Contact to chemical allergens can cause dryness symptom.


Other symptoms of skin rash can include:

  • Oozing or weeping
  • Warmth
  • Scaling
  • Lesions – wheals, pustules, papules and blisters
  • Flaking
  • Crusting
  • Cracking


If rashes are allowed to remain untreated for a long time, the affected skin areas can be infected by viral infections and secondary infections. Exposure to moisture or heat, scratching and stress, can aggravate uncomplicated simple skin rashes.

Besides the aforementioned symptoms, other rash symptoms may signify a more serious health problem. They include the following:

  • Reddish streaks in the skin
  • Tightness or soreness of the throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Serious swelling


Buckhead Acupuncture & Herbal Center
2964 Peachtree Rd NW, #350
Atlanta, GA 30305
Phone: 678-549-7848

Dandruff Preparing for Your Appointment

December 9, 2013   

Prior to your doctor’s or dermatologist’s appointment for your dandruff problem, you can make your appointment extremely fruitful and productive by preparing well for the appointment.  Make sure you do the following measures:

Examine Your Dry Skin Well

You may need to let your doctor or dermatologist know the length of time you’ve been having dandruff problems and the severity and extent of the condition. Observe closely the speed it appears on your head after you have bathed and shampooed. Observe as well if you notice any dry skin in other parts of your body. You need to inform your doctor/dermatologist what kinds of creams, conditioners and shampoos you have been using including the effectiveness of the product.

Likewise prepare a list of all the medicines (prescription and over-the-counter) you are taking including any steroids, supplements and herbs you’re currently using. They may have an effect on the level of moisture in your skin.

Ready your skin and scalp for your appointment and examination time by abstaining using dandruff shampoos two days before appointment and not washing your hair a day before appointment. You likewise should not apply perfumes, ointments, creams or lotions on you on or wear any jewelry or watch on the day of the appointment. Wash your skin with a mild soap that contains no perfumes, scents or any other heavy chemicals the night before your appointment.  On appointment day, wear comfortable clothing that is loose that is easy to remove if the doctor/dermatologist needs to examine the skin in your body.  If you have already started using new kinds of hair care products, bring them with you to the appointment so their contents may be reviewed by the doctor/dermatologist. If you forgot or don’t want to bring them you need to mention them to your doctor so he may know if these products may or may not be causing you to have dandruff.

Dandruff is considered a minor problem that easily can be addressed with topical and/or oral medication.  It can also be a sign of a more serious medical problem so you may need to consult with your doctor if you find that your dry skin is quite extensive.

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1303 Astor St #101
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 715-1824

Colitis Risk Factors

December 9, 2013   

Colitis risk factors can include:

  • Medical conditions
  • Age
  • Psychosocial stress and depression
  • Family history
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs

Medical conditions – Ischemic colitis has a wide spectrum of injury ranging from transient and mild ischemia to acute fulminant colitis. Individuals suffering from health issues like atrial fibrillation, hyperlipidemia, diabetes and hypertension are highly susceptible to develop ischemic colitis.  This type of colitis is the most common kind of intestinal ischemia and for the elderly is one of their most typical large intestine health problems. Other typical high risk factors for ischemic colitis for the elderly are congestive heart failure, shock and atherosclerosis.

Age – A person over 50 years of age has an increased risk of developing colitis although this condition can also begin before the age of 30. Colitis can actually begin at any age. For people who have developed colitis at 50 years of age and after, the common culprit is ischemia. Also, an inaccurate diagnosis of idiopathic inflammatory bowel disease among a significant number of patients can be the answer as to why colitis has been observed to react differently among the elderly compared to younger patients.

Psychosocial stress and depression – Stress, depression and anxiety play a large role in people developing ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The likelihood for getting Crohn’s disease is more though among emotionally stressed people than for them developing ulcerative colitis.

Family history – Individuals who have a close relative or family member with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis are at high risk of having colitis.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs – Although no studies have been able to establish a direct link between NSAIDs and ulcerative colitis, use of these medications cause signs and symptoms similar to those of colitis. Moreover, studies have shown that patients with colitis who use NSAIDs have had far worse colitis symptoms than colitis patients who have not taken these types of medications.


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1607 NE 16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
Ph: 503-281-0030

Low Blood Pressure Complications

December 5, 2013   

Low blood pressure even in its moderate form can not only result in weakness and dizziness but also can cause fainting episodes that may result in great risk of injury from falls. A severe type of low blood pressure can cause even more serious complications like the reduction of the amount of oxygen your body takes in so much so that the body is not healthy enough to perform its normal functions resulting in damage to your brain and heart.

Some very serious complications associated with low blood pressure or hypotension arises from shock caused by severe illness or injury. They may include:

Loss of consciousness – Temporary loss of consciousness may occur because of anemia especially if the patient’s blood is severely deficient in hemoglobin or iron. In the case of accident or injury, these can cause one to lose consciousness, either from the shock experienced due to blood loss or injury or due to the pain caused by the injury. When loss of blood is not compensated (by transfusion) or if the injuries are left to linger without proper treatment, it may lead to coma or death.

Coma – This may occur from a very serious injury that leads to shock, substantial loss of blood and damage to the major organs (especially to the brain).

Death – A hypotensive person who has suffered from a very serious injury resulting in shock, severe blood loss and irreversible damage to the organs usually ends up dying. A hypotensive person suffering from multiple organ failure caused by a very serious illness or injury and subsequent shock may also end up dying.

 Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs
41 Union Square West, Suite 519
New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-894-0767

Definition of Allergies

December 2, 2013   

Allergies are the body’s atypical reactions to commonly harmless substances. The sensitizing materials known as allergens can come into contact with the skin, swallowed or inhaled.  Allergens that often gives people a lot of problems include the environment (cold or hot temperatures), medications, bacteria, viruses, latex rubber, insect spores, plants, insect stings or bites, foods, animal dander, house dust mites, mold spores and pollens.


Typically, the body adapts well to different experiences it encounters. This is known by medical science and that is why they utilize vaccination to built immunity. Allergic responses happen after the immune system erroneously recognizes harmless foreign materials as potentially hostile to the body.

Due to a certain genetic predisposing factor, a person’s immune system overreacts to say, for example, ragweed pollen. When he inhales this pollen his body creates abundant numbers of antibodies called IgE which are specially tweaked to react to ragweed pollen. These antibodies bind themselves to cells in the person’s upper respiratory tract and nasal passages. These cells are called mast cells and possess chemicals termed mediators, which histamine is the best known of these.

Later, when the person inhales another ragweed, proteins from the ragweed attach itself to the IgE antibodies on the mast cells and this causes the mediators to explode from inside the mast cells damaging the surrounding tissues and destroying the pollen. This act causes the classical symptoms of allergy: red, watery eyes; stuffed up head; sniffling and sneezing.