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Acupuncture and Your Emotions

Emotions and Our Health

By Kathleen Kenneally L.Ac.

From a Chinese medical point of view the emotions play a big part in a person’s total health and well-being.  There are five main emotions considered when diagnosing an illness- anger, joy, worry, sorrow/grief, fear and each emotion is connected to a particular organ system. The environments we live and work in also play a part in supporting our health.  When we are surrounded by toxic thoughts and negativity it can have a negative impact on our health and impair our body’s resistance to illness.  Even excessive expression of a positive emotion such as “joy” can create an imbalance in our system.  Emotions also have a way of “holding” illness in our bodies and this is why in many chronic conditions there is often an emotional element combined with a physical trauma that triggered the illness.

In this age of mass communication and computers we are faced with a whole different set of stressors than in earlier times. Through the media, we can now bring the world at large into our living rooms. Unfortunately, much of the media coverage today focuses on negativity, violence and uncertainty. Every human being is affected by these events on an emotional level and collectively as a society, we are experiencing a range of emotions from anger to anxiety to even joy.

From a biochemical standpoint, the hormone adrenaline is released into the system when faced with stressful situations, putting the body into “high alert”.  Over a period of time this too can weaken the immune system and the body’s ability to heal. Conversely, by creating opportunities where the body and mind can relax and rest, the body will have a better chance at establishing balance and wellness.

It is important to keep your energy focused on positive things. Do things that make you happy. Spend time with people you love and be grateful for the blessings in your life.  It is also important to include daily exercise –walking, yoga, Tai Chi for example.  Get outside and enjoy nature; and remember to breathe deeply. Breathing relaxes and re-energizes the body. These are just a few suggestions- but they will help make positive shifts in your wellness- physically, mentally and emotionally.

Acupuncture has a wonderful balancing effect on the entire body and nervous system.  One feels refreshed, relaxed and better able to deal with the daily “stressors” of life. When illness is addressed on all levels including the emotional level, the body has a better chance of recovery.

For more information or to schedule an acupuncture appointment with Kathleen Kenneally L.Ac. Call 661-222-9117 Valencia Medical Center

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Infertility & Acupuncture

Having Trouble Getting Pregnant? Have you considered Acupuncture?

By Kathleen Kenneally L.Ac.

If you have been trying to conceive a child for more than a year, there is a good chance that something may be interfering with your reproductive function.

Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after having regular unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or more.  A normally fertile couple’s average chance of conceiving is approximately 25% per menstrual cycle.  Many things play a part in achieving a successful pregnancy.  Simply put, for women the ability to produce healthy eggs and to regularly ovulate (the release of the egg into the Fallopian tube) and men need to produce healthy sperm to fertilize the egg. A woman’s ability to produce healthy eggs dramatically decreases after the age of 35. However, it is not just a woman’s concern- a problem with the male as sole cause or contributing cause of infertility is seen in approximately 40% of infertile couples. Another 10-15% of couples have no identifiable cause for their infertility. If infertility is suspected, it is important for the couple to get thorough medical exams to rule out the possibility of any internal blockages, hormonal imbalances and low sperm count.

Recent medical studies have shown that traditional acupuncture points used for female infertility not only increased the blood supply to the uterus but as a result increased the lining of the uterus which is responsible for nourishing the fertilized egg. In addition, the stimulation of acupuncture points was shown to almost double the success rates for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Chinese medicine considers many things when diagnosing infertility-a person’s constitution, level of stress, sexual activity, diet and exercise.  To achieve pregnancy the body must be in balance. Acupuncture and herbal medicine work hand in hand with traditional medical approaches by regulating periods, reducing cysts, helping with endometriosis and fibroids, increasing sperm counts, balancing hormone levels and reducing stress. There is hope. The Chinese believe it is important to eat nourishing food, maintain a healthy lifestyle, include daily exercise and keep positive thoughts. By bringing the body back into balance on all levels, couples have a better chance at becoming pregnant and maintaining that pregnancy.

For more information on how Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can address fertility issues- please contact  Valencia Medical Center 661-222-9117

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Acupuncture Compliments Western Medicine

Acupuncture Complements Western Medicine Improving Patient’s Recovery

by  | Oct 24, 2017 | Medical

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole person, unlike Western medicine, which attempts to separate the disease from the person. The practice of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is rooted in ancient Taoist philosophy which views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other.
The ancient science and philosophy is based on the idea that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or energy, flows in rhythms throughout the universe. Energetic pathways, known as meridians, conduct Qi throughout the body. Stimulation of points along the meridians triggers endorphins, which are the body’s natural pain relievers, relaxes muscles, increases blood circulation and opens the energetic pathways. This heightens the function of all body systems and increases vitality and well-being. As the body’s energy becomes balanced, it can begin to heal itself and most conditions can be corrected or improved.

Many things are considered when diagnosing imbalances within the body. The pulse is taken for the quality; the shape, color and coating of the tongue are examined as well as the general appearance, personality and attitude of the patient. Ultra-fine, disposable needles are placed at specific points on the meridians and the treatment is virtually painless and often produces a heightened sense of well-being and relaxation.
Chinese Medicine is complementary to Western medicine. It is used as an adjunct to prevent illness, diagnose and treat disease, and to improve overall wellness. Acupuncture, acupressure, massage, dietary and lifestyle changes, exercise, relaxation techniques and herbal medicine are the foundation of treatments. These methods are used to reduce pain, increase metabolism, enhance immune system function and increase the potential for self-healing and recovery.

The World Health Organization has determined that Acupuncture and Oriental medicine are effective in treating muscle pain, respiratory issues, digestive disorders, headaches, gynecological issues, emotional and psychological issues and many more.
Valencia Medical Center welcomes Dr. Kathleen Kenneally, voted Best Acupuncturist in SCV for the past 12 years in a row.

If you would like to find out how acupuncture can improve the quality of your life, please call Valencia Medical Center at 661-222-9117. 

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Newest form of Treatment for Acne by PRP – Part three of three

by  | Apr 1, 2016

Here is where PRP comes into play, it restores the balance so to speak. The platelets in your blood react to tissue outside of blood vessels as if an injury has occurred, and release a cascade of compounds that act to stimulate local tissue healing and downplay inflammation. Appropriate tissue healing cannot occur in the context of inflammation. A platelets job is to act as a mediator in tissue injury, creating a plug in the event of venous injury, so bleeding can be controlled. It also recruits local cells to rebuild the venous injury, creating new tissue in the process. Applying this to acne, we can downplay the inflammatory component responsible for scar formation, and stimulate healthy, local cells to build up normal tissue in the wake of recent inflammation and infection. This all leads to better outcomes in acne. Other factors found in PRP that may contribute include, stem cells, which although in small amount, may contribute to developing a more natural skin architecture, calcium which is a needed component of many of the chemical reactions that take place in fighting infection and tissue healing, circulating antibodies that help fight infection and other factors like Growth Hormone that may be effective at the tissue level.

The most exciting fact about PRP is it comes from your own body, and carries a negligible risk profile, compared to most of the other acne treatment modalities out there, including cosmetic laser skin resurfacing and antibiotic treatments. In addition to the localized anti-inflammatory response and better tissue healing in acne, PRP can stimulate surrounding cells to produce more collage, lifting up minor wrinkles and drooping skin, as well as provide essential nutrients and hydration to your skin that leaves your face looking more natural and shiny. Thank you for reading today’s article on PRP and its use in acne treatment, stay tuned for the next series of PRP treatment, this time on Hair Regeneration.

For a free consultation with Dr. Zahedi to learn more about PRP and acne treatment, please call the Valencia Medical Center at 661-222-9117.

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Newest Form of Treatment for Acne by PRP Part two of three

by  | Mar 1, 2016

Acne is an inflammatory condition caused by a clogged pore or hair follicle, trapping bacteria inside and leading to pustular formation. Without getting too detailed, pus is a combination of natural oils, dead skin cells as well as dead, local immune fighting cells that were recruited to the infection site. The problem is most of these closed off infections become impenetrable, even to immune fighting cells, and grow larger over time if the roof, or comedone, is not opened for drainage. In surgical lingo, this process is done routinely in the operating room, when large boils, cysts and other types of infections require an incision and drainage procedure in order to clear the body of these contents, for there is no effective way for the body to clear large collections of dead, cellular debris. It is no different for acne, the comedone needs to be unroofed, either via popping (which acts almost like an incision), scrubbing the face or getting a chemical peel to open the pores.

An acne scar is due to inflammation. After the comedone is opened and the pustular contents removed, the body continues to react at the injury and infection site. This is why a pimple is tender and red, two classic hallmarks of inflammation. If the inflammatory reaction is overdone, as is the case of certain genetic predispositions, or recurrent infection, the immune fighting cells can actually do more harm than good. These cells release contents that kill both bacteria and healthy dermatocytes, including collagen producing cells localized to the area. The key to acne healing, and any inflammatory process for that matter, is an appropriate balance between destruction and reconstruction of the local tissue.  This delicate balance is mediated by local and system factors found mostly within the blood.

For a free consultation with Dr. Zahedi to learn more about PRP and acne treatment, please call the Valencia Medical Center at 661-222-9117.

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Newest form of Treatment for Acne by PRP Part one of three

by  | Feb 1, 2016

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, or Prolotherapy, is a revolutionary new treatment option for a multitude of diseases and conditions. Using the bodies very own healing mechanism, PRP can stimulate a cascade of events that trigger local reactions to combat, treat and heal most inflammatory related conditions. How does it work? Within our own blood are circulating platelets, stem cells, antibodies, calcium as well as other local acting mediators that are responsible for the first line of defense in fighting infection, recruiting new cells, and tissue healing after an injury or infection. Harnessing this innate fighting system, researches in Germany over the course of the past decade have discovered that enriching a patient’s blood via a process called centrifugation, and enriching the serum portion where the majority of these mediators lie, produces a powerful serum for fighting inflammation.

I have invested time, energy and research in the field of PRP treatment and was one of the first physicians in Southern California to use PRP in the treatment of knee injury. Drawing from our understanding of its biological mechanism, I extrapolated this serum can be useful in a myriad of conditions, and put that theory to the test in select publications. From both a clinical and epidemiological standpoint, this simple, low risk treatment has demonstrated consistent results in the treatment of active acne pustules, acne scar reduction, hair regeneration, knee and shoulder injuries/tendinitis, as well as a difficult to treat inflammatory condition called Psoriasis. I will discuss PRP treatment in these four conditions in a four part series, today focusing on acne treatment.

So what is acne, and how can PRP help? Most of us have experienced some type of acne, whether childhood, juvenile or adult onset. The scars that acne leaves behind are just as debilitating as the experience of facing people with acne on a daily basis. When I was in my residency training, I worked under one of the most experienced oral maxillary facial surgeons in the country. He always emphasized two things; 1) The face is the most recognizable part of the body and 2) People will notice even the smallest defects of the face, it is a part of our human nature. It is important to present yourself at your best, and that begins with the most observed part of the body, your face.

For a free consultation with Dr. Zahedi to learn more about PRP and acne treatment, please call the Valencia Medical Center at 661-222-9117.

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Get help with insomnia

Alternative Ways to Improve Your Sleep and Manage Insomnia

Millions of Americans are suffering from lack of sleep, or falling to sleep. Here is some advice to help you start a good night sleep. Following the principles every night helps you manage a peaceful sleep and wake up rested.
What are some alternative ways to manage insomnia?

• Don’t watch television before bed, or while trying to fall asleep.
• Don’t eat right before going to bed; have a light snack if you are hungry.
• Sleep in a dark and quiet room at a cool temperature; try using a fan or other machine that will provide white noise to help you fall asleep.
• Try relaxation techniques while lying in a bed
• Reflect on attitudes and belief about sleep
• Avoid taking long afternoon naps
• Keep a sleep log
• Get up at a consistent time and go to bed at a consistent time.
• If you find that you cannot fall asleep within 30 minutes, try reading or another quiet activity until you become sleepy
• Exercise each day, but not before bedtime
• Limit or eliminate alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, especially within four hours of bedtime
• Get into a bedtime routine in preparing for bedtime
• Wear something comfortable to bed

To seek further help call Valencia Medical Center at 661-222-9117.

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Vitamin infusions at Valencia Medical Center

Health Tips for Healthy Living – Health Advisory helping you live a healthy and happy life

Over 75 percent of the population are deficient in vitamins and minerals that links to many disorders. Total wellness is a balance life style and optimization of the following: hormone, vitamin-nutrients, food, spiritual or emotional, and physical movement.In the past 80 years, the amount of nutrient found in our food intake dropped 96 percent. According to the Earth summit report: Farmland in the USA is over 85 percent micronutrient depleted. The human body requires at least 60 percent minerals for optimal health but only eight minerals are found in most of the foods we eat. A 76 percent decline in trace minerals in fruits and vegetables are a risk factor in your health. Eating only apple, lettuce or cabbage put you at risk and we can trace every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.

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BioIdentical Hormone Therap

Experience the Benefits of Hormone Therapy and Rejuvenation

Experience the benefits of hormone therapy: restore longevity, achieve higher energy and reduce the risk of serious illnesses such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Heart Disease and Osteoporosis.

Bio Identical Hormone Therapy for Men and Women

Optimized hormones significantly reduce the risk of serious health problems, such as:

Alzheimer’s Disease, Heart Disease, Diabetes and Osteoporosis.

Common symptoms of hormone imbalance include:

  • Difficulty sleeping at night
  • Lack of energy and fatigue during the day
  • Reduce mental focus and depression
  • Weight gain, including increased fat around mid-section
  • Inability to lose weight regardless of healthy diet and exercise
  • Decreased muscle strength
  • Muscle and/or joint pain
  • Reduced sexual desire and performance

If you have any of the above symptoms, then Hormone Therapy might

be right for you.

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Valencia Medical Center Ageless Life Institute

Functional Medicine

By Dr. Thomas Polucki

Functional medicine continues to gain popularity as frustration grows with conventional medicine. Too many people fall through the gap between an immediate medical emergency and real health when using conventional medicine.

Not to mention conventional medicine’s strength of crisis management has not translated well into avoiding catastrophic costs. Yet most of the most costly chronic diseases are totally avoidable with functional medicine’s strategies for restoring normal function.

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