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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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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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