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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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