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Cosmetic Acupuncture, A more radiant you!

Looking for a natural alternative to reduce wrinkles, promote a healthy glow and feel rejuvinated? Cosmetic acupuncture can be your solution!

Cosmetic Acupuncture for the face

Cosmetic Acupuncture for the face

Mei Zen™ Cosmetic Acupuncture improves the condition of the body on the inside to reflect the health of the outside. Chinese Herbal products are used externally and internally to help balance the body as well as other organic serums for maintenance at home. Nutritional advice according to Chinese Medicine is also recommended.

The Mei Zen™ protocol not only takes care of the physical, but you will feel rejuvenated as well. This occurs because we treat the person holistically, meaning we are treating your stress, anxiety, fatigue, digestive issues, and more, all at the same time! Healthy inside leads to a radiant outside!

Cosmetic Acupuncture for the neck

Cosmetic Acupuncture for the neck

Benefits of Mei Zen™ Cosmetic Acupuncture

Skin becomes more delicate and fair
Reduction of wrinkles
Erasing of fine lines
Reduction of deeper lines
Tauten sagginess
Lifting of droopy eyelids
Clearing or reduction of age spots
Clearing or reduction of rosacea and acne

Call or schedule online for your free 30 minute consultation to see if Cosmetic Acupuncture is right for you!

Relieve Stress Now in 3 Easy Steps!

Melt your stress away with these easy tips!

Is work taking a toll on both your physical and emotional health? Stress can be a motivating factor, right? However, chronic stress can lead to anxiety, insomnia, headaches, poor eating habits, lack of focus, tension, muscle aches, digestive issues, should I keep going? You get the idea...
Stress triggers our "fight or flight" response and when we get stuck in this response, our bodies are so pumped that it is hard to get back down to the relaxed stage. Our bodies need to be given an opportunity to release this pent up energy, to recover from stress, and to feel more at ease.

So, without further ado, here are 3 tips you could do right now to relieve stress.

1. breathe

All you need is 15 seconds to take a deeeep breath! Doing this alone can help settle you a bit. If you have a minute or two, take a few more breaths like this: sit back, get comfortable, and place your hands on your belly. Breathe slowly through your nose for a count of 4 and breathe out through your nose for a count of 4 - making sure your belly is rising with each inhale and deflating with each exhale.
Deep breathing helps bring back clarity, can lower blood pressure, and slow down our heart rate.
Read more about breathing practices to decrease stress from the Harvard Medical School: http://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/relaxation-techniques-breath-control-helps-quell-errant-stress-response

2. rub your feet

It may feel like your shoulders are carrying the weight of the world, but I’ll bet your feet will disagree. They take a daily beating, from the pretty shoes we wear to the constant running around we do. Our feet need some loving too. Get those shoes off and start massaging one foot at a time. Start with your heel. Using your thumbs, apply firm yet gentle pressure, then move it on up towards both sides of the arches, spending some time on the ball of the foot, then your toes. Your feet will thank you, plus you will feel more relaxed.
Have a few more minutes? Check out this short video for a simple and quick foot massage to relieve stress. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCnIya88Gkc

3. smile

Smiling can reduce the body's stress response and help recover quicker from a stressful situation. It may seem silly at first and you might even chuckle (hey, we all know laughter is good for the heart) but the end result may make you feel more relaxed.
Smile, even if you have to fake it :)
Read this study from the University of Kansas about the potential benefits of smiling and relieving stress.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/31/smiling-lowers-stress-health-benefits-laughing_n_1724400.html

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Acupuncture treatments can help manage and reduce stress, improve sleep, alleviate headaches, muscle tension, digestive issues, and more. If you would like to learn more about how acupuncture can help you feel your best, schedule a free consultation.
Call Natalie at 305-609-8989 or click below to schedule online. Acupuncture could be your answer to less stress and better health.
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* All content provided is for informational purposes only.

Acupressure To Relieve Stuffy Noses

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It's that time again: cold/flu season and stuffy noses! Not to mention the allergies from the pollen we get in lovely South Florida! There is a great little point called "Welcome Fragrance" (coincidence, I think not...) on the corners of the nostrils that can help reduce and relieve stuffy noses. Gently knead for 15 - 30 seconds about 3 times a day.  Make it a game for the little ones- they will soon feel the relief and will love it because they can start breathing better! 

If your kids need more help clearing up runny and/or stuffy noses, be sure to check out the guide for nasal rinsing for kids.

Stress at work is as bad as second hand smoke.

"The report compiled evidence from 228 other studies, and found that high job demands increased the odds of having an illness diagnosed by a doctor by 35 percent. Long work hours increased the chances of early death by almost 20 percent." Read more about the study: http://www.wgal.com/health/stress-at-work-is-as-bad-as-secondhand-smoke/35093760?utm_source=Social&utm_medium=FBPAGE&utm_campaign=FBPAGE&Content+Type=Story

Stress is the silent killer that no one wants to talk about. It can really take a toll on you, physically, mentally, and emotionally. Acupuncture is a natural treatment for stress and anxiety. It promotes balance in the body and kick starts its own natural healing process. This means your immune system will get a boost and you will be able to handle more easily anything that life throws at you. Check out the Stress Relief Clinic and the benefits of acupuncture. Call for a free consultation; acupuncture could be your answer to less stress and better health.

Changing with the seasons. Why updating your skin care routine matters. Top 3 things you can do now.

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Fall is slowly creeping up in South Florida and that means drier skin!
So what can you do to to keep your skin looking nourished, healthy and beautiful?

1. Check your products.

  • Look at the date, expired? Toss it! We all have that one beauty product that we don't use but can't get rid of and just sits there collecting dust. Fall is the season of letting go, so as Elsa would sing "Let it gooo."
  • Is the word "fragrance"  on it? Say good-bye! Fragrance contains alcohol and alcohol dries up your skin! You want a natural scent from a high grade essential oil.
  • How many ingredients are listed? I mean, c'mon! You really do not need 50 ingredients to make the skin nice and soft... Less ingredients, the better. Plus, I prefer natural, cruelty free products- that means it has not been tested on animals.

2. You really are what you eat and feel.

  • Your skin is a reflection of what's going on inside, physically and emotionally. Make sure you are hydrating enough with water. Soda's have way too much sugar and can make skin saggy (yup, believe it or not!). Alcohol and coffee are diuretics, so make sure to drink at least 1-2 cups of water per glass/cup. 
  • Fish oils are excellent for the skin- add it as a supplement. Make sure it is high grade fish oil. My favorite brand is Nordic Naturals
  • Safflower oil is rich in linoleic acid- an omega-6. It is hydrating, promotes elasticity and moistens dryness. It is a healthy fat so you can cook with it and it has a neutral aroma. Som tips on how to cook with safflower oil:

     http://www.healthline.com/health/safflower-oil-healthy-cooking-oil#2
     http://www.marthastewart.com/267461/food-facts-safflower-oil

  • Other natural foods rich in omega's 3 & 6 that are great for you skin: avocados, flaxseeds, almonds, and walnuts.
  • Eat with the seasons! Squashes, sweet potatoes, pumpkins are loaded with beta-carotene. Yes, the anti-wrinkle stuff, plus it helps with cell regeneration. Other yummy foods: yams, beets, cranberries, brussels sprouts, plums, and pears.
  • How are you feeling emotionally? Stressed? Anxious? Well this also shows up as red, dry, and angry skin. Of course I'm going to tell you to get Acupuncture, that's a given, but yoga, meditation, walking the dog, and exercising can help reduce stress. When you feel good, you look good!

3. What you can do at home.

  • Body scrubs. You can make a very gentle scrub with ingredients in your pantry! I loooove making my own scrubs. Check out my Pinterest board for some ideas. Or get creative and make your own delicious body butters, scrubs, and lotions at http://mountainroseblog.com/ (Warning: make sure you clean you bath tub after, it can be slippery and can clog if you use too much oil. A little soap will cut it).
  • Mix a tiny bit of good grade coconut oil with your body lotion and apply it right after your shower. If you wait too long, you'll be a greasy mess! ALWAYS pat dry. Rubbing your skin with a towel irritates it and dries it out!
  • Soaking. You can soak your feet, or if you have time, your entire body. Not only is it stress relieving, but great for your skin. Warm water with Epsom salt, a couple drops of your favorite essential oil and done. Apply lotion after.

I know, you think i'm crazy! Who has time for that? Ok, ok. I've got the solution for you! Check out our list of products here.

Happy September!

Natalie S. Giusti
Shen Health Acupuncture
Jupiter, FL

* All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. Always check before with your licensed acupuncturist and medical health care practitioner.

Managing stress with Chinese Medicine

stress and your health

Most of us have experienced stress at some point in our lives. Either from work, school, or life events. At times stress can be a motivating factor, however, chronic stress can lead to anxiety and depression. Stress activates the "fight or flight" response, this is meant to be short term response to an acute situation. When we get stuck in this response, our bodies are so pumped that it is hard to get back down to the relaxed stage. Our bodies need to be given an opportunity to release this pent up energy, to recover from stress through exercise, mediation, and/or other stress managing techniques. If our bodies do not get the chance to come down from this state of stress, it becomes chronic. Hormones and neurotransmitters continue to stimulate the body and brain and leads to fatigue, digestive issues, weight gain, acid reflux, physical pain- muscle aches, and many others.

It is very important to take care of yourself. Regular exercise, meditation, listening to music, going out on walks, and regular treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and yoga, are very helpful in managing stress. Psychologists are a great resource to help you understand what triggers your stress and ways to manage it while at home and at work/school.  When acupuncture is combined with other therapies, especially psychology, the sky is your limit!

acupuncture to relieve stress

Acupuncture is a natural, safe, and effective treatment to reduce stress. Stress disrupts the natural flow of Qi, hormones, and neurotransmitters. Acupuncture can help by calming the system down and allowing the body to self regulate and recharge. There are a few points on the ears that are excellent at reducing and managing stress:

  • Sympathetic: Has analgesic effect, balances the nervous system, and relaxing the internal organs.
  • Shen men: alleviates anxiety, has a calming effect, supports the internal journey of recovery.
  • Kidney: associated with our source energy. Helps give us the energy for will power.
  • Liver: keeps the body’s systems moving smoothly, helps with irritability and frustration.
  • Lung: improves respiration, involved in immunity and protecting the body from getting ill.
  • Point Zero: reset "button", helps ground and promote balance.

Shen Health Acupuncture is now offering 30 minutes stress reduction treatments.
Check out http://www.shenhealthacupuncture.com/stress-relief-clinic-jupiter/ for more information.
 

Acupuncture, Anxiety, and Depression

Anxiety

Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues in the world. From mild to severe, it affects us in more ways than we know. Anxiety can keep us at a constant fight or flight mode, thus further damaging are physical being from causing migraines to digestive issues.

"Although the symptoms can be as manageable as an ominous feeling in the pit of the stomach, some suffer much worse. Anxiety can trigger the following responses:

                 -physical, such as an irregular heartbeat
                 -cognitive, which can cause negative thoughts
                 -behavioral, which may include uncharacteristic aggression or restlessness
                 -emotional, such as fear."

Depression

"Clinical depression, however, refers to a long-lasting and intense emotional, physical and cognitive state that greatly affects day-to-day life. Symptoms include:

                  -Loss of positive associations and sense of achievement (lack of interest in    
                   normally pleasurable activities)
                  -Negative thoughts (often worrying about the future
                  -Irritability, agitation and exhaustion
                  -Changes in sleeping patterns (too much or too little)
                  -Hopelessness (feeling trapped or suicidal)"

In Chinese medicine, we see and treat anxiety and depression on a very individual basis. Each person is different and thus manifests each symptom differently. The Five Element approach is to see which Element is out of balance, how it is affecting you on an individual level, is something stagnant or is it deficient, and then we see how it is affecting you on a physical, mental, and emotional level.
Acupuncture and Herbs work lovely together and as a compliment to therapy. Each treatment is tailored to your individual needs.

To read the full article, click here: http://psychcentral.com/lib/acupuncture-anxiety-depression/

Infuse your way to a cooler summer!

Summer is here in Sunny South Florida!

WOW, is it hot out there or what?!?! We already know to have suncreen and hats handy, but what about cooling down your internal temperature? Good news! There are a few foods that are known to be cooling in Chinese Medicine such as watermelon, cucumbers, and mint. There are in season for a reason, easy to make, and delicious!

How to infuse:
Bring out your fancy water pitcher, water infuser, or just your favorite cup! Fill with water, chop up some pieces of watermelon, and add a few mint leaves. Let sit in fridge for a couple of hours and enjoy! Or you can just eat your watermelon :)
Other combinations:
*Green iced tea with mint leaves
*Cucumber infused water, with or without mint
*Mint tea
*Make your own combination!

Stay cool!

-Natalie Giusti, A.P.

Refocus ADHD and relieve stress through coloring!

Mandala's are circular simple or complex design filled with beautiful shapes and patterns.  Buddhists would draw mandala's as a form of meditation. Art therapists have found that coloring mandalas could refocus the mind, reduce stress, and improve mood in both children and adults.
Follow Shen Health Acupuncture on Pinterest for more Mandala's and tips on meditation
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"A centering art activity, such as coloring a mandala (a circle design with geometric patterns), before a group activity has been shown to increase an individual's attention span and decrease impulsive behavior, promoting better decision-making and focus during tasks. " http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/10114.html

Tips for parents

  • Focus on the process, not the product. If the child is unsatisfied with her final product, ask questions about what she would do differently in the future, to encourage problem-solving skills.

  • Reduce chaos. A messy space can overwhelm a child with ADHD. Instead, clear out a specific space for art making and limit the choices (keeping in mind the child's interests) to promote focus.
  • Start with Mandalas. These pre-drawn circles on a piece of paper capture a child's attention. Having a starting point lessens a child's anxiety about what to create when facing a blank paper.
    http://www.sheknows.com/parenting/articles/1026547/art-therapy-to-treat-adhd-in-children

 

RESOURCES:

http://www.additudemag.com/adhd/article/10114.html

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/arts-and-health/201003/cool-art-therapy-intervention-6-mandala-drawing

http://www.cordeliawheelock.com/mandalas.htm

 

Acupuncture, Anxiety, and Depression

"Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine. It works on the principle of stimulating points in the body to correct imbalances in the flow of energy (Qi) through channels known as meridians. This belief is based on the interaction of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and having profound effects on internal organs, which are either yin or yang.

Traditional Chinese medicine also recognizes the mind and body interacting as one, meaning that emotions have a physiological effect on the body. Five emotions are represented by the five elements:"

  • Water (fear)
  • Wood (anger)
  • Fire (happiness)
  • Earth (worry)
  • Metal (grief)

To read more about how acupuncture can help, follow this link http://psychcentral.com/lib/acupuncture-anxiety-depression/17321/

Loving the skin you're in!

Ready to give your skin some love? Acure Organics are coming soon to our shelves!

Did you know your skin is the largest organ of your body? What you put on it is very important! Pores are constantly opening and closing to protect your body. Think of your skin as your first defense to any pathogens! The stronger it is, the healthier it will look and feel!

Acure Organics are Paraben free, Gluten free, Synthetic fragrance free, Silicone free, Phthalate free, and are vegan! Alcohols can irritate the skin and other chemicals can clog your pores, even creating more damage to your precious skin!

The best part of Acure Organics? It's their commitment to protect the planet.

Check out http://www.acureorganics.com/ for more information.
 

Acupuncture, Chinese medicine and dermatology. Looking past the surface.

Acne, rosacea, blemishes, pimples, scars, melasma, razor bumps, cold sores, and the list goes on!

These skin issues can be a real nuisance, but good news...Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture can help everyone of all ages- infants, teenagers, and adults!

Diagnosing skin issues in Chinese medicine requires looking into the body's system and determining what is out of balance. There are many causes for acne: hormonal, environmental, diet, and then terminology in Chinese medicine such as damp heat (when the acne has fluid filled pustules), stagnation (blemishes and discoloration), qi and blood deficiency. However, you don't have to worry about all that jargon, that's up to your acupuncturist to determine the root cause of the acne!
Emotions, such as stress, can also cause outbreaks, as it disrupts balance in the body.

The best part about Acupuncture and treating dermatological issues? You get an overall treatment! Acupuncture's focus is to balance the body, therefore you will likely see side effects such as: better sleep, less stress, more focus, better digestive system, and more!

Along with acupuncture, herbal formulas may be prescribed to take internally and also as topical ointments. At Shen Health, we pride ourselves for carrying some of the best products for your precious skin.

Click on the pictures below to check out their website!

***If anything looks suspicious, get it checked out by a Dermatologist asap!

 

Questions? Call for a free consultation or email Natalie at info@shenhealthacupuncture.com

Cosmetic Acupuncture

Revitalize your skin with Mei Zen Cosmetic Acupuncture!

Want that natural glow, smooth out wrinkles, and feel rejuvenated? Cosmetic Acupuncture is your answer! The Mei Zen protocol helps to improve the body's overall function on the inside to show a radiant outside. Stress, environment, diet, and emotions can take a toll on our skin. These factors can cause wrinkles, red and irritated skin, dull complexions, and break outs.
The best part: you are not only enhancing your skin, you are also getting a full body treatment to strengthen the overall system so that you also feel rejuvenated!
Some positive side effects are: better sleep, improve digestion, ease achy joints, reduce stress, and much more!

Benefits of Mei Zen

  • Skin becomes more delicate and fair
  • Reduction of wrinkles
  • Erasing of fine lines and reduction of deeper lines
  • Reduction of sagginess
  • Lifting of droopy eyelids
  • Clearing or reduction of age spots
  • Clearing or reduction of rosacea and acne

Click here to learn more!
Call for your free 30 minute consultation to see if Cosmetic Acupuncture is right for you.

Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month. This is a great short video of Dr. Mao Shing Ni explaining how Chinese Medicine...

Posted by Shen Health Acupuncture on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Call for a free consultation! Parents and guardians, don't forget that you need to take care of yourself as well! April is also Stress Awareness month... make sure to schedule time for YOU!

Cosmetic Acupuncture, Healthy inside -> Healthy Outside

Looking for a natural alternative way to eliminate/reduce wrinkles, clear rosacea, and promote a healthy glow to your skin? Acupuncture can be your solution!

Mei Zen™ Cosmetic Acupuncture improves the condition of the body on the inside to reflect the health of the outside. We use Chinese Herbal products externally and internally to help balance the body. Nutritional advice according to Chinese Medicine is also recommended.

The Mei Zen™ protocol not only takes care of the physical, but you will feel rejuvenated as well. This is occurs because we treat the person holistically, meaning we are treating your stress, anxiety, fatigue, digestive issues, and more at the same time!

benefits of mei zen™

  • Skin becomes more delicate and fair

  • Reduction of wrinkles
  • Erasing of fine lines and reduction of deeper lines
  • Reduction of sagginess
  • Lifting of droopy eyelids
  • Clearing or reduction of age spots
  • Clearing or reduction of rosacea and acne

Call for your free 30 minute consultation to see if Cosmetic Acupuncture is right for you!

Autism and Chinese Medicine

Mao Shing Ni, PhD Doctor of Chinese Medicine explains how Chinese medicine and acupuncture, along with other therapeutic modalities, can be very helpful in the treatment of autism.

Each child is affected differently by autism and the causes differ as well.  Chinese medicine is a form of medicine that treats at the level of the individual, hence making for a more effective treatment when integrated with other therapies.

Follow the link below to see the short video by Mao Shing Ni, DOM.

http://www.kidsinthehouse.com/special-needs/autism/therapy-and-treatment/treating-autism-chinese-medicine

 

Healing From The Bottom Up: Foot Soaks

Healing From The Bottom Up:  Foot Soaks

By: Natalie Shea Giusti, AP

What have you done for your feet lately?
It may feel like your shoulders are carrying the weight of the world, but I’ll bet your feet will disagree. They take a daily beating, from the shoes we wear to the constant running around we do. Our feet need some loving too.
In both ancient and modern times, foot soaks is a practice amongst the Chinese as a form of daily health care. In Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), soaking your feet daily promotes blood circulation and enhances the flow of energy in your body. There are 6 channels that run through your feet: liver, gall bladder, spleen, stomach, kindey, and bladder.

Soaking your feet promotes a smooth flow of blood and energy in these channels to increase circulation, help reduce stress, remove stagnation in the channels (pain), soothe muscles and achy feet, reduce swelling, relieve headaches, and get a better night’s sleep. Of course there is the added benefit of having silky feet.

Foot soaks before bedtime will nurture your body, give it a much needed break, and promote a restful night. It’s a form of healing that starts from the bottom up. Once your feet are done soaking, give them a few squeezes and get ready a restful night.

The Basic Soak:
-tub/foot basin, anything your feet fit into as long as it's very clean…
-medium hot water, enough to cover up to your ankles (do not submerge feet until it is at a       warm, comfortable temp)
~1/2cup Epsom salt to a quart of water

-submerge feet for about 15-20 min.
-Relax and enjoy

Other beneficial soaks:
-basic soak +
              -slices of lemon or citrus essential oils- to control foot odor  
             
-tea tree oil- help get rid of toenail fungus
             
-lavender essential oil- for a restful night


Our skin absorbs these wonderful elements and travel through the channels to target different areas of the body. Foot soaks are especially wonderful during these cold, frigid times! It warms the body and the essential oils may help reduce the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Give it a go and let others know what you have tried!


***Diabetics or anyone with poor circulation should be careful not to use hot water, especially with open wounds. Please contact your primary health care physician before use.

Chinese Medicine Treats Physical and Emotional Traumas

"Chinese medicine is particularly effective for trauma relief because the method of diagnosis involves searching for the root of a person's distress, rather than merely treating the symptoms. By thoroughly investigating the cause of a patient's stress disorder, origin and continuing source of discomfort and fear is recognized and more readily conquered. Whether a treatment occurs quickly after a traumatic event has been experienced or years later, acupuncture can help relieve tension."

http://www.pacificcollege.edu/acupuncture-massage-news/articles/252-chinese-medicine-treats-physical-and-emotional-trauma.html