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On October 24th, 2013 we will be celebrating AOM (Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine) Day with a Open House Event. This community acupuncture event will take place from 10am till 4pm. We will be offering a 1/2 hour relaxing treatment for only $25. This treatment will include aromatherapy. We will also be offering some healthy snacks and tea.
This is a wonderful opportunity to try acupuncture if you have never tried it before. It is also a great way to spend some time Relaxing and Rejuvenating. Acupuncture has been proven to reduce stress and places people in a parasympathetic mode which can be equal to 3 hours of deep sleep. Call us at 480-221-5808 for more information. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a link to a great article on treating high FSH or ovarian reserve with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). http://tcmcentre.com/2010/03/23/high-fsh/
Ahwatukee Foothills News July Article.
Commentary by Dawn Krueger-Sherin |
In the 1990s valuable medical research began to appear on using acupuncture and Chinese herbs, along with patients doing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). What was known for thousands of years with patients not having Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is that Chinese medicine increases a couple’s chance of getting pregnant. With a German study being published in 2002 they found that it increased the patients success up to 60 percent. After this study many countries, including America, have conducted their own studies. Over and over again the results are the same. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs increase the percentage rate of a woman’s chance in getting pregnant.
Every great fertility endocrinologist across the country now works with a medical practitioner who specializes in Chinese medicine or they will recommend acupuncture. It is very exciting for those of us who wanted to specialize in fertility treatments. I started school in 2002 with the goal of helping those increase their chances of getting pregnant. Unfortunately, during my internship I had no fertility patients. I had some great gynecological cases, but no takers in wanting to get pregnant. After I had graduated I set out to find a couple to work with pro bono.
I found a couple through a friend. They had been trying for three years to get pregnant and were unsuccessful. They were told by a doctor that they would never get pregnant on their own. This is something that in my opinion should never be told to anyone who has all the working parts to get pregnant. I look back on that time only knowing little to help, but very confident that Chinese medicine would make a difference. I quickly took more continuing education on the subject and was able to come up with something unique that I thought would work. Six months total of treating this couple she was pregnant on her own. It was a miracle and I was amazed by it all.
The truth is Chinese medicine alone can help increase a woman’s chance of not only getting pregnant, but staying pregnant. There is much of a comparative reduction in cost using Oriental medicine and acupuncture rather than an IVF procedure. Many couples simply don’t know that they have these options. I have passionately studied both fertility bio medicine and Oriental reproductive medicine over the past 10 years. The protocols that I have implemented for my patients is weekly acupuncture treatments with herbs and food therapy. I have the patients give me the results of all their fertility testing they have done. I then may recommend them to get a few more tests with their doctor. If the patient gets pregnant I will then implement half-hour treatments twice a week that prevent miscarriage and help the baby develop. We sometimes give them a safe herbal formula that helps prevent miscarriage and nourishes the body. I usually will treat them through their first trimester. The goal is not just to achieve a pregnancy, but to have a healthy pregnancy and a healthy baby in the end.
Over and over again I see results with treatments just based on my patients gynecological imbalances. If a woman is having lots of cramps with their periods, breast tenderness and PMS, this will go away in a few months. If a woman had cysts in her uterus or around her ovaries — they diminish. If a woman is not ovulating within one or two months they are now ovulating. If the patient does not get pregnant then I usually recommend them to doctors I work with to try a little medication and maybe an Intrauterine Insemination (IUI). Still a lot more inexpensive than an IVF procedure. Although for some, IVF is the only option. In that case, I always encourage my patients to wait it out at least three months prior to the procedure to get treatments and allow their bodies to relax and balance.
I now have a wall full of pictures of children that I like to call my acu-babies. Babies born with the help of Chinese medicine and acupuncture. My website is full of testimonials of not only fertility successes, but a babies life saved. Last year, I treated a patient who had recurrent miscarriages. She had six previous miscarriages by the young age of 25. I had no experience in this area, but decided to take her on as a patient in her seventh week of pregnancy. I quickly realized that she was blood deficient even though her labs showed different. Immediately, I prescribed her food therapy, a custom Chinese herbal tea. She received acupuncture treatments twice a week. It was a success. She just recently had a healthy baby girl. It amazed me that Chinese medicine not only helps to increase people’s quality of life, but it actually saved a life. I was so honored to be a part of that experience.
In the future I am hoping more studies are conducted in the area of Oriental medicine and all aspects of obstetrics and gynecology. An interesting observation is that older moms who use acupuncture and herbs for a period of time to conceive have healthy babies. Acupuncture and herbs increase the blood flow to the uterus and fallopian tubes. Because of this it increases both the quality and quantity of the egg. When the quality of the egg increases the chance for birth effects goes down. I have asked other practitioners about this subject and they report no Down syndrome in their older patient’s children. This is at least not to their knowledge. I am making no claims here, but would love more research done in this area. Although Down syndrome children are so precious and light up our world, it is a big fear among older mothers-to-be. A fear that may even stop them from trying to conceive.
I have been blessed to observe many miracles in my profession. The ones that pertain to woman who are trying to conceive have been the most precious. It is an ever increasing problem with rates of sperm counts going down over the years. Although life will go on with the increase of knowledge that there are safe, natural options. The increase of science that studies these options. The studies of ART show us new innovative ways for couples to conceive. I will never get tired of seeing the joy on a woman’s face who for years wanted a baby and is now pregnant. The joy that she is not only having a baby, but she herself is healthier and balanced to take care of her family. To find out more about fertility and Oriental medicine, go to www.heavenlyqi.com.
• Dawn Krueger-Sherin is an Oriental medical practitioner in Ahwatukee Foothills. For questions, reach her at www.acupointehealing.com.
Posted: Thursday, November 1, 2012 10:49 am | Updated: 2:44 pm, Tue Oct 30, 2012. By Dawn Krueger-Sherin Special to AFN | 0 comments
Lately I have been hearing people claim that they are a “foody.” Initially, I had thought that term meant they are a fan of food. To me that was kind of funny because should we not all be fans of food? Our bodies need it and we all seem to be a fan of it from infancy and beyond. Ask any mother. Although the term “foody” according to the dictionary is, “a person having an enthusiastic interest in the preparation and consumption of good food.” Now that I can get on board with.
In the past 20 years or more I have noticed a trend of many who have so many issues with food. They speak a lot of judgment or criticism over many types of foods, including fruits and vegetables. You can recognize them anywhere because they speak a lot of “no’s” in their life. In other words, they don’t have a good relationship with food.
There is a mass amount of confusion because people are looking outside of themselves for answers instead of trusting in their own instincts. This, I believe, is going outside of the natural order of things. Chinese medicine teaches us to go back to the way things were once in nature. Our bodies are created to crave nutrients. If we are exposed to many types of foods in our lifetimes then we will be set up to have a healthy diet. It is a scientific fact. A person can simply tell based on how they feel whether a certain food or nutrition plan is benefiting them or not in their current state of health.
It seams that many who want to eat healthy are not listening to their bodies. They are picking up tips from many resources that may cause much confusion. I have heard many say that they feel they can’t make right choices for themselves and it stresses them out. They are disillusioned and are hearing different messages from even different health care providers, causing more confusion. This is a huge problem in ones total health and wellbeing — body, mind and spirit. It can set one up easily to fail and give up.
For years I suffered from a terrible relationship with food that turned into a 25-plus year struggle of an eating disorder. The more I learned about the complexities of eating healthy in today’s world, the more I became paranoid about what I ate. Health care providers at times made things worse. I did not trust food and my body did not trust me. Years of chronic yo-yo dieting is probably the single thing that affected my heath and well being. Yet, I was deceived into thinking that I was acting out in a healthy way.
I then had a friend recommend a book, called “Intuitive Eating,” by nutritionists by Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. I also started to go to a nutritionist that recommended the book, “The Tao of Eating,” by Dr. Linda R. Harper. Through the tender care of my nutritionist and clinical therapist — I can finally say that I am healing from an eating disorder that plagued me for years. I now eat healthier than ever.
Most importantly, my body is getting consistent nutrients and I have a better relationship with food. The most amazing part is I feel good after eating and I am set free from those chains in my head that used to bind me. In that was such great healing in my life spiritually, emotionally and now physically.
The best part of all of this is that now I can say that I am a “foody.” Although, I would call myself a “super foody.” Over the years I have been adding “super foods” to my diet. “Super foods” are nutrient dense foods that power pack many amazing healing benefits. They feed the body and cells in a fast and efficient way. Here are the top five super foods that have made a huge difference not only in my life but in the lives of my patients.
1. Probiotic foods — great for immune health and digestion. These foods include kamboucha, plain keifer, plain greek yogurt, amasai, miso soup, cultured vegetables.
2. High orac scale antioxidants — great for energy and prevention of many illnesses including cancer and heart disease — goji berries, acai, pomegranate, blueberries, raspberries, etc.
3. Chia seeds — also an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, healthy vegetarian omega 3’s, can be put in water and are filling because they are loaded with fiber.
4. Juicing — using organic fruits and veggies juiced will get the vitamins and minerals directly into the bloodstream fast. Besides eating your standard amount of fruits and veggies you can add juices to help with conditions like insomnia, stress, constipation, immune disorders, allergies, fatigue, etc.
5. Coconut oil — contains Lauric acid which is anti-viral and anti-bacterial and helps kill candida. You can also use it in cooking, on your skin and hair.
My greatest advice in trying to have a healthier lifestyle is to focus on the positives. Try not to focus on restrictions. Focus on all the wonderful foods that are out there at these amazing health food stores in our neighborhood. At the same time don’t be in a state of denial when it comes to your health. Listen to your body. Be awake and pay attention. Try new foods like these “super foods” and see how great you feel. Doing what is best for your body type will always be satisfying, and what is best for you in the end.
• Dawn Krueger-Sherin is an Oriental medical practitioner in Ahwatukee Foothills. For questions, reach her at www.acupointehealing.com.
Learning to nurture and love yourself By Dawn Krueger-Sherin Special to AFN | Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 2:00 pm
One of the biggest keys to success with a balanced health and wellbeing is learning to nurture and love oneself. Our lives are full of stress. Light amounts of stress is normal. Moderate to high amounts of stress can tear apart quickly ones health and well being. Stress and lifestyle factors are a huge contributor to disease. There are a few things to consider when talking about stress. First, is how a person handles it in their life and secondly, is what they do about it when it increases?
How do you handle stress?
The very definition of stress is simply an underlying sense of fear and anger. Some people have a tendency to internalize these emotions and others give into the drama of their lives. When high amounts of stress hits it is important to have a plan. First, reassess your obligations. Reprioritize your schedule. Do only what is most important and not what is necessarily most urgent. Release your schedule and be OK with that. Secondly, change your perspective. When emotions hit it is better to just go with the flow of them instead of resisting what it is you are feeling. Resistance in accepting stress in your life will only cause more frustration. This, in turn, will only increase your stress level. We don't have the power to control every aspect in our lives. Although, many of us think we do. We can only go with the flow of things and have faith that it will all turn out OK in the end. The good news is it usually does!
What to do during high periods of stress?
When high amounts of stress hits have a plan to better take care of yourself. Despite how tired you are implement some form of exercise every day. Even if it is for just 10 minutes, just get out and do it. Make sure if you are under high amounts of stress you don't do any amount of strenuous exercise. When you are in a "fight or flight" sympathetic mode, don't exhaust your adrenals by over exercising your body. We get into our habits and have our favorite types of exercise. Just know that it is so much better for your health to slow things down during high amounts of stress.
By doing more relaxing exercises like Tai Chi, Qi Gong, walking or hiking can do an extreme amount of good for your body during heighten stressful periods. If you continue intense workouts you may hurt your health even more during those stressful times.
Start changing your diet immediately. Know that your energy is very important. Start taking away foods that may steal your energy. Foods such as dairy, sugar, wheat, along with processed foods have a tendency to stress the body and cause inflammation. Limiting the foods that cause more stress on your body will decrease the overall stress you are feeling. Add easily digestible foods. When you're under a great deal of stress the body loses the ability to digest a big meal. So for example, a big steak dinner would not be a great idea.
Instead, you can try an organic beef broth soup with veggies and rice noodles. Each person has been given an intuitive sense to know which foods will help their energies and which ones steal them. Look inside for those signals and go towards those foods that will give you more energy.
Meanwhile, stay away from high amounts of caffeine and those energy drinks. In the long run they will overtax the body. Instead, add more antioxidant drinks and B-12 into your body. B vitamins from a whole food sources are amazing for our bodies during times of high stress.
Make sure your taking breaks each day for both meals and meditation or relaxation. Just being able to eat your meal without distractions is a huge way to reduce your stress throughout the day. Don't think about work when eating. Also try and find at least five minutes a day where you can close your eyes and deep breathe. Visualize yourself in a relaxing safe place. It will do wonders for your spirit.
Find time at least once a week for an hour or two to do anything you want. I can't even stress how important this is to do for ones health. It can be something you do alone or with a friend. Do whatever you wish for an hour or two. This can be going to a café for a cup of tea, checking out an art exhibit, or just laying in bed watching a relaxing movie. Whatever will renew your spirit is the activity that is best for you. Those few hours will do wonders to help get you through those times of stress. Make it a priority and see what happens.
Always have hope
We somehow are given messages that imbalances and sickness is weak when this is such a normal part of our life. Accepting those things we can't change will help us move forward. Happiness is something we have to work and fight for in our lives. Know that the high amounts of stress that you may be experiencing will end. It is human to have negative thoughts with so much suffering in our world.
Although, we can change our perspective to a more positive, joyous and peaceful way of living. Choosing to nurture and love yourself will help you step forward into that peaceful place in your heart.
Dawn Krueger-Sherin is an oriental medical practitioner in Ahwatukee Foothills. For questions, reach her at www.acupointehealing.com.
Grocery Store Tour and class on February 10th at 12pm. Learn more about healthy and nutritious organic whole food eating on a budget. You will learn how to shop safely for your family. Ever wonder what those numbers mean on your fruit and veggies? Find out the best alternatives for food allergies. Learn what is food therapy and how to buy food to treat symptoms. Along with much, much more. We will then go to Pomegranate Cafe for lunch. Class costs $10 which will can be used towards credit for a Nutrition Response Testing at our office. RSVP by 2/8/12
In the new year many of us start to think about changes we can do to help make it a better year. We may have been taught that it is healthy to write down resolutions that include goals and timelines. It is the American way to push towards a goal and work hard at achieving them. We hear messages like, "Be all you can be" or "Work hard and play hard." Is this actually good for our health and well being? Could these messages we are hearing about push, drive, goals, timelines, and strive, be actually bad for our health?
In my practice I see a lot of sick people. When looking at their symptoms and getting to know them, I realize that they may have run themselves into the ground from overwork. They lose touch with nurturing and taking care of themselves. They take on expectations for themselves to be a "super" mom or a "successful" husband. We hear constant messages that make us believe that we are not enough or don't do enough. We are afraid of being accused of being lazy or ungrateful. So we become busy for busy sake.
It is common in life to have mountains and valleys. Some parts of the year will be busy and other parts will be slow. During those slow times it is important to rest up for the busier times in our lives and not take on new projects. In ancient Chinese medical texts there is an explanation that answers the question of why a person may not live a long life. According to the Huang Di Nei Jing it is because, "They exhaust there energies in many directions." Burnout is all too often the case that leads to a health crisis in one's life. People can get sick fast when under a lot of stress. So how do you find balance in a world of chaos?
Instead of goals, write down what is most important to you in your life. Place these goals into order of priority, and then put your energy towards those things.
You may first want to make family No. 1, or you may find that your spiritual walk is most important to you. You may realize that instead of going on a diet your priority is actually health and well being. Then you may want to add more healthy organic foods to your diet and just start moving each day. Instead of trying to work more hours to pay off your car, cut back on some of your daily expenses.
Don't make prompt and quick decisions. Think about them for awhile and get trusted counseling and support. It is important to know that some of these goals and decisions you are making can change your life. It can be a positive experience or a horrible experience for you spiritually, emotionally, and physically.
Statistics show that almost half of Americans make resolutions. Over half of them give up by the end of January. This is because they are pushing toward a goal that is unrealistic for them in their present state. Push causes a resistance and stress in our bodies. Unrealistic expectations can destroy one's self esteem. It is like jumping across a huge body of water and expecting to not get wet. Instead, start slowly on stepping stones. Then you can see yourself cross to the other side with more ease. If you mess up then pick up the pieces and start all over again. You will not only be successful in your achievements, but healthier for doing so.
Acu Pointe Healing Therapies is offering $20 off gift certificates for Aromatherapy Acupuncture 1st Visit or Raindrop Therapy. Contact us at 480-221-5808 for more information. Happy Holiday Season Everyone!
Fall brings cooler weather, increased outdoor activities, and the upcoming holiday seasons create a lot of anticipation of joy.
With the approaching holiday season one thing I don't look forward to is all the temptation of sugary treats. Americans eat way too much sugar. On average, Americans eat 160 pounds of sugar and corn syrup every year. According to The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), sugar intake has increased 28 percent since 1983. In the mid- to late-1800s, sugar was scarce and prized when purchased. It was rationed out to save for special occasions. What was used regularly for thousands of years were natural sweeteners. Sweeteners like honey, maple syrup and fruit. There is a big difference to how these sweeteners process in our bodies in comparison to sugar.
Why be concerned about sugar?
When most people think of the trouble with sugar (the white stuff) they think of weight gain, or too much of it can give us diabetes. In reality, it contributes to so much more of our health issues.
The biggest thing that it does is break down the immune system. This is interesting because we associate the fall and winter as cold and flu season. We don't even think that our diets may contribute to this time period.
Sugar breaks down our immune system in several ways. First, it decreases white blood cells, which help to fight disease. In return, it feeds bad bacteria, parasites and cancer cells.
If that is not bad enough, it depletes the body of necessary vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, calcium and B vitamins. Because of these facts it can contribute problems to every disease out there. Those muscle aches that you are experiencing may be contributed to sugar.
Besides, it decreases vitamins and minerals that help muscle contraction and relaxation. It also causes overall inflammation in the body.
If you want to learn more about how sugar affects us, don't take my word for it, look up this research on the Internet and in the library. You will, hopefully, be surprised at how much research is out there on what a problem sugar is and how many don't know much about it.
The first thing to understand is that a healthy sweet tooth is normal, but an unhealthy craving for sweets shows an imbalance to the body. This imbalance must be addressed in order for the cravings to stop.
Just stopping sugar alone is not recommended, and would not be enough to address this deficiency. That would be like putting a child in a room with a bunch of toys and telling them they can play with all the toys except for one. We will naturally want to rebel and play with that "toy."
In Chinese medicine a craving for sweets would be associated with a diagnosis of Spleen Qi(Chee) deficiency. The spleen and pancreas are sister organs and work together to digest our foods. The spleen loves sweets in order to tonify its organ, although the types of sweets that are good for the spleen are the natural kind.
Foods like sweet potatoes, yams, fruit, and honey are all great for a healthy spleen or pancreas. Then there are foods that actually help reduce and regulate blood sugar, such as blueberries, nuts, avocados, cinnamon, bitter melon and cactus pads, just to name a few.
Want to start making changes in your sugar intake without it disrupting your life too much? Try The Sugar Busting Challenge.
First, start to substitute the white stuff, or high fructose, for the more natural sugar sources. Try things like stevia, agave nectar, pure maple syrup, sucanat and honey. Don't substitute for the chemical alternatives. They are even worse than sugar, and can harm your health even more.
Secondly, if you think you have an addiction to sugar, or overwhelming cravings, seek out a health care provider to prescribe you some herbs and supplements to help. I prescribe my patients a few things that consistently make a difference.
One of my favorite herbs for fighting the war against sugar is Gymnema Sylvestre. Not only does it help regulate blood sugar levels, it also works for reducing cravings. I also love to use bitter melon. This is the most highly recommended food therapy for blood sugar regulation in Chinese medicine. You can now take it in a tea or pill.
The third thing I may use for a patient is 5-HTP. This is used in cases where there is moodiness, PMS, emotional eating, and depression.
Lastly, it might be a good idea to add more Vitamin B, magnesium and calcium. These are the nutrients I mentioned before that are depleted due to sugar intake.
Increasing these nutrients will help the body to balance and feel more satisfied.
Each person is different in what prescription is given. Every patient that I have worked with has had success in reducing their cravings. If reducing sugar in your life could give you more energy, less pain, less sickness, and freedom from addiction, then I am on board. Hopefully you are going to make this holiday season a healthier and naturally sweet one.
• Dawn Krueger-Sherin is an Oriental medical practitioner in Ahwatukee Foothills. For questions, reach her at www.acupointehealing.com.