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Corydalis: Non-Addictive Pain Control Herbal Medicine

I have to say that the herbal granules of Corydalis are really wonderful. Previously my wife, Angel, had low back pain and I gave her a dose of Corydalis and the next morning she was pain free. Yesterday I had low back pain and a touch of Sciatica. Before going to bed I took one gram of the Corydalis granules and when I slept it was a sound sleep. This morning, I have no low back pain or Sciatica. Let me tell you more.

Corydalis (botanical name: Corydalis Yenhusuo) is an herb often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for pain relief. Experts say it can be used for headaches, menstrual pain and back pain – even back pain caused by nerve problems or muscle spasms.
Although corydalis has been used since ancient times, much of the modern research done on corydalis so far is still in early stages. Studies done in animals suggest that corydalis may be effective at treating pain triggered by cold and may help block inflammation and nerve pain.

Working with Chinese scientists, Olivier Civelli and his UC Irvine colleagues isolated a compound called dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB) from the roots of the Corydalis yanhusuo plant. In tests on rodents, DHCB proved to diminish both inflammatory pain, which is associated with tissue damage and the infiltration of immune cells, and injury-induced neuropathic pain, which is caused by damage to the nervous system. The findings were published on Jan. 20, 2014 issue of Current Biology. This is important because there are no current adequate treatments for neuropathic pain. WebMD reports people commenting on Corydalis rated it as 4.22 on a scale of 5.
Dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB) is said to be responsible for the herb’s pain-relieving effects. Corydalis appears to work similarly to prescription pain medications that block pain signals in the brain. However, experts say Corydalis can be used to treat chronic pain without carrying the same risk of addiction that many western prescription pain medications do. The important issue here is that Corydalis is effective in treating headaches, menstrual pain and low back pain that is both due to muscle spasms and nerve damage without Opiate medications like Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Morphine which are highly addictive.

Corydalis can be taken in multiple ways. It can be purchased as granules, which can be dissolved in hot water and then sipped throughout the day. It is recommended taking three to nine grams total per day, broken up into two or three doses. The dose is dependent upon your weight and your level of pain. We recommend taking half of a level teaspoon 2 to 3 times per day. Corydalis can be purchased from acupuncturists. If you are or were a patient previously, make an appointment and if it is safe, we will be happy to dispense the Corydalis granules. The cost is low and there are no addictive properties with Corydalis.

Corydalis is generally considered to be safe for healthy adults, but experts recommend that it be used only for significant pain and not by people who just need occasional, minor pain relief. It should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women or by people with an irregular heart rhythm. It may also have some interactions with medications such as hypnotics (sleep drugs), sedatives, cancer medications and anti-arrhythmic drugs (drugs controlling a heartbeat that is not rhythmic). If you are taking any of the above mentioned medications, give us a call to see if it is appropriate for you or you can ask your family physician.

“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

References: The Doctor Oz Show, UCI News, Web MD, Natural Standard Research Collaboration
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Corydalis: Non-Addictive Pain Control Herbal Medicine

I have to say that the herbal granules of Corydalis are really wonderful. Previously my wife, Angel, had low back pain and I gave her a dose of Corydalis and the next morning she was pain free. Yesterday I had low back pain and a touch of Sciatica. Before going to bed I took one gram of the Corydalis granules and when I slept it was a sound sleep. This morning, I have no low back pain or Sciatica. Let me tell you more.

Corydalis (botanical name: Corydalis Yenhusuo) is an herb often used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for pain relief. Experts say it can be used for headaches, menstrual pain and back pain – even back pain caused by nerve problems or muscle spasms.

Although corydalis has been used since ancient times, much of the modern research done on corydalis so far is still in early stages. Studies done in animals suggest that corydalis may be effective at treating pain triggered by cold and may help block inflammation and nerve pain.

Working with Chinese scientists, Olivier Civelli and his UC Irvine colleagues isolated a compound called dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB) from the roots of the Corydalis yanhusuo plant. In tests on rodents, DHCB proved to diminish both inflammatory pain, which is associated with tissue damage and the infiltration of immune cells, and injury-induced neuropathic pain, which is caused by damage to the nervous system. The findings were published on Jan. 20, 2014 issue of Current Biology. This is important because there are no current adequate treatments for neuropathic pain. WebMD reports people commenting on Corydalis rated it as 4.22 on a scale of 5.
Dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB) is said to be responsible for the herb’s pain-relieving effects. Corydalis appears to work similarly to prescription pain medications that block pain signals in the brain. However, experts say Corydalis can be used to treat chronic pain without carrying the same risk of addiction that many western prescription pain medications do. The important issue here is that Corydalis is effective in treating headaches, menstrual pain and low back pain that is both due to muscle spasms and nerve damage without Opiate medications like Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, and Morphine which are highly addictive.

Corydalis can be taken in multiple ways. It can be purchased as granules, which can be dissolved in hot water and then sipped throughout the day. It is recommended taking three to nine grams total per day, broken up into two or three doses. The dose is dependent upon your weight and your level of pain. We recommend taking half of a level teaspoon 2 to 3 times per day. Corydalis can be purchased from acupuncturists. If you are or were a patient previously, make an appointment and if it is safe, we will be happy to dispense the Corydalis granules. The cost is low and there are no addictive properties with Corydalis.

Corydalis is generally considered to be safe for healthy adults, but experts recommend that it be used only for significant pain and not by people who just need occasional, minor pain relief. It should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women or by people with an irregular heart rhythm. It may also have some interactions with medications such as hypnotics (sleep drugs), sedatives, cancer medications and anti-arrhythmic drugs (drugs controlling a heartbeat that is not rhythmic). If you are taking any of the above mentioned medications, give us a call to see if it is appropriate for you or you can ask your family physician.

“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”

References: The Doctor Oz Show, UCI News, Web MD, Natural Standard Research Collaboration 
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Vitamin D Deficiency Causes Serious Health Problems
 
If you shun the sun, suffer from milk allergies, or adhere to a strict vegetarian diet, you may be at risk for Vitamin D deficiency. Known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight. It is also occurs naturally in a few foods -- including some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks -- and in fortified dairy and grain products.

Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from food and supplements. Traditionally, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn't properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. But increasingly, research is revealing the importance of Vitamin D in protecting against a host of health problems.

Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency. However, for many people, the symptoms are subtle. Yet even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can increase health risks. According to WebMD, Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with the following:

- Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Cognitive impairment in older adults
- Severe asthma in children
- Cancer
 
Research suggests that Vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including Type I and II Diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis. Type II Diabetes is largely brought on by lack of exercise, obesity and an unhealthy diet filled with sugar and starches as opposed to a balanced diet of complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables and eating lean (low fat) proteins such as fish and fowl.

The biggest immediate benefit of getting sun a few times a week is the reduction of cravings. When Vitamin D levels are low, the hormone that controls appetite stops working. You eat and eat and eat, and never feel full when this happens. This happened to me when I ran out of Vitamin D and did not have time to run to the health food store, it is tax time you know, and I would eat and then want to binge on food after a full dinner. Most of us work inside and do not get enough sunshine, so I take a Vitamin D supplement of 2,000 to 5,000 International Units (IUs) daily. 

The sun contributes significantly to the daily production of Vitamin D, and as little as 10 minutes of exposure a few times a week is enough to help prevent deficiencies.

Some of you may have experienced the “winter blues” in locations that do not have enough sunshine in the wintery and rainy seasons. Vitamin D also helps boost serotonin levels, the happy and sleepy hormone, warding off depression which naturally reduces cravings.
So we can help the situation by getting out of the buildings we work in and get some sunshine. Those of us that have to work inside, be sure to enhance your diet with 2,000 IUs of Vitamin D daily.

Let the sun shine in and have a great health day.

These statements have not been approved by the FDA and are in no way an attempt to diagnosis, treat or cure diseases.
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      Vitamin D Deficiency Causes Serious Health Problems

If you shun the sun, suffer from milk allergies, or adhere to a strict vegetarian diet, you may be at risk for Vitamin D deficiency. Known as the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D is produced by the body in response to sunlight. It is also occurs naturally in a few foods -- including some fish, fish liver oils, and egg yolks -- and in fortified dairy and grain products.

Vitamin D is essential for strong bones because it helps the body use calcium from food and supplements. Traditionally, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with rickets, a disease in which the bone tissue doesn't properly mineralize, leading to soft bones and skeletal deformities. But increasingly, research is revealing the importance of Vitamin D in protecting against a host of health problems.

Symptoms of bone pain and muscle weakness can mean you have a vitamin D deficiency. However, for many people, the symptoms are subtle. Yet even without symptoms, too little vitamin D can increase health risks. According to WebMD, Low blood levels of the vitamin have been associated with the following:
- Increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Cognitive impairment in older adults
- Severe asthma in children
- Cancer

Research suggests that Vitamin D could play a role in the prevention and treatment of a number of different conditions, including Type I and II Diabetes, hypertension, glucose intolerance, and multiple sclerosis. Type II Diabetes is largely brought on by lack of exercise, obesity and an unhealthy diet filled with sugar and starches as opposed to a balanced diet of complex carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables and eating lean (low fat) proteins such as fish and fowl.
The biggest immediate benefit of getting sun a few times a week is the reduction of cravings. When Vitamin D levels are low, the hormone that controls appetite stops working. You eat and eat and eat, and never feel full when this happens. This happened to me when I ran out of Vitamin D and did not have time to run to the health food store, it is tax time you know, and I would eat and then want to binge on food after a full dinner. Most of us work inside and do not get enough sunshine, so I take a Vitamin D supplement of 2,000 to 5,000 International Units (IUs) daily. 

The sun contributes significantly to the daily production of Vitamin D, and as little as 10 minutes of exposure a few times a week is enough to help prevent deficiencies.

Some of you may have experienced the “winter blues” in locations that do not have enough sunshine in the wintery and rainy seasons. Vitamin D also helps boost serotonin levels, the happy and sleepy hormone, warding off depression which naturally reduces cravings.
So we can help the situation by getting out of the buildings we work in and get some sunshine. Those of us that have to work inside, be sure to enhance your diet with 2,000 IUs of Vitamin D daily.
Let the sun shine in and have a great health day.

These statements have not been approved by the FDA and are in no way an attempt to diagnosis, treat or cure diseases.
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Alzheimer’s Disease Causes and Treatments

The Causes
There are some interesting developments in Alzheimer’s Disease that have recently come to light. The most astonishing discoveries are that patients with active Alzheimer’s Disease have four (4) times, that’s 400%, more pesticide in their brain tissue, specifically “DDT”, than non-Alzheimer’s patients. The method that DDT works to kill insects begins by the bugs eating the DDT and it kills them by attacking the brain as a Neurotoxin. Humans have the same type of neurological systems as insects do. The problem is that the fruits and vegetables that we eat in the United States comes from foreign countries that may not, and probably don’t, have the most stringent rules about pesticides other than DDT.

The Treatments
The first part is easy as apple pie. AVOID PESTICIDES! But what else can you do? One thing that people would overlook is Fish Oil. This will halt the progress of Alzheimer’s Disease. It cannot reverse the disease process but can “stop the disease in its tracks.” Another thing that Dr. Mehmet Oz suggests besides Fish Oil (1,000 IU (International Units) per day is Folic Acid which is a member of the B-Vitamin family.

These statements have not been approved by the FDA and are in no way an attempt to diagnosis, treat or cure diseases.
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               Food Cravings - How to Deal with Them
There are several ways to manage food cravings. If you try any of the following methods they may be helpful to you in controlling you cravings. When you are trying these methods, make sure that you paid attention to the diminishing of your symptoms.

The first, and very important concept, is to keep your blood balanced. When your blood sugar is low, the nutritional flow to your brain goes down. You might make more bad decisions due to your brain not getting enough nutritional energy.

Do not skip breakfast. Some people say that "breakfast is the most important meal of the day." You need to have adequate nutrition to meet the challenges of the day. Eat multiple times during the day with healthy snacks like walnuts, cashews or almonds.
Under the direction of a healthcare professional, like an acupuncturist, there are some supplements that may help mitigate the blood sugar imbalance. Chromium and alpha-lipoic acid can help to balance blood sugar.

There are a number of things that you should drop from your diet such as the following: sugar, rice, potatoes, refined foods and ice cream. These cause your blood sugar to spike and later your insulin is flung into the system and then you will have a sugar crash.
A typical high-fat, high sugar diet would help occupy the opiate receptors in your brain and they can cause an addiction.
If you give up sugar, after about two weeks, the sugar cravings will go away.
 
The next key to controlling your food cravings is to get rid of artificial sweeteners. They are 600% sweeter than table sugar according to the body's perception. They cause more cravings. They fool your brain and the body will not get proper nutrition. They also give your body the "pear shape."
 
Being on a stress management program is a great idea. Acupuncture can help with stress control.

Anything that stresses you increases your giving in to cravings.
Meditation, biofeedback and relaxation can help cut down on negative thinking. Dr. Daniel Amen calls them ANTs (automatic negative thoughts). Try to avoid falling into the trap of automatic negative thoughts.
 
Be aware of "Food Triggers" as they will fool you and help you to give into your cravings. Know what you're triggers are and plan ahead for them. When you go to the movies, you want to buy a diet soda and popcorn? Instead, you can eat a handful of nuts before going to the movie theater.
 
Another less obvious problem that contributes to your cravings is food allergies. Sometimes these food allergies are hidden and we are unaware of them. The most common food allergies in order are: dairy products, gluten products (such as wheat products) and corn products.

One of the worst offenders is high fructose corn syrup.
Research shows that if you consume gluten when you have an allergy, it will decrease blood flow to the brain.
 
Supplements can be very helpful.
The Harvard School of Health tells us that low levels of Omega 3 fatty acids are the eighth leading preventable cause of death. The ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids to Omega 6 fatty acids should be 1:1. In some of areas of the USA the ratio is 1:35. These people are really doing serious long term damage with problems such as Type II Diabetes and Hypertension (high blood pressure).

Another useful supplement his vitamin D. Some research implicates vitamin D deficiency in the onset of type II Diabetes. We believe that N-Acetyl Cysteine can help moderate some people’s compulsions. This has been supported by subsequent studies.
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          Acupuncture and Low Back Pain
Of the many persons who seek out Acupuncture for pain management, the vast majority are for pain in the back and specifically pain in the lower back. In many cases Acupuncture is able to offer much-needed relief.

In dealing with any pain along the back, the location and trajectory of the pain is first clearly identified. Once this is done, it can be determined which pathway the pain falls on. Very thin acupuncture needles are then gently inserted at Acupuncture points local to the area of pain.

The common causes of Low Back Pain.

- A strain of a muscle or ligament: can be brought on by physical strain or injury.
- Disc herniation is usually due to age related degeneration of the annulus fibrosus (fibrous ring around the intervertebral disc), although trauma, lifting injuries, or straining have been implicated.
- Spondylosis: When the space between two adjacent vertebrae narrows, compression of a nerve root emerging from the spinal cord may result in radiculopathy (sensory and motor disturbances, such as severe pain in the neck, shoulder, arm, back, and/or leg, accompanied by muscle weakness).
- Sciatica: is a set of symptoms including pain caused by general compression or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots of each sciatic nerve—or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves.
- Arthritis: this may cause narrowing of the space through which the spinal cord passes.
- Skeletal abnormalities: such as scoliosis: a medical condition in which a person's spine is curved from side to side.
- Osteoporosis: causes brittle bones, which, in turn, may lead to compression fractures of the bones of the spine.


Acupuncture Treatment: The number of acupuncture treatments needed depends on the severity of the condition. Improvement is usually noticed within the first two weeks of treatment, which may be done once or twice weekly, usually accompanying a prescription for rest and stretching and strengthening exercises.


Acupuncture can heal the abovementioned conditions for the long term but their modus operandi is different when you take a pain killer that begins to work within an hour but merely mask the pain and do not treat the causative factors. Acupuncture’s focus is the alleviation of pain and treating the cause of the pain and discomfort.
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              Acupuncture and Low Back Pain
Of the many persons who seek out Acupuncture for pain management, the vast majority are for pain in the back and specifically pain in the lower back. In many cases Acupuncture is able to offer much-needed relief.

In dealing with any pain along the back, the location and trajectory of the pain is first clearly identified. Once this is done, it can be determined which pathway the pain falls on. Very thin acupuncture needles are then gently inserted at Acupuncture points local to the area of pain.

The common causes of Low Back Pain.

- A strain of a muscle or ligament: can be brought on by physical strain or injury.
- Disc herniation is usually due to age related degeneration of the annulus fibrosus (fibrous ring around the intervertebral disc), although trauma, lifting injuries, or straining have been implicated.
- Spondylosis: When the space between two adjacent vertebrae narrows, compression of a nerve root emerging from the spinal cord may result in radiculopathy (sensory and motor disturbances, such as severe pain in the neck, shoulder, arm, back, and/or leg, accompanied by muscle weakness).
- Sciatica: is a set of symptoms including pain caused by general compression or irritation of one of five spinal nerve roots of each sciatic nerve—or by compression or irritation of the left or right or both sciatic nerves.
- Arthritis: this may cause narrowing of the space through which the spinal cord passes.
- Skeletal abnormalities: such as scoliosis: a medical condition in which a person's spine is curved from side to side.
- Osteoporosis: causes brittle bones, which, in turn, may lead to compression fractures of the bones of the spine.


Acupuncture Treatment: The number of acupuncture treatments needed depends on the severity of the condition. Improvement is usually noticed within the first two weeks of treatment, which may be done once or twice weekly, usually accompanying a prescription for rest and stretching and strengthening exercises.


Acupuncture can heal the abovementioned conditions for the long term but their modus operandi is different when you take a pain killer that begins to work within an hour but merely mask the pain and do not treat the causative factors. Acupuncture’s focus is the alleviation of pain and treating the cause of the pain and discomfort.
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