Coffee, coffee, coffee….Cha Cha Cha!! Energizing, exhilarating and stimulating. All properties of an amazing drink in one small sweet or bitter (depending on how you take) cuppa. Yet, is it really that good for you? Can it really energize/re-energize you? YES and NO!
Eczema is a common childhood skin condition that is characterized by being extremely itchy. The skin is typically dry, with redness or loss of colour. In adults eczema affects flexor surfaces such as the elbow and behind the knees. In infants and children the face, scalp, and limbs are affected and the rash can be oozing and crusting in appearance. The most common type of eczema is atopic dermatitis, and these two terms are often used interchangeably.
Acupuncture has been shown to improve brain function, recall and attention. Scientific tests using MRI scans have shown positive results for vascular dementia and other degenerative problems when cerebral circulation was greatly improved with the acupuncture treatments. In clinical practice, we see people perform better in interviews and exams, react appropriately and calmly to stressful situations and vastly improve memory and mood.
Often massage therapy is specifically marketed to adults, but it can also be beneficial for both children and teenagers. Studies have shown that short regular massages have positive results for children dealing with ADD and ADHD helping the child to become calmer and more focused.
Being born however is one of the most stressful events we may ever experience. The soft bones of a baby’s skull overlap or ‘mould’ as the contractile forces of the uterus squeeze the baby down the birth canal. Generally after birth the moulding resolves naturally with feeding and crying. In some cases however, some of the strains remain.
Osteopathic Practitioners believe that retained moulding in the skull and restrictions in a baby’s body are an important factor in reflux, colic, difficulties feeding and bringing up wind, vomiting, irritability, poor sleeping, ear infections and plagiocephaly.
Improving insulin sensitivity is a very important step towards avoiding the long term complications of diabetes. Long term complications of diabetes occur when blood glucose levels are not properly controlled. Excess glucose in the blood gets into the linings of both small and large blood vessels and damages them. This leads to damaged heart, kidneys, retina, and nerves (leading to reduced sensation in the hands and feet).
Migraines are often felt as a painful throbbing or pounding headache that can be on one or both sides of the head and can last for hours. They can be preceded by visual and mood changes. Some people also experience nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light or sound. For lasting relief, it’s important to get to the root cause of your migraines instead of just treating your symptoms.
If you’ve ever been riding in a car while reading a book and felt dizzy, tired and even nauseous you know what motion sickness is like. It doesn’t have to be in a car but on a boat or even during an activity like skiing where you may have felt this sudden sense anxiousness and vomiting.
The good news is that current research supports the efficacy of not only acupuncture but acupressure on an acupuncture point called PC6 (2 finger breadths above the center of your wrist) to greatly diminishes the symptoms of visually-induced motion sickeness.
Chinese medicine considers diabetes to be a “Thirsting and Wasting” disease that is caused by deficiencies in the kidney/adrenal, pancreas, and lung organ/glandular systems. The key symptoms include thirst, weight loss or gain, fatigue, and sugar in the urine. Chinese medicine practitioners recommend a combination of Western and Chinese medicine to treat diabetes. The Chinese medicine practitioner focuses on strengthening the body and managing long-term symptoms with acupuncture and herbs. Acupuncture is also used to control blood sugar levels.
Elevated FSH, low ovarian reserve, poor egg quality, all of these terms raise anxiety and fears about fertility, with increased levels of testing and a better understanding of our own fertility, doctors are diagnosing and suggesting women of any age can and are experiencing the above conditions. So the question is, can egg quality and ovarian reserve be improved? The answer may lie in a supplement called CoQ10 also known as Ubiquinone or Ubiquinol (a form more readily absorbed by the body).