How Healthy is Your Digestion?

How Healthy is Your Digestion?
I see too many people using over-the-counter products to help aid their digestion:

“Nausea, Heart burn, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea!” 
Maybe you know this jingle?

These digestive products should be thought of though as a temporary fix and not a solution. These products should not be relied upon indefinitely to balance your digestion.
  Find out which heartburn medications are causing kidney failure
Healthy digestion can be a funny thing. It is a unique and lifelong journey for everyone.
Many things can disrupt our individual digestive system including eating certain diet/foods, stress and emotions, overeating or irregular eating habits, dehydration, lack of exercise, medications, etc.
Do not overreact!
There is hope! The following tips are easy to improve your digestion… with a little diligence. You can move to a life with a healthier digestion, which will lead to a healthier body, stronger immune system, more energy, endurance, better sleep, clear thinking, and a happier life state.
 Here is a link to a master food and nutrition healer.
Todd Caldecott’s classes and book “Food As Medicine” are amazing resources for those who want to learn more about the importance of a healthy diet.

The number one thing to do is hydrate!

Make a sound goal to drink water throughout the day. It need not be tons of water but try to drink a glass every 1-2 hours.
Track the foods you eat!
Some people can’t eat and digest certain foods well, end of story. Believe me, I know all of the foods that taste good, but our individual digestion may not be able eat certain foods.
Learn more about the benefits of drinking water and staying hydrated.

This is really important!

Start by paying closer attention or keeping a diary of the foods you eat on a daily basis and […]

5 Reasons forAcupuncture

1.) Heal Injuries Quickly
Acupuncture stimulates the body to heal quickly and to speed up recovery. People who receive acupuncture during injury recovery tend to heal faster, more optimally, and without longstanding issues.
Acupuncture addresses injuries by reducing swelling and inflammation, by promotingoptimal blood-flow to the injured tissue so it can repair, and by lessening pain.
Read more about how acupuncture can help sports injuries!
2.) Health Maintenance
Much like an oil change for your car, you need to routinely take care of your body above and beyond eating well, exercising, mindfulness and good sleep habits.
Your body will appreciate having maintenance acupuncture treatments. You may want to think about having an acupuncture treatment every 4-8 weeks for balance and energy.
Here is a great research article on the patient-provider relationship and how important this is for health promotion!
3.) Pain Relief
The pain medication epidemic is all over the news lately. New research is showingacupuncture to be better at relieving pain than opiods. The American Medical Association is also recommending acupuncture as a viable treatment for chronic pain.
Pain doesn’t always go away on its own. Acupunctureis a great therapy to help you with alleviating pain for good.
This article shows that acupuncture is now one of your best options for pain relief!
4.) Defense Against Colds & Flu Bugs
We all live in a sea of viruses, bacteria, molds, and other nasty things. Our immune system is always working and always fighting.
We don’t have to be afraid. We just need to have a healthy immune system. And when we do fall ill, we just need to get healthy again.
Acupuncture stimulates our immune system to protect us and to defeat colds & flu bugs. People who receive […]

A Map to your Qi

Here is an exciting map to the flow of qi in the body, the types of qi in the body, and how all types of qi interact in the body.

 
Pre-Heaven Qi: (Congenital Qi or Pre-Natal Qi) 先天气

Yuan Qi

Post-Heaven Qi: (Acquired Qi or Post-Natal Qi) 后天气

The formation of both the Gu Qi (Spleen and Stomach) and Qing Qi (Lung)

Gu Qi: (Water and Grain Qi) 谷气

The Food and Drink taken in by the Spleen and Stomach

Refined into Qing Qi and sent to the chest (Sea of Qi) to form the Zong Qi

Qing Qi or Da Qi: (Air Qi) 大气

The Air taken in by the Lung

Refined and sent to the chest (Sea of Qi) to form the Zong Qi

Yuan Qi: (Source Qi or Original Qi) 原气

Stored in the Kidneys

Material and functional basis of the life activities in the body

Both Yin and Yang Functions

Spread throughout the body via the San Jiao

Qing Qi: (Clear Qi) 清气

Light and clear refined Qi from the Gu Qi of the Spleen and Stomach

Sent to the chest (Sea of Qi) to form the Zong Qi

Zong Qi: (Ancestral Qi or Gathering Qi) 宗气

Converges in the Chest (Sea of Qi)

Formed by the union of the Gu Qi from the Spleen and Qing Qi from the Lungs

Governs the breath of the Lungs and the pulsation of the heart

Circulates the movement of Ying Qi and Wei Qi

Ying Qi: (Nutritive Qi or Construction Qi) 营气

Formed by the Qing Qi from the Spleen and Stomach

Contributes to the formation of Blood

Retained within the walls of the channels

Flows through the complete Channel System nourishing the tissues of the body

Wei Qi: (Defensive or […]

New Shiatsu Therapist at Sun Acupuncture

We are very excited to welcome Sarah Kaplan into our clinic!
Sarah is a certified Shiatsu therapist. She is a graduate of Centerpoint School of Massage and Shiatsu. Sarah has a strong passion and commitment for health and wellness. Mindfully sharing her knowledge and experience with clients.
Through this mindfulness each client receives specific and focused treatments designed toward their health goals. With background and experience in both Shiatsu and Ayurvedic therapies, along with her knowledge of aromatherapy, cupping, guasha, reflexology and traditional Swedish massage, Sarah can help clients choose and benefit from a variety of therapies.

“I am very excited to be part of Sun Acupuncture, and look forward to working with clients to achieve balance and wellbeing in their lives.”

Sarah is available for Shiatsu appointments on Thursdays and every other Tuesday!
Book an appointment with Sarah

The 5 Pillars To Building a Strong, Healthy, and Functional Immune System

 
Cold and flu season is around the corner, or is it already here? Kids are now back in school and the weather is getting cooler outside. Germs are getting ready to pounce! Now is the perfect time to prepare and strengthen your body so it can fend off those nasty viruses!
How can we build a healthy and strong immune system?
Many believe the flu shot will protect them and rely on over-the-counter drugs and supplements to get them through the cold and flu season, but in reality, maintaining a healthy immune system is quite easy and more beneficial for your overall health in the long run.
To build a healthy immune system and a body strong enough to fend off those nasty cold and flu viruses, start with looking to balance the five pillars of Chinese medicine.
1. Maintain a healthy diet and functional digestion.
Eating well-balanced, nutritious meals and staying hydrated. A strong immune system needs this as its foundation. When our digestion works efficiently, it reaps the beneficial nutrients from the food, and transforms it into healthy qi to protect the body. Remember, quality vitamins and supplements are beneficial to help fill in the nutritional gaps. Acupuncture helps stimulate a weakened digestion to perform and work at its optimal state.
2. Keep Active. Move and exercise.
Keeping active means walking, enjoying outdoor hobbies (such as biking, skiing, tennis), and doing fun things that make you happy! Keeping active promotes continuous blood circulation and that keeps the immune system on high alert. Fatigue is a symptom of qi deficiency and acupuncture, herbs, qi gong exercise, etc. can change sluggishness into energy!
3. Balance your amount of work and leisure.
Work, success, achievement, and doing a good job are commendable, but we […]

Cupping Therapy

Cupping therapy can be traced to several ancient civilizations in Asia, the Middle East, and South America. China developed cupping to treat many ailments including pain and made it a mainstay therapy in the Chinese medicine realm alongside acupuncture, moxibustion, and tuina massage.
Cupping therapy is commonly used to treat both acute and chronic pain. When the cups are applied to the skin, the vacuum seal works to pull blood through the local tissues to relieve pain, relax muscles, soften fascia, pull apart adhesions, etc. Once this happens, the body can repair and heal. It is common to have bruising after cupping therapy and depends on the individual. The more cupping is done, the less bruising will occur.
It is common to use cupping therapy on the neck, back, legs, shoulders, hips, and arms and can be used anywhere on the body.
Cupping is also used in sports medicine, detoxification therapies, cellulite breakdown, lymph drainage, respiratory issues, neurologic problems, digestive disorders, etc. It can be used on its own or in conjunction with acupuncture and bodywork.
There are many styles of cupping including flash cupping, sliding and stationary cupping, and fire cupping. Many styles of cups can be used too including glass, classic bamboo, and plastic. Home cups are also available with a suction pump system for easy personal use.
Cupping therapy is relaxing, safe, effective and inexpensive. Try it today!
Call us at 952-935-0600 or schedule online with the “booknow” button on our website: www.sunacupuncturemn.com!
Dr. Brian Grosam

The 5 Useful Tips in Managing Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain

1.) Walk More
You’re not running a marathon or joining a bootcamp. Spend 20-30 minutes twice per day walking and enjoying the fresh air and mindful freedom. You can start slow too! Work up to it. Before long, you will be craving that walk.
2.) Enjoy An Activity
Find something you truly enjoy doing. Having a hobby turns from a distraction into a passion and passion is hope.
3.) Try A New Food
We’re never in short supply of good food these days. Whether it’s a new restaurant, cooking magazine or blog, treat yourself to a new flavor, a new recipe, or new atmosphere, your mind and body will appreciate it.
4.) Take A Break
In our busy society, it is far too easy to be overly busy with daily work and activities. Sometimes it can be too much. Don’t be shy or scared to take a short vacation from certain activities. Also, say no to giving extra help when you are overtired and stretched too thin. Allow your body to distress from the overstimulation.  
5.) Go On An Adventure
We’ve all heard this, but life is temporary and short! You owe it to yourself to experience as much of this world has to offer as you can. Check out a new park, a new store, or even a new part of the world.

Asthma: Your Need To Know!

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Asthma
Dr. Brian Grosam
Definition: Asthma affects approximately 25+ million Americans today. It’s a pulmonary disorder characterized by wheezing and dyspnea due to obstruction and inflammation of the airways. Asthma may be triggered by allergy, exertion, irritant particles, weather, psychological stress, etc.
Etiology: There are many causes of asthma. Allergens such as pollens, smoke, molds, house dust and animal hair may trigger an asthma attack. Asthma may also be induced by non-allergy related factors such as exertion, cold air, stress, anxiety, crying, hearty laughing, and viral infection. Common morbidity associated with asthma includes sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, gastroesophageal reflux, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and hyperthyroidism.

Clinical Manifestations: In an asthma attack, there will be a combination of spasm of the bronchi, inflammation of the airways, and increased mucous secretion. In mild to moderate cases, the patients will experience shortness of breath, wheezing, hyperpnea, and use of accessory muscles (such as neck and chest muscles) to facilitate breathing. Anxiety and sweating are commonly seen in asthmatics as they struggle for air. In severe cases, the patients will experience marked respiratory distress, cyanosis, use of accessory muscles, wheezes, lethargy and possibly confusion. Patients with severe asthma may not have any wheezing, as there is very little air moving in and out of the lungs.

Diagnosis: Asthma is diagnosed based on the characteristic episodes of wheezing, coughing, dyspnea or chest tightness interspersed with asymptomatic intervals. Objective confirmation is made with repeated spirometry tests performed over symptomatic and asymptomatic periods. Spirometry is a device that measures the breathing capacity of the lungs and is helpful in making the diagnosis, assessing the severity of the illness, and monitoring the effectiveness of the treatment. If the asthma is allergy-induced, identification of the allergen is very important. Skin […]

Better Sleep!

Let’s face it, sleep is what most of us enjoy and look forward to after a day of hard work. Curling up in a comfortable bed and sleeping is a daily ritual. Everyone needs quality sleep too, not only because it is amazing, but also it is beneficial for our overall physical and emotional health. So when we cannot fall asleep easily, or we are waking at night, or simply waking early without getting enough sleep, these patterns over time will influence our wellbeing.
Many of you who’ve been in to our clinic know I will always ask you about your sleep, whether you are having trouble in any of the abovementioned categories. In Chinese medicine, we look for the root cause of our health issues and often times there is a simple solution. Our example here is sleep: Why are you not sleeping well? Stress, overthinking, working long hours, digestion, exercise routine or lack thereof, diet, and so on, are the first places to look for the disharmony and can often be remedied in a short period of time.
You may be wondering, “but what about more complex issues, such as hormone imbalances, women’s issues, disease, pharmaceuticals, acute or chronic pain, or other long standing problems?” Insomnia and trouble sleeping caused by these issues, although seemingly more complex, are still treatable.
The treatment of sleep issues is not difficult, but does take some time for some people. Trust me though we can help you. The use of acupuncture can help on many levels. It will retrain your brain and regulate neurochemicals, relax the body and muscles, and overall balance all of the body systems. Separate or in conjunction with acupuncture, herbal formulas too, help support the […]

Stop Acid Reflux and Heartburn for Good

半夏泻心汤
Pinellia Decoction to Drain the Epigastrium
Problems with chronic acid reflux and heartburn? You’ve tried modifying your diet and still have problems? Cannot seem to be able to quite over the counter medications to help the problem?

The answer is in this formula: Ban Xia Xie Xin Tang! It is a classical Chinese herbal formula to help treat heartburn and acid reflux. It works so well with so many patients, that many are able to stop OTC medications all together and even add some of their favorite foods back into their diet.

Below is how it works based on Chinese Medicine. It may not make sense at all to you, but once you try the formula you will see the difference.

Actions: Harmonize the stomach to lower rising Qi, open the stagnancy & dissipate obstruction.

Indications: Disharmony of stomach Qi. *Due to cold/heat complex or improper purging of half interior, half exterior pattern with stomach deficiency. (Purging aggravates the stomach deficiency to cause pathogen to go deeper).

Herbs in Formula:

Ban Xia 9g (monarch): Pungent & bitter enter stomach channel, disperse clumps, stops nausea, vomiting or heartburn & eliminates focal distention.

Gan Jiang 6g (adjuvant): Pungent & warm expel cold.

Huang Qin 6g (adjuvant): Bitter & cold drain heat.

Huang Lian 3g (adjuvant): Bitter & cold drain heat.

Ren Shen 6g (assistant): Benefit the middle jiao & prevent the dispersing action of other herbs to injure normal Qi. Helps Ban Xia to stop vomiting.

Da Zao 4 pieces (assistant): Same as Ren Shen.

Zhi Gan Cao 6g (guiding): Help tonify middle Qi & harmonize herbs.

Manifestations:

*Focal distention: A localized sensation of discomfort, blockage & distension.

*Clumping in the epigastrium: Produce a sensation of fullness. Soft, no mass or hardness.

*Slight pain or no pain.

*Cold-heat complex:

Excess & deficiency brought by clumping & […]