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I have been served Greater Los Angeles community since 2003 as a Licensed Acupuncturist. I hope that this infomative blogger can help people with pain from simple strain to complicated herniated disk and Frozen Shoulder. While I've been in this pain specialized field for more than 10 years, I have helped thousands of people to pain free. David B Chung LAc.

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Monday, May 12, 2014

Crossfit & Acupuncture The perfect Marriage


Crossfit Athletes use Acupuncture


Everyone has by now heard of CrossFit, the strength and conditioning program that has taken the exercise world by storm. It’s a specific style of working out that uses a wide variety of exercises, including running, rowing, plyometrics, gymnastics, weight training and Olympic weightlifting techniques. It is a workout style well known for its pain, and also its camaraderie. Every block seems to have a CrossFit gym popping up, and we treat many patients who are in love with the sport. CrossFit gets you in great shape, but because of the intense nature of the workouts, it can also get you injured.
CrossFit coaches put enormous focus on teaching proper lifting form to their students. It is one of the cornerstones of the workouts, and key to getting good results. For people who disregard the importance of form, or do too much too fast, injury is often a common occurrence. For some, even if you power snatch and dead lift with impeccable form, old injuries and imbalances can come to the surface and demand attention.
The most common areas of injury we see in our CrossFit patients are the low back, shoulders, neck and knees. Many WODs (workout of the day) involve heavy weight or high repetition, and these areas are often affected because they involve transitional vertebrae (neck and low back) or joints with many types of range of motion (the knees and shoulders), which are more susceptible to injury. The great news it that acupuncture is an amazing tool for CrossFit athletes.
Acupuncture is one of the most effective and noninvasive ways to treat pain, and improve range of motion and functionality in a muscle group. We use traditional techniques to relieve pain and tension, as well as trigger point acupuncture to release targeted muscles. Rather then allowing an injury to linger and having to modify every workout, athletes can get treatment and correct the problem, preventing further imbalance in the muscles and overall body structure. It allows for faster recovery time, which lets you get back to doing the sport you love. We all know how much you would hate to miss a “filthy fifty”.
Whether you are a CrossFit beginner, or training for the games, acupuncture will help you get back into the box.

by stephanie worth on May 31, 2013

탈모 극복법 발모차•발모팩 "어성초•자소엽이 핵심" (Natural hair growth by herbs)



우리의 모발은 매일 빠지고 다시 나는 정도가 비슷하기 때문에 항상 일정한 양이 유지 됩니다.
하지만 새로 나는 신생 모발보다 빠지는 모발이 많아지는 경우에 탈모가 진행되는 것이며, 우리가 흔히 말하는 탈모는 모발이 있어야 할 곳에 모발이 아예 없거나 거의 없는 빈약한 상태를 의미합니다.
탈모는 보통 유전적인 요인 외에도, 잘못된 생활 습관이나 과도한 스트레스, 환경오염과 밤낮없는 야간 활동 등의 외부 요인으로 인해서 생기게 되는데 지역적 특성이나 직업적 요인도 무시할 수 없습니다.
최근에는 20~30대 젊은 여성들에게도 탈모가 많이 나타나기 시작했으며
젊은 여성 탈모가 심해지는 다양한 요인 중에서도 식습관 수면습관 등 다양한 생활 요인을 들 수 있는데, 언제나 과자와 간식을 즐겨 먹고 군것질을 꺼리지 않으며, 알콜 섭취와 기름지고 무거운 음식을 좋아하는 분들은 특히 탈모가 진행되기 쉬운 분들입니다.
또한 일에 대한 업무 피로가 너무 심각하거나, 혹은 제대로 풀지 못하는 스트레스로 인해 매일 괴로운 분들, 그리고 업무로 인한 과로와 스트레스 목과 어깨가 뻐근한 증상 역시도 탈모의 직접적인 원인이 될 수 있습니다.
이 외에도 평소 펌, 염색 등을 자주 하며 모발 건강을 해치는 일을 많이 하는 분들에게도 탈모는 찾아오기 쉽습니다.
최근 모 방송에서 방영되어 많이 알려진 어성초, 자소엽을 이용한 발모차와 발모팩이 미주 한인들에게도 많은 관심을 모으고 있습니다.

본 한의원에서는 어성초, 자소엽과 더불어 발모와 두피건강에 효과가 좋은 약재 12가지를 함께 달여 만든 마시는 발모차와 두피에 바르고 마사지하는 발모팩을 준비하고 있습니다. 12가지 약재를 발효숙성시킨 발모팩은 현대인들에게 특히 흔해진 스트레스 또는 지루성피부염으로 인한 두피가려움증과 탈모에 뚜렷한 효과를 보이고 있습니다.

발모차·발모팩의 재료 어성초는 '약모밀'이라는 약초로 아토피 피부에도 효과적이라고 알려져 있습니다. 자소엽은 '차조기'라고 불리는 풀의 잎으로, ()가 위로 치밀어 오르는 것을 내리며 한()을 발산시키는 역할을 합니다.
이는 현대인들에게 흔한 스트레스로 인한 울화의 상승을 다스리는 작용과 홀몬 불균형에 좋다는 뜻입니다.

 발모차를 마시고 발모팩으로 두피를 마사지한 결과 평균 100일정도면 만족할만한 효과를 보입니다.
By intaking blended tea for 100 days and apply herbal extract to hair, hair regrew amazingly.


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Monday, February 24, 2014

오십견은 아프지 않게 해야 낫는다




당연한 말처럼 들리겠지만, 오십견이나 심한 어깨통증으로 고생하는 분들을 치료해오면서 자신있게 말할 수 있는 것은 오십견은 아프지 않게 해야 낫는다라는 사실입니다.

우선 오십견이 생기는 기전을 간단하게 설명해보면, 사고를 제외한 대부분의 오십견 환자들은 자신에게 왜 오십견이라는 지긋지긋한 질환이 오게 되었는지 원인을 모를 때가 대부분입니다.

가장 흔한 원인으로 반복적인 사용과 자극, 어깨주변 근육과 인대의 피로도 증가가 오랜 세월 반복되다 보니 옷이 뜯어지듯 인대와 근육이 뜯어지는 현상이 벌어지게 되고, 우리 몸은 자가치유능력을 발휘하여 상처난 곳을 보호하고 낫게 하기 위해 염증반응을 일으키게 되며 상처난 조직을 서로 달라붙게 만드는 유착현상을 가져와 어깨가 굳어지게 됩니다.
못 움직이고, 굳어지고 아픈 어깨를 치료한다는 이름 하에 억지로 아픔을 참고 치료하거나 운동이라도 하게 되면 다시 인대와 근육의 뜯어짐과 염증, 유착의 반복으로 인해 낫지 않고 더욱 나빠지는 결과를 보게 되는 것이 오십견의 가장 흔한 예라 할 수 있습니다.

그러면 오십견은 어찌해야 나을 수 있는 건가요?
오십견이 생기는 원인을 앞서 이야기 했으니 그 원인을 자세히 살펴보면 해결의 답도 보이게 됩니다. 잦은 반복적인 사용과 긴장, 자극을 피하고 피곤해진 어깨와 주변 목, 등을 자주 풀어주면 오십견을 예방할 수 있습니다. 이미 오십견이 와버린 상태라면, 오십견이 진행되는 이유 중에 하나가 무리한 운동이나 적절치 않은 치료방법에 있다고 했으니, 적절한 치료를 받고 무리하지 않는 자신의 상태에 정확하게 맞는 운동을 병행하여 치료해야만 나을 수 있는 것입니다.
대다수의 오십견 환자분들은 핫팩이나 찜질을 하고 사우나에서 몸을 따뜻하게 해주면 좀 부드럽고 풀어진다고 말합니다. 이는 환부 뿐만 아니라 전신에 혈액순환을 일시적으로 높여주기 때문에 굳어진 어깨주변의 근육과 조직들이 부드러워지기 때문입니다.

앞에서도 이야기했지만 염증반응이란 것이 통증을 동반하기 때문에 아픈 사람의 입장에서는 괴로운 것임에는 틀림없는 사실이지만, 그 역시 우리 몸이 스스로 낫기 위해 행하는 치유의 과정이라는 사실을 이해해야 합니다. 일반적으로 소염진통제는 환부의 염증을 제어하기 위해 혈액순환을 억제하고 막는 성분으로 구성되어 있습니다. 그래서 소염진통제를 복용하고도 효과를 보지 못하거나 오히려 악화되고 치료시기만 지연되는 경우도 심심치 않게 보게 됩니다.

본원의 한방치료는 근본인 혈액순환의 개선을 통한 염증치료와 굳어진 관절주변 연부조직의 활성화에 중점을 둔 치료방법을 통해 수없이 많은 환자들을 오십견과 회전근개질환의 통증으로부터 자유롭게 해드렸습니다. 침과 부항, 추나치료를 통한 관절주변의 활동성을 증가시키고 적절한 운동치료를 처방함으로써 통증과 고통 없이 오십견을 치료합니다.

오십견은 통증이 없어야 낫는 것입니다.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Study: Electroacupuncture Helps With Depression

Study: Electroacupuncture Helps With Depression

A recent research study out of Hong Kong shows electroacupuncture stimulation can quickly reduce the severity of depressive symptoms to help patients dealing with depression recover faster using alternative methods.
Researchers at the School of Chinese Medicine at The University of Hong Kong, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry in Kowloon Hospital conducted a study of a randomized controlled trial using dense cranial electroacupuncture stimulation (DCEAS) on patients with major depressive disorder (MDD).
DCEAS is a novel acupuncture treatment, which was developed by Dr. Zhang Zhang-jin, associate professor of the HKU School of Chinese Medicine. In DCEAS, Zhang believes that stimulating Bai Hui and Yin Tang, as well as other acupoints including Si Shen Cong, Tou Lin Qi, Tai Yang, Shuai Gu and Tou Wei, triggers the release of serotonin (5-HT) and other chemicals in the brain more efficiently, resulting in better treatment outcomes.
For the study, 73 participants, ages 25 to 65 years, had been diagnosed with MDD and had suffered with the disorder from several months to several years.
The volunteers continued taking their prescribed antidepressant medications (fluoxetine), and were randomly selected to be in the DCEAS group or the control group. Participants in the DCEAS group received dense cranial electroacupuncture stimulation, while the control group received noninvasive electroacupuncture (placebo acupuncture) for 9 sessions in 3 weeks. Each session lasted 45 minutes.
Assessments given by both physicians and the patients themselves revealed that the DCEAS group had greater improvement in depressive symptoms, according to researchers.
On the 21st day after receiving treatment, the DCEAS group had a greater improvement in both the clinical depression assessment and the self-rating depression scale. Furthermore, strong improvements were observed in the DCEAS patients as early as at day 3, and this continued until the end of the treatment.
The findings suggest that DCEAS may be considered as an additional treatment for depressed individuals to achieve better clinical effects.

The Dangerous Hype of Antioxidants

The Dangerous Hype of Antioxidants

By Marlene Merritt, DOM, LAc, ACN

Returning to the theme I've had in past articles of things that we "know" for a certain to be true (and then often are not), let's look at antioxidants. We all seem to know that free radicals are bad, and that antioxidants mop them up and prevent damage to us, slowing down the aging process, reducing the incidence of cancer and other major illnesses like heart disease.
There are just a couple of problems with this theory, the biggest one being that the research shows the complete opposite. Let's look at some basics first. Free radicals are generated by normal metabolism and yes, they can damage proteins, fats, carbohydrates, DNA and other biological material. The research started after World War II, when scientists saw the damaging effects of the ionizing radiation from atomic weapons, and came to the (correct) conclusion that the damage from radiation and the damage seen in normal tissue can have the same source — free radicals. We have built-in mechanisms to deal with free radicals, but some free radicals always make it through the defenses, and consequently, damage slowly builds (aging) until the body breaks down and we die. Basically, the researchers saw damage, and free radicals were in the area. Knowing that free radicals damage macromolecules, the conclusion was drawn that free radicals caused the damage and sped up the aging process.
This was a really convenient theory, because the logical jump would then say that if you reduce free radicals, then you must reduce the damage caused from them — the aging process, cancer, heart disease, and the like.
The problems started with the research — the initial studies were done adding large amounts of free radicals to petri dishes, seeing the damage to the macromolecules, and then concluding that the same thing happened in the human body. The next, and very large problem with this free radicals equals aging theory is that free radicals actually perform a function in the body and it's a vital one: fighting pathogens like bacteria, increasing apoptosis, and fighting cancer (white blood cells churn out tons of free radicals to bolster the immune response). Taking antioxidants blunts and neutralizes this response. Do you really want that?
Another problem is this: there are no clinical studies conclusively showing that production of free radicals leads to chronic disease and aging. It's mainly on the strength of studies on worms, fruit flies and rats that we have all the hype generated for resveratrol supplements, 1,000 mg of ascorbic acid fizzy drink packets, and the constant recommendation to take alpha-tocopherol (also known as vitamin E).
Unfortunately, not only are there no clinical studies showing that free radicals cause the problems mentioned, but taking antioxidants, especially as supplements, can actually harm you. In 2008, the Cochrane Collaboration (which is a group of independent scientists who scrutinize the legitimacy and accuracy of studies) looked at 67 different studies with nearly 400,000 participants and came to the conclusion that there was "No evidence to support antioxidant supplements to prevent mortality in healthy people or patients with various diseases."1  In fact, it also said "Antioxidant supplements need to be considered medicinal products and should undergo sufficient evaluation before marketing." How many multi-level marketing companies do you think are doing that? Or over-the-counter supplement companies? Why should they? We all keep repeating the mantra that antioxidants must be healthy and keep buying them — the estimates are that in high-income countries, approximately one-third of the population takes antioxidant supplements!
Not only does taking antioxidants seem to make no difference for cardiovascular disease2, but it also has been linked to increased rates of lung cancer3,4, gastrointestinal cancer5, prostate cancer6, reduced apoptosis7 and increased mortality8. Adding antioxidants can also impair ovulation9. The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association both state that "the scientific data do not justify the use of antioxidant vitamin supplements for CVD risk reduction." The HDL-Atherosclerosis Treatment 2001 study showed that the addition of antioxidant vitamins blunted the rise of protective HDL. The Alpha-Tocopherol Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention study reported an increase in cerebral hemorrage for patients taking merely 50mg of alpha-tocopherol daily (July, 2003). Most damning, in 2007, JAMA reported on the largest ever meta-analysis of antioxidant peer-reviewed studies (47 low-bias trials with over 180,000 participants) and stated in conclusion that, "Treatment with beta carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E may increase mortality." Yikes.
The reason so many studies are being done is because there was first the observation that people who smoked a lot and had large amounts of vitamin E from food in their diet seemed to have lower rates of cancer. Hence, the attempt to see if alpha-tocopherol could lower rates of cancer.
So what's going on? The first problem is with the assumption that free radicals are bad for you. As I stated before, your immune system relies on the release of free radicals from phagocytes (as an example) to destroy the engulfed pathogens of macrophages and granulocytes. They are also involved in cell signaling (redox signaling) and the crucial function of apoptosis. The black-and-white thinking of good/bad is an oversimplification of life in general and is inevitably an erroneous road to start down.
The second problem is the reductionist theory that we have about nutrition. Let's use alpha-tocopherol as an example. This is what's known as vitamin E, but in actuality, the full E complex contains multiple tocopherols, tocotrienols, (8 antioxidant levels in total to protect the vitamin complex), selenium, xanthine, and lipositol, plus other compounds. Yet some researcher decided that alpha-tocopherol was the active ingredient in this entire complex, named that vitamin E and now alpha-tocopherol is made in a lab which puts 1000 percent of the RDA into gel caps, and you actually think that's vitamin E as it's found in nature. It's not — you would never find alpha-tocopherol isolated and in large amounts like that in food.
Ascorbic acid has the same story. Vitamin C is a full complex, including not just ascorbic acid, but also bioflavenoids, rutin, and multiple other compounds. But in naming ascorbic acid "Vitamin C," you can now manufacture it in a lab, and make pills with 1,000 mg of ascorbic acid in them, labeling them as vitamin C. When was the last time you saw a gram of ascorbic acid in nature? Right, never.
The third problem comes from the thought process of "If some works, more must be better." Like it says above, we are now manufacturing these isolates in amounts way beyond how they would be found in nature, and without any of the other compounds that would come with them if they were in a food source. Do you think that could possibly be contributing to the negative results being seen in those studies? There's also the observation about the transition time for some of these antioxidant isolates. Alpha lipoic acid stays in the body for approximately 24 minutes. Ascorbic acid is also known for quickly flushing out through the urine — people trying to take high doses have to keep ingesting it all day. If these antioxidants were so vital and the body needed so much of it, why would it allow this to happen?
I'm not saying that we don't need antioxidants, but I am saying that taking synthetic, high-dose isolates has the very real potential of harming us. I tell my patients again and again that what has gotten us into trouble is when we mess with our food. We take cows off of grass and feed them corn (losing the Omega-3s), we take the fat out of food, we don't process grains properly, we insist soy is healthy, even when it has been consistently shown that it's not (fermented soy excluded), we overeat fructose because we don't eat seasonally and think that agave nectar must be healthy because it's sold in health food stores, we eat carbs in insane amounts, and we think we know enough about nutrition that we can isolate fractions out of food and think that's better than nature.
It's like we've lost all common sense about food. Then we think some marketing term like "nutraceuticals" must mean that the extra-strength "pharmaceutical" dose of nutrition is even more helpful to our malnourished bodies. But it's clearly being shown, especially in this field of antioxidants, that that's not true. Yes, eat the fresh fruits and vegetables, with their full complement of vitamin complexes. Buy organic if you can for more nutrient density. If you take supplements, or sell supplements, make sure they're actually food concentrates, not just large amounts of synthetics with some food added. If you need suggestions as to where to find those, let me know.
Don't believe the marketing hype — for your long-term health, avoid mega doses of synthetic vitamin isolates.
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