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It is Monday morning again and I have to get up to go to work, a residency program at HeCares...The past week I have been working on a young mom who came in to induce labor for her baby. I did everything acupuncture, tuina, etc and nothing happened… it was so disappointing !!!!
During each session, I was asking myself-are we crazy? No. The real question should be who is crazier between my patient and me? Ding! A message received! I didn’t even want to check whom it came from … on my second thought, it might be something important. To my big surprise - it was a cute baby’s picture. She made it! My patient send me her baby girl’s picture and thanked me for my good work… Well , let's say Happy Life !!!
Motherhood is truly a blessed time in women's life. Pregnancy brings with it a lot of joy and also many moments of anxiousness. There would be a lot of questions going through the mind of the person who is going to be a Mother. As the due date comes closer, anxiousness increases, along with joy. I'm blessed and honored to be part of your journey...
Sandhya Sathyanarayana, L. Ac. Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist
As a fervent Warriors' fan not knowing if Kevin Durant could play the critical Game 5 today, I can't help wondering if KD has been diagnosed correctly and provided the most effective and integrative care since the injury.
Based the following report, KD appeared to have been seeing an orthopedic surgeon who thought it was only Grade I tear in his calf. Apparently, he did not need surgery if his diagnosis was correct. Therefore, I keep wondering who is in charge of KD's treatment plans and what kind of medical care has been rendered since then. Based on my 30+ years of clinical experience involving treating hundreds of calf tears, I believe KD should have been back on court at least by Game 4 if not earlier had he received timely and adequate physical therapy, massage therapy, or acupuncture, etc.
An orthopedic surgeon might be knowledgeable and effective for bones and ligaments. KD's strained calf was originally diagnosed as Grade 1, now maybe a Grade 1-plus, or a Grade 2. I'm not trying to be judgmental, however, this really doesn't sound a typical expert opinion with any confidence and assertiveness. Therefore, in my opinion, KD would better start to seek someone who has more experience in soft tissue injuries if he'd want to return to this Finals and continue to advance his career.
We are seeing patients at our Los Gatos clinic today. It's a sunny and beautiful day after some rains. Our front door area was covered by some water and leaves. I decided to sweep the ground between patients. While walking to the door with a sweeper, my associate asked me what I was going to do. I told her to attend the phone and I would clean up the steps covered by leaves. She immediately grabbed the sweeper and offered to do it herself. I handed the sweeper and thanked her for doing that.
A moment later she popped in to tell me that the job was done. I was surprised that she accomplished the work so quickly. I could not help going out to see how the job was done. As I walked out of the front door, I realized that she only swept the steps and left the handicap ramp slope untouched. I asked her why the ramp was left and she told me that I only mentioned the steps to be swept. I asked her what we should do if a patient walked in with a headache and neck pain. Shouldn't we treat both?
Interestingly enough, our next patient came in with lower back and a scrapped knee after a fall. After treating her lower, I carefully examined her wounds and dressed with sterile strips for faster healing. More than often, people asked me for the secret to becoming a better practitioner. My answer is always go the extra mile when you can!
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This week I received a emergency house call request from a patient with severe neck pain who also happens to be a fellow acupuncturist. The patient has a long history of torticollis, and for the fourth time in just a few weeks my patient has been waking to find she cannot turn her neck do to severe pain.
This limitation in motion poses with not only extreme discomfort and pain, but is also a safety concern. Without the mobility of her neck, she cannot drive safely to work to treat her own patients who rely on her let alone treat her patients comfortably.
As a practitioner herself she has been managing the condition. However, the neck and back can be difficult to treat on yourself because you cannot reach all the necessary points!
Thankfully, she knew to call the HeCares Urgent Care Team. My intern and I reached the patients house within 45 min. In just an hour of acupuncture with electrical stimulation, cupping and moxa, we were able to have a sideways conversation as you can see from the photos!
If you, a friend or family member ever find yourself in a situation like this and needs urgent care in home, hospital or office, please count on the HeCares Urgent Care Team.
The following is a list of conditions the HeCares Urgent Care Team often treat: Neck or Back strains Post Surgical pain Migraines/Headaches Seasonal Allergies and Colds
Written by Angelica KC Acton LAc, QME, Medical Director
Happy New Year! How did you do over the holidays? Perhaps we indulged a little too much, perhaps gained a few pounds. Well, with the new year comes the new year's resolutions. On most everyone's list is to eat healthier, be more physically active, perhaps enjoy life more and stress less. If you haven't guessed, these are my resolutions too.
After a holiday filled with overeating, over snacking, late eating and too many sweets, I have been feeling like my digestive system has taken a big hit. I will spare you the details, but if you have ever had a nutritional consult with me, you know that I like to know all about digestion from ingestion to elimination. This is for good reason.
The specific symptoms of an unhealthy gut clues you in to where in our very long digestive system there is an imbalance. For instance, lots of belching or even acid regurgitation says upper digestive issues, changes in elimination point to lower digestive system. Of course a little stress from the holidays can definitely influence the process at all levels.
My self diagnosis, I pushed my gut too hard. In Chineses Medicine this is also known as spleen xu. If you can imagine your gut as a blender or a juicer and you put too much in all at once then mechanically the equipment just cannot process what is being put in. Now imagine you put so much in the blender that you have dulled the blade. The result, you have now weakened the power of the blender.
When the digestive system gets pushed too hard, its acuity also becomes dulled, making it lazy from an exhausted digestive overload. Gas, bloating, constipation, loose stool, and even stomach pain can be some of the effects. The good news? Our digestive systems are not blenders, it has the power to heal itself! You just got to give the poor thing a break.
What's the plan? Give your body lots of gut strengthening foods. 1. Eating easy to digest foods like soups which in Chinese medicine is seen as a form of pre digesting.
2. Soups with a bone broth base has added collagen which has its own healing power for the gut lining.
3. Eating enough cooked insoluble fiber found in vegetables allows for healthy elimination of toxins and works as a prebiotic for good gut bacteria to feed on.
4. Getting a large amount of probiotics, both in supplement form and in food form also has great healing capacity for the gut. A healthy gut flora is instrumental in healthy digestion and proper absorption of nutrients.
5. Drinking green juices gives you all the antioxidants and nutrition you need without depleting the gut with raw plant fiber that weakens an already sluggish digestive system.
6. Eliminate or decrease greatly sugar, processed foods and foods you know irritate your gut personally. This could be dairy, gluten, certain beans or certain vegetables.
7. Lastly timing. Eating when your hungry, eating regularly, and not overeating is huge in maintaining a healthy digestive system and giving your gut a break.
If you need some help setting up a plan for your gut reset for the new year, please let me help. Like me you will be on the road to a healthier and more robust you for 2019.
Written by Angelica KC Acton LAc, QME, Medical Director Orthopedics and Digestive Health at Integrative Medicine Center
I woke up on Sat morning feeling dizzy, heavy headed and low in energy. It feels like I’m under the weather but I know I’m not. I ate well and slept well, probably too well. I slept more hours than I usually do and woke up feeling like my brain was foggy. An hour later, I started to feel my throat getting dry and slightly swollen. By 11am, I felt my esophagus (the canal that connects the throat to the stomach) was swelling and I had difficulty even swallowing my saliva. I’ve never had allergies so this reaction was new to me. I was wondering what triggers such an allergic reaction? It isn’t a million dollar question. The SMOG and the dry weather.
I poked my head out the window. It was grey and it smelled burnt. I could see sunlight beaming through the heavy smog. I went online to check the air quality and the whole Bay area is dyed in a dark red color. The air quality index was at 160 and later climbed up to 220 in Berkeley. As my symptoms were getting worse, I knew I had to keep myself hydrated. I kept drinking lots of water but it didn’t seem to help ease out the dryness. Then I remembered I had some Asian pears and apples at home. Bingo! I can make my favorite drink that my mom always made for me when I was a kid.
I took the honey-ed drink and a supplement with Cordyceps mycelium. This is a fantastic herb that’s sold at HeCares. We normally prescribe it to patient to prevent altitude sickness. In this case, it helps to increase red blood cell production. Hence, it increases oxygen levels and decreases inflammation. My symptoms were almost gone in 30 mins after I took the herbs. I drank the juice throughout the whole day.
This recipe is well-known in every Chinese family. We made it during the fall season to fight dryness in the lung. The traditional way to make juice in the Chinese culture is to boil the fruits in water but not cold press or put them in the juicer. When you boil the whole fruit, it retains all nutrients in the juice. It is also nourishing and hydrating.
Core Apples and Asian pears – sweet and replenish fluids
Dried figs, Dried sea coconut (Lodoicea) – nourish the lung
Xin Ren (Apricot Kernel) – ease dryness, good for cough
Method: Boil it down for 1.5 hours on medium low heat
At HeCares our services aren’t confined to the clinic room. As a team, we are constantly involved in supporting each other and our respective communities. An example of this is how we show up for our teammates on and off the court. For the last several years, HeCares has sponsored sports teams to help them pay for uniforms, registration fees, practice and competition locations, etc. One such recipient of this sponsorship is an adult women’s basketball team based in Campbell.
After having a disappointing season in a higher level division, the team decided to drop down one level. The following season did not end with much better results. Injuries, some unfilled positions, and possibly a lack of confidence led to a second season with 0 wins! Several players came to our clinic seeking treatment for injuries, primarily knee pain, low back pain, and ankle sprains. I had the pleasure of treating many of these athletes alongside Dr. Frank He. One such case involved a traumatic knee injury. Suspecting that it was more serious than the patient thought, we had to utilize our medical community and promptly sent her for imaging. Sure enough, she had an ACL tear that would require surgery. Sadly, even with acupuncture she would not be playing the next season.
In addition to the medical support, it turned out the team needed players to round out their lineup. They had guards but were short on forwards and centers. Always willing to help, it just seemed natural that I join the women’s team sponsored by HeCares. So, as part of our ongoing effort to support our community, I became the newest member of Ace.
After the first two very close games, my new team had its first win! This after losing 23 games straight from their previous two seasons!!! What a celebration! Game 5 our point guard showed up with acute torticollis, AKA, a stiff neck. She woke up the morning of game day unable to turn her head. The symptoms only continued to worsen throughout the day. Well, we wouldn’t have another win without one of our key players, so my medical expertise was necessary once again, this time courtside. A quick pre game assessment showed me that she had a muscles spasm, which I could treat with massage and stretching. Fortunately, I was able to treat her right then and there. Warming up, loosening up, and playing the game, I surmised would take care of the rest. This assessment was correct and here we were, with only 6 players that evening, taking home our second victory! This was a major milestone in proving to the team that we could win with the skill set and talents that we collectively possessed. Of course, it never would have been possible with a point guard who couldn’t turn her head. Now we are in our 10th week and have a record of 6-4 (wins-losses) and are headed to the playoffs! Our spirits are high and things are looking good. Team building, confidence building, community building, wellness building. That is what we do here at HeCares. Glad to be part of the team.