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Healing Lotus Acupuncture and Moline Chiropractic Clinic will be hosting some special events for National Health Week, April 1st – April 5th. All events will be held at 4300 12th Avenue in Moline from 6pm – 7:30pm.
On Tuesday April 2nd Scott Stewart, LAc, Dipl. will be discussing, “How acupuncture works?” This will be one of many successive topics in an Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine Series, which covers some of the theoretical aspects of Eastern medicine.
Wednesday April 3rd Scott Stewart, LAc, Dipl. and Dr. Davis will be discussing chronic fatigue syndrome, its causes and treatment options. This will be the first in a sequence of dialogues called the Lifestyle Transformation Series, which will explore the debilitating effects of a Western lifestyle, and what we can do to counteract this; while instilling an attitude that promotes healthy choices and healthy living.
Friday April 5th we will be screening the movie 9000 Needles. The story of how Traditional Chinese Medicine changed the life of a recent stroke patient, whose insurance refused to cover his therapy.
To reserve a seat for any of these events you can contact Healing Lotus Acupuncture or Moline Chiropractic Clinic by phone at (309) 764-4753. Reservations can also be made by email at email@example.com
Posted by: Scott Stewart, LAc., Dipl.
Daikon is Japanese for “large root”, and is sometimes referred to as Oriental radish. White in color, and similar in shape to a super-sized carrot, daikon can grow to be 6 – 20 inches long and 2 – 3 inches in diameter.
Daikon is super nutritious and tastes great! This cruciferous vegetable has high levels of Vitamin C and potassium. It also contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, folate, dietary fiber, and other nutrients.
Daikon has some great health benefits! It contains natural digestive enzymes that aid in the digestion of fats, complex carbohydrates, and proteins. Try some grated daikon on your next salad, fish, or just on the side; just make sure you use it within 30 minutes of grating it, or the enzymes will be lost.
Daikon may reduce the risk of cancer by blocking the accumulation in the stomach of a carcinogen known as nitrosamine. Researchers have also found that daikon is effective as a decongestant and natural diuretic. So if you have edema, this would be a nice addition to your diet.
It’s also a great way to boost the immune function due to its high content of vitamin C. Daikon also is an awesome detoxifier, so if you’re planning a detox, daikon should be part of it.
In Chinese medicine the properties of Daikon are neutral to cool in temperature, and acrid to mildy acrid in taste. It moistens the lungs, loosens phlegm in the lungs & stomach, and promotes digestion.
Be creative and mix and match; come up with healthy creations and share them with me. I would love to hear what you've come up with.
When people go shopping for groceries they make a lot of bad decisions that lead to unhealthy purchases.
The 3 main contributing factors to these regretful choices are:
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Below you will find a PDF calendar of events coming up in April. Be sure not to miss our Lifestyle Transformation series. Also, there will be a screening of the movie "9000 Needles" on Friday April 5th at 6pm.
There is a common misconception that people have about Eastern medicine; they think it can only be used for pain conditions. The truth is to the contrary; Eastern medicine is just as effective for treating internal conditions as is Western medicine, just without the side - effects. In fact, Eastern medicine has a long history of treating complicated diseases, including contagious diseases of epidemic proportions. Did you know that Chinese physicians were successfully treating small pox, chicken pox, measles, cholera, and other epidemic diseases over 100 years prior to the West knew about these diseases?
It’s true, Eastern medicine has almost 4,000 years of clinical experience in comparison to 150 years of experience accrued by Western medicine (as we know it today). The deep and rich history of Eastern medicine is quite amazing when you consider all its accomplishments, which were ahead of its time; not to mention all the contributions Eastern medicine has made to world medicine.
Besides the many people I have treated for pain alone, there are a great number that I have treated over the past 7 years for internal conditions, many of which were very complicated and life debilitating. As a practitioner, it brings me great joy to be able to improve a patient’s quality of life and take away the pain and suffering that they’ve endured. Below is a small list of the many conditions that Eastern medicine has successfully treated:
o Smoking Cessation
Cancer treatment (as an adjunct)
I hope this gives you a better understanding of the wide range of treatment possibilities that Eastern medicine has to offer.
If you have any questions about a particular condition please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Davis from the Moline Chiropractic Clinic and Scott Stewart, LAc., Dipl. will be giving a seminar on non-prescriptive treatment options for chronic headaches. Some of the highlights of this seminar will include a short discussion on the differentiation of headache types (tension, migraine, cervicogenic, etc.), diagnosis, and the selection of treatments available from both an Eastern & Western perspective.
Seating is limited, so please call to reserve your place.
Where: Moline Chiropractic Clinic
When: Wednesday March 27th, 2013
Time: 6pm – 7:30pm
For more information you can contact:
Scott Stewart, LAc, Dipl.
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a debilitating illness, which according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), affects 2% - 3% of the adult population in the U.S., or an estimated 3 - 6 million people. This chronic - pain syndrome affects women between the ages of 20 and 50 years old; as well as, men and teens. The prevalence of FM in women is much greater than men, occurring at a ratio of 7:1, and is generally under diagnosed in both men and women.
The causes of FM are currently not understood, but more than likely they arise out of the complex interrelationship of the body and mind, creating a system - wide spectrum of symptoms such as: mild to severe pain that is chronic, body aches, tenderness, stiffness, sleep disturbance, not feeling rested after waking, and fatigue. Secondary symptoms which can complicate FM are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), headaches / migraines, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet, depression and or anxiety, and problems with memory and concentration.
Since Western medicine doesn’t know the exact cause of FM, their treatment plan is based on treating the symptoms with a combination of physical therapy or exercise, stress relief and relaxation techniques, and drugs. Commonly prescribed drugs include: pain relievers (Ultram, Ultracet); muscle relaxants (Flexeril); antidepressants (Amitril, Elavil); and anti-seizure drugs (Lyrica); SSNRI’s (Cymbalta, Effexor, Savella).
From an Eastern point of view, the main pathomechanism of FM, especially in Western patients, is centered on the Liver and Spleen. A disruption in the normal functioning of these two organs causes either a deficiency in one or both, and / or a disharmony between the two. Once this relationship is imbalanced it can cause other organ systems to display dysfunctional activities. Some of the characteristics of this disharmony of Liver and Spleen can manifest as various gastrointestinal issues, or even psychological problems.
In my experience with patients suffering from fibromyalgia, acupuncture and herbs, along with lifestyle changes can have significantly positive results after 2 - 3 months of therapy. Of course, the level of treatment success will vary from one patient to another; and some patients may need more treatments than others. Another major factor for a positive outcome, no matter what the chief complaint is, will be the will / motivation of the patient to make the necessary changes in their life to perpetuate the healing process and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Generally speaking, a patient will come in 2 to 3 times a week for 2 – 3 months, and thereafter treatments are scaled back to once a week, twice a month or once a month as needed.
The goal of the treatment plan is fourfold including the following points:
1) To put emphasis on the presenting symptoms, namely the consuming pain, in order to give the patient relief.
2) Many of my patients complain of sleep disturbances / insomnia, which compounds the pain and suffering that they experience during the day. This can be an extremely important part of the treatment goal, because this can lead to other health complications.
3) While treating the main presenting symptoms, it’s crucial to simultaneously treat the root cause of the problem that is causing the syndrome to manifest.
4) Lastly, we have to address the patient’s lifestyle by modifying nutritional habits, adding stress relieving exercises, developing ways to deal with the pain and suffering when it arises, massage (in most cases), and forming an exercise routine that the patient can perform without difficulty.
In closing, there have been more than a few studies conducted that show acupuncture to be an effective treatment for fibromyalgia. Here are two such studies: The first was a randomized clinical trial that compared fluoxetine and acupuncture as treatments for fibromyalgia. The findings of this study were that, “Acupuncture significantly improved pain and symptoms of fibromyalgia.” It also concluded that acupuncture had no side-effects and was tolerable.[i]
In a 2010 meta-analysis of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as a treatment for FM, the authors found compelling evidence that TCM was effective as a treatment protocol and warranted further research.[ii]
[i] A randomized clinical trial of fibromyalgia treatment with acupuncture compared with fluoxetine
M J Hadianfard, M Hosseinzadeh Parizi: Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2012 October; 14(10): 631–640. Published online 2012 October 30.
[ii] Cao H, Liu J, Lewith GT. Traditional Chinese medicine for treatment of fibromyalgia: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2010; 16(4): 397-409.