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Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc.
Vitamin C (with bioflavonoids)
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid or ascorbate) is a vital water soluble nutrient that our body needs, but is unable to synthesize on its own, and therefore, must be supplemented through dietary sources like fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin C plays an important role in the growth and repair of tissues, wound healing, in the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth, as well as, the production of neurotransmitters in the brain.[i] Another crucial function of ascorbic acid is its antioxidant capability, which protects cells and tissues from oxidative damage
Ironically, not only does smoking cause oxidative stress, it also greatly depletes vitamin C levels due to an accelerated metabolic turnover of ascorbate in smokers compared to non-smokers.[ii] Similar findings occurred in a Korean study also comparing smokers and non-smokers.[iii] According to a Berkeley study, 40% of male smokers have reduced Plasma levels of vitamin C.[iv] Other researches thought theses low – levels may have been the result of decreased dietary intake, because smokers tend to eat less fruits and vegetables; but after making adjustments for dietary intakes. They still found lower plasma levels of ascorbate in smokers than non-smokers.[v] [vi]
Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinol-10)
CoQ10 is an important lipid-soluble antioxidant involved in cellular functions, the production of cellular energy, and the scavenging of free radicals.[vii] Some studies suggest that there is a decline in CoQ10 after the age of 35-40. Besides aging, smoking can also deplete the body’s stores of CoQ10.[viii] It has been shown that smokers have substantially lower plasma levels of ubiquinol - 10, especially if there is co-morbidity with hyperlipidemia.[ix] More studies are accumulating evidence showing CoQ10 as an effective antioxidant therapy to counteract oxidative stress.[x] No serious side-effects have been reported from the daily supplementation of CoQ10.[xi]
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In a recent study, researchers from the Medical University of South Carolina divided 37 men with low-grade prostate tumors waiting for prostatectomies into two groups.
Group 1 was given a vitamin D supplement and group 2 was given a placebo. What they found was that the vitamin D group showed a major reduction in the lipids and proteins involved in the inflammation of the prostate gland, which led to better patient outcomes.
Previous studies also demonstrated that vitamin D supplementation for at least a year improved Gleason scores (used to grade the aggressiveness of tumors), and in some cases completely eradicated the tumor.
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In a recent randomized controlled trial, it was concluded that acupuncture yielded equally beneficial results compared to a pharmacological treatment, and can be considered as a safe and viable clinical alternative to conventional prophylaxis for the subjective improvement of overactive bladder symptoms in adult females.
Yuan Z1, He C, Yan S, Huang D, Wang H, Tang W. Acupuncture for overactive bladder in female adult: a randomized controlled trial. World J Urol. 2014 Nov 16. [Epub ahead of print].
Westerners lead extremely stressful lives in which our nervous systems are constantly be stimulated by both internal and external stimuli. In other words, we’re always in a state of fight or flight, which can be quite detrimental to our health. Chronic stress that goes untreated can lead to: anxiety, insomnia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), high blood pressure, or a weakened immune system. Many decades of research has shown that unmanaged stress can be a contributing factor to such chronic diseases as: Obesity, depression, and heart disease.
Acupuncture is great for treating stress, because it goes to the root of the problem. Through acupuncture we can return the nervous system to a homeostatic state by down-regulating the sympathetic nervous system, and up-regulating the parasympathetic nervous system.
Endogenous opioids (endorphins and enkaphalins), help regulate the nervous system through their analgesic and euphoric effects. Many studies have demonstrated acupunctures ability to activate the opioid system, and therefore relieving stress.
Side-effects: Better quality sleep, increased energy, feeling more relaxed, better digestion, improved concentration & mental clarity, etc.
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Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc.
Posted by Scott Stewart, MSAc., Dipl.Ac., LAc.
When it comes to Women’s health, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is quite amazing! TCM has been studying and treating gynecological and obstetric issues for over a thousand years. The earliest known Chinese work on the subject is titled, Jingxiao Chanbao (Tested Treasure in Obstetrics), and was written by Zan Yin during the Sui & Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 CE). Zan Yin finished compiling this 3 volume collection between 847 and 852 CE. The Chanbao, as it is sometimes referred to, was an impressive monographic collection of the clinical experiences and research of doctors who practiced prior to the Tang dynasty; as well as, the inclusion of Yin’s own clinical experience.
The content of the first volume covers topics such as: nourishing and protecting the fetus, miscarriage, threatened abortion, and hemorrhage. The second and third volumes give detailed discussions on gestation, parturition, postnatal care, diseases, prescriptions, and therapy. The section on therapy talks about the same types of treatment that are still prescribed today, such as tonifying the Qi, nourishing blood, and supplementing the Spleen and Kidneys.
Since the time of Zan Yin there have been many advances in the field of gynecology as it is practiced in TCM. In modern clinics we integrate both Eastern and Western medicine into a comprehensive understanding of women’s health, which includes many new diseases that weren’t seen in earlier times.
Today, we treat with great efficacy everything from menstrual irregularities, menopausal symptoms, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, to infertility, PCOS, endometriosis and candida. With the advent of imaging technologies, and the use of blood chemistry interpretation we have many more diagnostic tools than before that we can use in consort with TCM diagnosis; giving us useful information that helps improve diagnosis and treatment plans, and supports better patient outcomes.
TCM provides a natural, non-invasive, and a more holistic approach to women’s health, which focuses on bringing the body's systems back into a homeostatic state. This can include balancing the peripheral nervous system (sympathetic and parasympathetic), the endocrine system and its hormones, restoring balance to metabolism, re-establishing a healthy ecosystem in the gut, fine tuning the immune system, resynchronizing communication between all systems; and of course, bringing harmony to the body, mind and spirit.
In essence, TCM provides all the necessary knowledge and tools to transform a woman’s life into an affirmative lifestyle that promotes health and longevity.