Acupuncture in NJ / Spring Cleaning

Dogwood Blossoms

Dogwood Blossoms by Rob Vena

Spring is the perfect time of year to cleanse and get our energy moving again.

Just as we automatically think of ‘spring cleaning’ around the house – so we should think of our bodies.

Cleansing helps us to rid our systems of the unwanted toxins and junk that have accumulated inside over the long winter.

Cleansing can help raise our spirits as well.

Consider making a healthy transition into spring this year by doing a cleanse, exercising regularly, meditating, and eating foods that are in season.

And, acupuncture should figure into your plan as well.

Having an acupuncture ‘tune-up’ at the onset of the season is the perfect way to get your energy moving again and stay healthy.

Acupuncture can also help rid you of the negative side effects of stress and make an easy transition between winter and spring without getting sick, by boosting your immune system.

Enjoy the Change of Season.

If you are interested in receiving acupuncture treatments in my Englewood, NJ acupuncture office and would like to know whether or not your insurance plan covers acupuncture, my insurance experts will be happy to verify your coverage prior to your setting up an appointment. Simply complete our online Check Your Insurance Coverage Form. This form is on a secure server, so your personal information is protected. We will get back to you, as soon as possible, with your acupuncture benefit coverage information.

Stay Healthy and Be Well! See a Licensed Acupuncturist regularly.

Patients seen by appointment only.

Acupuncture in Englewood NJ: 201-357-0904

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The Health Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms / Acupuncture in NJ

The Health Benefits of Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms

Long used in traditional Chinese medicine, the Shiitake Mushroom (a.k.a. Japanese mushroom) is believed to hold anti-aging properties, promote good heart health, and help boost the immune system.

The shiitake has also been used for prevention of rickets, and some preliminary research shows that these tasty mushrooms lower blood fat levels and counteract cholesterol. In addition, it is now widely believed that these mushrooms can counteract certain cancers and even help slow the progression of AIDS.

Shiitake mushrooms are the second most commonly cultivated edible mushroom in the world and can be found in the produce section of most grocery and health food stores. They can be cooked by themselves or added to other dishes such as stir-fries and soups, or they can be taken in supplement form. They are a great source of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, dietary fiber, the vitamins A, B, B12, C, D, niacin, and the minerals zinc, potassium, selenium, manganese, phosphorus, and copper.

Add some shiitake mushrooms to your diet for health and well-being.

If you are interested in receiving acupuncture treatments in my Englewood, NJ acupuncture office and would like to know whether or not your insurance plan covers acupuncture, my insurance experts will be happy to verify your coverage prior to your setting up an appointment. Simply complete our online Check Your Insurance Coverage Form. This form is on a secure server, so your personal information is protected. We will get back to you, as soon as possible, with your acupuncture benefit coverage information.

Stay Healthy and Be Well! See a Licensed Acupuncturist regularly.

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Acupuncture in Englewood NJ: 201-357-0904

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Treating Diabetes with Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine / NJ Acupuncturist Robert Vena

Diabetes is currently one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States, and there is a significant mortality rate associated with it.

Although Chinese medicine cannot offer a cure for diabetes, we can, by using the modalities available to us, most certainly help to optimize the functionality of our patient’s bodies to function as close to normal as possible. This, in turn, enables our diabetic patients to experience a greater quality of life and to benefit greatly from an overall higher level of health.

Western Medical Perspective

In laymen’s terms, diabetes is a disease in which your blood glucose, or sugar levels are too high.

Glucose is a type of sugar that comes from the foods you eat. Insulin is the hormone that lowers the level of glucose in the blood and helps it get into your cells where it is used for energy production or stored for future use. Insulin is produced by the beta cells of the pancreas, an organ that is located behind the stomach.

There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2.

In Type 1 diabetes, the body does not create enough insulin. With Type 2 diabetes (the more common of the two), the body does not make or use insulin well. In either case, the result is that the body’s blood glucose level rises.

Over time, an excess of glucose in the blood can lead to serious problems. Damage to the kidneys, eyes, and nerves are the most commonly known problems, but years of poorly controlled diabetes can lead to limb removal, heart disease, and even stroke. In fact, the risk of heart attack for diabetics is equal to that of someone who has already had a heart attack.

Oriental Medical Perspective

The complex of symptoms referred to in the West as diabetes has traditionally been known as xiao-ke by the Chinese. The term xiao-ke translates into English as either “wasting and thirsting” or “flowing away and thirst”… terms, which together refer to the excessive thirst, hunger, and urination that the diabetes patient typically experiences. The more modern Chinese term for the disease is tang-niao-bing, which translates as “sugar urine disease,” referring to the loss of fluids through urine and the excessive sweetness of that urine.

References to xiao-ke appear in the earliest Chinese medical texts, including the Huang Di Nei Jing (The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic), which is the first known medical text in Chinese history. The disease was originally described as resulting from long-term consumption of sweet, rich, and fatty foods… but according to today’s Chinese medical theory, the disease can be attributed to three main factors:

1. Improper diet (overconsumption of sweets, greasy/fatty foods, alcohol, and hot beverages)

2. Emotional disturbances (stress, anxiety, depression)

3. Constitutional Yin Deficiency (fatigue, weakness, exhaustion, pallor)

Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be used to reduce blood glucose levels and to normalize endocrine function.

Body acupuncture point selection can vary greatly based on individual case pattern diagnosis and treatment principles, but a typical treatment involves placement of needles for 10 ~ 30 minutes. The needles can be stimulated manually, using electrical stimulation, or by warming them using moxibustion burned on the end of the needles. Auricular (ear acupuncture) and body acupuncture can be used together or in conjunction.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

The use of Chinese herbal formulas in the treatment of xiao ke dates back at least 2,000 years. Formulas are prescribed on a case-by-case basis and are based on individual case pattern diagnosis and treatment principles that are determined by the patient’s predominant symptoms. This treatment based on pattern diagnosis is what makes this medicine holistic, safe, and effective.

Diet

Just as in Western medicine, diet plays an important role in the treatment of this illness in Chinese medicine. This is obvious just in knowing that one of the main causes of the disease is, in fact, improper diet.

The three key points to maintaining a healthy diet in relation to maintenance of this disease are:

1. Avoid foods that cause Stomach Heat (hot, spicy, acrid, greasy, fatty, and fried foods).

2. Avoid foods that damage the Spleen (raw, uncooked, chilled foods, and refined wheat products, sugars and sweets).

3. Eat foods that build yin and blood (tonifying, mildly cooling foods that moisten and nourish).

Overall, a clear, bland diet, high in complex carbohydrates such as unrefined grains and lightly cooked vegetables is the best diet to be adhered to. However, this is not completely a vegetarian diet, and most people should eat 1 ~ 2 ounces of meat 2 ~ 4 times per week.

Patients should avoid overeating.

Exercise

Exercise is an important therapy for those suffering with this disease. Exercise moves qi and blood, and since there is almost always some component of qi stagnation and blood stagnation associated with these cases, the patient can only benefit from it. Any aerobic exercise that raises the heartbeat at least 80% above normal resting rate and keeps it there for at least 20 minutes is best.

Tui Na

Tui Na Chinese medical massage can be used in conjunction with acupuncture treatment or as an alternative to it when dealing with patients who have an aversion to needles.

Tui Na practitioners use hand manipulation techniques to stimulate the meridians and acupuncture points, and work directly with the energy of the body at a very deep level.

The Tui Na practitioner is able through his/her touch to gauge the distribution of energy in the body and is able to affect and direct and affect its flow.

Qigong

By teaching our patients a combination of qigong breathing, meditation, visualization, and movement techniques, practitioners of Chinese medicine offer them yet another means to treat and manage their condition. This ancient Chinese practice has long been used by practitioners to promote health, fitness, and general well being.

According to the teachings of Chinese medicine, conditions such as diabetes are caused by energetic imbalances within the body. Qigong helps to realign your body to your environment and can be used to restore such energetic imbalances, thereby bringing the body back into a balanced and more healthful state.

If you are interested in receiving acupuncture treatments in my Englewood, NJ acupuncture office and would like to know whether or not your insurance plan covers acupuncture, my insurance experts will be happy to verify your coverage prior to your setting up an appointment. Simply complete our online Check Your Insurance Coverage Form. This form is on a secure server, so your personal information is protected. We will get back to you, as soon as possible, with your acupuncture benefit coverage information.

My Englewood acupuncture office is conveniently located in Bergen County, NJ, just minutes from Manhattan, NYC and the George Washington Bridge.

Stay Healthy and Be Well! See a Licensed Acupuncturist regularly.

Patients seen by appointment only.

Acupuncture in Englewood NJ: 201-357-0904

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Nutrition and Prostate Health / Acupuncture in Englewood, NJ


Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can do a great deal to slow prostate growth, restore normal urinary function, and alleviate other symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).

In addition to regular acupuncture treatments and administration of herbal formulations, one’s diet plays a key role in maintenance of a healthy prostate.

Below are some dietary and nutritional suggestions for maintaining a healthy prostate:

Foods to Avoid

  • Coffee, alcohol, corn oil and canola (use olive oil instead)

Foods to Limit

  • Dairy products (especially butter and margarine)
  • Spicy foods
  • Red meats

Recommended Supplements & Foods

  • Vitamin C: Red & hot chili peppers, guavas, bell peppers, fresh thyme & parsley, kale, mustard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kiwi, papaya, oranges, tangerines, and strawberries
  • Zinc: Oysters, toasted wheat germ, veal liver, sesame seeds or tahini, low-fat roast beef, roasted pumpkin seeds & squash seeds, dried watermelon seeds, dark chocolate & cocoa powder, lamb (mutton), and peanuts
  • Selenium: Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, fish (tuna, halibut, sardines, flounder, salmon), shellfish (oysters, mussels, shrimp, clams, scallops), meat (beef, liver, lamb, pork), poultry (chicken, turkey), eggs, mushrooms (button, crimini, shiitake), grains (wheat germ, barley, brown rice, oats), onions, and brown rice
  • Lycopene: Tomatoes, guava, watermelon, pink grapefruit, dried parsley & basil, persimmons, asparagus, liver (Pâté), chili powder, and red cabbage

Other GOOD foods include; mackerel, trout, spinach, chicory, pumpkin, berries, cherries, apricots, peaches, bananas, pears, grapes, green tea, and red wine (in moderation).

Remember: VARIETY is the spice of life!

Eat a wide variety of foods containing essential vitamins, minerals & nutrients… and, ORGANIC foods are always better. It is also important to exercise regularly and to avoid stress as much as possible.

NOTE: There are some studies, which have shown that patients who used the western herbal supplement ‘Saw Palmetto’ did not endure side effects such as decreased libido and impotence compared to those using the drug Finasteride. There are no known drug interactions with saw palmetto, and reported side effects are minor and rare.

If you are interested in receiving acupuncture treatments in my Englewood, NJ acupuncture office and would like to know whether or not your insurance plan covers acupuncture, my insurance experts will be happy to verify your coverage prior to your setting up an appointment. Simply complete our online Check Your Insurance Coverage Form. This form is on a secure server, so your personal information is protected. We will get back to you, as soon as possible, with your acupuncture benefit coverage information.

My Englewood acupuncture office is conveniently located in Bergen County, NJ, just minutes from Manhattan, NYC and the George Washington Bridge.

Stay Healthy and Be Well! See a Licensed Acupuncturist regularly.

Patients seen by appointment only.

Acupuncture in Englewood NJ: 201-357-0904

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Facial Rejuvenation / Anti-Wrinkle Foods

Anti-Wrinkle Foods in Chinese Medicine

According to traditional Chinese medicine, the following foods can have a positive effect on the condition of the skin and help with the prevention of wrinkles:

Bee Pollen
Black Mushrooms
Black Sesame Seeds (sprinkle over food like pepper)
Black Soybeans
Cherries (eaten or crushed with juice applied to the skin)
Chinese Cabbage
Chinese Dates / Jujube Fruit
Cucumber
Fish
Honey (1 teaspoon each morning on an empty stomach)
Lotus Root
Olive Oil
Peanuts (fresh peanuts)
Pine Nuts
Reishi Mushrooms
Royal Jelly
Squid (calamari)
Tomato
Walnuts (1 handful every day)
Wild Yam

Be sure to include these anti-wrinkle foods as part of your regular diet. This, in combination with regular visits to your acupuncturist, can go a long way towards helping to keep your skin looking as smooth and wrinkle-free as possible… without the need for surgical procedures.

If you are interested in receiving acupuncture treatments in my Englewood, NJ acupuncture office and would like to know whether or not your insurance plan covers acupuncture, my insurance experts will be happy to verify your coverage prior to your setting up an appointment. Simply complete our online Check Your Insurance Coverage Form. This form is on a secure server, so your personal information is protected. We will get back to you, as soon as possible, with your acupuncture benefit coverage information.

My Englewood acupuncture office is conveniently located in Bergen County, NJ, just minutes from Manhattan, NYC and the George Washington Bridge.

Stay Healthy and Be Well! See a Licensed Acupuncturist regularly.

Patients seen by appointment only.

Acupuncture in Englewood NJ: 201-357-0904

Please visit my newly designed and informative website at Acupuncture-in-NJ.com.

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Acupuncture and Weight Loss in Englewood, NJ

One of the most common questions I get when people learn that I’m an acupuncturist is, “Can acupuncture help me lose weight?”

In short, the answer is yes, it can help.

Acupuncture can help curb the appetite… it can help reduce cravings… and it can stimulate the body’s metabolism to help with weight loss.

But what should be stated up front is that acupuncture is not a ‘silver bullet’ solution for weight control, and it should be used in conjunction with a weight loss or weight management program that is suited to your individual needs.

Most licensed acupuncturists should be able to help not only through use of the acupuncture needle, but also by providing you with informed counseling and guidance on diet and nutrition. He/she should also be able to advise on exercise and relaxation techniques designed to help you get through the physical and emotional trials of the weight loss process.

Weight loss is never easy, and successful long term weight loss is incredibly difficult for most people to achieve. Acupuncture is a perfectly natural way to boost your weight loss efforts, and there are no harmful side effects or chance of addiction, as may be encountered with certain medications.

If you are interested in receiving acupuncture treatments in my Englewood, NJ acupuncture office and would like to know whether or not your insurance plan covers acupuncture, my insurance experts will be happy to verify your coverage prior to your setting up an appointment. Simply complete our online Check Your Insurance Coverage Form. This form is on a secure server, so your personal information is protected. We will get back to you, as soon as possible, with your acupuncture benefit coverage information.

My Englewood acupuncture office is conveniently located in Bergen County, NJ, just minutes from Manhattan, NYC and the George Washington Bridge.

Stay Healthy and Be Well! See a Licensed Acupuncturist regularly.

Patients seen by appointment only.

Acupuncture in Englewood NJ: 201-357-0904

Please visit my newly designed and informative website at Acupuncture-in-NJ.com.

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Miso Soup: An Ancient Remedy for the Common Cold by NJ Acupuncturist Robert Vena

The people of Asia have long been aware of the health benefits of soybeans and scallions.

Documentation of the use of these ingredients as medicine dates as far back as the 3rd or 4th century, when the famous Chinese doctor Ge Hong (283–343 CE) included them in his medical handbook, ‘Emergency Formulas to Keep Up One’s Sleeve’.

Dr. Hong’s Chinese herbal formula, known as ‘Cong Chi Tang’, or ‘Scallion and Prepared Soybean Decoction’, is still used today as a way to help stop the common cold in its tracks. And today, we have easy access to this herbal formula in the form of a traditional Japanese soup.

Most westerners are now familiar with the dish known as miso soup. This tasty soup’s main ingredients, miso (fermented soybean paste) and scallions (green onions, spring onions, or shallots), make it an excellent choice as a home remedy for those looking to ward off the common cold. The soup is most effective in this capacity when taken at the very onset of a cold… just as indications such as a mild fever, slight chills, headache, and stuffy nose first appear.

It is important that the soup be taken immediately, within just 4 – 6 hours of the appearance of the first signs of a cold coming on. The soup can help to knock out the cold during this early stage, but any later, once the cold has further developed, is too late, and other cold remedies will be required.

The soup should be taken hot, in an effort to induce a sweat that can help to expel the cold pathogen that has invaded the body.

After drinking down the soup, it is recommended to immediately get into bed and bundle up under blankets until a sweat appears. Once a good sweat has been produced, get out of bed, towel the sweat off the body, change into dry clothes, and get back into bed to rest.

Fresh miso soup can be purchased at most Japanese restaurants or sushi houses, but it is also easy to make at home. The ingredient ‘miso’ can be found in most health food stores and in grocery stores that stock foods from around the world. Instant miso soup is also available in single-serving packages, but many of these products contain high levels of sodium and monosodium glutamate (MSG), so be careful with your selection.

There are many delicious recipes for miso soup that can be found online or in cookbooks, but here is a simple one, using only the basic ingredients:

Miso Soup

Bring 2 – 3 cups of water to a boil

Add 2 tablespoons of miso paste and allow it to dissolve

Cook for 5 – 10 minutes over a low flame

While the soup is simmering, chop 3 – 5 stalks of scallion and sprinkle them into the soup just prior to removing it from the heat.

Remove from heat and serve hot.

Enjoy and Be Well.

If you are interested in receiving acupuncture treatments in my Englewood, NJ acupuncture office and would like to know whether or not your insurance plan covers acupuncture, my insurance experts will be happy to verify your coverage prior to your setting up an appointment. Simply complete our online Check Your Insurance Coverage Form. This form is on a secure server, so your personal information is protected. We will get back to you, as soon as possible, with your acupuncture benefit coverage information.

My Englewood acupuncture office is conveniently located in Bergen County, NJ, just minutes from Manhattan, NYC and the George Washington Bridge.

Stay Healthy and Be Well! See a Licensed Acupuncturist regularly.

Patients seen by appointment only.

Acupuncture in Englewood NJ: 201-357-0904

Please visit my newly designed and informative website at Acupuncture-in-NJ.com.

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