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

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

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Acupuncture 101 by NJ Acupuncturist Robert Vena


As a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, I am often asked questions about what it is that I do. By far, the most common questions that I am asked are; “What is acupuncture?” “Is it safe? “Does it hurt?” “What can it treat?” and “How can I find a reliable acupuncturist in my area?”

In this article, I have outlined answers to these questions in an effort to introduce you to and familiarize you with this amazing healing art. It is my hope, that this medicine will one day be as familiar to westerners as it is to the peoples of Asia who have long benefited from its effectiveness in preventing disease and promoting health and well-being.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is just one facet of the much broader field of Chinese Medicine – all of which is rooted in the philosophy of Taoism.

Underlying the practice of this ancient medicine is a unique view of the human body and of health. This view greatly differs from Western medical thought, and is based on the concept that we human beings are microcosms of the larger universe – firmly positioned between heaven and Earth, linked with nature, and subject to her forces. The aim of this medicine is not in treating health problems in isolation, but rather in addressing the individual (body and mind) as a whole, while taking one’s surrounding environment into consideration, and bringing it all back into harmony to create a balanced state of health.

Acupuncture originated in China over 5,000 years ago and stands strong as one of the oldest healing practices in the world. Over the past several thousand years, more people have been successfully treated with acupuncture than with all other modalities of healing combined.

Acupuncture promotes the body’s natural healing abilities. It is a modality of healing that involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific body points located along channels of energy known as meridians. The meridian system connects all of the major organs and body parts, and circulates the body’s vital life energy, known as Qi (pronounced ‘chee’).

According to Chinese medical theory, illness arises when the cyclical flow of Qi through the meridians becomes unbalanced or blocked. Acupuncturists use the point/meridian system to access and activate the Qi, to promote the body’s natural healing abilities and restore balanced health.

Is it Safe?

Acupuncture is a safe and effective natural therapy. It has been safely employed on billions of patients for thousands of years. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of acupuncture needles by licensed acupuncturists in 1996 and require that they follow strict safety guidelines. Modern acupuncture needles are sterile, single-use, disposable, and should never be reused.

Does it hurt?

Acupuncture needles are tiny, thin, and flexible, and the sensation caused by insertion varies from patient to patient. The needles are 25 – 50 times thinner than hypodermic needles. So thin in fact, that several acupuncture needles can fit inside the middle of a hypodermic needle. Most people feel nothing at all upon insertion of an acupuncture needle, while others may experience a brief moment of discomfort as the needle penetrates the skin.

What can it treat?

Patients may see an acupuncturist for any number of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal to fertility issues.

Some of the major benefits of Acupuncture are that it is a holistic approach to health and healing, assists in preventing disease, and provides drug-free pain relief.

Acupuncture can effectively treat many common ailments. In fact, the World Health Organization (WHO) currently lists quite a few conditions that have been proven through clinical trial to be effectively treated by acupuncture:

Adverse reactions to chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy

Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)

Biliary colic (gallstones)

Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)

Dysentery, acute bacillary

Dysmenorrhoea, primary

Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)

Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)

Headache

Hypertension, essential

Hypotension, primary

Induction of labour

Knee pain

Leukopenia (a decrease in the number of white blood cells)

Low back pain

Malposition of fetus, correction of

Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting

Neck pain

Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)

Periarthritis of shoulder

Postoperative pain

Renal colic (pain caused by kidney stones)

Rheumatoid arthritis

Sciatica (pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling in the leg caused by injury to or compression of the sciatic nerve)

Sprains

Stroke

Tennis elbow

* Preceding information taken from World Health Organization http://apps.who.int/medicinedocs/en/d/Js4926e/5.html

Other Commonly treated conditions include: Acne, ADD/ADHD, Addiction (Smoking Cessation, Drug/Alcohol Problems), Allergies, Anxiety, Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Cancer Related Fatigue, Chronic Diarrhea, Common Cold, Constipation, Crohn’s Disease, Dental Pain, Depression, Digestive Disorders, Facial Pain, Facial Rejuvenation, Fatigue, Flu, Gallstones, Gastritis, GERD, Gynecological Disorders, Hair Loss, Headache, Hypertension & Hypotension, IBS, Immune Disorders, Infertility, Insomnia, Irregular Menstruation, Joint Pain, Kidney Stones, Menopause, Migraines, Morning Sickness, Orthopedic Disorders, Nausea & Vomiting, Neck Pain, Neuropathy, Sciatica, Stress, Pain Syndromes, PMS, Postoperative Pain, PTSD, Reflux, Respiratory Disorders, Rosacea, Sinusitis, Skin Problems, Stroke Rehabilitation, TMJ, Ulcers, Weight Loss / Weight Gain, Women’s Health Issues, and much more.

How can I find a reliable acupuncturist in my area?

The best guideline for choosing an acupuncturist is to ask friends and family for referrals. Once you have found an acupuncturist in your area, you should verify his/her qualifications. Be sure to check for state licensure and training credentials.

Not all states require an acupuncturist to be licensed, but an acupuncturist must possess a certificate of course completion from an accredited institution such as the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncturists (NCCAOM). You can find or verify an NCCAOM certified practitioner in your area online at http://www.nccaom.org/.

Robert A. Vena is a Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the States of New York and New Jersey and is nationally board certified in Oriental Medicine (Diplomate Oriental Medicine) by the NCCAOM. He completed the intensive 4-year Master of Science of Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City and currently practices Chinese Medicine in Englewood, NJ and Manhattan, NYC.

Click on the link below to see this article as published in the The Jewish Standard (New Jersey, January 2012):



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.

Follow Rob Vena Acupuncture on Facebook and Twitter

 

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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Acupuncture for Smoking Cessation in Englewood, NJ

Kick the Habit!


Did you know that smokers are more likely than non-smokers to catch colds… and that their symptoms may even be worse? Just being around secondhand smoke increases your chances of catching a cold.

Do you, or someone you know need help kicking the habit?

Acupuncture can help with permanent smoking cessation by lessening the cravings and reducing withdrawal symptoms. Moreover, there are no side effects and it enhances your overall health.

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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The Discipline of Qigong by NJ Acupuncturist Rob Vena


Discipline: Training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.

Qigong: The art and science of using breathing techniques, gentle movement, and meditation to cleanse, strengthen, and circulate life energy, or Qi (pronounced ‘chee’).

Last week, my teacher spoke to the students of his weekly Qigong class about character building, and of the positive effect it has on the overall health of the human body.

In not so many words he explained that each time you discipline yourself, you build character… and that this, in turn, helps build better Qi and leads to improved health.

Well, my teacher’s words struck a cord deep within me that day, and they have ever since been rolling around and round in my head like a ferris wheel… until they appeared again here on this page.

It’s amazing how certain teachers can have this kind of effect on us…

This simple teaching of his caused me to reflect back on my life, and on the role that discipline has played in it… and it has become very clear to me, that the times I exercised the most discipline in life, have by far been the most productive, happy, and healthy of of them all.

As stated in the quote above by Jim Rohn, “Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.”

Of this there can be no doubt.

It is oh so very important to discipline ourselves if we ever wish to reach the goals we set… not just in Qigong, or other martial arts practices, but in every aspect of our lives.

I wish you great success in reaching your own goals. May you have the discipline required to easily transform them into realities.

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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Fall is Pear Season ~ Acupuncture in NJ

Fall is the season of the pear, and therefore this is the best time of year to benefit from this fruit’s healing properties.

Traditionally, in Chinese medicine, the pear is taken for its therapeutic and nutritional value. Considered to be sweet, slightly sour, cool, moistening, and detoxifying in nature, it is often prescribed for relief of coughs, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, indigestion, difficult urination, and constipation.

Because of its viscous quality, the pear helps to moisten the lungs and stomach, providing a natural relief from some of these conditions. The pear is also a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, copper, and vitamin K.

Pears are very perishable once ripe, and the pears found in grocery stores are typically unripe, and still require a few more days of maturing. Try to find pears that are firm, but not too hard. The skin should be smooth and free of punctures, bruises, and dark soft spots. Brown speckles on the skin are acceptable and may even indicate a more intense flavor. Pears should be left at room temperature and are considered ripe and ready to eat once the skin yields to gentle pressure.

Following are several easy preparations of pears for use in relief of certain conditions. But please, remember… these preparations are suggested to provide relief only, and should never be taken in place of proper medical care. It is always recommended and advised that you seek proper care from your healthcare provider for any of these conditions.

* For relief of cough and thirst from fever, drink a glass of fresh pear juice in the morning and evening.

For relief from the following conditions, soak fresh unpeeled pears in vinegar:

* Indigestion – Peel 2 vinegar soaked pears and eat them.

* Sore throat and difficulty swallowing – Squeeze the juice out of 2 vinegar soaked pears and drink in the morning and evening.

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.

Follow Rob Vena Acupuncture on Facebook and Twitter