Acupuncture Huntington Beach

20
Apr

ACUPUNCTURE AND YOGA, HOW DO THEY COMPLIMENT?


ACUPUNCTURE AND YOGA – HOW DO THEY COMPLEMENT EACH OTHER FOR BETTER HEALTH?

 

When comparing yoga and acupuncture, there are quite a few similarities between the two practices. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners (Acupuncturists) work to ensure the smooth flow of Qi within the body. Qi can be translated as ‘life force’.

In Ayuverdic medicine, yoga practitioners refer to ‘Qi’ as Prana. TCM and Yoga activate the smooth flow of Qi/Prana in a different way but both are based on Eastern Philosophy with similar ideas. Both Yoga and TCM are used to create free-flowing energy whether it is Qi or Prana.

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In TCM there are energetic pathways in the body. These pathways are called Meridians. When the energetic flow within the meridians becomes blocked, the result can show up as a variety of symptoms such as pain, emotional ups, and downs, fatigue, overeating….the list goes on and on. Acupuncturists strive to remove any blockages within these pathways to create free-flowing Qi within the meridians and reduce and/or eliminate the symptoms thereby bringing the body back into balance.

Meridian Yoga

As a former Yoga Instructor, Dr. Bennett has an in-depth appreciation for yoga.

The complementary nature of yoga and acupuncture is reflected in their common goal of releasing stagnation of energy in the meridian systems and their related organs or in the blood. While yoga provides the format to release the blockage, acupuncture and meridian theory provide a framework to understand which poses are best for a particular condition. Additionally, herbs can strengthen the flow of qi, as well as unblock stagnated qi. Our overly fast lifestyles, combined with poor eating habits and a polluted environment can create deficiencies that acupuncture and herbs can help to correct. The Chinese pharmacopeia is the largest, most advanced categorization of plants animals, and minerals in all the world. It has withstood the test of time.

While yoga strengthens and stabilizes the flow of qi/prana, acupuncture and herbs dramatically enhance one’s healing and overall health goals. Acupuncture will also intensify and speed the recovery of each yoga session, helping one to move forward in their health and mental state with clarity, focus, and increased sense of well-being.

Yoga practice and Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture and herbs), concurrently have time-tested treatments that date back 5,000 years. My acupuncture assessment is to derive treatment protocols that will dramatically enhance the healing process.

Three Examples of How Acupuncture and Yoga Clinically Help:

Warrior II focuses on the lymphatic system and the hips and knees. The emphasis on these joints is related to the gall bladder, spleen, and stomach meridians. These organs help the lymphatic system by increasing digestion and immune fluid. By stimulating certain acupuncture points on the Gallbladder, spleen, and stomach meridians, digestive fluids increasing thereby boosting the immune system via the gut.

Wheel and other backbends can effectively and sometimes very intensely stretch the stomach and spleen meridians. This pose can help prevent your body from acid reflux, heartburn, and other stomach issues. Various combinations of spleen and stomach meridian points will discourage acid reflux while calming the mind of excessive worry. These points will also help one to maintain focus and mental clarity without the distraction of “monkey mind” chatter.

Tree pose is a standard balancing pose that can be adapted based on your skill level. It focuses on the small intestine meridian and increases abdominal circulation. Tree pose can also calm and relax the mind and nervous system, bringing more self-awareness. Points stimulated on the “Du” and small intestine meridians can anchor the QI, and open the mind to the truth of who we really are deep down.

Downward dog can always be the home base pose. It is a staple that can be used in almost every yoga practice.

This pose focuses on the arms and shoulder meridians, which can improve heart and lung function. Increased function of these organs can help fight against allergies, viruses, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. Downward dogs can also help digestion and allow for increased blood flow. By stimulating the heart and the lung meridians, we can calm the emotions to help relieve severe anxiety and sadness while improving breathing ability thus oxygenating the brain! This pose focuses on the arms and shoulder meridians, which can improve heart and lung function. Increased function of these organs can help fight against allergies, viruses, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. Downward dogs can also help digestion and allows for increased blood flow.

Great article on the topic includes: Meridian Yoga

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Acupuncturist, Dr. Strefanie M. Bennett, LAc, PhD

About Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc, Ph.D. – Holds both a master’s and a doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She has completed additional training in functional medicine, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. She can be reached at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome

 

12
Mar

Healthy and easy to make smoothie

Healthy and easy to make smoothie is a great meal substitute or for a snack. You cannot beat the benefits of a high-quality smoothie for nutrition and weight loss. This is not a fictitious healthy smoothie you find at a strip center store chain. This is the real deal, just watch the video. Always thinking about you, Dr. Bennett

Make the night before.
Take it on the go to work! Very convenient.
Healthy alternative to high calorie meals

Smoothie Recipe:

Blend Cup of fresh sprouted almonds in a cup water

Add Frozen Organic Spanish – (Trader Joes has a good one), strawberries and bananas

One teaspoon Flax seed oil (for healthy fats)

Two scoops SP Complete Standard Process (non-GMO, plant based) For athletes needing extra protein or if you are really hungry add two scoops of Standard Process Whey Pro Protein.

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Stevia 2 little drops

Blend

A yummy, working weight loss hint: Have a smoothie just before a meal, you will eat less and get more nutrients, especially before a high calorie meal.

Dr. BennettAbout Acupuncturist Dr. Stefanie M. Bennett, LAc,  PhD – Holds both a masters and doctorate in acupuncture and Chinese medicine, plus two diplomats. She hascompleted additional training in functional medicine, herbal medicine, and applied clinical nutrition. She has been practicing in Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach for over 13 years. She can be reached at 714-962-5031 and new patients are welcome