Leah proudly announces her move to Stanford Healthcare and is exclusively seeing Qualcomm employees who want Acupuncture services at the Qualcomm Health Center at 10155 Pacific Heights Road, San Diego, CA.

Acupuncture helps IBS – Find Out How

Acupuncture and IBSIrritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a nightmare. Unless you have been through the maddening rigamarole of testing and pain only to have them give you this diagnosis, you may have a hard time relating. However, have no fear – acupuncture helps IBS.

The first issue is that IBS is a diagnosis of exclusion. What this means is that your doctors really don’t know what is wrong with you. They see you have certain issues like constipation, diarrhea, cramping, and bloating. Then, they run an ungodly amount of tests including stool samples and scopes of all make and model. When they can find no reason for your symptoms, they label it IBS.

The second problem that is even worse is that this label follows you from doctor to doctor and from insurance company to insurance company. Doctors have told me that they would diagnose me with IBS but I should first consider the implication on my ability to find low cost health insurance. Yikes! Never once did any doctor let me know that acupuncture helps IBS.

Going to a natural  health practitioner can stop IBS in its tracks.

  • You need to believe that a change in diet will change your intestinal tract. If you are feeding your system garbage, you cannot be too upset that it isn’t functioning at top performance
  • You ought to consider homeopathy and herbalism as a front line of attack
  • I cannot say it enough, “Acupuncture helps IBS!”

Heather Van Vorous  has a site, Heather & Co., dedicated to assisting those with IBS, the natural way. She tells us that the various administrating boards of health, National Institutes of Health Consensus Panel and the World Health Organization, identified areas where acupuncture helps IBS.

  • Acupuncture helps IBS abdominal pain
  • Acupuncture helps IBS muscle cramping
  • Acupuncture helps IBS constipation
  • Acupuncture helps IBS diarrhea

In addition, acupuncture helps IBS by reducing the symptoms that trigger an episode or make one more intense, such as insomnia, anxiety, and PMS.

If you or someone you love are facing this uphill battle, take the reins into your own hands. You have felt powerless for long enough. Change your diet, consult your natural health care specialist and  get some healthy homeopathic and herbal medications and,  don’t forget the blessing that acupuncture helps IBS.




Acupuncture for Infertility: Success Stories

Are you on the “treatment for infertility” roller coaster ride? I know what heartbreak it can cause and how it overshadows everything else. Acupuncture for infertility is being shown to be a viable alternative. It  is also  being used as an adjunct to traditional hormone therapy.

Acupuncture for Infertility

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Over the years I have had a number of friends, relatives and clients go through the process of infertility treatment with various degrees of success. Their lives were consumed by the hope of getting pregnant. I was lucky enough to be chosen to help them along with acupuncture for infertility and herbs as a last resort. With this adjunct of treatment, as well as a few who only used acupuncture, within months several of these women became pregnant. I get to proudly say I got my sister pregnant after 3 invitro attempts!

Acupuncture for infertility vs hormone therapy

So, the question of the hour is whether acupuncture is a viable treatment for infertility? I, along with every other acupuncture practitioner, could site case studies aplenty. Some of us even have a wall of babies to attest to our value. But what does the research say? Is acupuncture for infertility a viable alternative treatment ?

According to research out of Germany the answer is a decisive, “Yes!” Since the early 1990s we have known that acupuncture has at least as good, if not better, results than hormone therapy. Now, research on the use of acupuncture for infertility has moved on from proving its therapeutic value to actually creating protocols of treatment for the industry.

Another hopeful acupuncture treatment for infertility is being conducted in tandem with traditional medical interventions, like in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Promising results were found in women who have a high rate of “threatened miscarriage“.

In addition, research is currently being conducted whose purpose is to show a higher live birth rate in women who use acupuncture alongside their IVF treatments, like Carrie.

If you are reading this article, you are undergoing a stressful and emotional period in your life. You need calm and tender care. You need your pregnancy put back into your hands. Often, just the stress of the medicalization of your treatment for infertility, makes it worse. Acupuncture gives you back a measure of your sanity.

Whether used alone as a treatment for infertility or in tandem with traditional medicine, acupuncture can assist you down the rocky road you trod.

What is Moxibustion and How It’s Used with Acupuncture

acupuncture moxibustionIf your acupuncture treatment includes moxibustion, you may be wondering just what that is. Moxibustion, or Moxa for short, is a traditional Chinese acupuncture medicine technique. It involves the burning of mugwort, a small, spongy herb, to facilitate healing.

Moxibustion has been used throughout Asia for thousands of years. In fact, the actual Chinese character for acupuncture, translated literally, means “acupuncture-moxibustion.” The purpose of moxibustion, as with most forms of traditional Chinese medicine, is to strengthen the blood. It also stimulates the flow of qi, and helps to maintain general health.

Why Moxibution is Used with Acupuncture

Moxibustion benefits people who have a cold or stagnant condition. The moxa stick is burned to warm up the blood and qi that are not circulating well. It is particularly known for its ability to turn breech presentation babies into a normal head-down position that is considered safer for childbirth. Moxibustion is also used to treat inflammations. For example, if treating a patient with tendinitis, the moxa stick is burned over the elbow area. It is also highly regarded for menstrual cramps, where the stick is waved over the abdominal area. Often, the cramps disappear immediately.

Moxa on acupuncture points is frequently done with acupuncture treatment for many kinds of ailments. The treatment brings warmth and helps strengthen the activity of the blood. The sensation of Moxibustion is a gentle and generally quite pleasant therapy. The warmth should feel comfortable similar a very small heating pad. At first you feel heat on the skin, then the heat penetrates deeper into your body. Some sensitive people feel the heat traveling up or down. This is an excellent therapeutic sign. It means that the heat has distinctly entered the acupuncture channel.

Moxa can be very smokey depending on the kind that is used so if you are smoke sensitive it is not recommended.

Hot Spicy Soups Help Push Out Pathogens

flu cold remedies healthHave you ever had the feeling of aches or achiness, usually in your upper back or it could be all over your body? This is the sensation of your immune system or wei qi fighting the virus or pathogen on the surface or in the muscle layer of your body.

This is the time to sweat it out and help your system push the virus out before the it has a chance to drop into your chest and develop into an more internal disease.

A great way to do this is to drink hot spicy drinks or soups that make you sweat. It could be thai, chinese, mexican or even good old fashioned chickens oup with very aromatic onions. The important thing is to sweat!

Also this is the time for cupping! Call me or your acupuncturist and get cupped!


Leah Davida Krecu is a Licensed Acupuncturist practicing at Circle of Life Healing Arts Center in Encinitas, California since 1997. She practices a light style of acupuncture with a heavy emphasis on bodywork. Leah is always open for questions at her office at 760-632-7728.