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.

Does Acupuncture Work For Seasonal Allergies?

does acupuncture work for seasonal allergiesIt is about time for some of us in Southern California to start getting geared up. We are just now heading into seasonal allergy season. Today it rained, tomorrow, all those little sweet shoots are going to be pouring their pollen out into the world. I know you think that you have been through everything…pills, shots…

You wonder does acupuncture work for seasonal allergies?

Some doctors will want to give you antihistamines, others will want to give allergy shots. When your friend asks you, “does acupuncture work for seasonal allergies?” you will know that the answer is a decided yes. It also works better when combined with a full spectrum of Chinese herbs and remedies. Does acupuncture work for seasonal allergies? Yes. Does it work better combined with other interventions? Yes

  •  Acupuncture: Acupuncture helps with both perennial allergic rhinitis and seasonal allergies. Stop asking, “does acupuncture work for seasonal allergies?” The answer is yes! People often claim they get immediate draining and ability to breath.
  • Sublingual immune therapy: Happily this is available at your local health food store. Look closely, it is specialized for you climate zone.
  • Traditional Chinese Herbal Remedies: It is hard to pick one remedy as there are so many. An acupuncturist will have to make an assessment and decide which remedy is best.
  • Natural Medicine: Quercetin being the head of the bunch.

Seasonal Allergies are the worst. However, what is really the worst in waiting until this time of year, knowing the nightmare that will ensue. Take back your personal power. Does acupuncture work for seasonal allergies? Yes it does.

Post Surgery Acupuncture – Getting Better Quicker

Post surgery acupunctureAs a follow up to our last blog, it seemed only reasonable to follow up with a post surgery blog. When I was writing the pre surgery blog, I had no idea what I was getting into by having surgery on my torso. Despite my anxiety, people kept telling me that this surgery was “no big deal.” However, Leah knew better. She suggested I schedule post surgery acupuncture three weeks after the surgery. Thank goodness I listened. Post surgery acupuncture helps with all sorts of issues that we will get to, however, my experience may be like some of yours who have had laproscopic surgery. See with this sort of knife wielding, they blow you up with air before rooting around in your gut. I didn’t have a lot of pain but I had a great deal of discomfort from the air, even three weeks later. Immediately, after my post surgery acupuncture, I felt that feeling of my organs sloshing around inside me subside. It was such a relief!

How Can Post Surgery Acupuncture Help Me?

Duke University did a study in 2007 that found that post surgery acupuncture significantly reduced post surgery pain and reduced the need for strong narcotic pain killers. I didn’t have much post surgery pain, however my post surgery acupuncture did a number on the nagging points where they cut into me.  But wait, there is more that post surgery acupuncture can do besides reduce pain, which for me, is a biggie.

  • It can aide in the reduction of scarring!
  • Sometimes after surgery, you get a sense of itchiness, called pruritis. Post surgery acupuncture reduces the incidence of pruritis.
  • Post surgery acupuncture reduces swelling
  • It helps with dizziness, upset stomach, and nausea
  • It can even help a person regain their appetite

I, personally, experienced such a benefit from post surgery acupuncture. If I were you, I would schedule my surgery and then immediately, schedule my post surgery acupuncture three weeks later. Side effects of surgery are miserable. Let acupuncture help!

Pre surgery Acupuncture? Go before and heal faster!

pre surgery acupunctureI haven’t had surgery since I was 17 and even then it was pretty minor, topical stuff. As I turned 40 it became clear that some heftier surgery was in order. I was told I had endometrosis among other issues. So, they wanted to fill me up with air and go rooting around inside my gut to figure it all out and get rid of any aberrant growing tissue. I tried to ignore it but the day before, I started to panic. I was really scared. Luckily, I had an acupuncture appointment scheduled and I could get some pre surgery acupuncture.

What are the benefits of pre surgery acupuncture?

I experienced, and am experiencing quite of few. Here are the wonders of pre surgery acupuncture:

  • Sense of Calm: Immediately I was calm and at ease about the procedure. I relaxed that night and had a dreamless sleep. However, the calm melted into the next day. At the hospital, I had no anxiety. I was chipper and went under quick and easy.
  • Immune Boost: I had been treating myself extra kind the last month. However, I was happy to have the added immune boosting benefits of pre surgery acupuncture. Hospitals can be dirty places where you can go away  with more bugs than when you walked in.
  • Less pain: This is the great part. I have had very little pain. Shockingly, I only took one Vicodin out of a bottle of 30. I just didn’t need it. I took some Ibuprofen for a couple days but I have had little to no pain. Amazing.
  • Faster recovery: Another great benefit of pre surgery acupuncture I witnessed first hand. I had the surgery on a Friday and was back to work on Monday. I was wearing some loose clothes but I was there and in good spirits.

My best advice is to nip your surgery problems and complications in the bud. Get a little pre surgery acupuncture and save your a lot of hassle later.

Acupuncture After A C Section Can Help Pain

acupuncture after a c sectionHaving a C-Section is often troubling and stressful. After a long, draw out labor, you are told that the doctor is going to prep you for surgery. Then, to add insult to injury you are left with a painful incision and must remain in the hospital longer than you anticipated. A C-Section is no fun and requires a lot of recovery.   In addition to all the good advice like resting and letting others help you out, you should, most definitely consider acupuncture after c-sections as a tool to put in your bag.

Evidence That Acupuncture After A C Section Helps

An article published in The Chinese Journal of Medicine in 2009 detailed a study about acupuncture after a C section. They followed 60 women who had C sections. The women who were in the group receiving acupuncture after a C section said that they had less pain, asked for pain medication later and with less frequency than the control group. Acupuncture after a C section is shown to work!

The reason why acupuncture for a C section is bound to work is for the same reason we have discussed throughout this blog, Acupuncture is shown to assist in reducing pain. Acupuncture, that art of sticking wee, little needles at various places in your body, is fabulous at pain reduction and pain management. A study at Duke University in 2008 showed that use of acupuncture led to less use of pain medication.

The best part of using acupuncture after a C section…could there be a part better than less pain? I don’t know….is that without the abundance of pain medication in your system it will be much easier for you to breast feed and not have to worry about your little one getting a taste of that nasty pain medication. Acupuncture After a C Section is worth it, in so many ways.

Acupuncture for Stress: The holidays are upon us

acupuncture for stressWhat one Earth happened? I blinked and it is going to be Christmas in less than two weeks. Hanukkah starts in two days and lasts until the 24th. I know what happened. Thanksgiving was late this year, it gave us less time between it and our December holidays. However, just knowing it doesn’t ease the holiday stress of less time. I am maxed out. I need relief. One great technique, I know works every time is acupuncture for stress.

Without even going in to see Leah for acupuncture for stress treatments, I know her space and her style and no matter what you are treated for, you walk out of her office magically relaxed, regardless of what problem she is seeing you for that day. I am being treated for menopause issues (a myriad of them) and between her therapeutic massage, the smells, the dim lights, and her acupuncture,  I walk out of her office every time with my eyes at half mast. I have to take a moment to acclimate so I can drive.

Acupuncture for Stress Treatments:

But I digress, one of Leah Davida’s specialties is giving acupuncture for stress, specifically to make you feel better and less anxious. Your acupuncture provider (Leah) will place wee little needles in specific points, called meridians that will help alleviate stress and anxiety in a number of ways. Points you can massage, yourself,  to get some of the benefit are:

  • Kidney 1 : on the bottom of your foot…like a good foot massage isn’t going to de-stress you big time…however, to find the exact location, click on the points.
  • Spleen 4 : Although the name implies it might be on your torso, it is another foot goodie. You do need that foot massage.
  • Ren 17: Also known as chest center

There are many more acupuncture for stress points. Too many to name. You will just have to go in and make an appointment to get all the stress reducing treats she has to offer!


Acupuncture for Addiction: Stop White Knuckling Today!

acupuncture for addictionA while back, I was on a spiritual retreat with a group of friends. As we sat down for our lovely veggie lunch, another group sat down beside us. Because I am nosy, I noticed that all of the other group had little pieces of tape stuck around their ears. I mentioned it to my husband but he was perplexed. Finally, I broke down and asked one of the other group members, what the tape was all about. I know, I know…super nosy. I have intense curiosity, is all. The person explained that they were alcoholics and drug addicts on retreat to detox. Wow…now I felt super lame and obnoxious. They explained that they were using acupuncture for addiction. These little pieces of tape were not just tape. Inside the tape were little beads that pressed on trigger points that alleviated their cravings. Hmmmm…..go on…..She went on to let me know that when they felt a craving, they could rub a certain bead and the craving evaporated. My embarrassment evaporated too, because it was all so darn cool. We finished our lunch and went on with the retreat, but I had to learn more.

I consider myself fairly savvy when it comes to natural medicine. Why had these little beads of acupuncture for addiction failed to register on my radar? Do they work? When should I use them? What are they good for?

What is Acupuncture for Addiction?

Well, there is more to acupuncture for addiction than just your average acupuncture session. In fact there is a special series of points on the ear, called the NADA protocol. NADA stands for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. This protocol can use traditional needles, magnetic beads, seeds taped to your ear, or some combination of the three. Certain points on the ear are stimulated and through the magnetic bead or seed, there is ongoing stimulation of those points.

Does Acupuncture for Addiction Work?

In one word, yes. There are all sorts of controlled trials with alcoholics and drug addicts showing definitive results. Not only that, but the NADA protocol is used in rehabilitation centers and even prisons. It is well recognized and widespread.

What Else is Acupuncture for Addiction Good for?

Interestingly, as of late, the NADA protocol has been expanded for use in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It was used, successfully on victims of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. It is also used to treat children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) without pharmaceuticals. Bonus!

Acupuncture for addiction, or the NADA protocol, can be used in a variety of ways for a variety of people. Whether you are suffering from an addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, or food….or have PTSD or ADHD….acupuncture can give you relief, immediately. Stop your white knuckling and start enjoying your life.


Using Acupuncture for Inflammation: Take Back Your Health

acupuncture for inflammationInflammation is when a part of the body becomes red, swollen, hot, and tender. It is how we, generally perceive illness and disease in our bodies. In fact, there are many who theorize that if it were not for inflammation, there would be no disease. I don’t know if I would go that far, but I do know that inflammation is a major contributing factor to many types of illnesses. The good thing to know is that we can use acupuncture for inflammation and it works…well!

So, when we perform acupuncture for inflammation here people don’t, usually, show up, saying, “I have inflammation.” This does happen when there is an injury but many problems that are helped when we use acupuncture for inflammation are not immediately identified as such.

What conditions can be helped by using acupuncture for inflammation?

  •  Injuries: This is the obvious one. When you have a sprained ankle or have torn a muscle, your body is hot, tender, and swollen. Inflammation is present and we know it because we can see it.
  •  Epilepsy: Here is a not so obvious way of using acupuncture for inflammation. A recent China Medical University study confirmed many other studies and showed a great reduction in quantity and severity of epileptic seizures caused by inflammation with the use of acupuncture for inflammation.
    China Medical University
    China Medical University
    China Medical UniversityChina Medical University conducted research that showed that acupuncture for inflammation showed an effective outcome for patients with epilepsy caused by inflammation.
  • Hay fever and other allergies: The response that is problematic with allergies, including hay fever, is the inflammation. In hay fever, we see inflammation in the nasal passage. Using acupuncture for inflammation can help you breath again.
  • Periodontitis: This is really inflammation of the gums around the teeth. It can lead to bone loss and even loss of teeth if not treated. This can be a difficult one for some of us to deal with. Acupuncture for inflammation can make your oral health more manageable.
  • Arthritis: All arthritis is inflammation in the joints.
  • Atherosclerosis: This is a specific sort of arteriosclerosis caused by inflammation. Using acupuncture for inflammation can calm down this chronic inflammatory response.

These are just some of the disorders and diseases where inflammation is the cause or a major contributing factor. Get relief for yourself today through acupuncture for inflammation

Using Acupuncture for PMS: Get Relief Now!

using acupuncture for PMSCome on gals…we all know how bad PMS can get. We suffer while being either berated for it or teased. This is a serious problem and you can get relief through using acupuncture for PMS. Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is a constellation of terribles. We all think we know what its about and if we don’t get all the symptoms the week before we begin to menstruate, we suffer with a few. I don’t know any of us that gets off scott free. Do you?

So…what are we using acupuncture for PMS for…anyhow?

PMS symptoms range from feeling depressed, having anxiety or guilt to cramps, headache, bloating weight gain, or sleep disturbances. There are actually seventeen symptoms you can possibly have. You need to have 5 to technically have PMS. These symptoms can be relatively mild or, in between 2% to 10% of women, these symptoms are incredibly severe.

Is there evidence for using acupuncture for PMS?

In short, yes. There is quite a bit of research that shows that using acupuncture for PMS is effective. There is also individual studies that show that using acupuncture for PMS helps reduce specific symptoms.

  • Using acupuncture for PMS can reduce inflammation.
  • Using acupuncture for PMS can reduce pain.
  • Using acupuncture for PMS can change the chemicals in your brain to induce more happiness.

What is important for us gals is that we can reclaim our health care. We can reclaim our bodies. We don’t have to be mocked or silently suffer because our symptoms don’t seem, “that bad”. What you really want is what we all want. We want to eliminate the physical and psychological symptoms. We don’t want our relationships to collapse because we can’t keep our anger or tears in check. We want to improve our quality of life. Most of all we don’t want the drug we are prescribed to create more problems than it solves. That is why using acupuncture for PMS is key. You get all the help and none of the adverse side effects found in allopathic treatments. Win – Win! Get help today. I did!




How to Stop Hot Flashes: Acupuncture Works

how to stop hot flashesWhen I started seeing Leah Davida (aka world’s best Encinitas acupuncture provider) I went because I wanted to know how to stop hot flashes. I am old enough where peri-menopause was rearing its ugly head.

What is a hot flash? Well, I was waking up every night at around 4:00 a.m. drenched in sweat. I couldn’t get cool. I would get up, walk around, stand in front of a fan waiting for the hot flash to pass. It wasn’t over, though, even when it would pass. After I cooled down, the sweat froze to my body and I jumped back under the covers to get warm again. By that time, I was awake and annoyed. I needed to know how to stop hot flashes and I wasn’t about to go the hormone route. Because of previous conditions, hormone treatment wasn’t even available.

How to stop hot flashes

  • Leah Davida and her amazing acupuncture changed my world. I know it is just anecdotal evidence but it worked amazingly well for me. I find I have many more hot flashes in the summer and that is when I crank up my visits to Leah Davida. Acupuncture for hot flashes worked. It lessened the frequency and duration of my hot flashes.
  • Studies on how to stop hot flashes show acupuncture works. That is right – there are multiple studies that all agree that acupuncture reduces the number and severity of hot flashes. The best is that the effects of the acupuncture for hot flashes seems to work for up to three months. Bonus!
  • Leah Davida’s therapeutic massage relieves hot flashes, too. Leah does this in two ways. First, she uses acupressure meridian points in the massage to enhance the benefits of the acupuncture for hot flashes. Second, there is a direct correlation between hot flashes and stress. Therapeutic massage is proven to reduce stress. Any time you can reduce stress, you get the benefit of reducing your hot flashes.

When you get a treatment from Leah, you get real relief. You get acupuncture for hot flashes and a therapeutic massage. You will never be the same again… of course, I am being a bit dramatic… I am Peri-menopausal, after all… but not that dramatic, she is pretty amazing. Don’t take my word for it, call her and try it out for yourself!


5 Natural Remedies For Migraines

natural remedies for migrainesLast night I was at my mother’s home celebrating Father’s day. My whole family was there and we even had other family Skyping with us so we could enjoy family that lives in another state. During the Skype, my cousin got up and just left the room. Nobody could find him. When we looked, he was laying in a dark room, moaning. A migraine headache came on that quick and left him incredibly debilitated. He has tried everything and is on the verge of injecting Botox into his head. Instead, I asked him to try these natural remedies for migraines.

If you get migraine headaches, you are willing to try anything. Just looking at my cousin shocked me into the reality of how terrible migraines can be. But before he goes down any extreme road, I asked that he give these 5 natural remedies for migraines a go.

So….what are the natural remedies for migraines, anyhow?

  1. Vitamin B2: B2, otherwise known as Riboflavin, has been touted as one of the natural remedies for migraines. It doesn’t help a migraine that is in full swing but it is supposed to help prevent the frequency of migraines. You need a high does of upwards of 400 mg a day, every day. Don’t worry about toxicity. B vitamins are water soluble. What your body doesn’t use, it will excrete.
  2. Magnesium: This mineral is generally used in tandem with the B2 as one of the natural remedies for migraines. This is another preventative supplement. Many people with migraine headaches are often low in magnesium. To get the full benefit, try 200-600 mg per day of chelated magnesium. You will know you have reached your bodies maximum needs when your stools get softer.
  3. Enzymes: Because migraines are often triggered by foods, anything that helps you digest those foods better is going to necessarily prevent food induced migraines. Keep a food log  and find your triggers. In the mean time invest in high powered, high quality enzymes.
  4. Butterbur: There is some research to suggest that 50-75 mg, twice a day may help with the frequency and duration of migraine headaches.
  5. Acupuncture:  I can think of no better remedy than one where you are not even ingesting a thing. The best part is that if you can get to your professional acupuncture provider in a timely manner, the acupuncture seems to be able to lessen the symptoms during the headache event.

There are more, but this is a good start for anyone at their wits end with these painful headaches. My cousin lost his job due to the frequency of his migraines. Hopefully, when he tries these natural remedies for migraines, he will get the relief he needs!