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.

How Can I Prevent Breast Cancer?

prevent breast cancerBreast cancer is a scourge on women in our society. However, it is something that is being talked about more and more in the media and advances are being made in detection and treatment in all modalities of medicine. Recently Angelina Jolie took the huge step of getting a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer. Angelina was tested and knew she had a genetic predisposition to this form of cancer but every woman wants to to know how they can prevent breast cancer, genetics notwithstanding.

In Chinese medicine, breast cancer is caused by stagnation of Qi in the liver. We, in this community, recognize the toxic buildup of environmental toxins and pollutants, especially estrogens that cause heat and yin deficiency. Another contributor, in Chinese Medicine is the damp buildup of estrogenic fat cells. When our immune system cannot remove these estrogens and toxins, we have an environment ripe for trouble of all sorts.

So…How can we prevent breast cancer?

  1. Visit your acupuncture practitioner to move Qi in the breast and balance your hormones. You can assist with this on your own and it is easy….Exercise! You can also give yourself regular breast massage to prevent breast cancer. Get that blood flowing!
  2. Visit your acupuncture practitioner to move Qi in the liver to process estrogens. To supplement this, you can do a regular liver cleanse , limit your alcohol intake, and taking a good multivitamin with plenty of B vitamins. Ask your acupuncturist for help with a liver cleanse.
  3. Don’t expose yourself unnecessarily. Stay away from environmental estrogens, such as estrogen replacement therapy, pesticides, and meats treated with hormones. Also, you may consider taking a flax oil with high lignans or seeking out a lignan supplement. These flax lignans are seek-and-destroy missiles for toxic estrogen.
  4. Make sure you are not depleted. Normally cancer cells are destroyed by our immune system. When we are run down and our immune system is compromised our defenses are down. Good advice to prevent breast cancer is adopting a high fiber, plant-based, low fat diet. Introduce sea vegetables, like kelp, in your diet. Give up smoking. Further, make sure to ask your acupuncture practitioner for an herbal formula created to boost your earth element!

My father gave me a breast cancer awareness bracelet for my birthday this year. It is lovely but it brings to mind that we are not powerless to prevent breast cancer. We can and should do all we can to prevent it from the get go.

Oh…and remember, it is not just women who get breast cancer. Although rare, men can get this type of cancer, as well. Exercise your power, move your Qi, and do your part to prevent breast cancer!

 

Winter: Time to Recharge Our Batteries!

winter healthWinter is a great time to cuddle up, eat soups, read a good book and recharge our batteries.

But, what does it really mean to recharge our batteries? In Chinese Medicine, the winter season corresponds to our Kidney energy. Our Kidneys are  located deep in our mid abdomen near the spine.They are about the size of a fist.

According to the Ancient texts, the kidneys store our “Ming Men fire”. This is a pictorial reference to the the fire that  cooks our food, keeps us warm and helps move the energy or Qi through the body. If you imagine our bellies (stomach/spleen) as the cauldron for our food then the Ming Men fire is the heat that cooks the food. In more modern terms, we have to use chemical processes (energy) to break down the food so we can use it to nourish our bodies.

If we let our fire dwindle or go out, we have adverse effects on our health. You might feel this weak fire as cold hands and feet or cold in the lower back or belly or general lethargy. You may notice athletic clothing styles like vests and high tech ocean swim wear are designed to keep our trunk, and especially our kidneys, warm. This keeps the athlete charged up to perform his or her best.

In Chinese Medicine, we treat this cold deficiency with warming herb formulas and foods baked with cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, etc. We use heat packs, acupuncture points and Moxibustion to move Qi and warm the body. We also look at underlying reasons why someone might be cold in the first place. Some health conditions that are caused or aggravated by cold are digestive issues, infertility, urination issues, chronic colds, chronic immune problems, arthritis and joint pains.

If you notice any of your symptoms getting worse in cold weather then you know there is a “cold” component to your underlying issue. Click here for a recipe suggestion to experiment with Chai Tea. This is a beverage that is consumed all over the world and is warming and nourishing for the Kidneys and overall body.

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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.

What is Moxibustion or ‘Cupping’?

cupping moxibustionMoxibustion is a traditional Chinese medicine technique that 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 is to strengthen the blood, stimulate the flow of qi, and maintain general health. In traditional Chinese medicine,  moxibustion is used on people who have a cold or stagnant condition.

 

The burning of moxa is  believed to expel cold and warm the meridians, which leads to smoother flow of blood and qi.

 

This is a technique you can do at home with a Moxa Stick. I suggest you do this outside or in a  bathroom where the smoke and smell will not affect your household.

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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.

Why would I go to an Acupuncturist?

The National Institute of Health has put out a list of conditions that they have studied and concluded that an Acupuncturist treats.These include but are not limited to: addiction, stroke rehabilitation, headache, menstrual cramps, tennis elbow, fibromyalgia (general muscle pain), low back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and  asthma. These are a broad range of ailments that effect many different body systems.

Why would I go to an Acupuncturist?

When I am asked this question I like to give a little different answer.  An acupuncturist treats just about everything. Although, if there is an emergency, please call 911. There is nothing better than hospitals and emergency-trained  professionals for these types of acute emergency conditions. Any other chronic or minor acute condition, please call us.

Acupuncture has over 3000 years of  clinical studies which include: needles, herbs and adjunct/external therapies such as moxibustion, cupping, and tui na (a form of massage).

What sets an Acupuncturist up for success is that we have a lot of “tools in our toolbelt”. What I mean by that is we have hundreds of single herbs and combined  formulas that have been researched and used for thousands of years for nearly every ailment one can think of.

In modern/western medicine the diagnostic machines, blood tests etc. are fabulous tools to help figure out where and what the problem is. They have relatively few categories of medicines developed that have little or no side effects to choose from. Acupuncture and herbology have a distinct advantage in the sheer number of “tools” to choose from.

I chose to be  an Acupuncturist because I am allergic to so many of these pharmacuetical drugs. I needed to find alternatives to treat my ailments or risk my health with  anaphylaxis. Acupuncture and Homeopathy gave me that alternative.


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.