How to Sleep Better: Tips from an Acupuncturist

17 Jul 2014



By Jorga Houy, LAc, Emperor’s College Alumnus and Owner of LA Sports Acupuncture

“The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.”  – W.C. Fields

Sleep is one of the most important things in life, our ultimate “down time.” Many critical physiological functions occur when we sleep, including a great degree of our healing. For many of us, sleep is a like a dip into a relaxing pool for our consciousness, but can be a source of stress for many who don’t get enough of it.

From a Chinese medicine perspective, the quietude of sleep is the yin which balances the yang of our waking, active life. In our modern “go go” lifestyle, adequate sleep often gets sacrificed or compromised in favor of work or other activities, thus throwing off the essential yin/yang balance of our overall lifestyles. On occasion of National Sleep Awareness Week, I’d like to share 4 tips for better sleep: Read more

Acupuncture from a Western Medical Perspective

15 Jul 2014

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How do we reconcile the differences between western and Oriental medicine to do what we all basically want to do–get the patient better?

Read the article over on Epoch Times.

From Warrior to Healer

29 May 2014

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8 questions military veterans should ask themselves when choosing an acupuncture school

 In most cases, acupuncture is a graduate or doctoral level program.  Don’t let this scare you off though if you don’t already have a bachelor’s degree. Many acupuncture schools will consider you if you meet their minimum requirements, namely college level general education requirements (usually 60 semester units or 90 quarter units). Some schools will also accept CLEP and military transcripts (like AARTs). When you narrow down the search to schools that will accept your credits, you should look at what the individual schools have to offer.  Eight useful questions to ask are: Read more

Tongue Diagnosis and Tips for Better Health

21 May 2014

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What is your tongue telling you?

Follow-up to Chinese Medicine tongue diagnosis

By Jennifer Dubowsky, LAc

You’ve stood in front of your mirror and taken a good long look at your tongue…maybe for the first time since you were 10. Then you compared it to the chart show on Chinese Medicine tongue diagnosis. Now what?

China Life Web_tongue_chartHere are some health tips and dietary suggestions for each of the tongue types illustrated on the chart. You will see that some suggestions apply to more than one type of tongue pattern because there are commonalities. And, of course, there are dietary suggestions that are considered good for everyone like eating more frequently, eating smaller meals, chewing your food thoroughly, and avoiding extremely hot or cold foods and beverages, especially ice water. Following these general eating rules leads to more consistent energy, helps the digestive process and allows your body to absorb more nutrients.


Health and dietary tips specific to what your tongue is telling you…

Qi Deficiency

Foods that boost qi include brown rice, asparagus, peas, pumpkin, shiitake mushroom, squash, sweet potato, carrots, tomato, apples, cherries, grapes, almonds, black sesame seeds, herring, mackerel, mussel, octopus, oyster, tuna, trout, chicken, chicken liver, beef, duck, ham, lamb, and honey.

Stay away from raw foods which includes; salads (Instead of salads try steamedveggies), too much fruit, and fruit juices.

How to quickly boost your qi: Breathe deeply because when people are under a lot of stress, they often take shallow breaths. Breathing deep into your diaphragm brings more oxygen into your body and stimulates your qi.

Avoid eating too much food or too little food because either will rob you of enjoying consistent energy.

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