3 Steps to Synchronize With Spring

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Phone rings: “Uhh, yeah, do you guys have a program for detoxing?

I mean, not like the detoxing from drugs or alcohol….just, like, ya know, from eating too much processed food GlutenBeer  Probably too much red meat too, come to think of it. Should I do that cleanse with the lemon juice and cayenne pepper for 6 weeks before Coachella?”

What is one to do to make up for all of this “bad” behavior?

What, if anything, is necessary?

My answer:

Rest assured, your liver is doing the job of detoxing, unless it is damaged or diseased. It converts the nutrients in our diets into substances that the body can use. The liver stores these substances and supplies cells with them when necessary. It also takes up toxic substances and converts them into harmless substances or makes sure they are released from the body. What a great friend we have in the liver. Perhaps we should take care of it.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Liver is responsible for the smooth flow of emotions as well as Qi and blood. It is the organ that is most affected by excess stress or emotions.

A few neat facts about the Liver:

-The eyesare the sensory organ related to the Liver. If you have any eye issues, including blurry vision, red or dry eyes, itchy eyes, it may be a sign deep down that your Liver is not functioning smoothly.

-The tendons are the tissue associated with the Liver. TCM says that strength comes from the tendons, not muscles. Be like the cat that is strong, agile, and flexible- not the cow, which has huge muscles but little real strength.

-The taste that corresponds to and supports the Liver is sour. If you crave sour foods, that may be your Liver communicating that it needs an extra boost. Would you like a side of vinegar with that?

-Anger is the emotion associated with the Liver. If you are often irritable‍, get angry easily‍, have trouble unwinding from the day’s activities, have trouble reasoning or going with the flow and letting things go, you can listen to our advice.

My ideas for “detoxing” involve ongoing practices that keep your body in a constant state of good-housekeeping. I did not say PURITY. That, as we know, is impossible! Quick: stop the overnight shipment of 10 day’s worth of cold pressed juices.‍

Step 1: Soothe the Liver with acupuncture and other meditative practices. Ever notice how you feel during and after acupuncture? That’s because acupuncture harmonizes the organs. In other words, we quiet the overactive organ systems and give strength to the organs that are under active.

Here’s something you can do at home

Rub the acupressure point called “Taichung” (Liver 3) which stimulates a key point on the Liver channel. It’s located on the top of your foot where the big toe bone meets the 2nd toe bone. It may be sore, but this means you’re hitting the right spot! Congratulations! You are unblocking your Liver Qi.

Step 2: Invigorate the Liver by getting rid of cellular garbage and excess body fat. Did you know that your body can take care of its affairs best when it is given periods of time with no food or snacking?Crazy, huh? Check out this article: Why Fasting Is The Best Way To Lose Weight and learn about our amazing program called I.F. Plus You.

Step 3: Get the skin involved! The largest organ in the body and has the easiest access. Get naked and pick up a body brush. That’s right- DRY BRUSHING is a MUST for self-care. Not only does dry brushing stimulate the meridians, it encourages lymphatic drainage. Think river, rather than stagnant pond. It also brightens and smooths the skin.

This brings me to the announcement of our next event at ERCA on Sunday, April 29th 2018 from 3:00pm-5:00pm: Synchronize with Spring!

At this event, we will learn about some simple D.I.Y practices that will get you on the road to becoming a clean & serene machine 🧘🏻‍♀️ We will also discuss the contents of our new cleansing kits and exactly how to use them. Join us as we cover other topics including: nutrition, herbal medicine, essential oils, crystals, plants and simple yet effective exercises.

 


Change Your Life With Intermittent Fasting

Does the idea of fasting sound like something you’d rather not try? Worried that you’ll faint, get a headache, slow down your already screwed-up-metabolism or miss out on the “essential” nutrients everyone needs?

Well, if you want to see someone who has been experimenting with fasting since September 2017, look no further than your friendly acupuncturist at ERCA! Yes, that’s right. Am I skinny or gaunt? Nope. Have I dropped weight? A bit, but not a shocking amount. Do I feel tired or hungry? No, not at all. In fact, I feel lighter and more energetic than before. Believe it or not, adjusting to periods of eating and NOT eating hasn’t been difficult. It feels like an instinctive and natural way to eat, and the difference has been noticeable to myself and others. I love that it’s flexible with my schedule: meaning, you can tailor it to fit your life.

I started off by reading The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung. If you missed out on our November 2017 book club where we discussed this book, worry not. We’re hosting another book club on the same subject. This time, we’ll discuss a simpler, more distilled approach to Intermittent Fasting (IF) with the book Delay, Don’t Deny by Gin Stephens.  It’s only 97 pages! Here is her latest blog.

There are many fasting techniques that you can easily integrate into your life. I started out with the easy-as-pie “16/8.” This means that if I take my last bite of food at 7:00 PM, then I don’t put anything in my mouth other than water, black coffee, or unflavored tea until 11:00 AM the NEXT day, 16 hours later. You actually sleep through the bulk of the 16/8 fast. I highly recommend this for a week or two before you move on to a lengthier fast and shorter “eating window.” During this time, I’ll tell you that I tried IF primarily to lose weight. However, there are so many health benefits that are discussed in the two books mentioned above that weight loss becomes a side effect of this lifestyle. Some things I’ve noticed are:

  1. My face has slimmed down (no double chin!) and my skin has brightened. I wake up spry and energetic while remaining that way during my entire fasting window. Also, I find myself moving a lot more and feel less of a need to spend time exercising.
  2. My mood is more “up” and steady, with fewer peaks and valleys. I don’t get frazzled as often as I did before. On a busy day at work I can keep pace and I’m more focused and patient.
  3. Quick waves of hunger visit me while fasting but I stay busy (and question if it’s physiological or emotional) and forget about it within a few minutes. I now realize that there is nothing dangerous about the feeling of hunger. At this point, I welcome it, knowing that my body is burning fat as its source of energy (“autophagy” is taking place!). Let’s save that for our discussion at book club on January 28, 2018 from 3:00-5:00 PM at the ERCA clinic!
  4. My clothes that are usually tight fit comfortably now, in spite of the fact that the scale doesn’t make any big moves. Last I checked, I’d lost 8 lbs. in 3+ months.
  5. I can have days off too. Since it’s a lifestyle, I make it work for me which means taking a day off. Vacations happen. Birthday cake happens. I actually look forward to getting back to my IF lifestyle because I like the bloat-free feeling and lightness.

Sound like an approach that might interest you? I can assure you, it’s easier than portioning out your food, counting calories and obsessing over WHAT to eat. Incorporating acupuncture with IF is a powerful combination, when it comes to weight loss and hormonal imbalances, which play a huge role in the obesity epidemic. Be ready for a change this year!

 


Relief and Recuperation in the New Year

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2017 has taken a toll on all of us. Not just emotionally, but physically too. Count on us to be at the ready to help you heal in 2018. Just find a comfortable recliner and kick back.

2017 was the year of sore feet and stress eating. Even with those new orthotics, which endeavored to make your tootsies battle-ready, protest marches made your feet feel like “bad hombres,” especially if you suffer from plantar fasciitis. Furthering 2017’s pain, acid reflux was ever-present and brilliantly executing sneak attacks every single time you tuned into the radio. Also, was it fake news or is it true that all of those proton pump inhibitors, like Zantac, might increase your risk of stomach cancer? Pass the Flamin’ Hot Cheetos!

After an exhausting week when you need to relax, repair, and ready yourself for another day, let Eagle Rock Community Acupuncture be your place of refuge. We have been stockpiling herbal remedies, stainless steel (disposable) needles, fluffy blankets, new-age music (sans vocals) as well as an amazing array of recliners since 2009. We are always here to share the trade secrets for better health.

Your body has a field manual and it is not the #fakenews that Merck or Pfizer uses as the blueprint for the for-profit corporate medical system (and congrats to them on the big tax break).

Fortunately, the Chinese mapped out the human body about 4,000 years ago. Oohrah! Acupuncture was born! It bolsters the body’s resistance to disease by encouraging the flow of energy: supplementing where there is emptiness and reducing where there is excess.

Acupuncturists worldwide are utilizing safe, effective, and natural strategies so you can feel balanced and soldier through another year. I still get enthusiastic when a newcomer signs up and experiences the R&R: relief and recuperation from our sessions.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are a formidable line of defense. Years down the road we will regard all of the tactics of over-medication and elective surgeries as erroneous as preventative strikes.

Let’s welcome in 2018 refreshed, healthy and strong!


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We are reading The Obesity Code by Jason Fung, MD. This is fascinating information about how insulin resistance is what’s behind the obesity epidemic. This book explains it all and introduces Intermittent Fasting as an answer.

You will get so much out of this conversation

Get started on the book today. Click here to buy it on Amazon. Get the audio version, if that works better for you. I got mine on Audible. Whether you finish it or not, we will be here to discuss and explain its usefulness in your lifestyle.
When: Sunday, November 5th, 2017 @ 3:00PM-5:00PM
Where: Our clinic: 2042 Colorado Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90041
Who: You and anyone else interested. This event is FREE. Just sign up by emailing us at [email protected]
There are plenty of YouTube videos with Dr. Jason Fung to explain these concepts in bite-sized pieces. Click here to watch an intro video.
For a fun and informative podcast that breaks it all down, tune into The Intermittent Fasting Podcast by clicking here.

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