Friday, 12 August 2016

Great explanation for cupping, it's a podcast, enjoy!

This podcast is really good, explains what cupping is used for and how it works: http://www.everydayacupuncturepodcast.com/cupping/



Thursday, 28 July 2016

Acupuncture and Moxa for Breech baby

Did you know that acupuncture and moxa can correct a breech position baby?
 This treatment is safe, and most effective in weeks 33-37 of pregnancy. Studies have shown success rates are best when mom includes gentle daily stretches and exercises specific for helping baby's position.

The acupuncture points used are located throughout the body, and moxa and acupuncture are applied specifically to UB 67, the little point on the end of the little toes (image shown below). Women are instructed on how to continue moxa daily on the UB 67 points.




Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Resources for our fertility clients

Over the years we have shared these great books and websites with our clients facing fertility challenges. Some of them are framed in the eastern medicine approach, and some address a blend of eastern and western medical approach. Because our approach includes diet and lifestyle, some of the books and dvd's pertain to that as well. 



The Infertility Cure by Randine Lewis

Making Babies by Sami S. David MD and Jill Blakeway, L.Ac.

The Way of the Fertile Soul by Randine Lewis

Cooking for Fertility by Katherine Simmons Flynn

Taking Charge of your Fertility by Toni Weschler

Restoring Fertility Yoga DVD by Dr.'s Brandon Horn and Wendy Yu, PhD.

Waiting for Daisy Peggy Orenstein

Inconceivable by Julia Indichova

The Fertile Female by Julia Indichova

Conquering Infertility by Dr. Alice Domar

Natural Solutions to Infertility by Marilyn Glenville, PhD.

Fertility Wisdom by Angela Wu, OMD

Your Fertility Program, the East/West Guide to Maximimum Fertility by Maureen Rozenn


Websites with Fertility-related mind-body audios:


Circlebloom.com

Anjionline.com












Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Acupuncture (and herbs) for your health maintenance

This post is written for any of you who are curious about what regular acupuncture might do for your health and wellbeing. 

Often, clients find us to address specific acute and chronic concerns, such as nagging headaches, or migraines that worsen during heightened stress or long work hours. Irregular and painful menstrual cycles that stops you every month and re-routes your plans for the day. Then there are the digestion complaints that come and go, and you aren't sure what foods or events might trigger it. Many of us have experienced times when the demands of work or family bring on stress that leads to tired eyes, headaches, tense muscles, restless sleep, and a feeling of irritation and low energy. Perhaps you notice a vague sense of pressure or tension which seems to continue building, and your regular workouts or the occasional glass of wine helps in the short term, but it's still there in the background. Injuries that haven't completely healed may effect your ankle or your shoulder, limiting your enjoyment of a kayak outing or a hike with family or friends.



Whatever the symptom or pattern, acupuncture is a gentle and effective way to reduce the discomforts many of us live with. It also helps to melt away the build up of many types of stressors. People call us every week asking if we treat this symptom or that diagnosis, and our typical answer is Yes, we can help, because we are addressing you!





We have lots of fancy explanations for how acupuncture works in our bodies, but if you want to find out how it can help YOU, give us a call, read through the reviews on our online schedule, or make your first appointment this week. 









650-948-9642. http://www.whitepeony.com/about_acupuncture.html.

We are two providers available six days a week by appointment. A link to our online schedule is below. We are out of network with insurance, but our fees are reasonable, and we are certain you will enjoy the benefits you feel from each session.

http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30204558?bookingSourceId=1000


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Two ways to approach natural labor preparation with acupuncture




Labor preparation

There are two ways to approach natural labor preparation with acupuncture. One approach is to start acupuncture once weekly from 37-40 weeks. These sessions help to gradually soften and ripen the cervix, as well as address stress, anxiety, and physical discomforts women typically have in the last month of pregnancy.

The second approach is to have acupuncture at or after your due date, at a frequency of one to three times per week.Both approaches are effective, and help facilitate a more efficient labor. 

We see clients in our office in Los Altos, and we are available Monday through Saturday by appointment. You will rest with needles in for 20-30 minutes, and the sessions are very comforting and relaxing!

Kim Silsby and Loren Romley, California Licensed Acupuncturists and Herbalists. 

Call us, we would love to talk with you. 650-948-9642

Online schedule http://www.genbook.com/bookings/slot/reservation/30204558?bookingSourceId=1000


Tuesday, 29 March 2016

11th Annual Blossom Birth & Family Fair

11th Annual Blossom Birth & Family Fair

Palo Alto’s most popular event for new and expectant families! 


Sunday, April 17, 2016
9:00am- 2:00pm


 Mitchell Park Community Center, Palo Alto
3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Free Event


Join us for lots of kids entertainment and connect with the best local pregnancy, birth and parenting resources and services.

We will also have a baby and toddler play area, kids entertainment, food raffle prizes and much more.
Keynote Speaker
11:00am-12:30pm
“What makes Toddlers Tick? Tips and tricks to raise happy, respectful, well balanced tots!”  


by Dr. Harvey Karp
America’s most read pediatrician!


This is your chance to spend a morning with Harvey Karp, MD FAAP, pediatrician, author and child developmentalist. His landmark DVDs/Books The Happiest Baby on the Block, The Happiest Toddler on the Block and The Happiest Baby Guide to great Sleep: Birth to 5, are international best sellers. Dr. Karp will answer questions and be available for book signing. 

Eventbrite - Dr. Harvey Karp: “What makes Toddlers Tick?"

​Schedule of Activities

9-9:45 am Event Kick-Off with Andy Z ( multiple award-winning children's performer, singer/songwriter)
10:30am Award Ceremony for Mother's Day Achievement Award Presented to Nursing Mothers Counsel
11am-12:30pm Keynote Speaker: Dr. Harvey Karp
12:30-1pm Storytime with Palo Alto City Library
1-1:30pm Baby/toddler Sign Language Fun with Bill White, Touch Blue Sky
ALL DAY Connect with exhibitors and local resources
ALL DAY Food available for purchase
ALL DAY Raffle
ALL DAY Multiple kids play stations


Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Nutrition suggestions from the American Pregnancy Association

Pregnancy Nutrition: Food Groups

It is helpful to pay attention to recommended daily servings from each food group. Most foods come with a nutrition label attached. This nutrition label will help you to know what amount constitutes one serving.

Protein

Experts recommend 75 to 100 grams of protein per day. Protein positively affects the growth of fetal tissue, including the brain. It also helps your breast and uterine tissue to grow during pregnancy, and it plays a role in your increasing blood supply.

Examples of daily sources of protein:

2-3 servings of meat (1 serving = approximately 3 ounces/size of a deck of cards)

• fully cooked fish or seafood
• liver
• chicken
• lean beef
• lamb
• pork
• nuts (1 serving = approximately ⅓ cup)
• tofu (1 serving = approximately ½ cup)

2-3 servings of legumes (1 serving = approximately ½ cup)

• split peas
• red and white kidney beans
• black beans
• navy beans
• black-eyed peas
• chick peas (garbanzo beans)

Calcium

The daily requirement of calcium is around 1000 milligrams during pregnancy. Calcium helps your body regulate fluids, and it helps build your baby’s bones and tooth buds.

Examples of daily sources of calcium:

3-4 servings of dairy

• milk (1 serving = 1 cup)
• eggs (1 serving = 1 large egg)
• yogurt (1 serving = 1 cup)
• pasteurized cheese (1 serving = approximately 1.5 ounces or 4 playing dice
stacked together)
• tofu (1 serving = ½ cup)
• white beans (1 serving = approximately ½ cup)
• almonds (1 serving = approximately ⅓ cup)
• salmon (1 serving = approximately 3 ounces)
• turnip greens (1 serving = approximately 1 cup)
• cabbage (1 serving = approximately 1 cup)

Iron

In combination with sodium, potassium, and water, iron helps increase your blood volume and prevents anemia. A daily intake of 27 milligrams is ideal during pregnancy.

Examples of daily sources of iron:

2-3 servings of green leafy vegetables (1 serving = approximately 1 cup)

• collard
• turnip
• spinach
• lettuce
• cabbage

3 servings of whole grains (1 serving = approximately ½ cup or one slice)

• bread
• cornmeal
• cereal
• oatmeal

2-3 servings of lean protein (1 serving = approximately 3 ounces/size of a deck of cards)

• beef
• seafood
• poultry

Folate/Folic Acid

Folic acid plays a key role in reducing the risk of neural tube defects, including spina bifida. Experts recommend 600 to 800 micrograms (.6 to .8 milligrams) daily.

Examples of daily sources of folate:

2 servings of dark green leafy vegetables (1 serving = approximately 1 cup)

• collard
• turnip
• spinach
• lettuce
• cabbage

2-3 servings of fruit (1 serving = approximately ½ cup)

• orange
• strawberry
• lemon
• mango
• tomato
• grapefruit
• kiwi
• melon

3 serving of whole grain (1 serving = approximately ½ cup or 1 slice)

• bread
• cornmeal
• cereal
• oatmeal

2 servings of legumes (1 serving = approximately ½ cup)

• split peas
• red and white kidney beans
• black beans
• navy beans
• black-eyed peas
• chick peas (garbanzo beans)

Vitamin C

Fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C will promote wound healing, tooth and bone development, and metabolic processes. Experts recommend at least 85 milligrams per day.

Examples of daily sources of Vitamin C:

3 servings of fruit or vegetables (1 serving = approximately ½ cup)

• orange
• strawberry
• lemon
• mango
• tomato
• grapefruit
• kiwi
• melon
• potato
• peppers

Other Nutritional Concerns

During pregnancy, some foods can cause harm to a developing baby. Be sure that all meats are thoroughly cooked to avoid exposure to toxoplasmosis, salmonella, and other harmful bacteria. Eliminate tobacco smoke, drug use, and alcohol consumption from your diet. Reduce or eliminate caffeinated beverages (soda, coffee) from your daily intake, and maintain a reasonable exercise program throughout your pregnancy. Walking andswimming are considered healthy activities during pregnancy, but always consult with your health care provider before starting a new exercise program.