Immune / GI

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Your body’s many systems work closely together to maintain optimal health, so when one system is off balance it can trigger a domino effect, potentially igniting a cascade of chronic health complications. One system that is particularly responsible for overall well-being is your digestive system — a strong, yet delicate ecosystem that controls the presence of harmful invaders and maintains digestive and overall health. To achieve this impressive feat, your GI tract relies on the presence of “good bacteria,” specialized immune cells and a complex network of neurological and hormonal components. In fact, this 30-foot long tract is a major headquarters for immunity, neurological health and more. Digestive health directly impacts your immune health, and vice versa. Your gut is also home to the largest concentration of mood-altering neurotransmitters such as serotonin. And now researchers are discovering how beneficial microflora (friendly bacteria) do so much more for our state of being than we previously believed.

When your digestive system is not functioning properly, it can result in poor nutrient absorption/malnourishment and lead to a number of chronic problems and symptoms, including acid reflux, indigestion, irritable bowel disease and others. But it can also directly impact overall health as well as the health of your immune system, nervous system, hormonal health and more. In order to truly enhance your health — physical, mental and/or emotional — it’s important to also understand how your digestive system is connected to immunity, energy, mood and even behavior.

Dr. Isaac Eliaz
Dr. Isaac Eliaz is a respected clinical practitioner

 

 

 


Allergies

Seasonal Allergies is the collision between external ‘allergens’ and internal ‘false heat’

We blame the pollen, flower and other allergens during springtime, but the real problem is in the imbalance of the internal system and weakened immune system. In short, our bodies have been overcome with ‘coldness’ which is rooted in kidney yang deficiency. From Traditional Eastern Medicine perspective, kidney deficiency impedes circulation and decreases functionality of the inner organs creating empty deficient heat call the ‘false heat’ that rises upwards. So as the weather starts to get warmer in the springtime and as the spring yang energy is sprouting up through the cold ground, this sprouting energy collides with the ‘coldness’ in our bodies and amplifies the ‘false heat’, causing it to rise up even stronger and bringing about symptoms that we know as seasonal allergies. Simply put, allergic symptoms such as sneezing, nasal congestion and itchiness are caused due to the collision between the external pathogens, the ‘allergens’, and the inner body pathogenic energy, the ‘false heat’.

Cause & Solutions

Our irregular and stressful lifestyle is at the root of kidney deficiency, but the rest is due to what we can call ‘first world problems’. We spend most of our time in air conditioned spaces, which prevents our bodies from naturally acclimating to the weather by releasing heat and sweat. Also, the more developed a country is, everything is refrigerated and brought out cold for sanitary reasons but, this in turn gave us the habit of taking cold drinks and food. A sedentary lifestyle in front of computers with little or no exercise makes the body more and more cold as well. Thus over time, more ‘false heat’ rises up.

Our clinic Solutions Seasonal Allergy Package can help you with a combined herbal and acupuncture treatment that will blow your ‘allergy’ symptoms right away in as little as three weeks or less.

Allergy defeat acupuncture
Twice a week for 3 weeks

Herb formula
Devised into 3 time herb formula, twice a day

Probiotics
1 time per day

Change Habit
No cold drinks, especially on an empty stomach

 


 

 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome?
Chronic intestinal diseases are extremely irritating and painful. It not only disrupts your health but also your social life. It causes severe mental stress and irritation leading to depression and anxiet.

As with indigestion and bloating, chronic intestinal ailments like the Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are also connected to the condition of the intestinal walls. Usually unknown reasons lead to chronic inflammation of the bowel walls causing these symptoms. Unfortunately treating the fundamental cause of the symptoms are still on the ‘to do’ list of researchers.

The usual conventional treatment method is to reduce and minimize the inflammation itself. Most western medicine tries to achieve this by prescribing steroid or other anti-inflammatory medications, but all are with their own side-effects.

Our clinic tries to help patients lower their inflammation by a healthier and holistic way. We use the Abdominal Tui-na treatments combined with herbal medication.

Abdominal Tui-na specializes in treating intestinal diseases

Our clinic specializes in treating these ‘stuck’ conditions of the intestines. We use a combined treatment method, we call the ‘Abdominal Tui-na’ by utilizing Acupuncture, Abdominal manual manipulation and Moxibustion, all in one session, to eliminate the intestinal muscle strain and spasm, helping the body recover its natural bowel rhythm and function. Its focus is in relaxing the overtly tense muscles of the intestines and eliminating the strain of the specific muscle. For acute symptoms it usually only takes one session to treat, but for chronic conditions like IBS and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) symptoms it will take several session to improve.

 


 

 

Bloating & Indigestion

What is Bloating & Indigestion?
Bloating and indigestion is basically your stomach and intestinal wall being ‘stuck’

In Korean, there is a word that is specifically used for acute stomachache combined with bloating and indigestion. ‘체했다’ means one is ‘stuck’, as in food stuck in the stomach region and not digesting properly. This word is derived from Traditional Eastern Medicine theories, that if a person’s Qi circulation is somehow disrupted and not circulating properly, it becomes hindered causing pain and discomfort and functional disruptions of the localized region.

Anatomically we can imagine what is going on with these conditions. Since the stomach and intestinal walls are all soft tissues and muscles, they are as much prone to sudden spasms and strain as that of skeletal muscles. Since the sensory nerves are sparsely located in the intestinal structure compared to a densely populated skeletal muscles, the body doesn’t feel the intestinal muscle strain as specifically as a skeletal muscle strain. Instead it feels as if something is ‘stuck’. Well at least that is how ancient Koreans felt.

Bloating is a lesser version of having an acute ‘stuck’ condition. While the stomach and intestinal walls are not as severely strained, it is still having troubles functioning as usual their normal intestinal contractions.

So how should you treat these extremely painful and discomforting symptoms? You should treat it just as you would treat yourself when having a strained shoulder or neck muscle. Resting, heat therapy and stretching. Unfortunately, people feel at loss of how to stretch and relax your intestines. For that our clinic has a special treatment method we call the ‘Abdominal Tui-na’.

Abdominal Tui-na specializes in treating intestinal diseases

Our clinic specializes in treating these ‘stuck’ conditions of the intestines. We use a combined treatment method, we call the ‘Abdominal Tui-na’ by utilizing Acupuncture, Abdominal manual manipulation and Moxibustion, all in one session, to eliminate the intestinal muscle strain and spasm, helping the body recover its natural bowel rhythm and function. Its focus is in relaxing the overtly tense muscles of the intestines and eliminating the strain of the specific muscle. For acute symptoms it usually only takes one session to treat, but for chronic conditions like IBS and GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) symptoms it will take several session to improve.