Celluma is an LED device approved by the FDA to treat acne/wrinkles and muscle and joint pain. Used in conjunction with cosmetic or regular acupuncture treatments, you may notice even faster relief and results. Celluma can also be used as a standalone service without acupuncture. Watch the video below to learn more about the science behind Celluma and how it works.
Wishing you and your family a happy, joyful, and healthy New Year!
For many, the past year has had its share of extreme ups and downs. Now that stillness of winter has officially arrived, many are finding themselves run down from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and are feeling a bit slugglish, stressed, and coming down with neverending colds!
The New Year also brings joy, hope, and a glimpse of excitement for what is to come. Winter is a time of inner reflection and rest, so it's a great time to think about the changes, goals, and plans we'd like to achieve this year.
Acupuncture is wonderful for treating those pesky colds and sniffles, but also can help you find your 'get up and go' when you're feeling a bit fatigued or stuck. Just like congestion makes your nose feel stuffed up, emotions and stress can make your mind and body feel the same way.
Consider acupuncture treatment as part of your health and wellness routine this year. You'll be pleasantly surprised at how quickly you can be free of pain, congestion, and all that old stress from the previous year. Click below to schedule an appointment.
On January 1, 2016, UPMC started offering acupuncture coverage for its commercial plans which include most PPO, HMO, and EPO plans. At this time, Medicare plans are not covered.
Life Balance Acupuncture is proud to be an In-Network provider with UPMC.
Details and Requirements:
Feel free to email us with any questions.
I joined Mangino and Shelley on KDKA's Afternoon News program today to discuss if the Daith ear piercing is an effective treatment for migraines. While there is some evidence that the piercing can reduce migraines, the therapeutic benefit is temporary while regular acupuncture treatment is a very effective and long term solution.
I briefly discuss how treating points on the ear and other parts of the body can treat the head via acupuncture channels and through imaging, or superimposing a scaled down model of the whole body onto the ear, hand, or limb. I also explain that treating acu points further away from the head on the hands and feet are the most effective in curbing migraine pain.
Time flies when you're having fun! I look forward to joining Mangino and Shelley again soon to talk more in depth about the wonderful benefits and effectiveness of acupuncture.
Click here to download/listen on KDKA News
Listen to the audio below:
Don't forget to take care of yourself as you are caring for and giving to others this holiday season. Holidays are a time of great joy, but for many can also cause stress, pressure, and sadness. Some tips and reminders for self care during the holidays:
1. Get enough rest. Everything will get done. It always does!
2. It's ok to say "No". If trying to be everywhere at once is stressing you out, it's ok to decline an invitation or make plans for another special day if you can't visit everyone in one day. Would you rather relax at home? That's ok too!
3. It's ok to indulge a little! Moderation is key. Don't beat yourself up or obsess over a few cookies or some rich appetizers. It's a time of celebration and thanks with friends and family. Not all food is super healthy, but not all food can feed the soul and create happy memories.
4. Staying hydrated and using a humidifier at night can curb catching a cold. When your skin and mucous membranes are dry and cracked, those pesky bugs have easier access to invading and knocking you down for a few days.
5. Give yourself permission to relax and do something nice for yourself. Whether it be a day to sleep in, to go get acupuncture or a massage, buy yourself a gift, or maybe all three, DO IT!
Remember, you can't keep taking care of others if you don't take good care of yourself.
Visit us for a pre-holiday relaxation acu session:
Get ready to feel refreshed with the crisp, clear energy and air of Autumn. Feel at ease and relaxed after this special seasonal adjustment treatment.
This 30 minute treatment is perfect for those who have been wanting to try acupuncture for the first time, and for acupuncture veterans looking for a tune up and boost.
Schedule now by clicking below.
Available until 10-31-15
Chinese Medicine is a natural medicine that focuses on our body's physical and emotional health in relation to the climate, elements, and seasons.
In addition to their physical functions, each organ/meridian system in the body is also associated with emotions, colors, seasons, elements, flavors, temperatures, and climates.
Fall is associated with the Metal Element and the Lung and Large Intestine organs. When the metal organs are in balance, there is a proper balance of 'taking in' and 'letting go' in the body.
Specifically, the Lungs are all about inspiration on a physical and emotional level. We take in the cool, crisp air of fall and feel refreshed and rejuvenated from the humid, hot air of the late summer. It's a time of clarity and ability to take in the fresh and new.
Fall is also a time to clear out clutter and let go. The Large Intestine is charged with this task on a physical level. If we become sluggish and unable to let go, we can become constipated. It's possible to feel this discomfort on an emotional level as well. Emotional constipation can present in the form on hoarding, not letting go of old grudges, or wallowing in grief and negativity.
The Fall and Metal season is a time of decline, loss and grief because the trees are losing their leaves, the summer is over, and the deep, darkness of winter is on its way. However, getting stuck for too long in grief signifies and imbalance of the metal organs in the body.
When in balance, the metal energy of the fall allows us to be creative, inspired, and moved by the beautiful and uplifting moments in life.
Pay attention to the subtle changes in your mind and body as we transition into the autumn season.
We are able to 'adjust' the body to align with the energy and climate of the season with acupuncture points if you are in need of a boost. Click below to schedule a special 30 min Autumn Seasonal Tune-up Treatment.
Join Life Balance Acupuncture and many more organic vendors and local artisans on Sunday, July 26 from 12-4pm at Bakery Square.
Enjoy mini acupuncture treatments and learn more about your health and what acupuncture can do for you.
We will also have Emily Skin Soothers for sale. They are safe and natural skin products that treat a variety of skin issues ranging from dry skin to eczema.
The event is sponsored by Organically Social. We are a proud member of the Organically Social network. For a small fee, you can become a member and get great monthly deals from over 70+ local health, wellness, and fitness businesses.
The Bakery Square Organic and Handmade Market occurs the last Sunday of the month through September.
See you there!
Looking at a patient's tongue is often used in Eastern Medicine as a diagnostic tool to get a picture of the internal state of the body. In Chinese Medicine, there are terms used such as heat, cold, dry, damp, excess, and deficient that describe different symptomatic patterns that affect the body. For instance, damp heat in the bladder would equate to a UTI. Cold in the uterus could lead to menstrual and fertility issues.
The combination of pathologies in the organ systems are plentiful and can also have degrees of severity. The tongue can change over time to show internal conditions improving, and can clue us in on which systems may soon show symptoms if they become imbalanced.
There are several factors Chinese Medical practitioners look for while looking at the tongue:
A very red tongue can signify heat/inflammatory conditions in the body. A very pale tongue can show blood deficiency. A light pink tongue with a thin white coating is the ideal picture of a healthy tongue.
A thin white coat is normal and signifies that digestion is working properly. A thick white coat can point to excess cold and damp (fluid/mucous) in the body. A dry, yellow coat on the tongue can point to heat and inflammation in the stomach.
A swollen, thick tongue signifies an excess of dampness in the body. A thin tongue can show a deficiency of blood and fluids that keep the body moist and supple.
4. Tongue Features
Here you look for patches, spots, teeth marks, and cracks. Teeth marks on the sides of the tongue indicate that the tongue is swollen and that the Spleen is sluggish and not aiding in proper digestion and providing energy to the body. A long crack down the middle points to stomach/digestive issues.
5. Tongue Moisture
A normal tongue should be moist, but not sopping wet with excess saliva, nor should it be too dry.
The tongue is also divided up into areas which correspond to the different organs in the body. The heart is represented by the tip of the tongue. If the tip of the tongue is red, this indicates a pattern of heat in the heart which can manifest as anxiety and other emotional issues. The lung area is right behind the heart area, the spleen and stomach region are in the middle of the tongue, the liver and gallbladder to the sides, and the kidney and bladder in the back center, at the root of the tongue.
Some people are born with certain unusual tongue features that are normal to them and do not indicate internal pathology (such as a geographic tongue).
On occasion, patients feel embarrassed about showing their tongue during a treatment, or make sure to scrape it thoroughly before coming in. It's nothing to be concerned with and seeing the natural state of the tongue can help us better help you! Be proud of the uniqueness of your tongue!
What is your assessment? Tell us your tongue diagnosis patterns in the comments below.
Sarah is the owner of Life Balance Acupuncture in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.