Recently, I have had three female patients inquiring about
facial cosmetic acupuncture. These patients wanted to work on
specific areas on their face, for example crow's feet and laugh
lines. The acupuncture program at NUHS does offer a course in
Microsystems and Advanced Acupuncture where we discuss cosmetic
acupuncture. Many people in recent years have used acupuncture for
"face-lift" or "facial-toning" treatments.
I have one patient in her early 50s who I treated last trimester
for cosmetic facial acupuncture. She reported that she felt a
tightening sensation on her face after five acupuncture sessions.
After 10 acupuncture sessions, she had visible changes observed on
her facial laugh lines. Prior to her treatment, the patient had
very deep laugh lines and now you can barely see them. She was very
satisfied with the results. I must clarify that this was not her
chief complaint but a secondary objective she wanted to work
her amazing results are due to acupuncture, but I also believe her
results were due to her overall health. My patient gives herself
daily facial massage and uses moisturizer with sunscreen. She has a
balanced diet, exercises, and drinks a lot of water, which I
believe contributed to her amazing results of rejuvenation in the
laugh line area.
Our facial complexion is a reflection of overall general health.
I know that cosmetic acupuncture does work, but results may vary
from patient to patient. There is advantage to using a holistic
approach to address our skin aging without going under the knife or
injecting toxins into our body to look or feel better.
Word to the Wise: Patients should not expect to wake up from
their treatments looking 20 years younger! In addition, as
mentioned earlier, results vary from patient to patient. There are
contraindications with cosmetic acupuncture and there may bruising
and bleeding on the face. I also recommend that patients come in
once a month for maintenance treatment once they have optimal
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I wanted to share with you a wonderful community service event
for which I volunteered this past Friday, June
7th at Downers Grove North High School. The event
was called Relay for Life. What is Relay for Life?
At Relay For Life events, communities across the globe come
together to honor cancer survivors, remember loved ones lost, and
fight back against a disease that has already taken too much. The
funds you raise truly make a difference in the fight against
Relay teams camp out overnight and take turns walking or running
around a track or path at a local high school, park or fairground.
Relay events are up to 24 hours in length and, because cancer never
sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the
track at all times.
Pat Genardo, assistant director of the National University
Health Sciences LRC, organized this Relay for Life event. She has
been participating in Relay for Life for 17 years, and has been on
the planning committee for ACS for 15 years. Pat became involved
with ACS when her mother passed away from cancer 17 years ago.
Pat's sister also was diagnosed with cancer but is a survivor. Her
team this year was called United Against Cancer and raised over
$5,000 in donations. Any students interested in earning community
service hours can contact Pat Genardo at 630-889-6597 or email@example.com for upcoming
I wanted to thank ACS and Pat for planning this event. I was
honored and humbled to be among the survivors of cancer and their
caregivers. I met so many wonderful people. I always live by the
motto, "Love Life." What an inspiration to us all that we celebrate
the gift of life through such a wonderful organization like
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I wanted to try an alternative therapy for my allergies and
annoying cough that I developed a week and a half ago. A colleague
recommended that I try salt cave therapy. I had never heard of it
but was willing try it out.
Salt cave therapy is touted as an all-natural way to help
relieve symptoms from allergies, asthma, even bronchitis and common
cold. Salt therapy started in early Europe during Roman and
The Salt Cave Therapy is literally a cave-like setting in which
you are completely surrounded by salts (surface, room, floor) and
natural minerals. The therapeutic level of treatment is 45-50
minutes where you sit and relax as air enriched with sea iodine is
introduced in the room.
How does it work? Well, when you breathe the salt particles into
your body, it supposedly allows anti-infectious property power to
help stimulate your immune system to help bring overall balance to
your body and also help you recover quicker from symptoms you are
I experienced the Salt Caves last Thursday afternoon at a spa in
Naperville called Timeless Spa and Salt Cave. I really enjoyed the
experience. The cost was $25 dollars for 48 minutes. I had a
private adult session, which was very relaxing. The spa also has
adult and children sessions. The best way to describe my experience
at the salt cave would be, "It was like being at an ocean beach
breathing in salt water air." The staff was very friendly. I wore
my regular clothes into the salt cave but had to wear white socks.
The spa provided mediation music, lighting, zero gravity chairs,
and blankets. You are allowed to walk around the room and enjoy
some reflexology for your feet but are asked to remain in the zero
gravity chairs when the treatment starts. I did not fall asleep but
I did focus on deep breathing exercises.
After the treatment, I felt more relaxed. My coughing and
sneezing stopped. I was able to breath easier. This lasted for
three days. They recommend 5-10 sessions. I would definitely go
back next week and bring my three-year-old son who has been
recently diagnosed with asthma. There are a few other salt caves in
Chicago and Glen Ellyn if you are interested in salt therapy for
allergies, asthma and upper respiratory issues.
Recommendations: If you are interested in the salt caves you
should check with your physician, especially if you are currently
under doctor's care for serious conditions. It is also not
recommended if you have thyroid issues or are pregnant.
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If you have never had acupuncture or herbal treatments, the
intern or clinician always asks to see your tongue. I still have
regular patients that I see in the main clinic in Lombard who think
the practice of sticking out their tongue for five seconds is very
silly and awkward, but it is a necessary diagnostic tool in Chinese
In fact, the tongue is one of the most important diagnostic
areas in ancient medical traditions. Your tongue, containing water,
electrolytes, mucus, and enzymes, is a very sensitive organ and its
appearance changes with many physical changes in the body. In TCM,
the tongue represents the organs in in our body, for example the
tip of your tongue represents the Heart and Lung, the sides of the
Liver and Gallbladder.
Have you are ever curious about what your tongue looks like?
Wonder if you're coming down with a cold? Stick out your tongue and
say "Ah!" Or at least give it a glance. Get in front of the mirror
and look at your tongue right now. What does your tongue look like?
Here is what you want to see: A normal tongue should be pink,
muscular without tooth marking or discoloration, and have a very
thin clear coating.
When I exam patients' tongues I am looking at the color of the
tongue, texture, and if there is a coating on the tongue (usually
white, yellow, black, or clear) or no coating. I look at the tip,
both sides of the tongue and back of the tongue. In addition, I ask
patients to show me the underneath of their tongue where sublingual
veins are located.
I always advise patients not to brush their tongue if they think
they are coming into the clinic. The reason for this is because I
need to see the tongue's true physical state. If you brush your
tongue, it is physically altered, and this will affect the accuracy
of the tongue diagnosis.
Your tongue is one of the easiest ways to check your health
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Summer is slowly approaching. What does this mean? Summertime is
a season full of energy, heat, longer daylight, and sunny days.
Summer is the season of yang, a time when the body undergoes
vigorous metabolic (body energy) processes.
According to TCM, summer is yang as mentioned earlier, but
summer is also based on the five elements. Summer is fire, color is
red, emotion is joy, and the organ associated with fire is heart
and small intestine. Fire is symbolic because in TCM it is the
maximum activity or greatest yang, which means that it is a time of
heat, outgoingness, and moving outward in nature and in our lives.
In human anatomy, the heart, mind, and spirit are ruled by the fire
element. We should give greatest focus on our heart, mind, and
spirit for staying healthy in summer.
It is important to make sure our body is balance during the
summertime. When we are balanced in the summertime, our heart is
strong and healthy, the mind is calm and sleep is sound. But if we
are not balanced in summertime we create an imbalance in the fire
element, which may cause either lack of joy (depression) or an
excess of joy (mania). Indicators of an imbalance in the fire
element include agitation, nervousness, heartburn, and
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