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Nutritional Support during COVID-19

Hi Again! I wanted to share some more information about supplements and COVID-19. Let’s first break down the virus to see what is happening at the cellular level. 

Viruses turn-on or “activate” specific receptors on cells.   In the case of COVID-19, it specifically activates the NLRP3 inflammasome receptor.   This refers back to the Vitamin D blog and the science behind our immune system.   When the NLRP3 inflammasome activates, it can lead to the illness and tissue damage that is seen with COVID-19 cases.   Therefore, if we eat or supplement with something that turns-off or “inhibits” the virus’ ability to turn on the response, that should lessen symptoms (such as tissue damage).

Natural compounds that inhibit NRLP3 are found in the foods that we eat.  They are part of a healthy diet.  Sometimes, however, there is benefit with additional supplementation to get those compounds to a higher level—this is especially true if your diet is restricted for any reason.   I wanted to share some sources for each natural compound as well as daily dosages for supplementation.   

Remember: these natural compounds help your immune system function optimally.  Continuing the analogy from my Vitamin D blog, it provides just the right amount of heat to the pot of boiling water.   Therefore, eating and in some cases, supplementation is beneficial to general health.

CURCUMIN

Let’s start with my favorite for many health reasons, Curcumin (specifically Curcuminoids).  These are found in the spice Turmeric.  I personally use it and suggest it to many patients because of its anti-inflammatory benefits, especially with arthritis.   Curcuminoids change the NLRP3 inflammasome and reduce viral replication (copying and spreading) by targeting COVID-19 and block the virus from spreading in the body.  

You can add the spice Turmeric to foods or grind up the root for tea, however, we don’t absorb very much when we take it with our foods. To get an adequate amount it is easiest to use an absorption-enhanced supplement that has 500-1000 mg twice a day orally.   Curcuminoids are not easily absorbed so you have to be picky about the type of supplement you are using; brands matter in quality of supplement.   They can also enhance the effect of blood thinning medications, so higher dose supplementation is not advised if you are taking blood thinners.  

Quercetin

This natural substance is found in onions, apples (remember the old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”), grapes, berries, broccoli, citrus fruits, cherries, and tea.  It inhibits the NRLP3 inflammasome and helps modulate whole body inflammation. 

It is well known for its benefit in reducing symptoms of seasonal allergies as it stabilizes the immune system’s mast cells; when they activate, they release histamine causing runny nose, redness, itchy eyes, etc.  Quercitin may also impair COVID-19 replication.   It has been shown to have anti-viral effects against both RNA and DNA viruses.  COVID-19 is a RNA virus.   It is a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.   Recommended supplementation is 1 gram twice a day.

Epigallocatechin gallate 

What a tongue twister! Epigallocatechin gallate, thank goodness commonly shortened to EGCG, is found in green, white, oolong and black teas, as well as cranberries, strawberries, blackberries, kiwis, cherries, pears, peaches, apples, avocados, pecans, pistachios and hazelnuts.  It also modulates the NLRP3 inflammasome response.  Four glasses of green tea a day or 225 mg of EGCG per day gives you what you need. I drink 4 cups of green tea every day, and I usually throw my vitamin C (powdered supplement) directly in my tea! It’s a citrus burst and complements my tea beautifully. 

Resveratrol

It is a naturally occurring polyphenol compound that modulates the NLRP3 inflammasome.  It is found in peanuts, pistachios, grapes, blueberries, cranberries, cocoa, dark chocolate, and, red & white wine.   I’m guessing that during this Shelter-in-Place many have increased their daily intake of resveratrol, either by wine or chocolate.   If you don’t enjoy any of these foods, then you can supplement with 100-150 mg per day.

Melatonin

The positive effects of melatonin on COVID-19 has been noticed by researchers and health professionals.  It has an inhibitory effect on the NLRP3 inflammasome.   Melatonin is a hormone that regulates our sleep-awake cycle.   The importance of a sleep routine (same time to go to bed and wake up), good sleep hygiene (dark, cool room, no electronics, decreased caffeine, addressing things that keep you up or wake you up, getting enough exercise) are important to increase your melatonin naturally.   

Many people use lower dose melatonin 3-5 mg nightly to help them sleep.   Recommended doses for COVID-19 are higher from 5-20 mg per day.   My personal suggestion is work on your sleep hygiene, sleep routine, don’t have too much resveratrol through wine or too much other alcohol as this can disrupt your sleep.   Supplement a lower dose of melatonin 5-10 mg, as melatonin in many people can give them very vivid dreams.   

Vitamin C

Vitamin C contributes to the body’s defense by supporting our immune system.  It has been shown to prevent and treat respiratory and systemic infections.  It has been also been used with COVID-19 patients’ treatments.    

In foods, we think of oranges and other citrus, but other foods that are relatively high include red and green peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, spinach, cabbage, leafy green vegetables, sweet and white potatoes, tomatoes, squash, strawberries, kiwis, and cantaloupe.    Recommended supplementation is 1-3 grams/day.   Even though I eat a lot of these foods, I also supplement during the winter at least an additional 1 gram/day and this winter I have been doing 2 grams/day.

Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that works similarly to Vitamin C.  It has been shown to reduce the virus’s ability to attach to cells and to replicate.  There is supported evidence that it prevents viral infections and reduces their severity and duration.   It is not uncommon for people to be low in zinc, especially common in those COVID-19 high risk populations.  

Common foods that have zinc include red meat, poultry, oysters, chickpeas, cashews, almonds, whole grains, and dairy products.  Supplementation recommendation is 30-60 mg/day in throughout the day.  I take around 30 mg which is in my daily vitamin/mineral mix (plus the natural zinc I eat in my meals) each day.  Oral supplementation types include zinc acetate, zinc citrate, zinc picolinate, zinc glycinate, or zinc gluconate.  

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an anti-inflammatory vitamin.  It enhances immune function and also protects epithelial cells (the cells that line blood vessels, skin, mucous membranes and lungs).  It also protects mucus production.  Both epithelial cells and mucus provide a primary defense against virus, bacteria and other “stranger dangers”.  

Sources of Vitamin A include cod liver oil, eggs, fortified breakfast cereals, fortified skim milk, orange and yellow vegetables and fruits, broccoli, spinach, dark green leafy vegetables.  The recommended dosage is between 10,000 -25,000 iu/day depending upon diet.  

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There is a lot of overlap in foods that give you these vitamins, minerals, and botanicals, so they are relatively easy to add into your diet if they aren’t there already.   

However, I do add in additional supplements for myself for specific reasons:

I use Curcumin for an extra boost to help with my arthritis when it flares up. I add Vitamin D capsules as well, because even with getting sun while training, my levels are low.  I use Vitamin C supplementation during the winter– 2 gm/day plus what I get through diet.  If I am around somebody who has been ill, I up my Vitamin C to 3 gm/day and also use zinc lozenges.  If I start to feel sick, I would add quercetin.      

Everybody is different, and there is no combination that is considered ‘the perfect mix’.   If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.  I hope this has been informative and helpful trying to navigate COVID-19.   As thing change in the future as we know more, I will plan on updating information to you!

Vitamin D and Covid-19: What’s It All About?

In the next week, I plan on posting information regarding trying to protect ourselves from developing severe cases and possibly even fatal cases of Covid-19.   There is so much we don’t know but more information is being released each week.    I think the most important thing is to have a safe and effective vaccine, but equally important is the understanding why some people have no or just minimal symptoms and other people get sick enough to be put on a ventilator and succumb to this illness.  How our bodies respond, can also affect how well a vaccine will work on an individual level.   As with everything, genetics probably play a part as well as our diet, lifestyle, stressors, sleep, etc.   So, this week, I will try to cover some of the things we know and possibly know about COVID-19.   A big caveat is that true science and understanding takes time, looking at large data bases with lots of information then trying to correlate that information.  Full understanding will take time.  However, there are basic things we can consider and extrapolate which may be beneficial and help to minimize risk. 

A little very simplified Science first!

Today, let’s talk about Vitamin D, but please bear with me for a little simplified science.  When we get exposed to a virus, bacteria or any other foreign substance we have multiple systems in our bodies which mount an attack on these ‘foreigners’.  Think of it as the body has been well schooled in ‘stranger danger’.   What we want our body to do with ‘stranger danger’ is to mount an EQUALLY strong response to that ‘stranger danger’, a response that creates an inflammasome (don’t need to remember the word but you may see it in other places).  Too little won’t work, too much can cause other problems.   The key is a balance.    Consider a pan of water on a stove top that you want to bring to a boil.  You can use the knob on the stove to control the response, too low a flame the water won’t boil, but too much and you now have water coming up and over the pot.  The boil over also can happen in a short second.    The COVID-19 virus is a ‘stranger danger’ and our bodies will normally hopefully mount an appropriate and balanced inflammasome response.  

Found in many of the foods we should eat are the ‘controllers’ that increase or decrease our body’s response.   In many patients, their system works perfectly, and they kill off the ‘stranger’ without making the person ill.  In others, the first line defense doesn’t work well so they move to a stronger secondary defense, so people are a little sick but more like our regular colds and flu.  With COVID-19, there are people who start to get sick, but then their ‘pot boils over’.  There appears to be a very strong inflammasome reaction from our body which is out of control, the immune system response (inflammasome) results in a ‘cytokine storm’ (cytokines are inflammatory substances) and these defenders of our body start destroying more than the virus.   The extreme inflammatory reaction can destroy the lining of our lungs, effect the kidneys and other parts of the body.  What was meant to destroy the ‘stranger’ now is causing damage to our body.  Trust me when I again state that this is a very, very simplistic version of what happens in our body. 

Now for Vitamin D.  Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that is converted in our body to an active hormone-like nutrient called 1,25 dihydroxyvitamin D.  It is used to build bones but probably more importantly it is an immune system modulator which decreases the release of inflammatory cytokines.   Think of it as the knob on the stove and will dial the heat up or lower it to give you that perfect boiling water.  As in the analogy of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, not too little, not too much— it is just right.   Therefore, having an adequate supply of Vitamin D in our bodies is very important to ‘modulation’ of  our immune system when faced with ‘stranger danger’.  

Who typically has low levels of Vitamin D in their body? 

Let’s start with how much sun you are exposed to, if you live above 27 degrees north or below 37 degrees south of the equator you are more likely to be vitamin D deficient.  If you live in Boston, you have virtually no pre-vitamin D production during the winter on cloudy days.   If you work indoors (office and health care workers).  If you wear sunscreen and never let your trunk be exposed to sunlight.  Sunlight conversion to Vitamin D on arms and legs doesn’t get you much vitamin D.  People with darker skin tones don’t absorb the UV as well, for example Hispanic and African American populations.

The elderly are also likely to have a Vitamin D deficiency because they have a lower dietary intake of vitamin D, spend more time indoors and as the skin ages it becomes less efficient at synthesizing Vitamin D from sunlight exposure.              

The Standard American Diet (SAD) tends to be low in Vitamin D.  Vitamin D is found in oily fish such as sardines, mackerel and salmon, some yeasts and mushrooms.  Some foods are fortified with Vitamin D but in general the SAD is a poor source for Vitamin D.  

People that have had gastric bypass surgery have absorption issues and lower Vitamin D levels. 

People who are obese also have lower Vitamin D levels.  This probably occurs due to that they have a higher fat mass which dilutes the Vitamin D available in the body for function; they tend to have more limited sun exposure due to greater covering of their skin.  

People with Inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease has reduced Vitamin D levels because of reduced nutrient absorption.  

Liver disease, cystic fibrosis, chronic kidney disease, some weight loss drugs (Xenical) and anti-epileptic medications (phenobarbital and phenytoin) also lower a person’s Vitamin D level. 

When I look at the list of people who are most likely have Vitamin D deficiency, it matches up pretty well with people who have died from COVID-19.   Could Vitamin D be the only reason—no, but I think that it could very much be a powerful contributor.   

Therefore, it is safe to consider increasing it in your diet and/or supplementing with Vitamin D3.  The Recommended Daily amounts were actually based on what we need for bones, not our immune system and is probably a minimum.  Optical range would be more than 50 ng/ml of serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D (which is what your Vitamin D test measures) and less 80 ng/ml.  

For most people, 2000 iu per day keeps you at a good number, but if you are low to start (see the above examples) with you may need 5000 iu/day or more.   

Everybody is an individual, diets and outdoor activities are different—if in doubt you can check with me for guidance.   I have also included some sources of dietary Vitamin D and how many iu you get from those sources.  As you can see, most people will find it easier to supplement in addition to dietary sources.  

Sources of dietary Vitamin D

Cod liver oil, 1 Tbsp                                                                  1360 iu

Salmon (pink, canned), 3 ounces                                              465 iu

Sardines (canned), 3 ounces                                                    164 iu

Tuna fish (canned in water, drained), 3 ounces                     154 iu

Milk (whole, 3.25% milkfat, fortified), 1 cup                          124 iu

Orange juice (fortified), 8 ounces                                            100 iu

Beef liver (cooked), 3 ounces                                                  42 iu

Egg (cooked), 1 large                                                               41 iu

Cereal (fortified), 1 cup                                                            40 iu

Gua Sha Workshop at Club Pilates

Want to learn more about how to use Gua sha after a workout? Join Rachelle for a 45 minute class on how to use “Gua sha” (pronounced gwa sha), a staple of most Asian’s first aid kit at Club Pilates Longmont, located next to Lucky’s Market and ModMarket on Ken Pratt Boulevard.

Why use Gua sha?

Gua sha means rubbing and scraping, and this technique is applied to the skin using various tools until light redness appears at the surface. This reaction in the skin causes anti-inflammatory and immuno-protective effects that may last several days to a week.

Gua sha works on many concerns, including muscle pain, stiffness, scar tissue and soft tissue adhesion, common cold/fever, coughing/wheezing, digestive disorders, cellulite and stretch marks, sagging muscles, aging/thin skin, and many more! The goal of gua sha is to increase microperfusion so that the muscles and fascia can move more freely. This results in decreased muscle and joint pain, increased circulation and improved mobility for peak performanceless with less injuries.

Rachelle Lambert, Licensed Acupuncturist uses gua sha techniques developed over 8 years of practice and will teach you how to add this to your personal regimen.

**LIMITED SPACE so please email [email protected] or call 720-442-8385 to reserve your spot**

All are welcome! Free to Members and $5 for Non-Members.

Time: 6:30-7:30pm, Friday March 3rd

Gua sha tools will be available for purchase and tools are available online.

 

 

Gua Sha Workshop at Club Pilates

 

Want to learn more about how to use Gua sha after a workout? Join Rachelle for a 45-minute class on how to use “Gua sha” (pronounced gwa sha), a staple of most Asian’s first aid kit.

Why use Gua sha?

Jade Gua Sha Tool (heart-shaped)Gua sha means rubbing and scraping, and this technique is applied to the skin using various tools until light redness appears at the surface. This reaction in the skin causes anti-inflammatory and immuno-protective effects that may last several days to a week.

Gua sha works on many concerns, including muscle pain, stiffness, scar tissue and soft tissue adhesion, common cold/fever, coughing/ wheezing, digestive disorders, cellulite and stretch marks, sagging muscles, aging/thin skin, and many more! The goal of gua sha is to increase microperfusion so that the muscles and fascia can move more freely. This results in decreased muscle and joint pain, increased circulation and improved mobility for peak performance with less injuries.

Rachelle Lambert, Licensed Acupuncturist uses gua sha techniques developed over 8 years of practice and will teach you how to add this to your personal regimen.

**LIMITED SPACE so please email [email protected] or call 720-442-8385 to reserve your spot**

All are welcome!
Free to Members and $5 for Non-Members.
Time: 6:30-7:30pm, Friday February 3rd

Gua sha tools will be available for purchase and tools are available online.

Big Men, Little Needles: Acupuncture in the NFL

Many of the NFL’s toughest players are looking to acupuncture to stay strong and healthy. Can it help the rest of us, too?

New York Jets fullback Tony Richardson was headed to the playoffs last year when a pair of bruised ribs threatened to put him on the sideline. At 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, Richardson is one of the most successful and merciless blockers in the league. But instead of turning to the phalanx of traditional medical experts that most players have relied on for decades, Richardson puts his healing in the hands of a woman wielding tiny needles. “I’m the type of guy,” says Richardson, “I see a needle and it makes my skin cringe. But I let her stick me with 80 needles before the game so I could go get the job done.”

Football NFL Acupuncture

Richardson, who has been in the NFL for 17 years, credits that longevity and his quick healing time to Lisa Ripi, an acupuncturist who ministers to the fullback as well as to Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington, Pittsburgh Steelers linebackers James Farrior and James Harrison, New England Patriots defensive end Marcus Stroud, and at least 30 other NFLers. “I can point to a spot and say, ‘Lisa, can you get this, too?'” says Stroud, who sees Ripi for shoulder pain. “Before that, it used to be just ice and heat.”

Throughout professional sports, from football to baseball to tennis and track and field, a growing number of players are turning to acupuncture to treat injuries, cure musculoskeletal imbalances, relieve muscle tightness and pain, and alleviate dozens of non-sports-related health problems – including allergies, stress, depression, insomnia, and irritable bowel syndrome. In recent years, acupuncture has become more widely accepted by all of America, not just by pro athletes, as a way to treat sports injuries as well as more serious health concerns. Even the U.S. Army has started using acupuncture to help care for wounded combat vets in Afghanistan and Iraq. The American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine estimates that nearly 20 million Americans have tried acupuncture, while the number of acupuncturists almost tripled between 2000 and 2010. There are currently 16,000 acupuncturists in the U.S.

Ripi’s method is a subset of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) known as New American Acupuncture, which focuses on the release of trigger points, or hyperirritable spots in the muscle, by identifying tense
areas and inserting up to 200 needles in one session (traditional acupuncturists can use as few as three). Needling the body forces the connective tissue around the pin to contract, stimulating blood flow and releasing endorphins, which act as powerful pain relievers. Inserting acupuncture needles may also trigger the production of dopamine, a chemical in the brain that plays a part in our response to pleasure and pain, which is why some patients feel high after acupuncture therapy. According to the World Health Organization, “acupuncture’s effective rate in the treatment of chronic pain is comparable with that of morphine.”

Not only effective in easing pain, acupuncture can also help the body overcome one of the toughest hurdles to healing: inflammation. In 2010, neuroscientists at the University of Rochester in New York found that needling muscles sends adenosine, a natural stimulant for tissue repair, to the site of punctured tissue. Other studies have shown that adenosine can reduce inflammation – the cause of many physical ailments. Acupuncture may also alleviate stress, largely thanks to the endorphins that needling releases.

According to Chinese medicine, pain in the muscles and other areas of the body is the result of “static blood,” or jammed-up qi – the life force that supports the organs, blood, and the body’s metabolism. Qi flows through the body in a system of 12 meridians, or lines that connect acupuncture points, and all 12 vital organs: the kidneys, large intestine, liver, lungs, pericardium, spleen, stomach, bladder, gallbladder, heart, and small intestine, in addition to what TCM calls the San Jiao – the body’s upper, middle, and lower cavities and walls.

When these organs become fatigued or diseased, they send pain signals to muscles. “It’s just like when someone has left-shoulder and arm pain from heart problems,” says Dr. Evan Mladenoff, a holistic doctor and acupuncturist who, when hired by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1992, became the first-ever clubhouse acupuncturist. If a wide receiver suffers from a bad back, Mladenoff doesn’t examine only his spine; he looks to the hamstring and bladder meridian, too. Why? Because the hamstring is connected to the pelvis, and if a hamstring is tight, it pulls the pelvis forward, creating a tug on the lower spine, compressing the sciatic nerve, and causing a chronically painful back condition.The urinary bladder is also part of the same “tendinomuscular meridian” as the hamstring, meaning they share the same energy system. “If there is stagnation in that meridian, it’s going to keep blood from the hamstring,” Mladenoff says. Stagnation can also happen if you sit at a desk for eight hours. In that case, your hamstring is firing all day long, pulling your back muscles, and you need to release it, he says.

Though Mladenoff still treats NFL players, these days he mostly sees regular people “who are interested in human performance and want to be the best they can be at their jobs and in their lives.” His approach is more holistic than Ripi’s, as he takes into account his patients’ nutrition, health, and everyday activities, whether they mountain-bike daily or commute by car for two hours.

There are also some acupuncturists who act more as therapists than as traditional doctors. This includes New York City acupuncturist Nicholas Steadman, who sees clients for conditions ranging from anxiety and insomnia to allergies, sports injuries, and low immune function. Before he treats patients, though, he insists on knowing their emotional affect and how they feel about themselves, their spouses, their jobs, even their exercise routines. “If you exercise with a feeling of obligation or resentment, it will determine the way you hold your legs and can lead to pain and problems,” says Steadman. “Think of your posture when you’re angry: hands on hips, elbows out, neck tensed. This is your natural response to frustration and struggle – and you literally carry it in your body that way.”

Steadman first treats patients by getting them to realize how their emotional responses can cause mechanical trouble, tension, and pain. Next, if treating a running injury, for example, he needles the glutes to release that tension while sticking pins in distal points – areas far from the source of pain but along the same meridian.

For harder-to-reach, activity-related problems, such as pain under the kneecap, Steadman and Mladenoff both supplement their needling with a unique form of technology: a cold laser, or low-intensity light, that is used to stimulate deep tissue. The treatment is still considered experimental in the U.S., even though it has already been used for 30 years, mainly in Europe. Mladenoff relies on it to penetrate deep muscles that needles can’t reach. “It can actually generate new tissue,” he says.

Even without a cold laser, acupuncture’s benefits can be immediate. Eighty percent of clients feel better when they get off his table, says Steadman. Recovery continues for the next 24 to 48 hours as endorphins keep flowing and muscles rebuild.

For all these reasons, acupuncture can be addictive. Ripi has a regular Thursday night session with the Steelers’ Farrior at his home. The evening also includes several of his teammates. “The guys call it ‘spa night,'” says Ripi. But what it really may be is seasoned warriors trying to get the work done. Rookies bounce back faster, she says, while long-term pain doesn’t truly settle in until a player’s fourth season. “Some young guys won’t even look me in the eye or take a massage,” Ripi says. “It takes a couple years before they come looking for me. But they always come looking.”

 

By KEVIN GRAY   Oct 2011, Men’s Journal

Another Happy Client

Hello Friends and Fans of BodyPoint Medicine!

I received a wonderful testimonial from a patient this week. This patient came in for Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture with Rachelle Lambert LAc. After completing a 10-week series of treatments with Rachelle, she gave us this invigorating review:

I knew my skin was aging me, I was looking for a way to try to bring back a more youthful me.  gave the 10-week facial acupuncture a try. To be honest, I went into the treatments not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. The wrinkles faded and my skin plumped up. Rachelle was knowledgeable about nutrition, sleep, and supplements that would contribute to my skin health. Her demeanor is very calming, she sets a very relaxing atmosphere during treatments. She is a great addition to BodyPoint Medicine.

JD, December 27th, 2015

Wow! I love getting feedback for my team, and just WOW! I love hearing things like this! Send us more reviews so we can make your BodyPoint experience as transcendent as possible!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

A Letter to our Patients

NSS: A Non-Narcotic Alternative for Acute & Chronic Pain

Starting in December, I will be adding the use of NSS neurostimulators for patients with Chronic and Acute pain.   This technology has demonstrated significant effectiveness in the reduction of pain.   Original studies were performed with the Henry Jackson Foundation and the Department of Veteran’s Complementary and Integrative Pain Medicine.   It has been acknowledged as effective treatment for the reduction of daily pain and used to reduce opioid utilization.

The treatment has been effective in treating the pain associated with cancer, chronic musculoskeletal pain, fibromyalgia, headaches, neuralgia, arthralgia (joint pain: knee, hip, TMJ), low back pain, neck pain, diabetic and post-herpetic peripheral neuropathy, and pain from spinal disc disorders.

In the most recent study published which treated patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy pain, patients saw 65% improvement in their pain levels.

Patients are evaluated regarding meeting the treatable conditions and the absence of any contraindications for placement of the device.   The device is placed in my office for commercial insurance patient or at a surgery center for Medicare patients (requirement of Medicare).

The NSS neurostimulator is NOT implanted. There are 3 electrodes which are placed on a patient’s ear and attached to a small pulse generator which looks like a small hearing aide, and taped behind the patient’s ear.   The Neurostimulator provides stimulation on a two-hour cycle for the next 5 days. After 5 days, the device is removed.   Patients report that after the initial cycle, they do not notice or feel the pulsations.   There is a 2-day interval and the device is again placed on the patient.   This cycle is repeated for a total of 3 treatments.   Patients are then reassessed over a 3-week period. If pain reduction goals are not met, another cycle may be suggested.

If you or a friend/family member would like to be evaluated for this technology, please contact the office for an evaluation and more in-depth explanation of this technology.

 

Donna F. Mitchell

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day

Increasing the Progress, Promise, and Benefits of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine

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Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day is observed annually on October 24. It is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. 

An estimated 36% of U.S. adults use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to a survey by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, a component of the National Institutes of Health. When megavitamin therapy and prayer specifically for health reasons is included in the definition of CAM, the number of U.S. adults using some form of CAM in the past year rises to 62%. Among the common CAM practices identified by the survey were acupuncture, acupressure, herbal medicine, tai chi and qi gong. 

A survey by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine found that approximately one in ten adults had received acupuncture at least one time and 60% said they would readily consider acupuncture as a potential treatment option. Nearly half (48%) of the individuals surveyed who had received acupuncture reported that they were extremely satisfied or very satisfied with their treatment. In addition, one in five (21%) of the total NCCAOM survey respondents reported that they had utilized some other form of Oriental medicine besides acupuncture, such as herbs or bodywork (e.g., shiatsu). 

These studies and others like them clearly demonstrate that CAM therapies such as acupuncture and Oriental medicine are common practice in today’s health care system. They also support the need for consumers to be provided accurate and reliable information regarding their treatment options.