Posts Tagged ‘Alternative Medicine’

5 Ways to Manage Neck Pain Naturally

August 14, 2010, by Dawna Ara Acupuncture, Pain Management 1 Comment

Chronic Neck Pain ManagementMost if not all of us have experienced neck pain at some point in our lives. For some it is short lived acute pain lasting only a day or two, for others the pain becomes chronic and unbearable lasting months, even years if left untreated.

What is Neck Pain?

Neck pain is defined as pain or discomfort in the region above your shoulders and below your head. It could result from many reasons including physical abnormalities, poor posture, emotional stress, vascular diseases, vertebral compression or subluxations, thyroid disease, esophageal disease, and nerve pain.

Medical doctors will diagnose neck pain by asking the patient questions about the pain and possibly palpating the region.

Yey Asparagus!

June 5, 2010, by Dawna Ara Nutrition No Comments

This week lets celebrate asparagus because it’s such an awesome veggie. You are probably wondering why asparagus so amazing. Well, besides the fact that it comes in 2 colors (white and green), asparagus is packed with lots of healthy nutrients.

Depending on how advanced your cooking skills are, asparagus can turn out tasting like stale cardboard, or become a satisfyingly delicious meal fit for a king.

Asparagus is a rockstar of a veggie and I am going to show you how to make yours become a true legend with my personal favorite recipe for creamy asparagus soup.

Headache & Migraine Sufferers Get Relief with Acupuncture

May 12, 2010, by Dawna Ara Acupuncture, Pain Management 1 Comment

Most people at some point in their life will suffer from a headache. The pain could be as mild as slight tension or an annoying throb, to as severe as feeling like your brain is being stabbed over and over again with a knife. For some people the headache may last just a few minutes, and for others, it could lasts weeks or even months.

A headache is defined as pain or discomfort in the head, neck, or scalp. Western medicine recognizes 2 main types of headaches, primary and secondary. Primary headaches are headaches independent of other diseases. Primary headaches include migraine, cluster, and tension headaches. Secondary headaches are headaches that are caused by another disease or are symptoms of another pathology. Secondary headaches can be caused by an infection, substance induced, trauma, facial or cranial, emotional disturbance, or vascular changes.


Acupuncture & Herbs Can Help Improve Thyroid Function

January 18, 2010, by Dawna Ara Acupuncture, Hormones 4 Comments

Ever wonder why you are so tired all of the time? Do you have trouble concentrating? Are you cold and achy? Are you finding that you do not enjoy the things that used to make you happy? Why they heck have you been gaining weight even though you eat right and exercise daily? Are you depressed?

If you are having these feelings it is important to know that you are not alone. There are literally thousands of people with symptoms of hypothyroidism with blood tests that do not reveal anything out of the ordinary. Why is this happening to so many people and what can be done for those who have no explanation for their symptoms?


Tis the Season For Stuffy Nose, Itchy Skin, and Watery Eyes

November 11, 2009, by Dawna Ara Acupuncture, Respiratory No Comments

Autumn is here and the Santa Ana winds are blowing pollen, dust, and mold through the air causing peoples allergies to act up. An allergy attack can feel like a cold or flu leaving you feeling miserable.

Headaches from sinus pressure are common as well as runny nose, itching, sneezing, and coughing. Before you go to the drug store and purchase antihistamines here are 5 natural things you can do to keep your allergies in check this season.


To Flu Shot or Not to Flu Shot?

October 12, 2009, by Dawna Ara Acupuncture, Respiratory 3 Comments

There has been quite a bit of debate going on regarding the new H1N1 aka swine flu vaccine. Some are saying its a necessity, that every man, woman, and child need to get the shot in order to survive. But why then if it is so important are some of our top doctors and nurses willing to lose their jobs over their right to NOT get the flu shot?

As usual, the answer is complicated. With all the hype and attention the swine flu has gotten you would think we would have enough information to all be experts by now. The reality is that there has been so much false information tangled up with the truth that it has been nearly impossible to make an educated decision. So in a better effort to help you decide if the flu shot is right for you, I have added some links from reliable sources for you to view.


What Is Chinese Medicine and What Can It Do for Me?

September 26, 2009, by Dawna Ara Acupuncture No Comments

Chinese Medicine is an ancient health system aimed at bringing the entire body into balance. It is an intricate system that includes the use of acupuncture, herbs, and dietary therapies. Acupuncture is the insertion of tiny needles into specific points on the body.

Disease in Chinese Medicine is said to take place as soon as Qi or Life force gets “stuck” or “stagnates” in the body. A skilled acupuncturist carefully chooses points that will help move the qi in its proper direction and allow it flow freely.