Category Archive for: ‘Alternative Medicine’

Can I Pressure You Into Some Pain Relief?

Ischemic Compression (IC) is a form or acupressure that causes local circulatory, central nervous system and lymphatic effects. In addition, IC affects fascial structures that encapsulate muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs and can enhance their physiological function. IC is done by applying steady pressure  over a trigger point until it softens/releases. This can be done statically, dynamically (with motion), or …

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Acupuncture For Performance Enhancement- An Evidence-Based Summary

  Many athletes search for additional ways to get that competitive edge through ergogenic aids such as performance enhancing drugs or supplements. The foundations of Performance Enhancement include: Sound training Balanced nutrition Adequate rest and recovery   Acupuncture is another Performance Enhancing Tool that can have dramatic effects on some of the key parameters needed for optimal performance: Flexibility Balance …

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Flexibility 101

How do we become inflexible? According to Davis’s Law, soft tissue models along the lines of stress, i.e. tissue remodeling after trauma (acute or repetitive) does not run in the same direction as the muscle fibers, but forms in a random fashion. As a result, when muscle fibers are lengthened, these inelastic connective tissue fibers act as roadblocks, preventing the …

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20(15) Evidence-Based Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness Tips You Can Use

This week’s blog includes 20(15) Evidence-Based Nutrition, Fitness and Wellness tips you can use as we enter into 2016. 1. Lift weights 3-4x/week   Weight lifting  builds muscle strength and muscle mass and preserves bone density. It enables  independence, and vitality with age. In addition, strength training also has the ability to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and the signs …

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Is Your HPA Making You Sick?

The Hypothalamic–Pituitary–Adrenal axis (HPA) is a complex set of feedback interactions between the Hypothalamus, Pituitary gland, and Adrenals. The HPA is also known as the neuroendocrine system. The neuroendocrine system controls reactions to stress and regulates many body processes, including digestion, the immune system, mood and emotions, sexual function, and energy metabolism. The Stress Of Life Both emotional and physical …

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Should You Take Supplements?

Taking supplements is a controversial topic, to which there are proponents and opponents. If you take supplements you should ask yourself: Am I taking a supplement (or supplements) to make up for an essential nutrient that may be deficient in my diet? What physiological system do I hope to target? Is there any peer-reviewed research demonstrating the efficacy of the …

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What is Gua Sha

Gua sha is a Traditional Asian Medicine healing technique that involves instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking (i.e. Scraping) of a lubricated area of skin to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’. Sha represents  extravasation, i.e. the movement of white blood cells from the capillaries to the tissues surrounding them. Producing sha removes blood stagnation (poor circulation), which is considered pathogenic in …

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5 Healthy Habits and Superfood-Based Nutrition

There are five simple habits combined with superfood recommendations that can naturally lead to: Improvements in calorie control Optimal nutrient timing and; Better food selection The Five Habits: Eat slowly and stop when you are 80% full Eat protein dense foods with each meal Eat vegetables with each meal For fat loss, eat the majority of starchy carbohydrates after exercise …

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We Are Moving!

  I am excited to announce that I will be moving my clinic into Advanced Family Medicine ( The new location is in the Overlake area at: 2007  152nd Ave, NE Redmond, WA   98052    Next to Sears. Same phone number and fax  (425) 999-4484 Online Scheduling is available:   This new location will be one of …

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How To Put Your Weight Loss On Auto-Pilot

While eating less and exercising more is the standard approach to weight loss, it is important to recognize that our bodies are complicated and there is more to weight management  than balancing an energy equation. If you have been having difficulty losing weight, try these evidence based tips. They may be just what you need to shed those stubborn pounds.   Use …

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