Acupuncture Iowa City http://www.clinic-eight.com Clinic Eight, LLC Tue, 03 May 2016 16:08:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Pain Management and Chinese Medicine http://www.clinic-eight.com/pain-management-traditional-chinese-medicine/ http://www.clinic-eight.com/pain-management-traditional-chinese-medicine/#respond Thu, 21 Apr 2016 22:44:06 +0000 http://www.clinic-eight.com/?p=405 In the west, we treat pain as a completely separate phenomenon from our emotions. Pain management is often treated with drugs that negatively impact the mind. Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) treats physical and emotional pain as one. We call it the “body-mind” and all pains are linked to an imbalance of qi(energy) and blood in the body. Many times caused by ...

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Traditional Chinese medicine can help with pain management

Traditional Chinese medicine can help with pain management

In the west, we treat pain as a completely separate phenomenon from our emotions. Pain management is often treated with drugs that negatively impact the mind. Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) treats physical and emotional pain as one.

We call it the “body-mind” and all pains are linked to an imbalance of qi(energy) and blood in the body. Many times caused by a deficiency. When our body is under stress and suffering, blood and qi can become quite stagnant and manifest in all sorts of ways.

Stress is a prime example of how we can exasperate our symptoms and actually cause the pain to become worse. We stress about the fact that we have pain, that we don’t know what to do about it and that it keeps getting worse.

We find that a lot of people come to Traditional Chinese Medicine when they have tried everything else. Western medicine treats pain with blanket solutions to try and relieve your symptoms immediately. Unfortunately, these solutions are only temporary and do not treat the root cause of the pain.

Some painkillers are highly addictive, others can cause havoc on your internal organs. Aspirin has been known to cause ulcers and narcotics have a long laundry list of side effects.

Pain management with Traditional Chinese Medicine uses a combination of herbal formulas and acupuncture to address the root cause of your pain. We not only help relieve the pain symptoms right away but also help the client to better cope with pain. Acupuncture helps to regulate the negative emotions associated with the pain. Such as, anger, frustration and anxiety.

Anxiety can cause all sorts of physical symptoms. Anxiety can raise your blood pressure, increase your heart rate and cause muscle tension. Having tight and tense muscles can make any pain worse.

If we can ease your stress we are on the road to recovery. The body needs to be in a relaxed state to heal effectively. Acupuncture can help alleviate your symptoms immediately and give you a much-needed break from the world. Similar to massage, the session is all about you and your health.  Just having that hour to focus on yourself can help immensely. In combination with acupuncture and Chinese herbal supplements, you can try these relaxation techniques at home!

Meditation: Meditation is one of the easiest things to do to lessen your stress. It starts with breath work and can go from there. You can start small by just sitting quietly and breathing in and out. Try to count your breaths and focus on a rhythm. 4 in and 4 out is a good starting point. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. The more you can concentrate on your breath the more relaxed you will become. After several sessions, you may not need to focus on counting anymore but become relaxed just by starting to breathe.

Visualizations: Visualising can be very useful for overcoming stressful situations. Can you remember a certain time or place that makes you happy to think about? We all have memories that make us feel warm and fuzzy. Try to recreate this place in your mind. Remember as much detail as possible. A popular visualization for stress is to imagine warm golden white light washing over you like a shower.

Another technique is Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Hope these help with your pain management!

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Seasonal Allergies http://www.clinic-eight.com/seasonal-allergies/ http://www.clinic-eight.com/seasonal-allergies/#respond Tue, 05 Apr 2016 22:35:34 +0000 http://www.clinic-eight.com/?p=388 Seasonal allergies are the worst. If you have chronic allergies like I do, spring is your worst nightmare. Sneezing, stuffy nose. Also, watery and itchy eyes. Lately, we have had patients coming in with sore throats due to allergies. Acupuncture works great for treating the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Patient’s usually feel relief after just one treatment. If you suffer from ...

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Flowers are pretty but they cause allergies

Seasonal allergies are the worst. If you have chronic allergies like I do, spring is your worst nightmare. Sneezing, stuffy nose. Also, watery and itchy eyes. Lately, we have had patients coming in with sore throats due to allergies. Acupuncture works great for treating the symptoms of seasonal allergies. Patient’s usually feel relief after just one treatment. If you suffer from chronic rhinitis or have issues regularly you may need to be seen several times.

We offer a great line of Chinese herbs for seasonal sufferers. Chinese herbs in combination with regular acupuncture treatments can really help knock out symptoms.

Here are some natural remedies that you can use to help alleviate your seasonal allergy symptoms.

1.  Neti Pots and Nasal Irrigators- Neti pots are filled with sterile or distilled water. They look sort of like little teapots and the water is poured through one nostril at a time and drains out the opposite. They are very useful for clearing your nose and sinus cavities of pollen and dust which can exasperate your symptoms.

2. Dust and vacuum- This one might seem silly to even mention but it’s very important to be proactive if you have allergies. If you are suffering from pollen try to remove your shoes and change your clothing before you walk around the house or sit on the furniture. If you have been outside all day do a quick rinse off in the shower so you don’t bring the pollen to your bed. You also might want to change your air filter more often when pollen is high.

3. Food- Local honey has been one remedy that everyone can get behind. The theory is that honey produced in your area can help your body adapt to the allergens in the environment. It also tastes delicious.
Probiotics are another easy remedy. The stronger your gut bacteria the better your immune system- is the motto for probiotics. The better your immune system the better your body can fight off seasonal allergies.

4. Herbs-There are a variety of herbs that have been used for allergies. Nettle is popular and easily attainable but another is Butterbur. Nettle and butterbur have been shown to work just as well as leading antihistamine drugs.

6. Steaming and essential oils- A great way to open up your nasal cavities is with steam. Sauna’s are great for the body and can help clear out the toxins by sweating. The steam from the sauna will help open your pores and your nose! If you can’t get to a sauna a hot bowl of water and a towel over your head can provide some needed relief. Eucalyptus oil is very common for opening up your nasal passages and making it easier to breathe.

4. Spices- Nothing can clear a blocked nose quite like chili peppers! Try adding some spiciness to your dishes to combat stuffiness. Peppers, garlic, ginger, mustard, and horseradish are all ways to kick up your meals with some healing power.

Try this recipe for Spicy Stinging Nettle Soup

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Stinging nettles are great for allergies

Disclaimer* Stinging nettles will sting you. Make sure to use gloves when preparing them. They are not harmful after they are soaked in water. They are best straight from the farmers market in the spring.

Ingredients:

1 pound of stinging nettles
1 diced onion
2 garlic cloves minced
2 teaspoons minced ginger
1 teaspoon minced dried chili peppers
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 cups vegetable/chicken broth
2 teaspoons of sea salt/Himalayan salt
1/2 cup basmati rice
salt and pepper to taste
finely minced chives
Greek yogurt or sour cream

Directions:

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the nettles and salt. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Coarsely chop and remove any stems.

2. In a medium sized saucepan warm the olive oil over medium heat. Cook the onion for about 5 minutes or until soft and translucent. Add the garlic, ginger and chili peppers and stir frequently for 2 minutes.

3. Stir in rice, vegetable broth, and the nettles. Bring the soup to a boil and then simmer on low for 15 minutes until rice is cooked.

4. Use an immersion blender to puree the soup and season with salt and pepper. Top with a dollop of sour cream or greek yogurt and some chives.

Enjoy!

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Turmeric for Stagnation http://www.clinic-eight.com/turmeric-stagnation/ http://www.clinic-eight.com/turmeric-stagnation/#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2016 19:12:58 +0000 http://www.clinic-eight.com/?p=384 Turmeric has been around for thousands of years. It is widely used in culinary dishes and is very medicinal as well. In Chinese medicine, turmeric is used for blood and qi stagnation. A common complaint of women, menstrual issues can range from annoying to debilitating. Turmeric can help stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus. Stagnation can be a ...

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Turmeric adds a spicy flavor

Turmeric adds a spicy flavor to this nutritional dish. 

Turmeric has been around for thousands of years. It is widely used in culinary dishes and is very medicinal as well. In Chinese medicine, turmeric is used for blood and qi stagnation.

A common complaint of women, menstrual issues can range from annoying to debilitating. Turmeric can help stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus. Stagnation can be a major cause of painful cramps. It is used to purify the blood easing the stagnation. PMS can also be relieved with turmeric.

Actually, most pain can be relieved with turmeric. Next time you are hurting try some before you reach for that asprin bottle. It has been used effectively for pain associated with arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and even surgery pain!

Turmeric is best used in food and is made easier to absorb with the addition of black pepper. You can also take supplements. While looking for a supplement try to find one that also has black pepper like this one.

Try out this delicious recipe for a healthy curry dish.

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry 

Sweet, Spicy and Simple.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 teaspoons Thai Kitchen red curry paste
2 teaspoons  turmeric
1/2 teaspoon coriander
2 tablespoons coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
2 cups chicken broth (try to get low sodium)
1/2 cup coconut milk (unsweetened)
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 carrot, diced
1 Yukon gold potato, diced
1 lime, cut into wedges
1/4 cup Fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1/8 cup green onions, chopped

Directions
1. Warm coconut oil in a skillet over high heat. Brown the chicken pieces for about 30 seconds per side. Transfer to slow cooker.
2. Add red curry paste to chicken and coat.
3. Sitr in herbs, sugar and broth
4. Cook on low for 5 hours
5. Add the bell pepper, carrots and potatoes.  Stir in coconut milk. Cook for another hour.
6. Serve over jasmine rice with lime wedges. Garnish with cilantro and green onions.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Spring and Stagnate Liver Qi http://www.clinic-eight.com/spring-stagnate-liver-qi/ http://www.clinic-eight.com/spring-stagnate-liver-qi/#respond Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:22:04 +0000 http://www.clinic-eight.com/?p=366 “The months of the Spring season bring about the revitalization of all things in nature. It is the time of birth….this is the season in which the universal energy begins anew and rejuvenates…one should attempt to correspond to it directly by being open and un-supressed, both physically and emotionally.” Huangdi Neijing Another spring break in Iowa City has come and ...

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Spring time blooms at our Iowa City Clinic!

Spring time blooms at our Iowa City Clinic!

“The months of the Spring season bring about the revitalization of all things in nature. It is the time of birth….this is the season in which the universal energy begins anew and rejuvenates…one should attempt to correspond to it directly by being open and un-supressed, both physically and emotionally.” Huangdi Neijing

Another spring break in Iowa City has come and gone. The students are bustling around the Pentacrest with renewed vigor. Even the plants in the office are blooming again. Spring is in the air!

The winter was long and brutal and we are beginning to feel the stirrings of life rise up once again. The transition from the cold dry darkness to the warm damp light can leave us feeling a little out of balance. Time to start caring for ourselves again.

One of the things we have been seeing a lot of from patients recently is stagnated liver qi. (Chi)

Stagnant qi is blocked energy in your physical body.

One of the main causes of stagnant qi is emotional unrest. Repressed emotions can really take a toll on the body and your overall energy. Depression, anxiety and stress are reactions to inappropriately channeled qi. It is common to displace these feelings instead of confronting them head on. One of the easiest emotion to displace is anger. We may feel a need to lash out at others instead of understanding why we are angry. Ultimately, most anger stems from fear.

In Chinese medicine, the organ that represents anger is the liver. Unresolved anger and fear will build up and impair the function of the liver. Thus, the liver stagnates.

This time of year everyone is spring cleaning. It’s time to do some cleaning out of your body and psyche.

The liver detoxifies our blood and helps defend the body from different allergens and disease. It filters out the toxins that we absorb or ingest like, sugar, salt, caffeine, hydrogenated fats, and processed food. Add alcohol to the mix, and your liver is in for a workout! The winter time is the worst time for our eating habits. The holidays bring about eating and drinking to excess and to top it all off unhealthy sweets. Lack of exercise and toxic emotions can bring the liver to a complete halt!

Here’s a list of some things you can do to support your liver and improve your health for this springtime energy shift!

1) Eat real food- the less processed the better. Think fruits and veggies. Whip out that smoothie maker

2)Detox with lemons. Try adding some lemon water to your life or some lemon with your tea in the morning. It will aid in detoxifying your liver and add a tart taste.

3) Focus on your sleep patterns. Try to get at least 8 hours and go to bed early. You want to be rising with the sun for optimal liver usage!

4) Get some fresh air. Take your workout routine outdoors and feel in touch with the world around you. Yoga, Qigong or Taichi are all great ways to get your qi flowing and can easily be done outside.

5) Dark leafy greens are a great side dish and are healthy. Great sources of potassium and vitamins. Here’s a great recipe Oven Baked Mushroom Risotto with Garlicky Chard

6) Get more hydration! Blood is mostly water. Give your liver a break and help flush out toxins but upping your water intake.

That’s all for this weeks Qi blog. Enjoy the spring weather!

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Acupuncture for Trauma or Sports Injuries http://www.clinic-eight.com/acupuncture-trauma-sports-injuries/ http://www.clinic-eight.com/acupuncture-trauma-sports-injuries/#respond Tue, 15 Mar 2016 17:41:05 +0000 http://www.clinic-eight.com/?p=362 Acupuncture Iowa City is successful in the treatment of trauma and or sports injuries   Have you tried acupuncture for trauma or sports injuries?  Most of us have experienced some kind of pain that we simply can’t seem to get completely rid of. Acupuncture might be your answer. Sprains are commonly treated by licensed acupuncturist, Rob Weingeist, at Clinic Eight ...

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Acupuncture Iowa City is successful in the treatment of

trauma and or sports injuries

 

Have you tried acupuncture for trauma or sports injuries?  Most of us have experienced some kind of pain that we simply can’t seem to get completely rid of. Acupuncture might be your answer.

Sprains are commonly treated by licensed acupuncturist, Rob Weingeist, at Clinic Eight in Iowa City, Iowa.  Acupuncture can reduce pain in an acute sprain in a matter of minutes. Patients noticed improvement in their symptoms very quickly, even in grade 2 and 3 sprains, with ligament damage.  Patients who include acupuncture from a Board of Medicine licensed acupuncturist, along with the treatment they may be currently receiving from a physical therapist and medical doctor find that they are able to effectively managing their symptoms.  As with all medical procedures, seeking treatment as soon as possible is the best course of action!

Iowa Board of Medicine licensed acupuncturist, Rob Weingeist manages most of his patients with Clinic Eight’s holistic approach to health care. Two or more types of treatment may be used together. Traditional Chinese acupuncture along with trigger and motor point acupuncture are most often his first strategies.  Chinese herbs, herbal liniments, and medical qigong exercises are generally discussed for at home, self care.

Chinese Medicine may seem complicated, or even scary to some people. Keep things simple, act smart, and you will recover much more easily!

Rob has many useful strategies he shares with his patients during their treatment with him.  

The most important: 

Please get treated as soon as possible!

Visit a health care professional who can properly diagnose you.  It may be very important to get a diagnosis from an MD. Your MD may even recommend that you visit a licensed acupuncturist to avoid surgery. If you do need surgery, acupuncture is great for both preparing for your operation and for your post-operative care.

We are happy to help you at Clinic Eight – Acupuncture Iowa City.

Call 319-331-9312 or Schedule your appointment online.

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions http://www.clinic-eight.com/frequently-asked-questions/ http://www.clinic-eight.com/frequently-asked-questions/#respond Sat, 05 Sep 2015 18:32:27 +0000 http://www.clinic-eight.com/?p=308 Acupuncture is the most recognized technique that we use. Licensed Acupuncturists may use a wide variety of therapeutic techniques, including herbal medicine, exercise therapy and nutritional advice. Chinese medicine is one of the oldest continuing systems of medicine in history. It has its philosophical roots in Nature and uses gentle, but powerful methods to help harmoniously balance the body and ...

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Frequently Asked Questions

Acupuncture is the most recognized technique that we use. Licensed Acupuncturists may use a wide variety of therapeutic techniques, including herbal medicine, exercise therapy and nutritional advice.

Chinese medicine is one of the oldest continuing systems of medicine in history. It has its philosophical roots in Nature and uses gentle, but powerful methods to help harmoniously balance the body and bring it back to a healthier state.

Acupuncture is a medical treatment of activating our body’s healing system, and opening up bodies our natural healing power. This is done by inserting extremely fine needles at precise acupuncture points and leaving them in for 20-30 minutes.

Acupuncture needles are very thin and solid and are made from stainless steel. The point is smooth (not hollow with cutting edges like a hypodermic needle) and insertion through the skin is not painful like an injection or blood sampling can be. Most patients feel only a mild sensation as the needles are inserted. Some patients do not even feel the needles.

Sometimes, mild bruising can occur, but this is generally not a problem. We use sterile, disposable needles which never cause infection, even around artificial joints.

Illness and pain occur when our bodies are weakened or when we have an imbalance or state of stagnation. When these situations occur, our qi (pronounced, “chee”) cannot circulate properly. Our emotions become unstable, we can become stressed and bacteria and viruses that would normally be repelled can attack our bodies. Acupuncture and herbal therapy can strengthen and improve the flow of the body’s qi making us less susceptible to disease

You will feel a sensation with acupuncture, but you should not feel pain. Acupuncturists stimulate the needles to achieve a sensation that feels like a dull ache, heaviness, tingling, warmth or a sensation of movement in the body. This sensation is needed in order to get the proper therapeutic effect. Some people feel energized by treatment, while others feel extremely relaxed.

This depends on the problem being treated. For acute issues that respond quickly to acupuncture, 2-3 visits over two weeks may be all that is needed. For chronic problems that need a longer course of treatment, one visit per week for 3-6 months may be required. Usually after four treatments we will know whether or not acupuncture is working for your condition..

Typically there are not any side effects. As energy and qi is redirected in the body, the natural healing process begins to resume. Occasionally, the original symptoms may worsen for a day or so. Other general changes in appetite, sleep, bowel, urination, or emotional patterns may be triggered. These should not cause concern, as they are simply indications that the acupuncture is starting to work and these symptoms will subside within a couple of days.

It is quite common, especially with the first or second treatments, to have a sensation of deep relaxation or immediately following the treatment. This is a very pleasant and beneficial side effect of acupuncture treatment.

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