Digestive Health Exam & Our Favorite Digestive Aids for Bloating, gas & irregular bowels

How is your overall digestive health? Are you suffering from Bloating, Gas, Cramping, Diarrhea or Constipation?You are not alone! Many of our patients are battling with digestive issues on a daily basis. We are here to help!  In this video, licensed acupuncturist Zen Tuan demonstrates a quick digestive health exam we perform here at Healing with Zen to evaluate our patients overall digestive health. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPbctILfkEU&feature=youtu.be As any doctor will tell you, problems in digestion can lead to a host of other troubles if left untreated,

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Facial Acupuncture 101: The guide for glow getters (Part 1)

Hello! I’m Vanessa Ho, L.Ac. a licensed acupuncturist at Healing with Zen who is passionate about skin health and making sure patients feel beautiful naturally! I’ve always suffered from tired, dull, and acne prone skin for many years. As a result, I’ve tried facials and products to help get that youthful glow back. It wasn’t until I started facial acupuncture and taking herbs that my skin bounced back (quite literally). This really ignited my passion for dermatology and thus my specialty in acupuncture. I’m here to give

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Women’s Health Support using Acupuncture

In honor of Cervical Health Awareness Month, learn why acupuncture is becoming the “Go To” way to treat Women’s Health! Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are extremely helpful in treating Women’s Health such as: Fertility  This is actually one of the most common studied areas of Acupuncture and has been scientifically proven to help improve fertility for those trying to get pregnant Regulating menstrual cycles  Researchers found that acupuncture outperforms ibuprofen when it comes to treating painful cramps as well as helps

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Acupuncture 101: Everything You Need to Know

Interested in acupuncture but not sure what it can do? Here are the basics of acupuncture and how it can benefit you. How do acupuncture treatments work? Acupuncture treatments stimulate specific points of the body through the insertion of very thin needles. Stimulating these points, sometimes known as meridian points, is thought to set off a reaction starting with sensory receptors, which then stimulate nerves that signal messages to the hypothalamic-pituitary system. From a Western perspective, acupuncture is seen to work by increasing blood flow

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FAQs About Herbal Therapy, Answered

Curious about the benefits of herbal therapy? Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about what herbs are and how they can help you. What is herbal therapy? Herbal therapy involves the use of individual herbs, or more often, herbal formulas as a treatment for symptoms or as preventative medicine. Herbal therapy has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to help patients with a wide variety of issues. In most cases, patients are given a

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Postpartum Care and TCM

READ OUR TESTIMONIALS WITH TREATING POST-PARTUM PATIENTS BY CLICKING HERE!  Chinese Medicine’s Postpartum Care During pregnancy, a woman is providing the best building blocks for her unborn baby. After the 9 months are over however, there is still much care the new mother should do in order to nurture both herself and her new baby. The first 30 to 40 days are considered essential for the mother to take care of her body and mind in order to better care

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What the Heck is “Cupping”, Anyway?

“Cupping” may sound strange, but practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine have healed people with this method since 300AD (4). According to Dr. Kaleem Ullah, secretary of the British Cupping Society, “Cupping Therapy is an ancient medical treatment that relies upon creating a local suction to mobilize blood flow in order to promote healing” (3). Cupping can provide relief for migraines, muscular tension, respiratory diseases, digestive diseases, and chronic pain, among other conditions. In Ge Hong’s A Handbook of Prescriptions for

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3 Tips for Insomnia

3 Tips for Insomnia https://youtu.be/sE2VakhSvT8 Do you have trouble going to sleep?  Or are you waking numerous times throughout the night and unable to go back to sleep?  Learn 3 easy at-home tips to combat insomnia from Zen Tuan, L.Ac. Acupuncture is a great way to help with insomnia because it de-regulates the sympathetic system, decreases inflammation in the body, and balances the hormones. Read more here.  Try Valerian Complex from Standard Process For Anxiety Relief…and use it as a

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Acupressure for Headache, Migraine, Allergies, & Sinus Issues

Acupressure for Headache, Migraine, Allergies, & Sinus Issues Zen Tuan, L.Ac and founder of Healing with Zen in Pasadena, California demonstrates an easy acupressure points that you can use at home to help soothe headaches, migraine, and allergy symptoms! Learn more about acupressure points through our Healers Acupressure Points for Allergies with Ramy Saleh, L. Ac. & Herbalist Acupressure 101 with Zen Tuan, L. Ac. & Herbalist Acupressure for Men’s Health with Ramy Saleh, L. Ac. & Herbalist Do you

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Herbs for Men’s Health

Chinese Herbs for Men’s Health Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Ramy Saleh of Healing with Zen in Pasadena, California discusses some great herbs in light of Men’s Health Month! https://youtu.be/ZP1bUQMC_0g To watch Part 1 of our Men’s Health discussion, where Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Ramy Saleh talks about important Acupressure Points and Chinese Herbs click here. We can customize herbal formula’s tailored for your health concerns! To learn more click here. Learn more about the importance of Chinese herbs for Prostate,

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5 Stretches to Do at Your Desk Every Hour to Make Your Workday Better

Many people, without realizing, spend most of the day slouching over desks and sitting on the couch, which can lead to back pain, neck pain, headaches, and weakened core muscles. By taking just a few minutes each seated hour or two to do the following exercises, you can reap the benefits of better posture, improved circulation, and clearer mental functions. Remember to breathe long and deep while in each stretch, the belly expanding with each breath in, and shrinking toward

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Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

Alzheimer’s Disease and Brain Awareness by Sonya Bhakta, L. Ac. Why you should care about your brain. I’m sure by now that most people have heard the old time saying of you “use it or lose it,” When it comes to the brain — the widely held belief that a person can maintain or enhance his or her cognitive function, and offset age-related declines in mental performance, by engaging in intellectual exercise. Just how important is it to know about

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Holistic Health Strategies to Boost your Immune System

Boost your immune system during COVID-19 using whole food supplements, herbs & acupressure The best thing to do during this unprecedented time is to keep your immune system strong. Whether we contract the COVD-19 virus or not, a strong immune system will help our bodies recover quicker and lessen the symptoms. Our founder and licensed acupuncturist, Zen, prescribes the below supplements during this time to keep your body primed and working at it’s best. Congaplex– this is my go-to for short-term

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Custom Herbal Formulas, Tailored To Your Health Concerns

Zen Tuan, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist at Healing with Zen in Pasadena, CA discusses the importance and practice of taking Chinese Herbal Formulas. Learn how Chinese Herbs can help you for different treatments!   Learn more about Chinese herbs here. To watch videos of our case studies, click here. Find testimonials of our here. Ask us if acupuncture can help your health condition! Call (626)377-9596 or email us at [email protected] We hope to assist in your journey of healing soon.

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Neck Pain & Numbness Down The Arm | Case Study by Ramy Saleh, Acupuncturist at Healing with Zen

Treating Neck pain & Numbness down the arm with Acupuncture 45-year old female patient came into our office with severe neck pain, along with a shooting pain down her right arm & numbness of fingers after a concussion. Hear our patient’s testimonial about how Balance Method acupuncture improved her severe neck pain & arm numbness, in only a 6 week time span! Acupuncture can also help with many other issues such as anxiety & addiction. To watch more videos of

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Grand Opening Event | Healing with Zen | Acupuncture & Herbal Remedies!

We are so grateful for everyone who came out to support our Grand Opening Event at our new Pasadena office on February 22, 2020! Our guests were able to get a special tour of our three beautiful treatments rooms including our “Party Room”, which is convenient for friends and family to get treatments together. We provided Ear Seed treatments, goodies & spin-the-wheel giveaways! If you missed out on all the fun, no need to worry! You can recap it all

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Gift Certificates Now Available for the Holidays!

Holiday Gift Certificates are now available! We have wonderful New Patient specials, as well as bundled savings for our fabulous patients. New patient special: $250 includes Initial Consultation + Follow-Up (Regularly priced at $280. Save $30!!) For our valued patients: Buy 5 treatments, get one FREE!! Contact us today to share the Gift of Health & Relaxation this Holiday Season! Call us at: (626)377-9596 Email us at: [email protected] [/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column]

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Which Supplements An Acupuncturist Takes & Why?

Licensed acupuncturist and herbalist Zen Tuan of Healing with Zen divulges her supplement regime and explains why she takes all of these items daily. Learn how herbs and whole food supplements can support a healthy lifestyle & well-functioning body! Watch our video here!   To watch videos of our cases and testimonials, visit our website: http://healingwithzen.com/videos/   Acupuncture can also help with many other health issues such as pain relief, stress and anxiety, digestive disorders and more. To learn more

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Livaplex – for healthy bile production, bowels & digestion of fats

As Thanksgiving passes & the Holiday Christmas season approaches, it’s more common than not to over  indulge in sweats & treats! So during the Holiday season to help with constipation, indigestion & to correctly digest fats, we recommend Livaplex.       The liver is the body’s largest organ & performs more than 500 different functions including the synthesis & utilization of carbohydrates, fats, proteins, the metabolism and excretion of toxins from the body, and the storage of glycogen &

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Facial Acupuncture & Facial Gua Sha- One Vlogger's Experience @ Healing with Zen

We had the pleasure of inviting Eli from The Cruelty Free Vanity to try out Facial acupuncture and Facial Gua Sha treatment. Watch as we take Eli through the whole treatment and discuss the great benefits our patients receive from doing facial acupuncture. See why Eli and others are now hooked on getting facial acupuncture here at Healing With Zen.       Watch as Vanessa Ho demonstrates her needle techniques to improve collagen production and stress relief, and as Eli discovers that acupuncture

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Glass Cupping Demonstration at LATHER Pasadena

Watch our demonstration of Fire Cupping at our collaborative event at the Lather store in Old town Pasadena, CA. Learn the benefits of cupping and why our patients love adding it to their acupuncture treatments!          

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Acupuncture works for Pain Relief – LATHER collaboration in Pasadena

  What a pleasure to host another event at LATHER in Old Town Pasadena! In this video we discuss the importance of acupuncture, the benefits that one can obtain from acupuncture, & the process we take our patients through while being treated here at Healing With Zen. We feel honored to service the Pasadena community alongside stores such as LATHER. Thank you to everyone who came to support us. Cheers to making a better world with the help of acupuncture,

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Acupuncture Works For IBS & Digestive Issues

Treating IBS & Digestive issues using Balance Method Acupuncture A 25-year old female patient came in with chronic migraines & irritable bowel syndrome. Hear our patient’s testimonial on how Balance Method acupuncture successfully treated the pain! Even though Balance Method is very effective for pain relief, it can be used for numerous health issues, ranging from digestive complaints, migraines, high blood pressure, hormonal imbalances, insomnia, stress relief and more. This patient was treated by Licensed Acupuncturist Vanessa M. Ho, at

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Neck Tension & Low Back Pain Relief using Balance Method Acupuncture

Treating Neck Pain and Low back pain using Acupuncture A 36-year old female came in with neck/shoulder tension and low back pain. Her symptoms seemed to have been aggravated with stress. Hear her testimonial after just one Balance Method acupuncture treatment! Even though Balance Method is very effective for pain relief, it can be used for numerous health issues, ranging from digestive complaints, migraines, high blood pressure, hormonal imbalances, insomnia, stress relief and more. This patient was treated by Zen

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Stress Management (testimonials)

5-Star Yelp Review #23- I have been seeing Zen for quite a few months now. I started going due to an injury but found acupuncture has helped with my stress, my sleeplessness and even some of my moodiness ;). Zen is truly amazing and patient. She really cares about her patients and takes the time and care to understand your needs. I had never done acupuncture before this and I’m so glad I found Zen because I truly hate needles.

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Knee Pain (testimonial)

Testimonial: Yelp Review #10–  I went to Zen for problems with my knee.  I found her knowledgeable, caring and professional.  I left her office with considerable relief from the pain I was having.  Zen made suggestions for my continued progress and accommodated my schedule as soon as possible.  I would recommend her services highly. – Diane F. – 4/10/2014 – 5 star yelp review SUBSCRIBE TO OUR CHANNEL Do you have a health concern? Acupuncture can help Pain Relief     | 

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Hemorrhoids & Pregnancy Symptoms

11-week pregnant 36 year old woman came it at and wanted to manage pregnancy symptoms. Main concern was lingering hemorrhoids. Patient was concerned that pregnancy may aggravate the situation. Hemorrhoids started in 2017 and patient doesn’t feel like it’s fully gone away. Last painful experience was in 2018 during holiday season. Currently the anal area is sensitive and occasional bleeding with defecation. Constipation will aggravate hemorrhoids. Bowels tend towards dry. She feels constipation easily. Digestion tends towards bloating, slight acid

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diarrhea, Shoulder Pain, Right Knee Weakness, Fatigue, Eczema

43 year old Male came to the office to receive treatment for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Diarrhea, which were associated with his anxiety and stress levels. Patient also presented with Shoulder Pain, Fatigue, and Eczema. We used Balance Method Acupuncture to treat this patient. Irritable Bowel Syndrome Diarrhea- This was stress induced and would occur after and during anxiety.  Patient also states that he had churning on his left mid and lower abdomen. Left Shoulder Pain –  1 year ago, he was exercising with

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Valerian Complex- for Insomnia & Anxiety

Try Valerian Complex from Standard Process For Anxiety Relief…and use it as a Natural Sleep Aid! During the hot summer nights, it seems to be common to not get the right amount of sleep. The insomnia hits, and you just can’t seem to figure out the precise root of the problem or even what the issue could pertain to. You might even wonder what alternative there could possibly be to treat the issue of “sleepless nights”.Well no need to tussle anymore as Standard Process now

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TMJ, Headaches, Low back pain and Anxiety

30 year old female returns to our office 1 year and 1 month after previous treatment she received for TMJ, Jaw pain, headaches and anxiety. All her symptoms were managed for almost a full year. Jaw tension- Worse in the mornings.  Tension level 3/10, worse on left side but bilateral. “Clicking” sensation when eating food. Temporal headaches – usually at least 1x/week.  Headaches came back 3 months after previous treatment course. Previous headache 6/11/2018. Worse with menses. Lateral headaches that radiate to

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Fertility & Hormonal Imbalance

TESTIMONIALS: 5-Star Yelp Review #27- I started seeing Zen in August 2015 to assist with some fertility issues. I thought of myself as a relatively healthy person – or at least I didn’t complain much. I have come to realize that many of the ailments I accepted as a part of my “modern lifestyle” were not things I actually had to live with – they could be fixed! In addition to fertility problems/hormonal imbalances, I had the following symptoms: insomnia,

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Vertigo & Dizziness

43 year old female came into our office because of severe vertigo and dizziness that was exacerbated after going on a cruise vacation. She normally experiences severe bought of vertigo 1 time per year, however it has been more common this year. One neurologist diagnosed vestibular migraines, another neurologist diagnosed Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Tinnitus daily when experiencing dizziness and floaters. Left side is worse. Her last vertigo bout was one month prior to seeing us, 6/18/19 and it happened after

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What is Balance Method Acupuncture?

At Healing with Zen, we practice Balance Method Acupuncture. It is a fast, effective form of acupuncture that produces instant results using distal needles. This means needles are not put in the site of pain, but usually on the opposite hand, foot or limb. Patients usually notice an improvement in their pain levels and range of motion while in our office. Even though Balance Method is very effective for pain relief, it can be used for numerous health issues, ranging

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Back Pain (testimonials)

Back pain: Yelp Review #8–  I’ve had back pains/tightness on and off for the past ~8 years.  The acupuncture + cupping treatments from Zen really helped loosen my tight back and instantaneously relieved a lot of the pain.  In addition, Zen is a very attentive listener, easy to talk to, and provides a client-centered approach to her practice.  For those wanting to try out acupuncture for the first time or looking for a higher quality acupuncturist than previous experiences, I

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Osteoarthritis (testimonial)

Osteoarthritis  I found Zen Tuan 2 years ago after a long search for a reliable, licensed acupuncturist to treat my osteoarthritis. I am delighted with her ability to relieve my pain and improve my mobility as well as treat other problems as they arise. I have referred several friends and neighbors to her for help with various problems and plan to continue to use her services and refer others to her. – Susan D. – 6/28/19 Back pain Yelp Review #8– 

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Foot Pain (testimonials)

Foot Pain Yelp Review #12 – After suffering from an ankle sprain for over 8 months, I went in to give acupuncture a try. Zen was very gentle and explained everything she was doing. She was so knowledgeable about everything and taught me how important it was to keep a balance within my body. It was a very relaxing experience and I learned a lot. I hardly write reviews, but I was so inspired to write one because within a

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Neck Pain (testimonial)

Neck Pain I went in for a 15-minute-introduction-to-acupuncture treatment during a Healing with Zen open house. During the pre-session interview I mentioned  that I’ve had a very sore, stiff neck with limited range of motion for a very long time. Zen said she’d work on it. During the session my range of motion immediately improved, but the pain remained. Today,, after ONLY A 15 MINUTE TREATMENT, my range of motion is greatly improved and the pain is minimal. Thank you,

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Tinnitus (testimonials)

Tinnitus Yelp Review #31– I have chronic tinnitus and was looking for some relief. I’ve seen all the ear specialists, ENT’s at The House Ear Institute. My ENT finally recommended Acupuncture. I was skeptical at first, but Zen is amazing. After several visits my tinnitus was reduced dramatically. In addition, she addressed some other issues I was having simultaneously! Zen takes a loving and caring approach to bridge the gap between east/west medicines. She has been very helpful in reducing

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Vertigo/ Dizziness (testimonial)

Vertigo/ Dizziness Zen brought me back from the dead. That’s the best way I can describe what my acupuncture treatment has done for me. In all honesty, I sought out Healing with Zen as a last resort after countless frustrations with my Western medical practitioners and no signs of my health improving. I was skeptical about how much acupuncture could really do for me, but I am incredibly happy that I chose to go through with it because it has

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Insomnia (testimonial)

My experience in having acupuncture with Zen has been amazing… After having a bad experience with acupuncture with someone else, I never wanted to try acupuncture again! Being that I’m not a found of oral medications and hearing all the positive results people were having with Zen, I decided to give it one more try. Zen made me feel so comfortable and was constantly asking about my comfort level with the needles she was placing on my body. The results

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Acne, Rash & Skin Issues (testimonial)

5- Star Yelp Review #32 – I really enjoyed my sessions here with Vanessa. I had extreme itchiness all over my body and wanted to resolve it as soon as possible. It was my first time having an acupuncture session so I was a bit nervous but Vanessa and Josie gave me more information to make me feel comfortable. The Chinese medicine and the sessions I had with Vanessa really reduced my rashes and improved other areas of my health

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Sinus Problems (testimonial)

Zen is an extremely knowledgeable, effective, and attentive acupuncturist. I saw her recently because of a persistent cough and sinus headache. Within one hour of our appointment, my sinus pressure went away. My lungs felt much more open and the cough lessened. Because my insurance allows for partial reimbursement, I found that her prices are extremely reasonable and comparable to other acupuncturists (who are not nearly as thorough as Zen). For those who are intimidated by needles: Zen uses a

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Pregnancy & Post-Partum (testimonials)

Pregnancy & Post-Partum: Yelp Review #36– Acupuncture helped greatly with my nausea, back pain and headaches throughout my pregnancy. I continued to go to Healing with Zen post-partum because I was having neck pain from breast feeding and having issues with low milk supply. Healing with Zen offers such a serene and tranquil space for mommies to relax and heal, both physically, mentally and emotionally…because let’s face it, being a mom is tough and sometimes we need to focus on

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Ovarian Cysts (Testimonial)

After western doctors had told me that they could do nothing about my consistent pain from ovarian cysts, I scoured yelp for a trustworthy acupuncturist and found Zen. I had had success treating ailments this way in the past, and this experience has been different only in the way that it really feels like a treatment. Zen is very calm and organized, and is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. She answers my myriad of questions very kindly, and has been able

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Cancer Care (Testimonial)

5- Star Yelp Review# 40: When I was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 my life literally changed overnight and it changed again when I started seeing Zen on October 4th of 2018. I’ve been seeing her every week since and I can honestly say that getting referred to her was one of the best referrals I have ever got. Besides being very professional and very knowledgeable, the way Zen present herself and shows that she actually cares is a great

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Summer Cool Down (Part 2)

Welcome to our Summer Cool Down web series Part 2   Are you still feeling hot?  Licensed acupuncturist, Vanessa M. Ho of Healing with Zen explains how to cool down this summer. In the part 2 of our Summer Cool Down Web series she is introducing several points that can be used in acupuncture or acupressure to clear heat and thus cool the body.     – To check out Part 1 (Skin care and food ingredients) of our Summer

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Case Study: Alopecia (Hair Loss) in 30 year old Male

A 30 year old male began facial acupuncture treatment for his alopecia/receding hairline on 9/10/2018. The patient completed 10/10 Facial Acupuncture Treatments and continues to have maintenance acupuncture treatments. 9/10/2018- Patient has begun his facial acupuncture treatments for alopecia. 9/26/2018- Patient’s face is slimmer after his first session of facial acupuncture.  10/3/2018- His face is appearing slimmer and patient states that he has noticed a fuller hairline. 10/19/2018- 10/23/2019- Patient experiences continued improvements with his alopecia with the appearance of

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Smoking Cessation, Trigger Finger, Low Back Pain, Sciatica, Hormonal Imbalance

36 year old woman presents with trigger finger in her right little finger, low back pain in the lumbar region due to scoliosis, left side sciatica, and hormonal imbalance. She has smoked for 10 years and is attempting to quit smoking. 7/19/2019- Patient came in presenting with the symptoms above. 7/22/2019- Patient no longer has back pain, she has not experienced sciatic pain since the last treatment, her trigger finger is still feeling tense and locks on occasion but less

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Our Product of the Month: Nervagesic

  If you lived in Southern California this year, you were probably amazed to see a bright carpet of orange flowers painting the hills this springtime. The heavy rains of winter brought on a spectacular wildflower show as soon as the sun came out, and the star of this extravaganza was the bright orange California Poppy. As astonishing as it was to see miles of golden flowers invading every inch of available soil, you’ll find it even more astonishing to

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Mid Back Pain, Low Back Pain, Neck Pain, Alopecia, Anxiety & Stress

  30 year old male has had chronic back pain (mid and low), and neck pain since July 2018.  He also has anxiety, depression, and stress that is exacerbated by his demanding work schedule.  This began in 2014-2015 but was exacerbated by moving locations for work in 2017. Patient also struggles with chronic fatigue due to his work schedule. Patient has had 27 treatments thus far and is in maintenance care currently. Initial treatment protocol included 8 treatments. 8/6/2018- Patient’s

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TMJ, Ear pain and Tinnitus

21 year old female came in for right jaw pain leading to headache. Situation started with left jaw pain 4/18/19 (8 days prior), severe pain level 10/10, she woke up with it and went to doctor who said it was TMJ. She was prescribed muscle relaxants and ibuprofen which did not help much. Left jaw pain dissipated 4/16/19, but then right jaw pain started 4/21/19 and pain level is 7/10 currently. Pain radiates downward into jaw. “Pressure” along TMJ joint,

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Self Care Involves Acupuncture

The world is moving faster and faster, and people have a lot more they need to do than ever before. There are lots of demands on your time. Work hours are expanding, and even slithering into time deliberately set apart for vacations and holidays (“ I’ll be out of the office but checking my emails…”). Side hustles are taking up valuable sleep time, and constant worrying about both the things you can control and the things you can’t are taking

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Chest Pain, Heartburn, Palpitations, Dysphagia & Shoulder Pain

80 year old male diagnosed with lung cancer in right lung. Removal of portion of upper right lung lobe in 2016 however tumor resurfaced Jan. 2018. He underwent radiation therapy March 2019. Since radiation, he feels fatigued and difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) that is continuing to worsen. He has difficulty eating and needs water to swallow. Patient’s initial concern was left shoulder pain that has been worsening. He sleeps on his left side because right side lung and back area is painful.

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Depression, Anxiety & Constriction in Throat Sensation

62 year old female had been coming in for facial acupuncture and various aches and pains, as well as managing blood pressure, which is now stable. On 5/20/19, she stated a feeling of constriction in her throat. She has trouble swallowing occasionally and feels anxious when this occurs. Sometimes this feeling wakes her up at night. The constriction gets worse when she is feeling depressed or stressed. We decided to focus on some key core complaints: Depression and anxiety since

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Acupuncture for Fertility – Case Study

Licensed Acupuncturist Zen Tuan discusses the treatment of a couple who came to her for treatment of infertility. After meeting with both the female and the man, she determined the problematic issues and prescribed a course of treatment.  Within 12 months, the couple was pregnant with their first child, and after another round of treatments, twin siblings were added to the family. If you are having issues with Fertility, schedule an appointment with Zen today. TESTIMONIALS: Yelp Review #27-  I started seeing

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3 Tips to stay Healthy and Fit the Chinese Medicine Way

Everyone is always trying to achieve their best summer body but ideal health can be difficult and stressful when we put our body through rigorous exercise and strict dieting.  Chinese Medicine takes a more balanced approach to staying fit. Find out our top holistic tips on staying healthy and fit! 1. Reduce Stress Easier said than done, but high stress can encourage inflammation in the body.  It can also increase cortisol levels which can lead to weight gain especially around the

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The Healing Benefits of Cupping

When Michael Phelps won his 19th (!!!) gold medal in Rio in 2016, people were more interested in the multitude of purple circles that adorned his perfect torso. Had he been involved in the world’s most precise beating? Was there a weapon that made those marks? Was he OK?   For the most part, he let his gold medals do the talking for him: Michael was more than OK. He was in better than perfect condition. And when asked what

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Traditional Chinese Medicine for Your Best Summer Yet

  You hear a lot this time of year about acquiring the perfect  summer “Beach Body”, which makes it sound like you should hurry up and start cranking out those exhausting ten mile runs, or shop for the ingredients to make the perfect ten-calorie meal, none of which will give you the healthy results you want. In reality, achieving your healthiest physical form will result in higher confidence levels, more compliments, and better summer adventures than depriving your self on

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Migraines

Licensed acupuncturist, Vanessa Ho of Healing With Zen discusses her case of a 39-year old woman with chronic migraines. Hear about the progress and the results after 11 sessions. TESTIMONIALS: Migraines run in my family, and I have struggled with migraines and headaches for years. It was getting to a point where I was having headaches pretty consistently, and I came to Healing with Zen for some relief. After working with Vanessa for one or two sessions, I saw a significant

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The Cruelty Free Vanity tries Facial Acupuncture

Have you ever wanted to get the skin benefits of Facial Acupuncture but didn’t know where to start? Check out Eli’s video on her experience having her first facial acupuncture treatment at Healing With Zen! She walks you through the entire process and we answer the most asked questions regarding this natural, glow-giving treatment! After you finish your journey with Eli, go over to her YouTube Channel and check out some of the other all-natural beauty products she enjoys. Would

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Acupuncture and Gout

Gout is the most painful form of inflammatory arthritis, caused by needle-like crystals of uric acid collecting in the joints, swelling them up so painfully that at first you might think you’ve broken a bone. High levels of uric acid in the bloodstream almost always points to damage within the kidneys, making it difficult for them to eliminate toxins that should be leaving your body every day. Diabetes and being overweight are the two biggest instigators of gout. Other causes

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Important Chinese Herb for Prostate, Kidney, and Mens Health

Chinese Medicine is incredibly effective at improving mens health, boasting both short and long term benefits. There are so many herbs that can be combined into custom formulations for Chinese Medicine, and these formulations vary depending on the root issue. Herbs that are most often included in Chinese Medicinal formulas for men are covered below.   Reishi is a buzzy, adaptogenic herb that is making headlines in the health and wellness field.  What many may not know is that Reishi, or

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Case Study: Myasthenia Gravis (difficulty swallowing and speaking, plus fatigue)

Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disorder that affects your muscles, including the muscles of your face – muscles you use for breathing, swallowing, and speaking.  One of the first symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis is a sense of exhaustion after seemingly simple tasks.  This is caused by a breakdown in the usual communication channels between nerves and muscles. In this video, Zen Tuan gives a case study of a 68 year old man with Myasthenia Gravis whose main concerns were overwhelming fatigue and difficulty speaking. 

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Breathe Deep: Asthma, COPD, and Acupuncture

  Warm weather is finally here! Time to breathe in all that fresh, healthy air and get some exercise in the great outdoors. Maybe this is the year you’ll take up horseback riding or jogging. Remember to stop and smell the roses, as they say. Maybe get out in the forest and do some hiking. That mountain air will smell GOOD. And after all that wonderful physical exertion, eight hours of sleep should come pretty easy. Only, your lungs have

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Tinnitus & Hearing Loss

Tinnitus and hearing loss can be a serious problem.  Zen Tuan of Healing with Zen gives a case study from her personal files, and explains how treatment with traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and herbs cleared the ringing in a patient’s ears that had plagued him for over a decade. Yelp Review #31– I have chronic tinnitus and was looking for some relief. I’ve seen all the ear specialists, ENT’s at The House Ear Institute. My ENT finally recommended Acupuncture. I was

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Acupuncture for Fertility and Pregnancy

  Sometimes, starting a family can be easy. Sometimes, it can be very difficult. For all points along this spectrum, acupuncture can be of great assistance. The first step to a healthy pregnancy is having a regular menstrual cycle. Unusual pain, spotting, and sporadic flow are signs that something is out of balance in the body, and this can make it heartbreakingly difficult to conceive. To make it even more confusing, gradients of these same symptoms can have no effect

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Treating Hair Loss with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Hair loss may be a fact of life but the effects of hair loss at almost any age – especially young women and men – can be traumatic. The concealed giggles, the outright stares, the offering of unsolicited advice from well meaning friends and family members can have a devastating effect on self worth. Like Samson, confidence and perceived strength seem to be connected directly to your hair. The only options, it seems, are the limited results of Rogaine or

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Echinacea, The Immunity Powerhouse

Quick! What makes honeybees happy, blooms in cottage gardens everywhere and protects you against everything from allergies to cancer?  It’s Echinacea, also known as purple coneflower, and it’s our Product of the Month.   Echinacea has been known for centuries to give the immune system a boost and give added protection to the upper respiratory tract – a fine ally to have in your corner as we come out of flu season and run right into allergy season. It’s also a

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Acupuncture and Herbs Outperform Hormones for Menstrual Irregularity

    The results of a new study suggest that a treatment of acupuncture and custom herbs offer significantly greater relief from menstrual irregularity and its associated symptoms when compared with conventional hormonal treatments. In a study performed at the People’s Hospital of Zhangwu County (Liaoning) a combination of herbs and acupuncture outperformed hormone therapy for a group of 100 women with irregular menstrual cycles. The women, aged 21 to 39, had symptoms ranging from significant clotting and dizziness to

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Back Pain Relief with Acupuncture + Herbs

Researchers from the Nanyang Institute of Technology conducted a randomized controlled trial to investigate the efficacy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and found out that Acupuncture with herbs outperforms ibuprofen for the relief of acute lower back pain! Read more about the trial here.  This has not been a surprise to us! Many of our patient who have lower back pain have found acupuncture to be helpful. Acupuncture can help back pain by: providing pain relief – by stimulating nerves

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Acupressure Your Way To A Clearer Day!

Spring is full of so many amazing things as we start fresh into the new year, but one thing that isn’t on that list are the seasonal allergy and cold symptoms that so many of our patients experience. Today, we will be covering three important acupressure points that help alleviate those pesky symptoms so that you can go about your day with more freedom! You can press these points for 5 seconds each for about 10 times. UB2 Urinary Bladder

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Herbs to Boost the Immune System and Lung Function

It is important to boost your immune system so it has a better chance of fighting off viruses that commonly circulate during the winter months. Chinese Herbal Medicine powerfully strengthens the body’s natural defenses with long term use while also helping reduce symptoms that can come from the common cold and allergies. There are two important herbs that are usually found in immune boosting formulas. Huang Qi (Astragalus) has been getting a lot of press as of late for being

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Seasonal Allergies in the Springtime

Allergies are not all one and the same. According to Chinese Medicine, allergies can come from deficiencies in several organs including the Liver and Lungs. For example, if you predominantly have sinus issues then the root may lie in treating your Lung. If you are having issues with dry or red eyes, this is a symptom that points towards an imbalance in your Liver. The time of year in which the allergies most commonly occur also give a clue towards

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Dry Skin From Within

    Dry Skin. Credit: Vogue Most people suffer from dry and flaky skin during the winter season and the majority will find that slathering on large amounts of lotion can be beneficial to ease the symptoms of dryness for a few hours. However, Chinese Medicine views the body as a whole and dry skin starts from within. There are two important factors concerning dry skin, one of which is more internal than the other. As you can expect, dry

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Join us for our Purification & Detox Event, Jan, 30, 2019 @ 6:15 pm

  So the New Year came and went, you’ve picked up all the confetti and champagne glasses, you’ve made your resolutions, and you’re still feeling…blahhhhh. There’s a reason for this!  And no – it’s not you. Sometimes we just need a little help to get us going.  Our bodies can get “programmed” into certain habits,  and it can be very difficult to break this programming even if you’re aware of the problem.  You may have put your heart into it

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Sexual Dysfunction and its relation to the Kidneys

Chinese Medicine, including acupuncture and herbs, is largely used as an alternative therapy for several sexual dysfunction diagnoses. Whether it be vaginal dryness, low libido, or erectile dysfunction, Chinese Medicine is able to treat the issue at its root. The Kidneys govern reproductive function in Chinese Medicine and, as we covered previously, they are the source of vitality in the aging process. Once we start aging, our Kidney essence and vitality wanes and some symptoms may occur with older age

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Boosting Kidney Function Through Herbs

The Kidneys are incredibly important for the natural process of aging but also the health of all other organs.There are several herbs that can assist the kidneys and improve their natural functons. In Chinese Medicine, the lungs cannot function properly without the Kidneys helping root the Lung Qi. Another example of the importance of Kidneys in Chinese Medicine is shown through the Heart and Kidney connection. The Heart cannot function properly without the Kidneys sending blood and fluid to nourish the

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The Kidney-Youth Connection: Western Perspective

There is scientific knowledge to back Kidneys governing the bones as well as being the driving force for health in the aging process. Poor Kidney function leads to low calcitrol levels, which are responsible for weak bone density. Fibroblast Growth Factors, or FGFs, regulate cell growth, metabolism, and transformation. One such FGF cofactor called Klotho is an anti-aging protein that binds to FGF receptors in the Kidneys. A specific FGF called FGF23, together with Vitamin D, Klotho, and PTH, maintains

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The Kidney/Youth Connection: Eastern Perspective

The Kidneys are the gateway to youth according to Chinese Medicine. There are Chinese Medicine perspectives as well as Western Research backing this statement. In today’s blog post, we will be taking a deep dive into both sides of the connection between Kidneys and the aging process. Kidneys govern bones and they store essence. This means that Kidneys are in control of the health of bones in terms of Chinese Medicine and that they determine the general constitution of a

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Look to the Ear when Struggling with Addiction

Cred: Eastern Wellness Acupuncture Addiction and withdrawal symptoms can be powerfully treated with acupuncture due to acupuncture’s close relationship with the nervous system. The main goal of acupuncture is to restore balance to the body and it taps into balancing the endocrine, immune, nervous, and digestive systems to encourage the body back into balance thus relieving symptoms that arose from imbalance of these systems.   Addiction creates imbalance in the body that creates physical and mental symptoms that are difficult

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Ear Seeds: Not Just for Decoration!

  Ear acupuncture can be incredibly effective when added to the acupuncture treatment protocol, but what happens when you’d like to continue the balancing benefits of ear acupuncture at home? This is where ear seeds come in to the equation. Ear seeds are stickers that contain a plant seed, a metal bead, or a small needle that can be stuck on the ear and kept in place for up to 5 days at a time in order to encourage the

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Purification: The Perfect New Year’s Resolution

For many of us, the transition from one year to another brings more than just a change in the calendar year. January also inspires thoughts of improvement and new beginnings that can take shape in the form of your New Year’s resolution.   Healing with Zen’s Purification Programs could be the perfect resolution for you. Benefits of Purification: Jumpstart Weight Loss Reduce Body Fat Detoxify Your Body Restore Energy Balance Blood Sugar Balance Hormones Improve Cholesterol Reverse Aging Reduce Allergies Reduce Inflammation

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Effective and Useful points in Ear Acupuncture

Picture Credit: Mornington Chinese Medicine While ear acupuncture can treat several different symptoms, there are a handful of extraordinarily effective points on the ear map that can help manage pain as well as bring the body back into homeostasis. We will be covering three of those points today. Picture Credit: Miridiatech Shen Men: This point is one of the most commonly utilized points in many acupuncture treatment protocols. Shen Men is powerful when it comes to treating a plethora of issues

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What is Ear Acupuncture?

Ear acupuncture is often incorporated into acupuncture treatments due to its efficacy with communicating with the nervous system. It is done by inserting needles into specific points on the ear to encourage healing in other areas of the body. The basic concept of ear acupuncture is that the entire body can be mapped out on the ear from head to toe, thus if we treat that corresponding area on the ear, we also treat that area of the body. To

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Healing Modalities: Moxibustion

With the rise of infertility, there has been an increased use and interest in acupuncture to improve fertility. Along with acupuncture and herbs, moxibustion is often used during the treatment process for several symptoms not limited to just infertility. Watch our video in which licensed Acupuncturist Zen Tuan explains and demonstrates what Moxa is all about. For those who have never heard of moxibustion, it is the practice of burning Mugwort to promote healing and it can be done in 3 different

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Flu prevention and Immune Support

Photo Credit: Naturallivingideas Fall and Winter is flu season.  Are you taking enough preventative measures to boost your immune system? Here are our favorite supplements and herbs to boost your immune system to keep you healthy through this season. 1. Congaplex Congaplex is a natural supplement that contains vitamins A and C, calcium, and magnesium. It is used for short-term support of  the immune system. We recommend taking this at the onset of symptoms to lessen severity and duration of your cold. Click here to

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Healing Modalities: Benefits of Electro-Stimulation!

There are some patients who experience severe chronic pain who enjoy adding different modalities of treatment to their acupuncture session. One such effective practice is the use of electro-acupuncture. Electro-acupuncture is used in conjunction with acupuncture to stimulate each acupuncture point and produce more sensation. There is a current used however no actual current is transmitted through the body and a usual session ranges from 10-20 minutes. The way that electro-acupuncture is used is by attaching a small electrode onto

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Essential practices for Daily Stress

Wellness is an all-encompassing term that is so important especially when managing stress. We’ve already covered key ways in which we manage stress using Chinese herbal remedies, acupuncture, acupressure, and mindfulness. However, there are still several ways in which we can keep the stress levels low in our day-to-day activities. The key in stopping stress at its root is the mindfulness to release the stress each and everyday. This can be done in a multitude of ways. Exercise or Sports:

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Healing Modalities: Common Areas to Gua Sha

Picture Credit: Massagetique Gua Sha can help treat aches and pains throughout the body, but it has also been used for thousands of years for such conditions such as headaches, cough, the common cold, flu, allergies, PMS symptoms, and to boost immunity. The areas that are treated with Gua Sha differs depending on the symptom that the practitioner is treating. The general principle of Gua Sha can be applied when scraping only on the areas where there are knots, aches,

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Acupressure your Stress Away

Here at the clinic, we love to give our patients knowledge that they can take with them to manage their conditions in between acupuncture treatments. One of the best ways to do so is with at home acupressure. There are two major points that we use often in the clinic for stress reduction and calming the mind. Today, we will be covering how to locate these two points as well as their individual benefits! Watch our video or read the

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Healing Modalities: Gua Sha Basics

Gua sha is a natural, alternative therapy that involves scraping your skin with a massage tool to improve your circulation. It is intended to address stagnant energy in the body that’s responsible for inflammation. Inflammation is the underlying cause of several conditions associated with chronic pain. Rubbing the skin’s surface helps reduce inflammation, and promote healing. Learn more about body Gua Sha in our video blog post. Facial Gua Sha is all the rage these days with several department stores

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SP Detox Balance

Detox your body with SP Detox Balance Powder Toxins are everywhere! They are in the air you breathe, the food you eat, the water you drink, and the products you touch. Exposure to these toxins can overburden your system’s natural ability to detoxify! This can contribute to fatigue or difficulty sleeping, indigestion and other temporary gastrointestinal upset, food cravings and weight gain, reduced mental clarity, low libido, skin issues and joint discomfort. This is why at healing with Zen we offer two

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Stress-Free Herbal Remedies

Herbs are the best way to maintain daily stress levels, as they are teas that you can incorporate into your daily routine.   Among the multitude of Chinese Herbs we have available, there are two stand-out rock stars that always make a presence in several custom formulations made to combat stress. These are:   Chai Hu (Thorowax Root) This herb is great for any signs of irritability, abdominal pain, nausea, or tightness in the chest or abdomen due to holding stress in

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Stress and the Liver

Stress… is experienced daily by a majority of people and it is a prime example of the relationship between the mind and body. Stress is experienced emotionally, however, it can manifest itself in lower energy levels and circulation, poor digestion, insomnia, and other hormonal imbalances. These symptoms can escalate if stress is not managed well. In Chinese Medicine, stress is closely related to the Liver. This is because the Liver has the main function of ensuring smooth circulation, in other words,

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Digestive System and the Skin

Have you ever suffered from chronic acne or redness only in one area of the face? Oftentimes, the Stomach and digestive system is responsible to be the root of several skin issues. Since the stomach is principally in charge of processing and digesting food, it is also easily prone to stagnation. Thus redness, inflammation, or acne is oftentimes rooted in the impaired function of the Stomach. For example, one of the most common causes of skin issues such as rosacea

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Digestive Heroes: Chinese Herb Powerhouses that Aid Digestion

Photo Credit: My Korean Kitchen Digestive difficulties are so commonplace in today’s society that we find ourselves formulating several custom herbal formulas for our patients using herbs that powerfully aid digestion and decrease inflammation. Today, we will be covering 3 herbs that are great for decreasing any bloating, distention, gassiness, or indigestion. Watch the video below or read our corresponding blog post.      Shan Zha (Hawthorn Berry) – These can be taken as an herbal tea. Shan Zha or

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Stomach, the Sea of Grain and Water

Modern medicine has become increasingly focused on gut health for the past few years. It comes as no surprise, then, that Chinese Medicine has always focused on the health of the digestive system as the root of many chronic health problems. In Chinese Medicine, there are two essential sources of energy: air and food. The Stomach is responsible for the ripening and rotting of food and if its function is impaired, then there is not enough nourishment for the body

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Wellness Wednesday Event @ the Lather store in Pasadena. Sept. 12, 2018

Watch our Facial Gua Sha demonstration and learn about facial rejuvenation!       –> What is facial acupuncture is and how can it help you? Click here.    –> Learn how to do Facial Gua Sha in the comfort of your home, in between your facial acupuncture treatments here.     Thanks to everyone who attended the event! 

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What’s in Skincare? Fragrance

What Toxic ingredients are in Fragrance? Perfumes is a tricky product for conscious consumers especially in the United States. Under the FDA, fragrance (a commonly used ingredient in perfumes and body care) is a word that can mean multiple different ingredients. Fragrance is comprised of multiple secret ingredients that are protected by the industry’s trade laws. The reason it is important to steer as clear as possible from fragrance is that lab studies by EWG have shown that this mixture of

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Acupressure points for Digestion

Acupressure – Do it yourself – Digestion Digestive issues are a common problem for many people. Licensed acupuncturists Zen Tuan and Vanessa M. Ho of Healing with Zen demonstrate their favorite acupressure points for digestion. Watch the video below to learn more. Chinese medicine balances out several organs in the process of treating any digestive concern and the Stomach is one very important organ in successfully treating digestive concerns. Inflammation of the digestive tract causes digestive issues to arise and acupuncture treats

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What’s in Skincare? Toxic Ingredients

What Toxic Ingredients are in Skincare? When browsing the skincare aisle at your local store, be sure to be an informed consumer.  The skin absorbs 60-70 percent of whatever is applied onto it which makes it very important to identify skin loving ingredients versus those that do more harm than good. We’ve compiled a list of the most common skincare and body care ingredients to avoid down below! 1. Parabens Parabens include the most commonly known methyl- and propyl- paraben.

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Congaplex – immediate support of the immune system

Product of the Month: Congaplex Boost your immune system with this all-natural product from Standard Process. Congaplex is used for effective short-term support of the immune system. Fight off colds and flu quickly if taken at the onset of symptoms! We love recommending this product when a patient is on the brink of getting a cold. This is essential for those days when you just don’t feel right, whether it be groggy in the head or slight sniffles in the morning. With

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Key ingredients to avoid (Part 2): Chemical Sunscreen

♦ Sunscreen ♦ Chemical versus Physical Welcome to the second part of our Web Series! In this series, we introduce key ingredients you should avoid in your skin and body care and great alternatives to replace them. Today we’ll talk about sunscreens.  Licensed acupuncturist, Vanessa M. Ho of Healing with Zen explains why you should choose physical sunscreens for you and your family. Watch the video below or read the corresponding text.    Did you know that there are two different types of sunscreen? Chemical

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Cool Cooking to Clear Heat & Cool The Body

The Summer Cool Down: Cool Cooking Photo Credit: Sprinkle of Green We’ve been talking about nutrition in our Summer Cool Down series, so it’s only fitting that we include some easy to cook recipes.  Today we’ll be covering sweet and savory recipes packed full of cooling ingredients to get you through summer heat. This is the last part of our Summer Cool Down Series. → Enjoy!   Stir Fried Job’s Tears with Mushroom and Broccoli Ingredients: 1 tablespoon ground beef 1

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Key ingredients to avoid (Part 1): Petroleum Jelly

 ♦ Petroleum Jelly ♦ Welcome to our new Web Series! In this series, we introduce key ingredients you should avoid in your skin and body care and great alternatives to replace them. Our skin absorbs about 60-70% of what we put on it, so the ingredients inside our Skin Care are really important to keep our body clean and healthy. Licensed acupuncturist, Vanessa M. Ho of Healing with Zen explains in this video how Petroleum Jelly works and why you should look

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Foods To Clear Heat & Cool The Body

The Summer Cool Down Series:  What to Eat Welcome back to our Summer Cool Down Series. In this section, we introduce food ingredients that are going to help you keep cool in the summertime.   Photo Credit: Aquavera bottles You are what you eat.  This is no more apparent than when the summer heat can take a leave you feeling like a sun-dried tomato.  We’ve already covered how to stay hydrated and cool on the outside; it’s now time to

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