Healing with Zen, Acupuncturist & Herbalist serving Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, Sierra Madre and the San Gabriel Valley

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

Struggling with S.A.D.? Seasonal Affective Disorder can be difficult and frustrating to navigate. Our moods and energy levels fluctuate with the seasons. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) understands these cycles but modern life does not. These days, you are expected to be active, productive and creative at all times of the year. There is no accommodation for a slow, quiet winter. According to TCM, this conflict causes stress, which can result in Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.). Seasonal affective disorder is a …

Read MoreSeasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.)

Healing with Zen, Acupuncturist & Herbalist serving Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, Sierra Madre and the San Gabriel Valley, stress reduction

Qi Gong for Stress Relief

Qi Gong for Stress Reduction Qigong is one of the five branches of traditional Chinese medicine that promote mental health, stress reduction, and positive mood. It is a practice that looks similar to tai chi, but is easier to learn, and more focused on building your health and wellness. There are many styles of Qi Gong such as and they are all wonderful and great for keeping our bodies’ stress levels in check! Qi Gong is about finding a style of gentle movements, deep breathing, …

Read MoreQi Gong for Stress Relief

Healing with Zen, Acupuncturist & Herbalist serving Pasadena, Arcadia, San Marino, Sierra Madre and the San Gabriel Valley stress anxiety

Lump in Throat

Lump in Throat Case Study Often times, patients visit us for stress relief. Stress sometimes manifests in many physical or emotional symptoms. For many of our patients, we’ve been hearing a “lump in their throat” sensation.  Some people describe it as a gasping for air feeling, blockage in the throat, or a throat knot. It’s the feeling that you are forced to swallow even if you don’t want to or there is nothing to swallow. If your lump in the throat feeling is …

Read MoreLump in Throat

Ear Seeds for Stress Relief

Feeling stressed out? Try ear seeds! Ear seeds are small seeds used to stimulate pressure points in your ear, which is known as acupressure. It’s based on the same general principles as acupuncture. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), your health is dependent on the flow of  qi (energy) in your body. This energy travels along invisible pathways, known as meridians. Ear seeds are placed on certain points, usually along meridian lines, to help clear up any qi blockages. In TCM, resolving these blockages may help …

Read MoreEar Seeds for Stress Relief

Anxiety Case Study

Anxiety case study Are you dealing with Anxiety? Check out this amazing Case Study where our Licensed Acupuncturist & Herbalist, Andrea Valencia, talks about how acupuncture has helped our patients! https://youtu.be/gsQyqxpTgQk How Does Acupuncture Help With Anxiety?  “Acupuncture stimulates the body’s natural feel-good hormones and reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol.” Says Mathew Kulas, MA, RAc, an acupuncturist at Henry Ford Health System. Studies have shown that acupuncture is an effective treatment for anxiety, with fewer side effects than …

Read MoreAnxiety Case Study

Allergies Case Study

Relief from severe allergies A 25 year old female came into our office due to severe allergies that were getting worse since she moved to Southern California from New York in Jan. 2020 (7 months prior to visiting Healing with Zen).  Symptoms: Itchy eyes, runny nose, sinus pressure, headaches. Difficulty sleeping due to her sinus congestion.  Antihistamines worked but was drying out her skin. She’s had asthma in the past. Fatigue due to allergies. Energy level 6/10. Patient also presented with: Neck and back …

Read MoreAllergies Case Study

Allergies

Relief from severe allergies A 25 year old female came into our office due to severe allergies that were getting worse since she moved to Southern California from New York in Jan. 2020 (7 months prior to visiting Healing with Zen).  Symptoms: Itchy eyes, runny nose, sinus pressure, headaches. Difficulty sleeping due to her sinus congestion.  Antihistamines worked but was drying out her skin. She’s had asthma in the past. Fatigue due to allergies. Energy level 6/10. Patient also presented with: Neck and back …

Read MoreAllergies

Jaw Pain

A Tale of TMJ Woe and Relief! About two years ago I had a traumatic event cause my jaw to start locking, over the first few weeks it would start to get sore after eating a lot or talking for a long time. Then I started to wake up with it hurting, then it would hurt all day. At its worse I couldn’t open my mouth wider than an inch and it was excruciating. I could barely eat or talk. …

Read MoreJaw Pain

Traditional Chinese Medicine you Can Try at Home!

3 Traditional Chinese Medicine therapies that you can try at home! If you asked the average person how Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) keeps you healthy, they would probably answer that it uses acupuncture needles. That’s a good start! TCM is a complex understanding of how Qi, or life force, affects your health. Qi flows through meridians passing through points which can be used to regulate and control that flow. When the flow of Qi increases, decreases, or changes qualities, your health is …

Read MoreTraditional Chinese Medicine you Can Try at Home!

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 …

Read More3 Tips for Insomnia