I'm so excited to be offering Collegen Induction Therapy or, as its commonly known, Micro-Needling. As many of you know, I've been offering acupuncture rejuvenation facial treatments for a few years now and 6 months ago when Dermapen reached out to notify us of upcoming trainings, I jumped on it.
I love this therapy because it is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation treatment with a quick recovery time. It promotes natural collagen reproduction, similar to fractional laser treatments, IPL, and laser resurfacing, but without the side effects and downtime.
This is a unique way to address and improve:
All appointments will include a powerful, rich serum customized for you along with Celluma LED light therapy
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One of the keys to a youthful-looking skin is having plenty of super-protein collagen. Collagen is the scaffolding that prevents complexions from becoming droopy or slack. It’s a wonder-working, naturally-produced ingredient that keeps faces looking plump, taut and radiant.
Where's the catch...
As we age, our production of collagen slows down, and the reserves of this protein diminish. Without this on our side, the signs of ageing – lines, wrinkles, uneven texture and sagginess – start to become visible.
Luckily, it’s possible to replicate the process that leads to collagen being formed. Did you know whenever your body is injured, it triggers the production of collagen to aid in the healing of connective tissues. That’s why treatments like Micro-Needling and Acupuncture, which involve small, almost imperceptible skin punctures can organically provoke the collagen response.
Both involve micro injuries to the skin to stimulate collagen synthesis, but they are distinct treatments. What are the main differences? And how do you know which one is right for you?
Micro-needling in a nutshell
Also known as Collagen Induction Therapy or Micro-needling, is a therapy that involves repeatedly puncturing the skin with tiny, sterilised needles at a specific depth. Over a number of sessions, this causes the body to produce collagen. It is used to treat scarring and acne and to counter the effects of ageing. There is minimal downtime, though you may appear a little pinkish after your treatment – as if you’ve had too much sun. Swelling and minor bleeding can also result but the treated area is anesthetized to eliminate any pain. Six treatments spaced out over a year are recommended for optimum ‘wow’ results.
Facial Acupuncture in a nutshell
Facial Acupuncture also replies on needles. But unlike Micro-needling, this treatment is not about rapidly pin-pricking the skin, but about inserting needles and leaving them in there. Usually for a period of 20 minutes. The needles are carefully positioned in areas of the face where a blockage of energy is perceived or into the muscles that control our facial movements (where wrinkles often occur). Unblocking this energy has an overwhelmingly positive effect on the whole body. Facial Acupuncture is a Chinese therapy, rooted in ancient medicine and is therefore a more holistic approach to take. The process not only works to enhance the complexion, it also improves the mood and boosts general well-being. There is no downtime. And like micro-needling, six treatments are recommended to see results. But Facial Acupuncture is one of those treats you’ll want to get over and over again – whenever you need a pick-me-up.
Still confused about what to go for? At San Francisco Integrative Medicine we are expert in both treatments and can advise you on what’s right for you, your skin-type, your expectations and your lifestyle. Book a consultation today.
Cupping and acupuncture can be very helpful. If you've been affected by the fires either physically or emotionally, please don't hesitate to reach out so we can find a time that works for you!
Autumn and Chinese Medicine
While summer emphasizes being physically and socially active with its long days and warm weather and even though its still warm this week, the changes that autumn brings is already becoming evident. Now in October, the nights are noticeably cooler, daytime temperatures can wildly fluctuate, leaves change color and sunlight is intense but lessening. As the veil thins as we approach winter solstice, it is important to make a conscious transition from this outward time of summer to a more yin and contracting time of autumn for maintaining a healthy balance in both physical and emotional well-being. With this shift, comes natural changes in our bodies, mood and health.
This is a time to strengthen and protect your health. Fortifying during autumn months will in turn create a reservoir of wellness to sustain vitality in winter months.
The Lung Organ
Ways to Support the Lungs
Nourish Fluids Since autumn is a dry season, we need to protect ourselves from cold-air evaporation of moisture from our skin. Pay attention to hydration with fluids coupled with moistening foods, such as pears, sea vegetables, cabbage, turnips and parsnips.
Breathe Take time to focus on full, deep abdominal breaths as you become aware of that which needs to be released.
Purge Free up more space by letting go of clutter and excess possessions- donating and giving away unused clothes will be deeply appreciated by those who need them this winter. This can also mean letting go of relationships and friendships which no longer serve you in a positive way.
Grieve There is no one right way to grieve, there is no standard timeframe and each person's grief process is unique. Chinese medicine is concerned with grief that is repressed and unexpressed.
Sleep In general: aim to go to bed an hour earlier and wake an hour later. It definitely may be appropriate for you to sleep longer than that as we head towards winter.
Dress Appropriately Wear a scarf - even a light one will protect your lungs and throat from harsh wind and cold.
Compost! Another crucial way of letting go of what is no longer needed and supporting the lungs of our planet.
The secret of how gua sha works lies in how connective tissues function in our body. Connective tissue supports, connects, transmits, and contains every cell in the human body. Fascia, a type of connective tissue, connects the skin to deep layers of muscle, and to all other tissues, in what has been called a “body-wide signaling network.” The stroking technique of gua sha activates the most superficial level of fascia, which in turn activates both deep layers of fascia and organs far from the site of the stroking. This action releases deep muscle tension, increases micro-circulation, and causes vasodilation, all associated with pain reduction.
Clinical research has demonstrated that gua sha immediately reduces pain near the site of application as well as far from the site of application, making it a fantastic treatment method for any type of pain in the body (new, old, musculoskeletal, organ, digestive, headache, or just about anything else you can think of).
Gua sha has been around for a loooooooong time, it is incredibly useful and versatile and we love using it here in our clinic because of its unique ability to stimulate of the immune system through fascia and connective tissue.
Benefits of Gua Sha:
What Are Those Red Marks?
Don’t be alarmed, though; absolutely no pain or drama was involved. Sha of the skin may cause splotchy red marks (similar to cupping) to appear in the area as the blood rises to the surface of the skin. In Chinese Medicine we call this Sha
The "Sha" only appears in areas of tight muscles or area with muscular adhesions.
Don't worry, the marks are painless and will go away after a few days.
What To Do After Your Gua Sha Session
Whether you're trying to conceive, prevent pregnancy, or understand your body better, OPKs (Ovulation Predictor Kits) can be pretty darn helpful. Ovulation predictor kits react to the luteinizing hormone that is present in urine, which is at its peak 12–36 hours before the egg is released (or ovulation). While they are not my favorite way of determining ovulation, they are fairly easy to use and have a high accuracy rating. That being said, OPKs come with a few perimeters and a bit of a learning curve.
Below are the basics, pros and cons, tips, brands, and the problems we run across the most in the clinic.
Which to Choose
I've found that patients new to tracking their cycle will choose fertility monitors, such as ClearBlue, to track ovulation. These are a bit more high tech because they involve plugging the tests into a small machine that signals low, medium, or high fertility because they track both luteinizing hormone and estrogen levels.
These are as basic as it comes, They have one line for negative and two lines for positive, because they only track the rise in luteinizing hormone. When used every day you can see the line get darker and darker until it peaks.
OPKs are designed to test your urine for luteinizing hormone, which peaks mid-day, so I usually recommend testing sometime between noon-5pm. Begin testing 4-5 days prior to when it's estimated you ovulate, and test every day until after you get a positive. Some tests also often recommend you stop testing once you get a peak, but some women get at least 2 or 3 days of luteinizing hormone peaking before ovulation actually occurs. You can't know which day was your peak day unless you see another negative test again.
5 Common Problems We See In The Clinic
1. OPKs do NOT confirm that ovulation has occurred
Although both urine and saliva kits test for increased hormone levels prior to ovulation, they do not confirm whether ovulation actually occurred. An LH surge can sometimes occur without the release of an egg. Likewise increased estrogen levels are not always followed by ovulation.
2. It is possible to miss the LH surge
Because the LH surge can be extremely brief, it can be easy to miss. For this reason, some women may need to test their urine twice a day. If you find that your OPK is never positive, you may just be missing the LH surge. However, it could also mean that you’re not ovulating.
3. You may experience a ‘False’ LH surge
It’s possible to have a ‘false’ LH surge before the ‘real’ one occurs. This can result in timing intercourse too early and missing your true fertile time. Women with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) can continually produce false LH surges.
4. Knowing when to test can be difficult (and can end up being expensive!)
If you have irregular cycles, it can be a challenge to know when to begin testing with an OPK. Because the day of ovulation can vary widely between cycles and a urine based kit typically contains a limited number of tests, one kit is sometimes not enough. This can soon become expensive
5. Ovulation predictor kits will NOT alert you to a fertility problem
An OPK can only identify when you might ovulate and will not provide other valuable information about your fertility. This is why we always recommend to collect at least 3 months worth of data before "trying" to conceive and use in tandem with another tracking method until you have a good grasp on your cycle.
If you suspect you're not ovulating, or if you're having a lot of trouble figuring out if you are, make sure to work with a healthcare provider to create a plan that makes sense for you. If you'd like to work together to regulate your cycle you can learn more about acupuncture, send me a message, or make an appointment.
ARE YOU EXPERIENCING ISSUES WITH ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: IRREGULAR OR DIFFICULT CYCLES, LOW ENERGY AND/OR MOTIVATION, FEELING TIRED, INSOMNIA, LOW SEX DRIVE, DIFFICULTY CONCEIVING?My hormone mini package may be just for you! In this package, I combine my #1 hormone test (the DUTCH test) with a one-hour consult with me reviewing the results and then creating personalized recommendations for your body, mind, and spirit based on the results.
Why I love the DUTCH test:
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Tips for a Healthy Spring Diet
Follow these tips for a healthy spring diet that supports your liver.
By keeping your wood element balanced and your liver healthy, you’ll feel vital, flexible and clear.
If you have questions about healthy spring acupuncture practices feel free contact us for recommendations.
Tips to Keep You Healthy, Happy and Flexible.
For me, Spring is the most mysterious and confusing of seasons. Winter is a time of comfort and being cozy. Fall is is about organization, getting ready for the holidays, and new routines that lay ahead. Summer is for fun, rest, and indulging. Spring can conjure images of bunnies hopping around, birds singing, and flowers blooming but for me, Sping is really about rebirth, growing, unpredictable weather, and coming out of my lazy winter routine.
What does that really mean - Spring can be one tough season.
In TCM, spring is represented by the element wood. Wood represents birth and newness, the time for fresh ideas and new starts. Unsurprisingly, its color is green like the fresh growth of spring.
Try these spring acupuncture recommendations, to keep your wood balanced and your liver healthy.