Yin Care

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Yin Care

Yin Care is Aculand’s favorite and most effective topical/intravaginal wash for gynecological issues such as general bacterial and fungal skin complaints. The formula is made with Chinese herbs that specifically target these conditions.

The Herbal Formula

🌸The Yin Care formula is said to originate from an old Daoist formula from the area around Chengdu. It was used as a bath 4 times per year to prepare for seasonal changes while avoiding pathogenic factors. (Because Chengdu is hot and humid, topical fungal infections and other skin conditions may have been prevalent.)

🌸The formula includes the following powerful herbs: 

Fructus Cnidium Monnieri (She Chuang Zi)

Herba Mentha (Bo He)

Flos Lonicera (Jin Yin Hua)

Fructus Gardenia (Zhi Zi)

Cortex Phellodendron (Huang Bai)

Radix Scutellaria Baicalensis (Huang Qin)

Radix Sophora Flavescens (Ku Shen)

Fructus Kochia (Di Fu Zi)

Herba Artemisiae Yinchenhao (Yin Chen Hao)

Radix Angelica Pubescens (Du Huo)

Rhizoma Atractylodes (Cang Zhu)

Rhizoma Acorus Gramineus (Shi Chang Pu)

Folium Artemisia Argyi (Ai Ye)

Cortex Pseudolarix (Tu Jing Pi)

Herbal Functions 

These herbs serve a variety of functions. Cnidium She Chuang Zi, the lead herb, is known for its antifungal effects. Jin Yin Hua, Zhi Zi, Huang Bai, Ku Shen, and Yin Chen Hao all possess strong antimicrobial actions. The other herbs move damp and dispel wind. Kochia Di Fu Zi is well known for its ability to stop itching. Pseudolarix Tu Jing Pi,  is used to kill parasitic microbes.

Research

Yin Care has been subject to over a  hundred medical or hospital studies including conditions like trichomonas vaginalis, eczema, allergic dermatitis, herpes zoster, impetigo, and tinea infection.

Pro Tip:

Use as directed (diluted) topically and or intravaginally at the very first onset of a yeast infection. It works so so well! 

 

Dr. Kara MoraMarco DAOM, L.Ac

Licensed Acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine with a practice in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goji Berry Broth

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Goji berries are one of the most widely used herbs in Chinese Medicine!


❤The great Macrobiotic nutritionist Michio Kushi used to say: “Eat according to your purpose”. If at least a part of your purpose is Longevity and Vitality, then the Goji Berry is the superfood for you!


❤Longevity and Healthy Hormones: There is evidence that Goji Berries increase both longevity and balance hormones. (This is due to its high content of sesquiterpenoids and its anti-inflammatory properties.)


❤Immune System Booster: Goji Berries contain polysaccharides, beta carotene and mineral germanium which act as powerful immune-enhancing compound against viral Infections and its even Cancer Fighting Food.


Keeping Vital Organs Healthy: In Chinese Medicine Goji Berry belongs in the category that Tonifies the Blood. It enriches the Kidney which is the most vital organ in Chinese Medicine and the Liver as well as moistens the lung.


❤Goji Berries are a tonic adaptogen, this means that they keep our vital organs healthy by balancing blood sugar and enhancing the liver, the digestive system and the skin. Also, great for the eyes👀✨.


✨Recipe for Vegan Healing Broth✨


•1 Cup of Organic Goji Berries (we like @dragonherbs)
•3 Cups of pure Spring Water/ Filtered Water
•Soak the Goji Berries in water for 24 hours. 
Place the soaked water and berries in a high-speed blender until   smooth
•Strain through a piece of cheese cloth leaving a beautiful high antioxidant thick goji juice😍•You can use it as a base in elixirs, a base in medicinal shots as well as straight up! 🥃
Keep it refrigerated, the texture will be gelatinous.

Dr. Kara MoraMarco-Kendrick DAOM, LAC

Doctor of Acupuncture, Beverly Hills/ Los Angeles 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Acupressure

 PC 6

PC 6

One of my favorite acupuncture/ acupressure points: Nei Guan aka Pericardium/ PC6.
💗This point calms the heart and spirit , good for anxiety, irritability, insomnia, any heart problem💔😭)
💗relaxes the chest and regulates the Qi
💗suppresses rebellious qi and stops vomiting
suppresses pain (in stomach/chest pain)
💗It is commonly used to help relieve nausea, upset stomach, motion sickneess, carpal tunnel syndrome, and anxiety😫.
📍This point is located about three finger breadths( 2 cun) below the wrist on the inner forearm in between the two tendons. Apply firm pressure and massage this point if you feel anxious or nauseous. It is cited in many research studies that the stimulation of this point alleviates nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and also helps prevent post-operative nausea and vomiting🙌🏼. The Journal of Autonomic Neuroscience also published an article that showed P6 and Stomach 36 (another fave point) have a combined, synergistic effect on gastrointestinal motility.  In another study, Nei Guan has also been shown to help alleviate intractable hiccups!

 

 LI4

LI4

Headache, jaw pain, or sinus pressure, got you like 😩😭😫and you can’t get to your acupuncturist? Try this acupressure point. One of acupuncture’s most powerful analgesic pain relieving point is He Gu~ Junction Valley (LI 4). Good for:

Any problem on the face - sense organs, mouth, teeth, jaw, toothache, tmj, allergies, rhinitis, hay fever, eye problems, etc. headache, especially frontal or sinus chronic pain.
Major influence on circulation of Qi and Blood - commonly used in combination with Liver 3 (I explain this point 14 posts back) called the four gates, to strongly move the Qi and Blood in the body clearing stagnation and alleviating pain.
He Gu (LI4) is located on the highest spot of the muscle when the thumb and index fingers are brought close together. To use acupressure on this point, (1) locate the point then (2) use a deep, firm pressure to massage and stimulate the area for 30 seconds to a minute.

He Gu (LI4) is a point that has been extensively studied through randomized controlled trials and clinical research. Recent studies from the Journal of Orofacial Pain showed that the stimulation of He Gu (LI4) significantly reduced myofascial pain of the jaw muscles . A recent Cochrane systematic review on acupuncture in migraine and tension-type headaches suggests stimulation of acupoints as an effective and valuable option for alleviating migraines and tension-type headaches.

This is also a good point to massage for hand pain due to too much scrolling!
🚨WARNING🚨This point is contraindicated in pregnancy🙅🏻! So if you are pregnant do not massage this point. We actually use this point to help with labor👶🏼.

 

 Stomach 36

Stomach 36

Stomach 36

Did you mix too many different delicious foods and drinks over the weekend and you belly is feeling it? Good news, we have an acupuncture/ acupressure point to help you feel better!🙌🏼🙏🏼. Stomach 36, located on the Stomach meridian, about 4 finger spaces below the knee in the depression on the lateral side of the tibia, is the Command Point for the abdomen and its really great for stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and indigestion. Gently massage this point for 30 seconds to 1 minute and your tummy should start to feel better quickly!

 

 Ren17

Ren17

Ren 17

One of my favorite acupuncture points for relieving anxiety, stress, and tension is Ren 17, also known as the "Sea of Tranquility". It is located on your front midline, at the level with the fourth intercostal space, approximately midway between the nipples, massage around for a tender spot. This calming and emotionally supportive acupuncture point is also a great acupressure point.🙌🏼☯️ Aside from it's calming functions it has an important role in the immune system. The Thymus gland is located under the sternum and is just below this acupressure point which can boost your immunity by stimulating the development of disease fighting T cells. 💓Massage gently in a circular motion for 1-2 minutes several times per day or as needed.

 

 Spleen 6

Spleen 6

Spleen 6 is one of the best female acupuncture/acupressure points!

It is located approximately 4 fingers above the tip of the medial malleolus- there is  usually a very tender depression (as shown in the picture)

🚺It is the #1 point for menstrual cramps as it has direct connection with the uterus. It is a great point to massage when you have cramps💯💯💯

🚺In Chinese Medicine this point is used to help strengthen the Spleen and transform damp which means that it can help with bloating and digestion issues. It can also help cool the blood for heat/ skin conditions.

🚺It spreads the Liver Qi and can be used to relieve abdominal pain and dysmenorrhea (pain during period)

❌Caution: Do not use 🚫or massage this point during pregnancy, we use this one to help promote delivery!

 

 

Liver 3

Let me introduce to you Liver 3 💮Tai Chong 💮which translates to Supreme Surge. This point is a major gateway for energy that flows up your body and an excellent point for DIY acupressure. Its a good one for detox and one of the key points for headaches too!
📍Located on the top of your foot, in the valley or webbing between the large toe and second toe. Using your thumb or index finger, press between the bones. Start with light pressure, this point can be tender and sensitive, increase pressure to moderate to firm and massage for 1-2 minutes.
🌟This point has so many other functions as well.
💚Spreads Liver Qi AKA good for STRESS! ( dissension and pain along the channel, PMS, frequent sighing, moody, depression)
💚Discharges damp heat in lower burner (urinary problems, genital problems; itching)
Nourishes Liver blood and Yin (cools blood, eyes, tendons and uterus)
💚Sedates Liver Yang and extinguishes wind (epilepsy, mouth deviation, good for stroke)

 

 

White Rice is Better than Brown

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Brown rice is considered a “health food” and its much healthier than white rice right? WRONG!!! Why…? ARSENIC

A few years ago Consumer Reports Magazine released their analysis of arsenic levels in rice products and the results were VERY concerning! Popular rice products including white rice, brown rice, organic rice baby cereal, and rice breakfast cereals, were ALL found to contain arsenic, a POTENT carcinogen that can be harmful for adults and especially to a child’s developing brain.

Where does it come from and where is it found?

Arsenic is a naturally occurring element in the environment. It’s found in the earth’s crust and in the air, water and soil. It is also the result of human activity such as mining and added to things like pesticides and poultry feed, which are ways that it gets into our soil and water.

There are two types of arsenic: organic (in the biological sense) and inorganic. Inorganic arsenic is the kind that’s dangerous and is associated with adverse health effects, and it’s the kind that’s present in rice.

What are the potential health effects of arsenic?

Regular exposure to low doses of inorganic arsenic over time can cause a variety of different cancers including skin, lung, bladder, kidney, liver, and prostate cancer. It can also lead to other health issues like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, reproductive problems and a compromised immune system. Research suggests that high levels of arsenic exposure during childhood are associated with neurobehavioral problems as well as cancer and lung disease later in life.

Just one serving of some rice pastas can put your child over the recommended weekly limit!

Since children weight less, they are exposed to more arsenic per pounds from the foods they eat compared to adults. This means NO rice cereal for babies and NO rice milk!

Studies not only found a significant amount of arsenic in many rice products on the market, but also that arsenic levels in the blood directly increase with greater rice consumption. Several products tested had more arsenic in each serving than the 5 parts per billion (ppb) limit for adults set by the EPA as safe. Rice is a very common ingredient in many Gluten Free products, so read those labels carefully!

Pregnant women should also be cautious about their rice intake, and minimize their exposure to arsenic to protect their developing fetus; finding another safe starch to replace rice during pregnancy would be a good idea.

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Top reasons why white rice is better than brown:

Brown rice has significantly more arsenic than white rice and should be avoided or consumed rarely. Some of the brown rice brands tested contained at least 50% more than the safe limit per serving, and a few even had nearly double the safe limit. Brown rice has about 80% more arsenic than white rice because most of the arsenic is found in the grain outer layer.

Some of the worst offenders for arsenic are made from brown rice.

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Processed rice products like brown rice syrup, brown rice pasta, rice cakes and brown rice crisps. These processed products are commonly consumed by those following a “healthy” whole grain rich or gluten-free diet, clearly this poses a significant risk of arsenic overexposure.

 

How to limit exposure. 

Not all rices have the same levels of arsenic.  Good news sushi lovers! White rice has much lower levels compared to brown, with basmati from India, Pakistan, and California being the lowest (Lundberg California White Basmati is a good choice).

“At one point during the reign of King Cotton, farmers in the south central United States controlled boll weevils with arsenic-based pesticides, and residual arsenic still contaminates the soil. Today, rice paddies cover fields where cotton once grew, and a large market basket survey published in the 1 April 2007 issue of Environmental Science & Technology now shows that rice grown in this area contains, on average, 1.76 times more arsenic than rice grown in California.”

(Food Safety: U.S. Rice Serves Up Arsenichttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1892142/)

I definitely recommend mixing up your grain consumption with other grains that are naturally lower in arsenic. Amaranth, buckwheat, millet and polenta have almost no levels of arsenic. Bulgur, barley, and farro have very low levels. And quinoa has less arsenic than rice. (https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/11/arsenic-in-your-food/index.htm)

They way in which you cook your rice can help you reduce the arsenic content.

The common method of cooking rice is in a limited amount of water which helps retain the most nutrition from the grain, but it also retains the arsenic. Boiling the rice in a 6:1 water-to-rice ratio (kind of like how you would cook pasta) and then draining the excess water once cooked, has been shown to remove up to 60% of arsenic levels in rice. Rinsing the rice well before you cook can also reduce arsenic levels. 

Another option is WILD RICE! It's actually an aquatic grass, and not technically rice! It also doesn’t contain arsenic. Win Win.

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The Chinese Knew!

Through centuries of emperioral observation the Chinese discovered that white rice is much easier to diget. 

Brown rice is white rice with a thick coating around it.  Its the shell , germ layer or bran that is polished off when making white rice. Eating this germ layer is like eating a walnut and not taking off the shell. Our body  will have to spend a lot of time trying to break this down and it will SLOW our metabolism.

The Chinese eat almost everything including all parts of animals. Yet they don't eat all of the rice, just the white rice since they have found that it is much easier to digest.

So... If you have the option of white over brown, choose white, its much easier to digest and has less arsenic. Brown rice every now and then is ok. Switch up your grains, balance and moderation are key!

 

 

Dr. Kara MoraMarco

Doctors of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine with a practice in Beverly Hills /  Los Angeles

 

 

 

 

The Moon and your Cycle

Happy Full Moon or Sturgeon Moon this August . Did you know that the moon phases have historically been associated with menstruation, and a period during this time is known as a Red Moon Cycle. Women have been looking to the sky for cues about their fertility for ages, and it’s even believed that the first calendars were created as a result of charting ovulation and menstruation. Since the lunar cycle lasts 29.8 days, it made sense that it would align almost perfectly with women’s menstrual cycles.

According to Miranda Grey, author of Red Moon- Understanding and Using the Creative Sexual and Spiritual Gifts of the Menstrual Cycle, there are two traditional menstruation patterns;

*“White Moon” bleeding, or menstruating with the new moon and ovulating with the full moon,

*“Red Moon” menstruation, which is bleeding with the full moon and becoming fertile with the new moon.

Over the course of your life your period can attune to both cycles.

"In ancient times, the Red Moon cycle was associated with shamanism, high priestesses, and healers. Women who tend to menstruate with the full moon are said to focus their “darker” and more creative menstrual energies outward, rather than inward, in order to nourish and teach others from their own experience. Many times, women with this cycle will be more focused on self-growth, development, mentorship, and creativity." Check out this article for more syncing with the moon tips. (https://www.nylon.com/articles/sacred-menstruation-reclaim-your-period)

It is pretty cool when your cycle is synced up with nature! But if its not, don’t worry! As long as you’re having a healthy cycle that is consistent for you, that is what matters the most.

Monitoring your period and cycle is really important, we want to find out if you are having a regular, predictable cycle, there are easy period apps that can track this for you.

If you find that they are irregular acupuncture and herbal medicine are very effective ways to help get your cycle healthy (and pain FREE!) I have been really consistent with getting acupuncture and taking my herbs, eating healthy, and exercising. My past few cycles I did not get a single cramp or have any PMS, and I am in sync  with the Red Moon Cycle!

 

Dr. Kara MoraMarco- Kendrick DAOM, L.Ac

Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Beverly Hlls, Los Angeles CA

Going Sugar Free

Going Sugar Free

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We all know that too much sugar🍬🍰🍭🍩 is bad for us. So why is it so hard to stop eating it😫? Cause they hide it in everything and its EXTREMELY ADDICTIVE! Dr. Nicole Avena of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai tells The Huffington Post that “pizza🍕 is the most addictive food by far due to the hidden sugar you'll find in just once slice. The tomato sauce on the pizza, for example, can have more sugar than a few Oreos.” Other extremely addictive foods are chips, cookies🍪 and ice cream🍨. The least addictive food was found to be cucumbers 🥒🥒🥒🥒( you can eat as much as you want of these!)
🍭the most addictive foods are the ones which are high on the glycemic index.
🍭studies suggest that highly-palatable, highly-processed foods can produce behaviors and changes in the brain that one would use to diagnose an addiction, like drugs and alcohol
🍭sugar contributes to cardiovascular disease, as well as liver disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and Alzheimer's disease.
🦄So when @mindbodygreen posted their #mbgnosugarweek it made me very excited!!!Many of my patients are already joining me in this challenge, which really should be a way of life. 

Update: I made it through the whole week without any added sugar! I am excited to say that having foods with added sugar now are just too sweet for me. This is amazing because I really have a sweet tooth and thought that it was going to be harder than it was. I highly recommend trying this, it was kind of a reset for my taste buds and it really worked!

Happy Spring Equinox!

 I took this picture on a scenic walk in beautiful Kyoto Japan

I took this picture on a scenic walk in beautiful Kyoto Japan

Happy Spring equinox! Spring is definitely my favorite season for a few reasons. I was born in spring time, and all the flowers and chirping baby birds just makes me very happy.( I also got married last year in spring time! ) This season represents birth, new growth and expansive energy.

In Chinese Medicine the season spring is associated with the Liver organ, which is responsible for the free flow of qi in the body.

This is a really great time of the year to move your body, which helps move your qi!

Eat more greens. Green is the color associated with the liver and springtime. Eat more young plants - fresh, leafy greens, sprouts, and immature cereal grasses. Leafy greens life kale, dandelion, collards, and mint are also great choices. This can improve the liver's overall functions and aid in the movement of qi.

Try to eat locally grown and in season as much as possible.

 

Get acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine can help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treating stress, allergies, immunity, pain, and more!

Ginger Lemongrass Tea: The Perfect Night Cap!

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Served as an after dinner tea at a local Hanoi restaurant in Vietnam, this ginger and lemongrass tea with honey is the perfect nightcap! It promotes sleep through relaxation, aids digestion, and has many antioxidant and anti inflammatory benefits. Most importantly it's delicious! 

Lemon grass~ Chinese name- Xiang Mao~ Latin name: Cymbopogon citratus

Properties: Acrid and warm

Meridians : lung, heart, stomach, bladder

Indications: rheumatism, headache, stomachache, weak digestion, diarrhea; irregular menses, postpartum edema, bruises and hematoma caused by impact injuries

Lemongrass is a sedative herb and can help soothe the body and mind, inducing the release of serotonin and helping your sleep cycle.

Fresh Ginger~ Chinese name: Sheng Jiang~ Latin name: Zingiberis Rhizoma Recens

Properties: Spicy and slightly warm  

Meridians: Lung, Spleen, Stomach

 Indications: cold, cough, phlegm, upset stomach, nausea and vomiting

Japan Acupuncture Tour

 "Shining Smile" treatment 

"Shining Smile" treatment 

Health and Beauty Acupuncture: Treatment to regain your Shining Smile

In the Spring of 2015 I had the opportunity to advance my skills in Japanese style acupuncture with a trip to Kyoto Japan. On my study tour one of my favorite topics was acupuncture for facial rejuvenation. This treatment focuses on balancing the whole body to create an internal “shining smile”. The acupuncture needles create tiny micro stimulation to the cutaneous layer of the skin, which triggers a reaction to activate the collagen, reviving the elasticity, and rejuvenating the skin.

With this treatment you can expect:

1.     Improvement in dark circles and lack of luster, reduce wrinkles, regain clearness of skin

2.     Regain moisture and elasticity to the skin, softer facial expression

3.     Treat skin problems before the period, help lift up the face

This treatment is also very calming and relaxing. It can help with stress, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. I use the world’s finest needles made in Japan so this treatment is extremely comfortable.

Special thank you to Dr. Yoko Ooasa who taught me the art of this beautiful technique.