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What is Auricular Acupuncture?

by Maria Redinger, LAc

                                            Auricular Acupuncture

      Auricular acupuncture or “ear acupuncture” uses specific points on the outer ear to treat the body, similar to the reflexes used in the more familiar foot reflexology. By stimulating specific points in the ear the body’s internal organs, limbs, and nervous system can be treated.

      A specific set of points was developed by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and is referred to as the “NADA Protocol”. This consists of 5 points in each ear that treats Heart, Kidney, Liver, Lung and autonomic nervous systems. NADA points have been found to decrease anxiety, agitation and insomnia and are being used in the treatment of PTSD, substance misuse and detoxification. These points can decrease cravings for alcohol and drugs and symptoms of withdrawal.

In my practice, I have found the NADA protocol to have a wide range of applications due to the positive effect it has on the nervous system. By calming the nervous system we can interrupt the cycle of pain and mental thought loops to help release neck and shoulder tightness, TMJ, back pain, headaches and many other conditions. I have seen patients who are experiencing a high level of stress settle into a peaceful calm within 10 minutes of inserting the needles. Their body relaxes, they breathe deeply and their outlook shifts.

    Auricular acupuncture is an indispensable tool in my tool box. Used alone it is very effective. But I have found it to be especially powerful in combination with CranioSacral Therapy to address a wide range of pain and imbalance on the physical, emotional and mental levels.

For more information please contact me at 951-907-8964 to book an appointment.

Add some spice and variety to your salads with Daikon Radish

by Cindy D. Jones, Patient Blogger

Are you tired of the same 5 ingredients in your salads? You are in for a real treat if you have never tried the daikon radish. This mildly spicy root has been cultivated in China since 500 BC but is commonly known in America by its Japanese name- Daikon- which means "large root."

Glendora AcupunctureThe daikon radish looks like a large, white carrot and is wonderfully tasty and crunchy. It is very high in Vitamin C and low in calories. The daikon is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to clear mucus from the body and help remove toxins. Like other brassicas, daikon contains a group of cancer-fighting chemicals called glucosinolates. Chewing raw daikon releases an enzyme that helps neutralize harmful forms of estrogen.

South Pasadena AcupunctureTo prepare Daikon, grate or shred into salads or add as a sandwich topper. Cut into coin slices for crudites. For a milder flavor, add to soups and stews.

A diet filled with a variety of fresh, raw and cooked vegetables is an integral component to vibrant health. In addition to diet, acupuncture and craniosacral therapy can assist in correcting imbalances in the body. I highly recommend Maria Redinger, LAc as your Alternative Health Care Provider.  Click here to contact Maria.