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Eva Featured in Highlands Ranch Herald

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 | Comments Off on Eva Featured in Highlands Ranch Herald

Eva was recently featured in an article in Highlands Ranch Herald that discusses acupuncture’s benefits when combined with traditional allopathic medicine.

She is quoted in the article saying, “Western medicine takes care of the big picture, (but) sometimes there are other factors that complementary medicine can help. Acupuncture is a deep medicine that can treat at a deep level.”

Click here to read the full article »

Acupuncture for Liver Detox- New Year, New Beginnings

Monday, January 20th, 2014 | 1 Comment »

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Clear Mind & Body Acupuncture would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy new year! We are proudly celebrating our first year anniversary this month. In honor of this celebration, this post is dedicated to new beginnings. Speaking of new beginnings, I’d like to talk about the liver, which is the most regenerative organ in the human body. Did you know that as little as 25% of a liver can regenerate itself into an entire normal functioning liver?

The liver is also the most detoxifying organ that we have. It is responsible for processing the many toxins that are in our food, our alcoholic beverages, and especially our over-the-counter/prescription drugs. Our livers do a lot of work for us! A lot of people make health related new years resolutions, like exercising more, eating better, and loosing weight. Some people also do “cleanses” during this time- all of which help detoxify the liver.  Another add on to a new year health kick is acupuncture. Acupuncture has shown to be very hepatoprotective- which means “to prevent damage to the liver.” One study shows that a common acupuncture point, GB34, reduced liver damage in rats. The study also showed that GB34 increased White Blood Cell count and lymphocytes, which are major players in our immune system. Another bonus for getting acupuncture during the winter flu season! If you are on a new health kick this year, or even if you aren’t, consider trying acupuncture for it’s detoxifying effect!

 

How to Endure the Painful Cold- Tips and Tricks

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 | 1 Comment »

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Happy winter everyone! As we all know, it has been super cold out lately in Denver, Colorado. It is this kind of weather that can easily take a toll on our health if we’re not careful. A 70 degree shift in temperature is quite a shock to the system! In temperatures like this, the body is more susceptible to catching a cold. Also, the cold weather tends to flare up inflammatory and degenerative pain conditions. In a perfect body, there is free flow of qi and circulation throughout all of the muscles and meridians. When it is cold out, it is common for old injuries, arthritis, and other pain conditions to get worse because the cold stagnates circulation. Think about a lake in the winter- the cold freezes it over and the body of water becomes still and silent. This happens in the body too! The cold creates a lack of movement in the body’s qi and circulation, and creates pain. There is an old Chinese saying, “If there is no free flow, there is pain.” Here are some tips and tricks to keep your qi flowing:

1. Wear socks to bed/ no bare feet on tile or hardwood- Hardwood tile is COLD. If you walk barefoot on cold surfaces, the cold travels up from the soles of your feet, which is the kidney channel. The kidneys are integral in regulating the body’s temperature, and since we are warm blooded creatures, we need to stay warm.

2. Mom says “Wear a scarf!”- Wearing a scarf in the wintertime helps tremendously to avoid catching a cold. There are acupuncture points in the back of your neck called the “wind gates,” where pathogens can enter the body. If you wear a scarf in the cold, or especially in the windy cold, you will be more protected.

3. Epsom salt baths- yes please! Scientifically known as “magnesium sulfate heptahydrate,” epsom salts help soften contracted/ sore muscles so that healthy circulation is restored. If you’re going to use it in the bath, please use 2-3 CUPS of it. The bath has to be fairly saturated for optimal results.

4. Warm soups and stews with hot spices- Hot spices like cinnamon, cardamon, clove, and black pepper help warm the body and increase circulation to counteract the cold.

4. Acupuncture/Meridian Massage Therapy- Acupuncture is amazing for treating pain conditions. After working for a chiropractor for a few months, I treat pain ALL of the time. Even though treating anxiety and depression is still my special niche, I’ve gotten really good at treating all types of pain. When qi and circulation is stagnated, acupuncture creates a micro-trauma to the body, and tricks the immune system to rush to the affected area. This is how acupuncture helps with pain and increased circulation. Also, I’ve begun offering a service called Meridian Massage therapy, which works similarly to acupuncture. Message me if you’re interested about it.

Thanks for reading!

Reasons to get Acupressure Massage

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

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Who doesn’t want a massage? People LOVE massage. I know I do, and I’ve experienced many different kinds of massage. When I studied in China, I spoiled myself by getting massages almost everyday because they were so inexpensive! In China, massage therapy is part of the realm of Chinese Medicine. There, therapists work with their hands to manipulate channels and acupuncture points. Acupuncture points are the same as acupressure points: Same spot just no needles with acupressure. An acupressure massage feels like a regular massage except for better and more specified. The body is intelligent and it knows how to respond when given instructions via acupressure stimulation. When acupressure points are stimulated during massage, it feels more satisfying, in my opinion. When I returned from China, I didn’t care for swedish massage or deep tissue anymore. I just didn’t feel like it was giving me long term benefits. Also, massage strokes were not going along with the acupuncture channels like they were in China, and that felt disjointed to me.

With regular massage, therapists work with muscle groups. With acupressure massage, I work with muscle groups too, but I focus on manipulating the muscles in relationship to acupuncture channels and acupuncture points. Its a more well- rounded and beneficial massage. Why not get more bang for your buck?

Radio Show About Anxiety and Depression

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

Hello readers!

I was featured on the radio talking about how to treat anxiety and depression with acupuncture. Please click this link.

Eva Levy on Spotlite Radio

Thanks for listening!

How to Eat Healthier with The Spicy Radish

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

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Eating  “healthy” in the United States is quite a conundrum. What exactly is healthy? What do you watch out for? Which foods are “good,” which foods are “bad?” For a lot of people, it is really confusing and frustrating.  And to be honest, there is no magic answer that suits everybody.

One problem that many people face is cooking foods for themselves. Let’s face it: Life is busy, work is hard, and who wants to cook all the time? In China, many generations live together under one roof, and the elders are responsible for cooking for their children and grandchildren.  Everyone trusts Grandma not to put weird stuff in dinner. There is no added sugar, no added preservatives, and Grandma tries to make balanced, varied meals.

Who doesn’t love a home cooked meal? Who doesn’t feel more nourished and happy afterwards? Cooking food for yourself or knowing who cooks your food actually has a huge impact on the qi that you get from eating. Knowing that someone you know and trust is making your food and loving it gives the food better qi, which in turn, gives you better nourishment.

A friend of mine, Katie Kannen, is my household “grandma.” She is owner and head chef of the company “The Spicy Radish.”  The Spicy Radish is a meal delivery service that delivers healthy, balanced, and high quality meals right to your door. It’s a one-stop shop for people who want good food made by someone who you can trust.

Not only does Katie Kannen deliver meals that are healthy, she offers stress relief so that you no longer have to worry about cooking! She is already improving your well-being before she even delivers your meals.  When I order meals from the Spicy Radish,  it is very liberating to know that at least a few meals a week are going to be taken care of, and I don’t have to plan or do anything.

The best thing about The Spicy Radish is that it is ONLY ten dollars a serving! So you pay ten dollars for someone to make you the best meal ever, and deliver it FOR FREE to your door. Amazing, right? I think so..  To check it out, visit www.thespicyradish.com

At Clear Mind & Body Acupuncture, We’re different…

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 | Leave a Comment »

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At Clear Mind & Body Acupuncture, we are different from your other healthcare providers. Here is why:

1. Each case is a special problem solving endeavor.

At Clear Mind & Body Acupuncture LLC in Denver, Colorado, we are whole-heartedly interested in our patients’ healthcare “puzzles.” Usually, acupuncture is not the first modality that comes to mind when a health problem arises. As a result, we get to see complicated problems that many other professionals had trouble resolving.

2.  We aren’t satisfied until there is some sort of resolution.

At Clear Mind & Body Acupuncture, we see results. Our work is always in the best interest of the patient. If what we’re doing isn’t working, we will change it. If it still isn’t working, we won’t waste your money. Acupuncture doesn’t necessarily work for everything.

3. We pay meticulous attention to you.

At Clear Mind & Body Acupuncture, we pay meticulous attention to you and your body.  We spend time, we listen, we ask questions, we palpate the body, and we check your pulse and your tongue. The trick to problem solving is arriving at a correct diagnosis. Arriving at the correct diagnosis requires keen attention to detail.

4. We really care about you. For real.

At Clear Mind & Body Acupuncture, we are not a factory. When you come in for an appointment, we are always on time. You will be cared for, listened to, and heard. We will check in with you, and personally make sure that your path to healing is a success. We really, actually, seriously care about your well being.

 

Does your doctor do this?

Thank you to those that do, but most don’t.  

 

The Kidney Giving Tree

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 | 2 Comments »

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I’d like to talk a little bit about the idea of the kidney organ in Chinese Medicine. The kidney is one of the most important organs! Unlike Western Medicine, it is not thought to be responsible for filtrating the urine or regulating blood pressure. Instead, it is thought to be your energetic reserve for your entire body. You can think of it as your social security, your retirement savings, or your investments–in terms of your body’s energy.

When we are born, our kidneys are full of energy, qi, and essence. Our kidneys are like a giving tree. They are there our whole lives for us expend slowly. When we get older, our giving tree starts to show signs of age and we can’t take from it like we used to. We can’t have late nights at the bar and wake up without a hangover anymore. We can’t pull all- nighters like we used to, and suddenly we need to take more naps! These are signs of kidney deficiency!

Kidney deficiency can be seen in both adults and the elderly. In adults, it is usually caused by burning the candle at both ends. The giving tree can’t give fast enough for what you’re taking! As far as the elderly, everyone’s kidneys decline as we age. It’s just part of life.

Kidney deficiency is seen very commonly as low back pain and knee pain. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are awesome at treating this. Whether you are young or old, your kidney deficiency doesn’t have to complain so much. Let’s strengthen those kidneys!

Other signs of kidney decline are (but not limited to) anxiety, grey hair, hearing loss, balding, menopause, night sweats, foot atrophy, low energy, insomnia, hot flashes, and stress incontinence.

Even though kidney deficiency is an inevitable part of life, it can be treated so that it doesn’t cause so many problems. If you have any questions about kidney deficiency, or how it can be treated, please feel free to drop a line or visit clearmindandbodyacu.com or Clear Mind & Body Acupuncture in Denver, Colorado.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Why Acupuncture is your jetlag rescue

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 | 2 Comments »

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As many of you may know, I just returned from travelling to Greece. The trip was amazing, but now I am dealing with some pretty severe jet lag. I started reading a little bit about some of the symptoms of jet lag, and realized how much acupuncture can help!

The most obvious symptom of jetlag is sleep disturbance and insomnia. Acupuncture helps insomnia in general, and using the “Chinese Clock,” which is a time representation of all of the organs, Acupuncture also helps to reset the circadian rhythm.

Fatigue is another big symptom. Acupuncture helps move the body’s circulation and lymphatic system so that you don’t feel so tired. An acupuncture treatment may make you sleepy initially, but after a night’s rest or a nap, many people wake up feeling quite refreshed.

Constipation when travelling is a very common issue. Different food, different water, stress, and sitting on an airplane or car for long hours massively slows down peristalsis. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs help increase peristalsis so that you can find relief quickly without using harsh laxatives.

Some other symptoms that are common, which I happened to have experienced, are edema and a decrease in concentration. By the time I got off the plane from sitting and travelling for 17 hours, my ankles were really swollen. As soon as I got home, I did acupuncture on my lower legs and watched the swelling diminish. As far as the my decrease in concentration, I felt kind of like my mind was in suspended animation. Thoughts and word recall were slow, and I had trouble being articulate. Auricular acupuncture (ear acupuncture) targets the brain directly and can dramatically help increase cognitive function.

If you have recently gotten back from a trip and are experiencing jetlag, please consider coming in for an acupuncture appointment. Also, if you are experiencing any of these symptoms in general, please consider Clear Mind & Body Acupuncture in Denver, Colorado for your healthcare needs.

PTSD and Complimentary Therapies

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 | 2 Comments »

 

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By Guest Blogger: Ashley Burns

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and the Use of Bodywork

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be debilitating for those affected by the disorder. They may experience crippling flashbacks or nightmares, or live their lives in a constant state of fear. They could also experience symptoms of insomnia, depression, anxiety, self-isolation and more, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. PTSD is most commonly treated with medication and/or group cognitive-behavioral therapy, but researchers have studied alternative methods as treatment. Acupuncture and massage and yoga therapy show promise as potential treatment for PTSD.

Acupuncture

A pilot study conducted by Michael Hollifield, M.D., and his colleagues reveals that acupuncture may help people with PTSD, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). The researchers conducted a clinical trial with 77 participants over a period of 12 weeks. The participants were assigned to receive either acupuncture or group cognitive-behavioral therapy, or they were assigned to a wait list as part of the control group. The researchers found that both acupuncture and group cognitive-behavioral therapy were effective in treating PTSD, compared to the control group that received no intervention. The researchers claim more research is needed, but the results of the study suggest that acupuncture may be a reasonable complementary treatment for PTSD.

Massage and yoga therapy

General massage therapy and yoga therapy are becoming more popular as a complementary treatment for individuals with PTSD, according to an article in Massage Today. In 2008, a clinical psychologist began using specialized therapies on soldiers diagnosed with PTSD at the Fort Bliss Restoration and Resilience Center. Many Fort Bliss patients recovered enough to return to service. Forms of yoga, massage therapy and other nontraditional bodywork methods like Qigong, a Chinese system that uses physical postures, breathing techniques and intense focus, were incorporated into traditional treatment with much success. The Center was able to scale back the amount of medication given to its patients due to the success of the therapies. The therapies allowed soldiers to fight their symptoms and socialize with other patients.

In summary, bodywork has been studied as a treatment option for PTSD in preliminary studies to positive results. As complementary and alternative healthcare methods, bodywork, such as acupuncture and massage and yoga therapies, have a lot of potential in aiding various ailments commonly addressed with prescribed medication. These therapies have lower risks of medical malpractice and do not require as much medication as traditional healthcare.

"Balancing the body is like tuning a
musical instrument: a harmonic display of infinite potential."