Chinese medicine is old, thousands of years old. The physiology, pathology, methods, and mechanisms of treatment are described in ways that are very different and seemingly whimsical when compared to their counterparts in western medicine. Case in point, catching a cold in Chinese medicine is called “a wind invasion.” The points used to treat the common cold have functions such as “expel wind” and “release exterior.” Harry Potter diagnosis aside, evidence-based research reveals that acupuncture works. But how and why? It’s the answers to these questions people have a hard time with. Yet, numerous “western” studies have documented mechanical evidence of what is physiologically happening during an acupuncture treatment. When these studies are published, it is not only vindicating, it’s another nudge toward acupuncture’s broader integration into western medicine. The remainder of this blog entry is about one acupuncture point. Zu San Li, also known as Stomach 36 to English-speaking doctors, is an acupuncture point approximately 4 finger widths below the knee and one finger width lateral to the anterior crest of the tibia. Zu San Li translates to “Leg Three Miles”. This name stems from an ancient story about how Chinese warriors would wear a bag with stones around their waist when they would hike across the country to engage in battles. When a soldier became too tired to continue walking, he would kneel causing the bag of stones to hit the shin right at this acupuncture point. When the soldier stood back up, they would be [...]
About Ashley HeintzDr. Ashley Heintz is a diplomat of Oriental Medicine, a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Florida and Nationally Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM.) She earned her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine. She moved here from Orlando where she worked at a community acupuncture clinic. Her treatment philosophy is to treat the whole person, addressing all aspects of her patient’s lives. By forming a team with her patients, they are able to bring balance to all areas of the patient's life, physical, mental and spiritual. What makes Dr. Heintz different from many other acupuncturist is her passion for quantum physics. The reason she became an acupuncturist is because it is one of the few professions that makes quantum physics applicable in helping people in a clinical setting. For more on this read the Acupuncture page under services.
Water is the most significant symbol in the Tao. (The Tao is the foundation of Chinese Medicine.) “The highest goodness resembles water.” Every organ has an element and water is assigned to the Kidney. Dreams, more specifically nightmares about water are a sign of Kidney pathology. The kidneys are believed to store all the energy you will have in life so their health is crucial. Kidney pathology presents 1st and foremost with any sexual dysfunction; impotence, low libido and infertility. Other symptoms are low back and knee pain, tinnitus and trouble concentrating. The kidney is weakened by excessive fear, drugs and medications, especially stimulates like Adderall and diet pills, excessive masturbation, poor diet and poor hydration. Strong kidneys present as good leadership skills, confident decision making, bravery, sexual stamina and a strong back.
The points labeled here are for what acupuncturists call draining phlegm and dampness. Phlegm and dampness manifest in the body as: phlegm in the lungs, throat and sinuses, lethargy and fatigue, poor concentration, low libido, bad body odor, oily skin, obesity, trouble loosing weight, nodules, fibroids, cysts, tumors, swollen joints, dizziness, stroke, mania, emotional outbursts, epilepsy, mentalconfusion, edema, psychosis to name a few. If your body was a system of pipes, transporting water, blood, and electric currents constantly throughout the body and some how one of those pipes got blocked, signs of that blockage would become apparent eventually (symptoms.) Not only would a clogged pipe stop functioning but a buildup of all the matter trying to get through would grow and amass phlegm, cysts, fibroid s and tumors. These masses leak toxicity from their stagnant buildup back into the system to be moved through functioning pipes, so now this sepsis is festering in the whole body causing more clogs (illness). You can get these clogs mostly through diet and lifestyle that make your body fluids viscous. Lack of exercise and fried, fatty, or cold foods, especially dairy! The remedy?! A diet in warm nutrient dense unprocessed foods, exercise, herbs and acupuncture.
Justin Bieber and Abdominal Cupping By Dr. Ashley Heintz Luckily for me, cupping is getting trendier. Not only are Instagram selfies of cupping marks becoming more prevalent #hollistic. But there is also lots of research being done. Over the last few years there have been dozens of clinical studies done testing the efficacy of cupping. The results have been exciting to say the least. Nine studies done on herpes zoster alone! Like acupuncture, cupping is utilizing the body’s own healing mechanisms. It is not adding or taking anything away. Picking up muscle, manipulating blood, increasing circulation, and alleviating stagnation is why it’s so effective at treating back pain. But why would someone get cupping on their stomach? Why Bieber? Your organs are muscle and they need massage too. Just like your shoulders get tense and knotted with stress and inactivity, so can your diaphragm or colon. The suction provided by the cups can reach up to 4 inches of soft tissue. I could literally pick up your spleen and shake it. I wouldn’t do that but imagine how that could help with constipation. The negative pressure over the abdomen stimulates the digestive and respiratory organs. This results in an increase of peristaltic activity, the secretion of digestive fluids, absorption of nutrients and water, the secretion of bile and the elimination of toxins. How this manifests for the patient is a clearing of the intestines or colon, relieving indigestion, the breaking down of fatty deposits, the relief of bloating and [...]
When it comes to Chinese medicine and weight loss there is a factor that is not being considered when writing diet plans, herbal formulas, and acupuncture protocols. And that factor is what the patient’s desired outcome actually is. There can be a big difference between a healthy body and a sexy body. In ancient eastern traditions a healthy body is one that is soft, flexible and balanced without pain. In the west a healthy body is one that is tight, hard and can squat with 300 pounds of metal on its back so it can bounce a quarter off its ass. Or one that has protruding hipbones and thigh gaps. In the west we like to relish in the pain of sore muscles after a workout. "I can't walk because yesterday was leg day." Power-lifting, cross-fit and marathons keep me in business. With the majority of my patients I am treating the side effects of a prescription, or a work-out induced injury. In Taoism (where acupuncture originated) a healthy body is a reflection of a gentle balanced life style. Now a healthy body is a reflection of pushing your body to extremes. The key word you will hear over and over again with an acupuncturist is balance. Acupuncture works for weight loss by correcting imbalances and allowing your body to regulate itself. Everyone has a healthy perfect body, it is a matter of allowing your body to be that without letting stress and addiction get in the way. I am [...]