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Having Trouble Getting Pregnant?

If you have been trying to conceive a child for more than a year, there is a good chance that something may be interfering with your reproductive function.

Infertility is defined as the inability to become pregnant after having regular unprotected sexual intercourse for a year or more.  A normally fertile couple’s average chance of conceiving is approximately 25% per menstrual cycle.  Many things play a part in achieving a successful pregnancy.  Simply put, for women the ability to produce healthy eggs and to regularly ovulate (the release of the egg into the fallopian tube) and men need to produce healthy sperm to fertilize the egg. A woman’s ability to produce healthy eggs dramatically decreases after the age of 35. However, it is not just a woman’s concern- a problem with the male as sole cause or contributing cause of infertility is seen in approximately 40% of infertile couples. Another 10-15% of couples have no identifiable cause for their infertility. If infertility is suspected, it is important for the couple to get thorough medical exams to rule out the possibility of any internal blockages, hormonal imbalances and low sperm count.

Recent medical studies have shown that traditional acupuncture points used for female infertility not only increased the blood supply to the uterus but as a result increased the lining of the uterus which is responsible for nourishing the fertilized egg. In addition, the stimulation of acupuncture points was shown to almost double the success rates for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Chinese medicine considers many things when diagnosing infertility-a person’s constitution, level of stress, sexual activity, diet and exercise.  To achieve pregnancy the body must be in balance. Acupuncture and herbal medicine work hand in hand with traditional medical approaches by regulating periods, reducing cysts, helping with endometriosis and fibroids, increasing sperm counts, balancing hormone levels and reducing stress. There is hope. The Chinese believe it is important to eat nourishing food, maintain a healthy lifestyle, include daily exercise and keep positive thoughts. By bringing the body back into balance on all levels, couples have a better chance at becoming pregnant and maintaining that pregnancy.

For more information on how Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can address fertility issues- please contact Kathleen Kenneally L.Ac. @ 661-252-4100

Acupuncture? What is it? How can it help Me?

Acupuncture is the stimulation of the specific acupoints along the skin of the body involving various methods such as the application of heat, pressure, and more commonly used penetration of thin needles. It is a key component of traditional Chinese medicine, which aims to treat a range of conditions. According to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulating specific acupuncture points corrects imbalances in the flow of Qi (means energy) through channels known as meridians.

The precise start date that acupuncture was generally held to have originated in ancient China and how it evolved from early times are uncertain. Traditional Chinese religion attributes the introduction of acupuncture to the god Shennong. Hieroglyphics and pictographs have been found dating from the Shang Dynasty 1600-1100 BCE.

Here are a few ways acupuncture will change your life:

  • Reduce Stress Acupuncture takes the edge off, by mellowing out the nervous system. It can help you feel less affected and better equipped to manage stressful aspects of your life.
  • More Energy Acupuncture can help give you more energy. Many people report having more energy in the hours, days, and even weeks after an acupuncture treatment. You may notice that your not experiencing that after lunch droopy eye and you may be more motivated to hit the gym.
  • Improve Sleep Insomnia is a common complaint seen by acupuncturist, but even people who do not mention or recognize sleep problems, acupuncture has a tendency to produce more restful nights sleep.

Many people turn to traditional acupuncture for help with a specific symptom for condition. Others choose to have treatment to maintain good health. Traditional acupuncture aims to treat the whole person rather that specific symptoms in isolation, it can be effective for a range of health complaints.

The most common ailments acupuncture can treat tend to be pain related conditions. For Example: arthritis,  back, neck, knee, shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica.

Acupuncture is also used to treat the following:

Eye, Ear, Nose, Throat Disorders

  • Sinusitis
  • Sore Throat
  • Hay Fever
  • Earache
  • Nerve Deafness
  • Ringing in the Ears
  • Dizziness
  • Poor Eyesight

Circulatory Disorders

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Angina Pectoris
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Anemia

Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Spastic colon
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Food Allergies
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Hemorrhoids

Gynecological / Genitourinary Disorders

  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)
  • Irregular, Heavy or Painful Menstruation
  • Endometriosis
  • Menopause
  • Fibroids
  • Chronic Bladder Infection
  • Complications in Pregnancy
  • Morning Sickness
  • Kidney Stones
  • Impotence
  • Infertility in Men and Women
  • Sexual Dysfunction

Immune Disorders

  • Candida
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Allergies
  • Lupus
  • MS
  • Hepatitis

Addiction

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs
  • Alcohol

Emotional and Psychological Disorders

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Stress

Musculoskeletal and Neurological Disorders

  • Arthritis
  • Neuralgia
  • Sciatica
  • Back Pain
  • Bursitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Stiff Neck
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Polio
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Shingles

Respiratory Disorders

  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and Flus

Acupuncture Also Treats

  • Chemotherapy/Radiation Side Effects
  • Diabetes
  • Dermatological Disorders
  • Weight Control

If you are suffering with any of these issues and have not tried acupuncture and would like to try it, Call Kenneally Acupuncture and The Healing Light Resource Center.

KathleenHeadShotKathleen Kenneally, L.Ac. received her Master’s degree in Oriental Sciences from Samra University of Oriental Medicine in 1999.  She has completed advanced training in Classical Five Element Acupuncture, NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique), Essential oils, and is a Reiki Master practitioner.  She is a California State Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist.  Kathleen comes from a family of doctors and medical professionals and has been involved with many areas of health care for the past 30 years.

Kathleen’s objective as a practitioner is to facilitate health and well being through treating the whole person versus just their individual symptoms.  In her practice she incorporates Traditional Chinese Medicine with other aspects of her training to create a treatment plan specific to the individual’s needs.  Her specialties include but are not limited to: allergies, infertility/women’s issues, chronic/acute pain, emotional clearing/balancing, facial rejuvenation, stress relief and Seasonal Balancing treatments.

Kathleen was voted the Best Acupuncturist in the Santa Clarita Valley from 2005-2013.

 

 

Spring Allergies Anyone?

 

 

     What thoughts come to mind when you think of springtime?  Warmer weather, birds singing, trees and flowers blooming? There is an upsurge of energy as everything moves upward and forward. There is an excitement in the air full of hope and promise.

          In Traditional Chinese medicine there are five main elements in our environment: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, which serve to interpret natural phenomena, including the human body, in health and disease.  It is during these seasonal or “elemental” changes that we see individuals who only experience allergies during a particular time of year.  Spring is “Wood” time; there is a fresh quality in the air, a time of new beginnings and fresh starts, a vibrant quality, as everything comes alive after the cool and dormant months of winter.  Spring is also the time to put those New Year resolutions into motion.  Just as the plants and trees push up through the ground and blossom around us- we are also motivated to make changes and “grow”.  The energy of the spring season supports these changes and gives us a sense of purpose and hope for the future.

With these seasonal changes in our foliage also comes a new release of pollens, grasses and molds.  As our bodies adjust to the changes in the environment- allergies often flare up, a pre-existing sinus condition may become aggravated and the immune system is affected.People who suffer from seasonal allergies approach the change in seasons with dread, where runny/stuffy noses, itchy eyes and sneezing become the norm. It is estimated that each year more than 50 million Americans suffer from allergy related diseases. There are many types of allergens- inhalants (things we breath), ingestants (things that come in contact with our digestive system), contactants (things we touch) to name a few.

          There are many reasons we have allergies, such as a weakened immune system or a build up of toxins in our bodies from unhealthy dietary and lifestyle choices. Allergies run in families so in some cases we have inherited them. Emotional factors can also play a part- stress and anger combined with any of these other factors also inhibits and weakens the immune system.

What IS an allergy?  From the Western medical perspective it is an overreaction of the immune system to a substance that one would normally consider harmless. The body creates antibodies to attack the “invader”, leading to reactions ranging from slight itching, swelling, coughing, wheezing, fatigue, digestive and intestinal upset, headaches and hives to more serious reactions.

 A holistic perspective based on Oriental medical principles, also considers the effect that an allergic substance has on the energy flow of the body.  When contact is made with an allergen, it causes blockages in the energy pathways called meridians. Quarterly Seasonal Acupuncture treatments (Spring season’s time frame is March 17th-23rd), Acupuncture, acupressure, herbal and nutritional supplements and NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques) are some possible ways to remove these energy blockages and reduce and eliminate allergic symptoms.

          Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques (NAET) is an innovative treatment for allergies that synthesizes Oriental Medical theory with other medical modalities. It is completely natural, painless and non-invasive and can be used safely on anyone including newborn infants, the elderly and even pets. So why not give alternative medicine a try?  Let’s “spring forward” into a healthier tomorrow!

It’s time to get your Seasonal Acupuncture treatment to assist your physical body in making the transition from Winter to Spring.  At the turn of the season is when our immune system is often tested- and it is not uncommon to see an increase in allergies and colds during these times of year.  Seasonal Acupuncture is a wonderful and effective way to boost your immune system and ease the shift between seasons. Spring Seasonal and the Healing Light Event falls on Saturday  March 22nd  from 9am-6pm featuring  a variety of Spiritual readers and wonderful new items in our gift store that day!  Join us for a weekend of healthy fun!

Book your appointments Today!

Seasonal Acupuncture

In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are five main elements within our environment and each is connected to a particular season: Wood-spring, Fire-Summer, Earth-Late Summer, Metal- Fall, Water-Winter. The ancient Chinese looked to the natural ebb and flow within the natural world around them and applied this knowledge to define balance, health, and well-being within the body. Energetically it is easy to see how each of these elements differs from one another. For example, the cooler, quieter energy of the Winter moving into the noisy explosion of new life and energy of Spring.

Have your ever noticed that people often get sick with a cold or allergies right around the change of Seasons? It takes energy to shift from one season to the next and if the body’s immune system is already slightly weakened, a cold, virus or allergy has a better chance to talk hold. Seasonal Acupuncture treatments boost the immune system and assist the body in making the transition from one season to the next. These treatments have a cumulative effect on the body and with each seasonal treatment the immune system becomes better able to fight off colds, viruses and allergic reactions. Specific acupuncture points are selected on the body to boost the “element” or season that we are transitioning into. The treatments are relaxing and energizing at the same time.

Here’s what patients have said about the treatments:

“…since I have been having these treatments for the past year and a half, I no longer get the colds and flues that circulate each season.”

“…I’ve had a very poor immune system my entire life and would get sick at least one or more times a year…since I’ve been having these treatments I have not gotten sick once!”

“…18 month prior to starting Seasonal Acupuncture I had pneumonia 4 times and chronic bronchitis. Since starting the Seasonals I haven’t had pneumonia and the bronchitis is greatly reduced. Thank you!”

The Seasonal treatments occur 4 times per year; March, June, September, and December. Here’s to a healthier you! Our next Seasonal Acupuncture is March 22nd from 9am-6pm – featuring a variety of Spiritual readers and wonderful new items in our gift store that day.

Please call Kenneally Acupuncture and Healing Light Resource Center to Book your Appointment  Today!     661-252-4100

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It’s time to get your Seasonal Acupuncture treatment to assist your physical body in making the transition from Winter to Spring. At the turn of the season is when our immune system is often tested- and it is not uncommon to see an increase in allergies and colds during these times of year. Seasonal Acupuncture is a wonderful and effective way to boost your immune system and ease the shift between seasons.

Spring Seasonal and the Healing Light Event falls on Saturday March 23rd from 9am-6pm – featuring a variety of Spiritual readers and wonderful new items in our gift store that day! Join us for a weekend of healthy fun!

Book your appointments Today!

AND …. Don’t forget to “Spring Forward” on Sunday March 10th- and set your clocks ahead one hour!

The Healing Light Resource Center

18635 Soledad Canyon Rd., Ste. 101, Canyon Country, CA 91351

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