Happy Hour Hiatus

I have had numerous people ask me about the status of my Acupuncture Happy Hours that I was holding weekly on Wednesdays at Casa de Tree during the latter 6 months of 2009. I was going to resume in late February/early March of this year once the days became slightly longer, allowing for more light in the cafe which tended to have a darker mood lighting at night. Unfortunately, I found out that Casa de Tree has shut down operations as the owners are returning to Japan this year.

So for now, I'm sorry fans, my Acupuncture Happy Hour is going to be on indefinite hiatus until I can find a new location. Come back periodically to the Iyashi Wellness website for updates on this.

No Acupuncture Happy Hour Today 9/30 and "Smart Choices" foods

Please note, there will be no Acupuncture Happy Hour today. Will resume next week 10/7.

In the meantime, I wanted to share an article that came out today in the LA Times that warns consumers of the marketing ploy food companies are now employing to have consumers purchase "Smart Choices" labeled foods.

Many of my patients come in confused as to what pertains a healthy diet. What with the conflicting information and marketing ploys out there to get consumers to purchase healthy foods - including this "Smart Choice" labels, no wonder! What I always tell my patients is to eat foods that come from the earth and that has been barely processed. But don't all foods come from the earth at one point? they ask. Sure, but from eating a tomato or an apple or a lean cut of meat, compared to eating Froot Loops, Twinkies, and fast food burgers, which one do you think has the lesser amount of work done on the food? Which one requires just washing, cutting and eating (or in the case of meats, cooked, then eaten)? The first three foods. The latter three foods came from a natural food source, sure, but then they were processed using all kinds of chemicals, additives, flavorings, colorings and god knows what else, to be sold to the consumer. It's a far cry from what it originally looked like when it came from the earth. Eat foods your grandmother would recognize, instead. And unless you have a digestive disease like Celiac disease or diabetes, I always like to tell my patients to eat anything - but everything in moderation. Focus on a variety of vegetables, but meats are good for the body, fish keeps the blood smooth and flowing, and carbohydrates of the complex kind (like whole wheat, quinoa, amaranth, etc.) provide the burst of energy we need. The rest - alcohol, caffeine, sugar/desserts, dairy - those are fine as long as it's occasional. I tell my patients, If you've been eating a really good, clean, healthy diet, reward yourself one night with a gorgeous red wine or a sumptuous chocolate cake! Eating shouldn't be about punishment, calorie-counting, or starvation. Eating is nourishment for the body and soul, and we want to eat foods that promote longevity, vitality and stamina.

So to use Michael Polan's mantra, Eat Food, Mostly Plants, Not Too Much.

If you are interested in improving your dietary habits and/or wanting to see how well your organs and body systems are functioning, I provide nutrition counseling and assessment at Iyashi Wellness. In addition to filling out a questionnaire, during the assessment, I take my patients through several quick tests to evaluate what nutrients their organs and body systems may be lacking. Based on this assessment, I prescribe whole-food based nutritional supplements from Standard Process. Because Standard Process' supplements are high quality, whole-food based using mostly organic ingredients, the body is able to better absorb the supplements nourish the body as opposed to the synthetically created supplements that are commonly available in the market. Please contact me if you are interested in a consultation or nutrition assessment at info@iyashiwellness.com or 310.770.9560.

Swine Flu season - what to do about vaccines

Swine flu season is coming upon us. There is a lot of fear out there for this particular flu, much of it being hyped by the media. I am attaching two views on flu vaccines, one pro vaccine, the other opposing the vaccine. The possible problem with this vaccine is that the vaccine may not even being available when the flu is expected to hits its peak - mid to late October.

Because this is your body, I always tell my patients to make an informed decision - thus my two articles. But my view, and that of Traditional Chinese Medicine, is that if you are healthy with a strong immune system, you can a) prevent getting infected and b) even if you do get the swine flu (or regular flu), your symptoms will be milder because your immune system is strong enough to fight off the flu from getting worse. So the bottom line is to start now to prevent getting sick, i.e. start taking care of yourself and your family to be as healthy as possible. The 5 following steps can help you stay ahead of the flu bug:
  1. Eat a well balanced diet, but particularly load up on vegetables and vary it everyday. Make it a goal to have 50% of your plate be vegetables at least once a day, ideally twice a day. Vegetables keep the blood healthy and circulating well throughout the body, which improves the bacterial and viral fighting agents in your body to swarm throughout your body to protect from invasion. Easy on starches, carbs and sugars, as well as deep fried and greasy foods. Easy on alcohol and caffeine as they mask how you're really feeling.
  2. Get a good night sleep every night . A good night's sleep is still one of the best weapons we have to keep our mind and body healthy. When you're rested, it not only means you have the energy and mental stamina to be productive throughout the day with balanced emotions, but it also means your body went through all its repairs during the night so that you're starting at a positive balance - instead of a minus. When good sleep is not had, you're working from a deficit. Your energy is down and so is your immune, which will make you susceptible to catching infections.
  3. Exercise a minimum of 3 times a week for a minimum of 30 minutes each time. Exercising allows our bodies to sweat, which is not only a temperature-lowering mechanism as our bodies heat up while exercising, but also a detoxifying mechanism. If we can keep expelling build ups and toxins throughout the week, we are less likely to catch the flu bug. It will also help you sleep better through the night, which emphasizes Point 2.
  4. Wash your hands frequently and keep your hands away from your nose, mouth, and eyes. And if you sneeze, as a general rule - please - sneeze into a tissue or your elbow to prevent spreading any pathogens!
  5. Come in for regular acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture helps to improve circulation, relax the mind and body and activate the innate healing mechanism of your body. When the body is relaxed and healthy, it is better able to focus on any external attacks coming its way - in this case the flu, instead of working to repair imbalanced organ systems, overworked nerves, or reducing inflammatory responses coming from stress and pain. If coming in for a full acupuncture treatment is too time consuming, doesn't work with your schedule, or costly, consider the Iyashi Wellness Happy Hour ocurring every Wednesday nights in Culver City. It's quick, easy and blissful - and most importantly, can help prevent you from catching the bug by keeping your body well balanced.
If you decide to get vaccinated - or your children vaccinated, it is still important to consider daily prevention as the most important step to staying healthy. So following the five steps are still a good idea. Consider having both - the power of modern medicine and holistic medicine - in addition to daily prevention habits, as your flu fighting defense.

New Acupuncture Happy Hour hours!

I'm happy to announce, due to popular demand, Iyashi Wellness' Acupuncture Happy Hour hours are changing!!

Starting September, the Happy Hour hours will change to 5:00pm-7:00pm.

It's still every Wednesday at Casa de Tree (3741 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034)
(for one last Wednesday, tomorrow the 26th, it will run from 3:30pm-6:30pm)

Those of you who said you wanted to come but couldn't because of the original, earlier hours, you now can!

Some of the experiences people have shared with me after trying my Happy Hour:
  • Immediate pain relief for a wife with severe low back pain and her husband from a headache. The wife had this to say:
    "My back pain was gone once I got home, and I had to lift a TV (yes we are in the process of moving) and the pain came back! BUT nothing like before. I have been fine since then, Thank you so much for your help. I felt great afterward too. So much more energy too! My mum is coming in about a month and I would like to bring her to HH, I am sure she will love it too. I am sure you will see us soon... After the move I am sure we will need your magic!" - F.F.

  • A young woman feeling "ecstasy" after trying ear acupuncture.
  • Women who usually suffer from cold hands and feet feel an immediate sense of gentle warmth wash over their entire body.
  • Anxious customers feeling calm and serene.
  • Tired, overworked customers feeling energized and alert.
These are just some of the experiences people have had trying ear acupuncture and ear acupressure. What will be yours?

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm (starting Sept 2)
Where: Casa de Tree (3741 Motor Avenue, LA, CA 90034)
Why: Because you deserve a break - and the food at Casa de Tree is delicious to boot!

Hope to see you one of these Wednesdays

Iyashi Wellness Happy Hour

I'm thrilled to announce that I'll be doing Happy Hour every Wednesday afternoons starting in June! I'm doing this in collaboration with a wonderful, family-owned cafe in Culver City called Casa De Tree. I'll be doing 20-minute ear acupuncture - or for those uncomfortable with the idea of acupuncture - ear acupressure as well at the cafe. While you feel the balancing effects of the session, you can also enjoy Casa de Tree's delicious organic, vegan foods and teas.

It's a great way to relieve stress during the middle of the week, as well as to recharge for the rest of the week.

Please come by and experience the balancing effects of ear acupuncture/acupressure in a welcoming environment with delicious food! No reservations are required. Just show up.

· Where: Casa De Tree – 3741 Motor Avenue, L.A., CA 90034 (just north of Venice)

· When: Every Wednesdays starting June ‘09

· Time: 3:30pm - 5:30pm

· Price: $20 for 20-min session (food and drinks additional)

· Who should come: anyone feeling stressed out and wants to relax naturally

and become part of a friendly community of like-minded people

· For more info, please call 310.770.9560