ACUPUNCTURE HELPS RESOLVE BINGING DISORDERS

By Rev. Marie Regis, M.S., L. Ac.

Binging: An addictive process

As with any addiction, the process of binging is an attempt to numb against painful recurring feelings. Its relief is very temporary, and is often followed by frustration, guilt or shame.  What is needed is an awakening: a clear realization of the destructiveness of that behavior, a sense that we deserve better, and faith and vision that a far greater quality of life is there for us.

Acupuncture’s effect on the mind

Anyone who has experienced acupuncture will tell you that it has a relaxing effect, regardless of the condition being treated. Classical Acupuncture developed, over centuries of research and practice, many protocols for treating mental and emotional problems.. Here are a few issues I have treated successfully in my clinic:

  • Anxiety and PTSD, panic attacks
  • Recorring nightmares
  • Depression 
  • Eating disorders
  • Alcohol and drug addiction
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Difficulty concentrating, ADHD
  • Prolonged difficulty with loss
  • Hoarding disorders

How it works

Acupuncture is based on Chinese medical theory. It sees the spirit, mind and body as  inseparable. The harmonious flow of the Qi (life force)  is key to the function of the muscles, internal organs, immune, hormonal and nervous systems.  Chronic emotional problems can create illness over time, and vice versa.  Acupuncturists stimulate points along the energy pathways to create specific effects on these internal systems, thereby altering the biochemistry and fostering an experience of greater mental and physical well-being.  

Healing includes a process of deepening awareness. Acupuncture helps facilitate this in different ways, depending on your unique needs at the time. It can:

  • Help us be more aware of our emotional experience
  • Improve our ability to focus so we can think clearly and stay on track
  • Bring awareness to unproductive attitudes we have towards ourself, or towards the outer world
  • Support our feeling grounded and centered
  • Calm the nervous system
  • Improve memory and cognition.

Patient responsibility

Healing comes from within. Your readiness, openness to change, and participation is always key. A number of bad habits probably caused us to develop our problems. I will gently guide you identify these one by one, so you can make the changes needed, at your own pace.

Studies show Acupuncture helps Acid Reflux better than medication

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By Marie Regis, M.S., L.Ac.

Classic Esophageal Reflux Disease or GERD, also called Acid Reflux, has become alarmingly high in recent years. Conventional treatment with acid-blocking medication (Proton Pump Inhibitors) is often ineffective and can lead to serious side-effects over the long term. Studies have found that Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal therapy are  more effective than medication for the treatment of this common ailment.A

Increased incidence of GERD

In the past, GERD used to be mainly seen in overweight middle aged people. Not any more. A 2010 study found that of a randomly picked sample of 686 US citizens, “40% had reflux disease, 22% having GERD, and another 18% had LPR (airway reflux). The most striking and unanticipated finding was that 37% of the 21 to 30 year old age group had reflux.”   Conventional treatment with acid blocking medication was intended for short term use only due to unhealthful side effects. Many are ignoring the directions for these drugs and taking them for months or years. “Blocking stomach acid fosters the growth of bacteria that cause gastritis and are associated with GI cancer, pneumonia and with antibiotic resistant bacteria”.T

Types of Reflux

  • Acid Reflux, or GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) happens when digestive juices from the stomach rise up causing irritation and inflammation in the esophagus
  • LPR (Laryngo Pharyngo Reflux) Airway Reflux is where the stomach juices enter the Larynx (voice box), which is part of the Trachea.
  • With GERD, there will be discomfort in the upper abdomen or chest
  • With LPR, also called Silent reflux, there are no such symptoms. Instead, people may experience sinus congestion or irritation, sore throat, a feeling of a lump in the throat, coughing or asthma, hoarseness especially upon waking, difficulty swallowing.

Western pathophysiology

  • GERD is caused by the malfunction of the lower esophageal sphincter, a valve at the top of the stomach that is supposed to keep digestive juices in. These juices, consisting primarily of the digestive enzyme Pepsin and stomach acid, cause inflammation and erosion along the esophagus.
  • LPR (Laryngopharyngo Reflux) is caused by dysfunction of the Upper Esophageal Sphincter, allowing fluids to rise into the Trachea, or airway, and from there into the Larynx or voice box. The lining of the airway is thinner and much more vulnerable to attack. It is the Pepsin, a digestive enzyme that digests protein, that attacks the lining of the Trachea in the presence of acid.  Pepsin can settle into the cells of the lining and be activated by acidic foods even if the person temporarily is not experiencing Reflux. The Pepsin then attacks protein in the lining.  Long term reflux can lead to Oesophageal cancer.

Eastern pathophysiology and treatment

Chinese medicine considers that reflux is often due to dysfunction of the stomach, liver, and spleen/pancreas. Stress affecting the liver and stomach is a major factor in this disease, contributing to increased acidity, inflammation and causing stomach juices to go up instead of down. Emotions such as chronic worry, anger, frustration or rebellious attitudes are common culprits. Stress also impairs the spleen’s ability to transport and transform digestive fluids. Food in the stomach fail to be digested and assimilated. As a result, the stomach contents backflow into the esophagus. Reflux esophagitis in TCM focuses on transforming turbid fluids, supporting stomach function and restoring the downward movement of stomach Qi (energy) to prevent counterflow. This focus restores normal functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), enhances gastric motility, and improves gastric emptying.

Food and drinks to avoid

  • Additives in prepared foods (canned or bottled food and drink) designed to acidify the food to help preserve it.  This has been required by the FDA since 1973 to prevent spoilage. Ie: Citric Acid.
  • Acidic foods such as tomatoes, peppers, citrus fruit.
  • Coffee and chocolate
  • Saturated fat
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup and other sugars in foods
  • Organic pollutants such as DDT, PCB’s and Dioxins
  • Gluten and flour products
  • Carbonated beverages including soda and seltzer

Other factors

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Lying down immediatly after eating
  • Over-eating or late night eating (within 3 hours of bed time)
  • Dry mouth, especially after head and neck irradiation for cancer

Treatment of Reflux and LPR

  • AVOID  harmful foods and bad eating habits listed above
  • Lower your stress with meditation, Tai chi, Qi gong or Yoga
  • Consult with an Acupuncturist, and schedule a series of treatments to gradually restore normal digestive function. Often at least 4-6 bi-weekly treatments are necessary to provide lasting change.
  • Always consult with your medical doctor to rule out other medical conditions

Studies

  • According to a study by Hebei Privincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, Acupuncture plus Chinese Herbal Medicine outperformed omeprazole (Prilosec, Zegerid) for the treatment of acid reflux. Important features of Chinese Medicine protocols is that they produce a high total effective rate, low relapse rate, and no significant adverse effects.
  • A 2007 study by the University of Arizona studying patients who did not show improvement with a standard PPI dose, showed that Acupuncture plus standard PPI dose was more effective than the accepted protocol of doubling the standard PPI dose

Creating True Peace Meditation Series

“If we cultivate the seeds of compassion, we nourish peace within us and around us… Peace is there for us in every moment. It is our choice.”   Thich Nhat Hanh

Join us as we learn practices to calm our busy minds and ease our emotions; we explore simple breathing techniques and affirmations taken from Taoist and Buddhist traditions; bringing harmony to our mind-body helps us BE the Peace we want to create in our family and community. The Buddhist practices are drawn for Thich Nhat Hanh’s book “Creating True Peace: Ending Violence in Yourself, Your Family, Your Community, and the World”. I look forward to creating sacred space and PEACE with you!  Blessings,     MarieB

WHERE:  14 Vanderventer Ave, Suite L3C, Port Washington NY 11050

WHEN:   7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Wednesdays June 19th, July 3rd, July 10th 2019 (we skip June26th)

 FEE:    $60 total for all 3 classes, payable on the first day of class or $25 per individual class

PLEASE REGISTER IN ADVANCE AS SEATING IS LIMITED. THANK YOU!  

You may email or call Marie at 516-455-2206 to register

Learn Qi Gong and feel vibrant again! Starts June 7th

In keeping the Spirit and Vital Soul together, are you able to maintain their perfect harmony? In gathering your vital energy to attain suppleness, have you reached the state of a newborn babe?.. Tao Teh Ching, by Lao Tzu

Five Animal Frolics Qi Gong 

with Marie Regis, L.Ac.

Learn a set of five gentle exercises that support physical and emotional health and help you feel grounded and energized. The five animals are the Deer, Bear, Tiger, Crane and Monkey. This ancient practice regulates the nervous and cardiovascular systems, reduces muscle tension and improves sleep quality. And it’s FUN! It is attributed to Hua To, a famous Dr. from the Han Dynasty (3rd century A.D.). No previous experience necessary.

Five classes, 1 1/2 hours each – $25 per class or $100 paid on or before June 7th (by cash or check)

Classes meet Fridays June 7, 21, 28, and July 7th, from 10 to 11:30 AM. Location to be determined, in or near Port Washington.

Please Register by emailing or texting me at 516-455-2206.

I look forward to sharing this wonderful practice with you!  

Peace,   Marie

More about 5 Animal Frolics:

Hua To’s Five Animal Frolics Qi Gong is one of the oldest Qi Gong systems, dating back 2,000 years. it’s originator, Hua To is one of the most famous physicians in Chinese Medicine. This system of exercises supports flexible and strong muscles and tendons, promotes blood flow and revitalizes the internal organs. As we practice, we embody the strength of the bear, the ferocity of the tiger, the suppleness of the deer, the playfulness of the monkey, the centeredness of the crane. Numerous versions of this practice have evolved over the centuries. This version includes hand positions, sounds and postures that express qualities of these five animals. Students are encouraged to have their own unique experience of the spirit and “feel” of each animal as they practice.l

About my teacher, Master Jeffrey Yuen

This version was taught by Taoist Master Jeffrey Yuen, an 88th generation Daoist Master of the Jade Purity Tradition. Immersed in the practice and study of Daoism and the Classics of Chinese Medicine since early childhood, Mr Yuen offers unparalleled knowledge of the rich traditions that fully integrate the physical, psycho-emotional and spiritual. Jeffrey is internationally recognized as a Master of Classical Chinese Medicine, Daoism, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Tai Chi, Essential Oils and Qi Gong.

To purchase the DVD of Jeffrey Yuen’s Five Animal Frolics class please go to: http://daoisthealingarts.com

Parkinson’s Disease: Nutritional factors

By Marie Regis

PARKINSON’S DEFINITION According to conventional medicine, “Parkinson’s disease is an idiopathic, slowly progressive, degenerative disorder of the Central Nervous System characterized by four main features:

  1. Slowness and poverty of movement
  2. Muscular rigidity
  3. Resting tremor
  4. Postural instability..”

(Taken from the book “The Treatment of Modern Western Medical diseases with Chinese medicine”, by Bob Flaws and Phillippe Sionneau)

Parkinson’s includes severe depletion of Dopamine.

According to Chinese medicine, this disease can be caused by constitutional weakness, aging, longstanding illness, physical taxation, chronic emotional problems and poor diet. Emotional trauma can lead to a decline in Dopamine levels. Dopamine is a pleasure hormone; therefore doing things that bring us joy may bring back Dopamine.  Dopamine makes us feel nourished, and that life is worthwhile. It also reduces pain.D

  • DETRIMENTAL FOODS and EATING HABITS
  • Eating sugar depleats Dopamine and Serotonin levels. It also weakens the digestive system, which is where 80% of the Serotonin is produced. Serotonin is a mood regulating hormone.
  • Skipping meals and eating a lot of cold or raw foods will weaken digestion, which makes the stomach unable to digest protein in particular
  • A vegetarian diet is problematic for many people in that it often leads to amino acid / protein deficiencies. This will lead to an insufficiency in neurotransmitters that are important to brain health
  • Caffein intake in combination with a stressful lifestyle can add to the physical taxation mentioned above.
    • Alcohol and drugs leach out Mg, leading to increased acidity / oxidative stress in the body
  • HELPFUL FOODS
  • Dopamine is found in flesh, meat. 
  • Dark leafy greens are alkalizing and high in many minerals and B vitamins
  • Legumes are very important: velvet beans esp., Fava beans. These beans have high amounts of Tyrosine to build back Dopamine
  • Mushrooms are high in nutritional value. They are a great source of fiber and protein, as well as B vitamins, copper, potassium, selenium and vitamin D
  • Quinoa has all essential amino acids. The Chinese use Buckwheat (not as high as Quinoa) to build Dopamine
  • Our Dopamine can become deficient because the stomach isn’t able to digest it. The easiest thing to digest meat are enzymes found in fruit: Pineapple (bromaline), apricots, figs, jujube have enzmes. We stew meat with figs in meditarreanian cooking. Cook the meat with the fruit, so body can easily get the raw material. Helps with depression- trouble managing  pain, the pleasure principle. 
  • GABA: Epinephrine and Norepinephrine relate to the flight or flight response. Fear shuts down the pleasure principle and reduces pleasure hormones. GABA is antagonist to the fear hormones. Foods high in GABA include: seeds (sunflower seeds) and shellfish, shrimp, halibut, grouper. 
  • Antioxydants can help reduce  the fight and flight response
  • Adequate concentration of Mg is very important for Ph balance. Low Mg can lower dopamine. Diet can affect alkaline-acid balance (7.2-7.3 is balanced). Increasing acidity means increasing Sympathetic Nervous System activity (flight or flight). Increasing alkalinity leads to increased Parasympathetic Nervous System activity (Digestion, healing, immunity). *Note that testing is not accurate in blood tests because Mg stays in cell. A swab from the tongue could measure it..

This is by no means a comprehensive list of foods that are either beneficial or harmful to people with Parkinsons. Please consult with your physician regarding any possible interaction between supplements and medicine prescribed to you.

Acupuncture for Peace of Mind

The Mind and Body are ONE. Many people report feeling more peaceful after Acupuncture, even if they have come for strictly physical issues. Chinese medicine believes when we improve the body’s function, the mind will follow. Marie has found that people in psychotherapy make faster progress WITH acupuncture treatments. She has had success with people suffering from:

  • PTSD, anxiety and panic attacks
  • Difficulty concentrating, ADHD
  • Low self-esteem or confidence 
  • Irritability and depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive  and addictive disorders
  • Eating disorders: binging, anorexia, bulimia.
  • Difficulty with loss and grieving
  • Bonding and intimacy issues

Consistent treatment over time can help re-program the brain and nervous system to function more harmoniously, helping to cultivate virtues that support life: 

  • Faith in ourselves and in our social environment
  • The ability to let go
  • Feeling grounded and centered
  • Calmness, presence and resilience
  • Improved memory and cognition

PEACE , Marie

Recovering from Parkinson’s

By Marie Regis, L.Ac.

As with any chronic degenerative disease, a diagnosis of Parkinson’s is a life-changing event. Shock, disbelief, fear or anger can set in- understandably!. The medical prognosis is not good, and treatments available with conventional medicine are palliative and do not provide a cure.

As a practitioner of Classical Chinese medicine, I believe there is no incurable disease, only incurable people. There are people who have recovered from stage four cancer, for reasons that are not yet explained by modern science and lived for years without recurrence. (Read “Radical Remission, the Nine Key Factors That Can Make a Real Difference, by Kelly A. Turner, PhD. ) Yet culturally we have come to expect these healings are impossible.

People who have recovered from Parkinson’s have committed to a comprehensive lifestyle change, which may include: dietary changes, meditation, Qi gong, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and a commitment to changing detrimental and stressful beliefs and attitudes. Chinese medicine tells us that all chronic disease starts with a chronic emotional/spiritual imbalance. This leads to inflammation, weakness in certain organ systems, leading to loss of function in the neurological and hormonal systems.

Howard Shifke’s book “Fighting Parkinson’s and Winning” is based on his own recovery from Parkinson’s. It is a must read from anyone who has had this diagnosis or anyone with a family history of this disease.

Introduction to Meditation SPRING Series

DATES: March 5th, 12th and 19th 2019 from 1:30 – 3:00 P.M.

WHERE: Roslyn High School, 475 Round Hill Rd., Roslyn Heights NY 11577

CONTACT: Roslyn High School Continuing Education at roslynschools.org or call 516-801-5091 for more information and to register.

MEDITATION BASICS: Learn EASY meditation and mindfulness techniques from a variety of traditions, so you can finally LET GO.. and enjoy life fully

Two EASY Winter Soup Recipes

GYPSY SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

1 Leak diced (optional)

2 carrots sliced

1 cup chopped cabbage

2 cups of winter squash or pumpkin, diced

2 quarts of hot water

1 tsp salt

Saute leaks, carrots, cabbage, squash for 10 minutes

Add water and salt

Reduce heat. Simmer 35 min.

Serves 8

 

WINTER SUNSHINE SOUP

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup of yellow split peas, soaked

2 quarts of water

1 5” piece of kombu, soaked

1/2 onion cut into crescent moons

2 carrots cut into flowers

1 cup of winter squash, diced

1/2 cup of parseley, chopped

1/2 tsp salt

Miso to taste

  • Place kombu and peas in a pot with water
  • Bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 30 min.
  • Add onions, carrots, squash and salt. Simmer until peas and vegetables are tender.
  • Add miso diluted in stock and simmer 5 min. more
  • Serves 8

ENJOY!    BLESSINGS,  

MARIE

Movie: What the “Bleep” do we know – Feb. 13th 2019

The world of Quantum Physics and Unified Field Theory in particular tell us that the world we live in is profoundly different from the way we habitually see it. This movie takes us on a life changing journey with Amanda, a divorced photographer, as she tumbles into a multi-dimensional world.  The worlds of spirituality and quantum physics bring her to transform frozen attitudes and beliefs and to move to a place of profound clarity and meaning. This story is beautifully woven into powerful interviews with cutting edge scientists and scholars, including an award-winning quantum physicist. I hope you’ll join us.

WHERE: 14 Vanderventer Ave, Suite L3C, Port Washington NY 11050

WHEN: Wednesday Feb.13th 2019  7:30-9:15 P.M.

Admission is free. Please contact Marie at 516-455-2206 to register as space is limited.