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By |March 28th, 2013|Health|Comments Off on New Prostate Cancer Tests May Supplement P.S.A. Testing – NYTimes.com|

Meet our Acupuncturist, Nejat Kesler

At Unravel Therapeutics, we bring ancient wisdom and scientific understanding together for the optimal benefit of our patients.

What is Acupuncture?

It is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve functioning.    The human body has great innate healing abilities, however it is weakened by toxic environments, improper lifestyle and negative emotions. Acupuncture is a way of activating the body’s own healing response through the energetic regulatory system called meridians.

Acupuncture relieves pain

Recent research shows that acupuncture triggers the release of endorphins, part of the body’s pain control system.

Can acupuncture treat more than pain?

Yes. Acupuncture is proven to be effective in treating:

Digestive disorders, anxiety, fatigue, Insomnia, common cold, menopausal symptoms, reproductive system disorders, side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, stress-depression and more…

 

About  Nejat:

What made you interested in acupuncture?

In my early twenties I had studied philosophy and comparative eastern-western esoteric traditions for many years. During that period I was introduced to self-cultivation and internal martial art practices of the East; Qi Gong (Nei Gong) and Tai Qi Quan (Tai Chi Chuan). These are energetic development systems, thousands of years old,  that work at various levels of human existence:  Bio-physical, bio-energetic and metaphysical-spiritual levels.  Whole foundation Traditional Chinese Medical theory is based on these ancient yogic practices. We can use an umbrella term for these different modalities: Yang Sheng (Nourishing Life) Arts and Sciences. As a beginner in the arts I was not able to make the connection with the medical aspect at first; until my Yang style Tai Chi Chuan teacher Sifu Ron Hoffman started talking about meridians and energetic gates and their significance in internal martial arts. That was the starting point for my quest in Eastern Asian Medicine. Without understanding either side of the arts, we do not have the whole circle. I wanted to have access to the whole circle.

When did you start learning and practicing acupuncture?

Acupuncture is only one of the 8 branches of true Chinese Medicine. Meditation, Qi Gong (Nei Gong)- internal martial arts (Tai Chi Chuan, Bagua, Xing Yi), food therapy, herbal medicine, Tui Na (Chinese medical massage), Philosophy-Cosmology (Yi Jing/I Ching-Astrology-Numerology) and Feng Shui are the other branches. Academic training mainly include acupuncture and herbal medicine in the curriculum and some schools also have some Tui-na and Qi Gong classes which only scratch the surface. My formal academic training started at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I received my Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at this school. Upon graduation I attended Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program at Bastyr University. I received my doctorate degree in 2010 specializing in Integrative Oncology and Pain Management. I have been practicing since then in Seattle area. However, I pay as much attention to my non-academic training which allows me to access the other branches of East Asian Medicine that academic training does not offer. And of course this is a life-long learning process. I once heard from an archeologist about his experience in Chinese archeology, he said  “The more you dig the more there is and it gets more and more profound”. That is so true for Yang Sheng Sciences and Chinese Medicine too. Over the years I had the privilege of training with some extraordinary teachers; Master Zhongxian Wu, Master Zhang Jie, Jeff Nagel, Sifu Ron Hoffman and Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun are the mentors helping me claim the whole circle in all 8 branches in healing and self-development arts.

Do you get acupuncture treatments? Can you treat yourself?

Self-treatment is not easy. Some simple treatments are possible and I do that occasionally. Usually I prefer to see another colleague if necessary. But keeping yourself healthy with food, nei-gong exercises is the main the main principle. As an internal martial arts and nei-gong practitioner I keep myself healthy as much as possible. That is the Taoist way.

What type of feedback do you get from your patients regarding their acupuncture treatments from you?

 I always get positive feedback. Most of my patients are the referrals of other patients.  That is the nest feedback a healthcare practitioner can get.
By |March 14th, 2012|Acupuncture|Comments Off on Meet our Acupuncturist, Nejat Kesler|

Winter Chinese Medicine

Survive the winter with Chinese Medicine
According to Chinese cosmology the winter season has started on November 8th and seems like it is going to be an extreme one. During this challenging season it may be a good idea to take a look at nature itself to find some good advice, not only to keep us healthy and survive but also strengthen our body and mind even more.
Thousands of years old Chinese medical theory is strongly based on observations of nature. Seasonal changes, and changes in the states of plants and behavior of the animals according to the cycles of nature has inspired some of these medical theories. From this ancient perspective, winter belongs to the Water element and in a way it is the season of death and rebirth. Winter allows the old to perish and prepare the nature for the new beginning. During this cold and dark season the life force Qi, (pronounced chee) of all living things, sink to the root for protection; trees shed leafs, many animals hibernate and the rest limit their activities for survival. We should do the same. According to one of the oldest medical texts of Chinese medicine, Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon), during winter one should sleep early and rise late, so that we can take advantage of the long nights to replenish as much as possible while avoiding the harsh early morning temperature. Winter is the right season for more meditation, reflection and inner cultivation. It is the best time to conserve energy and strengthen the inner core by limiting work, sexual activity and exercise. I hear you, it is hard especially when it comes to work, but it can be possible to simplify and limit other activities as much as possible.
Food is an important part of winter maintenance, of course! Avoid raw foods as much as possible; not to mention cold drinks and foods like ice cream. In general choose foods that are brown and black in color. In Chinese food therapy colors are associated with seasons and organ systems. Winter is related to Kidney organ system and it’s color is black. Black mushrooms and black beans are highly beneficial. Root vegetables are great in general. Mutton, beef, bone marrow, duck and rabbit meat are recommended. Chinese yam, sesame (especially black sesame), dates, longan, mushrooms, leek and roasted nuts (especially walnuts) are part of the winter diet. Avoid salty food. In Chinese medicine salt is related to the Kidney organ system (Water element). Consuming salty foods can make the Water element to become excess and in return a hyperactive Kidney may inhibit the Heart (Fire element). In this case a person may experience heart palpitations, cardiac pain, cold limbs and fatigue. Reducing salty food and consuming more bitter flavors will create a healthy balance between Heart and Kidneys. Foods with bitter flavors are kale, apricots, asparagus, celery, tea, grapefruit, hops, lettuce, Chinese bitter melon, celery, radish leaves, vinegar, turnips and wine. Consuming excessive spicy and rich food may lead to skin rashes, sore throat and bronchitis.
Exercise is always healthy. However slow, repetitive movements with less exertion than usual must be preferred. Short walks and exercises to strengthen the lower part of the body (legs, hips, pelvis, low back) are the best choice. Physical exercises must always be balanced with energy work: guided energy meditations (internal alchemy), yoga that includes more than stretches. Qi Gong and Tai Qi Chuan are the ways to create that balance.
Pay more attention to keeping your feet and low back warm. Protect your neck and head from wind. Wind enters the body from the neck and cold enters from the feet. The damage wind and cold can create in the body is more than we give them credit for. It is essential to keep your immune system up and running. Food is the best way of doing it (see the recommendations above), but sometimes it may be necessary to get some extra help. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can work wonders. Seasonal acupuncture treatments may help your body to adapt to seasonal changes, regulate the imbalances and increase the vitality to be able to function properly. Chinese herbal formula, such as Jade Screen (Yu Ping Feng Tang) is one of the best general immune boosters. But it is best to let your East Asian Medicine Practitioner tailor one for you.
Nejat Kesler, DAOM, EAMP

By |December 18th, 2011|Alternative Medicine|Comments Off on Winter Chinese Medicine|

The Value of Hydrotherapy and your health

 

I have always been fascinated by the healing powers of water, starting with my first childhood experiences of soaking in the hot springs and then plunging into the cold waters of Sol Duc resort with my family. My wonder heightened during my later studies of natural medicine, discovering the techniques of Hydrotherapy as effective tools for healing, particularly in adjunct with massage therapy. Hydrotherapy may be the oldest form of medical treatment known to mankind. We see it surface throughout history in the bath house regiments of Rome and Greece, as well the geothermal bathing and sweat lodge rituals of the North American indigenous peoples. Drinking plenty of pure water alone can be considered “hydrotherapy” as it detoxifies our systems, replenishes our cells, lubricates muscle tissues, and keeps us from feeling sluggish. In fact, dehydration is a major culprit of sore muscles, so drink up!

We employ the use of water in many ways here at Unravel, whether it be with a cold pack applied to an injury, a restful moment in the sauna, a hot pack to loosen contracted muscles, and even a reminder at the end of each massage to hydrate well. In fact, I think the best combination for managing stress and relaxing muscle tissue is a visit to the sauna, then a hot pack to the back, a massage, and drinking plenty of water during the rest of the day. Ah heaven! There are also plenty water based remedies you can use at home as well. I am thinking of one in particular as we head into cooler weather and the cold season, called the Cold Water Treading method. Yikes, cold water! Many reflexes to our vital organs can be affected through our feet, by treading in cold water (just up to your ankles) for 5 to 10 minutes a day, you can tonify your whole system increasing it’s endurance against cold viruses. It will sure wake you up on those dreary winter days!

And even though we may curse our wet little region during the late winter months, it is a healthy place, because we have plenty of water!

Jason Tschimperle

Massage Therapist and amateur Mycologist

 

 

By |November 20th, 2011|Health|0 Comments|

Halloween Skin Care

Halloween is almost here,and that means that many of us will be painting our faces, eating lots of sugar in one sitting and potentially seeing the effects of these actions on our skin in the days and weeks that follow. We love Halloween here at Unravel, but we can’t let it be hard on your skin. Here are a few tips on how to celebrate Halloween and take care of your skin so it won’t leave you looking like a ghoul.

Take your vitamins, (such as vitamin C to fight free radical damage) and drink plenty of water to hydrate your body since it will be exposed to lots of not so healthy food and sugar.

Use a light moisturizer, it will help protect your skin of potentially irritating effects of costume makeup. It will help makeup stay on better and create a more finished look. Use a high quality moisturizer such as the Rosehip Whip moisturizer from Eminence.
Purchase good quality makeup following FDA recommendations and try to avoid the cheap kinds in costume stores because those can damage and irritate your skins for weeks afterwards. Apply the makeup to a small area first and watch for skin reactions such as stinging or burning. If so consider an alternative such as organic or safe ingredients from your kitchen and have a Green Halloween! (see link below)
No matter how tired you are after the party, always thoroughly wash and exfoliate your skin so the thick and oily makeup is completely gone and won’t dry your skin, clog your pores or cause breakouts. Read product labels and instructions carefully to remove the makeup. For most basic makeup a good cleanser and water will work, such as the gel Mineral Cleansing concentrate from Eminence and exfoliate with a good product such as the Pear and Poppyseed microderm polisher to remove dead skincells. Follow with a light moisturizer to let your skin breathe.
For a healthy snack, roast some pumpkin seeds, they provide our bodies with zinc that is perfect at this time of year to help ward off colds.

Enjoy your Halloween and check out the website www.budget101.com/frugal/awesome-halloween-ideas-140/ for homemade Halloween makeup. Recipe’s included are burned skin and fake scabs. Pumpkin carving and costume ideas are included. 

 

Annelie Scheire  Licensed Skin Care and LMP

By |October 28th, 2011|Skin Care|Comments Off on Halloween Skin Care|

Prenatal Massage

I once worked with a massage therapist who commented, “Pregnant women are all of a sudden so body aware when before they just seemed to ignore things going on in their body.”
There are so many physical changes that happen in a short time span, it certainly does make an expecting mom, body aware. Weight gain of 1 pound per week; adding up to 25-40 on average total. Fifty percent more blood volume. Fluid retention and swollen limbs. And these just to name a few.
Pregnancy massage can be one of the best things you can do for your body during such an important time of your life. The 40 weeks of pregnancy can seem like a long time when you’re going through it, and these changes can be pretty tough on your body. It’s a great time to start being aware and taking care of it. The American Pregnancy Association notes that studies of massage therapy performed during pregnancy show “reduced anxiety, a decrease in the symptoms of depression, relief from muscle aches and joint pains, and improvement in labor outcomes and newborn health.” http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/prenatalmassage.html

The best time to begin receiving prenatal massage is during the second trimester. Many massage therapists will not work on women in their first trimester because the risks of miscarriage are the highest then. We will often work with this case-by-case basis depending on the woman and her medical history and what we will be specifically massaging. Positioning for prenatal massage starting in the second trimester is in the side-lying position. This is usually how women are sleeping by this point, so it’s pretty comfortable. If a woman has a lot of neck tension I will usually also have her on her back for a part of the massage because that is the best way for me to access those muscles. A pregnant woman can usually spend time on her back into the third trimester. After a point it can be uncomfortable because the uterus is so heavy, and can compress some blood vessels.
Most women notice the biggest muscular changes in increased tension in their back and hips (buttocks). The increased tension in the hips often causes sciatic nerve pain. The sciatic nerve runs from the low back, through the hips, and all of way down the leg. Compression anywhere along this nerve can cause pain all of the way down the leg and be uncomfortable while sitting, standing, or sleeping. The increased tension is often caused by the change of body posture with the pelvis/hips tilting forward to accommodate the growing uterus. It is also attributed to losing abdominal strength. When we lift, bend, sit, stand, or walk, as non-pregnant people we use the strength of both our abdominal muscles and back muscles to move or stabilize us.  When pregnant, you lose most, or all, of your abdominal strength. So, to maintain balance in the body the back and hips take most of that work, which often causes this discomfort and increased tension. Massage can help decrease the tension that builds in those muscles which will help with overall comfort in movement and sleep. Swelling in the joints and limbs is also very common during pregnancy. Massage can help increase circulation and stimulate tissues to decrease collection of fluids.
Pregnancy causes many changes and can be straining on your body. Massage therapy is a great way to increase your overall health while pregnant. Talk with your prenatal care provider if you have any questions.
Written by: Katie Duerr, massage therapist and mom

By |October 20th, 2011|Health|Comments Off on Prenatal Massage|

Welcome

Welcome to the Unravel Therapeutics Blog. If you have come here looking for information on how to live a smarter, healthier life we think you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve been in the healthcare business for 20 yrs, helping our clients achieve and maintain a comfortable, healthy way of life. During this time we’ve learned a few things while working with many different health issues, some that can be “cured” and others that resist anything but good management. We’ve seen many health movements come and go that in fact started as sound advice until they were applied to far too many causes and cures. Common sense when mixed with sound advice brings about the best results.

With this blog we’d like to share our thoughts on subjects such as vitamins, supplements, exercise, wise and healthy dietary decisions, our treatments and how they might apply to you. Frequently we will bring information to this page that is new and still in the developing stages. Our mission is to keep you informed, to help you make educated decisions about your health. The more information you have, the more we think you will decide for yourself that living a healthy life to prevent illness is preferable to treating symptoms of a sickness or disease later.

Our services at Unravel include Massage Therapy, Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine and Skin Care. Our clients have come to us looking for help and comfort on a broad array of health concerns. We have helped many to live a more balanced life or when a service is needed that we do not offer we recommend other healthcare professionals that may more accurately fit the needs of the client.

And finally we will include subjects that are just interesting to us and hopefully you.

Please feel free to comment or ask questions on subjects that most interest you and we will try to address these.

Thank you

Tom

 

 

By |October 16th, 2011|Health|Comments Off on Welcome|

The Care and Feeding of your Digestive System or, What happens to the food you eat once you swallow?

 Here are the basics.

Your digestive system is divided into four main parts, the stomach, the small intestine, the large intestine and the rectum.  In addition,  the mouth,  liver,  pancreas, gall bladder and the kidneys all contribute to the processing and distribution of the nutrients we need to live a healthy life.   Once the food leaves the stomach it moves into the small intestine, (15 to 23 ft long), where the blood vessels lining the intestinal walls  draw away nutrients as the

Digestive Organ Viewliquified foods travel toward the large intestine or colon.    The large colon, (4 to 5 ft long) is the last part of the digestive tract that removes excess water and nutrients before the food is moved to the rectum and eliminated.  The total time a meal is in the intestinal tract varies from 30 to 40 hours.  According to studies different foods ingested during the same meal move at different speeds thru the intestinal tract.  It is generally thought that consistant movement of the digested food thru and out of the body is the right environment for a healthy colon.

 

Here is the Rub

Stress, lack of exercise, poor diet, over consumption of any foods, eating late at nite, surviving on gallons of coffee and cigarettes and certain heriditary factors all contribute to a unhealthy digestive machine. When the intestines,  both large and small are not functioning well because of the habits mentioned above,  the body finds it more difficult to draw the healthy nutrients  needed from the digested foods and to rid itself of the remaining waste products.   The longer the food remains in the large intestine the more dehydrated it becomes sometimes  adhereing itself to the colon walls.  This can block or slow down the normal flow of food traveling through the bowels.  Treatments such as colonics and enemas  rehydrate the waste products and help the colon empty itself.  A better and more comfortable solution would be to adjust your diet/lifestyle to ensure that the digestive organs can function correctly.

A few tips for keeping your digestive system healthy:

Take a serious look at your daily diet.   Eat as many fresh vegetables, fruits and whole grains as possible.  Stay away from processed foods, eat smaller more frequent meals, pay attention to the foods that make you drowsy after consumption and avoid or decrease the amount you eat of these foods. Be aware that at first you will crave the rich fatty foods, the salty foods and the artificially  sweet  you are trying to avoid.  It will take some time to accustom your tastes to the more simple pure foods.  Eat the night meals earlier so as to avoid going to bed with a full active digestive system.

Set aside a daily time for exercise. A brisk walk, regular sports participation or working out at the gym will help your bodies circulatory system, and offset the effects of stress. Exercise will help the lymphatic system remove cellular and toxic waste.  Avoid the overuse of antibiotics.  The regular use of these drugs destroy the bas bacteria that is causing you to feel bad as well as the natural bacteria in the digestive system that the body relies on to process food.  If you must use antibiotics to treat an illness make sure to replace the bacteria thru the consumption of foods containing live cultures of bacteria or take probiotics.

By |May 23rd, 2011|Health|Comments Off on The Care and Feeding of your Digestive System or, What happens to the food you eat once you swallow?|