Fall Newsletter, In memory of Dr. Yu Zhang
This issue is dedicated in loving memory of Dr. Zhang.
October 29th, 1947 - June 21st, 2018
Dr. Yu Zhang was a kind and generous person and his healing energy was so powerful it could be felt half way around the world. He healed those who were ill, afraid and desperate for help and he did so with selflessness and without hesitation. He showed up for others in a way that is rarely seen in today’s medical field.
Master Zhang moved from China to the United States in the 1970’s to bring Qi Gong to the West. He taught lectures around the world and had many students who revered him. While there are multiple published articles on him as a Master of medical Qi Gong, one can not think of him as anything but a beautiful heart and soul.
Master Zhang passed from this realm on June 21st; on the summer solstice. He had suffered for many years with an autoimmune disease, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneurothapy (CIDP), which limited his ability to walk and eventually attacked his respiratory system.
He is survived by his lovely wife and daughter, living in the Los Angeles area.
He will be missed by all.
Happy Autumn to you...a magical and transformative season.
Autumn is when leaves change and we move from the wild and outgoing summer to more internal appreciation. During this time we can reflect on all that we did during the summer months and pay attention to bolstering our immune systems. In Chinese and Daoist philosophy, the Earth element (spleen/stomach) and the Metal element (lung/large intestine) are at play during this season. As the weather cools it is natural to get more rest, eat more cooked foods, wear socks and cover our necks. These tips can help you stay healthy throughout the season. It is also advisable to come in for an acupuncture tune-up or acupuncture "flu shot"!
We can make sure your immune system is suited and protected for the fall and winter months.
"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
We now have
Korean Beauty Products
Korean beauty products are revolutionary in their approach to skincare. Instead of the complex ingredients and fragrances that are included in most products, we are now seeing simple and natural ingredients in high concentrations in products from Korea. Most of the key ingredients are eastern medicinal herbs!
I would like to highlight one product that would be easy for anyone to integrate into their beauty regimen regardless of how simple or complex it is.
Pyunkang Yu is an essence and a toner and can be used on all skin types. Apply the toner after washing your face and before you apply a moisturizer. This product is so light and simple but creates a substantial change in one's skin texture. The main active ingredient is a Chinese herb, Astragalus or Huang Qi. Huang Qi is effective in improving one's immune system when taken internally and used topically it can firm and tone the skin. Pyunkang Yu profoundly hydrates the skin creating a youthful glow, healthy bounciness and elasticity for days.
The recommended method of application is to pat the toner on to your skin several times to increase the hydrating effect, leaving your skin feeling a bit sticky when done. This patting or tapping method and the repeated application of the toner is very popular in Korean beauty and is known as the "7 Skin Method" (repeating 7 times for optimal absorption).
Come on in and try some out!
Cupping Therapy 101
There is nothing quite like cupping.
I have a tendency to repeat this statement to friends and clients who have never experienced it. Cupping is not like acupuncture and unlike massage. It can be slightly uncomfortable but also feel really good. It is rather simple in it’s application and how it works but is profound in its ability to transform the body. And, yes, it looks a bit strange and you may have to explain the marks on your back to your lover but its therapeutic effects are immediate. And once you experience it you will understand…there’s nothing quite like it.
So, what is it?!
At the clinic we use two types of cups; glass and plastic (with the exception of facial cups which are a combination of glass and plastic). Glass cups (also known as “fire cups”) use heat to create a vacuum that enables the cups to suction on to one’s body. Plastic cups (also known as “Korean cups”) come with a hand-pump that is used to attach the cups. The attached cups create a ‘pulling’ sensation that may feel stronger when first applied. The entire cupping session lasts about 10-15 minutes with the initial tightening or pulling feeling dissipating over the course of the treatment.
In general, there are two methods used when cupping. The first, and more common, is to leave the cups in place once they are attached. The second, called “moving” cupping is when massage oil is placed on the skin to create a slicker surface, which allows the cups to move. This method is usually done on the back where there is ample room to move the cups. Moving cupping is also used on the face and is the preferred method in order to prevent dark marks from forming. Clients have told me over the years that moving-cupping has a soothing and massage-like feeling.
How does it work and what does it help?
Cupping works in several ways but its main function is to encourage smooth Qi and blood flow. In Chinese medicine theory, the primary cause of pain comes from blood and Qi not flowing properly and creating stagnation. Cupping therapy is able to clear these blockages and allow for more circulation in the affected areas as well as open the channels/meridians of the body. It is one of the best deep tissue therapies available and can penetrate areas that are unable to be reached by massage. Placing cups on one’s skin also has the ability to detoxify and, similar to a sauna, can open the pores of the skin to help remove metabolic waste and toxins from the body. I have witnessed on several occasions, a grey-colored substance come out of patients who are heavy or habitual smokers. Another way cupping is used is when someone is in the initial stages of a cold. Cups are placed around the cervical area of the neck to “pull out” the cold and “wind” that is causing them to be sick. Cupping the face has gotten some buzz lately and its popularity is due to its ability to reduce swelling and puffiness, smooth the skin and relax tight muscles.
If you were watching Michael Phelps during the 2016 summer Olympics or keep up with Gwyneth Paltrow’s red carpet appearances, you may have seen several purple marks on their back and shoulders. The marks left by the cups are dependent on how tight the cups are applied and how much stagnation is present in the cupped area. In this sense, the cups marks are used diagnostically as well. If a certain area is darker than another, it may be an indication of more congestion or stagnation and can give us practitioners a better sense of where to focus the treatment.
It is important to note that the cup marks are not, in fact, bruises as I have seen them being described time and time again (they are more like hickies!). The marks take about one week to fade away. The most common areas on the body to be cupped are the neck, shoulders, back and chest. Cupping is not recommended on areas of the body that are affected by inflammation, irritation, have open-wounds and directly on veins.
Are you ready to try cupping therapy?!
* Limited Time Offer *
Acupuncture + Cupping + Massage
From now until the end of the year we are offering a discounted rate on the combined treatment of acupuncture, cupping and massage.
Cost: $120 (1.5 hours)
Call now to book this highly therapeutic combination of treatments.
“Acupuncture and cupping, more than half of the ills cured.”
-Ge Hong (281-341 AD)
We Out Here!
This August we brought YZ Acupuncture to the Silverlake Flea Market and had a blast.
We offered chair massages, free tongue + pulse diagnosis and got to introduce various herbal and skin products to our visitors.
We are happy to announce that next month on November 8, Thursday we will be at the South Pasadena Farmers Market.
Hope to see you there!
These are a few of our...
For this newsletter we will be including our favorite self-care
techniques and tips.
Sarah's Favorite Self-care: I like to exercise a few times a week to clear out my stress. I like to travel for inspiration and to reset my body, I love to get a massage or facial.
Adiel's Favorite Self-care: My favorite self-care right now is Assisted Stretching. Assisted Stretching is when a therapist moves your body through full-range motions; lengthening and strengthening both fascia and muscles to increase flexibility and mobility. I love Assisted Stretching because it is a time to refresh and re-center my tired muscles.
Yume''s Favorite Self-care: I love baths. I grew up in Japan and taking baths is very much part of the culture. My mother would fill up a bath for the entire family to share (cleaning our bodies prior to soaking in the tub). It marked the end of a day and a time for me to enjoy some quiet solitude . These days I have found taking a bath before bed increases my body temperature and makes it easier for me to fall asleep.
Luz's Favorite Self-care: I like burning some carbs on a 5 mile run around Elysian Park trail. I have also been using a collagen face mask from Japan that I love. I'm taking 20 minute naps during the day to recharge. It's working and I have a lot more energy at night.