When you arise in the morning,
think of what a precious privilege it is
to be alive, to breathe,
to think, to enjoy,
- Marcus Aurelius
East meets West, old meets new. We are always looking for the most advanced treatment options, and the latest scientific and technological advances to incorporate with traditional Chinese medicine in our clinic.
Each of the two therapies have their well-known and proven healing benefits. They also strongly complement each other. Combined together, they accelerate the healing processes for many pain conditions, and greatly benefit skin conditions - from inflammation to rejuvenation.
We are now offering Celluma LED Light Therapy as a stand-alone, or add-on to acupuncture, for pain or skin treatments.
Although the effects are cumulative, most patients feel, or see, an improvement with just one or two sessions.
Many ancient cultures practiced various forms of light therapy, from worshipping the Sun as a deity that brings health (i.e., they were aware of the health benefits of light), to 1000+ years old Chinese and Indian medical scripts about combining the herbs and sun exposure to treat certain ailments.
More recently, therapeutic effects of red light on wound healing were incidentally discovered in the late 1960s by a Hungarian physician Endre Mester, while he was researching the use of laser in surgery and medicine. The evidence that low power light modulates pain dates back to the early 1970s, when Dr. Friedrich Plog (Germany) first reported pain relief in patients treated with it. His main work was creating the apparatus for laser therapy primarily used for acupuncture (AkupLaser System Plog), replacing the needle with the light beam (1975). Dr. Plog received numerous academic awards for his work in Europe, Asia, Canada and United Nations.
Light Therapy has been used in those countries ever since by many clinicians but was still not accepted by the mainstream medico-scientific world in the USA until 2002, when FDA first approved laser diode phototherapy.
In 1998, Prof Harry Whelan and his group at the NASA Space Medicine Laboratory developed ‘NASA LED’ – a new generation of LEDs that can achieve useful bioreactions through cellular photoactivation without heat or damage (which are common danger of laser). US photobiologist Kendric C. Smith renamed the previously used term ‘low level laser therapy’ (LLLT) to ‘low level light therapy’, to include LED energy.
“Phototherapy is Becoming Mainstream:
The increasing number of papers on LLLT in the Photobiomodulation sessions presented at the 2010 and especially the 2011 meetings of the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) bear witness to the fact that LLLT is no longer quite the bête noir it used to be in the USA, although there is still too much skepticism, and it has achieved a reliable status worldwide. LED phototherapy has now been well-proven to work and is reported to be effective in a large variety of clinical indications such as pain attenuation, wound healing, skin rejuvenation, some viral diseases, allergic rhinitis, other allergy-related conditions and so on.” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3799034/)
What is Celluma?
Celluma is unique and quite unlike any other low-level light therapy device available today. Based on NASA research, Celluma delivers blue, red and near-infrared light energy simultaneously, to safely treat a wide variety of conditions.
Each wavelength is absorbed by different molecules that act as a signaling mechanism for different cellular processes. It has been successfully used to:
- Increase circulation
- Accelerate tissue repair
- Decrease wrinkles
- Decrease inflammation
- Improve skin tone, texture, and clarity
- Ease muscle and joint pain, stiffness, spasm
- Reduce arthritis pain
- Kill the bacteria that causes acne
How important are probiotics, anti-inflammatory supplements and herbs for our health?
There are about 40 trillion microorganisms in the human gut. They help us digest food and produce metabolites necessary for the functioning of our body, like B-vitamins and short chain fatty acids. They control infections by pathogens, regulate the immune system, and control our emotions. The delicate balance of these microorganisms gets disturbed by improper diet, drugs, stress, unhealthy sleep habits. That leads to inflammation, chronic and auto-immune diseases, but is most often not recognized and treated as the root cause.
“The human body hosts an enormous abundance and diversity of microbes, which perform a range of essential and beneficial functions. Our appreciation of the importance of these microbial communities to many aspects of human physiology has grown dramatically in recent years. We know, for example, that animals raised in a germ-free environment exhibit substantially altered immune and metabolic function, while the disruption of commensal microbiota in humans is associated with the development of a growing number of diseases. Evidence is now emerging that, through interactions with the gut–brain axis, the bidirectional communication system between the central nervous system and the gastrointestinal tract, the gut microbiome can also influence neural development, cognition and behavior, with recent evidence that changes in behavior alter gut microbiota composition, while modifications of the microbiome can induce depressive-like behaviors. Although an association between enteropathy and certain psychiatric conditions has long been recognized, it now appears that gut microbes represent direct mediators of psychopathology. Here, we examine roles of gut microbiome in shaping brain development and neurological function, and the mechanisms by which it can contribute to mental illness. Further, we discuss how the insight provided by this new and exciting field of research can inform care and provide a basis for the design of novel, microbiota-targeted, therapies.
In this review, we consider the potential of dysbiosis to contribute to psychopathology and the evidence linking disruption of gut microbiota with specific psychiatric disorders. We examine the role of the microbiome in neurological development and regulation, and consider its contribution to aging-related morbidity. Finally, we discuss the potential for modification of the gut microbiome to provide clinical benefit in the context of altered brain function.”
Read this expert review (written by GB Rogers, DJ Keating, RL Young, M-L Wong, J Licinio and S Wesselingh) here to learn more about:
- Regulation of neurological function by the gut microbiome
- The microbiome in specific psychiatric conditions
- Treatment interactions with the microbiome in mental illness
- The role of the microbiome in brain development
- Mechanisms of interaction
- The role of the microbiome in age-related cognitive decline
- Modification of the gut microbiota to affect therapeutic change