- Marianne Benforado L.Ac. Dipl.OM
Acupuncture Services630 Frederick Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
- Healthy Eating for Spring
- Six Reasons to Try Acupuncture this Year
- Does Your Liver Need a Spring Tune-Up?
In Chinese medical theory, food is considered medicine. Food has qualities and functions biochemically and energetically that target specific organs. Not only that, but the action a particular food takes to benefit that organ in terms of taste, color and temperature is what is included in Five Element theory. Food has a relationship to both the natural elements as well as the organs in the body and balances the elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood to healthy, generating cycles. continue reading
Many people like to add walnuts to food to add some zest and a little crunchy kick, but walnuts are much more than a flavor additive, as they are chock full of healthy properties and have been used in Asia as an overall health tonic and brain booster for years. Let’s take a nutty look at walnuts. continue reading
Spring is a time of renewal, regeneration, growth and energy. The plants and animals awaken from the slumber of the cold winter months. The vital nutrients that have been stored in the roots of the plants and the bodies of the animals, comes to the surface and life becomes more vibrant and fluid. Human beings are no different. Humans tend to stay indoors more during the winter months and sometimes pack on a little extra weight in the process. As the weather warms, humans become more gregarious and spend more time outside enjoying nature. This is just a natural process. continue reading
The modern world is changing every single day. Because of this constant state of change, our bodies are frequently having to adjust. We have a food supply being degraded and depleted of nutritional content, which in turn, causes our bodies to become depleted. Our soil and water is contaminated with antibiotics and deadly fertilizers. All of which become part of the food chain we rely upon. Because of this, antibiotics are failing and superbugs like MRSA are on the rise. Lack of nutrition and the overuse of antibiotics are just a couple of the things wreaking havoc on our intestinal health. But there are ways to combat this and keep the gut healthy. continue reading
When people ask me what I do I usually say I’m an acupuncturist but it is more realistic to say I am a practitioner of Chinese Medicine which includes so much more than needles! Let’s explore this ancient therapy.
First of all, the practice of Chinese medicine starts with a diagnosis. If the diagnosis is correct then deciding on the treatment plan is easy! The same is true for Western medicine. I ask many questions to build a history; this includes the answers to emotions, general mood, digestion, appetite, diet, sleep patterns, bowel movement urination, pain, lifestyle, and stress level, for example. I also take special note of posture and gait. After that, there is usually a pulse and tongue analysis to determine where the pattern and root are, primarily. If it is orthopedic in nature (low back pain, broken bone, sprained ankle, etc.) I usually skip that part and tend to the pain immediately. After this history, a diagnosis and treatment plan is determined. What might be included in this plan? continue reading