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April 22, 2021

Happy Earth Day!

There are so many things we can do to give back and nourish the planet we live on, such as picking up trash, using less plastic, take less time in the shower, walking/biking instead of driving, eating less meat, and spending more time outside to breathe in fresh air. Yes, today is earth day, but celebrate it every day. 🌎

With love,

Dr. Kevin

March 20, 2021

Spring is here!

Happy Spring!

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In relation to traditional Chinese medicine, Spring is the time of year to nourish the liver. One way to do this is to incorporate more green and sour foods to your diet!

Be well,

Dr. Kevin

February 12, 2021

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year! It’s the year of the Ox. Eat an orange today for good luck and prosperity!🍊

Be well,

Dr. Kevin

December 21, 2020

Winter Solstice

  • Shortest day of the year
  • Winter represents the water element, kidneys, & yin aspect of Chinese medicine
  • Take time to slow life down and self-reflect
  • Meditate and do light exercise such as waking, tai chi, or qi gong
  • Sleep a little more
  • Eat foods to warm and nourish the kidneys like black beans, kidney beans, dark leafy greens, bone broth, soups, chestnuts and walnuts

Yours in health,

Dr. Kevin

November 27, 2020

HSA & FSA accounts

Just a friendly reminder to those of you with a health savings account (HSA) or flexible spending account (FSA). HSA funds generally rollover to the next calendar year, but FSA funds usually don’t, which means those funds will be lost if you don’t use them by the end of the year. Both accounts can be used toward acupuncture care.

Yours in health,

Dr. Kevin

October 24, 2020

Acupuncture Medicine Day 2020

Happy acupuncture medicine day!

Acupuncture Medicine Day is observed annually on October 24 since its initial commemoration on October 24, 2002. It is part of an effort designed to increase public awareness of the progress, promise, and benefits of acupuncture medicine.


To learn more visit http://www.acupuncturemedicineday.org

Stay safe & be well!

Dr. Kevin Tangeros, DACM, L.Ac.

September 28, 2020

Easy to incorporate health tips for this fall season.

By: Dr. Kevin Tangeros, DACM, L.Ac.

Autumn is here! Colors are changing and the air is a little cooler. As with any season change, it’s important for us to adjust appropriately. To maintain good health and keep our immune system functioning at its best, we must also adapt with nature. That means eating the right foods, dressing accordingly to the outside temperature, and getting in tune with our emotions.

Below are a few tips and recommended foods to eat at this beautiful time of year!

•Add warming soups and stews to your meals. It’s getting cooler outside, so it’s important to incorporate warming foods in our diet to warm us up!

•Steam/cook your vegetables instead of eating them cold.

•Eat foods like sweet potatoes, squash, orange vegetables, garlic, ginger, onions, lemons, limes, bay leaves, apples, pears, turmeric, black pepper, dark leafy greens.

•Minimize cold/raw foods.

•Cut back on dairy and sugar products.

•Drink plenty of water. Room temperature and warm is best!

•Take a warm bath.

•Keep your body covered with appropriate clothing. The lungs at this time of year are susceptible to illness, so keep covered by wearing a scarf around your neck.

•Meditate or take some deep breaths throughout the day to get in touch with yourself. Autumn is related to the emotion of grief/sadness in Traditional Chinese medicine. Forgive and don’t hold on.

I hope you found this blog to be helpful. Til next time, friends!

April 18, 2020

New Online Store & Supplement Dispensary.

I’m super excited to announce that I now have an online store of health-related products that you can have shipped to your home or pick-up at the clinic.
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In addition to the online store, I am also offering a supplement dispensary where you can purchase high-quality vitamins and supplements at a discounted rate. These will be shipped directly to you.
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To check out the online store and supplement dispensary, simply go to lifehealingacu.com and click on the menu tab.
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Thank you and be well!

February 14, 2020

How helpful is Chinese medicine in fighting Coronavirus?

February 14, 2020

Click the link below for article.

https://www.activeherb.com/blog/how-helpful-is-chinese-medicine-in-fighting-coronavirus.html

By: Kevin Tangeros, L.Ac., MSOM

January 25, 2020

Chinese New Year 2020.

Happy Chinese New Year!

Today is the start of the lunar new year and a huge celebration for Chinese families. The Chinese zodiac is split into 12 blocks just as in the western world. The only difference is that each block has a time length of one year instead of one month. Rats are yang in nature, which in turn will bring us a lot of creative energy this year!

By: Kevin Tangeros, L.Ac., MSOM

June 25, 2019

Tips on staying healthy this summer.

Summer is officially here and with that brings many changes. When the seasons change, we as humans must adapt as well.

To maintain optimal health during this high energy season, here are some key tips on doing just that.

Stay hydrated

I cannot stress this enough. So many people are dehydrated it’s ridiculous. Some symptoms of dehydration include headaches, fatigue, muscular pain, and constipation. Want to know an easy fix? Water! In summer we tend to sweat more when it’s hot right? That means we are losing more water than we normally would. Shoot for drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water every day. That means if you weigh 150lbs, you should be getting 75oz of water!

Add more cooling foods to your diet

What are cooling foods, you say? When it’s hot outside we want to maintain that balance inside our body. Indigestion is more likely to occur during the summer months, so be sure to especially avoid greasy foods. Some good cooling (yin nourishing) foods to incorporate are:

  • watermelon
  • cucumbers
  • celery
  • plums
  • red apples
  • broccoli
  • white mushrooms
  • asparagus
  • bok choy
  • mint
  • dill
  • oranges
  • mung beans
  • fish

Get moving

We are all meant to move and most of us don’t do this enough. When we don’t move our bodies, pain and disease are MUCH more likely to occur. Summer is a great time to do this. Get outside and get moving. No excuses!

Soak up that sun

So many people are vitamin D deficient and there’s no better time to do this. Being deficient in this leads to a vast array of issues that you do not want including fatigue, depression, low immunity, hair loss, and musculoskeletal pain. Take in around 10-20 minutes of direct sunlight per day!

Laugh

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), summer is related to the emotion of joy. Laughter is good for the heart!

Ground yourself

Go outside. Take off your shoes and socks. Then walk or just stand in the grass. Truly absorb the energy from the earth. This feels amazing and your mind and body will thank you.

By: Kevin Tangeros, L.Ac., MSOM

March 21, 2019

Spring is here! Keys to staying healthy this season of growth.

Spring is finally upon us! It’s such a lovely time of year, especially all of the colors coming back into nature. Spring is a time of growth, not only for the Earth, but us humans as well. Remember, we are one with nature and to maintain optimal health, we must adapt appropriately.

Spring is associated with the liver organ in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The liver organ in TCM is responsible for making sure there is a smooth flow of qi and blood throughout the body as well as maintaining our emotions. Just as the energy of plants grows upward in spring, so does our liver qi.

So, what can we do to support our liver and stay healthy this season?

1.) Eat more green foods into your diet. Spinach, kale, parsley, mint, Swiss chard, leaf lettuce, and watercress.

2.) Add sour fruits to your diet such as lemons, limes, and grapefruit. This will also help in smoothing out your liver qi and burn away some fat that was built up in winter.

3.) Drink more water. Just as nature needs water for growth, so do we.

4.) Make time for yourself. Breathe in the fresh air, meditate, and/or go for a walk.

By: Kevin Tangeros, L.Ac., MSOM

February 5, 2019

Chinese New Year 2019

Today is China’s most celebrated holiday. For those of you who don’t know and/or wonder why the Chinese New Year is today, February 5th 2019, it’s because it follows the lunar calendar year and a month in the Chinese calendar year spans a single lunar cycle.

2019 is the year of the pig! Their big ears and chubby faces are signs of good fortune. The pig is associated with yin and the earth element.

A nice way to give yourself good fortune this year is to eat an orange for luck and an apple to provide yourself with safety.

Happy Chinese New Year!

By: Kevin Tangeros, L.Ac., MSOM

October 19, 2018
Chinese medicine health tips for the Autumn season

Autumn is here! Colors are changing and the air is a little cooler. As with any season change, it’s important for us to adjust appropriately. To maintain good health, we must also adapt with nature. That means eating the right foods, dressing accordingly to the outside temperature, and getting in tune with our emotions.

Below are a few tips and recommended foods to eat at this beautiful time of year!

•Add warming soups and stews to your meals. It’s getting cooler outside, so it’s important to incorporate warming foods in our diet to warm us up!

•Steam/cook your vegetables instead of eating them cold.

•Eat foods like sweet potatoes, squash, orange vegetables, garlic, onions, lemons, limes, bay leaves, apples, pears, turmeric, black pepper, dark leafy greens.

•Minimize cold/raw foods.

•Cut back on dairy and sugar products.

•Drink plenty of water. Room temperature and warm is best!

•Take a warm bath.

•Keep your body covered with appropriate clothing. The lungs at this time of year are susceptible to illness, so keep covered by wearing a scarf around your neck.

•Meditate or breathe to get in touch with yourself. Autumn is related to the emotion of grief/sadness in Traditional Chinese medicine. Forgive and don’t hold on.

I hope you found this blog to be helpful. Til next time!

September 29, 2018
Benefits of Gua Sha therapy

Have you ever heard of Gua Sha? It’s an ancient healing therapy that dates back thousands of years. If you haven’t heard of Gua Sha, you may have also heard of Graston technique or IASTM therapy. This is the same thing, just new terms used by physical therapists and chiropractors.

Gua Sha works by using a smooth-edged tool to scrape across the skin to break up any adhesions and stimulate blood flow to hat specific area. By doing this, it helps to relax muscles, improve range of motion, reduce pain, and promote healing. Gua Sha is commonly performed on the neck, upper back, chest, shoulders, and elbows. Although it is used mostly for musculoskeletal conditions, it is also used other ailments as well, such as bronchitis or a common cold.

A typical Gua Sha treatment will last around 5 minutes depending on the condition. The redness (sha) that appears after the treatment is simply stagnated (stuck) blood and lymph being brought to the surface of the body, so that new blood production can take place. It is very important to keep the area of the body covered after treatment and to also drink a lot of water. Most patients feel relaxed during a Gua Sha treatment.

August 17, 2018
What is cupping and how can it help me?

You’ve probably heard about cupping before or maybe even seen those strange circular marks on someone’s back. But did you know that this ancient therapy can have a positive profound effect on your body and make you feel better in many ways? 

Cupping therapy or “myofascial decompression” is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that dates back thousands of years and is still used to this day for good reason. Cupping is commonly used by acupuncturists for a variety of reasons, such as back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, digestive issues, and fatigue. Specialized cups are placed on the body that create suction. This suction lifts the skin, moves lymphatic flow, relaxes tight muscles and fascia, as well as improving blood flow.

So what are the circular marks left on the body and how long will they stay there? The marks are just signs of old, stagnated blood being brought to the surface, so that new blood can be regenerated to that area and healing can occur. They are not painful and will go away within a week depending on how much water you drink. After a cupping treatment, many people experience relaxation, decrease in pain, improved range of motion, and a greater overall sense of well-being. Ask your acupuncturist if cupping might be suitable for you!

August 9, 2018
9 Natural ways to de-stress

With this fast-paced world we live in, life can sometimes be extremely stressful. Whether it’s stress due to work, school, financial reasons, or relationships, we must know how to manage it (even if it’s something we can’t necessarily control). When there is prolonged and chronic stress on our mind, it will most always turn into some sort of physical problem as well. Some physical effects of chronic stress include constipation, pain, headaches, unbalanced appetite, high blood pressure, chest pain, or insomnia. It can be normal to have some stress in our lives, but it’s how we manage it that really matters. Below are some natural ways you can release stress.

1.) Breathe- Take a couple of minutes periodically throughout the day to just close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. This will slow your heart and put your body in a more relaxed state.

2.) Get outside- Get outside by going for a walk and take in some fresh air. 

3.) Ground yourself- Take your shoes/socks off and walk in the grass or sand. It feels great.

4.) Exercise- Exercise release endorphins (feel-good chemicals). Research again and again has proved that exercise is a great way to lower stress and cortisol levels. 

5.) Eat healthy- Go to the grocery store and pick up some fresh fruits and vegetables. Also, drink plenty of water. Your mind and body will thank you.

6.) Get a massage- Massage is great for reducing any tension in the body.

7.) Drink tea- Have yourself a hot cup of chamomile tea 1-2 hours before you hit the hay. This will put you in a relaxed state and help you get good quality sleep.

8.) Talk it out- It’s not healthy to keep emotions bottled up. Talk to a friend, family member, therapist, or even yourself.

9.) Get acupuncture- This therapy provides balance to our body and puts the nervous system in a parasympathetic (rest and digest) state. It also addresses many other health concerns and keeps our mind and body functioning at an optimal level.

July 31, 2018
Health benefits of peaches

Yesterday, I received some Michigan-grown peaches from one of my patients (Thanks Megan!). They’re delicious!

This amazing fruit has many health benefits! From a TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) perspective, peaches (Tao Zi) are sweet in flavor and have a neutral temperature. It enters both the lung and large intestine meridians which makes them beneficial for promoting saliva, relieving thirst, moistening the intestines and alleviating constipation. The pit of the peach (Tao Ren) also has medicinal benefits. It has been used for painful menstruation, abdominal pain, flank pain, abscesses of the lungs and allergies. Peaches have also been known to be a big supporter of the heart. So, be sure to pick up a few peaches next time you’re at the market!

July 16, 2018
How much water should you be drinking?

Every cell in our body needs water. Sooo, in short that means we need to be drinking a lot of water! You may hear different answers when this topic is brought up, but we should be drinking half of our body weight in ounces every day. So, if you weigh 150 pounds, then you should be drinking 75 ounces of water daily. This is a question I ask all of my patients and give them guidance on, because dehydration almost always contributes to any problem they may be experiencing. Issues like pain, fatigue, sore muscles, constipation, and headaches can all be due to a lack of water!

Water is life. Drink up!

July 10, 2018
Nutrition in the summer

In order to stay healthy year round, eating with the seasons is extremely important in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Life is all about balance and that goes for our diets as well. Generally speaking, when the weather is cold our bodies need warming foods like ginger, steamed vegetables and a variety of soups. Then in the summer time, we need cooling foods like watermelon, cucumbers, and salads.
Below are some tips and foods to make sure you are giving your mind and body what they need to be functioning at an optimal level.
•Stay hydrated with plenty of water throughout the day.
•Remain calm and not tempered. Anger and excessive emotions trigger a flare up of heat!
•Get plenty of sleep and even a power nap mid day can be very beneficial to our energy
•Fish
•Watermelon
•Cucumber
•Celery
•Strawberries
•Lemons
•Lettuce
•Asparagus
•Tomatoes
•Broccoli
•Mint
•Dill
•Cilantro
•Spinach
•Mushrooms

June 28, 2018
Are acupuncture needles re-used?

This is another common question I get asked and the simple answer is absolutely not! All acupuncture needles today are pre-packaged, sterile, single-use and disposable. No needles are ever used more than once. There is too much risk of infection if they were used from one patient to the next. Long ago, practitioners did use needles more than once and even thousands of years ago before stainless steel needles, they used sharpened stones and bones!

June 21, 2018
What does acupuncture feel like?

This is a question that I get asked quite frequently. When I first tell people that I am an acupuncturist, most become very curious. And I LOVE that! This is my time to educate them on the benefits of this fantastic medicine that is so underutilized. Most people have never had acupuncture and aren’t even sure what it is or what it is used for.

So, what does acupuncture feel like? Acupuncture is a very relaxing experience. I always tell people that initially they will feel a little prick, but after the needle is in they won’t even know it’s there anymore. Some might not feel anything, while others might feel a dull pressure at the acupuncture point or experience a moving/traveling sensation throughout their body. Many people even fall asleep during a treatment! I always confirm with the patient to make sure nothing is uncomfortable for them, and if something is, then I will adjust it appropriately. Acupuncture is a time for our bodies to relax and heal.

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