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Acupuncture in Beverly Hills

Is Your Ear A Portal To Pain Relief?

Many ask: “Why are you treating my ear for pain that is in my back?” If you are a patient you already understand. This is Auriculotherapy.

Side effects of standard pain medications can limit their use. Therefore, non-pharmacologic pain relief techniques such as auriculotherapy play an important role in pain management.

Acupuncture has been shown to be effective for pain relief due to a variety of causes including low back pain, osteoarthritis, and headache.

Auriculotherapy is an adjunct to traditional acupuncture and over the last 60 years has developed into a distinct treatment system of its own.

It is based on a set of anatomical maps superimposed onto the ear. Stimulating a point on the map has an effect on the anatomical organ associated with that point.

For the ear, auricular points may be stimulated with probes, electrical current or laser; all of which may be considered forms of auriculotherapy.

Early studies of auriculotherapy have demonstrated beneficial effects on both pain and anxiety including pain associated with cancer, knee arthroscopy, hip fracture, and hip replacement.

Several recent studies have suggested that auricular acupuncture alone can relieve pain and anxiety associated with hip fracture and reduce acute pain due to a variety of causes in the emergency department setting

On the ear there are more than one hundred meridian points, which relate to various organ systems and parts of the body.

During fetal development the first structure to form is the brain and spinal cord. At nine days of development a projection from the mesoderm will develop a small nob, which will ultimately become the external ear.

All parts of the body both internal and external will have a specific reflex point to the external ear. Targeted stimulation of one or more points of these points result in a remarkable healing response.

The Ancient Asians as well as contemporary European and American practitioners view the ear as resembling an upside down fetus will all the body parts proportionality arranged in and on the ear.

Therefore, the lobe of the ear would relate to the head, brainstem, face, etc. Where as the top of the ear relates to the knee, foot, ankle and more.

The entire spine may be treated throughout the ear using all the reflex points discussed.

The success rate in Ear Acutherapy is stellar. In our clinic we have been using ear treatments for over 25 years with patients.

 

Sources:

  • Brinkhaus B. Witt CM. Jena S, et al. Acupuncture in patients with chronic low back pain: A randomized controlled trial. Arch Intern Med. 2006;166:450–457. [PubMed]
  • Haake M. Muller HH. Schade-Brittinger C, et al. German Acupuncture Trials (GERAC) for chronic low back pain: Randomized, multicenter, blinded, parallel-group trial with 3 groups. Arch Intern Med. 2007;167:1892–1898. [PubMed]
  • Manheimer E. Linde K. Lao L, et al. Meta-analysis: Acupuncture for osteoarthritis of the knee. Ann Intern Med. 2007;146:868–877. [PubMed]
  • Linde K. Streng A. Jurgens S, et al. Acupuncture for patients with migraine: A randomized controlled trial. JAMA. 2005;293:2118–2125. [PubMed]
  • Alimi D. Rubino C. Pichard-Leandri E, et al. Analgesic effect of auricular acupuncture for cancer pain: A randomized, blinded, controlled trial. J Clin Oncol. 2003;21:4120–4126. [PubMed]
  • Usichenko TI. Kuchling S. Witstruck T, et al. Auricular acupuncture for pain relief after ambulatory knee surgery: A randomized trial. CMAJ. 2007;176:179–183. [PMC free article] [PubMed]
  • Usichenko TI. Dinse M. Hermsen M, et al. Auricular acupuncture for pain relief after total hip arthroplasty: A randomized controlled study. Pain. 2005;114:320–327. [PubMed]
  • Barker R. Kober A. Hoerauf K, et al. Out-of-hospital auricular acupressure in elder patients with hip fracture: A randomized double-blinded trial. Acad Emerg Med. 2006;13:19–23. [PubMed]
  • Goertz CM. Niemtzow R. Burns SM, et al. Auricular acupuncture in the treatment of acute pain syndromes: A pilot study. Mil Med. 2006;171:1010–1014. [PubMed]

 

 

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Multiple Sclerosis Information in 90211

Patient with Multiple Sclerosis Improves: A Case Study & Results

Multiple Sclerosis (Autoimmune Disorder)2.5 million people around the world suffer from Multiple Sclerosis & more than 400,000 of those people are in the United States.  Each week about 200 new cases are diagnosed in the US alone.

MS is a progressive & chronic disease involving damage to the sheaths of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, whose symptoms may include impairment of speech, muscular coordination, blurred vision, numbness, and severe fatigue.

Here is a recent study of a patient with multiple sclerosis that will interest you.


A Case Study & Results:

Clinical Features:

A 58-year-old female confined to a wheel chair presented for integrative care with a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. An anteriorposterior lower cervical x-ray displayed 16.2mm left head translation (ideal is 0mm). Paraspinal thermography revealed a significant asymmetry in the cervical region with moderate asymmetry at C1 and C5 and severe asymmetry at C2-C4. Spirometry revealed a peak expiratory lung flow volume of 200 L/min and a forced expiratory lung volume of 1.48 L. Grip strength assessment revealed a maximum left-hand grip strength of 2.8 lbs and a maximum right-hand grip strength of 3.0 lbs.

 

Intervention & Outcome:

The patient received integrative technique protocols. Follow-up examination revealed that the patient achieved a correction of left head translation of 17.0mm from 16.2mm to -0.8mm; an improvement in peak expiratory flow volume of 27 L/min from 200 L/min to 227 L/min; an improvement in forced expiratory lung volume of 0.18 L from 1.48 L to 1.66 L; an improvement in left-hand grip strength of 9.2 lbs from 2.8 lbs to 12 lbs and in right-hand grip strength of 5 lbs from 3.0 lbs to 8.0 lbs.
Improvements in Lung Function, Grip Strength and Dysautonomia

 

Conclusions:

Reducing the nerve interference in the spine improved posture with an improvement in respiratory function, dysautonomia, and grip strength.
Dr. Aristotle’s Comment:

The integration of Eastern and Western healing techniques is a powerful approach. When you also reduce nerve interference you allow your body to participate in the healing response.

This was one of the key elements in my own healing from total paralysis in a wheelchair to walking again. “The power that made the body, heals the body.”

 

Source: Curtis Fedorchuk, D.C., Douglas Lightstone, D.C., Dustin Vukovic, D.C.

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ August 18, 2016 ~ Pages 73-83

 

 

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Hashimoto’s Disease in Beverly Hills

Hashimoto’s. A Natural Approach

hashimoto'sHashimoto’s disease, also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, is a disorder in which an individual’s immune system attacks their thyroid, causing inflammation of the gland.  It effects women eight times more often than men. It can lower the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones needed for metabolism, growth and many other functions vital to the body.
Patients diagnosed with Hashimoto’s complain that they are extremely fatigued, suffer from a cold body, chronic joint pain or inflammation, numbness and tingling in the hands and feet.  Some present with allergies to food such as wheat or airborne allergens.

Common symptoms may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Cold sensitivity
  • Constipation
  • Paler or dry skin
  • Puffy face
  • Dry coarse voice
  • Weight gain (generally 10 to 20 pounds) as a result of fluid retention
  • Muscle pain or stiffness in joints
  • Menorrhagia (excessive bleeding during menstruation)
  • Slowed heart rate
  • Hair loss
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Depression

How Eastern Therapies Help?

Chinese Medicine treats the root cause of imbalances in your body.  During your visit, Dr. Aristotle will take an extensive health history and use Meridian Imaging to evaluate and analyze your meridians with a detailed examination.  The meridians coursing through your thyroid will be reviewed along with your nervous system and musculoskeletal system.

Eastern Medicine works so successfully because the doctor understands you are not merely your disease.  Unlike many other traditional protocols, which give all Hashimoto’s patients the same treatment, practitioners of Eastern medicine will design a unique program especially for you.

You will most likely receive treatments to address your particular symptoms to include your emotional imbalances as well as your physical ones.  According to Eastern medicine, when you treat the body, the emotions are treated at the same time.  In this way, any depression or other difficult emotions may be soothed from treatment.

How Many Treatments Do I Need?

Obviously the number of treatments varies with different conditions and individuals.  Chronic problems generally require more treatments than acute ones.  Some patients notice an immediate improvement after the first few treatments, whereas others many not notice any effect until 10 or 15 visits.  It’s been shown that a certain percentage of patients receive maximum benefit up to 3-6 months following a course of therapy.

Treatments for autoimmune disorders are generally ongoing.  Initially, you may go to your practitioner 2-3x per week for a few months.  Then you and your doctor will decide the best treatment plan for you.  Autoimmune disorders are chronic; therefore, Eastern medicine, nutrition or herbal therapies can be used to support your health and energy throughout your life especially in times of stress.  Contact the office for more information, 310.734.0951.

Tips

Those who take thyroid medication may experience a higher incidence of osteoporosis.  It’s important to take a calcium and magnesium professional grade supplements daily along with a blend of co-factors that aid the absorption of calcium such as boron, K2, and Vitamin D3, eat lots of leafy green veggies and include regular weight bearing exercise.

Of course the most effective way to determine the correct and targeted nutrition is to order a complete blood and urine profile called a Cardio Ion Blood Test.

 

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Pesticide Exposure & Lou Gehrig’s Disease in Beverly Hills

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosPesticide Lou Gehrig's Disease.is (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative disease affecting motor neurons and disabling voluntary control of muscles. 90-95 percent of cases have unknown etiology. Environmental exposures have been suspected to be a potential cause.

By comparing the environmental toxin exposure of 101 ALS patients to 110 comparable healthy control individuals, researchers from the University of Michigan demonstrated that people with persistent exposure to environmental pollutants such as organochlorine pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls, and brominated flame retardants are at 2-3 times greater odds of having ALS than those who are not exposed.

As animals can accumulate and concentrate these toxins in their bodies with contaminated food and water intake, meat and dairy products can serve as major sources of these toxins.

Dr. Aristotle’s Comment:
We’ve discussed environmental exposures and the crucial need for proper elimination of toxins from the body. The long term effects oPesticide Lou Gehrig's Diseasen our health and ability to heal from disease are now being noticed in the literature. Remember, before starting any detoxification program you need to strengthen the biochemistry of your body.

As you know I highly recommend the Cardio-Ion laboratory tests to help determine what strengths and weaknesses exist in the body. This way you can be proactive in your healing while staying on target with your nutrition.

Source: Su FC, Goutman SA, Chernyak S, et al. The Role of Environmental Toxins in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Risk. JAMA Neurol. 2016. DOI: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2016.0594.

 

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High Blood Pressure

 An Overlooked Reason That Contributes To High Blood Pressure & Hypertension.

You have probably seen the medical literature discuss the harmful effects of mercury on our blood vessels. In fact in 2008, it was the presence of heavy metals in my body that contributed to my paralysis and being confined to an electric wheelchair.

Health problems from the mercury can also include hypertension, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmias, reduced heart rate variability, increased carotid intima-media thickness and carotid artery obstruction, cerebrovascular accident, generalized atherosclerosis, and renal dysfunction.

The general effects on the blood vessels from mercury include increased oxidative stress and inflammation, reduced oxidative defense, thrombosis, dyslipidemia, and immune and mitochondrial dysfunction.

These effects can also result in high blood pressure and may be a clinical clue to mercury-induced heavy metal toxicity.

It is important to note that mercury reduces the protective effect of fish oil and omega-3 fatty acids, which have value in the management of reducing high blood pressure.

In our Beverly Hills clinic we evaluate mercury toxicity and other heavy metal levels to check if these may be a contributing factor of hypertension, coronary heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, cerebrovascular accident, or other vascular disease.

If you are suffering with hypertension it is of vital importance to order a heavy metal blood test. See image below… 

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If your test results show high heavy metals, you must locate a doctor trained in gentle detoxification otherwise you may experience too strong of a detoxification.

Dr. Aristotle will tailor a plan specific for you to help you rid your body of heavy metals in Beverly Hills. So contact us today to schedule your appointment!

 


References:

Houston MC, Role of mercury toxicity in hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke.J Clin Hypertens (Greenwich). 2011 Aug;13(8):621-7.

  1. Grisanti, hypertension and mercury toxicity. 2016 May Newsbrief

Holistic Care & Eastern Medicine in Beverly Hills

I’m At A Fork In The Road. What Should I Do?

Many patients suffering from a long term health problem walk the “no” results road but still have a sense of not giving up.

Eventually, some find that path and end up in our Beverly Hills Wellness Center office. Many call it luck, coincidence, or some sort of intuition that guided them in a particular direction. How intuition works is being studied and can be seen in a paper: Intuitive decision making as a gradual process: investigating semantic intuition‐based and priming‐based decisions with fMRI.” Link Here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4834943/

When it comes to our health we may arrive at a serious fork in the road. We are confused and can’t decide which intuitive message is the right one. We feel stuck and can’t move forward!

We may need help connecting with that inner process to make a decision.

In Asian medicine this is a weakness in the Fire element. Supporting this element with Fire Element homeopathy is an effective approach to help balance that mind body connection in these types of situations.

Dr. Aristotle Economou
Author of Change The Way You Heal 

8929 Wilshire Blvd Suite 302, 3rd Floor
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 765-3006

Natural Health in Beverly Hills

I “Pop” My Own Neck, Is This Ok? – “Self Adjusting”

Pop My Own NeckMany people turn or twist their own heads to “pop” or “click” their own necks; sometimes because it feels good, sometimes for the “sound” effect or just out of habit.

“Did you know there are now soft tissue techniques called Tui Na?  No twisting, no turning, “cracking” or “popping” of joints; instead, you receive gentle, specific corrections to your spine and structural system.  Most are done with you standing or sitting.

The need to click one’s own neck is potentially a sign of an underlying problem.  Often the feeling to “self-adjust” is due to too much stress on the joints in the spine.  As a result the joints eventually become restricted and uncomfortable.  If this “self treatment” continues, an irritated nerve with pain may result!

When you twist and “pop” your own neck you are mostly ‘clicking’ either the wrong joint above or below the restricted one that needs to move properly.  Remember there are new ways to adjust the spine…

Old Healing = Joint Popping

New Healing = Soft Tissue Tapping

 

Why A Professional?

The proper procedure is to adjust the right joint in the right way (see image below).  This relieves the restricted joint and frees up irritated nerves.  In fact, the new healing style of adjustments does not involve the popping or cracking sounds anymore.  The new technique is of a soft tissue approach which the patient feels only a comfortable tapping sensation.

Is There A Problem Popping My Own Neck?

The danger of doing it yourself is you’re not specific to the correct joint that needs to be adjusted with the right amount of pressure.  This is guessing and will cause damage either immediate or over time.

When a joint is restricted or not moving properly, the joints above and below work harder to compensate for the lack of movement in the stiff joint.  So these joints are moving too much already and when you self adjust you are forcing them to move even further (see below).

Pop My Own Neck

 

This can, over time, cause stretching of the ligaments that support the spine and lead to instability and future problems.

Take a look at the spinal chart below.  What part of your spine are you trying to adjust?  What body parts are you affecting through your spinal nerves?

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So What Should I Do If I Always Pop My Own Neck?

From what we’ve mentioned so far, you potentially have an underlying problem and are causing damage to the ligaments of your spine.  The first step is to take a look at your posture to prevent unnecessary stress on your neck and shoulders.

The next step is to assess the movement and function of the joints of your spine.  A doctor specializing in this area will recommend stretches, postural advice, and, if necessary, a course of targeted adjustments to restore the correct movement to your spine.

 

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Solve The Biggest Issue In Nutrition In Beverly Hills

How To Solve The Biggest Issue In Nutrition Once Per Year?

As I walk through the local health food store and pass by the nutrition aisle, I see a multitude of shoppers with a blank look as they stare at the hundreds of choices in a variety of colored bottles and health categories.

Shoppers are looking for the “super vitamin” to help with a health problem, increase energy, support a new lifestyle activity or simply want to look and feel better by slowing the aging process through a detox program.

On occasion, with a quizzical expression on their face, they will turn and ask me what I think would be the best vitamin, nutrient or detox program to help them on their quest. Unfortunately, without knowing their current biochemistry status it makes my recommendation just a difficult “guess.”

Our bodies are like assembly lines when it comes to removing toxins. If you try to do so without first identifying and strengthening the weakened parts, you can put your body into overload creating more problems

Wouldn’t it feel better knowing you are replacing the nutrients your body really needs based on evidence from a laboratory analysis?

 

The Solution To Eliminate The Guesswork of Nutrition.

What are 2 keys to a healthy lifestyle & accelerated healing?

  1. Targeted Nutrition
  2. Targeted Detoxification

If you are looking for a targeted approach to support your lifestyle, slow aging or accelerate healing then your first step is the annual blood and urine analysis called a Cardio-Ion Nutritional Test.

Many of you reading this currently experience the benefits of this once per year analysis.

 

How It Works?

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, your amazing body will have analyzed, synthesized, restructured, and used thousands of nutrient molecules. It will have split proteins, burned sugars, pumped minerals, exchanged gases, and transferred electrons.

Thousands of chemical reactions occur each second in your body, every second of your life. Just imagine the energy required to perform this biochemical magic that powers your human machine!

 

Where Does Your Body Get Energy?

Obviously, the foods you eat provide fuel for your body. The nutrients you consume each day are your body’s only source of raw materials. Each chemical reaction occurs in a step-wise sequence and depends on the daily availability of raw materials. A shortage of any nutrient can shut down the “assembly lines” that are your body’s biochemical pathways.

Your body adapts and can sometimes function for long periods of time even though particular biochemical “assembly lines” are shut down. Eventually, however, certain nagging symptoms can advance to become diseases that can destroy the quality of life or even life itself.

The proteins, fats, and carbs that you eat are fuel for your physical engine.

The vitamins and minerals are its spark plugs.

You need both high quality fuel and the ability to “ run on all cylinders” in order to achieve optimal health.

An automobile can run with missing spark plugs, but for how long and how well?

How fast and efficiently can it respond to an emergency demand for more power?

The stress of living in our fast-paced lifestyle demands that kind of emergency power for our bodies on a daily basis.

 

Nutrients Protect

Just as your car has additives and devices that protect the body, engine, and driver, nutrients serve to protect your heart, brain, and other critical organs.

Just as a car’s gauges warn the driver of potential problems, your body has certain chemical indicators that can alert you to potential problems.

Early warnings help you make diet and lifestyle changes that may both extend your life and enhance your quality of lifestyle.

Modern laboratory methods now let us measure essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids to see if your body has adequate reserves to meet the demands of your lifestyle and to support your tissue needs for healing.

We also look for the presence of specific “marker” chemicals that signal special needs or dangers.

 

No Two People Are Exactly Alike.

In addition to your unique outward appearance, the way your body functions inside depends on your individual genetic and environmental uniqueness.

You have special needs for dietary nutrients that maintain healthy tissues and gut the processes of disease, degeneration, and accelerated aging.

Some need certain nutrients many times higher than the “normal” dietary intake to allow for the restoration of health. If you don’t need them, however, using very high doses of nutrient supplements can cause other imbalances.

The Cardio ION Nutritional test can help guide treatment programs for many conditions and symptoms such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Weight Loss
  • Cardiovascular Support
  • Immune System Issues
  • Stressful Lifestyle Support
  • Joint Inflammation
  • Chemical Sensitivities
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Heavy Metal Toxicity
  • Targeted Nutrition
  • Chronic Pain
  • Detoxification Programs
  • Pre-Pregnancy
  • And others

Contact us for more information on ordering a blood analysis kit, click here.

For a sample test result, click here.

 

PS.  For those looking to schedule your next annual test, be sure to contact our office for updated laboratory draw sites.

Wellness Clinic in Beverly Hills

Welcome to Beverly Hills Functional Health & Wellness Center

Dr. Aristotle Economou began his wellness practice in Beverly Hills over 25 years ago. He is a Diplomate and Faculty Member of The International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, which more than 20,000 physicians and assistants have graduated from or taken specific postgraduate work in Euro/Asian acupuncture, author of the book Change The Way You Heal: 7 Steps to Highly Effective Healing & Doctor of Chiropractic. As a holistic doctor in Beverly Hills, Dr. Aristotle uses his immense knowledge of both eastern & western healing techniques to provide a comprehensive approach lingering health problems such as autoimmune issues, pain & fatigue.

9847817_lAt our wellness clinic in Beverly Hills we treat a wide range of chronic health problems by combining Euro-Asian treatments with modern Western protocols. Our treatment programs are designed to support your strengths and uncover your weaknesses to develop a plan to reach your full potential physically, energetically and emotionally. Everyone is unique; your body’s ability to heal depends upon many factors, including your medical history and  lifestyle stress. We believe no two patients nor their suffering are the same, whether you are dealing with an autoimmune issue, chronic pain or fatigue. At our wellness clinic in Beverly Hills, we will take the time to develop an individualized treatment plan that incorporates treatments that range from chiropractic and laser acutherapy to nutrition.

Dr. Aristotle Economou
8929 Wilshire Blvd #302
Beverly Hills, California 90211
(310) 765-3006