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Male Fertility: Top 10 Things to Do Now!

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

Male infertility affects one in twenty men, contributing to half of all infertility issues.  The following is a summary of recommendations based on recent research and findings.  The general goal of these recommendations is to increase circulating levels of antioxidants and reduce free radical stress.  Infertile men have been found to have a higher concentration of free radicals in their semen as compared to fertile men.  High levels of free radicals within semen have been shown to cause damage to the sperm membrane and DNA.  Studies suggest that 30–80% of infertile men have oxidative stress-related infertility.

  1.  Seek medical advice early in the process to rule out infections, varicoceles, blocked ejaculatory ducts, thyroid disorders, celiac disease, or other known causes of male infertility
  1.  Avoid excessive heat especially near the scrotal area including waterbeds, heating pads/blankets, saunas, hot tubs, using laptop computers (on the lap), or wearing tight clothing (biking shorts, jock straps, etc…) that will result in a temperature increase
  1. Do Not Smoke.  Smoking and exposure to environmental pollutants are linked with excess free radical production, which in turn damages sperm DNA.  Smoking has also been shown to decrease sperm motility, sperm morphology, and cause erectile dysfunction.
  1. Do not use marijuana, steroids, performance enhancing drugs, or other recreational drugs.  Marijuana stays in the testes for up to two weeks meaning that habitual use can affect sperm function.
  1.  Limit caffeine and alcohol to moderate intake levels.  Excessive caffeine and alcohol intake is linked with poor fertility. The general consensus is that 300 mg or 2-3 5 oz. cups of coffee and no more than 2 glasses of alcohol per day for men are considered a moderate levels of intake.
  1. Maintain a healthy weight and check your BMI. Overweight men are 50% more likely to have fertility problems as well as having lower testosterone levels and lower sperm motility.
  1. Exercise regularly and moderately: 30-minutes, 5 times/week.  Consider increasing your activity level if you are inactive. Similarly, consider cutting back on your training regimen if you are training for a marathon, triathlon, or other long-distance sport.
  1. Improve your nutrition status by improving your diet in the following three categories. Fats: Reduce your saturated fat intake and increase your omega-3 fatty acid consumption.  Proteins:  Reduce animal protein sources, and increase vegetable protein sources.  Carbohydrates:  Decrease “white” foods such as bread, pasta, rice, bagels etc…, and increase your foods of color (red peppers, carrots, squash, kale, blueberries, grapes).
  1. Take a Multivitamin:  Antioxidants help reduce the effects of free radicals.  Eat antioxidant rich foods and take a multivitamin to help counter the effects of free radicals.
  1. According to a recent research study, a multivitamin containing the following ingredients had benefits for sperm counts all across the board. Check to see if your multivitamin contains the following ingredients/dosages and supplement accordingly:

Lycopene 6 mg

Vitamin E 400 IU

Vitamin C 100 mg

Zinc 25 mg

Selenium 26 μgm

Folate 0.5 mg

Garlic 1000 mg

Want to try acupuncture this year?  Schedule a complimentary consult to learn more about how acupuncture can benefit your health this year.  Email jlmolleur@ombecenter.com for more details.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.

The Benefits of Acupuncture in Pregnancy

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO…

It is a continuous joy to have former trying-to-conceive patients return for treatment for new and often challenging prenatal complaints.  Acupuncture has benefits for both those trying to conceive and for women during all three trimesters.  I’ve included a research summary here for those interested in the benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy:

ACUPUNCTURE BEFORE AND AFTER EMBRYO TRANSFER RESULTS IN HIGHER PREGNANCY RATES

Overview: The research, done at Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Centre in Colorado Springs, studied 114 women undergoing IVF.  Half of the women received acupuncture and the control group did not.

Outcome: The acupuncture group showed improved outcome in the following ways: 1. The acupuncture group had a 51% pregnancy rate compared to 36% in the control group  2. The acupuncture group had an 8% miscarriage rate compared to a 20% in control group. 3. Acupuncture also was found to reduce the risk of tubal pregnancy and increase the live birth rate. The live birth rate for each IVF cycle was 23% higher than the cycles for the control group.

MANUAL ACUPUNCTURE REDUCES HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM (SEVERE VOMITING & NAUSEA)

Overview: Hyperemesis gravidarum, severe vomiting, develops in about 1-2% of all pregnancies. Acupuncture on the point PC6 above the wrist on the palmar side has been found to prevent some types of nausea and vomiting. The purpose of the present study was to see if acupuncture, in addition to standard treatment, could hasten the improvement of hyperemesis gravidarum. Thirty-three women with hyperemesis were evaluated in a randomized, single-blind, crossover comparison of two methods of acupuncture, active (deep) PC6 acupuncture or placebo (superficial) acupuncture. The women estimated their degree of nausea on a visual analogue scale (VAS).

Outcome: The daily number of emesis episodes were documented. Crossover analyses showed that there was a significantly faster reduction of nausea VAS and more women who stopped vomiting after active acupuncture than after placebo acupuncture. This study suggests that active PC6 acupuncture, in combination with standard treatment, could make women with hyperemesis gravidarum better faster than placebo acupuncture.

 PELVIC PAIN RELIEF FOR PREGNANT WOMEN

Overview: A new study shows acupuncture and strengthening exercises may help relieve pelvic girdle pain experienced by pregnant women. The study authors explain this pain inhibits the ability to stand, walk and sit, but there is no cure. Researchers in Sweden set out to investigate whether acupuncture or strengthening exercises could help manage the pain. They divided 386 women into three groups. One received standard treatment, another received standard treatment plus acupuncture, and the third underwent standard treatment plus stabilizing exercise that improved mobility and strength. These women recorded their pain levels every morning and evening and were examined at the end of the treatment period.

Outcome: Both the acupuncture group and the stabilizing-exercise group had less pain than the standard treatment group in the morning and evening. The acupuncture group showed the greatest reduction of pelvic girdle pain. The study authors conclude acupuncture or these specific exercises prove beneficial for pelvic girdle pain.

 MOXIBUSTION TREATMENT OF BREECH PRESENTATION

Overview: Breech presentation was successfully corrected by stimulating acupuncture points with moxibustion or low-frequency electrical current. Only patients with breech pregnancies at the 28th week or later were entered into the study. With moxibustion treatment, the control group had a spontaneous correction rate of 165/224 (73.66%), and the treatment group had a correction rate of 123/133 (92.48%)

Outcome: It was confirmed that stimulation of acupuncture points used in Eastern medicine is very effective in correcting breech presentation. During the present studies, this therapeutic modality was also found to be effective in treating imminent premature birth.

 

ACUPUNCTURE FOR CERVICAL RIPENING AND INDUCTION OF LABOR AT TERM

Overview: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether acupuncture at term can influence cervical ripening, induce labor and thus reduce the need for postdates induction.

Outcome: Acupuncture at points LI4 and SP 6 supports cervical ripening at term and can shorten the time interval between the estimated date of confinement and the actual time of delivery.

INFLUENCE OF ACUPUNCTURE ON DURATION OF LABOR

Overview: The aim of this case control study was to evaluate the  influence of acupuncture (AP) on the duration of labor. Fifty-seven women with AP treatment (group A) were included in our study after spontaneous vaginal full-term delivery. The control group included 63 women (group B). Median duration of the first stage of labor was 196 min in group A and 321 min in group B (Wilcoxon 2-sample test, p < 0.0001). Median duration of the second stage of labor was 57 min in group A and 57 min in group B (Wilcoxon 2-sample test, p = 0.82). Thirty women had a premature rupture of the membranes (PROM), in group A 66.7% and in group B 33.3% (chi2 test, p = 0.02). Women without AP (group B) received significantly more often oxytocin during the first stage of labor compared with group A women (85 and 15%, respectively, chi2 test, p = 0.01) as well as during the second stage of labor (72 and 28%, respectively, chi2 test, p = 0.03).

 

Outcome: Our study suggests that acupuncture treatment is a recommendable form of childbirth preparation due to its positive effect on the duration of labor, namely by shortening the first stage of labor.

SOURCES:

  1. Highlights in Fertility and Sterility (Vol. 77, No. 4, April 2002)
  2. Manual acupuncture reduces hyperemesis gravidarum: a placebo-controlled, randomized, single-blind, crossover study.  Carlsson CP, et.al., J Pain Symptom Manage. 2000 Oct;20(4):273-9.
  3. Pelvic Pain Relief for Pregnant Women.” British Medical Journal (2005): n. pag. Web. 18 Jul 2011. <http://www.acubalance.ca/Pelvic_Pain_Relief_for_Pregnant_Women>.
  4. Moxibustion Treatment of Breech Presentation, Yoichi Kanakura, et.al, American Journal of Chinese Medicine, Wntr, 2001
  5. Rabl M, Ahner R, Bitschnau M, Zeisler H, Husslein P., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Vienna, Austria.
  6. Zeisler H, Tempfer C, Mayerhofer K, Barrada M, Husslein P., Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Vienna, AKH, Austria.

 

Want to try acupuncture this year?  Schedule a complimentary consult to learn more about how acupuncture can benefit your health this year.  Email jlmolleur@ombecenter.com for more details.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.

Endometriosis & The Environment

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO….

Many physicians and patients know that acupuncture is a great tool for women suffering from endometriosis including those trying to conceive.  Did you know that there is a link between endometriosis and the environment?  In addition to lifestyle modifications that I discuss with my patients about diet, nutritional supplementation, as well as other therapies, we also talk about chemicals that may have a role in endometriosis and other pelvic inflammatory conditions.  The following is a list of recommendations for chemicals to avoid:

These chemicals have been know to mimic estrogen, become stored in fat cells, and disrupt the endocrine system.  In the early 1970s, a group of rhesus monkeys were exposed to dioxins and PCBs.  Endometriosis developed in 79% of the those that were exposed and 33% of the monkeys not exposed. According to a 2003 report, more than 60 hormone-disrupting chemicals and 27 pesticides were found in samples taken from 120 homes in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts.

  • Dioxins: Found in non-organic beef, poultry, and dairy products.  Also found in bleach and chlorine products, bleached toilet paper, sanitary napkins, and tampons.
  • BPAs: Water bottles, baby bottles, canned food, and more.  BPA increases insulin resistance and mimics estrogen.
  • Xenoestrogens: Found in plastic bottles, wraps, and food storage containers.
  • Parabens: Found in perfumes, bath and body products, make-up, and anything listed with a “fragrance.”
  • PCBs: Pesticides, paints, fire retardants, and wood floor finishings.
  • PVCs: Found in plumbing fixtures, rain gear, shower curtains, vinyl flooring, and toys.
  • Pesticides & Fungicides: Choose non-chemical treatments whenever possible.
  • MSG/Aspartame: Found in the great majority of packaged foods, chewing gum, diet sodas and other diet beverages, “sugar-free” treats, some candies, and more.

Want to learn more about endometriosis and acupuncture this year?  Schedule a complimentary consult to learn more about how acupuncture can benefit your health this year.  Email jlmolleur@ombecenter.com for more details.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.

More Relaxing Rituals from OMBE

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO….

We began 2017 with a few relaxing rituals to help you start of the New Year.  Check out yesterday’s blog for more ideas to help you reduce your stress levels for the upcoming year.  Here are a few more to help you add a little more zen into your day:

 

 

7.GET OUTSIDE & PLAY

Have you ever heard kids complain about the cold weather? Take a lesson from children and get outside to play this winter. Equip yourself with the right clothing and pick up a winter sport-snowshoeing, skiing, or winter photography are just a few. You’ll be surprised at how energized you may feel after braving the cold! 

8.FORGIVE & LET GO

Forgiving and letting go may be difficult but it is even more draining and stressful to carry grudges. You can symbolically let go by writing a letter expressing how you feel and explaining why you need to move on. You don’t need to mail the letter but it may help in just expressing yourself. You can burn the paper or cast it away somewhere when you are really ready to say goodbye.

9.TEA FOR ONE

Take a vacation in your kitchen. Cultivate your tea sense and keep a personal kettle, tea cup and your favorite teas on hand. Sit quietly alone or share this old ritual with friends. Hot tea may just warm up your body this winter or your spirit!

10. GET IN TOUCH

No matter how stressful your day is, try to put things into perspective by reaching out to a friend or family member that may be struggling a bit more this season. The winter can be an especially lonely time and even depressing for people feeling isolated.   Give them a call or even better-invite them to dinner.

11.BE S.M.A.R.T.!

How many times have you made and broken resolutions for yourself? This year, look at goal-making in a different light. Write down a list of areas in your life-family, health, personal, work, financial, educational or spiritual. Set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-Bound.

 12. EXERCISE!

Need motivation? Ask for help or try something new. Stepping outside your comfort zone can be liberating and inspiring. It may be that single class, training session or spa treatment that helps you turn a page in achieving your best health.

Want to try acupuncture this year?  Schedule a complimentary consult here or email jlmolleur@ombecenter.com for more details.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.

Happy 2017 from OMBE! Relaxing Rituals for the New Year

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO….

Acupuncture is a powerful tool to help combat the affects of chronic stress.  We know via research that acupuncture sessions increase the body’s natural endorphins, boost the immune system, and have the potential to reduce both inflammation and cortisol levels.

However, we thought that we would begin 2017 with a little extra R&R in the form of some stress-reducing rituals that are easy to adapt regardless of your post-holiday status.  Here are a few to get you started:

1. ADOPT A MANTRA:

Positive thinking has a way of becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. The words you say can bring out your best. Make up your own personal slogan for the day or try one of the following.

“OM” OR

“I am doing my best and that’s good enough.” OR

“I will breathe and stay focused in the moment.”  OR

“I will travel through my day peacefully” OR

“I will treat myself and others with kindness and patience”

2. YOU HAVE MAIL

It is virtually impossible these days to not stay in touch but maybe you need a break. On a daily or weekly basis, turn off your phone, resist checking emails, text messages, tweets etc…and take a time out. If it’s important, they will leave a message.   Give yourself a media break as well-turn off the TV and stop reading the news.

3. BECOME A MASSAGE THERAPIST

Before bedtime, take a moment to acknowledge what hurts. It is easy to get caught up in the day and ignore our bodies so tune in and listen. You can ease some of your discomfort or just relax by massaging some of these tender spots. Try your eyes, scalp, face, feet or hands. This is also a great pick-me-up at the office or in the car.

4. JOURNAL

Spend 5-10 minutes each week or month adding to a journal. You can make this task as formal or informal as you want. Try writing for 5 minutes continuously without editing and you may be surprised at what your subconscious reveals. This can also be a great way to take time out to reflect on where you’ve been in the last few months and where you are going. If you are too caught up in day-to-day events, use this journal to make and set goals for yourself.

 5. BE AN EXPERT DRIVER

You are racing around to finish errands when someone cuts you off and slams on their horn! Don’t let rude drivers get to you this year! Lay off your horn unless there is a real emergency or danger on the road. Try to make eye contact, smile and wave hello at the offending driver. You will be surprised at how much better you feel and you may get a few smiles in return! If you’re in Boston, their surprised reaction might be worth a laugh.

6. MEDITATE

Find a quiet place where you can’t be disturbed. Meditating is simply the act of focusing your mind on one thing. Close your eyes and practice your breathing. Visualize bringing positive energy through the top of your head as you inhale and releasing negative energy through your feet as you exhale. Count to four for each inhale and exhale. When your mind wanders, tell the interrupting thoughts, “Later!”. Focus on a mantra or phrase, a color or image. If you have always wanted to meditate, but can’t seem to find the time, try practicing the first 5 minutes after climbing into bed.

Need a few more relaxing rituals to start your 2017?  Check out tomorrow’s blog.

Want to try acupuncture this year?  Schedule a complimentary consult here or email jlmolleur@ombecenter.com for more details.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.

Happy New Year from OMBE! Women’s Health Top 10 List for 2017

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO…

We are so grateful for many things in this past year including the health and well-being of our patients, family, friends, and colleagues.  Before we begin our 2017 Women’s Health Top 10 List, we want to thank both Boston Magazine and Expertise for acknowledging OMBE with awards in 2016. Both Boston Magazine and Expertise listed OMBE as one of the Best Acupuncture Centers in Boston.  Check out the full articles here:

Boston Magazine: Best Acupuncture Center

Expertise: Best Acupuncturists in Boston

In the meantime, we want to kick off the New Year with a Top 10 List for Women’s Health.  Many of my patients are trying to conceive or tackling related women’s health conditions such as endometriosis or PCOS that impact not only their fertility but their day-to-day life.  Here’s my list of nutrition and diet therapies that you can add to your resolution list this year if you also fall into one of the above categories.

  1. Reduce Overall Saturated Fat Intake: A diet high in saturated is known to stimulate estrogen overproduction.
  1. Increase Fiber Intake: The fiber contained in grains and vegetables reduces estrogen levels. Good sources of fiber include: most vegetables such as peas, whole grains such as barley, and beans such as lentils.
  1. Increase Foods of Color: Optimize your diet by including 5-7 servings of colored foods with a full color spectrum.  Include foods found to optimize liver function such as onions, garlic, leeks, and pineapple.  Include vegetables that modulate estrogen levels: asparagus, carrots, squash, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, broccoli, cabbage, turnips.
  1. Reduce Animal Protein Sources: Meat sources contain both natural and synthetic (if non-organic) hormones that can stimulate estrogen overproduction.  Limit red meat consumption to one to zero servings per week.
  1. Reduce Non-Organic Food Sources: Non-organic food sources contain synthetic pesticides, fungicides, hormones, and other chemicals that add to the daily load of your immune system.  Eliminate processed meats and cheeses.
  1. Reduce or Eliminate Sugar Sources: Fluctuating sugar levels in the bloodstream trigger an insulin response which in turn will change other hormone production.  Avoid refined carbohydrates such as white bread, muffins, pastries, pizza etc…
  1. Consider Common Food Allergens: Many foods including wheat, dairy, or soy can create a mild to severe allergic reaction in the body increasing the body’s overall inflammation levels.  Avoid these products or do an elimination diet to see how your body responds.
  1. Consider Reducing or Eliminating Alcohol: Alcohol can compromise the efficient functioning of the liver and make it less able to metabolize hormones.
  1.  Consider Reducing or Eliminating Caffeine: According to available research, high intake of caffeine is linked to infertility due to tubal problems or endometriosis but is not associated with ovulatory infertility.
  1. Include a Multi-Vitamin: Make sure that it includes the recommended dose for calcium, zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium, selenium, Vitamin A, C, E, and Vitamin B.  B vitamins are essential for an endometriosis diet because they play a role in lowering estrogen levels.
  1.  Include Sources of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Sources include cold-water fish and fish oils, olive oil, evening primrose oil, safflower oil, walnut oil, flaxseeds or oil, avocados, and other nuts/seeds.  Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce inflammation and regulate prostaglandin levels associated with endometriosis.

Want to try acupuncture this year?  Schedule a complimentary consult at our Boston office to learn what acupuncture is all about!  Email jlmolleur@ombecenter.com for more details.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO….

In addition to those health resolutions, most of us are thinking about ways to get moving in January to work off those last pieces of pumpkin pie. If an injury is keeping you from moving or doing what you love to do,  here is my top 10 list of reasons to try acupuncture for orthopedic conditions and injuries:

  1. Achilles tendonitis
  1. Ankle sprains
  1. Degenerative disc disease
  1. IT band syndrome
  1. Knee osteoarthritis
  1. Low back pain
  1. Piriformis syndrome
  1. Plantar fasciitis
  1. Rotator cuff injuries
  1. Shin Splints

 

Want to try acupuncture this year?  Schedule a complimentary consult to learn what it all about!  Email info@ombecenter.com for more details.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.

Top 10 Women’s Health Reasons to Try Acupuncture

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac.DNBAO….

This time of year, most of us have finished off the last carton of ice cream (ok three) and are starting to think about resolutions for next year to be healthier.  Here is my top 10 list of reasons to try acupuncture for women’s health:

  1. Ammenorhea
  1. Endometriosis
  1. Infertility
  1. Irregular Cycles
  1. Menopause & Hot Flashes
  1. Menstrual Cramps
  1. Morning Sickness
  1. Ovarian Cysts & PCOS
  1. Premenstrual Syndrome
  1. Uterine & Breast Fibroids

Want to try acupuncture this year?  Schedule a complimentary consult to learn what it all about!  Email info@ombecenter.com for more details.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.

 

Top 10 Green Gifts for 2016

 

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO….

Check out OMBE’s green holiday gift guide-10 eco-friendly gift ideas and great green websites that will help you find the best eco-finds for everyone on your list this season.

Our Top 10 List This Season:

  1. For the Hostess: Shop at www.vivaterra.com. We’ve mentioned this website before be we can’t get over their stylish, eco-friendly house ware selection. You’ll easily find the perfect house-warming gift and maybe a few other things for your own home.
  1. For the Foodie: Pick up a copy of Jesse Ziff Cool’s, Simply Organic, at www.amazon.com. She has compiled 150 recipes incorporating organic, local, and sustainable food into one cookbook. Chapters organized by season and profiles about the farmers and producers will inspire just about anyone to get into the kitchen
  1. For the Yogini: Check out Manduka’s PVC-free, biodegrable, and eco-friendly yoga mat. This is the Cadillac of yoga mats-guaranteed for life and out-performing all other mats.
  1. For the Guy: Check out www.toporanch.com for super-soft organic clothing. And yes, they have earth-friendly options for women and children too but we love their line of t-shirts and hoodies including the fly fisherman and guitar strap designs (just to name two).
  1. For the Local/Organic Obsessed: This is the perfect time of year to find a great CSA as most people normally sign-up in early spring. Visit www.localharvest.org to find a CSA in the right area and give the gift of community agriculture before they are full come summer!
  1. For your best Gal Pal: “Mirror, mirror on the wall….where can I find an organic, effective skin care line for acne, wrinkles, or problem skin?” Search no further than www.mvorganics.com a skin care line based in Berkeley, CA that combines the best of scientific research with botanical ingredients. This easy-to-use, 4-step line is now available at OMBE’s Eco Beauty Bar. Her skin will thank you and glow with holiday cheer. OK-Maybe this one is for your best gal pal and for you.
  1. For Mom & Baby: Check out Mom & Baby skincare lines and gift boxes from two of our favorites: Badger www.badgerbalm.com and Erbaviva www.erbaviva.com.  Both of these companies make organic, safe, and delicious products for new and expecting moms as well as newborns and the rest of us!
  1. For the Sweet Tooth: Calling all children and adults who love chocolate (a.k.a everyone)! For organic treats and stone-ground chocolate check out this local shop www.tazachocolate.com. You can also find Taza chocolate at Allandale Farms in Brookline.
  1. For Your Coworkers: This year at the office, skip the secret Santa and make a donation from your company to Mother Nature. There are so many deserving environmental charities out there and this is just one example. Visit www.conservationfund.org to learn about this top-rated environmental group.
  1. For everyone else’s stocking stuffer: LEAP’s organic, triple-milled organic soaps in Lavender, Eucalyptus, or Lemongrass-OH MY! This item is a favorite at OMBE’s Eco Beauty Bar. Aside from the amzing aromatherapy effect and earning several eco-certifications, these soaps come in award-winning packaging.  Available at OMBE. Visit www.leaporganics o learn more about their amazing products.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.

10 Ways to Make Your Holiday Green

From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO…

This season think green!  Here are 10 ways to get you started:

  1. Turkey Talk: So your guests didn’t go for that tofurkey idea last year. Try organic this year instead. Visit localharvest.org to have an organic turkey delivered to your home this year and check out many options to support community agriculture and get your trimmings too!
  1. Get Fancy: Skip the paper napkins. Purchase a set of cloth napkins this year-impress your guests and Mother Nature.
  1. Try Low Impact Decorations: Skimp on the paper decorations but go all out at rawganique.com where you can purchase absolutely stunning organic cotton and hemp tablecloths.
  1. Clean House: Try non-toxic cleaning solutions this year especially if you have guests with allergies, asthma, or children that will be crawling on your kitchen floor. We love Ecover, Seventh Generation, and Naturally Clean products available now at most grocery stores.  Better yet, don’t spend a dime and google “ways to clean your house with vinegar”.
  1. Buy Local & Organic: This time of year is perfect for those root vegetables plentiful at most local farmer’s markets. Don’t have time to browse the farmer’s market? Check your local grocery store for organic, BPA-free canned items like butternut squash and sweet potatoes.
  1. Drink Green: Try local brews or an organic wine distributor such as theorganicwinecompany.com.
  1. If You Buy Paper Plates…: Check out verterra.com for amazing, non-toxic, biodegradable, compostable, durable, and eco-chic place settings.
  1. Dish Duty: Leave it to the dishwasher! According to a recent study, if a dishwasher is Energy Star, you don’t use the heated dry option, you pack the dishwasher to full capacity (without using the rinse first option), and use eco-friendly soap, then dishwashing is more eco-friendly than the hand washing alternative. Pre-washing dishes can waste up to 20 gallons of water!
  1. Recycle: Have a family member create clearly marked recycling bins for paper, plastic, or compostable foods items before the guests arrive. You’ll save time and energy separating out your “trash” at the end of the evening if guests know where to place the above items.
  1. Just Give: Skip the time, energy, and waste and opt-out of the shopping.  Create a new holiday tradition this year by having the family choose a favorite non-profit or other organization to make a donation.  Get the kids involved and have them vote on their top choice from the adult list of possibilities.  At the end of the meal, plan in advance to donate the leftover food items to a local food shelter in need this year.

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO

Licensed Acupuncturist

Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac., DNBAO is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and massage therapist in Massachusetts and California. She holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. Her training also includes a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of California at Davis, CA. She is a National Diplomate of Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Acupuncture Orthopedics. This orthopedic specialty certification is held by fewer than 300 acupuncturists in the United States. Jessica founded OMBE to integrate the best of Eastern and Western medicine. The center’s green philosophy reflects her commitment to the environment.