Does Your Liver Need A Spring Tune-Up?

Does Your Liver Need A Spring Tune-Up?

By Dr. Mary Mees, Central Coast Light Therapy


In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each season is ruled by a particular organ system and spring is connected to the liver. What does this mean? Well, you probably notice changes in the way you feel, both physically and mentally, as the seasons change. I know I tend to feel a bit more contemplative and introspective during the winter months. Once spring hits, I’m ready to recharge and get things done. The liver energy is strong and assertive, the type of energy you need to create plans and then propel them into motion. However, if your liver is a little out of balance, you might notice you are more irritable or on edge than usual. Here are a few signs that your liver is in need of an acupuncture tune-up:

1. You’ve noticed an increase in headaches lately, and these headaches seem to feel worse when you aren’t active. Generally these headaches tend to manifest at the vertex of your head.

2. You might begin to feel constipated or bloated. Your bowel movements might become irregular, alternating between constipation and loose stools. Hard, difficult stools that appear pebbly are also a sign of liver imbalance.

3. Your friends or coworkers are scared of you, because you are cranky, cranky, cranky. When liver energy is out of balance you might feel agitated, irritated and generally out of sorts. Sometimes irritation can expand into outright anger more easily than it would if this energy was flowing smoothly.

4. Ladies, you may notice your PMS symptoms have been worse lately. Bloating, breast tenderness, sensitivity…you can blame all of the above on your liver. If your periods are more painful or clotted, this is also due to a stagnation of liver energy.

5. Your eyes are red, itchy or irritated.

6. Your shoulders, neck or jaw are uncomfortably tight. If the liver energy is out of balance, it can flow upward. This causes everything in your body to rise up: you might grind or clench your teeth, your shoulders will levitate up around your ears, and you might experience symptoms of TMJ.

7. Your allergies are in full force, complete with itchy, red, watery eyes.

If you are suffering from any of these issues, your body is crying out for a visit to your acupuncturist!

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25 Benefits Of Red Light Therapy For You And Your Fami

The Benefits of Red Light Therapy Overall

  • 100% natural
  • drug free
  • chemical free
  • non-invasive (no needles or knives)
  • non-ablative (does not damage the skin)
  • painless (does not itch, burn or sting)
  • requires zero downtime
  • safe for all skin types
  • safe for all ages
  • no adverse short or long term side effects
  • FDA approved

The Benefits for Your Skin

Use these benefits for your:

The Benefits for Wounds, Injuries & Pain

Use red light therapy benefits for your:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Breaks
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Foot Pain (Plantar fasciitis)
  • Knee Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Non Healing Wounds
  • Post Surgical Procedures
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sprains
  • Surgical Wounds
  • Torn Ligaments, etc.
  • Tendonitis

What’s Not to Love About LED Red Light Therapy?

Most people desire some contouring of their bodies, but many are afraid of liposuction surgery or can’t afford it. This leaves the individual with the option of a non-invasive procedure, but results supported by clinical or scientific data is imperative. The 635nm technology is backed by multiple, independent clinical studies, proving the specific wavelength does have the stated effect on subcutaneous adipose tissue. The studies, one published in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Vol. 110, No. 3, September 2002, involved adipose tissue samples from 12 patients, indicating that 99% of the triglycerides from within the cells were released after approximately 6 minutes of exposure to the light. Another study, published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, 45:1-7 (2013) involved 86 patients who experienced, on average, a 2.99 inch decrease in circumference of the treated area. Another study that was published in the same journal, 44:211-217 (2012) involved 689 patients that experienced an average circumferential reduction of 3.27 inches of the waist, hips and thighs, with a total reduction of all treated areas of 5.17 inches. Based on this information, and other data, the 635nm wavelength has consistently shown it has an effect on subcutaneous adipose tissue, and can cause a reaction resulting in a reduction in the circumference of the treated area. An important fact to point out is the device used in some of this research involved a light generator that was not in contact with the skin and produced approximately .08 mW of light energy. 

The Contour Light delivers 635nm light at 12,800 mW per pad, and there are 4 pads, providing a total light energy of 51,200 mW of energy per session. In a published article titled: A Study on Skin Optics, Aravind Krishnaswamy and Gladimir V. G. Baranoski, Natural Phenomena Simulation Group, School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo, Canada, Technical Report CS-2004-01, January, 2004, proves that mid-600nm light is reflected by the dermis and subcutaneous adipose tissue at a very high rate, indicating the amount of the light that was reaching the adipose tissue of the patients in these studies was limited. Yet, the results of these studies were undeniable.