Monthly Archives: May 2018

Spring (And Pollen) Are In The Air

on May 31, 2018 by: Dr. Stacey Richards 0 Comments

Spring (and pollen) are in the air (and summer is on its way)


…which means it’s the perfect time to talk about allergies! Especially seasonal allergies.

An allergy is the damaging response an immune system has to an allergen such as dust or pollen. There are many different kinds of allergies. For the spring season, we’re going to focus on seasonal allergies and what you can do to combat them.


Seasonal allergies


…are specific to things that only pop up during certain times of the year. Spring, for example, is when the trees burst back into life with new leaves. As much as we all love a lovely spring breeze, every time it passes through the trees, it brings a fresh wave of new pollen just itching to irritate your seasonal allergies.


Another springtime allergy culprit


…is snow mold, especially in places where snow runs rampant in the winter. Snow mold is a sneaky little thing that hides under the snow for the majority of winter, only to become active and aggressive as soon as the soil beneath it gets moist as the snow melts away.

(Tip: some ways to try and prevent snow mold is to avoid mulching your lawn in the fall, raking up fallen leaves before snowfall, and keeping your grass cut shorter.)

People walking over the grass, breezes, and more can cause the snow mold spores to be released into the air and trigger seasonal allergy symptoms.


When summer hits


…you’re in for another round of completely different pollens floating through the air. This fresh flight of pollen is typically caused by grasses and weeds, making an escape from seasonal allergens nearly impossible.


People with seasonal allergies can expect to experience a variety of symptoms, including (but not limited to) the following:


  • Sneezing,
  • Itchy and/or watering eyes,
  • Itchy throat, sinus, and/or ears,
  • Runny/stuffy nose,
  • Ear congestion,
  • Postnasal drip.


Some people with seasonal allergies even experience things like wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Seasonal allergies can also trigger asthma attacks for people with asthma.


What can you do to lessen the symptoms of seasonal allergies?


One surefire method is to just avoid all the possible allergens – keep your windows and doors shut, avoid outdoor activities, etc. 


But where’s the spring and summer fun in that?


There’s also antihistamines – always a good idea (or necessity) for people with more severe allergies. Keeping a clean house – i.e. dusting and sweeping multiple times a week – will also help cut down on your allergy symptoms. 


But what about those times you’re outside, soaking up the sun or tending to your garden? Or those days on the beach, carefree and fun? When you’re at your child’s ball game, where all the running kids are kicking up pollen and other allergens with every move? When you’re camping in the mountains and surrounded by all kinds of allergens you can’t even see?


What do you do to curb your Seasonal Allergy symptoms then?


It’s time to give our Allergy Buster Injection a shot at relieving those pesky allergy symptoms!


The Allergy Buster Injection


…is administered via needle by Dr. Stacey Richards and is a saline substance that is chock full of nutrients and plant-based formulas. Everything in the Allergy Buster Injection is designed to help relieve and ease your Seasonal Allergy symptoms.


Smell the blooming flowers without sneezing; go for a morning jog without a wheeze in your lungs; and experience a summer where your biggest concern is when to have your next ice cold glass of lemonade.


Book in for your Allergy Buster Injection today!

Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture

on May 10, 2018 by: admin 0 Comments

Facial rejuvenation acupuncture

What is FRA?

FRA (also referred to as facial acupuncture, cosmetic acupuncture or acupuncture face lift) is an effective, non-surgical treatment to reduce the signs of aging and rebalancing your body. It is based on the principles of Chinese Medicine, which involves the insertion of hair thin disposable needles into the points on the face and body.

Why choose Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture?

When compared to traditional plastic surgery Cosmetic Acupuncture is less invasive and has minimal side effects. There is no down time, anaesthetic, disfigurement or permanent side effects.

  • It helps to eliminate fine lines and makes the deeper lines look softer
  • It can add also help to minimize:
    • dark circles
    • puffy eyes
    • double chin
    • sagging skin
    • drooping eyelids
  • Keeps acne skin under control

How does it work?

The superficial (shallow) insertion of needles will increase the circulation to the face which:

  • Improves muscle tone and dermal contraction
  • Increases collagen production and improves its dispersal
  • Moisturizes the skin from inside by increasing local circulation of blood and lymph to the face
  • Nourishes the skin, giving a healthy complexion with a natural glow by increasing peripheral circulation
  • Tightens pores and brightens the eyes

Who can benefit?

There are two groups of people who can benefit from acupuncture facelifts:

    • Those in their thirties (30’s) can use it as a preventative course of treatment to avoid the appearance of aging signs.
    • People in their forties (40’s), fifties (50’s), and older can use acupuncture to erase years of aging.
      Some people use it on an as needed basis just to help look their best for special events, and in those cases a person may receive only one treatment.

What does the research show?

A 1996 report in the International journal of Clinical Acupuncture reported that among 300 cases treated with Cosmetic Acupuncture, 90% had marked effects with one course of treatment. The effects include: improvement of elasticity of facial muscles, ruddier complexion and overall rejuvenation.

Where are the needles placed?

Sterilized and disposable hair-thin needles are inserted into the face as well as on distinct extremity points such as hands and legs.

How many sessions will I need?

The effects of cosmetic acupuncture are cumulative. Once you begin a session it is important to follow through with each session. The more consistent, the better the results.

An initial course of treatment recommended for all patients will be 10-12 sessions. Results are usually noticeable after the first couple of treatments.

Additional courses of treatment may be desirable depending on your skin and it’s condition. After the first course, an assessment is made to determine if another course is necessary or to move into a maintenance course. The frequency of maintenance of once every 4-6 weeks to prolong the results.

For someone using it as a preventative measure they can start with an initial course of 5 sessions and then continue with a maintenance of one session every 3-4 months.

Can I use FRA if I have had Botox® and/or surgical facelift?

Yes, cosmetic acupuncture will maintain the effectiveness of botox but has to be done 4 weeks away from your last botox treatment. Together they can work to reduce the amount of botox injections per year. Many people who have had complications from a traditional surgical facelift seek acupuncture treatments to ease and erase those damaging side effects.