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A Basic Guide to Cupping Therapy

October 30, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center
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Perhaps you’ve only recently heard the term “cupping". Or maybe you heard of the ancient alternative healing practice long ago, but never tried it yourself.

If you’re curious about cupping and want to know if it’s something worth trying to alleviate your aches and pains, here’s your basic guide to cupping therapy.

Ancient roots

Cupping therapy has been used for thousands of years. The first reported cupping practices were said to have been in Egypt in around 1500 BC. It forms part of ancient healing practices, and its development is commonly attributed to China, where it is still in common practise to this day.

So cupping isn’t anything new. However, recent interest in cupping therapy can be attributed to the exportation of the practice to the Western via migration and increased interest in alternative therapies.

What is cupping?

Because of its name, there are no prizes for guessing what practitioners use on your body: that's right, cups! Cups made of glass, clay, or bamboo were traditionally used for cupping therapy. These cups are placed on the patient’s skin, and a vacuum inside draws blood to the surface.

The vacuum then causes the skin to rise, drawing blood and tissue to the surface. The effect of this is likened to a kind of deep tissue massage. The cups are usually kept in place for about three minutes, or moved around with the use of therapeutic oils.

What does cupping do?

Since the suction mimics tissue manipulation and increases the blood flow to the area, the muscles are essentially being pulled upward. This helps get rid of muscle tension and treats muscle scarring.

In Eastern medicine, cupping is considered essential in the realignment of qi, or the flow of energy. Using the principle of the body’s different meridian channels, cupping therapists aim to unclog or open up these channels to get rid of specific ailments or attain health benefits, including:

• Back and neck pain

• Hastening recovery from illness

• Helping reduce stress and tension

• Increasing energy levels

• Improving digestive function

• Realigning the body’s natural energy

In Western therapies, cupping is usually used to treat back, neck, and shoulder pain. It is also often used together with acupuncture. Cupping is done to alleviate pain, relax the muscles and activate healing in the damaged tissues.

Is cupping effective?

There are not enough scientific studies and documentation that prove or show the efficacy of cupping. However, fans of cupping swear by its effectiveness and have made it a part of their health routine.

But whether or not you believe that a cupping session can influence your qi or not, it is a relaxing experience for most people. The massaging effects of cupping therapy are undisputed, and its ability to increase blood flow to problem areas is proven. For the most part, people who practice complementary therapies find cupping beneficial for reducing pain. It also gives them a peaceful break from the pressure of day-to-day life.

Where to experience cupping therapy

Most acupuncturists also offer cupping treatments as these two therapies are complementary. Some physiotherapists and massage therapists also offer cupping treatments.

If you’re curious, or simply want to try cupping or other forms of alternative therapy, all you need to do is get in touch with us at the Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center.

Easy ways to improve your spiritual health
October 16, 2019 at 4:00 AM
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When you want to enhance your overall sense of wellness, tending to your spiritual health should become a priority. At Angela Kung Acupuncture and Wellness Center, we use a range of tools to help our clients explore their spiritual awakening. From reiki through to lifestyle advice, we're here to help you explore the easiest ways to improve your spiritual health.

Examine your environment

When your environment isn't well managed, making your way through your spiritual awakening is tough. We always recommend that our clients declutter. Many of us live in a world where we have too many things, and with those things come responsibilities. When you free yourself from your junk, you free yourself in general.

In addition to decluttering, we recommend that you examine how you treat your environment. Are there ways you could reduce your pollution? Could you generate less trash? Dedicate an afternoon to looking at how you can create a cleaner and more nature-focused environment, then begin adjusting your lifestyle accordingly.

Start spending more time outdoors

At Angela Kung Acupuncture and Wellness Center, we believe that spending time outdoors balances your energy. Over the last couple of centuries, our outdoor to indoor time balance has shifted for the worse. We're now getting less fresh air and direct sunlight than ever. Additionally, we're rarely spending time around nature.

Try to schedule some outdoor time each day so that you can awaken your spirit in nature. While you're there, free yourself from distractions. Instead of being distracted, focus on how you can spend time appreciating all that's around you. When you begin showing gratitude for nature, your spiritual awakening becomes easier.

Use reiki for healing

Enjoying your spiritual awakening becomes much easier once you've healed your soul. Reiki assists your body's natural healing processes by redirecting your energy. In addition to healing your body, it can heal your mind and soul.

At Angela Kung Acupuncture and Wellness Center, we use reiki to help our clients heal themselves. Our skilled experts will identify blockages to positive energy throughout your body. They'll then redirect your energy so that you experience an overall sense of wellness. Once you're enjoying a greater sense of wellness, reiki will make your spiritual awakening smoother.

Explore different beliefs

Although it may sound a little corny, we believe that expanding your mind is the key to awakening your soul. If you're embarking on your spiritual awakening, exploring different beliefs is essential. It'll help you see the universe in a different and more positive light.

If you find new beliefs that match your mindset, look at ways you can incorporate them into your day to day life. When you begin applying new beliefs to your existence, you'll experience the universe in a way that you never knew was possible. 

Let go of your stresses

As wellness professionals, we know that letting go of your stresses isn't as easy as it sounds. However, with every small effort you make, you'll bring yourself closer to success. Begin by writing down a list of your current stressors, then see what you can do to address them.

At Angela Kung Acupuncture and Wellness Center, we offer therapies that can help you relax. From massages through to acupuncture, each one has a strong relationship with reducing stress. If you're looking for a bespoke package, come to us for one of our wellness assessments, and we'll create a plan that helps ease you into a happier spiritual state.

If you're interested in using reiki or any of our other services, we want to hear from you. To learn more, call 949 420 1338.

The Relationship Between Emotional and Physical Health
October 7, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center
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When you’re upset or frustrated about something very important to you, do you sometimes find yourself suffering from a headache? Or, when you’re irate or very angry, do you ever feel your temples throbbing? When you’re about to deliver a speech and you’re feeling anxious – do you experience what people call ‘butterflies in the stomach’?

If you have experienced these things, one time or another, they are among the simplest examples of how the state of our emotions affects our bodies. The same can work in reverse, too. You can experience this when you go for a relaxing massage – as the massage therapist starts kneading your muscles, you start to feel your troubles melt away and are overcome by a sense of wellbeing and calm.

The mind-body connection and health

Because of this undeniable connection between our emotional and physical aspects, it makes sense to keep both healthy so that neither one suffers. To take care of your emotional wellbeing, consider doing the following:

• Become self-aware and know your emotions and reactions to certain situations.

• Express your feelings in appropriate ways and never keep your emotions bottled up, especially negative feelings.

• Always think before you act; try to remain calm even when you are stressed.

• Learn to manage stress; master deep breathing and relaxation methods to cope better with stress.

• Strive for balance in all aspects of your life: work, play, family, and self-care.

• Exercise regularly, eat nutritious meals and get adequate sleep.

• Make and nurture friendships with people who know you for who you are.

• Find your purpose and seek out the meaning of life to you.

• Be optimistic, and learn to focus on the good things in your life.

• Volunteer, do good for others and see how it makes you feel good, too.

As part of your self-care program, practice the following:

Massage: Offers many benefits such as reducing muscle tension, improving circulation, stimulation of the lymphatic system, inducing relaxation, reduction of stress hormones, increase in joint mobility and flexibility, better skin tone, and faster recovery from soft tissue injuries.

Acupuncture: It is known to reduce stress, back pain, and neck tension. It may also relieve joint pain, headaches, and eye strain, strengthen the immune system, enhance mental clarity, and increase energy.

Eat healthy meals: Nourish yourself with nutritious food to keep your body and mind functioning as they should.

Exercise:Regular physical activity not only keeps you healthy but also improves your mood, tones the body, and strengthens the muscles.

Visit the salon: Get yourself a mani-pedi, or treat yourself to a professional hairstyle. Even little things like this will do wonders for your self-confidence.

Wear the clothes you like: Fashion has a way of boosting a person’s self-confidence. So, go ahead, wear that beautiful summer dress you’ve been keeping for a special occasion.

Travel: Meet new people, explore new places, and get to know other cultures – this is a great way to enrich your life and experiences.

Love yourself

Both emotional and physical health are important aspects of our overall health. People who are emotionally healthy cope well with life’s challenges and are in control of their feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. They have good, healthy relationships. Emotional health also profoundly affects physical health, so it makes sense to care for both.

Have you been feeling a little tense or stressed lately?

Drop by or call for an appointment at the Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center. We have a number of wellness services you may want to treat yourself to so you both feel and look better.

Acupuncture For Treating Anxiety and Depression
September 17, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center
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Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicinal practice, used to treat people with a wide variety of medical conditions for well over 2,000 years. Although some may doubt the power of the practice, acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization for its capability, versatility, and safety.

While acupuncture is typically known for its ability to treat neck pain, arthritic pain, muscle spasms, and other physical aches, the practice is also a proven method of treating several mental illnesses and disorders. This includes OCD, PTSD, Depression, and Anxiety, all of which can be treated at Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center in Mission Viejo, California.

How Does Acupuncture Help?

Acupuncture is harmless, painless, and precise. The thin, delicate needles used during acupuncture are placed in particular points on the body by a trained professional, correcting imbalances. Once we have more information about you, your health, and the imbalances you're feeling in your body, we'll decide exactly where we should perform the acupuncture to best restore your body's energy balance and homeostasis.

While acupuncture may be more popularly known for its ability to treat physical symptoms, acupuncture as a practice doesn't separate the mental from the physical. Undoubtedly, depression and anxiety have direct correlations to how you're able to function in your body day to day, including:

• Nightmares

• Insomnia

• Exhaustion

• Headaches

• Digestive Issues

In treating anxiety and depression with acupuncture, these physical ailments will be targeted as well. At Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center, we go beyond treating symptoms. We want to help you heal pain, address the core issues, and embrace a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle.

One of the best things about acupuncture is that it's completely natural and non-toxic for your body. The natural power of the practice, combined with Angela Kung's peaceful atmosphere and custom treatments, will have you feeling rejuvenated both physically and mentally.

Using Acupuncture Alongside Additional Treatment

Acupuncture, like any form of treatment, isn't a magical solution. Acupuncture is best used in conjecture with other efforts to address depression and anxiety, such as medication, counseling, or any other methods discussed by you and your doctor.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that anxiety disorders are the most common mental illnesses in the United States, with over 18% of the country suffering from it. We want to help people through their journies by easing symptoms and offering relief. Acupuncture is proven to help with the mental stressors that come with depression and anxiety disorders, including:

• Low Self Esteem

• Irritation

• Memory Issues

• Focus

• Procrastination

We also offer additional healing methods of our own at Angela Kung's. This includes massage therapy, reiki, emotional clearing, chakra balancing, spiritual counseling, and more! We can provide you with custom treatment plans that target you and all of your needs

Is Acupuncture Right For You?

If you're unsure if acupuncture is the right treatment method for you or a loved one, don't worry! We offer consultations completely free of charge. We want you to be able to ask any and all questions on your mind. Our founding philosophy is "Love is Medicine," and we want to bring that medicine to you.

We also have same-day appointments and happily welcome walk-ins! Please feel free to reach out to us for any additional information. You can email us at frontdesk@angelakungacupuncture.com, or call us at (949) 420-1338.

Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center is located in Mission Viejo, CA 92691 US, at 27405 Puerta Real, Ste 210, Second Floor. We hope to hear from you soon!

Love is in the air, the way it should be!
February 13, 2019 at 12:00 AM
by Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center
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Dear Patient Family,

First of all, happy Chinese New Year! It is the year of the pig. Here’s a fun read about being born in the year of the pig.

And second, happy early Valentine’s Day!

Since it is the month of love, I thought I would share the news that I was recently married last month to a wonderful man, Trent Miles. You may have been introduced to him at the Center as he has been hanging around and helping out quite a bit in the last six months, but if not, I’d be happy to introduce him to you at some point (or you can introduce yourself if you see him!)

It has been a wonderful and extremely fulfilling journey of finding my eternal companion.

It has been through spiritual guidance, putting in the work to remove the blocks, and getting help in these areas that helped me arrive to this point in my life. I’m so very grateful and wish nothing but the best for all of you in your lives.

Don’t stop dreaming the dream, but do put in the work to get there!

Yours Truly,

Angela Kung

CEO, L.Ac, Clinical Director

A Monthly Note From Angela
December 1, 2018 at 12:00 AM
by Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center
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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to my beloved community of patients and friends I like to call family! I wish you all a wonderful season of love, giving, and joy. The spirit of this holiday season is available for everyone to receive it, so long as we want to receive it. This is the same philosophy for healing. Healing is available to all, so long as we are ready and willing to have it. May all things arrive for you in divine timing, and may you be guided to know what you are prompted to know, see, hear, and do. I’m so grateful for every unique individual and their unique journeys of faith and healing. As always, my team and I are here to serve your needs as best we can. Peace and Joy To All!

Thank You!

Angela Kung

CEO, L.Ac, Clinical Director

Lower Your Stress Levels with Acupuncture and Improved Sleep Habits – A Guest Post
June 20, 2018 at 12:00 AM
by Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center
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If you’re like most of us, you feel the effects of stress on your daily life. You may be irritable, tired, cranky, unable to focus, and more. Many of us try to fight our stress, but we find that employing that tactic can add tension, rather than reducing it. When the tactic doesn’t fit your life, it’s hard to apply it.

Fortunately, it’s easy to learn some ways to deal with the stress in your life in a manner that fits into your everyday lifestyle. It’s important to do this so that you can reclaim your days and feel better in everything you do.

Acupuncture and Stress

Many people wonder if acupuncture actually does any good. A recent analysis of the available literature shows that it is effective in treating anxiety. Since stress and anxiety go hand-in-hand, this means that getting acupuncture can lower overall stress levels.

Another study shows that acupuncture and massage both may be able to lower anxiety levels, especially in women. When used together, patients experienced a 98.39% reduction in anxiety levels. While this study is small, it indicates that this treatment may be worthwhile, especially if you’ve tried a lot of different things to reduce your stress levels.

In a study focusing on elderly patients, acupuncture alone also reduced stress levels. While the researchers could not determine why the acupuncture worked, they confirmed that patients who received acupuncture were less stressed.

Sleep and Stress

Getting enough good-quality sleep is also essential if you’re going to reduce your stress levels. Sleep and stress can get into a negative cycle. People feel stressed, so they don’t sleep well, which results in them feeling more stress. Unless you intervene in this cycle, you can end up in quite a bad place.

Work on improving your sleep by implementing some good sleep habits. You might be surprised at how much you will sleep better when you have some of these in place.

  • Make sure your bed is comfortable. You need a mattress that feels comfortable, but you also need one that correctly supports your spine. You want to maintain neutral alignment, so you don’t end up twisting your back in one direction or another. If you are uncomfortable, it will be harder to fall asleep and stay asleep.
  • Go to bed at the same time every night. This consistency trains your body to get tired at the same time every evening. If you can’t sleep until late, go to bed 15 minutes earlier every 2-3 nights until you are falling asleep at a time that allows you to sleep at least seven hours.
  • Make sure your room is dark and quiet. Both noise and light can negatively impact your sleep. Minimize these distractions with curtains and white noise, and your rest is sure to improve.

You don’t have to live in a stressed-out haze. Sure, it takes some time and energy to implement new techniques and habits, but that will more than pay off when you are less stressed and, instead, living your best life.

Codependency
August 19, 2018 at 7:00 AM
by Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center
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If you suffer from codependency issues, then you’re you’re probably inclined to jump head first into a ditch if someone were stuck down there and needed you… and you’d probably do so without giving it much thought. If this is you, then you probably feel drained by other people’s energies, especially because they usually “need” you or at least have no problem vomiting their toxic energy, complaints, and negative comments onto you. This makes you feel heavy, like you have to carry their luggage. And you most likely believe that you are a good, caring, and nice person, especially because your empathic nature can feel their pain and emotions. You take on the weight of their issues. In fact, you would feel terribly guilty if you didn’t! Well, have I got news for you…

Other people are not your biggest problem. Your biggest problem is YOU!  Whether it’s insecurity or low self-worth, there is usually an underlying reason for you behaving this way. And it may just be because you are a solidly and genuinely nice person, but there is something you should know. You taking on other’s emotions and problems all the time is not only hurting you, but them! Yes, you heard right, you are hurting the people that you think you are helping all this time. Why?  Because there is something called enabling.  When we enable others to complain to us all the time, take advantage of us, or use us to dump their “luggage” on us, we give them permission to continue to do so. This means that they stay “stuck” and never change for the better. Or at least we never provide them an opportunity to change for the better. Now the question is, are you ready to make codependency something of the past?

If you were raised with parents or siblings that dumped on you, then it’s probably out of familiarity that you continue to do this later in life with others. Whatever the reason, you can change the way you perceive things and behave, thereby changing the experiences and relationships that you have. You will draw healthier relationships towards you. Here are some steps you can take to make this change:

1) Stop feeling guilty

2) Establish stronger boundaries

3) Take steps toward better self-love

4) Get closer to God, or your Higher Power

5) Love more unconditionally, as God or your Higher Power loves you (He doesn’t try and change you, fix you, and save you from every fall, but rather loves you and helps you when you begin to make the changes first).

6) Clear emotions, traumas, generational baggage, and lower vibrations of negative old belief systems.  (You can make an appointment to do this work with us!)

7) Receive help and support from those who have healthy boundaries, or a counselor that you can talk to that will keep you accountable to change.

Codependency is just another form of imbalance, and like all energetic imbalances, you can receive acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and rely on our caring staff to support you through your journey!

All Water Is Not Created Equal
March 19, 2018 at 7:00 AM
by Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center
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What if I told you that you could get the best tasting and healthiest water for a lot cheaper than what you’re drinking now?  Most people want to know more!

Nikken, a wonderful Japanese company that has been the leading company selling magnets and products for a Wellness Home, have an amazing water system called the PiMag Waterfall.  It simply can’t be beat.  And for someone like me who has a Kangen water machine and thought I was getting the best (alkaline) water with this several thousand-dollar machine, I was skeptical that there could be anything better.  Then I started to learn about this inexpensive PiMag Waterfall, and here’s what it boasts:

1)      Alkaline water between 8.5-9.5 pH

2)      Re-mineralized water with rocks that come from a mile deep in the ocean

3)      Magnetic water that structures the water in hexagonal H20 links that are highly absorbable

4)      Exceptionally clean

5)      Unbelievably hydrating

6)      Pets will drink it first if given a choice

7)      High in antioxidants

8)      Can reverse diseases and help you increase energy, and sleep better

9)      Anti-aging

10)   Less than 20 cents per gallon

11)   Portable – can be taken to dinner parties, etc.

12)   Fits nicely on any counter space

13)   Beautiful design with no fuss of outlets or connections

14)   Never need to buy and lug water home from the store again

15)   Environmentally friendly – no more using or wasting plastic

16)   Easy Setup

Imagine if this sweet potato on the right can look this good after 5 weeks compared to other waters, what can it do to the inside of your body?  Or that of your family?  Or pets?  Or even to cook with and wash your veggies with?

Some great testimonials include – A patient with kidney failure, diabetes insipidus with constant thirst was less thirsty and feeling more hydrated.  Someone cut their apples and washed them in this water and they didn’t turn brown, even at the end of the day (antioxidant power)!  And many more…

To order your PiMag Waterfall, go to www.nikken.com/angelakung

Purium
February 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM
by Angela Kung Acupuncture & Wellness Center
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So many people are feeling the wonderful effects of Purium because your mind, body, and spirit truly thrive when fed TRUE nutrition!  After the 10-day group transformation cleanse that some of us did this month, I learned something from someone in the group that I would love to share. He said that he enjoyed mixing his Apothe-Cherry at night with the Caramel Apple Fiber Blend.  I have since tried it and loved it.  You may want to give it whirl!

Also, I want to reiterate a fact that this wonderful product – Caramel Apple Fiber Blend – was used in a research study with the Apple Berry Power Shake, and the findings concluded that over the course of 90 days taking one scoop per day of each has the potential to raise your adiponectin up to 40%.  Adiponectin is a protein hormone that helps your body metabolize fat, and leaner people have 30-40% more of this than their overweight counterparts.  I don’t know about you but I want more adiponectin, please!

Many of the chronic diseases today are due to our diets and increased sugar intake, along with the pesticides, hormones, and other garbage put into our foods.  Chronic diseases are responsible for 7 of 10 deaths each year, according to the CDC. The odds of dying from heart disease rose in tandem with the percentage of sugar in the diet, according to a Harvard Medical School Publication.

Thank you for those who are spreading the wealth of health and sharing the Purium products with coworkers, friends, and family.  The way our food is being made these days is truly an epidemic, leading to so many diseases such as diabetes, cancer, strokes, etc.  Purium is a sure-fire way of knowing that we are doing the right thing for our bodies.  We deserve to live healthy, energetic lives – free of disease.

To Your Health,

Angela Kung, L.Ac, CEO

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