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Share of the gift of health

with Joie Jacala, LAc

I set up private practice in March of this year, anxious with the stresses of starting a business yet excited to be able to bring my skills and expertise of East Asian medicine to my new community. To say the least, 2017 has been a whirlwind of ups and downs as I learn about You and how I may serve You, personally. The Pacific Northwest has been a welcoming community, yearning for options in natural health care that I am only happy to provide and educate on. Into the new year and beyond, I hope to continue to support your health with as much, if not more, passion and knowledge with each failure, success, and milestone of your health goals that we share as I learn more about You as my patient. Vitality is the best gift and I am here to help you give yourself that gift every moment of everyday. 

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For 2018, I am requesting your assistance in my efforts to continue to grow my private practice and expand the healing circle. I am thankful and overwhelmed by the kind energy and words you all share and speak regarding your experiences with me throughout the year. The best reciprocation for great service is a review! I'd love for you to share your thoughts and experiences with others of how ZENJOY and East Asian medicine have helped you.

Yours in health,
Joie Jacala, EAMP, LAc

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Acupuncture Treats Peripheral Neuropathy

with Joie Jacala, LAc


Peripheral neuropathy describes damage to the peripheral nervous system, which transmits information from the brain and spinal cord to every other part of the body. Peripheral means 'situated on the edge.' Neuropathy breaks down into two separate words, both of which originate from the Greek language. Neuro means 'relating to nerves or the nervous system,' and pathy means 'disease condition' or 'suffering.' Nerves serve as pathways of communication between the brain and the rest of the body. When something interrupts this process, signs of peripheral neuropathy may occur. 

Common signs of peripheral neuropathy include tingling, numbness, loss of sensation, muscle weakness and pain. For some people, it is experienced as the uncomfortable sensation of "pins and needles", or burning pain (especially at night) of their hands or feet. Others may suffer even more extreme symptoms such as muscle wasting, paralysis, or organ or gland dysfunction. 

In most cases, peripheral neuropathy is secondary to another condition. There are many factors that can bring about peripheral neuropathy including diabetes, malnutrition, drugs, viral and bacterial infections, alcoholism and poison exposure. Other causes of peripheral neuropathy include compression or entrapment (such as carpal tunnel syndrome), direct physical injury to a nerve, fractures or dislocated bones, penetrated injuries, and pressure involving superficial nerves that can result from prolonged use of crutches, staying in the same position too long, tumor, intraneural hemorrhage, exposure to cold, radiation or atherosclerosis.

With more than 100 types of peripheral neuropathies in existence, each with its own characteristic set of symptoms, pattern of development, and prognosis, the symptoms can vary as much as the cause. Nevertheless, peripheral neuropathy is a symptom for many different patterns of disharmony within the body and is a condition that can be managed with regular acupuncture and Oriental medicine treatments. 

Oriental medicine teaches that peripheral neuropathy is due to dampness moving to the limbs, where it obstructs the flow of Qi (energy) and blood within them. The treatment is twofold: to treat the underlying factor that is causing this dampness to accumulate, and to directly facilitate the circulation of Qi and blood in the affected area. By improving circulation, the nerve tissues of the affected area can be nourished to repair function and reduce pain. 

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine aims to treat each individual uniquely, depending on what caused the neuropathy and how it manifests. In addition to seeking acupuncture therapy, there are a few things you can practice at home: 

Adopt Healthy Habits
Healthy habits such as maintaining optimal weight, avoiding exposure to toxins, following a physician-supervised exercise program, eating a balanced diet, correcting vitamin deficiencies, and limiting or avoiding alcohol consumption can reduce the physical and emotional effects of peripheral neuropathy. 

Boost Circulation with Self-Care Massage
Massage can help boost circulation, which is generally poor and leaves these areas vulnerable to trauma. You can stimulate your feet, lower legs, hands and arms with gentle massage using light pressure. 

Relax to Reduce External Triggers
Consider relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, self-hypnosis or biofeedback. These can help you learn to control the external factors that trigger pain.

Soak for Pain Relief
A warm foot bath with the 30-Day Medicinal Tea Soak Therapy Program may also help relieve pain. If there is loss of sensation in the hands or feet, you should avoid extreme temperatures, as you may not feel the damaging effects.

Do you or someone you know suffer from peripheral neuropathy? Contact ZENJOY to find out what acupuncture and Oriental medicine can do for you!


Take control of your Health with Self-Care Medicinal Tea Soaks

with Joie Jacala, LAc

Gift yourself Health this Holiday season.
Save over $200 on a 30-Day Medicinal Tea Soak Treatment Program!

This limited time offer expires Nov. 30, 2017.

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You are not ultimately dependent on a practitioner; this is something you can do yourself at home. The more you know, the more you are able to do yourself, the more you are able to achieve self sufficient health without dependence on somebody else and this is really a beautiful state to be in.

Read more about the benefits and pharmacology of the ZENJOY Medicinal Tea Soaks.

Treating the Residual Effects of Head Injury

with Joie Jacala, LAc

You may not remember your head injury. You may not even think you had a traumatic head injury. Even a slight to mild concussion could leave you with long lasting residual effects if the injury is not addressed properly. All the neck pain, headaches, vision problems, and fatigue that you've been coping with and shrugging off-- Those may all be residual effects from a concussion and spinal compression. Take the time and care to fully rehabilitate your head and neck after injury. Acupuncture is effective in restoring the health of your brain and spinal cord, affecting the balance in systems between your brain and the rest of your body. 

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Treating the cervical spine for persistent post-concussion symptoms:

Case study of treating cervical spine and concussion with Acupuncture:

Case study of Acupuncture restoring function after severe TBI:

Choose Health, Beauty, and Balance

with Joie Jacala, LAc

"Momentum follows Action & Done is better than Perfect.
Momentum first...If you're results are stagnant, your ACTION is not going in the right direction right now. You have [less than] 2 months left in 2017 to gain momentum and set up 2018. 
Time to Level Up.

-- fellow LAc, the awesome Cherina Sparks

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