Heart Smile Mediation

Heart Smile Mediation Practice

meditiationThis a very useful technique that can be practiced at any time. It can be used to promote healing and it is especially useful whenever you find yourself in challenging situation. I find this technique helps me get through challenging situations with a smile instead of reacting in a negative way. Great for relieving stress and anxiety!

Find a quiet place to practice and begin the steps below:

1) Close your eyes and visualize a welcome face smiling down upon you.

2) Visualize the feelings of Joy and Love as a ray of light from the smiling face into your forehead.

3) The ray of Joy and Love descends from your head and infuses your chest area, especially the heart.

4) After the heart and chest are filled with the feelings of Joy and Love, let the feeling spread throughout the rest of your being.

5) Bask in the feelings of Joy and Love for as long as you can.

Once you become proficient at this technique, the general principle of bringing the feelings of joy and love to your heart can be used as way to navigate the stressful situations that otherwise cause you to react in a negative way. This technique can and should be used in conjunction with diaphragmatic breathing.

Using Acupuncture to Relieve Stress and Anxiety

Acupuncture for Stress and Anxiety

stressStress and anxiety are perfectly natural reactions to events that take place in our lives that we can’t control. Unfortunately, stress and anxiety beget stress and anxiety. It seems to be a vicious circle that, once in it, is hard to escape.

Stress and anxiety can become more than just a reaction to certain events or occurrences in our lives; they can become a chronic condition and start to affect even the simplest of our daily tasks leading us to suffer both mentally and physically.

modern stressThere are a number of ways to deal with the pressures that we are bombarded with on a daily basis.  Many are turning to alternative medicine like acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine to address these issues.  It is well known that stress, anxiety and depression as well as other emotional issues can be successfully treated using acupuncture. So, how does acupuncture work?

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine has been used for over 2500 years.  Acupuncture refers to the technique of inserting fine needles into specific points on your body as a means of relieving pain, tension and easing the effects of certain medical complaints. The treatment is based on the concept of Qi (pronounced CHEE) – the energy which flows through our bodies. For example when we start to suffer negative / intense emotions it is said that this flow of energy is partially blocked.  Having an acupuncture treatment should restore this flow of energy and the symptoms should resolve.

Untreated anxiety and stress levels over long periods put the subject at risk of developing problems such as migraines, fatigue and even depression as well as the chance of high blood pressure.

Acupuncture is now a popular alternative medical treatment in the United States.  It is a proven method to reduce stress and anxiety and with regular treatments it can kept at bay.

If you are struggling with these issues then acupuncture treatments for stress and anxiety could be just the answer you have been looking for. Contact us to find out more.

Acupuncture for Increased Energy: Treat Insomnia and Stress Naturally and Safely

neck painMore and more Americans are suffering from a lack of energy due to stress. Increasingly longer workdays thanks to technology, chronic conditions such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and insomnia. If you’re sick of feeling tired all the time and don’t want to fuel your body with toxic stimulants, sugary drinks, it’s time to try acupuncture for increased energy. Acupuncture works to restore the body’s natural energy flow, called Qi or “Chi,” which becomes blocked when the body is faced with a high level of stress, anxiety, and/or depression. Most people tend to hold their stress in their necks, shoulders, and upper back, and acupuncture can relieve these pains.

insomniaAcupuncture for Insomnia

It might seem counter-intuitive to talk about insomnia along with increased energy. However, low energy is not the same as sleepiness, and often energy slumps are the effect of insomnia or otherwise restless nights of sleep. People who suffer from insomnia experience one or more sleepless nights a week, and this lack of sleep will have damaging effects on your entire body over time. Many people try to mask their daily fatigue with drinks and supplements that are loaded with caffeine and sugar, only to end up wide awake during the night. This vicious cycle continues and gradually erodes the body’s natural energy supply, leaving the sufferer physically and mentally exhausted.


energyAcupuncture restores your body’s natural balance of energy, and many proponents feel relaxed immediately after and are able to sleep better, resulting in higher energy levels the next day. Beyond restoring your body’s energy levels, Dr. Binder will help you get to the root of your insomnia so that you can not only feel better immediately after your acupuncture treatments, you will be able to get back to a healthy, normal sleep routine.

acupuncture for stressAcupuncture for Stress

Stress is a common source of energy depletion for many Americans, and while some natural stress is normal, and even healthy, for humans, prolonged stress can wreak havoc on your body, particularly your energy levels. The body releases the hormone cortisol to combat stress, which is helpful in a natural “Fight or Flight” scenario (think about our ancestors who had to be alert and ready to deal with very physical dangers). Your body releases cortisol as a temporary way to help you cope with stress until the stressor is gone.

Today’s stressors are fortunately not as threatening, however they are longer lasting. Many Americans are stressed at work all day long, meaning they have constantly elevated cortisol levels. This excess of cortisol can have damaging effects on your overall health, including a depletion in energy levels.

Take action!

It’s time for you to stop dealing with low energy and start sleeping better and feeling better mentally and physically. Acupuncture is a healthy and safe way to get your energy and your life back. To make an appointment or for answers to any questions, please contact us.

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Los Angeles Acupuncture for Back Pain and Stress

back painAcupuncture for Back Pain

Why does acupuncture work for back pain? A number of studies exists, such as a recent acupuncture back pain study conducted by the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle, that have concluded that acupuncture is more effective in treating back pain than the standard treatment of medication and physical therapy. How it does that is a matter of some debate among researchers.

Traditional Chinese medical practitioners will tell you that acupuncture redresses an imbalance in the flow of energy through the body called “chi,” according to Harvard Men’s Health. Dr. Lucy Chen, a board-certified anesthesiologist, specialist in pain medicine, and practicing acupuncturist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital puts the matter in more western scientific terms. Acupuncture seems to adjust neurotransmitters, hormone levels, and the immune system in the human body.

michael strahan acupuncture cuppingThe Spine Health site adds that acupuncture can release opioid peptides by stimulating the human nervous system. These kinds of opioids plays an enormous role in alleviating all kinds of chronic pain, including back pain. Another theory is that acupuncture serves as conductors of electromagnetic energy. This in turn stimulates the production of endorphins which serve as the body’s natural pain killers.

The National Institutes of Health have recognized since 1998 that acupuncture is a safe, effective method of pain relief, not only for back pain but also for post-operative dental pain, headaches, and carpel tunnel syndrome. Subsequent studies have only proven to bolster this conclusion.

Thus anyone who is suffering from chronic back pain for whom the standard treatments are not working may benefit from a course of acupuncture from a reputable practitioner.

For more information about acupuncture for back pain contact us.

Patient Testimonial

back pain acupunctureI was a patient of Laurie Binder’s for six months. My back pain and sense of well being improved almost immediately. Thereafter, I continued seeing Dr. Binder because I enjoyed the experience and great results. I recommend Laurie Binder highly.  She is very competent, caring and effective.

Michael W. Brentwood, CA

Acupuncture for Anxiety

New Study Shows Teens May Need Help Managing Stress

teen stressWhen you think about a person who is stressed out, chances are you have a picture in your head of an adult. A new study shows that teens are actually just as stressed, if not more so, than adults, and may need help coping with the pressure they feel. One solution may be acupuncture for stress and anxiety.

Researchers questioned 1,000 teenagers and found that more than a quarter of them are experiencing extreme stress, and over 50% of them have moderate anxiety levels. 34% of them are looking ahead and predict their stress level will only increase over the coming months.

What are teens stressed about? 59% of them have a hard time balancing all their activities such as school, work, and extra-curriculars. Then there’s homework, future college plans, and relationships with friends or family that add on to the pressure.

Effects of Stress

Because of high stress levels, teens are experiencing:

  • headaches
  • sleep disturbance
  • irritability and anger
  • depression
  • a feeling of being overwhelmed
  • difficulty coping

Researchers are concerned that teens are not learning healthy ways to deal with their stress level, which is setting them up for a lifetime of physical and emotional ailments. Many teens turn to emotional eating, video games, or time online as a way of dealing with their stress. Our country is at a record high for prescription drugs taken by teens to treat anxiety and depression. Others are turning to alcohol or illegal drugs.

Stress Relief for Teens

To set teens up for lifelong health, they need to be able to deal with stress in a healthy, constructive way. The stress they feel now isn’t going anywhere, so some suggestions for dealing with stress include exercising, relaxation techniques, as well as counseling or therapy. Acupuncture has proven to be very beneficial to adults suffering from stress and anxiety so it is something parents of teens should look into as another way of dealing with the pressure they feel.

If you or your teen are feeling stress and anxiety and are looking for healthy ways to deal with it, contact us.

Studies Confirm that Acupuncture Relieves Stress

stressAcupuncture has been known to lower stress levels by regulating the production and subsequent release of hormones. Now, a new study gives us a closer look at how acupuncture could really relieve stress. The study conducted at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies and published in the Journal of Endocrinology documented how stimulating pressure points with acupuncture can actually alter stress hormones, something I have observed in my patients.

“We’re starting to understand what’s going on at the molecular level that helps explain acupuncture’s benefit,” Dr. Ladan Eshkevari, the study researcher and an associate professor of nursing at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, said in a statement.

Eshkevari, a nurse anesthetist, noticed that her patients who used acupuncture to treat pain reported sleeping better and feeling better able to cope with their pain, even if the treatment did not relieve the pain itself. So she wondered whether acupuncture might help to reduce stress. She designed her study on four groups of rats that were subjected to a series of tests, and discovered that “acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of the HPA axis hormones and the sympathetic NPY pathway.”

Since the HPA axis works in similar ways for in all mammals, the study is a breakthrough to understanding how to treat and manage stress with acupuncture.

One interesting point in the study is how placing the needles in the stomach area helps with relieving stress and that the reason for its effectiveness is our strong brain-gut connection. We all know that we eat when we are stressed, develop digestive disorders like diarrhea and constipation when we are anxious and upset. Chinese medicine has known this for centuries and now traditional medicine is proving the validity of this ancient practice.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Kelly Ripa acupunctureAcupuncture involves the placement of very thin, sterile, single-use needles to lightly penetrate the skin and stimulate various meridians of the body. The stimulation of these areas is believed to correct imbalances and blockages in the body by promoting the healthy  flow of energy know, at Qi. It feels nothing like getting a shot, by the way. In fact, most of the time the patients do not feel the needles. The actual needles are barely thicker than a hair. Acupuncture was developed in China thousands of years ago as a way of balancing out the patient’s Qi, or “life force.” Acupuncture is still in use today because it works.  It works by stimulating the relevant acupuncture points (referred to as acu-points) to balance out the body’s Qi.

When the body’s Qi is out of balance, this can lead to disorders and disease. This imbalance can manifest as physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach distress, or mental symptoms such as anxiety and stress. External stress can force the patient’s Qi into imbalance as well, so the cause of the anxiety or stress can be internal or external, or both. Acupuncture can help balance the patient’s Qi, moderate energy levels and improve mood to provide a lasting calming effect. Acupuncture of course has no side effects. For those reasons, some people think acupuncture is better than Xanax. Herbal formulas can also be given to support and reinforce the effect of the acupuncture treatments.

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Acupuncture for Stress and Anxiety: Understanding the Brain Connection

Acupuncture for Stress and AnxietyWhat can acupuncture do for stress and anxiety for those living in Los Angeles?  Living in a big city can be very stressful, particularly if you work hard and have a social life. When you add the stress of trying to navigate through Los Angeles traffic, managing family obligations, and the rest of what come with being a “grown up”, it can mean a little too much anxiety and stress.

You’re certainly not alone, though you have to take that stress and anxiety you’re feeling seriously. Perhaps you haven’t initially thought about acupuncture helping with your stress and worry.

You may want to take time to come visit me at Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness to calm and center your mind. The reason is because scientific evidence is clearly showing how acupuncture helps relieve stress and anxiety.

Understanding What Causes Stress and Anxiety

In a Time Magazine report earlier this year on acupuncture benefits, they noted the methods in how anxiety manifests in all of us. It’s to do with the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis in our brains and how it releases a hormone that creates corticotropin. This pumps up the culprits in what causes anxiety: Cortisol and norepinephrine.

Through studies done by Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies, acupuncture was performed on rats in a controlled test. When the rats were placed under the stressful situation of an hour-long ice bath, the rats were given an electrical form of acupuncture. Those receiving the acupuncture showed no signs of elevated cortisol levels seen when animals and humans get stressed.

It was finally a real example of how acupuncture can truly work in controlling stress. Even though we’ve known for years about how effective it is, it’s been frustrating that not enough studies have been done to truly prove the benefits.

What makes the above rat study even more interesting is the body location where the acupuncture was done.

The Stomach Connection to Stress and Acupuncture

stomach pain from anxietyIn the above studies, the rats were given the acupuncture in the stomach region. It’s true that in Chinese medicine, there’s a noted connection between the stomach and brain that seems to give explanation why stress typically makes us feel queasy. Doing acupuncture in this region of the body is a developing key area that could restore flow to the body and help you feel much more relaxed during stressful moments.

We believe in the Chinese medical philosophy of Qi and the energy that flows through our bodies. By enhancing that flow, almost any ailment can be potentially relieved through acupuncture.

Come visit me here at Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness and see the results for yourself. I’m helping people every day find relief from stress during the holidays and year-round. With better evidence now available in how acupuncture is becoming the true antidote to stress and anxiety, it’s time for you contact me now.

Acupuncture For Anxiety And Stress: Better Than Xanax

acupuncture for anxietyFeeling overwhelmed?  These days, we are constantly barraged with expectations, responsibilities, emails, text messages, phone calls, worries about the future, and much more on a daily basis.  As a consequence, quite a few people have great difficulty managing anxiety, stress and pressure. Doctors often prescribe medication, such as Xanax, to help these people cope with these unwanted stresses and anxiety.

Try Acupuncture Before Xanax

While there is no doubt that medication is the right remedy in some instances, many people have made great progress in dealing with their depression, stress and anxiety through alternative means.

Acupuncture Treatments

Kelly Ripa acupuncture

Celebrity Kelly Ripa getting an acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture entails using very thin, sterile, single-use needles to lightly penetrate the skin and stimulate various meridians of the body. (It feels nothing like getting a shot, by the way. In fact, most of the time the patients do not feel the needles.) The actual needles are scarcely thicker than a hair. Acupuncture was developed in China thousands of years ago as a way of balancing out the patient’s Qi, or “life force.” Acupuncture is still in use today because it works.  It works by stimulating the relevant acupuncture points (referred to as acu-points) to balance out the body’s Qi.

How Acupuncture works on anxiety and stress

When the body’s Qi is out of balance, this can lead to disorders and possibly disease. This imbalance can manifest as physical symptoms such as headaches or stomach distress, or mental symptoms such as anxiety and stress. External stress can force the patient’s Qi into imbalance as well, so the cause of the anxiety or stress can be internal or external, or both. Acupuncture can help balance the patient’s Qi, moderate energy levels and improve mood to provide a lasting calming effect. Acupuncture has few to no side effects. For those reasons, some people think acupuncture is better than Xanax. Herbal formulas can also be given to support and reinforce the effect of the acupuncture treatments.

If you are interested in finding out more about acupuncture for anxiety, read more of this blog and check out http://www.lbinder.com. as an experienced Los Angeles acupuncturist, with her extensive western medical background as a certified health consultant and certified nurse practitioner combined with her acupuncture practice, Laurie Binder is your best choice for natural treatments for stress and anxiety.

Acupuncture for stress and anxiety works

celebrity acupunctureYou should do some research into choosing the right acupuncturist for you and Dr. Binder has the experience and track record to help you optimize your health. Traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture treatments can help you accomplish many things including managing stress as addressed above, improve natural fertility, improve energy and digestion, lose weight, quit smoking and more. Review her website at http://www.lbinder.com and read her CV and patient testimonials so you can see her experience and track record.

For information on Acupuncture and Wellness, you can contact Laurie at any time. Just click contact at the top of this blog. She would be happy to explain her approach to you and offer you any other background that will help you make your decision.

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Naturally Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Acupuncture

Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Acupuncture

irritabilityEverybody suffers from a mood swing every now and then, but if you are constantly moody and irritable then it may be a wise idea to look into receiving an acupuncture treatment. In most cases, a short temper can be the result of a high and consistent stress level. If the stress level continues to remain constant, then this can lead to more severe mental conditions such as depression or anxiety and can even cause physical symptoms like insomnia, weakened immune system, and digestive problems.

As far as Traditional Oriental Medicine is concerned, stress and the conditions that result from it are all caused by an imbalance of Qi (life energy), in the liver. When the liver Qi becomes stagnant, this can cause an energy blockage, leading to conditions like irritability and stress.

Signs and Symptoms of Liver Qi Stagnation

Liver Qi Stagnation is the most common type of imbalance today. Prolonged stagnation of the Liver Qi can also lead to pain around the ribs, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), nausea, belching, sour regurgitation, diarrhea, painful menstrual cycles, abdominal distention, and congestion in the chest. This condition can often occur in women experiencing PMS.

Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture work exceedingly well in countering Liver Qi Stagnation.  When the liver is functioning normally again, you will notice that your mental and physical health will greatly improve. Besides acupuncture there are lifestyle changes that can be done as well to help boost the flow of Qi in the liver.

Eating clean can be a good first step is revitalizing the body. Vegetables and fruits can improve the basic functions of the liver as well as the flow of Qi throughout the body. Sour fruits like lemons are also helpful in the stimulation of Liver Qi.Vegetables and fruits

Besides water, milk thistle tea will also benefit the body by moving liver Qi and protecting the liver from toxins such as alcohol or NSAIDs.

stretchingStretching exercises like Tai Qi or yoga can improve the flexibility of the tendons.

Exercises for the eyes also help since the liver is directly responsible for eye health. Make sure to take a break from the computer if you are staring at it for a long period of time. Here are some eye exercises you could do while taking a break.

Lastly, seasonal acupuncture treatments will not only help the flow of Liver Qi, but will improve the body in its entirety.

With the above lifestyle changes and acupuncture treatments, you need not feel constantly stressed or moody. To set up an acupuncture appointment call or send an email today!

In This Post


  • Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Acupuncture
  • Move Your Qi!
  • The Four Gates Treatment for Moving Qi
  • Signs and Symptoms of Liver Qi Stagnation


The Four Gates Treatment for Moving Qi

4 gates acupuncture treatment