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Why Acupuncture Works

Traditional Chinese Medicine and the ancient practice of acupuncture have been around for over 3500 years. Why? Because it works! And thanks to modern technology, Acupuncture treatments are relaxing, effective, and painless!

From a scientific perspective, acupuncture works by activating the Central Nervous System. As needles are placed in the body, a message is sent to the brain to release the body’s natural opiates to reduce pain, increase circulation and improve range of motion. Acupuncture also stimulates the secretion of antibodies and anti-inflammatory hormones in order for the body to heal itself. After a treatment, a patient will often report feelings of euphoria and happiness, as well as, a decrease in the amount of pain felt.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, disease is caused by disruptions to the flow of energy, or Qi, in the body. The qi is said to flow through meridians, or pathways, made accessible through 350 acupuncture points on the body that correspond to different organs. During an acupuncture session, an Acupuncturist will insert very thin, sterilized needles into these points with appropriate combinations with the aim of balancing their Qi.

According to The World Health Organization (WHO), acupuncture has been proven effective for all types of pain; back pain, knee pain, neck pain, and arthritis pain to name a few. Additional disorders that may benefit from acupuncture are painful periods, infertility, TMJ, migraines, Fibromyalgia, and allergies. There are over 100 conditions that acupuncture has shown to be successful in treating!

Today acupuncture is one of the most popular practices of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in the West. The long-term benefits and low risk of side effects makes it a viable treatment for all your wellness concerns.

In this blog, our Acupuncturist, Denise DuRoss, describes how her methods are complimentary to the modes of therapy we already use at Evolve Healthcare. To learn more, please be sure to call the office at (818) 346-4300 to set up your first acupuncture session!



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Glutathione Injections and Its Benefits

Glutathione is an essential antioxidant found in every cell in the human body. It helps to neutralize free radicals and prevent cell damage, which in turn reduces inflammation and promotes the immune system function.

Although it’s produced in the body, Glutathione levels may diminish due to aging, stress, poor nutrition, or environmental toxins. Fortunately, you can replenish glutathione orally, as an inhalant, topically, or intravenously, especially when engaging in a detox program for the following reasons:

Benefits of glutathione injections

  • For detoxification – since the liver plays a big role in natural detoxification, glutathione injections can help to enhance this process by promoting the excretion of toxins from the body
  • Boost immunity and prevent inflammation – as an antioxidant, glutathione helps to prevent inflammation and enhance the body’s natural immune system
  • Reduce cell damage in the liver – cells in your liver can get damaged faster due to a lack of antioxidants, including glutathione, leading to fatty liver disease. This problem affects both alcoholic and non-alcoholic individuals. Fortunately, glutathione is known to improve enzyme, protein, and bilirubin levels in the blood of alcoholic and non-alcoholic individuals with chronic fatty liver disease.
  • Improve insulin resistance – diminished glutathione levels with age have been shown to reduce fat burning and accelerate fat storing in the body. Glutathione injections can
    improve fat burning and insulin resistance.

Do I need Glutathione levels?

Most seniors can benefit from additional glutathione because the levels decrease naturally with age. Other people who may need glutathione injections include:

  • Alcoholics
  • Diabetics
  • People with traumatic injuries
  • People with Parkinson’s disease
  • People at risk of cancer
  • Participants in a detox program
  • Anyone looking to improve their immune system
  • Anyone looking for a powerful anti-aging formula

Glutathione is a powerful, natural antioxidant whose levels decrease due to various factors. Boosting the levels can provide multiple health benefits, fight oxidative stress, and prevent the signs of aging.

Contact Evolve Healthcare today in Woodland Hills to find out whether glutathione injections are right for you.

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IV Vitamin Therapy for Post-weekend Rejuvenation

A fun weekend, whether spent partying with your friends, in a strenuous competition with your colleagues, or sightseeing with your family will often leave you feeling worn out. This exhaustion is because your body is healing.

The process of replacing damaged or lost cells and tissues, and the energy needed to facilitate this process, impose a lot of stress on your body, resulting in the rapid depletion of essential vitamins and minerals. Simply consuming healthy foods does not replenish the resources that your body’s is craving fast enough.

Fortunately, you can accelerate this process with custom drip IV vitamin therapy.

Depending on the formulation, drip IV vitamin therapy delivers a very high concentration of essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids directly to your body’s cells. By skipping the digestive system, you can enjoy faster and more effective absorption of nutrients, helping to reduce the symptoms and speed up recovery time.

Your custom drip IV treatment can be formulated to help:

  • Boost your immune system
  •  Increase your metabolism
  • Jumpstart a detox program
  • Fight the signs of aging
  • Boost your energy

Custom IV Vitamin therapy

Intravenous (IV) micronutrient therapy has become increasingly popular among people looking for natural health care. There has also been plenty of celebrity endorsements and
advertisements touting vitamin drips as a cure-all for the anxious, dehydrated, stressed, depressed, overweight, fatigues, and immune-weakened.

Indeed, IV vitamin therapy can help with all these cases. Depending on your needs, each treatment is custom formulated and professionally administered in Evolve Healthcare in Woodland Hills via an intravenous IV.

Your custom IV drip may contain:

  • Vitamin C to improve your immune system
  • Vitamin D to boost your metabolism contain vital nutrients
  • A saline solution that helps to hydrate your body
  • Electrolytes for energy

If you are struggling with a long, drawn out recovery after a fun or exhausting weekend, you can replenish your body’s essential nutrients with IV vitamin therapy for faster recovery.

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IV Vitamin Therapy for Benefits of Vitamin C High-dose Specially for Immune Support

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is an essential water-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that facilitates the growth and repair of tissues, strengthens the immune system, and guards the body against diseases, including strokes, heart disease, gout, cataracts, heavy metal toxicities, and even some types of cancer.

The human body doesn't make or store vitamin C. You need to nourish your body with vitamin C on a daily basis. In most cases, oral ingestion of vitamin C is sufficient to achieve the desired results. But when using vitamin C to boost immune support, like during cancer treatment, it must be administered intravenously to achieve doses that are high enough to deliver the anti-cancer effect.

Benefits of megadoses of Vitamin C

Scientists have been studying the incredible effects of intravenous (IV) vitamin C. Generally, the adult body cannot hold more than 250 mg of calcium per day. The excess supply is excreted in urine. But when administered via IV, the body can hold and use a much higher amount of vitamin C for greater benefit.

Today, high-dose vitamin C IV therapy is used to:

  • Improve your skin texture and make it glow
  • Boost your immune system to fight stress, flu, colds, and low energy.
  • Protect cell structures – DNA, protein, and collagen – from oxyradicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) – antioxidant properties
  • Accelerate wound healing by aiding in the production of proline and lysine enzymes
  • Accelerate collagen production for healthy bones and blood vessels
  • Boost energy by facilitating fat breakdown

Before the polio vaccine was discovered, doctors used high-dose vitamin C to manage polio. Studies show that high amounts of vitamin C increase the body’s ability to fight bacterial and viral infections, and even reduce the risk of cancer.

For more information on our high-dose vitamin C IV treatment, or to find out whether it’s good for your case, please visit Evolve Healthcare in Woodland Hills for your consultation.

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What is a Ketogenic Diet and What are its Benefits

A keto diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carb diet. It is designed in such a way that you get more calories from fat and protein than from carbs, which will essentially cause your body to go into a metabolic state known as ketosis.

Ketosis refers to the state where your body depletes its glycogen (or sugar) stores, causing it to find alternative sources of fuel. With a keto diet, your body (liver) is forced to process the high fat and protein food you consume for energy, resulting in weight loss. Reducing your carbohydrates intake significantly improves the ability of your body to burn fat (convert fat into ketones in the liver) for energy.

Types of Keto Diet
There are several variations of the ketogenic diet that feature low-carb intake, including:

The standard keto diet (SKD) – Constitutes 75% fat (high-fat), 20% protein (moderate protein), and 5% carbs (low-carb).
The cyclical ketogenic (CKD) – Alternates 5 days of the SKD diet with 2 days of higher carb refeeds (the routine can vary)
Targeted ketogenic diet (TKD) – Allows you to increase your carbs intake for your workouts
High-protein ketogenic diet (HKD) – Features a higher protein intake than the SKD, so your meals contain 35% protein, 60% fat, and 5% carbs.

There are other variations of the keto diet, though the SKD is the most popular.

Benefits of the keto diet
Epilepsy control – The ketogenic diet was originally designed to reduce/prevent seizures in children where medication was ineffective.
Weight loss – Researchers have observed that the keto diet is more effective than most low-fat diets. It doesn’t require you to track your food or even count calories because of the higher protein intake. The keto diet increases ketones and lowers blood sugar and insulin (fat-storing hormone) levels, which further enhances weight loss.
Fuel for the brain – The keto diet provides increases ketones supply to the brain which improves focus and concentration
Less stomach problems – People on a keto diet report significantly less bloating, stomach cramps, and low risk of diarrhea
Better type II diabetes control – Reducing carbs intake allows for better control of blood sugar and significantly improves insulin sensitivity
Improved physical endurance – The keto diet forces your body to draw energy from the abundant fat stores
Prevents cancer – Carbs are converted to glucose in the body, which fuels cancer cells. Reducing carbs intake would, therefore, deny cancer cells of the energy they need to grow.
Prevents acne – Carbs increase the production of growth hormones like insulin and IGF, which cause acne. Reducing your carb intake would naturally reverse this.

Contact us today
Any drastic change in your diet is potentially harmful to your health. Before starting your new diet, we recommend that you visit Evolve Healthcare to discuss your goals with one of our physicians or nutritionists. This is particularly important if you want to start the keto diet as a way to manage heart disease, diabetes, or hypoglycemia.

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Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy

Biodentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), is an increasingly common procedure that introduces hormones into your body to resolve the symptoms associated with hormone decline or imbalance. These hormones are chemically identical to those produced in your body, and include testosterone, progesterone, estrogen, and adrenal hormones.


The hormones used in BHRT are “natural” and identical to those produced in your body, which makes them safer for our clients. Our treatments have proven to be beneficial to people of all ages, especially women in the perimenopause or menopause stages to help them manage the associated symptoms that include:

  • Night sweats
  • Hot flashes
  • Memory loss
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep problems
  • Weight gain
  • Low libido and pain during sex

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can also help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and bone loss, and help to manage other problems associated with:

  • Aging – by improving skin hydration, elasticity, and thickness and reducing wrinkles
  • Cancer – by restoring normal estrogen levels and providing relief from treatment-related symptoms including insomnia, migraines, low libido, and incontinence
  • Thinning hair
  • Exhaustion and less energy
  • Reduced concentration, memory problems, brain fog

Before trying bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, we recommend that you first discuss other treatment options with our Evolve Healthcare physicians Woodland Hills or Calabasas, such as diet, exercise, stress management and others. Depending on your case, we may integrate BHRT in your treatment plan to optimize your health and recovery.


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Glutathione: The Miracle Antioxidant


It’s a strange word but most people are starting to hear it more and more. This is mainly due to the fact that Glutathione is an increasingly popular antioxidant that has so many preventative health benefits and properties that can combat a wide range of diseases and health concerns.


What is Glutathione?

Glutathione is an antioxidant produced in cells. It’s comprised largely of three amino acids: glutamine, glycine, and cysteine.

While vitamins C and E are the most well-known antioxidant supplements, because they neutralize free radicals, glutathione has the added benefit of being a powerful antioxidant because glutathione exists within the cell. Glutathione is found in every type of cell, including cells in the immune system. Glutathione helps to fight against disease, which is why proponents of the supplement suggest it works against cancer and other diseases.


What are the benefits?

  • Fights free radicals in the body by reducing oxidative stress
  • Anti-aging properties
  • Improves mental health and clarity
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Reduces effects of stress
  • Clarifies the skin
  • Maintains energy productions
  • Activates enzymes
  • Improves skin conditions (such as Psoriasis, eczema, etc.)
  • Improves insulin resistance
  • Reduces symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
  • May help fight autoimmune disease
  • Builds and strengthens the immune system
  • Rebuilds damaged amino acid chains

* Although you can ingest Glutathione orally, it is more effective if given through injection.


**To see all the amazing benefits, as well as how Glutathione works in your body, read GSH: Your Body’s Most Powerful Protector by Jimmy Gutman MD, FACEP**

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Acupuncture for Jaw Pain Relief

Why acupuncture is effective for Jaw Pain Relief?
 TMJ (Temporal Mandibular Joint Pain) may result from muscle overload from trauma or repetitive activities that cause abnormal stress on specific muscle groups. Clinically, patients complain of tenderness, headaches, restricted movement of the jaws, muscle stiffness, and weakness.
-Acupuncture directly stimulates the release of endorphins and neurotransmitters. These are naturally occurring substances that help dampen and block pain perception by the brain.
– Research has determined the recommended acupuncture points,  frequency (weekly), and duration (30 minutes per session) of acupuncture treatment for TMJ-related problems has been documented to help muscle relaxation and reduce muscle spasms, if the spasms are muscular in origin.  Acupuncture can also help minimize TMJ “clicking” by relaxing the lateral pterygoid muscles, and therby reducing the anterior displacing force on the meniscus.
–  Acupuncture relieves muscle spasms and decreases pain and swelling, releasing the jaw naturally for the joint to move freely. Additional points help flush toxins, boost immunity, calm the mind and balance the other systems within the body such as digestion and sleep all in one treatment.
–  Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is clinically characterized by pain in the masticatory muscles of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
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Reducing Stress with Acupuncture

We all know that life is can be stressful. But did you know that Acupuncture can help relieve stress?
The body secretes an assortment of hormones into the bloodstream as a reaction to stress, acupuncture blocks the chronic, stress-induced elevations of hormones and calms the fight or flight response. Acting on areas of the brain known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for anxiety and worry

Regulating levels of neurotransmitters (or their modulators) and hormones such as serotonin, noradrenaline, dopamine, GABA, neuropeptide Y and ACTH; hence altering the brain’s mood chemistry to help to combat negative affective states. Stress activates the sympathetic nervous system, while acupuncture can activate the opposing parasympathetic nervous system, which initiates the relaxation response.
Research at UCLA showed stress related high blood pressure reduced when subjects were treated with acupuncture.
Acupuncture for anxiety works faster than therapy and keeps you medication free!  Some prescription drugs can have serious side effects and can lead to dependency.  Because it regulates the body’s chemical balance acupuncture can even prevent people from needing medication at all.
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Weight Loss with Acupuncture

Acupuncture is just for pain management right? No!
How does Acupuncture help you lose weight?
– Prevents food cravings
– Suppresses appetite
– Increases metabolism
– Burns fat
Recent studies have shown that when acupuncture is combined with traditional methods of weight loss (reduced calorie diet and appropriate physical exercise.), patients lose more weight.  Acupuncture helps give you an extra boost along the way!
Needles act to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel good” hormones. This can create a calming, relaxing effect, which counteracts the need for excessive eating brought about by increased stress, frustration or anxiety.
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