Saturday, March 13, 2010

Growth Hormone and Health

Most growth hormone is released at night. Peak spikes of growth hormone release occur around 10 P.M., midnight, and 2 A.M. Therefore, if we do not get enough sleep, our growth hormone production will decrease. Children will have slower growing rates, while adults will gain weight, have more wrinkles, and lose muscle mass. Furthermore, adults will have difficulty to repair their body’s injury. I once treated a 19-year-old college student, a very talented young lady. She was kicked on her left eye during her martial arts class at her college. She was diagnosed with a brain concussion, with severe headaches, and had to drop out of classes. During her recovery period, she slept more than 10 hours every day. Surprisingly, her asthma disappeared, and she grew half an inch during that 3-month period. I think that the extra sleep stimulated her brain to produce more growth hormone. Also, histamine levels drop dramatically while one is sleeping, and this explains the healing of her allergy. 
When blood glucose levels fall, growth hormone-releasing hormone triggers the secretion of stored growth hormone. As blood glucose levels rise, growth hormone-releasing hormone release is turned off. Increases in blood protein levels trigger a similar response. As a result of this hypothalamic feedback loop, growth hormone levels fluctuate throughout the day and night. The normal plasma growth hormone level is 1 -3 ng/ml with peaks as high as 60 ng/ml. If children eat or drink foods containing simple sugars all day long, their high blood sugar levels can inhibit the secretion of growth hormone. If adults do not sleep after 12pm, their growth hormone will not be secreted sufficiently. If they continue to eat during the night, their blood sugar will go up and their growth hormone will be even lower. That is why people develop diabetes, arthritis and tendonitis. Their body cannot rejuvenate due to the wrong sleeping time.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Acupuncture and High Blood Pressure

Dr. H.S. Lee of the Republic of Korea did extensive research on the effects of acupuncture on water metabolism and high blood pressure. Applying manual acupuncture on UB15 (1.5 inches lateral to the midline of the spine at the T5 level) decreased plasma levels of aldosterone (a chemical stimulating the body to retain more water and sodium), whereas acupuncture on the UB23 (1.5 inches lateral to the midline of the spine at the L2 level) decreased plasma renin activity (a chemical simulating blood vessels to constrict in order to increase blood pressure). Both points helped lower blood pressure. These results suggest that acupuncture on specific meridian points may have site-specific regulatory effects on hormone levels and that the meridian points, UB23 and UB15, are associated with the regulation of body fluids and of electrolyte balance to optimize the blood pressure level...