04. October 2016 · Comments Off on Electronic Acupuncture May Be the Answer to Your Sexual Health Problems · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

In almost all man and woman relationships, a healthy sex life is important. But when one or both of them have a problem with their sexual health, it can lead to embarrassment, defensiveness, and even an end to the relationship. Sexual health problems can have a variety of causes and also a variety of medical treatments that often involve the use of harmful medications. But if the cause is somehow difficult to diagnose and you want to cure the problem safely and effectively, why not consider electronic acupuncture.

How Does Electronic Acupuncture Work in Vancouver?

To know what electronic acupuncture is and how it makes use of use electromagnetic wave treatment, you need to first have a basic understanding of what traditional acupuncture is. Chinese practitioners thousands of years ago perfected this healing art that involves the use of thin fine needles stuck into specific acupoints on the body, in order to treat certain health conditions.

There are literally thousands of acupoints scattered throughout the human body. Each acupoint has an underlying energy channel known as meridians where the body’s life energy called chi flows. A free-flowing chi means that you are in good health. But if you suffer from cramping, headaches or certain sexual problems, this can affect the flow of chi. If this happens, you need acupuncture treatment to help remove any blockages in the meridians and thus restore the free flow of chi.

In electronic acupuncture the same theory applies but instead of using needles on the various acupoints on your hands, electromagnetic signals via an electromagnetic device are used to restore the normal movement of chi. The magnetic wave treatment of electronic acupuncture uses variable wavelengths that send electromagnetic wave impulses directly to a specific acupoint. The procedure works by unblocking the meridians in your body that may be suffering from a blockage of energy resulting in health conditions such as sexual health problems.

Using Electromagnetic Waves to Improve Your Sex life

To accurately identify the acupoints in your hand that can help treat a specific sexual problem, you first need to have a basic knowledge of its cause. You may be experiencing sexual problems for a number of reasons. Low libido in women who are in the late stages of pregnancy, breastfeeding, and hormonal irregularities just after birth as well as menopause and infertility can all play a role in female sexual health problems. In men, issues such as prostate problems, low libido due to stress and impotency can make them unable to function in bed.

If you have an idea of what’s causing your sexual health issues, you can turn to the acupoint map of your hand and stimulate the problem areas in order to restore the free flow of chi. With electronic acupuncture, in just a few minutes you can achieve some kind of happy energy in the bedroom without the use of needles. Unlike Western conventional medicine, you don’t have to worry about potential side effects.

04. October 2016 · Comments Off on Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Can Help Prevent Miscarriages · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Alice was a patient of mine in her mid 30’s,an athletic woman but with a history of frequent miscarriages. She was able to get pregnant four times; sadly though, each of these pregnancies ended up in a miscarriage around the first trimester.

Alice was determined to do whatever it takes to have a child. Her medical history showed that she suffered from low energy, mild depression, and an eating disorder. However, she assured me, that she was now eating well although this did not result in her gaining weight. Alice was diagnosed by a Chinese medicine professional of suffering from sinking Spleen Qi.

Your internal organs, in Western medicine, are considered solid materials that have certain physiologic functions. They reside in a specific spot in your body. In Chinese medicine, however, these organs are viewed as symbolic systems of functioning, and are associated with the different energetic, emotional, and physical processes in your body.

In Chinese medicine, your Spleen has a specific function which is to transform the food you eat into nutrients, blood, and energy. The spleen also has secondary functions like holding things in and up. When the Spleen fails to perform these secondary holding functions properly, it can lead to sinking or prolapsed organs, chronic diarrhea, easy bruising, and frequent miscarriages. These symptoms are usually accompanied by a sense of heaviness or bearing downward, mental depression, and fatigue.

An acupuncturist can utilize various tools that can help address sinking Spleen Qi. He/she would first need to perform acupuncture to move energy upward and strengthen the Spleen. Next, the practitioner may recommend different kinds of herbs that can help move mobilize things upward. The frequently used herbal formula known as Bu Zhong Yi Qi Tang is known to boost the body’s ability to hold things up by strengthening the Spleen. Lastly, dietary therapy is recommended to help strengthen your digestion and your Spleen. Your acupuncturist may be able to recommend foods that are excellent for your Spleen as well as foods that you should avoid.

In the case of Alice, her digestion and Spleen have been compromised due to her eating disorder. I recommended that she eat foods that her stomach could easily digest as well as acupuncture in order for her to gain some weight. I also prescribed an herbal formula that can boost her Spleen’s holding power. In just a quick time, Alice became pregnant again and since my treatment of her involved the strengthening of her Spleen qi, she was able to deliver a bouncing baby girl.

Before she gave birth, she obviously was able to make it through her first trimester of her pregnancy without suffering a miscarriage. After the first trimester I started to reduce the number of her treatments.

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21. September 2016 · Comments Off on The Different Causes and Treatments for Tinnitus in Chinese Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

According to traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, for short, herbal treatment of tinnitus would depend on its ‘root’ cause and the Organ Systems involved. Vertigo and tinnitus have a number of possible underlying causes. Oftentimes, tinnitus due to Excess is aggravated by cupping the hands over the ears.

According to TCM, some of the more common patterns of tinnitus are as follows:

1. Imbalance of Liver-Spleen Vertigo and Tinnitus: Chronic Deficiency of Spleen Qi, if not addressed properly, can lead to Internal Dampness and when this Dampness is combined with Stagnating Liver Qi, causes tinnitus related to upward-rising Phlegm-Fire. A tinnitus of this sort is characterized by Liver symptoms and signs as well as cricket sounds, vertigo or dizziness, and a heavy head.

Treatment: Restore the Middle Way formula and Free and Easy Wanderer formula combined.

2. Tinnitus caused by Imbalances of Kidney-Liver: Chronic Stagnating Liver Qi is usually caused by Stagnation, often because of Liver Blood Deficiency or Yin Deficiency, may lead to tinnitus with symptoms of both Kidney Deficiency and Liver Excess.

Treatment: Easy Wanderer formula combined with Yin Valley formula.

3. Vertigo and Tinnitus due to Liver Excess: A sudden onset of tinnitus along with loud noises is usually caused by upward rising Liver-Fire rising related to emotional issues such as frustration or anger consequentially causing Internal Wind which is usually accompanied by dizziness. A tinnitus of this kind may lead to symptoms such as vertigo-dizziness and a painful sharp stabbing headache.

Treatment: Easy Wanderer formula combined with Peaceful Warrior formula for three months.

4. Tinnitus Associated with Imbalances in Kidney-Heart: The Water Element is closely associated with the Kidney and the Fire Element to the Heart, in Chinese medicine. To preserve wellness, it is important that the Fire and Water Elements are in balance. TCM believes that a breakdown in communication between the Heart and the Kidney energetic organ system can arise when one or both of the two organ systems is compromised. Tinnitus such as this leads to symptoms connected to Kidney Deficiency and Heart Blood Deficiency. These include anxiety characterized by a sense of impending doom, poor memory, insomnia, and/or palpitations.

Treatment: Blood Mansion formula along with Yin Valley formula.

5. Tinnitus due to Depleted Kidney-Essence: This is the most common type of tinnitus and is associated with aging. This type of tinnitus is characterized by low sound and a slow progressive onset of symptoms. Other symptoms include fear, sore knees and back, slight dizziness, and poor memory.

Treatment: Sage Mountain formula.

6. Tinnitus due to Deficient Kidney: This tinnitus is marked by a gradual onset of symptoms that includes a low sound that may be like a low ringing, a low buzz, or water rushing. Along with other symptoms of Deficient Kidney Yin, symptoms such as afternoon-evening sweats and/or hot flashes can also be experienced.

Treatment: Yin Valley formula. Other symptoms such as low sex drive, coldness, knee pain, and low back soreness or pain can arise. For these try Ancestor Treasure formula. In a lot of instances both Kidney Yin and Yang are exhausted and both Yin Valley formula and Ancestor Treasure formula can be used together at half strength.

Duration of Herbal Treatment

Several months of tonic herbal treatment may be required to resolve the Organ Level Deficiencies which are responsible for tinnitus; this may mean 8-10 months of continuous herbal application. In the meantime, if you have a hard time hearing, ask your family and friends to face you when they talk so you can see their faces. Observing their expressions can make you communicate with them much better. Request that they talk louder, without the need to shout. Ask them also that you’d rather have them talk clearly, not slowly.

Other Causes of Tinnitus

Usually related to several kinds of hearing loss, tinnitus is considered just a symptom of a certain condition that affects one’s hearing quality. Based on statistics provided by the American Tinnitus Association, there are over 12 million people in the United States suffering from tinnitus. A minimum of a million of them suffer from severe symptoms that it significantly affects their daily activities. These people usually find it difficult to sleep, work, and obviously, to hear.

In Western Medicine What are the Causes of Tinnitus?

– Pharmaceutical medications – There are over 200 medicines that can cause tinnitus. If you are taking medications and have tinnitus, ask your pharmacist or doctor if your medicine can be a factor.

– Loud noise – Overexposure to loud noise can lead to tinnitus as well as noise-induced hearing loss.

– Loss of hearing – Scientists and doctors found out that people with different kinds of hearing loss usually also suffer from tinnitus.

– Surgery and trauma

– Health problems – These can include problems in the neck, jaws, heart and blood vessels, tumors, and allergies.

Indulge in activities that can help you cope. A lot of tinnitus sufferers have discovered that listening to music can help lessen the severity of the symptoms. Turning to music can help mask the sound and make you forget about your condition for a while. Others tune in to the sounds of nature including cricket chirps, wind, or ocean waves.

Stay away from things that can worsen your tinnitus. These can include loud noise, alcohol, and smoking. If you have a job or activity that exposes you to loud noise on a daily basis (hunting, airport work, construction work, etc.), wear special earmuffs or earplugs to shield your ears or prevent your tinnitus from getting worse.

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21. September 2016 · Comments Off on What To Expect From Acupuncture Low Back Pain Treatment · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

If we talk about low back pain, we would realize that 80% of Americans are dealing or have dealt with this condition at some point in their lives. With quite a lot of individuals suffering from this problem, none should be surprised that treatments for low back pain such as acupuncture have become so popular. To its credit, Western science accepts acupuncture as a bona fide treatment for all types of low back pain problems from numerous studies that have been conducted throughout the years.

Conventional Treatments vs. Acupuncture

Medical reviews reveal that acupuncture is a good option for treating back problems and a also a viable treatment for pain related to sciatic pain. The fact is, studies suggest that this treatment gives superior relief of pain compared to conventional (Western) therapies for back pain. Both the American College of Physicians and American Pain Society recommend acupuncture when conventional medical treatments fail.

Why Acupuncture is Very Effective in Treating Back Pain in Portland

Acupuncture’s origin can be traced to Ancient China way back to the Stone Age 6,000 years ago. This healing technique is done with the use of filiform needles into selected energetic points found all over the body. Based on the teachings of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), the human body has more than 365 acupuncture points scattered throughout it. Inside the body, a life force known as Chi or Qi, flows through energy channels known as meridians that are connected to the acupuncture points (acupoints) like a grid. When a needle is inserted into the proper acupoints, it jumpstarts physiological processes that leads to the clearing up of blockages to chi flow and corrects imbalances resulting in enhanced overall health and the alleviation of pain.

In the realm of medical science, scientists believe that acupuncture alleviates pain because this treatment stimulates the central nervous system into releasing chemicals into the spinal cord, muscles, and the brain. Some researchers believe that these chemicals either actually change the way pain is experienced and/or felt or generate an overall sense of well-being within the body.

Some suggest that acupuncture accelerates the electromagnetic signals in the body which stimulates endorphins and other such chemicals that help relieve pain and can even positively impact the immune system cells of the body. Some believe that acupuncture changes the chemistry of the brain altogether via the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones throughout the entire body or helps discharge natural opioids from the brain to the bloodstream. Both of these lead to the reduction of pain.

Things to Consider When Getting Acupuncture

Fast becoming one of the most sought after treatments for low back pain, acupuncture is a very potent modality that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has excluded acupuncture needles from the category “experimental medical devices” and is now in charge of all acupuncture practices within the US.

If you decide to go for acupuncture for your low back pain or other back issues, you need to take some things into consideration and do a bit of research about the treatment. You should seek a licensed or qualified acupuncturist who has the title, L.Ac., at the end of his/her name. This title means that the practitioner is certified by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).

22. August 2016 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Treatment Can Help Remove TMJ Pain and Discomfort · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The upper and lower jaws of the face are connected by a pair of joints known as TMJ or temporomandibular joint. It is a very complex joint and as such, is prone to a variety of disorders. TMJ disorder is the term to depict dysfunctions and pain of these joints. It is usually hard to treat a TMJ disorder since it can be associated with certain aspects of the body and mind including neuromuscular disorders, mental stress, and dental problems. There is good news though as sufferers of TMJ syndrome can avail themselves of a most effective alternative treatment known as acupuncture which is able to address several aspects of TMJ disorder.

Using Acupuncture for the Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint in Austin
While there may be several ways to treat effectively treat temporomandibular joint disorders, it is acupuncture that has demonstrated to be one of the safest and most effective treatments in several clinical studies. One noted study performed in 2007, showed that patients suffering from short-term muscle pain related to TMJ had a significant improvement of their condition after being given acupuncture. Another study, done in the UK, involved the participation of 70 dental patients with TMJ who received acupuncture. The results of the study reveal that 60 of the 70 patients benefited from the treatment and had a substantial improvement of their condition. Their average decrease in pain intensity was around 75%.

For TMJ disorders, acupuncture may serve as a standalone treatment or it can be combined with other treatment approaches. Dentists or doctors can recommend muscle relaxants, pain killers (analgesics), inflammatories and other drugs for TMJ disorder; in extreme cases, shots of corticosteroids may be given. One advantage of acupuncture is that it does not interfere with the effects of these medications and may even replace them altogether with no risk of side effects at all.

Most of us are well aware that pharmaceutical treatments merely address the symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorders. Acupuncture, however, not only relieves TMJ symptoms but also targets the main cause of the problem helping to reset the neuromuscular tension in the jaw by balancing the body and mind via a network of energy vessels known as meridians. TMJ is usually caused by the contracted muscles or hidden stress held in the face and jaw. In order to relieve the discomfort caused by TMJ, acupuncture helps relax these targeted muscles.

TMJ disorder long-term care also requires changes in your lifestyle and dietary habits. They will be determined by the underlying pattern of disharmony that your acupuncturist identifies as the cause of your condition. Wearing a mouth night guard during sleep may prevent teeth clenching and grinding at night. Misalignments can be corrected with bite plates. Changing the way you chew, jaw stretching exercises, relaxation techniques, and stress reduction can prove effective in resolving TMJ disorders. With the help of these lifestyle changes, your acupuncturist can eliminate TMJ pain and discomfort.

Ways in How Acupuncture Benefits the TMJ

Studies have confirmed that acupuncture can help reduce pain associated with TMJ disorder. Ancient Chinese medicine theories state that acupuncture works by returning balanced energy or Qi flow in the body. Western research has shown that there are ways on why acupuncture can successfully treat various types of conditions including TMJ disorders. Western medical literature reports in the 1970s suggested that one of the reasons why acupuncture is able to relieve pain is because the needles directly stimulate the nerves, which alters the way nerve cells sends signals to each other. Additional research works have confirmed this theory by revealing that acupuncture stimulates directly the production and release of neurotransmitters and endorphins, among other physiological effects. Neurotransmitters and endorphins are chemicals that naturally occur in the body and they help block and dampen the perception of pain by the brain. Although this has been confirmed, doctors still urge that more research is necessary to further analyze the mysteries of acupuncture since a lot of the effects of this treatment still remain mysterious and unexplainable to Western medicine.

What may be of more import than the manner in which acupuncture acts in treating (TMJ) disorder is the simple fact that there is factual proof that it works regardless if the treatment releases biological chemicals or affects Qi. Studies have shown that acupoints LI 4, BL 10, GB 20, GV 20, SI 18, ST 7, and ST 6 treated once a week half an hour each session of acupuncture treatment can address problems related to TMJ. The area of the pain which may include the jaw and around the ear may be stuck with needles. Interconnecting pathways between the meridians can also be needled, which means the big toe, knees, and the elbows can also be subjected to needles. These distal parts of the body can change Qi flow through the jaw to also alleviate inflammation and pain. Extra acupoints can also be stimulated to address other disharmonies seen in the body; when the overall circulation of QI is corrected, it can relieve stress and treat other factors that may contribute to your TMJ disorder.

For the treatment of TMJ, six acupuncture treatments are usually good enough, although for a mild condition four treatments may be adequate; chronic conditions may require more time. While these therapies result in pain relief, long-term treatment might be needed to prevent the surrounding muscles of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) from further complicating. Factors such as lowering stress, dental work, diet, and posture are all very important as they all help treat the disorder.

Acupuncture, What is It All About?

Having its roots in China over 3000 years ago, acupuncture became popular in the United States only during the early 1970s when a New York Times reporter wrote about how Chinese physicians relieved his post-surgical pain using only acupuncture. Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine which is based on the idea of properly maintaining and correcting the circulation of the energy in the body known as Qi or Chi. The circulation travels along energy thoroughfares called meridians, which connect the internal organs with the body surface. The circulatory system of QI is very similar to the circulatory system of arteries and veins. The meridians form a network of channels that spread all over the body. Practitioners of TCM believe that the slowing down or blockage of the flow of Qi, can be rectified by inserting thin needles at certain acupoints along the meridians to being back normal circulation. Pressure and heat can also be applied to acupoints with the same outcome.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder Causes

Symptoms of TMJ can be caused the action of orthodontics, overuse due to vigorous or excessive chewing, misalignment of the teeth and jaw, or due to an injury to the joint. Symptoms can come about or be aggravated by habitual grinding or clenching of the teeth, particularly during sleep. They include sudden misalignment of the teeth, clicking, popping, locking, reduced range of motion, as well as difficulty chewing and pain. Pain related to TMJ may radiate to the shoulders, neck, head, and face. Longstanding TMJ sufferers may experience hearing difficulties, earaches, dizziness, and headaches.

22. August 2016 · Comments Off on Some Salient Facts About Acupuncture Needles · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A procedure that entices healing via the stimulation of anatomical points in or on the skin, acupuncture is an ancient healing tradition that evolved in China more than 5000 years ago. There are a number of methods to diagnosis and treatment in US acupuncture that integrates the medical traditions of countries such as Korea, Japan, and of course, China. The use of needles to penetrate the skin and then manually manipulated or augmented with mild electricity to stimulate the nerves is the most studied type of acupuncture treatment.

Chinese archeologists believe that flint known as bian stones or sharp bone pieces were the earliest acupuncture needles used. Needles that were made from bonze, copper, and iron or even gold or silver were the early versions of modern acupuncture needles. Metal acupuncture needles began to emerge during the Iron and Bronze Ages. It is not uncommon, however, to see contemporary acupuncturists to utilize gold acupuncture needles to treat certain conditions.
Modern acupuncturists in Miami use needles that vary in width or size, are solid (non-hollow), and made of stainless steel. Contemporary acupuncture needles have steel or a cooper handle with a shaft made of stainless steel. In a typical acupuncture procedure, there may be nine types of needles used; most of the time however, only six are used.

Needles are pierced at certain angles, usually around 15 to 90 degrees in relation to the skin’s surface. Once inserted, the needle is manipulated in a variety of ways that help augment the sensation and stimulation. The condition that is being treated determines the type of technique used by the acupuncturist. Although basically a painless form of treatment, an acupuncture treatment may generate a slight pinch in some people when a needle is inserted. The needles are left in their place for around 20 to 30 minutes.

THE US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) on March, 1996, gave acupuncture needles Class 2 status of “medical tools”. These needles used to be considered as “experimental devices” or Class 3. The upgrade to Class 2 implies that all acupuncture needles be used will be subject to FDA approval in order to adhere to the “single use only” labeling and quality control of the FDA. Most importantly, this bestowment allows acupuncture treatments to be eligible for insurance coverage that other alternative treatments are excluded from.

This FDA decision shows that acupuncture is an effective and safe mode of treatment. There is zero risk of infections being transmitted from one person to another since now, acupuncture needles are used only once and are disposable.

13. August 2016 · Comments Off on The Advantages Of Acupuncture Over Medications in The Treatment of Depression · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

More and more studies are confirming acupuncture to be a safer alternative to psychiatric medications for the treatment of anxiety and depression in New York.

MRI studies reveal acupuncture to have a significant impact over brain neurochemicals, such as serotonin and dopamine. This is the conclusion reached by Jamie Starkey, a Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine acupuncturist. He added that those chemicals are the happy chemicals that activate feelings that make you feel good.

The wide use of harmful antidepressants

In the United States, some of the most widely used prescription medications are antidepressants. In a study done University of Pennsylvania and University of Columbia researchers and printed in the Archives of General Psychiatry, the use of these drugs rose by 200% between the years 1996 and 2005.

The side effects of pharmaceutical drugs such as antidepressants are oftentimes serious. In fact, a lot of antidepressants may even exacerbate the symptoms of depression and even heighten the likelihood of suicide for the sufferer. Moreover, new studies have even questioned the general efficacy of these drugs. One such study which was published in 2010 in the Journal of the American Medical Association was a meta-analysis whose results show that both newer (SSRI) and older (tricyclic) antidepressants are much less effective than talk therapy and merely as effective as a placebo. Patients with less serious depression (mild to moderate) would find antidepressants to be minimally effective for their kind of depression. These patients may discover acupuncture to be actually the best treatment for their condition.

Starkey stated that “What we’re discovering is that for mild to moderate depressive patients, acupuncture is just as effective as or even much better than these antidepressants.”

Science verifies acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture, in recent years, has been the focus of clinical studies by Western scientists. This treatment is about the use of thin long needles stuck into specific energy channels in the body, known as meridians.

One such study, which was published in November 2006 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and conducted by University of Arizona researchers included 151 participants who all have major depressive disorder. The patients were randomly assigned to no intervention treatment, sham acupuncture treatment, or traditional acupuncture treatment. Both the sham and traditional acupuncture involved a dozen acupuncture sessions administered at the office of a local acupuncturist over the course of two months. All 151 patents, at the end of 8 weeks, were treated for another two months of traditional acupuncture. The results showed that patients in both the sham and traditional acupuncture groups had significant improvement in their depressive symptoms.

One other study published in 2009 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and performed by researchers from China’s Beijing MeiTan General Hospital in China had 80 participants all of whom were experiencing major depressive disorder. They were treated with either five weekly acupuncture treatments plus 10 milligrams per day of the drug fluoxetine (Prozac), or a standard clinical dose of the drug.

At the end of six weeks it was revealed that the acupuncture group experienced the same improvement in depressive symptoms as those in the high- dose Prozac group. What’s more the acupuncture group also had fewer side effects and a greater improvement in their symptoms of anxiety.

The study indicates that acupuncture can be an ideal alternative for patients who are unable to tolerate the side-effects of antidepressants and those with depression coupled with serious anxious symptoms.

04. August 2016 · Comments Off on The Many Benefits of the TCM Herb Known as Chang Shan (Hortensia) · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

One traditional Chinese medicine root extract, Chang shan is a specific type of hydrangea plant indigenous to the Himalayan region. It is commonly known as hortensia and has been used for thousands of years as a treatment for maladies such as malaria. In a new clinical study conducted by researchers from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) it was revealed that hortensia can be used as a treatment for autoimmune disorders.

The team evaluated the active components of this plant and observed its effects in an effort to better understand its therapeutic benefits. A component in the herb known as halofuginone (HF), has been found to interfere with the development of (Th17) T helper 17 cells. These are highly inflammatory cells that seem to play a major role in the development of Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile diabetes, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and other autoimmune disorders.

Improving upon the previous studies that detected how HF activates the amino acid response (AAR) pathway in the body, the team was able to see how HF specifically inhibits and targets an enzyme known as tRNA synthetase EPRS, which controls the integration of proline, an amino acid, into cells. This inhibition in a way tells the AAR not to activate the inflammatory immune responses related to the autoimmune conditions.

One senior author of the study, a developmental biology professor, Malcolm Whitman of the HSDM stated that without dampening immunity altogether, HF inhibits the autoimmune response. HF could help spur the development of new treatment approaches to a several autoimmune disorders.

HF, unlike a lot of herbs that possess few therapeutic qualities, has immune-inhibiting and anti-inflammatory properties that not only addresses autoimmune pathology but treats the conditions of the entire immune system, as well. Including HF to a treatment can both enhance natural immunity and fight autoimmune disorders, which make it an effective and safe natural treatment that has no equal to any pharmaceutical drug.

Hortensia is also a potent anti-cancer nutrient

Besides the above-mentioned benefits of hortensia or chang shan, in 2011, University of Sao Paulo researchers found that HF has also the ability to fight leukemia. It not only hinders the ability of leukemia cells to metastasize to other parts of the body, it also induces cell death or apoptosis to these cancer cells.

In a study done in 2003 printed in the Clinical Cancer Research journal, it was found that HF possesses specific anti-tumor qualities that help treat various types of cancers other than leukemia. Based on the results, HF tends to prevent the advancement of both prostate cancer tumors and bladder carcinoma and can even serve as a preventative treatment that stops the initial development of these and other types of cancers.

Hortensia also known as chang shan, dichroa root or dichroa febrifuga, can be bought online or at health food stores and in both powder extract or liquid forms. Talk to a qualified TCM practitioner if you want to know more about hortensia and how it might be able to help you.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

01. July 2016 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Is a Promising Cure for Children Suffering From Lazy Eye Problems · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The number one cause of eyesight loss in children is amblyopia, more popularly known as lazy eye. About 1% to 4% of children in the United States are affected by this condition and while this disease usually results in loss of vision, several treatment options are available that may cure or at least mitigate this condition. Most of these treatments are effective, more so if lazy eye is diagnosed at its early stage. One lesser known but nevertheless very effective treatment is acupuncture.

What is amblyopia?

Amblyopia or lazy eye is an unexplained and sudden eyesight loss in one or both eyes. It usually takes place during early childhood. The child, in most cases, will possess one eye that is weaker, which is the lazy eye, than the other eye. Tests have revealed that both eyes are usually not normal and the stronger eye may even possess weak vision capabilities.

A child may develop lazy eye for several reasons. The two eyes differing in their capacity to see is one of the most common reasons. This may mean that the child has one normal eye that does not need corrective lenses and one eye that is either far-sighted (hyperopic) or near-sighted (myopic). The weak eye yields blurry images and over time, the brain will begin to rely on the normal eye and discard the images coming from the weak eye leading to the problem of amblyopia.

The misalignment of the eyes in the skull is one other cause of lazy eye. The look of the problem eye may be slightly turned to the side while the normal eye is looking straight. The term cross-eyed is commonly used for this condition. Both eyes send radically different images to the brain and the brain will suppress the transmission of one of the eyes in order to generate a coherent and clear visual image. The eye whose signals are discarded will eventually get weaker and slowly will develop lazy eye. Also, other eye conditions such as cornea impairments or cataracts can lead to lazy eye, as well.

Modes of treatment for lazy eye

If the treatment of lazy eye starts during the early stages of the disease, then it likely will cure the problem. Therefore, it is important to figure out as soon as possible whether your child has this condition. The problem with this disease is that it does not show any symptoms until loss of vision has already set in. For parents to know if their child is developing lazy eye, regular eye exams for their children are very much recommended.

Currently, occlusion therapy is the most popular form of treatment for lazy eye. This treatment is done by placing a patch over the stronger eye to force the weaker eye to develop and grow stronger. As with all types of lazy eye treatment, this therapy should begin at the early stage of the disease for it to be effective and produce good results. For a child under a year old, for example, a few months of treatment may be good enough to cure lazy eye but for an older child, results may be only seen after years of treatment.

The difficulty in following through is one of the biggest disadvantages of occlusion therapy. The child eye must wear the patch for several hours each day in order for this treatment to work. For a child this can be very difficult and frustrating since it severely limits his/her vision during those times. When wearing the patch the child’s vision is extremely blurry since he/she is forced to see using the weak eye. It is not uncommon to see these children removing or refusing to wear their eye patch. For school age children, wearing the patch can be a source of embarrassment as other children are likely to tease them for it and for the fact that they are unable to see clearly when wearing the patch. A lot of parents are forced to tape the eye patch in place which results in pain and irritation on the sensitive skin around the eye.

A side effect of eye patching known as reverse amblyopia may occur from this type of treatment. Children who need to put on the patch for prolonged periods of time everyday are the ones most likely to develop this condition. Emotional problems can also arise from patching. Parents, more often than not, are incapable of providing the necessary patching time each day which causes the lazy eye to only worsen.

Lazy eye and acupuncture in Tarzana
Just recently a joint study was conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shantou and the Shantou International Eye Center of Shantou University. The study involved acupuncture treatment versus patching in the treatment of 88 children suffering from amblyopia. Forty three children were given five acupuncture treatments each week and the needles were inserted on points on the leg, hand, and face. The other 45 children received patching treatment and had to wear their patches for 2 hours each day. The children wearing patches were also required to perform tasks that required the use of vision such as reading for at least an hour.

The study lasted 15 weeks. At the end of the study, both groups experienced improvements in visual ability. However, some interesting things were noted. The children who were given acupuncture treatments showed superior results than those who wore eye patches. The acupuncture group had an average improvement of 2.3 lines while the eye patch group only had a visual improvement of 1.8 lines. Moreover, about 41.5% of the children in the acupuncture group had a resolution of their lazy eye problem compared to only 16.7% from those wearing eye patches.

This study shows that Acupuncture is a promising treatment for lazy eye although more studies should be considered to confirm this. Acupuncture is much easier to administer and initial studies confirm that it is much more effective, or at least equally effective, as occlusion (patching) therapy.

01. July 2016 · Comments Off on Acupuncture is Probably the Best Form of Treatment for Dysmenorrhea Pain · Categories: Uncategorized

Several clinical studies have found that acupuncture can markedly alleviate the pain and cramping as well as the length of the pre-menstrual cramping painful malady called dysmenorrhea.

Resulting from either an underlying condition of the pelvic region (“secondary dysmenorrhea) or from an unknown pathology (primary dysmenorrhea), dysmenorrhea is a relatively common condition that affects tens of millions of women all over the world each year. Around a quarter of dysmenorrhea cases regardless of type are impervious to the effects of a class of analgesics known as NSAIDs or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Long practiced in China for the treatment of premenstrual pain, acupuncture has just recently been scientifically studied in controlled trials to test its potency in treating this gynecological condition. One study of note that can be read in the 2010 edition of the Evidence-based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine journal targeted moderate to severe dysmenorrhea sufferers who had the condition for a minimum of one year and which NSAID treatment proved useless in ameliorating the pain. The study showed that all the women refused oral contraceptives, which is one of the most commonly prescribed treatments for dysmenorrhea.

The researchers discovered that 86.7% of the 15 women in the study had a significant improvement in pain and lessened their NSAID intake after acupuncture treatment in Pembroke Pines. The study indicates that acupuncture seems to the most effective treatment in the alleviation of pain in women suffering from primary dysmenorrhea.

In 2011, one Chinese study printed in the Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine and conducted at the Shandong Academy of Chinese Medicine participated in by 80 patients suffering from for more than three menstrual cycles was done. The women were treated with either no acupuncture treatment, “preconditioning acupuncture”(an acupuncture treatment before the start of their periods) or “immediate acupuncture” (an acupuncture treatment during their dysmenorrhea symptoms). The researchers discovered that patients treated with immediate acupuncture or no acupuncture experienced a lesser improvement in the duration and magnitude of their dysmenorrhea symptoms than patients treated with preconditioning acupuncture.

Holistic healthcare

As opposed to hormonal contraceptives and other forms of Western dysmenorrhea treatment that more often than not have harmful side effects and are merely focused on specific symptoms, acupuncture is a branch of a holistic healthcare tradition known as TCM or traditional Chinese medicine. Acupuncture, as with all forms Chinese medical treatment, considers the body as an organism made up of interwoven systems that need to be in balance to achieve good health.

The traditional form of acupuncture involves the use of thin and long needles inserted into meridians or energy channels suggested by the specific health issue. This treatment is often used alongside other treatment methods including Qigong and other energy therapies, herbal supplements and lifestyle and dietary changes.

These past few years has seen the popularity of acupuncture rise like a meteor in the United States, in part because of an increasing volume of scientific evidence that back up its effectiveness. Some studies have proven acupuncture to be particularly effective in the relief of pain – so much so that many private insurance plans now cover it. Even the US military has now recommended acupuncture as a frontline battlefield treatment for their troops.

Acupuncture has been recognized by the NIH or National Institutes of Health for more than a decade to be a scientifically supported form of therapy and has endorsed it for several conditions such as pain and dysmenorrhea. Acupuncture is free of side effects, non-invasive, and totally safe to use.