25. August 2010 · Comments Off on Description of Orlando Acupuncture · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , ,

Orlando acupuncture is a method of producing analgesia or altering the function of a system of the body by inserting fine, wire-thin needles into the skin on the body along a series of lines, or channels, called meridians. The needles are twirled or energized electrically or warmed.

Acupuncture originated in the Far East and has gained increasing attention in the West since the early 1970s. Acupuncture is just one of several therapies that constitute traditional Chinese medicine. The ancient view holds that the basis of good health is the harmonious balance of qi, or vital energy, in the body.

According to this paradigm, energy moves through the body along 14 main pathways, called meridians, and when the flow along one or several of the meridians is obstructed, the result may be disease or injury.

By stimulating key points in the body – most commonly with needles – an acupuncturist seeks to restore balance to the normal energy flow and, consequently, to relieve pain or treat disease. Acupuncturists believe that imbalances in qi are the root of disease processes and that acupuncture helps impose balance on qi via needle insertion at specific points on or near the meridians.

Although acupuncture has been practiced for 5,000 years, until recently, nearly all the evidence of its effectiveness was anecdotal. In the last decade, however, research has revealed physiologic mechanisms for some of its effects.

For example, it is well documented that the stimulation of acupuncture points affects both central and peripheral nervous systems. It triggers the release of endorphins and enkephalins – chemicals that have pain-relieving properties similar to those of opiates. More recent research suggests that it may also trigger the release of certain neural hormones, including serotonin.

Many theories as to how acupuncture works have been entertained, but none by itself can explain the multiple analgesic, anti-inflammatory, sedative and regenerative effects of acupuncture. During an acupuncture treatment, tiny one- or two-inch needles are inserted at selected acupuncture points. Acupuncturists recognize nearly 400 of these special locations on each side of the body, and another 250 to 300 “extra-meridian” points outside the meridian lines.

The needles typically are twirled clockwise or counter-clockwise to evoke patient response and to intensify or change the needle tip’s polarity. According to some experts, this is based on the concept that the needle is a metal conductor, with opposite polarities at the tip and handle.

Manual or electrical manipulation of the needle or the application of heat or cold to the handle will change the polarity and direction of the current. Needles properly placed at selected points allow the current to circulate between the needle tips.

Patients generally complain of little or no discomfort from the needles. A common introduction is a feeling of heaviness or numbness at the insertion sites.

A course of therapy generally requires 10 or more treatments with costs averaging about $50 per session. Treatments are performed over several days or weeks.

21. August 2010 · Comments Off on How can Fort Lauderdale Acupuncture Treatment Help · Categories: Uncategorized

Many people seek  Fort Lauderdale acupuncture treatment for help with specific symptoms or conditions. These might include anxiety states, arthritis, asthma, back pain, circulatory problems, depression, facial paralysis, fibrositis, high blood pressure, indeterminate aches and pains, infertility, menstrual problems, migraines, rheumatism, sciatica, skin conditions and ulcers.

Acupuncture is a safe treatment for all, although for babies and children, pressure rather than needles may be used. Acupuncture has proved to be effective in pregnancy management and for the relief of pain in childbirth. It is also helpful for people trying to overcome addictions such as those related to smoking, alcohol, food or drugs. Some people may have acupuncture as a preventive measure to strengthen their constitution, or because they feel unwell in themselves without being ‘ill’ in the Western sense. It can also be used alongside conventional medicine in the treatment of both acute and chronic disease. As with any therapy, the response to acupuncture can differ from one person to another.

Most people’s experience of needles is of those used in injections and blood tests. Acupuncture needles bear little resemblance to these. They are much finer and are solid rather than hollow. When the needle is inserted, the sensation is often described as a tingling or dull ache. Needles are inserted either for a second or two, or may be left in place for 30 minutes or more, depending on the effect required. During treatment, patients commonly experience a heaviness in the limbs or a pleasant feeling of relaxation. Occasionally people may experience drowsiness after treatment, in which case it is advisable not to drive or do anything that can put you at risk. The benefits of acupuncture frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Many people find that it can also lead to increased energy levels, better appetite and sleep as well as an enhanced sense of overall well being
Acupuncture’s complex system of diagnostic corollaries takes into account the entire person, not just isolated symptoms. It is practiced based on discerning a pattern of imbalance in the body and treating accordingly. This imbalance can be based on physical and/or emotional difficulties. Based on this theory, acupuncture diagnosis includes patient observation, questioning and palpation.

Your practitioner will ask you a detailed list of questions to determine the true nature of your complaint, including inquiries into your diet, sleeping, digestion, bowel movements, urination, pains, sweats and emotions. Your practitioner will also palpate your pulses on your wrists and abdomen, not just to check its speed, but to judge its condition. Your practitioner will look at your tongue color, shape and coating, which by its color and texture can reveal much about your health. This information will then be organized into patterns and a diagnosis and treatment plan will be constructed.

09. August 2010 · Comments Off on Lower Back Pain Acupuncture Bellmore Relieves Back Pain · Categories: Uncategorized

Acupuncture’s merits are still hotly debated by the medical community, with many experts claiming that the acupuncture’s pain relief benefits are purely the placebo effect. Two recent studies related to lower back pain acupuncture in Bellmore and arthritis show that this alternative pain treatment has real effects that exceed the pain relief benefits of medication and physical therapy.

In a study led by Dr. Daniel Cherkin of Group Health, 638 patients with chronic low back pain were divided in to four groups. The first group received generic acupuncture treatments for low back pain, while the second were given individually prescribed acupuncture treatments. The third group received “false” acupuncture done with toothpicks on the surface of the skin. The fourth, a control group, received medication and standard physical therapy.

At the end of a seven week period, all three of the acupuncture groups – even the toothpick one – showed 60% improvement in pain levels and the patients’ ability to function. The standard treatment group without acupuncture was improved by only 40%.

A similar study was conducted two years earlier, in Germany, on arthritis patients. Here, the acupuncture group showed a 50% improvement and the “fake” acupuncture subjects – who were given acupuncture needle treatments on points other than the real acupuncture points – experienced a 40% improvement and lessening in their arthritis pain.

Acupuncture treatments are said to aid the flow of “Qi,” chi, or energy throughout the body, restoring health. Traditional Chinese Medicine accomplishes this by releasing blocked energy that may have stagnated at certain points along the energy lines or meridians – invisible lines of energy that carry chi through the body. Key points along the 14 meridians are used as the acupuncture treatment points and this is where needles are applied.

Traditional acupuncture uses extremely fine needles that are inserted into the meridian points – but there are other treatment approaches on these same points that don’t involve needles. It’s possible to do a treatment on the acupuncture points without inserting needles at all, simply by applying light or moderate pressure to the same treatment points. This kind of treatment is known as acupressure.

The Group Health study on lower back pain indicates that acupressure using toothpicks is just as effective as traditional acupuncture pain treatments. This kind of treatment can be used for pain relief or for any health concern that might require acupuncture treatment – including emotional or psychological distress. In fact, this kind of treatment is very similar to the kind of acupressure “tapping” done in energy psychology protocols using the same treatment points.

Why is surface treatment just as effective as acupuncture with needles? No one is really sure, but it may be due to nerve, emotional, or hormonal responses that are triggered from skin contact as well as by using acupuncture needles. Whatever the method, Traditional Chinese Medicine approaches that use acupuncture or acupressure have been shown to be even more effective than medical and pharmaceutical approaches for the treatment of low back and arthritis pain.

04. August 2010 · Comments Off on Orlando Acupuncture to Quit Smoking Addiction · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , ,

Have you ever thought to quit smoking in a way that your anxiety can be minimized and the discomfort of nicotine withdrawal can be lessened? Believe it or not, Orlando acupuncture treatment can help you on your goal to quit to smoking.

There a lot of people in the world are hoping and resolving to quit smoking for good. But chances are they end up making the same New Year’s resolution over and over again. Why? A lot of them are not able to endure the symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawal. This is where acupuncture treatment comes in.

The multitude of health risks to smokers and to those around them is well documented. The FDA claims that tobacco smoke is responsible for more than 400,000 deaths each year, resulting in various cancers and a shopping list of other major illnesses.

Despite these deadly consequences, every smoker can attest to the great challenge in overcoming nicotine withdrawal. The American Cancer Society states that of the 75 million current smokers in the U.S. and Canada, 48 million will try to quit smoking this year, 46 million will fail.

Nicotine addiction is more severe than with cocaine, marihuana and alcohol addictions. Smokers who go without a cigarette will often have strong physical and psychological reactions to nicotine deprivation, some of which can be treated with acupuncture. These include…

  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Nervousness
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Poor sleep
  • Increase in craving and appetite
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Some will experience weight gain. Sadly, many, especially young women will resume smoking hoping to lose weight. There are acupuncture programs designed to overcome these dominant side effects of nicotine withdrawal by stimulating greater relaxation, increased energy and a balance regulatory system using acupuncture techniques.

A good example of acupuncture program to quit smoking would be Dr. Tanaka’s Quit Smoking Acupuncture Program which was featured on CBS Television’s Smoking, Why Can’t I Quit. The program has very high success rate and most smokers have become ex-smokers within 3 acupuncture treatments in one week. The key is determination and of course with the help of the right determining factor. Like Dr. Tanaka, there are many acupuncturists who would use their vast experience in acupuncture to not only reduce the craving for cigarettes but to also minimize the anxiety and discomfort of nicotine withdrawal. Most acupuncture treatment costs less than what an average smoker would spend on cigarettes in a given 2-month period.