30. December 2010 · Comments Off on Bellingham Acupuncture: The Meridian Pathways · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,

In the body there are numerous channels and pathways that go through the body and attend to certain organs, called meridians. Acupuncture is all about finding where there is stagnation in these channels, and helps the body to release the blocked pathways. Where there is pain and stagnation there is no “flow” – no movement, energy, or blood flow. There can also be nodules, or physical impediments of sorts – like stuck blood or other constrictions that can come from a combination of stress, lack of breathing well, lack of movement.

The best example is the way a river flows, and if there was a trauma to the body – using the example of a big tree that falls down into the river and there is a lot of mud stuck into the stream – there will be backup, or water that goes into other places. Bellingham Acupuncture therefore takes that pathway and begins to move the elements that are stuck and reconfigure the flow. It starts to move the energy and correct itself.

In Chinese medicine, there is the concept of Yin and Yang. It is believed that when these two forces are in balance, the body is healthy. When the forces are not in balance, acupuncture works to restore the imbalance by finding the correct pressure points along the meridian channels and apply the needles accordingly.

Energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”), flows like rivers along pathways, or meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang balanced. On the other hand, the flow of energy can sometimes be blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam. A disruption in the flow of energy can lead to illness. The needles help to unlock the stagnation.

However, part of the “art” behind acupuncture is finding the imbalance. According to Patti, she finds it similar to peeling back the layers in an onion.

Here are a few guidelines to getting started with acupuncture:

  • Be very selective as to who you choose. This may seem obvious, but this is absolutely critical. Finding someone you trust that is compassionate and intuitive is paramount to starting off on the right foot. Some acupuncturists can give you a complimentary session.  Some patients can become very emotional during the session and it can be nice that your practitioner can instantly recognized this and would talk to you very appropriately and guided you through the session. Treat yourself to two sessions per week, at least 20 minutes each day.
  • Understand the herbal supplements that are prescribed. Herbs play a very important role in the acupuncture process. I am not sure how they interplay with existing fertility medications – and of course they range dramatically for different treatments – so I would most certainly consult with your doctor as you think about taking the herbal supplements as well.
  • Take heed to the dietary and lifestyle changes that may be suggested to you.

There has been a growing public interest in Chinese medicine as more people experience relief from their illnesses using acupuncture and Chinese herbs.   This article describes in detail of exactly how and why the Chinese medicine works, including:

  • A brief history of Chinese medicine
  • Diseases which can be treated using Chinese medicine
  • An explanation of Qi, or energy flow, throughout the body
  • How the Qi flow is central to our well-being
  • What Chinese medicine can do to improve your Qi

Chinese medicine is acknowledged in the scientific community as being effective in healing various symptoms.  For example, the World Health Organization (WHO) has published a list of ailments for which Chinese medicine is considered appropriate treatment. They include:

  • Infections- colds and flu, bronchitis, hepatitis
  • Internal- hypoglycemia, asthma, high blood pressure, ulcers, colitis, indigestion, hemorrhoids, diarrhea, constipation, diabetes
  • Eyes, ears, nose and throat-deafness, ringing in the ears, earaches, poor eye sight, dizziness, sinus infection, sore throat, hay fever
  • Dermatological- eczema, acne
  • Muscular, skeletal and neurologic- arthritis, neuralgia, sciatica, back pain, bursitis, tendonitis, stiff neck, Bell’s palsy, trigeminal neuralgia, headache, stroke, cerebral palsy, polio, sprains
  • Mental, emotional- anxiety, depression, stress, insomnia
  • Genito urinary and reproductive- impotence, infertility, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), pelvic inflammatory disease, vaginitis, irregular period or cramps, morning sickness

Chinese medicine is one of the oldest medical disciplines in the world. Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine (the Huang Di Nei Ching Su Wen), written approximately around 300 B.C., is considered the world’s oldest medical text book. It contains detailed information about acupuncture and Chinese herbs. The mere fact that such information is still actively used in modern times is a strong indication of the powerful healing potential of the Chinese approach to medicine.

However, Chinese medicine is unlike Western medicine in that it uses a different concept of the human body. Chinese medicine recognizes energy flow, or Qi flow, and the paths of the Qi flow are called meridians.

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23. December 2010 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Encino Could Curb Back Pain · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , ,

A needle or even just a toothpick prick of the back in the right areas, combined with traditional medical treatments, may be a more effective treatment for back pain. For those with back pain, many days are spent in agony and medication alone doesn’t always do the trick. However, there seems to be other ways to help deal with back pain, including acupuncture or what some term as “fake acupuncture.”

In an attempt to study acupuncture treatments as it pertains to relieving back pain, a group of researchers with Group Health conducted the largest study of back pain and acupuncture in the U.S., called SPINE (Stimulating Points to Investigate Needling Efficacy). Acupuncture, a process where a needle is inserted in the skin of the back and into meridians or channels where some doctors believe vital energy flows, has been used for centuries by the Chinese to relieve pain and provide other benefits, but doctors  in the U.S. are still wary of the therapy and are trying to learn more.

The new study was recently published in the May 11 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The study involved 638 randomly selected participants with the mean age of 47 who reportedly suffered from chronic lower back pain, with about two-thirds reporting lower back pain for over a year. A large majority of the participants reported recent use of medication to help with the pain and they were allowed to continue their medications during the study. Volunteers had not previously received acupuncture treatments to treat their back pain.

The participants were seperated into four groups and given regular medical treatment, with two of the groups receiving a form of acupuncture Encino treatment. One group received standard acupuncture treatment; another received individually prescribed acupuncture treatment. Another group received “fake” acupuncture treatment, where a toothpick was used to poke the skin in the acupuncture points, but not pierce it as does traditional acupuncture treatment. The last group was given standard medical treatment including medication and physical therapy. Participants received 10 treatments over a seven-week period and follow-ups were conducted at 26 and 52 weeks. After treatment, 60 percent of the participants who received any type of acupuncture, including the treatment with a toothpick, reported pain relief, compared to only 39 percent of the participants who received the more traditional medical treatment. A year following the treatment, at the participants’ follow-ups, they all reported around the same pain scores, but the groups that received acupuncture were able to function better than the group that received traditional treatment.

Dr. Daniel Cherkin, who led the study and works with the Group Health Center for Health Studies in Seattle said, “Our study shows that you don’t need to stick needles into people to get the same effect.” According to Karen Sherman, also with the Group Health Center and also worked on the study, “Historically, some types of acupuncture have used non-penetrating needles. Such treatments may involve physiological effects that make a clinical difference.”

Millions of dollars are spent annually on treatment for back pain in the U.S. and it is one medical condition that continues to have patients complaining of no relief. Even with traditional pain therapy, such as medication and physical therapy. Based on the newly released study, acupuncture or even simulated acupuncture in combination with traditional medical care, could help patients manage back pain better.

22. December 2010 · Comments Off on What Can Acupuncture Dallas Treat? · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,

Acupuncture was first introduced to conventional medicine as a form of anesthesia and pain control. This was evident in the study of acupuncture-assisted surgery. The action of pain fibers in the spinal cord was seen to be blocked by acupuncture, which also stimulated pain-numbing substances called endorphins which are produced by the brain to cope with stress or pain.

Acupuncture Dallas not only inhibits pain, but also directly affects blood circulation, blood pressure, well as the immune, digestive, respiration, reproductive, and nervous systems. Hence it has a much broader use in treating conditions such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, indigestion, fatigue, acne, arthritis, asthma, anxiety, depression and insomnia. Recent clinical research using acupuncture in the treatments of alcohol, drug and tobacco addictions shows that stimulating points close to the ear decreases cravings and withdrawal reactions.

Instead of diagnosing and treating specific diseases as in allopathic medicine, Chinese Medicine focuses on the types of imbalances in the body; hence treating not the disease but the whole person by harmonizing within. Disease represents a disruption in the overall equilibrium. This holistic view can be expressed in the adage: “The person is not sick because he has an illness but has an illness because he is sick.”

An acupuncture practitioner makes diagnoses by taking into account the patient’s past and present symptoms and complaints, family medical history, the social and natural environment, lifestyle, and thoughts, emotions and relationships as well as an observation of facial and tongue color and physical assessment of the body and pulse. The patient may require additional treatments such as herbal or food therapy and exercise to enhance acupuncture results.

The length and the number of treatments needed vary between people as each is diagnosed individually. Common treatments to promote health or for simple ailments such as the common cold, headaches and muscle sprains usually need only a few sessions. Others who undergo acupuncture in conjunction with other treatments for complicated and chronic disease symptoms may require daily, weekly or monthly treatments over long periods.

Western medical treatments and acupuncture therapy can complement each other and may alternate as the primary care method depending on the clinical condition of the patient. Integration of conventional and traditional medicine is the key to optimum health

A physician should be seen first for any symptoms of illness. Acupuncture is most effective when functional disturbances have not yet developed into organic or structural impairments. It will not cure cancers or replace surgery, antibiotics or medications in many diseases.

The World Health Organization has composed a list of conditions for which it considers acupuncture appropriate. Acupuncture can be a very effective part of treatment for illness. There are growing numbers of medical doctors that have incorporated acupuncture into their practice and hospitals which add acupuncture therapy to patient care.

In the skillful hands of a trained practitioner, acupuncture has relatively few risks. As with any procedure that uses needles, there is concern that unsanitary needles will spread disease. This can be avoided by using disposable needles or stringent sterilization techniques. It is important to find an acupuncturist that is experienced and certified in your area. As with finding the right medical doctor, finding the right acupuncturist is important. Ask for references and speak to friends and family members who have had experiences with an acupuncturist.

20. December 2010 · Comments Off on What A Bellingham Acupuncture Treatment Consist · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,

Extremely fine needles are inserted into specific points in the body. The needles are left in place for a short time – from a few minutes to half an hour. Because the needles are so fine that, if properly inserted by a professional, they cannot be felt once inserted. During the insertion of the needles, there may be a little pain or no pain at all.

It is important that you seek a licensed acupuncture practitioner perform acupuncture. The needles used are disposable (the needles are regulated by the FDA for single use only), and the skin should be swabbed with disinfectant at the site of insertion. Infection may occur if there is inadequate sterilization of the needles. When done properly, acupuncture is virtually free of side effects.

 

Bellingham acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice based on the belief that life energy (qi – pronounced “chee”) flows through the body along pathways called meridians. Different meridians correspond to different body parts. If the flow of energy (qi) is interrupted, health problems can result. Acupuncture is used to restore the flow of energy (qi) to restore health.

Scientists are still trying to figure out exactly how acupuncture works. One theory is that acupuncture stimulates the production of endorphins (body’s own pain killers) or other chemicals that affect the nervous system but the actual mechanism in which acupuncture works to relieve pain in unknown. To those who have experienced pain relief from acupuncture, they only care that it works, not why it works – and, a growing number of physicians are referring patients for acupuncture treatment.

 

Controlled studies have had varied responses (possibly because they have been too small), but most studies have produced positive results – the majority of people obtaining pain relief. Research has shown acupuncture to be especially useful in relieving nausea from chemotherapy and surgery. Acupuncture may relieve many types of pain and conditions, including low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, and more.

One of the largest and longest study ever showed that an extended course of acupuncture reduced pain by 40% in those with knee osteoarthritis. The results were not immediate since it was only after 8 weeks that there was an improvement in functioning only; after 14 weeks there was an improvement in pain. This study was funded by NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, both divisions of National Institutes of Health.

 

Like any treatment, acupuncture does not produce the same result in all people, even when they have the same condition. As it often seems to provide partial but not total pain relief, acupuncture is often used as a part of a pain management plan.

If you are experiencing back pain and have not had adequate pain relief from conventional treatment or wish to cut back on pain medication and are considering acupuncture, ask your doctors to recommend a licensed acupuncture practitioner.

16. December 2010 · Comments Off on An Ancient Form of Philadelphia Acupuncture · Categories: Uncategorized

More and more parents are turning to an ancient healing practice such as Philadelphia acupuncture to treat their children and infants. Shonishin is a specialized form of acupuncture based on Chinese medical texts written over 2,000 years ago. The technique was refined by Japanese master practitioners and today is used all over the world.

According to Chinese medicine, acupuncture points are located on meridians along which the vital energy-known as “Qi”-flows. In traditional acupuncture needles are used to stimulate the points to release the flow of energy.

Shonishin, however, doesn’t involve needles. Treatment consists of using small tools that stimulate the meridians using different techniques to stroke, tap and press the skin. The practitioner’s tools are either held over the acupuncture point or brushed gently along the meridian pathways.

The process is delicate enough that kids consider it comfortable, and even pleasurable. Parents are encouraged to be present during the treatment, and infants, in particular, may be held in their parents’ arms.

Shonishin has been effectively used to treat common medical conditions, such as earaches, allergies and asthma. It’s also a form of treatment for health issues more often associated with adults, including digestive disorders and high blood pressure. Today, it is increasingly being used to treat children with emotional and psychological issues.

In many cases, even a light treatment is enough for children to start seeing positive changes in their health. Chinese medicine attributes this receptivity to children being at the “yang” phase of their existence, which means their Qi moves quickly, and is thus more receptive to treatment.

Because a child’s energy lies on the surface, it’s easier to access–which is another reason why children tend to respond to treatment faster than adults. Left unregulated, the Qi in children’s rapidly developing bodies can overtax their immune systems, leading to health problems.

It is widely known that the stimulation of specific points in the body causes the nervous system to produce endorphins and other natural chemicals and hormones that support the healing process.

Shonishin works in a similar way, helping children fight off infection and disease by treating lurking pathogens- the imprint of illnesses that remain dormant within the body and can disrupt the autoimmune system later in life. These maladies tend to surface when a child is exposed to situations of trauma, stress or anxiety. Today, there are numerous health issues affecting younger generations from birth to adolescence. Often when a child is diagnosed with an ailment there’s a rush to respond with medication even though there may be no immediate relief to the symptoms. Parents are faced with a dilemma: they realize that over-medicating their children weakens their immune systems but they don’t know what else to do.

The good news is that Shonishin can be used alone or as a supplement to traditional medical care. Of course, it’s always advisable for parents to consult their child’s pediatrician to determine the best course of action and it helps to know that there are alternative therapy options to help their children reach a healthier adulthood. And it’s never too early to seek them out.

Shonishin is safe and there are no negative side effects. It’s also quite common for children receiving Shonishin treatments to show marked improvement in other aspects of their daily lives. By strengthening a child’s Qi, it can help restore the wellbeing so essential to good health. Along with a proper diet, and lifestyle changes, it can greatly increase a child’s ability to become a healthy adult.

Acupuncture Montclair therapy is a traditional and ancient Chinese practice consists of many folk medical ways which are based on spirituality. There are more than 12 million Americans who are using acupuncture therapy for pain relief. Meridians are the vital energy or chi in the body that flows through channels.

Meridians mostly consist of branches which connect to bodily functions or organs. An imbalance to these chi levels is considered as illness. To restore the imbalance in your body, the ancient practices such as acupuncture therapy, herbal therapy, and qi gong exercise are the main considerations.

Acupuncture therapy involves insertion of very thin, stainless steel needles into various parts of your body. Low frequency electric currents are also applied to the needles to produce better stimulation. Acupuncture therapy is an effective means of stimulating acupoints with lasers, ultrasound, and electricity. Other procedures which can also be used in conjunction with acupuncture therapy are:

  • Auriculotherapy – Placement of needles in the ear
  • Acupressure – Use of manual pressure
  • Moxibustion – Burning of floss or herbs which are applied to the skin
  • Procaine
  • Injection of sterilized water
  • Vitamins
  • Morphine
  • Homeopathic solutions which are inserting through the needles

Acupuncture therapy is applied to the acupuncture points which are supposed to be located throughout your body. There were 365 points located which represented as the days of the year during the past 2000 years. Gradually this number is increased to around 2000.

Based on the symptoms of the disease, acupuncturists place needle near or on the area of the disease, but this is particularly. Traditional acupuncture therapy consists of a combination of points being used. Most of the acupuncturists suggest the traditional Chinese view of health and disease. An acupuncture therapy along with herbal remedies and other related ways are considered as valid approaches in curing your disease.

It is still not exactly known how acupuncture therapy can relieve your pain. Some theories suggest that pain impulses are blocked from reaching the spinal cord and the brain. While, another theory suggest that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce narcotic like substances which reduce the pain.

A treatment which is based on the treatment of all bodily systems and follows the holistic approach is known as oriental medicine. One of the benefits of acupuncture is to improve the physical health conditions as well as affective disorders. Aside from that, this can instill a feeling of increased mental clarity.

Acupuncture New Jersey practitioners believe that all illnesses are a result of the natural flow of energy through the body becoming stuck, depleted or weakened and thus making the individual susceptible to illness thus Acupuncture works directly with the body’s energy or qi. Acupuncture can benefit the body by rebalancing the gi through treatment of specific acupoints related to symptoms or illness present. Like most treatments, acupuncture is effective in removing these energy obstructions.

Clinical trials have proven that acupuncture is effective in treating various medical conditions and its use has been expanded into conventional medicine practices. While best known for the control of pain, acupuncture benefits a broad assortment of disorders. Respiratory disorders such as sinusitis, common cold, bronchitis and asthma can be successfully treated with acupuncture.

Conjunctivitis, (pink eye), nearsightedness and cataracts are just few of the eye disorders that can benefit from acupuncture. Toothache can be reduced through acupuncture. Neurological and musculoskeletal disorders including paralysis following stroke, frozen shoulder or Tennis elbow, sciatica and osteoarthritis can also be treated with acupuncture.

Acupuncture can be effective enough to reduce or eliminate the need to take drugs to control pain or symptoms, with certain health conditions. Added benefits of acupuncture are faster recovery from injuries, decreased symptoms of stress and improved circulation. Acupuncture can also be beneficial by strengthening of the immune system function, which through treatment is better able to withstand colds, minor infections, and flu.

Post-surgical nausea and vomiting can also be reduced through acupuncture. Many post-surgical patients find that acupuncture treatment is effective in increasing energy, and brings a sense of vitality. It also benefits the individual through a sense of restoring a sense of “normal self” after surgery or illness.

Multiple emotional or psychological disorders can be treated by acupuncture, which benefits addictions, phobias, obsessive behavior, eating disorders, and anxiety. Acupuncture can also be beneficial when used alongside conventional medicine treatments for both acute and chronic disease.

Often used as a form of preventative medicine, acupuncture is beneficial in preventing illness from occurring. Many people receive acupuncture without suffering from any particular malady or ailment. Treatment strengthens general constitution, and can correct a feeling of being unwell although there is no physical disorder, imbalance or illness in the traditional Western medicine sense.

09. December 2010 · Comments Off on Bellmore Acupuncture Treatment Benefits · Categories: Uncategorized

In some countries like the United States and UK, acupuncture treatment is one of the most well established and popular complementary forms of therapies. Approximately, three million people are undergoing treatment each year and this has been stated in the NHS Direct-health Encyclopedia 2008. Many people seek acupuncture treatment to treat specific symptoms or health conditions. It is also prescribed to work alongside with conventional forms of medical treatment or it can be used as a natural medicine alone without the use of drugs.

Thanks to extensive research and practice, it has shown that acupuncture is effective in treating certain conditions such as tiredness, stress, anxiety, depression, arthritis, rheumatism, musculo-skeletal problems, backache, high blood pressure and other circulatory problems, headaches and migraines, asthma and breathlessness, digestive problems, insomnia, gynecological problems and infertility, skin conditions, allergies and addictions.

Bellmore acupuncture health is directed at restoring the overall energy balance that will help deal with any health condition and also help the person feel better in a general and holistic kind of way. There have been increasing reports about patients having increased energy, normal sleep, vitality and a more normal appetite. With this kind of outlook in life, any individual treated with acupuncture can have a chance to greater confidence and greater enjoyment of life.

 

Acupuncture Health Philosophy

 

The concept of acupuncture health is that each acupuncturist should take the time to listen to their patients. Each patient’s well being is affected by his or her lifestyle, emotions, attitude, diet, habits and environment. All of these factors can contribute a lot to health issues that makes every person’s needs different. Addressing the different health issues and taking into consideration the different factors will help promote a good health and balance lifestyle for each individual.

Acupuncture health is a natural form of healing and it has many benefits. Acupuncture treatment alone can help provide drug-free pain relief. It effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments like back pain, menstrual cramps and others. It is also believed to treat underlying disease and illnesses as well as their symptoms. It can assist in the prevention of diseases and illnesses and maintain a person’s overall well-being. It provides a holistic approach to treating illnesses and diseases by linking the body, mind and emotions.

08. December 2010 · Comments Off on Fort Lauderdale Acupuncture for Neck Pain · Categories: Uncategorized

Neck pain is a very common condition but like all sorts of pain, this can be such a nuisance. But with the emergence of neck pain Fort Lauderdale acupuncture, this only means that this condition can be dealt with. The neck is more subject to injury than any other portion on the spine because of its position and range of motion and it plays a vital role in the support of the head. Neck pain, while it is much less frequent than back pain, can occasionally be severe enough to warrant attention form a licensed health professional.

Neck pain has a variety of causes and one thing that can cause neck pain is keeping your head in an awkward position since it can cause your neck muscles to fatigue and the joints in your neck to “lock” in place. This usually causes discomfort, stiffness and limited range of motion. Sudden force can also cause neck pain such as an automobile accident or medical conditions like a disease, swelling, tumors, inflammation, bleeding, and etc. One of the things that people hate about neck pain is that it can cause headaches.

In relieving certain types of neck pain studies have shown that acupuncture can be very effective especially those caused by whiplash. In those studies, it suggested that acupuncture can treat degenerative neck disorders such as cervical spondylosis and ankylosing. In many cases, acupuncture has worked for patients whose conditions could not be solved using conventional approaches.

Herbal medicine and acupressure are often used in conjunction with acupuncture for neck pain. To get that relaxed state and heightened sense of well-being, applying acupressure to the neck muscles can reduce spasm and lessen pain. Certain herbal products can be used to improve circulation and blood flow and ease muscle circulation depending on the patient’s condition.

A lot can suffer from neck pain and perhaps almost everyone will experience some sort of neck pain or stiffness during their lifetime. In fact certain occupations however appear to be predisposed to neck symptoms. For instance, manual laborers have more symptoms than office workers and the type of work seems to affect the risk. Another thing that can contribute to neck pain is a person’s age and history of twisting and bending during work. The most that are risk of developing mechanical neck pain are workers who have been required to do repetitive tasks with their upper extremities who undergo periods of prolonged sitting with their head in a flexed position such as typing on a keyboard at a desk.