26. March 2011 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Fort Lauderdale in Treating Anxiety and Depression · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

Acupuncture Fort Lauderdale has been practiced in China for thousands of years.  It was not until the 20th century that the West found out about this wonderful oriental treatment.  Now, acupuncture has been accepted by mainstream medicine as an effective alternative treatment and is sometimes used as an adjunct to western medical modalities.  Acupuncture by itself is a very safe and effective treatment for a number of sicknesses and ailments such as back pain, skin disorders weight loss and substance abuse among others.

Acupuncture is a special treatment that concentrates on points called acupuncture points in the body to stimulate the energy of the central nervous system. By inserting needles on those points, the brain is stimulated to release special chemicals called endorphins, which aid in curing the body of many problems.

Needles used in acupuncture are sterilized standard reed-thin needles specified by the Medical Practitioners Association.

Many people feel depressed and anxious these days due to the worsening economic crisis in the US.  Patients consulting with physicians regarding their anxiety and depression usually end up being prescribed with anti-depressive drugs.  Some patients undergo psychotherapy sessions, which is costly.  Psychotherapy and anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs are the two most popular treatments in the US for depression and anxiety.  Another approach is through acupuncture.  There have been empirical studies done showing repeatedly the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating depression and anxiety.

Ear acupuncture has been one of the more popular forms of acupuncture in treating anxiety and depression.  The ear has many acupuncture points with meridians or connections to the various major organs in the body and also to the brain and central nervous system.  For extreme emotions, the liver chi is usually the one affected with blockage and chi stagnation.  Chi, according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the life force flowing inside our body.  This free flow of chi is what makes the body healthy and grow; once blockages arise, the chi stagnates which engenders many kinds of ailments and sicknesses.  Acupuncture removes the blockage and helps the body replenish its strength by increasing the body’s metabolism rate to create more energy.

One does not need another form of treatment when acupuncture is used for anxiety or depression although herbal medicine is usually given in conjunction with acupuncture to speed up treatment.  Anxiety and depression are both extreme emotions and these extreme emotions are the causes of chi blockage in the body.  Like depression, anxiety directly affects liver chi and, ear acupuncture is also used as the mode of treatment for anxiety.

Rather than undergo depression or anxiety treatment with pharmaceutical drugs, acupuncture is the safest way to treat these extreme emotions in that it does not entail any adverse side effects, which pharmaceutical drugs inherently carries.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) emphasizes that nature follows certain principles.  Nature has a dualistic nature seen in the interaction of opposing forces to produce energy and harmony.  In electricity, there is a negative and positive force interacting with each other to produce power.  In the elements, fire is contained by water and water can be contained by fire.  We can see that this interaction makes life flourish through the cycle of rain.

Heat from the sun and the earth vaporizes water from the oceans, the vapor condenses into clouds and air allows it to travel on land, clouds are then transformed into water falling on the ground as rain.  Rain then flows back to the ocean and the cycle repeats itself. Duality of nature is also seen in darkness and light, in predator and prey, sickness and health and in life and death.  In human society, duality is manifested in good and bad, moral and immoral, sin and virtue.

The principles of yin and yang are just part of nature’s duality.  In TCM, yin and yang are respectively the cold and heat principles interacting within the body.  There should be relative a balance of these forces in the body for good health.  The role of yin and yang in the body is the way Chinese medicine explains the physiological processes which the body undergoes.

To illustrate, a yin organ like the kidneys has functions that are yang (yang chi) in nature while the small and large intestines considered yang organs have activities that are yin in essence (yin chi).  The harmonious balance of these two forces causes these organs to function normally promoting growth and good health.

The balance can be disrupted due to invasion of pathogens or the climate and this leads to diseases and sicknesses.  Pathogens can be either yin or yang in nature.  In both cases, these pathogens bring their forces in the body resulting in either yin or yang deficiency.  Yang pathogens result in the slowing of bodily yang, which affects bodily yin.  This will manifest as a heat syndrome. Yin pathogens will result in a cold syndrome.

Once a diagnosis is determined, the acupuncturist will select the best acupuncture New York treatment for the sick.  Pathogen infections and climate-caused sickness are usually treated with both acupuncture and herbal medicine.  Acupuncture needles are introduced in some parts of the body allowing the removal of excess of yin or yang and removing blockage of chi so that any yang or yin chi deficiency is replenished.  Herbal medicine also corrects this imbalance and concoctions are sold specific to any yin or yang deficient organ.  Once the flow of chi is normalized, the body’s immune system becomes strong enough to defeat the pathogens thus helping the sick person on the road to recovery.

Ear acupuncture  New York for weight loss has been one of the most popular acupuncture treatments for weight loss.  The ear is one part of the body possessing acupuncture points connected to meridian networks in the various major organs, the nervous system and the brain thus making the ear one of the vital parts for acupuncture therapy.

The purpose of ear acupuncture is not only reducing your weight per se, it more or less helps you to tackle the craving for food by releasing endorphins in the body, to make the body feel good which happens when the person is eating.  Instead of the craving and the eating satiating the craving, the release of the endorphins thru acupuncture, bypasses the eating phase of the food addiction.  The body feels sated through the endorphins ending the craving of the patient for food.

The endorphins also end the stress and anxiety that engendered this craving.  The endorphins calm the patient down, take away the extreme emotions and allow the body to help regenerate the organs affected by the disorder. These high but negative emotions are the cause of the blockage of chi in the liver that led to the addiction.

Each acupuncture point in the ear corresponds to a specific part in the body connected to the ear by meridians where chi, the Chinese word for life force, flows.  As chi stagnates in one part of the body, the person then experiences diseases, illnesses and disorders.  In eating disorders, the major organs affected are the liver, kidneys, lungs and spleen.  The sympathetic nervous system is also affected by overeating and needles are also inserted in the ear that connect to the brain and the nervous system.

The acupuncturist does not just begin acupuncture immediately when you first seek for advice.  Like a medical doctor, he will ask of your medical history and the type of eating disorder you suffer.  Once he gets the information he needs, he determines the best acupuncture treatment for you.

It is very important to note that maintaining an unhealthy lifestyle can negate or prolong the treatment.  One does not get thin keeping on eating even under acupuncture therapy.  The best thing about acupuncture is that it is a holistic medicine, which means not only are you treated for obesity, you are also being treated of its cause and root.  The release of endorphins is really the healing of the addiction itself since the control of your overeating means lower calorie intake everyday.

Some overweight people are so not because of an eating problem but because they hold too much water in their body.  This means the endocrine gland is producing too much hormones that make the body fat. In this case, acupuncture and herbal medicine treats the abnormal secretion of hormones and regulates the secretion of hormones normally.

11. March 2011 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Orlando Safe for Children · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , , ,

Acupuncture is safe for children.  The needles, which immediately elicit a horrified reaction to a child, are reed-thin needles inserted not too deep in the skin to reach beyond the subdermal tissue.  Ancient Chinese doctors cure both children and adult alike from various sicknesses and diseases using acupuncture Orlando and herbal medicine for more than 3,000 years.  Any harmful effects caused by acupuncture on children would immediately be recorded and noted to prevent these effects from occurring again.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has battled diseases that children pick up as they grow.  Measles, chicken pox, small pox and other debilitating and sometimes deadly diseases like polio or rickets is usually tackled by herbal medicine with acupuncture sometimes used as an adjunct.

These diseases are viewed by TCM as environmental in nature and diseases as heat or cold elements when they invade the body, unbalancing the yin and yang forces in the body.  In TCM, yin-yang are the cold and hot principles respectively.  Their balance in the body spells good health but when one of these principles become inordinately greater or less than the other, the imbalance manifests in the form of sickness or disease.

The body contaminated with bacteria or virus has picked up a yang-oriented force, meaning the foreign agent in the body carries the heat principle that expands or spreads in the body causing the yin or cold force to counteract to avoid runaway yang energy from enveloping the body.  The body then produces the yin energy from the yin organs to help restore the balance but this extra yin production makes the yin organs, like the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver and spleen weak.

The body has also yang organs composed of the small and large intestines, the gall bladder and the skin.  To aid the weakening organs, herbs that are oriented to yin energy are given to the patient and acupuncture is done to take out the yang energy from the microbes and the yin energy produced by the yin organs.  Acupuncture also removes the obstacle to chi, or life force to allow the chi to replenish the body with much needed energy making the body stronger and at the same time strengthening its immune system.

Once the body is strong again, the foreign bodies can be expelled and the balance of yin and yang can be once again restored.

The environment also plays a role in yin-yang imbalance.  Hot or cold winds can alter the physiological balance of yin and yang in the body.  To avoid colds, do not expose yourself too long on cold, damp places and to avoid heat stroke, stay away from excessively hot places.  Young children are especially vulnerable to the weather and it is best always to dress them with clothing that offsets the higher or lower than normal temperature of the weather.

04. March 2011 · Comments Off on Philadelphia Acupuncture and Sinusitis · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , ,

Around 37 million people suffer from sinusitis annually in the US.  Sinusitis is caused by bacterial infection.  People who are predisposed to suffer this ailment are usually individuals who have drainage and ventilation issues of the sinuses or have a history of asthma or overuse of nasal inhalers.

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), sinusitis results due to cold-heat environment, which affects the yin-yang balance in the body organs.  Yin and yang are two opposing principles that refer to the cold and heat aspects interacting in the human body.  Yin is the cold or water principle and yang is the heat or fire principle.  The relative balance of these two principles is important for the vitality and health of our body.

An invasion of pathogens in the body such as pneumococci, streptococci or influenza is considered a hot or fire condition in TCM.  The meridians where chi is blocked are the spleen, kidneys and lungs because of infection that caused sinusitis.  When chi is blocked, the yin and yang in the affected organs become imbalanced.  Since the infection causes the addition of heat in the body, the organs need to cool down the heat added which depletes the energy of those organs.  The weakening of those organs manifests in maladies caused by sinusitis and making the sinusitis itself worse.

These maladies come in the form of yellow discharges in the nose, eye problems, reddish face and headaches.  They emanate from liver and gall chi depletion.  Manifestations for lung chi weakness are irritable and sore sinus area, thick, opaque nose discharge, thirst and heat discomfort.

The treatment of acupuncture in Philadelphia with herbal medicine for sinusitis is done by inserting acupuncture needles in the LI4 and LI11 meridian points to expel the heat caused by the infection.  The meridian point UB12 also is treated with a needle to expel the excess wind, which serves as a reactive balance to the excess heat.  The meridian LU7 is treated likewise.  This is done to remove the blockage of chi in the areas involved.

The GV23 point is treated to expel the wind/cold in the sinus region.  Other points of treatment are for the removal of sinus pain and these involve the UB2 area among others.
Once the normal balance of yin and yang in the body organs are restored, acupuncture then assists to drain the sinuses by thinning the mucus and loosening it.  The body develops strength to combat the invading pathogens and to dissolve or thin phlegm and expel it.

Herbs considerably accelerate the treatment and they are often used for treating most kinds of sinusitis.  To help prevent the reoccurrence of sinusitis avoid some foods such as dairy and sugar (these enable the body make more phlegm) and to drink herbal medicine tea at the first sign of colds..

04. March 2011 · Comments Off on Acupuncture and Obesity in Bellmore · Categories: Acupuncture

For the obese person, the best way to lose weight is with acupuncture therapy.  Acupuncture in Bellmore is an ancient Chinese medical practice where needles are inserted in the skin around areas known as meridian points or acupuncture or just acu points.  These points are known in ancient traditional Chinese medicine as areas connecting the skin to the various organs in the body.

Meridians are networks that are spread throughout the body like veins, arteries and capillaries but instead of blood, meridians are the infrastructure systems used by chi, the Chinese word for vital energy or vital life, the life force energy that is responsible for the person’s growth, reproduction and vitality, to transport this energy all over the body.  Without chi, there is no life.

Traditional Chinese medicine is a holistic science and it looks at the whole dimension of a person, the spiritual, emotional, psychological and physiological aspects when treating diseases, sicknesses or ailments.  Acupuncture is one of the more popular forms of TCM and also the most effective for treating obesity.

Obesity can be caused by a number of factors; genetic predisposition, food addiction or emotional stress.  Acupuncture not only aims to treat the symptom of over weight but also the cause of the disorder.

Acupuncture works on obesity by first knowing the etiology of the disease.  Once known the acupuncturist determines the best treatment for the specific cause.  Usually, herbal medicine is also given to aid in the facilitation of treatment.  The organs which TCM usually indicates for eating disorders are in the kidney, liver and spleen.

The liver is usually the primary organ with chi stagnation because of emotional and other factors that cause overeating and the other aforementioned organs are affect by the chi imbalance in the liver.  The acupuncturist then locates the meridians that connect to the liver, kidneys and spleen.  Acupuncture needles are inserted into these areas to remove blockages of chi caused by environmental and psycho-emotional factors.

The ear is usually the area where the meridians connecting the 3 organs and the nervous system are located.  A needle is also introduced in the ear for the central nervous system to help release endorphins to fight the addiction or craving towards food.