31. December 2011 · Comments Off on The Many Advantages of Acupuncture New York · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Acupuncture New York has had an important part in eliminating or reducing pain and in averting the development of chronic conditions from countless number of patients.  Western medical science believes that acupuncture stimulates causes the body to produce and release natural steroids and natural painkillers called endorphins.  The steroids are the ones decreasing the swelling and inflammation while the endorphins are responsible for neutralizing pain.  These body chemicals play a vital in stymieing the process of pain.  By eliminating acute pain, acupuncture thus effectively lowers the chance of any chronic pain development.  It then prevents the necessity for more invasive and costlier surgeries. Also, with the elimination of back pain by acupuncture, the need for painkillers or other medications, which cause serious and harmful side-effects, can be completely discarded.

A look at how acupuncture can drastically reduce the medical cost of back pain shows that a whole acupuncture treatment for back pain entailing 15 sessions can save the patient more than $300 per year.  This simply means that besides being free from the inconvenience of taking drugs several times a day that cause harmful side effects and experiencing a much more qualitative and prolonged relief of pain, the patient can also save a good amount of money with acupuncture treatment.  Besides these great benefits acupuncture has more to give an individual.  Acupuncture is more than just a great reliever of pain.  It is also a way to get over flu and colds quicker, an aid for bowel and digestive problems and much more.  Acupuncture is also a viable treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue, acid reflux and urinary frequency among others.

Acupuncture combined with another potent Chinese modality, herbal medicine, can significantly boost the immune system.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas can act as antibiotics against viral and bacterial infections.  Most of the herbs used in Chinese medicine are safe and do not have side effects as pharmaceutical drugs.  Many people in China underwent acupuncture combined with herbal medicine during the H1N1 scare and the so-called SARS epidemic.

Stress is a common factor in the Western way of living especially in the United States. A majority of Americans are anxious about their diminishing purchasing power and the security of their jobs.  Many Americans now have double jobs just to make ends meet and these put extreme amounts of stress on their physical and emotional health.  Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help the person relax physically, mentally and emotionally.  They are very effective in controlling stress, anxiety and depression.  A well-trained and licensed acupuncturist can strengthen the physical, emotional and mental health of his/her patient and treat them of various kinds of ailments and disorders.  Rather than depending on pharmaceuticals and invasive medical procedures to treat your conditions, acupuncture can give you a much better emotional, mental and physical health.

25. December 2011 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Orlando Helps with Depression · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , , ,

For people who have experienced or are experiencing depression, the mood can be very dark and the feeling is constantly of one filled with sadness and longing.  Depression is an emotional problem whose symptoms can manifest psychologically and physically and which can greatly affect the person’s normal daily activities.  Some of these symptoms may be suicidal ideation, thoughts of doing harm to others, feelings of hopelessness, lack of interest in any particular social activity or recreation, inability to concentrate, fatigue, crying spells, worrying and anxiety among others.

In the United States, around 8 million people suffer from depression.  The most common treatment for this disorder is antidepressant drugs and the antidepressant drug market is one of the most profitable markets for the pharmaceutical drug companies.   Most antidepressants work by regulating the serotonin levels in the brain.  These drugs actually do more harm than good and besides the financial cost of using them and their side effects patients are required to take them frequently and for prolonged periods of time.  Acupuncture Orlando, on the other hand when complemented with Chinese herbs, is a much more effective and long-term alternative to treating depression and other forms of extreme negative emotional disorders.

Interestingly, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which acupuncture is a part of does not see depression as an illness per se but nevertheless does greatly help treat its symptoms applying acupuncture and other modalities to correct energy imbalances in the body. Needles used by acupuncture are as thin as human hair and are placed at certain points in the body to help improve or regulate the flow of energy the Chinese refer to as chi meaning vital force.  Acupuncture is widely used as a treatment for pain and painful disorders and now has been proven to be a very effective treatment of prolonged anxiety and depression.

Drugs such as antidepressants only address the symptoms of depression; never its root cause, which is emotional and physical stress.  These stressors can lead to chi blockages in the body or alter and decrease beneficial neurotransmitters, such as serotonin resulting in the manifestation of depression, fatigue and anxiety.

Chronic depressive patients seldom have suicidal thoughts or tendencies; they often more suffer from stress, poor sleeping and anxiety.  Acupuncturists often with help from Chinese herbal medicine choose specific acupuncture points to treat the undying cause of the patient’s depression.  Acupuncture brings into the patient an increased level of energy and takes out the levels of sleeplessness and anxiety after a few sessions of it.  One of acupuncture’s greatest features is that there are no side effects to this treatment.  Another great thing about it is that the body and mind are now able to identify what causes depression and take measures to correct the imbalances that rise up during stressful times.

17. December 2011 · Comments Off on Cease Smoking with the Help of Acupuncture Austin · Categories: Acupuncture

Acupuncture Austin has shown to be a most effective treatment for many types of diseases.  Now, more people are aware of its potency to help rid of the habit of cigarette smoking.  Because of its great efficacy in helping people quit smoking, acupuncture is fast becoming a premier option for people to help them stop smoking permanently.  This is of course if the person really is willing to stop smoking.

The basis of acupuncture therapy lies in the Chinese belief of a vital force flowing in the body.  This energy flow is what gives life to the person, makes the person healthy and enables the person to grow. The Chinese call the energy chi and it flows through 12 energy channels called meridians which run more or less along blood vessels.  There are numerous acupuncture points located throughout the body and these points also run along the meridians.  Due to negative factors such as stress, the meridians get blocked and hinder the normal smooth flow of chi.  This condition leads to bad habits and smoking is one of them.  Acupuncture is there to provide a solution to unblock chi flow and to provide great support for smoking cessation.

When providing this treatment to the patient, the acupuncturist uses more or less five needles and inserts them on the ear cartilage on the outer ear.  Sometimes needles are also applied on the wrists and hands.  The needles are left on the body for about 20 to 45 minutes and they generate stimuli responsible for reducing the craving for cigarette smoking.  For permanent smoking cessation treatment, several sessions of acupuncture treatment is required.  Many sessions will deal on the physical and the emotional withdrawal symptoms of the patient as he/she slowly weans himself/herself from the hold of tobacco addiction.

Most patients will also be treated with herbal formulas while undergoing acupuncture to make the treatment more effective.  Herbal formulas such as oil of wintergreen, evodia extracts and clove oil among others are used to facilitate treatment.

When the treatment takes effect in your life, the cigarettes you found hard to resist now starts tasting unpleasant, tasting rather nasty instead of soothing.  Just this factor can turn you around completely to become an avid non-smoker.

The withdrawal symptoms which acupuncture can effectively neutralize are depression, anxiety and the increased craving.  However, acupuncture detoxifies the body and nicotine is purged from the body relieving the body of the craving.  Also, blood circulation is improved and the lungs are decongested of the cigarette smoke which greatly improves respiratory function.

Some respond to acupuncture therapy very well that in a matter of a few days, they are permanently off cigarette smoking.  The best thing about acupuncture it is a safe, natural and very effective treatment for many types of addiction including cigarette smoking.

 

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11851 Jollyville Rd #102
Austin, TX 78759
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11. December 2011 · Comments Off on Facial Rejuvenation with Cosmetic Acupuncture Fort Lauderdale · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

Compared to the quite invasive procedures of plastic surgery, facial enhancement with cosmetic acupuncture Fort Lauderdale is relatively quite painless with no handicap of a long recuperation period involved.  Long before Columbus even set foot in the New World, the elite in Chinese society has been using acupuncture as a way to look and feel younger.  Cosmetic acupuncture has been making people for generations feel happy with healthier and more vibrant skin.

Unlike modern cosmetic surgery, acupuncture not only focuses on the face or even the skin, the treatment also helps increase blood circulation and regulates hormonal balance, which benefits the whole body.

One particular type of cosmetic acupuncture, the Mei Zen specializes in cosmetic acupuncture.  Acupuncturists for Mei Zen are highly trained in this type of acupuncture.  Their source of knowledge in this art is based in ancient Chinese writings that reveal the acupuncture sites and types of needles to enhance blood circulation by relaxing the blood vessels to better nourish the cells and assist in their regeneration, to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin to fight wrinkles and to improve the overall health of the body which will manifest itself through a person’s outward appearance.

Usually it takes two days of one hour sessions a week for five weeks for an entire facial rejuvenation treatment.  The treatment involves hair thin needles inserted at specified points just beneath skin’s surface.  One should expect disappearance or at least a significant reduction in deep lines and fine lines in the face with a more vibrant, smoother and fairer complexion with cosmetic acupuncture.  Skin disorders such as acne and rosacea are treated. Since acupuncture does not only mean fair and healthy skin, it also helps treat other physical and emotional conditions such as anxiety and depression, insomnia, night sweats and hot flashes. Acupuncture if applied in the abdomen can even improve sexual appetite and performance. Most patients who have experienced cosmetic acupuncture end up revitalized and happy.  It is common to hear of reports of feelings of lightness, bliss and warmth after acupuncture treatment.

A very important advantage in going for cosmetic acupuncture is its cost and compared to cosmetic surgery, Botox or most conventional cosmetic procedures, cosmetic acupuncture is much more economical.  You only spend a fraction of the cost of a Botox treatment with an entire treatment program of cosmetic acupuncture.

Unfortunately, people who have suffered a stroke, or have high blood pressure, seizure problems and other chronic disorders are not advised to undergo cosmetic acupuncture.  They may find treatment, for their existing problems though with other forms of acupuncture.

Some people may find immediate improvement of their appearance while it may take several sessions before others see an improvement in their looks with cosmetic acupuncture.  People react differently to treatments and it is no different with cosmetic acupuncture.

04. December 2011 · Comments Off on Male Fertility Problems and Acupuncture Marlton · Categories: Acupuncture

One of the more important attributes of acupuncture Marlton in its long-history is its use as a booster of sexual performance, appetite and virility of Chinese emperors.  The use of hair thin needles to treat problems such as infertility has been one of the most popular uses of acupuncture throughout history.  Infertility problems are indications of blocked or stagnant chi in the energy vessels of the body, called meridians.

Traditional Chinese medicine believes that the chi concentration is highest in the kidney meridian, which is responsible for sexual desire, reproduction and body growth.  Negative factors affecting the kidney meridian can lead to infertility issues, with lifestyle issues being the greatest negative impact on kidney chi deficiency. For treating male infertility, acupuncture targets the kidney to remove chi blockages in the kidney meridian and restore normal energy level.  However, without changes in lifestyle, the recurrence of infertility is likely to happen.

Here are some male fertility problems that acupuncture can effectively treat:

  1. Low sperm count and poor structural quality.
  2. Azoospermia – A reproductive disorder where no sperm is present during ejaculation.  Two factors may cause azoospermia. One is blockage formation in the epididymis and the other is a totally nonexistent sperm production.
  3. Semen abnormalities.

Besides sperm issues, other factors may cause male fertility.  Male impotence, specifically, erectile dysfunction is one very common reason for male infertility.  The inventions of Viagra and Cialis have superficially assisted many men to hurdle this problem although the underlying cause of ED is not addressed at all by these drugs. Many times, male infertility problems do not require acupuncture treatment to treat their problems.  A change in lifestyle like eating a nutrient-rich diet, cutting down on alcohol intake and stopping cigarette smoking can restore sexual drive, performance and virility.  Furthermore, acupuncture is more effective for men who live good and healthy lifestyles.

Upon initial consultation, the acupuncturist will perform a thorough assessment of the patient’s present state of health. The acupuncturist will ask the patient about his symptoms and lifestyle habits.  Interestingly, questions regarding food cravings and the sweat of the patient will also be asked.  All these information are needed by the acupuncturist to determine the disharmony pattern existing in the patient’s body.

A normal male person usually produces a new batch of sperm in roughly 3 month’s time.  Acupuncture treatments for male infertility also take that long and typically with one session every week.  The use of Chinese herbal formulas is often also included in the treatment and many Chinese herbal formulas exist to enhance sexual drive, performance and virility or to treat low sexual drive and infertility.   As long as one lives a healthy lifestyle and follows up on his once-a-week treatment, acupuncture can surely treat one’s male fertility problem.

 

Heather Shultz is a licensed acupuncturist in Marlton, NJ with advanced training in modern acupuncture techniques and traditional Asian therapies.