30. January 2012 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Fort Lauderdale Treatment for Digestive Disorders · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

Modern life has given rise to the phenomena of fast foods and junk foods.  Unfortunately these kinds of food are often composed of unnatural synthetic products that do not interact well with our physical body.  In order to mass produce and preserve these kinds of foods, chemicals are used that accumulate in the body when ingested which then become toxins that make us sick and weak. Fast foods and junk foods are what often cause digestive problems such as constipation and flatulence.  They also create muscle cramps, hair loss, dry skin, fatigue and weight gain.  Because of poor nutrition, the organs in the digestive system function poorly.  To treat digestive problems, various kinds of medications and therapies are offered.  These modalities all aim to restore balance of health in the entire body system.  One very effective treatment for balancing the body is acupuncture.  Acupuncture Fort Lauderdale is a very old type of medicinal treatment that came from China and is now being practiced all over the world.  It is basically about using needles inserted in certain parts of the body to elicit a desired therapeutic effect.

Acupuncturists state that the human body contains energy vessels throughout the body in which energy travels smoothly and unimpeded.  These energy vessels are called meridians.  Acupuncture needles are inserted at points along the meridians to achieve homeostasis to the different body systems including the digestive system.  Gastrointestinal disorders can be treated by acupuncture.  Acupuncturists believe that the spleen is the organ most affected by energy imbalance causing many types of gastrointestinal problems.  However, energy imbalances can also occur in the large intestine and stomach meridians and they can lead to certain types of digestive disorders as well. Sometimes acupuncture treatment is combined with herbal medication to address certain health problems associated with digestive energy imbalances.

Acupuncture is often used by acupuncturists to treat digestive conditions such as ulcers, gastritis, heart burn, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastrointestinal infections and bacterial infections among others.  The needles help the muscles to relax relieving muscle aches and strain.  As the muscles relax, blood flow is improved nourishing the digestive organs and tissues with blood, nutrients and hormones enabling them to function much more efficiently and removing any pain and discomfort in those organs.

Acupuncture should be performed by a well-trained licensed acupuncturist in order to avoid unnecessary complications, minor side effects such as bleeding or bruising and painful procedures.  If you can find a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in the treatment of digestive disorders or who has extensive experience in treating these sorts of disorders, then he/she is the most capable of treating your digestive problems.  In terms of safety, a licensed acupuncturist uses disposable sterilized needles.  The acupuncturist should also use antiseptic agents to clean the acupuncture points after the treatment.

Obesity is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a global problem.  However, this problem is misleading since an overwhelming number of people in Africa and Asia are suffering from starvation and poverty.  Since this article is not about poverty and starvation we shall focus on the problem of obesity and the means to treat this problem.

There is a difference between being overweight and being obese.  Overweight can mean there is too much water, fat bone and/or muscles in the body.  Obesity on the other hand refers to weight excess due solely to excessive body fat.  A healthy bodybuilder can be overweight but is not obese.  However, all obese person are overweight.  The body mass index is a reliable way to find out if one is obese, normal or overweight.  You can find the BMI calculator at this site:  http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/.

BMI lists overweight as above 25 (with exceptions for some above 30), while obese while scale above 30.

Besides being a social disadvantage, obesity is a potentially very dangerous hazard to health.  Here are some facts about the dangers of obesity:

* Obesity has caused around 300,000 deaths annually in the United States.

* Men who suffer from severe obesity die on average 13 years earlier than men with normal weight.

* Obesity is the second most common cause of death in the Untied States.  First is tobacco.

With regards to the cost of obesity to the US economy, US citizens spend around $50 billion annually to lose weight and the results of show that the United States is losing the battle to lose weight.

Most conventional weight loss programs utterly fail in the long-run.  Since conventional treatments provide unsatisfactory results, many have turned and have found answers to alternative modes of treatment.  One such successful treatment for obesity is acupuncture.

Acupuncture New York is one branch of traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM.  TCM has been the modality used by the Chinese and East Asian peoples for thousands of years. It is known to be a viable treatment for obesity and other kinds of health disorders.

Modern research has shown how acupuncture works for weight loss.  Acupuncture is seen to improve the function of two endocrine vessels that control various kinds of physiological processes, one of which is metabolism.  Therefore, acupuncture can help increase metabolism and help burn fat calories more rapidly.  By burning fat calories, body fat and insulin and lipid levels are lowered in the body and blood resulting in lower body weight.  Acupuncture also regulates the appetite.  This means that craving for food is lowered significantly and that the body is easily sated with less food than before.  For women at the onset of menopause, acupuncture also helps them lose weight.

22. January 2012 · Comments Off on Treating Depression and Anxiety with Bellevue Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

Bellevue Acupuncture for the treatment of depression and anxiety is probably the best alternative treatment available for people who suffer from these conditions due to pressures from work and relationships.  The state of a person’s mind and emotions can severely impact the health of the individual.  Also what the person eats and how he/she lives his/her life can be as important as the acupuncture treatment itself in treating anxiety and depression.  That is why besides the needling, recommendations in changes in lifestyle and diet and the use of Chinese herbs are also part of the acupuncturist’s treatment plan for people suffering from these conditions.  Acupuncture has been practiced in China around five thousand years ago as a modality for many types of illnesses.

Without adequate treatment and care, depression and anxiety can lead to serious body sicknesses. Sever anxiety may be due to panic attacks or post-traumatic stress.  Someone suffering from rapid heart beat, shortness of breath and chest pain can indicate the existence of anxiety.

Traditional Chinese medicine categorizes the heart as a fire organ and the kidney as a water organ.  The orientation of these organs enables them to harmoniously balance each other out and promotes good health to the body.  When the mind is not relaxed it generates heat which can cause an excess of fire in the body.  People with severe anxiety manifest this kind of excess heat problem.

Acupuncturists usually apply ear or auricular acupuncture to treat anxiety.  Anxiety often affects the liver which has deficient chi that manifests as extreme fatigue and lethargy.  More than 20% of Americans suffer from either depression or anxiety.  The liver possesses 14 energy vessels called meridians and if one or more meridians develop obstructions to the flow of energy or chi, then it will lead to dysfunctions such as poor digestive function and sleep-related problems among others.  And so, acupuncture treatment for depression and anxiety focuses on the liver with the spleen and the heart being secondary targets since they are also affected by the lack of energy of the liver.

Needles are introduced on the ear where liver meridians are located in order to remove the blockages and stimulate the normal flow of chi in those meridians once again.  Including Chinese herbal medicine with acupuncture can quicken treatment.  The needles used in acupuncture are hair thin and should be the disposable kind to promote good hygiene and prevent the rise on infections.  One should seek treatment with a licensed acupuncturist since this means a licensed practitioner means he/she is well-trained in this craft.  These types of acupuncturists know how to insert needles in a painless and bloodless way and they know the right acupuncture points to treat disorders.  Under their care, the patient will receive a safe, natural and successful treatment for his/her anxiety and depression.

22. January 2012 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Bellmore’s Way of Treating Infertility · Categories: Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believes that the kidneys are the organs responsible for the development and growth of a person.  This is the organ where we store our genetic makeup, which in TCM is our essence or jing (DNA) and which we pass on to our children and our children’s children.

For women who very much desire to achieve pregnancy, they should have a state of relaxation and tranquility to make their bodies cooperate with them in achieving this end.  Stress is not conducive to achieving pregnancy as the primal instinct of the body that experiences stress may perceive some kind of danger around the environment that could be harmful to the child.  When a woman is in stress, the body is in survival status, the muscles contract and blood circulation is weak causing dysfunctions in the body system which can make pregnancy a more difficult thing to achieve.  The body will not cooperate with the desire of the woman in achieving pregnancy when she is in a state of stress or tension.  The woman should be in a tranquil, calm and relaxed state for the body to be conducive to conception.

One other factor in achieving pregnancy is diet.  A balanced diet and eating highly nutritious foods such as eggs, fresh meat and fish, healthy oils, organic vegetables and fruits, stews and soups are all very good ways for nourishing the major organs including the spleen.  According to TCM, the spleen supplies blood to the body.  During pregnancy a healthy spleen provides adequate blood to the uterus, which nourishes the baby.  When pregnant, avoid taking in foods and drinks that can impair spleen function.  This includes eating raw and cold foods, sugars and fast foods and drinking alcohol, soda, coffee and anything containing caffeine.  Taking Chinese herbal formulas is good and can improve spleen function during pregnancy.

One of the ways acupuncture Bellmore help in attaining pregnancy is its ability to calm and relax the mind and body.  The body heals itself efficiently when it is in a relaxed state.  Another benefit of acupuncture is that it improves blood circulation throughout the body.  More blood flow can bring more vital nutrients to the uterus, strengthen the kidney chi and enhance spleen function.  After conception, acupuncture can treat the symptoms of pregnancy such as insomnia, back pain, mood swings, preeclampsia, edema, abdominal pain and morning sickness among others.  Acupuncture helps maintain the health of the pregnant woman.

Achieving energy balance within the body leads to the healthy functioning of the body systems.  When the body is in balance the body is relaxed and comfortable.  Acupuncture does help in achieving conception and also is very a practical tool in facilitating the birthing process.  Even after birth, postpartum acupuncture can be an important way to create a healthy mother and a healthy baby.

13. January 2012 · Comments Off on Resolving Insomnia with Acupuncture Marlton · Categories: Acupuncture

Sleep is a very essential factor for the health of not only humans but for most living things as well.  For humans, sleep allows the body and mind to rest and refresh in order to function properly. Sleep deprivation often causes physical, emotional and mental dysfunction.  For people unable to sleep, there are many ways to treat this condition.

Conventional medicine offers various ways to treat insomnia but more often than not, the solutions they offer are not satisfactory or even healthy.  Ancient Chinese medicine offers acupuncture Marlton treatment as a very effective solution for insomnia.  Because acupuncture is derived from uncommon Chinese practices and beliefs, many individuals in the West think it is a bit strange and dismiss it as a fringe and scary treatment compared to Western conventional treatments.  Well, the truth is acupuncture is a 5,000 year old treatment method that has been used by countless people and different races throughout thousands of years to successfully treat so many kinds of health disorders.  If acupuncture was not really effective in treating insomnia, then no one would be using it as a treatment for that condition anymore and with this argument, it is quite safe to say that acupuncture is a good remedy for insomnia.

To understand how acupuncture can actually treat insomnia, one should know what factors cause it and since each person is unique there are also different causes why some people cannot sleep or find difficulty in sleeping adequately.  Here are some of the typical causes of insomnia.

  1. Stress and anxiety – These two factors do not allow the mind to relax.  The mind is always preoccupied with matters that cause the person to worry about the future.  Acupuncture can help by alleviating or removing the stress and anxiety.  Usually people need to undergo several sessions of acupuncture treatments to completely resolve this problem.
  2. Addiction – Being addicted to substances, particularly, cocaine, heroin or even caffeine can definitely make one stay awake even for days.  No other treatment can be so effective in weaning one out from addictive substances as acupuncture can.
  3. Pain – Of course pain will linger even during sleep time.  It is hard to sleep for example if one has a tooth ache or a back ache.  Acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia is a very good analgesic that can allow one to get the sleep one needs to allow the body to heal itself.  Long-term acupuncture treatment may be needed to solve severe types of chronic pain.

Acupuncture for insomnia disorders is a natural safe and gentle way to help the body acquire some sleep.  Oftentimes because of its potency, no other treatments may be needed when one is treated of his/her insomnia with acupuncture.

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

07. January 2012 · Comments Off on Easy Weight Loss with Acupuncture Miami · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , , ,

Losing weight with acupuncture Miami is one of the easiest and most effective ways by far to achieve one’s desired weight.  The basis of weight loss is simple to the core:  if you burn more calories than what you take in, you will lose weight.  However, factors such as flavor enhancers like monosodium glutamate (MSG) work by suppressing the mechanism that tells the body that it is already sated with food.  So the body keeps on eating even though it is already filled up.  Another factor is junk food that contains poor nutrients.  The body needs to eat a lot of these to attain the daily nutrients it needs to stay healthy.  Therefore, more food intake means more weight gain.  Another factor is stress.  To counteract stress, the body sees food as a source of comfort since eating itself releases endorphins that help relax the body and remove stress.

People are triggered to turn to food in stressful situations especially when one is sad or unhappy.  However, people can also turn to food during happy times especially when they feel they have accomplished something meaningful for them.  Food can be a source of reward or solace in a person’s life.  Some people suffer from slow metabolism.  This may be good at times in preserving nutrients but after a while the excess weight can become a liability.  Carrying excess weight makes it more difficult for mobility which makes it difficult to do activities which then is another factor in weight gain.

To lose weight naturally, effectively and safely, acupuncture treatment can be a very viable option.  Acupuncture is often combined with Chinese herbal medicine to help the person lessen his/her food cravings and to improve body metabolism allowing the body to burn calories more efficiently.  Traditional Chinese medicine believes that too much weight gain is caused by energy imbalances in the spleen and liver.  These two organs directly affect the endocrine and digestive systems.  Restoring balance and harmony to these two organs helps regulate and normalize the functions of the endocrine and digestive systems.

There is no doubt that acupuncture truly works in helping people lose weight.  However, unlike conventional treatments like gastric bypass surgery, it does not work overnight.  Also, without lifestyle and diet changes, acupuncture can only get one so far in reaching one’s desired weight level.  It is important to do daily exercises and eat nutritious foods that make one feel filled after only a few food intakes.  Acupuncture will make it easier for one to stick with a diet since acupuncture can help control the food craving and make one eat only as much as the body really needs to maintain a healthy life.  If one is tired of taking pep pills that do not work, acupuncture is a much better alternative to losing weight.