27. May 2012 · Comments Off on Moxibustion and Acupuncture Orlando to Help Treat Back Problems · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , , ,

Moxibustion is an acupuncture Orlando technique that involves burning a mugwort herb or moxa to facilitate healing.  The moxa can be placed pinned on the holding tip of an acupuncture needle and allowed to burn itself out or set on the acupuncture point itself, burned and removed quickly before it singes the skin.  The former technique is called scarring and the latter one is termed non-scarring.

The aim of moxibustion therapy is to improve blood and chi flow to the affected or painful area and it serves as an analgesic and facilitates healing as well.  A weakness in kidney yang causes pain in the extremities, fatigue and back pains.  The heat that moxibustion gives addresses the imbalance in the body by stimulating the kidney yin to produce more body heat.

Eating warm, fresh and properly cooked foods like warm or hot soup is a good idea since it raises body heat level and helps in lessening ailments like back pain.  Eating protein packed foods and carbohydrates are likewise good ways to generate calories and high body heat.

Signs of low back pain due to cold damp weather often manifests in the back area through a heavy sensation and stiffness of the muscles.  The range of movement of the back muscles becomes curtailed with this type of condition.   Pain can spread from the back to the legs and there are times when a cold feeling may be felt along with the pain in the affected area.  The tongue produces a white, heavy sticky coating and the pulse is weak and deep or slow and deep.

Low back pain produced by kidney weakness often is seen as soreness and pain in the lower back.  The knees and loins feel weak and limp.  A yang deficient kidney would manifest cramp-like sensations in the lower part of the stomach along with cold limbs.  The tongue shows a pale-pink color while the pulse is slow and deep.  The throat and mouth show dryness, the face looks red and the chest has an uneasy sensation.  The tongue shows a bright red color with light coating while the pulse is either fast or weak.

Treatment by moxibustion and/or traditional acupuncture for low back pain begins by locating the foot-Taiyang and Du meridians.  These two energy vessels regulate the flow of blood and chi.  Moxibustion and acupuncture are used to address cold-damp type of back pain.  If the type of weakness of kidney yang is known, the needles are then used with moxibustion and the reinforcing process.  If kidney yin is lacking, only the reinforcing method is applied.

To avoid having low back pain, live in places that are not cold and damp.  Places like basements are to be avoided if you want to avoid developing low back pain.

 

21. May 2012 · Comments Off on Removing Excess Fat in the Body with Acupuncture Bellmore · Categories: Acupuncture

Because of the pervasive reach of the US mainstream media we tend to associate obesity as a uniquely US problem; however, the World Health Organization states that obesity is actually a worldwide problem.  Obesity and being overweight are two different things although all obese persons are overweight while people who are overweight are not all necessarily obese.  Obesity is more or less associated with excessive fat in the body while being overweight may mean that you have large muscles that cause your extra weight.  Obesity is often caused by love for junk foods and lack of exercise.  Both adults and children can suffer from this condition.

Here are some vital information regarding obesity:

  1. More than 290,000 die each year from obesity related problems in the United States.
  2. Obesity actually comes second to tobacco-related deaths as a cause of mortality in males in the United States.
  3. US citizens spend more than $45 billion each year just to get rid of their excess weight.

Some of the natural and most popular ways to lose weight are in diet crashing, acupuncture, regular exercises and even meditation (in the form of yoga).  Since its beginnings thousands of years ago, acupuncture has been used by people across time to help them lose weight.  Today it is one of the more popularly used alternative weight loss treatments in the world.  Acupuncture Bellmore for the treatment of excess weight helps stop the weight gain and assists the person to counter the factors that causes a person to gain too much weight.

Introduced in the US in the 1970’s as a way to treat pain, acupuncture has come a long way to merely being used as a pain reliever; it is now used as treatment for dozens of health conditions including excess weight.  Other maladies that acupuncture is known to be effective are drug addiction, depression, insomnia, nausea and anxiety.

Acupuncturists believe that the human body has around 2000 so called acupuncture points scattered around it.  Each point associates to specific healing qualities.   Certain acupuncture points are for the treatment of excess weight and for detoxification oftentimes done once a year for some acupuncture adherents.  The major organs that are treated by auricular acupuncture, which is the procedure commonly used for weight loss therapy are the liver, nervous system, lungs and kidneys.

All kinds of acupuncture treatment should only be performed by a licensed and qualified acupuncturist.  The health of your body is involved and you do not want it to be handled by an unqualified practitioner.  Doing so may lead to complications, injuries and infection during the procedure. When performed by a truly licensed acupuncturist, weight loss treatment with acupuncture guarantees that those unwanted and unhealthy fats in your body will be removed.

13. May 2012 · Comments Off on The Effects of Acupuncture Maitland in Treating Pain · Categories: Acupuncture

For tens or even hundreds of millions of people around the world, acupuncture Maitland is their standard treatment for pain. The acupuncturist treats painful conditions by inserting ultra thin needles into selected points on the body. This wonderful treatment was first utilized in China more than two millennia ago.  It first caught the public’s attention in the United States in 1971 as it was used successfully in relieving post surgical pain.

Chinese belief in acupuncture is based on the body’s constitution.  Traditional Chinese medicine which acupuncture is a part of believes that the body possesses two naturally opposing forces in the universe, very similar to the opposing but complementary forces of negative and positive energy in electricity.  These two forces in the body are called yin and yang. Yin is passive (negative) while yang is active (positive).

TCM also believes in a primal energy that flows continuously throughout the body.  This energy is called chi by the Chinese.  This chi flows through energy vessels called meridians and each meridian corresponds to a particular organ or set of organs in the body.  Uninterrupted normal flow of chi brings harmonious balance to yin and yang providing the body with good health. Any disruption in chi flow causes imbalance in yin and yang and this in turn leads to illness.

Chi can be controlled via around 450 acupuncture points scattered around the body.  They are all connected to different meridians.  These points are located just underneath the skin’s surface.  To manipulate blocked chi to let it flow normally once again unimpeded the acupuncturist inserts fliform needles into selected acupuncture points through various ways.

Western medical science explains the mechanics of acupuncture in a different way.  The most popular theory explains that opioids are released into the bloodstream affecting the central nervous system, and help relieve pain.  Acupuncture has the ability to stimulate nerves in the spinal column and this causes the release of these opioids to remove or lessen pain.  Studies have revealed this to be true as acupuncture has shown to elevate the threshold of pain of people.

Another widely accepted Western medical science theory is the propensity of acupuncture to improve blood flow on the sites being treated.  The enhanced flow of blood carries nutrients to the body and at the same time washes away the toxins in the body.  Some western scientists have also discovered that acupuncture points are capable of carrying electromagnetic signals (energy).  The needles energize the acupuncture points and this effect greatly empowers the electromagnetic energy which brings about effects leading to the production and release of natural painkillers like endorphins to the injured sites on the body providing pain relief.  Acupuncture’s benefits have been thoroughly documented and that is why the World Health Organization and the US National Institutes of Health has found it fitting to endorse acupuncture as a valid treatment for several types of health conditions.

 Acupuncture NYC is an ancient but still very popular medical treatment in the world today.  Acupuncture originated from the Chinese and is part of a collection of ancient treatments called traditional Chinese medical (TCM).  Acupuncture is the insertion of needles on meridian points.  Each meridian associates with one organ or a bunch of organs.  What acupuncture does is to bring back good health by taking away energy blockages and imbalances in the body by using very thin needles to release blocked energy and restore balance in the body.  Acupuncture is probably more than 2,000 years old and it uses the body to help with its own healing process.  The record of success of acupuncture is very good and countless number of researches has been done to prove its efficacy. Voluminous evidence of the efficacy of acupuncture has been compiled although the real problem for western medical science is proving beyond any doubt that acupuncture is indeed the cause of these benefits and treatments.  Acupuncture is a very popular option for treating low back pain, dental pain and nausea, especially post surgical nausea.  Acupuncture has also been observed to control brain activities and functions that lead to specific therapeutic results.

Acupuncturists believe in the all important energy called chi or vital force.  It is the normal unrestricted flow of chi that gives good health to the person.  Acupuncture needles are often made of stainless steel and are sterile when used.  People react to the insertion of the needles in varied ways.  Most patients do not feel any pain at all while others may experience a slight sensation or minimal pain during the insertion of needles in the skin.  Many people feel like newly charged batteries full of energy and revitalized while others feel the soothing comfort and pleasantness of the procedure that they fall asleep during the entire acupuncture session.  The risk of acupuncture can come when the practitioner performing the procedure is unqualified and inexperienced.  The consequence may be a needle insertion on the wrong meridian point, the lack of control of the patient’s movement which leads to erroneous needle insertion, painful needle insertion which can lead to bleeding and bruising due to wrong needle insertion technique or needles that are not sterilized which can lead to infection.  It is very important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncturist to avoid these kinds of problems.  Many medical experts believe that acupuncture has the ability to stimulate the production and release of biochemicals that help block pain called endorphins.  When the needle stimulates a nerve near the meridian points, the nerves may either cause a feeling of fullness or a dull ache in the muscles.  The muscles become stimulated and transmit a signal to the central nervous system which brings about the production and release of endorphins, which are the body’s very own painkillers.  Endorphins help block pain signals from reaching the brain.

06. May 2012 · Comments Off on Frozen Shoulders and Bellevue Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

Chronic shoulder pain happens when muscles around the shoulder joint become tense. The most common area affected by this is the scapula. The tense muscles of the upper body often cause pressure on the scapula bone which causes the shoulder pain.  Besides the upper body muscles, the rotator cuff muscles likewise can often suffer tightness.  These muscles are actually surrounded by muscles of the upper back, deltoid, outer shoulder, upper arm and chest muscles.  Treatment of the rotator cuff muscles often entail lengthening the muscles of these other aforementioned areas since pain on the shoulder joints will not go away if the other muscle conditions surrounding the rotator cuff is not addressed.  A therapy called Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is sometimes applied to treat shoulder joint pain. This therapy involves lengthening the outer muscles of the upper body first after which then follows the treatment of the rotator cuff muscles.

The scapula is commonly known as the shoulder blades and many back muscles are attached to it.  Removing the shoulder pain means enabling the scapula to move without obstruction.  The muscles of the upper back, shoulders, upper arms and chest all can affect the scapula and if any of them becomes too tense, the scapula becomes misaligned causing pain in the shoulder joint.

Frozen shoulder syndrome or adhesive capsulitis is the difficulty or incapability in raising the arm. Pain in the shoulder joint is also accompanied by this syndrome.  The muscles inside arm bone or humerus are called the rotator cuff muscles.  When the rotator cuff muscles become stressed and tighten up, it impairs the movement of the shoulders (frozen shoulder) and causes pain.

For frozen shoulder syndrome, physicians often prescribe anti-inflammatory injection.  Giving epidural injections to the rotator cuff muscles is not enough since this muscle group is not the only cause of the frozen shoulder.  The surrounding muscles still are inflamed and this is an equally major factor in the shoulder joint problem.   AIS addresses frozen shoulder problem by loosening the outer muscles first before taking care of the rotator cuff muscles.

Bellevue Acupuncture is one great alternative approach for frozen shoulder problems.  It can be used as a stand-alone treatment for shoulder joint problems or used in combination with AIS.  When combining these two therapies, it is advisable to apply AIS first before acupuncture as acupuncture produce better results when the exterior and interior muscles are unknotted first.  AIS removes the cause of the inflammation of the surrounding muscles and the rotator cuff muscles while acupuncture helps remove the pain and the inflammation in the shoulder joint.  The combination of these two approaches have been proven most effective than using these two treatment separately.  Some medical acupuncturists actually apply a third treatment, anti-inflammatory injection, to the two modalities.

06. May 2012 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Pembroke Pines Treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome · Categories: Acupuncture

Carpal tunnel syndrome used to be a rare ailment prior to the computer age.  Nowadays it commonly affects people who often use the computer for their everyday activities.  This condition strikes the hands and fingers and is caused by the repetitive actions of keyboard encoding in an improper way.  The nerve affected by this condition is the median nerve which becomes compressed in the carpal tunnel.   The carpal tunnel is a very thin path located on the wrist’s underside.  The effect is discomfort caused by pain as well as numbness and tingling sensation on the affected area.  The pain can strike the ring, index and thumb fingers.  Sometimes carpal tunnel syndrome can lead to loss of feeling in the affected area as well.

When you start to feel the onset of carpal tunnel syndrome, you need to immediately replace your keyboard with one that is ergonomically designed.  This kind of keyboard is often split into two or three units spreading outward.  You can adjust this keyboard in a position that makes it convenient and easy to use.

When using a regular keyboard the proper setting of the hands must be aligned perpendicularly with the keyboard.  When using an ergonomic keyboard both forearms and the hands can be aligned with the keyboard greatly minimizing stress on the wrist.  It may take a while to get used to using an ergonomic keyboard and typing speed may likewise suffer; however, all these is worth it when you consider the severe pain that you might develop from using a regular keyboard.

For carpal tunnel syndrome, acupuncture Pembroke Pines  is considered a good treatment for this condition.  It helps treat the painful condition for many people while it may not work for all people though.  Not all people benefit from acupuncture therapy.   Chinese acupuncture believes that pain is the result of energy blockages of energy vessels in the body.  The Chinese call these vessels as meridians and they are the pathways where energy called chi travels throughout the body.  Through the application of very thin needles into points that associate with the meridians, the affected meridians become unblocked allowing chi to normally flow once more removing the pain.  Modern theory of acupuncture states that the needles help produce and release natural pain killing chemicals in the blood stream as well as boost blood circulation in the affected area and regulate the nervous system.  Acupuncture treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome often involves the use of needles in the arms, wrists and hands where the pain resides.  The neck and upper back can also be inserted with needles if the condition affects these body areas since nerves in those areas can also be inflamed by carpal tunnel syndrome making the pain radiate from arms and hands to the upper back and neck of the person.