25. November 2013 · Comments Off on Dandruff Definition · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A skin condition that causes the scalp to produce flakes of skin is termed dandruff.  The word dandruff is highly likely to come from two words: “dand” (origin unknown) and “huff” of “hurf” which is an East Anglian word that means “scab” which is related to the Old Norse word “hrufa” that also means “scab”. This word is known as “hruf” in Old High German which means “scurf”.

Practically everyone develop dandruff in different degrees. It is commonly accompanied by an itching sensation in the scalp. Some people are embarrassed by their dandruff and some have dandruff that is hard to treat.

Dandruff is quite easy to treat and control. Dandruff that is mild may only require the person with this condition to use the right shampoo that is added with a gentle cleanser. For severe cases of dandruff, a medical shampoo is often required.

The body often renews the human skin cells. The constant renewal of the skin cells in the scalp causes the dead or old skin cells to go to the top of the skin and out of the scalp that are then expelled through taking a bath.

Individuals with dandruff usually produce new cells at a faster rate causing more skin shedding and making the dandruff more obvious.

The chance of developing dandruff increases when the skin is subjected to extreme temperatures.

A dry scalp does not cause dandruff – Contrary to popular belief that is often propagated by shampoo commercials, dandruff is not the result of the scalp being too dry. People who believe in the myth that dry scalp causes dandruff often erroneously treat their dandruff by washing the scalp less often or not wash their hair with shampoo because they believe doing so only worsens the dandruff problem.  Dry scalp differs from dandruff by the fact that dandruff often improves when you use the right type of shampoo frequently.

Most people suffering from dandruff observe that this condition gets better as they get older.

About half of people in North America and Western Europe suffer from dandruff.

Women more than men suffer from dandruff; people with oily skin are also more prone to developing dandruff.

Certain studies have revealed that spicy, sugary or salty diets that are combined with excessive alcohol aggravate dandruff.

Dandruff does not cause hair loss.


Linda Meyer is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Healthy by Nature Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Center in Lake in the Hills, IL.

24. November 2013 · Comments Off on Colitis Lifestyles and Home Remedies · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

If you suffer from colitis, be proactive and avail of self-healing remedies and lifestyles that are practically drug-free alternative treatments and are more preferred by a large number of colitis and other inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) sufferers. They are more preferred because almost all of these remedies are bereft of harmful side effects and promote the self healing of the body.

The list below shows some of the self healing colitis techniques you can try.

Diet – A high percentage of IBD sufferers have IBD due to their eating of certain food products. So, one commonsensical way to prevent IBD symptoms is to avoid eating these foods.  You can identify what foods trigger your symptoms by making a food journal and remove the foods that worsen your condition (most of the time, these foods include, acid foods, sugar and fat-saturated foods).  At the same time, you can increase intake of nutritious and healthy foods (like foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vegetables and fruits) to lower your risk of developing colitis. Refer to your physician or a dietitian regarding the right foods to eat and to embark on a diet plan that makes your body healthy and strong.

Herbal remedies – The plant world has so many herbal remedies to offer an IBD sufferer for the treatment of his condition. Plant herbs have been utilized by diverse civilizations for a number of millennia for health issues like problems in the digestive and excretory systems including colitis and Crohn’s disease. Some of the common and highly popular herbal remedies that are often used to treat inflammation include wild indigo, slippery elm, ginkgo, green tea and cat’s claw among many others. Herbs can be served as tea, added to recipes or taken as supplements or even consumed as is depending on the plant. Before you take any herb, however, it is best to consult with a licensed herbalist first.

Acupuncture – Acupuncture is a part of the ancient medical art of traditional Chinese medicine that has been endorsed by the world Health Organization as a valid treatment for 40 known health conditions. This treatment is about the use of filiform needles inserted at specific points in the body.  The needles inserted at these points help restore energy balance and blood flow in the body. Acupuncture is very effective in treating painful symptoms as well as problems like constipation and diarrhea. For best results, consult with a licensed and highly experienced acupuncturist.

Hypnosis – Hypnosis is sometimes referred to as body/mind medicine. This self healing technique can be used in treating colitis. It generates a feeling of relaxation in the patient and the reduction of anxiety and stress as well as for the improvement of immune function. Hypnosis betters a patient’s condition by enabling him to tap into his subconscious to gain better control of his symptoms. This type of healing should only be done by a psychiatrist or a psychologist.

Homeopathy – Homeopathy is a kind of healing technique that holistically treats a patient. This means that a treatment is known after consideration and study of the patient’s emotional, psychological and physical health. A trained and experienced homeopath is the best person to perform this type of treatment.

Naturopathy – This treatment addresses a person as a whole, meaning spirit, body and mind. It does not directly engage the disease head on but instead treats it by encouraging self-healing through selected and healthy lifestyle changes that the person needs in order to attain and keep good health. A lot of natural alternative therapies can be suggested some of which include herbs, physiotherapy or massage, homeopathy and acupuncture among others.

Probiotics – Less known as good gut bacteria (like lactobacillus), this treatment has been shown to greatly improve the condition of colitis patients. By increasing the beneficial bacteria in the gut, probiotics help keeps the bad bacteria in check and bring a much better balance to the gut flora.

Stress reduction – Stress and anxiety have been major causes of the worsening or triggering of IBD symptoms. So, one good treatment plan for colitis patients is to avail of techniques that reduce stress in the mind and body. Therapies and relaxation techniques like Tai Chi, yoga and meditation are great stress reducers which you can perform on a daily basis.

Lessen bad habits – A person who lives with bad habits like drinking alcohol, overeating or smoking is likely to develop a lot of health issues including IBD. If you are into these habits do yourself a favor and cease immediately these habits to avoid worsening or triggering your symptoms.

Regardless of what self healing methods you practice to treat your colitis, make sure you talk to your doctor first before beginning any of them. The advice of your doctor is still the most important thing to consider. It is also wise to let your doctor monitor your condition on a regular basis to see how well you respond to the aforementioned self healing therapies.
Vital Gate Acupuncture
107 W 82nd St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-4244

24. November 2013 · Comments Off on Treatments and Drugs for Stress · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Unlike ordinary stress, chronic stress is a dangerous condition that can affect the health of your mind and body. The most ideal way to deal with chronic stress is to address its underlying cause.  When a person starts experience sickness because of too much or longstanding stress it is imperative for him to go to a doctor as soon as possible. There are specific treatments to treat stress and the conditions it causes.  However, if you know how to handle your stress by adapting new reactions to stressful situations, you may attain peace of mind and be able to live a happier, healthier and, god-willing, longer life. Counseling can do wonders in helping alleviate stress and help the person calm down and relax.  Medications such as Celexa, Prozac, Paxil, Elavil and Effexor XR among others may also prove helpful but opting for alternative and natural remedies such as acupuncture may prove a much better solution than these drugs.

The treatment of chronic or episodic acute stress may involve a number of interventions usually needing professional help.  The course of treatment may take months to complete and since the harmful kinds of stress accumulate over time, the treatment may also take time to complete.  Some behaviors you may have that causes you to easily stress need to be modified.  Some of the most commonly used types of stress management strategies can involve a combination of the following:


Exercise is one of the best ways to remove stress in the body and mind.  You can do an aerobic exercise regularly, which may simply entail a brisk walk to lower the stress hormone levels in your blood.  You can exercise half an hour a day or pace yourself by doing two 15-minute sessions each day. You need not do it everyday but at least three times a week.  Start slowly and when your body gets used to it you can slowly add more minutes and routines to your exercise.  You need not jog; walking is good enough exercise when dealing with stress.


The cure for stress definitely includes a sweeping appraisal of your lifestyle especially regarding your financial conditions, study or work, family and social life.  A person burdened with stress needs to identify the stressors in his life and endeavor to resolve them.   Lifestyle changes can be as simple as giving yourself more free time, pampering your body with massage or traditional Chinese medicine options like herbal remedies and acupuncture, eating nutritious foods and exercising. Meditation can also be an excellent method for relaxation. Some useful tips to avoid stress include:

  •     Stop taking stimulants
  •     Believe in yourself more (more self optimism)
  •     Stop worrying about things that are beyond your control
  •     Do not over commit or over schedule
  •     Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet
  •     Get adequate sleep
  •     Build up healthy friendships
  •     Participate in hobbies, social events or sports
  •     Prepare for stressful events
  •     Rectify conflicts with other people
  •     Set reachable and targets at work and at home
  •     Be a proactive problem solver
  •     Always view changes in life as for the good and as a normal part of life rather than a threat
  •     Deem problems and setbacks as temporary and doable


One of the conventional methods of stress therapy in the West involves psychotherapy or professional counseling whose foundation is grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy.  Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a reliable way to transform negative behavior patterns and responses into desirable ones. It is very important that you go to a professional psychotherapist who will teach you cognitive-behavioral coping skills that will help you easily identify your stressors in life and help you properly manage these stressors. Some of the things you learn during CBT include:

  • Modifying your responses to stress
  • Knowing activities that lower your stress level during the day
  • Knowing the things that help balance the stressors that cannot be eliminated
  • Restructuring your priorities
  • Knowing the sources of stress

Relaxation techniques

One of the best ways to “kill” stress is to do or undergo certain activities that help stimulate the production and release of natural chemicals in the body responsible for calmness and relaxation. These chemicals called endorphins among others provide the body’s natural antidote to stress. This is called the relaxation response and it is the body’s way to give you soothing calmness and a great sense of well-being. The body can produce endorphins through simple breathing exercises and these exercises can come in handy when you’re in the midst of stressful situations.  You need to give time to help your body and mind relax with activities that are enjoyable and calming.  These can be bathing to relax your body, spending time with your pet, indulging in a hobby or reading a good book. Listed below are a few of the suggested techniques that can help you feel calm, happy and relaxed:

  • Acupuncture
  • Visualization
  • Passive stretches
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Meditation
  • EMG or electromyographic biofeedback
  • Deep and slow breathing
  • Yoga
17. November 2013 · Comments Off on Bell’s Palsy Complications · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Various kinds of complications can arise from Bell’s palsy. Some of them may come about depending on the severity of your nerve damage.

About 20% of people with Bell’s palsy suffer from long-term problems associated with Bell’s palsy. These problems can involve:

Tearing when eating which is sometimes termed as ‘crocodile tears’

Corneal ulceration and eye drying– Corneal ulceration can happen when there is eyelid dysfunction making the eyelid unable to completely close and the tear film also unable to fully protect the eye. Corneal ulceration can lead to lessened tear production making the eye very prone to infection and blindness.

Eye-mouth synkinesias – Eye-mouth synkinesias happens when the facial nerve regenerates abnormally. This forces your eye to wink when smiling, laughing or eating.  In some cases, the synkenisias are serious enough to force the eye to close completely while you’re eating.

Speech problems – This may happen due to facial muscle damage.

Reduced or loss of sense of taste – if the damaged facial nerves do not heal properly, this condition can occur.

Facial contracture – When the muscles in your face become permanently tense, it can result in disfigurement in the face such as the line between the mouth and nose becoming deeper, the cheek becoming more bulky, or the eye becoming smaller.

The following factors can lead to long-term complications of Bell’s palsy:

  • The nerves in your face is severely damaged
  • You are pregnant
  • You have diabetes
  • You have high blood pressure
  • You experienced severe pain when you first experienced symptoms
  • You are over 60 years old
  • You have experienced a palsy that resulted in complete paralysis on one side of your face
  • You fail to get well after six weeks

Ramsay Hunt syndrome

If you had an infection of the varicella-zoster virus that ended up with you getting Bell’s palsy, there may be a chance that you could end up with a condition named Ramsay Hunt syndrome. This complication though rarely occurs with only about 2% of individuals with Bell’s palsy developing it.

Ramsay Hunt syndrome symptoms can involve the formation of blisters on the inside of your ears and on your tongue. These symptoms can be effectively addressed with antiviral drugs and steroids.


Acupuncture Health Center
1303 Astor St #101
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 715-1824

17. November 2013 · Comments Off on Migraines – Coping and Support · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A migraine attack can be so severe that it can incapacitate the sufferer and make him live a poor quality of life. Fortunately there are ways to help the sufferer cope with this painful condition.   Medicines, alternative therapies and relaxation techniques can lessen the occurrence of your migraines and make them more manageable.

Preventive Medications

Medicines are the primary modes of treatment for migraines headaches. To prevent or lessen the frequency of these headaches, preventive drugs such as Beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers and tricyclic antidepressants are prescribed by doctors.

Beta blockers include:

  • Propanalol – Inderal
  • Metoprolol – Toprol

Calcium channel blockers constrict the blood vessels. These medications can include:

  • Dilatizem – Cardizem
  • Verapamil


  • Nortriptyline
  • Amitriptyline

In order for these medications to be safe and effective, follow the medication treatment plan your doctor has created for you.

Relieve emotional stress – Learn how to relax by following relaxation techniques like progressive muscle relaxation or deep breathing. These will help lessen or prevent the   recurrence of your migraines. Adequate rest and sleeping is vital in removing or lessening physical stress.

Get regular exercise – Performing exercises for at least 20 minutes thrice a week can cut down on stress and make your immune system stronger. .

Follow a regular routine – This means getting enough sleep at night and eating snacks and meals in the same hours everyday.

Stop smoking – Headaches sometimes are caused by smoking. For people who have already headaches primary and secondary smoking can worsen their headache pain and make their cluster headaches worse. Refer to your doctor on how to stop smoking and where to get support for smoking cessation.

Identify the triggers of your migraine – Keeping a journal or diary that tracks the factors that triggers your headaches can help you avoid these migraine triggers in the future.

Support groups and organizations that deal with migraine headaches are there to help you out with your migraine problem. You can contact these organizations and support whenever you need help or need relevant information about your migraine. These organizations and groups include:

  • National Headache Foundation
  • American Headache Society
  • MAGNUM or the National Migraine Association



15. November 2013 · Comments Off on Colitis Coping and Support · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The lowering of stress in the body is one of the key things to remember in dealing daily with ulcerative colitis and other IBD symptoms. The following tips can help you deal with colitis and make you feel stronger physically and emotionally.

  • Activities, sports and exercise – As long you have no flare ups, try to get involved in a physical activity that promotes strength, vigor and more importantly, one that removes your stress.  When you are in the midst of a flare up, indulge instead in light activities like yoga, walking or tai chi.  You can also reduce stress by putting things into perspective. Try not to let things get into you.  This helps you to better avoid stressful situations and make your daily life as minimally tense as possible. Your doctor can be the best person to talk to when searching for someone who can help you manage your stress much better. He can refer you to a stress-management professional where you can be empowered with techniques that help you deal with stress in a very productive way.
  • Don’t be afraid to say no – This statement simply means to say no to over-scheduling or over-committing yourself that can bring you to the point where you become exhausted and frustrated. If you are physically or emotionally exhausted the ability to keep a healthy spirit may become untenable as well.
  • Plan ahead – If you plan to travel or just simply to go outside to eat try to find a way to properly manage your flare up when it comes. Try to know where the bathroom is first when you are in a restaurant or any public venue.
  • Look for support – You can find a group of individuals near your place or online who know what you are going through and are willing to share their time to help you out with your problem. IBD can put you closer to people rather than isolate you from them. If you allow IBD to victimize you and make you isolated and lonely, try to fight this situation by joining and being a part of an IBD support group.  This can then allow you to help yourself and others.


Mark Schwartz is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Buckhead Acupuncture & Herbal Center in Atlanta, GA.

15. November 2013 · Comments Off on Bronchitis Tests and Diagnosis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

To diagnose your bronchitis, your doctor will ask you some questions concerning your condition and your medical and family history. Afterwards he will use a stethoscope to auscultate or listen to your chest and listen for any unusual sounds. Rasping sounds in your body can signify lung blockage. While no blood testing is needed, the physician will often use the following tests to diagnose bronchitis:

  • Chest tapping with two fingers – This is known as percussion and enables the physician to look for areas inside your chest that are blocked.
  • Sputum sample – This is a test that microscopically examines your phlegm to see if it is contaminated by the bronchitis pathogen.
  • Chest X-ray – This test can help the doctor see better your pulmonary region including its blood vessels, bronchial tubes and lungs. A chest X-ray may require the patient to don a hospital gown after he sheds off his upper body clothing. Then he stands in front of a metal plate and the x-ray machine then starts taking x-ray images of his upper body. This is a painless type of diagnostic testing that does not expose the person to more toxic levels of radiation. After the test is done, the films are reviewed by a radiation technologist to ensure they are readable and clear.
  • Peak flow meter – This is a test that gauges the amount of air the patient is capable of exhaling. During this test you need to breathe air out as hard and as fast as possible. A gadget then measures in percentages the flow rate of your exhalation. This measurement is known as a peak expiratory flow rate or PEFR. If you rate about 80% or higher in your reading, it means your lung functionality is relatively good. This type of test can be done in the doctor’s office or at home if you have chronic bronchitis and may need regular readings. You can either sit or stand during this test and are required to force-breathe thrice in a row. The final reading for a session is the highest number you achieve in the test.
  • Spirometry – This is another type of breathing test integrating your inhaling with PEFR to rate lung capacity. This test requires you to inhale as much air as you can and then exhale forcefully and quickly as you can for up to 6 seconds. The findings of this test will indicate the scope of pulmonary irritation or disease that may be causing lung blockage.
  • ABG or arterial blood gas test – This test is often done after your doctor still is uncertain whether you suffer from bronchitis or not after other previous tests have been done. The other previous tests are all non-invasive procedures; however, the ABG test is an invasive type of test that often requires anesthesia. This test accurately detects respiratory problems and likewise measures the effects of treatments and medicines after a bronchitis diagnosis. ABG test involves the insertion of a needle into an artery (not into a vein) in the wrist by a nurse or doctor to take samples of your blood gases. This is done to basically measure the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the blood. Since arteries are located deeper in the body than surface veins, this process may cause more pain than a needle insertion into the vein. So before inserting the needle into the artery, the nurse usually anesthetizes the site to be injected before performing the ABG procedure.

After your doctor achieves a correct bronchitis diagnosis, he may then choose from a number of treatment options a plan that best addresses the type of bronchitis you have.


Rodd Sanchez Sydney Acupuncture
Suite 410, Level 4,
229 Macquarie Street
Sydney, NH 2000
Phone: 02 8213 2888

10. November 2013 · Comments Off on Asthma Complications · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Two known complications of asthma are:

  • Pneumothorax
  • Status asthmaticus

Lifestyle Complications

People who suffer from severe asthma often end up in the emergency room. Since they need medications to control their asthma symptoms they also tend to suffer from the side effects of these medications. These factors tend to lessen the quality of their life and cause them to develop emotional problems. Asthmatics are often frustrated, confused or frightened and these can affect their life in such a way that they often end up not going to work or attending school.


Some asthmatics are prescribed with corticosteroid meds to offset the severity of their asthma symptoms. When use of corticosteroids are prolonged or used on a long-term basis, side effects such as skin dystrophy, facial changes, skin bruising and osteoporosis can occur.


This is a rare complication due to a severe asthma attack. Pneumothorax occurs when air starts leaking out of the lungs. Asthma can cause the alveoli or air sacs to overstretch which eventually can cause them to rupture. A sign of a pneumothorax is when an asthma patient often feels pain in the chest.

Status Asthmaticus

This is an asthma complication that can be potentially fatal. Status asthmaticus occurs when the person in the midst of an exacerbation does not show any positive response to any of his typical asthma treatments. When the exacerbation involves problems in breathing and chest tightness this condition can easily result in death.

Severe Coughing

During an asthma attack a person often coughs; however, some asthmatic patients can undergo bouts of severe coughing which may lead to complications like fecal incontinence, urinary incontinence in females and even a broken rib.

One other complication of asthma can involve the permanent restriction of the airways which affects the quality of your breathing.

10. November 2013 · Comments Off on Arthritis Treatments and Drugs · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Arthritis cannot be cured but it can be treated with a wide selection of medications, procedures and alternative therapies that all provide great relief from pain. It is up to your doctor to choose the right treatment plan for you. Here are some of the conventional and alternative treatments for arthritis


Pain Relievers

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDs are one of the most commonly prescribed medications by doctors for their arthritic patients.  NSAIDs lessen the effects of prostaglandins, chemicals in the body that activate fever, inflammation and pain. NSAIDs can be over-the-counter drugs like aspirin, naproxen and iburprofen that tackle pain and fever and prescription drugs like sulndrac, piroxicam, naproxen, ketoprofen and celecoxib, ketoprofen, naproxen, piroxicam, and sulindac to treat fever, pain and inflammation.

NSAIDs are effective in relieving swelling and pain for all forms of arthritis. However, they have side effects like:

  • Increased risk of cardiovascular conditions
  • Heart attack
  • Abdominal bleeding

Acetaminophen or sometimes called paracetamol is a drug that can also relieve arthritic pain. It is a good inflammatory drug for many individuals and does not come with side effects such as those caused by NSAIDs.  It does, however, have other side effects like kidney or liver damage if you take them long-term in large doses.

Gels and Creams

Topical pain relievers for arthritis are offered in gel or cream form. They include:

Capsaicin – Capsaicin is the ingredient that gives pepper its burning taste. It is applied medically to reduce or interfere with substance P, a brain chemical that sends pain signals to the brain. This makes capsaicin effective in relieving many forms of arthritis symptoms and diabetic neuropathy. Capsaicin helps relieve nerve, joint and muscle pain.

Liniments – Liniments often contain eucalyptus oil, camphor and menthol. Liniments are effective in relaxing the muscles and relieving pain.

Disease-Modifying Drugs

DMARDs or disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs work by slowing down joint damage in individuals suffering from psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. These drugs, however, can heighten the risk of infection. DMARDs include:

  • Leflunomide
  • Sulfasalazine
  • Hydroxycholroquine
  • Methotrexate


Corticosteroids produce the same effects as NSAIDS – the reduction of pain and inflammation of arthritis symptoms. They are used when NSAIDs fail to produce their desired effects. Corticosteroids for the treatment of arthritis are introduced into the body by injection or by mouth.  Their effects often last longer than NSAIDs lasting for weeks or even months. Weight gain is the common side effect of these drugs. Other side effects can be osteoporosis, cataracts and infection.

Hyaluronic Acid Therapy

Hyaluronic acid is the natural fluid of the body that lubricates the joints and serves as their shock absorber. It is often administered in the body by injection. This treatment is effective for knee osteoarthritis and betters mobility. The side effects of this treatment can consist of swelling or pain at the site of the injection.  Hyaluronic acid therapy is also known as viscosupplementation. Viscosupplementation products include Synvisc-One, Supartz, Orthovisc, Hyalgan and Euflexxa.


Certain antidepressants like the drug duloxetine (Cymbalta) have shown to work in the relief of osteoarthritis or chronic musculoskeletal pain. Tricyclics which are forms of antidepressants also work in managing chronic pain. There are no definite explanations how these drugs neutralize chronic pain but they have definite side effects to the body like blurred vision, dry mouth and drowsiness among others.

Gout Treatments

There are specific drugs to treat gout besides pain relievers, NSAIDs or steroids.  These gout medications include probenecid, febuxostat and allopurinol. Colchicine and another gout drug called Krystexxa are drugs prescribed by doctors when other more popular treatments fail. Krystexxa works by helping the body eliminate uric acid before it settles to the joints and damages it.  The side effects of these drugs include bruising, nausea and allergies at the site of the injections.


The failure of all kinds of arthritis medications may entail radical procedures like surgery. Some people opt for this procedure to replace damaged and/or painful joints or to properly realign them. Some of the more common types of arthritis surgery include:

  • Arthroscopy
  • Arthroplasty or joint replacement
  • Joint fusion
  • Osteotomy

Alternative treatments for arthritis

There are effective natural alternative treatments for sufferers of this condition who want a safer and more natural treatment course for their condition. Some of these therapies include:

Acupuncture – This is an ancient and very popular form of alternative therapy for arthritis treatment. Acupuncture is a proven very effective reliever of arthritic pain and inflammation. This treatment entails the use of very thin, sterile needles placed at the shoulders, arms legs or even the little toe to release natural painkilling chemicals to neutralize the pain and to relax the muscles to help fight inflammation.

Supplements – Supplements consisting of chondroitin and glucosamine have proven effective in providing relief for osteoarthritis symptoms. These two ingredients help relieve pain in patients with mild osteoarthritis.

Receiving Professional Assistance from Arthritis

Besides your doctor, you can get help from a physical therapist or an occupational therapist for your arthritis pain as well as provide you with coping strategies and other ways to help you attain a better quality of life.

However, your doctor should be your number one recourse to your arthritis problem. Stay in touch with your doctor regularly to make him know if the medications are working well for you and to seek advice as to other possible treatment options for your problem.

You can consult with an occupational therapist to seek suggestions on how to live a more pain-free life. This therapist will help modify your living space to make your tasks, activities and surroundings much easier to do and move around in.

If you want your body to have a better range of motion, you can go to a physical therapist where he can help you improve the function and flexibility of your muscles and joints and teach you the proper way to utilize walking implements such as special shoes, brace, walker or a cane.


AcuHealing Medical Center
2700 SW 3rd Ave #2
Miami, FL 33129
(786) 449-9026

03. November 2013 · Comments Off on Colitis – Preparing for Your Appointment · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Your health is one aspect of your life that you need to seriously care about. Therefore, preparing for your doctor’s appointment regarding your colitis will help you address this problem effectively and get the best possible treatment.

If you come prepared for your appointment, even a 15-minute appointment with your doctor can make you much more informed about your healthcare and condition. The doctor can get as much things done if you come in along with a list of the specific dates and times of your symptoms all written down rather than depending on your not-so-reliable memory.

Below are some helpful guides to assist you in making your coming appointment as fruitful and as efficient as possible.

Prior to the appointment:

  • Keep a diary or journal of questions to ask your doctor – Your ulcerative colitis may bother you at times when you least expect it and unless you have written everything down, chances are high that you will not remember them all. Write down all your questions to address your physician in the journal.
  • Possess a symptoms and food journal – Monitoring and listing down faithfully your diet and symptoms can give your doctor a much clearer picture of your everyday condition. The doctor may be able to glean a pattern from your notes that can give him ideas for the right treatment.
  • Fax or email any relevant information about your condition to the doctor’s office – When you have information that you want your doctor to possess, email or fax them and talk about them during your appointment.


Things to bring to the appointment:

  • Family member, friend or spouse to help you out with
  • A small notebook for note taking
  • Symptoms and food journal
  • A list of current medicines and their doses – Include also steroids, herbs and supplements
  • List of concerns and questions


During the appointment:

  • Write down or better yet if you have a companion, have him take notes of comments, answers or questions made by your physician. Ask for the right spelling of unfamiliar words, tests and drugs.
  • Ask your physician if he has any informational materials like brochures, pamphlets or books available that can help enlighten you more about your condition. These materials may have answers to questions you might have regarding certain drugs, procedures and tests.


If you still have unanswered questions, you can stay in touch with your doctor by email or fax.

  • Some of the questions you can ask you doctor can include:
  • Should I change my diet?
  • Should I keep a diary of my diet and symptoms?
  • What foods should I take during symptom flare-up?
  • Should my condition make me more concerned about nutritional deficiencies in my diet?
  • Are there risks to my condition?
  • What do I need to do to improve my symptoms?
  • Can drugs help treat or lessen my symptoms?
  • What treatment is needed when flare ups start to occur?
  • What tests are needed to diagnose my condition?
  • Do I need surgery?
  • What’s the prognosis for a person with my condition?


Questions the doctor may ask you may include these:


  • When did you first start noticing your symptoms?
  • Have they (your symptoms) been intermittent or constant?
  • Do you have mild, moderate or severe symptoms? If severe, how severe are they?
  • Do you have stomach pain?
  • Did you experience diarrhea? Has it been frequent?
  • Have you had any unexplained weight loss recently?
  • What things seem to better your condition? What seems to worsen them?
  • Have you recently had jaundice, hepatitis or liver problems?
  • Did you ever take isotretinoin (acne drug)?
  • Have you recently used antibiotics?
  • Does anyone at your home have diarrhea?
  • Have you traveled lately? Where?
  • Where you compelled to wake up during your sleep because of diarrhea?
  • Did you recently have any eye or joint problem, skin sores or rashes or mouth sores?


Juliette Aiyana is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Aiyana Acupuncture & Chinese Herbs in New York City.