29. December 2013 · Comments Off on Weight Loss Complications · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Losing weight the wrong can cause complications.  Using the wrong method and losing a substantial amount of weight can land you in a hospital.  It is hugely recommended to lose weight in a gradual or slow way which the body can properly adapt to.  The best way to lose weight is with a good regular diet and exercise.  You need to lose excess weight gradually and naturally since you gained it gradually and slowly anyway.  Sudden overnight substantial weight loss can be dangerous and even fatal.

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies

Weight loss surgery also known as gastric bypass surgery (GBS), has one certain risk:  The loss of a sizable amount of your stomach can mean the inadequacy of the stomach to absorb or digest enough minerals, vitamins and nutrients into the body.  Moreover GBS, forces the body to suddenly adapt to the physical changes that can result in many kinds of disorders.  These can be food intolerance, hypoglycemia, gall and kidney stone formations, stomach ulcers and dehydration.  Sometimes the surgery may cause blood clotting from the legs to the heart.  It can also cause a condition called dumping syndrome where the food you eat passes rapidly through your stomach causing various reactions like dizziness, diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and even death.

Gallbladder Disease

Huge and fast loss of weight loss can lead to gallbladder problems, an observation noted by the University of Maryland Medical Center. Consistent weight variability which entails the dieter losing weight and getting it back again and then losing it in a number of cycles is called yo-yo dieting. This kind of weight instability can increase the person’s    cholesterol level in the liver which can lead to gallbladder dysfunction. One of the major functions of the gallbladder is to break down bile in the liver.  If the level of cholesterol in the liver becomes high, it can weaken the ability of the gallbladder to break down bile
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Heart Rhythm Abnormalities

A diet consisting of 800 calories or less a day can lead to arrhythmia or irregular rhythm of the heart.  An abnormal heart rhythm is a very serious condition and can lead to death if the condition is truly severe.  One can acquire an abnormal heart rhythm through crash diets, ultra low calorie diets and certain pep pills that contain speed and other types of amphetamines.

29. December 2013 · Comments Off on Risk Factors Sexual Dysfunction · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Sexual dysfunction in both men and women can entail certain biological, psychosocial and relationship risk factors.  Oftentimes this problem can be a combination of these risk factors.  The biological risk factors can be direct or indirect in nature.

Regarding direct biological risk factors, there are a lot of factors that affect the sexual health of the person. They can include:

Medications – The side effects of certain medicines can disrupt the normal sexual function of both sexes by affecting the desire, arousal, or orgasm in both women and men.
Alcohol – Medical experts have determined that heavy alcohol use is a risk factor for sexual dysfunction.
Hormone levels – The level of a woman’s or man’s hormone (estrogen in women and testosterone in men) can affect sexual function.
Diabetes – It’s been firmly established that diabetes severely impacts blood flow. Some diabetics even suffer from nerve damage because of their disease. The nerve damage and poor blood flow can result in erectile dysfunction in men and vaginal dryness in women.
Vascular disease – A person with vascular condition usually experiences poor blood circulation. Since we are aware that for women and men to become sexually aroused more blood flow to the genital organs is needed. Furthermore, vascular disease can force the blood that has entered into the genital organs to slowly escape.

The indirect biological risk factors that lead to sexual dysfunction can involve certain lifestyle predilections and the natural aging process. Tobacco smoking, for example, can indirectly increase risk because it likewise ups the chances of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, etc. which are deemed direct biologic risk factors.

In terms of psychosocial risk factors, they can involve psychological conditions like:

Negative perspective towards sex – Examples of these include viewing sex in marriage as exclusively for procreative purposes, premarital sex is immoral and so is masturbation.
Maladaptive thoughts – Being distracted during a sexual activity
Emotional problems – Anxiety, stress, depression
Poor lifestyle – Eating disorders, drug abuse

Religious, ethnic or racial background can also affect what we think and expect with regard to sex.  The risk factor will exist if these beliefs and expectations toward sex are negative. The state of relationship of the individual (whether it’s good or not) can also be a risk factor for either positively affecting or worsening sexual dysfunction. Lastly ignorance (lack of education) regarding normal sexual functioning can be considered a risk factor for having sexual dysfunction.

Each type of sexual dysfunction has its own specific symptoms. Sexual dysfunction can likewise be lifelong (the symptoms do not go away); can be acquired (symptoms have just recently arisen); generalized (which means the symptoms are experienced always not just during a sexual activity); meaning the symptoms occur in all situations); or situational (symptoms arise only in certain occasions).

 

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25. December 2013 · Comments Off on High Blood Pressure Complications · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The dangerous thing about high blood pressure is that it has no discernable symptoms and that the condition can lead to fatal consequences eventually. High blood pressure happens when the blood vessels become rigid and become constricted creating more pressure on the heart to pump blood more vigorously throughout the body. The pumping pressure of the heart is measured in a couple of numbers: the systolic and diastolic. When high blood pressure or hypertension is not properly controlled, it can lead to serious complications like organ damage and blood vessel damage over time.

Kidney Disease

In the United States alone, around 25,000 people are reported to suffer from kidney damage every year. When blood vessels in the kidney are damaged because of hypertension, the kidney loses its ability to properly dispose of excess fluid and wastes from the body. Too much fluid in the body causes the blood pressure to even more rise up exacerbating the condition further. The common way to diagnose kidney damage is to perform urinalysis since the condition does not have any visible symptoms. Without proper diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease brought about by hypertension, then the disease may reach the point where the only treatment solutions are kidney transplant or dialysis.

Stroke

Also called a cerebrovascular accident, a stroke happens when enough blood does not reach the brain to nourish brain tissues and areas due to the impaired vessels that carry blood to the brain. In the Unites States, stroke is the number one factor in causing disability among adults as stated by the National Stroke Association. The damaged blood vessels or blood clots make it impossible for the blood to reach some parts of the brain causing stroke and resulting in motor and sensory dysfunctions. These can include irreversible weakness or permanent paralysis in certain parts of the body as well as memory, vision and speech problems that are also irreversible. To prevent or mitigate the severity of these problems, early diagnosis and remedy or rehabilitation should be implemented.

Coronary Artery Disease

The function of the coronary arteries is to convey oxygen-filled blood coming from the lungs to the heart. The heart then pumps the oxygenated blood to all parts of the body. When hypertension occurs and is not controlled, a substance made up of calcium and fatty elements accumulates in the arterial wall and causes damages to the arteries. The substances impede blood flow and cause chest pain which is medically called angina. Less blood flow to the heart is also experienced malnourishing the heart and weakening it. The heart weakens and is unable to pump enough blood to the extremities and the lungs causing edema to develop there. Symptoms of edema swelling and shortness of breath is experienced as well as arrhythmia and irregular heart beats. One type of arrhythmia called atrial fibrillation can result in heart attack. An atrial fibrillation happens when blood clots or pools accumulate in the heart’s left atrium. These clots can become large enough that they completely shut off the flow of blood in specific regions of the heart leading to a heart attack.

Diabetes

High blood pressure can be responsible for the development or aggravation of diabetes. Diabetes, in turn heightens the risk of high blood pressure in a person.

Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia is a condition that can develop during pregnancy and can have effects like high blood pressure. High blood pressure during pregnancy can have serious effects on the mother and the baby.

Metabolic Syndrome

This is a number of conditions that can include increased blood sugar, increased blood pressure and excess fat developing around the waist all leading to high likelihood of diabetes, stroke and heart attack.

Erectile Dysfunction

High blood pressure does often lead to erectile dysfunction in people 45 years old and above.

Side Effects of High Blood Pressure Medications

All hypertensive drug medications have side effects many of which are serious. So if you are taking blood pressure drugs, you may experience all or some of the side effects of these drugs.

22. December 2013 · Comments Off on Causes of Asthma · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The primary cause of asthma among humans is still a mystery although medical scientists tend to think that the interaction between certain environmental and genetic factors can result in asthma, often occurring during childhood. Some of the factors cited involve:

  • Exposure and contact to viruses and airborne allergens during infancy or early childhood before the immune system has fully developed
  • Particular respiratory infections at a very young age
  • Asthmatic parents

If you have a family history of atopy or asthma, your airways might be more sensitive to irritants like cigarette smoke making you likely to develop asthma. Certain factors do make a person more likely to develop asthma than others.

Some scientists believe that improvements in sanitation and hygiene have actually made the immune system of people living in Western societies weaker compared to people living centuries ago. These scientists theorize that children living before the modern era have to adapt to a harsher less sanitized environment forcing their immune system to develop quickly which is not seen anymore in this present environment. The rather “slow” development of children’s immune system now make them at high risk for asthma and atopy which is especially true for children who have a family with a history of allergy or asthma.

Asthma triggers

Laying oneself open to many kinds of factors can cause asthma symptoms or trigger allergies. Each person has his own specific triggers that can prompt asthma symptoms and signs. They can include:

  • Menstrual period in females
  • GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease, which is an issue wherein acids from the stomach tend to go upwards to your throat
  • Preservatives and sulfites included in certain beverages and foods
  • Extreme stress and emotions
  • Medications – These can include Aleve (naproxen), ibuprofen, aspirin and beta blockers
  • Air irritants and pollutants
  • Cold air
  • Exercise or any physical activity that can induce asthma
  • Respiratory infections – Colds, etc.
  • Food allergens – Shellfish, peanuts, etc.
  • Environmental allergens – Dust mites, cockroaches, molds, animal dander and pollen among others

 

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22. December 2013 · Comments Off on Colitis Tests and Diagnosis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Because the real cause of colitis is not known, no real exact diagnostic test for it exists although barium x-rays, biopsy and endoscopy can most of the time provide an accurate diagnosis. Endoscopic, lab and physical exams as well as the patient’s medical history are tools the doctor uses to diagnose ulcerative colitis.

Laboratory Tests – These include blood tests that are used for a range of purposes. One purpose is to ascertain low red blood cell count or anemia. Elevated levels of white blood cells or increased signs of inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein can manifest signs of inflammation. Also a stool sample can be required to test for presence of infectious pathogens, blood or both.

Endoscopy (flexible colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy) – Flexible colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy are typical diagnostic tests used for diagnosing ulcerative colitis. These tests can diagnose for both Crohn’s disease and uclerative colitis. Flexible colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy both entail the use of a wire-like fiber-optic tube called an endoscope inserted into the patient’s rectum to observe his colon lining. Sometimes the doctor may include other instruments into the endoscope to extract a sample of tissue for biopsy.

  • Colonoscopy gives the physician a view of the whole colon but it may be a bit uncomfortable for the patient so oftentimes this procedure will entail the use of a sedative. This procedure is performed as an out-patient procedure.  A colonoscopy enables the doctor to distinguish if the patient has ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease and can be used as well as for colon cancer screening.
  • In sigmoidoscopy sedation of the patient is not needed. This procedure observes the left colon and the rectum. It is a short procedure lasting typically 10 minutes.  When a person has ulcerative colitis, often the effected body parts include the rectum and the left colon. The doctor often investigates an evenly distributed inflamed intestine lining as well as the bowel wall which becomes tender and easily bleeds when touched with a swab. When the procedure points to ulcerative colitis, a colonoscopy may be ordered by the physician to see the extent of the colitis and to verify the diagnosis.

Ulcerative colitis patients who have been diagnosed with the disease may require occasional endoscopies to appraise their health status when symptoms arise.

Barium Enema X-Ray – Colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy are often used diagnostic procedures for identifying ulcerative colitis; however, there may be instances where the patient may need a double-contrast barium enema.  This type of enema entails swallowing barium. The barium travels into the small intestine and an x-ray machine then takes an x-ray photograph of it. The photos may indicate abnormalities and inflammation of the affected parts. This type of test has long been used to identify problems in the colon (large intestine). This procedure along with colonoscopy is a very important tool in the diagnosis of colon diseases like colitis and colon cancer among others. However, endoscopy is by far the more informative and accurate of the two tests.

Ruling out Diseases Similar to Ulcerative Colitis

Crohn’s Disease – Patients of ulcerative colitis manifest more severe diarrhea symptoms than diarrhea symptoms of patients with Crohn’s disease. In terms of stomach pain, however, those with Crohn’s disease show more constant stomach pain compared to those with ulcerative colitis. Scarring (strictures) and fistulas are typical symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease but quite rare with ulcerative colitis. Certain imaging tests and endoscopy often show a more widespread problem in the whole gastrointestinal tract digestive system for Crohn’s disease patients compared to patients suffering from ulcerative colitis. The small intestine is not affected by ulcerative colitis but in Crohn’s disease it is.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS – This condition is also called spastic colitis, functional bowel disease or spastic colon. IBS often has the same symptoms as inflammatory bowel disease. These symptoms include stomach cramps, constipation, diarrhea and bloating. Unlike ulcerative colitis IBS does not entail any inflammation of any GI organs or tissues. It also does not come with any bleeding or fever. IBS is often treated with behavioral therapy.

Infectious Colitis – This disease usually develops painfully and quickly. Causes for this condition are certain organisms which can be known in stool samples.

Ischemic Colitis or Intestinal Ischemia – This condition stems from poor blood circulation to and from the intestines. . Intestinal ischemia has symptoms identical to IBS. The high risk group for this disease is the elderly.

Celiac Disease or Celiac Sprue – This is a health condition where the body has an intolerance to gluten (wheat and other wheat products). The presence of gluten in the body causes inflammation in the small intestine resulting in stool abnormalities, vitamin deficiencies and diarrhea. Usually this disease occurs in individuals with inflammatory bowel disease or IBD and can develop during childhood.

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16. December 2013 · Comments Off on Sciatica Tests and Diagnosis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Although bouts of back pain and chronic back pain in King of Prussia typically go away or go back to its typical level of discomfort, the patient’s medical history as well as a short physical examination is always done by the doctor to help diagnose his condition. The seriousness of the symptoms and how long the symptoms have been present as well as any related medical issues may determine the need for the patient to undergo additional evaluations.

Medical History

The patient needs to give an account of his back pain as well as its history this way:

  • The nature, duration and frequency of the pain
  • When the pain happens
  • The cause of the pain (like, for example, when a patient lifts a heavy object)
  • Factors that worsen the pain (for example, more pain felt when coughing, inhaling, etc)
  • Other important symptoms, like numbing of the legs, weakness or morning stiffness
  • Past occurrences of back pain
  • Past epidural or back procedure
  • Seriousness of the pain and the way it hinders the patient’s ability to do regular activities including work activities
  • Any situation or thing that relieves the pain
  • Any history of accidents or injuries that involve the hips, back or neck
  • Other neurological or musculoskeletal issues like osteoporosis or arthritis

Physical Examination

The primary aims of a physical exam are to identify where the pain originates, the range of motion of the affected parts of the body and to look for signs of more severe types of back problem.

During the exam:

  • Patients are told to walk (on their heels, on their toes or flat-footed among others), stand and sit.
  • Patients will be required to bend sideways and to twist and also bend backward and forward.
  • Patients will be told to lift their leg straight up while lying down. The doctor or physical therapist will shift the patient’s legs in different positions and straighten and bend the knees. Sciatica pain will be increased when the affected leg is lifted straight in the air. The pain is characterized by tingling or numbness and is localized and sharp.

Reflex and Nerve Function Test

This test is done by tapping the ankles and knees of the patient with a rubber hammer by the health specialist. The specialist can also lightly touch the affected areas with a feather, cotton swab or pin to determine nerve sensitivity and numbness.

Imaging Techniques

For imaging tests a MRI, CT scan or x-ray can be used to assess the scope of the back pain. To scan for osteoporosis a DEXA or dual energy X-ray absorptiometry can be used while for infection, cancer or arthritis a nuclear scan can be performed.

Imaging tests and other sophisticated diagnostic tests are often performed on patients who experience certain events or exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Significant pain lasting a month or two
  • Tingling, numbness, pain or any other symptoms ranging from the buttocks to the leg that are getting worse or extremely serious
  • Weakness in the muscle that seems to be worsening, persistent and significant
  • Past injury or accident that may have injured the vertebrae or discs
  • A history of cancer
  • Signs of an underlying condition like unexplained weight loss or fever
  • New pain manifesting in patients 65 years old and older

MRI – An MRI or magnetic resonance imaging device can produce high resolution images of bone and soft tissue. This is a painless and harmless test that can identify disc fragments, disc herniation and tears in the disc. It can also identify spinal stenosis as well as non-spinal factors causing back pain like cancer and infection.

CT scan – Computerized tomography scan or CT scan utilizes a narrow x-ray beam that is rotated around the part of the body to be studied. CT scans can produce very clear and 3-D images of a body part.

X-rays – Simple and acute low back pain sufferers are usually given x-ray tests to help their doctors analyze their spinal column. X-ray tests are not really important if a patient suffers from a nonspecific back pain.

Other Diagnostic Tests for Back Pain

SPECT Imaging and Bone Scintigraphy – Bone Scintigraphy is rarely used. When utilized, it scans for bone abnormalities and it can be helpful in detecting specific arthritic conditions, cancer of the bone and in the early identification of spinal fractures. This test entails injecting the patient with a tiny dose of radioactive material into his vein. The material circulates through the body where it is monitored by a device called SPECT or single photon emission computed tomography. Later on, the radioactive material is absorbed by the patient’s bones

Electrodiagnostic tests – These are tests that study the muscle’s and nerve’s electric waveforms that can help identify nerve or muscle abnormalities likely generating the back pain as well help detect possible injuries. They can also tell the doctor whether any abnormal structural findings on imaging tests such as MRI and other tests are the real cause of the back pain. The most common types of electrodiagnostic test are the electromyography and nerve conduction tests. They are usually done to help evaluate and manage patients with low back pain.

Discography – This test lets the doctor know if the abnormal disc structure seen in the MRI is causing the patient’s back pain. This test is used for patients who have not found pain relief from conventional treatments including back surgery. It is a painful and invasive procedure that entails injections into discs believed to be where the pain originates. Because of its highly invasive nature, doctors rarely use this technique.

Blood and urine tests – Samples of the patient’s urine and blood can be tested to identify signs of arthritis, infections or other conditions.

Another type of back pain test is to inject into the nerves in the back medication that blocks out pain. This will help the doctor find out the exact location where the spine problems come from.

15. December 2013 · Comments Off on Dry Skin Treatments and Drugs · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The aims of a good treatment for dry skin treatment should be to remove or limit pruritus, irritation and of course, skin dryness as well as to improve skin protection by restoring skin barrier and to enhance the appearance of the skin. Skin care products that primarily address dry skin are usually made up of multiple ingredients that act to reverse dry skin and achieve the aforementioned aims.  Products for dry skin treatment include moisturizers or emollients, the former bearing humectants to moisten the epidermis. Emollients which are lipid, oily formulas help to partially close the skin by occupying the spaces in between corneocytes. Emollients soften and smooth rough skin, enhancing its ability to maintain moisture and lessening irritation and inflammation. Emollients also can set up a lipid barrier that shields the skin from damage to irritants.

The FDA has assessed and approved certain types of protectants as effective and safe for protecting cracked or chapped skin from the dehumidifying effects of cold and windy weather. Protectants usually contain FDA-approved Ingredients such as white petrolatum, petrolatum, mineral oil, lanolin, hard fat, glycerin, dimethicone, cod liver oil, cocoa butter and allantoin.

Protectants as well as other skin care products not recognized as protectants by the FDA have overlapping and slightly different advantages for dry skin. Paraffin, mineral oil and petrolatum are obstructive ingredients that place an oily shield on the surface of the skin to help prevent loss of moisture. Urea, glycolic acid, lactic acid and glycerin are humectants or moisturizers that get water from the lower layer dermis and keep it in the stratum corneum.  Lactic acid, urea, glycerol and ceramides are agents for rehydration enabling skin to keep water in and lessen water loss.  Lipids (oil, waxes, fats) help restore skin barrier by creating a film over the skin surface.

A lot of dry skin products are widely available in the market. Many of these are household names including Vaseline Original, a product that is pure petrolatum. Others include glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil and a 41% petrolatum product called Aquaphor.  Velvachol is made up of mineral oil, petrolatum and water while Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream is made up of petrolatum and water among others.

An active ingredient called urea when used in 2% to 40% concentrations betters hydration of the epidermis. About 10% urea, petrolatum, mineral oil and water are found in the skin product Aqua Care.

Some patients will find that petrolatum can be a very good remedy for dry hands especially when they use it at bedtime and wear soft cloth gloves all night. Petrolatum can stay in the skin for a whole day even when the person does some hand washing.  Not all dry skin patients though will use this product due to its unpleasant feel. Ointments (petrolatum) should not be used on wounded skin as it can irritate the affected skin. These drawbacks of ointments make non-greasy lotions and creams more attractive to use in the daytime. The only problem with these products is that they easily are removed when the hands are washed. Lotions in particular are more easily removed than creams because they are more watery.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine which sees dry skin as a sign of an imbalance inside the body. What acupuncture does is to restore energy balance, either by aiding the body to efficiently convey fluids to the tissues that will nourish the organs and systems or control moisture in the body.  From a TCM perspective, dry skin can be the result of certain pathologies. This can be, for example, a problem associated to Lung energy weakness or Lung dryness. Facial dry skin can be a symptom of a more profound energetic system pathology of the Kidney essence.  When dry skin along a specific pathway or channel is seen, this points to an imbalance in that meridian. A dry skin with a burning sensation or a reddish color can mean existence of pathogenic heat in the meridians. A deficient blood energy that is supposed to maintain moisture and cooling to the tissues can also cause dry skin. It is your acupuncturist who will ascertain what it is that is causing your dry skin and provide corresponding treatment for it as well.

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09. December 2013 · Comments Off on Causes of Anemia · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Anemia is due to three causes:

  • Loss of blood
  • Inadequate production of red blood cells (RBCs)
  • Large amounts of red blood cell deaths

People may suffer from one, two or all of these causes.

Loss of blood – Among the three aforementioned causes, blood loss is the most typical reason for anemia, especially anemia due to lack of iron on the blood.  Blood loss can repeat over the course of time or it can be short-lived. Some of the reasons for blood loss are hemorrhage in the urinary tract or digestive system or even due to excessive menstrual bleeding. Other causes for blood loss can be because of cancer, trauma or surgery. Massive or substantial loss of blood frequently leads to loss of large amounts of RBCs and hence anemia

Low Red Blood Cell Production

Because of inherited or acquired factors and conditions, your body may find it hard to produce enough RBCs. By inherited, it means that your anemia may have been passed on by your parents to you. Acquired, on the other hand, means that your anemia is not caused by your genes and that you have gotten this condition from external factors. Acquired factors can include pregnancy, ongoing or chronic illnesses or a bad diet plan. Aplastic anemia is one form of anemia that hinders your body from manufacturing the right amount of RBCs and it can be either both inherited or acquired.

Diet – Regular eating of foods that are low in vitamin B12, folate or folic acid or iron can eventually lead to anemia.  Also a few amounts of copper, riboflavin and vitamin C are required by the body to produce red blood cells. If you suffer from a health issue that makes it difficult for the body to take in nutrients, it can hinder the body from producing adequate amounts of RBCs.

Hormones – Little or zero amounts of the erythropoietin hormone can result in anemia since this hormone causes the bone marrow to produce red blood cells.

Diseases and therapies that address diseases – Cancer or kidney disease are just a few of a number of chronic diseases that may make it difficult for the body to create adequate amounts of RBCs.

Certain therapies that address cancer like chemotherapy can obliterate or impair the bone marrow or destroy the ability of the RBCs to carry oxygen. Obviously if the bone marrow is destroyed or damaged, the body loses or limits its only means to produce red blood cells and since red blood cells die within a short period of time, there may not be enough RBCs produced to replace the ones that are destroyed or have died. Patients with AIDS or HIV can become anemic due to the medicines used to treat these diseases or due to other infections caused by these two conditions.

Pregnancy – Pregnancy is the time when a woman’s body uses large amounts of red blood cells to support herself and her baby. Many times, there is not enough folic acid or iron in her body which can lead to anemia.  The first 6 months of a woman’s pregnancy can see the rapid increase of the female’s blood fluid or plasma and apparently the production of red blood cells in her body is not fast enough to match the plasma development. Her blood then becomes diluted and this can result in anemia.

Aplastic Anemia

The term aplastic anemia refers to the condition some infants have when their body is unable to produce right amounts of red blood cells. Children and infants with aplastic anemia need frequent blood transfusions to add more blood cells to the low supply of RBCs they have in their blood.

Aplastic anemia can be genetically inherited or acquired from factors such as infectious diseases, toxins and certain medications.

Large Amounts of Red Blood Cell Deaths

Factors that can both be inherited or acquired can result in your body killing large amounts of your red blood cells.  The spleen is the organ whose duty is to take out old and spent red blood cells in the body. A diseased or enlarged spleen, may take out not only spent and old RBCs but healthy ones as well resulting in anemia.

In terms of inherited factors that force the body to kill a lot of RBCs can include conditions like the deficiency of specific enzymes, thalassemias and sickle cell anemia. These issues create factors that cause RBC abnormalities and make the affected RBCs to die earlier compared to the unaffected healthy red blood cells.

Hemolytic anemia can be an inherited or acquired condition that makes the body kill substantial amounts of red blood cells. Certain factors that can cause hemolytic anemia include:

  • Reactions to blood transfusions
  • Certain drugs
  • Infections
  • Immune disorders

 

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05. December 2013 · Comments Off on Insomnia Prevention · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Sound techniques to prevent insomnia like stopping bad habits, learning how to control stress and maintaining a healthy lifestyle can all play important roles in promoting a good night’s sleep. To combat insomnia and promote relaxation, heed the following advices.

Follow your sleep schedule – Constantly following regular times of sleep and wakefulness can make the body get used to feeling sleepy at the right time of night. If you can, follow the same sleeping time when trying to go to bed and the same waking time when rising up in the morning. Avoid taking naps in the daytime; if you cannot help but take a daytime nap, limit it to about 30 minutes or less and do it in the early afternoon.

Try to avoid staying in bed when you are not sleeping – Try to fight the urge to stay in bed if you have woken up and feel well rested. If you are in bed and need to sleep but cannot, do not just lie in bed for hours doing nothing but watching the clock or staring at the ceiling. If after 15 minutes you still cannot sleep, get out of bed and perform relaxing techniques like reading or meditation until you begin to feel sleepy.

Relax – If you have a sleeping partner, ask him or her to give you a massage or take a warm bath prior to going to bed. Performing nighttime rituals designed to make you sleepy like reading, yoga or soothing music can help you feel relax and sleepy. Acupuncture is also a good option for helping people to relax and sleep.

Create seclusion – Try to transform your sleeping area (bedroom) as contributive to sleep as possible. Transfer your computer or TV to another room. Shut the door in your room when going to keep out outside noise. Turn on your fan to drown out other outside noises. Try to make your bedroom as cozy as possible and shut out the room lights so you can sleep without interruption.

Exercise in the daytime – Perform regular exercises for at least 20 to 30 minutes a day preferably about five hours or more prior to your sleeping time. Exercising on a regular basis will add to the strength and health of your body and help you relax later on enabling you to get a good night’s sleep eventually.

Avoid stimulants at night – Nicotine, alcohol and caffeine are all stimulants that can prevent you from getting sleepy. Caffeinated drinks including soft drinks and coffee should not be taken in the afternoon. Smoking tobacco which contains nicotine can only make it hard for you to fall asleep.

Too much alcohol intake may enable you to sleep but this kind of sleep will not be deep and will not provide you true adequate sleep so instead of feeling refreshed when you wake up in the morning you may likely feel tired and still sleepy.

Avoid eating late-night meals and snacks – Refrain from eating foods that are loaded with saturated fat that may result in indigestion and/or heartburn. These kinds of foods take a while to digest and prevent the body to relax and fall asleep.

Relieve pain – A person in some kind of body pain will always find it hard to sleep. Restless leg syndrome and chronic pain are common conditions that can result in insomnia. You should consult with your doctor regarding any pain you may be feeling. If the doctor recommends pain medication make sure this pain reliever is truly effective for your pain and help you to get some sleep at night.  You need to also know that certain prescription and over-the-counter painkillers can actually prevent you from sleeping at night. A lot of medicines contain caffeine and other kinds of stimulants that can result in insomnia.

Hide the time – You can use your clock to help you wake up in the morning. Other than that its is much better to hide timepieces in your bedroom as it can hold you back to getting back to sleep faster when you wake up at night.

Be aware of the causes of your insomnia – Knowing if another condition is the one causing your sleep problem can help you find the right mode of treatment for your insomnia.  Lots of insomnia cases are the result of a medical condition, mood disorders or stress. You need to confer with your doctor regarding any underlying health issues that may be causing your sleeping difficulty. More often than not when these problems have been addressed, your sleeping habits go back to normal.

 

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02. December 2013 · Comments Off on Anemia Symptoms · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

There are certain types of anemia with distinct and corresponding symptoms.  The symptoms of anemia can be based on the underlying cause and to underlying medical issues like cancer, menstrual problems, ulcers or hemorrhage. Certain signs and symptoms of anemia may manifest be seen first early during the start of the condition.

The body can compensate for the early onset of anemia and if a person’s anemia has been ongoing for an extended period of time or is mild, it may not show any symptoms at all

The following is a number of symptoms commonly shared by many kinds of anemia:

  • Insomnia
  • Leg cramps
  • Pale skin
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headache and shortness of breath especially when exercising
  • Abnormally rapid heart rate especially during exercise
  • Loss of energy and easy fatigue

Iron Deficiency Anemia Symptoms

For individuals suffering from this condition, the may experience, symptoms like:

  • Mouth sores and formation of crack at the edges of the mouth
  • Koilonychias – This is a condition where the fingernails tend to curve upward.
  • Pica – This is an abnormal craving to things like dirt, ice or paper

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Anemia

Sufferers of this type of anemia may exhibit the following symptoms:

  • Schizophrenia, paranoia and hallucinations
  • Dementia
  • Stiffness and clumsiness of the legs and arms
  • Walking difficulty or a gait the wobbles
  • Impairment of the sense of touch
  • Tingling sensation of the hands or feet

Chronic Lead Poisoning Anemia

People experiencing this problem may show symptoms like:

  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Lead line – A development on the gums of a blue-black line

Chronic Red Blood Cell Destruction Anemia

Symptoms of this type of anemia include:

  • Development of gallstones
  • Stunted growth in infancy
  • Leg ulcers
  • Red or brown urine
  • Jaundice – Yellow eyes and skin

Sickle Cell Anemia

Symptoms of this condition can include:

  • Bouts of severe pain in the limbs, abdomen and joints
  • Retarded development and growth in children
  • Susceptibility to infection
  • Fatigue

Sudden Red Blood Cell Destruction Resulting in Anemia

The symptoms of this kind of anemia can be:

  • Signs of kidney failure
  • Seizures
  • Small bruises below the skin
  • Yellow skin or jaundice
  • Red or brown urine
  • Stomach pain

When to Call a Doctor

If any of the following signs or symptoms manifests or if you want to know more about conditions that can lead to anemia, then it’s time to go and talk to your doctor:

  • You know that anemia problems run in your family and you want to avail of genetic counselling before you have an offspring.
  • You have worries about having been exposed to lead for prolonged and many amounts of time
  • Show symptoms of colorectal cancer, hemorrhoids, gastritis or ulcer
  • Show very heavy menstrual cycles
  • Little intake of minerals and vitamins and/ or a bad diet
  • Paling of the skin, rapid heart beat, breathlessness, constant fatigue and any other symptoms of anemia

For females who are planning to become pregnant, their physician may advise them to start taking supplements, particularly folate, as soon as possible that can benefit their baby and themselves.

 

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