26. February 2014 · Comments Off on Sexual Dysfunction Treatments and Drugs · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Treatments and Drugs Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD)

In order to address FSD related to an underlying medical condition, your doctor may require you to:

Use techniques for treating pelvic pain or other pain issues
Treat your anxiety or depression
Treat a hormonal problem like a thyroid condition
Change or adjust medicines that cause sexual side effects

Addressing FSD associated to a hormonal problem can include:

Androgen therapy
Estrogen therapy
You need to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of these two therapies.

Potential treatments for FSD include

Tibolone – This drug is a synthetic steroid available in Australia and Europe used for addressing postmenopausal osteoporosis.  One study done showed postmenopausal women using Tibolone experienced betterment in overall sexual function and a lessening in personal distress as opposed to postmenopausal women taking estrogen. The problem with tibolone is that it heightens the risk of stroke and breast cancer in women. Tibolone is not yet approved for commercial use by the US Food and Drug Administration.
Phosphodiesterase inhibitors – This type of medicines showed effectiveness in addressing erectile dysfunction (ED) in men; however they don’t work well in addressing FSD. Viagra (sildenafil) can provide some effectiveness for certain women suffering from sexual dysfunction due to intake of SSRIs or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (that are considered antidepressants).  Sildenafil is contraindicated if one is using nitroglycerin to treat angina — a condition where pain in the chest is due to reduced circulation to the heart.

Alternative Treatments

Acupuncture – Acupuncture is the use of very thin needles that entails the insertion of said needles into certain parts in the body.  Acupuncture can provide benefits for women experiencing sexual pain disorders. Acupuncture has also been proven to enhance the libido of women which can effectively address their sexual dysfunction.
Yoga – A yoga activity involves a number of controlled breathing exercises and postures to generate a calm mind and a more flexible body.  Yoga possesses some subsets that enhance sexual functioning and channel the body’s sexual energy. Most people performing yoga have attested to its benefits in terms of better psychological well-being and overall health.

Treatments and Drugs for Male Sexual Dysfunction (MSD)

Treatment Options

Oral Agents – These can include Cialis, Levitra and Viagra. The selection of treatment options should come about from the interaction between the patient and his doctor; the choice might even be optimized when the partner of the patient participates. Oral agents like Viagra do not work for all patients. Sometimes though, the improper use of Viagra can be a reason for its ineffectiveness.  About half of the cases of Viagra ineffectiveness stems from inadequate training of its use. If a treatment does not work, the patient may feel a sense of failure; however, most of the time, it is not the patient that is to blame but the treatment itself which may be the wrong kind for the man’s specific sexual dysfunction. Therefore, the doctor needs to do a correct diagnosis of the patient to know exactly what treatment plan to implement.

Topical agents – These are substances applied to the penis itself with the purpose of achieving an erection. Newer and more potent agents are now available in the market that provides great results. These medicines are usually available online but many of them are still not US FDA approved.

MUSE – MUSE is an acronym meaning Medicated Urethral System for Erection. This is an FDA-approved treatment that uses a soft pellet of a substance placed into the tip of the penis using a plastic applicator. The substance causes the blood vessels in the penis to widen causing an erection. Sometimes a tourniquet and MUSE is applied to the base of the penis. This generates an erection that is sufficient enough for intercourse and is very helpful for a number of patients.

Penile devices – These devices are FDA approved and are considered effective and safe. They are especially useful for patients suffering from ED. The device is placed comfortably over the penis.  A vacuum then is used to draw blood into the penis. A tourniquet located in the base is used to trap blood within the device it and the cylinder is then removed.

Penile Implants –The components of these devices are surgically implanted in to the male’s genitals.  They are completely hidden within the body and help make the penis fully erect as long as needed. The person can easily manipulate his penis to make it hard or soft as he so desires.  After a short healing period, the patient and his partner can start to enjoy the benefits of this implant. In terms of rate of satisfaction, inflatable penile implants rate the highest among all treatment options for MSD with about a 95% rate of satisfaction.

Alternative Treatments


Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can treat male sexual dysfunction such as low libido, ED and premature ejaculation.

Low libido – Sexual function depends on the balance and integrity of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Acupuncture can directly stimulate the ANS and help release neurotransmitters responsible for better circulation and erection and help in the production of and release of testosterone into the blood stream.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) – ED can either come about due to an organic cause, psychogenic origin or both.  Organic causes involve substance use, prostate problem, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, medicines or cardiovascular disease.

From a Chinese medicine point of view ED can be caused by a stagnant (blockage or weak flow) or excessive condition or by an underlying deficiency (i.e., inadequate energy).  By means of a specific and correct diagnosis, Chinese Medicine and acupuncture can increase circulation into the genitals and treat any underlying energy inadequacy.

Premature ejaculation – Like ED, Chinese Medicine sees premature ejaculation as either a deficiency or excess of blood and energy. Factors like being emotionally stressed out; being overworked; dietary choices; or even too much sexual activity can cause the body to have poor control of ejaculation.  Herbs and acupuncture can strengthen the body’s ability to remove the excess factors contributing to PE.


Alida van Heerden is a licensed New York acupuncturist and a NADA certified acupuncture detoxification specialist.

18. February 2014 · Comments Off on Itching (Pruritus) Symptoms · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Pruritus occasionally accompanies other signs and symptoms that differ based on the original condition, disorder or disease. Symptoms that often affect the skin can also encompass other body systems.

The following signs and symptoms in the skin that usually come with itching can include:

  • Swelling, warmth or redness
  • Rash
  • Peeling
  • Pain
  • Dryness
  • Discharge from pustules, lesions or sores
  • Crusting
  • Cracking
  • Burning sensation
  • Bumps
  • Blisters

Itching can come with other symptoms not related to the skin. These symptoms may include:

  • Swelling
  • Sneezing
  • Runny nose
  • Hives or rash
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Stomach cramping or pain

Itching can come along with symptoms that can signify a very serious or life-threatening condition. When these conditions symptoms arise in you, it is very urgent that you be evaluated as soon as possible in an emergency room. These symptoms can involve:

  • Wheezing
  • Sudden swelling of the tongue, lips or face
  • Tachypnea (rapid breathing)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tachycardia
  • Dizziness
  • Brief loss of consciousness or confusion

Your skin may become itchy all over your body or in localized areas of your body. Itchiness may sometimes show no corresponding sign on the skin.

Itchiness can be mild, moderate or severe. Sometimes scratching can tend to make the itch more intense like in cockroach bites.

There are certain conditions to the nature of your eating that might require doctor intervention. You may consult with your doctor or skin specialist if your itching:

  • Affects your entire body
  • Comes with other problems like skin redness, fever, frequent urination, changes in how you pass stool, loss of weight or extreme fatigue
  • Has no known cause or explanation
  • Is painful, uncomfortable and so intense that it prevents you from performing your regular activities or keeps you from sleeping


Harmony Wellness Center
110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 234-6454

15. February 2014 · Comments Off on Pneumonia Treatments and Drugs · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The mode of treatment for pneumonia is based on the severity of your pneumonia and the type of pneumonia you possess. The most common type of pneumonia is community-acquired pneumonia and is usually taken care of at home.


The aims of pneumonia treatment are to foil any rise of complications and to cure the pneumonia.


General Treatment


General treatment procedures for pneumonia is to stay on the prescribed treatment plan, use all medications prescribed by your doctor and avail of your current medical care.  The doctor should inform you of necessary followup care. Followup care may entail a chest x-ray to determine if the pneumonia is gone.


Even if you may begin to feel much better after some days or weeks, some feelings of tiredness can still linger on for a month or more. Patients hospitalized with pneumonia may require a minimum of three weeks before they can return to their usual activities.


Bacterial Pneumonia


Antibiotics are the main treatment course prescribed by doctors for bacterial pneumonia.  Antibiotics treatment may take about a couple of weeks but you will start to feel better after only a few days.  You need to complete your antibiotics therapy as prescribed by your doctor to prevent the bacteria from developing resistance to the antibiotics. Stopping too soon, may make the pneumonia come back as well. After one to three days of taking antibiotics the patient will begin to feel much better and symptoms of fever and cough will disappear or considerably lessen.


Viral Pneumonia


In viral pneumonia, only antiviral drugs can treat this condition.  Antibiotics will not work. This condition often improves in about a week to three weeks.


Treating Severe Symptoms


Hospitalization may be required if the patient:


  • Exhibits severe symptoms
  • Is at high risk for complications due to other pre-existing health conditions


You may be forced to get oxygen therapy if the oxygen level in your blood is too low.  If you’re bacterial pneumonia is serious, the doctor may feed antibiotics to your body through an intravenous tube inserted into your vein.


Alternative Treatments


  • Pleurisy root – This is a herb used by Native Americans to treat various lung infections was used by Native American tribes as a herbal remedy for many infections of the lung. It was even included as a bona fide medicine in the United States Pharmacopoeia till 1905.


  • Traditional Chinese Medicine – TCM utilizing Chinese herbs (banxia houpo tang and xie bai san) along with acupuncture has been shown to be very effective in curing childhood pneumonia.


  • Hydrogen peroxide – This treatment entails injecting hydrogen peroxide into the veins of the patient.  Its efficacy was proven when in 1919 all efforts to treat British soldiers based in India dying of pneumonia failed. When hydrogen peroxide injection was tried the surviving soldiers slowly recovered and gained full complete recovery after three weeks.


  • Cayenne pepper – This herb has a powerful antimicrobial ingredient strong enough to treat infections like pneumonia.


  • Bromelain – Oral intake of bromelain is shown to lessen the pus-like features and volume of sputum of patients with lung infections like pneumonia.


  • Other herbal preparations – The following herbs contain berberine, an effective treatment for bacterial infection:


    • Goldenseal
    • Oregon grape root
    • Barberry root bark


  • Manuka honey – Has powerful antibacterial properties.


  • Lactobacillus probiotics – A powerful natural antibiotic preparation that treats respiratory infections in children


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

10. February 2014 · Comments Off on Tinnitus Complications · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Regardless of the fact that there are many available solutions for eliminating or minimizing tinnitus, this condition can still invariably lead to complications.  These can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Insomnia


This common emotional problem can be described as a feeling of agitation, nervousness or worry that something beyond your control is about to occur. This emotional worry can be the result of the continuous ringing of the ears that sufferers of tinnitus often experience.  Anxiety can exhibit itself in a number of symptoms. These can include:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Tachycardia or fast heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diarrhea
  • Tension
  • Nausea

A large number of medications can effectively relieve anxiety symptoms whilst you find ways to treat your tinnitus conditions.


Continuous experience of tinnitus can make the sufferer depressed. If you suffer from depression you probably may experience some bouts of:

  • Sadness or hopelessness
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Appetite changes
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Reduced or lack of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Restlessness

You need to consult with your physician if you think you’re suffering from depression.


The incapability to fall asleep or to stay asleep well enough to be adequately rested are all characteristics of insomnia. Insomnia can cause:

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Stress
  • Anxiety

The non-stop ringing in your ears suffered by those with tinnitus, particularly the severe forms of tinnitus will only logically result in insomnia.  Many available treatments to address insomnia abound and you need to talk to your doctor to know the best treatment approach for you.

These complications and the tinnitus problem can all be addressed with a treatment plan that addresses the tinnitus problem if the aforementioned complications were indeed caused by tinnitus. Therefore, the main focus of your treatment should be for the resolution of your tinnitus symptoms. Reducing or even curing your tinnitus will definitely improve the quality of life dramatically.
DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214

10. February 2014 · Comments Off on Sore Throat – Tests and Diagnosis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Tests and Examinations for Strep Throat

To diagnose for strep throat, the doctor needs to review the medical history of the patient and have the patient undergo a physical exam of the throat as well as a rapid strep test. To verify the existence of strep throat infection, a throat culture may also be required.

The doctor may proceed for strep throat treatment if the patient shows the following symptoms: absence of sneezing or coughing, tender and/or swollen lymph nodes on the neck, tonsils or throat that manifest yellow or white coating or spots and/or a fever reaching 101 degrees Fahrenheit and over.

  • Rapid strep test – This is a test to ascertain the presence of bacteria in the patient’s throat. The physician utilizes a cotton swab to collect saliva and other samples on the back of the patient’s throat for analysis.
  • Throat culture – This test also uses a cotton swab to gather saliva and other materials from the back of your throat and places the swab to a container with other materials that help increase the production of strep bacteria. When the culture grows strep bacteria grow, then the throat has strep infection, if the strep bacteria do not grow, the throat is negative for strep infection.  If the presence of strep bacteria is detected, immediate treatment is given to the patient to prevent the spread of the bacteria and also to prevent the rise of any complications like the risk of sinus or ear infections or even the development of any abscess around or behind the patient’s tonsil’s clinically known as peritonsillar abscess. For treatment, antibiotics are given to the patient for prompt healing and for the prevention of infection spread to other parts of the patient’s body.  Another testing may be needed if after antibiotic treatment, the patient still has symptoms or the symptoms have returned or if the patient has developed rheumatic fever.  Sometimes an infected person may not show symptoms of strep infection. If this happens or if the infected person experiences toxic shock syndrome or a rheumatic fever, that person should be tested for strep infection. These types of situations happen rarely though.
  • Complete blood count or CBC – This test requires extraction of a sample of blood on the patient. An elevated level of white blood cells can reveal the presence of either a viral or bacterial infection.
  • Monospot test – This is a test to detect heterophil, a type of antibody that appears when the patient has some kind of infection. When the blood starts adhere, heterophils are present which means the presence of mononucleosis
  • EBV antibody test – Blood samples are also taken from the patient and combined with a material that attaches to antibodies against EBV. The presence of antibodies may indicate mononucleosis.
  • Allergy tests – Sore throat may be a side effect from allergy. The doctor may require an allergy test if he suspects the patient’s sore throat is due to an allergy.


 Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

05. February 2014 · Comments Off on Irritable Bowel Syndrome Tests and Diagnosis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Irritable bowel syndrome is often diagnosed according to your symptoms. Few tests, if at all, are done to diagnose IBS. If your doctor suspects your symptoms come from lactase deficiency, he may require you to eat a lactose-free diet for a couple of weeks.

Some of the tests done to exclude other problems other than IBS can involve:

  • Medical history and physical examination
  • Stool tests to identify any infection
  • Blood tests to determine anemia or celiac disease
  • Thyroid function tests

Some physicians may require their patient undergo a colonoscopy. This is a procedure wherein a narrow, pliable tube is inserted inside the anus to observe the colon. This test may be necessary when:

  • People 50 yrs old plus exhibit IBS symptoms
  • A patient show abnormal results in their blood tests
  • The patient exhibits involuntary weight loss or blood in their stools

Some conditions that can mimic IBS symptoms can include:

  • Ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
  • Colon cancer – Symptoms can be abnormal blood tests, stools with blood and unintended weight loss among others
  • Celiac disease

Besides the symptoms and their degree of severity, diagnosing IBS should also entail procedures that will exclude other health problems. Diagnosis will only be done of tests have ruled out other conditions and if the patient shows the symptoms related to IBS.

The tests that may be included for the patient may be dependent on the severity of his symptoms, how his symptoms came about and the patient’s age. For young adults, particularly young adult women exhibiting symptoms of IBS, a blood test may be the only test they need. Women are more prone to IBS than men.

For older adults particularly patients 50 yrs old and older who show IBS symptoms for the first time in their life, comprehensive testing may be needed. Older people are less prone to developing IBS than young adults and comprehensive testing is needed to see if the symptoms are caused by problems other than IBS.


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