28. March 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Arthritis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Arthritis is a complex condition that can virtually strike any person at any age. It can actually manifest in more than a hundred various conditions. Arthritis affects about 70 million Americans each year and is the number one cause of disability in the United States.  The most common types of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.  It has been demonstrated that both massage therapy and acupuncture are two of the best natural and alternative forms of treatment for those two types of arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis  is a type of disease that can affect a number of your joints; some patients even think that it can affect the other parts of the body, including the heart, skin tissue, lungs and even the blood. This condition can become chronic or long-term, and is marked by joint inflammation especially affecting a part of the joint known as the synovium.  Rheumatoid arthritis generates symptoms such as redness, warmth, stiffness of the joint.  The joints that are affected can misshape and this can lose their ability to move in a normal fashion.

Osteoarthritis

In contrast to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis is what tens of millions of Americans suffer from. It is the most common type of arthritis in the United States victimizing around 21 million Americans each year. Osteoarthritis is basically a systematic dysfunction of the joint cartilage that causes stiffness and excruciating pain. The spine, fingers, knees and hips are usually the parts of the body affected by pain while the ankles, ankles, shoulders, elbows and wrists are not as affected.  When the condition affects areas other than the aforementioned ones, the reason may be due to a patient’s pre-existing injury. Injuries from work are usual causes of the rise of osteoarthritis.  Work that entails frequent squatting, kneeling and bending, for example, can make one at high risk for developing osteoarthritis of the knee.

Massage Therapies and Acupuncture for Treating Arthritis in Bellingham

Because of their proven effectiveness in treating arthritis, massage therapies and acupuncture have served as great and oftentimes superior alternative options to mainstream medical treatments. Besides this advantage, both massage therapies and acupuncture for arthritis treatments have origins that are deeply entrenched in the mystical world of ancient medicine.

Acupuncture for Arthritis Treatment

Acupuncture as well other Eastern medical procedures have been incredibly successful in treating the inflammation and pain associated different kinds of arthritis. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) customizes acupuncture treatment based on the symptoms that may manifest uniquely per patient. Acupuncture is often combined with lifestyle changes, body work and Chinese herbs to help make the treatment more powerful and effective. Even energetic exercises and dietary changes are included in the treatment process of arthritis.

The acupuncturist uses certain acupuncture points to treat arthritis which more often than not are not located on the affected sites itself but in different parts scattered over the body.  A patient should not be surprised then that an acupuncture needle may be placed in every area from your arms to your legs and even right down to toe.  The needles used should not be objects that make you scared. They actually, are there to help you remove your pain and stress and oftentimes enable you to fall into a really very good quality sleep. A session may be around a mere five minutes to around 30 minutes; arthritis patients however, may need a number of sessions based on the seriousness of their condition.

Your acupuncturist may prescribe Chinese herbal remedies meant to relieve the arthritis symptoms. Some of these Chinese herbs integrated into your acupuncture therapy may include:

Anjelica Pubescens
Peony
Cinnamon Twig
Juan Bi Tang

A study done in Sweden involving 32 arthritis /hip replacement patients demonstrated that 25% of the subjects who were given acupuncture therapy manifested improvements in their functionality making them decide  that hip replacement is not needed anymore

Massage Therapy for Arthritis

Both massage therapies and acupuncture for arthritis treatment are utilized as excellent alternatives to western medicine, but a few are aware that both these modalities got their start in the ancient world.  The Greek physician Hippocrates two thousand years ago, first believed that “rubbing” can be a way to help loosen/relax a “hard joint”

Some of the benefits massage therapy can give in fighting arthritis:

It helps improve blood flow to the skin
Relaxes taut and tense muscles
Improves the movement of the joint

If one type of massage therapy fails you, don’t worry since there are several different types of massage therapy you can try out. They include among others:

Reflexology
Acupressure
Trigger Point Therapy
Deep Tissue Massage
Swedish Massage

28. March 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Depression · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Most people know that acupuncture is a treatment to help relieve pain and stress. But the truth is, acupuncture can heal many types of conditions and one of them is the treatment of depression. These days, more and more individuals who experiencing depression go for this kind of treatment and though it may not work for everyone, acupuncture therapy for depression has been a blessing for a huge number of depression sufferers enabling them to live a much better and happier life.

What You Will Need for Treatment

For people with depression who want to embark in an acupuncture treatment, there are three things they need to seek and obtain: one, they need take in herbal supplements and herbal teas; two, they need to undergo acupuncture treatment; and three they need have to consult with a licensed and skilled acupuncturist who can perform the right kind of acupuncture on them.  When they have successfully done all three, then the next stages of acupuncture therapy for depression treatment becomes easier.

Beginning Your Acupuncture Depression Treatment

Before going for acupuncture treatment, you need to talk with your doctor first to find out if this therapy is the right kind of treatment for you.  Although you may find a lot of doctors disagreeing with this treatment, they allow it because acupuncture has very few risks and no side effects and also because patients who are considering acupuncture have exhausted all conventional modes of treatment without success.  Patients who will undergo acupuncture for the first time may experience a certain sensation that is more like an ant bite when a needle is inserted into their skin. However, in the next acupuncture treatment, that sensation may decrease in intensity since they now know what to expect when returning for another treatment. You need to keep in mind that acupuncture therapies require endurance and patience on your part.

Acupuncture is a versatile form of treatment for depression that can even be used as an adjunct therapy to anti-depression drug therapy prescribed by doctors. This combination can aggressively treat your depression problems. You only need to have the desire to resist this mental malady and earnestly seek a way out of this ordeal.

The Efficacy of Acupuncture Treatment for Depression

Treating depression using acupuncture is similar to the way acupuncture is used in combination with drug therapy to treat depression.  Since acupuncture affects the chemicals in our body, it delivers positive effects and help change the mood of the depressed person. If this therapy is done on a regular basis and frequently, at regular intervals, the chemical imbalance in our body can really be restored to its proper harmony and balance. However, it requires endurance and determination on the part of the patient in for the treatment to be successful. If you halfheartedly participate in your treatment process, your chances of recovering from depression could be low.

 

Dr. Cui Han is a Florida licensed acupuncture physician and the founder of AcuHealing Medical Center in Miami, FL.