25. May 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Sinusitis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A large number of people all over the world are now aware of acupressure and acupuncture. Acupuncture is brought to use by ancient traditional Chinese medical wisdom.

Decades before, US doctors ridicule and balk at using acupuncture for their patient’s conditions. Now, acupuncture is not only widely practiced in the United States but in many parts of the world.  Acupuncture works on the principle that the regulation of vital energy or qi (and blood) flows throughout the body what the Chinese call qi or vital energy.  This is particularly true in the case of sinusitis.

Fragile and very thin needles are inserted along points on your body known as acupuncture points. Based on the health condition or illness you have, the needles are inserted at certain areas of your body.  A lot of people have derived great relief of their sinusitis using acupuncture.  You need to undergo acupuncture from a licensed acupuncturist since unlike medications acupuncture is not a remedy that you can do on yourself.

There are so many acupuncture clinics scattered all over the US that you don’t need to search far to find a licensed acupuncture clinic. Chances are that even your own doctor may you refer to a good acupuncturist who specializes in the treatment of sinusitis. Western medicine has now acknowledged that acupuncture can be of help when conventional medicine either carries the risk of several negative side effects or fails. If your doctor does not know any acupuncturist, you can ask your family and friends. Who knows some of them may just have tried acupuncture for a specific condition.

25. May 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Bell’s Palsy · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

What basically characterizes Bell’s palsy is the lack of control or paralysis of the facial muscles usually affecting one side of a person’s face although in rare cases can involve the paralysis of the entire face. Bell’s palsy is a neuropathic disease – it is also termed as idiopathic facial paralysis. Bell’s palsy starts to develop when a cranial nerve known as cranial nerve VII begins to dysfunction. Swelling and inflammation in the facial nerve are suspected to cause this dysfunction which can result in damage, inhibition or even death of the nerves.

Bell’s palsy is treatable and because it is a serious condition, it needs to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible in order to ensure its full treatment and the complete restoration of normal nerve function. Doctors usually recommend the use of corticosteroids to help facilitate recovery. One other option is surgery particularly for patients who have already tried medications but are still frequently bothered by this condition. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which includes acupuncture, has been a particularly effective alternative in treating Bell’s palsy.

Besides acupuncture, TCM consists of several medical practices using the Chinese medical system, and based on archeological evidence, has been shown to be used since the Stone Age.

The healing art of acupuncture entails the use of very thin needles inserted and manipulated into strategic points on the body called acupoints to elicit a healing response. Acupuncturists believe that the insertion of these needles redirects blood and Chi flow. These specialists believe that pain, illnesses and disease are due to blood and Chi stagnation and restoring their proper flow will lead to the resolution of the problematic condition.

Acupuncture is used by acupuncturists in treating Bell’s palsy.  The degree of the disease, illness or pain affects the time and extent for the patient to fully heal.  From the viewpoint of TCM, Bell’s palsy is due to the patient’s exposure to wind and a weak immune system that leads to inflammation in the affected area and block the Chi.

For Bell’s palsy, acupuncturists and other TCM practitioners often recommend acupuncture along with Chinese herbal medicine to remove blockage and bring back movement to the face of the patient. Acupoints chosen for needling to remove wind include the Yangming and the Shaoyang acupoints to stimulate Chi flow. Since Bell’s palsy is suspected to be due to a weak immune system, the patient’s immune system needs to be tonified as well. This is accomplished by living a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet, stress reduction and rest.

One of the best benefits of acupuncture and TCM for treating Bell’s palsy is the fact that it allows the body to properly and naturally heal itself.  Individuals who are reluctant taking medicines such as steroids (since they cause harmful side effects) should talk to their doctor and TCM practitioner to know if acupuncture is the proper treatment plan for them.


Needles & Moxa Wellness Center
700 S Red Rd
Miami, FL 33144
Ph: (305) 265-5265

18. May 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Sciatica · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Acupuncture is a very effective way to relieve sciatica in Bellingham and other causes of back pain. Since sciatica cannot be cured with acupuncture (chiropractic medicine may be a permanent treatment for it), it should be seen more as a way of treating pain caused by this condition.  Be that as it may, pain relief is a whole lot better than no relief at all. It is important to consider that there are individuals who are suffering from serious discomfort who are desperately seeking for an effective way to relieve their pain that may eventually give rise to a better climate for a cure by other means.

In Europe and the United States, acupuncture has now been widely accepted for decades. It is considered as an alternative form of medicine in the West. Acupuncture has been used by the Chinese for several thousands of years. It is basically a modality that utilizes very thin sterile needles inserted into certain points in the body called acupoints. When inserted the acupuncturist manipulates the needle to bring about the desired stimulus.

Locating the acupoints (acupuncture points) is not that easy to do and even with acupuncturists, it may take a lot of experience to familiarize themselves with all the acupoints scattered all over the body. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) associates the acupoints to the energy polarities of yin and yang. When a needle is inserted it rebalances the yin and yang allowing the body to function well and improves blood flow in the affected part of the body helping to relieve pain in the process.  Also, the inserted needle stimulates the nervous system to produce and release the body’s own natural painkilling chemicals to help relieve pain and stress.

In the context of sciatica, as mentioned, acupuncture treatment does not bring about cure but for many sciatica patients, it does certainly help them a lot in relieving their back pain and bring about longer relief from pain and discomfort than prescription and nonprescription painkilling drugs. Acupuncture, furthermore, is a safer mode of pain relief than medications by the fact that it is non habit forming  and has no side effects whatsoever on the body.

The duration of one’s acupuncture treatment may depend on the severity of your sciatica pain. For mild sciatica cases, a few sessions may be adequate; but for really painful cases, weeks to even months of treatment may be required.  The easing of your sciatica will lead to better mobility and this can then encourage a cure naturally.

Hygiene and safety are very crucial elements essential for the proper practice of acupuncture therapy. You need to seek treatment from a qualified, well-experienced acupuncturist who always utilizes sterile, disposable single-use needles to prevent the rise of any infection.  You should expect to be treated using sterile needles in unopened packaging before the procedure commences.  The needles should be so thin that they do not elicit any sensation of pain as they are inserted into your skin.

So many studies have been done in the past that have validated the claim that acupuncture does indeed bring about relief from pain and discomfort including sciatica and back pain. So if you suffer from any type of ailment that causes pain and discomfort, acupuncture is a very good option if you want something better and natural than the ones offered by conventional medicine.  However, if a structural problem (such as a slipped disc, for example) in your body is the reason for your pain, acupuncture will not be effective enough to relieve your discomfort. Other modalities such as chiropractic medicine would be more advisable.  Acupuncture may be able to relieve the pain caused by a slipped disc but it cannot address the underlying cause of the pain which is that slipped disc.

Lastly, it is good to remember that when you decide to get acupuncture, go only to a qualified practitioner who preferably specializes in treating conditions you are suffering from.  You should never try to attempt performing acupuncture on yourself. Doing so may lead to serious consequences such as blood disorder and/or bleeding among others.  You also need to talk to your doctor first before deciding to go through with acupuncture.

18. May 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when the median nerve in the carpal tunnel, the part of the body where the wrist connects with the hand, is pinched. This is usually caused by the reduction of the size of the carpal tunnel producing discomfort and pain.  The median nerve is located underneath the tendons running from the wrist to the hand.  Carpal tunnel syndrome is now a notorious work-related condition due to the rise of occupations that require repetitive hand functions causing strain to the hand and wrist.

Carpal tunnel syndrome has certain signs and symptoms that arise after you start on a new activity, usually a hobby or work that makes use of your fingers and wrist in a repetitive motion. Between sexes, women are more at risk in developing the condition, particularly if they are between the ages of 40 and 70 or if they are pregnant. Carpal tunnel pain can involve your arms or only one of your arms. It can also affect your palm, wrist and/or forearm.  There are carpal tunnel sufferers who may feel a sharp pain only when they perform a repetitive movement; others may feel a lingering tingling or numbness in one half of the ring finger or the middle finger, index finger and the thumb. The pain and other symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome get worse at night; they may even get worse to the point that the sufferer has to wake up in order to shake his/ her hands to alleviate the numbing sensation. People suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome may experience problems with fine motor skills like crocheting or writing, and may find themselves dropping things when they carry them on their problematic hand.

From the viewpoint of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome is a manifestation of wind (marked by the shooting or tingling nerve pain); damp (hand and forearm may feel achy and heavy; and cold (wherein a patient usually has more pain with cold). These three conditions are caused by an obstruction to the smooth flow of qi and blood in the arms.

Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of ultrathin acupuncture needles to stimulate certain acupuncture points situated near the affected wrist. Some patients may feel a mild electrical sensation when the needles are inserted into their skin. This is a positive sign because it means that the treatment can help lessen the numbness and pain in the tendons. Other types of alternative and TCM treatment like laser, acupuncture, magnet therapy, moxibustion, electro-magnetic acupuncture and tradition al acupuncture needles can be utilized to successfully treat carpal tunnel syndrome.

Besides getting treatment from your acupuncturist, you need to stay away from activities that can aggravate your wrist condition like working at an assembly line, working at a computer or prolonged writing with a pen, or even working as a trapeze performer. You can also develop carpal tunnel syndrome if you sleep with your wrists under a pillow or your chin. Your acupuncturist may recommend a splint that you can wear at night to protect your wrists while you sleep.


Tree of Life Acupuncture
1215 120th Ave NE #206
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 732-3201

15. May 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Sore Throat · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Sore throat is a disease that occurs quite commonly. It affects the region around the tonsils or pharynx, where discomforts and dryness can bring about soreness. Sore throat is a very frequent symptom of the flu or cold. Usually, throat discomfort is the first indication that you are getting sick from pathogens. In certain occasions, your sore throat may persist.

Sore throat, much like cough, is a disease brought about by internal functional imbalances or external pathogens, usually associated with pent up body heat. A sore throat is generated by external pathogens if it always causes an acute attack. Sneezing, headache, an aversion to cold and fever are also observed.  If it’s caused by internal functional imbalances, the sore throat then manifests as chronic and can be connected with various symptoms depending on its underlying problems.

In traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, it is important to carefully scrutinize the difference between the root causes and the associated symptoms in order to resolve the condition successfully. If you experience sore throat symptoms that persist then you need to see a doctor.

Relieving a Sore Throat

TCM’s aim in treating sore throat is to replenish yin, clear internal heat and relieve pain. Chinese massage and acupuncture can also provide rapid relief to sore throats by utilizing pressure on strategic acupuncture points and/or affected parts of the body.

Certain Chinese herbal remedies like Chrysanthemum (Juhua), Blackberrylily Rhizome (Shegan), Cicada Slough (Chantui), Momormica Fruit (Luohanguo) and Peppermint (Bohe) are quite potent in relieving sore throat discomfort.

Soothing a Sore Throat

Some Chinese herbs that can relieve sore throat, fever and cold symptoms include classical remedies such as Yinqiaosan Fever Relief Granules and Ganluyin Heat Expulsion Granules among others.

Home Remedies for Sore Throat

Drink lots of warm water everyday to minimize the pain and maintain the moistness of your throat. One good substance to soothe the discomfort is honey. Herbal lozenges or herbal tea with specific instructions are also helpful if taken appropriately.


The Lotus Center of Oriental Medicine
6501 N. Federal Highway #3
Boca Raton, FL 33487
Phone: 561-353-4150

09. May 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Sciatica · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Got lower back pain? Then I suggest getting acupuncture to help you experience the best kind of pain relief ever. Acupuncture is a part of traditional form of Chinese medicine and has been used by countless number of people all over the world for thousands of years.  It is a really good treatment for all types of body pain including sciatic pain and when performed appropriately, brings about rapid relief.

Sciatica acupuncture therapy

During acupuncture treatment for sciatica in Walla Walla, your acupuncturist will insert very thin acupuncture needles into the affected areas such as the back.  Acupuncturists are able to stimulate the nervous system and convey signals to the part of the brain responsible for balance of the body. If you are suffering from severe or chronic sciatica, then additional treatment may be required.

Acupuncture is almost often combined with Chinese herbal medicine to quicken the healing process.  The herbs are usually sold in capsule form for convenience and even if these herbs are quite effective and reliable, you need to first consult with a licensed TCM practitioner to ask for the correct herbal remedies that will address your needs.

Acupuncture is a worldwide popular treatment and a natural type of medicinal practice. Your treatment course is usually customized by your acupuncturist to get the results you need and although acupuncture may not be for anyone, it is a powerful type of pain treatment for people who derive health benefits from it. So many people have experienced significant relief from sciatic nerve using acupuncture.

The faster you desire for pain relief, the more treatments you need to experience. There are great therapies like muscle balance treatment that you can use for your sciatica. Oftentimes you need to avail of multiple treatments for your back pain to experience substantial and long lasting relief of your back pain.

02. May 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for High Blood Pressure · Categories: Uncategorized

Acupuncture treatment for high blood pressure is a great alternative form of therapy for hypertensive people. In reality, acupuncture is the most popular type o complimentary health care treatment applied to treat high blood pressure. High blood pressure acupuncture does not entail the use of conventional drugs. It in fact uses the body’s own psychological, energetic and physical ability to regulate blood pressure and heal the body.  Researchers state that acupuncture is more aggressive (more effective) than any lifestyle change or single- drug therapy for resolving high blood pressure.

Acupuncture is a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  TCM resolves high blood pressure in two ways. One way is to focus on the symptoms of hypertension and the second way is to address the underlying condition that has caused the high blood pressure problem in the first place. In order to address the symptoms, the acupuncturist will insert acupuncture needles at certain points on the body (acupoints) after a diagnosis of high blood pressure has been determined. The inserted needles stimulate the acupoints causing the blood pressure to slowly lower.

For high blood pressure the acupuncturist needles the LU11 or Shao Shang point, the ST16 or Zusanli point, and the ST9 or Renying point among others.  Different factors need to be considered before performing treatment. The patient’s symptoms and signs including the appearance of the tongue and the type of pulse need to be analyzed. The analysis will determine the nature and type of treatment to be used.

High blood pressure acupuncture and TCM views high blood pressure as possessing four kinds of syndromes:

–        Yin and Yang insufficiency syndrome – this syndrome manifests symptoms and signs such as a thin and taut pulse, tinnitus, a pale tongue with white coating, fatigue, palpitation and dizziness.
–        Syndrome of Yin insufficiency syndrome of the kidney and liver – this syndrome is marked by a taut and thin pulse, dry and red tongue with minimal coating, insomnia, weakness in the legs and waist, and a dry and uncomfortable sensation in the eyes.
–        Yang excessive, yin-insufficient syndrome – symptoms shown by this syndrome include a rapid pulse, palpitation, hot sensation in the soles and palm, dry mouth, dizziness and headache.
–         Excessive liver- yang syndrome – this syndrome has symptoms that include restlessness, bitter taste in mouth, flushed face and eyes, headache and dizziness.


Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.