21. June 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Post-Partum Recovery · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

You need to equally care for yourself as you are caring for your new born baby since a healthy mother also means a healthy child. Acupuncture treatment for postpartum recovery can help resolve some of issues that women encounter after giving birth:

Depression
Persistent Lochia
Pain and healing of incisions from C-section
Hemorrhoids
Fatigue
Mastitis, breastfeeding issues, milk production

Getting acupuncture therapy after birth is just as good as receiving it during your pregnancy since your body functions optimally regardless of the process it is undergoing. Besides helping you feel better initially after giving birth, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture can also give you a deeper appreciation of the progress of your recovery; it also serves to prevent any conditions from arising and can help maintain your good health as well.

Labor and giving birth tend to require huge amounts of resources and energy and it is equally important for a new mother to allow herself to rest and recover as caring for her newborn. Immediately after giving birth, a woman recuperates during her post-natal period of 1 and a half months. She can experience an imbalance of vital energy (known as Qi) that may lead to fatigue, depression, mood swings, heaviness of the extremities, numbness and aching during that time.

C-section Recovery with Acupuncture

Women may find acupuncture treatment a very effective way to recover after undergoing a C section or a vaginal delivery. One needs to understand that recuperating from cesarian delivery is basically a recuperation from a major form of surgery, it is then vitally important that a woman receive the best care possible and adequate time to recover in the same way she desires to give the best love and care for her new baby. Acupuncture is capable of repairing the tissue around the surgical site as well as generating back the strength of the internal organs and muscles particularly the reproductive and bladder organs, as well as strengthening the abdominal core muscles that can help a woman move much better resulting in the better care of her baby and herself.

Postpartum Depression Treatment with Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been proven through various medical studies to significantly treat depression that usually accompanies postpartum births. Acupuncture is able to normalize enzymes and hormones, release endorphins, relax the body, calm the mind, restore balance to the chemistry of the brain and enhance circulation. Acupuncture treatments for postpartum depression are identical in many ways to treatments for non-postpartum depression. Acupuncture for postpartum depression provides benefits such as balancing mood swings, increasing nutrient uptake, boosting energy and fortifying the immune system, to enable the new mother to be more capable of giving the best care to her baby.

Apart for complications arising during birth, in which case giving acupuncture therapy can commence immediately postpartum to accelerate recovery, it is advisable to begin 3 days after the birth, to be continued once a week for a month. If home visits are not an option, then Chinese herbal remedies are recommended.

 

DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214
http://www.miamiacupunctureclinic.com/

21. June 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Post Partum Conditions · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

It is very important to care for your health during the weeks following birth. Once your child is born, your body undergoes quick changes as it shifts its role in externally caring for the newborn as opposed to its prior role of internally nourishing and caring for the unborn child. Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture are ideal therapies to promote healthy lactation, lower stress, and bring back balance in the body. After a Cesarean procedure, acupuncture can aid you in recovering from your operation.

Acupuncture can be given just days after you have given birth.

Chinese herbal formulas can be utilized along with acupuncture to maximize the benefits of the therapy. Herbs used in the treatment are gentle and all natural and are selected based on the specific needs of the patent. Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM focuses on the patient’s needs and not simply on her condition. Therefore, the herbs selected for treatment have properties that cater to the patient’s specific needs as well as on the condition she is in, whether she’s pregnant, in a postpartum condition or breastfeeding.

Common postpartum conditions that can be addressed by herbal therapy and acupuncture:

-Postsurgical healing
-Mastitis
-Postpartum vaginal discharge
-Hemorrhoids
-Pain management
-Hormonal imbalance
-Constipation
-Restoring normal uterine function and tone
-Hemorrhoids
-Blocked duct
-Fatigue
-Energy recovery
-Postpartum depression
-Insomnia
-Peripheral neuropathy
-Excessive or insufficient lactation

Clinical studies regarding the effectiveness of acupuncture on conditions such as insufficient lactation and postpartum depression have revealed that acupuncture is both a safe and effective therapy to address these conditions. The benefits of herbs ad acupuncture can help you attain your maximum level of health at the most important moments of your life.

 

Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center
6840 Dykes Road
Pembroke Pines, FL 33331
Phone: (954) 880-0090
http://www.vitahealthmedspa.com/

12. June 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for PCOS · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome is a fertility issue that plagues millions of women around the world. It is characterized by high cholesterol, type-2 diabetes, obesity, acne, elevated levels of androgen hormones, and lack of or irregular menstruation. PCOS can be diagnosed as early as the teen years of a female, although women between the ages 20 to 30 are usually diagnosed with this condition.

PCOS develops when the ovarian cycle is disrupted, and instead of the ovary releasing an egg, the follicle remains until more and more follicles accumulate. No egg is released during PCOS and this is what causes infertility. There may be no proof that PCOS is inherited but doctors suspect it to be due to the excess insulin in a woman’s body, causing androgens to be created. This eventually disrupts the woman’s cycle of ovulation.

How can acupuncture treat PCOS?

There are a number of ways acupuncture can aid in treating PCOS. Research has revealed that within two to four months, acupuncture can restore balance to a woman’s hormonal cycle. This helps to normalize the menstrual cycle and reduce the androgens in the body. Acne related to PCOS can also be resolved by acupuncture as well as the high cholesterol, diabetes and excess weight, all due to PCOS. Acupuncture does produce beneficial effects all at the same time; it improves blood flow, lymph drainage, nerve conductivity and regulates the sympathetic nervous system and the hormones.

What Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) theory can explain PCOS treatment using acupuncture?

Each patient’s TCM diagnosis is unique. The diagnosis is based on the TCM pattern you present during consultation with your acupuncturist. The pattern will be either excess or deficient in nature.

The excess patterns associated with PCOS are often seen as Blood Stasis or Dampness in the body. These factors cause a blockage in the flow of energy in the meridians or energy pathways. The blockage often manifests as pain, but can have other consequences as well such as the body’s incapacity to release an egg during ovulation. Dampness symptoms related to PCOS has symptoms that include diarrhea, headaches, dull stomach pain and a general feeling of heaviness. Symptoms of blood related to PCOS include a purplish tinge in the tongue or lips, menstruation with blood clots, and a stabbing sharp pain in the stomach.

Deficiency patterns related to PCOS include Kidney deficiencies. The person’s essence is kept in the kidney and this essence is what makes us grow, bear children and age. The essence is made up of Yin and a Yang, two opposing energy forces in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Lack of Kidney Yin in PCOS can produce symptoms such as a short ovulation cycle, low back pain, constipation, hot flashes, and night sweats. Deficient Kidney Yang in PCOS on the other hand can result in symptoms like low sex drive, diarrhea, aversion to communicate with others and dislike to cold.

What can you do?

Since PCOS is intimately associated with a woman’s insulin levels, what may be needed is to regulate her exercise and diet regardless if she is diagnosed with diabetes or not. Perform an exercise program that complements your acupuncture therapy: deficiencies necessitate light workouts, whereas if you show a pattern of excess, you may be required to perform more vigorous physical activity. Diet needs to include a minimum of six to seven servings of vegetables and fruits each day, and with no artificial sweeteners, no white flour products and no refined foods such as candy. Eat smaller portions of food four or five small meals a day. Avoid dairy products especially if you suffer from dampness accumulation. You can consume organic meats.

 

Galina Semyonova is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in New York City. She has studied extensively in the fields of biofeedback therapy, SCENAR therapy, Chinese herbal treatments and Chinese and Western nutrition.

12. June 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Osteoarthritis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

In spite of the needling procedure that many people are wary of, acupuncture treatment of arthritis is fast becoming a very popular treatment alternative for arthritis. Arthritis is a rheumatoid disease marked by the familiar arthritis symptoms of joint pain and stiffness. For the 15 or more million Americans as well as the millions upon millions of people throughout the world who have successfully tried the very old Chinese healing art of acupuncture, this therapy has been a wonderfully effective answer to their chronic pain. Prospective acupuncture “clients” should note that acupuncture therapy is used as a treatment for arthritis, not in its diagnosis. Therefore, potential acupuncture patients should have already been diagnosed with arthritis by their doctors before they go for acupuncture therapy.

Studies in Arthritis and Acupuncture

In the United States, over twenty million Americans suffer from osteoarthritis. It is actually one of the most common causes for disability among adults in the US each year. A study was done in 2001 at the University of Maryland School of Medicine involving 570 osteoarthritis patients aged 50 years and over who never had steroid injections, surgery or acupuncture before. The control group in this study was chosen and subjects in this group were given regular sessions of acupuncture. After the first week of the study the control group given acupuncture regularly showed an improvement in mobility; by the end of the study, at the end of the study, the group had a 40% drop in pain and also a 40% improvement in knee function.

Acupuncture Treatment for Arthritis

Experts of Western medicine can’t figure out how acupuncture really works in treating arthritis symptoms and other similar conditions. A skilled acupuncturist definitely knows who how acupuncture effectively treats arthritis. Traditional Chinese medicine states that pain is caused by blockage of a person’s vital energy. This energy is called Chi or Qi by the Chinese. Stimulating specific points in the body will help remove Chi blockages and restore balance in the body once more thus helping to relieve chronic pain in the process. Acupuncture also is a great way to improve a person’s sleep according to a study done in 1999.

When an acupuncturist performs acupuncture, he inserts very thin needles into strategic points known as acupoints in the skin. Acupoints play a very big role in the treatment of various conditions like arthritis using acupuncture therapy. Besides the needling procedure, acupoints can also be stimulated with laser, hand pressure (acupressure), electricity, magnets and even bee stings. Acupuncturists have often combined acupuncture with herbal medicine as well as giving their patients recommendations for positive changes in their lifestyle.

It has been determined by studies that some acupoints are basically connected to sensitive bio-trigger points studded with nerve endings. Further studies also reveal that stimulating those triggers in various ways can result in a plethora of biological responses, the release of painkilling chemicals called endorphins being one of the most important of these responses especially with regards to treating arthritis pain. These endorphins are natural, safe and more effective painkillers compared to synthetic analgesics such as Motrin, Tylenol or Advil.

 

BodaHealth
1245 West Broadway #302
Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7, Canada
(604) 733-2632
http://bodahealth.ca/

06. June 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Low Blood Pressure · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Low blood pressure or hypotension is not as common as its antithesis, high blood pressure, but it still affects a lot of people around the world especially if they are more than 45 years of age.

What is Hypotension?

Like high blood pressure or hypertension, hypotension can be determined using a sphygmomanometer. A normal blood pressure will read 90 to 140 mmHg in systolic pressure and 60 to 90 mmHg in the diastolic pressure. When you have low blood pressure your systolic pressure is below 90 mmHg and your diastolic reading will be lower than 60 mmHg. The question is can acupuncture be useful in treating hypotension?

Basically, hypotension can be classified into two types, the acute type and the chronic type. What exactly are the differences between acute hypotension and chronic hypotension? The only difference between these two types is in the symptoms they manifest. For people suffering from acute hypotension, symptom such as coma and/or shock can be experienced while for those with chronic hypotension giddiness, asthenia and dizziness can be experienced. Interestingly, however, some people with chronic hypotension can manifest no symptoms at all.

When a hypotension patient considers acupuncture, he/she should be aware that there are two acupuncture methods that can be utilized to address chronic hypotension. These two methods are non-electro acupuncture and auricular acupuncture.

The objective of non-electro acupuncture for the treatment of chronic hypotension is to increase the patient’s blood pressure to a normal level. To normalize the blood pressure, the acupuncturist can treat certain acupoints in the body. One such acupoint is called the DU 20 point which is called Bai Hui in Chinese. The practitioner can utilize the reinforcing method to increase chi into the Bai Hui point. The needle is left in that point for about 15 to 25 minutes in one session. A total of 10 sessions is the average treatment duration for chronic hypotension cases. When using electro-acupuncture, the acupuncturist should never use the DU 20 point especially if the patient has epilepsy.

In using auricular or ear acupuncture, the acupuncturist can utilize magnetic-press-seed in lieu of the acupuncture needles. The particular acupoint selected usually by acupuncturists for this type of acupuncture is the MA-PC acupoint known in Chinese as Xia Er Gen. For auricular acupuncture, the acupuncturist places and presses the magnetic-seed on the Xia Er Gen acupoints for about 2 or 3 times at intervals of 15 minutes. A treatment lasting about a month can provide the best results. The patient should not forget to change the plaster of the magnetic-press-seed after 4 days prevent the rise of infection.

 

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

06. June 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for IBS · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

More and more people are now availing of acupuncture therapy for the treatment of their condition. Even for IBS sufferers, acupuncture is one of the most popular complementary and alternative therapies to help allay their symptoms.

What is Acupuncture?

The ancient healing art of acupuncture is actually a component of an ancient medical codex known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which also comprises Tui Na (Chinese massage), Tai Chi and Chinese herbal therapy among many others. Acupuncture is designed to bring back health by enhancing and restoring balance to the vital energy in the body known as qi. Acupuncture helps bring back proper function to organ systems of the body including the vessels, nerves, glands, muscles and other major organs.

How Are IBS Symptoms Treated With Acupuncture?

As mentioned a while ago, acupuncture helps improve body functions by restoring balance to qi which travels through the 14 major energy pathways known as meridians in the body. A patient suffering from IBS often manifests qi weakness in the large intestine, kidney, liver, lung and spleen meridians. These meridians then are the ones targeted for treatment by the acupuncturist. However, the acupuncturist will also need to consider the patient’s unique constitution and his specific symptoms to determine what proper course of treatment to follow.

The following IBS symptoms can be readily treated with acupuncture:

Diarrhea
Constipation
Abdominal pain
Muscle cramps

Besides these, acupuncture is great in alleviating stress and all other negative factors that cause IBS symptoms to develop. These factors include:

Menstrual cramps
PMS or premenstrual syndrome
Insomnia
Anxiety

To generate enhanced flow of chi in the meridians, the acupuncturist utilizes ultra-thin, sterile and single-use needles into acupuncture points in the skin. Just below these acupuncture points lie the meridians that correspond with the major organs in the body. How far the needles are inserted into the skin depends on the patient’s muscle thickness.

The needles do not elicit pain once they are inserted into the body and after a very short while the patient will begin to feel the effects of the treatment. After the needles are inserted into the skin, the acupuncturist may manipulate the needles to generate the desired effects. Sometimes the needles are connected to an electrical generating machine via wires to better stimulate the meridian. The needles are left in place for as short as 5 minutes to as long as an hour. After the needles are removed all sensations brought about by the needles disappear.

Besides the needling process, acupuncturists also can use moxibustion for IBS. Moxibustion is a procedure that uses mugwort herb that is burned above specified acupoints. It is believed that this treatment penetrates deeper into the body compared to the acupuncture needles.

Despite the abundant empirical evidence of acupuncture relieving many kinds of symptoms and balancing energy in the body, Western medicine thinks that acupuncture treatment merely helps release pain-killing chemicals like endorphins to alleviate pain and discomfort and improves the flow of blood to help better symptoms. Although how acupuncture really works seems to be still a mystery, abundant evidences show that a lot of IBS sufferers have gained relief from symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, cramping and abdominal pain with acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a very safe treatment option but you need to talk to your doctor first before trying it out. You need to know that acupuncture treatment may entail multiple sessions before you start to experience its more substantial effects. Lastly, you need to look for a licensed acupuncturist who has experience treating your specific condition.

01. June 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Eczema · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

In the United States alone, there are already 15 million individuals suffering from eczema. This skin condition is marked by skin covered with red, scaly and dry patches that are usually accompanied by intense pruritus (itching). So many medical treatments are available for eczema designed to alleviate itchiness and inflammation although the most commonly used ones are corticosteroids. These drugs however, can have certain significant side effects like weight gain, osteoporosis, hypertension, gastrointestinal effects, glaucoma and cataracts. Many people opting for natural alternative in lieu of corticosteroids can find substantial benefits when choosing acupuncture therapy.

The efficacy of acupuncture therapy for eczema in Pembroke Pines was investigated in a German study involving 30 subjects with eczema who were immediately treated after they have been exposed to allergens like pollen and dust mites. These allergens amplified the condition and caused flare-ups. The study’s objective was to bring about relief from the itching. All the 30 subjects underwent three different test conditions. Point-specific acupuncture was the first condition they went through. This treatment utilized aspects targeted to treat itchy skin. The acupuncture points treated were the Xuehai and Quchi points. Placebo treatment was the second treatment condition the subjects were given. This treatment chose acupuncture points that were not really designed to resolve itchy skin. The last test condition entailed no therapy after exposure to allergen.

After experiencing all three conditions, the subjects compared their three treatments. All of them manifested lower degrees of itchiness after being given point-specific acupuncture compared to placebo acupuncture and the zero treatment. Moreover, certain interesting reports revealed that when these subjects were exposed to the allergen a second time after being given point-specific acupuncture, they saw their flare-ups even becoming less severe. The study concluded that a sustained improvement can be experienced with just a single point-specific acupuncture therapy. The people who conducted the study stated that acupuncture given at the appropriate points can bring about a substantial reduction in type I hypersensitivity itch in people suffering from atopic eczema.

Another study similar to the one done in Germany, this time performed in Palestine, investigated the efficacy of herbal medicine and acupuncture for treating atopic dermatitis. This disease is the most common form of eczema. The study used 20 subjects whose ages ranged from 13 to 48. They were treated with acupuncture combined with herbs for 12 weeks thrice a day. The subjects were evaluated after 3, 6, 9 and 12 weeks. After the 12 week study, the patients manifested a lessening of their itch by 45%. Besides that, they saw a 39% improvement of their quality of life. The study concluded then that the combination of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture do truly have a beneficial effect on people suffering from atopic dermatitis.

These studies reveal that there is a strong connection between acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy and the lessening of itch in people with eczema. The conclusions show that there is a secondary option to prescription medications laden with ingredients that cause very harmful side effects. With these scientific studies, acupuncture and herbal medicine can then be considered bona fide therapies for eczema that are natural and very safe to use. These studies provide sufferers of eczema more choices that are safer and effective for the resolution of their eczema compared to drugs.