27. July 2014 · Comments Off on Constipation Can Be Treated with Acupuncture · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags:

Some acupuncturists may have had experiences in treating older patients (from 40 years old and above) who are unable to pass any form of bowel movement for several days, weeks or even months even with the help of laxatives taken thrice a day for that  duration.  Symptoms of bloating can be observed in some of these patients particularly on face, stomach and even eyes.  Some of them have been diagnosed with colitis some years ago and their condition may have stabilized although they still pass on bloody stools during that time.  Some of these patients have opted for regular colonic and that’s when they started to become severely constipated.  The colonic treatments had gradually lessened their natural urge to go to the toilet eventually causing them to be in a severe state of constipation.

Most acupuncturists provide a stomach massage as part of the acupuncture treatment for their constipated patients. The massage can last for 12 minutes. During the massage, the acupuncturist palpates the body to feel the things going on under the patient’s skin.  After the massage, the acupuncturist selects specific acupuncture points to needle that he/she considers points that would help move the patient’s bowel and make him/her relaxed.

The massage and acupuncture can result in limited bowel movement at first and even then can help the patient feel much better and her bloating visibly reduced especially on the eyes and face and a little less on the stomach area.  The following treatments can be of the same sort as the initial therapy but each treatment often gives the patient more great results at home until he/she completely restores the normal ability to use the toilet everyday. Most constipated patients who have tried acupuncture also have reported a feeling of being very much relaxed and a significant lessening of their stress in their daily lives.

Constipation can affect a person not only in terms of discomfort but it also can affect him/her in terms of being easily fatigued as well rising skin conditions that are all related to the problem of constipation.


Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.

27. July 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Treatment Helps Get of Low Back Pain · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Discovering other forms of pain treatment is one way back pain sufferers can help themselves better handle and understand their condition. One of the best and most successful methods of treating low back pain is acupuncture. If your back pain is so severe that you are seriously considering surgery, you need to try acupuncture first as it may be the most effective back pain treatment you will ever try.

What Is Acupuncture?

The principle in which the practice of acupuncture is based on involves the existence of a vital energy (life energy) known as Qi or Chi.  When Chi flows throughout the body in a normal way, the body is in good health and is properly balanced as well. This principle implies that the disruption of Chi flow is suspected to be responsible for a health condition. In order to clear the disruption, acupuncture is performed that will allow Chi to flow normally once more as well as help correct imbalances in the body.

You need to understand the origin of something before you can believe or put your trust in it. Acupuncture is a type of healing procedure that is uniquely Chinese in origin and has been practiced for well over 2,500 years.  Acupuncture was virtually unheard of in the States and it became only popular after President Richard M. Nixon visited China in 1972.

The manner in which acupuncture treats a condition is that it stimulates certain points in the body known as acupuncture points. There are many types of acupuncture but the most researched is the needling procedure in which metallic, solid, thin needles penetrate the skin and are either manipulated manually or are charged with mild pulses of electricity.

Acupuncture is now a very common medical procedure in America, although a lot of the methods used by US acupuncturists are derived from the traditional practices of Korea, Japan, China and other countries.

Information about Acupuncture Needles

The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) decided to exclude acupuncture from the classification of “experimental medical devices” and because of this, the administration deemed it was important to regulate the use of acupuncture needles based on single-use standards of sterility and on the guidelines of good manufacturing practices, which are both applied as well to the overseeing of surgical scalpels and hypodermic syringes.

One important thing to stress out is that most common serious injuries are the needle puncture of the lung. This can lead to pneumothorax which is the partial collapse of the lung. One other point that should be noted is that that the infection most commonly occurring in the use of acupuncture treatments is hepatitis caused by a virus. This can result in the liver being severely infected.

Care needs to be also afforded the patient to prevent any negative side effects that are often due to poor training as well as poor hygiene of the acupuncturist. Bacterial infections can also occur at the acupuncture point where the needle was inserted and on other parts of the body.

Some Notable Things to Mention Regarding Acupuncture Treatment

-More research is required to understand more the role acupuncture plays in health care as well as to forge a clearer understanding of how acupuncture really works.

-For thousands of years, acupuncture has given low back pain sufferers (and other individuals suffering from pain) freedom from their condition and a new life. This treatment is also effective in healing several types of conditions.

-Acupuncture is a very powerful tool in the treatment of postsurgical vomiting and nausea. It is also a potent remedy for the side effects caused by post-operative dental pain and chemotherapy.


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19. July 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture As A Viable Treatment for GERD · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

When the valve separating the esophagus to the stomach (called the lower esophageal sphincter or LES) relaxes when it shouldn’t, the sufferer has a condition known as gastro-esophageal reflux or GERD. GERD causes stomach contents and acid to “reflux” or re-flow into the esophagus. This condition often causes pain in the chest as well as heartburn.

GERD is a common and chronic condition and is the most common cause of indigestion.

What are the symptoms of GERD?

The most conspicuous symptom of GERD is heartburn. About 33% of adults experience heartburn at a minimum of once a month and around a tenth of the population in the United States has this condition at least once a week.

The burning pain that heartburn produces usually is felt around the chest. It travels upwards when reflux occurs and it occasionally can be felt in the throat. Straining, bending or eating usually triggers heartburn.

Other symptoms of reflux:

-Vomiting of blood
-Painful swallowing
-Asthma attacks
-Night-time choking or coughing
-Dry cough or sore throat
-Chest pain that can mimic that of a heart attack
When does GERD occur?

-Lifting, bending, bending over or lying down can cause GERD
-After drinking alcohol, eating a meal full of fat or eating a large mean
-Smoking that can cause GERD symptoms or make it worse

Most people with GERD can experience its symptoms once or twice a week and even daily depending on the severity of the condition.

Can GERD affect your health?

GERD is a very unpleasant condition and it can have a significant effect on a person’s lifestyle.

What conditions can cause GERD?

In a lot of instances, doctors cannot specify the actual cause of GERD although the following factors can contribute to its rise:

Lying down – when the body lies down, the force of gravity makes it highly susceptible for experiencing GERD symptoms. One remedy for this is to raise your head with a pillow by placing a brick or 3 inch blocks under the two legs of the bed where your head is often situated.

Constipation – constipation adds more pressure on the stomach causing the likelihood of GERD to develop.

Tobacco – cigarette smoking can weaken the function of the LES and slows down the time the abdomen empties and the production of stomach acid.

Hiatus hernia – the stomach stretches through the diaphragm, and there are occasions that the muscles of the diaphragm prevent the closing of the lower end of the esophagus. The sphincter remains open enabling the stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus.

Unsuitable Foods – these foods cause the LES to work improperly: alcohol, nuts, hot and spice foods, sour foods, fruit juices, coffee, peppermint and chocolate. Overeating can also cause the esophageal sphincter to malfunction.

Big Meals – big meals stretch the stomach and when the stomach is stretched, the higher the person’s chances for GERD. Eating fatty meals can slow down gastric emptying. So, try not to eat large rich meals often, especially during the evening.

Pregnancy – during pregnancy, the uterus expands causing pressure on the abdomen which adds to the chances of reflux. Besides that, hormonal changes can cause the LES to relax more often during pregnancy.

Overweight – too much fat in the stomach cavity increases pressure inside the abdomen which can lead to increased pressure there. The result may be the welling back of acid and stomach content into the gullet.

How can you prevent the rise of GERD?


People should limit or avoid the use of NSAIDS or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, If possible. NSAIDs such as naproxen (Aleve), ibuprofen (Avild, Motrin) and aspirin should be avoided if you are at high risk for GERD. One very good alternative to NSAIDS is acetaminophen (acetaminophen).


It is thought that chewing gum can heighten the chance of developing GERD. One study, however, stated that it might help lessen the symptoms. Since saliva can neutralize acid and since it has several other factors that help protect the esophagus, half an hour of gum chewing has been known to be beneficial in protecting against damage caused by GERD and in helping alleviate heartburn. Chewing on anything can stimulate more production of saliva

Avoid Tight Clothing

GERD sufferers should not wear tight fitting clothes especially around the stomach

Lose Weight

Overweight people are more likely to develop GERD therefore it is important to reduce your food intake and your weight

Stop Smoking

Dietary Changes

People who have difficulty swallowing need to stay away from pasta, doughy bread, vegetables with skins and tough meats. They need to have a diet rich in vegetables and fruits, although acidic vegetables and fruits should be avoided (e.g., tomatoes, pineapple, grapefruit, lemons and oranges). Actually, the fact is, no studies have been done showing that a high-fat or a low-fat meal can cause the occurrence of GERD symptoms. Further studies are required to verify this. Still, it is always good to stay away from saturated fats (from animal products), and avoid all fats if you are overweight.

Change in lifestyle

Individuals suffering from heartburn need to change their lifestyle. A study showed that, 44% of subjects who were suffering from symptoms of GERD showed improvement after they changed their diet. Carbonated drinks should be avoided as they add to the risk of developing GERD. Adding more protein to your diet can make the muscles stronger including the lower esophageal sphincter. People with GERD should opt for fish, poultry, or skin or low-fat dairy products instead.

Selenium-rich whole grains can help protect the rise of dangerous cells changes that may lead to Barrett’s esophagus.

How Can Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine treat GERD?

Chinese medicine has several herbal concoctions that can remedy GERD symptoms. These concoctions are designed specifically for each patient. A formula called Chinese Master ‘s special herbal medicine is powerful enough to relieve and control gastro-esophageal reflux disorders.

The aim of Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture is to limit the production of acid, bring back the normal function of the stomach and boost the flow of Qi. They are very effective therapies and help completely prevent the onset of complications of GERD.


Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.

19. July 2014 · Comments Off on Low back pain is one of the most common reasons why people go see their doctors · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

It is also one of the biggest reasons why people fail to show up at work and other activities. Low back pain will be experienced by most people in the United States at some point in their lives.

People may experience pain for a lot of reasons. Pain is usually brought about by diseases, structural deformities and trauma. Diseases that might lead to pain can include osteoporosis and ankylosing spondylitis. Structural problems that can likely cause pain and also more chronic problems include vertebral deformities, stenosis and herniated discs while trauma due to injuries and strains usually will likely generate pain.

Symptoms and Signs

There may be a broad range of symptoms and signs for low back pain. There often is pain experienced in the lumbar part of the back. Oftentimes, it may be merely muscular and localized pain. There can be pain that may travel down the legs. There can be several complaints that can include numbness, spasmodic pain, throbbing pain, dull pain and stabbing pain. One may experience pain that may travel to the toes causing them to become numb. Some types of back pain can be so debilitating that one may find it very hard to walk. Usually, particularly, if arthritis is involved, one’s back pain can flare up with changes in the weather.

Choices of Treatment

A person can have several treatment options for his/her back pain. Several of the more popular treatments are muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medications. A lot of times the spinal cord can feel so bad that surgery is needed. One other modality that has been proven to ideally work for low back pain is traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is actually a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It works perfectly for the resolution of low back pain. TCM sees the body differently than Western medicine. TCM states that vital energy known as Qi travels through the body along meridians or energy channels. Whenever Qi and other substances within the body become unbalanced, then health conditions usually develop. In the case of low back pain there can be external pathogens such as cold and wind, qi deficiency and stagnation of blood and qi that can cause pain. TCM practitioners and acupuncturists believe that one of the meridians and major organs affected is the kidney meridian. Acupuncture is utilized to help restore balance in the body and allow qi to flow normally once more thus enabling the body to heal itself.

Acupuncture is a very good option for treating chronic and acute low back pain. With acute pain, just a few sessions of acupuncture therapy is needed to cure the pain. For chronic back pain, the course of treatment may take a little longer and usually patients will need to return for preventative or maintenance treatments. Acupuncture is effective for low back pain conditions such as arthritis, stenosis, herniated discs and sciatica.