31. August 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Treatment for Amenorrhea · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

When a lady experiences zero monthly periods for over three to four months, she is suffering from a condition known as amenorrhea. A growing number of women are turning to acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine to have their amenorrhea treated.

Amenorrhea, according to biomedicine, is the absence of menstruation and other characteristics pertaining to sex (i.e., pubic hair and breast development) in females around the age of 14 or zero menstruation of females by age 16 years of age with normal development of secondary sexual characteristics. Amenorrhea can also be a diagnosis if a woman who is not pregnant, breastfeeding or lactating, who is not in menopause or has not been using birth control pills, has been having normal menstruation ceases to menstruate for three months and over.

Some of the Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) explanations for amenorrhea

  • There is deficiency of blood in the female’s body
  • There is not enough kidney energy
  • Liver’s energy is not balanced

An acupuncturist will check the patient’s pulse exactly and in intricate detail if the patient is suspected of suffering from amenorrhea. The acupuncturist will always observe the patient thoroughly to know the root source of the patient’s condition.

There are patients that have been diagnosed with perimenopause by their gynecologist and some patients take birth control medications to normalize their menstruation. Women who are in perimenopause may still have the chance to experience menstruation.

Acupuncturists and TCM practitioners believe that a woman has very little chance in having a monthly period again if she has one or more of the following condition:

  1. If she has never experienced any period in her life.
  2. If she is over is 40 years old and had no period for over 14 years.
  3. If she is in menopause.

As an acupuncturist, I have treated several patients suffering from amenorrhea. One particular case was a woman around the age of 30. She had zero menstruation for more than a year. She was skinny, had a lifetime condition of being constipated, had sleeping problems, and had bad complexion and sensitive skin.

Initially, she was experiencing irregular periods and started to take birth control pills. After taking these medications, she experienced light bleeding which prompted her to take those pills. My diagnosis on her revealed that she was suffering from deficiency in blood and blood stasis. I examined her vital energy level (chi level) by using acupuncture and it was normal. Most of the patients with amenorrhea have weak chi level but this woman had adequate energy and so I could perform a better treatment on her with acupuncture.

The problem in her is that her energy communication was poor between the lower and upper body.

My first treatment of the patient already elicited a positive feeling in her. After a month she enjoyed a vast improvement in her symptoms. She began to sleep much better and her constipation was treated; but she still had no menstruation. After another 15 days, my patient reported some good news. At first, I thought it was merely some spotting, but after further observation, I saw that it was indeed a period. From then on she experienced normal and regular periods. The total length of treatment for her condition was six months. This case alone has proven that acupuncture indeed works for amenorrhea and every time someone calls me on the phone to ask if amenorrhea can be treated with acupuncture, I answer with an emphatic yes.

I always resolve amenorrhea with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

One thing you need to know (if you suffer from amenorrhea) is that you need a minimum of five acupuncture sessions that will involve the use of Chinese herbal remedies and acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a proven treatment for a number of emotional and physical conditions. Some people may be very hard to convince that acupuncture can make them feel more vibrant and happy than they’ve ever felt before. Some patients describe the feeling after getting acupuncture saying that it felt like “floating in the air” for a week or even more and assuredly experiencing no stress at all. Besides acupuncture therapy, I would recommend to my patients with amenorrhea to:

  1. Not drink coffee or anything cold.
  2. Exercise everyday for at least 15 minutes each day.
  3. Not wear short skirt or tight jeans.
  4. Not drink alcohol or smoke.
  5. Follow the advice and dietary recommendations of the practitioner/acupuncturist.

 

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.

 

24. August 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Treatment for Back Pain · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

For tens or possibly hundreds of millions of people around the world, back pain is a daily problem. The pain can be of a minor sort such as a mere uncomfortable twinge to a severe, excruciating type of pain that can leave a person immobile and bedridden. There are a number of conventional treatments for back pain. However, more and more people these days are opting for alternative types of treatment to avoid the use of drugs.

Complementary therapies, as with conventional ones, have many approaches to treating back pain in Vancouver. One of the best treatments they offer by far is acupuncture.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing procedure that has been practiced by Chinese medical practitioners for more that 5,000 years. Ancient Chinese treatments are based on the notion that the body possesses a vital energy known as chi. Chi is deemed by Chinese medical practitioners to be the vital force that makes the body, grow, thrive and reproduce. Chi flows through energy channels called meridians. These channels are all inter connected connecting to our nervous system, muscles, internal organs and limbs.

Some researchers think that the meridians run near the skin’s surface where acupuncture points lie. When these points are manipulated or massaged it can boost chi flow, which then helps relieve the pain.

When you visit an acupuncturist, expect to be inquired about things pertaining to your health, your medical history and the purpose of your visit. You will discover that the acupuncturist may examine some parts of your body that a conventional physician would not normally examine. An acupuncturist may, for example, observe your digestive system or your tongue. After evaluating your health, the acupuncturist may them begin to insert needles at some areas in your body. Acupuncture needles used during treatment are ultra thin and are usually made out of stainless steel.

Some people find it painful when acupuncture needles are stuck in their body; however, this is not often the case with most people who find acupuncture to be a painless procedure. Instead of pain, they only sense a pricking sensation when the needles are inserted and manipulated. You do need to immediately let your acupuncturist know if you feel any discomfort and pain since acupuncture ought to be a more or less painless procedure. The typical parts of the body where acupuncture needles are inserted include the arms, legs, mid-section, ears, and head.

Not all people respond the same way during acupuncture treatment. Some get well while others may derive zero benefits from it. Some patients may need only one session while others may benefit from multiple sessions.

17. August 2014 · Comments Off on How Acupuncture and TCM Help Address Bell’s Palsy Symptoms · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Bell’s palsy often strikes young adults (around the ages of 20 to 35 years of age) and it does affect both human males and females. There is about 1 in 5000 chance a person will develop this condition each year. It rarely happens that Bell’s palsy will affect a person twice or more in his/her lifetime. This condition is a certain type of facial paralysis that generally affects one side of a person’s face. When it appears, the paralysis develops all of a sudden often accompanied by weakness and numbness. The person who is affected will have problems closing his/her mouth on the affected part of their face, be acutely sensitive to noise, have a change of taste, and have a problem closing one of his/her eyes. Pain is usually not experienced although sometimes it may be felt behind the ear or other parts of the face.

Western medicine is still unsure of what exactly causes Bell’s palsy. Current studies have suggested that the cause of the paralysis may be due to a certain type of virus. In about 80% of the subjects with Bell’s palsy was discovered a Herpes Simplex virus a Japanese research recently noted. Herpes Simplex is a virus that also causes cold sores. It attacks the 7th cranial nerve causing it to swell leading to the impairment of the facial nerves causing the symptoms of numbness and paralysis and sometimes, pain.

People with Bell’s palsy usually recover on their own. Around 10% to 20% of affected people, however, may have permanent mild paralysis of the face. Those with this condition and who are over 55 years old may feel facial pain on both sides of the face; some of them may have a high probability of permanent damage in the facial nerves.

Bell’s palsy treatment using Western medicine usually utilizes anti-viral drugs. People who have control only of one eye or who have a lack of tearing will need to use eye drops to help maintain the moisture in their eye until eye normal function is restored.

Diagnosing Bell’s palsy and curing it using Chinese Medicine

Bell’s palsy in the view of Chinese medicine is usually the result of an invasion of an external pathogen known as Wind. When wind enters the body, it causes blood flow to slow down leading to poor nourishment as well as poor control over some parts of the body. In the case of Bell’s palsy, it’s the face that is affected.

One of the most effective and increasingly popular treatments for this condition is acupuncture. Inserting very slender acupuncture needles on the affected areas of the head, neck and face and in certain other body parts, the acupuncturist can help cure this disorder.

Bell’s palsy and the acupuncture points to cure it:

Common points used to treat this condition include:

Chia Cheng Jiang
Du 26
LI 19 and 20
GB 20
LR 3
LI 4
ST 4 and 6
SJ 17

Acupuncture points needles for the improper closing of the eye:

Yu Tao
GB 14
BL 2
BL 62
Yang Chiao
KI 6
Yin Chiao

Most of the acupoints used are on the affected part of the face although certain needles may be place on both sides of the face.

Other alternative modalities to help treat Bell’s palsy

Electrical Acupuncture- the acupuncture stimulation may be sufficient of the affected muscles begin to twitch during the treatment.

Some other helpful tips include a facial massage after the face is applied with a hot compress to help boost blood flow. Chewing of gum can also be helpful and the affected person needs to avoid wind and drafts. To shield your body and face from the cold, wear high jackets and wear scarves and keep the wind away from the affected part of your face.

10. August 2014 · Comments Off on For a lot of people headache is a sad reality of life they have to cope with everyday. · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Virtually everyone in the world at one point in his/her life will experience some type of headache. Each year, in the United States around 45 million people suffer from long-term or chronic headaches and about 28 million individuals experience very painful migraines.

To make matters worse, around 4% of adults in the US have to endure headaches on a daily basis. For a lot of people headache is a sad reality of life they have to cope with everyday.

At times, the headaches can be unbearable that a person may be forced to take analgesics or painkilling drugs. Unfortunately, these drugs only provide fleeting relief and create side effects to the one taking them.

Other choices of treatment include acupuncture. This ancient Chinese modality has become a huge benefit for people experiencing frequent headaches. Acupuncture is also potent enough to treat chronic headaches without having the side effects that conventional painkillers have. The potency of acupuncture is such that it makes it possible for the person to decrease his/her medication usage and even at times, help stop using them altogether.

Results from a study performed by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of medicine revealed that when combined with management of medical science, acupuncture has the capacity to improve a person’s quality of life who is suffering from long-term or chronic headaches.

Acupuncture can perform magnificent therapeutic effects that medical management is unable to do. The medical science established in China has come to believe that one of the major reasons for headache is the obstruction of normal flow of blood and Qi (vital energy) in the body.

The aim of acupuncture therapy is to remove the obstruction blocking Qi and blood flow. This Chinese medical procedure requires puncturing certain parts of the body with very thin acupuncture needles where the headache exists in combination with other associated pathways or channels of energy.

The frequency and duration of the treatment may depend on how the patient reacts to the given treatment. Some patients may also be required drink some kind of Chinese herbal remedies along with this treatment.

In order to reduce the frequency and magnitude of the headache and manage the pain, the person may need to do the following:

-Limit the intake of soups
-Staying away from greasy and fried foods
-Eat a balanced diet
-Minimize the intake of caffeine
-Manage stress

If one is experiencing headache that keeps on coming back, he/she should then heed the instructions of his/her physician. The person needs to look for and consult with a licensed and preferably experienced acupuncturist who often deals with migraines and headaches.

Acupuncture is a verified and well-established form of treatment that is most effective when it is used to treat pain and painful conditions such as headaches. This treatment is a highly effective for the treatment of many types of headaches including cluster headaches, cervicogenic headaches and migraines.

One of the other benefits of acupuncture is its ability to relax the muscles that have become really tight during times of stress. One other benefit is that it helps restore the balance of chemicals in the body. The most important thing is that the sufferer gets relief of his/her misery with acupuncture.

03. August 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture for Headaches and Migraines · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

All over the world an innumerable multitude of people cope with headaches and migraines. Researchers have stated that in the United States alone about 28 million people suffer from severe migraines while around 45 million experience chronic headaches.

About 5% of adults in do experience headaches on a regular basis. It is really unfortunate that individuals are unable to really understand the pain people suffering from daily headaches go through. They seem to be unable to escape the discomfort and extreme pain that accompany one of these attacks.

To help cope with their headaches, most individuals will opt for painkillers that they take everyday. The fact is these painkillers merely offer temporary stoppage of the pain. It’s okay to use painkillers though; however, they should not be used as a form of long-term treatment since some of these drugs can leave you with many side effects and an addiction to them.

Since painkillers are poor long term options, more and more people are becoming aware of another natural, more effective and safer option to painkillers. This option is acupuncture. Acupuncture has actually been around for thousands of years and has been used to treat all kinds of pain, even headaches and migraines. Sufferers of chronic headache are converting to acupuncture in droves since it has been a proven safe treatment that does not have any side effects. Acupuncture’s use has lessened the utilization of conventional modes of treatment for millions of individuals all over the world.

The University of North Carolina School of medicine made a study that can provide some good news for people with chronic headache. This study proved that combined with some application of medical science, acupuncture is able to significantly and positively affect the quality of life of regular headache sufferers.

However, even though acupuncture has proved to be very useful in treating migraines and headaches, a person regularly suffering headaches can do other things to minimize the attacks. This means watching what you eat, lowering stress, and limiting or avoiding drinking caffeinated beverages.