30. September 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Treatment for Menopause · Categories: Acupuncture

Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are perfect choices to make for women in menopause since they provide effective, noninvasive and truly safe treatment for debilitating menopausal symptoms.

Also aromatherapy combined with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can synergistically help lessen menopausal symptoms as well as treat the underlying problem. Before deciding going for hormone therapy, it is highly recommended that you consider first trying Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. The great advantage of these natural modalities is that they are free of harmful side effects. The long-term side effects of hormone therapy make it quite a controversial therapy. It can provide short-term benefits to menopausal women but the likelihood of emotional fluctuations, fibrocystic breasts and ovarian cancer greatly increases. Hence, it is definitely a good idea to start with therapies that are vey safe and will cause no harm to the body. Some of the Chinese herbal formulas that can resolve hot flashes and night sweating include:

Celestial emperor (Tian hwan bu hsin dan) – used for symptoms such as thirst, irritability, anxiety and insomnia

Free and easy wanderer (Jia wei hsiao yao wan) – For hot flashes as well as indigestion, headaches, irritability, red eyes, and severe stress.

Er hsian tang – a remedy for symptoms of low back pain, fatigue and cold sensation with recent onset of hot flashes.

Shi bai di wang wan – used to treat low back pain, fatigue and hot flashes. This has been widely used herbal remedy for centuries.

Some aromatherapy products for menopausal symptoms include menopause bath products to balance the body: some of these products (with corresponding dosages) for menopausal symptoms include:

5 drops lavender

4 drops Clary sage

3 drops Roman chamomile

4 drops Fennel

3 drops Cypress

3 drops Geranium

 

Fill your bathtub with warm or hot water. Immerse yourself for three minutes in the water prior to placing the oils. When adding the oils try to mix the oils to the bathtub water. Stay in the tub for 20 minutes preferably while inhaling slowly and deeply and with relaxing music with low candles/ lights.

Cooling Spray:

5 drops Cypress

7 drops Clary sage

8 drops Roman chamomile

7 drops Rose Geranium

4 drops Peppermint

8 ounces of distilled water

Add the oils and water into a spray bottle and shake. Whenever you sense an incoming hot flash, spray yourself with the mixture. Keep it refrigerated and before using it, shake the bottle well.

Compress Cooling Blend:

9 drops of Cypress

4 drops of ilang ilang

11 drops of Rose Geranium

14 drops of Clary sage

15 drops of Lavender

8 drops of Patchouli

5 drops of Peppermint

1 quart cool to cold water

Add the oils together in a glass bottle. Add 5 drops of this mixture to the water. Soak a cloth in the water and apply to your chest, neck or face or to any part of your body to help ease the hot flashes.

Night sweats and hot flashes are likely to respond favorably with acupuncture and herbal therapy. Most patients leave favorable feedback to these therapies. One should be reminded that herbs will only work if they address a person’s specific needs. Everyone is unique and different and one treatment effective for one person may not be effective to another.

30. September 2014 · Comments Off on One of the best treatments for the relief of dysmenorrhea is acupuncture due to its ability in balancing and correcting hormones. · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A woman usually experiences dysmenorrhea for the first time when she has her first menstrual period. This typically is about the age of 12. Severe cramping is experienced by about 40% of cases while around 50% will experience mild abdominal pains. Other serious conditions such as cancer, endometriosis, scar tissue in the uterus and tumors may develop in around 10% of these young women.

For a lot of women, dysmenorrhea is not really a serious health issue although at times, it can be irritating and may cause great anguish. Some medical scientists believe that the symptoms of dysmenorrhea may be due to fluctuations in the menstrual hormones that can result in the accumulation and stagnation of blood in the pelvic walls, the ovary, and the uterus.

People suffering from dysmenorrhea may sense something painful in their lower stomach that can radiate to their lumbar area. The pain may linger a few days prior to the menstrual cycle and up to the course of the cycle before slowly dissipating at the end of the cycle. Sufferers of dysmenorrhea are more prone to experience vomiting, queasiness, dizziness and headaches. The magnitude of the pain may differ although in certain instances can be so severe that the sufferer may be unable to go to work.

In order to address recurring pain, warming the lower abdomen and taking painkilling drugs are good ideas; in severe cases, hormonal contraceptives can provide relief. These medications need to be taken all over again when their effects run out. Furthermore, they come with side effects that do harm to the body.

In the realm of naturopathic and alternative medicine, one of the best treatments for the relief of dysmenorrhea is acupuncture due to its ability in balancing and correcting hormones. Moreover, it relaxes the muscles of the ovary and pelvic walls, treats the congestion of blood and helps boost the flow of blood around the ovary pelvis.

In a typical acupuncture treatment of dysmenorrhea, the acupuncturist inserts very thin acupuncture needles into the body to enervate the nervous system that is situated in a number of areas, including the lower abdomen, leg and arms. Usually, the acupuncturist will schedule the patient an appointment two weeks ahead of her menstrual cycle and acupuncture is then given two times a week to alleviate or prevent the pain from arising. The frequency and the number of needles to be used though is based on the degree of pain the patient experiences. In mild pain, just a few sessions are enough; for women suffering from severe symptoms, laparoscopy or hormone adjusters may be the best option.

Before acupuncture treatment, women should get enough sleep and eat moderately. Expect to feel some tenderness in the parts of the body where needles are being inserted. Electrical currents can also be experienced flowing in the meridians or pathways of energy when the acupuncturist puts in the needles next to a nerve. In order to get best results, the needles need to stay in the patient’s skin for about 20 to 30 minutes. The patient may need to flex her muscles on the site where the needles are inserted to ensure that the needles do not get caught in the muscles. This may not really be dangerous but it can still caused bleeding and pain when the needles start to be removed. After this, the patient is then is allowed to move her body slightly and relax her muscles. The acupuncturist should know during the treatment if the patient experiences any breathing difficulty, chest ache, wooziness, or dizziness.

After the treatment session is over, the patient should avoid taking a bath for a couple of hours at least and drink warm water. Acupuncture treatment for dysmenorrhea should not be performed on pregnant women who are suffering from dysmenorrhea or on women with blood clotting problems, suffering from blood disease or on women with cancer who have not been treated with modern medicine.

 

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

22. September 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Treatment for Dry Skin · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The skin is the largest organ of the body and it is much, much larger than your lungs, liver or heart. Traditional Chinese medicine knows that the way to healthy skin in the winter, or any time of the year begins internally rather than externally.

In western countries, the skin care industry has become a multi-billion dollar venture. However, most of the skin products available in the market today contain harsh chemicals or drugs that usually do nothing to treat the underlying cause of a skin problem, and in certain instances may even worsen the problem. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), on the other hand, adopts natural techniques and remedies it has been using with great success for thousands of years. Some TCM practitioners, in fact, specialize in the treatment of “dermatology” conditions. Instead of utilizing a treatment to the skin, those practitioners focus on the internal problem, enabling the skin on the outside to be healthy enough to heal itself.

TCM practitioners view the body as one system consisting of interrelated parts. They believe that all disorders, including winter or dry skin, which outside may look as if they are caused by external forces – do really have underlying causes that bring about internal imbalances between yin and yang, blood flow, Qi, and blockages of a number of energy vessels within the body. In winter or dry skin conditions, TCM practitioners know that external environmental pathological factors are responsible and they invade the body causing the imbalances in the body.

In order to resolve dry skin the TCM Practitioner would need to:

-Elevate the level of Yin in the blood, and repair and re-nourish the damaged skin

-Relieve red itchy skin and remove toxins from the skin

– Balance the internal organ systems, bring back internal balances and eliminate blockages of Qi that are causing or contributing to the itchy or dry skin by using acupuncture and herbal therapy

-Boost the immune system and lessen the body’s sensitivity to cold and other negative environmental hazards

 

Specific Treatments

One herb that is used in Chinese herbal therapy for the treatment of dry skin is Wolfberry. Practitioners of TCM believe that Wolfberries strengthen and nourish the blood, kidney and liver. This may not be a mystery for western scientists since Wolfberry plant is rich with powerful anti-oxidants like riboflavin, beta carotene, thiamine, linoleic acid and vitamin C. Wolfsberry is usually sold as Goji Berry and can be found in health food stores in dried or liquid forms.

Some of the other natural ways to treat Winter or Dry Skin include:

-Drinking copious amount of water to keep your skin hydrated

-Adding olive oil to your diet – this can help your skin stay fresh and soft. Olive oil is laden with minerals, nutrients and vitamins to help preserve the health of your skin.

-Adding oilatum or olive oil to your bath water to preserve the moisture in your skin

 

Vital Gate Acupuncture
107 W 82nd St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-4244
http://www.vitalgate.com

22. September 2014 · Comments Off on With acupuncture, dandruff sufferers can be treated of their dandruff problem in an effective and exceptional way. · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Dandruff is not merely a dryness of the skin it also means excessive oil and an excessive output of small scales made up of skin cells “glued together with skin oil.” Dandruff is also referred to as common dandruff, seborrhea dermatitis or just seborrhea. This oil manifest as a number of issues such as red, raw patches below the breasts, redness in the armpits or on the face, thick scales on the scalp and, of course, dandruff. Some of these problems may feel dry and in some instances, the skin can seem dry or dry and oily at the same time. Seborrhea (dandruff) is a condition of the skin that causes the body to produce either too much oil or too little moisture. It also a kind of inflammation of the skin (dermatitis) whose exact cause is unknown or it may due to an overproduction of skin cells on the scalp. Dandruff can manifest anytime and there can be extreme episodes that may be related to psychological or physical stress. The aim of treatment is to remove the inflammation of the skin. Treatment approaches may include cortisone lotion and creams or the reduction of yeast accumulating on scaly areas. One important thing to note, however, is that dandruff is not a yeast infection. Another way to treat dandruff is to moisturize the skin although this doesn’t do much other than making the patches look redder or smoothing out the scales.

There are certain fallacies held by some people when it concerns dandruff. It is not true that dandruff is caused by long hair, hidden illness or a faulty diet. It is also not a contagious condition. Dandruff usually occurs when the scalp shows any signs of weeping, tenderness or inflammation or is very itchy. This scalp problem occasionally is the result of extreme cold and heat. Skin cells normally die and flake off to make way for newer and healthier skin cells.

With acupuncture, dandruff sufferers can be treated of their dandruff problem in an effective and exceptional way. People may seek treatment due to psychological or physiological reasons or both. The concept of treatment usually involves the palm. The great thing about acupuncture is that every treatment done is customized according the needs of the patient. Acupuncture energy concept on palm can be selected to boost the overall well-being of the patient with the aim of boosting flow of both Qi and blood throughout the body. Acupuncture can also help cleanse the body of toxins and calm the nervous system. Some of the patients may see results in just four to five acupuncture sessions.

 

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

15. September 2014 · Comments Off on One of the more popular forms of alternative treatment for Crohn’s disease is acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Crohn’s disease is an incurable chronic type of disease and even with today’s great leaps in medical technology and science and even if Crohn’s disease can be healed, there is still no known cure for this condition. There are different kinds of symptoms that may manifest this disease making it easy to diagnose it.

Crohn’s disease can produce symptoms that may directly affect the personal life and work of the sufferer – it can impact his/her quality of life as well. This disease can cause arthritis that can lead to pain in the large joints, cause lesions in the eyes, thrush in the mouth and create biological disturbance in the liver.

The drugs that are used to treat Crohn’s disease can end up causing side effects or other types of problems in the body. Different kinds of treatments are available to heal this condition but still no full-fledge treatment has ever been invented to cure it.

One of the more popular forms of alternative treatment for Crohn’s disease is acupuncture. This therapy can heal but cannot cure this disease. Originating in China, acupuncture has a lot of traditional therapies that can be used to treat a number of illnesses like Crohn’s disease.

Acupuncture works by stimulating energy channels in the body known as meridians and the nervous system. It is a treatment wherein ultrathin needles are inserted in various parts of the body to stimulate brain cells. The needles cause the body to release encephalins and endorphins. These two are the body’s own natural painkillers that strengthen the immune system of the body. They also help the mind to calm down and the body to relax. Acupuncture is considered to be the best way to heal psycho-physiological health conditions.

As mentioned before, acupuncture does not have any side effects on the body and is a very safe form of treatment. It is used to treat both irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease. Acupuncturists focus their treatment on the central nervous system processing, gastrointestinal motor and gastrointestinal sensory aspects to treat Crohn’s disease. The performance and effectiveness of the treatment may differ due to the manifested symptoms of each patient.

Nowadays among Western societies, acupuncture is widely accepted for curing certain kinds of bowel infections and gastrointestinal conditions. Even if there is scarcity of evidence showing acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating Crohn’s disease due to limited studies done, it can be stated that acupuncture therapy combined with other conventional and alternative modalities can effectively treat the symptoms of Crohn’s disease.

 

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.

15. September 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Treatment for Colitis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

One type of inflammatory bowel condition is ulcerative colitis. This disease occurs when the digestive tract becomes chronically inflamed. Ulcerative colitis usually affects the rectum and the colon or large intestine.

Ulcerative Colitis may cause symptoms that include:

  • Loss of weight
  • Stomach pain and cramping
  • Difficulty having a bowel movement despite the desire to do so
  • Sensation of urgency
  • Bleeding in the rectum
  • Bloody stools
  • Stomach pain

Symptoms can also arise outside the gut and may involve mouth ulcers, lesions, skin rashes, eye inflammation, and joint pain

Natural Remedies for Ulcerative Colitis

Like a lot of human health conditions, ulcerative colitis has no known cause. For a lot of sufferers, alternative therapies are highly popular; however, they need to complement and not replace conventional therapy. Some of the nine types of natural therapies that are utilized for ulcerative colitis are:

  1. Probiotics
  2. Omega-3 Fatty Acids
  3. Oral Aloe Vera Gel
  4. Boswellia
  5. Diet
  6. Folic acid
  7. Acupuncture
  8. Bromelain
  9. Mind-Body Therapies

This article is limited to talking about diet, acupuncture and mind-body therapies.

Diet

In a study done in Japan, the role of dietary factors was researched regarding its role in the rise of inflammatory bowel disease. The study involved 111 subjects with ulcerative colitis who were provided with food questionnaires.

The result of the survey indicated that a high consumption of sweets correlated with the increased risk of ulcerative colitis risk. The study showed that vitamin C was able to shield people from developing ulcerative colitis; the higher the intake of vitamin C, the lower the risk of ulcerative colitis. Some of the foods high in vitamin C include spinach, strawberries, parsley, and red bell peppers.

A journal named Gut posted a study that observed patients with ulcerative colitis in remission for a whole year. The consumption of processed and red meat, alcohol and protein increased the possibility of relapse. The researchers theorize that sulphate compounds and high sulphur content in a lot of these foods is the cause, since the intake of these contents also correlated with relapse.

For certain people, carbohydrates can be the reason for their ulcerative colitis. Ms. Elaine Gottschall popularized a book entitled the Specific Carbohydrate Diet after it was used to help her daughter get well from her ulcerative colitis.

Ms. Gottschall later on, wrote a book called Breaking the Vicious Cycle. This book stated that carbohydrates, as types of sugar, can increase and sustain the yeast and bacteria growth in the intestines, resulting in an imbalance that then leads to yeast or bacterial overgrowth. The yeast and bacteria yield acids and toxins that damage the lining of the intestines. These yeast and bacteria also disrupt the function of digestive enzymes leading to improper digestion and absorption of carbohydrates.

Acupuncture

Based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), pain is the result of blocked energy along vessels of energy in the body. These vessels are unblocked using acupuncture needles inserted into these invisible vessels known as meridians.

Western medicine explains that acupuncture works by releasing natural painkilling opioids. The needles transmit signals that soothe the sympathetic nervous system, and produce and send out hormones and neurotransmitters.

A typical cost of an acupuncture treatment range from as low as $60 to as high as $120. This therapy is tax-deductible and a lot insurance plans now cover for it.

For people who want to get acupuncture, it is recommended that you try it initially for several weeks one to three times a week.

Mind-body Treatments

The German-based University Clinic of Essen did a study on 30 patients who were in remission of their ulcerative colitis. Some of these patients were given mind-body therapies to see how these affect their condition. The patients were placed in an intervention group that consisted of a 10-week 6 hr/week structured training program involving a Mediterranean diet, moderate exercise, and stress-management training , self-care strategies and behavioral techniques and self-care strategies while the rest received typical care (control group). The results of the study revealed a quality of life improvement of the patients who received had mind-body therapies. The two groups were evaluated by standardized questionnaires. However, for physiological or clinical parameters, there were no differences.

Certain breathing procedures that utilize the mind-body connection have shown to relieve pain. They integrate meditation, movement, breathing and body awareness. These breathing techniques are remarkable since anyone can do them in the comfort of their own home at zero cost. Some of the effective mind-body therapies that a person can try include:

  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Relaxation Response
  • Diaphragmatic Breathing

Other Natural Remedies

  • Ginkgo biloba
  • Devil’s Claw
  • Fenugreek
  • Slippery Elm
  • Marshmallow
  • Calendula
  • Exercise

These natural remedies are just a few that show promise for ulcerative colitis. They need to be carefully used and should be done under the guidance of a qualified practitioner. If a person with ulcerative colitis leaves his/her condition untreated, it could lead to serious consequences. Therefore, it is important to try out complementary treatments that may even be more effective than conventional therapies for one’s condition.

 

Willow Tree Wellness Clinic
1607 NE 16th Avenue
Portland, OR 97232
Ph: 503-281-0030
http://willowtreeclinic.com

08. September 2014 · Comments Off on Why use Acupuncture for your Low Back Pain? · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

The ability to treat painful conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, chronic pain and pain in the lower back in Walla Walla is a huge reason why people seek out acupuncture treatment. For a lot of individuals, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture has been a powerful part of their treatment regimen for pain. The question is will it be an effective treatment for you as well?

Pain in Traditional Chinese Medicine

From the viewpoint of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), joint pain and/or musculoskeletal pain is known as bi syndrome. In TCM terminology, bi signifies obstruction. The symptoms of the blockage will show qualities that cause you to feel hot, fixed, stabbing or achy pain. Certain people may positively react to exercise or movement while there are others who feel better after resting. A lot of joint and musculoskeletal disorders are sorted into a subcategory of bi syndrome. A correct diagnosis of the kind of bi a patient has guarantees the right choice of an herbal and acupuncture protocol to break and allay the blockage of blood and qi in the affected area.

Acupuncture and Back Pain – How it Works

Acupuncture is a medical procedure that helps to eliminate and deactivate the trigger points (parts of localized inflammation and constriction). The acupuncturist inserts the needles based on the pain patterns manifested by the patient. The use of acupuncture along with other TCM modalities facilitates healing in a two pronged way:

1. First when the stagnation, local congestion and inflammation are relieved, pain is alleviated as well.

2. Next, after the restoration of local circulation, the muscular structure, discs and tendons are nourished that bring back the body to a more mobile and pain-free state.

According to TCM, certain muscles may manifest pain patterns in parts of the body that may not be directly affected by inflammation or constriction. Licensed acupuncturists are trained in trigger point deactivation procedures and are capable of identifying these patterns. They then insert needles both in distal and nearby areas associated with the pain. This procedure enables them to tap on the meridian system of the body that will treat local pain while at the same time address deeper power currents inside the body to treat the origin of back pain.

Studies Show Acupuncture as Effective in Treating Back Pain

The Archives of Internal Medicine recently posted a study showing how effective acupuncture is in relieving back pain compared to traditional treatments. This study involved 638 subjects all having back pain. They were divided into four groups with 2 groups given acupuncture, one group given placebo acupuncture (the skin was stimulated but not pierced), and the last receiving no acupuncture at all but were given instead treated with certain conventional treatments (physical therapy or drugs).

The two groups given acupuncture and some form of it showed better and more substantial improvement in their back pain compared to the group given physical therapy and medications.

There was little difference between the results of needle acupuncture and placebo acupuncture and this created some questions as to how acupuncture really works and what is it about the therapy that brings about recovery. The study showed 60% of those given acupuncture showed marked improvement while just 39% of the usual-care group subjects manifested real improvements in their back pain/

Why use Acupuncture for your Low Back Pain?

At some point in their lives, about 85% of people living in the United States will experience back pain. An estimated $40 billion will be spent each year for health care to address back pain. People suffering from this exhausting and chronic condition know that good and really safe modalities are needed for back pain. Acupuncture is one of the safest and inexpensive treatments one can use for his/her condition.

There are acupuncturists who do specialize in treating chronic pain and if you suffer from low back pain, this is the kind of specialist you need to have yourself treated. A lot of patients are still skeptical about acupuncture since this therapy is not really encouraged by western medicine. However, more and more evidence have shown that it can be a powerful tool in treating pain and creating a long-term treatment plan regimen to successfully help patients feel pain-free, happy and healthy.