27. November 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Therapy as A Way Out of Your Addiction · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

One of the biggest problems facing modern societies today is addiction. There are actually several types of addictions. Addiction can be as mild as addiction to chocolates to as serious as heroin or street drug addiction. Addiction always negatively impacts the health of the addict as well as his/her internal balance.

The Definition of Addiction

Inordinate and long-term indulgence to activities or substances considered pleasurable to a person can usually make the person addicted to that activity or substance. This often affects his day-to-day life in a huge way. Addiction, as defined by a medical dictionary refers to the psychological or physiological dependence of a person on specific substances or practices that a person cannot control. Some would argue that addiction happens when the individual is controlled by the activity or substance and not the person losing control of his urges.

There are two classifications of addiction: substance and behavioral addiction. Substance addiction generally refers to dependence to certain chemicals and street drugs such as alcohol, cocaine and nicotine, behavioral addiction, on the other hand, often denotes addiction to internet browsing, gambling, sex, and intense exercising.

There comes a point in time when the addict may be unaware that his behavior is getting out of hand and already causing issues with other individuals. Addicts become very dependent on substances or activities in order to cope with their everyday life aside from being unable to control their urge to indulge in substances or activities . They will keep on taking these substances even if its starts affecting their health and relationships and adversely affect the people around them, as well.

Based on research, the regular undertaking of activities or use of certain substances brings pleasure to a user’s brain. The user eventually sees over time, that as he/she increases his dosage, the more pleasure he derives from it. This also means that his tolerance to the substance goes up. Experts say that as one’s level of tolerance goes up, the risk for addiction increases. There will come a point when the person stops getting any pleasure from the substance and merely take it to avoid experiencing withdrawal symptoms. They feel alright when they take those substances.

The addict must first come to terms with his/her own addiction in order to begin treatment for it. Some of the modes of addiction therapy include participating in psychotherapy, self-help groups, behavioral therapy, counseling and cognitive behavioral therapy. Throughout the years, acupuncture has been determined to be a really good alternative treatment for addiction.

Addiction from the Perspective of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Acupuncture is a very old form of Chinese medical therapy involving the insertion of acupuncture needles into a person’s acupuncture points that are scattered all over the surface of a person’s skin. Underneath these acupuncture points lie vessels where life energy known as qi (or chi) flows. The needles are inserted into important acupuncture points to normalize the flow of qi helping improve the mental and physical functions of the body. Acupuncture therapy can help improve the state of health of a person who is suffering from addiction. It aids in the natural course of action of detoxification from both substance and behavioral addiction.

Practitioners and adherents of TCM and acupuncture do have certain explanations regarding the development of addiction. They all are mainly based on the idea of the balance of yin and yang. With regards to addiction, addicts suffer from a condition known as yin deficiency. This energy imbalance causes emptiness and desperation that forces addicts to use, consume and abuse. These acts, in turn, only leads to more depletion of yin resulting in even more desperation.

Get Treatment with Acupuncture

For addiction, TCM usually utilizes acupuncture therapy alongside specific Chinese herbs. These modalities help lower cravings and promote relaxation and calmness. Studies reveal that acupuncture does aid in quelling anxiety and decreases the number and severity of withdrawal symptoms. It provides a natural and effective way of detoxifying your body from harmful substances regardless if you’re addiction is to coffee or an inability to stop your cocaine addiction.

Other studies show that the best form of acupuncture for chemical addiction is auricular acupuncture. This procedure can help treat addictions to vicodin, hydrocodone, oxycotin, tea, coffee, caffeine, methadone, crack, cocaine, morphine, heroin, nicotine and alcohol.

The NADA Protocol

The NADA Protocol states that in order to address addiction, five acupuncture points need to be treated. These are the shenmen point, sympathetic point, lung point, kidney point , and the liver point.

When the sympathetic points are stimulated, the body experiences a painkilling effect. The stimulation of these points also brings back balance to both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. The shenmen points, on the other hand, result in a calming and relaxing sensation that helps allay the anxiety and nervousness that are often experienced during withdrawal symptoms.

Anger and aggression disappear when the liver point is stimulated. This point also heals the liver from the damaging effects of drug and alcohol abuse. When the lung point is stimulated it strengthens the immune system which is much needed when dealing bouts of withdrawal symptoms. It also speeds up the course of detoxification. The stimulation of the kidney point helps in regaining the source and essence of energy often impaired during substance abuse. Kidney point stimulation also fortifies willpower to help address fear and overcome addiction.

Most health experts dealing with acupuncture mostly prefer to use acupuncture since it is a very safe procedure that does not come with side effects. It is usually used until the person becomes clean from their addiction. You can lessen your acupuncture treatments once you stop taking substances although acupuncturists advise it is much better to continue receiving acupuncture treatments once a month but experts suggest that you continue taking acupuncture treatments at least once a month to guaranty long-term healing . The truth is a lot ex-addicts who have benefited greatly from acupuncture know that it helps them keep off bad substances and gives them a sense of well-being and balance.

 

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27. November 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Provides Benefits That Help Relieve COPD Symptoms · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

People suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can find that acupuncture can help them breathe a lot easier.

Lung diseases such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis can be categorized in the all-encompassing term of COPD. COPD may be marked by shortness of breath and chronic coughing. Drugs such as bronchodilators and steroids make up the conventional modes of treatment for COPD.

A recent clinical study about COPD involved 68 people suffering from the condition. The subjects were divided into two groups. One group received sham acupuncture therapy which is acupuncture treatment where the needles did not penetrate the skin, and the other group receiving real acupuncture along with their daily dose of meds. These two groups were given their corresponding treatments for three months. At the end of the trial, the group who received sham acupuncture was able to walk less longer before struggling to breathe compared to the people in the other group who received real acupuncture plus daily medications.

Researchers from Meiji University and Kyoto University both in Japan did a clinical study that concluded that real acupuncture can raise the person’s quality of life as well as his/her ability to exercise.

Several COPD sufferers have a difficult time getting the best kind of nutrition they need that can address their condition due to the weak functioning of some of the organ systems of their body. The Japan research revealed that acupuncture can boost the function of the stomach function, which helps a person suffering from COPD to consume a nutritious diet and preserve a normal weight.

Symptoms of COPD and Acupuncture

There is no still no consensus of how acupuncture actually treats COPD symptoms. Scientists theorize that when the right acupuncture points are needled, such as the points on the area on rib cage, the muscles that are associated with breathing relax.

Scientists at the Duke University in Durham, North Carolina have shown that acupuncture can also help lower the anxiety level of a person. They explain that when a person becomes breathless, his/her anxiety rises. Relaxation therefore, can also be a possible reason for acupuncture’s beneficial effect on COPD sufferers.

Acupuncture is also able to stimulate the body to aid in the release of chemicals that expand the airways and relax the lungs.

Some doctors believe that as an alternative modality for COPD, acupuncture is a terrific option. The downside to it is acupuncture is minimal and the upside in the treatment for COPD is huge. However, if you have considered it, you must choose an experienced acupuncturist for your treatment.

If you have lung diseases such as COPD, acupuncturists are well-trained to handle the condition. Acupuncture may even able to help smokers kick permanently their smoking habit.

A lot of people who haven’t tried acupuncture would think this is a painful procedure. Though it involves the insertion of ultra fine needles into the skin, acupuncture is a relatively non-invasive and painless procedure.

Others may think this treatment is only good for the relief of pain. Acupuncture is as equally effective in treating lung diseases such as COPD at it is in treating pain as most acupuncturists would agree.

They also caution potential acupuncture patients that acupuncture should be combined with other COPD treatments like medication. Many acupuncturists would advise patients to see their medical doctors first to receive proper medication before going for acupuncture treatment

 

Kine Fischler is a licensed acupuncture physician and the clinical director of Willow Tree Wellness Clinic in Portland, OR.

20. November 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Can Help Treat A Disease Either As A Form of Preventative or Complementary Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture

In the United States, the healthcare industry is undergoing an important transition as a substantial segment of the population is slowly but surely turning to forward-thinking and proactive wellness solutions. This is hugely due to the internet. This shift is a 180-degree turn from the use of Western medicine and has occurred due (among other things) to the fundamental reliance of Western Medicine on solutions that merely provide temporal relief from health conditions and on modalities that oftentimes do more harm than good. This paradigm shift is increasing by the day and can be gleaned in the changing options offered by insurance providers. These insurance providers are now starting to offer their clients choices in alternative therapies, which a few years’ back was something unheard of.

Preventative Medicine – Can Acupuncture Be One?

For over 2 decades, the growing popularity of acupuncture and other forms of alternative medicine in Walla Walla has remained unabated. Acupuncture, in particular, is now viewed as a very practical solution for supporting and promoting wellbeing and health.

A lot of individuals are seeking medical options beyond the limits of Western medicine. They are now becoming aware that the prevention of illness and the maintenance of health necessitate a holistic and forward-thinking approach. Acupuncture perfectly fits these requirements as it has proven to help preserve health and has the power to overcome suffering, pain and sickness.

Alternative Medicine Research

There are ongoing studies to measure the validity of the claims being made about the potency of some alternative treatments in addressing certain types of illnesses. There are many tests that have actually been performed and being performed and a lot of them support the claim that alternative medicine can be used either as a substitute or a complement to Western medicine.

In a study performed at the Medical Center of the University of Maryland Medical Center, acupuncture was shown to relieve pain and was proven that this was not merely the result of a placebo effect. An article published by the Harvard Medical School revealed that acupuncture provided obvious benefits to human health and had considerable lower adverse effects when compared to Western drugs.

In an article entitled “Why Do I Need Acupuncture,” a comparison was made that was applicable to the notion that acupuncture can be a capable form of preventative medicine. This is the analogy of automobiles using gasoline need to get an oil change after running for a certain number of miles. When this oil change is done, the engine’s integrity is preserved preventing the rise of mechanical problems. Fresh oil is needed by the engine to help it run smoothly. When the oil breaks down, friction can develop, resulting in really bad auto breakdowns, and sometimes, deadly accidents.

This analogy can be used on the human body which can be compared to the engine of a car having certain functions that from time to time need maintenance. Inside the body, a very important energy known as Chi flows. When this energy flow stagnates or is blocked, health problems can occur. When Chi moves normally and without any obstacles to block its path, good health prevails and the spirit, body and mind are harmonious and tranquil. Getting acupuncture on a regular or semi-regular basis provides the body important support it needs to function well. Acupuncture can resolve health problems that need to be resolved immediately before they become more serious health issues.

Therefore, the answer to the question can acupuncture be a form of preventative medicine, is YES, it most definitely can. As to whether it can be utilized as a form of complementary or adjunct medicine to conventional medicine, yes it most definitely can, as well. Both Western and Eastern Medicine can be used together to treat certain illnesses. Western medicine can be used as an immediate solution to the symptoms of a certain condition while Eastern Medicine has the ability to address the root problem of the condition as well as neutralize the adverse effects of pharmaceutical drugs. Both therapies have their own advantages and disadvantages and their own strengths and weaknesses. To opt for one and discard the other will deny you the chance of getting the maximum benefits of your treatment.

13. November 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture and TCM for Conditions Associated with Pregnancy · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A wide range of uncomfortable conditions and issues related to pregnancy can be addressed with acupuncture. They include:

Breast milk deficiency – Interestingly Chinese herbs and acupuncture, combined with drinking Guinness beer each day may help improve a pregnant woman’s milk production.

Blocked milk duct and mastitis – Combined with herbal compresses and vigorous self-massage and when given quickly enough, acupuncture can accelerate the recovery time from a mastitis infection. Mastitis can develop rapidly so do not procrastinate in getting treatment as well as proactively address this issue at home.

Inducement of Labor – Pregnant women usually progress into active labor rapidly after a session of acupuncture to induce labor. Occasionally two to three sessions will do the trick within a week after the due date.

Cervical ripening or labor preparation – Around the 37th to 40th week of pregnancy, when given once a week, a session of acupuncture can help boost the woman’s energy as well as improve her blood flow and emotions during that time. When women undergo acupuncture for cervical ripening, labor inducement is not required anymore.

Breech presentation – Moxibustion has been shown to help turn a baby that is in a breech position. This needs to be done for 10 to 14 days around the 34th and 36th week of pregnancy.

Back pain – This is a very common condition that acupuncture can cure very effectively. Acupuncture is probably the best treatment one can get for the alleviation of pain of any type. Moxibusion and cupping can also be performed for women suffering from back pain.

Restless legs – This very frustrating and agonizing condition can be treated with acupuncture. You may also need to add more calcium to your diet.

Stress – The adrenal glands produce and secrete hormones that cause stress and anxiety. These factors can decrease the flow of blood that nourishes the embryo. So, by removing stress through acupuncture, you can help ensure the good health of the baby.

Depression – For some reason, a lot of women suffer from depression during pregnancy. Interestingly, some acupuncturists combine acupuncture therapy with singing lessons under the tutelage of a singing teacher trained in proper breathing techniques to help treat pregnancy-related depression and/or post-partum related depression.

Headaches – A headache is also a type of pain and pregnant women often experience this around the 4th month of their pregnancy. If you do experience headaches around this time, then consider acupuncture treatment for it

Morning sickness or nausea – One to five sessions of acupuncture may be performed based on the severity of the nausea. This will enable you to eat and feel better. Acupuncture treatment for nausea is particularly potent if you also do something to help keep your blood sugar levels stable throughout the day.

Sub-chorionic hematoma (Spotting) – Moxibustion and acupuncture combined can help stop or at least lower bleeding from the uterus.

Prevent miscarriage – To prevent any chances for early pregnancy loss or miscarriage, one to two treatments of acupuncture is recommended. Dong so can help lower the activity of the sympathetic nervous system as well as boost blood flow to the embryo and reduce the stress of the pregnant woman.

 

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Tarzana, CA 91356
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06. November 2014 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Sciatic Pain · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

When it comes to sciatic pain in Walla Walla, acupuncture may not always offer the sufferer long standing relief of his ailment. It is considered though to be an excellent alternative therapy for prompt relief of sciatica and back pain. Acupuncture should be seen as a way of relieving pain and not as a cure especially when it comes to sciatica. But if one is suffering from any type of pain, relieving it is as much important for the sufferer as curing the pain.

In the United States, acupuncture has now enjoyed the recognition it deserves after it became popular in the 1970s. It is a form of Chinese treatment that has been practiced in China and other parts of East Asia for thousands of years. Its rate of success in treating a wide range of conditions has been good although practitioners of this therapy would not claim it to be a cure for many illnesses. The treatment procedure of this therapy is quite simple. Very fine sterile needles are placed into the patient’s body at predetermined points on the skin and then the acupuncturist manipulates the needles in order to generate the desired stimulus.

Locating the acupuncture points (or acupoints) in the body requires training and experience on the part of the acupuncturist. Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a type of Eastern medicine that believes in the existence of yin and yan in which the foundation of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) stands. Western scientists, on the other hand, consider that when the needles are inserted into the skin, pain is alleviated because the needles actually stimulate the body’s very own pain relief mechanisms.

When it comes to sciatica, acupuncture treatment is not a cure for it. Also, there are people who really do not respond well to acupuncture treatment due to their unique constitution. For many others, though, acupuncture has been a very good alternative for sciatica relief and other back related conditions. One other thing that needs to be noted is that the relieving effect of acupuncture usually lasts longer than conventional over the counter or prescription pharmaceutical painkillers. Prescription pain relievers normally need to be taken again within a few hours. Furthermore, acupuncture has proven to have a much more potent effect in killing pain than these medications and one does not have to suffer the risk of being addicted to it (acupuncture).

When acupuncture starts to work for someone in some kind of physical pain that limits the movement of one or more of his body part, the lessening of the pain will result in more mobility and a natural healing of the condition. If ever acupuncture does not result in improvement, then a few more sessions of therapy may be needed, maybe about once a week to help bring about the desired outcome. However, multi-sessions of therapy also means more expenses which may be a bit hard for many people.

Hygiene and safety are both important factors when practicing acupuncture the right way. The needles used need to be always clean and sterile and should be used only once. If you do undergo treatment, you should expect the needles to come out of an unopened packaged and sterile. The acupuncture needles are very thin which means that when they are inserted into your skin, you won’t feel any painful sensation at all.

People who know very little of what acupuncture is, often ask if acupuncture does really have a pain relieving effective it has claimed to possess. Some researchers believe that acupuncture is nothing more than a placebo effect. One needs to refer to clinical studies in order to confirm that acupuncture is a real way to relieve pain including sciatica and back pain. This has been backed and confirmed by several clinical studies that tested its ability to relieve sciatica and other types of back pain. And when compared to the placebo effect, acupuncture has a much higher rate of success.

Although there have been people who actually were cured of their ailment using acupuncture, this therapy is really not considered a cure for most conditions. It can help generate a cure but not all the time. So when it comes to alleviating pain, acupuncture is well worth trying; who knows? It may actually result in something even much better. Acupuncture cannot cure a condition that is structural in nature like a slipped disc or sciatica. This is more the job of a chiropractor.

Lastly, if you are seriously thinking about getting acupuncture, you need to look for an acupuncturist who is well-experienced and qualified. This is not a therapy you can try on yourself at home. People with a blood disorder or have bleeding problems are poor candidates for this type of treatment. You should talk to your doctor first before undergoing acupuncture treatment.