28. February 2015 · Comments Off on The Thyroid Gland, Acupuncture and Infertility · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Being a major component of the endocrine system, the thyroid gland is responsible for the metabolic function of the cells in the human body. Infertility can occur if a woman suffers from an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). Women with this condition may experience prolonged and severe menstrual bleeding as well as ovulation problems due to irregular menstrual cycles. If she does attain pregnancy, the likelihood for her pregnancy to end in stillbirth, premature labor or miscarriage will be very high.

Hypothyroid symptoms are caused by the body’s weakened ability to use carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Cold feet and hands, sensitivity to cold and increase in weight are common. Hypothyroidism can also increase triglycerides and cholesterol causing blood vessels to become leaky leading to edema or tissue swelling. The nails can turn brittle and thin, the hair brittle and dry and the skin can become rough and dry.

In terms of psychological impact, hypothyroidism can initially result in fatigue, weakness and depression. Eventually the affected person may become very forgetful and have problems concentrating. Women with fertility issues, mood and energy problems, and difficulty concentrating need to find out if they are suffering from hypothyroidism.

High levels of prolactin can also be seen in some hypothyroid women. This can have an inhibiting effect on ovulation. Ovarian cysts and hypothyroidism are also tied together as well as polycystic ovarian disease.

Women are quite susceptible to hypothyroidism and so they need to have their TSH levels checked.

Pharmacological modalities abound for hypothyroidism but naturopathic medicine can also be a very effective approach in dealing with hypothyroidism. The type of medicine can help restore a woman’s energy and health and help regulate her fertility as well.

Nutrition

If you are suffering from hypothyroidism, goitrogenic foods are types of food you should definitely avoid. This is because they can cause iodine deficiency. These foods combine with iodine and prevent it to be used by the thyroid. Iodine is essential for the production of thyroid hormones and without enough of it the thyroid gland cannot function normally. Goitrogenic foods include foods such as radishes, rutabagas, cabbage and turnips, all brassica family foods, as well as millet, pine nuts, peanuts, soybeans and cassava root. Cooking these foods is advised since doing so can break down their goitrogenic components.

Eating foods rich in iodine is highly recommended. These include konbu, nori, dulse, kelp, arame and other types of sea vegetables as well as iodized salt and sea fish. Zinc which can also be found in seafoods and seeds, nuts, spinach, liver, chicken, oatmeal, beef and seafood needs to be taken by hypothyroid women. Normal thyroid function can also be attained by eating B vitamin-rich foods such as liver, whole grains and yeast. If you can buy organic types of food, then so much the better since they tend to be rich in trace minerals vital for a normal functioning thyroid.

These trace minerals include selenium, copper and zinc. They are needed by the body to transform T4 (inactive thyroid hormone) to the active T3 thyroid hormone. B8, B2 and B3 B vitamins are important to produce thyroid hormones. Kelp tablets that are rich in zinc and iodine are also highly recommended. You can talk to your nutritionist or naturopathic doctor to know the right dosages for you.

Herbs That Help Support the Thyroid

The list furnished in this article is in no way an exhaustive list of herbs recommended to help with hypothyroidism. If you want an herbal treatment for your condition, you need to talk to an herbalist naturopathic doctor. It is highly advised to not take any fertility drugs while you’re using any type of herb due to its potential interaction to the drug.

Mullein – This is an herb with anti-inflammatory characteristics. It is believed to protect the thyroid gland and is noted to help decrease thyroid swelling.

Bayberry – This herb can help stimulate the function of the thyroid and is believed to boost blood flow as well as help balance the hormones.

Kelp – This is a type of seaweed that makes the thyroid function healthily. Kelp contains iodine which is very essential in the resolution of an underactive thyroid.

Black Walnut – High in organic manganese and iodine, this herb helps fortify and nourish the thyroid gland enabling it to boost a slow metabolism.

Cayenne – This type of pepper helps enhance energy and blood flow. It also helps balance the body’s metabolic rate.

Ginger – A very common herb that, as with cayenne, can boost the thyroid gland’s metabolism, increase energy and enhance blood flow.

Motherwort – This herb is commonly used to treat menopause symptoms but it can help reduce a swollen thyroid and normalize the function of the thyroid gland.

Bladderwrack – This herb is loaded with iodine, and is usually used to treat goiter (swollen thyroid) and underactive thyroid gland as well as regulate food lipids and enhance metabolism.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has known to be practiced for as long 2,500 years. This treatment was introduced In the United States Canada relatively recently (44 years ago). If you are considering getting acupuncture for treatment of whatever ails you, it is very important that you find a naturopath physician trained in acupuncture or a licensed, experienced and acupuncturist in Boynton Beach, or a doctor trained in Traditional Chinese medicine (L.Ac), or a doctor of Oriental Medicine (D.O.M.). Acupuncture is a mode of treatment aimed at balancing yin and yang energy and moving blood and energy (qi). In the treatment of hypothyroidism, the acupuncturist needs to examine your pulse and tongue and ask questions that will help identify the specific syndrome or pattern causing your hypothyroidism. In a pulse and tongue diagnosis, certain possible patterns or syndromes may manifest and treatment will be based on the specific syndrome manifested by the patient.

Receiving regular acupuncture treatment is highly recommended to help balance the entire systems of your body. Regular acupuncture treatment may involve weekly acupuncture sessions of at least 2 months. Initially, twice or thrice a week visits will be recommended by acupuncturists. If you desire really good results, you need to religiously commit to your regular therapies. A lot of individuals who have tried acupuncture have experienced its power to enhance their well being, increase their energy and help them to truly relax and calm their mind.

18. February 2015 · Comments Off on Natural Remedies for Candidiasis · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Candida is a naturally occurring fungus that develops in both women and men although, in a lot of instances, an overgrowth of this tends to occur in women at least once in their lifetime. This overgrowth is known as Candidiasis and a few men may suffer from this, as well. The most common form of Candidiasis is a fungus known as Candida albicans and it thrives in moist, warm areas like the mouth, skin folds and diapers. But we often know about an overgrowth of Candida Albicans when it arises in the form of a vaginal yeast infection. Yeast can overdevelop in the body due to factors that include pregnancy, fluctuations in the hormones during the menstrual cycle, antibiotics and certain other medications, and stress. Typically, yeast infections are not really significant health issues and they’re easily resolved with over-the-counter products medications and products. Candidiasis in the vagina can be treated quickly with medications such as Monistat which is readily available at any local pharmacy.

However, there are cases where the candidiasis can be chronic and systemic and which cannot be cured with over-the -counter antifungal products. These products may temporarily treat the symptoms but the disease will return from time to time when certain factors trigger its development. The aforementioned causes such as changes in the hormones during menstruation, medications and stress can cause the candidiasis to return repeatedly and the best that antifungal drugs can do is to relieve the symptoms manifesting during that time.

Some people who are frustrated with the conventional modes of treatment for candidiasis in New York are searching for other ways, hopefully a cure, for their condition. Some have turned to alternative natural treatments such as supplements, Chinese herbal therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy and probiotics to address the overgrowth and bring back candida balance in the body. A lot of these people have experienced immediate results and have had no outbreak of infection for several months; some even have had no candida infections ever since. They saw that acupuncture and naturopathic medicine can help resolve not only their candida problems but can also treat digestion problems, hormonal imbalances, sore throat, muscle pain, and stress, as well.

The most powerful form of alternative medicine treatment for candidasis is acupuncture. Unlike conventional medicine which addresses only the symptoms and never the underlying cause of a disorder, acupuncture works by methodically balancing out your entire system. Along with this therapy, most acupuncturists would advise their patients to change their diet such as staying away from fermented foods and yeasted products and no sugar and alcohol, as well as advice in adopting a healthy lifestyle. Some of the treatments that may prove helpful in battling candidiasis are listed below.

Acupuncture and Naturopathic medicine

If you have a chronic case of candidiasis in New York, a visit to an acupuncturist or a naturopathic doctor can prove beneficial. Not only will they help you properly manage (or even cure) your condition, they can help you out with other health issues you may have, as well.

Internal solutions

Probiotics

These are very good ways to balance the beneficial bacteria in your body, particularly the good bacteria residing in your vagina. If you are suffering from candidiasis, you need to take probiotics that are rich in lactobacillus; lactobacillus is good if you’re trying to fight off an infection. It can be found in miso, yogurt, and other cultured products. You can also buy probiotic capsules and use them as suppositories to supplement other treatments. Drinking aloe vera juice two times a day before mealtime can help wash away the candida overgrowth. You can also try to Chinese herbal formulas (under the supervision of a qualified Chinese medicine practitioner or acupuncturist), evening primrose oil (eating it twice a day can help restore balance in your menstrual cycle) and ground flaxseeds all of which can help address candidiasis. Herbal suppositories and other solutions are available, but they should be performed under the guidance of a naturopathic physician.

Topical solutions

There are very good topical solutions available for candidiasis. One highly recommended product is Well-in-Hand’s Yeast Rescue. Topical healing herbs such as chamomile and wild-crafted calendula in a base of olive oil have proven effective for the itching and burning symptoms. You can also use them by soaking them in a tampon and insert it three times a day to help maintain the flora balance in the vagina. Gentian violet can also be used to address thrush in babies. You can also apply gentian violet on your tampon for a number of nights to clear up the infection in a painless manner. Just be careful as gentian violet can leave a purple stain on your clothes, bedding and fingers. Some doctors may recommend using suppositories placed with boric acid for relief of symptoms. You need to do this under the supervision of a doctor since boric acid can irritate sensitive tissues and needs to be combined with other treatments.

12. February 2015 · Comments Off on For Mouth, Dental and Eye Disorders, Try Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , ,

Your eyes are the mirrors of your soul and it reflects your emotions and even your state of health and mind. It is essential to maintain the health of this very important organ of the body. Your mouth is the organs you use to impress people and express your thoughts. And so you should keep it odor-free and keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong as well. Acupuncture provides a way to keep your eyes and mouth as healthy as possible by treating disorders that are associated with them. This is a treatment that does not entail the use of medications and therefore is 100% safe. Acupuncture is a very old healing procedure that treats the energy channels or meridians in the body.

Acupuncture treatment for eye conditions may entail needling the area near the eye. When performed in those areas, blood and qi flow is stimulated allowing these two important requirements for health to reach the eyes. Blood that carries hormones and nutrients reach the eyes maintaining the health of these very important organs and keeping them disease-free. The UB (urinary bladder) 1 acupuncture point s located in the near the eye’s inner corner of eye (UB-1), and the UB 2, located on the depression at the eyebrow’s midpoint and the inner end of eyebrow as well at the corner of the eyes and outside of the eyebrow.

All these acupuncture points are used to treat conditions such as photophobia, facial paralysis, pain and swelling, excessive tearing, redness, glaucoma, conjunctivitis, blurred vision, night blindness, and cataract among many more. Simple tips that can make your eyes livelier and healthier include:

-Taking supplements regularly such as essential minerals such as omega-3 fatty acid, carotenoid compounds, bioflavinoid, and Vitamins A, B, and E
-Not smoking
-Always blinking your eyes while working on the computer or when watching TV
-Exercising regularly to boost circulation in the eyes and thus supplying them with nutrients
-Drinking from 8 to 10 glasses of water every day to maintain hydration

All the muscles in our face are interconnected to each other and so a condition in one facial organ will travel to all the other organs in the face. Therefore, acupuncture points associated with the eyes can be needled to treat disorders in the mouth. Several other ear and neck acupuncture points can also be treated for mouth problems. Acupuncture can treat several mouth disorders including:

Pharyngitis – This condition means that the pharynx is inflamed. It is commonly known as sore throat. Pharyngitis commonly strikes children due to their relatively undeveloped immune system which makes them more prone to infection. Acupuncture for the treatment of pharyngitis can transform the phlegm to clear the respiratory tract and remove the cough. It can also fortify the child’s undeveloped immune system to help ward off infections.

Gingivitis – This condition stems from the inflammation of the gums that result in acute pain, bad breath, redness and bleeding of the gums. Gingivitis develops when there is deficiency of blood and nutrients in the gums. Acupuncture boosts energy and blood flow to that area.

Toothache- Toothache can be mild a type of pain to a severe one that can make it difficult for you to chew, laugh, speak or eat. Acupuncture is usually performed near the site of the problem to help relieve pain, improve circulation and detoxify the meridian in that area.

Acupuncture treatment for mouth, dental and eye conditions can be a very sensitive treatment and so you need to look for an acupuncturist who is licensed and preferably one who has experience or specializes in the field of eyes and mouth disorders.

The process of inserting the needles in these body parts entails precaution and extreme patience on both the patient and acupuncturist. And so it is high advised to find an acupuncturist who has extensive experience in this type of treatment.

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness Center in central Florida.

05. February 2015 · Comments Off on Targeting Meridians to Relieve IBS Symptoms · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

One of the best therapies that IBS sufferers can turn to is acupuncture. This oriental type of treatment can be used effectively to relieve IBS symptoms. Originating in China, acupuncture is a multi-millennial mode of treatment that is designed to bring back good health by enhancing and balancing the distribution of qi throughout the body. Qi is what the Chinese refers to as life or vital energy and how it flows in the body determines the state of health we have. Acupuncture helps bring back the normal operations of the blood vessels, nerves, glands, muscles, and body organs.

How can the Symptoms of IBS Be Improved with Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is known to be an effective modality for resolving IBS symptoms such as:

-Diarrhea
-Constipation
-Stomach pain
-Muscle cramps

Furthermore, stress and other factors that increase the risk of IBS can be effectively reduced with acupuncture. Some of these factors include:

-Menstrual cramping
-PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
-Insomnia
-Anxiety
-Nervousness

Acupuncture as aforementioned, works by enhancing and restoring balance to vital energy (qi) that flows via invisible pathways of energy called meridians. People with IBS typically suffer from deficiency in the large intestine, kidney, liver, lung and spleen meridians. Therefore, these meridians are the areas where the treatment will be focused. Unlike western medicine, the type of acupuncture treatment that each patient receives is different and unique and is based on the area where the discomfort is felt.

To help boost the flow in the affected meridians, single-use, disposable and tiny acupuncture needles are inserted into predetermined acupuncture points in the body. The depth of the insertion is based on how thick the muscles are. The needles need to penetrate the meridians associated with the targeted organs and tissues.

When the needles are inserted into the skin, the effect is painless but with a numbing or tingling sensation instead of pain at the site of the insertion.

After inserting the needles, the acupuncturist may twirl the needles or connect them to an electrical current to amplify the stimulation. The needles remain inserted in the body for around 20 minutes to an hour. All the sensations related to the procedure disappear after the needles are removed from the patient’s body.

There are actually other Chinese medicine techniques besides acupuncture that can benefit IBS patients. Moxibustion is one such procedure. This type of treatment uses a mugwort herb that is burned on the targeted acupoints. This therapy is known to reach the deeper parts of the body that needles are unable to reach.

Despite the fact that Chinese medicine through acupuncture can help relieve IBS symptoms by restoring the balance of qi in the body, western medicine complain that acupuncture can actually cause internal inflammation which leads the to manufacture and release endorphins – the body’s own natural painkillers. Whether that’s true or not, it is obvious that a lot of IBS suffering individuals have gotten well from their symptoms of diarrhea, constipation, bloating, cramping, and stomach pain.

For most people acupuncture is a very capable alternative form of treatment. What you need to do though first is to talk to your doctor prior to availing of this therapy. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, it usually takes a number of sessions before your condition starts to improve. Lastly, it’s imperative that you only seek treatment from an experienced and licensed acupuncture practitioner.

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

05. February 2015 · Comments Off on Ulcerative Colitis Symptoms Alleviated with TCM and Acupuncture Treatments · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Presently, a fifth of adults in the United States suffer from one type or another form of IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. That translates into around 44 million individuals! This statistic is an ominous sign that there are other and even more untold numbers of people who are experiencing digestive conditions such as dietary sensitivities(food allergies, dairy or gluten intolerance, etc.), GERD and Crohn’s Disease.

Symptoms that accompany these digestive disorders include food allergies, acid reflux or heartburn, difficulties passing stool, blood in the stools, diarrhea, chronic constipation, a sensation of fullness, vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas or bloating, and lower or upper stomach pain. These disorders can likewise result in systemic imbalances that can cause signs and symptoms such as skin problems (dermatitis, psoriasis, or eczema), allergies, frequent flu and colds, anemia, systemic inflammation, joint pain, fatigue and many more.

A lot of people with IBS or other digestive issues erroneously believe their problem is not curable and so are resigned to the fact that they will have to cope with their condition or take drugs for the rest of their lives, oftentimes because that’s what their doctors have told them. This is simply not true. For acupuncturists, IBS and most types of digestive conditions are very treatable and in a lot instances completely curable. Moreover, this can be accomplished without the need for prescriptions drugs.

How Does Acupuncture Treat Ulcerative Colitis and other Digestive Disorders?

Before we answer that question, we need to clarify some things first. Digestive disorders are often an indication of an underlying health imbalance. Usually, they are the result of long-term severe levels of stress or a longstanding habit of eating an improper diet. This means consuming refined grains and sugar, highly processed industrial seed oils (sunflower, canola, etc.), and soy products. These types of food put pressure on the digestive system and, after a while, can finally turn into full-blown digestive conditions.

This problem can become a vicious cycle especially when a chronic digestive issue leads to inflammation and weak digestive function. If you seem to exhibit certain digestive problems, it may be a sign that you more likely are suffering from intestinal inflammation and a type of a condition known as “Leaky-gut syndrome,” where large foreign material and food particles escape via the intestinal lining triggering an immune response that leads to more food sensitivities and inflammation.

One more vicious cycle sets in when the irritation stemming in your gut makes the body incapable of braking down food efficiently. This means that your body cannot optimally absorb nutrients which may end up with you suffering from malnutrition. All these aforementioned consequences only pertain to the lower half of your abdomen. We still haven’t talked about the upper half of the digestive process.

When inflammation sets in your digestive system and the body is inefficiently absorbing nutrients, naturally your entire body begins to suffer. Nutrients are the building blocks of your health. They are what the body needs to maintain, defend, repair and strengthen your body systems. If either your body is unable to properly absorb nutrients or you’re not supplying your body adequately with the proper nutrients, the resulting malnutrition (as well as an extremely stressed immune system and the rampant inflammation) results in a slew of problems system-wide, particularly the incapacity of the body to normalize digestive function, to keep you healthy and strong and to defend and repair itself.

Enter Acupuncture Therapy

Pre determined acupuncture points are needles to alleviate symptoms such as chronic diarrhea, intestinal inflammation, bloating, and stomach pain as well as improve bowel movement (if chronically constipated), normalize abdominal acid secretion and better the strength of the gastrointestinal system. Acupuncture basically normalizes overall digestive function all without any side effects whatsoever. A well-trained acupuncturist is highly educated regarding any supplemental support that can help you. He/she can advise you to any lifestyle and dietary changes that are needed and vital in ending the vicious cycle. Acupuncture treatments along with the improvements of the body in receiving and absorbing nutrients, can aid your body systems to repair the damage to the gut and rebalance your body.

Almost all types of digestive conditions (lactose intolerance, GERD, heartburn, ulcers, diarrhea/chronic constipation, food sensitivities and allergies, Crohn’s disease and IBS) can be addressed by acupuncture. The truth is, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have acknowledged the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating dozens of typical health problems.

These organizations also noted that one of the many advantages of using acupuncture is that the number of side effects of this type of treatment is much, much lower than that of other medical procedures including several drugs such as steroid shots (for pain) and anti-inflammatory drugs and the proof in support of these conventional modalities fare no better than that of acupuncture.

Acupuncture, all in all, can give Colitis and other IBS sufferers a better and entirely natural way to maintain or get back their harmony, strength and achieve optimum digestive health.

Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.