28. May 2015 · Comments Off on Chinese Medicine and Its Benefits in Treating ADD/ADHD Symptoms · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

ADD (attention-deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention-deficit-hyperactive disorder) are some of the most common childhood behavioral problems in the United States. Difficulty controlling one’s behavior and an inability to stay focused and concentrate are the main symptoms of ADD; on the other hand, hyperactivity is ADHD’s main characteristic symptom.

ADD & ADHD have three categories. They are:

The preponderance of inattentiveness – this is mainly an ADD trait. In this case, the person is unable to properly control his/her attention and is less likely to be emotionally impulsive and hyper.

The preponderance of hyper-activeness – impulsiveness is the main characteristic of this type of ADD/ADHD which is the most widely known symptom of these two conditions.

A combination of inattentiveness and hyper-activeness and impulsiveness – this is the most common type of ADD-ADHD and the sufferer shows a blend of the two above-mentioned categories.

What causes ADD & ADHD?

Modern medicine still does not know what is really causing ADD & ADHD although it has determined several contributing factors for these two conditions. Suspected culprits include food additives, consumption of sugar, environmental factors (such as exposure to chemicals such as lead), and genetic factors.

ADD & ADHD symptoms and signs

Symptoms and signs of impulsivity include:

-Difficulty waiting in line or waiting for things
-Saying whatever is on their mind and not being able to comprehend the concept of inappropriate comments
-Constantly interrupting others
-Being impatient

Symptoms and sings of hyperactivity include:

-Difficulty accomplishing silent tasks
-Constantly in motion
-Constantly moving around and inability to physically sit still

Symptoms and signs of inattentiveness include:

-Difficulty processing information and following instructions
-Finding it very hard to come back to reality, constantly imagining things, and daydreaming
-Getting bored easily
-Having difficulty staying organized and losing items most of the time
-Having difficulty learning something new and in focusing attention
-Inability to grasp details of directions, instructions, and concepts – gets distracted very easily.

The Western Conventional Modes of Treatment for ADD & ADHD

Dietary modifications, psychotherapy, and drugs are the most common ways of treating ADD/ADHD conventionally. The treatments focus on proper management of the symptoms. With regards to drugs, stimulants such as Ritalin are the most commonly prescribed medication given to ADD and ADHD patients. There are also patients who are prescribed with non-stimulants to help control their impulsive and inattentive conditions.

Acupuncture Treatment for ADD & ADHD

If you’re reading this, it’s highly likely that you already have tried some type of Western medicine for ADD or ADHD. Now it’s time to talk about Chinese medicine and how it can help treat the symptoms of ADD and ADHD.

Acupuncture is just one component of Chinese Medicine, an ancient medical system and tradition that integrates the tension releasing therapy of qi gong, nutrition, Tui Na or Chinese medical massage, Chinese herbal medicine, and acupuncture in order to treat health conditions.

The theory that good health is derived from a proper balance in the body is at the heart of Chinese medicine. We may suffer from an imbalance in our body due to various factors that include emotional tension, genetics, quality of sleep, diet, injury, or lifestyle. Every modality of Chinese medicine is geared towards restoring balance in the person’s body.

Acupuncture works on the idea of acupuncture meridians or channels of energy. These channels are networks where life energy known as qi or chi runs through. They run throughout the body and their function is to transport energy and nutrients all over the body. Discomfort, pain, and illness develop when the normal and free flow of chi is blocked or stagnates in the body. To restore the normal flow of nutrients, blood, and chi, acupuncture needles are inserted into the affected meridians.

One of the basic principles of Chinese medicine is the theory of yin and yang.

What is Yin and Yang?

For some acupuncturists, they like to think of yin as a provider of nourishment and calmness that the body needs to make it rest and relax. Yin is the force in nature that is associated with nurturing, slowness and coolness.

On the other hand, yang is the energizing force of the body. It is the force that brings energy enabling us to have blood pumped into our body via the heart, allowing us to move, get up and go, and to breathe among many other functions. Yang is associated with destruction, movement and heat.

In order to attain ideal health, we need a proper balance of yin and yang in our body. However, from time to time, this balance is disrupted; sometimes the yin predominates and sometimes it’s the yang that does so. In the case of ADD/ADHD, it’s the yang that predominates. The overabundance of yang in the body causes the person to become overactive leading to the conditions of ADD and ADHD.

Using Chinese herbs and acupuncture, practitioners of Chinese medicine in Walla Walla aim to normalize ADD and ADHD symptoms by lowering yang in the body and increasing yin at the same time; the outcomes of the treatment should be a lesser intake of pharmaceutical medications, clearer focus and more balanced emotions of the patient.

What to Expect from Chinese Medicine

During the initial session, the acupuncturist will spend a significant amount of time inquiring and knowing the life of the patient. He will try to determine how ADD/ADHD affects the patient’s body. The practitioner also needs to know how the condition began, how long the patient had it, what helps it, what worsens the condition, and the means used by the patient to try to resolve the condition. After that, the acupuncturist will commence treatment. The needles used for treatment are extremely slender and they are inserted into acupoints that are determined during diagnosis of the condition. The needles are left in the skin for 20 minutes to an hour; most of the time, the patients fall asleep during the procedure.

Afterwards, the needles are removed and the acupuncturist will perform a light massage on the patient to finish the treatment.

Acupuncture is a very safe procedure for all kinds of people, even for very young children.

14. May 2015 · Comments Off on Benefits to Be Expected When a New mother Receives Postpartum Acupuncture Treatment · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

As you care for your new baby, treat yourself with joyful care as a healthy you makes for a healthy baby, as well.

Acupuncture treatments for postpartum recovery are able to relieve a lot of the challenges that women encounter after giving birth. These include:

-Depression
-Persistent lochia
-Pain and healing of incisions brought abour by C-section surgery
-Hemorrhoids
-Fatigue
-Mastitis
-Milk production and breastfeeding problems

In the same way a woman receive certain health benefits during pregnancy, acupuncture treatments after delivery of a child can provide benefits that help a woman function and recover optimally during her postpartum term. Continuation of treatment after birth is important and Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture not only help you to feel better after the birth of your child, it is also offers you maintenance and preventative healthcare and a more profound appreciation of the of the progress of your healing process.

The Labor and delivery childbirth processes entail a great expenditure of resources and energy on the part of the woman. Rest and recuperation of the new mother is as essential as the care for her new baby. A woman needs to have at least a 6 weeks for her to fully recover from her delivery of a child. During that time, she may suffer from several symptoms caused by the imbalance of her natural healing energy known as Qi (pronounced chee). These symptoms the include fatigue, depression, mood swings, heaviness and numbness in her extremities, and body aches.

Recovering from C-section with Acupuncture Treatments

A woman’s recovery can be vastly accelerated with acupuncture treatment regardless if she delivered by C-section or vaginally. One can consider a C-section procedure to be a form of major surgery and so recovery from this procedure may take a lot of tender care and time. With acupuncture, the wound tissues can repair faster and much better. The woman will be also able to recover her strength much quicker as her internal organs, especially her, stomach core muscles, reproductive organs, bladder, and muscles are stimulated to heal faster. The woman can move much more effectively and efficiently making her take care of herself and her baby in a much better way.

Postpartum Depression Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture has been proven to provide substantial benefits for the treatment of postpartum depression that usually come with other postpartum conditions clinical studies have shown. The enzymes and hormones of the woman is normalized, endorphins are released, the body is relaxed, and the chemistry of the brain is balanced with acupuncture. In treating postpartum depression, the patient’s mood swings are stabilized along with the boost of immune system strength, uptake in nutrients, and an increase in energy. All these are attained to help the new mother care for her child in the best possible way.

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14. May 2015 · Comments Off on Banish Acute or Chronic Sinusitis Symptoms with Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

As the season and weather changes, we oftentimes are forced to experience symptoms that can only come from a sinus condition. Acupuncture is a very effective way of treating sinusitis. It helps relieve related symptoms such as sinus infections, sinus headaches, sinus congestion, and sinus pain.

Whether one is suffering from infectious sinusitis, allergic sinusitis, acute sinusitis, or chronic sinusitis, acupuncture can definitely help.

What is Sinusitis?

When a person suffers from an inflammation of his sinus cavities, he/she is suffering from sinusitis. The function of the sinus is to humidify and warm the air. The sinuses are mostly made up of cavities and they also serve to lessen the weight of the skull, serve as a buffer for trauma, and amplify the resonance of the voice.

The common cold, over-the-counter nasal sprays, chemical irritants, allergies, and other various factors can cause the sinus cavities to become inflamed. Sinus infection, on the other hand, may either be caused by bacteria or viruses.

Signs and Symptoms of Sinusitis

The symptoms of sinusitis may vary from day to day as well as may also vary for each individual. They include:

-Mucus that is watery or thick and green or yellowish in color
-Difficulty in breathing through the nose
-Sinus pain
-Sinus pressure
-Sinus headaches
-Nasal congestion

Apart from these main symptoms, secondary symptoms may also arise and may include difficulty in sleeping and lowered levels of energy.

Sinusitis Treatment

Acute sinusitis treatment may involve the use of over the counter medications (decongestants) and steam therapy through the use of vaporizers. In spite of its ability to relieve congestion, decongestants can also dry out the cavities too much which may result in the exacerbation of the pain.

Neti pots with saline rinses, and humidifiers/vaporizers are modes of treatment often used to treat chronic sinusitis. For bacterial sinus infections, the mode of treatment is usually antibiotic therapy. One should note though that serious complications may develop if you leave your infection untreated. For chronic sinusitis conditions caused by allergies, antihistamines or steroids may be prescribed by your doctor.

However, all of these treatment methods are only designed for symptomatic relief.

Why Use Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is a powerful treatment that can resolve sinusitis in all of its forms including infectious, allergic, chronic, and acute sinusitis. Some of the benefits of acupuncture which you cannot get with Western conventional treatments include its ability to make your immune systems less sensitive in the future, help make your immune system stronger, besides of course, relieving you of your ongoing symptoms.

Acupuncture therapies are so potent that you may actually experience an immediate and significant reduction of your congestion during your treatment. Possessing analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, acupuncture can help treat the inflammation of the sinus cavities and lower pain levels. It can also aid in the faster movement of fluids in the body whilst at the same time helping breakdown the congested mucous.

Usually combined with acupuncture for sinusitis treatment in Bellingham is Chinese herbal medicine. A lot of Chinese herbs are endowed with anti-viral or anti-bacterial or properties, which makes it possible to kill the virus or bacteria responsible for your sinus infection. A customized plan of treatment may be designed for each patient based on their specific needs, if necessary.

Why delay until your current sinus congestion turns into a full blown sinus infection. Avail of acupuncture treatment now to get prompt relief of your sinusitis symptoms.

04. May 2015 · Comments Off on Acute Bronchitis Symptoms can be Easily Managed with Acupuncture Treatment · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

One use for acupuncture is for the treatment of acute bronchitis, a disease resulting from the inflammation of the air passages of the lungs. Bronchitis usually occurs shortly after a person contracts a respiratory infection. The symptoms often initially affect the throat, sinuses, and nose of the person, and then spread to the lungs resulting in wheezing, chest pain, fever, productive coughing, and fatigue. Individuals who are at high risk for bronchitis infection include people suffering from heart of lung disease, the elderly, smokers, infants, and young children. The conventional modes of treatment for bronchitis include steam therapy, fluids, and rest and medication to address the wheezing and coughing. Acupuncture is one alternative treatment for bronchitis in Overland Park that is safe, effective, and natural.

Acupuncture

Developed more than 3,000 years ago in China, acupuncture is a type of healing procedure that uses sterile and very thin needles inserted at different points in the body to better health, prevent disease, balance the body and resolve illness. Acupuncturists activate acupoints to stimulate the vital energy of the body known as qi. Acupuncture is known to release chemicals and hormones into the bloodstream leading to a reduction of pain and the improvement of health. Although this treatment has been used for thousands of years, it has only become popular in the United States during the 1970’s.

Research

A study featured in the Chinese journal “Zhongguo Zhen Jiu,” released 2007, showed that the long and short term effect of acupuncture in about 200 acute bronchitis patients which was administered during the three hottest periods of the year (a time when acute bronchitis attacks are at their most common) experienced long and short term improvement of their symptoms compared to the patients who only had a change in lifestyle.

Treatment

Upon visiting your acupuncturist for the first time, he/she may question you about you and your family’s medical history, your symptoms, and your chief complaint. Then your acupuncturist will palpate your pulse and examine your tongue in order to come up with a Chinese medical diagnosis. During the treatment process you will lie comfortably as the practitioner sticks the thin needles at different areas of your body. Your acupuncturist may also use additional therapies such as cupping therapy, gua sha, or Chinese message. The needles are left in place for twenty minutes to a full hour at which time you may have already fallen asleep due to the very relaxing effect of the treatment.

Safety

Ask your doctor for referrals or recommendations when looking for a qualified and experienced acupuncturist. Although considered a very safe form of treatment, acupuncture can still produce negative effects. Do not use acupuncture as a replacement for mainstream treatment when it’s not necessary.

04. May 2015 · Comments Off on Acupuncture May Help Relieve the Symptoms of COPD · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

For sufferers of the lung condition known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, for short, the good news is that getting acupuncture can make you breathe a little easier.

An umbrella term for chronic or long-term lung conditions including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, COPD is characterized by shortness of breath and chronic cough. Conventional therapies usually include bronchodilators and inhaled steroids to clear up airways and make breathing a bit easier.

An acupuncture treatment for COPD study was performed involving the participation of 68 people all suffering from COPD. Some of them were administered with acupuncture treatments for three months along with their daily medicines. The rest received fake or sham acupuncture therapy. This is a type of acupuncture wherein the needles did not enter the person’s skin.

After three months, the people who were given acupuncture combined with regular medication had the ability to walk longer without feeling breathless compared to the sham acupuncture treatment group. The online edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine posted this study in the internet.

Another study performed in Kyoto, Japan by researchers in the Meiji University of Integrative Medicine and Kyoto University showed that persons with COPD who were treated with real acupuncture experienced marked improvements in their ability to exercise and in their quality of life.

Most COPD sufferers have issues getting optimal nutrition due to their condition. The Kyoto study demonstrated that acupuncture can boost the function of the stomach, making it easier for COPD sufferers to consume a healthy diet and preserve a normal weight.

COPD Symptoms and Acupuncture

No one knows for sure how acupuncture improves COPD symptoms. Scientists theorize that it may be due to the needling of the acupoints on the area of the ribcage. Treating that area with needles may ease the muscles that are responsible for breathing.

Besides that, acupuncture is also able to relieve anxiety. This is important in the treatment of COPD because when a person has breathing difficulty, his/her anxiety level rises. Therefore, relaxation is one other possible explanation why acupuncture benefits COPD patients. Acupuncture also has the ability to stimulate the release of chemicals that open up the airways and relax the lungs.

Acupuncture is a viable alternative treatment for chronic COPD. It has very little side effects and extremely effective in helping relieve the many symptoms of COPD. If you are considering getting acupuncture treatment, be sure to select a licensed acupuncturist in Bellingham who has experience or specializes in treating COPD.

Acupuncture is definitely worth a try if you have lung disease such as COPD. Pulmonary specialist Len Horowitz, state that regular acupuncture treatments can cure long time smokers of their habit. He also added that asthma sufferers who receive acupuncture treatment may lessen their need for steroids.

These days, more and more acupuncturists are treating patients suffering from COPD. However, it should be noted that acupuncture should be considered an adjunctive therapy to be used with other COPD treatments such as medications and not as substitute for them. Most COPD already consult with Western physicians and acupuncturists often recommend to their patients to consult first with their doctors and get the proper medications in order to keep their symptoms under control.