28. September 2015 · Comments Off on Some TCM Facts About Hypertension · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Acupuncture for the treatment of hypertension in Vancouver is one type of alternative treatment of this potentially deadly disease. Actually, it is acupuncture that is the most widely used complementary health care treatment utilized to control or lower hypertension.

Acupuncture these days is more a mainstream type of treatment for hypertension than it is an alternative type of treatment. It is a very successful treatment and its success has led a lot of doctors to consider as a part of the regimen of treatment options that patients suffering from hypertension can avail of.

Acupuncture for the treatment of hypertension acupuncture is a drug-free treatment that makes use of the body’s inherent psychological, energetic, and physical abilities. Scientists have stated that acupuncture is a more aggressive type of treatment than lifestyle changes or single- drug therapy.

Acupuncture is based on an old Chinese medical tradition known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM approaches hypertension in two ways. One way is to resolve the symptoms and the other way is to treat the patient as a whole.

In treating hypertension symptoms, your acupuncturist needs to insert needles into specific acupoints as soon as the diagnosis of hypertension has been determined. These acupoints are stimulated by the needles resulting in the lowering of the patient’s blood pressure.

In several cases, however, the patient’s concrete or pre-existing are not taken into consideration. Acupoints commonly used to treat hypertension include the Lung 11(LU11), Stomach 16 (St16), and Stomach 9 (St9) points.

A diagnosis of hypertension is based on the differentiation of syndromes. The Clinical aspects of each patient are carefully observed. Diagnostic procedures used include the observation of the tongue and sensation of the pulse of the patient. The results of these procedures will help determine the type of treatment plan to be administered.

Acupuncture and TCM usually identifies four main types of syndromes that can cause hypertension:

1. Yin and Yang deficiency syndrome – this syndrome is marked by symptoms that include a weak and tight pulse, tinnitus, pale tongue with a whitish coat, fatigue, palpitations, and vertigo. This is caused by deficiency of both yin and yang in the body.

2. Yin deficiency syndrome of the kidney and liver – this syndrome is distinguished by a tight and weak pulse, dry and reddish tongue with minimal coat, insomnia, weakness of the legs and waist, vertigo, and an uncomfortable and dry sensation in the eyes. This syndrome is the result of deficiency in liver and kidney yin.

3. Excessive yang and deficient yin syndrome – this syndrome manifests symptoms that include a fast pulse, palpitations, hot sensations in the soles and palms, dry mouth, vertigo, and headaches. This is caused by deficiency in liver yin and an excessive liver yang.

4. Excessive liver yang syndrome – marked by symptoms of restlessness, a bitter taste in the mouth, flushed eyes and face, headache, and vertigo.

08. September 2015 · Comments Off on Resolving Candidiasis Through the Use of Traditional Chinese Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Herbal therapy and acupuncture, both Traditional Chinese medicine modalities have a successful but unique approach to resolving the Candidiasis.

Candidiasis is a condition that is caused by a weak immune system, antibiotics, and an imbalanced diet that leads to an overabundance of candida fungi in the body. Candidiasis symptoms include fatigue, skin rashes that are itchy, intestinal distress, bloating, gas, and vaginal infections.

Besides treating the candida overgrowth, acupuncture can help bring back balance to your body systems. Acupuncturists see the body as one whole and complete system. When the body is not in proper balance, illnesses and health conditions develop; when it is in balance, good health is experienced.

Some of the concepts used by acupuncturists and other TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) practitioners include Chi, and Yin and Yang. These are the TCM concepts that define energy flow and balance.

Acupuncturists also state that the body is made up of organ systems and five elements that include metal, wood, water, earth, and fire.

A person who has candidiasis needs to heal both the elements and his/her organs that are affected. Oftentimes, the dampness that has accumulated in the body is treated as well as the intestines and spleen systems.

Dampness needs to be drained or dried out because candidiasis is brought about by a fungus that thrives in damp environments. This is achieved by increasing the fire element in the body to dry out the dampness.

Acupuncture Treatment for Candida in Overland Park

Before treating your problem, your acupuncturist needs to know about your past medical history. But unlike a typical doctor’s appointment, the acupuncturist may likely question you about your emotional symptoms apart from the physical symptoms that you experience caused by candidiasis.

Your acupuncturist may need to also perform an intensive evaluation and examination on you to come up with a correct diagnosis to your condition.

The needles used for acupuncture are extremely thin no larger than a stand of hair in you scalp. The needle might generate an uncomfortable sensation when inserted in your skin. It may be inserted just below or several centimeters into the skin. These needles may be left inserted for a few seconds or for several minutes. The body has a dozen energy channels called meridians and about more than a thousand acupuncture points scattered throughout the body.

Most acupuncture treatments take more than one visit and in the treatment itself, an acupuncture procedure for candidiasis may be combined with other TCM treatments that can include lifestyle changes, and herbal remedies.

How Long Does an Acupuncture Treatment for Candidiasis Take?

There is no instant cure for candidiasis. More often than not, treating candidiasis with acupuncture may include diet therapy, lifestyle modifications, herbal therapy, and acupuncture all done under the supervision of a licensed and qualified acupuncturist.

As mentioned a whole ago, candidiasis can be caused by a weak immune system, antibiotics, and an imbalanced diet that spurs the growth of the candida fungus.

Treating candidiasis with acupuncture is a viable option to restore balance in your body and destroy the fungal infection in a complete and natural manner.

08. September 2015 · Comments Off on Resolving Bell’s Palsy Symptoms with Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Facial nerve paralysis, better known as Bell’s palsy, is a malfunction of the facial nerve (7th cranial nerve). This is the nerve that governs the muscular movements of the face and when it malfunctions, can lead to muscle weakness or inability. Believed to be the result of swelling and inflammation of the facial nerve, Bell’s palsy affects on average 35,000 people in the United States each year. This condition can strike people of any age group although people around the age of 40 tend to have the most cases of Bell’s palsy each year. No reason has been found as to why this is so but medical experts believe it may be caused by a viral infection. Other individuals considered at risk for this condition include diabetes sufferers, people with respiratory illness, cold, or flu, and pregnant women. Some individuals who have experienced Bell’s palsy have noted getting headaches or severe gum or mouth, nose, or infections prior to developing Bell’s palsy.

One side the face is where most of the symptoms of Bell’s palsy are manifested. The symptoms can be mild to severe. Some of the things to expect when you suffer from Bell’s palsy include:

-Depression
-Headache
-Dry mouth, dry eye
-Weakness or twitching of the facial muscles
-Loss of taste
-Difficulty in making facial expressions, in grimacing, in speech, and in smiling
-Drooping of the corner of the mouth, of the eyelid, and of the affected side of the face
-Food falls in the mouth
-Drooping of the affected eyelid
-Problems closing the affected eye
-Face is pulled to the unaffected side along with stiffness and tingling or numbing sensation

Mild cases of Bell’s palsy usually require no treatment but severe cases may cause the symptoms to remain for years. Oftentimes, weeks or months are needed for the condition to heal itself. The weakness and inability of the facial muscles and an ugly face would prompt the patient to seek immediate treatment. Physical therapy and drugs such as anti-inflammatories, antvirals, or corticosteroids are the conventional modes of treatment for this condition. However, more and more are discovering that acupuncture can be a much better treatment for Bell’s palsy, severe or otherwise, than conventional modes of treatment.

A Bell’s palsy condition has a prognosis ranging from complete resolution after a few weeks (85% of the time), to longstanding Bell’s palsy symptoms such as facial paralysis (in about 15% of patients). Ruling out other factors that can cause facial paralysis is important. These factors include intracranial tumors, stroke, and other conditions that affect the central nervous system.

Bell’s palsy Treatment Using Acupuncture in Vancouver

When treatment is started within the first weeks of the onset of symptoms, acupuncture is often quite effective in treating the facial paralysis related to Bell’s palsy. This treatment involves the stimulation of natural pressure points on the body to relieve inflammation, swelling, and pain by increasing the production of neurohormones, and neurotransmitters and by boosting local microcirculation in order to facilitate the healing process. Using disposable, filiform, and sterile needles, the acupuncturist inserts these needles into the skin into specific points throughout the body and face to generate therapeutic effects. One of the best things about acupuncture is that it has no harmful side effects that pharmaceutical drugs have.