28. November 2015 · Comments Off on Treat Osteoarthritis Safely and Effectively Using Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A quite common health condition especially for middle aged individuals and seniors, osteoarthritis is a condition in which the joints progressively degenerate. As one can surmise, osteoarthritis can be quite a painful disease. Here is how it develops:

The cartilage is a layer of membrane found between all the joints in our body. The cartilage helps make body movement easy as it serves like a lubricating membrane between two adjacent bones when we are young. When there is movement, this cartilage helps to prevent the two bones from rubbing against each other.

But as the body ages, the cartilage starts to gradually break down. When it becomes eroded or degenerates, the cartilage can no longer function as an effective protective layer for the bones. Therefore, whenever there is movement, pain will always be felt. In several instances cases, swelling (due to inflammation) follows the soreness.

Osteoarthritis can develop from a number of causes. It can be the result of overuse, injury, old age, or heredity. That is the reason why some people in their 20s or 30s have developed this condition.

A person suffering from osteoarthritis needs to go for treatment as soon as possible. There are a couple of reasons for this. One reason is to prevent further damage to the cartilage. The other reason is to relieve the swelling, soreness, and pain that come with osteoarthritis.

There is a need to treat the inflammation if the inflammation develops around the diseased joints. A lot of medical doctors often prescribe steroidal anti-inflammation medications. But since these drugs have undesirable side effects, more and more doctors are searching for other ways to treat the condition without the use of these steroids. Studies have shown that these drugs can actually induce osteoarthritis, which make worsens the condition even more.

Acupuncture is one safe and effective way of treating osteoarthritis in New York. It can be used alongside NSAIMS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines). A recent study has showed that acupuncture treatment helped relieve the pain in 70% of osteoarthritis patients who participated in the study.

Acupuncture is actually a form of Chinese healing procedure that has been practiced for thousands of years. Nowadays, more and more Western physicians are studying this Eastern form of treatment in order to integrate it into their medical practice. Acupuncture involves the sticking of filiform needles to stimulate the acupoints in the body. According to Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the body has more than 2000 acupoints. The body is able to heal itself when chi (vital energy) is internally balanced. Hence, the primary aim acupuncture treatment is to stimulate the acupoints in order to clear out the blockages and make chi flow freely and easily in the body. Western medicine believes these acupoints are part of the central nervous system. Hormones, neurotransmitters, and other special chemicals are released in the bloodstream when one or more acupoint is stimulated. This then helps the body to heal itself.

There is less dependence on steroid based drugs when acupuncture is used to treat osteoarthritis. Acupuncture helps relieve quickly and efficiently and enables the diseased joints to naturally and gradually heal.

28. November 2015 · Comments Off on Treat or Prevent Palpitations by Going To An Acupuncturist for Treatment · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

It’s always a scary experience to have irregular heartbeats or heart palpitations because you might wonder if it’s the big one and at what point you need to talk to your doctor or it’s just a harmless thing.

The good news about arrhythmias or missed heartbeats is that they’re oftentimes harmless and if they occur once in a while, then it’s nothing to worry about. But if you feel like your heart is racing, experience missed beats in sequence or you keep on experiencing frequent heart skips, then you need to be evaluated by your doctor.

Like Western medicine, the heart of a person, in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is an organ system that pumps blood all over the body. But unlike Western medicine, TCM also believes that the Heart (with a capital H), is where the spirit or Shen resides and is the organ that governs your consciousness, memory, and emotions. This TCM view of the emotional connection to the heart gives a certain credence to phrases such as “suffering from a broken heart,” “tugging on your heartstrings,” or “loving something or someone with all your heart.”

The heart is very sensitive to stress and upsets as it is an organ of spirituality and emotions. The symptoms related to the heart system in TCM include nightmares, vivid dreams, insomnia, and anxiety.

Physical factors can also make you experience skipping beats. So if you are experiencing palpitations, the list below will give you some helpful tips to prevent or stop them from happening.

Do not overeat – when you overeat and are already prone to skipped beats or palpitations, it may trigger a series of arrhythmias. Therefore, eat moderately as well as avoid cigarettes, chocolates, and alcohol.

Don’t hold your breath – rapid, tense, or shallow breathing may also trigger arrhythmias. Breathe in a proper manner and with each breathe exhale and inhale fully.

Avoid drugs that can cause arrhythmias – a lot of over-the-counter and prescription drugs can result in irregular heartbeats. Medications such as antidepressants, asthma inhalers, decongestants and bizarrely, those that are supposed to treat arrhythmia are drugs to avoid when you are prone to this condition. Read the labels that come with the prescription drugs or of you want, talk to a pharmacist or your doctor to see what other meds you can take that do not have the side effect of skipped heart beats.

Don’t exercise strenuously – if you are prone to irregular heartbeats, exercising in an intense manner can trigger episodes of palpitations. To prevent arrhythmias, before working out, warm up first for a couple of minutes and then cool your body down after an exercise routine.

Resolve your stress – palpitations are often experienced by people who are burdened with stress. To alleviate stress, indulge in relaxing therapies such as acupuncture, massage, mediation, or yoga.

Quit smoking – smoking stimulates the cardiovascular system which can lead to heart arrhythmias. If you are prone to that condition, quit now that you may enjoy a much better quality of life and avoid arrhythmias.

Avoid alcohol – certain individuals who are sensitive to alcohol, just a single drink can trigger can set off an episode of irregular heart rhythms.

Stay away from caffeine – chocolates, energy drinks, and tea possess qualities that can trigger or worsen palpitations.

Lifestyle choices that you can always modify are frequently the factors that cause to palpitations to develop. Therefore, living a healthy peaceful lifestyle is key to preventing palpitations from ever occurring in your life. The safest option if you’re experiencing palpitations is to visit your doctor.

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.

12. November 2015 · Comments Off on The Symptoms of Menopause are Best Resolved by Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Treating menopause symptoms such as migraine headaches is not the same in every part of the world. Each country has different ways of treating a condition based on the people’s beliefs and traditions. However, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Walla Walla, especially acupuncture, a uniquely Chinese healing tradition, has become one of the most enduring and popular forms of treatment for dozens on condition in both Western and Eastern societies. It is a form of treatment that has the ability to treat a wide range of physical and psychological conditions including menopause.

Menopause is seen by TCM to be a time in a woman’s life when her body ceases her natural monthly reproductive cycle implying that she no longer will have the ability to reproduce. This phase of a woman’s life is thought of by TCM practitioners to be the time when her menstrual cycle stops in order to conserve her vital energy (qi) so she may be able to retain the energy she needs to live healthily when she ages.

Women in Eastern societies have a much easier time dealing with menopause than Western women. The reason for this is that women in the West lead a more stressful fast-paced life and eat a much poorer diet that exhaust their qi much faster than their sisters in the East. Thus, we can see that women in Western cultures are more likely to experience far more intense symptoms of menopause compared to women in the East.

Regardless of the true causes of menopause, the truth is Traditional Chinese Medicine has never seen menopause to be sort of a syndrome cause by a health condition. But they still believe that women who have a hard time going through menopause have a number of problems dealing with their qi. Some of these problems include deficiency of kidney yin and liver qi stagnation. In short, their qi is imbalanced and this causes problems in their body and mind.

Therefore, the aim of TCM treatment is to treat each woman based on her specific symptoms, which means a unique form of treatment for each patient. Different modalities besides acupuncture are needed including exercises, dietary and lifestyle alterations, or Chinese herbs to help bring balance to the body.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncturists believe that the human body has over 2000 acupuncture points (acupoints). Each of these acupoints are linked in one way or another to one or more of the 20 different energy channels called meridians. These meridians are the conduits where qi circulates all over the body. Qi has a certain effect on each acupoint as it passes through. The person enjoys a healthy balance in body and mind if the qi flows smoothly and unhindered through the meridians.

In treating menopause symptoms, acupuncturists will help a woman get back her qi balance by treating the acupoints associated with her symptoms. Depending on the symptoms experienced, certain acupoints are used. We can see then, that the symptoms exhibited by each patient will determine the type of treatment each one will get.

Acupuncture treatment involves the use of solid but extremely thin needles inserted into specific acupoints in the body. The needles are inserted to stimulate the meridians to boost the production of qi and clear out any obstacles to qi flow. The needles may be inserted into acupoints located on the feet, legs, arms, or shoulders. Under the skilled hands of a qualified and skilled acupuncturist, the needles shouldn’t cause bleeding or pain although one might expect a slight numbing or tingling sensation or a slight discomfort that fades immediately and replaced by a feeling of vitality or relaxation as the effect of the treatment is felt.

Can acupuncture help treat menopause symptoms?

Definitely! Studies have found that most women who underwent acupuncture treatment experienced from their menopausal symptoms including:

-Vaginal dryness
-Hot flashes

If you want to experience complementary or alternative type of treatment such as acupuncture to treat your menopause symptoms, it is important to consult with a qualified and experienced practitioner. Doing so will help you avoid any injuries, complications and accidents during treatment and help you get the results you really need.

12. November 2015 · Comments Off on The Role of Acupuncture in Alleviating the Side Effects of Breast Cancer Therapies · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

In Michigan, the Henry Ford Hospital did a recent study that showed acupuncture’s benefits in relation to breast cancer. Besides being able to treat hot flashes much better than medications, acupuncture is also able to improve sex drive and foster a sense of well-being in women who need to undergo intensive breast cancer therapy.

This study, which was published in the Journal of Oncology, highlights the ability of acupuncture over drug therapy in the improvement of the quality of life for breast cancer patients without the needless side effects that come with the use of these drugs. Doctors at the Henry Ford Hospital’s Oncology Department have verified this to be true when they explained to the public the specifics of this study.

This study involved the participation of two groups. One group was treated with Venlafaxine drug therapy and the other group treated with acupuncture for the relief of their symptoms. Both groups were monitored for over 12 weeks. Both treatments initially produced an outcome wherein the patients experienced a 50% improvement in night sweats and hot flashes. At the end of the study, the group treated with Venlafaxine showed a marked and immediate rise in their symptoms while the group treated with acupuncture did not.

The study’s objective was to see if alternative treatments to Venlafaxine can provide better relief of the side effects of breast cancer therapy that would eventually encourage patients to continue availing of these treatments.

About 13% of women at some point in their lives will develop breast cancer as gleaned on statistics provided by the National Cancer Institute. Medical researchers are keen to find alternative treatments that can help relieve the discomforts and miseries that come with breast cancer treatments since it has been shown that drugs only serve to worsen the patient’s already precarious condition.

There are other studies besides the aforementioned one that are worthy of citation that scientifically proves acupuncture’s power to improve the life and health of a breast cancer patient. Because of its amazing ability to treat a number of health conditions, it is therefore not a surprise to know that acupuncture has been practiced for over 5,000 years.

There have been hundreds of clinical trials done to prove that this treatment is effective and very safe to use for the treatment of conditions ranging from migraines to infertility.

One of the reasons why acupuncture works in treating conditions is because it stimulates the body to generate a response that causes the body to heal itself. A licensed and qualified acupuncturist in Bellingham can help generate a healing response in a person that no surgery, drug or any type of medical intervention could ever do.

Acupuncture does not actually heal a person. It gives the body the means to heal itself. This modality is still not universally acknowledged by Western medicine that still sticks to an outmoded theory that the physician heals the patient and that, incredulously believes that a person has no part at all in his/her own healing.

Acupuncturists from thousands of years ago have already known what a lot western physicians still haven’t figured out today: the one who heals is actually the patient himself/herself. The physician is just the one who initiates the person’s own ability to self-heal.

12. November 2015 · Comments Off on The Rising Demand for Acupuncture for the Curing of Low Back Pain · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Acupuncture is A Promising Treatment Option

A lot of people suffering from back pain may still be unaware that there are less well-known pain treatment methods that are as equally effective, if not much better than pain medications for the resolution of their ailment. One such lesser known but rapidly rising form of low back pain treatment is acupuncture. If you know what efforts need to be done to avoid back surgery, then acupuncture can be your one great hope for long-term treatment or even complete cure of your low back pain.

What Is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture treatment is grounded on the Chinese medicine belief of the existence of Qi (pronounced chee) or vital energy that flows inside the body. A healthy unhindered Qi flow signals good health while the disruption of this flow is known to lead to pain, ailment, disorder, or disease. Acupuncture for the treatment of low back pain is extremely effective although it may not be as potent a treatment it ought to be when the back pain is due to a structural issue in the body. Acupuncture helps address the imbalances of Qi flow at predetermined acupoints on the skin.

To create a trust in a belief or idea, one must know where its origins come from. A gift that can treat a number of health conditions, acupuncture tracks its origins as far back as 4000 years ago in China. Western medicine has never considered this therapy as a mainstream form of medicine although it has gained ground in recent years in terms of adherents and practitioners due to its consistent positive results. Acupuncture became a household word in the United States in the 1970s during the administration of President Nixon. It became a popular form of treatment in Europe in the 16th century when it was introduced by Jesuit priests who did missionary work in China. It has proven to be a powerful treatment for millions of sufferers of low back pain throughout the centuries.

In acupuncture, the body is treated through the stimulation of specific points on the skin known as acupuncture points or acupoints, for short. The traditional form of acupuncture involves the use of fliform needles imbedded into the skin to stimulate nerve endings known as meridians. Right now, the most studied form of acupuncture is the one where wires that carry mild pulses of electricity from an external source are attached to the imbedded needles to augment the effects of the treatment in order to produce fast and more powerful results.

In the United States, the acupuncture industry is thriving. There are several forms of acupuncture being offered by various acupuncturists in different parts of the Union. There are acupuncturists who practice the Korean form of acupuncture while some practice the Japanese or Chinese form of this therapy.

The Truth About the Needles Used in Acupuncture

The US FDA is the agency that regulates the use of acupuncture needles in the US under proper manufacturing practices. They make it a point to ascertain that safety procedures such as single-use standards of sterility are implemented in order to prevent the rise of problems with regards to the practice of this modality.

It is important to note that certain issues may occur when one undergoes acupuncture treatment which brings us to the point that in order to avoid inadvertent injuries and accidents such as pneumothorax,( a condition in which the lung is accidentally punctured causing the lung to partially collapse) and other such eventualities, you need to seek out a qualified, licensed and well-skilled acupuncturist in Portland who is also able to provide you with the best results.

One other factor to consider is that one can also be infected with viral hepatitis and other infectious diseases in an acupuncture treatment which can severely affect the liver. This can happen if the acupuncturist does not practice proper hygienic procedures and if he/she does not sterile, single-use, disposable needles. Also proper care should be given to the patient in order to prevent the rise of side effects that can occur because of poor training and hygiene on the part of the acupuncturist. These side effects may involve bacterial infections at the acupoint where an unsterilized needle is inserted into the skin.

Some Other Information About Acupuncture

-Research is required to properly understand the role acupuncture plays in health care
-Pain sufferers can benefit greatly from acupuncture as it is extremely effective in the alleviation of all ailments including low back pain.

Adults after surgery can find that acupuncture can lessen the vomiting and nausea of the person. The treatment can have the same effects for postoperative dental pain and chemotherapy.