28. March 2016 · Comments Off on Why a Combination of Acupuncture and Western Medicine is Required to Completely Cure Asthma · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Used for thousands of years as a way to treat various illnesses such as asthma, acupuncture traces its roots in ancient Chinese culture. Whilst the symptomatic and even severe conditions of asthma can be effectively treated by Modern Western Medicine, it is not designed to completely cure the disease.

One reason why is that asthma is a condition that involves more than the mere external symptomatic sickness of breathing difficulties, sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. This disease has also got something to do with your overall health, and the ability of your immune system to fight off allergies that set off the asthma.

Traditionally a way to promote overall wellness, acupuncture also helps enhance the strength of the body so that it may be able to resist pollutions it is regularly exposed to. The root of acupuncture springs from millennia of accumulated health and healing knowledge and practices of Chinese medicine. Acupuncture is based on the principle that a person’s body is electrically interconnected. Based on age-old theories, illnesses such as asthma can be attributed to abnormal circulation of life energy known as “chi” all over the body. Sometimes, a blockage may develop in the pathways where chi flows causing it to slow down and stagnate and it is up to the “sifu” (Master Healer) to locate the part of the body where the blockage has developed. The stagnant flow of chi and the eventual imbalance in its distribution is why disease appears in the body.

A skill first learned then mastered by the “sifu,” acupuncture is a method used to unblock the affected area using extremely thin sterile needles carefully inserted along the area in question and/or other distal parts of the body associated with the problem area in order to restore balance and the proper flow of chi throughout the body. When done appropriately, acupuncture can convey chi to the lungs so that he respiratory system can be tonified to make it more resilient to factors that trigger asthma attacks. Once a balanced flow of chi is achieved, the body becomes strong and begins to function optimally, which makes it more than able to fight off diseases.

Most individuals will start to experience results almost immediately after receiving a number of acupuncture treatment sessions. But to make sure that the benefits last a long time, the treatments need to continue until the asthma is cured completely. Acupuncture is often combined with the patient’s regular asthma treatment under the proper guidance of his/her physician.

Based on the teachings of ancient Chinese medicine, the flow and balance of good chi does not only concern the body. The environment plays a role as well. If an office, for example, or a building has bad “chi”, the people working in that place are likely going to experience ill health such as work-related asthma eventually.

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28. March 2016 · Comments Off on The Ancient Healing Art of Acupuncture Can Help You Stop Smoking Forever · Categories: Acupuncture

To help alleviate upset and stress and stop illness and addiction, the ancient Chinese healing art of acupuncture can be implemented. Used for several types of conditions from diseases to drug or smoking addictions and from bone and muscle pains to anxiety and depression, acupuncture is a great way to regain your normal healthy life and help you overcome the demands that come along in your regular everyday life.

Acupuncture is a great way to help you overcome your cigarette cravings and at the same time help rid your body of the toxins. However, it should be noted that it only can help cure your smoking addiction if you are truly willing to stop the habit.

Your acupuncturist will more than likely ask you a number of questions when you first come in for treatment. These questions will pertain to your diet, habits and what your expectations are from the treatment.

What does acupuncture do?

Despite being an excellent way to help get rid of smoking addiction, unfortunately, acupuncture doesn’t work for everyone. As I mentioned a short while ago, your willingness to stop the habit is crucial in making the treatment a great success. If you have this strong disposition, then acupuncture will entirely cure you of your addiction. The treatment will help treat any symptoms or cravings you are experiencing.

Acupuncture is a Chinese medical procedure that involves the placement of reed-thin needles into specific points on your body that is connected to your cravings for cigarettes. The insertion of the needles into these points is meant to take away the desire and the feelings of wanting to smoke.

Most patients require just a few treatment sessions to help them overcome their addiction. Depending on how well the patient responds to the treatment, the duration of each session may last for five minutes to a full hour. If you quit your treatment before your addiction is fully cured, it’s highly likely that your cigarette cravings will come back.

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

02. March 2016 · Comments Off on Studies Have Shown Acupuncture’s Ability to Cure Insomnia · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Both the autonomic nervous system and the hormones have to be balanced in order to commence and maintain sleep. A lot of studies have demonstrated acupuncture’s ability to help promote the restoration of homeostasis and preserve the balance of biological chemicals in the central nervous system.

  1. Acupuncture has the ability to enhance the production of melatonin in your body – The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience published an article that investigated the relationship between acupuncture treatments and melatonin. The study saw that in all 18 patients suffering from severe insomnia, there was a meaningful rise in their endogenous melatonin secretion after they were treated with acupuncture for five weeks two times a week. Recordings of muscular and electrical states during the entire sleeping time revealed that the patients had a deep sleep time, experienced an overall longer sleep time, had less instances of waking up during sleep, and took less time to fall asleep, after being given acupuncture treatments. Fatigue, depression, and anxiety also were relieved although alertness in the morning lowered, as well.
  2. Acupuncture helps boost blood circulation that in turn leads to a better quality of sleep – A study performed by Hecht and colleagues investigated the relationship between insomnia and blood circulation to the brain. They observed that an inadequate flow of blood to the brain tends to result in low blood sugar levels and spontaneous waking from sleep. One other study conducted by Dr. Omura analyzed the relationship between the dysfunctions of various organs to the effects of blood flow to the brain. When blood pressure of < 30mmHg bilaterally in the head was experienced by the test subjects, most of them suffered from sleep disturbances: primarily, but also on occasion, forgetfulness or recent events, concentration difficulties, extreme sleepiness, and certain degrees of irritability. Even with higher or normal arm blood pressure, the subjects can still experience low blood pressure in their head. Certain studies have demonstrated that stimulation of acupoints GB 20 (located between the sternocleidomastoid and trapezius attachments, just below the occipital bone) and St 36 using electro-acupuncture stimulation can help enhance the flow of blood to the brain.
  3. Acupuncture can slow down the effects of aging – The telltale signs of aging including systemic inflammation, edema or fluid retention, erectile dysfunction, insomnia, constipation, irregular and increased heartbeats can appear when the person’s parasympathetic function is weakened. All these factors can in turn result in the common conditions related to aging including, cancer, arteriosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and type-II diabetes among others. The restoration and maintenance of parasympathetic function may slow down the aging process and improve the functions of the internal organs. Acupuncture is able to better the function of the parasympathetic nervous system.
  4. Acupuncture can help alleviate pain – A study done by Meltzer at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia analyzed the impact of chronic pain on the sleep patterns of adolescents. What he saw was that there was no difference between the healthy control group and the pain group when it comes to bedtime and total sleep time. However, the group with chronic pain exhibited increased daytime sleepiness symptoms, as well as later wake periods in the morning, increased frequency of night walking, and significantly longer sleep onset latency. It has been proven that acupuncture has a potent analgesic effect that can aid individuals suffering from physical pain to improve their quality of sleep.
  5. Acupuncture is able to resolve insomnia by reducing stress hormones in the body – People who are suffering from chronic stress due to overwork and/or over-thinking tend to have elevated levels of cortisol in their body that causes them to stay alert during the daytime. For people who are under acute stress, or in a state of “fight-or-flight” response, their body produces more norepinephrine and adrenaline (epinephrine). Both these stress hormones affect the quality of sleep profoundly. A team of researchers at the Pennsylvania State University led by Vgontzas analyzed the relationship of the activity of the stress system to chronic insomnia. The team measured the participant’s levels of free growth hormone, norepinephrine, and cortisol in their urine. What they found was that the levels of free cortisol positively correlated with total wake time; the levels of norepinephrine positively correlated with the length of stage 1 sleep but correlated negatively with the length of stage 3 and 4 sleep. The sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal gland branches of the stress system are responsible for the sleep problems in chronic insomnia. When our sleep is light due to stress, we tend to easily and frequently wake up. To help decrease the levels of stress hormones in our body, we can try acupuncture. This type of treatment can help extend our deep sleep time and lessen wake time. It is widely believed that cortisone can affect the way we sleep when we receive a hydrocortisone shot.


Acupuncture can help us maintain proper sleep duration and pattern by balancing our nervous systems and optimizing the metabolism and production of chemicals that dictate how we sleep.


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