26. January 2017 · Comments Off on The Idiosyncrasies Surrounding TCM Pulse Diagnosis · Categories: Acupuncture

For those who have ever experienced acupuncture treatment or some type of traditional Chinese medicine technique, or are planning to go, as a patient, they may wonder what the healer is doing with their pulse. Pulse diagnosis is an important tool in the practice of a healer of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

A part of the training of acupuncturists and TCM practitioners is pulse diagnosis in order to heal a bunch of health conditions. A lot of TCM students, however, struggle with information that is at odds with the classical texts regarding pulses.

The reading of the pulse is some sort of a combination of scientific examination and an art form. If you come in to a TCM practitioner’s office for treatment and experience this (pulse diagnosis) for the first time, you may be astonished to find out that the practitioner uses this diagnostic technique to identify issues you may already suspect or know you’re suffering from.

Basic Principles and Positions

Pulse diagnosis has six positions that can be divided equally into two: three on the left and three on the right. These positions are read using the ring, middle, and index fingers at the radial artery. According to Shiz-hen (Li Shizhen), there are 27 main pulse states. You can base pulse reading upon four main principles to make the reading a little less complicated. These principles include:

1) Rapid
2) Slow
3) Sinking
4) Floating

Moreover, if one is to sit in on a series of consultations with an acupuncturist, he/she may, after a while, observe that a lot of health problems can be reduced down into over simplifications such as liver energy stagnation or dampness in the spleen. This is one of the problems with TCM and the complications in reading pulses through the use of conflicting classical documents.

Modern Chinese Pulse Diagnosis

These days, modern Chinese pulse diagnosis is an evolving system that strives to give an insight into patients by using an exquisite and sophisticated style in order to understand a person’s condition in a holistic way.

Modern Chinese pulse diagnosis can provide insight into these different levels. These levels include:

• The constitution of the patient

• Previous diseases

• Traumas

• Early ailments affecting normal physiology

• Emotional conditions

• Consequences of patient’s lifestyle

• Behavioral patterns

• Environmental stressors

Mastering Pulse Diagnosis

Whatever training an acupuncturist or TCM practitioner undergoes, this specific TCM discipline may take quite a long time to properly master and even if a dozen practitioners have been through the same training to qualify, out of these 12, only a few will have the skill to listen very deeply to the pulses of their patients in a manner that others will probably be able to master only after many years, or even decades.

This listening skill is an energetic talent that just comes naturally to a few people, although it can be also developed through a variety of practices. For most people, this skill does not come naturally and it can be quite challenging to master. Part of this challenge is the capacity to trust one’s own energetic sensitivity. So, for those who wish to acquire or learn this ability, the catch 22 of getting over one’s doubts can be daunting and sometimes, even insurmountable, to hurdle.

But when it’s mastered, an intimate grasp of the art of pulse diagnosis places a TCM healer in an extremely privileged position to aid patients with a diverse array of health issues and diseases.

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19. January 2017 · Comments Off on Chinese Medicine High Blood Pressure Treatment and The Importance of Having Your Own BP Monitor At Home · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

A lot of people with high blood pressure tend to rely on medications to manage their condition. There are literally hundreds of drugs on the market that doctors prescribe to lower high blood pressure (HBP) levels. All these products claim of being able to temporarily regulate blood pressure and prevent the risk of a heart attack or stroke. However, modern drugs are notorious for being inherently toxic that usually leads to side effects. This is the reason why more and more folks are discarding themselves of these conventional approaches and turning to more natural and safer modes of treatment.

These days, you can buy your own biofeedback or breathing machine, invest in relaxation audio tapes, and buy herbal remedies for treatment. The question, do they really work? Do these products perform exactly as advertised?That when you use them, you are guaranteed to enjoy good and better health and make the treatment of blood pressure beneficial and pleasant?

Although acupuncture has been used as a major form of treatment in China for thousands of years, western scientists and physicians have observed it closely these past few decades and have just now begun to understand a bit of how it works to upgrade health. They found that inserting filiform needles into specific points in the body (known as acupuncture points, or acupoints, for short)–leads to an increased flow of chemicals and hormones. When they enter the bloodstream, these chemicals act on the brain and the nerves. But more importantly, some of them seem to locally affect minor blood vessels in the surrounding tissues and skin causing those blood vessels to dilate and open up setting off a sensation of warmth and flushing that some people tend to experience during an acupuncture procedure.

How Is Blood Pressure Measured?

Blood pressure is measured by how much force the heart needs to pump to push the blood throughout the body. If your blood pressure is high, this means that the vessels are constricted and resistant to the flow; a low blood pressure, on the other hand, suggests that the vessels are wider and offer less flow resistance causing the heart to exert less effort to pump blood throughout the body. Therefore, if the capillaries, veins, and arteries widen a little because of acupuncture in Cleveland, then circulation can move freely causing the blood pressure to drop.

Acupoints targeted for treatment are oftentimes deliberated on by acupuncturists because they understand the importance of selecting the correct points in order to achieve optimal results. Some acupuncturists will select powerful acupoints on the ear to bring about a significant drop in BP level.

Being natural holistic doctors, acupuncturists will always use natural blood pressure remedies –albeit with one condition – that you, the patient, will faithfully adhere and persevere in the course of treatment set by your acupuncturist. Going to all your appointments means that you believe in the treatment and that’s what’s all needed for the treatment to be successful. If you have doubts about the treatment, you could end up with a higher blood pressure level than when you first came in for treatment.

To help monitor your progress, it is important that you have a blood pressure monitor at home. If you don’t know how to read your blood pressure in a BP, you can buy an electronic BP monitor that will automatically tell you your BP reading. This is how you keep yourself safe.

You can ask your doctor what your normal BP level should be. Start by only dong recordings of your BP for a whole week. Then, the next step is to minimize or avoid any intake of salt. Try eating foods with zero salt content like yogurt, fresh fruits, and fruit juices for a whole week. Then record your BP levels once more and see the difference, you just might be shocked at what harm salt can do to your health!

If you decide to lower your HBP with the use of herbal remedies, be sure to talk to a qualified acupuncturist or Chinese medicine practitioner who will guide you on what herbal concoction fits your specific needs. You could also decide to perform regular exercise or a use a breath training device instead. Whatever you chose, be sure that have your own monitor at home to help you carefully monitor your BP. Do not delay –purchase your home BP monitor and get started today.

19. January 2017 · Comments Off on Qi Gong Can Lead to Longevity,Greater States of Youthfulness and Several Other Benefits · Categories: Acupuncture

One of the most powerful tools for nourishing longevity and staying young is Qi gong. But how does this treatment work?

Qi Gong Builds Suppleness and Internal Strength

Qi gong, unlike conventional western-style exercise, trains the body’s vital energy to revitalize the internal organs in order to prolong youthful appearance and promote balanced health.

The spleen, in Chinese medicine, is the organ believed to be responsible for the muscles of the body. The spleen organ can be stimulated by specific gong movements through its affiliated energy channels. So, when a person does movements that are designed to stimulate the spleen, his/her muscles can become supple and more youthful, resulting in a healthier and younger looking skin which helps reduce and prevents wrinkles (particularly on the face).

Since Qi gong involves deep breathing, greater amounts of oxygen are taken in by the body during the exercise and they enter the bloodstream which helps regenerate the internal organs on a cellular level.

On an energetic level, it is believed said that our Jing or essential energy, which resides in the kidney organs, is the factor responsible for youthfulness. The energy of the kidneys is replenished by certain Qi gong movements. This is the reason why a lot of qi gong masters possess incredibly strong and healthy kidneys and they seem to be untouched by time.

Qi Gong Means Rejuvenated Brain Cells

In the University of California at Irvine,scientists found out that when qi is generated by qi gong masters, within the brain,a greater perfusion of blood happens.

The brain cells are nourished when there is a greater perfusion of blood. This helps prevent mental and cognitive conditions related to aging such as dementia. So, when you perform qi gong, it can help maintain the vibrancy and youth of your mind and brain.

Qi Gong Holds Off Issues that Prematurely Age the Body

People who practice qi gong tend to experience greater states of relaxation. This means that people practicing it are able to avoid health problems caused by stress (immunity imbalances, high blood pressure, and premature graying, and many others).

Qi gong Resolves and Manages Health issues that Age the Body

One of the most effective types of Qi gong activity for cancer is circle walking. Cancer causes premature aging and cellular break down. Head instructor of the qi gong program at Stanford University, Dr Arnold Tayam, has adopted a special type of Qi gong circle walking that leads to greater states of rejuvenation and relaxation which aids in accelerated healing among cancer patients.

Qi Gong Nourishes Both the Body and the Spirit

The movement and meditation practiced in Qi Gong tend to promote a connection with a higher power.

A study conducted at the University of California headed by immunologist David Felton, MD discovered that the immune system can be strengthened by spiritual practices.

As a type of spiritual practice, qi gong can help boost the immune system,restoring its balance and preventing issues such as rheumatoid arthritis usually connected to aging although juvenile forms can also happen.

Qi Gong Produces Youthful Bones

The bones are nourished by Qi gong in a couple of ways. First, it helps beef up the kidney organs, which Chinese medicine practitioners believe govern the bones. This helps the bones mend faster and helps prevent the development of osteoporosis and bone degeneration. Qi Gong has certain movements that lead to an isometric strengthening effect on the fascia and bones.

I used to have a patient aged 74 years old who performs qi gong daily. After undergoing ankle surgery, she was able to have her cast removed two weeks ahead of schedule. This is because her bones healed quite rapidly compared to other patients who do not do qi gong and were even half her age.

To sum it up, qi gong can lead to longevity and greater states of youthfulness. This is due to the nourishment of the bone and muscle systems and the internal organs. Qi gong also leads to greater spiritual and mental balance.

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12. January 2017 · Comments Off on The Evolution of Chinese Acupuncture Moxibustion · Categories: Acupuncture

What is the Chinese Medicine Technique of Acupuncture Moxibustion?

Acupuncture in Maitland has actually a couple of operative parts: one is the use of needles and the other is the use of fire. Both parts are correlative and essential for curing health conditions.

Chinese moxibustion is a procedure in which a moxa herb is burned over the body or over the outside tip of an acupuncture needles to augment the effect of the treatment.

Moxibustion and acupuncture are very important medical legacies of the Chinese nation to the world. In ancient texts, various legends have narrated about the origin of moxibustion and acupuncture. One of these is Fu Hsi’s discovery of the therapeutic procedures with stone needles, and Wang Di’s discovery of moxibustion and acupuncture.

To trace the origin Chinese acupuncture moxibustion, we need to go as far back as the Neolithic Age.
During that time, it was believed that while cooking, a housewife found a way to assuage her ache be simply standing near the fire at the stove. This way of healing aches and pain has slowly evolved. Later on medical herbs were added to cleanse the body and boost health.

The other treatment that is usually combined with moxibustion is cupping. Basically, the method is to put over the body a glass cup, put fire in the cur, and while the heat of the fire is inside allow it to “cup” the body. The heat forces the air out of the cup and forms a “suction vortex” which makes the cup stick to the skin. This results in the stimulation of blood stasis as well as a “massage” of the patient’s internal organs. One can expect the same effect with the use of a moxa cone.

Chinese acupuncture moxibustion obviously must be done with accuracy which implies that the important meridians or acupuncture points on the body should be identified and targeted for treatment to cure the illness. Medicinal herbs like garlic and ginger are also added when the need for their use comes.

The cup is usually allowed to remain on the body for about 16 to 21 minutes, and there has to be more than one session for the therapy to work.

Today, people have made improvements on the traditional methods of Chinese acupuncture moxibustion. We now have acupointmagneto therapy,acupoint injection,electronic needle moxibustion,microwave needle moxibustion and others that can help you heal in a safe and natural way in the 21st century.

12. January 2017 · Comments Off on Why Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Is the Best Way to Treat Chronic Fatigue · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

By itself, low energy or fatigue is not an illness; it is a feeling of profound exhaustion that impacts our daily happiness as well as our capacity to achieve our purpose and goals in life. When we feel a temporary sense of fatigue, it is usually our body’s way of saying it’s time to make some positive lifestyle changes that can help improve our general health. Fatigue that persists is a sign that the energy system of our body requires treatment.

Signs and Symptoms

Practitioners of Chinese Medicine collect the signs and symptoms of the patient and then diagnose them all together. A practitioner would never call or label an illness or a syndrome with a complicated name. The practitioner instead is constantly mindful that the illness is a dynamic process that is viewed as a disharmony pattern that just not affects one body system or organ but the person as a whole. A treatment approach that addresses all the signs and symptoms, results in a natural more balanced healing effect. In Western medicine, the doctor addresses the patient’s complaint (his/her signs and symptoms), but not necessarily, their root cause. A Western doctor will give a name to a set of signs and symptoms. If those signs cannot be labeled by the doctor or if the symptoms are not obvious, single or multiple medical tests will normally be performed. If the results of the test are negative, the patient is deemed to be absolutely free of any medically perceived illnesses. But if the patient still thinks that he/she is sick, some physicians will attribute that to the patient’s “imagination,” something that exists only in the patient’s head. Traditional Chinese medicine does not work that way. A practitioner will consider all patterns of disharmony as potential evidences of an imbalance in health that need attention with or without a Western diagnosis. That is the main reason why Chinese medicine is especially effective on people with fibromyalgia,Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, chronic lack of energy or other problems that western medicine has no means of treating.

Patterns of Disharmony

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine there are two distinct patterns of disharmony:Qi deficiency and Qi stagnation, both of which can result in lack of energy. Qi deficiency occurs when the energy of the person is run down and the person simply does not have enough energy to perform daily normal activities. Qi stagnation arises when the energy of a person does not move freely or becomes stuck within the meridians of the body. In Western medicine, this is analogous to nerve impedance and/or sluggish circulation supplying energy to an organ system or a limb within the body. Chinese medicine will treat these two patterns in a completely different way although herbs and acupuncture treatment are often used for both patterns.Acupuncturists see these patterns in almost every patient. In order to achieve a lasting and effective end to their problem, it is important to treat both Qi deficiency and Qi stagnation with different treatment modalities. For most acupuncturists myself included, herbal medicine and acupuncture are very artistic forms of medicine in the sense that the healer has to be very creative in selecting the precise acupuncture points and herbs that are best suited to the particular needs of the patient. This is the only way than an enduring and even permanent cure for low energy can be achieved.

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05. January 2017 · Comments Off on Powerful Chinese Medicine Remedies and Treatments For Insomnia · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Insomnia, from a Chinese medicine standpoint, is caused by excessive underlying elements and conditions in the body the most common of which are heart fire, liver fire, and food stagnation. Insomnia can also be a manifestation of other deficiencies in the body including blood deficiency, heart yin deficiency, and qi deficiency.

It is important that the heat is cleared if one wants to treat insomnia using Chinese medicines. For this, a concoction known as Emperor’s Tea would suffice. Made up of a combination of various nourishing and sedating properties, this tea clears heat from the body, resulting in complete relaxation. As everybody knows, relaxation is a precondition for sleeping soundly. Other potent Chinese medicinal herbs other than the Emperor’s Tea such as Mien Pien and An Shen Bu Hsincan be used for treating insomnia.

One of the best Chinese medicine treatments for insomnia is acupuncture in Austin. The use of hair-thin acupuncture needles placed on selected acupuncture points can calm and relax the patient enough to make him/her feel sleepy. These acupoints are located on the wrists, between the eyebrows, and on the ear. In order to be at the best and most appropriate time to fall asleep, it is best that acupuncture treatment be requested by the patient late in the afternoon. This is an ideal time to undergo acupuncture for insomnia as it will induce a refreshing, deep, and peaceful sleep all throughout the night.

For folks who think that the notion of being stuck with needles as something they are not looking forward to, they could opt for an equally powerful needleless therapy known as acupressure. The modes and elements of treatment between acupuncture and acupressure are the same although instead of being pricked with needles, acupressure uses painless pressure on the acupointwith a relative amount of force.

The five elements of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are wood, metal, water, fire, and earth. The entire principle of Chinese treatment procedures revolve around the correct circulation of energy throughout the energy pathways of the body called meridians. Another factor for achieving ideal health is the proper interaction of the body organs with each other.

In treating insomnia, common Chinese herbal remedies such as chamomile, passionflower, lavender, and lemon balm can be used. These herbs can be made into teas and served as ideal home remedies for insomnia. These treatments are considered natural cures for insomnia since they are naturally occurring.

AnShen Bu Hsiin Wan Insomnia Treatment

This herbal remedy can easily and quickly treat a person’s sleep disorder.
The main active ingredient in this concoction is Mother of pearl shells and it has the power to calm the spirit and settle the heart. To get enough sleep every time you want to relax, take An Shen Bu Hsin Wan pills thrice a day. If indigestion or stomach upset occurs, discontinuetreatment.

Emperor’s Tea Insomnia Treatment

Toxins in the yin and the heart blood can be removed with Emperor’s tea. This tea also has the ability to resolve heat deficiencies. The active ingredient of emperor’s tea is extracted from schizandra berries which also helps strengthens the body’s resistance to diseases. This tea can also enhance the capacity of the body to handle stress.

For long-lasting results, eight pills of Emperor’s tea thrice a day should be taken for up to a month.

An Mien Pien Treatment

There are two active ingredients in an An Mien Pien pill: the polygaia root and the ziziphus seed. They both have nourishing, hypnotic, and sedative effects on the body, while they calm the heart at the same time. An Mien Pien also can treat restlessness, anxiety, and insomnia. For best results, take 4 tablets thrice a day.

More important than these powerful Chinese medicine treatments,is the need to modify one’s lifestyle in order to cure the problem. Before you sleep, don’t eat sweets or take caffeine. Also, during the night, you need to avoid any stimulation that may keep you awake. This means there should be no TV or computer at night because they could disturb your sleep or prevent you from falling asleep.

05. January 2017 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Benefits for Four Pregnancy-Related Concerns · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners utilize a very popular needle-based therapy known as acupuncture to help relieve various types of emotional and physical problems that women usually experience during pregnancy.

Acupuncture Benefits for Pregnancy-Related Concerns

Research indicates that acupuncture can help improve the following conditions despite the fact its use during pregnancy has yet to be extensively studied,

1) Morning Sickness

A lot of studies indicate that acupuncture can be a good way to treat vomiting and nausea in early pregnancy. A 2002 clinical trial, for example, involving 594 women (all suffering from nausea and vomiting and were less than 14 weeks pregnant) revealed that those women who were given acupuncture treatments once a week for an entire month experienced less nausea throughout the study. After the second week of the study, the acupuncture treated women also experienced fewer dry retching (compared to the women who were not administered with acupuncture).

2) Pain

According to a 2008 published study review pregnancy related pelvic pain and back pain can be convincingly relieved with acupuncture.

The authors of the review discovered that acupuncture combined with Western conventional medicine led to a much better relief of pain associated with pregnancycompared to the ones who received only conventional treatment (exercise-based therapy, physical therapy, and drugs). The authors called for further research on acupuncture treatment for pain caused by pregnancysince the review only included three clinical trials.

3) Depression

Accordingto a number of studiesIn treating pregnancy related emotional distress and depression, acupuncture has shown great potential. A clinical trial in 2010 had 150 participants (all pregnant women) suffering from major depression. The researchers revealed that the women who were given depression-specific acupuncture treatment for two months experienced a greater decrease in depression symptoms (compared to the participants who were given acupuncture treatment that did not specifically target depression or underwent massage therapy).

In a study, published in 2007, researchers discovered that acupuncture led to the relief of emotional issues during pregnancy (including irritability and anxiety).

4) Insomnia

A 2005 published small-scale showed that insomnia due to pregnancy can be eased with acupuncture. Thirty pregnant women struggling with sleep problems participated in this study. Two months of acupuncture treatment were designated to 17 of these women.

The women treated with acupuncture experienced a significant reduction in insomnia over the course of the study period compared to women not treated with acupuncture.

Should Acupuncture Be Used During Pregnancy?

Even if acupuncture is deemed to be a very safe treatment, it’s still important to talk with your physician particularly if you are seriously considering embarking on acupuncture treatment for pregnancy-related issues.

Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.