31. March 2017 · Comments Off on A Short Overview of Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture

A technique that helps recover lost functionality and encourages the immune system towards natural healing, acupuncture is a form of treatment that cures sickness from the roots as opposed to modern medicine, which only focuses on the symptoms. This type of traditional Chinese medicine considers a person as an energy system in which the mind and body balance each other.

Acupuncture in Fort Lauderdale is a very popular form of therapy in the United States. This has led to a huge rise in the number of clinics offering this type of treatment. Acupuncture helps alleviate health conditions such as the common cold, arthritis, respiratory disorders, and many other diseases. It helps people enjoy and maintain the benefits of good health.

Before patients receive acupuncture, they have to let the acupuncturist know of any other type of treatment that they may be undergoing. They should also inquire about what procedures are expected to be carried out on them. They need to be more informed about what acupuncture is all about. Finally, they need to call their insurer to see if acupuncture is covered in their medical insurance plan.

For people who have not benefited from standard forms of treatment, acupuncture has provided them with great relief. When performed by a licensed acupuncturist, it produces the desired result almost all the time. However one should make sure that they get treatment from qualified acupuncturists. The proper needles should be used during treatment as using the wrong ones may result in bleeding, soreness and even infections.

30. March 2017 · Comments Off on Chinese Herbs That Can Help Treat Symptoms of Hashimoto’s Disease · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Hashimoto’s disease can wreak a lot of problems throughout the body, but it is the gall bladder and the liver where its influence is most felt. This article will talk about these relationships and will discuss why having a healthy liver is extremely important for the treatment of Hashimoto’s disease.

The Thyroid and Liver Affect Each Other in Several Areas Because Of Hashimoto’s

Like the earth, our body is made up of a group of ecosystems interacting with each other, communicating with one another and affecting each other in both negative and positive ways. A perfect example of this is the thyroid and liver. The following is a short list of how they interact:

• The way that cholesterol and other lipids are synthesized and broken down is the result of the influence of the thyroid hormone. These processes all occur in the liver. With Hashimoto’s (and with hypothyroidism), they are usually slowed down resulting in high cholesterol and other lipids such as triglycerides and LDL.
• In the liver, sixty percent of thyroid hormone is converted from T4 to T3. The liver is also where T3 and T4 are glucoronidated and sulfated.
• With regards to the autoimmune system, studies reveal a connection between autoimmune liver and autoimmune thyroid diseases.
• Thyroid hormone influences insulin growth factor, detoxification channels in the liver, and cytochrome P450 enzymes that metabolize various environmental toxins and drugs. Toxin build up in the body occurs, when this slows down.
• Extremely high amounts of T3 (thyroid hormone) can elevate bilirubin levels which can be dangerously toxic to the liver since high bilirubin levels can destroy mitochondria.

The Gall bladder’s Role in All of This

The liver has numerous channels/ pathways through which it cleans the blood, filters toxins, and metabolizes hormones. The derivatives go to the gall bladder which removes them from the body.

A poorly functioning thyroid retards the entire process, causing the gall bladder and the liver to function sluggishly, leading to congestion, which in turn leads to the creation of gallstones.

X-rays of the hypothyroid patients’ gall bladder can reveal a bloated gall bladder that sluggishly contracts impairing the flow of bile that in turn can result in a slow breakdown of cholesterol and fats and other toxins that the liver breaks down. This process can also cause the development of gall stones. A lot of Hashimoto’s disease patients suffer from gall bladder problems.

How Does the Liver Convert Thyroid Hormones?

The liver is the place where 60% of thyroid hormones are converted into their usable form. Thus, you begin to understand how low thyroid function can result in a vicious cycle.

The function of the liver is severely affected by hypothyroidism causing fewer and fewer thyroid hormones to become active. This goes on until the typical symptoms of too little thyroid hormone become manifest: depression, weight gain, hair loss, joint pain, brain fog, and fatigue, among many others.

Thyroid Hormone is Mainly Converted Via a Couple of Processes:

1. Glucoronidation – This is a crucial process for the conversion of thyroid hormone. This pathway is supported by glysine, magnesium, and B vitamins are needed to support this pathway.

2. Sulfation – This process involves binding sulfur containing compounds to things partially broken down in the liver. It is one of the major detoxification channels for hormones (such as thyroid hormones, toxins, and neurotransmitters.
 Magnesium and Vitamin B6 are essential for the metabolism of sulfur amino acid, as are sulfur-containing foods such as: legumes, nuts, poultry, meat, cheese, and eggs..

It’s important to buy organic animals products whenever possible due to the fact that organic foods have far fewer toxins like pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics that can all cause health issues of their own.

One other relevant point about sulfating is that it needs sulfate that the digestive system typically absorbs poorly, more so by individuals stricken with Hashimoto’s disease who usually have leaky gut syndrome or intestinal permeability problems. Sulfate is the inorganic, oxidized form of sulfur created through an oxidation step named sulfoxidation (obviously).

This process can only occur when an enzyme known as sulfite oxidase is present. This enzyme utilizes the essential mineral molybdenum.
Issues with sulfoxidation are evidenced in people sensitive to foods containing preservatives (used in salad bars to keep vegetables looking fresh), food additives (in dried herbs and fruit), and sulfites (garlic).

After eating asparagus, these people may have an abnormally strong odor in their urine. They need to consider taking organic sulfates such as magnesium sulfate or sodium or molybdenum supplementation.

The Emotions of the Gall Bladder & Liver

Practitioners and followers of Chinese medicine consider interactions in the body from the aspects of spirit, mind, and body. This approach can really be helpful in that they can explain how physical problems can affect you psychologically and emotionally.

Authors of the book, Between Heaven and Earth, Efrem Korngold, L.Ac and Harriet Beinfeld, L.Ac., describe the liver as analogous to a military commander in the body. It plans strategies and tactics, moving qi or energy and blood all over the body.

The endocrine system partly consists of the thyroid which is considered as qi and which is obtained from the kidneys’ yang energy. Ancient Chinese medicine physicians knew about this relationship and how absolutely essential one is for the other. To do its job, the liver requires qi, and if it is blocked or clogged it can’t help the movement of that qi all over the body.

Symptoms of Liver Issues

– A short temper
– Irritability
– Anger

A clogged or stuck liver results in anger, which is the most common emotion that people experience. This anger can be directed inwardly and lead to a feeling of low self-esteem or self-hatred and depression. It can also be directed outwardly at people you know (oftentimes, people closest to you: friends, co-workers, family). From time to time, you may have a combination of the two.

In Chinese medicine, it is interesting to note that the nervous system, eyes, ligaments, and tendons are believed to be parts of the liver’s sphere of influence. Hence people with Hashimoto’s also tend to have problems in all of these areas: cognitive issues affecting the brain, eye problems, and tendon issues.

When You Have Issues with Your Gall Bladder, You’re Unable to Make Decisions

Bile is stored and secreted in the Gall Bladder. The bile stimulates flow through the abdomen and intestines and helps us absorb and remove different foods as well as different concepts and ideas.

Hence, when bile production in flow is normal, it also results in good decision making, clear thinking, and proper judgment. Any issues in the Gall Bladder/Liver issues can cause us to get stuck, make decisions and not following through on them, make us unable to decide what to do, or cause us to take actions without thinking them through.

Helping the Gall Bladder, Liver, and the Thyroid

The following are herbs that can significantly help the gall bladder and liver.

Dandelion: This ubiquitous weed has a root that helps promote bile production and its delivery to the gall bladder. Dandelion root can cause the release of bile by inducing the contraction of the gall bladder.

Ginger: This universally-used spice or herb possesses chemicals known to help spike bile secretion and decrease the levels of cholesterol through the regulation of an enzyme responsible for the manufacture of bile acid (cholesterol-7-alpha-hydorxylase).

Panax ginseng: In numerous studies this herb causes varied impacts, all positive, on the function of the liver. It can be used to in cleaning toxins out of the liver and reverse fatty liver. It also benefits the immune system by promoting specialized immune cells located in the liver known as Kupffer cells and in balancing the immune system by elevating key proteins similar to it.

Milk Thistle: This herb enhances the solubility of bile and has proven to reduce cholesterol concentrations in the gall bladder significantly. It also functions as an anti-oxidant that supports detoxification and helps prevent glutathione depletion in the liver, which is usually depleted in Hashimoto’s disease patients. Milk thistle also boosts protein synthesis to replace liver cells that have been damaged and possesses anti-inflammatory properties as well.

Laminaria Kun Bu, Herba sargassi: Both are seaweeds that have important detoxification qualities. They can be used to address metabolic toxicosis with psoriasis, dermatitis, rheumatism, and arthritis. Both Laminaria Kun Bu and Herba sargassi are safe to use since they have very few side effects. Moreover, they are high in trace minerals, which is very good to alleviate swelling, especially in the lymphatic glands.

One important thing to note about seaweeds is that they are rich in iodine which can be an issue for some Hashimoto’s patients.

Rhubarb Root: This herb has laxative properties that can be utilized to treat acute pancreatic and gall bladder infections. Rhubarb Root also has strong anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-bacterial properties.

When using Rhubarb Root, dosage is critical. An excess dose can result in diarrhea and gastric pain. It is contraindicated for people with oxalic acid stones, hemorrhoids, or gout and for pregnant and lactating women.. Talk to a qualified herbalist prior to using this herb.

Fructus Gardeniae: A seed pod of the gardenia plant, this herb possesses powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and can be used to reduce gall bladder and liver infections and congestion.

One important thing to note is that if you have Liver infection or any form of liver disease like hepatitis, consult with a doctor since liver disease can be quite serious.

Herbs Helpful for Irritability and Anger

In Chinese medicine, one very powerful herb for irritability and anger is Rambling Powder. Its name is derived from the title the first chapter of the book, “Rambling Without a Destination” written by Zhuang Zi. This book has stories about freely wandering with an open mind. This refers to how an herbal formula can help a person feel less stressed, happy, and less emotionally constrained.

The formula can have a number of permutations and may contain various herbs that significantly benefit the liver. They can include atractylodes buplerum, mint, and many more. Aside from anger and irritability, the formula can also be used to successfully treat depression, anemia, hepatitis, high blood pressure, and eye issues.

A Multi-Prong Approach is Needed to Treat Hashimoto’s Disease

Hashimoto’s affects so many systems of the body and has so many moving parts that one really needs to have a plan of treatment that takes into account all these different areas and provides answers to all of them.

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30. March 2017 · Comments Off on Cold and How It Contributes to the Rise of Infertility · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Infertility is known as the inability of a couple to conceive after a year of unprotected sexual intercourse. Tis condition affects more than 5 million couples in the U. S alone. Only around 10% of affected individuals seek medical help due to an unawareness of availability of treatments. This work will talk about the traditional Chinese medicine concept of “cold” in the treatment of infertility.

What is “Cold”?

Cold is considered to be a Yin pathogen and that tends to affect yang qi resulting in stagnation and coagulation in blood and contraction of the muscles as well as slow heart rate, and impaired kidney function and immune system as a result of lack of energy flow and slow qi flow.

Impaired immune system

In winter, cold is often prevalent causing obstruction in defensive yang qi, resulting in an impaired immune system that fights against viruses, bacteria, and free radicals. This causes an elevated risk of the development of an antibody antigen. The abnormal functions of the reproductive system in sperm production in men causes to the immune system to attack the body’s own sperm.

Blood coagulation and stagnation

In traditional Chinese medicine theory yang qi is essential in the regulation of fluid and blood in the body. When cold enters the body, it lowrs the temperature in the body causing fluid and blood flow to slow down and coagulate causing fluid retention in men. In women, women are at risk of abnormal pain and muscle contraction when cold pathogen enters their body.

Accumulation of toxins

As cold invades, it causes the sweat pores and the muscular striae to close resulting in difficult movements of the muscle and raising the possibility of toxin accumulation that in turn leads to a sluggish immune and liver system which are essential for the normalizing abnormal cell growth such as adhesion, tumor, and implants in the testes and uterus.

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.

23. March 2017 · Comments Off on Studies Confirm The Efficacy of Chinese Medicine in Treating PMS · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

PMS is a condition involving discomfort that arises just before the onset of the menstruation, at the end of the monthly cycle. PM usually develops in the 5-11 days leading up to menstruation. Constipation and other changes in bowel function, food cravings, edema (retention of water), weight gain, breast tenderness, depression, irritability, and moodiness are some of its symptoms.

PMS points to an imbalance in the function of the endocrine system and liver although a lot of women accept this as a “fact of life.” If a woman’s menstrual cycle is healthy, it will not produce any significant discomfort. Dietary changes, Chinese herbs, and acupuncture, are able to greatly lessen or eliminate premenstrual discomfort.

Liver Function

The liver, in Chinese medicine, is the organ that regulates the free flow of menstruation. During the menstrual cycle large fluctuations in the levels of hormone add to the burden of detoxification of the hormones by the liver. Diet, emotions, and stress can impair the function of the liver, which contributes to PMS.

In most instances, PMS entails some degree of liver chi stagnation. Symptoms of signs of this stagnation include stomach bloating, rib side discomfort, alternating episodes of loose stools and constipation, frustration, and irritability.

A Chinese study headed by Chou discovered that women manifesting such signs during PMS experienced constant low levels and substantial low peak secretions of progesterone and estradiol during both the preovulatory (follicular) and (postovulatory (luteal) phases.

Cholesterol which forms the basis for production of progesterone and estradiol is produced in the body by the liver. A weak functioning liver will not produce enough cholesterol which may affect hormone production required for a smooth menstrual cycle.

Bile which is important for the smooth digestion of fats is produced and released also by the liver; if bile flow is weak it causes poor digestion of fat which in turn will lead to stomach bloating. Bile is also essential for a smooth bowel movement to eliminate waste matter. A weak functioning liver will result in constipation and bloating.


A female’s caloric needs can rise as high as 500 calories a day during the premenstrual phase. If she fails to boost her consumption of food intake appropriately using nutrient-rich foods especially high quality carbohydrates, she may experience food cravings, particularly for fat and sugar.

Refined vegetable oils, sweeteners, and sugar all contribute to increased blood viscosity and inflammation, while providing zero micronutrients important essential for healthy hormone production or liver function.

Herbal Medicine

PMS treatment using herbal medicine aims to stimulate digestion, improve the liver functions, boosting female hormone levels and facilitate the assimilation of foods (notably fats),. Practitioners utilize herbs such as peppermint, root of angelica, and bupleurum root to attain these goals.

The researchers reported the study’s outcomes the treated 61 Australian women suffering from PMS with either sugar pill (placebo) or Chinese herbal medicine. After three months, the results showed significant differences in scores between placebo and Chinese herbal medicine in premenstrual psychological and physical PMS symptoms (anger, anxiety, and depression) favoring herbal therapy.


PMS symptoms can be relieved with acupuncture treatment in Fort Lauderdale as it can stimulate endocrine, digestive, and liver function, induce a parasympathetic response, and release body tension.

A Chinese study headed by Yu analyzed eight controlled clinical trials involving 807 women who were all suffering from PMS. Seven out the eight studies revealed that acupuncture had far superior therapeutic results compared to Chinese herbs and Western medicine.

23. March 2017 · Comments Off on Five Less-Known Facts About Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture

Most of you may have read something about acupuncture by now, or you might have an idea of what it is. Still, there might be some questions regarding its authority and authenticity when it comes to healing diseases. For one, people need to understand the fundamentals of acupuncture and maybe they could begin to appreciate its healing qualities. The following are a few facts about acupuncture that can guide and enlighten you:

1. Acupuncture’s origins came from China more than three thousand years ago. Today the whole world uses it. Most people recognize its importance, not just in Oriental traditional medicine, but also in Western medicine.

2. Acupuncture treatment involves the use of acupuncture needles, and other tools to help jumpstart the healing processes of the body. When it comes to needles, many people have preconceived notions; however, these needles are extremely fine that no pain is felt by the patient during a session.

3. Meridians or energy channels are used to map out the different systems of the body which the acupuncturists utilize to determine the flow of qi. Pressure points or acupoints are found within these meridians. These are where needles are inserted to stimulate or balance the qi flow.

4. During acupuncture, pressure is required in order to stimulate the energy channels.

5. Several research efforts show that the number of illnesses that can be healed through acupuncture is rising steadily. Depending on the severity, these maladies are caused by either a blockage of qi blockage or imbalance in qi flow.

No person can force another person to undergo something that he doesn’t believe in regardless if it has the power resolve or even cure his problem.

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Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
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16. March 2017 · Comments Off on Important Reasons Why You Should Consider Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Your Back Pain Problems · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Arthritis, joint pain, chronic pain, and most especially lower back pain, are some of the most common reasons why patients seek-out acupuncture treatments. For a lot of these people, Chinese medicine and acupuncture have been extremely beneficial in the relief of their pain. The question is, will it work for you?

Chinese Medicine and Pain

Joint and/or musculoskeletal pain, in Chinese medicine, is referred to as bi syndrome. Bi means blockage or obstruction In Chinese medicine terminology. The blockage will present with symptoms manifesting qualities that cause the person to feel hot or fixed, stabbing or achy pain. Some sufferers may experience some relief with rest while others may favorably respond to exercise or movement. A lot of joint or musculoskeletal disorders are set up into a subcategory of bi syndrome. The correct combination of herbal remedies and acupuncture treatment is ensured when a correct diagnosis of the kind of bi being experienced by the patient has been made. This helps alleviate and clear out the blockage of blood and qi in the problem area.

How Does Acupuncture in Boca Raton Treat Back Pain?

The local areas where the inflammation and constriction is found are known as trigger points. Acupuncture works to deactivate and eliminate these points. The pain pattern of each patient may dictate the point where the acupuncturist places the needles.

The use of both acupuncture and other forms of Chinese natural medicine facilitates healing in two ways:

1. First, pain is relieved by acupuncture’s ability to resolve stagnation, local congestion, and inflammation.

2. After the restoration of local circulation, the next task is to nourish the muscular structure, discs, and tendons to return the patient to a more subtle and mobile state.

Practitioners of Chinese medicine believe that certain muscles can ‘throw off’ patterns of pain in certain parts of the body not affected directly by inflammation or constriction. A qualified acupuncturist is well versed in the techniques of trigger point deactivation and is more than able to identify these patterns. He/she then will place needles both distal to and nearby the painful area. This strategy gives the acupuncturist a way to tap on the meridian system of the patient’s body to treat local pain while at the same time addressing power currents deep within the body to resolve the origin of the back pain.

Studies Supporting Acupuncture’s Viability as a Treatment for Back Pain

The AIM or Archives of Internal Medicine recently published a study showing acupuncture’s superiority over allopathic treatment in relieving back pain. Sponsored by the NIH (National Institutes of Wellness) the study had 638 participants who were all suffering from back pain, and were divided into three groups. One group received no acupuncture but continued to receive conventional treatment (physical therapy or medications), one group was given placebo treatment in which the skin was stimulated but not pierced and the final group received real acupuncture.

Seven weeks later, the group that was treated with real acupuncture experienced more significant and greater improvement in their back pain compared to the group that continued their conventional therapy and the placebo group. Even the placebo group experienced significant positive results.

The results of the placebo group raised questions about the workings of acupuncture, and what it is about the therapy that sets off recovery. Around 60% of the people in the real acupuncture treatment group experienced improvements compared to the 39% of the usual-care group.

Why Use Acupuncture for Treating Low Back Pain?

It’s believed that around $40 billion is spent each year in the US for healthcare treatment of back pain and that practically 85% of all Americans will experience this condition at least once during their lifetime. Anyone who has experienced this exhausting chronic ailment knows that good and safe modalities are needed for back pain. Acupuncture is truly a cost-effective and secure option for people seeking relief from their conditions.

Being a chronic pain specialist myself, I’ve literally spent hundreds of hours training with Chinese Medicine practitioners and acupuncturists to find out how to get the most out of these treatments in order to relieve, over the long-term, the pain suffered by my patients. There are still a lot of people who are skeptical about other types of treatments for back pain, but now, there’s growing evidence that acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be a potent way of alleviating pain and providing a long-term successful treatment regimen to keep patients pain-free, happy, and healthy.

16. March 2017 · Comments Off on Manage Anger with Acupuncture and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Both Western and Eastern medicine view frequent anger to be a destructive emotion and when a person is constantly angry, the anger can become a part of his life and the person then uses it as the main way to deal with anxieties or emotionally-charged situations. Anger can then be the person’s main personality trait instead of it being an occasional feeling. And since this emotion is usually accompanied by everything from irritation to aggression and hostility, it can have serious repercussions on one’s mental health, daily life, and relationships.

Constant feelings of anger may also affect the body in a variety of ways. Blood pressure, body temperature, heart rate all increase while one experiences anger. Also, there is an increased likelihood of a disease arising in which there is a deficit in oxygen in the cardiac muscles that pump the heart. This condition is known as myocardial ischemia and it can lead to problems such as clogged arteries, and heart attacks and conditions associated with cardiovascular disease.

To completely understand the relationship between acupuncture and anger management, more research is needed. That being said, acupuncture in Cleveland has been shown to relieve successfully emotional problems such as depression and anxiety. Both acupuncture and Chinese medicine follow a philosophy that’s centered on the idea that if the emotions are out of balance, the person may then exhibit improper reactions that disturb his/her general health. According to this idea, rectifying blocked or unstable energy may decrease the likelihood of a specific emotional problem such as anger. Obviously, a clinical evaluation and cognitive behavioral therapy are required and are the first steps for resolving issues related to constant anger. Besides therapy and acupuncture, individuals who are striving to get control of their anger may find the following tips helpful:

• As a way to both release tension and improve your mood, think about increasing your physical activity with regular exercise.
• As a way to tame angry thoughts when beginning to feel angry, try positive self-talk and deep breathing. Deeply breathe from your diaphragm. Concentrate on repeating slowly a calm phrase/word like ‘chill,’ ‘take it easy,’ or ‘relax’. Repeat as long as necessary your intentional breathing and your phrase until the anger abates.
• Keep a diary, a record, or a journal of the times when you feel angry so you may be able to recognize possible emotional triggers and patterns and track when you are having angry thoughts.
• Learn to discover humor in different situations and how to laugh at yourself.
• Avoid drinking too much alcohol and stay away from recreational drugs. They can significantly reduce your ability to handle frustration.

It’s much healthier to express anger than to suppress it within; however, it is important to express your feelings in a calm way without becoming hostile or defensive. Consult a professional therapist or do some research to discover about anger management skills and positive forms of assertiveness.

Learning what acupuncture is can be a proactive and positive step if you are searching for ways to deal with emotional stress and anger. Talk to a qualified acupuncturist who will be able to explain the ins and outs of acupuncture and answer your questions regarding anger management.

09. March 2017 · Comments Off on Acupuncture May Be Your Only Hope If You Suffer from Retinitis Pigmentosa · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Imagine yourself going completely blind by the time you cross the age of sixty. Since 1 in 4000 people do go blind by the time they reach 60 you just might be one of the unluckiest people on earth. Retinitis Pigmentosa is the medical term of a special eye abnormality that tends to make people go completely blind due to the degeneration of their retina. Retinitis Pigmentosa or RP, for short, is a dreadful disease that unfortunately isn’t fully curable if you opt for the conventional medicinal approach that most of the world uses. Fortunately, the Chinese medicine technique known as acupuncture has a remedy to this rare eye problem.

Retinitis Pigmentosa acupuncture treatment in Bellmore may seem to be the only hope for a lot, if not all, of RP sufferers. A recent Austrian study showed that use of acupuncture needle in the essential stage boosts the blood flow to the critical artery known as the supratrochlear artery. This has had a positive effect that has stopped the progression of the disease. These results provide hope for those stricken with RP. The procedure used in this study is known as Micro Acupuncture for Retinitis and has actually been used by a few highly skilled acupuncturists who studied, tried the procedure and have honed their skills over the years. Nowadays, we hear about eye surgeons studying and training to be able to perform Micro Acupuncture For Retinitis in order to help prevent their patients from losing their eyesight.

09. March 2017 · Comments Off on Western Medicine and Chinese Medicine Combined Can Help Treat Nerve Damage · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Nerve damage is a an extremely variable condition that can manifest in loss of or limited range of motion, tingling, numbness, pain, and a host of other symptoms depending on what nerves are affected. Treatment typically is conducted by a neurologist in order to determine what approach needs to be used: medications like oral or nerve blocks, electrical stimulation methods, physical therapy, or surgery. Prognosis for recovery, the sooner treatment begins the better the chance for recovery.

Chinese medicine categorizes nerve damage depending on the main symptoms, and these categorizations are usually given names of things similar to things we see in nature. Typical presentations in Chinese medicine terminology include:

• Phlegm: For conditions caused by growths and numbness
• Cold: For conditions that get worse during certain seasons usually manifesting as sinew and muscle contraction and throbbing and sharp pain.
• Damp: For conditions that result in quick fatigue, swelling, extreme or dull achy pain, or tingling.
• Wind: For conditions that cause stiffness, uncontrolled movement, spasm, or muscle twitching.

Acupuncture treatments using the Plum Blossom needle approach sometimes used for nerve damage can vary just about as much as the symptoms. This approach goes beyond the mere sticking of needles. Electroacupuncture, for example, is one type of acupuncture treatment that’s used to treat very stubborn pain, sensation problems, and loss of range of motion. This is a treatment that helps promote or steer nerve growth, and can be effective used for long-term neuropathy in any peripheral nerve or for neuralgia.

Like acupuncture, moxibustion is another Chinese medicine treatment that’s heat-based and involves the burning of moxa herbs. It is frequently used for tingling, fatigue, or spasm to treat fluid congestion and halt inflammatory cycles that may interfere with nerve activity. The plum blossom needle approach uses a small hammer with blunt metal ends that is tapped against the skin. It helps stimulate sensory nerve regeneration in small regions and can alleviate pain caused by inflammation or post-herpetic neuralgia and other febrile-based conditions.

It can be quite a challenging experience when dealing with nervous system disorders and nerve damage. Oftentimes, these conditions take a long time to resolve especially if they have been left untreated for several years. People who seek treatment usually go for both Western and Eastern medicine approaches ASAP in order to completely recover. An acupuncturist uses the knowledge of Chinese medicine to attend to the whole constitution of the patient, while both medical systems can work on the issue at hand.

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09. March 2017 · Comments Off on The NIH, Acupuncture Treatment, and Dysmenorrhea · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

In a release of a recent clinical study’s results on the effectiveness of acupuncture for the relief of dysmenorrhea pain in the Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the positive effects of this millennia-old Chinese alternative therapy were verified. The positive reaction of patients suffering from menstrual pain who were administered with acupuncture treatment in Pembroke Pine demonstrated the high level of efficacy of this treatment.

Marked by the development of painful menstrual cramps, dysmenorrhea is a condition that can be categorized either primary or secondary. Dysmenorrhea of the primary type cannot be attributed to any determined pelvic causation; secondary dysmenorrhea, on the other hand, can be determined by a specific pelvic pathology. Both types of dysmenorrhea have one common shared symptom and that is pain that usually is impervious to the effects of NSAID drugs in one out of every four cases.

The aforementioned clinical study involved the participation of patients who were suffering from moderate to severe form of dysmenorrhea who have had the condition for a minimum of one year from the beginning of the study and had no positive results from NSAID drugs.. All subjects were treated with acupuncture once a week for eight weeks. They all underwent a 30-minute session in which reed-thin acupuncture needles were stuck in pre-determined acupuncture points on the body.

Thirteen out of the fifteen patients who participated in the study exhibited significant positive results from acupuncture and reported a substantial decrease in pain related to their dysmenorrhea. Said subjects also reported a decrease in the use of NSAID medications following positive response to the alternative therapy. A considerable decrease in pain was reported by subjects having the primary type of dysmenorrhea. Seven out of 15 completely suspended their use of NSAIDs and instead solely relied on acupuncture. Six months later after they ended their use of NSAIDs, in follow-up treatment, the subjects remained free of symptoms.

The NIH (National Institute of Health) has officially recognized acupuncture as a mode of treatment that shows empirical pain-relieving qualities. The institute has endorsed this Eastern form of medicine for various medical problems, including dysmenorrhea. This alternative therapy has one major advantage and that it is virtually devoid of any negative reactions or events. Medical practitioners and professionals also deem it to be a non-invasive and very safe type of healing. Experts, in fact, believe that technique of inserting needles on strategic acupoints on the body help boost normal blood flow, especially in the parts of the body required for treatment.