29. June 2017 · Comments Off on Traditional Chinese Medicine And Acupuncture, A Safe Way To Address Carpal Tunnel Syndrome · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

You could be suffering from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome if you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms:

 Have difficulty holding even small objects
 Pain that travels from the wrist to the shoulder
 Tingling sensation in your fingers and hand

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is an uncomfortable and, at times, disabling condition that an estimated five million Americans suffer from.

Fortunately, there are several treatments that can help and certain lifestyle changes may also alleviate the symptoms. Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture can effectively heal Carpal Tunnel Syndrome minus the side effects and harmful drugs.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Your wrist is where the carpal tunnel is located. This (carpal tunnel) is a narrow pathway shielding the median nerve which stimulates the hand and the tendons that control the function of the fingers. The median is responsible for the movements of the muscles and sensations in the hand. If an injury or swelling constricts the carpal tunnel, pressure bears on the nerve impinging and compressing it. This can result in severe weakness, pain, and numbness in the hands.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be brought on by various causes, although it is mainly the result of repetitive extension and flexion of the tendons in the wrists and hands, especially when done for extended periods, resulting in RSI or Repetitive Stress Injury.

A dull pain in the wrist that progressively worsens is usually the beginning of the symptoms. Other symptoms can involve:

 Numbness, burning or tingling sensations in the hand or fingers
 Loss of sensation of the fingers
 difficulty holding objects and weakness in the hands
 Pain traveling from the wrist to the arm and the shoulder or into the fingers or palm

Acupuncture Treatment in Fremont for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Normally, Western conventional treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome depends on the severity of the patient’s symptoms, and may include corticosteroids or inflammatory medications to alleviate the swelling and pain as well as immobilizing the hand and wrist, and in severe cases, surgery. Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture can be used as an adjunct to Western treatments to address the symptoms.

Research indicates that acupuncture can be used to stimulate a hormone that decreases inflammation (cortisol) and lessens soft tissue swelling. Since Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the result of soft tissue swelling that causes carpal tunnel inflammation, acupuncture can surely work in healing the problem. Apart from improving Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, acupuncture can also relieve other symptoms usually related to this condition like shoulder stiffness, neck pain, and headaches. More importantly, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture can help calm the emotional stress of living with this painful ailment.

A customized plan of treatment will be formulated by your acupuncturist meant to heal the imbalances in your body. The treatment involves the application of sterile thin needles into specific acupuncture points along the meridians to remove pain and strengthen and support your body.

Usually, as part of your treatment plan, your acupuncturist will also use stretching, massage, vitamin supplements, and herbal remedies.

Traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture provide a natural, pain-free, and safe way to address Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. You’ll be able to recover from this condition, with the right care. As you go on with your treatment, along with your symptoms, you may even see your wellbeing and overall health improve.

Self-care Tips to Live a Life Free of Pain:

 Consider yoga to enhances your strength and flexible
 During the day, take plenty of breaks, especially if you perform repetitive tasks
 Talk to an ergonomics specialist if you work at a computer. This will help guarantee your workstation is properly set up
 Talk to your practitioner about Omega-3 fatty acids, B2, B6 and other supplements to alleviate inflammation and numbness
 Throughout the day, remember to gently stretch your shoulders, arms, and hands

29. June 2017 · Comments Off on Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs To Cure Secondary Amenorrhea · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

In Chinese, amenorrhea or absence of menstruation is called Bi Jing. Bi and Jing translate to ‘closed’ and ‘menstruation’ respectively. There are two kinds of amenorrhea:

1. Primary Amenorrhea – This relatively rare form of amenorrhea occurs when a woman who has reached 17 years of age has yet to experience a menstruation. Primary amenorrhea can be due to an eating disorder, a serious health condition, brain tumor, endocrine dysfunction, or an anatomical or genetic abnormality.

2. Secondary Amenorrhea – Can be diagnosed when a woman who has been experiencing normal menstrual cycles suddenly stopped having them for three months or more. Secondary amenorrhea can be due to anorexia or weight loss and irregular production of hormones in the uterus, ovaries, or the brain

Amenorrhea can also normally occur when a woman is pregnant or when she is breastfeeding. Her menstrual cycle resumes once her pregnancy and breastfeeding are over.

Secondary amenorrhea can be very effectively addressed using Chinese herbal medicine. But prior to the start of treatment, your practitioner first needs to rule out any serious condition or pregnancy in you. There are herbs designed to remedy amenorrhea but a lot of them are contraindicated for pregnant women, therefore, caution always needs to be taken when using these herbs.

Each women experience menses, pregnancy, delivery, and lactation in her own unique way. Blood, in Chinese medicine, is the basic element these functions all share in common. In Chinese medicine, there is a saying that goes like this: “For men, vital energy or Qi is the most important aspect of the body; for women, it is blood”.

Amenorrhea can be caused several different factors. They include oral contraceptives, too much work, diet, hereditary weakness, too much exercise of physical work, and emotional stress.

According to Chinese medicine, the body has two main organs that play a role in the development of amenorrhea. They are the Kidneys and Liver.

The Kidneys are where Jing or essence resides. Jing is an indispensable and fundamental substance of life. It is inherited to the fetus by the parents during conception. The baby will be strong if the Jing is strong. The basis of a person’s mental and physical development, sexual function, maturation into adulthood, and goring old healthy is Jing. This essence also plays a major role in the formation of menstrual blood, which means that a woman may be unable to experience normal periods if her Jing is too weak. Jing can be beefed up by following a healthy lifestyle and diet.

The Liver is the organ system that calms the emotion and is where blood is stored. Therefore, when a woman has deficient Liver Blood, it means that she has not enough blood in her body that would allow her to menstruate. Usually, if a person has deficient blood, he or she also has deficient Qi. It is also Liver that makes it possible for Qi to circulate throughout the body. This organ system can be damaged by strong emotions such as sadness, anger, and stress, causing the flow of Qi to slow down and stagnate, and can interrupt a woman’s monthly cycle.

The supply of Qi and Blood can be built up with Chinese herbal medicine. This treatment can also help relieve stress and rebalance the hormones of a person. Since a woman’s body can return to a state of balance and health with the help of acupuncture in Overland Park and Chinese herbs, she may experience normal monthly periods once again.

29. June 2017 · Comments Off on Chinese Herbs And Acupuncture Are Perfect Combo Treatments For PCOS · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Combined with exercise and a healthy diet, Chinese herbs and acupuncture treatments are giving women the power to overcome PCOS, helping them to lead more satisfying and healthier lives.

Treating PCOS with Chinese herbs and acupuncture in women who are trying to become pregnant, through IVF/ IUI therapies or naturally, enables them to achieve overall balance and fertility, as it regulates their menstrual cycle and balances their hormones.

As it stands today, PCOS has still no cure; fortunately, Chinese medicine offers various helpful ways to manage this condition.

Acupuncturists are well-trained and highly skilled in assisting PCOS patients to regain their regular menstrual periods and several of these patients attain pregnancy naturally via natural therapies that include acupuncture, dietary changes, and Chinese herbs.

An Overview of Ovarian Physiology

The two organs on each side of a woman’s uterus are called the ovaries and they contain tiny sacs that hold the eggs and with fluid known as cysts. Around thirty days, twenty or so eggs begin to ripen but only one egg usually fully matures; when an egg fully ripens or matures, the follicle opens up and releases that egg. The completely ripened egg then enters the fallopian tube and goes to the uterus for potential fertilization and implantation.

PCOS Condition in Women – An Overview

When a woman suffers from PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), her eggs have problems fully maturing because the hormones needed for them to fully mature are inadequate. Follicles can commence growth and accumulate fluid; however, not a single follicle can grow large enough and so the follicles remain as cysts/ sacs. Ovulation cannot take place since the follicles are not large enough and no egg can mature nor can one be released.

PCOS can appear as white, shiny, thick coating on the surface of the ovary superimposed on several rows of cysts. This condition affects about six million women in the United States and is considered to be the number one hormonal disorder seen in women of reproductive age today.

What Causes PCOS?

Although no one knows what exactly causes PCOS, studies indicate that a lot of sufferers tend to show lowered sensitivity to insulin. Insulin’s effect on sugar and other processes is not efficient enough when cells become resistant to insulin. Therefore, to make certain enough sugar is absorbed by the body, more insulin than normal needs to be produced by the body. This results in high levels of insulin in the blood that causes the ovaries to produce more than enough androgens (male hormones) resulting in hormonal imbalances that, in turn cause the PCOS symptoms.

PCOS Symptoms and Signs

Because PCOS has multiple symptoms that may seem unrelated, it is deemed a syndrome. This is one reason why it usually is misdiagnosed or undiagnosed.

Symptoms include:

o Zero or infrequent ovulation
o Irregular menstruation (irregular menses and/or zero menstrual periods, irregular menstrual periods)
o Obesity or weight gain
o Inefficient use of insulin in the body, too much production of insulin, and history of diabetes
o High amounts of male hormones, known as androgens in the body that can result in excessive growth of body and facial hair (especially in the back, nipple area, stomach, chest, or face)
o Patches of black or brown thickened skin on the armpits, groins, folds of the skin, or neck
o Dandruff, oily skin, or acne
o Tiny excess flaps of skin or skin tags in the area of the neck or in the armpits

How Can PCOS Contribute to Infertility?

Obviously, the likelihood of a women’s egg being fertilized is significantly lessened if she’s not able to regularly ovulate every month. If the egg cannot be released, it cannot be fertilized and eventually implanted into the uterus. The menstrual cycle of a woman with PCOS becomes less predictable and more erratic because her condition affects the state of her endometrium and the quality of her follicle. Women suffering from PCOS usually will manifest very heavy bleeding and have very long cycles. They may also experience zero ovulation (amenorrhea) with sparse bleeding or missed periods (amenorrhea). Chinese herbs and acupuncture can help restore harmony to the hormonal cycles and normalize menstrual cycle of the body.

How Do Chinese Herbs and Pembroke Pines’ Acupuncture Treat PCOS?

Chinese herbs and acupuncture provide people with a natural, drug-free, effective, and safe holistic body approach to PCOS. These two natural modalities help restore balance and beef up the body’s hormonal systems, curing PCOS and promoting conception as well as a problem-free pregnancy.

Chinese Medicine Etiology of PCOS

The treatment of PCOS, in traditional Chinese medicine, starts with an exact diagnosis of the underlying cause of the condition. PCOS can either be caused by a deficiency, an excess, or a combination of both.

For PCOS caused by a deficiency, excess, or a combination of both, Chinese herbs and acupuncture are very good effective treatments.

Deficient conditions:

o Spleen qi deficiency
o Kidney yin deficiency
o Kidney yang deficiency

Excess conditions:

o Blood stasis
o Liver qi stasis
o Phlegm dampness

Note: In most cases of PCOS, sufferers are often diagnosed with both deficient and excess conditions as the underlying causes of their problem.

Self-Care Tips to Prevent, Manage, or Cure Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

1. Refrain from eating foods that bring about insulin resistance. They include refined carbohydrates, fruit juice, soda, artificial sweeteners, and sugar. Only consume brown rice, oatmeal, or whole wheat or grains

2. Eat organic foods as much as possible. Stay away from GMOs and processed foods. People suffering from PCOS already have a chemical and/or hormonal imbalance, and these can only worsen when they eat processed foods that contain artificial colorings, additives, and chemicals

3. Eat EFAs (Essential Fatty Acids). These foods can help normalize hormonal balance, which is extremely important when trying to conceive. Eat lots of fresh vegetables that are rich with EFA. They include dark green veggies, carrots, cauliflower, and broccoli

4. Stop drinking ice cold drinks and eating cold food. Cold drinks and food slow down metabolism and take the food longer to digest as they slow down peristalsis. People suffering from PCOS also typically manifest a low metabolism

5. Stop smoking or don’t smoke cigarettes. Smoking can cause early menopause, pelvic infection, cervical cancer, and may negatively impact the fertility in tubal pregnancies

6. Stop drinking too much alcohol. Alcohol is one of the most common causes of irregular hormonal balance in women

22. June 2017 · Comments Off on Can Acupuncture Be Used to Help Treat Children with Cerebral Palsy? · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Acupuncture is a Chinese form of complementary therapy that is meant to alleviate pain and treat disease. For some, this treatment is a means of relief from ailments and used as an alternative to NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs),acetaminophen, and other -the-counter drugs. Acupuncture is most commonly used for neck pain, joint pain, back pain, and headaches.

Despite the frigid treatment acupuncture has gotten from the medical community in the United States, it is widely deemed to be a healing tradition than a medical treatment.

Acupuncture is a relatively new treatment for children and adults suffering from Cerebral Palsy. Research efforts are ongoing to see if it has any effect against the various symptoms of Cerebral Palsy. Some of those researches examined the treatment’s efficacy for hypertonicity, repair of brain injury, and chronic pain relief.

A few studies have actually been undertaken to test acupuncture’s impact on Cerebral Palsy; however, in at least one formal study done by the University of Arizona in conjunction with the United States National Institutes of Health, which is a branch of the US Department of Health and Human Services, it was seen that acupuncture works in decreasing muscle hypertonicity in children that resulted in the alleviation of muscle discomfort, pain, and tension.

China has also released the results of a clinical study revealing that acupuncture speeds up the healing and recovery of injured brain nerves and restores normal brain function of children with Cerebral Palsy.

Although more research is needed to further validate the effectiveness of acupuncture as a viable alternative treatment for chronic pain in people with Cerebral Palsy, some studies also indicate the treatment’s ability to alleviate pain associated with other conditions, like postsurgical dental pain, osteoarthritis, myofascial pain, headaches, chronic pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

There are several theories that attempt to explain why acupuncture treatment developed; however, no record exists regarding how acupuncture evolved and developed or why it was used.

Acupuncture became a household word in the United States in the early 1970s.Thistriggered the popularity of the other complementary and alternative therapies in this country.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture in its most conventional form, is done by practitioners whose main tools are small slender needles to penetrate the skin at certain points on the body. According to Chinese medicine theory, when a needle is inserted into a certain point, it influences the movement of life force or qi that courses through our body via energetic pathways called meridians.

Acupunctureis premised on the principle that all functions of the body are influenced by qi, and if disturbances in this flow occur, it can lead to pain and other maladies; when needles are inserted into specified acupoints, that flow is reestablished, enhanced, or opened.

The Five main functions of qi are:

 Warming of the limbs
 Actuation, or encouraging blood and qi flow by stimulating certain processes in the body
 Defense, against spiritual or pathogenic infiltrators
 Conversion of air, drink, and food to energy or qi to boost circulation into the meridians of the body
 Containment of body fluids

There are 12 main meridians in the human body, eight are deemed essential or “extraordinary,” to the existence of qi. Meridians are named for the organ systems or parts of the body they are located in.

In Western medicine, there is no physiological counterpart to qi. Practitionerstoday mainly use acupoints located on the hands, legs, neck, and head. The exact number of acupoints or pressure points in the human body is still not known although it is believed to be in the hundreds.

Under the skilled hands of a qualified and licensed practitioner, acupuncture is considered to be quite non-invasive; the needles used are a fraction the size of hypodermic needles, and are never applied deeply into the skin.

Acupuncture is used as a remedy for a variety of health conditions. Some of the conditions it is commonly used for include:

 Bell’s palsy
 Arthritis
 Fibromyalgia
 Drug addiction
 Cancer
 Depression
 Insomnia
 Anxiety
 Muscle tightness and pain

How is acupuncture done?

In your first appointment, your acupuncturist will evaluate you. Most likely, he/she will question you about your symptoms and medical history to see if acupuncture is the right therapyfor your needs.

Afterwards, a physical examination will be conducted to help your acupuncturist determine what acupoints should be used. This examination will involve your

 Pulse
 Breathing capabilities
 Heart rate
 Tongue
 Face

After all the information is gathered, a plan of treatment is established. The pressure points that were selected based on the results of your examination will be stuck with thin small needles. A plastic tube is used to guide the needles into the acupoints. The needles are manipulated through twists and/or up and down motions. The thinness of the needles makes the insertion process virtually painless.

During an acupuncture session, the following modes of treatment may also be performed:

Moxibustion – This is a type of Chinese medicine treatment in which a moxa herb is burnt near an affected site to warm the skin and enhance blood and qi flow

Acupressure – This procedure is similar to acupuncture but instead of needles, manual pressure is used to activate the acupoints

Sonopuncture – This is a type of acupuncture that uses sound to stimulate the pressure points

Electropuncture – This treatment uses electrically-charged needles to stimulate the acupoints

What benefits can acupuncture give to children suffering from Cerebral Palsy?

Part of Cerebral Palsy treatment is to find new ways to better manage the many physical symptoms. Many believe that acupuncture is one potentially viable remedy.

The aforementioned University of Arizona and National Institutes of Health study is by far the most comprehensive study of children and acupuncture. Several children were involved in the study whose aim was to see to what degree muscle hypertonicity could be cured.

In the study, there was a 5-year-old child suffering from extremely tight muscles that were hindering the growth of his internal organs. The child’s affect was rather flat and he showed limited vocal ability. He was administered with acupuncture for a few hours that treated seven meridians located on his upper and lower extremities. According to researchers the child experienced a short term reduction in hypertonicity.

The child started to cry during the second treatment because of the insertion of the needles, and the researchers promptly removed the needles and stopped the treatment.

Instead of traditional body acupuncture, ear or auricular acupuncture without needles was used on the child. The treatment made his muscles relax. Anear probe was used to stimulate the acupoints on the ear. After 16 sessions, the limb thrusting of the child decreased by 50 percent.

The Health Sciences Center of the University of Arizona did a randomized controlled trial that showed acupuncture alleviating the symptoms of children suffering from spastic Cerebral Palsy. children ages 12 – 72 months with spasticity was involved in the blind evaluation trial.

One group of children experienced an enhancement in their gross motor function after four months of acupuncture treatmentexceeding the expectations of the researchers. The study concluded that,if done early and correctly, acupuncture can help improve the physical function of children stricken with Cerebral Palsy, although more research still needs to be done.

Laser acupuncture is one area of promise. Instead of needles, it uses pulsating low energy laser beams to target and stimulate the pressure points.The laser beam is aimed at a specific point to generate the same effects as a needle. In China, a study was done on 30 children with brain damage. They experienced improvements in blood circulation to the brain after receiving laser acupuncture on several acupoints on the scalp. This led to an improvement in their physical function.

Where is acupuncture conducted?

Nowadays, acupuncture treatment is usually conducted at wellness centers and specialized clinics that offer the treatment. Since US doctors have not embraced acupuncture as a full-fledged medical treatment, you many not likely see it being performed in a doctor’s office. Be that as it may, all types of therapies whether alternative or conventional should be known by your primary care provider so that he/she can coordinate with the other health professionalsinvolved.

How effective is acupuncture?

Throughout the years, acupuncture has slowly gained adherents in America and in other countries; however, four decades later its effectiveness in relieving symptoms and remedying illnesses is still a matter of serious debate.

The medical establishment has advocated one theory as to how acupuncture works. They believe that its effect on the body is attributed to a placebo effect. This means that when acupuncture treats illness or relieves chronic pain, this is just the result of pure imagination on the part of the patient. A lot of medical reviews have shown that people have experienced symptomatic relief by undergoing the procedure, and they include those brought on by serious illnesses including headaches, migraines, or arthritis. Other studies have suggested that acupuncture plays a key role in the improvement of fertility.
Another Western medical theory suggests that acupuncture promotes the release of endorphins in the bloodstream that leads to temporal amelioration of pain and other physical symptoms.

The University of Arizona /NIH study on children with Cerebral Palsy proved that acupuncture can help decrease muscle hypertoncity in children.

Doesacupuncture carry any risks?

After more than four decades, fierce debate still rages regarding the efficacy of acupuncture. Although only a few research has been doneon the safety of body and mind practices for children, the NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) states, “When conducted by properly trained practitioners, acupuncture appears to be safe for most children; but the conclusion of a 2011 research review revealed that adverse side effects can happen when the treatment is performed by poorly trained practitioners.”

Acupuncture cannot be considered free of risks because it entails the sticking of needles into a person’s skin.

Theseare the typical risks related to acupuncture treatment:

 Site injury
 Pain
 Dizziness
 Hematoma
 Bleeding
 Transmission of diseases
 Infection

Acupuncturists in the United States are required to use sterilized disposable needles only once to minimize the risk of transmission of blood-borne diseases and infection. If a needle is applied too deeply into the skin, there is also the likelihood of site injury which could lead to blood vessel and/or organ damage or head or brain injuries. However, all these very rarely occur if the treatment is done by a fully qualified and licensed practitioner.

What qualifications acupuncturists practicing in the US must meet?

For eligibility to practice in the 50 states,acupuncturists should be able to meet stringent educational requirements. There is a three to fouryear graduate level university program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture or Oriental Medicine that all candidates need to complete. Furthermore, many states require acupuncturists to get certification from the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).

This commission has implemented certain requirements for various certifications. Before a candidate can be eligible to take an examto get certification for pre-graduation, more than 1,485 hours of training is typically required. To practice acupuncture, 870 hours of training in the ACAOM’s Oriental Medicine Program is also required. Then, every two years, sixty more hours of training are required by all licensed acupuncturists in order to re-certify.

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22. June 2017 · Comments Off on Chinese Medicine Treatments for Diabetes · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 diabetes (diabetes mellitus) and Type 2 diabetes (adult onset). In type 1 diabetes, the body is unable to manufacture insulin. People suffering from this condition are insulin dependent. This type of diabetes is found in children and young adults.

Over 15 million Americans are believed to suffer from type-2 diabetes, which is the most common form of diabetes. In this condition, the body uses insulin inefficiently causing it to accumulate in the blood. This insulin buildup can cause complications such as osteoporosis, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, depression, eye problems, fatigue, kidney disease, amputation, periodontal disease, and nervous system disease.

Diabetes is oftentimes a chronic condition, and sufferers are usually able to properly control their condition and with healthy lifestyle changes and the proper medical treatment, they can live healthy, long lives. Chinese herbs and acupuncture can play a major role in an integrated plan of treatment to lessen the need for diabetes drugs as well as to control diabetes and its symptoms.

For more than 2,500 years, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture have been used to treat diabetes. Diabetes is referred to, in Chinese medicine, as a “thirsting and wasting disease.” Its underlying cause is Yin and Qi imbalance causing excess heat in the body that dries up the fluids of the body resulting in heat-like symptoms such as dry mouth, excessive thirst, itchy skin, swollen gums, and irritability.

Tiny needles are inserted into specific points on the body during an acupuncture treatment, to help nourish fluids (Yin) and normalize the flow of vital energy (Qi). Vancouver’s acupuncture diabetes treatment concentrates on the normalization of Qi and blood circulation as well as the dispelling of internal heat, preservation of fluids, and improvement of pancreatic function.

An essential part in the treatment of diabetes, Chinese herbal medicine uses various types of herbal formulas that are oftentimes combined with acupuncture for the treatment of diabetes and its symptoms. Since there may be formulas that may not appropriate for use for every person, it is imperative that a patient confer with a medical physician and a licensed and experienced acupuncturist or Chinese herbalist prior to getting herbal treatment.

1. Six Ingredient Pill with Rehmannia (Liu Wei Di Huang Tang) – This formula relieves symptoms that come with diabetes. They include light headedness, vertigo, weak low back, tinnitus, heat in the five palms (chest, hands, and/or feet), night sweats, and poor hearing.
2. Decoction of White Tiger Plus Ginseng (Bai Hu Jian Ren Sheng Tang) – Assists in the lowering of blood sugar levels by increasing the sugar quantity stored in the liver. This formula alleviates symptoms such as restlessness, fever, profuse sweating, great thirst, general weakness, and general discomfort.
3. Decoction of Minor Bupleurum (Hsiao Chai Hu Tang) -This decoction lowers the rate at which glucose enters the blood after meals. If a diabetic also manifests complication of hepatitis infection or has HIV, this formula can be especially useful.
4. Decoction of Major Bupleurum (Da Chai Hu Tang) – This decoction boosts the efficiency of insulin and lowers the rate of glucose levels in the bloodstream. For diabetics with chronic gastrointestinal conditions, this decoction can be especially useful.

Other natural diabetic treatments that include nutritional supplementation, exercise, and dietary changes can be extremely helpful in the management of type 1 & type 2 diabetes; they may even reverse pre-diabetes.

 A lot of diabetics may experience better control of their glucose by eating a small portion of protein at every meal.
 Juice therapy can be recommended for diabetes –Drink a glass of water added with a juice of one lime in it every day.
 Exercise regularly to reduce fat cells, lower glucose and insulin levels, and to better manage your glucose levels. Gentle exercise such as yoga or walking for 30 minutes each day can help.
 Follow a whole food, organic low-fat, diet that includes whole grains, fruit, vegetables, chicken, and fish that are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. Fiber can help minimize blood sugar surges.
 Eat three meals a day at the appropriate hours. Eat in moderate portions.
 Stay away from alcohol, caffeine, simple sugars (except when you need to balance an insulin reaction), and saturated fats
 Avoid soda pop, fruit juice, candy, white flour, and refined carbohydrates. Xylitol, stevia and other natural sweeteners that are not known to negatively affect blood glucose levels can be used. They can be bought at health food stores.

15. June 2017 · Comments Off on Acupuncture’s Main Goal is To Balance and Increase Your Chi In The Body · Categories: Acupuncture

Having been tested for more than 3,000 years, acupuncture treatment is deemed to be the most trustworthy and efficient way of healing people. It assists in the relief of symptoms of illnesses, reduces pain, and helps in the promotion of health. This style of treatment may seem a bit weird to some people, but with time, they are usually able to appreciate the great healing and even curing ability of this natural ancient Chinese treatment. The main goal of an acupuncturist is to balance and increase chi in your body. In the human body, this “Chi” is the positive energy that flows within. The body becomes weak or falls into illness when chi is imbalanced.

An efficient and experienced acupuncturist uses his/her knowledge to control illness and health by stimulating specific points in the skin where pathways of energy are located. These specific points are known as “acupoints” and they are the parts of the body where needles are inserted. The needle used in acupuncture is as thin as a human hair. Acupuncture procedures nowadays use lasers, magnets, and herbs, instead of needles. These newer approaches are as equally potent as traditional needling acupuncture. They adjust the chi in your body and revitalize your body just as traditional acupuncture does.

Limits of Acupuncture Treatment

These days, a lot of people are now aware that oriental medicine and acupuncture are both powerful healing modalities. As everyone should know, these approaches are neither the sole solutions to all health related problems nor are they easy to follow. Whether they are Oriental or Western types of treatment, all forms of healing methods have their own unique weaknesses and strengths. Therefore, an appropriate Western type of treatment that’s combined with acupuncture treatment is often the best type of treatment a person can get. Acute conditions can be oftentimes properly handled by Western medicine while daily health problems to chronic illnesses can be better addressed with acupuncture and/or Oriental medicine.

Choosing the Right Acupuncturist

In several US states, a person is only allowed to practice acupuncture once he/ she has finished four years of training from any approved school of Oriental Medicine. Once the person passes the state licensed exam for acupuncturists, he/she then is given an L.Ac title, entitling him/her to practice acupuncture in that state. Never settle for an acupuncturist who does not have a state license as this can endanger your health.

Is Acupuncture in Encino A Safe Treatment?

This is a question that is frequently asked by any individual who is considering trying the treatment for the very first time. We can say that you are in safe hands when you are getting treatment from a qualified and licensed acupuncturist who is also efficient. A licensed and qualified acupuncturist is well-trained in treating maladies in the human body and skilled in applying needles into the correct points in a safe and proper way. This acupuncturist only uses needles that are either new and disposable or sterilized.

When a needle is inserted, it should not cause bleeding. The hair-thin needles that are used are inserted into specific acupuncture points safely and with great care. Doctors of Oriental medicine are genuinely concerned about their patients and they are very much aware of the possibility of infections the patient might get from the equipment and the clinic itself. Therefore, they take all the necessary precautions to provide the patient with a healthy and clean atmosphere making the treatment as safe as possible.

Acupuncture Treatment Side Effects

An acupuncturist who has substantial experience and is efficient treats a patient using only materials and equipment that are either for one-time use and disposable or have been pre-sterilized. Acupuncture has no significant side effects whatsoever and is very safe. It helps the patient feel energized and/or relaxed. It’s hard to associate an adverse side effect to this form of treatment.

15. June 2017 · Comments Off on Natural Ways To Prevent and Treat Canker Sores · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags:

Your lips, inner cheeks, and gums can suffer from canker sores. These types of sores are extremely annoying but they usually heal by themselves within one to two weeks. Canker sores are not the same as cold sores that tend to develop on the outside of mouth. You could be suffering from an underlying problem if you get canker sores quite frequently.

Since canker sores are not contagious, kissing your partner while having this condition will not infect your partner; cold sores, however can. If a canker sore develops in the exact same place, a sharp point or ridge on one of your teeth could be the culprit. This problem can be easily resolved by your dentist who can take away the sharp edge.

Mouth ulcers, on the other hand are usually an indication of a problem or malfunction within the digestive or gastrointestinal system.

Canker sore treatments should lead to a fast symptomatic relief and quicker healing. They include:

• Application of Vitamin E oil several times a day, onto the sore
• Application of powdered alum, fresh pericarp under pomegranate fruit fee, wet tea bag, or fresh aloe leaf to the ulcer
• Antacid such as Milk of magnesia which can offset the acidic environment, transforming the pH making the bacteria weak and eventually die
• Topical application of creams or antiseptic liquids: 3 percent hydrogen peroxide rinse, baking soda rinse, home salt, benadryl allergy liquid and other over-the-counter mouth rinses
• Prescription medications such as Tagamet (cimetidine), tetracycline (antibiotic), or a steroid mouth rinse such as Dexamethasone for severe canker sores. However, these drugs may induce dependence and have negative side effects.
• Use of silver nitrate to burn and cauterize the surface tissue of the ulcers
• Use of Maalox and Benadryl (1 to 1 mixture). Gargle the mixture around your mouth and then spit out. Do not ingest any topical creams or solutions.

Way to prevent canker sores:

• Eat fresh active and live culture yogurts each day.
• Use antibiotics only when it is really necessary. Avoid processed and instant foods. They harm the friendly probiotics residing in your gastrointestinal system and may cause acid reflux, indigestion, or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) that may result in mouth ulcer.
• Canker sores can be induced by eating pineapple, mongo, lychee, or red dates therefore, they should not be eaten
• Consume foods rich in nutritional supplements and fiber such as kiwi, berries, papaya, seaweed, kelp, corn silk, turnip, broccoli, artichoke, spinach, rhubarb, kale, cabbage, asparagus, wheat grass, oats, onion, and celery.
• Avoid extreme emotional stress and relax
• Herbal Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) formulas can be used to address the root problems of canker sores
• Canker sores can be further irritated by eating acidic or spicy foods so you need to avoid them
• Canker sores frequently develop after biting the lip or the inside of their cheek accidentally causing lesions and cuts inside the mouth. Therefore, to prevent the occurrence of these sores, chew your food slowly and eat small portions.
• Multiple vitamin supplements such as folic acid, iron, zinc, and vitamin B-12 can help prevent the occurrence of canker sores
• Certain dental procedures and wrongly-fitting dentures may also result in canker sores
• Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently brush your teeth and floss every day. Do not use mouthwashes and toothpastes that contain sodium lauryl sulfate because they can cause canker sores. Use natural toothpaste as much as possible.
• Mouth ulcer can be an early indication of something else wrong in your body. Mouth ulcer that are not caused by underlying health usually occurs three to four times a year and usually lasts a week or less.

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

08. June 2017 · Comments Off on Acupuncture, A Viable Treatment For Childhood Asthma · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Because it is a very safe and effective means of alleviating both acute and chronic, acupuncture is considered to be an ideal mode of treatment in the realm of pediatric healthcare. Nowadays, researchers have explored the use of acupuncture in pediatric healthcare, specifically in relation to asthma. But in order to fully understand acupuncture, we first need to understand what it is and how it works from a physiological perspective. Acupuncture involves the application of very fine needles into “points” on the body in order to alleviate a certain discomfort.

During treatment, the needles are inserted at an average depth of 0.3 to 0.8 of an inch and left in their place for around to 15 to 20 minutes.

How Exactly Does Acupuncture in Orlando for Childhood Asthma Work?

From the viewpoint of modern Western medicine, acupuncture works by stimulating the circulatory and sympathetic nervous systems along with several other bodily systems in given situations. The acupuncture points lie just above the 14 main energy channels in which a system of electromagnetic waves known as Qi or Chi Chinese flows.

The Chinese call asthma “xiao (or Hsiao) chuan”. This means wheezing and dyspnea in English. These two symptoms are considered distinct issues and are treated as such. Wheezing patients usually will also experience shortness of breath.

From a Chinese medicine viewpoint, the pathogenesis and etiology of childhood asthma is due to three factors. One factor is the infiltration of external pathogens which can include allergens such as cigarette smoke, pollen, heat, and cold. Addressing these external pathogenic factors will initially involve an allergy test. If certain allergens are identified, it is essential that any items in the household containing the allergens be removed. In Chinese medicine, asthma with a cold type can cause coughing with clear sputum, rapid breathing, and wheezing among many other signs and symptoms, while asthma with a heat type can lead to a sticky and yellowish sputum and a full cough among other signs and symptoms. Diet is another factor in childhood asthma. In diets that include fried, greasy, or raw foods, or seafoods such as shellfish, the likelihood of an asthma attack is increased. Identifying the foods that exacerbate or trigger childhood asthma and removing them from the diet can work extremely well in preventing asthma or lowering the frequency of attacks. The last factor is the root deficiency. Deficiencies can develop from chronic illnesses or a congenital issue which result in weakness. Weakness within the body can lead to a buildup of phlegm, as the water metabolism of the body is also weakened. In this instance, the lung, which is the storage and production of phlegm, becomes the organ mainly involved in the recurrence of asthma attacks.

There are a number of herbal formulas and acupuncture points that can be used to help treat childhood asthma. Chinese pediatric massage or acupressure may be used in lieu of acupuncture needles based on the health and age of the child. It’s important to seek treatment only from a licensed acupuncturist to prevent any pain, injury or infection during treatment.

08. June 2017 · Comments Off on Integrating Western and Eastern Medicines Can Oftentimes Maximize Healing · Categories: Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a holistic type of medical system that incorporates herbal therapy, Chinese physical therapy (Tui Na), and acupuncture that has been practiced for thousands of years as a way to heal the human body. But since it has not been commercialized and is unfamiliar to most people, it tends to be ignored or overlooked.

Origins

The methods of TCM does not heal the human body per se. It actually aids in healing because the human body really has the ability to heal itself and is ultimately designed to do so. The TCM remedies of herbal medicine and acupuncture help balance the body which leads to healing. They are not designed to treat the symptoms of an illness. Rather, they target the underlying cause of the illness and treat it.

In Chinese medicine theory, the human body is infused with life energy called Qi or Chi. This concept of a universal energy flow is not a new one. In the West, physicists have theorized that matter, which is everything, can be converted into energy and vice versa. Within the body circulates Qi via energy channels called meridians and when this circulation moves without any impediments, the body is in balance. When something stagnates of blocks this circulation, illness occurs.

One good analogy to this circulation or flow is a free-flowing river. The constant flow keeps the water clean and well-oxygenated with the rocks in the river helping filter the water. Then one day, imagine that a branch or a tree has fallen into the river blocking its flow like a mini dam. Water begins to build up in the area where the tree has fallen and flow starts to slow down or even stop. Algae begin to thrive on the rocks and stagnant water. Detritus and debris get ensnared in the dammed up part of the river resulting in bacterial growth that eventually escapes and goes downriver.

TCM Diagnosis and Treatment

The diagnostic procedure of a TCM practitioner is very different from that of a Western-trained medical physician. In TCM diagnosis, there are no blood tests but there is a pulse examination that determines the type of circulation going on inside your body. The quality of your pulse, your pain or pains, and your appearance (condition of your skin, tongue, etc.) are sufficient enough.

Both Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture serve to address qi stagnation and blockages, which may be the underlying root cause of your pain and ailments, and may be simultaneously utilized to treat one or multiple conditions. Acupuncture needles are, for example, used at point(s) where a blockage(s) have developed while herbal formulas are given to boost the movement and flow of blood and qi.

If your TCM physician is a licensed or qualified herbalist, he/she will know how to ideally combine the herbs which may come in the form of ointment, tea, or pills. Don’t expect to find Tylenol or ibuprofen in a Chinese pharmacy. Instead, what you’ll find are herbs… lots and lots of them. Actually, the first pharmaceutical drugs in Western medicine were herbs. But, unfortunately, because Western medicine is mostly driven by profit, it is not interested in curing sickness and disease. It manufactures drugs that are only designed to palliate the symptoms on a short-term basis. This is why more and more people are abandoning “Big Pharma” products and turning to “alternative” and more natural long lasting treatments that sometimes can even cure illnesses.

TCM Therapies

Occasionally, the underlying cause of your pain is a chronic physical condition or an injury. Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, and Chinese physical therapy (tui na) can be just as effective at resolving orthopedic trauma. Most kung fu practitioners and a lot of athletes swear by these treatments.

Injuries may be due to stagnation and blockages, especially in terms of circulation. You could use an herbal ointment to remove those blockages and restore normal blood and qi flow to an injured site such as a sprained ankle. The ointment contains herbs that have their own distinct properties. For example, turmeric boosts circulation and can help alleviate inflammation and when inflammation is reduced, pain is also reduced. Turmeric, therefore, is often contained in ointments designed for pain relief.

In Chinese medicine, therapeutic massage and Tui Na are basically one and the same. The aim of Tui Na is to bring back balance in the body by enhancing blood and qi through the meridians, muscles, and joints.

The Best of Both Worlds

Healing can be maximized when Western and Eastern medicines are integrated. We can incorporate certain aspects of the two systems to attain balance and treat or even cure an illness. In several instances, surgery or a lifetime of taking medication is necessary. When the best practices of Western medicine (including nutrition) is combined with TCM, we oftentimes have all the tools necessary to attain wellness and health.

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

01. June 2017 · Comments Off on Choose the Right Acupuncturist for Your Own Specific Needs · Categories: Acupuncture

Pain is the number one issue against acupuncture treatment for a lot of people who have never tried the treatment. Well, that’s understandable since acupuncture does involve the insertion of needles into your skin.

But for anyone who has had the pleasure of experiencing acupuncture, they would say that it is practically a pleasant and painless procedure. Sure, there may be a few eerie sensations that may be felt such as mild electrical or tingling sensations in parts of your body remote from the site of the insertion. But these effects immediately dissipate a short while after the needles have been inserted or after they have been removed from the body.

A lot of patients claim that acupuncture in Jacksonville can be quite a relaxing experience.

You need not worry at all about safety when acupuncture is performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner. Zero infection is assured with the acupuncturist’s use of disposable, sterile, individually packaged needles.

From its origins in China, the use of acupuncture has spread throughout Asia, then to Europe and then to North America. This treatment has several unique techniques that have been developed in different countries. Ask your acupuncturist what type of acupuncture technique he/she uses. Your acupuncturist would be willing to explain it in detail.

How to Choose the Right Acupuncturist for Your Own Specific Needs

If you are considering getting acupuncture for the first time, you can ask your healthcare provider for referrals. You can also go online and search for an acupuncturist practicing near your area. Once you have found one, you need to question him/her about details of his/her training and experience. You can ask if he or she has any experience treating your specific problem and how long has he/ she been practicing acupuncture.

Your acupuncturist should explain to you in simple terms about what the treatment will entail. This includes the cost of the treatment, how long the treatment will take, and the risks involved. If you are completely satisfied with his/her answers and confident with what the practitioner is recommending, you can then proceed with treatment.

After your first treatment you can begin to expect some positive changes in your symptoms. But you should not be alarmed if the benefits quickly wear off. During the initial phases of the therapy, relief is always temporary. In certain instances, the patient may not experience any relief at all and might have to wait a few days before some results are felt.

The quality of relief and length of time in which symptoms are reduced get much better and much less following each acupuncture session. The results become more definite, until the benefits are maintained as the course of your treatment progresses.

Each person is unique and so the practitioner will design a treatment course that considers the uniqueness of your constitution and symptoms. Never settle for any “off the shelf” solutions. Again, before you proceed, you need to ask some probing questions and need to get satisfactory answers.

One other important thing to note is that you need to finish your course of treatment since this is the only guarantee for long lasting results or even a complete cure of your condition.