10. September 2012 · Comments Off on Acupuncture New York Needles and Pain · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Acupuncture can immediately elicit an image of a person whose face and body is riddled with thin needles.  Of course this will generate horror in some people who imagine the pain of patients with needles stuck in their bodies.  Reality is entirely different.  Acupuncture which is an ancient Chinese healing method is a quite painless procedure, quite different from needles used for vaccination or for blood drawing.  The needles stimulate the nervous system which generates physiological changes that are beneficial to the health of the person.  This treatment can effectively relieve ailments such as fatigue and chronic pain.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) views a person’s good health dependent on the free normal flow of vital force which the Chinese called chi all over the body.  Chi travels throughout the body using energy pathways called meridians or ley lines.  The meridians are believed to lie near the skin and chi flow can be redirected or controlled by non-hollow, filiform and sterile needles inserted on points connected to the meridians called acupuncture points or acupoints.

These theories may be seen as absurd to self-styled experts of Western medical science.  The meridians and chi are concepts that are not evident to the eyes and are not included in the western human anatomy diagram and in biology.  Nevertheless, the meridians and chi which are the foundation of the acupuncture treatment are studied by acupuncturists and the knowledge of chi and the meridians are used to effectively many types of disorders.  Acupuncture, Western researchers argue somehow stimulates the nervous system to produce and release beneficial chemicals that remove pain and help the body heal itself.

There are very small risks if there are at all entailed in acupuncture treatment.  This modality is a natural form of treatment and does not use any kind of pharmaceutical medications (this is the traditional type of acupuncture as opposed to medical acupuncture which integrates medication along with smaller and thinner acupuncture needles).  The risks, if they arise include infections, light bleeding, bruises and small injuries.

In order to get the best acupuncture treatment, be sure to select a licensed acupuncturist or one certified by a government agency.  In the United States this would be the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

As mentioned before the biggest setback for acupuncture is people’s fear of needles.  People in the United States hate pain and are not really that excited to undergo a treatment that uses needles to treat their sickness.  However, for people who have overcome their fear and have tried acupuncture report a slight tingling sensation or even no sensation at all as the needles are inserted into their skin.  All the patient’s fear of needles disappear on the first session.

Acupuncture in the treatment of bad breath or halitosis has got to be the most unique approach in treating this condition.  People living in the US see acupuncture as some kind of exotic treatment in addressing painful condition.  We never knew that acupuncture can actually cure halitosis.  Acupuncture basically is about inserting thin non hollow needles in certain areas of the body where blocked nerves are located to enable the smooth movement of energy called chi.  According to traditional Chinese medicine or TCM chi is the force that goes around our bodies to enable us to feel, work, move and think.

TCM has been used for many millennia in China and many parts of South Asia.  TCM concepts regarding health are entirely different from the viewpoint of Western medicine.  This type of therapy is entirely different than therapies used in the West. TCM practitioners believe that what makes the spirit, mind and body healthy all stem from the flow of chi in the body.  Another concept that TCM believes in essential for good health is the harmonic balance of yin and yang.  The relative balance of yin and yang in the body is what provides well being.  When yin or yang gets either too strong or weak in relation to each other, the entire body suffers and illness and disease can occur in the body.

TCM states that a hot abdomen is the cause of halitosis. This means too much yang (the heat or fire principle) is in the stomach and this can lead to frontal lobe headaches, mouth ulcers, gum swelling and disease and bad breath.  Too much stomach heat can be triggered by factors such as eating spoiled food, abdominal flu, poor diet and very high levels of stress among others.  Too much stomach heat may be due to factors like eating food that has turned bad, stomach flu, bad diet and extremely high stress among others.  Most people relieve these symptoms by taking antacids.  Of course this only addresses the problem and not really targets the excess heat in the stomach.  Acupuncture actually addresses not only the symptoms of halitosis but treats the root problem as well.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment having existed for more than 5,000 years now.  The Chinese a great and prolific race have perfected their practice of acupuncture for millennia and have been treating countless numbers of people throughout history with a number of health conditions.  Acupuncture therapy will restore balance between yin and yang which then will result in good health of the person.  The balance of yang energy in the stomach will restore the stomach to its right temperature which will cure the halitosis. Perform due diligence when looking for a qualified acupuncturist to treat you of your halitosis.

16. July 2012 · Comments Off on The Kidney’s Role in Acupuncture NYC Therapy · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Acupuncture in New York was invented in China more than 2500 years ago as a way to treat different kinds of illnesses and disorders.  It is a treatment where ultra thin needles are inserted at vital points in the body to regulate and allow the smooth flow of chi.  Sterile, stainless steel, single use, newly packaged disposable needles are used to prevent infection and are inserted at energy entrances called acupuoints to control chi flow and improve blood circulation.  The purpose is to create balance among the energies that comprise chi flow and aid the body in treating diseases.  Acupuncture is an established treatment for pain therapy and/or pain management and for treatment of assorted kinds of chronic disorders.  Acupuncture also increases body metabolism allowing for the efficient burning of fat and calories and is superior in weight loss treatment than diet programs or diet pills when it comes to safety and efficacy.  It also is a good way to cure sleeplessness, extreme emotions such as depression, anger or anxiety and substance abuse.

The kidneys play a key role the body’s overall health.  To understand the importance of the kidneys in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), an introduction to the concepts of yin and yang might be required.  To simplify the concept of yin and yang, they are the two complementary but opposing forces in chi, just like the positive and negative force in electricity.  Chi itself and blood can be termed as yin (blood, passive) and yang (chi, active).  The kidneys are yin by orientation and are paired with yang bladder that governs or controls the lower back.  The kidneys according to TCM is where the energy of the body originated and is the repository and mover of Jing throughout the body.  Jing creates (bone) marrow and when robust, leads to healthy, plentiful hair, hard bones, strong teeth and a healthy functioning mentality.  When the kidneys are healthy, the person is strong, physically and mentally. Weak kidneys beget a weak Jing making the body vulnerable to sickness and mental and body dysfunctions.  Symptoms of weak kidneys are lower back pain, kidney stones, sleeplessness, skin disorders, tinnitus, foot problems, poor bladder functions, sluggishness, feeble thinking, poor eyesight, infertility and nausea to mention a few.

Although the principle of correcting kidney conditions is basically the same for different acupuncture treatments of kidney disorders, the techniques may vary per person because of each person’s unique constitution.  Acupuncture improves blood flow to the kidneys reducing pain caused by ailments such as kidney stones and purges toxins accumulated on the kidneys.  A well nourished kidney helps in the reduction of stress and extreme emotions such as depression and anxiety all of which benefits both the physical and mental aspect of the individual

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem that affects tens of millions Americans.  It is the incapacity of the male to perform sex because of inadequate erection.  It can pose problems to the male especially in a personal relationship with the female species.  ED does not only refer to the incapability of sustaining erection (although it generally is about this problem), it also involves the improper curvature of the penis, painful sustained erection and premature orgasm.  The main physiological stimulus for penile erection is arousal.  Arousal allows the nervous system to increase blood flow to the penis.  The blood vessels in the penis relax allowing the blood to circulate in the penis.  If any of these procedures fail, erection will not occur.  A number of factors can cause ED.  Stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, obesity, poor nutrition and drugs can cause the nervous system to function poorly.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) such as acupuncture New York are more than able alternatives for ED.  Acupuncture treatment does not have harmful side effects and is a safe natural and very effective for ED as opposed to the drug medications that inherently carry toxins that can cause side effects that are sometimes are than ED.  The acupuncturist after examination of the patient can determine a diagnosis and the best treatment approach for the disorder.  Often acupuncture treatment is coupled with complementary herbal medicine to gain the maximum effect of the treatment.  Treatment may last for 10 to 20 sessions a session once a week.

TCM believes that there are two main reasons to ED.  Each reason is diagnosed according to the symptoms manifested.

1.  Mingmen fire deficiency – The symptoms of this disorder are flaccid erection, cold extremities, vertigo, uneasiness, no erection even after arousal, polyuria, low back pain and weak knees.

2.  Downward flowing of damp heat – Symptoms are bitter taste in the mouth, frequent thirst, hot, red orange urine, pain and weakening of the extremities.

Early acupuncture and herbal treatment can easily treat this disorder and the longer the symptoms continue the longer will be the length of treatment.  Acupuncture and herbal medicine are holistic types of treatment because they take into account the mental, emotional, environmental and physiological issues of the individual.  TCM believes that there are thousands of acupuncture points all over the body all connected to energy pathways or meridians which in turn connect to the different organs and tissues in the body.  The meridians are the networks that traverse the entire body where chi travels to supply the body with energy.  Sometimes the meridians are blocked hindering the flow of chi.  When these happen, the body suffers from sickness and diseases.   The insertion of hair fine needles eliminates the blockage and normalizes the flow of chi once again.

 

04. June 2012 · Comments Off on Acupuncture New York Treatment for Alcoholism · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Alcoholism has cost the United States around 175 billion dollars in terms of lost productivity and medical cost.  The alcohol problem in the US is much greater than this country’s drug addiction problems.  The conventional western approach to alcoholism is medications particularly tranquilizers and sedative and these drugs in turn lead to another problem – drug abuse.  These medications help by incapacitating the person until his inebriation wanes.  Sadly, these are the best solutions Western medicine can come up with these days.

Traditional Chinese medicine offers a much better solution for alcoholism.  Acupuncture New York can play an important role in weaning the person off from his alcohol dependency.  The objective of acupuncture is to treat the causes for the person’s alcohol abuse. Alcoholism is a serious habit because it impairs the psychological, emotional and physical aspect of the person.  it often leads to degenerative diseases, arthritis, liver problems and cirrhosis not to mention the havoc it can wreak on a person’s social, professional and personal life.  If left untreated, alcoholism can often lead to death.

Acupuncture is considered the best form of alternative treatment for alcohol abuse.  It is also the safest way to treat alcohol addiction.  In alcohol addiction, the organs affected are many.  They include the nervous system, the kidneys, lungs and liver.  The liver chi deficiency greatly affects the function of the nervous system.

Chi flows throughout the body through energy channels called meridians.  Meridians often associate with a particular major organ.  An alcoholic often has blockages in the meridians associated with the liver.  The weak flow of chi in the liver produces an imbalance of chi which then affects the nervous system, kidneys and lungs.  To rectify this problem, acupuncture needles are inserted to the meridians that have developed blockages to remove these blockages and allow chi to flow normally once more.  The most common acupuncture technique for the treatment of alcoholism is auricular or ear acupuncture.  The ear is inserted with a few needles on areas of the ear that correspond with specific meridians.  Normally, the meridians treated in the ear the ones associated with the nervous system, liver, lungs and kidneys.  The needles take away the blockage and activate the brain to release the body’s own pain killing chemicals called endorphins to mitigate the alcohol craving of the person.

The endorphin’s release into the bloodstream is important for lessening the severity of withdrawal.  Withdrawals symptoms are signs that the body is seeking more endorphins to feel good.  Several sessions may be required to treat alcohol dependency and may vary per person.  Longer sessions are often for longtime alcohol users.  Some of the more fortunate patients have had their normal lives brought back to them thanks to acupuncture

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 Acupuncture NYC is an ancient but still very popular medical treatment in the world today.  Acupuncture originated from the Chinese and is part of a collection of ancient treatments called traditional Chinese medical (TCM).  Acupuncture is the insertion of needles on meridian points.  Each meridian associates with one organ or a bunch of organs.  What acupuncture does is to bring back good health by taking away energy blockages and imbalances in the body by using very thin needles to release blocked energy and restore balance in the body.  Acupuncture is probably more than 2,000 years old and it uses the body to help with its own healing process.  The record of success of acupuncture is very good and countless number of researches has been done to prove its efficacy. Voluminous evidence of the efficacy of acupuncture has been compiled although the real problem for western medical science is proving beyond any doubt that acupuncture is indeed the cause of these benefits and treatments.  Acupuncture is a very popular option for treating low back pain, dental pain and nausea, especially post surgical nausea.  Acupuncture has also been observed to control brain activities and functions that lead to specific therapeutic results.

Acupuncturists believe in the all important energy called chi or vital force.  It is the normal unrestricted flow of chi that gives good health to the person.  Acupuncture needles are often made of stainless steel and are sterile when used.  People react to the insertion of the needles in varied ways.  Most patients do not feel any pain at all while others may experience a slight sensation or minimal pain during the insertion of needles in the skin.  Many people feel like newly charged batteries full of energy and revitalized while others feel the soothing comfort and pleasantness of the procedure that they fall asleep during the entire acupuncture session.  The risk of acupuncture can come when the practitioner performing the procedure is unqualified and inexperienced.  The consequence may be a needle insertion on the wrong meridian point, the lack of control of the patient’s movement which leads to erroneous needle insertion, painful needle insertion which can lead to bleeding and bruising due to wrong needle insertion technique or needles that are not sterilized which can lead to infection.  It is very important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncturist to avoid these kinds of problems.  Many medical experts believe that acupuncture has the ability to stimulate the production and release of biochemicals that help block pain called endorphins.  When the needle stimulates a nerve near the meridian points, the nerves may either cause a feeling of fullness or a dull ache in the muscles.  The muscles become stimulated and transmit a signal to the central nervous system which brings about the production and release of endorphins, which are the body’s very own painkillers.  Endorphins help block pain signals from reaching the brain.

14. April 2012 · Comments Off on Some Helpful Ways to Relieve Sciatica in NYC · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Sciatica according to some is known as “phantom pain.”  This condition can be as mild as a dull ache to sharp stabbing pain usually felt at the buttocks and radiating down to the leg, foot and toes.  What are the causes of sciatica and what treatments are available to address this painful problem?

Because of its relatively large size, the sciatic nerve is often affected by many factors.  It can be the result of infection, constriction of the spinal canal, spinal tumors, fractures, herniation or trapped nerve.  Manifestations of sciatica are numbness and tingling in the gluteus area, toes, calf and thigh and pain.

Sciatica usually accompanies lower back pain but more often than not it is the cause of the back pain.  A lot of people with sciatica often experience the pain when they are lying in bed or sitting down.  Even if the pain is most painful at the buttocks and legs, the area of treatment is often the lower back.  What treatments can best help address sciatic pain?  The answer will depend on the root cause and undergoing MRIs or x-rays in the back are needed in order to know the cause of the problem. These procedures will help you determine what course of action to take.

Back surgery can be recommended but only as a treatment of last resort.  The results of back surgery are permanent and oftentimes this procedure only worsens your condition.  Once your condition gets worse a series of more back surgeries maybe required to rectify the errors of the previous surgeries.  Back surgery may be best if it is the last thing you would consider considering its great risks.

Hot or cold packs on the lower back can provide some relief.  One can consider FAR belts which give off heat that can go through the skin and deep tissue.  If your sciatica is not a chronic problem then NSAIDs and painkillers (analgesics) can help you with the pain.  These drugs are not highly recommended to be used for long term use due to their negative side effects.  Some doctors may prescribe epidural steroid injections in lieu of these painkilling medications.   They are not 100% effective all the time but they can relieve pain for some time to a few months.

Acupuncture New York particularly electro acupuncture can also be quite good in helping manage sciatic pain. These alternative treatments do often blunt the pain as you try to improve your back muscles to make it more flexible and supple.  Regular exercises that can strengthen the back and improve the back’s range of motion and acupuncture therapy are very helpful aids in treating or managing your painful sciatic condition as well as improving your overall health condition.

Natural treatments for arthritis pain are generally safe and so effective particularly when it comes to long term relief from arthritis inflammation and chronic pain.  Prescription drugs do give short term relief from arthritis pain but in exchange for this transient relief, the patient must suffer from horrible side effects brought about by these drugs, which often are more serious than the symptoms brought about by arthritis pain.

Below are some of the healthy natural remedies that are helpful in treating arthritis pain.

  1.  Acupuncture NYC – the healing art of acupuncture is more than two thousand years old.  It is still widely used around the world to treat many kinds of painful conditions and a host of other health problems.  It is used quite successfully in the treatment of arthritis pain.  Acupuncture uses needles inserted at points in the body called acupuncture points to stimulate these points and create beneficial effects such as release of natural painkillers called endorphins and improve blood circulation to help treat the painful condition of arthritis.  Some people who got acupuncture treatment have reported pain relief and a feeling of comfort and relaxation during the treatment session.  Patients who are willing to undergo acupuncture should accept the treatment wholeheartedly since having a positive mind about this treatment gives  optimal beneficial effects on the patient. If music relaxes you during the treatment session, ask your acupuncturist if he can play sweet soothing music or burn some sweet smelling incense during the course of the treatment.
  2. Another way to battle arthritis pain is to follow a healthy lifestyle and diet.  Doing this guarantees you a strong immune system that shields you from injuries and other factors that can cause arthritis.
  3. In keeping with a healthy diet, make it a point not to drink coffee or alcohol or eat and drink anything high in processed sugar and saturated fats.  Eating and drinking these kinds of products will only lead to inflammation in your body that may induce symptoms of arthritis.
  4. Keep lean and fit.  Excess weight adds tension and strain to the bones, muscles and joints which can lead to arthritis.  Acupuncture can help curb your appetite due to the endorphins the treatment produces which help in neutralizing food cravings.
  5. Eat foods packed with Vitamin D and for protection of your bones.  It also helps if these vitamins are taken in supplements.
  6. Eat foods high in omega 3 fatty acids which are good for acquiring healthy joints.  Deepwater fish such as mackerel and salmon are perfect foods in getting omega 3 fatty acids.
  7. Using of herbal formulas are also excellent ways to prevent arthritis flare ups.  If it is not possible to stop taking them altogether, limit your use of over the counter drugs to preserve the health of your liver and kidneys.
19. February 2012 · Comments Off on Depression Treatment in Acupuncture NYC · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has an integral component in acupuncture New York , a healing procedure crafted over 2500 years ago in China and practiced widely even now there and in parts of Southeast Asia.  Western society sees acupuncture as mostly pain treatment ironically using needles in ultra thin form inserted at points in the body called acupoints.  Because of the integral metaphysical aspect of acupuncture, Western science has dismissed this unique modality because they have tried to study and understand it in vain.  However, Western science cannot explain away why and how acupuncture truly works especially in addressing extreme emotions such as depression.

Acupuncture treatment bases its knowledge in knowing and understanding acupoints and meridians that travel underneath these acupoints, which are energy vessels where life giving energy called chi travels to energize and nourish the whole body with this life-giving and life-sustaining energy.  TCM states that chi needs to flow without any obstruction whatsoever and at the same time the forces of chi, yin and yang, need to be in harmonic balance to maintain health and well-being to the body.  In the treatment of depression, the needles are often inserted on the right side of the body to rectify chi flow and treat depression.

Women are the most prone to depression.  A Tucson research grouped women suffering from mild depression into three. One group was given the right acupuncture treatment for depression. The other group used a certain kind of acupuncture treatment intended to treat different kinds of conditions but not depression and the third group; the control group was merely placed on a waiting list.

The groups that were given acupuncture had differing results.  The group given the right treatment experienced satisfactory improvement in their emotional and physiological conditions while the second group had minimal beneficial effects to show.  The third group never had a change of condition; they were still suffering from mild depression.

One specific company, the Cochrane Group, which works on compiling empirical evidence of the effects of acupuncture, studied the researches done regarding the potency of acupuncture in treating depression and have concluded their studies by saying that the successful results proved inadequate for their criteria for success and rejected the success claims for acupuncture in treating depression. It is interesting to note that some studies done by this group are sponsored by certain transational pharmaceutical companies who view acupuncture as a potential rival treatment alternative for their products.

Whatever the case, it is hard to ignore testimonies and proofs, not merely anecdotal evidence from patients who have been completely treated of their depression with acupuncture and with a 2500+ successful track record, the onus of proof of the effectiveness of their products lies with the pharmaceutical companies rather than with acupuncture.

Obesity is considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a global problem.  However, this problem is misleading since an overwhelming number of people in Africa and Asia are suffering from starvation and poverty.  Since this article is not about poverty and starvation we shall focus on the problem of obesity and the means to treat this problem.

There is a difference between being overweight and being obese.  Overweight can mean there is too much water, fat bone and/or muscles in the body.  Obesity on the other hand refers to weight excess due solely to excessive body fat.  A healthy bodybuilder can be overweight but is not obese.  However, all obese person are overweight.  The body mass index is a reliable way to find out if one is obese, normal or overweight.  You can find the BMI calculator at this site:  http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/.

BMI lists overweight as above 25 (with exceptions for some above 30), while obese while scale above 30.

Besides being a social disadvantage, obesity is a potentially very dangerous hazard to health.  Here are some facts about the dangers of obesity:

* Obesity has caused around 300,000 deaths annually in the United States.

* Men who suffer from severe obesity die on average 13 years earlier than men with normal weight.

* Obesity is the second most common cause of death in the Untied States.  First is tobacco.

With regards to the cost of obesity to the US economy, US citizens spend around $50 billion annually to lose weight and the results of show that the United States is losing the battle to lose weight.

Most conventional weight loss programs utterly fail in the long-run.  Since conventional treatments provide unsatisfactory results, many have turned and have found answers to alternative modes of treatment.  One such successful treatment for obesity is acupuncture.

Acupuncture New York is one branch of traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM.  TCM has been the modality used by the Chinese and East Asian peoples for thousands of years. It is known to be a viable treatment for obesity and other kinds of health disorders.

Modern research has shown how acupuncture works for weight loss.  Acupuncture is seen to improve the function of two endocrine vessels that control various kinds of physiological processes, one of which is metabolism.  Therefore, acupuncture can help increase metabolism and help burn fat calories more rapidly.  By burning fat calories, body fat and insulin and lipid levels are lowered in the body and blood resulting in lower body weight.  Acupuncture also regulates the appetite.  This means that craving for food is lowered significantly and that the body is easily sated with less food than before.  For women at the onset of menopause, acupuncture also helps them lose weight.