20. August 2012 · Comments Off on Treating Hair Loss with Bellevue Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

Baldness is experienced not only by men but women as well.  It is a natural phase of life and a lot of people start to experience thinning hair and/or lessening hair line at the age of 40.  Still there are other reasons why hair loss occurs and these factors are not necessarily due to aging or can it start when you reach your 40s.  In fact a lot of people are now starting to lose their hair at their 20s and 30s. This can be due to overall poor health, poor blood flow, prescription meds, environmental exposure, poor diet, disease and genetic predisposition.  So many treatments are available for growing baldness but the one that is truly effective but quite unknown is acupuncture.

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicinal practice working on the process of utilizing needles for energizing particular body points.  Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years and it is a very successful treatment for dozens of common and uncommon health conditions.  The problem is that Western society’s chauvinism has looked down on this treatment and other very valuable forms of natural therapies and thinks that modern technology is superior to all.  Nevertheless it has been proven consistently that acupuncture improves blood flow and stimulates nerves that provide great benefits including the removal of pain and body growth.

Acupuncture is also proven to prevent loss of hair mostly because of its effect in improving the function of the circulatory system.  True there may be other causes for hair loss but more often than not poor blood flow in the scalp is the basic reason for it.  The head is actually a part of the body that does not have abundant good blood circulation.  Because of this the scalp receives less nutrients compared to other parts of the body.  Therefore, the lesser the scalp receives blood the less capable the scalp can generate new hair growth and maintain the health of the existing follicles and hair.

Of course, good blood circulation is a good thing no matter what.  But if you want a stop to your hair loss and reverse hair loss, then you need to improve blood flow to your scalp.  Acupuncture can help remove the blockages that impede blood and energy flow thereby nourishing your head and whole body with much needed nutrients and energy.

A lot of acupuncturists today utilize many tools like the 7 pointed star and the plum blossom hammer along with the thin acupuncture needles to stop and reverse hair loss.  With these tools, the procedure begins by inserting the needles placed in the scalp or pressed over it at certain acupuncture points.  You may think this is a painful procedure and people may even avoid acupuncture altogether because of this but in reality this procedure does not cause any pain at all and if there is a sensation felt, the sensation is minimally felt.

 

02. July 2012 · Comments Off on Different Forms of Bellevue Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

Bellevue Acupuncture, an ancient medical technique used by the Chinese for a wide range of their health problems.  It is a treatment whereby well-being and good health is achieved by the use of fine needles inserted into the individual’s skin at certain points.  These points correspond to energy pathways called meridians that are connected to various parts of the body.  The meridians are groups of networks where chi, Chinese word for vital energy, flows.  Chi is the force that keeps the human body healthy and makes it grow.  Sometimes, the meridians develop blockages at certain organs or parts of the body.  The blockages hinder and stagnates chi flow causing other parts of the body to suffer due to energy deficiency.  This energy deficiency then manifests as illness and sickness in the body.  Acupuncture unblocks the meridians and allows normal chi flow again throughout the body thus restoring good health.   There are 14 meridian networks with at least 350 acupunctures in the body.  Acupuncture not only removes obstacles to chi flow, it also regulates and controls chi flow.  Chi flowing rapidly around the body is also detrimental to an individual’s health and acupuncture sees to it that normal chi flow is always achieved to give the body the optimal health that it needs.  There are three types of acupuncture school of thought developed after acupuncture became popular in the West.  The first is traditional acupuncture or traditional yin-yang acupuncture.  This is the acupuncture practiced by the ancient Chinese for thousands of years.  It emphasizes the importance of yin-yang balance as the key element to a person’s health.  The second is Western or medical acupuncture and the third is the Five Elements acupuncture. These three systems are inherently the same in use of acupuncture points and in procedures of diagnosis. They diverge in treatment methods and in explaining the cause of the health problem.

In Five Element Acupuncture, the basis of sickness and ailments are caused by physical conditions and emotional stress.  The Five Element Acupuncture believes that extreme emotions such as stress and anxiety ought to be addressed to mitigate a person’s physical pain.  Treating extreme emotions usually take a little longer to heal than most physical health issues.  That is why the Five Elements procedure entails a longer treatment process since it aims to treat both the mind and the physical body.  The Yin-Yang type of acupuncture focuses on the restoration of the balance of yin and yang energies of the body.  Western Acupuncture has a more pragmatic approach than the other two types of acupuncture and integrates Western medical innovations to the traditional Chinese techniques with emphasis in treating or relieving pain.  This can be seen in the use of acupuncture as an anesthetic for surgical and dental procedures.  Western acupuncture is also used as an analgesic for relief of pain and discomfort for a number of health issues.

06. May 2012 · Comments Off on Frozen Shoulders and Bellevue Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

Chronic shoulder pain happens when muscles around the shoulder joint become tense. The most common area affected by this is the scapula. The tense muscles of the upper body often cause pressure on the scapula bone which causes the shoulder pain.  Besides the upper body muscles, the rotator cuff muscles likewise can often suffer tightness.  These muscles are actually surrounded by muscles of the upper back, deltoid, outer shoulder, upper arm and chest muscles.  Treatment of the rotator cuff muscles often entail lengthening the muscles of these other aforementioned areas since pain on the shoulder joints will not go away if the other muscle conditions surrounding the rotator cuff is not addressed.  A therapy called Active Isolated Stretching (AIS) is sometimes applied to treat shoulder joint pain. This therapy involves lengthening the outer muscles of the upper body first after which then follows the treatment of the rotator cuff muscles.

The scapula is commonly known as the shoulder blades and many back muscles are attached to it.  Removing the shoulder pain means enabling the scapula to move without obstruction.  The muscles of the upper back, shoulders, upper arms and chest all can affect the scapula and if any of them becomes too tense, the scapula becomes misaligned causing pain in the shoulder joint.

Frozen shoulder syndrome or adhesive capsulitis is the difficulty or incapability in raising the arm. Pain in the shoulder joint is also accompanied by this syndrome.  The muscles inside arm bone or humerus are called the rotator cuff muscles.  When the rotator cuff muscles become stressed and tighten up, it impairs the movement of the shoulders (frozen shoulder) and causes pain.

For frozen shoulder syndrome, physicians often prescribe anti-inflammatory injection.  Giving epidural injections to the rotator cuff muscles is not enough since this muscle group is not the only cause of the frozen shoulder.  The surrounding muscles still are inflamed and this is an equally major factor in the shoulder joint problem.   AIS addresses frozen shoulder problem by loosening the outer muscles first before taking care of the rotator cuff muscles.

Bellevue Acupuncture is one great alternative approach for frozen shoulder problems.  It can be used as a stand-alone treatment for shoulder joint problems or used in combination with AIS.  When combining these two therapies, it is advisable to apply AIS first before acupuncture as acupuncture produce better results when the exterior and interior muscles are unknotted first.  AIS removes the cause of the inflammation of the surrounding muscles and the rotator cuff muscles while acupuncture helps remove the pain and the inflammation in the shoulder joint.  The combination of these two approaches have been proven most effective than using these two treatment separately.  Some medical acupuncturists actually apply a third treatment, anti-inflammatory injection, to the two modalities.

11. March 2012 · Comments Off on Bellevue Acupuncture Can Treat Chronic Pain · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

Chronic pain can be acquired in so many ways.  Some of it may come from aging, illness or injury. Chronic pain often affects, if not the whole body, at least many parts of the body; however more often than not it is the back that is usually affected.  Chronic back pain needs to be taken care promptly because if left untreated it can be a cause for more intolerable pain in other parts of the body.  Your emotional and mental well being may just be affected by chronic back pain and it may lead to depression and other emotional problems.  Happily, there are quite a few ways to treat this type of pain.  A patient may do some trial and error experiments on themselves to discover what the best chronic back pain treatment is for them.

Consult your doctor first before trying out different types of chronic pain treatments.  The doctor needs to know what type of pain you are suffering in and where the pain originates. This is the first step to help effectively treat chronic pain.

For an overwhelming number of people, prescription medications are their first choice in battling chronic back pain. The drug market offers a wide spectrum of pain killing medications, some are over the counter drugs and some are prescription drugs.  Over the counter drugs include ibuprofen and acetaminophen.  They are relatively effective when back pain arises.  The other kind of drugs, prescription drugs include among others muscle relaxants, corticosteroids and antidepressants.  These drugs all have transient terms and need to be taken over and over again daily until forever.  These drugs all have serious side effects that range in severity.  Many patients know this and are trying out other options that are safer and more effective and if possible, natural.

After an injury a person should rest.  Rest is essential as it allows a person to quickly recover from the injury.  People usually rest one to two days from a minor injury.  After rest, a little exercise is vital to tone back those injured muscles and enable them to regain flexibility and strength.  Exercise also helps improve the other body systems apart from the muscular system.  This includes the cardiovascular, circulatory and immune system among others.  Exercise is also a way to relieve body and emotional pain.

For treatments that are more natural, herbal treatments along with Bellevue acupuncture can provide substantial relief from your chronic pain.  Both modalities have been used for over thousands of years in China and the Far East particularly in the treatment of painful conditions.  Acupuncture was in fact introduced in the United States as a treatment for pain.  This treatment is quite effective for chronic pain that has been unsuccessfully treated by other conventional and non-conventional methods.  We can say acupuncture can be a treatment of last resort for some chronic pain sufferers.

22. January 2012 · Comments Off on Treating Depression and Anxiety with Bellevue Acupuncture · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

Bellevue Acupuncture for the treatment of depression and anxiety is probably the best alternative treatment available for people who suffer from these conditions due to pressures from work and relationships.  The state of a person’s mind and emotions can severely impact the health of the individual.  Also what the person eats and how he/she lives his/her life can be as important as the acupuncture treatment itself in treating anxiety and depression.  That is why besides the needling, recommendations in changes in lifestyle and diet and the use of Chinese herbs are also part of the acupuncturist’s treatment plan for people suffering from these conditions.  Acupuncture has been practiced in China around five thousand years ago as a modality for many types of illnesses.

Without adequate treatment and care, depression and anxiety can lead to serious body sicknesses. Sever anxiety may be due to panic attacks or post-traumatic stress.  Someone suffering from rapid heart beat, shortness of breath and chest pain can indicate the existence of anxiety.

Traditional Chinese medicine categorizes the heart as a fire organ and the kidney as a water organ.  The orientation of these organs enables them to harmoniously balance each other out and promotes good health to the body.  When the mind is not relaxed it generates heat which can cause an excess of fire in the body.  People with severe anxiety manifest this kind of excess heat problem.

Acupuncturists usually apply ear or auricular acupuncture to treat anxiety.  Anxiety often affects the liver which has deficient chi that manifests as extreme fatigue and lethargy.  More than 20% of Americans suffer from either depression or anxiety.  The liver possesses 14 energy vessels called meridians and if one or more meridians develop obstructions to the flow of energy or chi, then it will lead to dysfunctions such as poor digestive function and sleep-related problems among others.  And so, acupuncture treatment for depression and anxiety focuses on the liver with the spleen and the heart being secondary targets since they are also affected by the lack of energy of the liver.

Needles are introduced on the ear where liver meridians are located in order to remove the blockages and stimulate the normal flow of chi in those meridians once again.  Including Chinese herbal medicine with acupuncture can quicken treatment.  The needles used in acupuncture are hair thin and should be the disposable kind to promote good hygiene and prevent the rise on infections.  One should seek treatment with a licensed acupuncturist since this means a licensed practitioner means he/she is well-trained in this craft.  These types of acupuncturists know how to insert needles in a painless and bloodless way and they know the right acupuncture points to treat disorders.  Under their care, the patient will receive a safe, natural and successful treatment for his/her anxiety and depression.

10. July 2011 · Comments Off on Bellevue Acupuncture and Pediatric Asthma · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

Renowned for its benefits in removing pain be it acute, chronic or sundry, acupuncture for pediatric healthcare does not seem to ring a bell for many people.  At any rate, Bellevue acupuncture is a proven effective treatment for pediatric asthma.  First, we must ask the question what is acupuncture.  Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese treatment procedure that uses hair thin needles inserted at specific points called acupuncture points or acupoints to stimulate a desired physiological reaction of the body to treat a condition or pain.  These needles are inserted from less than half an inch to almost 80% of an inch deep and left in the skin for about 15 to 40 minutes.

Acupuncture works by stimulating both the sympathetic nervous and circulatory system to improve circulation and body functions.   Acupuncture also enables the smooth flow of electromagnetic energy and blood throughout the body. This electromagnetic energy is called Qi or chi in Chinese and it travels through invisible energy networks called meridians.  There are 14 meridians identified and they are connected to certain acupuncture points in the skin on one end and to the major body organs on the other.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is much interested in the symptoms associated with asthma since it partly formulates its diagnosis based on the physical symptoms of the asthma.  Asthma in Chinese means xiao chuan, which in English is called dyspnea and wheezing.

According to TCM, The pathogenesis and etiology of pediatric asthma comes from 3 causes.  The first cause is the infiltration of pathogens. Pathogens can carry heat, cold, and all sorts of allergens.  To treat external pathogens, the most obvious choice would be to remove those allergens out of one’s environment.  TCM states that there are two kinds of asthma – cold type and heat type asthma.  The cold type is manifested by coughing out clear saliva, rapid labored breathing and cough among a few mentioned.  The symptoms of heat type asthma are a sticky yellowish and full coughing among others.  The second cause of pediatric asthma is diet.  Large amounts seafood including shellfish, greasy foods and raw foods can make a child prone to asthma.  Once foods known to cause asthma are removed, the frequency of asthma attacks will decrease.  The third cause for asthma is energy deficiency brought about by prolonged weakness of the body or predisposition.  Chronic energy weakness leads to the inability to spew out phlegm, which thus accumulates in the respiratory system causing recurrence of asthma attacks.

Acupuncture points that can be used are many when it comes to pediatric asthma and herbal medicines are very useful for asthma treatment; combined with acupuncture they tend to facilitate treatment.  Different acupuncture techniques can be utilized based on the age and sensitivity of the child.

14. May 2011 · Comments Off on Bellvue Acupuncture and High Cholesterol · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

One of the most problematic health issues facing the Untied States nowadays is the number of people suffering from high cholesterol.  High cholesterol, contrary to widespread belief that it is due to cardiovascular problems, is actually the body’s inability to normally assimilate or synthesize lipoproteins or cholesterol in the body.  The cholesterol and triglycerides gets stored in the blood and this heightens the risk of heart disease.  Western medicine, because it is financially expedient, merely sets its goals in treating the symptoms of high cholesterol.  No money will flow if it cured the problem completely.  High cholesterol is usually caused by poor nutritional choices, inefficient body metabolism and an unhealthy lifestyle.  Besides merely acting as palliatives for the symptoms, Western medicine offers drugs that are replete with toxins and it is rather inadvisable to use them as a primary recourse for high cholesterol. Bellvue Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) gives the same benefit plus much more for the patient without any worries of side effects in its use.

A healthy lifestyle and healthy nutritional choices can vastly minimize high cholesterol.  They give the body strength and a proper function to increase cholesterol breakdown at the same time minimizing food intake essentially rich in cholesterol.  Some foods that are low in cholesterol are cold-water fish, apples, bananas, carrots, garlic, coconut and olive oil, grape fruits and oats and bran.  Vitamin and mineral intake such as niacin, omega 3 and lecithin among others are highly recommended for proper cholesterol maintenance.  Unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking, stress, anxiety, anger and bad sleeping habits contribute to high cholesterol while greasy and fried foods, eggs and beer, to mention a few, also makes a person accumulate cholesterol rapidly.  Sugar intake such as soda or confections also contributes to high cholesterol.  A better alternative for sodas would be tea (herbal is preferable).  Drinking tea after meals increases the body’s metabolism helping burn calories faster and efficiently.  Light exercises are also advisable to burn more calories and help the body metabolize fat after eating fatty meals.

As mentioned before, herbal tea is good for cholesterol reduction.  TCM also encourages the use of Chinese herbal medicines to complement acupuncture therapy.  Acupuncture treats the disorders and the imbalances in the body.  It helps regulate the body’s metabolism so that a proper breakdown of cholesterol and triglycerides is achieved.  The cholesterol accumulation itself can be addressed by herbal medicine.  The herbs also are great in reducing the high blood pressure of the patient if he/she suffers from it.  Without a change in bad dietary habits and poor lifestyle, acupuncture can only go so far in helping an individual battle high cholesterol.  For one seeking a permanent solution to this problem, acupuncture plus a healthy lifestyle and eating of nutritious and low cholesterol foods is the answer.

23. April 2011 · Comments Off on Bellvue Acupuncture as Heroin Treatment · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: , , ,

Heroin is a highly addictive substance. It is both the most often abused and the most potent of all of the opiates.

Heroin is made from the processing of morphine, which is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seedpod of the Asian poppy plant.  Street heroin is usually mixed with other substances, sometimes even rat poison.  Heroin addicts rarely know the actual strength of the drug or the added substances resulting in an increased risk for accidental overdose and/or death.  Chronic users manifest collapsed veins, infection of the heart lining and valves, abscesses, cellulitis, and liver disease.  They are prone to pneumonia, which results from poor respiratory health and are very prone to HIV and hepatitis.  Heroin works by attaching to receptors on neurons in the nervous system and tissues of the immune system. The opioid receptors work by altering the feelings of the user.  There is a surge of euphoria that may last several hours.  After the euphoria, a phase of an alternately wakeful and drowsy state takes over the person.  The mind is subjected to altered states of consciousness due to the depression of the central nervous system. Heroin is a very harmful substance due to the body’s mental dependence on it developing after repeated use.

Bellvue Acupuncture is a very popular modality for heroin abuse since it has proven to work as a treatment for addictions from nicotine to cocaine.  Acupuncture is used more often for its pain relieving properties through sensory stimulation.  Furthermore, acupuncture has been known to successfully treat depression, which arises after the potency of heroin has dissipated.  Acupuncture causes the body to heal and relax, which is good for heroin users who are on withdrawal.  Detoxification therapy through acupuncture involves the insertion of acupuncture needles to the ear, also called auricular acupuncture. The various points in the ear have networks connected to different bodily functions and organs.  Auricular acupuncture allows the individual to feel relaxed, to decrease his/her anxiety and restlessness, to sweat less and to avoid abdominal cramps among others.  It also helps the body rid the toxic substances more rapidly.  Acupuncture allows the patient to acquire a positive mood, help relieve stress, and control cravings.  It also heals the mind especially with the calming and euphoric effect coming from this treatment.  In some states, heroin addicts are now forced to try acupuncture first before getting methadone treatment.  Heroin addicts have lowered energy and are very physically weak which gives them more reason to use heroin to feel much better. Acupuncture always restores the body’s energy balance, which helps a lot in reducing cravings for heroin.  Overall, acupuncture has helped heroin users mitigate their withdrawal symptoms, helped them control their urges and cravings and have given them peace of mind and good feeling of well-being physiologically, which methadone treatment can never give.

25. February 2011 · Comments Off on Bellvue Acupuncture and Drug Addiction · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , , ,

Acupuncture for treating addiction is a very good alternative in lieu of methadone, which is used for mitigating withdrawal side effects.  Methadone itself is highly addictive and its use is just to alleviate the pain of withdrawal.  It does not address really the root of the addiction.

There is really no western pharmaceutical cure for pharmaceutical addiction.  Cocaine, heroin and LSD are all pharmaceutical drugs but somehow, western pharmaceutical corporations do not provide a cure for problems they themselves have created.  All they produce are drugs that relieve symptoms or are palliatives designed not to totally cure the sickness or disease.

Bellvue Acupuncture has been curing addiction for thousands of years.  During the opium wars, the British introduced opium to mainstream Chinese society to destroy Chinese resolve against British colonialism.  This was one of the prime reasons why the Chinese fought the British; to stop the British poisoning of the Chinese population with opium.  Chinese medicine in general and acupuncture and herbal medicine in particular, were entirely responsible for the rehabilitation of the Chinese people against the scourge of opium addiction.

Acupuncture for addiction treatment is 100% safe for the patient.  There are no side effects in acupuncture therapy, unlike methadone treatment, which is not really a treatment, where no addicting substance is introduced in the body. There have been hundreds of studies that testify to the success of acupuncture in treating drug addiction.

Acupuncture works in treating addiction by revitalizing energy level of an organ with low chi level.  The chi is blocked from flowing in this particular organ and the low energy level in the affected organ affects the rest of the organs in the body.

Another aspect of Chinese medicine is the yin and yang principle.  The relative balance of yin-yang in the body is essential for well-being.  Addicts usually have a yin deficiency.

Yin is the water principle in the body, which corresponds to quietness and peacefulness, and when there is yin deficiency, the yang aspect overrides the physiological and psychological aspect of the person.  The yang principle corresponds to the fire aspect of the body and an inordinate amount of yang leads physiologically to restlessness and hyperactivity and psychologically to depression and meaninglessness.

Treatment is done by inserting needlepoints in parts of the body especially the ear.  Numerous meridian systems pass through the ear and some of these pass through the liver, kidneys and lungs, organs directly affected by the yin-yang imbalance because of addiction.

The treatment stimulates the release of endorphins to flood the body so that the patient may control his/her addiction.  The release of endorphins substantially decreases the desire of the patient for the drug.  If the addiction has been going on for some time, a session lasting up to 6 to 8 months might be required to completely recover from the addiction.