30. December 2010 · Comments Off on Bellingham Acupuncture: The Meridian Pathways · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,

In the body there are numerous channels and pathways that go through the body and attend to certain organs, called meridians. Acupuncture is all about finding where there is stagnation in these channels, and helps the body to release the blocked pathways. Where there is pain and stagnation there is no “flow” – no movement, energy, or blood flow. There can also be nodules, or physical impediments of sorts – like stuck blood or other constrictions that can come from a combination of stress, lack of breathing well, lack of movement.

The best example is the way a river flows, and if there was a trauma to the body – using the example of a big tree that falls down into the river and there is a lot of mud stuck into the stream – there will be backup, or water that goes into other places. Bellingham Acupuncture therefore takes that pathway and begins to move the elements that are stuck and reconfigure the flow. It starts to move the energy and correct itself.

In Chinese medicine, there is the concept of Yin and Yang. It is believed that when these two forces are in balance, the body is healthy. When the forces are not in balance, acupuncture works to restore the imbalance by finding the correct pressure points along the meridian channels and apply the needles accordingly.

Energy, called “qi” (pronounced “chee”), flows like rivers along pathways, or meridians, throughout the body. This constant flow of energy keeps the yin and yang balanced. On the other hand, the flow of energy can sometimes be blocked, like water getting stuck behind a dam. A disruption in the flow of energy can lead to illness. The needles help to unlock the stagnation.

However, part of the “art” behind acupuncture is finding the imbalance. According to Patti, she finds it similar to peeling back the layers in an onion.

Here are a few guidelines to getting started with acupuncture:

  • Be very selective as to who you choose. This may seem obvious, but this is absolutely critical. Finding someone you trust that is compassionate and intuitive is paramount to starting off on the right foot. Some acupuncturists can give you a complimentary session.  Some patients can become very emotional during the session and it can be nice that your practitioner can instantly recognized this and would talk to you very appropriately and guided you through the session. Treat yourself to two sessions per week, at least 20 minutes each day.
  • Understand the herbal supplements that are prescribed. Herbs play a very important role in the acupuncture process. I am not sure how they interplay with existing fertility medications – and of course they range dramatically for different treatments – so I would most certainly consult with your doctor as you think about taking the herbal supplements as well.
  • Take heed to the dietary and lifestyle changes that may be suggested to you.
20. December 2010 · Comments Off on What A Bellingham Acupuncture Treatment Consist · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,

Extremely fine needles are inserted into specific points in the body. The needles are left in place for a short time – from a few minutes to half an hour. Because the needles are so fine that, if properly inserted by a professional, they cannot be felt once inserted. During the insertion of the needles, there may be a little pain or no pain at all.

It is important that you seek a licensed acupuncture practitioner perform acupuncture. The needles used are disposable (the needles are regulated by the FDA for single use only), and the skin should be swabbed with disinfectant at the site of insertion. Infection may occur if there is inadequate sterilization of the needles. When done properly, acupuncture is virtually free of side effects.

 

Bellingham acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice based on the belief that life energy (qi – pronounced “chee”) flows through the body along pathways called meridians. Different meridians correspond to different body parts. If the flow of energy (qi) is interrupted, health problems can result. Acupuncture is used to restore the flow of energy (qi) to restore health.

Scientists are still trying to figure out exactly how acupuncture works. One theory is that acupuncture stimulates the production of endorphins (body’s own pain killers) or other chemicals that affect the nervous system but the actual mechanism in which acupuncture works to relieve pain in unknown. To those who have experienced pain relief from acupuncture, they only care that it works, not why it works – and, a growing number of physicians are referring patients for acupuncture treatment.

 

Controlled studies have had varied responses (possibly because they have been too small), but most studies have produced positive results – the majority of people obtaining pain relief. Research has shown acupuncture to be especially useful in relieving nausea from chemotherapy and surgery. Acupuncture may relieve many types of pain and conditions, including low back pain, sciatica, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches, and more.

One of the largest and longest study ever showed that an extended course of acupuncture reduced pain by 40% in those with knee osteoarthritis. The results were not immediate since it was only after 8 weeks that there was an improvement in functioning only; after 14 weeks there was an improvement in pain. This study was funded by NCCAM (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, both divisions of National Institutes of Health.

 

Like any treatment, acupuncture does not produce the same result in all people, even when they have the same condition. As it often seems to provide partial but not total pain relief, acupuncture is often used as a part of a pain management plan.

If you are experiencing back pain and have not had adequate pain relief from conventional treatment or wish to cut back on pain medication and are considering acupuncture, ask your doctors to recommend a licensed acupuncture practitioner.

14. October 2010 · Comments Off on Why Consider Bellingham Acupuncture · Categories: Uncategorized · Tags: , ,

In a nutshell, from a Chinese medical perspective, channels of energy, called meridians, run through the body and over its surface. Obstructed movement in a meridian causes energy to build up in some areas of the body, while depriving other areas. Placing needles on certain sites unblocks these so-called obstructions. Modern scientific theory supposes that needles stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord and brain, promoting the body to heal itself. This form of alternative treatment is best known as Bellingham acupuncture.

Acupuncture is often helpful where conventional medicine is not. James K. Rotchford, M.D., a founding member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, finds it helps as many as 80 percent of people. These statistics are general, however, as there isn’t a lot of specific data on infertility treatments at this time.

Good candidates for trying medical acupuncture are people who have a functional, rather than a structural reason for infertility (for example, damaged fallopian tubes are structural). Individuals with functional infertility would be encouraged to try acupuncture in addition to their standard medical treatment. Generally speaking, around 10 visits with a licensed acupuncture provider will let you determine if it can be of help to you.

Along this same line, a lot of acupuncturists recommend herbs in conjunction with acupuncture. In Chinese medicine, the practitioner always combines herbs in order to produce a certain effect. There are many combinations of Chinese herbs that have been lauded as improving fertility in both males and females. He does caution, however, that it’s best to tailor the herbal recipe to the individual, rather than to the condition.

Though it might seem somewhat obscure and hard to come by, acupuncture is growing in popular acceptance; recently, the American Medical Association advocated its use for certain conditions, such as back pain and post-operative care.