03. July 2011 · Comments Off on Acupuncture Seattle for Chronic Back Pain · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Chronic back pain can be a debilitating disorder.  Besides, those frequent visitations to specialists, undergoing pricey rehabs and ingesting medications all done while in pain are unpleasant realities patients have to deal with regularly.  Well, a better and more superior alternative for the relief and treatment of back pain is available and it is none other than acupuncture Seattle.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) of which acupuncture is a part of, utilizes the human body’s physiology and pathology.  TCM has an entirely different viewpoint of physiology and pathology and has a very different perspective of disease than western medicine’s viewpoint.

The organs of the body have their own unique functions although they all work in harmony.  When these functions are thrown into disarray, illnesses and disorders start to manifest.  When a change in the environment happens, TCM believes that related changes happen to the harmony in the body as well.  According to TCM, the organs of the body interact with one another in relation to the environment.  Upon consultation, the acupuncturist observes the patient’s symptoms and by means of these symptoms, the acupuncturist can come up with an accurate diagnosis.  TCM has a different way of diagnosing health disorders than western medicine.  For example, dampness causes prostate disorders and therefore to cure the prostate problem, take away the root problem, which in this case is dampness.  Usually the acupuncturist would look at the existence of the imbalances of these factors in the body:  yin-yang (excess or lack), exterior or interior cold or heat.

Herbs are often used in combination with acupuncture for a whole gamut of ailments.  There are over half a million herbs most of them in China.  Compared to synthetic drugs, these herbs do not have any side effects and are more potent in treating a sickness compared to medications.

Chronic back pain is usually caused by the body reaction to extreme emotions.  With its financial wherewithal, western medical science and the pharmaceutical industry has still no effective cure for back pain.  Back pain costs the United States around $40 billion in healthcare expenses and lost productivity and is a serious economic and health issue in the US.  Compared to drugs, acupuncture is a more economical form of treatment for back pain, not to mention it giving long-term to permanent relief from pain compared to what western medical science and the pharmaceutical industry offer.  Numerous studies have validated acupuncture as an effective treatment for upper or lower back pain.  For people who have used acupuncture for treatment of pain, they will always opt for acupuncture than any conventional or alternative treatments in the market today because of its natural approach, effectiveness, safety and the benefit of coming out placid, relaxed and feeling pleasant after a treatment.

07. May 2011 · Comments Off on Anxiety Treatment with Acupuncture Seattle · Categories: Acupuncture · Tags: ,

Constant extreme stress causes anxiety whether it is at work, outside or at home.  Anxiety is described as an extreme worrying or fear about a particular event, object or situation.  The modern day of living helps foster anxiety and many people now suffer from chronic and general anxiety problems.  Extreme emotions such as depression and anxiety have always affected the physical health and social life of individuals.  Acupuncture Seattle is touted as an effective method for reducing and even curing anxiety and stress related disorders in individuals.  Compared to antidepressants or sedatives, acupuncture is a very safe mode of treatment as it does not have any side effects.  It helps with anxiety and stress by helping to stimulate the release of endorphins to relieve pain and calm the mind.

Traditional Chinese medicine is a holistic type of medicine in that it considers mind and body as inseparable components. Extreme mental stress can affect the five major organs of the body and results in imbalances in the affected organs.  Likewise, an imbalance in any of the five organs can result in extreme emotions.  Acupuncture as a treatment for anxiety can be utilized to correct these imbalances and protect the organs as well from diseases.  Acupuncture treatment as with all TCM treatments, helps the body and mind regain their normal and balanced functions by relieving stress and diseases from both mind and body.  The needles promote a calming and relaxing effect during the course of the treatment giving both body and mind the chance to heal.  Anxiety symptoms are manifested by chest pain, tachycardia, shortness of breath, stomach pain, nausea and headache. The acupuncturist can study the patient’s condition and medical history to figure out what treatment approach is best for the patient.

Auricular or body acupuncture are the usual treatment approaches used for anxiety.  With acupuncture, needles are applied at target points associated or connected to the kidney and heart meridians.  The heart is targeted because it is a Yang oriented energy organ and it is vulnerable to being over-stimulated or over excited which can create “too much heat” in the heart.  A heart with excessive heat causes insomnia and anxiety. The kidney, on the other hand, is a yin or water oriented organ.  It is the organ that balances the energy of the heart by cooling it.  An energy deficient kidney cannot play its role in balancing the fire energy of the heart and so the heart rages with more than enough fire manifesting it as insomnia and anxiety.  Acupuncture regulates the yin-yang forces and strengthens the yin energy of the kidney thus helping correct the imbalance. A stronger kidney energy can contain the yang energy of the heart establishing a relative harmony of the two organs thus reducing or taking away anxiety.