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Chinese Herbal Medicine Can Help Cure Endometriosis

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Endometriosis is a condition in which enodometrial tissues form outside the uterine wall or endometrium. This condition leads to symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating, diffuse pelvic or stomach pain, infertility, pain during sex, premenstrual spotting, and painful menstrual cycles. Other symptoms that may arise include vomiting, nausea, fatigue, pain during bowel movement, pain shooting to the inner thigh, and low back pain. The pain’s intensity may not necessarily correspond to the severity of the disease, as there are sufferers who may not experience any pain at all. Western medicine treats endometriosis with drugs and/or surgery which does not necessarily cure the disease as there are cases when the tissue tends to grow back.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

One of the best alternative treatments for endometriosis is Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, for short. TCM has an excellent track record of removing pain. One of the best TCM modes of treatment for endometriosis is Chinese herbal medicine which is an ideal way of dissolving and decreasing abnormal tissue and stopping pain. Blood stagnation is the term Chinese medicine uses to define abnormal tissue growth. The body becomes out of balance which leads to the development of diseases when the flow of blood and Qi or energy in the body slows down or weakens due to a poor diet, too much work, stress, or hormonal imbalances. Several research experiments point to the effectiveness of TCM treatments for endometriosis; unfortunately, Western medicine seems to have little interest in the results due to lack of education and knowledge of Chinese medicine. If studies are not are not done in large sample sizes, double-blind, and randomized, their results are not take seriously. Maybe, five millennia of clinical evidence and success are good enough to convince Western medicine to accept this type of treatment as a valid way of curing endometriosis.

For TCM practitioners, endometriosis is a condition that they have been treating for thousands of years. These professionals see each patient as unique and so needs to be accorded a customized type of treatment that addresses their needs.

Most endometriosis patients experience a lessening of their pain within three menstrual periods. A lot of them experience a lessened intensity of symptoms and lessened cramping. The alleviation of pain is a huge benefit for these endometriosis sufferers.

Next, the level of menstrual flow decreases. The patient has a quality of life that is no longer filled with both emotional and physical discomfort caused by the disease.

TCM practice in the United States uses mostly Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture; lifestyle and nutritional recommendations are also included into the treatment protocol.

Lifestyle and Nutrition

-Activities to reduce stress and dietary modifications can significantly help.

-A diet rich in fiber and composed of Omega-3 oils, zinc, selenium, vitamin B foods, antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C, and E (vegetables), and whole grains is recommended.

-Stay away from animal fats, alcohol, salt, and caffeine.

Research Shows TCM Works

Endometriosis – A randomized controlled study led by Andrew Flower, PhD, observed the effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine in treating endometriosis patients who have undergone laparoscopic surgery. The patients treated with herbs had better resolution of their symptoms and better control of their pain than patient who have taken, Danazol; the results of herbal therapy were comparable to gestrinone, but the patients who used herbs had lesser side effects.

TCM decreases the longevity of the disease as well as lessens the symptoms of cramping, and stomach pain, several other studies show. They reveal that the most successful modes of treatment for endometriosis are Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Boynton Beach.

Treating endometriosis leads to fertility success. We see a significant rise in female infertility cases in the age we live in and so women should consider all treatment options.

One of the most important options they ought to consider is TCM as it not only cures infertility it also improves the quality of life of the person. A holistic type of treatment closes the gap between surgery and Western medicines, and improves pain management and the quality of life of the patient, all without the side effects of drugs.

Closing the gap between Eastern and Western medicine translates to better patient care and optimum health.

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May 19th, 2016 at 2:14 pm

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Banish Dandruff Forever Using Acupuncture or Acupressure Treatment

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The options for treating dandruff are very diverse these days. Most of us select and pick remedies that suit our lifestyle, pain threshold, and budget.

But oftentimes overlooked is a gentle and safe way of removing the itch and flakes of dandruff. That way is acupuncture. It may seem that acupuncture is an over-the-top treatment for dandruff. But if you want your dandruff to go away forever, something no type of clinical shampoo or herb can ever claim, then I suggest you try acupuncture.

The root reason for dandruff may differ from person to person. But, there is one common underlying cause of this problem and that is the poor circulation of blood and energy to the scalp. Because of this, acupuncture is a fantastic treatment to stimulate the flow of blood flow to this part of the body.

Acupressure works the same way as acupuncture but without the use of needles. Acupressure is an ideal option for those who have an aversion or fear of needles. So, if you have trypanophobia (fear of needles or injections), then I suggest acupressure to gain the same benefits as acupuncture.

In an acupressure procedure, you or your practitioner presses on certain acupoints on the body which can lead to the increase of circulation of blood providing an abundant amount of oxygen conveyed to the surface where it’s most needed.

A lot of individuals do find a scalp massage very enjoyable, so by either searching for a professional or doing the massage on yourself you will be able to gain certain benefits to your scalp acupressure treatment.

So, if you’ve availed of so many things and now are seriously considering trying something different, acupuncture and acupressure are treatments I highly suggest. It is safe, effective and relatively inexpensive.

Manhattan Acupuncture Clinic
900 Broadway, Suite 404
New York, NY 10003
Ph: (917) 968-6456

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April 30th, 2016 at 6:48 pm

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Some Things to Know If You Have Decided to Try Acupuncture for the First Time

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For people who have not experienced any type of acupuncture treatment, they may mistakenly assume that it is a painful procedure because it involves the sticking of needles in the body.

But for those who have had undergone acupuncture, they would say that the treatment is virtually painless. You may feel eerie sensations ranging from light tingling to electrical sensations in areas that may not be necessarily on the treated site. These sensations are fleeting and disappear after the needles have been removed or have been in place for a while.

A lot of patients say that acupuncture is an extremely relaxing treatment.

During an acupuncture procedure, a licensed and fully trained practitioner will safely and deftly use individually packaged disposable sterile needles to make sure that there is zero chance of infection.

Acupuncture originated in China 5,000 years ago. It was and still is used widely in several countries of the Far East eventually turning up in Europe and then centuries later, in America. There are many different forms of acupuncture and each country has its unique form of this treatment. You may need to know what style of acupuncture your practitioner employs to determine if you will feel comfortable to the style he/she uses. More often than not, your acupuncturist will willingly explain his/her style to you in detail.

Choosing the right acupuncturist for you in Louisville

If you have decided to try acupuncture you need to know the experience and training of your practitioner. Question your practitioner on how much experience he/she has in addressing your particular condition and on how long he/ she has been in practice.

Your acupuncturist should give you a layman’s explanation about what type of treatment you need to undergo. If the treatment entails certain risks, you need to know what those risks are as well as the length of the treatment and most importantly, how much will the treatment cost. You should be completely confident and happy with whatever treatment is chosen for you.

You should see some improvements even after your first treatment but you should not be concerned easily if the benefits dissipate quickly as almost immediately during your first treatment. The initial treatments almost always merely provide temporal relief to some extent. Seldom will one not experience some type of improvement after a single treatment, although, for most people significant improvements may be experienced over the next few days.

As the treatment progresses, the time period of lessened symptoms and the level of relief following each visit will become more definite, until the benefits are maintained.

Whatever your treatment is, you need to stick to its schedule, especially in the early stages. In this way, you may benefit from the momentum and preserve the healings that have been gained.

Your specific case will determine the number of treatments you will need. But usually, you probably should expect to one to two sessions for three to six weeks. After the initial sessions, you may require one to two sessions for the next two months. There are issues that can be corrected during this time but others can gain certain benefits from a “maintenance” visit now and again. During your initial visit, the schedule of your treatment will likely be outlined.

Acupuncturists consider each person as unique. Because of this fact, the plan of treatment your acupuncturist will provide will address your specific problems and needs. Any “off the shelf” treatment plan is unacceptable so you need to ask some probing questions to get a clear explanation of what your condition is and why you need the kind of treatment your acupuncturist recommends.

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April 30th, 2016 at 6:31 pm

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Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture are Excellent Modes of Treatment for Acute and Chronic Colitis

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The inflammation of the colon is referred to as colitis. There can be a lot of different factors that can lead to this condition. : IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), food poisoning, Crohn’s Disease and other inflammatory disorders, and chronic or acute inflammation. Mucus, gas, diarrhea, bloody stools, stomach pain, and abdominal bloating are some of the symptoms of colitis.

Steroids are the usual prescribed treatment for a worsening case of colitis. These drugs were only meant to temporarily relieve some of the symptoms of this condition and not to cure it completely. These medications must be taken for long periods of time, and if they are discontinued the symptoms will recur. If strong corticosteroids are used for an extended period of time, it may lead to severe side effects. Some colitis sufferers who have been taking steroids for decades or several years can actually make their condition even worse. The heart may weaken and may even develop cardiovascular or cardiac problems such as a heart attack. Long term intake of steroids can also give rise to joint problems such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Besides these consequences and side effects, these steroids were not developed to really cure the colitis.

Colitis Treatment with Chinese Medicine

Based on the theory of Chinese medicine, colitis is the result of a dysfunction of the spleen and stomach systems of the body. Therefore, the objective of Chinese medicine treatment for colitis is to focus on improving and normalizing the energy channels of the stomach and stomach. This kind of treatment is a natural way of stopping or, at least, lessening the symptoms of diarrhea, mucus, and bleeding. It can also serve to boost the immune system of the body as well as improve the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients.

A treatment protocol based on tens of centuries of medical experimentation and practice, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a type of treatment that is unique for each patient. This implies that a practitioner of TCM needs to gain a detailed understanding of the situation of the patient. A wide range of factors affect the way colitis is addressed. There will be patients who after eating fatty foods, or when angered stressed or stressed may suffer from painful diarrhea and/or dry mouth. The pulse and the tongue must also be examined in order to determine whether the condition is due to a yang or yin deficiency. Although treatment protocols may differ between patients, the basic remains the same, which is to enhance the functions of the stomach and spleen systems.

Case Histories

A 52-year old male came into my clinic and when I examined him, he presented with symptoms of colitis. He reported having frequent bowel movements (20 or more) a day that is usually accompanied by bleeding and plenty of mucus. When he consulted with his doctor, his doctor could not find anything wrong with his health. The patient allowed his condition to continue until his suffering became more and more intolerable that he decided to try acupuncture. I treated him with regular treatments for a couple of weeks. Along with acupuncture, I gave him a two week’s prescription of a brew of Chinese herbal formulas which he was required to drink every day. I recommended a change in his diet. He was to avoid eating inflammatory foods. After three weeks, his follow up visit showed zero signs of any colitis symptoms. He has not returned ever since.

Another case was about a 40 year old female who had been suffering symptoms of colitis for nine months. She had been suffering from substantial loss of blood every day due to her daily rectal bleeding that was accompanied by mucus in the stool. One of her relatives recommended acupuncture. She came to my office and after diagnosing her condition, I performed acupuncture treatments for a month. After, completing her treatment plan, her symptoms totally vanished. I inserted needles into specific meridians that were meant to help restore balance in her body.

Case Analyses

The first case is a sample of acute colitis. I diagnosed my patient with damp-heat syndrome that inhibited the functions of the spleen and abdominal systems in his body. The disruption of vital energy in those systems was evident.

The second case was a classic type of chronic colitis. My patient’s colitis came about due to a deficiency of her stomach and spleen systems. Acupuncture was still able to improve her condition by relieving the colitis symptoms even if her condition was chronic.

It is the responsibility of the acupuncturist to maintain or bring back balance to the human body in order to preserve the overall health of the patient. Using Traditional Chinese medicine modes of treatment such as acupuncture can enhance and normalize or regulate the internal systems of the body. TCM practitioners are trained to identify, target, and treat both the external manifestations of the condition and the underlying cause of the problem. This is the reason why Chinese medicine is an excellent way of treating colitis. It is important for the patient to seek treatment the soonest time possible in order to receive the best outcomes for a 100% recovery.

Another important component in the treatment of colitis is the dietary aspect of the treatment. Patients should at least, minimize or totally avoid foods that tend to produce mucus in the body. These include greasy/spicy deep fried foods, raw/cold foods, and dairy products (ice cream, cheese, milk, etc.). Foods recommended for eating include cooked, bland, and easily digested foods.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983
http://www.clevelandacupunctureclinic.com/

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April 10th, 2016 at 7:25 pm

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The Use of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Hormonal Imbalances

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One of the most common reasons why people develop health problems is that they have a hormonal disorder or imbalance in their body. The reproductive system is one of the most commonly affected body systems. Oftentimes, hormonal imbalance can prevent a woman from conceiving an offspring. It can also affect a woman’s menstrual cycle making it difficult for her to bear a child. Besides that, there can be many other health consequences that may arise from hormonal discrepancies.

When we talk about hormonal issues, we are generally referring to the glands that secrete hormones. Hormonal problems can affect both men and women depending on what hormone is lacking or is in excess. Certain hormonal imbalances can be so severe that it can lead to ovarian or breast cancer. It may also bring about various endocrine diseases such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, gigantism, acromegaly, and other types of growth disorders.

If you are diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance, your doctor may recommend certain drugs to help restore balance to your hormones. Besides medications, and other types of medical treatment, there is one other powerful form of treatment you can try: acupuncture.

To avoid disrupting the balance of your hormones, make sure that you adhere to a balanced lifestyle. Studies reveal that a sedentary lifestyle is the number one reason for obesity which, in turn, is the number one cause of hormonal imbalance not only in the United States, but all over the world. Therefore, it is important to be active, do some exercising everyday and eat a balanced diet all the time. Also, avoid taking hormonal drugs and other types of drugs that can impair the production of hormones in your body.

Finally, it is definitely crucial that you receive treatments besides the need for living a healthy lifestyle. One of the most effective types of treatment for hormonal imbalance is acupuncture in Maitland. It targets the acupoints that bring about imbalance and boost the smooth flow of energy in your body. With just a few weeks of treatment, improvements in your health will surely be noticed. And besides hormonal imbalances, acupuncture can also resolve a number of body conditions such as digestive issues, neck pain, insomnia, migraine, back pain, menstrual disorders, and many more.

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April 10th, 2016 at 6:51 pm

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Acupuncture Is A Proven Successful Treatment for Painful Symptoms of IBS

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It is easy to understand why there seems to be not enough safe and effective medical options for IBS as this condition is now considered by doctors to be merely a dysfunction (instead of a disease) and that there have been very few studies done about this health issue. There are other ways of addressing IBS besides the very important stress-reduction activities and other lifestyle changes that are required to properly manage this condition.

These include the use of alternative modes of treatment especially hypnotherapy and acupuncture. these two unique forms of treatment is always customized to specifically address the patient’s needs and are aimed at lessening the duration, severity, and frequency of the IBS attacks. A lot of patients have responded to these treatments very well which bodes well to their ever increasing use as a mainline treatment for IBS. The next part of this article will exclusively discuss about acupuncture.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a treatment that can only be administered by a licensed acupuncturist. This practitioner is trained in using a variety of tools although needles are his/her primary treatment tools. These needles are inserted into corresponding points in the body wherein lie pathways of energy known as meridians in which the body’s vital energy called chi or qi flows. When a meridian is stimulated by a needle, mental and physical processes are initiated which results in the normalization of certain bodily functions and in the calming of the mind. Acupuncture is the process of sedating or stimulating the meridians in order to balance the flow of qi in the body.

Traditional Chinese medicine’s view of acupuncture mirrors the belief that the body is a holistic and complex spiritual/emotional/mental/ physical system, balanced between sickness and health in a continuous flux of energy. Based on this perspective, natural energy flow occasionally becomes imbalanced which results in disorder or disease. Used oftentimes along with food medicine and Chinese herbal remedies, acupuncture brings back health by improving and balancing the flow of qi, and restoring the normal function of organs, glands, vessels, nerves, and muscles.

Blockages to qi and blood flow are removed and the circulation of qi is enhanced with acupuncture treatment. This is done with the superficial insertion of sterile filiform needles from a depth of just beneath the skin to about an inch, at specific acupuncture points along the meridians. To avoid the risk of injury or infection, it is important to select a qualified acupuncturist who only uses disposable, single-use, sterile needles.

There are over 2,000 acupuncture points scattered throughout the body and each point is connected to a specific organ system or internal organ. Some patients may experience nothing or a feeling of heaviness, warmth, aching, or tingling as the acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin. Pain is rarely experienced and most of the time an unusual or odd physical sensation is felt by patients that is not unpleasant. Depending on the condition and the severity of the symptoms one to twenty needles may be used in a single treatment. Some acupuncturists may use burning moxa leaves over the needles, or twist or heat the needles to augment the effect of the treatment. One session may last for as short as five minutes to as long as a full hour. The needles are left inserted in the skin for around 20 to 40 minutes.

The acupuncturist will decide the frequency and number of treatments needed for treating IBS. His/her decision will be based on how long you’ve had the condition and on the magnitude of your symptoms. The number of sessions may vary from a single session to several treatments a week, for several months. On average IBS patients require a total of six treatments to relieve their painful symptoms. if after 10 sessions, the condition has still not improved , the treatment is considered unsuccessful and is discontinued. If results are shown, the practitioner will recommend a continuation of therapy. As the IBS symptoms decrease, the number of treatments becomes less frequent over time although maintenance treatments may be needed at certain intervals.

DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214
http://www.miamiacupunctureclinic.com/

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March 26th, 2016 at 9:01 am

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Chinese Herbal Therapy and Acupuncture can Dramatically Reduce High Blood Pressure

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A third of the population of the United States suffers from high blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension. This seemingly ubiquitous condition has spread primarily because of a sedentary lifestyle and increased stress. The good news is that holistic therapies such as acupuncture can assist n the betterment of your overall health and in the management of high blood pressure.

What Is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)?

High blood pressure is a rise in blood pressure above normal levels, suggesting a rise in heart muscle contraction and/or a rise in vascular resistance. A person with normal blood pressure would have a measurement of 120/80 mmHg. Hypertension is a state in which the blood pressure goes over 140/90 mmHg. Hypertension is grimly known as “the silent killer” since this condition usually gives out few symptoms before it turns fatal. If not treated, hypertension can result in a high likelihood of kidney failure, heart attack, and/or strokes.

There are two types of hypertension: primary and secondary hypertension. People who suffer from primary hypertension are unaware of the cause of their condition. Secondary hypertension sufferers, on the other hand develop their condition due to various factors including side effects of medication, cancer, endocrine problems, and kidney diseases.

Modern Western medicine treatments for hypertension are long-term and involve the use of pharmaceutical drugs coupled with lifestyle changes. A combo of ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, dopamine derivatives, bête blockers, and diuretics are prescribed to help manage the blood pressure. Other ways to control hypertension is by regular exercise, eating a healthy salt-free diet, cessation of tobacco and alcohol use, and proper management of stress.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is a system of holistic medicine and along with Chinese Herbal therapy, is one the most important modes of treatment in Chinese Medicine. During an acupuncture treatment procedure, sterile filiform needles are used and inserted into points on the skin to induce a normalizing effect on the body. These points are called acupuncture points or acupoints, for short and they are located on the surface of the skin just above underlying energy channels known as meridians. Meridians connect the acupoints to specific vital organs in the body. When a needle is inserted into skin a light electric sensation is generated that stimulates the associated meridian.

Time and time again, acupuncture has proved to be clinically effective in treating a wide range of health conditions even if the exact mechanisms as to how it works are not yet fully understood. It is an excellent treatment for pain and painful conditions. In fact, it is oftentimes used in lieu of anesthesia in surgical procedures. The potency of acupuncture highlights its significant physiological effects. However, more clinical studies need to be done to validate the clinical effectiveness of this treatment on other health issues.

How Does Acupuncture Treat Hypertension?

There is no description of hypertension in ancient Chinese medical texts. Chinese medicine accounted for the different physiological processes that surrounded the condition. In Chinese medicine, there are a number of physiological relationships existing between each of the internal organs. Any disturbance to these relationships can result in a rise of certain patterns of disease. Through traditional Chinese medicine diagnostic tools such as listening of the patient’s symptoms and signs, palpation of the pulse of the radial artery and the observation of the tongue of the patient, an acupuncturist can determine the exact pattern diagnosis. From there, the acupuncturist can treat the right combination of acupoints to balance the body.

Usually, Chinese medicine considers hypertension the result of a disharmony of the Liver organ. It should be noted that in Chinese medicine, when we talk about the Liver (or any vital organ) we are not necessarily referring to the liver as a physical organ in the body. In Chinese medicine, the Liver is seen as the organ responsible for the normalization of Blood and the smooth flow of Qi (pronounced chee)i n the body. Oftentimes, acupuncturists diagnose Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Liver Qi Stagnation, and/or Liver Yang Rising as the most common patterns causing high blood pressure.

Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency – This pattern of disharmony develops when the body’s yin energy begins to weaken due to aging. The yin energy of these organs literally start to dry up. When this happens, there is not enough yin to balance and contain the yang energy of the body. The result is the heat rising up, which consequentially raises blood pressure. Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causes several types of age-related symptoms, including menopause. Acupuncturists treat the Liver 3, Kidney 3, and Spleen 6 acupoints to increase the cooling capacity of yin energy of the body.

Liver Qi Stagnation – A stressful lifestyle often results in this type of pattern of disharmony. Typical symptoms include PMS, tight muscles, digestive disorders, agitation, and sensation of distension in the head. The tight muscles constrict the body causing added resistance to blood and energy flow. Acupuncturists select the Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4 points to treat this pattern. This combination of acupoints contains analogous locations on each foot and hand producing a powerful circulation that is able to destroy the blockage to the flow of blood and energy.

Liver Yang Rising – This pattern is due to an unexpected upward movement of Yang Qi to the face and head. A bitter taste in the mouth, headaches, sudden dizziness, red eyes, and anger are some of the symptoms of Liver Yang Rising. From this pattern, emotions that are hard to control can come about. It is important to subdue the rising Qi by needling the acupoints Stomach 36, Liver 2, and Kidney 1. All these points are found in the lower legs and feet, which force Yang energy to go downward.

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Besides the aforementioned acupuncture points, a good number of extra points are selected as well to help manage the high blood pressure and regulate blood pressure. Many acupoints on the ear are treated and they oftentimes produce quick results and are very effective in managing high blood pressure and normalizing blood pressure. These include bleeding points on the backside and tip of the ear. These ear acupoints are usually included in combination with the aforementioned body acupoints to boost the effect of the therapy.

The acupuncture point Stomach 9 found in the neck adjacent to the carotid artery can instantly lower the blood pressure and is very helpful in controlling blood pressure during moments of emergency. Acupuncturists seldom treat this point bilaterally because it can lead to a state of low blood pressure (hypotension) because of its ability to lower blood pressure very quickly.

Acupuncture Treatment to Help Manage High Blood Pressure in Pembroke Pines

Acupuncture treatments done on a regular basis can help alleviate the symptoms of several kinds of health issues as well as help balance the disharmonies of your body. Receiving acupuncture treatments several times a week for the initial few weeks may be required to properly manage hypertension. Once your blood pressure has been stabilized, the number of treatments can be reduced. Acupuncture treatments can be a way to lessen or even stop the intake of your high blood pressure medication, under the guidance of your doctor, of course. Nowadays, the use of integrative forms of treatment is increasingly being adopted by doctors on hypertensive patients who desire to minimize or avoid the longstanding side effects of pharmaceutical medications.

The use of acupuncture treatment along with Chinese Herbal Therapy greatly augments the effectiveness of hypertension treatment. Also, only receive treatment from a licensed acupuncturist.

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March 26th, 2016 at 8:54 am

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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are Age-old Cures for PMS

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For over 4,000 years, Chinese acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of illnesses. This time-tested tradition has led to the resolution of a wide range of women’s health issues, including premenstrual syndrome or PMS, for short. This condition is usually marked by chronic symptoms coming just before the onset of the menstrual cycle. The symptoms of PMS include food cravings, mood swings, changes in the skin, cramping, discomfort, and pain.

What Can Be Done to Alleviate These Symptoms?

Cutting back on the intake of caffeine, taking vitamins, eating a highly nutritional diet, exercise, and removing stressors are some of the typical ways to allay PMS symptoms. Sadly, however, basic lifestyle modifications are often not enough for the relief of the discomforts encountered by women suffering from chronic PMS.

Is There A Treatment That Can Truly Work for PMS?

There is a glimmer of hope for sufferers of PMS amidst all this bad news. Actually, for thousands of years, PMS is a condition that has been easily treated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Overland Park. These treatments can quell the monthly ailments by eliminating any blockages to the flow of energy and bringing back vitality in the body. Closely cooperating with a licensed herbalist or acupuncturist can result in an effective and even permanent resolution of the imbalances related to this affliction.

Natural Therapies for PMS Symptoms

Lifestyle Modifications

Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and other physical activities are quite effective measures against illnesses, as they help improve the smooth constant flow of energy in the body. When Qi circulates in the body easily and freely, discomforts and diseases can be drastically reduced.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbalist-prescribed Chinese herbal formulas can work to restore balance and harmony to the system. Hsiao Yao Wan (pronounced shao yao wan and translated as “Free and Easy Pill”) is the most commonly prescribed formula for many of the symptoms of PMS. It can be purchased at a nearby health food store or at your local TCM clinic. The Free and Easy Pill is made up of various herbs that serve to relieve pain, calm the Liver, fortify the Spleen, nourish the blood and resolve Qi stagnation.

Acupuncture

A qualified acupuncturist is trained to locate points on the body that can stimulate and open up the affected meridians in order to regulate the flow of Qi. This practitioner can work to relieve Qi stagnation and remove blockages to relieve maladies such as PMS. For women suffering from PMS for a long time, just a few months of TCM treatment, may be enough to entirely resolve the stagnation that caused their PMS.

Bettering Your Life

Most sufferers of PMS mistakenly believe that their monthly painful symptoms are a natural part of their lives and there is nothing or very little they can do about it. What they can do is to proactively confront their monthly problem by having themselves treated with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and adopt healthy lifestyle changes.

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March 26th, 2016 at 8:43 am

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If You’ve Run Out Of Options with Your Psoriasis Problem, Why Not Try the Chinese Healing Art of Acupuncture

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Psoriasis can be treated by the ancient Chinese medical procedure known as acupuncture. But because psoriasis is a rare condition in China, it is rarely used as a treatment for this condition as well. So far Western medicine has no real answer for this disease. The good news is that some psoriasis sufferers who tried acupuncture state that this treatment can help soothe lesions and plagues which make the treatment worth a try.

About 2% of the population of the United States suffers from a severe form of psoriasis. A mild form of this condition is seen in about 20% of the population. Moreover, each year thousands of new cases are recorded around the world making psoriasis a significant global problem. So far, Western medicine has failed to discover the exact cause of the disease although it has been observed that the condition does not affect the upper layer of skin. Scientists suspect that psoriasis may be associated with dysfunctions in the immune system causing specific cells to become hyperactive and bring about the lesions and plagues that psoriasis is known for.

Using slender needles, acupuncturists insert these needles into acupoints that correspond to the condition. There have been a few studies that demonstrated acupuncture’s usefulness in treating the condition. However, most acupuncturists who have treated patients with this condition state that acupuncture is indeed a viable treatment for psoriasis.

If you want a cure that produces instant result, then acupuncture is not for you. For the treatment of psoriasis, it may take several treatments before you get to see results. One of the best things about acupuncture is that it has no side effects, unless of course you are squeamish about needles which then may lead to anxiety or the raising of your blood pressure. You may be delighted to know that acupuncture can now be performed small probes or mild electric currents instead of needles. These two modern procedures are just as effective as the traditional needle acupuncture treatment.

So, if you think you are all out of options when it comes to your psoriasis problems, I would highly recommend acupuncture for the treatment of psoriasis in Lauderdale Lakes. It may be the answer to your long suffering problem.

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March 13th, 2016 at 1:51 am

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The Chinese Medicine Way to Cure Skin Itching

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Chinese medicine clinics often take care of patients suffering from acute and chronic skin itch. Skin itches can be generalized (the itching is felt in different and several parts of the body or all over the body) or localized (restricted to just one part of the body). For obvious reasons, generalized itch is harder to treat using Western modes of treatment but easy if you use herbal therapy and acupuncture treatment. Itches may also develop with or without skin lesions (e.g., blisters or bumps).

Skin conditions such as urticaria, hay weaves, psoriasis, scabies, acne, eczema, and dermatitis may cause skin itching. The itching may also come about due to anxiety, stress, and other psychological conditions. Stress can exacerbate the itch generated by other causes. These causes include blood diseases (polycythemia vera), skin infestations (body lice, and drug reactions, cancers, and endocrine and metabolic disorders (e.g., hyperthyroidism, kidney or liver disease.

Most itch sufferers however, do not have a serious underlying condition. Scratching is a natural response to Itching but it can lead a vicious cycle of itch and scratch. Scratching may at first feel so satisfying but if you scratch frequently, it may lead to an irritated skin that generate more itch and worsen the problem. It is best to avoid scratching since besides only brings you temporary relief, scratching doesn’t address the underlying cause of the itch.

Of the skin is damaged because of the scratching the skin can be infected by pathogens. If the scratching persists for months or even years, the process of lichenification (a thickening of the skin) may set in on the affected site or pigmentation can darken that part of the skin.

Listed below are the Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment methods for itching in New York:

Wind-Heat syndrome

Clinical Signs – in summer generalized skin itching may occur due to too much heat and can worsen when one sweats. The severe itch can lead to violent scratching that, in turn, can result in the formation of crusts, oozing of blood in the ruptured skin, insomnia, thirst, and annoyance. The pulse is rapid and slippery while the tongue looks red with thin yellow coating

Treatment Aim – stop the itch, remove wind, cool blood, and clear heat

Acupuncture points to be treated – LI11, SP10, LI4, GB20, and SJ5.

Herbs – chan tui, jing jie, niu bang hsi, Shi mu, fang feng, yin chiao, and hsiao feng san

Written by Valerie

March 13th, 2016 at 1:46 am

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