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Philadelphia Acupuncture for the Treatment of Headaches and Migraines

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About one of every nine Americans suffers from migraine headaches.  Acupuncture in Philadelphia is perhaps most well-known for its ability to treat pain, and so many migraine sufferers across the country seek out acupuncture treatment for relief.  Acupuncture is used to treat and prevent many kinds of headache, but migraine management and acupuncture is probably the area that is most well-researched.

Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective and efficient in relieving headache and migraine intensity and frequency.  Not only has acupuncture proven to be effective, but acupuncture proved to be superior to conventional drug therapies for the prevention of migraine attacks.  Acupuncture research has also revealed that acupuncture helps to reduce disability associated with migraines, such as missed work or social events.

A study entitled Acupuncture for chronic headache in primary care: large, pragmatic, randomized trial published in the March 27th issue of the British Medical Journal, the most influential, peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, explored the use of acupuncture by headache patients already receiving conventional care.

Patients received up to 12 acupuncture sessions during a three month period, and patients were evaluated before acupuncture (baseline), at three months and at 12 months.  After receiving only up to 12 sessions in an entire year (and those all grouped together within just a 3 month period of that year), it was found that the acupuncture group had a 34% reduction in baseline headache score, compared with only a 16% reduction in the control group.  In addition, the acupuncture group experienced “the equivalent” of 22 fewer days of headache per year, 15% fewer days off sick, 25% fewer visits to general practitioners and used 15% less medication.  So not only was acupuncture effective- it provided savings in both cost and productivity.

“Acupuncture for Patients with Migraine” was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (the most widely circulated, peer-reviewed medical journal in the world) in their May 4, 2005 issue.  This study divided patients into an acupuncture group, sham acupuncture group and a waiting list control group.  Acupuncture patients received 12 sessions over an eight week period, and sham acupuncture patients were needled in locations that do not correspond to traditional points.  The four weeks prior to treatment, and the four weeks following treatment were compared for number of days with moderate to severe headaches.

The study found that 51% of the acupuncture group had a reduction in headache days by at least 50%, compared to only a 15% reduction in the wait list group.  More interestingly, 53% of the sham acupuncture group- the group where acupuncture was performed in a non-traditional manner- had a reduction of headache days by at least 50%.

Written by Valerie

August 30th, 2010 at 7:19 am

Lower Back Pain Acupuncture in Miami

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There is no definitive way to resolve lower back pain but the use of lower back pain acupuncture Miami to treat this condition has increased dramatically in the past few decades, based in a large extent to placebo-controlled studies that have validated it as a reliable method of pain relief. The results of a recent study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain provide further proof that acupuncture is a safe and effective procedure for low-back pain, and that it can maintain positive outcomes for periods of six months or longer without producing the negative side effects that often accompany more traditional pain remedies.

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people see a health care provider or even an acupuncturists for that matter. It has been estimated that up to 80% of the world’s population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, with the lower back as the most common location of pain. Although most episodes of low back pain last less than two weeks, research has shown that recurrence rates for low back pain can reach as high as 50% in the first few months following as initial episode.
In 1990, Dr Li Junxue stated about the treatment of back pain in Traditional Chinese Medicine as follows: “Back pain is not looked upon as a disease but as a symptom or syndrome. This syndrome can be further classified into several different types according to their pathological mechanism and clinical manifestations. Though they all belong to the category of back pain, the treatment for each type is very different, especially when they are treated with herbal medicine. Correct differentiation and classification are the basic requirements for good clinical results, and a specific prescription may effectively cure one type of back pain but does not work very well in another type. In the clinic, a practitioner will firstly examine the patient by the four methods of examination (observation; listening and smelling; inquiring; taking the pulse and palpation). He then analyzes all the clinical findings and the patient’s physical condition, in order to fully understand the pathological state – its cause, nature and location, and the contrast between Zheng Qi and Xie Qi. As a result of this analysis, the practitioner is then able to make a final diagnosis. Both in the ancient and modern literature, there are many discussions of back pain. Generally speaking, the Kidney is the main zangfu organ, and the Taiyang and Shaoyin channels are the main channels responsible for back pain. If the back pain is due to pathological changes in the zangfu organs, it mainly manifests as deficiency, and if the pathological changes are in the channels it mostly results from wind, cold, dampness or heat”.

Written by Valerie

August 13th, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Fort Lauderdale Acupuncture

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The heart of the concept of traditional chinese medicine in fort lauderdale such as acupuncture is that there is Qi also known as chi is a physical “energy force” that exists in every part of the living world. The flow of Qi in the channels of humans is familiar to anyone has seen the lines on the body of an acupuncture chart or model. Most practitioners believe that these Qi meridians exist as a separate system although sometimes in conjunction with the nerve and blood systems. These channels of energy are named after the body’s organs in order to describe a system of how one portion of the body works. For example, the liver in oriental medicine is described not as a physical organ as much as its role in moving Qi throughout the body.

Acupuncture, as it is known in the United States, is actually a mixture of herbology, acupuncture and other healing arts. A practitioner may or may not use needles, herbs, magnets, crystals or his or her own Qi. Each of these modalities has its own rich tradition and it is not necessary for a practitioner to use all of them.

Acupuncture itself is the placing of very thin stainless steel needles into appropriate points around the body. The needle may go from 1/5 of an inch to 3 inches into the body depending on the treatment and the part of the body. We cannot say that this is always painless but it is certainly less than the hypodermic syringes we are all afraid of. Any pain usually dissipates within a few seconds. In its place may be a distending or slight heat sensation. The needles may go in the abdomen, arms or legs, head or in the ears. There are two notable recent offshoots of traditional acupuncture. Ear acupuncture says that all the organ functions can be seen in the ear. Even smaller needles are precisely placed in different sections of the ear for treatment. Scalp acupuncture is used extensively in China and elsewhere for the treatment of stroke and other cerebral originating diseases. The needles are inserted horizontally and often vibrated to affect the different lobes of the brain.

What can I expect from my practitioner?
Oriental Medicine is the dominant form of medicine for much of the world’s population and has been so for thousands of years. To paraphrase Mark Seem (acupuncturist and writer), each patient seeks treatment on three levels. The first is for aches and pains, the second for systematic problems of the organs and the third for the deeper issues of life and existence. Oriental Medicine can address each of these and your practitioner may choose to treat you in any one, two or all of these levels. To generalize greatly: acupuncture is very good at pain, herbs at system “re-structuring”, while the deeper issues are best dealt with a combination of acupuncture, herbs and a skilful practitioner. Many people may be surprised that Oriental Medicine does indeed have a psychology. It posits that the functioning of the Qi on the organs can influence emotions, moods and personality and vice versa.

What is Qi in Manhattan Acupuncture?

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Defined as air or breath and by extension a life force or spiritual energy, Qi in Manhattan acupuncture is a part of everything that exists all around. It is a fundamental concept of everyday Chinese culture. References to qi or similar philosophical concepts as a type of metaphysical energy that sustains living beings are used in many belief systems.

Philosophical conceptions of qi date from the earliest recorded times in Chinese thinking. One of the important early figures in Chinese mythology is Huang Di or the Yellow Emperor. He is often considered a culture hero who collected and formalized much of what subsequently became known as traditional Chinese medicine. Although the concept of qi has been very important within all Chinese philosophies, their descriptions of qi have been varied and conflicting.

The etymological meaning of the qi ideogram in its traditional form is “steam rising from rice as it cooks” is interpreted as indicating the link between matter and the energy it develops. Matter and energy are said merely to be different states of the same fundamental substance.

Qi in traditional Chinese medicine
Theories of traditional Chinese medicine assert that the body has natural patterns of qi associated with it that circulate in channels called meridians in English. Symptoms of various illnesses are often seen as the product of disrupted or unbalanced qi movement through such channels (including blockages), deficencies or imbalances of qi, in the various organs. Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to relieve these imbalances by adjusting the flow of qi in the body using a variety of therapeutic techniques. Some of these techniques include herbal medicines, special diets, physical training regimens (qigong), massages to clear blockages, and acupuncture, which uses fine metal needles inserted into the skin to reroute or balance qi. Traditional Asian martial arts also discuss qi. For instance, internal systems attempt to cultivate and direct qi during combat as well as to ensure proper health. Many other martial arts include some concept of qi in their philosophies.

Written by Valerie

August 2nd, 2010 at 9:02 pm