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Manhattan Acupuncture for Depression

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The traditional therapy that originated in China which involves the insertion of some fine, threadlike needles into certain specific points on the human body is called acupuncture. The term acupuncture comes from the Latin words, acus, meaning needle and pungere, meaning prick. It has been an integral part of Chinese traditional medicines like acupuncture in manhattan since the ancient times, and is believed to date back to the Stone Age. However, scientific researches to find out the efficiency of this therapy began in the later half of the 20th century. The conclusions of these researches have been quite controversial.

According to Chinese traditional medical therapy, the acupuncture points are located on meridians, which channel the flow of the vital energy, known as chi or qi. Acupuncture therapy has been approved by World Health Organization for more than twenty conditions, including depression, but in several others, it is cautious in its approach about the use of acupuncture, implying that only suggestive and not conclusive evidences have been found.

Depression is a mental or emotional condition can be a disease or a syndrome. There can be many factors that lead to depressive conditions, some of which include deficiency, malnutrition, hormones, heredity, stress and illness. Sometimes, it can also be an adaptation to particular situations like certain diseases, where depression induces inclination to take rest and thereby helps in recovery. On the other hand, depression can lead to distressful conditions, which impair the normal social, occupational and other important functions of an individual.

Depression is frequently treated with anti-depressant drugs. But many believe that the traditional Chinese therapy of acupuncture might be helpful in alleviating the root causes of depression. The therapy presumably activates the central nervous system (CNS), which in turn releases certain chemicals for promoting the natural healing power of the body.

Some researchers have pointed out that acupuncture may induce the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones that can change the chemistry of the brain. The philosophy behind acupuncture is that the imbalance between the body and mind is the main cause of many diseases including depression. So, the therapy is based on restoring this essential balance between body and mind.

In acupuncture, the target areas of inserting the filiform needles are twelve main nerve pathways or tracts, known as meridians and eight minor or less important nerve pathways. Almost 2000 pressure points are supposed to be present along the major and the minor nerve pathways. All these points are thought to be the channels through which energy is transmitted to the different regions of the body. So, different illnesses or disorders require the use of different specific points.

Acupuncture therapy aims at empowering the body to deal with stress and anxiety by regulating the flow of the vital energy qi through the energy channels. Many health care providers recommend it along with the use of regular drugs for depression, while others think that it is suitable only for mild to moderate depression. Besides, its efficacy is found to be enhanced, if used along with psychological therapy and herbal treatments. However, more conclusive studies are required to prescribe it as an authentic alternative to anti-depressant drugs in the treatment of depression.

Written by Valerie

September 30th, 2010 at 8:15 am

Acupuncture Treatment: A Fort Lauderdale Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Fort Lauderdale Traditional Chinese Medicine such as acupuncture  has, over the centuries, mapped out the subtle networks and interrelationships that reveal our bodies to be dynamic cellular ecosystems.

Our body is a dynamic environment of interrelating and interconnecting networks. Some of these networks are obvious and others are more subtle. Western science has focused its attention on the obvious networks such as the nervous, blood circulatory, endocrine, and lymphatic systems.

Evidence from computer imaging of the brain during an acupuncture treatment shows dynamic activities occurring in many regions and structures within the brain. This modern research has shown that stimulating an acupuncture point causes an increase in the production of endorphins and simultaneously activates the immune and endocrine systems.

Your acupuncturist or acupuncture providers can choose the most effective acupuncture treatment plan to help you obtain your desired health outcome.

Different acupuncture points will be chosen to relieve pain and stress, and to increase vitality. During acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist will use fine high grade surgical steel needles to stimulate the acupuncture points on your body. For hygiene purposes, these pre-sterilized, disposable needles are only used once
and then disposed away.

Millions of patients have enjoyed the benefits of acupuncture treatment and Traditional Chinese Medicine. They testify to the elimination or reduction of pain, increase in function, and a greater sense of vitality and well-being.

Acupuncture treatment has evolved over thousands of years. It is called empirical science as acupuncture points have been systematically tried and observed for functions and treatment efficacy. This art was started by the use of what Chinese call ‘ashi’ points, or points where there is pain. Bones, sharpened stones, or bamboos were inserted into these ‘ashi acupuncture points’ was found to give relief. Over the next few centuries, Qigong practitioners, doctors, and shamans began to see and map out the system of energetic meridians that course throughout our body. To date this is still being refined. Acupuncture points are specific points on the body which give particular access to this energetic system (known as Qi), performing different functions depending on their locations and the patterns of disease disharmony involved.

The needles are usually retained in the body for 10 minutes to one hour. While the patient is relaxed, the acupuncturist may choose to manipulate particular needles at particular acupuncture points to give desired effects. This action is to tonify, nourish, or strengthen, or conversely, to drain or subdue.

Electrical stimulation is also applied sometimes and is performed by placing small alligator clips onto the needles and passing a very mild battery generated electrical current through it.

It should be made known that many conditions can take many months of treatments to obtain desired results. For instance, a person with a chronic low back pain for 10 years may see some very quick results, although, any substantial lasting effects would actually take months or even years of regular acupuncture treatments. The acupuncturist will find out all they can about the particular condition and judge how frequent and how long the acupuncture treatment is required according to the severity of the condition and duration.

San Diego Acupuncture Treatment for Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a disorder that can seriously affect your health and quality of life. Have you tired trying with all the treatments for sleep apnea? San diego acupuncture is one of the best treatments for sleep apnea. Acupuncture is one of the oldest alternative treatments for the treatment of many medical problems including sleep apnea.

Alternative treatment is preferred for sleep apnea treatment due to various advantages over conventional treatment. Acupuncture is well accepted because it avoids the risk of side effects as it includes natural treatment.

According to the assumption made in traditional Chinese medicine, your body is supposed to function properly. When all are in harmony, body will function properly.

You have to in certain way to make your body work properly. You have to consider diet, exercise, mental and spiritual well-being that contributes to harmony.

When something is out of order, there is a definite reason. It is the search of underlying cause rather than concentration on symptoms that make acupuncture recommended treatment for sleep apnea. Acupuncture involves application of fine needles into the human body into one or more of the 2,000 acupuncture points.

These points link twelve main organs and eight secondary pathways. The channels or pathways are called meridians. The meridians conduct energy between the body’s skin and internal organs. The energy conducted by meridians coordinate the balance between one’s spiritual, mental, physical and emotional state.

Acupuncture body parts have been identified that are related to sleep issues to such a point that a method known as acupressure is used to induce sleep. Acupressure is nothing but applying light pressure to the acupuncture body point.

This can be done by pinching the point mildly between the thumb and finger. Both acupuncture and acupressure reduce tension, increase circulation, brings down levels of stress and regulate breath so that the body is enabled and relaxes deeply.

Using acupuncture for sleep apnea can over time correct whatever imbalances are causing sleep apnea, minus any side effects. Apart from improved sleep, people who have used acupuncture for sleep apnea obtained a greater feeling of well-being and improvement in health.

Once you start use acupuncture, your sleep improves slowly. During the treatment, do not consume caffeine, stress hormones should be decreased, daily routines and diet should be modified.

After several sessions, there is no need of any treatments to help in getting sleep. Each type of acupuncture for sleep apnea treatment consists of a different combination of meridians or points. Treatment with acupuncture differs for specific needs of individuals to fit that person.

Written by Valerie

September 21st, 2010 at 8:38 am

Treating Addiction with Acupuncture in Fort Lauderdale

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Today, there appears to be new hope for those who suffer from addictions to substances harmful to their health. Fort Lauderdale acupuncture is rapidly increasing in popularity as an effective aid in the control of many addictions—from serious ones involving alcohol and hard drugs to relatively less serious ones involving nicotine and overeating.

Excellent clinical evidence supports the use of acupuncture for addiction control. The first acupuncture detoxification clinic in the United States opened in 1974, at the Lincoln Memorial Hospital in the South Bronx section of New York City. At first, acupuncture was used as an adjunct to methadone treatment, but such good results were obtained with acupuncture that methadone was dropped from the program. According to Dr. Michael Smith, director, the success rate with acupuncture is substantially higher than that of more conventional programs. Unlike methadone, which is itself a highly addictive drug that is used primarily as a heroin substitute for heroin addicts, acupuncture is a natural procedure with no side effects, and it can treat a wide range of addictions. It works equally well for cocaine and crack addicts, heroin addicts, alcoholics, users of psychedelics, and people addicted to barbiturates and amphetamines. Addicts report a marked reduction in craving for drugs, a relief from symptoms of withdrawal, and feelings of relaxation along with improved sleep. The success of this program has inspired the opening of public-funded acupuncture detoxification programs in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Portland, Miami and other locations.

There is strong physiological evidence supporting the use of acupuncture in this area. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. Their level is also increased by endurance exercises, and they are responsible for the phenomenon called “runner’s high”, a feeling of euphoria experienced by long-distance runners who have crossed the five-mile line. It seems that the cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites.

Chinese Medicine has its own explanation of how acupuncture works. Chinese medical theory is based on the concept of yin and yang, which are dynamic and complementary opposites observed in all the processes of nature. In a healthy individual, yin and yang are in relative balance. Addicts often suffer from a deficiency of yin. Chinese medical theory, which comprehends the body metaphorically, relates yin to substance, quiescence, and the element of water. Yang relates to function, activity, and the element of fire. Yin nourishes, and yang consumes. When yin, or the water element, is deficient, fire is not held in check and rages out of control. Since it is the product of a deficit, it is called empty fire because it has no substance to fuel it. On a psychological level, such an imbalance creates feelings of emptiness and desperation. Physiologically, it manifests as frenetic hyperactivity. The addict is driven to use and abuse, but the drug exacerbates the fire and further depletes the yin; hence, the feeling of power he or she gains is exaggerated and merely temporary, leading to even more desperation.

Written by Valerie

September 6th, 2010 at 10:33 pm