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The Use of Herbs and Manhattan Acupuncture

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If you’re seriously interested in knowing about manhattan acupuncture, you need to think beyond the basics. This informative article takes a closer look at things you need to know about “acupuncture”.

When most people think of acupuncture, they imagine someone sitting in a chair with a number of very thin needles hanging from their ears, or arms, or other parts of their bodies. This is a pretty good picture as far as it goes. The needles are usually not as large as they are imagined to be, and frequently only certain parts of the body have several needles, rather than in a number of different locations.

The purpose of the insertion of the needles is to redirect the flow of energy within the body. Once the flow of energy is restored to its proper channels, the body recovers its proper operation and the systems slowly or quickly disappear. The number of treatments in order for the symptoms to disappear depends both upon the patient and the set of symptoms that are being experienced.

The medical basis for the techniques of acupuncture was developed in China over thousands of years. Part of traditional Chinese medicine also uses a number of herbs, in conjunction with traditional acupuncture technique. In America we are used to taking vitamins and supplements, and we take them as either pills or capsules. Normally we take these supplements as a general nutritional support. The herbs recommended by an acupuncture practitioner are very specific for the symptoms being treated at the clinic. The herbs at the clinic may also be in pills or capsules. They might also be brewed with warm water and taken as a tea.

If you find yourself confused by what you’ve read to this point, don’t despair. Everything should be crystal clear by the time you finish.

This tea allows the acupuncture practitioner to mix just the right herbs for a particular person, rather than loading them up with several different pills. It is also easier to adjust the proportions in case several different herbs are used. Further, having the herbs taken as a tea makes the action of the herbs very rapid. Your acupuncture practitioner may also offer raw herbs, which have the most potency. They are also the worst tasting choice for someone not used to unusual tastes. However, once raw herbs are tried a few times, most clients prefer the raw herbs.

When your acupuncture practitioner decides on a plan of treatment, you and your practitioner should discuss the various parts of the treatment, including herbs, if any. Make sure that the acupuncture practitioner knows about any vitamin supplements or other nutritional foods presently being used, such as garlic pills or nutritional yeast. The same holds true for any prescription medications, even though generally the herbs are not planned to affect a particular organ’s mechanism, but rather influence a large part of the body’s system as a unit.

Finally, the acupuncture practitioner should be advised of any new symptoms if a new herbal prescription is started. Typically the only symptom might be a slight digestive upset, but if this or any new symptom is noticed, the practitioner should be notified right away. Herbs, though not a necessary part of acupuncture therapy, can be very helpful in promoting more rapid recovery and better health.

Written by Valerie

October 10th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

How to Prepare for an Seattle Acupuncture Treatment

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It’s likely that you have heard of acupuncture, and you may even know someone who has experienced it. Bellvue acupuncture is the attempt to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific anatomical points on the body. If you’re considering trying this alternative medical system yourself, for a condition that is chronic, or one where Western medicine seems to have failed you, here are some ideas for approaching your choice.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China and Asia. However, it doesn’t follow a Western European method of disease diagnosis and treatment, so it is useful to study this method before seeking treatment

  • Read about it in books or magazines.
  • Talk to an acupuncture practitioner, or to someone who has successfully used it.
  • Read information on suitable websites, such as government health departments or traditional Chinese medicine schools with a good reputation.
  • Decide if you can trust or accept this methodology. If you are extremely adverse to trying it, no one can or should convince you to do so. However, if you are convinced it might work for you, or you’re feeling desperate for another treatment route, acupuncture might be helpful. Acupuncture can relieve pain and reduce symptoms or help restore a balance to your system. Only you can decide if it is worth giving it a try.
  • Be wary of anyone who claims it can cure anything more substantial, however, as it doesn’t cure cancer and cannot save you from an incurable illness.

If you have decided to try acupuncture, see if it is covered by your insurance plan or your health system’s welfare coverage. Your doctor might have to refer you for treatment to get it covered. Discuss this idea with your doctor first if you wish. If it’s not covered, decide if you can afford to pay for it on your own.

  • Find a qualified practitioner. Depending on where you live, you might easily find a qualified acupuncture doctor, or you may not. You will need to check if acupuncture is regulated where you live; a state, province, or region may or may not certify such doctors, making it harder for you to know whether or not your acupuncturist is reputable.
  • If you are having difficulties finding out, inquire in a local Oriental medicine clinic or college for more information.
  • If you know of people who have had successful treatments, ask for their recommendation.
  • Always ask to see the credentials.

Acupuncture is a structure in which you will be given a series of up to 20 treatments of up to an hour each, spread out over several weeks. There will usually be a day or two between each treatment. Acupuncture focuses on treating overall well-being and not just the symptoms, taking a holistic approach.

Written by Valerie

October 5th, 2010 at 9:42 pm

How Acupuncture Denver Works

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The ancient Chinese regarded acupuncture Boulder as an effective therapy, as they believed that by inserting needles into the skin, the needle point unblocked pathways called ‘meridians’, these pathways channel the natural energy of the body and when they become blocked they cause pain.

Medical practitioners believe that by inserting needles into the skin, the puncture point stimulates neurological processes that trigger the release of chemicals from the brain and spinal cord, that aid in the reduction of pain.

Although 2% of the population of the United Kingdom use acupuncture annually, the results if its efficacy have been found to be quite ambiguous. This makes its scientific quality very difficult to gauge, therefore difficult to recommend as a treatment. There are many variables to remember when trying to measure the success of a treatment. The patients always have a feeling of needle-phobia, the levels of pain experienced by patients and the availability and usage of tools available for measuring pain.

For sufferers of chronic back pain, however, there have been findings that it can help to reduce pain and permit episodes of increase physical activity for up to three months.

For these patients, it is a very cost-effective complementary therapy as it is a relatively fast, simple and inexpensive procedure and also lessens the need for other painkilling treatments.

There is however, no indication of it being a successful treatment to those suffering acute back pain. In any circumstance, acupuncture only treats the symptoms of back pain, not the underlying cause.

As with all needle use, all equipment should be single-patient use, kept in sterile packaging, and used in a controlled and sterile field so as to reduce the risks of hepatitis, HIV and other infections. As long as this criterion is met, it is a relatively safe treatment, with other side-effects being the less serious dizziness and nausea. Ensure that you are well supported and cannot fall when receiving acupuncture.

Unfortunately there is no governing body or government legislation regarding the practice of acupuncture, which means any individual can set themselves up as an acupuncturist without having to undertake any training. Not only is this unsafe, as serious diseases such as cancer could go undiagnosed, but there are no guidelines on price or whether the equipment will be of a high and sterile standard.

Always check the credentials of your acupuncture practitioner and ask for references. It is probably best to avoid practitioners who advertise in local papers, on leaflets or at fairs and exhibitions as these may be unlikely to have any medical knowledge.

The safest option is to ask for a recommendation from your GP, who may actually be able to perform the treatment in the surgery.

Written by Valerie

October 5th, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Acupucnture: Fort Lauderdale Holistic Medicine

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Acupuncture is a form of holistic medicine at Thrive Wellness Center in Fort Lauderdale that has been practiced in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall well being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy – known as Qi – moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin.

Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities – Yin and Yang – and when these become unbalanced, illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma. The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.
Several processes have been proposed to explain acupuncture’s effects, primarily those on pain. Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals either change the experience of pain or release other chemicals, such as hormones, that influence the body’s self-regulating systems. The biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being. There are three main mechanisms:

1.  Conduction of electromagnetic signals: Scientists have found evidence that acupuncture points are strategic conductors of electromagnetic signals. Stimulating points along these pathways through acupuncture enables electromagnetic signals to be relayed at a greater rate than under normal conditions. These signals may start the flow of pain-killing biochemicals, such as endorphins, and of immune system cells to specific sites in the body that are injured or vulnerable to disease.

2.  Activation of opioid systems: Research has found that several types of opioids may be released into the central nervous system during acupuncture treatment, thereby reducing pain.

3.  Changes in brain chemistry, sensation, and involuntary body functions: Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Acupuncture also has been documented to affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes whereby a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature are regulated.

Acupuncture in Manhattan for Depression and Anxiety

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Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health disorders in Australia today. Alarming rates of depression affect approximately 20-25% of Australians at some time in their life. Underlying low levels of anxiety within our society are rising as our stressful lives create an obstacle to balance, within our lives and ourselves.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) like Manhattan acupuncture, the aim is to achieve this balance and return the body to a normal state of functioning. Mind and body are seen as synonymous in TCM where disharmony in one inevitably affects the other. Mental imbalance is often due to repressed or blocked emotion, other factors such as diet, illness, constitution and overwork may also be involved, causing impairment in the free flowing Qi (Energy) within the body. This ‘stagnation’ manifests as depression and anxiety with symptoms of fatigue, insomnia, lack of motivation, poor self-esteem, moodiness and chronic pain.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can significantly reduce these symptoms. Recent studies show that intensive acupuncture over 6 weeks can reduce chronic pain related stress in the neck and shoulders for over 3 years!

Scientific research suggests that acupuncture causes a reduction in cortisol levels. Cortisol is often referred to as the ‘stress hormone’ and is elevated at times of stress and anxiety and reduces at times of relaxation. If an individual has long-term chronic stress, cortisol levels will remain elevated. Time after time raised cortisol levels are a risk to health because they increase blood sugar, blood pressure and reduce immune responses, creating an environment in the body that is more susceptible to disease.

Acupuncture has also been known to balance serotonin and endorphins to encourage mental health. Lifestyle factors such as regular exercise and a balanced diet are essential to a healthy mind and body and in conjunction with psychotherapy, meditation, herbal medicine, massage or acupuncture, can help us to get back into balance and find again, our innate nature of happiness and wellbeing.

Written by Valerie

October 1st, 2010 at 8:00 am