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Santa Barbara Chinese Medicine

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Santa Barabara TCM Traditional Chinese Medicine is an indispensable part of the glorious culture of the Chinese nation. Totally different from the principles of western medicine, theories of traditional Chinese medicine emphasize the balance of the whole body. In the treatment process, the diagnostic procedure involves four steps: observing, listening and smelling, inquiring, and palpating. Among them, palpating is the most important. Other methods of treatment include acupuncture and moxibustion, breathing therapy (Qigong), and medical massage. The enormous size of a Chinese pharmacy is overwhelming, and the selection of its remedies may include odd things like dried monkeys, toads, tortoises, and centipedes to mention a few.

The development and origins of traditional Chinese medicine spans several thousands of years and is chronicled in many important books. The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Interior Medicine, Shen Nong’s Canon of Herbs, and the Compendium of Materia Medica are some of the more influential medical books.

With its unique theoretical framework, diagnostic methods and abundant historical literature, it stands as an integral part of the medical sciences of the world. Nowadays, traditional Chinese medicine is regaining its importance. Both western medical care and traditional Chinese medicinal practice exist in China, although the Western medical system seems to be dominant. Large public hospitals in cities across the country offer both traditional Chinese and Western approaches to medical treatment. Those whose problems are not too serious or urgent, are more likely to see a traditional doctor, who can better restore harmony to their body.

Great importance has been attached to traditional Chinese medicine since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The Party and the People’s government have formulated a series of guiding principles and policies to support and promote development of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The ongoing effort to promote and further develop Traditional Chinese Medicine will surely continue to make remarkable contributions to the common wealth of the nation as well as the whole of mankind.

Chinese medicine aims treatment at the symptoms of disease and the underlying cause of disease because symptoms tend to reoccur if underlying health issues are ignored. Instead of trying to fit you into a rigid treatment model, most acupuncturists will tailor your treatment to fit your unique set of signs and symptoms. As your health develops and changes so will her treatments. That dynamic progression of energetic evolution manifests as healthy balance in body, mind and spirit. Juliette forms a compassionate and healing rapport with patients, offers effective Chinese medical care and teaches the valuable tools of self-care through patient education.

Written by Valerie

November 21st, 2010 at 7:50 am

Herbs and New York TCM

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Many of the health claims of herbal medicine bear fruit for the pharmaceutical industry, leading to new drugs that are more potent and more targeted than the original remedy. In New York TCM or Traditional Chinese medicine there are many health claims for the likes of Ginkgo biloba and many other remedies that might bear closer scrutiny. Now, pharmaceutical chemist David Barlow and colleagues Peter Hylands and Thomas Ehrman at King’s College London have undertaken the biggest study yet of the active ingredients in TCM and used an analytical system known as a multiple decision tree technique, called Random Forest, to unearth the root of the activity of the natural products in TCM.

Their study seems to vindicate many of the claims of TCM as well revealing several compounds that might be indicated for diseases and symptoms not treated with in the traditional system.

The team built a database containing well over 8000 compounds from 240 of the most commonly used TCM herbs and used a second database of almost 2600 known active plant chemicals and other natural products as a training set for the Random Forest computer algorithm. The team found that about 62% of the herbs they tested in silicoagainst various drug targets (mostly enzymes associated with pathogens or problems in the body) contained candidate drug compounds that might be isolated for treating a single disease without the associated issues of a TCM approach. They also found that more than half of these compounds worked against at least two diseases and so might have multiple applications.

Acupuncture is also most effective in treating addictions, phobias, anxiety and other such psychological problems. Acupuncture is also very useful for any kind of ‘wellness’ program. Stimulation of specific points to tone all the primary organ systems as well as the body as a whole. It is said, ‘needle Stomach 36 and live to be a hundred.’

Written by Valerie

November 14th, 2010 at 7:15 am

Acupuncture Boulder and Its Benefits

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Acupuncture is one of the oldest, most commonly used medical procedures in the world. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medical technique. It is also called Oriental medicine. Acupuncture scientific name is paradigm. Each meridian corresponds to one organ, or group of organs, that governs particular bodily functions. Acupuncture Denver is thought to restore health by removing energy imbalances and blockages in the body. Acupuncture is the practice of inserting thin needles into specific body points to improve health and well-being. Acupuncture is a family of procedures involving stimulation of anatomical locations on or in the skin by a variety of techniques. Traditional Chinese medicine is not based on knowledge of modern physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, anatomy, or any of the known mechanisms of healing. Acupuncture’s record of success has stimulated a number of research projects investigating its mechanisms as well as its efficacy. It’s commonly used to treat pain, relieve common ailments and promote general health. There is a growing body of research evidence on the effectiveness of acupuncture, especially to treat nausea (particularly postoperative), dental problems and low back pain. Acupuncture has been shown to induce reproducible patterns of neural activity in a wide variety of brainstem, midbrain and cerebral cortical structures.There is sufficient evidence, however, of acupuncture’s value to expand its use into conventional medicine and to encourage further studies of its physiology and clinical value.

Acupuncturists believe it regulates the flow of ‘vital energy’, known as ‘Qi’ (pronounced ‘chee’). The most frequently offered defense of acupuncture by its defenders commits the pragmatic fallacy. The effects of acupuncture are complex. Acupuncture needles are metallic, solid, and hair-thin. People experience acupuncture differently, but most feel no or minimal pain as the needles is inserted. Some people are energized by treatment, while others feel relaxed. Improper needle placement, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle can cause soreness and pain during treatment. This is why it is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner. Acupuncture is also thought to decrease pain by increasing the release of chemicals that block pain, called endorphins. Many acu-points are near nerves. When stimulated, these nerves cause a dull ache or feeling of fullness in the muscle. The stimulated muscle sends a message to the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord), causing the release of endorphins (morphine-like chemicals produced in our own bodies during times of pain or stress). Some of the biological effects of acupuncture have also been observed when “sham” acupuncture points are stimulated, highlighting the importance of defining appropriate control groups in assessing biological changes purported to be due to acupuncture.

Written by Valerie

November 9th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

New York Acupuncture to Treat Depression During Pregnancy

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New York acupuncture relives the symptoms of depression during pregnancy better than a placebo and potentially as well as pharmaceutical antidepressants, according to a study conducted by researchers from Stanford University and published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

“Acupuncture that we have tested works for pregnant, depressed women,” researcher Rachel Manber said.

The researcher’s randomly assigned 150 pregnant women, who were suffering from clinical depression to receive either massage, acupuncture designed to treat depression, or acupuncture not designed for depression. After eight weeks of treatment, 63 percent of participants in the acupuncture-for-depression group had experienced an improvement in their symptoms, compared with 44 percent of women in the other two groups.

Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves inserting needles into certain key parts of the body to treat various health conditions.

The study did not compare acupuncture to antidepressants or psychotherapy, but the success rate of acupuncture in the current study was similar to that of other therapies in studies of men and non-pregnant women, the researchers noted. They said further research is needed to make these comparisons directly.

Approximately 14 percent of women become depressed at some point during pregnancy. In addition to the damaging effects of depression and the risk it might pose to mother or infant, depression during pregnancy is also a risk factor for postpartum depression, which occurs at similar rates.

Postpartum depression may lead to inconsistent childcare, problems with mother-infant bonding, reduced birth weight, and hampered emotional or cognitive development in the child.

Yet many women are reluctant to take antidepressant drugs during pregnancy for fear of harming their unborn children.

“Antidepressants are not an attractive option for many women,” Manber said. “Many women are concerned about using antidepressant medication during pregnancy.”

Written by Valerie

November 3rd, 2010 at 7:00 am

Miami Chinese Medicine and Injuries

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Injury means harm to any part of the body. Injury can come from a wide variety of causes. This article talks about the injuries caused by physical influence and that causes damage to one or more of the tissues that surround bones and joints, e.g., to a ligament, tendon, or muscle. The so-called soft-tissue injuries include ligament sprain, tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon), and muscle tears.

Many injuries are given a sports prefix to their names, but can also be caused by something unrelated to sports. For example, tennis elbow is a type of overuse injury that may occur from playing tennis or from an activity like sawing wood.

Miami Chinese medicine treatment is very good for Muscle pull, Neck pain, Shoulder injury, Lower back Strain, Tennis elbow, Runner’s knee, Shin splints, Ankle sprain, Achilles tendonitis, Arch pain etc.

The treatment includes acupuncture, cupping, herbal application formulas, TuiNa (Chinese therapeutic massage) and internal herbal medicine. Which method or formulas are going to be used will depend on the severity of the injury and how long it occurred.

Treatment principles and usual methods:

1.  For the new injuries within 1 to 2 days, the therapeutic principle is stanch bleeding, disperse swelling, relieve pain and heat clearing.

2.  For the injury after 2 days, the therapeutic principle is to soothe the channels and quicken the network vessels to transform stasis and move the blood to disperse swelling, relieve pain and repair soft-tissue.

3.  Recurrence of discomfort or chronic pain from an old injury. The treatment principle is warm the channels and free the network vessels, dispel wind, eliminate dampness and dissipates cold, strengthen sinew and bone.

From Chinese medical point of view, right after injury or there is redness, swelling, hot and pain using ice pack would be appropriate. Otherwise, don’t use it. Especially a pain without heat sign shouldn’t use ice pack. Improper using ice pack may cause chronic pain.

Written by Valerie

November 3rd, 2010 at 7:00 am

Orlando Acupuncture To Help Treat Spinal Cord Injuries

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One of the most traumatic events the body can experience is a spinal cord injury. The aftermath of this debilitating injury is almost always severe and in the most extreme of cases can result in death or permanent paralysis. When the nerve roots or fiber tracts of the spine are damaged, signals to and from the brain fail to occur, or have difficulty happening, thus causing the impedance of certain motor functions. Acupuncture in Orlando and massage therapy have proven to be highly effective in helping aid patients with spinal cord injuries.

The road to recovery after a spinal cord injury can be a long and enduring. But there are many options available to help treat this condition. Aside from Western medical practices, the combination of Oriental medicine and physical therapy has proven to be effective as well.

In a clinical study carried out in 2003, a team of doctors directed by Alice M.K. Wong, M.D., began spinal cord therapy through acupuncture on a group of patients recovering from their injuries. The doctors found that after beginning treatment at various acupoints including the bilateral Hou Hsi (SI3), Shen Mo (B62), the antihelix, helix, and the lower portion of the ear-back areas, patients were showing significant improvements. Neurological behaviors including sensory and motor skills improved greatly in the patients who were put through a regiment consisting of Oriental medicine (including acupuncture and massage), and physical therapy. The team of doctors and researchers concluded that the use of these therapies, when implemented early in acute spinal cord injury, contribute to significant neurological and functional recoveries.

In addition to several studies that prove Oriental medicine can help spinal cord injury patients, one of the most critical and important pieces of evidence is the therapies” ability to increase a patient’s ASIA impairment scale ratings.

The ASIA impairment scale is the American Spinal Injury Association’s standard of assessing the neurological status of a person who has sustained a spinal cord injury. When this rating increased in patients who had undergone acupuncture treatments, the scientific evidence revealed that Oriental therapies such as acupuncture and massage indeed did improve the body? Neurological response times, and helped patients with spinal cord injuries on the long road to recovery.

Written by Valerie

November 2nd, 2010 at 10:47 pm