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Acupuncture Miami, Ideal Treatment for Obesity

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Acupuncture has for decades, been a growing and popular program for weight loss in the United States. It is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practice and together with Chinese herbal medicine, has been the most popular form of TCM in the world.

Traditional Chinese medicine is a holistic science.  This means it treats not only the physical sickness of the human being but aims to treat the emotional, psychological, physiological and spiritual dimensions of the individual.

Obesity because of its social stigma, can work huge damage to the psyche and the morale of the person.  Interestingly, the reason for many obesity problems stems from depression, stress and other psychological or emotional factors. The other factor can be genetic predisposition or genetic inheritance.  Acupuncture Miami, true to its holistic nature, not only treats the obesity but also the root cause of the disease.

Before the actual treatment, the acupuncturist talks to the patient to determine what type of treatment would be best for him/her.  Once etiology is determined, three approaches may by taken:  treatment solely by acupuncture; treatment solely by herbal medicine or by acupuncture in conjunction with herbal medicine.  More often than not, acupuncture combined with herbal medicine is chosen to facilitate or speed up the treatment process since both modalities usually complement each other.

The organs TCM usually indicates for treatment are the kidneys, liver and spleen.  The liver is the primary organ where chi stagnates due to extreme emotions, usually stress, depression, frustration and sadness.  When chi stagnates in the liver, the kidneys and spleen become directly affected causing more undesirable symptoms and manifestations such as a flushed face, sweating, constipation, weak, shallow pulse and shortness of breath among a few.

The acupuncturist inserts needles into acupuncture areas with meridians connecting to the liver, kidneys, spleen and the central nervous system.  These needles have a threefold effect:  One, the needles remove the blockage of chi in the liver allowing chi to flow smoothly around the body.  Two, the needles help release endorphins in the body to enable the patient to relax and feel complete and euphoric.  The reason for this is that it helps the patient combat food addiction, which is used by the brain to stimulate the release of endorphins.  The body needs the eating of food because it helps quell the pain of depression and sadness.  Acupuncture replaces this food addiction by helping the body release endorphins without going through this addiction and helps the body readjust itself to regulate its food indulgence.  Third, acupuncture helps tonify the liver, kidneys, spleen and other affected organs weakened by the extreme emotions.

Ear acupuncture is usually the treatment of choice since the ear has many meridians connected to the various organs and the nervous system.

Chakra Acupuncture in Ft Lauderdale

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Chakra acupuncture in Ft Lauderdale is a rare combination of ancient Indian and ancient Chinese medical tradition practiced for holistic treatment of the person’s spiritual, emotional, psychological and physiological dimensions. Traditional Indian medicine states that there are seven energy points of chakra. Chakra is Sanskrit word for wheel of light. These two medical approaches are some of the oriental holistic alternatives for healing people.

The seven important chakra areas are vertically oriented in the body going from the spine (coccyx), to the top of the head. On the head resides the crown and forehead chakras (also called the third eye). Some relevant chakras to note are in the throat, heart, spleen and solar plexus areas. The chakras are where spiritual energy is concentrated and each chakra affects the part of the body where it resides. This can correspond to chi meridians in traditional Chinese medicine located at areas connected to specific organs whose roles are vitally crucial in holistic traditional Chinese medicine. Each chakra corresponds to distinct spiritual energies. The crown chakra, for example, enables spiritual communication of the individual with the divine or spiritual beings in the universe.

The chakras, like chi flow, when healthy and freely moving, are vital to the optimal movement of energy throughout the body. The unbounded flow of energy in the body produces harmony and growth of the spiritual, physical and mental aspect of the person. These ideas are identical to the beliefs of traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Indian medicine also believes that chakras enable the harmonious balance of positive and negative forces interacting in the body.

Chi, which is the Chinese word for life force gives the body good health spiritually, physically and mentally when it is flowing throughout the body unimpeded through channels known as meridians. Chi, like electricity, has positive and negative energies, called yin and yang. An imbalance of these two forces causes sickness and disease. Acupuncture is used as treatment both to remove any blockages of chi in the body and to restore relative balance of yin and yang in the affected organs.

The principles of both Indian and Chinese medical traditions is to restore equilibrium in the body and to allow for the free flow of energy charka or chi.

Chakra healing and Chinese acupuncture are integrated into one effective and holistic treatment known as chakra acupuncture. Introducing acupuncture needles on the affected chakras immediately reinvigorates the chi or life energies by balancing the negative and positive forces or the yin and yang in the body and removing any blockages of chi or life energies to allow for the normal free flow of this energy throughout the body. Chakra acupuncture is a relatively new concept but has shown great potential in healing individuals in a safe and holistic manner.

Written by Valerie

March 11th, 2011 at 12:51 am

New York Acupuncture and Cigarette Smoking

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A healthy lifestyle is always the right way to take care of one’s body.  Avoidance of cigarette smoking makes for very good advice on how to keep away from sickness and disease.  The smoke one inhales from cigarette smoking goes to the bronchial airways and clogs them up.  Try playing basketball or any physically demanding activity and one will see how hard it is to breathe after only a few minutes into the activity.

Acupuncture NYC has been widely known to cure nicotine addiction with great success.  How does acupuncture help in curing addiction from nicotine?

In cigarette smoking, nicotine is the addictive substance that the brain looks for to release endorphins in the body.  Endorphins are chemicals in the body which when released, gives the body the sensation of pleasure and euphoria.  Nicotine patches are some of the treatments for cigarette smoking but it really does not address the nicotine addiction.  In fact, it just keeps on feeding it.

Acupuncture is a treatment designed to release endorphins by allowing chi to flow normally throughout the body.  Chi is the life force in our body that gives us life and growth.  Sometimes, in an ailment, disease or sickness, in this case, addiction, the chi gets blocked or stagnates in one organ of the body, usually the kidneys, causing diseases associated with poor kidney, liver or spleen function.

Acupuncture removes the blockage and helps the body naturally to detoxify itself of nicotine by stimulating the brain to release endorphins without the need for nicotine.  When endorphins are released, the dependency of the patient for a drug to feel good disappears and the patient is released slowly of his/her addiction.

Some smokers have been long time tobacco users that detoxification takes months to fully kick the habit.  As long as the patient attends the acupuncture sessions, the addiction will be removed.

Some smokers have tried quitting cold turkey.  This is hard to do since the urge, like any other addiction will always be there.  The withdrawal may sometimes be severe and dangerous especially for a person having high blood pressure and cardiac problems.  Quitting may be successful but at the cost of exacerbating a potentially deadly disease which is hypertension or cardiac problems.

With acupuncture, one does not need to go that route.  There are no withdrawal symptoms involved since the body itself helps stop the addiction by releasing the endorphins which the brain hungers not through an external substance but through the organs themselves functioning normally because of the normal chi flow in the body.

Acupuncture is not only the best and safest way to cure one’s smoking problems, it is an economical way on the path to healthy living.  Tens of millions of Americans, treated with acupuncture for this addiction, would testify to that.

Written by Valerie

March 4th, 2011 at 10:50 pm