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Acupuncture Philadelphia and the Athlete

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Athletes always aspire to be in tiptop shape.  They always need their muscles to be finely tuned.  They need to have high mental morale and steely resolve.  The athlete treats his body and mind like a fine-tuned, well-oiled powerful machine ready to give optimal performance on demand.  There is no guarantee that an athlete will not suffer from injuries throughout his career and that is why he must also be prepared to have his injuries treated in the hands of an experienced professional with a treatment as natural and effective as possible.  Yes, there are numerous approaches in treating injuries, many of which involves pharmaceutical therapies.  There are invasive treatment approaches that may harm other parts of the athlete’s body if treated by an incompetent professional.  Acupuncture Philadelphia is safer than drug therapy or surgery, much less painful and non-invasive than physical therapy or surgery and much more effective than the three modalities mentioned.

Acupuncture treatment works effectively with musculoskeletal injuries or pain.  For an athlete wanting to have a toned up body and a sharp mind, acupuncture can deliver these two important factors rapidly.  For one, acupuncture enhances blood flow throughout the body energizing and revitalizing the other organs that have been undernourished before.  Acupuncture regulates hormonal balance so the athlete does not suffer from any hormonal imbalances.  Acupuncture stimulates the brain to release endorphins and enkephalins, giving the athlete a sense of completeness and tranquility, which may neutralize any anxieties the athlete may feel.  Acupuncture makes the athlete physically and mentally fit.

Stress is also a factor, which the athlete must deal with.  The control of stress and the mental tension that may serve as a driving force for the athlete can also be too overwhelming especially when challenges and risks are great in a competition.  Acupuncture can greatly help ease the mind of the athlete before competition starts.  Acupuncture brings balance and harmony to the mind and body.  It is not a miracle cure for diseases or ailments but it does provide mental relaxation to a person who has too much stress in his/her mind.  Regarding physical injuries, acupuncture can be an answer to a sprained ankle, shoulder pain, torn calf muscle, Achilles tendon problems, tennis elbow, back and neck aches, etc.

Acupuncture truly is a perfect treatment and therapy for any athlete.  Even mental athletes like chess players can benefit greatly from acupuncture as it helps clear the mind of worries and stress.  All the athlete needs to keep fit is a few sessions of acupuncture immediately before competition to keep his physical and mental balance and increase his/her physical strength.  For acupuncturists who treat athletes, they can be like machine doctors who want their machines to work like super machines, performing extremely well to be number one and since all athletes aspire to be number one in their field of competition, it is up to the acupuncturist to help them achieve their dream.

Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2011 at 3:54 am

Bellvue Acupuncture and Moxibustion

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Acupuncture and Moxibustion have been part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years in China.  Now these two are one of the most popular forms of alternative medical treatments in the world.  Acupuncture treatment is the use of hair thin sterile needles inserted into specific areas called acupuncture points.  The needles are manipulated in such a way to elicit a desired response.  The acupuncture points are connected to a network of meridians spread throughout the body just like the circulatory and nervous systems of the body.  These meridians are energy channels where Chi, or “vital life” travels.  Chi is what energizes and gives the body strength and growth.  Without chi, the body dies.  Sometimes blockages arise in the meridians and hinder chi flow.  When chi stagnates or flows poorly, diseases and illnesses set in.  Acupuncture corrects these imbalances.  Acupuncture is now widely accepted as a treatment for many types of illnesses in the United States and all over the world.  When the needles are inserted, the patient feels just a slight tingling sensation.  The needles are left in the body for about 20 to 40 minutes depending on the treatment .  During treatment, the patient is flooded with a sense of relaxation and comfort.

The acupuncturist sometimes may use other complementary techniques such as moxibustion.  This is a treatment where an herb called mugwort is burned on the skin in order to maximize the effect of acupuncture treatment.  Acupuncture together with moxibustion is an effective remedy for a plethora of ailments.  With or without moxibustion though, acupuncture has built a credible reputation of being an exceptional alternative form of treatment for many diseases and sicknesses.  The World Health Organization acknowledges the effectiveness of acupuncture and lists the number of ailments or the symptoms of diseases, disorders and sicknesses it has known to treat.  Some diseases are more treatable with acupuncture combined with moxibustion than many modalities Western medicine offers.

Pain and injuries from the musculoskeletal system are treatable with Bellvue acupuncture.  When disease or damage affects this system, pain and distress are usually the results.  Three types of damage that usually happens to the musculoskeletal system are injury or sprain caused by a traumatic experience such as a sporting activity or a street accident, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  For sudden injuries or sprains, acupuncture has an immediate effect and depending on the extent of the damage, treatment may just take a day or two or it may last several weeks.  Usually the needles are inserted in the painful and tender areas of the body.  With osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, the treatment usually takes a little longer and it may be just to for pain relief.  Treatment may take weeks and only after 4 or 5 sessions does the effect of the treatment start to manifest for many patients.  Nevertheless, the patient always comes out revitalized and relaxed after every session.

Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2011 at 3:46 am

Acupuncture New York and Tinnitus

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Acupuncture New York is part of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been a mode of treatment used by the Chinese for more than 2000 years for a number of illnesses and disease ranging from hypertension to drug addiction.  Acupuncture is a holistic type of treatment meaning acupuncture aims to heal not only an individual physically but psychologically and emotionally, as well.  Acupuncture helps maintain normal flow of energy in the body. It is widely known to reduce pain, strengthen the immune system and speed up the recovery of the patient.

Acupuncture enhances the flow of blood throughout the body.  It reduces stress, does not have any side effects and is an important tool when used as a complementary modality for various medical treatments.  Acupuncture treats ailments related to tinnitus effectively.  During treatment, hair thin needles are inserted into acupuncture points in the body of a patient. The needles stimulate the brain to release certain chemicals in the nervous and circulatory system. These chemicals, called endorphins, provide pain relief and enable the patient to relax.

Most people are concerned with the pain associated with needles; however, the needles are ironically used to take away pain.  When the needles are inserted in the body, the patient‘s pain problems are slowly alleviated.  Acupuncture is actually used in some surgeries to calm the patient and serve as additional anesthesia.  Acupuncture therapy session for tinnitus may vary depending on the severity of the problem.  Some may take a session or few sessions more while some may take weeks or even months to treat.  The ringing in the ears, which tinnitus is commonly associated with may be a result of some serious underlying diseases such as tumors. A careful and thorough medical examination of the patient needs to be done before the acupuncture can deem that acupuncture is the best treatment approach for tinnitus.

The patient may need to undergo diagnostic examinations such as radiography or scanner to study and better diagnose the problem.  If the diagnosis warrants acupuncture therapy, the acupuncturist then selects the best approach for the patient.

Acupuncture takes advantage of the body’s natural healing system to cure the problem. Herbal medicine may be included with acupuncture to maximize the treatment.  Endorphins and enkephalins, the body’s natural painkillers, are released to alleviate the pain and discomfort felt by the patient caused by tinnitus.

Added to the treatment with acupuncture and herbs, the acupuncturist advises the patient of a change in lifestyle to help the patient recover and not have a relapse of the problem.  According to TCM, weak kidney energy makes tinnitus possible so it is better to strengthen the kidney energy, with the help of Chinese medicinal herbs.  The lung and heart energy should also be treated since they are also known to be related to the ear.

Written by Valerie

April 23rd, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Obesity Treatment with Acupuncture Orlando

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Obesity is a very serious problem in the United States.  Almost 35% of the population in the US has a body mass index (BMI) of 30%.  A BMI of 30% is defined as obesity.  Obesity can lead to diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, and type 2 diabetes.

Too many calorie intake is a major reason for the obesity epidemic in the US.  The proliferation of fast-food chains serving fatty foods and sugar rich foods and drinks have made it difficult for Americans to resist the urge to eat, especially foods peppered with monosodium glutamate or MSG, which tricks the brain into eating more even if the body has consumed more than enough of its fill.  MSG is a neurotransmitter, which excites the brain to overeat.  The over stimulation of the brain does not benefit the body, over stimulation, in fact, kills the brain cells.  The body’s reactions to MSG are varied and all negative.  MSG can cause headaches, diarrhea, stomach pains, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.  Therefore, this flavor enhancer does not only indirectly cause obesity, but damages the brain when consumed for a long time.

Genetic predisposition also is a factor for obesity though a family sharing a common unhealthy lifestyle that engenders obesity may muddle obesity as genetically caused  a bit.

There are treatments offered by western science for obesity.  One is through surgery.  Bariatric surgery is a radical way to lose weight.  This surgery reduces the size of one’s stomach or re-routes the small intestines to a small stomach pouch.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there is an energy called chi flowing throughout the body through networks called meridians.  Acupuncture points are connected to the energy meridians. Blockages in the meridians due to several causes such as the environment, extreme emotions, pathogens and injuries can cause an imbalance of chi in the body.  The imbalance causes sicknesses.  To remove these blockages acupuncture needles are inserted into specific acupuncture points in the body and face area. With TCM, excess appetite and obesity are seen as deficient chi in the stomach or spleen, heat in the stomach and intestine or a primary chi deficiency. The 14 major meridians in TCM are what western science refers to as the major organs in the body.

Ear or auricular acupuncture is the most common choice to treat obesity. The vagus nerves in the ear are connected to the brain as well as to the digestive tract. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins that helps reduce the food cravings of the person and at the same time feel a sense of elation and relaxation.  Acupuncture  Orlando balances and removes any energy blockages in the body and allows the body to fight the craving with the release of endorphins in the body.

Written by Valerie

April 16th, 2011 at 1:26 am

Infertility Issues and Acupuncture New York

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Acupuncture has been around for over 2000 years and is part of traditional Chinese medicine.  Acupuncture New York believes that a block in the vital energy flow in the body causes chi imbalances and this is believed to be the root cause of many of the diseases among humans. These blockages can be removed and the energy flow of the body can be manipulated by inserting reed thin needles into specific locations of the body.

In treating infertility, acupuncture’s role is to increase the amount of blood flow to the sexual organs and stabilize the hormones in the body. With this, the ovaries can function well to produce healthy eggs while in men; sperm cells are produced in large amounts and with greater quality.  Acupuncture is used for infertility treatment when a couple experiences fertility issues such as erectile dysfunction or infrequent ovulation. Acupuncture is now often used as a complementary treatment for in vitro fertilization, helping women to relax during this stressful program.

Acupuncture is quite a painless and non-stressful procedure and side effects very rarely occur. The only things considered adverse would be needles broken beneath the skin, needle contamination leading to the transmission of diseases or minimal bleeding at the insertion point. It is best to consult with an experienced, licensed and professional acupuncturist, a board passer and one who has logged 2000 to 3000 hours of acupuncture training.  Acupuncture for infertility treatment usually lasts months.  It usually involves 12 individual appointments, lasting about an hour in length per week. During this hour-long session, a physical examination will be done and any complications or issues encountered since the last appointment will be examined.

Acupuncture, at the very least, assists the body to achieve fertility.  With proper blood flow because of acupuncture, the organs that have been undernourished with nutrients for some time become energized and function well again.  For men, blood flow in their genitals can prolong erection and assist in high semen production and high semen quality.  Hormonal balance is gained with acupuncture hindering the proliferation of hormones inimical to pregnancy. For couples who are now opting for In Vitro Fertilization, acupuncture will greatly help them make this program a success.  For pharmaceutical therapy such as Clomid, studies have proven that acupuncture is as effective as Clomid in assisting fertilization.  Furthermore, the toxins inherent in pharmaceutical drugs can cause side effects on women taking the drug.  Acupuncture, as mentioned before, does not have any side effects.

Sometimes, acupuncture is used combined with herbal medicines to make the treatment more potent.  There are a number of fertility herbs that can greatly aid a woman achieve pregnancy.  These products are usually determined by the acupuncturist depending on what type of infertility problem a person has.

Acupuncture Philadelphia Treatment

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Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing.  The Chinese have used it for around 4000 yrs.  It is the most popular form of healing through natural means and one of the most effective.  It was introduced in the United States since the 1970’s and since then, millions of Americans have benefited from this holistic type of treatment.  Holistic in the sense that it not only is used in treating physical ailments but emotional and psychological problems as well.

Acupuncture Philadelphia is part of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM.  TCM believes that the body has a life force or chi flowing inside it and the normal flow of chi in the body is responsible for the body’s health and growth.  When the pathways of chi are blocked, chi stagnates and this stagnation causes the body’s health to deteriorate and get sick.  Acupuncture is the insertion of needles in certain parts of the body to remove these blockages and restore the body back into health.

Sometimes acupuncture is coupled with other forms of alternative treatment such as herbal medicine or moxibustion to maximize the treatment.  Moxibustion is a treatment wherein moxa or mugwort, an oriental herb is burned directly onto the skin on designated acupoints.  The purpose of this is to stimulate a smoother circulation of both blood and chi throughout the body.  Herbal medicines are designed to treat specific illnesses and Chinese medicine carries a wide gamut of herbal mixtures for treatment of specific maladies.

Aside from chi, TCM also believes in the principle of yin and yang or hot and cold forces interacting in the body and whose relative harmony and balance makes the body function normally and healthy.  Yin-yang is affected by chi flow and when chi stagnates, the equilibrium of these two opposing forces becomes imbalanced leading to sickness.  Factors that create chi blockages are pathogens, the environment, extreme emotions and physical injuries.  It is the responsibility of the acupuncturist to determine what factors caused chi imbalance on each patient since the diagnosis determines what type of acupuncture technique to use.

Acupuncture has treated various kinds of illnesses.  The more popular uses of acupuncture are in weight loss, infertility, extreme emotions such as depression and anxiety, alcoholism, substance abuse and general pain.  Acupuncture is not a panacea for every type of disease but it is a effective and very safe form of treatment for many types of illnesses.  Unlike pharmaceutical therapy, acupuncture does not load the body with any toxins whatsoever.  In fact, it uses minimal external aid, other than herbal medicines.  Acupuncture allows the body to heal itself by giving it more energy to boost blood circulation; regulate hormone level; stimulate endorphins to mitigate emotional worries and make the body feel good and relaxed; and raise the body’s metabolic rate to allow the person to feel energized and strong.

Written by Valerie

April 9th, 2011 at 8:41 am

The Many Benefits of Bellvue Acupuncture

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Bellvue Acupuncture has been the most popular alternative form of treatment for a wide range of sicknesses in the West since the 1970’s.  It is a potent weight loss program and is effective in treating pain, infertility, addiction, skin disorders, depression and anxiety.  Millions have benefited from this program and modern techniques developed in the West have made acupuncture even more effective than ever.

Practiced in China for well over 2000 years, acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  Acupuncture works by inserting hair-thin needles in certain areas of the body.  These needles help regulate the energy within the body, help restore the free flow of chi and stimulate the brain to release chemicals that help the body heal itself.  Acupuncture and TCM, in general are holistic in treatment of the individual.  This means they treat not only the physical ailments but also the emotional and psychological problems of the individual as well.

TCM believes that the body’s health lies in the free flow of chi or life force flowing throughout the body and in the body’s balanced and harmonious state of health.  When chi is blocked because of extreme emotions, positive or negative; injuries; pathogens or by the environment (climate), the balance of energy within the body which keeps the body in good health, is disrupted.  The result will be sickness, diseases and a general deterioration of health.

Acupuncture is very effective for people suffering from addictions whose cause often is mental in origin.  Alcoholism, substance abuse and overeating can be the result of some kind of psychological problem, usually sadness, anxiety, frustration, anger, loneliness or other negative emotions.  Acupuncture helps treat these types of problems by first removing the blockage caused by the negative emotions.  When chi then travels again throughout the body, the parts of the body deprived by chi becomes energized and the body’s metabolic rate increases, boosting the immune system and giving the person a renewed sense of vitality.  Acupuncture then helps stimulate the release of chemicals called endorphins and other beneficial chemicals that help the body feel relaxed and elated.  This relaxed state helps mitigate the craving and the addictions of the person good enough to enable him/her to resist the addiction.  Normally, the addiction is not cured overnight but after a number of sessions, the addiction becomes less and less until it eventually disappears.  Depending on the severity and longevity of the addiction, the treatment may last for a few days to more than six months.

For infertility cases, acupuncture elevates the body’s energy level and generates greater blood flow throughout the body.  Organs and body parts that usually make pregnancy difficult to achieve are repaired or benefit from the renewed vigor and blood flow in the body.  Acupuncture also normalizes hormone secretion, which is good especially for those producing low amounts of progesterone or high amounts of FSH.

Written by Valerie

April 9th, 2011 at 8:31 am

The Importance of the Kidneys in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Louisville

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One of the key distinctions between traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and western medicine lies in their understanding of the organs of the human body.  Western science defines a body organ with a specific anatomical function.  For example, the kidneys’ role lies in blood filtration or the heart’s function is for the circulation of blood, etc. TCM, on the other hand, would view the kidneys as not only an organ for filtering blood, but an integral part of the reproductive process or an organ that has an effect on the emotions of an individual; or the heart responsible not only for blood circulation but also an organ affecting the mental and emotional state of the person.

In TCM, the kidneys play a very important part in the health of the individual, a part that rivals the brain and the heart in importance.  The kidney is essential for birth, growth and reproduction.  In TCM, the kidneys are quite different in concept from the traditional western standpoint.  TCM sees the kidneys as possessing yin and yang energy.  Yin and yang are the water and fire principles that the body has interacting with each other in harmonious balance.  This dual energy is similar to the negative and positive polarity in electricity.  Since chi is energy, it possesses this yin-yang energy.  Any deficiency in either one of the two will cause illness and disease in the body.

The kidney yin-yang essence controls the sexual processes, energy, fertility and the reproductive process.  The kidney essence when balanced normally enables body growth. It controls hair, teeth and bone growth.  If the kidney essence is normal and balanced, hair growth is good and if the kidney essence is weak, hair begins to fall out, hair texture turns thin and hair color turns to gray.

TCM believes that the kidneys carry the genetic makeup of the human race and it provides the body with the needed nourishments a person needs during birth.

The kidney is fundamentally a yin organ.  This yin organ is called primordial yin or true water.  It refreshes the body with yin energy that nourishes and moistens the other body organs. Kidney yin deficiency happens when chi, the life force that flows throughout the body to keep the body healthy is blocked.  The blockage causes a number of illnesses to appear.

Kidney yang or primordial yang, on the other hand, enables warmth and energy to the body.  Strong emotions such as fear, anxiety, depression or sadness create blockages in the kidney meridians where chi travels. Through acupuncture Louisville, this blockage is removed and the body returns to its normal healthy function without the strong emotions.  Instead of feeling these negative emotions, the body feels relaxed, light and generally good.

Written by Valerie

April 1st, 2011 at 7:47 pm