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Back Pain and Acupuncture New York

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Low back pain is one of the most common reasons people see doctors.  No one is immune to low back pain and it is a major reason why people miss doing activities and work.

Pain can have many causes; to name a few, diseases, structural deformities and trauma (pain from injuries and pain).  Vertebral problems that are structural in nature such as stenosis, herniated discs and other vertebral deformities generate pain and other chronic problems. Some diseases that can cause pain are osteoporosis and ankylosing spondylosis.  Symptoms of back pain usually manifest in the back’s lumbar region.  The pain can affect only the back muscles and is localized.  It may also travel to other parts of the body, particularly the legs.  Some typical symptoms of back pain include numbness, spasmodic pain, dull pain, stabbing pain and throbbing pain as well as pain from the back traveling down to the toes causing pain and numbness to the toes.  Back pain can be so severe that the victim may be unable to walk.

Conventional as well as alternative treatments for low back pain exist.  For conventional treatments, muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory drugs are the most often used.  For severe low back pain, back surgery is an option.  For alternative treatments to back pain, the most popular would be traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) incorporates all-natural modalities that have existed for thousands of years. Acupuncture New York is one of those modalities and is a very effective treatment for low back pain. TCM takes an entirely different view of the human body than Western medicine. TCM believes that life energy flows throughout the body along energy vessels called meridians.  The Chinese call this life energy chi. Sometimes chi is not properly dispensed throughout the body and some parts of the body experience deficient chi. When this energy imbalance happens, disease arises.  Factors such as blood and chi deficiency or pathogens caused by cold and wind can cause low back pain.  According to TCM, low back pain is often associated with problems in the kidney meridians.   With acupuncture problems in the kidney meridians and other affected parts of the back causing low back pain will be properly addressed.

Millions of people in the United States have benefited greatly from acupuncture treatment, especially for the treatment of acute and chronic low back pain.  For the resolution of acute low back pain a few to less than 10 sessions are needed while in chronic low back pain cases, treatment duration tends to be longer.  Some chronic cases are impossible to cure and acupuncture then is used to help manage their painful symptoms.  Acupuncture is also extremely affective for back conditions such as arthritis, stenosis, herniated discs and sciatica.

Chronic Back Problems and Acupuncture Louisville

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Why needlessly suffer from chronic back pain when a very good, natural and safe treatment is readily available for you?  Rather than choosing medications that only mask the symptoms and really do nothing to address the underlying cause of the problem or resort to back surgery where risk of injury is real and whose chance of success is less than 50%, acupuncture Louisville for the treatment of back pain is an alternative treatment that is more effective and safe than these conventional modes of treatment of your chronic back pain.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which acupuncture is an integral component of believes in a holistic treatment of the individual, addressing the real cause of the problem, whether it be mental, emotional, spiritual or physical in nature.  Because of this approach, TCM views and addresses a disease in a different way than western medicine.  The body organs have specific functions in the body although they do work in unison with each other.  Diseases arise when the function of an organ is disrupted.  According to TCM, the body correspondingly adapts to changes in the environment with modifications to its rhythm as well.  Therefore, an interrelationship exists among the body organs that are in harmony with the environment.  Whenever the body fails to adapt to changes in the environment, imbalances in the body’s energy level occur.  To provide an accurate diagnosis TCM examines the symptoms of the patient’s disorders.

TCM is entirely different in how it diagnoses disorders than western medicine. For example, TCM believes prostate disorders are the result of dampness so these problems are treated based on its underlying cause. Another example would be problems in the liver and blood cause migraines and the acupuncturist diagnoses this problem based on the symptom patterns manifested.  The patterns that acupuncturists usually look for are: interior or exterior, cold or heat, excess or deficiency or yin and yang.  Problems seen in the mind, body and spirit are governed by these patterns.

The cost in health expenditures per year in the United States for chronic back problems is around $40 billion.  In the long run, medications will cost a lot more than a series of acupuncture treatments for back pain.  Also acupuncture costs a fraction of what back surgery costs, which does not even provide a guarantee for permanent cure of your back pain.  Acupuncture has been used for several thousands of years as a viable treatment for many kinds of disorders, including back pain.  It is a proven treatment especially if performed by a licensed and experienced acupuncturist.

Herbal medicine also contributes to the efficacy of acupuncture treatment and often is included with acupuncture therapy to make the treatment more effective.  An added bonus to the treatment is acupuncture’s ability to revitalize the energy level of the person or to calm and relax the mind during and after treatment.

Written by Valerie

November 20th, 2011 at 10:13 am

Acupuncture Davis and ART procedures

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Oftentimes, the causes of infertility can be difficult to identify.  Some people think of surgery, drugs or assisted reproductive technologies (ART) as ways to overcome their fertility conditions. ART uses in vitro fertilization (IVF), egg-donor transplantation or artificial insemination to achieve successful conception.  These procedures are highly invasive and stressful as well as very expensive.  One treatment of IVF, whether successful or unsuccessful can cost around $20,000 or even more.

Most studies show the effectiveness of acupuncture Davis in enhancing the chances of success of ART procedures when it is incorporated into these procedures.  The time tested and venerable ancient treatment of acupuncture gives numerous health benefits on the female and male reproductive system.  One of these benefits is the high likelihood of success of ART procedures and the lowering of the likelihood for miscarriage. Listed below are some of the benefits acupuncture give to enhance the likelihood of success of ART procedure.

1.  In the 2002 journal of Fertility and Sterility, a study was cited that sparked the interest of infertile couples toward ART procedures coupled with acupuncture. This study showed that more than 40% of women who were given acupuncture prior and after an ART procedure achieved pregnancy while only 26% of women got pregnant using ART treatment with no acupuncture.  Researchers from Cornell University Medical School also in 2002 stated that acupuncture substantially improves the chances of conception because of its ability to mitigate stress and anxiety.  When in stress, the nervous system is stimulated in a way that it diverts blood flow to the uterus and goes to the glands that regulate stress.  With acupuncture, blood flow is restored to the uterus and eggs, which increase fertility.

2.  Acupuncture helps regulate and normalize body systems particularly the endocrine system.  Problems in hormone production and secretion are addressed.  Beta-endorphins are also produced and released and they affect the creation of reproductive hormones which regulate menstrual cycle.  Luteinizing hormone (LH), gonadtropin releasing hormone (GRH) and follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) are responsible for healthier eggs, follicle increase, normal menstruation and other vital ovarian functions; all vital factors in improving fertility.

3.  ART procedures use fertility drugs that contain toxins causing side effects to the body.  The fertility drug Clomid has a side effect that thins the lining of the uterine wall, which increases the risk risk of miscarriage.  Fortunately, acupuncture can neutralize these side effects by pumping more blood flow to the uterus and help its wall lining to thicken.

4.  Another wonderful benefit of acupuncture to human life is its capacity to lessen the risk of miscarriage.  As mentioned above, once the lining wall in the uterus thickens, the embryo can safely secure itself on the uterine wall greatly reducing the chance of miscarriage.

Written by Valerie

November 12th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

Acupuncture Miami for Extreme Negative Emotions

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For millions of Americans suffering from stress, anxiety and depression, acupuncture Miami can be the solution to your poor emotional health. Being a holistic type of healing, acupuncture integrates the body and mind processes and balances all physical and emotional dysfunctions in an effective and natural way.  Once you discover the superior benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of extreme emotions and stress, conventional treatments such as sleeping pills, anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressants and mood-enhancers can be discarded. To uplift and improve the overall feeling of a person, nothing works as good as acupuncture.
To appreciate this treatment, first one must know what acupuncture is. Acupuncture is a millennia old Chinese treatment that involves the use of ultra thin needles inserted into the skin to remove diseases and body pains.  Acupuncture simply is the most effective treatment for anxiety, depression and sleeplessness. The foundation of this treatment rests on the balancing of the body’s life energy which the Chinese call chi and which maintains and sustains the person’s physical, emotional and spiritual balances.
Acupuncture utilizes different techniques in its treatment approach.  Some types of acupuncture will use needles and some will not.  Acupuncture techniques that use needles are electro-acupuncture which uses gentle pulses of electricity generated by a machine attached to the needles in the skin to treat a disorder and manual acupuncture, which uses massage therapy in areas where the needles are inserted.
For those who would rather not be treated with needles in their acupuncture treatment, techniques such as Acutron, T.E.N.S, Laser Therapy, ultrasound acupuncture, Moxibustion and Cupping are some of the more popular non-needling acupuncture techniques used.
If one has poor memory, acupuncture can also help to improve memory. Poor memory is many times the result of poor blood circulation to the brain.  Poor circulation to the brain can also cause nausea, migraine or chronic headache.  To treat these disorders, specific points are selected for treatment that allows more energy and blood to circulate in the brain thereby helping treat these disorders.  Memory is enhanced as well as concentration.  The other benefits of this treatment are improved appetite, feeling of elation and good sleep among others.
Back to those negative extreme emotions of anxiety, depression and sleeplessness or insomnia, acupuncture causes the release of natural painkillers such as endorphins and enkephalins to allow the body to relax and feel peaceful and calm.  Stress is removed and the muscles relax allowing blood flow to increase to all parts of the body.  All these contribute to a feeling of peace and relaxation that neutralizes any negative emotions such as depression, anxiety and emotional stress and thus help a person get adequate sleep. The needles for this kind of treatment are inserted on the fingertips or ear cartilages to get a positive relaxing stimulus.