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Treat Fertility Problems with Acupuncture St Helens

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Acupuncture St Helens for infertility is growing in popularity in the US for the simple reason that it works.  Acupuncture is a form of treatment where reed-thin needles are inserted in specific parts of the body.  These needles work threefold:  First, they remove the blockages in the networks where vital energy, called chi flow freely throughout the body. These blockages cause imbalance, illness and poor health in the body.  Chi is the force the keeps the body healthy and makes it grow.  Second, acupuncture heightens the body’s energy level, enhancing body metabolism, promoting good blood flow and vitalizing the body’s organs and tissues allowing them to function optimally.  Third, acupuncture stimulates the brain to release endorphins and other “feel-good” chemicals to allow the body to relax and heal itself and cure the psychological and emotional problems of the individual.

Chi flows through networks called meridians.  These are intangible series of pathways that functions just like the body’s nervous and circulatory systems.  Western medicine denies that chi or the meridian systems exist because they can not be empirically proven by means of Western technology.  Acupuncture works for female infertility by regulating hormone production and assisting in the maturation of the eggs.  It regulates the secretion of hormones so that hormones that make pregnancy difficult, is normalized making conception more likely to succeed.  Symptoms associated with hormonal infertility can be treated with acupuncture.  Menstrual irregularities can also be treated with acupuncture even such serious cases such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or anovulation.

Acupuncture decreases PMS symptoms, such as anxiety, stress, and frustrations related to repeated unsuccessful conceptions.  As mentioned, acupuncture enhances blood flow, which benefits the womb, helping to build endometrium or uterine lining for implantation. Acupuncture reinforces the lining of the uterine walls, which minimizes the occurrence of miscarriages.  For male infertility, acupuncture has proven to cure sperm defects, increase sperm count and improve sperm quality.

Acupuncture has proven to be a good complementary modality to some mainstream assisted reproductive modalities. Acupuncture has become a very crucial part of these treatments especially for stressful invasive procedures such as In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).  Pre IVF procedures entail individuals to be oriented to acupuncture treatment.  Acupuncture helps the patient relax during the stressful phase of IVF.

A healthy psychological and emotional state is crucial for women who want to get pregnant since stressful and traumatic experiences can directly affect hormonal balance.  Acupuncture’s benefit on the psychological and emotional stability of the individual can assist in the hormonal balance, ovulation, egg maturation, and the reduction of anxiety and stress of the individual.  Acupuncture also assists women using fertility medications to reduce side effects and filter out the toxins associated with pharmaceutical drugs, giving the body a very healthy state to improve the odds of successful conception through assisted reproductive procedures.

Written by Valerie

June 25th, 2012 at 3:21 am

Bellevue Acupuncture an Effective Answer to Depression

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Depression is an emotional state manifested by crying, malaise, melancholia, sadness, insomnia, anxiety and disinterest in activities.  Some cases of depression sometimes lead to suicide.   Depression alters the affected person’s daily activities not in a positive way.  In most cases, these people need to communicate with other individuals if only to relieve the pressure caused by depression.

Western society’s ways to deal with depression is with pharmaceutical medications, support groups and psychotherapy.  Bellevue Acupuncture for treating depression is gaining adherents since acupuncture has been hugely successful in the treatment of emotional disorders like addiction.  In traditional Chinese medicine, the cure for depression and any other emotional or psychological ailments is in treating the affected organs and assisting the body to release endorphins, chemicals that relax and let the body feel good and euphoric.

The acupuncturist needs to know the history of the depressed patient to be able to select the best treatment for him/her.  Chi, the life force flowing in the body can stagnate when strong emotions, positive or negative, are felt by the person.  When chi is not flowing very well, the body suffers from ailments, diseases and sicknesses.  Acupuncture is the treatment with thin-reed needles inserted in certain parts of the body to stimulate the flow of energy in the body.  It also allows the release of endorphins, which combats the low mood of the individual. Chinese herbs are sometimes used introduced as part of the treatment as they help speed up the healing process.   Herbal medicine offers many types of cures for any particular organ yin-yang deficiencies.

Some have combined acupuncture treatment with psychotherapy and even in conjunction with anti-depressants.  Even without adding these modalities, the person is perfectly fine with acupuncture treatment alone.

There were numerous studies done empirically proving the effectiveness of acupuncture against depression.  There were controlled studies done in the University of Arizona that involved three groups of depressed people, one was given a type of acupuncture treatment designed specifically for depression, another group were treated with acupuncture not really for depression and the third group were not given acupuncture treatment at all.

The study showed that those treated with acupuncture specific for depression experienced a substantial improvement in terms of symptoms reduction with 50% no longer in the category classified for major depression, compared to those in the non-specific treatment.  The third group had zero improvement, as expected, in symptoms.

The study showed the effectiveness of acupuncture in relieving depression symptoms.  This treatment is as potent, if not more, as psychotherapy or pharmaceutical drug treatment in combating depression.  The United Nations World Health Organization has given its stamp of approval to acupuncture as a valid form of treatment for depression.

Written by Valerie

June 18th, 2012 at 3:16 am

Treating Negative Extreme Emotions with Acupuncture New York

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Acupuncture New York has been practiced in China for thousands of years.  It was not until the 20th century that the West found out about this wonderful oriental treatment.  Now, acupuncture has been accepted by mainstream medicine as an effective alternative treatment and is sometimes used as an adjunct to western medical modalities.  Acupuncture by itself is a very safe and effective treatment for a number of sicknesses and ailments such as back pain, skin disorders weight loss and substance abuse among others.

Acupuncture is a special treatment that concentrates on points called acupuncture points in the body to stimulate the energy of the central nervous system. By inserting needles on those points, the brain is stimulated to release special chemicals called endorphins, which aid in curing the body of many problems.

Needles used in acupuncture are sterilized standard reed-thin needles specified by the Medical Practitioners Association.

Many people feel depressed and anxious these days due to the worsening economic crisis in the US.  Patients consulting with physicians regarding their anxiety and depression usually end up being prescribed with anti-depressive drugs.  Some patients undergo psychotherapy sessions, which is costly.  Psychotherapy and anti-depressant and anti-anxiety drugs are the two most popular treatments in the US for depression and anxiety.  Another approach is through acupuncture.  There have been empirical studies done showing repeatedly the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating depression and anxiety.

Ear acupuncture has been one of the more popular forms of acupuncture in treating anxiety and depression.  The ear has many acupuncture points with meridians or connections to the various major organs in the body and also to the brain and central nervous system.  For extreme emotions, the liver chi is usually the one affected with blockage and chi stagnation.  Chi, according to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is the life force flowing inside our body.  This free flow of chi is what makes the body healthy and grow; once blockages arise, the chi stagnates which engenders many kinds of ailments and sicknesses.  Acupuncture removes the blockage and helps the body replenish its strength by increasing the body’s metabolism rate to create more energy.

One does not need another form of treatment when acupuncture is used for anxiety or depression although herbal medicine is usually given in conjunction with acupuncture to speed up treatment.  Anxiety and depression are both extreme emotions and these extreme emotions are the causes of chi blockage in the body.  Like depression, anxiety directly affects liver chi and, ear acupuncture is also used as the mode of treatment for anxiety.

Rather than undergo depression or anxiety treatment with pharmaceutical drugs, acupuncture is the safest way to treat these extreme emotions in that it does not entail any adverse side effects, which pharmaceutical drugs inherently carries.

Weight Loss therapy with Auricular Acupuncture St Helens

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Ear acupuncture St Helens for weight loss has been one of the most popular acupuncture treatments for weight loss.  The ear is one part of the body possessing acupuncture points connected to meridian networks in the various major organs, the nervous system and the brain thus making the ear one of the vital parts for acupuncture therapy.

The purpose of ear acupuncture is not only reducing your weight per se, it more or less helps you to tackle the craving for food by releasing endorphins in the body, to make the body feel good which happens when the person is eating.  Instead of the craving and the eating satiating the craving, the release of the endorphins thru acupuncture, bypasses the eating phase of the food addiction.  The body feels sated through the endorphins ending the craving of the patient for food.

The endorphins also end the stress and anxiety that engendered this craving.  The endorphins calm the patient down, take away the extreme emotions and allow the body to help regenerate the organs affected by the disorder. These high but negative emotions are the cause of the blockage of chi in the liver that led to the addiction.

Each acupuncture point in the ear corresponds to a specific part in the body connected to the ear by meridians where chi, the Chinese word for life force, flows.  As chi stagnates in one part of the body, the person then experiences diseases, illnesses and disorders.  In eating disorders, the major organs affected are the liver, kidneys, lungs and spleen.  The sympathetic nervous system is also affected by overeating and needles are also inserted in the ear that connect to the brain and the nervous system.

The acupuncturist does not just begin acupuncture immediately when you first seek for advice.  Like a medical doctor, he will ask of your medical history and the type of eating disorder you suffer.  Once he gets the information he needs, he determines the best acupuncture treatment for you.

It is very important to note that maintaining an unhealthy lifestyle can negate or prolong the treatment.  One does not get thin keeping on eating even under acupuncture therapy.  The best thing about acupuncture is that it is a holistic medicine, which means not only are you treated for obesity, you are also being treated of its cause and root.  The release of endorphins is really the healing of the addiction itself since the control of your overeating means lower calorie intake everyday.

Some overweight people are so not because of an eating problem but because they hold too much water in their body.  This means the endocrine gland is producing too much hormones that make the body fat. In this case, acupuncture and herbal medicine treats the abnormal secretion of hormones and regulates the secretion of hormones normally.

 

 

 

Written by Valerie

June 18th, 2012 at 3:13 am

The Uses of Acupuncture Louisville

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Acupuncture Louisville is the use of very thin needles which are pricked into certain points of the body.  The underlying belief of acupuncture practice is that more than two thousand acupuncture points scattered all over the body are connected to twenty energy vessels called meridians running like invisible networks throughout the body.  These energy vessels convey vital energy called chi which means life force in Chinese.  The development of obstructions of chi in any of the meridians results in sickness, pain and disease.  Acupuncture thus is used to remove energy blockages in the meridians which lead to the removal of pain sickness and disease.

All types of human health conditions are the result of energy blockage in the energy vessels.  Removing these blockages will cure you from all types of diseases.  A typical acupuncture treatment involves the use of one to as many as twenty acupuncture needles inserted in strategic points on the body.  Some needles may be inserted on the skin surface while some may be inserted an inch or several inches into the skin.  The inserted needles are then typically left in those places for twenty minutes up to an hour.

The acupuncturists often tweak or manipulate the needles by jiggling them to enhance the effect of the treatment.  In some type of treatment like in treating high blood pressure, the needles are attached by wire to an electrical gadget that sends out mild electrical pulses to the needles.  This technique induces a faster and more enhanced therapeutic effect.  Acupuncturists also use herbs such as moxa that is burned at the holding end of the needle to eliminate negative energy in the body which goes out the body via the smoke of the burnt moxa

Acupuncture has been a long time treatment for back, neck and shoulder pain.  This treatment also is used in helping people stop smoking and many former smokers have stepped forward and witnessed to acupuncture’s power to help them rid of this negative habit.  Treatment for cigarette smoking usually involves the use of around five needles inserted on the outer ear and some on the wrists and hands.  The treatment may be combined with a concoction of Sichuan lovage rhizomes, wintergreen extracts of Evodia fruits and oil of cloves to help the smoker quit faster.

Acupuncture for allergies, psoriasis and acne have all proven effective.  Acupuncture has a particular way of making our immune system stronger.  Since these skin disorders often are caused in part by the inflammations in the blood vessels, acupuncture helps address this inflammation by boosting the production of white blood cells to lessen the inflammation.  Acupuncture is also noted in the treatment of both male and female infertility.  Actually is also even used in the treatment of all kinds of addiction.

Written by Valerie

June 10th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

The Meridians Role in Health

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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believes that meridians are invisible energy vessels that convey chi to all parts of the body.  These meridians run across the nervous system and travel from the brain to the tail bone, shoulder, lower extremities and the limbs of the body and transport energy which the Chinese call chi as well as blood throughout the body.

Chi is the force the makes the body live.  Chi is the energy found throughout the universe.  Without chi, there is no life.  Chi may manifest and be found in different forms of creation.  Chi of the animal kingdom is different from chi of the plant and human kingdom.  There may be actually countless manifestations of chi throughout the universe.  The meridians or energy vessels are all connected to the brain.  A meridian is often connected to a certain organ in the body.  TCM believes that an organ has functions other than those known by Western medical science.  We can see the kidneys as an example where Western medical science sees as an organ that filter toxins and clean the bloodstream control.  In TCM, the kidneys are organs that control sexuality, growth and reproduction and regulate the water aspect of the body.  Meridians functions like the blood vessels in the body except for that the meridians carry energy while the blood vessels carry blood.

The meridians sometimes can lead to blockages which causes chi stagnation.  The stagnation or blockages are caused by many factors some of which may be pollution, toxicity, unhealthy lifestyle, injuries, accidents, depression, anxiety and stress.

Traditional Chinese medicine sees psychological, emotional, physical and physiological conditions as factors that can cause chi stagnation in the meridian system.  TCM always treat health conditions holistically and provides solutions to the person in a holistic manner.  This type of treatment is a very practical approach in addressing human health conditions since many types of physical diseases and illnesses are caused by psychological and emotional conditions.  We can appreciate this statement by seeing that drug addiction or extreme food cravings can be the result of depression, anxiety or stress.  TCM makes it a point to determine the organ or organs that have imbalances which may cause the psychological or emotional problem.

When the problematic organ is identified, the acupuncturist then applies filiform needles to the meridians associated with the organ that has energy imbalance.  Oftentimes these organs govern the psychological and physiological processes of the body.  As mentioned, drug addiction may be the result of emotional or psychological stress or problems.  When the addiction is treated by acupuncture the root cause of the addiction is healed as with its symptoms. Acupuncture Davis is a treatment that helps control the craving or addiction to a certain substance and also treats the withdrawal symptoms caused by the addiction.

Written by Valerie

June 4th, 2012 at 3:45 am