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Infertility and Acupuncture Palm Harbor Therapy

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Acupuncture originated in China and for thousands of years has been a popular form of treatment for various kinds of illnesses for the Chinese.  It works by inserting fine needles into the skin and manipulated to treat medical conditions and to relieve pain.  Acupuncture is effective in controlling and regulating blood pressure because it balances the function of the central nervous system.  Acupuncture also stimulates the nervous system to release endorphins to relieve pain and to give the body a feeling of vitality and freshness.  Acupuncture also activates neurohormones and neurotransmitters to help the body self-heal.

Acupuncture is a perfect complement to infertility treatment modalities such as In Vitro Fertilization or IVF.  Whereas acupuncture causes the body to relax, the uterus has to be in a relaxed state to nourish and accept the egg.

Acupuncture in combination with infertility treatments treats hormonal imbalances. Acupuncture improves blood circulation and with blood flow comes adequate nourishment of the major organs.  The organs function well allowing the body functions to normalize.  As a result, hormone levels stabilize improving follicular and ovarian function.  The improved circulation causes the endometrium layer to thicken giving IVF a better chance of success.  Because of this, acupuncture has now been a standard modality for IVF treatments.  Some cases of spasmed tubes are treated with acupuncture.  Acupuncture coupled with herbal medicine addresses cases of elevated FSH or follicle stimulating hormone, polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS, some cases of hyperprolactinemia, luteal phase disorder, unexplained infertility and repeated miscarriages as well as male infertility like poor sperm quality.

For best results in achieving pregnancy, acupuncture therapy is usually given for three to four months before infertility programs, such as donor-egg transfer, IVF or insemination is carried out.  These programs are very stressful and invasive and the mental state of the woman directly affects the outcome of the program.  They can cause stress, anxiety and depression; acupuncture can help her deal with these emotional pressures and help the woman persevere with these programs successfully.

As long as a qualified acupuncturist experienced in infertility issues and knowledgeable in and fertility programs performs acupuncture the risks are minimal with acupuncture combined with infertility treatments.  Electro acupuncture is a very efficient mode of acupuncture; it can quicken the treatment of both fertility programs and acupuncture treatment.  What’s more, electro acupuncture is a safer and more natural alternative to fertility medications many of which are laden with toxins that can cause serious side effects not only for the woman but also for her child when it is conceived.

Added with herbal medicine and other traditional and natural means, many experts believe that acupuncture is the most effective and safest form of fertility therapies; however, it must be noted that acupuncture by itself is not enough for conception; medical approaches to achieving conception are needed as well.

Written by Valerie

July 30th, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Resolving Migraine with Acupuncture Louisville Therapy

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The National Headache Foundation estimates that more than 27 million people in the United States suffer from migraine headaches and that more women suffer this condition than men.  Migraine is more severe in pain than an ordinary headache.  It feels like a pounding or throbbing type of head pain, which can be felt on one or both sides of the head and can last from several hours to three days.  Migraine can be accompanied by conditions such as sensitivity to particular smells or sounds, photophobia and nausea.

People can be genetically predisposed to migraines.  Triggers for migraines attacks are varied.  They can be the result of changes in the weather, lack of exercise, bright lights, insomnia, menstruation, eating certain types of foods, bad nutrition and stress.

Acupuncture can be a conservative treatment for migraines as well as a symptomatic relief from the pain caused by migraine.  Doctors have verified that the severity and duration of migraine attacks diminished considerably as well as the regularity and frequency of the attacks with the treatment of acupuncture.  The National Institutes of Health endorses acupuncture as a viable treatment for migraine and non-migraine headaches.  More observations recorded that show migraine headaches treated by regular acupuncture, which also saw the curtailing of the intake of migraine medications.  . This observation was validated by an Italian study where patients who underwent acupuncture showed a remarkable decrease in migraine attacks enabling them to go to work earlier than expected and suffering no side effects in the treatment process compared to the patients who were given pharmaceutical medication therapy.

Acupuncture as a treatment relief for migraine has a potency that lasts a long time.  The World Health Organization (WHO) lists migraine as one of the more than 30 health conditions ably treated by acupuncture. One specialized acupuncture procedure called the Balance Method is particularly effective in migraine resolution.  This procedure has acupuncture points in the arms and legs that are treated with needles. Still, acupuncture point choice is different for each person and the diagnosis according to traditional Chinese medicine procedure will determine which acupuncture points should be used.  Diagnosis is reached through the study of the patient’s medical history and the use of Chinese pulse diagnosis. Based on the diagnosis, acupuncture points are selected and herbal remedies or other types of natural modalities may or may not be added to the treatment.

One does not need to suffer from migraines as acupuncture can effectively take away the pain and other symptoms of this condition.  Acupuncture for migraine is a long-term cure for migraine and with regular acupuncture; the migraine problem may be resolved permanently.  There have been numerous cases where regular acupuncture have successfully eradicated the migraine problem completely and permanently.

Written by Valerie

July 30th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Acupuncture Davis for Digestive Track Problems

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Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years and is a very important part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  TCM believes that life is possible because of an electromagnetic energy called chi or vital energy animating, growing and strengthening the human body.  This chi, like blood flows through invisible energy networks known as meridians.  Twelve known meridians are associated with specific major body organs.  Hence, there is a stomach meridian associated with the stomach and a kidney meridian connected to the kidneys, etc.  Although, meridians are invisible, TCM somehow knows the path of each meridian.  For example, the stomach meridian’s path begins inferior to the eyeball and travels from the face, down the anterior of the body and leg and down to the second toe.  On the other end of each meridian are acupuncture points or acupoints where the needles go to treat the imbalance of an organ.  Acupoints on the meridian of the stomach is applied with needles if the patient has any pain and/or conditions in the digestive system.  Besides the twelve aforementioned meridians, eight more meridians exist that manage blocked or weak energy in the twelve meridians.  All of the meridians connect to the brain and central nervous system regulating the emotional and physiological processes of the body.

Meridians are dotted with hundreds of acupoints.  These points trigger physiological changes in the body during acupuncture treatment.  Some acupoints are connected to meridians that may interconnect to other organs of the body and these acupoints have stronger impact in the body than other acupoints.  Besides needles, some acupuncture techniques are oftentimes used to maximize the treatment.  One technique called moxibustion uses moxa herbs that are burned over an acupoint.  A modern novel approach is laser acupuncture using the electromagnetic energy of lasers to activate acupoints.  One technique that uses finger pressure is called acupressure and some people swear by the efficacy of this treatment.

For digestive track problems, the acupoint called Intestine Gate is a very useful point in treating digestive conditions.  Intestine Gate is connected to the small intestine meridian, which is located on the ulnar side of the arm.  It is situated about 7.5 cm superior to the wrist of an adult.  If one is applying pressure to the bone on this point, the pressure will have a direct effect on the anus.  Putting pressure at this point will guarantee an experience of bowel movement control or in other words, one can hold off their need to use the toilet.  If the acupoint becomes sore on one arm due to the pressure, one can use the point on the other arm instead.  This is quite handy especially when a person is traveling long distances and is in a hurry to go where he/she needs to go.

Written by Valerie

July 22nd, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Chemotherapy and Acupuncture Miami

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Acupuncture has been highly recommended by many physicians and patients as a very good vehicle for achieving well-being in the mental, emotional, physical and even spiritual sense.  It is one of the oldest medical treatments in the world dating back more than 2500 years ago.  Acupuncture utilizes reed-thin needles inserted and left in place for 30-40 minutes in certain parts of the skin to take away many types of pain and disorders.

According to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture assists in balancing and normalizing the body systems to make them function efficiently.  Acupuncture restores balance and enables healthy unhindered energy to flow in the body.  Western science does not fully understand how acupuncture works but acupuncture has shown its effectiveness in relieving many kinds of pain and distress including the alleviation of nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy is a very toxic treatment for cancer and it involves the use of chemicals to kill cancer cells; however, its toxicity kills not just the cancer cells but the healthy cells as well. Its track record of treating cancer is very poor and yet it is the main “therapy” used by almost all hospitals in the treatment of advanced cancer.  Its horrible side effects can be effectively remedied by acupuncture and all cancer patients given acupuncture treatment after chemotherapy can benefit greatly from acupuncture, especially the lessening of nausea and episodes of vomiting, according to the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

For the treatment of nausea, the acupuncture point P6 located in the wrist is usually treated with a needle.  Besides needles, this point can be activated through electro-acupuncture, electro-stimulation without the use of a needle or acupressure.  In one of the issues of the Journal of the American Medical Association, a large percentage of patients undergoing high-dose chemotherapy experienced less bouts of nausea and vomiting through electro-acupuncture in combo with anti-nausea drugs.  .  This proves that alternative modes of treatment such as acupuncture can be very beneficial for patients coping with the side effects of chemotherapy.  A number of oncologists then are recommending acupuncture nowadays to their patients before and after chemotherapy.

In a research experiment done in December 2000, more than a hundred women with breast cancer who underwent chemotherapy before having bone marrow transplants took anti-nausea drugs.  Besides taking -nausea drugs, some were also treated with electro-acupuncture once a day for five days, some were treated with minimal insertion of acupuncture without electrical stimulation once a day for five days and some were not given acupuncture at all.  The women treated with electro-acupuncture had substantially fewer episodes of nausea and vomiting A few percentage of those given acupuncture without electrical stimulation also had less bouts of nausea and vomiting while those not given acupuncture treatment at all experienced nausea and vomiting.  This experiment showed the efficacy of acupuncture in treating nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy.

Finding Relief from Pain with Acupuncture New York

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It is ironic that a therapy for the treatment of pain utilizes needles as its main tool.  Acupuncture, a procedure that uses one or several needles is indeed a proven treatment for the relief of pain and other physical and mental discomforts.  For all the healing wonders that acupuncture is able to heal, Western medical science still has not figured out why acupuncture treatment particularly for pain relief works.

Acupuncture New York has been shown to manage pain and swelling, improve blood circulation, mitigate stress and normalize endocrine and immune functions. Disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, lower back pain and menstrual cramps among others are ably remedied by acupuncture

An acupuncturist needs to carefully examine a patient by examining the patient’s physical condition and querying the patient about his health problems in order to come up with an accurate diagnosis and a treatment procedure that suits the patient’s problems.  Acupuncture is considered a holistic type of treatment in that its healing effect is designed to bring about a positive change in the mental, emotional and physical health of the individual bringing back balance and normalization of the functions of the body systems.  It is perfectly safe with no side effects and with a very high success rate of treating a condition it is tasked to heal.

The mechanics of acupuncture may still be a mystery from the viewpoint of Western medical science but its effectiveness is more important to emphasize especially for those suffering from chronic pain who for the longest time have been looking for an answer to their condition.  Its potency cannot be ignored since after all, it has been treating the various illnesses and conditions of the Chinese people for thousands of years.  The best explanation Western medical science can say is that the needles stimulate the brain and the central nervous system to produce and release natural steroids and endorphins to allow the body to heal itself.  The endorphins are responsible for the mitigation of pain while the steroids reduce the swelling.

For all the advances of Western medicine it still fails spectacularly to satisfactorily alleviate pain and heal disorders.  Arthritis, for example is a perfect example of a problem Western medicine has not been able to solve.  Anti-inflammatory drugs can give temporary relief; however, the toxins inherent in these drugs cause side effects.  Moreover, many of the drugs are highly addictive and are often abused causing another health problem in the process.  Also, the cost of pain medications for arthritis would be much greater than a whole integrated acupuncture treatment for arthritis.  Acupuncture is a very affordable and safe way to treat chronic pain including arthritis.  Acupuncture is not only a perfect treatment for pain; it also improves blood circulation, boosts the immune system and takes away stress, depression and anxiety.

 

Written by Valerie

July 9th, 2012 at 7:28 am

What is Acupuncture Orlando?

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Acupuncture Orlando is a non-traditional (not a part of Western medicine) treatment alternative for back or neck pain.  It is a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practiced for 3,000 years and its core of belief is that the body contains networks of energy channels.  The vital energy or life force flowing in the body is called qi or chi and the normal flow of chi is believed to be the reason for good mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health.  There are about 2,000 acupuncture points on the human body connecting to 20 energy channels called meridians. These channels are where chi flows throughout the body.  Acupuncture treatment is the application of reed-thin needles into certain points in the body in order to restore the normal flow of chi.  Acupuncture, though not empirically proven, has shown an ability to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord).  Some people have experienced a tingling sensation while others felt relaxed and some become full of energy when receiving treatment.

In an acupuncture treatment session, needles ranging from 1 to 20, metallic, sterile and disposable needles are inserted with depths from just merely penetrating the skin surface to up to an inch to several inches deep.  Acupuncture needles of sizes 5 to 9 inches long are used in the muscles and/or fat layers in the skin and in the scalp. The needles are inserted for 10 to 30 minutes.  Many times, the needles are “tweaked” or manipulated depending on the result the acupuncturist wants the body to elicit.  Some treatments involve inserting a needle for about 10 seconds and then removed with the same needle used for treating other points on the same patient.  Some treatments are with heated needles and some with needles connected to thin wires plugged in to a machine that generate weak electrical pulses.  Some treatments use moxibustion and burn this on the needles during insertion. There are treatment techniques such as cupping whereby cups are heated and used on the skin to create a suction effect and bring blood up to the skin.  Some treatments treat a certain micro system such ear acupuncture where many meridians connect to important organs and tissues in the body.

Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the release of certain beneficial chemicals in the body, which help relieve many kinds of pain and stresses physically and psychologically.  These chemicals are called opioid peptides and they have an analgesic effect on the body.  They help relieve or take away many different kinds of pain.  Acupuncture is also acknowledged to stimulate the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to release chemicals necessary for the mitigation of pain as well as control of the activity of organs.  Studies also manifest that acupuncture plays a big part in improving the immune functions in the body.

 

Written by Valerie

July 2nd, 2012 at 2:55 am