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Bellevue Adequate Chi and Blood Circulation for a Healthy Body

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A lot of studies have confirmed the effectiveness of herbal medicine and acupuncture combined in the symptom and pain management for cancer patients.  These two natural modes of treatment are utilized to offset the bad effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

Anxiety, depression, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, nausea, rashes, peeling skin, mouth sores and tongue ulcers are typical side effects of Western types of cancer treatment.  Many of these side effects are greatly neutralized by Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture.

Here are some of the great benefits traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) gives to the body:

  1. Resolves stagnant energy in the body.  This stagnation is caused by blood and energy that have been blocked.  Fibroid, cyst and tumor growth are all manifestations of “blood stagnation” which can be corrected, removed or lessened with TCM.
  2. Improves blood circulation.
  3. Detoxifies the kidneys and liver.
  4. Balances hormones and improves the endocrine system function by helping the body achieve homeostasis.
  5. Helps produce and release beta endorphins that stimulates the sympathetic and autonomic nervous system.
  6. Alleviates both physical and mental stress.

Sadly more and more people are suffering from cancer and TCM is often overlooked or bypassed as a way to prevent cancer or at least serve as an adjunct treatment for Western solutions to cancer.  To help address cancer, a proper utilization of Eastern and Western medicine is needed.   Cancer can be avoided by letting people know that by eating healthy diet and following a healthy lifestyle one can effectively prevent the body from developing cancer.  Drugs, chemicals, processed foods and stress are leading factors for developing cancer.  Very little effort has been done to study and treat the root cause(s) of cancer.  This is because the medical industry has viewed cancer as a way to prosper financially.  Most cancer survivors have cited that exercise, good healthy eating and the reduction of stress have made them successfully overcome cancer.

TCM enables the normal and unobstructed flow of blood and energy (chi) throughout the body.  This free flow of life fluid and life energy gives the body good overall health.  TCM causes the immune system to function optimally.  Thus a healthy immune system can easily ward off disease.  The presence of adequate chi means your level of energy and vitality is optimal.  Thus technically speaking, chi is a person’s immune system. Blood and chi are dependent on each other and they both need to be adequate for the body to be disease free and healthy.  TCM for thousands of years has been used to fight flu, colds and fever by helping produce lymphocytes and white blood cells.  My patients know to call for Bellevue acupuncture treatment and herbs as soon as they start feeling sick. With TCM the patient who is suffering from sinus infections, bronchitis, flu or cold will recover much faster.

Written by Valerie

September 24th, 2012 at 11:00 am

Addressing Fibromyalgia with Acupuncture New York

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Fibromyalgia can affect any person at any age although it is found to strike women more than men.  It is a health problem characterized by intense and widespread body pain. Sadly, fibromyalgia is a little understood problem and there is no known cure for it.  Besides the pain, fibromyalgia symptom can include fatigue and often these symptoms may be attributed to some other health condition.  Physicians really need to evaluate and monitor the patient thoroughly in order to diagnose a patient correctly.

To offset the painful symptoms of fibromyalgia, doctors have devised ways to lessen the effects of the symptoms.  The way of treating the symptoms differ from patient to patient and even if there are various ways of curing the symptoms they often are not uniform for each patient.  In this regard, both doctor and patient should cooperate to find a unique way to treat the patient’s fibromyalgia.  The treatment program needs to focus on the patient’s present state of health.

Oftentimes regular exercises are part of the treatment program.  The exercise should involve working out all the body parts of the patient.  Studies have shown that regular exercise is very useful for fibromyalgia rehabilitation.

To get the fullest benefits of exercise, particularly aerobic exercise, the patient needs to perform exercise three times a week with each exercise lasting 20 minutes. These requirements are aimed at getting the patient’s desired maximum heart rate.  For this, the ideal kinds of exercises are walking, swimming and biking.  These exercises also help release endorphins that will help relieve the pain on the painful parts of the body and improve the psychological state of the patient.

New York Acupuncture therapy has shown to be a very good way in helping the condition of fibromyalgia patients. Studies have shown that fibromyalgia stimulates hyperactive functions of neural activity that affect certain parts of the body making these parts tender and painful.  The benefit of acupuncture for this condition is that it prevents the hyperactivity of neural functions in a limited amount of time.

Acupuncture treatment for fibromyalgia can last for 3 weeks.  The patient may still need to come back for more sessions although this may be needed after months or even years which depends on the condition of the patient.  Western medical science tends to belittle or ignore the good results of acupuncture treatment for fibromyalgia although for patients who have benefited from the treatment have been living a much better kind of life thanks to acupuncture.

Herbal treatment can also be helpful in alleviating fibromyalgia conditions.  One particular herb that is shown to be effective is gingko biloba which helps in improving the flow of blood to the brain.  It also helps in relieving stress.  This herb improves the condition of the patient without any side effects and gives the patient a less stressful way to address his fibromyalgia symptoms.

Acupuncture Palm Harbor a Part of Western Medicine

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You may not like it but needles are the most essential instruments in Palm Harbor acupuncture treatment.  This procedure is ideal for the treatment of a large number of health conditions that many individuals do not care at all the slight sensation they may feel after the needles are introduced into their bodies because they know that it’s all worth it.  The end result in exchange for the miniscule discomfort is the relief of their pain and the resolution of their illness.

Acupuncture is actually a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has existed for over 5 millennia.

The process if inserting filiform needles into the body may seem painful but under a qualified and experienced acupuncturist, it is not.  Adherents of acupuncture will tell you that more often than not the insertion of the needles are not even felt at all and some do feel a numbing or tingling sensation upon the needles insertion into the skin.  The body part where needles are applied are known as acupuncture points or acupoints for short.  Just underneath these acupoints are where energy vessels called meridians are located.  The body possesses a dozen primary meridians which associate to certain parts and major organs of the body.  Acupuncture often is used for the treatment of headache, neck pain and arthritis.  It also is effective in weight loss.

Decades ago, acupuncture was not taken seriously by Western medical professionals and it was considered pseudo medicine bordering on quackery.   The major argument was that acupuncture points had no anatomical or histological basis in Western medicine.  Whilst degrading this ancient procedure, more and more people were becoming discontented with what Western medicine has to offer and they have begun trying alternative natural modalities like acupuncture.  Being a safe and effective procedure, more people have now turned to acupuncture as  their first choice in treating their painful ailments and in treating many types of behavioral and chemical addictions.

A balance on energies of yin and yang translates to a healthy person.  Yin and yang are elements found in chi and they are akin to the positive and negative forces in electricity with yin being the negative principle and yang the positive.  To maintain energy balance, blood and chi need to flow freely throughout the body so that the body is furnished constantly with nutrients and energy. However, blockages in the meridians occasionally arise stagnating the flow of chi and blood which will lead to nutrient and energy deficiency.  This is where acupuncture comes in; it either redirects the flow of chi and blood or removes the blockage that has developed in the meridians. Once the flow is reestablished the body gets supplied again with energy and nutrients to make it healthy and strong once more.

Written by Valerie

September 17th, 2012 at 3:46 am

Acupuncture Louisville an Ancient Health Remedy

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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical tradition of promoting health. It is one of the oldest known form of medical treatment first practiced around 5 millennia ago.  The present day Louisville acupuncture procedure has evolved being different in approach than ones used in ancient times but basically the same principles are followed as before.  If you are considering availing of this treatment, you should know that its procedures are entirely different from Western medical treatments.  Acupuncture differs with Western style of treatment since it does not use Western pharmaceutical medications and instead of pills and tablets, it uses filform needles inserted at various points in the body to heal a sick person.


The points inserted with acupuncture needles are called acupuncture points or acupoints for short.  These points were along time ago mapped by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and are the areas where energy pathways called meridians are located just underneath the skin.  Acupuncture has a solid track record spanning 4,000 years of effectively treating conditions like migraines, headaches, asthma, allergies and gastrointestinal problems to name just a few.  Also, it is very effective in treating extreme emotional conditions such as anxiety, depression and various forms of emotional disorders.


Researchers studying acupuncture say that that acupuncture can be utilized for conditions that were thought to be beyond the capabilities of acupuncture to remedy.  Acupuncture can be used to treat a condition as well as to improve or maintain the good overall health of a person.  Under the hands of a qualified and experienced practitioner, acupuncture is a very safe and painless procedure, much safer than surgery or drugs.


The modern day acupuncturist works in a sterile and clean office with an environment that makes the patient feel comfortable and relaxed.  The patient needs to query the practitioner regarding his credentials, experience and training to ascertain if he is in safe hands.  Besides asking these important details the patient also needs to ask the acupuncturist on how and what exactly what he will be doing during the procedure.  This can help the patient understand why needles are needed for the treatment and why a specific point in the body is chosen to be inserted with a needle.  The patient may see acupuncture in a totally much more positive light and will appreciate this unique treatment even more.


There is no doubt that acupuncture is popular worldwide.  The World Health Organization lists dozens of illnesses and ailments that acupuncture can effectively treat which is an accomplishment no other known modality can equal much less surpass. It can also be used as a complementary treatment to bolster the results of other modalities.  Acupuncture can substantially boost the efficacy of medications and help clean the body of toxins these medications carry to prevent or lessen side effects.

Written by Valerie

September 17th, 2012 at 3:45 am

The Natural Healing Art of Acupuncture Davis

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Patients who going to acupuncture therapies can notice improvements in their overall health after the initial four sessions, lasting often two weeks or more.  A lot of patients who have opted for acupuncture treatment do so because of longstanding stubborn, persistent and chronic disorders usually with pain.  Some health conditions such as fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia and pain can build up slowly until they reach a point that may force the sufferer to seek a viable alternative solution like acupuncture after all standard modalities have failed to address their illness.  Some people allow their conditions to worsen because of a busy life with no time for medical checkups and when these conditions become so severe to affect their daily lives that’s the time when they go to a medical professional for a checkup and treatment.  Acupuncture has been proven effective for maladies caused by physical and emotional stress like anxiety and depression.  People react differently to acupuncture therapy. Some respond quickly to its benefits while some may take a bit of time before they notice some improvements.  The latter type of patients may get discouraged if they don’t see instant results and may unfortunately terminate their acupuncture treatment before the body manifests some results.  To prevent this from happening, the acupuncturist should inform the patient of what to expect and the possible duration of the entire treatment.  Being a natural form of treatment some patients may slowly get treated that may take a month or more.  It is the patient’s constitution and the severity of his condition that may determine how long may the treatment start to take effect.

Patients may need to undergo five to six sessions before the body starts to respond to the therapy.  The natural healing process of the body may take a while to heal itself and to balance and regulate the body functions on its own but the results are often superior and long-term compared to medications and/or surgery.

A good example of the different style of treatment of acupuncture and Western medications is in the condition of hypothyroidism.  Acupuncturists use acupuncture and herbal medicine to help regulate the function of the thyroid.  The duration of the treatment might take a few months and only when the acupuncturist sees that he thyroid is functioning normally will the acupuncture and herbal therapies stop.   The western style on the other hand, will use drugs which mimic the function of the thyroid gland.  The drugs replace the function of the thyroid in regulating the hormones making the thyroid basically useless and not really addressing the real problem.  The body then will solely depend on those drugs to function “normally”.

If you want a holistic style of treatment to treat the root cause of your illness, then acupuncture can help you get well naturally and safely.

Written by Valerie

September 10th, 2012 at 3:29 am

The Very Safe Healing Art called Acupuncture Miami

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It is rare to find a Western type of modality that does not have side effects if such a modality exists at all.  Acupuncture is an Eastern form of treatment that can boast to have no side effects at all.  It is a 5000-year-old treatment procedure not only effective but a natural form of treatment and very safe to use as well.  The many kinds of benefits of acupuncture are not fully known by a majority of people and this treatment has oftentimes been overlooked and not truly appreciated.

Acupuncture was first historically recorded around 3000 years ago although it was used already thousands of years earlier.  The acupuncturists of yore observed that the body is animated by an energy that has its own network of vessels that allow it to travel through all parts of the body.  They named this chi, which in Chinese means vital force or life energy.  Chi travels throughout the body on invisible energy pathways called meridians and these meridians are connected in one form or another to specific major organs in the body like the lungs, heart, kidneys, etc.  Just over where meridians run are parts in the skin called acupuncture points or acupoints.  These are points that are connected to the meridians and where the needles are inserted during an acupuncture treatment.  The inserted needles affect the flow of chi stimulate the meridians to elicit certain physiological effects.  Today’s technology has made it possible to measure the electrical charges flowing in the body and detect the meridians where the electrical charges flow.

The health problems in the body experiences are due to poor energy flow in the body.  When chi flow stagnates because of a blockage in the meridian, the organs associated with the blocked meridian becomes blood and energy deficient.  This is where acupuncture comes in.  What it does is to remove the blockage or redirect blood and chi flow to restore energy balance and improve blood flow in the body.  Once these are done the body starts to recover from its ailment and pain disappears.  Acupuncture needles which are very thin filform needles are introduced into the acupuoint where the affected meridian is attached to.  The needles help stimulate the central nervous system to release beneficial chemicals to remove pain and improve immune system function.  These all lead to the treatment of disorders and resolution of symptoms.

Because needles are used, people tend to fear acupuncture.  Under the hands of a qualified and skilled acupuncturist the sole thing felt is a slight sensation or sometimes nothing at all when the needles are inserted into the skin.  This slight sensation immediately goes away and replaced by a feeling of comfort and tranquility once the effect of the treatment sets in.

Written by Valerie

September 3rd, 2012 at 2:28 am