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Symptoms of Sinusitis

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The most common symptom of acute sinusitis is the cold which in this case either gets worse after a week or does not improve even with treatments like common cold drugs.

There are various symptoms manifested by sinusitis. They include:

Sneezing and itchy eyes often related to allergic sinusitis
Lingering cold
Increased pain when you lean forward
Tiredness, lethargy and general fatigue
A feeling of fullness over the whole face
Pressure on one side of the head, cheek area, nose or eyes
Pain in the ears when infection spreads to your inner ear
Blocked ears arising from mucus spreading to the Eustachian tubes
Swollen eyes
Photophobia or eye sensitivity to light specifically during mornings
Pain in the teeth specifically on the upper jaw molars
Upper jaw pain
Halitosis or bad breath
Hoarse voice
Itchy cough
Sore throat
Appetite loss due to lessened ability to smell and taste
Lessened sense of smell and taste
Snoring due to forceful breathing caused by fluid build-up
Postnasal drip – This means that your sinus re-flows fluid down the back of your throat making you swallow the fluid
Congestion, nasal stuffiness or runny nose
Foul-smelling, thick, greenish or yellow nasal discharge that sometimes comes with blood
Fever ranging from 99 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit
Pain and tenderness in the sinus region
Facial pain or tenderness especially at the bridge of the nose or under the eyes
Frontal headaches particularly in the morning when you wake up

You may suffer from different symptoms depending on the type of sinusitis you have.

Acute sinusitis

Sphenoid sinusitis – This type of acute sinusitis does not frequently occur but when it does it causes pain behind the eyes and other symptoms like:

Postnasal drip or nasal discharge
Disturbed or double vision if the pressure affects the brain
Worsening pain when bending forward or lying down
Neck pain
Deep headache with the pain behind the eye, across the forehead and on top of or behind the head

Frontal sinusitis – Pain is felt on one or both sides or behind the forehead. Other symptoms can include:

Postnasal drip or nasal discharge
Worsening pain when reclining and less pain when upright
Extreme headaches in the area of the forehead
Pain when touching the forehead over the frontal sinuses

Maxillary sinusitis – Pain often is felt behind the cheekbones. Other symptoms include

Postnasal drip or nasal discharge
Pressure and pain that worsen when your head is upright and improving when reclining
Swollen, red or tender cheekbone
Tender cheeks
Pain in the teeth and upper jaw
Pressure or pain on both or one side of the face
Pain around the upper teeth, around or under the eye or across the cheekbone

Ethmoid sinusitis – Pain is felt behind the eyes near the tear ducts. Other symptoms include:

Pressure or pain that worsens when lying down, straining or coughing and improving when in an upright position
Headache in the temple or around the eye
Swollen tissue and eyelids around the eyes
Stuffy nose
Loss of smell
Pressure or pain on both sides of the nose, down r between the eyes and in the area of the inner eye
Postnasal drip or nasal congestion

The problem is that symptoms do not always point out the sinuses that are inflamed and so people with sinusitis usually feel general tenderness and pain in many parts of their body.


Needles & Moxa Wellness Center
700 S Red Rd
Miami, FL 33144
Ph: (305) 265-5265

Written by Valerie

February 26th, 2014 at 12:28 am

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Tremors Tests and Diagnosis

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The proper diagnosis of tremor relies on clinical information gleaned from the physical examination and the thorough history of the patient. Single photo emission computed tomography can be performed on more difficult cases to view the integrity of the neural pathways in the brain which may also be useful in diagnosing Parkinson’s disease.

In evaluating the patient with tremor, the initial step is to classify the tremor according to its activation condition, frequency and body part distribution. The activation condition can be described as isometric, postural, intention (or kinetic), or rest. The doctor may require the patient to sit with his hands in his lap to observe for rest tremor. For kinetic or postural tremors a sequential test that entails the patient stretching his hands and arms out, followed by a simple finger-to-nose test can be carried out. A person with rest tremor more often than not suffers from Parkinson’s disease. An intention tremor may mean the patient suffers from a cerebellar lesion. There are three frequencies associated with tremors. They include a frequency of less than 4 Hz, a medium frequency of 4 to 7 Hz, and high-frequency greater than 7 Hz. In terms of body part distribution, tremor can occur in the voice, head and limbs, among others. The doctor can combine these factors to come up with a diagnosis. A high frequency tremor for example, occurring in the head is more likely to be classified as an essential tremor than a parkinsonian tremor. Age can also be a factor in diagnosing tremors. Older patients are more prone to develop essential tremor and parkinsonian tremor. For patients who suddenly develop tremor they should be thoroughly assessed to see if their tremor is the result of a psychogenic cause, a brain tumor, toxins, or from medications. Patients suffering from a slow and progressive tremor should be assessed for signs of Parkinson’s disease.

Tremors usually affect both sides of the body; however, brain tumors can cause tremors on just one side of the body. Fatigue and caffeine often aggravate essential tremor and it is difficult to find anything (except a small amount of alcohol intake) that can mitigate this type of tremor. Physiologic tremor often comes with sleeping disorders since tired muscles usually exacerbate this type of tremor. A patient with a family history of tremor or neurologic disease implies a tremor that is genetically acquired which is often the case in an essential tremor. To rule out drug-induced tremor, the patient’s medicine history should be studied thoroughly. Moreover the patient may be tested for alcohol consumption or drugs since alcohol abuse and withdrawal can and likewise result in tremor. Conversely, moderate or small doses of alcohol can help relieve essential tremor and can be a useful tool for diagnosis.

Also useful for the diagnosis of tremor is an evaluation or examination of symptoms and signs that may be related to tremor syndromes. Postural abnormalities and bradykinesia strongly indicate parkinsonian tremor. Masked facies, limited arm swinging motion while walking, micrographia, and difficulty rising up from a seated position may all indicate bradykinesia. Abnormalities in posture can be observed through a positive pull test. This test entails the patient standing in a neutral position with the doctor causing him to fall by pulling the patient’s upper arms from behind. This test can also help diagnose stroke or multiple sclerosis and can help isolate cerebellar tremor as well. It can also diagnose for psychogenic tremor. The positive pull test could also allow the doctor to observe for sustained muscle contraction (dystonia); uncoordination and ataxia (cerebellar signs); evidence of systemic disease (thyrotoxicosis, for example); neuropathic signs and pyramidal signs. A normal gait with an unsteady stance can be evidence of orthostatic tremor which is a lower body condition, whereas a shuffling gait is an indication of parkinsonian tremor.
Tremor in Children

Medical science still has a hard time diagnosing tremor in children. There are a number of genetic diseases that are related to tremor in children. These diseases include homocystinuria, pyruvate carboxylase deficiency, prescription drugs, heavy metal poisoning vitamin B12 efficiency, hydrocephalus, brain tumors, fragile X syndrome, Huntington disease, mitochondrial diseases, and spinal muscular atrophy. Tremor in children is a potentially dangerous condition and children suffering from this condition should be immediately seen by a neurologist.


A number of imaging techniques have been used to help identify the different causes of tremor. Presently diagnosing tremors remains basically clinical. However, SPECT or single-photo emission computed tomography has been used for complex cases. Single -photon emission computed tomography as mentioned a while ago can help the doctor visualize the health of the neural pathways in the brain which is often effective in diagnosing Parkinson disease. SPECT combined with presynaptic radiotracers has been successfully used to differentiate between parkinsonian tremor from essential tremor, and vascular parkinsonism from Parkinson disease.

Magnetic resonance and plain computed tomography imaging are effective options to help exclude secondary causes of tremor such as stroke or multiple sclerosis among others especially if the diagnosis of tremor is inconclusive from the patient’s physical examination and history.


Nelya de Brun is a licensed acupuncturist in Boynton Beach, FL., practicing acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and Western medical pathology. She is also the founder of Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC.


Written by Valerie

February 18th, 2014 at 4:04 am

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Tonsillitis Prevention

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It is virtually inevitable to come into contact with individuals who possess bacteria or virus from which it spreads. Children interacting with other children who may be infected with a pathogen will usually get infected themselves especially if they have a weak immune system. Therefore, a strong immune system to resist diseases due to the eating of nutritional and healthful foods can prevent you and your child to be infected by pathogens like the ones causing tonsillitis. Try to immerse yourself with lots of vitamin c supplements or juices that at the same time possess grapes, zinc and anti-allergic qualities to prevent the rise of tonsillitis. Avoidance of other people’s body fluids (sneeze droplets, saliva and other bodily fluids) is very important in preventing tonsillitis since the pathogen that cause tonsillitis can be spread through saliva droplets and other bodily kinds of body fluids.


Another great way to prevent tonsil infection is by having good hygiene. Always make it a point to keep your hands clean by frequently washing them with soap especially just before eating a meal. If you have a family member who has tonsillitis, you and other members of the family should avoid using the toothbrush, soap, clothes, utensils, plates and spoons of the infected family member.  Drinking copious amounts of nutritional fluids and fruit juices can likewise serve as a good preventive measure particularly if one member of your family is infected.

Home Remedies

Certain home remedies can help you prevent getting tonsillitis as well.  Some of these include apple cider vinegar which you use as a mouthwash or regular tooth brushing using herbal non-fluoride toothpaste. Both these remedies can kill tonsillar bacteria in your mouth and shield you from tonsillitis infections. You can also use hydrogen peroxide for mouth gargling but you should never ever swallow the hydrogen peroxide.

Tree of Life Acupuncture
1215 120th Ave NE #206
Bellevue, WA 98005
(425) 732-3201

Written by Valerie

February 18th, 2014 at 4:01 am

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Itchy Skin Prevention

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Avoiding factors that can lead to skin itching is the best way to prevent getting itchy skin. Some of the ways to keep you from getting itchy skin include:

  • Eating healthy food
  • Keeping the body clean – Taking a bath everyday is a must to keep your skin soothed and cleaned of irritants, pathogens and allergens. Cleanliness in your surrounding and in the home is a must and will help prevent pests, insects and dust mites from thriving in your environment. Keeping a clean setting is better than thinking of what medication to buy for your itch.
  • Avoid skin abrasions or cuts – We know that children are very prone to skin injuries and scratches. The important thing to do then is to keep them clean after playing by making them wash or bath at least two times a day. Regular hand wash is of paramount importance not only for your children but for anyone else to avoid contracting germs or allergens or germs that may irritate the skin.
  • Keep yourself cool or cozy during extreme temperatures – High temperature causes itchy skin. Some people who sweat because of the heat and humidity often get skin rashes that are itchy. Very low temperatures, on the other hand, can make one’s skin become scaly and make them break out in rashes as well. The room needs to be cool or cozy instead of cold or hot to make the skin soothed and comfortable.
  • Wear comfortable clothing – The right clothing should mean clothes that are loose and comfortable to wear and will not irritate or cause friction on the skin. Wearing clothing made from light material like cotton instead of clothing made from harsh or abrasive materials can prevent itch and irritation of the skin. The clothes you wear need to be also clean and washed using detergents and fabric conditioners that will not cause allergy or skin irritation.
  • Eat the right diet – Some skin irritations and conditions come from eating the wrong types of food. Wrong foods can mean foods that can cause you allergic reactions. Many people are allergic to dairy products, shellfishes, seafood, nuts and even eggs. Avoidance of these is essential if you are allergic to all or any of them. Eating an unbalanced diet can cause skin problems but not necessarily skin itching. Avoid spicy foods as well as they can also cause allergies to some people. Fruits and vegetables are the food groups that can provide essential nutrients to the skin as well as help prevent itchy skin. Eating them every day will make your skin healthy and itch-free.
  • Cosmetic products – Many cosmetic products contain heavy elements that are irritating to the skin and oftentimes will cause itching. If you are able, avoiding all types of cosmetic products is one of the best ways you can care for your skin. If you need to use cosmetics, then buy products that use all-natural ingredients and are hypoallergenic.
  • Avoid too much sunlight – Protecting your skin from harsh sun exposure can prevent irritation and damage to your skin. It is important though to get sunlight and knowing the best times to go outdoors will prevent you from getting the bad effects of sunlight. It is best to avoid the sun from around 10 am to 4 pm as these are the times when sunlight becomes too harsh on the skin. Avoid walking outdoors during these times especially during mid-Spring up to mid-Fall. If you need to go out during these times, use a sunscreen made from all-natural elements for skin protection.
  • Lifestyle changes – A poor lifestyle not only causes skin itching but can result in more serious health conditions as well. Cigarette smoking and alcoholism will weaken your body systems especially your immune and cardiovascular systems. Curtail or totally abstain from drinking alcohol and stop smoking as well if you can. Doing so will make your skin healthier making it more resilient to infections and irritations.


Brent Keime, LAc, MSTOM
4410 Lamont Street
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: 619-800-2287

Written by Valerie

February 15th, 2014 at 3:01 am

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Sexual Dysfunction Lifestyles and Home Remedies

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People who consider their sexual life to be an important part of their life will make changes to their lifestyle so that sex with their partner becomes more rejuvenating and exciting.  A lot of people live a sex life that is routine, drab and dull. These cause a decrease in their libido. If you want to rid yourself of an unexciting sexual life or if you want to effectively address your sexual dysfunction, here are some tips and remedies that will help perk up your sexual life and treat your sexual dysfunction.

Reduce Stress – If you are a busy person who works more than 16 hours a day, then you might be so tired that you just doze off by the time you go to bed without even talking to your partner for a little while, let alone, have sex with him/her.  And if by chance you happen to have time for sexual intimacy, the pressures of work and other things will make you very stressed out and irritable that you won’t even consider giving pleasure to your mate. These things not only affect you but will cause your mate to suffer as well. Taking away stress through activities and therapy like meditation, yoga and acupuncture can help you attain a fulfilling and relaxing sex life.

If you have work that requires a lot of activities and travel it can leave you all drained out by the end of the day. Fatigue will set in that you may not feel contentment and happiness with your sexual relationship. To have relaxed and happy moments you need changes to your lifestyle; particularly, having a regular holiday and proper time management that can be not only physically rejuvenating but also mentally uplifting. Doing these things will enable you to have a great sex life.

Diet – The foods that you regularly eat can play a key role in either depressing or uplifting your sexual relationship. Certain foods can cause you to feel sleepy and drowsy, and overeating can likewise cause you to feel the same. To help you achieve an active sex life, you need to eat foods packed with protein that can give you high energy and at the same time contain fewer calories.

Exercise – This lifestyle factor is truly a key to help you become physically, mentally and emotionally fit. Exercise should be a huge part of every individual’s lifestyle. An adult who does not regularly exercise can make him/her obese and more often than not has low libido. By exercising regularly, you are assured that your body will become and stay fit and your libido will also increase helping you to live a very active and fulfilling sex life.

Some other vital suggestions to help you battle sexual dysfunction and better your sex life include:

Erotic tasks and intimacy training

Seek new solutions for physical limitations – Arousal through erotic touch leading to arousal, sexual ct and orgasm

Try new sexual roles depending on the couple’s abilities

Try out comfortable sex positions

Plan well the time and location of sexual activity

Determine sexual roles and positions

Enhance open sexual communication between your sexual partner


Manhattan Acupuncture Clinic
900 Broadway, Suite 404
New York, NY 10003
Ph: (917) 968-6456

Written by Valerie

February 9th, 2014 at 11:39 pm

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