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Acupuncture for Whooping Cough

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Pertussis or whooping cough is considered an opportunistic infection that strikes the lungs. Usually affected by this condition are young children every three to four years. Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture are safe and effective treatments that can brig about complete recovery for affected children. Acupuncture therapy is considered a gentle clinical process. Oftentimes, in effectively treating pertussis, a combination of Eastern and Western medicine is used by medical practitioners.  According to traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, pertussis is the result of bacterial infection, overuse of antibiotics, damp climates, irregular feeding and/or poor diets. TCM has been practiced for over 5000 years in East Asia and they are modalities that your child can avail of as they are gentle and effective solutions for children’s conditions.

The first stage of pertussis usually lasts 10 to 20 days and symptoms may include:

-Abundant nasal discharge
-Cough that leads to wheezing and coughing with productive bubbly sputum

The second stage of the disease may last 40 to 60 days and symptoms may include:

Convulsive coughing followed by croup – This condition stabilizes in the daytime but worsens at night.

The third stage of recovery can last for 20 to 30 days. Symptoms may include:

-Hot hands and feet along with irritability, night sweats, and dry cough
-Frequent pale urine
-Watery stools
-Distended stomach
-Choosy about food or poor appetite
-Spontaneous sweating
-Cold feet and hands
-Tired and weak body
-Weak and reduced cough with few or no sputum

TCM provides a safer treatment that is natural and holistic as opposed to pharmaceutical drugs that have long term side effects especially affecting the kidneys and liver.  Constantly putting your child on a western medicine course of treatment can do harm to his/her overall well-being. TCM has antiviral and antibacterial herbs that are as potent as pharmaceutical drugs but are safer in comparison. These herbal tonics can be designed exclusively for your child’s needs resolving multiple symptoms in a safe manner.

TCM strengthens your child’s immune system, restores his/her body fluids to healthy levels, nourishes the lungs and removes cough and sputum.

Consider TCM to give your child excellent overall health

TCM definitely can treat pertussis making your child recover more quickly than with conventional therapies. Western medicine offers provides antibiotic relief. This can relieve the symptoms of sputum ad cough and sputum; TCM, on the other hand, dissolves the mucus and strengthens the lungs helping bring back the body to homeostasis. It also addresses the underlying problem of pertussis guaranteeing the condition to never come back again.

 

Linda Lesperance is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of The Lotus Center of Oriental Medicine in Boca Raton, FL.

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April 27th, 2014 at 9:54 pm

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Acupuncture for Treating Addiction

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Addiction has been a major problem I the United States for quite a while now. There are actually many forms of addiction – they can range from addiction to sweets like chocolate to drug addiction. Addiction typically can cause harm to the overall balance and health of a person.

What is Addiction?

Addiction normally comes about due to a person’s excessive and long-term engagement in activities or use of substances that affect his/her overall functioning. Medical dictionaries generally define addiction to be a psychological or physiological dependence on certain substances or practices that cannot be controlled by the addicted individual. There are people who think that addiction happens when the activity or substance take hold of the individual and not the other way around.

There are two classifications for addiction and they are based on the item the person is addicted to. The classification can either be a behavioral or substance addiction.

Behavioral Addiction

This means the person affected has a very high obsession in engaging in activities like sex, exercise to the extreme, internet browsing and gambling. Eventually, users may be totally unaware that their behaviors are getting uncontrollable which also start to become problems to other individuals.

Substance Addiction

This refers to uncontrollable urge to use harmful substances like alcohol, nicotine and cocaine.

Aside from the inability to control themselves from engaging in certain activities or the uncontrollable desire to use or consume certain substances, addicts have become so highly dependent on these activities and substances to help deal with their everyday life. An individual hooked to a particular substance will keep on using it no matter if it causes adverse impacts on his/her health and causes problems to other people.

Based on clinical studies, regular and frequent undertaking or use of certain substances generates pleasure to the brain. During the course of time, the user becomes aware that the higher dose he/she takes, the greater pleasure he/she gets. As a result, the person’s tolerance with the substance likewise goes up. Experts conclude that the greater the tolerance level of the person, the higher is his/her risk for addiction. In the long term, the user may feel the need to take the substance not out of pleasure anymore but to prevent the pain and suffering from symptoms of withdrawal to the substance. The consumption or use of the substance is the only way they deem to feel stable and normal.

In the treatment of his addiction, the user needs to first accept that he is addicted to the substance. Treatment usually entails the use of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, counseling and self-help groups. Because of its enduring and documented results, acupuncture has turned out to be one of the most potent complementary solutions for addiction.

How Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Views Addiction

Acupuncture is an integral part of TCM and is a very old form of medicine. It is performed with the use of acupuncture needles inserted into specific points in the body known as acupuncture points. These points lie along pathways of energy called the meridians that convey energy to balance the vital energy of the body the Chinese call qi or chi. Energizing the movement of chi can change many aspects of mental and physical functioning.  The movement of chi also aids in the promotion of a natural detoxifying process from addiction and substance abuse.

Those who are adherents and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine can have varied explanations as to why addiction occurs but all of these explanations are based on the idea of yin and yang balance. Addicts generally suffer from low yin. This causes an imbalance that manifests in feelings of emptiness and desperation which compels the addicts to consume, use and abuse. These acts, however, cause more yin deficiency making their desperation even worse.

Acupuncture Deals With Addiction

TCM deals with addiction usually with the use of acupuncture and herbs. These therapies are very effective in lowering cravings and enhancing relaxation and calmness. Studies reveal that acupuncture actually aids in the alleviation of anxiety and in lessening the intensity and the number of occurrence of withdrawal symptoms. It doesn’t matter if your addiction is to coffee, heroine or other substances acupuncture is a very effective and natural way of cleansing out your body of toxic substances.

Studies reveal that ear acupuncture is effective in remedying many types of addiction including tea, coffee, caffeine, methadone, crack, cocaine, morphine, heroin, alcohol and even dependence to pain medications like vicodin, hydrocodone and oxycotin.

The NADA Protocol

The NADA Protocol states that five acupuncture points can be treated to help address addiction. The five points include:

The shenmen point – Treating the shenmen point causes a calming and relaxing effect that aids in treating anxiety and nervousness that often is experienced during withdrawal symptoms.
Lung point – Besides quickening the detoxification process, the activation of the lung point aids in reinforcing the immune system which is essential when coping with withdrawal symptoms
Liver point – The stimulation of the liver point helps address anger and aggression and restores the health of the liver that’s been damaged from drug and alcohol abuse.
Kidney point – The stimulation of the kidney point aids in restoring the source and essence of energy which are often damaged during substance abuse. The resolution of fear and the willpower to defeat the addiction is also further boosted.
Sympathetic point – The stimulation of sympathetic points causes an analgesic effect and also restores the balance to the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.

Acupuncture is a preferred therapy because it doesn’t usually have any side effects. It is utilized until one becomes totally clean from his/her addiction. After you have completely stopped using substances, your acupuncture treatments can be reduced although some experts deem that continuing acupuncture treatments for a minimum of once a month guarantees permanent recovery. There are a lot of ex-addicts who have understood the benefits of acupuncture and are excited to go to regular sessions since it gives them a feeling of well-being and balance.

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April 25th, 2014 at 9:29 pm

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Acupuncture for ADD

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Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing art that has been practiced in China for over 5,000 years. It helps to restore balance to the flow of vital energy known as qi and blood throughout the body.  For over four decades, acupuncture has gradually increased in popularity in the United States and now there are tens of thousands of licensed acupuncturists practicing this oriental therapy all over the union.  The huge popularity of acupuncture is reflected in the statistics of the US Food and Drug Administration which revealed that 12 million Americans have consulted with acupuncturists during the year 1993. Acupuncture is utilized to maintain and/or support good health, although there may be others who use it to relieve symptoms of ADD/ADHD as well as emotional conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Acupuncture background

A component of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, acupuncture is often combined with other TCM modalities like meditation and Chinese herbal therapy to treat certain health conditions.  Acupuncture and the other modalities of TCM are grounded on the principle that the person’s mind and body are closely associated with each other.  TCM practitioners believe that certain parts of your body are linked by a vital energy known as Qi or Chi. This energy travels all over the body energizing the entire body in the process. Any blockages to the flow of will impact your health and give rise to disease, disorders and illnesses. Acupuncture’s objective is to restore the flow of Qi by removing the obstructions to its flow.  If you are sick, acupuncture will remove the blockages in the pathways where chi travels, helping your body to recover.

Qi travels over energy pathways known as meridians. These meridians connect to your internal organs. According to TCM, each person possesses a dozen primary meridians each associated with a certain major organ system in your body.  There are also 8 secondary meridians besides the 12 major ones. With acupuncture therapy, reed thin acupuncture needles are inserted into specific localized points to orient Qi flow through each of the concerned meridians.

There are certain suppositions on how acupuncture actually works. The two most popular theories go like these:

– when stimulated, the acupuncture points help the body produce endorphins and other “feel-good” chemicals in the body.

– the acupuncture points lie along important nerve centers in the body, and each of these points stimulates the nervous system in a unique way.

Whatever the case, the longstanding practice of acupuncture implies that it holds significant therapeutic benefits for a lot of people.

Exploring the process

The body has over 2,000 acupuncture points scattered across its surface.  The acupuncturist should be trained well enough to know what point to needle to bring about the desired outcome.  This may mean performing a uniquely TCM diagnostic process that often includes:

Questions to ascertain the patient’s health history and symptoms – the questions may be about the patient’s tolerance to cold or heat, sleep patterns and the patient’s eating habits. The answers will help the acupuncturist get a clearer understanding of the patient’s condition.

Examination of the patient’s pulse – in TCM, the pulse indicates to the acupuncturist the state of the patient’s health.  This examination is different from Western medicine wherein the doctor will merely check the speed of your pulse. The acupuncturist will determine the pulse’s rhythm and strength as well.

Examination of the patient’s tongue – TCM believes that the tongue of the patient can reveal a great deal of information about his/her health.  Therefore, the acupuncturist may want to observe it as well.

After this physical examination, the patient is asked to lie down and relax.  The acupuncturist then proceeds to insert needles in specific parts of the patient’s body. The needles should not cause pain at all. They are incredibly thin and small and so can only penetrate superficially into the skin.

If the patient feels a lot of pain when the needles are inserted, this means that the needles aren’t inserted properly. You may want to go a much more experienced acupuncturist the next time then. The most sensation you should experience is a slight pricking when a needle is inserted. The inserted needles are left in place for 20 minutes to a full hour. After that, the needles are removed and the patient can leave.

What to expect

If you are suffering from ADD/ADHD, your acupuncturist will need to concentrate on the areas important for the improvement of your condition.  The objective of acupuncture is to remove any obstacles to the flow of Qi and blood and this applies to ADD/ADHD conditions as well. This will mean getting a customized form of therapy that addresses your specific needs.

Usually it may take a number of sessions to receive any significant improvements to your ADD/ADHD symptoms. Your acupuncturist will give you an idea after your physical exams on how many sessions of acupuncture therapy you need to undergo and if there will be need for follow up treatments.

Finding a provider

Although there may be a lot of licensed acupuncturists these days, it may be difficult to find one who specializes in ADD/ADHD conditions.  You may find some helpful information from your doctor, your family and your friends especially the ones who have undergone it. You can do an online research for a licensed and specialized acupuncturist near your area.

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April 18th, 2014 at 1:53 pm

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Acupuncture for Acne

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Adherents and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) see acupuncture as an effective treatment for acne. They consider acupuncture as a way to bring back balance in the body and cure maladies that are due to a specific imbalance such as acne and other skin conditions.

The body has thousands of acupuncture points on the skin and underneath these points are pathways of energy where vital energy known as Qi travels. These energy vessels are called meridian. Acupuncture points, Qi and meridians are all concepts of traditional Chinese medicine. When a condition occurs, the cold and hot aspects in the body known as yin and yang become imbalanced. This causes physical symptoms like acne. To help bring back balance, specific acupuncture points need to be identified and treated with acupuncture needles. Once the needles are pricked into the points, the flow of energy becomes normal once more helping bring back balance to the yin and yang. This, in turn, results in the treatment of the condition.

Based on this concept, acne breakouts and zits are symptoms of excessive heat in the lungs. This means that to heal those breakouts and zits, the lungs, (the organ, according to TCM, that controls your skin) need to be cleansed and cooled down. An effective way of accomplishing those is to insert thin acupuncture needles into certain points to stimulate the meridians.

For acupuncture therapy to be truly effective in treating acne, multiple treatment sessions are needed. Oftentimes, other modalities like “cupping” are combined in the acupuncture treatment. Cupping is a TCM modality that uses glass cups to suction certain parts of your skin. According to TCM practitioners, this technique helps remove toxins from your body and also cools down your lungs that all help in restoring balance in your body.

The methods utilized by western medicine are entirely different than the one used in acupuncture. Acupuncture, unlike conventional western medicine, is a holistic therapy that not only aims to treat the breakouts and zits, it also cures the root of the problem or imbalance.

A study was done involving the use of electro-acupuncture to resolve hormonal imbalance causing certain types of acne. The results indicate the potency of electro-acupuncture in resolving acne symptoms since a greater percentage of the subjects who were treated with this procedure showed significant improvements compared to the ones who were treated with anti-acne medications and creams. In electro-acupuncture, an electric current from an external electric device is passed through the needles while the needle is in your acupuncture point.

If you have acne or just want this condition from developing in your body, you need to consult with a licensed acupuncturist in order to see if acupuncture is the best one for your condition. You can also talk to a dermatologist since he can recommend to you the best treatment for your acne. People with severe types of acne need to stay with their prescribed medications.

In treating acne, acupuncturists base their plan of treatment on the patient’s constitution and manifested symptoms.  Being a natural form of treatment, acupuncture treatment takes time so do not expect instant results after a few acupuncture sessions.

 

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

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April 18th, 2014 at 1:04 pm

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Acupuncture for ADHD

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In the United States, ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is the most common diagnosis reported among children. It is said that about 5% of girls and 10% of boys in grade school do have this disorder. Since 1991 to 1998, the drug Ritalin (methylphenidate) has been widely used on younger and younger children with about a 78% and 107% increase of use on affected boys and girls respectively during that period. This is a real concern for parents of affected children considering the very serious side effects of this drug on young kids.  This has forced parents to look for natural and safer approaches to ADHD.

The liberal use of Ritalin on children basically can be blamed on US doctors. They need to be aware that ADHD is not a uniquely US problem but it is only in the US that the primary course of treatment for this condition is the prescription of Ritalin. In terms of Ritalin, the US uses 90% of this drug. This is quite alarming since the US only comprises 5% of the global population.  Other countries have other safe approaches for ADHD. The Chinese, for example, see that a lot of ADHD “symptoms” are merely natural behaviors of normal preschool kids. These behaviors are often changed by the time the child reaches six to seven years old.  There are children who may have difficulty changing their behavior and more tests for ADHD may be conducted for them. Chinese herbal medicine and allergy desensitization are the primary medical options for ADHD children since they are considered safe and effective for young ADHD sufferers. Certain clinical studies have shown that Chinese herbal remedies as a standalone treatment for ADHD can also be an ideal way of addressing ADHD.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Based on TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), ADHD can result from the deficiency of Kidney Yin. Chinese tonic herbs like Dioscorea opposite, Acori graminei root, Polygala root, Phellodendron bark, Anemarrhena root, and Rehmannia root are often prescribed by Chinese herbalists for ADHD.  A 1987 study involving 326 children with ADHD with ages ranging from 4 to 16 were treated with a Chinese herbal remedy known as Jing Ling Extract. This herbal extract was taken by the children two times a day for three months. The treatment was able to cure about 32% of cases with a 95% rate of effectiveness. Another study done in China also using Jing Ling in pill form involved 557 children (103 female and 454 male) ages of 4 to 16 years old. This herb was taken by the children two times a day for up to half a year.  The result showed that 144 or 26% of cases had been cured with an effectiveness rate of 93%.

A 1990 random trial was done in China compared 5 to 15 mg of methylphenidate given twice a day to 20 subjects with 80 subjects taking a Chinese herbal formula for 1 to 3 months.  Of the 80 subjects using Chinese herbs, 23 of them were cured; for those who have taken methylphenidate, however, only 6 of the 20 showed an improvement of their symptoms. The effectiveness rates were 86 percent for the subjects who have used methylphenidate versus 90 percent for those given Chinese herbs.  The effectiveness rates between the two groups revealed little difference. But the one given Chinese herbs had a greater IQ rise and had lower side effects compared to the medication group.

A 1995 Chinese clinical study, found a 94% rate of effectiveness, including improved academics, improved attention and reduced hyperactivity on the group given Tiaoshen Liquor herbal tonic.  Another Chinese study performed in 1994 involved an open trial involving 66 hyperkinetic children. These children were given Yizhi syrup herbal formula. The study revealed an effectiveness rate of 85 %, including soft neurological signs and substantial improvement in academics and behavior.

Chinese herbal remedies often contain more than a single herb to boost the therapeutic benefits of the herb and minimize side effects and for ADHD, herbal formulas containing multiple herbs are often prescribed for ADHD patients.

Allergy Desensitization

There is still debate on whether ADD/ADHD cases are connected to environmental and food allergies; however, a huge collection of clinical data suggests that a connection indeed exists. Due to toxins in the environment, a lot of ADHD children suffer from a weak immune system. Environmental and food allergies and immune reaction to nutrients like amino acids and vitamins can lead to a deficiency of neurotransmitters and nervous system dysfunction. A 2003 study showed that a BioSET technique, that is composed of allergy desensitization technique, enzyme therapy, food allergy management and   neurotoxin detoxification produced remarkable results in the treatment of ADHD. BioSET and similar techniques that address immune system weakness and toxins are always availed of in the initial stage of the treatment. After the stabilization of the immune system, other complementary therapies like nutritional supplements can be more successful in resolving the deficiency of the body.

Acupuncture

More and more parents are finding acupuncture for their children to be a better form of complementary therapy for ADHD. Different types of acupuncture like laser and ear acupuncture have proven effective in treating ADHD. Auricular or ear acupuncture treats specific acupuncture points on the ear to resolve medical illnesses. Besides needles, laser, electricity or other tools that are less invasive than the needles can work well with children. Acupuncture beads can be attached on a specific acupuncture point on a child’s ear. The bead can be massaged for half a minute three times a day. A study involving this technique revealed substantial improvement in behavior of subjects.

There is a lack of systematic data about acupuncture therapy for ADHD although what is available showed that ear acupuncture for ADHD can produce great results.  More clinical studies about auricular acupuncture are needed to verify and provide definite proof of the effectiveness of ear acupuncture for the treatment of ADHD.

BioSET technique that integrates acupuncture, Chinese herbs, amino acid therapy and other nutritional supplementation, according to clinical research, can be utilized as an alternative and primary therapy for ADHD.  It can also be an adjunct therapy for medication therapy for severe types of ADHD.

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April 4th, 2014 at 6:37 am

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Acupuncture for Acne

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Conventional western medicine still has no answer as to what really causes acne although it does provide people with real remedies to treat it. There are a wide array of medical treatments offered in the market for acne that it is very hard to sort the bad ones from the good and the poor ones from the effective ones. Amid this ocean of so-called remedies, acupuncture stands out as one treatment that has proven time and again to be very effective in curing acne.

People are now realizing how effective acupuncture is in resolving acne conditions and it has helped many acne sufferers to get rid of this extremely unwanted skin condition for good. A lot of qualified dermatologists highly endorse this type of treatment. Acupuncture has been a proven a health benefit for countless numbers of people throughout the centuries. This practice has its origins in China and has helped the Chinese deal with their health conditions throughout China’s long history.

Acupuncture is an integral part of a medical system known as traditional Chinese medicine or TCM for short. The aim of TCM and acupuncture is to treat certain parts of the body by inserting needles into parts of the body known as acupuncture points. Just underneath these points are vessels of energy known as meridians where vital energy or qi flows. When the acupuncture needles are inserted into some of these points it helps remove blockages that have formed in the affected meridians. These blockages are responsible for many kinds of health conditions.

Western medicine has its own explanations as to how acupuncture works. Studies have shown that there are two types of acupuncture that have been seen as the most effective for treating acne. One of these is electro acupuncture, which utilizes a mild electrical current and the other is ear or auricular acupuncture which is a type of acupuncture that uses the ear to treat maladies.

There is a type of acupuncture known as herbal medicine acupuncture. Two systems of herbal medicines have been in use in China for a long time. These are Chi Kung and Tai Chi. Both systems have been in use in China since 2500 BC and are still not widely practiced in western nations by the simple fact that a lot of people there are not aware of their existence up until the 1950s. Now, they are slowly becoming more known and some western physicians have included these two modalities as part of their fare of treatment; Chi Kung and Tai Chi have proven to bring about truly impressive results.

There are about 2000 acupuncture points and 59 meridians in the human body.  Acupuncture can treat all types of ailments and conditions like acne scars, acne, bronchitis and asthma to name just a few.  It is extremely effective in removing pain. However, acupuncture may not be effective for all people. Some people do not receive any benefits from acupuncture at all not matter how hard they try. Also the effects of acupuncture may differ from person to person.  This wonderful treatment has gained wide acceptance all over the world and it is a safe treatment that is free of side effects.

 

Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center
6840 Dykes Road
Pembroke Pines, FL 33331
Phone: (954) 880-0090
http://www.vitahealthmedspa.com/

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April 4th, 2014 at 6:33 am

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