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Acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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There are Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) patients who have tried all kinds of conventional treatments to help relieve their symptoms but to no avail. Fortunately, they have a wonderful option in natural, effective and safe alternative treatments such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture. These two fine medical alternatives have undergone a number of studies and have consistently shown great results in treating IBS. Documents kept in these studies show that acupuncture and TCM to be effective and safe for the treatment of IBS without the need for pharmaceuticals.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is also known as mucus colitis or spastic colon. IBS is a syndrome because it exhibits a series of symptoms that may differ per patient. This condition comes about due to the abnormal movement of the large and small intestines. IBS signs and symptoms can involve diarrhea and/or constipation that are experienced in alternating fashion and stomach pain and cramping. It is usually accompanied by other issues in the gastrointestinal system like nausea, bloating and gas. All symptoms can be exacerbated by severe stress or by overeating and can often be relieved after the patient makes a bowel movement. About 10% to 20% of the people in the United States suffer from IBS and women are more afflicted with this condition than men.

Even with the huge leaps medical science has made these past decades, it still cannot understand what really causes IBS.  Irritable bowel syndrome is not an infection nor is it biochemical in nature. It does not entail ay anatomical change nor does it involve a structural problem. Medical scientists are looking into the belief that there might be problems in the communication between the brain and the gut which may explain why episodes of IBS usually occur during times of stress or emotional upsets.

TCM explains that IBS is the result of an imbalance in energy between the Spleen and the Liver.  The Spleen according to TCM is connected with the digestive function and helps convert food into blood and energy (the Chinese call Qi or Chi). Various factors can weaken the Spleen. They include lack of exercise, fatigue, over worrying, overwork, unhealthy foods and overeating. The Liver, on the other hand, oversees the smooth flow of substances throughout the body. Extreme stress and emotions can upset this flow resulting in blood and Chi stagnation. When the Liver is not moving smoothly and the Spleen is not strong, the Liver overacts on the Spleen that shows up as symptoms of IBS.

An imbalance in Spleen/ Liver can be likened to an episode of diarrhea or short-term appetite loss during times of emotional stress. With IBS, however, these symptoms happens gradually; the stress or emotional problem lasts over a long period of time, and the IBS symptoms can endure for years.

Practitioners of TCM particularly acupuncturists are knowledgeable in the treatment of Spleen/Liver disharmony using various methods. Based on the symptoms and attributes of the patient, the acupuncturist may recommend lifestyle changes, dietary therapy, Chinese herbs and, of course, acupuncture to help treat and even cure this malady.

There are certain lifestyle changes that can aid in the reduction of IBS symptoms. They include:

Getting enough sleep to help manage properly the symptoms. The most common trigger for IBS symptoms is stress. Stress can come about due to lack of sleep. Sleep also enables the body to regenerate and heal.

Use of probiotics – Probiotics are supplements that aid the beneficial bacteria in the gut to improve digestion. One good probiotic you can take is yogurt. Yogurt contains good bacteria like lactobacillus acidophilus.

Dietary changes – Treatment for IBS should always include removing foods that trigger IBS symptoms replacing them with healthy foods rich in fiber content to the diet. Fiber that is easily soluble is very good for the GI tract. These kinds of foods include legumes like split peas and lentils, berries and oatmeal.  Crude fiber can irritate the gut and foods with crude fiber can even trigger IBS symptoms. Some foods with crude fiber include raw vegetables and oat bran. Foods that can irritate the gut include carbonated drinks, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, dairy products ad fatty or greasy foods.

Availing of quiet time and stress relief activities like breathing exercises, yoga, visualization or meditation. The removal of stress is very important to properly manage your IBS symptoms.

Exercise –Exercising especially regular exercise does help in treating stress. Regular exercise also helps treat constipation, regulates the bowels and moves energy.

 

Manhattan Acupuncture Clinic
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New York, NY 10003
Ph: (917) 968-6456
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June 21st, 2014 at 6:58 am

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Acupuncture for IBS

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The more recent studies involving Chinese medicine treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) showed consistent positive results. These studies validated the effectiveness of Chinese medicine in treating IBS in a drug-free and safe way.

What is IBS?

Also known as mucus colitis or spastic colon, IBS is considered a syndrome because it consists of a collection of symptoms that differs for each affected person. This condition causes an abnormal movement of the large and small intestines. IBS manifests symptoms such as alternating instances of diarrhea and constipation, pain and stomach cramping. It can also come with other gastrointestinal conditions like nausea, bloating and flatulence. Stress always exacerbates the aforementioned symptoms after the sufferer eats; the symptoms are oftentimes relieved after he/she does bowel function.  In the United States about 10% – 20% of the population suffers from IBS symptoms, with women thrice more likely to have it than men.

Western medicine does not know what exactly causes IBS although medical researchers are certain that IBS is not caused by structural issues and is neither infectious nor biochemical in nature. These scientists are considering that a neurological connection exists between the gastrointestinal system and the brain and this may be the reason why episodes of IBS oftentimes arise during times if stress or emotional pressures.

Chinese Medicine View of IBS

Despite other patterns of disorder are evident, IBS is primarily seen as a disharmony between the spleen and the liver in traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) considers the spleen as having an association with the digestive function and converting food into energy (blood and Qi). Through factors like lack of exercise, fatigue, over worrying, overwork and too much eating of unhealthy foods, the spleen can become considerably weak. The liver controls the normal flow of materials throughout the body. Stress or high or low emotions can upset this flow leading to stagnation of blood and energy known as qi. When the liver dysfunctions and the spleen is weak, the liver overacts on the spleen and this leads to IBS symptoms.

A spleen/ liver imbalance is the same to an episode of diarrhea or the short-term loss of appetite that happens when the person experiences an occasional emotional upset. During IBS, this condition occurs quite slowly with the stress or emotional condition taking place over an extended amount of time, and the symptoms of IBS potentially enduring for years.

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists may utilize a number of modalities to rectify the spleen/liver imbalance.  They may use Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture and recommend lifestyle changes or dietary therapy to effectively heal the condition. Tong Xie Yao Fang which is an herbal mixture can treat the spleen and liver disharmony and can be a starting point with alterations on a case to case basis.

Certain modifications to lifestyle changes that can aid in relieving symptoms include:

Adequate sleep – this is a must for IBS sufferers to help lessen stress in the body. As mentioned before, stress can trigger IBS symptoms and stress can come about from lack of sleep.  Adequate sleep furthermore, assists the body to rejuvenate and heal.

Probiotics – Probiotics are supplements that help replenish the diminished good bacteria residing in your gut. Lactobacilli Shirota strain and Lactobacilli acidophilus are beneficial bacteria that are readily available in natural foods stores.

Diet modifications – an individualized type of dietary therapy that removes foods that cause the symptoms and that add sufficient amounts of fiber to the diet are good for the control and treatment of IBS. Fiber that is soluble and light on the GI pathway are recommended. These foods may include garbanzo beans, legumes like lentils, berries and oatmeal. Raw vegetables, bran and crude fiber foods can be very irritating and needs to be observed since they may potentially trigger symptoms. Some other typical food triggers include carbonated drinks, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol, dairy products and fatty or greasy foods.

Performing stress relief activities – these can include quiet time, breathing exercises, yoga or meditation can help keep the symptoms under control.

Getting adequate exercise – they can aid in the relief of stress. Exercise can help relieve constipation, normalize the bowels, and move energy.

 

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

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June 12th, 2014 at 7:41 am

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Acupuncture for Gastritis

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People who have suffered from gastritis know that it is a very painful and debilitating disorder.  The pain is felt in the upper stomach and eating makes the pain much worse. Gastritis is caused by acid regurgitation and its other symptoms besides the pain include very dark stool, loss of appetite, vomiting and nausea.

When gastritis occurs, your stomach lining becomes inflamed. The inflammation causes an immune reaction in the body since the body identifies the inflammation as a sign of organ injury. Unlike cancer and ulcer which are types of injury or damage in the body, gastritis is just an inflammation in the stomach.

Gastritis can come about due to a number of reasons. Some of these reasons include aging which causes degeneration of the stomach lining, autoimmune disorder such as pernicious anemia, bacterial infection such as H. pylori, chronic bile reflux and continuous use of NSAIDS or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and Tylenol.

Natural alternative treatments such as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) view the body as a whole and thus use holistic therapies to address the problems in the patient’s spirit, mind and body. TCM theorizes that each human being has a vital energy in the body it calls Qi or Chi. Chi travels throughout the body like blood through energy vessels called meridians . Sometimes the flow of Chi in the body becomes imbalanced in one or more of the 14 major meridians. This can lead to disease and symptoms. TCM sees gastritis as a sign of a problem of an underlying condition. To make a correct diagnosis of the root cause of gastritis and its symptoms, practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine may diagnose a patient depending on an exhaustive examination of the symptoms and signs of the patient, and his environment and diet. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are often used in the successful treatment of chronic types of gastritis along with lifestyle and diet changes.  Some of the accompanying symptoms and signs and the differentiation of syndromes that may result in gastritis include:

Stagnation of Stomach Chi

Its symptoms and signs consist of:

Loose stool
Vomiting that eases the pain
Acid regurgitation
Pain and fullness of the stomach

Its causes:

The underlying problem comes from frequent eating of spicy and greasy food, too much eating or irregular food intake. They impair the ability of the body to efficiently metabolize fluids and foods.

Treatment:

TCM practitioners usually prescribe Chinese herbal medicine particularly, Pinellia Decoction, as an adjunct therapy to acupuncture for balancing Stomach Fire.

Too much Liver Chi Attacking the Stomach

Symptoms and signs include:

Stomach pain caused by excessive emotions and sour/ bitter (acid) regurgitation.

Cause:

Depression
Anxiety
Anger
Stress

Over the course of time, these factors can lead to strain on the stomach.

Treatment:

Herbal medicine like Bupleurum powder that’s been modified and acupuncture to relieve liver Chi

Spleen Yang Deficiency

Symptoms and signs include:

Aversion to cold
Loose stool
Intermittent dull pain in the stomach that is relieved by pressure

Cause:

The body constitution of the patient is prone to this condition.

Treatment:

Herbal prescription such as decoction of astralagus that’s been modified and acupuncture for strengthening Middle Jiao

Deficiency of Stomach and Spleen

Symptoms and signs include:

Pain soothed by pressure and warmth
Aversion to cold
Watery regurgitation
Dull pain in the stomach

Cause:

Prlonged illness
Anxiety
Stress
Irregular food intake

Treatment:

Herbal prescription may differ depending on the patient’s needs and acupuncture

Deficiency of Stomach Yin

Symptoms and signs include:

Hiccups
Constipation
Throat and mouth dryness
Hunger sans the desire to eat
Dull pain in the stomach

Cause:

Too much eating of greasy and spicy/hot foods

Treatment:

Herbal prescription of modified decoction and acupuncture for nourishing the Stomach

As mentioned a while ago, gastritis (acute or chronic) is a debilitating disorder that seriously affects a person’s quality of health and life. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture are great and truly effective natural forms of treatment for relieving the symptoms and pain associated with chronic gastritis. Lifestyle and diet changes, however, are also huge factors that can trigger this condition and so changes in them needs to be done to guarantee complete recovery.

Written by Valerie

June 6th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

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Acupuncture for Diabetes

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Diabetes is a growing epidemic in the United States with many as 26 million adults and children (8.3% of the population, based on the statistics provided by the American Diabetes Association) suffering from it.  It is a degenerative and chronic disease that unfailingly increases each year among children and adults in the United States. In just a single year (2012), about 1.3 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Diabetes has two types: diabetes mellitus or Type 1 diabetes is often seen in young adults and children. Type 1 diabetics have bodies that are incapable of producing insulin. They are totally reliant on insulin outside their body.

Adult –onset or Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of diabetes in the US and it affects over 15 million Americans. This type of diabetes is caused by the body’s improper use of insulin causing the insulin to accumulate in the bloodstream. This accumulation can result in complications like osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, fatigue, amputation, gangrene, periodontal disease, nervous system disease, kidney disease, eye problems high blood pressure and heart disease.

Even being a longstanding disease, people with diabetes can manage to live healthy and long lives through right lifestyle and diet changes and the correct medical treatment. Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture can be an effective treatment plan to help control diabetes and its symptoms as well as help decrease the reliance in medications.

Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture have been a treatment for diabetes for thousands of years.  The Chinese refer to diabetes as a thirsting and wasting disease brought about by an imbalance of yin and qi that leads to heat consuming the fluids of the body causing heat-like symptoms such as dry mouth, itchy skin, swollen gums, irritability and excessive thirst.

During acupuncture therapy, ultra thin needles are used and inserted into certain parts of the body to nourish yin and bring back the normal flow of qi. The treatment aims to normalize the flow of qi and blood, enhance function of the pancreas, and remove internal heat and drying up of fluids.

Chinese herbal medicine can be used combined with acupuncture to address diabetes and its symptoms.  Some of the herbal formulas used for diabetes include:

Six Ingredient Pill with Rehannia or Liu Wei Di Huang Tang – this formulae resolves symptoms that usually accompany diabetes:  light headedness, weak low back, heat in the five palms (chest, feet or hands), night sweats, poor hearing, tinnitus and vertigo.

White Tiger plus Ginseng Decoction or Bai Hu Jian Ren Sheng Tang – lowers sugar levels by adding the levels of sugar stored in the liver. Symptoms it can relieve include restlessness, profuse sweating, extreme thirst, general weakness, general discomfort and fever.

Minor Bupleurum Decoction or Xiao Chai Hu Tang –helps in lessening the rate at which glucose goes in the bloodstream after meals.  Good if the diabetes happens along with HIV or due to complications brought about by hepatitis infection.

Major Bupleurum Decoction or Da Chai Hu Tang – helps lessen the rate at which glucose enters the bloodstream. It also helps boost the effectiveness of insulin.   This formula is extremely effective if the diabetes develops along long-term gastrointestinal problems.

Nutritional supplementation, exercise and dietary changes are highly recommended to effectively control type 1 and type 2 diabetes; sometimes, they can even lead to its reversal.

Adhere to a regular exercise program to burn fat, and reduce glucose and insulin to better control your glucose.  Perform about a half hour of mild exercises like yoga, or walking each day.

Juice therapy – this is one of the best ways to get natural sugar. Drink the juice from lime in a glass of each day.

Eat a small portion of protein each mealtime – this will allow you to get better control of your glucose

Avoid alcohol, caffeine, simple sugars and saturated fats. Simple sugars are only needed when you need to balance an insulin reaction

Avoid refined carbohydrates – soda pop, fruit juice candy and white flour are off-limits to diabetics. Natural sweeteners that do not interfere with blood glucose levels like xylitol and stevia are much better substitutes.

Consume organic and low-fat whole foods diet – your diet should be rich in whole grains, fruit, vegetables, chicken and fish. These foods are high in fiber, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. Fiber can lower the surges in your blood sugar.

Consume 3 meals a day in moderate portions

Certain types of foods can help patients manage their diabetes much better when they are integrated in their diet. All of them can be found in health food stores and Asian markets.

Cinnamon – health experts recommend cinnamon for controlling blood sugar.  It also has anti-bacterial qualities and is effective enough to treat diarrhea, reduce appetite and relieve stomach pain.  Cinnamon can also boost vitality.

Mountain yam – long term intake of this food can help improve vitality for people recovering from weakness or illness due to old age.  Studies have proven that blood glucose levels falls down when eating mountain yam.

Bok choy – This cabbage family member can be used in stir-fries, but with the leaves and stems cooked separately since the stems take more time to be cooked right. Bok choy is rich in vitamins A and C as well as in fiber. According to Chinese dietary therapy this vegetable is used to lubricate the intestines, quench thirst and clear heat.

Bitter melon – this is a vegetable, not a fruit, and is readily available in Asian markets.  If you don’t like the bitterness, eat it while it is still green. Bitter melon can be rinsed and salted before it is eaten. Studies show that this vegetable possesses a compound that regulates blood sugar, which is helpful in controlling type 2 diabetes.

Black wood ear – this is an edible fungus with a pleasant crunch and a neutral taste.  It needs to be soaked in warm water before being served. Black wood ear can be used for salads, lightly cooked or stir fried or for soups.  It generates fluids and nourishes yin according to Chinese dietary therapy.

 

Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

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June 6th, 2014 at 9:35 pm

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Acupuncture for Colitis

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Nutrition and Supplementation

Your body is unique and so your nutritional requirements can differ from others and also can be based on certain factors.  In this regard, you need to talk to a health care provider who is trained in the holistic healing arts to determine what you need. He/she can do a thorough nutritional evaluation of you including an extensive digestive stool examination.

Natural and wholesome foods are the most ideal foods for every person. A diet consisting of complex carbohydrates can furnish the body with sufficient fiber. This diet can include fresh fruits to prevent constipation. Raw juices and vegetables generate and maintain good health. Other items in your diet should also include whole grains and legumes.  It’s good to take in barley, lentils and brown rice for your further fiber requirements. Leafy green vegetables should also be included in your diet as they are rich in magnesium that helps regulate bowel movements. You can get protein from certain kinds of vegetables as well as from meats such as lamb, turkey, chicken, and broiled and baked fish. When eating dairy products, remember to get the ones low in fat since they’re much easier to digest compared to high-fat milk. Try not to take in food and drinks containing, caffeine, carbonated beverages, sugar, and red meat as they all have the tendency to inflame and irritate the colon.
Try to add spices in your food since they help improve the digestion process. Horseradish and cayenne also enhance digestion. Dill and basil on the other hand help to relieve a painful stomach.

When preparing your food, eating raw food is preferable in order to absorb a lot more nutrients. If you want your food cooked, try steaming instead of boiling them. At all times avoid foods cooked in the microwave oven or foods that have been irradiated.  Always drink lots of liquids, preferably a minimum of 8 glasses each day.

Some of the daily supplement recommendations that can treat and/or prevent the onset of colitis include:

About 50 – 100 mg of vitamin B complex – Vitamin B complex is needed for good digestion and for the easy breakdown of carbohydrates, protein and fats

Twice a day intake of 500 mg of L-glutamine – You can take this supplement on an empty stomach to maintain good absorption of nutrients in the intestines. You can take it with juice or water as well as with 100 mg of vit C and 50 mg of vitamin B6

Free-form amino acid complex – This supplement are to be taken two times a day before eating or on an empty stomach or as directed. This type of amino acid supplies the body with protein requirements.

Prodophilus formula – Should be used as indicated on the label. It stabilizes the intestinal bacteria
Proteolytic enzymes – This is also taken as pointed out on the label. These enzymes are essential for good efficient digestion of proteins.

Aromatherapy

This therapy uses essential oils of rosemary, neroli, lavender, roman chamomile and black pepper to treat colitis symptoms.

Somatic and Bodywork Therapies

Mild hand therapies can greatly relieve constipation, spasms and inflammation. They include massage, reflexology, cranio-sacral therapy as well as energy work, manual deep tissue techniques and movement re-education.

Hydrotherapy

Alternating hot and cold compresses (contrast therapy) or a warm hip bath with water to the waist daily can substantially help lessen the discomfort. When colitis attacks are felt, you can try applying a moist and hot compress on your stomach.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture – Acupuncture treatment for colitis addresses colitis symptoms such as weight loss, stomach pain, gas, fever and diarrhea as well as their cause which may be autoimmune dysfunction, food allergies or stress.

Certain acupoints in the body are treated with ultra-thin acupuncture needles. The acupoints are determined based on the patient’s symptoms and complaints. Usually the stomach and bladder meridians are affected making them the prime focus of treatment as well as acupoints associated with the colon.

Acupressure – Certain acupoints related to the Spleen (Spleen 6) and Stomach (stomach 36 ad 40) as well as certain acupoints located on the back and front of the ear all applied with hand pressure to treat colitis symptoms. If the patient has diarrhea, Conception vessel 6 and Stomach 25 may be included in the treatment. Through acupressure, colitis symptoms such as bloating, stomach cramps, and fever can be easily treated.

Chinese Herbal Therapy

This component of TCM believes that irritable bowel syndrome and colitis are the result of anxiety and sadness that can cause blockages in the meridians causing chi stagnation. To strengthen the blood, kidneys and liver, the herbalist can recommend multi symptom preparation such as Cyperus and Inula formula and Bupleurum (ginseng stomachic pills). These herbal remedies are also good in treating poor digestion, hardening loose stool, improving appetite and treating colitis-related gas.

Herbs can also be used to relieve tension and stress, lessen allergic reactions and beef up the immune system.

Yoga and Meditation

Certain yoga poses can lead to the bettering of blood flow especially to the intestines and help lessen the tight nerves and muscles that come with colitis. These poses include:

Half twist
Elevated lotus
Locust
Plow
Chest-Knee

 

Galina Semyonova is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in New York City. She has studied extensively in the fields of biofeedback therapy, SCENAR therapy, Chinese herbal treatments and Chinese and Western nutrition.

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June 1st, 2014 at 2:14 am

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Acupuncture for Cervical Dysplasia

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Acupuncture along with Chinese herbal medicine is a great way for treating cervical dysplasia. They can even provide much better results when integrated with western medicine.  Although they are two different and distinct systems, Eastern and Western medicine often are combined to provide impressive clinical results. A couple of examples of this are the use of acupuncture to postoperative areas to protect those sites from invasive infections and the other is the application of herbal medicine by spray into the cervix to resolve cervical dysplasia.

Surgical procedures and installations such as hip replacements and bone plugs are risky since the possibility of infection is very high when doing these procedures. Great discoveries, improvements and innovations in Western medicine have made today’s surgical procedures very safe; however, the risk of infection is still there. Patients who are suffering from health conditions such as diabetes and immunosuppression are highly susceptible to infection. Furthermore, the parts of the body where blood circulation is poor are areas where harmful pathogens usually exist.

To help improve the flow of blood to those parts, a basic acupuncture treatment near and beyond the area of the non-healing wound can be performed. A unique type of acupuncture procedure known as the turtle technique, involving four needles one inserted at four corners just outside the site of a wound, is quite effective in closing sores and wounds that are difficult to heal. Electro-acupuncture is usually integrated into the turtle technique to accelerate the healing process.

Electro-acupuncture can help neutralize infections that may occur in hip replacement surgery. More and more patients are willing to avail of acupuncture for the relief of their hip pain whether or not the pain is from surgery. They may have had multiple surgeries to remove the infection and this may mean several rounds of antibiotics given to them by doctors. The acupuncturist often quickly understands the patient’s medical history and their bouts with microbial complications. The acupuncturist treats the patient by not merely alleviating the pain but to also clear the infection through the use of supportive procedures.  Acupuncture makes the antibiotics more potent and efficient. TCM and drug therapy play a vital part in the recovery of the patient.

Patients should keep on using their current antibiotics. Electro-acupuncture on the affected part of the body treating specific acupuncture points around/outside the site of infection is usually potent enough to attain significant clinical outcomes. When antibiotics and acupuncture are used together, not only does the flow of blood in the affected area improve, it also produces a synergistic effect. Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that acupuncture stimulates the energy pathways as well as makes the therapeutic effect of the drugs more optimal. Electro-acupuncture can also be used for repeated failing bone plugs in the ankle enabling the implant to be successfully performed.

By advising the patient to continue with his/her antibiotic therapy and biomedical wound care procedures, the acupuncturist can strengthen the local and systemic immunities that make a successful clinical outcome possible by boosting measures taken by medical practitioners.

Herbal medicine is also a perfect for advances in biomedicine.  The utilization of modern equipments in a biomedical center or a gynecologist’s office is enhanced when a topical herbal medicine procedure is combined for the treatment of cervical erosion, cervicitis, cervical infections, and cervical dysplasia. It is important to note however, that this procedure is illegal in certain states where regulations for herbal medicine use disallow the topical application of herbs to the cervix.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Usually a combination of Ku Fan and Wu Bei Zi can be mixed into a fine powder. The formula is then bombarded with ultraviolet light to sterilize it. To avoid acidity issues, water is not added to the formula.

The gynecologist can spray the formula onto the cervix. The powder is utilized to the cervix once a day for three days but only after the patient’s menstrual cycle has ended. This process is done up to the third menstrual cycle of the patient. Local washing should be done before the powder is reapplied.

Other Chinese herbal remedies like Bing Pian, Qing Dai and Huang Bai can also be applied for this purpose. Bing Pian needs to be handled carefully since it can irritate the skin and cause complications. One older but safer technique to handle certain herbs is to place them on a wad of cotton gauze that is then inserted to the cervix and replaced every day.

 

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Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7, Canada
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June 1st, 2014 at 1:55 am

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