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TCM suggests acupuncture besides the aforementioned Chinese herbs as an adjunct therapy for skin conditions.

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TCM or traditional Chinese medicine has for millennia been great remedies for several kinds of maladies from internal health conditions to skin problems, such as alopecia, psoriasis, acne, eczema and others. A lot of acupuncturists and TCM practitioners these days utilize acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine to treat their patients who want a non-chemical and less invasive treatment approach to their health problem.

TCM considers good health to be a balance between a person’s environment he/she lives in and his/her body’s internal systems. The disruption of the balance between yin and yang, blood and Qi or energy can give rise to the occurrence of diseases. Environmental conditions, such as dryness, dampness, cold, heat and wind can also play a factor in illness. Moreover, traditional Chinese medicine considers the mind as a powerful factor that can affect a person’s health.

In dermatology, there are four aspects where TCM can be utilized. Za Bing (disorders such as gangrene and acute stomach disorders), Gan Men Bing (anus or rectal disorders like hemorrhoids), Ri Fu Ling (skin conditions like warts and eruptions) and Chang Yang (skin sores).

TCM adopts the Three Yellow Cleanser (Zan Wan Hsi Ji) to resolve around 60% of skin problems that may include psoriasis, rashes, dermatitis, eczema and acne. The Three Yellow Cleanser is a centuries-old formula that is composed of four cleansing herbs having a “cold attribute” that help remove internal heat (Ching Re), cease itching (Shi Yang) and stop secretions (Zhou Se) from further oozing. The formula has three out of four herbs that possess a yellow hue, which explains its name.

Skullcap (Wan Chin), Phellodendron (Wang Bai), Sophora (Qu Shen) and Rhubarb (Dai Wang) are the four herbs that were scientifically studied and were seen to possess anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Some of these studies have proved that Phellodendron (Wang Bai) is a potent remedy for eczema.

TCM also suggests acupuncture besides the aforementioned Chinese herbs as an adjunct therapy for skin conditions. When certain acupuncture points are stimulated, endorphin production is increased and the endocrine and immune systems are also activated. Acupuncture points are important nerve points that provide a conduit to the energetic meridians of the various physiological systems of the body that perform different functions depending on their location.

Certain acupuncture points are stimulated for specific skin disorders. These points may be located on the torso, legs and arms. Disposable single-use, high quality surgical acupuncture needles are used by the acupuncturist to activate those acupuncture points. The needles are usually allowed to be inserted into the points for as little as 10 minutes to as long as a full hour based on the desired effect. Electricity or heart may also used with heated needles (three fire needles). They may also be wired on a pair of small alligator clips connected to the needles where light electrical pulses travel from a small electrical device.

Unfortunately, no long-term comprehensive study has been done to validate acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating skin condition although a number of clinical trials dealing with less than a hundred cases were included in the 2002 World Health Organization’s 2002 publication.

The World Health Organization also stated that random clinical trials were done that validated the effectiveness of acupuncture on curing neurodermatitis, pruritus, herpes zoster and chloasma. In one trial, 60 subjects with chloasma got well after undergoing acupressure and auricular acupuncture which delivered much better results than Vitamins C and E.

In another report published in the 1994 edition of the World Journal of Acupuncture-Moxibustion, the researchers who did the study monitored the healing effects of laser acupuncture on the human (alpha) herpes virus 3. Laser acupuncture relieved and treated pain and scar tissue formation much faster than polyinosinic acid therapy.

Acupuncture also showed powerful anti-pruritic effects compared to other modalities. It showed its potency in resolving neurodermatitis through the use of the three-step seven-star needling treatment as posted in the 1998 edition of the Journal of Guiyang Chinese Medical College.

In addition to acupuncture and herbs, TCM also recommends diet modification. Individuals with skin conditions should stay away from crab, shrimp, fish and alcohol. They should also eat more fruits and leafy green vegetables.

Written by Valerie

September 29th, 2014 at 5:52 am

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Dandruff – Any long-term treatment for it?

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Some people who have been suffering from dandruff for several years have suspected that it’s due more from dietary choices than the shampoo they’ve been using for years. Jumping from T-Gel-type shampoos to Nizorelle or Nizoral can make a huge difference although they still need to wash their hair every other day or after the third day. Some dandruff sufferers try vinegar and it works for some but not for all.

Dandruff is often associated with fungal (yeast) infection in the scalp. This is the reason why Nizoral (which contains anti-fungal properties) and other anti-dandruff shampoos are used by people affected with this scalp condition. Persistent dandruff is often an indication of an overgrowth of yeast somewhere in the body although, more often than not, the gastrointestinal tract is the most affected body part. If you believe that the underlying cause of your problem is located in your digestive tract, then a proper diet is certainly the right response to it. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists may recommend that you stay away from foods that exacerbate the growth of yeast. They may include mushrooms, peanuts, soy sauce, vinegar, alcohol, stock cubes, dried fruit, bread, refined carbohydrates (pasta and white rice) and sugar. Stick to a diet of whole grains like oats and brown rice, lentils, beans, fresh vegetables, fish, and meat for about two months. These practitioners may likewise recommend supplementing your diet with probiotics (filled with healthy-gut bacteria) for around two to three months; they may help ease out the yeast infection.

Dandruff – Any long-term treatment for it?

As mentioned before, there are people who have been attempting to treat their dandruff with a number of specialized shampoos and even vinegar; what they really desire is a permanent cure or at least, a long-term treatment for their dandruff problem.

The abundant growth of a certain type of yeast known as malassezia (which causes dandruff) can be caused by an oily scalp (many erroneously believe that dandruff due to a dry scalp), a good environment for this type of yeast to thrive. One should try out different kinds of anti-dandruff and antiseptic products (such as sulfur, selenium, zinc, etc,) until a certain type of cocktail works for you. Although it has antiseptic attributes, vinegar is quite pungent making its long-term use not quite highly recommended. An inflamed or itchy scalp can also be caused by psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. If this is the case, then you need to consult with a dermatologist, for a more specialized type of treatment. In severe cases, a dermatologist may concoct a much stronger ‘shampoo’ that may contain steroids and coal tar. One recommendation though not an easy one is to use a medical shampoo, and leave it on your scalp overnight. The good results may offset the hassle and discomfort of the procedure.

Based on Chinese medicine theory, deficiency of liver blood is the most common reason for dandruff. One of the substances that moisten the body is blood and so if someone is deficient in blood (which is a term quite distinct from an anemic condition), it means that the blood flow is not enough to moisten your scalp adequately. This type of blood deficiency can also be responsible for the occurrence of psoriasis. Acupuncturists often target for treatment a group of acupuncture points termed as the Magnificent Six, to nourish the blood. Another important point, called the ‘Sea of Blood’ point, located near the knee, also is effective for dandruff problem. Heat is another condition that can lead to dandruff and is usually manifested by the itchy redness on your scalp and other parts of your body. Another acupuncture point on the elbow can be helpful in clearing heat. One other reason for your dandruff is excessive dampness in your body. This means fluid stagnation in your body causes your hair to be greasy. There are certain acupuncture points that can remedy this. With regards to herbal remedies, peony root (bai shao) and anjelica (dang gui) can be prescribed to nourish the blood.


Nelya de Brun, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33463
(561) 932-3905

Written by Valerie

September 29th, 2014 at 5:36 am

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Acupuncture Treatment for Emphysema

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For over 5,000 years, acupuncture has been a huge part of traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Chinese medicine is a medical tradition that includes modalities such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, moxibustion and Chinese massage among others. Brought by Chinese immigrants into the United States during the middle part of the 19th century, acupuncture did not really take off as an established form of healthcare in this country. It was only during the early 1970s that this ancient healing method was finally given the recognition it deserved from the western medicinal community as an accepted form of treatment for a number of disorders and diseases. The reputation of acupuncture among the US population, though, seems to be limited. It is more or less perceived to be a treatment for pain and substance addiction. With the invention of the internet however, a growing number of Americans are beginning to discover the power, effectiveness and safety of alternative and natural medicine. Many of them are now aware that acupuncture can be used either as an adjunct therapy or as the main type of treatment for literally dozens of health conditions aside for treating addictions and pain.

The acceptance and recognition now afforded to acupuncture in this country can be due to the effectiveness and versatility of this incredibly beneficial modality. Specifically, acupuncture can help treat COPD symptoms. More than enough evidence has been documented to justify the utilization of acupuncture for COPD conditions. This treatment has been clinically verified to boost pulmonary functions testing including TLC, RV and FEV, improve the COPD sufferer’s ability to walk, and alleviate shortness of breath. Acupuncture’s potency in treating COPD helps promote a much better overall quality of life for the COPD patient. In certain occasions, acupuncture can even make a person’s condition well enough that taking of pharmaceutical drugs can either be completely eliminated or, if not, at least, significantly lessened.

Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, for short, works on the theory that vital energy (known as chi or qi) flows throughout the body via pathways of energy known as meridians that run throughout the body. A healthy person implies that the chi flows in a balanced manner along these energy pathways. When a person suffers from a disorder or a disease, it means that his chi flow has stagnated due to a disruption or a blockage in the meridians.

Using acupuncture, a procedure that involves the insertion of very slender needles into parts of the skin known as acupuncture points under which the meridians lie, the body is helped to gain back its normal balance through the treatment’s ability to remove the factors that caused the stagnation and blockage of chi. This results in the treatment of the condition and the restoration of the person’s health.

If acupuncture is done by a licensed acupuncturist, the procedure is very safe. There are people who may bleed a little or feel a slight sensation of pain at the site where the needle is inserted although more often than not, acupuncture is a painless procedure when performed correctly. Infections are avoided if the acupuncturist uses disposable and sterile needles, which is the standard for acupuncture treatment nowadays. To find a licensed acupuncturist you can contact the Acufinder, the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Alliance, or the American Association of Oriental Medicine. These are all highly reputable organizations where abundant information about TCM and acupuncture can be found and more importantly, where you can find a licensed acupuncturist near your area.

As a type of adjunct treatment, acupuncture can greatly help relieve the symptoms associated with COPD. TCM and acupuncture are considered holistic modalities and they often very well complement other types of alternative and natural treatment procedures and even western conventional modalities. You need to know that acupuncturists for the most part are also trained in Chinese herbal medicine. This means that most of the time besides acupuncture, your acupuncturist may create customized herbal concoctions for you to optimize the benefits of your acupuncture therapy.

Herbal Medicine

For millennia, herbs have been used by every known culture in the world to treat disorders and diseases. It is therefore a surprise to find out that there are mainstream medical “experts” that try to dismiss or belittle the benefits of herbal medicine. These people often argue that the effectiveness of herbs do not have any scientific basis at all. Maybe they should try telling that to the countless number of people all over the world who have been cured of their condition using nothing but herbs.

Most of the illnesses in this country are oftentimes the result of a poor lifestyle. COPD, stroke, cancer and heart disease, all leading causes of death in the United States, are more often than not caused by an unhealthy style of living. Of course, to most things, there are exceptions. From time to time, you can hear about a truly health person who have been stricken with a certain illness. In most cases, however the kind of health we possess are intrinsically the consequence of our lifestyle choices and our dietary habits. We become sick due to the bad choices we have made, and this sickness has forced us to avail of aggressive drugs to help us stay alive. It is really good news that more and more Americans are realizing the benefits of alternative and natural medicine and have turned to them to help them overcome sickness and disease. Many are now aware how important nutrition and diet is to getting and maintaining good health and to avoid health conditions that can prevent them from living healthy, happy and longer lives.

Not everything can be cured by herbs. The truth is, herbs don’t cure anything – it is only the body that can do that. However, as with other natural healing modalities and supplements, herbs are remarkably effective in aiding the body to heal itself, provided that their use is combined with changes in diet and nutrition.


Harmony Wellness Center
110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 234-6454

Written by Valerie

September 22nd, 2014 at 11:25 am

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Acupuncture Treatment for Food Addiction

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To be frank about it, it’s normal to see extremely obese people walking in the streets these days. Everywhere you go, you see overweight and obese men, women and children. Take out restaurants serving high sugar and/or high fat and deep fried foods as well as an unhealthy lifestyle (sitting in front of a computer or watching TV for several hours) that modern life affords us has made a lot of us unhealthy and fat. However, if you really, really think about it, there is an underlying reason why most of us become overweight and that is we are in a battle with our subconscious and losing very badly.

It’s a sad fact that foods bad for us are the ones that are the most delicious. Who can say that spinach is a more delectable dish than ice cream? Hardly anyone wants to throw up when eating ice cream which can’t be said if you’re eating raw spinach (unless you have a fetish for spinach). Of course we’re talking about American society here since in some countries, spinach is actually a delicacy especially when they’re prepared and cooked the right way. Here, spinach will look good and might even taste good if you’re desperately trying to lose weight.

In the United States, it’s virtually possible to taste any type of food of every country on earth since virtually every type of people in the world resides here in one way or another. There is no problem eating the type of food we want to eat and what we often want served in the dinner table are foods that will give us the most pleasure that are not necessarily the healthiest.

Our mood and emotion can dictate the kind of food we want to eat. In fact, craving for food and our mood and emotion are closely associated with each other that they’re almost inseparable. The foods that give us the most pleasure release the largest amounts of endorphins and other natural “feel-good” chemicals streaming into our bloodstream.

Our spirit can also get affected by food and this effect can be so strong that it can be called an addiction. However, with food addiction, there is not such thing as cold turkey. You don’t tell a cocaine addict to stop his addiction by taking just a little bit of cocaine everyday and then have him watch his other fellow addicts do it and watch commercials to see other people doing it. However, only you can take a little cocaine everyday. How absurd is that?

Of course, the cocaine addict would fail in controlling his addiction if he is exposed to the kind if situation discussed in the last paragraph. In food addiction, you need to eat and so too do others. One thing’s for sure though, just like any type of addiction, you need to change your behavior if you’re addicted to food. Being addicted to food is not an addiction to grains and vegetables but oftentimes to food filled with sugar and fat.

How does acupuncture help you lose weight?

We mentioned about endorphins and how they are considered to be the body’s own natural “feel-good” chemicals. These same chemicals are released when you do drugs, have sex and eat pleasurable foods. The one other thing endorphins can be released by the body is through acupuncture. Most of us derive pleasure from eating foods rich in fat and carbs after enduring a horrendous and stressful day at work. Acupuncture can take the place of these foods providing you with pleasure but instead of ruining your health and body, acupuncture can make you healthy and happy instead.

So, if you are eating because of stress or if you binge because you’re in a mood to do so, consider acupuncture instead to give you the pleasure that you seek and instead of padding on those weights, your body and mind will be energized enough to help seriously you consider doing exercise and control your craving which leads to weight loss.


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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September 15th, 2014 at 9:36 am

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Acupuncture Treatment for Sciatica

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Chinese physicians during olden times were already aware that back pain is basically due to internal weaknesses of the human body, to lifestyle and to factors in the environment.

Old age or an inherent weakness of the back can be a cause of back pain. Tiredness is often an issue with this type of problem. With regard to this, the need to relieve pain obviously as well as to strengthen the back is extremely important or else the pain will often come back.

If the food we consume is too damp, it can result in too much fat tissue and fluid accumulation which can collect in parts of the body that block the flow of energy and blood. Stagnating energy and blood are thought to be the cause of pain in the body.

Practitioners of Chinese medicine think that emotions can result in back pain, since strong emotions can affect the flow of blood and energy throughout the body that can lead to pain.

The environment is seen by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners as a potential reason for disease and pain in the human body. Nowadays, we like to see ourselves as separate from nature and the environment. But if you decide to regularly go out without proper clothing on a windy, cold and wet day, you are likely to suffer from back pain eventually. Ancient Chinese physicians think that damp, cold and windy weather are pathogenic factors that result in pain when they enter the body.

Acupuncturists treat back pain by sticking thin needles into acupuncture points that are located along energy vessels called meridians on either side of the back. Acupuncturists often select acupuncture points in the back that are tender to the touch. These points are oftentimes associated with the sympathetic nervous system ganglions.

Acupuncture points on the legs and feet can also be needled to help free up the circuit of blood and energy within the energy vessel. This vessel travels throughout the body from the eye to the person ‘s little toe, as well as travel down the side of the back.

Other back pain treatment such as physiotherapy, osteopathy and chiropractic are popular treatment options for back pain. One of the best treatments for sciatica and different types of back pain is acupuncture which has a unique capability of reaching nerves that travel deep within the muscles of the body.



Written by Valerie

September 15th, 2014 at 9:33 am

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Treating Bronchitis with Acupuncture

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The western world is now more interested in acupuncture than ever before due to people’s growing awareness of the harmful effects pharmaceutical products have on the body. Acupuncture is a healing system that has been used for thousand of years to treat several kinds of conditions. People who have no idea what acupuncture is may find it a bit bizarre that a treatment to relieve health problems such as bronchitis need to use needles to treat the problem.

My First Experience with Acupuncture

My first encounter with acupuncture was more of an adventure since I literally knew very little about this therapy. I had no idea as to why it should work at all and the only thing I know about it is that some of my friends had reaped significant health benefits from it.

My first acupuncture treatment was for the pain in my back. It was a severe type of pain that had me having long sleepless nights. One session of acupuncture and the pain was gone! This incredible experience made me curious as to how acupuncture really works.

Two Schools Of Thought as to Why Acupuncture Works

Two schools of thought explain the effectiveness of acupuncture. Traditional acupuncture believes that the acupuncture needles inserted into acupuncture points in the body help stimulate the movement of energy known as qi in the body. This belief is an ancient medical philosophy espoused by Chinese medicine usually termed as Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM states that good health stems from the normal flow of qi coursing all over the body through energy channels known as meridians.

TCM believes that qi travels along 12 main meridians in the body and if the flow becomes imbalanced, disease can develop. Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine often utilize a number of diagnostic tools and usually perform acupuncture therapy to commence treatment and complement their acupuncture with herbal therapy.

The other school of thought is medical acupuncture. Adherents of this practice believe that the needles are used to stimulate the patient’s central nervous system which then produces and releases beneficial chemicals and hormones.

Acupuncture Can Help Treat Bronchitis

Whatever school of though you believe in or whether you are a realist who only believe what you can see (or feel), in this instance, a lot of those who have experienced acupuncture have had their bronchitis symptoms significantly alleviated. In fact, besides that, acupuncture had enabled them to ward off future attacks and help boost the function of their lungs.

What Is Bronchitis?

The bronchi are the part of the body considered as the lung’s main airways. If they become infected, they become irritated and inflamed and will then manifest symptoms that characterize bronchitis. One particular symptom of bronchitis is a hacking cough that may come with yellowish-gray colored mucus.

Bronchitis According to the Viewpoint of TCM

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine state that bronchitis can be either the result of external or internal pathogenic factors.

Seasonal pathogens fall into the external pathogenic factor category while internal organ disorders are considered internal pathogen category. Usually, acute bronchitis is the result of external factors while chronic bronchitis often is due to internal factors.

Treating Bronchitis with Acupuncture

There is still no known cure for chronic bronchitis. Most of bronchitis sufferers are able to properly manage their condition at home. The immune system benefits greatly from acupuncture therapy as the treatment strengthens the system well enough assisting the body to regain the balance of its body systems. The function of the lungs is also bolstered. After undergoing the required number of acupuncture sessions, these elements are experienced fully.

Acupuncture helps strengthen the immune system and places the patient’s entire health system back into balance. Lung function will be strengthened after the number of treatment sessions is done and these main elements become stronger and more balanced. This makes the body healthy enough to repel any future infections and attacks.

The number of inflammation of secretions is lessened with acupuncture, as well as the congestion and the body’s sensitivity to chemical or physical irritants or allergens. The number of sessions may depend after diagnosis of the condition has been made. This may differ from patient to patient due to physiology, symptoms and other factors. Usually, in acute bronchitis, a few sessions are needed while chronic bronchitis may entail around 10 to 15 sessions.


Harmony Wellness Center
110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 234-6454


Written by Valerie

September 15th, 2014 at 9:17 am

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