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Acupuncture and TCM can provide the patient relief of IBD or IBS symptoms

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Digestive disorders that can include Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) have been plaguing millions of individuals in the United States every year. IBS is actually the next leading cause of absenteeism in work or school just behind back pain. For IBD, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine is very beneficial in enabling sufferers of IBD to lead stress free and pain free lives. Although these two conditions have almost the same names, quite very significant differences exist between them.

IBS is essentially a 100% functional gastrointestinal disorder. This signifies that, according to Western medical theory, this condition has no identified infectious, biochemical or anatomical cause. IBS is considered a syndrome which means that the diagnosis is based on a pattern of symptoms that usually manifest together. The main symptoms of this condition include constipation, diarrhea, bloating, flatulence or stomach pain. The discomfort is usually caused by eating and soothed once the person has performed a bowel movement.

IBD encompasses the conditions of Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease and is a chronic inflammatory disease that involves the digestive tract’s mucosal membranes. For Ulcerative Colitis, the outer layers of the colon’s mucus membranes are affected. For Crohn’s Disease, on the other hand, the inflammation impacts the entire tissue of the tract and besides affecting the colon and distal ileum of the small intestine, this disease can also develop at any area along the digestive tract. IBD symptoms are quite severe and if left untreated can result in hospitalization. These symptoms usually involve stomach cramping, constant diarrhea, mucus or blood in stools and an increased need to defecate. The loss of blood due to IBD should be particularly heeded to guarantee the patient’s wellbeing. Diagnosis depends on the verified manifestation of ulceration through x-ray or during a colonoscopy.

Lifestyle and dietary modifications, drugs and surgery are Western medicine’s mode of treatment for IBD. Stress is a major contributor in the flare up of symptoms even if for IBS or IBD, there is no known cause. From the viewpoint of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), these diseases fall mainly primarily under the category of a spleen disorder. TCM sees the spleen as the organ that governs the transportation and transformation of the food we consume. This simply means that the spleen is a major player in the digestion and assimilation of nutrients of food into the body. A dysfunctional spleen results in gastrointestinal difficulties as in IBD or IBS symptoms. The huge role of stress in contributing to the exacerbation of the symptoms likewise indicates that either digestive capabilities of the spleen are overwhelmed or the liver’s function is impaired. The liver controls the smooth flow of energy or Qi in the body. When qi flow is blocked or erratic, it can impact the different systems of the body.

Acupuncture and TCM is used to strengthen and tonify the spleen while at the same time help to relax the liver so that Qi can flow freely and normally once more. Furthermore, other symptoms are resolved via a treatment designed to restore normal bowel movements, remove bloating and gas, reduce inflammation and stop bleeding in the gut.

Acupuncture and TCM can provide the patient relief of IBD or IBS symptoms. Still, there are some simple things you can do to manage your condition and improve the quality of your life.

  1. Join a support group and talk about your condition with others who suffer the same conditions. This can be very helpful and can help you cope a lot better with the effects of these diseases. Besides that, having a support group can mean finding other therapies that may work for you, finding doctors that are trustworthy , getting tips or hints about living with these diseases that can produce an excellent environment for genuine emotional and physical healing. One can discover support groups in or near his/her area by looking at the website of certain foundations for IBD and IBS.
  1. Herbal remedies. When dealing with digestive conditions, chamomile can help relieve stomach cramping, reduce inflammation and ease the nerves. Turmeric is another potent herb that can be used to lessen the damage wrought by the inflammation. One other good remedy to help lessen stomach discomfort from gas and bloating is a high quality probiotic.
  1. Dietary modifications – although this may be the hardest thing to make and maintain changing one’s diet does produce a substantial positive effect on gastrointestinal diseases. The one issue is that there is no diet that is effective for everyone. Record your symptoms and what you eat in a journal or diary and you ought to be able to eventually form a picture of the food that triggers your condition. Some simple suggestions include avoiding eating difficult to digest foods such as seeds or nuts, alcohol and refined sugars. The alcohol and sugar can result in inflammation in the system while the difficult to digest foods can further weaken an already fragile system.
  1. Exercise – exercise can definitely lower or even eliminate stress in your body and mind. Yoga is especially useful because a lot of the motions and poses involve twisting motions that actually massage the intestines and help improve circulation to the gut.
  1. Lessen your stress levels – We now know stress can have a huge effect on your gastrointestinal well being. The best thing you can do is to extricate yourself from situations that cause stress in your mind and body. Meditation or breathing techniques can help lessen the negative effects of stress and the severity of digestive diseases symptoms. Some health experts recommend mantra and hypnosis to help alleviate stress in persons who suffer from IBD or IBS.

IBD, IBS and other digestive diseases can negatively impact your physical condition as well as your emotional state. Although there may not be a specific cause or cure yet for these conditions, there are several choices out there to help you cope well with them. Acupuncture and TCM are just two of those modalities although their emphasis on whole body balance and natural wellness may be what you really need to treat your gastrointestinal disease.

 

Vickery Health & Wellness
18455 Burbank Blvd #306
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 578-6730
http://www.vickeryhealth.com

Written by Valerie

October 21st, 2014 at 5:10 am

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Dermatologists see acupuncture as a valid and effective treatment for acne

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Science has still been unable to explain what really causes acne and therefore no definite and real cures have been created for this disease. There are a huge number of different treatments offered in the market for acne; however, one of the safest and most effective treatments for it is acupuncture.

Acupuncture for acne is now starting to become a mainstream type of treatment for a lot of acne sufferers in the United States. Even dermatologists see acupuncture as a valid and effective treatment for acne.

Acupuncture is considered a part of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, for short. The acupuncturist inserts needles inserted into energy channels known as meridians. Some meridians in the body lay in the joints. Acupuncture clears any blockages to Qi or energy flow as these blockages are the reasons why a person becomes sick. These obstructions result in some form of disorder or disease.

Modern science is not certain if acupuncture actually can help treat a condition if one follows the way of thinking of medical scientists. However, when it comes to real results, modern science has no explanation as to why acupuncture truly resolves several types of conditions successfully and this includes treating acne. One very effective type of acupuncture treatment for acne is ear or auricular acupuncture. Another very promising type of acne acupuncture is electro acupuncture, which involves the use of a mild electrical current into the body to increase stimulation of the meridians.

Acupuncture has actually many forms. It is often combined with Chinese herbal medicine to make the treatment more powerful and effective. Two systems of Chinese herbal therapy exist: Chi Kung and Tai Chi. Both were developed in China around 2500 BC. Traditional Chinese medicine was unknown to the Western world for thousands of years and it was only during these past several centuries has it been widely adopted by the West.

According to TCM, the human body possesses over a thousand acupuncture points and around fifty nine meridians. Individuals suffering from a number of ailments and conditions like acne and acne scars, bronchitis and asthma can be treated with acupuncture. One of the best benefits of acupuncture is its ability to remove pain. Each individual reacts to acupuncture in different ways which means that there may be some people who may not find acupuncture as effective in treating a condition as others.

One of the greatest advantages in using acupuncture is that this modality is completely devoid of any side effects.

 

Nelya de Brun, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33463
(561) 932-3905
http://www.acu-wellness.com

Written by Valerie

October 15th, 2014 at 1:11 am

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Acupuncture and Endometriosis

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In the United States, endometriosis affects about 22% of women; for women with painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea), about 60% of them do suffer from this condition (endometriosis).

Endometriosis is the development of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and is a chronic condition. The endometrial tissue which usually is confined in the pelvic cavity can be found in other parts of the body. It still responds to the hormonal fluctuations occurring during the menstrual cycle in the same manner the cells in the lining in the uterus lining react resulting in pain, inflammation and bleeding.

A lot of women with this condition do not know that they suffer from endometriosis since most of them show mild symptoms of this disease. Some, however, do experience severe symptoms such as fertility problems, heavy bleeding, painful sex, and pain.

Western medicine’s way of treating endometriosis include the use of NSAID medications (painkillers), hormone therapies and the co0mbined use of surgery (laparoscopy) and oral contraceptive pills. No known cure for endometriosis exists and so the coping mechanisms of women with endometrial symptoms are often acutely inadequate.

Acupuncture and Endometriosis

A study done in 2010 showing acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating endometriosis has revealed that women who were given acupuncture treatments manifested a substantial decrease in the magnitude of their pain after receiving 10 treatments. Older studies also revealed that electro-acupuncture can significantly reduce endometriosis-induced dysmenorrhea symptoms while Japanese style acupuncture can effectively be used as a well-tolerated and safe adjunct therapy for endometriosis associated with pelvic pain.

Acupuncture is also a proven effective and efficient treatment for dysmenorrhea.

How does Acupuncture treat endometriosis?

According to traditional Chinese Medicine theory, endometriosis is due to Blood Stagnation combined with related pathologies such as Qi deficiency, Cold and Heat among others. The goals of acupuncture treatment are to regulate the menstrual cycle, remove Blood stagnation and alleviate the pain. Acupuncture treatment is connected to a woman’s menstrual cycle. Because the goal of acupuncture is to treat the whole person, her other imbalances are also taken into account during the treatment so that she may have a customized/personalized plan of treatment.

Your symptoms and your own unique constitution will determine the type of treatment you are given and the duration of your treatment. The length of treatment differs a lot from person to person. For endometriosis treatment however, regular treatment may require a longer term than other health problems. They may last a mere three months to nine months or even longer.

 

Nelya de Brun, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33463
(561) 932-3905
http://www.acu-wellness.com

Written by Valerie

October 8th, 2014 at 11:56 pm

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