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Acupuncture Can Enhance the Health of Your Skin

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Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing known to man. This unique Chinese modality uses sharp and thin needles that are inserted into certain parts of the known as acupoints. When the needles are inserted, it helps restore harmony and balance in the body. It also bolsters the capacity of the body to heal itself.

Acupuncture is often used to treat physical aches and pain including migraines, headache, and injuries. It can also be used to treat conditions such as disorders in the gastrointestinal organs and in the respiratory and nervous system; nausea; depression; anxiety; and insomnia among others.

There are over 2,000 acupoints scattered throughout your body including your face. If certain acupoints on the face are treated, wrinkles can be removed or minimized. Using acupuncture on certain points on the face also can help lessen crow’s feet, brow wrinkles and fine line in your face. Because of its capacity to restore the muscular system’s healthy functions acupuncture can also improve the function of the underlying muscles of your skin to prevent dermis sagging. It also releases and relieves tension on the key parts of the face.

You derive long-term healing benefits including treatment of inflammation with acupuncture. Treated Inflamed cells can lead to a betterment in skin countenance and tone as well as increase the levels of elastin and collagen in your body resulting in a much better looking and healthy skin

If you are looking for a natural way to look much younger, acupuncture can help you with this. It helps to rebalance the functions of your body and make your appearance look younger and more attractive. However, the one thing I would advise if you want really good results is to have yourself treated by an acupuncturist who is qualified and licensed. Doing so will prevent unnecessary accidents, nerve malfunctions, paralysis or even death if the needles are inserted in the wrong parts of the body.

Spa centers and hospitals are establishments were you can find qualified and licensed acupuncturists who provide for this type of treatment. It is much better to consult with these professionals as you know that they have undergone the right training for their practice.

If you are serious about maintaining the optimal health of your skin, then you need to drink adequate amounts of water or fluids everyday to keep your body hydrated and your skin moist all the time. Drinking lots of water can distribute fluid throughout the skin’s deeper layers.

 

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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November 18th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

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Acupuncture Can Cure Headaches

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Are you suffering from headaches? If you are, you’re not alone since in the United States, about 3/4 of the population suffer from headaches generally from time to time. If, unfortunately, you suffer from headaches on a daily basis, you know by now that western medicine has never found a cure for your problem. It would be very good if you find a treatment that although may relieve the pain only temporarily, it still won’t cause as many side effects as conventional headache medicines tend to do.   The point is most headache medications do have serious side effects especially when taken continuously for a long period of time. If you have an open mind, you might want to seriously consider getting acupuncture treatment for your headache to help relieve the pain. Acupuncture is a powerful headache treatment that there have been people with chronic headaches who have reportedly been entirely cured after receiving a few sessions of acupuncture. Acupuncture has been proven a very powerful treatment for headaches and migraines. If you’ve had headaches for decades, no problem, acupuncture can stop the vicious cycle of pain once and for all.

How does Acupuncture Treat Headaches?

How is that possible? Acupuncture treats both the headache and the source of the headache. Chinese medicine goes to the root of the problem, which is the imbalance that generates the headache. Some people might argue that the headache is because of stress. This may be partially accurate as stress does contribute massively to headaches. However, if you don’t suffer from any internal imbalances, stress will not be able to trigger your headache. One analogy for this is a strong wind that is able to knock down trees that are rigid or sick while the healthy and flexible trees remain standing. In this occasion, the wind plays its part and whether a tree will survive the wind or not depends on the stats of its health. The same goes for disease and people. Stress that may be compared to the wind would not be able to trigger headaches if the individual’s underlying health was much better. Acupuncture can help a person function much better and be more resilient to stress as the healthy trees were to the wind.

How does acupuncture improve your health?

For a person who doesn’t know what acupuncture is, he might find it hard to believe how inserting a needle into a certain point on his body can treat his illness or pain or improve his/her health. Acupuncture, basically is about helping normalize the flow of a person’s energy known as qi during times of pain or sickness. The needle that an acupuncturist uses is 10 times thinner than a hypodermic needle and really do not cause pain when it is inserted into the body. The needles are inserted into certain points on the skin known as acupuncture points under which are energy vessels where the qi flows towards other parts of the body. These needles help speed up the flow of qi when it stagnates or slows down. When the qi is not moving normally, the body falls into sickness or disease, when acupuncture restores normal qi flow, the body recovers and heals accordingly.

The weak flow of qi causes imbalances in the functions of the various organs systems in the body. Each imbalance manifests a certain type of disorder or disease and can be resolved with a specific treatment that entails treatment of a combination of acupuncture points. With regards to headaches, there can be 20 various types of imbalances that may trigger different kinds of headaches. There are headaches such as migraines combined with photosensitivity and auras, persistent regular but mild headaches, dull ache in the back of the head, and pain that is sharp and stabbing felt in the temples.

How long do the effects or acupuncture last?

One of the best things about acupuncture therapy is that its effects last for quite a long time. A lot of patients actually do not come back for follow up treatment anymore since they have been literally cured of their headache. Some people do come back but only for tune-ups when they think they need one. Basically, the body adapts to the positive changes which is good since it has actually returned to a state of health which it had before imbalances set in and once it is in balance, it tends to stay that way.

 

BodaHealth
1245 West Broadway #302
Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7, Canada
(604) 733-2632
http://bodahealth.ca

Written by Valerie

November 18th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Acupuncture and Nutritional Support for Women Suffering from Post-Partum Depression

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After giving birth, about 80% of women undergo personality changes, anger sadness or other mood changes. This condition is known as postpartum depression and is a reason why most of these women feel they are not worthy to be considered a good mother. Post partum depression can lead to anxiety, worry, and guilt. Most of affected women are unaware that this condition is common and there are ways to help treat it. Acupuncture is a natural treatment for post-partum depression symptoms that are unique to each woman. A natural mode of treatment is of course, the best way of treating this condition since women need to breast feed their newborn; treating the condition with drugs can be very harmful and dangerous to both the mother and child. With acupuncture, the mother can better manage her emotional changes in a much safer and effective way.

Postpartum Emotional Support with Acupuncture

One of the best ways to treat emotional extremes caused by any reason is acupuncture. Post-partum depression is usually caused by lack of support, concerns of being a new mother or from hormonal changes. Regardless of its cause; acupuncture can prove helpful. This treatment can restore hormonal balance in the body that may have been disrupted or lost during pregnancy. Nutrition is another essential factor in the battle against post-partum conditions as it can also help establish hormonal balance, boost vitality and energy and stabilize the mood of the person. Nutritional therapy is often integrated into acupuncture treatment for post-partum depression.

Studies have indicated that that in a group of women suffering from post-partum depression about 70% of those given acupuncture treatment showed significant improvements in their symptoms compared to only 33% of the women who had received non-pharmaceutical therapy. The group that was given fake acupuncture treatment had even a higher rate of success (48%) compared to those given non-pharmaceutical therapy. These studies prove that acupuncture does work in treating post-partum depression; some of these studies even proved that acupuncture can help prevent the rise of post-partum depression.

The following is a list of post-partum conditions that acupuncture can address.

  • Lactation support
  • Mastitis
  • Poor appetite
  • Lochial Retention
  • Stomach pain
  • Headaches
  • Perineal pain
  • Low back pain
  • Heart palpitations
  • Tightening of the chest
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Dream-disturbed sleep/ insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Over-thinking/ pensiveness
  • Anxiety
  • Worry
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Sadness
  • Hormonal imbalances

Conclusion

Women suffering from post-partum depression should know that there is help for their condition. They first need to be aware that they are suffering from it and when they do, can then seek treatment for it. One of the best treatments for them and their baby is acupuncture since it is an effective and natural procedure that does not have adverse side effects. It can help prevent, treat and provide support for women suffering from postpartum depression.

 

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

 

Written by Valerie

November 11th, 2014 at 4:42 am

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Acupuncture and Herbal Remedies Are Superior Remedies to Drugs When It Comes To Treating Eczema

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There are over 16 million people in the United States suffering from a skin condition known as eczema. This disease is marked by patches of red, scaly and dry skin that is often accompanied by severe itching. Conventional Western remedies for eczema that include corticosteroids usually only address the itchiness and inflammation associated with this condition. While effective in subduing these two symptoms, corticosteroids come with major side effects that include weight increase, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, gastrointestinal problems, glaucoma, and cataracts. People looking for a safe and more natural alternative than conventional treatment may be able to find some answers in acupuncture treatment.

A study done in Germany was done to see how acupuncture can help people suffering from eczema. About 30 individuals all with eczema induced by allergy to pollen and dust mites participated in the study. All the subjects underwent three different test conditions. Point-specific acupuncture was the first treatment given. It involved needling specific points that were meant to relieve the itching. These points were the Hsuehai and Quchi acupuncture points. “Placebo-point” treatment was the next treatment given. It used the acupuncture points that were not specifically meant to address the itchy skin. The final test condition was no treatment after the subjects were exposed to the allergen.

The results of the test were impressive. All the subjects were observed to have lesser degrees of itchiness after getting the point-specific acupuncture compared to placebo acupuncture and the no treatment therapies. Moreover, some interesting reports revealed that after being exposed to the allergen a second time, the subjects showed less severe flare-ups after being given point-specific acupuncture. These observations showed that with just one treatment of point-specific acupuncture, a sustained improvement of the symptoms of eczema can be achieved. The researchers concluded that needling the correct acupuncture points can help bring about a vast improvement in type I hypersensitivity itch in people suffering from atopic eczema.

A similar study this time done in Palestine observed how acupuncture combined with herbal therapy can be effective in treating atopic dermatitis. Atopic dermatitis is the most common type of eczema. The study had 20 participants ranging in the ages of 14 and 49. They were treated with a combined modality of acupuncture and herbs for three months three times each day. The subjects were evaluated after the 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th week. At the end of the 12th week (the end of the study), the subjects had a 45% improvement of their itching. Besides that, they also showed a quality of life improvement of around 39%. Based on these findings, the Palestinian study concluded that a combination of Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture can produce benefits when it comes to the treatment of atopic dermatitis.

These conclusions verified that both acupuncture and herbal medicine do indeed work in the treatment of the symptoms of eczema. This means that there is a much safer and effective treatment for this condition than prescription drugs. The above mentioned scientific studies can help a sufferer make an informed decision regarding the type of treatment he/she can turn to when it comes to the treatment of his/her eczema.

 

Kine Fischler is a licensed acupuncture physician and the clinical director of Willow Tree Wellness Clinic in Portland, OR.

Written by Valerie

November 11th, 2014 at 4:22 am

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A More Natural Enhancement of Beauty Awaits Women Who Avail of Cosmetic Acupuncture

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It is not a shock to learn that more and more women are turning to alternative treatments given the many dangers and risks related to cosmetic surgery. Anesthesia is always used in cosmetic surgery. A procedure can last for several hours and can leave the patient’s face all red, bruised, and swelling. Recovery time is long, lasting at least two weeks.

A much safer and superior alternative treatment to cosmetic surgery is cosmetic acupuncture. Cosmetic acupuncture entails zero risks and side effects aside, perhaps, from the chance of slight bruising. Cosmetic acupuncture is a lot different from a facelift procedure in that it does not produce instant results and its effects is much better than facelift. Unlike cosmetic surgery, cosmetic acupuncture does not involve the use of harsh chemicals or any cutting of the skin; it does produce results that are subtle and more noticeable over the course of time.

During a procedure, a qualified cosmetic acupuncturist will insert tiny thin needles into the skin near each frown line or wrinkle. The needles boost the flow of energy in the skin tissues of the face. It also helps relax the facial muscles allowing the flow of blood to increase in these tissues. The muscles also tighten which also tightens the skin lessening the sagging of the facial skin. The needles also generate the production of more collagen which helps remove fine lines and lift wrinkles. According to the International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture, 90% of patients who have been treated with cosmetic acupuncture on the face experienced a general rejuvenation of the face. They had smaller circles under their eyes, improved skin tone and softer facial lines.

It is important to select a licensed acupuncturist who had extra training in cosmetic acupuncture in order to prevent accidents, injuries or infections from unsterilized needles. Cosmetic acupuncturists offer different rates and may also differ in the number of sessions needed for one specific plan of treatment.

Besides the obvious physical benefits cosmetic acupuncture provides, the treatment also gives positive effects on the patient that are experienced more in the mind. Cosmetic acupuncture can help overcome depression, anxiety, insomnia, and stress and a whole other range of modern issues. And regardless if the patient believes these extra benefits apply to them or not, they will definitely experience an improvement in their overall well-being when the appearance of their skin and face also improves.

As the acupuncturist inserts needles proximate to the body parts where a condition is felt, a cosmetic acupuncturist inserts tiny thin needles near or on the age lines of the face. The needles generate a neural response that gets energy and blood flowing to the areas that needs improvement. The muscles are reinvigorated and tighten up firming the skin in the process as the blood rushes in. The needles spur the development of new collagen cells which help lessen the crease line in the face. The result is a total facial rejuvenation that looks very natural and more attractive than face lift surgery.

 

Davis Acupuncture Clinic
2043 Anderson Rd
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 400-1239
http://www.davisacupuncturist.com

Written by Valerie

November 4th, 2014 at 5:40 am

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