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Acupressure and Acupuncture To help with Sexual Function Disorders

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A clinically proven treatment for dozens of various health conditions, including sexual health related problems, acupuncture has been utilized as a standalone treatment or in combination with Chinese herbs to resolve sexual and health function conditions for five millennia. A man’s or a woman’s general sexual health can be vastly improved with the mere use of extremely slender needles. The enhancement of sexual performance and sex drive (libido) can also be achieved through this ancient Chinese healing art. Besides that, acupuncture is also able to address underlying factors that help bring about sexual health problems such as: hormonal imbalances, weight fluctuation, drug interactions, psychological conditions, menopause and more.

For the treatment of issues related to a person’s emotional, mental, and physical aspects, acupuncture can be an extremely powerful tool to use. It also safe to use with few side effects and low risks with outcomes that are often experienced within a short period of time. However, the number of treatments is based on the severity of the imbalances inside the body.


This is a less invasive procedure that uses similar acupoints and diagnostic tools as acupuncture but without the needles and uses pressure instead via massage. Acupressure is usually administered using vibrators, the elbows, knuckles and the fingers. It may also be utilized by patients in-between sessions of acupuncture to continually avail themselves of therapeutic stimulation.

Using vibrators on acupressure points

A person can enhance the level of stimulation he/she receives during acupressure when he/she uses a massage or vibrator. Using a smaller vibrator has certain advantages one of which is it enables you to stimulate the precise acupoint that needs to be stimulated.

Acupuncture has the power to resolve sexual performance problems

Acupuncture is able to rectify any energy flow disruptions that helps restore balance to the body. The organs that are usually affected and thus treated for the increase of libido and sexual performance are the heart and kidney as well as other potential organs that may contribute to internal qi imbalance in the body.

Along with assessing the symptoms, an acupuncturist uses diagnostic tools along with discussing symptoms to see where the imbalances lie. Tongue and pulse diagnosis are often utilized by the acupuncturist to examine the patient. Even better than the conventional pulse checks utilized by Western medical doctors, acupuncture uses an examination procedure such as the twenty-seven pulse states through nine positions. These pulse positions generate information data evaluating the functional state of the body organs and the patient’s overall health. A tongue examination is done to evaluate the function of the organ and the overall health of the patient. The tongue is checked for cracks, coating, moisture, shape, color, and more.

Acupressure and acupuncture are two very popular modalities offered by traditional Chinese medicine although other TCM modalities such as electro-acupuncture, cupping, and moxibustion can also be utilized from to time. The aim of the acupuncture treatment is to boost circulation to the sexual organs, balance the levels of hormones in the body, lessen stress, and relax the mind. These therapies boost sexual function, strengthen erection and improve the overall sexual function of people by improving longevity, ejaculation, and erection in men while increasing orgasmic pleasure, improving the lubrication, and the sex drive in women.

Besides the ability to improve sex drive, the following is a list of sexual conditions that can be resolved with acupuncture:

-STD outbreaks
-Hypoactive sexual desire disorder
-Female sexual dysfunction
-Female sexual arousal disorder
-Lowered sperm mobility
-Sexual aversion disorder
-Premature ejaculation
-Prostate problems
-Male and female menopause
-Erectile Dysfunction

Acupressure and acupuncture are powerful alternative therapies in New York that can be used to resolve sexual health problems, as they more than go beyond the mere treatment of symptoms and target the underlying cause of the problem as well.

Written by Valerie

March 26th, 2015 at 4:00 am

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Acupoints Used To Relieve the Symptoms Associated with Tonsillitis

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The tonsils are lymph nodes that are found on each side at the back of the throat. Their job is to prevent harmful pathogens from infecting the body. However, from time to time, the tonsils can be overrun by viral and bacterial microorganisms and when this happens they themselves can become inflamed and infected leading to a number of flu-like symptoms. This condition is known as tonsillitis and is an illness that all too often affects children.

Signs and Symptoms

-Sore throat
-In certain instances specks of white discharge on the tonsils
-Tenderness and/or soreness in the glands of the throat and jaw
-Pain when swallowing
-Chills and fever

Western Modes of Treatment

In order to identify tonsillitis from illnesses that produce similar symptoms (like strep throat and the flu) the doctor may request a throat culture. Over-the-counter drugs like ibuprofen or aspirin and rest and sometimes antibiotics (for sore throat due to bacterial infection) are the most common forms of treatment for this condition. If you have bacterial tonsillitis, you need to continue taking antibiotics per your doctor’s orders, even if you start feeling better. This is to make sure that re-infection does not occur.

Your doctor may suggest a tonsillectomy to remove the diseased tonsils if your infection is severe or if the glands become infected three or more times per year. Tonsillectomies used to be the most common treatment for tonsillitis but now most doctors believe that the tonsils is an important organ that protects the body against infection, and so should only be removed only when it is absolutely necessary. People should understand that if the tonsils are removed, this will not guarantee anyone a life free of sore throats since the same microorganism that infect the tonsils can also infect the throat. It is also worth mentioning that individuals who have had their tonsils taken out tend to experience fewer sore throat infections.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Chinese Herbal Therapy – Herbal remedies commonly used for tonsil infections include Sore Throat Powder Spray and Laryngitis Pills. They both can be bought without prescription.

Acupressure – Acupoints used by practitioners to treat tonsillitis-related throat pain and swelling and throat pain associated with tonsillitis Stomach 9 and 36, Lung 11, Large Intestine 4. Acupoints Governing Vessel 13 and Conception Vessel 17 can be treated to relieve swallowing difficulty.

Acupuncture – This treatment can help relieve tonsillitis-related sore throat and swelling. The acupuncturist mainly targets the Large Intestine 4 and 11, Lung 1, and Bladder 10 and 12 as well as ear acupoints with associated with the tonsils and pharynx.


Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed Vancouver acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.

Written by Valerie

March 26th, 2015 at 3:48 am

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Why Not Try Acupuncture for the Treatment of Your Acne?

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Based on those who believe and practice TCM or traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is one very good treatment for acne. This is due to acupuncture’s way of bringing back normality to the functions of the various the organ systems of the body. It also helps cure diseases such as acne, eczema and other skin conditions caused by a certain imbalance in the body.

The underlying principle in acupuncture is the belief of ley lines, yin and yang and acupuncture points existing in the body. Besides these ley lines or meridians, yin and yang, and pressure points, acupuncture practitioners and adherents also believe that if a person has an illness, his yin and yang is imbalanced, resulting in physical conditions such as acne. To bring back balance, specific acupuncture points are treated with extremely thin acupuncture needles. When the needles are inserted in the proper pressure points, the flow of energy is rebalanced resulting in the removal of the disease.

Based on traditional Chinese medicine theory, acne or zit breakouts are signs of the body having too much internal heat. This means that in order to resolve the acne, the lungs (the organ system that governs the skin) need to be cooled down and purified. This is done by inserting a few needles into certain parts of the body to stimulate the meridians.

Multiple sessions of acupuncture therapy are required in order to get the best results of acne treatment. These sessions may also involve the use of cupping therapy, which is a healing procedure that uses glass cups to suction certain parts of your skin. This treatment helps to cool down the lungs and detoxify your body to help restore balance.

Western medicine techniques and acupuncture in Bellingham are very different from each other. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy that not only targets the zits but the underlying cause of the disease or imbalance as well.

A study done involving the potency of EAT (electro-acupuncture) therapy in addressing the hormonal imbalance associated with acne has showed that EAT therapy is able to regulate the hormones leading to a reduction in sebum production of the acne patient. Other studies have been conducted that show the efficacy of acupuncture in treating breakouts. To conclusively prove its effectiveness, more controlled studies need to be done in this field of research.

Availing of acupuncture treatment to help avert the rise of acne breakouts is something you need to consider if current conventional therapies and medications have failed to cure your acne. Still, it is a good idea to consult first with a dermatologist who is open minded in order to find out the best and most effective treatment for you. The dermatologist can recommend a proper form of treatment for you. For people suffering from a severe type of acne, certain strong prescription medications can be prescribed for their condition.

You should know that the effectiveness of natural acne therapies may depend on the person. As with most natural forms of acne treatments, do not expect to get immediate results after a few sessions of acupuncture. Furthermore, it will help you a lot if you do a little research on other natural treatment remedies for acne breakouts.

Written by Valerie

March 14th, 2015 at 4:05 am

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Why Not Try Acupuncture for the Relief of Allergic Reactions

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Most of the time when a person is hypersensitive to certain health conditions or objects, the end result is an allergic reaction to a health condition or object. It is believed that no two persons will experience similar symptoms for the same kind of allergy.

Some of the symptoms that usually manifest during an allergic reaction include:

-Breathing difficulties
-Skin irritation
-Watery eyes

If you are suffering from an allergic reaction the best thing to do is to go to a doctor and have yourself examined. The doctor will diagnose your problem and determine the best plan of treatment for it. You also need to be aware of the environmental and food factors that trigger your allergy in order to avoid them.

Acupuncture is One Treatment Option for Allergies in Portland

Acupuncture for the treatment of allergies is growing in popularity due to its safeness and effectiveness in treating allergies. However, this is not the only natural alternative treatment you can avail of. Homeopathic medicine and even yoga has been shown to help relieve allergy symptoms, as well. By far, though, the best of these is still acupuncture when it comes to potency and results.

Acupuncturists will more often than not integrate other aspects of Chinese medicine into an acupuncture treatment to help make the results much better and long lasting. Choosing acupuncture makes sense. it is a natural form of treatment that does not have risky and unwanted side effects.

Your acupuncturist will first observe your symptoms and then determine a plan of treatment customized to meet your needs. This is important because each person has his/her own unique constitution and symptoms and one treatment for one will not work for the other even if both of them have the same condition.

At the very least, your acupuncturist will modify treatment to target the root cause of your allergy instead of resolving the symptoms alone.

Knowing the right acupuncture points to be needled is vital in order for the patient to get the right results. The correct depth and direction in which the needles are to be inserted needs to be also determined by the practitioner.

In the treatment of allergies, an acupuncture session may last for around 20 minutes to a full hour. The duration of treatment will depend on how well your body responds to the treatment.

Treatment of allergies using acupuncture is usually the surest and safest choice one can make for the treatment of allergies related to environmental allergens, bronchitis, skin condition or food.

Written by Valerie

March 14th, 2015 at 3:52 am

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