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Acupuncture Is a Preferred Mode of Treatment for a Lot of Endometriosis Sufferers

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Endometriosis sufferers are those who would do anything just to get some bit of relief from the horrible pain they periodically find themselves in. Western conventional modes of treatment for this condition include surgery (hysterectomy and laparoscopy), hormone therapy, and drugs. These treatments are quite invasive and have adverse side effects on the patient. That is why more and more endometriosis patients are seeking natural alternative solutions for their condition. There are about 3% of women in the United States suffering from endometriosis each year; in cases of female infertility, 40% of them are caused by endometriosis. The signs and symptoms of this disease include painful urination, pain during sexual intercourse, low back and stomach pain, and painful menstruation. Endometriosis is a chronic disease which can easily lead to depression for the sufferer. One form of alternative therapy for it is acupuncture, a holistic type of treatment that can be used as an adjunctive therapy to Western treatment modalities or as a standalone treatment for endometriosis in order to restore the patient’s normal menstrual cycle, help lessen her urinary frequency and aid her in getting pregnant.

Endometriosis occurs when a woman’s endometrial tissue develops outside her uterus. Usually, this pathological tissue growth occurs in the fallopian tubes and the ovaries resulting in pain and fertility problems; however outgrowth of endometrial tissue can also happen in other parts of the body. This tissue attaches itself to organs and other tissue causing tissue scar and adhesions. Scar tissue development can impair vascularity that can eventually affect tissue and organ function. If the ovaries are affected, the egg may not be able to fertilize. If the fallopian tubes are affected the egg may be unable to fertilize or can get fertilized but might not get out of the fallopian tubes. This leads to what is known as an ectopic pregnancy.

Endometriosis Risk Factors

Women in their 20s and 30s are the most at risk for endometriosis. Women in this age group are also the most likely to develop pelvic pain and infertility. While laparoscopy can support the signs and symptoms of endometriosis, endometriosis can only be ascertained with a histological examination. This condition is rarely discovered in women who already are in menopause. When they start to reach menopause a lot of these women may find that their symptoms begin to wane up to the point when they completely vanish. If you have a family member suffering from this disease, there is a 7% chance that you will develop the condition as well. Other people at risk are those who wait till their remaining fertile years to become pregnant as well as women who are in stressful jobs or work in long hours.

How do acupuncturists diagnose and resolve endometriosis?

According to traditional Chinese medicine, Blood Stagnation is the most common diagnosis (cause) for endometriosis. This arises from the clotting of menstrual blood. Other factors that may be considered a diagnosis for this condition include Yang Kidney Deficiency, Qi Spleen Deficiency, and Qi Liver Stagnation. Each of these patterns of disharmony can manifest different syndromes which can mean a different type of treatment for each syndrome. Sufferers of Yang Kidney Deficiency will show the symptoms of cold sensations in various parts of the body; cysts; clear and abundant vaginal discharge; low back pain; nocturia; tinnitus; cold feet and hands; and clear and frequent urination. Women suffering from Qi Spleen Deficiency may experience heavy sensation in the stomach; hemorrhoids; stomach bloating; fatigue; loose stools; heavy hemorrhaging; and pre-menstrual spotting. Liver Qi Stagnation patients will manifest symptoms of menstrual headaches.

In resolving endometriosis, the acupuncturist needs to choose the right treatment approach that specifically addresses the patient’s own needs although the movement of blood is always included in the objectives of the treatment. Tonifying Yang Kidney or Blood and Qi can be a part of the treatment plan in certain circumstances.

Apart from acupuncture, Chinese herbal remedies in New York can help boost the effectiveness of endometriosis treatment. You need to talk to your traditional Chinese medicine practitioner to see if you can avail of Chinese herbal medicine. Changing your lifestyle and dietary habits is also required in order to minimize blood clotting.

There may be other equally powerful alternative healthcare treatments out there that you can avail yourself of. So, prior to using medications or committing yourself to surgery, be sure to consider alternative and/or complimentary therapies that may be far better than the conventional modes of treatment in terms of safety and potency.

Written by Valerie

April 26th, 2015 at 10:04 am

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Acupuncture Can Help Cure Acute and Chronic Eczema

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Eczema from the Viewpoint of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, eczema is the result of a person’s Defensive Qi or Wei- Qi being deficient. Wei-Qi is the energy that protects your body from being infiltrated by external pathogens and has a close relationship to your skin. The Five Elements Theory, which is one among the three basic theories that comprise TCM state that the Lung is the system that is responsible for your skin (including the health of the skin). The Kidney system plays an auxiliary role in skin health maintenance and it is responsible for moistening and nourishing the skin.

Usually a person can develop eczema at a young age. This condition usually comes along with the development of asthma. Eczema can manifest in two ways: one type of eczema is caused by Damp-Heat (associated more or less with Kidneys), the other is the result of Wind-Heat (more or less related to a Lung deficiency). The common factor between these two kinds of eczema is ‘Heat’. This is the reason why in eczema you see inflammation and redness on the skin. When Wind-Heat is the cause, dry lesions will manifest and will move from place to place on your body. The movement of the symptoms is a clear sign of Wind invasion in your body. When Damp-Heat is the cause, the lesions will fluid. This is a sign that your body is suffering from Dampness. The lesions are limited to certain parts of your body including the lower legs and forearms in a Damp-Heat type of eczema.

Treating eczema with Acupuncture in Maitland

Acupuncture treatment for acute eczema cases particularly if the eczema is caused by Wind-Heat is fairly easy to treat since the pathogenic factor has barely time to settle in the body. However, most cases of eczema in the United States are chronic because Western modes of treatment to treat this condition have proven unsuccessful allowing the eczema to fester for a long time. Like acute eczema, chronic or long-term eczema can be easily treated with TCM and acupuncture although a longer treatment time may be needed compared to the treatment for acute eczema.

Nourishment of your Lungs and Kidneys is the main treatment protocol in curing eczema. This is combined with the nourishment of your Blood when it is suspected that you have Blood deficiency and Wind in your body. If needed, Dampness should be also resolved.

Self-Care

To protect your skin from eczema you need to avoid eating the flowing foods:

-Mushrooms
-Spinach
-Shellfish
-Alcohol
-Spicy foods
-Fried foods
-Dairy products

It is also recommended that you protect your skin from the wind and cold.

Written by Valerie

April 10th, 2015 at 9:58 pm

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Acupuncture As A Treatment For Various Eye Problems

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Occasionally used as an alternative treatment for eye conditions, acupuncture has given many people certain benefits and results with regards to the overall health of their eyes. Acupuncture is helpful in treating dry eye syndrome and other eye condition, certain clinical studies have shown.

What is Acupuncture?

A mode of treatment that involves the sticking of thin needles into specific points of a person’s skin, acupuncture is still somewhat a mystery to many scientists who are not sure exactly how and why this treatment works though it has demonstrated that it can alleviate pain and treat nausea caused by cancer “treatments.” Believed to have originated in China, acupuncture’s history was uncovered by researchers studying ancient documents in Korea and in Japan. The aim of this treatment is to restore health and balance through the control of the flow of vital energy which the Chinese refer to as Qi. This Qi flows in the body through energy channels known as meridians that run all over the body. These meridians are distinct from the blood vessels and nerve pathways that carry blood and nerve signals respectively. Scientists have discovered that neurotransmitters in nerves are stimulated when a needle is inserted near or on a meridian producing certain health benefits to the body.

Acupuncture for the Treatment of Eye Conditions in Pembroke Pines

Chinese medicine believes that the when the body suffers from a certain imbalance, it may manifest as an eye disease or problem. The symptoms that result from this imbalance can be successfully addressed with acupuncture. Acupuncture for the eye mainly focuses on improving the flow of blood and Qi around the eyes. The treatment can be used an alternative modality for chronic dry eye syndrome. Research done on acupuncture eye treatment show that the treatment can reduce the temperature of the surface of the eye which helps to lessen evaporation of the tears throughout the day. This treatment is sometimes also utilized for glaucoma, a disease affecting the optic nerve. Glaucoma oftentimes results from increased pressure in the eye. A certain study indicated that eye pressure significantly lessened after acupuncture was given. One other study revealed that acupuncture was able to successful treat inflammatory eye disease and eye allergic symptoms.

Acupuncture Points around the Eyes

For the improvement of eye health, the following meridians points are used by acupuncturists for treatment:

GB 1 or Tongzilla – This point is believed to help brighten eye sight. It is used to treat conjunctivitis (sore eyes), cataracts, dry eyes, light sensitivity, eye pain, redness, and headache. The Tongzilia is found on the outside corner of the eye.

SJ 23 or Sizhukong – Used in the treatment of facial and eye pain including facial paralysis, eye toothache, blurred vision, eye pain, redness, and headache, the SJ 23 point is situated at the outer part and hollow area of the eyebrow.

Yuyao – When this point is used, it can lead to the treatment of eye swelling, redness cloudiness of the cornea, ptosis (upper eyelid that hangs low), eyelid twitching, and eye strain. You can find the Yuyao point in the pupil right below the middle of the eyebrow.

UB 2 or Zanzhu – This point is used when one suffers from glaucoma, eye twitching, redness, tearing, pain, blurred vision, and headache. The UB 2 is found in the crease of the inner end of the eyebrow.

UB 1 or Jingming – This point is utilized for eye conditions such as blurred vision, conjunctivitis, night blindness, glaucoma, and cataracts. It is found in the eye’s inner corner. The word Jingming literally means “bright eyes.”

Conclusion

Until more studies about acupuncture are done, the best way to resolve eye conditions would be a treatment that combines acupuncture and Western medicine. For those who have not found traditional treatments effective for the curing of their eye problems, they should consider the safe and effective treatment of acupuncture.

Written by Valerie

April 3rd, 2015 at 4:30 am

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