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Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Work Well in Curing Candidiasis

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Candida refers to a type of yeast that proliferates in the environment. These organisms can be found in foods such as cheese and bread, in drinks and beverages such as fruit juices, wine or beer, in our carpeting, in books, in bathrooms, in moist warm rooms, in our clothing and in the air. Most important of all, Candida microorganisms also reside in our bodies more specifically, in our digestive tracts, mucous membranes and on our nails and skin.

There are so many types of yeasts that can be found in the environment but only the Candida family has the power to cause health issues on humans. This is especially true with Candida Albicans. This yeast is the most infectious strain of yeast and it rapidly multiples and uses our mucus membranes as its own colony.

Even at birth a lot of us have already been colonized as we pass through our mother’s birth canal, the Candida fungus, however, is usually benign under normal circumstances and is kept in check by beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Besides suppressing Candida, these “good” bacteria can also inhbit the growth of other harmful microorganisms. Bifido Bacterium and Lactobacilli Acidophilus are two of these “good” types of bacteria.

The term Candidiasis refers to a condition in which the intestinal tract of a person suffers from an overgrowth of yeast. The yeast can transform to a mycelia organism with root-like growths under certain conditions in the body. These mycelial yeasts can go through the intestinal walls while searching for food and enter the bloodstream where they dump toxic waste products during their process of reproduction. And because of the intestinal wall damage, they cause the toxins such as ammonia, alcohols, and undigested proteins from the bowels to seep into the bloodstream. These toxins lead to the dysfunction of some of the systems of our body.

Both sexes and all age groups can be affected by Candidiasis. A woman’s reproductive organ and hormones make her Candidiasis infection produce more symptoms than men.

The first body systems affected by Candidiasis are the uro-genital tract and the gastrointestinal tract. Some of the symptoms that may appear include prostatitis, kidney infections, vaginal infections, chronic bladder infections, inability to digest food, diarrhea, severe constipation, flatulence, gastritis, colitis, heartburn, bloating, and abdominal pain.

Allergy symptoms may also be experienced by Candidiasis sufferers as the toxic materials travel through the circulatory system triggering autoimmune responses from the body. Some of these symptoms include chemical and food sensitivities, acne, eczema, coughs, asthma, hives, chronic ear infections, sinusitis, and hay fever.

The yeast overgrowth can soon affect the central nervous system leading to tingling and numbness of the extremities, joint stiffness and pain, libido loss, mental faculty deterioration, irritability, and fatigue. Candidiasis can also amplify any existing gland and organ problems causing issues such as miscarriages, infertility, endometriosis, depression, PMS, menstrual irregularities, hypoglycemia, diabetes, and adrenal and thyroid disorders.

Patients suffering from these myriad of symptoms usually need to consult with different medical specialists including psychiatrists, endocrinologists, gynecologists, gastroenterologists, neurologists, and allergists.

There are people who are highly predisposed to Candidiasis. People with a weak immune system are quite prone to this condition. Also prone are people who have undergone multiple operations and chemotherapy, as well as those who have been exposed to chemicals, people who often eat foods made up of mold and yeast derivatives, refined carbohydrates, people who take cortisone and other types of steroids, those who use often antibiotics and those taking birth control pills.

For people wanting to try traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment for their Candidiasis should consult with a practitioner who specializes or has wide experience in treating the condition. These days, diagnostic tools such as stool cultures and blood tests now can be performed to see if Candidiasis is indeed the condition affecting a persons’ health. The practitioner should get to know the medical history of the patient (i.e., if he/she often takes steroids, birth control pills, antibiotics, etc.) The symptoms are also important to the diagnosis. If, for example, a woman states that she suffers from chronic vaginal infections, abdominal bloating and pain, chemical and food sensitivities, and says she has extreme food and chemical sensitivities, then chances are that a Candidiasis infection is contributing to her condition.

The boosting of the immune system is one of the most important goals of Candidiasis treatment. There are some Candidiasis patients who have low amounts of folic acid, and vitamin B12. They also are deficient in zinc. For these kinds of deficiencies, practitioners recommend fish oil and primrose oil and other essential fatty acids as well as vitamins B12, A and C to augment their deficiencies. Adrenal and thyroid function should also be examined. Several Candidiasis patients also manifest hypothyroidism and hypoglycemia. Moreover, they are often plagued with parasitic infections. All of these issues need to be tackled along with the Candidiasis treatment itself.

Modifications in diet are keys to treating Candidiasis. Foods made from yeast, foods containing vinegar, smoked and fermented foods, dairy products, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, and sugar should be avoided and substituted with vegetables and foods rich in complex carbohydrates, and proteins.

A Candidiasis patient can also use several natural products that can kill yeast without the side effects of conventional pharmaceutical products. Products containing grapefruit seed extract, berberine sulfate, undecylenic acid, and caprylic acid can be very effective for those who can tolerate them. Effective as well for killing yeast are antifungal herbal preparations such as white oak bark, phellodendron, coptis, astralagus, clove, pau d’arco, garlic, uva rsi, goldenseal, and oregano oil. Of the utmost importance is the need for good bacteria such as Bifido Bacterium and Lactobacilli Acidophilus to thrive once more in the intestinal tract. Products that can make this happen are now widely available in the market.

Acupuncturists and TCM practitioners see Candidiasis as mainly a pattern of Spleen Deficiency complicated by dampness that exhibits as cold extremities, chilliness, fatigue, foggy thinking or heavy sensation in the head, heavy limbs, constipation or diarrhea, abdominal bloating or gas, and appetite loss. Usually a Liver Heat pattern also exists resulting in irritability, constipation, insomnia, PMS, and migraines. If Liver Qi Stagnation occurs, symptoms such as heartburn, menstrual cramps, stomach pain, depression, and mood swings may be felt. If Kidney Deficiency is diagnosed, it often creates a lot of illnesses including poor memory, tinnitus, vision problems, dizziness, edema, infertility, and frequent urination.

For the treatment of Candidiasis, acupuncture can be a very powerful treatment that can clear Liver Heat, Spleen Dampness and fortify the kidneys and the spleen. This ancient healing modality is also quite potent in strengthening the immune system which is important when treating a Candidiasis sufferer. Acupuncture together with dietary modifications and the use of antifungal products can be a very successful plan of treatment for completely curing Candidiasis.

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.

Written by Valerie

May 27th, 2015 at 1:58 am

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Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture Offer A much Better Alternative for the Treatment of Eczema than Conventional Medications

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Eczema, also sometimes referred to as dermatitis, is a type of skin condition marked by skin redness and inflammation, and in severe conditions, blisters on the surface of the skin. Eczema symptoms include rashes on the legs, arms, and cheeks, and scaly, itchy, dry skin. Eczema can be caused by factors such as emotional stress, sudden temperature drops or rises, environmental irritants, and allergens such as molds, grass pollens, animal dander and house dust mites. In the United States, there are more than 15 million people suffering from this disease.

Eczema treatment using acupuncture can provide sufferers relief from itching and skin dryness. Yes, there are conventional drugs that can effectively reduce flare-ups and inflammation; however, they cause several unwanted side effects such as numbness, tingling, headaches, nausea, and high blood pressure. The actual acupuncture procedure only begins after the practitioner determines a detailed diagnosis of the patient. The practitioner needs to first evaluate the manifested eczema conditions and the undying imbalances in the patient’s body. Blockages and energy imbalances are rectified and rebalanced with acupuncture. Thus, the root cause of eczema and its symptoms are addressed.

Eczema treatment in Cleveland using acupuncture aids in the removal of dampness and heat that has gathered in the skin. With the combination of Chinese herbal medicine (through herbal formulas taken internally or creams applied externally), acupuncture works to soothe the local tissues and cools the body in order to alleviate flare-ups and provide longstanding positive results in the condition. Allergic reactions that can cause eczema are lessened with acupuncture. The common symptoms of general discomfort and skin irritation are also reduced by this very useful and powerful treatment.

The potency of acupuncture is based on various factors such as the magnitude of the eczema, how long the condition has existed, how it’s managed, and how well the patient is able to avoid things that exacerbate the condition. The term of the therapy differs from one patient to another. Typically, for acute eczema cases, results may be evident after two or three weeks of treatment; for chronic eczema cases, treatments lasting a month or more may be required.

Written by Valerie

May 27th, 2015 at 1:54 am

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Asthma Acupuncture Has Been Around Since Ancient Times

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Acupuncture for the treatment of asthma has been around for thousands of years, with its roots in the culture of China. Modern Western medicine may provide you with treatments that effectively address the symptoms of asthma; it however, does not have any cure for asthma itself.

The reason for this is that beyond the asthmatic symptoms of breathing problems, sneezing, coughing,, and wheezing, asthma has more to do with your overall health particularly your immune system, that can neutralize the allergies that trigger asthma.

Used traditionally as a way to improve general wellness, acupuncture can also enhance the strength of your body in order for the body to repel the everyday effects of pollution. Acupuncture’s roots come from the millennia-old Chinese ancient healing art known as TCM or traditional Chinese medicine. TCM has a theory that states that a person’s entire body is electrically interconnected. According to TCM, asthma and other human health conditions is the result of an abnormal flow of vital energy the Chinese refer to as Chi. Chi, like blood, flows throughout the body via energy channels known as meridians. When a meridian develops a blockage, Chi flow starts to slow down. An acupuncturist is then called to determine the part of the body where the blockage has arisen. The imbalanced flow of Chi causes the rise of diseases.

An acupuncture procedure involves the use of filiform needles inserted carefully just right under the skin at certain points in the body known as acupoints. This helps restore balance in the body and enables Chi to flow unabated once more to all parts of the body. A balanced Chi flow makes the body strong and healthy, prerequisites that are much needed to overcome asthma and other diseases.

A lot of people will start to notice positive outcomes almost instantaneously after a number of sessions of acupuncture treatments. But if you desire really longstanding results, you should go for regular treatments at least until your asthma has been entirely cured. The cure for asthma is best achieved with regular asthma treatments all under the strict supervision of your medical physician.

TCM believes that a good balance of energy and proper Chi flow does not only pertain to the health of the body. It can also be related to environment concerns. This means, for example, if an office or a home has “bad Chi,” the workers and the home occupants may experience bad health such as asthma, eventually.

Vickery Health & Wellness
18455 Burbank Blvd #306
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 578-6730

Written by Valerie

May 12th, 2015 at 4:33 am

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Acupuncture is One Way to Make your Body Resilient to Allergy Attacks

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Our body’s immune system attacks substances that are perceived to be not part of the body. Sometimes allergies occur because of the response of the body to substances that aren’t usually an issue for the body. The resulting symptoms include swallowing difficulty, respiratory problems, wheezing, sneezing, watery eyes and if the allergic reaction is severe enough, body responses that can include the loss of consciousness.

Due to these adverse effects that sometimes may come with the risk death in cases of severe allergy attacks, a lot of people will do their best to avoid things they know can trigger these reactions. Substances in nature like pollen and dust can cause simple allergies that are almost impossible to avoid all the time. Treatment is necessary when one has been exposed to these allergens.

Various Treatments for Allergies

Today, there are dozens of medications to choose from that purport to treat allergies. Some of them may address severe allergies caused by ingesting allergens, particularly from certain types of food. Normally, this food allergy is treated with drugs or the suspected food is avoided altogether. However, there are allergy sufferers who may be unable to abstain from eating the food that gives them the allergy or may fail to take medications when an attack occurs.

Studies have revealed that acupuncture can produce remarkable results when it comes to alleviating the symptoms caused by allergy. This thousands-of years-old Chinese practice works through the use of very thin needles inserted into certain points in the body to stimulate the affected systems of the body.

Allergens will always remain a threat to a person as they always exist in the environment. And since they cannot be cured, allergies can only be controlled with treatments such as acupuncture in Boynton Beach. To control allergies acupuncture may needed on an ongoing basis. Acupuncture can provide temporary respite from the symptoms and you may need to keep on getting treatment as long as you are exposed to allergens. These ongoing therapies are needed to help your immune system become tolerant to the allergen and cease causing it to trigger reactions when you come in contact, ingest, or inhale the allergen.

Does Acupuncture Hurt?

There are individuals who think that acupuncture is a painful medical procedure for the treatment of allergies because it requires the insertion of needles into the skin. Actually, the treatment is quite painless especially if the procedure in undertaken by a licensed acupuncturist. Individuals who might be wary of needles can shut their eyes during the treatment procedure, which is often very relaxing.

Helpful Suggestions for Allergy Sufferers Who Have Considered Acupuncture to be Their Treatment of Choice for their Allergy Problems

Because acupuncture is a treatment that requires great skill on the part of the practitioner, one need to choose an acupuncturist who is licensed as well as experienced in administering allergy treatment to the patient. Never get treatment from an unlicensed practitioner to avoid any untoward incidents, accidents, and injuries during the procedure. You should request to see the credentials of people who offer acupuncture treatments as a way of protecting your health and body.

Written by Valerie

May 3rd, 2015 at 6:56 am

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