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Laser Acupuncture is One of The Most Easy Ways to Quit Smoking for Good

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If you are striving very hard to kick your smoking habit permanently, you probably already know several nasty things about this habit. What you may not know, however, is that there are new forms of technology you can avail of to battle your smoking addiction. You may also have heard before that laser acupuncture is one the most effective therapies around that can help you stop smoking completely. The truth is that a lot of nicotine addicts have now availed themselves of laser acupuncture to help them get rid of their smoking habit.

While it was known as far back as 1989 that laser acupuncture has the power to treat nicotine addiction, it is acclaimed much more now especially in the last few years as the modality has matured and been fine tuned by modern technology. The benefits that can be derived from laser acupuncture for the cessation of smoking have been quite impressive for some. The reason why this procedure has proved successful is that the stimuli cause the release of feel-good hormones in the body leaving an individual in a state of contentment.

What is not understood clearly is how laser acupuncture to quit smoking can help cure the person of his/her nicotine addiction. The underlying theory of both laser and traditional acupuncture procedure for the cessation of smoking is that the pricking on specific acupoints of the body commands the central nervous system to allow the release of chemicals in key parts of the body, setting the body to healing mode. There is very little pain associated with laser acupuncture to quit smoking treatment with most people who have tried it saying the experience is overwhelmingly relaxing. The lack of clinical studies has prevented a great number of smokers from knowing that this treatment is a valid therapy to help them quit smoking. This doesn’t alter the fact that a lot of smokers have already been cured of their smoking addiction thanks to this modality.

There is a difference between what one person may feel from traditional acupuncture and what one may experience in laser acupuncture. In a typical laser acupuncture procedure in New York to quit smoking, one simply feels a tingling, pulsating warm sensation derived from the laser energy. Some also state that they don’t feel the laser at all. The thing is that the laser energy stimulates affected acupoints in much the same way as acupunctures needles do without the risk of incurring open wounds that may become infected. You also experience the healing and good feelings that you would get from traditional acupuncture when you undergo laser acupuncture for smoking cessation.

So far, not enough studies have been done to prove the ability of laser acupuncture to cure nicotine addiction. But for those who been bold enough to try it, the results have been no less impressive. The only drawback to this treatment is its relatively high cost. But if you want a very easy and sure way of kicking your smoking habit for good, then laser acupuncture to quit smoking is a form of treatment you should consider.

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July 26th, 2015 at 2:03 am

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Knee Osteoarthritis Symptoms Can be Relieved with Acupuncture

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Practiced as far back as 4,000 years ago in China, acupuncture is one of the oldest medical procedures in the world. It became well-known in the United States when a New York Times journalist published an article about it in the early 1970s.

Not a single procedure in itself, acupuncture instead involves a number of techniques to generate a stimulating response in specific points on the body. This procedure, which has been one of the most studied alternative therapies around involves the penetration of metallic, solid, and filiform needles that are manipulated by hand into the skin or are augmented with mild electrical stimulation.

Acupuncture Has Risen in Popularity in the United States

Each year, more than 8 million Americans avail of acupuncture based on statistics provided by the National Health Interview Survey. These past two decades have seen an exponential rise in acupuncture use in this country.

The Importance of Seeking Out Licensed Practitioners for Acupuncture Treatment

Acupuncture needles for the use of licensed acupuncturists were first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1996.The use of nontoxic, sterile needles that are designed for one time use only are strictly required the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Each patient should be treated with disposable needles that came from a sealed package. The acupuncture points where these needles are to be inserted need to be swabbed with a disinfecting agent such as alcohol or Betadine prior to them being inserted with needles. A correct procedure greatly lessens the risk of complications.

Mixed Results from Studies Dealing with Acupuncture’s Effectiveness

A bulk of acupuncture studies has no clear cut conclusions about the treatment’s effectiveness. Several studies though, have suggested that acupuncture works for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis.

A six-month clinical study was done in 2004 and whose results were released by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). This study, participated in by about 500 individuals all of whom suffered from knee osteoarthritis and were all 50 years of age or above, was done to observe the effectiveness of acupuncture for the treatment of knee osteoarthritis over other modalities. The participants were divided into three groups with one group given conventional osteoarthritis treatment; another group treated with sham acupuncture and the last group treated with real acupuncture treatment.

The subjects in the study:

Had no surgery of the knee for half a year before the study started
Were not treated with injections or steroids
Have never had acupuncture treatment before, and
Were all suffering from knee pain for at least a month before the start of the study.

This study was sponsored by the NCCAM. At the end of eight weeks, the group treated with real acupuncture manifested better knee function compared to the other two groups. At the end of 14 weeks, the acupuncture group manifested significant pain relief compared to the other two groups. Overall, the acupuncture group had a 40% improvement in the function of their knee and also 40% betterment of their pain compared to the two other groups.

The Factors Involving Acupuncture Treatment

According to the theories of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), when the two vital energy polarities of yin (passive force) and yang (active force) in the body are imbalanced, disease occurs. The imbalance leads to blockage in the channels of vital energy known as meridians. Acupuncturists state that the human body has 8 secondary meridians, a dozen primary meridians and over 2000 acupuncture points. Western medical researchers believe that acupuncture mainly stimulates the nervous system that leads to the release and regulation of painkilling neurotransmitters.

Important Reminders

Before going for acupuncture treatment in Overland Park, you need to first talk to your doctor to discuss whether it’s a valid treatment option for your condition. If you get a green signal from your doctor, oftentimes, you need not stop your current treatment. Lastly, make sure you go to a licensed acupuncturist for treatment.

Written by Valerie

July 26th, 2015 at 1:59 am

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How TCM Can Relieve The Symptoms of Menopause

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Treating menopause symptoms like migraine headaches in different parts of the world may not necessarily entail the use of the same treatment procedures. Different countries utilize different medicine beliefs and practices. When it comes to acupuncture and other forms of traditional Chinese medicine, however, Western societies have adopted these ancient Chinese modalities for the treatment of various emotional and physical maladies including menopause.

Menopause, from the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), is the phase in a woman’s life when her body ceases to perform the monthly reproductive cycle needed for her to reproduce. Practitioners of TCM believe that in menopause, a woman’s body has stopped menstruating in order to conserve vital energy (qi). This is to solely allocate this energy to her body as she ages.

A stark contrast exists in how women in western cultures deal with menopause as against women living in eastern societies. For the latter, menopause seems to be an uneventful event. Some argue that women in western societies usually eat a poor diet and live a stress-wracked and fast-paced lifestyle. This results in much more worse and severe symptoms of menopause for these women than their sisters in the East.

Despite the fact that menopause does indeed produce adverse symptoms TCM does not consider it to be a syndrome although they accept that menopausal women who suffer from menopause symptoms have certain issues related to their qi. This may include kidney yin deficiency and stagnant liver qi. Simply put, they suffer from an imbalance in their qi which negatively affects their body and mind.

Therefore, the aim of TCM treatment is to rectify these imbalances and treat each patient based on her unique symptoms. Acupuncture treatment is often used which is augmented by exercises, dietary and lifestyle modifications, and Chinese herbal medicine.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture is anchored on the belief that the body has about 2000 acupuncture points scattered all over the body. Each of these points is connected to energy channels known as meridians that lie just underneath these points. Meridians are the energy vessels where qi is transported in every part of the body. Each of these meridians is associated with one or more internal organs. The unimpeded and normal flow of qi in the meridians means a healthy body and mind for the person.

For the treatment of menopause, the acupuncturist’s aim is to restore balance in the woman’s body. He accomplishes this by focusing treatment on acupoints directly or indirectly related to her symptoms.

The needles used in acupuncture therapy are made of stainless steel. They are extremely thin and are not the same as hypodermic needles used for injection or drawing blood. The needles are used to stimulate the energy channels and boost the flow of qi. Points on the legs, arms, shoulders, and even the feet may be selected for treatment. Under the hands of a licensed and skilled acupuncturist, the procedure is painless and will not result in bleeding or infection. A numbing or tingling sensation may be felt when a needle is inserted which rapidly vanishes and replaced by a very relaxing sensation. Treatment may last 20 minutes to an hour.

Studies have suggested that acupuncture is effective in treating menopause symptoms including:

-Vaginal dryness
-Hot flashes

If you are seriously considering getting acupuncture for the relief of your menopause symptoms make sure you talk to an experienced and qualified practitioner to get the safest and best possible treatment.

Alida van Heerden is a licensed New York acupuncturist and a NADA certified acupuncture detoxification specialist.

Written by Valerie

July 10th, 2015 at 10:31 am

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Herbs That Are Helpful in Treating Bronchitis

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The throat, nose, and sinuses are usually where bronchitis starts from and when the condition begins to affect the lung, a worse condition known as pneumonia may develop. A short-term or acute case of bronchitis usually resolves by itself within a week or two but the cough associated with this condition tends to linger a little longer.

Long-term or chronic bronchitis is usually identified by a doctor when the cough lasts persistently for a minimum of three months often combined with abundant mucus. Depending on the manifested symptoms, Western medical doctors will prescribe steroidal inhalers and/or pills, cough suppressants, and antibiotics. Naturopathic modalities and acupuncture treat bronchitis in Miami from the inside out as they target the underlying cause of the problem and then the symptoms.

Acupuncture for Bronchitis

Besides pneumonia, when left untreated, bronchitis may cause other worse and severe health issues such as chronic bronchial asthma. Long-term struggles such as chronic bronchial asthma as well as acute conditions can be resolved with the highly beneficial treatment of acupuncture particularly when the condition is seasonally related. In 1990 the journal J Tradit Chin Med published a study wherein 192 patients suffering from bronchial asthma participated and who were all given acupuncture. The results showed a 98.8% rate of effectiveness in clinical remission at a 76.5%.marked improvement of symptoms.

Chinese Herbs for Bronchitis

Chinese herbalists prescribe certain herbal formulas for treating bronchitis. These herbalists will first need to know the medications their patients are currently taking in order to determine the correct herbal prescriptions that would not interfere with the meds and even enhance their effects. Some beneficial herbs that are often prescribed for bronchitis include dandelion, pleurisy root, stinging nettle, and marshmallow root.

Nutritional Therapy

There are specific foods that can worsen or relieve bronchial symptoms. Some of the foods that have degenerative or restorative attributes feature:

Processed Foods – packaged canned foods, sugar, and white flour can overwork the system because of their toxic properties especially when they are broken down in the body. Eating fresh whole foods and staying away from processed foods can help strengthen the immune system making it function at optimal levels.

Dairy – staying away from dairy products will help your body to cope better with bronchitis and help clear away mucus in the gastrointestinal and respiratory lining.

Vegetables and Fruits– adding more of these in your diet can lessen digestive taxing on the system. Vitamin C and zinc rich foods provide much needed nutrients to strengthen the body, treat inflammation and heal the bronchitis.

Honey and Grapes– honey can help soothe stubborn cough related to bronchitis while grapes can help expectorate the mucus from the body.

Written by Valerie

July 4th, 2015 at 11:37 pm

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Helping Resolve Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Pain with Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

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The information age has brought rise to an epidemic of carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition causes extreme sharp pain in the hand, arm, and wrist. In really worse situations, surgery may be performed; however, one can avoid this eventuality thanks to acupuncture. This article will discuss the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).

Symptoms of CTS

CTS symptoms may include pain along the wrist or hand that radiates up to the elbow. The pain brought about by this condition is usually a sharp burning one. The pain may sometimes affect the hand and shoulder causing a tingling and numbing sensation in the affected palm and finger. The intensity of the pain can lead to sleeping interruptions and difficulties

Causes of CTS

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) practices have a certain way of diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome. They observe the tongue and palpate the pulse in order to find out the underlying cause of your problem. You body has around six energy vessels where energy flows. If any of these vessels develop an obstruction, the flow of blood and energy will be affected causing carpal tunnel syndrome. The acupuncturist needs to find out the exact location of the obstruction for him to be able to remove it.

Finding out the location of the obstruction

When you come in for acupuncture treatment, a licensed and qualified acupuncturist in Pembroke Pines will first assess your body. This is done via the palpation of your pulse and the examination of your tongue. This helps the practitioner to locate the origin of the blockage helping him prepare for the removal of any obstructions order to treat your CTS symptoms.

The plan of treatment you get depends on your own specific needs. The aim of the treatment is to return the body to its normal functioning state of health, boost circulation, and remove the obstructions. Besides acupuncture and Chinese herbs, scrubbing, and cupping procedure may also be used.

Avoiding carpal tunnel syndrome

The acupuncturist will usually recommend certain diet and lifestyle modifications whilst you are in the midst of treatment.

Tips for preventing the rise of carpal tunnel syndrome in your body

Lower you stress levels – This is one way to also alleviate arm pain. Certain energy channels on the shoulder and arm are related o the Liver, Gallbladder, and Heart systems. Stress and other emotional pressures can easily damage these organs which can lead to the weak flow of blood and energy in the channels located in the arm and wrist leading to CTS.

Try not to move your hand in repetitive motions while it is one position.

Keep your shoulders and neck in a good and warm condition.

Avoid frequently touching cold or frozen things especially during cold days and in winter.

While you are undergoing treatment, avoid eating cold or frozen foods. Also make sure you have regular and normal digestion and bowel movements.

Written by Valerie

July 4th, 2015 at 11:35 pm

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