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Some of the Acupoints Used To Resolve Sore Throat Symptoms

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Sore throat like the common cold or an allergic reaction is the result and symptom of an infection. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), sore throats can come about due to various factors (dryness, wind, and heat). A TCM practitioner uses a combination of acupoints to quell the symptoms and target the underlying cause of the problem. If you are interested in acupuncture treatment, you need to talk to your doctor about your symptoms and ask him for referrals for a well qualified practitioner.

Meridians and Acupuncture Points

According to TCM, the body possesses a vital energy called chi, flowing internally throughout it through energy channels known as meridians. Each meridian is associated to a specific internal organ that dictates the meridian’s pathway and purpose. Activating specific points along a meridian may lead to a restoration of balance in a malfunctioning organ, which results in harmony in the entire body. Each acupoint has a different function although there are points that may provide multiple functions and may also be associated with more than one organ system. Acupuncture treatments use a combination of points for treatment of a certain condition. Acupuncture treatment for sore throat Cleveland is no exception. Selected acupoints for sore throat include those that promote moisture, clear heat, and address the underlying root problems.

Sore throats can be red upon examination which signifies heat condition in traditional Chinese medicine theory. Acupoints Lung 10 & 11 (Lu 10 and Lu 11) are treated to alleviate painful blockages in the throat and clear heat. Lu 11 is found near the base of the thumbnail and can be pricked to allow drops of blood flow to remove heat. Another point LI 1 or large intestine point 1 located near the tail of the index finger’s nail is also pricked to draw out heat and help alleviate sore throat discomfort.

Points for Dryness

Stuffy nose can result from a sinus congestion forcing one to breathe through the mouth. A dry throat and mouth can be the end result. For this particular problem, your acupuncturist can use a combination of points that enhance moisture and alleviate the soreness, while at the same time aid in the normalization of mucosal fluid and the drainage of the sinuses. Large Intestine 4, and Lung 7 and 11 can treat symptoms related to head colds and congestion. Needling the points Kidney 6, Spleen 6 and Conception Vessel 12 can help increase moisture and normalize body fluids.

Local Acupoints

Acupoints along the throat and neck (LI 8 and 17) can treat swallowing difficulty and alleviate soreness. Treating Conception vessel 22 can resolve voice loss, pain and phlegm in the throat.

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September 26th, 2015 at 5:08 pm

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PTSD Sufferers Can Find Relief of Their Symptoms with Acupuncture

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PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder can be caused by any situation that results in mental, physical or emotional trauma. It can come from a number of factors ranging from disasters to violence or aggression. Recent studies have shown acupuncture to be a powerful treatment for PTSD as it is able to dramatically lower stress and anxiety levels in people. Through this treatment, people have a much easier time getting back their composure and strength to face life’s daily challenges.

Acupuncture treatment for PTSD in Tarzana is usually done by activating certain acupoints on the ear and body. When stimulated, these acupoints can help control certain areas of the brain areas that govern the nervous functioning of the individual producing certain therapeutic effects such as relief of stress and pain. A lot of soldiers who suffer from PTSD after experiencing violence and trauma in wars have been successfully treated with acupuncture. The Pentagon just recently conducted an investigation on the beneficial effects of acupuncture for the treatment of PTSD symptoms on soldiers suffering from this condition. The findings of the investigation suggest that combat veterans experienced relief of pain and depression and other symptoms related to PTSD. The acupuncture benefits were quite significant and were experienced quickly by the soldiers.

There are several natural therapies that can treat the symptoms of PTSD. But, among all these modalities, acupuncture has been proven to be the most potent and effective treatment of them all. Several studies such as those done in the University of New Mexico and headed by Dr. Hollifield demonstrate how acupuncture can be successfully utilized as a natural form of treatment for pain caused by psychosomatic disorders, insomnia, anxiety, and depression all related to PTSD. Acupuncture produced healing benefits that lasted three months after the study ended. Unlike exposure-oriented traditional psychiatric therapies that require patients to recall traumatic incidents), PTSD treatment with acupuncture spares the patient of exposure to such factors and therefore is seen as a non-intrusive and safer therapy.

Other studies commissioned by the Pentagon have shown that among the soldiers affected by PTSD, the ones with the most severe form of the condition are the most willing to undergo therapies such as acupuncture that are deemed as non-intrusive. The biggest benefit that the patient derives from acupuncture is that he need not share or recall his past trauma with his psychiatrist. Apart from this, patients get well quickly as acupuncture tends to work best when mental conditions are the problems most affecting the patient. PTSD soldiers who have undergone acupuncture say that ear acupuncture is the most powerful form of acupuncture that has helped them overcome their PTSD-related sleeping problems. The news of acupuncture’s ability in treating PTSD has traveled far and wide. Today, more and more doctors are recommending acupuncture treatment for PTSD as an alternative remedy for the condition that can be used in conjunction with conventional therapies.

Recent developments in acupuncture treatment for PTSD has led to a technique known as “point prescription” mode of treatment used along with customized treatment. And so, while the traditional body acupuncture treatment is used point prescription treatment can also be added to suit specific cases. Sufferers of severe PTSD might need a slightly different form of acupuncture therapy compared to PTSD sufferers showing milder symptoms.

Written by Valerie

September 6th, 2015 at 11:54 am

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