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Acupuncture Is A Proven Successful Treatment for Painful Symptoms of IBS

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It is easy to understand why there seems to be not enough safe and effective medical options for IBS as this condition is now considered by doctors to be merely a dysfunction (instead of a disease) and that there have been very few studies done about this health issue. There are other ways of addressing IBS besides the very important stress-reduction activities and other lifestyle changes that are required to properly manage this condition.

These include the use of alternative modes of treatment especially hypnotherapy and acupuncture. these two unique forms of treatment is always customized to specifically address the patient’s needs and are aimed at lessening the duration, severity, and frequency of the IBS attacks. A lot of patients have responded to these treatments very well which bodes well to their ever increasing use as a mainline treatment for IBS. The next part of this article will exclusively discuss about acupuncture.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a treatment that can only be administered by a licensed acupuncturist. This practitioner is trained in using a variety of tools although needles are his/her primary treatment tools. These needles are inserted into corresponding points in the body wherein lie pathways of energy known as meridians in which the body’s vital energy called chi or qi flows. When a meridian is stimulated by a needle, mental and physical processes are initiated which results in the normalization of certain bodily functions and in the calming of the mind. Acupuncture is the process of sedating or stimulating the meridians in order to balance the flow of qi in the body.

Traditional Chinese medicine’s view of acupuncture mirrors the belief that the body is a holistic and complex spiritual/emotional/mental/ physical system, balanced between sickness and health in a continuous flux of energy. Based on this perspective, natural energy flow occasionally becomes imbalanced which results in disorder or disease. Used oftentimes along with food medicine and Chinese herbal remedies, acupuncture brings back health by improving and balancing the flow of qi, and restoring the normal function of organs, glands, vessels, nerves, and muscles.

Blockages to qi and blood flow are removed and the circulation of qi is enhanced with acupuncture treatment. This is done with the superficial insertion of sterile filiform needles from a depth of just beneath the skin to about an inch, at specific acupuncture points along the meridians. To avoid the risk of injury or infection, it is important to select a qualified acupuncturist who only uses disposable, single-use, sterile needles.

There are over 2,000 acupuncture points scattered throughout the body and each point is connected to a specific organ system or internal organ. Some patients may experience nothing or a feeling of heaviness, warmth, aching, or tingling as the acupuncture needles are inserted into the skin. Pain is rarely experienced and most of the time an unusual or odd physical sensation is felt by patients that is not unpleasant. Depending on the condition and the severity of the symptoms one to twenty needles may be used in a single treatment. Some acupuncturists may use burning moxa leaves over the needles, or twist or heat the needles to augment the effect of the treatment. One session may last for as short as five minutes to as long as a full hour. The needles are left inserted in the skin for around 20 to 40 minutes.

The acupuncturist will decide the frequency and number of treatments needed for treating IBS. His/her decision will be based on how long you’ve had the condition and on the magnitude of your symptoms. The number of sessions may vary from a single session to several treatments a week, for several months. On average IBS patients require a total of six treatments to relieve their painful symptoms. if after 10 sessions, the condition has still not improved , the treatment is considered unsuccessful and is discontinued. If results are shown, the practitioner will recommend a continuation of therapy. As the IBS symptoms decrease, the number of treatments becomes less frequent over time although maintenance treatments may be needed at certain intervals.

DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214
http://www.miamiacupunctureclinic.com/

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March 26th, 2016 at 9:01 am

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Chinese Herbal Therapy and Acupuncture can Dramatically Reduce High Blood Pressure

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A third of the population of the United States suffers from high blood pressure, sometimes called hypertension. This seemingly ubiquitous condition has spread primarily because of a sedentary lifestyle and increased stress. The good news is that holistic therapies such as acupuncture can assist n the betterment of your overall health and in the management of high blood pressure.

What Is High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)?

High blood pressure is a rise in blood pressure above normal levels, suggesting a rise in heart muscle contraction and/or a rise in vascular resistance. A person with normal blood pressure would have a measurement of 120/80 mmHg. Hypertension is a state in which the blood pressure goes over 140/90 mmHg. Hypertension is grimly known as “the silent killer” since this condition usually gives out few symptoms before it turns fatal. If not treated, hypertension can result in a high likelihood of kidney failure, heart attack, and/or strokes.

There are two types of hypertension: primary and secondary hypertension. People who suffer from primary hypertension are unaware of the cause of their condition. Secondary hypertension sufferers, on the other hand develop their condition due to various factors including side effects of medication, cancer, endocrine problems, and kidney diseases.

Modern Western medicine treatments for hypertension are long-term and involve the use of pharmaceutical drugs coupled with lifestyle changes. A combo of ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, dopamine derivatives, bête blockers, and diuretics are prescribed to help manage the blood pressure. Other ways to control hypertension is by regular exercise, eating a healthy salt-free diet, cessation of tobacco and alcohol use, and proper management of stress.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture originated in China over 5,000 years ago. It is a system of holistic medicine and along with Chinese Herbal therapy, is one the most important modes of treatment in Chinese Medicine. During an acupuncture treatment procedure, sterile filiform needles are used and inserted into points on the skin to induce a normalizing effect on the body. These points are called acupuncture points or acupoints, for short and they are located on the surface of the skin just above underlying energy channels known as meridians. Meridians connect the acupoints to specific vital organs in the body. When a needle is inserted into skin a light electric sensation is generated that stimulates the associated meridian.

Time and time again, acupuncture has proved to be clinically effective in treating a wide range of health conditions even if the exact mechanisms as to how it works are not yet fully understood. It is an excellent treatment for pain and painful conditions. In fact, it is oftentimes used in lieu of anesthesia in surgical procedures. The potency of acupuncture highlights its significant physiological effects. However, more clinical studies need to be done to validate the clinical effectiveness of this treatment on other health issues.

How Does Acupuncture Treat Hypertension?

There is no description of hypertension in ancient Chinese medical texts. Chinese medicine accounted for the different physiological processes that surrounded the condition. In Chinese medicine, there are a number of physiological relationships existing between each of the internal organs. Any disturbance to these relationships can result in a rise of certain patterns of disease. Through traditional Chinese medicine diagnostic tools such as listening of the patient’s symptoms and signs, palpation of the pulse of the radial artery and the observation of the tongue of the patient, an acupuncturist can determine the exact pattern diagnosis. From there, the acupuncturist can treat the right combination of acupoints to balance the body.

Usually, Chinese medicine considers hypertension the result of a disharmony of the Liver organ. It should be noted that in Chinese medicine, when we talk about the Liver (or any vital organ) we are not necessarily referring to the liver as a physical organ in the body. In Chinese medicine, the Liver is seen as the organ responsible for the normalization of Blood and the smooth flow of Qi (pronounced chee)i n the body. Oftentimes, acupuncturists diagnose Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency, Liver Qi Stagnation, and/or Liver Yang Rising as the most common patterns causing high blood pressure.

Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency – This pattern of disharmony develops when the body’s yin energy begins to weaken due to aging. The yin energy of these organs literally start to dry up. When this happens, there is not enough yin to balance and contain the yang energy of the body. The result is the heat rising up, which consequentially raises blood pressure. Kidney and Liver Yin Deficiency causes several types of age-related symptoms, including menopause. Acupuncturists treat the Liver 3, Kidney 3, and Spleen 6 acupoints to increase the cooling capacity of yin energy of the body.

Liver Qi Stagnation – A stressful lifestyle often results in this type of pattern of disharmony. Typical symptoms include PMS, tight muscles, digestive disorders, agitation, and sensation of distension in the head. The tight muscles constrict the body causing added resistance to blood and energy flow. Acupuncturists select the Liver 3 and Large Intestine 4 points to treat this pattern. This combination of acupoints contains analogous locations on each foot and hand producing a powerful circulation that is able to destroy the blockage to the flow of blood and energy.

Liver Yang Rising – This pattern is due to an unexpected upward movement of Yang Qi to the face and head. A bitter taste in the mouth, headaches, sudden dizziness, red eyes, and anger are some of the symptoms of Liver Yang Rising. From this pattern, emotions that are hard to control can come about. It is important to subdue the rising Qi by needling the acupoints Stomach 36, Liver 2, and Kidney 1. All these points are found in the lower legs and feet, which force Yang energy to go downward.

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Besides the aforementioned acupuncture points, a good number of extra points are selected as well to help manage the high blood pressure and regulate blood pressure. Many acupoints on the ear are treated and they oftentimes produce quick results and are very effective in managing high blood pressure and normalizing blood pressure. These include bleeding points on the backside and tip of the ear. These ear acupoints are usually included in combination with the aforementioned body acupoints to boost the effect of the therapy.

The acupuncture point Stomach 9 found in the neck adjacent to the carotid artery can instantly lower the blood pressure and is very helpful in controlling blood pressure during moments of emergency. Acupuncturists seldom treat this point bilaterally because it can lead to a state of low blood pressure (hypotension) because of its ability to lower blood pressure very quickly.

Acupuncture Treatment to Help Manage High Blood Pressure in Pembroke Pines

Acupuncture treatments done on a regular basis can help alleviate the symptoms of several kinds of health issues as well as help balance the disharmonies of your body. Receiving acupuncture treatments several times a week for the initial few weeks may be required to properly manage hypertension. Once your blood pressure has been stabilized, the number of treatments can be reduced. Acupuncture treatments can be a way to lessen or even stop the intake of your high blood pressure medication, under the guidance of your doctor, of course. Nowadays, the use of integrative forms of treatment is increasingly being adopted by doctors on hypertensive patients who desire to minimize or avoid the longstanding side effects of pharmaceutical medications.

The use of acupuncture treatment along with Chinese Herbal Therapy greatly augments the effectiveness of hypertension treatment. Also, only receive treatment from a licensed acupuncturist.

Written by Valerie

March 26th, 2016 at 8:54 am

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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs are Age-old Cures for PMS

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For over 4,000 years, Chinese acupuncture has been used to treat a wide range of illnesses. This time-tested tradition has led to the resolution of a wide range of women’s health issues, including premenstrual syndrome or PMS, for short. This condition is usually marked by chronic symptoms coming just before the onset of the menstrual cycle. The symptoms of PMS include food cravings, mood swings, changes in the skin, cramping, discomfort, and pain.

What Can Be Done to Alleviate These Symptoms?

Cutting back on the intake of caffeine, taking vitamins, eating a highly nutritional diet, exercise, and removing stressors are some of the typical ways to allay PMS symptoms. Sadly, however, basic lifestyle modifications are often not enough for the relief of the discomforts encountered by women suffering from chronic PMS.

Is There A Treatment That Can Truly Work for PMS?

There is a glimmer of hope for sufferers of PMS amidst all this bad news. Actually, for thousands of years, PMS is a condition that has been easily treated with acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Overland Park. These treatments can quell the monthly ailments by eliminating any blockages to the flow of energy and bringing back vitality in the body. Closely cooperating with a licensed herbalist or acupuncturist can result in an effective and even permanent resolution of the imbalances related to this affliction.

Natural Therapies for PMS Symptoms

Lifestyle Modifications

Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and other physical activities are quite effective measures against illnesses, as they help improve the smooth constant flow of energy in the body. When Qi circulates in the body easily and freely, discomforts and diseases can be drastically reduced.

Chinese Herbal Medicine

Herbalist-prescribed Chinese herbal formulas can work to restore balance and harmony to the system. Hsiao Yao Wan (pronounced shao yao wan and translated as “Free and Easy Pill”) is the most commonly prescribed formula for many of the symptoms of PMS. It can be purchased at a nearby health food store or at your local TCM clinic. The Free and Easy Pill is made up of various herbs that serve to relieve pain, calm the Liver, fortify the Spleen, nourish the blood and resolve Qi stagnation.

Acupuncture

A qualified acupuncturist is trained to locate points on the body that can stimulate and open up the affected meridians in order to regulate the flow of Qi. This practitioner can work to relieve Qi stagnation and remove blockages to relieve maladies such as PMS. For women suffering from PMS for a long time, just a few months of TCM treatment, may be enough to entirely resolve the stagnation that caused their PMS.

Bettering Your Life

Most sufferers of PMS mistakenly believe that their monthly painful symptoms are a natural part of their lives and there is nothing or very little they can do about it. What they can do is to proactively confront their monthly problem by having themselves treated with acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and adopt healthy lifestyle changes.

Written by Valerie

March 26th, 2016 at 8:43 am

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If You’ve Run Out Of Options with Your Psoriasis Problem, Why Not Try the Chinese Healing Art of Acupuncture

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Psoriasis can be treated by the ancient Chinese medical procedure known as acupuncture. But because psoriasis is a rare condition in China, it is rarely used as a treatment for this condition as well. So far Western medicine has no real answer for this disease. The good news is that some psoriasis sufferers who tried acupuncture state that this treatment can help soothe lesions and plagues which make the treatment worth a try.

About 2% of the population of the United States suffers from a severe form of psoriasis. A mild form of this condition is seen in about 20% of the population. Moreover, each year thousands of new cases are recorded around the world making psoriasis a significant global problem. So far, Western medicine has failed to discover the exact cause of the disease although it has been observed that the condition does not affect the upper layer of skin. Scientists suspect that psoriasis may be associated with dysfunctions in the immune system causing specific cells to become hyperactive and bring about the lesions and plagues that psoriasis is known for.

Using slender needles, acupuncturists insert these needles into acupoints that correspond to the condition. There have been a few studies that demonstrated acupuncture’s usefulness in treating the condition. However, most acupuncturists who have treated patients with this condition state that acupuncture is indeed a viable treatment for psoriasis.

If you want a cure that produces instant result, then acupuncture is not for you. For the treatment of psoriasis, it may take several treatments before you get to see results. One of the best things about acupuncture is that it has no side effects, unless of course you are squeamish about needles which then may lead to anxiety or the raising of your blood pressure. You may be delighted to know that acupuncture can now be performed small probes or mild electric currents instead of needles. These two modern procedures are just as effective as the traditional needle acupuncture treatment.

So, if you think you are all out of options when it comes to your psoriasis problems, I would highly recommend acupuncture for the treatment of psoriasis in Lauderdale Lakes. It may be the answer to your long suffering problem.

Written by Valerie

March 13th, 2016 at 1:51 am

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The Chinese Medicine Way to Cure Skin Itching

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Chinese medicine clinics often take care of patients suffering from acute and chronic skin itch. Skin itches can be generalized (the itching is felt in different and several parts of the body or all over the body) or localized (restricted to just one part of the body). For obvious reasons, generalized itch is harder to treat using Western modes of treatment but easy if you use herbal therapy and acupuncture treatment. Itches may also develop with or without skin lesions (e.g., blisters or bumps).

Skin conditions such as urticaria, hay weaves, psoriasis, scabies, acne, eczema, and dermatitis may cause skin itching. The itching may also come about due to anxiety, stress, and other psychological conditions. Stress can exacerbate the itch generated by other causes. These causes include blood diseases (polycythemia vera), skin infestations (body lice, and drug reactions, cancers, and endocrine and metabolic disorders (e.g., hyperthyroidism, kidney or liver disease.

Most itch sufferers however, do not have a serious underlying condition. Scratching is a natural response to Itching but it can lead a vicious cycle of itch and scratch. Scratching may at first feel so satisfying but if you scratch frequently, it may lead to an irritated skin that generate more itch and worsen the problem. It is best to avoid scratching since besides only brings you temporary relief, scratching doesn’t address the underlying cause of the itch.

Of the skin is damaged because of the scratching the skin can be infected by pathogens. If the scratching persists for months or even years, the process of lichenification (a thickening of the skin) may set in on the affected site or pigmentation can darken that part of the skin.

Listed below are the Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture treatment methods for itching in New York:

Wind-Heat syndrome

Clinical Signs – in summer generalized skin itching may occur due to too much heat and can worsen when one sweats. The severe itch can lead to violent scratching that, in turn, can result in the formation of crusts, oozing of blood in the ruptured skin, insomnia, thirst, and annoyance. The pulse is rapid and slippery while the tongue looks red with thin yellow coating

Treatment Aim – stop the itch, remove wind, cool blood, and clear heat

Acupuncture points to be treated – LI11, SP10, LI4, GB20, and SJ5.

Herbs – chan tui, jing jie, niu bang hsi, Shi mu, fang feng, yin chiao, and hsiao feng san

Written by Valerie

March 13th, 2016 at 1:46 am

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Acupuncture As Well as Dietary and Lifestyle Changes are Needed to Properly Control High Blood Pressure

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Statistically speaking, 1 in 3 individuals suffer from high blood pressure. And since this condition does not show a lot of symptoms, it can remain undiagnosed for several years. The bad news is that high blood pressure that remains undiagnosed can lead to dangerous consequences such as kidney failure, stroke, or heart attack. So, if you think you may be suffering from high blood pressure have yourself immediately checked up by your doctor.

High Blood Pressure Treatments

There are many available treatments for high blood pressure with the most popular being high blood pressure medications which is quite effective for most patients. The use of these medications can greatly lower blood pressure effectively and rapidly. However, as with almost all types of pharmaceutical products, these drugs come with adverse side effects. This has led many to avoid taking these drugs and instead has forced them to seek out safer and more natural forms of treatment. One such safe and effective treatment for high blood pressure is acupuncture.

Acupuncture for the Treatment of High Blood Pressure

Treating high blood pressure with acupuncture is a proven way to help lower the symptoms of this chronic condition. Acupuncture is a very old medical procedure. Ancient Chinese documents reveal that this form of treatment has been used for over 4,000 years to treat a wide range of health conditions including high blood pressure.

Although Western medicine has failed so far in explaining how acupuncture actually works, this treatment has been recommended for a broad variety of illnesses, from anxiety and stress relief to infertility.

Clinical studies done recently implied that high blood pressure acupuncture treatment primarily works by altering the way the brain controls the respiratory system – lowering the need for oxygen which means that the heart need not work as hard which then means a drop in blood pressure. One study recommends that acupuncture for high blood pressure only works when combined with mild electrical pulses.

One very important decision made by acupuncturists is the placement of the needles in the body. In the clinical study, high blood pressure was treated with acupuncture in thee forearms and wrists of humans. But it has also been proven anecdotally that placing needles in other parts of the body as well can be just effective in treating high blood pressure with acupuncture.

You need to ask your physician for advice about other natural forms of treatment for high blood pressure you use to help you with your problem. Some helpful tips to help reduce your blood pressure include reducing or avoiding stress or the use of salt which contribute in a big way to high blood pressure and consuming more vegetables and fruits. Acupuncture treatment for high blood pressure is recommended as a complementary form of treatment for this disease. But whatever form of treatment you use to fight high blood pressure, you need to become active, lower your stress, and eat the proper choice of foods in order to better control your condition.

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

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March 13th, 2016 at 1:43 am

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Acupuncture Is An Excellent Choice of Treatment for Sciatica

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Year after year, millions of people all over the world go to their doctors to find relief of their sciatic pain. The symptoms of sciatica flare up can be debilitating and all-encompassing because of the large length and size of the sciatic nerve which runs almost the entire length of the body. Sciatica sufferers are usually in so much pain that they often consider surgery as well as strong prescription painkillers to help quell the pain. The fact is, there are a number of conventional and alternative modes of treatment for this condition and they all can bring long-term and solid relief that are not necessarily invasive in nature.

Acupuncture is one such extremely effective solution for sciatica pain. This form of Chinese medicine is a holistic type of treatment and has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of diseases and illnesses. Acupuncture relies in putting pressure on acupuncture points of which there are over 2000 scattered all over the body. Underneath these points lie energy channels where a life force known as Qi flows. When a needle is inserted into an acupoint, it stimulates the meridian underneath the point causing physiological responses that lead to a treatment of a certain condition. Acupuncture is an excellent treatment for injuries and illnesses that are ‘structural’ in nature. This means that these injuries and illnesses originate from the spinal column. One of the greatest benefits of acupuncture is that it has no risk of addiction as pharmaceutical drugs cause nor does it require any medical intervention. It is understandable that a lot of people are wary about needles being stuck in their bodies; however because the needles used in the treatment are incredibly thin (as thin as human hair) and that the needles are inserted so slightly, most people who have tried acupuncture swear that they feel nothing at all after a treatment.

Relief of Sciatica Pain with Acupuncture in Portland

Under the skilled hands of licensed and experienced practitioner, acupuncture can decrease the sciatica pain by 50% after just one treatment. What’s more, you don’t need to undergo a recuperation period with this kind of treatment as would be the case with surgery.

Acupuncture works under the principle that a person’s energy flow sometimes slows down or stagnates, which causes pain and/or illness. The sticking of needles into specific acupoints in the body not only helps relieve the sciatic nerve pain, but also helps relax spinal column’s muscles, as well as the muscles of the legs and hips that may be contributing to recurrent flare-ups. And because acupuncture is a holistic type of treatment, the symptoms aren’t just the ones treated the root cause of the pain is addressed as well.

The other benefits of acupuncture are its long-term effects and its inexpensiveness. A typical consultation and treatment would normally amount to below a $100. In Western medicine treatment of the same condition treatments and cures may involve 5 doctor appointments on average plus the cost of the drugs. Furthermore, the effect of the treatment may not be immediate as it is with acupuncture.

One of the most challenging aspects of acupuncture treatment for sciatica is how to find a licensed and experienced practitioner in your area. Unlike conventional forms of treatment, acupuncture is not a regulated form of treatment. Therefore, you need to be careful in choosing a practitioner that will tend to your problem. One of the best places to seek for the right practitioner is in a chiropractor’s office, as chiropractic care and acupuncture are quite similar modes of treatment for sciatica.

Written by Valerie

March 1st, 2016 at 6:13 am

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