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Banish Dandruff Forever Using Acupuncture or Acupressure Treatment

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The options for treating dandruff are very diverse these days. Most of us select and pick remedies that suit our lifestyle, pain threshold, and budget.

But oftentimes overlooked is a gentle and safe way of removing the itch and flakes of dandruff. That way is acupuncture. It may seem that acupuncture is an over-the-top treatment for dandruff. But if you want your dandruff to go away forever, something no type of clinical shampoo or herb can ever claim, then I suggest you try acupuncture.

The root reason for dandruff may differ from person to person. But, there is one common underlying cause of this problem and that is the poor circulation of blood and energy to the scalp. Because of this, acupuncture is a fantastic treatment to stimulate the flow of blood flow to this part of the body.

Acupressure works the same way as acupuncture but without the use of needles. Acupressure is an ideal option for those who have an aversion or fear of needles. So, if you have trypanophobia (fear of needles or injections), then I suggest acupressure to gain the same benefits as acupuncture.

In an acupressure procedure, you or your practitioner presses on certain acupoints on the body which can lead to the increase of circulation of blood providing an abundant amount of oxygen conveyed to the surface where it’s most needed.

A lot of individuals do find a scalp massage very enjoyable, so by either searching for a professional or doing the massage on yourself you will be able to gain certain benefits to your scalp acupressure treatment.

So, if you’ve availed of so many things and now are seriously considering trying something different, acupuncture and acupressure are treatments I highly suggest. It is safe, effective and relatively inexpensive.

Manhattan Acupuncture Clinic
900 Broadway, Suite 404
New York, NY 10003
Ph: (917) 968-6456

There is a Natural, Safe, Effective and Drug Free Alternative.

Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2016 at 6:48 pm

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Some Things to Know If You Have Decided to Try Acupuncture for the First Time

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For people who have not experienced any type of acupuncture treatment, they may mistakenly assume that it is a painful procedure because it involves the sticking of needles in the body.

But for those who have had undergone acupuncture, they would say that the treatment is virtually painless. You may feel eerie sensations ranging from light tingling to electrical sensations in areas that may not be necessarily on the treated site. These sensations are fleeting and disappear after the needles have been removed or have been in place for a while.

A lot of patients say that acupuncture is an extremely relaxing treatment.

During an acupuncture procedure, a licensed and fully trained practitioner will safely and deftly use individually packaged disposable sterile needles to make sure that there is zero chance of infection.

Acupuncture originated in China 5,000 years ago. It was and still is used widely in several countries of the Far East eventually turning up in Europe and then centuries later, in America. There are many different forms of acupuncture and each country has its unique form of this treatment. You may need to know what style of acupuncture your practitioner employs to determine if you will feel comfortable to the style he/she uses. More often than not, your acupuncturist will willingly explain his/her style to you in detail.

Choosing the right acupuncturist for you in Louisville

If you have decided to try acupuncture you need to know the experience and training of your practitioner. Question your practitioner on how much experience he/she has in addressing your particular condition and on how long he/ she has been in practice.

Your acupuncturist should give you a layman’s explanation about what type of treatment you need to undergo. If the treatment entails certain risks, you need to know what those risks are as well as the length of the treatment and most importantly, how much will the treatment cost. You should be completely confident and happy with whatever treatment is chosen for you.

You should see some improvements even after your first treatment but you should not be concerned easily if the benefits dissipate quickly as almost immediately during your first treatment. The initial treatments almost always merely provide temporal relief to some extent. Seldom will one not experience some type of improvement after a single treatment, although, for most people significant improvements may be experienced over the next few days.

As the treatment progresses, the time period of lessened symptoms and the level of relief following each visit will become more definite, until the benefits are maintained.

Whatever your treatment is, you need to stick to its schedule, especially in the early stages. In this way, you may benefit from the momentum and preserve the healings that have been gained.

Your specific case will determine the number of treatments you will need. But usually, you probably should expect to one to two sessions for three to six weeks. After the initial sessions, you may require one to two sessions for the next two months. There are issues that can be corrected during this time but others can gain certain benefits from a “maintenance” visit now and again. During your initial visit, the schedule of your treatment will likely be outlined.

Acupuncturists consider each person as unique. Because of this fact, the plan of treatment your acupuncturist will provide will address your specific problems and needs. Any “off the shelf” treatment plan is unacceptable so you need to ask some probing questions to get a clear explanation of what your condition is and why you need the kind of treatment your acupuncturist recommends.

Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2016 at 6:31 pm

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Chinese Herbs and Acupuncture are Excellent Modes of Treatment for Acute and Chronic Colitis

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The inflammation of the colon is referred to as colitis. There can be a lot of different factors that can lead to this condition. : IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), food poisoning, Crohn’s Disease and other inflammatory disorders, and chronic or acute inflammation. Mucus, gas, diarrhea, bloody stools, stomach pain, and abdominal bloating are some of the symptoms of colitis.

Steroids are the usual prescribed treatment for a worsening case of colitis. These drugs were only meant to temporarily relieve some of the symptoms of this condition and not to cure it completely. These medications must be taken for long periods of time, and if they are discontinued the symptoms will recur. If strong corticosteroids are used for an extended period of time, it may lead to severe side effects. Some colitis sufferers who have been taking steroids for decades or several years can actually make their condition even worse. The heart may weaken and may even develop cardiovascular or cardiac problems such as a heart attack. Long term intake of steroids can also give rise to joint problems such as arthritis and osteoporosis. Besides these consequences and side effects, these steroids were not developed to really cure the colitis.

Colitis Treatment with Chinese Medicine

Based on the theory of Chinese medicine, colitis is the result of a dysfunction of the spleen and stomach systems of the body. Therefore, the objective of Chinese medicine treatment for colitis is to focus on improving and normalizing the energy channels of the stomach and stomach. This kind of treatment is a natural way of stopping or, at least, lessening the symptoms of diarrhea, mucus, and bleeding. It can also serve to boost the immune system of the body as well as improve the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients.

A treatment protocol based on tens of centuries of medical experimentation and practice, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a type of treatment that is unique for each patient. This implies that a practitioner of TCM needs to gain a detailed understanding of the situation of the patient. A wide range of factors affect the way colitis is addressed. There will be patients who after eating fatty foods, or when angered stressed or stressed may suffer from painful diarrhea and/or dry mouth. The pulse and the tongue must also be examined in order to determine whether the condition is due to a yang or yin deficiency. Although treatment protocols may differ between patients, the basic remains the same, which is to enhance the functions of the stomach and spleen systems.

Case Histories

A 52-year old male came into my clinic and when I examined him, he presented with symptoms of colitis. He reported having frequent bowel movements (20 or more) a day that is usually accompanied by bleeding and plenty of mucus. When he consulted with his doctor, his doctor could not find anything wrong with his health. The patient allowed his condition to continue until his suffering became more and more intolerable that he decided to try acupuncture. I treated him with regular treatments for a couple of weeks. Along with acupuncture, I gave him a two week’s prescription of a brew of Chinese herbal formulas which he was required to drink every day. I recommended a change in his diet. He was to avoid eating inflammatory foods. After three weeks, his follow up visit showed zero signs of any colitis symptoms. He has not returned ever since.

Another case was about a 40 year old female who had been suffering symptoms of colitis for nine months. She had been suffering from substantial loss of blood every day due to her daily rectal bleeding that was accompanied by mucus in the stool. One of her relatives recommended acupuncture. She came to my office and after diagnosing her condition, I performed acupuncture treatments for a month. After, completing her treatment plan, her symptoms totally vanished. I inserted needles into specific meridians that were meant to help restore balance in her body.

Case Analyses

The first case is a sample of acute colitis. I diagnosed my patient with damp-heat syndrome that inhibited the functions of the spleen and abdominal systems in his body. The disruption of vital energy in those systems was evident.

The second case was a classic type of chronic colitis. My patient’s colitis came about due to a deficiency of her stomach and spleen systems. Acupuncture was still able to improve her condition by relieving the colitis symptoms even if her condition was chronic.

It is the responsibility of the acupuncturist to maintain or bring back balance to the human body in order to preserve the overall health of the patient. Using Traditional Chinese medicine modes of treatment such as acupuncture can enhance and normalize or regulate the internal systems of the body. TCM practitioners are trained to identify, target, and treat both the external manifestations of the condition and the underlying cause of the problem. This is the reason why Chinese medicine is an excellent way of treating colitis. It is important for the patient to seek treatment the soonest time possible in order to receive the best outcomes for a 100% recovery.

Another important component in the treatment of colitis is the dietary aspect of the treatment. Patients should at least, minimize or totally avoid foods that tend to produce mucus in the body. These include greasy/spicy deep fried foods, raw/cold foods, and dairy products (ice cream, cheese, milk, etc.). Foods recommended for eating include cooked, bland, and easily digested foods.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983
http://www.clevelandacupunctureclinic.com/

Written by Valerie

April 10th, 2016 at 7:25 pm

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The Use of Acupuncture for the Treatment of Hormonal Imbalances

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One of the most common reasons why people develop health problems is that they have a hormonal disorder or imbalance in their body. The reproductive system is one of the most commonly affected body systems. Oftentimes, hormonal imbalance can prevent a woman from conceiving an offspring. It can also affect a woman’s menstrual cycle making it difficult for her to bear a child. Besides that, there can be many other health consequences that may arise from hormonal discrepancies.

When we talk about hormonal issues, we are generally referring to the glands that secrete hormones. Hormonal problems can affect both men and women depending on what hormone is lacking or is in excess. Certain hormonal imbalances can be so severe that it can lead to ovarian or breast cancer. It may also bring about various endocrine diseases such as hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, gigantism, acromegaly, and other types of growth disorders.

If you are diagnosed with a hormonal imbalance, your doctor may recommend certain drugs to help restore balance to your hormones. Besides medications, and other types of medical treatment, there is one other powerful form of treatment you can try: acupuncture.

To avoid disrupting the balance of your hormones, make sure that you adhere to a balanced lifestyle. Studies reveal that a sedentary lifestyle is the number one reason for obesity which, in turn, is the number one cause of hormonal imbalance not only in the United States, but all over the world. Therefore, it is important to be active, do some exercising everyday and eat a balanced diet all the time. Also, avoid taking hormonal drugs and other types of drugs that can impair the production of hormones in your body.

Finally, it is definitely crucial that you receive treatments besides the need for living a healthy lifestyle. One of the most effective types of treatment for hormonal imbalance is acupuncture in Maitland. It targets the acupoints that bring about imbalance and boost the smooth flow of energy in your body. With just a few weeks of treatment, improvements in your health will surely be noticed. And besides hormonal imbalances, acupuncture can also resolve a number of body conditions such as digestive issues, neck pain, insomnia, migraine, back pain, menstrual disorders, and many more.

Written by Valerie

April 10th, 2016 at 6:51 pm

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