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Get Satisfying Highly Pleasant Sleep with Acupuncture

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In the United States, It is estimated that about 10% of adults suffer from insomnia. More than 40% have had or will have insomnia at some point in their lives. This condition may mean that one has a hard time falling asleep, waking up during the night, has problems staying asleep, or find it difficult to fall asleep. It is likely that you have insomnia if you are not able to sleep through the night or of it takes you longer than thirty minutes to fall asleep.

The telltale signs of insomnia are as follows:

– Poor memory
– Inability to concentrate
– High risk for accidents
– Daytime sleepiness

People need to sleep to strengthen their memories of the previous day and if they can’t get adequate sleep, their short term and long term memories can be compromised. If you are suffering from chronic insomnia, you are at risk of suffering from diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Your doctor can give your prescription drugs for your sleeping problems but all of those drugs can be addictive and are meant to be used as a short-term remedy to your insomnia. Because of this, more and more people are turning to natural alternative remedies such as acupuncture to cure their insomnia. This ancient healing practice which is a major component of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) has been proven in numerous studies to help a person get quality and adequate sleep and to help him/her fall asleep much faster.

Filiform needles are stuck into specific acupoints on the body in an acupuncture treatment. The needles are believed to restore the proper flow of vital energy known as qi when inserted appropriately. This leads to the body returning to a state of balance that resolves health problems like insomnia. Recent research has revealed that when acupuncture is used to treat insomnia, the GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) levels are increased, which is crucial in one’s ability to feel sleepy, fall asleep, and stay asleep.

Study Outcomes

A recent study dealing with the effectiveness of acupuncture in curing insomnia in Tarzana involved a group of subjects all suffering from insomnia. They were randomly treated with acupuncture and no treatment for insomnia. The researchers measure the subjects’ quantifiable measure of sleep quality like the Index of Severity of Insomnia and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index.

The researchers documented findings that were deemed good in terms of how they were laid out in the measurement of acupuncture and insomnia. Poor studies were removed and biases excluded from the evaluation. What was revealed was that there was a consistent improvement in the quality of sleep of those treated with acupuncture. A total of 67 people participated in this study. The studies revealed that the subjects who received acupuncture had a significant improvement in sleep compared to those who were not treated with acupuncture.

In 2004, another study demonstrated that patients who have sleeping difficulties due to anxiety were able to get some sleep, slept better, and showed higher levels of melatonin which is a sleep inducer compared to the subjects who were not treated with acupuncture. The body’s own natural hormone for getting to sleep, melatonin helps the body get ready to sleep. An acupuncture treatment can help boost melatonin levels in the body which is one reason why this treatment is a powerful way to induce sleep.

One other study demonstrated acupuncture’s ability to cure insomnia in people who were otherwise healthy but were suffering from insomnia. After receiving acupuncture, these people were able to sleep better. This treatment also raises the threshold of pain in the body which can be helpful for people who cannot sleep because of chronic pain.

As reported on the website of the NIH (National Institute of Health) 46 randomized trials had been performed involving more than 3800 patients who were assessed by scientists

Based on the results of those trials, it was revealed that acupuncture resolves insomnia compared with no treatment at all. It was also shown that acupuncture was seen to be superior to sleeping drugs in people whose sleep extended to as much as three hours. When it come to average sleep duration, however, no difference was found between the drugs and acupuncture.

When used along with herbs, it was demonstrated that acupuncture was significantly better than herbs alone in boosting sleep rates.

It was also determined that when combined with sleeping drugs, acupuncture was found to be more effective than drugs for total sleep duration.

It was also evidenced that with acupuncture treatments, no severe adverse effects were found.

Getting Started

Talk to a reputable acupuncturist for good advice. A lot of those practitioners are practicing at reputable clinics. These clinics are where nurse and doctors also work to provide with you with alternative and conventional treatments for insomnia and other conditions.

All natural and completely safe, acupuncture is a treatment you should try to help you fall asleep quickly and sleep much better and longer.

Written by Valerie

September 19th, 2016 at 12:56 pm

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How Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Helped Me Become Pregnant

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Based on the specific illness you’re experiencing, different combinations of acupoints are stimulated with solid hair-thin acupuncture needles. The natural healing process can take place and energy flow is rebalanced when these points are stimulated.

Acupuncture needles are stuck into energy points connected to the reproductive organs to balance the reproductive organ and boost energy circulation to the parts of the body affected by or causing your infertility. Your acupuncturist may use around 5 to 20 needles which will remain stuck in your body for approximately 15 to 30 minutes. A majority of those who have tried acupuncture have enjoyed a profound sense of relaxation after the treatment. Other patients may feel revitalized, while some have felt pain and then the healing of symptoms promptly after the treatment.
Acupuncture therapy for the treatment of infertility in Pembroke Pines has proven to help enhance blood circulation to the endometrium, which results in the formation of a rich and thick endometrial lining that can make the fertilized egg implant itself easily and firmly.

For a large number of women who have decided to try acupuncture, they often undergo acupuncture along with other conventional infertility therapies. Others, however, are hopeful that acupuncture might be the sole answer to their fertility problem after everything else has failed. Getting regular acupuncture fertility treatment under a qualified practitioner for at least two to three months, as some studies attest, can lead to a dramatic rise in the likelihood of a successful pregnancy for a couple. And if they continue with the treatment during the first trimester of pregnancy, it can make complications very unlikely especially during gestation which can then help prevent miscarriages.

Some of the types of infertility condition that acupuncture has proven to treat include endometriosis, PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), unexplained infertility, repeated miscarriage, and FSH (elevated follicle stimulating hormone), among others. The treatment can help heal infertility related issues such as hormonal imbalances, menopausal symptoms, premature menopause, anovulation, dysfunctional uterine bleeding, uterine fibroids, chronic urinary bladder infection and others.

Presently Chinese medicine has several hundred herbs that can be used to treat infertility. This may be complemented with diet therapy, Qi Gong, moxibustion, acupuncture, and other holistic infertility therapies.

Experiencing Moxibustion and Acupuncture for the First Time

When my doctor told me I had a fertility problem, I decided to immediately try acupuncture. I found a licensed acupuncturist who recommended treatment three times a week. The reason I went for acupuncture treatment first was because I had tried the treatment before after I was involved in a car accident and suffered severe neck pain. The treatment worked like a charm. From articles that I read, acupuncture was a very effective treatment for infertility and since I wanted to have a baby so desperately, I thought this treatment would overcome my difficulties conceiving. I had a total of five acupuncture treatment but I actually had to undergo a different type of treatment from each of my five different acupuncturists.

My first acupuncturist was a Chinese practitioner who told me to lie down and stuck me with needles in my ovaries and literally all over my body. Although I felt that he was doing something to stimulate my ovaries, he was not the gentlest practitioner one could hope for. I decided to try another acupuncturist and a friend referred me to another Chinese practitioner who thankfully, was much more gentle in handling me. He treated me in a private room, used fewer needles and turned on relaxing Chinese music. To remove the blockage in my liver qi, which he believed was interfering with the function of my ovaries he prescribed some herbal formulas in the form of tablets.

When I move to Holland, I got treated by a third practitioner who was also Chinese and was working at a huge Chinese medical facility right smack in the middle of Amsterdam’s red light district. This practitioner had also a gentle touch and used few needles. He also prescribed herbal tablets and although being a red light district the place was not conducive for relaxing and the facility crowded with people and noisy, my practitioner had an impressive history of successfully treating both male and female fertility problems behind him. I was given moxa sticks and my practitioner instructed me where to hold them at certain points on my body. A practitioner will, in an indirect moxibustion, light one end of a moxa stick, and direct it at the part of the body needing treatment for a time until that area becomes red.

The next acupuncturist who treated me was a native Dutch. This practitioner treated me for four hours. Like the last acupuncturist I encountered, this professional treated me with acupuncture and moxibustion directly on my back. Moxibustion is used oftentimes to clear out the toxins from the body usually at the area where the problem is located. This traditional Chinese medicine procedure uses the moxa leaf or mugwort which is burned to stimulate healing. It’s been used for thousands of years oftentimes accompanied by herbs and acupuncture to help treat various kinds of health conditions. Moxibustion helps preserve overall health, boosts the flow of qi, and strengthens the blood.

A small, cone-shaped moxa is placed above an acupoint in direct moxibustion. The moxa is allowed to burn completely. It’s placed right on the acupoint and lit, but it is removed or extinguished to prevent the skin from burning. Under my last two acupuncturists, the process did not hurt at all and there was no scarring or blistering on the site of the treatment. In fact, the procedure gave me a heating but really an overall pleasant sensation.

The truth is, there is really a moxibustion treatment in which the procedure included the actual burning and scarring of the skin. Fortunately, I did not meet someone who practices it. The last practitioner who treated me was a South African residing in Holland. She specialized in pregnancy and fertility acupuncture. My plan of treatment involved ear acupuncture, moxibustion, and reflexology. After a weekly treatment of a few months, I became pregnant.

Written by Valerie

September 19th, 2016 at 12:21 pm

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Studies Prove Acupuncture’s Superiority Over Conventional Modalities in the Treatment of Migraines

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As an alternative treatment, acupuncture is a natural but very potent remedy for migraine headaches. And unlike conventional drug treatments it comes without any adverse side effects associated with those medications. For migraine sufferers, drugs offered by Western medicines offer little more than a band aid and oftentimes do not even really work in completely ameliorating the sensitivity to light and noise, nausea, and pain that may accompany a migraine attack. For a lot of people, the issue of side effects from drug therapy is one of great concern and this all the more makes acupuncture a much preferred alternative because of its proven safeness.

The Chinese started using acupuncture as treatment for specific types of health issues more than 5,000 years ago. They initially used stone and bamboo sticks that served as needles. Today, this practice uses metallic thin needles inserted into the skin in a certain depth and manipulated in ways that help stimulate the acupuncture points on the body. The procedure is relatively painless and oftentimes quite relaxing. In the treatment of migraines, acupuncturists work to prevent and relieve the symptoms of migraines by boosting blood circulation into tissues that are in need of more blood and nourishment. Tension is also be relieved, which oftentimes, is the underlying reason for your migraines.

The efficacy of acupuncture against migraines has been confirmed by several scientific studies. In 2004, the British Medical Journal published a study in which 400 plus adults who were all experiencing migraines or regular headaches were treated with standard conventional care or acupuncture to determine whether acupuncture can prevent or relieve their painful symptoms. The study lasted three months. During that time, the subjects were divided into two groups with one group of adults treated with twelve sessions of acupuncture while the other group given the conventional type of treatment of pharmaceutical headache or migraine medications.

The study’s outcomes were compelling. The members in the acupuncture group showed an overall marked reduction in headaches. Moreover, they needed fewer doctor visits and took lesser amounts of medications. They also needed fewer sick days off from work.

The same positive results were also reflected from other reviews featured in the Cochrane Library. It was found in those studies that pitted the effects of drug therapy to acupuncture, acupuncture was the treatment that effectively lessened the amount of days the subjects experienced headaches. Similarly reduced was the severity of the pain the patients experienced.

Other studies that were reviewed examined if the placebo effect was in play that made acupuncture work in relieving or preventing migraine and headache pain. The studies were done to determine whether there is a difference in outcomes between real acupuncture and “sham” acupuncture. The results from all these studies showed that migraine patients indeed felt a much better quality of relief from real acupuncture than sham acupuncture therapy.

The efficacy and safeness of acupuncture for the treatment of migraine prove that the treatment is more than a viable option to Western standard treatments. Acupuncture has the capacity to lessen the number of headaches and intensity of pain you experience and has the power to improve productivity once more allowing you to stay away from Western medications. However, it is important that you get treated only by a certified and qualified acupuncturist in Boynton Beach FL who can provide you with the proper treatment based on your symptoms and body constitution.

Written by Valerie

September 7th, 2016 at 1:01 pm

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Chinese Medicine Treatments for Hemorrhoids

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If your hemorrhoids are painful and make your life a living hell, you need a really powerful treatment that will last a long time to cure or at least mitigate the symptoms. This article will talk about natural Chinese remedies that can rid you of the symptoms of irritation, burning, and itching related with hemorrhoids.

Even if quite a number of hemorrhoid products are sold in the market these days, the kind of remedy you need should be based on the severity of your symptoms.

An ancient treatment that has been discovered to also help resolve hemorrhoids and has been making a huge impact in the medical community these days; this treatment is known as acupuncture which the Chinese have used for ages to treat various kinds of conditions including hemorrhoids.

A lot of hemorrhoid sufferers are too shy to talk about their problem causing them to not act on their problem. Some of them however, are forced to seek help due to the severity of their symptoms. If you want a really effective treatment for hemorrhoids and desire to once again live a trouble free life, then I highly recommend acupuncture for your condition.

If you are asking if acupuncture is truly an effective treatment for hemorrhoids, let’s find out. But first we need to know what acupuncture is.

What Is Acupuncture?

As I said earlier, acupuncture is an ancient treatment (over 4000 years old), that originated from China. Here in the United States, it is considered as an alternative form of treatment. Acupuncture is usually used for the treatment of nausea and pain. It does this by using needles that are stuck in various parts of the skin. Acupuncture points or acupoints are the points at which these needles are inserted.

Acupuncture is not simply the sticking of needles into the body. The needles are also manipulated in certain ways to provide real pain relief. The needles are usually made out of stainless steel. If they are used more than once, the acupuncturist thoroughly sterilizes them before they are used once more. This is to prevent the spread of infection and transmission of diseases.

Acupoints

Acupoints are found along the energy channels meridians of the body known as meridians. These are the pathways or vessels in which bio-electromagnetic energy known as Chi or Qi flows. In Chinese medicine, Chi is believed to be responsible for the normal functioning of the body.

According to Chinese medicine, when the flow of Chi is obstructed at any point of the meridian, it will cause the body to function improperly and the body will begin showing signs of ill health. There are also acupoints that are located outside the meridians. These are called extraordinary points.

Another set of acupoints have recently been identified. Unlike the other acupuncture points, these points are mostly associated with chronic pain and have no fixed locations.

There are currently more than 671 acupoints that have been discovered. This number has increased ever since. Included in this count are the points located in the external ear which are powerful points used to treat addiction and other types of physical, mental, emotional, behavioral, and chemical problems.

Acupuncture essentially allows for the treatment of scores of health problems but is commonly used in the West for pain and discomfort. Its basic foundation is the notion that various parts of the body are intimately tied to each other via the meridians. So, it is very possible to remove a blockage in a meridian from an acupoint to generate healing far from the part of the body that is being healed.

Acupuncturists believe that the body is segmented into different zones. One zone has specific points that are marked by an alphanumeric code that serves as a guide to these practitioners.

Hemorrhoids and Acupuncture

Sufferers of mild to moderate hemorrhoids can get symptomatic relief with acupuncture. It stops any bleeding related to hemorrhoids, lessens the swelling of blood vessels and tissue, and helps alleviate the pain. Vancouver Acupuncture hemorrhoid treatment uses acupoints located on the ears and lower legs. At times, the acupoints in the arms are also treated.

Some of the most commonly used acupoints used in the treatment of piles include DU 1 (Changqiang), Bl 37 (Chengshan), Bl 35 (Huiyang), and Bl 32 (Ciliao).

Providing relief for hemorrhoid sufferers, other identified acupuncture points include the Bl 40 located behind the knees, Bl 39, (Weishong), Bl 39 (Weiyang), Bl 38 (Fu Hsi), Bl 37 (Yinmen) and Bl 36 (Chengful). For hemorrhoids that are prolapsed, Chinese medicine would call this Chi prolapsed and the acupoints used for this condition are located on the top of the head.

Acupuncture oftentimes can help alleviate pain caused by strain during bowel movements and hemorrhoids. For certain individuals, this treatment leads to complete cure while for others, it needs to be used along with other treatments to entirely cure their hemorrhoids.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Besides curing hemorrhoids or relieving its symptoms, acupuncture influences the central nervous system, helping strengthen the immune system and overall health of the sufferer. It resolves the hemorrhoids by identifying certain patterns in the body. When the patterns are known, the acupuncturist will then proceed with the treatment.

This unique Chinese way of treating conditions works by determining the acupoints that need to addressed in order to treat or cure the hemorrhoids. The acupuncture points that are identified by means of observation are associated with the neural connections to the anal region.

Acupuncture aids in getting rid of blood stasis and promotes circulation of blood to the rectal region. The treatment stimulates the growth of new tissues and heals the inflamed area.

Another Acupuncture Procedure for Hemorrhoids

This type of acupuncture works by identifying the most common acupoints found in the sacrum bone regions. The region affected gets administered with 7-star acupuncture needles designed to decrease the irritation, swelling, and inflammation. This treatment requires a minimum of one session a week.

You may be surprised to know that your first acupuncture treatment will be ear acupuncture (auriculotherapy) in spite of the fact that hemorrhoids are a condition primarily associated with the anal region. Based on Chinese medicine principles, the nerves located in the ear are connected with the anal or rectal area. Therefore the administration of ear acupuncture aids a lot in relieving the symptoms OF hemorrhoids.

Chinese Herbs and Medicines for Hemorrhoids

One should know that a treatment of Chinese herbs and medicine combined with acupuncture treatment leads to quick amelioration of irritation, swelling, and pain symptoms. For the soothing of burning, irritation, and pain on the anal region, Ma Ying Long Musk hemorrhoids ointment can be very helpful.

This balm is made up of the goodness of seven traditional Chinese herbs including lanolin, Vaseline, Borneol, Pearl, Bezoar, calamine, amber, and musk. Apply Mayinglong musk hemorrhoids ointment on the affected parts of the body two times a day for fast relief from pain.

The benefits of this ointment include the decrease of dryness on the affected areas which significantly lessen the itching. It also reduces the swollen tissues and helps make bowel movements much easier. The calamine lessens the size of blood vessels, resulting in the resolution of the underlying root of the hemorrhoids. Mayinglong is ideal for both external and internal hemorrhoids.

Written by Valerie

September 7th, 2016 at 12:47 pm

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