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Some Natural Alternative Ways To Improve Fertility

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Some years back, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) was considered to be a passing fad. Now, these treatments are being utilized by an ever growing number of doctors who have integrated it into Western conventional modes of treatment to address several forms of health conditions such as migraines, back and joint pain, allergies, and asthma, to name just a few. And besides them being used for illnesses and diseases, researchers and doctors are also discovering CAM therapies to be helpful in boosting fertility. So, it may be worth your while to explore some natural fertility treatments if you’re searching for a way to increase your chances of conceiving. These treatments can come with caveats though since they aren’t researched well enough compared to Western conventional fertility therapies; nevertheless, CAM therapies may be just what the doctor ordered as long as you consult with a qualified practitioner first and have researched about them in a responsible way. You and your practitioner will discuss what type of natural fertility treatments works best for your specific needs.

Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture and How Can It Help Treat Infertility?

Most people who have a basic idea of what acupuncture is, know that it involves the insertion of very thin tiny needles into certain areas of the body known as pressure points or acupoints. What most of them don’t know is that this needling process can be a tool to cure various kinds of health conditions. Based on TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) theory, when a needle is inserted into a pressure point, it helps boost the circulation of blood and de-clog stagnant energy (chi) to promote a healthy state of balance in the body. Western physicians believe that the needles activate the nervous system which leads to the production and release of chemicals that promote healing and relieve pain. These effects are proven by MRI scans that reveal acupuncture’s influence on the brain. With regards to fertility, acupuncture can reduce stress, normalize ovulation, stimulate hormones, and improve blood flow to the reproductive organs – all of these enhance one’s chances of getting pregnant. This is why acupuncture in Tarzana is considered one of the most sought after natural therapies for both male and female infertility. It can enhance sperm count and quality in men. It can be a standalone treatment or part of a holistic plan of treatment that can include nutritional counseling, herbs, or other holistic procedures.

The caveats: Acupuncture treatment for infertility does not guarantee a cure although certain studies do indicate that the treatment works in improving fertility. These include studies revealing acupuncture’s ability to help boost the rates of success of IVF treatment. Still, there are some studies that do not demonstrate it’s effectiveness for infertility and some researchers have debated its merits. Moreover, the patient will likely need to have regular acupuncture sessions in order for the treatment to work successfully. This can be costly; nevertheless, it can work for those who have the money and time to invest. It is important to look for an experienced and qualified acupuncturist to get the best results. You need to your acupuncturist about taking some herbal remedies that can also help treat your fertility problems.

Relaxation Techniques – Is it Effective in Boosting Fertility?

Counseling therapy (involving a support group or one-on-one counseling), meditation, yoga, guided visualization, Tai Chi, and Qi gong are all very good practices to help alleviate stress. Any of these stress-busting techniques can assist you in getting into a baby-making frame of mind (as well as body) since stress is believed to be a negative factor for fertility. There have been studies showing that women with symptoms of depression are 50% less likely to conceive compared to women who don’t suffer any type of depression.

The caveats: If you’re younger than 35 and you’ve been TTC (trying to conceive) for over a year or if you’re older than 35 and you find it difficult to attain pregnancy after six months of trying, it is highly advised to talk with an acupuncturist or other qualified TCM practitioners about the options offered by natural alternative fertility treatments Those mind-body relaxation techniques can certainly help with reduce your stress levels while you wait for a course of natural alternative treatment.

Hypnosis

When you think of hypnosis, it conjures up images of a magician playing tricks in your mind. Well, if this is what you only know about hypnosis, then it’s time to reframe your way of thinking regarding this type of trained concentration. Hypnosis is actually now an officially sanctioned American Medical Association medical procedure that can be used to address several types of conditions and is now being taught at major medical schools. The conditions it can be used for include eating disorders, anxiety, and yes, infertility. Scientists believe it can boost fertility by furthering relaxation, which is very helpful in preparing the body for pregnancy, more so if you’re suffering from extreme anxiety or stress that has hindered your chances of conceiving.

How is fertility affected by stress?

The body releases cortisol and other stress hormones when it’s under a “fight or flight response” (stress). This reaction, in turn, disrupts the hormonal balance required for the body to ovulate, fertilize, and implant an egg. So, when the level of stress is low in the body, through hypnosis or any other stress relieving technique, fertility is boosted in a major way. Clinical studies seem to back this up: Research shows that hypnosis during IVF procedures help women lower their levels of stress, which led to a dramatic increase in their likelihood for successful. If hypnosis seems an attractive option to you for getting pregnant, you can teach yourself the technique by buying CDs or DVDs self-hypnosis exercises or you can search for a hypnosis therapist for help.

The caveats: There has not been enough research on hypnosis for the promotion of fertility although those that were done showed promising results; this does not guarantee however, that it will work for you. Still, it should not prevent you from giving the technique a try since it won’t affect your chances of achieving pregnancy. The worst thing that can happen to you when practicing this activity is that you lose time and money getting spellbound for nothing.

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November 29th, 2016 at 7:56 pm

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Some Helpful Chinese Herbs to Offset Anemia

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In anemia conditions, tissues of the body are oxygen-deprived because of a decrease in the amount of red blood cells circulating in the body. Anemia is a blood condition that has actually more than 400 types. Some of its symptoms include fatigue, weakness, burning tongue (vitamin B anemia), malaise (mild anemia, tiredness, weakness, dizziness, faintness, shortness of breath, bluish lips, yellow or pale skin, pale eyelid linings, pale gums and nail beds, motion problems, balance problems, palm, creases, confusion, slick tongue, memory loss, depression, and tingling in the extremities. Additional symptoms may include heart arrhythmia, poor concentration, lessened appetite, sleeplessness, and headache. Iron too much use of iron supplements can lead to the symptoms of iron overload like seizures, vomiting, fever, bloody diarrhea, lethargy, and jaundice.

Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM terms anemia as deficient blood. Practitioners address this deficiency with herbal medicine and acupuncture. For fatigue, an herbal tonic known as Asian ginseng is used. As a blood tonic, Dang gui has been used for more than 2,500 years. For better results, this tonic is oftentimes accompanied with astralagus or Chinese foxglove root.

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

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A study reviewed in 1990 by Zhou and Zhou revealed that the use of a principle known as bu-shen yi-qi led to an improvement of the symptoms of anemia. The study involved 60 participants all suffering from orthostatic dysregulation. Each person was randomly assigned to either a control group (who were given vitamins B1 and oryzanol) or a treatment group (who were treated Chinese herbs under the principle of bu-shen yi-qi). Herbs used as treatment were chosen for containing zinc, iron (to boost red cell production) and other trace elements. Results after a month showed that 4 members in the control group and 16 patients in the treatment group experienced significant improvements. Seventy one percent or 43 of the total group had clinical mild anemia symptoms. There was drawing of blood during pre and post testing. Red blood cell, hyper-chromia and red blood cell counts were measured. No improvement was seen in 17 patients of the control group while 20 in the treatment group experienced significant positive results.

A study reviewed in 1992 by Zee-Cheng showed that the use of 10 significant tonic decoction (Shi-quan-da-bu-tang or SQT) led to improvement of the symptoms of general weakness, spleen weakness, kidney insufficiency, fatigue, severe exhaustion, anorexia, and anemia. The decoction was able to bring back immune function to cancer-diagnosed patients, boost the effect of the treatment, and lessen the toxicity of anti-cancer drugs. Zee-Cheng showed that SQT treats anemia, among other conditions, by tonifying the blood and making Q (vital energy) stronger as shown on eight years of human and animal studies.

A study reported in 1995 by Chen, Hse, and Su dealt with the effects of Man-Shen Ling, a Chinese herbal formula consisting of astralagus and rehmannia, and other Chinese herbs for the treatment of anemia. The formula showed impressive outcomes and had no adverse effects on the kidney, heart, and gastrointestinal tract functions.
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In 1995 Fan, Shi and Zhang authored a review of a study on 43 children all suffering from aplastic anemia who were given a transfusion of feta blood and were treated with vitamin C and Chinese medicinal herbs. About more than 62% of the blood transfusion-alone group showed improvements as compared to the 62.5% (acute plastic anemia) and 88.9% (chronic aplastic anemia) of the treatment group who were treated with blood transfusion and Chinese medicinal herbs.

Supplements and Foods

Because of the caffeine and the tannin in black tea which tend to inhibit iron absorption, cola and coffee (both caffeinated and decaffeinated) should be avoided with meals for those with anemia. Instead, to help boost iron absorption, vitamin-rich citrus juices should be recommended. Chronic intake of alcoholic should also be avoided as alcohol can disrupt the body’s ability to absorb folic acid.

Recommended foods include foods rich in iron like red meat, poultry, liver, almonds, dried fruits, blackstrap molasses, dried beans, tomatoes, broccoli, and parsley (which promotes iron absorption).

The following foods should be minimally cooked or eaten fresh to preserve their folic acid content to help enhance red blood cell production: eggs, liver, pumpkin, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, milk, and dark green vegetables. Mackerel and salmon are high in vitamin B12, and folate can be found in lentils, beans, and black-eyed peas. At risk of vitamin B12 anemia are vegetarians because fermented foods and animal products are the only sources of this vitamin. Therefore, vegetarians should also include fermented foods, eggs, and dairy products as well as tempsch, tofu, and miso in their diet. Vitamin and iron supplements can provide too much iron that can be harmful.

Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

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November 29th, 2016 at 7:44 pm

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In Terms of Health and Performance, Performers Can Benefit Enormously From Acupuncture

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Being a long time and key component of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has been used for more than 4,000 years and has brought well-being both curatively and preventatively to a lot of human health conditions over the course of time. Acupuncture in Boynton Beach works as an energy medicine and as such is grounded on balancing out the energetics of the mind and body resulting in good health. It also eliminates or lessens chronic and acute pain and aid in the process of recovery of ongoing health problems. This treatment is based in oriental philosophy and is associated with the natural rhythms of balancing opposing forces within the human body and nature itself.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of extremely fine needles into specific points on the body, known as acupoints where underneath lie energetic pathways called meridians in which vital life energy known as Qi or Chi flows. When a needle is inserted into an acupoint, it stimulates and activates physiological processes that lead to the healing of illnesses and the relief of pain. Acupuncture is utilized to restore the wholeness of a person and the acupuncturist uses quite complicated evaluation procedures to determine the body’s energetic state. Both the acupuncturist and patient decide on the shortest and best way to restore health according to the patient’s symptoms and body constitution on both emotional and physical levels. A combo of acupoints is selected based on the extensive medical history outcomes of the diagnostic examinations of the patient, which may involve a physical assessment of the patient’s tongue and pulse. At each subsequent session, acupuncture prescriptions are reevaluated and reassessed and may or may not change. Prescriptions will be based on the changes in health detected during palpation, tongue, and pulse diagnosis.

How Does Acupuncture Benefit Performers?

Performers can use acupuncture as some sort of preventative measure when preparing their body for the thorough endurance requirements they need to undergo in order to perform optimally. Acupuncture reduces the body’s susceptibility to muscle cramping and tension and lowers the body’s reaction to physiological, mental and physical stresses by boosting oxygen and blood circulation through the tissues. It can help the performer achieve long-term optimum performance without injury or pain when it’s used along with the proper vocal and/or instrumental technique,

However, if the initial discomfort devolves into pain which can impair the range of movement, injury usually inevitably follows as musicians usually push themselves beyond their limits, and, oftentimes have to work through pain. Further exacerbating this problem are factors such as emotional and mental strain, poor posture, inadequate rest, and unhealthy eating habits. The performer should allow enough time for healing, rest, and seek medical help as these problems may be telltale signs that something is out of balance and weakened in the body. At this stage, acupuncture can help performers recover by initiating healing processes. Acupuncture works well by itself or when used as an adjunct to other prescribed medical treatment.

Acupuncture and Musician Injuries

These days, performers and musicians, can suffer from several possible problems and injuries like anxiety, tendinitis, repetitive strain injury, sprain, and physical trauma. In the treatment of insomnia, headaches, stress reduction, shoulder and back pain, focal dystonia, and carpal tunnel syndrome, acupuncture is a thoroughly studied model of medicine model and studies have confirmed its benefits for those problems and injuries. These are all common health concerns that performers have to deal with that limit and impede their performing careers. While most performers are being treated with conventional medical therapies, slowly and surely acupuncture is gaining more and more adherents each passing day.

Several problems that beset performers can be addressed with a course of acupuncture treatments as it can influence both the physical and psychological aspects of a person. A person may suffer, for example, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, but also have stage fright and anxiety issues. Or he/she may suffer from chronic neck and shoulder pain and also have high levels of stress and problem sleeping due to the pain.

When the acupuncturist plans a course of acupuncture treatments, he/she will take into account what plan of treatment works best for the performer based on the exhibited symptoms. This plan focuses in resolving the root cause responsible for the rise of those symptoms, as well as in decreasing the performer’s discomfort and acute pain, and other presenting symptoms. This customized treatment plan is formulated according to the performer’s specific personal circumstances. Multiple treatment sessions may be needed as well as adjustments to voice and/or instrumental techniques and life style modifications for marked improvements to be seen. If these changes are made and integrated as a norm in the performer’s life, then his/her acupuncture benefits will endure for a long time, even permanently.

Western Medicine and Acupuncture

Western medicine and acupuncture usually works quite well alongside each other. Medications can lead to a swift return to everyday vocal and instrumental practice for many when they are used for short term healing purposes. But when these drugs are used on a regular basis and for a considerable period of time, they may add more problems to the performer not to mention the side effects these drugs have. These problems can have a significant impact on overall vitality, endurance, and performance. Taking steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, and painkillers can temporarily alleviate swelling, stiffness, pains, and aches. However, extended use can only mask deeper underlying problems, as pain is the body’s own way of telling you that attention is needed to prevent further worsening of the symptoms.

Besides providing enduring health benefits that go beyond all aspects of health, acupuncture provides drug-free, immediate, and safe relief of pain. It is extremely important that the mind and body are well taken care of as the nature of a performer’s work is often not only his/her vocation but his/her job, as well. If not treated and ignored, painful conditions can only worsen from acute to chronic. Performers may be faced with long periods of absence from their instrument while they are in recovery. In this regard, acupuncture can be used as a preventative measure, as cure, or treatment to the injury in order to shorten recovery time and lessen the performer’s likelihood of further future injury. Acupuncture always works on a deep, constitutional level, addressing the underlying root of the condition leading to longevity, improvement in general health, and the resolution of symptoms.

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November 22nd, 2016 at 10:44 am

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Hsiao Chuan Herbal Paste and Vitamin D Supplementation for the Treatment of COPD

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Much of the research presented at the ATS (American Thoracic Society) done some months ago has dealt so far with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, for short.

The most dangerous symptom of COPD is breathing difficulty which makes the disease a very serious health condition that gradually worsens over time and for which there is no known cure. Other miserable symptoms it generates include tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing that produces huge amounts of mucus.

COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. It is the result of chronic exposure to pollution and irritants and long-term smoking. Sufferers are unable to do the most basic tasks such as cooking and walking. As mentioned, there is no cure for COPD and, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, there is still no way to restore normal function to the damaged lungs and airways caused by this disease.

However, not all the news coming out of that ATS meeting was bad. There were some bits of unexpected good news, as well.

Scientists in a couple of different studies have announced discoveries that can be of profound benefit for COPD sufferers. And Big Pharma is not involved in these treatments. They actually come from a combination of an ancient and natural treatment and vitamin D treatment.

For more than a thousand years, TCM or Traditional Chinese medicine has created a paste known as Hsiao (or Xiao) Chuan to help with asthma-related or COPD-related breathing difficulties. This paste has active ingredients only found in China. They include acorus gramineus, solandra, asarum heterothropoides, and ephedra vulgaris.

Western conventional medicine is now discovering that this herbal paste does work. Beijing researchers have proven that Hsiao Chuan can lessen the potentially dangerous winter exacerbations of COPD. In cold weather, the symptoms of COPD tend to get much worse. In fact, they can be triggered by just breathing cold air.

Clinical researcher of the respiratory department of Beijing’s Gunag’anmen Hospital, Dr. Yongjun Bian conducted observational studies of Hsiao Chuan which revealed that the paste reduced the number of COPD exacerbations; one of the those studies was the first randomized controlled trial that demonstrated the safety and efficacy of Hsiao Chuan in COPD exacerbation prevention. The results of that study confirmed the paste’s benefits in stopping the exacerbation of COPD during winter or cold weather.

The herbal paste was applied in the summer on certain acupoints located on the back for the treatment of breathing problems and exacerbating winter COPD problems. Hsiao Chuan has herbs that possess certain immune regulation properties. They have the power to inhibit COPD exacerbations, said Dr. Bian.

The study involved 142 patients who were randomized into two groups. One group was given placebo treatment while the other received Hsiao Chuan. Both treatments were administered four times into the same acpoints for a span of eight weeks (July to August).

Dr. Bian concluded that Hsiao Chuan led to a significant reduction of the frequency of winter exacerbations compared to placebo treatment that used a different herbal paste. The patients treated with Hsiao Chuan had a much improved quality of life, less incidents of shortness of breath, and less need for steroid interventions compared to the patients given placebo therapy.

The doctor added that no Western medical studies have been done on this Chinese natural therapy in spite of the fact that is has been used for thousands of years in China. The outcomes of the study helped made the use of the herb a standardized treatment protocol that can help avoid negative events in future clinical therapies.

Belgian researchers did a separate study which led to results revealing that all patients with COPD suffered from vitamin D deficiency. Providing vitamin D supplementation to them led to significant reduction of the symptoms of this breath-depriving disease.

Doctoral student and physiotherapist of the pneumology department of the Katholieke University in Leuven, Belgium, Miek Hornikx, stated that the study revealed that vitamin D supplementation in high doses combined with a traditional rehab program led to an improvement of the patients’ respiratory muscle strength and exercise capacity.

Ms. Hornikx added that low amounts of vit D in the blood commonly led to weak muscles, which can be a major cause for increased risk of falls and respiratory rehabilitation. She want to see if vitamin D supplements can help with rehabilitation among these patients, by perhaps boosting the strength of the muscles since the argument was deficiency of vitamin D may be related to the rise of COPD.

The study involved the participation of 50 patients all with COPD with a history of exacerbations and who had been recommended for rehabilitation. Each patient was randomly designated for either a placebo therapy or a with daily dose vitamin D treatment of 100,000 international units (IUs). This dose is way beyond the USDA RDA (recommended daily allowance) of 600 daily IUs.

For three months, all participants underwent a pulmonary rehabilitation program. The researchers measured vitamin D levels, exercise capacity, and respiratory and peripheral muscle strength in both at the start of the rehab and during its end.

The outcomes of the study revealed that compared to those in the placebo group, the patients who were treated with vitamin D experienced significant improvement in respiratory muscle strength and exercise capacity.

Ms. Hornikx concluded that the outcomes reinforced that belief that adding vitamin D supplements into training programs to correct vitamin D deficiency helped COPD patients to attain much better results from rehabilitation, including exercise capacity and improvements in muscle strength.

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

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November 22nd, 2016 at 10:28 am

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Acupuncture’s Ability To Help Patient’s Suffering From Heart Failure

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A progressively worsening condition, heart failure is characterized by a worsening of the ability of the heart to pump enough supply of blood throughout the body. It is usually the result of injuries to the cardiovascular system, from years of high blood pressure, or a heart attack, and according to the Heart Failure Society of America, deaths related to this condition kills about a quarter of a million Americans each year. Severe fatigue with exercise and shortness of breath are some of the most debilitating consequences of heart failure. The good news is that a millennia-old non-drug treatment known as acupuncture can improve significantly exercise tolerance in patients with chronic heart failure, according a new study conducted by German medical researchers.

This new study recently printed in the medical journal Heart, had participants in stable condition, all suffering from heart failure and who were all taking Western conventional drugs. They were divided into two groups with both groups believing they were getting ten real acupuncture treatments. The truth was that only one group was being given real acupuncture based on the practice of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM. These therapies stimulated acupoints that were considered to help lessen inflammation markers, influence the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems, and improve general strength. The other group was administered with placebo needles that imitated acupuncture needle pricks that did not involve breaking the skin.

Results of the Study

The patients treated with real acupuncture could walk far longer than those in the placebo group. Furthermore, the heart patients treated with real acupuncture recuperated more quickly after exercise and stated that they felt less exhausted, even though their heart’s measured work capacity remained unchanged.

How Was Acupuncture Able to Improve the Symptoms of Heart Failure?

Headed by Heidelberg University Hospital cardiologist Johannes Backs, M.D., the research team explained in a press statement that studies done previously have revealed that heart failure patients’ ability to tolerate exercise is not associated with the heart’s pumping function of the heart and seems to mainly stem from the muscles. In chronic heart failure, chemical messengers of Inflammation in the blood go up which is what causes the muscles to tire easily, resulting in severe fatigue.

The level of blood of a specific messenger known as TNF alpha (tumor necrosis factor alpha), in reality actually goes down after a treatment of real acupuncture. In a press statement, one of the authors of the study, Arnt Kristen states that the decrease in muscle strength and mass caused by TNF alpha can help explain acupuncture’s positive effect on the function of the musculoskeletal system.

Heart failure is much more complex than what was previously assumed and it involves autonomic nervous system and various nerve transmitters imbalance, the research team noted. This is where acupuncture can precisely help as it can help restore balance into these processes. In a press statement, the researchers explained that acupuncture has an anti-inflammatory affect and improves excitation (the autonomic sympathetic nervous system) as well relaxation (the parasympathetic nervous system).

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November 15th, 2016 at 5:10 am

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Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine and the Different Types of Alternative Treatments

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Consistently and appropriately associated with needles, acupuncture is oftentimes seen in a negative light by some people. They think that the needles used by practitioners are the same ones used by nurses and doctors for drawing blood, or for injecting anesthesia, drugs and vaccines into the body. Of course those hypodermic needles hurt but they are not the ones used in a typical acupuncture procedure. Acupuncture needles are solid (they are not hollow and therefore not as thick as hospital needles), very thin, and tiny. When stuck into the body, an acupuncture needle may generate a slight numbing or tingling sensation, but not pain. The fact is, a lot of patients who have tried acupuncture keep coming back for more treatments because it makes them relaxed, sleepy, or reinvigorated. Acupuncture is a type of alternative therapy that promotes natural health and overall well-being.

What is an Alternative Treatment?

Alternative therapy or healthcare involves healing traditions that is not used by Western conventional medicine. Alternative treatment can have several forms and each one of these forms focuses on a different part of the mind or body in order to achieve holistic wellness in a patient. Some of the forms of alternative medicine are as follows:

1. Holistic Medicine – This type of treatment is based on Aristotle’s theory that states “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This theory implies that the body and all its parts need to be healed together as they all work together to bring about balance and harmony in the body (and mind).

2. Herbal medicine – Herbal medicine or herbal therapy involves the use of herbs to maintain wellness or to heal. The herbs can be used topically as ointment or taken as teas, supplements or ingested by cooking.

3. Meditation – In order to attain such ends as self-awareness, or greater creativity or focus, a discipline of deep relaxation should be practiced in order for the person to go beyond the conditioned thinking mind into a deeper state of awareness and relaxation. Meditation can have several different forms and it is up to the person to choose one that best suit his/her needs.

4. Chiropractic medicine – Adjusting and manipulating the musculoskeletal system are the aims of this holistic therapy. Chiropractic medicine also strives to achieve fulfillment and symmetry between the body and mind.

5. Homeopathy – This type of alternative treatment theorizes that an individual is able to heal in conjunction with that which makes him/her ill. Homeopathy is derived from the Greek word homoio or homeo which means ‘similar’. In homeopathy, the things that made the person sick are used as a healing aide by introducing them in small doses. When these things are introduced in a controlled environment the patient’s body uses its own healing powers to fight off the intruder.

6. Massage Therapy – The body is able to heal by the power of touch and gentle or hard rubbing pressure on the body. One powerful form of massage therapy is Reiki.

7. Naturopathic Medicine – This type of healing is based on the belief that health is a state of complete social, mental, and physical well-being and is not just merely the prevention or absence of illness or disease.

Each form of therapy possesses its own belief on how to maintain wellness and best heal the body. Certain therapies can perfectly complement other types of treatment, even Western conventional treatments.

A lot of these alternative modalities are known to be painless and harmless. The issue of needles has been briefly discussed a while ago.

Acupuncture is one of the branches of an ancient healing tradition known as traditional Chinese medicine or Chinese medicine, for short. This type of alternative treatment has been used for tens of centuries in Asia. It works by incorporating two or more branches (For example, a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs for back pain or depression) to balance the chemical composition of the body, and to boost the flow of chi and blood throughout the body to relieve pain and enhance mood. Acupuncture is usually used for pain relief. Whereas most people will reach for prescription or over the counter drugs to relieve their aches and pains, the Chinese will use a more natural form of relief with acupuncture.

What Does Acupuncture Involve?

Acupuncture is a healing practice that involves the insertion of needles precisely placed in certain areas of the body and spine. The idea behind this therapy is that the body has certain areas where chi is known to circulate. The needles tap into this flow and increase positive energy while preventing the movement of negative energy. This leads to the removal of pain.

Being a time-honored medical tradition, acupuncture is a very popular worldwide medical phenomenon and is one of the biggest stars of the alternative medicine constellation.

Kine Fischler is a licensed acupuncture physician and the clinical director of Willow Tree Wellness in Portland, OR.

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November 15th, 2016 at 5:02 am

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Modes of Treatment For Acid Reflux and Heartburn

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From time to time, a lot of persons tend to suffer from acid reflux and heartburn. These two conditions can occur when acid from the stomach goes back (reflux) into the esophagus. If you’re suffering from a reflux that keeps on recurring (chronic acid reflux), then you need to see a doctor to determine if any erosions have occurred in your esophagus. An existence of these erosions is a sign of gastro esophageal reflux disease or GERD. The treatment for GERD, in traditional Chinese medicine, includes Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. They can also be very helpful in treating chronic cases of heartburn.

Heartburn and chronic digestive upset usually are the result of nervous tension, stress, and poor diet. Acupuncture can balance your nervous system as it is an extremely soothing therapy. The meridians and organ systems that are considered for the treatment of acid reflux and GERD include those associated with the Pancreas, Spleen, Stomach, and Liver. Acupoints linked to these meridians and organ systems are stimulated with slender acupuncture needles to make the digestive system function more efficiently and slow down the production of stomach acid. Acupoints that are known to help relieve stress are also needled in order to heal the nervous system.

Acupoints often used for the treatment of acid ingestion and heartburn include the Pericardium 6, Liver 3, Liver 14, and Ren 12. They can lessen the stuffiness that comes with BERD and relieve stress in the body.

In Chinese medicine terms, chronic heartburn is usually caused by an overreaction of Liver on the Abdomen and Spleen. This leads to the production of inflammation and acidity (Heat). Jia Wei Hsiao Yao San or Free and Easy Wanderer Plus is one of the most commonly used herbal remedy for this disharmony. The formula can potentially alleviate discomfort in the digestive system while at the same time relieve nervous tension, stress and anxiety. Free and Easy Wanderer Plus is another very popular remedy and is often used to treat a slew of health issues all at once, that is, if it is indicated based on the patient’s pulse and tongue signs and symptoms.

Homeopathic nux vomica 200c can be also considered for the treatment of heartburn and acid indigestion. For those open to it, homeopathy can be a powerful therapy especially when combined with herbs and acupuncture.

For those suffering from chronic heartburn, the person’s lifestyle and diet should be taken into consideration. Chronic heartburn can be aggravated by eating difficult-to-digest foods and fatty, rich foods. In treating this condition, Chinese medicine practitioners will recommend avoiding or limiting the intake of dairy and milk products. While it may temporarily ameliorate heartburn symptoms, dairy and milk products can block the digestive system, and cause more problems than they solve. GERD can be aggravated by drinking too much alcohol or coffee. For those who are prone to heartburn, spicy foods can be a problem.

Chinese medicine and acupuncture treatment in Cleveland usually leads to a satisfactory and significant outcome. These treatments can reduce or even cure acid indigestion and heartburn completely. Typically, for best results, a total of four to six sessions once a week are advised.

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November 8th, 2016 at 5:08 am

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It’s Important to Find A Qualified Acupuncturist Trained in Acupuncture Ear Staples Treatment If You Want to Lose Weight

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Before you avail yourself of acupuncture ear staples treatment for weight loss, you may want to find out more about it. Weight loss can be one of the most important things that you ever do but acupuncture ear staples treatment for the loss of weight can cause some quite serious problems if not done the right way. A few patients have complained of scarring and serious infections because of this procedure although on the whole, incidences are rare.

It must be noted that not all acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners are trained for weight loss treatment using acupuncture ear staples. There are even those who are not licensed to practice acupuncture of any kind. You must therefore, find out the credentials your practitioner has if you are seriously planning to get acupuncture treatment, especially when it involves losing weight. If the practitioner you’ve considered is not licensed then you should take the time to find a new one even if the practitioner has a significant amount of training. Ear staple acupuncture treatment is an excellent way to lose weight and while we all desire to look and feel the best we can we don’t want to do it at the expense of our health.

Searching for the right practitioner who can provide the best acupuncture ear staples treatment for losing weight can be a difficult process. It’s important to find someone you can trust. One good way to search for one is to locate and talk to some of the people who have already undergone acupuncture ear staples treatment for losing weight. This will give you some ideas about the practitioner; whether or not he/she can be trusted. If your coworkers or friends have been treated by an acupuncturist and they came out of the treatment without getting an infection and have lost some weight because of the treatment, then you can consider that person.

Don’t just choose an acupuncturist for ear staple acupuncture treatment from the yellow pages. It’s important to know what kind of person he/she is. You need to visit him/her and know what the procedure is all about. Your selected acupuncture physician will explain to you about the procedure and will answer every question you need to know. This will help allay any concerns you have about the treatment and about the practitioner himself/herself. And if you know that your body is in the hands of a good and capable professional you can then relax and enjoy the treatment.

The cost of acupuncture ear staples treatment for weight loss may vary from acupuncturist to acupuncturist. It’s advisable to call each practitioner about their prices and find one that can give quality care at a reasonable price although if you’re with a really good acupuncture doctor cost may not matter especially when the results are exceptionally good.

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

Written by Valerie

November 8th, 2016 at 4:13 am