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The Patterns of Disharmony Associated with the Symptoms of Ménière’s Disease

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What is Ménière’s disease?

A condition affecting the inner ear, Ménière’s disease causes problems in hearing and balance in a person. It is caused by a rise in the amount of fluid volume and pressure in the semicircular canals, causing increased and pathological pressure there. This usually results in vertigo or dizzy spells, which create feelings of violent whirling, rotation, spinning, and falling.

Meniére’s Disease (MD) is oftentimes an extremely distressing and disabling condition. Tinnitus is another symptom that can crop up in Meniére’s Disease. During spells, this ringing in the ears may not be noticeable but eventually will be constant during the later stages of the disorder.

Pressure or a sensation of fullness in the affected ear, nausea, and vomiting are oftentimes experienced, in an MD attack. However, after the episode, hearing loss may fail to recover once the disease is established. In the advanced stages of the disease, hearing loss can be quite constant and cannot be recovered, and may impact hearing in all ranges.

According to studies, one out of every thousand people is affected by Meniere’s disease. The condition can occur at any age, although people between 40 and 60 years of age are the ones to be likely affected.

Causes of Meniére’s Disease

There is no known cause for Ménière’s disease although certain factors are associated with it. They include:

• Anxiety and stress
• Too much salt in the diet (most likely due to a rise in fluid retention)
• Migraine
• Premenstrual syndrome that are connected to fluid retention
• Hormonal or glandular imbalance including hypothyroidism
• Severe head injury enough to cause a concussion
• Common factors such as wheat, dairy products, alcohol, smoking, and chocolate
• Elevated levels of cholesterol

The Symptoms of Meniére’s Disease

Each patient may manifest different kinds of symptoms. Symptoms can suddenly arise, and their duration and frequency may differ.

Symptoms include:

• A spinning sensation, even when you are stationary
• Vertigo – Meniere’s disease often most striking symptom, which includes:
 Dizziness
 Vomiting
 Nausea
A vertigo spell may last from a few minutes to a number of hours. It is hard to predict when an episode of vertigo may happen.
 Perspiration
 Palpitations (Irregular heartbeats)
 Hearing loss – During the early stages of the disease, hearing loss may fluctuate. The patient may suffer from hypersensitivity to loud sounds. Most sufferers eventually, experience varying degrees of longstanding hearing loss.
 Tinnitus – There may be hissing, whistling, buzzing, or ringing sensation in your ear that is created generated from inside your body. When you are tired or during quite times, you will be more aware of it.

Ménière’s Disease from the Viewpoint of Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine usually considers health condition as disorders of the organs and organ systems (spleen, kidney, gallbladder, and liver). These organs usually apply to the traditional organ systems and may not be directly referring to the modern functional and structural connotations of the named organs.

Patterns of Disharmony in Chinese Medicine Associated with the Symptoms of Ménière’s Disease

1. Phlegm-fire syndrome: This pattern usually exhibits as intermittent ringing in the ears, such as the chirping of cicadas, occasionally combined with a feeling of blockage in the ear resulting in impaired hearing.
2. Hyperactive gallbladder and liver fire: This pattern comes out as a sudden rise of a type of tinnitus that has continual sound combined by excess syndrome symptoms such as constipation, insomnia, irritability, restlessness, a flushed face, and headache.
3. Qi deficiency: This shows up as tinnitus that occurs intermittently that can be aggravated with stress and assuaged with rest. Tiredness is another possible symptom of this deficiency.
4. Kidney yin hsu (xu): This a condition associated with tinnitus in which the tinnitus gradually gets worse (which may reach specific constant degrees and gets no worse after that) and is combined by symptoms of a deficiency type: back ache, dizziness, knee weakness, occasionally accompanied by flushing of the face and hot sensation of the soles and/or palms.

Tips for coping with symptoms and lessen the intensity and regularity of attacks related to Meniere’s disease.

1. Before resuming your regular activities, you need to rest during and after attacks.
2. Be aware of the tell-tale signs of an attack – when you start to feel dizzy, sit or lie down immediately.
3. Always have good lighting and as much as possible, walk on an even surface lest you start losing your balance.
4. Stay away from triggers that may aggravate your symptoms. This may include reading, watching TV, bright lights, or sudden movement.
5. Eat balanced meals – A balanced consumption of drink and food throughout the day can help stabilize your body fluids.
6. If you suffer from frequent spells of vertigo, do not drive or operate heavy machinery as this can lead to injury or accident.
7. Refrain from alcohol and caffeine – Too much alcohol or caffeine (in cola drinks, coffee, and tea) or alcohol can tighten up your blood vessels and worsen your symptoms.
8. Stop smoking – The intensity of your symptoms may increase if you smoke.
9. Lessen your intake of salt – Taking in too much sodium may not only worsen your symptoms and increase the fluid in your inner ear, it can also lead to high blood pressure.

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January 24th, 2017 at 4:49 am

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This New Year, Keep Your Mind and Body Relaxed with Traditional Chinese Medicine

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As the old year slowly closes, the coming New Year is an ideal time to set new objectives, become more introspective, and nourish one’s entire mind and body, based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The philosophy in which TCM is rooted on espouses the idea that people should live in harmony with nature and so this means that during winter, we should slow down, keep ourselves well-rested and warm, and deeply nourish ourselves in order to revitalize for the incoming year. As nature hibernates and slows down during winter, the process of regeneration and new growth in the springtime has already internally started.

Organs

Based on the tenets of TCM, winter is related to the element of water and affects the health of the teeth, bone marrow and bones, adrenal glands, bladder, and kidneys. The kidneys, in TCM, are the main wellspring of heat, energy, vitality, and vital essence. From this wellspring, energy is drawn when the body requires healing or during times of anxiety and stress. In the frigid cold of winter, maintaining the health of the adrenal glands and the kidneys is critically important. This is done with good hydration, appropriate supplementation and diet, and through energetic programs such as Tai Chi and yoga that keep you well-nourished and your core warm.

Meditation

The time for retrospection is ideally done during the winter season. This is an excellent opportunity for exploring profound issues, and a time for meditation and reflection. If we are to do this properly, we need to slow down. The fact is, we are often so busy that there’s no time for us to be aware how neurotic our deeds and thoughts really are. We might be shocked at knowing how full and fast we actually live our lives when we start to slow down through relaxation, meditation, or by simply taking some time off. Winter can give us a wonderful opportunity for deep introspection and internal insight only if we can take the time to truly slow down and relax. These processes can naturally give rise to “stuff” that has been stuck below the surface of our banal activities; patterns, thoughts, or issues we may have been holding off due to our ongoing busy lives. One allows these issues to occur, unravel, and slip away as the mind calms down through proper breathing practices and simple meditation techniques. Permitting these processes to unfold during winter time can produce a much better outcome than the peeling process that we undergo during springtime and fall cleanse. The final outcome can be the same although different patterns, emotions, and organ systems this time may be involved. This kind of heart/mind therapy is a key part of real integrative health and winter is the most ideal time to experience the holistic benefits of meditation.

Nourishing and Warming Foods

People tend to exercise less during the winter season. They also have an increased desire for calorie-packed comfort foods and remain sedentary during this time of the year. However, in winter, in order to avoid unwanted weight gain, it’s important to carefully choose the kind and amount of food you eat. It is also important, in TCM, to not eat a lot of raw foods during winter because they tend to cool the body, and our digestive “fire,” which is the capacity to digest food efficiently, can be depleted. The best foods to eat during winter are warming foods that have been cooked at lower temperature and cooked longer with less water. These foods can include root vegetables, stews and soups, seaweeds, whole grains, black sesame seeds, walnuts, black beans, kidney beans, and lots of dark leafy greens. They help conserve energy, keep you warm, nourish the body, raise the emotions, and strengthen the kidneys.

Supplements

During the winter, nutrients and botanicals that boost immune health are ideal complements for surviving the flu and cold season. These can include vitamin D3, zinc, vitamin C, and high quality medicinal mushrooms which possess powerful immune modulating qualities. Other potent supplements for immune health include a Tibetan Herbal Formula with more than 30 years of medical research and Modified Citrus Pectin. Magnolia bark extract (Purified Honokiol), which can raise the mood support. For optimal nourishment, a comprehensive digestive formula that can support nutrient absorption and digestive strength is highly advised. TCM practitioners also recommend tonifying root herbs during winter due to their strengthening, grounding, and warming properties.

Emotions

Winter, in TCM, is damp, cold, and inactive, which lead to feelings of depression and fear that tend to be strong during this season. A lot of people are diagnosed with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), a Western medicine condition. This specific type of anxiety/ depression problem happens during the darker months mainly because of lack of sunshine exposure. SAD affects women more than men and it leads to fatigue, weight gain from overeating, irritability, lack of energy, and poor mood. To enhance blood flow and circulation, practitioners recommend Vitamin D3 supplementation as well as taking brisk walks (in the sunshine, if possible) and opening your curtains during daytime to allow any sunlight to come in. Meditating during winter can help calm the heart and mind which can be extremely valuable during this time of year.

Healing Practices

As the cold weather challenges the immune system during winter, people are more prone to the flu and colds. In TCM, the primary modes of treatment for these are moxibustion, acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, dietary therapy, and Qi gong. Moxibustion is a process where a moxa herb is burnt around selected acupuncture points. All of these modalities are extremely helpful during winter, as they tend to remove energy stagnation caused by the cold weather and a lack of activity. TCM healers may also recommend lots of resting during winter. This helps in restoring vital energy and replenishing the kidneys. Early sleeping and rising from bed after the rise of the sun can help preserve your vitality and warmth.

Innate connection to nature is reflected in Traditional Chinese Medicine with each season providing chances for growth, healing, and transformation. Winter gives us an opportunity for nourishment and deeper introspection. This helps our seeds and intentions to internally grow before blossoming in the springtime. Hence, during these profound months of stillness, give yourself time to meditate, rest, slow down, and stay nourished, hydrated, and warm.

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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January 24th, 2017 at 4:46 am

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Tui Na Is An Excellent Way to Relieve Pain and Treat Tired and Aching Muscles

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Pronounced’twee na,’Tui Na, (also called ‘anmo’) is a type of Chinese massage that has been practiced for thousands of years. It is one of the major components of Chinese medicine alongside diet therapy, qi gong/tai chi, Chinese herbal medicine, and acupuncture. Tui Na is deemed a major and popular form of treatment in China which is used in most hospitals in that country although it still is a bit uncommon in the West. Tui Na is more than 3000 years old, and a lot of modern forms of massage like Shiatsu and Swedish massage are derived from it.

Unlikeany other type of massage both in practice and theory,Tui Na deals with the energetic body and physical body; its practitioners utilize what one would recognize as massage styles to relieve the tension and knots of the muscles, and work with the meridians (energy channels) at the same time. It also regulates acupuncture points and balances the circulation of Qi (vital energy) in much the same way as acupuncture. This means that in Tui Na, there are a number of ‘acupressure’ techniques used, and sometimes it is referred to as ‘acupressure massage.’ This term is also used for less complex acupressure techniques that lack the understanding and underlying theories of Tui Na.

One can classify Tui Na into two styles: Yin and Yang styles. The Yin Style uses light touch and is an extremely mild healing practice. It balances and normalizes Qi energy, enhancing organ function and removing stress. The Yin style is a profoundly relaxing and calming therapy.

One the other hand, the more physical Yang style utilizes deep penetrating methods in order to dissolve muscular tension and knots. It is very effective on stiff and tight muscles, but without the pain associated with a lot of deep massages.

In reality, a qualified and well-trained practitioner will adopt both Yin and Yang techniques,if needed, and a lot of treatments are found somewhere between the two extremes. There is no one uniform treatment and treatments are always customized according to the needs of each patient.

Tui Na involves the same thorough diagnostic procedures and a sophisticated understanding of the mind and body used by acupuncture and other modalities of Chinese medicine. This is what makes Tui Na a unique type of physiotherapy separate from most other massage. The treatment is inseparable from the theory, in Tui Na.

This makes this therapy suitable for problems other muscular conditions. It can be used for a wide array of “internal” problems including hormonal imbalances, psycho-emotional conditions, digestive issues, and digestive, circulatory, and respiratory conditions and others. It also is quite effective in alleviating stress and in maintaining health.

A Tui Na Treament

At the start of the treatment, the patient will need to undergo a thorough Chinese Diagnosis before undergoing treatment. The patient will be asked by the practitioner about his general health and complaint, and then will take the patient’s pulse and examine his tongue.

The treatment is always customized based on the patient’s specific needs. Usually, you are not required to remove your clothes. But if oil is to be used, you may need to remove some of your clothing.

The practitioner will look for signs from your body to determine the correct strength of the techniques, especially when strong techniques are used. The treatment should not cause pain. In certain instances, only very gentle and light techniques are used, which nevertheless,is oftentimes quite effective.

Dr. Nelya de Brun, AP, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33436
(561) 932-3905

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January 17th, 2017 at 12:38 am

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In TCM, Too Little or Too Much Water Moisture in the Body Can Lead to Ear Infections

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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is based on the theory that everything in nature and the Universe is a combination of opposites. This is especially true in the case of yin (cleansing, cold) and yang (building, hot), a lot of which we control through thought, environment, sex, exercise, and diet, among many others.

Infections of the ear (otitis, ear inflammation) are of two types: External and internal. External ear inflammation affects the outer ear and is also known as swimmers ear. It is usually the result of an upper respiratory infection. Otitis media commonly affects babies and children and occurs in the middle ear which is the part of the ear behind the tympanum (eardrum). Connecting the middle ear to the nasopharynx are the auditory canals and Eustachian tubes. These organs regulate moisture, temperature, and air pressure. Colder temperatures and low pressure tend to increase water and moisture in the ears, especially in infants and young children. Too much water and moisture in the Eustachian tubes and ear canals can collect, stagnate and become infected attracting and allowing viruses and bacteria to thrive which then pressurize and inflame the ear resulting in earache. This painful sensation can be dull, sharp or throbbing and can lead to high fever or a feeling of fullness in the ear. The infection and pain can be aggravated during cold temperatures and on high altitudes.

The part of the ears that connect to the nasal cavity is prone to an internal and external invasion of damp and cold. Damp and cold air is usually windborne and can easily penetrate the ears, mouth, and nose. In severe cases, this can cause condensation in the ears. Winter cold tends to harden and condense water in the air into ice, snow, and rain. Cold in the body can condense fluids in the ears, mouth, sinuses, throat, nose, lungs, etc. turning it into mucus, water, and phlegm. Viruses and bacteria seriously breed in watery, stagnant mediums (urine, cysts, phlegm, mucus, etc.) before festering and inflaming.

Children are prone to middle ear infections. As children are still in the process of development, they tend to be cold and weak. This lack of heat and energy and weakness makes them quite vulnerable to damp and cold, both internal and external.

The internal body derives heat in various ways: through locomotion, circulation, digestion, etc., and all of them are fueled and heated by fat, protein, nutrients, and blood. Fat and protein fuel and build the function and structure inside the body.

A huge source of heat within the body is digestion. Digestion and the bile and enzymes in the small intestines (28 ft long) and the abdomen, as well as acid can be activated by eating three square meals a day. This, in turn, produces heat, much in the same way a car is heated by its engine. Digestion creates heat that rises naturally to the ears, sinuses, nose, mouth, throat, and lungs drying and heating.

The lungs as well as the sinuses, nose, and throat are naturally moist. Water and moisture improve the exchange of gases (carbon dioxide and oxygen).Too little or too much water and moisture weaken the exchange, resulting in the disruption of breathing as well as inflammation and infection.

Children commonly suffer from weak digestion which creates less heat, resulting in a drop in temperature and subsequent moistening (phlegm, mucus, and water) and cooling of the throat, nose lungs, etc. In the evening and night time, cold temperatures naturally condense water in the air,turning it into morning dew. Cold temperatures in winter harden and thicken water in the air turning it into ice, snow, and rain. Colder temperatures in the body harden and thicken water in the sinuses, throat, nose, and lungs turning it into phlegm and mucus.

Low fat and low protein products (seeds, nuts, beans, cottage cheese, yogurt, and milk) as well as high carbohydrate foods, consumed in excessive amounts can dilute, cool, and weaken immunity (make one prone to the flu and colds), the ears (inflammation, infection, water), respiration (phlegm, mucus), elimination (loose stools), and digestion (enzymes, acids) among others. Cereal and milk are damp cold as is orange juice. Building and warming foods such as hot cereals with a little ginger or cinnamon are recommended.

The middle diet that includes spices (ginger, cayenne, fennel, coriander, cumin, etc.) is very much recommended. Spices should be used in desserts, stews, soups, etc. Spices promote dry dampness and digestion: too much fluid will result in cellulite, edema, loose stools, phlegm, mucus, etc. Cinnamon or ginger can be used in desserts and cookies. Fruits (pineapple, apples, etc.) and vegetables (yams, carrots) can be used as sweeteners, to deflate sugar cravings. Fats, protein, stews, soups, and cooked foods warm and stimulate the digestive organs, lungs, etc. Cold drinks, shakes, smoothies, tropical fruits, salads, ice cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, and milk moisten and cool the body.

To dry dampness in the ear you can use peppermint or garlic oil drops in the ear which can also kill the viruses and bacteria causing the inflammation and infection.

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

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January 17th, 2017 at 12:33 am

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There May Be an Acupuncture Treatment for the Kind of Condition You’re Suffering From

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The traditional healing practice known as acupuncture is widely believed to have come from China. Needles are usually used in this therapy in order to provide relief from almost all types of physical pain. Acupuncture is a very effective healing method that is being used all over the world in order to improve the health standards of people.

Acupuncture has actually been practiced for more than 4,000 years. This treatment is done by a qualified acupuncturist who sticks filiform needles into different points on the body. The needles stimulate the nerves that results in the alleviation of pain. They also help boost the flow of energy all over the body, thus, we can see that acupuncture in Louisville provide really good health standards for the person.

According to the philosophy that acupuncture is based on, the human body is loaded with energy. If there is acorrect flowof energy from one part of the body to another, the body stays in good health. Illness will result if there is any impedance in the flow of the energy. When a needle or needles are inserted in the affected acupoints, the proper flow of energy is restored once more.

When a needle penetrates the skin during an acupuncture procedure, a connection is established between the energy (called chi or qi) and the skin. This eventually leads to an improvement in the circulation of qi. This circulation is quite a potent way of relieving pain and generating a perfect health standard for the person.

This technique is used by all acupuncturists not only to provide relief from body pain but also to treat addiction, infertility, hormonal imbalances, ADHD and various types of illnesses. Most acupuncture needles are made of stainless steel. These are solid needles that are sterilized and offer no negative effect.

When the needles are stuck into the skin, they provide sensation to the tissues. This helps move the flow of qi from one part of the body to the other. There are a number of benefits related to this healing practice. One of the most important is that although needles are used, this therapy still does not have any untoward effectson the body.

An acupuncture treatment does include the use of medications except when medical acupuncture is used. Medical doctors trained in acupuncture are the ones who use this technique and more often than not, prescription or over-the-counter medications are used along with the needles.

There are thousands of licensed acupuncturists in the US who specialize in treating various kinds of health conditions. Some are providing services for the treatment of body pain, some specialize in cosmetic acupuncture, and some have experience treating drug addictions. Whatever condition it is you’re suffering from, there most likely is an acupuncturist who can help you with your problem.

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January 9th, 2017 at 10:17 pm

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The Underlying Patterns Causing UTIs and How To Address Them And Their Symptoms Using Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine

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Although more known as bladder infection, UTI or urinary tract infection can be due to bacteria in any part of the urinary tract, including the bladder (the sac that “stores” urine prior to its release via the urethra), the urethra (the tube that empties the bladder during urination), ureter ( the tube that brings urine to the bladder), and the kidneys. UTIs are caused by bacteria that usually infiltrate the urethra and move up to the urinary tract.

Womenare much more likely to develop UTI, although men can get UTI in the urinary tract, as well. There are various reasons why women are more prone to UTI than men. One reason is that the urethra of a womanis shorter than a man’s which makes it much easier for the bacteria to reach the bladder. Another reason is that pregnant women may be quite susceptible to kidney infections due to the fact the fetus can bear pressure on the ureter. One last reason is that during sexual intercourse, bacteria can be pushed into the urethra. If a woman wears a diaphragm, it can exert pressure on the urethra making it more difficult for her to empty her bladder completely. This causes bacteria to accumulate and thrive in the retained urine.

UTI symptoms are the same for women and men. They include urination difficulty (there is urgency to urinate but only small amounts of urine are excreted) and frequent, painful urination. There are two types of UTI: chronic and acute. Several factors raise the likelihood of urinary tract infection: not drinking enough water, a low protein high carbohydrate diet, and a new sexual partner.

In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) the underlying pattern of chronic UTIs is oftentimes deficiency of kidney yin. Symptoms manifested by this pattern may include night sweats, irritability, and a reddish tongue with scanty fur. Chronic inflammation can set in due to the heat generated by kidney yin inadequacy caused by the depletion of the cooling aspect of the kidneys.

When it comes to Western medicine UTIs are treated with antibiotics, but if the root problem of yin deficiency remains unresolved, the patient should expect another infection setting in as soon as one infection is resolved with antibiotics. This can lead to a never ending cycle of infection and drugs resulting in other problems caused by the drugs’ side effects. The standard Chinese medicine treatment for chronic UTI is to clear heat and tonify yin using a formula known as Shi Bai Di Wang Wan.

Dampheat in the urinary bladder is the most common Chinese medicine diagnostic pattern related to acute UTIs. Acute UTI symptoms may include a slippery and full pulse, reddish tongue with yellow thick fur, frequent urge to urinate, lower back pain, pain in the lower stomach, burning urination, chills, and fever. At this stage, the infection becomes more serious and can lead to kidney infection.

A potent decoction known as Long Dan Hsie Wan, using the classic formula Ba Sheng San (“Eight Ingredient Powder to Resolve Urinary Problems”) is usually recommended.

Herbal formulas and acupuncture in Portland can be extremely effective for acute UTI conditions. They are so effective that within a few days or even within hours, the infection is cured. Theacupoint commonly used for acute UTI is the Middle Summit acupoint or the Ren 3 point, which is found directly above the urinary bladder. The “Tomb Spring” or Spleen 9 point found along the inside of the tibia bone just below the knee is extremely sensitive to pressure. This point is extremely helpful for curing several urinary tract imbalances. Traditionally, the Spleen 9 acupoint is used to benefit the lower burner and convert damp stagnation. Itis important to avoid sweets completely if you are in the midst of a Chinese medicine UTI treatment. To make the urine more acidic and less livable for the bacteria, eat protein based products at every meal; for preventing a damp environment and better air circulation in the groin, wear cotton underwear;it’s advised that you refrain from any sexual activity with your partner, but if that’s not possible, to avoid further bacterial infiltration into the urinary tract, both you and your partner should shower before engaging in intercourse.

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January 9th, 2017 at 10:11 pm

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Moxibustion, Herbal Medicine, and Acupuncture Can Resolve a Lot of Digestive and Gastrointestinal Conditions

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The Spleen, in traditional Chinese medicine, is the most important organ associated with gastro-intestinal conditions. This organ is mainly responsible for “transforming” and “distributing” food essence (food qi) throughout the body, as well as the removal of waste material from the body. The Abdomen and Spleen are yang and Yinpartners, and distinct problems can arise in each organ. In order to function well, the Abdomen needs to be on the dry side. Andwhen it is out of balance, it can overheat easily, developing into a painful condition known as Stomach Fire. The Spleen, on the other hand, needs to be a bit moist for it to function well. But if it suffers Chi deficiency, it can succumb to too much moisture, which can lead to a pathological condition settling in the body known as Damp Heat or Dampness. The Liver and other organs can also play a part in causing gastro-intestinal distress. When gastro-intestinal problems arise, the four most common patterns seen are as follows:

1. Spleen and Liver Disharmony: This is caused by emotional distress.
2. Damp Heat Retention: This can be due to infections, environmental factors, or an improper diet.
3. Spleen Chi Deficiency: Can be due to chronic illness or chronic fatigue.
4. Kidney Yang and Spleen Deficiency: Caused by aging or chronic illness.

Chinese medicine usually treats these imbalances with moxibustion, herbal medicine, and acupuncture. These modalities, when appropriately used, eliminate Damp Heat, nourish the organs, harmonize Blood and Chi, and balance Yin and Yang.

Health issues that respond well to herbal treatments, moxibustion, and acupuncture in Cleveland include:

– Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
– Gastrointestinal tumors such as colon or intestine cancer, tumors of the small intestine, and abdominal cancer
– Circulation issues in the gastrointestinal system such as intestinal cramp, and gastrointestinal tract bleeding
– Peptic ulcers such as gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer
– Inflammatory diseases such as gastroenteritis, chronic enteritis, atrophic gastritis, and chronic gastritis.
– Bacterial infections from escherichia coli, shigella, or salmonella
– Gastrointestinal infections such as rotavirus infections

– Other conditions such as short bowel syndrome and irritable bowel syndrome.

Moxibustion for Gastrointestinal Problems

Several healing techniques can be employed by TCM (Traditional Chinese medicine), including moxibustion, herbal formulas, and acupuncture. Herbs and acupuncture are familiar to a lot people in the US but moxibustion is less well known. This therapeutic technique applies an ignited cone or stick of mugwort or other medicinal herbs on the acupuncture points or over the affected part of the body. Toor warm up cold conditions or tonify deficient conditions,moxibustion is usually used. It can be also an effective remedy for some kinds of inflammation, and can help address a lot of gastro-intestinal conditions.

Scientific Basis

How does Chinese medicine work from the vantage point of Western biomedicine? How can one explain the beneficial effects of Chinese medicine modalities in a modern clinical setting? Several recent Chinese studies, conducted in hospitals teaching institutes, and research centers reveal that herbal medicine, moxibustion, and acupuncture can result in positive bio-chemical changes.

Written by Valerie

January 3rd, 2017 at 12:28 am

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Coping with Monthly Cycle Issues By Means Of Acupuncture and Other Alternative Treatments

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Some women have to grit it out some days of each month to cope with issues in their monthly cycle. While there are women who have it easy with almost problem-free, short periods that seem to come and go without a hitch, there are several others that suffer significantly due to menstrual pain and cramping. Fortunately, there are several alternative treatments that can help alleviate most, if not all, of these issues.

It’s not the female reproductive system alone that’s affected by the hormones. They also impact the look and mood of the woman. Eastern medicines and acupuncture in New York can treat several conditions associated with the reproductive system. Two examples are PMS (premenstrual syndrome) and PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). Both are quite common issues that women suffer from. They can experience symptoms ranging from extreme mood changes to excruciating pain when it comes to PMS. What makes the pain more painful is the cramping that occurs as the body tries to clear out the whole uterine lining that had thickened. Patients who avail themselves of acupuncture and Eastern treatments for the relief of their symptoms experience immediate benefits from the treatments.

PCOS can have various effects on a woman’s body. It can lead to obesity the one almost impossible to resolve, moodiness, depression, scanty or no menses, and unnatural hair growth among many other problems. Those seeking acupuncture treatment are looking for a natural way to cure their problem and that is restoring balance to their hormones. To bring their body back into alignment, women who have to cope with the discomforts of their monthly period may require physical manipulation. A few of their aliments can be resolvedby taking supplements, but only a comprehensive form of treatment can alleviate the pain, bloating, and inflammation.

Several serious illnesses such as fibromyalgia and migraines can ensue from hormonal irregularities that affect the monthly cycle. Acupuncture can bring back balance to the flow of energy required to preserve a person’s health. When you decide on acupuncture as treatment for your menstrual problems, it will result in the relief of all those problems as well as other problems not related to your menses.

Over time, acupuncture has been shown to relieve cramps, improve blood circulation, and provide an overall decrease of harmful side effects that Mother Nature “capriciously” gave some women. It is beyond disbelief that Western trained physicians are not as aware of the benefits that acupuncture and spine realignment can give. Your menstrual cycle should neither be the one to dictate how you live nor should it be the one to degrade the quality of your life.

Coping with something that causes a minor inconvenience is one thing, but having to live with a monthly affliction that can totally disrupt your life is never good.

Written by Valerie

January 3rd, 2017 at 12:21 am

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