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Acupuncture Treatment for GERD is Definitely Worth a Try

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For a lot of people, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is a persistent problem, despite alterations in lifestyle and diet. Drugs may not be that fully effective at treating this disease. Surgery is both extremely invasive and expensive, leaving sufferers to endure the symptoms without relief. To try and get some form of relief, these people may raise their intake of medication bringing about dangerous consequences.

The Risks Involved in Taking PPIs

PPIs or proton pump inhibitors have been proven to cause damage to the ability of the body to absorb calcium and contribute to the development of other health condition such as osteoporosis – bone deterioration. And even if you counteract this effect by raising your intake of carotenoid, there is no denying the fact that PPIs are unsafe when used for extended periods of time. The Mayo Clinic states that people who have been taking PPIs for more over a year should be examined for calcium absorption.

Proton pump inhibitors are the most widely used mode of therapy for GERD, in spite of the fact that not all GERD conditions are associated with stomach acid. The manufacture of stomach acid can be impaired by PPIs but since about 50% of all GERD occurrences are not associated with the production of stomach acid, it is understandable why a lot of GERD patients fail to find relief from those drugs.

What is Acupuncture?

For hundreds of years, acupuncture treatment has been used to heal various ailments. The method stimulates certain points on the body via the insertion of needles. The patient’s illness determines the focal point of treatment. Acupuncture has been used to resolve several types of diseases from intestinal issues to fertility problems

In terms of utilizing specific acupoints on the body, acupressure is the same as acupuncture. The difference between the two is that acupressure does not use needles for treatment. Instead, it uses pressure on the acupoints to bring about treatment and healing and treatment.

Acupuncture for GERD

Since acupuncture strives to treat the whole digestive system, not just the condition, which in this case is GERD, the outcomes are not based on the reason why GERD occurs. This implies that regardless if your GERD is due to a malfunctioning lower esophageal sphincter (LES) or from too much production of stomach acid by the body, acupuncture will always be able to help.

Does Acupuncture Work?

For people who have never experienced homeopathic, natural, or holistic healing, considering a treatment in which needles are involved can be quite challenging. However, there is indeed proof that acupuncture in Boca Raton can help sufferers of GERD.

The Neuroenteric Clinical Research Group conducted a study to determine if acupuncture treatment was more effective at treating GERD compared to the doubling of dosage of PPI inhibitors. In the study, 31 participants who were not improving from PPI medication once a day were grouped into two. One group was administered with acupuncture along with a single dose of PPI and the other group was treated with a second dose of PPIs. The study revealed that the group given acupuncture and a single daily dose experienced greater symptomatic relief compared to the group treated with a double dosage of PPIs.

An Australian study conducted fairly recently took a look at how effective acupuncture was for the treatment of GERD. The researchers exploited a specific acupoint located on the wrist to help induce relaxations of the LES, which is the sphincter that causes GERD when it malfunctions. After LES relaxations have been induced, the researchers applied a current to lessen the frequency of LES relaxations. A 40% decrease in LES relaxations was noted in the study. However, the researchers agreed that more studies need to be done to prove that acupuncture truly works for GERD although this Australian research adds proof to acupuncture’s efficacy in treating GERD.

Acupressure vs. Acupuncture

There has been no study to determine whether acupuncture or acupressure is more effective at treating GERD. Acupressure may be more attractive to people who are wary about the thought of needles being stuck inside their bodies. However, both acupuncture and acupressure may not work for all people.

Is Acupuncture a Good Way to Address GERD?

Since there has been evidence showing acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating GERD, then the treatment should be an option to consider for GERD sufferers who have been taking PPIs for a long time without any success. If you are considering getting acupuncture, just be sure that you seek a qualified and accredited acupuncturist. This treatment can be harmful or dangerous if done improperly.

All in all, so long as you are being treated by a qualified acupuncturist, the treatment’s effects are harmless. You lose nothing apart from your time and money if the treatment does not work. If acupuncture is done safely and professionally, no health problems will arise, unlike PPIs.

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February 28th, 2017 at 3:18 pm

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Acupuncture Combined With Other TCM Treatments Can Be a Very Effective Cure for Sciatica

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The use of acupuncture for sciatica treatment is a gradually growing practice. Affecting about 15% of the US population, sciatica is a very common condition caused by pressure on the sciatic nerve on the lower back. The pressure can come from muscle spasms that irritate the nerve resulting in leg, buttock, and lower back pain. Factors that can contribute to the condition include a bulging spinal disk, bad posture, and inflammation in the body. The condition is diagnosed by doctors through a review of the history of symptoms, using nerve conductance tests, and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), that reveals problems in the soft tissues.

To calm the symptoms of sciatica, most physicians depend on physical therapy and/or drugs. But an Oriental form of healing known as acupuncture has been found as a safer and non-invasive alternative way of addressing this condition. Acupuncture has minimal, if any, complications and side effects.

Acupuncture Treatments

Acupuncture has been practiced in China and parts of East Asia for more than 4500 years. It has been well documented in the “Huangdi Neijing,” an ancient Chinese medical text written around 200 B.C.
Evidence also shows that even the Bantu tribesmen of Africa and the Eskimos use acupuncture as a form of treatment for diverse medical purposes. This treatment has millions of adherents and promoters worldwide. In the United States alone, there are over 8,000 qualified practitioners of this very useful healing tradition.

The basis of acupuncture lies in the theory of vital energy known as Qi (Chi) that includes our emotion, spirit, mind, and body. This Qi should flow without any hindrances throughout the body. If this circulation is somehow interrupted, disorders and other diseases develop. Through the placement of small needles into strategic points along the meridians or energy pathways of the body, and by manipulating (rotating, lifting or twirling) the needles, balance within the body can be restored.

The same techniques are used in medical acupuncture, a type of acupuncture that medical physicians utilize. Unlike traditional acupuncturists, medical acupuncturists focus on the disease’s physical aspects instead of striving to bring back balance to the vital energy coursing through the body.

The Benefits That Sciatica Sufferers Can Gain from Acupuncture Treatment in Cleveland:

1. Acupuncture can raise energy levels, giving a person added energy in order to be more healthy and active overall.
2. Acupuncture can boost blood flow in the spinal cord and lumbar region of the body.
3. Acupuncture provides strength and flexibility to the bones and relaxes muscles.

However, one important thing to note is that if the sciatica condition is brought about by a degenerative disease, then acupuncture treatment will not be effective. It might alleviate the pain temporarily by letting off pressure on the disc on muscles and nerves, but it cannot completely cure the disorder and (cannot) rectify the herniation of the disc.


Despite a huge pile of anecdotal evidence supporting acupuncture’s ability to relieve sciatic pain and despite being used in the treatment of sciatica and other back conditions for several hundred years, a study published in in 2009 by the British Medical Journal, conducted by the Nordic Cochrane Centre showed that acupuncture had “a minimal analgesic effect” but “whether needling at certain acupoints, or at any acupoint alleviates pain independently of the psychological impact of the treatment is uncertain.”

According to eHow, “No conclusive scientific study so far has shown that acupuncture works for sciatica but if one decides to undergo acupuncture sciatica treatment, it is recommended that one consults with a doctor and visit a licensed acupuncturist.”

Holistic Approach

Be that as it may, with a long history of success, TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine believes that the best sciatica treatment approach is to utilize a combination-style treatment. In general, the treatment should stretch and relax the fascia and tendons while beefing up the muscles. Acupuncture allows the nerves and back to heal naturally through its ability to release the spastic muscles and making them stronger.

If acupuncture treatment for your sciatica has managed to stop the pain, it is essential that you keep up the treatment to prevent it from returning. One vital part of the therapy is stretching, as this helps maintain the health and relaxation of the muscles. Besides that, performing tai chi, which is a gentle Chinese form of meditation and exercise, can be very good for the health and maintenance of the lower back and the prevention of sciatica.

Written by Valerie

February 28th, 2017 at 3:14 pm

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Benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture That Are Unknown or Often Overlooked

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Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture aren’t archaic unheard of treatments anymore. Most folks have heard about them and millions of people in the United States have actually tried them out. However, what most aren’t always aware of are the key benefits these therapies can give.

1. Compared to Western Allopathic Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine has more specific diagnoses for common ailments. This can be ideally exemplified when one thinks about catching a cold.

Haven’t you noticed that each person catches a cold in his/her own way?

Almost all people catch colds. There are actually several types of colds in TCM and they are all different. You can, for example have a “Wind Heat”, “Wind Cold”, or even “Lung Heat” type of cold. To TCM practitioners, they appear different and are addressed in different ways. You utilize a different acupuncture therapy and prescribe a different herbal formula when treating each of the ten or twenty types of colds. TCM and acupuncture use a much more precise diagnosis and a much more precise treatment.

One of the things teachers dread is catching cold but since they work every day with several young people who are quite prone to cold infections, it is important for them to strengthen their immune system. One patient of mine who is a teacher tells me that she can’t afford to be sick. And so, when there is an epidemic of the flu or cold at school, she always takes preventative measures. Nevertheless, she still gets sick from time to time. She discovered that the best remedy for a flu or cold is to get acupuncture along with Chinese herbal medicine.

She seemed curious as to why I don’t prescribe to her the same herbal remedy each time she got sick. I told her that in TCM, there are various types of colds and because of that the practitioner needs to match both the herbal remedy and acupuncture to the patient’s manifested symptoms. Administering a treatment to a patient suffering from a “Wind Cold” a treatment designed for “Wind Heat” will not treat the problem; it can, in fact, even make it worse. This is analogous to the situation in standard Western Medicine when a physician addresses bacterial infection using a treatment meant for a viral infection. There wouldn’t be any likely result and actually may even cause stomach problems in the patient.

I was happy to know that even when my patient did get sick, she got better much quicker than her colleagues. The following is her testimonial:

“One of the amazing things about Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture is that I always get better faster than all of my colleagues who are using Western medicine treatments. Plus, after I have recovered, I actually feel stronger than before.”

2. TCM is a Holistic Therapy: It considers the whole person as well as the things happening in that person’s life.

I remembered a patient of who complained of an excruciating back pain. However, his medical exams and testing revealed nothing to back up his complain. After consulting with me, it became apparent that his job situation was the real problem. Recently, his employer cut back his work hours substantially and so he was very worried as to how he would pay his bills. Addressing his job problem and what his next steps will be were his main concerns. Besides acupuncture treatment for his back pain, I coached him around about a certain plan of action that would help solve his job situation.

The body uses pain to tell you that you need to pay attention to something happening in or on your body, whether it’s arthritis, a physical injury, or some other issues.

I can recall a certain patient who suffered from severe arthritis. He was a professional athlete now retired. He suffered from arthritis of the legs and hips. The pain was so severe that he could barely walk. I questioned him about his diet, because I had a suspicion that maybe something in his diet was actually causing him the kind of arthritis he had. I asked him if he ate a lot of dairy products or if he consumed alcohol, or ate a lot of sugar. It turned out he actually drank a moderate amount of alcohol. He asked me if cutting back on alcohol will ease his problem. I told him, “Actually, yes, I would like you to see if drinking less alcohol can help ease your pain.” So he substantially reduced his intake of alcohol, and after a while, he noticed that as he reduced his drinking even more, the more the swelling and pain in his hips and legs lessened. He was a really good patient because he had the desire to make the changes; he was remarkable in the sense that he was able to see the connection between his behavior and what would happen if he persisted on it. Ultimately, his decision was to change and reduce his drinking on an ongoing basis in order to improve his ability to walk and to relieve the pain.

3. Chinese herbal formulas are often more effective and safer than Western allopathic medications. One patient of mine working in the high tech industry suffered from severe stress. I noticed that she frequently experiences urinary tract infections. She would suffer secondary infection when she used antibiotics to address her symptoms because besides killing the pathogens causing the UTI, the antibiotics also destroyed the good bacteria in her gut. She got well much faster and never got a secondary infection when I treated her with Chinese herbal antibiotics and acupuncture.

TCM is indeed a powerful healing system because it takes into account the entire person and what’s happening in that person’s life. For common conditions, a lot of the diagnoses and recommendations TCM offers are more specific than those that Western Medicine offers. Even diagnoses and therapies for health issues not recognized by Western Medicine, TCM includes. More often than not, the non-pharmaceutical options that Chinese herbal remedies offer is much more effective than allopathic pharmaceutical therapies.

4. My patients are usually happy to find out that certain Chinese diagnoses exist that accurately describe their problems that are not offered by other forms of medicine.

I had an extremely health conscious female patient who visited an older sister in another state. When she returned home she was suffering from a highly unusual and very severe cough. She told me that visiting her sister was always a trying experience for her and her last visit was no different. She was puzzled by her cough because every time she coughed she felt that there was something stuck in her throat, but somehow she was unable to get it to go down her throat or cough it out. I told her that her problem was nothing new to me. I opened my textbook to the page that described a condition known as “plum pit throat” and told her that that’s exactly the condition she’s suffering from. She found it amazing to know that Chinese medicine had actually a name to describe her specific problem. I treated her with a specific herbal remedy and an acupuncture treatment, and sure enough, it worked.

Ni Nan Gilbert is a licensed acupuncturist in Bellmore, NY with certification in Chinese Herbology and over 16 years experience in traditional Chinese medicine.

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February 21st, 2017 at 2:35 pm

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Consider Getting Acupuncture Treatment for the Natural Treatment of Hypothyroidism

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Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is unable to function optimally. It was assumed till recently that only Western allopathic medicine can be used for treatment. However, promising results from alternative treatment, especially acupuncture, have been documented in the health industry. It has been shown that hypothyroid sufferers have experienced relief with acupuncture.

Located in the lower part and front of the neck, the thyroid gland is an endocrine gland that produces and releases the hormones triiodothyronine and thyroxine. These two hormones are generally responsible for balancing the body’s metabolic processes. The lack of these hormones is known as hypothyroidism. For reasons that are unknown, hypothyroidism is commonly found in women of reproductive age. It also can develop in children and males.

Among the Chinese people, acupuncture is a widely popular modality and has been highly touted as a successful way of treating various ailments. It has been discovered that certain areas of the human anatomy are related to peripheral nerves. In an acupuncture procedure, those acupuncture points are stuck with fine sharp needles specially designed for the purpose. The needles have the ability to stop the pain the, and help cure the patient’s complaint.

Among the Chinese, acupuncture has existed for many, many centuries, and is hugely respected. It is reputed to cure and treat several types of diseases, and has been officially adopted in many countries of Southeast Asia due to its versatility and efficacy. More studies are being conducted, to gauge the therapy’s effectiveness in resolving disease.

While Western medicine has still not confirmed a total cure for hypothyroidism, it is possible that acupuncture can help person live an energy-filled and healthy life. Therefore, if you think that Western allopathic medicine has let you down, “alternative” modalities such as acupuncture and herbal treatments are well worth considering. They have usually been proven over time to accomplish what Western allopathic medicine could not – resolve ailments.

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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February 21st, 2017 at 2:32 pm

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Detoxify Your Body in A Safe and Healthy Way with Acupuncture

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Acupuncture in Overland Park can detoxify your body significantly. This treatment is a major branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a type of medical system that has been practiced for over 3,500 years. The functions of the body are harmonized and nourished by the balance of a vital life force known as Chi. This balance of Chi is the principle behind acupuncture.

Chinese doctors of yore strongly believed that “a better healer is one who resolves a disease before it manifests symptoms, while an inferior healer cures a disease only after it has led to discomfort or pain ” They suggested that prevention should be a physician’s primary objective for health instead of the treatment of a disease. Acupuncture was first designed and utilized as a preventative type of therapy.

Having a natural diuretic effect on the body, acupuncture aids in the body’s detoxification by helping eliminate toxins via the urinary tract. This is one reason why you will witness a widespread use of the treatment for drug detoxification programs.

Cravings and appetite can be reduced with an acupuncture treatment even as it removes blockage of the Chi. Once appetite is regained, you may not have as much desire for foods that are loaded with toxins. Eating toxic foods can instantly give you a feeling of body heaviness, as the flow of energy is once again disrupted. When you eat the right food, your body continues to feel energized. It quickly learns what foods can give the most benefit. This is the reason why acupuncture to help detoxify the body is so powerful and effective.

Acupuncture is also believed to be a helpful technique for the relief of pain and panful conditions. For some, the mention of needles is enough to send a tingle down their spines. Unfortunately, the only effective way to reach the acupuncture points is with the use of needles. A needle can be inserted in between joint, tendon, or muscle spaces. The truth is, an experienced and reputable acupuncturist can make acupuncture a very satisfying experience and less painful experience.

Actually, one can experience a sensation of heaviness, tingling, aching, or numbness when a needle comes into contact with an acupuncture point. This is known as the arrival of Chi. Some people may imagine that the needle causes pain. This is actually a sign that the body has toxins within it. These toxins may have been ingested through polluted water, and/or air, and harmful additives and foods. Even simple bad habits can also cause you to develop toxins.

As a means of detoxifying your body, practitioners of TCM very much recommend acupuncture. They believe that the more toxins you have, the stronger the effect of the treatment will be felt. . Pain is merely perceived than real. What is actually felt is discomfort which soon disappears in an instant. Practitioners believe that this is proof that the acupuncture used for the body’s detoxification works.

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February 21st, 2017 at 2:29 pm

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Things You May Not Know the Spleen is Associated with

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The spleen doesn’t get a lot of respect as far as Western medicine is involved. After all, a person can still live even without a spleen, right? The spleen plays a role in producing antibodies, and in creating and filtering blood; other organs take over the job if it is damaged. However in TCM, the spleen plays several extremely important roles.

The spleen, first and foremost, is connected with the blood – it holds the blood in the vessels. Issues in which the blood is not being contained appropriately such as easy bruising or varicose veins can be traced back to issues in the spleen. This “holding” function also covers the raised into the position they are meant to be in and keeping things in the body held in check. Thus a weak spleen will result in hernia, hemorrhoids, or prolapse of an organ.

It is also the spleen that controls the fluids of the body and is very much involved in digestion. The following are all spleen issues: loose stools, diarrhea, bloating, gas, and even edema (water retention). Digestive issues associated with the spleen are often followed by snakelike and long bowel movements.

The muscles are also controlled by the spleen. A deficiency of the spleen can lead to flaccid weak muscles as well as to weight issues, because the food simply does not move if the spleen is not processing foods properly. The body will suffer from a sluggish metabolism if the movement of food in the body is not moving properly and we all know what a sluggish metabolism can lead to.

The spleen from an emotional perspective is our nurturing and soft motherly side. This organ is connected to an obsession about things, overdoing for others, and over-thinking. The aspect of “holding in” covers the psychological aspect, as well: individuals who have a difficult time letting go, emotionally or otherwise, may need treatment for their spleen. People who tend to hoard things (old newspapers, bric-a-brac, clothing, etc.) may be suffering from spleen deficiency. So is the mother who at the thought of her middle-aged son leaving the nest overprotects her child and worries herself silly.

The spleen can cause and be damaged by over-thinking. So, if you have a weak spleen, you may be the type of person who can’t sleep because you’re holding on to a disagreement that happened a week ago. Unfortunately, if you keep on worrying more and more about it, the more your spleen becomes weak. Well now you have an idea why people who worry over small things tend to suffer from various digestive problems.

Five Points Acupuncture & Wellness
20 Pondmeadow Dr #107
Reading, MA 01867
(781) 944-3000

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February 14th, 2017 at 1:13 pm

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Traditional Chinese Medicine is a Powerful Preventative and Holistic Type of Treatment

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TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) has been helping people in China get well from various health conditions for thousands of years. It is supported and promoted by the Communist government of China through government-funded research and continuing education. Based on the Eastern philosophies of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism, TCM is derived from a belief that all living things share life force energy and are interconnected with each other and that illness is the result of an energy imbalance in the body. Chinese medicine these days is widely practiced throughout the Central Asian Republics, Asia, at large, and in Europe and is gradually drawing adherents in the United States.

Preventative and Holistic

Traditional Chinese medicine’s main doctrine is that disease is prevented and good health comes about when the body is in balance. To attain that balance, what is needed, according to TCM, is the practice of moderation as it relates to alcohol consumption and diet, as well as the inclusion of daily routines of mental and physical tasks. During ancient times, the Chinese upper class used to go to physicians and paid them when they are in good health in order to preserve that health; if they got sick, their doctors were not paid.

As with other types of holistic care, practitioners of TCM encourage their patients to become proactive in maintaining their health and in their own healing process through the practice of meditation and by eating a healthy diet as well as through various forms of exercise programs that are known to promote the proper circulation of life force energy (chi).

The initial objective of TCM healers is to first identify the part of the body where chi flow has been blocked or stagnated. Then, they use their training and skill to determine the best plan of treatment that can heal the illness. These healers can use one or more TCM techniques that are best suited to treat the condition. These can include herbal medicines, topical herbs, acupressure, acupuncture and Chinese massage.

Yin and Yang

One of the most important tenets of TCM is that the human body is a balance of energy forces known as yin and yang. These two forces are diametrically polar opposites but yin cannot exist without the presence of yang and vice versa. The state of health of a person is defined by the imbalance or balance of yin and yang.

Various factors that are often in flux tend to disrupt the balance between yin and yang. They include the seasons of the year, the time of day, and the mood of the person. When an imbalance becomes fixed, it’s believed then that disease ensues. Yin is associated with nighttime and qualities that are quiet and watery; Yang, on the other hand represents daytime, activity, heat, and fire. The internal organs of the body, according to TCM, are also related to the qualities of yin and yang as well as the environment around us, the way we physically move our bodies, and the foods we eat.


Shen, in TCM, represents a person’s mental faculties and the vitality (or lack of it) of the spirit through how activities are managed and how consciousness is expressed. The systems will function in harmony and the body will be strong when the Shen is abundant. A weak Shen means the body’s systems are malfunctioning. A person’s emotional state can also be evaluated through Shen. With a strong Shen, the body is able to recover from illness more easily and quickly.

The Five Elements

The emotional and physical health of a person, according to TCM, can also be associated with their relationship to the qualities of the earth and to earth itself. The overall characteristics of health, physiological symptoms, the emotions, and a person’s personality are categorized based on the five natural elements of the earth: metal, earth, fire, wood, and water. If, say, the wood element is imbalanced, the person will manifest signs that he/she has too much wood and the prescribed therapies will associate with the element that counteracts the effects of wood the best.

Each one of the five elements also associates with specifics organs and parts of the body, including the mouth, tongue, nose, ears, and eyes, as well as with various factors including the weather, seasons, sounds, colors, and emotions. This holistic view of the person and the holistic world view of yin and yang obviously imply that TCM is a holistic type of medicine. TCM practitioners will search for imbalances in every area of your life and on the outside and inside of your physical body.

Getting Treatment from a TCM Practitioner

When you first visit a practitioner of Chinese medicine, you will first be asked a string of questions about yourself and your health. Then, your practitioner will perform a physical examination consisting of a tongue and pulse examination. Besides talking about your specific ailment, symptoms or complaint, you and your practitioner will also discuss about your energy levels, bowel function, sleep patterns, and exercise and diet habits.

Your practitioner may also take time smelling your breath and observing your skin. This type of diagnostic examination will provide the practitioner all the physical data and this information he/she needs in order identify the part of your body where your energy is imbalanced and what type of treatment you need to restore balance in your body. Typical modes of treatment include acupuncture, meditation, exercise, diet changes, and Chinese herbal medicine.

Acupuncture and TCM

In Chinese medicine, chi is believed to circulate via 12 energy channels known as meridians in the body. Each meridian is related to one or more organ systems. As mentioned a while ago, if the flow of chi is restricted or obstructed, the body is in not in balance. An imbalance results in illness which is somehow similar to what Western doctors refer to as symptoms (examples, constipation, upset stomach, or fatigue).

Acupuncture is a healing technique that is designed to restore the free and balanced flow of chi by applying pressure to selected acupuncture points along the meridians. There are several ways this pressure can be applied although acupuncturists mainly utilize very thin, tiny needles. Needles and other means of pressure activate nerve endings in order to reorient chi flow throughout the body. Acupuncture treatment in the West is usually for the relief of chronic pain. This is achieved by enabling the body to produce and release endorphins in the bloodstream to relieve pain in a natural way.

Dr. Guoen Wang is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and doctor of Chinese medicine in Austin Texas.

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February 14th, 2017 at 1:10 pm

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Using Acupuncture to Treat Telogen Effluvium

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For those who have suffered from a severe hair loss condition known as telogen effluvium (temporary hair thinning or shedding), then they know that any type of treatment that would bring about some kind of relief or improvement would be very much welcome. And though there are a wide variety of external topicals for the scalp available in the market, many of these products are not specifically designed to address this condition since this type of hair loss is believed to have internal triggers.

This makes a lot of people with telogen effluvium search for internal treatments instead. One ideal internal remedy is acupuncture. Most people are unaware that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for hair loss. One day, my hair stylist noticed that my hair was gradually thinning on the scalp. I was surprised that she suggested acupuncture in Vancouver to stop and prevent my hair loss. She swore that the treatment was a painless procedure and said that it can address a wide variety of issues. Since my doctor told me that the condition I’m suffering from, telogen effluvium, was a temporary problem, I was not too sure that those thin needles would help me. Would it?”

Before trying to answer that question, I just want to be clear that I’m not a medical specialist nor do I have any personal or medical experience with acupuncture. My knowledge of the treatment comes from my own research and from those who’ve shared their experiences on my blog.

Acupuncture, which is a part of an ancient medical tradition known as TCM or Traditional Chinese medicine, is a treatment that helps restore or generate balance in the body. According to TCM, when some part in your body is out of balance, then this leads to illness, pain, or disease. Acupuncture, as you might already know, is now being used to help address a huge variety of medical conditions. The aim of TCM in treating hair loss is two-fold. One is to restore balance or tonify the body, and the other is to improve stimulation and blood circulation to the scalp. This stimulation is done by placing needles into certain points in the scalp, face, and body.

There have been people commenting on my blog who say the acupuncture has helped them somewhat; there weren’t sure if the help came from the alleviation of stress or from something else they have felt after the treatment. Although, I still have to hear from someone telling me that acupuncture cured them entirely, I don’t get discouraged by the procedure. Because when one sees that telogen effluvium implies that a trigger can place your hair in the rest or shedding phase and that the trigger needs to be removed in order to completely stop the hair loss, then this makes sense.

If a certain medical problem such as a hormonal imbalance serves as the trigger for the hair loss, then acupuncture can also be of help. Some patients have told tell me that acupuncture can help balance the hormones, which means acupuncture definitely can cure hair loss associated with hormonal issues.

But if factors such as childbirth or surgery are the reasons for your loss of hair, then your best medicine will probably be time since it may take a while for your hair to grow back into the growing phase. This does not mean that enhanced circulation of blood to your scalp won’t be a good thing. A lot of folks would agree that acupuncture is painless and relaxing. Therefore, there is no harm in trying it even if you only want to improve blood flow or relieve stress. And unless you try the procedure, you wouldn’t know if the benefits go beyond that.

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February 14th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

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