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Acupuncture Leads To The Alleviation Of Pain And The Improvement Of Health

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Acupuncture is used by traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to treat pain as well as disease. During a session of acupuncture, a practitioner inserts thin needles into one or more of the 2000-plus pressure points in the skin. Acupuncture works on an ancient theory that states that the insertion of needles restores the smooth flow of vital energy (qi) flow throughout the energy channels (meridians) of the body. At optimal levels, qi brings about balance and harmony to the universal forces of yin and yang. This results in the alleviation of pain and the improvement of health.

While traditional acupuncturists only use needles for healing, modern acupuncturists may apply low pulses of electric current or rotate the needles to improve the effectiveness of the treatment. Moxibustion which is the use of a moxa plant that is burned may be used during an acupuncture procedure. Acupressure is occasionally used during the same session. So too is a method known as “cupping” in which suction cups are applied to the pressure points.

There are various explanations as to how acupuncture in Maitland alleviates pain. One of these is the “gate theory.” According to this theory, pain signals use “gates” to move along neural pathways. Acupuncture needles are used to generate a stimulus that will block the pathways of the pain signals.

One other theory explaining how acupuncture works states that acupuncture needles evoke a stimulus that causes the release of the endorphins in the bloodstream. Another acupuncture theory explains that the treatment assists in the production and release of painkilling neurotransmitters in the spinal cord.

Some years ago, the University of Maryland conducted a large scale study of acupuncture treatment for knee osteoarthritis. In the study, sham acupuncture (that used either real needles or retractable needles applied into false pressure points) was compared to traditional Chinese acupuncture. A total of 570 patients were involved in the study. They reported a few benefits from exercise and anti-inflammatory drugs.

The results of the study revealed that patients given real acupuncture experienced significant improvements in mobility and pain compared to patients treated with sham acupuncture.

The study’s authors concluded that “For patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis who are experiencing moderate or severe pain despite background therapy, traditional Chinese acupuncture can provide an effective and safe treatment to improve function and alleviate pain.”

It is important to note that for some people, the effect of acupuncture in relieving pain can be modest and may take some time.

In Southampton, England a study was conducted by Dr. George Lewith that used a technology called positron emission to demonstrate how brain blood flow can be altered with real acupuncture compared to sham acupuncture which proved beyond doubt the real pain modulating effect of acupuncture on the brain.

University of Maryland professor Dr. Hochberg states “You really have to give acupuncture treatment six months In order to get its maximum benefits”. It should not be a replacement for standard treatment for arthritis and should be used in conjunction with conventional arthritis treatment. Also, be sure to consult with a licensed acupuncturist.

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May 30th, 2017 at 10:28 am

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Acupuncture Is An Ideal Alternative Treatment For Migraines

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Anyone who is suffering from migraines knows how miserable their life can be. Migraines can have a profound effect on your quality of life and can be absolutely debilitating. Symptoms can be very severe or very mild and can endure for several days to less than an hour. Sufferers often sense a throbbing or pounding type of pain that’s felt in one side of their head. Migraines can be so severe for some people that they produce additional symptoms such as extreme fatigue, blurry vision, extreme sensitivity to external stimuli (scent, noise, light), and nausea and/or vomiting.

While the exact cause of migraines is unknown, it is believed that it is tied to a weak nervous system that becomes very sensitive to changes in a person’s external or internal environment. This heightened sensitivity is related to the widening of the blood vessels around the skull and with serotonin metabolism. Serotonin is known as the “happy hormone” and low levels of it in the body seem to be associated with the beginning of a migraine; the processing system of the brain is affected and sets off the release of inflammation-causing chemicals that cause pain and activates the sympathetic nervous system which causes stress. Coincidentally, people suffering from chronic migraines are also known to be very prone to anxiety and depression.

The Western medical treatments for migraine include anti-depressants, caffeine, barbiturates, and anti-inflammatory medications. For really severe migraine symptoms, doctors usually prescribe a combination of these drugs. When it comes to addressing the root cause of the migraines, these drugs are practically worthless and they even usually cause other non-related problems. All pharmaceutical medicines are synthetic and hence burden the lymphatic system and the liver. Barbiturates make you drowsy and are habit forming. SSRIs can weaken one’s sex life and decrease libido.

Migraines, according to Chinese medicine are caused by a liver disorder. In acupuncture, the liver governs the circulation of energy throughout the body and is intimately connected to blood pressure, hormone regulation, and the nervous system. It is the organ that’s also extremely sensitive to external and internal stress.

Acupuncture studies show that when it comes to treating migraines, acupuncture is a safe and effective modality. It involves the application of tiny needles in specific pressure points to rectify bodily dysfunctions and regulate the Liver.

Acupuncture can be used to:

• Calm the nervous system
• Increases serotonin levels by regulating brain chemistry
• Regulate hormonal changes
• Treat inflammation
• Boost blood flow

Migraine frequency and severity are drastically lessened as the body starts to function more effectively.

If you or someone you know suffers from migraines talk to a licensed and qualified acupuncturist near your area. You and your acupuncturist will discuss alternatives to medicines and design a treatment plan that will help reduce the frequency and magnitude of your migraines. Your acupuncturist will not only resolve the symptoms of your migraines, he/she will also address the root of the problem in a natural, safe, and non-invasive way.

Balance Within – Integrative Acupuncture
16200 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA 91436
(818) 478-9401

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May 30th, 2017 at 10:22 am

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Bothered By Sports Injuries? Why Not Try Acupuncture?

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Based on historical evidence the Chinese were the first to use acupuncture in the 2nd century BC. The word acu from acupuncture was derived from the Latin word ‘acus’ meaning ‘needle’. Acupuncture is a healing technique that has been perfected all through the years by skilled practitioners. It has undergone several clinical studies to prove that it works for various types of ailments and illnesses. A typical acupuncture procedure entails the insertion of slender needles of various sizes into specific parts of the body to alleviate pain. A sports injury, for example, can be healed by acupuncture with extreme effectiveness in contrast to allopathic treatment that is not capable of healing wounds internally. While sports injuries are commonly experienced by both amateur and professional athletes, the tendency to make use of temporal healing is an unwise option and the patient usually ends up with more costly medical expenses.

Acupuncture therapy for injuries related to sports injury is probably the easiest and fastest way of to relieve pain caused by an injury and it is widely used throughout the world. Strain, sprain and other injuries usually occurs in sporting activities. Acupuncture has become the go to treatment for athletes who want quick, safe and instant remedy for their injury. Acupuncture treatment for sports injury is able to make the body more resilient to swelling and inflammation, something no conventional treatment can achieve. Performing optimally is very important for athletes especially professional athletes since a lot of money is invested on them to play, compete and win. Acupuncture assists them to function at their peak and help them perform to the best of their ability.

Acupuncture in Orlando facilitates healing of illnesses and injuries and provides some extra benefits to the person, like general well-being and a feeling of being reenergized which is a very big added bonus if you’re an athlete. This treatment is much better than taking pills and resorting to other short cuts that have adverse side effects and do not prove effective in the long run. The typical painkilling drugs can also become addictive. Acupuncture has none of these side effects. It calms the senses and aids in the body’s self-healing process without causing any complications. Sports injury acupuncture therapy can be a long term solution to chronic injuries and a powerful instant remedy for acute injuries. Acupuncture has been a way of healing for millions of Americans. Now it has been found to be an effective way for American athletes to quickly resolve their sports ailments and make them performer longer and more efficiently, this mean greater stamina for these athletes helping them to perform at record-shattering levels. Oftentimes, acupuncture treatment for sports injuries may also include electrical stimulation and a good body massage.

Written by Valerie

May 23rd, 2017 at 9:24 pm

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Acupuncture Treatment for Early Pregnancy Issues

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Acupuncture is a proven therapeutic alternative for addressing fertility problems as well as a potent complementary treatment to current fertility modalities. It is also an efficient and safe option to support and nurture early pregnancy by furnishing relief for a lot of common discomforts without the need for medications and their adverse side effects.

Acupuncture treatment in Miami for morning sickness

During the first trimester of pregnancy, a lot of women may suffer from mild to severe nausea and vomiting. The symptoms are usually the result of hormonal changes in the body. You need to seek medical help if you feel nauseous most of the day, or if you cannot stop vomiting.

Most of these women aren’t too keen on using conventional drugs to help alleviate symptoms.
This makes acupuncture an attractive option for relieving nausea and vomiting. A 2002 published clinical study shows acupuncture to be an effective and safe remedy for women in early pregnancy who suffer from nausea and dry retching.

Acupuncture provides relaxation and emotional health

Pregnancy is supposed to bring in joy and excitement to a couple. Several women however, are usually surprised to know that the changes in the hormones in their bodies make them experience stress, anxiety, depression, irritability, and mood swings.

Women who miscarriages for unknown reasons, who suffer from stress associated with IVF therapy or experience threatened miscarriage are prone to fear and worries about carrying a baby successfully to term. Studies have discovered stress in early pregnancy leads to increased amounts of cortisol hormone that can inhibit progesterone and make the immune system antagonistic to the developing embryo.

For the lowering of stress, acupuncture is an incredibly effective healing technique. It activates the central nervous system naturally and enables the production and release of endorphins to lower the levels of cortisol in the body. When cortisol decreases, it improves the mood of a person and raises his general well-being.

The Obstetrics and Gynecology (March 2010) reported that acupuncture for treatment of depression during pregnancy helped women experience a greater reduction in the severity of symptoms and led to a more positive response compared to subjects in the control groups. Acupuncture treatment for depression can be equally effective as the standard treatment methods of medications and counseling.

Acupuncture boosts uterine flow and placenta development

To ensure a successful pregnancy there must be adequate blood flow and circulation to the placenta and uterus. The uterine circulation during pregnancy constantly changes to meet the embryo’s growing metabolic needs. The growing fetus is connected by the placenta to the uterine wall to allow nutrient intake, waste removal and gas exchange via the blood supply of the mother.

For treatment of early pregnancy issues, acupuncturists work to boost microcirculation in the newly developing placenta and the uterine wall. Raising maternal blood circulation to the placenta promotes the transfer of oxygen and nutrients from mother to fetus and the transfer of carbon dioxide and waste products from fetus to mother. It enhances the health of both the fetus and the mother that can contribute to an optimal pregnancy.

In threatened miscarriages acupuncture can be used to minimize bleeding

Acupuncture raises the health of the mother and guarantees the development of the fetus, more so if the mother has a history of miscarriage. The most critical time in a woman’s pregnancy is during the first trimester due to the fact that a successful pregnancy usually depends on the early phases of fetal growth. A lot of medications that are frequently prescribed in Western treatments can be potentially harmful to the growing fetus. This is one reason why acupuncture is an ideal, safe option for resolving several emotional and physical changes that happen during early pregnancy.

Around a quarter of pregnant women in their first trimester suffer some vaginal bleeding. We need to understand that not all bleeding forebodes miscarriage. Actually, about 50 percent of women who experience bleeding do not suffer miscarriages. If, however, you experience bleeding during early pregnancy, it’s important to let your doctor known about it as soon as possible. Vaginal bleeding may be caused by cervical erosion, and implantation. Acupuncture can help correct weaknesses in the mother’s health and relax the uterus preventing uterine contractions as well as various forms of threatened miscarriages.

Our recommendation

For the best outcomes, you may need to undergo weekly acupuncture sessions until the twelfth week of gestation. Plus, you need to have positive emotions, live a better lifestyle, and maintain a healthy diet that can directly support and nourish the fetus. Women should eat small portions of easily digestible, nutrient-rich, cooked food more often during the day, as well as avoid greasy, fried, and spicy foods, and drink plenty of fluids.

Pregnancy is a special time in your life! It’s important to stay healthy and cheerful in order to have a full-term pregnancy that’s free of problems.

Written by Valerie

May 23rd, 2017 at 9:21 pm

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Study Reveals Acupuncture’s Benefits in the Treatment of COPD

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A recent small-scale trial reveals that acupuncture can bring substantial benefits to people suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Acupuncture is considered a complementary treatment that may be able alleviate breathing difficulty after exertion, which plagues many sufferers of COPD, which actually is a broad classification for a set of lung conditions that block airflow.

Gearge T. Lewith, author of an editorial of the new study featured in the Archives of Internal Medicine says “COPD is a disease related to old age. There are no really reliable conventional treatments for it.” He added “The acupuncture’s effect in this study resulted in people feeling very, very much better.”

To measure acupuncture’s effect on COPD symptoms, Japanese researchers enlisted 68 adults suffering from the disease and divided them into two groups — one half was given placebo acupuncture in which blunt needles were used that were not able to puncture the skin and the other half received real acupuncture. Both groups were treated with their respective therapies for 12 weeks. All subjects continued taking whatever drugs they have been prescribed by their doctors.

During walking tests that monitored patients for labored breathing, the researchers saw that the people in the real acupuncture group were far less breathless than those in the group given placebo treatment.

Co-author of the study, Masao Suzuki of the Kyoto University states “The muscles supporting thoracic motion during breathing are significantly fatigued in COPD patients.” Mr. Suzuki theorized about the possible underlying mechanisms. He added that “Acupuncture helps these muscles relax resulting in the recovery of the functionality of those muscles to support better breathing”.

Despite the new study’s promising results, experts argue that continued research is still needed. The study had a small sample size and the outcomes need to be verified through more research. The authors of the study also stated that even though the subjects in the study were masked, the acupuncture practitioners weren’t and “this can affect the outcomes based on their attitudes.” Lewith said “COPD is a very difficult disease to address and manage and this outcome appears a lot as a breakthrough, but one should never modify the plan of treatment on the basis of one study”.

According to the Mayo Clinic, bronchodilators are able to provide immediate relief to symptoms such as shortness of breath and as such are considered “mainstays” of medication treatment for COPD.

The main risk factors for COPD are outdoor and indoor air pollution and smoking according to the World Health Organization. Their studies show that 65 million people suffer from moderate to severe COPD and by the next decade, total deaths are expected to rise by more than 30 percent.

Jamie Catlett is an acupuncturist in Jacksonville, FL and the founder of Jacksonville Acupuncture Clinic.

Written by Valerie

May 16th, 2017 at 12:20 pm

Acupuncture Can Lead to the Relief of Sore Throat Pain

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With the fall season being only a few months away, the weather will be soon cooling off; people’s throats however will be heating up. People of all ages will again experience a rise in pharyngitis, more commonly known as sore throat all through fall and winter. Fortunately, acupuncture is there to help.

When the pharynx becomes inflamed sore throat or pharyngitis occurs. The two most common reasons for pharyngitis are bacteria and viruses despite the fact that this condition can be caused by a number of factors including, for example, allergies, mouth breathing, and smoking. The germs can be widely spread once school resumes in the fall and it can extend beyond the classroom as students gather to parties, dances, and football games – frequently resulting in a rise of people suffering from strep throat, tonsillitis, the cold, and even mononucleosis (mono).

These conditions, of course, are also experienced by adults although cases of mononucleosis usually occur in teens between the ages of 15 to 17. At these ages, teens often date each other and mono can be transmitted through mucus and saliva giving it the monicker “the kissing disease”. However, the fact is that mono and other factors that contribute to pharyngitis are not only caused by the transmission of saliva through kissing, it can also be passed on by being close to a person with the disease when he or she sneezes or coughs or via seemingly harmless ways as sharing a straw.

One of the hardest aspects of sore throat is that many sufferers usually don’t exhibit any symptoms. This means that they are not aware of the threat they pose to others and so they are unable to warn others of the risks involved when coming in close contact with them. What’s worse mono has a long incubation period of 30 to 50 days meaning that the symptoms one is just beginning to notice can be due to an elevator ride with someone who had been carrying the disease more than a month ago.

Because these microbes are almost impossible to avoid, there’s a very high possibility that you will experience a sore throat at least once in your lifetime. And since sore throat has symptoms that are quite uncomfortable you would want relief from them as fast as possible.

What then is the solution?

First, we should note that people who have problems swallowing or suffering from high fevers, or have symptoms that persist for several days require medical attention. But for people who are experiencing a scratchy, dry, stand-alone sore throat, they usually address the problem by buying over-the-shelf drugs and tough it out. Unfortunately, many of them are not aware that there is a simpler speedy alternative in the form of acupuncture treatment along with lots of fluids and rest.

An article published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, reviewed a 2012 involving 74 patients with severe sore throat. The study revealed that within one minute of balance acupuncture treatment, patients experienced a significant reduction in their sore throat pain.

How does acupuncture in Bellingham treat sore throat pain?

According to TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine, the vital energy or life energy of each person moves like blood via several energy channels called meridians to each organ of the body. A disruption in the flow in any of these meridians will lead to pain and/or illness.

Addressing the affected meridian points is the key to restoring the channels; each meridian point has a different function. So, when sore throat develops in a person, a qualified licensed practitioner will need to stimulate multiple meridian points to silence the cough associated with the sore throat (remove phlegm), treat the scratchy dry feeling (increase moisture), resolve the inflammation (expel heat), and strengthen the person’s immune system.

In TCM, the cause of sore throat can be different for each patient despite the fact that people may experience common symptoms. To know the underlying cause of your sore throat your acupuncturist will need to spend some time asking you questions about your health and medical history. This can help the practitioner identify patterns that in turn will determine what meridian points to treat. Therefore, a couple of patients both with sore throat can have different acupuncture treatments.

To conclude, when you plan to go out in public this coming fall, please take the necessary precautions. Contact your nearest licensed acupuncturist clinic if you think you might be going down with pharyngitis/throat. Make an appointment to give your immune system a boost and relieve your sore throat.

Written by Valerie

May 16th, 2017 at 12:18 pm

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The TCM Way of Treating Hypertension

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TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine has lots of procedures to resolve hypertension or high blood pressure – acupuncture is one of them. Acupuncture treatment in Tarzana for hypertension can be divided into two types: one type is to address the high blood pressure symptoms and the other is to treat the patient holistically.

The simpler way of addressing the symptoms of high blood pressure

Acupuncturists are aware that when certain acupuncture points are stimulated with needles, it leads to the lowering of blood pressure levels. So, as soon as a diagnosis of highly blood pressure is made, they apply needles into the corresponding points. Treating the patient holistically entails a more complicated process and it depends on the differentiation of syndromes. An acupuncturist analyses the clinical signs and symptoms presented by the patient through exclusive Chinese medicine diagnostic procedures such as the feel of the patient’s pulse and the appearance of the tongue in order to determine the nature and type of the condition. The acupuncturist then chooses the best method to treat it. Chinese medicine practitioners categorize high blood pressure/hypertension into four main syndromes:

1. Syndrome marked by symptoms such a thin, taut rapid pulse, insomnia, amnesia, tinnitus, palpitations, hot sensation in the soles and palms, restlessness, dry mouth, dizziness, and headache.

2. Syndrome involving symptoms such as a vigorous and taut pulse, red tongue with yellow fur, restlessness, bitter taste in the mouth, flushed eyes and face, headache, and dizziness.

3. Syndrome characterized by a thin and taut pulse, pale tongue with white fur, weakness of the waist and legs, fatigue, palpitations, tinnitus, headache, and dizziness.

4. Syndrome marked by a taut and thin pulse, dry and reddish tongue with little coating, insomnia, hot sensation in the soles and palms, tinnitus, weakness of the legs and waist, dizziness, and dry and uncomfortable sensation of the eyes.

The Chinese commonly select the acupoints to treat hypertension based on their functions. They are divided into two categories: The first category of acupoints is used to decrease the excessive yang. The second category of points is used to supplement the deficiency of the body’s vital energy or Chi (yin and yang).

In actual practice, the first category of acupoints is selected if the patient manifests excessive liver-yang syndrome. Both categories are selected if there is both excessive yang and deficient yin syndromes to help restore balance in the body. The second category is selected if there is a case of yin deficiency syndrome of the kidney and liver; reinforcing manipulation is then used.

These are all defined by syndrome differentiation which is an important principle in acupuncture treatment of hypertension. The results are so much better if hypertension is addressed based on this principle.

There are certain benefits to be gained when treating hypertension with acupuncture; for one, the treatment’s effect is mild, which means the patient does not feel any discomfort when the high blood pressure is reduced. Moreover, the treatment has no side effects whatsoever even when the treatment is long-term. However, it should be noted that there are limitation to the effects of the treatment. You can expect significant improvements when hypertension is treated in its initial stage. But if the condition has progressed in the second or third stage, the effects may not be as satisfactory as one would want them to be. Also, in complications related to hypertension, acupuncture treatment may not yield really great results.

Written by Valerie

May 9th, 2017 at 10:55 am

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Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs Can Help Reverse Hair loss

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For a lot of people hair loss can come at a very young age, some in their 20’s and some even earlier. Tens of millions of men in the United States suffer from male-pattern baldness. Oftentimes, it can lead to partial or complete baldness. Women can suffer from female-pattern hair loss which commonly manifests as thinning of the hair in the crown and front areas of the head. Some factors that can lead to hair loss can include heredity, overthinking, and stress. Hair loss can lead to psychological symptoms such as self-consciousness and feelings of anxiety.

An effective and safe way to stimulate hair regeneration is with Chinese medicine, specifically, Chinese herbs and acupuncture. Qualified acupuncturists can successfully treat hair loss. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), there are two underlying reasons for hair loss: damp heat stagnation and kidney and blood deficiency. Acupuncturists also use herbs (for external and internal use) that work very well for many patients.

For hair loss many acupuncturists use the acupuncture points St 8, Yi Ming, Du 16, Du 19, G 5, G 7, and G 20. Treatment is given once or more than once a week. At home, the patient can also use a seven star needle every day to tap the scalp or bald patch where the hair is thinning.

The hair can be nourished with a number of herbs to stimulate hair growth. They include Shu Di Wang, Dang Gui, Shuan Ye, Han Lian Cao, Nu Shen His, He Shou, and several others. The herbs can be taken as tea. Acupuncturists can also make topical application in the form of an herbal tincture, particularly, to utilize along with the seven star needle. All those herbs promote blood flow to the scalp. Besides helping hair growth, they can also prevent the graying of hair. After two or three months of treatment, new hair growth can be seen.

A Case Study

J.T., a 33-year-old male went to my clinic one May morning. He had been suffering from hair loss problem for more than 25 years. When he was a teen, he experienced partial hair loss. He tried oral and topical steroid hormones without success. During the last two years, his condition was getting worse. His symptoms were thinning of hair and partial hair loss. Six months before, he came to my clinic, he developed one bald patch, about the size an egg that was situated at the right part of his temple. He often suffered from headaches and nervousness. His pulses were weak and thin and his tongue had a slightly reddish color with white fur. It was bigger than normal.

I diagnosed him with kidney blood deficiency and damp-heat stagnation. I performed acupuncture on him, gave him an herbal tincture to be applied topically, and gave him a daily supplement in the form of an herbal tea. I told him to visit me once a week. On his 8th visit, I first noticed new hair growth in his bald patch. Each day the bald patch was slowly shrinking. After three months the bald patch disappeared and was replaced with new hair. His new hair has remained well healthy and well. He has been on a maintenance program for the last five years. He is extremely happy with the outcome.

Thrive Wellness Center
1244 S Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 713-6118

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May 2nd, 2017 at 7:11 am

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The Best Treatment for Low Back Pain is Acupuncture

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The most common reasons for getting acupuncture treatment in Boynton Beach are for the relief of arthritis, joint pain, chronic pain, and most especially for lower back pain. Chinese medicine and acupuncture for a lot of people has been a really effective part of their treatment plan for the relief and management of pain. But how does it work? And will it work for you?

The Chinese Medicine Perspective of Pain

Joint and/or musculoskeletal pain, in Chinese medicine, corresponds to a set of symptom known as bi syndrome. Bi, in Chinese medicine terminology, means blockage or obstruction. The blockage can lead to painful symptoms such as hot, fixed, achy, or stabbing pain. Certain people suffering from bi syndrome may find relief with rest while others patients feel better when they exercise or move. A lot of disorders of the joint and musculoskeletal system are grouped into a sub-classification of bi syndrome. If a bi syndrome type of pain is diagnosed by the acupuncturist, treatment most probably would entail the proper selection of herbal remedies and acupuncture points to break down and quell the symptoms in the problematic part of the body.

How Acupuncture Treatment for Back Pain Works

Acupuncture works by deactivating and eliminating trigger points (parts of the body where there is inflammation and localized constriction). The acupuncture points to be needled are determined by the specific pattern of pain the patient exhibits.

The use of Chinese medicine and acupuncture facilitates healing in two ways:

1. First, they work to reduce pain by rectifying stagnation and local congestion and relieving inflammation.

2. After treating stagnation and congestion which normalizes local circulation, Chinese medicine and acupuncture help the body return to a more robust and mobile state by helping nourish the discs, tendons and, and muscular structure of the body.

Chinese Medicine practitioners believe that in aspects of the body that aren’t inflamed or constricted, certain muscles may be able to ‘project’ pain patterns in those areas. A qualified acupuncturist has the knowledge and skill to deactivate the trigger points as well as be able to identify these patterns. This professional can then determine what distal and nearby acupoints to needle to help remedy the pain. With this technique, the acupuncturist can stimulate the meridian system of the body in order to relieve local pain as well as resolve underlying imbalances in the flow of energy to treat the real cause of the back pain.

Research Validates Acupuncture as a Bona Fide Back Pain Treatment

The Archives of Internal Medicine published a recent study showing acupuncture’s capacity to alleviate back pain better than Western standard treatments. The NIH (National Institutes of Health) funded the study that involved 638 subjects all suffering from back pain. The subjects were grouped into four with one group receiving no acupuncture treatment but resumed whatever standard plan of treatment they were on, (physical therapy or drugs). Another group was treated with placebo acupuncture, a form of acupuncture in which the skin was never pieced but was nonetheless stimulated. The other two groups both received real acupuncture treatment.

Seven weeks later, the three groups that were treated with acupuncture (including the placebo group) showed more significant and greater improvement compared to the standard treatment group. Positive outcomes were even seen in placebo acupuncture treatment.

The surprising results of the placebo acupuncture group that almost equaled that of real acupuncture led to question as to what it is about the system that sets off recovery. The standard care group had a 39 percent rate of improvement while the three acupuncture groups, tallied an average rate of 60 percent.

What are the Advantages of Using Acupuncture for Low Back Pain?

An overwhelming majority of people (85 percent) will experience back pain at least once in their life. Back pain costs Americans around US $40 billion in health care. People who have been suffering from this potentially debilitating type of ailment for a long time know only too well the importance of getting a very effective and safe form of treatment for their condition. Acupuncture is cost-effective and a really safe choice for those seeking relief for their conditions.

Practically every qualified acupuncturist is a specialist in the treatment of chronic pain. They have spent hundreds of hours training with Chinese Medicine and acupuncture teachers to know how to relieve pain and treat patients over the long-term in the safest and best way possible. Countless numbers of people have found relief through Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. Of course, there are skeptics who are not convinced that acupuncture will work for them. However, there’s growing evidence that acupuncture can be an effective mode of treatment for relieving pain and acupuncturists can develop a long-term plan of treatment regimen to help patients live a happy, healthy, and pain-free life.

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May 2nd, 2017 at 7:06 am

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