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Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments for Hashimoto’s Disease

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Hashimoto’s disease results in a chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland eventually causing primary hypothyroidism. Blood tests are conducted to measure the amounts of TSH or Thyroid Stimulating Hormone in the body. Hashimoto’s disease is an autoimmune condition causing symptoms such as depression, joint pain, hip muscle and shoulder aches, weight gain, hoarse voice, puffy and swollen face, sensitivity to cold, and tiredness. Hashimoto’s disease causes enlargement of the thyroid gland resulting in a swelling of the neck or goiter.

The pituitary gland attempts to activate the thyroid that creates more TSH that then leads the enlargement of the thyroid. This article will discuss the perspective of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) on Hashimoto’s disease and traditional healing methods to treat this condition. How does
TCM view weight gain, puffy face, coldness, tiredness and other symptoms of Hashimoto’s?

According to TCM, the above-mentioned symptoms can be categorized into a pattern known as yang deficiency syndrome. Cold signs will arise when the yang becomes deficient. Yang signifies warmth and represents the sun. Usually, heat rises and if it can’t go to the face, the face will turn pale and fluid circulation stagnate causing fluid buildup that then results in a puffy face. Tiredness sets in when yang becomes cold and weak as yang supplies heat and energy in the body.

Goiter According to TCM

In TCM, goiter can develop from more than one disease mechanism. Complication arising from yang deficiency is one such mechanism. This is a complication that results in a buildup of damp. If the body does not have enough fire to circulate and warm the fluids, they can accumulate and congeal. Ancient Japanese and Chinese doctors viewed goiters as damp and phlegm nodules. Thousands of years before western scientists discovered iodine in seaweed, they were already using seaweed (kun bu) to treat goiter.

Can the Autoimmune Aspect of Hashimoto’s Disease be treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Some practitioners trained in traditional acupuncture utilize a TCM technique known as the eight extraordinary vessels (meridians). The vessels are deemed to be important components in accessing the patient’s constitutional strength and acupuncturists utilize them to address a wide range of chronic diseases. The ren and the chong are a couple of these special eight energy vessels that are frequently used for conditions affecting women and can be utilized to treat Hashimoto’s disease as this disease seems to affect women more than men.

Thrive Wellness Center is an acupuncture clinic in Boca Raton, FL providing Chinese medicine treatments for many health conditions.

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June 27th, 2017 at 9:34 pm

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Acupuncture Is The Treatment That Will Help You Stop Smoking For Good

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The hardest part of quitting smoking is dealing with the withdrawal symptoms. They can be too much for a lot of people to cope with, and as the edginess and stress builds, most of the time they succumb to their cravings and eventually reach in their pocket for a stick of cigarette. There are several therapies and products such as yoga, hypnosis, patches, and chewing gum that all claim to have the power to help ease you through and take the edge off the extremely difficult process of quitting smoking. One treatment that has been endorsed by the World Health Organization for smoking cessation that is extremely underrated and very much overlooked is acupuncture treatment for smoking addiction.

Because it widely advertised, widely available, and very convenient to use, nicotine patches are the most popular way to help you control the urge to smoke. What they do is put the nicotine back in to the body momentarily stopping your desire to smoke. But this does not address the underlying problem which your addiction to nicotine and so the moment you stop using the patches, the craving to smoke immediately comes back.

One rather popular therapy people try to help them quit smoking for good is hypnosis. This approach is designed to help strengthen your will power and it strives to accomplish this by saying to yourself over and over again that you don’t need to and don’t want to smoke while being in a relaxed and hypnotic state. This causes your subconscious to be more open to external suggestion. Hypnotherapists claim that your likelihood to quit smoking increases by a thousand percent when you take part in these hypnotherapy sessions. With will power alone, the chance of success is just 6 percent, but with hypnosis sessions, this jumps to 60 percent. However, for hypnosis to truly work, you have to believe in it a hundred percent which may be very difficult to do for a lot of people.

Acupuncture in Boynton Beach cures smoking addiction through the application of very thin needles at predetermined points in the body. The needles stimulate the flow of blood increasing the level of oxygen in the body and helping flush out the nicotine and other toxins from your bloodstream. Those points or acupoints in the human body have been mapped and used by acupuncturists for thousands of years to treat illnesses and restore health to the body. Acupuncture alleviates stress and tension, the two major reasons why people smoke in the first place. Studies show that when it comes to help people quit smoking, acupuncture has an outstanding 85 to 90 percent rate of success. This therapy releases endorphins into your bloodstream which helps relax the mind. The endorphins bring about a heightened sense of calmness and wellbeing and prevent the onset of any negative feelings that one usually feels during withdrawal symptoms.

So, if you are seeking for the most effective, safest, and natural way to permanently cure your smoking addiction, acupuncture treatment for smoking addiction, is definitely worth a try.

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June 27th, 2017 at 9:31 pm

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Need Help With Insomnia? Acupuncture and Acupressure Are Two Natural Treatments To Consider

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To address insomnia, the natural treatment options you can use are acupuncture and acupressure. These types of insomnia therapy are quite helpful because they’ll give your body the necessary means to relieve pain and stress in order for you to sleep faster and sleep well. Acupuncture has been used by ancient Chinese medicine practitioners for over 4,000 years to address a wide variety of illnesses, including insomnia. Its main tools are fine needles inserted into specific points on the body to improve health and treat illnesses. Acupressure utilizes these points as well, but instead of needles to generate therapeutic benefits, it uses pressure instead.

With acupuncture in Bellmore and acupressure insomnia treatments, the main goal is to assist Qi, the life force in the body, to move smoothly throughout the body. According to Chinese medicine, when your body or mind develops sickness or illnesses, something is blocking the normal flow of Qi. By using acupressure or acupuncture to activate the area, the Qi is able to overcome the blockage and resume its normal smooth flow.

It is important to find a licensed acupuncturist who has experience in treating the illness you’re suffering from, if you are seriously considering this treatment. The major and larger cities will most likely have licensed skilled acupuncturists that may help you treat your insomnia. The first step to insomnia treatment begins with a meeting with your acupuncturist who will strive to explain what kind of help you need. You can explain in simple terms to your acupuncturist that you are seeking help with your insomnia. Your acupuncturist will then examine you and diagnose your condition. Afterwards, he/she will target areas of your body that are believed to help cure your sleeping problem.

Acupressure and acupuncture are both non-toxic, natural modes of treatment to help you get back to sleep for good. If you want a safer way to treat your insomnia, it is extremely essential to find a licensed acupuncturist who has extensive knowledge in treating your condition and whom you are comfortable working with.

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June 20th, 2017 at 12:33 pm

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Acupuncture Can Be A Viable Treatment For Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome And Chronic Prostatitis

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Very few people are aware that acupuncture treatment for prostatitis can be an optional treatment for chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CPPS) and chronic prostatitis (CP). Acupuncture has been practiced by Chinese physicians for thousands of years. It is based on the existence of vital energy (Chi) that flows throughout the body through invisible pathways of energy called meridians. From time to time, this Chi flow becomes sluggish as a result of blockage within the meridians that disrupts flow resulting in illness and disease.

Acupuncturists use meridians at specific points in the body, called acupuncture points or just acupoints, to apply ultrafine needles into the skin. The needles activate the acupoints in order to resolve a wide range of conditions, including CPPS/CP. Activating those acupoints is known to promote the self-healing processes of the body and boost the function of the body.

From the viewpoint of Western medicine, acupuncture stimulates the central nervous system to release neurotransmitters and hormones in order to enhance the immune system, normalize various bodily functions, and relieve pain.

Because acupuncture treatment involves the use of needles, a lot of individuals are reluctant to try it. But the truth is, this treatment does not cause pain at all. Acupuncture needles are very thin and because of people’s previous experience with much thicker hypodermic needles or due to their apprehension during the first treatment, they might naturally find it hard to stay calm during the initial treatment. In order to prevent infections, the acupuncture needles are disposable, sterilized, and used only once.

When undergoing dry needling of the muscular but tender trigger points, patients may experience a fleeting discomfort. A typical dry needling session would last around 20 minutes by which time the person becomes very relaxed and the discomfort relieved. Some people suffering from pelvic pain and prostatitis may experience minor flare-ups or temporary aggravation of their condition within the first few sessions.

How Does Acupuncture Treatment for Prostatitis Work?

More and more Western-trained doctors are accepting acupuncture as a valid remedy for pain. Countless studies have been conducted dealing with acupuncture prostatitis treatment for the relief of symptoms such as stress, urinary problems, and pain, and to upgrade the quality of life of the patients. Generally speaking, those studies showed encouraging results in the treatment of CPPS and CP. Since it is tricky to utilize a placebo with acupuncture, the placebo that scientists use is sham or fake acupuncture. This means that patients are informed that they are getting acupuncture when in reality they are not getting any treatment at all.

Natural and alternative therapies such as acupuncture prostatitis treatment are a component of a treatment protocol known as CPPS/ NPAT which is a holistic type of treatment for CPPS/ CP. NPAT is an acronym for:

• Natural therapies (gluten-free diets, elimination diets, and ALCAT)
• Phytotherapy (probiotics combined with quercetin and pollen)
• Alternative Therapies (pelvic therapy and rehabilitation, prostate massage, and acupuncture)
• Total body (lifestyle, long-term stress management, and exercise)

NPAT is a specialized style of acupuncture involving the following things:

• Needle insertion on “stress points”
• Dry Needling of trigger points in the muscles
• Needling other acupoints believed to help treat prostatitis

The treatment of prostatitis begins by first recognizing the trigger points in the pelvic muscles. Trigger points are points that are extremely sensitive and are found in tight bundles of either skeletal fascia or muscle. When pressured is applied to these points, they cause referred pain and local tenderness. A dry needle is stuck directly into the muscle and skin at a myofascial trigger point when such points need to be identified. Acupoints traditionally used for prostatitis are then also needled. Generally, results can be experienced after 6 to 12 treatment sessions that are conducted one or two times a week.

Studies have confirmed that stress plays a huge role in the development of prostatitis or the worsening of its symptoms. Acupuncture has been used successfully for the management and relief of stress. A study done fairly recently shows acupuncture’s ability to prevent the excess release of stress chemicals.

An April 2013 issue of a medical journal featured a series of studies conducted by the Medical Center of Georgetown University. Electro-acupuncture was used by researchers on rats to monitor the amounts of hormones and proteins that rodents and humans secrete associated with the reaction to stress. The researchers selected electro-acupuncture because it made sure each animal was administered with the same dose.

The study took 10 days to complete. It included a control group that was not treated with acupuncture and was not stressed, a group that was not given acupuncture and was stressed for an hour every day, a group that was treated with fake acupuncture near the tail and was stressed, and the experimental group, that received acupuncture on the acupoint believed to alleviate stress (the Hsuzanli point) and was stressed. This acupoint is found below the knee in humans.

The study revealed that electro- acupuncture prevented the long-term stress caused by the increase of NPY and hormones. NPY is a peptide produced by the sympathetic nervous system. In the experimental group, the amounts of NPY decreased near the amount of the control group. The rats that were treated with fake acupuncture increased their hormones the same as that of the animals subjected to stress for an hour and were left untreated. The rats that were not treated with acupuncture to the Hsuzanli acupoint who were stressed showed increased amounts of NPY. Being a significant contributor to CPPS and pelvic muscle tension, stress can be reduced through acupuncture which can really be helpful for men suffering from stress-induced prostatitis.

The following is a list of studies involving acupuncture treatment for prostatitis:

A study published in the American Journal of Medicine evaluated the effectiveness of acupuncture versus fake acupuncture in 89 men suffering from CPPS/ CP who were randomly designated to receive either fake or real acupuncture for 10 weeks, twice a week. Of the 44 men who were treated with real acupuncture 73 percent (32 men) responded positively to the treatment after a 10-week study as opposed to 47 percent (21 men) of the 45 men in the fake acupuncture group. The outcomes were based on responses to the NIH/CPSI (National Institutes of Health Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index). In addition, positive effects were seen in 32 percent or 14 of the men who received real acupuncture six months after the end of the study, as opposed to only 13 percent or only 6 in the fake acupuncture group.

Canadian researchers did a study to determine whether acupuncture can improve the quality of life in men suffering from CPPS/CP as well as alleviate pain and problems with urination. Twelve men were involved in the study and they all tried using conventional medications such as alpha-blockers, anti-inflammatories, or antibiotics without success. The men were treated with two sessions of acupuncture each week for six weeks. During each session, 30 acupoints were used to alleviate their condition. After 33 weeks of follow-up, all twelve experienced significant improvements in their quality of life, urinary symptoms, and pain based on NIH/CPSI scores. The study’s authors state, “In the improvement of the quality of life and symptoms of men suffering from chronic pelvic pain syndrome/chronic prostatitis, acupuncture has shown to a durable, safe, and efficient treatment.”

A review in 2011 about acupuncture treatment’s effectiveness against CCPS/CP states that “more proof has affirmed that acupuncture can be an effective and safe treatment in the management of CPPS/CP.” The authors of the review said their evaluation of the studies dealing with acupuncture treatment for CPPS/CP “could spur urologists and healthcare providers to use acupuncture along with conventional treatment for the management of CPPS/CP pain.”

In 2009, a study was published involving 39 men with CPPS/CP who were divided into three groups. One group was treated with 12 sessions of electro-acupuncture, was told to exercise and given lifestyle advice; the second group was also told to exercise, was given advice, and treated with 12 sessions of fake acupuncture, while the last group was told to exercise and was given advice and received no other treatment. Acupuncturists targeted six acupuncture points to address the symptoms whose improvements were measured using the CPSI or NIH-Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index. One and a half months later, the NIH-CPSI score of the group treated with electro-acupuncture got reduced significantly compared to the other two groups. Also, the painful symptoms of the electro-acupuncture group significantly improved. On average, this group had a six-point decrease in its score, compared to only 16.7 percent (two members) in the fake acupuncture group and 25 percent (three members) in the remaining group. This led the researchers to conclude that electro-acupuncture has proven therapeutic effects in the alleviation of pain related to CPPS/CP.

Side Effects of Acupuncture

When it comes to safety, acupuncture treatment for prostatitis is definitely a very safe alternative therapy to use compared to drugs. It rarely has side effects which may involve bacterial infections at the area where the needle has been inserted. Hepatitis is the most common infection you can get from acupuncture. To avoid this problem, you should seek out a licensed and qualified acupuncturist who only uses the Clean Needle Technique.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983

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Written by Valerie

June 20th, 2017 at 12:31 pm

Acupuncture Should Be Your First Choice For Curing Shingles

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Herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, is caused by the same virus that cause chickenpox: the varicella zoster virus (VZV). It is a painful condition whose main symptom is a skin rash that’s painful with blisters in a certain part of one side of the body, usually in the stripe. A VZV infection initially will result in acute chickenpox. Once the chickenpox infection has healed, the virus is never eliminated and will remain and lie dormant in the nerve tissue until it is activated and cause shingles some years or decades later.

At the onset of shingles, symptoms such as chills, fatigue, headache, and fever may occur. These symptoms may be wrongly diagnosed and are nonspecific. This initial stage of the infection is followed by blisters and skin rash one to two days later. Shingles usually lasts for two or three weeks but it causes a condition known as postherpetic neuralgia, which is a type of tingling nerve pain lasting months or even years long after the rash has healed.

To prevent the rise of chickenpox and shingles, vaccines such as Zostavax can be given. In a review of a study, the Cochrane Library concluded that Zostavax is able to lower the absolute likelihood of shingles by 1.75 percent, a relative risk reduction of 50 percent. Zostavax is contraindicated for patients with immune system disease, infants less than a year old, and pregnant women.

Treatment is designed to lessen complications and reduce or minimize the duration and severity of the pain and the episode of the shingles. If taken right after the symptoms, antiviral drugs can cut the length and magnitude of the shingles episode. Analgesics such as morphine or acetaminophen can also be used to alleviate severe intolerable pain. When they are scratched the blisters can become infected so they should never be scratched. The blisters and rashes can easily be healed – the real problem is how to cure the postherpetic neuralgia.

Thankfully, the alternative treatments of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and acupuncture work extremely well in treating shingles and postherpetic neuralgia. Actually, it is a fact that TCM and acupuncture have been to treat used herpes zoster for hundreds of years, helping countless numbers of people maintain and recover health.

From the perspective of TCM, when the energy channels, organs, and organ systems are working together and in balance, health is maintained. This balance is mostly based on the free movement and sufficient amounts of qi, the life energy of our body that promotes blood circulation and gives the body the ability to overcome pathogenic factors. Pathogenic factors such as Warm and Dampness buildup at the skin when qi is insufficient. This leads to blood stasis and qi blockage that eventually cause the occurrence of shingles.

Acupuncturists will come up with a plan of treatment based on TCM theories that’s specifically designed to boost your vitality and overall health and to address shingles. Various types of acupuncture methods such as acupoint injection, blood-letting puncturing, scalp acupuncture, electric acupuncture, regular needling, etc. can be used to treat shingles. Using one or more of these methods will help dispel Warm and Dampness from the body and eliminate the blockage within the meridians so that blood and qi can flow freely throughout the body. When the body regains its balance and qi is invigorated, the shingles vanishes gradually and naturally.

Recent clinical studies have shown that acupuncture can modify the neuron-humoral system in the body and stimulate the stress response system which leads to an improvement in immune function and contribute to pain relief. Moreover, acupuncture has shown to prevent the exudation of inflammatory substance and reduce vascular permeability.

Because acupuncture is inexpensive, natural, simple, free of side effects, and effective, it should be your first choice for curing shingles.

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

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June 13th, 2017 at 11:27 am

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Can Be A Treatment For Coronary Artery Disease

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A medical condition arising from a buildup of plaque on the inner lining of the coronary arteries is known as coronary artery disease (CAD). This disease is also termed arteriosclerosis which is derived from the words arterio (arteries) and sclerosis (hardening). In the United States, the American Heart Association estimates that there are over 13 million Americans suffering from arteriosclerosis. Allopathic medicine treatments for coronary artery disease include medications, diet and lifestyle changes, and surgery. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatments for this disease include Chinese herbal formulas, and acupuncture, and other therapies.

What is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)?

The blood vessels that carry oxygen to the heart muscle are called the coronary arteries. When a buildup of plaque (consisting of calcium, fatty materials, cholesterol, and other materials) develops on the inner lining of the coronary arteries, this can lead to coronary artery disease (CAD), a condition in which circulation of blood through the coronary arteries is weakened. The narrowing of the coronary arteries can lead to angina pectoris or chest pain which is usually the first indication of a heart attack. When blood flow to the coronary arteries is weakened, the muscle of the heart is no longer able to receive adequate amounts of oxygen for it to function normally and may start to die and this may lead to either a total blockage of circulation to the heart muscles, resulting in a heart attack or a disturbance in the normal rhythm of the heart (cardiac arrest). In certain instances, the plaque may escape a coronary artery and be carried by the bloodstream to the brain, resulting in a cerebral embolism (stroke).

What is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)?

In Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, it is believed that the human mind and body function through the manner in which vital energy (qi) and the forces of yin and yang flow within the body. The flow and generation of qi and yin/yang are governed by organ systems such as the stomach, spleen, large intestine, lung, gallbladder, and liver. Each of these organ systems is related to one of the five TCM elements that comprise the human body: water, fire, earth, metal, and wood. When those elements are not properly distributed throughout the body or when the body produces insufficient amounts of qi and TCM elements, it starts to develop disease. The aim of TCM treatments is to activate the affected meridians, organs, and organ systems through which yin/yang and qi flow in order to restore the normal movement of sufficient amounts of these elements throughout the body.

How is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Treated with Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Coronary artery disease (CAD) is considered by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to be a sign of a pattern of disharmony known as heart blood stasis which is marked by symptoms such as a darkened tongue, irregular heart rhythm, palpitations, and sharp pains in the chest. CAD is the result of heart fire blood, heart blood and/or heart yang deficiency, or stagnation in the heart. This pattern can be combined by phlegm accumulation, which means there is congealed dampness within the body that can combine with other conditions resulting in masses and lumps. Plaque accumulation, for example, which consists of a buildup of fatty materials, calcium, cholesterol, and other substances to form a semisolid sticky material which contribute to arteriosclerosis, would be viewed as phlegm. This accumulation causes qi (vital energy that like blood flows throughout the body) and blood to flow in insufficient quantities through and into the heart, resulting in symptoms affiliated with arteriosclerosis.

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Treatment Using Acupuncture in Overland Park

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnosis for CAD is heart blood stasis which can be addressed with TCM therapies such as Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture, and others. The goal of acupuncture treatment is to alleviate imbalances in the coronary arteries through the use of acupuncture, a treatment designed to stimulate meridians in the body though which blood and qi circulate. In the treatment of CAD, the location of the acupuncture points required for treatment is not always anatomically located near the site where the symptom is experienced. When it comes to the treatment of arteriosclerosis and CAD, the acupuncturist rarely uses acupoints located near the heart itself. The energy channels or meridians that are associated with the pericardium and heart are mainly found along the arms. The functioning of the heart can be adjusted in the needling of the corresponding acupoints along these meridians. Also, several commonly used acupoints are located along the inside of the wrist. They include the Pc 4 or Pericardium 4 located almost at forearm’s midpoint, four finger breaths behind Pericardium 7); Pc 6 or Pericardium 6 located in line with the middle finger, three finger breadths behind the crease of the wrist; Heart 5, Ht 5, found one finger breath behind Heart 7; and Heart 7 Ht 7, in line with the pinky at the crease of the wrist. Other commonly selected acupuncture points are found at the upper back, including UB 14 & 15 (Urinary Bladder 14 and 15) which are able to energetically influence the Pericardium and Heart organs that are anatomically nearby and are needled only to a shallow depth. Centuries before, in several cardiac emergency cases acupuncture was traditional used to quickly affect the functioning of the organs. Nowadays, it is mainly used to better heart function through weekly sessions for the treatment of arrhythmias and other cardiac complications and to regulate heart rate.

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Treatment through Chinese Herbal Medicine

In the treatment of CAD, various herbal formulas and single are used in Chinese Herbal Medicine.

To address one or more facets of heart blood stasis, the following herbs are used:

 Shi ke (citrus aurantium or bitter orange): This herb boosts the circulation of vital energy through the body and heart
 Niu hsi (root of achyranthes): Invigorates blood and removes blood stasis
 Dang gui (angelica.): Dispels cold, strengthens or tonifies blood, and harmonizes and invigorates blood
 Dan shen (Salvia militorrhiza or red sage): Perennial favorite of herbalists for the tonification of blood to enhance the flow of blood through the heart
 Chi shao yao (root of red peony): Invigorates blood and removes heart stasis

Arteriosclerosis sufferers are treated with a variety of herbal compounds in Chinese medicine in order to derive various benefits. A traditional herbal compound such as Stasis in the Mansion of Blood Decoction (Hsue Fu Zhu Yu Tang), for example, is derived from 11 herbs to treat angina pectoris (chest pain related to coronary heart disease) and coronary heart disease. In a small-scale study involving 30 patients over 28 days, it was seen that when Hsue Fu Zhu Yu Tang was compared to conventional pharmaceutical care, it led to a significant improvement in ECG of the patients, was highly effective for angina pectoris, and was slightly much better than the control pharmaceutical group.

When administered in tailored prescriptions by an experienced practitioner, Chinese herbal medicine is quite very effective. However, it can interact with prescription medications, so it is recommended that you inform your practitioner of any drugs you may be taking.

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Using Chinese Medicine Nutrition

The importance of proper diet in treating any sorts of health conditions is very much emphasized in Chinese medicine. When it comes to the treatment of arteriosclerosis, for example, the practitioner may prescribe foods that specifically benefit the function of your heart.

These foods include:

 Tea: This can help relieve swellings that often come with coronary disease
 Honey: Proven to be helpful in fighting off several types of heart disease
 Shan Zha or Hawthorne fruit: Used to avert the development of phlegm that may result in the clotting of blood in the coronary arteries
 Dates: Can help boost qi and blood circulation in the heart and can prevent or control palpitations
 Corn: Can help strengthen the heart

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June 13th, 2017 at 11:25 am

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What To Expect When Trying Out Acupuncture for The First Time

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If you have just decided to try out acupuncture for the first time and have never visited an acupuncture clinic before, then your mind may be loaded with a lot of questions. You probably are wondering if the process is painful when a number of needles are stuck into your skin or how the process exactly works. So, it’s important to know what to expect so as not to panic when you’re undergoing an acupuncture procedure.

A typical acupuncture treatment basically involves insertion and maneuvering of a few to several reed-thin needles into your skin. The amount of needles to be used during treatment, the specific points of insertion, and the depth of the insertion will vary and will be based on your condition that your acupuncturist will initially evaluate. There is no scientific basis to the benefits of using acupuncture but there are tons of testimonies and anecdotal evidence that it truly and effectively works.

A typical acupuncture treatment may involve one to two sessions a week for one to three months. Before the actual procedure, your acupuncturist will evaluate your present health condition first. He or she will review your lifestyle and medical history then perform some Chinese diagnostic examinations on you to diagnose your condition and come up with a plan of treatment based on the results of your examination. Then, your acupuncturist will commence with the treatment itself and insert one or x number of needles into specific points on your skin.

The treatment takes an hour or less depending on the gravity of your condition. Each acupuncturist has his own style of treatment but the goals are always the same: to promote normal body functions, eliminate stress, and purge pain and ailments in your body. You will be told to either sit or lie down depending on where the needles will be inserted. To prevent infection, your acupuncturist only uses disposable sterile needles in the treatment.

Initially, a needle will evoke a short prickly sensation right after it is inserted. Most patients report of feeling no pain during the entire procedure. You may experience an achy feeling as each needle is stuck at the right depth. To help the patient relax and avoid stress, most acupuncturists advertise acupuncture in Pembroke Pines as a pain-free method.

Unfortunately, sometimes, pain cannot be avoided during treatment and when the patient is unable to bear the pain anymore, the acupuncturist stops the treatment to be continued at the next session. The treatment can generate dull or tickly pains, coolness, and heat. At the end of the session, most patients report a feeling of ecstasy or a feeling of profound tranquility.

Written by Valerie

June 13th, 2017 at 11:20 am

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Desperate To Lose Weight, Why Not Try Acupuncture?

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Have you ever attempted to lose your baby weight? Have you tried losing weight by dieting? Has the strict eating of only carrot sticks and salads work? If you are tired of starving yourself to death, well perhaps it’s time to change the way you lose weight. It’s a sad fact that Americans spend over 30 billion dollars on weight loss services and products each year. This is an indication that a huge part of the population is overweight and many are spending a significant amount of money to lose weight and become healthy again. So what do you do when you are desperate to lose but can’t? My advice is to turn your back on those exercise gizmos and weight loss pills and consider acupuncture, a weight loss procedure that has been around for thousands of years.

Women are most likely to gain weight during pregnancy. After the birth of their child, they may find it very difficult to get back to the weight they had before they become pregnant. Most would try losing weight the hard way which is starvation, which almost always fail. So, if you want an easier more effective way of getting back or attaining your normal weight, you should try acupuncture.

When you go for Austin’s acupuncture treatment to lose weight, it is very important that you seek a licensed and qualified acupuncturist who has a great deal of experience helping people reduce weight. Since acupuncture is a very precise practice, you need to have an acupuncturist that knows how to treat the right acupoints. The acupoints are connected to energy channels known as meridians. These meridians are where the life energy of the body known as Qi flows.

Acupuncture can elicit fear or apprehension in some people because of its use of needles. The alleged pain associated with the treatment is what scares a lot of potential and this prevents them from enjoying the incredible health benefits of this ancient treatment. The fact is, under the hands of a skilled practitioner, acupuncture treatment does not cause any pain at all. The most a patient would feel is a slight sting that is remotely as painful as an injection. Acupuncturists are trained to determine the metabolism. If a patient has a sluggish or slow metabolism, the acupuncturist will apply needles on acupoints that are known to increase metabolism to help the patient lose weight. The treatment may last for an hour. And apart from the initial sting felt when the needles are introduced into the skin, the rest of the procedure may be extremely tranquil and relaxing to the patient. Where can you find a treatment that helps you lose weight in a manner that is extremely enjoyable and relaxing?

Your acupuncturist may suggest an herbal detox plan combined with acupuncture for losing weight that is if you aren’t breastfeeding. More often than not, herbal supplements are also used to speed up weight loss. People respond differently to acupuncture weight loss treatments. Some may lose three or even five pounds after just one session, while it may take weeks or even months for other patients to get the same results. This may depend on your metabolism. One of the best benefits of acupuncture weight loss treatment is that you have no food or sugar cravings nor hunger pangs! With acupuncture, your body treats food as just fuel nothing more, nothing less. Moreover, with acupuncture you can actually feel your energy levels rising each day.

Acupuncture may be a pretty cool weight loss program but it is by no means a permanent solution to your weight loss problem. Once you have attained your normal weight with this treatment, you need to exercise and eat healthily in order to maintain your weight.

Acupuncture has so many health benefits and weight loss is just one of them. Western medicine has now seen the potentials of this treatment. And so, before you consider costly and painful weight loss solutions such as liposuction, stomach stapling, or prescription weight loss pills, try acupuncture first.

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June 6th, 2017 at 12:21 pm

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Acupressure Is A Very Powerful Stress-Eliminating Technique

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Acupressure is a very old healing practice that uses pressure to generate a curative effect. Anyone can perform this healing practice, although under the hands of widely experienced acupressure doctors, the results are often outstanding and long-term.

Acupressure is a very powerful technique to eliminate stress. This treatment is based on the theory that the body has several spots from where healing mechanisms are initiated by the use of pressure. Doctors apply pressure to these spots in order to undertake the healing procedure.

When these spots are applied with pressure, it sets off the body’s self-healing mechanism which helps in the elimination of negative energy and enables the mind to calm down and relax. It is believed that acupressure helps improve blood flow in the body. This enhanced circulation increases the provision of adequate nourishment to the cells, tissues, and organs of the body. Eventually, this leads to a healthier body and a stronger immune system.

Acupressure is most commonly used to reduce or manage stress. The use of pressure on various parts of the body aids in relieving muscle tension which helps a lot in providing the muscles with great flexibility and strength helping the body to become more impervious to stress as well as helping remove obstacles to the flow of blood and energy.

With regards to sex-related problems, a person can consult and seek help from an experienced and skilled acupressure doctor. Acupressure treatment for sex-related problems can address issues such as premature ejaculation, sexual frustration, and several other problems. Through the application of pressure, blockages to sexual energy can be easily eliminated making your sex life more enjoyable.

Acupressure can be a miraculous cure for emotional pain. Sometimes, in life, people may experience very distressing events that often lead to trauma which can be a potentially dangerous condition. To cure or prevent the occurrence of trauma, acupressure doctors strive to bring balance in the life of the extremely distressed person. They apply pressure onto various points in the body which improves energy and blood circulation and in the process removes negative energy from the mind of the afflicted person.

Most acupressure doctors offer this treatment as a way to bring comfort, joy, and, happiness to the life of their patients. Acupressure has no negative effects whatsoever. It is an excellent healing option for curing various types of diseases. So, if you want a safe and effective treatment for trauma, high blood pressure, stress, or other health conditions, we highly recommend you try out acupressure.

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

Written by Valerie

June 6th, 2017 at 12:19 pm

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