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Acupuncture New York and Tinnitus

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Acupuncture New York is part of traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been a mode of treatment used by the Chinese for more than 2000 years for a number of illnesses and disease ranging from hypertension to drug addiction.  Acupuncture is a holistic type of treatment meaning acupuncture aims to heal not only an individual physically but psychologically and emotionally, as well.  Acupuncture helps maintain normal flow of energy in the body. It is widely known to reduce pain, strengthen the immune system and speed up the recovery of the patient.

Acupuncture enhances the flow of blood throughout the body.  It reduces stress, does not have any side effects and is an important tool when used as a complementary modality for various medical treatments.  Acupuncture treats ailments related to tinnitus effectively.  During treatment, hair thin needles are inserted into acupuncture points in the body of a patient. The needles stimulate the brain to release certain chemicals in the nervous and circulatory system. These chemicals, called endorphins, provide pain relief and enable the patient to relax.

Most people are concerned with the pain associated with needles; however, the needles are ironically used to take away pain.  When the needles are inserted in the body, the patient‘s pain problems are slowly alleviated.  Acupuncture is actually used in some surgeries to calm the patient and serve as additional anesthesia.  Acupuncture therapy session for tinnitus may vary depending on the severity of the problem.  Some may take a session or few sessions more while some may take weeks or even months to treat.  The ringing in the ears, which tinnitus is commonly associated with may be a result of some serious underlying diseases such as tumors. A careful and thorough medical examination of the patient needs to be done before the acupuncture can deem that acupuncture is the best treatment approach for tinnitus.

The patient may need to undergo diagnostic examinations such as radiography or scanner to study and better diagnose the problem.  If the diagnosis warrants acupuncture therapy, the acupuncturist then selects the best approach for the patient.

Acupuncture takes advantage of the body’s natural healing system to cure the problem. Herbal medicine may be included with acupuncture to maximize the treatment.  Endorphins and enkephalins, the body’s natural painkillers, are released to alleviate the pain and discomfort felt by the patient caused by tinnitus.

Added to the treatment with acupuncture and herbs, the acupuncturist advises the patient of a change in lifestyle to help the patient recover and not have a relapse of the problem.  According to TCM, weak kidney energy makes tinnitus possible so it is better to strengthen the kidney energy, with the help of Chinese medicinal herbs.  The lung and heart energy should also be treated since they are also known to be related to the ear.

Written by Valerie

April 23rd, 2011 at 12:08 pm