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Acupressure Treatment For Headaches And Migraines

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Two of the most common problems that people endure and suffer from are headaches and migraines. A headache may last for a few minutes, several hours, or even days and may be mild, throbbing, or severe. For some people, tension, emotional changes, and severe stress can lead to massive headaches, whereas migraines can have a more complex cause, with the brain’s blood vessels swelling to a point where it releases chemicals from the nerve fibers resulting in severe pain and inflammation.

Causes of Migraines

There are certain reasons why migraines develop and certain points can act as triggers that can set off a migraine attack. These are:

1. Eating habits – Some of the foods we eat can be a major factor in triggering migraine. Some of the major food triggers of migraine are fermented foods, caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco.

2. Hormonal changes – Another important factor causing a headache or migraine.

3. Other causes – Sleeping disorders, work pressure, stress, and tension can also factors that cause nausea, severe headaches, and migraines.

In Chinese medicine, these are the six most important pressure points in the body to alleviate migraines and headaches:

1. Shoulder Well – Found midway to the shoulder’s edge and the base of the neck. Putting pressure on this point helps relieve neck and shoulder stiffness that reduces neck pain. This point can also cure spasms and asthma.

2. Face region – The points to this area are found on both sides of the nostril. When applied with pressure, they can help open up the sinuses and relieve both migraine and tension headache.

3. Temple region – Found in the temple region, these are series points that wrap around the ear, beginning from the top of the ear located just one finger width from the ear. All those pressure points need to be worked together to garner significant results.

4. Bright light – This section is found on the eyes’ inner corner just under the eyebrows. Pressure on these points can alleviate allergy symptoms and sinus headaches. Apply pressure on both sides for a minute.

5. Third eye point – This point is found on the area where the nose meets the two eyebrows. Pressure on this area helps cure headaches and eye strains. Apply pressure for one minute and then move to other the points.

6. Forehead – Pressure points on the forehead and face are known as yang points, filled with energy that travels downward from the head to the face and down to other parts of the body.

In terms of long term treatment of migraine problems, acupressure has been rated the most effective therapy of its kind. Try it for long-lasting and effective relief.

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Written by Valerie

October 10th, 2017 at 3:09 am

Acupressure Is One Form Of Treatment That Can Cure Insomnia For Good

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Acupressure and acupuncture are two natural treatment options that can help cure insomnia. These two types of insomnia remedies are very useful because they offer the body the necessary means to relieve pain and stress so that you may be able to fall asleep faster and get and maintain good quality sleep. The ancient Chinese medical procedure known as acupuncture involves the use of small, extremely thin needles stuck into specific points in the body. On the other hand, acupressure therapy is done by applying pressure to the points instead of needles.

The goal of acupressure treatment for insomnia is to treat the symptoms as well as the underlying cause of the problem. This is done by helping move life force of the body called Chi or Q in a smooth and proper fashion. In Chinese medicine, when something is wrong with the mind or body, it means that a blockage or blockages have developed along the energy channels that are impeding the natural and normal flow of Chi. By using acupressure the area affected is stimulated enabling the Chi to break through and flow once again in a normal smooth fashion.

You may need to search for a practitioner who is experienced in acupressure in order to obtain the maximum benefits of this treatment. You can easily find one in larger cities. They have the skills and training to help you get rid of insomnia. Before treatment, your practitioners will start with an initial consultation that will determine the type of treatment you need. You can simply tell them that you suffer from insomnia and that you would like to have it treated, permanently, if possible. Your practitioner will then evaluate you and then apply pressure on the points in the body that are known to help cure your problem.

Acupressure is a non-toxic natural technique that can help you get back to sleep for good. To guarantee good results, it is very important that you go to a professional who knows exactly what he/she is doing. The cure for insomnia is as only as effective as the people who are giving them to you, more so in terms of their experience level in treating the condition.

Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Written by Valerie

October 10th, 2017 at 2:50 am

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Chinese Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture Have Been Used for Centuries to Treat Anemia Symptoms

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A lot of patients coming in for acupuncture treatment ask if acupuncture is any good for resolving blood conditions such as anemia. They are often pleasantly surprised to hear that Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture have actually been used for dozens of centuries to treat anemia symptoms such as pale complexion, weakness and tiredness.  The truth is, anemia is the most common condition of the blood seen by western trained physicians and when it is severe enough, it can cause shortness of breath and palpitations.

The latest clinical studies have revealed that acupuncture can actually elevate the levels of serum ferratin and decrease the Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC). The TIBC is a test to rate the ability of the body to bind iron.

The ones who have conducted the study used the zu san li (meaning three leg mile) acupuncture point. This point is known to help strengthen the body that the person could walk three miles more after a full day of walking. The zu san li point, according to traditional Chinese medicine, can boost the function of the spleen.

According to TCM, the abdomen takes in the food while the spleen processes the food.  The correct acupuncture points stimulated can better nutrient and therefore, iron absorption.  The zu san li point can likewise help in the treatment of shortness of breath, palpitations and tiredness, all symptoms related to anemia.

Obviously, the anemic patent’s diet needs to be modified as well but acupuncture can be the sparkplug that can enhance the digestion process and the absorption of the food the patient eats.

Acupuncture is not merely the insertion of needles into the leg or on any part of the body. Certain anatomical sites and delicate pressure areas are determined by a licensed acupuncturist before he/she inserts a needle into a patient’s body.  The needles used for acupuncture therapy have a varied range of thicknesses and lengths and the ones used will be based on what kind of effect the acupuncturist wants to attain.

After the needle has been inserted, the acupuncturist utilizes a number of stimulation procedures wherein a needle may be lifted up or moved and twisted in certain directions to bring about stimulation. The aforementioned study entailed certain needling thrust and lift methods to bring about an effect that would improve the strength of the body.

Patients usually complain that iron supplements make them constipated.  Moreover, the cause of the anemia needs to be treated in order for the patient to gain long-term balance and good health.

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Written by Valerie

May 18th, 2014 at 8:02 am

Acupuncture Orlando and the Meridian Systems

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Ancient Chinese medicine for thousands of years have known of  pathways or distribution networks for the force of chi.  Though similar to the body systems of the blood and neural networks, meridian systems cannot be seen physically and thus have no tangible anatomic map in western biological science.

These distribution networks are called meridian systems and they look more like electronic circuits in a motherboard or a huge spider web.  Meridian lines connect different areas of our body together. These networks supply chi energy to every part of the body. It is the meridian system that enables us to live, grow and reproduce.  It also explains how we become sick.

Interestingly, the earth has also meridian lines crisscrossing its surface.  The Chinese call these lines as ley lines. The ancients have known earth energy in ley lines that intersect.  They have been attempting to harness and use this earth energy by building structures like Stonehenge and the Pyramids of Gaza, being the most popular ones, to contain the powerful energy contained therein.

Unlike blood, chi can not be seen.  It can only manifest its existence by the state of the person’s well being.  Chi stagnating in one part of the body would make a person suffer diseases related to that part of the body.

The closest analogy to chi and the meridian systems would be the body’s nervous system where invisible electrical pulses crisscross the body’s neural network to transmit command signals from the brain to various parts of the body.

Researchers have been in the process of mapping out the body’s meridian networks for decades and someday a detailed intricate map of the meridian systems will be developed to better understand the chi’s influence on the person’s whole being.

Many theories abound of how the meridians were discovered.  In ancient times, the Chinese would observe that by inserting a needle in certain parts of the body, it would elicit reactions, moods and physiological changes from the subject.  This observation prompted them to further experiment and record their findings, which would eventually become part of the archival knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Thus, meridians are basically, a collection of Orlando acupuncture points.  The meridian networks have specific acupuncture points in certain of the skin’s surface.  Needles applied on these acupuncture points affect the internal organic processes of our body.

Organs are classified as yin or yang organs.  Yin organs are known by the absence of any cavity in them.  The liver, heart, spleen, lungs, and kidneys are yin organs. Yang organs such as the gall bladder, small intestine, stomach, large intestine and bladder each have an empty cavity.  Meridians are linked to either the yin organs or yang organs, and they are known obviously, as yin meridians or yang meridians.

The Kidneys Role in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Philadelphia

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One of the fundamental differences between traditional Chinese medicine  in Philadelphia and western medicine is their perspective towards the organs of the human body.  Whereas western medicine sees a body organ with a clearly delineated and specific function, such as the kidney used for blood filtration or the heart used for blood circulation, etc., TCM sees the kidney as not only an organ for excreting waste materials but an integral part of the reproductive process as well and much more; or the heart responsible as well for the mental and emotional aspects of the person.

The kidney holds a very important place in TCM that rivals both the heart and the brain.  The kidney is vital for birth, growth and reproduction.  What we term kidney is quite different in concept to what TCM terms as kidney.  Kidney for TCM, encompasses kidney chi, kidney yin and yang and kidney essence Kidney essence is what is distinct from chi.  The kidney is the only organ in the body that possesses the essence quality.

The kidney essence controls the sexual processes like sexual maturation; sexual energy and fertility; and the reproductive process.  It also controls body growth and is responsible for hair, teeth and bone growth.  If the kidney essence has vitality, hair growth is healthy and if it is weak, hair texture becomes flimsy and its color turns to gray.

The kidney has an aspect called yin and yang.  TCM calls the kidney the origin of life or congenital foundation since it is believed that the kidney is where our whole genetic makeup is found and it provides the body with all the needed substances a person needs during birth.

The kidney yin is called primordial yin or true water and it “irrigates” the body with the yin fluid to nourish and keep moist all the body organs and tissues.  Kidney yin deficiency manifests itself as soreness and weak knees, vertigo, tinnitus, hearing difficulties, dry mouth and throat, a burning sensation in the palms and chest and constipation, and involuntary sperm emission.

Kidney yang (also called primordial yang) or true fire, on the other hand, provides the body with warmth and gives energy to all bodily organs and tissues.  Kidney yang deficiency is responsible for intolerance of the cold, cold extremities, malaise, difficulty in urination, incontinence, declining libido, or impotence in severe cases; female sterility, and general edema may also appear.

The strong emotions of fear and anxiety causes chi to be blocked or stagnate in the kidney.  The normal flow of chi dispels fears and anxieties and reanimates not only the body but the strength of the soul as well in the form of strong resolve and will power, which are necessary traits to counter addiction in one form or another.

The kidney has quite a number of meridian points in it and some of them are connected to the meridian system of the ear.  Ear acupuncture is one of the more popular and highly effective treatments for various forms of addiction.

Written by Valerie

February 20th, 2011 at 1:19 pm