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New York Acupuncture and Cigarette Smoking

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A healthy lifestyle is always the right way to take care of one’s body.  Avoidance of cigarette smoking makes for very good advice on how to keep away from sickness and disease.  The smoke one inhales from cigarette smoking goes to the bronchial airways and clogs them up.  Try playing basketball or any physically demanding activity and one will see how hard it is to breathe after only a few minutes into the activity.

Acupuncture NYC has been widely known to cure nicotine addiction with great success.  How does acupuncture help in curing addiction from nicotine?

In cigarette smoking, nicotine is the addictive substance that the brain looks for to release endorphins in the body.  Endorphins are chemicals in the body which when released, gives the body the sensation of pleasure and euphoria.  Nicotine patches are some of the treatments for cigarette smoking but it really does not address the nicotine addiction.  In fact, it just keeps on feeding it.

Acupuncture is a treatment designed to release endorphins by allowing chi to flow normally throughout the body.  Chi is the life force in our body that gives us life and growth.  Sometimes, in an ailment, disease or sickness, in this case, addiction, the chi gets blocked or stagnates in one organ of the body, usually the kidneys, causing diseases associated with poor kidney, liver or spleen function.

Acupuncture removes the blockage and helps the body naturally to detoxify itself of nicotine by stimulating the brain to release endorphins without the need for nicotine.  When endorphins are released, the dependency of the patient for a drug to feel good disappears and the patient is released slowly of his/her addiction.

Some smokers have been long time tobacco users that detoxification takes months to fully kick the habit.  As long as the patient attends the acupuncture sessions, the addiction will be removed.

Some smokers have tried quitting cold turkey.  This is hard to do since the urge, like any other addiction will always be there.  The withdrawal may sometimes be severe and dangerous especially for a person having high blood pressure and cardiac problems.  Quitting may be successful but at the cost of exacerbating a potentially deadly disease which is hypertension or cardiac problems.

With acupuncture, one does not need to go that route.  There are no withdrawal symptoms involved since the body itself helps stop the addiction by releasing the endorphins which the brain hungers not through an external substance but through the organs themselves functioning normally because of the normal chi flow in the body.

Acupuncture is not only the best and safest way to cure one’s smoking problems, it is an economical way on the path to healthy living.  Tens of millions of Americans, treated with acupuncture for this addiction, would testify to that.

Written by Valerie

March 4th, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Acupuncture NYC and the Body’s Yin and Yang

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In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), yin and yang are two opposite principles in nature that oppose and complement each other at the same time.  Generally, anything that moves, ascends, gives brilliance, evolves and is hyperactive relates to yang.  The state of quietness, descent, darkness, devolution or degeneration and hypoactivity, relates to yin.

In short, the principles of yin and yang relate to the duality existing in the universe, most lucidly seen in the duality of electricity: the positive and negative charge.  Yin and yang underlies TCM dogma to explain the physiological function and pathological activities of the human body and to serve as guide for diagnosis of treatment.

The theory of yin and yang states that the human body is the whole aggregate of the sum of its parts and there is an interconnection between all tissues and structures. Each of the tissues and structures has both the opposite aspects of yin and yang in them.

TCM believes that the body from the waist up is associated with yang and that below relates to yin; the body’s exterior associates with yang, while the interior relates to yin; the back is yang’s domain while the front, yin’s; and the lateral aspect of the body is governed by yang while the medial is governed by yin.

The zang-fu organs also have yin and yang aspects.  Zang corresponds to the organs that are yin in nature.  Fu corresponds to the yang-oriented organs.  All these organs themselves can again be classified into yin or yang.  Thus, there is a heart yin and a heart yang, a kidney yin and a kidney yang, a liver yin and a liver yang and so forth.

A healthy body means a balance of yin and yang.  An imbalance leads to the occurrence and the development of a disease.  If the disease is caused by yang imbalance, a cold syndrome results. This manifests as chills, cold extremities, tastelessness, inability to feel thirst, paleness, sudden profuse sweating, frequent urination, loose stool or pale tongue.

Yin deficiency, then leads to a heat syndrome, which manifests as fevers in the late afternoons and early evenings, irritability, sleeplessness, night sweats, dry mouth and throat, oliguria, dry stool, red tongue with scant white coating or a rapid pulse.

Acupuncture New York treatment and herbal medicine resets yin and yang to their state of balance. Usually, treatment for heat syndromes means application of herbs of a “cold” nature. Cold syndromes are treated with herbs with a “hot” nature.  Acupuncture works both ways in that meridians that designate the areas of yin or yang deficiencies are treated with specific needles designed to balance the cold and hot nature of these two principles.

Written by Valerie

February 25th, 2011 at 10:25 am