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The Use of Herbs and Manhattan Acupuncture

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If you’re seriously interested in knowing about manhattan acupuncture, you need to think beyond the basics. This informative article takes a closer look at things you need to know about “acupuncture”.

When most people think of acupuncture, they imagine someone sitting in a chair with a number of very thin needles hanging from their ears, or arms, or other parts of their bodies. This is a pretty good picture as far as it goes. The needles are usually not as large as they are imagined to be, and frequently only certain parts of the body have several needles, rather than in a number of different locations.

The purpose of the insertion of the needles is to redirect the flow of energy within the body. Once the flow of energy is restored to its proper channels, the body recovers its proper operation and the systems slowly or quickly disappear. The number of treatments in order for the symptoms to disappear depends both upon the patient and the set of symptoms that are being experienced.

The medical basis for the techniques of acupuncture was developed in China over thousands of years. Part of traditional Chinese medicine also uses a number of herbs, in conjunction with traditional acupuncture technique. In America we are used to taking vitamins and supplements, and we take them as either pills or capsules. Normally we take these supplements as a general nutritional support. The herbs recommended by an acupuncture practitioner are very specific for the symptoms being treated at the clinic. The herbs at the clinic may also be in pills or capsules. They might also be brewed with warm water and taken as a tea.

If you find yourself confused by what you’ve read to this point, don’t despair. Everything should be crystal clear by the time you finish.

This tea allows the acupuncture practitioner to mix just the right herbs for a particular person, rather than loading them up with several different pills. It is also easier to adjust the proportions in case several different herbs are used. Further, having the herbs taken as a tea makes the action of the herbs very rapid. Your acupuncture practitioner may also offer raw herbs, which have the most potency. They are also the worst tasting choice for someone not used to unusual tastes. However, once raw herbs are tried a few times, most clients prefer the raw herbs.

When your acupuncture practitioner decides on a plan of treatment, you and your practitioner should discuss the various parts of the treatment, including herbs, if any. Make sure that the acupuncture practitioner knows about any vitamin supplements or other nutritional foods presently being used, such as garlic pills or nutritional yeast. The same holds true for any prescription medications, even though generally the herbs are not planned to affect a particular organ’s mechanism, but rather influence a large part of the body’s system as a unit.

Finally, the acupuncture practitioner should be advised of any new symptoms if a new herbal prescription is started. Typically the only symptom might be a slight digestive upset, but if this or any new symptom is noticed, the practitioner should be notified right away. Herbs, though not a necessary part of acupuncture therapy, can be very helpful in promoting more rapid recovery and better health.

Written by Valerie

October 10th, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Acupuncture in Manhattan for Depression and Anxiety

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Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health disorders in Australia today. Alarming rates of depression affect approximately 20-25% of Australians at some time in their life. Underlying low levels of anxiety within our society are rising as our stressful lives create an obstacle to balance, within our lives and ourselves.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) like Manhattan acupuncture, the aim is to achieve this balance and return the body to a normal state of functioning. Mind and body are seen as synonymous in TCM where disharmony in one inevitably affects the other. Mental imbalance is often due to repressed or blocked emotion, other factors such as diet, illness, constitution and overwork may also be involved, causing impairment in the free flowing Qi (Energy) within the body. This ‘stagnation’ manifests as depression and anxiety with symptoms of fatigue, insomnia, lack of motivation, poor self-esteem, moodiness and chronic pain.

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can significantly reduce these symptoms. Recent studies show that intensive acupuncture over 6 weeks can reduce chronic pain related stress in the neck and shoulders for over 3 years!

Scientific research suggests that acupuncture causes a reduction in cortisol levels. Cortisol is often referred to as the ‘stress hormone’ and is elevated at times of stress and anxiety and reduces at times of relaxation. If an individual has long-term chronic stress, cortisol levels will remain elevated. Time after time raised cortisol levels are a risk to health because they increase blood sugar, blood pressure and reduce immune responses, creating an environment in the body that is more susceptible to disease.

Acupuncture has also been known to balance serotonin and endorphins to encourage mental health. Lifestyle factors such as regular exercise and a balanced diet are essential to a healthy mind and body and in conjunction with psychotherapy, meditation, herbal medicine, massage or acupuncture, can help us to get back into balance and find again, our innate nature of happiness and wellbeing.

Written by Valerie

October 1st, 2010 at 8:00 am

Manhattan Acupuncture for Depression

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The traditional therapy that originated in China which involves the insertion of some fine, threadlike needles into certain specific points on the human body is called acupuncture. The term acupuncture comes from the Latin words, acus, meaning needle and pungere, meaning prick. It has been an integral part of Chinese traditional medicines like acupuncture in manhattan since the ancient times, and is believed to date back to the Stone Age. However, scientific researches to find out the efficiency of this therapy began in the later half of the 20th century. The conclusions of these researches have been quite controversial.

According to Chinese traditional medical therapy, the acupuncture points are located on meridians, which channel the flow of the vital energy, known as chi or qi. Acupuncture therapy has been approved by World Health Organization for more than twenty conditions, including depression, but in several others, it is cautious in its approach about the use of acupuncture, implying that only suggestive and not conclusive evidences have been found.

Depression is a mental or emotional condition can be a disease or a syndrome. There can be many factors that lead to depressive conditions, some of which include deficiency, malnutrition, hormones, heredity, stress and illness. Sometimes, it can also be an adaptation to particular situations like certain diseases, where depression induces inclination to take rest and thereby helps in recovery. On the other hand, depression can lead to distressful conditions, which impair the normal social, occupational and other important functions of an individual.

Depression is frequently treated with anti-depressant drugs. But many believe that the traditional Chinese therapy of acupuncture might be helpful in alleviating the root causes of depression. The therapy presumably activates the central nervous system (CNS), which in turn releases certain chemicals for promoting the natural healing power of the body.

Some researchers have pointed out that acupuncture may induce the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones that can change the chemistry of the brain. The philosophy behind acupuncture is that the imbalance between the body and mind is the main cause of many diseases including depression. So, the therapy is based on restoring this essential balance between body and mind.

In acupuncture, the target areas of inserting the filiform needles are twelve main nerve pathways or tracts, known as meridians and eight minor or less important nerve pathways. Almost 2000 pressure points are supposed to be present along the major and the minor nerve pathways. All these points are thought to be the channels through which energy is transmitted to the different regions of the body. So, different illnesses or disorders require the use of different specific points.

Acupuncture therapy aims at empowering the body to deal with stress and anxiety by regulating the flow of the vital energy qi through the energy channels. Many health care providers recommend it along with the use of regular drugs for depression, while others think that it is suitable only for mild to moderate depression. Besides, its efficacy is found to be enhanced, if used along with psychological therapy and herbal treatments. However, more conclusive studies are required to prescribe it as an authentic alternative to anti-depressant drugs in the treatment of depression.

Written by Valerie

September 30th, 2010 at 8:15 am

What is Qi in Manhattan Acupuncture?

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Defined as air or breath and by extension a life force or spiritual energy, Qi in Manhattan acupuncture is a part of everything that exists all around. It is a fundamental concept of everyday Chinese culture. References to qi or similar philosophical concepts as a type of metaphysical energy that sustains living beings are used in many belief systems.

Philosophical conceptions of qi date from the earliest recorded times in Chinese thinking. One of the important early figures in Chinese mythology is Huang Di or the Yellow Emperor. He is often considered a culture hero who collected and formalized much of what subsequently became known as traditional Chinese medicine. Although the concept of qi has been very important within all Chinese philosophies, their descriptions of qi have been varied and conflicting.

The etymological meaning of the qi ideogram in its traditional form is “steam rising from rice as it cooks” is interpreted as indicating the link between matter and the energy it develops. Matter and energy are said merely to be different states of the same fundamental substance.

Qi in traditional Chinese medicine
Theories of traditional Chinese medicine assert that the body has natural patterns of qi associated with it that circulate in channels called meridians in English. Symptoms of various illnesses are often seen as the product of disrupted or unbalanced qi movement through such channels (including blockages), deficencies or imbalances of qi, in the various organs. Traditional Chinese Medicine seeks to relieve these imbalances by adjusting the flow of qi in the body using a variety of therapeutic techniques. Some of these techniques include herbal medicines, special diets, physical training regimens (qigong), massages to clear blockages, and acupuncture, which uses fine metal needles inserted into the skin to reroute or balance qi. Traditional Asian martial arts also discuss qi. For instance, internal systems attempt to cultivate and direct qi during combat as well as to ensure proper health. Many other martial arts include some concept of qi in their philosophies.

Written by Valerie

August 2nd, 2010 at 9:02 pm

The First Visit to a Manhattan Acupuncturist

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If you are a bit nervous about trying out an manhattan acupuncture session you are not alone. Since Western medicine uses needles in a different and sometimes painful ways, it is natural for us to imagine the pain of becoming a human pin-cushion. In Western medicine, needles are used to inject medicine or to withdraw fluids from the body. The needles are hollow and the tip is beveled and sharpened so that it can cut the skin upon entry. In comparison to Acupuncture needles, Western needles are huge because the diameter needs to be large enough to transfer the thick fluids of the body.

The needles are usually inserted by placing them in a “tube-like” holder to keep them from bending upon insertion, and then the doctor will “tap” the top of the holder to insert the thin needle to the desired depth. The holder is then removed, leaving the actual needle in place. The needles are left in place for a prescribed period of time before removal. Depending on the treatment plan, one to several dozen needles could be inserted in various points.

While Western patients are mostly concerned about the needles, the real treatment begins with the diagnosis. In some training clinics, the “teaching” doctor will review all data and make the diagnosis, marking the insertion points, and then the students will do the needle insertion, simply following the doctor’s instructions.

A Manhattan Acupuncturist’s Diagnosis

Much like the first visit to a Western doctor, the visit starts with medical history forms. It is important to answer all questions accurately to assist the medical staff in evaluating your condition. Acupuncture is part of “Traditional Chinese Medicine”, which is typically a more holistic approach than Western medicine, so questions which may seem unrelated to your reason for making the visit are often important to the diagnosis. After reviewing your records, the physician will visit and begin the diagnosis.

Most clinics will do the customary stethoscope routine, along with letting you describe your condition verbally. Then, depending on your condition, may do a rather extensive tongue examination and an unusual pulse examination. The Chinese pulse examination is a major diagnosis technique for traditional Chinese medicine. It is a method of establishing the condition of the “meridians” or pathways of “qi” within your body.

Then, using all of the information gathered from the diagnosis, the physician will determine the “cause” of the symptoms that you have described (the reason for your visit). Needles will then be inserted into very specific acupoints that will help bring the body back into “homeostasis” or balance, thus removing the source of the symptoms.

Allow at least an hour for the first visit. The actual treatment will last around 30 to 40 minutes and it may take several visits to make progress, depending on the seriousness of the condition and the length of time it has been causing you discomfort. As with any treatment plan (Western or Eastern), make certain your questions are answered to your satisfaction, and the treatment plan seems reasonable based on your condition.

If you have tried Western medicine for many years with no progress, it may take more than a single visit to an Acupuncturist to see results, yet you don’t want to make an acupuncture treatment a weekly event for the rest of your life to heal a sore elbow.

Written by Valerie

July 24th, 2010 at 8:41 am