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Acupuncture Philadelphia and Burnout Syndrome

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Acupuncture Philadelphia does help in relaxing and re-energizing the central nervous system.  It also is effective in treating various kinds of disorders and diseases as well as easing the muscular system and reestablishing the physical and emotional balance of the individual.

Burnout syndrome is severe physical and mental stress due to over work.  The placing of too much responsibilities and tasks on one person causes burnout syndrome.  Less time for rest and relaxation and less social enjoyment add to this problem.  This problem is rampant in industrialized countries especially the United States.  Stress is a normal daily experience in any person’s life but when dealing with the office environment where work overload is often a part of the reality of a person’s job, the mental and physical being of the person is affected in a hugely negative way.  Burnouts can lead to symptoms such as chronic weakness and debility, restiveness, anxiety, depression, apathy, disintegration of social and office relationships, neurosis, poor self-esteem and self-hate, decreased professional and personal performance, poor short and long-term memory functions, muscular and articular tightness, headaches and cephalalgia, sleeping disorders, poor appetite digestion and sexual dysfunction.  An untreated and sustained burnout can further deteriorate the physical and mental health of the person often leading to far worse conditions on the person.  Functions in the metabolic, immune and cardiovascular activity are affected and weakened considerably.

Medical acupuncture treats patients of burnout syndrome by helping the heightened activity of the central nervous system to relax and tone down.  It also improves circulation and oxygen supply to the undernourished and under oxygenated part of the brain allowing the brain to revitalize.  Medical acupuncture also takes away the stress and tension in the muscle tissues and supplies blood and energy to the undernourished affected major organs.  It also normalizes body metabolism and boosts immune functions, enhances concentration and memory and helps regain physiological and emotional balance. Acupuncture with help from herbal medicines detoxifies the body of waste products, allows more cell oxygenation and basically improves the overall functions of the body.

For burnout syndrome, auricular acupuncture or electro-acupuncture maybe used to help with release of endorphins and enkephalins to deal with the severe negative emotions this disorder entails.  Upon consultation, the acupuncturist may do some physical examinations of the patient as well as interview the patient regarding what he/she feels and the overall state of his/her health.  The symptoms presented and the interview will enable the acupuncturist to know the diagnosis and what best approach to take.  The duration of the treatment will depend on the severity of the symptoms presented. Oftentimes, the use of herbal medicine is used together with acupuncture.  However, unless the person changes his lifestyle and work environment, burnout recurrences will be almost inevitable.

Written by Valerie

June 25th, 2011 at 11:30 am

Acupuncture Philadelphia and the Athlete

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Athletes always aspire to be in tiptop shape.  They always need their muscles to be finely tuned.  They need to have high mental morale and steely resolve.  The athlete treats his body and mind like a fine-tuned, well-oiled powerful machine ready to give optimal performance on demand.  There is no guarantee that an athlete will not suffer from injuries throughout his career and that is why he must also be prepared to have his injuries treated in the hands of an experienced professional with a treatment as natural and effective as possible.  Yes, there are numerous approaches in treating injuries, many of which involves pharmaceutical therapies.  There are invasive treatment approaches that may harm other parts of the athlete’s body if treated by an incompetent professional.  Acupuncture Philadelphia is safer than drug therapy or surgery, much less painful and non-invasive than physical therapy or surgery and much more effective than the three modalities mentioned.

Acupuncture treatment works effectively with musculoskeletal injuries or pain.  For an athlete wanting to have a toned up body and a sharp mind, acupuncture can deliver these two important factors rapidly.  For one, acupuncture enhances blood flow throughout the body energizing and revitalizing the other organs that have been undernourished before.  Acupuncture regulates hormonal balance so the athlete does not suffer from any hormonal imbalances.  Acupuncture stimulates the brain to release endorphins and enkephalins, giving the athlete a sense of completeness and tranquility, which may neutralize any anxieties the athlete may feel.  Acupuncture makes the athlete physically and mentally fit.

Stress is also a factor, which the athlete must deal with.  The control of stress and the mental tension that may serve as a driving force for the athlete can also be too overwhelming especially when challenges and risks are great in a competition.  Acupuncture can greatly help ease the mind of the athlete before competition starts.  Acupuncture brings balance and harmony to the mind and body.  It is not a miracle cure for diseases or ailments but it does provide mental relaxation to a person who has too much stress in his/her mind.  Regarding physical injuries, acupuncture can be an answer to a sprained ankle, shoulder pain, torn calf muscle, Achilles tendon problems, tennis elbow, back and neck aches, etc.

Acupuncture truly is a perfect treatment and therapy for any athlete.  Even mental athletes like chess players can benefit greatly from acupuncture as it helps clear the mind of worries and stress.  All the athlete needs to keep fit is a few sessions of acupuncture immediately before competition to keep his physical and mental balance and increase his/her physical strength.  For acupuncturists who treat athletes, they can be like machine doctors who want their machines to work like super machines, performing extremely well to be number one and since all athletes aspire to be number one in their field of competition, it is up to the acupuncturist to help them achieve their dream.

Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2011 at 3:54 am

Acupuncture Philadelphia Treatment

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Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of healing.  The Chinese have used it for around 4000 yrs.  It is the most popular form of healing through natural means and one of the most effective.  It was introduced in the United States since the 1970’s and since then, millions of Americans have benefited from this holistic type of treatment.  Holistic in the sense that it not only is used in treating physical ailments but emotional and psychological problems as well.

Acupuncture Philadelphia is part of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM.  TCM believes that the body has a life force or chi flowing inside it and the normal flow of chi in the body is responsible for the body’s health and growth.  When the pathways of chi are blocked, chi stagnates and this stagnation causes the body’s health to deteriorate and get sick.  Acupuncture is the insertion of needles in certain parts of the body to remove these blockages and restore the body back into health.

Sometimes acupuncture is coupled with other forms of alternative treatment such as herbal medicine or moxibustion to maximize the treatment.  Moxibustion is a treatment wherein moxa or mugwort, an oriental herb is burned directly onto the skin on designated acupoints.  The purpose of this is to stimulate a smoother circulation of both blood and chi throughout the body.  Herbal medicines are designed to treat specific illnesses and Chinese medicine carries a wide gamut of herbal mixtures for treatment of specific maladies.

Aside from chi, TCM also believes in the principle of yin and yang or hot and cold forces interacting in the body and whose relative harmony and balance makes the body function normally and healthy.  Yin-yang is affected by chi flow and when chi stagnates, the equilibrium of these two opposing forces becomes imbalanced leading to sickness.  Factors that create chi blockages are pathogens, the environment, extreme emotions and physical injuries.  It is the responsibility of the acupuncturist to determine what factors caused chi imbalance on each patient since the diagnosis determines what type of acupuncture technique to use.

Acupuncture has treated various kinds of illnesses.  The more popular uses of acupuncture are in weight loss, infertility, extreme emotions such as depression and anxiety, alcoholism, substance abuse and general pain.  Acupuncture is not a panacea for every type of disease but it is a effective and very safe form of treatment for many types of illnesses.  Unlike pharmaceutical therapy, acupuncture does not load the body with any toxins whatsoever.  In fact, it uses minimal external aid, other than herbal medicines.  Acupuncture allows the body to heal itself by giving it more energy to boost blood circulation; regulate hormone level; stimulate endorphins to mitigate emotional worries and make the body feel good and relaxed; and raise the body’s metabolic rate to allow the person to feel energized and strong.

Written by Valerie

April 9th, 2011 at 8:41 am