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Studies Reveal Moxibustion-Acupuncture’s Effectiveness In Treating Cervical Spondylosis

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As an alternative therapy, acupuncture has long been quite a popular way to relieve neck pain; on the other hand, moxibustion acupuncture may be a new and a bit scary for even acupuncture enthusiasts. Some people may seem that the thought of setting fire to a substance (moxa) at the top end of an acupuncture needle may seem like a step too far, so why is this multi-millennia old technique still practiced? More importantly, can moxibustion acupuncture work in treating neck pain?

A component of an ancient Oriental medical system known as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), moxibustion is a healing method that usually involves the use of an herb widely known for its healing qualities, mugwort. The truth is acupuncture’s Chinese character actually translates to acupuncture-moxibustion, as this therapy was designed to stimulate energy (qi), boost the blood, and support overall wellbeing and health.

A common practice to stimulate the uterus, moxibustion acupuncture is also used to rectify other issues associated with the female reproductive system such as menstrual cramping and breech births. In recent years, it has likewise been researched to ascertain the possible risks and benefits for neck pain and other physical conditions.

Direct and Indirect Moxibustion Acupuncture

In Western cultures, direct moxibustion is rarely practiced as there is a danger of scarring and blisters. Direct moxibustion entails the placing of a small amount of mugwort, that’s converted into moxa, on top of an acupuncture point, lit up, and allowed to burn out. Practitioners of this procedure can also take out the moxa before it completely burns out, thereby limiting any skin burning. If the moxa is removed at the right time scarring, blistering, and pain could be avoided. Instead, a pleasurable feeling of heat should penetrate the skin and help release tension and pain.

Indirect moxibustion is the more preferred moxibustion procedure used in Western acupuncture treatments. The procedure entails the application of moxa to the top end of an acupuncture needle that has been inserted into an acupoint. The moxa is then set on fire in order to warm the needle. After the completion of the treatment, the burning moxa is put out and the needle removed. One other type of indirect moxibustion involves the burning of a moxa stick that’s held for a few minutes very near the targeted acupoint until the skin turns red. This type of moxibustion and the indirect form are both deemed to pose a much lower risk of burning or pain compared to direct moxibustion.

When Should Be Moxibustion Used?

Based on TCM principles, moxibustion acupuncture should only be used for stagnant or cold conditions and not for issues where there is too much heat. In the treatment of neck pain, this therapy may be useful for people whose pain is considered to be the result of blocked qi (energy), tension, weak blood flow, and not for inflammatory conditions.

As usual, any person performing moxibustion acupuncture or any alternative treatment for neck pain should have undergone proper education. In moxibustion acupuncture, the practitioner should hold a traditional Chinese medicine degree or should be a qualified acupuncturist. In the US, you could only practice moxibustion if you have an acupuncture license. If your patient has a respiratory condition, the practitioner can use smokeless moxa sticks as the odor and smoke a burning moxa can be overwhelming.

Can Neck Pain Be Cured With Moxibustion Acupuncture?

A few years ago a study was published that specifically dealt with the use of moxibustion acupuncture in the treatment of neck pain due to arthritis in the neck (or cervical spondylosis). The 145 subjects who participated in the study were divided into three groups in this randomized clinical trial: 48 subjects in the moxibustion group, 48 subjects in the acupuncture group, and 49 subjects in the acupuncture-moxibustion group.

All subjects were treated using the TE 3 (Shongshu), Sl 15 (Chiangshongshu), GV 14 (Dashui), and Extra (Bailao) acupoints. For the moxibustion group, at each of these acupoints, three cones and seed-size moxa were applied. Twenty minute needling session in all of these acupoints was administered in the acupuncture group. Both protocols were utilized for the combination group.

All subjects were treated in the prescribed manner once every three days and within four weeks, they should have undergone 10 treatments. Three months later, they were required to undergo a follow-up period. Evaluations were done using the MPQ (McGill Pain Questionnaire) and NPQ (Northwick Park Pain Questionnaire).

Compared to baseline, outcomes revealed that after three months, all three groups had lower MPQ and NPQ scores; however the group that was treated with acupuncture-moxibustion had lower scores compared to the groups treated with either moxibustion or acupuncture alone. There was a significant difference in the efficacy of the treatment in all three groups, although it was seen that all of them experienced substantial alleviation of pain caused by cervical spondylosis.

Neck Pain Treatment Using Direct Moxibustion

In another published study in recent years, the efficacy of moxibustion on treatment of cervical spondylosis of the vertebral artery was tested and observed. The study involved the participation of 60 patients who were assigned randomly to a group. One group was treated with a regular dosage of moxa and the other group received a saturated dosage of moxa. Two acupoints wherein heat sensitivity (thermo-sensitization) was considered to be strongest were selected for moxibustion treatment. In the saturated treatment group, moxibustion time was gauged by the loss of heat sensitivity, while in the regular dose group a 15 minute standard therapy was administered on each acupoint. Both groups during the first four days were given a couple of treatments each day, then for the next 10 days, treatments were given once a day.

The treatment’s clinical efficacy, and the patients’ function and symptoms were documented prior to and post treatments as well on the follow-up treatment six months later. The group that received regular moxa dosage experienced symptomatic relief in 26.7 percent and 30 percent of the patients after treatment and after six months, respectively while for the saturated moxa treatment group, the efficacy rate was shown to be 56.7 percent post treatment and 60 percent six months post treatment. When it came to function and clinical symptoms, both groups experienced improvements post treatment and at follow-up, although, much greater improvement was shown in the saturated moxa group.

Current Research Constraints

All the above-mentioned studies indicate the inherent benefits of moxibustion acupuncture for relief of neck pain due to arthritis, but forethought is in order as those researches are not placebo-controlled (that could be performed with moxibustion or needling of non-acupoints) and are isolated. Additional studies are required to ascertain if the moxibustion acupuncture benefits can be applied to other issues that can result in neck pain, and whether a placebo effect is arising there. Neck pain direct moxibustion acupuncture treatment can also result in complications and long term or even permanent skin damage and so should only be performed by an experienced and qualified practitioner.

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Written by Valerie

November 21st, 2017 at 6:04 am

Some Things to Know If You Have Decided to Try Acupuncture for the First Time

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For people who have not experienced any type of acupuncture treatment, they may mistakenly assume that it is a painful procedure because it involves the sticking of needles in the body.

But for those who have had undergone acupuncture, they would say that the treatment is virtually painless. You may feel eerie sensations ranging from light tingling to electrical sensations in areas that may not be necessarily on the treated site. These sensations are fleeting and disappear after the needles have been removed or have been in place for a while.

A lot of patients say that acupuncture is an extremely relaxing treatment.

During an acupuncture procedure, a licensed and fully trained practitioner will safely and deftly use individually packaged disposable sterile needles to make sure that there is zero chance of infection.

Acupuncture originated in China 5,000 years ago. It was and still is used widely in several countries of the Far East eventually turning up in Europe and then centuries later, in America. There are many different forms of acupuncture and each country has its unique form of this treatment. You may need to know what style of acupuncture your practitioner employs to determine if you will feel comfortable to the style he/she uses. More often than not, your acupuncturist will willingly explain his/her style to you in detail.

Choosing the right acupuncturist for you in Louisville

If you have decided to try acupuncture you need to know the experience and training of your practitioner. Question your practitioner on how much experience he/she has in addressing your particular condition and on how long he/ she has been in practice.

Your acupuncturist should give you a layman’s explanation about what type of treatment you need to undergo. If the treatment entails certain risks, you need to know what those risks are as well as the length of the treatment and most importantly, how much will the treatment cost. You should be completely confident and happy with whatever treatment is chosen for you.

You should see some improvements even after your first treatment but you should not be concerned easily if the benefits dissipate quickly as almost immediately during your first treatment. The initial treatments almost always merely provide temporal relief to some extent. Seldom will one not experience some type of improvement after a single treatment, although, for most people significant improvements may be experienced over the next few days.

As the treatment progresses, the time period of lessened symptoms and the level of relief following each visit will become more definite, until the benefits are maintained.

Whatever your treatment is, you need to stick to its schedule, especially in the early stages. In this way, you may benefit from the momentum and preserve the healings that have been gained.

Your specific case will determine the number of treatments you will need. But usually, you probably should expect to one to two sessions for three to six weeks. After the initial sessions, you may require one to two sessions for the next two months. There are issues that can be corrected during this time but others can gain certain benefits from a “maintenance” visit now and again. During your initial visit, the schedule of your treatment will likely be outlined.

Acupuncturists consider each person as unique. Because of this fact, the plan of treatment your acupuncturist will provide will address your specific problems and needs. Any “off the shelf” treatment plan is unacceptable so you need to ask some probing questions to get a clear explanation of what your condition is and why you need the kind of treatment your acupuncturist recommends.

Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2016 at 6:31 pm

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Philadelphia Acupuncture to Help with Anxiety

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Philadelphia acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have always considered the connection between mind and body to be inseparable. Along with the ancient descriptions of external environmental disease factors, such as Wind, Heat, and Cold, internal causes of disease were considered to be due to emotions. Anger, fear, sadness, worry, and joy were correlated to each of the five Yin organs of the body. Imbalances within these organs could be the origin of the emotion, or the emotion could injure the corresponding internal organ over time.

The Western viewpoint of “more is better” has taken a toll on mental health. While some chose to work hard and play hard until exhaustion, others will suffer from over-thinking, worrying about every detail of life. This lifestyle causes the mind and body to become tied-up inside, creating anxiety and depression. Acupuncture can help treat these mental-emotional disorders by helping you to “un-do”. The needles create a deep state of relaxation during the treatment, allowing true rest and healing of both mind and body.

Anxiety comes in a variety of forms, from mild worrying about an upcoming speech or exam to phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder, a nervous stomach, and even panic attacks. Some anxiety is a normal healthy response to the stresses of daily life and new situations; however, anxiety that occurs randomly or in an excessive manner is a sign for concern. Fortunately, acupuncture can help balance both the mental and physical manifestations of this condition returning you to an easy-going life.

When anxiety occurs, you may experience the obsessive thoughts circling the fearful situation you are experiencing, and physical symptoms such as chest pain, increased heart rate, and shortness of breath, stomachache, nausea, or headache. Depending on the exact manifestations of your anxiety in conjunction with an observation of the pulse and tongue, an acupuncturist can determine which Oriental Medicine pattern of anxiety you are experiencing.

Most conditions of anxiety are related to imbalances of the Heart and Kidney, referring the energetic aspects of these organs.  The Heart organ is considered a very Yang energy organ, constantly pumping the blood throughout the body. Over-excitement of the Heart due to excessive joy or an imbalance of Fire within the body can create Heat in the Heart, leading to anxiety and insomnia. The Kidney is the Water organ and functions to balance the Fire of the Heart helping to contain an excess of Fire. If the Kidney is deficient, the Heart Fire can rise up disturbing the mind.

Acupuncture treatments for anxiety can use both body and auricular acupuncture. Body acupuncture points may include Heart 7, Kidney 6, and Spleen 6 to harmonize the Heart and Kidney and nourish the cooling Yin energy of these organs. In cases of excessive Heart Heat, the points Heart 8 and Heart 9 may be used to sedate the Fire within the Heart. Auricular points, such as Shenmen (Spirit Gate), can effectively reduce anxiety; in some cases, retaining ear tacks or small magnetic balls at this auricular acupuncture point can prolong the effects between treatments.

Written by Valerie

July 28th, 2010 at 6:52 am

The Basic Ideas of Acupuncture New York

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Acupuncture new york originates from ancient Chinese medicine so basically it is also important to study about Chinese medicine and theories that surrounds this most ancient and useful form of alternative medicine. Chinese medicine sees the body as a small part of the universe which is subject to universal laws and the principals of harmony and balance. It does not draw a sharp line compared to Western medicine. The Chinese system believes that mental and emotional states are every bit as influential on disease as purely as any physical mechanisms. Chinese medicine uses different symbols and ideas to discuss body and health. If Western medicine describes health in terms of measurable physical processes made of chemical reactions, Chinese medicine on the other hand uses ideas like chi, yin and yang, the organ system and the five elements to describe the body and health. Here are some of the basic terms used in Chinese medicine:

  • Yin and Yang, according to Chinese philosophy is the universe and the body that describes two separate complimentary principles that of which is yin and yang. The two principles are always interacting, opposing, and influencing each other and their goal in Chinese medicine is not to eliminate either yin or yang, but to allow the two to balance each other and exist harmoniously together. For example, if a person suffers from symptoms of high blood pressure, the Chinese system would say that the heart organ might have too much yang, and would recommend methods either to reduce the yang or to increase the yin of the heart, depending on the other symptoms and organs in the body. Therefore, acupuncture therapies seek to either increase or reduce yang, or increase or reduce yin in particular regions of the body.
  • Chi is another fundamental concept of Chinese medicine which is the fundamental life energy of the universe. It is invisible and is found in the environment in the air, water, food and sunlight and in the body it is the invisible vital force that creates and animates life. Every individual is born with inherited amounts of chi, and we also get acquired chi from the food we eat and the air we breathe. The level and quality of a person’s chi also depends on the state of physical, mental and emotional balance. Chi moves through the body along channels called meridians.
  • The Organ System in the Chinese system is compose of twelve main organs which is the lung, large intestine, stomach, spleen, heart, small intestine, urinary bladder, kidney, liver, gallbladder, pericardium, and the “triple warmer”. The latter represents the entire torso region. Each organ has chi energy associated with it, and each organ interacts with particular emotions on the mental level. With twelve organs, there are twelve types of chi which can move through the body, and these move through twelve main channels or meridians. Chinese doctors attach symptoms to organs. Symptoms are caused by yin/yang imbalances in one or more organs so an unhealthy flow of chi to or from one organ to another. Each organ has a different outline of symptoms it can manifest.

Written by Valerie

July 16th, 2010 at 9:12 am

Miami Acupuncture Health Philosophy

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The concept of Miami acupuncture health is that each acupuncturist should take the time to listen to their patients. Each patient’s well being is affected by his or her lifestyle, emotions, attitude, diet, habits and environment. All of these factors can contribute a lot to health issues that makes every person’s needs different. Addressing the different health issues and taking into consideration the different factors will help promote a good health and balance lifestyle for each individual.

Acupuncture health is a natural form of healing and it has many benefits. Acupuncture treatment alone can help provide drug-free pain relief. It effectively treats a wide range of acute and chronic ailments like back pain, menstrual cramps and others. It is also believed to treat underlying disease and illnesses as well as their symptoms. It can assist in the prevention of diseases and illnesses and maintain a person’s overall well-being. It provides a holistic approach to treating illnesses and diseases by linking the body, mind and emotions.

Acupuncture Treatment Benefits

In some countries like the United States and UK, acupuncture is one of the most well established and popular complementary forms of therapies. Approximately, three million people are undergoing treatment each year and this has been stated in the NHS Direct-health Encyclopedia 2008. Many people seek acupuncture treatment to treat specific symptoms or health conditions. It is also prescribed to work alongside with conventional forms of medical treatment or it can be used as a natural medicine alone without the use of drugs.

Thanks to extensive research and practice, it has shown that acupuncture is effective in treating certain conditions such as tiredness, stress, anxiety, depression, arthritis, rheumatism, musculo-skeletal problems, backache, high blood pressure and other circulatory problems, headaches and migraines, asthma and breathlessness, digestive problems, insomnia, gynecological problems and infertility, skin conditions, allergies and addictions.

Acupuncture health is directed at restoring the overall energy balance that will help deal with any health condition and also help the person feel better in a general and holistic kind of way. There have been increasing reports about patients having increased energy, normal sleep, vitality and a more normal appetite. With this kind of outlook in life, any individual treated with acupuncture can have a chance to greater confidence and greater enjoyment of life.

Written by Valerie

June 24th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

How Fertility Acupuncture Can Treat Infertility

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Acupuncture is a kind of ancient healing technique that originated from the East. Due to its numerous medicinal benefits, fertility acupuncture in New York is becoming popular since it is capable of treating infertility. In theory, once there is a blockage in the energy pathways which are the acupuncture sites, this can cause illnesses or other disease. With the use of needles, the blockages are cleared to promote a continuous flow of the energy thus resulting to proper physiologic healing. It is believed that acupuncture can possibly treat infertility, as well as other ailments like back pain, dizziness, depression, neuralgia and constipation. So how can acupuncture treat infertility? Here are some steps on how acupuncture can help treat infertility.

  • First thing to consider is to understand how acupuncture will help. Acupuncture can improve the blood circulation in the pelvic cavity and boost the ovarian function.
  • Second thing to consider is to know what to expect. A lot fertility expert considers acupuncture as just one part of the overall health plan to improve wellness and health. So this means you are still required to make certain lifestyle changes to accomplish your goal. After all, with good health comes fertility.
  • Third thing to take into consideration is to learn how acupuncture can help in regulating hormonal imbalances. Infertility can be caused by hormonal imbalances in some women and this situation can be remedied by acupuncture.
  • Next thing to take into consideration is to know and understand where the needles will be placed. Acupuncture points for infertility are usually found on the lower abdomen, lower back and legs.
  • Always seek the assistance of an expert. Look for an acupuncturist that has experience in fertility issues. There is a lot of information about acupuncturist who deal with fertility issues found on the web.
  • Once you meet with your chosen acupuncturist, give him or her all the information as much as possible like how long have you been trying to conceive as well as a full detailed description of your medical history.
  • Always follow your acupuncturist’s treatment schedule until its completion. Be sure to ask all necessary questions to avoid anxiety and of course to get what your money is worth.

Tips and Warnings to Reflect On

  • Acupuncture’s rates can rise from moderate to expensive. This usually depends on the experience and credentials of your chosen acupuncturist. Aside from that, the city from where she or he is based can also affect his or her professional fees.
  • Like other forms of treatments , it is also covered by many insurance plans. However, this a not covered by Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Supplements and herbs may also be prescribed by acupuncturist to support with your treatment. In these cases, herbs and supplements can be inexpensive and moderate in price. These are not usually covered by insurance plans thought.
  • If you have potentially life-threatening symptoms like extreme abdominal pain, never attempt to use acupuncture as a form of treatment.
  • Always bear in mind that not all alternative forms of medical treatments are scientifically evaluated. Some practitioners only have limited information about their safety and effectiveness. Each state has its own rules regarding how alternative medicine practitioners can be professionally licensed. So if you decide to visit an acupuncturist, choose someone who is licensed and recognized by the national organization. Always keep your medical doctor informed about form of alternative medical procedure you undertake.

Written by Valerie

June 7th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Studies About Acupuncture Treatment

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A lot of people seek acupuncture treatment due to its numerous benefits and it is fact that this form of alternative treatment has helped people even with severe forms of illnesses. Acupuncture first originated from China and it has been practiced as a traditional form of medicine for thousands of years. There have been some records of acupuncture being used in Europe and during the second half of the twentieth century it started spreading in Western Europe, Canada and the United States.

Acupuncture is a method that involves the use of very thin needles inserted through the patient’s skin at specific acupuncture points of the body. The needles are specifically inserted in various depths. Although there hasn’t been any study that shows how acupuncture works scientifically but there are studies that show it does provide therapeutic benefits like pain relief and relief from nausea brought by chemotherapy.

According to the theory in Chinese medicine, acupuncture points are found in the meridians where the givital energy runs. But despite other people’s claims, there is no anatomical, anatomical and histological proof that these meridian exist. Acupuncture is still considered as controversial especially among western medical scientists and doctors. A lot of them believe that the curing effects of acupuncture are only achieved through placebo effect because case studies can’t be created for this method due to the invasive nature of acupuncture. But despite what other doctors or scientists say, there are studies that conclude that acupuncture can provide real benefits.

According to the World Health Organization or WHO, acupuncture is effective for treating 28 clinical conditions but there some evidences that point out it can be effective with many more. Acupuncture can provide relief for people with headaches, tension and migraines. It is very effective in treating the aforementioned symptoms and this is according to the study made by the Technical University of Munich, Germany. The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center conducted made s study that indicated treatment with acupuncture twice a week can relieve debilitating symptoms of xerostoia or severe dryness of the mouth among patients treated with radiation for neck and head cancer.

A lot of patients and even people without any serious illness can benefit from acupuncture. Plus anybody, no matter what shape and size can be benefit from its therapeutic results.

Written by Valerie

April 27th, 2010 at 10:12 am