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Bellvue Acupuncture and Moxibustion

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Acupuncture and Moxibustion have been part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years in China.  Now these two are one of the most popular forms of alternative medical treatments in the world.  Acupuncture treatment is the use of hair thin sterile needles inserted into specific areas called acupuncture points.  The needles are manipulated in such a way to elicit a desired response.  The acupuncture points are connected to a network of meridians spread throughout the body just like the circulatory and nervous systems of the body.  These meridians are energy channels where Chi, or “vital life” travels.  Chi is what energizes and gives the body strength and growth.  Without chi, the body dies.  Sometimes blockages arise in the meridians and hinder chi flow.  When chi stagnates or flows poorly, diseases and illnesses set in.  Acupuncture corrects these imbalances.  Acupuncture is now widely accepted as a treatment for many types of illnesses in the United States and all over the world.  When the needles are inserted, the patient feels just a slight tingling sensation.  The needles are left in the body for about 20 to 40 minutes depending on the treatment .  During treatment, the patient is flooded with a sense of relaxation and comfort.

The acupuncturist sometimes may use other complementary techniques such as moxibustion.  This is a treatment where an herb called mugwort is burned on the skin in order to maximize the effect of acupuncture treatment.  Acupuncture together with moxibustion is an effective remedy for a plethora of ailments.  With or without moxibustion though, acupuncture has built a credible reputation of being an exceptional alternative form of treatment for many diseases and sicknesses.  The World Health Organization acknowledges the effectiveness of acupuncture and lists the number of ailments or the symptoms of diseases, disorders and sicknesses it has known to treat.  Some diseases are more treatable with acupuncture combined with moxibustion than many modalities Western medicine offers.

Pain and injuries from the musculoskeletal system are treatable with Bellvue acupuncture.  When disease or damage affects this system, pain and distress are usually the results.  Three types of damage that usually happens to the musculoskeletal system are injury or sprain caused by a traumatic experience such as a sporting activity or a street accident, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.  For sudden injuries or sprains, acupuncture has an immediate effect and depending on the extent of the damage, treatment may just take a day or two or it may last several weeks.  Usually the needles are inserted in the painful and tender areas of the body.  With osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, the treatment usually takes a little longer and it may be just to for pain relief.  Treatment may take weeks and only after 4 or 5 sessions does the effect of the treatment start to manifest for many patients.  Nevertheless, the patient always comes out revitalized and relaxed after every session.

Written by Valerie

April 30th, 2011 at 3:46 am

The Many Benefits of Bellvue Acupuncture

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Bellvue Acupuncture has been the most popular alternative form of treatment for a wide range of sicknesses in the West since the 1970’s.  It is a potent weight loss program and is effective in treating pain, infertility, addiction, skin disorders, depression and anxiety.  Millions have benefited from this program and modern techniques developed in the West have made acupuncture even more effective than ever.

Practiced in China for well over 2000 years, acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  Acupuncture works by inserting hair-thin needles in certain areas of the body.  These needles help regulate the energy within the body, help restore the free flow of chi and stimulate the brain to release chemicals that help the body heal itself.  Acupuncture and TCM, in general are holistic in treatment of the individual.  This means they treat not only the physical ailments but also the emotional and psychological problems of the individual as well.

TCM believes that the body’s health lies in the free flow of chi or life force flowing throughout the body and in the body’s balanced and harmonious state of health.  When chi is blocked because of extreme emotions, positive or negative; injuries; pathogens or by the environment (climate), the balance of energy within the body which keeps the body in good health, is disrupted.  The result will be sickness, diseases and a general deterioration of health.

Acupuncture is very effective for people suffering from addictions whose cause often is mental in origin.  Alcoholism, substance abuse and overeating can be the result of some kind of psychological problem, usually sadness, anxiety, frustration, anger, loneliness or other negative emotions.  Acupuncture helps treat these types of problems by first removing the blockage caused by the negative emotions.  When chi then travels again throughout the body, the parts of the body deprived by chi becomes energized and the body’s metabolic rate increases, boosting the immune system and giving the person a renewed sense of vitality.  Acupuncture then helps stimulate the release of chemicals called endorphins and other beneficial chemicals that help the body feel relaxed and elated.  This relaxed state helps mitigate the craving and the addictions of the person good enough to enable him/her to resist the addiction.  Normally, the addiction is not cured overnight but after a number of sessions, the addiction becomes less and less until it eventually disappears.  Depending on the severity and longevity of the addiction, the treatment may last for a few days to more than six months.

For infertility cases, acupuncture elevates the body’s energy level and generates greater blood flow throughout the body.  Organs and body parts that usually make pregnancy difficult to achieve are repaired or benefit from the renewed vigor and blood flow in the body.  Acupuncture also normalizes hormone secretion, which is good especially for those producing low amounts of progesterone or high amounts of FSH.

Written by Valerie

April 9th, 2011 at 8:31 am

Seattle Acupuncture Weight Loss Treatment

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Seattle Acupuncture is one approach that Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses to treat the body’s electrical system and maintain a balanced flow of yin and yang. Yin and yang make up two opposing forces in the body, for example, hot and cold or passive and active. TCM believes that an imbalance of yin and yang in the body can cause illness. This is where the use of tiny needles, commonly known as acupuncture, comes in. TCM uses pathways along the body, called meridians, to apply acupuncture and unblock the flow of energy, restoring a healthy balance.

To practice acupuncture legally, a Masters Degree in Acupuncture or Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is required. Acupuncturists are not always referred to as “doctors,” although some physicians may hold a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM). Health care providers or medical doctors can offer acupuncture treatment with less training. For your safety, check your acupuncturist’s credentials if the practice seems questionable.

An examination by an acupuncturist can determine if you have digestive problems or other symptoms that may cause overeating. Certain ear acupuncture for weight loss can help reduce stress and anxiety, which are common triggers for overeating. The acupuncture weight loss points vary for each person. Auricular acupuncture, or ear acupuncture, can help achieve weight loss by inserting needles into certain parts of the ear, releasing endorphins that produce a calming effect. Sometimes, a practitioner will use ear tacks to achieve a long-term effect. Ear tacks are meant to stay in the ear cartilage for around a week, and then they fall out on their own.

Acupuncture for weight loss points may also include other parts of the body. Inserting needles into points that stimulate the stomach, liver and kidney is said to produce positive results for water retention, along with proper oxygen and blood flow to the whole body. These acupuncture weight loss needles are usually kept in the body for around 30 minutes. Your acupuncturist may incorporate electro stimulation. Electro stimulation uses a very light electrical impulse to stimulate parts of the body. Leads are gently clamped onto the acupuncture needles and connected to a battery-powered device.

The number of weight loss acupuncture treatments needed varies for each individual. It depends on how much weight you want to lose, the severity of your overeating or binging and how fast you want to lose the weight. Some patients will need daily visits; others will need bi-weekly or weekly acupuncture therapy. Once the desired body weight is achieved, maintenance therapy will be needed, around four visits per year. A healthy diet and exercise will make losing the weight easier.

Do not rely on acupuncture alone to help you lose weight. A healthy diet of low-fat, low-calorie foods and a regular exercise routine should be used in conjunction with acupuncture to achieve weight loss. Avoiding sugars, eating plenty of vegetables and baking or broiling proteins can help melt the pounds away. Exercises that increase your heart rate, such as aerobics, will burn calories and boost metabolism. Proper nutrition and exercise will compliment acupuncture in the weight loss process.

Written by Valerie

December 16th, 2010 at 7:26 am

Medical Bellvue Acupuncture Indicated for Certain Conditions

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For Hospital Credentialing, information is used to determine where Bellvue acupuncture privileges are considered. Pain which is of musculo-skeletal origin can respond to acupuncture treatment so dramatically and this modality is best known for its pain relief benefits than for any other indications.

Pain is also relatively easy to measure, and progress can be measured fairly simply. Due to these reasons, physicians train in Medical Acupuncture in order to treat musculo-skeletal pain conditions as one of their early applications of their newly developed skills. But in the hands of a more experienced physician who is well trained in Chinese medicine, pain control may be a common but by far not the only symptom treatable with Medical Acupuncture.

Acupuncture is incorporated as another modality in the collection of useful medical interventions. An example to consider would be about moderate allergic sinusitis which may be treated well with antihistamines and decongestants. If the condition is annoying to the patient that recurs often, or is poorly controlled with common medications it may require steroids and frequent antibiotics. In this case, acupuncture may be an excellent complement to routine care, often minimizing or altogether eliminating the need for medications, releasing the patient from continuous exacerbation-remission cycles. Another example would be a paralytic ileus, as a postoperative condition or perhaps due to a pelvic fracture. One could keep the patient NPO and on suction through a naso-gastric tube for as long as the ileus lasts.

Acupuncture can be used alongside with the above measures to help the patient regain bowel motility sooner, allowing for a speedier and more comfortable recovery. Asthma and chronic bronchospasm are other examples where the use of Medical Acupuncture reduces the required doses of bronchodilators, thus reducing unpleasant side effects and preventing a steroid dependent state. Diagnosis of underlying medical conditions should be established within the context of the state-of-the-art of medical care. Once diagnosis has been made and routine treatment measures are in progress. Medical Acupuncture, if appropriate, can be used as a complementary modality within the working allopathic framework.

The list below includes a number of medical conditions that have been found to respond effectively to Medical Acupuncture. This list is by no means exhaustive, and should serve as informational material and for guidelines purposes only. It should be called to your attention that certain drugs such as steroids (an equivalent to 20mg or more of prednisone), and some tranquilizers and antidepressants, longer-standing and more complex illnesses may require more sessions which an average of 6 to 8 treatments, depending on the patient’s general condition and type of problem. The Academy is available for any further information your Committee may require in regards to Medical Acupuncture and its use in a hospital setting.

  • Acute and chronic pain control
  • Posttraumatic and postoperative ileus
  • Muscle spasms, tremors, tics, contractures
  • Anxiety, fright, panic
  • Drug detoxification
  • Neuralgias (trigeminal , Herpes Zoster, post herpetic, other)
  • Seventh nerve palsy Sequelae of CVA’s (aphasia, hemiplegia)
  • Certain functional gastro-intestinal disorders (nausea and vomiting, esophageal spasm, hyperacidity, irritable bowel, etc.)
  • Headache, vertigo (Meniere’s), tinnitus
  • Phantom pain

Written by Valerie

December 11th, 2010 at 7:00 am

Seattle Acupuncture: An Alternative Choice

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A lot of schools in the United States follow Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which is a compilation of many Chinese traditions formed by Mao in 1956. Seattle acupuncture which is also a form of TCM tries to reconcile the two separate branches of acupuncture and herbology in China. In China, Western Medicine has been well well-established since the turn of the century and TCM is very much aware of Western science. It is a complete system that perhaps has the best chance of interfacing with Western Medicine even though the TCM system has its limitations.

Traditional Chinese Medicine comprises Massage, Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. It treats a wide range of human illnesses from acute to chronic, holistically, acknowledging both your constitution and the nature of your illness. You can get Chinese Medicine simply to preserve good health. According to Chinese Medicine Patterns, diagnosis is done by observation, explorative questions and skillfully examining your pulse and tongue. After diagnosis the practitioner will methodically plan your treatment with Herbs, Acupuncture, TuiNa or a combination of these. Aside from that, your acupuncturists will give you appropriate advice on self-help including diet and exercise to restore or maintain your health.

How long does it take to get better with acupuncture?
In general treatment for chronic illness takes one month for every year that one is ill. Traditional Chinese Medicine is superior at preventative medicine and acute diseases should see results in 3 or 4 treatments. Patients are routinely given 10 acupuncture treatments and then they are re-assessed in mainland China. Many people come back occasionally for “tune-ups”, after they have been cured of their original complaints. Oriental Medicine means a life-long commitment to keeping one’s body and mind in balance.

If you have an acute life-threatening situation you should seek the help of Oriental Medicine. Oriental Medicine is proficient in treating many serious diseases but it does have its limitations. If you are terminally ill take advantage of what Western Medicine has to offer like X-rays, ultra sounds and blood tests that have no parallel in Oriental Medicine. If you decide for surgery or radiation therapy continues to see a good Oriental Medicine practitioner. He or she can help to ameliorate side effects and to help re-build your energy.

What is the modality of your TCM practitioner?
Before, one could only learn Oriental Medicine by being born into a family of practitioners or by sweeping the floors of the “masters” clinic. Now Oriental Medicine Schools in the West have allowed many of us to practice who otherwise would not have the chance. Some of the best practitioners in the world are now in the West, spreading the traditions of their home countries. For example, acupuncture has a history in France through the colonization of Vietnam. In a sense, all of Oriental modalities in the West are regional traditions which now have a chance to intermingle. It is perhaps a conceit that many Western practitioners feel that acupuncture will best thrive and grow outside the constraints and historical bondage of their home countries.

Written by Valerie

December 10th, 2010 at 10:44 pm

How to Prepare for an Seattle Acupuncture Treatment

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It’s likely that you have heard of acupuncture, and you may even know someone who has experienced it. Bellvue acupuncture is the attempt to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific anatomical points on the body. If you’re considering trying this alternative medical system yourself, for a condition that is chronic, or one where Western medicine seems to have failed you, here are some ideas for approaching your choice.

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China and Asia. However, it doesn’t follow a Western European method of disease diagnosis and treatment, so it is useful to study this method before seeking treatment

  • Read about it in books or magazines.
  • Talk to an acupuncture practitioner, or to someone who has successfully used it.
  • Read information on suitable websites, such as government health departments or traditional Chinese medicine schools with a good reputation.
  • Decide if you can trust or accept this methodology. If you are extremely adverse to trying it, no one can or should convince you to do so. However, if you are convinced it might work for you, or you’re feeling desperate for another treatment route, acupuncture might be helpful. Acupuncture can relieve pain and reduce symptoms or help restore a balance to your system. Only you can decide if it is worth giving it a try.
  • Be wary of anyone who claims it can cure anything more substantial, however, as it doesn’t cure cancer and cannot save you from an incurable illness.

If you have decided to try acupuncture, see if it is covered by your insurance plan or your health system’s welfare coverage. Your doctor might have to refer you for treatment to get it covered. Discuss this idea with your doctor first if you wish. If it’s not covered, decide if you can afford to pay for it on your own.

  • Find a qualified practitioner. Depending on where you live, you might easily find a qualified acupuncture doctor, or you may not. You will need to check if acupuncture is regulated where you live; a state, province, or region may or may not certify such doctors, making it harder for you to know whether or not your acupuncturist is reputable.
  • If you are having difficulties finding out, inquire in a local Oriental medicine clinic or college for more information.
  • If you know of people who have had successful treatments, ask for their recommendation.
  • Always ask to see the credentials.

Acupuncture is a structure in which you will be given a series of up to 20 treatments of up to an hour each, spread out over several weeks. There will usually be a day or two between each treatment. Acupuncture focuses on treating overall well-being and not just the symptoms, taking a holistic approach.

Written by Valerie

October 5th, 2010 at 9:42 pm