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The Way Out of Cigarette Smoking

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Cigarette smoking is such a difficult habit to break that even drug addicts say that quitting drugs is much easier to do than stopping cigarette smoking.  Unfortunately, there are a great number of people all over the world who are smokers but lack the strength to cease from this habit.  Most of these people have planned to wean themselves out of this nicotine addiction but do not where to begin or what treatment path to take.  Herbal formulas are widely available to help lessen the impact to health of cigarette smoking.  The herbal treatments are a great way to start on the path to complete and permanent smoking cessation.  This article will mention a couple of approaches that can help a person break his smoking habit.

There are so many kinds of herbs that many say are quite effective in controlling smoking urges.  Lobelia is one of them. It is an herb that is commonly included in smoking aids.  It has the ability to neutralize withdrawal discomforts because of its active ingredient, lobeline.  Several researches have shown that the application of lobelia greatly help cigarette smokers by causing a pleasant feeling and a better mood, sensations that nicotine itself produces in a person.  The drawback to this is that lobelia is quite toxic and should only be used only under the guidance of a natural health professional or a doctor.

St. John’s wort also is an herb that can be helpful in stopping cigarette smoking.  This herb is often applied to individuals who suffer from depression but various researches have shown it also to be beneficial for smoking cessation.  Unlike lobelia, St. John’s wort is considered a safe herb to take.  The drawback to it though is that it often affects and neutralizes the benefits of prescription drugs for other health problems.  To avoid this, it is advisable to talk to a natural health professional or to your doctor first before embarking on this treatment.

Another helpful procedure for ending cigarette smoking craving does not involve any drugs, herbs or any chemicals.  This procedure is called acupuncture.  Acupuncture has been practiced in Asia for thousands of years as treatment for many kinds of emotional, psychological and physical conditions.  It is also a great and effective way to neutralize the smoking craving.  Hair thin needles are inserted into certain parts of the body and they help people control and neutralize their cigarette smoking urges.  Acupuncture points on the ear are often selected to control smoking urges.  Treatment may last for at least 20 minutes or more.

Cigarette smokers often need to several sessions of acupuncture to help the kick the habit completely.  Acupuncturists will offer other drug-free solutions that facilitate the weaning out process and to help you better manage your cravings in between sessions.

Thrive Wellness Center is an acupuncture clinic in Fort Lauderdale, FL with licensed acupuncturists, physicians and therapists.

Thrive Wellness Center – Fort Lauderdale
1244 S Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 713-6118

Written by Valerie

April 29th, 2012 at 12:56 pm

Acupuncture – One of the Best Weight Loss Programs Around

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Before you embark on a weight loss program, be sure to do some research on that particular program or consult with your doctor first to know whether that program is the one most fit for you.  You can do your research mainly online since the Internet has chockfull of information regarding all types of weight loss programs available today.

Be sure to know the essential factors about yourself and the weight loss programs you choose.  The status of your health should be factor number one when selecting your weight reducing program.  Your physician should inform you about your condition and whether your heart and other major organs are able to endure the program you have selected.  Physical fitness programs have various cardio workout machines that help monitor your heartbeat as you exercise.  There are also diet programs that can cause your heart to beat irregularly, palpitate or even damage the heart.  There are many kinds of weight loss treatments available and there are some that can be damaging to your health that is why you need to practice due diligence in seeking out the best weight loss treatment plan for yourself.

If you live a life that does not have time for workouts or exercises, diet programs then are things you can consider.  As mentioned some diet programs, particularly the pharmaceutical kind, are potentially damaging to the health when you consider the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs.  Never take drugs that were not prescribed by the doctor.

If you have an expanded awareness of life, acupuncture in helping lose weight can be the best weight loss treatment you will ever experience.  It is one of the safest forms of treatment not only for weight loss but for a whole lot of other conditions.  It involves the piercing of needles to certain points in the body to regulate the function of the internal organs and to help manage weight properly.  Acupuncture does have the power to help you lose weight and maintain your ideal weight.

Fort Lauderdale cupuncture does help improve the functions of your digestive organs such as the stomach, intestines, etc.  The result is that the food you eat is digested efficiently and nutrients are better absorbed thus enabling you to get satiated with lesser intakes of food.  The metabolism of the body is also increased with acupuncture that you burn calories at a faster rate than before.  The bowel function also improves making your bowel movements regular and normal again.  Another benefit acupuncture gives the body is its ability to relieve stress.  Acupuncture promotes a feeling of peacefulness, calm and tranquility that effectively takes away stress in the mind and body.  Stress increases food cravings and people find some comfort in foods when they experience too much stress. Thus, the lessening and removal of stress is a great factor in losing excessive weight.

The Advantages of Using Acupuncture Fort Lauderdale for Infertility

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With the great leap of modern medical technology, one might think that modern medicine will eventually have an answer to all kinds of health problems and in this age of super computers and nanotechnology the potential is there to make this goal achievable.  The prayers and longings of infertile couples to bear children lie on the success of assisted reproductive technologies (ART); however they are not as effective as one might want it to be.

On the other end of the spectrum of ART, acupuncture offers itself as an all-natural alternative infertility treatment.  It is a part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that is around 5,000 years old and its procedure is uniquely Chinese and even a little bit esoteric.  However, it has been widely used in ancient China for many millennia as a way to treat infertility. And it has proven to be quite effective.  Hence, for infertile couples who want to raise children of their own, it is worth knowing and considering this wonderful treatment.

Acupuncture was introduced in the United States in the 1970’s.  It has been introduced in Europe for 200 years and is quite popular for people there who desire an all-natural safe form of treatment.  Mainstream medicine in the US has now accepted acupuncture as a valid form of treatment and this is proven by tens of thousands of physicians who are now also State and board licensed acupuncturists.  Even a gynecologist or infertility clinic regularly provides referrals for acupuncturists who are specialists in fertility problems.

Acupuncture involves the use of filiform needles inserted at vital points on the body. A licensed and well-trained acupuncturist knows the location of acupuncture points (or acupoints) and meridians and knows exactly where to insert the needles needed to treat fertility conditions. The needles help regulate important body functions such as hormonal and blood flow to remedy the factors that cause infertility.

Acupuncture is often combined with Chinese herbal medicine to treat female infertility conditions such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) and elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) as well as treating multiple miscarriages.  There are some conditions that acupuncture is unable to treat.  Blocked fallopian tubes, fallopian tube adhesions and endometriosis or PID among others are some of these.

When one considers the cost of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment compared to the cost of a complete acupuncture treatment for infertility, one would save several thousands of dollars with acupuncture even with just one cycle of IVF treatment.  And considering that the success rate of IVF is just hovering over 40%, one or two cycles may not be enough to achieve successful fertilization.  This factor alone should be enough to strongly consider acupuncture as a viable alternative treatment for infertility to ART procedures such as IVF.

Written by Valerie

January 13th, 2012 at 11:27 pm

Acupuncture For Infertility – The Success Rate is High

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Acupuncture is an ancient medical therapy that involves inserting ultra thin needles into specific points, called acupuncture points or just acupoints, in the body to stimulate the body to release beneficial chemicals that take away pain and enable to body to heal itself.  No exact date is known when acupuncture first came to be but it is universally accepted that this treatment was discovered and developed by the Chinese.  Acupuncture is popular all over the world.  Western countries such as Italy, Germany and the United States and other Asian countries like Japan have many professionals practicing acupuncture treatment.  Acupuncture can treat a wide variety of disorders including infertility.  For many years now, acupuncture is a very effective tool in treating fertility problems either as a stand-alone treatment or as a complementary treatment for other fertility programs.  Many fertility and reproductive-assisted programs are stressful in nature making pregnancy success in these programs quite difficult to achieve.  Acupuncture addresses stress very well and the use of this treatment in helping women cope with the distressful invasive techniques raises the chance of a successful conception and pregnancy.

Acupuncture stimulates the body to release natural painkillers such as endorphins and enkephalins to remove pain and stress in the body.  This effect not only takes away pain and distress but also calms and relaxes the mind.

Acupuncture also helps regulate body functions such as the function of the endocrine system.  A normal functioning endocrine system means normal hormone function, which is essential for fertility.  Acupuncture for infertility problems are not strictly for women only.  Acupuncture treats low sperm production and improves sperm motility.  It can also help in the treatment of erectile dysfunction.  Medical research into infertility treatment with acupuncture has recorded better sperm production of the patients given acupuncture treatment as opposed to the ones not given acupuncture treatment  A lot of people have this misconception that acupuncture treatment itself is painful. When they experience acupuncture themselves, they find out just how a relaxing and comfortable treatment it is.
For some the needle insertions may entail a slight sensation.  However, this is fleeting and a feeling of happiness and relaxation floods the body as the needles’ effect start to set in.

If one wants to have treatment for infertility problems, it is advisable to go to a fertility clinic for recommendations for a skilled and experienced practitioner and a practitioner who specializes in infertility problems.  Many fertility clinics offer acupuncture treatment.  Most of these clinics will request the patient to undergo acupuncture care prior to the program itself for a month or less to help them relax and strengthen their body for the program.  A qualified acupuncturist is one who is licensed to practice acupuncture in his/her state.  One can go online and search for qualified acupuncturists in one’s area and make sure they specialize in infertility problems.

Thrive Wellness Center is an acupuncture clinic in Fort Lauderdale, FL with licensed acupuncturists, physicians and therapists.

Thrive Wellness Center
1244 S Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 713-6118

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Written by Valerie

October 8th, 2011 at 2:57 am

Chakra Acupuncture in Ft Lauderdale

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Chakra acupuncture in Ft Lauderdale is a rare combination of ancient Indian and ancient Chinese medical tradition practiced for holistic treatment of the person’s spiritual, emotional, psychological and physiological dimensions. Traditional Indian medicine states that there are seven energy points of chakra. Chakra is Sanskrit word for wheel of light. These two medical approaches are some of the oriental holistic alternatives for healing people.

The seven important chakra areas are vertically oriented in the body going from the spine (coccyx), to the top of the head. On the head resides the crown and forehead chakras (also called the third eye). Some relevant chakras to note are in the throat, heart, spleen and solar plexus areas. The chakras are where spiritual energy is concentrated and each chakra affects the part of the body where it resides. This can correspond to chi meridians in traditional Chinese medicine located at areas connected to specific organs whose roles are vitally crucial in holistic traditional Chinese medicine. Each chakra corresponds to distinct spiritual energies. The crown chakra, for example, enables spiritual communication of the individual with the divine or spiritual beings in the universe.

The chakras, like chi flow, when healthy and freely moving, are vital to the optimal movement of energy throughout the body. The unbounded flow of energy in the body produces harmony and growth of the spiritual, physical and mental aspect of the person. These ideas are identical to the beliefs of traditional Chinese medicine. Traditional Indian medicine also believes that chakras enable the harmonious balance of positive and negative forces interacting in the body.

Chi, which is the Chinese word for life force gives the body good health spiritually, physically and mentally when it is flowing throughout the body unimpeded through channels known as meridians. Chi, like electricity, has positive and negative energies, called yin and yang. An imbalance of these two forces causes sickness and disease. Acupuncture is used as treatment both to remove any blockages of chi in the body and to restore relative balance of yin and yang in the affected organs.

The principles of both Indian and Chinese medical traditions is to restore equilibrium in the body and to allow for the free flow of energy charka or chi.

Chakra healing and Chinese acupuncture are integrated into one effective and holistic treatment known as chakra acupuncture. Introducing acupuncture needles on the affected chakras immediately reinvigorates the chi or life energies by balancing the negative and positive forces or the yin and yang in the body and removing any blockages of chi or life energies to allow for the normal free flow of this energy throughout the body. Chakra acupuncture is a relatively new concept but has shown great potential in healing individuals in a safe and holistic manner.

Written by Valerie

March 11th, 2011 at 12:51 am

Acupucnture: Fort Lauderdale Holistic Medicine

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Acupuncture is a form of holistic medicine at Thrive Wellness Center in Fort Lauderdale that has been practiced in China and other Eastern countries for thousands of years. Although often described as a means of pain relief, it is in fact used to treat people with a wide range of illnesses. Its focus is on improving the overall well being of the patient, rather than the isolated treatment of specific symptoms. According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy – known as Qi – moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of meridians (channels) beneath the skin.

Qi consists of equal and opposite qualities – Yin and Yang – and when these become unbalanced, illness may result. By inserting fine needles into the channels of energy, an acupuncturist can stimulate the body’s own healing response and help restore its natural balance. The flow of Qi can be disturbed by a number of factors. These include emotional states such as anxiety, stress, anger, fear or grief, poor nutrition, weather conditions, hereditary factors, infections, poisons and trauma. The principal aim of acupuncture in treating the whole person is to recover the equilibrium between the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of the individual.
Several processes have been proposed to explain acupuncture’s effects, primarily those on pain. Acupuncture points are believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals either change the experience of pain or release other chemicals, such as hormones, that influence the body’s self-regulating systems. The biochemical changes may stimulate the body’s natural healing abilities and promote physical and emotional well-being. There are three main mechanisms:

1.  Conduction of electromagnetic signals: Scientists have found evidence that acupuncture points are strategic conductors of electromagnetic signals. Stimulating points along these pathways through acupuncture enables electromagnetic signals to be relayed at a greater rate than under normal conditions. These signals may start the flow of pain-killing biochemicals, such as endorphins, and of immune system cells to specific sites in the body that are injured or vulnerable to disease.

2.  Activation of opioid systems: Research has found that several types of opioids may be released into the central nervous system during acupuncture treatment, thereby reducing pain.

3.  Changes in brain chemistry, sensation, and involuntary body functions: Studies have shown that acupuncture may alter brain chemistry by changing the release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones. Acupuncture also has been documented to affect the parts of the central nervous system related to sensation and involuntary body functions, such as immune reactions and processes whereby a person’s blood pressure, blood flow, and body temperature are regulated.

Acupuncture Treatment: A Fort Lauderdale Traditional Chinese Medicine

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Fort Lauderdale Traditional Chinese Medicine such as acupuncture  has, over the centuries, mapped out the subtle networks and interrelationships that reveal our bodies to be dynamic cellular ecosystems.

Our body is a dynamic environment of interrelating and interconnecting networks. Some of these networks are obvious and others are more subtle. Western science has focused its attention on the obvious networks such as the nervous, blood circulatory, endocrine, and lymphatic systems.

Evidence from computer imaging of the brain during an acupuncture treatment shows dynamic activities occurring in many regions and structures within the brain. This modern research has shown that stimulating an acupuncture point causes an increase in the production of endorphins and simultaneously activates the immune and endocrine systems.

Your acupuncturist or acupuncture providers can choose the most effective acupuncture treatment plan to help you obtain your desired health outcome.

Different acupuncture points will be chosen to relieve pain and stress, and to increase vitality. During acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist will use fine high grade surgical steel needles to stimulate the acupuncture points on your body. For hygiene purposes, these pre-sterilized, disposable needles are only used once
and then disposed away.

Millions of patients have enjoyed the benefits of acupuncture treatment and Traditional Chinese Medicine. They testify to the elimination or reduction of pain, increase in function, and a greater sense of vitality and well-being.

Acupuncture treatment has evolved over thousands of years. It is called empirical science as acupuncture points have been systematically tried and observed for functions and treatment efficacy. This art was started by the use of what Chinese call ‘ashi’ points, or points where there is pain. Bones, sharpened stones, or bamboos were inserted into these ‘ashi acupuncture points’ was found to give relief. Over the next few centuries, Qigong practitioners, doctors, and shamans began to see and map out the system of energetic meridians that course throughout our body. To date this is still being refined. Acupuncture points are specific points on the body which give particular access to this energetic system (known as Qi), performing different functions depending on their locations and the patterns of disease disharmony involved.

The needles are usually retained in the body for 10 minutes to one hour. While the patient is relaxed, the acupuncturist may choose to manipulate particular needles at particular acupuncture points to give desired effects. This action is to tonify, nourish, or strengthen, or conversely, to drain or subdue.

Electrical stimulation is also applied sometimes and is performed by placing small alligator clips onto the needles and passing a very mild battery generated electrical current through it.

It should be made known that many conditions can take many months of treatments to obtain desired results. For instance, a person with a chronic low back pain for 10 years may see some very quick results, although, any substantial lasting effects would actually take months or even years of regular acupuncture treatments. The acupuncturist will find out all they can about the particular condition and judge how frequent and how long the acupuncture treatment is required according to the severity of the condition and duration.

Treating Addiction with Acupuncture in Fort Lauderdale

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Today, there appears to be new hope for those who suffer from addictions to substances harmful to their health. Fort Lauderdale acupuncture is rapidly increasing in popularity as an effective aid in the control of many addictions—from serious ones involving alcohol and hard drugs to relatively less serious ones involving nicotine and overeating.

Excellent clinical evidence supports the use of acupuncture for addiction control. The first acupuncture detoxification clinic in the United States opened in 1974, at the Lincoln Memorial Hospital in the South Bronx section of New York City. At first, acupuncture was used as an adjunct to methadone treatment, but such good results were obtained with acupuncture that methadone was dropped from the program. According to Dr. Michael Smith, director, the success rate with acupuncture is substantially higher than that of more conventional programs. Unlike methadone, which is itself a highly addictive drug that is used primarily as a heroin substitute for heroin addicts, acupuncture is a natural procedure with no side effects, and it can treat a wide range of addictions. It works equally well for cocaine and crack addicts, heroin addicts, alcoholics, users of psychedelics, and people addicted to barbiturates and amphetamines. Addicts report a marked reduction in craving for drugs, a relief from symptoms of withdrawal, and feelings of relaxation along with improved sleep. The success of this program has inspired the opening of public-funded acupuncture detoxification programs in San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Chicago, Portland, Miami and other locations.

There is strong physiological evidence supporting the use of acupuncture in this area. Research has shown that acupuncture can raise the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Resembling opiates in structure and function, endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers. Their level is also increased by endurance exercises, and they are responsible for the phenomenon called “runner’s high”, a feeling of euphoria experienced by long-distance runners who have crossed the five-mile line. It seems that the cravings and withdrawal symptoms experienced by people giving up smoking or drugs can be alleviated by raising the level of endorphins in the nervous system. Some researchers also believe that the desire to eat is also mediated by the endorphin level in the brain, which would explain why acupuncture helps dieters to control their appetites.

Chinese Medicine has its own explanation of how acupuncture works. Chinese medical theory is based on the concept of yin and yang, which are dynamic and complementary opposites observed in all the processes of nature. In a healthy individual, yin and yang are in relative balance. Addicts often suffer from a deficiency of yin. Chinese medical theory, which comprehends the body metaphorically, relates yin to substance, quiescence, and the element of water. Yang relates to function, activity, and the element of fire. Yin nourishes, and yang consumes. When yin, or the water element, is deficient, fire is not held in check and rages out of control. Since it is the product of a deficit, it is called empty fire because it has no substance to fuel it. On a psychological level, such an imbalance creates feelings of emptiness and desperation. Physiologically, it manifests as frenetic hyperactivity. The addict is driven to use and abuse, but the drug exacerbates the fire and further depletes the yin; hence, the feeling of power he or she gains is exaggerated and merely temporary, leading to even more desperation.

Written by Valerie

September 6th, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Traditional Chinese Medicine: Fort Lauderdale Acupuncture

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The heart of the concept of traditional chinese medicine in fort lauderdale such as acupuncture is that there is Qi also known as chi is a physical “energy force” that exists in every part of the living world. The flow of Qi in the channels of humans is familiar to anyone has seen the lines on the body of an acupuncture chart or model. Most practitioners believe that these Qi meridians exist as a separate system although sometimes in conjunction with the nerve and blood systems. These channels of energy are named after the body’s organs in order to describe a system of how one portion of the body works. For example, the liver in oriental medicine is described not as a physical organ as much as its role in moving Qi throughout the body.

Acupuncture, as it is known in the United States, is actually a mixture of herbology, acupuncture and other healing arts. A practitioner may or may not use needles, herbs, magnets, crystals or his or her own Qi. Each of these modalities has its own rich tradition and it is not necessary for a practitioner to use all of them.

Acupuncture itself is the placing of very thin stainless steel needles into appropriate points around the body. The needle may go from 1/5 of an inch to 3 inches into the body depending on the treatment and the part of the body. We cannot say that this is always painless but it is certainly less than the hypodermic syringes we are all afraid of. Any pain usually dissipates within a few seconds. In its place may be a distending or slight heat sensation. The needles may go in the abdomen, arms or legs, head or in the ears. There are two notable recent offshoots of traditional acupuncture. Ear acupuncture says that all the organ functions can be seen in the ear. Even smaller needles are precisely placed in different sections of the ear for treatment. Scalp acupuncture is used extensively in China and elsewhere for the treatment of stroke and other cerebral originating diseases. The needles are inserted horizontally and often vibrated to affect the different lobes of the brain.

What can I expect from my practitioner?
Oriental Medicine is the dominant form of medicine for much of the world’s population and has been so for thousands of years. To paraphrase Mark Seem (acupuncturist and writer), each patient seeks treatment on three levels. The first is for aches and pains, the second for systematic problems of the organs and the third for the deeper issues of life and existence. Oriental Medicine can address each of these and your practitioner may choose to treat you in any one, two or all of these levels. To generalize greatly: acupuncture is very good at pain, herbs at system “re-structuring”, while the deeper issues are best dealt with a combination of acupuncture, herbs and a skilful practitioner. Many people may be surprised that Oriental Medicine does indeed have a psychology. It posits that the functioning of the Qi on the organs can influence emotions, moods and personality and vice versa.