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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

The Kidneys Role in Traditional Chinese Medicine in Philadelphia

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One of the fundamental differences between traditional Chinese medicine  in Philadelphia and western medicine is their perspective towards the organs of the human body.  Whereas western medicine sees a body organ with a clearly delineated and specific function, such as the kidney used for blood filtration or the heart used for blood circulation, etc., TCM sees the kidney as not only an organ for excreting waste materials but an integral part of the reproductive process as well and much more; or the heart responsible as well for the mental and emotional aspects of the person.

The kidney holds a very important place in TCM that rivals both the heart and the brain.  The kidney is vital for birth, growth and reproduction.  What we term kidney is quite different in concept to what TCM terms as kidney.  Kidney for TCM, encompasses kidney chi, kidney yin and yang and kidney essence Kidney essence is what is distinct from chi.  The kidney is the only organ in the body that possesses the essence quality.

The kidney essence controls the sexual processes like sexual maturation; sexual energy and fertility; and the reproductive process.  It also controls body growth and is responsible for hair, teeth and bone growth.  If the kidney essence has vitality, hair growth is healthy and if it is weak, hair texture becomes flimsy and its color turns to gray.

The kidney has an aspect called yin and yang.  TCM calls the kidney the origin of life or congenital foundation since it is believed that the kidney is where our whole genetic makeup is found and it provides the body with all the needed substances a person needs during birth.

The kidney yin is called primordial yin or true water and it “irrigates” the body with the yin fluid to nourish and keep moist all the body organs and tissues.  Kidney yin deficiency manifests itself as soreness and weak knees, vertigo, tinnitus, hearing difficulties, dry mouth and throat, a burning sensation in the palms and chest and constipation, and involuntary sperm emission.

Kidney yang (also called primordial yang) or true fire, on the other hand, provides the body with warmth and gives energy to all bodily organs and tissues.  Kidney yang deficiency is responsible for intolerance of the cold, cold extremities, malaise, difficulty in urination, incontinence, declining libido, or impotence in severe cases; female sterility, and general edema may also appear.

The strong emotions of fear and anxiety causes chi to be blocked or stagnate in the kidney.  The normal flow of chi dispels fears and anxieties and reanimates not only the body but the strength of the soul as well in the form of strong resolve and will power, which are necessary traits to counter addiction in one form or another.

The kidney has quite a number of meridian points in it and some of them are connected to the meridian system of the ear.  Ear acupuncture is one of the more popular and highly effective treatments for various forms of addiction.

Written by Valerie

February 20th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Philadelphia Chinese Medicine Methods for Depression

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Acupuncture is widely used to treat depression, not only in China but in the Western countries such as the U.S. and the U.K. as well. To treat depression through acupuncture, the points of the pericardium and the heart are focused on. For acupuncture to be more effective, a the Chinese medicine practitioner would have to evaluate the patient first so that he’ll know the main root of the depression and perform the right techniques.

Philadelphia Chinese medicine has long been used as an alternative way of treating diseases. There are herbs and Chinese treatment methods that are deemed to be very effective for certain types of diseases. And right now, Chinese medicines are used to treat depression and other types of mental and behavioral problems as well.

Chinese medicine is currently used for specific depression cases such as dysthymic disorder, bipolar depression, and seasonal affective disorders. Of all the types of Chinese medicines and procedures used, acupuncture is the most popular. Today, acupuncture is offered not only in countries with Chinese heritage but in the western world as well. And this alternative way of treating diseases was very much welcomed by the Europeans and the Americans.

Qi gong is actually a type of a Chinese exercise routine that can greatly help a person suffering from depression. The practice is made of gentle, slow, and rhythmic movements that induce relaxation. The movements are also known to reduce the symptoms of depression.

Mood Smooth is Jia Wei Xiao Yao Wan. This Chinese herbal supplement has been around in the past 600 years. The Chinese call them happy pill, as it can magically make a depressed person feel happier. Prozac is the today’s most popular medicine for depression. Jia Wei Xiao Yao is the Chinese counterpart of that drug.

The Yang Tonic for the Kidneys is usually prescribed to treat depression. The Yang Tonic is a nourishing formula for the kidneys and can address the different levels of depression in a patient. The Yang Tonic is composed of different herbal medicines such as Fu Zi, Gui Zhi, Ze Xie, and Fu Ling, among many others.

In Chinese, depression is referred to as the Yu Syndrome. It is directly related to restlessness or Zang Zao. In this discipline, depression is defined as the abnormal harboring of emotions that leads to the stagnant flow of Qi. As such, depressed individuals are very unhappy, crying all the time, not talking much, and spending time by themselves.

If depression is caused by the disruption of the mind’s normal processes, then the Chinese medicine normally used to address the condition is Gan Mai Dazao Tang. This concoction is a collection of different Chinese herbs such as licorice, gancao, longchi, and fushen, among many others.

If both the heart and the spleen are the main causes of depression, then the treatment procedure is primarily directed to build up the spleen and replenish the blood. Building up the spleen would lead to the strengthening of the Qi. On the other hand, replenishing the blood would nourish the heart. In these cases, the Gui Pi Tang decoction is the best Chinese medicine to use.

Philadelphia Acupuncture for the Treatment of Headaches and Migraines

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About one of every nine Americans suffers from migraine headaches.  Acupuncture in Philadelphia is perhaps most well-known for its ability to treat pain, and so many migraine sufferers across the country seek out acupuncture treatment for relief.  Acupuncture is used to treat and prevent many kinds of headache, but migraine management and acupuncture is probably the area that is most well-researched.

Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective and efficient in relieving headache and migraine intensity and frequency.  Not only has acupuncture proven to be effective, but acupuncture proved to be superior to conventional drug therapies for the prevention of migraine attacks.  Acupuncture research has also revealed that acupuncture helps to reduce disability associated with migraines, such as missed work or social events.

A study entitled Acupuncture for chronic headache in primary care: large, pragmatic, randomized trial published in the March 27th issue of the British Medical Journal, the most influential, peer-reviewed medical journals in the world, explored the use of acupuncture by headache patients already receiving conventional care.

Patients received up to 12 acupuncture sessions during a three month period, and patients were evaluated before acupuncture (baseline), at three months and at 12 months.  After receiving only up to 12 sessions in an entire year (and those all grouped together within just a 3 month period of that year), it was found that the acupuncture group had a 34% reduction in baseline headache score, compared with only a 16% reduction in the control group.  In addition, the acupuncture group experienced “the equivalent” of 22 fewer days of headache per year, 15% fewer days off sick, 25% fewer visits to general practitioners and used 15% less medication.  So not only was acupuncture effective- it provided savings in both cost and productivity.

“Acupuncture for Patients with Migraine” was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association (the most widely circulated, peer-reviewed medical journal in the world) in their May 4, 2005 issue.  This study divided patients into an acupuncture group, sham acupuncture group and a waiting list control group.  Acupuncture patients received 12 sessions over an eight week period, and sham acupuncture patients were needled in locations that do not correspond to traditional points.  The four weeks prior to treatment, and the four weeks following treatment were compared for number of days with moderate to severe headaches.

The study found that 51% of the acupuncture group had a reduction in headache days by at least 50%, compared to only a 15% reduction in the wait list group.  More interestingly, 53% of the sham acupuncture group- the group where acupuncture was performed in a non-traditional manner- had a reduction of headache days by at least 50%.

Written by Valerie

August 30th, 2010 at 7:19 am