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Acupuncture for Influenza

If you experience a bad cold that developed quite suddenly rather than gradually, it is very likely that you have influenza. Influenza develops just after a few hours after contact with the virus while a cold can take several hours before symptoms manifest.  There is no real cure yet for influenza, only symptom relievers.  If you’d rather pass on using decongestants and pain relievers, you can opt for electronic acupuncture instead for a safer way to treating your flu and its symptoms.

Common Symptoms of the Flu

Influenza has a lot more in common symptom-wise with the common cold. These symptoms include nasal congestion, sneezing, sore throat and runny nose. However, the flu has additional symptoms that the cold hasn’t. These extra symptoms are dry coughing, chills and sweat, aching muscles, headache and fever. Moreover, flu symptoms are so much more severe than cold symptoms.

Influenza is basically untreatable due to the fact that it is caused by a virus. You then need to be patient and allow it to run its course. However, you don’t have to suffer quietly from its symptoms. You can take over the counter drugs to battle the symptoms to get short term relief from these symptoms. With electronic acupuncture though, you can enjoy long-term relief without incurring the side effects of flu medications.

Overview of Electronic Acupuncture

Acupuncture is based on the idea that illness comes about due to blockages in the energy pathways called meridians located within the body. Acupuncture is used to remove these blockages to restore energy flow throughout the body. Acupuncture needles are the main tools used in traditional acupuncture and these are very thin and tiny needles that are inserted at various parts of the body to treat diseases. Electronic acupuncture, on the other hand, uses an electronic acupuncture device that is compact and portable with a wand where pulses of electromagnetic wave come from and delivered into certain acupuncture points located on the palm and hand to treat illnesses. The acupuncture points are shown on a hand map which serves as an aid in knowing what specific points to treat for certain types of illnesses.

You need to reference the map to locate the areas to be treated for your flu symptoms. If, for example, you want relief from your respiratory problems and fatigue, you can stimulate the points located on the palm side of your thumb where meridians corresponding to those symptoms are located. For cough and sore throat, acupuncture points to be stimulated are under the middle finger (on the palm-side) specifically the space between the index and middle finger.

When you have an electronic acupuncture device you not only can treat your flu symptoms but many other health conditions and illnesses as well. You can also use this device as a diagnostic tool that can aid in diagnosing illnesses.  What’s more, electronic acupuncture can be performed at any time you desire and in the comfort of your own home. It is indeed an effective and very convenient treatment.

 

The Lotus Center of Oriental Medicine
6501 N. Federal Highway #3
Boca Raton, FL 33487
Phone: 561-353-4150
http://lotuscenteroforientalmedicine.com/

Acupuncture for Eczema

If you have eczema and have been seeking for alternative remedies for it, then you may been need to be familiar with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as it is considered a viable option for eczema treatment for a large number of eczema sufferers who have found conventional medicine wanting in satisfactory results.

The philosophies of TCM philosophies have been practiced for over 300 centuries. They are now slowly being integrated in conventional western medicine usually as a complementary therapy for other conventional medical modalities. Western and Chinese medical sciences address conditions such as eczema by diagnosing and treating them albeit in entirely different ways. Western medicine focuses its treatment on how it can remedy certain parts of the body and on bodily dysfunctions while TCM primarily observes the psycho-emotional and environmental factors that affect the body that oftentimes are the underlying cause of the eczema.

The TCM viewpoint of eczema states the eczema three factors that cause it. These are wind, heat and moisture. TCM also thinks that environmental and outside factors can be causes of certain diseases and illnesses. One particular environmental factor is climate. Climate can cause unhealthy results to a person’s body. Emotional or internal factors are also considered key factors that affect one’s health.  Emotional factors such as grief or stress is known to bring about physical dysfunctions. Diet is also a major determinant on the health of a person. A poor and imbalanced diet can lead to many types of disorders.

TCM has three major modalities that are utilized in treating eczema: they are acupuncture, herbal medicine and skin preparations.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a very ancient type of medicinal art. A few individuals are aware that it is a treatment that can actually address eczema. Acupuncture therapy uses very thin needles to stimulate specific regions of the body to help relieve eczema symptoms. Acupuncturists believe that this condition is the result of the malfunction of the body’s normal cooling and soothing systems causing the skin to turn red, itchy, flaky and dry. The basic aim of acupuncture is to soothe and cool body tissues to remedy eczema symptoms as well as hinder the possibility of any future flare-ups.

Herbal medicine often entails the use of herbal formulas that are quite effective in addressing eczema. There are a wide range of Chinese herbal drugs that are designed to work on the internal organs basically by tonifying these organs and make them more resilient to diseases. Acupuncturists usually combine herbal teas with acupuncture to make the healing effects much better.

These days TCM treatment for eczema can now come in the form of creams, ointments and lotions. These skin products are externally applied right over the affected skin. They are widely sold in the market but before you buy one, make sure you read the ingredients first to make sure that you are being offered the right product that will cure your eczema.

Acupuncture is a very good TCM eczema alternative treatment. It may take a little while to experience its complete benefits.  TCM and acupuncture treatments may time for their benefits to show.  You need to be very patient in waiting for those benefits to take effect. Also you may want to talk to your doctor first before seeing an acupuncturist to see if acupuncture is the best choice for your eczema.

Acupuncture for Food Addiction

One good look at US society and one will see that there is an epidemic of obesity in the United Sates as a whole. The reason for this is easy to see: people spending too much time sitting in front of their computers, eating out at fast food restaurants, children and adults gobbling up huge amounts of soft drinks and a number of other reasons involving eating unhealthy foods in large amounts. But the real reason why many people in the US are having weight issues is that they are struggling with their subconscious and losing.

It’s hard not to eat unhealthy foods since these are the ones that taste the most delicious. Trying to eat a bowl of ice cream is hugely enjoyable than eating  a plate of raw spinach, although one can argue that there are societies in other parts of the world (although rare) where eating spinach is like consuming your most favorite slice of pizza.

The United States population is blessed to have access to practically any type of food in the world. We desire to have meals that are pleasurable to us and the benefits these meals bring may be secondary in our minds when we chose what food to eat. Oftentimes we get home at night feeling hungry but the type of hunger most overweight people experience is one that seemingly dictates their entire life.

We may not have any issues in figuring out how to get fed, the real problem is determining what to get fed – this usually means selecting foods that we like to eat.  Food is so interrelated to our mood and emotion and so it is almost inseparable to them. Food helps invigorate our mood and emotion that it helps release pleasurable chemicals in our body called endorphins making us calm and pleasant.

Our spirit is affected by food and it may be so strong at times it becomes an addiction. But in this type of addiction there is no going cold turkey since going cold turkey with food involves ending eating which is ridiculous – doing so will not bode well to our survival.

A food addict would have a hard time controlling his/her addiction than a drug addict would. Visual stimuli would abound in TV, magazines and most especially outside the home. Whether one likes it or not, whenever the TV set is on, one will hear and see restaurant ads showcasing mouth-watering delicacies or see delectable concoctions fabricated by chefs and their guests on cooking channels.  These are factors you have to deal with while trying to change your eating habits to lose weight.  Eating foods that you like is essentially and foremost a way to make you happy.  Everyone can survive on grains, vegetables and few amounts of protein. A food addict wants food because it makes him/her happy and “happy foods” are more often than not essentially filled with sugar and fat.

The Role of Acupuncture in Weight Loss

As mentioned a while ago, endorphins are the body’s own natural chemicals that make one feel so good. These chemicals are the reasons why drugs and sex are enjoyable. What acupuncture does is also to release those chemicals in our body.  For some reason, fats and sugar in foods make us feel better especially if we’re depressed, anxious or feel troubled. They help release endorphins in the body to make us feel better.  So if you eat because you are stressed out, your tendency is to binge. To help you control your food cravings, consider getting acupuncture where not only will you be able to control your food urges, your body will also feel so relaxed  and your mind utterly clamed. Acupuncture is the best way to relieve stress and one pleasant way to shed off those unwanted pounds.

 

Dr. Jack Handlin is an experienced acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist and oriental reproductive medicine specialist at Tree of Life Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine in Bellevue, WA.

Acupuncture for Hypertension

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) offers a wide variety of ways to address hypertension. One of the best, safest and most powerful TCM modality to treat this condition is acupuncture. The use of acupuncture for treating hypertension can be divided into two types: one is to treat the patient as a whole and the other is to resolve the high blood pressure symptoms.

In treating high blood pressure using acupuncture, one simple thing is noted: when specific acupuncture points are stimulated, the blood pressure of a patient will descend so, the acupuncturist will often needle that point as soon as a hypertensive condition is diagnosed in a patient.  Acupuncture, like all forms of traditional Chinese medicine, treats the patient as a whole. This is quite a complicated task since in treating the patient in a holistic manner a lot of things need to be considered. These include the manner of treatment that is based on differentiation of syndromes.  By evaluating the clinical phenomena of a patient, the acupuncturist should study the signs and symptoms of the patient such as the appearance of the tongue and the pulse characteristic of the patient. This evaluation can help understand the nature and type of the case that then leads to the selection of the right form of treatment. TCM practitioners believe that hypertension can manifest four types of syndromes:

  1. Syndrome marked by thin and taut pulse; pale tongue with white coating; weakness of the legs and waist; fatigue; palpitation; tinnitus; headache and dizziness
  2. Syndrome that includes symptoms like taut and thin pulse; dry and red tongue with little coating; sleeplessness; hot sensation in the soles and palms; tinnitus; weakness of legs and waist; dizziness; and uncomfortable and dry feeling of the eyes.
  3. Syndrome characterized by clinical phenomena such as rapid, thin and taut pulse; sleeplessness; amnesia; tinnitus; palpitation; hot sensation in the soles and palms, restlessness; dry mouth; dizziness; and a thin headache.
  4. Syndrome marked by symptoms such as vigorous ad taut pulse; red tongue with yellow coating; restlessness; bitter taste in the mouth; flushed eyes and face; headache and dizziness.

In China, the acupuncture points selected to treat hypertension are classified into two groups based on their functions. The first group is to lessen the abundant yang. The second group is to augment the deficiency of yin and yang (the vital energy of the body).

For a syndrome of abundant liver-yang, the first group of acupuncture points is selected. If the syndrome is a deficient Yin, and abundant yang –excessive, both groups of points are selected to augment the insufficiency.  If a deficient Yin syndrome of the kidney and liver is seen, the second group of points is then selected, and reinforcing manipulation is utilized.

Treating hypertension with acupuncture provides certain advantages: the side effects, for example, are mild. The patient will not suffer any discomfort when the high blood pressure is brought down. However, the positive effects of acupuncture in addressing hypertension may be limited. Acupuncture’s benefits are experienced more when one’s hypertension is still in the initial stage.  Patients on the 2nd or 3rd stage of their hypertension will probably receive less satisfactory results. Also, there are hypertension complications that may not be treated with acupuncture.

Acupuncture for Migraines

Here in the United States, migraine headaches affect more the 30 million Americans each year. The good news is that migraine sufferers do not need to use migraine drugs anymore because more effective and powerful natural migraines cures are available to them.

A growing number of people in the US suffering from migraine seem to benefit greatly from acupuncture treatment.  As the most widely known Chinese form of treatment, acupuncture has been used for more than three thousand years in China. During recent times, with the assistance of modern technology and science, acupuncture has likewise evolved into a medical theory.

A number of sufferers of migraine have had some hesitation when they saw the needles being inserted into the skin and some of them have questioned whether acupuncture is a bona fide medical therapy.

Based on statistics, the number of licensed acupuncturists in the US was well over 30,000 many of them had to study acupuncture from theory to real life practice. In terms of training, at least 1700 hours of study time were needed in order to pass the license exam and obtain the right to practice this form of treatment in their state.

Acupuncturists state that the main thing that their patients need to worry about is not how effective acupuncture for migraine treatment is but rather how well informed they are about their migraine.  Before availing of medical help, you need to know the kind of migraine you have. You then need to inform your acupuncturist about it.  There are several potential factors that can trigger episodes of migraine. These factors can include sudden changes in the weather, irregular eating habits, and hormone imbalance.

Migraine triggers may have different meanings in traditional Chinese medicine. Patients may manifest the same symptoms of migraine; however, the position of the acupuncture needles in the body may be entirely different from one patient to another. The migraine symptoms might be the same but the acupuncture position might be placed differently. This is the reason why most acupuncturists urge their patients to determine what type of migraine they suffer from.

 

Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

Acupuncture for Stress

Acupuncture is an Oriental medical practice that has been utilized for tens of centuries as a means to alleviate pain all over the body. Based on traditional Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture involves the use of acupuncture points situated at various different parts of the body on the meridians wherein life energy known as Qi flows. Different types of acupuncture needles are inserted into these points in certain parts of the body to remove pain associated with headaches, stress, and other different kids of ailments. While there is no scientific explanation as to why or how acupuncture does what it does, hundreds of millions of individuals all over the world avail of acupuncture on a regular basis, and it has been utilized since as far back as 2,600 B.C., as recorded in the Records of the Grand Historian or Shiji, recorded by Sima Qian from around 109 – 91 BC.

So with a 4,500 year history, acupuncture has a long track record of validated effectiveness, even if scientific research has yet to come up with a definite comprehension as to its effectiveness.   A lot of people may see it as a controversial modality particularly among medical researchers and clinicians entrenched in rigid Western scientific protocol and methods who argue that none of the benefits acupuncture claims have been proven using the scientific method style of study. They claim that the treatment’s effectiveness s is merely due to the placebo effect. Nevertheless, the World Health Organization has announced that acupuncture to be an effective therapy for at least 28 different conditions. While showing few results from clinical studies, abundant anecdotal evidence on the other hand points to the great capability of acupuncture in resolving dozens of conditions.

The lack of scientific evidence for acupuncture’s claimed effectiveness does not alter the fact that this treatment has helped and is still helping hundreds of millions of people all over the world cope with the various stress factors and painful conditions in their lives. The article from the New York Times by James Reston in the 1970s, writing about his experience in undergoing appendectomy surgery in China using only acupuncture as a postsurgical painkiller has showed the great ability of acupuncture in relieving pain. This inspired the rise of the National Acupuncture Association which is the first national group involving itself in all matters acupuncture in the United States.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The body’s biochemical response to a stressful situation whether mental or physical is what is known as a stress response. When this happens, the body injects into the bloodstream a number of chemicals in the blood that causes a complex chain of events that include increased muscle tension, high blood pressure, increased rate of breathing, and increased heartbeat. Other people call this a “fight or flight” response, or an “adrenaline rush”. During these moments, the body becomes endowed with additional alertness, energy and strength to deal with the current challenge. During these short moments, the body will not incur any damage; however, if the stress is permitted to go out of proportion or become longstanding, the normal healthy response can turn pathological. Enhanced alertness, for example, can lead to exhaustion, insomnia, anxiety or mental strain, while higher breathing rates can bring about panic attacks and a rapid heart rate that can result in palpitations.  Also, the increased muscle tone of a normal “fight or flight” response can end up in muscular pains, tension, and tremors.

The 21st century is already starting with so many people especially in developed countries living in an almost endless state of stress, unrelenting and causing a long-term cycle of stress where the natural energy reserves of the body are exhausted causing physical symptoms such as gastric disorders, skin problems, and backaches, as well as psychological symptoms of stress ranging from anxiety to depression, insecurity, poor concentration levels, poor cognitive function, and memory loss. Chronic stress can result in longstanding health issues such as higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure and strokes. The importance of lowering the levels of stress cannot be overstated. Therefore, the initial steps to live a long and meaningful life should include a lowering or elimination in life stress, or a heightened sense of well-being.

Acupuncture is a very effective remedy for stress because it does aid in the normalization of muscle tension and other types of stress-caused conditions in the body. No one is forced to acknowledge or believe in vital energy or Qi to believe the 4,500 years of clinical proof. It really does not matter whether western medical science proves the effectiveness of acupuncture or the existence of Qi, what is important is that acupuncture can help people relax their body and calm their mind, lower blood pressure and decrease heart rates in people suffering from stress.  Acupuncture can eliminate or at least mitigate feelings of depression and anxiety by stimulating certain muscles in the body. This causes the release of painkilling and “feel good” chemicals in the body that neutralize the stress chemicals, thereby removing stress.

One of the best and most important factors of acupuncture therapy is that it not a product of pharmaceutical companies and so it is a very safe form of treatment. The ways acupuncture utilizes in creating a better sense of well-being are all natural. It only needs to help the body’s own mechanisms to heal itself. Acupuncture abets better blood flow, and when it is used as treatment for recurring stress injuries like wrist tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome, it uses the pain-killing neurotransmitters known as endorphins to neutralize any type of body pain; once the pain disappears, the level of stress decreases. Acupuncture is ideal for painful problems like knee pain, neck pain, migraines, headaches and back pain, to mention just a few, and is equally or much more effective than massage therapy. It may be a sad fact that acupuncture is grossly misunderstood by western medical researchers and professionals despite the fact that a substantial percentage of the populations of the world today and throughout history have been using this modality for millennia. This should inspire you to consider this very beneficial gift to humanity for the alleviation of your stress.

 

DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214
http://www.miamiacupunctureclinic.com/

 

Acupuncture for Sciatica

As the number of people suffering from sciatica increases, many of them have begun using other kinds of therapies. Acupuncture for sciatica is a novel treatment that people ought to consider. Its effects on nerve pain relief are encouraging.

One advantage in using acupuncture treatment for sciatica is that it is natural.  It is not necessary to use drugs or undergo surgery for this modality. Acupuncture simply involves reed-thin acupuncture needles inserted into specific points in the body to allow the Chi to flow unperturbed throughout the whole body. When Chi flows freely, people are relieved of their body pain. People with sciatica who have tried acupuncture in the past have received benefits from this therapy. This is why medical professionals today are now actually using this method to give pain relief for their patients.

One of the common lower back ache problems is sciatica. This pain typically travels from the top of the buttocks down to the legs. Sciatica is caused by muscle spasms around or near the sciatic nerve. This condition can be caused by aging or lack of exercise.  There are sufferers who complain of numbness in certain instances. Sciatic pain may also be caused by certain degenerative conditions like a herniated disk. Fortunately, there is a treatment for it. Acupuncture for sciatic pain has been quite effective on patients as it helps remove spasms and gives prompt relief.

There are a lot of benefits sciatica sufferers can derive from acupuncture. This therapy can boost blood flow in the lumbar area as well as the spinal cord that produces a number of benefits than just the relief of pain.  Acupuncture helps give strength and flexibility to the bones and helps relax muscles. It can also boost energy which can compel a person to be more active. Sometimes, the effects of the treatment may not be immediate as its effects may differ depending on the person’s body.

A fundamental notion of what sciatica is can help someone appreciate how effective acupuncture can be in treating this condition. Sciatica is a type of pain brought about by bearing pressure on the sciatic nerve and other factors. The muscles spasms may produce the pain through which the nerve is directly connected. The pain my also be coming from the inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Degenerative joint diseases can also bring about this type of pain especially if it’s situated around the spine that affects the nerve.

However, if degenerative diseases are involved acupuncture for sciatica may not fully work. It may give temporal relief but not treat the condition entirely. When the spinal disc impinges on the sensitive nerves, the muscles contract causing pain. One should not expect acupuncture to reverse the location of the disc. Acupuncture can still relieve the inflammation and muscle spasms and inflammation but it can’t treat this kind of condition.

Still, all in all, acupuncture is the most natural and safest way to resolve sciatica. You don’t need to take in drugs that may have side effects. You don’t need to put your nerves under the surgical knife. Acupuncture is still the best way to alleviate sciatic pain without any side effects.