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Acupuncture for Cervical Dysplasia and HPV

Cervical Dysplasia [CD] is a condition wherein normal cells in the cervix undergo abnormal changes. These cells are not cancerous but they can become cancerous if not promptly treated. Cancer of the cervix is one of the most common cancers afflicting women in the United States today with about 5,000 deaths and 16,000 cases arising in the US each year.  These facts should cause women to take cervical dysplasia (CD) seriously and having a CD diagnosis is important to screen them of this disease. The good news is that light to moderate types of CD can be completely cured with the use of TCM or traditional Chinese Medicine coupled with a healthy lifestyle.

The Human Papilloma Virus is one of the primary causes of CD. This virus is actually a common pathogen that can be transmitted through sexual contact. The Human Papiloma Virus or HPV has different types. TCM has no procedure to diagnose both HPV and CD. The only way to diagnose them is through Pap smear exams. These exams will make sure your cervix is free of abnormal cells and if it’s not, you can at least be given prompt treatment for this condition.

Conventional western medicine lists the factors that can make you more at risk of developing CD:

-Smoking
-Using drugs or having illnesses that weaken your immune system
-Having more than one sexual partner
-Not getting a Pap smear for long periods of time
-Becoming active sexually before the age of 18

A lot of doctors are not really sure why having sex before reaching the age of 18 put females at higher risk of CD. The prevailing reason for this is that at a young age, a female may likely have more than one sexual partner.  Another more weighty reason is that the cervix undergoes a process known as metaplasia over time. The exposed part of the columnar cells located on the cervix is known as the “transformation zone” and over the course of time the columnar cells are replaced by flat cells, termed squamous cells. If the transformation zone is infected by a sexually conveyed carcinogen during a time when cellular activity is at its peak (typically during adolescence), the likelihood of getting pre-cancer can be very much a possibility. This information in fact, jibes interestingly with that of the traditional Chinese medicine perspective that becoming sexually active at a young age can be harmful to the Penetrating and Directing Vessels (associated with the female reproductive organs) since these vessels and the uterus are quite delicate and vulnerable at that age.  During adolescence, girls are quite prone to the effects of certain diseases and emotional problems and these factors can have a very deep impact on their life. Diseases and emotional problems experienced during the time of puberty may cause the slow movement of Qi in the liver and this can easily affect the girl’s genital system.

Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Human Papilloma Virus and Cervical Dysplasia

TCM is a holistic type of medicine and it takes into account the entire body when evaluating disharmony and disease. A thorough intake process enables TCM practitioners to understand the underlying cause of the imbalance. The initial intake process considers the internal condition of the patient, her habits, environment and lifestyle.  Moreover, the process of diagnosis depends upon the observation of the tongue and palpation of the stomach and pulse. The TCM practitioner utilizes all of this information to diagnose the underlying cause and location of the disharmony/imbalance based on TCM pattern diagnosis. The practitioner develops a plan of treatment grounded on the patient’s own unique constitution once a diagnosis has been made.

The primary form of TCM treatment for HPV and CD includes a combination of dietary therapy, lifestyle changes, Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture. Diet therapy is quite important since studies have revealed that about 67% of the women suffering from CD also suffer from nutritional deficiencies. CD sufferers were particularly short of vitamin B6, vitamin C and beta-carotene in their body. TCM practitioners are able to determine the foods that can augment the patient’s nutritional deficiencies through an eastern nutrition profile. The patient needs to consume foods that benefit her constitution to rejuvenate and heal her body.

The duration of the treatment will be based on the patient’s preexisting medical conditions, her overall health and the severity of her HPV symptoms. These factors are normally evaluated during the initial consultation with her TCM practitioner.

 

Galina Semyonova is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in New York City. She has studied extensively in the fields of biofeedback therapy, SCENAR therapy, Chinese herbal treatments and Chinese and Western nutrition.

Western medical doctors often deem anemia to be an indication of another existing condition.

One of the most common forms of anemia is Iron deficiency anemia or IDA, for short.  For women who are in menstruation, this is the most common type of anemia they can experience.  About half of pregnant women are also reported to be deficient in iron. Without sufficient amounts of iron, the body will be unable to produce enough hemoglobin, a substance found in red blood cells that convey oxygen to the body tissues.

Causes of Anemia

Increased needs for iron such as those that happen during pregnancy, poor iron absorption brought about by intestinal problems, gastric bypass surgery, colon cancer, internal bleeding, heavy menses, and chronic loss of blood caused by ulcers are some of the reasons for iron deficiency.

Symptoms

-Chest pain
-Concentration problems
-Cold extremities
-Light headedness
-Shortness of breath
-Weakness
-Pale eyelids, lips and skin
-Extreme fatigue

Diagnosis

The means of diagnosing anemia may be based on what is believed to be causing it.  In minor incidents connected to deficiency in vitamin or iron, the diagnosis procedure is often quite straightforward. It may begin with a few blood tests.  However, when the physician believes that the anemia may be associated with a more extreme condition, the diagnostic procedure can become more thorough and may include genetic testing, bone marrow biopsy, imaging studies, colonoscopy, endoscopy, urinalysis, and stool sampling.

Western Medical Treatment

IDA treatment often entails changes to the patient’s diet. Increasing iron levels in the body usually takes a while and may even take as long as six months. Sometimes, iron injections are needed if the condition of the patient does not get better under oral therapy.

Treating Iron Deficiency Anemia with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

IDA therapy with TCM is often based on what we refer to as “Differential Diagnosis”. This is a process entailing very rigorous evaluation of the symptoms and signs so that the practitioner can come up with a specific and correct diagnosis. In TCM, practitioners search for a “pattern” or a certain group of symptoms.  One typical pattern for IDA is known in TCM as “blood deficiency”.  A patient can present a single or multiple patterns in his/her body all at once. A “blood deficiency” pattern may be caused by another pattern known as “spleen qi deficiency”.  The diagnosis of every patient is always based on what pattern he/she manifests.

Treatment

The treatment utilized by TCM practitioners will be aimed in addressing the symptoms as well as the root cause of the disease. The modalities often utilized in TCM for patterns related to IDA include diet, massage, acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Specifically concocted herbal formulas as well as acupuncture are needed to help create more qi and blood as well as to enhance digestion, regulate menstruation, and stop bleeding without any harmful side-effects.   Massage has proven to help produce more red blood cell count and improve circulation. A vitamin-rich and iron-rich diet coupled with recommendations for bettering digestion can be vital to a successful therapy.

Combining Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine

The integration of TCM and Western Medicine is by far the best therapeutic approach in resolving IDA. Your acupuncturist and doctor can work together to furnish you with a comprehensive plan of treatment is both effective and safe.

If you want a sure fire way to rid yourself of stress, acupuncture is one of the best stress treatments you can ever get.

Its incredible power to relieve stress is one of the prime reasons why acupuncture is sought after by so many people these days. Some people are aware that stress is an underlying cause of so many health conditions these days.

The signs and symptoms of stress can manifest as:

-Weight gain, especially around the stomach
-Shoulder and neck pain
-Irritability
-Fatigue
-Frequently getting sick; a weak immune system
-Digestive problems
-Hypertension
-Insomnia

At some point in our lives, most of us have experienced some of these symptoms as a result of severe stress. Cramming for an exam all night, being overworked at work or even at home or being a single parent can add a huge amount of pressure in a person’s life. The extreme stress that ensues often has damaging effects on both the mind and body.

How the body reacts to stress

When we are stressed, our body produces stress hormones that causes in us a “fight or flight” reaction. The adrenal glands manufacture a number of hormones although the two most important stress hormones it produces are cortisol and adrenalin.

Cortisol is actually a steroid that produces glucose in the body. This glucose is considered the “fuel” of the body and its effects include the lowering of the digestive function, a raised blood pressure and an increased heart rate.

During times of stress, the body tells the adrenal glands to maintain the production of cortisol as long as stress is felt. If stress lingers for a long period of time, it can cause an imbalance of blood sugar levels among other things. These are all consequences of the body’s reaction to whatever is causing the person to stress out. Cortisol and adrenalin are all good responses to stress but they are only meant to be short term reactions. When cortisol and adrenalin are produced in high levels over an extended period of time the person may experience chronic stress which is very bad for health.

To resolve chronic stress, acupuncture can help relieve most of the negative effects of chronic stress like shoulder and neck pain, digestive problems and hypertension and many more.

Besides traditional herbs, adaptogenic herbs can be used to battle the bad effects of stress. These adaptogenic herbs include rhodiola, goji berries, astralagus and ginseng to name just a few.

Infertility acupuncture is a specialized aspect of acupuncture that addresses conditions related to infertility.

One benefit of acupuncture therapy for infertility is that the patient becomes much less stressed and as a result is able to handle things much better. This enables his/her body to attain its natural balance once more.

One of the benefits of acupuncture is that you will experience relaxation, an inner calm and a sense of well being that you haven’t experienced for quite a while.

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is one of the most enduring and oldest modalities practiced in the world today. It is one of a number of medical techniques that form Traditional Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture is derived from the belief that energy or qi circulates in energy pathways known as meridians.

Even if modern Western medical science is still incapable of measuring these energy flows in the body, it can still observe and rate how acupuncture stimulates the release of hormones and enhance blood flow that in turn jumpstarts the natural healing process and the immune functions of the body.

The benefits acupuncture provide for infertile patients.

Treatments for infertility using acupuncture are meant to help the body reestablish its normal fertility and restore its own natural reproductive rhythm. In using this very old Chinese holistic therapy, stress is alleviated and the body goes back to it own natural well being and health once more.

Stress is one huge reason for infertility.

Stress may include emotional and physical stress. It directly affects the flow of hormones which directly affects fertility. Once stress is allayed, the body tends to find its own way in restoring balance to hormone levels. Longstanding stress can result in the lingering and very difficult to treat infertility issues.

Acupuncture treatment for Infertility is considered a holistic approach and has proven to be very good in aiding conventional medical treatments like hormonal supplements, drugs and IVF.

Searching for a infertility acupuncturist

There are acupuncturists who specialize in treating infertility. Acupuncture is a very effective approach to infertility treatment although it takes specialized knowledge to treat certain individual infertility conditions. There are good ways in finding a good infertility acupuncturist.

One good way is to openly discuss it with your support group, family and friends who might have experienced fertility issues that you are encountering as you age. Online forums for Infertility, an accredited acupuncture association and on online search can greatly help find the acupuncturist you need for your problem.

Several infertility doctors and counselors can furnish you with referrals to aid in your search. Acupuncture can help you cope with daily stress which makes it easier to deal with your infertility. Both your mental and physical well being will improve with acupuncture. Also, it will be easier to deal with stress helping your body improve and making it much easier to conceive and have a pregnancy relatively free of problems.