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Acupuncture Treatment for High Blood Pressure

What is the better option for you in treating your high blood pressure? Do you prefer swallowing medications and pills that have a number of side effects on the body or try a safe and natural way of treating your high blood pressure? Well, because of the growing consciousness of a lot of individuals these days with regards to health and conventional medicine, more and more are ceasing to avail of pharmaceutical capsules and tablets and turning to safe and more natural forms of treatment for their disorders and diseases.

One of the best forms of natural and alternative treatments one can experience is acupuncture. This therapy is especially helpful when it comes to addressing hypertension. Acupuncture has been verified to effectively lower your blood pressure and bring it down to normal levels.

When your arteries start to narrow down, high blood pressure generally develops. The narrowed blood vessels cause your heart to exert more pressure against the arterial walls. When this occurs over some time, the pressure starts to wreak damage to the blood vessel walls. If left untreated. This can lead to the hardening of your arteries.

Acupuncture can take on different forms when it comes to treating high blood pressure. The best form of acupuncture treatment for high blood pressure is electro-acupuncture which is traditional acupuncture combined with electric stimulation therapy.

Electro-acupuncture is the injection of acupuncture needles into acupuncture points located in the forearm, just above the wrist. When the needles are inserted into the skin, they are electrically stimulated. The mild electrical current travels to the needles and to the other parts of the body. Low frequency electrical impulses are used to quicken the lowering of your blood pressure.

The principle behind acupuncture is quite simple. When the needles are inserted on the acupoints on the leg, forearm and wrist, they immediately elicit stimulation of the brain cells causing these cells to produce and release certain chemicals into the bloodstream. These chemicals affect the heart muscles that can lead to the lowering of activity of these muscles. As the heart muscle activity is reduced, the body’s demand for more oxygen is also reduced. These all lead to the lowering of your blood pressure.

Besides treating hypertension, acupuncture can also provide benefits that improve the health of your heart. This is the reason why regular acupuncture treatments can result in a healthy and longer life.

Although acupuncture can help lower blood pressure, you still need to adopt a healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet in order to maintain a normal blood pressure level.

Acupuncture and Herbs Can Play a Huge Role in Treating Dysmenorrhea

Acupuncture and Herbs Can Play a Huge Role in Treating Dysmenorrhea

Painful menstruation is called dysmenorrhea and this condition has two types: primary or secondary dysmenorrhea. Dysmenorrhea that is usually experienced within two years of your first menstruation is called primary dysmenorrhea. This type of dysmenorrhea causes pain that usually decreases as the sufferer ages and, more often than not, permanently goes away after childbirth. Menstrual pain that is the result of another condition such as endometriosis is called secondary dysmenorrhea. This type of dysmenorrhea occurs later in life and usually turns more painful over time.

In the United States, more than 50% of women who are menstruating experience dysmenorrheas with about 10% of these cases suffering from severe dysmenorrhea that significantly affects their lifestyle and activities each month for a few days. Symptoms associated with dysmenorrhea includes a dull ache traveling to the legs or lower back, pain below the waist, severe and frequent cramping, and stomach bloating. Other symptoms may include occasional vomiting, frequent urination, constipation or diarrhea, nausea, and headache. The symptoms typically happen just prior to or during menstruation.

Dietary changes that may be helpful

There are doctors that advice against the intake and use of alcohol for those suffering from menstrual pain. The reason for this is that alcohol exhausts the amount of certain nutrients and changes the metabolism of carbohydrates which can lead to or exacerbate muscle spasms. The ability of the liver to metabolize hormones can also be affected by alcohol. This can increase the amount of estrogen in the body as well as increase salt and fluid retention that may result in heavier menstruation.

Lifestyle changes that may be helpful

A lot of women usually need to lie still while they are experiencing menstrual cramping; some women take to exercising to relieve their dysmenorrhea although there are also some women who tend to worsen their dysmenorrhea symptoms when they exercise.

There are practitioners who found that applying topical progesterone cream can alleviate the symptoms although this has so far not been backed up by adequate research.

Herbs that may be helpful

Cordyalis – An alkaloid known as THP (tetrahydropalmatine) found in the herb cordyalis is deemed as very effective in neutralizing dysmenorrhea pain. In certain lab studies, THP has shown to manifest a wide range of pharmacological effects on the central nervous system. These effects include sedative and pain-relieving ones. Based on a secondary reference, the dysmenorrhea was relieved when THP had been administered to women suffering from dysmenorrhea pain. The recommended dosage for dried rhizome is 5 grams to 10 grams a day. A dosage of 10 ml to 20 ml a day (1:2 extract) can also be effective.

Viburnum opulus (Cramp bark) – This is another helpful herb to treat menstrual cramping, which is the reason for its name. It is good for alleviating sweaty chills, and vomiting associated with severe cramping. Cramp bark is prepared by adding two teaspoons of dried cramp bark into a cup of water and boiling the mixture. Allow it to simmer for around 10 to 15 minutes. You can drink the tea 3X a day or use the preparation as a tincture using about 4 ml to 8 ml of it a day.

Dong quai – This is an herb used by traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) practitioners and often combined with other TCM herbal preparations to alleviate severe menstrual cramping. Most sufferers take 3 gm to 4 gm a day. Toki-shakuyaku-san is a Japanese herbal formula that is composed of dong quai, peony root and four other herbs that is used to decrease pain and cramping symptoms related to dysmenorrhea.

Black cohosh – This herb has long been used to alleviate dysmenorrheal cramping. It can be used as rhizome (300 mg to 2 gm a day), dried root or as crude plant. Standardized extracts of Black Cohosh are available although they often target hot flashes. Extracts can be taken 20 mg to 40 mg two times a day. The best studied form gives about a milligram of deoxyactein/20 mg of extract. About 2 ml to 4 ml of tincture of this herb can also be used. Black cohosh can be used for up to half a year after which it should be discontinued.

Blue cohosh – This herb is not related at all to black cohosh but is as effective in relieving menstrual pain. Usually used as a tincture, blue cohosh needs to be taken not more than 1 ml to 2ml thrice a day. About 300 mg to 1 gm of a single application of the whole herb can also be taken. This herb is usually taken along with other herbs. Women who use this herb and are of childbearing age should immediately stop taking it as soon as they become pregnant; there have been instances in which heart problems have developed in babies born to women who have been using blue cohosh during their pregnancy.

Açaí – Açaí contains anthocyanins, which is also found in billberry that is extremely helpful in relieving a lot of the symptoms related to dysmenorrhea. No clinical trials have yet been done though on this herb’s effectiveness in treating dysmenorrhea.

Holistic approaches that may be helpful

Acupuncture is an extremely effective therapy for dysmenorrhea. A clinical trial has shown that more than 85% of dysmennorhea-afflicted women who were given acupuncture manifested a 100% stoppage of pain for three consecutive cycles of menstruation. Other trials also posted more or less similar outcomes. The first clinical trial mentioned showed a 91% efficacy rate for real acupuncture and a less than 37% rate of success for sham acupuncture, which is acupuncture treatment that treats fake acupuncture points, as well as an 18% effectiveness for the untreated control group. A small trial involving the use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) therapy and a placebo pill for women with dysmenorrhea revealed that over several hours after treatment, pain relief was not as significant for the treatment group as that of the group given placebo. Added controlled studies are recommended to truly ascertain whether dysmenorrhea can significantly be resolved by acupuncture although most acupuncturists would attest to the potency of acupuncture in treating dysmenorrhea pain and symptoms.

 

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.

Acupuncture as a Complementary Treatment for ADHD

No one cure exists for the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Sufferers of this condition are treated by a combination of psychopharmacologists, psychologists, and general practitioners and various health care providers based on the recommendation of the patients’ physicians. Some doctors recommend acupuncture to help the patient to manage his/her ADD/ ADHD symptoms. Acupuncture has been proven to bring relief from the symptoms of this disorder and even help improve the results of other treatments the patient is undergoing for his ADD/ADHD. Acupuncture has even proven to reduce the unwanted side effects of those other treatments. Doctors, however, usually recommend acupuncture as an adjunct to other western conventional treatment and not as a frontline remedy for ADD/ADHD. Utilizing the best of what Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine can offer is the best way to guarantee treatment of this often painful and frustrating condition. Without acupuncture, conventional drugs and other therapies would not be as effective as much as the patient and doctor desire treating the condition want it to be.

What are ADD and ADHD?

ADD (attention deficit disorder) and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) usually develop during childhood. It may also end during childhood or may continue until adulthood. The symptoms caused by these two disorders can cause problems in relationships, as well as at home, work, and school.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can also mean ADD. The correct abbreviation for it is AD/HD. AD/HD is a neurologically caused disorder marked by issues such as hyperactvitiy, poor impulse control and low attention span.

During childhood, the symptoms of AD/HD can be seen and they can continue to the adolescent and adult stage of the sufferer. This condition can have severe repercussions if left untreated. These repercussions can include substance addiction, anxiety, depression, poor self-esteem, strained and problematic relationships, and constant under achievement.

Based on statistics provided by the National Institute of Mental Health, there are about 3% to 5% of children in preschool and school in the United States who have ADHD. This means that in a class of 30 children, one student will have the disorder. Most of these children will have ADHD symptoms up to their adolescence and adulthood.

Girls can be affected by ADHD, but the number of girls suffering from this condition pale in comparison the number of male children who suffer from it. However, among adults there are about an equal number of men and women suffering this condition.

Abundant Evidence Testify to Acupuncture’s Ability To Treat Psoriasis and Acne

For thousands of years, acupuncture has been practiced as a treatment for various health conditions in several countries of East Asia. In Europe, this therapy has been used for hundreds of years, while in the United States acupuncture has only been around fairly recently; about less than 50 years. As a treatment for psoriasis and acne, acupuncture has been found to be an effective treatment for these two skin conditions.

Acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating allergies and several skin conditions was initially studied in 1992. This was done in China and involved about 61 volunteers who had conditions that did not respond to conventional therapies. The conductors of the study gave controlled acupuncture treatments to some of the subjects in nine separate treatments instead of the conventional treatments they were using prior to the study.

The researchers stated that the treatment was a huge success. The group given acupuncture had a higher than 50% rate of success in which they experienced remissions in their conditions; some have even reported a complete cure of their condition. All in all, more than 50% of the subjects showed a substantial improvement in their quality of life and of their conditions.

According to acupuncturists, the body possesses special sections known as meridians. In traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, these meridians are believed to correct energy disbursement throughout the body and restore balance to it. Based on TCM theory by stimulating the correct meridians, the acupuncturist can help relieve nervous conditions, remove energy blockages and restore natural function to the body resulting in the treatment of psoriasis, acne and a number of skin allergies.

Additional studies have been done in western countries but many of them have not been able to provide definitive evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture. These studies, on the other hand, have been balanced by a ton of cases that show improvement in skin conditions, particularly that of psoriasis and acne. A lot of these individuals suffering from psoriasis and acne who have been treated with acupuncture have reported a significant improvement in their skin symptoms after some sessions of this therapy.

Acupuncture has been shown to be a very effective treatment for a psoriasis-related condition known as psoriatic arthritis. Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis in which the joints of the body degenerate resulting in severe pain for the sufferer. Acupuncturists target the affected meridians associated with this condition to successfully treat psoriatic arthritis.

As a standalone treatment, acupuncture may not be powerful enough to treat major health conditions. However, when combined with Chinese herbal medicine and other modalities of traditional Chinese or even with certain conventional medicine modalities, acupuncture’s success rate becomes impressive. A lot of doctors are now using acupuncture as an adjunct to Western modes of treatment. So, if you are suffering from psoriasis, acne and other skin disorders, you can talk to a qualified and licensed acupuncturist about receiving acupuncture combined with conventional treatment to help cure your skin disorder.

 

Manhattan Acupuncture Clinic
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New York, NY 10003
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