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Acupuncture Miami and TCM for Losing Weight

Modern day living has somehow given us a more fast paced and hectic lifestyle especially for those living in the cities.  It is no wonder then that chronic stress affects a significant number of the population than it used to during the 1950’s and 60’s.  Chronic stress can lead to irregular hormonal function and this can affect the weight of a person.  One example of this is the way cortisol, a hormone for controlling stress can fail in its function due to excessive stress and the outcome would be difficulty in losing weight.  Exercise and a proper diet are essential to maintain a desired weight but if hormonal imbalances are not addressed, losing weight will be quite harder to attain.  Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in the form of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture Miami are excellent therapies for losing weight and treating chronic stress.

TCM sees cravings as imbalances in the Five Elements. The Five Elements of fire, earth, metal, water and wood have each a particular flavor associated with it.  When the body craves for a certain flavor, one then suffers from a certain imbalance in a specific Element.  There are times a person craves for something he/she needs while there are instances wherein a person is addicted to a certain craving.  If the body craves for something that is not natural like processed food or processed sugar, these cravings tend to be harmful than beneficial for the person.  It takes acupuncture and Chinese herbs to restore balance into the body systems to help the person get rid of those junk cravings.

As mentioned before diet and exercise are very important factors in maintaining or losing weight.  TCM classifies exercises into two types.  One type is sympathetic exercise.  This type of exercise physically stresses the body out and intentionally aims at the sympathetic nervous system. This exercise is also called the “no pain, no gain” type of exercise. The second type of exercise is called the parasympathetic exercise. This is a more passive way to burn calories as it enables the body to relax and help relieve the stress from the body.  Yoga, tai chi, qi gong, deep breathing and walking are some of the more popular examples of parasympathetic exercises. This type of exercise is more applicable for those suffering from chronic stress and for those who suffer from hormonal imbalances due to stress

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine are very safe with few if any side effects.  For proper dispensing of herbs a responsible and herbalist will aid the person in having the right herbal formula and doses for his/her needs.  Rather than using pep pills or weight reducing drugs that have serious side effects especially to the cardiovascular system, using acupuncture and herbs will help calm the mind from any worries of side effects.

Acupuncture NYC and PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder better known as PTSD is a mental disorder where a person reacts to a “fight or flight” type of situation in an irrational manner.  PTSD usually happens to people usually soldiers who have been involved or have witnessed a very traumatic situation. The experience of that event lingers in his mind and he still reacts to it even after it has passed and the danger does not exist anymore.  PTSD can utterly debilitate a person and it does not select any age group.  Research has shown that traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture New York are capable of managing the symptoms of PTSD.

PTSD may result in these types of situations:

1) The person undergoes a situation fraught with horror, helplessness or intense fear.
2) A person witnesses or is involved in an incident where severe bodily harm or death was faced to him or to others.

Some typical symptoms of PTSD:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Easily startled
  • Always hyper-alert
  • Loss of concentration
  • Sleeplessness
  • Anguish felt when confronted with mental and physical signs that mirrors the shock
  • Repetitive stressful dreams
  • Neurosis
  • Angry or raging outbursts

Sometimes PTSD symptoms may manifest even years after the traumatic experience has elapsed or sometimes they can appear immediately.  For treatment the Western conventional methods of counseling and/or therapy with intake of medications for the symptoms of loss of concentration, sleeplessness, depression and anxiety are given to the patient.

As an alternative treatment for PTSD, TCM and acupuncture uses needles inserted at specific points to stimulate the area of the brain where memories that evoke extreme emotions reside to control the memories of trauma in a safe and relaxed way.  Acupuncture treatment for PTSD uses a gentle approach to stimulate the brain without exciting it to trigger memories of traumatic flashbacks.  Auricular (ear) acupuncture is often applied with some needles also inserted to other parts of the body to put the mind in a state of calm and tranquility and to balance chi in the body.

Massage or mild and gentle physiotherapy can also help relax the body especially the tight and tense muscles of PTSD patients during and even after acupuncture.  Herbal mixtures are included in the treatment to further achieve the tranquility and calmness the patient needs to be in to safely and effectively treat the symptoms.

Apart from acupuncture, physiotherapy and herbal medicine some other treatments that can be extremely helpful in treating PTSD symptoms are EFT or emotional freedom technique, EMDR or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, meditation, counseling or yoga.  Acupuncture can help with the balance of emotions and physical health while the other modalities help channel the negative experiences in a safe and positive way

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture Orlando

When you have exhausted all other options to stop smoking, it is time to look into acupuncture Orlando as another option worth trying.

Acupuncture is a very old Chinese healing tradition that is still very popular among Asians as an effective way to treat a wide number of illnesses.  In the United States and Europe it is often used as a way to relieve pain.  Ongoing studies are being done to better understand how acupuncture works in smoking cessation.

Acupuncture in its classical/traditional form of acupuncture is the use of ultra thin needles inserted into acupuncture points that connect to energy vessels called meridians just beneath the skin. These meridians are invisible pathways were life energy which the Chinese call chi flow.  Meridians are connected to specific major organs in the body.  When meridians develop blockages, illnesses arise.  Acupuncture is used to remove these blockages and restore the normal flow of chi.

Stopping the habit of smoking is not a quick cure with acupuncture therapy.  It is also not the power of acupuncture alone that will enable one to successfully quit his smoking although acupuncture is a major factor that greatly facilitates smoking cessation.  One would also need a steely resolve and commitment to stop smoking.  What acupuncture does is to control the irritability and the great craving to smoke while in the process of quitting smoking.

In the treatment to quit smoking, acupuncture needles are applied on acupuncture points in the ear.  Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believes that the acupuncture points located in the ear are connected to meridians that in turn connect to the throat and lungs.  After a session, usually the acupuncturist attaches metal ear pellets to prolong the effect of the treatment and help control smoking urges until the start of the next session.

Many acupuncturists believe that treatment works best when it is customized based on the patient’s smoking history and information.  The duration, frequency and length of treatment vary from person to person.  A thorough study of the patient’s smoking history would better prepare the acupuncturist to set a unique treatment plan that the patient will respond to very well.

To be realistic not all treatment plans work out well.  For some people acupuncture may not be so effective in helping them quit smoking.  A majority of these people have unsuccessful treatment because of a lack of commitment on their part or really are so overwhelmed by their cravings

If you desire to use acupuncture as a way to help you stop smoking, the first step then is to find and consult to a qualified and licensed acupuncturist.  A good acupuncturist carefully inserts needles in the skin with any pain sensation felt by the patient.  If you experience bleeding, infections and other physical injuries, then you are getting treatment from an inexperienced and unqualified acupuncturist.

Acupuncture St Helens’s Many Benefits

Acupuncture St Helens is probably the oldest and most popular medical treatment in the world. It is a vital member of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  Acupuncture practitioners believe in meridians, energy vessels that transport life giving energy called chi all over the body.  Each meridian is associated to a specific organ or organs that control certain physiological functions. Acupuncture theory states that health is sustained or restored by the removal of factors that cause blockages and energy imbalances in the body. Needles as thin as human head hair are used to achieve this end.  Acupuncture has been practiced for over 4000 years and is practiced all over the world.  Acupuncture has several techniques and all these techniques are mainly designed in the stimulation of nerve points on or in the skin. TCM has an entirely different angle of approach at looking at the human body and in treating its disorders than the conventional Western disciplines of anatomy, nutrition, biochemistry, modern physiology, etc.  Its efficacy so far is not yet clearly understood by Western medical science. However, people around the world have been using it for so many centuries because of its amazing ability to promote general health, relieve common ailments and pain relief.  Numerous researches have been done on its ability to treat nausea (especially postoperative), its usefulness in treating dental problems and its effectiveness in treating low back pain. Research has shown that acupuncture induces neural activity in the cerebral cortical, midbrain and brainstem to cause physiological effects meant to treat a disorder.
Acupuncturists know that the needles control the flow of chi, the Chinese word for vital energy, which is the energy that enables the body to live, grow, thrive and reproduce.  The needles used for acupuncture are made of stainless steel, non-hollow, sterile and are as thin as human hair.  People react to acupuncture in unique ways.  Under a qualified and highly experienced acupuncturist, none or minimal pain at all should be felt whenever needles are inserted.  During treatment some people are literally revitalized while others feel so relaxed and tranquil they fall asleep during the course of the treatment.  Some possible issues such as pain and soreness during treatment, patient movements and improper placement of the needle can occur.  That is why it is important to select a qualified and experienced acupuncturist to prevent such occurrences. One theory explaining acupuncture’s effectiveness in removing pain is its ability to stimulate the production and release of endorphins, which are pain-blocking chemicals.  The needles stimulate nerves that cause the central nervous system to produce and secrete endorphins.  These chemicals have the ability to block pain messages to the brain. The result is the relief of pain brought about by the analgesic effect that acupuncture brings to the body.