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Monthly Archives : February, 2015

Painful Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Acupuncture Therapy

The carpal tunnel is the part of the wrist where the tunnel or tube in the wrist passes the carpal bones. The pain originates in the region where the wrist and the hand meet. A decrease of the size of the carpal tunnel will put pressure on the median nerve causing the classical pain and numbness of carpal tunnel syndrome.

You can see the tendons pop-up if you turn your palm and move your palm toward your face. Lying underneath these tendons is the median nerve; when this nerve is pinched, pain is felt. Although it is widely known as a work-related injury caused by repetitive wrist and finger actions, about 50% of people affected by carpal tunnel syndrome do not know what particular activity caused it.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) symptoms usually occur after you embark on a new hobby or job that requires the continuous use of your fingers and wrist. Among sexes, the women are the ones most prone to develop CTS particularly if they’re around 40 to 70 years of age or pregnant. CTS can cause pain in the palm, wrist and forearm and can affect a single arm or both arms. There are sufferers who may feel pain when they make repetitive movements while some may feel constant tingling or numbing in half of their ring finger, or in their middle finger and thumb. Nighttime is when the pain gets worse. It can become very severe that the sufferer is forced to wake up in order to shake his/ her hands to alleviate the numbness. You may have problems with crocheting or writing or other fine motor skills when you have CTS. This condition may cause your affected to drop things.

Acupuncture and Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM)

Acupuncturists and other TCM practitioners may diagnose CTS as an accumulation of wind (marked by the shooting and tingling nerve pain), damp (hand and forearm may feel achy and heavy), and cold (when it gets cold, the pain becomes severe). These three factors affect the flow of qi and blood in one’s arms.

Acupuncture treatments use needles to stimulate acupuncture points near the wrist. A mild sensation of electricity may be felt during the treatment which is good since it helps relax the tendons and relieve the numbness and pain. Other forms of acupuncture may include laser acupuncture, magnet therapy, moxibustion, electromagnetic acupuncture and electro-acupuncture to help treat carpal tunnel syndrome in Orlando.

Besides getting treatment from your acupuncturist, you need to stay away from activities that require the use of the wrists. These include assembly line work, working at a computer and writing using a pen for a long time.

Harmony Wellness Center
110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 234-6454

Helping Cancer Patients Overcome Some of their Cancer Symptoms with Acupuncture

Gradually, throughout the years, cancer has become one of the leading causes of death not only in the United States but throughout the world. Because of this, extensive researches for treatment of this dreaded disease have been done reputation leading to various kinds of approaches to treat the condition. However, most of these approaches have unacceptable side effects that even worsen the condition of the patient. Because of this, a growing number of people are looking for alternative treatments in order to avoid the terrible side effects of these conventional therapies. Acupuncture has emerged to be one of the safest and effective options for this oftentimes fatal disease.

What is Cancer?

Basically defined as a disease caused by abnormal cellular growth and division, cancer is categorized based on the kind of cell that initially impacts the organ. Presently, there are more than a hundred forms of cancer and they include:

-Renal cancer
-Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
-Breast cancer
-Bladder cancer
-Lung cancer
-Rectal cancer
-Colon cancer
-Endometrial cancer

Cancer can become deadly when the abnormal cells start to divide in an uncontrollable and abnormal manner resulting in the development of lumps or masses known as tumors. As these tumors grow in size, it can adversely impact the functions of the nervous, circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems.

The symptoms of cancer symptoms depend on where the cancer is located. Some of the common cancer symptoms include:

-Unexplained weight loss
-Profuse sweating

Vertigo, seizures, and headaches, may be experienced by the cancer patient when the cancer cells have spread to the brain. One the other hand, coughing and shortness of breath may be experienced when the cancer spreads to the lungs. Jaundice, accompanied by painful, breakable and brittle bones are symptoms that may arise when the cancer starts to affect the liver.

Treatments for Cancer

Vigorous studies have been done over the years to know what actually causes cancer and how it can be prevented. The overwhelming majority of cancer patients undergo chemotherapy, surgery or radiation to treat their condition. More often than not, these treatments even cause other problems and very serious side effects. Most of them, though, drastically alter diet and lifestyle in order to control and treat their cancer.

The health of the patient as well as his/her age, the type of cancer the patient and at what stage the cancer has developed are factors that will determine what kind of treatment the patient will get. Treatments for cancer include:

-Gene therapy
-Hormone therapy
-Radiation therapy

There are others who seek alternative therapies to help them cope with their symptoms. Acupuncture is one of the most commonly used alternative therapies for cancer. Studies reveal that this treatment can help treat the symptoms of cancer and aid the patient to improve his/her condition.

In What Way Can Acupuncture Help Cancer Patients

Several oncologists now actually suggest acupuncture to their patients to help them cope with their cancer as well as the toxic treatments used by mainstream medicine to treat cancer. Researchers state that acupuncture helps relieve the symptoms of painful and dry mouth and throat, vomiting, nausea, pain and hot flushes.

The severity of inflammation, swelling and pain are also significantly reduced with acupuncture for the treatment for cancer. This is important as it can help the patient reduce his medications. When the muscles and sensory neurons are stimulated, they convey signals to nervous system that releases natural painkilling neurotransmitters called endorphins that helps relax and calm the patient.

Chemotherapy causes side effects such as nausea and vomiting. Acupuncture treatment can help lessen the intensity and frequency of hot flushes, vomiting and nausea in breast cancer patients.

Sore and dry painful throat and mouth are to be expected when a person receives cancer therapy because the side effect of the therapy is lessened saliva production. Based on certain studies, acupuncture helps in reducing side effects of cancer therapy which helps the patient drink, eat and swallow normally. Acupuncture can also relieve several symptoms related to cancer including depression, fatigue, anxiety, appetite loss, coughing, diarrhea, loss of weight vertigo, bone pain and chest pain.

By helping relieve the frequency and severity of these symptoms, acupuncture can help the cancer patient get quality sleep which helps a lot on the improvement of the patient’s quality of life.

What Cancer Patients Have To Say About Acupuncture

Acupuncture is not a treatment that can cure or treat cancer. It is only effective in alleviating the symptoms of this really grave disease. Usually, this modality is used to relieve the side effects of
chemotherapy as well as the intensity and occurrence of hot flashes. This helps cancer patients in a huge way by making them feel more relaxed and it contributes to the betterment of the patient’s overall health.

DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214

Getting rid of the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease with Acupuncture

Crohn’s patients are often prescribed with Remicade. There are other sufferers of this disease who have found that when acupuncture is integrated into their treatment course, it provides them with relief of Crohn’s symptoms and helps them better cope with their condition.

Based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), there are over 2,000 acupuncture points in the body and each of these is associated with twenty energy channels known as meridians. These meridians convey life energy (qi) between the body’s surface and the internal organs. Qi produces various effects on every acupuncture point it passes through. It also is able to balance the factors that affect the mind and body. It is thought by TCM that Crohn’s disease and other digestive conditions are due to kidney support deficiency and a disturbance of liver and spleen. TCM practitioners believe that intestinal disorders, such as Crohn’s disease, are a disruption of the spleen and liver and insufficient kidney support. Therefore, it is often the case where acupuncture points associated with the affected organs that will be targeted for treatment in order to alleviate symptoms.

In contrast to TCM that believes that symptomatic relief is the result of stimulating the meridians by needling them through their corresponding acupuncture points that results in the proper balance in mind and body, Western medicine, on the other hand, provides certain explanations on why acupuncture works. Scientists believe that acupuncture activates the nervous system that block pain signals from reaching the brain. One theory explanation states that acupuncture stimulates the brain to manufacture and release the body’s own natural painkillers known as endorphins. There are some who think that acupuncture can release opiods into the body. Opioids are substances in the body that help alleviate pain.

In China, for thousands of years, acupuncture is a common treatment for choice for resolving inflammatory bowel conditions, and is being used by a growing number of people in Western societies. The effectiveness of acupuncture in treating mild to moderate symptoms of Crohn’s disease has been researched a number of times, especially regarding the way this therapy can effect a change in the well-being and overall quality of life of Crohn’s disease patients. The results of these research works show that traditional acupuncture was able to relieve the symptoms of Crohn’s disease in most of the patients who participated.

Acupuncture can treat the symptoms of Crohn’s disease including:

-Menstrual cramping

How is Acupuncture Done?

The method of acupuncture to be used will be based on the patient. Each acupuncture patient is treated with a unique type of acupuncture treatment based on his/her own specific needs.

In order to activate qi flow, filamental needles are inserted into pre-determined acupuncture points located in the patient’s skin. Underneath these points lay the meridians that are to be stimulated. Since these meridians lie just underneath the acupoints, the needles are not inserted as deeply as hypodermic needles that are used to draw blood.

The needles do not generate pain when they are inserted into the skin although the patient may experience a slight numbing, aching, or tingling sensation in the site of the treatment. Any discomfort that may be felt immediately goes away after the needles have been removed.

After the needles are inserted, the acupuncture doctor may manipulate the needles or attach them to a mild electrical current so as to make the stimulation more powerful. Oils and herbs may also be given along with the needles to help make the treatment more effective. The whole process may last for 20 minutes to a full hour.

To receive the best possible treatment, you need to seek treatment from a licensed acupuncturist and preferably one with significant experience treating inflammatory bowel problems. You also need to consult with your doctor first before you go for alternative therapies such as acupuncture.

Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Determining the Cause(s) of Your Anemia Using Traditional Chinese Medicine Methods

Anemia which literally means “lack of blood” in Greek is a reduction in the amount of red blood cells you have in the body. This can also mean that the amount of red blood cells you have is considerably less than the normal level of hemoglobin in your blood. If you have anemia, the ability of your body to bind oxygen in a hemoglobin molecule is weak because of deformed red blood cells or because of inadequate amounts of red blood cells (RBCs). Treatment for anemia may depend on the cause.

Anemia can have many types and causes. The most common cause of anemia is due to a lack of iron in the body which is a condition known as IDA or Iron Deficiency Anemia.

Some of the symptoms that anemia can cause include:

-A craving for non-food things such as wax, dirt or hair
-Angina or heart palpitations
-Dyspnea (breathing difficulties) on exertion
-Poor concentration
-Jaundice or yellowing of thee skin
-Overall fatigue or general feeling of weakness

The type of treatment for anemia a person gets depends on the type of anemia of the patient. Some types can be easily treated by dietary modifications and iron supplements. This kind of treatment plan is usually the initial phase of the treatment. There are certain forms of anemia that are fatal and may necessitate the transfusion of blood to the sufferer. Some types of anemia are mild and some are genetically inherited. Whatever the case may be, it is very important to care for one’s diet to make sure that adequate amounts of vitamin B12 and iron are included in your diet.

Treating anemia with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) uses an entirely different approach from that of western medicine. TCM uses herbal tonics such as Blood Tonics that are rich in iron to address anemia. The practitioner will also need to identify the factors that are causing your condition. It may be a dysfunctional organ or the body’s poor absorption of substances required to build blood in the body. Acupuncture and herbs are given to the patient to help address the problem at its source.

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.

Managing Asthma Naturally With TCM & Acupuncture

Treating asthma using has been practiced for many ages in Northeast and Southeast Asia. With its origins in Chinese culture, acupuncture is a holistic type of treatment that not only addresses that symptoms of asthma but goes to the root of the problem and treats it accordingly. While western medicine can effectively help resolve the symptomatic issues of asthma, and in serious instances, can even save a person’s life, it still has not come up with a permanent cure for it.

One of the reasons for this is that the reason for asthma is beyond the symptoms of breathing difficulties, sneezing, coughing, and wheezing. It really is more about a person’s overall health most especially the ability of his immune system to repel allergic reactions that trigger asthma.

Though generally used to improve wellness, acupuncture can help strengthen the body to withstand the day to day hazards of life such as pollution. The heart of acupuncture therapy comes from tens of centuries of traditional Chinese medicine practices of health and healing. Acupuncture is grounded on the idea that the body is one electrically interconnected entity. Based on Chinese medicine theory, illnesses such as asthma, comes from the abnormal flow of vital energy known as chi which travels throughout the body using pathways known as meridians. The chi from time to time encounters a blockage in a meridian and it is the job of the Healer or “sifu” to identify the location of the blockage. When chi flows abnormally, the result is a disorder or a disease.

It takes a highly skilled “sifu” to remove the blockage in the meridian. He gently inserts ultra fine needles beneath predetermined acupuncture points to bring back the proper flow of chi to restore balance in the body. If performed in the right way, chi can flow to the lungs to tonify the respiratory system to help repel episodes of asthma. A balanced flow of energy makes the body healthy and strong and helps it ward off diseases.

Most acupuncture patients will experience positive results after a number of acupuncture sessions. But if you want long term benefits, you may need to keep coming for treatment until your asthma is entirely cured. Acupuncture can be optimally effective if it is combined with your regular asthma treatment under the watchful eye of your doctor.

Based on the view of ancient Chinese medicine, the flow and balance of chi not only concerns the body. The environment needs to be considered as well since if, say, your workplace has bad or poor you’re your health and that of your other co-workers will suffer as well and it may lead to work-related conditions such as asthma.

Dr. Jeda Boughton is a licensed acupuncture physician and the medical director of BodaHealth in Vancouver, BC.