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Overcoming Sore Throat Pain and Discomfort with Acupuncture

As the weather cools off in many parts of the country the number of sore throat cases arises. Autumn and winter will see a bump in sore throat cases affecting tots, teens and adults alike. Fortunately, sore throat can be treated with acupuncture in Miami.

When the pharynx becomes inflamed, sore throat (medical term, pharyngitis) occurs. We can cite several possible reasons why individuals develop a sore throat. This may include allergies, breathing in the mouth, or smoking. But the two most common reasons for this condition is bacteria and virus. One of the fastest ways these pathogens are spread is during the resumption of school in the autumn. The exposure spreads past the classroom when infected students flock to parties, dances, and football games increasing the number of cases of mononucleosis, strep throat, tonsillitis, and the common cold.

A lot of adults also can be infected with these diseases although mononucleosis will usually strike teens between the ages of fifteen to seventeen. Mono is known as the “kissing disease” since it usually is transferred mouth to mouth by teenagers who often date. Saliva is the vehicle in which mononucleosis and other conditions that cause sore throat are transmitted and kissing is not the only way these diseases are spread. Being in close proximity to an infected person who sneezes or coughs or sharing a straw with an infected person can infect you, as well.

Sore throat is very easily passed from person to person because people who carry the bacteria/ virus show no symptoms of their condition. So, these individuals may not have any idea that they pose a threat to others. They infect others without them knowing that they’re actually doing so. In the case of mono which has a long incubation period of 30 to 50 days, the symptoms will only begin to manifest after a month or so. This means you may already have potentially infected a lot of people during those times.

It’s virtually impossible to avoid the germs that cause sore throat and practically everyone will experience a sore throat condition at least once in his/her lifetime. Sore throats have nasty symptoms and naturally, you would want expedient relief. What is the quickest way to remove this condition?

It is important to understand that people who are suffering from swallowing difficulties, high fever or symptoms that persist for several days should first talk to their doctor. But most of the time, people with these symptoms especially with just a standalone sore scratchy, and dry throat tend to self-treat themselves by buying over-the-counter drugs and allow symptoms to dissipate by itself. Most are unaware that acupuncture combined with lots of fluid intake and rest is a much more effective and quicker way to eliminate their symptoms.

A 2012 study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, involving 74 sore throat patients revealed that acupuncture is able to lessen their severity of sore throat discomfort and pain just within a minute of treatment. Acupuncture is an important part of TCM or Traditional Chinese Medicine which theorizes that the human body possesses a form of vital energy known as Qi that flows throughout the body via channels of energy known as meridians. A disruption of this flow will lead to sickness, and/or pain.

In order to restore normal flow in the meridians acupuncturists would need to know what meridian or meridians are affected. In the case of sore throat, a qualified acupuncturist will often insert needles in multiple meridian points to strengthen the immune system, remove phlegm, add moisture in the body in order to treat the scratchy dry feeling, and remove inflammation (heat).

The cause of pharyngitis is often different for each person although people may suffer common symptoms. So, your acupuncturist will need to inquire about your condition and about yourself in order to gain a better understanding of your constitution and the unique condition you’re experiencing in order to determine the patterns of disharmony and select correctly what meridians need to be treated. This means that even though two patients may suffer from a sore throat, their manner of treatment will be different.

If you feel you are going down with a sore throat, talk to a licensed acupuncturist who can help strengthen your immune system and relieve your sore throat symptoms at the same time.

Overcoming Orthostatic Low Blood Pressure with Traditional Chinese Medicine

One case study showcasing the ability of acupuncture to treat low blood pressure involved a mother of 4 children in her mid-forties who was diagnosed with Orthostatic Hypotension. Her doctor suggested she wear therapeutic pressure stockings to help relieve her symptoms. She consulted an acupuncturist and asked if Chinese medicine and acupuncture in Pembroke Pines would be able to improve her condition in a way that she wouldn’t need to put on those therapeutic stockings ever again. Her acupuncturist examined her for about 30 minutes and found that the woman had suffered from severe fatigue after giving birth to a child thirteen years ago. She never was able to fully recover fully from her condition as she was forced to return to work immediately. Over time, she gradually developed fainting spells in the morning as she rose from bed. The woman could only manage to handle her daily life activities if she wore the prescription pressure stockings. Besides the fainting spells and the overall weakness, she experienced other signs and symptoms that included poor blood flow in the legs, afternoon tiredness, dark, black color below the eyes, poor concentration, and frequent and urgent urination particularly during the night. The acupuncturist had a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) diagnoses for the woman which were deficient kidney qi, blood stagnation, and central qi deficiency. She was prescribed with a daily dose of Chinese herbal formulas and treated with acupuncture once a week for 90 days. After that time, an improvement of her condition was noted and the patient was able to lower her pressure stockings from 20 to 30mg to 15 to 18 mg. The treatment was extended for an additional two months. After the end of the treatment, the patient had no more need for the stockings and all her symptoms were resolved.

The sudden drop of blood pressure in the brain arteries is known as orthostatic hypotension. This can occur when the body all of a sudden assumes a vertical stance. This causes blood to suddenly go down to the veins in the lower stomach and the legs due to gravity. In this condition, the heart’s pumping of blood causes the blood to normally return to it but the amount of blood that returns to the heart is lessened, the heart tends to slow down its pumping activity which leads to the fall of blood pressure. The change in blood pressure often affects the brain and if blood pressure falls, the brain starts to function poorly. To prevent blood pressure from falling, the person needs to assume the horizontal position. This helps boost the return of blood to the heart that, in turn, provides adequate blood supply to the brain helping improve the function of this organ.

A lot of individuals may remember a time when they felt a fainting spell or a sense of lightheadedness when they stand up all of a sudden after sitting or lying down for a long period of time. Some may also sense those kinds of feeling when they have been standing still for a long while. The term for this temporary instance of lightheadedness is known as vasovagal syncope, orthostatic hypotension, or orthostatic low blood pressure.

According to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, orthostatic hypotension can be the result of various factors such as neuralgia, post significant fluid or blood loss, post febrile disease, and mental or physical overexertion, among others. They all can result in the malfunctioning of the internal organs which weakens the ability of the blood vessels and heart to maintain normal blood pressure in the body. And despite the seemingly minor consequences of this clinical condition, it is definitely bothersome and oftentimes adversely impacts a person’s quality of life. To cure the problem and restore balance to the affected organ systems, the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) modalities of Chinese herbal therapy and acupuncture should be strongly considered.