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Male Infertility and Acupuncture NYC

April 30, 2011   

Infertility can also be a problem for the male species.  Due to factors like stress, chemicals, such as Bisphenol A, foods such as fast foods and sodas and exposure to harmful radiation can greatly affect sperm production and male virility.  For over 50 years, sperm counts have been dropping at an alarming rate.  Male infertility is a significant problem because about 50% of all fertility problems are attributed to male-related issues.

Male infertility can be manifested in low sperm count, irregular sperm shape and size, reduced sperm motility and unnatural liquefaction of semen. Unhealthy lifestyle, acquired genetic abnormality and physiological factors can also greatly affect a man’s power to engender life.  Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have a lot to offer couples in their search for answers to their infertility.  Studies throughout the year have reinforced the validity of acupuncture in increasing the number of sperm cells, in producing normal and healthy sperm cells and in reducing male impotency.

Acupuncture NYC works on the theory that a life force called chi or qi is the energy force that makes a human body alive and grow.  It is also the force that helps the human body reproduce.  Chi circulates throughout the body along energy pathways called meridians. The normal and unhindered flow of chi is essential for health and the stagnation or blockage of this flow signifies sickness and disease of the body. Acupuncture restores normal and unhindered chi flow removing any blockage in the meridians and returning the body to a state of relative balance. According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the holistic treatment of the male’s body and mind will result in better health, or in this case, better sperm output and quality.  TCM not only advocates acupuncture as a solution to male infertility.  It also encourages the person to adopt a healthier, less stressful lifestyle to prevent infertility issues from occurring.  Acupuncture treatment for infertility usually includes herbal medicine therapy to better enhance the treatment outcome.  TCM also encourages the person to take vitamins, minerals and antioxidants everyday to keep the body as healthy as possible.

Proper nutrition such as eating organic, non-salty and less greasy foods is encouraged.  The maintenance of a proper body weight helps male virility.  One of the biggest causes of male infertility is extreme stress.  Stress can be experienced not only in work but in relationships, as well.  For males, having a difficult and complicated relationship with one’s partner can cause large damage to the male’s sexual drive and performance.  Male-female relationships are one of the most stressful relationships for both sexes.  Experiencing acupuncture therapy can help the body and mind manage situations that are stressful.  Acupuncture therapy is very relaxing to the body and to the mind and usually people come out of this treatment fully refreshed and relaxed.

Acupuncture Miami and Hypertension

April 23, 2011   

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), hypertension is the state where the heart needs to churn out more energy when an individual performs its normal daily functions.  Symptoms are oftentimes nonexistent or subtle with hypertension, which is why it needs to be seriously and immediately addressed and also why it is called the “silent killer”.  Hypertension affects about 50 million US citizens and a substantial amount of these have no clue that they suffer from hypertension.  Hypertension can easily be known though by having a nurse or any medical practitioner trained to take vital signs measure one’s blood pressure. One has hypertension when one’s systolic reading reaches 140mm Hg or higher and/or has a diastolic pressure of 90mmHg or higher.  Acupuncture Miami is widely known as an effective alternative form of therapy for treating high blood pressure.

Medical science has classified hypertension into two:  Essential or labile hypertension and organic or secondary hypertension.  There is no known origin for labile hypertension but some experts believe it is connected with extreme stress.  Organic hypertension happens due to a specific cause like a vascular or glandular disease, which makes the blood pressure rise.  TCM sees hypertension in a different perspective.  Hypertension for TCM is a sign of disharmony and imbalance and the presence of disease in the body’s physiology.  TCM believes that hypertension is a manifestation of an imbalance in the presence of chi, blood and moisture in some parts of the body.  It also believes that the liver is the organ where chi flow has stagnated causing the blood pressure to stay elevated.  However, it is the responsibility of the acupuncturist to determine precisely where the imbalance lies before starting treatment.  Acupuncture points where needles are inserted may vary depending on the state of health of the hypertensive patient.

Acupuncture is the treatment where needles are inserted into certain strategic points in the body with the acupuncturist manipulating the needles as they are inserted to elicit the desired reaction.  The points are connected to energy networks called meridians, which are in turn connected to specific organs, tissues and other parts of the body.  The needles transmit a neuro-chemical signal through the neural and endocrine systems to the part of the brain that correlates to the unbalanced part of the body.  The imbalances may not be in accordance with Western medical viewpoint as they (the imbalances) refer to TCM concepts such as chi energy, yin-yang forces and the five elements imbalances interacting in the body causing the hypertension.  Acupuncture stimulates the brain to release endorphins (natural pain killers) to the affected areas. These endorphins enable the body as a whole to relax and perform at their normal performance levels.  This relative soothing sensation and calmness, in turn causes the blood pressure to fall and normalize to its proper level.

Acupuncture Fort Lauderdale Treatment for Various Disorders

April 16, 2011   

Traditional Chinese medicine has given the world a lot of alternative health remedies and acupuncture Fort Lauderdale is the most popular of them. Acupuncture lies in the belief that the body has specific energy centers at certain parts of the body and these centers are in turn connected to different parts of the body. For example, for treating low back pain, the acupuncturist would insert needles at points in the ear.  The ear is an energy center that is connected to organs located at the back of the body where the pain is believed to originate.  The needles stimulate the energy center causing a beneficial effect on the problem located on another part of the body.  Among the various health conditions acupuncture has effectively treated, pain relief is the most sought after.  Ironically, pain is mitigated greatly by the insertion of acupuncture needles in the body, which the mind automatically associates with pain.

Acupuncture has also proven in many cases its ability to assist in boosting the immune system by stimulating the brain to increase white blood cell production.  Globulins, which are responsible for pathogen control increase after acupuncture therapy.  Even with substance abuse problems like alcoholism and drug addiction, acupuncture treatment has helped multitudes get over their cravings and mitigate withdrawal symptoms.  Because of the ability of acupuncture to stimulate the brain to release endorphins, the patient, can control his/her cravings and feel relaxed which is useful in neutralizing withdrawal symptoms.

In the realm of sports, acupuncture therapy has benefited athletes by improving their performance, as acupuncture is known to energize and revitalize the body by enhancing blood flow throughout the body.  Good blood flow nourishes the muscle tissues, the vital organs and the entire body systems enabling the body to function optimally.  Furthermore, acupuncture can treat injuries much better than most medications.  It is safe than using drugs and does present a better alternative for athletes since not only do drugs create harmful side effects, they also may complicate matters by compromising the athlete’s chance of passing strict drug testing screenings imposed by many sporting organizations.  Acupuncture acts as a detoxifying element by strengthening the immune system and thereby help reduce or eliminate allergic reactions, which is good for individuals who are hypersensitive to allergies, allergies which may also be life threatening to them.

Acupuncture is sometimes used together with herbal medicine or massage to treat a slew of diseases ranging from bronchitis to ulcers.  For people with chronic conditions, acupuncture may be their last and best resort for solving their problems.  In cases of infertility, acupuncture has been very effective treating disorders like endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.  Acupuncture is used as relaxation therapy for women undergoing invasive and stressful reproductive-assisted therapy such as In Vitro Fertilization.

Acupuncture NYC and the Treatment of Pain

April 9, 2011   

The Chinese have used acupuncture for pain control for well over 2,000 years.  Acupuncture  NYC is a very effective treatment for pain even physicians now prescribe acupuncture for patients whose chief complaint is pain, especially for pain with unknown cause.

In Western society, the answers to physical pain are pain medications and anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs never address the real cause of the pain and instead only relieves its severity.  After a few hours, the pain is back.  Moreover, these drugs carry toxins that manifest as side effects and these side effects are oftentimes worse than the condition one is dealing with.

Acupuncture is part of traditional Chinese medicine and is a holistic type of medicine meaning that acupuncture does not only cure the physical ailments of the individual but also the psychological, emotional and even spiritual issues of the individual as well.  Acupuncture is a process wherein hair-thin needles are inserted at specific areas in the body to stimulate the brain to release endorphins and other natural pain relievers. Acupuncture, likewise, enhances the electromagnetic signals of the cells in one’s body providing more energy then to the body to help it heal itself and eliminate pain.

Acupuncture increases blood flow throughout the body and relaxes the muscles.  As mentioned, endorphins make the body feel good and relaxed and these help the individual feel good emotionally as well as boost the body’s immune system.  In all, acupuncture energizes and relaxes the body allowing itself as little external aid as possible.

People experience many and different types of pain and the acupuncturist upon physical examination of the patient, applies a type of acupuncture that he/she deems is the best type of treatment for each particular problem.  Back pain is the most common type of pain and is often a result of muscle strains or sprains. Experienced acupuncturists may use local needles for one type of pain condition, use distal needles placed on other parts of the body for another type of problem or use cupping or electrical stimulation along with needle insertion for another case of pain problem.

Arthritis can be treated with acupuncture. Arthritis always involve joint problems and pain.  The acupuncturist may insert needles on the site itself or at other points in the body.  Acupuncture also cures migraine headaches. Acupuncture is used for regulating and normalizing body processes and functions.  When blood flows well; hormones are in balance; and body processes function normally; the acupuncturist can eliminate migraines.

Acupuncture is like a one-stop solution for pain.   No matter what type of pain one experiences, acupuncture has the solution. The acupuncturist needs to know about one’s medical history upon a patient’s initial consultation.  He/she will conduct a physical examination on the body. Then, during the first consultation, the acupuncturist will work on identifying one’s pain and create a treatment designed to heal the body.

Acupuncture Orlando and Weight Loss

April 2, 2011   

A healthy lifestyle is essential for an individual to maintain good health.  When a person over eats, it is usually a sign that he/she may be suffering from an emotional problem and finds solace for this through food.  Sometimes obesity also comes from getting old when the body efficiently does not burn as many calories at it used to.  The United States has the largest cases of obesity in the world where around more than 70% of the population are overweight.

In order to be treated with acupuncture Orlando, the acupuncturist has to determine the cause of your problem.  When the cause of the overeating and the amount of food intake is determined, a general check up of the pulses, your energy level and your stomach energy are done.  Physical check up of the tongue is also done to determine if there are heat or cold problems in the stomach.  Once a diagnosis is made the acupuncturist would know what acupuncture points would be inserted with needles and what particular technique would be used.  Although ear acupuncture (needles inserted in the auricle) is usually applied for weight loss, points in the mouth, stomach, lungs, spleen and kidneys among others are also applied with needles.

Modern techniques such as electro acupuncture applied in some needles are very effective in eliciting a proper response from the body.  Ear tacks are also inserted after the acupuncture, to prolong the effectiveness of the treatment.  Whenever the urge to eat is felt, the patient just rubs the them back and forth to stimulate the release of endorphins and quell the craving.  Once irritation or some discomfort is felt, the ear tacks are then removed.  The ear tacks are usually removes after three days of use.

The length of the treatment program depends on the severity of the craving of the individual.  Sometimes for mild cases, once or twice week for one hour per session is usually the case while the severe ones have daily sessions for almost a week then decrease in frequency the next week.  Sometimes herbal medicine is added to the treatment to optimize the treatment.

A change of lifestyle is advised for those who have undergone acupuncture treatment for weight loss.  Once the body gets used to the normal amount of food intake, then the program is considered successful.  Herbal teas can help supplement the body with minerals and vitamins and can help maintain the body’s normal metabolic rate to burn calories as efficiently as possible.  The added benefit that is often overlooked is the positive psychological effect acupuncture gives due to the release of endorphins and other “feel-good” chemicals that remove the negative emotions which were the cause of the craving in the first place.

The Benefits of Acupuncture New York

April 2, 2011   

Acupuncture New York has been helping people with illnesses and injuries for thousands of years.  It is part of traditional Chinese medicine and has been the most popular alternative treatment in the West since the 1970’s.  It has been proven to cure a wide range of illnesses from infertility, back pain and skin disorders to addiction, heartbreaks and infectious diseases.

Acupuncture believes in the life force called chi traveling inside the body through networks called meridians.  These networks are like the nervous system or the circulatory system of the body.  Physical problems, extreme emotions and/or the environment (pathogens and the climate) can cause the blockage of chi in the meridians. These factors cause disharmony and imbalances in the body and manifest physiologically and/or emotionally in the form headaches, sadness, hypertension, obesity, strokes, arthritis, insomnia, rage, crying spells or muscle or joint pain among others.

The common health problems plaguing the United States are obesity, alcoholism and substance abuse.  These three are usually attributable to emotional or psychological causes.  Acupuncture is a holistic medicine, which means acupuncture is concerned not only with the physical aspect of the individual but also with its psychological well-being, as well.  Considering the three aforementioned problems in the US usually have psychological roots in nature, acupuncture has been very successful in curing physically and psychologically, many of these cases.

For obesity, the abnormal craving for food usually underlies the social disappointments of the individual, particularly in relationships.  This problem becomes psychological because the person experiences extreme emotions such as sadness, anger or anxiety.  These emotions cause blockages in the flow of chi causing symptoms and illnesses to develop.  Acupuncture helps by removing these blockages to enable chi to flow again normally.  It also stimulates the brain to release endorphins that help the person feel a sense of euphoria and joy and these feelings neutralize the negative emotions of the individual.  The endorphins also reduce the cravings of the person allowing it to resist the urge to indulge in inordinate eating.

For alcoholism and substance abuse, acupuncture also helps the individual kick these nasty habits by neutralizing their addiction through the release of endorphins.  These feel-good chemicals satisfy the body’s need to feel good through natural means instead of experiencing it through harmful ways such as alcoholism and drugs.  The causes of alcoholism and drug addiction usually have psychological roots.  They may be caused by anger, disappointment, frustration, sadness, stress or loneliness.  With the help of a capable professional acupuncturist, individuals suffering these problems can be cured physically and emotionally and can go back to society leading normal happy lives again.

Acupuncture allows the body to heal itself in a natural and safe way.  It is used usually in conjunction with herbs and other therapeutic techniques such as oriental massage.