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The Wonderful Benefits of Acupuncture Davis

October 29, 2011   

What is acupuncture?  Acupuncture Davis is a 5000 year old ancient Chinese medical tradition that is part of an assortment of natural Chinese modalities called traditional Chinese medicine.  Acupuncture’s foundation of medical treatment is based on the concept of vital energy called chi running in the body.  When chi is blocked from circulation, energy imbalance begins to be experienced leading to all kinds of illnesses and diseases.  Conversely, good health is enjoyed when the body is in a state of energy balance.  Modern life is wracked with stressful experiences, physical and mental, that causes the vessels holding chi to block and cause imbalances of energy in certain parts of the body. With acupuncture, oftentimes in combination with Chinese herbal remedies, balance is restored and any blockages that have arisen due to stress or other factors are removed.  In this manner, acupuncture is the only known treatment that can successfully treat more than 30 health conditions according to the World Health Organization.  It is safe, natural and unlike, medications, does not cause harmful side effects to the body.

Some of the health conditions that acupuncture is highly touted to effectively treat, chronic or otherwise are infertility, pregnancy problems, menopausal issues, PMS, fatigue, stress, fibromyalgia, asthma, allergies, headaches, GI problems, behavioral and chemical addiction, insomnia, anxiety and depression.  Acupuncture is also used as a natural form of cosmetic enhancement as opposed to cosmetic surgery, botox, etc.

Basically, acupuncture uses needles inserted at particular areas in the body to stimulate the body into treating a certain condition and for the relief of pain.

Depending on the person’s constitution and the magnitude of the disorder, the length of treatment per person may differ.  Typically, most conditions may take 2 to 4 weeks to treat while for a few, treatment can last a year.  Chronic and longstanding conditions can take several months of treatment since treating a problem that has developed and has lasted for several years also takes a while longer to be resolved.  Many health issues may be resolved within just a few treatments. However, long standing ailments could require a series of treatments, lasting a few weeks to several months. Acupuncture aims not merely to alleviate temporarily painful or distressful symptoms but goes to the underlying cause of the problem and aids the body in treating it.

The hurt factor due to the needles is the most common issue regarding this treatment.  However, for those who have undergone acupuncture, most people experience just a slight sensation as the needles are placed in the skin for a few seconds.  As the effect of the needles set in, most of them fall asleep due to the tranquil and relaxing effect of the treatment.  There are side effects to the treatment albeit all of them positive; they are the feeling of elation, vitality and well-being.

Acupuncture Miami and Urinary Tract Infection

October 22, 2011   

The World Health Organization and other health organizations around the world have expressed alarm over the rising number of antibiotic resistant UTI cases around the world.  Many health experts believe this is the reason why UTI cases are becoming more acute or persistent nowadays.

There are around 11 million cases of acute UTI in the United States alone.  This is very discouraging news especially when contrasted with the eight fold increase in sales of OTC antibiotics (not counting the prescription medications) in that country.  The overwhelming consensus of the medical community is that the abuse/overuse of antibiotics is the number one reason why the majority of UTI cases do not get well anymore with antibiotic therapy.

Because of this, physicians have begun recommending their UTI-stricken patients other forms of therapy although the physician would need to be consulted first if a patient opts for an alternative form of treatment.  By far, the most popular and most effective form of UTI treatment is the ancient Chinese medical art of acupuncture.

Numerous studies have already been done to test the effectiveness of acupuncture Miami in treating UTI.  Clinical study results done at the University of Bergen in Norway showed revealed that acupuncture wholly treated ¾ of the women with urinary tract infection who took part in the study.  This study was done in a span of 6 months with acupuncture treatment given randomly on the patients.  The site of the needle application was on the lower extremities or the lower back or abdomen.  The treatments were done two times per week for a month and any manifestations of UTI symptoms were recorded for 6 months.  Encouraging results revealed 73% who were given acupuncture treatment became UTI-free while only 52% of the women using other modalities were cured of their UTI.

Western scientists hypothesized that acupuncture had the ability of reducing the levels of residue in the urine, which prevented the increase of pathogens in the reproductive system.  This means that the excretory system is functioning efficiently ridding itself of urine and infectious materials off the body.  This is due to the benefit of acupuncture in increasing blood flow to the excretory, lower abdomen and reproductive system of the body.  The blood flow nourishes the vital organs making them function efficiently.

Similar studies like the Norway study show the potency of acupuncture as being a substitute for antibiotic therapy since acupuncture has shown that it treats the underlying cause of the problem which in the case of UTI is urine residue.  This gives those suffering from drug resistant UTI some hope of treatment.  Again, before embarking on acupuncture treatment or some other alternative form of treatment, it is always best to consult with one’s healthcare giver first.

Acupuncture NYC for Fertility Problems

October 15, 2011   

The efficacy of acupuncture NYC as a cure for infertility is further boosted when contrasted with the disappointing results of in vitro fertilization (IVF).   In the recent past, IVF was hailed as the treatment option which many couples pinned their hopes in conceiving a child.  However, studies such as the one reported by Dr. Nargund of St. George’s Hospital in Tooting in the UK in February, 2009 stated that IVF does not better the chances of conception and may even result in harm to mother and/or child.  He added that cases of premature birth and cerebral palsy where babies die after only the first week because of this treatment were reported.  Moreover, the question of the quality of life and longevity of those who do survive after the first week did not seem so good according to the study.  This shocking report only reinforces the role of acupuncture in providing a very safe and natural treatment process for those suffering from infertility.  Acupuncture has virtually no side effects or drawbacks whatsoever and by the fact that is has been and still is practiced with great success after thousands of years attests to its efficacy and safety.  Used to be a treatment for the relief of pain, illnesses and ailments, acupuncture now is gaining huge popularity as a treatment for fertility disorders.

The success of acupuncture as a viable infertility treatment transcends the bad results of IVF treatments.  It shows that with regards to reproduction, a “quick fix” is oftentimes not the best solution and that infertility may just be a symptom to deeper underlying factors that need to be addressed.

An aspect that may cause problems with reproduction is their lifestyle.  Modern life is a life wracked with physical, mental and emotional stress. Extreme stress can be a major factor in the cause of infertility for both young and older couples.

Stress tends to weaken the function of the immune system and renders a person susceptible to disease and sickness as well as creates tension in the body, which causes poor circulation in the body.  Some factors other than stress and tension such as unhealthy environment and bad hygiene practices can also affect fertility but mostly, tension and stress are the main factors for fertility disorders.

Acupuncture treatment removes any energy blockage that stress and tension raise up in the energy pathways.  With the removal of blockages, energy and blood flow is restored in the affected area dilating blood vessels and easing up the tension in the body.  The vital organs, especially the reproductive organs are nourished with energy and blood resulting in the normalization of reproductive and endocrine function.  This vital nourishment improves the quality of the ova of the female and the sperm of the male as well as the sexual drive and performance of both male and female leading to a high chance of conception.

The efficacy of acupuncture as a cure for infertility is further boosted when contrasted with the disappointing results of in vitro fertilization (IVF).   In the recent past, IVF was hailed as the treatment option which many couples pinned their hopes in conceiving a child.  However, studies such as the one reported by Dr. Nargund of St. George’s Hospital in Tooting in the UK in February, 2009 stated that IVF does not better the chances of conception and may even result in harm to mother and/or child.  He added that cases of premature birth and cerebral palsy where babies die after only the first week because of this treatment were reported.  Moreover, the question of the quality of life and longevity of those who do survive after the first week did not seem so good according to the study.  This shocking report only reinforces the role of acupuncture in providing a very safe and natural treatment process for those suffering from infertility.  Acupuncture has virtually no side effects or drawbacks whatsoever and by the fact that is has been and still is practiced with great success after thousands of years attests to its efficacy and safety.  Used to be a treatment for the relief of pain, illnesses and ailments, acupuncture now is gaining huge popularity as a treatment for fertility disorders.

The success of acupuncture as a viable infertility treatment transcends the bad results of IVF treatments.  It shows that with regards to reproduction, a “quick fix” is oftentimes not the best solution and that infertility may just be a symptom to deeper underlying factors that need to be addressed.

An aspect that may cause problems with reproduction is their lifestyle.  Modern life is a life wracked with physical, mental and emotional stress. Extreme stress can be a major factor in the cause of infertility for both young and older couples.

Stress tends to weaken the function of the immune system and renders a person susceptible to disease and sickness as well as creates tension in the body, which causes poor circulation in the body.  Some factors other than stress and tension such as unhealthy environment and bad hygiene practices can also affect fertility but mostly, tension and stress are the main factors for fertility disorders.

Acupuncture treatment removes any energy blockage that stress and tension raise up in the energy pathways.  With the removal of blockages, energy and blood flow is restored in the affected area dilating blood vessels and easing up the tension in the body.  The vital organs, especially the reproductive organs are nourished with energy and blood resulting in the normalization of reproductive and endocrine function.  This vital nourishment improves the quality of the ova of the female and the sperm of the male as well as the sexual drive and performance of both male and female leading to a high chance of conception.

Acupuncture Orlando and the Five Elements

October 8, 2011   

Chi, yin/yang, the five elements and meridians are concepts alien to Western medicine.  Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM believes that chi, which is the life giving energy in the body needs to be balanced and flow unimpeded to achieve and maintain good health.  TCM also states that the five elements are major factors in the understanding and use of acupuncture Orlando.  These five elements according to TCM, comprise the components of the universe.  They are wind, metal, fire, water and earth.  These elements are very important for the traditional acupuncturist in understanding the health of a person and in diagnosing disorders.

The universe according the ancient Chinese basically is dualistic in nature, which they represent in the opposing yet complementary forces of yin and yang.  The ancients view yin and yang in the manner they view positive and negative or winter and summer or rain and fire. The yin is always associated with the positive force and yang with the negative.

Yin is about regeneration, giving and nurturing of life, the season of spring, light, beauty, the female principle.  In a word, yin is beauty. The yang is the destroyer representing gloom and doom, the male principle. It has winter, the end of summer, precipitating actions, sluggishness, fire, burning, consumption.  Each element of the five elements concept associate with either yin or yang.  Major organs are oriented to either yin or yang.  Typically, organs that have cavities or openings are considered yang organs.  These are the stomach, the gall bladder, the small and large intestines, the bladder and the triple burner, which is a unique concept of TCM.     The yin organs comprise the liver, heart, spleen, lungs and kidney organs.

According to TCM, the stomach (yang) and spleen (yin) is associated to the element of dampness (yang attribute). The bladder (yang) and kidneys (yin) associate to coldness.  The small intestine and the heart associate with fire (yang) while the lungs (yin) and large intestine (yang).  Lastly, the gall bladder (yang) and the liver (yin) are linked to wind

With these classifications of the five elements and the organs, a disorder can be easily diagnosed and treated using the correct acupuncture approach.  Traditional acupuncturists are trained to understand these concepts and with a little diligence and patience, anyone can be trained to understand these TCM concepts and identify the correct meridians to treat a specific condition.  Ailments tend to heal faster with the proper knowledge of these TCM concepts because this knowledge would enable the proper execution of the right modalities for an ailment.  If these concepts still seem alien to some, one need not worry regarding acupuncture treatment so long as a professional acupuncturist performs it.  These concepts are all metaphysical constructs understood in the context of Eastern naturalism and Taoism.

TCM and Acupuncture St Helens

October 2, 2011   

The Chinese have practiced traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for more than 3000 years.  TCM is a conglomeration of ancient healing methods all designed to balance the vital energy of an individual.  This vital energy is called Qi or chi in Chinese and is believed to flow like blood throughout the body in energy vessels called meridians.  One can liken meridians to the blood vessels.  The differences between blood vessels and meridians apart from the obvious substances they transport (blood for blood vessels; chi for meridian) are that meridians are not included in the anatomy of the body in Western science, chi unlike blood is invisible and meridians are somewhat intangible concepts as chi.  Chi according to TCM flows along twelve meridians. These meridians due to stress and other factors can develop blockages or obstructions that impede chi flow and force chi to stagnate in a particular organ or area of the body.  TCM aims to remove these obstructions and blockages and restore the energy balance and harmony of the body.   TCM also includes acupuncture, which is the most commonly practiced by far the most popular therapy of TCM.

In a simplistic manner, one can define acupuncture as the insertion of needles in specific areas of the body to treat various kinds of illnesses and disorders.  Acupuncture St Helens redistributes vital energy and blood to the areas undernourished with these vital ingredients and thus helps in healing and allowing the organ or body system to function in harmony with the rest of the body.

Most individuals fear the thought of needles being inserted in their bodies; however, acupuncture treatment (under a skilled and qualified acupuncturist, of course) is a virtually painless procedure.  A small insignificant prick is just what a patient will feel as a needle is inserted into the skin.  The acupuncturist based on his/her training and knowledge and of the patient’s manifested symptoms will know the exact acupuncture points for needle insertion for a specific type of ailment or pain.  Usually, acupuncture is used for treatment of pain, tension or stress.  Because of its versatility and potency, it is now also used in the treatment of headaches, behavioral and chemical addictions, obesity, infertility, nausea, stroke and asthma.  Plus, the World Health Organization has included acupuncture as a wonderful treatment for side effects caused by radiation and chemotherapy.

Another feather in acupuncture’s feathery cap is the recognition by the National Institutes for Health of acupuncture as a beneficial therapy for treating postoperative pain and nausea.  What’s more, the number of insurance companies giving coverage to acupuncture is growing quickly.

It is highly recommended that one check with the Department of Health in one’s state regarding the acupuncturist one wants to consult with.  There are states that require acupuncturists to be licensed doctors and there are states that only require acupuncturists to be licensed and certified.