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Stress and Modern Day Living

May 27, 2012   

Stress is a reality in every person’s life.  It is a way for the human being to adjust and be able to tolerate life, particularly life in these modern times.  Oftentimes stress can be overcome by rest and learning to adapt to a lifestyle.  When the person cannot seem to cope with the pressures of that lifestyle, that is when his stress becomes hard to control and becomes overwhelming that it greatly affects his physical and emotional health.

The mind of a person has specific mechanisms that help deal with stress.  Stress can manifest as a fight or flight reaction that helps a person secure his survival especially when he is confronted with a life threatening situation.  The sympathetic nervous system is the one that produces this response.  When this response happens physiological reactions happen which can include a faster heart beat, dilation of the pupils and the temporary suspension of the digestive function to give more energy to pump more blood to the limbs that in case if we chose to take the flight option, we do it in the fastest way possible.

This reaction is implanted into the nervous system but since modern stressful living is not about a flight or fight situation, this built in mechanism does not really work efficiently in our modern day lives.  Often the source of stress comes from the office environment manifested by hard to work with employers, unkind co-employee(s) and the nature of the job itself.

Sad to say, the person has to deal with this situation everyday and many years and this takes a great toll in human health.  The stress sustains the high blood pressure of the person and the immune system gets weakened.  As these goes on for an extended period, the results will be other health conditions such as depression, headaches and anxiety among others.

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which acupuncture Louisville is a part of, extreme emotions like depression and anxiety affect the normal flow of chi along the body.  Chi is the life energy that gives life to the body and makes the body grow and be healthy.  TCM believes that chi flows through the body via chi vessels called meridians which act like blood vessels of the circulatory system only they convey chi not blood throughout the body.  Extreme emotions, be they positive or negative, affect the flow of chi in the body.  Extreme negative emotions create blockage in the energy vessels which stagnate the flow of chi.  When chi stagnates in certain areas of the body, it produces pain, aches ailments and disease.  Stressed people often experience neck, shoulder and back pain.  Stress causes the stagnation of chi along the meridians in those areas which causes these aforementioned conditions.

 

Acupuncture Davis Therapy for Pain

May 21, 2012   

All people experience pain in one form or another at any point in their lives.  We can potentially experience pain at any part of our body, externally or internally.  It is the sensation of pain that patients commonly complain to their doctors about.  Western society’s answer to pain is analgesics such as mefenamic acid, paracetamol or ibuprofen and prescription pain killers including valium, morphine and others.  We all know that all these pain medications oftentimes cause serious side effects.

For practitioners of acupuncture Davis, pain, is the signal of chi stagnation or blockage in the meridians.  There are several networks of meridians in the body and certain levels of blockage or stagnation occur that also correspond to different degrees and types of pain.  Chi blockage at the dermatological level leads to bruising and scars and many kinds of dermatological conditions.  Chi blockage on the soft tissue level leads to aching and tense muscles while chi obstruction on the joints generates myalgia of the lower back, mylagia of the trapezius muscles or arthralgia among many others.  Chi blockage produces almost all types of pain which can include sciatica, stomach discomfort, cephalgia, chest pain, sore neuralgia and menstrual pain among just a few mentioned.  Oftentimes to complement acupuncture, Chinese medicinal herbs are included in the treatment to remove the imbalances faster and take away the chi blockages to again promote the healthy and normal flow of chi which lead to pain relief.  Acupuncture is the use of filiform needles inserted into sites in the body called acupuncture points.  These acupuncture points lay along energy vessels called meridians where chi flows and stimulates therapeutic effects that remove the energy blockages along the meridians.  Meridians that associate with specific major organs are not necessarily located along those organs and may be located somewhere else in the body.  So to treat a headache sometimes needles may be inserted on the hands or feet because meridian associated with the head are located there in those areas.

Unfortunately for Western medical science the meridians and chi are invisible concepts and cannot be studied or proven empirically.  What research often focus is the effects of acupuncture in the various systems in the body particularly, the endocrine and the central nervous system.  The researches have led to believe that acupuncture helps stimulate the production and release of endorphins, the boy’s own “feel good” chemicals or natural analgesic.  Other chemicals also stimulated y acupuncture are the adrenocorticotropic chemical as well as norepinephrine serotonin epinephrine and dopamine among others.  These studies also observed that acupuncture has the ability to block pain signals from being received by the brain.  These studies therefore, have shown that acupuncture is mainly responsible in relieving dysmenorrhea,  cephalgia, TMJ low back pain and many other kinds of body pain regardless where they are located.

Addressing Infertility with Acupuncture Miami

May 13, 2012   

Even before considering in vitro fertilization, fertility medications and other assisted reproductive technologies (ART), you should seriously consider acupuncture as a viable way to enhance your fertility.  Acupuncture Miami is not as popular as ARTs or fertility medications primarily because it has no corporate backing but it is beginning to gain popularity because of its sheer efficacy and potency in treating many kinds of fertility problems.

Acupuncture is considered an alternative type of medicine.  Unlike conventional medicine, acupuncture considers each patient as unique in itself and therefore treats patients in different ways according to each patient’s constitution.   For problems in conceiving, females (and males also) will suffer from different kinds of infertility.   Acupuncture treats each person according to the symptoms the person manifests and uses an individualized style to address the unique constitution and the infertility of the person.

Acupuncture is one of the most important components of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).  Its process involves the insertion of filiform needles into specific points on the body.  Fertility can be enhanced by restoring the stability in chi (vital force) via the removal of blockages along the twelve major meridians of the body.  Meridians are invisible energy vessels that act like blood vessels but instead convey chi throughout the body instead of blood.  The person experiences good health when all meridians convey ample amounts of chi through the organs.  When this supply gets deficient due to blockages in the meridians, illness such as infertility arises in the body.

It is not surprising that people with infertility are generally those with highly stressful jobs, coffee drinkers, alcohol drinkers and those with irregular diets.  These dietary factors have very low chi content in them and the stress from work can negatively affect the functions of the major organs in the body because stress often is responsible for the development of energy blockages in the meridians.  Some of these organs affected may not be related to the reproductive organs but the disharmony of the non-reproductive organs can also disrupt the normal function of the reproductive organs and that is why the non-reproductive organs’  disharmony can also lead to infertility. The best counter to the harmful effects of the poor diets and stressful lifestyle are Chinese herbs, healthy diet and acupuncture.

So many studies dealing with acupuncture on female fertility has been done and they have shown that acupuncture greatly improves blood circulation to the ovaries and uterus which greatly improves regular ovulation.  With regards to hormonal imbalances, acupuncture can be used to address fertility conditions such as amenorrhea, anovulation, increased levels of follicle stimulating hormone, luteal phase defect, polycystic ovarian syndrome and endometriosis.  For structural deficiencies leading to infertility such as blocked fallopian tubes, acupuncture may not be so effective in treating these types of conditions.

The Great Therapy of Acupuncture New York

May 6, 2012   

Acupuncture New York and moxibustion  are components of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that have been practiced for thousands of years in parts of Asia particularly in China.  They are now one of the more popular TCM treatments around the world.  Acupuncture is the practice of inserting sterile hair thin needles into certain areas of the body called acupuncture points or meridian points along the energy vessels in the body called meridians to remove blockages of energy and restore the normal flow of energy throughout the body.

The basic belief of acupuncture is that there exists energy in the body that gives the body life and makes it grow, reproduce and be healthy.  Any blockages to the energy flow can result in diseases, sickness and pain.   Acupuncture is needed to rectify these problems and allow energy to flow freely once more.

Acupuncture needles are hollow and really thin and when they are inserted into the skin, only a slight tingling sensation can be felt.  A typical session would last around 20 minutes to an hour.  During this time the limbs of the patient becomes heavy and an overwhelming sense of relaxation is felt which often causes the patient to fall asleep.  Many doctors are now also practicing acupuncturists.  They know what sites to insert the needles to treat a specific health problem.  Other acupuncture procedures also involve moxibustion, which is the burning of a mugwort herb on the skin or on the tip of an acupuncture needle to quicken the healing and make the treatment more potent.  Other acupuncture methods include electro acupuncture and cupping.

Since acupuncture has many health benefits so too is it very good in treating a great deal of conditions.  Acupuncture can be a means for preventing diseases and a way to maintain health.  Acupuncture is a proven treatment for many types of illnesses and many years and scores of research have proven its efficacy and validity.  Over the millennia, countless numbers of people have depended on this healing procedure and that is why it is as popular today as it was so many hundreds of years ago.

An acupuncturist should be extensively trained in the art of acupuncture and should acquire the skills and knowledge to help treat the medical conditions of his patient properly.   To be on the safe side and to avoid any problems or complications in acupuncture, it is essential to avail of the services of a qualified and experienced acupuncturist.  Nowadays since there are many who are poorly trained and unqualified who are posing as qualified acupuncturists.  It is important to research on the practitioner you are considering ascertaining if he has the proper credentials to practice acupuncture.

The World Health Organization has officially sanctioned Acupuncture as a valid means of treating a wide variety of conditions.