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The sadhus and gurus in the ancient times have found that the way we breathe can either treat or cause many conditions in our body. Breath is the body’s way of allowing air to enter into our body. This air goes into each and every cell and tissue of our body and so our health gets affected by the quality of air we breathe. If the air quality is excellent, we will not need any kind of treatment or medication, but we are living in a polluted environment, thanks to the “advancement of technology” and so, we are beset by several forms of respiratory disorders and the number of allergic and asthmatic patients is growing day by day.
There are treatments for these disorders but the conventional ones often involve the use of heavy medication. On the other hand, there are modalities which do not entail the use of drugs and are much safer to use. One of the most popular forms of these safe therapies is acupuncture. This unique form of healing is a very old process that has been practiced in China. Practitioners of acupuncture believe that there exists inside the body an energy that constantly circulates throughout the body. This energy travels along channels known as meridians. The body has a number of meridians inside it and each of them is connected to a specific body organ.
Acupuncturists think that any respiratory condition is due to the disruptions in the meridians. In order to resolve these disruptions, acupuncture is used. Acupuncture is a process that utilizes hair-thin needles that need to be inserted at points in the body known as acupuncture points. These acupuncture points lie in energy pathways called meridians. When the needles are inserted, the meridians are stimulated to release neurotransmitters that help the body heal itself. Depending on the condition of the patient, the needles are left inserted at a certain amount of time in the body. During this period, you may experience a little numbness in the limbs although it is often transitory. After a while the patient starts to feel relaxed and comfortable as the effects of the treatment kick in. The needles also help the tight muscles to relax enabling blood flow to the target area to increase.
Treating respiratory conditions with acupuncture is a proven therapy and it not only addresses the symptoms of the condition but also the underlying causes of the problem as well. It is usually much better than conventional medicine as it does not have any side effects at all. Respiratory conditions that can be resolved with acupuncture include:
Bronchitis – This condition comes about due to lung tissue injury. Despite the fact that acupuncture is unable to repair the tissues, it allows the free flow of air in the injured tissues to keep them healthy. Depending on the seriousness of your bronchitis, acupuncture may require more than one session of treatment.
Pulmonary disease – Acupuncture treats this condition by improving the vitality of the body, boosting circulation into the affected areas and balancing the respiratory system. The body’s immune system is strengthened in order to repulse any infection.
Asthma – Asthma is usually a symptom of an allergic reaction. These can be reaction to an odor, dust, pollens, etc. In treating asthma, acupuncture lessens allergic reactions, balances the parasympathetic/sympathetic nervous system, releases neurotransmitters and stimulates gland secretion in order to restore the normal function of the respiratory system. It also lowers the severity and frequency of asthmatic attacks.
Acupuncture also works for shortness of breath, cough, emphysema, the common cold, and sinusitis.
If you are intending to get acupuncture treatment, you need to look for a licensed and experienced acupuncturist in order to prevent any accidents or injuries. There are instances where an inexperienced or unqualified acupuncturist can insert needles into wrong acupuncture points that may injure a patient. A patient can also get infected with an unsterilized and infected needle or a needle is placed incorrectly that it can puncture a body organ. So if you have an acupuncturist in mind, make sure about his work experience and credentials. Your health is precious and you want to make sure it is in the hands of someone who really knows what he/she is doing.
Nelya de Brun, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33463
Treating depression with acupuncture seems to be an unlikely proposition but the fact is, acupuncture, for many depressed people, has been the most effective and powerful treatment that allows them to escape depression and lead happy, fulfilling lives. Numerous studies have been done to verify the claims of many who have been cured of their depression using acupuncture. It seems to be a potent natural treatment protocol for depression and anxiety.
Acupuncture, What Is it Anyway?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing method or fitness program that utilizes reed-thin non-hollow sterilized needles into certain points in the body known as acupuncture points wherein certain nerves underneath the skin are stimulated initiating a chemical reaction in the body that treats pain and promotes well-being..
The usability and efficacy of acupuncture is being scientifically studied by modern medicine and there has been significant proof of the treatment’s potency in treating muscular pains in the back and neck areas of the body as well as headache and nausea related to anxiety and depression.
Physiological Effects of Acupuncture with Regards to Anxiety And Depression
A lot of researchers are now beginning to believe that depression is more a physiological condition than it is psychological. This disease is caused when the body is deficient in certain vitamins, nutrients and biochemicals to keep it healthy and in balance.
Depressed people have reported to get well quickly when these inadequacies have been met and because of this, researchers are now creating ways to help maintain the normal levels of vitamins, nutrients and biochemcals in the body. When these physiological needs have been met, many depressed people get well dramatically. For these reasons, researchers are now finding ways on how to retain these vitamins, nutrients and biochemicals longer and how to stop the biochemicals from prematurely breaking down.
These researchers have discovered that acupuncture can actually help do all this. This treatment stimulates nerve endings to transmit bioelectrical impulses to the important organs and help sustain the levels of vitamins, nutrients and biochemicals in the body. Acupuncture also causes the release of beneficial chemicals that help keep the body in balance.
A depressed individual receiving regular acupuncture therapy may not even require sedatives or other drugs to resolve their symptoms. If you are depressed, you may only need to consult with a licensed acupuncturist and realize the joy of life and peace you may have not felt for quite a while.
Results from Health Institutions
The NIH or National Institutes of Health have stated that acupuncture is a valid form of treatment highly recommended for anxiety and depression. It is ideally used in conjunction with conventional medicine for a number of conditions. More research is recommended to further appraise its clinical value.
There have been other noteworthy studies done on the medical and clinical use of acupuncture especially towards depression. One study revealed that when drug therapy or even psychotherapy didn’t work, when acupuncture was added into the treatment program, the patient responded more favorably to the treatment plan.
In order for acupuncture to be truly potent, it should be done regularly and needs to be targeted and focused. One other study dealing with depression and acupuncture conducted by the University of Arizona involved 38 subjects with mild to moderate depression. They were all given acupuncture treatment twice a week for a full month (30 days). During the succeeding months they were still given acupuncture but with lesser frequency each month. At the end of the study, greater than 50% of the subjects stated that they now only experience 50% of the symptoms; some have completely resolution of their symptoms.
An acupuncture treatment, that is focused on important acupuncture points can help decrease anxiety, induce relaxation and accelerate the treatment process of the patient. If the acupuncture treatment does not target the important acupoints, the treatment might take long although it can help treat other conditions.
Lifestyle And Diet Change
Oftentimes acupuncture treatment is more effective when it is combined with dietary and lifestyle changes. When truly applied to traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture in the strictest sense of the word, incorporates dietary and lifestyle aspects that helps make the outcome of the therapy long-lasting and even permanent.
Already a household term in the United States, acupuncture became even more popular during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing when it was given to the officials and athletes in the Olympic Village. Even when it is being used as a primary mode of treatment by about 33% of the people on the planet and has been practiced for thousands of years, Chinese medicine and acupuncture are relatively new to the Western world where it is mostly used for rehabilitation and the control of pain. Acupuncture is a very helpful tool in aiding an athlete to support the body during training, to help him/her overcome injuries quickly and to enable the athlete to maximize his performance during actual competitions.
A lot of individuals are now turning to acupuncture to address chronic pain, but its capacity to resolve acute trauma is a game changer for an athlete during competition as it can mean being able to participate in the game or sit on the bench with a disabling injury. And instead of being given a shot or taking medications to relieve the pain, acupuncture can provide you with natural, safe and effective pain relief. It stimulates the body to release the body’s own natural painkillers known as endorphins that expedites recovery time boosting the immune system and removing inflammation. The outcomes of acupuncture to ligament and tendon sprains, which are common to athletes in almost all forms of sport, have been very good. One should always take into account that pain is the body’s way of telling us that a problem exists in our body; taking medications only mask the pain and may even worsen the condition; they may even result in permanent damage, on occasions.
One very important part of competition training is recovering from an injury and it is the duty of an athlete to know when it’s time to rest and compete. In the regard we can see how valuable acupuncture can be to an athlete since it can give him/her the best quality of sleep. More often than not, in sports, a good night’s sleep is needed to repair or rebuild the tissues of the muscles and to reenergize your body. Acupuncture can be a way for an athlete to better prepare himself/herself for competition. Regular treatments can make the athlete train much better as acupuncture can boost his/her storage of liver glycogen and build muscle.
Entering competition in completely healthy, injury-free body is crucial to an athlete’s ability to compete maximally. Utilizing acupuncture during training in order to treat sprains, strains, pain and aches can mean the difference between winning and losing. Let’s not forget the emotional and mental aspects of competition that can impact their outcomes of a sporting event. Beyond the severely exhausting physical challenges that competition entails, confidence and inner strength is also essential for an athlete to prevail. Again, acupuncture has the answer to this important aspect of sporting competition since it has the capacity to remove or reduce anxiety and stress, which can help the athlete stay focused and banish psychological barriers, which may hinder him/her from winning.
Acupuncture definitely can help the athlete in so many ways. It can help heal the body more quickly and help him/her prevent injuries. These can result in his/her performing at peak levels. Regardless of what kind of athlete you are, whether you’re an Olympian or not, acupuncture is a very effective, natural and safe way to help you overcome health problems and attain your goals.
Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.
In Australia, scientists at the University of Adelaide performed studies about the use of gentle electrical pulses to help stimulate the P6 (pericardium 6) and the Neiguan acupuoints that are both connected to the upper gastrointestinal disorder known as acid reflux. The result of the stimulation of these points showed the lessening of the relaxations of the LES or lower esophageal sphincter. More often than not, the syndrome of acid reflux is caused by the relaxation of the LES. The stimulation of the acupoints greatly decreased transient lower esophageal sphincter relaxations (TLESRs) from about 6 per hour to 2 ½ per hour. This lowering of the TLESRs was seen as being substantially higher compared to that of the placebo group, the group in which members were given a fake electrical stimulation on the hip.
Similar to acupuncture but without the use of needles, acupressure is a component of traditional Chinese medicine that uses the hand to apply pressure on acupoints that are traditionally treated with acupuncture needles. Another and more recent type of acupuncture, electrical acupoint stimulation, uses mild pulses of electricity to boost stimulation to the targeted acupoints. By the use of manual pressure to the acupoints, certain organ systems of the body can effectively treat acid reflux and other conditions using the negative aspect of qi (life energy) known as yin. In this process, qi and yin are brought into balance thus enabling the body to self-heal.
The stimulation of the acupoint from the aforementioned study was an updated version of the age-old Chinese technique of acupuncture but instead of using needles, electrodes were used to dispatch mild electrical currents into pre determined acupoints on the skin. Based on the theory of traditional Chinese medicine, these acupoints are directly linked to the internal channels that transmit energy (qi) all over the body. When these energy channels are stimulated, the result is a restoration of normal qi flow in the body.
Using your fingers, you can also apply pressure to the P6 point. One can usually locate an acupoint in between and beside ligaments, tendons and bones. Acupoints cannot be found along arteries, blood vessels or bones but are often found in the depressions between or beside them. Applying pressure on the P6 point has been used by adherents and practitioners for ages to treat conditions such as postsurgical nausea, morning sickness, sea sickness, motion sickness, nausea and vomiting. Acupressure, of course, can also be used to treat acid reflux, migraines, chest pain, epilepsy, fever and insomnia. A very helpful acupressure-type of instrument known as “sea bands” or acupressure wrist bands can be used to treat the aforementioned conditions. The acupressure wrist band has a small button made of plastic which when pressed puts pressure to the P6. This type of instrument is known to be very effective in relieving acid reflux.
DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
The internet has its good and bad side when it comes to influencing the consciousness of modern society. A couple of positive things it has produced: it has made people aware of the harmful effects of pharmaceutical products; another thing is that it showed us that there are other alternative and natural forms of treatment that are oftentimes even more effective as conventional medicine but very safe to use. When talking about back pain, a lot of individuals are already utilizing therapeutic massages and organic liniments to resolve it.
One other potent alternative treatment for back pain that has been steadily growing in popularity is acupuncture. You may be able to appreciate this millennia-old treatment even more when you get to know more about it.
As mentioned, acupuncture is a millennia-old treatment, 4,000 years old, to be exact. It originated in China and is now being practiced by tens of thousands of practitioners all around the world. In the United States, this modality has legions of adherents because of its extreme effectiveness in treating conditions such as the ubiquitous back pain.
Acupuncturists perform acupuncture by inserting needles in strategic and specific points in the body called acupoints. This generates a therapeutic response that enables the body to self-heal. Back pain is treated this way. Ultra fine needles are inserted into predetermined points in the back to restore the smooth flow of blood and energy in the back resulting in the lessening or removal of the pain.
Unfortunately, some people tend to dislike needles especially when they’re used to puncture the skin. Those scared of needles but still want the benefits of acupuncture go out to try sham acupuncture. This procedure uses toothpicks instead of needles on acupoints.
While no available study exists to prove that needle acupuncture is more effective than sham acupuncture, when it comes to back pain treatment, we can safely say that acupuncture in general, can generate results that vary from person to person. It may work for some individuals but may not be effective at all for others.
It is important to only consult with a licensed acupuncturist in order to avoid accidents and infections.