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Resolve Your Fibroids Problem with Acupuncture

February 18, 2015   

Myomas, fibromyomas or leiomyomas, better known as uterine fibroids are generally non-cancerous (benign) tumors located in the uterus. They usually arise during the childbearing years of a woman and typically affect women in their 30’s and 40’s. Some of these fibroids develop between the uterine muscles and some can grow below the myometrium (the smooth muscle lining of the uterus). Usually, one cell begins to reproduce continually eventually turning into one big abnormal mass. Uterine fibroids feel and look rubbery, firm and pale. The tumors or growths may grow in clusters or as a single node and may vary in size.

In the United States, up to a quarter to half of the women develops uterine fibroids; these fibroids are the most common causes of tumors based on information gathered by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Around 70% of women will be diagnosed with a uterine fibroid at least once in their lifetime.

Uterine fibroids do not usually exhibit any symptoms but if they occur, the symptoms may include urinary incontinence, severe menstruation, pelvic pain, and spotting between periods. Lower back pain and pain during sexual intercourse can also occur. Uterine fibroid sufferers can encounter infertility, miscarriage or complications during pregnancy. Sometimes, they may experience severe pain emanating from a decaying fibroid leaking from a nearby tissue. It’s rare for fibroids to turn cancerous although it can still happen.

Imaging tests and pelvic examinations are some of the more common diagnostic tests for uterine fibroids. Western medicine is still not sure what exactly causes this disease but some experts believe that it may be genetically inherited due to a hormonal imbalance. Research has indicated that women who have given birth to at least one child are less likely to have this problem; young black women and overweight, on the other hand, are high risk groups for developing fibroids.

It seems there is an association between women with fibroids and gastrointestinal health. Uterine fibroid sufferers need to avoid or at least limit their intake of trans-fats, sugar, alcohol, dairy, meat and caffeine. There may also be a connection between fibroid development and the lack of vitamin D.

It is common for doctors to only address fibroids when it starts to cause miscarriage, pain or bleeding. If a woman desires to get pregnancy and wants to have her fibroids removed, there are some treatments she can avail of to rid herself of this disease. She may have her fibroids shrunk which can be achieved by hormone therapy, exercising or diet modification. One other is UFE or uterine fibroid embolization, which is an invasive therapy. She may also consider surgery, specifically a hysterectomy. There are around 300,000 women who undergo hysterectomy each year due to their fibroids.

Fibroids Acupuncture Treatment

The Journal Alternative Therapies published a study done in 2002 showing acupuncture’s capacity to decrease fibroid symptoms and growth. Acupuncture is an ancient healing method originating in China that uses fine filiform needles inserted into certain parts of the body to alleviate pain. It can be used t o treat back and menstrual pain associated with uterine fibroids. Of course, before getting acupuncture treatment in New York, you need to consult with your doctor first.

Vital Gate Acupuncture
107 W 82nd St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-4244

Preparing for Surgery with the Help of Acupuncture

February 18, 2015   

You may want to consider acupuncture if you are about to undergo major surgery. Acupuncture is a very helpful way to prepare yourself before surgery as well as to help you recover quicker after the surgery. A lot of major surgeries do entail intensive and long rehabilitation and they can be very debilitating as well. With acupuncture, you may be able to significantly reduce the time required to completely recover post-surgery and help you get back all healthy and fully functioning once more.

Pre-Surgery Acupuncture

Why would a person need to receive acupuncture just before undergoing a surgical procedure? Well, a lot of acupuncturists and other practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine in Vancouver would tell you that acupuncture can greatly improve a person’s immune system when certain acupuncture points and energy pathways in the body are stimulated. This stimulation helps boost your immune function prior to surgery quickening your healing process and lessening your recovery time.

In addition to that, acupuncture can likewise aid in reducing your tension and stress that you may feel as the time of your surgery approaches thus preparing you for the operation not only physically but emotionally as well.

Post Surgery Acupuncture

After surgery, acupuncture can make patients recover faster than those who have not availed of the treatment. The duration of recovery after a major operation can be several weeks to two months faster, based on the type of operation a patient has undergone and the time of recovery involved.

Of course, there may be certain factors that can affect how fast a patient can recover after a major operation and a large number of rehabilitation procedures need to be considered as well. These procedures may include physical therapy and other rehabilitative treatments that aid in the fast and painless recovery of the patient.

Even a day after the surgery, acupuncture treatments can already be done on the patient. Licensed and experienced acupuncturists ordinarily will needle distal acupuncture points to boost blood flow to areas that have been operated on and/or have been bandaged. Also, acupuncture can be used to relieve the swelling and remove the pain. And, as mentioned a while ago, acupuncture either for pre-surgery or post –surgery purposes can provide a patient with a strong immune system in order to accelerate the healing process. Acupuncture works best when it is combined with physical therapy that also helps boost blood circulation.

As with all treatments though, one should consult with his/her doctor first before actually getting acupuncture therapy before and after surgery.

1245 West Broadway #302
Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7, Canada
(604) 733-2632

If You find Topical Drugs Ineffective, Try Acupuncture

February 15, 2015   

Most of us know that acupuncture is very effective in treating a wide range of conditions, however, can it work on skin problems such as allergies, psoriasis and acne, to mention just a few? If you want to know the answer to this question, then continue reading this article.

One of the most common skin conditions in the world is acne. This is a disorder that’s something most teenagers are afraid of getting. And since teenagers are often very careful of how they look, acne can have an undesirable effect on their social lives. This skin problem can have a severe effect on the sufferer’s self-esteem. Teenagers are not the only one though who are more likely to suffer from acne, babies and adults can develop acne as well. Even pregnant women can be affected by this condition.

If the use of topical creams and ointments does not work for you, then you might want to consider acupuncture as a way to resolve your acne symptoms. The good news is that acupuncture does work as attested by so many former acne patients who have been cured of their acne using acupuncture. However, it might take a number of treatment sessions before you may notice any substantial improvements using this treatment.

Besides acupuncture, one other way to help you get rid of your acne the natural way is to change your diet. A diet that includes nuts, raw vegetables and fresh fruits can help make your skin healthy and strong. You need to stay away from all processed foods, meats and dairy products.

Allergic reactions can also be treated with acupuncture

There may be few studies done about the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of psoriasis. If you are serious about getting acupuncture treatment for the resolution of your skin problem, you first need to consult with a licensed acupuncturist to see if it’s the best approach to treating your problem.

Acupuncture Health Center
1303 Astor St #101
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 715-1824

I Have Lost 16 Kilos After 20 Sessions of Acupuncture Treatment

February 15, 2015   

When one thinks about China, one thinks about Chinese food, Kung Fu, Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Medical studies done by medical researchers in China have shown that a combination of body acupuncture and auricular (ear) acupuncture can lead to the safe symptomatic resolution of obesity without any incidence of side effects such as physical decline, diarrhea, and anorexia.

With acupuncture, the body’s intake of fat is inhibited, the person is likely to eat less and absorb more nutrients, and have a suppressed appetite. Acupuncture also balances endocrine function and helps the gastrointestinal function more efficiently helping regulate diet, which can help lessen the body’s storage and intake. This therapy can also help facilitate fat breakdown and mobilization, increase energy consumption and improve energy metabolism, all resulting in loss of weight,

By stimulating the important meridians, acupuncture helps fortify kidney and spleen function. It also helps clear the meridians of any blockages helping the body get rid of other factors that cause the person to gain unneeded weight.

Does acupuncture weight loss really work?

My experience with acupuncture is a very positive one. I had to undergo 20 sessions of acupuncture and the result of these treatment was a 16kg loss in my weight. I used to weigh 80kg, now I weigh 64kg. This is not my ideal weight but so far this is the easiest way to lose weight I have ever experienced. In that month for losing weight, other fellow acupuncture patients I have met who are also into acupuncture to lose weight are unanimous in saying that acupuncture works. The results are much more impressive than most weight programs. It may help you lose weight; the best way to know this is to try it out.

Kine Fischler is a licensed acupuncture physician and the clinical director of Willow Tree Wellness Clinic in Portland, OR.

What One Can Expect from Cupping Therapy

February 2, 2015   

One of the most effective modalities of traditional Chinese medicine is cupping therapy. This ancient Oriental technique has been practiced in China and various countries of East Asia for thousands of years to help improve the health of the body and address a number of conditions. Cupping is often used by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners to treat blood and energy (Qi) stagnation caused by several factors including various illnesses and physical injury. It also is used to address gastrointestinal conditions, resolve depression, relieve lower back pain, heal arthritic pain, treat respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma, wash away toxins from the body and remove heat.

Cupping is a procedure that is designed to relieve muscle spasms in the deepest tissues in the body and remove toxins from the body. Our body cells need oxygen to live. As they take in oxygen, they take out out carbon dioxide from the body at the same time. When blood and energy circulation stagnate due to a blockage in one of their pathways, the cells will be unable to remove carbon dioxide in the body. These result in toxin or acid build up and the cell dies. When there is blockage in one or more energy pathways, pain usually is felt in the area where the blockage is located. When the dead cells and/or toxins remain in the joints or muscles, it causes the rest of the toxins and dead cells to accumulate in the body resulting in further pain and blockage. The body may not have the adequate means to get rid of these waste materials, and so it needs a little help from detoxifying techniques such as cupping. Cupping helps suck or vacuum out the blockages in the middle and deepest layers of muscle tissues forcing the toxins out to the surface of the skin. Once on the surface, the practitioner can easily cleanse out the toxins. This ancient procedure eliminates toxins from the blood vessels, as well. A typical cupping procedure takes about 10 minutes. Not only are the toxins removed but the body is resupplied with clean, new and fresh blood and the energy level of the body is boosted, as well.

The results often are impressive after a cupping procedure. It can lead to positive changes in a short period of time as it is powerful enough to cleanse the deepest layers of the body. Cupping can have a profound effect on the intensity and speed of long-term healing for many health problems.

Dr. Vickery is a licensed acupuncturist in Tarzana, CA., and the founder and clinical director of Vickery Health and Wellness.