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Why Massage Therapy Can Be an Important Way to Maintain Your Health

February 18, 2016   

In the modern hustle and bustle of American urban life, a huge number of individuals are searching for quick fixes and wonder drugs to help them overcome a lot of health problems. But, as we have come to experience over and aver again, taking shortcuts often lead to nowhere. While the demand for massage has been growing steadily throughout the years all over the United States, New York City has become a hot bed of activity. This city attracts millions of tourists every year with landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building. Tourists often go for a round of massage to pamper themselves on vacation. But massage therapy has very significant benefits to health which makes it more important than just a way to relax.

For those who have made New York City their home, they know how crazy life can be here. Whether you’re shopping at Macy’s or taking the subway train to any of the city boroughs to buy some groceries, people seem to be always in a rush. The stress and heat of our many congested streets can leave anyone exhausted, anxious, and with frayed nerves. Here at Living Well Spa of Saratoga Springs, we offer massage therapy to help you get your life back into balance and prepare yourself for the everyday challenges of urban life.

Massage therapy as most everyone know, can ameliorate body pain and loosen tight muscles, but its benefits extend much farther than that. This type of bodywork is one of the best ways of removing anxiety and stress in your mind and body, which affects your health in a huge way. Lowering the effects of withdrawal and depression, encouraging tissue regeneration, strengthening the immune system, and enhancing range of motion are some of this therapy’s other valuable benefits. Massage therapy has certain special techniques and modalities that can be useful for seniors suffering from arthritis and even for pregnant women.

We at Living Well Spa of Saratoga Springs have determined, from our own experience, that a number of important points should be considered to help with various types of ailments. Old people especially those with arthritis, can find temporal alleviation by icing the sore areas and then getting massage. Our massage therapy services will leave our clients pain-free for several days to a week after being given massage. A lot of our clients are in a state of constant pain, therefore the massage services we offer that help them get rid of their pain is incredibly invaluable to them.

For individuals with the flu or common cold, massage can be an effective healer for them. The moment when a person has just passed the apex of his/her sickness is the best time for him/her to get a massage. The massage helps stimulate the flow of blood and the lymph system. To know how beneficial massage therapy can be, a one hour massage equates to a whole day (24 hours) of normal flow of lymph fluid throughout the body.

People with high blood pressure (hypertension) can also find massage therapy helpful. It’s a wonderful way to relax the body, which in turn can lower blood pressure and calm the mind. Blood pressure can dramatically rise due to anxiety and stress. Massage is one of the best ways to alleviate tension making one feel soothed and relaxed.

These days, a lot of Americans need to work two, three, or even four jobs just to get by. Some have jobs that entail remaining in one position for a long time or in constant holding patterns which negatively affects the muscles. Most of these hard working people suffer from extreme stress which manifest in tight muscles in the shoulders and neck. Furthermore, this tension can lead to knots and trigger points that can result in severe headaches and migraines. Though most of them don’t have the time, they really need to give time to massage treatment which can prove to be the most important way to preserve their emotional and physical health.

Over the years, we have gotten to know and understand the importance and benefits of massage therapy. This treatment still causes surprises as we get to know more and more about it through endless scientific studies and anecdotal evidences.

Eastern Healing Solutions, LLC
10875 Grandview St #2200
Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 549-4322

Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs and a Proper Diet can Help Resolve Anemia

February 18, 2016   

The body tissues of a person suffering from anemia are deprived of oxygen resulting in a decrease of the number of red blood cells circulating in the body. The blood condition known as anemia has actually more than 40 different types. They usually come with symptoms of loss of memory, depression, confusion, slick tongue, balance of movement problems creases on the palms (strong signs of anemia), pale eyelids linings, nail beds, or gums (strong signs of anemia), bluish lips, yellowish or pasty skin, dizziness or faintness (severe anemia), shortness of breath, tiredness, weakness, burning tongue, (vitamin B12 anemia), an overall feeling of malaise, fatigue, weakness, and tingling in the extremities (pernicious anemia). Less common symptoms may include irregular heartbeat, poor concentration, weak appetite, insomnia, and headache. Too much iron supplement can cause symptoms like seizures, lethargy, jaundice, fever, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in Miami use Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture to treat anemia or deficient blood. For fatigue, a general tonic of Asian ginseng is used. The blood tonic known as dang gui has been used for thousands of years often along with astralagus and Chinese foxglove root.


A 1990 Chinese study observed the use of a Chinese medicine principle known as bu-shen-yi in the treatment of anemia. The study had 60 volunteers all suffering from orthostatic dysregulation. The patients were randomly divided into a control group (treated with vitamins B1 and B6 and oryzanol) and a treatment group (given Chinese herbal formulas under the principle of bu-shen yi-qi). Herbs used had high amounts of trace elements, especially in zinc and iron (boosts red blood cell action). A month after, outcomes revealed that members of the control group and 16 members of the treatment group exhibited significant improvement. Seventy-one percent of the total group (43 of the volunteers) also clinically manifested mild anemia. Blood tests before and after treatment for hyperchromia, hemoglobin, and red blood cells in 20 volunteers of the treatment group showed significant improvement while 17 members of the control group remained unchanged.

A Chinese study (1992) experimented on the use of a tonic decoction of shi-quan-da-bu-tang (SQT). The study concluded that SQT relieves anemia by strengthening and tonifying vital energy (Qi).

A 1993 Chinese study about an herbal mixture of rehmannia and astralagus (known as Man-Shen Ling) proved that it was effective in treating anemia whilst showing no negative impact on gastrointestinal, heart, kidney, or liver functions.

Another Chinese study done in 1995 showed Vitamin C and Chinese herbal’s effectiveness in treating 43 children suffering from condition known as aplastic anemia who were subjected to fetal blood transfusion therapy. The results showed that only 46% of the members of the group given only blood transfusion treatment improved compared to the 88.9% improvement of chronic aplastic anemia in the group administered with blood transfusion and Chinese medicinal herbs.

Supplements and Foods

Parsley and other foods rich in iron and vitamin C like red meat, poultry, liver, almonds, dried fruits, blackstrap molasses, dried beans, tomatoes, and broccoli are great for increasing iron in the body..

Foods to be avoided when you have anemia include tea, particularly black tea containing tannin, cola, and coffee as they all impair the absorption of iron. In lieu of this, one can drink citrus juices and other foods and drinks high in vitamin C. You need to avoid the long term use of alcoholic beverages as they adversely impact the body’s ability to absorb folic acid.

Red blood cell production can be improved by consuming foods minimally cooked or even raw, to preserve their acid and folic content: eggs, liver, pumpkin, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, milk, and dark green vegetables. Mackerel and salmon are high in vitamin B12, and lentils, beans, and black-eyed peas provide folate. Most vegetarians are deficient in vitamin B12 since this vitamin is only found in fermented foods (such as tempsch, tofun and miso), eggs, dairy products, and animal products. Vitamin and iron supplements con oversupply the body with iron that can prove harmful.

Studies Reveal PTSD Symptoms Can Be Alleviated By Acupuncture

February 18, 2016   

PTSD or post-traumatic stress disorder can lead to substantial impairment in a person. It can affect anyone and is a long-term and serious psychological response to a harrowing event. PTSD may develop after the person has been exposed to a major traumatic event (such as military combat, violent personal assault, or a serious accident).

People react to extremely distressful situations in different ways. These events may cause physical manifestations such as lethargy, tiredness, or illness or show up as symptoms such as irregular sleep patterns, lank hair, dull skin, or tight sore muscles. Withdrawal, jealousy, paranoia, confusion, frustration, anger, mood swings, or depression can be generated by severe mental stress. PTSD has telltale signs that include forgetfulness of the event that triggered the condition, incapacity to experience feelings, concentration difficulties, irritability, and insomnia, hyper-arousal, nightmares or flashbacks when asleep, and vivid memories of the traumatic event.

Approximately as early as a month after the traumatic event, symptoms can arise although in about 15% of people with PTSD, symptoms manifest months or even years after the event. More or less, though the symptoms commonly appear after or before 6 months after the event. The good news is that about 65% of adult PTSD resolves by itself several months after the event. In the other 35%, symptoms can last much longer and are rather quite severe.

Relaxation and cognitive behavioral therapies and medications such as anti-anxiety meds are the common Western conventional treatments for PTSD.

Acupuncture Treatment for PTSD

Preliminary clinical studies have shown acupuncture to be a promising treatment for PTSD-related chronic anxiety. Four RCTs (randomized clinical trials) reviewed suggested that acupuncture was equal, if not superior to Western treatments, or when combined to conventional therapies boosted the effects of the treatment. Three of the four studies (all done in China) used a combination of paroxetine and electro-acupuncture to help improve the PTSD score of the subjects who where all earthquake survivors. The results showed that both paroxetine and electro-acupuncture vastly improved PTSD scores, but that electro-acupuncture showed a much greater improvement than paroxetine. The studies also revealed that the benefits of electro-acupuncture lingered for at least a few months more after the study concluded.

Another review analyzed a study that observed the psychological impact of acupoint stimulation for the treatment of PTSD and other emotional conditions. The study revealed the maladaptive fear responses to traumatic memories were significantly reduced by tapping on selected acupoints.

These studies provide evidence showing acupuncture to be a promising alternative form of treatment for PTSD. And because acupuncture tends to have very few and minor side effects not to mention produces superior outcomes compared to other interventions, it should be considered as one viable therapeutic option alongside existing therapies.

All in all, acupuncture is known to stimulate the release of neurochemical messenger molecules and activate the nervous system which leads to emotional and physical well-being and homeostatic balance.

Studies reveal that acupuncture has certain benefits that help quell anxiety disorders and the symptoms of stress and anxiety. It does this by:

-Reducing the levels of inflammatory cytokines related to stress reactions
-Stimulating endogenous opioid production affecting the autonomic nervous system: Acupuncture helps relax the body by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system that opposes the sympathetic nervous system which is activated by stress.
-Elevating feel-good hormone and neurotransmitter levels such as ACTH, neuropeptide Y, GABA, dopamine, noradrenaline, and serotonin which helps neutralize stress, anxiety, depression, and other negative states.
-Acting on parts of the brain that are known to lessen sensitivity to stress and anxiety.

Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center
6840 Dykes Road
Pembroke Pines, FL 33331
Phone: (954) 880-0090

Resolving Back Pain Conditions with Acupuncture

February 4, 2016   

In the United States, a growing number of people are turning to acupuncture to help get rid of their back pain. No matter the cause or type of back pain you suffer from, it always results in a poor quality of life that is often permanent. Acupuncture helps you treat or even cure back pain in a safe and effective way to help you enjoy life once more. Most acupuncturists have had experience treating back pain and so it is safe to say that several types of back pain are issues that can be treated by acupuncture. However, there are certain types of back pain such as those related to a structural issue in the body that are beyond the acupuncturist’s ability to treat.

The first step in treating back pain using acupuncture treatment is for the sufferer to do a little research about the type of pain he/she is suffering from and how acupuncture can help in treating his/her condition. When the sufferer goes for acupuncture treatment, he/she will first need to answer the questions of the practitioner. These will be questions pertaining to his/her medical history and the type of pain experienced. The acupuncturist may ask if the patient’s pain is constant, achy, sharp or dull. Achy or dull pain is often constant while sharp pain is usually felt when the patient moves in a certain way.

The acupuncturist may also need to know how long the patient has been suffering from the pain. The longer the patient has suffered the pain, the longer type of treatment is required.

The acupuncturist needs to also know exactly where on the part of the back the patient feels the pain. Humans have a lower, middle and upper back. Hip and sciatic pain often is felt on the lower back. Strictly speaking, the pain generated by these two conditions is felt on the gluteal muscle and the sides. The pain can radiate down to the gluteals and affect just one side. Other types of back pain may travel up or down or remain in one location. There are back sufferers with roaming pain that shifts around their back.

The acupuncturist may also ask the patient if he/she has any bodily injury that can be the source of the pain. The pain or discomfort can still be felt from an injury that occurred decades ago and it may likely worsen as the person gets older. You may need to keep a journal or diary of health records so that you can tell the acupuncturist the dates in which you’ve been hurt. If, for example, you’ve been involved in an auto accident your muscles and other soft tissue may have been injured. This injury may not manifest immediately but several years later resulting in back pain and stiffness and muscle spasms years or even decades after. Rough sports and physical activities can bump the body causing injury. If the injury is not treated when it first occurs, it may lead to further problems down the road.

If you go for acupuncture treatment immediately after an injury, even if you don’t feel hurt, it can help prevent chronic muscle pain later on enabling you to enjoy sports and physical activities for the rest of your life. Acupuncture can used as a preventive treatment especially if the injury can mean a life of pleasurable physical activities or being physically incapacitated for a long time.

Back pain acupuncture treatment is extremely effective. Most people report feeling much better. They are able to move better after just a single treatment. Still, multiple sessions are required for optimal results more so if the pain has been with the patient for a long, long time. In some cases, a complete resolution of the back pain results after just a few treatments.

Back pain acupuncture treatment can last permanently or for many years even after the original complaint or issue occurred.

Highpoint Healing and Wellness, Inc.
3500 N. State Road 7 #405
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319
(954) 390-0411

You can Benefit from Acupuncture Treatment If You Have Sleep Apnea

February 4, 2016   

One of the alarming health conditions anyone can suffer from is sleep apnea, especially if it’s your sleeping partner who is affected. Sleep apnea is characterized by periods of sleep (sometimes for several seconds), in which a person stops breathing. People with this condition are likely to snore loudly, causing irritation to both themselves and their partner. This condition can lead to sleep disturbances at night making the people affected feel irritable and tired during the day.

The root cause of sleep apnea has still not yet been determined by conventional Western medicine although Western physicians may scoff at the idea that the insertion of thin needles into certain parts of the body may actually treat the condition. In reality, acupuncture for the treatment of sleep apnea can actually help to alleviate the condition and a growing number of people are now seeking the help of acupuncturists in New York to enable them to sleep soundly and peacefully at night.

How Does Acupuncture Work in Treating Sleep Apnea?

When treating sleep apnea, the acupuncturist will need to know all the vital information about the patient’s lifestyle and medical history. The traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) way of treating sleep apnea is based on the belief that illnesses and diseases come about due to a blockage that arises in the circulation of life energy throughout the body. The information they gather from the patient will enable them to determine what acupoints need to be treated with needles.

Acupuncture for the treatment of sleep apnea is a perfect example of how well acupuncture can address a condition that often may be difficult for Western doctors to treat. TCM’s way of dealing with a condition is to target the root cause of the condition rather than on treating the symptoms alone.

Contrary to what others might believe acupuncture for the treatment of sleep apnea is actually an extremely soothing procedure to undergo. This treatment is so relaxing that several people actually book for daily appointment after work in order to come home all relaxed and stress free.

However, even if acupuncture can actually help sleep apnea sufferers get the results they have been looking for, it is important to remember that a doctor’s advice and conventional modes of treatment should always be sought. Some of the underlying reasons causing sleep apnea may be detected and resolved with Western medicine, and so the first thing to do for the treatment of this condition is to visit your doctor.

Regardless of whether the root cause of your sleep apnea is diagnosed or not, it still makes sense to avail yourself of acupuncture treatment to boost the flow energy in your body and to attain a relaxed state. This can help the person sleep better at night and arise the next day feeling fresh and energized.

You Can Rely on Acupuncture for the Treatment of Your Insomnia

February 4, 2016   

Treating insomnia with acupuncture surely makes a lot of sense if you are into natural modes of treatment that do not involve the use of any pharmaceutical medications. Occasionally, several practitioners also use herbal remedies along with acupuncture treatment.

Deriving its potency through filiform needles, acupuncture is not a painful type of treatment people scared of needles imagine it to be. The needle insertion might cause a tingling, discomforting, or numbing sensation but when the effect of the treatment kicks in, the patient usually dozes off the rest of the procedure due to the extreme relaxing effect that the treatment causes which is a very good thing for people who are uptight or suffering from severe stress.

One very important thing to understand if you are considering getting acupuncture treatment is your need to be treated by a qualified, experienced and accredited acupuncturist in order to avoid any accidents, injuries or infections that often happens under the hands of unqualified practitioners.

How Acupuncture for Insomnia Works in Vancouver

Insomnia treatment using acupuncture is a very old Chinese healing practice dating back as far as 4,000 years ago. The Chinese studied and worked with it to raise it into a highly complex and polished practice that it is today. Acupuncture is a part of an ancient medical codex known as traditional Chinese medicine or TCM. With modalities such as acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui Na, or Chinese massage, and food therapy, TCM is a mainstream form of treatment that hundreds of millions of people depend on to get well or maintain their health all over the world.

How acupuncture actually works is traditionally explained through the principle of vital energy or Qi or Chi which flows all over the body via a network of Qi channels known as meridians. When the circulation of Qi in the body is uninterrupted and constant, the person experiences good health; conversely, when Qi flow stagnates and is blocked pain and sickness occurs. Blocked Qi causes an imbalance causing symptoms. The type and location of the blockage determines the organs and organ systems that become affected.

One very good way to restore health and unblock the circulation of qi is through acupuncture. Acupuncture needles are inserted into the meridians where qi has been blocked or stagnated. The human body possesses around 2000 meridian points on the surface of the skin. For insomnia sufferers there may be dozens of meridian points that may be affected although this may depend on your body type, general health, and the kind of sleep problems you have.

Being a treatment that is specifically designed for a patient, acupuncture is a highly customized healing practice and so what the acupuncturist needs to do is to fully evaluate the patient. His symptoms also need to be taken into account. It is important for the practitioner to, for example, determine if the patient suffers from initial, terminal, or middle insomnia, and how he/she feels physically and mentally. The practitioner may also need to determine the lifestyle and diet of the patient as well as observe the patient’s tongue.

In the treatment of insomnia, the acupuncturist helps bring about a balancing effect in the patient’s body and mind. You don’t have to be thoroughly knowledgeable on how and why acupuncture works in order to derive its benefits. All you have to do is try it out and see if it really works for you.

The truth is, Western medicine’s understanding of acupuncture somewhat ignores the theory of the blockage and stagnation of Qi, and instead concentrates on the release of beneficial pain-blocking hormones such as endorphins and other hormones that calm the central nervous system. Regardless of the explanations that try to explain the workings of this very useful form of treatment, the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for insomnia is undeniable.

Experiencing Acupuncture Treatment for Insomnia

A profound sense of relaxation is often felt when the needles are inserted into the skin. This kind of experience is felt by patients regardless of the condition they are being treated for. As the needles go into the skin, the patient suddenly feels an overwhelming sense of calm that is seldom felt except in times of bliss and happiness.

There are occasions when the patient may experience a warmth radiating through parts of his/her body that previously felt painful or stiff.

These all prove that acupuncture indeed can affect the body and mind systems as well as prove its effectiveness towards the treatment of insomnia.

Is acupuncture for insomnia treatment right for you?

Acupuncture for insomnia is most effective when you are not suffering from severe sleep anxiety. This is because sleeplessness caused by high anxiety sometimes can be deeply ingrained in the brain that the only way to overcome it is through intense cognitive therapy.

The cycle of sleep anxiety is an endless loop that is self-perpetuating and usually gets more severe as various forms of treatment are tried out only to find out that they all won’t work for you. If you are faced with this kind of problem, the first step to treatment is to deal with this problem first. If you don’t, no other form of treatment will be able to resolve your insomnia; after you have learned to properly manage your thought process that’s the time to try out body-centered or holistic natural forms of therapy for your insomnia.

You can use acupuncture for almost all other forms of insomnia, especially if your sleep problem is due to certain circadian rhythm disturbances such as a jet lag.

Moreover, as an all-natural all body treatment, acupuncture is a perfect form of treatment for sleep problems caused by allergy or pain.

Feeling tired and wired are clear signs for trying out acupuncture for the treatment of insomnia. If your nervous system is overexcited, it is a big indication that your energy system is not balanced and this you will know when you have fast heart rate, when your thoughts and racing, and when you are fatigued. This kind of condition can be effectively addressed with acupuncture.

Searching for a Good Acupuncturist

Depending on the place where you live, looking for an experienced and well-trained acupuncturist can be a difficult task to do. One easy way to find one is through referrals from your doctor, neighbors, coworkers, relatives, and friends.

One can also ask referrals from holistic professionals such as a naturopathic doctor, chiropractor, or a massage therapist. Chances are high that they know a good acupuncturist for your insomnia.

If that’s not possible, you may get in touch with associations that acupuncturists belong to. You can go to the Acupuncture Today website and get a listing of the organizations by state.

Since had recently teamed up with the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine you can go the website to search for referrals.

Lastly, you may just respond to an ad and call the acupuncturist who placed an ad online or on a website. To make the most of your time, be sure to phone call more than one and prepare a list of questions so you may properly evaluate each of them through the phone. After you have found prospective practitioners, you can then do a web search to derive more information such as patient reviews, experience, and educational background and accreditations of those practitioners.

Sometimes the online reviews in favor of the acupuncturists may not all be that reliable, you can sift through the false information and be able to decide if the acupuncturist is a good practitioner or not.