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All these things can cause stress: driving in the city, the economy, US foreign policy, job-layoffs, divorce, public speaking, and being chased by a hungry lion, among many others. When you are under severe stress, you can’t sleep or eat, your palm sweats, and your heart races. All in all, these are experiences one would rather avoid. However, our response to stress is our body’s normal response to help preserve our lives and was developed over time by our ancient descendants to boost our chances of survival.
These days, there is a very low probability that we will be devoured by a predator. However, the stress most of us now have to cope are due to the consequences of modern day living. Most of us suffer from severe and long term stress. But should stress be really avoided? How much stress is too much? Is stress really a bad thing?
Our Response to Acute Stress
No one should fear stress. Our response to it is only natural as it helps us cope with change. If we are faced with a threat or a challenge, our body sets off a number of chemical reactions causing in us a “flight-or-flight” response. This reaction is triggered by our autonomic nervous system. The “flight-or-flight” response is meant to be a limited response involving the adrenal glands, pituitary gland, and the hypothalamus. These three belong to a group known as the HPA-axis. It is responsible for the excess secretion of two hormones: cortisol (glucocorticoids) and adrenaline (epinephrine).
Cortisol gives us extra energy by helping increase the amount of sugar (glucose) in our bloodstream. The muscles and the brain use glucose as their main source of energy. Cortisol triggers a breakdown of fat and muscle instead of acquiring this sugar from carbohydrates. This hormone redirects temporarily certain processes and immune cells from the blood and into surface tissue to help a person prepare for an impending threat or attack. This type of bodily response leads to a lowering of inflammation and immune functions in the joints and blood.
When adrenaline enters ours bloodstream, the following physiological reactions occur:
– Heart is increased
– We become less sensitive to pain
– Blood flow is boosted to our musculoskeletal system
– Blood flow to our digestive system and skin is reduced
– Clarity of thinking and alertness is heightened
– Breathing volume is increased
– Our pupils dilate
Like cortisol, adrenaline is meant to increase our chance of survival during an immediate threat.
When the threat goes away, our bodies normally go back to their “untensed” state. The levels of cortisol and adrenaline decrease and revert back to normal levels. Hyper-alertness dissipates allowing us to easily sleep, our inflammation and immune response go back to normal, we can feel hunger once more, and our blood pressure deflates.
With modern day living, most of us, sadly, have lifestyles and jobs that everyday expose us to severe levels of stress. And because, we are unwilling or unable to change these situations, our body has to cope with the stress every day. How can we cope with daily or chronic stress? Humans were not designed to cope with prolonged high amounts of stress. We can suffer from serious and various health problems when we’re plagued with unrelenting and high levels of stress.
The following can arise from prolonged release of adrenaline:
– High blood pressure
– Heart palpitations
– Excess perspiration resulting in neuro-endocrine disorders and dehydration
– Digestive problems
These health risks, though, usually aren’t long-term since adrenaline rapidly breaks down after about four minutes.
It is the prolonged release of excessive amounts of cortisol from one suffering from chronic stress that one should worry about. Increased amounts of cortisol leads to health consequences such as these:
– Negative effect on the digestive function
– Vasodilation is prevented
– Inflammation is inhibited
– Bone and cartilage formation is suppressed
High levels of cortisol in the body is associated with an increased likelihood of miscarriage, secondary infections due to a compromised immune system, hippocampus damage (this part of the brain controls short-term memory), weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease.
Over time, our bodies can reach a point where their supply of stress hormones is exhausted or they can become insensitive to these elevated levels. Their response to stress, by this time, is now entirely confused and unregulated. Some researchers believe that this condition is a major contributor to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome and other modern auto-immune diseases.
A lot of people are unable to cope with stress that some of them have resorted to drugs, both the prescription and the recreational kinds, as well as anti-anxiety medication medications and antidepressants. Of course, these are dangerous drugs that cost high and have nasty side-effects prompting many to look for safe solutions elsewhere.
If you are one of those who are seeking an effective and safer way to resolve your stress problem, good news, there is indeed a better alternative to drugs.
In lowering the effects of stress, there are several inexpensive and safe ways to achieve this. The simplest ones are through exercise and diet. Exercise is a very effective way to help lower both blood sugar and cortisol levels. Listening to music, yoga, interacting with your pet, or meditation can all help lower stress. Regulating your intake of sugar and other simple carbohydrates, consuming more vegetables and fruits, eating several small meals rather than two or three big meals, avoiding or limiting your intake of alcohol and caffeine can all help lower your high blood sugar levels which is the main consequence of high cortisol levels.
When simple solutions are not enough, however, acupuncture can be an incredibly powerful tool to regulate the stress response.
Traditional Chinese Medicine for Anxiety and Stress
In Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM, for short, there exists a strong relationship between the internal organs and the emotions. Worry, anger, joy, fear and other emotions all each have an association with certain organs in the body. Bitterness, resentment, irritation, or anger for example, can cause issues in the liver. While this emotion-organ relationship may seem bizarre to some, TCM practitioners have always known that physical health is very much connected to emotional health.
Acute stress, according to TCM, is seen as fear and as such directly impacts the kidneys. One should be aware that directly on top of the kidneys the adrenal glands are located. Fear, according to TCM, leads to symptoms such as dry mouth, insomnia, and palpitations. If you remember, these are also the symptoms resulting in the release of excessive amounts of adrenaline in the blood.
In TCM, the secretion of excess cortisol and chronic stress is linked with both pensiveness and worry. This would likewise include too much nostalgic thoughts, obsession, brooding, and over-thinking. Practitioners see these emotions as affecting directly the spleen and possibly the heart and lungs, as well causing symptoms such as weight gain, possible heart palpitations, poor appetite, and fatigue.
Besides these main symptoms, sufferers may also be unable to sleep, have panic attacks, or feel burned out or stressed.
For the Relief of Stress, Acupuncture Treatment Is One Of The Best
Most acupuncturists tell their new patients they can never remove stress entirely out of their lives. However, they can modify the way their bodies respond to it. Simply put, these practitioners work on convincing the patient that their life stressors aren’t really the threat they deem it to be. They need to convince the body to stop its worrying and be happy instead.
For the reduction of stress, acupuncture is one of the most ideal treatments you can turn to. During a treatment, most patients will fall asleep on the table and come out of the clinic feeling profoundly relaxed and utterly relieved. How is acupuncture able to do this? This treatment has been well documented to activate the release of hormones that are responsible for the relief of pain. These hormones are known as endorphins and help lower high levels of cortisol associated with stress. Acupuncturists believe that these endorphins alter the autonomic nervous system that lessens the release of cortisol hormone in chronic stress. The higher levels of mood modifying neuropeptides including dopamine, serotonin, and melatonin increase a person’s overall well-being. From the viewpoint of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture can accomplish two things: treat the underlying affected organ system(s) and calm the mind. This leads to a couple of things: an increase in the patient’s resilience to future episodes and an immediate feeling of calm and/or relaxation.
Studies interestingly demonstrate that acupuncture is able to elevate the levels of cortisol as well. How can it do two opposite things? Recent studies indicate that the outcome largely depends on the underlying condition of the patient and what acupuncture points are used during treatment. All in all, it seems that acupuncture produces a “self-regulatory” effect that can increase the levels of nor-epinephrine and cortisol during times of exhaustion and reduce excess cortisol levels during moments of high stress.
Emotional Disorders and Acupuncture
In this article, we have seen in Traditional Chinese Medicine that there exists a link between emotional and physical health. This implies that acupuncture can be a very effective treatment for more serious emotional problems such as addiction, panic disorders, anxiety, and depression and not simply a means to alleviate stress. A lot of these conditions are the result of imbalances of serotonin, melatonin, dopamine, and other neurotransmitters. Emotions and neuropeptides have an interrelationship that is quite complex. For example, excessive amounts of dopamine can cause psychosis while a lack of dopamine can lead to Parkinson’s disease. No positive change will occur by simply modifying these amounts to “normal” levels. Western conventional medicine has only a basic knowledge of these processes. This is why a large list of side-effects is carried by selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other current drugs for the treatment of depression. The Harvard Mental Health Letter in its 2005 issue listed SSRI side-effects that may occur from its use: clotting problems, excessive hemorrhage, low sex drive, digestive problems, joint pain, rashes, insomnia, and a higher risk of suicidal behavior among teens.
Acupuncture has a “regulatory” effect on these substances as demonstrated with its effect on cortisol. This is shown in the successful use of the treatment for both psychosis and Parkinson’s disease. The treatment regulates the levels of dopamine in the blood.
Acupuncture’s real beauty in treating a lot of mental disorders is its normalizing effect. It is devoid of the toxic side-effects and the risks commonly associated Western conventional medications since the aim of the treatment anyway is to restore balance in the body.
The link between these neurotransmitters and acupuncture is an efficient way to understand how acupuncture works. Nevertheless, no one should fall into the assumption that the success of acupuncture is only because of this reason. Internally, vital energy known as chi or qi is circulating throughout the body, according to TCM. Acupuncturists use filamentous acupuncture needles to normalize this circulation and help the body heal itself. We do understand the effect qi has on our health even if we don’t necessarily have to quantify or see it. Because of this, we are able to correct its flow or manipulate it in a desired manner to maximize the health of our patients.
If You Want A Powerful Weapon to Overcome Stress, Then You Need To Try Acupuncture
These are very interesting times we are living in. Our government has managed to destroy our economy leaving tens of millions of Americans unemployed and it is waging wars on peaceful countries left and right for the sake of one insignificant and belligerent entity in the Mideast. We hope to get our jobs back and send our troops back home where they can be used for constructive purposes instead of killing innocent brown-skinned people. We struggle with so many potential health risks related with chronic stress. To survive, we need to be proactive in finding ways to rise above the chaos. We can begin this process with acupuncture as it’s a great way to do so.
Gigi Terinoni is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in Louisville, CO. She is also a certified massage therapist, yoga instructor and the founder of Dova Center for Health and Healing.
Being unable to control your feet or arms because of pain in the extremities is difficult to imagine but for those suffering from neuropathy, this inability is an experience they have to deal with on a daily basis. Thanks to the advances in medical treatments, we fortunately, have a way to manage this condition.
Hardly anyone could have ever imagined that there is a more superior but very ancient treatment to neuropathy than the best ointments and drugs that are available today. This ancient therapy is known as acupuncture
A disease in which the nerves are damaged, neuropathy causes distortions in the nerve signals which result in numbness, tingling, or pain in the extremities or the entire body. When numbness and pain is at an advanced stage, disruption of motor skills or loss of balance can occur. The first effected parts of the body are the feet; the legs come next although in some instances it can begin with the hands and then the arms.
Acupuncture is used to improve mood, relax muscles, and relieve pain it is a multi-millennial therapy that involves the insertion of hair thin needles into specific points in the body known as acupuncture points or acupoints, for short. A lot of acupoints lie just above the meridians, these are channels in which energy or qi flows. The meridians are associated with various organs in the body which both possess physical and energetic qualities. If qi is stagnant or of its levels are in excess or deficient, they result in illness. Acupuncture fixes the qi imbalance in the body which leads to the healing of the illness. After the needles have been inserted, they are left in the body for around 20 to 45 minutes. During those times, the acupuncturist may adjust qi flow by manipulating the needles in certain ways.
Acupuncture is applied to both the back and front of the body when used to treat neuropathy. The needles are inserted in the legs, arms and other parts of the body when the patient is lying face up. Needles are inserted in the lumbar area where the spinal nerves go out the spinal column when the patient is face down. The treatment can immediately produce effects such as a quick amelioration of the pain. With more sessions however, the results can produce more benefits that are long lasting, and sometimes even permanent.
In the treatment of conditions such as neuropathy, the acupuncturist needs to take into account several various factors such as the patient’s age, overall health, the magnitude of the disease, and even his (the acupuncturist) skill in order to properly diagnose and treat the condition. Make sure you’re well informed, prepared, and have chosen the right practitioner in Portland you If want to try acupuncture treatment for neuropathy.
Throughout time, the Eastern medicine healing tradition known as acupuncture has been determined to be a very good way of treating a vast number of health problems and surprisingly, it is also used to help speed up labor in women. How is that possible?
To a lot of mothers, going into labor can be an undesirable and difficult experience. Anyone who has ever experienced being in labor can only relate how painful it is and there are no words to describe the excruciating pain pregnant women have to endure prior to giving birth.
Being in labor is such a terrible agony and worse, it may last for hours or even days. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to expedite labor. If you are one of these who fear going through the stage of labor of pregnancy, acupuncture can help you go through it quickly and without pain.
How Is Acupuncture Done?
Acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. It revolves around a belief that the body consists of channels or meridians which serve as the vessels in which life energy called chi or qi flows throughout the body. Diseases begin to develop when these meridians are blocked.
More and more pregnant women through the years have gotten to know acupuncture’s power in helping them get through labor and delivery simply and successfully. A growing number of physicians are now recommending acupuncture before delivery since this Oriental art of treatment does not have negative side effects. It was found in one study that acupuncture can help turn a breech fetus shortly before delivery.
Acupuncture, from the viewpoint of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), has the power to provide physical and emotional support to women when they are in labor. It does not have any side effects to mother and baby compared to Western pharmaceutical medications.
These days, several women have relied on drugs that induce labor when delivering a baby. Pitocin, which is an induction medication, has side effects that can be very dangerous to both the mother and the baby. Some of the side effects can be serious and can include postpartum hemorrhage, cardiac arrhythmia, anaphylactic reaction, fatal afibrinogenemia, premature ventricular contractions, and pelvic hematoma.
Acupuncture Treatment for Labor – Its Benefits
Acupuncture assists in accelerating the process of labor. It can also limit the possibility of C-section surgery and reduces complications. With acupuncture, you don’t need the use of oxytocin that can help speed up labor. The treatment also lessens the need for painkillers before giving birth.
For pregnancy that has reached beyond 40 weeks, acupuncture can also play a vital role in inducing labor and in strengthening and increasing the frequency of contraction. In truth, the treatment aids in labor induction within 48 hours in women who were deemed by their doctors to be overdue. It also can be helpful for issues related to labor and giving birth like anxiety, fatigue, fear, and the management of pain.
Acupuncture’s effects may not be that immediate in spite of its effectiveness in inducing labor. A lot of hospitals often encourage the patient to get in and out of labor the natural way. But since hospital stays can cost a lot, it is practical to get well faster to bring your expenses to a minimum. To help you get well quickly, it is recommended that you start getting acupuncture treatments prior to the arrival of your due date. Qualified acupuncturists are able to give you complete information on how long you ought to wait before your labor begins.
Acupuncture Points That Can Help Bring About Labor
Pain associated with labor usually comes when the cervix is starting to stretch. Acupuncture during the start of labor will increase the amounts of endorphin that assists the mother to cope with the labor related pain.
Helping influence the muscles of the uterus that can aid in strengthening contraction is the stimulation of acupoints known as the “Forbidden Points.” These points are called forbidden points since they should not be activated in any other times except during pregnancy.
Some acupoints on the ear can also be stimulated and can be a good way to increase uterine contractions and reduce pain. Stimulating the ear acupoints can also help provide adequate amounts of energy that, in turn, can help prevent prolonged labor besides its ability to relieve pain.
A lot of acupoints for labor reside in the ears. When you stimulate the ear acupuncture points with mild electrical pulses, acupuncture can help accelerate contractions particularly when labor has started to slow down. The stimulation of acupuncture points can also provide a relaxing sensation besides its ability to provide relief of pain.
Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983
In the United States about 18.5 million to 37 million women of childbearing age suffer from a condition known as polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, for short. In some cases, girls around the age of 11 can also develop this condition.
Doctors diagnose PCOS in about 75% of women who have menstruation issues as a result of late puberty. Variations of PCOS signs include heavy menstrual bleeding accompanied by unbearable pain, absence of menstruation, and scanty or irregular menses. Occasionally, the condition can develop later in late in a time when a woman of childbearing age ceases taking contraceptive pills and begins to experience no cycles at all or very long cycles, and has difficulty conceiving.
PCOS is a condition that can be complex. It causes problems with the menstrual cycle of a woman (affecting its intensity and duration), in her appearance (baldness, weight gain, acne, hair growth on the cheeks and chin), her hormone levels, and her ability to have children.
PCOS sufferers usually possess ovaries that are riddled with small cysts, usually more than half a centimeter in size.
Each woman may have different symptoms of PCOS; some may have more symptoms than others. These symptoms may include:
– Physical changes (usually developing at a later stage but not all the time): thinning hair, dandruff, acne, difficulty in losing weight even when doing physical exercises, weight gain around the waist, more hair growth on the toes, thumbs, back, stomach, chest, or face
– Stabbing pain, heaviness, distention in the pelvic region
– Bleeding in the middle of a cycle, pain during ovulation, painful menses
– Multiple ovarian cysts that can be detected by ultrasound.
– Absent or irregular menses
– Depression, anxiety, Infertility due to lack of ovulation
– Heavy menstrual bleeding more so for late periods
What Causes PCOS?
No one knows what exactly causes PCOS although scientists suspect that genetics and certain other factors may contribute to its development. Hormonal imbalance is a big underlying problem. PCOS sufferers have ovaries that produce more than enough amounts of androgens. During ovulation a huge amount of these hormones can impact the production and release of eggs. Scientists also suspect that insulin can be a factor for PCOS. Insulin is responsible for the transformation of foods such as starches and sugar into energy for the body to store or use.
A physician diagnoses PCOS after an intensive examination of the patient’s medical history, a pelvic examination and physical examination. An ultrasound of the thickness of the patient’s endometrial lining as well as her pelvic region and blood tests are done to determine her hormonal levels. The cysts in the ovaries are differentiated from functional cysts, which require no treatment as they tend to resolve on their own.
PCOS sufferers don’t have enough hormones needed to make the eggs mature fully. Ovulation does not occur even if the follicles mature and build up fluid. This causes the follicles to remain as cysts. Hormone is not produced because ovulation does not occur and if a woman has no progesterone, she will have no menses, or at the most, may have an irregular menstrual cycle.
Western Modes of Treatment for PCOS
1. Fertility drugs – (Gonadotropins injections, seophene, clomid, clomifene). They are taken by women who want to get pregnant. Infertility among PCOS sufferers stems from a lack of ovulation.
2. Medications for diabetes – although it isn’t approved for this purpose, a type 2 diabetes drug called Glucophage (metformin) has found to be effective in treating some of the symptoms of PCOS.
3. Birth control pills – these are sometimes used by women who aren’t interested in getting pregnant. Birth control pills cannot treat PCOS, they just mask the symptoms.
PCOS Treatment with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)
For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has been studying polycystic ovaries. TCM theory believes that the Liver, Kidney, and Spleen are the organs involved with PCOS along with a pattern of disharmony in the Ren and Chong meridians.
Chinese medicine considers PCOS as consisting of different patterns with complex combinations. The cysts in the ovaries are identified and treated as damp phlegm accumulating in the uterus, which swells the ovaries. Blood stagnation usually accompanies the damp phlegm pattern and is the cause of thick scanty dark blood and stabbing painful menstruation.
Hormonal deficiency manifesting as kidney deficiency is the underlying cause of the disease. Digestive problems manifesting as spleen qi deficiency is the result of dampness accumulation. Stagnation of liver qi also occurs and is almost always aggravated by long term frustration or stress.
Chinese medicine uses acupuncture and herbs to boost the chances of conception, better the quality of the ovum, promote ovulation, eliminate the cysts, enhance digestion, and normalize the menstrual cycle to bring about complete recovery from PCOS.
Differentiating Patterns and Treatment
1. Blood Stasis and Liver Qi Stagnation– Liver qi stagnation can be caused by long term anxiety, depression or stress. Over time, these factors can disrupt blood and qi circulation which causes blood to flow in the liver and in the chong and ren meridians that pass through and link with the uterus. Cold invasion can also be a common cause of blood stagnation in the uterus. Cold makes the blood vessels contract which makes blood flow slowly throughout the body. The meridian of the liver starts at the big toe and goes up the leg, and then circles around the genitals. The body can easily be infiltrated by Cold through the feet and via the liver meridians entering the uterus. For this reason, TCM practitioners advice that during menses when their uterus is especially vulnerable and open, women should not swim. They also should keep their lower back, stomach, legs, and feet warm. Heat can develop from chronic stagnation of liver qi resulting in severe symptoms of PMS: irregular periods, distended stomach or breast, headaches, irritability, restlessness, heat sensations and clotty menses (this happens when heat has been transformed into blood stasis).
Treatment: herbs that improve blood and qi circulation in the uterus are used. They help remove heat, soothe emotions, relieve distention and pain, and eliminate clotting.
Herbal Remedies – Dan shi hsiao yao san or chai hu zhu gan san properly modified can be used along with Ge hsia shu yu tang, and additional herbs, if blood stasis is especially severe.
A blood stasis and liver qi stagnation pattern can manifest in a reddish tongue that has more reddish sides and an oftentimes wiry pulse (that may feel like a wire striking the finger). There are times where the tongue develops some purplish spots on the sides. This indicates blood stasis.
2. Damp and Phlegm Accumulation and Deficiency of Kidney Yang and Spleen Qi – This pattern causes sufferers to have scanty bleeding that may alternate with excessive bleeding periods that may come with stringy watery blood, mucus or tissue or unusually long menstrual cycles (35 days or more between periods that arise just four or five times a year). Sometimes sufferers may have no menses at all, and if ever, may be due to fertility treatments instead. They get tired easily, are averse to cold weather, feel bloated, and are likely to easily gain weight. They may have an after meal craving for carbs and sweets even though their appetite is not particularly strong. They may suffer from other symptoms such as chronic vaginal discharge and/or chronic yeast infections. There is an enlargement or swelling of their tongue that may be enveloped with a white thick coat along with teeth marks on the sides.
Despite cold winters, young people in the United States eat a lot of ice cream that are high in fat and high in sugar as well as, cream cheese milk shakes and various dairy products that can negatively affect their young digestive system. These products have toxins that accumulate in the stomach which transform into damp phlegm that can obstruct the circulation of qi and blood in the stomach. This is one cause of belly fat.
Treatment is aimed at clearing phlegm (removing the cysts), eliminating dampness, and boosting the strength of the digestive system with herbal remedies such as Cang shu, fu ling, du shong, tu hsi si, and cinnamon (gui shi), among others.
Cang shu and fu ling aid the digestive system by promoting urination and removing excess dampness. Du shong and tu hsi si tonify the kidneys. Cinnamon or gui shi excels in warming the uterus and invigorating the circulation of blood in the uterus. This is especially helpful for women with severe painful menses that are alleviated with the use of hot pads or hot compresses. In a lot of instances, we can include hse lan and lu lu tong herbs Lu that can help improve qi and blood flow to the stomach. Lu lu Tong is known to help dissolve phlegm and unblock obstructed tubes.
Possible yin and blood deficiency, blood stasis (with cold and heat symptoms), liver qi stagnation, deficiency of spleen qi, kidney yang deficiency and phlegm, can all combine as symptoms.
PCOS acupuncture therapies are usually administered once each week, sometimes more, particularly when pain is felt before mid-cycle or menstruation. Acupuncture is almost always combined with Chinese herbal medicine. The length of the treatment is based on the Chinese medicine diagnosis, the severity of the symptoms, and the length of the condition. The practitioner usually recommends a minimum of three months of continuous treatment.
Modifications in Lifestyle
• If you begin to experience menstrual pain or delayed periods, you need to rectify this as early as possible by having yourself examined by a doctor or gynecologist in order to prevent the development of PCOS. You need to record day one of your menstrual cycle including the color, amount, and quality of the menses, and its duration.
• Avoid refined carbohydrates and refined sugar including low-fiber foods, starchy foods, most breakfast cereals, rice cakes, white rice, pasta, and white bread.
• Stay away from fruit juice, soda, sweeteners, and any drinks that tend to elevate your blood sugar level, as type 2 diabetes is associated with PCOS.
• Avoid beverages and foods such as milkshakes, ice creams, cheese, and other dairy products as well as cold environments. If you are menstruating during a cold day, apply a hot compress or a hot water bottle on your stomach. If you are in menses, do not swim.
• Avoid strong emotions. Relax more so during menstruation.
• Exercise should be lessened during your period. Young women need to do regular moderate exercises under the sun.
A licensed TCM practitioner, preferably a licensed acupuncturist or herbalist can make a proper evaluation and diagnosing of your condition and properly address your symptoms and its underlying cause. More often than not, young women are not aware of their menstrual cycle and so they need to start keeping tabs of it.
Being a chronic type of disease, Crohn’s disease cannot be cured ad instead can only be relieved. Unfortunately, even with the latest medical technologies, there is still no promising and effective treatment let alone cure for Crohn’s. A Crohn’s disease patient can manifest diverse symptoms to indicate its presence in the body.
This condition displays symptoms that disrupt the personal life, quality of life, and work of the patient. It can lead to arthritis cause pains at large joints, lesions in the eyes, thrush in the mouth, and biological disturbance in the liver.
Drugs designed to treat Crohn’s disease symptoms can end up causing side effects and additional problems in the body. A number of therapies have been invented that should help heal the condition although as of now, there is no full-fledge treatment to cure it.
One of the best alternative types of treatments that have been known to work for Crohn’s disease is acupuncture. But although this treatment can heal Crohn’s it cannot cure it fully. Acupuncture originated from China which has quite a number of ancient therapies that can be used to cure or treat illnesses such as Crohn’s disease.
Acupuncture is a treatment that stimulates the energy channels and the nervous system of the body. It is a treatment that involves the painless use of needles injected into specific areas of the body known as acupoints to activate brain cells. The needles are used to stimulate the brain into producing and releasing enkephalins and endorphins which are the body’s own pain killers that help strengthen the immune system of the body. Acupuncture also helps the person to relax and calm his/her mind and nervous system. Acupuncture is viewed by many as the best treatment for psycho-physiological health issues.
One of the most attractive benefits of acupuncture is that it does not have any side effects. One of the drawbacks of the treatment however is that there have been just a few clinical studies done to prove acupuncture’s ability to treat Crohn’s disease.
Acupuncture treatment for Crohn’s in Maitland is generally focused on improving central nervous system processing, gastrointestinal motor, or gastrointestinal sensory of the patient. Although, the performance and efficiency of these treatments differ on the diversity of symptoms, it is extremely hard to assess the outcomes of these treatments on the basis of short- term experiments. So, people are inclined to use other ways for curing Crohn’s disease due to the limited options these therapies provide.
In the United States, acupuncture is becoming a very popular treatment for digestive issues such as bowel infections and certain gastrointestinal disorders. Oftentimes, acupuncture treatment for Crohn’s is combined with Western medications or Chinese herbal medicine to produce long lasting results.
Many people develop wrong preconceived notions about acupuncture due to the wrong beliefs about how the treatment works. Acupuncture treatment may seem a mystery to a lot of those doubtful of the treatment’s legitimacy as a bone fide healing practice. This article will discuss three mistaken notions about this very ancient Chinese treatment.
Acupuncture does not require the use of medications
There are actually many instances in which medicines are used in an acupuncture treatment. These medicines though are purely herbal and used to help control and balance qi flow in your body. Herbal medicine usage supports acupuncture’s stand on non-invasive healing. These drugs may help you gain better outcomes in your acupuncture treatment sessions.
No connection exists between the physical and the emotions
Emotion is separated from the physical ills of the body in Western medical practice. In Chinese medicine, acupuncturists consider the several external factors that can influence the circulation of qi. This theory has no comparison in Western medicine which makes the way Chinese medicine treats diseases totally different from that of Western medicine. Acupuncturists can identify various factors that disrupt qi flow in the body including the patient’s emotions lifestyle and the needles used for treatment.
Needles are the most important tools in acupuncture treatment
The needles used in acupuncture treatment are seen by most people to be the most important aspect of acupuncture. This viewpoint is untrue. Acupuncture treatment takes into consideration a lot of factors with the needles as just one aspect of the treatment. Factors such as the meridians, acupoints and the flow of qi are just as important as the needles used for treatment. Several factors perform important functions in the healing process of the treatment.
This information can hopefully give you a better understanding of how acupuncture works. If someone you know has questions regarding acupuncture, you could utilize the information to answer whatever questions they have about the treatment.
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