It is a fact that when compared to Western medicine, Chinese medicine and acupuncture can save you money. These alternative treatments are much less costly than conventional western medicine in a couple of ways. First, in terms of actual treatments costs, Western medicine is significantly less cheaper than Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Second, Chinese medicine and acupuncture are mainly preventative types of treatment which means it keeps you from falling into disease or illness which helps you avoid spending on treatment for health condition when it does occur.
Actually, numerous studies have already been done on how much money one can save by using acupuncture and not just on how well the treatment works in the resolution of a disease. One very good example of this was a study published in the 1992 edition of Acta Anethesiol Scand showing that because of acupuncture, seven out of 29 patients awaiting surgeries were able to avoid their date with surgery helping save $9000 for each patient.
The 1994 issue of Neurology published a study showing that when acupuncture was used on patients who suffered from stroke, it helped cut their hospital stay by almost 50% helping the patients save $26,000 each.
Another study showing how acupuncture can save people a ton of money was published in 1980 in the Journal Spine. In the study, 18 of the 29 people given acupuncture treatment in Boca Raton for low back pain were able to return to work compared to only four out of the 27 patients given conventional Western treatments. For the people returning to work, this meant less debt and for companies, this meant savings in terms of lesser medical insurance cost.
Also when you visit a medical doctor, you may need to spend as much as $265 for just one visit. This can go even higher (as high as $325) when you see a specialist. On the other hand, a visit to an acupuncturist would only cost an average of $65. This means that a visit to a specialist is five times more expensive than a visit to an acupuncturist.
As mentioned a while ago, acupuncture can help you save money more than Western medicine by helping prevent your body from falling ill. Acupuncture is a preventative type of treatment which is the opposite of Western medicine which is merely preoccupied in repairing things that are malfunctioning and broken. Western medicine pays very little attention to preventing disease and staying healthy. Pharmaceutical drugs are designed to be mere palliatives for symptoms and have become the primary means of treatment in Western medicine. Under the pretense of preventive medicine, your doctor will likely prescribe low doses of the same medications that he/she uses to address the condition when it is fully developed if he/she believes that you might develop hypertension or diabetes.
Preventative medicine is a very important aspect of healing to an acupuncturist. Disease prevention is actually the highest level of Chinese medicine. Before the imbalance gets too severe or too big, your acupuncturist will determine the reason why your body got out of balance in the first place, and then will strive to repair the problem as quick as possible. If the imbalance has been in the body for a long time or if it has gotten too big or severe, the result is illnesses and diseases. This restoration of balance and prevention is achieved through the use of exercise, diet changes, Chinese herbal medicine, and, of course, acupuncture. What’s so great about this approach is that food, exercise, herbs, and acupuncture are much, much less expensive than high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer treatments and has no side effects to boot!
The most important point is that Chinese medicine and acupuncture treatments are much cheaper than modern Western treatments. Also, you need not have to undergo medical treatments for health issues and you are able to stay healthy longer. And did I mention that acupuncture and Chinese medicine are virtually side-effect free?
Managing the confusing and complex array of symptoms of menopause can become easier with Chinese herbal medicine, a type of traditional Chinese medicine treatment that is based on the premise that everything moves or changes. The circulation of vital energy (Chi) animates and invigorates the organs and the rest of the body. This circulation depends on maintaining equilibrium between the complementary yet opposing forces of Yin and Yang. The development of disease may imply an imbalance between Yin and Yang and/or that the flow of Chi has been disrupted.
In traditional Chinese medicine, the human body has twelve main meridian channels that are responsible for the health of the body. Because it stores Jing (Kidney energy), the Kidney meridian–organ system is extremely important in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. The Jing is where Yin and Yang originate and they regulate the movement of Qi through all the other organ-meridian systems.
The importance of the Kidney organ-meridian system in women with menopause is due to its governance of the adrenal glands, ovaries, skeletal structure, brain, teeth, kidneys, inner ear, urethra, fluids, hormones, and other substances produced by the kidneys, adrenals and ovaries, as well as the physiological functions of growth fluid, reproduction, and balance during all ages.
Menopause – Its Signs and Symptoms
Menopause usually starts by the age of 45. This is the time when few primordial follicles stay in the ovaries to produce egg (mature ovum). As a result, there is not enough production of progesterone and estrogen to bring about a normal monthly cycle.
When menopause starts, the first sign may be a change in a previously regular menstrual cycle, either in a missed period duration or volume; onset of hot flushing, excessive perspiration and sweaty palms or clamminess; moods changes including depression and anxiety; the exacerbation or occurrence of pre-menstrual symptoms (headaches , breast pain, and fluid retention); changes in the skin (dryness and lessened elasticity particularly of the vagina resulting in dyspareunia or pain during intercourse); cramps and numbness especially at night; changes in body shape, loss of sexual desire, and joint pains.
Chinese Herbal Medicine for Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms
The focus of Traditional Chinese management of menopause is in balancing yin and yang and restoring Jing to regulate the functions of various tissues and organs that the Kidney organ-meridian system governs. According to Western medicine, this approach aims to
? Relieve mood swings, mild anxiety, insomnia, and irritability
? Treat profuse sweating and hot flushes and regulate hormonal function
? Resolve vaginal and skin dryness
? Boost genital sensitivity and sexual vitality
? Enhance bone integrity
The Chinese Herbs Used in Alleviating the Symptoms of Menopause
Kudzu (Pueraria lobata) – This herb is infused with isoflavonoids and phytoestrogens which have specific health benefits during menopause. In postmenopausal women, Kudzu prevents or slows down bone loss and relieves hot flushes. Its extract has estrogenic effects on vaginal tissue to address dyspareunia and vaginal dryness and to bring back vaginal membrane or epithelial integrity.
Anemarrhena asphodeloides – This herb contains steroidal saponins that improve hormone function. It can also be used as a tonic for the Kidney Yin that possesses nourishing (tonic), moistening (mucogenic), and cooling (refrigerant) qualities that can help reduce profuse sweating and hot flushes, lubricate vaginal dryness, and reinforce the adrenal glands to replace ovaries as the producer of hormones in the body after the cessation of menstruation.
Morinda officinalis and Epimedium sagittatum – They are used to tonify Kidney Yang. When used together, these two herbs reinforce Yang, provide warmth to the Kidney organ-meridian, and strengthen Yang. Both herbs have hormone regulating activity that assists in restoring sexual vitality, psychological motivation, and physical drive. Both Morinda officinalis and Epimedium sagittatum are urogenital tonics and aphrodisiacs that besides helping dispel sexual disinterest also resolve urinary incontinence and bladder weakness. Being an adaptogen, Morinda gives the body the ability to boost its resistance to stress. Epimedium is deemed biphasic which means that while it tonifies Kidney Yin, it also fortifies Yang preventing it from rising and causing flushing and heat in the upper body.
Angelica polymorpha – In Chinese medicine, this is a very popular herb, and is used for so many female health issues. Because it invigorates and nourishes Hsue (Chinese word for ‘blood’), angelica polymorpha is also considered a ‘female ginseng.’ It also harmonizes Chi which is helpful in the treatment of low vitality, fatigue, recuperation from childbirth, pelvic pain, and dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation). Studies have shown that Dong Quai is best used when combined with other herbs. It is an ideal remedy for people suffering from Yin deficiency, a condition that usually develops in menopause (frequency and intensity of hot flushes).
Dr. Nelya de Brun, AP, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33436
You heard the saying the “eyes speak a lot”. The eyes can completely reflect your thoughts and feelings. It can even give an indication of how healthy your body is. The eyes play such an important role in a person’s life as it is primarily the organ through which we see the universe. Therefore, it is necessary that we keep them healthy. The mouth, on the other hand, helps us communicate with people and is a very important part of our body as our eyes. Acupuncture in Boca Raton can be a very beneficial treatment for these body parts as it can keep our eyes, mouth, teeth, and gums healthy and functioning at their best. A lot of eye and mouth disorders can be addressed with this ancient Eastern healing remedy without the need for harmful medications. Acupuncture treatment works by stimulating the energy channels or meridians in the body with thin solid stainless steel sterilized to initiate the body’s healing processes.
Acupuncture treatment for the eyes involves needling specific acupuncture points around that area. When a needle is inserted into a point, it increases the flow of energy along the chi channels helping move more blood to the eyes. The carries all the hormones and vital nutrients to the eyes making them strong, health, and free of disease. The common acupuncture points used for the treatment of eye problems include the Urinary Bladder 1 (UB 1) located in the inner corner of eye, UB- 2, found at the depression of the eyebrow’s inner end as well as the points found at eyebrow’s midpoint, outside of the eyebrow and at the corners of the eyes.
These acupoints are quite useful in treating eye problems such as photophobia, facial paralysis, pain and swelling, excessive tearing, redness, sore eyes (conjunctivitis), blurred vision, night blindness, cataract, and others. Besides acupuncture, you can proactively take part in the care of your eyes in general. Some of the ways you can take care of your eyes include:
? Drinking eight glasses of water every day to keep your body hydrated.
? Blinking frequently while working on your computer or watching TV
? Quitting smoking
? Regular exercise
? Proper nutrition
The last includes daily intake of special nutrients in your diet such as essential minerals, omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoid compounds, bioflavonoid, and vitamins A, B, & E. These are all simple but worthwhile efforts can make your eyes healthy and clear and could make them speak a lot about you.
Our facial muscles are all connected to each other, and so if any disorder arises in one part of the face it affects the whole face as well. In the treatment of eye problems acupuncture points that are associated with the eyes can also be used for treating mouth disorders. This is also true with various ear and neck acupoints that are sometimes used to treat mouth problems. The mouth disorders that acupuncture can address are:
Gingivitis is a condition in which the gums in the mouth become inflamed resulting in acute pain, mouth odor, redness, and bleeding. This develops because of blood and nutrient deficiency in the gums and mouth. Acupuncture enhances blood flow to those regions helping to heal the symptoms and addressing the underlying cause of the symptoms.
Pharyngitis comes from the words “pharynx” which is the throat and “itis” which, in Latin means inflammation. Thus, pharyngitis simply means throat inflammation or simply, sore throat. Children are the most prone to this condition due to their still undeveloped immune system making them easily susceptible to infection. Acupuncture dispels the cough and converts phlegm to help clear the respiratory tract. It also helps prevents the recurrence of infection by strengthening the immune system.
Toothache can range from slight to mild pain to severe pain that can make it very difficult to chew, eat, laugh, and speak. Acupuncture treatment is usually performed near the problem area leading to the detoxification and enhanced energy and blood flow in the meridian of that area. This treatment is very good at removing pain.
Acupuncture treatment for problems in the eyes and mouth requires the skill of a licensed acupuncturist who specializes or has extensive experience in handling these types of disorders. So, be sure to choose an acupuncturist who is well versed with the required techniques and who will take into account all the necessary precautions that will lead to a safe and successful outcome.
From time to time, anyone may experience difficulties tuning and focusing out distractions but for adults and children with attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), this is a frustrating battle they have to deal with every day.
Behavioral therapy and drugs are the common Western conventional modes of treatment for ADHD symptoms. Now, these symptoms can likewise be eased through an alternative form of medicine with ancient roots.
The Mayo Clinic conducted a recent study showing that 7.5 percent of all school-age children in the United States manifest varying degrees of ADHD symptoms.
Some children struggle with hyperactivity, impulsivity, distractibility, or focus or a combination of them.
Allison Bower, licensed acupuncturist states “ADHD is looked at by Western conventional medicine as a dysfunction of the brain, specifically a dysfunction of brain chemistry.” “ADHD, in Eastern medicine is seen as a malfunctioning of certain organs that causes the dysfunction of the brain.”
Bower, who has been a practicing acupuncturist for over two decades, sees both adults and children with ADHD and according to her, acupuncture is a complimentary form of medicine for most of those people.
Acupuncture works well when integrated into other therapies, such as nutritional plans and behavioral therapy. According to Chinese medicine, which acupuncture is a part of, the energy of the body known as qi (pronounced chee) moves freely within the body when you are well. But, from to time, it can be weakened or blocked.
To restore the free flow of energy, filamentous needles are inserted into the skin at predetermined points in the body. Bower explains “If the qi or energy of the organs systems of the body can be balanced, then the brain chemistry can adjust”.
Besides helping calm the disruptive nature of ADHD, acupuncture can also offset or ameliorate the side effects of the drugs used to treat ADHD.
At age 11, Peter Henson was diagnosed with ADHD.
He admits “Social anxiety, impulsivity, and distractibility has always been an issue for him.” Those are quite common symptoms for children with ADHD.
Besides the symptoms of ADHD other issues ranging from facial tics, to depression or social anxiety can also occur. According to the Executive Director and Founder of the Attention Center, Jill Zupon, “ADHD is usually accompanied by some anxiety and/or depression. And since we know acupuncture addresses these conditions, it will most certainly address ADHD.” The Attention Center is a facility that is devoted to the exclusive care of adults and children with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD.
Apart from coaching, testing, nutritional services, and therapy, Zupon saw the benefits of acupuncture which was the reason why she brought Bower on board.
Zupon explains “Our facility is not a provider of homeopathic medicine. But to those who are not too keen on using medications, we knew that acupuncture would be a good alternative”.
Peter Henson’s parent’s tried ADHD drugs on Peter, but that it didn’t work for him. His parents decided to bring him to the Attention Center to help ease his symptoms. When his parents found out the center offered acupuncture, they decided to give it a try.
Henson claims that he felt more like himself than he had in a whole year and it was just the biggest relief for him and his parents.
There was a time when Peter went two months without any acupuncture treatment. During that time, he had lost two sets of keys in recent weeks, and says he had difficulty with his thought processes and organization.
For Peter, the beneficial effects of acupuncture worked almost instantaneously.
He told us, “The treatment really works. My attitude and manner of speaking is different in a positive way”.
As the treatment starts, Peter and Allison are seated at a table. Allison speaks to Peter first asking him a series of questions related to his emotional and physical well-being and his health. Once the interview was done, Peter is told to lie on a table, while Allison palpates a series of six different pulses in each of Peter’s hands.
Once she has gathered the necessary information, Allison sticks four needles on each of Peter’s ears. Then, she also applies needles in the acupuncture points located on Peter’s hands, feet, arms, and legs, as needed. Once all the needles are inserted, Peter is allowed to rest quietly for 20 minutes, undisturbed.
Peter says, “I am organized. I am thinking clearly. I am centered”.
Ear acupuncture or auriculotherapy can be either used in combination with body acupuncture or as a standalone treatment. Ear acupuncture is a much preferred treatment for children since the acupoints in the ear are non-invasively stimulated.
Acupuncture aids in calming the impulses that make it hard for a person with ADHD to stay still. It also can be used to boost the immune system and enhance the concentration and energy of the patient that can address both the hyperactivity usually experienced by patients with ADHD and the sluggishness often seen in ADD patients.
Zupon opines that from the time a patient walks into Allison’s clinic, to the moment the patient walks out, a transformation takes place. She says “. We witness a person go in one way and come out another way. It’s remarkable”.
The use of acupuncture in Cleveland for controlling and managing the symptoms of ADHD is still a fairly new procedure. There is still no scientific study to prove its benefits. Nevertheless, for patients like Peter, this millennia-old therapy has made a huge difference in their lives.
Peter does not use any kind of ADHD medication. But for those who do, acupuncture can be used to help reduce or offset the typical adverse side effects of the medications such as dry mouth, insomnia, and poor appetite.