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Acupuncture has been an integral component of traditional Chinese medicine for over 5,000 years. In addition to acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine also has its own complete system of herbal medicine. Although Chinese immigrants brought acupuncture to the United States in the mid-nineteenth century, it did not establish itself as a distinct form of healthcare in this country until about thirty years ago, and it has only been in the last seven or eight years that acupuncture finally gained recognition from the mainstream medical community as a viable means of treatment for a variety of health conditions.
Acupuncture’s reputation, though, amongst the American public has been somewhat limited in that it is mainly thought of as a means to help with either the treatment of addictions or the management of pain. However, as more and more of America’s savvy health consumers continue to investigate and educate themselves on natural and alternative medicine, more and more of the population is becoming aware that acupuncture can be successfully used as either a main therapy, or an adjunct therapy, for a whole myriad of health issues besides pain management or addiction treatment.
Your eyes are a reflection of your overall health. Illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease can be revealed in the eyes. Conditions such as glaucoma, optic neuritis or vision loss are often associated with systemic health problems. It is this interconnection between your eyes and your health that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can tap into and utilize to treat eye and vision problems. Eye conditions respond well to acupuncture and it has been used successfully to treat a wide range of eye problems for centuries.
How Eye Disorders Are Treated With AcupunctureOriental medicine pays close attention to the relationship between tissues and organs. Sometimes an imbalance within the body can manifest as an eye problem, just as the health of the eyes is often a reflection of an imbalance or health problem elsewhere in the body.
When you are treated for an eye condition with acupuncture, any underlying imbalances that are attributing to your symptoms will be addressed. The eye problems will also be treated directly by promoting circulation of Qi (life force) and blood around the eyes.
Fibromyalgia is the second most common rheumatic disorder in the United States behind arthritis, according to the American College of Rheumatology. People diagnosed with fibromyalgia experience a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, pain, stiffness, aches, and muscle tenderness, along with sleep disorders and intestinal and bowel troubles.
The diagnosis of fibromyalgia can be confirmed when 11 out of 18 specific points on the body are tender to pressure. Interestingly, some of those tender points closely correspond to the location of ancient acupuncture points.
According to the theories of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, an imbalance in the flow of Qi can create symptoms and signs that reflect a Western diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy or the power that animates and supports the functions of the body. It flows through specific pathways, called meridians, and provides nourishment for the entire body.
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If you suffer from headaches, you’re not alone. Over 50 million of us experience some form of a severe headache at some point in our lives. Whether you experience minor head pain or severe migraines, headaches can take valuable time out of your day and your life, and leave you searching for relief.
This is crazy:One way to seek relief is by reaching for drugs and other medications. This is fine for the short run, and can help you get out of pain fast. Unfortunately, common headache medications don’t address the “root” cause(s), and when used over long periods of time, can cause unwanted side effects.
Acupuncture and HeadachesAcupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer a safe and effective approach to relieving headache pain, without causing harmful side effects, and incorporate a comprehensive diagnostic protocol that can help your acupuncturist understand and address the “root” cause(s) of your headaches.
Each year millions of American workers are sidelined by joint pain. If the pain is mild, many just "tough it out," but find that the problem gets worse year by year. Severe joint pain can incapacitate people, making it impossible for them to exercise or live the life they want to live. Most people with joint pain are diagnosed with arthritis, which is a general term for a number of different conditions that involve swollen, painful, and/or stiff joints. The two most common forms of arthritis are rheumatoid arthritis, which affects more than 6.5 million people in the United States alone; and osteoarthritis, which is an age-related degeneration of joints. One in seven Americans is afflicted with osteoarthritis, and some are virtually housebound by joint pain.
In the West, anti-inflammatory drugs are commonly prescribed for arthritis. In the East, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, with their thousand-year-old history, are the major health care modalities used to fight joint and musculo-skeletal disorders including arthritis. These ancient therapies are still used because they are empirically effective, and have stood the test of time. Now they are standing to meet the tests of Western medicine.
Heartburn is a major symptom of a medical condition called Gastroesophygeal Reflex disorder (G.E.R.D.). More than 54 million adults in America suffer from this frequent condition.
Heartburn is a burning sensation which radiates from the mid to upper chest, caused by acidic stomach contents which irritate the unprotected lining of the esophagus. In healthy people, the lower end of the esophagus normally stays closed, preventing acidic fluid in the stomach from backing up into the esophagus every time the stomach contracts. In fact, the lower esophageal sphincter is not a distinct muscular valve but rather an area of relatively high pressure. The high pressure keeps the esophagus closed off from the stomach and helps prevent stomach acid and food from traveling back up the esophagus. When the esophagus fails to function properly, the stomach acid backs up and heartburn occurs. Therefore, anything that decreases the lower esophageal pressure or irritates the esophagus might contribute to heartburn.
If heartburn reoccurs frequently, it may cause complications in the esophagus, such as ulceration and Barrett’s esophagus, a pre-cancer lining of the esophagus. The inflammation of the esophagus may even cause pain and bleeding during swallowing. Other symptoms of heartburn may include sore throat, nausea, anxiety, coughing and respiratory conditions such as, asthma, pneumonia and chronic bronchitis.
It's been dubbed the "21st century equivalent of the Black Death." In the U.K., it's the most common reason employees take long-term sick leave. It costs American companies $300 billion a year. In Japan, it's a fatal epidemic.
It's stress...Stress has beaten out stroke, heart attack, cancer and back problems as the main reason British workers take four or more weeks away from the job, according to a new report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. The Japan Ministry of Labor began publishing official statistics on "Karoshi" (death from overwork) in 1987, but the first case was documented in 1969, when a worker dropped dead of a stroke. He was 29.
The symptoms of stress are similar to those of someone in withdrawal from an addictive drug: finding it difficult to focus; losing your sense of humor; irritability; and shortened temper. Stress can also lead to under- and overeating, as well as smoking and drinking to excess. And in its most extreme forms it can result in stomach and bowel problems, heart disease and stroke.
Acupuncture excels in the treatment of sports, work, auto accident rehabilitation, and post operative pain.
Injury & Post Operative PainIf you have suffered an injury, want to avoid surgery, or would like to speed your recovery from a necessary surgery acupuncture can help. Usually an individualized treatment protocols that combines Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Exercises, Massage and Nutrition that maximizes your healing potential for a wide variety of conditions and syndromes including, but not limited to:
- Post Surgical Pain Syndromes
- Auto Accident Injuries
- Work Related Injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Orthopedic Surgeries
- Gynecological Surgeries
- Oral Surgeries
- Cosmetic Surgeries
Injuries occurring from sports, work or auto accidents and surgical interventions are due to trauma or overuse syndromes involving the musculoskeletal system and its soft tissues. Trauma to these soft tissues, including ligaments, tendons and muscles are generally the result from falls, blows, sprains/strains, collisions, compressions crushing and disruptions of the healing processes due to inflammation.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a complex disorder in which the intestines lose their ability to efficiently move their contents. The main symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, and/or constipation. Less common symptoms may include headaches, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Symptoms may be triggered by stress, diet, emotional factor, hormone levels and medications.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can offer a safe, effective, natural and drug-free way to address IBS. This holistic healthcare system looks at the body differently than Western medicine. According to Chinese medicine, the body is like a garden that must be cultivated and maintained to grow strong and remain healthy. Good health happens when all of the organs and meridian systems are balanced and working together.
According to Chinese medical theories, there are several causes for IBS. One of these is an imbalance of the “Spleen”. The Spleen is the organ in charge of digestion and assimilation of foods and liquids that provide power and nourishment for the entire body. Additionally, the Spleen function produces blood from the food it breaks down and to converts it into usable energy to power your body. If your Spleen function is weak, the body’s energy levels will not be supported and illness may occur. The Spleen is easily affected and weakened by poor eating habits and diet, antibiotics, excessive worry, or a weak constitution.
Chronic back pain is one the most common and difficult-to-treat medical problems in health care. It has been estimated that up to 85% of the world's population will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, with the lower back as the most common location of pain. The pain may last for a few days or continue as chronic low back pain for months and years.
Most low back pain is triggered by some combination of overuse, muscle strain, and injury to the muscles, ligaments, and discs that support the spine. Many experts believe that over time muscle strain can lead to an overall imbalance in the spinal structure, thereby creating constant tension on the muscles, ligaments, bones, and discs, making the back more prone to injury or re-injury. For example, after straining muscles, you are more likely to walk or move in different ways to avoid pain or to use muscles that aren't sore. This can cause you to strain other muscles that don't usually move that way.
According to Chinese medical theory, the symptoms and signs that indicate a Western diagnosis of allergies relate to imbalances in the meridian and Organ Systems of the body. These imbalances may stem from a variety of causes, including stress, poor diet, constitutional weakness, pollutants and environmental toxins.
Over time, if imbalances remain within the body, they will affect the functions of the Organ Systems. Some of these Organ Systems are involved in the production of Wei Qi (pronounced “way chee”). According to the theories of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, it is important to have the correct quality and quantity of Wei Qi circulating the body in order to stay healthy.
The Chinese concept of Wei Qi is similar to the Western concept of the immune system. Wei Qi functions to protect and defend the body against foreign substances, that if not caught can lead to allergies. When Wei Qi is strong and abundant, we remain healthy. When the supply of Wei Qi becomes inadequate, health is compromised and we become vulnerable to foreign invaders such as dust, mold, animal dander, bacteria, viruses and pollen.
Irregular menstruation refers to changes in the menstrual cycle as well as changes in the color, volume and texture of the blood. Actually, irregular menstruation includes early menstruation, delayed menstruation, unpredictable menstruation, excessive menstruation, scanty menstruation or an absence of menstruation. Normally menstruation occurs once a month. A few days earlier or later is regarded as normal.
The causes of irregular menstruation are various, including mental factors, excessive sexual activity, frequent childbirth, overstrain, intemperance in eating, attack by pathogenic cold, wind and dampness, or other diseases. Characteristics of the Symptoms of Irregular Menstruation include either advanced or delayed menstruation. The menstruation is either profuse or scanty or spotty with abnormal changes of texture and color, usually accompanied by dizziness, aching back, lower abdominal distending pain, depression, irritability, palpitations, insomnia, aversion to cold and preference for warmth.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been practiced for thousands of years. Amazingly, the first written gynecological records date back to the Shang dynasty (1500 BC- 1000 BC), but here in the U.S. and other Western countries, people are just beginning to understand and appreciate the effectiveness of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
At one time or another, all of us experience stress. These feelings are a healthy response to events in our lives that may feel beyond our control. When we are healthy and the stress is short-lived, we are usually able to recover without too much wear and tear to our overall health. However, when the stress is extreme, or if it lasts a long time, our emotional health and ultimately, our physical health begin to suffer.
Our bodies are hardwired to help us react to stressful events. At the first sign of a threat, whether real or perceived, our sympathetic nervous system kicks in and facilitates what is called the “fight or flight” response. Our heart rate increases, our pupils dilate, and our digestion temporarily shuts down, directing blood to our extremities, so that if need be, we can either fight what is threatening us, or turn and run if the threat is too formidable.
Unfortunately, the “fight or flight” response, which worked well in caveman days, does not serve us as well if the “threat” is a demanding boss, nasty co-worker or even a worrisome situation that is not being resolved. More often than not, the stress in our lives is long-term, and as a result, we find ourselves in a constant state of “fight or flight”, or stress. Over time, the constant state of stress takes its toll. Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone elevates, blood pressure increases, and our immune function is suppressed. Over time, these symptoms become worse and can develop into anxiety, depression, fatigue, digestive problems, and tension headaches.