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High Blood Pressure Reduced Successfully With Acupuncture

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High Blood Pressure Reduced With Acupuncture

High blood pressure (also known as hypertension or HTN) is a serious medical condition characterized by elevated arterial pressure. More than 90% of hypertension cases are classified as “Primary Hypertension,” which means that no particular medical cause can be pinpointed. The remaining cases, secondary hypertension stem either from conditions of the kidneys or the endocrine or circulatory systems.

Symptoms of high blood pressure include headaches, dizziness, visual disorientation and drowsiness. In a large number of cases, external factors, namely changes in diet and stress management can help lessen or even eliminate high blood pressure.

Acupuncture treats blood pressure, often successfully. As the pressure corrects one can slowly reduce medication. The point sites I often chose just for this situation are on the middle front of the torso, and middle back of the torso. These points will clear a loop of energy flow, think electrical current and the electro-magnetic field radiating from the electrical flow (yes it is micro-amperage). Energy flow sounds nicer doesn’t it? The physics and the science of acupuncture point sites and pathways are well established. Trying to understand it will raise your blood pressure! Just kidding, for me it reduces it. Well, trying is one thing, and actually understanding is another… Most of the people I treat for blood pressure have wonderful results.

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No Snoring, Please! Acupuncture Successfully Treats Snoring and Its Causes

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Acupuncture Solves Snoring Problems

While often a subject that leads itself to humor, snoring is a potentially serious subject — night time breathing problems can disrupt sleep patterns, oxygen intake, REM sleep, and can even lead to more serious conditions. Snoring usually brings with it other health problems: headaches and sore throat, among others. Snoring can result from stress, sleep apnea or cardiovascular issues.

Sinusitis is also a condition that is commonly a cause for snoring, and is a direct result of allergies. Sinusitis can cause nasal passages to become obstructed, resulting in noisy breathing. Chronic nasal congestion due to allergies is very common and can be relieved and sometimes reversed with acupuncture. Whatever the cause, acupuncture can successfully treat snoring and its causes.

I examine your sleep patterns and your health history to determine the source of your snoring. I then focus on specific meridians that balance the tone and tension in the many tissues of the neck and throat. Besides acupuncture, I recommend some healthy lifestyle changes to help relieve your snoring symptoms. These lifestyle changes include a slight diet modification to improve the structure and quality of the neck tissues.

Many scientific studies show the positive correlation between snoring reduction and acupuncture. People who receive treatment for snoring report better sleep, greater sense of well being and markedly less stress. Studies show that people who receive acupuncture for snoring cessation also decrease their risk of heart disease and stroke.

Needless to say, stopping snoring can also improve your intimate relationships!

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Balanced Through Acupuncture – Relief from MS, Parkinson’s and Other Health Challenges

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Improved Balance With Acupuncture

A loss of balance can occur because of nerve or brain injury, damage to the inner ear or obstruction to the inner ear. Gait imbalance also demonstrates a loss of balance and can indicate a more serious problem. When nerves suffer injury, muscles don’t react normally to position changes, making balance more challenging.

Three common causes of nerve damage are neuropathy, which often accompanies diabetes, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Peripheral neuropathy often results from diabetes and affects the nerves of the hands, arms, legs and feet. Neuropathy often entails a tingling sensation in these areas and indicates a loss of nerve activity. The Mayo Clinic reports that acupuncture helps reduce symptoms in persons experiencing neuropathy, as it restores circulation and nerve function. You may need multiple sessions to notice significant improvement, but these sessions are certainly worth your time.

As acupuncture helps to balance blood-sugar stabilizing hormones, you will also notice improvement in your overall health. If you have received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, acupuncture can enhance your life, as it can slow down and even undo the degenerative effects of MS. Along with lifestyle changes, acupuncture helps strengthen neural pathways, leading to stronger muscles and improved coordination and balance. If you suffer from multiple sclerosis, acupuncture will help decrease your symptoms so you can stay physically active much, much longer than your prognosis!

If Parkinson’s disease causes your lack of balance, acupuncture can reverse these effects. A recent study at the University of Seoul, South Korea, reported in CNS Neuroscience & Therapeutics that acupuncture reactivates parts of the brain that had become deactivated in the course of Parkinson’s disease. Some of the brain areas involved in Parkinson’s disease include the thalamus and motor areas of the brain. Researchers discovered better neural responses after acupuncture in the basal ganglia, the thalamus and the motor areas of the brain. Because Parkinson’s disease can be very debilitating, scientists are researching the application of acupuncture extensively with positive results.

Gait imbalance is very common in people above the age of 60, but you should not consider this a normal part of aging! Not only does this condition hamper physical activity, it could indicate a more serious condition. If you notice your walk is uneven, I can study your lifestyle habits, symptoms and health history to determine and treat the cause.

Obstruction can occur in the inner ear because of viral infection or allergies. With a viral infection, acupuncture, along with rest and care, can help to strengthen the body to ward off the infection. Allergies can also cause loss of balance when fluid fills the nasal and inner ear cavities as a result of the body’s response to allergens. When the inner ear becomes blocked, acupuncture will very gently help heal the body’s sensitivity to the allergen which decreases the excess fluid build up. Acupuncture also releases the obstruction to restore a clear head and normal balance.

A happy, healthy, and well-balanced you!

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Be Still My Heart! Acupuncture Helps with Palpitations/Arrhythmia

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Acupuncture Helps with Arrythmia

Heart palpitations, also called heart arrhythmia occur when the electrical impulses to your heart bring an uneven message. You might experience them as a pounding or fluttering sensation in your chest. Most often palpitations are not serious, but they do represent an underlying imbalance which should be treated to assure good future heart health.

Common causes of heart palpitations include

• excess caffeine
• MSG (monosodium glutamate), often found in takeout Chinese food
• a strong emotional response such as anxiety, anger or even attraction! (Thus the expression, “Be still, my heart.”)
• hormone changes associated with menstruation or pregnancy
• abnormal electrolyte levels which can occur along with dehydration
• medications that contain stimulants
• consuming heavy meals
• strenuous exercise

Because of its balancing nature, acupuncture works very well to regulate the rhythms of your heart. Since acupuncture helps your body open blocked energy channels, it can help smooth the electrical impulses as well as strengthen your heart muscle so that your heart is less likely to react with unsteadiness and will function strongly. As acupuncture serves to relieve physical stress, it has a naturally healing effect on heart palpitations that result from anxiety.

Sometimes heart palpitations occur along with other symptoms or events, such as a hyperactive thyroid gland or frequent childbirth. For this reason, acupuncture is very valuable in looking at your overall health to determine and effectively treat the exact cause. The result is that with treatment, you will not only see an improvement in your other symptoms, but you will experience an improvement in your overall health.

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Upset Stomach? New Research: Acupuncture Effective For Dyspepsia

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New Study Shows Acupuncture Relieves Dyspepsia

The holiday weekend have your stomach feeling less than awesome?

New research concludes that acupuncture is effective in the treatment of dyspepsia. Dyspepsia is indigestion- also known as an upset stomach. It involves symptoms including abdominal pain, bloating, an uncomfortable sensation of heaviness or fullness after eating, nausea, belching and heartburn. Dyspepsia is often linked to GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), gastritis and gastrointestinal ulcers. In many cases, dyspepsia is not linked to an underlying organic disease. In biomedicine, dyspepsia is often treated with PPIs (proton pump inhibitors), which are a class of drugs known for the treatment of heartburn. However, long term use of PPIs is linked to gastric cell atrophy, which may lead to cancer.

Researchers examined a total sample size of 712 patients. They were randomly assigned to 6 groups. Group 1 received specific acupuncture points on the stomach (Leg Yangming) meridian. Group 2 received non-specific acupoints on the stomach meridian. Group 3 received acupuncture on alarm points and transport points. Group 4 received acupuncture on the gallbladder (Leg Shaoyang) meridan. Group 5 received sham acupuncture, which uses acupuncture needles applied to non-acupuncture points. Group 6 was administered itopride. Itopride is a drug made for the treatment of dyspepsia and many gastrointestinal disorders. It is a prokinetic benzamide.

Patients received 5 acupuncture treatments per week for a period of 4 weeks. Follow-up was documented 12 weeks following the treatment period. All groups improved, however, Group 1 had over a 70 percent success rate. Group 1 received specific acupuncture points on the stomach meridian. The group with the lowest success rate was the sham acupuncture group with only a 34.75 percent improvement. The researchers concluded, “Acupuncture is effective in the treatment of functional dyspepsia, and is superior to non-acupoint puncture. The benefit of acupuncture relies on acupoint specificity.”

This is excellent news!

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Reference:
Ma, T. T., Yu, S. Y., Li, Y., Liang, F. R., Tian, X. P., Zheng, H., Yan, J., Sun, G. J., Chang, X. R., Zhao, L., Wu, X. and Zeng, F. (2012), Randomised clinical trial: an assessment of acupuncture on specific meridian or specific acupoint vs. sham acupuncture for treating functional dyspepsia. Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, 35: 552–561. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2036.2011.04979.x

Teaching Hospital of Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Changsha, Hunan, China
Hubei University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Wuhan, Hubei, China

Acupuncture – A Natural Approach to Relieving Constipation

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Acupuncture Relieves Constipation

Constipation is the dreaded symptom that most people have experienced at one point in their life. Constipation is a condition in the colon where bowel movements are not regular and/or hard or painful to pass. In many situations, a poor diet and/or a diminished intake of liquids is to blame for the situation. In rare instances, a psychological issue is the cause.

In most cases, constipation is not a danger, however cases that don’t respond to standard treatment (laxatives, enemas, diets high in fiber, plenty of water) can lead to serious complications if left untreated. Constipation is extremely common in both adults and children.

With acupuncture, comes the natural analysis and treatment approach. Yes, diet, exercise, fluids, the appropriate point sites for your individual case. We chose back points, stomach and spleen meridian points on the legs and abdomen. Ren mo, and kidney meridian is also considered. The liver meridian may be added. A few treatments will give improvements, and a series will do even more good!

The energetic of moving on, letting go, feeling safe, and giving easily are enhanced.     The ill effects of fear, sadness, anger, and worry are reduced.

Acupuncture can be a great alternative to relieve your discomfort and solve the problem from the inside out.

Easy does it! 

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Clenched? Acupuncture Relieves Bruxism

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Acupuncture Can Relieve Tooth Grinding/Bruxism

Bruxism refers to an excessive clenching together of the bottom and upper jaw accompanied by the grinding of the lower teeth with the upper set of teeth.  Sleep studies indicate that 8% of the population may experience a pathological nocturnal bruxism. Most people are unaware that they are grinding or clenching their teeth because it typically occurs at night. Usually it is only when someone points it out that people with Bruxism become aware that they are grinding their teeth.

Bruxism affects adults and children and, usually not a serious medical problem, it can wreak havoc in the mouth, and can cause the teeth to loosen wear away and become painful. Parts of the teeth sometimes break having been ground away completely. This can lead to jaw joint disorders, pain, headaches, earaches, damaged teeth and abrasions in the mouth.

It is important if you experience Bruxism symptoms that you seek proper diagnosis and treatment. Symptoms include teeth grinding and clenching, facial pain, headaches, sensitive teeth, and damaged teeth.

The exact cause of Bruxism is not really known, but a combination of factors may contribute to the problem. Some factors that could trigger Bruxism symptoms include, anger, pain, frustration, anxiety, stress, tension, certain personality types such as being aggressive, competitive, hyperactivity, posture, diet and poor sleep habits.

There are a number of ways to treat Bruxism. The aim of treatment is to alleviate pain, prevent permanent damage to teeth and change teeth clenching behaviors as much as possible. 

With acupuncture, unblocking the energy circuits that run through the jaw-area, along with a general tonification of yin energy will usually do the trick. Remember that yin energy can be thought of as “nourishing”, “mother”, and “earth”. When dental pain is the issue, acupuncture treatment opens the channels toward the upper or lower jaw and soothes and detoxifies the meridians near the affected area, bringing pain relief.

Do you grind?

The symptoms:

· Recurrent, unexplained headaches, especially in the temples

· Head, neck or shoulder pain

· Sensitive teeth

· Breakage/chipping of teeth or fillings, especially larger fillings

· Sculpting or ridging of the tongue

· Ridging on inside of the cheeks

· Tightness in jaw muscles

· Gum recession

· Clicking of jaw

· Wearing down of teeth surfaces, especially obvious in front teeth

 

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Acupuncture Restores Balance — Dizzy No More!

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Acupuncture Relieves Dizziness

Dizziness is primarily a sensation of unsteadiness, with a feeling of movement inside the head along with loss of balance. Dizziness may result from long-term illness, trauma, loss of sensory function, emotional disturbances, fatigue or cardiovascular issues such as high or low blood pressure. One of the body’s balance mechanisms may be involved, such as the inner ear or sensory nerves. A mild case might go away in a few minutes but a more serious case may result in vomiting, sweating and even fainting.

In modern medicine, some cases are considered auditory in origin, such as Meniere’s syndrome, labyrinthitis, motion sickness, vestibular neuronitis, etc., and some as cerebral in origin, such as cerebral arteriosclerosis, hypertensive encephalopathy hypertension, vertebro basilar ischemia, intracranial space occupying lesion, etc. It may also seen in infective and allergic diseases, as well as other disorders such as epilepsy, hypertension, hypotension, anemia, arrhythmia, neurosis, head trauma, etc.

It is important to examine symptoms that accompany the dizziness to determine its cause before treatment. Some of these symptoms may include pain along the ribs, depression, insomnia, heart palpitations or ringing in the ear (tinnitus). According to Chinese medicine, dizziness is caused by either too much energy moving to the head or not enough. Acupuncture points on the limbs, body, ear and sometimes the head will treat the root cause of the imbalance or either too much energy or not enough, bringing you back to wellness.

And won’t that feel great?

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Acupuncture and Weight Loss – A Powerful Ally for A Healthy You!

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Acupuncture Assists in Weight Loss

There are many reasons people become overweight – hormone imbalances, slowed metabolism, overeating, poor nutrition and lack of exercise are some of the most common. Acupuncture works to assist other weight control strategies to reap their full benefits, as well as addressing other health concerns that may be affecting one’s metabolism and digestive health, among other issues.

Using acupuncture to tackle weight loss is a multi-faceted approach.

The Benefits of Acupuncture For Weight Control

When fine needles are barely inserted into the skin along strategic points on the body it can restore balance to the flow of energy along rivers of Qi (pronounced chee), or life force.

Why does acupuncture work for weight control? Weight gain is often the result of disturbed energy flow to and from the regulating center of the brain, called the hypothalamus. The hypothalamus is responsible for maintaining “homeostasis” or functional balance that allows the body to run like a finely tuned instrument. It is the body’s dispatch center that regulates hormones and neurochemicals, and helps to control body temperature, circadian rhythm, thirst and hunger.

What is of particular interest is the ability of acupuncture to influence obesity hormones. Research measuring the effectiveness of acupuncture for weight loss found treatments increased ghrelin, a hormone that controls meal initiation and decreased leptin, the hormone that regulates fat storage and metabolism.

Some of the ways that acupuncture can aid in assisting other weight control methods is by helping to regulate appetite, quelling cravings, improving metabolism, improve cholesterol and improve blood sugar levels, strengthening your stomach and spleen to improve digestion, regulating obesity-related hormones and enhancing the way nutrients are used. It also strengthens the function of the liver, the organ that produces many chemicals critical for digestion, processing nutrients and breaking down of fats. It decreases fluid retention. Acupuncture may also increase tone in the smooth muscle of the stomach to help people know that they are full.

It will also improve energy levels so exercising is easier and reduces stress! And who doesn’t like that?

Acupuncture is a wonderful tool that may very well work for you if you’re struggling with metabolism and/or weight issues.

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Here’s to a healthy you!

Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board – Acupuncture Relieves Joint Stiffness

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Joint Stiffness Relieved With Acupuncture

Joint stiffness refers to pain when moving a joint or the loss of range of motion when moving a joint. The most common joints to become stiff include the joints of the fingers and hands, toes and feet,wrists, ankles, knees, elbows, shoulders and hips. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, stress and hormone imbalances are the most common causes of joint stiffness.

In rheumatoid arthritis, these three stages contribute to joint stiffness: first, the lining of the joint becomes inflamed, then the joint synovium thickens and finally the inflamed cells release bone-digesting enzymes, often distorting the joint shape. The awesome thing about acupuncture is that it addresses the problem right at the source – inflammation. By reducing and then eliminating the inflammation, the stiffness goes away and the next two stages involving synovium, cartilage and bone simply cannot happen. Even if rheumatoid arthritis has progressed, once the cause of inflammation is gone, bones and cartilage can heal.

Acupuncture treats rheumatoid arthritis very effectively in restoring circulation, reversing inflammation and restoring full range of motion with ease.

Osteoarthritis is also called “degenerative joint disease.” This painful condition occurs when joint cartilage wears away. Resolving the root of the problem, that is, reducing inflammation and improving circulation in the joints, will allow your joint cells to regenerate new tissue and reverse this condition, relieving pain and restoring range of motion. Most people consider joint pain and stiffness an inevitable part of aging. However, joint stiffness and joint wear and tear usually result from chronic inflammation. Upon resolving the inflammation with acupuncture, joint pain and stiffness will disappear.

Stress also causes joint stiffness. Stress hormones act as inflammatory agents in your joints, reducing your body’s ability to heal its tissues. The gentle healing used in acupuncture helps your body to resolve stress, thus removing the cause of inflammation. As a result, cells in your joints can regenerate and repair the tissues.
Another common cause of joint inflammation is hormonal imbalance. Acupuncture’s balancing effects help restore normal hormone levels so that inflammation doesn’t occur and joints regain their health

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