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Pain from an Ear Ache? Acupuncture Hears the Call for Help

Hear Ye! Acupuncture Brings Relief from Ear Infections

Hear Ye! Acupuncture Brings Relief from Ear Infections

Are you or a loved one suffering from an ear infection? 

Acute otitis media (AOM) is the number-one reason for visits to a family doctor or pediatrician in this country. There’s a reason for this — within the ear, warmth and darkness are the perfect environments for fungus and viruses to flourish. It is estimated that more than 10 million children are treated for ear infections each year in the United States, and that means lots of anxious parents up late at night.

Typical symptoms of primary otalgia (earache) can include fever, dizziness, a feeling of pressure along with pain and tightness on the affected side of the head, bulging eardrums, blocked sinuses, headache, irritability, insomnia and restlessness, as well as changes in appetite. No fun at all!

The most common cause of earaches is an infection, either viral or bacterial inside the ear canal, but also may be caused by foreign objects such as hair, insects, or ear wax lodged inside the ear, as well as food allergies, often to dairy or wheat.

Ear infections usually start a buildup of fluids in the inner or outer ear canal, commonly in the Eustachian tube that prevents drainage of fluids. When healthy, the Eustachian tube’s job is to adjust the pressure in the middle ear and drain fluid from it. Middle ear infections are more common in children because the Eustachian tube is much shorter in kids than in adults and more likely to get clogged.

The Inner Workings of the Ear

The Inner Workings of the Ear

Ear infections can cause mild or severe pain, or there may be no pain at all.  In babies, symptoms can often only include fussiness and waking at night, runny nose, or a fever. If a fever is present and persistently high, do contact your health provider, and if the baby is under four months old, if any fever is present at all. Commonly suffered in tandem or shortly after a cold, an untreated ear infection can put pressure on the eardrum, which can lead to hearing loss, a ruptured eardrum and other problems.

Acupuncture is very helpful and can relieve the pain of an ear infection immediately. Acupuncture is extremely effective in speeding up the recovery time from ear infections and preventing them from coming back by treating both the root cause and the symptoms.  The point sites are near the ear area, with a few others included. And best of all — the treatment does not hurt! 

Listen to the Sweet Sound of Pain Relief with Acupuncture!

Listen to the Sweet Sound of Pain Relief with Acupuncture!

If you would like to avoid antibiotics, or if they haven’t helped, as half of all ear infections are causes by viruses, and antibiotics can only kill bacteria, acupuncture is a safe, effective way to relieve the stress and pain from earaches. 

And that’s music to the ears! 

Sources: Legler JD. J Am Board Fam Prac Jan-Feb 1992;1:110.

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Easier Breathing! Asthma Symptoms Eased with Acupuncture

Acupuncture Eases Asthma!

Breathe Freer with Acupuncture!

Did you know that acupuncture helps to prevent and lessen the severity of asthma attacks?

Asthma affects approximately 300 million people around the world, 20 million in the United States, of which 9 million are children. Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs, and while it is considered a treatable disease, it still claims over 3,000 deaths each year in the U.S. alone.

Asthma attacks occur when the muscle around the bronchi go into spasm. The bronchi narrow and breathing becomes difficult. Inflammation can also swell the lining of the air tubes. Mucous may increase blockage to the air tubes as well. Symptoms include wheezing, breathlessness, tightness in the chest and coughing.

Some people have long periods of time where they are symptom-free, while other people always have difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks can be severe and sometimes life-threatening. It is also one of the most common diseases for which patients turn to alternative therapies such as acupuncture for treatment and relief.

Acupuncture has been used safely and effectively for thousands of years to rectify the underlying imbalances that cause asthma symptoms. The disease is one of 40 considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) that may benefit from acupuncture. Acupuncture is very helpful as a preventative medicine technique, and is most effective when used to treat initial attacks or mild bouts of asthma. It can also improve pulmonary function and lessen the severity of asthma attacks.

At its core, asthma is an immune disorder. The main symptoms of asthma, wheezing and shortness of breath, are manifestations of the body’s immune response to pathogens found in the environment. There are many factors that may trigger an asthma attack. Examples include the invasion of the external pathogenic factors (i.e., cold and heat), diet (fish, crab, shellfish and other seafood have been noted to increase the likelihood of asthma attacks, for example) emotional disturbances, congenital weakness and chronic illnesses.

Many asthma sufferers turn to acupuncture because it’s effective. Acupuncture treatments for asthma focus on balancing and strengthening the immune system, as well as the lung, spleen and kidneys if imbalances are found. Points are selected according to the patient’s unique combination of symptoms and their history, as acupuncture treats the whole person. Acupuncture treatments for asthma include needling points on the Lung, Stomach, Kidney and/or Bladder meridians, and will focus on balancing these organ systems. Many patients report significant, lasting benefits in just a few sessions of treatment. It reduces inflammation, reduces bronchospasm response, modulates the immune system, and helps the body to heal itself.

Acupuncture can also be used to treat a wider array of upper respiratory conditions including bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections and allergies.

Tap into your body’s natural healing mechanism with acupuncture!

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“Hear Ye, Hear Ye!” Acupuncture Helps with Ear Infections!

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Acupuncture Relieves Ear Pain

Within the ear, warmth and darkness are the perfect environments for fungus and viruses to flourish.  It is estimated that more than 10 million children are treated for ear infections each year in the United States, and that means lots of parents up late at night. Primary otalgia (a/k/a earache) is a pain that originates inside the ear. Typical symptoms can include fever, dizziness, a feeling of pressure along with pain and tightness on the affected side of the head, blocked sinuses, headache, irritability, insomnia and restlessness, as well as changes in appetite.

The most common cause of earaches is an infection (either viral or bacterial) inside of the ear canal, but also may be caused by foreign objects (hair, insects, ear wax) lodged inside the ear, as well as food allergies (often to dairy or wheat).

Ear infections usually start a buildup of fluids in the inner or outer ear canal (commonly in the Eustachian tube) that prevents drainage of fluids. When healthy, the Eustachian tube’s job is to adjust the pressure in the middle ear and drain fluid from it. Middle ear infections are more common in children because the Eustachian tube is much shorter in kids than in adults and more likely to get clogged.

Ear infections can cause mild or severe pain, or there may be no pain at all.  In babies, symptoms can often only include fussiness and waking at night, runny nose, or a fever (if fever is present and persistently high, do contact your health provider, and if the baby is under four months old, if any fever is present at all). Commonly suffered in tandem (or shortly after) a cold, an untreated ear infection can put pressure on the eardrum, which can lead to hearing loss, a ruptured eardrum and other problems.

Acupuncture is an excellent ally for kids of all ages (the grown up kind, too). Acupuncture is very helpful and can relieve the pain of an ear infection immediately. Acupuncture is extremely effective in speeding up the recovery time from ear infections and preventing them from coming back by treating both the root cause and the symptoms. I have treated little guys late at night, with wonderful results and gained new believers as well. The point sites are near the ear area, with a few others included. And best of all — the treatment does not hurt!

If you would like to avoid antibiotics, or if they haven’t helped (half of all ear infections are causes by viruses, and antibiotics can only kill bacteria), do consider acupuncture, and hear the sounds of sweet relief for you and your loved ones.

For more information, visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com

Photo: Vera Kratochvil