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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.

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Autoimmune Diseases – Acupuncture Effective in Their Treatment

Acupuncture Helpful in the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Acupuncture Helpful in the Treatment of Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune diseases are a group of disorders in which the immune system attacks the body and destroys or alters tissues. There are more than eighty serious chronic illnesses in this category including rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, lupus, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, Addison’s disease, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and Guillain–Barré syndrome. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) twenty percent of the population suffers from autoimmune disorders. Each disease appears uncommon on an individual basis but, as a group, the disorders make up the fourth-largest cause of disability among women.

Due to the complexity of treating autoimmune disorders, integrative medicine solutions including acupuncture and Oriental medicine have received much attention as successful therapies in their treatment particularly for use in providing pain relief, regulating the immune system, managing symptoms, and improving overall quality of life.
What causes Autoimmune Disease? Under normal conditions, an immune response cannot be triggered against the cells of one’s own body. In certain cases, however, immune cells make a mistake and attack the very cells that they are meant to protect. This can lead to a variety of autoimmune diseases which encompass a broad category of over 100 diseases in which the person’s immune system attacks his or her own tissue.

The exact mechanisms causing these changes are not completely understood, but bacteria, viruses, toxins, and some drugs may play a role in triggering an autoimmune process in someone who already has a genetic (inherited) predisposition to develop such a disorder. It is theorized that the inflammation initiated by these agents, toxic or infectious, somehow provokes in the body a “sensitization” (autoimmune reaction) in the involved tissues. As the disease develops vague symptoms start to appear, such as joint and muscle pain, general muscle weakness, possible rashes or low-grade fever, trouble concentrating, or weight loss. The following symptoms may point toward something being wrong: numbness and tingling in hands and feet, dry eyes, hair loss, shortness of breath, heart palpitations, or repeated miscarriages can also be caused by an autoimmune response.

According to Oriental medicine, autoimmune disorders occur when there is imbalance within the body. Imbalance can come from an excess or deficiency of yin and yang that disrupts the flow of qi, or vital energy, through the body. Acupuncture is used to help the body restore balance, treating the root of the disorder, while specifically addressing the symptoms that are unique to each individual. Clinical research has shown that acupuncture causes physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of body functions. It is proposed that, by these actions, acupuncture affects blood pressure, body temperature and the immune system.
Treatment is always done on an individual basis, looking carefully at history of health, all symptoms, pulse, and tongue diagnosis.