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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

Acupuncture Works for Ear Infections, and Even Tigers are Trying it!

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Acupuncture Treatments Work
for People’s Earaches
and Now Tigers are Trying it!

An earache is painful, and can really mess up a summer vacation, or even daily life at the zoo! 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.

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. And if it gets bad enough… a missed trip to sleep-away camp.

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. 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.

Otitis Media (middle ear infection or swimmer’s ear) is an infection of the middle ear, and is often a complication of upper respiratory infections. Accompanying inflammation and/or discharge in the ear can cause an obstruction of the eustachian tubes, which causes pain. Allergies, cigarette smoke, and enlarged tonsils can also clog eustacian tubes. If the eustachian tube is blocked and cannot absorb air, a negative pressure is generated.

The negative pressure draws the interstitial fluid into the eustacian tube, which creates a leakage of serous fluids. This effusion can be fertile ground for microbial growth, which causes an infection, which causes more pain and is absolutely no fun at all.

This is where acupuncture can save the day!

Acupuncture is very helpful and can relieve the pain immediately. It can help relieve ear pressure and congestion. The point sites are near the ear area, with a few others included. The treatment does not hurt, and ends the suffering.

Acute otitis media is most common in children, but many other creatures seem to endure this affliction. In fact, veterinarians are trying acupuncture to cure a Sumatran tiger at an Israeli zoo.

Pedang, a male Sumatran tiger, who is 14-years old and suffering from chronic ear infections, was given acupuncture treatments at the Ramat Gan Safari, an open-air zoo, near Tel Aviv, on June 9, 2013. The zoo said other conventional treatments, like antibiotics, failed to cure the infection, which has lasted more than a year.

After Pedang was anesthetized the team of veterinarians cleaned his ears, took blood and skin samples and gave the tiger acupuncture, using points at the tiger’s ears and other locations. This is the first time this treatment has been used at the safari.

Mor Mosinzon, who treated Pedang, said the acupuncture was meant to strengthen his immune system and open his ear canals so that his body can better absorb the antibiotics.

Good luck, Pedang! Best wishes for a speedy recovery! Hope you feel great!

For more information on acupuncture, please visit our site at www.ctacupuncture.com

Author: Andrée Lambertson

Acupuncture – An Ally For Easing Ear Aches

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Acupuncture Can Relieve Ear Pain Immediately

Primary otalgia (commonly referred to as an earache) is a pain that originates inside the ear. 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. Typical symptoms can include fever, dizziness; a feeling of pressure along with pain and tightness on the affected side of the head.

 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. 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 immediately. 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. The treatment does not hurt, the child is screaming from the ear ache, not the acupuncture! Well, they don’t always scream with an ear ache, but I have also had 2 children. How do we manage to forget those nights?  Acupuncture is an excellent ally.