Acupuncture for Low Back Pain and Sciatica

While not all lower back pain can be called 'sciatica', all sciatic pain is essentially related to your lower back (even though it may not be felt there), and so both conditions will be discussed here to prevent any unnecessary repetition.

Back pain is the most common type of complaint in regards to concerns around muscle soreness and injury. If you have not yet experienced this type of pain, you may do so in the future, so it's worth to learn now how to treat it, and if possible, even prevent it from occurring in the first place. Acupuncture and other modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) (eg cupping therapy) have shown extra results, and acupuncture is especially popular because it can be used alongside any other therapy.

Generally speaking, your 'lower back' is anywhere below your rib cage, and includes your buttocks. Sciatic pain often radiates down one leg or the other, and (as mentioned above) may be felt in your leg alone. In TCM, lower back pain is said to be caused by excessive physical work, excessive sexual activity, pregnancy and labor, overwork, inadequate exercise, or by invasion of an external pathogen. Once the cause of your pain has been determined, a TCM diagnosis is then achieved (be sure to be diagnosed by a properly trained practitioner of TCM, even if it's only acupuncture you plan on receiving for treatment). TCM diagnosis of low-back pain generally involves Kidney deficiency ('Kidney' is capitalized to differentiate from the scientific definition of 'kidney'), stagnation of Qi (aka 'energy') and Blood, or retention of Damp-Cold in the area .

Kidney deficiency is seen in chronic cases of low-back pain, and can be caused by any of the above factors. For example, repeated invasion of Cold-Damp can ever cause a deficiency of your Kidney organ system and lead to low-back pain. Accompanying symptoms often include a cold feeling in your lower back, pain relief when lying down but aggravated by sexual activity or work, as well as night-sweats, and even knee pain.

Damp-Cold invasion can be see in both acute and chronic cases of low-back pain. This type of pain tends to be worse in the morning, is relieved by the application of heat, and tends to worsen in damp or cold weather. With Cold and Dampness invasion, usually one or the other predominates, and so you may feel symptoms of Cold more than Dampness, or vice versa. For example, with Cold predominating usually you can feel better with moving around rather than resting, and heat will heal your pain. With Dampness more prevalent, you may see some swelling, and may even feel a distinct heavy sensation in your back.

Lower back pain caused by the stagnation of Qi and Blood is usually caused by a muscular strain in acute cases, and is related to Kidney deficiency as the cause in more chronic cases. This type of stagnation is characterized by pain that is more sharp and stabing in nature, and is worse with rest but also with excessive exertion. Low-back pain from Qi and Blood stagnation is often very tender, and you might find it uncomfortable both standing and sitting. This pain does not respond to changes in weather or the application of heat, and is marked by severe stiffness and rigidity.

Once diagnosed by a TCM practitioner, you will find acupuncture very effective for your lower back pain. The amount of time that it will take for treatment will depend on how long you've had your condition; acute cases tend to be valued more quickly than chronic ones. The selection of points the practitioner uses will depend on your diagnosis, although generally speaking points on your lower back will be chosen. In terms of your Western medical diagnosis, the exact cause of your low-back pain is not as important in TCM as the symptoms with which you present. Nonetheless, be sure to have seen a doctor to rule out any structural imbalances. While acupuncture can help you, it will give you a piece of mind to know whether or not you have, for example, osteoarthritis or a prolapsed lumbar disc present.

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Cupping Therapy

Cupping is a modality of the ancient art of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), although records show that it was also performed by ancient Egyptians and Greek physicians. Today it is used for a variety of different ailments, including arthritis and acute injuries, and is especially good at relieving your body of toxins, plus getting your digestion and circulation flowing more smoothly.

In the past, cupping (known as 'Ba Guan' in Mandarin) was done with bamboo, clay, porcelain, or glass cups. Today, plastic cups are used as well. Practitioners use a flame to create suction inside the cup (with plastic cups a hand pump is used instead), which is then placed at certain points on your body. Your back is most commonly where cupping is performed, although some practitioners may use cups on your knees, elbows, or thighs.

The cup (or cups) are left on for approximately 10-20 minutes, depending on your condition. Alternately moving cupping can be performed, which involves moving the cups over areas with an abundance of muscle, such as your back. In some instances, a cup may be placed over an inserted needle. This method is more rare, and is used generally on joints, or when a condition is especially difficult to treat. Other cupping variations may include moxabustion (a smoldering herb used in a wide variety of methods of TCM), or even cupping that involves some blood letting (used in more severe cases of toxicity).

Flushing or even bruising with some purple color to the cupped areas is not only a common side effect, but is expected because of the drawing of toxins from your body. If insufficient time is given to the cups, you may see little or no markings, and if too too much time is given you may see some blistering. Blistering is however, not serious, but blisters should nonetheless be treated with care and not punctured without done so with proper sterilization procedures in place. Most marks should disappear within a few days to a week.

Contraindications for cupping:

1. Areas of skin with ulcers, edema, or sensitivity.

2. Patients with high fever and / or convulsions.

3. Pregnant women should not have cupping performed on their abdominal or sacral regions.

4. Cupping should never be done on your face.

Although cupping is generally safe, because there are a few circumstances where it can be done improperly, make sure that the person treating you is a properly trained TCM practitioner.

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Diabetes and Acupuncture: 2 Case Studies

Case # 1

A 59 year old man had been suffering from diabetes for the previous 11 years. He was diagnosed with borderline high blood pressure 2 months ago. The diabetes presented with excess thirst, with dry mouth and tongue. The patient also complained of frequent urination, including at least two times during the night, when he was woken by the urge. He also had dry and cracked lips, and apparently had suffered from constipation since his teenage years. Blood pressure was reported as 140/85.

His general health was good, although he was sorry to get a cold or flu every three months. His tongue was red, with a dry-yellow coating. His pulse was very full and rapid.

Diagnosis: Lung and Stomach Heat. It was believed that Stomach Heat had reached his Lungs, depleting Lung Yin and Lung Qi as well.

Treatment Principle: Clear Heat from his Stomach organ system, and also nourish Yin and Lung Qi.

Acupuncture Points Used: LI 4, LR 3, LI 11, ST 44, SP 6, KD 6, LU 7

After two treatments per week for 4 weeks, the patient reported that his blood pressure had dropped to safer levels. He continued treatment once a week for two more weeks, and then returned periodically for routine maintenance.

Case # 2

A 62 year-old woman presented with a main complaint of double-vision, especially at night, for two months. She was no longer able to drive, and was very concerned with getting her driver's license back. She had been diagnosed with diabetes 7 years previous.

Other symptoms including night sweats, some low-back pain, and frequent urination. She also experienced some occasional leanness in her right knee, and had dry skin and itchiness on her forearms and lower legs.

Her tongue was red with very little coating, and her pulse was quite thin and rapid.

Diagnosis: Kidney Yin Deficiency affecting the Liver, and hence the eyes.

Treatment Principle: Nourish Yin and Liver Blood to correct the vision issues.

Acupuncture Points Used: BL 17, BL 23, GB 25, RN 4, RN 6, KD 2, KD 3, KD 9, SP 6, LR 8

Herbal Formula Used: Qi Ju Dihuang Wan (Lycium Chrysanthemum Rehmannia Pill) to nourish the Yin and benefit the eyes.

After 10 treatments over the course of six weeks, the patient reported no more accidents of blurred vision at night. Her doctor's testing confirmed that she was indeed seeing properly, and could get her driver's license back. She also experienced some relief of her night sweats.

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Acupuncture and Migraines

A migraine is a type of headache, which can potentially occur on one side or both sides of the head. Usually, it is a throbbing, stabbing pain, which can be debilitating to people.

Mechanisms of migraines: Abnormal brain cell activities trigger release of certain chemicals, causing changes of blood flow in the brain and surrounding tissues, according to an article in Medline Plus. CT's or MRI's do not show any organic changes in the brain.

What causes migraines:

  • Changed sleep-wake cycle can cause imbalance of chemicals in the brain. If cortisol, melatonin and other chemicals peak and drop at the wrong time, brain activities will change.
  • Artificial light, such as computer and TV light, can reduce melatonin secretion, which is associated with the hyper- excitability of brain cells and increases of certain chemicals linked with pain sensation. Many teenagers develop migraines after prolonged playing of computer games.
  • Missing meals can cause a decrease of blood sugar, triggering adrenaline release, thus changing activity of brain cells.
  • Strong coffee or tea can over-stimulate the sympathetic nervous system and lead to an imbalance between exciting and inhibiting chemicals in the brain.
  • Taking medication for headaches daily can substantially change the balance of the chemicals in our bodies.
  • Hormone changes during puberty, menopause and menstruation can also influence brain blood flow. Women tend to develop migraines during menopause.
  • Birth control pills not only dramatically change your chemical balance and brain activities but also cause swelling of the blood vessels.
  • Certain smells or perfumes.
  • Certain foods: any processed, fermented, pickled, or marinated foods, baked goods, chocolate, dairy products, foods containing monosodium glutamate (MSG), foods containing tyramine (including red wine, aged cheese, smoked fish, chicken livers, figs, and certain beans.). Meats containing nitrates (bacon, hot dogs, salami, cured meats), nuts, onions and peanut butter.
  • Stress can cause increases of cortisol, adrenaline and prolactin, which lead to abnormal activities of brain cells.
  • Lyme disease can cause nerve damage.
  • Dehydration induces histamine release, which generally causes inflammation of the blood vessels, including brain blood vessels.
  • Some medications, such as beta-blockers, can cause swelling of the blood vessels.
  • Excessive noise can over-stimulate your sympathetic nervous system.
  • Women may have fewer migraine attacks during the last two trimesters because a high level of progesterone and a certain type of estrogen (estriol) stabilize their nervous systems.
  • Nicotine withdrawal can cause headaches. Weather changes may cause swelling of the blood vessels due to changes of humidity and air pressure.

What we can do to prevent migraines:

  • Go to sleep and wake up at regular times in order to maintain normal brain cell activity. It is harmful to go to sleep and wake up at random times. Healthy people severely disturb their circadian cycle. Night-shift people rarely live up to 90 years old in good condition.
  • Avoid too much caffeine. If you have migraines currently, you need to gradually cut down the amount of caffeine that you take in. Technically, caffeine can constrict the blood vessels and help relieve headaches, but too much caffeine is always linked with frequent headaches, because caffeine can also over-stimulate your sympathetic nervous system, causing over-reaction to environmental changes. Moderation is the key.
  • If you want to quit smoking, do it gradually, because a sudden drop in nicotine can lead to hyper-excitability of brain cells. You might want to drink some green tea when you want to light a cigarette, because theonine in green tea can help us relax but still stay alert.
  • Do not drink wine or any other alcohol if you have frequent migraines. If you continue this habit, the time the medication will not help you anymore.
  • Find out what causes your allergies: nuts, onions or other kinds of food. Abnormal levels of histamine due to allergies can change our brain cell activities.
  • Avoid intestinal exercises such as running more than 5 miles every day, which can trigger adrenaline release.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners because they have similar structures as certain brain chemicals and that can potentially change brain cell activities.
  • Avoid occurrences of low blood sugar by eating the right foods at the right times. Sweets make your blood sugar level go up and down like a roller coaster.
  • Apply a cool towel during a migraine attack; it helps to reduce the swapping of the blood vessels.
  • Avoid triggering food. Once you break the vicious cycle of your migraine attacks, your nervous system and its chemicals reestablish a new balance. You can eat small amounts of those triggering foods, such as chocolate, wine, and nuts, once or twice a week. Finding out the amount and frequency of each of these foods that your body can tolerate is the key to avoiding migraines and enjoying your life in the long run.
  • Drink half of your weight in fluid ounces of water at least three times a week, meaning a person who weighs 150 pounds should drink 75 ounces of water 3 days during each week. When you are dehydrated, your blood vessels tend to constrict to maintain your blood pressure. Furthermore, dehydration can induce histamine release.

Research about acupuncture and migraines:

Li Y published results in Headache 2009 about how acupuncture can treat the acute attacks of migraines. A total of 218 patients with migraines were enrolled for the study; 180 met the inclusion criteria; 175 completed the callback process and were randomized into 3 groups. One group received real acupuncture, whereas subjects in the other 2 groups were treated with sham acupuncture. Each patient received 1 session of treatment and was observed over a period of 24 hours. The main outcome measure was the differences in visual analog scale (VAS scores for the pain level before treatment and 0.5, 1, 2, and 4 hours after treatment.)

Significant reductions relative to baseline in VAS scores were observed in the fourth hour after treatment. The VAS scores in the fourth hour after treatment decreased by a median of 1.0 cm, 0.5 cm, and 0.1 cm in the real acupuncture group, sham acupuncture group 1, and sham acupuncture group 2. Similarly, there was a significant difference in the change from baseline in VAS scores in the second hour after treatment among the 3 groups (P = .006), with only patients treated with real acupuncture showing a significant mean decrease in VAS score at this time: median decrease 0.7 cm (P <.001 ). Many patients in the acupuncture group experienced complete pain relief (40.7%).

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Acupuncture Relief for Knee Pain

Knee pain is very common, most affecting you if you're exceptionally active, or if you're a senior. Pain in your knees is, according to conventional medicine, caused by torn ligaments, tendons, meniscus tears, as well as bone chips, bursitis, iliotibial band syndrome, Osgood-Schlatter Disease, or osteoarthritis. Pain may or may not involve swelling, may be on one side of your knee or the other, or may be all over your knee. Oftentimes your doctor will suggest an MRI to properly diagnose you, and a specialist may or may not recommend surgery. Conventional treatments generally include rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medicine, and exercise instruction.

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has a slightly different approach to diagnosing and (of course) treating your knee pain. Obviously something that is structurally damaged, such as a severely damaged and degenerated knee, requires surgery and can not yet be treated with acupuncture. However, even in this case acupuncture can help the healing process after surgery, and help to ensure that your knee heals properly.

In TCM, pain in your knee is classified as one of the different types of Painful Obstruction Syndromes possible in your body. Furthermore, pain in your knee will be indicative of one of three different TCM patterns: Kidney deficiency, Qi and Blood stagnation, or invasion of an external pathogen.

Deficiency in your Kidney organ system ('Kidney' is capitalized to differentiate from the scientific definition of 'kidney') in relation to knee pain is quite common in older age, and is usually felt on both sides of your knee. This pattern also takes a long time to develop, and often enterprises weakness of your knee, which will not likely be swollen or affected by the weather.

Qi (aka 'energy') and Blood (very much the same as we know 'blood', but still capitalized here for our purposes) stagnation is usually caused by overwork. Thus a job or lifestyle that involves a lot of kneeling or intense physical activity (eg construction workers, athletes) may develop knee pain.

Since The Theory of Five Elements (one of the main theories that makes up TCM) states that everything which exists in the universe also exists within us, it should not be surprising that external pathogenic factors that can invade your body might be natural in description. So, your knees can be affected by exterior Cold, Heat, Wind or Dampness, and in such cases are then affected by said weather (eg your knee pain will be worse when it's cold out if Cold has invaded your body). Swelling of your knee is usually indicative of Dampness.

Selection of which acupuncture points to use will depend on your TCM diagnosis, so be sure that whoever is treating you is properly trained in Chinese Medical diagnosis. In terms of preventing knee pain, proper exercise (such as yoga) as well as a healthy diet will help. Regular exercise helps to prevent Qi and Blood stagnation, and it will also help to build your immunity and prevent the invasion of external pathogens. Knowing when to cease excess activity will help to prevent Kidney deficiency as you age. In terms of diet, various suggestions can be made, usually based on the pattern you most closely resembble. Cold patterns necessitate avoidance of raw foods, whereas a small amount of alcohol can be beneficial. However, alcohol is contraindicated if your knee is blocked by Dampness, which is also exacerbated by such foods as dairy and fried-foods.

Ultimately, acupuncture is very effective in treating all types of knee pain, and can help the recurrence of this sometimes debilitating condition. If you suffer from knee pain, know that you can find help with this ancient medicine.

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Differentiation of Moxibustion Materials

Moxibustion is a medical procedure of both traditional Tibetan and Chinese medicine that stimulates acupoints as a way to promote the human body's ability to recover itself. Professionals assert that the radiant heat generated by the burning herbal plants permeates the body, in which it is supposedly to revive the flow and balance of vital energy. It is a procedure that involves the burning of specific herbs at acupuncture points. Nowadays, moxibustion is often employed alongside acupuncture for problems which range from asthma to arthritis with great results. To perform moxibustion, you should have moxa sticks, or moxa cones, matches and a tray to hold the ashes. Moxa is a bastardization of the Japanese term “mokusa”, which accurately signifies, “burning herb.” You will notice an extensive degree of difference in the various moxa types along with pre-made moxa products.

Moxa Cones

Moxa cones and moxa wool includes the herb mugwort and can be purchased from herbal stores. A cone shaped moxa produces really mild and resilient heat. It is made of hard pressed moxa wool in order to form a cone. The burning up of one moxa cone is known as one Zhuang. The moxa cone is positioned over the acupoint determined in performing the desired moxibustion. Moxa cones come in about three sizes. The tiniest is most likely the exact same size as a grain of wheat, the medium size is around half of an almond, and then the largest is similar to the size of the upper section of the thumb. Moxibustion with moxa cones is a choice between direct or indirect, dependent upon whether or not there is something between the moxa cone and the skin. The two smaller cones are often employed for direct moxibustion, while the largest is intended for indirect moxibustion.

Moxa Sticks

Chinese traditional bundled moxa rolls or sticks can be used for indirect moxa heat therapy. Moxa sticks are often more easy to use than moxa cones because they are longer and can be kept conveniently in your hands. The moxa stick is regarded as the standard material by which moxibustion is applied to promote healing. During the process, the dried mugwort is rolled up securely and wrapped up creating a cigar-like stick. Mulberry barks are often used as wraps for moxa sticks because they also provide certain healing benefits. Commercial moxa sticks can be obtained from Chinese herbal stores. The moxa stick is placed around one half inch from your skin, even though this could differ from person to person. Moxa sticks can be used on a point where an acupuncture needle has been implanted. The practitioner or medical doctor places a finger near the point being stimulated in order to keep an appropriate level of heat and also to secure the patient from being burnt eg by dropping ash. The moxa stick is usually utilized to treat a deficiency of 'yang' energy within the body. It is the yang energy which controls motion and heat, and a scarcity of yang leads to cold signs or symptoms.

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The Traditional Cupping Therapy

Cupping is a therapy applied very often in traditional Chinese medicine and it has been very well accepted and is very well known. Traditional Chinese medicine stands out as the main treatment form that unveiled the cupping to the entire world. Cupping therapy has been utilized for hundreds of years in China and several other regions of the world. At present, various countries offer their very own version of the before mentioned therapy including various techniques and diverse cupping sets.

The Principle of Cupping

Cupping is an age-old Chinese therapy wherein a cup is applied onto the skin along with a negative pressure in the cup. This process sucks skin and wonderful muscles within the cup. Fundamentally, this kind of therapy requires a cupping set made of glass, bamboo or silicone cups depending upon the requirements of the approach used by the practitioner. Cupping is applied to particular acupuncture points in addition to areas of the body, which have been disturbed by pain. Cupping has a higher focus on the back acupuncture points because of the ease in which it can be transported out on the back. It is based on the meridian theory of the body. Most professionals utilize the dazhui and the back shu points. On the other hand, cupping eliminates any kind of stagnation in the body and opens the meridians so that qi energy can circulate without restraint.

The Process of Cupping

Cupping set such as glass cups in different sizes are often used for cupping. Silicon and bamboo cups can also be used. These cups are fitted often with a valve that connects to a small hand-operated pump, permitting the practitioner to draw out air without the need of fire heating. Additionally, it provides them increased control on the degree of the suction power. To be able to permit the cups to maneuver on the skin conveniently, massage oil is commonly used. Oils which have been infused with concentrated amounts of therapeutic herbal products are especially beneficial. The cups are employed at room temperature, then there is a friction produced along with the moving cups, so creating a gentle but great deal of heat, particularly if warm oil is also employed. In the event that the suction has established, the cups can be clearly shifted over the skin. The suction inside the cups makes the skin and the superficial muscle layer to become lightly drawn into the cup and theby creates a form of inverse massage.

Indication and Contraindication

Typically, cupping is joined with ordinary acupuncture in one particular treatment session; however it may also be used alone at home. The suction and negative pressure generated by the cupping set utilized by the practitioner can easily relax muscles, stimulate blood flow and calm the nerves. Cupping is normally recommended for treating pain, gastrointestinal problems, lung conditions as well as other health issues. Prior to responding on its benefits, it is very important to remember that when deciding to go through a therapy, you need to consider an expert massage therapist. Although there are numerous advertisements in the market nowdays advertising to do it on your own with an easily available cupping set, it is crucial that you remember that appropriate comprehension about the process is important. Otherwise it may cause unexpected pain or even more serious body damage instead of helping to bring relief to the body. If it is performed properly cupping is incredibly safe and good for maintaining your overall wellness.

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Acupuncture and Treating Headaches

Headaches, in one form or another, are very commonly treated with acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The main headers seen in practice are migraine, tension, cluster or sinus headaches, although there are other types that vary in definition via conventional modern medicine. Through TCM diagnosis, headaches are generally classified as excess or deficient in nature (as is every imbalance or illness). Your headache can be classified further in a number of ways, and can be affected by a number of different factors including your emotions, eg anger, worry, or even fear. It is commonly known in TCM as well that you can experience headaches from overwork, a poor diet, external pathogenic factors (eg cold or flu virus), and even through excessive sexual activity.

TCM will also differentiate your headaches according to what part of your head is affected. For example, headaches on the top of your head correspond to an excess in your Liver organ system ('Liver' is capitalized to differentiate from the scientific definition of your 'liver'), whereas heads are usually due to a Kidney deficiency. The type of pain that you experience with a headache has significance as well. Your acupuncturist / TCM practitioner will ask you about the nature of the pain in terms of whether or not it is dull and aching, heavy, stiff, stabbing and sharp, empty, or even a pulling type of pain.

In the TCM Theory of Five Elements (one of the theories that helps to make up Chinese Medicine), it is stated that everything that exists in the universe also exists within you. So your health can be affected by nature, and that nature itself can, and often does, exist within you. For example, you may have headaches caused by external pathogens such as Wind-Cold, Wind-Heat or Wind-Dampness. You may also experience headaches from internal factors, such as Liver-Fire, Liver-Wind, Dampness, Phlegm, and others. Deficient patterns leading to headaches tend to be diagnosed as Qi (energy) deficiency, Blood deficiency, or Kidney deficiency.

The accompanying signs and symptoms you will exhibit that help your practitioner diagnose you will depend on the precipitating factor for your headaches. For example, if your headaches are caused by Wind-Dampness (which may in fact be otherwise diagnosed as a common cold or flu), you will notice that they started in damp weather, and that the pain is heavy in nature, that you have trouble concentrating and probably also that you have a runny nose. However, if your headaches are caused by Liver-Fire, you may experience dizziness, irritability, insomnia, or other symptoms normally associated with this pattern.

The most difficult types of headaches to cure are those associated with Dampness or Phlegm, as these factors tend to be very stubborn in nature. In addition, the longer you have had heads, the longer it will oftentimes take to cure you of them. Nonetheless, the proper choice of acupuncture points, as well as some other TCM techniques, eg Tui Na (Chinese massage), cupping therapy, and / or herbal prescription will help get you on your way to feeling much better. Also, you will likely be advised to make some lifestyle changes, including eating a healthy diet, getting enough rest, and whatever other changes that might affect your particular pattern.

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Acupuncture Benefits – Learn About It Before You Try It

You have heard about acupuncture benefits, and you are tempted to try it yourself. Yet, you are hesitant about having someone stick pins in you. If you have reservations about acupuncture, you should read this article about acupuncture benefits. It will help you understand acupuncture benefits and learn how you can enjoy this experience.

Acupuncture Benefits Are Something You Just Have To Experience For Yourself
Its been proven to be a very safe technique, some people have been known to suffer from mild side-effects. Some of these side-effects include: lightheartedness, nausea or fainting. These conditions are quite rare.

However, it is important to discuss possible side-effects with the practiceer before having any procedure done. Still, there are many positive benefits.
One of the coolest is the fact that you can listen to music during your acupuncture session. Choose something that relaxes you completely, not something that well rev you up.

Remember, it's all about relaxing and getting the most benefits.
There Are Many Benefits Including Being Able To Listen To Music
Classical music is a great choice, or you could opt for a relaxing form of jazz. It's OK if you're relaxed to the point of near sleep, that's one of the finest benefits. That will help your muscles respond to the treatment. You should never go to an acupuncture appointment on an empty stomach; I can assure you there are no benefits from it. Have a small meal or a healthy snack two hours before your appointment.

Some of it Can Have Side Effects
If you often feel lightheaded during or after your treatment, eat more before your appointment and bring some snacks with you so you can eat as soon as the treatment is over.

There is quite a bit of mystery. Medically speaking acupuncture may help your body produce natural pain-killing chemicals and possibly help your body release them when needed.

Traditionally, the way energy flows through your body. This energy flow is called your qi.

Once your treatment is over, try to leave the television off, at least for a few hours to really feel the full effects of it.

Set Goals To Reach The Maximum Benefits
Part of the goal is to help you find balance with your mind and body. The television can throw that balance off, with its bright flashing colors and loud noises.
Instead, read a book or play a game with your family members so you can feel the acupuncture benefit the right way. After having acupuncture and getting absorbed, make sure you take it easy and rest. Go easy with exercise and other activities.

Do not Think it Never Comes With A Price
Make sure any physical activity you do is gradual, light, and gentle. The reason why is because its benefits gets things moving in your body so your body may respond in ways that you're not expecting or prepared for. If you have never subjected yourself or granted the benefits, it is understandable why you would be hesitant to try.

However, this article should have alleviated some of your anxiety about it. Remember these tips when you are ready to try it. After your first session, you will ask yourself why you had ever waited so long to try this miraculous method of healing and benefits of it.

If this article has inspired you in any way, if you have learned anything at all about acupuncture benefits, or if you felt this information was valuable and are curious on how I generated income from this very article, I encourage you to take another minute to check out an opportunity that just might be what you've been looking for!

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Depression Can Be Improved With Acupuncture

While it is a fact that the United States is known as Prozac nation, there are many other ways to treat depression. Roughly, 28 million people in the United States take antidepressants for depression. With stress and anxiety occurring in almost every household in America, it is unknowingly that the symptoms of depression and anxiety will go away anytime soon. The pharmaceutical companies are relying on this.

The thing about antidepressants is that they have many unpleasant side effects that are associated with them. These side effects include anxiety, lack of energy, insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite, sexual dysfunction, tremors and body rashes, just to name a few. If you are one of the millions who are dealing with depression, acupuncture may be a safer alternative for you to consider. It is only one of the many types of eastern techniques that offer an alternative method to feeling better.

Eastern medicine dates back thousands of years and it has taken care of depression as well as other medical conditions. The reason that this looks to work is that acupuncture therapists treat the entire body instead of categorizing mental conditions and physical conditions. When someone is upset or anxious, one can experience various levels of pain. If someone experiences physical trauma from a car accident, his or her emotional well-being is also impacted. Mental disorders can increase if well-being is not taken care of. Some have even seen their overall health decrease and even some patients have ended up with cancer.

If you are expressing anxiety or depression, a seeking acupuncture or chiropractic care can be helpful. The acupuncturist will assess your overall health history and create an individualized, customized treatment plan that is created just for you. The treatment plan will address your current symptoms in a safe and drug free manner.

There are five elements that are associated with treating depression and those elements are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Each of these elements and their significance is important is treating depression. Ying and Yang is the idea that harmony and balance are one in the same. The concept behind this idea is that there are dual sides of life-happy and sad or hot and cold. However, these two can not function without each other and nothing is ever really just one or the other.

There have been many studies over the years and these studies have shown that acupuncture does work as effectively in treating depression as much as medication does.

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Quickly Alleviate Your Aches and Pains

Are you someone who has been dealing with a recurring headache over the last few weeks? Perhaps you are just trying not to think about that nagging pain in your back, along your spine? Maybe you just have not been able to turn your head without feeling a sharp tweak in your neck for a little while? It is important for you to know that people should not have to live their lives in pain. People also should not have to rely on muscle creams or painkillers just to get through their days either. Some people opt to make an appointment with their family physician to seek relief from the symptoms and inflammation. However, your doctor will prescribe more medication that is only going to temporarily fix your problem. Your family doctor is not going to get to the cause of the problem; and once the pills are gone patients are forced to return for treatment.

Your next option is to do research online for cures, home remedies, over-the-counter medications you can try. You may even find a list of suggested vitamin supplements that you should start taking. It is important to realize that these cures, home remedies, and over-the-counter medications are not cure alls. They work fine for some people and for other people they do not work at all. In the event that they do work, they are usually just a temporary fix just like the prescription medicine that you tried before. In other cases, they require a lot more money than you have to keep up with the supplements.

What you need is something fast and natural. You need something that is not going to require you to pump more chemicals into your body. Eastern medicine is the best option to seek. A patient can see immediate relief from therapists who practice acupuncture and chiropractic care. A chiropractor is a medical professional that specializes in alleviating the aches and pains of the human body through manipulation of the body, back, and spinal. This is a professional who is going to go beyond the surface and determine exactly what is causing you to feel the pain to begin with. Once the chiropractor has determined the source of your problem they can figure out the best treatment method. Typically, a few adjustments to an individual's skeletal system is all that needs to be made. Chances are pretty good that something is misaligned in your body, which can put an awful amount of pressure on the spine and other skeletal parts of the body.

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Only Time Stabbing Is Beneficial

The potential to help an individual is enough of a reason to try just about anything in this society. However, there is a reason why acupuncture is a technique that has been used for thousands of years. It is because it works. It is a great way for an individual to get results without having to worry about negative side effects. Unlike what you would expect from drugs or surgical procedures, acupuncture is an all-natural alternative procedure that does not come equipped with any nasty side effects. It is also an eastern treatment that caters to your individual needs. It is common knowledge that no two people are exactly the same. By this logic, two people with the same condition should not expect treatment to help relieve pain in the same way. Acupuncture is about getting to the root of your problems and figuring out the best solution for you.

A therapist who practices eastern medicine is going to spend a lot of time with you. Typically, the first consultation will be around 45 minutes long. They will look at your body to see if they can decrease the pain and increase your energy. Furthermore, the needles will usually remain for at least 30 minutes. This gives the specialists an opportunity to provide extremely personalized care for their patients. Their goal is to make sure that you do not feel rushed and they want to address any concerns you might have.

This treatment is also about discovering that your health issues are not all in your head as some people try to lead you to believe. This is just an excuse that is given where there is not a conventional drug that can be used to treat a symptom. Acupuncture is a treatment option that does not make excuses. It has been used effectively to treat symptoms and syndromes that other doctors were not able to explain or treat.

Seeing an acupunct specialist is not something that is reserved for sick individuals. This is because it is also used as a powerful preventive medication. This means you do not have to wait for something bad to happen to your health to reap the benefits of this treatment. Acupuncture is great for anyone who is just looking for a quick tune-up or health booster. Seeing an acupunct specialist regularly is a great way to promote a healthy and higher quality of living.

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Most Frequently Used Acupuncture Supplies

Acupuncture is a Chinese medical therapy which involves the activation of key points in your body using meticulously inserted needles and it requires various types of acupuncture equipment. With the growing demand for acupuncture treatments, these acupuncture supplies and equipment are readily provided to the market in order to ensure that your patient gets the most fulfilling acupuncture treatment achievable. Traditional Chinese medicine clinics have huge variations as far as the used acupuncture supplies are concerned. Sometimes contamination controls are performed in order to check the traditional Chinese medicine products in order to maintain an acupuncture medical clinic risk-free. Several providers carry large lines of acupuncture supplies which are often ordered online. Of course, you can also check out your local store.


The acupuncture needle is definitely the basic and most important acupuncture instrument. It has the ability to produce remarkable healing results. Understanding how acupuncture needles are manufactured, the various types of handles, used metals and needle tips will allow you to select the right needle for the suitable application on the patient. Even though many acupuncture products do not permeate the skin like eg acupuncture needles, cleanliness is still a significant matter. Most expert acupuncturists use pre-sterilized needle packages intended to be disposed after the treatment of each patient. Acupuncture needles are available in a number of sizes and diameters, depending on their intention and on which part of the body they are to be utilized. In ancient Chinese procedure, there have been as much as nine kinds of needles. Needles are crafted from a number of metals such as gold and silver, along with much less standard materials similar to stone or bones. In contemporary acupuncture, the most typical form of needle is the metal filiform, or thread-like needle made from stainless steel.

Moxa sticks

Numerous practitioners of acupuncture also carry out moxibustion and have to source moxa products among their other acupuncture supplies. It is a type of heat treatment which stimulates acupuncture points on the body. For that reason, acupuncture supplies often combine herbal products for moxibustion, moxa sticks or rolls, incense and extinguishers for moxibustion. Typically, the moxa wool is compressed or rolled into a cigar shape, which makes it simple for the practitioner to steer the burning ember over the body. A very important variation of the common moxa stick consists of smokeless moxa, which is typically a carbonized blend of moxa and herbs. This makes it practically smokeless when burned. Sook moxa sticks are made from a mix of wormwood, sagebrush and mugwort which produce a nice aroma of burning wood.

Cupping set

The cupping treatment therapy is an alternative treatment by which cups are positioned onto the skin to produce suction. The cups are made of various materials, which include earthenware, glass and bamboo. Proponents of cupping therapy believe that the suction of the cups mobilizes blood circulation to enhance the recovery of a wide range of health concerns. Nowadays, there are a number of cupping sets available on the market which integrate the usage of magnets and a vacuum pump sometimes in combination with a hot flame.

Acupuncture models and charts

Acupuncture models are often used by specialist acupuncturists. Most acupuncture supply shops store these auxiliary products. These acupuncture models are a particular replica of the human body which indicates the acupuncture points on the meridians, which often serves as guides to find these points on a real patient. These models are generally made out of durable soft vinyl plastic material and mounted on a solid wood platform.

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Acupuncture Treatments Change Lives

Acupuncture has been around for many years. It was and still is an old eastern method of alternative medicine. It is used for many different things, from medical needs to increase one's energy. This technique involves inserting very tiny needles into the first few layers of your skin. Of course, they are strategically placed to bring relief from whatever symptoms you are suffering from.

You can see relief from headaches, dental pain, fibromyalgia, and even chemotherapy for cancer patients. It is mainly used for body aches and pains, but has been used to help a very large variety of medical problems. Especially when dealing with body pains it is usually accompanied with other treatments as well. It is almost like the physical therapy of treatment for most people.

When getting acupuncture, it usually starts with anywhere between five and 20 needles. This also depends on the area of ​​the body, and what the treatment is for. The needles are left in place for about five to 20 minutes depending on the age of the person. It is important to finish treatment before the person is depleted of their energy. With this treatment, you are scheduled at least once a week. Once the problem starts to subside for a week at a time then it is pushed to once every two weeks. This continues until you no longer have the problem that you were suffering from. After each treatment, it is stated that some people feel relaxed, and others feel energized. This type of treatment also has minimal side effects. The most common effects are just some soreness where the needle was placed.

Acupuncture can be a means to end for a migraine that never lasts away. It also can help you control pain more conveniently. This type of treatment is growing more and more popular each day. It has stirred up quite a bit of commotion in the medical industry. Today, it is now helping cancer patients in more ways than just helping with their sickness. It helps relax them, take their pain away, and much more. Whether you just have sore joints, headaches, or your spine is preventing your chi from getting through, acupuncture can be a very helpful tool in your recovery. No matter what you choose, you will fully satisfy with the end result. You will not have to worry about having to take pills for inflammation.

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Cosmetic Acupuncture – A Look Into Timeless Beauty!

More and more women in the US are finding out firsthand the benefits of cosmetic acupuncture for enhancing their faces and breasts!

That's right – acupuncture treatments can also enhance your breast size and shape!

More on that topic later.

Today, largely due to the internet, cosmetic acupuncture has taken the attention of women of all ages looking for new approaches to natural beauty. It's holistic approach appeals in particular to women who want to enhance their natural features and at the same time reduce the signs of aging without using chemicals or surgery.

Although cosmetic acupuncture is often referred to as an acupuncture face-lift, it has little in common with its surgical counterpart. The focus is to improve the flow of fluids, nutrients, and oxygen to the tissues of the face and breasts through the action of vasodilation (widening of blood vessels). As the blood flow to these tissues improvements from an acupuncture treatment, it has the effect of toning facial lines, reducing the effects of sun damage and muscle tension, brightening the complexion, and bringing a youthful fullness to the face and body.

Not for women only!

Today some top players and business men who want to look their best are also seeking out methods like cosmetic acupuncture to look more vital and youthful for important public presentations, dating service photographs, and personal engagements.

How much does it cost?

The cost of cosmetic acupuncture varies with the practitioner, but typically ranges between $ 90 to $ 150 per session. Minimal compared to a $ 5000 facelift.

And cosmetic acupuncture also has the added effect of stimulating reactive areas (nerve communication centers) on the face, just as with body acupuncture, that stimulates the body's healing processes.

Jeffe Kennedy age 44, internationally known author, environmental consultant, and neurophysiologist, has taken advantage of cosmetic acupuncture for facial rejuvenation and breast enhancement.

“I loved the results of the cosmetic acupuncture. My face looked smoother, more radiant and suffused with a youthful fullness I'd come to miss. looked their best: plump, tight and perky with an enduring effect. ”

How Does It Work?

The skin of the face is very versatile and made up of 3 basic layers, the outer layer the epidermis, the mid layer the dermis, and the bottom or subcutaneous layer.

The outer protective layer of the skin called the epidermis is made up of a combination of living and dead cells and a waxy substance called keratin. This layer of skin can vary in thickness depending upon body location. On the face this layer is reliably thin. This superficial layer of the skin acts in much the same way as the waxy coat on your car to protect against scratches and abrasions, chemicals and sun damage (ultra violet radiation), drying out and cracking, and helps maintain a constant temperature. And, if properly cared for, it gives luster and glow to the facial complexion.

An important fact to keep in mind concerning the epidermis is that it has no direct blood supply. In other words there are no blood vessels in the epidermal layer. It receives its supply of fluids from the dermal layer.

The mid layer or dermis of the skin is much thicker than the epidermis. This layer is made up of collagen, elastic fibers, blood vessels, and nerves. This is the layer that gives your skin its resilience and fullness. Frequently as people age the small blood vessels in this layer became constrained due to a number of factors including poor nutrition, injury, inflammation, and tension from stress. As the blood flow becomes reduced to this dermal area you begin to notice changes in the moisture content, luster, and resilience of the skin. A good example of this problem is when someone appears to grow older over night after a terrible or taxing event. This is one of the area where acupuncture excels by relaxing and opening the small blood vessels of the face and body which improves overall circulation.

The bottom layer or subcutaneous layer of the skin is made up of collagen fibers, adipose tissue, and blood vessels. This layer plays an important role by insulating the body to help regulate temperature and it also gives shape to our facial features.

Now that we've talked about facial acupuncture it is time to talk breasts!

Acupuncture Breast Enhancement

Breast enlargement, or more specifically breast enhancement, has recently been a big topic of conversation in discussions about new cosmetic approaches, due in large part to the popularity along many of the top Taiwanese models and actresses. Some women are choosing to use cosmetic acupuncture for a quick breast boost a couple of days before an important event like weddings, parties, and public appearances. Mainly because acupuncture has such a quick effect, fewer risks of side effects, and minimal cost to get that “perky look” rather than going to straight to implants or surgery.

Does an acupuncture yeast enhancement treatment give the same effect as implants?

No! Contrary to some claims acupuncture does not dramatically increase bust size. However it does enhance the appearance by increasing the fullness, firmness, and perkiness of the breasts. Breast enhancement works the same way as facial acupuncture. Local acupuncture points are selected to use around the breast (not in the breasts) to stimulate a rich supply of blood to the breast.

What should I expect when I get a breast enhancement treatment?

First a routine interview and physical assessment is conducted to see if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

The patient lies on a treatment table just like a regular acupuncture treatment, the breasts are draped by a soft cloth and the acupuncturist carefully selects acupoints surrounding the breast tissue and applies the treatment for 30-45 minutes.

Typically twelve treatments are recommended, once-a-week, along with nutritional support. Since each person's physiology varies very, more or fewer treatments may be needed for ideal results. It all depends on what kind of results each individual wants to achieve.

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