The Effective Use of Acupuncture for Pre and Post Operative Care

Did you know that if you are facing a surgical procedure in the near future, acupuncture can be of great benefit for pre and post-operartive care.

Having a surgical procedure can be a stressful and emotional event that brings up feelings of fear and anxiety. For most it is just the fear of the unknown and being “put under” with anesthesia. Others wonder about the process of recovery and rehabilitation and the effect that the procedure is going to have on their lives.

Scientific evidence has shown acupuncture indirectly intercepts the Central Nervous System (CNS) which encompasses the brain, spinal chord and related nerves. When an acupuncture needle is inserted into the body, it triggers a cascading effect of neurotransmitters in the brain. Among these are the body's own natural opiates called endorphins. Endorphins act as natural pain killers in the body. Various MRI scans have shown acupuncture to change brain chemistry in a way that is related to sensation and involuntary functions such as the endocrine system, circulation of blood, lymph, fluids. Interestingly, acupunctures affect on circulation actually helps the body deliver medications more effectively as well as helps the body rid itself of past drugs and toxins.

Perioperative acupuncture and related techniques are increasingly being taken out and practiced in conventional medical settings for use as preoperative sedation and as a way to reduce the amount of pain medications and to reduce postoperative pain .

Preoperative Sedation

Due to acupuncture's physiological and psychological effects on the body, it can be used to greatly reduce preoperative stress and anxiety and to trigger the release of the body's own natural opiates (endorphins) to enhance analgesia. With the release of endorphins, patients experience deep states of relaxation, calm and drowsiness. By decreasing the need for strong anesthetics or opioids, the duration of recovery is enhanced and there is less nausea and vomiting after surgery. It is important to note that acupuncture does not provide a true anesthesia in any way. Rather, acupuncture produces analgesia and a sedation like effect.

Postoperative Pain Control and PONV

Acupuncture and related techniques have been found to be effective in pain control, enhancing and also reducing pain medication. And as noted above, one of the most common uses of and most investigated uses of acupuncture is its application for postoperative nausea andomiting (PONV). PONV can complicate and delay recovery time from surgery. Often, when opioids are administrated, the bowel function is often impaired and the patient has a difficult time passing stool. Acupuncture normalizes the peristaltic rhythm of the bowel and restores harmony.

Postoperative Recovery

Postoperative acupuncture is beneficial in restoring balance and enhancing the body's immune system. After the invasive procedure, the immune system and the gut are weakened and leaves the body vulnerable to infection and other issues. It is well known that acupuncture and moxibustion accelerates the healing process by enhancing immune function, the production of blood complications and the increase in circulation of blood, lymph and body fluids. It also restores harmony to the gastrointestinal tract as well.

Treatment of Scar and surrounding areas

After a surgical procedure, a scar is left on the landscape … When a wound is replaced by scar tissue, it is filled by dense, fibrous connective tissue. This tissue is not as elastic nor does it have the vascular support like other tissue. Not having the elasticity or the abundant circulation of blood as other areas of the body, it forms adhesions Over time, these adhesions can affect undering organs and structure as well as inhibit flexibility and movement. Acupuncture and moxibustion can break up the scar tissue and restore circulation to the area.

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Acupuncture Supplies

Acupoints are the areas that are considered to be along the part of the body that have been affected very badly. The targeted symptoms can be or can’t be in the same part of the body. In other words, these are the locations of the body that are mainly the focus of attention in acupuncture.

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Using Acupuncture to Cure Back Pain

Research and data from around the world shows that more than 80% of all adults will experience back pain at some point in their lives. And if you are reading this, I know you trust this data because, chances are, you are in pain as well.

So What Can We Do To Fight Back Pain?

I'm sure you came across all sorts of medication, products and techniques on your road to back pain relief. Some of them were more successful, some less, but since you are still searching for answers, I can imagine you are not pleased with the methods you previously tried out.

Before I go on to talk about using acupuncture to cure back pain, let me just say that I believe in others back pain relieve techniques as well. I've had great success with, so called, McKenzie exercises, various back pain products (body back buddy and Theracane), yoga etc.

So, the reason I am writing this article today is not to tell you that every other method sucks, I am here to offer you just one more tool you can “put in your back pain relief toolbox.”

What Is Acupuncture And How It Can Help You?

I'm sure you've, at least, heard about acupuncture, but let me say a few words about it. It is actually an ancient Chinese practice of inserting needles at certain, very specific, parts of our body, dots, if you will.

There are over 2000 of those dots, and they are considered to be connected by various paths. Those paths allow energy (or chi) to flow around our body.

When we experience pain, it is believed that something is disrupting the flow of energy. And the best ways to do so, is by stimulating respected dots using needles.

Benefits Of Acupuncture

One of the great tings about acupuncture is, if done by an experienced professional, the entire procedure is risk free and has no side effects.

The Western medicine tried to explain the effects of acupuncture, and it was determined that acupuncture will help you by:

  • Stimulating your nervous system. The stimulation of nervous system actually triggers the release of various chemicals into the muscles, relaxing them and relieving you of pain.
  • Releasing the natural opioids. It may sound strange, but our brain can release certain chemicals that will lessen the pain we are feeling.
  • Speeding up electromagnetic impulses. This goes hand in hand with previous points, since it will further promote and speed up the flow of chemical brain will release to help relieve us of pain.

So, now that you know the theory, get out there and see if it will work for you in practice! I`m telling you, you won`t regret trying it out!

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Achieve Your New Year’s Resolution of Losing Weight

Are you suffering from being overweight and would you like to be able to have more “options” to make better “choices” in regards to diet, exercise and lifestyle? Hypnosis and Self-Hypnosis are powerful tools for behavioral change that will last. True learning comes from the unconscious mind and generative trance work through hypnosis allowing you to put an end to old, worn out and useless behaviors that continue to get you “more of what you do not want.” The definition of insanity is to keep doing the same thing and hopping to get different results.

As human beings, we all have beliefs about cause, beliefs about meaning and beliefs about identity that inform our perceptions and gives us a strategy to do what we do … Some of these behaviors and beliefs are useful and others are not. Beliefs are not necessarily based upon a logical framework of ideas, since some of the beliefs we have were formed as children either through direct experience or from a parent or some other authority figure. Some beliefs are unresponsive to logic or conscious thought processes. When there is an inner conflict, where one “part” wants to eat healthy, exercise and lose weight, and the other “part” feels transformed and afraid of change, we can use parts therapy to mediate an agreement, so that both parts are in accord with one another. Behind every behavior, there is a positive intention for us to get what we need. However, what once worked may be no longer useful or we have out grown the behavior. Hypnosis makes it possible to recover and develop new resource states so that we may initiate new behaviors.

Through the use of hypnosis and acupuncture, we (you) can change the behavior of binging and overeating, and at the occasional take away physical and emotional cravings for sugar and other foods … This DOES requires a commitment on your part and you will have your own work to do … This is where teaching you the techniques of self-hypnosis are most useful. Acupuncture is useful in balancing the physical and emotional self, and at the same time alleviating food cravings through the placement of tiny needles in the ear and on certain body points.

It is always useful to have more tools for your tool box, where you can begin to grow and sustain real change! Remember, loving, kindness, compassion for self is where the journey starts, and there is no end! Cherish yourself!

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Great Health Starts With Great Self-Care

As an acupuncturist with 30 plus years of experience, I have seen and treated many different disorders and issues that people present with, do to either physical, emotional or spiritual imbalances. These can either be caused by past / present physical or emotional trauma and lifestyle issues relating to the person's home and work environments. I would like to address some of these issues here, and ways that one might implement practices in their lives, to stay healthier and stress free.

In a healthy body, all the different aspects of our body work together as harmonious members of a smooth functioning whole, not unlike all the different instruments in a symphony – each has its part and contributions exactly what is needed at just the right time to produce harmonious results. But we are subject to numerous stressors, less than ideal dietary conditions, poor lifestyle choices, inherited deficiencies, and other such factors. These things tax our system, putting pressure on it from numerous different directions, overworking various aspects of our bodies resources.

Unfortunately, in today's fast paced life, emotional and environmental stress as well as physical trauma play a major role in disease and dysfunction. Over time and due to life's stress and or some unseen traumas, some aspects of our body's energy can become significantly overworked and are then unable to do their jobs as efficiently as they might. This in turn can force another aspect of the body to overwork, setting off a chain reaction of imbalance in the body. This energetic imbalance in the body slowly works its way forward and manifests as symptoms. It is the level of this balance or imbalance in the body's energetic resources that determines the body's level of health. We may still be able to accomplish many things, even while we're not taking the best care of ourselves, but using our resources at a less than optimal level will eventually lead serious health problems. Once our body is unable to use its resources to the best of its ability, we end up getting sick.

When a person's symptoms become problematic or are interfering with their everyday functions, they usually seek the help of a physician or trained professional to get some answers and treatment. As a physician of Oriental Medicine, it is my job to see the patient in their “wholeness” and then discover the root of the imbalance and then treat the imbalance … And while that is important, what is more important is educating the patient on what the process was that lead to the issues at hand and how they can prevent this from happening again.

I like to suggest easy and do-able practices that a person can implement over time, that are going to have the biggest impact on their well being. These would be:

Diet

Exercise

Mindfulness practices that may include meditation, self-hypnosis and journaling.

Dietary advice is given from an Oriental Medicine context that supports the patients constitution and also one that uses food and herbs to heal.

Exercise is advised from the point of view of what the patient's interests are, what is going to be beneficial and what is realistic for their lifestyle.

Mindfulness practices, meditation, self-hypnosis and journaling are different tools for the tool box … This is where the patient can start to “grow themselves in new and interesting ways”. What I mean by this, is that each person is unique and each person already has the resources to make the changes that they need and want … It is just a matter of unawareing them and bringing those resources “on-line”. For instance, self-hypnosis is useful for positive self suggestions and beginning and supporting new behaviors … All to often, people know what they “do not want”. However, what is challenging is ignoring what it is that they want.

As a healthcare provider, one of the most important aspects of my practice is to empower my patients with knowledge and the tools to improve their lives.

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Acupuncture and Infertility: Finding Fertile Ground With an Ancient Therapy

Many people encounter difficulty in conceiving a child as infertility affects up to 10-15% of couples, and the prevalent increases with age. The World Health Organization defines infertility as the inability to conceive a child after two years of regular sexual intercourse without contraception. In the US, fertility evaluation and treatment is generally considered when couples fail to conceive after 12 months of trying.

There are many causes of infertility in women. Causes due to problems in the endocrine system include diabetes, hypothyroidism, and adrenal insufficiency. Sexually transmitted diseases such as Chlamydia can cause infertility by damaging the fallopian tubes. Other common causes of infertility include polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and endometriosis. Decreased sperm count and / or motility are common causes of infertility in men. No definitive etiology is found in 15-20% of cases of infertility, which is often referred to as “unexplained infertility”. Any couple who is dealing with infertility bought to seek medical attention to determine the etiology and receive the appropriate care.

Acupuncture is a therapy that involves the placement of very fine needles in specific points on the body. It originated in China and has been practiced for over 2,000 years. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), life force energy, or “Qi”, flows through meridians in our bodies and disease occurs when there is an imbalance in this system. Acupuncture and other therapies, including herbal remedies, seek to restore balance when disease occurs. Acupuncture has likely been used to treat infertility as long as it has been practiced, and its first recorded use for this purpose was over 1,000 years ago. Several million Americans have had acupuncture, many of what have bought this treatment for infertility.

Acupuncture has been researched extensively, and its use for infertility is well documented in the medical literature. Studies have shown that the following processes occur as the result of acupuncture: improved blood flow to the uterus and ovaries, augmentation of the uterine lining, improved follicle formation and ovulation, better regulation of the hormones necessary for fertilization, improved quality and quantity of sperm cells in men, and the alleviation of stress which is often a problem in couples who are having difficulty conceiving.

In one study published in Fertility and Sterility in April 2002, 160 patients undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) were divided into two groups. Eighty patients received acupuncture before and after fertilized embryos were transferred to their uterus. The other group of 80 patients underwent embryo transfer and did not receive acupuncture. The group that received acupuncture had a significantly higher rate of pregnancy, as 34 women (42.5%) in the acupuncture group became pregnant while 21 women (26%) in the group that did not receive acupuncture become pregnant.

Although the medical literature indicates that women undergoing IVF can benefit from acupuncture, women who decide not to go through IVF can still benefit from acupuncture, particularly women with unexplained infertility. Although their infertility may be “unexplained” by conventional Western Medicine, these patients often have well-defined diagnoses according to TCM. Stagnant Liver Qi is a common cause of infertility in TCM. In addition to infertility, these patients often exhibit symptoms of depression. Deficient Kidney Qi is another common TCM diagnosis seen in infertility patients. Patients with deficient Kidney Qi are often overstressed, overworked, and sleep-deprived (epidemic in the US). Energetic discrepancies such as these can adversely affect the ability to get pregnant. Restoring balance in these patients with the use of acupuncture and other stress reduction techniques can help create a healthy milieu in which a pregnancy can successfully initiate and develop.

The risks of acupuncture are minimal and include local bleeding and infection. It is not recommended to undergo acupuncture after pregnancy has started, as stimulating some acupuncture points can result in uterine contractions which can lead to miscarriage. The cost of acupuncture is generally far less than other fertility treatments. The needles are very fine, so even needle averse patients tolerate the procedure well.

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Exactly What Does Wellness Mean?

We hear the terms health and wellness all the time but exactly what does wellness care really mean? It means so much more than just being free of disease and ailments. It also means to proactively strive for optimal health and function. It's about actively participating in your own best physical, mental, and social well-being. That is, taking care of your mind, body, and soul-a holistic and proactive approach to life. How do you do this? You will likely need a little help getting started and staying the course. A chiropractor can help you discover your path to optimal health and wellness.

Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) provide holistic care. Chiropractic is an all natural healthcare practice that utilizes many approaches to help patients resolve pain and dysfunction and navigate the path to optimal success and an improved quality of life. When used as a rehabilitative treatment to resolve pain and dysfunction, chiropractic addresses the root cause of ailments instead of merely masking the symptoms. Medication may mask the symptoms but do nothing to address and resolve the actual cause of the pain or dysfunction. Thus, chiropractic can actually rehabilitate a person, making them healthy and whole again without the need for medication. As a proactive treatment, chiropractic helps prevent injuries, diseases, and ailments, and provides a path for optimum wellness.

A chiropractor's plan of care for a client is always an individualized plan of care personalized to that client's history, needs, and goals. First and foremost, a chiropractor will work to correct any imbalances or misalignments in the body. Over time, almost everyone inherits some degree of misalignment in the body whether due to postural habits, repetitive stresses, or other factors. These are corrected through chiropractic adjustments. Then, depending on the individualized treatment plan the chiropractor may integrate any other number of treatments and services into the wellness plan including but not limited to:

• acupuncture
• massage therapy
• nutritional counseling
• therapeutic exercises
• active release therapy (ART)
• disc decompression therapy
• whole body vibration
• intersegmental traction
• ultrasound
• heat and ice therapy
• electrical muscle stimulation and TENS
• neuro-muscular re-education
• proprioception and balance training
• ergonomic support

The health benefits of chiropractic care are numerous and invaluable. Once on your path to optimal health and wellness you will have more energy, sleep better, think more clearly, look more vibrant, perform more efficiently, and so much more. You can become a living example of what health and wellness really means.

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Phytonutrient, Estrogen, Testosterone and Acupuncture

Cruciferous vegetables include cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, parsnips, kale, and bean sprouts. Dr. Nieske Zabriskie cited scientific evidence to explain why increased intake of cruciferous vegetables has been shown to decrease overall cancer risk. One of the constituents found in these vegetables, indole-3-carbinol (I3C), has been widely studied as a potential chemo-preventive and chemotherapeutic agent., Indole-3-carbinol (I3C) has the following beneficial effects for our health, according to Dr. Niewske Zabriski:

1. It increases estrogen metabolism through the beneficial 2-hydroxylation pathway in humans from 29 percent to over 45 percent. Increasing the 2-hydroxylation pathway decrees the activity of the other, more harmful pathways.

2. The good estrogen, metabolites, 2-hydroxylation end products, decrees cell proliferation and increases programmed cell death, which are important in the prevention of cancer.

3. I3C also increases the expression of the well-known breast cancer suppression gene BRCA1. Additionally, I3C inhibits the activation of estrogen receptors by estradiol, which results estrogen-enhanced cancers.

4. I3C also protects against cervical cancer. Estrogen promotes development of cervical cancer in cells infected with high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPV). I3C and 2-hydroxyestrone inhibiting the estrogen-increased expression of the HPV cancer-promoting genes

5. Evidence also demonstrates that I3C is a potent scavenger of free-radicals, highly reactive chemicals that cause damage in the body and lead to aging, degenerative diseases, and cancer.

6. I3C is acid-catalyzed in the stomach into diindolylmethane (DIM). DIM is believed to be the beneficial beneficial constituent in I3C and cruciferous vegetables. animal models show that supplementation with I3C prior to exposure of a known carcinogen, reduced the development of breast tumors by 70-90 percent. Studies on human breast cancer cell lines show that DIM inhibits the growth of both estrogen-dependent and estrogen-independent cancer cells by approximately 60 percent. The same study also showed that DIM binds to the estrogen receptors in these cells, inhibiting the binding of estradiol.

7. Other evidence shows that I3C decrees both the growth of blood supply to cancer cells and the spread of the cancerous cells locally and that it protects the liver from carcinogens.

8. DIM also exhibits anti-androgenic activity. Research shows that DIM inhibits dihydyrotestosterone (DHT) from binding to androgen receptors in androgen-dependent human prostate cancer cells, decreasing the induction of DNA synthesis. DIM also reduced levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA).

If cruciferous vegetables have so many protective effects, then why are they so unpopular? First of all, these vegetables require enzymes to digest, so if you've never eaten them, your body might not be able to digest them, due to the complexity of the compounds involved. You will have bloating, gas and indigestion. So when you finally do decide to eat these vegetables, you might start with a small steamed serving. You have to find the right amount in order to avoid indigestion. Also acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help you to digest them more efficiently by bringing more blood flow to the stomach area.

Secondly, these vegetables have no spontaneous stimulating effect on your brain and can not mention dopamine, endorphines or serotonin instantly as sweets and alcohol do. It takes time for your body to produce the beneficial effect. When you change eating habits like this, the stress can cause other problems. Therefore acupuncture can help your body to cope in order to develop a new healthier habit by facilitating its ability to produce more dopamine, serotonin and GABA. Thirdly, if you are taking anti-acid medication, you might have more difficult digesting. You could use acupuncture and herbs to reduce any acid reflux instead of taking the anti-acid to stop it, because acid is very critical to digesting fibers, vitamins and minerals. Acupuncture can improve your digestion and strengthen the esophagus and stomach muscle tone and prevent acid from coming up in your throat. Acupuncture can also facilitate regular stomach and intestine movement to reduce stomach pressure.

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Why Disciplined People Can Live Longer and Healthier Lives

I have observed many healthy and happy people who are in their 90s and still able to enjoy their lives. They share some common characteristics:

  • They are very disciplined and follow a routine every day.
  • They go to bed early and get up early.
  • They have a positive attitude and strictly complain.
  • They are very social and are willing to listen to other people's suggestions.
  • Most of them follow a religion.
  • They do not always have good genes to protect them.
  • When they were young, they took care of their sick parents and learned the importance of being healthy.
  • They eat healthy food most of the time and never overeat.

Meet Linda

Linda Yamamoto is an 88-year old Japanese-American lady who has had acupuncture with me for the past 6 years. She stayed at home until her youngest child went to high school. Then she started working for the government as an accountant. She has been very social, active, and happy. She donates money to a foundation to help the Asian college students in need. She does not travel a lot, but does participate in many kinds of social activities in Boston area. Her husband drives her around. She gets upset when her husband hopes to pick her up, but does not complain very much.

Good Genes Do Not Guarantee Good Health

Linda has inherited good genes from her mother, who lived to 98 years old without any health insurance. But good genes do not protect her from being sick. She developed hypothyroidism when she turned 40, after she delivered her third child. After a few years taking Synthroid for her thyroid condition, she developed atrial fibrillation. She then took β-blocker and two other medications for her heart condition. Her heartbeats slowed down with the medications, but never become normal.

The Hormone Replace Therapy (HRT) brought dreams to many post-menopausal women, thinking they can regain youth by taking this “magic pill”. Linda tried it at the age of 68 only to see her period returning a year later. She thought that was not natural and quit the hormone pill immediately. She developed breast cancer after taking hormone supplements for a year at the age of 70. She had surgery, radiation therapy, but did not take Tamaxofen to block all her estrogen receptor, so she did not lose her muscles and strength.

At the age of 80, she stopped working for the government because she realized that the stress was too much for her. She spent more time on social events. She always slept eight hours no matter when she went to bed. If she went to bed after midnight, her heartbeats would become irregular and her digestion become poor. For some time, she attended many social events in late evenings and had dinner after 7pm. During that time, her heartbeats were irregular even she was taking three medications. I suggested that she stop drinking coffee, have dinner before 7pm and go to bed before midnight.

Back on Track with Disciplined Healthy Routine

She gradually changed her habit. The heart condition and digestion have been improving for the past couple of years. She went to see her cardiologist for routine checkups and eventually stopped all her heart medications at the age of 87. Now she comes to see me for acupuncture facial rejuvenation. Her heartbeats are now normal. With her heart condition improved, she starts personal training in gym to tone her muscles. When she first started to lift weights three times a week, she felt pains in her knees and hip. But because she eats healthy, she did not have any systematic infection and her muscle pains were eased with only one or two acupuncture treatments. With acupuncture and exercises, her joint pain and Raynaud's syndromes do not bother her anymore. Her face looks like a 50-year-old; she still has sharp memory and never forgers to pay her bills on time. She still cooks, cleans and lives in her own house.

In conclusion, a disciplined healthy routine is the key for a long and happy life. You do not have to be rich or to travel all over the world to become healthy and happy.

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The Rising Popularity of Acupuncture in Complementary Therapy

When it comes to medical treatments that have been around for a while there are few that can match acupuncture's claims for longevity. Archaeological findings of stone implements suggest the practice may have its origins in the Neolithic period. While it may seem like a new age fad to many in the western world it is an ingrained part of medicinal culture for many in the eastern hemisphere.

For the most part acupuncture disorders inserting pins through the epidermis at critical points across the surface of the body. Centuries, perhaps even millennia of practicing the technique has led to the locations of these points. Many charts still survive from the middle ages and before highlighting the locations of these critical points but there is not true consensus, with many different branches of practiceers having different maps for the locations of these points.

In traditional Chinese medicine the understanding is that inserting the needles into these critical points unblocks the flow of chi in a relevant area. Chi is the vital energy that flows through us all. It is believed that disruptions to this flow can result in a variety of illnesses and ailments as well as causing undesirable events to occur in one's life. According to Traditional Chinese Medical convention the critical points do not relate directly to the point on the body where they are located. For instance a point on the leg may relieve stomach upsets, a point on the nose may treat tooth ache.

The range of ailments acupuncture provides relief for is quite large, everything from anxiety to liver disease. Commonly it is used to cure the common cold, to treat pain and stress. It also has a high rate of success in helping smokers to quit and with reducing allergies.

There are no scientific explanations for how acupuncture works but studies show that it is more effective than placebo so scientists are generally very interested to know how it works. Even if as some suggest it is certainly a particularly effective placebo that would make it as effective if not more so than many pharmaceutical drugs which only have to show a relatively small improvement over a placebo. Unlike many pharmaceutical treatments acupuncture has no known side effects. There are however many cases of pharmaceutical drugs having very detrimental side effects, in some cases ones that are worse than the ailment they were supposed to treat.

This is probably one of the factors that contribute to the continuing rise in the practice's popularity. It does not clearly interrupt internal functioning and compared to surgeries and other modern treatments is relatively non-invasive.

Sufferers of chronic pain often look to acupuncture to help alleviate their suffering. The dangers of addiction to painkillers do not appeal to many and beyond that many Doctors resources are limited. With relatively low risks and potentially high rewards acupuncture is an attractive option for many.

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Fertility Acupuncture: Foods for Fertility

Acupuncture is now widely used to help with Infertility. Chinese Medicine also uses nutrition along with acupuncture to increase fertility. Here are a few tips to increase fertility:

Warm cooked foods are strongly recommended, especially root vegetables. Chicken soup with ginger is often recommended in China for women trying to conceive.

Add vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, brussel sprouts and cauliflower. These foods contain di-indolymethane (DIM) which increases the metabolism of estradiol (a form of oestrogen) which will help the body use it more efficiently. In excess estradiol is associated with breast pain, weight gain, uterine cancer and moodiness with low libido. Adding DIM will counteract these effects.

Balancing blood sugar levels will help with hormonal regulation and energy levels. This involves reducing high carbohydrates, the foods which release glucose quickly into the body. These include white sugar, biscuits, cakes, sugary drinks, too much fruit, cereals, bread, pasta, caffeine and alcohol.

Try to:

Eat a warm breakfast within one hour of waking up. Preferably oats, quinoe and a boiled egg or two.

Have protein with every meal.

Do not skip meals.

Google GI Foods and choose foods with low GI index.

Eat more alkaline foods then acidic foods for a better pH balance for conception. Eat alkaline foods such as vegetables, sprouts, non citrus foods and cereal grasses such as wheat and barley grass. Acidic foods include meat and dairy products. Chewing food will indeed increase this through the alkalizing property of saliva. Do this instead of drinking anything at meal times. Avoid heavy meals late at night.

Always try to use organic plant sources, these are stronger in Qi and essence which is important in Chinese medicine for fertility.

Get plenty of essential fatty acids from unprocessed plant sources and deep sea fish.

These are essential for the health of our cells and are crucial in ovulation.

Good sources include:

Fish and fish oil.

Eggs.

Soy products.

Raw nuts and seeds.

Flaxseed and Pumpkin seed oils

Dark green vegetables.

It is essential to avoid junk food, do lots of healthy exercise like yoga or tai qi, long walks etc and more important then anything else … Relax.

Supplement your diet with natural, high-potency multivitamin and mineral complex with iron, folic acid and B vitamins.

The vitamins and minerals important for reproductive health (Vit A, C, E, B complex, zinc and selenium) enhance fertility yet are lacking in the usual western high processed diet. If these nutrients were adequately supplied through the diet, many fertility problems could be avoided. Other supplements to keep in mind are as follows:

Folic Acid – Extremely important and should be taken as soon as possible. The lack of folic acid can impair the early development of the nervous system of the foam.

Bee pollen and / or royal jelly are regenerative and tonifying.

Blue-green algae ie chlorella and spirulina nourish the endocrine, nervous and immune system, regulate metabolism and repair tissue.

Wheatgrass is tonifying and enhances immunity and restores hormonal function.

Vitamin B6 recommended for hormonal function. Best to take complete B complex. (Viridian does a B6 complex which has all the B vitamins with a strong B6 content.

Co-enzyme Q-10 assists energy levels working on the cells powerhouse.

I would recommend starting with a mild detoxification program for 7-10 days to improve your chances of fertility. This will help the liver in its function of filtering toxins.

Foods you can eat liberal:

Vegetables – eat a large variety of vegetables, especially:

Broccoli, cage and cauliflower as previously mentioned.
Garlic and onions (with detoxifying, sulphur-containing compounds)
Asparagus, avocado (containing detoxifying glutathione)
Green leafy vegetables, such as kale and cabbage (containing detoxifying B vitamins)
Artichoke and beetroot (both natural detoxifiers)
Carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, celery, watercress and peas (all of which contain antioxidants
Herbs such as parsley and coriander.

Fruit – eat a large variety as possible, especially:

Apples, pears (core fruits which contain pectin)
Apricots, peaches, mangos, melons, papayas, pineapples, kiwi fruits, all berries (containing valuable antioxidants to support the liver
Lemons – use the juice for salad dressings
Pulses – peas, beans and lentils (for soluble fiber and protein)
Whole grains / cereal – whole grain rice and millet
Olive oil – for cooking and salad dressing

Drinks:

Fruit (except orange) and vegetable juices – try beetroot, celery, apple and carrot or apple, pear, carrot and ginger (highly recommended). Do not drink concentrated, make sure it is pure.
Dandelion coffee
Fruit and herbal teas
Juice of half a lemon in warm water 20 mins before breakfast or on waking.
Water- filtered or bottled only

Foods you can eat moderately:

White meat – chicken, game
White fish – sole, cod, haddock, plaice, skate, herring, sardines, pilchards, tilapia
Eggs
Nuts – almonds, brazil nuts, walnuts
Seeds – sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, linseeds (ground)
Dried fruit – dates, figs, apricots, raisins
Grains – barley, rye, oats
Cow's milk substitutes – oat milk, almond milk
Potatoes and tomatoes
Live natural organic yoghurt.

Foods to avoid or significantly reduce

Non organic foods
Alcohol
Caffeinated drinks – eg coffee, tea, and colas (also avoid the decaffeinated alternatives, which still contain substances requiring detoxification by the liver.
Orange juice
Sugar and foods containing lots of sugar – sweets and chocolate (these stress the immune system)
Refined carbohydrates – white version of foods such as bread, pasta, rice, and cakes and biscuits
Red meats and dairy products (these are pro-inflammatory)
Wheat – found in pastry, cakes and biscuits.
Foods containing additives and preservatives
Packaged and processed foods, including processed meats
Salt

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History of Chinese Medicine

Archeological finds of the late Shang Dynasty (c. 1000 BC) include both acupuncture needles and divination bones on which were inscribed discussions of medical problems. By the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), the basics of Chinese medical theory and practice were firmly in place. Prominent among them were the concepts of yin and yang, the five phases, channel theory, various needling methods, a pharmacopoeia and a relatively sophisticated approach to therapy.

The concept of yin and yang is the basic root of all concepts within Chinese medicine. Yin and yang are emblems of the fundamental duality in the universe, a duality which is extremely unified. The Chinese see that every manifestation, every function, and every aspect of our world has a dual nature. There is day and night, up and down, low and high, male and female, etc. Without one, the other can not exist. This is literally “two sides of the same coin”.

The character for yin translates as “shady side of the hill.” The character for yang translates as “sunny side of the hill”. So, there are two different aspects of the same hill. The Chinese assign qualities to yin and yang respectively and directed them to all levels of the cosmos through a system of correspondences. Some are listed below:

Yin Yang
Earth Heaven
Female Male
Night Day
Moon Sun
Inward movement Outward movement

Yin and yang are complimentary and not contradictory. Nor is one considered as “good” and the other as “bad”. The goal is to seek harmony between them.

This is the basis of Chinese medical theory. Distinguishing between the yin and yang qualities of a person's constitution or character of one's illness is the major step in making a diagnosis. Health is maintained as long as yin and yang are relatively balanced. Once too far imbalanced, illness develops. The role of the acupuncturist is to restore the balance and, thus, health.

In social and natural relationships the Chinese traditionally privilege harmony above all. Disease is viewed as disorder in the body and treatment is directed towards harmony.This can mean harmonizing the relationship between organs, acupuncture meridians or regions of the body. This perspective allows Chinese medicine to address many chronic, debilitating conditions.A very common example of this is the disharmony between the Liver and Spleen, which is often typified by a stressed, worn out person. Whatever the particulars involved, the therapy is always to restore harmony, homeostasis and balance to the body system.

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Acupuncture and Headaches: A Lasting Cure

Do you suffer from headaches? If you do, you're not alone. The New York Times reported that 73% of Americans suffer from headaches. If headaches are a part of your life, you know well that Western medicine has no cure for your condition. If you're lucky, you've found a medicine that resolves the pain temporarily, without too many side effects. If you're not lucky, there are no medications to help with the pain. You may not believe this, but a vast majority of people suffering from headaches can be cured with acupuncture. No matter if you've been getting headaches for the past twenty months or for the last twenty years, acupuncture can break the cycle of pain permanently.

How is that possible? Acupuncture injuries both the headache and the source of the headache. Chinese medicine goes to the root of the problem, which is the imbalance that generates heads in the first place. You might say, “Well, it's all the stress I'm under that's responsible for my headaches.” You are partially correct. Stress plays a major role in many heads, but if you did not also have internal imbalances, stress would not trigger a headache in you. For example, one could say that the wind is responsible for knocking down trees during severe storms. But often it is the sick or rigid trees that get knocked down, while the healthy, more flexible trees withstand storms much better. While the wind plays its part, the health of the trees is critically important to whatever it will survive a storm. It's the same with people and disease. Stress, like the wind, would not trigger headaches and other health problems if the person's under health was stronger. Acupuncture treats the patient to make them function more like the healthy and flexible trees.

How does acupuncture improve your health? On a certain level it's hard to imagine how putting a tiny needle in a certain location on the body can improve one's health. When you turn on a light switch, a circuit is open, electricity flows, and a light turns on. Acupuncture points on the surface of the body act in a similar way to influence organ function in the body. The Chinese discovered that activating specific points, a major of which are located on the arms and legs, sends messages to specific organs. And, like a dimmer switch, manipulating the needles certain ways at these locations can influence the type of message that is sent.

But how do you know what message to send, and what organ to treat for any given disease or symptom? That's another insight of Chinese medicine. Each imbalance responsible for disease can be corrected with a certain acupuncture point combination. Regarding headaches, there are 20 different imbalances responsible for triggering different types of headaches. There are headaches with sharp stabbing pain to the difficulties, dull achy pain in the back of the head, mild persistent daily headaches, and excruciating migraines with auras and light sensitivity, to name just a few. A Chinese medicine doctor must first determine which imbalance is responsible for your particular headache, then create a point prescription most appropriate to correct the imbalance, and then apply the needles with skill and precision to properly influence the organs to get the desired results.

How long do the benefits last? Remarkably, once corrected with acupuncture, the benefits last a very long time. Some people never need to come back for treatment. Others come for tune-ups when they feel the need. For the most part, the body holds onto the changes, adopting them as the new normal. This makes sense because the body started out healthy before it fell out of balance, triggering the disease or symptoms. Acupuncture is simply putting the body back into balance. Once there, it tends to stay in balance.

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Treat Back Pains With Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is a kind of a health care profession that deals on the non-surgical treatment of disorders of the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system as well as its surrounding structures. Franklin chiropractic explains that this kind of treatment provides a unique focus on spinal manipulation and treatment of the structures around the spine.

Chiropractic treatment includes mid and lower back pain, neck pain, joint pain in the arms and legs, and headaches. Of course, there are other conditions that can be rated by this method as well.

For your back pain, chiropractic care can provide these treatments which are usually hands-on chiropractic care:

• Spinal manipulation and manual manipulation. This type of care returns to a high-velocity, short-lever arm stress applied to a malfunctioning vertebra to improve functionality, reduce nerve irritability, and restore range of motion in the back. Manual manipulation is another name for chiropractic adjustment.

• Mobilization. This also reflects to low velocity manipulation and movement and stretching of the muscles and joints for the purpose of increasing the range of motion within those areas.

Beside the mentioned basic chiropractic care, a person suffering from back pain can also avail of other additional services in chiropractic care which includes:

• Physical therapy general practices. These modalities for chiropractic practices are using different equipments like ultrasound, electrical stimulation, traction, and others that can help reduce back pain and inflammation.

• Exercises. There are various types of stretching and strengthening exercises your chiropractor will prescribe to you to lessen lower back pain, strength strength, and restore range of motion. For instance, your chiropractor will prescribe exercises that strengthen under-active muscles or those muscles that you do not always use, or inhibit those over-active muscles. The aim for the exercise is to achieve a balanced structure and muscle balance. Another exercise that he will recommend is that which strengthens the weak, inactive muscles of the trunk and pelvis, and that which stretch tight and overactive muscles.

• Pelvic stabilization. To help stabilize the pelvis, the chiropractor would need to prescribe corrective arch support or lace a small heel lift in the shoe on the short leg side when flat feet and / or subtalar instability are present. Subtalar instability, in a bird's eye view, is an emerging disorder that seems to cause a portion of chronic hindfoot instability.

• The chiropractic may also recommend activities which can be done at home or at work. The success or failure of attaining a patient satisfying consequences may be connected to an ergonomic or job-related activity or a hobby-related activity.

• Finally, Franklin chiropractic agreements that this last part of treatment is very vital and necessary. It gives proper and related information to the patient. Patient education can do so much more than any of the prescriptions because unless a person has the right frame of mind about his treatment, he will not get really well and his condition may recur. The education would include lifestyle modalities including diet and nutritional programs, self-care, and coping strategies.

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What Is Chiropractic Care and Why Is It Good For You?

Chiropractic care is a natural method of healing that removes anything in the body that hinders the nerves from working properly. The nerves control everything in your body and if it stops working properly, it can certainly bring damage, pains, and discomforts to it. Franklin chiropractors focus on building your health. He educates you on a holistic approach to health by taking care of every aspect of it. This includes nutrition, exercise, nervous system, and more.

Chiropractic care is not about the symptoms, rather finding and correcting the cause of conditions and illnesses. It is a health care profession that engages in the disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. It is most thought to treat back pain, neck pain, and pain in the joints of the arms and the legs, and headaches. This method uses no drugs instead is a hands on way of examining the patient, diagnosis his condition, and treating him.

Chiropractors have been trained and are very skilled to diagnose conditions and recommend appropriate and relevant therapeutical and rehabilitative exercises. They are also trained and skilled to give dietary, nutritional, and lifestyle counseling.

The most common and popular therapeutic procedure is the spinal manipulation or also known as chiropractic adjustment. It restores joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force to joints that have become hard to move or has lessened activity due to a tissue injury. Usually the injury is caused by a traumatic event like lifting of heavy objects done incorrectly or repetitive stress caused by poor posture. The chiropractor adjusts the affected joints and tissues and restores mobility. This alleviates pain and muscle tightness. Afterwards, the tissues heal periodically. The manipulation rarely causes discomfort. What the patient experiences is mild soreness or having after the treatment. This lasts for about 12 to 48 hours and gets relieved by then.

For lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary cause of treatment. There are cases when chiropractic care is not the appropriate treatment for a patient. The chiropractor assesses the patient via laboratory tests, clinical examinations, diagnostic imaging and interventions. Once the patient is assessed, the chiropractor would know if the patient really needs the treatment.

Chiropractors also check if the treatment should be given in collaboration with other treatments. There are instances when chiropractic care is not enough. The chiropractor and the main health care provider diagnoses this and set up a complete treatment program for the patient. This includes all the aspects of care.

Another important thing about chiropractic care is that it is actually a preventive health care. Although most seek this treatment when they are in pain already, the chiropractor educates the patient on how important proper use of nerves is and how the spinal being aligned properly helps a person prevent damage in the future. When a patient understands this, the incidence of damage is lessened and the muscles and skeletons are used properly as they should be used. Its functions are maximized and over-all health is promoted.

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