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Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is an old Chinese tradition this goes under the alternative medicine category. This method of relieving pain, stress, illnesses and diseases has been used on people for thousands of years. It has also been used to promote good health, blood flow and apply relaxation in the body. Acupuncture has been used to treat stress because stress is something many people feel at some point in their life. Finances, jobs, relationships, tasks and chores can sometimes seem too much for some people to handle.

The benefits of acupuncture for stress are worth a little poking and prodding. Some people are not fond of needles, but this method of alternative medicine is done by professionals. There are specific pressure points on the body that hit the exact nerves to relieve pain, tightness and stress. Everybody’s body is different and of course everybody reacts differently to medications and treatments. Many women undergo acupuncture therapy while they are on fertility treatments. Stress levels, anxiety and pressure to conceive a child can take its toll on couples. Not only is it used on women trying to conceive, but many people who suffer from back injuries from falls and through work use acupuncture. Acupuncture needles hit the precise pressure point that will increase blood flow and relieve pain. It not only has great physical rewards, but psychological benefits as well. The mind feels the ease and calmness in the body after an acupuncture session. There are visible symptoms of stress, and it is important to know what they are. People who are under stress begin to make bad choices, suffer from memory loss, have mood swings, and feel lonely and depressed. They also begin to have a bad diet which can cause pain and increase illnesses in the body.

They begin to get sick because their immune system is weak from all the constant worrying and lack of a healthy lifestyle. Some people under stress begin a road of bad habits like drinking alcohol, using drugs and smoking cigarettes. There is good stress that can help people stay on their toes and complete hard tasks, but there is also bad stress. This kind of stress can cause physical and psychological harm to any person. It is unhealthy and needs to be treated soon. Everybody can use a little bit of stress relief to relax their minds and body. Depression is very real and stress is the beginning of it. There are many ways to reduce stress, and acupuncture is one of them. Along with this proven method, exercise, yoga, a good diet, support and some quiet time are other good ways in relieving stress. People get frustrated over school, work, family and other curve balls life might throw at them, but it is crucial to stay calm and to get treatment if necessary.

Chiropractic & Acupuncture Review

Chiropractors can offer many different services in their health practice which are tailored to fit the specific needs of each patient. Chiropractors provide state of the art chiropractic techniques which are safer and more effective than ever before. The implementation of these newer advanced spinal correction methods available to chiropractors has allowed health practitioners to provide on unparallel level of assistance and expertise to improve the health and well-being of more patients.

Here are a few services or tools your local chiropractor may use:

-Spinal screening and X-Rays

-Chiropractic Care Adjustments

-Acupuncture

-Corrective Exercises

-Physiotherapy

Spinal screenings and X-rays play a crucial role in chiropractic care. These screenings and X-rays can reveal critical health information about a patient and help the chiropractor and patient formulate a plan together to alleviate pain based on the individual’s concerns.

Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained to diagnose and treat spinal subluxations. These subluxations or misalignment of the bones in the spine can be corrected to allow the bones to return to their proper position. The procedure performed to correct this misalignment is called a chiropractic adjustment.

Acupuncture is another high demand therapy many chiropractors offer to Nebraska residents. Acupuncture is used as a method to alleviate pain and promote health and treat various ailments. The acupuncturist is able to influence health by stimulating certain areas along the “meridians” of the body to promote natural healing. This method of therapy is used prevent illness and as a natural treatment for various medical conditions.

Corrective exercises are another great tool health professionals use to help strengthen and keep the body in balance and improve the effectiveness of spinal correction. Patients are taught special exercises and stretches designed specifically for their needs and abilities which they can do in the comfort of their own home.

Physiotherapy involves using various therapeutic procedures such as mechanical transaction massage or ultrasound deep heat therapy. These procedures can help relax the spine, reduce swelling and increase blood flow while decreasing pain and stiffness.

The above-mentioned services are just some of the many services your chiropractic and acupuncture health professional may offer which he or she can use to decrease your pain and improve your overall health.

However, it is very important to communicate to your chiropractor your concerns and goals so you can work together and develop a specific health plan that meets your needs. You should not be afraid to take an active role in improving your health. Everyone has different goals and has a different level of commitment to a wellness lifestyle. Chiropractors can help you to reach the goal to be “pain-free” or they can also help you develop an overall optimal wellness plan. The choice is ultimately up to you. So take action to improve your health today.

Acupuncture Health Self Defense

Sometimes the least questioned assumptions can be misconceptions. As an acupuncturist I practice natural healing and I frequently exchange referrals with western doctors. I believe that modern western medicine is irreplaceable for some things.

With that in mind, here’s Thought Number One: Irreplaceable is not the same as untouchable and for health’s sake! it is time we medical consumers stop confusing the two.

Case in point: We all know the down sides of antibiotics and we also know their amazing power. A recent piece in the New York Times caught my attention because it tackled an untouchable assumption about antibiotics.

A typical course runs 7 to 10 days. That’s a lot of strong medicine. It’s really too bad we can’t take them for say 2 or 3 days with the same effect. Or can we?

Over 4 1/2 years ago in March, 2006 an article co-authored by 15 specialists presented an interesting study. In nine hospitals throughout the Netherlands doctors treated uncomplicated pneumonia with two different Amoxicillin regimes. One course of treatment lasted 3 days, the other for 8 days. The results? No difference at all. Period.

Potentially this could be a great breakthrough. Yet despite the multiplication of super bugs, individual resistance build-up to antibiotics, high costs, etc, it seems nobody has gone out of their way to spend big research dollars following up on this.

When Daniel Gilbert, the NYT guest contributor, questioned the number of days doctors prescribe for antibiotics he came up with something so unscientific I had to laugh. Suffice it to say the magic of seven days of antibiotics is pretty much just that.

Congratulations to Mr. Gilbert for questioning an untouchable assumption and thanks to the NYT for publishing it. Gilbert notes rather conservatively that if even one pill is unnecessary, on a typical antibiotic course: “…millions of people are taking at least 5 percent more medication than they actually need.”

Dare I compare this to acupuncture? No worries about over-prescribing, over-needling, or over reacting. No super needles will be formed, nor will you develop resistance to the results. Your body dictates how much treatment you need and how often you need it. Acupuncturists are trained to let your body do the work and then let it tell the practitioner the next right steps for you.

Which leads me to Thought Number Two. We are all experts on certain aspects of our own bodies. What if we used that knowledge and applied basic self-defense techniques to our own bodies? An acupuncturist could not hope for a better way for people to stay healthy.

This health ninja approach would lead us to trust our instincts and seek out nature’s preventive activities, cures and remedies. We would gather knowledge about our bodies, become aware of what can harm us, and when necessary, take preemptive action. We would empower ourselves and gain a new appreciation of natural healing modalities.

One reason acupuncture has lasted throughout the millennia is that it stimulates the body’s self-healing abilities. It functions something like our own immune system protecting us and supporting healing as needed.

If we became more ninja-like about our own healing, acupuncture would be right there in the front lines as we add a new twist to the ancient art of health self-defense.

Acupuncture Health Benefits

Do you ever wonder if acupuncture really does work? Studies show that acupuncture certainly does work for some ailments but not all. Generally, it can treat illnesses such as angina, depression, headaches, infertility and more. If you want to know which ailment acupuncture can be applied to, read more below.

  1. Angina.It is otherwise called chest or heart pain. Studies show that this can be relieved using electro-acupuncture. Electro-acupuncture makes use of a pair of needles that are connected to a battery. It creates electric impulses that are used to help patients with angina.
  2. Balance Disorders.A promising study shows that patients with balance disorders caused by whiplash yielded positive results after having undertaken acupuncture. However, further research needs to be done in order to strengthen this claim.
  3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.Patients with CTS experience aches and pains on their hands and fingers. This is caused by repetitive motions and movements such as too much use of the keyboard or mouse. Studies show that individuals with CTS showed great improvement (little or no pain) after undergoing acupuncture.
  4. Morning Sickness.This is usually experienced by pregnant women during the early stage of their pregnancy. Many studies have suggested that acupuncture is an effective method in relieving this very common symptom.
  5. Epicondylitis.This is popularly known as Tennis Elbow and is a condition that involves chronic tenderness and soreness of the elbow. Acupuncture can help relieve this condition especially if it is done on a regular basis. Several studies have proven and strengthened this claim.
  6. Weight Loss.Acupuncture can help anyone who wants to battle the bulge. Acupuncture offers another alternative to obese individuals’ journey to a healthier and thinner body as it aims to suppress the appetite.
  7. Depression.Patients with depression can utilize acupuncture in treating symptoms associated with this disorder. It does not only treat the symptoms but it also works to improve the benefits of anti-depressive drugs.
  8. Infertility.Several studies have supported acupuncture’s effect in improving the quality and strength of the male semen. Make sure that this process is done by a certified and medically-trained acupuncturist for better results.
  9. Hypertension.Many studies revealed how hypertensive patients showed great improvement after being treated by acupuncture. So if you are suffering from high blood pressure, it would be beneficial if you see an acupuncturist and take into consideration this alternative treatment.
  10. Headaches. A number of studies have shown that acupuncture can relieve short-term and chronic headaches such as migraines. Consult your doctor and discuss this option. Detroit acupuncture is full of medically-trained acupuncturist who can help you with your problem. If in case your physician is not convinced you can give him a copy of the March 2004 issue of The British Medical Journal for reference.

Acupuncture Health

The predictability of Charlotte weather bores me. The seasons fall precisely into simple categories, easily forecast by our local weather-people. And when we see our doctors, we always receive a clear diagnosis that quells all of our fears and anxieties.
Maybe I’m guilty of over-simplifying. The weather is fickle. Maybe our traditional system of medicine doesn’t always prove all encompassing.

So, what is the alternative? Acupuncture provides one possibility. But instead of “alternative,” let us utilize the term “complimentary.”

As this short, simple article illustrates, terminology is crucial. Terminology has the ability to either confirm or debunk a way of thinking. The term “alternative” sets up an either/or mentality. And, just like the weather, health is often in such constant flux that we cannot predict how one individual will respond to a treatment that works for another person. Snow in New York is not like snow in North Carolina.

“Medicine and Health”

Often, practitioners of complimentary medicine  speak in terms that could easily be labeled as new age. Because of this, medical doctors often skeptically deny acupuncture’s validity. Let me ask a simple question: If your local weather-person presented a forecast in strictly scientific terms, would we all be able to figure out how we could best dress for the weather? If you answered no, allow me to present Acupuncture in common terms:

Our bodies, our health are composed of an internal environment, subject to the same forces that define and dictate our external environment – our internal weather. Acupuncture strives to balance our internal environment. The symbols utilized by the acupuncturist represent specific, scientific facts. For example, the emblem of “Earth” represents some of the following:

The structures and functions of the stomach, the spleen and pancreas, the adipose tissue (fat), the distillation of the food we eat into the specific energies that nourish our other systems, and the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin.

When the weather system is unbalanced, it might manifest as a storm front or unseasonably warm weather. When the energies of the stomach act in an unnatural way, we might experience symptoms such as cramping, acid reflux or insulin resistance. Acupuncture seeks to remind the body systems how to work together, in balance, and in a predictable manner according to their nature.

While we can’t change our weather, we can balance our internal weather systems. Instead of providing an “alternative,” acupuncture strives to compliment Western Medicine. In other words, acupuncture allows for the possibility that one method doesn’t necessarily disallow all other methods.

And it works with necessary prescription and other therapies, without disallowing the validity of those treatments. Acupuncture provides a stable, scientific, and non-invasive approach to health that perfectly compliments Western Medicine. Western medical doctors deal mostly with the material side of health. Prescription drugs and surgical methods have direct effects on the matter of the body. Acupuncture directly affects the energy that allowed a material, unhealthy change to arise, affecting our internal weather-system. We’ve all heard or used these common-knowledge phrases:

“I caught a cold … My bum knee only hurts when it rains …I seem to sweat too easily … My hands and feet are always cold … My skin gets these weird dry patches … Certain foods make my stomach upset.”

We live largely unnatural lives. We sit in our cars or in front of a computer screen for large portions of our day. We often are subjected to noise pollution. We don’t get much sunlight during our workweek, huddled indoors under fluorescent lighting. We venture out into the fickle weather, after adapting to artificial heating or air-conditioning.