Traditional and Modern Views of Orlando Acupuncture

The traditional and modern understandings of acupuncture in Orlando come to pass from significantly different world views and from application of different levels of technology. It is hard to directly correlate the two, though one can say that many of the traditional observations and ideas have partial explanations by modern mechanisms. Still, the modern acupuncturists can become aware of and trained in the application of both approaches to acupuncture. A person to be treated can be analyzed from both perspectives and the treatment strategy can be made according to the conclusions derived from each perspective. Certain aspects of the case may be more agreeable to traditional analysis and corresponding treatment, while other aspects are better suited to modern analysis and treatment approach.

A person who is suffering from a chronic pain syndrome might be analyzed in terms of which meridians are blocked: through treatment of appropriate points on the meridian, the pain might be alleviated. The same individual might be analyzed according to which muscle groups are involved in the painful area and might be treated by acupuncture at trigger points that specifically affect those muscles. An individual suffering from an autoimmune disorder might be analyzed according to which of the traditional organ systems are involved, with treatment of the associated meridians.

The same individual might be analyzed in terms of the immune system disturbance and treated by stimulating points that have been recently identified as immune regulators.

Since the traditional acupuncture approach has been shown to be effective in clinical trials conducted in China and elsewhere in the Orient, one can rely on the traditional methods. However, many practitioners in the West, with little or no prior exposure to Oriental philosophy but with experience and training in Western modes of analysis, may feel uncomfortable turning partly or completely to the traditional Chinese view, and will, instead, focus on the modern understanding of this healing technique.

Traditional Chinese medicine is not a motionless system, but an evolving one. Thus, in the Orient and in the West there are many doctors and researchers who are working on an integration of the earlier customary approach and the modern understanding.

Stress Management with New York Oriental Medicine

Oriental medicine in New York recognizes that people respond to stress in different ways. In Chinese medicine, each of us has a specific constitution. This idea is not foreign to us. We all know people who have “strong” or “weak” constitutions, and Western medicine recognizes the existence of “type A” and “type B” personalities. The idea of constitutional types is taken much further by traditional Oriental medicine, which recognizes the existence of five distinct types. These types are categorized in terms of five elements—Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

Stress is a catch-all term that people use to describe events that affect them negatively. More specifically, stress can be defined an emotional or environmental stimulus which disturbs homeostasis, or the harmonious functioning of the mind and body. The body responds to stress by mobilizing its resources in the “fight or flight” response. A certain degree of stress-reaction is essential for survival, and experts say that some stress is actually beneficial in the sense that it stimulates creative energies in us that promote mental and physical health. Problems arise, however, when we are subjected to too much stress. The resources of the body are drained, leaving us fatigued, vulnerable to disease, and feeling less than optimally well. Daily exposure to environmental pollutants or toxins is also a stress that can lead to disease.

The most logical remedy is to change our environment and lifestyle. For many of us, however, such changes are difficult. We may be locked into frustrating jobs or relationships, or we might have to live in a smoggy city because our jobs demand it.

If we cannot reduce our level of stress, we can at least strengthen our bodies so we are not weakened. Oriental Medicine, which involves treatment with acupuncture and herbs, helps us to do this.

A “Wood” type, for example, will often react to stress by becoming tense, angry, and frustrated. He or she may develop high blood pressure, digestive problems, PMS, and migraine headaches. A “Metal” type may develop asthma or other respiratory disorders, and on a psychological level tends to become rigid, perfectionist and judgmental. “Earth” types often develop digestive problems. They tend to become obsessive and can have problems with self-esteem. “Water” types can become fearful and withdrawn, and on a physical level are prone to arthritis, back pain and uro-genital problems. “Fire” types often develop circulatory problems and tend to be overly excitable and mentally hyperactive.

Though this system of classification is ancient, it has proved itself to be as useful today as it was in times past. Each constitutional type has its own set of mental and physical characteristics, as well as its own set of diseases. The system is much more sophisticated than it appears to be in this brief presentation. People often have characteristics of more than one type, and there are many variations within each type.

Does Saratoga Springs Acupuncture Boost Fertility?

The media reports have spread the news of Celine Dion’s recent pregnancy announcement. After a long and difficult quest, she finally got pregnant with twins at age 42 on her sixth in vitro fertilization (IVF) attempt–along with acupuncture fertility treatment. Like Celine, more women are turning to Saratoga Springs acupuncture fertility treatment to improve their chance of pregnancy with IVF. The popularity of acupuncture is soaring as many women seek a more “natural” approach to conception

Acupuncturists would say that, “this ancient Chinese medical practice works by using hair-fine needles that are placed along meridians in the body that correspond to the body’s organs”.

These points stimulate vital energy flow or “qi”. The needle itself acts like a lightning bolt that taps into the body’s bioelectrical energy. This sends a message from the acupuncture point to the brain via the meridian pathway.

In response to the message, the brain releases chemicals such as calming neurotransmitters and pain-relieving endorphins, the body’s natural opioid, to the area of pain or blockage.  The acupuncture needle also works locally to open up blood flow and reduce inflammation.

It is thought that the increased blood flow helps boost fertility by stimulating the ovaries to produce healthy eggs as well as enriching the endometrial lining in the uterus. The rich endometrial lining helps to ensure the eggs will be held to term.

Acupuncture also helps to relax the uterus and stop contractions, so blood flow increases and an embryo successfully implants. Huffman explains that acupuncture fertility treatment helps to regulate the menstrual cycle and  opens the pathways to the brain that play a key role in “emitting the proper hormones at the right time”.

Furthermore, as it has been experienced in most practice, couples experiencing infertility are under immense stress. Acupuncture helps to reduce stress and promote relaxation. In fact, she says that most people become so relaxed while receiving treatment that they go into an “alpha dreamlike sleep” as the body’s endorphins are released. This relaxation response may continue for up to a week.

For your first acupuncture treatment, you will be asked in-depth questions about your health, diet, and emotional state. The practitioner will ask for a description of your menstrual cycles, even the state of the blood during your period. Next, your pulse will be taken, and you will have a thorough tongue inspection.

Acupuncturists believe that the tongue can tell a lot about someone’s health and that each part of the tongue represents a different part of the body. The practitioner will examine the tongue’s color, coating, texture and creases.

Based on this information, the acupuncturist will establish a “pattern” and use “pattern discrimination” to determine where an imbalance exists in the body.

The actual puncture site depends on your particular pattern. Common acupuncture points on the body include the ear, head, feet, hands, legs and the abdomen. While any organ can be affected, most infertility problems stem from an underlying kidney weakness, Huffman explains.

Some critics believe the effectiveness of acupuncture is more of a placebo effect than anything else. If the brain believes something is going to work, then it will.

However, many experts agree that there is no harm in acupuncture as long as a trained professional performs it.

New York Acupuncture and Arthritis

Acupuncture In New York is most successful at relieving pain, but it can also have a positive effect on other symptoms that appear in the three primary forms of arthritis.

The first form, rheumatoid arthritis, is characterized by inflammation (swelling, heat, redness and pain) in and around joints. The degree of inflammation fluctuates, possibly following changes in the stress levels of the body. Acupuncture stimulates the adrenals to produce natural steroids, which have an anti-inflammatory effect. Since they are produced by the body, they do not cause side effects. Rheumatoid arthritis is characterized by periods of exacerbation and remission, but pain often persists once the inflammation has subsided. Acupuncture is very effective at relieving this pain by inactivating trigger points around the joints.

The second and most common form is osteoarthritis. It involves the gradual wearing away of cartilage in joints along with the deposition of calcium, which limits mobility of the joint. Acupuncture stimulates the parathyroid glands to produce the hormone that draws calcium out of bones, only in this case, the hormone works on the arthritic deposits. Research in China has shown that bony spurs on the vertebrae of the neck have disappeared after several courses of acupuncture treatment. More research needs to be done. When the joint reaches a certain level of deterioration, acupuncture will not restore it to a normal state. It is, however, extremely effective at controlling the pain that often accompanies this deterioration.

The third form is gouty arthritis, which is characterized by deposits of oxalic acid that make movement of the joint extremely painful. Here, pain relief is the main action of acupuncture. Gouty arthritis tends to come and go with changes in stress levels and diet.

Each person is unique. Some people will respond to acupuncture more quickly than others. Most patients should experience some symptomatic relief after one or two treatments. Six to ten treatments within a three to five week period is a normal course of treatment, and then the case is re-evaluated. For cases in which joint mobility is restricted or inflammation reoccurs, periodic maintenance treatments are often recommended. Their frequency depends upon the individual’s response to acupuncture.

At the Acupuncture & Herbal Medicine Clinic, we combine herbal medicine and therapeutic massage to get the best possible results. Herbal medicine strengthens the body and enhances the functioning of the immune system. Massage increases circulation in affected areas and helps to deactivate painful trigger points. We also give nutritional guidance when appropriate. The old adage “you are what you eat” has proved itself to be true time and time again.