Definition of Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a condition wherein scaly, red and raised patches develop on the skin. Psoriasis is an autoimmune problem whose symptoms typically manifest on the scalp, knees or elbows although it can virtually occur anywhere in the body. People who have psoriasis say it causes a stinging, burning and itchy sensation.

People who have a rash that can’t be treated with over-the-counter drugs should consult with their doctor for help.

Types of Psoriasis

There are different forms of psoriasis each with their own unique characteristics. Ordinarily, a person suffers from one form of psoriasis at a time and usually one form of psoriasis will resolve before another form of psoriasis will manifest when the skin comes into contact with a trigger.

Psoriasis vulgaris or plaque psoriasis – This is form of psoriasis is the most common type of this disease. Psoriasis vulgaris affects an estimated 80% of individuals with psoriasis. This kind of disease is marked by red, inflamed and raised lesions surrounded by a silvery white scale. Psoriasis vulgaris usually occurs in the lower back, scalp, knees and elbows.

Guttate psoriasis – This kind of psoriasis usually starts to develop during childhood up to young adulthood. Guttate psoriasis is characterized as individual red and small skin spots.  Guttate lesions (spots) typically form in the torso and limbs. They are typically not as thick as plaque spots. This type of psoriasis can develop all of a sudden and it can come about due to medications like beta-blockers and antimalarials and factors like skin damage, stress, upper respiratory infections, strep throat infections and tonsillitis. Guttate in Latin means “drop.”

Inverse psoriasis – This form of psoriasis develops usually in skin folds in the buttocks and genitals, under the breasts, in the groin and the armpit. This psoriasis is distinguished by shiny and smooth bright-red lesions. This form of psoriasis can be easily irritated by sweating and friction due to where it often occurs (tender body regions and folds of the skin). Inverse psoriasis has worse symptoms in people with deep skin folds or in those who are overweight.

Pustular psoriasis – This kind of psoriasis usually occurs in adults and is typified by white blisters containing noninfectious pus that in turn is made up of leukocytes encircled by red skin. Pustular psoriasis often starts out with skin reddening thereafter followed by scaling and the development of pustules. Triggers for this type of psoriasis include the abrupt stoppage of strong topical steroids or systemic medicines or by infections, severe stress, systemic steroids infections, systemic steroids, UV light overexposure, pregnancy, certain topical drugs or by internal medications.

Erythrodermic psoriasis – This is a form of psoriasis that can affect most of the surface of the skin and is an inflammatory skin condition. Erythrodermic psoriasis can develop in connection with von Zumbusch pustular psoriasis. Erythrodermic psoriasis manifests in periodic skin shedding in sheets and bright skin redness that affects many body parts. The shedding and reddening of the skin are usually accompanied by changing body temperature, increased heart rate, extreme itch and pain.

Sufferers of erythrodermic psoriasis symptoms need to go to a doctor as soon as possible since this kind of psoriasis lead to fluid and protein loss that in turn can result in severe illness. Erythrodermic psoriasis can also cause congestive heart failure, pneumonia and infection and individuals exhibiting severe kinds of these symptoms will need hospitalization.

Causes of erythrodermic psoriasis are infection; severe sunburns; allergic response to a medicine leading to a Koebner response and the sudden cessation of systemic psoriasis treatment such as cortisone.


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Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Impulsivity, hyperactivity and inattention are classical traits one can find in children with ADD. Normal children do often manifest impulsive, hyperactive or inattentive traits; however, children with ADD tend to exhibit these traits more often and more severely. A child exhibiting six or more symptoms of ADD for about half a year or more and to a degree that is more severe compared to other children of their age are usually diagnosed with ADD.

For those children exhibiting signs of inattentiveness, they may:

Have difficulties following instructions
Not be as fast processing information as accurately and as quickly as others
Move slowly, become easily confused and daydream
Not listen when spoken to
Often lose things (assignments, toys, pencils, etc.) or have difficulty turning on or completing assignments and homework.
Have problems paying attention, organizing and learning to finish a task or learning something new.
Become bored with a task unless the activity really interests them
Have problems concentrating on one thing
Often transfer from one activity to another and often forget things, miss details and become easily distracted

Hyperactive children, on the other hand may exhibit symptoms like these:

Have problem doing activities or tasks that are quiet
Are often always in motion
Have problems sitting still during story, school and dinner time
Run around playing or touching everything and anything they can see
Talk continuously
Squirm and fidget while they are seated

Children showing signs and symptoms of impulsivity often:

Usually interrupt other children’s or people’s activities or conversations
Find it very hard to wait for their turn in games or wait for things they want
Act without thinking or without any regard to the consequences, manifest what they feel without restraint and freely say things that are inappropriate

Oftentimes ADD is mistaken for another condition

Teachers and parents may not realize that a child has ADD because the child tends to less likely act out or is always quiet. The child can just sit silently looking as if he/she is doing something but may not necessarily be paying attention to what he/she is doing. The child can have a good relationship with other children as opposed to other children with ADD of other subtypes who usually experience problems getting along with other children. A child with the inattentive type of ADD is not the only type whose condition is often not viewed as ADD. People may also deem that children with the impulsive and hyperactive subtypes do not have ADD but instead may be suffering from disciplinary or emotional problems.


Brent Keime is a licensed acupuncturist and the founder of Brent Keime, LAc, MSTOM in San Diego, CA.

Eczema symptoms

Itch – The primary symptom of eczema is itch. Since itching is a symptom shared by almost all kinds of skin condition, it is classified as an essential symptom and not a unique symptom when diagnosing eczema.

Interestingly, medical science still is not fully certain what truly causes itching; however, nerve fibers located within the skin convey itch sensation information to the brain and the spinal cord.  Scientists used to erroneously think that pain sensations function the same way as itch sensations since pain sensations also use the nerve fibers for itch. This is now considered a fallacy.

Scratching causes neural signals to go through the pain fibers and this prevents the itch sensation from being felt.

Redness – The redness of the skin often implies enhanced blood flow. A vast spider’s web of very small blood vessels called capillaries are located even in the innermost skin layers that show smaller vessels   right in the skin’s superficial layers. Dead skin cells reside in the surface of the skin as well as in the topmost layer of the skin. Eczema can be caused by certain factors but one important thing to remember is that flare ups signify bacterial infection. When bacterial infection seeps into the deepest layers the affected skin usually develops more heat and redness in the skin tissue.

Thickening – The areas of the skin that have been frequently inflamed for long periods of time can develop into much thicker skin. The reason for this is that the thicker skin serves to protect the skin from the potential damage of scratching.

Fissures – The flexures or front ankles, joints behind the knees and the elbow are the body parts usually affected by eczema. Fissures may develop in the skin because the additional skin thickness prevents the skin from becoming flexible.

Blisters – A study shows that during eczema the skin especially the upper layers start to become less adhesive. This can lead to scaling of the skin and enables bacteria to easily penetrate the skin’s deepest layers. Less skin adhesion also makes it easy for fluids in the skin tissue to ooze out which can turn into sets of blisters.  Depending on the type of eczema you have or because of skin infection small or large skin blisters can develop.  The blisters can be filled with fluid as well as pus. This kind of blister occurs during skin infection.

Crusts – When the oozing fluid from the inflamed skin dries out it can become a crusty deposit.  Crusts often develop from skin infection like impetigo where the infected crust usually sports a golden color. Children of primary school age are more often affected than others by impetigo since this condition can be transmitted by touching. Treating impetigo does not necessarily mean treating the eczema symptoms. So there are separate modes of treatment for impetigo and eczema.

Grades of eczema

Eczema is measured depending on the rate of activity and how long a person has it.

  • Acute eczema – Acute eczema means that a part of your body has flared up just recently. The skin would look red and have blisters, crusts or oozing fluid.
  • Chronic eczema – When an area of the skin has been having eczema for quite a long while, it may become cracked, thick, scaly and dry.
  • Infection – As long as you have eczema, your skin will always be prone to infections

In classifying the different types of eczema, you can combine the rate of severity (infected, chronic or acute) to all the eczema types (doscoid, seborrhoeic or atopic among others) and develop an effective eczema classification system.


Christina Prieto is an Orlando acupuncturist, a certified Yoga instructor and the founder of Harmony Wellness center in central Florida.

Osteoarthritis Prevention

Here are some ways to help with osteoarthritis prevention.

Stay on or Strive for Your Ideal Weight

Walking can exert pressure on the knee about 4.5 times the person’s body weight.  This implies that if you are 10 pounds excess your ideal weight, the force on the knee will be around 45 pounds when you take a step.  The pressure on the hip walking makes on the body is about 3 times one’s body weight. Therefore, the less weight you have, the less pressure you bear on your joints.

Exercise Regularly

About 30 minutes of moderate workouts performed five days a week is recommended for optimal joint health.  Lower levels of exercise are also good for the joints and muscles.

Protect Your Joints

This can be done by utilizing proper body mechanics and good posture.

Avoid Repetitive Stress on the Joints

This means avoiding any frequent uninterrupted repetitions of a motion or activity as well as avoidance of muscle fatigue, incorrect posture, overexertion and awkward or unnatural motions.  Avoid any occupation that forces you to do these aforementioned activities. Attempt to seek solutions at your workplace and do not perform or at least minimize doing activities that are prolonged and repetitive.

Listen to Your Pain

Train yourself to see pain as a body signal telling you that you may be overdoing activities and resting then is the right thing to do. Balancing activity and rest is very important for having healthy joints. Good osteoarthritis prevention means good self-management to know how not to overuse your joints and ho not to overdo activities.

Avoid Injury to Joints

One cause of osteoarthritis is a previous joint injury.  The articular cartilage can start to degenerate due to improper joint alignment and can eventually develop into osteoarthritis.  Avoid injury all the time but if you are injured seek medical treatment immediately.
Ivelisse DeJongh is a Miami acupuncturist and the medical director at DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic.

Menopause Coping and Support

Some of the symptoms of menopause are not experienced by many menopausal women. However, if they do, here are some ways to cope well with them.

Stay cool – Stay cool in order to avoid night sweats and hot flashes. These two are the most common symptoms of women under menopause and they’re the result of the imperfect mechanisms of the body to keep it from not overheating or from not overcooling itself.  Night sweats and hot flashes can start way before your period has completely stopped but are usually experienced in the first year after your very last period.

Some tips to lessen the occurrence of hot flashes and night sweats:

  • Avoiding likely triggers like alcohol, smoking, caffeine or spicy foods
  • Keep your stress levels at a minimum
  • Regular exercise
  • Keeping your home cool at all times
  • Wearing light and cool clothes

Stay relaxed – Symptoms of menopause do not only include the physical ones, they also come in psychological symptoms like lack of energy, fatigue, mood swings, irritability, anxiety and depression. The menopause phase of a woman can bring about extreme emotional stress since this is the time when various unwanted events happen like her children leaving home (empty nest syndrome), divorce, death of relatives or parents and aging and with it loss of independence.

To help overcome these issues, here are a few tips to better your mood:

Do some relaxation techniques like tai ichi or yoga

Perform light to moderate exercise regularly

Try acupuncture therapy for menopause symptoms or for anxiety and depression

Get enough rest – Sleep well.  In order to sleep well and to prevent or lessen night sweats and other menopausal symptoms, here are some ways to better your quality of sleep:

  • Go to bed always at the same time every night
  • Staying away from exercise at least a couple of hours before your bedtime

Stay fit – This means perform exercise regularly. Studies show that women who are physically active have less symptoms of menopause than women who are not.  Exercise provides other important health benefits for the woman in menopause besides lessening her symptoms; it also protects her from osteoporosis and heart disease.  Exercise toughens the muscles and bones and makes her muscle more mobile and flexible.

The best kinds of exercises for menopausal women are aerobic exercises particularly regular and sustained aerobics. One can also get great health benefits by brisk walking ay least three days a week.

Stop smoking – Studies have confirmed the fact that smoking women experience menopause earlier than those who don’t smoke. Furthermore, smokers usually have severe hot flashes than non-smoking women and have poor responses to HRT (in tablet form).



Causes of Attention Deficit Disorder

Medical science still is in the dark as to what really causes attention deficit disorder or ADD although signs have shown that genes may play a part in the development of this condition.  As with other diseases, ADD can arise from a number of factors.  Besides genetics, scientists are focusing on specific environmental causes like the social environment as well as the role of nutrition and brain injuries in the development of ADD.

Genes – It has been established through various international studies that ADD is genetically inherited. More studies are being done focusing on several genes that are suspected of increasing the likelihood of this condition in some people. Identifying these genes can in the near future aid researchers to prevent the development of ADD before its symptoms show up. Knowing more about these genes can also lead obviously to the creation of better treatments.

Some children with ADD who possess specific types of genes have been observed to have a thinner tissue in the regions of the brain connected to attention function; however, as these children grew up those observed tissues eventually developed to a normal level of thickness.  The symptoms of ADD likewise became better in those children.

Environmental factors – Several researches into ADD in children give evidence of its link to alcohol use and cigarette smoking during their mothers’ pregnancy. Also, preschoolers who were subjected to high levels of lead (from paint in old buildings among others) are also highly likely to develop ADD.

Sugar – The notion that refined sugar can lead to the development ADD is a very popular theory. The fact is research disproves this theory more than it supports it. Studies done were some children were given foods with sugar and other children given foods with sugar substitute exhibited  no striking difference in learning capabilities or behavior than children who received foods with the sugar substitute. One other more recent study wherein children were either given more than normal amounts of sugar or sugar substitutes concluded with the same results.

In another study, children who were considered sugar-sensitive by their mothers were provided foods laced with aspartame a widely known sugar substitute. Although all the children were given aspartame, 50% of the mothers were told their children were given sugar and the other 50% were told their children had eaten. The children who said were given sugar were observed by their mothers to be hyperactive compared to the rest of the children.

Food additives – Studies done recently in Britain have suggested a possible connection of some preservatives or artificial colors to increase of activity. The findings though are so far still inconclusive.

Brain injuries – There is a connection between children who have experienced a brain injury showing characteristics akin to ADD. The number of small children with ADD who have experienced a traumatic brain injury is small though.


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Symptoms of Bronchitis

A harsh cough is one clear symptom of bronchitis. Sometimes the cough will expel out yellowish mucus but oftentimes it will be a dry one. Your coughing may persist many weeks after the bronchitis has gone. The hard coughing can also cause your stomach muscles and chest to feel sore.

Some other likely symptoms may likely be felt when you have bronchitis. These may include:

  • Pains and aches
  • Blocked sinuses and nose
  • Headaches
  • Slight chills and fevers
  • Sore throat
  • Wheezing
  • Breathlessness
  • Tightening of the chest

Fortunately these symptoms are not oftentimes severe although they can be quite distressful. One important reason to see your doctor when you have bronchitis is that this condition has symptoms similar to pneumonia which is the inflammation of the lungs and is a serious condition. You may then need to know whether your symptoms may be that of pneumonia or some other serious condition making the need for seeing a doctor imperative.

You need to see your doctor if you:

  • Suffer from frequent periods of bronchitis
  • Become confused or drowsy
  • Start to feel chest pains or rapid breathing
  • Cough out mucus laced with blood
  • Have non-stop fever for over three days
  • Have cough that lasts more than three weeks or have severe coughing
  • Suffer from an underlying lung or heart problem like emphysema (problem in the lung’s small airways), asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or congestive heart failure (a heart problem that causes fluids to collect in your lungs)
  • Develop an underlying lung or heart condition that can increase the likelihood of heart failure or asthma
  • Have chronic or long-term bronchitis

The wintertime is a particularly difficult season for people with chronic bronchitis to cope with as it causes more flare ups (worsening symptoms) in the person than any other season of the year.

A combination of chronic bronchitis and emphysema in a person can make it especially difficult for him to do any physical activity like exercising since these two conditions can make it extremely difficult for him to breathe.

Galina Semyonova is a licensed acupuncturist and massage therapist in New York City. She has studied extensively in the fields of biofeedback therapy, SCENAR therapy, Chinese herbal treatments and Chinese and Western nutrition.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Coping and Support

When you live with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) you will need effective coping techniques that will help you better control this problem everyday. Although no permanent cure is available for IBS, many treatments are available in the market.

In order to effectively control your symptoms, you will need to know as much as you can about IBS. It is important to talk to your doctor and ask him questions that are important in helping you cope effectively with this condition. No question about your IBS problem is too personal for your physician so ask all the questions you urgently need to know the answers to. The term knowledge is power is very true particularly in the proper control of your IBS symptoms.

A Diet for IBS with Constipation

In order to avoid triggering the symptoms, you need to eat and drink the products that do not irritate the nerves and muscles of your intestines. In order not to compromise your overall health by excluding healthy foods that can trigger IBS symptoms, some dietitians suggest that you eat or drink products in moderation as well integrating high-fiber foods gradually into your diet to offset IBS.

Know Your IBS Triggers and Symptoms

Keeping a journal that lists down the foods and drinks you have taken and recording those particular items that cause you constipation, diarrhea, bloating, discomfort or pain are vital in helping you keep tabs of foods and drinks that you need to avoid. You need to include the time, day and date when the symptoms occurred in the journal. Make a note of your mood during those times and any meds you were taking then to relieve your IBS symptoms. When you present this journal to your doctor, it will help your doctor better assess your condition and help him identify the triggers of your IBS symptoms. This will help you make the right dietary changes to completely prevent IBS and help you live a normal life everyday.

Talk About It

If you have friends and family members you can talk to about your IBS problem, they can provide support and comfort for you in order for you to deal with your problem better. When your family and friends know about your condition they will completely understand your frequent need to go to the toilet in public.

Even at work, telling your co-workers and your bosses about your problem will help them understand that you have a long-term illness that has no cure and that when symptoms are triggered you need to go to the toilet frequently compared to normal people who have no IBS. You may need to inform your bosses that you have a plan that addresses your IBS symptoms. They need to know that your condition will not mean loss of productivity and that you will be productive or even more productive than the average worker. If you find it hard to make your boss and others understand your problem, you can request a note from your doctor who will explain to them your condition and the symptoms you suffer because of your condition.

Find Support

You can find support from dietitians, therapists, nurses and doctors who know all about IBS. You can also find support groups in the internet and other non-online support in or near your area.

Prepare for Situations

When you have IBS, you need to always prepare for potential situations when you step outside your home. If you go to eat at a restaurant, before you go find a seat, know first where the toilet is located. Make sure that the foods and drinks you order are not items that will irritate your intestinal nerves. If you watch a movie or attend a wedding make sure you know where the toilet is and have easy access to it. You need to inform your guests, your friends and companions about your condition so that they may understand your need to frequently use the toilet.

Stress Reduction

Meditation, yoga, acupuncture and other therapies that remove stress in the body are incredibly helpful in reducing IBS symptoms. Psychotherapy combined with medications can also be an effective way to help control your IBS symptoms. Psychotherapy is one strand of a discipline termed behavioral therapy that is composed of other types of therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, biofeedback, relaxation therapy and of course psychotherapy.
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Causes of Bronchitis

Bacterial and viral infections are the two causes of bronchitis infection. Viral bronchitis is the more common form of bronchitis infection. Virus causing this condition is spread out when someone with bronchitis sneezes or coughs.

When the virus is spread through cough or sneezing, they are contained in tiny droplets of saliva or mucus that land on surfaces where the virus can survive for one whole day (24hours). When someone comes into contact with these contaminated surfaces, they get infected with this virus and can develop bronchitis.

Items in your home and in other places such as a PC mouse, a doorknob or even a TV remote can have vestiges of the virus and people can become infected when they hold or handle these contaminated objects. They will develop bronchitis, cold or flu when they place their infected hands in their nose or mouth. One can also be infected when he or she directly breathes in these virus laced airborne droplets when the droplets are suspended in the air.

Breathing in irritant substances

Besides certain pathogens bronchitis can also come about when irritating substances are inhaled by the person. These substances can be tobacco smoke, household chemicals or smog.

The most common cause of long term or chronic bronchitis is tobacco smoking. Even non-smokers can develop bronchitis from inhaling second-hand smoke as easily as tobacco smokers themselves.

You are at a high risk of developing bronchitis if you are often exposed to things that can hurt your lungs. These things can be chlorine fumes, potent acids, ammonia, chemicals from textiles, dust or even grain. Bronchitis from these substances is termed occupational or industrial bronchitis. This is a minor type of bronchitis since your body usually develops immunity from these substances eventually.

Scott Paglia is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist in Bellingham, WA and provides master level pulse diagnosis, Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture in Whatcom County, WA.

Attention Deficit Disorder Treatments and Drugs

The goals of current treatment of attention deficit disorder or attention deficit/hyperactive disorder (ADHD) are to improve functioning and reducing the symptoms of ADHD. Treatments include medicines, certain forms of psychotherapy, training and education or other forms and combinations of treatments.


The most commonly used forms of drug for the treatment of ADHD are stimulants like amphetamines and methylphenidate. Using these types of medications for ADHD seems to be quite strange since hyperactivity is one classic trait of ADHD. Stimulants actually innervate brain circuits that govern focused behavior and attention helping then reduce hyperactivity.  Certain non-stimulant drugs such as clonidine, guanfacine and atomoxetine are also available for addressing hyperactivity. A lot of children with ADHD take medicines that improve the ability to learn, work, focus and lessen hyperactivity. Many of these drugs also better physical coordination.

Since children with ADHD display unique symptoms, one ADHD treatment for one child may not work on another child. One child might suffer from side effects from a drug that may not cause side effects on another.  One can try many types of medicines or dosages before discovering medicine that is really effective on a child. Children with ADHD taking medicines should be carefully and closely observed by doctors and caregivers.

Stimulants can come in skin patch, liquid, capsule or pill form.  Some drugs are designed for extended, long-acting, or short-acting release. Usually these drugs have the same active ingredients but they are released differently in the body. Extended or long-acting release drugs usually allow a child to take the drug just once per day usually prior to school time so the child may not be required to daily go to the school nurse for another dose. Doctors and parents can decide together what kind of medicines are the most effective for the child, if the child may only need to take medicines when going to school or if the drugs can be given during evenings and weekends too.

What are the side effects of stimulant medications?

The typical side effects of stimulants include irritability, anxiety, sleep problems and low appetite. Headaches and mild stomachaches are also experienced by some children taking these drugs.

Less common side effects of stimulants include tics. Tics are repetitive and sudden sounds or movements.

Medications do not cure ADHD. They help the person in controlling the symptoms of ADHD. Medicines can help a child complete schoolwork and pay attention.  What is not clear though is whether ADHD medicines can help the child learn better.  Combining practical support, counseling and behavioral therapy with drug therapy can aid the child with ADHD and his family to deal much better with daily ADHD-related problems.  The drugs work optimally when treatment is closely and regularly observed by the prescribing physician and the dose is modified based on the child’s requirements.


For ADHD, different kinds of psychotherapy are applied. Behavioral therapy’s goal is to assist the child in modifying his behavior.  Behavioral therapy might entail practical assistance like working through emotionally challenging situations, completing schoolwork or helping organize tasks. Behavioral therapy can instruct a child on how to observe the child’s own behavior.  Enabling the child to praise himself or reward him for behaving in the right manner (like thinking before acting or controlling his anger) is one way to help the child modify his behavior slowly but surely. Teachers and parents can provide either negative or positive feedback for specific behaviors shown.

Social skills may be imbibed into the child by the therapist. These skills can include the ability to respond to teasing, asking for help, sharing toys and waiting for one’s turn. Learning to read the tone of voice and facial expressions of others and how to properly respond to it can also be included in social skills training.

Understanding and guidance from teachers and parents are needed by a child with ADHD in order to perform well in school and to reach his full potential. Anger, blame and frustration may already exist in the family of a child with ADHD before the condition is diagnosed. The child and the parents may require therapy to help remove any bad feelings.  Parents can be educated about ADHD by mental health professionals and how it can affect a family. Therapy can help both the parents and the child in developing new ways to relate well to each other.

Helping parents gain good parenting skills can help them devise ways of instituting a system of consequences and rewards to modify a child’s behavior for the better.  Parents are encouraged to also share a relaxing or pleasant activity with their child. This may help tem see what skills their child has and reinforce those skills by praising the child’s skills, abilities and strengths. Parents can learn stress-management techniques that will improve their ability to cope with frustration to keep their composure and be calm when dealing with their child’s behavior.

There are many benefits to be gained when the whole family participates in therapy. Family members can be assisted by therapists to create ways to manage disruptive behaviors and to abet positive changes.


Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an ancient form of treatment that addresses a patient’s condition by considering his body, problem and personality. ADHD treatment through acupuncture is viewed in an entirely different way than western medicine that sees ADHD as a complex neuro-developmental condition. TCM believes that ADHD is caused by orifice blockage by static phlegm or blood or by spirit agitation by some type of heat, insufficient nourishment of the spirit. Static blood can cause disruption in the normal engenderment of blood which leads to spirit nourishment deficiency.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be combined and used as an alternative therapy for treating ADHD. One recommended therapy is combining ear acupuncture and Chinese herbs that can serve as a primary treatment for children with mild ADHD or as adjunct therapy to treat more severe cases in order to lessen the medication dosage needed to minimize side effects.


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