Acupuncture for Insomnia

People who find it very difficult to get some sleep can certainly feel the effects sleeplessness can cause them and so they are compelled to search for a solution for it. If they want a natural, safe and effective solution, acupuncture treatment for sleeplessness is one modality they can try.

Acupuncture seems to be a radical alternative for treating insomnia but in fact many cultures in Asia (China, Japan, Korea and India among others) have utilized acupuncture as a mode of insomnia treatment for several millennia. This ancient healing art originated in China and has proven a great help for people suffering from a gamut of conditions from anxiety, depression and stress to addiction and pain.

To understand the way acupuncture treats insomnia, it is essential to determine the underlying causes of insomnia. Knowing these can help you understand the process acupuncture follows in treating this condition.

The major reasons for insomnia involve:

Anxiety and stress – A mind that cannot unwind cannot be at rest making sleep elusive. By ridding anxiety and stress, acupuncture allows the mind to calm down and relax which leads not only to a good adequate sleep but also a happy life as well. After acupuncture treatment, the acupuncturist advices the patient on ways to cope with or prevent anxiety and stress. Adopting this advice can help avoid repeat acupuncture therapies down the road.

Addiction –One big reason for sleeplessness is intake of too much caffeine. Fortunately, acupuncture therapy not only cures sleeplessness but most types of addiction problems as well including caffeine addiction.  It may seem that caffeine addiction is somewhat of a minor problem but when it leads to insomnia, the consequences can be detrimental to your health.

Pain – Pain is big factor that can cause insomnia. Again acupuncture has the capacity to not only let you feel relaxed and sleepy, it can also be a very potent painkilling treatment. In fact acupuncture can even function as an anesthesia during major surgeries. Its painkilling effect is that strong. When the pain is controlled or reduced, one can get adequate sleep. For chronic pain, long-term treatments might be required.

Most people experiencing insomnia live a very poor quality of life. When conventional options do not work or have nasty side effects, acupuncture treatment for sleeplessness may be the only treatment one needs to get relief. Acupuncture helps the body heal itself. Sometimes, the acupuncturist will combine other methods like Tai Chi or herbal medicine to make the treatment more effective. All types of traditional Chinese medicine address both the root cause of the problem and the symptoms caused by the problem.

Depending on the severity of your insomnia, acupuncture treatments might require several sessions especially if stress or pain is the root cause of it. You can be confident trying out acupuncture insomnia treatment since this therapy has been used with great success for thousands of years now.

 
 

Acupuncture for Pneumonia

When an individual possesses a strong immune system, his chances for getting pneumonia are quite nil. The healthy defense mechanisms of the body are strong enough to repel (or at the least, weaken) diseases and pathogenic infections such as pneumonia.  Therefore a healthy diet reinforced with mineral and vitamin supplements can easily shield the body from this disease.

Mineral like zinc and vitamins such as Vitamins C and A are supplements that are especially capable of warding off pneumonia:

Zinc – Deficiency in zinc is often related to immune system weakness and thus to susceptibility to many kinds of infectious diseases.  Different studies have consistently revealed that children in developing countries given about 20 to 30 mg of zinc a day will cut pneumonia rates by 50%.

Children in the developed world are not immune to pneumonia and many like in the developing nations have low zinc levels in their body. Factors such as food processing and refining and unhealthy agriculture practices have led to the lowering of the average intake of zinc in developed countries, approximately by a third beneath the minimum recommended daily intake.

Zinc helps treat pneumonia by minimizing the blockages in the respiratory tract and the inflammation of the lungs. A person deficient in zinc would manifest signs such as impaired smell and taste, night blindness, skin rashes, hair loss and poor healing of wounds.

Vitamin C – This powerful fighter of pneumonia when ingested daily in more than 1000 mg dosages/day have shown to reduce pneumonia rates by almost 50% even in severe cases that entail the need for hospitalization and ones that involve the elderly.

Vitamin A – A person with lung disease will find Vit A a potent weapon against lung infection; however many studies show that it is not as effective as it should be in addressing pneumonia.  Even so, intake of vitamin A in high dosages has shown to prevent measles complications such as pneumonia among others.

In the search for the best treatment course for pneumonia, diagnostic tests such as swab and blood lab tests are first done to know the specific pathogenic cause of the disease. Bacterial infection is the most common infection that causes pneumonia and is usually resolved with antibiotics – antibiotics that specifically address a specific type of organism.  The problem with antibiotics is that the bacteria eventually develop resistance to it rendering their use ineffective for various kinds of infectious diseases, including pneumonia.  Old and very young people who develop a severe form of pneumonia may require hospitalization and treatment of fluids and antibiotics perhaps by intravenous injection as well as oxygen. Pneumonias caused by fungal infection are resolved using antifungal drugs and for viral infections, no type of treatment exists for it – it is up to the person’s immune system to battle viral pneumonia.

Alternative treatments for pneumonia include:

Traditional Chinese Medicine in the forms of acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas are potent remedies for fighting pneumonia infection. Acupuncturists often combine Chinese herbal medicine with acupuncture to enhance the potency of the treatment. Chinese herbal formulas such as banxia houpo tang and xie bai san are usually utilized for pneumonia infection.

Pleurisy root – This specific herb was used by Native American tribes to great effect in resolving many types of lung infection. It was classified as a medicine until 1905 by the US Pharmacopoeia.

 

Harmony Wellness Center
110 N Orlando Ave
Maitland, FL 32751
(407) 234-6454
http://www.harmonywellnesscenter.com/

Acupuncture for Menopause

Menopause is a natural experience in an aging woman’s life. A lot of women, do breeze through this phase without any problems; however, there are women who find the symptoms of menopause quite debilitating.  The most common complaint that menopause engenders is hot flashes and it is experienced by around 70% to 85% of women. A close second is night sweats and they can be particularly problematic. Night sweats can be experienced many times a night and usually result in mood disturbances, irritability, and interrupted sleep, leading to fatigue.

Menopause-related problems can be resolved using acupuncture. In fact, hormonal or gynecological conditions are some of the most effectively treated problems for traditional Chinese medicine or TCM. TCM practitioners and acupuncturists utilize a number of therapies that may include Chinese massage known as Tui Na, diet therapy, herbal remedies and acupuncture.

Menopausal symptoms are treated differently in TCM compared that to modern Western medicine. Within western medicine’s framework, menopause- related conditions are addressed as any other disease. The “symptoms” of menopause are treated using hormones or prescription drugs. According to TCM, menopause is deemed as a natural phase of a woman’s aging process. Any problems connected with menopause are seen as indicators of an underlying imbalance. TCM and acupuncture treatment is aimed at rectifying the imbalance, or the underlying problem, and not merely the treatment of external “symptoms”.

TCM sees longevity is related to Essence. Essence is given to us by our parents at the moment of conception. It endows us with fundamental energy to power all functions of our life including the functions of growth, development (aging), and reproduction. When we have abundant Essence, we are able to quickly recover from illness and adapt to change. As we get older, Essence slowly becomes depleted from our body and when it completely empties, we die. Some individuals have a tendency to quickly deplete their Essence more than others. This may be due to their lifestyle and constitution. Indicators that Essence is waning include menopause or the end of the menstrual cycle, fatigue, backache, loss of libido and graying hair. If a woman has lost an inordinate amount of Essence, she is likely to experience problems during menopause.

The slowing down of Yin is another imbalance that may emanate during the onset of menopause. Yin is a TCM principle that nourishes and cools the body. For women with menopausal symptoms such as dry skin, insomnia, heart palpitations, night sweats and hot flashes, their Yin is usually deficient.

Certain women may have menopausal problems caused by deficient Yang. Yang is the opposing force of Yin and is the transforming and warming substance in the body. When this occurs, they may develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol, indigestion, edema (water retention), and weight gain.  There are also women whose Yin and Yang are both depleted leading to a combination of symptoms.

A shortage of Yang or Yin causes an imbalance in the body that can be addressed. And while we derive our Essence from our parents, it can, to a certain extent, be replenished.  Restoring the balance in our body entails the use of acupuncture combined with Chinese herb al therapy, lifestyle modifications and diet changes.

Listed below are certain tips to naturally reduce the severity and frequency of the symptoms of menopause:

Add cooling foods to your diet – In TCM, each food possesses an inherent temperature grounded on the cooling or warming effect on the body. Foods such as lemon, grapefruit, bananas, apples, mung beans, watermelon, cucumber and mint all have the capacity to cool you off.

Keep cool – a lot of women complain that their hot flashes become more bothersome during humid and hot weather. Stay in air conditioned place to during really hot days.

Wear cardigans – dress in layers that can be put on or taken off as your body temperature changes.

Get enough exercise – when in stress, exercise can be a good way to relieve it.  Stress can actually exacerbate your night sweats and hot flashes. Furthermore, exercise improves your mood and lessens the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.

Stay away from foods that exacerbate heat symptoms- they can include spicy foods, caffeine, and alcohol.

Lessen you stress – Women usually complain that their symptoms become worse when they’re stressed out. You can de-stress your life doing meditation, or yoga or just give some time to yourself.

Avail of herbal remedies – there are various kinds of herbs that can be used due to their effectiveness in relieving the symptoms of menopause. Some of the popular ones include Evening Primrose Oil, Dong Quai, and Black Cohosh.

Use Vitamin E – a lot of women derive relief by taking in Vitamin E.  Use natural forms that have the letter d, (which means the product has d-alpha-tocopherol) and not the synthetic form signified by dl. A daily dosage of 400 i.u. is recommended.

Complement your diet with soy – soy is rich in phytoestrogens, or estrogen naturally intrinsic in certain foods. Some food sources include certain vegetables and fruits, whole grains flaxseed, legumes and chickpeas.

 

DeJongh Acupuncture Clinic
2929 SW 3rd Ave #610
Miami, FL 33129
(305) 677-3214
http://www.miamiacupunctureclinic.com/

Acupuncture for Female and Male Sexual Dysfunction

Female Sexual Dysfunction

Female sexual dysfunction has four areas of concern:  pain, orgasmic, arousal and desire disorders. These sets of disorders usually overlap and need to be properly identified to know what type of dysfunction the patient really suffers from.  Certain health problems can be direct or indirect causes of female sexual dysfunction (FSD). Mood disorders, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, incontinence and diabetes are just some of the conditions that may contribute to FSD. Drugs such as anti-hypertensives and antidepressants can inhibit libido of both male and female. Gynecologic conditions can likewise bring about FSDs. Chronic and frequent urinary tract infection, for example, can cause low sexual desire. Chronic cervical or vaginal infections can cause a woman to lose interest in sexual intercourse. The gradual onset of menopause eventually leads to vaginal dryness and lowered libido. Past emotional trauma such as past rape and sexual molestation can cause physical and psychological issues when it comes to sex. Ongoing relationship strains can also be causes for disinterest in sex.

For a natural treatment approach to FSD traditional Chinese medicine provides a number of modalities to address these issues. One of the best of these modalities is acupuncture, which is a verified treatment for endocrinal and neurological conditions such as vaginismus, a disorder wherein muscles of the outer vagina contracts preventing any foreign objects from entering the vagina. Acupuncture is perfect for treating sexual pains such as pains caused by chronic bladder infection and endometriosis. It also can help relax the mind and body and improve arousal and sensuality. Often combined with acupuncture is herbal medicine which is very effective in addressing hormone irregularity and chronic bladder infections related to sex.

Male Sexual Dysfunction

Low Libido

A man’s level of testosterone gradually declines as he gets older. Testosterone is directly related to a man’s sexual desire. Factors that can lead to low libido include stress, sleep deprivation, depression and chronic medical illnesses.

Sleep deprivation and stress have been identified to cause early onset of male menopause (premature andropause) as well as lower testosterone levels.

Sexual function or dysfunction depends on the balance and integrity of the ANS (autonomic nervous system).  Because it stimulates nerves, acupuncture directly affects the ANS and can help release neurotransmitters that improve blood flow, control erection and help to naturally increase testosterone into the blood.

Erectile Dysfunction

ED or erectile dysfunction can be due to a psychogenic or organic cause or both.  One way to ascertain what causes ED is to see if you experience NPT (nocturnal penile tumescence) or spontaneous erection during sleep. If you are experiencing this your ED is of a psychogenic cause or, in other words, your ED is caused by extreme emotions such as anxiety or depression among others.

A psychogenic origin for one’s ED can be exacerbated by physical or organic causes as well. The doctor needs to rule out any organic causes before any psychogenic causes can be diagnosed and treated.

Substance abuse (street drugs, pharmaceutical drugs, smoking, alcohol, etc) as well as prostate problems, metabolic syndrome, diabetes or cardiovascular disease are some of the organic factors that cause ED. Many antidepressants can also lead to changes in sexual desire and erectile function.

From the standpoint of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), ED may be the result of either a stagnant or excessive condition or due to a deficiency in vital energy.  With an accurate and detailed diagnosis of the problem TCM and acupuncture can improve blood flow and movement into the genitals and correct any underlying deficiency.

Premature Ejaculation

About 30% of American men suffer from PE or premature ejaculations according to the American Urological Association.  PE is not an organic sexual problem and doctors consider it to be a neurobiologically-caused condition.  PE happens due to certain psychological issues like anxiety or even because of inexperience. It is a sexual dysfunction due to a man’s inability to control the ejaculatory process.  Risk factors for this are men with prostate conditions. PE treatments can include drug therapy like SSRIs that can help delay ejaculation and behavioral therapy. The problem with SSRIs is that they negatively affect erection. ED drugs can also lower the efficacy of other natural treatments for PE such as acupuncture and herbs.

From the perspective of TCM, PE like ED is as sign of either a deficiency or excess of certain factors. Poor dietary selections like alcohol and greasy foods as well as too much sexual activity, being emotionally stressed out or being overworked can play a part in the body’s inability to control ejaculation. Chinese herbs and acupuncture can bolster the ability of the body to remove the excess factors that are causing PE. Herbs and acupuncture can also help properly control and strengthen the ejaculatory function by treating the underlying deficiency of a man’s PE.

Diet and Lifestyle

Diet and lifestyle have very big roles to play in the quality of a man’s sexual life. As lack of exercise, unhealthy diet and chronic and acute stress can substantially affect your sex life, listed below then are some recommendations to help better your sexual function.

  • Be sure that you get adequate amounts of magnesium, vitamin D and zinc every day since all of them help increase testosterone levels and better urogenital function.
  • Take care of your emotional life
  •  Get more sleep
  • Minimize stress by getting acupuncture therapy and/or performing mindfulness practice or meditation
  • Make it a habit to exercise regularly – By exercise, this means no stressful and excessive physical exercise (chronic-cardio). This type of exercise only increases cortisol levels which in turn lowers testosterone levels. High cotrisol levels lead to muscle wasting, fat gain and insulin resistance.
  • Stop eating processed, greasy and heavy foods
  • Stop or limit your tobacco smoking
  • Avoid or limit your intake of drugs and alcohol
  • Go for regular screening tests and medical checkups with your doctor

For over 500 centuries Chinese men have benefited from acupuncture therapy that helped improve sexual performance. It effectively addresses both the psychological and physical causes of male sexual dysfunction.

Acupuncture for IBS

Irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, for short, refers to a set of symptoms that includes altered bowel habits, flatulence, bloating, and long-term stomach pain. It is a dysfunction of the intestines, developing without any tangible manifestation of structural abnormality.

In the United States about 20% of the population show symptoms of IBS each year. In terms of digestive problem, IBS is the most commonly heard complaint by doctors with women twice or thrice more likely to experience IBS; women also, are likely to suffer symptoms or exacerbate them during their periods. IBS usually starts during adolescence or early adulthood.  Factors that can predispose this disorder can include an episode of infectious diarrhea, laxatives, emotional stress, and a low-fiber diet.  IBS is often a longstanding condition that recurs frequently and is connected with significant economic and social costs, and health. Impairment and pain generated by IBS can result in frequent absences from work, a lot of doctor visits, hospitalizations, and can lead to depression.

There is still no definite reason what really causes IBS although medical researchers suspect that nerves in the bowel become over sensitive in individuals with this condition. The bowels then overreact when the wall of the bowel stretches. Muscles of the intestines can be hyper or hypoactive. Either way, it leads to sudden episodes of constipation and/or diarrhea, flatulence, cramping and pain. The symptoms are often brought about by eating or excessive stress.

Medical studies have demonstrated that the therapy of acupuncture can help benefit IBS patients by:

Increasing sensory threshold of the gut – IBS patients have a lowered threshold to bowel distention and pain.
Normalizing the motility of the digestive tract
Providing pain relief

Other benefits that acupuncture can provide an IBS patient include:

A reduction of depression and anxiety – IBS symptoms cause distress that can result in a vicious cycle of anxiety-pain-anxiety. Acupuncture can address this problem by modifying the chemistry of the brain that can result in the increased production of beneficial chemicals like endorphins and serotonin that helps in neutralizing the negative emotional effects of IBS.

An enhancement of parasympathetic tone – Stress triggers the sympathetic nervous system. This can lead to spasms in the colon and generate stomach discomfort. IBS sufferers possess a hypersensitive colon that tends to abnormally respond to the smallest amount of stress or conflict. Acupuncture neutralizes this by stimulating the opposing parasympathetic nervous system, enabling the patient to relaxation and helping prevent the triggering of their IBS symptoms.

Medical studies have demonstrated that the best results for IBS treatment usually entail the combination of western medicine and other forms of treatments such as psychotherapy, herbal medicine and relaxation exercises with acupuncture.  Furthermore, acupuncturist will recommend specific lifestyle and dietary changes in addition to performing acupuncture and other helpful therapies.

 

Vital Gate Acupuncture
107 W 82nd St
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-4244
http://www.vitalgate.com/

Acupuncture for Infertility

Human infertility and acupuncture are closely associated with each other. But before we talk about this relationship, we should first know what acupuncture is all about.

Acupuncture is a natural form of medical procedure and is considered an alternative type of medicine by western medicine. It has been practiced in China for over five millennia bur has spread in Eastern Asian countries that practice their own kind of acupuncture technique.  James Reston a New York Times journalist “introduced” acupuncture in the United States in 1972 when he had an appendectomy surgery and used acupuncture instead of conventional general anesthesia during his operation. The use of acupuncture as an anesthetic during surgery since them became indelibly marked in the mass consciousness of Americans. As acupuncture became more and more known, Americans began to realize that the benefits of acupuncture extended beyond the mere relief of pain. With endorsements from the World Health Organization ad the National Institutes of Health, acupuncture has become an effective and popular treatment for many types of illnesses and diseases. The popularity of acupuncture has led to the rise of 16 acupuncture schools as well as two medical schools in the US.  Acupuncture was proven powerful enough to be used as an anesthetic even for brain surgeries.  In the United States alone, there are now over 8000 licensed acupuncture practitioners who offer their services throughout the US.

Relationship between Infertility and Acupuncture

Aside from knowing the connection between acupuncture and infertility, we would also know how acupuncture techniques can treat infertility problems.  Studies have demonstrated that acupuncture is strong enough to treat both female and male infertility. Also, other conditions associated with infertility such as PMS (premenstrual syndrome), blocked fallopian tubes and amenorrhea can be resolved by acupuncture. Acupuncture does not only treat the symptoms of a condition but also the underlying root of the condition, something conventional western medicine cannot do.  Acupuncture is oftentimes complemented by Chinese herbal medicines making the treatment for of infertility much quicker and much more effective.  The fundamental procedures of acupuncture were invented by Taoists in China over three thousand years ago. These procedures assist in reenergizing the internal and external organs of the body by guaranteeing that the flow of internal vital energy moves smoothly. This also helps the body organs function at high efficiency levels. Infertility therapy and acupuncture treatment are intimately related, since important acupressure points are chosen for the insertion of sterilized acupuncture needles.  This allows the functions of the human reproductive organs to perform optimally as obstructions that have developed in the pathways where energy flows have now been removed.

Infertility treatment using acupuncture has several incredible benefits. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and acupuncture can work well together. They can also be excellent complementary therapies for conventional treatments. Some the advantages in using acupuncture are as follows:

Acupuncture does not have any side effects – the levels of toxicity are oftentimes high in invasive procedures than in acupuncture. Furthermore, the intake of pharmaceutical drugs can be significantly   lowered when using acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a holistic type of medicine – it is a treatment that treats the emotional, mental and physical aspects of the human body.  Distinct parts of the body like the female ovary, fallopian tubes uterus and even the volume and amount of sperm count are not treated per se. Acupuncture is a comprehensive medical system that treats all aspects of a human being.  So the underlying causes of infertility are identified and then resolved.  Because of this, the probability of a person getting healed on his/her own is greatly increased.

With acupuncture, the likelihood of success of assisted reproductive techniques (ART) is greatly increased – ART procedures such as ICSI, TET, GIFT, ZIFT, AHT and IVF become quite successful techniques when they are complemented with acupuncture therapy. The reason for this is that acupuncture improves the present condition of health of the patients.  Combined with Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture can help a person regain the complete health of his/her endocrine system.  This allows his/her overall physique to increase in health and strength. Women are able to attain pregnancy more easily with the utilization of certain acupuncture techniques. Also, the recovery in the postnatal process gets speeded up.

With acupuncture, one may not need or at least limit any medications for infertility – one can see the association between acupuncture and infertility in the way acupuncture seems to be the best treatment for resolving several infertility related issues. Acupuncture, in fact, is highly recommended by western doctors for several kinds of infertility. When western modes of treatment are integrated with acupuncture procedures, this integration is called integral Chinese medicine or ITCM, for short.  ITCM is even a much more effective treatment than acupuncture at times, since it can add to the overall effectiveness of acupuncture techniques by a great deal more.

As we have seen, there is a close affinity between infertility and acupuncture.  A holistic type of treatment is one where the patient is considered a whole unit, instead of addressing just certain parts of his/her body.  Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine address human health conditions this way. Oftentimes, acupuncture treats stress which is a common underlying cause of many health problems including male and female infertility. Acupuncturists also require the patient to follow a healthy balanced diet, perform regular exercises in addition to the therapies of Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture. All in all, acupuncture techniques as well as other holistic procedures are seen to be incredibly powerful in curing issues relating to infertility.