Study showed that acupuncture therapy can be an excellent option for treating dysmenorrhea

The Evidence-based Complimentary and Alternative Medicine journal published the results of a study demonstrating the benefits of acupuncture treatments on patients who had dysmenorrhea that have been unsuccessfully resolved conventional medical therapies. Dysmenorrhea may be classified as primary or secondary that is both characterized by painful menstrual cramps. Primary dysmenorrhea means the condition has no proven pelvic causation/ pathology while secondary dysmenorrhea manifests as cramps caused by a pelvic pathology. Pain is the dominant symptom of both types and this pain cannot be relieved by NSAID medications in about a quarter of cases.

The study involved patients with moderate to severe dysmenorrhea that has been going on for a year or more and had been treated with NSAID therapy with no success. These patients avoided oral contraceptive therapy, which is often given as a first line of treatment in treating dysmenorrhea. They received acupuncture therapy for two months with 8 weekly acupuncture treatments. The needles were inserted for around half an hour each treatment session.

The study showed that 13 of the 15 subjects had significant reduction of both NSAID use and alleviation of pain after the acupuncture treatments. The relief of pain was even greater in patients who had primary dysmenorrhea compared to the ones suffering from secondary dysmenorrhea. About 7 of the 15 patients completely ended their NSAID intake and remained symptom-free when examined half a year after the end of the treatments.

The NIH or National Institutes of Health recognizes acupuncture as a scientifically valid modality for the removal of pain. The NIH also has recommended as a valid treatment for a number of conditions, including dysmenorrhea. One of the best advantages of acupuncture therapy over conventional medicine is that it basically has no side effects. Acupuncture is also very safe to use and quite non-invasive. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners believe that when an acupuncture needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, the needle brings about a much better blood flow to the affected part of the body.

Along with acupuncture TCM practitioners use Chinese herbal therapy to maximize the treatment. For dysmenorrhea, gui shi fu ling wan is one of the most common herbal formula prescribed by TCM practitioners although the proper formula must be chosen for each patient based on her manifested signs and symptoms. Gui shi fu ling wan is an herbal mixture that includes herbs such as peach kernel, mountain root bark, peony root, hoelen, and cinnamon twig. They all are seen to possess strong circulating and invigorating attributes that help relieve pain by removing stagnation or blockages in the body. Gui shi fu ling wan can also be used for treatment of ovarian cysts and uterine fibroids.

The study showed that acupuncture therapy can be an excellent option for treating dysmenorrhea pain, more so for sufferers who cannot use NSAIDs or oral contraceptives. This study’s results jibes with the results of most acupuncture clinics which have treated patients with dysmenorrhea for decades.

Traditional Chinese medicine treatment for allergies

The spring flowers and sunshine bring with them pollen and wind that for multitudes signal the beginning of allergy season. Pollens from trees are actually more prevalent than flower pollens during springtime and are prolific pollinators. Weed and grass pollens come in mid and end of spring and up to the end of summer; airborne mold spores, on the other hand, proliferate all year round, as well as other common allergens such as animal dander, dust mites and dust.

The most common forms of relief for allergy symptoms are over-the-counter drugs. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) specialists know that identifying the causes of allergies, treating the person holistically, and helping balance the immune system result in significant long-term benefits in the management of allergies.

What are allergies?

Hay fever or allergic rhinitis is a sign of misplaced immunity. This is a learned reaction by the immune system in which quick physiological changes produce symptoms such as asthma, sneezing, sinus congestions, itchy throat and eyes and even diarrhea. Usually when you are exposed to an allergen, it forces your body to release massive amounts of IgE antibodies that stick to white blood cells known as mast cells. These cells are usually found in the skin, the stomach lining, upper respiratory tract and in the lungs. These cells release chemicals such as histamine when they are stimulated causing the allergic symptoms.

Allergies that are IgE-mediated almost instantaneously produce symptoms and can be life-long. Some types of allergic reactions are transient. The delayed hypersensitivity is one example of this. This is an allergic response that may take three days (72 hours) to become evident. These types of immune system reactions are usually evident with inhalant or food allergies and are usually IgG-mediated. Besides, specialists may likewise utilize the term allergy to characterize other immune system reactions such as nonspecific intolerances or hypersensitivity that are not classic allergic responses but cause problematic health effects in reaction to environmental exposures.

The Total Load Theory states that for certain individuals, exposure to a single allergen may not be strong enough to bring about a symptomatic reaction; however, if they are exposed to a number of allergens near the same time, it may elicit an allergic reaction. For people who, for example, are allergic to cypress pollen or cow’s milk and to cypress pollen they can drink milk everyday without manifesting tangible allergic reaction; if cypress pollen abounds, they can suffer from allergies. In order to avoid getting dairy product allergy reactions during pollen season, the person needs to decrease lessen his/her “allergic load” as well as his/her symptoms without the need for symptomatic drugs.

Allopathic Therapy for Allergies

Western or allopathic medical treatments usually depend on suppression of the allergic reaction; examples of these are antihistamines like Benadryl and Chlortrimetron among others. Other kinds of drugs for asthma or allergic rhinitis include those that influence the nervous system like decongestants, corticosteroids like prednisone and epinephrine such as Albuterol.

Western medicine also stresses the need to avoid the allergen at all times, if possible, as well as use air filters to lessen exposure. When elimination or avoidance is impractical or not possible, the one thing you can do is desensitization, which is injecting small amounts of the allergen in gradually increasing doses over the course of time to neutralize the amount of antibodies present in your body.

The problem with allopathic medicine though is its side effects that may include over dependence on these drugs, suppression of the immune system and drowsiness in some people. These compel people to consider safer alternative therapies to manage their allergies. A lot of them go for acupuncture treatment.

Traditional Chinese medicine, Respiratory Health and Allergies

TCM usually considers allergic rhinitis as associated to Wind since symptoms come and go rather quickly, produce congestion, and force the person to avoid windy situations. Wind usually comes with Wei Qi (Protective) deficiency. The nearest thing one can relate with Wei Qi is resistance to respiratory infections such as colds. Individuals with deficient Wei Qi develop colds easily, and their allergy symptoms may be especially bad in the fall or spring, seasons that are considered windy.

The acupuncturist observes any deeply-rooted pr constitutional signs in each patient with allergies. Acupuncture therapy is about treating the whole individual. Individuals with chronic allergies manifest signs of Kidney or Spleen Deficiency and Lung signs. The acupuncturist’s aim is to formulate a plan that targets the patient’s acute symptoms, treat them and at the same time resolve the underlying imbalance in the immune system that is believed to be at the root of the patient’s allergies. The treatment plan usually consists of acupuncture, herbal remedies, and dietary changes.

TCM treatment for allergies

Some patients manifest acute allergy symptoms that may involve occasional loose stools, extreme fatigue, copious watery phlegm, runny nose and sneezing. The acupuncturist starts by taking the patients medical history and performing an examination. The specialist then evaluates the patient’s condition based on TCM methods as Wei Qi Deficiency due to a weakness of the Spleen and Lung. Apart from general recommendations for his/her condition, the patient can be prescribed with specific Chinese herbal formulas that contain decongestant qualities for those presenting with copious clear phlegm. Other formulas that may be given include those designed to tonify the Spleen and Lung Qi. The patient may be advised to stay away or minimize consumption of dairy products and excessively spicy or sweet foods.

When the patient’s condition improves, he/she and the acupuncturist will concoct a treatment plan to reinforce his/her immune system to prepare him/her for the next allergy season. This plan may include substituting green tea for coffee. This tea will be rich in catechins that are endowed with anti-allergy effects, and a biolfavinoid known as quercetin. This substance has shown to stabilize mast cells and in the process slows down the release of histamine and other chemicals associated with allergies.

The acupuncturist should devise a treatment plan consisting of both general treatments useful for the treatment of allergies as well as a customized modality to each patient. When the allergy symptoms are properly managed, the acupuncturist can then start to devise a long term plan of altering the patient’s reaction to his/her environment; if successful, this will decrease the severity and frequency of future allergic reactions.

 

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

Acupuncture Treatment for Iron-deficiency Anemia

IDA or Iron-deficiency anemia treatment involving the use of traditional Chinese medicine is based on the term “Differential Diagnosis”. This is a procedure entailing a very exhaustive evaluation of the patient’s symptoms and signs to bring about a specific and precise diagnosis.  According to traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, a “pattern” is known as a specific set of symptoms and blood deficiency is the most common pattern for IDA. People more or less can have a single or multiple patterns happening simultaneously in their body.  A blood deficiency pattern can occur due to another pattern termed spleen qi deficiency. Each patient gets treated on the basis of his/her pattern diagnosis.

Treatment

TCM treatment focuses not merely on the condition’s symptoms but on its cause as well. The most important therapies used to treat patterns related to IDA include diet, massage, acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Herbal tonics that have been specifically concocted for the patient are used to build qi and blood as well as improve digestion, normalize menstruation and stop bleeding all without any untoward side effects.   Red blood cell count levels have been proven to increase with massage therapy which can also help boost blood flow throughout the body.  A vitamin-rich and iron-rich diet combined with some recommendations to improve digestion is vital to a successful treatment.

Combining Western Medicine with TCM

Integrating Western Medicine with that of traditional Chinese medicine is by far the most effective way of resolving IDA. Your doctor and acupuncturist need to work together to help come up with a plan of therapy that is both effective and safe.

Establishing Open Communication

If you already are diagnosed with IDA and want to be treated using TCM modalities, you need to tell your doctor about your intention. Most of the time, your doctor will allow you to try out alternative medicine especially if your condition does not respond to conventional treatments.

 

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

Suffering from Osteoarthritis? Try Acupuncture

One of the most debilitating conditions known to man is osteoarthritis. This type of joint disease often affects the quality of life and mobility of its victims. Over the years, several forms of anti-inflammatory drugs have been manufactured to address this condition; the problem with all these drugs, however, is that they bring harmful side effects to the one taking them. This forces individuals to consider alternative types of medicine such as acupuncture and acupressure for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

There is no doubt that more and more people are turning to acupuncture and traditional bodyworks to resolve their osteoarthritis symptoms mainly because they don’t have any side effects.  The truth is that a huge number of individuals have used acupuncture to help control the chronic pain caused by this debilitating condition. But what is osteoarthritis in the first place and how does acupuncture help in the control of this disease? Let’s find out.

Osteoarthritis

As mentioned a while ago, osteoarthritis is a disease that affects the joints of a person. It is also known as degenerative arthritis and is an issue mainly characterized by the structural or functional failure of the joints. Osteoarthritis usually involves one whole joint with the underlying joint, ligaments, joint cover, muscles and joint lining affected. Sometimes, the progressive loss of the cartilage in the body may be also involved.

The degeneration of the cartilage usually happens with osteoarthritis although other diseases, injury, heredity and can also contribute to its development. The cartilage is made up of protein and functions as a sort of ‘cushion’ between the joints’ bones.

There are two types of osteoarthritis: primary and secondary osteoarthritis. The former is caused by aging when the cartilage begins to degenerate leading to the two joints that the cartilage prevents from colliding, to collide with each other resulting in mobility problems and pain.  Primary osteoarthritis mainly is due to hereditary factors.

The latter, secondary osteoarthritis can be triggered by other diseases like hormone imbalance, obesity, gout and diabetes. Because it adds more pressure to the cartilage, obesity can heighten the mechanical stresses between the joints causing damage to them.  Based on studies, obesity is the next most common reason for degenerative arthritis with aging still being the number one cause for the occurrence of such condition.

The main symptoms of osteoarthritis include restricted joint mobility, joint stiffness and pain and they differ in severity from person to person.  Most conventional modalities for osteoarthritis are focused in the minimizing the inflammation and joint pain.  There also treatments to help improve and maintain joint functions.

The Benefits of Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a 5,000 year old treatment and is quite a powerful form of medicine capable of treating dozens of human illnesses. Medical research geared towards knowing how acupuncture actually works has only been done for during the last five decades. The huge popularity of natural and alternative forms of medicine like acupuncture and acupressure have perked the interest of a lot of western physicians in knowing the mechanisms and secrets of how these therapies work and how they are able to provide relief of pain to osteoarthritis sufferers.

Based on traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), when the flow of vital energy, called qi, is blocked or becomes imbalanced, illnesses arise. By using acupuncture, these blockages and imbalances can be resolved using very thin and special needles.

Acupuncturists believe that there are 20 meridians in the human body (12 major meridians and 8 secondary meridians) with around two thousand or so acupuncture points just above these meridians. When an acupuncture point is inserted with a needle, the meridian underneath this point is stimulated causing therapeutic benefits to affected organs of the body. This revered type of bodywork entails the use of very thin needles penetrating into the skin that are manipulated to make the therapeutic benefits stronger.

Studies Performed on Pain Management and Acupuncture

For several years, tons of researches have been done to study the effects of acupuncture in treating osteoarthritis.  In some of these studies, acupuncture has been observed to activate the production and release of endorphins in the body. These endorphins are actually natural analgesics (painkillers) that help an osteoarthritis sufferer better deal with pain.

Other studies have indicated that a lot of the acupuncture points are situated near the nerves. These nerves can either create dull aches or fullness in the muscles when they are stimulated.  Signals are transmitted to the central nervous system (composed of the brain and the spinal cord) when the muscles are stimulated causing the body to create and release endorphins into the bloodstream. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that the body creates during times of pain or stress.  Endorphins, along with other neurotransmitters aid in preventing the conveyance of pain signals to the brain. This allows the patient to feel less pain than he/she should.

Fight Allergies Successfully Using Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Sneezes, watery eyes, stuffy nose and sniffles plague a third of human beings living in the United States. The reason for this: the allergy season.

Typically harmless but exaggerated immune reactions/responses to certain substances, allergies are often relieved in a conventional way with over-the-counter drugs. Acupuncturists believe that a lot of these allergy symptoms can be avoided.  They believe that good health is due to balance in all aspects of life that needs to be guarded and maintained at all times. The normal regimen of searching for that ‘magic pill’ is a red herring. Traditional Chinese medicine offers ancient healing modalities that provide relief without the side effects conventional medicines have and this relief is long lasting. Traditional Chinese medicine’s focus is always to get to the root of the problem as well as address the symptoms. In western conventional medicine, the most common treatments for allergy include decongestants, antihistamines and corticosteroids for severe reactions. These drugs, as mentioned, come with side effects and usually only mask the symptoms.  The most likely side effects of these allergy medications include:

Depression

There are asthma drugs that can provoke suicidal thoughts or depression and so mental status needs to be observed on a regular basis for those taking these types of medications.

Increased appetite

This potential side effect of using antihistamines is only good if you are trying to increase weight.  It’s quite easy to gain weight when taking these types of drugs. The weight can be seen in the expansion of the mid part of your body, especially when you notice your stomach and waist starting to expand.

Sleepiness

A lot of the antihistamines offered in the market, have the side effect of sleepiness. Taking these antihistamines then is potentially dangerous especially if you operate machinery or need to drive. They certainly would lower your performance at work.  These drugs can certainly be useful when taken at night especially when you need to sleep well at night.

It is not recommended to use decongestant nasal sprays for three to five days straight or more since doing so can make your nasal passages swell which then can exacerbate your allergic symptoms.  Some of the symptoms oral decongestants can cause include difficulty getting some sleep, insomnia, aggravation of existing heart rhythm anomalies and increased blood pressure.

When performed by a licensed, qualified and trained acupuncturist, acupuncture is sure to be a very effective and safe modality.  When imbalances in your body are diagnosed, a combination of herbal formulas, lifestyle changes, dietary recommendations and acupuncture may be needed to restore balance into your body.  There are several positive side effects for these treatments including relief from headaches, arthritis or PMS, less tress, increased energy as well as relief from asthma and chronic pain. Maybe you need help for your cold or flu symptoms, a treatment for your back pain or tennis elbow or need a quick treatment for jet lag. The main goal of traditional Chinese medicine is to balance your vital energy.

After your acupuncturist examines your symptoms, signs and main complaint, he/she locates acupuncture points along the affected meridians (pathways where energy flows) associated with the problematic organ systems. Sterile and ultra thin needles are then inserted into the acupuncture point causing energy flow to be redirected to help resolve an imbalance. The whole acupuncture session may last around 20 to 30 minutes after which then the needles are removed from the body.

It’s such a great relief to be free of sneezes, watery eyes, stuffy nose and sniffles.  Acupuncture can provide you with better sleep, enhanced energy; it also removes stress from the body.

Patients who suffer from potentially life-ending or significant allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis should cooperate with their physicians in integrating alternative therapies into their treatment plan.

 

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.

Banish Those Nasty Sinusitis Symptoms with Acupuncture

When cavities in the bones around the cheeks, forehead, and eyes, all known as the sinuses become inflamed, it slows down the mucus draining process causing pressure to build up. This increases the likelihood of infection that can aggravate your condition. Migraines and/or facial pain can ensue that can become debilitating and make life miserable.

Acute sinusitis often starts with a respiratory infection and can endure for a number of weeks.  Lasting for months, chronic sinusitis usually stems from an allergic reaction caused by airborne allergens such as hay fever, mold and dust, certain foods and chemical fumes from new carpeting and household cleaners.

Conventional Treatment of Sinusitis

Western medicine often adopts a short term approach focused on the immune system to help alleviate sinusitis symptoms such as cough, sore throat and fever.

-Nasal irrigation using a nasal bidet or Neti pot to remove allergens
-Mucolytics, decongestants and pain relievers to alleviate pain and pressure
-Antibiotics if the cause of the inflammation is a bacterial infection

Treating   Sinusitis with Acupuncture

The aim of acupuncture treatment for sinusitis is to address the immediate symptoms as well as the underlying cause of the body’s heightened sensitivity to allergens, virus or bacteria.

The main problem in sinusitis is the immune system’s over-reaction to certain substances. Several organs such as the circulatory system, nervous system, adrenal glands and the lungs may contribute to this oversensitivity problem as they all are associated with the sinus cavities.  All the issues in these systems can be addressed with acupuncture
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Clinical Studies of Acupuncture for Sinusitis

The September 2004 issue of Allergy Magazine featured an article about how seasonal allergies have been effectively addressed using Chinese herbs and acupuncture.

The Qinhuangdao Port Hospital in China did a clinical study in 2010, involving 85 patients suffering from post-nasal drip nasal congestion and chronic rhinitis. The study found out that 30 or less acupuncture treatments resulted in total relief for 61 patients with 21 showing significant improvement while three did not respond to the treatments at all. After two years, a follow-study discovered that complete recovery was experienced in those patients who have recovered.

 

BodaHealth
1245 West Broadway #302
Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7, Canada
(604) 733-2632
http://bodahealth.ca

Enhance Blood Circulation Naturally with Acupuncture

In both Eastern and Western Medicine, a healthy functioning circulatory system is very important in the maintenance of good health. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has a unique theory called “Blood Deficiency” that can be viewed as a lowered capacity of the Blood to furnish the entire body with proper and adequate nourishment.

Blood Deficiency seems to be the same as anemia; however, a Blood Deficiency condition embraces a much wider scope of symptoms. Eastern Medicine practices its own procedures of diagnosis instead of Western medicine’s way of blood examinations to assess and rectify this condition.

Blood Deficiency-related symptoms can include:

-Difficulty falling asleep, insomnia
-Depression
-Poor memory
-“Floaters” in the eyes and blurred vision
-Brittle nails
-Dry skin and hair
-Pale complexion
-Chronic tiredness and fatigue

Other less occurring symptoms associated with Blood Deficiency include:

-Vertigo and dizziness
-Numbness in the limbs
-Muscle cramps and spasms

Women with a Blood Deficiency condition may experience:

-Miscarriage or infertility
-Irregular or scanty menstruation

A person’s digestive system (known also as the Pancreas-Spleen system), based on the physiology of TCM is the organ system responsible for the creation of Blood. The Liver system, on the other hand, is the system that holds, distributes, and normalizes the flow of Blood throughout the body.  Blood Deficiency treatment then is geared towards the restoration of health of these systems.

A Blood Deficient condition can be caused by several different factors.

Prolonged bleeding – this is especially true when it involves gastrointestinal or menstrual bleeding conditions although the underlying reason for these conditions should be determined and treated first

Overuse of the eyes and tendons – According to TCM theory, the overuse of these body organs and parts can affect the function of the Liver. This is a common cause of Blood Deficiency and is often found in students who do a lot of reading or computer work and in athletes who over train.

Poor diet – one other common cause of Blood Deficiency. Most susceptible to this condition are vegetarians. They need to include enough amounts of Blood-nourishing foods to their meals.

Some Helpful Recommendations to Properly Nourish the Blood

Green protein – for people and vegetarians who perform a lot of physical activity, green protein can be important in the proper nourishment of their Blood. Chlorella and spirulina can be integrated into the diet. Chlorophyll, is known as the “plant hemoglobin” since its composition closely resembles that of blood. Also, in order to strengthen and rebuild blood, protein is required since it is one important component in the building of blood.

Blackstrap molasses – rich in minerals and iron. Daily intake of 1 tablespoon a day can boost blood flow.

Berries – Goji berry or Gou Chi Hsi, is one of the most popular herbs that can be used to nourish the Blood. Dark berries such as blackberries and blueberries are beneficial, as well.

 

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.

Acupuncture Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two diseases that possess a lot of common features. They both are considered two forms of digestive conditions known as inflammatory bowel disease or IBD. While these two health issues may not be as prevalent as irritable bowel syndrome, which is a mild condition compared to them, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease now afflict hundreds of thousands of people in the United States and incidences of these diseases are increasing each year. Crohn’s disease used to be a very rare condition but now it affects a huge number of Americans. The number of cases for Crohn’s disease has doubled compared to three decades ago. Furthermore, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are now being diagnosed among teenagers and children.

An overall feeling of illness, diarrhea, stomach pain and occasional cramping are some of the symptoms associated with IBD. Weight loss, appetite loss and fever may also be felt from time to time. In ulcerative colitis, mucus in the feces, diarrhea and rectal bleeding may be part of the symptoms. The onset of IBD may come stealthily and gradually worsen; they may also develop all at once and in a severe way.

IBD needs to be diagnosed by a doctor, particularly a gastroenterologist or a doctor specializing in digestive conditions. The colon (large intestine) and the rectum are usually examined through colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy. A specimen from a biopsy taken from the wall of the intestine is usually recommended as well as an upper GI swallow with follow-through x-ray of the lower gastrointestinal area. A thorough assessment for IBD may also entail stool tests to exclude infection of parasites that can easily mimic Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Blood tests may be required to determine blood loss and the seriousness of the inflammation.

Besides providing poor dietary choices, Western society also has introduced unnatural products such as mercury dental fillings, aluminum-laced antacids and chlorinated and fluoridated water and other hazardous substances to its people. Fierce debate has been posted in medical journals about the contribution of fluoride toothpaste in the huge surge in IBD cases. Researchers using x-ray analytical techniques and electron microscopy have found pigments in the intestinal mucosa that contain heavy metals like titanium, and aluminum, as well as silicon. Some other researches have discovered residues of toothpaste and other materials used in dental work.  They recommend more studies be done on the role synthetic food ingredients, food additives and toothpaste play in the contribution of inflammatory bowel disease.

Treatment for IBD is usually by medication. Drugs used include Azulfidine and other anti-inflammatory agents as well as immunosuppressant agents designed for cancer treatment and steroids.  They all have really bad side effects and are basically ineffective. Removing the colon with ileostomy is the last solution for ulcerative colitis. Surgery for Crohn’s disease does not cure the disease. Crohn’s disease patients may have to undergo multiple surgeries that significantly shorten their intestines which may result in a debilitating condition known as short-gut syndrome.

One of the major factors that can lead to IBD is stress. One study observed how levels of stress can affect patients with active and inactive ulcerative colitis. Compared to the asymptomatic subjects, symptomatic patients were more likely to remember major stressful events in the recent 6 months of their lives. The conductors of the study concluded stress can be related with ulcerative colitis and disease activity. Also, they noticed that stress only affects the severity of the condition in susceptible patients.  Proper strategies to alleviate stress including self-hypnosis, tai chi, yoga, relaxation and biofeedback may thus help a person better manage his IBD symptoms. Occasional antidepressant medication and psychotherapy help prevent relapses that can affect the working and social life of the sufferer.

For the proper management of ulcerative colitis, herbs can be quite helpful too. Comfrey and slippery elm and other demulcent herbs as well as aloe products can produce soothing effects. Interestingly, cayenne, which seems a wrong thing to use in inflammatory issues, can slowly help lessen colitis inflammation. Atractylodes/ginseng is a Chinese abdomen formula that can help nourish the abdomen and spleen leading to normal digestion as well as help cure diarrhea. This formula also has a licorice ingredient helpful in curing ulceration and inflammation because of its natural steroid-like effects.

One of the best ways of alleviating IBD symptoms is acupuncture.  IBD sufferers have reported that the most important factor in their course of treatment based on outcomes was acupuncture. They noticed that acupuncture provided them with certain healing effects that were distinct from their other therapies of supplements, herbs and diet therapy. This tends to happen because acupuncture helps restore the healthy flow of Chi throughout and the body brings back balance to the organ systems based on healing traditions of traditional Chinese medicine or TCM. Traditional Chinese Medicine usually considers intestinal conditions as due to a malfunctioning of spleen and liver coupled with weak kidney support. A nutritionally oriented doctor may find himself in a quandary when treating inflammatory bowel disease. He might discover that that the very conduit for the digestion of nutrition is inflamed resulting in mal-absorption diarrhea.  Vigorous supplementation may cause intestinal distress and lower the appetite of the patient leading to further malnutrition.  Therefore, a plan to jump-start the patient with intravenous nutritional support may be implemented.  This option is very important in inflammatory bowel disease cases. A cocktail of trace minerals, magnesium B vitamins, L-Glutamine, antioxidants and amino acids needs to be intravenously given a number of times a week until the GI tract of the patient heals. This treatment protocol is incapable of causing intestinal irritation or diarrhea.

A lot of patients have benefited from this innovative nutritionally based complementary approach making it easier for them to manage their IBS symptoms.  The aforementioned modalities can help boost a person’s immune response, remove food allergies, and help balance his intestines. They are superior alternatives compared to conventional therapy that have numerous side effects and will give the person a huge advantage in the battle against IBD symptoms.

 

BodaHealth
1245 West Broadway #302
Vancouver, BC V6H 1G7, Canada
(604) 733-2632
http://bodahealth.ca