Some of the Ways to Prevent Preeclampsia

A condition known as preeclampsia can be experienced by pregnant women past their 20th week of pregnancy. Preeclampsia is a sudden rise in blood pressure in pregnant women accompanied by proteinuria (elevated levels of protein in the urine) and edema (fluid retention). This condition can affect the brain, liver, and kidneys and may result in chronic health problems. Preeclampsia is a potentially fatal disease for both baby and mother and so should be addressed immediately after it is diagnosed.

Signs and Symptoms of Preeclampsia

Patients with preeclampsia may usually not feel any illness at all. However, some of these symptoms may arise:

-Low urine output
-Pain in the right shoulder
-Stomach pain that is felt underneath the ribs and usually on the right side
-Temporary loss of vision, photophobia (sensitivity to light), or blurred vision
-Throbbing, dull headaches that don’t lessen in intensity
-Weight gain of more than two pounds per week (could also be a gaining of weight that suddenly occurs over a couple of days)
-Eyes, face, and/or hands swelling

Preeclampsia Risk Factors

The first pregnancy of a woman can make her highly vulnerable to this condition although preeclampsia can strike during all pregnancies. The following are the other risk factors for preeclampsia:

-Autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus
-PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
-Females below 18 years of age or past the age of 40
-Multiple gestation
-Women who are obese (with more than 30% Body Mass Index)
-Women with a family history of preeclampsia
-Past history of kidney disorder, diabetes, or high blood pressure
-Past history of preeclampsia, especially if the condition arose prior to the third trimester

Preventing Preeclampsia through Natural Ways

1. Increase Your Intake of Salt -Use salt to make your food tastier. However, the salt you use ought to be Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt not table salt as the latter is not good for the health. Do not limit your salt intake.

2. Take Supplements – Take magnesium and calcium supplements each day. For other supplementation, you need to talk to your doctor or naturopath about other supplementations you may need. For better efficient magnesium absorption, Epsom salt baths are recommended.

3. Keep Yourself Adequately Hydrated – Drink when you are thirsty. It’s not only water you may consume. You can drink juices and herbal teas, as well. Consume about 2 to 4 liters of fluids each day. One good advice is to start the day by drinking a warm cup of water that’s added with juice of half a lemon and then follow it up over the next hour with 2 or 3 more cups of water. Then sip a liter of pregnancy tea infusion and a liter of water the rest of the day. You can dilute the juices with water that’s been naturally carbonated or drink small amounts of fruit juices that have been squeezed or juiced.

4. Exercise – This is an excellent way of preventing preeclampsia. Exercise, in general, increases blood flow in your body which in turn betters your blood pressure. The best exercise to prevent preeclampsia is stretching. It is much better at lowering the likelihood of this condition than walking, more so if the pregnant woman has already had the condition before and who have no exercise program at all. Yoga can be an excellent exercise option for preventing preeclampsia.

5. Lose weight – That is, if you are overweight. The risk of developing preeclampsia increases if your BMI is over 30%. Therefore, losing weight is a very important factor to consider in preventing the rise or the recurrence of preeclampsia during your next pregnancy.

6. Antioxidants – A study done in 2003 showed that women who had levels of lutein, alpha and beta carotene, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin had a lower likelihood of developing preeclampsia than women with poor levels of these antioxidants. Consult with your doctor or naturopath about the possibility of increasing the levels of antioxidants in your body.

7. Reduce Stress – Certain studies have revealed that stress may be a factor that increases the likelihood for preeclampsia. To help lessen the levels of stress in your mind and body, relaxation techniques such guided imagery (visualization technique), deep breathing, tai chi, meditation, or prenatal yoga is recommended. Two of the best ways of reducing stress is with acupuncture and massage therapy. They not only help you relax but reinvigorate your body as well.

8. You need to eat least 2400 calories of foods per day – The nutrient and energy needs of pregnancy can only be met by eating adequate amounts of quality and nutrient-rich foods. If this is not done, the chances of you developing preeclampsia become high.

9. Vitamin D – A current study revealed that low amounts of vitamin D in the body increases the risk of preeclampsia during pregnancy. A huge portion of the US population suffers from dangerously low amounts of vitamin D in their body. If you are pregnant and think your vitamin D levels are low, you need to take vitamin D supplements ASAP and/or consult with your Natural Health Practitioner for sound advice.

10. Protein – If you are pregnant you need to consume at least 80 to 100 grams of protein each day. Based on the brewer diet, eating the right amount of protein each day is one of the most important ways (if not the most important way) of preventing preeclampsia.

11. Fiber – If you want to prevent preeclampsia, then you need to increase your intake of fiber. A study done a few years back showed that women who ate greater than 24 grams of fiber per day are less likely to suffer from preeclampsia than women whose regular diet is low in fiber content.

Besides these tips, you need to monitor your urine protein and blood pressure regularly. If any of these levels increase, it is important for you to remain vigilant as preeclampsia usually develops very quickly into a dangerous and potentially fatal health problem. Keep your midwife or doctor informed always of any changes. It is very important that you go for regular check-ups.


Dr. Yelena Pakula is a licensed acupuncture doctor and the medical director of Vita-Health Acupuncture and Wellness Center in Pembroke Pines, FL.

Studies Prove the Effectiveness of Acupuncture in Treating PCOS

Acupuncture is a 4,000 year-old revered healing art that originated in China. It has been used for the treatment of a wide range of conditions including female reproductive conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

Along with acupuncture treatment for PCOS, acupuncturists and Chinese medicine practitioners may recommend nutraceutical or pharmaceutical treatments as well as exercise and diet modifications in order to cure the condition or at least mitigate its symptoms.

What are the Signs and Symptoms of PCOS?

Acupuncture for the treatment of PCOS can be a strong and extremely effective choice of treatment. Acupuncturists/Chinese medicine practitioners evaluate PCOS symptoms that may include male pattern baldness, excess growth of hair, absent or irregular menstruation, or acne. Acupuncture gets to the root of the problem then works to heal it and also the symptoms. Usually, Chinese herbal medicine is combined with acupuncture to resolve any hormonal irregularities in the body.

In general, conventional Western Medicine exclusively treats the symptoms and not the problem causing the symptoms. For example, if PCOS causes you to be overweight, your doctor may prescribe Metformin to address the weight gain. The weight gain symptom is what’s targeted not the reason for the weight increase; so we see that the root of the problem, which in this case is PCOS, is never cured by Western medicine.

Consulting with your Acupuncturist

Your first visit to your acupuncturist may last an hour to an hour and a half. During that time, he/she will evaluate your current state of health; your acupuncturist will ask you a series of questions about your health and the symptoms you are currently experiencing. He/she will also ask you about you and your family’s medical history for PCOS, and your daily routine, among others. This helps the practitioner determine what part of your body will the needles be inserted. The main problem for people wanting to undergo acupuncture is their fear of the needles. But since these needles are very small and thin, they don’t generate any painful sensations at all. You will be placed in a quiet and peaceful room. Your acupuncturist will tell you to lie down and be as relaxed as possible. The needles are then inserted at corresponding acupuncture points and left there for around 20 to 45 minutes.

The Causes of PCOS

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome is divided into two sub classifications: Blood stasis, liver stagnation with heat and abundance of phlegm and dampness and deficiency of spleen qi, kidney yin, and kidney yang. The most common manifestation of PCOS is dampness and/or phlegm in the body. Phlegm and dampness excess complicated by excess and deficiency patterns is the most commonly discovered disharmonic pattern that causes PCOS. sufferers usually tend to ovulate late in their cycle.

Women with Yang Qi deficiency tend to abundantly produce phlegm because they lack the fluids to properly move Qi. The fluids tend to stagnate and condense causing dampness in the body. From the examination of the patient, the acupuncturist may be able to differentiate the pattern of disharmony ailing the patient and thus be able to cure the underlying root of the PCOS. During the course of the treatment women in ovulation should start seeing signs of ovulation after being treated for a couple months. Women delayed in ovulation may start to experience their ovulation coming earlier and earlier until their ovulation becomes a normal cycle.

In the United States, about 7.5% of women of childbearing age suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome. One particular research done about acupuncture’s capacity to treat PCOS involved the participation of 85 women all suffering from PCOS. They were divided into three groups. One group was treated solely with low pulse electro acupuncture, the other group was put on exercise therapy and the third group received no treatment at all.

At the end of 4 months, the group treated with electro-acupuncture had lower levels of male sex hormones and their menstrual flow cycle improved as well. The exercise group also achieved lower male sex hormone levels in their bloodstream and had improved menstrual cycles albeit in lesser degrees compared to electro-acupuncture group. The no treatment group achieved no significant improvement in either the lower of male hormones or the improvement in their cycle.

The conclusion was that electro-acupuncture and physical exercise are effective in lowering hyperandrogenism and boosting menstrual frequency more effectively than no treatment for sufferers of polycystic ovary syndrome.

The conductors of the study also stated that acupuncture treatment plays a huge role in treating polycystic ovary syndrome by: helping treat anorexia in women with PCOS, helping lower weight, lowering levels of cortisol, insulin and blood glucose, controlling hyperglycemia by increasing the body’s sensitivity to insulin, decreasing ovarian cysts and volume, and boosting blood circulation to the ovaries.

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Effectiveness of Acupuncture on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)

Another study done by Italian and Swedish doctors and published in the Biology of Reproduction Journal, involved female rats who were injected with estradiol valerate that induced them to a state of polycystic ovaries. The rats experienced increased production of adrenal glands s well as increased concentrations of nerve growth factor in ovaries due to the heightened activity of their sympathetic nervous system.

After a couple of months, the rats developed polycystic ovaries. Another group of rats that were induced to a state of PCOS were designated as control group and were not given any treatment. The rats that were administered with acupuncture treatments manifested improvements that led to the normalization of their ovaries and a decrease in the size of the polycystic ovaries.

The researchers conducted another study of the same kind but this time with women already suffering from PCOS. At the end of the study, the researchers stated that repeated electro acupuncture treatments helped reestablish regular ovulations in women suffering from PCOS. They also saw that acupuncture helped reduce concentrations of male sex hormones and balanced FSH/LH ratios. This study was able to show the underlying hormonal basis for PCOS, how PCOS can be artificially induced and the role stress plays in the increase of the activity of the sympathetic nervous system that can trigger the development of PCOS. The studies have shown the ability of acupuncture to stop this pathologic process by lowering the level of response of the sympathetic nervous system and helping relax the neuroendocrine system.


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

Dealing With Heavy Emotions in an Effective Manner Using Traditional Chinese Modalities

There are so many reasons for you to feel resentful, angry, feel sad, or grieve. The loss of a job, being betrayed in your personal life or disregarded in your work, the death of a pet or a loved one, dysfunctional or broken relationships, the never ending challenges of the material world we need to deal with, and an unfulfilled life are just some of the reasons why people end up miserable, angry, or sad.

What exacerbates our situation even more is the fact that in the present society we are living in, people are under so much stress that they are not even afforded the luxury of properly venting out their extreme feelings and emotions of anger, grief, sadness, etc. Without a proper solution, they become more and more severe in the course of time.

Western Medicine Solutions for Strong Emotions

If you live in a Western society and are currently grieving or sad, then you may be thinking of going to a doctor for help. Family members and friends may give you much needed support, but as the heavy emotions linger, your support group and you yourself may seem to realize that no better option really exists. Based on how the patient expresses these emotions, in many instances, the doctor may feel that prescribing anti-depressants is the best way of handling the problem.

Certainly, medications are helpful measures but they were meant to only provide temporal relief and may lead to dependency when it is the sole remedy for the patient’s emotional issues.

In lieu of drugs, other doctors may suggest talk therapy or counseling in order to provide the patient an outlet to vent his/her emotions.

Whatever the plan of treatment is, Western medicine does not accept the fact that certain emotions can be due to imbalances in specific organs, which, more often than not, have adverse certain effects on the health of the mind and body of the patient. The specific organ that is affected will determine the type and degree of emotion felt.

Traditional Chinese Medicine Solutions for Strong Emotions

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) recognizes that a relationship between internal organ systems and emotions exists. This view is a very important aspect and determines the type of treatment that needs to be applied for the resolution or relief of these emotions.

When one begins to see a connection between the organ systems and emotions, a careful study of the changes in a person’s well being can help the practitioner figure what modes of treatment are needed to help restore balance to the existing imbalances in these systems.

The seven emotions in traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are:

1. Pensiveness
2. Joy
3. Grief
4. Fright
5. Fear
6. Anxiety
7. Anger

Each of these emotions is associated to (a) specific organ system(s). These associations are:

1. Pensiveness/Spleen – TCM believes that the spleen system is affected by too much mental stimulation or over thinking.

2. Joy/Heart – TCM states that overexcitement and agitation refers to the emotion of joy.

3. Grief/Lungs – The emotion of grief has a direct impact on the lungs; if the normal phase of grief lingers for a certain period of time, the grief can then turn chronic, which may then impact the lung system.

4. Fright/Heart & Kidneys – Fright is an experience that is felt spontaneously. Its initial experience only affects the Heart; if the fright turns into fear however, the Kidney then can be also affected.

5. Fear or the perception of fear affects the kidneys.

6. Anxiety and the lungs are associated with each other.

7. Anger/Liver- Anger can include irritability, frustration, and resentment.

These are just basic examples of the relationships of emotions to organ systems of the body. They do not show the other factors that can affect the emotions. They include the five TCM elements of water, metal, fire, earth, and wood.

Resentment, Anger, Stress, Sadness, And Grief – A Case Study

A 30 year old patient of a fourth generation TCM practitioner who writes for a certain prominent online website and is a also a board certified psychiatrist came in to complain of lower stomach pain she had been enduring for three months. The pain gets aggravated every time the patient ate oily foods or drank cold drinks. Her doctor prescribed her a drug that relieved the symptoms but not the cause, since the doctor was not able to observe any inflammation, cancer, infections, or any other tangible issues in the patient.

The findings of the TCM practitioner, however, were different. It became apparently clear that the symptoms of the patient were indeed caused by seemingly unrelated factors. The patient had been in grief after the recent loss of a long time friend. Moreover, she had been in extreme stress from an unsatisfying job that also forces her to relocate frequently.

An unhealthy lifestyle and a poor diet were also seen as contributing factors to the patient’s condition. For remedy, a holistic approach was adopted that incorporated the modalities of dietary modification and proper eating habits as well as qi gong, meditation, herbal remedies, and acupuncture. After a while the patient’s body systems were returned to their state of normal balance.

Sadness and grief are believed by TCM practitioners to slow down the flow of energy (qi) in the large intestine and the lungs.

Resentment and anger, on the other hand, are believed to generate obstructions to the flow of blood and energy in the gallbladder and liver energy channels. This can lead to symptoms of dysmenorrhea, insomnia, indigestion, mood swings, and pain.

The case study mentioned above was just one among several thousands of cases practitioners of TCM all around the world encounter frequently each day. You don’t need to be a fan of Chinese medicine to know that TCM has helped tens of millions of individuals to help deal with symptoms as well as the fundamental reasons that underlie their imbalances. TCM is an excellent option for maintaining a healthy spirit, mind, and body. It helps one to understand emotions and properly deal with them when they start becoming chronic. TCM can help rectify chronic emotions and neutralize excessive overwhelming stress.

Feel free to consult with an experienced and qualified practitioner if you have been experiencing some of these unhealthy emotions.


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.

Dealing with Dementia Using Traditional Chinese Medicine Procedures

Dementia is a condition affecting the brain causing severe problems in a person’s ability to perform daily tasks and activities.

Dementia can be of several kinds. The most common form of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease (known also as AD or senile dementia) and it strikes older people most of the time. This disease affects the area of the brain that is responsible for language, memory, and control of thought. There are about more than 4 million Americans who suffer from this condition.

Most AD sufferers are past the age of 60 and the likelihood for the disease increases with age. In the United States, 3% of the men and women from 65 to 74 years of age have AD. The percentage goes higher as age increases with almost 50% of Americans 85 years of age suffering from this condition. This statistic, however, does not mean that AD is a normal consequence of aging.

The manner in how fast the disease worsens differs from person to person but on average, after they have been diagnosed with AD, patients live for around 8 to 10 years after diagnosis.

The process of AD development is gradual. Initially, the symptom of mild forgetfulness may be the only indication of the disease. AD sufferers usually have difficulty in remembering names of things, people, or places and activities and events. Also, certain basic arithmetic problems may be difficult to figure out. These difficulties may be a bit troublesome but are not causes for alarm. But as the disease progresses, the symptoms become more noticeable and serious enough for family members and other people to avail of medical help. People with advanced stages of AD, are likely unable to perform simple tasks like combing their hair or brushing their teeth. Their lucidity or capacity to think clearly slowly goes away. They start having difficulties in writing, reading, understanding, or speaking. They become aggressive or anxious and may wander away from their place of residence. In short, they need outside assistance to survive.

Currently, in diagnosing AD, doctors look for any tangles or plaques in the brain tissue of the patient. The only way to observe the brain tissue is through an autopsy. There is no way to ascertain an ED diagnosis while the patient is alive and so both the doctor and the patient settle with a “probable” or “possible” diagnosis for AD.

Western modes of treatment for AD

There is no existing cure for Alzheimer’s disease. For early and mid stages of the condition, doctors usually prescribe drugs such as Reminyl or galanatamine, Exelon (rivastigmine), Aricept (donepezil, or Cgonex (tacrine). These drugs can, for a certain period of time, prevent the worsening of the symptoms. Certain medications can also be useful in controlling the behavioral symptoms related to AD including depression, anxiety, wandering, agitation, and sleeplessness. When these symptoms are resolved, the patient becomes more comfortable making caring for them much easier.

The drug Namenda is an N-methyl D-aspartate (NMDA) antagonist that is used for moderate to extreme cases of Alzheimer’s. It is designed to slow down the progress of the disease. It also enables the patient to perform specific daily functions for some time. Namenda is given to patients with severe AD to help the patient go to the bathroom by himself/herself for a number of months.

How TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) treats dementia

The most common treatments used by TCM practitioners for dementia are acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

Dementia, based on the theory of TCM, is the result of emotional disorders that impact the function of the systems of the heart, spleen, kidney, and liver. When these systems malfunction, it causes blood stagnation and the accumulation of phlegm in the brain. Acupuncturists and TCM practitioners utilize acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies to resolve the malfunctioning systems, boost blood flow in the brain, and clear out the problem-causing phlegm in the brain.

Fifty three patients all suffering from senile dementia participated in a study in which 53 of them were given Chinese herbal remedies while the rest (51 patients) were given Nimodipine. Forty percent of the ones given Chinese herbs showed a significant improvement in their symptoms while only a quarter of those given Nimodipine had shown significant improvement.


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Clinical Studies Have Proven Acupuncture Helpful for ADHD Patients

If one has Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, oftentimes, a diagnosis of Tourette’s syndrome comes along with it. The Institute for Traditional medicine says that these two behavioral disorders often manifest together. For Tourette’s syndrome, certain drugs that control the neurotransmitters of the brain and for ADHDS, stimulants are often prescribed. The thing is many people especially parents of ADHD children think that these medications aren’t worth being taken by the children since the side effects are as worse, and on certain occasions, even worse than the condition they are trying to resolve. A lot of these parents and patients are looking for alternative modes of treatment. One of the best and safest alternative modality they can try is acupuncture.

Drugs and ADHD

ADHD is a brain dysfunction that causes behavior not considered proper and makes concentrating a problem for people diagnosed with the problem. Sadly, a high number of children in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD compared to children living in other countries. Most of the children with ADHD in the US are prescribed with stimulants such as Adderall or Ritalin to help stem the symptoms. These drugs are extremely loaded with toxins that cause really serious side effects especially when they are taken for a long time. Because of the side effects of these drugs, people are seeking for more natural and safe ways to help people with ADHD. Fortunately, acupuncture has shown to be a truly effective and very safe therapy for ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome patients.

Being a neurological disorder, Tourette’s syndrome causes individuals to make unusual sounds and movements, such as blurting out obscenities, jerking the head and tics. Males are more prone to this disorder. It often arises during childhood. Several medications including Botox, antidepressants, stimulants and drugs that block or deplete the brain’s neurotransmitters are used to treat this condition. Some of these drugs, however, especially stimulants have been shown to worsen the involuntary movements. All those drugs also cause negative side-effects, including obesity and the dulling of the mind. There is a much better alternative for these drugs if you are looking for one that is natural and much more effective. That alternative is acupuncture.

Chinese Medicine

Tourette’s syndrome and ADHD are viewed by Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners in a much different light than Western practitioners. Chinese medicine concentrates more on the imbalances of the spirit and how they affect the person instead of merely observing and treating the deficits and chemical imbalances in the brain as probable reasons for these two conditions. ADHD is a sign of agitation or a deficiency in nourishment of the spirit as viewed by Chinese medicine. A combo of acupuncture and traditional herbs are Chinese medicine’s mode of treatment for both Tourette’s and ADHD.

Acupuncture Applied

Acupuncture along with other complementary and natural therapies, can help to either entirely cure or alleviate symptoms of ADHD/ Tourette’s syndrome including managing of mood, sedating hyperactive or fidgety behavior and improving attention and focus. The meridians of the large intestine and stomach are needled during acupuncture therapy, to clear stagnant heat that may be causing high activity and other associated manifestations in people with ADHD and Tourette’s syndrome. Other meridians that are needled are those associated with deficiency in brain development and the lack of essence in the brain. It has been revealed in a research work posted in the Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine that acupuncture proven effective in treating patients with Tourette’s syndrome patients by reducing and sometimes curing the symptoms in about three quarters of the patients who participated in the study.


You need to talk to your healthcare provider for other forms of treatment such as acupuncture if you have a child or if you yourself have ADHD or Tourette’s syndrome prior to stopping prescription drugs. You need to cooperate with your health care provider to find the proper treatment choices for your children or for yourself.


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.

Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture as Adjunct Therapies for Alcohol and Drug Addiction Treatment

One of the biggest health issues besetting the United States today is substance addiction. Interestingly, addiction to prescription drugs is a worse problem in this country than street drug addictions. Substance addiction can mean addiction to drugs, food and alcohol. Behavioral addiction may include addiction to gambling, internet browsing, and pornography, among others. Known treatments for addiction include counseling, twelve step programs and group therapy. One specific therapy that has been proven to work particularly for drug addiction and alcohol is Chinese medicine and acupuncture.

Based on statistics supplied by the National Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, the most addictive substance in the United States is alcohol. There are 18 million Americans who have issues with alcohol. With regards to drug abuse, about 20 million people in this country take drugs within the past 30 days. These statistics show that addiction is a huge problem in our society.

An addiction to something is a complex abnormality that impacts the brain. People who are addicted to drug or alcohol always seek out these substances even if they know they will adversely affect their health. Addictions can result in longstanding modifications to the chemistry of the brain causing the person to experience different mood disorders, anxiety, and problem in thinking clearly. In a lot of instances, if you do not get your fix, you will experience withdrawal symptoms.
The aforementioned treatments for addiction (group therapy, twelve step program, and counseling) are available for people wanting to permanently kick their addiction. These conventional treatment programs have proven quite effective treatments. The problem with these therapies though is the risk of relapses and the continuation and even increase of the cravings. This is where Chinese medicine and acupuncture come in. These two Eastern forms of treatment modalities can help boost the effectiveness of the patient’s current treatment.

Chinese medicine and acupuncture are medical systems that have originated in East Asia to diagnose and resolve health conditions. They have been practiced in that region for at least 3,000 years. Throughout the years, acupuncture has consistently shown to help treat addictions. It was only in the early 1970s that acupuncture became a household name in the US. The best acupuncture treatment procedure for drug and alcohol addictions is auriculotherapy or ear acupuncture. Acupuncturists get consistent results from this type of acupuncture. These days, drug rehab centers and drug courts in the US have implemented acupuncture as an adjunct therapy for addiction treatment.

Any type of addiction can be effectively addressed with acupuncture but most especially drug and alcohol addictions. Acupuncture has the capacity to alter the physiology of a person’s body to enable the body to heal itself. Acupuncture can help resolve addiction symptoms such as:

-Muscle cramping
-Body aches
-Withdrawal symptoms

Availing of a treatment program that is holistic in nature is important if you want to address the underlying root of your condition. This does not mean that you should abandon your ongoing conventional treatments. The best thing to do in order to get outstanding results is to integrate Chinese medicine and acupuncture into your current treatment. Your body’s ability to overcome the addiction will be significantly boosted.

Nutrition and exercise are also very important components to addiction therapy. Qi Gong, Tai Chi and other types of gentle exercise can help relieve anxiety and stress giving you greater balance in your life.

Based on the tenets of Chinese nutrition, it is important to have a balance in your diet. You need to consume several varieties of food group and colors. Vegetables and fruits are essential especially when you are trying to detoxify your body.

All in all, you need to remember that Chinese medicine and acupuncture along with conventional therapies for drug and alcohol abuse work in the treatment of drug and alcohol addictions.


Kine Fischler is a licensed acupuncture physician and the clinical director of Willow Tree Wellness Clinic in Portland, OR.

Can Acupuncture Help Treat the Disfiguring Skin Condition known as Psoriasis?

Some medical scientists think that psoriasis is an inherited condition although a lot of sufferers of this disease are not sure or don’t seem to recall a relative having this condition. Medical scientists are still unable to ascertain the exact reason why psoriasis occurs and thus no real cure for this condition exists.

Psoriasis usually begins when people with an injury such as a burn or cut develop pimples on the injured areas that gradually develop into ugly scales on the skin. Not all people suffering from psoriasis develop the silvery scales that are often associated with the condition.

Dermatological professors at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons state that psoriasis initially starts as a cluster of tiny pimples rather than scaly patches. This development usually occurs when the psoriasis is triggered by a streptococcal infection such as a sore throat.

A severe form of psoriasis may exhibit patches that can run and spread together or manifest as a bumpy and red rash covering the body that runs vertically across the body. Scientists claim that psoriasis does not involve the nervous system which means that acupuncture won’t really be effective in treating this disease. Herbal medicine though, may be of help.

Dong Quay (Angelica sinensis), cayenne, aloe vera, and chamomile have all been known to have a positive effect on the symptoms of this skin disease.

Though no cure for psoriasis exists recent forms of treatment can help lessen the embarrassing and annoying symptoms of this disease. Talk to a dermatologist to see what forms of treatment are apt for your condition.


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