Various Treatment Procedures to Cure Urinary Tract Infection

Women are more at risk to urinary tract infections than men because of the proximity of their genitals to the anus. Urinary tract infection or UTI is often the result of E. Coli infection in the bladder. Western Medicine’s treatment for a full-blown UTI infection is through antibiotics.

Doctor’s Treatment for UTI

Your doctor will first review your medical history and perform a physical examination on you. He/she will also observe you for symptoms such as blood in the urine (hematuria), pain above the pubic bone, burning pain when urinating (dysuria), or frequent desire to urinate. Your doctor will recommend a diagnostic test of your urine to determine infection and a urine culture to confirm the urinary tract infection and the bacteria causing it. Usually antibiotics like Macrodantin are prescribed for three-days for treatment of this disease.

Self-Help Treatment

If you suffer from UTI, you can combine antibiotics with a pain reliever like Uristat to relieve the discomfort and pain related to your infection. After sex, you need to urinate so bacteria can be cleared from the urinary tract. After swimming, immediately remove your swimming wear to loose-fitting and dry clothes to prevent transmission of the infection.

Diet Modifications

Since E. Coli thrives in an acidic environment it is best to avoid the consumption of alcohol, caffeine and sugar. These substances can worsen your symptoms and enhance acidity to the urinary system, which make you at high risk for E. coli infection.

Recovering from a UTI infection

Avoid caffeine and alcohol while you are recuperating from an infection. Instead of these substances, drink 2 oz. of unsweetened cranberry juice mixed in water (6 oz.) taken two times a day to help quicken recovery. Cranberries contain hippuric acid which prevents bacteria from attaching itself to the wall of the bladder. Fiber (25 gm) taken daily can coat the bladder and protect it from any infection.

You can also eat plain yogurt that is not sweetened along with your antibiotics and after antibiotic therapy for a minimum of 2 months in order to replenish the good bacteria in your system. To neutralize the acidity in your body drink lime or lemon with water each day.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Treatment for UTI

Based on Traditional Chinese Medicine teachings, UTIs are often the result of damp-heat manifested by inflammation and abundance of mucus in the body, along with bacteria in the urinary passageway.
To treat UTI, the practitioner needs to remove damp heat from the body. The most common procedure used to clear damp heat is acupuncture. Acupuncture needles are inserted into points such as the Spleen 9 and Liver 8. The former is located under the knee on the inner calf while the latter, above the knee on the inner leg. Chinese massage (tui na) on the lower back can also be done to enhance blood circulation in the pelvic region.

TCM Self-Help Treatment

The herbal formula Ba Sheng San can help kill the bacteria as it has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Take this formula at the very first sign of symptoms. For painful heat in the body, a formula known as Long Dan Hsie Gan Tang (Gentiana Combination) can be used along with antibiotics. This formula is to be taken in its pill form as tinctures often contain alcohol which can aggravate your condition.

Vickery Health & Wellness
18455 Burbank Blvd #306
Tarzana, CA 91356
(818) 578-6730

Treating the Symptoms of Cancer with Acupuncture

Over the years, cancer has gradually earned the notorious reputation of being one of the leading causes of death throughout the world. Extensive medical studies have been done for decades that have led to the creation of various cancer treatments. But despite the availability of these treatments, it is interesting to see that acupuncture, a four-thousand year old alternative therapy has emerged to be a very popular treatment for the management of cancer symptoms for many individuals stricken with this dreaded disease.

The Nature of Cancer

Cancer is a form of disease that is mainly marked by atypical cell division and growth. Its classification is based on the type of cell that initially wreaks damage to a body organ. Currently, doctors have diagnosed over a hundred forms of cancer with the most common being renal cancer, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, melanoma, leukemia, breast, bladder, lung, rectal, colon and endometrial cancer.

When cancer cells start to divide in an uncontrolled manner, the disease turns into a deadly condition. These cells start to form lumps or masses known as tumors. As these masses grow and get bigger, they begin to adversely impact the functions of the major organ systems of the body namely the nervous, circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems.

There are several symptoms of cancer although they vary according to the body part where the cancer grows. Some of the most common cancer symptoms include unexplained loss of weight, excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), anemia, fever and fatigue. Symptoms such as vertigo, seizures, and headaches may be experienced when the cancer spreads to the brain. Patients may suffer from coughing and shortness of breath when their cancer starts to affect the lungs. Painful and brittle bones as well as jaundice may be suffered by the patient when his/her liver is affected by the cancer.

Treatments for Cancer

In spite of the many decades of medical research into the nature of cancer, Western medicine has a very poor track record in treating this disease. This is reflected in the growing rate of cancer deaths each year. The fact is cancer and cardiovascular disease have been jostling for the notorious claim of being the number one killer in the world each year. Western medicine does a very poor job when it comes to cancer treatment and in fact, some of the therapies it uses contribute in a big way to the rate of fatalities related to cancer. These include cancer drugs and therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This is the reason why so many people want to approach cancer in a more natural manner. They address cancer by changing their lifestyle and diet that make it easier to manage and control their condition.

The state of health of the patient, the kind of cancer he/she suffers from, as well as the stage of his/her cancer are determinants for the type of treatment the patient will get. Apart from the aforementioned therapies of drugs, chemo and radiation therapy, other cancer treatments include immunotherapy, gene therapy and hormone therapy.

While most cancer patients are forced to opt for conventional treatments for their condition, some patients are willing to try non-traditional and alternative treatments. Acupuncture is slowly being looked at as a way to help cancer patients cope with the pain, symptoms and side effects of the disease as well as the cancer drugs these patients are forced to use for treatment of their condition.

How does Acupuncture Help Cancer Patients?

Acupuncture is recommended as a form of treatment for the management of cancer symptoms by a growing number of doctors and oncologists. Studies have proven that acupuncture can stop cancer-related conditions of hot flushes, painful and dry throat and mouth, vomiting, nausea and pain.

Acupuncture is also effective in alleviating or reducing the magnitude of the side effects of cancer treatments including inflammation, swelling and pain that in turn, leads to a lesser intake of pain medications. When the muscles and sensory neurons are stimulated, they transmit signals to the central nervous system causing the production and release of neurotransmitters that serve to alleviate pain and discomfort.

Chemotherapy produces very serious side effects that many doctors observe usually do more harm than good. Some of the side effects of this “treatment” include hot flushes, nausea and vomiting especially in breast cancer patients. To help reduce the intensity and frequency of the hot flushes, vomiting and nausea, women with breast cancer should consider receiving acupuncture treatment.

For painful and dry mouth and throat that can be expected with cancer treatments, acupuncture may be able to decrease the severity of these side effects enabling the patient to drink, eat and swallow without difficulty. Acupuncture can also help treat and relieve other symptoms related to cancer including depression, fatigue, anxiety, appetite loss, cough, diarrhea, loss of weight, dizziness, bone pain, and chest pain.

In lessening the frequency and magnitude of these symptoms, acupuncture can provide cancer patients the means to get some high quality sleep which goes a long way in the improvement of the quality of life of these suffering individuals.

Acupuncture Treatment – Some Feedback from Cancer Patients

No proof exists that shows acupuncture’s ability to cure or treat cancer. This treatment is mainly used to help relieve the many symptoms attributed to cancer.

There are patients who have stated that acupuncture has helped them get over their nausea caused by chemotherapy. Some patients have seen their hot flushes decrease in severity and frequency after being treated with acupuncture. And other patients aver that acupuncture has indeed made them a bit healthier in spite of their faltering condition.


Nelya de Brun, DAOM
Classical Oriental Medicine, LLC
3459 Woolbright Rd
Boynton Beach, FL 33463
(561) 932-3905

Ulcerative Colitis is an Autoimmune Condition That Can Be Treated With Chinese Herbs

Considered as a form of autoimmune disease, Ulcerative Colitis is an inflammation of the large intestines that causes bloody diarrhea and ulcers. No cure for this condition exists due to its unknown cause. Western medicine “treatments” for this drug include corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory medications. It has been reported in the World Journal of Gastroenterology that Chinese herbal formulas can be used as treatment for ulcerative colitis. Modern studies showed that Chinese herbal remedies have a more than 90% rate of success in treating IBS symptoms and that patients were able to wean themselves of all drugs after being given a number of acupuncture treatments. The treatments were so potent that after a couple of years, the patients were still okay.

Traditional Chinese Medicine considers ulcerative colitis as the result a certain internal imbalances, specifically an abundance of heat and damp in the body. People suffering from this form of imbalance usually report that eating greasy and oily foods worsens their condition. The aforementioned studies used Chinese herbs that were known to clear heat and damp.

Herbs such as long dan cao, ching bai, hsi cao, bai tou weng, and tu fu ling are usually taken in a concoction that may even contain up to fourteen herbs. These herbs are prescribed based on the symptoms and the specific needs of the patient. When it comes to ulcerative colitis, no one specific herb or even a combination of herbs can be used as a uniform treatment for every ulcerative colitis condition. This is because of the uniqueness of each patient’s symptoms and also due to the uniqueness of their constitution (body).

These studies show that the herb ching dai has anti-inflammatory attributes. This plant is also known to suppress certain forms of cancer cells. Some Chinese herbs are utilized as enemas that can help relieve ulcerative colitis symptoms.

Based on the viewpoint of traditional Chinese medicine there can be factors that may aggravate ulcerative colitis. Damp and cold accumulation in the intestine or even taking ching dai can exacerbate it.

One should seek treatment only from a licensed and qualified Chinese herbalist that has four years of full time training in Chinese herbology at the minimum. Besides that, the herbalist needs to have around 150 herbs in his/her repertoire from which customized herbal formulas can be created based on your specific needs. Usually, the herbs come in freeze dried granules that are easy to dissolve and mix with other herbs.


Dr. Marco Dibonaventura – Board Certified Acupuncturist and Herbalist in King of Prussia, PA

Treating Allergy Symptoms and Their Root Cause with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Treating Allergy Symptoms and Their Root Cause with Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture

Springtime brings with it the promise of warmth, sunshine, flowers, pollen, and allergy. Allergens such as weed, grass, and tree pollens, and animal dander, dust mites dust, mold spores are at their most potent during this beautiful time of the year.

We all know that over-the counter drugs can provide us with much welcome relief from the misery brought about by allergies; the problem is this relief is short-term and since they are drugs, they all come with harmful side effects to the body. Traditional Chinese medicine or TCM, on the other hand, addresses allergies by treating the individual holistically (as a whole). It targets the underlying cause of the allergy which is an imbalanced immune system and therefore brings about a longstanding and significant resolution to the symptoms of allergy.

What are allergies?

An example of an imbalanced immunity is hay fever or allergic rhinitis. This condition happens when the immune system responds to a certain object that is seen as harmful to the body when it comes into contact with the skin or eyes or when it enters the body through the mouth. The reaction of the body to the foreign object may result in quick physiological changes such as asthma, sneezing, sinus congestion, itchy throat any eyes, and even diarrhea. When a person is exposed to an allergen such as tree pollen, it often causes a huge release of IgE antibodies that bind to a form of white blood cells or leukocytes called mast cells. Mast cells are usually found in the skin, the abdominal wall, the upper respiratory tract, and the lungs. The activation of these cells stimulates the release of histamines, chemicals that brings about the common symptoms of allergy.

Allergy that arises from the IgE antibodies can produce immediate symptoms that may by long-term or permanent. There are also reactions that are delayed. Sometimes the symptoms may take three days to manifest. These types of reactions are usually caused by IgG antibodies and are often triggered by inhalant or food allergies. Moreover, TCM physicians can also utilize the term allergy in reference to different immune system reactions such as intolerances or nonspecific hypersensitivity that do not result in typical allergic reactions but nevertheless result in adverse and undesirable symptoms in response to environmental exposures.

A theory known as the Total Load Theory states that when certain individuals are exposed to just a single allergen, this may not be enough to bring about an allergic reaction. But when they are exposed to multiple allergens all at once, this triggers an allergic reaction in them. For example, a person who is allergic to cypress pollen and dairy milk may not have a reaction when merely drinking cow’s milk, but when cypress pollen is present, it triggers the allergy. So during springtime, it may be best for him/her to avoid milk altogether in order to minimize the risk of allergy.

Conventional Western Modalities for Allergies

Allopathic treatments are usually drugs that try to minimize or relieve the symptoms of the allergy. The most popular of these drugs is antihistamines. Benadryl and Chlor-trimetron are two of the most popular antihistamines in the market today. Decongestants, corticosteroids and drugs such as epinephrine and Albuterol are used to treat asthma or allergic rhinitis.

Doctors highly recommend the use of air filters to lessen their patients’ exposure to allergens or avoid the allergen altogether; if this is not possible, the other recourse would be to desensitize the patient to the allergen. This is accomplished by injecting him/her with small amounts of the allergen in gradual incremental dosages to lower the sensitivity of the patient to the allergen up to the point that reaction no longer occurs.

As mentioned, Western drugs are excellent providers of short-term relief from the symptoms of allergy, but since side effects such as drowsiness and overdependence to these drugs can occur, a lot of people are looking for alternative treatment to help better manage their allergies. Many have discovered that acupuncture can actually be a safe and powerful treatment for allergies.

Traditional Chinese Medicine, Respiratory Health, and Allergies

TCM practitioners see an association of allergic rhinitis to Wind due to its symptoms that quickly come and go, result in congestion, and cause the individual to stay away from windy conditions. The Wind pathogen usually is accompanied by a weakened Wei Qi. In the view of Western medicine, Wei Qi is equal to the ability of the body to resist respiratory infections such as colds. A deficiency in a person’s Wei Qi makes him/her more susceptible to colds and allergy symptoms.

The practitioner/acupuncturist may also search for underlying and constitutional signs in their allergy-afflicted patients. Acupuncture is a holistic type of treatment that endeavors to treat the symptoms and their root cause at the same time. Chronic allergy sufferers often suffer from Kidney or Spleen Deficiency complicated by Lung signs. The aim of acupuncture allergy treatment is to resolve the symptoms and provide relief, while resolving the underlying immune imbalance at which is believed to be the root cause of the allergy of the patient. TCM modalities for allergy besides acupuncture include herbal remedies, and dietary recommendations.

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