Acupuncture Corrects the Underlying Imbalances That Cause Asthma

I was diagnosed with asthma at a very young age and the frightening and very severe asthma attacks I suffered in my twenties made me appreciate any asthma sufferer who longs to discover a non-chemical solution to this potentially dangerous health issue.

As has been proven in clinical researches and based on personal experience, acupuncture has the ability to allay asthma symptoms. That said, acupuncture treatment will only turn out well when it is undertaken by a qualified practitioner who is also attune to the needs of his/her patients.

The Problem with Studies

Most acupuncture researches have been limited in a variety of ways. One can, for example, ask if the acupuncture techniques used in research is what’s really used in everyday clinical practice. Two forms of acupuncture can be used in studies which complicate the results even further.

The outcomes of a couple of small studies utilizing the two forms of acupuncture were featured in a Cochrane Library review regarding acupuncture treatment for asthma. The results were pooled but it was concluded that there was not enough data in order to expedite the extrapolation of the effectiveness of acupuncture with regards to the general population.

Since clinical trials are only given a limited amount of case studies, researchers will usually try to seek the combo of acupoints that’s most effective for the treatment of asthma. But the truth is, in both clinical practice and valuable books the approach is far more specific. Acupoints selected for treatment can be based on the type of deficiency and excess suffered by the body.

There are also several acupoints that are traditionally utilized for relieving asthmatic breathing that are located at the back and front of the ribcage; however, in clinical textbooks and trials, only a few of these are mentioned and only, from time to time.

Acupuncture Approach and Treatment of Asthma

So, despite the fact that a wealth of studies exists that could be used by practitioners and proponents of acupuncture and could provide proof the acupuncture works for asthma, sadly, this is not the case.

What do we need to do to help ourselves come up with an informed decision? We actually only need to accept the fact that in TCM, in general, and traditional acupuncture, in particular, a disease such as asthma is a sign of an underlying and deeper disharmony. So, when a person seeks treatment from a qualified acupuncturist with the power to diagnose and identify the root cause of the disharmony, then there is a really good chance that the condition and its underlying cause(s) are cured.

Having said that, it is not the job of the acupuncturist to tell asthma sufferers to completely stop taking their medications. If you suddenly suffer from a very serious asthma attack, having an inhaler on hand can spell the difference between life and death. The proper approach is to cautiously and gradually reduce the intake of the drugs and patients should have the choice to do what they feel comfortable with within the boundaries of safety.

TCM and Asthma

According to TCM theory, asthma can develop due to the disorders associated with the kidney, abdomen, and lungs. Hence, several possible acupoints that can be used to treat asthma happen to lie on the meridians of the kidney, abdomen, and lungs in addition to the bladder meridian.

On the back’s upper region part lie some bladder acupoints used in asthma treatment. A few of these points are extremely important as an obstruction of energy circulation in the back can have a crucial influence on the seriousness of asthmatic breathing.

In TCM, the organs are not deemed simply as western medicine tends to regard them – purely anatomical. Practitioners believe that they also govern the energetic, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of the person.

Based on the Five Element Theory of TCM, the various organ systems are intimately connected with each other and practitioners use this knowledge to identify patterns of disharmony. The five elements are water, metal, earth, fire, and wood.

The element metal is associated with the lungs, the color white, autumn season, and the large intestine. Skin problems and the function of respiration are controlled by the metal element. It also is responsible for waste removal. This element also controls respiration as well as skin issues. Imbalance can lead to feelings of grief and sadness, bowel issues, coughing, skin problems, shortness of breath, and asthma.

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Acupuncture For the Health of Your Eyes

In a fast paced and ever changing world, as our ideas of Western medicine have changed in recent years, individuals in this present day are clamoring for a more comprehensive plan of treatment from its doctors and medical care providers.

The reductionist style of assigning each symptom to the realm of a specific specialist that is detached from the whole person is now being slowly set aside for more adjunctive modes of healthcare like Chinese medicine and acupuncture. More and more people are starting to consider each individual as an integrated being. In determining treatment strategies The specific symptoms that brought the patient to treatment as well as dietary preferences, the types of relationships the person is currently in, exercise programs, and dietary choices are considered in order to determine the kind of treatment the patient will get..

It is my opinion that our eyesight is rooted in our totality and not an isolated phenomenon. Who we are is made up of our genetic composition, our work environment, the foods we eat, our belief systems, our exposure to toxins in the air, and our world. Each of us is unique and our senses, most especially, our eyesight are the means in which we take in the world. How we perceive the world is, to a certain extent, a mirror of who we are. The visual issues we exhibit also further mirrors who we are.

Our body is an integrated living dynamic system and works as a whole rather than an isolated set of parts. Each of our body’s cells possesses receptors for neurotransmitters; hence, every cell is practically a nerve cell. We do not think with our brains or see with our eyes, but instead have a “minding body.” The consciousness of our biological cells is actually the basis of vision, the power to find meaning from light which are electromagnetic patterns and to course our action according to this interpretation.

In Chinese medicine, the skin of our body is filled with tiny electric eyes known as acupuncture points or acupoints, for short. They run parallel along channels called meridians where energy flows. When energy in these channels flow smoothly, there is neither illness nor pain. When obstructions develop along the meridians, illness and pain occur. Each acupoint is a door to enhanced sensitivity near the skin’s surface, giving the acupuncturist easy access to the meridians to remove obstructions.

In our society, vision issues are reaching epidemic levels, the multi-billion dollar business that is the eye care industry offers as its major tools contact lenses, eye glasses, and eye surgery to virtually all peoples of the Western world.

Year after year, patients with worsening vision go to their eye doctors who tell them that their problem is a typical consequence of aging and there is nothing they can do to prevent that visual decline. They, especially those diagnosed with glaucoma, are usually placed on medications for a lifetime.

Listed below are some examples of common mainstream advice or treatments that holistic therapies can equally measure up to for the prevention of deteriorating vision.

1. A lifetime of drugs is immediately prescribed by doctors for patients suffering from early stages of glaucoma or they advised to wait and see if the condition gets worse. Meanwhile, those patients are not informed of any other preventative steps that could be taken.
2. The patient’s prescriptions are being increased each year, as required by their eye care providers. The professional usually blames the aging process for the degradation of eyesight even in children.
3. Doctors tell people suffering from macular degeneration that there is nothing that can be done about their problem, and that some of them eventually will go blind.
4. Cataract sufferers are told that there is nothing that can stop the growth of their cataracts and all they can do is to wait until the cataract “ripens,” which can then be removed via surgery.

What about, education, prevention, and rehabilitation? An abundance of peer-review studies provably shows that these vision problems can respond to nutritional supplements, lifestyle modifications, and proper diet and that vision can be preserved in these people. Herbalists, acupuncturists, and other leaders of the complementary health care profession, can easily adapt to the role of helping preserve people’s eye sight.

Surgery and drugs are at times needed and can save vision in certain acute instances. Western medicine’s role in saving vision and lives is remarkable. In practice however, modern Western medicine is devoid of the preventive and holistic measures that can easily make the need for drugs and surgery totally unnecessary. People suffering from macular degeneration and other such conditions Western mainstream medicine cannot treat and has virtually nothing to offer these people. This is an excellent reason why holistic therapies should be at the frontline of medicine instead of being at the tail end.

Eye Care and Chinese Medicine

An organic and truly sophisticated unit, the human body, its organs and tissues are mutually dependent and interconnected with each other. Hence, the eyes’ health, as the body’s visual organ, can be affected and can also affect any organ in the body.

In the treatment of a wide range of optical conditions including optic atrophy, optic neuritis, macular degeneration, cataracts, and glaucoma, acupuncture has been proven to work extremely well. There is a fundamental difference between the Western and Eastern medical approach.

Western medicine specifies eye disease based on the process of the pathophysiological disease (“X” causes “Y”), and designates a specific diagnosis to specify the underlying problem. Once a diagnosis has been determined, the therapy and drugs are usually uniformly prescribed for patients with the same diagnoses, in spite of differing symptoms. For acute issues, this approach can work well, but won’t work for chronic conditions in which the reason (s) for the symptoms cannot be identified.

In Chinese medicine, each individual is deemed as unique. Practitioners focus on identifying a patient’s patterns of disharmony in order to determine the relationship between “X” and “Y.” Treatment is not based on knowing how X causes Y, but on how the interrelationship works between the X’s and the Y’s. Diseases are not labeled in Chinese medicine; instead, treatment is determined based on the pattern of symptoms exhibited by the patient.

TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) believes that all eye conditions are intimately affiliated with the liver. Also, it is believed that the eye gets its nourishment from all internal organs in the body. Basically, the iris and cornea of the eye associates with the liver, the top eyelid to the spleen, the eye’s veins and arteries to the heart, the sclera to the lungs, and the pupil and lens to the kidney. The Abdomen and Spleen also govern blood flow in the eyes and when an imbalance in any of the internal organs occurs, the final consequence may be eye disease.

People’s experiences show that visual health is a dynamic process that includes such considerations as:

• Attitude, lifestyle, including whether we exercise, drink coffee or alcohol, and smoke cigarettes, etc.
• Adaptation to stress
• Genetics
• Drugs
• Health conditions
• Diet including how well our bodies absorb nutrients and what we eat
• Computer use
• Our work (10% of farmers are nearsighted while 90% of accountants are nearsighted)

Common Acupressure Eye Acupoints

Surrounding the eyes lie several acupressure/acupuncture. This includes the points surrounding the orbits of the eyes which are basically the bones around the eyeballs.

1. Stomach (St) 1 Chengchi right under the pupil on the bone of the infraorbital ridge. This is an important point for all eye conditions, including those caused by an overactive Liver Yang, Wind Heat, and Wind Cold.
2. Chiuhou right in the middle between Gallbladder (GB) 1 and St 1 along the eyes’ orbit.
3. Gall Bladder (GB) 1 Tonghsiliao located outside corner cavities of the eye sockets. Ideal for issues such as lateral headaches, blurred vision, early onset of cataracts, itchy dry eyes, photophobia, sore red eyes, and conjunctivitis.
4. Triple Burner Channel Sl 23 Sanjiao or Sizhukong found in the cavity at the eyebrow’s outside end. For facial and eye problems, this is a good local point, for issues related to Liver Yang and Fire or Wind invasion.

5. Yuyaoin on the cavity located right in the middle of the eyebrow. Ideal for mental strain, excessive study, and worry related to eye problems.
6. Urinary Bladder (UB) 2 Zanzhu found in the cavities at the eyebrows’ inner ends. Bladder 1 and Bladder 2 are probably the best acupoints for all types of eye conditions from earliest onset of glaucoma or cataracts or glaucoma to vision loss with hysteria. UB 1 and UB 2 can also be used for conjunctivitis related to Liver Heat and Wind-Heat, to foggy vision among seniors caused by Deficient Blood and Jing.
7. UB 1 Jingming, found in the area where the nose meets the eyes’ inner corner. Same as 6.

How to Do Acupressure on Yourself for the Health of Your Eyes

Mildly massage each acupoint around the eye’s orbit, beginning with Bl 1. Massaging each acupoint as you go outward and upward. Massage each point for around five to ten seconds. Massage both eyes simultaneously, if you desire. During the course of the day, you can perform this massage as often as you want. In terms of sensitivity, you may feel that each point has different degrees of sensitivity.

As you massage, do some deep breathing. This helps increase oxygen in the cells of your eyes crucial for healing. Do slow and long stomach breathing whilst massaging the acupoints.
Warning: Consult a qualified practitioner before performing acupressure on yourself if you are pregnant. Never massage a body part that has an infection, burn, or scar.

Self Help

Since most of us believe that most eye conditions is a reflection of our body’s general state of health, diet and lifestyle choices can be a crucial factor in maintaining and attaining good vision. The following are some vital health tips:

1. Stay away from foods you are allergic to: In a study involving 113 participants suffering from chronic simple glaucoma, results revealed rapid IOP elevation when these people ate foods they were allergic to. Alleviate stress by doing activities that can help you relax. This can include tai chi, yoga, and meditation. Some believe glaucoma to be a stress related problem.
2. Eye exercises can increase the flow of blood and energy to the eyes, which helps remove congestion and washes away toxins from the eyes.
3. Exercise every day: Do aerobic exercise at least 20 minutes each day. Two other ideal forms of exercise are swimming and walking.
4. The Vision Diet. In some studies, patients show that with an improved supplementary and diet program, eye pressure in the eyes can be reduced by 5 – 7 mm. Basically, a diet rich in sulfur-bearing amino acids, vitamins C & E, and beta-carotene are recommended. Foods having those nutrients include tomatoes, oranges, apples, seaweed, leafy green vegetables, orange and yellow vegetables, turnips, celery, spinach, onions, beans, and garlic are also advisable.
5. Control stress – Pray daily, do visualization techniques, practice yoga, talk a walk in the park, or meditate.
6. Drink lots of water – This means drinking eight to ten glasses of purified water each day. Avoid alcoholic, carbonated, and caffeinated beverages as they can actually dehydrate the eyes.
7. Juice daily (organic if possible) – At least one pint a day. For healing, to two to eight pints a day. Choose vegetables that are dark and leafy green.
CAUTION: Talk to a qualified acupuncturist before doing self-healing techniques especially if you are pregnant. Never massage an area with an infection, burn, or scar.

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.

Regain a Youthful-Looking Appearance with Facial/Cosmetic Acupuncture

Did you know that besides cosmetic surgery and Botox there’s a safe and natural way to make you look young again? In the age when consumers are constantly besieged with ads of miracle cures that guarantee to restore a youthful-looking appearance, an ancient Chinese medical procedure known as facial/cosmetic acupuncture really works for a problem as old as humanity itself.

Facial/cosmetic acupuncture is a procedure that rejuvenates the face that entails no recovery time and is quite painless as opposed to the swelling, bruising, and long process of recovery connected to plastic surgery,

Despite being a recent entry to western culture, the methods applied in facial/cosmetic acupuncture were exploited for thousands of years by Chinese nobility. To attain a toned and youthful looking skin, it takes a whole-body approach without the need for electrical stimulation, surgery, or drugs. This is precisely what acupuncture does, working remarkably well on the stomach and face.

Mei Zen is a type of facial/cosmetic acupuncture that is slowly gaining popularity in the United States. Acupuncturists who specialize in Mei Zen both follow unusual needling techniques and a very precise protocol. The principles behind the treatment are based on ancient Chinese medical texts that specify the appropriate configuration and location of needles in order to restore balance in the body and rejuvenate the complexion of the patient. The needles’ strategic placements are designed to generate physiological changes in three ways: 1) the increased production of elastin and collagen that reduce wrinkles; 2) the underlying improvement of health that is naturally manifested in our appearance and 3) improved chi (energy) and blood circulation through local blood vessel dilation leading to better movement and distribution of nutrients to the cells to aid regeneration.

A typical session of facial rejuvenation acupuncture treatment in New York involves a couple of one-hour sessions a week lasting at least, five weeks. During the procedure, thinner-than-hair, tiny, solid needles are superficially stuck into specified points of the skin.

The following are the after effects of facial/cosmetic acupuncture:

• Deep lines are reduced
• Fine lines vanish
• There is a general improvement in complexion.

Even acne, rosacea and other skin conditions can be addressed with facial/cosmetic acupuncture. Since the basis of acupuncture lies on the premise that when the body’s systems are in balance, optimal health is attained, the treatment can produce other extra benefits, as well. Women, for example, who try facial/cosmetic acupuncture, may also experience fewer night sweats and hot flashes, better sleep cycles and digestion, and less anxiety and depression. People who choose stomach acupuncture can expect a boost in their sex drive and an increase in fertility. People who have tried cosmetic/facial acupuncture usually experience sensations of lifting, lightness, tingling, and warmth, and an overall feeling of wellness immediately following a treatment.

The treatment is growing in popularity, and there are studies that prove it works. The International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture released a study showing 90% of the 300 volunteers who were treated with facial acupuncture, experienced substantive outcomes just within a first course of treatment.

From the viewpoint of consumers, cost is one of the most compelling features of cosmetic/facial acupuncture. This treatment is a fraction of most other types of cosmetic augmentation. Moreover, maintenance is also quite inexpensive.

Although cosmetic acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment, it is not for everyone. The acupuncturist needs to thoroughly evaluate a patient to see if the therapy is proper and whether any underlying imbalances exist that need to be addressed. People suffering from high blood pressure, seizure disorders, serious chronic diseases, or those who have suffered a stroke cannot have this procedure, although in other types of Chinese medicine, they can find relief from these conditions.

Because Mei Zen Cosmetic acupuncture provides a lot of supportive aspects to its five week procedure, it’s considered a comprehensive medical program. One vital aspect of the treatment is the inclusion of Chinese herbal remedies. These remedies are made up of herbs that are known to treat imbalances in the body and benefit the skin. These formulas are quite specific and made in accordance with each patient’s specific requirements. Food therapy is one other important complementary therapy in which the patient follows a customized program of foods that’s meant restore balance in the body whilst the skin is nourished. Along with this plan of treatment, Qi Gong exercises can be added to facilitate the restoration of vitality and health.

The results of facial/cosmetic acupuncture treatment vary from person to person; nevertheless significant improvements will always be expected from this holistic approach. A person may prolong the benefits depending on how well he/she addresses other areas off attention. This may include stress reduction, exercise, and nutrition. Facial/ cosmetic acupuncture is a sensible alternative that can restore a radiant glow both inside and out at a fraction of the cost of surgery.

Resolving Restless Leg Syndrome with Acupressure

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition affecting your legs in which a certain sensation or pain compels you to move them always; if pain is involved, it may cause sleeping problems. RLS can be treated with acupressure which helps alleviate the lag/back pain and help you get good quality sleep. According to Chinese medicine, the human body has 14 channels of energy known as meridians that are responsible for maintaining health. When a blockage develops in one or more of the meridians, a health condition arises. In RLS, The bladder and gallbladder meridians are the channels affected, therefore tapping or putting pressure on the correct acupuncture points associated with these energy channels can set into motion the healing mechanisms of the body. Clearing out or redirecting the stagnant energy (qi) responsible for the back ailment will result in legs free of pain.

Various forms of acupressure can address the underlying issues that causes restless leg syndrome

Conditions and Patterns of Disharmony Responsible for RLS

A lot of people are plagued by restless leg syndrome and at times, what may cause the problem may be something simple as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, or flu or cold medicines. Any of those can lead to RLS. If you want a completely safe and natural cure, you should consider acupressure for the relief of your pain, discomfort, and symptoms. However, if the cause of RLS is medication, acupressure unfortunately, may not be a longstanding solution. Other conditions can also give rise to restless leg syndrome. They include kidney problems, diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, and Parkinson’s disease.

What Is Acupressure?

The meridians in the body can be likened to lines of electricity and the acupressure points or trigger points that normally are located just above the meridians, as breakers. When a trigger point is applied with acupressure, it activates the meridians, like flipping the switch of a breaker back on in order for the electricity to circulate once more. When a meridian is activated or stimulated by applied pressure, it allows the Qi to flow freely once again generating well-being and good health. If Qi flow is interrupted for whatever reason, the body can become imbalanced, weak, and sick. Certain factors like the emotions, stress, trauma, and negative thoughts get stuck in the energy channel, causing the blockage. Acupressure is a healing technique that applies pressure on the acupoint with the fingertips for mildly tapping, holding, or pushing certain acupoints or breakers. Those acupoints are the same points used in acupuncture treatment although instead of pressure, needles are applied to stimulate the channels. Occasionally, magnets may be also taped to the acupoints for more serious issues that require continuous stimulation.

Gall Bladder Meridian

To activate the gallbladder meridian, start applying gentle pressure at the crease of the eye’s side. Gently massage that part for about 15 – 20 seconds, concentrating intently on the frustrations and feeling that you’re experiencing and on your restless leg syndrome.

Bladder Meridian

To apply acupressure on the bladder channel, repeat the same procedure as the one done on the gallbladder meridian but this time, commence at the nose indent, inside of the eyebrow. Hold or tap the point until the pain subsides or for around 15 – 20 seconds. Be aware of the force of the pressure that you exert. After holding the acupoint, press once more and determine if you need to push harder to feel the same painful response. Usually, you will feel the pain disappear and when you press, all that’s left to feel is the pressure.


Pressing on the correct pressure points loosens a tense muscle. A relaxed loose healthy muscle won’t ache nor is it painful. When lactic acid builds up in the body it creates pain. With acupressure, this acid starts to flow out of the affected part of the body and is replaced with new oxygen and blood. After an acupressure session, have a few glasses of water to wash away the lactic acid out of your body. To lengthen those newly healthy flexible muscles, perform some stretching exercises.

Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

Being a type of meridian/acupressure treatment, EFT is a healing method practitioners use to help patients overcome physical and emotional issues. It is an extremely easy technique to do which anyone can use at home without needing to know what energy channel is responsible for his/her condition. EFT is an amazing treatment, but entails the use of a few more breaker-tapping for accelerating recovery. Basically, the treatment makes use of all 14 channels; each pressure point needs to be tapped or massaged seven times until resolved. You can actually activate the acupoint faster if you do 40 more taps to the affected energy channel. If you’re not able to address your condition, you may have overlooked or missed an aspect of the problem.

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