Top Integrative Treatments For acupuncture

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Acupuncture Treatments For Allergies

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Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views springtime allergies related to the element of wind. As in most TCM, allergies have been looked on as being caused by an imbalance in qi flow. In cases like this, it's thought to be a blockage of qi into the nose and sinuses. TCM calls for allergies," bi yuan," which literally translates to"nose-pool." Bi yuan comes from a lack in Wei qi -- the inner force that protects us from the end. TCM practitioners will usually wish to deal with allergies by using all of the areas that strengthen qi, such as herbs, acupuncture, qigong, etc. However, Chinese herbs have been used for centuries for the treatment of springtime allergies. There are lots of herbs for use. Some herbs are known to wash phlegm while others can relieve coughs, and alleviate itchy and red eyes. Therefore, TCM practitioners will often make their own mix of herbal medicines, some held in strict confidence, based on the signs of the individual.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Cancer Care

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Acupuncture is a form of ancient Chinese medicine where fine, sterile needles are applied to specific areas of the body or acupoints. After acupuncture needles are inserted, they are usually left in place for a couple of minutes. Neuroscience research suggests that acupuncture works by altering the nervous system through stimulation of specific points across the body. The use of very thin needles to those things, or needling, releases neurotransmitters, like endorphins and dopamine, which relieve pain and stimulate feelings of wellbeing.

The most common kind of acupuncture involves the placement of strong, sterile, thin, stainless steel needles into various points on the body. Different techniques may be used to stimulate the needles. Recent medical research in the US has shown that acupuncture seems to be a safe and effective supplemental treatment for folks that experience certain symptoms of cancer. It may also help handle some side effects of therapy, including chemotherapy, surgery, radiation therapy, and hormone treatment. Research has revealed that Acupuncture was helpful in managing a vast array of cancer symptoms within a 6-week period. These signs included psychological fatigue, bodily pain, anxiety, and depression.

Acupuncture also seems to help with nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, hot flashes related to hormone therapy, joint pain linked to aromatase inhibitor treatment, and physical pain Acupuncture is a modality frequently administered over several sessions. Licensed acupuncturists working with cancer patients may use techniques that target specific acupressure points before patients' chemotherapy. This technique can help patients better tolerate chemotherapy and lessen the seriousness of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. 


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Acupuncture Treatments For Constipation

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Constipation is defined when less than three bowel movements are occurring each week, and when stools are hard, dry, and hard to pass. It can take food wastes 40 to 45 hours to go through your digestive system and exit your body. Can Acupuncture help?

A new study from China suggests that electroacupuncture can help treat acute constipation. The treatments are only effective if there is not any other medical problem and no medications responsible for constipation. This study included 1,075 people who were enrolled, and none had over two bowel movements a week.

The participants were divided into two groups -- those in one group received electroacupuncture while the other group received sham treatments. The acupuncture session was conducted at 15 hospitals in China. Electroacupuncture involves applying low-voltage currents and delivered via acupuncture needles. In this study, the needles were inserted in 6 points at the abdomen. The needles were not inserted as deeply as they did with the real treatment and were put at non-acupuncture points.

The researchers found that 38 percent of these reported having three or more bowel movements each week during the 12 months of follow up. Electroacupuncture may be beneficial for many people suffering from severe constipation, particularly constipation, which has not responded to other therapies. However, the study did not include follow-up to reveal whether the relief lasted more than 12 weeks in the patients who were assisted. 

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Acupuncture Treatments For Depression

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Acupuncture is a traditional form of the Chinese Medicine system (TCM). For centuries, professionals have used needles to stimulate specific areas as a means to deal with an assortment of conditions. The ancient practice is becoming more widely recognized as a remedy for aches and pains. Under this umbrella, everything from menstrual cramps into osteoarthritis is a fair game. As acupuncture has worked its way to western medicine, the clinic has become a staple in complementary care. Researchers also have started to research the benefits it may provide different ailments, such as depression and stress. Several extensive research studies have found promising results for the use of acupuncture. Even though the general research is slim, there might be a reason to think acupuncture may offer some relief for a variety of ailments.

In TCM, your "qi" is the flow of energy through your body. Qi streams by your body on energy channels called meridians. It is believed that if the energy becomes blocked or stopped up, it might result in illness. This could present with physical symptoms, like an aching back, or psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and anxiety.Acupuncture is thought to help remove blockages and restore energy flow, balancing your organs, mind, and body.

Many western healthcare providers question the effectiveness of acupuncture. It is not just a verifiable and science-based therapy. However, the study does reveal that the needles from acupuncture treatments release endorphins within your body. Endorphins are your body's natural painkillers. An increase in these hormones could offer a natural boost to your body and mind. This boost could cause relief from symptoms of many ailments, including pain, depression, and headache.

If you get a nondrug or control therapy -- such as a sugar pill instead of a pain reliever and report symptom relief, researchers believe it a "placebo effect."

There are not enough well-designed studies to rule out or confirm that improvements after acupuncture are not only a placebo effect or happen only because you expect them to. And unlike a placebo pill or medicine, a placebo acupuncture treatment still requires a patient to be seen and touched by a practitioner. This hands-on connection can make some individuals, particularly individuals dealing with depression, feel better, no matter the needlework.

Acupuncture is safe for most people. It infrequently causes any significant side effects. Even moderate side effects are unusual. The biggest risk associated with acupuncture is thought to come from improper technique. This is the reason you need to only use practitioners that are licensed and trained.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Diabetes: Type II

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The Chinese language contains two terms for diabetes. The standard name, Xiao-ke, correlates closely with diabetes in most cases. Xiao-ke syndrome means "wasting and thirsting." The other more modern term, Tang-niao-bing, means"sugar urine disease."

Diabetes is divided into three types: upper, middle, and lower Xiao-ke. Each has characteristic symptoms. The top type is characterized by excessive thirst, the center by excessive desire, and the reduced by excessive urination. These kinds are closely connected to the lungs, stomach, and kidneys, respectively, and all three are associated with Yin deficiency. At some stage during the illness, most people with diabetes manifest all three types of indicators. Xiao-ke is attributed to three major factors: improper diet (consuming large amounts of sweets, fatty or fatty foods, alcohol, and hot beverages like hot coffee or tea), psychological disturbances (anxiety, anxiety, depression,) plus a constitutional Yin deficiency (weakness, lethargy, fatigue, pale complexion). In the case of someone with diabetes presenting with symptoms of appetite, the identification can be described as kidney Yin deficiency together with lung Yin deficiency and "inner heat which absorbs fluids, thus bringing on wasting and thirsting."

TCM Therapies

Unlike modern allopathic medicine, TCM is not concerned with monitoring blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Treatment is individualized and geared toward analyzing and treating the symptoms that compose patterns of lack of balance and disharmony.

Acupuncture and moxibustion

Acupuncture and moxibustion have been used in treating diabetes to decrease blood sugar levels and normalize endocrine function. Clinical and experimental studies have shown that acupuncture has a favorable impact on lowering serum glucose levels.  A normal acupuncture treatment involves needling 4-12 points and allowing the needles to stay in place for ∼10--30 min. Needles may be stimulated with a tiny electrical current or manually. 

Auricular acupuncture (ear acupuncture) can be used by itself or along with body acupuncture. According to TCM, the whole body is represented on the ear. Evaluation of the ears frequently reveals surface irregularities, such as superficial veins, scars, pitting, pimples, flaking, discoloration, or swelling. Upon probing the auricle of the ear using a rounded, blunt instrument, the practitioner may detect tender areas that may correspond to the region of the patient's pain or disturbance. A sample auricular treatment for diabetes may include needling a master stage, by way of instance, Shen Men (a fantastic point for just about all disorders), together with the endocrine stage, lung stage (for thirst), gut point (for appetite ), kidney and kidney points (for frequent urination), and pancreas stage (for increasing insulin secretion).

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Acupuncture Treatments For Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia is categorized as Ji bi (muscle impediment) in TCM. There are three other primary specific patterns in this syndrome: xu Lao (vacuity taxation/fatigue), yu sheng (depressive condition/depression), and Shi mian (sleeplessness). Each of these patterns has a slightly different symptom image based on the origin of the imbalance.

In TCM, the heart of fibromyalgia syndrome is due to Liver-Spleen disharmony. This routine sits squarely in the middle of the rest of the patterns associated with fibromyalgia.

You might have heard the expression "meridians." In TCM these are now known as jing Luo, the significant longitudinal distributions and security vessels otherwise called the neurovascular system. The healthy flow and function of the systems result in good health and vitality. There are 12 chief pairs that are each associated with different organs each comprising a yin organ and a yang organ. In this opinion the liver and spleen are a lot more than just organs; they are a pattern of working in the body including the physiological range of the distribution which feeds it. For the time being, in a Liver-Spleen disharmony, this might indicate that the "liver" is too weak or too strong because of poor diet or repressed anger, or the "spleen" is weakened from over-worrying or continuing and unrelenting stress.

Everything is reflected in the mind. The distinctive inherent patterns and continuing additional lifestyle burdens add up and manifest as strange neurotransmitter/receptor patterns in our brains. Our brains and our bodies interact like yin and yang, each affecting the other.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

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GERD and acid reflux can affect anyone, including babies. It happens when the muscle at the end of the esophagus, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), does not close firmly enough. This loose closure permits digestive juices and stomach content to "back up" to the esophagus. Modern medicine treats acid reflux with medications like Omeprazole. However, long term use of medications may result in kidney failure.

Acupuncture has been proven in scientific studies to help symptoms of GERD and acid reflux and any accompanying pain or distress. Trained acupuncturists specialize in digestive issues like GERD to help cure this matter and to minimize symptoms.  The option to pharmaceuticals with harsh side effects is Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM has existed for almost 3,000 years, and it has an excellent history for treating GERD. TCM uses therapies like acupuncture, single herbs, and herbal formulations to treat GERD. According to TCM theory, GERD is usually brought on by emotional upset and ingesting the wrong foods. Acupuncture can help alleviate the emotional upset with no medication and minimize the symptoms with GERD and acid reflux.

Acupuncture is an integrative medical modality that uses miniature, hair-thin needles to stimulate the body's own ability to heal itself. For acid reflux, there's an acupuncture point that works wonders. This point is referred to as Pericardium 6. It's located two thumb widths above the wrist crease on the bottom of the arm, between the two visible tendons. Acupuncture, generally speaking, is extremely effective at calming the mind and calming anxiety.

Acupuncture is only one element of TCM. Using herbs and herbal formulas is also an essential component of TCM. Licorice root, also called Gan Cao, is one such herb that may help with acid reflux. Gan Cao can be used in many herbal formulations, but alone it may also soothe the esophagus. The mucus contributes to the recovery of the esophageal lining with time. Green tea is another herb that may be used to treat acid reflux. 

There are specific herbal formulations that could be used to fight acid reflux, also like Liu jun zi tang. TCM is it's totally customizable. Therefore a practitioner can create a customized formula depending on the individual's needs.

In Chinese medicine, we believe acid reflux to be a gut issue. Stomach contents naturally return to the intestines. However, if there is a disharmony in the stomach, acid extends up into the esophagus. This causes pain and burning from the stomach, in the torso, and up into the throat in some instances. 

Why does the stomach start reversing itself in the first place? There can be several factors involved. Occasionally stress can cause the gut to escape balance and start rebelling upwards. Other times the foods we eat can harm the gut and activate rebellion.

For many people, eating on the run is your issue. We consume much better when we consume a peaceful meal over the course of 30 minutes. Eating on the run or between meetings can cause problems for the gut. The causes of this imbalance are important to recognize so as to avoid future issues.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Gestational Diabetes

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Acupuncture is used to decrease thirst, frequent urination, sugar cravings, and also to balance the hormones and glucose levels. It focuses on restoring proper blood flow to fix vital energy dysfunctions. Acupuncture also relieves tension and corrects disruptions in the flow of the body's energy, returning the body to good health.

Chinese herbs are traditionally used for Wasting and Thirsting Syndrome. The principal functions of these herbs would be to help to stabilize glucose levels and improve metabolic functions by strengthening the spleen (pancreas) and glands. Modern scientific study indicates that though the early Chinese were not able to monitor blood glucose levels for diabetic patients, the herbs they used for treating these patients were really quite effective.

Reproductive organ massage is an extremely specialized form of massage which manipulates the fascia of the pelvic cavity to replenish any obstacles and improve the blood flow to these organs. By skillfully kneading the body's tissue, massage can stimulate better blood circulation around the body. Improved circulation can work wonders for diabetic neuropathy and other diabetes-related complications.

Nutritional advice recommends eating smaller, more frequent meals during the day (eat every 3-4 hours). Diet should include whole grains, fresh fruit, and vegetables, in addition to low to moderate glycemic foods. Exercise needs to be performed for 20 minutes after any meal.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Hemorrhoids

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According to Traditional Chinese medicine, hemorrhoids (or piles) are caused because of the accumulation of heat and dampness in the vicinity of the rectal area and lower body such as the anus and intestines. If the body was subjected to a warm temperature and humid conditions for an extended time, it might cause hemorrhoids. This heat, dampness, and humidity can cause the blood vessels to swell up.

An acupuncture chart shows all of the meridian lines in the body where energy travels along channels in the body, and this includes the anal area also. However, what's most intriguing is that the regions of treatment for hemorrhoids using acupuncture aren't located close to the anal area but far from it. One example of an acupuncture point in the body that is used to treat hemorrhoids is the surface of the head, and another point is that the back of the calf of the leg. The reason that the surface of the head is used as one of the acupuncture points for treating hemorrhoids is that this point can absorb the bad energy out of the anal area of the human body and take it from the body through the surface of the head.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides several remedies for hemorrhoids with no side effects of Western pharmacological treatments. One of the most popular TCM therapy is Ginkgo. Also called Ginkgo Biloba, Japanese silver apricot and maidenhair tree, this popular Chinese herbal nutritional supplement has been recommended for centuries in China to heal hemorrhoids effectively. Another Chinese medicine is Bu Zhon Yi Qi Wan. Taken in pill form--8 to 10 pills three times per day for one month--may provide some relief. Lastly, attempt Fel Ursi Hemorrhoid Ointment (Xiong Dan Zhi Chuang Gao) to shrink hemorrhoids and alleviate symptoms. For bleeding hemorrhoids, TCM also suggests musk hemorrhoids ointment, that should be applied topically to the affected region. Gargelin extra has been demonstrated to work, as it serves to strengthen the veins. Three or four tablets three times a day is the recommended dose.


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Acupuncture Treatments For Immunity

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Your immune system is your body's defense unit. The cells, tissues, and organs in the immune system help repel & attack foreign invaders such as viruses, bacteria, and other germs that cause infections. Immune system disorders range from everyday annoyances like moderate seasonal allergies to severe diseases like leukemia. Lifestyle habits such as stress, alcohol/tobacco, lack of sleep, and other medical conditions can aggravate a weakened immune system. This weakness can make you vulnerable to external viruses and germs like coronavirus.

Acupuncture therapy can treat a broad range of conditions, including immune deficiency.  Acupuncture works by stimulating and bringing balance to the immune system. It can strengthen a weakened immune system by increasing red and white cell counts in the bloodstream, T-cell count, and enhancing humoral and cellular immunity for those with the immune-related disease.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Menopause

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Menopausal hormonal therapy in long terms causes intolerable side effects such as chronic cardiovascular disorders, e.g., stroke & thromboembolism, and cancer, e.g., ovarian & breast cancer. Therefore, female targets for non-pharmacologic treatments promising for minimal side effects. Acupuncture is a practical approach to the management of vasomotor symptoms. The studies have evaluated the effects of acupuncture on the frequency & severity of hot flashes, postmenopausal symptoms, and quality of life in females postmenopause. The action of acupuncture on frequency & severity of hot flashes persisted for three months. The possible mechanism suggested behind this is the reduction in the concentration of β- endorphin in the hypothalamus. The condition arises because of the decreased concentrations of estrogen. The reduced levels of endorphins result in the drop of thermoregulation centers, which mediate the release of CGRP. CGRP is responsible for vasomotor symptoms. Hence, through the regulation of endorphins, the effects on vasomotor symptoms can also be managed.

Acupuncture therapy reduces the serum follicle-stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone levels, which leads to an increase in serum estradiol levels. This mentioned mechanism of action is the possible theory behind the effects of acupuncture on menopausal symptoms. The same argument applies to the improvement in psychological traits and therefore treats the disturbed sleep cycle, mood swings, and sexual incapabilities. But several other studies contraindicated these stated hypotheses; hence, a more detailed survey on acupuncture therapy is a must. Till then, acupuncture should be used as an adjunct therapy to the menstrual hormonal treatment.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Menstruation

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Acupuncture and TCM view menstruation differently than modern medicine. According to Chinese medicine theory, anxiety and related negative emotions like anger and irritability trigger Liver depression. The liver is the Chinese medicine organ that is strongly influenced during the monthly cycle. In actuality, the physiological function of the uterus is significantly affected by the liver. This is because the liver controls energy and smooth blood circulation. Additionally, it stores blood. But the stress of any type can cause Qi stagnation. When Qi stagnates, vital energy is impeded and can not reach other organs and cells. Not only is energy negatively affected, so is blood circulation. That is because Qi moves. For many women, changing diet may significantly enhance the monthly cycle. Salads are considered very healthy in the west. With the ever-increasing prevalence of vegetarian and vegetarian diets, more people are consuming uncooked vegetables.

According to the journal Human Reproduction Update, period pain, or dysmenorrhea, affects up to 95 percent of menstruating women. How does acupuncture work to help menstrual pain? Acupuncture promotes optimal blood circulation for the reproductive organs, enhances hormone balance, reduces chronic inflammation, and reduces stress. When an acupuncture practitioner inserts needles into your skin, your brain releases endorphins. These are naturally-produced compounds that play a huge role in relieving pain, anxiety, and depression. Researchers have also discovered that acupuncture works to stimulate the vagus nerve and causes a rise in dopamine (a neurotransmitter linked to pleasure). Consequently, this reduces inflammation, which a 2016 study discovered to be a root cause of period pain and cramping.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Migraine

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When conventional medicine has not helped alleviate your migraine pain, many migraine patients are happy to explore other methods of therapy. Acupuncture was developed in early China and involved piercing particular regions of the body using a needle to alleviate pain. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there are fourteen meridians across the body, and when there's a disturbance of energy along these meridians, illness or pain can ensue. While there's loads of research, acupuncture has mixed reviews from the migraine community. People with migraine must learn about acupuncture before scheduling a consultation with an expert.

What does the research say?

Based on the data from a recent systematic review of 22 clinical trials between 4985 people, there's evidence that acupuncture reduces the frequency of headache in people with migraine, and that the effect could be similar to that observed with preventive drugs. The frequency of headaches dropped by 50 percent or more in around 59 percent of people receiving acupuncture treatment, and this effect can last for over six months.

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Acupuncture is supposed to maintain the energy flow (known as"qi") balanced across the meridians. An acupuncturist will put needles at specific pressure points, usually along someone's neck or back, where they can slow pain transmission. From time to time, a gentle head massage accompanies the position of the needles. The treatment takes about one hour, and patients are counseled to undergo at least six sessions, usually once per week. The acupuncturist may also indicate dietary changes. As an example, caffeine can exacerbate migraine, and a few acupuncturists think it disrupts the flow of the body.

It's not entirely clear how acupuncture eases pain or reduces migraines. The overarching belief is that it activates pathways in the brain which are responsible for turning off the pain.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Obesity

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Acupuncture is the traditional Chinese medical system of stimulating specific points on the body by inserting very thin needles through the skin. Acupuncture has been studied for its capacity to handle pain - particularly for headache and throat, knee, back, and osteoarthritis pain. There have not been extensive studies on how acupuncture might help with obesity and weight loss.

Advocates of acupuncture for weight reduction believe that acupuncture may stimulate the body's energy flow (chi) to impact variables that can reverse obesity by raising metabolism, reducing appetite, lowering stress, and affecting the part of the brain that feels hunger.

Weight gain, based on traditional Chinese medicine, is brought on by body imbalance. That imbalance, based on early teachings, can be caused by a malfunctioning liver, spleen, kidney, thyroid gland, and the endocrine system. Therefore, for weight loss, acupuncture treatments commonly target these areas of the body.

Ear acupuncture for weight loss; The ear is another area that acupuncture professionals target for weight reduction. It is considered that the food cravings can be controlled by manipulating acupuncture points on the ear. Acupuncture professionals use similar treatment to assist smokers, and drug users end their addictions.

How many sessions will I need? Although different acupuncture professionals recommend various degrees and lengths of treatment if you're planning on losing 10 to 15 pounds, having several treatments per week for six to eight weeks is a frequent program. The number of visits each week may taper off as the program progresses. The number of visits recommended will also change from one acupuncture practitioner to another.

Positive attitude: If you think that your acupuncture treatments are beneficial, your positive attitude may help you drop weight. For example, if you believe acupuncture treatments are improving your quality of life, then you may be prompted by that feeling to make a decent diet and exercise options. And those choices can lead to further weight loss. When there's an opportunity for acupuncture to help people lose weight, are there studies demonstrating it to be effective or ineffective? There have been studies indicating that acupuncture is probably effective for weight reduction. However, a review of these studies suggested that these results were not convincing because of issues with the research.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Polycystic Ovary Syndrome PCOS

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PCOS occurs where women have multiple cysts or fluid-filled sacs on their ovaries and are characterized by the signs of infrequent or very light menstrual cycles, failure to conceive, and excessive hair growth. Women may or may exhibit any symptoms. Current western treatments for women with PCOS are prescription drugs, surgery, and lifestyle modifications. There has been evidence suggesting acupuncture may benefit ovulation by affecting various hormones. Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine therapy where fine needles are inserted into the skin in specific places. The specific mechanisms that transpire of how acupuncture works for PCOS are not yet known.

PCOS is the number one reproductive disease in women. Hormonal changes in PCOS include excess androgens and insulin resistance.  

Women with PCOS not only have insulin resistance but also have neuroendocrine imbalances, resulting in elevated hormone levels.  The follicles in the ovary begin to secrete too many male hormones, which inhibit hormonal pathways needed to stimulate ovulation.

Medications are traditionally used to induce ovulation for treatment.  Growing evidence now exists, indicating that low-frequency electro-acupuncture is as effective as medications in inducing ovulation.  This form of acupuncture can also benefit many of the hormonal imbalances seen in polycystic ovarian syndrome. 


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Acupuncture Treatments For Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

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Although PMS is because of unbalanced hormonal alterations, other factors like anxiety, a nutritionally inadequate diet, lack of sleep and exercise, and a sedentary or hectic lifestyle may exacerbate the symptoms. Because the majority of women show as many as four to ten symptoms one or two weeks before menstruation, their lifestyles --from relationships with family and friends, to work productivity and the capacity to appreciate and take joy in their bodies--may eventually be diminished. The premenstrual phase occurs a couple of weeks before bleeding. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help provide some explanations and a beneficial treatment plan to start healing immediately. Every woman and menstrual cycle differs, and PMS symptoms may vary significantly from one individual to another. One woman may only experience a small discomfort, whereas another can be significantly affected. But the good news? Chinese medicine can help. Remedies are personalized and unique to you, aimed at treating the root cause.

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) includes many signs and symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, depression, and irritability. Some symptoms may be unbearable for some women and can interfere with daily tasks, work, or personal relationships. This extreme form of PMS is known as PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder). Between 70% and 90% of women suffer at least one of the PMS indicators. For many women, these symptoms may be very mild. But for others, these PMS symptoms can be quite intense. The onset of menses can help resolve many of these symptoms. 

According to the ACOG (American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) estimates, more than 85% of menstruating women have a minimum of one PMS symptom as part of the monthly cycle. The majority of these women have relatively mild symptoms that don't require treatment.  According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the simple energetic imbalance which causes premenstrual syndrome is"liver qi congestion," meaning that the qi's free flow from the body is compromised. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs frequently provide tremendous relief from PMS.

Acupuncturists sometimes use gentle, soothing infrared heat to the acupuncture points on the lower abdomen and lumbar sacrum area during your session, frequently providing immediate relief of various symptoms like cramping. Standard acupuncture and herbal therapy help balance female hormonal function and adrenal fatigue.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help. A systematic review of studies concluded herbal and naturopathic medicine treatments for premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder showed a major reduction of symptoms than the first state. In both acupuncture and herbal clinical interventions, there have been no serious adverse events reported, demonstrating the interventions' safety. In contrast, most interventions provided over 50% relief of symptoms related to PMS/PMDD. When working with premenstrual concerns, acupuncture treatments for 4-6 weeks can bring about considerable change in a woman's menstrual cycle and relieve the related symptoms. Many experience relief in their first 1-2 visits, but may require the full 4-6 or 6-12 visits to produce the necessary hormonal equilibrium. Herbal medicine is often used.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Ulcerative Colitis

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Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a sort of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the large intestines. UC causes inflammation and ulcers along the lining of the colon. There is no treatment for UC, but working with your physician and starting a treatment program can decrease the seriousness of your symptoms. This may also bring about periods of remission, which is when your symptoms go away. Classic medication for this condition consists of anti-inflammatory drugs and immunosuppressant drugs. These medications work to prevent inflammatory reactions.

Even if medications improve your symptoms and quality of life, UC is a lifelong illness. Episodes of bloody stools, diarrhea, and stomach pain may return. When medication alone does not maintain your body in remission, it may be time to check into alternative or complementary treatment programs like acupuncture. Notice significant lessening of pain and inflammation after 5 or 6 acupuncture visits. The overall treatment is between 1 to 2 months, depending on the seriousness of the condition.

Besides acupuncture, dietary adjustment associated with your body type is advised to help alleviate the problems and to avoid future occurrences. Although food allergy and intolerant evaluations with skin prick test, oral challenge test, and IgE blood test might show harmful foods that are causing the problem in your intestines, a body type identification will show extra ingredients, which are the culprit.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Varicose Veins

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Varicose veins develop due to weakened valves in the veins of their legs. Varicosity describes a condition in which the veins of the legs become swollen and bulging beneath the surface of the skin. Varicose veins may be dark in color or may maintain their original color. The color ranges from a mild purplish-red to an almost navy blue. They're nearly always painful. In the event of prolonged varicose veins, they could come with skin peeling, and skin ulcers may be seen to grow. Varicose veins may be the indication of a circulatory and vein/valve issue. These individuals have unpleasant symptoms like burning, weakness, heaviness, swelling, cramping, and pain. What's more, they may increase a person's risk for blood clots or ulcerations on the lower legs and feet.

Veins are the blood vessels responsible for attracting deoxygenated blood back to the heart. This is the reason the veins in your body seem blue. On the other hand, arteries distribute oxygen-rich blood to various organs and other areas of the body. Veins in the legs and feet must work against the flow of gravity to push the blood flow upward toward the heart. To help in this process, miniature valves in all veins close to stopping the blood from going backward and pooling. Occasionally this process doesn't go as planned, and blood flows back in the veins, causing them to bulge, twist, dilate and take on a spider veins appearance.

Can acupuncture help varicose veins? Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment handles systemic factors causing varicose veins and spider veins. 

Traditional Chinese Medicine provides a safe and effective approach to preventing and treating spider veins and varicose veins, according to a clinical protocol tested and refined over millennia of use. Western biomedicine and Traditional Oriental Medicine mostly agree on why varicose veins form. Western medicine sees varicose veins growing because of diminished one-way valves in veins. All blood flows in a single direction only, and both veins and arteries have many one-way valves in their length. These valves should stop blood from flowing backward, mainly where gravity is working against blood circulation. One area of the body where gravity frequently helps blood flow -- and hampers blood leaving -- is the legs. This flow against gravity is why varicose veins develop most often in the legs, and more rarely, in different areas of the body.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Vertigo

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Oriental medicine regards that vertigo and dizziness are caused by upper excess and lower deficiency. An excess of pathogenic qi in the upper body and deficiency of healthy qi in the lower body, the same as excess above and deficiency below, and Hanyak correct this issue. There is an assortment of etiological factors that could cause the condition. Emotional depression or anger may damage liver yin and cause the increase of liver yang or end. Extended illness, stress, anxiety, over-pensiveness, or poor heart, and spleen can lead to a lack of qi and blood. Overindulgent intercourse, extended illness, or advancing years may cause a deficiency of kidney jing. Stress, unhealthy diet, and eating habits can damage the spleen and stomach. This damage allows obstruction of the center jiao by phlegm-dampness or phlegm-fire. 

In clinical practice, vertigo and dizziness are distinguished by level, with vertigo as a more severe manifestation. In vertigo, the mind feels like wrapped in a moist towel, with symptoms of rotation and loss of equilibrium. The etiological cause is an inherent deficiency of spleen qi with accumulation on warmth in the center jiao. This deficiency contributes to food stagnation and phlegm, a critical pathogenic factor in vertigo. Underlying deficiencies of kidney yin and jing can create liver end, driving phlegm upwards. In TCM, this may be referred to just as endogenous wind-phlegm. Effective herbal formulas should tackle this complex of lack, wind, heat, and phlegm.

In traditional Chinese medicine, vertigo is connected to root lack and branch surplus. Several causes can result in vertigo, and therefore are essential to determine since they can cause a proper or improper TCM diagnosis.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Vitiligo

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Vitiligo is a common skin disorder caused by different things. As the number of vitiligo patients continues to grow rapidly, various therapies are emerging for vitiligo treatment. With the use of acupuncture and moxibustion, its impact is evident today. Vitiligo is characterized by pigment loss (melanin) in the skin, resulting in bleached white spots, which might spread over a large region of the body. Autoimmunity is suspected as the cause of the condition. Western medicine prescribes some kind of immunosuppressive treatment, such as topical steroids, but with many side effects. Chinese herbs can provide some hope of treatment in recent cases or new lesions and some repigmentation to longstanding ones. In diagnosing skin ailments, TCM believes physical, psychological, and environmental factors. Asking in-depth questions, taking the pulse, and observing the skin and tongue, the TCM practitioner will diagnose the condition based on TCM patterns. Skin conditions and disorders are usually brought on by inner disharmonies, such as lack of Qi and blood, or environmental influences. These include dampness, wind, dryness, and warmth. diet, stress, genetics, lifestyle factors, and the person's constitution that contribute to these patterns.

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Acupuncture Treatments For Xenobiotic Exposures

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According to Traditional Chinese medicine, hemorrhoids (or piles) are caused because of the accumulation of heat and dampness in the vicinity of the rectal area and lower body such as the anus and intestines. If the body was subjected to a warm temperature and humid conditions for an extended time, it might cause hemorrhoids. This heat, dampness, and humidity can cause the blood vessels to swell up.

An acupuncture chart shows all of the meridian lines in the body where energy travels along channels in the body, and this includes the anal area also. However, what's most intriguing is that the regions of treatment for hemorrhoids using acupuncture aren't located close to the anal area but far from it. One example of an acupuncture point in the body that is used to treat hemorrhoids is the surface of the head, and another point is that the back of the calf of the leg. The reason that the surface of the head is used as one of the acupuncture points for treating hemorrhoids is that this point can absorb the bad energy out of the anal area of the human body and take it from the body through the surface of the head.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides several remedies for hemorrhoids with no side effects of Western pharmacological treatments. One of the most popular TCM therapy is Ginkgo. Also called Ginkgo Biloba, Japanese silver apricot and maidenhair tree, this popular Chinese herbal nutritional supplement has been recommended for centuries in China to heal hemorrhoids effectively. Another Chinese medicine is Bu Zhon Yi Qi Wan. Taken in pill form--8 to 10 pills three times per day for one month--may provide some relief. Lastly, attempt Fel Ursi Hemorrhoid Ointment (Xiong Dan Zhi Chuang Gao) to shrink hemorrhoids and alleviate symptoms. For bleeding hemorrhoids, TCM also suggests musk hemorrhoids ointment, that should be applied topically to the affected region. Gargelin extra has been demonstrated to work, as it serves to strengthen the veins. Three or four tablets three times a day is the recommended dose.


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