Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing technique that treats a wide range of conditions. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) believes many illnesses are a result of imbalances in the human body. By inserting hair-thin needles in specific points along the body, the acupuncturist is able to manipulate the flow of energy and regulate balance in the body. As a result, it can alleviate pain, reduce anxiety and stress levels and restore health to the mind and body.
Dysmenorrhea is painful cramps originating in the uterus just prior to or during menstruation. These are caused by hormonal imbalances that provoke excessive uterine contractions. Acupuncture is effective for dysmenorrhea, providing significantly more pain relief than pharmacological treatments.
Amenorrhea is the absence of menstruation in a pre-menopausal woman. The most common symptoms are the cessation of menses, nausea, swollen breasts and headaches. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbs are highly effective in regulating and improving the body’s natural hormonal production, which in turn aids in proper menstruation. Chinese herbs nourish the spleen, liver, and kidney system, which are responsible for the reproductive system’s health.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female endocrine disorder. It is characterised by infrequent or very light menstruation, infertility, male patterned baldness and excessive hair growth. Conventional medical treatments for women with PCOS are prescription medications and surgery. Acupuncture can ultimately work on our hormone or endocrine system to lower the release of male hormones, which improve PCOS symptoms.
Endometriosis is a condition in which endometrial tissue (normally only found inside the uterus) grows outside the uterus and implants itself on adjacent pelvic. This misplaced tissue may obstruct or distort the shape of the fallopian tubes and prevent the ovaries from releasing eggs. Common symptoms include severe menstrual cramps, backache, painful intercourse, bloating, painful and frequent urination, to name a few.
Acupuncture alleviates pain by increasing circulation in the pelvic organs and warming the uterus while Chinese herbs help reduce pain and control and shrink endometriosis.
Many women experience irregular menses, which can be the result of an imbalance in hormone fluctuations throughout the month. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbs work wonders for balancing hormones and reaching a more predictable ovulation, which in turns help regulate the menstrual cycle.
Uterine fibroids (benign growths in the uterus) often cause heavy periods, cramping, bleeding, or spotting between periods, abdominal swelling, and sometimes pain during intercourse. They can also interfere with the ability to conceive. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been proven to be effective as treatment for fibroids, or as an adjunctive treatment with more traditional Western medical interventions, when fibroids are advanced in size.
Menopausal women benefit from acupuncture and Chinese herbs to reduce uncomfortable symptoms such as hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, mood changes and insomnia. Once hormones are balanced, the transition is made easier.
Premenstrual symptoms, such as headaches, cramping, breast tenderness, bloating, moodiness, acne and insomnia, respond very well to acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Most women see an improvement in their PMS symptoms within one to three cycles.
IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome):
Acupuncture can improve patients' quality-of-life and reduce gastrointestinal symptoms (Abdominal cramping, Diarrhea and/or constipation, frequent urges to go to the bathroom and feeling of incomplete evacuation after a bowel movement) and pain. Furthermore, it brings about a significant reduction in stress.
Constipation is characterized by having fewer than three bowel movements a week, with stools that are usually hard, dry, small and difficult to pass. Acupuncture can definitely provide help to people who suffer from constipation. The treatment can be complimented with Chinese herbal medicine, usually in a tea form, that when drunk can help to moisten the intestines and stimulate the bowels.
Colitis is an inflammatory disease of the intestines that most commonly affects the innermost lining of the large intestine and rectum. Once again, a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbs are used to treat this disorder and new research confirms that it is very effective in relieving symptoms, such as abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Bloating / Indigestion:
Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is discomfort or a burning feeling in the upper abdomen, often accompanied by nausea, abdominal bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are very effective in treating these symptoms.
Reflux / G.E.R.D:
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter does not close properly and stomach contents leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus. Researchers conclude that acupuncture significantly reduces instances of heartburn, acid regurgitation, chest pain, and indigestion.
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have been found to be extremely effective at treating the pain and inflammation associated with all types and almost any stage of arthritis. The acupuncture points and herbs that are used depend on if the blockage of Qi (arthritis) is caused by the pathogen wind, cold, damp or damp-heat.
Musculo-skelatal pain (back, knee, neck etc.,):
Musculoskeletal pain is usually due to injuries to the bones, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments or nerves. These injuries are often caused by car accidents and other blunt trauma, as well as poor posture, overuse and prolonged immobilization.
The symptoms of musculoskeletal pain may include general body aches, muscle twitching, fatigue and sleep disturbances. Acupuncture and therapeutic massage, among other things, have proven to be very effective in relieving pain.
Many people living with fibromyalgia are turning to complementary therapies to help ease the symptoms of the condition. Acupuncture definitely helps those suffering from fibromyalgia with general pain relief, as well as targeting more specific areas of the body that need relief.
Chronic pain in the muscles and joints can make life miserable. Standard treatments like ice and heat, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, and appropriate exercises can often ease the pain. But when they don’t, acupuncture is an option with a good track record that’s worth considering.
Are you plagued by chronic headaches? Scientific research shows that acupuncture can be more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches. The pain that headache and migraine sufferers endure can impact every aspect of their lives. As a widely accepted form of treatment for headaches, acupuncture can offer powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and
over-the-counter drugs can cause.
Acupuncture controls anxiety by affecting the part of the brain that regulates emotions, meaning it reduces anxiety naturally. It allows your body to take back control and is particularly helpful for people who want to limit or stop drug use — prescription or otherwise. Since it regulates the body’s chemical balance naturally, acupuncture can even prevent people from needing medication at all. People treated with acupuncture often see results after one session, and the results improve with continued treatment.
A growing number of people are seeking alternatives to antidepressant medications, and new research suggests that acupuncture could be a promising option. Studies found that it can be as effective as antidepressants, and even help treat the medications' side effects. Acupuncture has a positive and holistic effect on depressed patients, particularly when used in combination with psychotherapy and herbal treatments.
Anyone who has ever had a restless night in bed, spent hours looking at the clock
or counting sheep, can legitimately complain of insomnia.
According to the theory of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, an imbalance of the heart organ often plays a role when it comes to disturbances and interruptions of our sleep. Symptoms may include anxiety, mental agitation, poor memory, night sweats and a dry mouth. In most cases, patients may wake up frequently in the middle of the night and do nott wake up refreshed. Fortunately, research has shown that patients treated with acupuncture show a stronger improvement in certain symptoms of insomnia.
Stress is a normal part of life. However, if left unmanaged, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems. Stress causes a disruption in the flow of vital energy, or Qi, through the body. These energetic imbalances can throw off the immune system or cause symptoms of pain, sleep disturbances, abnormal digestion, headaches, menstrual irregularities, aggravation of already troublesome health conditions and, over time, more serious illnesses can develop.
Numerous studies have demonstrated the substantial benefits of acupuncture in the treatment of stress. Acupuncture improves circulation of blood throughout the body, which oxygenates the tissues and cycles out cortisol and other waste chemicals. The calming nature of acupuncture also decreases heart rate, lowers blood pressure and relaxes the muscles.
Cancer & Low Immunity Conditions
Complementary medicine is used by hospitals and health organizations alongside traditional medical treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, because studies show the effectiveness is multiplied when cancer is fought from several directions. Acupuncture will help to minimize pain caused by cancer, manage the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy such as vomiting, nausea, poor appetite, weight loss, fatigue, depression, xerostomia (dry mouth), and anxiety, increase white blood cell count and improve immune and lymphocyte cell activity.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective way to relieve some of the harshest
side-effects of traditional cancer treatments.
Low Immunity / Frequent Illness:
By strengthening the immune system, the body can effectively fight off problems such as flu, colds, fever and infections. The main reasons for a weak immune system are stress, lack of sleep, sedentary lifestyle and a poor diet.
The best way to boost the immune system in a natural way is through acupuncture and reflexology. Moxibustion is also a powerful tool in the acupuncture repertoire. Moxibustion is a heat therapy that involves the use of mugwort, an herb that is applied topically on acupuncture points. Moxibustion is an excellent technique for naturally bolstering immunity.
Acupuncture can dramatically lessen allergic reactions (from rhinitis or skin), or in some cases help the sufferer tolerate what caused the symptoms. It also enables most people to reduce or eliminate their dependence on allergy medication. Acupuncture will first treat the acute symptoms during the pollen season, and then, after the pollen season, or when the symptoms have cleared, it will focus on treating the underlying problem by strengthening the immune system or wei qi.
The idea is to treat the person as a whole. According to TCM, people with chronic allergies often show signs of spleen or kidney deficiency as well as lung problems. The goal of the practitioner is to develop a treatment plan that will alleviate the patient's acute symptoms while addressing the underlying immune system imbalance at the root of the allergy. There are also excellent Chinese herbal formulas that help to treat allergy symptoms and strengthen immunity.
Sinusitis is the term used to describe an inflammatory condition of the sinuses, which are small air spaces within the bones around the eyes, cheeks and forehead.
When any of these cavities becomes inflamed, the drainage process is inhibited thus creating the ideal environment for congestion and infection, resulting finally in Sinusitis.
The Acupuncturist will needle points to stimulate a body systems and organs into action, including the lungs, adrenal glands, immune and nervous system, the latter which is responsible for blood circulation to the sinus cavities.
Sinusitis sufferers experience immediate relief after a session of acupuncture. Congestion clears, smell improves, and the pain diminishes to just to name a few.
If you are living with an autoimmune disease, you know how crucial it is to have a treatment plan in place to help you manage your symptoms and live the healthiest, most active life possible.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be powerful allies in living with an autoimmune disease. They can help strengthen your immune system, relieve painful symptoms, reduce your stress and bolster your overall health.
Additional Benefits & General Health
In today’s fast-paced world, it is common for people to suffer from fatigue. Our busy lifestyles cause stress and low energy. We turn to caffeine and other synthetic energy boosters to get through the day. Acupuncture specifically deals with energies within the body so it is no surprise that it is being utilized to increase energy levels. Your acupuncture therapist will likely treat you for stress at the same time she treats you for low energy. These two things tend to go hand in hand. Stress and low energy feed off of each other. So it is common to treat both symptoms simultaneously.
As a result of stress, the body secretes an assortment of hormones into the bloodstream. This is detrimental to health. Acupuncture helps in reestablishing hormone levels and reducing stress.
Improved sleep – sleep disorder:
Acupuncture, a form of alternative medicine, is becoming an increasingly popular method to treat many medical conditions, including sleep disorders. Research found that in patients with anxiety, acupuncture increased nighttime melatonin production and total sleep time. The patients who received acupuncture also fell asleep faster, were less aroused at night, and were less stressed. Their sleep quality was drastically improved. Another benefit of acupuncture is relief from chronic pain, which is a common contributor to sleeplessness.
Acupuncture is the perfect mean to activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which is the calming, centering aspect of the body’s electrical system. If the energy system of the body can be brought back to balance, so can the emotional/psychological order of the body be regulated. When we are exposed to negativity it can be “bottled up” in the body and create a stagnation of energy. Energy “blocked up” in the body is often expressed as muscle aches, tension headaches, digestive stagnation, depressive behavior and a host to many other physical symptoms. When Acupuncture is applied for more subtle energetic releases, feelings of warmth, wave-like pulsations and feelings of fullness will manifest themselves. Sometimes. emotional releases such as deep sighing or crying will be expressed which are another form of unblocking unresolved psychological issues and “stuck energy”. Acupuncture stimulates nuero-chemcials such as Serotonin and Endorphins that are natural opiates which are instrumental to balance brain chemical levels and relieving pain. These chemicals help to regulate the emotional self. Acupuncture can help release these much needed nuero-chemicals in times of deep distress.
Acupuncture for Men
Men Conditions (erectile dysfunction, urology, prostate cancer, sexual stamina):
Increased vitality and increased immunity – you mentioned them before or it is understood that acupuncture helps. Is it really necessary to repeat oneself?
Acupuncture definitely helps with problems typical of men, such as restoring urine flow blocked by an enlarged prostate or any erectile dysfunction. Acupuncture treatments can help increase their libido and sexual stamina. Acupuncture also can help men who may be struggling with reproductive issues and can certainly help with stress levels, sleep disorders or gain renewed energy.