Month: April 2016

Stimulating Acupoints To Harness The Dormant Energy Of The Body

download (80)Over the last decade, acupuncture and acupressure have become quite popular as major branches of alternative medicine. These medical practices are an integral part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and have a history of over 1000 years. While acupressure involves applying pressure to special points distributed across the body, acupuncture involves inserting needles at these points. Both acupressure and acupuncture are very beneficial as they help relieve a number of problems from headaches to stress to back aches to pregnancy related issues.

What’s the philosophy?
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is the energetic makeup of the body that determines health and illness. “Qi” or “Chi” is the vital energy that flows throughout the body. It moves along invisible lines or energy channels called meridians. There are 12 regular meridians in the body. Meridians connect organs with other parts and hence they are often known by the name of the organ they influence. The large intestine, small intestine, stomach, gall bladder, bladder, lung, heart, spleen, liver, kidney and pericardium (heart) are names of some of the meridians.

Acupoints are points mapped out along these meridians; they are gateways for the entry and exit of energy in the body. Acupoints are also called xue and tsubo. There are almost 350 acupressure points across the body. When the flow of energy is blocked at any of these acupoints, it causes diseases, aches and pains. The ailments could affect any of the organs along the meridian. The imbalance can be corrected by simply applying pressure to acupoints. Applying pressure stimulates the acupoints and corrects the imbalance. Thus, it restores health.

The Amazing Effects of Acupoints

• People with chronic migraines can use acupuncture as a treatment measure. Stimulating the acupoints relieves ordinary headaches as well as reduces the frequency of monthly migraines.
• Antihistamines are often regarded as the only solution for allergies. Acupuncture builds resistance against seasonal allergies and thus reduces dependency on antibiotic drugs. It is also useful for asthma.
• Stress, depression and insomnia are other conditions that can be treated by correcting energy imbalances. Acupuncture sessions increase the secretion of neurotransmitters that help the mind relax. It also creates a feel-good feeling.
• Acupuncture improves heart health. It reduces stress and lowers blood pressure.
• If you suffer bone stiffness, discomfort in the back, tennis elbow and Carpal Tunnel syndrome, you can relieve it by a few consecutive sessions of acupuncture.
• This alternative system of medicine also helps for a number of woman’s issues. This includes relieving menstrual cramps. For menopausal woman, it makes it easier to control symptoms such as hot flashes. In pregnant woman, it can be used to make morning sickness less severe and to induce labor as well.
• Acupuncture can be used to treat digestive disorders and hyperacidity.
• Finally, instead of spending hours on the treadmill, you can harness the energy of the acupoints to melt a few pounds and reach a healthy weight.


Fresh Bread Or Acupuncture

download (81)I walked past two bakeries on my way into my first acupuncture appointment; I stopped and took a deep breath. The deep breath was for several reasons: First, the smell of fresh baked bread coming from the bakeries stopped me in my tracks. It was comforting and familiar. Second, I was apprehensive and wanted to walk into a situation I knew. The deep breath was also because I was afraid to keep walking. I loved the idea of acupuncture, but now that I was walking towards the Community Acupuncture Center instead of acting on the urge to run as fast as I could into the bakery next door, I was second-guessing myself.

The unknown is always scary, but the stepping out of your comfort zone is the scariest and let me tell you – this was way past my comfort zone. However, my croissant thumbs started to hurt again and I was willing to try anything to alleviate the pain. “You’re gonna feel high when you leave,” “You feel stoned when you’re done,” “Acustoned,” were all things I heard when people described how I would feel when I was finished. However, having never been stoned or high before in my life, I had no idea what to expect.

After a brief intake and Trey guessing that I was a baker, he led me into a large open room with recliners (the kind Joey and Chandler had in Friends) lining the walls. The room was only lit with calming lamps and there was the familiar sound of massage music. As I picked a chair and put my stuff in the basket next to me, I was already feeling calm. I didn’t even feel the needles going in until Trey reached my thumbs; I almost jumped out of my skin and had to fight the urge to punch Trey in the throat. I, as calmly as I could, told him that really hurt and he apologized pulling the needle out slightly and instantly the pain was gone.

I laid back in my recliner, put the eye mask over my eyes and took a deep breath in and then let it out; this was going to be great. Suddenly, as I lay there with my eyes covered, all I could see was purple. The purple was swirling around like waves crashing against rocks. I felt like I was floating around inside the aurora borealis. As I just lay there watching all the purple and listening to the calming music I felt there, but not there.

I took off my eye mask, put my chair upright, signaling to Trey that I was done with my treatment. Trey came over, took the needles out, and I walked out of the room. On my way out I passed a clock, I had been sitting there for over an hour, but it felt like 15 minutes. I barely remember paying or making my next appointment, which apparently was four days later, but I do remember having the conscious thought that I was glad I only lived 2 miles from the place, because I wasn’t sure how exactly I was going to drive home.

Acupuncture, an Alternative Choice for Migraine Headaches

download (82)Alternative cures and remedies are today often considered when typical or prescribed treatments or regimens fail to live up to the mark. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture have been practiced for thousands of years and is well known as a means for managing pain and a wide range of conditions safely and effectively. In addition, acupuncture can serve as a complementary or alternative therapeutic measure, for disorders that are often difficult to treat with conventional medication.

The International Headache Society has developed a classification system for migraine and headache and defines migraine as one of the main types of primary headaches. It is estimated that approximately 28 million Americans suffer from migraines on an ongoing basis.

A migraine can be irritating and debilitating, it manifest with physical symptoms such as severe and throbbing pain on one side of the head, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and possibly vomiting. Some patients have also reported other symptoms such as dizziness, irritability, insomnia, tinnitus, low back pain, fatigue, loss of appetite, or a need to lie down. A migraine attack can stem from food allergies and intolerance, improper diet, emotional concerns, stress, working long hours without adequate rest, menstrual cycle, the change in the weather, just to name a few.

The National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization recognizes acupuncture as effective in the treatment of over 40 western medical diseases, disorders and symptoms including migraine pain. Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture is a safe, effective alternative therapy that can be used for migraine pain. Acupuncture activates the body’s natural healing potential by treating the root causes that have led to the problem or disease. Research shows that acupuncture triggers the body’s own mechanisms for manufacturing and releasing its own pain relieving chemicals. These chemicals are endorphins and dopamine, opioid-like compounds that produce the feeling of well-being and reduces pain.

Acupuncture views each person holistically and individually, no two people are alike. Every cell in a person’s body is interconnected to others and functions as part of an integrated whole. In other words, acupuncture treats the whole person, not just parts and pieces. The root causes of a symptom that two people experience may be completely different.

Acupuncture is an effective preventative medicine with no negative side-effects, only positive ones. Acupuncture is a completely natural therapy and works directly with the body’s natural processes, not against them. No drugs are ever used. Invasive procedures and drug therapies used in Western treatment may produce undesirable side effects and accumulated toxicity in the body. Acupuncture does not have these side effects. In fact, feeling great is the most commonly reported results.

Compared to some expensive Western medical therapies, treatments and medications, acupuncture is affordable and effective and it may help you avoid further medical expenses and complications down the road when it is used as a primary treatment plan or an adjunct therapy. Acupuncture can also help you make lifestyle changes and prevent future illness.


Get the Natural Treatment of Infertility

download (78)The birth place of Acupuncture is China. Chinese herbs are very popular for being very effective to prevent various kinds of diseases and they are used in this treatment. This is the most important reason that has made acupuncture so beneficial. Apart from this, the procedure it follows to get people treated is very helpful and effective to bring them back into the rhythm of life. All these things have made it a treatment without side effects and this is why lots of people have chosen it. It has produced great results against the diseases like headache, indigestion, insomnia, infertility etc.

With the rapid development of civilization and with the continuous decline of the environment, we have witnessed various kinds of diseases. One of the most threatening diseases among them is Infertility because it is a direct threat to humanity. There are various types of treatments available to treat the diseases, but most of them have not proved themselves to be beneficial. Some of them could produce good results, but they are harmful as they can bring various kinds of side effects. Standing amidst such circumstances, acupuncture can provide you with the best results as it treats the disease from the root level and most importantly it is not responsible for other diseases.

If we try to look for the actual reason of the disease, we will find that it is the huge pressure of our work that has caused it. To deal with our work, we hurt our mental state. To get our normal state back, the meditation classes are very important. It helps us to accumulate hormone cortisol and maintain a proper flow of it through our body. Apart from this, it acts as a medium to connect with nature. Being very busy, it is nearly impossible for us to have a close connection with nature. Acupuncture allows us to have that and thereby treats infertility in the most suitable manner.

To make us perfectly fit to fight against the diseases like infertility, uncountable needles are inserted into our body. The process may cause a slight pain, but it is very effective, as it helps to maintain the proper balance of the Qi energy in our body. More than 2,000 points are made in our skin.

There are numerous people who suffer from various diseases because of their lack of ability to heal. The meditation and relaxation classes are also responsible to strengthen the power of healing.