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Acupuncture is great for children

Acupuncture is great for children. Children are very responsive to the acupuncture needles and often show great improvement after a treatment. Acupuncture is fantastic for many childhood illnesses like coughs, fevers, ear infections, bed wetting, digestive issues, colic, allergies, ADD and ADHD. And more and more research proves that acupuncture is safe for kids. But many parents worry that their kids will hate the needles. They want to avoid a treatment that is traumatic and difficult. How do you give a child a treatment which they may not like? The answer is that you do it kid style. Babies Babies can be very responsive to acupuncture. Sometimes a baby will respond to a single needle or a single session. The needles are in and out fairly quickly and often the baby hardly notices when the needle goes in. Sometimes the baby is not comfortable lying on the treatment table. In…

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PTSD Treated by Acupuncture

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can originate from various causes ranging from aggression to violence or disasters. Any situation causing emotional, physical or mental trauma can result in PTSD. The use of acupuncture for PTSD has been scientifically proven to show reduced anxiety levels and stress in individuals. Through such Chinese forms of treatment, it is easier for affected individuals to regain composure in daily life activities. Typically acupuncture for PTSD is administered by stimulating specific auricular points in the body. These points of the body are responsible for controlling particular brain areas that help control nervous functioning as well as mitigate stress levels. Many soldiers who have been victims of PTSD after violent wars are being treated with acupuncture to provide successful results. Recently, the Pentagon has been investigating the beneficial effects of acupuncture for PTSD on soldiers affected with this condition. As per findings from recent trials, it…

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Secrets about migraines

How much do you really know about controlling your migraines? New research suggests you may not know as much as you think. According to the Wake Forest Baptist anesthesiology department, migraine sufferers make inaccurate conclusions about what triggers their migraines. Houle and Turner conducted a 3-month study of 9 women who suffered from migraines. They tracked the women’s hormone levels, their stress levels and the weather. The women kept daily diaries. At the end of the study, the scientists could not accurately predict which triggers would cause a migraine. Their conclusion—most people can’t isolate the many complex variables in everyday life to accurately determine their migraine triggers. So what can you do? Can you start eating anything you want? Do you give up managing your migraines? What are Migraine Triggers? Migraine triggers are factors that increase the chance that you will get a migraine. They don’t cause a migraine. Instead,…

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Acupuncture Could Treat Anxiety

In Western medicine, generalized Anxiety disorder (GAD) is a psychological and physiological state characterized by excessive, exaggerated Anxiety and worry about everyday life events with no obvious reasons for worry. People with symptoms of GAD tend to always expect disaster and continuously worry about things such as health, money, family, work, or school. With worry out of proportion or unrealistic, daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear, and dread. Eventually, the Anxiety dominates the person’s thinking and can interfere with daily functioning. Symptoms of anxiety may include: Muscle tension, trembling Feeling restless or on edge Fast heartbeat, tachycardia Fast or troubled breathing Stomach upset Difficulty concentrating Headache Sweating Fatigue Irritability Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep   It has been estimated that anxiety disorders affect between 5 and 7% of the general population, and that up to 29% of people will suffer from an anxiety disorder at least…

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Try acupuncture for back pain

Back pain can affect anyone at any age and most people will suffer from it at some point in their lives. It is Australia’s leading cause of disability and one of the main reasons for work-related sickness absence. The condition affects more than 1.1 million people in Australia, with 95% of patients suffering from problems affecting the lower back. Back pain currently costs the NHS and community care services more than £1 billion each year*. Most lower back pain is caused not by serious damage or disease, but by sprains, muscle strains, minor injuries, or a pinched or irritated nerve. It can also occur during pregnancy, or because of stress, viral infection or a kidney infection. How acupuncture can help Research has shown that acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment and at least as good as (if not better than) standard medical care for back pain (Witt 2006; Haake…

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Acupuncture for anxiety

Acupuncture For Anxiety

According to the Anxiety Disorders Association of Australia, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health disorder in Australia, affecting 4 million adults and costing more than $4.2 billion a year. Feelings of anxiety, worry and fear related to significant and challenging events are justified and very common. Anxiety becomes a problem when emotional reactions are out of proportion with what might be “normally” expected in a situation, and when symptoms interfere with a person’s daily functioning or sleep patterns. Mild anxiety leaves a person feeling a bit unsettled, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating. Anxiety is used

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Anxiety: the silent sufferers

The symptoms of anxiety are often not so different to those of when you are stressed, but more severe. A key difference is when you still feel the symptoms when the stress has passed, and often occurring at random times. Often anxiety is caused by prolonged stress, and the body simply hasn’t been able to re-balance itself.  The symptoms often affect you at night when you are trying to rest which leads to sleeping disorders and insomnia.  I see many causes of anxiety in my clinic, often triggered by family problems or stressful jobs.  While the body and mind can cope with these for short periods, over a long period of time it can lead to what we call “Heart Qi deficiency” in Acupuncture.  As our Heart houses our ‘spirit’ (what makes us unique), it can become weakened by prolonged emotion strain. Common symptoms I see in clinic are: ANXIETY…

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Understanding the 5th Season

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), late summer is a separate season. But from a Western perspective, it doesn’t make sense.  First of all, it’s a short season-from around the third week in August to the September equinox.  And usually there’s nothing distinctive about late summer weather that makes it different from summer or fall. Why have a fifth season? Nature gives us the answer. TCM is governed by the 5 elements, which represent the cycles of nature.  Every plant and animal goes through the cycle of birth, growth, maturation, harvest and storage.  Late summer corresponds to the “mature” part of the cycle.  Plants are at their peak-fully mature with ripe fruits.  It’s not quite harvest time, but it’s past the peak growing season. One important quality of late summer is its transition from yang energy (active, hot and extraverted) to yin (reflective, cool and introverted).  This pattern happens naturally.  School…

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Helping Teens Beat School Stress

With the start of the school season, many teenagers are again feeling the increased effects of stress.  And while adults have many resources to help with stress, teenagers have few.  Their stress is high, but their ability to cope is low. Many schools are recognizing this and taking steps to help their students.  Some schools have yoga programs or use therapy dogs.  Some teach Transcendental Meditation or Mindfulness Training.  More and more schools understand that teaching stress management is an important part of preparing teenagers for life. If you have access to classes that help with stress, consider offering them to your teen.  But even without classes, there’s a lot you can do to help your stressed teen. Three Mile Point (ST 36) Location: Four finger widths below the kneecap, one finger width to the outside of the shinbone. If you are on the correct spot, a muscle should flex…

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Arthralgia treatment

Acupuncture For Treatment of Arthralgia

It’s been about 2,000 years in the making, but acupuncture has finally gained at least some mainstream acceptance as a medical modality. Research offers limited, but promising, evidence that acupuncture can help with arthritis symptoms. The theory of acupuncture goes something like this: An essential life energy called qi (pronounced “chee”) flows through the body along 20 invisible channels called meridians. When the flow of this energy is blocked or out of balance, illness or pain results. More than 2,000 acupuncture points connect to the meridians. Stimulating those points with needles, it is said, will correct the flow of qi and alleviate pain. Acupuncture diminishes pain by “untying muscular straitjackets – releasing tight, spasmed, shortened muscles to their resting state,” explains Tim Rhudy, an acupuncturist practicing in Delmar, New York. It also helps stimulate the release of natural pain-fighting endorphins. Yet these benefits have been hard to prove, because high-quality studies on…

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