Posts Tagged ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine’

Bid Goodbye To Hay Fever With Acupuncture

July 16, 2015

For most people the sweltering heat of summer is a welcome shift from the chilly season of winter, however, the prickly warmth also brings with it allergy symptoms such as hay fever and a whole bunch of summer allergies.

But with acupuncture, you can kiss allergies goodbye and say hello to the sunny weather. Yes, you read it right, I am in fact talking about the ancient form of healing that originated from China that has been proven effective to heal a wide range of ailments including hay fever and other illnesses that sprout during the spring and summer months.

Hay fever, for one, is a very usual allergic reaction caused by airborne elements such as hay pollens, grass, and flowers that would affect the upper respiratory passages involving the sinus, nose, eyes and throat. During spring and summer, the common culprits of hay fever are the pollens from the trees. Hay fever is presented with cold, runny nose, sneezing attacks and watery eyes.

But how can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture has been known, for thousands of years, to help restore a person’s vitality as well as alleviate allergic symptoms by stimulating the acupuncture points with very thin needles.

These acupuncture points are located in strategic areas of the meridian pathways of the body’s vital energy flow, known as Qi. Through the healing process, an acupuncture specialist will help the body to respond naturally to the treatment thereby restoring the natural balance of the body’s organ systems.

Acupuncturists said that the modulating effect of acupuncture to the immune system is vital in addressing the symptoms of hay fever as well as other types of allergic conditions.

Hay fever, to be specific, is often provoked by a pathogen, which is dubbed as the “wind” in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The “wind” causes irritations in the respiratory system.

Acupuncture applies ample pressure on the acupuncture points using hair-thin needles to restore the respiratory system to its normal state. Aside from hay fever, the same acupuncture treatment has also been proven effective to treat chlorine allergy and prickly heat, which are also common during spring and summer.

Like other western form of hay fever treatments, acupuncture therapy is also best to start before the summer season began, which could be a very good preventive measure against the ailment. Just as they say, “prevention is better than cure.”

Acupuncture therapy for hay fever and other allergies would usually take six weekly treatments, with treatment spacing ranging from bi-weekly to four times a week depending on how you react to the treatment.

After a year, the therapy could be lessen to two treatments prior to the peak of the season and with the effectiveness of acupuncture, you will soon realize that hay fever has long gone and you are now bound to enjoy summer without a single sneeze.

Acupuncture Can Effectively Treat Many Women’s Health Issues

July 1, 2015

Acupuncture is a natural, drug free treatment option that is increasingly popular in the Western world. In the West, it is primarily associated with pain relief. However, it is often used to treat a wide range of other health conditions. One of the areas where it has been shown to be effective is in women’s health concerns.

Acupuncture is a practice that involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles into the body at certain points. This is a holistic treatment, meant to treat the body as a whole organism rather than isolating separate parts. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) perspective, acupuncture works by restoring the balance of yin and yang in the body, and enhancing or correcting the flow of Qi (energy) by removing blockages that can cause all kinds of pain and illnesses, including many problems specific to women’s health.

Many practitioners of this ancient art as well as their patients claim that these treatments can successfully reduce or alleviate problems such as irregular or heavy periods, menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), uterine fibroids, and even problems like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis and other infertility issues. Acupuncturists utilize techniques that are thought to help regulate the ovarian cycle, stimulate egg production, improve the balance of hormones and even increase blood flow to the womb.

A German study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2008 showed that the majority of women who had acupuncture for menstrual cramps, discomfort and pain saw at least a 33 percent reduction in their pain level as compared to women who received no treatment. In addition, a Danish study found that women receiving acupuncture had a significantly higher rate of pregnancy versus a control group who did not receive this treatment.

Many more general studies have shown that acupuncture stimulates the body to produce natural steroids and release endorphins, which help to reduce inflammation and pain. All practitioners agree that their techniques enhance the mind and body’s own ability to heal itself, and women’s issues are no exception to the rule.

Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine often use herbs as well as dietary, exercise and lifestyle advice in conjunction with acupuncture treatments to obtain better results. Also, it is not uncommon for acupuncture to be successfully used as a complementary therapy along with more “mainstream” fertility and women’s health care options. In fact, some acupuncturists have extensive schooling in both Western medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine, which can help them better integrate different types of care for maximum efficacy.