Substance Abuse Treatment Using Auricular Acupuncture

Acupuncturist vancouver specializing in detoxification therapy are particularly interested in addressing the drug and alcohol addiction problem in their respective communities. They are equipped with pertinent historical information on how they are resolved based on auricular acupuncture therapy and use this treatment a complementary natural treatment to currently used therapies such as focused self help groups and addiction counseling.

The information below can also clear up the reason why acupuncture can be one of the alternative health options that can be unified with the already existing counseling centers or conventional drug and alcohol programs. However, we ought to consider this suggestion objectively without prejudice and with an open mind given the social and economic dilemma the present drug problem has vexed this country.

In Europe and America, there are hundreds of detoxification programs that follow the methods used by doctors at New York’s Lincoln Hospital, where every day, 250 addicts are treated with auricular acupuncture. The principle underlying this therapy is the belief that the human body can be activated by stimulating acupoints on the auricle or outer ear. Doctors have noticed that craving and withdrawal symptoms wane within minutes of auricular acupuncture therapy. Equally noticed is a meaningful decrease in hostility and panic typically observed in drug-rehab settings – transformations that make addicts more willing to undergo counseling.

This is not to say acupuncture is a cure all. It just implies that it’s a very good complement to counseling.

The NADA or National Acupuncture Detoxification Association was established by medical specialists and practitioners in 1985 who wished to propagate the modalities used in Lincoln Hospital into other treatment environments. Acupuncturists specializing in detoxification therapy follow protocols set by the NADA that are widely recognized in the realm of drug dependency. Today, in many areas of the US and Canada, acupuncture is considered a legitimate primary health care specialty.

American specialists in the field of chemical dependency in both the criminal justice system and private sector have expressed interest in NADA related programs especially programs used in the Lincoln Hospital. The integration of an acupuncture element to a currently used program offers an inexpensive way to provide outpatient therapy to a majority of drug addicts, whilst boosting the efficacy of current detoxification programs.

Irrespective of the substance abused and the treatment setting, auricular acupuncture has shown to work well in the detoxification of a patient. It achieves this by promoting the process of elimination in the main organs of the body, which helps accelerate the removal of toxins in the body. Auricular acupuncture offers the patient a sense of serenity and calmness and enhances their mental clarity and their capacity to focus. This promotes a better receptivity to counseling.

As gleaned in the explosion of drug-related problems in the past few decades such as a rising number of mental health problems, criminal offenses, and HIV infections, standard assisted western substance abuse therapy will only be effective if the patient remains in treatment for a long time; unfortunately, few patients are willing to wait that long. Long term follow-up research work has concluded that even long term therapy eventually leads to low rates of success.

While auricular acupuncture has much to offer, based on my three decades of dealing with substance abuse, the best approach is to detoxify the patient with auricular therapy combined with counseling, EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique, Chinese herbal medicine, qigong and Chi healing.

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Massage Therapies To Help Relieve Stress And Reinvigorate The Body

Do you feel that your life is just one endless mess and stress is just too much? You have to work in a job you don’t like, deal with stressful environment, rising prices and problems at home that you’ve got no time for yourself, not time to take a break, to find balance and to just simply relax. Whenever you find yourself in this predicament, where can you go that will help soothe your mind and body? Perhaps, the best place for you to forget your problems is going to a massage parlor near you.

For people suffering from tensions and stresses in life, a massage parlor offering Swedish massage or any other therapeutic massages may help them forget their problems for a while and reinvigorate and relax their bodies. Swedish massage includes long gentle strokes and kneading pressure that are administered to the skin to alleviate tension in the connective tissues and muscles. Very often, Swedish massage involves aromatherapy in the form of massage oils or candles. During a massage session, the aroma can be a good way to reduce stress. In addition, a relaxing aromatherapy massage is a really heavenly experience.

To alleviate muscle pain and stress, a combo of massage procedures can be helpful. These procedures, which can include, shiatsu which boosts the flow energy in the body through the application of strong pressure to specific acupoints; trigger point therapy which eliminates muscle spasm from affected areas and deep tissue massage which relieves tensions from the connective tissues and deeper muscles might help stressed out people to relax and fully reenergize.

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1244 S Federal Hwy
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: (954) 713-6118
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Cupping Therapy As A Complement To Acupuncture And Massage

Cupping therapy is a technique of vacuuming and suctioning areas of the meridian system of the body in order to draw out toxins, control pain, increase blood flow, help a person relax, and facilitate a smoother movement of qi energies.

Originally attributed to Chinese civilization, the beginnings of cupping is actually unknown. It is a practice that has been historically noted in places that include North America (by the Native Americans), ancient Greece and Egypt, and throughout Europe.

Cupping as a form of treatment was first recorded by Ge Hong, a Chinese alchemist. Because of this, this system is sometimes known as Chinese Cupping Therapy. The Chinese have definitely used this therapy to a large degree. It’s classified as a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Other components of TCM are Tuina, acupressure, herbal medicine, acupuncture, Qigong, and Moxibustion.

Cupping Therapy as a Complement to Acupuncture and Massage

The acupuncturist vancouver or massage therapist will lubricate your skin with baby oil or massage oil before they place the cups on the skin. The air within each cup is heated before placing the cup upside down directly on the skin. The cups create a vacuum effect making them attach to the body. These cups are left on the body for a certain period of time.

The cups are usually applied on the back of the patient, but will be applied occasionally on other areas of the body including the neck, thighs, and abdomen.

Purplish discolorations and round welt-like marks is the effect of the therapy. Following treatment, those marks may remain on the skin for a couple of weeks. Although these marks may appear alarming, it is a healthy sign that the treatment works. To cover them if you need to go out, simply wear clothing that can hide these skin discolorations.

Modern Day Cups versus Traditional Cups

Cups used for hundreds of years for cupping therapy were created from hollowed out animal horns or bamboo. These days, a range of cupping sets are offered in the market, most of them are made of glass, and some are made of silicone and plastic. The newest cupping sets include the use of vacuum pump and magnets in place of using fire. Some cupping practitioners use silicone cups and call the therapy baguanfa.

Conditions That Can Be Treated Through Cupping Therapy:

  • Frail immune systems
  • Sports medicine
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Rheumatic conditions
  • Muscular pains and aches
  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis
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Chinese Nutritional Therapy For Various TCM Syndromes And Conditions

There’s no such thing as ‘bad’ food or ‘good’ food in Chinese medicine. There are inappropriate foods for a certain individual, just as there are appropriate herbs for a specific individual depending on what their health needs are. For a fatigued and cold person, warm Yang tonic herbs would be a bit helpful; however, these same warming nourishing herbs may lead to headaches and irritation in someone experiencing night sweats and thirst, which are typical telltale signs of Yin Deficiency. Foods, like herbs, have unique energetic qualities; they can, for instance, be cooling or warming. Chinese nutritional therapy which is a component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is just a larger system of medicine that includes herbal medicine and Fremont acupuncture.

During the past three decades, well-meaning health food advocates extolled praise to the importance of enzymes from raw food for digestion as well as to the benefits of raw foods. However, proponents of TCM believe there are three very critical flaws in this logic:

There isn’t one dietary guideline that is going to be appropriate for all people, meaning, when it comes to foods and herbs, there is no such thing as one universal guideline that can treat all the various health conditions of people.

The Spleen energetic system can be severely affected when one over-consumes raw foods, since these foods are known to possess a ‘Cold’ quality. The Spleen is connected to the Abdomen, in Chinese medicine, and is extremely vital in the normal digestion and absorption of food. Hence, overconsumption of fruit juices, raw fruits, juiced vegetables, and raw vegetables will have an opposite effect on your health than previously believed.

People who eat large quantities of raw foods usually suffer from loose bowel movements the whole day.  This is a sign that the digestive system is too efficiently purging due to enzymes; in TCM, loose bowel movements are actually an indication of damage in the Spleen.

 Foods for Internal Dampness and Deficient Spleen Qi

Rye, sunflower seeds, kasha, yams, amaranth, winter squash, aduki bean, pumpkin, cooked soy beans, garlic, millet, bitter greens such as dandelion and arugula (eaten in moderation as they are cold), horseradish, cooked celery, cooked carrots, turnip, green onions, radish, and asparagus.

Consider the herbal formula, Restore the Middle Way.

Use in small amounts or avoid: fruit juices and fruits, watermelon, cucumber, sweets, refined and processed carbohydrates, fried foods, tofu, eggs, meat, and dairy.

While it is important that you want to maintain hydration; according to TCM, drinking too much liquid such as forcing yourself to drink ‘8 glasses of water’ a day just because you think it is healthy to do so may only be putting an extra burden on your Kidneys. In addition, chronic thirst and dryness tend to be signs of Deficient Yin wherein your cells aren’t absorbing properly the water that you are drinking. If you can visualize your cells as dried peat moss; when you put water to the peat moss, the water just rolls off. If you are suffering from Yin Deficiency, Yin foods and tonic herbs can be used to enhance the permeability of the cells so that the water you drink can actually be utilized by the cells.

A perfect way to observe all of the blood drain out of your acupuncturist’s face would be to say to him or her that you’ve been drinking enormous amounts of iced water because you’ve heard that it can boost your metabolism and help you lose weight. In Chinese medicine, this most recent totally flawed logic connects the ability to compromise the Kidney energetic systems and damage the Spleen; the outcome would be additional weight for the person and more severe imbalances that may take years to fix.

Foods for Deficient Yin

Goji berry, rice (preferably brown short grain), white mulberry, amaranth grain, quinoa, beets, millet, string beans, wheat germ, spirulina, barley, seaweed, black beans, mung beans, tofu, and kidney beans. In moderation: raspberry, pork, blackberry, clam, eggs, sardine, and oysters. With more extreme conditions: grapes, banana, watermelon, dairy products. Consider herbal formula, Yin Valley.

Avoid: spices, coffee, alcohol, red meat, fats

Lots of people think that water drunk is going to moist their tissue and cells and as a result, cleanse the body. The truth is, only the quantity of fluids needed for healthy cellular function is going to be absorbed into the tissue; the extra water will be eliminated through the urine. Over time, forcing fluids will only lead to Deficient Kidney and poor health and disturb the balance of Yin-Yang in the body.

Chinese Nutritional Therapy for Liver Imbalances

Eliminate Liver Wind – chamomile, western skullcap, lemon, cold-pressed flaxseed oil, coconut, vinegar, pine nuts, black sesame seed, black soybean, oats, anise, ginger, fennel, sage, basil, celery. Avoid: buckwheat, crab meat, and eggs

Warming Foods for Deficient Qi or Deficient Yang

Aduki beans, black beans, lentils, sesame seeds, walnuts, molasses, shrimp, mussel, trout, chicken, beef, lamb, butter, mustard leaf, kale, winter squash, vinegar, onion, cumin, fennel, chili peppers, cloves, cinnamon, rosemary, basil, ginger, black pepper, and garlic; cooked fruit: guava, peach, cherry, date, raspberry, coconut.

Consider herbal formula, Ancestor Treasure.

Avoid: dairy, wheat, asparagus, eggplant, juices and vegetables, raw fruits.

Cool Liver Heat

Mung nettle, sprouts and beans; raw green vegetable juices; daikon radish and radish; rhubarb; mushrooms; plums; cheese; tofu; watercress; cucumber; millet; amaranth; quinoa; rye bread; lettuce; seaweed; and celery

Tonify Liver Blood

Animal and beef liver, pork, eggs, chicken soup, oysters, sesame seed, mulberry fruit, dates, nettle, avocado, kelp, alfalfa, red beets, artichoke, cardoon, gelatin, blackstrap molasses, blueberries, red grapes, spirulina, and greens.

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Craniosacral Therapy, What Is It?

CST or Craniosacral therapy works on the idea that with the application of light pressure on the craniosacral system, illness and afflictions can be reduced leading to health and wellbeing to people suffering from conditions affecting the spine, brain and other parts of the body.

The craniosacral system is comprised of the nerves, cerebrospinal fluid, cranial bones and membranes that surround the spinal cord and brain. CST is a holistic therapy that also strengthens the notion that the cranial bones can be moved and that this movement impacts the rhythm of the cerebrospinal fluid in the craniosacral system.

This alternative medicine perspective is different from the more conventional notion that pervades academic circles stating that during adolescence the bones that form the cranium fuse and therefore are unable to move.

CST History

It was Dr. William Sutherland who first proposed the idea of Craniosacral therapy around the beginning of the 19th century. Sutherland taught a post-graduate course at the American School of Osteopathy regarding his discoveries. In the 1980’s, Dr. John Upledger updated Sutherland’s research via a number clinical trials and published CST reports while serving as a clinical researcher and professor of biomechanics at the University of Michigan.

There is currently major debate among licensed CST practitioners, patients, scientists, and doctors as to whether CST can treat certain illnesses and whether the basis of the treatment holds up to clinical investigation.

Advocates of CST believe that the therapy has numerous benefits. These include relief of conditions such as migraines, chronic neck pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, back pain TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder, fibromyalgia, and ADD or attention deficit disorder.

Lots of patients suffering from these conditions believe that CST therapy helped relieved their symptoms related to these disorders and diseases, allowing them to live pain free and healthier lives.

Objectors argue that the tenets, beliefs, and facts of CST are themselves erroneous, either due to indeterminate research or because accepted beliefs and practices in the medical field have been ignored. The belief that the cranial bones cannot move unless significant pressure is applied is a major argument against CST. They believe that the pressure, publicly supported by CST supporters, which is applied by fingertips alone, can help alleviate ailments and pain, does not hold up to accepted clinical practices.

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) is currently performing clinical trials to ascertain whether craniosacral therapy can alleviate migraines, which are very hard to treat in several patients even with drugs. The research, thus far, indicated that CST does provide relief to patients.

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10875 Grandview St #2200
Overland Park, KS 66210
(913) 549-4322
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Energy Healing And The Importance of Knowing Thyself

Self-healing starts with the mind, which can produce energy to bring about the task of healing. Energy healing is self-healing.

Everything gives out invisible energy and, based on the laws physics, there is energy in everything. This everything includes the human body, the moon, and the sun. Everything, which can be either negative or positive, is actually some form of energy. Your thinking, for instance, also involves energy, out of which the mind would be unable to function. Your mind produces positive energy in your body for self-healing, that is, if you “think” you can heal yourself.

Chinese medicine in Jacksonville postulates that the human body is made up of energy, and, therefore, will react negatively or positively to other energies around and within it in the living world. In short, everything around you and within you is all connected together through energy.

Energy healing originated in China over 5,000 years ago. Some soldiers who were inflicted with minor wounds on some parts of their bodies later on found out that their ailments and physical pains had disappeared all of a sudden. That eventually led to the disclosure of energy healing. The Chinese medicine doctors of yore started to think that within the human body, there was an energy system that communicated energetically between different organs and cells and. For hundreds of years, the Chinese have known that the internal vital energy called chi (“qi”) plays a major role in sending energy data within the body. The stagnation or free flow of chi accounts for sickness or health.

Our life is an adventure by which we make a lot of choices – some bad ones and also some good ones — that develop into illnesses or health which are part and parcel of your experiences in this life. We all have a purpose in life and a unique destiny for each person. And so, it is essential that we need to know ourselves, and healing oneself is “knowing the self” is part of our destiny. Somewhere and sometimes along the journey of life, we hit rock bottom and some of us start to despair. We may even ask the question many of us have probably uttered when things get really bad: “Why me?” However, this may be a moment of self-awakening for some of us. We may start to question, how did we find ourselves in this despondent and difficult situation? Real self-awakening can make us take a different path — a diversion from that original journey we have been nudging along. When we take a different path, this generates the energy for healing.

Our self-awakening may be physical, such as taking up an exercise regimen or modifying our diet. Our self-awakening can be spiritual or emotional, such as waking up to the power of love. Via the self-healing power of meditation, for instance, we may realize a new consciousness of reality, a new realization of what our priorities in life are and who we really are. Waking up to ourselves may give us the intention to heal, leading to changes that ultimately will heal not just our body but also our mind. The very intention to heal is the energy we need to heal for the mind and body.

Knowing yourself, will empower you with knowledge to self heal, and that empowerment creates healing energy. When it comes to health, you’ll make more right choices than wrong ones, that is, if you know yourself well. When you make those choices, you’re already generating energy healing that will lead to self-healing.

Many of us unfortunately, pass on the responsibility of healing on our doctors. We quickly surrender our own accountability to know ourselves that can lead to self-healing. Because of this, we remain unhealed and sick. Felix Marti-Ibanez, M.D., perfectly described this responsibility when he wrote: “By knowing that a person is truly healed can he be cured…to be a physician then, not only means to patch up shattered minds or torn flesh or dispensing pills, the physician can only heal when the patient knows his health better than his doctor. Only you can generate that healing energy.

Self-healing starts with knowing ourselves via self-awakening. Knowing ourselves will empower us with knowledge for self-healing. Energy healing is generated by the very process of empowerment.

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Feng Shui Cures To Boost Your Energy And Well-Being

How many of us rise up from sleep to greet the morning full of vim, vigor, happy, and, well-refreshed? How many people do you know are still packed with energy after spending long hours at work? Why are there certain places that seem to sap our energy dry and places that make us deep breather and uplift our spirits? Sometimes, we forget how important it is for our health to live in a balanced environment and how deeply connected we are with the environment we live in.

The need to generate a vibrant and healthy home environment cannot be overestimated as our lives certainly get tougher and tougher. We need to find and live in an energetically-balanced, peaceful, and safe space where our bodies can relax from its protective shield and concentrate on self-healing and reinvigoration.

Feng Shui is considered an ancient form of science and art that has been used for more than five millennia to enrich, balance, and heal people’s lives. It is a very sophisticated body of information that shows how people are connected to their environment and reveals a number of ways to alter certain aspects of one’s life by changing the working or living space.

Having realized the existence of this profound connection and how it impacts all facets of our lives, it would be foolish to not use Feng shui knowledge in your home and business to bolster your general well being, vitality and health.

The Five Element theory which include, Wood, water, earth, and Fire are the principle theories of the Five Elements. The five manifestations of Chi are represented in your environment by colors, shapes, textures, smells, taste, etc.  They interact with each other in certain ways, the fundamental cycles being Constructive (in which each element enforces the other) or Destructive (in which one element vanquishes the other). Understanding this theory and its applications in a person’ life can be an extraordinarily powerful tool. Feng shui masters suggest living in a place that nourishes and supports your birth element in order to experience high energy levels and a better sense of well-being.  Feng shui masters suggest living in a place that nourishes and supports one’s birth element.

Every person has a unique element that is measured by the year of his or her birth. Once a person knows his own element, he may want to look around his residence and observe the type of element that predominates. Yes, any certain environment has also its own predominant element. For instance, if there are purple curtains, triangular objects, a fireplace, pointed shapes, and art with predominant red-orange colors in your living room, the room’s energy is predominantly Fire.

If Wood is the element of your birth and you live in a Fire environment, you may likely to experience an inability to relax, headaches, often feel “burnt out, and to constantly argue with your family. As Fire consumes the Wood, you may want to consider decreasing the element of Fire in your environment, which can improve your health and well being. To address this incompatibility of wood element and Fire environment, you may want to bring some of the element of Water (that kills the Fire) or your own Wood element.

You can bring the Wood element into your environment through the green and brown colors – plants (especially powerful is green bamboo), actual wooden objects, rectangular shape objects and others. Water can be signified by water images (rivers, lakes, oceans) or a fountain (actual water); as well as deep blue or black colors, curved and wavy shapes, mirrors, etc. The sequence of events depicted above can also be true for someone with Metal as his birth element as Fire melts the Metal. A water or Earth person, however, may feel very relaxed in that environment, and once can easily the reason why. These elements are both not overwhelmed by the Fire energy.

There’s an ancient Chinese adage that says feng shui practitioners moonlight as physicians. The science and art of Feng Shui has a wealth of solutions, cures, recommendations for each individual and practically every space, be it garden, business, home, etc. has a certain anatomy, just like your body. The space you live in also has its own anatomy, with its own allowances and prohibitions. Certain aspects of your life, and certain body organs can be associated with certain areas of your residence. For instance, the direction “responsible” for Health and Family is the East. East is the direction and the element associated with it is Wood; thus, it may be a good idea to not place objects that represent either metal or Fire in this area of your business/home. If you’re suffering from specific physical problems, you can opt to place a picture in the East area, or any other object that represents a medicine plant that’s considered healing for you (for instance, liver problems, dandelion).

The following are some of the feng shui solutions to enhance vitality and boost your health:

  1. Keep the center of your residence open, free of clutter, and clean. The center of your home is considered the Heart of your House and for a lot of ancient cultures, it is a sacred area. This area should not be placed with any heavy objects. It is a very good idea to place chimes or bells with a pleasant sound, some crystals, items that speak to your heart, happy pictures of your loved ones, or a fountain in the center of your home.
  1. Remove or reduce the number of metal objects in your Bedroom, since metal is a good conductor of electricity and electricity can be harmful to your health. Try to decrease the electromagnetic energy in your bedroom. Designate a sleeping space wherein you can replenish, regenerate, or heal during sleep. Avoid sleeping under a sloped ceiling or beams. Avoid sleeping with your feet pointed to the door. Use a headboard that is supportive and good. Sleep on a natural mattress.
  1. Be conscious of the air quality in your space. Use essential oils bergamot, frankincense, sage, chamomile, lavender, etc. to improve your sense of well being, uplift the spirits, and sanitize the space, and frequently oxygenate your home to breathe in high quality chi. See if you need to use an air ionizer. Have plants such as spider plant, Boston fern, peace lily, etc., that have air-purifying properties. The green color can be quite healing.
  1. Maintain a relationship with people who can uplift your spirit or surround yourself with objects you love. At least once a day, try spending some time in nature. By decreasing the internal pollutants present in a lot of homes and implementing a number of feng shui remedies, you can make your home a refuge for healing from the stress you may face during the day.
  1. Create a welcoming and pleasing entrance. The entrance should have uplifting energy and be spacious and well lit. Lest your life be mired in worthless struggles, implement certain feng shui remedies if you face a stair or a wall.

You can significantly enhance your sense of well being and health when you follow these basic and simple feng shui cures. You can generate an environment that is fully supportive of your loved ones and you and bring healing harmony and beauty into your life.

Amy-SuiQun Lui, L.Ac.
Asian Health Center
27059 Grand Army of the Republic Hwy
Cleveland, OH 44143
Tel: (440) 833-0983
http://www.clevelandacupunctureclinic.com/

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The Polyrachis Vicinia Aprhrodisiac Tonic

The Mayo Clinic of North America has revealed that Stress is the number clinically proven cause that targets the libido by releasing neuro-chemicals that all but reduce, and in some instances, totally destroy the libido.

The good news is that for men suffering from erectile dysfunction, there is help in today’s world. And the answers may be found in a creature that has been around for on earth for hundreds of centuries. You may think that this creature is some sort of mystical animal but it is not; in fact, it is just the lowly humble ant.

Ants in China have been utilized for more than two millennia by countless Emperors and Mandarin Kings as a form of tonic whose benefits include: enhanced strength, stamina, and energy. The tonic provided by the ant boosts physical and mental energy and strengthens the muscular system, the process of detoxification, digestive functions and the nervous system.

And we’re not talking about just any ant, the Polyrachis Vicinia is the specific ant we are interested in.

The Polyrachis Vicinia is an ant that has been utilized as an aphrodisiac for years by the most famous lovers in the world. Some even believed that even the greatest romantic lover in history, Casa Nova, exploited it in his never ending drive to sexually gratify women.

A study conducted on 200 males on the tonic produced from the essence extracted from the Polyrachis Vicinia showed that these males have reported a significant improvement in their sex life with no obvious adverse effects.

So if you think you’re suffering from erectile dysfunction, keep this article in mind and go online and search for the rare Polyrachis Vicinia tonic.

Heather Shultz Acupuncture
100 Brick Rd Suite 212
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: (856) 452-1782
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Studies Dealing With The Effectiveness Of Auricular Acupuncture In Treating A Variety Of Conditions

Auricular acupuncture is a form of acupuncture in Austin involving the application of needles into specific points on the outer ear or auricle. When these points are stimulated, it promotes the healing of ailments and illnesses in other parts of the body.

Auricular acupuncture or ear acupuncture is often integrated into traditional acupuncture treatments. Although it is mainly based on TCM or traditional Chinese medicine (which is a type of alternative treatment that originated in China) principles, it was a French doctor named Paul Nogier who developed it in the middle of the 20th century.

Uses

Auricular acupuncture is commonly utilized to restore balance between two complementary yet opposing energies called yin and yang in the body and to promote the body’s circulation of chi or vital energy within the internal organs. In TCM, these effects are deemed vital to achieve health and for the treatment of disease.

Auricular acupuncture is an alternative form of treatment that’s commonly used for the following health conditions:

  • Allergies
  • Migraine
  • Anxiety
  • Low back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Depression
  • Constipation

Moreover, this type of acupuncture is occasionally used to support weight reduction, alleviate stress, promote better sleep, relieve pain, assist in the cessation of smoking, and to enhance mood.

Benefits

While large-scale medical research studies on ear acupuncture are currently inadequate, there have been some studies to suggest that this therapy might help in the treatment of several health problems.

Here are some studies on auricular acupuncture and its promising health benefits.

Constipation

In 2010, a clinical trial review was published in the JAMA or Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The review indicated that auricular acupuncture can help in the treatment of constipation.

Scientists examined 29 studies for the review. They were regarding the use of auricular acupuncture in the management and control of constipation.

Though all of the studies stated that auricular acupuncture works in treating constipation, the authors of the review noted that because of significant flaws the studies reviewed; to confirm these findings, more studies are recommended needed.

Insomnia

Various studies suggest that auricular acupuncture can help treat insomnia. Those studies also include a published trial in 2003 on the Complementary Therapies in Medicine, which examined the effects of a type of auricular acupuncture that involves using the use of magnetic pearls to stimulate the acupoints on the ear.

The study involved 15 elderly people with insomnia. These people were treated for three weeks with auricular acupuncture. According to the results the subjects experienced a meaningful rise in both quantity and quality of sleep, with improvements lasting for six months after the end of the treatment.

Post-Operative Pain

In 2010, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a report stating the effectiveness of acupuncture in pain management. The review’s authors concluded that auricular acupuncture may be ideal the treatment for a various types of pain, especially post-surgical pain.

Migraine

According to a 2012 study published in Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research, auricular acupuncture is actually effective in treating migraine headaches.

Resolving findings on 36 patients with migraine, the authors of the study deemed that 2 months of weekly auricular acupuncture treatments each week resulted in vital improvements in mood and pain.

Smoking

Studies dealing with auricular acupuncture as an effective way to stop smoking have yielded mixed results. The Swiss Journal of Research in Complementary and Natural Classical Medicine in 2004 published a survey of 127 people who had been treated with auricular ear acupuncture for the cessation of smoking cessation. In that study, it was found that the treatment had a rate of success 41.1 percent for one year

The authors of the study stated that this rate of success makes auricular acupuncture “a competitive alternative to conventional medicine withdrawal techniques.”

The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine published a trial involving 126 people and found that auricular acupuncture was as effective as a placebo treatment in bolstering the rate of smoking cessation. This research meant once-a-week treatments for consecutive weeks.

Applying Auricular Acupuncture for Well being and Health

If you want to try out auricular acupuncture for yourself, be sure to confer with your doctor first. Avoiding or delaying conventional care and treatment and can lead to severe consequences.

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Chinese Nutritional Therapy For Obesity

Because Chinese people consider their daily food consumption a first line of treatment, it is one of the things they take very seriously. It is not uncommon for these people to address a small ailment by including a certain ingredient in a dish or by serving with a specially prepared meal. There are two primary ways of treating obesity via Chinese nutritional therapy in Jacksonville based on the categorization of patterns indicated below:

  1. Drying the body by eliminating dampness and transforming phlegm
  2. Invigorate the kidneys and strengthen the spleen.

Food is considered by the Chinese people as a first line of treatment for obesity

A. Techniques of drying the body

  • Cool the body to promote the passage of fluid
  • Urination
  • Warm the body
  • Absorb dampness within the body
  1. Cool the body to promote water passage

A person with a hot-dry constitution is not as susceptible to obesity as one with a hot-damp constitution. For instance, if you try to burn firewood that’s damp, it produces lots of smoke but won’t burn right away. Likewise, neither will go away when heat and water combine in the body. This results in discharge of small amounts of reddish urine or difficulty when urinating.

Therefore, the treatment plan is to allow the water to move and to cool the body. Herbs and food with a bitter taste and with yin or cold energy are used for treatment, since the bitter taste can dry the body and the cold energy can cool it.

For individuals with a hot damp constitution, eating mung beans and bitter gourd is highly recommended.

Mung Beans – For people with a hot-damp constitution, mung beans may be consumed to help eliminate excessive water from their bodies. These beans are quite efficient in limiting body heat and eliminating water despite them having a sweet taste and a cool energy.

Bitter gourd – This can cool the body considerably and because of its bitter and cold nature, can soften stools and relieve nervous tension respectively. A person with a hot-damp constitution tends to be constipated, which can be easily alleviated by eating bitter gourd served as tea, vegetable, or soup.

  1. Facilitate urination

Eating Wax gourd can help encourage urination. In Western medicine, facilitating urination can be compared with diuretics. This process can be achieved by eating garlic, wax gourd, soy beans, Job’s tears, corn silk and corn, and small red beans.

  1. Warming the body

For people with a damp-cold constitution, warming the body can be an appropriate approach to obesity. The plan is warming the body in order for water to move out of the body, either through sweating or through urination. Foods that help best achieve this should have a sweet-pungent taste or hot or warm qualities. A light or sweet taste promotes urination while a warm or hot quality increases body heat. These three conditions are all found in Cinnamon.

Fresh ginger – Ginger is often used to neutralize cold, especially in winter. Its effects are significantly amplified when it is combined with dry orange peel and served as tea.     

Cinnamon

When the body is dry and after the negative effects have been eliminated from the body, the individual should be in good shape and should remain slim. Still, it is important that the person maintains a healthy lifestyle (regular exercise and a balanced diet).

  1. Absorb dampness within the body

This process involves absorbing body fluids within the body and it can be compared to a sponge absorbing spilt water; urination eliminates excess water within the body via the process of excretion. Many of the herbs and foods that have the ability to soak up water inside the body are aromatic, and the two best foods that are most frequently used for this purpose are hyacinth beans and broad beans. Aside from their ability to absorb water within the body, aromatic foods are also capable of treating diarrhea.

Hyacinth beans – In Chinese herbal medicine, hyacinth beans are commonly used to relieve stomach pain and treat diarrhea related to an overabundance of water in the intestine. They can be consumed in powder or soup form.

Broad beans – They can help soak up water inside the body.  They can be fried with salt and oil until they smell aromatic or grounded down into powder and taken with warm water. It’s much better to use unshelled broad beans because the shell has a greater ability to facilitate urination and to better absorb water within the body.

B. How to stop the body from retaining water

A person with excess weight has two harmful elements in his body: dampness and phlegm. First, the most important thing they need to do is to remove those two elements and the next important thing is to keep them away from the body. A helpful idea to bear in mind is the notion of fire. Fire takes out phlegm and dampness through burning. Therefore, fire is essential in eliminating these two problems, especially when it comes to the fire of the kidneys, which is known as kidney-yang.

Strengthening the Kidneys’ Burning Fire

Strengthening the kidneys’ burning fire can help in the preservation of proper body weight.

Yang tonics are foods that can help strengthen the kidneys’ burning fire. There are four main tonics in TCM: blood tonics, energy tonics, yin tonics (fortifies the fluids), and yang tonics.

Some examples of yang tonifying foods are the kidneys of animals. There are three benefits of eating animal kidneys (chicken, lamb, beef, or pork):

  1. They tonify the function of the kidney
  2. They can be easily digested
  3. They have little fat

How to prepare the kidneys for eating

Cut first the kidneys in half, take out and wash the undesirable white parts; boil water and add a small amount of wine into the boiling water; place the kidneys in the water and allow to simmer until the kidneys are completely cooked; remove the kidneys from the water and slice them into tiny pieces. Create a sauce that combines vinegar, ginger, sesame oil, green onion, sugar, soy sauce, and green pepper. Add sauce on the kidneys and serve.

Beef, pork, or chicken liver can also be eaten to strengthen the kidneys’ burning fire. Very quickly fry the liver in vegetable oil and add celery, garlic, or ginger to the recipe; for seasonings, you can use wine and black pepper.

Vegetables andfruits that are considered yang tonics include bitter gourd seed, dried green raspberry, black beans, cherry, leeks, walnut, and yam.

Vegetables and fruits that are good for kidney yang include black beans, red dates, garlic chives, and cherry.

C. Effective Food Recipes

The following are recipes that resolve phlegm and help smooth and ventilate the lungs, warm the kidneys, energize the spleen, and eliminate dampness via urination (diuresis), which can help treat water retention.

  1. Hawthorn and Lotus Leaf Soup

Health benefits: eliminates dampness and encourages digestion

  1. Dried lotus leaf

Preparation: Use hawthorn (9g) (which should be broken down and stir-fried), lotus leaf (9g), water (two cups), decoct into one cup of soup. Drink as often as possible to treat simple obesity.

  1. Fried Radish and Crown daisy Chrysanthemum

Health Benefits: Expel phlegm-heat from the body and eliminate fluid stagnation

Preparation: Use crown daisy chrysanthemum (100g) and white radish (200g), cut into strips and wash. Add oil (100g) into a pot. Add wild pepper into the pot when the oil is hot. Remove the wild pepper when it turns black, and then place the strips of radish into the pot. Mix a little chicken soup into the pot till it’s almost soft; then throw in the chrysanthemum. Add salt for flavor, and add starch when the dish is done and apply a small amount of sesame oil on the dish. Turn off the heat and the dish is ready to serve.

  1. Weight Reducing Wine

Health benefits: Removes dampness and tonifies the spleen

Preparation: Prepare Indian bread (50g), polished glutinous rice (one kg), Gordon Euryale seed (50g), Job’s tears (150g), Chinese yam powder (100g), and lotus seeds powder (50g). Wash the glutinous rice. Put all the ingredients into a large vessel, add water, and mix thoroughly. Steam for an hour, and allow to cool.  Pour baking wine into the vessel till the ingredients are all soaked and then cover the vessel. Store the vessel in a room with 25° Centigrade temperature for one and a half to two days. Drink a small cup, two times each day.

  1. Fried Mutton with Onions and Wild pepper

Health benefit: Warm kidney-yang

Preparation: Add peanut oil (50g) into a pot, and heat on a stove. Throw in onions (100g), a little wild pepper, ginger shreds (10g) and mutton shreds (200g) into the pot and fry. For flavor, add yellow wine, salt, vinegar, and seasoning powder.

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