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Energetic Vision, a division of Energetic Health Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine will host a FREE talk on how Acupuncture is the Best Option for Macular Degeneration on Thursday, February 22nd at 11AM at our office located at 230 N 1680 E  Suite E2 in St. George.

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Headaches are one of the most common medical complaints in America. In western medicine, most people get headache relief from taking over-the-counter medications. Some more chronic cases may require a prescription. Others may just suffer with the pain of the headache until it eventually fades.

Acupuncture - HeadacheThe problem with putting medicine into our bodies is it’s completely unnecessary. Year after year people spend their hard-earned money on pharmaceuticals, only to find that it’s a temporary fix to a reoccurring problem. The side effects of such medications can be bothersome as well, sometimes even more so than the headache itself.

Fortunately acupuncture is a great option for treating headaches. Acupuncture is the art of placing needles in the body to open up channels of blocked life-force energy, called qi. When qi is blocked, it can cause different symptoms or conditions to occur, in this case, headaches. By allowing qi to flow freely as it’s supposed to, acupuncture can effectively eradicate the cause of the headaches, or at the very least reduce head pain to a more tolerable level. It is a much healthier option for treatment that works with your body instead of against it. Acupuncture can also eliminate or decrease the need for over-the-counter medication and pharmaceuticals.

Just to be clear, we are not against Western medicine. Some more chronic cases may require prescription medication, and in those cases, they should be taken. By all means, see your doctors and get your checkups. We just want people to know there are other alternative options for health care.

In Chinese medicine one of the most important parts of care is identifying the cause. Headache patterns can be mysterious and spontaneous. They can be due to food allergies, stress, hormone imbalances, emotional issues, dehydration, trauma, genetic factors, heavy-metal poisoning or intestinal imbalance. An acupuncturist will try to identify a pattern of disharmony that is based on all the patient’s symptoms, along with a pulse diagnosis. This helps identify the cause, where the qi is blocked and which route to take to treat each individual patient.

I had a patient who had migraines for years. She works in the retail business. She works a lot of hours and was under a lot of stress. She had tried many different treatments for headaches and migraines and came in desperately trying to find a way to get rid of them. The only thing that worked for her in the past was heavy-duty medications, which only worked slightly. When she came in for her first appointment her style of headache was correctly identified and treated. As it turns out, her headaches were caused by stress. Stress caused the energy in her body to become blocked and was reacting in her head, creating pain. After about 10-12 treatments her headaches had disappeared altogether. She stopped coming in for regular treatments.

Acupuncture - HeadacheSix months later she came back to our clinic. Her headaches were back again. As it turns out, her lifestyle did not change; the same stress was still present. Her qi had once again become blocked, and her headaches had returned. After 6-7 treatments, we eliminated her headaches for the second time.

One thing to remember with the treatment of headaches is that there is something causing the qi to become blocked which is causing headaches. Acupuncture brings the body back to balance and will give you relief, but it is up to you to make changes to your life that will avoid qi blockage in the future and will eliminate the headaches more permanently.

The lifestyle change needed to help eliminate your headaches is determined by what type of headache you are experiencing and will be discussed during treatment. These changes could include minimizing stress, meditation, yoga, change of diet, exercise and/or environmental changes. Acupuncture will help, but long-term health is really up to you.

It is unnecessary for people to suffer from headaches and migraines; our bodies weren’t meant to be in such pain. Acupuncture is incredibly effective and a safe option for people with chronic headaches of all kinds. It will free your qi and bring balance back to your body, mind and soul.

Stress is defined as mental, emotional or physical strain. It can manifest itself in the body in many different ways. Some people might have stomach issues, while others have back pain. Some might have headaches or migraines and others might suffer from depression, anxiety or anger issues. In all cases, if you are having health problems, your body is telling you something is wrong and you need to make a change.

Acupuncture - StressWestern treatments for stress may include a doctor’s evaluation, biofeedback, counseling or pharmaceuticals. While there is definitely a time and a place for Western treatment, it is not always necessary for treatment. There are alternative ways to approach stress reduction.

Stress is really a creation of the mind. Instead of accepting different situations and going with the flow of things in our lives, resistance is created inside the body. Your body will tighten, and the flow of energy, or qi, will become blocked or stop entirely. Chinese medicine views stress as an attack on the liver channel, which is responsible for the flow of energy in the body. That flow of energy has to move without restriction, called free-coursing through the body, or different illnesses or conditions will occur.

Thankfully, acupuncture and herbs are very safe and successful ways to combat stress. Acupuncture opens up energy blockages, releasing the qi and bringing balance back to the body. When the energy begins to move again, the body is being re-trained to heal itself. With regular treatments, that energy will flow and allow your body to soften, moderating your heart rate, reducing your stress levels and freeing your body from the symptoms of stress you were once experiencing. Herbs used in conjunction with acupuncture will help this process along, allowing you to be one step closer to a balanced body and mind.

Treatment frequency and length depends on each individual patient. If your stress levels are high, a life change might be something to consider. Patients who can’t or won’t make a change in their lives will need regular, frequent treatments for a longer amount of time to feel their best. Others who can and do make life changes, such as switching jobs or depending on other forms of therapy, will feel relief in a fairly short period of time.

Acupuncture - StressEveryone suffers from stress at one point or another. Some feel it more than others. I have a patient who just had the joy of having a baby. She realized very quickly that there was a great deal of difference in her lifestyle and the responsibilities of her life. Sleep deprivation, constant worry and stress started to overcome her and she allowed that energy to manifest in her body as abdominal pain.

She began to have an inability to handle day-to-day problems. She would break down and cry, often over relatively minor things. The inability to be in control of the situation on her part created liver qi stagnation or the blockage of energy flow in the liver channel. She didn’t know how to handle problems that might come up with her precious newborn, so internally her body was tightening and blocking that energy. With needles, herbs, meditation and yoga we helped her train her body and mind to relax and soften. She learned that sometimes things were going to happen. These things might not be to her liking or in her favor, but she accepted the fact that she has no control over what happens. She knew when the time comes, she would have to surrender to the situation, take a minute to accept it, and then make her decisions on what she has to do next.

Acupuncture will help you find relief and will bring balance to your body. It will help you overcome stressful situations, and remind your body of how it’s supposed to work and feel. All you have to lose is the stress you carry with you.

In Chinese medicine, periods occur regularly and comfortably for healthy women. Their bodies are in balance, so not only do they have periods on a regular basis, they also don’t have to suffer with pain, water retention, emotional upheaval or PMS-related fatigue.

Unfortunately, the majority of women don’t realize they were not made to feel PMS discomfort. They just accept the fact that they will have all the usual symptoms at least once a month and will handle it with either over-the-counter remedies or prescribed pharmaceuticals. Don’t keep dealing with these symptoms month after month! There are other options available.

Acupuncture - PMSPre-menstrual syndrome, commonly called PMS, is a condition in which certain health issues occur in females starting from one day to two weeks before their period. Patients with PMS can exhibit any one or any combination of the four dominant symptoms; emotional upset, breast distention and bloating, pain and fatigue.

A Western approach to relieving PMS symptoms would be to use pharmaceuticals. Pain killers or over-the-counter medicines will be used to try to deaden pain before a period. An antidepressant medication might be prescribed to take care of depression, anger or anxiety. A birth control pill might be deemed necessary to regulate a menstrual cycle. These pharmaceuticals successfully correct symptomatic events, but do not correct the root of the problem. The symptoms always come back and the problem is not eliminated, just fixed temporarily.

For the record, we are not against Western medicine. We encourage you to go and see your doctors. Medication is sometimes necessary under certain circumstances, so we won’t make you stop taking them. We will, however, help re-train your body to heal itself. With regular treatments, the need for medication may decrease or be eliminated.

In order for the human body to work properly, it must be balanced. Life force energy, called qi, can become blocked in any channel of the body. If energy becomes unable to flow properly in the liver channel, it creates pain, bloating, irritability, and other symptoms that occur with PMS. Acupuncture helps to open those blockages and allows energy to flow without restriction, thus bringing the body back to balance and eliminating PMS altogether. Most women are surprised to see changes in their cycles after undergoing treatment. They are no longer doubled over for days or feel like the world is ending. They can take comfort in leading a normal life again.

Acupuncture - PMSMost of my female patients are treated for PMS at some point. One in particular comes in primarily for that reason. She decided to come in as a last resort, after getting tired of multiple trips to the emergency room for PMS-related issues. Her periods were not regular at all; they would occur every three or four months. In addition to extreme pre-menstrual pain, she would have tremendous bloating action, sometimes appearing six months pregnant. When her period did arrive, the clots would pass painfully and appear large and dark purple in color. She would also experience extreme irritability and anger. This was all due to a very stagnant liver channel. I treated her with both herbs and needles, and now her periods are regular. She has no pain and no bloating. She can feel normal again.

Many things can cause PMS. Emotional upset, stress, incorrect diet, and genetics are all common stressors on the body. Try to find healthy ways of dealing with stress, such as yoga or meditation. Eat healthy foods and exercise regularly. When you are experiencing PMS symptoms, try to avoid caffeine, sugary foods, salt and alcohol. Don’t smoke and try to get at least 8 hours of sleep at night.

One of the great things about acupuncture is that it can treat a multitude of problems. It will eliminate PMS. It will also help combat stress and promote good sleep patterns. The body will be balanced and a feeling of good health will be achieved.

Remember that it is not normal for a woman’s body to feel pain and discomfort every month. Acupuncture is very good at bringing balance and harmony to a woman’s body. That balance will, in turn, translate into a healthy, pain-free period.

Anxiety is a feeling of fear in anticipation of a realistic or fantasized situation while depression is a feeling of intense sadness that keeps you from functioning as you normally would. The western approach to treatment for both conditions is usually very powerful pharmaceuticals. In most cases, anxiety and depression might be suppressed, but the pharmaceuticals occasionally come with unwelcome side effects. This type of treatment focuses on the symptom and does not take into consideration the entire body. It does not cure the root of the problem, just the symptoms of the problem.

Acupuncture - AnxietyTo be clear, we are not against western medicine. Western medicine can do amazing things, and it is a necessary part of your life. Get your regular checkups, and for serious problems, go and see your doctors. There are, however, other ways to treat medical conditions besides heavy pharmaceuticals. Our bodies are amazing; they can actually heal themselves if we give them an opportunity. The simple act of needling (acupuncture) is just reminding the body of how it’s supposed to react and behave. Herbs can be used in conjunction with acupuncture to send reminders to the body and further promote balance. The treatments we provide work with your entire being, go to the root of the problem, and have little or no side effects.

Traditional Chinese medicine views anxiety and depression as pathogenic factors that become entrenched in the organ-meridian system of the body. These pathogenic factors are usually based in the liver, which is in charge of the movement of qi in the body. Qi, pronounced “chee,” is the life force energy that flows through your body. Early life traumas or recent life stressors remain in the body as a present factor hindering the free flow of qi. If the constant stressors from our world are allowed into our bodies, they constrict the qi in the liver channel, and perhaps block it completely. Once the flow of qi is blocked, or becomes stagnant, both emotional and physical wellness is compromised. This causes an internal tension or tightness and will result in depression, anxiety, mood swings, sighing, inappropriate anger, frustration and other symptoms.

The root of anxiety and depression is not always in the liver, but occasionally lies in the heart. The heart is responsible for the spirit of the body. Heart yin deficiency is seen when the yang rises up, thus demonstrating imbalance. Because of this imbalance, the spirit cannot settle down so you experience symptoms such as difficulty sleeping or staying asleep, vivid dreams and heart palpitations.

In both cases, acupuncture will promote balance in the body. The blockages will be opened and the qi will be free to flow as it should. Anxiety will ease and depression may fade and become nonexistent. Treatments can even be administered as a preventative measure to ensure minor issues are treated before they become major problems.

Acupuncture - AnxietyIf you suffer from depression or anxiety, you’re not alone. Depression and anxiety are very common. Many of my patients suffer from some sort of anxiety or stress. One in particular had dizziness as a result of her anxiety. Her internal tightness almost seemed to block the flow to the brain, and she would get dizzy, weak, fatigued, and have trouble sleeping. About twenty minutes after being needled, she would feel a release in her chest, and fall asleep. After waking, she would feel very relaxed and calm. The result was no dizziness, no headaches, no fatigue and no anxiety. Her life is much happier and she’s in a better place. That’s the power of acupuncture.

Beyond receiving acupuncture treatments, there are other things you can do to combat anxiety and depression. Psychotherapy, yoga, certain vitamins and supplements, meditation, even something as simple as walking outside can be helpful in the treatment of anxiety and depression.

Mental discipline is also important. Our mind is a tool, it should not control us. It is not who we are. We are our connection to universal energy. When our mind takes over, it creates an imbalance. When our mind takes us to the past, we may have remorse, guilt or negative emotions. This can cause us to tumble into depression. When our mind takes us to the future, we experience anxiety. We start to worry about what is going to happen or what could happen. Mental discipline is just making sure we keep connected to the moment where we are living. Be grateful for what you have in this moment and don’t let your mind go too far into the future or too far back into the past.

Acupuncture is a very powerful, safe way of treating anxiety and depression without the side effects of pharmaceuticals. If you suffer from anxiety, depression or just overall stress, please call to make an appointment. Relief is closer than you think.

How does acupuncture work? According to traditional Chinese medicine (or TCM), the human body is comprised of five organ networks – heart, spleen, kidney, lung and liver. The heart network maintains blood circulation and governs the mind and spirit. The spleen system is responsible for digestion and clarity of thought. The kidney network controls growth and reproduction. The lung system allows for ventilation of oxygen and transports life force energy, or qi. The liver network dictates mood and directs the flow of qi.

There are 12 main meridians through which qi flows. These meridians correspond to the major internal organs of the body. In each of these meridians, the qi can become stagnant or deficient. Stagnant means there is a blockage or excess of energy, while deficiency means there isn’t enough functional energy within a given organ to perform its necessary duties.

 

Acupuncture - Ying-YangWith this understanding of the TCM model of the body, we can better understand the healing process. Health is seen as harmony between inner forces in the body. These forces, Yin and Yang, are central concepts in Eastern thought. They are two opposing but complementary aspects, symbolizing the cyclic, ever-changing nature of the universe. In the body, Yin and Yang are manifested as blood and life force energy, or qi, respectively.

When Yin and Yang are unbalanced, the qi, or life force energy, is stagnant. The result is illness and pain. Acupuncture is the art of inserting very thin needles into key energy channels along the body. The needles release the blocked qi, activating its circulation. This restores the Yin and Yang balance and eliminates the source of the problem.

What can acupuncture treat? Acupuncture can treat everything from infertility to back pain to the side effects of chemotherapy. It is not directed towards a particular disease or condition. It works by activating the body’s self-healing ability, allowing the body to heal itself. Acupuncture is not only an effective treatment for a diverse range of conditions, it’s also an excellent way to prevent illness and maintain health and wellness.

How many treatments will it take to get better? Most people should see some sort of change within the first twenty-four hours following their first treatment. The change may be small, but noticeable nonetheless. If no change is seen, the acupuncturist may need to make a change to the needle pattern. Honest communication and patience are very important, expressed both by the patient and the acupuncturist.

AcupunctureThe number of treatments needed to get better will vary from person to person. Some of the deciding factors are the nature and severity of each person’s complaint, as well as the general health of the individual. Two treatments per week are usually recommended as a starting point. After that, the frequency of treatments is up to the recommendation of the acupuncturist and the comfort level of the patient. Remember, keeping appointments is absolutely critical to the success of the treatments. Every appointment builds off the one previous to it.

Do the needles hurt? Contrary to a popular association with needles and getting shots or giving blood, acupuncture needles do not hurt and should not be met with fear. The needles are very fine, thinner than a human hair. There should be very little or no discomfort with needle insertion. Although there are times when the initial insertion will be felt by the patient, there is never an occasion where the patient should be in pain for the duration of the treatment.

Acupuncture should be a calming, relaxing experience. Some of the positive sensations the patient will feel are tingling, a feeling of numbness or heaviness in different parts of the body and a general sense of well-being. Most people even fall asleep during treatment!

Why should I try acupuncture? Acupuncture offers a proven, safe alternative to traditional Western treatment. Most patients want to eliminate their dependency on medication or avoid more drastic solutions to long-time issues. Some patients are just tired of dealing with illnesses or symptoms they have had all their lives and want to do something about it or they want to make sure they maintain their health into the future.

Having originated in China more than 3000 years ago, acupuncture is a very well-established medical system that is practiced worldwide. Since its introduction in the United States in the early 1970s, it has seen exponential growth throughout the country. Best known in the United States for pain relief, acupuncture is recognized by the World Health Organization as an effective means to treat hundreds of conditions. Through the skilled application of a trained acupuncturist, balance can be brought to the body, mind and soul bringing health and harmony to most patients.

Chronic back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. Millions of work days and countless hours of activity and fun are lost each year due to this malady. It is estimated that nearly 80{c68bf756b33312f06872e8bd4150c576eaf33060712a7963b1c244043614e939} of the people in United States will be affected by back pain sometime in their life.

Acupuncture - BackpainThere are several common medical causes of back pain; the most common is caused by lumbar muscle strain. Although this is the most common form of lower back pain, often patients do not remember the initial event that triggered their muscle spasm. This type of back pain will usually completely resolve itself within a relatively short period of time.

A ruptured intervertebral disc, often referred to as a herniated disc, is also a very common cause of back pain. In this case, the disc that sits between the vertebrae bulges out of its place, creating pain. Back pain of this nature often takes longer to heal and may become chronic.Spinal stenosis is a fairly common occurrence as we age. As we age the spinal canal can become constricted possibly due to arthritis and other conditions. If the spinal canal becomes too tight, back pain can be the result.

The most common type of arthritis usually affects joints such as the knees and fingers. However, arthritis can affect any joint in the body including the small joints of the spine creating pain with any type of movement or activity.

Acupuncture’s vocabulary is very different from Western medicine. There are actually several different patterns of back pain.

Liver Qi Stagnation. According to acupuncture theory, Qi (the body’s vital energy) must flow freely without any restriction for health to be abundant. The liver organ governs the free flow of Qi in all areas of the body including the back. Any blockage or stagnation to the free flow of this energy in the back will result in pain and stiffness. In cases where the back pain reoccurs chronically, this can indicate an underlying problem with the stagnation of Qi.

Acupuncture - BackpainKidney Deficiency. In acupuncture theory, the kidney and bladder meridians govern the back. When there is a Qi deficiency in Kidney Yin or Kidney Yang, this may create a negative effect on the posterior of the body resulting in weakness, stiffness and/or pain in the back.

Blood stagnation in the lower back. A severe form of stabbing pain in the lower back upon movement or rest, can be the result of blood stagnation in the lower back. This is usually a result of long-term Qi stagnation which eventually causes the flow of blood in the affected area to become blocked. Since Qi is also responsible for the movement of blood in the body, the longer that Qi stagnation occurs, the more likely blood stagnation will take place. Blood stagnation in the lower back may present itself as a result of physical issues such as injury due to a trauma, exposure to cold wind, overwork, or emotional issues such as long-term stress.

Invasion of Wind Cold. Acupuncture believes that the kidneys are susceptible to invasion of wind cold or damp cold. This may occur when the lower back is frequently exposed to cold or damp weather resulting in depletion of the Kidney Yang energies. This can create stagnation of Qi in the affected area and is differentiated from other types of back pain by symptoms such as feeling of cold or tightness in the lower back and low-energy.

Most of the patients that we see suffering with back pain have tried many different modalities without much success. Most respond to acupuncture treatments very well and see a difference in their pain levels fairly quickly. Each patient is unique with many different variables involved, such as the length of time the problem has been with them, their age, their individual speed of healing, the severity of the injury as well as the location of their injury and the intensity of their pain.

The use of acupuncture to treat back pain has increased dramatically in the past few years, largely due to word-of-mouth successes in patients who have tried acupuncture. Acupuncture works to restore the harmony and energetic balance in the body which stimulates the body’s own natural healing ability. In the hands of a skilled acupuncturist, acupuncture can be a great way of eliminating back pain.

The Sciatic Nerve is the largest nerve in the body and consists of a large bundle of small nerves that begin in the lumbar spine, travels down the buttocks and moves through the leg. Radiating pain is one of the more common and intense symptoms associated with sciatica with numbness and tingling starting in the lower back and radiating down the leg all the way to the foot.

Acupuncture - SciaticaSciatica occurs when a muscle, a spinal disc, and sometimes even the spine itself pushes on the sciatic nerve. A spinal disc herniation, often referred to as a slipped disc, occurs when a small portion of the spinal disc bulges out of the spinal column. The disc then pushes on the sciatic nerve causing pain. Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal, could also push on the nerve and cause pain. Muscle spasms can also cause sciatica. Most of the time it is the piriformis muscle, but occasionally it can be other muscles in the lower back and pelvic region, that pushes on the sciatic nerve causing pain.

Physical therapy and rehabilitation, including exercises to help your posture and strengthen your muscles, is one Western method that is effective. Prescription drugs such as anti-inflammatory medication, muscle relaxants, narcotics, antidepressants and anticonvulsant drugs are also used. Injections or surgery are other possible options, though often recommended as a “last resort”.

Acupuncture Theory holds the view that sciatica is caused by blockages of Qi and blood in the back channels. This blockage causes imbalances in the body that expresses itself as pain and a burning sensation along several channels on the lower back and down the leg. Unlike many Western methods of treating sciatica, which treats the symptoms or masks the condition, acupuncture corrects the root of the problem by eliminating those blockages and encouraging self-healing of the body.

Sciatica is always a result of the inability of the bodies healing energy to flow into the back, which can lead to inflammation and degeneration. Some common imbalances involved in sciatica are:

  • Kidney Qi deficiency, which involves your back feeling very weak and not getting better, even with a lot of rest.
  • Spleen Qi deficiency with dampness, which involves fatigue, weakness and heaviness though the back does feel better with rest.
  • Liver Qi stagnation, which involves muscles that are very tight and in spasm, particularly when you become angry, frustrated or have a lot of stress in your life.

Acupuncture treatments will correct the imbalances listed above and allow the healing power of the body to flow through the areas of pain. In essence, this allows the body to heal itself.

Acupuncture - SciaticaThere are many natural remedies that may help sciatica including cold packs and/or hot packs. Stretching exercises for your low back may help relieve nerve root compression, and over-the-counter medications may help to reduce pain and inflammation. Regular exercise such as water aerobics or other low-impact exercises may help strengthen the core stability and limit the effects of the problem.

We have had many patients with sciatic pain come to our clinic. One patient came in with excruciating pain. Unable to sleep and in intense pain 24 hours a day, he stated that he had tried everything to get rid of it. With the correct placement of needles, his pain was reduced by 50{c68bf756b33312f06872e8bd4150c576eaf33060712a7963b1c244043614e939} during his first treatment. By the end of the seventh treatment he had no more pain and felt great. While not everyone has this quick of a response, most people receive relief after a few treatments.

Acupuncture is a gentle treatment that is very effective in treating sciatic pain. It is relaxing, restorative and balancing. Allowing the foundational energy of the body to flow freely and easily, acupuncture allows the healing power of the body to eliminate pain and correct the root of the problem. Acupuncture is a very safe and natural option for sciatic pain.

5 million Americans suffer from insomnia, but even more people suffer from lack of sleep. Do not underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep. People who get less than seven hours of sleep a night are more likely to suffer from emotional imbalances, stress and depression, diminished memory capacity and speech control, increased irritability, lowered concentration and an increase in muscle pain and physical tiredness.

Insomnia can present itself in two ways. Some people have difficulty or an inability to fall asleep. Others are unable to reach a deep state of sleep and are often easily awakened by noise or dreams.

In Western medicine, causes of insomnia include stress, depression, anxiety, irregular work schedule, drug or alcohol abuse and chronic pain. Many medications also have insomnia as a listed side effect.

In acupuncture theory, insomnia is separated according to each person’s unique body and combination of symptoms. Most of the sleep disturbances involve an imbalance in the heart system, although this is not always the case.

Heart and kidney disharmony includes symptoms of restlessness, being awakened easily and having difficulty falling back to sleep. You might have palpitations, irritability, dizziness, tinnitus, poor memory, back soreness and face flushing. You may also have a generally weak constitution and suffer from frequent chronic illnesses.

Heart and spleen disharmony is characterized by having a difficult time falling asleep, easily waking during the night with lots of dreams. Palpitations, poor memory, dizziness, fatigue, poor appetite, a pale complexion and a low-quality or imbalanced diet may also be on the list of things you experience.Acupuncture - Insomnia

Heart and gallbladder qi deficiency is distinguished by having a lot of dreams and easily waking up in fright. You might have a tendency to be a timid and afraid person. Also, you might experience palpitations, breathlessness and fatigue.

Liver Fire Flaring Upward is characterized by sleep that’s disturbed by very scary dreams or nightmares. You might also have irritability, thirst, desire to drink, headaches, red eyes, bitter taste in the mouth and constipation. There might be a lot of emotional stress going on in your life.

Phlegm Fire Disturbing the Mind includes restless sleep that has you tossing and turning a lot. You might also have irritability, dizziness, a feeling of heaviness in the head and oppression in the chest, nausea and poor appetite. A low-quality or imbalanced diet may also accompany these symptoms.

Whatever the diagnosis may be, acupuncture has been proven to be a safe and effective way to decrease the staggering effects of insomnia and lack of sleep. In fact, acupuncture is being sought out increasingly for insomnia, even by people who successfully achieve sleep when they use medication.

Two of the main concerns with medication are dependence on the medication and its side effects. A common complaint is that medicated sleep is not good quality sleep, and people do not wake up feeling refreshed. Artificial sleep may be better than none at all, but it is not as restorative as sleep that is induced and sustained by the body’s own natural cycles. Acupuncture, as always addressing the root cause of the problem, allows people to fall peacefully back in their own natural rhythm and get a great night’s sleep.

Besides receiving acupuncture, there are other ways to combat insomnia. You should maintain a routine to your sleep schedule. Keep your bedroom dark, cool and quiet. All electronics, including televisions and computers, should be taken out of the bedroom. It may also help to position the clock away from your bed. Caffeine, nicotine and sugar intake should be reduced or eliminated completely and heavy meals should be avoided before bedtime.

There are many people who do not realize the importance of a good night’s sleep. I had a patient who came in complaining of irritability and a fast temper. She had a high-stress lifestyle, a difficult job situation and a very busy home life. She was only sleeping 4 to 5 hours per night. Although she could fall asleep very quickly, she would awaken several times throughout the night only to have difficulty falling back to sleep.

After her very first acupuncture treatment, her sleep improved by at least 50{c68bf756b33312f06872e8bd4150c576eaf33060712a7963b1c244043614e939}. A few weeks later, she reported sleeping a full eight hours with no waking. She felt refreshed, alive and much more able to handle the stress in her life. Her insomnia was a thing of the past.

You should never allow any disease or disorder to have any control over your life. Insomnia shouldn’t decide when or for how long you can sleep. Acupuncture is a great way to lead you back to a place of balance and calm, giving you the power to lay insomnia to rest.

Digestive disorders are extremely common in the United States. There are many reasons for this, but two of the most obvious are the repercussions of the common diet and high levels of stress. This is unfortunate because proper digestion is absolutely necessary for good health. Whether you have relatively minor digestive issues such as gas and bloating, or you have severe life-threatening illnesses such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, being proactive about your digestive health is critical for your overall health. This article will discuss Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s views of the following biomedical diseases: irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn or Gerd, gallstones, and diverticulosis.

IBS. Between 10 and 20{c68bf756b33312f06872e8bd4150c576eaf33060712a7963b1c244043614e939} of all Americans are affected by symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome or IBS, with three times as many women affected than men. Symptoms of IBS vary per individual and may include abdominal cramping and pain, constipation and/or diarrhea, flatulence, bloating and nausea.Acupuncture - Digestive Disorders

As with all diseases in Oriental Medicine, treatment is based on the correct differentiation of syndrome patterns. Although many different diagnoses may be present, a common pattern is a disharmony between the liver and the spleen. The liver is responsible for the smooth flow of substances throughout the body. This flow can be disrupted by emotions or stress, causing stagnation of Qi (life force energy) or blood. The spleen is associated with the function of digestion and transforming food into energy. It can be weakened by a number of factors including eating too much unhealthy food, overwork, excessive worrying, fatigue and lack of exercise. When the spleen is weak and the liver is not moving smoothly, the liver overwhelms the spleen and can manifest as symptoms of IBS.

Acupuncture treatments and herbal therapies can help greatly in balancing these disharmonies. Many patients are amazed at the relief they experience. They even notice other positive changes in their lives as well, not just those linked to their IBS.

Lifestyle changes can also help alleviate symptoms and are recommended during and after treatment. Getting adequate exercise may be one of the most important because it helps to relieve stress, move energy, regulate the bowels and alleviate constipation. Since stress can also be a trigger for IBS, practicing different stress relief measures may also be helpful. Methods such as meditation, yoga, breathing exercises or adding some quiet time to your schedule may help to ease symptoms. Some patients respond well to dietary changes such as reducing the intake of fatty foods, dairy products, alcohol, caffeine or carbonated drinks. Getting adequate sleep is also very important for sufferers of IBS, because it helps the body heal and rejuvenate. It also allows the body to better handle stress.

Constipation. Constipation is a very common condition frequently related to travel, low fiber diet, medications or repeatedly ignoring the urge to defecate. The most common cause of constipation in Chinese medicine is heat in the large intestine. In the elderly or postpartum women it may be due to deficiency of blood. Whatever the cause, acupuncture and herbs will help balance the body and relieve the discomfort of constipation.

Diarrhea. Diarrhea is a widespread intestinal illness that is very dangerous to your health. As a matter of fact, it is still one of the leading causes of death in the world. Although parasitic infection is probably the largest contributor to diarrhea, spleen qi deficiency or damp heat are probably the most common causes in Chinese medicine. Acupuncture and herbs would be used to tonify the spleen and/or dry and cool the intestine, providing some much needed relief.

Gallstones. Over 25 million Americans suffer from gallstones. Risks increase with the use of oral contraceptives, being overweight, hormone replacement therapy and some pregnancies. Symptoms include abdominal pain, bloating, gas, nausea, and discomfort following the consumption of fatty foods.

Acupuncture - Digestive DisordersRemoval of the gallbladder is one of the most common treatment options, but should be used only as a last resort. Acupuncture is a very viable, safe, healthy treatment option. It works to balance the body so gallstones are no longer an issue. As a matter of fact, several patients ended up cancelling their surgeries because acupuncture worked so well for them. They felt better, their bodies were balanced and they did not have to go through the trauma of surgery.

Heartburn. About 10{c68bf756b33312f06872e8bd4150c576eaf33060712a7963b1c244043614e939} of Americans suffer with heartburn daily. Symptoms include burning pain behind the breast bone and acid regurgitation. There can be many reasons for heartburn including consuming tomato products, chocolate, coffee, citrus fruits and juices, fatty foods and smoking cigarettes.

In Chinese medicine, heartburn is caused by liver fire and heat in the stomach and counter flow of stomach qi. Acupuncture and herbs are used to cool the fire in the liver and stomach, as well as reverse the flow of energy in the stomach to its normal downward direction. Liver invading spleen or cold spleen are also possibilities that could be corrected with acupuncture.

Diverticulosis. Diverticula are small secular, mucosal herniations through the muscular wall of the colon. They may occur anywhere in the colon, but occur most often in the sigmoid. Inflammation of one or more diverticula is known as diverticulitis. Symptoms of diverticulitis include fever, abdominal pain, and an elevated white blood cell count. Here, the Chinese medicine syndrome pattern is blood stagnation, which is characterized by constant fixed stabbing pain, bruises or dark blotches on the skin and a purple tongue. Liver qi stagnation could also be a culprit, characterized by pain, distention, feeling of fullness, depression, mood swings and frequent sighing. In either case, acupuncture can help. It will create harmony within the body and relieve symptoms.

Remember, proper digestion is necessary for good health. Whatever the digestive disorder may be, acupuncture and herbal therapies are healthy, safe options for treatment. These therapies can be used as preventative measures as well, since it takes time for imbalances in the body to become full-blown disorders. Either way, acupuncture can help you be more proactive about your health.