Chinese medicine is one of the great medical systems of the world, with an unbroken tradition going back to the 3rd centruy BC. Yet throughtout its history it has continually developed in response to changing clinical conditions, and has been sustined by research into every aspect of its use. This process continues today with the development of modern medical diagnostic techniques and knowledge.
* Shoulder & Back Pain * Vehicle Injuries
* Anxiety Depression * Sports Injury
* PMS pain, infertility * Acne, Wrinkles, Scar
* Headaches & Migraines * And much more...
Acupuncture & Herbs Gives you access to more than 5,000 substances derived from flower, plant, and mineral sources. The use of these substances can be traced back to 1,000 BC. They are used togeter with Acupuncture for chronic, hard to cure conditions. Mostly, internal and immune conditions are where herbs find place for treatments.
Western Herbal Medicine tends to use one or two herbs to treat just one specific symptom. A Chinese Herbal fromula has as many as 20 different herbs. A carefully balanced recipe of several different herbs is specifically tailored for each person's entire health condition.
Benefits to your body:
Shoulder & Back Pain, Vehicle Injuries
Anxiety Depression, Sports Injury
PMS pain, infertility, Acne, Wrinkles, Scar
Headaches & Migraines, and much more...
Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that originated in China more than 2000 years ago. From China it spread to other nations in Asia but didn't gain popularity in the West until the mid-19 70s. Today acupuncture is becoming more respected by Western medicine. It is a widespread and well recognized form of alternative therapy. In fact, the World Health Organization recognizes 47 different ailments that acupuncture is effective in curing. There have been many studies that show a connection between acupuncture treatment and healing on many different levels. Allergies, asthma, arthritis, depression, fertility and migraine headaches are just a few of the many different conditions that have been shown in clinical settings to be helped with acupuncture treatments. Acupuncture is actually a group of different techniques that are used to stimulate specific points on your body. These points, called acupoints, are connected to your meridians. The meridians are energy pathways that run throughout your body. The meridians facilitate the transport of Qi (or Chi), the Chinese name for the energy that powers the universe. Meridians form a map over your body. Each point on your meridians affects a certain part of your body. There are points for motion sickness, sciatic nerve pain, anxiety and everything else one could think of. When Qi is blocked due to stress, poor diet and negativity, the blockage affects your health. By stimulating the acupoints that are related to your problems, the acupuncturist releases the blocked Qi and promotes healing. Although there are many variations of acupuncture treatment, the most commonly known involves the use of small sterile needles. These needles are inserted by an acupuncturist in specific acupoints. They are no bigger than a hair, and are disposable for safety reasons; the procedure is completely painless and without any known side effects if delivered properly. After inserting the needles, an acupuncturist will leave his patient to relax for 20 to 30 minutes. Then the acupuncturist will remove the needles and question the patient about the effects that he or she felt. In most cases, people report feeling a gentle tingling sensation at the insertion point, muscle relaxation and a general feeling of well-being. In addition to needle insertion, acupuncturists may also use pressure from their hands or a tool, herbal remedies and deep tissue massage to increase the flow of Qi. Depending on your specific condition, the acupuncturist may ask you to come back several times or he will be able to alleviate your problem within just a few sessions. Acupuncture treatments are completely customized to your needs. In addition to the treatment, the acupuncturist may also suggest that you take specific blend of herbs to help increase your healing. Acupuncture is completely safe when done by a trained practitioner. There are dozens of schools throughout the United States that offer training in traditional Chinese medicine and specifically in acupuncture. Acupuncturists must go through a rigorous certification process in order to obtain a state license to do business. Acupuncture is perfect if you've tried other methods of treatment available in Western medicine and haven't seen any results.
One of the most common questions when people are introduced to acupuncture is “How does it work?” Although acupuncture has been around for the last 3,000 years, there has only recently been scientific evidence that can verify its claims of renewed health and vitality.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body is full of meridians that act as conduits for the flow of Qi, vital life energy. When Qi is blocked at specific points throughout your body, it causes disease and disharmony. By inserting needles at points along your meridians, an acupuncturist will release blockages and improve your health.
The only problem with this explanation is that meridians don’t correspond to any actual lines discovered in Western medicine. For years, scientists in the West have been testing acupuncture to see if it works. Now that several studies have proven that acupuncture does help in a variety of situations, they are searching for an explanation.
There are five basic theories about how acupuncture works based on current scientific theory.
The first is the Neurotransmitter theory. This theory states that since acupuncture affects the higher brain areas it stimulates the secretion of beta-endorphins and enkephalins into the brain and spinal cord. The neurotransmitters are released into your system and have a direct effect on your immune system and energy level.
The Autonomic Nervous System theory states that acupuncture releases norepinephrine, acetylcholine and other types of opioids. This affects your nervous system and reduces pain throughout your body. The Gate control theory says that acupuncture works because it activates the nociceptive receptors that prevent the transmission of signals. Once these signals are blocked, pain is reduced and the patient feels better.
The Vascular-interstitial theory concerns the electrical system of the body. Acupuncture treatment stimulates the electrical system of your body. It creates closed-circuit transport within the tissues of your body. These transport pathways carry electrical energy between normal and distressed tissue.
The Blood chemistry theory postulates that acupuncture can change the blood concentrations of triglycerides, cholesterol and phospholipids. This means that acupuncture has the ability to affect blood components and urge the body toward homeostasis and balance.
No matter what the explanation is, the most important thing is that acupuncture does work successfully. Countless studies have proven its effectiveness in a variety of situations, from weight loss to migraines.
Experiences with acupuncture vary from person to person. Many feel nothing at all while some may notice a small sensation as the needle is inserted. Once the needle is introduced, one may experience local feelings of tingling, distension, or heaviness. These can all be considered positive sensations.
What is Menopause?
Menopause is a transitional period marking the cessation of ovulation in a woman's body, following absence of any menstrual period for at least 12 months. This time of change may last a few months to several years. Menopause is a time of natural change in a woman’s body. Hormones and chemistry are shifting because of lower estrogen and progestin produced by the body. For some women, these shifts in hormones can cause hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, and mood changes.
Some changes that might start in the years around menopause include:
A change in periods. Your periods can come more often or less, last more days or fewer, and be lighter or heavier.
Hot flashes. Also called hot flushes, these are a sudden feeling of heat in the upper part or all of your body. Your face and neck may become red. Red blotches may appear on your chest, back, and arms. Heavy sweating and cold shivering can follow.
Sleep disturbance. Sleeping difficulty can be due to problems falling asleep, restlessness or night-time sweats. You may also feel extra tired during the day.
Vaginal and urinary problems. These problems may start or increase in the time around menopause. The walls of your vagina may get drier and thinner because of lower levels of the hormone estrogen. Estrogen also helps protect the health of your bladder and urethra, the tube that empties your urine. A lack of estrogen often means the glands in the vagina don't produce as much lubrication as before and this may cause stinging around the vagina during sex. Some women don't feel like having sex , whereas others find their orgasms become less intense. You also could have more vaginal infections or urinary tract infections. Some women find it hard to hold their urine long enough to get to the bathroom (which is called urinary urge incontinence). Urine might also leak out when you sneeze, cough, or laugh (called urinary stress incontinence).
Mood changes. Depression, mood swings, tiredness or headaches are all possible symptoms. Forgetfulness or irritability can be distressing for both you and the rest of the family. Mood changes at this time also could be coming from stress, family changes, or feeling tired. Mood swings are not the same as depression. Osteoporosis Oestrogen normally stimulates the bone-building cells. As a result of the drop in oestrogen, women tend to lose bone mass and strength for several years following the menopause. Ultimately, this can make the bones more likely to collapse or fracture. Today, there are many treatment options including medication and hormone replacement. Diet, exercise and good sleeping patterns can also be beneficial. Acupuncture is another treatment which many people may not know can be helpful to help treat many of the symptoms of menopause.
What is Acupuncture? Acupuncture is a five-thousand-year-old healing art which focuses on rebalancing the body. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine understand that these symptoms and signs are merely indications of an imbalance deep within the body. These imbalances, if left unchecked, will result in a variety of symptoms and signs normally associated with a Western diagnosis of menopause. When Jing decreases around menopause, it sets up an imbalance between Yin and Yang. We all need a balance between Yin and Yang. Many of the symptoms of menopause are caused by too much Yang. Excess Yang causes hot flashes, restlessness, mood swings, heart palpitations and insomnia. These imbalances can also cause water retention, cold hands and feet, weight gain, and swelling.
How Acupuncture Works
Acupuncture points to treat the emotional and physical effects of menopause are located all over the body. During the acupuncture treatment, tiny needles will be placed along your legs, arms, and shoulders. The needles’ points are smooth and so most people do not feel pain or discomfort when the needle is placed. Generally, acupuncture needles will stay in place for fifteen to twenty minutes while you rest comfortably. Effects from acupuncture can be felt immediately after treatment or might not be experienced for several days. Most people feel very relaxed after an acupuncture treatment and sleep especially well that evening. You will generally feel a better sense of well-being and a decrease in your troublesome symptoms. As you progress with acupuncture treatment, intensity and frequency of symptoms subside.
Lifestyle and Dietary Instructions
Menopause patients are encouraged lose that extra weight and to follow a diet with a high content of raw foods, fruits and vegetables to stabilize blood sugar. Some foods may exacerbate hot flashes or increase mood swings. Steer clear of dairy products, red meats, alcohol, sugar, spicy foods, caffeine, and don't smoke. Lastly, try to eliminate stress, tension and anxiety or learn techniques to cope with stress so that you can diminish the effects that it has on your body and mind. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine offer a safe, natural, drug-free and effective way to address menopause. The treatment encourages the body to promote natural healing and improves functioning.
Acupuncture is a safe, effective, and drug-free therapy when practiced by a competent Acupuncturist. Many people often report the positive side effects of increased relaxation, improved sleep, and a general sense of wellbeing.
The World Health Organization has identified a number of conditions that acupuncture can benefit. Here are some of the conditions they have listed:
• Colds and flu, sore throat, hay fever
• Asthma, bronchitis, sinus infection
• Stomach ulcers, colitis, and indigestion
• Diarrhea, constipation
• Hypoglycemia, diabetes • Earaches, tinnitus
• Eczema, acne
• Arthritis, neuralgia, sciatica, bursitis, tendonitis
• Neck and back pain
• Headaches, migraines
• Bell’s Palsy, trigeminal neuralgia
• Morning sickness
• Anxiety, depression
• Stress, insomnia
Throughout the history of Traditional Chinese Medicine extensive and thorough research has been done. This research has documented and verified the benefits of acupuncture, herbal medicines and other related TCM therapies. In more recent years, research has been conducted in conjunction with modern Western Medicine. Numerous papers reporting experiments and clinical trials have been published internationally in medical journals, newspapers, and on the Internet. Research continues today in China, as well as in many other countries around the world.
Registered Acupuncturists in Alberta are currently governed by the province’s Health Disciplines Act and Acupuncture Regulations.
AATCMD, Alberta Association of Traditional Chinese Medical Doctors
SCM is an unique Korean medical theory which is created by Je-Ma Lee. In SCM, human beings are classified into four constitutions.
Tai-yang, So-yang, Tai-eum, So-eum.
Tai-yang type people have strong lungs and weak livers.
So-yang type people have strong spleens and weak kidneys.
Tai-eum type people have strong livers and weak lungs.
So-eum type people have strong kidneys and weak spleen.
In the west, Hippocrates and Gallous? mentioned about four constitutional types which are later, Karl Gestapo Yung? studied about psychological characteristics, and many of them are same with SCM of Je-ma Lee.
(So-yang) type people are sociable, outgoing, easily excited, cheerful, and changable (So-eum) type people are patient, lonely, doubtful, suspicious, jealous, subjective and conservative.
(Tai-yang) type people are brave, passionate, outgoing, honest, objective, impatient.
(Tai-eum) type people are stable, patient, relaxed and steady.
Traditional Chinese medicine (also known as TCM) includes practices like acupuncture, acupressure and herbal remedies. In contrast with Western medicine, traditional Chinese medicine seeks to create balance and harmony in the body. It's a preventative form of medicine. Instead of only treating the symptoms of any given condition, a Chinese medicine practitioner will work at treating the cause to prevent future problems.
There are two important concepts in traditional Chinese medicine that sum up its approach to healing:
• Harmony brings health, well-being and sustainability.
• Disharmony allows for disease, illness and collapse.
There are also several theories that come together to form the basis of traditional Chinese medicine. The first is the yin-yang theory. This theory says that everything in the universe consists of either yin or yang. These aspects are opposite. Yin is up, light, left, hot, stillness and substance. Yang is down, dark, right, cold, movement and function. Everything falls into one of these two categories and they must be kept in balance. When yin and yang are out of balance, disease occurs. There are diseases and health problems that are associated with having too much yin and there are those that are associated with having too much yang. Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners seek to restore a balance of yin and yang to your body.
Another important theory in traditional Chinese medicine is the five elements theory. This theory says that all things in the universe are made up of a combination of wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Consider them the building blocks of the natural world. These elements form complex connections in order to create matter. Within the realm of traditional Chinese medicine, these five elements help a practitioner understand the connections between the body and the environment. Each of the elements is connected with different ailments and parts of the body. A traditional Chinese medicine practitioner will apply treatment to balance the elements in the patient's body.
Qi (Chi), or life energy, is also a very important concept in traditional Chinese medicine. Qi runs through meridians within the body. It is constantly flowing throughout your body. When you are in balance your Qi flows freely and your health is good. But when something disrupts the flow, like stress, it can cause problems. Depending on where the Qi blockage is, it may affect your health in many different ways.
There are two basic ways that the yin-yang, Qi and elements in your body can become out of balance. The first is through deficiency. Deficiency can be categorized as receiving less of the things that your body needs in order to thrive. For example, sleep and fresh air are integral to the body maintaining its ballots. The other major contributor to unbalance is excess. Excesses are too much of the things that you shouldn't have. Toxins in your environment, smoking cigarettes and overeating are all examples of excesses that can block the flow of Qi.
Traditional Chinese medicine has many different practices like acupuncture, moxibustion, Tui Na (deep tissue massage) and cupping, which help release the blockages of Qi in your system.
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