Thursday, October 30, 2014

7 Natural Ways to Reduce and Improve Tooth and Gum Pain

When it comes to our teeth besides making sure they're clean on a daily basis we don't really give them a second thought until there is a problem. Problems can vary from minor toothaches to huge abscesses under the teeth. Besides brushing, flossing and going to the dentist here is a list of the natural things you can have to help alleviate tooth and gum pain along with reversing gum disease and strengthening teeth.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Acupuncture and the Spleen

The spleen, according to chinese medicine, is an organ of immense importance in the human body. In todays scientific world we're just beginning to see it for all it does for us. Thanks to research we're learning that it recycles and stores immune and blood cells, creates the immune cells that protect us internally and externally, matter of fact its the largest lymphatic organ in the body, so its vital for fighting off infections.

These attributes are significant to our health, but in Chinese medicine the spleen does so much more, it is essentially what helps us function optimally. It is part of the digestive system and because of this its reach is through out the body. It helps control the break down of food in the stomach, which in turn breaks down into every new cell being born, including blood, bone and immune cells.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Acupuncture and Acupressure for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

COPD is a respiratory disease that encompasses a broad spectrum of lung issues including bronchitis and emphysema, it is a growing issue in todays world and is increasingly getting worse. Thanks to western medicine some symptoms like coughing and shortness of breath have been able to be put under control with the use of steroid inhalers. Although there is research coming out now showing that combining western medications with acupuncture is more effective then just medication alone.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

One of the Best Acupuncture Points to Boost Immunity

In the world of acupuncture there are at least 400 points, depending on who you talk to, out of the 400 there are about 150 commonly used points. Thats because some points have multiple affects over the body and therefore can be more effective during treatment.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Acupuncture for Sore Throats

Tip: Washing your hands under warm water multiple times a day can stimulate points that can reduce sore throat, cold and flu symptoms.

    A sore throat isn't a common complaint people go see an acupuncturist for, but it sometimes happens to tag along with a patients main complaint especially during the fall or winter months. A sore throat can be annoying, irritating, itchy and just uncomfortable. In chinese medicine a sore throat is usually seen as a form of heat or a pathogenic factor trying to invade the body and with out treatment it could go deeper turning into a cold or a flu.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Acupuncture For Restless Legs

 Restless leg syndrome is a very uncomfortable feeling that travels down the legs and makes one need to move or massage the legs in order to stop the uncomfortable feeling. It typically occurs at night while sleeping due to this it can be considered a sleep disorder and it is also believed to be an issue related to the central nervous system.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Acupuncture and Acupressure for Fatigue

When it comes to fatigue there can be many underlying causes to what is going on in the body. From acute fatigue to chronic fatigue chinese medicine has an answer and can help the body find balance by discovering what the cause is.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Congested? Try Acupressure

Nasal congestion can be very annoying and can take days to clear up especially if you've got it from a bad cold or flu. Your nasal passages become inflamed and lots of mucus can be produced from your body fighting a possible virus.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Acupuncture For Constipation

The Healthy Bowel Movement: When all the internal organs are properly functioning and balanced along with a good diet and lifestyle a healthy stool will have the following traits, a few inches long, light brown in color, with a cylinder shape and occurs once, maybe twice a day.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Acupuncture for Anemia

Anemia in both western and eastern medicine is a blood disorder, which millions of people around the world suffer from. It is a condition where the body makes an insufficient or unhealthy amount of red blood cells, leaving the body weak and having multiple symptoms arising from it.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Acupuncture for Bunions

A bunion is a red swollen area of tissue located over a joint, which can be painful and can get worse over time. The joint that is mainly affected by bunions is on the big toe and may be a precursor to suffering from gout. According to western medicine bunions mainly occur from wearing tight fitting shoes that put to much pressure against the joints of the toe, which irritates the tissue and causes it to protrude outward.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Acupuncture Treatment For Gout

 Gout is a form of arthritis and appears as a red inflamed bump over a joint, which causes very sharp pain. It is considered to be one of the most painful diseases and it usually wakes people up in the middle of the night in excruciating pain. Pain so bad that artist James Gillray in the year 1799 painted how painful it can be by depicting a little demon biting a foot!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Acupuncture For Bell's Palsy

Acupuncture for Bell's Palsy has a high success rate especially when treatment is sought as soon as possible. Bell's Palsy is a sudden inflammation of the 7th cranial nerve that is typically caused by sleeping with your face near an open window. While asleep the body's defense mechanism isn't as strong and exposure to cold air, which typically causes a cold invades the body and causes more damage then it usually would.

The most common symptoms of bell's palsy are as follows:
  1. Paralysis, weakness or numbness of one or both sides of the face
  2. Difficulty speaking, drooling
  3. Dry eyes or constant tearing of the affected eye
  4. Loss of taste
  5. Pain around the ear
When treating bell's palsy there are three factors that have to be addressed:
  1. Expelling the pathogenic factor (cold virus)
  2. Stimulating qi and blood flow to effected parts of the face
  3. Boosting the immune system to reinforce the first two factors
In acupuncture it is good to treat not only the affected area directly, but as well as distal points on the hands and legs that are internally connected to the face. The back of the neck and shoulders also hold some great points to help expel pathogenic factors and increase blood flow to the face.

There could be up to 2 dozen acupuncture points on the face that can be used to treat bells palsy, which are also good to stimulate with acupressure. Stimulating the points for up to a count of 100 a few times a day is a good way to bring blood to the face. Here are a hand full of some of the best points to stimulate on the face and their other uses besides for bell's palsy. Check out the above picture to see where they're located.

  1. GallBladder 14 - Frontal Headaches
  2. Stomach 2 - Any Eye Problems
  3. Stomach 4 - Facial Pain, Trouble Eating
  4. Governing Vessel 26 - Brings energy to face, good for driving late at night.
  5. Triple Burner 23 - Eye swelling and pain
Usually for bell's palsy it takes 2 treatments a week for about 5 weeks to bring the face back to a normal state depending on how soon treatment was sought. The more time that passes, the more difficult it is to really revive the facial muscles to go back to normal, so doing self acupressure is a great way to help heal the face.

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