General Health

Many people use it as a preventative medicine. There are subtle signs that can be read from the body and addressed before they become ailments/issues. Pain is a symptom of something the body cannot deal with, and it is alerting you to a problem. Usually a

weakness has been manifesting itself for some time in an area but until recently the body has been able to cope with it. It is a good idea to stay on top of your health and not allow these annoyances to develop. Since Acupuncture is so relaxing, many patients find regular maintenance treatments beneficial not only for health but for stress relief. The boost in the immune system and the body’s vitality helps you feel better.

Change of Seasons

Tradition tells us that we should eat according to the season and consume fresh foods in the summer and roots and soups in the winter. With the change of seasons the meridian/organ system comes into play and dominance fluctuates - Liver/Gall Bladder, (spring)  Heart/Small Intestine (summer), Spleen/Stomach (late summer), Lung/Large Intestine (fall), & Kidney/Bladder (winter) . If we eat according to the current season then we will be less likely to become ill in the next one. The hardest times are 3 weeks before and after the season's change, that is when our bodies ares adapting and preparing for the coming weather. Some people chose this as a time for treatment to help the body adjust to the coming climate.

Your DNA Changes With the Seasons, Just Like the Weather

Immune System


Those who suffer from weakened immune systems (individuals who are constantly catching colds) may benefit from acupuncture & TCM. The treatment of certain acupuncture points can help boost the immune system/wei Qi making it stronger; for those with auto immune conditions it can help balance & settle the body.

Studies indicate that the stimulation of certain acupuncture points activates white blood cells, making them regenerate quicker and become aggressive at killing microbes and viruses. This is especially helpful for people with weakened immune systems, undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments related to cancer. Acupuncture may also help normalize most immune system functions and alleviate many side effects of cancer treatments. It has been observed to accelerate the restoration of normal red and white cell counts as well as haemoglobin. Professor Pekka Pontinen observed that half an hour after an acupuncture treatment, white blood cells traveled twice as fast towards bacteria than before the treatment.

Can Acupuncture Curb Killer Immune Reactions?

Acupuncture Immune System Discovery

Allergies

The best thing about spring includes beautiful flowers, picnics and warm weather. Unfortunately some suffer from seasonal allergies.

One option is prescriptions and over-the-counter medications this is widely available, but they do not prevent allergies, and they come with a whole host of negative side-effects.

Acupuncture however not only treats allergy symptoms, but it also helps the body come into balance and improves overall health by dealing with the underlying causal conditions. It is not only highly effective in combating seasonal allergies, but there are no negative side effects.

According to a study, acupuncture had a positive effect against type I allergic reactions. The curative effect of patients receiving acupuncture was higher than in the desensitization group in allergic asthma, allergic rhinitis and chronic urticaria. [J. Traditional Chinese Medicine, 199f Dec.:13(4):243-8].

The best part is that patient response to acupuncture is typically positive after the first visit.

Stress

Q: Can Stress really affect my health?

A: Simply put, yes. A little bit of stress, to drive or push you to achieve greater results, can be a good thing. But sustained (or long-term) stress can wreak havoc on your health and emotional well being. Stress depletes your adrenal system, raises cortisol levels, and lowers your immune system. Prolonged stress can cause hair loss, memory problems, muscular pain, digestive upset, ulcers, cardiovascular disease, asthma, fertility issues and, in some people, skin problems like eczema.

A visit to your Acupuncturist, Massage Therapist, Chiropractor, Ostio-therapist, or other health care provider can help reduce your stress levels.

Acupuncture: reduces pain, releases serotonin, decreases stress, boosts the immune system and harmonizes the body. “The Department of Internal Medicine in Denmark (observed that) acupuncture was found to lower systolic blood pressure and angina attack rate, two symptoms of stress. By relieving the symptoms of stress, one's health improves and this all results in reduction of stress.”1

1http://www.vanderbilt.edu/AnS/psychology/health_psychology/Acupunc.htm

2http://www.3fatchicks.com/the-benefits-of-a-stress-relief-massage/

Heart

Acupuncture/TCM can help move blood & Qi (Oxygen). It can help open the chest, relax breathing, and calm the heart. In China they use it as a supplementary treatment for cardiac patients and those with poor blood circulation.


  1. Acupuncture Prevents Atrial Fibrillation
  2. Acupuncture Reverts Heart Arrhythmias To Normal

Acupuncture for Protection and Prevention against

Heart Attack Damage


STUDY ONE

A recent study has emerged that validates the use of acupuncture where heart health is concerned. Heart attacks and post-attack damage can be reduced through the needling of acupuncture point Pc 6. When an individual suffers from a heart attack, the blood supply to the heart is restricted (this is known as ischemia). The restoration of circulation to the impacted tissue causes inflammation and oxidative shock injury (referred to as reperfusion).

Enzymes related to muscle contraction become elevated, and that negatively impacts left ventricle performance.

The application of electro-acupuncture counters this effect. Ischemia reperfusion also produces calcium level changes that can contribute to heart disease. This can also be countered/combatted through electro-acupuncture (a cardio-protective measure). Undergoing Pc 6 needling (as a proactive/preventative measure) can lessen potential damage due to a heart attack as well as improve recovery (reduce inflammation, etc.) following an attack. Quoting the researchers:

“PC6 Neiguan acupoint specifically regulated cardiac muscle contraction, vascular smooth muscle contraction, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, oxidative phosphorylation, inflammation and immune response, and apoptosis pathways, thus effectively protected against I/R (myocardial ischemia reperfusion) injury in a pre-treatment approach.”

STUDY TWO

In a related controlled trial, acupuncture was successfully employed with people suffering from heart rate variability associated with stable ischemic heart disease (which in turn is related to sudden cardiac death). The study involved 151 participants (50% had prior myocardial infarction) divided into three groups:

(A) receiving acupuncture,

(B) receiving bogus acupuncture, and

(C) receiving neither.

The vagas nerve controls sensory, motor and autonomic functions (including heart rate). Researchers observed that vagal activity in the acupuncture control group (A) was 17% higher than in groups (B) and (C).

As a measure to combat sudden cardiac death, the effects of acupuncture on heart rate variability in stable ischemic heart disease patients requires further clinical trial studies (but the prospects are promising).

CONCLUSION

Acupuncture is an excellent choice to add to your health regimen as a protective option to reduce stress and help keep you healthy and vibrant