Complementary & Alternative Healthcare (759)
Your quality of life wouldn’t be much without good health. This means being proactive in maintaining a healthy lifestyle; getting plenty of exercise, eating in moderation, and ensuring that you’re getting adequate rest. Fortunately we have many tools available to ensure both mental and physical well-being.
There are many resources available to enhance our traditional healthcare. For instance, acupuncture is very good at relieving pain without the use of drugs.
Acupuncture has an additional benefit; the ability to not only treat a specific site, it also treats the whole body. Because acupuncture treats the whole body it goes a long way towards relieving stress and anxiety. When you release stress and anxiety, you feel better.
Many people don’t realize that there is a mind-body connection; our thinking affects our body and our body affects our thinking. It used to be thought that our mental processes and our physical processes were separate; scientific study has proved this to be false. Stress and anxiety places a heavy load on our body and in our fast-paced world, many look at stress as a badge of honor; if we’re not stressed we must not be doing our job. However, when we are under stress we are not performing at our best and it definitely affects our physical and mental health.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to release the stress in your life? Hypnosis is a very effective tool for allowing you to do just that. When you release the stress, you find that you have more time available to focus on what’s important in your life; you can fall asleep more easily, and wake up more rested.
Hypnosis is not only useful for releasing stress, it can be used as a tool to improve other aspects of your life: releasing bad habits such as smoking or issues with food; dealing with negative emotions such as anger or depression; re-evaluating limiting decisions such as “I’m not good enough” or “I don’t deserve…”; or releasing phobias that limit you.
Regardless of how you support your physical or emotional well-being, it’s important that you be proactive about it. We have “use it or lose it” minds and bodies – the choice is yours on how to support your healthy lifestyle. Take the time to see an acupuncturist or a hypnotherapist for a free consultation on how their services can benefit your health and well-being.
“Just know this; the way you’ve been feeling (and acting) is not your fault. Hormones are in control of us physically and emotionally. Your chemicals are messed up and we are our chemicals.” - Suzanne Somers, I’m Too Young For This!
Men and women, would you like to wake up well rested? Have energy to enjoy the challenges of each day? Feel attractive and vital when you look in the mirror? Look forward to getting your partner in bed? Hormones given by the pellet delivery system will help you feel and look younger. You will sense the return of emotional and physical strength to augment your dietary and exercise efforts for optimal functioning.
Studies have repeatedly shown that using natural hormones in time-release pellets for hormone replacement out performs all other equivalent methods of release, including pills, creams, patches and injections. Pellet implants, placed under the skin in your hip area, consistently release small, physiologic doses of hormones as your body seeks them. When you sleep, less is released. When you are exerting yourself or under more stress (like during the holiday season) more is released to meet your needs.
Individualized hormone replacement therapy, through the use of the Pellet Hormone Delivery System (PHDS) is:
• reliable and
Three or four times a year, you will have an area on your hip numbed and a few timed-release pellets inserted subcutaneously. Only steri-strips are required. The procedure takes about five minutes.
It feels like a pin prick and then it was done.
How Expensive Is It?
Including the lab work that will need to be done several times a year to correlate with your reported symptom relief, this preventative therapy usually costs less than:
• A personal trainer
• Struggling with preventable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and metabolic syndrome
• A diet coach
• Relationship counseling
• A divorce
• A year of prescription antidepressants
• Seeing a specialist for chronic fatigue
Supplementing your hormones is easy and will bring you joy. You will be pleasantly surprised and your family members, friends and colleagues will notice.
Do you experience low energy and a depressed mood during the winter months? This is actually more common than you may realize. Over 10 million people in the U.S. experience what is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Along with a depressed mood, other common symptoms include fatigue, lethargy, headaches, increased appetite, irritability, decreased libido, and an inability to concentrate.
If you are looking for a safe and natural way to restore your health and eliminate the symptoms of SAD, then acupuncture can help. According to Chinese medicine, the same cycles that occur in nature occur in us as well.
So when the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, it is actually a perfectly normal response for your body to want to slow down and conserve energy. Out of balance however, your body may experience this shift in energy in a negative way.
Acupuncture can help you to come back into balance with the season. What’s amazing about acupuncture is that it treats the whole person, body, mind and emotions. Where as pills tend to treat one symptom at a time, and often create others symptoms as side effects, acupuncture harmonizes the functioning of the whole body system. There are no side effects, other than better sleep, more energy and an improved mood.
Along with your acupuncture treatments, licensed acupuncturists can help guide you with the correct dietary and lifestyle recommendations for the winter season. Generally a course of 6-10 weekly treatments is recommended, however each person is individually evaluated and treatment recommendations will vary.
As the year comes to a close, we often find ourselves reflecting on the successes and failures of the past 12 months, eagerly imagining what the future may hold for us. In Chinese Medicine, the winter season corresponds with the Water element. Water represents the vast ocean of future potential and possibility that could manifest depending on our choices.
Now is the time to sit in stillness and allow potential to build so that, come spring (the time of decision making associated with the Wood element), you have multiple options from which to choose the best course of action for your life.
Human nature has difficulty with diving deep into the dark ocean of potential, and our fear of the unknown leads us to take action too quickly. We fear that we must jump on the first opportunity that comes our way before it is too late and we are left with nothing.
Ironically, such fear may cause us to lose out on the best opportunity because our swift action in accepting something we know to be just mediocre has trapped us into a commitment that does not truly serve, leaving no room to accept the best option when it comes along.
Fear of not knowing and desire to be in control of every aspect of our life path also causes inappropriately swift decision making. When we act too swiftly, we unconsciously draw upon past habit patterns and decision making that, though familiar and comfortable, are the exact thought process that keep us trapped in the status quo we are seeking to change.
The most creative innovations available to humanity arose in the imagination of those willing to let go of their desire to “already know” the outcome so that they could experience the vast freedom present when we venture into the unknown of possibility.
So as the end of December approaches, be sure to clear some time to sit quietly in contemplation. Better yet, meditate and let go of all thoughts to allow space for new beginnings to arise. Resist the urge to act on insights just yet; let those insights keep building until you have a solid foundation from which to step forward.
If it seems like you cannot take another moment of patience, don’t worry. According to the traditional medicine calendar of the seasons, spring actually starts in mid-February, and the wait will be worth it.
When someone involved in cancer treatment calls me and asks if I can help them, the answer is “yes”. Chinese Medicine (CM) is very helpful to people undergoing cancer treatment and those recovering from it.
Many scientific studies have shown that acupuncture helps with nausea, fatigue, neuropathy, and other side effects from chemotherapy and radiation. Acupuncture can also help with aches and pains, numbness and tingling, as well as lack of appetite. It also can be helpful with the healing process after surgery and to build up the body’s strength and immune system in preparation for surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation. I enjoy working with cancer survivors because there is so much I can do for their quality of life.
Also, the emotional changes a person experiences during the process are pretty amazing. The first thing I address is the fear. Fear is the biggest problem that anyone can face in his or her life. There is no doubt that it is a scary time for anyone with a cancer diagnosis.
It is crucial to overcome this before a person can start their life anew. And life does go on after cancer. For many, it is better than ever. Cancer is always an invitation to reassess what happiness means to a person. It also invites us to think about what really matters to us. Many cancer survivors will say that cancer was the best thing that happened to them because it forced them to wake up and become fully alive.
In our world, there are many ways to deal with the reality of a cancer diagnosis. There are mainstream solutions as well as alternative treatments. I work with people on a case-by-case basis, always in cooperation and conjunction with their primary care physician. When we use all the tools available, there is a lot we can do to improve the quality of a person’s life.
Other common complaints include loss of spatial awareness (a feeling that you’re not present), lack of attention to detail or attention deficit, an absence of focus or a lack of clarity.
You’re not alone. Brain fog is a very common complaint, although it is not a recognized diagnosed illness within the realm of conventional medicine. It’s hard to put a number on how many people are truly suffering from reduced mental functioning due to brain fog.
Many brain fog sufferers blame their mental decline on the stress of daily living or “the signs of aging,” and they fail to seek treatment. However, old and young alike can experience dramatic improvements in their mental acuity by addressing the many underlying causes of brain fog, such as nutritional deficiencies, neurotoxicity, chronic infections, and chronic disease.
Some Common Causes
of Brain Fog:
• Adrenal fatigue syndrome – The adrenal glands fail to produce key hormones that effectively regulate the body’s stress response. As a result, adrenal fatigue syndrome can cause brain fog symptoms due to the body’s inability to handle stress effectively.
• Insomnia / sleep deprivation – Sleep is crucial for optimal brain function. Lack of adequate sleep can affect mood, cause depression, anxiety, and clouded thinking.
• Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) – Chronic fatigue syndrome is known for its overwhelming fatigue. CFS affects concentration, short-term memory and disrupts healthy sleep patterns.
• Nutritional deficiencies – Nutritional deficiencies can affect brain function, due to a lack of nutrients necessary for optimal brain function. Deficiencies of magnesium, vitamin B-12, and amino acids can cause significant brain impairment such as lack of concentration, short-term memory loss, attention deficit, and spaciness (or lack of focus).
• Blood sugar issues such as hypoglycemia or diabetes – Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can cause significant symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, and clouded thinking.
• Allergies and food intolerances such as to gluten and lactose – Many patients who are lactose and/or gluten intolerant find that their brain function often suffers as a result of allergies to these substances.
Acupuncture takes a holistic approach to your health. Your practitioner will take a detailed health history, and perform a physical exam to determine how and why your brain is foggy. The treatments will be designed based on your unique make up and circumstances to deliver the most effective care. Acupuncture provides an effective, safe, drug free treatment to help restore your health.
As meaningful and fun as the holiday season can be, it also brings added obligations and stressors. The body does not distinguish between good stress and bad, so events that one anticipates with excitement and joy can still cause stress.
Family and religious events, office parties, fulfilling ones gift list, travel, all of these excitements can also spell restless sleep, schedule changes, and less than stellar eating habits this season. Massage therapy to the rescue.
How does massage relieve stress?
• Massage puts the body into a slower mode, and restores the para-symapathetic nervous system, which is responsible for digestive process, deeper breathing, and regulating blood pressure. Repair of the smooth tissue is dependent upon proper functioning of this restorative system, and deep sleep cannot take place when the body is dominated by the sympathetic nervous system.
• Massage eases muscle tension and spasms. Chronically tense muscles contribute to a myriad of health conditions: headaches, TMJ, carpal tunnel syndrome, and back problems to name a few.
• Massage stimulates endorphins, the feel good chemicals of the brain, which eases pain and depression, and contributes to a sense of well being.
• Massage has a beneficial effect on the immune system, and can help keep one well. This is due to specific stimulation of the immune cells, and because of general stress reduction. As stress is a huge factor in the development of most diseases, it pays to find ways to reduce and manage it.
Have a goal this season to fully enjoy and embrace the holidays, and consider an appointment for a massage as a means to accomplish that goal.
I needed to have a small cyst removed from the lower lid of my right eye. It didn’t seem like a big deal – it would be done as an outpatient procedure, by an opthamalic plastic surgeon, under local anesthetic. But even for this minor surgery, the doctor talked about possible bruising and swelling afterwards; he told me he would prescribe painkillers to reduce my discomfort.
I hoped I could avoid all that, or most of it – I didn’t want a black eye and I certainly didn’t want to be in pain or have to take drugs to control it. So I wrote myself a few lines, to the effect that 1) I was part of a highly competent team that would carry out this procedure quickly and easily; 2) my skin would be easy to cut without pulling or stress; 3) I would experience no unnecessary bleeding, swelling, or bruising, and 4) my healing would be easy and rapid. Several times before the surgery, I took myself into hypnosis (or a meditative state, if you like) and read my little script to myself.
To my delight, everything came out exactly as scripted: the cutting was easy and quick, I had very little bleeding, and afterwards, almost no swelling or bruising. And no pain – I never took a single pill.
This kind of self-hypnosis has worked well for a number of individuals who were about to have surgery, including:
• a woman having surgery to remove hardware and screws that had previously been put in place to repair a shattered tibia;
· a woman having dental surgery;
· a woman about to undergo an ankle replacement;
· myself again, with dental surgery
· myself, during a pacemaker insertion.
All had excellent outcomes.
Through hypnosis and self-hypnosis you remain calm and confident before and during your surgery (or dental work) and prepare your mind and body to do their part in making the process easy and distress-free.
And most important, you minimize any after-effects, including pain, swelling, bleeding, and bruising, and promote an easy and rapid healing and recovery. We all have the power within us, to make this a reality.
Studies show that hypnosis is very effective in preparing patients for surgery and helping them heal afterwards. For articles about the effectiveness of pre- and post-surgical hypnosis, go to Google Scholar and search on "pre-surgery hypnosis".
What Is Chinese Medicine?
Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used therapeutically in China for thousands of years and is growing in prominence in Europe and the United States. More and more people search the health care from Chinese medicine and other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Chinese medicine includes many parts, and herbal tea and acupuncture are its main treatment methods. In Chinese medicine theories, diseases come from the imbalance of yin and yang, and natural herbal formula and acupuncture can restore the body’s balance of yin and yang.
Neck Pain Causes
Most neck pain may result from staying in the same position for too long, which can increase the tension of the neck. Neck pain may also arise from an injury. In adults, narrowing of the spinal canal in the neck (cervical spinal stenosis) is common. In Chinese medicine theory, external wind and cold, or injury, or excessive activities can block the flow of Qi and blood in the neck, which lead to neck pain.
Neck Pain Symptoms
The most common symptoms include a knot, stiffness, or acute pain in the neck. The pain may extend to your shoulders, upper back, or arms. Sometimes, you may have a headache, have trouble in moving or turning your head and neck, or have numbness, tingling or weakness in your arm.
Chinese Medicine Can
Control Neck Pain
Chinese medicine therapy including herbal medicines and acupuncture for neck pain is very common and successful in China, even in Europe. Acupuncture is widely used for the treatment of neck and other musculoskeletal pain and there is some evidence supporting its effectiveness for short and long-term pain relief. An Australian randomized controlled trial was designed to compare the effectiveness of acupuncture with simulated acupuncture in patients with sub-acute and chronic whiplash-associated disorders. Patients received acupuncture treatment for 12 sessions during a six-week period, with three and six month follow-ups. Participants receiving the real electro-acupuncture treatment had significantly greater reduction in pain intensity at three and six months respectively in comparison to the sham electro-acupuncture group.
Safety of Acupuncture
Although acupuncture is generally considered safe, it may cause dizziness, local internal bleeding, dermatitis, nerve damage, and/or increased pain (especially when the acupuncturist is not well-trained).
Whiplash injury is the most common injury suffered from a motor vehicle accident. Whiplash is an injury to the soft tissue of the neck, also referred to as neck sprain or neck strain. It is often caused by a sudden forceful movement of the neck, but with no direct contact to the neck. It may include injury to the joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots. Acupuncture is one possible treatment for this type of injury.
Hyperextension of the neck upon impact results in a number of capillaries and tissue fibres being broken, which, if left alone, can cause scar tissue development. In many cases, abnormalities can not be viewed upon x-ray and there is no visible injury. As a result, the seriousness of an injury is often initially overlooked.
Symptoms of Whiplash
People who experience whiplash may report experiencing one or more symptoms. Symptoms can occur immediately after the accident, or may appear several days or even weeks later. Symptoms include neck/shoulder pain and stiffness, headaches, low back pain, sensations such as burning or “pins and needles,” irritability, poor sleep, fatigue, difficulty with concentration or memory, depression, dizziness/light-headedness, pain or numbness in the arm and/or hand, ringing in the ears, blurred vision, etc.
Acute and chronic whiplash injuries can be treated by using combination of following modalities: acupuncture, acupressure (Tui-Na), Chinese herbal remedies.