Monday, August 22, 2011

Acupuncture for Sleep Disorders

Infertile women sing acupuncture's praises

Akin, 29, of Hermitage, Tenn., says her doctor recommended that she undergo in vitro fertilization (IVF), which costs roughly $15,000. But after some initial skepticism, Akin decided to put modern medicine aside and try the ancient practice of acupuncture.
"I was pregnant by the third month. It was awesome," says Akin, who gave birth to her son, Hudson, in October. "He's my little acupuncture baby."
It's estimated that 10 percent of all women are unable to become pregnant after trying for a year. It's a problem of special interest to the growing number of women who have waited until their late 30s and early 40s to have children.
Spurred, in part, by reports of celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Khloe Kardashian trying it, more and more of these women are turning to acupuncture -- the practice of inserting thin needles into the skin to relieve pain or promote healing -- to address fertility issues.
Some women turn to acupuncture after not being able to conceive naturally. Others do it in conjunction with IVF or other medical treatments. Or as a last-ditch effort after trying everything modern medicine has to offer.

Battlefield acupuncture delivers fast, alternative relief from pain
The Malcolm Grow Medical Center Acupuncture Clinic held a battlefield acupuncture course Aug. 11 for military medical professionals and other healthcare professionals to learn the innovative pain relief technique.
Rather than servicemembers opting for pharmaceutical drugs with possible adverse side effects that could affect job performance or duty abilities, battlefield acupuncture might be an effective alternative to treat mild to moderate pain.
Richard C. Niemtzow, Air Force Acupuncture Clinic director, developed the technique in 2001. Niemtzow, a retired Air Force colonel, said that acupuncturists place small gold, titanium, or stainless-steel semi-permanent needles in various pressure points within the ears to relieve pain. The needles interrupt the process of pain at the central nervous system to either temporarily or permanently relieve pain.
“The whole idea behind battlefield acupuncture is to find a rapid technique that would be simple to use for all types of pain,

Acupuncture can be an affective treatment for a child's chronic pain

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Recent research on back pain

A study in Great Britain of nearly 6000 people concluded that psychological stress when in your 20s makes it more than twice as likely that one will suffer low back pain upon reaching the thirties.

368 US Army soldiers who came to a clinic complaining of low back pain were studied.  They completed a questionnaire about their work habits and their health.  Job stress was linked to emotional stress and this was directly related to their clinic visit complaining of back pain. The greater the emotional distress felt by the soldier, the more visits that were required to relieve his back pain.  The Army researchers conclude that job stress plays an important role in persistent low back pain and that reducing the stress can also reduce the pain.

Recently, a study of more than 48,000 men in the Swedish Army showed the link between back problems and the ability to cope with stress.  The researchers performed medical examinations, intelligence tests, and assessment of ability to cope with stress on these men. Researchers found that over 5000 men had back problems severe enough to interfere with their military service. The vast majority of their disorders were ‘nonspecific back pain and disease.  The recruits who had poor coping skills were most likely to have back pain.  Those with good coping skills also had higher intelligence scores.

For chronic back pain, besides the usual TCM treatments, stress reduction should be recommended to some patients - such as, Qigong. 

Monday, August 8, 2011

What can Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Treat?

  1.     Acute and Chronic Pain
  2.     Allergies
  3.     Anxiety
  4.     Arthritis
  5.     Asthma
  6.     Back Pain
  7.     Colds and Flus
  8.     Digestive Pain
  9.     Fatigue
  10.     Fibromyalgia
  11.     Frozen Shoulder
  12.     Headache
  13.     Hip Pain
  14.     Infertility
  15.     Joint Pain
  16.     Knee Pain
  17.     Low Immunity
  18.     Migraine
  19.     Pregnancy Support
  20.     Acupuncture Induction
  21.     Heartburn
  22.     Fatige
  23.     Low Back Pain
  24.     Nausea/Morning Sickness
  25.     Post Partum Recovery Care
  26.     C-Section Specialty
  27.     Sleep disorders
  28.     Sports Injury
  29.     STRESS
  30.     Stubborn Pain
  31.     Surgery Recovery
  32.     TMD/TMJ
  33.     Women’s Health Concerns including but not limited to
  34.     Infertility
  35.     Menopause
  36.     Menstrual Irregularity
  37.     Menstrual Pain
  38.     PMS