Treating Diabetes with Santa Monica Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

sugarIn the United States, over twenty-five million people of all ages are diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes refers to the condition that stops the body from producing enough insulin, which is the hormone used to convert food into fuel for the body. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that people with diabetes have a much higher risk of fatality than their healthier peers; specifically more than double the risk.

Unfortunately, the exact cause of this disease is currently unknown, but it is assume that obesity and inactivity play a huge role as a trigger. Prolonged diabetes can lead to worsened conditions such as hypertension, kidney disease, amputation of an infected body part, depression, extreme fatigue, hypertension, eye disorders, nervous system problems, and heart disease. Diabetes can lead to severe cardiovascular disease as well, which can affect both genders just as much as the other.

The best way to manage diabetes is to make adjustments to your lifestyle by eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking, and exercising more. There are a number of different types of doctors one can visit to aid them in healing diabetes include a dietician, eye doctor, physician, primary doctor, and acupuncturist.

Oriental medicine and acupuncture are best for treating diabetes. It is said that an imbalance of Qi in the body can cause diabetes to occur. The imbalance that affects Qi can also cause a number of symptoms that include lethargy, weight loss, poor healing of injuries, infections, moodiness, irritability, fatigue, blurry vision, plydipsia, polyphagia, and polyuria.

Oriental medicine and acupuncture doesn’t target diabetes itself, but does treat the conditions caused by it. These methods can also reduce the amount of insulin the body needs. Many Oriental techniques are used such as acupuncture, dietary changes, energizing exercises, lifestyle changes, and herbal medicines to treat diabetes and its symptoms.

Treatment involves rebalancing the life energy in the body which promotes the circulation of blood. Proper balance means that the organs are performing at their maximum efficiency which will prevent diabetic symptoms from recurring. Besides regaining normal functioning of the body, oriental medicine and acupuncture can be used to improve the general health of a person as well.

To perform the treatments above to heal diabetes you will need a trained professional. That is why you should give me a call or send me an email today so we can get started on setting up a consultation to change your life for the better.

Fibromyalgia and Los Angeles Acupuncture – What You Need to Know

What is Fibromyalgia?

Quite simply, fibromyalgia syndrome is a disease that is currently unexplainable by modern medicine though it affects over two percent of the United State’s population. Treatment for this syndrome is a complex process because so little is known about it. Doctors will prescribe a variation of medications depending on the symptoms you have (listed below) to attempt to figure out what works. The best bet would be to look into using alternative medicines rather than test medications with harmful side effects on your body. Acupuncture is the number one alternative method people use, which is because it has been found to be much more effective than any other type of treatment.

This syndrome causes chronic pain throughout the body, as well as exhaustion, depression, insomnia, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, numbness of fingers, poor blood circulation which can lead to Raynaud’s phenomenon, lack of focus, restless leg syndrome, painful menstrual cycles, migraines, pain in the jaw, stiffness of joints, dry mouth, dry eyes, dry nasal passages, incontinence, and hypersensitivity to sounds or bright lights.

In order for a doctor to diagnose a person with fibromyalgia, they must have a history of chronic pain in all four area of the body for at least three to four months. As of now there are not any tests that can verify that one actually has this syndrome, so a diagnosis is simply a highly educated guess. The symptoms of fibromyalgia typically show after some sort of physical or mental trauma, but no one can be certain that is the main cause. It has been discovered that women have a higher chance of developing this syndrome compared to men.

From the perspective of oriental medicine, any type of pain or disease results when there is an imbalance of Qi, or life energy, somewhere in the body. They have found that disruptions in the spleen, cardiovascular system, liver, and kidney can cause fibromyalgia syndrome to occur.

How Acupuncture Helps

Since fibromyalgia has such a wide range of symptoms, there are many variations of alternate treatments one could get. Each ways is customized for a person, so it will always be effective, especially compared to doctor prescribed medications. Alternative treatments may include methods such as different types of herbs, dietary recommendations, specific exercises, psychological therapies, and acupuncture.

An acupuncture session will not treat fibromyalgia as a whole. Instead it treats it by dividing up the symptoms that a person has. Each person is different, as is their emotional state, type of pain, sleeping patterns, general health, age, and the specific symptoms they have. Each person treated with acupuncture will have their own treatment designed specifically for them.

There are a few lifestyle changes one can make to help treat the symptoms of fibromyalgia. These changes can be seen below.

Lifestyle Changes You Can Make to Help Treat Fibromyalgia

Change #1: Stop drinking beverages filled with sugar, such as soda. Soda contains a mass amount of chemicals and ingredients that are bad for your body.

Change #2: Reduce the amount of stress you have in your life. Stress can completely ruin a person, especially if it is prolonged. Find a way to manage it before anything serious arises. Relaxation tapes may be a good idea.

Change #3: Stop eating processed and refined foods like white bread and pasta. Products like those contain no nutrition in the slightest and can cause obesity if eaten often.

Change #4: Start exercising! Exercise can prevent all sorts of illnesses and diseases, so it is important to get at least three hours of it per week. Exercises that can get the blood pumping can be activities like tennis, swimming, running, weight lifting, or yoga. At the very least be sure to walk a little bit every day.

Change #5: Consume foods that contain protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and complex carbohydrates.

Change #6: Change any bad patterns or habits you may partake in. Replace that habit with a hobby you can really focus on.

Change #7: Look into performing a Chinese self-massage every morning. This will stimulate your acupuncture points, which improves the flow of one’s Qi. Doing so will help your body defend against any oddities, as well as fibromyalgia.

A Study on How Acupuncture Affects Fibromyalgia

Mayo Clinic recently performed a study on if acupuncture actually does help treat fibromyalgia, which they did find that acupuncture is indeed a reliable treatment for the syndrome and the symptoms that develop because of it. The patients who were diagnosed with fibromyalgia reported that acupuncture treatments helped them overcome their fatigue, depression, anxiety, as well as any other symptoms they had.

The study required two groups of people with the first group consisted of twenty-five people who were to receive acupuncture, while the second group contained twenty-five people who received mock acupuncture treatments. The group that received the treatment reported a significant improvement in their health after one month.

Dr. David Martin, the lead doctor of this study, reported that this study had proven acupuncture to be a helpful treatment as well as proved that studies on acupuncture can be efficiently performed. There has been an increase in the amount of studies there is on acupuncture which can help doctors figure out which conditions are best treated with an acupuncture session. It was also reported that the study only used those who had severe conditions, which made the entire process more controlled. Dr. Martin suggests that more doctors should perform more studies on how acupuncture affects those with fibromyalgia.

 

Exercise – While even basic movements may be painful exercise helps restore strength and endurance. Tai Chi, Qi Gong or Yoga are great for easy stretches, careful strengthening, deep breathing, along with relaxation techniques. The gentle stretching will clear tension that builds when muscles tighten and tense and improve overall circulation. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any exercise program.

 

Meditate – The practice of meditation is a proven stress reducer that helps the body create a sense of calm and a continuing sense of well being. While 15 minutes is recommended, even 5 or 10 minutes can have a powerful effect on your day.

 

Restorative Sleep – Get at least 8 hours of restorative sleep. Maintain a routine sleep schedule and make your bedroom a sanctuary from every day stress. Practicing good sleep hygiene will give your body an opportunity to get stronger and heal.

Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness- Acupuncture and Headaches

Studies Show that Acupuncture Stops Headaches

Cochrane Researchers conducted two different studies to show that acupuncture is indeed an effective treatment for the prevention and treatment of migraines and headaches.

The goal of both studies was to discover if acupuncture is able to reduce how often headaches occur in a person. The first study was more focused on mild, yet frequent headaches while the second studied more chronic, yet less frequent headaches, or migraines. Both trials together involved over six thousand patients in total.

The studies lasted around eight weeks. The first showed that those who received acupuncture had fewer headaches than those who took standard pain medications. The second reported the same results.

In one case that involved about three hundred patients, acupuncture was shown to reduce headaches by as much as two hundred percent. These results initiated a similar test to be conducted for those who suffered chronic tension headaches. In this test the people involved were split up into three different groups over an eight week period. One group received no treatment, the second received minimal acupuncture (which is when needles don’t fully activate the point targeted), and the third received normal acupuncture. The group that received no treatment suffered one and a half fewer days of headaches, the minimal acupuncture group had around six and a half days of no headaches, and the full acupuncture group had a whole week of no headaches.

With each test done, more and more improvements were made. Each treatment reduced the chances of headaches from reoccurring more and more. Besides acupuncture, there are a variety of changes on can make to their lifestyle in help reduce and treat headaches, which can be seen below.

Change #1: Stress
Stress is the number one cause of tension headaches, so in order to rid this trigger is would be wise to look into relaxation techniques to help soothe the mind.

Change #2: Sleep
Sleep is more important than you think. We need at least eight hours of sleep per night in order to maintain proper functioning.

Change #3: Eat Healthy
Small, regular, healthy meals are what you need. If you aren’t eating properly, then your blood sugar can fall too quick which will result in a headache. Foods that induce headaches include red meats, salty refined foods, and alcohol.

Change #4: Healthcare Consultation
Make sure to consult with a healthcare specialist, such as an acupuncturist, in order to prevent headaches from reoccurring.

Change #5: Keep a Headache Journal
Keeping a headache journal will help your healthcare provider figure out the triggers of your headache as well as how to prevent them from happening.

Change #6: Exercise
Exercise is an important activity that benefits our body in many ways. It also releases endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that help relieve stress.

 

Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia from Los Angeles Acupuncturist

August 2009
Laurel Binder L.Ac., RNCNP
1322 2nd Street, Suite 36
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-564-4325

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia Syndrome

6 million people in the United States are affected with a condition known as fibromyalgia syndrome. Most people who have this usually turn to alternative methods of treatment rather than visit the doctor’s office. Alternative medicine is the best way to treat any negative condition affecting the body. The most popular alternative treatment people use for fibromyalgia is acupuncture.

So what exactly is this syndrome? Well, fibromyalgia is actually medically unexplainable. This syndrome is known for causing chronic pain throughout the body, insomnia, depression, and fatigue with most of these symptoms occurring all together at once. In order to diagnose such a disease, the symptoms of pain must be within all four quadrants of the body for at least three months. Fibromyalgia does not cause physical damage to the body and there is no way to confirm that one actually has this syndrome. It is quite often that the symptoms of fibromyalgia occur after an emotional or physical traumatic event, but this might simply be a pattern that is noticed more than others since there are no known absolute triggers.

Oriental medicine states that when the body feels pain, there is a disruption of Qi at a certain point of your body. When the life energy of the kidney, heart, spleen, and liver become unbalanced, conditions such as fibromyalgia could occur. Acupuncture cannot be done specific to fibromyalgia, but the symptoms can be treated and in most cases this treats the root of the problem as well.

In order to relieve any symptoms of this condition, or just to increase the quality of life in general, it is best to follow the five pieces of advice below.

Tip #1: Clean up your Diet
A proper diet is extremely important for staying healthy, especially for those who have fibromyalgia as those with it have found that eating right reduces the symptoms from occurring.  Eliminate refined carbohydrates and sugar.

Tip #2: Get Quality Sleep
It is important to get at least eight hours of sleep per night in order to reduce stress and strengthen the immune system of the body which will help prevent any illnesses.

Tip #3: Start Meditating
Meditation is proven to be the best way to relieve stress and prevent it from building up. Meditation will help a person stay level-headed while increasing their focus overall.

Tip #4: Exercise Exercise Exercise!
Yoga, Qi Gong, and Tai Chi are three exercises that can help one replenish their strength against fibromyalgia. Although it can be painful, these exercises will relieve the muscles and enhance circulation of the blood and life energy. Be sure to focus on stretching and deep breathing the most.

Tip #5: Reduce Stress
Stress can develop into all sorts of problems such as depression, exhaustion, fatigue, a weak defense system, and even physical pain. When the body is stressed every muscle in tensed which will severely affects the flow of blood and Qi in the system. Although it may not always be possible to rid yourself of the cause of your stress, you can manage it. It would be wise to look into stress reduction classes, meditation courses, eating the right diet, and exercising in order to efficiently manage your stress.

If you have fibromyalgia or any of the symptoms associated with it, then it would be best to consult with someone who knows all about oriental medicine and acupuncture. Contact me today to set up and appointment to get your body feeling like new or better than it has ever felt.

In This Issue

  • Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia Syndrome


Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Santa Monica Acupuncture


April 2009
Laurel Binder L.Ac., RNCNP
1322 2nd Street, Suite 36
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-564-4325

Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Acupuncture

Every single person in the world suffers from a mood swing every now and then, but if you are facing the issue of constant moodiness and irritability then it may be a wise idea to look into receiving an acupuncture treatment. In most cases, a short temper can be the result of a high and constant stress level. If the stress level continues to remain constant, then this can lead to more severe mental conditions such as depression or anxiety and can even cause physical symptoms like insomnia, weakened immune system, and digestive problems.

 

As far as oriental medicine is concerned, stress and the conditions that result from it are all caused by an imbalance of Qi, defined as life energy, in the liver. The liver plays a huge role in managing one’s life energy by making sure it flows smoothly throughout the body. When this liver becomes stagnant, this Qi can cause a blockage of every in the body, leading to conditions like irritability and stress.

 

Liver Qi Stagnation refers to when the above occurs. It is the most common type of imbalance in the body today. Prolonged stagnation of the Liver Qi can also lead to pain around the ribs, constant signing, nausea, belching, sour regurgitation, diarrhea, painful menstrual cycles, abdominal distention, and congestion in the chest. This condition can often occur in women experiencing PMS.

 

Oriental medicine and acupuncture are two of the best methods in countering Liver Qi Stagnation. The techniques used include specific exercise and herbal medicines and focus on removing the blockage in the body and restoring the flow of Qi. When the liver in functioning like normal again, you will notice that your mental and physical health will greatly improve. Besides acupuncture there are lifestyle changes that can be done as well to help boost the flow of Qi in the liver.

 

Eating green can be a good first step is revitalizing the body. Vegetables and fruits can improve the basic functions of the liver as well as the flow of Qi throughout the body. Sour fruits like lemon are also helpful in the stimulation of Liver Qi. Besides water, milk thistle tea will also benefit the body by protecting the liver from toxins such as alcohol. Stretching exercises like Tai Qi or yoga can improve the flexibility of the tendons. Eye exercises are also advised since the liver is directly responsible for eye health. Make sure to take a break from the computer if you are staring at it for a long period of time, but do look up various eye exercises you could do while taking a break. Lastly, seasonal acupuncture will not only help the flow of Liver Qi, but will improve the body in its entirety.

 

With the above changes and acupuncture, you will not longer feel constantly stressed or moody. To set up an appointment to start you on acupuncture, call or send me an email today!

In This Issue

  • Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Acupuncture
  • Move Your Qi!
  • The Four Gates Treatment for Moving Qi
  • Signs and Symptoms of Liver Qi Stagnation

The Four Gates Treatment for Moving Qi

 

Oriental Medicine for the Treatment of Seasonal Allergies

Every season people are affected by allergic rhinitis, which a seasonal allergy that is triggered only during certain times of the year, mainly spring or fall. Over twenty-five million Americans are diagnosed with chronic hay fever, and about forty million more people are known to have mild allergic reactions. Pollen, mold, animal dander, and dust mites carried by the wind are usually the main triggers of seasonal allergies. In the springtime, pollen fills the air because of all of the blooming agriculture. In autumn, leaf mold is the main issue and that mold can stay in the air all year long.

The reason the body contracts allergic rhinitis is due to how sensitive it is to certain byproducts of the environment. If one has such allergies, then they will feel congested, constantly sneeze, and have watery or dry eyes. There are many medications to treat allergies, though they do have side effects that can lead to other problems such as weakened immune function. Side effects, along with the weakness of medication over time, are two reasons why people are looking into receiving more natural treatments like oriental medicine and acupuncture. These methods have been used for centuries in treating season allergies, strengthening the immune system, and clearing out nasal passages. It will not only help relieve a person of the symptoms, but will also prevent the allergies from recurring as well.

Those who specialize in Eastern medicines believe that seasonal allergies are a condition related to the wind element and is caused by a lack of Wei Qi. Wei Qi is a type of life energy that protects the body from outside elements, such as colds or allergies. Those who have an imbalance of Wei Qi typically catch colds easier than most. Acupuncture treats the imbalances in the body to relieve the symptoms of allergic rhinitis as well as the root problem itself. Oriental treatments often call for a change in one’s diet and habits as well as herbal medications.

Study on Allergic Rhinitis and Acupuncture

Many studies have been conducted on how effective acupuncture is for season allergies. There is a specific study reported by the American Journal of Epidemiology that proved acupuncture and oriental medicine can relieve allergic symptoms significantly.

Five thousand people were separated into two groups in the study. One group received acupuncture with standard care while the other only received standard care. This occurred for three months until an evaluation took place, then the test continued for three more months. Results showed that the patients who received acupuncture not only have relieved symptoms, but also had better health in general.

A similar study reported by the European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology reported that those with hay fever who received acupuncture treatment weekly and three cups of herbal tea per day had a significant decrease in the severity of their symptoms. After a month and a half, over eighty percent of their patients showed improvement while the control group only had a forty percent increase.

Stress Less & Stay Well this Winter

December 2008


Laurel Binder L.Ac., RNCNP
1322 2nd Street, Suite #36
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-564-4325

Acupuncture for Stress Reduction

Winter is the time of year for getting our rest to restore our energy and to revitalize our body and soul. Unfortunately, it also a very busy time of year where doing that is near impossible. Winter is the season where families visit one another, visitors come over, and shopping can be quite gruesome. This combined with the every stresses we face leaves us with no time to rest and with more stress than usual.

Stress is a major disruptor of the flow of Qi, or life energy, in our body. When this energy is imbalanced, is can cause all sorts of problems such as moodiness, headaches, menstrual pain, insomnia, depression, and can even lead to more severe conditions. The best method for reducing stress involves oriental medicine and acupuncture.

Many studies on how acupuncture relieves stress have been published, demonstrating how effective it actually is. Results show that this method is indeed a much better option than standard medications used for stress and depression.

A study reported by Anesthesia & Analgesia discovered that needling a specific acupuncture point and reduce preoperative anxiety in children. A similar study by Yale University found that acupuncture around the ears and lower preoperative stress in the mothers of those children. A study in Germany showed how acupuncture lowered systolic and diastolic blood pressure by a huge amount, which reduces stress as well. A study on the effects of acupuncture for those who have been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder was conducted by the University of New Mexico and showed that acupuncture was extremely helpful in relaxing those affected.

Foods for Stress Reduction

There are certain foods one can consume to reduce the amount of stress they have. There are over one thousand changes that can occur in the body as a result of stress, such as Vitamin C deficiency or Vitamin B deficiency, which can all be reduced with the right kind of diet. The three main foods that can help a person manage their stress are blackberries, cauliflower, and salmon.

Blackberries contain a high level of magnesium, calcium, and Vitamin C. In fact, blackberries have more than double the amount of these substances than blueberries. Magnesium and calcium work as one to aid in the regulation of nerves and muscles. If there is a deficiency of magnesium in the body symptoms will occur such as sore muscles, cramped muscles, and fatigued muscles. Vitamin C is a natural stress reliever that lowers the blood pressure and manages cortisol levels.

Cauliflower, as well as vegetables similar to it such as cabbage and kale, contains a large amount of Vitamin B and pantothenic acid. This acid is responsible for turning carbohydrates into fuel for the body. It also improves how the body manages stress. If you lack Vitamin B, symptoms like numbness, burning, and tingling will occur in the feet as well as general fatigue.

Salmon is a great source of omega-3 and Vitamin B12. Omega-3 can increase one’s metabolic rate as well as keeps stress hormones in check. Vitamin B12 increases the amount of red blood cells in the body, which results in the proper development of serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical that induces happiness and relieves us of any worries we may have.

If you live a stressful life, then acupuncture and the right diet can help you manage it. Not only will these techniques reduce the amount of stress you have, but will also improve your life overall and in the long run.

 

Los Angeles Acupuncture for Skin Conditions

September 2008
Laurel Binder L.Ac., RNCNP
1322 2nd Street, Suite #36
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-564-4325

Acupuncture Treats Common Skin Conditions

Our skin is a good indication of the current condition of our body, how the current environment affects our body, and the specific imbalances of our Qi. Qi means life energy, and when that energy is disrupted it can lead to several skin disorders. Our Qi can be disrupted by our emotions or our lifestyle as well as by environmental conditions like humidity, wind, heat, and dryness in the air. Oriental medicine and acupuncture can be extremely effective for treating any kind of skin condition by relieving the symptoms associated with the specific disorder. Skin disorders generally include eczema, acne, shingles, pruritus, psoriasis, dermatitis, rosacea, and hives.

Oriental medicine treats skin problems specific to the symptoms rather than the particular condition itself.          This means that if several different people have the same condition, they would each have their own customized treatment plan using a variety of techniques. The techniques that are involved typically include herbal medications, lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, dietary changes, specific exercises for balance restoration, and acupuncture.

Treating Hives with Acupuncture

Hives, also known as urticaria, is a condition that twenty percent of the United States popular will experience at least once in their lifetime. Typically hives is treated with a corticosteroid drug or antihistamines, but more people are discovering that oriental medicine and acupuncture address the condition and symptoms more effectively than any medication on the market. These methods will fix any imbalances in the body to relieve the symptoms and prevent it from reoccurring.

Red or swollen welts on the skin is defined as what is known as hives. The most common symptom of this condition is constant itching of the welts. Quite a number of people have reported a burning or stinging feeling as well. This condition can affect any part of the body such as the throat, legs, arms, hands, lips, ears, or face. The trigger of hives is usually caused by an allergic hypersensitive response to a chemical. Although this reaction can occur from certain medications, additives, food, sunlight, and environmental condition, three-fourths of the time the exact cause is unknown.

The length of time hives lasts can vary greatly. It can last as little as several minutes to more than a few months. It rarely causes a life-threatening state, but it still is possible if the condition shocks the body too much. Standard treatments are usually aimed at relieving itching, which involve taking antihistamines or by soothing the affected areas with a cool compressor.

Research has proven time and time again that acupuncture and oriental medicine are best for treating any skin condition. These methods date back all the way to the first century and are still used today. Specific herbs and needles were used to comfort pain caused by conditions like hives.

Common Acupuncture Points for Hives

 

The Easterners saw hives as “wind invading the skin.” They used terms and phrases such as this to diagnose the specific problems a person had and which acupuncture points need to be targeted as well as what lifestyle changes need to be made. The treatments used will target both the main condition and the symptoms that are caused from it. Acupuncture will restore balance to the body which will not only heal it from any condition, but improve it overall.

There are over three hundred acupuncture points on the body. Those who specialize in acupuncture will know which to target based on a person’s health condition and symptoms. The two points that are used to treat hives include the LI 11 and SP 10. LI 11, or Large Intestine 11, is located on the outside of the elbow which can be best exposed when the arm is at a ninety degree angle. The LI 11 helps remove any heat from the body which will reduce inflammation caused by hives. SP 10, or Spleen 10, is found right above the kneecap and can best be accessed when the knee is bent. This point is considered a significant point on the body and is used for many conditions including hives.

Study: Acupuncture and Hives

Recently a study was conducted by the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences that aimed to research how acupuncture affected those with a chronic hives condition. The study required two groups, the first half received acupuncture while the other group was treated with a mock version of acupuncture.

After roughly three weeks, results revealed that acupuncture does reduce the duration of hives by twenty-five percent as well as decreases the chances of it reoccurring. After the treatment was finished only a few had their symptoms reemerge, but at a much weaker strength than they were originally. This concluded that acupuncture is more efficient each time one receives it.

In This Issue

  • Treating Common Skin Conditions
  • Treating Hives with Acupuncture
  • Common Acupuncture Points for Hives
  • Study: Acupuncture and Hives

Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness: Acupuncture and Mental Health


May 2008
Laurel Binder L.Ac., RNCNP
1322 2nd Street, Suite #36
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310-564-4325

Acupuncture and Mental Health

Every single person experiences an emotional stress of some kind during their lifetime. In fact, there are people who over-stress their minds every day which can lead to more serious problems such as panic attacks, severe anxiety, insomnia, loss of appetite, and depression. The main reason for distress of the mind has to do with an imbalanced qi (life energy) in the body. Oriental medicines and acupuncture are used to rid the body of such feelings as well as any symptoms caused by a negative mental state.

On the more extreme side of the spectrum, there are people who have mental disorders that disturb their minds as well. Such a disorder can disrupt the normal functions of a person as well as feelings, thoughts, mood, and sympathy. This makes it a lot harder for people diagnosed with this condition to handle the day-to-day trials life throws at us. Experts tell us that at least one-third of the world’s population reaches a negative mental state where they could qualify as having a mental health disorder. A few examples of serious mental disorders are bipolar effective disorder, panic disorder, severe depression, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder.

Although mental conditions can be quite serious, there are ways to lessen the effects of the condition or completely treat it. Disruptions and blockades of qi can cause a mental disorder as well as a weakened immune system, insomnia, menstrual problems, physical pain, or a severe illness. By focusing on specific points of your body, acupuncturists can manage your energy and fix any negative states of mind.

Acupuncture is not a treatment for a specific illness or mental disorder, but it does treat any irregularities affecting the body by targeting certain points which depends on the person. Oriental medicine works similarly, but it treats conditions unique to a person. Oriental medicine techniques involve managing lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise recommendations for the body. This helps the process of acupuncture by naturally restoring the balance of qi in a person’s body. These two methods of treatment are specially customized for each person depending on their condition and imbalances and will completely treat any physical or mental distress the body is experiencing.

Below are a few of the more common problems acupuncture and oriental medicines can treat.

Problem: Irritability or Sudden Mood Changes
Info: Constant, chronic stress levels can cause an ongoing feeling of anger or moodiness.
Symptoms: Short temper, increased frustration, excessive anxiety, constant anger, insomnia, weak immune system, trouble digesting, depression.

Problem: High Anxiety Levels
Info: Most people who have anxiety usually have milder cases than most, but those with higher anxiety levels can have symptoms that cause a physical response.
Symptoms: Insomnia, nausea, panic attacks, shortness of breath, excessive worrying,

Problem: Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
Info: This disorder can make it quite difficult for the brain to concentrate on anything for an extended period of time.
Symptoms: Lack of focus, fidgeting, hyperactivity, moodiness.

Problem: Severe Depression
Info: Depression can be caused by stress, but mostly has to do with liver qi stagnation.
Symptoms: Apathy in past interests, constant fatigue, trouble sleeping, weak immune system, reduced body functions, reduced social interests, feelings of inferiority.

The above conditions along with any sign of anger, frustration, and irritability may be a sign that our qi is imbalanced. Our liver was designed to manage with life force for our mental state of mind and when qi is blockaded in the liver, a condition known as liver qi stagnation occurs. This condition is the main reason for negative mental states in most people today. If you ever feel pain below your ribs, notice constant sighing, belch often, have bowel problems, feel a lump in your throat, have painful periods, sour regurgitation, or stuffiness in the chest than you may have liver qi stagnation.

As said acupuncture and oriental medicine is the best treatment one could do for their mental state, as well as clear up any qi blockages in the liver channel. Specific points will be targeted on a person in order to support the functions of the liver and dietary adjustments may have to be made. These treatments will heal any mental problems you may have while increasing the immune system and overall wellness of a person.

In This Issue

  • Acupuncture and Mental Health

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