Los Angeles Acupuncture for Natural Health

Laurie Binder LAc, MS, RNCNP, LCCE, Doctor of Acupuncture

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture works by manipulating and enhancing Qi. Qi (chee) is described as the vital force in the body. The Qi can be accessed at specific points on the body referred to as Acupuncture points. Energy flows through the body like water flows through a river. When the flow of energy is interrupted, it is like the river gets blocked. When Qi is blocked or in excess, this causes imbalance in the body and creates an environment for illness or pain. When Qi is deficient, an Acupuncture treatment can replenish it. Inserting Acupuncture needles into the appropriate spots on the body will resolve the imbalance, allowing the free flowing of energy and health to resume.

In Western medical terms, acupuncture stress treatments will release endorphins, which are natural pain-killing chemicals. It also works to boost the blood circulation in the body, making sure to oxygenate its tissues and eliminate the waste chemicals. It's also been found to reduce the heart rate, drop blood pressure and help the muscles relax.

Repeated treatments and occasional herbal formulae (if deemed necessary) extend the effectiveness of the treatments until the Qi's disharmony is resolved.

 

Quit Smoking with Acupuncture

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Oriental medicine and acupuncture has proven a high degree of success in helping cigarette smokers to quit. Acupuncture can alleviate withdrawal symptoms like moodiness, restlessness, and jitters. Acupuncture treatments will also make the body feel more relaxed during the withdrawal process.

A study by the University of Oslo has found that one's desire to smoke can be completely removed with acupuncture. People tested have reported that after receiving treatment, they have found that they dislike the taste of tobacco and refuse to touch it.

The extremely thin needles used in acupuncture are completely safe and sterile. They are extremely small, scarcely larger than a hair. There definitely will not be any pain involved in treatments. The acupuncture points in the ears are a focus point to quitting smoking so naturally they will be targeted. Often a small pellet (called ear seeds) will be put on these points in order to stimulate them if a craving occurs.

Acupuncture is not a magical cure for any addiction, though it is one proven to help quit smoking. In order to make quitting easier, give me a call or send me an email to set up a consultation so that we can help you take control of your life and live it smoke-free.

 

Acupuncture for Digestion and Gastrointestinal Problems

How Acupuncture Relieves Digestion and Gastrointestinal Pain

Over thirty percent of the United States' population is affected by a type of digestive condition. These conditions can be problems such as acid reflux, food poisoning, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, or ulcerative colitis. Thirty percent was figured only based on people who visit the physician's office due to a digestive problem, which means there could be thousands of unreported cases. Gastrointestinal problems are not usually cured with standard medications, but effectively treated with oriental medicine and acupuncture.

It was found that acupuncture and oriental medicine treatments have been used since before 3 AD originating in ancient China. Literature from this time period suggests that there are certain acupuncture points on the body and specific herbs that can help treat digestive disorders like diarrhea and abdominal pain. Traditional Chinese medicine says that digestive problems are due to an imbalance of the patient's spleen Qi (life energy), since the spleen is responsible for managing the nutrients we take in and turning it into energy.

Below are the top three complaints physicians hear about and how acupuncture can help. Keep in mind that acupuncture can be used for any digestive conditions, not just the three below.

Acid Reflux (GERD)

Several studies have been conducted on how acupuncture affects acid reflux. Most notably is one published by the American Journal of Physiology. Research states that by stimulating certain acupuncture points on the body, esophageal sphincter disorders are reduced by over forty percent. There are many prescription and over the counter treatments for this disease on the market, though many of them come with side effects whereas acupuncture does not.

In the notable study, electro-acupuncture was used to treat this disorder. When the esophageal sphincter is relaxing at abnormal times it will cause stomach acid to flow upwards causing symptoms such as heartburn. When a specific point on the wrist, called Neiguan, is stimulated with electro-acupuncture, abnormal relaxation of the esophageal sphincter was greatly reduced.

Besides acupuncture, oriental medicine will suggest specific Chinese herbs for you to take, like ginger. Ginger is not only used for acid reflux, but all kinds of digestive problems such as diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain, and indigestion. It increases the production of gastric juices which means food is digested more effectively.

Food Poisoning

This common digestive malady, also known as gastroenteritis or infectious diarrhea, is caused by consuming foods infected with viruses, parasites, and bacteria. It can cause symptoms such as fevers, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and cramping. The bacterium typically responsible for this condition is either E. coli, salmonella, or staphylococcus. If you were to let the body fight off food poisoning without any medical help, it would take anywhere from one week to a few months to fully recover from it, assuming you are consuming the proper amount of water and getting enough rest.

Food poisoning will weaken the overall immune system over time. This will make the immune system much more susceptible to getting infected again. This is why it isn't always the best idea to let the body handle the problem itself. If the problem persists for longer than two days, it is advised that you seek treatment.

Acupuncture and oriental medicine techniques are best used for mitigating symptoms, like severe diarrhea and vomiting. It helps the immune system remove the toxins from the body. Once the food poisoning is treated, acupuncture should be continued until the body regains its strength.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

About twenty percent of adults in the United States will experience irritable bowel syndrome at some point in their life. It occurs when the lower digestive track is irritated. Common causes of IBS can be stress or a poor diet. Symptoms include diarrhea, fatigue, headaches, bloating, constipation, and gas.

Oriental medicine states that IBS is a result of imbalanced Qi in the liver and spleen. The liver is said to be the central control system of Qi while the spleen is responsible for our digestive systems. Stress, an unhealthy diet, fatigue, and overeating all can disrupt the flow of our Qi and cause IBS. Acupuncture, a proper diet, exercise, and frequent relaxation exercises will help treat IBS and prevent it from reoccurring.

The Acupuncture Treatment

When you meet with the acupuncturist (me), explain your exact symptoms so that a customized treatment plan can be created for you. You will also get suggested lifestyle and dietary changes.

If you are affected by any digestive disorder, call or send an email to set up an acupuncture appointment


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Acupuncture Nutrition Herbal Treatment and TCM

Nutrition for Natural Health

Traditional Chinese medicine is a medicine of balance. In order to achieve optimal health, four basic pillars must be strong. They are diet, exercise, adequate rest and relaxation, and "a good mental attitude." A healthy and balanced dietary practice is just one portion living a healthy lifestyle.

The Chinese diet of balance is not the same as what is considered to be healthy diet in the west. A balanced diet is achieved by eating according to one's Chinese medical diagnosis. Each and every person requires different properties in their diet. In order to understand what is required for each individual, a Chinese medical diagnosis must be obtained. There are certain foods that should be incorporated into some diets, and different foods that should be avoided in others. In addition to this, foods should be fresh, and eaten in season. All should be free of pesticides, antibiotics, and hormones. Animal protein should be free range and fed according to what is natural for their species.

There are certain tastes that resonate with certain organ systems. Predominant tastes according to meridians are as follows: The spleen/stomach goes towards sweet, liver/gallbladder is sour, heart/small intestine is bitter, and lung/large intestine is spicy.

One follows a diet appropriate to their constitution, dramatic improvements in health can be realized.

 

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Chinese Herbal Therapy

Chinese herbal formulas are prescribed to reinforce the acupuncture treatments and help to restore balance in the patients body. Traditional Chinese medicine including herbal medicine has been used to promote optimal health for over 2000 years.

 

 

 


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Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Acupuncture treatments are effective for multiple sclerosis symptoms. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease that is associated with a large number of symptoms such as depression, deteriorated eyesight, numbness, problems speaking, and pain due to inflammation in the brain. Researchers have recently reported new information on the affect acupuncture has for those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis by improving the symptoms and health in general. It has been proven to increase the quality of one's vision, reduce pain, and treat depression.

In a study, a group of people were divided into two groups where one received acupuncture while the other received a mock acupuncture treatment. The real acupuncture group not only had improved vision and reduced pain, but lived their lives at a much better pace than the mock acupuncture group. Those who received mock acupuncture showed no signs of improvement in the least. The acupuncture group also had a much better appetite and quality of sleep than the other group.

Each person in the study was also receiving drugs such as glatiramer acetate and interferon-beta. Patients had no group as each person was chosen randomly.

Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis: How Effective is Acupuncture on the Scalp?

Acupuncture for Multiple Sclerosis has been a subject that hasn't been covered enough in the mainstream media about how effective the treatment really is. While we know nothing can cure MS yet, some of the results of acupuncture on the symptoms of MS in recent years have been quite amazing. Most of that comes in acupuncture to the scalp where many of the crippling symptoms of MS have been relieved considerably by the insertion of just a few needles.

Dealing with the Pain of MS

One of the most uncomfortable signs of MS is getting stabbing pains throughout the body, followed by burning sensations in the muscles. It can completely debilitate those suffering from the disease to a point where they simply have to lie in bed all day due to not being able to move. Evidence shows that just one treatment of scalp acupuncture has helped some people eliminate this pain almost instantly following treatment. It was so dramatic to a point where they were able to walk fairly normally, and also relieved headaches.

Dealing with Paralysis

The worst symptom of all in MS is the paralysis and unfortunately placing patients in wheelchairs as a result. Evidence has shown that with just four acupuncture needles in the scalp, some people have experienced a reverse of the paralysis for a short time. Even though it didn't eliminate the paralysis completely, the ability to bring back some feeling in the legs and feet is already a near miracle. Nothing else would have been able to create a similar result and proves the scalp as a useful pathway toward these successes.

Treating Dizziness

Vertigo is another aggravating symptom of MS that can also precipitate a patient ending up bedridden most of the time, or in a wheelchair. Scalp acupuncture, however, has also helped symptoms of dizziness in many patients. In some cases, it related to headaches and using needles around the temples where stopping the headache ultimately led to a cure for the dizziness.

These chain reactions are sometimes typical in acupuncture where one thing helps something else. Regardless, you should always talk to a doctor first before starting any scalp acupuncture for MS symptoms. This isn't to say that you won't find some doctors resistant to acupuncture on MS patients. While there's still a divide by some, we invite you to come try it for yourself to see the actual proof.

Contact us here at Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness so we can discuss with you the acupuncture methods we'll use to help relieve MS symptoms. With clear evidence out there that it's helped people, don't let anyone convince you that acupuncture can't help alleviate many symptoms to help make your life better.

 


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