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Stress 150x150 Acupuncture and Stress

You don’t need to live like this.

Acupuncture and Stress

In today’s world, it would be a hard to say that there is no stress in our life. We are surrounded by stress from all directions. It can come from work, family, illness and hormonal changes just to name a few. Changes are inevitable and our attitude towards changes can also result in stress. Some changes are positive where others can affect our health and happiness in a negative way. For instance, change of job to a better one, having a baby, transfer to a better place are all good changes but they still fill us with anxiety and stress because we are unsure of what lies in store for us in the new position. Hence, stress and life is irreversibly bond and although we cannot separate the former from the latter, we can make sure that both of them don’t get entangled in a destructive manner. Our emotional reaction to stress can be any form such as anger, depression or irritability.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the main organ that effects our Qi or energy flow is the liver. It is responsible for ensuring that there is smooth Qi flow through out our body. When the body reacts to stress, an impairment in the function of the liver can occur and  the flow of Qi is then disrupted. Thus, when liver Qi stagnation occurs then exaggerates of the symptoms associated with stress. In order to treat stress it is important to remove the Qi blockage then  stress and its associated symptoms can be reduced. Common symptoms associated with stress usually include anger, irritability, depression, anxiety, feeling of suffocation, insomnia, irregular menstrual cycle, PMS, headaches and gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, constipation and IBS.

Acupuncture is the treatment where the use of fine needles which are inserted into specific points through out the body which can help to remove the Qi stagnation. Relieving liver Qi stagnation is important and by removing the stagnation and supporting the liver offers a remedy for the treatment of stress as the Qi stagnation is minimized. It can help in releasing endorphins which offers a relaxing effect on our body. You may be surprised to learn that many people can fall asleep during the treatment. Most people suffering from stress are able to get relief with the use of acupuncture treatments as well as using Chinese patient herbal formulas. This feeling of relief can be experienced up to several days after the session in the early stages of treatment with the results stretching out longer with time.

Although acupuncture helps to overcome stress, you should keep in mind that you can achieve faster and longer lasting results when you incorporate dietary and lifestyle changes. This can include adding regular exercise 5-6 days a week into your lifestyle, avoiding eating fried foods, drinking caffeine and alcohol. It is important to include lots of whole grains, veggies and fruits into your diet to help with your healthy stress free life.

References:

Acupuncture and Stress

Treating Irritability and Moodiness with Acupuncture

Acupuncture Psychology

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Heart Burn 150x150 Acupuncture and Heartburn/Reflux

Heartburn. A painful condition that can turn into a serious problem

Acupuncture and Heartburn/Reflux

Acid reflux is also known as heartburn and is the burning sensation experienced in the chest area which is caused when the gastric acid present in the stomach rises up into the esophagus. The location of this pain can be behind the breastbone and in the esophagus. Other commonly known symptoms of acid reflux usually comprises of chest pain, hoarseness in the voice, dental corrosion, food regurgitation and difficulty in swallowing.

The cause of acid reflux is due to the malfunctioning of the lower esophageal sphincter that lies in the stomach which allows the acid to flow up into the esophagus. The major cause of the dysfunctional esophageal sphincter can be due to pregnancy, overeating, certain food allergies, hernia, peptic ulcers, smoking, alcohol consumption, and constipation.

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for helping to relieve acid reflux or heartburn. One of the studies conducted in this subject is from the University of Adelaide. The stimulation of some of the major acupuncture points of the wrist can help in relaxing the muscle band and thus eventually relieving the regurgitation. Certain people whose cause of heartburn is due to external factors such as stress and anxiety can immensely benefit by using acupuncture as this treatment focuses on offering a relaxing effect to the body. Acupuncture treatments for acid reflux depend  upon the symptoms that are presented at the time of diagnoses. We take an individualized case history and the diagnosis is based on that information. In acute cases of heartburn, only a few treatment sessions will be required whereas for chronic cases more will be needed. It is important that you get regular treatments over a several months period so that you can achieve permanent relief from the symptoms. The acupuncture treatment sessions can last for twelve weeks or more. Acupuncture treatments emphasizes that the human body has its own power to heal for which this treatment exploits in a natural way.

It is important that you add appropriate lifestyle changes so that you can keep acid reflux at bay. We stress that all of us should have healthy eating habits, concentrate on having food at regular intervals and try to minimize the stress in our life’s. Quitting smoking can be an important factor in combating heartburn. Some people are of the view that the medication that helps to control acid reflux is also doing them no harm but in many cases this is not true.

We also like to combine other treatment methods with acupuncture. Acupuncture is a holistic method and this treatment and can reduce the pain and symptoms as it returns the body to its normal functioning. As with most conditions that we treat in this Clinic we like to combine traditional Chinese medicine with Chinese herb herbal formulas.

References:
Natural Therapy Pages
Heartburn Articles

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Acupuncture and Sports Injuries

April 11, 2012

Acupuncture and Sports Injuries We are well aware that the life of athletes and sports players can be tough and they can suffer through a lot of pain in their lifetime. Professional and amateur athletes can receive many sports injuries through out their career and at times these injuries can remain with them for the [...]

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Acupuncture and Sinus/Hay Fever

March 28, 2012

Acupuncture and Sinus/Hay Fever Sinus and hay fever are very common health disorders which are suffered by many people throughout the world. Sinusitis is referred to as a medical condition in which the mucous membranes in the sinus cavities that surround the eyes get inflamed. Allergies and viral infections can also be contributing causes for [...]

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Acupuncture and Depression

March 14, 2012

Acupuncture and Depression Depression is a very drastic disorder and usually comes with both physical and psychological symptoms which affect the daily routine of the person. The symptoms of depression are varied but usually comprise of crying spells, poor sleeping, stress, worry, anxiety, stomach problems, concentration problems, lack of interest, etc. In acute cases, individuals [...]

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Acupuncture and Infertility Issues in Women

February 29, 2012

Acupuncture and Infertility Issues in Women Infertility issues in women indicate the biological incapacity of a women to conceive. Infertility in women can also be related to the inability to carry pregnancy to full term. There are several factors that can contribute to infertility problems and some of them can be rectified with medical intervention. [...]

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Acupuncture and Cold and Flu

February 15, 2012

Acupuncture and Cold and Flu We can get concerned around cold and flu season when they are so common. Now days, a flu vaccine is available but the virus mutates so fast that the vaccine will become no longer effective. A better way to treat them is through the use of Traditional Chinese medicine by [...]

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Acupuncture and Infertility issues in Men

February 1, 2012

Acupuncture and Fertility issues in Men For a long time, male infertility was a subject which was not to be discussed and society always blamed the women for not being able to reproduce. It is important to address infertility issues of men which is a way to get closer to resolving the problem. Hiding such [...]

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Acupuncture and Low Libido in Women

January 18, 2012

    Acupuncture and Low Libido in Women It is shocking to find that at least 70 percent of women suffer from low libido at one point of life or other. Lagging libido in women can be related to the onset of menopause and some women may experience this problem in their whole menopause transition or [...]

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Acupuncture and Low Libido in Men

January 4, 2012

Acupuncture and Low Libido in Men Acupuncture has been practice for thousands of years and it has been used to optimize sexual health in both men and women for several centuries. Traditional Chinese Medicine can play a role in enhancing men’s sexual drive and there have been several studies that indicate that acupuncture can help [...]

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