primarily means the insertion of extremely thin, sterilized, stainless
steel needles into specific points on the body where practitioners of
Chinese medicine have known for centuries there are special
concentrations of energy (qi) and blood. Therefore, these points are
like switches or circuit breakers for regulating and balancing the
flow of qi and blood over the channel and network system.
should administer acupuncture?
China, the training for traditional Chinese medicine is five years of
full-time study, two years of which are devoted to herbal medicine.
Serious schools of acupuncture in the west have three-year full-time
courses. This is a particularly important point for members of the
public to understand, because they may be disappointment if they seek
advice from someone with less thorough training.
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can also go to this site to find out if your acupuncturist is
increasing number of family doctors are undertaking some short or
part-time training in acupuncture. Although to some extent this
benefit public and medical awareness of what acupuncture can offer,
the inevitable limitations of these courses can have an
effect if they prevent an appreciation of acupuncture in its complete
and integrated form. Commonly such pseudo-acupuncture concentrates on
using acupuncture or acupressure techniques for local pain relief, and
has little understanding of the central role of holistic diagnosis in
beyond this, word of mouth recommendation is important. There is
hardly a better reference than that a friend or acquaintance you know
and trust has been treated by a practitioner and thinks enough of them
to refer you to them. When calling a prospective practitioner, the
patient should feel free to ask where they were trained, are they
licensed, are they NCCA certified, how long have they been in
practice, and how many other patients with the same condition they
have treated and with what success. In addition, one should also ask
what modalities the practitioner uses, how many treatments or how long
their condition will require, and how much that will cost.
question 'does it hurt' is probably the most frequently asked by
people who are thinking of seeking treatment form an acupuncturist for
the first time. I use time-tested ancient techniques traditionally
termed as the Chinese "light feather" style. Even the most
sensitive patients are usually comfortable with these techniques. I
also use effective Chinese Food Cures, and utilize Japanese, Chinese
and European techniques for massage.
quickly will I feel the result?
immediately, especially in cases related to pain complaints or if the
disease is in its initial stages. Since many of the mechanisms of
pain-related syndrome have to do with stuck qi, as soon as the qi is
made to flow, the symptoms disappear. Therefore, many patients begin
to feel better after the very first treatment. In addition, a quick
relief is normally achieved in curing irritability and nervous
tension. Typically, one will feel a pronounced tranquility and
relaxation within five to ten minutes of the insertion of the needles.
Many patients drop off to sleep for a few minutes while the needles
are in place.
often should Acupuncture be administered?
treatments are usually given once a week. However, if the patient
wishes to get a faster result, or if the case is sever, treatments can
be given up to 3 times per week.
is ear Acupuncture?
traditional acupuncture theory an ear constitutes a map of the entire
body and by stimulating the corresponding points in the ear, one can
remedy those areas and functions of the body. Therefore, many
acupuncturists will not only needle points on the body at large but
also select one or more points on the ear. In terms of menopausal
complaints, needling the point Shen Men (Spirit Gate) can have a
profound effect on relaxing tension and irritability and also
improving sleep. There are also other points, such as the Sympathetic
Point, the Brain Point, and the Subcortex Point, which can be very
effective in the treatment of the emotional discomfort, depression,
restlessness, and anxiety.
send us your questions here:
keep hearing about the health benefits of blueberries. What makes them
for us and how much do I need to eat?
Elizabeth Coleman, Chicago
are many reasons why blueberries were named fruit of the year by Eating
Well magazine last year and have been dubbed "the miracle
berry". It turns out that blueberries are one of the richest
dietary sources of antioxidants, which are known to neutralize free
radicals, the highly reactive molecules thought to contribute to a
laundry list of ills, including heart disease and cancer. IN fact, a
recent U.S. Department of Agriculture study compared blueberries to 40
other fruits and vegetables in antioxidant capacity and ranked them
number one. A half-cup of blueberries can pack up to 5 times the
antioxidant punch of other types of produce, mostly in the form of
anthocyanins, the compounds responsible for the berries’ intense
blue color. And research from Rutgers University found that, like
cranberries, blueberries posses the power to fight urinary tract
infections. Both kinds of berries contain compounds called
proanthocyanidins, which inhibit the bacteria growth that causes
infections in the bladder. A handful of blueberries a day might be
enough to help. Exciting research is also currently under way to
investigate the role that blueberries’ natural compounds might play
in preventing the memory loss that occurs with age.
read that dandelions help detoxify the body. Is it true? If it is, then
how can I use them?
K., dandelion tea is best known for its diuretic effects. Sip some for
excess water weight or bloating or to take stress off the kidneys.
People on diuretic drugs often have to supplement with potassium, but
dandelion is an excellent alternative, since it is actually rich in
the nutrient. And if you're trying to lose weight or deal with PMS or
menstrual bloating, dandelion tea can help you de-puff. An excellent
digestive tonic, it's a mild bitter which can be used to treat liver
complaints such as poor digestion. If you're suffering from
constipation, dandelion tea is a very mild laxative. It's high in
vitamin A, B, C, trace minerals, and potassium.
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