Back Pain Treatable With Herbal Medicine And Acupuncture

Many people experience back pain at some point in their lives. According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is the second most common neurological disorder in the United States, following headaches. A large proportion of individuals with back pain use complementary and alternative medicine therapies, such as herbal medicine and acupuncture. … Read More

Acupuncture for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a medically unexplained syndrome affecting the muscles and connective tissues. Currently, the disease affects as many as 12 million Americans and has been reported two times as prevalent in deployed veterans. Acupuncture may be helpful as an adjunctive therapy for fibromyalgia. “Agonizing pain, debilitating fatigue, joint stiffness, and sleep deprivation—you name it and I felt it,” says U.S. Army Brigadier General Becky Halstead, the first female West Point graduate in U.S. history to command at the strategic level in Iraq and Afghanistan. Halstead decided to retire after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. “There I was in Iraq, responsible for over 20,000 military men and women, and I privately struggled to physically keep myself going.” Initially, Halstead was prescribed every drug imaginable, though the pills only masked the pain and resulted in a spiral of reactions affecting her psychological and physical health. She discovered that chiropractic treatment improved joint motion, reducing and in some cases eliminating the pain and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. In addition to chiropractic treatment, acupuncture can be a viable option for the treatment of fibromyalgia that can positively impact overall wellness and health. Acupuncture treatment is tailored to your individual constitution and fibromyalgia syndrome pattern. Benefits of acupuncture: … Read More

Lowering Blood Pressure With Acupuncture

High blood pressure is often treated with lifestyle recommendations associated with diet, exercise and weight loss in combination with drug therapy. However, some individuals seek out alternative therapies due to an inability to enact healthy lifestyle changes or who continue to experience high blood pressure although they lead a healthy lifestyle. Acupuncture is a holistic therapy which can effectively regulate blood pressure. … Read More

Benefits Of Acupuncture For Infertility

Acupuncture can be beneficial in the treatment of many infertility-related conditions including: Uterine fibroids, hormonal imbalance, amenorrhea, recurrent miscarriage, and endometriosis. Acupuncture improves ovarian function by regulating the endocrine system, which aids in stabilizing hormone levels. … Read More

Integrative Therapies For Wellness

Integrative and mind/body therapies can be effective in pain management for patients. Integrative medicine emphasizes a full range of personalized healthy lifestyle approaches that tend to physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. … Read More

Treating Arthritis With Alternative Medicine

Frankincense, an age old herbal remedy, may effectively treat arthritis, which only serves as another success story in treating arthritis with alternative medicine. Cardiff University scientists have been examining the potential benefits of frankincense to help manage symptoms of the condition. In addition to frankincense, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been found to be effective at alleviating the pain and inflammation associated with all types of arthritis. … Read More

Acupuncture For Unexplained Symptoms

Attending frequently with medically unexplained symptoms is distressing for both patient and health care practitioner and effective treatment options are limited: One in five patients have symptoms that remain unexplained by conventional medicine. A new study examines traditional acupuncture as a treatment for people with unexplained symptoms. The study from the Institute of Health Services Research, University of Exeter, assessed 80 such patients to investigate their experiences of having five-element acupuncture added to their usual care. Findings indicate that acupuncture has a significant and sustained benefit for these patients and can be added safely to conventional therapies used by practitioners to treat patients with unexplained symptoms. Patients were divided into a group receiving 12 acupuncture treatments over 26 weeks or a group which received the same number of treatments beginning 26 weeks later. The acupuncture group reported a significantly improved health survey score compared to those not receiving acupuncture immediately. The acupuncture group maintained their improvement up to 52 weeks, and the second group, now receiving acupuncture, showed a ‘catch-up’ improvement. Participating patients had a variety of longstanding symptoms including chronic pain and fatigue. Patients reported that their acupuncture consultations became increasingly valuable, and that they appreciated the holistic nature of the sessions. As a result many patients were encouraged to take an active role in their treatment, resulting in cognitive and behavioral lifestyle changes, such as a new self-awareness about what caused stress and how to manage it, and taking their own initiatives based on advice from their acupuncturists about diet, exercise and relaxation. Benefits of acupuncture: • Reduced dependency on medication. • Increased energy. • Balanced mental-emotional states. • Reduced fatigue. Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director. … Read More

Acupuncture For Fibromyalgia

Music therapy combined with other relaxation techniques based on guided imagery significantly reduces pain, depression and anxiety, and improves sleep among patients suffering from fibromyalgia, according to University of Granada researchers. Acupuncture can be an effective therapy for symptom management of fibromyalgia. The researchers applied a relaxation technique based on music therapy and guided imagery to patients in a series of sessions. Patients were given a CD to listen to at home. Then, a number of variables associated with the main symptoms of fibromyalgia were measured—pain intensity, quality of life, impact of the condition on daily life, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, self-efficacy, and well-being. Afterwards, patients were allowed to participate in their treatment. Findings indicate that music therapy and guided imagery are significant in the symptomatic treatment of this condition. The low cost, easy implementation and the fact that patients can get involved in their treatment at home are some of the many advantages. These two techniques also enhance the well-being and personal power of patients with fibromyalgia. In addition to music therapy and guided imagery, acupuncture can aid in the treatment of fibromyalgia. The National Institutes of Health has issued a statement concluding that acupuncture may be helpful as an adjunctive therapy for fibromyalgia. Benefits of acupuncture: • Treats muscle pain. • Regulates sleep disorders. • Reduces stress. • Minimizes fatigue. Traditional Chinese medicine views fibromyalgia as a condition caused by body imbalances, poor nutrition, sleep disorders, excess strain, and mental and emotional stress. Your acupuncture physician will complete a full assessment to determine which imbalances are at the root cause of your fibromyalgia. … Read More

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