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How Does Acupuncture Work?Understanding how this ancient Chinese health method works has been challenging to modern science. There are two ways to look at the question. On one hand, an ancient explanation is available to describe this treatment using terms like qi energy and meridians, none of which are recognized by clinical researchers. On the other hand, scientists have attempted to explain the phenomenon using standard medical terms.According to traditional Chinese medicine, our bodies’ life force depends on a balanced flow of energy. This energy may be called qi, blood, or electrical energy from the nervous system. Under this system of belief, qi can become blocked, which causes painful sensations or loss of function in various body parts. From this perspective, an acupuncturist’s job is to remove blockages to make qi or blood circulate better, which is said to restore a healthy balance to the body.Science explains this differently. In the 1970s, scientists identified endorphins as the chemicals that relieve pain and produce pleasure. Research suggests that properly performed acupuncture can produce a rush of endorphins that can relieve certain kinds of painful discomfort, as well as nausea. Exactly how these tiny pins cause an endorphin rush is not known. There are some in the scientific community who doubt the therapy has any special effect at all, which will be discussed later.The practice has proven difficult to investigate. There are two main reasons for this. The first is that different practitioners use different numbers of acupoints, recommend different numbers of sessions, and hold those sessions for longer or shorter durations, making comparison difficult. The second challenge to researchers is that peoples’ beliefs and expectations, as well as how they feel about their therapist, may impact how effectively their conditions seem to them to be impacted by the treatment.How Painful Are Those Pins?Many people have a fear of needles. Maybe your yearly flu vaccination makes you flinch as it’s administered. But the needles used in acupuncture are far different from the ones used to draw blood or deliver a vaccine. In this case, the pins being used are quite fine. As a result, most people report little or no pain from the treatment. So if agony is your main concern when considering this treatment for your condition, rest assured: It shouldn’t hurt.Lower Back PainOne of the most common sources of chronic pain is felt in the lower back. For many, treatment for lower back pain (LBP) requires physical therapy, medicine, or in the worst cases, surgery. The evidence from many clinical trials studying traditional needling for LBP is inconsistent.The different findings of 16 studies may depend on whether patient suffers from acute or chronic LBP. “Acute” refers to pain that comes and goes, and ends after an injury has healed, while “chronic” refers to ongoing pain that does not go away after an injury has healed. Researchers who compared the various reviews concluded that acupuncture improves pain and function of the lower back. However, patients suffering from acute LBP responded about the same whether their acupuncture treatment was performed accurately or intentionally inaccurately for testing purposes.Tension and Migraine HeadachesHeadaches are a frequent frustration for many people. Some research suggests careful needlework may provide effective, temporary relief for chronic tension headaches. When it comes to migraine headaches, researchers have concluded that needle treatments can be effective in treating such conditions even if they are not placed in the proper acupoints, and also show a possibly stronger effect than conventional drug therapy with fewer side effects.Treatment for FibromyalgiaFibromyalgia is a common type of chronic pain that causes aching and tenderness across the body. It occurs about four times as often in women as it does in men. At least 20 percent of patients suffering from fibromyalgia will try needling as a treatment for their condition. Does it work?One recent analysis looked at nine trials to try to answer that question. The researchers determined that the evidence of needling’s effectiveness is low to moderate when treating fibromyalgia pain and stiffness. It also concluded that the practice is safe, and that larger studies are warranted based on the available evidence.Treating Rheumatoid ArthritisRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common cause of joint pain and swelling that can make everyday activities difficult if not impossible. Unfortunately, the effect of acupuncture on RA seems to be limited or nonexistent according to a recent examination of the evidence. Researchers looked at two studies they described as being of “low to medium quality.” The studies followed 84 people suffering from RA and looked for reduction in pain, the number of swollen joints, and improvements on several other symptoms of the condition. While the studies seemed to see an improvement after acupuncture treatment for knee pain, that conclusion was marred by the poor quality of the trials.Improving Carpal Tunnel SyndromeWhen patients suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), they often experience pain and numbness in their index finger and middle finger. The condition also makes the thumb weaker. CTS is caused by a pinched wrist nerve.So does acupuncture help improve CTS? The science remains inconclusive, according to the US National Institute of Health. The NIH found that needling benefits some people, but the exact effectiveness is not scientifically proven.Relief from Dental DiscomfortStudies have suggested that acupuncture treatment can relieve pain left by dental surgery and pulled teeth, but it doesn’t seem to matter whether the pins are placed in accordance with traditional Chinese medicine.Pain in Other PlacesAcupuncture treatment has been attempted across a range of pain types, from menstrual cramps and tennis elbow to neck pain and muscle discomfort. The effectiveness of such treatments is all over the map, with some studies suggesting improvement of symptoms and others showing little or no improvement. The US National Institute of Health has called for further research in an attempt to verify whether or not such therapy has a useful effect for relieving these various ailments.Acupuncture as Complementary MedicineOften acupuncture work is accompanied by other forms of therapy in an attempt to ease a wide variety of ailments. When an alternative therapy is used alongside modern medical treatments to relieve symptoms, it is said to be a form of complementary medicine. Some studies suggest the therapy helps patients heal with fewer drugs, while others find that it seems to improve medical outcomes when used alongside standard medicine. Other examples of complementary medicine include:cupping, hypnotherapy, andtai chi.Relief from NauseaThe evidence for acupuncture treatment for nausea has been mixed. The American College of Chest Physicians determined that acupuncture studies for nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy were poorly controlled, and therefore does not recommend its use. The US National Institute of Health, however, described the results of such therapies as “promising.” Nevertheless, no studies have shown ongoing nausea relief for delayed nausea that sets in 1-8 days after chemotherapy. Should the practice be used for gastrointestinal distress? Discuss it with your doctor if you think it may be beneficial for you.Cancer CareWhen you have cancer symptoms or are undergoing chemotherapy, you may want an acupuncturist who can help you deal with pain, nausea, and vomiting. This type of professional should have experience working with cancer patients and should have a clear understanding of your symptoms. Some other cancer symptoms that may find relief this way includefatigue, sleeping problems, depression, hot flashes, xerostomia (dry mouth), neuropathy (weakness and pain from nerve damage), and anxiety.Using pins for cancer relief is still being studied. Some trials suggest it works better in relieving vomiting than at reducing nausea. Be sure to talk to your doctor first to discuss your best medical treatment options for cancer.Will It Improve Fertility?Can tiny pinpricks make men or women more fertile? Lots of time and money has been spent in an attempt to further understand whether any fertility improvements can be determined from the procedure, but few conclusions can be drawn.Different medical journals report different findings on the matter. One metastudy found that acupuncture may have a positive effect on male infertility, and found that it seems to enhance in vitro fertilization results in some cases. However another metastudy drew the opposite conclusion when it found that overall, precisely placed pinpricks could not be proven to increase pregnancy rates. Both agreed that the matter requires further inquiry before conclusions can be drawn.Does It Help You Stop Smoking?As is often the case, research points in different directions when the impact on smoking cessation is studied. Some one-off trials point to clinically significant results; however, these studies typically suffer from small sample sizes and poor methodology. One medical journal reported a metastudy looking into 33 separate reports concluded that no consistent evidence existed to recommend acupuncture as a smoking cessation aid, though the metastudy also called for more well-designed research into the area.Safe for Children?Assuming the acupuncturist is licensed and follows recommended safety standards, the practice is generally believed to be safe for kids. Typically it is used to control post-surgical nausea and vomiting, as well as painful symptoms. Treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), however, is not supported by scientific evidence.Does Acupuncture Really Work?While the practice has its champions, the topic of whether or not acupuncturists provide any special relief remains a hot topic in the scientific community. Many skeptics believe any perceived effects of acupuncture can be chalked up to the placebo effect or other research biases. These rationalists point to several problems with the current state of acupuncture research:Nobody knows how it works. Scientists call this the “mechanism” of a treatment, and so far no one has definitively proven how shallowly slipping thin needles under a person’s skin can lead to any health benefit. Sometimes the practice’s proponents say it has something to do with endorphins or other physical properties, and sometimes they use unscientific terms such as meridians or life energy to explain what’s happening. But getting beyond these explanations has proven troublesome.It doesn’t matter where the pins are placed. In many controlled trials, groups have been separated into those who receive their pins in specific acupoints and others who receive them elsewhere. Frequently no difference between the two groups can be ascertained. In some cases, the sham procedure produces better results than the authentic method.It works because people think it works. This line of skepticism is bolstered by a known phenomenon called the placebo effect. When the placebo effect is taking place, it may actually be that patients are experiencing some relief from their symptoms, so it doesn’t necessarily mean relief is “all in their heads.” One researcher concluded that placebos can stimulate natural opioids, which may provide an explanation for why the procedure works without any clear mechanism.Risks InvolvedFor the most part, acupuncture is considered quite safe. However there are some risks, and those can be serious. For example, it is of utmost importance to your health that the needles being used are sterile. Otherwise you may be putting yourself at needless risk of infection. Be absolutely sure your practitioner only uses sterile needles and tosses the old needles away after they are used.While unusual, it is also possible for the needles to be inserted too deeply into the skin, which can cause problems with internal organs. The gallbladder, lungs, and blood vessels are at risk of being punctured in this way.Take the time to do your research and make sure your practitioner has a consistent record of safety before agreeing to a session.Who Should Avoid Acupuncture?Not everyone should receive this form of medical care. If you have a bleeding disorder or if you take a blood thinning medicine, your risk of bleeding may increase and you should therefore exercise caution. Sometimes the needles being used are electrified, which could present dangers to anyone who relies on a pacemaker or similar electronic device. Health advocates recommend that pregnant women discuss this form of therapy with their doctor before proceeding. And if you decide to go through with acupuncture, it would be unwise to skip your conventional care and rely on needle work alone.Picking an AcupuncturistMake sure the person you choose has met certain basic standards for his or her health practice. Training and education in the proper fields should be one of your requirements. While licensing requirements vary from state to state, two national groups provide resources for licensure: the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (for physicians).Variations of the PracticeAcupuncture is practiced in more ways than one. For instance, some practitioners bundle dry mugwort at the end of a needle and burn it, a process known as moxibustion. In another variation, electroacupuncture may stimulate the nerves with an electrical current. Yet another variation involves the use of laser needles by placing them on (but not inside) the body’s surface.Acupressure vs. AcupunctureMaybe the thought of being pricked with a needle has you screaming for the nearest exit. If so, you may find that acupressure provides a similar effect on your health, without all the fear. Acupressure substitutes the needles with pressing or massaging acupoints in an attempt to stimulate pathways of energy. Some trials indicate that acupressure can be useful in reducing nausea and lessening the pains associated with labor during childbirth.
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Acupuncture treatment for Stress, Anxiety, Depression & Insomniaraj taskar - acupuncturistAs our broadband speeds up and our phones get smarter, some matters regarding our health get overlooked — especially our mental health. Tablets and smart phones have made it more convenient to be connected, but a large number of people still feel disconnected. Fortunately, the Internet also has allowed people to explore the possibilities of trying complementary therapies such as acupuncture.Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine. It works on the principle of stimulating points in the body to correct imbalances in the flow of energy (Qi) through channels known as meridians. This belief is based on the interaction of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal and water) and having profound effects on internal organs, which are either yin or yang.Traditional Chinese medicine also recognizes the mind and body interacting as one, meaning that emotions have a physiological effect on the body. Five emotions are represented by the five elements:Water (fear)Wood (anger)Fire (happiness)Earth (worry)Metal (grief)Western medical practitioners traditionally have questioned the validity of traditional Chinese medicines such as acupuncture. More recently, acupuncture has been recognized as a legitimate treatment for some conditions and is growing in popularity.AnxietyAnxiety is one of the most common mental illnesses worldwide. Many people suffer some form of anxiety occasionally but others cannot manage this natural response to a stressful situation.Anxiety can trigger the following responses:physical, such as an irregular heartbeatcognitive, which can cause negative thoughtsbehavioral, which may include uncharacteristic aggression or restlessnessemotional, such as fear.DepressionIt is estimated that approximately one in five people will experience clinical depression at least once in their lifetime. Although it is natural to feel sad and down at times, especially after experiencing loss, these slight effects can be managed with gradual lifestyle adjustments. Clinical depression, however, refers to a long-lasting and intense emotional, physical and cognitive state that greatly affects day-to-day life. Symptoms include:Loss of positive associations and sense of achievement (lack of interest in normally pleasurable activities)Negative thoughts (often worrying about the future)Irritability, agitation and exhaustionChanges in sleeping patterns (too much or too little)Hopelessness (feeling trapped or suicidal)
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Low AMH & Acupuncture TreatmentCentrally located natural fertility and pregnancy support through Acupuncture treatment in NashikRaj Taskar (Acupuncturist)Acupuncture is not an occasional therapy – this means, at least initially, acupuncture treatments should be regular and generally weekly. In time, it may be possible to extend the time between acupuncture sessions.Your practitioner will discuss this with you once they are observing the changes in your signs and symptoms which indicate your body is returning to a state of balance and improved health.Sometimes, if you are just receiving acupuncture on its own or depending on why you are consulting with us, your practitioner might recommend acupuncture more regularly than once per week.From a Chinese medicine perspective Acupuncture has an excellent modulating effect on the body and it is for this reason it is so effective in helping with pain and blood flow.Blood flow is crucial in a healthy and normally functioning menstrual cycle. How your blood ‘behaves’ is a key sign your practitioner will ask you about. Conceive Natural Health & Fertility acupuncture to be excellent at regulating and positively affecting all aspects of the menstrual cycle including menstrual flow, follicular and luteal phase function and the time of ovulation. We have also found acupuncture to be safe and effective during pregnancy.We use acupuncture to treat endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), painful periods and all aspects of dysfunction in the menstrual cycle.From a Chinese medicine perspective, acupuncture has a positive impact on blood flow by supporting the blood’s relationship with the qi. In biomedical terms this may correlate with promoting (oxygenated) blood flow via the blood vessels (or meridians) to support healthy ovarian and testicular function.In the hands of a registered Chinese medicine practitioner, acupuncture is perfectly safe during pregnancy and excellent at helping women suffering through morning sickness, fatigue, back pain and anxiety associated with pregnancy.When we work with pregnant women we do not directly treat the baby, but in helping mum-to-be we also help bub with acupuncture supporting good digestion, nutrient uptake and nutrient transport across the foetal blood barrier.Treat the mother to treat the baby is a foundation principle of acupuncture obstetrics care which always guides our treatment principle during pregnancy.Low AMHLow AMH. Diminished Ovarian Reserve or Premature Ovarian Failure?First of all, what is Low AMH? AMH stands for Anti-Murllerian Hormone which is produced by small follicles in ovaries. A follicle is a small fluid-filled sac that contains an egg. As the conventional theory goes, the lower the level of AMH, fewer the small follicles and thus, fewer the eggs left in ovaries. Women are often given a diagnosis of low or diminished ovarian reserve or premature ovarian failure if AMH level becomes less than 0.3 ng/ml.Can a woman still conceive with low AMH, Diminished Ovarian Reserve or Premature Ovarian Failure?The answer is, it is possible if corrective treatment of acupuncture and herbs is given.Can AMH ever increase? Yes.low AMH when corrective acupuncture and herbal treatment is given. It does not however imply that everyone can conceive naturally with acupuncture and herbs treatment when AMH is low. Age still remains the most important factor in determining the egg quality and the outcome of a natural conception attempt and the pregnancy itself. Donor eggs are an effective option for older women with any level of AMH.
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Basic philosophy of acupuncture Physiology. The whole body comprised of yang which is descending force and touching conversion into yin . So the channels are divided in three yang channel and three yin channels . viz Tai Yang , Shao Yang, Yang Min , Tai yin shao yin , Jue yin . sages who went to deeper level of pathways and found out the definite pathways of the energy having circulation of Qi . the channels get associated with zang fu organs . So those yang in nature flows from top to bottom and those in yin nature flows from earth ie bottom to top. The circulating pathways of the twelve Meridians flow from the face to the feet, from the feet to the chest, from the chest into the hands, and from the hands back to the face. The Yang Meridians generally flow along the outward (lateral) side of the limbs and along the back of the body. The Yin Meridians pass along the inward (medial) side of the limbs and along the front of the body. It has already been mentioned that the pathways leading to or from the arms are called Hand Meridians, and those that descend to the legs or ascend from the legs are the Foot Meridians.The three Yin hand meridians travel from chest to hand; the three Yang hand meridians, from hand to head (face). The three Yang foot meridians travel from head to foot; and the three Yin foot meridians travel from foot to chest. This describes the circulation of energy over the entire body and delineates the pathways in which Qi, or energy, flows.With the arms raised over the head palms facing forward, the energy in the three Yin Hand Meridians (Lung, Heart, and Pericardium) will be flowing from the chest to the fingertips, upward along the forward portion of the arm. The energy in the three Yang Hand Meridians (Large Intestine, Small Intestine, and the San Jiao) will be flowing from the fingertips, downward on the back part of the arm, to end their flow in the face.From the head, the energy of TWO of the three Meridians of the Foot (the Bladder and Gall Bladder, but not the Stomach) will be traveling down along the side or back of the body and outward side of the leg to end in the toes. To complete the cycle, the energy in the three Yin Meridians of the Foot (Spleen, Liver and Kidney) will be traveling up from the toes along the inward side of the leg, continuing along the front of the abdomen and ending in the chest, at which point the cycle begins again from the chest to the hand. There are exceptions to this, but the general pattern is accurate.The Stomach Channel is one exception. Although it is a Yang Meridian, it runs on the front of the body with the Yin Meridians, instead of up the back like the rest of the Yang Meridians. The other exception is the Governor Vessel, which is a Yang Meridian in the center of the back, in which energy flows upward as opposed to the rest of the major Yang Meridians in which energy flows downward.The Governor Vessel, or Du Mai (Du or GV), follows the spine upward on the back, travels over the head and ends on the inner surface of the upper lip. It has no direct connections to any internal organ. Its energy flow is Yang and ascends from the bottom of the pathway beginning near the anus. It connects with all the Yang Meridians of the body, and is important in many conditions requiring manipulation of the Yang energy of the body.The Conception Vessel, or Ren Mai (CV or Ren) travels up the midline in front of the body. It runs from near the anus to the mouth, and its energy is Yin, ascending from the lower body to the upper, as does the Governing Vessel. In effect, these two meridians vertically encircle the body on its midline, front and back.These two Vessels are not bilateral. They do not form a direct part of the organ meridian's energy circulation network, nor are they associated with any one organ. They belong to the eight Extra Vessels.The energy traveling from the chest to the fingertip is predominantly Yin energy. Yet on its way back up the other side of the arm, it becomes Yang energy. The energy changes polarity, from Yin to Yang, or from Yang to Yin, the nearer it approaches the extremities of the limbs.The energy traveling from the chest to the fingertip begins as predominantly Yin energy, but as the energy approaches the extremity the polarity begins to change, and by the time the tip of the finger is reached the Yin becomes progressively mixed with the Yang energy. Energy traveling from the fingertips to the face begins as mixed Yin/Yang, but by the time it arrives in the face it is predominantly Yang energy.Energy traveling from the face to the toes begins as predominantly Yang energy. As this Yang energy approaches the lower extremities of the leg, the polarity begins to change again. By the time the toes are reached the Yang energy is mixed with the Yin energy in almost equal proportions. The return from the toes to the chest causes the transformation again. This Yin energy then flows back into the arm, to continue the cycle.It can be seen, therefore, that as Qi circulates through the Primary Meridians, it alternates in coupled pairs of Yin and Yang Meridians, staying for two hours in the Yin and two hours in the Yang, in a smooth alternating rhythm.In the central area of the head and chest, even though the energy passes from one Channel to another, there is no polarity change. The head is the area where one Yang meridian joins another Yang meridian, and the chest is where each Yin meridian joins another.The polarity change is not a sudden thing, but occurs gradually, mostly between the elbow and the fingertips, and between the knee and the toes. Therapeutically, it is at points below the knee and below the elbow that energy polarity changes can be most easily accelerated or retarded. Within these limits, the most important control or energy manipulation acupuncture points are found.On acupuncture charts, the meridians appear as thin surface lines connecting a series of dots that represent the acupuncture points. Actually, there is much more to each meridian than what is shown in the acupuncture charts and diagrams. Every Channel has an inner pathway and an outer pathway, and it is usually the outer pathway with its acupuncture points that is shown on most charts or drawings, and the inner pathways are not accessible to manipulation by needling.The true extent of the Meridians cannot be shown by lines on a two-dimensional drawing. On a drawing the lines show us an imaginary line from point to point, which usually represents the approximate centerline of the sphere of influence of that Channel. According to the Chinese, each Channel is connected to all the tissues, organs and functions over which its acupuncture points have an influence or produce an effect, whether in the immediate area of the points or at a much distant area.i.e. - Examine the Heart Meridian with its nine acupuncture points running from the armpit down the inner surface of the arm to the tip of the little finger, very close to the surface. This much is shown on standard Meridian charts and most diagrams. However, the Heart Meridian naturally must be connected to the Heart, so it extends internally from the armpit point to the organ of the Heart itself. But, the Heart Meridian also has several other branches deep inside the body. One runs to the Small Intestine, and another branch connects to the head, specifically with the eye, tongue and brain
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