Ear Acupuncture- Margaret

Ear Acupuncture- Margaret

Ear Acupuncture involves the stimulation of the ear to alleviate numerous and diverse health conditions. It is a microsystem medicine, meaning you can treat the whole body and its organs and functions within the ear alone. Ear Acupuncture is utilized by more then just Chinese Medicine Practioners; there are licensed medical doctors, chiropractors, naturopaths, and even dentists that have adopted this effective tool for healing the body and mind. Practioners use filiform acupuncture needles, seeds, magnetic stones, lasers, ultrasound, bloodletting, electrical stimulus, moxibustion, and hand pressure on the ear to cure what ails you.

insomnia anna ramig

insomnia anna ramig

Over a third of adults in the United States report getting less than the recommended amount of sleep each night. Insomnia seems to encourage people to try different forms of therapy as an alternative to pharmaceuticals to help with sleep. Acupuncture is an amazing alternative therapy for treating insomnia.
Insomnia is defined by the Center of Disease Control (CDC) https://www.cdc.gov/sleep/index.html as difficultly falling asleep or staying asleep and can be short-lived or long-term. It may also be early morning wakening in which the individual awakens several hours early and is unable to resume sleeping. Difficulty sleeping often manifests itself as excessive daytime sleepiness, which can result in functional impairment throughout the day. Women are nearly 2 times more likely to have insomnia than men.
There is no definitive test for insomnia. Doctors use a number of approaches to diagnose insomnia. Some measures can be done at home with a sleep log, while others require a office visit, questionnaires, blood tests, or an overnight sleep clinic. Many of these patients participate in sleep studies and take various sleep aids with no real change. Many of these patients come to acupuncture for relief.
Chinese Medicine has several ways of treating insomnia. Herbs, acupuncture, massage, mediation are all therapies your acupuncturist might suggest. Patterns for insomnia may be excess or deficiency types. TCM takes each individual patient’s unique health profile to determine the appropriate treatment. In Chinese Medicine, the amount and quality of sleep is dependent on the state of the Heart TCM organ but can also be due to other imbalances. The traditional acupuncture points proven effective in studies for “deficiency” type insomnia include Ht 7 (shenmen), BL 13 (Feishu, BL 15 (Xinshu), BL 17 (Geshu), BL 18 (Ganshu), BL 20 (Pishu), BL 23 (Shenshu). Ear points include Shenmen, Sympathetic, Heart, Liver, Lung or 5NP with consideration of Kidney, adrenal gland, endocrine points.

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What is acupuncture?

What is acupuncture?

What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is the placing of needles into points on the body to treat physical, mental, and emotional conditions. Acupuncture was first mentioned in the Chinese classic called the Neijing, which is said to have been written somewhere between the Warring States period and the Han dynasty. Acupuncture needles have also been excavated in tombs in China as early as 200 B.C. As acupuncturists today, we use single-use filiform stainless steel needles; occasionally a practitioner many choose to use a golden or silver needle. When receiving acupuncture, you might expect a sharp or dull aching sensation where your acupuncturist has inserted the needle. If anything is uncomfortable, be in communication with your provider and advocate for what works best for you. If acupuncture is not desired or is contraindicated, the use of acupressure, tuning forks on the selected points, teishin application, and much more can be used as alternatives. There are some risks when receiving acupuncture such as bruising at the insertion site and minor bleeding. Some more serious risks include what we call needle shock, which can be described as feelings similar to the symptoms experienced before fainting (lightheadedness, cold sweating, etc…); needle shock can most likely occur if one has not eaten before their treatment or is dehydrated, be sure to eat something before your appointment. A collapsed lung, otherwise known as pneumothorax, is a very rare occurrence and can happen naturally and spontaneously outside of the acupuncture setting. Still it warrants mentioning so that you are well informed – be aware if you experience shortness of breath, chest pain, cough, and fatigue as these can be signs of a collapsed lung. If you have any questions or concerns before you receive acupuncture, be sure to talk with your provider. So you may ask again, what is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a wonderful healing art that can facilitate so much healing. I would encourage you to give it a try if you haven’t experienced it before!

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Joint Pain and Acupuncture- Anna Ramig

Joint Pain and Acupuncture- Anna Ramig

Daily joint aches and pains become more and more common as someone ages. Common causes of joint pain are often due to overuse, inflammation, degeneration and autoimmune diseases. Arthritis is a painful inflammatory condition that affects millions of people in the United States. Another common cause of joint pain can be related to diabetes and neuropathy symptoms in the hands and feet. Traditionally, doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory and pain medication.
Those looking for a more natural way of relieving pain, trying acupuncture is an amazing alternative. Acupuncture is especially successful at treating inflammation based joint pain. Using local points on the hand, as shown above, is amazing at providing pain relief as well as restoring sensation. Sometimes, needling into the area of pain can be scary for a patient, but with acupuncture, there are many other options to achieve pain relief without direct therapy at the inflamed site or location of pain.
Acupuncture achieves pain relief by releasing natural endorphins and increasing blood flow to the area to help with inflammation and healing and joint mobility. For some patients, Electro- Stimulation or “E-Stim” can be even more powerful at lowering pain levels and increasing sensation. E-Stim acupuncture deliverers an electrical current to deeper tissue by connecting them to needles placed on acupuncture points.
Those dealing with long term joint pain and arthritis can have higher rates of depression. Depression coupled with pain can make pain symptoms harder to treat. Acupuncture offers an whole body approach to treating the patient. Acupuncture can treat symptoms of depression and in turn lower pain levels for these patients. There are many things patients suffering from joint pain can do to help manage their symptoms. Some simple things to do include; mild exercise, avoid over stress, manage weight, heat and cold therapy, self massage, and stopping smoking. The Mayo Clinic also suggests Acupuncture for joint pain and arthritis pain relief.

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