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Tips on Good Acupuncture

You may have seen a movie or heard about someone using the treatment of acupuncture, but most people don’t realize what it is. When they hear about acupuncture, many people immediately think about needles and shudder at the idea. The whole point of acupuncture is the belief that things are out of balance and that the imbalance in the body is causing pain and discomfort.

One of the other aspects of acupuncture is that there are certain pressure points on the skin that directly affect organ function. This means that if a certain pressure point is stimulated, it can help with liver function, acne, pain management and so forth. It is directly up to the acupuncture doctor to be able to know where the pressure points are on your body that will affect these different components of ailments. There are many patients that rave about acupuncture working, as it is an alternative form of medicine, but much cheaper than traditional methods. If you are looking for a way to save money, and if you are looking for a treatment that is less intrusive than surgery, than this is the way that you need to go.

Once you have decided to use acupuncture, the next thing you need to do is to decide which acupuncture Portland clinic you should go to. This can be solved in many different ways, but we would suggest using the Internet to directly check some of the reputations and reviews that have been left by patients. This will help you to get the most out of your acupuncture experience as clinics with better reviews tend to do a better job. Making sure that you go to this type of place is important to helping you feel the best that you can.

 

Once you have found the place that has the best reviews, the next thing is to make sure that you select a place that offers good prices. You can also use the Internet, or the telephone to be able to do a quick call around so that you can get an idea of the prices that are being charge. Depending on your health insurance carrier, you might be able to get the cost of your treatments covered by your insurance provider. Make sure to check with your insurance provider to see if there are any acupuncture coverage’s that may also help you to save money. As you can see, you can find the right acupuncture Portland clinic by following these tips and suggestions.

Healing Benefits of Pineapple

A very quiet and effective healer of many body ailments is the pineapple. It is perhaps next to avocado in beneficial nutrients. Pineapple is in its best form when ripe. Its juice is very sweet, even the flesh is also edible, though some people prefer to extract the juice and discard the flesh. It is a tropical fruit, it is available for most parts of the year. Using pineapple for medicinal purposes is very simple. Just drink the juice or eat the flesh and the juice automatically sinks into your mouth. The aroma is very pleasant, the drink is very refreshing.

Nutritionists make us to understand that the most essential ingredient in the pineapple is bromelain. Bromelain reduces pain, reduces inflammation, this anti-inflammation capability makes the fruit better than drugs. Pineapple juice contains collagen, it boosts the immune system. Damaged or chapped skin can be reconditioned with the drinking of pine apple juice. Pineapple contains detoxifying elements and chemicals that stimulate kidney functions. Any dweller in the tropics should take delight in taking pineapple juice to treat bruises, cuts, muscle pain, arthritis, joint pain, and sprains, it is the best fruit in the tropics taking into consideration its taste and therapeutic properties. Recovery after surgery is often drastically reduced by taking pineapple. When other treatments fail, the pineapple juice always proves very effective in the treatment of muscle pain, back pain, and joint pains, it is very effective to supplement treatment of knee injury. For best results, it is advisable to settle for home grown pineapple, or get some from the nearest garden because unlike other fruits pineapple loses its flavor and potency if canned for commercial purposes. Fever, body wrinkles and indigestion can be easily cure with pineapple.

The presence of bromelain in the pineapple juice provides excellent antidote for cardiovascular disorders because of its ability to break down cholesterol compounds. In the upper respiratory tract, bromelain combats bronchitis and sinusitis. Bromelain is effective in healing stomach ulcers and indigestion.

For adults who are so blessed, taking a whole fruit or part of pineapple everyday is alright because it repairs so many body tissues. It is only children that should not take excess of pineapple because of its negative effects in the gum, it can cause gingivitis in children. If the only fruit available is pineapple, and you are adult, please take it as often as possible. Eating the fruit flesh or drinking the juice will make it unnecessary to see the doctor for a very long time. A daily diet is deficient without the pineapple. It is a safe replacement for many drugs.

Homeopathic Remedy for Colic

Baby Anna had been screaming since birth. Her mother said that she screams uncontrollably from 7 till 11 p.m. or even midnight.

Anna was her firstborn and I saw her when she was fifteen days old.

When the cry is loud and continuous and lasts one to four hours, often in the evening after feeding, it is called colic or infantile colic and it is the bane of many young mothers.

Dr. Morris A. Wessel, a clinical professor of pediatrics at Yale Medical School in New Haven, in a 1954 article in Pediatrics, referred to this condition as paroxysmal fussing or infantile colic. It occurs in an otherwise healthy and well-fed baby who cries or screams for a good three hours a day, often in the evening. It goes on most days of the week and can last four months or longer.

Colic is thought to be the result of the baby’s immature digestive tract which fails to digest mother’s milk (or formula) resulting in painful abdominal bloating. The brand-new digestive system is literally learning how to process food. Peristalsis, the involuntary constriction and relaxation of the muscles of the stomach and gut which knead the food, sending it down the digestive tract, is thought to be functioning imperfectly resulting in the bolus of food staying too long in the stomach or small intestine. Moreover, the number of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) that aid in the breakdown of food are, presumably, inadequate.

Sometimes the mother’s diet contains foods she digests and tolerates well. Parts of those foods find their way into her milk and these the infant does not tolerate setting up a kind of allergic reaction in the child.

Often, the colic is simply unexplainable and mother and child suffer through it until the child’s digestive system matures sufficiently and it finally winds down. Colic affects an estimated twenty-five percent of newborns plus their two parents who feel frustrated over their inability to console their child.

Anna also had a high bilirubin. Bilirubin is a breakdown product of hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying pigment of red blood cells. It is common for it to be elevated in newborns turning the skin yellow. It is called physiological jaundice and can affect up to fifty percent of newborns. Anna’s was high enough to concern her pediatrician and she had been admitted to the hospital several times for light therapy to bring it down. Despite the light therapy it jumped back up again.

The high bilirubin eventually returns to normal levels in the great majority of babies. Colic, however, is known to carry on for four to six months and is stressful for both the baby and the parents who often loose sleep and patience. Some mothers with colicky babies go into high anxiety.

Enter homeopathy

As always, I began to search for a homeopathic medicine that corresponded closely to Anna’s symptoms and to Anna, the person.

I learned that her mother had been drinking a health drink called Noni juice. She had already stopped drinking it but had she not I would have suggested she did. The colic, however, continued.

Symptoms that I deemed important:

  • Anna’s colic was worse lying on her back, slightly better lying on her right side.
  • Her head was quite hot and her feet cold.
  • Her mother said that she is expressive, that she already has many facial expressions and that she was born at noon and kept her eyes open for the next fifteen hours.

The fact she stayed awake fifteen hours the day of her birth intrigued me. To me, it signified she was a curious child, very interested in her environment.

Based on her friendliness and the fact she was worse lying on her back and better on her right side, I gave Phosphorus. Two days later she was no better. On reconsidering, I gave more importance to her curious nature and the fact her head was warm and her feet cold. These symptoms indicated Sulphur. She received a single dose and two days later the colic was no more-much to the delight of her parents. Rather than four or more months of suffering, homeopathy cured her colic before she was three weeks old.

Oh yes, the bilirubin also dropped to normal which would have happened anyway though the Sulphur may very well have speeded up the process.

Enjoying Nature – Now A Prescribed Treatment?

It’s hard to disagree with the suggestion that enjoying nature on a pleasant day is a reliable boost to your mood, now it might also be the advice that comes straight from your doctor. These days the benefits of nature… of filling your lungs with fresh air, feeling the breeze on your skin as you take in what’s around you are making their way into the health care advice of many doctors. It’s called ecotherapy (or sometimes nature therapy, earth-centered therapy or green therapy) and comes from book of that name.

Ecotherapy not only helps your mood, it is also known to ease anxiety and stress, lift symptoms of depression. What’s more, it’s free… in terms of costs and side effects. This approach has also been used to help conditions like post cancer fatigue, diabetes, high blood pressure and, of course, obesity.

Before you dismiss it out of hand, as some new age nonsense, think about this. Man has evolved in harmony with nature for millions of years, and this has likely hard-wired us with a need to interact with the environment around us… air, water, plants and other creatures.

Over the last 200 years we’ve become more and more removed from nature… too busy to appreciate the beauty of our natural surroundings. Today, over half the population of the world lives in cities.

There are academic programs that offer certificates in ecotherapy. This program includes animal assisted therapy, horticultural therapy, stress management and dealing with eco-anxiety. Even so there’s no body of evidence that backs up the claims of the benefits of this form of treatment for any condition.

Despite this, being outdoors is still considered part of an overall healthy lifestyle.

Something else to consider – science has long understood that exposure to sunlight can help depression, as we’ve seen with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Recent work is telling us more. A 2007 study concluded that a walk outside cut depression in over 70% of the study participants. All it took was five minutes… outside in nature to bring a lift to mood, motivation and even self-esteem.

Other experts have been recommending time outdoors for breast cancer survivors. For 30-40% of these patients, persistent fatigue is a real problem after treatment, but to help deal with this fatigue, doctors are advising patients to follow an encompassing program that includes suggestions for improving your diet, being more active, managing stress and bringing nature into the healing process. So if you’re a gardener who’s too tired to enjoy your former favorite pastime, start with just five minutes pulling weeds and build from there. Non gardeners can find a local park and take a leisurely walk… combining exercise with a peaceful, enjoyable setting.

Then there’s this, a Japanese study carried out in 2010 found that parts of the environment like the smells associated with woodland, running water, and forest scenery can offer relaxation and lower stress levels. Those participating in the research showed lower levels of stress hormone cortisol, a reduced pulse rate and reduced blood pressure.

Even kids can get in on the benefits of nature to the body. Many children are dealing with type 2 diabetes or are simply overweight. Generally these children spend little time outdoors. The recommendation is for the whole family to visit a natural area for a walk. The feedback from the students and their families has so far been good.

Major medical groups call for kids to get at least an hour of physical activity each and every day. Experts in ecotherapy are simply suggesting that some part of that be outside… in the fresh air and sunshine.

Even those in the inner city can benefit from enjoying nature. Walk more. Find a playground. And always, enjoy nature safely – keep an eye on the weather, go with someone (or leave details of where you are and when you expect to be back), wear the right clothing and shoes, and be aware of your surroundings.

Rosemary Oil and Its Ability to Enhance Memory

Rosemary or Rosmarinus, which means “sea dew” in Latin, developed a reputation for being a sacred plant that wards off evil spirits. The oil was also used as protection from the plague. The Romans and the Greeks used it for all sorts of things. Rosemary was always around during wedding ceremonies, religious rituals, and family gatherings. The Egyptians liked it and burned it as incense, and the French burnt it in hospitals during the Middle Ages.

Paracelsus said that rosemary oil strengthened the entire body back in the 16th century. He believes the oil had the ability to heal the liver, heart, and brain, and modern medicine agrees with him. Rosemary is used for flatulence, stomach cramps, and other digestive issues, plus it stimulates hair follicles, and prevents premature hair loss.

Rosemary oil is great for boosting mental awareness and brain activity.Students use it to concentrate during exams, and when used as an aromatherapy oil it helps with depression, mental fatigue, and short term memory loss. When rosemary oil is inhaled it lifts the spirits, and removes that feeling of boredom. A surge of energy quietly infiltrates the innate senses as the vapor is inhaled.

A diluted rosemary oil bath or massage can alleviate headaches as well as the agony and pain of arthritis and rheumatism. A regular rosemary massage will remove dryness and tone the skin. The oil is also a great disinfectant and can be used as a mouthwash.

The chemical constituents of rosemary oil give it the ability to boost mental alertness as well as act as a hormone stabilizer. Those constituents are limonene, 1,8-cineole, borneol, a-pinene, b-pinene, bornyl acetate, camphene, and camphor.

The therapeutic properties are: nervine, digestive, analgesic, astringent, carminative, cephalic, diuretic, cholagogue, antidepressant, cordial, tonic, emmenagogue, and hepatic, as well as hypertensive, rubefacient, sudorific, and stimulant. The diuretic properties of the oil also help reduce water retention and cellulite, plus it’s used to treat certain obesity cases.

The oil also helps ease congestion, swelling and puffiness, and it is effective on bronchitis, sinus, and sagging skin. One of the main things that rosemary does is increase circulation throughout the body. More oxygen gets to the organs, especially the brain, and that helps increase mental functions.

Paracelsus believed that rosemary oil could help heal the gall bladder and liver as well as the heart, and modern medicine has confirmed his beliefs. Rosemary oil is one of the most important essential oils in aromatherapy because it continues to produce results in terms of physical and mental well being.

Michael D. Thompson, an organic perfumer and accredited Master Herbalist, is the founder and director of Florapathics, LLC which manufactures all-natural, organically-derived personal care products that are infused with pure essential oils for aromatherapy.

Alternative Medicine And Children – The Holistic Pediatrician!

Who is holistic pediatrician?

The holistic pediatrician is a doctor that will treat children and their diseases as well as the scrapes and bumps of every day childhood. They don’t just use the more traditional invasive methods of treatment but will instead use more non-invasive methods that are more natural and more gentle towards the child. They will perform the usual services to help prevent and treat childhood diseases but will also endeavor to keep a child’s health maintained through their diet, with herbal medication and massage as well as other drug free techniques.

Best of holistic pediatrician.

The holistic pediatrician mainly focuses on trying to treat children by preventive care. While they still may at some time need to provide prescriptions and surgery to treat a variety of things they tend to have a far better bedside manner with children for those stressful times. They also are committed to better all round care and will focus on dietary needs, aroma therapy, bodywork, biofeedback and more, all of which form the holistic medicine foundation. A good holistic pediatrician will employ the holistic foundation along with his or her formal medical knowledge in order to provide the best overall care for children.

Understand that holistic pediatricians have a solid medical education. They either will have earned their MD or their DO which is doctor of osteopathic medicine – a post graduate degree. They will also have served three years as a pediatric resident at an assigned hospital. These doctors also will continue their education by taking a variety of additional courses and seminars that deal with holistic treatments for children that include asthma, diet, autism and homeopathy.

Differences holistic pediatrician from other doctors.

One of the more common ailments that all children seem to get are ear infections. Most pediatricians will immediately prescribe antibiotics to help get rid of the condition. The problem here though is that the problem will usually reoccur despite the short term benefits. This is where the holistic approach comes in handy and the holistic pediatrician will prescribe that the child be given some pro biotic or good bacteria supplement. It has been proven that if given antibiotics and a nasal spray with a pro biotic in it that the recurrence of ear infections were far less than children not treated with this approach.

Where to find a holistic pediatrician.

The best way to find a holistic doctor for your children is to get a hold of your insurance provider and ask them for a list of holistic or alternative pediatricians that they have and that they will cover. You can also go to the Holistic Pediatric Association website and find doctors in your area by searching their website. Another site that you can also go to would be the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.

If you are concerned about the increasing trend in treating our children with drugs then you might truly want to look into finding a holistic pediatrician, because they can offer you a way to feel at ease when treating your child with more natural ways. By using alternative ways of treating a child such as nutritional changes, vitamins, herbs and other natural things we can cut down on drug side effects and give our children a more relaxing and purposeful means of treatment.

What About the History of Acupuncture?

Acupuncture was first discovered by Ancient Chinese. Originating more than 2000 years ago, there was a medical text called “Huang Di Nei Juing”, which talked about the first acupuncture. From then on, acupuncture became the primary medical solution in ancient Chinese.

In the 6th Century where the improved transportation began, Chinese people traveled their goods and knowledge throughout Asian Countries. They introduced Chinese medicine to Japan, along with the religious medicine and Buddhism.

While in the 17th Century, a man named Waici Sugiyama searched for a simple way in using acupuncture where there would be less painful needle insertion. After several research and experiment, he came up with a small cylindrical tube through which acupuncture needle is inserted. This was a discovery that is still practiced and used until today by acupuncturist worldwide.

The 19th century has become the start of acupuncture’s downfall. Although acupuncture and acupuncturist are incomparable for over the thousand years, the Dutch and German medicine of western countries quickly became the dominant medical practice.

Today, acupuncture is still practiced in different countries. In Japan, acupuncture remains as a part of their health care system. In North America, it has become a treatment for pain management therapy in many hospitals and clinics. It was reported that in 1994, 6% of American population or estimated 15 million American has tried acupuncture and cured a variety of chronic pain, fatigue, arthritis, nausea and many digestive problems.

In the following year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or FDA classified acupuncture as a medical treatment and assured their safety and effectiveness (1995).

In 1997, the United States National Institute of Health or NIH issued a report about acupuncture. The report was titled “Acupuncture: The NIH Consensus Statement”. It stated that acupuncture has proven its effectiveness in treating many kinds of condition. It is very safe to use. Compared to the side effects of other medical procedures such as pharmaceuticals or surgery, acupuncture is considerably has less adverse effect. It also states that NIH recommends acupuncture to the United States insurance companies to provide acupuncture treatments for certain health conditions. This momentous report has been the chance for acupuncture to gain its usefulness and popularity in the United States, including Canada.

Now, acupuncture is now used in hospitals and also included insurance plans. With the help of the new discoveries of drugs and medicines, the application of an old traditional medical treatment can now become even more effective.

Dampness in The World of Chinese Medicine

Dampness is insidious. It works its way in, silent and sneaky. Before you know it, you’re filled with it, and you can barely get out of your own way!

In Chinese medicine, damp is a term we use for when the fluids of the body aren’t being processed correctly, leading to a buildup that can settle in and make itself at home in pretty much any area of the body. This, in turn, can lead to an a wide array of mental and physical issues.

If dampness invades the entire physical body, it causes weight gain, sluggishness, and a lack of motivation. Think of how you feel on a foggy, rainy day. Now imagine that fogginess and sogginess being inside of you. You would feel heavy, bloated, and slow. You would be more comfortable just sitting around, rather than engaging in movement. Your thoughts might be a bit confused, rather than clear and concise. This is what happens when there is an infestation of damp.

If the dampness attacks specific areas, it leads to heaviness and dullness in whatever part of the body it festers in. If it settles into the head, it can manifest into a sense of heaviness and slow thinking, or into a dull headache that feels as if a band is squeezing the head. This type of headache generally tends to either be stimulated or worsened by damp weather. Dampness in the head can also cause sinus pain, or a stuffy nose. From an emotional standpoint, dampness can muddle the thinking, making it hard to think clearly. In the extreme, it can lead to mental impairment. If damp attacks the digestive system, it can cause vomiting of fluids, diarrhea, or abdominal pain. With internal issues, damp usually transforms into damp-heat. Damp-heat of the intestines causes bloody, painful diarrhea. Damp-heat in the lower burner of the body can bring on sores, painful and burning urination, or a host of other issues. If it is hot and oozy, think damp-heat!

Pain caused by dampness is heavy, usually severe, and stays fixed in one place. Arthritis falls into this category: the pain is concentrated in one place, the afflicted area is stiff and hard to move, and damp weather usually makes it feel worse.

The true evil of dampness is that it is a self-propelling cycle. It weighs you down and resists change. That person who feels sluggish and weighed down could dissipate some of their dampness by moving, but the sluggishness makes the person want to sit still. That lack of movement creates more dampness…and so it continues. Fortunately, acupuncture and herbs are wonderful options for getting rid of this dampness.