New seasons are an opportunity to assess our states of health and realign with our natural rhythms. From an acupuncture perspective, fall is about refinement. It’s time to pare down, to let go of the excesses we allowed ourselves in summer and focus on what’s necessary for winter. In acupuncture theory, humans are viewed as microcosms of the natural world that surrounds them. Weather and climate, particularly during the transition from one season to another, factor significantly into acupuncture diagnoses and treatment plans.
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1. How Nerve Pain Feels: People with nerve pain feel it in different ways. For some, it's a stabbing pain in the middle of the night. For others, symptoms can include a chronic prickling, tingling, or burning they feel all day. Uncontrolled nerve pain can be hard to bear. But with treatment, it can often be adequately controlled.
In Chinese Medicine, fall represents the transition season from the height of yang or active energy of summer into the passive or yin energy of winter and it is associated with the Metal element and the Lung organ network. Just as the lungs and the breath help to establish a rhythm within our bodies, fall is the natural season to rediscover a healthy rhythm in your life. The Metal element of fall symbolizes clarity and diamond-like strength. Harness the natural energy of fall to both clarify what you value most and to find the strength to set boundaries and say no to what no longer supports a fulfilling life. If you fell away from your commitment to your health routines during summer, fall is a great time to recommit to eating healthy, exercising regularly, and addressing your health concerns.
With the intense political climate and widespread financial mess, I think that these are appropriate times to think about managing anxiety. Whether our worries are global or close to home, such as jobs, families and we, seems to be in a state of anxiety. So here are some brief thoughts on the topic. Anxiety, at its core, is a fear reaction. It is the expectation of danger.
Ever thought that being stuck by a needle would make your blood pressure go down? If they’re acupuncture needles placed appropriately they sure can! High blood pressure is a common problem and very frightening for those people suffering from the condition. They often wind up on medications, these medications often have side effects, some serious.
Chinese Medicine is an ancient science that many people find mysterious. I was drawn to practice this amazing medicine because it is endlessly fascinating and it has given me skills that help others. I also enjoy sharing my knowledge so here are three fun historical facts about Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
Just about everyone feels pain from time to time. When you cut your finger or pull a muscle, pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong. Once the injury heals, you stop hurting. Chronic pain is different. Your body keeps hurting for weeks, months, or even years after the injury. Doctors often define chronic pain as any pain that lasts for 3 to 6 months or more.
Stomach 36, called ‘Zusanli’ in Chinese and ‘Leg Three Miles’ in English, is the point recommend to use at home with acupressure. Acupressure is pressure applied to an acupuncture point. In the office, acupuncturists also rely on this point; it is an extremely popular spot to needle during a treatment. Certainly, it is one of my top choices. Why?
Don’t be surprised if the next time you see your pain doctor they suggest you go to an acupuncturist. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a recommendation that doctors get up to speed on complementary alternative therapies for treating pain including acupuncture and chiropractic treatment.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) shows long-term pain relief for migraine sufferers. This study had 249 participants who regularly suffered migraines without aura. They were divided into 3 groups: *true acupuncture *sham acupuncture and *a control group.
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