Medicine

> - How medicine merged in China over 2,000 years ago > - Acupressure choices to pick from > - The many faces of acupuncture > - The acu-life goes global The term Oriental Medicine is itself too simplistic when it comes to describing a vast body of medical knowledge that has endured over several thousand years. Many eastern countries, including India and Japan, added their own distinct advances in theory and techniques. Indeed, acupuncture and acupressure have their roots in the...

Edging Out Endo Acu Points Plus

When I first met Anne, she was 37 years of age and had already undergone laser surgery for infertility due to endometriosis. She had still not been able to conceive, had adopted two little girls, and found her old endo symptoms returning. With two small children to care for, her downtime from abdominal pain, constipation, and nausea was more than she could bear. We began with acupuncture and herbs, such as Dang Gui, Mu Dan Pi, and Chi Shao that significantly reduced her symptoms after one month...

Slips and Falls Stop Pain from Falling Through the Cracks

Now that you know how dangerous it is on the road, is it safe to stay home Well, 40 percent of all musculoskeletal injuries occur around the house. The National Safety Council says the total cost of home injuries in 1997 was 99.9 billion. Whether you slip in the tub, slide on ice, or trip over marbles left on the floor, your first reaction is to put your hand out to catch yourself. This maneuver usually results in at least a wrist sprain. Oriental medicine is teaming with techniques to treat...

Facelifts An Uplifting Experience

When the energy required to weather life's ups and downs begins to show on your face, what do you do According to the Mayo Clinic Women's Health Source, at least 80,000 people in 1999 decided to have a facelift (rhytidectomy). Facelifts are the fourth-most common elective procedure behind liposuction, breast augmentation, and eyelid surgery, according to the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons. Women had more than 90 percent of the facelifts performed in 1999. While many of...

Acupuncture Tools of the Trade

V Know what other tools acupuncturists have in their bags to help you V Discover bow to eat with the seasons using oriental methods of nutrition V Are medicinal herbs right for you Patients of mine are usually surprised by the different types of treatments available to them. I completely understand. When you go to see an acupuncturist, you would think all it would involve is a few needles here and there. Not necessarily so. Acupuncturists today have a vast array of tools in their goodie bags...

The Eight Directions Which Way Did He Go

The identification of patterns according to the eight directions is the foundation for all other methods of diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). By looking at your condition, your acu-pro will determine the basic location and nature of the disharmony that has led to your illness. The following descriptions are meant to be guidelines and are often mixed in an actual patient. It is not unusual for a patient to exhibit the external symptoms of a cold, while suffering from the internal...

Ovarian Cysts and Uterine Fibroids Double Trouble

Both of these are unwanted guests in your abdominal cavity. Ovarian cysts are caused by growing cells in the uterus (see the discussion on endometriosis earlier in this chapter), which attach to and penetrate the tough covering of the ovary and begin to multiply. These cells form a cyst a closed pocket of tissue and can collect a large amount of blood, growing to the size of an egg or grapefruit. They are often called chocolate q sts because the blood darkens as it collects, giving it the...

Points to Cut Off the Cough

The key in relieving bronchitis is to clean away the extra mucus and open the lungs. Acu-points include Ding Chuan (Stop Wheezing), B-12 (Wind's Door), LU-1 (Central Residence), and CV-17 (Penetrating Odor). (I'm just relaying the names, folks I didn't make them up myself ) Your acupuncturist will use these points plus others that correspond to helping your general health. Moxabustion or heat treatment may be used on your back and neck to melt the mucus, or cupping jars placed on BL-12 to...

Shingles Not Just on Your Roof

Most of us have had chicken pox in our lives. Shingles are caused from the same virus, Varicella zoster also known as herpes zoster. Once you've had chicken pox, this virus may lie dormant in your body until a serious illness, emotional trauma, or prolonged stress weakens your immune system. Each year, 850,000 Americans are diagnosed with shingles. The first sign of shingles may be chills or fever, followed by an eruption of tiny blisters that may be extremely painful and sensitive to the touch...

Capping Off Knee Pain

Your kneecap, or patella, should move around easily when your weight is off your leg. There are two ligaments that hold it loosely in place right under the kneecap. If you sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, feel for the small indentations near the bottom of your kneecap on either side. These acu-points are located here at ST-35 and Xiyan (Eyes of Knee). This area can get swollen and sore, especially after sports activities involving jumping. Another name for this condition,...

Fun and Laughter Remember Us

When is the last time you had a good laugh I mean a time when something struck you as being so funny that you lost all inhibitions, forgot totally about where you were, and let out a loud, rolling, tears-streaming, belly laugh I bet you smile and chuckle just thinking about it. According to research at the Loma Linda University Medical School, the average adult laughs approximately 15 times per day. The average child laughs 400 times a day As we grew up, we left a few hundred laughs a day...

Dental Pain Page the Tooth Fairy

Dental pain can be a troubling ordeal. If your teeth are in pain, you can scarcely take a comfortable breath. Your dentist should be consulted to help you discover the source of your pain. Acupuncture and acupressure have been shown to be effective in the treatment of alleviating toothaches and postoperative dental pain. I frequently treat patients after they've had oral surgery or teeth pulled (even all four wisdom teeth ). With the help of acupuncture, the pain and swelling go down much more...

Put a Close to the Runny Nose

Oriental medicine can offer significant relief for allergy sufferers I got help, and so can you. The kind of traditional oriental diagnosis you have is determined by your symptoms. With allergies, your immune system is overreacting to some outside substance, and your individual characteristics will point the way for your acu-pro. One factor to consider is your general energy level. If you are tired and lethargic even before allergy season, then part of your treatment strategy will be to rebuild...

Headaches Riot on the Rooftop

If you suffer from headaches, you're not alone. According to the American Council for Headache Education, an estimated 50 million Americans experience some form of severe headache. About 26 million Americans have migraine headaches, either with an aura (classic migraine) or without (common migraine). Migraines are the most common cause of recurring headaches, but other conditions can cause your head to ache as well, including high blood pressure, glaucoma, or sinusitis. Less likely causes are...

Acu Points Concerning Your Burning

I get a great deal of satisfaction when I hear how acupuncture and Oriental Medicine have helped turn someone's life around who has been struggling with chronic bladder infections. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that there will be a 12-percent increase in the number of bladder diseases over the next 15 years, with a dramatic 28-percent increase among women and men 40-59 years of age. Oriental Medicine can help us understand why this may be happening when we look at the characteristic causes...

Nasal Congestion Had Enough of the Stuff

This section is for all the folks who go through their days with a stuffed-up nose they're not actually sick, but they're not well, either. Nasal congestion can be brought on initially by a cold, but then stay around due to incomplete healing of cold symptoms or environmental allergies. Whatever the original cause, you now have a condition that makes you susceptible to even more illnesses. Oriental Medicine suggests that the nose is the gatekeeper to the lungs, which are highly sensitive to...

Insurance Coverage

I am always asked if insurance companies cover acupuncture. As you can see from the following chart, we've got a ways to go. In many states, we have no mandatory insurance coverage for acupuncture. Parity means that if insurance carriers pay for another health professional to perform acupuncture therapy, then they must pay the acupuncturist who is also qualified to deliver this therapy. Mandated Mandated Workers' Mandated Mandated Mandated Workers' Mandated Footnote Used with permission of...

Gentle Dental Acu Points

The following acu-points have as their area of influence the teeth, jaw, and gum regions. These points can be coordinated with your acu-pro and dentist to ensure the most effective self-care treatments. LI-4 (Adjoining Valleys) is located in the muscle between your thumb and index finger. Find the sore spot in the muscle next to the web of your hand on the same side as your sore tooth. Wrap your fingers around your hand while pressing firmly with your thumb. This point will probably be very...

Infant Massage for Asthma

Chinese Tui-Na (see Chapter 5, Acupuncture Tools of the Trade,) is used for infants as well as adults and can be quite helpful in relieving asthma. During the massage, rub gently into the acu-points CV-17, BL-12, and Ding Chuan which are discussed in Chapter 12, Respiration A Breath of Fresh Air, for asthma. Using a few drops of oil can reduce friction and make a more enjoyable time to connect with your baby. Soft singing is encouraged. Rest your baby on a blanket while you place your hands,...

Healing Hands Acupressure and Reflexology

The benefits of a healing touch can bring about much-needed relaxation, may reduce pain, encourage lymph flow, reduce edema, decrease nausea, and improve sleep. Acupressure and foot reflexology (see Chapter 3, The Origins of Oriental Medicine) can help you feel more in control and assist you in adjusting to body changes from surgery, chemotherapy, and cancer. According to Massage Magazine (March April 2000), patients who are touched during treatment experience a greater sense of relaxation and...

Press Acu Points to Pause Your Menopause

The natural process of menopause has been getting comforting help from Oriental Medicine for centuries. As you've already read, diet, exercise, and a healthy outlook are key components of any comprehensive treatment plan. Hot flashes, dry skin, vaginal dryness, increased thirst, insomnia, forgetfulness, and anxiety are part of the deficient heart yin pattern in Oriental Medicine. The term deficient yin in this case often refers to the reduction in estrogen. The term heart addresses not only the...

Acupressure The Match Points

Acupressure is an effective and timesaving technique for healing tennis elbow. The acu-points are located along the channels that affect the outside of the elbow. As you'll see by their names, these acu-points are famous for treating elbows just like yours. Tennis elbow. If you have tennis elbow, the pain will hi't at the outside of the elbow, the smackit of the racket Golfer's elbow. With golfer's elbow, the inside of the elbow takes the zing of the swing, and that's where the pain will be....

Colds Nosing Around for Better Health

Learn how to stop colds in their tracks Discover how Oriental Medicine cuts through your cougfi Acu-points to negate nasty nasal congestion Say so long to sinusitis I live in New England, and it's not uncommon for me to see patients that keep passing the same cold around their families for weeks. I also meet a great number of people who experience a stuffed-up nose or have a cough from late fall until spring. They often say it's been that way every year and they're coming in for treatment...

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome The Mouse That Made You Roar

Carpal tunnel syndrome is named after the tube or tunnel that passes through the carpal bones (hence the name carpal) in the heel of the hand. The prime pain spot is located in the area where the hand meets the wrist. If the size of the tunnel is reduced, pressure is put on the median nerve, producing the characteristic numbness and pain of carpal tunnel syndrome. Let's take a look. Turn your palm toward you, tilt your palm toward your face, make a fist, and squeeze. Do you see the tendons that...

Acu Points to Block the Bleeding

Many women who come to my practice are opting to use acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to stop the pain and excessive bleeding from fibroids and cysts. I make sure that they have been properly examined and diagnosed by their conventional physician to rule out any malignant growths. Over 30 percent of all hysterectomies (removal of the uterus) in the United States are done to remove uterine fibroids. Since these growths shrink after menopause, avoiding surgery is an option some women are...

Diarrhea Squirts for the Squirts

Most children will experience a short bout of diarrhea for one or two days occasionally, and such events are perfectly normal. However, persistent diarrhea that continues over a longer period of time can be a warning sign of your child's overall health. Take a look at Chapter 19 that focuses on gastrointestinal conditions for a discussion of the conventional medical causes and issues surrounding diarrhea. In Oriental Medicine, the characteristics of the diarrhea and your child's health...

Knee Pain Whats the Deal with Your Kneel

Your knees are the joints that connect your body to your feet. They are central to distributing your body weight over your feet so that you can walk, run, ski, or jump. When you hear popping and creaking sounds from your knees, be calm, and thank your acu-pro for getting the healing started Our knees hold us up all our lives, and as time goes by, they become especially prone to injuries. Common diagnoses include arthritis, bursitis, and strains or tears of ligaments and tendons. Please select a...

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine AGAOM

1010 Wayne Ave., Suite 1270 Silver Spring, MD 20910 301-608-9680 fax 301-608-9576 The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), formerly the National Accreditation Commission for Schools and Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NACSCAOM), was established in June 1982 by the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM). Its mission is to foster excellence in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine education. The commission acts as an...

Anxiety Checklist

Anxiety affects most people from their teenage years to middle age, but others are affected at different times in their lives. Often people self-medicate with alcohol or recreational drugs to help them feel better. If you have any questions after looking over the following list, make an appointment with your health provider to discuss your feelings. During an ordinary activity, your heart pounds and you hyperventilate, sweat, and tremble. You may think it's a heart attack, but it's a panic...