Tinnitus The Ring You Cant Answer

Ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, and whistling will it ever stop For an estimated 50 million Americans with tinnitus, commonly called ringing in the ears, it doesn't. I have lectured to hospital-based tinnitus support groups and heard the word about this incredibly annoying and aggravating condition. The ear noises can be intermittent or continuous, and the loudness also varies. Background noises of daily life often drown out the ringing or buzzing during the day. The worst time seems to be...

Constipation Ready Set No Go

Your digestive system is amazing and efficient most of the time. All your food and drinks are processed by flowing through more than 30 feet of intestines. In a matter of a few hours, nutrients are loaded into your bloodstream, while the waste material is separated and stored temporarily in your colon. Excess water that your body cannot use elsewhere is removed, and when you feel the urge to purge, you have a bowel movement (or BM, as my mother so politely called it ). What if the urge never...

Acu Pros Hasten to Relieve Constipation

Believe it or not, the frequency and quantity of bowel movements differ from culture to culture. According to Don't Forget Fiber in Your Diet, rural African adults pass 400-500 grams of stool daily, while the typical westerner passes about 80-120 grams. The time it takes for food and drink to move through your bowels determines how often you have to go. In rural Africa, transit time is one-and-a-half days, while people in western societies average three days. I believe that if you are eating...

The Bothersome Barometer

It's normal to have emotions, but if one emotion gets stuck and keeps going watch out Traditionally, the seven emotions that can be too much for you are happiness, anger, worry, pen-siveness, sadness, fear, and terror. Stuck emotions can lead to excessive behavior such as road rage or anxiety. > - Wind (spring). Illness comes on suddenly, changes quickly, or moves around. Includes spasms, itching, vertigo, moving pain. > - Cold (winter). You feel cold and your body contracts (sound familiar...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome A Moving Experience

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is the most common digestive condition in the United States, affecting one in five adults. Twice as many are women than men. The condition occurs when the normal rhythm of your colon becomes irregular, typically leaving you experiencing diarrhea, cramping abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, or nausea. Pockets of trapped intestinal gas can cause pain, especially after eating, and are often temporarily relieved by bowel movements. Victims may dread mealtime...

Acu Points to Slow the Flow

People around the world have been dealing with diarrhea for centuries. Oriental Medicine has developed effective strategies to treat acute or chronic diarrhea. A mild case of diarrhea helps your body clean out toxins and bacteria, and is of little concern for the first two days. However, I see patients who have continual loose stools that disrupt their lives and who need safe and effective solutions for their conditions. I find that irregular diet, emotional stress, and overwork are frequently...

Turn On Your Acu Points Shut Off the Ringer

Using the tools and techniques of Oriental Medicine, you and your acu-pro can effectively manage tinnitus so that you will hardly notice the noise inside your head. While I've not been successful in every case, the number of people who have been helped is growing. The two most common oriental diagnoses of tinnitus that I see are rising liver and gallbladder fire, and kidney deficiency. Rising liver and gallbladder fire is characterized by sudden onset of a loud noise, emotional stress,...

Cancer The Conventional View

Our bodies are amazing in the way trillions of cells are made and distributed throughout a complex network of systems. Normal cells grow, reproduce, and die in response to internal and external signals from our body. When normal cells mutate or change into cancer cells, then the problem begins. Cancer is the abnormal growth, reproduction, and spread of body cells. These cells do not obey the normal signals of the body that control other cells, and behave independently instead of working in...

Magnets Whats the Attraction

Pick up any magazine these days and you'll notice that many ads on the back pages involve the use of magnets. However popular magnets may be today, the use of magnets as medical tools is not a new fad. In fact, civilizations such as China, India, and Egypt used magnets to treat ailments for centuries, and today magnetic therapy has officially been accepted as a medical procedure in Germany, Japan, Israel, Russia, and 45 other countries. Tn Oriental Medicine, magnets are used to set up specific...

Keeping Pain at Arms Length

> - Acu-therapy to bounce back from bursitis > - Stop courting the pain of tennis elbow > - Learn the stretches and catches to combat carpal tunnel V Discover time-tested techniques to ease arthritic pain and suffering Some of the most prolific and common pains occur along the joints that lie from the shoulder to the fingers. These joints are pretty handy because we rely on them constantly throughout the day to help us dress, drive our cars, do our laundry, and hold our babies. When you...

Trouble in the Tunnel

Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome often crop up after you start a new job or a new hobby that forces you to use your wrist and fingers in a repetitive motion. Women are particularly susceptible to developing the condition, especially if they're pregnant or between the ages of 40 and 70. The pain can affect one or both arms and can involve pain in the forearm, wrist, and or palm. Some patients with carpal tunnel feel a sharp pain when they make the repetitive movement, others experience a...

The Terminator in the Tunnel Acupuncture on the Scene

In traditional Oriental Medical terms, the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome reflect cold (a victim often feels more pain with cold), dampness (forearm and hand may feel heavy and achy), and wind (characterizes the tingling or shooting nerve pain) that block the otherwise smooth flow of blood and Qi in our arms. Acupuncture treatments include stimulation of acu-points near the wrist by an in-and-out technique with the needle. You may feel a mild electrical sensation, which is desired because...

Ill Be Back Acupressure Stretch and Press

Acupressure is a great self-care treatment that speeds up recovery time and can be used to break up the tension in your wrists at work. The following exercises can really help relieve your suffering. Margaret Naeser, Ph.D., licensed acupuncturist and associate research professor of neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine, has been using low-energy lasers (5-20 megawatts compared to a typical surgical laser of 300 watts) to treat postsurgical pain from carpal tunnel syndrome. A red...

Causes of the Creakin

There are a number of different types of arthritis, including > Osteoarthritis. Average age at onset over 40. Characteristics gradual stiffness and pain, enlargement of the joint. > Rheumatoid arthritis. Average age at onset 25-50. Characteristics autoimmune condition (immune system cells kill body cells), inflammation of the joint and neighboring tendons, muscles, and nerves. > Spondyloarthropathies. Average age at onset 20-40. Characterisitics spinal inflammation and pain, often causing...

Endometriosis Oh the Tangled Webs We Weave

Endometriosis involves the growth of cells from the endometrium (the uterus lining) in other areas of your abdomen. About 12 million American women report having this condition that's 10-20 percent of the female population. Endometriosis begins with a backup of endometrial tissue that builds up throughout the month during a regular menstrual cycle. The cause of this tissue backup is still unknown. Instead of flowing out of the uterus, some of the tissue moves back up through the fallopian tubes...

Female Infertility The Obstruction to Reproduction

For most couples, getting pregnant isn't a problem, but one in five couples experience fertility issues in America today. The risk for infertility among women 35-44 years of age is double that of women 30-34 years of age, and the risk is one-and-a-half times higher for black women than for white women. Doctors usually define infertility as the inability to conceive after a year or more of regular sexual activity without contraception during the time of ovulation. It also encompasses an...

Endo Risks and Symptoms Could This Be

While the causes of endometriosis are still unclear, here is a valuable list of the current medical thoughts on the condition > Deficienq in the immune system > Family history of endometriosis > Menstrual cycle length of 27 days or less > Early onset of menstruation > Periods lasting seven or more days > Reported mostly by women who have never been pregnant The symptoms of endometriosis can be difficult to evaluate. In the beginning, many women do not have any symptoms. Others who...

Part

You're riot wearing bandages, a plaster cast, or a sling, so you must not be hurt too bad. Without a reminder, your friends and family might forget you're dealing with a real health challenge. Sometimes other people don't understand that pain can be covered up as you try to live a normal life. Your pain doesn't always show. Most of the patients I've seen with the following conditions such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and chronic bladder infections have either a hard time finding the words...

Weight Management Motorize Your Metabolism

We close this chapter on imbalances with perhaps our country's greatest health challenge weight management. We look in a mirror, step on a scale, or put on our bathing suit, and what runs through our minds Too fat Too thin Body imaging is a large-scale issue in this country and goes well beyond the scope of this chapter. Weight management is at a crisis level in our country. It is estimated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that one-third of Americans are 20 percent or more...

Sciatica The Nerve of It

Developing sciatica is unfair because you rarely get a break from its pain. The pain is present when you sit, stand, and even while you're lying down. Sciatica is the familiar term for pain that travels along the sciatic nerve, which starts in the middle of your butt, runs down the back of your leg, and sometimes extends to your foot. The farther down you feel the characteristic pain, burning, or numbness, the more pressure is being put on the root of the nerve in your butt. What could cause...

Elbow Your Pain Out of the

The sciatic nerve is located deep in the muscles of the buttocks, so the acupressure techniques used to reach the affected area need to penetrate through layers of muscles. If you used your fingers or thumbs, you'd be sore in a very short time. That is why acu-pros use their elbows or tools to stimulate the points and put an end to your pain. Elbowing the way to the sciatic nerve. The main acu-point to use is GB-30 (Encircling Leap), which is located one-third the distance from your hipbone...

Electro Auricular I Hear Its All in the

Believe it or not, one of my favorite treatments for plantar fasciitis involves the ear. Indeed, the Chinese, Egyptians, and Romans treated many parts of the body by stimulating acu-points in the ear. A French neurologist named Dr. Paul Nogier began observing successful treatments of sciatica using ear acupuncture in his hometown of Lyon. He began to do more studies and experiments until he finally developed an electro-auricular non-needle acupuncture device. When it comes to treating plantar...

Pain Below the Belt

V Acu-points that give relieve from back pain V A low-back stretch to keep you limber and loose V Stop the burning pain of sciatica End the pain of popping knees with Oriental Medicine Take a confident step by using acu-pros for foot pain Hitting below the belt is an old sports expression for an unfair move. There's nothing fair about the conditions discussed in this chapter, because they can force you to take an unwanted timeout. Back pain can certainly sideline you, while sciatica should be a...

Chemotherapyinduced Nausea and Vomiting

Patients tell me how difficult it is to deal with all the emotions and logistics of chemotherapy, but the nausea and vomiting that often follow are just too much to bear. Your energy level and appetite decline rapidly. Antiemetic (antinausea) medications are available, but they may not work to alleviate the problem completely. Studies show that acupuncture can be used effectively alone for nausea or provide added relief when using antiemetic treatments. I have found that acupuncture is highly...

Medical Qi Gong Its a Bird Its a Crane Its

Another way to improve your health is through the practice of medical Qi Gong. Qi (life energy) and gong (benefits from persistent efforts) are combined with slow, easy-to-perform breathing exercises to assist a wide variety of health concerns. Medical Qi Gong can be prescribed by your acu-pro for helping specific conditions such as cancer, arthritis, and many muscular or joint pains. Qi Gong helps to circulate Qi through channels by easy-to-perform slow movements (which often mimic the...

Indigestion Its Easy to Be Queasy

Don't you just hate eating a meal and being reminded of it for several hours afterward The little candy mints aren't enough to stop the heartburn, gas, abdominal pain, and bloated or nauseous feeling that indigestion brings our way. Indigestion seems to be growing as a condition I know I see it more frequently in the office. Perhaps our modern lifestyle has something to do with it. Try working in a few of these tips and see if your digestion improves. If it does, keep it going. > Chew with...

Determined Digestion What Goes Down Can Stay Down

The most common form of vomiting is known in oriental terms as a deficient cold stomach. This is reflected in your baby's characteristics, such as vomiting back milk that he or she has just swallowed. It looks just like milk and usually has no change in color or odor. Your baby's hands and feet are usually cold, face is pale, and there often is a visible blue vein at the bridge of the nose. Your baby is usually less energetic than you might think and is uncomfortable if you put any pressure on...

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...

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...

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

Acupoints For Menopuase

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...

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...