Spring Time with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Spring Time with Traditional Chinese Medicine

Spring is the long-awaited change of winter to spring. Seeds sprout, flowers bloom, and the sun warms the earth. There is a sense of renewal and new life all around.
While winter was a time to conserve energy and reduce activity, spring is a time of regeneration, new beginnings, and a renewal of spirit.

But it is also the season of allergies. Allergies are a sign from your body that one or more organs are imbalanced or have an energy deficiency. This energy deficiency can be related to several organs: the Kidney, Liver, Lung or Stomach.

The best way to address allergies is to focus on strengthening your body’s Qi or vital energy, as well as supporting the organ(s) that are most deficient in energy. This means making key lifestyle adjustments and recognizing when your body is running low on Qi.

The Principle of the Five Elements
The five elements refer to wood, fire, earth, metal, and water in Eastern philosophy. The Principle of the Five Elements (known as the Wu Hsing in Chinese) describes the flow of Qi and the balance of yin and yang.

According to the principle, all change – in the universe and in your body – occurs in five distinct stages. Each of these stages is associated with a particular time of year, a specific element in nature, and a pair of organs in the body. Change links together the seasons of the year, aspects of nature, and your body's organs and bodily processes. A practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine uses this principle to diagnose and treat health problems, linking specific foods, herbs, and acupuncture points to the restoration of yin-yang and Qi.

SPRING:
Spring is the ideal time for cleansing and rejuvenation for overall health and well-being. As spring is represented by the wood element and includes the liver and its complementary organ, the gallbladder, these two organs are usually the primary targets for springtime cleansing and health regimens. 

·       Element: Wood

·       Color: Green

·       Nature: Yang

·       Organs: Liver, Gallbladder

·       Emotion: Anger

Put Some Spring into Your Step
Spring corresponds to the "Wood" element, which in turn is conceptually related to the liver and gallbladder organs. According to the philosophy of Chinese medicine, the liver is responsible for the smooth flowing of Qi (energy) throughout the body. When the liver functions smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout the body also runs smoothly.So, for optimum health this spring, move your Qi!

Stretch - The liver controls the tendons. According to Chinese medicine, the liver stores blood during periods of rest and then releases it to the tendons in times of activity, maintaining tendon health and flexibility. Incorporate a morning stretch into your routine. Try yoga, tai qi or Qigong.

Eye Exercises - The liver opens into the eyes. Although all the organs have some connection to the health of the eyes, the liver is connected to proper eye function. Remember to take breaks when looking at a computer monitor for extended periods of time and do eye exercises.

Make Healthy Food Choices- Diet is also an important healing strategy. In terms of allergies, it’s best to alleviate any condition caused by internal cold, which can also sap your energy and unbalance the state of your body and its organs, as well as to revitalize the organs that need support. Add warming ginger or cinnamon to your diet whenever possible; avoid foods that have a cold temperature or essence; don’t eat a lot of salads or raw vegetables; don’t drink a lot of cold water or sodas. Add healing foods in spring that support the Liver: salmon, scallions, eggplant, broccoli, dandelion greens, chives, cucumber, asparagus, kale, artichokes, arugula, fennel, turmeric, garlic, etc.


Eat More Greens - Green is the color of the liver and of springtime. Eating young plants - fresh, leafy greens, sprouts, and immature cereal grasses - can improve the liver's overall functions and aid in the movement of qi.

Taste Sour - Foods and drinks with sour tastes are thought to stimulate the liver's qi. Put lemon slices in your drinking water, use vinegar and olive oil for your salad dressing. Garnish your sandwich with a slice of dill pickle.

Do more outdoor activities - Outside air helps liver qi flow. If you have been feeling irritable, find an outdoor activity to smooth out that liver qi stagnation. Try hiking or take up golf.

Enjoy milk thistle tea-Milk thistle helps protect liver cells from incoming toxins and encourages the liver to cleanse itself of damaging substances, such as alcohol, medications, pesticides, environmental toxins, and even heavy metals such as mercury.

Chinese Herbal Formula’s for Spring allergies:

·       Nasal Tabs

·       Allernest

·       Cold Away, Yin Chao, Gan Mao Ling

·       Clear Air

·       Isatis Gold

Get Acupuncture treatments- Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help improve the overall health of your liver as well as treat stress, anger and frustration, which are often associated with liver qi disharmony. Seasonal acupuncture treatments just four times a year can serve to tonify the inner organ systems and can correct minor annoyances before they become serious problems 

** By following these dietary and lifestyle strategies on a daily basis, you can help your body your Qi throughout the year and address the root case of your allergies! You don’t have to accept allergies as being a part of your “normal” condition; in fact, they are a symptom from your body that deeper imbalances are present that may lead to even more uncomfortable, possibly life-threatening, ailments in the future. Make the time to take care of yourself! Take steps today not just to feel better and stop suffering from pesky allergies, but also to improve your overall health and prevent more serious disease from entering your body.

 

Dr. Dawn Mamikunian, L.Ac., DACM

(585) 402-1007

https://dawnsacupuncture.com

 

Why Acupuncture Is A Better And Safer Solution Than Opiates

Did you know...The number of deaths from opioid-related overdoses in Monroe County and surrounding counties went from 11 in 2011 to 206 as of last year? 169 of the deaths were in Monroe County alone. And as each day passes, the number of overdose deaths increases. Dawn's Acupuncture offers a better way-- 100% natural and 100% safe!

What Are Opiates?

Over two million people in the U.S. are suffering from substance use disorder as a result of prescription opiate pain relievers. This number has skyrocketed since the 1990’s to epidemic proportions, and will continue to do so unless people become educated on this topic. Opiates are powerful and dangerous drugs derived from the poppy plant. These drugs, even when prescribed by your doctor, can be extremely detrimental to your health. Even 3-4 days of prescribed opiate use can result in lifelong consequences

10 Reasons to NOT use Commonly Prescribed Opiates
(Oxy (Oxycodone), Hydocodone, Morhpine, Vicodin, Codeine, Fentanyl)

1) Addiction: Compulsive use the drug despite the consequences. At this point it seems impossible to stop, even if you want to.

2) Withdrawal: A physically and emotionally painful experience. Includes symptoms like: restlessness, muscle cramps, diarrhea, and hallucinations.

3) Gateway Drugs: 3 out of every 4 heroine users were prescription opiate users. Prescribed use of opiates leads to a larger addiction.

4) Sleep Problems: Sleep apnea: breathing stops periodically, hypercapnia: increases heart rate, blood pressure, and may cause an arrhythmia are just a few examples.

5) Testosterone in Men Decreases by 50%: Opiate use of even a couple of days can result in decreased fertility, decreased libido, and muscular weakness.

6) Abnormal Heart Rate, Heart Failure & Heart Attacks: 77% higher risk of cardiovascular events.

7) Damages the Immune System: Notable immunosuppressive effects.

8) Bloating, Constipation & Hemorrhoids: 63% of users experience constipation.

9) Reduced Amount of Oxygen that Reaches the Brain: Hypoxia can cause permanent psychological and neurological damage, and can even induce a coma. Also users are 10x more likely to require inpatient mental health services.

10) Overdose/Death: Out of the almost 20k opiate overdoses in a single year, more than ¾ were due to prescription painkillers.

10 Reasons to Try Acupuncture

1) Assists with Recovery from Addiction: By stimulating the body’s own opioids, acupuncture can mirror the benefits of opiates without the risk of side effects. Acupuncture is inexpensive, prevents relapses, and is safe for pregnant women.

2) No Withdrawal: The only craving is for another appointment, to continue the healing process.

3) Gateway to Serenity: Taking a minute to treat your body and mind is crucial. Make an appointment to become a better version of you.

4) Treats Sleep Issues: Instead of being treated with more drugs, acupuncture addresses specific points on the body, physical rest, and mental quietude for the mind.

5) Re-awaken & Energize the Self-Healing Capacity of the Body: Acupuncture treats more than the symptoms and is able to “self-medicate” with releases of endorphins and dopamine triggered because of the body’s healing potential.

6) Excellent for Stress Relief: Slowing your body’s production of stress hormones, allows your mind to alleviate anxiety and depressive feelings.

7) Support & Strengthen the Immune System: Acupuncture not only treats the symptoms of a weakened immune system, but also addresses the root of the problem to help prevent future issues.

8) Treats Gastrointestinal Issues: The stomach and spleen are associated with anxiety and stress. Acupuncture helps diffuse the stress and heal the gastrointestinal issues.

9) Supports Circulation and Balance Throughout Your Body: Acupuncture unblocks the qi and reinstates harmonious circulation and balance throughout the body.

10) No Deaths Have Been a Result of Acupuncture: One of the oldest practices of Chinese Medicine, acupuncture has been established and effective for over three thousand years. 100% natural, 100% safe.

REFERENCES::

http://www.rebostreatment.com/effects-opiates-mind-body/

http://study.com/academy/lesson/what-are-opiates-definition-examples-effects.html

https://www.forbes.com/sites/toriutley/2016/06/24/the-role-of-acupuncture-in-the-midst-of-the-opioid-crisis/#20c31a8f537c

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2012/739045/

http://drugabuse.com/library/opiate-abuse/#effects-of-opiate-abuse

Iced Turmeric Lemonade Recipe

Author: Wellnessmama.com

Turmeric is a wonderful spice with many benefits. I love using it in cooking and in natural beauty recipes.

Many Benefits of Turmeric
Turmeric is a versatile spice that I use often and it is also a great natural remedy.

It can be used externally to improve skin, can help whiten teeth, and in poultices to sooth rashes. Internally, it supports digestion, the liver, and is high in beneficial antioxidants.

This power spice is a cornerstone of Indian cuisine and used in curry powders, mustards and more.

Doctors and naturopaths often recommend turmeric as a way to help lower inflammation in the body. Thousands of studies show its benefits in promoting heart health, mental health, reducing inflammation and ensuring balanced blood sugar.

How to Use Turmeric
I love to add turmeric to skin scrubs and other beauty recipes. I also put it in many of my homemade spice blends and add it to many recipes.

Unfortunately, many of the foods I love adding turmeric in, like soups and stews, aren’t good summer recipes. I find it harder to consume foods and drinks with turmeric in warmer months.

My favorite turmeric recipe of all time is this Turmeric Tea (also called Golden Milk). I make that warm and savory drink with coconut milk and other spices and love it in cooler months.

Turmeric Lemonade
Unfortunately, when the outside temperatures start hitting 90+ degrees, hot drinks lose some of their appeal. I’ve been experimenting with ways to use turmeric in cooler foods and drinks and come up with a few recipes we love.

This iced turmeric lemonade is a delicious summer favorite for our family as I’ve been making it often for the kids while they are playing outside. It is incredibly easy to make and tastes great!

The earthy taste of the turmeric provides gorgeous color but is mostly hidden by the tang of the lemon. Personally, I like to use liquid stevia to sweeten this, though any natural sweetener would work.

How to Make It…

Prep time
5 mins
Cook time
5 mins
Total time
10 mins

Refreshing iced turmeric lemonade combines earthy and bright turmeric with fresh lemon and natural sweetness for a delicious summer drink.
Author: Wellness Mama
Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
2 cups water
1.5 cup of ice
½ cup fresh lemon juice (or more to taste-about 2-3 lemons)
1-2 teaspoons turmeric powder
½ teaspoon stevia drops (or more to taste)- Can substitute other natural sweetener but will need to add more

Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend for 60 seconds or until ice is completely blended in.
Let rest for about 30 seconds before pouring. Pour into cups to serve. I prefer to serve over more ice.
Consume immediately.

Notes
If you won't consume all of this at once, make smaller batches by cutting the recipe in half or even fourths. I prefer to use stevia to keep the sugar content down, but any natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey will work well in this recipe. You can also make this with lime juice (same amount as lemon juice) or orange juice (double the juice and reduce the water by ½ cup).

Natural Electrolyte Sports Drink Recipe

Author: wellnessmama.com

Drinking enough pure clean water is one of the most important things we can do for overall health. For times of exercise and exertion, a homemade natural sports drink recipe can also be helpful.

Here’s why:

Plain water can get boring after a while and it doesn’t contain high levels of electrolytes lost during exercise. It is helpful to add electrolytes and minerals to help rehydration after times of high-intensity exercise or lots of sweating.

Why Not Regular Sports Drinks?
Before you stop by the store for a Gatorade on the way to the game, try making your own natural version! It is easy, just as fast, and a lot healthier.

Regular sports drinks contain ingredients like:

Water, sucrose syrup, glucose-fructose syrup, citric acid, natural grape flavor with other natural flavors, salt, sodium citrate, monopotassium phosphate, red 40, Blue 1.

They also typically have fruit-like flavors but labels that say “contain no fruit.”

I’m all for re-hydrating, but are the monopotassium phosphate, mystery “natural flavors” and artificial dyes really necessary?

Around here, for times when more than just water is needed for hydration (softball games, triathlons, labor, etc.), we make our own version, which I prefer… never much liked Gatorade or Powerade myself anyway.

Natural Electrolyte Sports Drink Recipe
Coconut water is one of the simplest sports drink alternatives and can be used as is.

Apparently, coconut water is similar in structure to the fluid used in IV rehydration. For this reason, it was used during the Pacific War as an IV electrolyte replacement. Use it alone or add a teaspoon of fresh lime juice for flavor.

Coconut water contains more potassium than sports drinks, and more natural sources of sodium. A lot of athletes swear by it these days, and I had it on hand during my last couple of labors.

The only downside to coconut water is the price. If you want an inexpensive (yet still healthy and tasty) alternative, this recipe is the next best thing.

Natural Homemade Sports Drink Recipe
You can make this recipe a variety of ways and the ratios are the most important part. The base is any healthy liquid of choice and some good options are:

Herbal teas
Green tea
Coconut Water
Plain water
Some people like these new Bai drinks as a base as well
To turn the basic liquid into a sports drink, add some or all of these ingredients:

Salt– A high quality salt adds sodium and other minerals
Calcium or Magnesium– Adding a high quality calcium magnesium powder helps replenish minerals (I like this one)
Juice– Optional but adds sweetness and natural sugars if needed during exercise
Natural Flavors– I’m not talking about the more pleasant sounding name for the not-so-nice additive MSG. Add natural flavors in the form of fresh ginger, fresh herbs or even natural flavored stevia extracts
Electrolyte Drink Recipe: Basic Ingredients
Here’s the basic recipe and ratios I use, but you can customize to your personal taste preferences:

Natural Sports Drink Recipe
Prep time
5 mins
Total time
5 mins

Save money and avoid artificial ingredients by making your own homemade natural sports drink recipe with electrolytes. Endless options to make a flavor you love!
Author: Wellness Mama
Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 4 cups
Ingredients
1 quart of liquid (options: green tea, herbal teas, coconut water, plain water, etc)
⅛-1/4 tsp high quality salt (or more if needed)
1 teaspoon calcium magnesium powder
¼ cup or more of juice (optional)- Can use grape, apple, lemon, lime, pineapple, etc
1-2 TBSP sweetener (optional)- can use honey, stevia, etc. I suggest brewing stevia leaf into the base liquid for the most natural option.

Instructions
Brew tea if using or slightly warm base liquid
Add sea salt and calcium magnesium to mix.
Add juice and sweetener if using and mix or shake well.
Cool and store in fridge until ready to use.
Will last up to four days in fridge, but I prefer to make as needed.

Notes
[As an example, my normal recipe includes 1 quart of tea (brewed with Red Raspberry Leaf, Alfalfa, Nettle and Stevia), ¼ tsp sea salt, 1 tsp calcium magnesium powder, and ¼ cup grape or apple juice]
Can make half a batch or less if needed.
 

Another easy alternative is just mixing Vitamin C powder with water and a little juice, though this can be a little acidic during high intensity exercise! 

Do We Really Need Electrolytes?
The sports drink industry is massive! I often see kids playing 4-year-old soccer sucking down bottles and packages of brightly colored sports drinks. This begs the question- do we really need electrolytes every time we exercise?

There is a tremendous difference between someone who exercises for the health benefits and an elite athlete. High level athletes burn through a lot of liquid, electrolytes, and blood sugar during their training and competitions.

As casual athletes or weekend warriors, most of the rest of us probably don’t.

In a perfect world, we would be able to obtain enough nutrients from diet alone and wouldn’t need any supplements or added drinks like this.

The question of if electrolytes and sports drinks are really needed varies by individual. In many cases, pure water may be just as good of an option. It’s certainly better than neon sports drinks with high fructose corn syrup!

What’s your favorite sports drink? Ever made your own?

Why Acupuncture Works

By Dr. Mercola

More than 3 million Americans receive acupuncture each year, and its use is increasing.1 While there are a variety of acupuncture techniques, those typically used in the U.S. incorporate traditions from China, Japan and Korea and involve penetrating your skin with a thin needle at certain points on your body.

The needle is then stimulated by hand or electrically.2 Acupuncture has been in use for thousands of years around the globe, and it has withstood the test of time because it works to safely relieve many common health complaints.

How it works has remained largely a mystery, but last year researchers revealed a biochemical reaction that may be responsible for some of acupuncture’s beneficial effects.

Scientists Reveal How Acupuncture Reduces Inflammation and Pain
An animal study looking into the effects of acupuncture on muscle inflammation revealed that manual acupuncture downregulates (or turns off) pro-inflammatory cells known as M1 macrophages. At the same time, it upregulates (or activates) anti-inflammatory M2 macrophages, thereby reducing pain and swelling.3

This is an effective strategy because M2 macrophages are a source of anti-inflammatory interleukin-10 (IL-10), a cytokine involved in immune response. It’s thought that upregulating M2 macrophages leads to an increase in IL-10, which subsequently helps relieve pain and inflammation. The Epoch Times reported:4

“Acupuncture literally flips a switch wherein initial inflammatory responses are reduced and the secondary healing responses are promoted.
M1 macrophage downregulation and M2 macrophage upregulation triggered by acupuncture was positively associated with reductions in muscle pain and inflammation.”
It’s likely that acupuncture works via a variety of mechanisms. In 2010, for instance, it was found that acupuncture activates pain-suppressing receptors and increased the concentration of the neurotransmitter adenosine in local tissues.5

Adenosine slows down your brain's activity and induces sleepiness. According to a Nature Neuroscience press release:6

“ … [T]he authors propose a model whereby the minor tissue injury caused by rotated needles triggers adenosine release, which, if close enough to pain-transmitting nerves, can lead to the suppression of local pain.”
Acupuncture Influences Your Body on Multiple Levels
With documented use dating back more than 2,500 years, acupuncture is based on the premise that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points in the human body, which are connected by bioenergetic pathways known as meridians.

According to traditional medicine, it is through these pathways that Qi, or energy, flows, and when the pathway is blocked the disruptions can lead to imbalances and chronic disease.

Acupuncture is proven to impact a number of chronic health conditions, and it may work, in part, by stimulating your central nervous system to release natural chemicals that alter bodily systems, pain and other biological processes. Evidence suggests that acupuncture may also work by:7

Stimulating the conduction of electromagnetic signals, which may release immune system cells or pain-killing chemicals
Activation of your body’s natural opioid system, which may help reduce pain or induce sleep
Stimulation of your hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which impact numerous body systems
Change in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, which may positively influence brain chemistry
Acupuncture May Relieve Pain From Knee Osteoarthritis
Acupuncture is often used for the treatment of chronic pain, and it may be particularly useful for pain from knee osteoarthritis.

In a study by researchers from the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, acupuncture received five times a week for four weeks significantly reduced pain and improved stiffness in patients with knee osteoarthritis.8

In this study, the improvements increased even more when acupuncture was combined with Chinese massage called Tui Na. Other research has also shown benefits, including one of the longest and largest studies on the topic to date.

More than 550 patients diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis took part in the 26-week trial. The participants were randomly assigned to receive one of three treatments: acupuncture, sham acupuncture, or self-help strategies recommended by the Arthritis Foundation (the latter served as a control group).

Significant differences in response were seen by week eight and 14, and at the end of the trial, the group receiving real acupuncture had a 40 percent decrease in pain and a nearly 40 percent improvement in function compared to baseline assessments — a 33 percent difference in improvement over the sham group.9

Acupuncture for Relief of High Blood Pressure
There is some evidence that acupuncture may help lower high blood pressure while also relieving associated anxiety, headaches, dizziness, palpitations and tinnitus.

It’s known that high blood pressure leads to elevated concentrations of inflammation-causing tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) and TNF-α-stimulated endothelin (ET), peptides involved in constricting blood vessels and raising blood pressure.10,11

It’s thought that acupuncture may downregulate TNF-α and ET, thereby reducing blood pressure. In another study of patients with high blood pressure, 30 minutes of electroacupuncture (in which the needles are stimulated with electricity) a week led to slight declines in blood pressure.12

Study co-author Dr. John Longhurst, a cardiologist at the University of California, Irvine, told WebMD, "Potentially, blood pressure can be kept low with a monthly follow-up treatment.” He continued:13

“A noticeable drop in blood pressure was observed in 70 percent of the patients treated at the effective points, an average of 6 to 8 mm Hg for systolic blood pressure [the top number] and 4 mm Hg for diastolic blood pressure [the lower number].”
Acupuncture Even Works for Fibromyalgia Pain and Pain in Children
One of the most common uses for acupuncture is in treating chronic pain. One analysis of the most robust studies available concluded that acupuncture has a clear effect in reducing chronic pain, more so than standard pain treatment.14

Study participants receiving acupuncture reported an average 50 percent reduction in pain, compared to a 28 percent pain reduction for standard pain treatment without acupuncture.

Even fibromyalgia pain, which can be difficult to treat and is associated with sleep problems, fatigue and depression, may be improved.

In one study, 10 weeks of acupuncture decreased pain scores in fibromyalgia patients by an average of 41 percent, compared with 27 percent in those who received a sham procedure.15

The pain relief lasted for at least 1 year, leading researchers to conclude, “ … [T]he use of individualized acupuncture in patients with fibromyalgia is recommended.” Acupuncture also appears to be a safe and effective treatment for relieving chronic pain in children.

In a study of 55 children with chronic pain, those who received eight acupuncture sessions (each lasting about 30 minutes) reported significant reductions in pain and improved quality of life.16

Acupuncture for Depression, Cancer Patients and More
Acupuncture’s benefits extend to a myriad of other health conditions as well. Research suggests acupuncture works as well as counseling for treating depression, for instance.17 It may also improve fatigue, anxiety and depression in cancer patients in as little as eight weeks — and much more.18  

The World Health Organization (WHO) conducted an extensive review and analysis of clinical trials related to acupuncture and reported the procedure has been proven effective for the following diseases:19

Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
Biliary colic
Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
Acute bacillary dysentery
Primary dysmenorrhea
Acute epigastralgia (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
Headache
Essential hypertension
Primary hypotension
Induction of labor
Knee pain
Leukopenia
Low back pain
Correction of malposition of fetus
Morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting
Neck pain
Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
Periarthritis of shoulder
Postoperative pain
Renal colic
Rheumatoid arthritis
Sciatica
Sprain
Stroke
Tennis elbow

 


Additionally, acupuncture has also shown a therapeutic effect for treating the following diseases and conditions, which range from premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and addictions to whooping cough, although further research is needed:

Abdominal pain (in acute gastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)
Acne vulgaris
Alcohol dependence and detoxification
Bell’s palsy
Bronchial asthma
Cancer pain
Cardiac neurosis
Chronic cholecystitis, with acute exacerbation
Cholelithiasis
Competition stress syndrome
Closed craniocerebral injury
Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus
Earache
Epidemic hemorrhagic fever
Simple epistaxis (without generalized or local disease)
Eye pain due to subconjunctival injection
Female infertility
Facial spasm
Female urethral syndrome
Fibromyalgia and fasciitis
Gastrokinetic disturbance
Gouty arthritis
Hepatitis B virus carrier status
Herpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)
Hyperlipaemia
Hypo-ovarianism
Insomnia
Labor pain
Lactation deficiency
Male sexual dysfunction, non-organic
Ménière disease
Postherpetic neuralgia
Neurodermatitis
Obesity
Opium, cocaine and heroin dependence
Osteoarthritis
Pain due to endoscopic examination
Pain in thromboangiitis obliterans
Polycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)
Postextubation in children
Postoperative convalescence
Premenstrual syndrome
Chronic prostatitis
Pruritus
Radicular and pseudoradicular pain syndrome
Primary Raynaud syndrome
Recurrent lower urinary tract infection
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Traumatic retention of urine
Schizophrenia
Drug-induced Sialism
Sjögren syndrome
Sore throat (including tonsillitis)
Acute spine pain
Stiff neck
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
Tietze syndrome
Tobacco dependence
Tourette syndrome
Chronic ulcerative colitis
Urolithiasis
Vascular dementia
Whooping cough (pertussis)


Are Certain Types of Acupuncture Better Than Others?
Similar benefits have been found for different types of acupuncture treatment. For instance, sometimes the stimulation of acupuncture points is done using electricity, lasers or acupressure (the use of pressure to stimulate acupuncture points).

The term acupuncture is often used to describe all of these modalities, as each has shown similar benefits. This means that if you like the idea of trying a natural, ancient technique like acupuncture, but don’t like the idea of having needles inserted into your body, there are needle-free alternatives, such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques, or EFT, you can try that may offer many of the same benefits.

If you decide to try out traditional acupuncture, be aware that the success of your treatment depends on the expertise of your practitioner. While there are acupuncturists that have general specialties, there are also those that specialize in different health conditions, such as pain relief, depression, infertility or neurological disorders. Choose an acupuncturist that is experienced in your area of need who will work with you to develop a plan for healing.