Do you suffer from allergies or asthma? If so, you aren’t alone. It’s estimated that more than 26 million Americans have the chronic inflammatory disease asthma, and more than 50 million Americans have nasal allergies. While most people resort to harsh prescription drugs to treat these conditions, a safer and more effective solution may lie in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) acupuncture.
Some people might turn their head at the thought of treating asthma by placing small needles under your skin. However, this ancient practice is believed to be effective in the treatment of numerous respiratory disorders, including asthma. The World Health Organization (WHO) even listed asthma as being “a condition for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed.” This doesn’t necessarily mean that acupuncture will cure your asthma, but it can help alleviate the symptoms and reduce the frequency of flareups.
Acupuncture involves the placement of fine needles in specific points of the body, known as acupuncture points. The idea behind this practice is that placing the needles in these areas will restore the body’s flow of energy (Qi). When Qi becomes stagnant,it leaves the individual susceptible to disease and illness, which is why it’s important to keep it moving throughout the body. Professional acupuncturists often treat asthma by using acupuncture points found in the Lung, Stomach and Kidney meridians.
Acupuncture may also help those who suffer from allergies. Allergies are the result of the immune system’s wrongful identification of what it believes to be a foreign invader. When you are exposed to an allergen, your immune system may view the substance or pathogen as being a foreign invader, at which point it responds by manifesting symptoms like sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, etc.
By restoring the body’s Qi, the immune system is given a helpful boost of energy that allows it to properly identify what’s a foreign invader and what’s not. Whether your allergies are minor or severe, you should consider seeking the services of an acupuncturist. It’s a safe and painless process that can reinvigorate your body and mind, alleviating the symptoms of both allergies and asthma. A study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found acupuncture to offer greater relief of allergies when compared to both antihistamines and sham
Acupuncture Can Help Reverse Infertility!
A long term clinical study has concluded that the use of acupuncture as a treatment for infertility can significantly improve chances of pregnancy. The study tested acupuncture alongside groups of women who were either also using in-vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine Insemination (IUI) and women using no biomedical assistance. While results varied between the different groups they also experienced increases in fertility. Compared to the normal predicted outcome of 24% conception from IVF, 42.5% of the women in the IVF group conceived.
The group of women receiving no other biomedical treatment for fertility other than acupuncture, demonstrated a conception rate of 52.38%. This study clearly demonstrates how acupuncture is a safe and effective way to increase a woman’s fertility when trying to conceive. The researchers also noted that no adverse health effects were witnessed during the study. This is news for anyone undergoing fertility treatment who wants a safe, natural and cost-effective way to increase their chances of conception.
Acupuncture Alleviates Irritable Bowel Syndrome!
Acupuncture has proven to be especially effective in alleviating Irritable Bowel Syndrome for patients suffering from a
particularly severe type of IBS known as IBS-D. Recent research has shown that acupuncture has a 96.7% total effective rate
with many patients recovering completely from IBS. The study tested the effects of acupuncture on abdominal pain and other
severe effects of IBS-D. By itself, acupuncture had a 76% total effective rate but when combined with moxibustion, an herbal remedy, the total effective rate spiked to 96.7%.
The symptoms of IBS-D include abdominal pain and diarrhea and can be debilitating. This research is promising for any seeking treatment for IBS-D. If you suffer from IBS, make an appointment with an acupuncturist because you can be sure that they can help.
Before having worked at Montana Family Acupuncture I had never actually experienced acupuncture myself. In college, I had the opportunity to tag-along with a friend of mine to several of her treatments, so I was somewhat aware of what to expect. After applying for a job at the clinic centered around oriental medicine, I was offered a chance at my very own acupuncture experience. Brett and Kim, both licensed acupuncturists, wanted me to be sure this work environment would be the right fit for me. I agreed to their suggestion.
The treatment was truly a pleasant surprise. I was told to eat a little something before hand and dress in comfortable clothing. Okay, I’ll admit, I was a leeetle bit nervous seeing Brett grab the first needle. Breaking into a cold sweat, I waited for the first precise needle placing to work its way into my forearm. Doing my best to look away, I waited. All done. Then, glancing back at my arm I realized, this isn’t bad at all! There was a slight sensation, but nothing painful. Gradually, Brett worked the tiny silver spikes around my legs, feet, hands and ear. Once everything was in place, I sunk further back into the lounge chairs in the community treatment room and chilled. Thinking to myself, ” I can get used to this.” Once I was fully “cooked” as they say, the needles were carefully removed. My session was over and I was told to go home and relax; even take a nap if I felt so inclined. Let the treatment continue to do its thing. Hey, this sounded like the icing on the cake.
Pulling my shoes and socks back onto my feet released the marvel of calm from my fingers all the way down to the tips of my toes. Any unwanted tension was gone. Getting up to walk out of the room was a little tricky since my legs felt a bit like jello. In fact, all of my muscles felt loose. I thanked my future employers for their generosity and out I went. Climbing onto my Schwinn cruiser bike I peddled away in a quiet state of bliss. I soaked in the effects until 3:15 when it was time to pick my children up from school.
I prepared myself for the possibility that the warm return of my children would bring an abrupt end to this calming day. Instead however, I noticed continued stress relief throughout the afternoon and evening. It is refreshing to know that one has the option to try something other than potentially harmful medications to reduce the effects of stress or pain. I look forward to learning more about the fascinating ways acupuncture can help treat both chronic and/or acute conditions that each one of us will inevitably face in our lifetime. I know I’ll be back for more! Hope to see you at the next community acupuncture treatment at Montana Family Acupuncture for a different kind of happy hour in 2015.
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