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Acupuncture Weight Loss

Acupuncture Weight Loss Weight loss is a concern for many people, and something that can be difficult to achieve. Acupuncture is one treatment that can be used in weight loss. Read on to find out more.   How Does Acupuncture Help With Weight Loss?   Girl with oversized pants In order to achieve meaningful weight loss, lifestyle changes have to made, and acupuncture can help people with this. People are often concerned about a lack of energy, increased stress levels, and difficulty coping with the pain that can occur when starting a new exercise regimen. Acupuncture is so helpful with weight loss as it increases a person’s energy levels, making them want to exercise. It also relieves the pain that they feel when exercising. It is also useful if there is a metabolic condition that results in weight gain, and it increases the body’s metabolism, reduces food cravings, and improves circulation all around the body.   More specifically, acupuncture has been found to reduce both weight and cholesterol levels by mobilising energy stores. Studies have shown that people receiving acupuncture lost twice as much weight as those who were on a diet alone. In addition, those receiving acupuncture decreased their levels of total cholesterols, triglycerides, and LDL cholesterol.   Acupuncture also helps to regulate sleep, and this is also beneficial for weight loss. This is because regular sleeping patterns sustain the body throughout the day, help to maintain a balanced lifestyle, and allow the metabolism to find a balanced and steady rhythm.   What Acupuncture Points Are Used For Weight Loss?   Acupuncture and Weight LossWhen acupuncture is being...

Qi Gong

  What is Qi Gong?   Qi Gong (pronounced chee goong) is a Chinese system of physical training, philosophy, and preventive and therapeutic health care. Qi (or chi) means air, breath of life or vital essence. Gong means work, self-discipline, achievement or mastery. This art combines aerobic conditioning, isometrics, isotonics, meditation, and relaxation. Qigong is a discipline whose practice allows us to gain control over the life force that courses throughout our bodies.   Different types of Qi Gong   There are more than 3,000 varieties of qigong, and five major qigong traditions: The Taoist, Buddhist, Confucian, martial arts, and medical. Qi Gong is thus a soft form of a related set of disciplines that includes Taiji (Tai Chi Quan) and the hard form of Kung Fu. Here I treat only the medical tradition. Like the other forms, medical qigong is “the cultivation and deliberate control of a higher form of vital energy” (Dong & Esser 1990:xi). It is also, as Yan Xin (1991: i) defines it, “an ancient philosophical system of harmonious integration of the human body with the universe.” As a radical denial of the human species’ separation from nature, qigong challenges the foundations of modern Western biomedical thought. Medical Qi Gong Medical qigong involves breathing exercises combined with meditation. The breathing exercises induce help induce the state of meditation, and vice versa. One is aware of what is going on, but not too aware, fully relaxed but not in a trance. In a qigong state, cares and troubles wash away. Replacing them are positive images, increased confidence, and enhanced spirit. Eventually, there will be no distractions, depressing...

Back Pain FAQ

  Back Pain FAQ   Q: I hurt my back just today or yesterday, can I have acupuncture or not? A: Yes, acupuncture is very good for acute back pain even during the very first stage.   Q: Part from acupuncture treatment, what should I do if I have acute back pain? should I use heat pack or ice? A: You should have full rest (lie in bed) and apply ice on the sore spot for 20 minutes every 2 hours in the first 24 hours after injury; Then you may use heat.   Q: Should I have massage at the early stage? A: Generally not. Although massage may help ease off the spasm a little bit, do it in the first 24 or 48 hours may aggravate the pain.   Q: I have bulging/ruptured disc, can you help me? A: Yes. No matter the back pain is caused by bulging disc/ruptured disc/herniated disc, muscle sprain or over-strain, we can help ease off the pain and help prevent the pain come back. In our long time clinic practice, we experience as high as 90% improvement for back pain.   Q: I have chronic back pain and have seen my doctors, physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other acupuncturists without much improvement, what’s the difference of your treatment to others? A: Firstly, we use a combination diagnosis technique both in Western and Chinese Medicine, such as SLR (Straight Leg Raising Testing), Braggers testing, Local palpation, unique Chinese medicine tongue and pulse diagnosis, to understand your back problem and we are able to know the right treatment for your back pain and how is...
Back pain

Back pain

“Acupuncture represents a highly promising and effective treatment option for chronic back pain. Patients experienced not only reduced pain instensity, but also reported improvements in the disability that often results from back pain, and therefore in their quality of life.” ~ Dr. Heinz Endres, MD   Back pain is a very common problem; one that will strike four out of five Australian at some time in their lives. In fact, it’s one of the top reasons people seek medical care. Unfortunately, back pain isn’t always easy to diagnose or relieve. Low back pain in particular can become a chronic, or ongoing problem.   Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) are very effective in treating back pain, naturally. They can also be used together with traditional Western treatments to maximise your healing and recovery.   How back pain happens   There are many possible causes for back pain, including strained muscles or ligaments, often caused by improper lifting, sudden movement or traumatic injury. Other can include arthritis, structural abnormalities of the spine, or when the disks between the vertebrae bulge or rupture and press on a nerve. Depending on the specific diagnosis, back pain is generally treated with medications, physiotherapies, chiropractic care, and in some cases, surgery.   Acupuncture – A more natural approach   Practitioners of acupuncture and TCM view back pain another way. We will not only work to relieve your symptoms, but will also work to find and treat the underlying cause of your pain. In a study conducted at a Swedish hospital, doctors concluded that acupuncture provided long-term relief along with improvements in physical activity levels,...

Sciatica

  Are you suffering from back or hip pain that can radiate down your leg or calf? Is the pain worse when sitting?   You may be suffering from a condition called Sciatica. Sciatic is the pain of your sciatica nerve. The pain can be a dull ache in the lower back and hip (buttocks) that travels down the leg to the back of the knee, calf, even down to the foot. The pain can also feel like a burning sensation, shooting pain or tightness that won’t go away with treatment or rest. Sciatica is a condition that can be stubborn and difficult to treat with pain killers or other forms of complementary medicine. Acupuncture has been proved to be one of the best conservative treatment for sciatica pain. Risk Factors People at risk of suffering from Sciatica are those who have back injuries from over exertion or sports. Normally are those people who: Have manual labour jobs involving heavy lifting; Repetitive physical tasks; Sitting for long periods of time without being able to get up and walk around (e.g. driving and office jobs). Sciatica is a condition that most commonly affects men and the elderly. However it can be a problem for anyone and especially those who suffer from lower back tightness, fatigue and pain in the leg. Am I having Sciatica? Main symptoms of Sciatica are: Lower back pain or without lower back pain; Aching or burning pain in the buttock; Pain in the back of the thigh (hamstring); Pain radiated to calf, ankle and foot; Pins and needles in the buttock, hamstring, calf or foot; Increased...