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Men’s health

How Acupuncture and TCM help men’s health   ” A man too busy to take care of his health, is like a mechanic too busy to care of his tools” ~ Spanish proverb   Part of being a man is caring for your health and well-being through all the stages of your life. While it can sometimes be difficult to talk with your doctor or practitioner about issues such as prostate conditions, erectile dysfunction, or infertility, it’s important to be open and honest. After all, these concerns can have a major impact on your overall health as well as your sex life, your relationship, and your emotional health.   Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) offer powerful tools to help you feel your best. They’ve been used for thousands of years to treat men’s health concerns and they can be safely used along with Western therapies.   How can Acupuncture and TCM help Men’s health?   Acupuncture is a complex system of care used to maintain health, relieve symptoms, and improve well-being. At the core of this ancient medicine is the concept of Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, which protects the body from illness, pain and disease. This energy flows through the body in pathways called Maridians that are connected to specific organs and glands. A person’s health is influenced by the quality, quantity and balance of Qi. If it is out of balance or restricted, illness and symptoms – prostate problems or infertility, for example – can result.   Prostatitis   The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that sits beneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra (the...

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,...