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Arthritis

  If you live with arthritis, you know what a challenge it can be to find relief from joint pain and other symptoms. But there are many things you can do to manage and control your arthritis and live a healthy, active life. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can be a powerful addition to any treatment plan – without causing harmful side effects. Arthritis according to Western Medicine   Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis. It occurs when the cartilage between the joints breaks down, usually affecting the hips, hands, knees, low back, or neck. Some factors can increase your risk, including a joint injury, being overweight, aging, and genetics. Putting stress on a joint through repetitive motion can also increase your risk. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is another common type. This chronic condition occurs when the lining of the joints becomes inflamed, and can lead to long term joint damage and even loss of movement. Women are two to three times more likely to get RA than men. RA often starts in the hands or feet, and usually affects the same joints on both sides of the body. Symptoms include: Warm, swollen or tender joints Joint stiffness, especially in the morning Fatigue Flu-like symptoms such as fever Weakness Treatment options   Treatment generally focuses on relieving pain and preventing further joint damage. Often this is done through the use of anti-inflammatory drugs and other medications, as well as through self-care and physical therapy. In some cases, surgery may even be needed. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)- A whole body approach to relief Causes of...

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...

Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS

What is Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a complex disorder in which the intestines lose their ability to efficiently move their contents. The main symptoms of IBS are abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhoea, and/or constipation. Less common symptoms may include headaches, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Symptoms may be triggered by stress, diet, emotional factors, hormone levels and medications. How do acupuncture and Chinese medicine help IBS? Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can offer a safe, effective, natural and drug-free way to address IBS. This holistic healthcare system looks at the body differently than Western medicine. According to Chinese medicine, the body is like a garden that must be cultivated and maintained in order to grow strong and remain healthy. Good health happens when all of the organs and meridian systems are balanced and working together. How does your garden grow? According to Chinese medicine theories, there are several possible causes for IBS. One of these is an imbalance of the spleen. The Spleen is the organ in charge of digestion and assimilation of foods and liquids. One of the main functions of the Spleen is to aid in the production of Spleen Qi. Spleen Qi is the energy that provides power and nourishment for the entire body. Another function of the Spleen is to produce blood from the food it breaks down and to convert it into usable energy to power your body. If your spleen isn’t properly cared for, the body’s energy levels will not be supported and illness may occur. The Spleen is easily affected and weakened by poor eating habits and diet, antibiotics, excessive...