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TCM acupuncture for dysmenorrhea period pain

  1. Armour, M. (2015). The effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea : a mixed methods study. TCM acupuncture, irrespective of treatment timing, provided significant clinical benefits for women with primary dysmenorrhea, with reductions in pain severity, duration, secondary menstrual symptoms and analgesic intake. https://researchdirect.westernsydney.edu.au/islandora/object/uws%3A35477 2. Mike Armour, etl July 12 2017. The role of treatment timing and mode of stimulation in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea with acupuncture: An exploratory randomised controlled trial. Conclusion of this research: acupuncture treatment reduced menstrual pain intensity and duration after three months of treatment and this was sustained for up to one year after trial entry. The effect of changing mode of stimulation or frequency of treatment on menstrual pain was not significant. This may be due to a lack of power. The role of acupuncture stimulation on menstrual pain needs to be investigated in appropriately powered randomised controlled trials. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0180177 3. V. Iorno,etl. Acupuncture Treatment of Dysmenorrhea Resistant to Conventional Medical Treatment. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2008 Jun; 5(2): 227–230. 4.Smith CA, etl.Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Apr 18; Acupuncture for dysmenorrhoea. The Cochrane review found there is insufficient evidence to demonstrate whether or not acupuncture or acupressure are effective in treating primary dysmenorrhoea, due to the large volume of low-quality...
Back pain stretching exercises

Back pain stretching exercises

If you have lower back pain, here are the back pain stretching exercises that I recommend you do daily. Back pain stretching exercises All stretches are to be performed while lying on a flat firm surface,  such as the floor. Lying on the bed is ok, however you do not have enough support as lying on the floor.   Stretch one – Bring the knees up Lying on your back, have one leg out straight as you bring the other knee up to the chest with both hands. Hold for at least 10 breaths. Repeat on the other leg. Bring both knees up to the chest and hold for at least 10 breath   Stretch two – Rolling side to side Place both feet on the ground with knees bent, stretch both arms out to the sides and gently roll the knees from side to side twenty times (ten times each side)   Stretch three – Cross your knee Keeping both hands stretched out to the sides, place one leg out straight and lift the other knee up in line with your hip, gently take it across to the opposite side using your hand to pull it down. While pulling the knee down look to the opposite side, hold for at least 10 breaths and then repeat with the other leg.   How many back pain stretches exercises should I do? Doing all those three stretches counts as one set.   How often should I do the stretches? In each session you should aim for a minimum of three sets. You should perform the whole routine at least twice...

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is one of the most common rheumatic disorders in the world behind arthritis. People suffer from fibromyalgia experience a wide range of symptoms, including pain, aches and muscle tenderness and stillness, fatigue, with sleep disorders and intestinal bowel symptoms. Fibromyalgia often been diagnosed if you have 11 out of 18 specific points on the body are painful or tender to pressure. Interestingly, many of these tender points are similar to the acupuncture points. TCM Acupuncture and Fibromyalgia symptoms According to the theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and acupuncture, imbalance and blockage of the Qi (vital energy) flow can result in symptoms and signs that reflect a Western diagnosis of fibromyalgia. Qi (pronounced “chee”) is the vital energy that animates and supports the functions of the body. It flows through specific pathways, called meridians, and provides nourishment for the entire body. Our bodies try to maintain a healthy balance of Qi flow through the meridian system. Should the supply of Qi has changed, or the flow of Qi has been disrupted, the pain starts. Cause of pain – TCM explanation Where there is blockage in the meridian, there is pain Where there is malnutrition of the area, there is pain When Qi is abundant and freely circulating throughout the body, there is health and pain-free living. When Qi becomes “blocked”, or The supply of Qi is inadequate, the pain or stiffness related to fibromyalgia appears. What do you do to help my fibromyalgia symptoms? Firstly, we will ask you a few questions including: Where are the pain; How long do you have the pain, The factors which aggravates/triggers...

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 Arthritis from a...

Acupuncture for Pain Research

Adenosine A1 receptors mediate local anti-nociceptive effects of acupuncture Nanna Goldman, Michael Chen, Takumi Fujita, Qiwu Xu, Weiguo Peng, Wei Liu, Tina K Jensen, Yong Pei, Fushun Wang, Xiaoning Han, Jiang-Fan Chen, Jurgen Schnermann, Takahiro Takano, Lane Bekar, Kim Tieu & Maiken Nedergaard Nature Neuroscience 13, 883–888 (2010) doi:10.1038/nn.2562 2010 Published online 30 May 2010 Abstract Acupuncture is an invasive procedure commonly used to relieve pain. Acupuncture is practiced worldwide, despite difficulties in reconciling its principles with evidence-based medicine. We found that adenosine, a neuromodulator with anti-nociceptive properties, was released during acupuncture in mice and that its anti-nociceptive actions required adenosine A1 receptor expression. Direct injection of an adenosine A1 receptor agonist replicated the analgesic effect of acupuncture. Inhibition of enzymes involved in adenosine degradation potentiated the acupuncture-elicited increase in adenosine, as well as its anti-nociceptive effect. These observations indicate that adenosine mediates the effects of acupuncture and that interfering with adenosine metabolism may prolong the clinical benefit of...
Back pain

Back pain

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 natural painless approach in treating back pain. 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. Based on seven systematic reviews (two of high quality, three of moderate quality, and two of low quality), acupuncture is more clinically effective in pain relief and functional improvement than no treatment at short-term follow-up. Based on five systematic reviews (one of high quality, two of moderate quality, and two of low quality), acupuncture as an adjunct to conventional therapy provides short-term clinically relevant improvements in pain and functional measures for the treatment...