Summary: Many people are affected by chronic pain throughout their body. Unfortunately, some treatments are not always as effective as we would hope. Thankfully, acupuncture has been proven to be effective and efficient in reducing pain throughout the body.
Chronic pain in the muscles and joints can make life very difficult for some people. There can be many ways to treat these ailments like applying ice and heat to the affected area, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and performing physical therapy along with exercising. Unfortunately, some of these medications and remedies are not always as effective as they should be. However, acupuncture can effectively treat pain throughout the body.
Acupuncture can also be combined with electricity; this action is called Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (PENS). PENS, like traditional acupuncture, can be used to treat many ailments including various types of pain. A study, titled Use of Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation in the Short-term management of Headache, was published in the Journal of Head and Face Pain in 2001. The study looked at thirty subjects who suffered from chronic headaches. They subjects received ‘needles alone’ therapy, which is essentially traditional acupuncture, and also PENS therapy. The group of patients who received the PENS reported significant decreases in the amount of pain experienced from headaches and they also reported a greater improvement in physical activity.
“I think the benefit of acupuncture is clear, and the complications and potential adverse effects of acupuncture are low compared with medication,” says Dr. Lucy Chen, a board-certified anesthesiologist, specialist in pain medicine, and practicing acupuncturist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital.
Here at Atlantic Wholistic Associates we specialize in electro-acupuncture, which is extremely effective in relieving pain. If you would like to schedule an appointment or if you just would like some more information about our practice then please feel free to call us at 732-528-4466. We look forward to hearing from you.
Summary: Unfortunately, the sad reality is that many people within this world are stressed to the point of clinical depression. It is suggested to these victims that they should take prescription medication to alleviate this stress. This can build a dependence and addiction. Acupuncture is a natural practice that has been shown to be just as effective as prescription medication and helps promote physical well being as well as mental.
It has been estimated that approximately one in five people will suffer from depression in their lifetime. Of course, we have all felt down at some point in our lives. However, clinical depression refers to the long lasting state of sadness that affects the person physically as well as mentally. There are various symptoms associated with depression such as fatigue, irritability, and hopelessness. Unfortunately, these symptoms can lead to more problems such as unhealthy sleep patterns and a consistent cycle of negative thoughts.
According to traditional Chinese Medical beliefs, depression is caused by an interference with circulating Qi. The liver is recognized as the main organ responsible for regulating the circulation of Qi. The heart and the spleen also play supporting roles. Acupuncture and supplementation of Chinese herbs have been proven to be effective treatments for depression. A study was published in the fall of 2013 in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine that found electroacupuncture (http://atlanticwholistic.com/index.php/information-a-articles/18-electro-acupuncture-) was just as effective as Prozac in reducing symptoms of depression. After seeing this report, some people may still choose to take the prescription medications. However, the relapse rate is very high amongst patients with depression who decide to intervene with pharmacology.
Although the exact mechanism behind acupuncture is unknown, researchers have stated that the reason acupuncture has been so effective in the treatment of depression is through a release of endorphins. It has also been suggested that acupuncture can induce the release of norepinephrine, dopamine and serotonin. Norepinephrine is a neurotransmitter, which means it helps transfer nerve impulses throughout the nervous system, that has many positive benefits to the body when released including an increase amount of oxygen delivered to the brain to allow for an individual to think faster and clearer. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that is associated with the pleasure system of the brain. A release of dopamine can result in a feeling of enjoyment and motivation to complete a certain task. Serotonin is another neurotransmitter associated with the emotional well being of a person. Researchers believe that a leading cause of depression can be a result of a decreased production in serotonin. If there is a significant shortage of any of these chemicals, it is possible for the person to develop obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, panic, and excessive amounts of anger as well as depression.
Summary: Stress can buildup significantly in each and every one of us. We combat these stressors through outlets such as exercise and meditation. Unfortunately, some of us may not have the appropriate amount of time in each day to devote to these outlets. Acupuncture has been proven as a natural way to keep stress levels low and keep the body and mind at peace.
Unfortunately, as we all know anxiety can affect each and every one of use sometimes a bit too much. When we begin to experience stress, our body induces the production of chemicals such as hormones and neurotransmitters that are used to stimulate a certain response in our bodies. This is known as ‘fight or flight’ and it is a vital response that is necessary to ensure our livelihood is safe and secure. It is a short-term response to a serious situation and thankfully most of us do not need to experience this in our daily lives. However, this response can still be induced just through common stressors. It is because of this that we need to find a way to regularly combat this response whether it is through exercise, meditation, or some other sort of stress managing techniques. Unfortunately, some of us can be thrown out of our routine fairly easily causing us to miss out on this time devoted to exercising or meditating. This allows the fight or flight response to become chronic and the glands that release the stress-fighting hormones and neurotransmitters can become fatigued. This results in a serious imbalance in the body causing anxiety and potentially depression. However, acupuncture has been proven to be an effective medicine in relieving anxiety.
Ancient Chinese medicine describes an energy force called Qi that regulates the body’s overall health. Like blood in the circulatory system, Qi moves throughout the body through pathways called meridians. When factors disrupt the flow of Qi, health issues will follow. Anxiety and stress are known to cause significant disruptions to the flow of Qi. By inserting needles at specific points in the body, acupuncturists restore the balance of Qi and the body’s overall health. Patients who receive regular acupuncture have stated that they feel relaxed and peaceful during and after treatment sessions and they feel as if they can handle the big and small stresses and challenges of life with greater ease.