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Chronic Headache Relief: Acupuncture and Essential Oils

Are you plagued by chronic headaches? More than 45 million Americans (one in six) suffer from chronic headaches, and 20 million of them are women. Scientific research shows that acupuncture can be more effective than medication in reducing the severity and frequency of chronic headaches.

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Acupuncture, the New (Chinese) Year and Mental Clarity

The start of the new year is a time of looking back at what we have achieved in the past year and looking forward to the future. Happy Chinese New Year! I like to call this a second new years, and another chance to reflect on goals and resolve challenges still confronting to us. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine is a great way to help achieve the changes you seek as it assists in preventing illness, relieving stress, minimizing aches and pains, improving energy and nurturing balance. Maintaining a calm and clear mind helps to strengthen your resolve as you take the next step in achieving your goals.

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Acupuncture and Staying Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

We are in the thick of it now. . . Cold and flu season. “This year it is predicted that there will be 1 billion colds and 95 million cases of the flu in the United States alone. While the misery of cold and flu season might be inevitable, one thing is changing: where we look for relief.” Dr. Anna Dolopo is a very esteemed Acupuncturist in Orange County, California and features health articles on her “Move Your Qi” site and blog. Below is a great read on best ways to stay healthy during the cold and flu season.

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Studies on Acupuncture: Reliability and Validity

acupuncture, reliability, validity

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Treating Autoimmune Disease with Acupuncture

Over 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease; an autoimmune disease occurs when the body’s immune system attacks healthy tissue.  Autoimmune disorders include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, thyroid disease, Addison’s disease, pernicious anemia, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and Guillain–Barré syndrome. Due to the complexity of treating autoimmune disorders, integrative medicine solutions including acupuncture and Oriental medicine have received much attention as successful therapies in their treatment.  Acupuncture is specifically noted for its use in pain relief, regulating the immune system, managing symptoms and improving quality of life.

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Natural Remedies for Migraines and Headaches

When people have headaches, western medicine and modern habit suggests that we reach for the over the counter headache reliever (Advil, Excedrin or Tylenol to list some of the popular name brands). “Go take something for it,” is the common phrase said to people who complain of a headache or migraine. I like to challenge headache and migraine sufferers to think beyond the small plastic bottles of pharmaceutical drugs and aim for natural and better-for-you cures.

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Thyroid Problems and Natural Treatments

“When functioning properly, the thyroid gland secretes just the  right amount of thyroid hormone to regulate almost all the metabolic  processes in your body.  Too much or too little of these vital body  chemicals and it can drastically influence energy levels, body weight  and your mental health.  With over 20 million Americans living with some  form of thyroid disease, much attention has been given to the many ways  that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can treat thyroid problems.

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Reflect, Renew and Rest on Your Health!

Reflection is the process in which an image or idea comes back to us,  such as looking in a mirror, rethinking an event, or reviewing an idea.   We have the opportunity to take a closer view and reconsider our  original thinking.

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Strengthen Your Digestive Health with Acupuncture

More than 95 million Americans suffer from digestive disorders ranging from constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome to more serious conditions such as acid reflux (GERD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.  In fact, more than 35 million physician office visits a year are due to gastrointestinal complaints.  Reports confirm that acupuncture and Oriental medicine can offer relief from even the most complex digestive problems.
Diagnosis and Treatment of Digestive Disorders
Evidence that Oriental medicine has been used for digestive disorders can be found in early medical literature dating back to 3 AD, where specific acupuncture points and herbal formulas for borborygmus (rumbling or gurgling in the intestines), abdominal pain and diarrhea with pain are discussed.
According to Oriental medical theory, most digestive disorders are due to disharmony in the spleen and stomach. The spleen plays a central part in the health and vitality of the body, taking a lead role in the assimilation of nutrients and maintenance of physical strength. It turns digested food from the stomach into usable nutrients and Qi (energy). Many schools of thought have been formed around this organ; the premise being that the proper functioning of the”‘middle” is the key to all aspects of vitality.
By taking into account a person’s constitution and varied symptoms, a treatment plan is designed specifically for the individual to bring their “middle” back into harmony and optimize the proper functioning of the digestive system. A variety of techniques can be used during treatment including acupuncture, lifestyle/dietary recommendations and energetic exercises to restore digestive health.

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Insomnia, Chronic Fatigue and Chinese Medicine

In our society we put a premium on our waking hours and have the tendency to underestimate the importance of a full-night’s sleep. Millions of people who suffer from insomnia look for quick fixes instead of exploring the root causes of the problem. Sleep hygiene is an afterthought for many people. Evening is a time to allow our minds and bodies to turn inward to our subconscious. Sleep deprivation is the root of many health issues like memory impairment, a weakened immune system and stress that can lead to cardiac disease, heart disease and digestive disorders.

Exposure to the diminishing light at dusk helps regulate sleep hormones in the body. Excessive lighting at night, evening shift work, evening computing, video games, television and late-night eating all serve to counteract the body’s natural rhythms. It’s no wonder people have trouble sleeping. Rather than embrace nighttime as rest time, we tend to let our minds wander from one element of stress to another keeping us up for hours or perhaps an entire evening. We are then forced to approach the new day without having benefited from the regenerative powers that night time brings.

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