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Most people will have back pain at some point in life. Back pain is caused by different reasons, from muscle strains, minor injuries, during pregnancy to kidney infection. Back pain is also the most common reason for seeking acupuncture treatment.
Research has shown that acupuncture is significantly better than no treatment and at least as good as (if not better than) standard medical care for back pain. It appears to be particularly useful as an adjunct to conventional care, for patients with more severe symptoms and for those wishing to avoid analgesic drugs. It also showed there was greater improvement in pain for people who got acupuncture compared to those who received a “sham” treatment.
Acupuncture can help back pain by stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, acupuncture leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord. It also can help reducing inflammation, improving muscle stiffness and joint mobility.
Depression is a common mental health problem. It is not just sadness or the blues. It involves a persistently depressed mood or loss of interest or pleasure accompanied by other symptoms. Brain chemistry, hormones, genetics, life experiences and physical health can all be the cause of depression. About two thirds of adults will at some time experience depression severe enough to interfere with their normal activities (Mintel/YouGov, 2006, Stewart et al, 2004).
Acupuncture may help ease depression symptoms, as well as treat the underlying condition. In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system and cause the release of neurochemical messenger molecules.
In one research shows that electroacupuncture, a type of acupuncture that uses a mild electric current transmitted through the needles, was just as effective as fluoxetine (Prozac) in easing depression symptoms. In another research found that acupuncture help to improved sexual function of patients (men and women), which is the most common side effects of antidepressant. And, there is some evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture blocking stress hormones.
Hay fever, medically known as seasonal allergic rhinitis, is a kind of allergic condition and commonly seen in relation to special seasons or some environmental conditions. It can be caused by the pollens of grasses, trees or flowers, or weather conditions, dietary considerations and emotional stress. Main symptoms include but not limited to sneezing, running nose, itchy and tearing eyes, blocked nose, headache toothache and fever.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theories, hay fever is believed to be closely related to Qi deficiency in the Lung, Spleen and Kidney. Due to the Qi deficiency, the body is susceptible to the environmental pathological factors such as wind and cold, which cause running and blocking nose, itchy nose and eyes, swollen and irritated sinuses. Following the syndromes differentiation, practitioners use either acupuncture or herbs to treat the conditions.
Successful treatment with acupuncture and/or Chinese herbs carries the long term benefits of symptom relief, without the side effects or resistance to medication that occurs with long term use of substances such as corticosteroids. Some improvements in the hay fever may be seen in the first season of treatment.
Insomnia is one of the most common health issue in adults, who have chronic insomnia or have transient or occasional insomnia. Insomnia that is not due to an organic cause is defined as a condition of unsatisfactory quantity and/or quality of sleep lasting for a considerable period of time (WHO 2007). It includes difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, or early final wakening (WHO 2007). Patients with insomnia may feel tired, tense, lazy, or have delayed reactions, distraction, or headache. The serious consequence of insomnia can be mental illness, and the worst mental illness is schizophrenia.
TCM views insomnia as being concerned with or caused by few different reasons, such like Liver-Qi stagnation, Kidney-Yin deficiency, Spleen-Qi deficiency, Heart fire or food retention, etc. Practitioner will do syndrome differentiation first based on the cause, symptoms and duration and tongue and pulse checking. Then the following combination of methods can be used to treat insomnia, Chinese herbs, acupuncture, cupping and Tui-Na (massage).
Clinical studies have shown that acupuncture may have a beneficial effect on insomnia compared with Western medication. One research also shows that compared with no treatment, sham acupuncture, or medications, acupuncture was significantly better on improving parameters in sleep quality and duration, and the combination of acupuncture and other interventions appears more effective than those interventions alone.
Infertility is considered an inability to conceive after regular unprotected sexual intercourse for two years in the absence of known reproductive pathology. There are many causes of female infertility, which are often very complicated. Some of the causes are still not clear or have not been found. There are also some other factors may contribute to infertility, such as age, stress, living environment or climate changes, diet and lifestyle, radiotherapy and chemotherapy etc.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) view that infertility occurs due to disrupted vital balance and blockages in the Qi energy and Blood circulation flow. TCM states that infertility is ultimately associated with three organs: Kidney, Spleen and Liver. These internal organs are interconnected function units, if any of the organs dysfunction, fertility problems may appear. After a proper diagnosis, a prescription of acupuncture points selection and /or Chinese herbal mixture is made for each individual patient according to your syndrome differentiation. TCM can treat infertility effectively on its own, or work alongside with IVF to improve the success rates.
In the last decades, experimental and clinical studies have shown that TCM can regulate gonadotropin-releasing hormone and ovarian sex hormone levels to induce ovulation and promote blood flow to the ovaries to improve ovarian reserve. Many Researches have shown that combine acupuncture with IVF can increase success rates significantly. A study published by the British Medical Journal in February 2008 concluded that women undergoing IVF who also have acupuncture improved their rates of pregnancy by 65% and live birth, substantially higher than those who did not have acupuncture.
This cosmetic acupuncture treatment, also known as facial acupuncture, is an extension of traditional acupuncture. It’s said to naturally help make the skin look younger, smoother, and all-around healthier. And unlike injection procedures, facial acupuncture addresses not only signs of aging, but also the skin’s overall health.
Acupuncture stimulate lymphatic and circulatory system, which work together to deliver nutrients and oxygen to skin cells, nourishing skin from the inside out. This helps even out complexion and promote skin’s glow. The positive micro-trauma also stimulates the production of collagen. This helps improve elasticity, minimizing fine lines and wrinkles.
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Acute and chronic gastritis
Nausea and vomiting
Irritable bowel syndrome
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Induction of labor
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Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and chemotherapy
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Trigeminal neuralgia (TMJ)
Bell’s palsy (early stage)
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