TCM and Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that disrupts normal function of the epithelial cells in the body.  Epithelial cells line the passageways of many of our vital organs, including the lungs, liver, kidneys, reproductive system and the skin. Those who have cystic fibrosis have a defective gene that impairs epithelial cell function. This can lead to a buildup of sticky mucus throughout the body that may eventually lead to lung damage and chronic coughing, affecting how patients with cystic fibrosis breathe and filter air, digest their food and absorb the nutrients from that food. In the United States alone, there are nearly 12 million people who suffer from this disease. Unfortunately, there is no known cure and most of those affected with the disease only live into their 20s and 30s. Current modern medicine treatments focus on increasing the quality of life by managing symptoms. continue reading »

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5 things to know about acupuncture

5 Things To Know About Acupuncture

 

You’ve probably heard of acupuncture and maybe you even know someone who has tried it, but other than the fact that it involves needles what do you really know about acupuncture and what its benefits are?

 

To start, acupuncture is a highly-effective, yet little understood, natural medical treatment. To help you learn more about acupuncture, how acupuncture works and how it can help improve your well-being, we’ve put together this list of five important things to know about acupuncture.

 

  • What is acupuncture?

Believed to have originated in China, acupuncture has helped people heal for centuries. Acupuncture is based around the concept of Qi (pronounced chee). Qi is a vital energy that flows through your body. When in balance, Qi protects the body from illness, pain and fatigue. Acupuncture works to balance the Qi in your body, helping your body to heal itself and boost your health and immune system.

 

2) How does acupuncture work?

When you begin any acupuncture treatment, your acupuncturist will perform an examination to determine where Qi imbalances are in your body and work with you to determine a personalized, holistic treatment plan to heal your body and improve overall well being.

 

During an acupuncture session your acupuncturist will insert very, very thin needles into your skin at points identified during an initial assessment. These needles are strategically placed to remove any blocks of Qi and help it move through your body.

 

When they needles are inserted, your practitioner may gently move or twirl the needles, and then leave them in place for 30 – 40 minutes, depending on your treatment.

 

 3) Does acupuncture hurt?

Since there are needles involved you might be worried that acupuncture will hurt. Don’t fear! During your acupuncture treatment there might be a pinch or a slight sting. However, you should not be in pain. If you feel pain, numbness, tingling or continuous discomfort let your acupuncturist know immediately.

 

 

4) What are the negative effects of acupuncture?

One important thing to know about acupuncture is that is has a range of benefits and, when practiced by a trained and licensed acupuncturist, very little risk of negative side effects. That’s right, there are none of the typical side effects you would experience from prescription medication.

 

Unlike many medications prescribed today, which often have side effects warnings that are scarier and more serious than the initial issue, acupuncture carries very little risk. Clean, sterile needles are used and acupuncturists undergo years of training and must complete strict exams to be able to practice, putting you in safe hands!

 

5) What are the benefits of acupuncture?

There are many benefits to acupuncture. Acupuncture can be used to treat a range of both physical and emotional/psychological ailments. It can also be important for maintaining overall health and wellness to prevent illness, diseases and fatigue induced by day-to-day stressors.

 

If you are interested in learning more about acupuncture or beginning treatment, get in touch with us!

 

Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness Inc.

www.lotusspringacupuncture.com

385-498-3914

 

 

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Acupuncture and Autoimmune Diseases

acupuncture for autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune diseases are a collective group of disorders that plague nearly 50 million people in the United States today. When a person suffers from an autoimmune disease it means their own immune system is attacking the body and altering or destroying the tissues. Autoimmune diseases include things like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn’s disease, pernicious anemia, multiple sclerosis, irritable bowel disease and Parkinson’s disease. continue reading »

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Five Reasons to Get Acupuncture for Low Back Pain

Statistics show eight out of 10 people will experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. It is also very well known in the United States, people are too sedentary and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

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3 Acupressure Points for Low Back Pain

Statistics show that almost eight out of 10 people experience low back pain at some point during their life. Seeking medical treatment for back pain is very common. Typically back pain is fleeting and can be easily resolved with rest, heat and an occasional anti-inflammatory like ibuprofen. However, once the damage is done, the recurrence of back pain can be as high as 50 percent. Part of this is because as we age, things like muscles and tendons become less flexible and pliable. This can also be attributed to the fact that many people suffer from low-grade dehydration because they don’t drink enough water and they don’t ingest enough healthy fats that keep the muscles and tendons loose. It is also very well known that in the United States, people are too sedentary, and this leads to excess weight gain that can create added pressure on the body, especially the low back. continue reading »

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