12 Natural Herbal Supplements That Can Help the Body

Traditional Chinese Medicines are popular today because people want an all-natural approach to treating their ailments. These are supplements that have been used for centuries with a lot of success. Each can be very helpful to you, especially if you are a chronic sufferer that has not found any relief anyplace else, this could be a great solution for your problems.

1. Ginger

Ginger is popular for being a treatment for indigestion, nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flu-symptoms, just to name a few things that this can be used to help. This is a popular suggestion today for people to help treat nausea and may even help prevent heart disease, cancer, and a supplement for arthritis.

2. Ginkgo Biloba

This is a supplement that you are probably familiar with these days, as it seems to be a top ingredient in many all-natural supplements on the market. It can be associated with helping a variety conditions such as memory loss, dementia, and anxiety.

3. Ginseng

Ginseng is another well-known supplement on today’s market. This is popular as an immune boosting supplement and has been added to some drinks available on the market.

4. Goji Berry

This is really a rising star in the market today of supplements. It has shown some promise in helping conditions such as inflammatory diseases and cardiovascular diseases, as well as helping against vision-related issues. It also has properties that could prevent cancer and having neuroprotective properties.

5. Thunder God Vine

When used properly, this plant can help with arthritis, reduce joint swelling, and relieve pain. It can have some nasty side effects if it was used improperly.

6. Sweet Wormwood

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, sweet wormwood has been believed to help treat symptoms like fever, dizziness, headaches, and other issues. It can also be used to help treat malaria.

7. Danshen

Also known as salvia miltiorrhiza, this supplement is a popular choice for helping you for your circulatory and heart health. It is a popular choice in China for this purpose.

8. Ziziphus Jujuba

There have been a couple of different uses for this fruit in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It can help to aid digestion as well as being a painkiller or sedative. It can help with anxiety, with some studies showing it is just as effective as some anti-anxiety medicines on the market.

9. Chinese Hawthorn

This is a berry that can be used to help with your heart health. It can also help to help control lipid levels.

10. White Mulberry

This fruit has been shown to have anti-diabetic properties because it can reduce the level of blood sugar levels. It can also benefit heart health and has inflammatory properties.

11. Chinese Skullcap

This supplement has shown promise in helping with cardiovascular and cognitive health. It can also help with longevity and has flavonoid compounds.

12. Jatamansi

This supplement has shown some promise in preventing, convulsions and epilepsy. There are still studies being performed on this medicine to show how effective it really is.

How Is Naturopathic Medicine Helpful?

Naturopathic medicine is a medical movement and profession that has recently moved to the forefront of health-care innovation in North America and elsewhere in the world. Focusing on prevention and using natural substances and treatments, naturopathic doctors support and stimulate the body’s ability to heal itself. The naturopathic approach is comprehensive, integrating scientific knowledge with several well-established alternative therapeutic systems (modalities), including:

  • Lifestyle counseling
  • Nutrition
  • Herbal medicine
  • TimeWaver technology
  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Chinese medicine and acupuncture
  • Manual therapies (i.e. massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic, etc.)

These naturopathic modalities can be divided into two categories:

1. Modalities that address the causes of disease: our interaction with the physical environment (what we eat, drink, and breathe), as well as the physical structure of our body. These are best addressed through holistic nutrition, herbal medicine, and Chinese medicine.

2. Modalities that address the underlying mental, emotional, spiritual, and constitutional causes of physical or psychological symptoms: these reflect the internal imbalance that persists even in an optimal environment and ideal lifestyle. These are best addressed through energy medicine, Chinese medicine, and psychotherapy.

By applying these two perspectives together, our clinic is able to offer a comprehensive array of solutions for preventing and treating virtually any health condition, including and especially those considered medically incurable.

Naturopathic Assessment and Treatment

Through an in-depth assessment your naturopathic doctor will strive to understand your complaints and symptoms at the deepest level and to offer you a treatment plan that will bring revolutionary results and promote personal growth. This assessment involves an understanding of the following factors:

  • Lifestyle and physical activity
  • Food intake
  • Psychological temperament (behavioural tendencies, strengths, weaknesses)
  • Childhood history and family relationships
  • Social environment
  • Past physical or psychological trauma and stressful life transitions
  • Past medical interventions
  • Body chemistry (laboratory tests)
  • Exposure to environmental toxins
  • Heredity

Virtually all chronic and most acute conditions can benefit from naturopathic treatment, offering safe options for all ages from infants to the elderly, and for pregnant women as well. Some of these include:

  • Endocrine (hormonal) and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, thyroidconditions, infertility, menstrual complaints, and menopause.
  • Gastrointestinal disease, from baby colic to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Heart disease, high cholesterol, and hypertension.
  • Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and interstitial cystitis.
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea.
  • Asthma, allergies, chronic sinusitis, recurrent infections.
  • Mental health conditions such as addictions, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and autism.
  • Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, and other stress-related (psychosomatic) conditions.
  • Personalized medicine for body, mind, and spirit

The primary goal of naturopathic treatment is to address the underlying causes of all illness rather than simply to treat individual symptoms. Naturopathic doctors take into account the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual dimensions of an individual when diagnosing and devising a treatment plan, working from a mindset that emphasizes sustainable, long-term resolution of complaints as well as improvement in overall well-being. Although most patients first choose naturopathic treatment because of chronic concerns, naturopathic methods can also be used to bring relief in acute situations.

Naturopathic doctors complete a minimum of seven years post-secondary education. This training includes the study of medical sciences comparable to that of medical doctors, in addition to exposure to many alternative treatment modalities. Some naturopathic doctors work as general practitioners, utilizing a variety of modalities, whereas other specialize in a primary modality, using other modalities in a supportive role or by referring out to other specialized practitioners.

Understand Cupping

Cupping is very popular form of therapy these days, it is used by celebrities as well as Olympic team members. For so many people this is a “new” cool technique developed for fast pain relief.

Lets’ start from the beginning to understand this medical modality better:

1) This is not a new technique. It is as old as acupuncture (about 3500 years) and it is a part of acupuncture – Chinese Medicine practice it since forever. Therefore Licensed Acupuncturist are trained to preform safe and effective cupping therapy.

2) It is safe, fast and effective pain relief technique because it is improving circulation in the local (anatomical) affected area as well as improving circulation of qi (energy) through acupuncture meridians. Once your energy/ blood flow is restored to normal, all cause of pain is resolved and as a consequence symptoms disappear.

3) There are two main types of cupping;

Dry cupping where cups are strategically placed on acupuncture points and left there for about 10 minutes.

Wet cupping is when you place a cup on an acupuncture point for about 10 minutes, then with a sterile needle you prick the skin and place a cup on the same place again for about 10 minutes. With this technique it is believed that we are removing toxins as a metabolic waste to improve blood and qi flow.

Beside these two main techniques there are others as well. As an acupuncturist I often use:

Needle cupping where I place acupuncture needle on the specific acupuncture point (as you know each acupuncture point has its own therapeutic effect and they are chosen carefully based on an individual needs of the client). Over the needle I place cup for faster and better therapeutic effects

Sliding cupping is where we apply oil on the skin and place one or two cups on it. Instead of leaving cups in place, we slide them in a specific direction (usually following meridian pathways) to restore circulation and remove stagnation that is the cause of the symptoms.

Why would you like to use cupping as a therapeutic or preventative technique?

First it will improve circulation and reduce inflammation and that is always good. Healthy circulation and absence of inflammation will prevent pain and stiffness as well as support good energy levels and vitality

Second it will help you eliminate metabolic waste (toxins) and prevent developing symptoms.

Third for a cosmetic purpose it will increase collagen production and keep your skin healthy and glowing.

Ask your Acupuncturist for cupping as a therapeutic option if you have;

Pain (acute or chronic)

Low energy levels (tired)

If you are athletes or at least exercising for a long period of time

If you would like to look young and healthy

If you would like to prevent stagnation (stiffness and pain)

I hope that I give you good short intro in cupping therapy and I would like to remind you to always choose a licensed professional for these techniques. Licensed acupuncturists are trained to safely preform this technique as opposed to many others “professionals “claiming the knowledge of cupping without actual knowledge. Just ask yourself: Would you go to your favorite dentist for anxiety or heart palpitations?

An Introduction to Acid Reflux and Its Causes

Acid reflux or heartburn as it is more commonly called can be quite uncomfortable as it causes a burning stinging pain in the chest after ingestion of food. This happens because of the improper functioning of the LES or the lower esophageal sphincter. Some of the stomach acid that is produced for food digestion escapes back into the esophagus causing this sensation.There also could be regurgitation of acid at the back of your throat in more extreme cases. It can happen during pregnancy or if you eat a heavy meal just before bedtime. It is also common in obese people. Soda, spicy foods, greasy food, and coffee could trigger in a person. Besides antacids and lifestyle changes, one of the alternative treatments for acid reflux is acupuncture.

Tips To Prevent the Problem

A person who has symptoms of acid reflux such as burning in the chest, nausea, or difficulty swallowing is advised to see a doctor to determine the cause of his symptoms. The usual diagnostic methods employed include a barium swallow, an upper GI endoscopy or EGD, or esophageal manometry. Preventative methods such as avoiding aggravating foods is one of the first steps we can take to avoid acid reflux. Losing weight, eating smaller meals, quitting smoking, and changing medications are other well tested preventative methods. Acupuncture can be an alternative method of treating acid reflux.

Acupuncture: An Alternative Form of Treatment

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that has its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. The belief here is that the health of a person depends on the smooth movement of energy flow or Qi through the body. When there is a disruption in this flow in digestive system, you can suffer from diseases such as acid reflux, IBS, and colitis. Acupuncture attempts to restore the smooth flow of Qi by inserting needles into specific acupoints that are located close to the skin. The needles are then manipulated either manually or by electrical manipulation. The needles used by the practitioners are standardized by the FDA which makes it a very safe procedure since safe manufacturing techniques and sterility issues are strictly adhered to.

Precautions to Be Followed When Choosing To Undergo Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a safe procedure with no side effects if you go to a certified and experienced practitioner. Acupuncture has been found to be very useful in the treatment of pain such as those felt among patients with sciatica, tendonitis arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and low back pain. It has also been found effective for the treatment of asthma, urine incontinence, acid reflux, glaucoma, and impotence. The importance of acupuncture as an adjunctive method of treatment for diseases such as acid reflux is slowly being recognized in the Western World. Long term use anti-acid medication can lead to heart, kidney and liver problems. Please read the book by John Cook to see how anti-acid can be harmful for our nervous, cardiovascular and endocrine system.

The Treatment Of Hip And Leg Pain Through The Healing Power Of Acupuncture

The questions surrounding the variety of hip and leg pains we experience are as many as the variety of people suffering from them. But as an acupuncturist, I believe I’ve heard them all. In fact, you can take some small comfort in knowing that you are not alone, because hip and leg related aches and pains are one of the most prevalent of all complaints. But knowing that most people at one time or another may suffer what you suffer doesn’t make it hurt any less.

The good news is, more often than not, this feeling is a simple combination of muscle and nerve pain that can be traced back to some inactivity that has gravitated to your overuse of a muscle for a short period of time. Simply put, you did something more than you usually do and you put a whole lot more effort into doing it than would be considered normal for you. Some examples of this might be: You’re at the company’s yearly outing where you play a round of golf followed by an hour of just sitting around and enjoying a luncheon, or you’re on a day trip hiking up hills for several miles before climbing aboard a comfortable seat on a tour bus that takes you back to your starting point. Another example might be that as an inexperienced runner you find yourself participating in a charity race in the afternoon, and rewarding yourself for completing it by attending a feature-length movie that evening. There are so many reasons that can make you, as an individual, more susceptible than others, but on average it’s usually related to overworking your muscles of the lower back and hip.

When you follow this over-activity with immediate inactivity, so that the muscles that you were working so hard are now remaining in a relaxed position for an extended period of time, they begin tightening, and may even continue to tighten over several more days. But that’s just the beginning of what is going on. Now, the nerves come into play. The nerves from the lower back are positioned under and between these muscles, so as the muscles tighten, and you start feeling stiffness and a lack of flexibility, the added pressure on these nerves begin to transmit pain through your hip, buttock and leg. What you are now feeling is a muscle spasm. The physical problem itself is not a severe one, but you can’t tell that to your body while experiencing such agonizing pain. It is effectively draining your energy, your ability and desire to concentrate on routine tasks, and makes it virtually impossible to participate in any activities related to your employment. All of your focus is on your pain and how to make it go away. Actually, if you were to do an online search describing the pain you are feeling, you might get a result that describes pain felt by chronic sciatica sufferers, but it isn’t truly sciatica. Sciatica is a result of degeneration in the lumbar spine, or lower back. So without getting overly technical, you might have something less severe going on, but it doesn’t make coping with the pain mimicking the more severe condition any easier to deal with.

Now it’s time to learn how to make it go away and keep it from returning over time. A visit to an acupuncturist, whose knowledge includes the administration of the longest continuously practiced form of medicine in history, should bring you welcomed relief. The acupuncturist will gently insert very fine, sterile and disposable stainless steel needles into precise pressure points in the tight muscle. With the assist of a gentle technique the acupuncturist also delivers in conjunction with this application, there will be a release of the muscle tension and the nerve pain will simply disappear. In cases where people seek treatment soon after the pain begins, one treatment may be all that is needed. However, if the pain has been ongoing for several weeks or months, it may require 3-6 treatments to completely resolve it all. Once the pain is gone, the acupuncturist will sit down with you to explain a number of techniques you should practice at home on a regular basis to mitigate the return of this condition. If you are reading this and haven’t as yet contacted an acupuncturist, here are some things that you can do to temporarily relieve the discomfort. As long as there is no inflammation, use a moist heating pad over the muscles in the lower back and buttock for 20 minutes, or soak yourself in a hot bath. Once the muscles are warm, you can attempt to stretch them by lying on your back and pulling both your knees into your chest. Then stretch your hip and buttock by taking your leg (the painful one) and try moving your knee in the direction of the opposite shoulder. Caution: do everything in moderation; only when your back is warm; only in gradual movements; never stretch to the point of pain, and never push or pull too hard.

Now you know what brings this pain on and how to avoid it in the future. The next step is to get some immediate relief. Your Acupuncturist can help you with that. I hope this information brings you some temporary comfort until then.

Acupuncture for Infertility: How Does It Work?

Infertility is on the rise in the United States. While the statistics will differ slightly, it is estimated that 1 in 7 people will suffer through infertility. This condition is very common and people are looking for different treatment methods for infertility. Of course, there are high tech options, but these are often expensive and do not promote good health. It is said that 30% of people undergoing infertility will look to try acupuncture. This raises questions about acupuncture and infertility. Does acupuncture increase fertility? Is acupuncture an effective treatment for infertility? What is the likelihood of success when pursuing acupuncture, or other methods of fertility enhancement? These questions are all valid and many are seeking the answers.

How does acupuncture work to treat infertility? There are several theories as to how acupuncture increases fertility. Those with infertility that have tried acupuncture can attest that they feel more relaxed after treatments. Acupuncture is often used for stress relief, and excels at creating a de-stress response in the body. After acupuncture, it has been observed that particular brain chemicals are released, which create a feeling of relaxation, wellness, and peace in the patient. While it may be difficult to quantify, stress does have physical effects on the body. Elevated heart rate and blood pressure are unlikely to be beneficial to fertility, and so lowering stress in the body is likely one way that acupuncture helps with increasing fertility. The amount of stress that is encountered on a everyday basis is arguably rising quickly, as technology allows more and faster intrusions upon our time, and continues to blur the line between work and personal time.

Another way that acupuncture can improve fertility is that it can increase blood flow to directed areas. Thermal scans have shown that a particular body area can see an increase in blood after acupuncture treatment. Therefore, it stands to reason that acupuncture can be used to promote more blood flow to reproductive organs, bringing them more nourishment and also allowing more effective removal of waste products. As many Americans have health that is not ideal, it would stand to reason that increasing blood flow to the pelvis and reproductive organs could treat infertility. Increased blood flow would potentially lead to better organ function and better nourished eggs and sperm.

Also, although it is unknown as to the specific mechanism as to why, acupuncture seems to increase implantation rates for fertilized eggs. Theories as to why usually are linked to the relief of stress, which may make the body more receptive to implantation. Also perhaps increased blood flow to the uterus could mean increased thickness of the endometrium, which could mean a higher chance of implantation. The thickness of the endometrium has been observed to increase when a patient undergoes regular acupuncture.

Acupuncture has been shown to be a very safe treatment option, with minimal negative side effects. While research has a difficult time pinpointing the mechanisms of efficacy, there is much research to support that acupuncture is a good treatment option for infertility.

Fertility Challenges and Some Answers

What are the benefits of using acupuncture when treating a patient with PCOS?

PCOS is both an endocrinologic as well as a metabolic disorder. The patient can present with polycystic ovaries, hyperandrogenism, hirsutism, and hyperinsulinemia. Furthermore, PCOS patients have a difficult time conceiving. One of the reasons is anovulation. Also, the egg quality is very often compromised as there is too much testosterone in the follicle. This acts as an anti-estrogen and therefore, the eggs lack proper nourishment. In fact, the PCOS population experiences miscarriage more than the non-PCOS population.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine are ‘regulators. They reduce that which is in excess and supplement that which is diminished. In the PCOS patient, we want to reduce the testosterone milieu, increase the follicular estrogen, regulate the menstrual cycle and help facilitate conception. Acupuncture and herbs often accomplish this goal.

Another goal of the practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine is to council patients about life-style. If a PCOS patient is morbidly obese, she may face gestational diabetes, preeclampsia or eclampsia. This can cause serious health issues for mom and baby. Through lifestyle counselling, it is often possible to help this type of patient lose weight.

Obesity will also elevate estrogen levels which can, over time, contribute to cancer as well as contribute to infertility. The hormones must be balanced. Too much estrogen is as detrimental as not enough. Via the regulatory effects of acupuncture and herbs, weight can be lost, hormones can be rebalanced, menses can regulate, and conception may occur. I am not suggesting that acupuncture and herbal medicine is the holy-grail. It can help some people, sometimes; just like IVF.

What are the benefits of using acupuncture when treating a patient with endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a pro-inflammatory cytokine disease. In other words, there are inflammatory factors causing havoc in the reproductive system.

Even though endometriosis is a disease which occurs outside of the uterus, the inflammatory processes make their way into the uterine cavity altering the lining and the environment. This in and of itself is the main biological factor of infertility. There are physical issues as well. For example, tubal adhesions can occur which makes conception via intercourse or IUI impossible.

IVF is a must in those cases. Many patients with endometriosis also have activated Nk cells. These cells are meant to attack cancer cells in the uterus. But in endometriosis patients, these Nk cells often mistake the embryo for a cancer cell and attack and kill it.

Even after laparoscopic surgery, the patient can STILL have endometriosis. Here’s why: endometriotic lesions have various colours; brown, red, purple, power-burn, etc. This tells the surgeon “this is endo – resect it”. The problem is, some endometriosis tissue looks exactly like normal tissue. So, the surgeon can’t even see this tissue, let alone remove it. In my mind, even after a laparoscopy, it should be assumed that the patient still may have endometriosis.

In endometriosis cases (after laparoscopy always!) our aim is to try and reduce the inflammatory processes that may still be manifesting in the uterus and to try and regulate immune function. One protein that is a marker for poor fertility outcomes and is often seen in endometriosis patients is BCL6. BCL6 in some medical circles is what is thought to cause infertility in the endometriosis patient. By regulation of immunological function and clearing inflammation, BCL6 may be down-regulated and the ability to conceive will be improved.

What are the benefits of using acupuncture when treating a patient with sperm anomalies?

A typical semen analysis looks at count, volume, concentration, morphology and motility and ph. They all come back normal and the wife is 100% normal and she’s 27 years old and they can’t conceive? Why not? One potential reason is a ‘hidden pathology’ that is often not tested for. The pathology is sperm DNA fragmentation.

The common consensus amongst reproductive endocrinologists is that the only barrier to fertilization caused by DNA fragmentation is that the sperm can’t penetrate the egg. The patient is treated via ICSI (the sperm is injected directly into the egg to engender fertilization.) Often these cases end up in non-pregnancy or miscarriage. It is, in my opinion, not advisable to force a poor-quality sperm into an egg and expect a good outcome. Interestingly, some of these cases do end up with live births. But many do not.

Acupuncture can strongly improve hemodynamics to the testes, delivery oxygen, hormones, nutrient and electrolytes. Acupuncture also helps facilitate to excretion of debris or dead cells from the testes. This can improve testicular function and significantly reduce sperm DNA fragmentation. Taking antioxidants is extremely important in these cases as well since there is a tendency in these men to have high levels of oxidative stress in the testicular environment which can significantly harm sperm.

What are the benefits of using acupuncture to relieve stress in couples experience fertility challenges?

Stress is an interesting and uncertain issue when it comes to infertility cases. Yes; all parties involved are stressed. They want a child and can’t conceive. But does stress actually contribute to infertility? I’m not sure. Here’s why: In any war zone, in any part of the world, in any time in history, the most horrible, stressful, unspeakable things occur. But children are born in these war zones daily. I know for sure that stress can negatively impact sperm count but I’m not certain about the effect on fertility in the female patient. Nonetheless, acupuncture is excellent at mitigating stress, which, at the very least, will make the couple feel better, stronger, healthier, and more capable of dealing with the difficult journey ahead.

What are the benefits of using acupuncture when treating a patient who has low ovarian reserve and poor egg quality?

Acupuncture is very effective at improving blood flow to anywhere in the body that the practitioner wants. For example, if a patient has ‘tennis elbow’ (lateral epicondylitis) and you insert needles near and at the elbow, it will signal healing immunological substances to the site to repair the damage. So is the case with ovaries. We can stimulate blood to the ovaries directly stimulating delivery of oxygen, nutrients, electrolytes and hormones while also removing dead cells from the ovaries. This will not, under any circumstances provide a woman with more eggs but can, frequently, improve egg quality. This is very important.

Remember, in the IVF setting an egg is retrieved, fertilized and the subsequent embryo is transferred into the uterus, but… the reproductive endocrinologist can only work with the materials presented to him or her. So, if the egg quality is poor but a blastocyst is formed, the transfer will occur, and pregnancy will not ensue. If through acupuncture and/or herbal medicine, egg quality is improved, there will be an obvious increase in the chances of a successful outcome.

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Why I Believe In Acupuncture?

My first exposure to acupuncture, was in the 1970’s, when I observed, at a hospital, in New York City, a demonstration, of using acupuncture, as a primary anesthetic, instead of drugs, chemicals, gas, or any of the usual methods, This amazed me, because, there appeared to be no pain or discomfort, during the procedure, and was, obviously, somewhat safer, and non – invasive, than other approaches. This experience opened, my mind, to learn more about acupuncture, and how it might have benefits, in a variety of circumstances, and conditions. More than a decade, later, I was experience spasms, in my jaw, apparently, after oral surgery, because, I have a small mouth, and the stretching, created, a reaction or trisma. After a few days, we were in New York’s, Chinatown, and I noticed, a sign, behind a Chinese Herb shop, for an acupuncturist, on the premises. I felt, I should try it, because I believed, either it would benefit me, or, at the very least, there would be, no detrimental, side – effects. Less than an hour later, my discomfort was permanently, relieved!

1. Shoulder/ knee/ lower back discomfort/ pain: After decades of athletics, and other use, I experienced significant shoulder pain and discomfort. I went to an Orthopedist, who stated, the cartilage, was reduced, and there was a degree of bone – on – bone, rubbing, etc. He explained the challenges of shoulder surgery, and stated, I might benefit from a cortisone shot. Unfortunately, the shot did not help, and the discomfort continued. Someone told me, about a great acupuncturist, in my town, and, so, I made an appointment. For the last several years, I have gone, approximately, fifteen, to twenty times, to this doctor, and, found a considerable amount of relief, from the treatments. While the underlying cause of the issue, including arthritis, and excess use, remained, the treatments appeared to reduce the inflammation, and, for two, to three weeks, at a time, are extremely beneficial, to me. When I’ve experienced discomfort/ pain, in my knees, and/ or lower back, these treatments have been quite helpful, etc.

2. Weight management: While I have not used acupuncture for weight management, I have come into contact, with many individuals, who have.

3. Stress/ tension: I have observed, numerous successful treatments, with those, using acupuncture, to relieve their stress, and tensions, in a non – invasive, non – drug, manner.

If we open, our minds, to the benefits of age – old, successful treatments, such as acupuncture, many illnesses and challenges, might be addressed, successfully, in a safe, reliable way. The more, we know, and examine, alternatives, the better off, we all might be, from a health – perspective!

How Acupuncture Can Help Your Body

This article looks at the health benefits of acupuncture treatment and how acupuncture can help your body.

Acupuncture is a famous treatment procedure for a wide range of health conditions. It is a drug-free approach that entails inserting thin needles through the skin at specific body points. So, when and where did it originate from? How does it work? What are the health benefits of acupuncture treatment? Does it have any side effects? Read on to find out everything you need to know about acupuncture.

When and where did it originate from?

Acupuncture is the oldest form of treatment dating back to around 2nd century B.C. Its roots can be traced back to China where it started before spreading to other parts of the world. Despite the rapid growth and inventions in the medical field, Acupuncture has proven its worthiness and its still being used alongside modern medical practices.

What health conditions is it used to combat?

Acupuncture is used to fight various health conditions related to the digestive, reproductive, and respiratory systems of the body. Such conditions include acute bronchitis, chronic tonsillitis, migraine, infertility, lower back pain, bronchial asthma, chronic sinusitis, rheumatoid arthritis, facial paralysis, spasm of the cardia and esophagus, and many more. This procedure can also be used to combat addictions such as smoking and alcoholism. Acupuncture corrects imbalances in the major organs of the body which is the primary origin of many diseases hence preventing their development.

How Acupuncture Works

Acupuncture is based on the assumption that most health conditions develop due to blockage or interruption of the body’s life energy flow. This interruption or blockage of flow results to the accumulation of fluid in some parts of the body resulting in swelling and pain due to excess pressure. A blockage also cuts out the supply of nutrients to all parts of the body leading to malnutrition. This makes one feel fatigue, weak and even experience slow healing if they have injuries on these parts.

Acupuncture removes blockages in the body hence relieving pain and swelling, allowing nutrients to reach all body parts thus making one to be relaxed. The body’s energy balance is restored making one feel vibrant and energized. This treatment approach involves inserting fine needles into specific points on the body called acupuncture points. Depending on the condition being treated, the points of insertion and the number of needles may vary from one person to another. The needles used in the treatment are pre-sterilised and should be used only once. They are inserted just under the skin or deeper to reach the muscle where are they left in place for around 20 to 40 minutes. In some cases, the needles may be rotated or stimulated using a mild electric current. At the end of the session, you will get a deep sense of relaxation.

Does it hurt?

The procedure is not painful, but one may experience a tingling or warm sensation when the practitioner is inserting the needles. If you experience too much pain, numbness or any other form of discomfort, let the practitioner know immediately.

Benefits of acupuncture?

  • No significant side effects as compared to using drugs
  • Can be combined with other forms of treatments when carried out appropriately
  • One gets personalized therapy according to their needs
  • Works both as a preventive and treatment measure
  • One can comfortably continue with their normal life even when undergoing this procedure

These are all good examples of how acupuncture can help your body.

Side effects of acupuncture

  • Soreness, bruising and bleeding on the points of insertion

    (Risky for patients with a bleeding disorder or users of blood thinners)

Other alarming side effects of acupuncture procedure mostly arise from poor hygiene and training of the practitioner. Such include;

  • Infection because of using unsterilized needlesof internal organs especially the lungs which can collapse
  • Wrong angle of inserting needles or doing it too deeply resulting damage

Why Acupuncture can be a better approach to healing than using modern western drugs:

Modern western drugs have side effects that sometimes even outdo the condition the drugs are meant to treat. This means they will do more harm than good, especially when used over a long period. Acupuncture, on the other hand, doesn’t leave behind significant side-effects if it’s carried out safely by the right professional. Another good example of how acupuncture can help your body.

The different kinds of acupuncture include:

Electroacupuncture

This type of acupuncture involves rotating the needles once they are inserted in the body or stimulating them using a mild electric current. It gives the patient a tingling sensation which some practitioners say it facilitates healing.

Body Acupuncture

This is the most common type of acupuncture which entails inserting fine needles into various points on the body ranging from the toe to the head. The treatment is used to fight a wide range of conditions.

Auricular acupuncture

This type of acupuncture entails inserting fine needles in the ear where it is believed there are acupuncture points that represent all parts of the body. The procedure is useful in combating addictions such as alcohol or smoking, and when combined with body acupuncture, it can help treat infertility.

Acupressure and Acu-Acoustics

With this type of acupuncture, the practitioner massages or presses key acupuncture points. This acupuncture is useful in combating fatigue, skin conditions or painful conditions such as migraine. Patients don’t necessarily need to visit clinics when undergoing this type of procedure. They can learn how to carry out this type of acupuncture with the help of their practitioners or programs such as Natural Synergy system. This way, they will be taught how to identify critical points and massage themselves at the comfort of their home. Of cause, no practitioner will readily teach you how to do this type of treatment on your own because they will be losing customers.

Most of them charge per session and the more sessions you attend, the better for them pocket-wise. But what about you? Are you getting any better? Are there any inconveniences on your side such time or privacy? If the answers to the preceding questions are no and yes respectively, maybe you need an alternative.

Natural Synergy

Natural Synergy is a program designed to teach you the art of acupressure and help you achieve your health goals at the comfort of your home. Emily J. Parker was the mind behind this program where she aims to help patients eliminate the root cause of various diseases instead of fighting the symptoms only like how most medications do.

Natural Synergy offers natural solutions to various psychological, or emotional conditions. The program teaches you how to use acupressure to clear blockages in the body to make it function naturally and smoothly for overall well-being. Through this program, one will learn how to identify meridian points they need to concentrate on to effectively fight a health condition.

Poor diet is the leading cause of most illnesses. With the help of this program, one will learn how to maintain a healthy diet and exercise to remain healthy. One will also be able to identify diseases that you can reverse naturally.

Natural Synergy system is well presented in audio and video tutorials to make it easy for anybody to use it regardless of their education level. This program can help you to maintain the overall well-being of your body in a natural approach. There are no side-effects, and the best thing is you can practice the guidelines of this program while enjoying the comfort of your home.

Conclusion

Are you still wondering how acupuncture can help your body? The above article outlines everything you need to know about this ancient treatment procedure. It can fight a wide range of health conditions and the best this is that it is all natural with no side-effects. We hope that the above article has been useful and has helped explain the health benefits of acupuncture treatment and how acupuncture can help your body.