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Acupuncture and Acupoints

Acupuncture and Acupoints

Acupuncture - insertion of acupuncture needlesAcupuncture treats patients using the philosophies of Traditional Chinese Medicine and utilises methods that include needle acupuncture, the heating of acupuncture points (moxibustion), and tuina (a form of massage).

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) describes pathways (meridians) of energy (Qi) carrying nourishment and information to all tissues and organs. These reflect the state of health of the body systems. The acupuncturist adjusts and rebalances these via certain points of the body. There is now considerable scientific documentation to show that these point, the acupoints, have distinct electrical resistance compared to other areas of the body’s surface.

The acupuncturist will ask not only details of the immediate problem, but also take a case history of past illnesses, familial tendencies, and aim to determine a complete picture of the patient’s health. Each treatment is tailored to deal with the individual needs of the patient. Needles are retained usually between 15 to 20 minutes while the patient is lying comfortably on the treatment table, after which some dietary and or exercise advice may be given. The whole process lasts about 45 minutes.

It is impossible to guarantee how many sessions will be needed to complete a treatment for any given problem (in the same way that a doctor cannot make guarantees). During the first appointment an indicator of how many sessions required will be discussed, as the general state of health of the patient and the seriousness of the problem is ascertained.

The efficacy of Acupuncture is well known for treating muscle and joint pain, back pain, necks, shoulders, elbows, knees, sciatica etc. But its field of treatment is far larger than this. The World Health Organisation endorses acupuncture treatment for a wide variety of illnesses.

The list includes:-

  • Heart problems.
  • Digestion problems.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Women’s health issues, PMT, period pain, menopause.
  •  Insomnia, anxiety.
  • Sports performance enhancement.
  •  Male health.
  • General maintenance of health and immunity.

Most new patients are surprised at how painless acupuncture is. However certain stimulus will give a feeling of heaviness, distension or slight tingling around the needle. The practitioner assesses the patient and uses more or less stimulus depending on the sensitivity of the individual.

 

Therapist info

Acupuncture  - Large-Intestine

 

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One Space Acupuncture, Bethnal Green, East London, E2.

Dr. Ruihong’s Chinese Clinic, Belfast

Soma Osteopathy, Edinburgh

Pagoda Acupuncture, Leeds

 

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Shiatsu Therapy

Shiatsu Therapy

SHIATSU (meaning “finger pressure”) – is a Japanese therapy whose roots can be traced back to Chinese medical traditions and the Japanese massage know as Amna. Shiatsu combines Western knowledge of anatomy and physiology with the wisdom of, ancient, Eastern philosophy, employing techniques of manual pressure (using  the fingers, thumbs & elbows) while also employing stretching to release muscular tension and stress.
There are a number of conditions that Shiatsu can benefit.  These include: arthritic pain, menstrual irregularities, insomnia, muscular tension, muscular pain, digestive problems, anxiety, stress, and headaches.

By using sensitive, yet deep, pressure, applied to the tsubos (acupuncture points) along the meridians (the body’s energy pathways) Shiatsu induces a state of deep relaxation that allows the body’s natural healing mechanisms function more efficiently.  It is well documented that stress & tension are detrimental to health and the operation of the immune system.
Shiatsu is, traditionally, given at floor level, on a futon.  However, there are new techniques that allow for treatment to be carried out on a therapy chair or couch.  The client is normally fully clothed during treatment and no oils, etc. are used.
Shiatsu can be used to treat people with specific ailments but the real beauty of this healing system is that it is most efficacious when received on a regular to keep the receiver in a good state of health and wellbeing.
Shiatsu can help with:

  • Stiff neck and shoulders
  • Headaches
  • Digestion
  • Anxiety
  • Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Menstrual/menopausal imbalances
  • Insomnia
  • Back pain
  • Post traumatic stress
  • Fatigue
  • Poor circulation

“This is the kind of massage I have always dreamed of and now I know it has a name, Shiatsu!” Billie Piper

Groin Strain

Groin Strain

Groin strain may present as a sharp, sudden pain in the groin or inner thigh area in the course of activity, or the pain may not arise until the next day. In cases of chronic groin strain, the sufferer may not recall a specific incident where the injury could have occurred.
Symptoms include:  tenderness to touch (palpation), swelling (oedema), and bruising along the inner thigh adjacent to the groin. Pain may be reproduced by adducting (bringing the leg to midline) the leg against resistance. Proper physical examination is vital to distinguish adductor muscle group strains from other causes of groin pain.

Western treatment for any muscle injury initially consists of the RICE protocol – rest, ice, compression and elevation. Generally, grade one groin strains should be rested from exercise for about three weeks, and grade two injuries for about four to six weeks. In the worst cases, when there is a complete rupture, the muscle may have to be repaired surgically and the rehabilitation will take at least three months.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, you are advised to avoid ice as it causes further contraction and stagnation of the qi (vital energy).  If ice is used, you are advised to apply it for no more than 10 to 15 minutes per hour during the first 24 hours after the injury.  After the pain and inflammation has gone, or has been reduced, light exercise and stretching can be introduced but with caution, taking care so as not to aggravate the injury.  Massage (Tuina, or Shiatsu) is also recommended in order to speed up recovery by stimulating, among others, the acupuncture point of LV3 and GB34.

DAO-YIN (Qi Self Massage)

DAO-YIN (Qi Self Massage)

Dao-yin, “leading and guiding the Qi”, is really only another name for the art we now know as Qigong.  In the past, Dao-yin was one of the names used to describe the entire art, but since the popularisation of the term Qigong it is mainly used to describe the exercises used to “activate” the Qi prior to doing Qigong.

This short routine of Dao-Yin exercises takes approximately 10 minutes.  Done in the morning, preferably before breakfast, and will wake up your Qi and blood, energising you for the whole day.  Although these exercises are designed to be done in a standing position, most can be adapted for a seated position.

  • Stand with the feet shoulder width apart and the toes pointing straight ahead, with the knees slightly bent.  The spine should be erect (but not rigid), the head is held upright as though suspended by a single thread, and the coccyx should be tucked slightly forward to flatten out the curvature of the lower back.
  • Using the finger ends, tap all over the head and down onto the neck.
  • Flick the index fingers against the muscles at the back of the neck “Beating the Heavenly Drum”.
  • Using the thumbs, press lightly against the upper orbit of the eyes, working from the nose to the temples.  Be careful not to drag the skin, press then release before moving on.  (Repeat 3 times).
  • Using the index fingers, press lightly against the lower orbit of the eyes, working from the nose to the temples.  Be careful not to drag the skin, press then release before moving on.  (Repeat 3 times).
  • Using the index fingers, press lightly into the small indentation that is felt at the outer end of the eyebrows (This is the acupuncture point Triple Heater 23).
  • Using the index fingers, press lightly into the small indentation that is felt immediately below TH23 (This is the acupuncture point Gall Bladder 1).
  • Using the thumbs, press up lightly against the cheekbones, working from the nose out to the ears.
  • Using the thumbs, press lightly against the underside of the jaw, working front to rear.
  • Lightly pull the ears up, back, and down.  (Repeat 3 times).
  • Slow, gentle, neck rotations.  Do not try to stretch the neck or force the movement.
  • Supporting the right elbow with the left hand, tap down on the left shoulder using a loose fist and keeping the wrist relaxed.  Work the full length of the shoulder then repeat the exercise on the other side.
  • Using the same tapping action, work down the inside of the arms and then back up the outside.  (Repeat 3 times).
  • Tap lightly across the chest, then down the midline, and gradually work out to the sides.
  • Tap down the inside of the legs and then back up along the outside. (Repeat 3 times).
  • Massage the kidneys using the back of the hands.
  • Hold the palms against the Dan Tien (Hara) and allow the Qi to accumulate while “rooting” through the feet.

Other exercises that can be added to this routine include:

  • Rubbing the index finger back and forward under the nose.
  • Rubbing the centre of the palm of the hand (acupuncture point Heart Governor 8), in an anti- clockwise direction, against the tip of the nose.
  • Standing in a “horse” stance with the arms held out to the sides, transfer 70% of the weight to one leg as you lean over so that one arm is held above and the other is held below.  In this position, wriggle the fingers of the upper hand.  Transfer to the other side and repeat.  (Repeat 3 times to each side).

Naturopathy, the Holistic Way

Naturopathy

Naturopathy is a holistic system, concerned with the whole person, rather than just focusing on the problems/symptoms afflicting the various organs and systems.  Though diagnostically naturopathy is a lot like conventional medicine, it differs in the types of treatment used.  Naturopathic physicians do not use drugs, medical technology, or major surgery to treat a patient. Instead, they use natural therapeutics  such as nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, homeopathy, and acupuncture.

Naturopathy is a medical system that focuses on the body’s intrinsic ability to heal and maintain itself, using the natural healing power of the body to fight disease.  The Naturopathic practitioner recognizes and uses the fact that the body is a self-healing organism with the understanding that if the right environment and opportunity for self-healing can be created, recovery and well-being will result, while at the same time preventing ill-health

According to the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges, “Naturopathic medicine is defined by principles rather than by methods or modalities. Above all, it honors the body’s innate wisdom to heal.”

The Naturopathic physician uses standard/conventional diagnostic methods such as; x-rays, laboratory tests, and medical exams, etc.

Naturopathic therapies may include:

  • use of botanical medicine
  • hydrotherapy
  • nutritional changes
  • homoeopathy
  • manipulative therapy
  • massage
  • acupuncture
  • oriental medicine (herbal, massage, etc)

 

The ideology of Naturopathic Medicine focuses on the use of naturally-occurring substances, minimally-invasive methods, and encouragement of natural healing. Prevention of ill-health through stress reduction, a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle is emphasized, with the use of pharmaceutical drugs, ionizing radiation, and invasive surgery are generally reduced. The philosophy is made up of six core values.  Many versions of these but exist but, generally, follow these principles:

  1. First, do no harm; provide the most effective health care available with the least risk to patients at all times.
  2. Recognize, respect and promote the self-healing power of nature inherent in each individual human being.
  3. Identify and remove the causes of illness, rather than eliminate or suppress symptoms.
  4. Educate, inspire rational hope and encourage self-responsibility for health.
  5. Treat each person by considering all individual health factors and influences.

Emphasize the condition of health to promote well-being and to prevent diseases for the individual, each community and our world

Treatment for Tinnitus

Treatment for Tinnitus – Complementary Treatment Options

There are a number of natural and holistic methods used in the treatment for tinnitus.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a Complementary form of therapy that was developed in Japan from a blend of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the Japanese massage system of Amna.  Shiatsu can also be used as a form of a self-treatment.  However, the best benefits are received when treatment is carried out by a fully qualified and experienced practitioner.

It is applied by lightly massaging certain points (acupuncture points), that may be associated with the symptoms or cause of the underlying ailment, using pressure that is applied by the fingers, elbows, or even the knees.  The literal translation of Shiatsu is “finger pressure“.  Through this stimulation, the flow of energy (ki) is restored and balanced.

Shiatsu can also, through its ability to help the receiver to relax, produce positive effects in tinnitus related ailments such as:

• Vulnerability to stress
• Improvement of sleep patterns and alleviation of sleep disorders
• Alleviation of any accompanying symptoms

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Allopathic Treatment Options

Any underlying disorder is treated, if possible.  Many sufferers make use of
radio, television, headphones, etc to block out the noise in their ears. The use of headphones to play white noise (a random mixture of sounds) is often found to be effective.

Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia

Treatment for Trigeminal Neuralgia

There are a number of holistic, natural, treatments available for Trigeminal Neuralgia. Here are some:

Complementary Treatment Options

Shiatsu
Shiatsu has been found to be extremely beneficial in the treatment of Trigeminal Neuralgia, using pressure on the appropriate acupuncture points to releive pain. Shiatsu creates a feeling of wellbeing and is usually experienced as deeply relaxing.   This, in itself, can create an immense feeling of relief.
Practitioners can work with conditions of both acute and chronic natures.

Vitamin and Mineral

  • Vitamin B Complex (50 mg three times a day) helps to ensure the proper
    functioning of the nervous system.
  • Magnesium (250-500 mg once a day) Essential for proper nerve functioning. It
    also relaxes the nerves.
  • Evening Primrose oil (1,000 mg twice a day) is an excellent source of essential
    fatty acids. It acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Allopathic Treatment Options

Many of the drugs that are now prescribed to treat Trigeminal Neuralgia were originally developed to treat seizures. The role of the anti- seizure agents in these drugs is to suppress excessive nerve tissue activity. If the pain becomes more severe and frequent, increased doses will be required. This can lead to side effects and/or inadequate pain control.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been empirically proven effective in the treatment of specific ailments for more than 4,000 years, Acupuncture is a Chinese medical technique. Over the past few decades, Acupuncture has been scrutinised by the medical establishment and has been shown to work in a number of medical trials. It is used primarily for the relief of pain but also for curing disease and improving general health. Recent research – which included testing the thickness of the epidermis over the acupuncture points – has confirmed the location of these points.
Acupuncture consists of stimulating the Qi (intrinsic energy) by inserting hair-thin needles through the acupuncture points. These points generally lie on pathways called meridians although there are many non-meridian acupuncture points. The needles are typically inserted 1/10 to 4/10 inch (0.3 centimetre to 1 centimetre) deep, but some procedures require the needles to be inserted as deep as 10 inches (25 centimetres). The acupuncture points are then stimulated using various techniques. Traditional techniques such as by gentle twirling, or by applying heat. Or using more recently developed techniques such as stimulation with a weak electrical current. Acupuncture points also can be stimulated by pressure (acupressure, Tuina, or Shiatsu), and ultrasound. Recent developments have led to stimulation by the use of certain wavelengths of light.

According to the World Health Organization, diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved, through controlled trials, to be an effective treatment:

  • Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
  • Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
  • Biliary colic
  • Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
  • Dysentery, acute bacillary
  • Dysmenorrhoea, primary
  • Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
  • Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
  • Headache
  • Hypertension, essential
  • Hypotension, primary
  • Induction of labour
  • Leukopenia
  • Low back pain
  • Malposition of fetus, correction of
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
  • Periarthritis of shoulder
  • Postoperative pain
  • Renal colic
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Sprain
  • Stroke
  • Tennis elbow

The depth of insertion of the needles is dependent upon the nature of the problem, the underlying anatomy of the points selected, the patient’s size, age, and constitution. Needles should always be of the sterilised, disposable variety thus absolutely assuring that there is no transmission of communicable disease from patient to patient due to contaminated needles.

Although acupuncture is the insertion of needles, there are other techniques and methods used by acupuncture therapists. The most commonly of these are moxibustion, which is the burning of the herb mugwort over the affected area to heat it, cupping, and electronic stimulation. Shiatsu, Acupressure, and Tuina Chinese remedial massage are also used.

Normally associated with Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture utilised the ancient Chinese theory of the Five Elements and the flow of Qi, (pronounced Chi, and meaning intrinsic energy) through discrete channels or meridians. The Qi in each meridian has a particular quality: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood. Illness is said to be the result of an imbalance or blockage in the flow of Qi through the meridians and Acupuncture is used to regulate the flow of Qi, increasing it in areas of deficiency and decreasing it in areas of excess –bringing balance to the whole body and inducing a harmonious flow of Qi.