Acupuncture For Cynics

Acupuncture For Cynics

Have You Always Been Curious About Acupuncture, But Were Never Quite Sure Where To Stick The Needles? If you associate acupuncture with needles, pain and weird alternative medicine then you are horribly misinformed about the benefits of the world's oldest form of medicinal treatment.

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Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

Vacuity or disharmony of center burner. Very good results are often achieved with dietary measures and acupuncture (PC-6), in severe cases in combination with herbs. fj During pregnancy, acupuncture and herbs S should only be administered by practitioners with a very good knowledge of these therapies, since some acupuncture points are contraindi-cated during pregnancy (they increase labor pain, can increase pathological disease progression, and can lead to premature birth). With recurrent vomiting, ensure sufficient intake of fluids, possibly intravenous hydration with fluids by allopathic physician.

Main Symptom Sore Throat

The most common cause of these disorders is attack of external pathogenic factors (wind-heat, wind-cold). Acute disorders are usually a repletion syndrome, whereas chronic illnesses generally appear as a vacuity syndrome. Acute disorders can be treated with good results by immediate application of acupuncture, nutritional therapy, and herbs.

Main Symptom Frontal Sinusitis and Maxillary Sinusitis

The main cause of sinusitis is repeated external attack of wind-heat or wind-cold (usually wind-heat). Sinusitis responds very well to acupuncture and herbal treatments, supported by dietary measures. Other causes of sinusitis are lung qi vacuity and spleen qi vacuity, both of which can be easily treated with nutritional therapy. Spleen qi vacuity, responsible for acute and chronic phlegm production, responds especially well to dietary measures.

Types of CAM Modalities

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine divides the various CAM modalities into five categories (1) alternative medical systems, (2) mind-body interventions, (3) biologically-based treatments, (4) manipulative and body-based methods, and (5) energy therapies. These modalities include a wide variety of approaches, from acupuncture to nutrition to meditation to chiropractic. Acupuncture, Ayurveda, homeopathy, naturopathy, traditional medical systems, such as aboriginal, African, Middle Eastern, Native American, Chinese, Tibetan, Central and South American

Use in Prevention and Therapy

The D-isomer of PA is an effective pain reliever.1 It is found in supplements of D,L-phenylalanine (DLPA). It can enhance the activity of brain enkephalins and the pain-reducing effects of acupuncture and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). DLPA may reduce headaches and peripheral aches associated with PMS.

Organ Network Spleen Pancreas Stomach

TCM views the stomach network as a very significant viscera (fu organ). Its tasks and functions are closely related to those of the spleen. The most important function of the stomach is the absorption of food and its distribution via the spleen. A person's overall state of health is very dependent on the constitution of the stomach. Traditional Chinese doctors often measured the prognosis and course of a disorder by looking at the energy condition of the stomach. A stomach supplied with sufficient qi promised a brief disorder and rapid recovery. If the stomach energy was weakened, the prognosis was unfavorable, since the formation of qi as well as the beneficial effect of herbs and acupuncture require a healthy stomach. The task of the stomach is to separate and digest food. TCM believes that the stomach separates food into clear and turbid components. Pure, clear components are transported to the spleen. Impure, turbid components are eliminated via the intestines. Clear gu qi (drum...

Bronchitis Chronic Bronchitis

Cough ke sou and phlegm tan yin are caused by chronic vacuity of lung, spleen, and kidney. Treatment should primarily consist of acupuncture and herbal therapy, accompanied by dietary measures. Over a longer period (weeks to months), nutritional therapy can noticeably strengthen organ function and reduce formation of phlegm.

Strengthening the Inner Center

All therapy began with strengthening the inner center, the consistent development and protection of the stomach and spleen pancreas network, primarily through nutritional therapy. Many doctors were of the opinion that only when the Center Burner is balanced can the body form enough qi, blood, and body fluids. This forms the basis for subsequent therapies such as acupuncture.

Ancestral Air Qi Zong Qi

Acupuncture especially influences true qi (zhen qi). However, acupuncture, with the exception of moxibustion, does not supplement qi in a patient instead it moves qi, balances it, and disperses stagnation. Before employing acupuncture treatment for qi, yang, or yin vacuity, please note that qi vacuity or yang vacuity require expanded treatment modalities involving dietary measures and Chinese herbs to supplement qi, yang, body fluids, and blood. Successful treatment of yin vacuity requires replenishing the physical body and its substance with dietary and herbal therapy. These build the foundation for effective acupuncture treatment. (acupuncture and moxibustion) acupuncture) (acupuncture and moxibustion)

Bronchial Asthma

Shortness of breath (qi chuan bing) with or without accompanying sounds (gasping xiao due to phlegm) and with or without dyspnea (chuan). Acute bronchial asthma is often caused by pathogenic factors such as wind-cold, heat, and phlegm. A chronic course or remission signifies an underlying lung, spleen, or kidney vacuity. These syndromes often overlap. Consistent therapy combining acupuncture and herbs, supported by dietary measures and breathing exercise, for example qi gong, can produce good results.

About this Book

A quote by a famous fourteenth-century physician describes the role of Chinese nutrition within Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Doctors first have to find the cause for an illness and determine which disharmony prevails. To balance this disharmony, the first and foremost measure is appropriate diet. It is not until this measure bears no results that one should use medicines. Chinese nutritional therapy is closely related to acupuncture and medicinal plant medicine and follows the same diagnostic principles. It focuses on the qualitative effects of foods on the body. The term qi, which has many meanings in Chinese, including life force or life energy, is of vital significance in this context. Health is an expression of balanced qi disease occurs when qi is unbalanced. The body extracts and absorbs qi from food. Foods, therefore, are mild therapeutic agents that help the body stay balanced, or bring it back into balance. Food classification follows the same criteria used for Chinese...


Many other alternative treatments are being explored for relieving PMS symptoms. To date, reflexology, massage therapy, and acupuncture are in the forefront of potential alternative treatments however, future studies are needed to confirm their overall effectiveness. acupuncture insertion of needles into the skin at special points to treat disease

Energetics of Food

The Eastern view, on the other hand, follows the qualitative, holistic concept of yin and yang and illustrates how thermal nature and flavor of foods and medicinal herbs influence the body. Hippocrates and Hildegard von Bingen employed similar qualitative, more energetically oriented approaches. They used diet as an important and inexpensive source of therapy for sustaining health and treating disease. TCM makes a close connection between foods and medicinal herbs for therapy, since their classification follows the same criteria. Foods and herbs can both promote and impede each other in their effect on the body. For example, it would be pointless to prescribe phlegm-reducing herbs and acupuncture to patients without informing them about phlegm-producing foods such as fatty foods, junk food, excess dairy products, alcohol, etc. Effective holistic therapy in such cases needs to include dietary measures, for example phlegm-reducing foods such as pears.

Stomach Fire Wei Re

This syndrome can be successfully treated in a few days or weeks by changing eating habits and making the right food choices. It responds very well to a combination of dietary measures and acupuncture. Treatment needs to address the emotional factors leading to stomach heat. Heated discussions, arguments, and relationship or work problems can be even more detrimental than the effects of coffee or other foods with yang characteristics. In TCM, emotional strain and burdens play a far bigger role than they do in Western medicine

Yin and Yang

Nutrition Symbol

The Ling Shu, the practical part of the Nei Jing, reports on therapies and their uses in TCM acupuncture, moxibustion, nutritional therapy, and the use of medicinal herbs. TCM is rooted in the Taoist worldview employed by physicians and philosophers for centuries as a guide for viewing and interpreting natural phenomena. The concept and meaning of qi is only partially translatable into Western languages. Hindus and Yogis use the term prana to reflect similar ideas about all-permeating life energy. The ancient Greek term pneuma describes a similar concept. Coursing vital qi, as an energetic unit, is an essential element in the various treatment modalities of TCM, such as acupuncture, moxibustion, dietetics, medicinal herb therapy, and qi gong. Imbalances of qi can take the form of vacuity or repletion. The term vacuity comes from the Chinese xu (vacuous, empty, lacking, weak). Its opposite is repletion, which comes from the Chinese shi. Vacuity and repletion can be present in varying...

Dr Hyla Cass

There are other things to do for food allergies as well. Acupuncture has been shown to help, especially some new techniques that can actually eliminate the food allergies. The point is, there are many ways to approach what at first seems like a psychological problem, such as depression, besides administering an antidepressant.

Further Reading

Color Atlas of Acupuncture, Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart 2002. O'Connor, J., Bensky, D. Acupuncture - A Comprehensive Text. Eastland Press, Seattle 1981 Yang Ji-Zhou, Compendium of Acupuncture (Zhen Jiu Da Cheng). Reprint, Peoples Health Publishing House, Beijing 1980