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Starting Back at School With Bach Flower Remedies

Posted by Alternative Medicine on June 30, 2011 in Health with No Comments

Can you still remember the mixture of excitement and nerves as you prepared to start back at school after the long summer holidays? Someone took you for new shoes and school clothes and maybe a haircut so that you were smart and ready to go. You got new stationary and a new bag and the sense of anticipation built. Everyone asked you about school, which class you would be in, who your teachers would be and you began to feel the importance of what was to come.

The first day back and breakfast was a little difficult to eat due to the butterflies in your stomach. You arrived at school and the first thing that hit you was the smell – newly polished floors, newly mixed powder paint and disinfectant! Then there was the noise – echoey halls, doors slamming, teachers’ shoes clicking on wooden floors, excited voices and a teacher shouting to be heard above the din! You lined up and went into your new classroom. Your teacher told you where to sit, you weighed up the teacher and the person sitting next to you – liked or didn’t like – and then your new school year began!

You either loved it or your stomach sank to your boots as you remembered what it was like.

It is exactly the same for your kids. In the rush to get all the preparations for school in place it is easy to overlook how they may be feeling. Making sure your child is emotionally ready for school is every bit as important as making sure that their shoes fit.

Talking helps, obviously, but if your child is truly scared or lacking in confidence then what can you do? You feel helpless and frustrated that they are having a tough time and you can’t do anything about it. That is where Bach Flower Remedies come in.

Bach Flower Remedies are amazing in the way that they help your child to cope with emotional ups and downs. They are safe, free from side-effects and chemicals and, best of all, they work very quickly! Children enjoy taking remedies and often make up their own names for them – ‘my magic drops’, ‘my confidence drops,’ or ‘my Simba drops’ are some examples.

For best results, they need to start taking remedies about a month before school starts back so that the remedies get to work in good time. Put 2 drops of each flower remedy into a drink of juice or water and do this 4 times a day. To help you remember, it’s good to give the drops around mealtimes or routine times. E.g. breakfast, lunch, evening meal and bedtime. If your child is taking the drops to school put them in a drink bottle with their regular juice.

Here are some Bach Flower Remedies that will help your child settle into school and learn well:

Mimulus – for any fear or anxiety that they can name about school. E.g. fear of: going back to school, changing class, certain teachers, kids who are bullies, eating in the large hall where it’s noisy, not knowing what to do, not knowing where to go, not knowing where the toilets are, speaking out in class, getting things wrong, being laughed at, kids not wanting to be friends with them, getting into trouble and so on. If your child can put a name to a fear then they need to take Mimulus. It is also the remedy for shyness, blushing and stammering.

Mimulus will help them to be fearless. This is different to being courageous – courage implies that you have to be brave because you are still scared. Mimulus takes away the fear so that you are in a state of calm neutrality.

Larch – for lack of confidence. If your child has low self-esteem or lacks confidence in their abilities; if they quickly give up on things; if they say” I can’t do…maths, spelling, Spanish etc”; if they give up on a subject when they get low test scores; if they always need you around; if they won’t do things for themselves and want you to do it for them e.g. phone a friend; if they won’t try because they feel they will fail; if they always compare themselves to their friends; if they are a second born child and feel inferior to the older child; if they struggle in social situations or in new experiences.
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Larch will give them self-belief without worrying about failure and will help them to develop their talents. It will help them gain social skills, make friends and not need you around all the time. When they meet obstacles or get ‘stuck’ in certain subjects at school they will try again and not give up. Larch opens up the world because “I can’t” is no longer part of their mindset.

Chestnut Bud – to help them learn from their mistakes. This is a great remedy for children with learning difficulties or blocks with certain subjects. I used to with my son to help him with his spelling and it is a great help to children with dyslexia.

Combine this with the TFT exercise of tapping the PR spot for brilliant results. Get your child to tap the karate chop part of one hand with the fingers of the other – like one hand is clapping on the side of the other hand. This releases energy blocks which make learning difficult. E.g: it helps if you get left and right mixed up or if you say the opposite of what you mean; it helps you to visualise a word for spelling; it helps if you can’t remember something; it helps if you type or write words in the ‘worng ordre!’

Chestnut Bud helps if your child is careless or clumsy; if they keep repeating the same mistakes; if they don’t listen in class; if they learn slowly; if their mind is always two steps ahead; if they have habits they need to break.

The remedy will help them to be mentally alert, listen carefully, pay attention and enjoy learning.

Chicory – if your child is clingy, possessive or makes emotionally unreasonable demands. Some children find it hard to break ties with Mum and Dad when they start school – and some parents find it hard to let go! When I was teaching, I have seen children prised from a parents arms as they both clung tearfully to each other. If you feel like this then BOTH you and your child need to take this remedy!

If your child needs Chicory they may be possessive with their friends and become sulky or hurt if their friends play with someone else. They may be opinionated and argumentative and use a bit of emotional blackmail. “I’ll be friends with you if…” I will love you if…” If Chicory is needed, relationships tend to be very conditional.

Chicory will help your child to love unconditionally and be selfless and independent.

Walnut – for coping with change. Walnut is there to help with all the changes that come with a new school year. It will help your child to adjust to a new class, a new teacher, a new set of subjects, a move to a new school or new neighbourhood. It will help to break ties with the past e.g. ” But I loved my old teacher, I want to stay back with her!” or “I want to go to my old school!” Walnut helps them to move on and adapt to change.

This remedy is also useful if your child is easily influenced by other people or is ‘under the spell’ of a stronger personality. It helps them to be true to themselves and stick to what they know is right.

White Chestnut – for worry about school that stops them sleeping. If your child gets in bed at night and struggles to get to to sleep or wakes in the night because they are worried about something, then White Chestnut will give them a peaceful mind. Couple it with Rescue Remedy for a good nights sleep.

White Chestnut is for those uncontrollable worries that go round and round your head like a stuck record. The remedy gives you excellent concentration, a calm mind and worry is replaced with positive thinking.

Bach Flower remedies will give your child the best possible start in their new school year by taking away all their concerns and giving them the confidence to go for it!

How Acupuncture Actually Works

Posted by Alternative Medicine on June 30, 2011 in Acupuncture with No Comments

The most common question I am asked by my clients is “so… how does acupuncture actually work?”

My response goes something like this: Basically, acupuncture works in many different ways.

  • On a physiological level acupuncture works on stimulating the bodies natural immune response. For example, If you have a splinter in your finger, your body goes through a series of natural immune response’s whereby it sends healing (white blood cells) to that area, increases blood circulation, and brings nutrients to the surrounding tissue and muscles. All of this happens with out you even knowing. Acupuncture works in exactly the same way except the acupuncturist is directing where the healing will take place.
  • Acupuncture also initiates a release of hormones called endorphins. Endorphins have positive effects on the body and also the mind. When endorphins are released, as they are during an acupuncture session, it can induce a sense of deep relaxation and well-being, it helps to lower blood pressure, helps to boost the immune system and acts as a strong painkiller. This is the bodies natural painkiller that will kick in as soon as there is trauma or injury. Acupuncture is a gentle way in which to stimulate the body’s innate healing capabilities.

If you look closely at a chart that represents the Nervous System and Circulatory System we can see that their pathways are very closely related to the Meridian System. In seeing this relation, it makes sense that by stimulating one area, it can have a ripple effect through the body via this amazing network of nerves and vessels.

So far we have been looking at very physical effects and ways to explain how Acupuncture actually works, so now lets look at the more subtle explanations.

In Chinese medicine the meridians are like rivers that flow all through the body, instead of water the meridians carry Qi which loosely translated means energy. So just like a river whose water flows from one side of the country to the other, the Qi or energy flows through the body feeding and nourishing the areas it passes through.

The acupuncture points are pools of energy where the electromagnetic force is stronger then in other areas they are like reservoirs and can be stimulated to help more energy flow or reduced if there is too much. As the Qi level drops in one area so it does along its meridian and therefore has the ability to effect more then just that part. If there is a blockage of energy along a meridian it can cause energy to get stuck in that area, causing the blood to stagnate and pain to arise. Placing acupuncture needles along the meridians can help unblock this stagnation restoring the body back to health.

Acupuncture has been around for over 5000 years, and is currently being used by Acupuncturist’s, Physiotherapist’s, Doctor’s, Chiropractor’s and in Hospitals around the globe. Its still going strong, in fact there are more and more ways in which acupuncture is being effectively used then ever before. Even though there has been research into the workings of acupuncture and research proves that acupuncture actually does work, there are still a lot of things that can’t be rationally explained by science as to how exactly it can work in so many different ways. Stay tuned for more posts about the benefits of Acupuncture, what acupuncture can treat and information on commonly used Acupuncture points that you can use at home just by pressing on the points your self.

Natural Remedies for a Baby’s Cough

Posted by Alternative Medicine on June 23, 2011 in Other with No Comments

There are an abundance of natural remedies for a baby cough, that are not only safe, but also effective. This means you don’t have to rely on toxic drugs to keep your baby’s airways clear. This is a bonus in itself.

When a baby coughs, it may sound alarming to you, as the parent and carer, but it isn’t necessarily so. You see, babies don’t have an immune system. They rely on passive immunity from their mother’s milk in the first stage of life. Then, on weaning, they have to get the practice in to create a healthy immune system.

Think of riding a bicycle. You don’t master it immediately. You fall off a few times before you get the hang of how it works. And it’s no different with a baby’s immune system. This means that, contrary to popular opinion, childhood diseases are desirable. You may have heard of the chicken pox parties mothers gave? They wanted their child to get the disease. They knew the benefits.

Nowadays, it’s less fashionable, but the fact remains. So, as a caring parent, can you cure your baby’s cough, while you encourage the immune system to develop in a healthy way? The answer to this is a resounding yes.

As a general rule, not only are drugs toxic, they suppress the immune system. You may have heard your doctor talking about this, as it’s common. Although this often results in the cough disappearing, this is a hefty price to pay if it is at the cost of lowering the immune system, especially in a developing baby.

Natural remedies work by raising the immune system. This then allows the body to heal itself, even in a small baby. The natural remedies can come from herbs, a healthy and natural diet, plant based health supplements or gentle manipulation. But perhaps the most effective natural remedies are homeopathic.

Homeopathic remedies work very quickly. You can often resolve a cough in hours, depending on the contributing factors (such as previous treatment, how long your baby has had the cough, if it has occurred before, etc). And babies love the remedies. There is never any problem dosing a baby with the appropriate homeopathic remedy. Homeopathy provides the best natural remedies for a baby cough, as well as a multitude of other ailments.

Although there are many homeopathic remedies that can now be bought over the counter, it is worth investing in a professional consultation with an experienced homeopath. You baby’s future is in your hands. Get it right now and the chances of them growing into a healthy adult are much greater.

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Oregano Oil and Its Powerful Antiviral Properties

Posted by Alternative Medicine on June 22, 2011 in Aromatherapy with No Comments

The Greeks called it “joy of the mountain,” and the Italians called it a natural “flavor enhancer,” which eventually became a signature ingredient in Italian recipes.

Oregano has been used by tribal healers for over 5,000 years. Ancient medicine men believed oregano could cure fungi and bacteria as well as eliminate pain and inflammation. The Greek goddess Aphrodite reputedly created oregano as a symbol for happiness so bridal couples were crowned with garlands of oregano, and plants were placed on tombs so the departed could find peace in the next life.

Modern researchers have discovered numerous benefits when oregano oil is used in food recipes because it has the ability to stop the growth of microbes, which can cause several gastrointestinal issues. That ability has made it one of nature’s finest preservative. The mineral and vitamin content of the oil is impressive with iron, potassium, calcium, zinc, boron, magnesium, copper, and manganese being the main minerals, and vitamins C, A, (beta carotene) and niacin enhancing the mineral content.

It’s not just the minerals and vitamins that make oregano oil such an important antiviral, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory substance, it’s the oils within the oil that produce some amazing qualities. The carvacrol in oregano oil is effective against salmonella, Escherichia coli, and listeria monocytogenes. The thymol has antiseptic properties, and the terpenes in essential oils are found in several plants and flowers, and those oils have antibacterial properties.

The rosmarinic acid in the essential oil has antihistamine and antioxidant properties, plus it can reduce free radical cell damage, which lowers the risk of cancer and atherosclerosis. The naringin in oregano oil is a powerful antioxidant. It can inhibit cancer cell growth, and the tocopherols like vitamin E found in the oil are incredible antioxidants as well.

All of the chemical compounds in oregano oil help it produce amazing aromatherapy results. This ancient oil helps the internal as well as the external cells function normally. According to Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs, oregano oil can help reduce fevers, bronchitis, cramps, childhood diseases like the mumps and measles, and it also helps regulate irregular menstruation. One of the most important uses for oregano oil is to prevent cell damage cause by free radicals, which are the unstable oxygen molecules that steal electrons from other molecules.

The antiviral properties of the oil go hand-in-hand with free radical control. Viruses attack damaged cells and take control and destroy them. The essential oil helps the immune system destroy the viruses so the cells can regenerate and begin to function normally.
Michael D. Thompson, an organic perfumer and accredited Master Herbalist, is the founder and director of Florapathics, LLC which manufactures all-natural, organically-derived personal care products that are infused with pure essential oils for aromatherapy.

Can Acupuncture Improve the Outcome of IVF?

Posted by Alternative Medicine on June 21, 2011 in Acupuncture with No Comments

After several months of not being able to conceive a child, John and Linda became discouraged and ended up finding themselves arguing over small things because of their disappointment. After going to a fertility clinic, and they realized that because of infertility problems, one of the only options for them ever to conceive is by using in vitro fertilization. Although very costly and somewhat painful, this particular treatment did hold out hope for them to have a child of their own that they would bring into the world. Not wanting to lose any possibility of actually conceiving the child through in vitro fertilization, they also look to the possibility of adding acupuncture to their treatment process.

One thing that acupuncture has been used for and has actually gone through testing is for increasing a person’s fertility rate. As a matter of fact, in a controlled study those that went through in vitro fertilization along with acupuncture had a 10% greater chance of conceiving a child than those that did not have acupuncture. Those are amazing results and according to those, you may be able to increase your odds as well. This can be especially comforting considering what you have to go through in order to have an IVF in the first place.

Acupuncture has even been shown to increase the natural fertility that people have and may increase their odds of conceiving a child even without the use of in vitro fertilization. If you are already dealing with IVF, however, using acupuncture may help you to bring about the natural balance state within your body and to conceive a child with the help of medical science. Although it is not a 100% guaranteed cure, even a 10% increase in the success rate is well worth the effort considering all that you get out of treatments through acupuncture.

Most people are nervous over the needles that are used, mainly because they are accustomed to being hurt by needles at the doctor’s office. The fact of the matter is, the needles that are used during an acupuncture treatment are much smaller than those that can deliver vaccines to us. Whenever they are inserted into the skin, more often than not, nothing is felt at all. If there is some pain, it is very slight and goes away quickly.

The best thing that you can do for yourself if you’re apprehensive about visiting an acupuncturist is to go in for an initial consultation. You will see that they are not some kind of weird doctor but they are actually in the medical profession and willing to help you medically. By talking to them face to face, you will no doubt find the confidence that you need in order to go ahead with the treatment. Acupuncture has been around for about 5000 years but it really has only become popular in the United States in the past couple of decades. It is increasing in popularity, however, and millions of people are introducing themselves to this natural way of healing on a yearly basis. The process of acupuncture has more to do with the energy that resides in all of us than with the actual inserting of needles. If the energy that is within our bodies is out of balance, it can be readjusted and put back into a balanced state through acupuncture.

Ayurveda Medicinal Properties of Panasa or Jackfruit

Posted by Alternative Medicine on June 20, 2011 in Ayurveda with No Comments

The jackfruit tree belongs to family moraceae. It is largely found in tropical regions like south Asia, east Africa, Uganda, Brazil and Mauritius. Jackfruit is national fruit of Bangladesh and has local name Kathal.

Jackfruit tree has strong solid trunk and grows upto 50 to 60 feet. The barks, leaves and fruits of this tree contain latex. The leaves are oval in shape, glossy in appearance and leathery to touch. The tree bears both male and female flowers. The fruits (jackfruit) are huge and weigh 5 to 25 kilograms. The huge jackfruit contains many small fleshy fruits inside. These small fruits contain seeds which are hard and starchy. The flesh of these small fruits is either crisp or soft depending on the variety of tree.

Medicinal properties of jackfruit

According to texts of ayurveda the medicinal properties of jackfruit varies in various stages of its development. The raw fruit increases vata and kapha where as ripened fruit alleviates vata and pitta. The fruit is heavy to digest and sticky in nature. It enhances the moistness of tissues. It acts as body coolant.

  • The latex of this tree has anti-inflammatory properties. Hence it is recommended in inflamed abscesses and wounds. Poultice of jackfruit latex helps to reduce pain and swelling in abscesses and wounds.
  • The flesh of smaller fruits is very heavy to digest. It may cause indigestion. Ingestion of raw jackfruit may cause constipation. Hence jackfruit has to be eaten before consuming food. Jackfruit is a strict no for patients who suffer from digestive disorders and ascitis.
  • The bark of jackfruit tree helps to reduce intestinal motility and hence useful in diarrhea and dysentery. The decoction of bark is used for this purpose.
  • Fully ripened fruit is a very helpful in increasing quality and quantity of semen. It helps to increase sperm count and sperm motility. Weak and skinny people are largely benefited by ripened fruit as it increases body bulk and body energy level.
  • The decoction of leaves and roots are used in diseases of skin. The leaves also help to reduce effects of poison.

The jackfruit is widely used in Chinese folk medicine. They consider it as having cooling and nutritious properties.

− The flesh and seeds are used to reduce influence of alcohol.

− Roasted seeds are regarded as aphrodisiac and given to patients who suffer from low libido, erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

− The ash of bark and leaves are mixed with coconut oil and applied on wounds.

My First Encounter With a Chiropractor

Posted by Alternative Medicine on June 18, 2011 in Chiropractic with No Comments

My first encounter with a chiropractor happened when I had this pain on my right shoulder limiting my range of motion. I cannot turn my head and had a hard time moving my right hand. Even getting up from bed is so painful that I need somebody to help me up or hold on to something. Since I was in a different country, I forced myself to get up and decided to see a doctor. I opted to see a chiropractor. Anyway, I have seen on their signage that they treat back pain, shoulder pain and other pains.

When I entered the clinic, the receptionist was very accommodating that it made me feel light and confident that I will be getting real help. I was asked to fill up a form where details of my medical history were taken, past and present. Other important personal information was also requested.

When I finally met the doctor or should I say the woman chiropractor, I again felt at ease. She spoke sweetly, was very accommodating and asking a few more questions on the pain I am having. She even asked me if I know what chiropractic is and who referred me to her. I told her the truth of course. No one – I just decided that I need her help.

She then felt for my neck, and asked me to lift my right arm then the left arm. I was asked to turn my head on the left then on the right and to look down then to look up. While she was asking me to do all of these movements, I was wondering what will follow next but I do know that those are important for her to analyze what ails me and where it is coming from. She asked me to extend my right arm at my back and I almost did not want to, but she said to try it. It was painful naturally. Then she asked me to do the same on the left arm. Well, to cut my narrative, she explained to me what chiropractic is all about.

It was my first time to hear about subluxations. The words spine, nervous system, muscoleskeletal, back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel syndrome and the like were not new to me. While she was explaining, I came to realize that what she is saying is true. She gave me brochures and leaflet to know more about chiropractic. In other words, she educated me on this type of treatment.

My treatment lasted for 8 weeks, once a week; and to tell you honestly, I always look forward to it. She asked me to do some exercises to help strengthen my back especially with the kind of work that I do (I was a care assistant at that time working in a nursing home).

Chiropractic and chiropractors may be new to some but I assure you that these health professionals are well trained in their chosen field. Yes, they do manual manipulation but it does not hurt. Relieved from the pain that you have is what I will describe the experience of chiropractic treatment.

Chiropractic care does not involve any drugs so it is safer as you will not have to worry of any complications. If you are having second thoughts submitting yourself to a chiropractor, I encourage you to get those silly thoughts out of your mind. I assure you that, just like me, you will appreciate the help they can extend to you.

Chiropractic care is for everyone. It is the healthy way of getting your body to get back to its normal functions.

Pure Rose Oil and Benefits in Spa Facial Treatments

Posted by Alternative Medicine on June 17, 2011 in Aromatherapy with No Comments

The rich perfumed fragrance of a rose is unmistakable. The aroma of the rose has enamored cultures around the world for centuries. The first rose came from a Persian garden, and the bush quickly spread around the ancient world. The Romans used rose petals when they had extravagant banquets, and they extracted the oil for medicine and perfumes. The rose symbolized love, passion, innocence, and desire as well as beauty, elegance, and grace.

In Greece, India, and Egypt roses were macerated in hot fat. Fragrant pomades were the end products and they were shaped into a cone, which was placed on top of the head. When the sun melted the fat, fragrant rose scented oil would trickle down the face and the scent would linger all day.

The healing qualities of rose oil are as remarkable as its beauty and fragrance. The English physician Culpepper wrote that red roses strengthen the heart, back in the 17th century. He could have meant the physical action of giving a rose, but anyone who has be exposed to the aroma of a rose or rose oil and inhaled it as an aromatherapy oil knows that the heart is strengthened emotionally as well as spiritually by rose oil.

Culpepper wrote about the astringent properties of rose oil and recommended it for tired eyes and headaches. He suggested a rose ointment to relieve red pimples that embarrassed and annoyed folks back then. Today rose oil is used in lotions, creams, and oils for its bactericidal and anti-viral properties, along with other essential oils. Rose oil and rose water are used to cleanse and refresh dry sensitive skin.

The difficulty of extracting the oil from the plant has always been an issue. One rose blossom only contains 0.02% oil and that makes the essential oil expensive. It takes about 40,000 pounds of rose blossoms to produce one pound of rose oil. Even though the oil is expensive it’s a great investment, especially in aromatherapy sessions.

Some rose oil aficionados claim that the best rose otto oil comes from Bulgaria. The oil is distilled from newly opened flowers that are picked in the cool mornings. Distillation is done in two phases. The first phase produces a little concentrated green oil and a lot of rose water. The second phase distills the rose water, and the result is yellow oil that’s combined with the green oil to produce the final essential oil. Most of the rose absolute, which is used in perfumes, is harvested and extracted in Morocco using a hydrocarbon solvent. Most aromatherapists prefer rose otto oil because the rose absolute extraction process has an impact on the therapeutic properties in the oil.

Michael D. Thompson, an organic perfumer and accredited Master Herbalist, is the founder and director of Florapathics, LLC which manufactures all-natural, organically-derived personal care products that are infused with pure essential oils for aromatherapy.

Pregnancy Related Conditions Effectively Treated With Acupuncture

Posted by Alternative Medicine on June 16, 2011 in Acupuncture with No Comments

Acupuncture is good for treating many conditions and uncomfortable issues associated with being pregnant.

Prevent miscarriage. Treatments 1-2 times per week help prevent miscarriage or early pregnancy loss by reducing the activity of the sympathetic nervous system, reducing stress, and encouraging blood flow to the developing embryo.

Spotting (sub-chorionic hematoma). Acupuncture employed with a technique called moxibustion can help reduce or eliminate bleeding from the uterus (depending on the cause).

Nausea or morning sickness. Depending on the severity of the nausea, 1-5 acupuncture treatments per week may be necessary to restore quality of life and the ability to eat. Often acupuncture is very effective for this condition, especially if combined with the knowledge and practice of keeping blood sugar levels consistent throughout the day.

Headaches. Many women experience headaches toward the end of their first trimester. Acupuncture is known better for the relief of pain than for any other ailment. If you are experiencing headaches that are not just obviously associated with dehydration or fatigue, then try acupuncture.

Depression. The balancing of many emotional conditions is a primary principle of treatment when pregnant women come to my practice. Acupuncture combined with singing lessons administered by singing teacher proficient in proper breathing techniques is quite effective for pregnancy or post-partum related depression. Sing the blues away.

Stress. Hormones secreted by the adrenal glands cause anxiety and stress. During pregnancy, this can affect the amount of life giving blood flow feeding the embryo. Therefore reducing stress or using techniques such as acupuncture to alleviate stress is important.

Restless legs. Acupuncture has shown some promise in relieving the sometimes agonising frustration associated with restless legs. If you have it you understand all too well the agony mentioned. You may also need more calcium in your diet.

Back pain. Again, acupuncture is fundamentally one of the best choices humans have for relieving pain of any kind. Cupping and moxibustion may also be administered when back pain is effecting a woman that is pregnant.

Breech presentation. Studies have shown that moxibustion can be effective at turning a baby that is presenting breech. Is is most effective if done daily for 10-14 days between the weeks of 34-36.

Labour preparation or cervical ripening. Between the weeks of 37-40, acupuncture given once per week helps prepare a woman for labour by boosting vital energy and ensuring smooth flow of emotions and blood during the process. Induction is most often not needed when women commit to the cervical ripening acupuncture protocol.

Induction of Labour. Many women move swiftly into active labour after just one acupuncture induction treatment. Sometimes 2-3 are required within 1 week post due date.

Mastitis. Blocked milk duct. Acupuncture given quickly enough, along with somewhat aggressive self-massage and herbal compresses, can help hasten the recovery from a mastitis infection. This infection can progress quickly so do not hesitate to get treatment and do everything you can at home as well.

Lack of breast milk. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs, when given alongside a Guinness beer per day has shown moderate to good results with increasing the amount of milk production.

Acupuncture – How Was It All Started?

Posted by Alternative Medicine on June 9, 2011 in Acupuncture with No Comments

Acupuncture is one of the ancient methods approached in the world for healing a person out of any disease. This system of healing is mainly followed in China. It is a customary medical practice to cure diseases with the use of acupuncture for a typical person who is born and brought up in China. It is believed that, by stimulating the particular spots in the body, acupuncture brings back the health and preserves it in the body. Having originated in ancient China, the acupuncture is spreading into the other areas of the world. In recent days, medical experts in United States are making the use of acupuncture as a substitute for English medicine.

Besides China, acupuncture has been used for healing by many Asian countries for eons. Japan and Korea are the other countries which practiced this system of treatment, next to China. Recently there are many studies conducted to know the effectiveness of the acupuncture in many hazardous conditions of the health. There are very high chances for side effects, if it is not effectively practiced by a skilled and expert professional in the field. Before undergoing acupuncture therapy, patient has to give a clear cut picture of his or her health and other systems of medical practice he used, to avoid any serious damages to his or her health.

In this procedure of treatment, some spotted areas in the body of a patient, are pricked with sterilized needles as a therapy which alleviates their ailments and produces local anesthesia. In the system of acupuncture practice, professionals of this medical practice, classify body into two parts Yin and Yang. The Yin part of the body stands for cold and the Yang corresponds to hot. These are also known as passive principle and active principle respectively. By maintaining balance in both the principles, perfect health can be sustained.

When the disparity arises in the Yin and Yang internally, then it leads to disease, as the imbalance blocks the essential energy which also known as qi in China, from flowing in the body. With the effective treatment with acupuncture techniques, the balance in the Yin and Yang can be restored. The straits, which connect the body, are called as meridians.

The number of these meridians could be from 14 to 20. These meridians are interlinked in the like a web. These connections hold the 20000 spots of acupuncture. It was in 1971, when acupuncture became very popular in the United States.

As per the reports of National Institute of Health or NIH in 1997, it is clearly affirmed that, a good many of health professional in different fields such as, dentists, EN&T specialists, physicians, and many other specialists have extensively been practicing the techniques of acupuncture in their therapeutic treatments. Most of the patients take acupuncture therapy, to get rid of their body pains. As per the records in 2007 of National Institute of Health, more than 3 million adults and 150,000 children were given the treatment of acupuncture therapy for different health problems in 2006 in United States.