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Benefits of Acupuncture

By drikerx on July 1, 2013 in Health Articles
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Better health is what we all strive to achieve; but how do we get there and how do we stay there? Good health and well-being are the results of the choices that we make daily in what we eat, how we treat our bodies, with whom we hang out, how we relax, etc. So how do we know the right choices for our health? Do we wait till our systems fail us? Or do we act with an ounce of prevention for the pound of cure? But, who do you go see for a specific issue that is bothering you? Pharmacists have for decades been one of those triage hubs where patients can come in and get the right direction on what kind of medical practitioner to see for the most benefit. We are fortunate if we are directed to a place or doctor that will assist in our health improvement. Truly, your success in health greatly depends on knowing where to go for your health answers. We have very often referred patients for treatment to good local acupuncturists and sometimes alone and other times as a part of medical team, we have seen great improvements in patient health.

Acupuncture is becoming increasingly recognized in the medical community for its big part in successful integrative health management. It is a medical art that dates back up to five thousand years, and is a form of Oriental Medicine that has proven its benefits in many areas of health disorders.

Understanding and performing the dynamics of Acupuncture occurs only through many years of extensive education and training. The very basic concept is the following: the energy “chi” of the body travels within “meridians” (the transporting system of chi). Each meridian corresponds to a specific organ system that is integrated as a whole. When an imbalance occurs within the meridian (organ system) health disorders present themselves and drive us to seek help.

Acupuncture can be a benefit for variety of conditions; it is used alone or is recognized as an adjunct to western medicine that can assist with medical treatments. For example, patients undergoing IVF (fertility enhancement) can improve the success rate of the treatments or assist to enhance fertility naturally. Acupuncture also can assist patients undergoing chemotherapy in order to reduce malaise, fatigue and improve their immune system. Acupuncture can help to overcome physical disorders of pain and dysfunction throughout the body.

It is not uncommon for acupuncture to resolve health issues in as few as 2 to 3 treatments that western medicine is unable to do. Some challenging conditions such as Scoliosis (curvature of the spine), Fatigue, Bells Palsy (facial paralysis), and TMJ Syndrome are just a few that respond very well with acupuncture care. Even Menopause patients can benefit with their annoying daily symptoms. You see that incorporating an acupuncturist to your healthcare team could be a very wise decision.

The balance of health and well being is an intricate dynamic that is becoming increasingly important in achieving best health care outcomes. The human body is designed to sustain a balance called homeostasis. Homeostasis is the body’s chemical way of maintaining the internal system in balance. When the body can no longer sustain its calm and function it “speaks” with symptoms and disorders such as body pain, malaise, allergies, headache, cravings, inability to maintain healthy weight, etc..etc..the list is too long. So listen to your body, close your eyes and try to remember the time that you really felt GREAT and strive to achieve that health back. It can be done…

Now sharing some personal experience and fears:
The needles are all single use and sterile. You feel a slight pinch-prick during needle insertion, but nothing scary at all. Sometimes, the needles hit the “chi” and you can feel a jolt (hitting the funny bone); however, when you touch “chi” you feel the benefits of the session even faster. During the session you relax and rejuvenate your body and feel better almost immediately after. May take several sessions for some more challenging conditions.

Dr. Ike’s Recommendation:
The Total Health Center in Toluca Lake by a highly respected acupuncturist Nicole Bradshaw, L.Ac. The center has a spa-like atmosphere, and is staffed with friendly and knowledgeable people. She has helped many of our patients achieve their health goals. You may contact Nicole Bradshaw, L.Ac directly with any questions regarding acupuncture and its benefits for your health.