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When our body gets sluggish, gains weight, and loses its ability to transform calories into usable power, Acupuncture can enhance metabolism to burn more fat. It also reduces appetite, detoxifies the digestive system, reduces cravings and addictions, and improves circulation and energy.
Research supports the use of Acupuncture for weight loss:A 2003 study published in The Journal of Medical Acupuncture found that participants receiving acupuncture lost more than three times more weight than the control group.
In a study conducted by the University of Adelaide in Australia in 1998, 95 percent of the participants receiving electro-stimulation on acupuncture points reported appetite suppression. The results showed that the acupuncture group was more likely to experience a reduced appetite and to lose weight than the control group.
An imbalance in the pancreas and the liver leads to fatigue, slow metabolism, water retention, loose stool, and a feeling of heaviness and the “triggers” that lead to cravings and compulsive eating.
Due to emotional stress.
In Chinese medicine each major organ has it own related emotion. Excessive grief damages the lungs, excessive worry–the liver, obsessive thinking and over eating damages the spleen, and excessive fear damages the kidneys. When a patient has extended depression, anxiety or other emotional stress, this damages the spirits and eventually destroys the balanced relationships of the five major organ system. The emotional obstruction results in overeating from stress and further disables the transformation and transportation of body and food essence into usable energy. Then the person feels sluggish and obesity occurs. Meditation can support the acupuncture treatments.
From a Western perspective, acupuncture and TCM have been shown to have an effect on the function of the nervous, endocrine, and digestive systems, food cravings, and metabolism. All of which can help to energize the body, maximize the absorption of nutrients, regulate elimination, control overeating, suppress the appetite, and reduce anxiety.
Ear Points are a micro-system of points relating to all major organs and body parts that particularly affect brain chemistry.
Most patients report a marked decline in appetite and cravings with acupuncture alone but herbs, healing foods, and exercises can definitely enhance the efficacy of the treatments. For treatment or more information, contact me at drKathleen@brainbodybliss.com.
PTSD has been known by different labels in past wars. In the Civil War, it was called “Soldier’s Heart.” There is an excellent organization by that name on the East Coast which helps Veteran sufferers. In World War II, they called it “Shell Shock.” Finally, today PTSD is considered an actual disease syndrome. It is pandemic among our returning warriors and we need to address this problem. Drugs can give temporary relief but they are not the final answer. A recent New York Times article attests to the downside of such pharmaceutical approaches. We need to provide other modalities and therapies.
“Stress Release for Veterans” CDs I and II is a self-help adjunct to conventional and complementary approaches. It provides a whole developmental track for the healing process because the relaxation affirmations do sink into the psyche upon repeated listening. It is clear common sense and cognitive & behavioral advice to help individuals with PTSD to recognize and release trauma-related thoughts and beliefs.
There are many ways for the conscious mind to access and modify depressed or anxious states. Sufferers see the relationships between thoughts and feelings and can practice new ways of perceiving their situation. They learn to recognize any negative self-talk and the triggers that set off bad feelings and memories. Deeper self-observation exposes their “hot buttons.” Most of all, they connect with their entire body’s network of feel-good hormones until a new baseline of wellbeing pervades their mental and emotional outlook.
The PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Stimulator has also been shown to affect mental and emotional imbalances. The Mayo Clinic was the first U.S. medical facility to study PEMF in 2002, and offered it for treatment after FDA approval was granted in 2008. Columbia Univ. Dept. of Psychology has done a study on PEMF and depersonalization disorder (DPD). Cedars Sinai did a depression study at the Thalian Mental Health Center in 1998. The greatest amount of studies of PEMF and depression has been done in Israel.
What is PEMF? Since the body has a magnetic field just as critical as the earth’s field, the Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field stimulator acts to strengthen the body’s magnetic field and thus affect all bodily systems and tissue. Just as we use MAGNETIC resonance (MRI) for diagnosis, so we can use magnetism for treatment. PEMF can heal and regenerate damaged tissue for faster recovery from sports injuries, torn tendons, fractured bones, and especially “incurable” neuropathy (numbness and pain in the feet). This form of PEMF therapy enhances cellular protein synthesis and improves circulation. It has also been shown to improve many psychological conditions such as depression and PTSD by modulating neurotransmitter levels in the brain.
Dr. William Pawluk’s book on PEMF: Magnetic Therapy in Eastern Europe explains how PEMF can provide a basic anti-aging strategy. Pathology starts in the magnetic field first and then in individual cell tissue, rising from damaging agents such as stress, pollutants, oxidation deprivation, chemical agents, genetic derangements, radiation, or drugs.
PEMF only affects damaged cells by reestablishing a normal magnetic field around them. The normalized field then induces normal tissue regeneration. PEMF penetrates all biological tissue unlike laser or ultrasound, going right through casts and splints. This stimulator, so popular in Europe and the Middle East, can affect every bodily system since electromagnetic fields surround the body as well as every organ and cell. PEMF:
—Activates the metabolism.
—Helps repair torn muscles and ligaments. Revitalizes skin tissue.
— Boosts the body’s defenses: Toxins & waste products are more rapidly broken down.
—Boosts Energy and healing processes through better micro-circulation.
—Increases formation of the body’s natural protective substances to combat free radicals, and strengthen the immune system.
— Improves the rolling and adhesion behavior of white blood cells that fight infection.
—Increases usable oxygen and ATP, the body’s own energy supplier.
I use acupuncture and massage with the PEMF for an enhanced synergistic effect. Most patients feel energized, relaxed, and usually pain free–immediately or within hours. Just as in every other field of science and industry dependent on field theory, for our own bodily health we must all begin to THINK FIELDS…!
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for any kind of chemical dependency–creamy desserts, cigarettes or cocaine! Along with herbs and massage, special tuning points on the ear are stimulated because the ear is like a computer touch screen for the brain, an external outcropping through which we can REPROGRAM the BRAIN CENTERS for APPETITE CONTROL, METABOLISM, PAIN, DEPRESSION, and ADDICTION.
The major ear point for this is named Shen Men or “Door of the Spirit,” a point that can open our spirit or emotional center. Acupuncture restores the normal release of ENDORPHINS, the chemicals with receptor sites in every cell which give us a sense of wellbeing. But in the case of a smoker or even a “foodaholic,” these chemicals are “locked up” and dependent on the “fix” (of nicotine, drugs, alcohol, or sugar) in order to be released. When certain points are stimulated, the patient begins to feel a sense of deep relaxation, and the endorphins can begin to be released normally. So he loses that nervous build-up that triggers the need for a cigarette. The chemical addiction is gone.
Acupuncture helps DETOXIFY tars and nicotine. Patients often report “feeling like a new person.” Dr. Kathleen induces the expansive THETA WAVE state for relaxation and deprogramming, which brings heightened receptivity and a deep hypnotic reintegration: the cellular memory of deep sensory peace. Through breathing exercises, we feel alpha and theta waves throughout the body, and the pleasurable sensation of our liquidy, airy protoplasmic molecules.
Lacking this treatment, former smokers will often still crave cigarettes years later, since typically their endorphins were never normalized. So it is important to induce a deep state where NEURO-TRANSMITTERS such as DOPAMINE and SERATONIN are also increased. In that way, the “reward” or “consolation” of smoking, alcohol, overeating and all addictive behavior is totally neutralized and erased from the brain and nervous system.
The body and mind feel clear, up-beat, and free of dependency!