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How Acupuncture Works for Headaches

CAN ACUPUNCTURE TREAT THE CAUSE OF A HEADACHE? Usually! All bodily pains are necessary signals telling us that an imbalance has occurred somewhere in the physical-emotional body. Headaches rarely originate from problems in the head itself. They usually only occur in the thin sheet of muscle just under the scalp. An acupuncturist can diagnose the headache and determine which organ is causing it.

Immediate relief can come from breaking up the muscle spasms in the head and neck. This is achieved by: 1) Altering the electric charge in the nerves (discharging). 2) Sedating the pain sensors. 3) Using massage and gentle heat to open up the blocked circulation.

For a TENSION HEADACHE, painless needles are placed in the shoulders and neck area in order to release muscle spasms and stimulate an anti-inflammatory response. (Needle-less treatment is also available). Those muscles are holding up our 12 pound bowling ball head which, hanging forward over a desk or steering wheel, is actually equivalent to 20 lb.! Sine we don’t stand up straight allowing the chest muscles to hold it up, the trapezius gets overworked.

A special friction rub–“Gwa Sah” removes the old stagnant blood that pools in the muscle tissue causing that familiar achiness, tightness, and pressure on the affected vertebral nerves. As fresh blood flows in, this massage technique often produces immediate dramatic relief, creating a drainage, relieving the pounding arteries of the head. Along with pain relief, patients often report feeling sharper mentally and enjoying more satisfying sleep.

If any one of the following co-factors exist—ARTHRITIS, damaged HERNIATED DISCS, or BONE SPURS, this treatment will also restore oxygen to the tissue, remove toxins, and begin to dissolve the mineral buildup. One of the contributing factors in arthritis (and headaches) is FAULTY METABOLISM. Something is wrong when the minerals we ingest go and deposit themselves on our weakest joints instead of inside our bones and muscles. Accordingly, certain acupuncture points can improve the digestion and assimilation of nutrients in order to rebalance sluggish metabolism (also promoting WEIGHT LOSS). Our aim is to eradicate the systemic chemical basis for arthritis, osteoporosis, and of course, the headache.

MIGRAINES, FOOD ALLERGY HEADACHES, CLUSTER and PMS HEADACHES are caused by imbalances in the hormones, and by toxicity in the major organs, especially the liver, gall bladder and intestines. Based on traditional diagnosis, the acupuncturist stimulates those points on the limbs that relate to the affected organs, and recommends herbal formulas to support the detox and balancing process.

Sometimes the effect is immediate; sometimes it takes a series of treatments to eliminate the cause of the headache. When the deep cause is found, many future worsening conditions are thus avoided. The headache served its purpose to alert us to things under the surface and thus change the course of our lifeline.

Please share your experiences and questions–I invite comments and feedback!

Acupuncture and PEMF for Weight Loss

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.

Veterans and PTSD

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.

 When coupled with acupuncture, there is a huge shift possible.  Acupuncture enduces the relaxing endorphins, dopamine and seratonin.  In the graphic below, we see the dopamine jumping across and binding to receptors and then returning to the original neuron through the uptake pump. Veterans with PTSD improve considerably.

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.

These are all non-invasive modalities that have been shown to treat many conditions without harmful side effects, alone or in conjunction with other conventional remedies.  Acupuncture, PEMF, and stress release meditation can access the deeper roots of energy imbalance so that the recovery is deeper and longer lasting.  The body’s intelligence is tapped and reinforced.  We can then begin to trust the trillions of cells’ brains and emotional centers to reintegrate the Whole of the Body/Mind…

Graham Nash’s Gift to Veterans

 Famed singer/songwriter Graham Nash is having an exhibit of his photographic collages– of social/political content– at the Gallery 169 in Santa Monica, at 169 Channel Rd at Chatauqua and PCH. The opening is on September 1st and it will run into October. Graham will donate part of the proceeds to support my Veterans Stress Release CD Project for veterans with PTSD.  I will be donating them to veterans through the Veterans for Peace organization.   Graham has already written an endorsement for my CDs:  “I am against war, but I support efforts like these CDs that support the men and women who are fighting for us.”

Graham is a mensch.

The CDs include practical advice, guided imagery & focused breath sensation to help normalize biochemical imbalances, reprogram negative patterns, release endorphins, achieve emotional readjustment— with innovative self-help exercises to improve focus and wellbeing.  Initially designed for everybody and titled Cellular Meditation, also available, I added material about the military experience to create a separate version for veterans. Two selections are available for listening on my website (currently being updated) CellularMeditation.com.   

Cellular Meditation is about getting endorphins, our own feel-good chemicals into ALL THE CELLS–ALL THE BRAINS– OF THE BODY–sensing them from inside via our breath. Since we are 99.9% pure air and energy, we can finally taste our real make-up.  Based on physiology and neurochemistry,  I try to guide the listener to better understand the power we have over our own thoughts and emotions.  Science now validates the conscious mind’s ability to alter neuro-peptides.  

The CDs are an adjunct to acupuncture as a program for releasing deep-seated anxiety and depression through a combination of

 1) Acupuncture treatment especially in the ear— an outcropping of the brain, and thus a way to access the brain centers.  

2) Pulsed Electro-magnetic Field Stimulator (PEMF) FDA approved for treating depression.

3) Deep-state endorphin release, achieved through herbs, specialized massage, breathing/sensation techniques, verbal programming, and other modalities.      Acupuncture point combinations have been discovered for opening up frozen chakras–stimulating bio-energy frequencies that can help “teach” traumatized cells how to unlearn most dysfunctional reactions and states such as fear, demoralization, inflammation, toxification, and overall systems blockage.  This treatment affects trauma, anxiety and depression, by helping to dissipate intracellular energy trauma and revitalize subcellular metabolism.      

More importantly, it is possible to heal ancestral, genetic emotional trauma—the psychic pain that we have inherited from generations of suppression. Genetic studies reveal that we still carry the emotional scars of our forefathers in the DNA of our mitochondria.  This DNA, in contrast to the DNA in our cellular nuclei, is in fact accessible and re-programmable.  This is a huge breakthrough in our understanding of the alterability of our genetic make-up.  (It must be added that we also carry the DNA from a previous era when our ancestors built open cities, not fortresses— and sharing, not conflict, was the order of the day. Will we ever return to that era of abundance for all? 

T’is my prayer…

Acupuncture for Addictive Behavior

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!

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