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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!

Free Radical Theory of Aging

So how do we age? The scientific community’s main theory is the Free Radical Theory of Aging. Free radicals are mostly oxygen-containing molecules with an average life span of only one-millionth of a second, yet they are very potent toxins that afflict our bodies. By attacking the cell’s DNA, free radicals destroy the cell, causing healthy cells to die prematurely.

When we’re young, our natural antioxidant defense system functions well by “mopping up” free radicals before they can cause damage. However, as we age, the antioxidant defense system becomes less efficient through down-regulation of oxidative enzymes. The increase in free radical damage impairs cellular regulation and functioning and triggers aging symptoms as well as many diseases.

Dr. Steven Rosenblatt and daughter Camille (photo) have created a product that can address these issues and cover ALL the body’s daily baseline needs because it is jammed with probiotics. They call it DoctorRBrand Daily Nutritional– combinations customized for men and women–with a morning packet for extra energy and an evening packet for winding down nicely. Dr R Brand is filled with antioxidants including citrus bioflavinoids along with pycnogenol to neutralize free-radicals. Also among the forty other ingredients is Echinacea, Hesperidin, and eight strains of probiotic bacteria to build our defense system. So this product can reduce free radical damage of the skin and internal organs, and protect against the new and rapidly changing viruses that invade our cells. The most unique feature of this product is the number of enzymes so that you get to KEEP WHAT YOU INGEST! Most other vitamins just get excreted and wasted.  Many people report increased energy…Check out www.DoctorRBrand.com.

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.

Skin: Our InterFace I

Skin is our interface with the outside. It represents our image to the world: our youthfulness or our worn-out internal condition exposed.  Skin quality reflects our insides and, in reverse, we can stimulate this soft outer surface to affect the inside.  It is a tool that can influence our health if we know how to push its buttons!  (Literally!)

Like many examples in nature, it is the thin outer layer that often plays THE big role in relation to the whole.  For example, on the giant magnet Earth, it is the thin layer of organic life—plants, animals, and Us, who act as the transformers of energies between the sun and the magnet planet.  We are the critical go-between, the living skin accomplishing a human version of photosynthesis.

 Or, consider the cell membrane of each of our trillions of cells. That thin sheet is where the action is—where the metabolism and processes occur. And just like our skin, the cell membrane can get gunked up—proteins and sugars causing a carmelization that makes our cells crusty, which then impedes the passage of nutrients in and toxins out.

So with our skin—when toxins build up and cannot release through the intestines and  lungs, they then seek an outlet through the skin, ie.  as acne, rashes, psoriasis, etc.  From an  Acupuncture point of view, we would address skin issues by treating intestine or lung points, since together all three are eliminatory organs.  If the body is not hydrated enough or ingests too many acidic foods, ie sugar and red meat, then the skin becomes dry– as a reflection of overheated digestion in the stomach.

Since the tongue is a diagnostic tool in Chinese Medicine, we would see an extra red tongue, with a deep crack down the center–all signals of excess heat, sometimes resulting in GIRD or acid reflux.  To treat this condition, points along the stomach meridian on the leg would be sedated to cool down possible heartburn.  In Chinese theory, the stomach ‘feeds’ the lungs, so we can pull excess from the stomach to replenish the depleted lungs.  Thus, the lungs would nourish the skin to receive more moisture.  This is an example of how Acupuncture is the ultimate example of WHOLE-ISTIC medicine—where each organ can be rebalance with other organs—evening out the energy distribution throughout the body…!

What is PEMF? Electromagnetic Field Stim

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…!

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