In medical terms, high blood pressure is known as hypertension. Blood pressure means the force of the blood against the walls of the arteries. When the pressure is abnormally high, it naturally causes abnormal wear and tear on the blood vessels. In serve cases, the pressure can cause the strained capillaries (tiny blood vessels) to rupture, which may result in a heart attack or stroke. Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States. The brain is believed to be particularly susceptible to hemorrhage because it is enclosed in the skull and cannot expand when the blood pressure increases.
Kidney disease, particularly inflammation, can cause hypertension, however only a very small percentage of the cases of high blood pressure are accounted for by kidney disease. More common is that type of high blood pressure known as “essential hypertension.” This type is presumed to exit without any well-defined cause being known.
The usual symptoms of high blood pressure are dizziness, headaches and noises or ringing in the ears. Along with any remedy used for hypertension, the following regime is generally recommended: sufficient rest, regular exercise, abstinence from tobacco, coffee, alcoholic beverages, a low sodium diet and when possible the avoidance of stress provoking situations and control of the cholesterol count by proper diet.
Acupuncture has been a proven treatment, backed by numerous studies to lower blood pressure. The source of high blood pressure varies from person to person and is treated as such.
Fertility issues are increasingly more common in the United States. There are several options available for those wanting children with heavy price tags. The prime age to conceive is from 18 to 25 years old. After the age of 25, a women’s fertility begins to decline slowly. At the age of 35, that process declines more rapidly. By the age of 40, a woman’s chance of getting pregnant becomes very problematic with many complications. However, being technical, women can get pregnant as long as they are ovulating and having a menstrual cycle.
Men are different as far as fertility goes. Their fertility is very high until their late 30’s, by their 50’s men begin to see drastic drops in fertility. Even so, two thirds of men will not see a drop in fertility until they are much older than that (look at Larry King).
The perspective from Oriental Medicine on fertility issues extremely differs from Western Medicine. The approach of Western Medicine is to over stimulate hormone production, which in Oriental Medicine’s view, rides a high rate of miscarriage. Even in the approach of in vitro fertilization, a female’s body may not strong enough to support carrying a child which could be a reason the women could not organically conceive.
The view in Oriental Medicine on fertility lies in the same concepts of overall health. Balance. A good barometer to measure in fertility standards is the menstrual cycle. Delayed or heavy cycles make conception prolonged. Short or missing cycles stand the risk of miscarriage. High levels of pain during a menses indicate that energetically something is blocked and not moving properly in the body. That blockage can not only create pain, but obstruct the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and egg production.
Some of the reasons behind the obstruction of the reproductive system can be
· Dietary Factors
· Not at a healthy weight (obesity or anorexia)
· Trauma from previous miscarriages or surgeries
· Beginning the menstrual cycle later (later then age 14)
· Stressful lifestyle
· Emotional factors (anxiety, fear or sadness)
Out of anything that you can do to improve your chances of conception, food choices top the list. Our food supplies, manufacturing methods and components of food have drastically changed over the last 20 years. We are faced with genetic modification, gene splicing, pesticides, prepackaged, frozen and poorly cooked meals.
Food can be used medicinally or it can be part of the problem. Heavy foods cause dampness in the body, blocking reproductive organs. Foods that are filled with pesticides and are genetically altered lower the immune system.
Some healthy food tips:
· Eat organic as much as possible
· Eliminate dairy, red meat and soy
· Don’t buy anything that comes in a box, tub, can or plastic container
· Avoid using the microwave as a method of cooking
One if the essential in conception is avoiding alcohol. Alcohol affects every tissue in the body and disrupts the flow of blood, energy and movement in the body by “knotting” or “binding” up qi. This prevents a smooth transfer during conception. Additionally, alcohol raises the core basal body temperature, making conditions excessively hot throughout the body. It takes approximately 3 days to re-regulate the internal temperature of the body. For somebody that has a few drinks per week, the effects can be endless.
The procedure of trying to conceive does not have to be complicated or expensive. Making healthy food choices and acupuncture are powerful weapons. Oriental medicine is more balanced then other methods, without erratic side effects, invasive procedures or over stimulating hormonal balance and wiping out the adrenal functions. The approach of Chinese medicine in conception is simply balance.
Autumn is a time of change. It is the time of year when nature prepares to “let go”. The leaves fall from the tress, temperatures dip and the sun fades quicker as days seem longer. Long ago, people lived their lives according to the seasons. The summer season was a time of work, while winters were spent as a time of rest. Villagers would spend the spring time planting crops and the fall was time to harvest and focus on stillness.
These days, through the advance of technology, we are still able to plow away at work in the winter season. Part of the reason most people are sick in the winter time is because biologically, our bodies are wired to slow down at this time of year. When we don’t slow our pace and stress piles up (i.e. the holidays), our immune systems cannot keep up and we fall ill.
Most healthy people get one cold a year. Partially due to temperature variations and our bodies not being able to regulate our internal thermometers quickly enough. Some ways to help your body not get ill is to allow yourself to be exposed to the elements. Keep yourself warm and shut off the air conditioning and heat in your home and in your car. When you are cool or warm and step outside into the changing temperatures the body goes into a state of shock. Like diving into ice cold water, your body goes through chills and the blood in our veins constricts and does not flow as freely.
Another preventative effort to outwit cold and flu season is to change your diet. Summer months and places where it is hot and dry should include a diet of fresh, raw foods. Things like salads, nuts and berries help keep the internal body temperature cool. Although many people get “colds” in the summer months, this can be attributed to too much heat in the system. In order for the body to dispel heat, the pores open up and if you are in air conditioning, too much cold gets in (thus chills).
In the fall/winter season, a diet of warm foods is best. Things that are baked, soups and hot meals (avoiding red meat and salads which slow digestion and are cold in nature) work well. Avoiding over eating heavy foods (like dairy, red meat and soy) help the bodies constantly maintain the flow of energy through your body. Don’t be fooled if the sun is out during the winter months, the wind is more active and leaves the body cold.
Prevention is the best plan for anyone who wants to feel great all season long. Acupuncture helps the body stay in balance and is able to kick out a cold in the beginning stages. Even after a full blown cold has set in, acupuncture speeds up recovery time and assists the body in its natural defenses. The best time for a visit to your acupuncturist is when you feel like you are about to get sick.
It is unfortunate that most of American society is out of touch with nature. We no longer depend on our own crops to eat, nor do we follow the rules of the seasons in our lifestyles. But understanding why our bodies shift so drastically helps us understand steps to take when we begin to feel “under the weather”.
Depression can be a debilitating issue if left untreated. Millions of Americans will suffer from depression at some point in their lifetime. As Chinese Medicine and acupuncture continues to be integrated into Western Medical treatments, the results of dealing with depressive symptoms decrease. Modern research has found that acupuncture may act on the heart, brain and other organs and acupuncture can regulate the endocrine system as well. Through stimulating nervous system and immune system, acupuncture can regulate the process of excitation and inhibition in the cerebral cortex, which achieve a balance among the various neurotransmitters in brain synapses. This is exactly how acupuncture for depression cures the depression.
Chinese Medicine does not view depression as a disorder. Mainly because when treating patients we treat patterns of disharmony found in the body, not a specific “disorder”. Being that depression affects people differently, we are treating the specific issues that need balanced. So depression, anxiety and stress occur by abnormal emotions, which reduce the normal flow of the body’s energy.
Acupuncture for depression has a faster improvement and fewer side effects, compared with the primary application of antidepressants in western clinical practice. Combined with the increasing recognition in patients, acupuncture for depression will demonstrate its effectiveness and superiority more obviously.
At present, acupuncture for depression has been proved to be one of the most effective methods for depression. Acupuncture helps in a natural way for stimulating the central nervous system and increasing the production of naturally occurring chemicals in the body like endorphins and enkephalins, which are responsible for a person’s mood and feeling of well being. Acupuncture never separates the mind and body but it treats both the physical and mental symptoms of conditions at the same time. It enhances the health of anyone with conditions caused by drug side effects and can help reduce or eliminate the need for medication. Though medication can help “regulate” your mood, acupuncture is a method that can correct the underlying condtion.