The Story of Science

The Story of Science

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Migraine Relief with Acupuncture

Migraine Relief with Acupuncture

What is a migraine headache and what causes migraine headaches? The direct cause of migraine headaches is unknown. However, experts believe that genetic as well as environmental factors play a role in the development of migraine headaches. Furthermore, it is also believed that migraines may be caused by changes in the brainstem that create imbalances in the chemistry of the brain. These chemical changes then affect the nerves in the head and face. Common triggers for migraine headaches include: • Hormonal changes in women, • Foods such as alcohol, caffeine, and MSG, • Stress, • Sensory stimuli such as bright lights, loud sounds, and strong scents, • Changes in sleeping patterns, • Physical exertion including sexual activity, • Changes in the weather or barometric pressure, and; • Medications. A migraine headache can last anywhere from 4 to 72 hours. Typical symptoms include pain on one side of the head, a pulsating or throbbing pain, sensitivity to light, sounds, or smells, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, diarrhea, and lightheadedness. Migraines are also commonly associated with auras. Auras are typically a set of strange symptoms that occur 10 to 30 minutes prior to the onset of a migraine. These symptoms include: • Visual phenomenon such as seeing various shapes, bright spots, or flashes of light, • Vision loss, • Pins and needle sensations in the arms and legs, and; • Speech or language problems. How can acupuncture and moxibustion help resolve migraine headaches? Since the cause of migraine headaches is unknown to biomedical specialists, there is little documented evidence as to how acupuncture and moxibustion change the physiology of the body to...
Chinese medicine for eczema

Chinese medicine for eczema

Eczema  is a common skin condition marked by an itchy red rash that can appear in skin folds around the knees, elbows or neck. Children commonly suffer from eczema, but studies have also shown the condition to be widespread in adults – with recent studies showing that up to 30% of the population suffers from eczema at some point in their lives. The causes of eczema are not fully understood, but researchers and scientists believe that the condition is probably the result of a number of factors including genetics and the patient’s environment. Eczema is usually mild and causes itching and irritation, but in more severe forms, it can lead to pain and discomfort, can disrupt sleep and can limit daily activities. Traditional treatments for eczema include creams, ointments or corticosteroids and doctors often recommend that patients avoid soap, detergents or materials that could increase irritation. Looking at eczema from a traditional Chinese Medicine perspective is a wholly different approach. While allergies and environment may be factors, Chinese Medicine also explores the role of the body’s overall health and balance (both physical and emotional). Ailments and illnesses occur when this balance is disturbed and skin conditions, rashes and irritations can be external symptoms of other health factors and problems like emotional stress, diet and fatigue. So, to treat eczema, Chinese Medicine takes a more whole body / whole patient approach. I talk with my patients to learn more about their health and habits. Is there an underlying health problem or illness? A change in work or stress levels? An alteration in diet?  Using this information I then develop a...

Allergies- How acupuncture can help

What Can Acupuncture Treat? •    Allergies •    Sinusitis •    Sore Throat •    Hay Fever •    Earache •    Nerve Deafness •    Tinnitus / Ringing in the Ears •    Dizziness •    Poor Eyesight How Can Acupuncture Help? Allergies According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, an allergy (also called hypersensitivity) is a reaction of your immune system to something that does not bother most other people. People who have allergies often are sensitive to more than one thing. Substances that often cause reactions are: pollen, dust mites, mold spores, pet dander, food, insect stings, and medicines. Current study and research suggest that both genes and the environment have something to do with it. Normally, your immune system serves to protect the body by fighting germs and harmful foreign objects. It is your body’s defense system. In most allergic reactions, however, the immune system is responding to a false alarm or overreacting to a minor alarm. The most common allergies include the following: •    Seasonal allergic rhinitis (also called “hay fever”) or year-round allergic rhinitis •    Allergic sinusitis •    Eczema or atopic dermatitis •    Contact dermatitis •    Urticaria or hives •    Food allergy Allergies can cause a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, swelling or asthma. Symptoms vary. Many allergies can make you feel bad but most of them are not life-threatening. In some cases, however, it is dangerous to ignore allergy symptoms. Severe and untreated hay fever may lead to asthma, sinusitis, and other serious conditions. Allergic dermatitis or eczema can develop into secondary infections if they are not treated properly. Some allergic reactions to food can cause serious...
Getting Rid of UTI’s with Chinese Medicine

Getting Rid of UTI’s with Chinese Medicine

When antibiotics fail; more is not always better when treating urinary tract infections It seems like a simple equation– urinary tract in infection equals a course or two– or three of antibiotics. It is such a common treatment that many doctors will not even check the urine for signs of bacteria overgrowth, they will write the prescription with just a phone call. The Western bio-medicine standard of care for scanty and painful urination usually results in a prescription for the penicillins, cephalosporins and fluoroquinolones. Sometimes these clear the problem up in short order, in which case no point in reading further. However, for those who are failed by the standard of pharmaceutical care, then Chinese medicine has options that don’t involve the collateral damage of destroying the intestinal tract’s beneficial bacteria. More importantly, Chinese herbs can be tremendously effective in the treatment of recurrent and stubborn UTI’s. Antibiotics are amazing medicines when used properly, and for the scope in which they are most effective. However, overuse of these power pharmaceuticals over the past 50+ years has brought with it the co-evolution of the very same pathogens we are trying to control. Our magic bullet has had the unfortunate side effect of encouraging the growth of more virulent strains of bacteria. Chinese herbal medicine offers a different approach. And there is a reason why in the past 2000 years the doctors of Asia have not developed formulations that “kill” the invader. Unlike our western medical model of kill, cut and control, the medicine of Asia seeks to promote balance, harmony and communication between the various body systems. Systems in balance,...
GERD and Reflux Do Not Mean You Have Too Much Stomach Acid

GERD and Reflux Do Not Mean You Have Too Much Stomach Acid

Lowering acid is the not the solution for heartburn! Excess stomach acid is not the problem. You need your stomach acid. It digests your food, helps you assimilate your nutrition, breaks down the building blocks of life into a form accessible to you. Yes, you need your stomach acid, and you need it in your stomach!   GERD GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), reflux, heartburn  — call it what you will, it does not equal a Prilosec deficiency, or an excess of stomach acid. These symptoms, as annoying and potentially dangerous over the long term as they are, are signs that there is a problem with the distribution of gastric juices in your digestive system. It could be with a leaky valve, or another structural abnormally. Or, as I often see in clinic, it could be simply the result of a functional imbalance of some kind. It’s like a car where all the parts are in fine working order, but the timing between them is off or a loose connection in one place is causing some kind of cattywhompus confusion in another part of the system. You could take a drug that will reduce the acid in your stomach, but that is treating the symptom and does not get close to the true cause of the source of the complaint. Instead of paying attention to the message behind the symptom, you are shooting the messenger with a medication. Quieting the body’s plea for help does not solve the problem. It simply allows the dysfunction to continue to operate in silence. Ignore the rattle long enough, and the wheels just might...