Articles on acupuncture

Amazing Benefits of Acupuncture Treatment on Diseases

Mr. Jethalal Gosar, Acupuncturist
Diseases and disorders that can be treated with acupunctureThe diseases or disordersfor which acupuncture therapy has been tested in controlled clinical trialsreported in the recent literature can be classified into four categories asshown below.1. Diseases, symptoms orconditions for which acupuncture has been proved-through controlled trials-tobe an effective treatment:Adverse reactions toradiotherapy and/or chemotherapyAllergic rhinitis (including hay fever)Biliary colicDepression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)Dysentery, acute bacillaryDysmenorrhoea, primaryEpigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, andgastrospasm)Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)HeadacheHypertension, essentialHypotension, primaryInduction of labourKnee painLeukopeniaLow back painMalposition of fetus, correction ofMorning sicknessNausea and vomitingNeck painPain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)Periarthritis of shoulderPostoperative painRenal colicRheumatoid arthritisSciaticaSprainStrokeTennis elbow2. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which the therapeutic effect ofacupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed:Abdominal pain (in acutegastroenteritis or due to gastrointestinal spasm)Acne vulgarisAlcohol dependence and detoxificationBell’s palsyBronchial asthmaCancer painCardiac neurosisCholecystitis, chronic, with acute exacerbationCholelithiasisCompetition stress syndromeCraniocerebral injury, closedDiabetes mellitus, non-insulin-dependentEaracheEpidemic haemorrhagic feverEpistaxis, simple (without generalized or local disease)Eye pain due to subconjunctival injectionFemale infertilityFacial spasmFemale urethral syndromeFibromyalgia and fasciitisGastrokinetic disturbanceGouty arthritisHepatitis B virus carrier statusHerpes zoster (human (alpha) herpesvirus 3)HyperlipaemiaHypo-ovarianismInsomniaLabour painLactation, deficiencyMale sexual dysfunction, non-organicMénière diseaseNeuralgia, post-herpeticNeurodermatitisObesityOpium, cocaine and heroin dependenceOsteoarthritisPain due to endoscopic examinationPain in thromboangiitis obliteransPolycystic ovary syndrome (Stein-Leventhal syndrome)Postextubation in childrenPostoperative convalescencePremenstrual syndromeProstatitis, chronicPruritusRadicular and pseudoradicular pain syndromeRaynaud syndrome, primaryRecurrent lower urinary-tract infectionReflex sympathetic dystrophyRetention of urine, traumaticSchizophreniaSialism, drug-inducedSjögren syndromeSore throat (including tonsillitis)Spine pain, acuteStiff neckTemporomandibular joint dysfunctionTietze syndromeTobacco dependenceTourette syndromeUlcerative colitis, chronicUrolithiasisVascular dementiaWhooping cough (pertussis)3. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which there are only individualcontrolled trials reporting some therapeutic effects, but for which acupunctureis worth trying because treatment by conventional and other therapies isdifficult:ChloasmaChoroidopathy, central serousColour blindnessDeafnessHypophreniaIrritable colon syndromeNeuropathic bladder in spinal cord injuryPulmonary heart disease, chronicSmall airway obstruction4. Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture may be triedprovided the practitioner has special modern medical knowledge and adequate monitoring equipment:Breathlessness in chronicobstructive pulmonary diseaseComaConvulsions in infantsCoronary heart disease (angina pectoris)Diarrhoea in infants and young childrenEncephalitis, viral, in children, late stageParalysis, progressive bulbar and pseudobulbar 

Acupuncture - the Ancient Medicine With Modern Outlook

Dr. Gurudatta H K, Yoga and Naturopathy
Acupuncture is one of the “drug less therapies”, based on the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and recognized by WHO, and is a treatment of choice for several chronic ailments.It involves the inserting of very fine, pre-sterilised, one-time use disposable needles on acu-points skilfully by a qualified Doctor.The “acu-points” are energy points located on the energy meridians, which are imaginary pathways through which the energy called Qi (pronounced as 'chee'), flows all over our bodies to maintain a state of homeostasis.Qi is the vital energy or power that animates and supports the functions of the body and provides nourishment for the entire body. When Qi becomes 'blocked' or its supply starts to become inadequate or excess, the body and organ systems become 'stressed out' and our health starts to get compromised.The Qi imbalances are determined by a thorough evaluation by a Doctor, along with Pulse & Tongue diagnosis. Even modern diagnostics are also taken into consideration.By inserting the acupuncture needles on the acu-points and manipulating them, either manually or electrically, causes the energy flow to get normalised once again and there by eliminating the disease condition.This means that, acupuncture treats not only the symptoms but also gets to the root of the disease and holistically addresses our body, breath, mind & intellect.Typically everybody has some apprehensions regarding the pain while inserting the needles. However the extent of such pains depends on the skill of the doctor and the quality of needles used. Generally, the finer & sharper the needles, the lesser are the pains.The science of Acupuncture requires a thorough knowledge of the human anatomy and physiology, the underlying pathology and an understanding of Chinese traditional philosophy, to effectively manage ailments.Therefore I would like to recommend that all readers consult qualified & registered practitioners and to also check for the quality of needles used. Thereby the treatment sessions can be much more comfortable, leading to better recovery from your health problems.There are a number of diseases which can be effectively managed by acupuncture therapy. To mention a few:Cervical Spondylitis & SpondylosisLumbar Spondylitis & SpondylosisLow back & Neck painSciaticaOsteo-arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritisMigraine headachesRecurrent Stress Injuries (RSI) Post Herpetic NeuralgiaFacial Palsy (Bell's Palsy), Trigeminal NeuralgiaAnxiety & Depression disordersInsomnia & Sleep disordersMale & Female infertility problemsMenstrual disordersHypertensionStress & Pain managementSide effects of ChemotherapyOver the last 3 - 4 decades, the practice of Acupuncture has grown spectacularly in the Western world and a significant amount of research & development has been promoted & funded by the National Institute of Health (USA). All the modern studies have indicated that Acupuncture therapy results in the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins, which heal our body & mind. Recent studies on fMRI also have indicated that upon inserting needles on acu-points, several changes in the neurons of the brain are effected, which bring about a balance of our functions & emotions.

Integration of Acupuncture in Oncology

Dr. Sayali Arvind Kulkarni, General Physician
Integrative Oncology is the synthesis of mainstream care and non-pharmacologic, evidence-based complementary therapies for the control of cancer-related physical and emotional symptoms. Oncology acupuncture is a new and emerging field of research. Recent advances from published clinical trials have added evidence to support the use of acupuncture for symptom management in cancer patients.Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of one or several needles into the skin at particular sites (acupuncture points) for therapeutic purposes. Variations of this theme include the use of other means of stimulating acupuncture points: heat (moxisbution), pressure (acupressure),electrical currents (electroacupuncture), or laser light (laser acupuncture).Acupuncture's use in cancer patients has been recommended by the American Cancer Society (ACS) for the treatment of cancer and treatment-related symptoms. Pain, nausea, breathlessness, vasomotor symptoms and limb edema have all been found to respond to acupuncture.Acupuncture can also act against carcinogens (factors attributable to cancer development) through its ability to reduce stress and enhance immune function. Today several cancer centers have begun incorporating acupuncture for treating cancer-related symptoms such as pain and many patients have had significant results in the reduction of their symptoms. It may cause physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain. These responses can cause the body to release proteins, hormones, and brain chemicals that control a number of body functions. It is proposed that in this way, acupuncture affects blood pressure and body temperature, boosts immune system activity, and causes the body's natural painkillers, such as endorphins to be released.For conditions where the cancer is detected early, acupuncture can maintain and promote the normal functioning of the body. Several studies have shown its ability to boost the immune system and encourage the growth of healthy functioning cells. This could be important forcounteracting the result of radiation and chemotherapy that tend to attack both normal and abnormal cells. An additional benefit of acupuncture is that it can induce a state of deep calm and relaxation and alleviate physical and emotional tensions.It is now routinely administered before, after and in between chemotherapy treatment sessions for control of nausea and emesis. Use of acupuncture helps in minimizing the use of standard, expensive multi-drug anti-nausea regimens with their attendant side effects for chemotherapy patients. Chronic disease process depletes the energy level in the organism. Acupuncture replenishes energy levels to the body and the diseased organs or part of the body. It also reestablishes homeostasis by re-balancing energy distribution and un-blocking energy flow. The acupuncture can provide a more durable, successful pain control and provide a sense of well being and increased energy to cancer sufferers, decreasing the malaise associated with any chronic diseases. Also useful in managing cancer-related pain. The use of acupuncture can reduce the need for narcotic drugs. This also means that acupuncture will minimize the side effects such as confusion, disturbed mentation, behavioral changes, nausea and severe constipation, the normal result of taking narcotics.The FDA approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. The  US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that sterile, nontoxic needles be used and that they be labeled for single use by qualified practitioners only.Acupuncture is often used as an adjunctive therapy in anesthesia, in post-operative pain control, and in aiding and hastening recovery from the side effects of the various therapies. Acupuncture is effective for control of pain, of local swelling post-operatively, for shortening the resolution of hematoma and tissue swelling and for minimizing use of medications and their attendant side effects.Recent new developments for which it is felt essential as a modality of treatment includes-Pain and dysfunction after neck dissectionRadiation-induced xerostomia in head and neck cancerAromatase inhibitor-associated arthralgia in breast cancerHot flashes in breast cancer and prostate cancerChemotherapy-induced neutropenia in ovarian cancer.Some acupuncture techniques include the following:ElectroacupunctureA procedure in which pulses of weak electrical current are sent through acupuncture needles into acupoints in the skin.Trigger pointacupuncture: The placing of acupuncture needles in a place on the skin that is away from the painful part of the body. Trigger pointshave to do with referred pain, pain that is not felt at the site of injury, but is sent along nerves and felt elsewhere in the body.Laser acupunctureThe use of a weak laser beam instead of an acupuncture needle to stimulate an acupoint.Acupuncture point The use of a syringe and needle to inject drugs, vitamins, herbal extracts, or other fluids into the body at an acupoint.MicrowaveThe use of a microwave device attached to an acupuncture needle to deliver microwave radiation to an acupoint.AcupressureA type of massage therapy in which the fingers are used to press on an acupoint. In cancer patients, acupressure has been used to control symptoms such as pain or nausea and vomiting.MoxibustionA type of heat therapy in which an herb is burned above the body to warm a meridian at an acupoint and increase the flow of blood and qi. The herb may be placed directly on the skin, held close to the skin for several minutes, or placed on the tip of an acupuncture needle.CuppingA procedure in which a rounded glass cup is warmed and placed upside down over an area of the body, making a vacuum that holds the cup to the skin. Cupping is used to increase the flow of blood and qi. It is believed to open up the skin’s pores and allow toxins to leave the body.There have been few complications reported. Problems are caused by using needles that are not sterile (free of germs) and from placing the needle in the wrong place, movement of the patient, or a defect in the needle.Problems include soreness and pain during treatment. Feeling tired, lightheaded, or sleepy; and infections. Because chemotherapy and radiation therapy weaken the body's immune system, a strict clean needle method must be used when acupuncture treatment is given to cancer patients. It is important to seek treatment from a qualified acupuncture practitioner who uses a new set of disposable (single-use) needles for each patient.

Acupuncture For Knee Joint Pain?

Dr. B.S. Taneja, Acupuncturist
Avoid Knee Joint Replacement SurgeryIf you suffer from knee pain, you should know that recent studies support the relief of osteoarthritis symptoms via acupuncture. In fact, in one Scandinavian study, 25% of patients cancelled their plans for knee surgery after they received acupuncture treatments.Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese practice of inserting needles into the skin in order to regulate and balance the flow of “chi” (life force) throughout the body, has been gaining increasing acceptance internationally as an effective treatment for a broad range of conditions, including knee pain.Acupuncture is painless.  It will likely take many sessions before you see a true, lasting difference. The reduction of pain is its best use.During the past year I've seen several patients after total joint replacement surgery.Acupuncture helped relieve pain and assisted their progress towards regaining strength and range of motion through better performance during physical therapy sessions. There were no cases of infections and the scars healed well.             They concluded that acupuncture indeed "reduced narcotic usage and improve physical therapy after total joint replacement."The new study says Acupuncture may be alow-cost alternative — not to mention a non-invasive one — to knee surgery. It comprised 90 patients(average age: 71) who had group acupuncture in 2008. Their progress was tracked for two years.Surgery can be effective, yet it is far from perfect. It’s estimated that one in seven patients feel severe pain return years later.  Non-Operative Treatment OptionsFortunately, most knee problems can be treated without surgery. However, with or without surgery, the treatment and the long-term results are highly dependent on the underlying condition. That is, a logical and scientifically based treatment cannot be applied as a “one treatment fits all” approach. The treatment must be tailored to the specific patient. The key for successful non-operative (and operative)treatment is first a sound anatomically based diagnosis and then co-development of a comprehensive program of treatment.The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons recommends: Providing patient education and supportEncouraging weight lossProtecting and unloading painful joints (such as with knee unloaded braces, wedge insoles,canes, and joint protection education)Restoring strength and flexibilityInstituting local pain management (heat, cold, and topical analgesics).Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis usually occurring after middle-age. It is a group of mechanical abnormalities that involve degradation of joints, cartilage as well as sub-chondral bone including articular movements. Many therapies has been introduced yet now for Knee Joint Pain-Osteoarthritis. Therapy prescribed by us has been shown to be more effective than medications in treating osteoarthritis of the knee. We deal with this severe problem by acupuncture and scanning system. Acupuncture seems to produce long-term benefits. We do care of your health and wish painless life.

Acupuncture for Neck, Back & Shoulder Pain

Dr. Gurudatta H K, Yoga and Naturopathy
Neck & shoulder pains are one of the commonest problems for which a GP is consulted across the world. Based on epidemiological  studies; at any given time about 10% of the population suffer from it!!Back pain is one of the most universal of all the diseases affecting practically everyone at sometime or another in one's life across the globe. About 80% of the population suffer from back pain at some point of their lifetime!!The possible common causes of back pain in today's lifestyle are -Lack of exerciseIncorrect postureLong hours of sittingStressOver weightBad dietary habitsImproper exercise without proper guidanceSpasms of back muscles and soft tissuesDisc prolapseDegeneration of joints & bonesOsteoporosisThe effective solutions for the above problems is prevention by -Regular & consistent exerciseAppropriate postureWeight managementHealthy dietary habitsStress managementAppropriate pain medication & Surgery in severe casesPhysiotherapyAcupunctureTCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) & Acupuncture give us  more natural and long term solutions for the management of back pain. They not only work to relieve the symptoms of back pain but also address the root cause of the disease. In a study conducted at a Swedish Hospital, doctors concluded that acupuncture provides a long term relief along with improvements in physical activity levels, quality of sleep and diminished use of pain medication.It is understood that, according to TCM & Acupuncture there are energy channels called 'meridians' through which 'Qi'  or 'Prana' flows. Excessive stagnation or deficiency in the 'qi' or 'prana' leads to ill health and then to disease when not taken care of at the right time.According to TCM & Acupuncture it is understood that there are 3 most important factors which contribute for neck, back & shoulder pain. They are -Invasion of ColdInvasion of WindLeading to DampnessWhen all three factors are combined, they  lead to accumulation of heat in the channels causing pains, numbness or tingling.Deficiency of 'Qi'Acupuncture through the insertion of needles on the meridians on specific acu-points along the meridians, helps to restore deficiency, expels wind, scatters cold and resolves dampness. At the same time, it will also help to nourish blood.The result of a study published in Clinical Journal of Pain gives us sufficient proof that Acupuncture is quite safe and effective method of treatment in the management of low back pain.Action Mechanism of Acupuncture therapy²Scientific research into the mechanism of action of acupuncture began around 1950 when an important pharmacological study was published by a group at Peking University.They demonstrated that an induction time of 15 to 20 minutes is required for the development of an analgesic effect and proposed the participation of chemical substances in the analgesic actions of acupuncture [4]. Endogenous opioid peptides (EOPs) were considered major candidates for a role in acupuncture’s action.Along with acupuncture, yoga therapy and/or  therapeutic massage could also be recommended by the practitioner for effective management of the complaints.To prevent and sustain the benefits of Acupuncture, it is recommended to -Practice a correct sitting posture, when sitting for long hoursRegular exercise practice like yoga, tai chi orany other recommended exercise by the practitioner. Check out cervical spondylosis exercisePrevent going out in cold weathers without adequate clothing.Avoid strenuous & jerky movements.Stress management.More and more people are finding relief for both acute & chronic back pain through TCM& Acupuncture. Several research studies have proved this, time and again.¹Carlsson C, Sj˜lund B.Acupuncture for chronic low back pain: a randomized placebo-controlled study with long-term follow-up. Clinical Journal of Pain 2001;17(4):296-305²Research Group of Acupuncture Anesthesia: Effect of acupuncture on pain threshold of human skin. Chin Med J 1973, 3: 151–158.Pomeranz B, Chiu D:Naloxone blockade of acupuncture analgesia: endorphin implicated. Life Sci 1976, 19:1757–1762.

Acupuncture for Mental & Physical Wellness

Dr. Narendranath N, Acupuncturist
Acupuncture Meridian1.) What is Acupuncture?Acupuncture is an Art, Healing Science,Drug less Therapy, which helps to balance our Energy System Internally,i.e, Balancing our Yin & Yang.  Acupuncture as a Holistic method can be used to come out of All types of the illness,Psychosomatic Problems, Life style Disorders,Endocrine problems, Physical Injuries to Mental Stress & Depression.It is primarily used to relieve Physical pain but also can be used for Mental wellness i.e, All the Psychosomatic Conditions can be cured, balanced and healed.Acupuncture is a Practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine TCM  in which thin needles are placed at specific points in our body Meridians. Acupuncture Needles2.) How Acupuncture Works?Acupuncture seeks to release the flow of the body's vital energy or "chi" or "Qi" by stimulating points along 14 energy pathways Known as Meridians,Scientists say the needles cause the body to release endorphin's -- natural painkillers -- and may boost blood flow and change brain activity. Skeptics say acupuncture works only because people believe it will, an effect called the placebo effect.3.) Does Acupuncture Hurt?Acupuncture needles are very thin, and most people feel no pain or very little pain when they are inserted. They often say they feel energized or relaxed after the treatment. However, the needles can cause temporary soreness.4.) Acupuncture Variations Several other therapies use a different way of stimulating the acupuncture points. Moxibustion involves the burning of moxa, a bundle of dried mugwort and wormwood leaves, which can then be used to heat the acupuncture needles or warm the skin. Electroacupuncture adds electrical stimulation to the needles. Health Benefits Of Acupuncture

Now You Can Manage Acne With Ayurveda & Acupuncture!

Dr. Ravi Dewan, Ayurveda
Acne is known as Yauvan Pidika in Ayurveda. Yauvan means adolescent age & pidika means eruptions. As evident the disease has been so beautifully explained in Ayurveda. Though management of acne is a complex procedure requiring multi-level treatments, for which one should always consult a medical professional, still there are certain simple things one can try doing at personal level at home.One major consideration while dealing with acne is internal & external hygiene.Panchkarma Treatments in Ayurveda are specialized treatments for purging interior toxins of the body, but they can only be performed by expert Ayurvedists and for that one must visit experts of this field.Internal hygiene encompasses proper bowel movement and proper digestion. If one is suffering from constipation, consumption of triphala powder 1 teaspoon with warm water at bed time should take care of the said problem. As acne is problem related to glands so reduced fat intake is key tocontrol this problem. As for external hygiene, repeated face wash with simple water should be followed religiously. Excess and frequent usage of harsh face washes should be avoided.One can try any one of the following face packs to be applied only once daily till symptoms subside.Mix little haldi in honey and apply for 10-15 minutes before taking bath.Apply Aloe Vera pulp on face before bath.Crush some neem leaves and extract their juice. This juice can be mixed in honey and applied as pack for 10-15 minutes before bath.Face pack made by mixing chandan powder & multani mitti is very soothing for itching & burning sensation associated with acne.Fruit face packs of papaya, cucumber etc. are also very useful in this season.Acupuncture treatment is also giving very good results in acne as it controls body’s internal cold, heat and dampness in very effective way.

Enhance Your Fertility Through Acupuncture

Dr. Sneha N, Acupuncturist
Acupuncture produces amazing results in reversing infertility.Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) that involves placing hair-thin needles into particular points on the body. These points, according to the Chinese tradition, run along lines of energy, or meridians. From the TCM perspective, the idea is that an imbalance of these energies in the body can lead to illness, including infertility. Correcting the imbalance by stimulating particular points along the meridians is thought to improve health.                                                                                       It is one of the most researched and proven complementary therapy for the fertility related problems in men and women. How does Acupuncture Work?Below are the plausible mechanisms to explain how acupuncture may benefit fertility:1. Regulating fertility hormones - stress and other factors can disrupt the function of the hypothalamic pituitary-ovarian axis (HPOA), causing hormonal imbalances that can negatively impact fertility. Acupuncture has been shown to affect hormone levels by promoting the release of beta-endorphin in the brain, which affects the release of gonadotrophin releasing hormone by the hypothalamus, follicle stimulating hormone from the pituitary gland, and oestrogen and progesterone levels from the ovary (Ng 2008, Huang 2008, Lim 2010, Stener-Victorin 2010). Further details of these processes are emerging, for example mRNA expression of hormones, growth factors and other neuropeptides (He 2009). It also helps to bring up AMH (anti mullerian hormone) levels in the body by increasing ovarian recruitment.2. Increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs - stress also stimulates the sympathetic nervous system, which causes constriction of ovarian arteries. Acupuncture inhibits this sympathetic activity, improving blood flow to the ovaries (Stener-Victorin 2006, Lim 2010), enhancing the environment in which ovarian follicles develop. It also increases blood flow to the uterus (Stener-Victorin 1996, Huang 2008), improving the thickness of the endometrial lining and increasing the chances of embryo implantation.3. Counteracting the effects of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) - PCOS is one of the most common causes of female infertility. By reducing sympathetic nerve activity and balancing hormone levels, acupuncture has been shown to reduce the number of ovarian cysts, stimulate ovulation, enhance blastocyst implantation and regulate the menstrual cycle in women with PCOS (Stener-Victorin 2000, 2008, 2009, Zhang 2009). It may also help to control secondary effects such as obesity and anorexia (Lim 2010).Acupuncture is absolutely safe with no side effects, painless and a non-invasive technique.For more details contact:SAMA WELLNESS CLINICDr.Sneha.N9731590590